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Whether itâ€™s racing on a track, roughing it on trails, performing tricks or just dodging traffic on their daily commute, Victoriaâ€™s large and diverse bicycling community doesnâ€™t often get a chance to see whoâ€™s under the helmet. â€œItâ€™s almost like a sub-culture,â€? said Jen Murdoch, one of the cofounders of the Blue Bridge Bicyclists. â€œ[But] once you uncover it, youâ€™re invited into another world of community spirit that surrounds this shared love and respect for the mechanical marvel that is the bicycle.â€? In what they hope will become a regular ďŹ xture in the Victoria cycling community, Murdoch and her fellow Blue Bridge Bicyclist cofounder Sarah Petrescu, hosted the inaugural â€œBâ€? Ride and Lounge Party on Sept. 21 at Habit CafĂŠ. Along with beer and wine, the crowd was treated to guest speaker Scott Bricker, an internationally renowned bicycling advocate and the executive director of the Oregon Bicycle Transportation Alliance. â€œVictoria has so many diverse and exciting bicycle-centric organizations and businesses already, and we wanted to create a forum for the people of these great groups to mix and showcase their fantastic achievements to one another and to the hip cycling public,â€? said Murdoch. â€œAnd what better way to entice them than to bring Scott Bricker.â€? The evening wasnâ€™t just about bringing different types of bicyclists together. It was also about advocacy. Victoria is often viewed as doing well in making bicycling an appealing alternative to cars when compared to other cities, but those involved with Victoriaâ€™s bicycling community say that there is still a lot that could be improved. The greatest concern for most is safety while riding in traffic, which many feel could be alleviated by improving the attitudes of motorists and changing how the city is laid out by adding more bike lanes, trails and parking for bikes instead of cars. In addition to the health and environmental beneďŹ ts, Bricker
The â€œBâ€? Ride and Lounge Party, hosted by the Blue Bridge Bicyclists, aimed to create awarness over cycling issues such as safety.
says one of his main motivations for getting into bicycling advocacy was to make it safer and more appealing for people to ride, especially children. â€œChildren are probably the most underserved transportation population out there,â€? said Bricker. â€œWalking and bicycling are key in childrenâ€™s lives but weâ€™ve lost a lot of that in modern society by how we organize our cities [around cars].â€? Murdoch hopes that events like â€œBâ€? can help build a sense of community that will translate into advocacy and action on issues important to bicyclists. â€œWe have to reduce pressures that serve to focus us on small â€˜something is better than nothingâ€™ infrastructure projects that may actually
inhibit bigger, better projects down the road and instead concentrate on the big picture solutions that will serve the community of tomorrow,â€? said Murdoch. â€œInevitably, these projects require communication and cooperation across municipal boundaries, and I see this as the greatest obstacle.â€? Blue Bridge Bicyclists meet on the west side of the Johnson Street Bridge every Sunday to go on rides. They encourage people interested in getting involved to visit their website bluebridgebicyclists.ca. â€œAdvocacy is absolutely essential to progress, but letâ€™s not forget that getting on a bike and going for a ride is a form of advocacy in itselfin fact, the most important kind,â€? said Murdoch.
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Sewage not a problem: Newcomb Electoral reform to by RORY BLACK The Capital Region District (CRD) is well underway with plans to build a sewage treatment plant in Victoria. The issue of sewage treatment has become increasingly complex as plans for the plant develop. Some residents see the plant as a welcome and overdue bit of public planning, the kind of thing Victoria should have dealt with years ago. Others, however, view it as an unnecessary use of valuable public resources — another example of a mega-project into which millions of taxpayer dollars will disappear. John Newcomb, a senior lab instructor for UVic’s Department of Geography, has become central in the issue’s most recent controversy by suggesting that the best site for the Saanich East/North Oak Bay sewage treatment plant is the McKinnon parking lot on UVic’s campus. However, the McKinnon parking lot is the same site upon which the Athletics Department intends to build their new facility. While Newcomb is against additional sewage treatment on a whole, he believes it should occur in the least environmentally-impacting area possible. “Currently, our sewage treatment [falls about] a kilometre into the straight of Juan De Fuca, [which has] cold, fast currents,” Newcomb said. “Basically, the scientiﬁc research shows the sewage is not just dispersed, it’s degraded, stabilized. It’s not a problem.” In addition to being an academic, Newcomb is also part of a group called Responsible Sewage Treatment Victoria (RSTV), which have been raising questions about this issue since 2004. “We don’t think there should be [any] additional sewage treatment, because we don’t think, scientiﬁcally and environmentally, we need it,” said Newcomb, who adds that outfalls have been screened and that constant monitoring of the system has kept the “really bad stuff ” from the sewage stream. The RSTV aren’t the only ones making the case against sewage treatment in Victoria. An editorial for the marine science journal Marine Pollution Bulletin argues a similar case — and the article’s contributors have some impressive credentials. Two work for the Institute of Ocean Sciences and six are from UVic, including Earth and Ocean Sciences Professor Jay Cullen. But the government also has science to back up its argument. In 2005, the CRD commissioned a study by the Society of Environmental Toxicology Chemistry (SETAC). According to the CRD’s sewage treatment website, “[t]he report found that although there is no evidence
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John Newcomb stands on the site where he hopes to see the CRD’s proposed sewage treatment plant, an area he says is “unused and full of crap.”
of harm to the marine environment, our increasing population may soon require increased treatment.” While both sides agree that there is not an immediate need for a sewage treatment overhaul, the government continues to plan for the future by seeking sites for the new treatment plant. They are currently considering three options: Haro woods, McCoy Field and Cedar Hill Corner Field. The latter two are sites currently owned by UVic, and all three are green spaces. Newcomb says none of the sites are good choices because Haro woods is a cherished local woodland and the two ﬁelds are prime candidates for urban agriculture. He notes that McKinnon parking lot is simply a parking lot. “The tragedy is, half the footprint for the sewage plant would be parking lot … My thinking is, if you put [it] on a parking lot, you don’t need to [use the other sites]” said Newcomb. However, McKinnon parking lot already has an intended use, as the site of the new athletics building. According to Clint Hamilton, UVic’s Director of Athletics and Recreation Services, the new athletics facility is sorely needed. Hamilton says the needs of the surrounding community are increasing, and that athletics needs to augment its capacity to respond. Supporting him is a 2007 report on UVic’s athletic and recreation facilities, which noted that all of UVic’s athletics buildings are over 35
years old and none have had major upgrades in over a decade. Hamilton adds that building the new facilities on the McKinnon parking lot would have merits, situating athletics and workout facilities closer to the center of campus. While all of the different parties debate the merits of where and when the plant should be placed, the university itself has kept fairly quiet on the issue of sewage. UVic’s Director of Campus Planning and Sustainability Neil Connelly says the university’s neutrality is on purpose. “At this time, UVic hasn’t taken any sort of position regarding sewage treatment,” he said.
The University of Victoria Students’ Society (UVSS) could soon see its electoral bylaws reformed. Earlier this month, an ad-hoc committee was created to propose reforms to the appeals process for candidates accused of breaking election rules. The committee presented its proposal for improving election bylaws at the Sept. 28 board meeting, where the board voted to have the proposals voted on by members at the UVSS Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Oct. 15. Currently, a candidate who is disqualiﬁed by the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) for rule-breaking can appeal to the Electoral Committee (EC) made up of three board members. Under the new system proposed by the committee, the CEO’s rulings can be appealed to an elections adjudicator, who cannot be a student. The decision of the elections adjudicator could be appealed to an arbitration panel, made up of three people, who would make the ﬁnal ruling. No one on the arbitration panel can be a board member or a candidate and at least two people cannot be UVSS members. The qualiﬁcations of the elections adjudicator and the arbitration panel will be decided in policy. “We didn’t want to hamstring ourselves by saying we had to have two professors of law on this committee, and then at elections time, we can’t ﬁnd them,” said James Coccola, who chaired the ad hoc committee. The elections adjudicator and arbitration panel will be nominated by the EC and ratiﬁed by twothirds vote of the board. The EC will continue to perform its duties
of planning the election and hiring election officers. “We devoted a considerable amount of time to this process,” said Director-at-Large Kelsey Hannan. “These are simple, easy changes. They will not be burdensome. They will make a tremendous difference in the fairness of elections.” Director of Finance Edward Pullman said he was concerned about the affordability of the proposed changes. “We’re looking at bringing in three individuals with some experience in elections or experience in law ... I feel that in order to attract a candidate to this position, we’d have to be guaranteeing them a decent wage – $40 per hour – and a decent number of hours; at least a hundred.” This would mean spending $12,000 total on the three independent people. “Given our ﬁnancial situation at this point, I honestly don’t feel we are in a position to pay those individuals that amount,” said Pullman. Shawn Slavin, a student who has worked as a deputy elections officer and who attended the ad-hoc committee meetings, suggested that the CEO could be non-independent from the UVSS to reduce costs. Currently, the CEO is the only independent level in elections and is paid at a similar rate to what Pullman proposed for the new independent positions. In order for the committee’s proposed changes to take effect, threequarters of students present at the AGM will need to support them. The AGM must make quorum (a minimum of 120 students) for bylaw changes to be considered.
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B.C. Transit says that the packed buses coming and going from UVic are part of September’s “usual hiccups.”
