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THE UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA’S INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER AUGUST 11, 2011 • VOLUME 64 • ISSUE 4 • MARTLET.CA

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Smoking to be restricted to outside Ring Road > KAILEY WILLETTS

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Smokers will have to cross Ring Road to light up after changes to UVic’s smoking policy come into affect Sept. 1. The UVic smoking policy has been amended to allow smoking only in designated smoking areas. Fifteen designated smoking areas will be created outside Ring Road, marked by signage, benches and cigarette receptacles, including one behind the Student Union Building. “UVic is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for students, employees and visitors,” wrote Janice Johnson, manager of the office of UVic’s vice president of Finance and Operations. “Reducing the effects of second-hand smoke on employees and students is a health and safety issue — the university is in line with societal expectations and legislation. As part of this change, the University is also promoting and supporting smoking cessation programs that are available to students, faculty and staff.” The university held two campus-wide town halls in the spring, as well as engaged with many stakeholders such as the UVic Students’ Society, the Grad Students’ Society, student groups and employees. “There has been overwhelming support expressed from both employees and students,” said Johnson. However, some students feel the policy is unnecessary. “I understand what the university is doing but at the end of the day the university is not

our parent. You already can’t buy smokes on campus, you can’t buy lighters anywhere on campus,” said third-year social work student Kiran McKee. For McKee, the policy is more than just

People with nicotine addictions will also be affected by the policy, particularly with only a 10-minute break between classes. McKee also felt the student population was not adequately consulted, and only learned about the policy from the Martlet. “I’m in the SUB all the time. I’m really amazed I didn’t know about this,” she said. Others have expressed concerns over the future of the 4:20 Club that meets at the fountain every Wednesday. “The smoking policy changes apply to all forms of smoke and we are looking to reduce the harmful and intrusive effects of all second-hand smoke. Smoking will only be permitted in one of the designated areas,” Johnson wrote. So far, the university has no specific plans for enforcing the policy, but expects people will respect the changes. “The university will review any issues or challenges that result in the change on a caseby-case basis during the course of the fall,” wrote Johnson. McKee thinks, ultimately, the policy won’t be able to prevent smoking inside Ring Road. “If you are a smoker and you really do need the nicotine release you’re going to find a way to do it,” she said. The university is announcing the changes to the policy via new print and digital materials, including advertisements in campus publications and social media venues like Facebook and Twitter. More information is available at uvic.ca/ smoking.

“I’m in the SUB all the time. I’m really amazed I didn’t know about this.” –Kiran McKee UVic student inconvenient; it’s a matter of stress. “For me, I smoke mostly when I’m stressed,” she explained. “If I am stressed over an exam I am not going to want to walk outside Ring Road between classes to get a smoke.”

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EDITORIAL

Sexual negativity fosters stigmas around STIs

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According to recent statistics, some sexually transmitted–infection (STI) rates are on the rise in B.C. At the end of 2010 there were an estimated 13 000 people living with HIV in the province. And the reported cases of chlamydia, the most common STI in North America, are steadily rising each year too. There are many speculations about what may be responsible for the increase. Lack of adequate sex education and a more sexually active population are possible reasons. Whatever the reasons, the fact is more and more people are infected, but they’re not talking about it. The silence around STIs points to a more insidious factor — stigma. STIs are so stigmatized that people simply don’t want to talk about them. The only environment where STIs seem to be regularly referenced (besides the doctor’s office) is in insults — usually aimed at women’s sexuality — and in sex-ed classes in high school, where fear-mongering prevails over discussing STIs in the non-sensational, practical manner that one might use to talk about any other infection. If people could have open and honest discussions about their bodies without fear of stigma, STI prevention could come a long way. Not only does stigma stifle open and honest discussion around STIs, which could contribute to their prevention, it also causes unnecessary harm to people living with the infections. STI stigma is fostered by a sex-negative society — one where sex is only acceptable in certain situations. We learn that sex should be monogamous and heterosexual. Ideally, it should be married and reproductive. And we shouldn’t have it too often. A lot of these ideals stem from Christian morality: that sex is sinful unless redeemed by the act of procreation within marriage. While most people have sex before marriage, these old moral ideas remain as a form of social control. STIs are associated with promiscuity, which society has deemed “bad,” especially for women. However, it’s completely unfair to judge people for their consensual practices. That would mean sex is inherently bad. As an extension, STIs receive far more stigma than any other infection. However, all STIs are treatable and many are curable. People who contract STIs are no dirtier than anyone else. STI stigma is also gendered. Women, who have often been expected to be beacons of chastity, carry much more of the burden of sex negativity. Men are expected to sow their wild oats while women are expected to protect their chaste treasures. Therefore, if a woman contracts an STI she is labelled as promiscuous and her sexuality is considered deviant. The problem isn’t the STIs, however; it’s that we can’t, and won’t, talk about them. Instead of furthering unhealthy stigmas around STIs, we should be working toward a sexpositive society, where we can have open and honest conversations about sexuality. In a sexpositive society, there would be no hierarchy of sex acts. All consensual sex acts would be free from moral and social judgement. Sex positivity leads to more dialogue around sex, which in turn leads to less sexualized violence, fewer unwanted pregnancies and lower STI rates, as well as more orgasms and more enjoyable, consensual sex.

