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OCTOBER, 11, 2012 • Vol. 45 no. 2 • vancouver, b.c.
Langara phone issues plague students “
[My cell] randomly disconnects all over the school. ASHLEY WONG Langara Student
Communication companies say there’s a solution, but college won’t discuss it By JENNIFER THUNCHER
tudents are frustrated by problems they face logging on to Langara’s wireless network or making cellphone calls at various locations around campus. Representatives from Rogers, Bell and Telus all say, while it is common for concrete or metal buildings to have Wi-Fi and call reception problems, there are things that can be done. The telecommunication companies
suggest Langara could pay to have external or signal boosters placed around campus to improve reception. The Voice reporter’s seven requests for an interview with someone from Langara’s information technology department were not responded to by deadline. Students complain most about Wi-Fi reception in Building A, the library and the grass courtyard outside the library. For student Nathaniel Wai, the wireless network in the cafeteria and the
library is the biggest problem. He notes he gets decent Wi-Fi reception in the cafeteria between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., but barely any between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. “The library is bad 24-7,” Wai said. For other students, cellphone calls on campus are the biggest frustration. Ashley Wong says her phone, “randomly disconnects all over the school.” Wong thinks the dropped calls have more to do with her service provider than the buildings on campus. She is
Student humanitarians are honoured Six members of Langara’s Volunteer Travel Abroad program return after their overseas adventures By JUDY CHERN
his summer, a group of six Langara students and recipients of the C.A.R.E. Langara Volunteer Travel Abroad program devoted their time to volunteer projects overseas. As applicants to the program create their own projects, the students’ travels spanned across the continents, with their range of humanitarian work being even more diverse. Four of the six students shared their experiences at an information session last Tuesday. Leilani Reum taught english at a school in Nepal, where she was valuable resource just for being a native English speaker. Reum’s interest in cross cultural integration and communication was further enriched by the diversity she encountered at the school. Christians, Hindus, and Muslims would be together in one place, she said. “How everyone was in harmony...really opened my eyes to acceptance,” said Reum. Kathleen Higgins worked in Costa Rica at a wildlife rescue centre. She would take care of animals, then send them back into the wild. “It was rewarding as I could see them grow up,” she said. She says the experience will provide the “inspiration and spark” for her plans to study zoology at UBC. Christina Theocharis initially volunteered for a nutrition program in Kenya, then realized that “nutrition was not a priority” at the hospital where she worked. As a result, she became a general assistant, which she described as “enormously rewarding”, as she aspires to become a nurse. Theocharis became involved in three volunteer programs, including a local NGO that fed, clothed and provided visibility for more than 300 orphans. “It truly changed my life...the moment I finish my nursing degree I will Printed on recycled paper
with Bell Canada and says her friends who are with other providers have fewer issues with calls. An unscientific Facebook and Twitter poll of Langara students asked them to name their service provider and if they had reception problems on campus. Rogers Communications Inc. customers reported fewer problems (17 per cent) while Bell Canada (50 per cent) and Telus Corp. (100 per cent) trailed well behind.
Faregate funding and costs remain unclear Millions of tax dollars are being spent on cheaters while paying riders get cuts to transit services By Gillian Hames
photo courtesy of KATHLEEN HIGGINS
Kathleen Higgins acts as a mom for Nere, an orphaned spider monkey at the Jaguar Rescue Centre in Costa Rica, on a volunteer program last summer. be back and it will be a permanent move,” said Theocharis. Kathleen Parker describes her work in a Kenyan school as an experience where she took more away than she was able to give. “I thought I would just be pitying them...I found the opposite to be true. They were all so happy all
the time it was impossible not to be happy when you were with them,” she said of the Kenyan children. She also worked with child soldiers. Students interested in the C.A.R.E. program can contact Megan Richardson, the program coordinator of VOLT at email@example.com
It truly changed my life. CHRISTINA THEOCHARIS Langara Student
hough the new Faregate system TransLink plans to have operational in 2013 has been in the works for several years now, there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the project. When asked if fares would have to increase in order to pay for the Faregate system, Derek Zabel, spokesperson for Coast Mountain Bus Co., was unsure. “Those discussions are underway,” he said, but did not speculate on when a decision might be made. The main goal of the Faregate project, which is estimated to cost $171 million, is to prevent people riding for free. However, Zabel admits that fare evasion has decreased, though security inspections have gone up. “In September 2011, there were 164,000 checks and 5,000 tickets issued. In [September] 2012 there were 240,000 checks and 2,900 tickets.” He attributes the decreased rate of evasion to people being more aware of the potential to get caught. Given that fare evasion is down, some question why TransLink is going ahead with the project, especially given their current budgetary problems. Last month TransLink announced a three-year plan to cut cost and boost revenue, including service cuts affecting less busy lines and off-peak hours. Zabel says the Faregate project is going ahead because the government has agreed to help fund it. When asked how
See FAREGATE SYSTEM, page 3
Editor Ashley viens
The Voice, THURSDAY, October 11, 2012
Higher fares may reduce commuter ferry traffic Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland residents may reduce ferry trips due to an increase in fare rates By KATJA De BOCK
ruising B.C.’s coasts will become tougher with BC Ferries’ ongoing service cuts and price hikes planned for April 2013. Catharine O’Brien-Bell, photo-imaging chair at Langara College, has lived on Vancouver Island for two years. “It was a change in lifestyle that I chose. And the price I pay for that, I suppose, is the ferry fares,” said O’Brien-Bell. “There are people that pay thousands of dollars for cruises to get that kind of scenery.” On Oct. 1, BC Ferries commissioner Gord Macatee announced a rate increase of 12 per cent to be spread over the next three years. A decrease of service on less frequented routes was decided upon after a public consultation process. “Some [vessels] have no vehicles at all,” said Macatee. “Some have less passengers than crew.” Peter Huron, audio visual technician at Langara’s instructional media services, chose to live on Hornby Island when he was in his 20s. The island’s economy depends on tourists, he said, adding that past fare hikes “have completely wiped out the day trippers.” Huron and his wife cannot afford regular trips to the island anymore. A round trip, car included, currently costs $235 and takes about five hours. Huron’s island neighbour Tony Law worries about the greater picture. “It’s expensive, but good transportation is essential for the social and economic wellbeing of our communities,” said Law. BC Ferries needs to find another $54 million to supplement reduced staff costs and to fund a gradual upgrade to vessels powered by liquid natural gas are intended, said BC Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall. The government of B.C. will be holding more public consultations shortly, to be held at various ferry terminals. Marshall encourages the public to attend the consultations to voice their opinions in person.