Bus overﬂow expected to subside by SEAN PETERSON B.C. Transit added two new bus routes and thousands more driving hours to service UVic this September, but students and staff are still being left on the curb. Bus drivers are occasionally being forced to bypass stops in the UVic area when their bus cannot safely ﬁt more passengers. However, B.C. Transit expects overﬂow problems to subside in the near future. “There’s the usual hiccups you would see in September — everyone is getting adjusted to the new schedule, ﬁguring out which trip they need to get to school or work on time,” said Joanna Morton of B.C. Transit Media Relations. “We have made some adjustments.” The adjustments include sending additional buses on a contingency
basis to service UVic routes. “If we see that we have overﬂow on a particular route, we have the ability to add additional trips,” she said. “That’s what we did for the beginning of September while people were still getting adjusted to the service.” Still, buses are full and riders can get frustrated when they’re faced with a long wait. “A big problem is the [bus] traffic leaving UVic throughout the day,” said Landon Wilson, who has traveled by bus in Victoria for almost ﬁve years. “The 26 and 39 are the busiest routes leaving the campus, and they are completely full when they leave the bookstore.” Wilson takes as many as six buses a day to travel to UVic, home, or to work. “Ridership has risen noticeably since I’ve been here,” he said. “I’m glad to see it, but the average daytime bus looks like it’s about to burst at the seams.” According to B.C. Transit, over 1,700 riders travel to and from UVic on an average weekday on 13 routes. Each UVic student is a potential rider — everyone taking at least one course unit on campus is
required to pay $69.25 per term for a Universal Bus Pass. Bus drivers can be hard-pressed during the day to ﬁt everyone who wants a ride — and so can the passengers. Drivers have permission to ﬁt as many as 80 people on a conventional bus, or 100 on a doubledecker, so long as areas marked off near the doors remain clear. Morton asks that students be both courteous and patient this fall. When you board the bus, put your bag on the ﬂoor instead of leaving it on your back, or placing it on a seat. And if you miss a bus on a high-frequency UVic route due to overﬂow, there is likely another arriving shortly. “If [overﬂow] becomes a chronic issue, that’s something we monitor and evaluate,” said Morton. “When it comes time to expand the service, we would highlight trips that are experiencing overload.” The next service expansion will be January 2010, when B.C. Transit plans to add an express route from downtown to UVic, along with additional driver hours. The expansion is the second of a twopart increase in service for Victoria announced earlier this month.
MONTREAL (CUP) – Tuition for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at McGill University will increase to $29,500 per year for all students starting next fall. Annual tuition for the MBA program at McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management was previously just over $3,400 per year for Quebec residents, just over $6,300 for Canadians from out of province and $21,600 for international students. The move will make the program entirely “self-funding,” meaning that students will pay the entire cost of their education, and the program will no longer receive any funding from the provincial government. The increase will not apply to students currently in the program. The plan to increase tuition has received criticism from Quebec Education Minister Michelle Courchesne. At the National Assembly (the provincial legislative body) on Sept. 22, Courchesne said the increase was unreasonable and that she had not given her approval, but it is unclear if she will take any action to stop the move. However, Concordia University administration say they received a letter from the province, sent to several Quebec universities, asking for a report on any so-called privatized programs. McGill University said the increase was necessary because provincial funding doesn’t cover the cost of the program. According to the university, the program costs $22,000 per student each year, while the school only receives $12,000 annually per student, between tuition and provincial funding. Ron Duerksen, director of marketing and communications for the Desautels Faculty of Management said the difference between the cost of education and the new tuition will be used to increase the average scholarship for the program from $400 to $4,000 per student. “That’s on average,” Duerkson said. “So some students may get a full scholarship to the program. The idea here is that we still include and accept any applicant that is at the top level that we want and we don’t want ﬁnancial considerations to play into that. Allison Aab, president of the MBA Student Association at McGill, said she supports the increase. “The fact that they’ve been able to put this together with the funding model that they have is remarkable, but to maintain this and to take it any further, to improve anything, it’s just not possible with the government model,” she said. While the jump may seem large, Duerksen said that tuition still remains competitive when com-
pared with schools outside of the province. “Most other MBA schools across Canada already charge a selffunded tuition model, so our new tuition is actually still going to be below what’s charged by some of the other top schools in Canada,” said Duerksen. Aab agreed. “Even at the increased price it’s still a great bargain, in my opinion,” she said. “Especially when you compare it to comparable programs in the States, $29,500 is a good deal.” Aab said that higher tuition might also increase the perceived value of the degree. “It’s hard for people to understand that you can be getting a worldclass MBA education when you’re paying $1,600 for a semester,” she said. “There’s a certain value associated with the price. It’s been artiﬁcially suppressed, the price, to not reﬂect the actual value. I think the new tuition is much closer to the actual value.” According to Duerksen, the increase comes on the heels of a reinvestment in the MBA program “For the last couple of years, because of subsides from McGill universities and donations from our alumni and Marcel Desautels we’ve really been able to reinvest in our MBA program,” said Duerksen. “So we’ve completely renovated our facilities, we’ve completely redesigned our curriculum for an integrated management approach. The way our curriculum is designed is very unique and we’ve also increased our career services for students.” Under the “integrated management approach,” students study subjects, such as marketing and ﬁnance, in combined modules instead of separate classes. “It teaches the way business acts in the real world, and how an organization functions. Every function leads to another and interacts with the other,” said Duerksen. Aab also praised the curriculum. “It’s one of the only universities, it’s the only one I’m personally aware of, that has this really cutting edge integrated curriculum, which in my mind is the way of the future,” she said. “Our B.Com. Program and our MBA program have always had very high standards in terms of students we accept, but moving forward, even more so for the MBA program. We want to keep it a small program.”
FAST FACT UVic’s MBA program is a 17-month degree. The total cost of the program is aproximately $29,000.
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UVic promoting prevention to combat new ﬂu strain by SEAN PETERSON Fever, runny nose, cough, sore throat, fatigue, headache — being trampled by ﬂu symptoms is the reality facing many students this fall. But act now and you greatly increase your chances of tiptoeing by a harsh ﬂu season. “[The ﬂu] is here; it has arrived,” said nurse Sara Wegwitz of UVic Health Services. “The big thing that people have to understand is that prevention is key in all illnesses, not just H1N1.” The most common way to contract H1N1 virus is through contact, said Wegwitz. People sneeze or cough on their hands, and then touch a hard surface such as a doorknob or keyboard. To combat illness, alcohol-based hand sanitizers have been placed in high-traffic areas such as the residences, the cafeterias, the bookstore and the computer labs. “Hand sanitizer is pivotal in killing the virus,” said Wegwitz. “It’s a quick and easy way to kill off germs and viruses — and as your mother always told you, you always have to wash your hands.” She recommends carrying a travel-sized hand sanitizer wherever you go to use on a regular basis. Since not everyone will make use of sanitizer, it’s important to keep
your ﬁngers away from your face since the virus enters through the eyes, nose, or mouth. You might pick up ﬂu germs by touching a doorknob, but you won’t contract it until you rub your eyes, pick your nose, or eat a burrito without washing your hands. Keeping physically ﬁt will also give your body an edge. “Exercising 30 minutes a day is the number one thing you can do to keep that immune system in ﬁghting form,” said Wegwitz. She also suggests getting adequate sleep and eating healthy. Currently, vaccination is not an option for anyone under 65. On Monday, Sept. 28, the B.C. Government announced a vaccine campaign that will allow any patient who needs an H1N1 vaccination to have one by November. For those already riddled with ﬂu symptoms, know that most cases of H1N1 pass in less than a week. However, the contagious nature of the bug demands extreme caution to avoid making someone else’s life as miserable as your own. The University is urging students who feel ill to stay home — do not go to class, or visit the clinic. For medical assistance, call UVic Health services (250-721-8492) or call the 8-1-1
UVic has placed alcohol-based hand sanitizers in high traffic areas to combat the spread of the ﬂu.
Nurse Hotline. Entering a clinic while you are ill puts other patients and medical staff at risk to contract and further spread the virus. Wegwitz suggests ﬁnding a “ﬂu buddy” that you can call during
your illness — someone who keeps in touch with you to ensure you have the supplies you need, and that you are on the mend. “Everybody needs to look out for one another,” she said. “I think
that’s a really nice side-effect from all of this — re-establishing that sense of community. When times get tough for somebody, everybody does their part and pitches in.”
Number of H1N1 cases on campus relatively low so far by SCOTT DALY The H1N1 ﬂu virus has begun making its rounds through UVic. With the ﬂu season still young, the number of those infected appears small so far. Campus Health Services reports that it has been seeing around one case of ﬂu-like symptoms per day come through the doors of the Petersen Health Centre; they’ve also received about six to 10 phone calls per day regarding ﬂu-like symptoms. The H1N1 strain, which was ﬁrst identiﬁed in Mexico last spring, is thought to have milder effects than seasonal strains of the ﬂu virus but is more contagious. “We’re hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst,” said UVic’s
Director of Occupational Health, Safety and Environment Richard Piskor. “From what we are seeing from other jurisdictions, university students are an especially prime demographic for this virus.” Those born after 1957 appear to be more susceptible to the H1N1 strain, according to research from the Center for Disease Control. This has lead many scientists to believe that those in their 50s and older have been previously exposed to a ﬂu strain similar to H1N1. Though the number of people believed to be infected remains low, the B.C. government expects up to 25 per cent of the population could contract H1N1 this flu season, with the possibility of
a higher infection rate amongst young people. With the signiﬁcant disruptions that would come with a widespread outbreak on campus, UVic is encouraging students and staff to isolate themselves if they become sick to help prevent the further spread of the virus. “We are advising faculty that they need to be really understanding of student absence this year,” said Piskor. “We have indicated that for the fall term we will not require proof of ﬂu if the absence is less than two weeks.” UVic is also providing special training to residence advisors, distributing hand sanitizer and has undertaken an information
“We’re hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.” - Richard Piskor UVic’s Director of Occupational Health, Safety and Environment campaign to inform students about the virus. Piskor says that all of the cases at UVic so far have been mild in severity. Those hoping to avoid the ﬂu and get the ﬂu shot may have to wait, however. The B.C. government has decided to suspend its flu vaccination program amid reports that
the seasonal flu vaccine increases the risk of catching H1N1, which is now the predominant strain in B.C. So far, six people have died from the H1N1 ﬂu strain in B.C., including one in Victoria. All reportedly had pre-existing medical conditions. On average, 400 to 800 people die during a typical ﬂu season in B.C.