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LETTERS

Indigenous alienated from pride events Re: “Cultural appropriation is not OK”, Issue 3, July 14 Amazing article, thank you Adam and Elaine. This is a nice segue into another discussion about how PRIDE doesn’t and will never truly be able to represent all people who identify as queer. Not to mention another discussion about why so many POCs and Indigenous folks are alienated from these events and further, why so many do not necessarily identify with the term queer because of how it is represented. Though it would have also been a good place to discuss more about how Two-Spirit, as a concept, is also being appropriated on a regular basis — not only by non-Indigenous peoples as a personal identifier, a whole other level of appropriation — but also as a way for mainstream queer movements to feel like they have done their “multicultural” duty to mention us. Anyways, meegwetch and much love and rage to you both.

–Indigenous Insurgent (martlet.ca)

Cultural appropriation is a right It undermines this entire argument about cultural appropriation not being “OK” — of course it is OK. It might be tacky, tasteless, insensitive, insulting, etc., but it’s their right to do so, just like it’s OK for kids from the reserves of Turtle Island to the endless tracts of North American suburbia to appropriate African American hip hop culture and wear ridiculous baggy pants, listen to sexist MCs troll on about the thug life, and re-mix the genre for their own life view. Real culture is all about appropriation; it always has been, and despite the perverse ways capitalistic society makes this happen, it’s simply not something we can wish away. We can rage against it, mock it, point out how ridiculous it is, but that’s really about it, unless you want some sort of “Ministry of Cultural Authenticity” policing society against what most artists do every day of their waking life.

–PanamaJack (martlet.ca)

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> GEOFFREY LINE Let me drop the soapbox. We are gathered today in the shadows of our library, just shy of guitar strumming near the fountain, in the green of the UVic quad to discuss a matter too sensitive to many: race. I have a nightmare; a sleep-disturbing vision of a world in which men and women are wrongly accused of racism, like Hollywood screenwriters pegged as Communists in the McCarthy era. I see little boys and girls scrawling through colouring books, debating which crayon is best to fill between the lines. “I like red and blue, Sarah, how ’bout you?” “I like white, Jimmy.” “So you’re a racist.” I have a nightmare this is more than a laugh and childhood misunderstanding. I have a nightmare that these children, bred with the reflex to identify racism and racists, grow up, and grow blind. I fear we raise a people, trigger-happy to

condemn something or someone as racist, as if by distancing ourselves from the R word we gain secret brownie points for righteousness. And while racism at its purest — the belief that a race has inherent characteristics that make it superior or inferior to another — is intolerable, not all commentators on race or all discussions of race should be dismissed. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred, or rather — of superiority and condescension. Let us not bemoan the past of the white man to the extent we do not give the one of the present chance to redeem his predecessor’s mistakes. Let us not cripple ourselves by making race a topic too taboo for discussion. I have a nightmare of muzzled professors, of history lectures unable to educate cringing students of racial mixing in Latin America; of pardas and pardos, mulattas and mulattos, zambas and zambos, of the terms by which they were referred to — of history. I have a nightmare we convince

ourselves race does not exist. It does. And it’s something to celebrate. We prize the minute details of someone’s design: freckles, curly hair, the shape of nose and ears, why not the colour of skin or slant of eye? Race is something we should not pretend into non-existence, and certainly not something that should in some backward spin erect partitions between us. This is the 21st century. Race exists and it’s something we’re not afraid of or afraid to discuss. Let it be known and let them hear it. Go back to your lecture halls and your discussion boards. Go back to your cities. Go back to the mainland, and to Montreal in the east. Go back to Toronto where a black-only school was established in 2007. Go back to the Centre of the Universe and let it know that colour is not the issue, socio-economic differences are. Go back and let not our midnight terrors be. I have a nightmare of familiar signs: School for Coloured. Washroom for Whites. I have a nightmare of a martyr’s undone dream.