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Langara student Annie Ellison crouches under a desk to help demonstrate emergency procedures that will be used during the ShakeOut simulation. ShakeOut BC is part of the international ShakeOut which happens annually with schools, businesses and individuals.
Students get ready to rumble ShakeOut BC will help raise awareness of earthquake preparedness
By Steven Chua
n Oct. 18, Langara College will join over half a million participants from across the province for ShakeOut BC, part of the annual international earthquake drill. Starting at 10:18 a.m., participants will meet in the foyer of Building A to practice ducking and crouching under desks and tables until the simulation ends. Video projections and speakers will be used to mimic the sights and sounds of such natural disasters. Event organizer Dan Krefting, Langara’s facility safety manager, is bringing ShakeOut to campus for the first time because he wants to test Langara’s emergency procedures “Just like any campus, [Langara’s] safety programs need to continuously
improve and evolve,” he said. Krefting wants to raise awareness of earthquake danger and to gauge how prepared the college is for disaster. The first 80 participants who show up will also receive a secret treat, said Krefting. Event volunteers will be on hand after the simulation at information booths with tips to stay safe during an earthquake. UBC earthquake seismology expert Michael Bostock observed ShakeOut BC last year at UBC and said the drill is a good way of preparing people for disaster. “The ShakeOut exercise reminds people of imminent danger, and it’s a good thing,” he said. “Integrity of buildings is the most important thing,” Bostock added, stating that earthquake safety is better en-
sured when people are in seismically upgraded buildings when disaster hits. Presently, the seismic upgrades for Langara’s gym and Building A do not measure up to current building safety codes, said facilities director Wendy Lannard in an email. Langara students have mixed feelings about the drill, with some questioning its effectiveness. “Yeah I think the drill will help out,” says Greg Sit, a nursing student. “It should raise awareness.” Nursing student Israel Alcoreza said most people don’t even know about the drill. “Well if there’s going to be drills like this then sure, people are going to be more aware of earthquakes,” said Alcoreza, “but this is the first time I’ve heard about this drill, so I would say right now, I kind of doubt it.”
Earthquake Safety Tips
If indoors, stay there. Drop cover and hold. Get under a desk or table, or stand in an archway or corner. Avoid the elevator. If outdoors, get into an open area away from trees, buildings, walls and power lines. If driving, pull your car to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses or power lines.
Source: Ministry of Public Safety, B.C. Government
Affordable housing pilot planned in Marpole area Vancouver city council voted last Tuesday to consider thin streets but residents are wary of the possible consequences of the project By Brandon Kostinuk
Image courtesy of re:THINK HOUSING
The diagram shows how city land would be divided into affordable housing projects and single-lane streets.
ancouver’s answer to affordable housing may rely on thin streets, but Marpole residents don’t see this idea suiting their community. Last week, Vancouver city council voted to consider three communities as pilot sites: Marpole, the West End and Grandview-Woodland. The plan, coming from the Mayor’s Task Force on Affordable Housing, proposes halving north-south streets, creating single lane with alternating rightof-ways with additional parking room. The proposal said it eliminates the greatest impediment to affordability: the cost of land. Since the City already owns the street there is no purchase price for the new lots, which helps reduce housing costs. Mayor Gregor Robertson was diplomatic on the issue in a “Twitter town
hall” meeting Thursday afternoon. Robertson posted: “Thin streets won’t be forced, people can opt-in. Idea has merit but neighbourhoods need to decide,” adding that incentives to optin will not be provided. But residents of Marpole are hesitant to accept council’s plan. “The land’s not here for that type of development,” said resident Brad Fraser. “What are they going to do, expropriate people’s property in order to put thin streets in?” “The congestion as far as [traffic] is concerned would become absolutely horrendous,” he added. Marpole resident Brian Williams said he supports densification but doesn’t think thin streets are the solution, especially in Marpole where traffic congestion is already high. “So we’re going to have little thin, narrow streets like Europe?” asked
Williams. “It’s just going to make traffic worse.” Brendan Hallinan and his wife, having lived on their corner lot for 23 years, expressed concern that the thin street design will shifts their lot one place over, changing their position on the block. “We have a view of the street, a view of the trees,” said Hallinan. “If they built a house here, we’d be looking straight at the next-door neighbour’s house.” Besides, Hallinan said, he and his wife wouldn’t have bought their home if it weren’t a corner lot. Claudia Laroye, executive director of the Marpole Business Improvement Association, said that Marpole wants an assurance that an open dialogue with the city can be had and that any changes made should reflect the local needs and desires.
