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FEBRUARY 9, 2012 • Vol. 44 no. 14 • vancouver, b.c.

LSU benefits coverage may change Rising costs may force a college referendum on fate of health and dental plan By AUDREY McKINNON


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Anderson Cooper speaks with 13-year-old Sarah MacLeod and her mother, Julia Denholm, on his daytime talk show in New York.

Langara linked to Cooper show Division chair’s daughter appears on daytime TV for YouTube video By Cara McKenna


es I’m 13 and I’m talking about slut shaming. Deal with it,” says Sarah MacLeod, a young Vancouver feminist, in her YouTube video gone viral. Slut shaming is the act of degrading or attacking women because of their sexuality, and could contribute to an attitude that it’s acceptable to rape. “Rape is caused by misogyny, structural violence and institutional violence,” says MacLeod in her video. “Not by a woman’s clothing or makeup, not the way she talks or walks, not by her drinking, not by her being careful enough, and certainly not by her being a slut.” Response to MacLeod’s powerful video has snowballed since she posted it at the beginning of January.



It was reposted on many feminist blogs before eventually getting so many views that it gained the attention of Anderson Cooper. “It was so fast, it was crazy,” said MacLeod’s mother Julia Denholm, the Department Chair of Humanities at Langara, adding that her daughter sees nothing special about being so insightful at 13 years old. “She really gets irked that people can’t believe she’s only 13. It’s really gotten to her how people underestimate the intelligence of young people.” MacLeod says it’s her interest in feminism that makes it easy for her to inform herself on women’s issues. “I’ve always had a strong urge to educate myself, and I’ve sort of dedicated my life to the Internet, so when I found the feminist community on Tumblr . . . I decided to read up on it more. It’s just

been something I find fascinating.” Scott Anderson, a University of British Columbia professor and expert on feminism and sexuality, is impressed by Sarah’s insight. “It seems that the kind of background she has acquired in feminist theory helps her make a convincing and confident case for her position here, in a way that speaks to lots of people, including some much older than she is.” Anderson also reinforces the harm of using the word “slut” and says girls and women can help protect themselves against sexual assault by being aware, having a sense of one’s rights to self-determination and having basic self-defense skills. “[However], it is everyone’s job to assure that women are safe from attack,” he said.

Yes I’m 13 and I’m talking about slut shaming. Deal with it. SARAH MacLEOD, Vlogger

Low voter turnout for LSU again

angara students might decide at the polls if health and dental coverage should be cut back or if they should pay more for better coverage. The Langara Students’ Union is coming up to the end of its contract with insurance company StudentCare, which could mean readjusting the plan, said LSU board member Eli Zbar. The results may be left up to a college-wide referendum. “If there are any major changes obviously we will have to consult the students. And then we also have to look at balancing rising costs with stable benefits,” Zbar said. “We don’t want to put too much financial strain on the students, but . . . $20 extra a year or a couple students have to pay five grand to get wisdom teeth removed. It’s a tough balance.” Zbar said renegotiating a new plan will allow for picking and choosing between different kinds of coverage. “It’s almost like an insurance department store,” he said. For example, everybody could pay marginally less JAMES LI and Pharmacare LSU Treasurer drugs, where the price is already reduced depending on personal income, could be cut off completely. LSU services director Zohra Moshtaq and treasurer James Li will be attending a two-day conference in Montreal on Valentine’s Day. They will be attending the conference, hosted by StudentCare, to learn the ins and outs of benefits before the LSU makes further considerations. Zbar said coverage had been underused by students in past years, but recently started catching on.

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OCTOBER 2011 only two per cent of eligible student voters cast ballots

FEBRUARY 2011 less than 500 voters turned out in a student body of nearly 8,000 Source: The Voice archives

Recent LSU election results reflect the low interest in student politics at Langara By Tyson Cornfield


he Langara Students’ Union didn’t have to count many ballots this past week as the election results

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once again showed the low student voter turnout typical of recent years. The election, in which only 141 ballots cast over three days of voting from among a student population of about 10,000, saw Naoko Shiratori awarded the position of Environmental Issues Coordinator, taking 84 of the 120 votes cast in that category. Also victorious in her bid was Tamomeizi Gao, who ran unopposed for International Students Representative,

for which only 21 votes were cast. However, the election was news to 23-year-old fine arts student Rachel Seburn. “I didn’t even know there was an election,” she said. “I didn’t hear about it.” The problem, she says, may be a lack of awareness amongst the student body. “I think voting is important, but [the candidates] need to promote themselves a little bit more,” she said.

A story about an art auction entitled “Auction earns only $1,000 for students” that appeared in the February 2nd issue of The Voice contained several errors. First, the story misspelled the name of the event. It was called Art-Fully Yours, not Artfully Yours.

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Librarian receives accolades Langara author “almost fainted” when her book was published By CLAYTON PATERSON


angara congratulated library technician Janet Whyte for the publication of her fourth children’s book released last fall. Rescue Rider tells the story of Dev Rani, a 13-year-old girl trying to balance her work and family life with her dream of being a rider. The protagonist’s award-winning horse has an accident and is forced to retire, so she is charged with training a new and troubled horse named Zim to become a champion jumper. “I really appreciate that Janet writes strong female characters,” said Annie Jensen, a librarian at Langara. “We are bombarded by gender stereotypes in the media … what a breath of fresh air!”