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Let’s be honest—our revolution is here > CODY WILLETT I basically stopped following the news after the last election — most of it’s terrible anyway. Still, major events hit my radar and all things considered, it looks like the day student loans are wiped off the books is within sight, now that the revolution is spreading. Images of charred neighbourhoods, armoured vehicles and urban warfare flow from London, a former imperial centre that’s supposed to be holding the summer Olympics next year. Markets tank again, proving the generation at the helm has no plan to stop their zombie capitalism from cannibalizing not just our culture, but our heavily-mortgaged future as well. The Arab Spring burns through the summer and rejection of corrupt neo-colonialism shakes a fast-evolving global system. Life is pretty tranquil here on the Island. I watched a group of thugs walk up to a church on Pandora Avenue and deal to some helpless people congregating there as I waited for the bus the other night. My roommate works in a building where a man was stabbed to death last week. I never have enough change for the heartbreakers I meet on the street. I have

friends who can’t find jobs in their field (or sometimes at all) for months on end. I just get by, going to school, yet have so much relative privilege it makes me ashamed sometimes. After all, I live in a relative paradise. Look at Norway. Anders Breivik wrote a right-wing manifesto and then killed scores of politically-engaged youth to gain attention and cripple his country’s progressive movement. In Europe, country after country admits to being so in debt that they’re on the brink of bankruptcy, in need of a bailout and/or unable to ensure their increasingly assertive citizens have jobs and services they can rely upon. The same goes for the U.S. empire, which can’t support multiple wars, massive babyboomer pensions and healthcare commitments or its own consumption-oriented economy, let alone all these things at the same time. Their decades-old perfect credit rating was just downgraded and China, the leading owner of American debt, is demanding a global reserve currency replace the US dollar as the backbone of the world economy (especially since oil is only traded in U.S. dollars). Oh, yeah: imminent, West-created and ignored global climate change — it’s still

happening. Much as I wanted a summer to relax my worried mind, friends kept sharing fascinating videos with me. One was Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop. It tells a story about street art — a radical movement that reclaims public space by challenging ads for dominance of our social consciousness. The other was an interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, Julian Assange of Wikileaks and philosopher Slavoj Žižek������������������ ����������������������� . For all the massively insightful ideas shared regarding the information war Wikileaks nurtures, Žižek had the most profound observation to make: Revolution and instability spread across the Arab world so quickly because social media allowed everyone to know that everyone else knew their emperor had no clothes. It spreads now to our society because Wikileaks, debt revelations and urban riots show us all ours are naked too. I don’t have confidence in the institutions that are entrusted to protect our present and future interests as individuals and as a society. I know I am very much not alone. I don’t need to follow the news everyday to know the revolution is happening now. Whether it’s ours depends on whether we’re afraid of it or not.

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Here’s the Thing I’m on a bus. The roads here are oblong and ill-maintained, so the bus goes bump, bump. Here’s the thing: Nothing really matters. I’m not very old, but I know this for sure. There isn’t a thing that is worth a damn on this whole blue earth. Those countless hours spent by the brutish and astute dwelling on the meaning of life, on the divine, on existence are all for naught. They won’t get anywhere and it wouldn’t matter if they did. We’ll all be ground to dust just the same. Don’t look at me. Blame scientists. What a grand hoax! This life, this spectacular tragedy! What a startling surprise for us creatures of such spanning intelligence and reflective fortitude to find that all our struggle is but a mean quibble on the finest freckle on the outer arm of a milky galactic behemoth, itself only one of countless like it. And what irony! To happen upon such a fact even as we prostrate ourselves before our mighty deities, whom we’ve assumed for so long to be more than just wild conclusions leapt to by some archaic cave-dwelling pre-Homos. “Très drôle,” I say, as the bus goes bump, bump. The pretty girl in the seat next to me turns and cocks an eyebrow before returning her gaze window-ward. I’m not sure if she heard what I said and is confused, or perhaps I muttered the whole thing aloud and misused the French phrase “Très drôle.” I am not fluent in French, though I wish I were. Many of my friends these days are bilingual, having been immersed in a language throughout their grade school years. Once I asked my father why he never put me in the French immersion program, to which he replied: “Why the heck would you want to learn French?” I don’t know.  Mais je veux parler le français, papa. My father is a simple man, despite having a squishy orangey-pink thing in his head of considerable ability and complexity. I don’t believe he ever left his hometown growing up. He has never had a hankering to see the world, excepting the odd vacation to a resort in Cancun to escape the rat race. He and my mother go there once or twice a year during the cold months. It’s one of those fancy-ass, five-star places where they wait on you hand and foot and everything is free. You can eat like a pig and drink like a fish all day. I went down there with them