Campus news Long wait for voting results
Editor cara mckenna
The Voice, THURSDAY, October 11, 2012
Even though the results are already available, the LSU won’t reveal results from the election yet
By KEVIN HAMPSON
angara students have to wait almost two weeks for the LSU election results. Although the polls closed last Friday, the LSU executive will not post the results until next Tuesday, according to LSU media and queer liaison Andy Sandberg. The election will fill five openings on the board of directors: board member at large, disability liaison, environmental issues co-ordinator, queer liaison and women’s liaison. In federal and provincial elections, the results are made public as soon as the polls close. When the Capilano University Students’ Union had an election last fall, the unofficial results were posted online as soon as the polls closed, according to Capilano’s website. The CSU’s policy on elections posted on their website states that “preliminary results of an election” can be made public “as soon as all votes have been counted.” But the LSU has a different policy. Although the ballots at LSU elections are counted as they come in, the results cannot be made public until they are approved in a meeting by the board of directors, Sandberg said. That meeting will be held Oct. 15 I’m pretty at 4:30 pm. Since it will finish at the sure withend of the day, the in the span election results will not be posted of 11 days, until Oct. 16, said they could Sandberg. Second-year bi- find the ology student Jef- time [to frey Du was surprised at the delay. reschedule “No special pre- the meetarrangements?” he asked. “I’m ing]” pretty sure within Jeffrey Du, the span of 11 biology stuent days, they could find the time [to re-schedule the meeting].” However, Sandberg said it would not have been possible to schedule an earlier meeting, adding that the LSU board members are all students with busy schedules. Ballots are counted by an LSU staff member and three members of the LSU board of directors.
Journalists to hold bake sale next week Students enrolled in the first year of a two-year journalism program at Langara College want to go to the Webster Awards next Thursday. The Webster Awards are held each year to honour some of the best-known and best journalists in the province. This year’s awards ceremony will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. But it’s not cheap. Even student tickets cost $65. So to raise that kind of money, the students in the journalism are planning to hold a bake sale next Thursday, Oct. 18, from noon to 4 p.m. in the main foyer of the A Building. Cupcakes, cookies, bars and more will be on sale then. Satisfy your sweet tooth.
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Larry Railton, manager of services for aboriginal students at Langara, talks to the Voice about the new initiatives
Langara partners with UBC
A new transfer program will give aboriginal students coming to Langara up to $8,500 in scholarships among other benefits by RICHARD HODGES
new Langara-UBC Aboriginal Transfer Program announced last week aims to help guide aboriginal students through the traditionally treacherous path of postsecondary education. Students who self-identify as aboriginal during registration are eligible for the program. They will spend two years at Langara before transferring over to UBC with guaranteed admission to the faculty of arts. Each student is also eligible for up to $8500 in scholarships over their four years in school. Graeme Joseph, coordinator of UBC’s strategic aboriginal initiatives, says the program identifies three main areas to give students a pathway to success. “We’re helping them academically, financially, and within the community,” said Joseph. “We’re trying to take away the barriers that traditionally discour-
age aboriginal students.” Currently the high school graduation rate among aboriginal students is just 50 per cent. This helps explain why just seven per cent of aboriginal adults hold postsecondary degrees compared to 25 per cent of the general population. To combat these numbers, the program aims to inform aboriginal students in high school of their post-secondary options, says Larry Railton, manager of services for aboriginal students at Langara. “We’re going to target high schools and talk to counsellors and aboriginal workers to make sure students know of their opportunities provided by Langara to go to UBC,” said Railton. Students will also take part in the aboriginal plus program during their time at Langara to cultivate life and study skills. “The aboriginal plus program is workshops and engaging in learning, and it could be as easy as going to the writing centre,” said Railton. “It’s go-
ing to be about financial management and time management and things that are critical for all students to do.” Those students who have already navigated the Langara to UBC postsecondary leap, , like Graeme Joseph, see considerable potential in the program. “I floated around after high school and was struggling by the skin of my teeth,” said Joseph. “I certainly could have benefited from a program like this.” Randy Robinson, an aboriginal UBC law student who transferred from Langara, believes the community aspect of the program is the most important aspect. “A program like this is valuable for an aboriginal student because it takes into consideration the cultural identity and specific needs of aboriginal learners,” said Robinson. “When aboriginal students are comfortable both culturally and academically, their success rates are dramatically improved.”
Each aboriginal student is eligible for up to $8,500 in scholarships
An Aboriginal Plus Program is available for learning engagement
Guaranteed admission into the UBC faculty of arts after two years at Langara
Faregate system goes ahead despite bugetary problems Continued from page 1 much the government was contributing, Zabel wasn’t sure. According to a press release on TransLink’s website dated January 2011, the provincial government is providing $40 million and the federal government is providing “up to” $30 million. However, this still leaves TransLink to fund the remaining $100 million. Zabel says that Langara students will still be able to use their U-Pass, but it will be integrated into the new system. “Everything is migrating towards the Compass Card,” Zabel said. “It’s a reloadable, one-time approach that can be used anywhere on transit.” He explained that users can load their cards similar to how one would load a reusable gift card, either online, by phone or in person. The fare gates will be installed in SkyTrain, Canada Line and Seabus stations. Langara students currently pay $120 for their U-Pass per semester. This price is guaranteed until March 31, 2013.