Whyte has worked in the library for over six years, but prior to that she completed the library and information technology program at the college, and also received a degree in creative writing. “While I was in that program, I took a course in children’s services and the teacher was really inspiring,” said Whyte. “That got me reading a lot of children’s books again and thinking about it a lot.” Scholastic initially rejected Whyte’s first book, but after six months the publisher had a change of heart. Unable to get in touch with Whyte directly, Scholastic sent an email to Pam Robertson in alumni services at Langara attempting to find updated contact information to let Whyte know

it had decided to publish the book. “If it wasn’t for Langara, my book probably wouldn’t have been published,” said Whyte. “I actually almost fainted when I heard the news.” Whyte wrote Rescue Rider as part of a series on sports that her publisher was releasing, but says that her real inspiration comes from life experience. “The only sport I really know is equestrianism, and I noticed they did not have a lot of books on that,” she said. Whyte is currently working towards getting the book into wider circulation at bookstores, but said the process could still take a while. Rescue Rider is currently available online through Amazon, as well as in an e-book format.

If it wasn’t for Langara, my book probably wouldn’t have been published.


Langara librarian Janet Whyte shows off her new book, Rescue Rider, published last fall. CLAYTON PATERSON photo

To slack or to sleep with five days off For the first time ever at Langara, students and faculty will have a full week off for their spring break.

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Douglas College: Feb. 13-18 Kwantlen: Feb. 2324 UBC: Feb. 20-24

SFU: Feb. 13-17

University of the Fraser Valley: March 8-12 Source: online



lap on some sunscreen and knock back some wine in celebration – the first-ever weeklong spring break has come to Langara. Instructors recommended the traditional two-day spring break be extended to a full five-day break after students and staff alike fell in love with the weeklong class suspension caused by the Olympics in February 2010. Instructors unanimously supported keeping the weeklong spring break because, as Langara Faculty representative Lynn Carter noted, everyone enjoys a break. The break now consists of two nonduty days when the college shuts down and no instructors are on campus, and three non-instructional days when the school will be open but all classes, lectures and labs are suspended. However, class time has been added

to the start and end of the semester to ensure no instructional time is lost. “The benefit for students is that it gives them an opportunity for just a little bit of a rest,” said Carter. “It’s just good to have some downtime when you’re working as hard as many of our students work.” Isi Oboh, a 23-year-old transfer student, will be unwinding in Mex- isi oboh ico if he can locate 23-year-old his missing pass- transfer student port. “I’m not going to drink ‘til I drop because I have done that a few times and it gets ugly,” said Oboh. “I am going to party hard though. Do it all. Come back with some stories.”

Partying in the spring is a tradition that stems from ancient Greece and Rome when the season of fertility and awakening was celebrated by sarah park drinking to honour 18-year-old the god of wine Di- student onysus, or Bacchus if you were Roman. Eighteen-year-old Sarah Park has a different plan for the week off. “It’s only one week,” said Park. “I have three midterms after spring break, so it’s not really a vacation: It’s time for studying.” Publishing instructor Darren Bernaerdt said teachers had ample time to adjust their schedules around the break and are not troubled by the new schedule.

Studio 58 theatre gets its glam on Renovations in Studio 58 that began during the winter holidays are off to a successful start By HAYLEY DOCTOR


ore than 100 layers of sweat, tears and paint coated the walls and stage of Studio 58 theatre for 25 years, but for no longer. The theatre is undergoing major renovations that started over winter break, including the addition of new carpets, flooring and paint for a fresh new look. “It’s all going to be good,” said Carol Chrisjohn, theatre technician of Studio 58. “More [will be done] in the summer term, I think.” Chrisjohn said the renovations went quite smoothly and the construction workers were timely. So far, the auditorium has had carpeting installed and new light wood flooring laid for the stage. At a total cost of about $1,200, the transformation has brightened up the auditorium. The flooring crew was “in and out in a day,” said Bruce Kennedy, Studio 58’s workshop coordinator. Seats that needed repairs were fixed thanks to Irwin Seating and more work is to be completed by Langara’s inhouse engineering firm. The Extreme Makeover fundraising campaign put on by Studio 58 last semester has funded renovation costs. Remaining tasks have been scheduled for when classes and rehearsals are not in session, so as not to disturb the students. The to-do list includes items such as putting paneling on the walls, as well as lighting around the audience entrance and adding a fresh coat of paint to spruce things up in the playhouse. Most of the work was completed during the break when students weren’t on campus. Many in the Studio 58 program said their studies have not been impeded by the renovations. “Since the space is so heavily booked … we will need to be creative to get at the remaining items on our to-do list,” Kennedy said. Studio 58’s production of Julius Caesar runs from now until February 26 and renovations will not get in the way of the show.

Claims on the rise Continued from page 1 In the 2009-10 Annual Claims Report, surgical and restorative claims increased by about 40 per cent. Reimbursement drugs, which are initially paid for by the student and reimbursed later, almost doubled. Paramedical claims increased by over $15,000, naturopathy claims almost tripled and massage therapy and physiotherapy nearly doubled. Last year, students cashed in slightly more than what they paid for coverage in September 2009. That means students should be getting what they paid for. Sean Mcquillan, a third-year theatre student at Langara, submitted about 10 sessions of chiropractic and physiotherapy after injuring his back. He also used the dental plan frequently. “Over the course of three years here, I’ve probably saved over $1,000 worth of medical expenses through the healthcare plan.” He said he would have happily paid more for more coverage. “If I could do more, I would have had more dental work. It’s just I used my limit,” said Mcquillan.