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once when I was younger and got a hell of a sunburn while I sat by the pool with all the other pink-bellies. I burned so bad, in fact, that I was forbidden by my mother from going back outside the following day. I was stuck inside, sticky with sweat in the Cancun heat. I went for a glass of water at the villa’s kitchen sink. As I touched it to my lips my mother squealed. “Don’t drink that!  You might get hepatitis!” I put down the glass. Why the Mexicans put hepatitis in their water was beyond me. Bump, bump. I go to a nice school, now that I’m a little older. The campus is pretty; it isn’t too large and has a road around it that is a circle, which I am fairly certain was put there because it is cute. I am a student, like you. Or maybe you’re not a student now, but if you’re reading this and it’s making an ounce of sense then you must have been at some point. If it’s making more than an ounce of sense you’re as bat-shitcrazy as I am. I ride the bus to my nice school in the mornings because I can’t afford a car. I have a bike. It is a really neat old Japanese road bike from the seventies. I bought it because it was bright green with chrome fenders and I thought all the ladies would like it. The ladies do like it, but I don’t ride it much because it has steel rims that slick up in the rain and cause me to crash into things and break my foot. On the first rainy day of last October I was not yet aware of this feature, and I rode my shiny bike swiftly down an access ramp on campus that was shaped like a “U”. When I got to the bottom, I applied my brakes, as is standard procedure when taking a sharp 180-degree turn. The old pads pressed against the rim like wet fingers on an oily noodle, and I endured one of those stretching moments when you know shit is about to hit the fan. My handlebars hit the railing and I flew over them both, landing a few feet below in a holly bush. Like that wasn’t bad enough, my foot was still above me, lodged crooked between the double handrail and support post. It made a sick popping sound as I wrenched it free, and I proceeded to roll around in the holly, moaning like a guy who’d just fractured his ankle. Get a load of this: a girl came around the corner and the first thing she said was “Were you trying to do a trick?!”

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A short story by Martlet fiction contest winner: Cam Clayton Bump, bump. When I get to my nice school I go to lectures and learn about nice things, physical things, and the way they have arranged themselves to function in the set of circumstances they find themselves in. For example, I learn about an arrangement of carbon atoms called the jewel wasp, who finds a poor cockroach and stings it in the brain where the venom eats away at the neural areas that give the cockroach free will. Once the mamma wasp gets rid of the cockroach’s free will, she grabs it by the antennae and pulls the poor thing into her den where she stabs her ovipositor into the roach and lays eggs in its abdomen. Even as the larvae devour the cockroach alive from the inside, the cockroach doesn’t freak out or have a hissy-fit like anybody else who’s getting their insides eaten would. It just sits there passively because its free will is gone, until eventually the larvae burst forth to infect other poor cockroaches. Talk about a bummer. I work pretty hard at school because I need to show everybody how smart I am. I need to show them so that I might get myself into a career that will make me seem like a person who’s worth a damn, and so that I will get the approval of people who I think are worth a damn. The fact that nobody is really worth anything is not lost on me, but I can’t help myself — none of us can. Besides, I owe the government tens of thousands of dollars for my personal growth and edification, and I imagine they’ll want that back soon. So I figure I’d better get my ass in gear and become a doctor or a lawyer. I used to want to be a teacher, but on that salary I’d be paying my loans back until my late fifties, and I’m not even sure I’m going to make it that far. But sometimes I still think it would be neat to teach kids about parasitic jewel wasps. Sometimes after school I volunteer at the hospital in town. Volunteering is a funny thing, given that there is most likely no such thing as altruism amidst all our Darwinian dramatics. My hospital volunteer partner is a guy named Chris. Chris wants to be a doctor. He thinks its funny that he has to do things he doesn’t want to do to prove that he’s a good person and worthy of consideration and tutelage because of all the time he’s spent doing mundane and minutely rewarding tasks pro bono, when all he really wants to do is sit on the couch and eat potato chips until he’s too fat to move. Tell me about it.