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Studio 58 presents 500 Days to Mars Langara actors simulate an extended journey to the red planet By Jules Knox
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Vancouver is home to a number of striking public art pieces, including these monstrous figures outside City Hall.
Artist to speak on public art Former Langara artist-in-residence Samuel Roy-Bois will be back By Ryan Banagan
ast year’s Langara artist-in-residence, Samuel Roy-Bois will return to the campus next week to speak about public art. Roy-Bois’ project, Nothing Blank Forever, was designed and constructed last year in the quadrangle right outside the Students’ Union Building. He will discuss the importance of public art and speaking about his time spent here on Monday, Oct. 15 at 12:30 p.m. in room A130. Asked to comment on his experience on campus last year, Roy-Bois wrote in an email: “It was great. It was both an experiment and an affirmation of all my beliefs and skills.” The college’s Centre for Art in Public Spaces agreed. It said on its website: “Focusing on architecture, uniquely
constructed spaces, and large scale installations, Samuel brought a wealth of creativity to the campus and an ability to engage the community with his work.” “The context was very specific, working with students, locating the artwork on campus, the duration and money, and I work[ed] with all these things to create something I am really proud of,” said Roy-Bois. The final product, a “makeshift movie studio,” served as a movie set, a lecture room, a recording studio, a gallery space, an art studio and a theatre. He will also screen the movie he made to accompany the art project during his presentation next week. “I have heard through the fine arts, theatre arts, film arts, as well as art history and design formation departments that Samuel’s residency at Lan-
gara was very successful,” said Langara College Centre for Art in Public Spaces divison assistant Katie Eliot. “[He] inspir[ed] the students in their own art work, providing them an exhibit space, giving them a focus for discussing public art, and for talking with Samuel about being a professional artist and considering many relevant aspects of art.” Roy-Bois was the third and final artist-in resident at the college because there is no funding to support a fourth. The college budgeted one per cent of the cost of the new library toward public art programs, explained Eliot. “The majority of this funding was utilized for three artists-in-residence. Kristina Lee Podevsa was the first chosen from 2008-09, then Holly Ward from 2009-2010, and Samuel Roy-Bois from 2011-12.”
Samuel’s residency at Langara was very successful for inspiring the students KATIE ELIOT
t’s 2036 and seven astronauts are on the first round trip mission to Mars when they suddenly lose communication with Earth. The fate of the mission comes down to a vote. Will the astronauts risk everything for the glory of reaching Mars? Actors from Studio 58 are exploring this scene in the student production 500 Days to Mars at Langara this week. The character drama was inspired by Mars 500, a psychological and medical experiment conducted by Russia, the European Union and China. The simulation was designed to monitor how astronauts would fare during an extended period of isolation. Six volunteers were locked in a Russian research centre for 520 days, the estimated length of time required for a round-trip to Mars. Directors Genevieve Fleming and Sean Harris Oliver flushed out a clear concept for the show, but they left script writing for the actors to improvise. Oliver says the students had a firmly established internal dynamic that made the piece possible. “We couldn’t have done this play with professional actors that didn’t know each other because it would have taken forever to build those relationships.” The directors whispered dark secrets about each character’s past to the actors while the cast was improvising in rehearsals. The secrets became part of a colourful layering process that added complexity and nuance to each character. “I feel as though I’m conducting a societal experiment where we get to control circumstances and layer in our own catalytic events,” says Oliver. Fleming says that she enjoyed directing the play because it brings up tough questions about society. “Is society something that we as civilized, enlightened beings have inherent with us, or is society a social construct? And if it is a social construct, what happens when you remove the construct?” she asks. “What happens when you lose touch with Earth.” The show is free by donation. It runs from Oct. 9 to Oct. 13 at 8:15 p.m. and Oct. 14 at 3:15 p.m. in Room S032.
FanClub is Granville’s newest live music venue This New Orleans inspired nightclub touts to be one of the most unique entertainment venues in Vancouver By MICHAEL LeTENDRE
hen you walk through the colonial doors of FanClub, one of Vancouver’s newest and most unique venues, you’ll think you have entered a club in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Fanclub’s marketing and public relations Consultant, Stella Panagiotidis, explained that FanClub, located on Granville St. between Nelson St. and Helmcken St., was inspired by New Orleans and created with the purpose of giving the people of Vancouver something original. “It’s our goal to inject excitement on the Granville strip.” The French Quarter is in every detail at FanClub. Many of the decorations around the club are antiques
brought in from New Orleans. “It’s a room that’s sexy but elegant,” said Panagiotidis. The club is open 12 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday to Thursday. It continually has live music playing inside. In the quieter hours of the afternoon, FanClub’s resident pianist, Mike Van Eyes, can be heard twinkling away on an upright piano to an eclectic mix of songs. In the evening, a live band takes the stage. The genre of music depends on the night. Mike Van Eyes You can expect FanClub’s resito hear everything dent pianist from blues and jazz to country to indie rock. After the band’s set is done, the New Orleans inspired venue goes electronic with a
live component four nights a week. “We’re so eclectic. That’s reflected in the design, but it’s also reflected in our programming,” Panagiotidis says. She also touts the FanClub as an impressive sound space. “A lot of thought, time and energy has been put into creating the best sound system possible.” If bass is your thing, FanClub’s woofer is the same size as the one used in BC Place. As Panagiotidis puts it, “That’s insane.” The music may be diverse, but the food is New Orleans influenced. Fanclub has it’s own smoker and everything is made in-house, from their smoked ribs, where the meat falls off the bone, to their pulled pork sandwiches. Word is starting to get around to Langara about what’s happening this new venue, which opened late August. Langara Psychology student Kamilla Mihalik is already a regular. “I would definitely recommend it,” she said. “The FanClub is where it’s at.”