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The Voice, THURSDAY, february 9, 2012


The science of happiness Text book author studies the science behind our happiness and the positive psychology behind it all By LEV JACKSON



Some of the team behind Wednesday’s Sexual Health Fair at Langara College from left to right: Jennifer Timer, Educator, Langara School of Nursing, Eunice Uy and Roxanne Castillo, second-year nursing students, Susan Kensett, community outreach nurse

Sex tests you need to score Vancouver Coastal Health and Langara teamed up Wednesday to provided on-the-spot testing for HIV and other STIs for students By DENNIS PAGE


n an effort to promote healthy sexual practices among students and to help destigmatize HIV, Langara College held a sexual health fair in A building’s main foyer yesterday. The event was organized by Langara Health Services, the Langara Nursing Department and the Vancouver Coastal Health Stop HIV/AIDS team. Susan Kensett of Langara Health Services points out that the 60 second HIV test is part of a provincial initiative to help identify the estimated 25 percent of people who are infected with HIV and are unaware. “Studies are now indicating that the earlier you are aware of your status, and the earlier you start the treatment, the less HIV is spread,” said Kensett. “We’re also trying to normalize HIV testing and not make it not so scary,”

said health services spokesperson Kensett. Eunice Uy, a third year nursing student, helped out with the fair added, “We actually did a survey of the students, seeing how many of them got tested for STI’s and HIV in general, and there were a great number of students who put zero” “I’m usually SUSAN KENSETT scared of needles L a n g a r a but it really wasn’t Health Services that bad,” said Uy. Nurse Roxanne Castillo, another nursing student who was helping out at the fair, describes the HIV test as “a painless finger poke.”

The sexual health fair also featured community organizations such as Options for Sexual Health, Aids Vancouver and Positive Women’s Network, who were handing out information to students on sexual health and STI awareness. Even after the sexual health fair was over, the 60-second HIV test will continue to be available for students at Langara Health Services, as always, students with any questions or concerns about their sexual health are encouraged to visit LHS. By the end of the event 65 tests were administered to Langara students. Due to time restraints 20 students were turned away but encouraged to come to health services another day. tThe number of new heterosexual cases of HIV from the 2009 statistics sitting at 90 which is nearly 27 percent of all cases in British Columbia.


the BC stats

New HIV positive tests 338 in 2009

TOTAL HIV + tests 12,978 1985-2008

using to school in the Vancouver rain will give anyone a reason to be sad. Dr. David Myers has happiness down to a science. He will be at Langara Feb. 9 to host a seminar about his views on the scientific theory behind happiness. Myers, the author of many books including the Introduction to Psychology textbook used at Langara, received his PhD at the University of Iowa. He is an author and social psychologist, and a professor at Hope College in Michigan. Myers’ presentation The Scientific Pursuit of Happiness will look at positive psychology, using analyzed data to find patterns that create good self-esteem and happiness in everyday life. “This research is scientific, which is what psychology is,” said psychology department head Jennifer Poole. “Students often have a misconception that psychology is just a discipline where we are always trying to help people. We are, but it’s based on science.” There are a number of predictors in people’s lives that could affect happiness. “Here is an issue we are concerned about in terms of peoples’ everyday lives and what makes them happy,” said Poole. It is being studied from a scientific perspective, it’s based on data that has been analyzed and looked at. So does money make people happy? Religion? Music? Some of Myers’ results might be surprising. Contrary to popular belief, he says people with lots of money may not be the happiest. As a kid you’re often told to do what makes you happy. This one-hour presentation gives students a scientific theory on how to find out how to do this. The lecture will be in lecture hall A130 at 7:30 p.m.




Tai Liu’s happy student smile

Alumni wine sales raising money to grow scholarship funds takes on a new look An on-line sales initiative by Langara Alumni joins in on the re-branding and the new look that the college embarked on in 2010 with the new orange and new artwork for their bottles of wine all for the purpose of raising money towards student scholarships By QUINN MELL-COBB


The look of the label for a bottle of Bounty Cellars Pinot Blanc made for Langara’s College Alumni Wine program - online orders

remium wine, made locally, with Langara College-inspired labels, and sale proceeds going towards student scholarship funds – it almost sounds too good to be true. The Langara College Alumni Wine Program, launched in the fall of 2010 to coincide with the “40 on 49th” anniversary festivities, has given students of the past and present a new way to give back to their alma mater and its scholars of tomorrow. Through purchasing from Bounty Cellars Winery in Kelowna, a portion of the cash is donated directly into the

Langara Alumni Association, for the purpose of growing student scholarship funds. Available for purchase are two premium varieties – a Pinot Blanc and Pamela robertson Merlot, “to keep it Alumni Relations simple,” according Coordinator to program founder Pamela Robertson. For her, the opportunity to help out future graduates in any way possible is something she takes considerable pride and joy in

being able to do. “I think it really does have merit,” Robertson said. “I’m hoping that it’ll take off and get to be a bigger thing.” Citing her desire to “raise awareness” about the alumni program, Robertson readily admits it is difficult to garner exposure for her cause, and as such, is grateful for the participation of anyone who cares to help. “It’s a challenge, a lot of universities and colleges have been doing this work for decades and decades,” said Robertson. “We’re just getting caught up.” Those wishing to place an order can do so online, at where you can see the selections.


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Editor emma crawford

Women top bill in new telling of Julius Caesar

entertainment Flick pick can make day click

Shakespeare’s classic tragedy is given a novel twist in Studio 58’s latest production