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Service fair gives poverty a rest Proposed shelter act ‘too much’ by KAT ESCHNER
A late-October service fair will help homeless folk arm up for the oncoming winter weather — and you can join in. The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness and partner organizations will host “Project Connect” for a second year on Oct. 14. Last year’s event saw almost 600 people. This year, organizers are hoping attendance will reach 700. The event, part of Homelessness Action Week (Oct. 11 to 17), will provide one-stop access to a wide variety of services and food for people who are in deep poverty or homeless. Organizers are appealing to the Victoria community for cash donations, supplies for more than 600 “survival packs” and volunteers. Event co-ordinator Jody Paterson says the goal is to unite homeless people with many key community services in one room. “We’ll have the street nurses there, and people doing foot care and help for people needing to get on income assistance, replace missing ID or connect with the major outreach teams working in the downtown,” she said. “But we’ll also have haircuts, veterinarian care, acupuncture, resume-writing and a whole lot of food, which means the day is also about helping people
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Project Connect will offer essential supplies to the homeless next week.
have a good time for a few hours.” Volunteers will play key parts in the event, she noted, doing things from greeting people at the door and guiding them to services, to taking exit surveys and helping folks stuff survival packs geared to their needs. Two-hour training Oct. 5 and 6 is going to focus on making sure volunteers are comfortable working with oft-stigmatized homeless peopl and pragmatic training for doing a volunteer task, she said. Besides volunteers for the day, the coalition is hoping for a few more hairdressers — last year, a haircut was one of the most in-demand services at the event.
The coalition is hoping every participant leaves the event with a backpack full of donations from the community: socks, gloves, toques, scarves, grooming products, feminine hygiene, toothbrushes and toothpaste, reading glasses. They’re organizing a backpack drive in local secondary schoolswhat’s needed most now are socks, gloves and grooming products, Paterson said. Drop off Project Connect donations at Our Place, 919 Pandora Ave, any time before Oct. 14. If you want to volunteer for the project, contact Deb Nilsen at email@example.com.
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KELOWNA, B.C. (CUP) — In the debate over the B.C. Ministry of Housing and Social Development’s proposed forced shelter laws, one group has been strangely absent: shelters themselves. Kathy Stinson, executive director of the Victoria Cool Aid Society, which runs one of B.C.’s largest shelters, says she thinks the government didn’t include shelter providers in the discussion. The draft Assistance to Shelter Act was proposed in a series of internal memos discovered by the B.C. Civil Liberties Association. It hasn’t yet hit what the memos describe as “exposure stage,” where a drafted act is introduced to legislature. The proposed law could move homeless into shelters in ﬁve steps (from a written notice handed to homeless people to a forced police escort) during extreme weather. Stinson thinks Rich Coleman, B.C.’s minister of housing and social development, is coming from a place of compassion, but questions using legal means to get people inside. “I think legislation is probably a bit too much in this regard,” she said. “I think where we really need to make inroads is to make sure that we have appropriate housing and supports in place in every community so that emergency shelter doesn’t have to be the only response people can make.” Ministry staff say the act isn’t about arresting the homeless. Its purpose is to show those on the streets in extreme weather that things like hot meals and warm beds are available.
Once at the shelter, individuals can make an informed decision about staying or going, staff said. The memos note that the need for a clear point when police responsibility for the individual who had been picked up would end. They also suggested the officer could put said individual in a cell until the extreme weather alert ends, but the ministry has since stated they no longer intend to do this. Minister Coleman was not available for comment. “Generally, when extreme weather protocols aren’t in effect, there probably isn’t enough room in the shelter system,” said Stinson. When emergency weather alerts come into effect, Victoria’s Extreme Weather Protocol ensures everyone can get inside. “There are some gaps,” she noted. “Weekends and daytime drop-in facilities are often not adequate during periods of extreme weather.” The shelter system is the responsibility of B.C. Housing, who Stinson praised for their diligence in securing funds. “Shelters are so far being funded to the same level that they were being funded before,” she said, noting this despite the slew off recent government cutbacks. “We haven’t received any indication that there would be cutbacks in the shelter system.” Overall, Stinson believes the Assistance to Shelter Act would only be a short-term ﬁx. “The province needs to focus on the longer-term solutions rather than these one-off solutions,” she said.
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Anti-war club lends books to cash-strapped students by ASHLEY STEWART Students know it’s hard to get past the rising cost of education. For some, it’s impossible. But one UVic club is exploring a creative option to ease student costs so everyone can access an education. Books Not Bombs, a free textbook lending library operated by Students Against War (SAW), is starting up for real this fall. Last September saw a Martlet article on the library, but SAW president Shannon Lucy said the effort didn’t really get off the ground, partially due to the SUB strike which lasted through October. This year, she says the library is operational and getting student attention. Books Not Bombs textbooks are mostly acquired through student donation — it’s one way to use those textbooks that end up collecting dust on your shelf once you’ve ﬁnished the class. Donations can be dropped off at the VIPIRG office in SUB. “We hope we will receive enough books to make the library an asset available to students for years to come,” said Lucy. You can also hit up the Books Not Bombs library for access to textbooks you’ll need this term — for a week at a time. If no one else wants the book after a week is up, you can renew your loan. “The Books Not Bombs campaign is our way of helping students afford an education that is theirs by right,” said Lucy. Last September’s Martlet article dealt with potential copyright issues surrounding the library. Lucy was quoted as saying she wasn’t going to tell students not to photocopy their books.
The Students Against War, represented here by club president Shannon Lucy, started Books Not Bombs to make school supplies available for free.
This year, she says the library is getting several visits a week. “Many people who come in and look often stop and look at the VIPIRG library itself, which is actually a fabulous progressive library,” she said. Keep an eye out to see what else Students Against War is up to this fall. “At the first Students Against War meeting last week, we decided our two major campaigns for this year are opposing military recruitment and mobilizing the campus around anti-Olympics issues,” Lucy said. They’re hoping to start by gettting involved with opposition to the the Olympic Torch Relay starting in Victoria on Oct. 30.
The Olympic funding draws resources from areas like education, arts, health care, and social services, she said. Also, together with Victoria Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid and Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, they’ll be co-hosting “Israel and Palestine: What’s Preventing Peace?” The Oct. 18 talk will feature Dr. Norman Finkelstein, well-known expert on the Israel-Palestine conflict. “Unfortunately, because he’s a high-proﬁle speaker there is a cost to get in,” said Lucy. “But I hope we get all sorts of people out who haven’t thought about the issue before.” - with ﬁles from Kat Eschner
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Harper: Canada’s embarrassment Whether you agree or not that the world needs more Canada, Prime Minister Harper is doing his damnedest to make sure the world is getting less of us. Take, for example, Canada’s no-show to the United Nations Summit on Climate Change last week. While the leaders of China and the U.S. — the world’s biggest polluters — spoke out forcefully on the need to go the distance in rolling back greenhouse gas emissions, Harper said nothing. He wasn’t even there. Instead, he was back home, posing for a photo-op in Tim Horton’s to celebrate how dropping corporate taxes brought the coffee behemoth back to Canadian ownership. In Harper’s defence, he did send Environment Minister Jim Prentice to cover for him, which is to say to take notes. According to the Prime Minister’s office, Harper wasn’t even invited to speak at the Summit. Little wonder. Who really wants to hear Canada lecture on about the importance of stopping climate change when we’re among the topfive worst polluters on earth, per capita? Our voice, once strong on matters of global conscience, has become irrelevant. Another example of Harper’s global statesmanship: not taking to the podium at the UN General Assembly. World leaders lined up to promote their visions of global cooperation and reform. Harper sent Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon to ditto what everyone else said. Everyone else, that is, but Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Sure, Ahmadinejad is a rogue leader with a loose grip on reality, tarnished by controversial election results, but did Canada really “lead” by being the first to walk out on his speech to the assembly before it started? Harper would have you think so. Standing at his podium in Tim Horton’s, Harper said that Canada had to walk out because Ahmadinejad says repugnant things about Israel that shouldn’t be dignified by our presence. Ahmadinejad’s politics are repugnant, yes, but is Canada’s response (closing our eyes, sticking fingers in our ears and tra-la-lala-la-ing) the answer? If it is, then why didn’t Harper pull the same stunt on George W. Bush? On countless examples, Harper is failing to “Stand up for Canada” and champion our values to the world, be it our support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, our slandered health care system, our desire to see child soldiers rehabilitated or our commitment to defending the rights of Canadian citizens abroad. We were an honest broker for years, “punching above our weight” as it was said. Now we look tired, pudgy and twitchy. Really, the rest of the world sees Canada like we see Harper.
LETTERS Esperanto dead, lolz!
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It was interesting to see the mention of Esperanto here. Your readers may gain from this the idea that Esperanto is something historical. In fact this planned second language is spoken by a growing population of people across the world. I know because I speak it myself! Take a look at http://www.esperanto.net Bill Chapman Community member
It’s unfortunate that only a few people know that Esperanto has become a living language. During a short period of 122 years Esperanto is now in the top 100 languages, out of 6,800 worldwide, according to the CIA World factbook. It is the 22nd most used language in Wikipedia, and a language choice of Google, Skype, Firefox and Facebook. Native Esperanto speakers, (people who have used the language from birth), include George Soros, World Chess Champion Susan Polger, Ulrich Brandenberg the new German Ambassador to NATO and Nobel Laureate Daniel Bovet. Your readers may be interested in the following video. http://video. google.com/videoplay?docid=8837438938991452670 A glimpse of the language can be seen at lernu.net Brian Barker Community member
Google? Heard of it. All Harper can talk about is defending our economy by fighting Buy American laws in the U.S. and lobbying President Obama to not listen to the anti-Tar Sands movement. When he’s not speaking out “internationally” on that, he’s up in Canada’s north, making sure the world knows what any map will tell them: Canada is sovereign over its arctic territories. Coincidentally, thanks to global climate change, that’s where Canada’s next oil-rush will be. Lucky too, now that we’ve got Tim Horton’s back. They’ll have lots of room to grow, setting up shop at all those oil rigs. And the tundra’s so vast, all the litter that usually ends up on curbs or in parks will just blow oh so far away.