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The bar at Vancouver FanClub serves signature cocktails as well as smoked bourbon, which is smoked
Editor stacy thomas
The Voice, THURSDAY, october 11, 2012
Stylish guys and gals sport this season’s trends around campus
1980s continue their reign for women’s styles
Men’s fashion lines redefining themselves
High-waisted shorts and ankle boots
Tapered pants, bright colors and less traditional patterns
By JANA MINOR
he record-breaking sunshine streak has kept raincoats and gumboots at bay and created a welcome opportunity for Vancouver style mavens to strut their stuff during fashion’s high season. And strut they do, as trends from New York to Milan are sashayed down campus like a runway. “Beautiful weather inspires me to put on beautiful clothes,” said Kateryna Paliy, an arts and science student wearing a rust-toned jacket and golden scarf. Nature inspired earth tones likemarigold yellow, olive green, rusty orange, and oxblood red are popular colour trends for women this fall. Boots of all heights and colours remain the foundation of most wardrobes. Arts student Ros Teeple shows off her camel coloured ankle boots with wood-grain heel she got from Plenty. “I don’t like wearing flats. Everyone wants to be at least one inch taller,” she said. Nearby on trend-setting Main Street, Cara Stryer rattled off a list of musthaves: high-waisted denim, oversized knits, military-style boots and coloured denim such as leopard print. “People are going simple,” Stryer says. “Anything goes … people can do whatever they want.” Similarly at Hazel & Jools, shopkeeper Monica Kotekova says that the brand and style of jeans -- skinny, straight or boot-cut -- are no longer important. “If you like boot-cut, wear boot-cut,” she said. After not selling jean jackets for years, Woo Vintage owner Natalie Kunow said they are flying off the racks now. Fur, ‘80s loafers and jumpsuits are also back in style and high-waisted shorts will be a big item for fall and winter, she said. The freedom to be quirky this season means students can buy styles on a dime by shopping at thrift and secondhand stores.
By BRONWYN SCOTT
JANA MINOR, BRONWYN SCOTT photos
From top left: arts student Ros Teeple in ankle-high camel boots; environmental studies student Tristan Stumpf rocking red tapered jeans; commerce student Katia Ortiz in denim shorts and leggings; business student Samuel Swanson wears tapered jeans and fitted shirt; hats are in season for men; as are boots of all heights for women; Kateryna Paliy’s marigold scarf and rust coloured jacket reflect the colours of fall; Natalie Kunow, owner of Woo Vintage on Main Street.
rends in men’s fashion are taking a turn this fall as bright colours are on their way in and some mainstays of past seasons are on their way out. Tapered jeans, preferably in a merlot, mustard or blue, are all fair game. Menswear columnist J.J. Lee said he has bright greens, cerulean blues as well as pinks and yellows in his wardrobe. “Less plaid,” said Avi Juliá, employee at Main Street men’s boutique Motherland . “Men’s lines are trying to redefine themselves,” said Carol Stephenson, Lululemon design assistant. As women’s clothing is becoming more masculine, men’s lines are exploring new avenues of design. Trevor Phillips, creator of Ebon Aves Apparel, has found his niche in originality. “I look at T-shirts as a new form of canvas for the modern age,” he said via email. “Kind of like a functional piece of art.” As for fabrics, cottons, flannels and canvas are popular this season, Juliá said, adding that more men are looking for fitted shirts. Even linen works well for fall in Vancouver, Lee said. But he advises to button up your jacket for a neat, trim look. “Generally, as a safe rule, you look a lot sharper,” he said. “I never unbutton the jacket no matter how hot it gets.” However it’s okay to be casual. “The idea of patching and weathered [clothing] is kind of cool,” Lee said with a laugh. Outer pea coats and trench coats, or some blend of the two together, are fashionable, said Lee. If you’re topping off your outfit with a hat, stay away from a short brim that “makes the head look like a melon,” Lee said. Instead, try a two or three inch brim and tilt the hat to create flattering angles.
Langara teacher advises Ayurveda for vital health Ayurvedic practices such as yoga, meditation and exercise, can lead to a fullfilling, stress free life By TANYA HILL
adhuri Phillips, yoga teacher at Langara College’s Holistic Health Centre, gave a lecture last week entitled “Great Health At Any Age and Stage With Ayurveda!” as part of Langara Continuing Studies Lecture Series. Ayurveda is a 5000-year-old practice that literally means the knowledge and
wisdom of life. It is a healing system native to India, based on balancing body and mind using and herbs, diet, aromatherapy, yoga, and meditation. “Our modern world disconnects us from nature’s cycles and thus from our own cycles. This has brought about an imbalance to many of our lives,” Phillips said. “Not sleeping well, eating what we shouldn’t, forgetting to breathe and be in our bodies. Many of us walk around in our heads forgetting we have a body.” Phillips was a professional dancer, but she turned to Ayurveda when she became ill and went through typical medical avenues with no success.