Flying solo on V-Day? Choosing the right movie can make the occasion a time to look forward to




he renowned Studio 58’s production of Julius Caesar has proven that masculinity is not a question of gender, but of power. By asking his actors, male and female, to audition freely, and casting according to strength of performance rather than sex, Langara grad and Shakespeare laureate Scott Bellis has built a predominantly female cast to present a traditionally male dominated play. Notably, Lindsay Winch in the role of Caius Cassius, and Andrea Houssin playing Marcus Brutus, both deliver exceptionally confident performances as women in positions of power. Gender role reversal is not a new concept in theatre, To be held here in but often it is used Langara’s Studio 58 for dramatic or comic effect, and is Runs from Feb. 2 to the focal point of 26 the play. Not so in this Directed by Scott case. Bellis The female ac Cast is mostly tors are playing female strong, swaggering women, aggressive Shows run Tuesday while still femito Sunday nine; not just women pretending to be Source: men. The result is a Julius Caesar that explores new dynamics in the central relationships of the play. Now Cassius and the (male) Casca’s conspirators’ bond takes on a sexual undertone. There are the vaguest hints at lesbianism, and overt ones, such as the two same-sex marriages, played honestly and without irony. With a stage that is bare except for the occasional set of a throne and some benches, the scenes rely heavily on sound and lighting for emphasis. Professionals head up the student stage crew; the result is a rich, complex soundscape, and lighting that effectively enhances the drama with sometimes tense, sometimes beautiful artistry. The company, as commoners, soldiers and messengers, holds its own with comic relief and well timed uproar. This play has a vitality not often seen in Shakespearean productions. No austere performances from fat old men here; the small theatre resonates with the youth and energy of a cast just striking out on its career.


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William Shakespeare wrote Julius Caesar over 400 years ago


Director Ana Mateescu films one of her upcoming documentaries at Main and Kingsway.

Student film shines

Mateescu’s “Father Again” to show at festival By OMAR SHARIFF


na Mateescu is one of the student directors being showcased with her film “Father Again,” in the World Community Film Festival running from Feb. 10 to 12 at Langara College. Mateescu’s film is about a recovering drug addict living in the Downtown Eastside who is attempting to reunite with his estranged family. The inspiration for her film “Father Again” came from Mateescu spending so much time in the area and her fascination with learning about other people and their stories. Mateescu discovered the subject of her film, John, while volunteering at the Union Gospel Mission. She learned he had been a drug addict for 40 years and has been in a drug recovery program for the past three. “I think stories are very important in our lives…without stories we cannot

go forward because we learn from other peoples’ experiences,” she said. On one of her filming days while shadowing John, Mateescu was punched in the back by one of the residents in the Downtown Eastside area. She was scared at the time, but joked about the situation afterwards. “I didn’t drop the camera, that was the good thing!” Working in the Downtown Eastside is not a stretch for Mateescu who, before coming to Canada, was a journalist in her native Romania which led her to places like Iraq, Israel and Afghanistan. She also made a documentary film about the Abu Ghraib prison. One of her earlier successes was a documentary film about transsexual prostitutes in Amsterdam which won an award in Europe. Mateescu explained how she thrives from living on the edge. “I love to be in dangerous places,” she said. “I love adrenaline.”

I think stories are very important to our lives, and I think without stories, we cannot go forward. ANA MATEESCU

alentine’s Day could easily turn into a drunken pity party for one, so Langara students picked the top three Valentine’s Day flicks for girls and guys because plopping in front of the television is a safe way to avoid self-deprecation. Sweeping the females’ answers was, of course, “The Notebook,” the syrupy 2004 tearjerker starring Canadians Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. For girls, watching the decades-spanning romantic saga is the epitome of the highly charged and elegantly tragic first love. But for guys like arts and sciences student James Cardno, who let their girlfriend pick the movie, “it’s just so I stay out of the dog house.” The next most popular choice for girls is “Beauty and the Beast,” the Disney classic about finding true love beneath the surface of your boyfriend’s hairy mug and obscene table manners. This movie is also a landmark in the Disney canon for featuring a princess whose intelligence is featured as a major personality trait. Rounding out the females’ choices is the 2003 Belgian film “Jeux d’enfants”, titled “Love Me If You Dare” in English. The film tells a story of two childhood friends who are caught up in a lifelong game of dares that become increasingly extreme. They fall in love in the process. “It’s just such a beautiful story. It’s so original – it’s not your typical chick flick,” says social service student Andrée-Anne Morin. “Me and my girlfriend are getting burgers and milkshakes, then we’re going to watch The Big Lebowski,” says arts and sciences student Nathan Solar, kicking off the top movie for guys. The 1998 Coen Brothers-directed cult classic tackles mistaken identity, nihilists, kidnapping and bowling. Annie Hall was another chaps’ choice. Directed in 1977 by Woody Allen, Annie Hall is a romantic comedy that examines a failed relationship through non-linear storytelling and humour. “It’s funny, witty, clever, intelligent – and Woody Allen is in it,” says Jim Stanley, a social service student. “I like it because it doesn’t take romance seriously.” Another choice for guys is any Nicolas Cage movie. While his over-the-top acting and questionable taste in roles may inspire Cage rage in some, arts and sciences student Adam Zohar says, “He’s such a romantic.” Whatever you watch on Valentine’s Day, and whether you’re snuggling up with a loved one or a box of chocolate, hopefully you find a film that makes the day feel special.



The Voice, THURSDAY, february 9, 2012

Head over heels for ski deals


Students: look to the stars for love Vancouver astrologer says horoscopes can give people an insight into the future. What will your Valentine’s Day hold? Find out below By ROSS ARMOUR



Winter sport enthusiasts take on the snowy peak of Cypress Mountain during a beautiful day overlooking the Salish Sea.