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I was very surprised to read the following in your otherwise sensible article: “the English language will be beyond saving. It will have gone the way of Esperanto (ask your professors or your parents what that was).’’ Esperanto still exists and is doing very nicely! I use the language every single day; conversations, correspondence and reading. As chairperson of the Copenhagen Esperanto Club, I often receive enquiries from people who would like to learn the language too. It surprises me that you did not bother to google the word ‘Esperanto’ before making such a sweeping statement. Betty Chatterjee Community member
HST Rally by George...er... Richard...er...Brad. Just a minor correction ....My name is Brad, not Richard ;) We were on a shoestring budget, and had to borrow the shoestring at that. Yes, publicity could have been better, but one volunteer with the rally is a UVic student, and she did a
wonderful job trying to promote it. Sadly, there is a lot of voter apathy out there. Fifty per cent didn’t vote in the last provincial election, and while I have no statistics to quote in relation to student voting apathy, I suspect many of you are so disillusioned and frustrated with government that numbers may be higher in your demographic. I do hope in the future to promote these events better, and students in particular SHOULD be concerned: you’re being hit with education cuts, and the HST on top to make your ‘starving student’ budgets even tighter. Brad Slade Community member
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Al-Jazeera could be reaching your TV soon by SACHIN SETH RYERSON FREE PRESS TORONTO (CUP) — Al-Jazeera English: a station known across the Middle-East, Africa, Asia and Latin America as one that objectively and honestly reports issues neglected by the West. It has been praised by journalists from the New York Times, Time, USA Today, the Jerusalem Post, the CBC and others. The list goes on and on. But oddly enough, it’s also a station whose credentials have been widely disputed by some organizations in North America. The reason: its sister station, AlJazeera Arabic. Some critics claim that AlJazeera Arabic has broadcast call-in shows that pander to and promote anti-Semitism and antiAmericanism. In its bid for a Canadian broadcasting license, Al-Jazeera English has taken a lot of heat, having to stand idly by as these groups began whispering, questioning AlJazeera’s integrity and purpose. The main concern is whether the station’s leaders could, one day, be manipulated to air controversial programming similar to its Arabic sibling, a highly unlikely scenario since the English language network’s managing director is former CBC News chief Tony Burman. Accusations of anti-Semitism have been the chief obstacle that
the Iraq War, the world became first to back the bid, not surprisAl-Jazeera has had to overcome in much more interested in Middle ing since its president, Arnold Canada, even though the channel Eastern issues. Amber, is a former colleague of replaced the BBC in Israel in 2007 It stands to reason that a real Burman’s. as the international news network knowledge of Middle Eastern Amber, a three-time Gemini of choice. Regardless, organizaAward-winning journalist, praised issues can be gained by relying tions like the Canadian Jewish on an organization that has a real the station’s objectivity and urged Congress (CJC) have campaigned connection to the region. the CRTC, the body in charge of against its broadcast in Canada, Al-Jazeera’s main headquarters regulating Canadian programand have committed to keeping a is in Doha, Qatar, on the Gulf ming, not to stifle another news close eye on the station if it gets of Aden. It also has broadcast source. picked up. stations in Kuala Lumpur, Lon“We’re a country that believes CJC CEO Bernie Farber has don and Washington, DC, which in free speech and mass media so expressed his reservations regardsuccessfully cater ing the station’s to the Asian, ethics. However, European and after meeting Al-Jazeera English was the only English language station North American with Burman and on the ground in Gaza. Both Palestinian and Israeli news markets, having his conrespectively. cerns addressed journalists praised their reporting. I repeat: Jewish Al-Jazeera’s 69 directly, Farber journalists praised a group owned by an Arab government global bureaus now claims he’s now more open while Israel was at war with Hamas. That shows objectivity. (70 if approved in Canada) to the station beeducate viewers ing broadcast in about issues that Canada. affect areas that North American we can’t afford to choke off and “We look forward to worknews stations largely neglect on a cut off another source of informaing with Tony Burman and daily basis. Even when reporting tion,” he said. Al-Jazeera,” he said. Burman on international affairs, stations Burman’s advocacy and the supreportedly made it clear to Farber like CNN often cannot delve deep that Al-Jazeera English and Arabic port he has garnered from initial enough into the problem, largely naysayers have all but secured Alcater to polar opposite audiences, Jazeera English’s place in Canada. because they do not have the apand both, though they share propriate international resources. It’s perfect timing, too. The need resources, have separate editoCase in point — during the Gaza for a station so global has never rial boards that determine their crisis earlier this year, Al-Jazeera been greater in the Great White content. English was the only English North. Many groups have offered their language station on the ground in After September 11, 2001, our full support to Burman and Alnews landscape became much less Gaza. Both Palestinian and Israeli Jazeera. Canadian Journalists for journalists praised their reportlocal, and with the beginning of Free Expression was one of the
ing. I repeat: Jewish journalists praised a group owned by an Arab government while Israel was at war with Hamas. That shows objectivity. Al-Jazeera English will satisfy Canadians’ craving for international knowledge. But the station doesn’t only report on international issues purposefully and objectively, it also employs people from all over the world. Working in AlJazeera’s 69 global bureaus is a staff of 1,200 people of more than 45 ethnicities. These statistics make the organization the most diverse news network in the world. If you watch the channel, you’ll know their anchors, reporters and weatherpersons come in all colours. As an aspiring journalist of colour, I think this is a good thing to see from a major news network — finally. The inclusion of Al-Jazeera English in Canada’s media landscape would prove Canada believes in a free press. We, as Canadians, should rally behind new sources of information. After all, we are the ones who constantly whine and complain about the content of our current ones. Al-Jazeera coming to Canada will revolutionize the way we consume daily news, for the better.
Welcome to the great cancer bamboozle by ANDREW S. BROWN THE NAVIGATOR
NANAIMO, B.C. (CUP) — The Canadian Cancer Society’s Tour de Rock is rolling through towns, people are shaving their heads and there is a rainbow of ribbons pinned to shirts — it’s cancer awareness time. I hate cancer. I have lost some pretty amazing people to the disease and I know many who have courageously, and successfully fought it into remission. With the odds of getting cancer set at 41 per cent, our society has rightfully put a high priority on finding “the cure.” But is it all just a show to distract us from what is truly the cause of cancer? Don’t get me wrong; I love seeing police officers in spandex as much as the next guy. But I want everyone to look deeper into our North American logic of battling the disease. It seems that a lot of people are supporting and being active in helping to find the cure, but few are proactive in eliminating the source, or catalyst, of the disease. It is very noble and admirable of those who take the time to raise awareness and do work to help raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society, but it is also a little naïve to believe that if we throw enough money at the problem it will get fixed. The Cancer Society is a business — everybody except for the canvassers gets paid and the research is costly to conduct. Pharmaceutical businesses charge ridiculous amounts of money for cancer drugs that are made to deal with all aspects of treatment and they
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are some of the most profitable companies in the world. Now imagine if cancer were cured. How many jobs would be lost? I’m willing to bet there would be a huge impact on the economy. And who would be the beneficiaries of the cure, other than those with the disease? Maybe the company that found the magic pill, but what about everybody else? When we talk about mills that pollute our environment and we suggest closing them down, we inevitably get the response: “Yeah, but people need to work. What about the jobs?” Is this any different? Do we really want the cure? And what about the jobs? I think it is great to see the huge turnout in the different marathons, walks, runs and especially the Tour de Rock, but my reasoning is probably different than most people. What is overshadowed by all of the marketing and fundraising is the fact that the participants are using an alternative transportation method — be it a bike, electric scooter, wheelchair or their own feet. The point is that they are not burning cancer causing chemicals to get where they are going. Petrochemicals are proven to cause
cancer, so why do we use so many of them with little second thought? That second thought is the whole point of this. We need to use our heads. Look at labels; if there is a skull and crossbones on it, chances are it’s not good to pour down the drain. The same goes for pesticides and herbicides; if it kills a plant or a colony of insects in one shot, do you really think it’s good to be using 10 feet away from your vegetable garden? But they are approved by the government. So were DDT and Round-Up. Do you really think governments aren’t still capable of making more mistakes? I’m not going to pretend that I am an expert on cancer and I may be missing something. I’m trying to look at the issue without foggy glasses on — not to offend anybody — and hopefully encourage people to make better everyday choices. Cancer rates rose with industrialization and the increased usage of fossil fuels. I don’t need to spell it out for you. Just remember: “the cure” is there if you want it. I’m just not sure people are ready to give up their luxuries to get it.
With the odds of getting cancer set at 41 per cent, our society has rightfully put a high priority on ﬁnding “the cure.” But is it all just a show to distract us from what is truly the cause of cancer?
Overcoming scooter stigma by WILL JOHNSON I understand scooters aren’t the sexiest vehicles ever. They just don’t have that badass quality motorcycles do. It’s like riding a pony instead of a stallion — or a flying doormat instead of a magic carpet. I don’t think scooters will ever be considered cool. As my friend Josh puts it, “a necessary requirement for a man to ride a scooter is: he must be castrated first.” We agree to disagree. With gas prices the way they are, student loan debts piling up and, of course, our climate change crisis demanding our immediate attention, I believe scooters may be exactly what the doctor ordered. When I first bought a scooter in first-year, I had to resign myself to a lot of giggles and sideways stares. Luckily, I’m pretty used to humiliating myself. Lining up for the ferry, every two-wheeler gets to skip the line and drive on to the boat together. The first time I whirred into the hazy crowd of Harleys, crotch rockets and dirt bikes, I parked near the back and tried to ignore the smirks. My scooter, Elvis, had a milk crate bungee-corded to the back, and a top-speed of 50 kph. Her fender was cracked and she was nearing her 20th birthday. When the others started their engines with a thunderous roar, my scooter coughed to life and let loose with a high-pitched metal-
lic whimper like an ostrich slowly getting strangled to death. Another time, I gave a nod and a cursory wave to a dude coasting along on a motorcyle. Even through his helmet, I could see him laugh at me. “What a loser,” he probably whispered under his breath. One problem is scooters make you look fat. Especially a guy like me. My 230-pound frame dwarfs the tiny machine. Throw a second person on the back and you hardly believe she’ll move. But let’s talk about the upside for a moment. The number one plus: finances. I can usually pay for a full tank of gas with the loose change in my pocket. Three dollars lasts me a week. And insurance? It costs less than a dollar a day. Buying the thing set me back less than one semester’s tuition. This is probably the primary reason we’ve been seeing so many scooters zipping through traffic these days. If your parents are too stingy to buy you a Honda Civic, chances are they can afford a little Yamaha Jog. My new scooter, Blueberry, is a bit of a step up from Elvis. Sure, I still feel silly putting on a full-face helmet, but she roars along happily. If I’m going downhill I can almost hit 90 km/hr. She can park anywhere. I can drive in a lane full of parked cars.