She emphasized that by changing our small negative habits, we will start to see health improvements. “We could have health issues that are mild and transient in nature for decades until it manifests into something big,” Phillips said. Madhuri phillips “By changing Stresses the our thoughts, diet, importance of a using herbs, aro- balanced life. matherapy, yoga, meditation, we can start to gain better health. There are small things people can
do, like getting to bed at a decent hour, eating and waking at the same times everyday. “We don’t have to be tree huggers, go out and live in the woods. But how aware are we of what’s going on externally and how aware of what’s going on internally?” “Are those two worlds working together? For most people they are not. That shows up in mental problems, physical problems, and emotional problems,” Phillips said. The Langara Holistic Healing Centre has community yoga classes and holistic health clinics open to all. www.langara.bc.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/yoga/ clinics1.html
originated in India around 1500 BC
based on the five elements: fire, water, earth, air, and ether
focuses on yoga, meditation, and exercise
stresses the use of plant-based treatments and medicines Source: en.wikipedia.org
Editor omar shariff
The Voice, THURSDAY, october 11, 2012
Langara elections are still too vague
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ob descriptions should accompany job openings — it’s how we keep people accountable when they get hired for a position. Listings for jobs let us know what new employees are supposed to be doing and it makes their progress, or lack thereof, measureable. But when we have fuzzy, or worse, no job descriptions, how can we know if they’re doing what they’re supposed to do? The short answer — we can’t. And during the Langara College elections, we haven’t seen any clarity in those job descriptions at all. A few weeks ago, while browsing my email inbox, I noticed the Langara Students’ Union was holding nominations for the board of governors and education council. There was nothing in the messages to describe what their responsibilities were. Steven chua A fancy title with a student government sticker — it must be an important job! I scrolled down the brick wall of text just below, hopeful some of the information there would enlighten me. I was wrong. In a nutshell, here’s what it said: want to be nominated? Pay your tuition. Fair enough, but it would be nice to know what kind of jobs your tuition’s supporting. The Langara website doesn’t do much better, providing a hazy, general outline of what their responsibilities are. The board of governors site will make you dizzy from the legalese, while the education council description doesn’t fare much better: “Education Council is responsible for policies concerning student evaluation, withdrawal, academic standing, appeals, grading, awards for excellence and curriculum content.” It’s so general it’s equivalent to saying the education council is responsible for education. In the case of the LSU we don’t even know what they do, so they’ll be staying for a long time — whether or not they get the job done.
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No due process evident in ‘thin streets’ proposal V
ancouver cannot afford to lose good, progressive ideas like the ‘thin streets’ proposal to bad political practice. Such ideas must be legislated in ways that generate credibility, support and trust, rather than increase skepticism. After a rushed vote by city council, the zoning amendments pertaining to the ‘thin streets’ proposal were approved last Wednesday. Legally, any proposed changes to zoning may only become policy after meaningful consultation with communities. Although Marpole has historically been a “not-in-my-backyard” neighbourhood (I’m remembering the Canada Line construction), residents have justifiably expressed their anger at having these proposed changes forced on them with no consultation. While I applaud projects that directly address Vancouver’s housing issues, anything that is
tabled, voted and rushed through a government body in three days piques my interest. When the project is valued at $2 billion, and the proposed changes are taken into effect immediately, I become wary of the motivation behind the development. More interesting still, the Mayor’s Task Force on Affordannie ellison able Housing is co-chaired by Olga Ilich, former BC Liberal MLA and millionaire development diva. What do she and the rest of the developers on the task force stand to gain? And what exactly are her insights on affordable housing? Greater Vancouver Homebuilders’ Association CEO Peter Simpson made the prediction that only a
“shrill minority who don’t want change” would oppose the project. And shrill they were. It’s difficult to feel bad for someone who owns a corner lot on the westside, but homeowners like David Griggs were not given that meaningful consultation. Since Wednesday’s outcry from residents, the city has backed off on the immediate effect of the zoning amendments, and those missing neighbourhood discussions will now take place. Why the rush, councillors? I suspect council tried to approve this valuable proposal before too many screechy homeowners waved their million-dollar mortgages and said no. Well, they’re waving them now. Lack of regard for residents has made the proposal more controversial that it already is. I hope that this lack of transparency does not jeopardize the future of such an innovative solution for Vancouver’s density dilemma.
Faregates at SkyTrain stations not needed I ’m pretty sure everyone has noticed the new gates plaguing every SkyTrain and Canada Line station. Since you now have to filter past them single file after leaving a crowded bus, the gates seem to be more of a nuisance than anything else. TransLink’s justification for these new faregates is that they will eliminate fare evaders and allow TransLink to collect the money they would otherwise lose. But in reality, the amount of fare evaders has decreased. There were 3,100 fewer tickets for fare evasion issued last month in comparison to September of last year. And the kicker is that 76,000 more people were checked for valid fare in that same span of time.
One could argue that because TransLink is cracking down on fare evaders, the number of people riding the train system for free has drastically reduced. And that’s totally fine. But if it’s been proven that having a stronger enforcement presence on transit is the solution to the problem of people cheating the system, why do omar shariff we need these gates? This new gate system is estimated to cost $171-million to implement. Sure, TransLink
won’t be fronting the entire cost by itself; the provincial and federal governments have pledged to contribute a total of around $70-million to the project. But just last month, TransLink announced its three-year plan to cut costs by reducing services during off-peak hours and on less busy routes. Surely they can’t possibly just cut $100 million worth of services – this extra money needs to be coming from multiple sources. The only other way I can think of to boost revenue for a transit company is by increasing the cost of using its services. And it’s not fair to increase the cost of using transit while decreasing services to fix a problem that is already being resolved.