Vancouver’s ski destinations are offering bargains fit for any budget By SASCHA PORTEOUS


ebruary is a great time to shred a few runs, but it’s an even better time to take advantage of ski deals fit for a student budget. With four different hills right at your doorstep, there is something for everyone. Whistler may be a favourite, but for students, Grouse, Seymour and Cypress Mountain are all affordable options within an hour’s commute from downtown Vancouver. Thursday nights at Mount Seymour, students can enjoy an evening of riding for only $19. Show your student ID and you can ride from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. with classic 80’s and 90’s tunes rocking all night long. Shred for the Cure is also back at Seymour, every Monday night after 6 p.m. ladies ski and board for free – just pick up your voucher at Pacific Board-

er, Granville Island Brewery or Vancouver Ski and Board Services and redeem it at guest services. Students can take advantage of a full day of skiing at Seymour for $41, something that general studies student Robbie Berkowski does often. “[Seymour] is close to my house and it’s cheaper than other local hills,” he said. To celebrate two years since the Olympics, Grouse Mountain is hosting their 24 Hours of Winter event. For those who have never tried to ski 24 hours in a row, Feb. 11 and 12 is your chance to test your limits. Lifts are open non-stop from 9 a.m. Saturday to 10 p.m. Sunday. Or, if you want to try something different try a sunset, midnight or sunrise snowshoe tour. If you’re under 19, Grouse offers a full day pass for $45. For adults wanting to get up to the mountain a few times before the snow melts, purchasing a

5-day Snow Pack for $240 saves you $50. University transfer student Lucas Vicic named Grouse Mountain as his favourite winter spot. “Grouse [Mountain] is tops,” Vicic said. “[It has a] good jib park, good runs, and uncrowded weekdays.” Cypress Mountain has a Gold Medal card for $66 which allows winter sport enthusiasts to receive their first lift ticket free, and save 20 per cent off lift tickets for the remainder of the season. If you can make it up to the mountain after class, ride from 2 p.m. until closing for $39. Geography student Alex Scholen frequents Cypress and calls it the best deal around. “Cypress has the most variety and best value for the price,” he said. If it fits your budget to make the trip to Whistler, the mountain offers an Edge Card that saves on regular day pass price. Three days for $219, or five for $339, a savings of $23 and $28.20.

“Grouse [Mountain]is tops. [It has a] good jib park, good runs, and uncrowded weekdays.” LUCAS VICIC, university transfer student

Celebrate Valentine’s Day on a budget Affordable ideas for the big day from romance experts in and around the city By BRANDON REID


or lovers on a budget, skating at Robson Square or a scenic walk along the Stanley Park seawall are options for a Valentine’s Day date, but local romance experts agree it’s difficult to top the intimacy of an evening at home with some wine and a loved one. “[For] a sweet white wine … you’re probably looking at something like a Riesling,” said Sean Weiderick, manager of Liberty Wine Merchant Park & Tilford in North Vancouver. “I’ve got one called the J Ress Riesling … it’s got [flavours] of apple and apricot.” Atsuko Ohara, owner of Scarlet Lingerie Boutique downtown, offers some more sensual options. “A nice massage candle. [These are] very popular among [women] and the price is $19.95. You can use the wax as a massage oil, it’s warm and sensual and has a really nice fragrance.” For further arousal, Ohara recommended some stimulating products. “If you’re looking for a pair of panties, there’s the best selling thongs in North America called Hanky Panky

and the price is $22,” said Ohara. Bedroom games, feather ticklers, and chocolate body paint are also available for under $20. If you’re looking for a sweeter way to celebrate, Gemma Newberry, a sales associate at Chocolate Arts on West Third Ave. had some advice. “We do have a crispy raspberry heart which is house-made raspberry leather in dark chocolate with crispy cookie pieces,” she said. Or, if you want something more traditional, she recommends a seasonal creation. “We’re going to have a seduction box which is our strawberry and champagne seduction chocolates that we bring out just for Valentine’s,” said Newberry. “It’s a Champagne ganache with a strawberry jelly on top and it’s enrobed in 70 per cent dark chocolate.” All products come adorned with ribbons and tags, says Newberry, and are affordable at under $20. But if you dislike the commercialization of Valentine’s Day, rest assured that some Langara students agree. “It’s higher expectations for the dude,” said Albert Soo, arts and science transfer student. “[Women] expect dinner, flowers and chocolates.” “Very commercialized now,” added Danielle Lu, general arts student.


Valentine’s Day gives couples a chance to get close.

angara College students can look to the stars this coming Valentine’s Day in anticipation of what love will bring, says a local astrologer. Thaya Edwards, a Vancouver-based astrological consultant, says horoscopes give people an insight into the future. “Nobody knows when astrology was born, though it probably was when people first looked at the stars and started to ask questions,” Edwards said. “First, they noticed the relation between moon cycles, harvests and health … [that] was the beginning.” Although many people read horoscopes daily, some Langara students choose to be cautious with the predictions. “I find horoscopes entertaining but I don’t really buy into them. They are pretty much what you make of them,” said general studies student Virginia Milsap. Check out The Voice’s Valentine’s Day horoscopes below to see how you will fare in love on the big day. ARIES (March 21 - April 19): Mars is no longer moving forward and Saturn, often a thorn in your side, will no longer disturb. This Valentine’s Day, prove your generosity and romance will surely follow. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20): Come Valentine’s Day, you’re in your element. Indulge in the spirit of love and happiness, but don’t take any major risks. GEMINI (May 21 - June 20): This Valentine’s Day you will be in high spirits. Try and avoid those who are insecure or are unlikely to live up to your expectations. Be specific with what you want and you will succeed. CANCER (June 21 - July 22): You have uncomfortable feelings in the short-term, but fear not, there’s a lifechanging moment around the corner. Be patient and remember, good things come to those who wait. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22): Plans may not run as smoothly as you’d want, but you have the personality to still enjoy yourself. Keep your head up and you will come out on top. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22): Keep things simple and don’t let stressful situations get on top of you. Mars proves a tricky customer so try to improve things. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22): Politeness may not be the key with darkness descending upon Pluto. Nevertheless, you have the ability to turn a problem into opportunity so be wise and watch your words. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21): You want maximum satisfaction but be patient this Valentine’s Day. Happiness lies ahead. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21): Keep a strong head and be careful with your words. At times you have to let your loved one take the reins. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You know what you want but don’t get carried away. Be serious but emotional this Valentine’s Day, and happiness will surely follow. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18): Venus overcomes the dark side of Pluto and luck is on your side. Get out and have fun this Valentine’s Day! PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20): You know you deserve love, but don’t be too greedy with it. In this instance, you’re better off playing it safe by giving more and not taking too much.