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I, myself, am a little fat, so I try to eat healthy and exercise often. I even just took up yoga as a way to both stay in shape and quiet the constant chattering of the thousand broken conversations that pinball through my brain every night before bed. I never thought I’d be a yoga-goer, but it is calming, I find, and if you’ve got a pinball-brain I’d suggest it to you, too. Plus girls with nice bums do yoga, so it’s a double-whammy. Bump, bump. In the mornings I read the news. My complexion is such that I am concerned about the state of the environment and the population crisis and the plight of the developing world. I am concerned about the number of people dying of cancer and AIDS and the myriad other diseases and civil conflicts currently ongoing. I am concerned that the person who so skillfully stitched my garments is sitting in a stinking sweatshop somewhere, killing herself for a shiny dime a day. I am concerned about all these and more. I’ll bet you are, too. That is the gift of globalization, capitalism, and the media age. The gift of penniless studenthood is that you can do very little about it. Sometimes this all gets to me, the state of things, you know? I mean really gets to me. And knowing that nobody is worth a damn and that nothing really matters is as consoling as a kick in the teeth. It makes me want to stay in bed all day long. The problem is every morning I wake to the inexorable thunderclap of conscious existence, just as you do. And since we’ll probably go on that way for a while (at least until things get really bad around here), it seems that we all might as well carry on giving a damn about the things we’ve deemed worthy of our affections in the first place.  Even if in the end we’re just a cosmic fart. The bus stops.  The doors go “cchhhh”. So I’ll smile at the pretty girl because she is worth a dayum. I’ll go to class and pay attention because one day I might use that knowledge to help a person, and people are worth a damn. I’ll smile at the sun and the singing birds and the chirping chipmunks in the trees because they are worth a damn. And I’ll laugh out loud when it occurs to me that they’ve had it figured out all along.

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CULTURE

The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads — they all adore him. They think he’s a righteous dude.

John Butler Trio’s new album revolutionary > BLAKE MORNEAU The April Uprising was fought by Bulgarian nationalists who wanted nothing more than to be free to form their own country, a place where they could live in harmony as brothers. The name of that particular revolutionary event holds a deep significance today for Australian musician John Butler. “My great-great grandfather fought in the uprising in 1875 against the Ottoman Empire,” explains Butler. “A hundred years later in April, I was born. Thirty-six years after that I broke up my trio and started a new trio, and then a year after that I released April Uprising.” Seeing the pattern of rebirth and change that the month of April had brought into his life, Butler says he adopted the album title as an all-encompassing “metaphor for personal revolution, musical revolution, spiritual revolution . . . the whole shit.” It’s a long way off from a political revolution but Butler has worked tirelessly against the established norms of the music business, forging a path for himself as one of the biggest independent acts in the world. Being an independent artist, as opposed to having major label backing, is a personal choice. “I try not be fundamentalist about it and just do what suits me and what suits me is to have creative control,” says Butler. Butler has maintained creative control by forming and maintaining Jarrah Records, with fellow Aussies The Waifs. “It’s about getting your music out there in a way that suits you, that is sustainable for you, that works within your ethics and your morals,” explains Butler. While allowing music to be used in ad campaigns indicates selling out for many musicians and listeners, Butler, who lends his music to various charitable causes like Oxfam and the effort to save the Kimberley area of Australia, sees it a bit differently. “Some people sell Coca-Cola to do it, some people choose never ever to release

anything, they only play live. To me it’s just about getting my music to my fans and doing it in a way that’s an equal and fair exchange,” says Butler. While increasing digitization has a profound impact on the bottom line of many independent artists, Butler maintains he’s “not on the cutting edge of all that shit. I’m still learning to play an instrument that was designed 600 years ago. I find [the technology side of the business] very uncreative.” Butler hopes his fans will understand the relationship commerce has with his music. “It costs me money to make albums and it’s about trying to get some of that equal and opposite exchange going so people can get what they want and I can get what I need to keep on doing it,” says Butler. “If everyone wants everything for free I can’t do what I do. I have to do something else.” Fortunately for Butler, fans continue to turn out in droves to see him play with his fellow musicians Nicky Bomba (drums) and Byron Loiters (bass). The group recently released the band’s fourth live album, Live At The Red Rocks. “Live shows are always going to be something you can’t digitize. You can release Live At The Red Rocks but you’ll never be able to release the experience,” says Butler. Though they’ve played high-capacity venues, like the famous Red Rocks, their upcoming show in Victoria will be at the 1 400seat Royal Theatre. Butler says the band wouldn’t ever judge a gig by how big it is. “It’s always about the connection between the band and audience. If the crowd brings a lot of enthusiasm and are prepared to perform just as hard as the musicians there’s no difference.”

John Butler Trio August 19, 7:30 p.m. Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street, Victoria, B.C. johnbutlertrio.com

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John Butler Trio will be playing the Royal Theatre on August 19.