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The Voice, THURSDAY, October 11, 2012
Editor alex skerdzhev
Age no defence against depression An alarming number of young adults in Canada are struggling with its effects. This page looks at some of the likely causes and offers some coping suggestions.
On-campus help offered
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General studies student Carlos Domingues hopes to cheer himself up with the help of sugar and caffeine while studying.
Counselling department provides guidance and advice to those needing it By TANYA HILL
How to deal and cope with affliction Health service counsellors and psychologists offer advice and tips on how to see past the darkness By ANNiE ELLISON
tudents today face fewer job prospects and more distractions than previous generations, raising the risk of depression. With midterms underway, Langara students may need some advice on how to cope with the stress and consequent effects stemming from the condition. “It’s normal to have days of feeling sad, but not when those feelings interfere with day-to-day functioning,” said Dr. Sharon Jeyakumar, a psychologist based in Vancouver. Post-secondary students are “catapulted into an environment that may be considered the perfect storm” for triggering a mental health issue like depression, Langara counsellor Michelle Bowers said in an email.
Keeping a regular sleep and exercise schedule, eating wisely, limiting caffeine and increasing exposure to daylight helps maintain a foundation of basic physical well-being. Today’s student may feel to busy to slow down, but it can pay to relax. Jeyakumar says constantly stimulated brains need time to recover. Although it may seem contrary to managing school-related obligations, taking downtime is “very important in maintaining balance and emotional health.” While social media allows people to connect almost effortlessly, Bowers said she encounters “more and more people who have lots of Facebook friends but feel increasingly isolated.” She says social isolation frequently triggers depression. Joining a club, seeing a counsellor or family doctor and reaching out to friends and family helps at-risk students reconnect socially and avoid dealin with their stresses by themselves. Coping by disengaging from friends and family only perpetuates depres-
sion. “Don’t be suffering alone,” said Jeyakumar. For those feeling overwhelmed, it helps to identify stressors and try different coping strategies. “While excessive drinking may be one way of winding down,” said Bowers, alcohol can increase stress by leading to financial strain, heightened mood changes, and loss of study time. Flexible and realistic backup plans help students remain motivated and avoid feelings of hopelessness about their personal or school situation. Nevertheless, depression sometimes can creep up unnoticed. “You don’t have to be in a crisis to come see a counsellor,” said Bowers. Langara counselling services offers free and confidential sessions in room B111 for students seeking help. Health services, located in room B101, provides referrals, prescriptions, and information. Despite high demand, emergency walk-ins are given priority and will always be helped.
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ore than a third of universityage Canadians will experience a mental health problem, most often stress or depression, according to a recent finding published on the CBC website. Midterms are in full swing at Langara College, which can leave students wondering how to cope. Recent research conducted by Maclean’s Magazine reveals that there was a 200 per cent increase in demand for counseling services across North America. The 2008 global financial crisis has caused historically high levels of unemployment among young educated people, leaving post-secondary students facing a possibly uncertain and precarious future. Langara’s counselling department offers short-term personal and academic counselling to students seeking help. There are also student workshops such as stress management and “Brains, Emotion, Health,” which explores the relationship between the brain and emotions, and how this relationship affects health. Langara has nine counsellors on staff that offer professional help and are available throughout the year. “There is an uptick in terms of demand everywhere,” said counselling department chair Fraser Archibald during a phone interview. “There is less stigma attached to seeking counselling services, which is great”, said Archibald. “Students are more comfortable coming in to talk about mental health issues.” If a student is seeking peer to peer support, there is a mental health awareness club in the process of being formed and students interested should contact the student engagement centre,” he said. The counseling department also offers a virtual wellness centre on its website where students can find phone numbers to help lines and crisis centres. The Red Book online is a guide to community, social, and government agencies services across the Lower Mainland. Archibald said the college is always looking to expand its health services. “There could always be more service. The difficulty is funding, [which is the same everywhere.]”
Langara students also feel pressured, lonely and over-stressed College undergrads open up about struggles By JULES KNOX
recent study published in Maclean’s Magazine reveals unsettling statistics about depression in post-secondary institutions. More than half the students surveyed said they have felt overwhelming anxiety and hopelessness within the last year.
More than a third admit to feeling so depressed that it was difficult to function. Langara students surveyed largely agree that the pressures of school can be overwhelming. Fred Landeen, a health sciences student, says that a heavy course load triggers his depression. “I don’t sleep. I gave up on my hobbies. My only way to cope is to stress out, not sleep, to do it all,” he said. “I try to be proactive and force myself to muscle through.” Andy Sandberg, media and queer liaison for Langara Students’ Union,
says she fights an ongoing battle with depression. “I isolate immediately. My friends know that when I don’t return their calls, I’m not mad at them, I’m just being a hermit.” Corey Gaunce, a student in the social service worker program, agrees that students are under pressure, but he’s not convinced that the extreme stress is warranted. “I think it’s a lot of undue pressure because students get really worked up about exams and marks, but in the end it’s not as bad as it feels at the time,” he said.
“As they say, ‘Cs get degrees.’” However, as the pressure mounts and sometimes turns into depression, students have to find other ways to keep going. Sandberg fights depression by keeping a strict schedule. “Routine helps me get back into myself and onto the right scale,” she says. Landeen recommends going for a cup of coffee with a friend. He also says living conditions play a big role. “Ride that support wave,” he said. “Live with your parents for as long as you can.”