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The Voice, THURSDAY, February 9, 2012

LSU changes won’t benefit students

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t would be better to pay more for medical benefits than to be left wondering if you will be adequately covered for those expenses, especially with the rising cost of living in Vancouver. The Langara Students’ Union is nearing the renewal of their contract with medical provider StudentCare, which has prompted discussions regarding changes to the current medical and dental plans. Because the costs of medical services have gone up, the LSU is considering two options: reducing benefits to reduce costs for students, or increasing Ashley Viens benefits to justify the increase in costs. Lower costs will not be beneficial to students’ long-term, especially if a reduction in fees for coverage will mean receiving an enormous medical bill later. The Canadian College Student Survey from 2009 showed that approximately 70 per cent of students work to pay for their education. Many employers do not offer medical benefits, especially for those who work part-time. As a result, many students rely on their school’s benefits plan to supplement any additional medical fees. The LSU is considering holding a school-wide referendum on this issue to help determine what changes should be made to the plan, giving students the chance to be involved in the decisions regarding their medical coverage. A well-designed medical plan is worth the investment, especially for students working towards their future. The last thing you want this spring break is to find yourself at the dentist with a chipped tooth and no dental coverage.


Self-reflection and relationships help make us happy


o doubt you’ve heard the age old adage that money can’t buy happiness, but you may not have stopped to ponder why this is. You may find the answer this Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in lecture hall A130, where psychology scholar Dr. David Myers will delve into some of the factors that affect happiness. One of the main reasons why money doesn’t necessarily equate to happiness is that we Carissa Thorpe tend to view it as a means to material possessions, in an attempt to fill a void. Such misguided pursuits can be costly, as satisfaction is rarely found. Once you have bought the next new gadget or status symbol it leads to a


continued desire for ever more money and possessions. Better use of one’s time is to look inward and find what you’re passionate about. Also spend more time cultivating lasting and meaningful relationships with friends and family. These are the real void-fillers one should seek, as they offer the greatest and purest validation we all need, and the real reason behind most material seekers’ endeavors. That said, if you would like to be happier, and most of us would, the best place to start is with some introspection. Ask questions of yourself, try new things, and simply spend time alone to find what is most important to you when you cast aside the expectations and pressures of others. True, money offers security, but a happy heart outweighs a miserable millionaire any day of the week.

he phenomena of slut-shaming is nothing new but a recent YouTube video posted by 13-yearold Vancouver native Sarah MacLeod has brought this issue to the forefront in the media. The video posted on YouTube in August went viral and since then has received over 384,000 views. More recently, MacLeod has appeared on Anderson Cooper’s talk show to discuss the ramifications of slut-shaming. At the age of thirteen, MacLeod is wise beyond her years, her rant on slut-shaming is dead-on and addresses many of the issues that women are facing today. For centuries a woman’s worth has been determined by her sexuality and today, despite so much progression, this patriarchal notion is still pervasive. To call a woman a slut for being sexually active only stands to keep women oppressed and subjugated. Ruman kang This movement has received more attention recently as a result of Slut Marches that have been taking place across North America. Slut Marches were organized in protest to a Toronto police officer’s comment where he stated that women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized. By blaming women’s clothing choices for sexual violence the police officer empowered men to act violently towards women. When women are stigmatized for their sexual activity it sends the message that engaging in sex is wrong. In order to achieve equality between the sexes, women should be allowed the same level of sexual freedom as is enjoyed by men without the discrimination that follows. Macleod’s video offers an insightful perspective on women’s sexuality that is refreshing and far too often ignored. Judging women on sexual morality only serves to perpetuate stereotypes and belittles the defining qualities of a person.


CORRECTION Continued from page 1 Second, the story claimed that the event, which was held to auction off student art, raised only $1,000 for scholarships and bursaries. In fact, $10,000 worth of art was sold. Half of that money went to the students who produced the art, and the other half was earmarked for scholarships and bursaries. A further $5,000 was made available by the college as a matching grant bringing the total raised for scholarships and bursaries to $10,000.

Third, the story implied that the cost of food ($3,000) and promotional material ($700) was deducted from the $10,000 earned. In fact, the college bore these costs as a separate expense. Fourth, the story said that the cost of the liquor licence and liquor for the event were not divulged to The Voice. In fact, the cost of the licence was $25 while liquor was sold on a glass-by-glass basis with any liquor not consumed returned to the Liquor Control Board. This resulted in no cost to the college for liquor.

Fifth, the story said that 135 staff and students attended the event. In fact, that was the number of staff and students who participated in the event. It was attended by more than 300 people. Finally, the story said that a piece by artist Roy Daykin was bought for a record $500. In fact, Roy Daykin is the acting executive director of advancement at Langara College who bought the piece for $500. The Voice apologies to all concerned for these many errors.