I can comfortably fit a second person on the back. It works, because I can offer someone a ride home from a party but there’s no way I’ll be swamped by a crowd of party-goers looking for a designated driver. Scooters may not have the same sexual kick a motorcycle does when you pick up a girl for a date, but she still spends the trip hugging you from behind. And even though you don’t have a radio, you can sing at the top of your lungs comfortable in the knowledge that your off-key voice will be muffled by the helmet and lost in the rushing wind. A couple weeks ago I scootered out to Brentwood Bay. My girl-
friend sang Jack Johnson the entire way while cars passed us on the highway. I know it’s dorky, but it made me happy. And I don’t care what anyone else thinks. Rain sucks on a scooter, though, and it’s suicidal to take it out in the snow. Two years ago I hit an ice patch on a deserted street and got thrown 10 feet along the concrete, my helmet drumming along the
concrete while I slid. (I won’t be doing that again.) But with the mild Island weather, it’s not something you’ll have to worry about too often. Some people may scoff, but I love my scooter. I love how cheap it is, how easy it is to park, how it can weave through troublesome traffic. Seriously, you should give it a shot.
Scooters may not have the same sexual kick a motorcycle does when you pick up a girl for a date, but she still spends the trip hugging you from behind.
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A Christian’s Lament by MICHELLE CUTHBERT
Truly, we doth protest too much The ubiquity of protests renders them ineffective by AARON YEO THE GATEWAY EDMONTON (CUP) — On Sept. 28, Marc Emery, the leader of the Marijuana Party of Canada, will be sentenced to five years in an American prison on a charge of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana. Emery, known as the “Prince of Pot,” is a Canadian citizen but, after a joint DEA and RCMP raid in 2005, he faced extradition to the U.S. Thanks to the extreme efficiency with which North American court systems run, he will finally appear in a Seattle court next week. In response, demonstrations were organized to take place all around the world Sept. 19 to protest his extradition. One such rally was in Edmonton, where around 40 people marched from city hall to the Alberta legislature, demanding justice for Emery. I was there. It was a fun-filled afternoon of chanting, cheering and air punching, all for one person. I met some great people, waved at honking cars, grabbed some cool photos and just had an overall awesome time, even before any natural enhancers were perhaps, kind of, maybe involved. It’s clear and obvious: protests are very social events. However, one shouldn’t expect them to have any effect at all on
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Emery’s fate. Demonstrations are becoming so common these days that their meaning and effectiveness is slowly wearing off. Every so often a friend of yours will hear about some march being planned and say, “Hey, there’s a rally next week. That’s pretty cool. Wanna go?” “Yeah sure, I think it’ll be fun,” you might say. Look back at February of 2003, for example. When millions of people around the world took to the streets to protest George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq. That day froze traffic, caused significant financial unrest, and put a halt to society on an otherwise normal day. The media probably loved it, but did Bush give a shit? Was the invasion of Iraq affected in any way? You’ve got to wonder what Saddam was thinking when he watched those anti-war protests on his TV. A demonstration is almost like some giant party, except without the alcohol and subsequent inebriated acts of embarrassing proportions. Attending one of these social gatherings is also an easy way to get on TV with little effort on your part, although a witty
sign or an oversized papier-mâché head of a politician certainly helps. One could say it’s like those iPhone commercials. Dissatisfied with Harper’s public education policies? There’s a protest for that. Feel like you’re getting ripped off by the Canada Pension Plan? There’s a protest for that, too. Want to marry your dog but the government won’t let you because that’s downright absurd and disgusting? There’s a protest for that. (Though please don’t forward the link to me.) I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with someone wanting to rise up and stand in the centre of it all. I admire people who can fight for a cause. But don’t expect peaceful protests to be the solution to all the world’s problems. Not to be a pessimist, but history tells us, unfortunately, that the most effective demonstrations usually end in bloody streets.
I am a Christian — yet I find the label hard to bear. Reading Michael Hart’s Seeking Mino Pimatisiwin this summer for an Aboriginal studies class triggered something in me. When reading about the foundational concepts of the medicine wheel and its key supporting values, I immediately found similarities between the Aboriginal approach to helping and the Christian faith. For example, the foundational concepts of wholeness, balance, connection, harmony, growth and healing each have roles in the Christian faith, as illustrated in 1 Peter 3: 8-9: “…All of you, live in harmony with one another, be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called…. ” Hart also describes nine values which are common across most Aboriginal cultures: vision/ wholeness, spirit-centered, harmony, honesty, sharing, strength, courage, wisdom and respect/humility. These nine values are similar to the nine fruits of the spirit that the Bible talks about: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. This made me want to see what academic journals or articles had on the similarities between Christianity and Aboriginal cultures. Because I agree with the foundational concepts of the Aboriginal approach to helping, I was hoping to find literature that would show distinct similarities between the two. Unfortunately, the first article that popped up was titled “Aboriginal religion and Christianity: Fundamentally incompatible.” The author, a minister in the United Church, argues that “nothing in Aboriginal religion compares to the magnitude of divine love for the world exemplified in Jesus Christ. The idea of a personal God who suffers and dies out of love for unworthy people is absent.” He goes on to say that the differences should not be ignored because of the desire to generalize ideas of a
Supreme Being because this is simply religious pluralism. These words were hard to take in because, on one hand, I agree with the author, but on the other hand I believe that it is not my place to judge the heart of others. Jesus, after all, wasn’t a Christian. Another reason why I find it difficult being labeled “Christian” is because of the horrible things that have been done in the past, and which continue to be done, in the name of Christ. As Ghandi put it, “I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” It was because of priests and nuns in residential schools that many older Aboriginal people are emotionally shut off. Colonial trauma is an inevitable consequence of assimilation into a way of living and “believing” that does not reflect Aboriginal peoples’ cultures and traditions. It breaks my heart thinking about what these people went through (if thinking about it is hard, I can’t imagine what actually having those memories is like) and it saddens me even more that I share a label with those oppressors. The fact that children were separated from their families, put into overcrowded, poorlysanitized living conditions with little to no medical care, forced to become English-speaking, Christian farmers and even underwent physical and sexual abuse, is sickening. As I reflect upon this horror I grieve for those who experienced this trauma, and for my God who had to watch his creation defile His name. I think the best thing I can do, after the grieving process, is to dream about the possibilities of what can be done to truly rectify the rippling consequences of residential schools. I know I am just one voice, but by acknowledging the depth and breadth of the result of colonialism, I will be better able to shake off the ignorance that I, as a Westerner and Christian, have about Aboriginal approaches to helping.
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music to fight for Rifflandia: the rogue child of Victoria’s Indie culture
Story by Grady Mitchell and Katie Fritz This year’s Rifflandia Music Festival began with an all out brawl for wristbands. The lax attitude that Islanders had been maintaining leading up to the festival erupted into name-calling and line-budging on Thursday evening, Sept. 24. It escalated throughout the weekend as festival-goers came to understand that if they wanted to get into their chosen venue, they needed to have a take-no-prisoners approach. The evenings were fraught with haggling for spots in line, crosstown venue dashes, handheld pizza, and rogue scenesters reveling in the festivals own Phillips brew: Rifflandibrau. For a festival to sell out in its second year is a statement about Victoria’s hunger for new music culture, an exercise in promotional accomplishment and the practice of organized chaos.
Phantogram We started off Thursday evening with Phantogram at Sugar, 8:30 p.m. This band was probably the biggest surprise of Rifflandia. A virtually unknown guy-girl duo hailing from New York state, they ended up being our favourite show of the festival. Each song started with a programmed beat, equal parts techno and hip hop. Guitarist Joshua Carter layered some heavily reverbed guitar, spooling it out in echoing waves. Then singer/keyboarder Sarah Barthel, with her achingly smooth and haunting voice (nearly as gorgeous as she is) stepped in and stole our hearts. Like Carter’s guitar, her lyrics were technologically diffused into a spacey, ethereal sigh. Think of them as a mellower Crystal Castles, without the demon-Nintendo vibe. Carter also supplemented some heavily distorted vocals; they worked well in the song. We have an unabashed and enormous crush on Barthel, but there is no exaggeration when I say that basically every sound that the band produced served to highlight just how amazing she was. They know how to put on a show, working the stage and even throwing in some bouts of live scratching. They sounded bigger than their two members. Their astral electronica is definitely something to check out.