Rock of the Woods lets loose in Bamberton > AMANDA RICHARDSON After a disappointing last-minute venue change last year, Surge Ahead’s Rock of the Woods has at long last been given the green light and will take its rightful place as the Cowichan Valley’s premier music festival, August 26 and 27 in Bamberton, B.C. Despite a fair bit of toiling and a great deal of tribulation, Surge Ahead founder, Dave Bain, has finally managed to cross every t and dot every i on the long journey from Rock of the Woods concept to fruition. “There was a lot of frustration last year because everything was taken away four days before the festival — that’s when the final axe was thrown. But the CRD was really great this year,” explains Bain. “The final little leap to make sure everything was good and was going to happen was to get the final approval of the Fire Marshall, and he was ecstatic, so barring forest fire or natural disaster, nothing will stop it this year.” This year’s line-up features the likes of Plants and Animals, Chad VanGaalen, Humans, and local acts like Sunhawk and Carmanah. Blending the best of local and national music, Rock of the Woods, which was moved last year to Sugar and Lucky Bar, will carve out a new era in an already historic place. “The property is really, really cool. I went down there all the time as a kid, because 8

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it’s this huge old ghost town. It was one of the world’s biggest cement factories back in the 1800s. Everything on the property was made to a tee out of concrete,” says Bain. Bain explains that the massive property has been divided into two spaces — one for camping, the other for music. “The camping’s got an ocean view. It’s essentially a big, open grass field, with deer wandering around, and just a really

the lawns.” The property underwent a huge cleanup process to remove all the dangerous compounds from the area, as harmful heavy metals like lead are often found in old concrete. Sticking with the property’s environmentally conscious mandate, Bain decided to add a significant green element to Rock of the Woods. “With any music festival you’re going to

“We’re expecting a really good vibe, because the type of music we’re going to have will draw a really great group of people.” –Dave Bain Surge Ahead beautiful view,” says Bain. “The festival grounds are the lawns of an old manor house. They’re old English tiered lawns that are just really beautiful. The lawn is Lshaped and the big one has the main stage. The beer garden is over in the fruit orchard, with an acoustic stage at the other end of

have two major places for waste: plastic and power. We’re really lucky to have a sponsor donate generators, which we’re running off biodiesel. It’s a couple hundred bucks more to run them, but now we’re 100 per cent green,” says Bain. “Then we have our water program. You can buy a water

bottle for a small fee, and you can fill it up at water stations as much as you want. We’ll have some recyclable water bottles too, but it’ll be cheaper to buy the reusable ones.” The green theme also factored heavily into Bain’s decisions when it came to selecting festival vendors. “We’re going with the traditional local vendors, but because we also have a composting program at the festival, we really factored in waste disposal when it came to choosing vendors,” explains Bain. On top of the environmentally friendly nature of the festival, Rock of the Woods won’t burn a hole through your wallet. “We all know that we get gouged out our butts at music festivals, but this won’t be like that. Vendors can price fairly because they’re not working on commission,” says Bain. “We want everyone to have fun. We’re expecting a really good vibe, because the type of music we’re going to have will draw a really great group of people.” With breathtaking views, outstanding music, and more than a few surprise aces up the sleeve, Rock of the Woods is sure to become an Island staple in the already impressive summer festival lineup. Rock of the Woods August 26–27 Bamberton, B.C. rockofthewoods.com