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community Jam safety in your brain


Mornings to fuel your creativity

The Langara philosophy department to test safety’s conventional wisdom By Tyson Cornfield


spiring philosophers might want to wear their thinking hats, or helmets, if they plan on attending this month’s Philosophers’ Jam at Langara, being held tonight at 7 p.m. in the faculty lounge. This month’s edition of the event will feature Langara philosophy instructor Richard Johns speaking on a topic he says is often unaddressed: safety. “I think we need to change the way we think about safety – any rule is likely to have costs as well as benefits,” said Johns. “There’s always the question of ‘What’s the downside of this?’” One example Johns cited is the effect B.C.’s bike helmet law had on cyclists when it was imposed in 2006. Though the law may have led to increased safety for cyclists, Johns points out that it may have deterred potential cyclists from riding, reducing the province’s overall health. “If there’s a lot less exercise going on, the health costs of that could vastly outweigh RICHARD JOHNS any gain of health Philosophy from wearing a instructor & helmet,” he said. jammer It’s a train of thought Johns’ fellow instructor Dale Beyerstein is excited to explore at tonights’s jam, which he hopes will draw a good crowd. “It gives [people] a chance to engage in philosophical conversation,” Bayerstein said. “[It] teaches them how to make a constructive suggestion to somebody about their ideas.” “Sometimes there are unintended consequences of safety issues that you don’t think about, and that means that we may actually be getting less good than we thought we’d be.” Last month’s jam discussed the environmental effects of human behaviour and was attended by more than 50 students, faculty and local residents.

The Voice, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012


No, Gagan Diesh isn’t in the middle of a song – he’s telling the crowd at last Friday’s Creative Mornings event about his inspirations as a digital designer. ASHLEY VIENS photo

Creative Mornings bring together desingers, artists, cultural ideas By ASHLEY VIENS


reativity and a good breakfast are the cornerstones of Creative Mornings, the monthly breakfast-lecture series found all over the world and in Vancouver. Designers and artists from various backgrounds met last Friday morning, gathering around tables with pens and stickers and writing stories on their name tags about the craziest things they had ever done. Attendees ate breakfast and mingled with others before heading to the basement at the W2 Media Cafe to listen to Vancouver digital designer Gagan Diesh speak about his experiences with creativity and design. “Vancouver is filled with world-class creatives, and people [in Vancouver] don’t know who they are,” said Creative Mornings Vancouver organizer Mark Busse.

This month, the Electronic Media Design / Digital Media and Communication program at Langara College sponsored Creative Mornings Vancouver. Langara will sponsor at least three breakfast-lecture events each year. “Designers are fantastic students, they never stop learning, and contributing [to our community] is the next part of learning,” said Johnathon Strebly, the program coordinator for the EMD program. “I’m constantly delighted by the opportunities that are made available to me through Langara,” Strebly said. “It is a luxury to be able to facilitate opportunities for others.” Strebly has been involved with Creative Mornings since its inception. Many attendees were excited to have snagged one of the limited number of tickets available. Pez Pengelly, a freelance developer

and designer from Whistler, has attended several Creative Mornings. “I like coming to these events, there are great speakers, it’s good to get out of my bubble once and a while,” said Pengelly. “Curate creativity, and embrace culture,” said Busse, “embracing culture pushes humanity forward.” “We [Vancouver] are perceived to behave as a backwater community as far as art, culture and design,” he said. Busse is also the co-founder and design director for Industrial Brand, as well as an executive director for Society of Graphic Designers of Canada. “If there was a word for my passion, my mission, it would be co-opetition – a fusion of competition and cooperation,” he said. The next Creative Mornings Vancouver event will be on March 2. For more information, go to www.


Gagan Diesh

Founded his studio, DesignStamp, in 2001 Works with clients to develop positive interaction designs Helped develop Digital Design program at VFS Says he is inspired by looking at what’s around him, be it bad signage or ‘intuitive paths through physical spaces.’ Source: Creative Mornings

A stone’s throw to sweet treats and good baking Faces of South Vancouver is a weekly series profiling the people who live and work south of 41st Avenue. By CARISSA THORPE


f your sweetheart has a sweet tooth, Breka Bakery and Café has you covered for Valentine’s Day with pink and heart-shaped treats to please. Just a four minute bus ride from Langara, Breka is a family-run, 24-hour European-style bakery offering cakes and quiches, pastries and panini at 49th Avenue and Fraser Street. “We try to have something that everyone will like,” said store manager Adam Granot, noting the selection includes coffee, sandwiches, smoothies, pastries, fresh-baked bread, and even a couple of vegan cookie options. With prices already so competitive, such as sandwiches under 10 dollars, Granot said he felt a student discount isn’t necessary. Many students already


A selection of Breka Bakery’s sweets (above); bakery employee Shannon Demeule shows off some Valentine’s Day-themed treats (left) regularly shop at the bakery, he said. Criminology students Lupita Ramirez and Pretni Prakash frequent the bakery when they have time between classes, sometimes taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi to study in the evenings. Ramirez and Prakash said the coffee and blended drinks are what have made them repeat customers. According to Granot, the cinnamon, cream cheese and hazelnut-filled kuffles (75 cents each) on offer are one of the most popular items, along with sandwiches and panini.

“It’s a very diverse neighbourhood,” Granot said of Breka’s eclectic South Vancouver surroundings, adding, “I think it fits in just perfect.” The bakery, in the same location since 1963,was taken over and renovated by the Granot family in 2006. If you go to Breka during the day, be forewarned that there is limited street parking, something Granot says is the one issue with the bakery’s location. For more information on menu options, including catering within Vancouver, visit, or drop by the bakery in person at 6533 Fraser St.

of South Vancouver

The Granot family run a warm, welcoming bakery just minutes away from Langara



Editor Morna cassidy

The Voice, Thursday, February 09, 2012


Women defeated by Douglas Falcons have to win their next two games to make it to the playoffs

We still have a chance, we’re still going to play like we have a chance. MIKE EVANS Coach