I don’t sleep. I gave up on my hobbies. Fred Landeen Langara health sciences student
The Voice, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2012
Editor ROSS ARMOUR
Both Falcons basketball teams suffer defeats
Weins goal gives Falcons win Victory also gives coach Shankland one over on old rival Dailly
Women lose to Camosun as men are downed in tournament by Quest
By Richard Hodges
n a Thanksgiving Sunday meeting between rivals Langara Falcons and hosts Capilano Blues, both soccer teams conspired to beat the stuffing out of each other, with Langara coming out on top. Aided by a 20 year competitive feud between Langara coach David Shankland and Capilano coach Paul Dailly that stretches back to their playing days in Scotland, the game featured fouls, injuries, and yellow cards. In the end it featured just one goal, an early second half strike by Brett Weins that gave the Falcons all they needed to down the Blues. It was Weins’ fourth goal of the year. “There’s a bit of a rivalry and we pasted them 4-1 last time so they were looking for revenge,” said goalkeeping coach Paul Segovia. “I thought we played better yesterday [in a 2-1 loss to Vancouver Island University] than we did today.” Segovia also credited goalkeeper Noah Pawlowski with a superb shutout and making a number of crucial saves, including a couple during a frantic run of corners at the end of the first half. The Falcons also had strong performances from midfielders Konstantin Vasic and Mynor Campos Jr. With the win, the Falcons remain two points ahead of Thompson Rivers University for the final playoff spot in the PACWEST with just two weekends remaining in the season. Thompson Rivers University hosts the Falcons this Sunday in a vital match-up. In the injury bay, the Falcons lost forward Zako Fuat Majeed to a dislocated shoulder while Campos Jr re-aggravated a knee strain. The Blues’ Lukas Stawarski was initially feared to have broken his leg but was seen walking after the game.
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his past weekend, Langara’s women’s and men’s basketball teams played and lost pre-season games at home against their competitors in the provincial league. On Friday evening, the women’s team was defeated 38-48 by the Camosun Chargers. But Falcons’ coaches Mike Evans and Greg Eng were positive about their team’s performance. “It’s early in the season, this was an exhibition game and we’ve got a lot of rookies who are trying to figure out the system,” said Eng. “Although we didn’t win, we’re quite happy with the way we played.” Evans echoed Eng’s sentiments. “We played a good game. It’s a very good team, but we’re small and we lost our biggest player this year. That hurt us hard.” Evans also noted the challenges facing a new team. “I love my team, they’re a great group of girls…we’re getting to know each other as we go along.” he said. Denise Busayong, one of the Falcons’ top players, said they’ve worked hard to improve following last week’s alumni game and “are slowly getting to where we want to be.” The women’s team will compete against Kwantlen this Saturday. The men’s team also played a threegame tournament to kick off the season, last Saturday. In the final game against Quest, the team lost by just one point. “It was a good day for us to see other teams in the league. I saw a lot of progress,” said coach Paul Eberhardt. “We’ve got a deep team with strong players. Brody Greig, Jeff Chu, Elliot Mason, Glenn Ruby. Big group, really solid.” As for their hopes for the season, he said that they plan to go after both the provincial and national championships. Brody Greig shares his coach’s confidence in the team. “We hope to win it all, I think we’re a strong enough team to do so,” he said. The Falcons will play the University of Northern B.C. on October 27th.
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October 13 away at UBC Okanagan
Ocotber 14 away at Thompson Rivers University
October 20 vs Kwantlen Polytechnic Univserity
October 21 vs Douglas College
A Langara player holds off his Capilano opponent in a match-up this past Sunday
Langara boxer’s loss ends 3-bout winning streak Jerik Brown loses championship match in just under two minutes against George Vourtsis Friday at the Cascades Casino By SAM REYNOLDS
or Jerik Brown, a Langara student and semi-pro amateur boxer, the title match of last Friday’s Clash at the Langley Cascades Casino was his Fat City moment. Brown, 25, describes the 1972 boxing drama Fat City as his favourite boxing movie “because it isn’t a ‘Cinderella’ story.” The welterweight (between 140-147 pounds) economics major was paired against George Vourtsis of the Sun-
shine Coast Boxing Club for the city championship in the main event of the evening — a fight expected to be a shoe-in for Brown, who was on a threebout winning streak. It ended in a victory for Vourtsis in under two minutes after he delivered a frenetic and punishing series of unblockable one-two blows to the chest. Before the fight, Brown said that Vourtis, while shorter, has a similar fighting style to himself relying on a combination of jabs and uppercuts. “I’ll be working the jab and trying to get him to bring his head down,” Brown said. “When he does that I’ll be waiting with the uppercut — in theory.” In the dressing room before the fight Brown’s trainer seemed confident he would be able to beat Vourtsis. He couldn’t. Vourtsis was awarded a technical
knockout as the referee stopped the fight because of swelling on Brown’s forehead. Dave Allison, a promoter for the event, called the match-up between Brown and Vourtsis “a highlight fight of the year” because of how intensely both fighters competed to earn the position. Vourtsis reportedly broke his hand in the qualifying bout for this match. Though Vourtsis took the title in the end, when asked before the fight about his opponent Brown had sportsmanlike remarks. “He looks like a nice guy,’ Brown said. “I’ve never fought someone who wasn’t a nice guy.” Watch the full fight online at langaravoice.com
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Langara’s Jerik Brown sports a goose egg after the fight