UVic dominates Fringe Fest > DAVID CHRISTOPHER

September, claims to have begun directing in earnest in 1996, but has various acting and directing credits that predate even The 25th anniversary of the Victoria Fringe that time. The cast of three includes UVic Festival is nearly upon us and this year’s alumna Lorene Cammiade. lineup looks spectacular. With a variety of UVic grads Darcy Stoop and Cat Heywood pieces ranging from intrigue to sketch-comhave teamed up to present a dramatization edy to interpretive movement, there is most of a compilation of 1844 German nursery certainly something for every taste. As always with Fringe, amateur and fledg- rhymes entitled Struwellpeter. “We are using various staging media, inling theatrical productions have won their cluding sock puppets,” says Stroop, despite opportunity (via random lottery selection) the dark subject matter. to present their fare in more professional The show’s four-men-in-a-tub collaboraenvirons and in front of nearly guaranteed tive team includes: Jesse Cowell, a graduaudiences. Perhaps more than any other ate from the UVic writing department, year to date, UVic students and alumni are dominating the festival with an overwhelm- Liam Volke, a graduate from UVic’s Phoenix Theatre acting stream; Heywood, a graduing presence. ate in costume and design, also from UVic’s Headlining the list of impressive particitheatre department; and Stoop, a graduate pants is UVic student Andrew Wade. Wade in the directing prograduated in April gram. Stoop hints with concurrent the show deals with four-year degrees some touchy and in both writing and dark subject mattheatre. In April, ter, so the show is he won first place “They’re into the booze, certainly for adults in the Vancouver Young Playwright’s as usual, and the opportunity more than kids. One dollar from Competition for his for their husbands’ deaths every ticket sold to play The Romantics. Struwellpeter will be Over the summer he arises.” donated to Victoria’s also took on starring roles in Keep–Wendy Merk READ Society for literacy. ItSimple Theatre Theatre student Productions’ debut Andrew Barrett has teamed up with fellow production of Henry V, and performed UVic theatre grads Emily Piggford and Anas the main character in a UVic writing gie Lopez to design a collaborative movedepartment production called How Socrates ment piece entitled The Tirades of Love. The Bought the Farm. show follows the movements (literally) of a Wade is involved in three Fringe protwenty-something young woman confrontductions this season. He will be the stage ing the stereotypes and meaning of love manager for Sonnets for an Old Century; he for the first time. Barrett says the show is is reprising his role in the one-man show “challenging — challenging to understand production of William vs. the World (which as it challenges stereotypes.” he also wrote); and he is directing BFA: The UVic theatre grads Peter Carlone and Musical! Chris Wilson reprise their popular comedy Wade describes the show as “an over-theduo with a show called Peter n’ Chris and top musical centering around characters the Mystery of the Hungry Heart Motel. They wondering what to do with their new have been successfully touring their combachelor of fine arts degrees and coming edy fare on the Fringe circuit since their to terms with the fact that a degree does graduation from the Theatre department not automatically mean success in the real in 2008. world.” Recent UVic Theatre graduate Graham The entire cast and production team Roebuck stars in The Disinhibition Effect, are made up of current UVic students or an internet illusion-of-anonymity comedy/ alumni. The whole idea was conceived by intrigue piece. Recent Phoenix graduate UVic writing grads Meghan Beel and NataBrian Wrigley wrote the show and is directlie North, who after writing the narrative, ing and the cast is comprised of Phoenix solicited original songs from local bands grads Roebuck, Jesse Cooper and current and artists to complete the show. Phoenix student Simon Walter. Of titillating interest is the adult intrigue The list of UVic grads, students, and comedy The Smell of the Kill directed by alumni represent the lion’s share of this UVic theatre alumna Wendy Merk. year’s Fringe Festival. “The show is about three wives in their monthly commune. They’re into the booze, Victoria Fringe Festival as usual, and the opportunity for their husAugust 25–September 4 bands’ deaths arises,” says Merk. Various venues Merk, who steps into the role of chairintrepidtheatre.wordpress.com/victoria-fringe/ person with Langham Court Theatre in

Acting for a more sustainable world

Megan Cronkite is getting ready to bike from Vancouver to Lethbridge.

> JEFF MCALLISTER There’s a big difference between preaching sustainability and actually living it. Megan Cronkite, a second-year geography and social justice student at UVic, is attempting to bridge that gap. This September, Cronkite will journey from Vancouver to Lethbridge as part of a travelling theatre troupe put together by the Otesha Project. Their goal: to promote environmental awareness and social sustainability through a series of plays and interactive workshops. And, just to prove that they’re the real deal, the actors are cycling all 2 000 kilometres of the trip. It’s this authenticity that’s gotten Cronkite stoked on the project. “Your words have to be your actions,” she says. “Dialogue is so important, but if you don’t put it into action, it just gets stuck as thoughts.” Although this is Cronkite’s first project with Otesha — a relationship that started back in April, when she signed on for the ride — she’s no stranger to using acting to promote action. Cronkite’s foray into theatre began last summer, when she worked with River Chandler and Theatre Works Consulting on a project to provide a safe space in which marginalized communities could share experiences of police harassment in Victoria. Cronkite was also active in Cracks in the Concrete, a weekend of workshops put in place to combat poverty in the local community.