By Jacquie Richardson


he Falcons women’s basketball team struggled to keep afloat in Saturday night’s game against Douglas College, losing 58–52 and landing in a tight spot as playoffs draw near. In a close game with many lead changes, Falcon’s star forward Carling Muir had 19 points and 12 rebounds, but she, like her team, had difficulty finding her range shooting only six for 19 for the night. In a pre-game interview, Muir said, “I’m confident about the team and their ability. I’m confident [we’re] going to have a win.” Muir also praised teammate Jessica Eng, for her high basketball IQ, calling her a “scoring advantage” for the team. Eng proved Muir right playing a sol-

id game, scoring the last basket of the first quarter and finishing the game with nine points. While Muir brought the score to a 21–21 tie near the end of the second, a late run by Douglas put the opponents ahead 25–22 just as the halftime buzzer rang. Douglas’ forward Quincie Oyejekwe turned up the heat in the second half, finishing the game with 18 points and 14 rebounds. The Falcons exciting first year guard Denise Busayong had an off shooting night, finishing four for 13 from the field for 12 points. Falcons’ guard Rhea Silvestri overcame her own shooting difficulties, getting to the line eight times while assisting her team in the rebound department by scooping up eight boards. Head coach Mike Evans said the loss

was a disappointment for Langara, especially because Douglas sits below them in the standings. However, the close win for the Falcons in their last match against Douglas may have been a warning that the opposition was becoming a stronger threat. The team will now have to win their final two games to make it to the playoffs. The Falcons are one of the youngest teams in the league, playing mostly university teams, who are both older in years and have more playing experience as a team. According to Evans, their toughest opposition is Vancouver Island University. Despite Saturday’s loss, Evans remained somewhat optimistic, “We still have a chance,” he said. “We’re still going to play like we have a chance.”


The 2012 Langara badminton team will participate in BCCAA finals on February 18 and 19 at Thompson Rivers University.

Provincial tourney next for Falcons To prepare for the league championship Langara has been focused on exhibition play in down time By Alex Skerdzhev



Rhea Silvestri, guard, and Carling Muir, forward, push hard against Douglas College in Saturday night’s game.


Carling Muir, Langara Falcon’s star forward, takes a shot from the free throw line at Saturday’s game against Douglas College.

Men’s team focus on D to keep streak Coach McCallum isn’t going to let his team rest on their laurels despite their recent run of wins



he Falcons men’s basketball team ruled the courts this weekend, with a definitive win on Friday and a nail-biter victory on Saturday. Armed with Gurjote Jhaj, B.C.’s top scorer in the league and PACWEST player of the week, Langara continued the previous week’s winning streak. The Falcons headed to Abbotsford on Friday, defeating the Columbia Bible College 104-81. Even with the win, coach Jake McCallum wanted improvement on the Falcons defensive game. “It was a pretty sloppy game from either team. Very back and forth.” McCallum’s focus on defense has been a New Year’s resolution for the team. The resolution paid off on Saturday when Langara hosted the Douglas College Royals. The Falcons eked out a 6967 victory that had everyone on the edge of their seat. The Royals began the first quarter, with a quick lead against Langara, but the Falcons struck back, blitzing their opponents and ending the quarter just one point behind. The second quarter remained equally tense. The Falcons took the lead but were unable to stretch it beyond seven points as Douglas’ defense held solid throughout the first half. Ferocity from both was evident with several collisions between players. Forceful plays by Douglas were

blocked by the Falcons’ improved defense and they held their ground. Langara led 36-29 at half-time. The Royals outplayed the Falcons in the third quarter, narrowing Langara’s lead to just three points. The most impressive play came in the final quarter, as both teams pushed hard to secure the lead. With only 30 seconds left, a foul in Douglas’ favour gave them an equalizing opportunity from the free throw line. Both shots sank, tying the game at 67-67 with just half a minute left. Seconds before the final buzzer, Langara managed to score, ending the game at 69-67. McCallum, though pleased with the win, said that Langara’s game “was not consistently good.” He went on to say that Kwantlen who Langara faces next, will be a tougher challenge.

Devin McMurtry, Langara’s top rebounder, made a lay-up look easy as he sailed passed the Douglas College defence for the basket.


PACWEST Badminton Team Standings


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Forward Ranjodh Hare holds steady during a charge from Douglas College Royal’s offence.

he Langara Falcons badminton team is training for the British Columbia Colleges’ Athletic Association Championship tournament. Coach Marc Petreman, who has been with the team for four years, is optimistic about the Falcons chance to move up to second place in provincial standings. The Falcons are currently ranked third out of the six teams competing. “We’re stronger this year, definitely. We’ve worked harder, we’ve had more luck recruiting... it’s a much stronger team,” said Petreman. Petreman says he has two standout players, Luke Couture and Alisa Young, who will be the ones to watch during the tournament. “Couture is a singles champion, [a]really good singles player, training very hard five Douglas College days a week,” he 1091 points said. “[Young’s] a Capilano University good singles play 798 points er, she’s by far the strongest [woman] Langara College on our team.” 725 points Young, a 21-yearold business stu Kwantlen Polytechnical University dent, says her highschool tournament 555 points experience is help Vancouver Island ing to keep her University calm. 295 points “There’s always going to be a little Source: PACWEST bit of nerves, but I have competed before... it’s no big deal,” said Young. To prepare for the championship, the Falcons train two nights a week for two and a half hours in the gymnasium. Petreman notes that many players also train on their own time, and the team plays exhibition games to keep its momentum going. All the hard training has paid off, as the Falcons have moved to eighth place in the national rankings, up from ninth a year ago. The BCCAA Championship has two stages spread over two days: the first day is team play and the second is individuals. Each team will play the other five teams in the tournament, spread across five games – men’s and women’s singles and doubles and a mixed match – with the eventual victors winning at least three of the five matches. Points are awarded for every game and the winning team will be the one with the most points at the end of the tournament. The Falcons are scheduled to face Douglas College in their first round, who are ranked first in both provincial and national standings.


One of many tumbles taken by Langara players in the game.

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