Beach House Victoria LeGrand and her band of merry men were awkwardly charming, and no one would deny their ghost choir sound could raise a few goosebumps — especially during the song “Gila,” where LeGrand improvised and showcased her growly, rich voice. I’m not sure that it’s a good thing when you’re paying more attention to the social quirks and oddities of the band than you are listening to their music. Perhaps it’s because we’ve listened to their album before and heard very much the same thing in concert — note for note. It was still beautiful, but less than energizing. LeGrand seemed especially vacant. Her furrowed
Photos by Sol Kauffman brow and near constant glances off stage or above everyone’s heads proved distracting. We tried to accept it as artistic greatness and then tried to accept it as some kind of twitch she had developed, and then we just focused on her cute, albeit strange attire: sort of a feminine, film noir Where’s Waldo. Compared to Phantogram, where both members were so physically and emotionally engaged in their music and the crowd, Beach House was flat; even a little aloof.
longwalkshortdock After Beach House we sprinted off to Lucky Bar to witness Dave King, a.k.a longwalkshortdock. Instead, he performed some of the strongest, most unique techno we’ve ever heard. Like a seven-layer musical nacho dip, longwalkshortdock crams more sounds into one song than you would think possible and somehow ends up with a beautiful, warbling dance mess. His live show is passionate, especially when he starts flailing and pitching around, tossing his frizzy mane and risking life, limb and laptop. It looked pretty impressive under the massive strobe light. He also howled into a special mic, distorting his voice into a fading wail that bounced around the club. He kept apologizing for his bass cutting out but we all were too busy dancing like idiots to even notice. Look out for him opening for MSTRKRFT on Oct. 18 at Element.
Tegan and Sarah and more Thursday evening left us scurrying home happy. We slept hard that night in anticipation of the pleasures that Friday would bring. Friday was a different beast in terms of organization. With twohour line-ups at both Market Square and at the tiny Alix Goolden Hall (where head-liner Tegan and Sarah were strangely placed), we headed off to Lucky Bar to watch Victoria natives Acres of Lions and Espionage–basically to kill time until The Most Serene Republic was up at Sugar nightclub. Both bands were unremarkable, mostly because their yowling plaintive stylings don’t turn our crank like they did in Grade 10. Acres of Lions’ keyboardist redeemed our experience, but at this point a few too many Rifflandibraus were clouding our ability to judge musical aptitude.
The Most Serene Republic When we got to Sugar, The Most Serene Republic and their stage presence (which can only be described as “stoked”) perked up the evening. Every member of the band was tangibly joyous, which is amazing to witness as an audience.
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Their red-headed lead singer Adrian Jewett switched his attention between the mic, some wailing harmonies and the enormous trombone that hilariously mimicked his own slender body. It almost looked too big for him, but he played it with a red-faced authority that only made him more endearing. During their encore Jewett fell onto his back and kicked his legs in the air in slow motion. We felt like characters in some chaotic children’s book while listening to their music and we loved it. It was like eating too much sugar and spinning in circles. The best part about being at their show was watching how the enormous ensemble maneuvered around each other. Sugar is a great venue, but the stage is not intended to house seven members. Each member flung their instrument and themselves around. If they weren’t all smiling, it would’ve looked like they were trying to kill each other.
Holy Fuck When we signed up to see a band named Holy Fuck, our first show on Saturday, we were prepared to be disappointed and annoyed with a lackluster attempt at mind-blowing. Holy fuck, were we wrong. Impressed at the beginning with a warpy, distorted beat that we wouldn’t associate with an electro band, we were soon physically blasted backwards. A mélange of tech wailing, a rainbow light show and the drummer pummeling his kit made every beat feel like a sucker punch (and there were a lot of beats). The whole thing was overwhelming and offensively loud. We were physically compelled to move our feet. A lot of DJ or electro shows require a 40 of beer before people feel comfortable dancing. The noise of this band, coupled with their intense passion and fervor on stage shook the bones in our bodies — and this is not a band you argue with. Most of the ways they make their noise is a complete mystery, but goddamn if it doesn’t work. They yanked spools of film, howled into mics, their guitarist throwing his whole body into each strum, throttling knobs into a massive mountain of sound. They built this up until we felt like our brains and our hearts were going to simultaneously burst. Then, they collapsed the entire thing on top of our heads. We didn’t know what to do when the show was done. We were just wandering helplessly for a few minutes until our ears stopped ringing and our feet stopped jumping around. Their lead wailer seemed similarly stunned. We saw him on the street and called out “great show” after him, and he looked so shocked to be spoken to that he could barely look us in the face. From a guy that was just lurching like a Velociraptor (and vocally imitating one as well) 10 minutes ago, that reaction was surprising. Holy Fuck pretty much sums it up.
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Mexican Power Authority We scooted on over to Sugar, only to be hustled into an enormous line. We waited in the cold for about 40 minutes. Sugar was at capacity and it was one-for-one admission. Strangely, when we asked the bouncer (very politely and out of interest) what the capacity for Sugar was, he laughed and said he couldn’t tell us. We also thought it was interesting when one girl came downstairs to look for a friend, so drunk she propped herself up against the doorframe. The bouncers shooed her back inside. They acted like she was a stray cat and then cracked a comment about how messed up she was. We did get in, but sadly missed The Power A.D. (described to us as a female Black Keys). We did however, get to be confused by The Mexican Power Authority. It would be unfair to deny the musicians talent, but it was a show that you watched with your eyes closed, keeping in mind how badly their lead singer, simply listed as “Jason” on their Myspace, wanted them to succeed. He obviously meant his songs to be very serious and thought-provoking and we were almost convinced when he full out screamed into the mic — a pretty impressive sound from such a slight guy. We stopped trying to defend him at the end of their set, when he simply left the stage and sat off to the side, watching his bandmates play a long jam. Lurking off to the side gave a bratty impression and was starkly different than his attitude when he was center stage. Everyone was just waiting for Pink Mountaintops.
Pink Mountaintops It’s always nice when B.C.’s own succeed, so seeing Stephen McBean, the musical genius and driving force behind Pink Mountaintops, was special. They opened with “Axis: Throne of Love,” off their newest release. A simmering power ballad with a stomping, deliberate beat, sweeping strings, and a simple chorus that asks one aching question: “How deep is your love?” To answer that question, real deep. McBean then proceeded to alternate between growling through his formidable beard and abusing his guitar with blistering solos in an epic performance of straight-up rock with a healthy dose of swampy blues. He tossed in a two-song encore to top it off. At one point between songs, McBean leaned into the mic and told the crowd, in a near whisper, “thanks, you guys are fun.” Thanks man, we think you’re pretty great too.
Brendan Canning and K-OS If Brendan Canning ever sets foot on this island without 15 other musicians as “Broken Social Scene,” we will run him out of town.
Brendan, we love you, but oh my god, please become a Luddite and never touch a laptop again. The group of us that went out to revel in the last night of Rifflandia spent about 45 minutes of Canning’s set wondering who this amateur was, as he had shaved off his beard and was unrecognizable. In retrospect, every band that was good over the course of the weekend was bearded in some capacity, so we should have seen his baby-faced cheeks and just left. With every cold, shivering, unprotected follicle, Canning had lost a little bit of his power. The songs were fun, but similar in genre and sound and, frankly, we were unimpressed with what Canning — a self-promoting musical nerd — had collected to show us. We all desperately tried to give him credit for the performance and become interested, but when Canning left 15 seconds of silence between each song as he searched for his next choice on his iPod, we went up to Strathcona’s rooftop to try and redeem what was left of the night. A few local DJs had been added, presumably to take advantage of the clear weather we’d been having and we assumed that anything would be better than the dismal dance mess we had left. We were wrong. Rifflandia has ruined Sunday night for us forever.
Sunday night chaos Between a girl flashing her chest in slow motion, a crappy sound system, the deeply uninterested DJs and two of the most lecherous males we have ever witnessed in our lives, Sunday night was more than a bust: it was like a cancerous hole in the back of your brain. If the promoters of Rifflandia have any sense, they would send out an apology for the dismal performances that Canning and K-OS inflicted on the audience. Hell, they should deny any association with the Strathcona line up at all. When we went back downstairs to collect our coats, it was still technically Canning’s set. There were 10 people in the club, and no one at the DJ booth. Rifflandia started off better than it ended. Whether that is due to a strangely compiled line up (two headliners — Beach House and Final Fantasy — were scheduled to play in different locations at the same time until Final Fantasy had to cancel due to medical reasons), small venues that kept many people from seeing their chosen shows or the fact that Lucky and Element charged $4.50 and up for a Rifflandibrau that was $3 at Sugar is up to the individual to decide. Overselling wristbands was a rookie mistake, but we’re sure management has learned their lesson and next year will run smoother. We felt that our wristbands had paid for themselves after the Thursday performances, so we shouldn’t complain.
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Pissed crowds proclaim it Rip-off-landia by MIKE EDEL Tegan was sick. Sara admitted they hadn’t played in awhile. Together, though, they thrilled Alix Gooldin Hall and most left in a blissful state — emphasis on most. Each wearing a $60 Rifflandia bracelet, Bonnie Smith and Daniel Ruigomez arrived at Market square at 8:30 p.m. hoping to witness Mother Mother’s show. Waiting first in line and peering in through the iron bars of the square, their frustration escalated while music bounced off of the bricks of Market Square and on to Johnson Street. “We got here at 8:30 p.m. and never got in,” Smith vented. “To support this is ridiculous … don’t restrict people from music, from what they love.” The pair gave up at midnight. “We didn’t see any shows tonight.”
There were a dozen police officers coupled with 15 security officers to control the antsy crowd as the officials tried to get the crowd to leave music-less. As the security official modestly pushed shoulders in the direction of the exit he roared, “the promoter has closed the venue; there’s too many people … I’m asking you to leave.” There was a threat of brute force, but the frustrated hum of Johnson Street stayed relatively calm. Is Rifflandia a rip-off or a hot festival beginning to cultivate big crowds and a big reputation in Victoria? The weekend had a buzz. Local businesses put up festival discounts. A free and flashy festival magazine and word-of-mouth
made Rifflandia go viral. The frustrated festival-goers ultimately realized that punctuality is a virtue and Victoria’s new indie music festival is promising to spurt into adolescence in the coming years. Friday night saw a packed house for Tegan and Sara at Alix Gooldin Hall. The duo pleased the pews with “Where Does The Good Go” and “Like O Like H,” and later tested material from their new album Sainthood, which is due out Oct. 27. The onstage sibling rivalry was classic, proving the sisters quirky and likable to the crowd. Sara addressed the crowd. “[Victoria is] truly a second home,” she said. “We’re thrilled Rifflandia is doing so well.”