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CARSA: The cost of sporting excellence > TYLER LAING UVic is known as a top Canadian destination university for many reasons: excellent learning opportunities, state-of-the-art facilities, and a beautiful campus. Soon, the university will be able to add another feather to its cap, in the area of sports and recreation. The UVic Board of Governors recently gave the go-ahead to begin building the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities — a 59-million-dollar facility. According to Clint Hamilton, director of Athletics and Recreation, there’s going to be a little something for everyone. “This is a state-of-the-art project to benefit the entire campus community with enhancements to users of CanAssist, the department of Exercise Science, physical and health education, athletics and recreation,” he said in an email interview. “This project will provide new facilities in a central location and it will benefit our students, faculty and staff, along with external users from our neighbouring community.” CanAssist, a UVic organization that aims to aid those with disabilities, will prosper from augmented research and development space. However, concerns are now surfacing about funding for the facility. After a proposed $110 per year student fee increase was defeated by a referendum back in March, it looked as though the facility might not be approved. David Foster, director at large with the UVic Student Society (UVSS), says $18.8 million would come from UVic capital funds, and

that the school is hoping for $30 million in sponsorship and donations. Shortfalls could be covered through a loan from the British Columbia Immigrant Investment Fund, sale of the Dunsmuir Lodge, or through the liquidation of various properties, interests and investments. Dr. Leslee Francis-Pelton, president of the faculty association, has concerns. Currently, faculty association members are granted free access to the athletic facilities on campus. “If they’re now essentially replacing the McKinnon building with this new centre, we don’t want them to come back and violate a benefit that our members are entitled to,” says Francis-Pelton. “They’re aware of the fact that we’ve got this negotiated settlement and that they have told us that they have not yet decided on what the fee structure’s going to be for the new building.” However, Hamilton has confirmed part of the fee structure. “With the defeated student-fee referendum, funding will be based on a user-fee model,” he said. This doesn’t sit well with Francis-Pelton either. “Students who come from a more affluent background . . . they’re going to have better access to facilities because they’re the ones who are going to be able to afford to go. It does sort of create inequities in that sense.” The facility will include a 2 000-seat varsity competition gymnasium, increased recreational gym capacity, a fitness centre and weight-training centre, an expanded indoor fieldhouse area and additional multi-use

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UVic’s proposal includes a 10-million-dollar Rugby Centre for Excellence. recreational spaces. Foster says the accepted proposal also includes a 10-million-dollar Rugby Centre for Excellence. “The Rugby Centre is certainly planned to have a reputation beyond UVic,” Foster said in an email. Hamilton said construction is slated to begin this November. If the project’s timeline remains intact, the facility could be open by fall 2013. Should there be delays, however, the opening date could be pushed back as far as spring 2014. Either way, UVic’s athletic brand will soon be burgeoning.

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DIVERSIONS SEEING STARS BY CANDACE O’NEILL - HOROSCOPES FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

Capricorn (Dec.22-Jan.19): Try not to sweat the little stuff this month, Capricorn. Getting lost in the little details will only cause you to lose sight of the bigger picture and lead to unnecessary stresses.

Cancer (June21-July22): You will discover a new hidden talent this month that you didn’t even know you had, Cancer! You can use it to your advantage to potentially earn some extra coin these next few weeks.

Aquarius (Jan.20-Feb.18): This month is full of endless possibilities for you, Aquarius. You can achieve whatever you set your mind to, so get out there conquer that big bad world over the next few weeks.

Leo (July23-Aug.22): Embrace all of the change headed your way this month, Leo. While it may seem like your whole world is upside down these days, you are still headed in the right direction.

Pisces (Feb.19-Mar.20): Now would be a good time look over that budget of yours, Pisces. Try to avoid spending your cash too frivolously in the weeks to come or you could find yourself in hot water.

Virgo (Aug.23-Sept.22): Virgo, before making any rash or hasty decisions this month, it would be very wise to heed the sound advice of those around you. Don’t forget: they have your best interests at heart.

Aries (Mar.21-Apr.19): If there’s a time for you to play the lottery, Aries, that time is now. You will be luckier this month than you have been this entire year. Enjoy it while it lasts!

Libra (Sept.23-Oct.22): When life gets tough, you have to get tough right back, Libra. Don’t let the world knock you down and kick you around this month. Fight back and defend yourself. You’re worth it.

Taurus (Apr.20-May20): Whether it’s handing out resumes or networking, you are going to have to buckle down and really focus on your career this month if you hope to get ahead, Taurus. Gemini (May.21-June20): Communication will be absolutely pivotal for you this month, Gemini. If you learn how to effectively ask for what you really want, you will be pleasantly surprised by the results.

Scorpio (Oct.23-Nov.21): In order to stay sane this month, you’re going to have to ignore the chaos of others around you. While it may be tempting to get involved, it’d be best to keep your hands clean. Sagittarius (Nov.22-Dec.21): Dwelling on past situations this month will only keep you further from your future. In order to move on, you’re going to have to learn to let go, Sagittarius.

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