Tegan and Sara were one of the many acts that ﬁlled venues to capacity last weekend, leaving large crowds disappointed at the door.
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Pearl Jam delivers while local acts surprise This week’s line up of new music includes everything from folk, punk rock, post-hardcore and heavy metal during the days of Grunge, so many years ago. David Bell
It is understandable, after listening to the CD, why The Dreadnoughts classify themselves as folk. A lot of the songs on this CD feel like they could be sung downtown at Irish Times, with the entire bar swinging their pints in time. The Dreadnoughts provide you with a jigging good time, so grab a pint and sing away with the boys, “Ho Way!” Jason Stasiuk
Overall this is CD is well put together, but it’s lacking a few components. John’s vocals stay in the same range through all thirteen tracks and “Yes We Can” seems better suited for someone else. I was left waiting the entire CD for something new and astounding to happen. Maybe I can give it to my Dad for a birthday present; he’d probably like it. Jason Stasiuk
Sights & Sounds
John Pippus is a Vancouver born singer and guitarist who has put out an album entitled “This City.” He also appeared at this year’s Victoria Fringe Festival. According to his website, he’s been playing and singing since the age of twelve and is ﬁnally putting out his ﬁrst CD. It should be known that he was twelve when the Beatles were ﬁnally striking it big in America. Surprisingly, on the ﬁrst track “Some Days,” John’s age does not come through the headphones. He sounds like he could be ﬁt amongst many of the boys with guitars like Damien Rice or Conor Oberst. But in later tracks you can start to hear his age catching up with him, almost whispering on tracks like “Little Things” and “Don’t Want To Think About That.” While listening to this gentle CD, the track “Yes We Can (Dreams)” comes out of left ﬁeld and hits you upside the head. John starts rapping. This is deﬁnitely not something expected from listening to the previous tracks, and needless to say, my roommate can think up better rhymes than “We have WMD’s and Toys “R” Us/Endless strip malls and kids named Gus.”
Sights & Sounds are a group made up of a collective of previous bands, including Comeback Kid, Sick City and Figure Four. They cite inﬂuences such as Mew, The Police and Sigur Ros. They incorporate a mix of distortion, melody and aggression that has placed them in the post-hardcore genre with the likes of AFI, Funeral For A Friend and Secret & Whisper. Monolith is a 13-track outing which is a good representation of the entirety of their sound. You can tell right from the get-go that each member of the band has their own style and each contributes accordingly. The vocals vary greatly from song to song, giving a great amount of depth to the band. The second track “Shudder, St. Kilda” starts with a quiet whisper, then breaks into a heavier section complete with screams and whoa’s. The CD runs an hour in length, with six songs clocking in at over ﬁve minutes. It seems quite long for bands of this kind but the large amount of material is welcomed. Each track has an overall similar sound, but a careful listener can easily distinguish from songs they may like or dislike. The sixth track, “The
Furthest Truth” is a more melodic track with harmonies from the two male vocalists, along with a re-appearance of the female singer from the ﬁrst track. The later tracks on Monolith step away from the heavier inﬂuences and more towards a lighter kind of pop-punk with a growly vocal line, contradicting the post-hardcore categorization. This CD is generally good, but nothing especially stands out. Jason Stasiuk
PEARL JAM Backspacer UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP
Pearl Jam never seemed to enjoy the spotlight. Throughout most of the ‘90s, the Seattle quintet shunned the media, refused to release music videos and endured a lengthy and highly publicized battle with Ticketmaster. Fans who stuck through it all were treated with some of the best albums of the decade, yet the band always struggled to remain alternative, never releasing an album without at least a few oddball tracks. Their latest album, Backspacer, paints a different picture. Eddie Vedder and company are content with their legacy, comfortable in their own skin and ready to cement their place in the pages of rock ‘n’ roll history. And that’s what this album is: pure and simple rock ‘n’ roll. The album opens with “Gonna See My Friend,” a raw and energetic track that kicks off the album on a lively note. “The Fixer,” Pearl Jam’s latest single, embodies everything Backspacer has to offer: Vedder’s growly vocals, stripped and clean guitar work and a tight performance from everyone involved. The most sonically pleasing track comes later with “Unthought Known,” a slow builder that leaves listeners shivering. For those looking for a softer listen (a la Vedder’s Into the Wild soundtrack), the album’s closer, “The End,” should satisfy that hunger. Running just a little over 36 minutes and with only two tracks cracking the four-minute mark, Backspacer is a lean listen, but it’s everywhere the band needed to go. There’s not a single track that doesn’t have a place on this album, not a single note that isn’t worth playing. Nine studio albums in, Backspacer proves Pearl Jam is here to stay, still as skilled and relevant as they were
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The Dreadnoughts Victory Square STOMP RECORDS
“Victory Square” is the second studio album from Vancouver punk rockers The Dreadnoughts. It is a hard-hitting, in-your-face record. On their Myspace page, they categorize themselves as folk, folk rock and punk, with the last being the best description of what they really are. The Dreadnoughts could easily draw comparisons to Flogging Molly, Rancid, or the Cancer Bats. The Dread Pirate Druzil and Seamus O’Flanahan bring the unique characteristics of their music, playing instruments such as tin whistle, accordion and ﬁddle. The fourth track on the CD, entitled “Boneyard,” gives you the best idea of The Dreadnoughts. Filled with the ﬁddle sliding in and out of your right ear and the mandolin in your left, you’re surrounded completely by individual sounds. The bassline gives you the rocking motion of a boat and it feels like you could be tied to the mast of a pirate ship as the captain and his crew interrogate you, ready to make you walk the plank. “Samovar” features an intricate layering of the mandolin and ﬁddle parts, and you really see how the band incorporates the similar sounds together. “Grace O’Malley” sounds like it could be a Great Big Sea song on speed. Most of the songs have a similar feel to them: drums that pound like machine guns, and a bassline that pulls and drags you along with the gypsy melodies.
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ANVIL This is Thirteen SELF-RELEASED
One doesn’t have to have seen Sascha Gervasi’s wonderfully poignant movie “ANVIL! The Story of ANVIL,” to get where lead singer and guitarist Steve Kudlow is coming from. Kudlow has a steadfast dedication to the Golden Age of power metal. He wears his love for the genre on his sleeve, a sleeve which holds an arm ending with a giant ﬁst of rock. Evoking all the power of the Tarot card of Death (XIII), the title track can’t help but refer to the mythic sensibilities of Dio circa 1983. The album itself is not bad at all. As straight-up metal, this album is easy to listen to; the lyrics are simple, the drums are solid and the bass holds up. Though heartfelt, Lips’ lyrics are a tad sophomoric and his shredding puts him far from the Hammet-esque arcs this album screams for. Not ironically, this is truly Anvil’s thirteenth album and with all the success generated from the movie’s unﬂinching look at Canada’s lost heroes of metal, it is a rebirth. Worth owning? If you are a Canadian metal fan and believe in our nation’s place in the world of metal, the answer is a resounding “yes.” Kier Robins
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Praying, dancing for peace Where the Wild
Things rock out
by NADINE SANDER-GREEN “I notice people’s hands are getting really sweaty right now,” said Jason Guille, one of Earthdance Victoria’s core organizers. The second annual Earthdance Victoria festival took place Saturday, Sept. 26 and Guille was leading a chain of about five hundred people on the grass of Beacon Hill Park. “So if it gets to be too much, just grab their foot,” he joked. The festival was an attempt to show how the combination of music, dance and technology can be harnessed into positive and humanitarian aims. It was a free, not-for-profit festival and the world’s largest simultaneous dance party. At 4 p.m. Pacific Time, more than 300 worldwide locations took part in a synchronized prayer for peace. “It’s been amazing this year. You can feel the vibe,” said Guille. “People are really open and connected.” After the prayer for peace, Guille led a spiral dance where hundreds of festival-goers held hands and spiraled in and out in two opposing concentric circles. For over half an hour, there were children, adults, people in wheelchairs and even dogs weaving around the Bandshell area in Beacon Hill Park. Other Earthdance events included group yoga in the park, a line up of musical artists including Adham Shaikh and Victoria’s own Masala, and a kids’ zone with face painting, a magic show and a beatbox demonstration. This year’s theme was “Blessing The Children” and events around the world focused on causes that support children, both at the local and international levels.
by AARON EPP THE UNITER
Aprroximately 500 people gathered in Beacon Hill Park on Sept. 26 for the Earthdance Victoria 2009 festival.
“It brought together a lot of beautiful young people and their families that might not be able to normally experience this type of music or festival,” said Guille. “I hope people
come away from this festival with a deeper sense of community, of dance and music, and maybe a curiosity to engage in their own thoughts of what peace means to them.”
WINNIPEG (CUP) — When Patrick Watson found out director Spike Jonze was adapting the famed children’s book Where the Wild Things Are for the big screen, he knew just what he had to do. The 29-year-old Montreal musician wrote a song and submitted it to Jonze to be included in the film. “I don’t know if it ever got to him or not,” Watson said last month, just hours before an energetic performance on the alternative stage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. “You try things, and sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t, and it doesn’t really matter — you’ve just gotta try it.” Watson included the song, appropriately titled Where the Wild Things Are, on Wooden Arms, the latest album by the critically acclaimed band he fronts. The band is rounded out by guitarist Simon Angell, bassist Mishka Stein and drummer Robbie Kuster. The quartet gained notoriety in 2007 when the album they released a year prior, Close to Paradise, won the Canadian Polaris Music Prize. Since then, the band has played its piano-driven, orchestral art pop all around the world. “I think it’s much more instrumental than the last record,” Watson said. “There’s still strong songs there, but I think we left more room for the instrumentation to take over at some points.” Recorded for the most part live off the floor, the result is 11
songs that are cinematic-sounding and experimental. On “Beijing,” for example, Watson plays a bicycle, while on the title track, someone plays a tree branch. The band used the $20,000 that came with its 2007 win to pay off the cost of a van it totaled while touring in the U.S. As it luck would have it, the bill for the van arrived the morning the prize was awarded. “That’s the beauty of Canadian music – somehow you always just break even,” Watson said. “No matter what happens, for some reason, you just always break even.” There’s no telling whether Watson and his bandmates will be winners when the prize is awarded this month, but it’s a safe bet they’ll be in a movie theatre when Where the Wild Things Are comes out in October. “Probably one of the best gifts of being artistic is, sometimes you can close your eyes and go somewhere, even if you’re not anywhere special. So, I think for me, the book is all about that,” Watson noted, likening the book to walking outside in the woods by yourself at night. “No matter what, if it’s pitch black around you, you’re gonna be scared for your first time, until you get used to the dark,” he said. “And I think that’s kinda what the book’s about: He goes to the wild place and he becomes king of the wild things. He becomes king of his own imagination, and once you do that, you can come home again.”
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UVic Idol a venue for vocalists, a forum for friends by AUSTIN SIMPSON UVic Idol is proving to be more than a showcase of student talent — it’s also a social marketplace. Heather McKenzie, the UVSS dierector of services, sits in the Munchie Bar, clutching a coffee cup as she discusses the upcoming UVic Idol competition. “Ultimately [UVic Idol] is a chance for students to showcase their vocal abilities and singing talents,” said McKenzie. This will be the event’s sixth year. With 40 registered competitors, it promises to be a full roster for the entirety of the nine-week competition — though there’s still room for more. As with past years, the winning contestant will receive a cash prize: $750. Travel Cuts is providing a donation to the cause for second place.
McKenzie points out that the usual mix of genuinely talented people will be interspersed with those students that take it as a joke, and those that probably should take it as a joke. However, be prepared for a ﬁnale stocked with an excellent array of singers. The judging panel, which will consist of a representative of Vancouver Island Brewery, a music graduate student and a UVSS director, will cut the original 40 down to a ﬁnal eight in the last week. What does this provide for the student that is not interested in singing, or in watching their fellow pupils horribly embarrass themselves? “You meet a lot of people,” McKenzie said. “It’s a fun way to
participate in the university community.” All platitudes toward showcasing talent and entertainment aside, the competition itself is merely backdrop to the main focus: meeting and interacting with fellow students. UVic Idol, like the free movie nights or the local beer garden, is a fantastic way for people to re-connect with friends they’ve lost track of over the summer or for new students to get out of their shells. What else are you going to do on a Thursday night? You might as well watch someone butcher “Feelings” through a haze of beer. Felicita’s will host UVic Idol, which begins Oct. 1 at 9 p.m. Competitions run every Thursday until Dec. 4.
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UVic Idol begins this Thursday at Felicita’s Pub and will continue until Dec. 4. University of Victoria Students’ Society Local 44 of the Canadian Federation of Students Thursday, October 15th, 2009 – Cinecenta – 3:00pm
1. CALL TO ORDER 2. APPROVAL OF CHAIR 3. ADOPTION OF AGENDA a) Agenda of 2009/10/15 AGM 4. ADOPTION OF MINUTES a) Minutes of 2009/02/12 SAGM 5. SPECIAL RESOLUTIONS • Motion to Amend Bylaw 6.7 - Voting • BIRT the word “majority” under Bylaw 6.7.f be amended to read “plurality.” • Motion to Amend Bylaw 8.3 – Director of Services • BIRT that parts d and f of Bylaw 8.3 be repealed; and • BIFRT Bylaw 8.3 be renumbered accordingly. • Motion to Amend Bylaw 6.4 – Maintenance of Electoral Committee • BIRT the University of Victoria Students’ Society Constitution and Bylaw Six, Article Four [6.4] Part E be removed and Bylaw 6.4 be renumbered. • Motion to Amend Bylaw 6.8 – Recounts and Appeals • BIRT the University of Victoria Students’ Society Constitution and Bylaw Six, Article Eight [6.8] be renamed as “Recounts”. • Motion to Amend Bylaw 6.8 – Recounts and Appeals • BIRT the University of Victoria Students’ Society Constitution and Bylaw Six, Article Eight [6.8] Part B be amended as follows: 6.8 Recounts and Appeals a) A nominee may request a recount of votes cast, provided such request is made in writing to the electoral committee within seven  days following the committee’s announcement of election results. b) A nominee may appeal any decision of the electoral committee to a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Students’ Society. b. Each candidate may call for no more than one  recount. • Motion to Amend Bylaw 6.9 – Electoral Policy of the UVSS • BIRT the University of Victoria Students’ Society Constitution and Bylaw Six, Article Nine [6.9], be renumbered to Bylaw Six, Article Twelve [6.12]. • Motion to Amend Bylaw VI – Election of Members of the Board of Directors • BIRT the University of Victoria Students’ Society Constitution and Bylaws be amended to create Bylaw Six, Article Nine [6.9] as presented: 6.9 Appeals a) A decision of the Electoral Officers may be appealed to the Elections Adjudicator. b) A decision of the Elections Adjudicator may be appealed to the Arbitration Panel. c) All decisions of the Arbitration Panel are final. • Motion to Amend Bylaw VI – Election of Members of the Board of Directors • BIRT the University of Victoria Students’ Society Constitution and Bylaws be amended to create Bylaw Six, Article Ten [6.10] as presented: 6.10 Elections Adjudicator The Electoral Committee shall be responsible for seeking nominations for the position of the Elections Adjudicator. a) The Elections Adjudicator shall not be a Member as per Bylaw 2.1 b) The Elections Adjudicator must be nominated by the Electoral Committee to the Board of Directors and be ratified by a two-thirds [2/3] vote. • Motion to Amend Bylaw VI – Election of Members of the Board of Directors • BIRT the University of Victoria Students’ Society Constitution and Bylaws be amended to create Bylaw Six, Article Eleven [6.11] as presented: 6.11 Arbitration Panel The Electoral Committee shall be responsible for seeking nominations for membership on the Arbitration Panel. a) The Arbitration Panel shall be comprised of three  members: i. Members, as defined by Bylaw 2.1 shall not compose a majority of the committee; ii. No member of the arbitration panel shall seek election to, or be a current member of the Board of Directors while serving on the arbitration panel; b) Members of the Arbitration Panel must be nominated by the Electoral Committee to the Board of Directors and be ratified by a two-thirds [2/3] vote. 6. PRESENTATION OF 2008-2009 AUDIT Motion to Receive the 2008-2009 Audited Financial Statements BIRT the 2008-2009 Audited Financial Statements be received. 7. PRESENTATION OF 2009-2010 BUDGET Motion to Adopt the 2009-2010 Budget BIRT the 2009-2010 Budget be adopted as presented. 8. REPORTS a. Board of Directors Report Motion to Adopt the Report of the Board of Directors BIRT the October 2009 report of the Board of Directors be adopted as presented. b. Directors at Large & Advocacy Representative Reports Motion to Adopt the Reports of the Directors at Large and Advocacy Representatives BIRT the reports of the Directors at Large and Advocacy Representatives be adopted as presented. 9. QUESTION PERIOD (limit 30 minutes) 10. OTHER BUSINESS 11. NOTICE OF MOTION 12. ANNOUNCEMENTS 13. ADJOURNMENT
Audience included in ‘world’s slowest striptease’ by ELIZABETH HAMES Let me slip into something a little more, uncomfortable. Removing all but a few adornments, poets from Victoria’s spoken word collective, Tongues of Fire, and members of the 2009 Victoria Slam Team came together for part three of Poetry in the Raw at the Victoria Events Centre Monday night, Sept. 28. “Tonight isn’t about being sexy,” said emcee Dave Morris at the start of the evening. “It’s about being honest; it’s about embracing the beautiful and the bodies we all have.” The show was put on by the Victoria Slam Team as a fundraiser for, and to raise awareness about the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, happening Nov. 10 to 14 in Victoria. But awareness of the festival came second to the show. Nudity provided a backdrop to, and a constant reminder of, the honesty the performers were hop-
ing to convey. Each of the spoken word artists used their bodies as much as their faces to portray the emotional content of their pieces. A few of the performers expressed some discomfort with the prospect of being without clothes in front of an audience, but the only truly uncomfortable moments, whether intentional or not, were during one poet’s long cry, another poet’s lapse in memory and poems that seemed to have no end. But with the continuous applause from the audience, the poets were swimming in support after each set. Although some of the participants were baring their bodies to public eyes for the ﬁrst time, none of them steered away from alluding to the nude. “I hope you’re not scared of the skin you’re living in … Can we please get naked and laugh,” rang the words of one poem, which the
artist “Freya” sang in a throaty voice, with the accompaniment of her accordion. Other spoken word artists discussed body image, sex on tombstones, an awareness of their aging bodies and their personal battles with cancer, making the poetry itself the most raw experience of the evening. The performers weren’t the only ones to strip, however. Between sets, Morris included the audience in “the slowest striptease in the world,” by inviting them to remove their clothing (one sock at a time) along with him. By the end of the night, a wall of nude bodies eclipsed the bowing bards (and a nude Morris) during an extended standing ovation. Tongues of Fire runs every Thursday at the Solstice Café on Pandora Avenue. For more information on the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, visit cfsw09.com.
Spoken word artists (from left) Dave Morris, Missie Peters, Scott Jones and Megan Ward undressed for part three of Poetry in the Raw on Sept 28.
CEO propses ‘lifestyle’ approach to personal ﬁnancing by ZOE ISBERG The spree is on. As students empty their pockets with the start of the new semester, the topic of debt is likely to have many gloomy. Others, however, call the spree an investment worth celebrating. “Too much time is spent on getting out of debt and saving,” said Tracy Piercy, founder and CEO of MoneyMinding Inc. There is a time and a place to put aside money for the long term, Piercy says, but if you are trying to invest or pay off huge chunks of debt and are still struggling to put food on the table, you are thinking about things back to front. “You have to build the foundations of skills first, before you plan for the long-term,” said Piercy, who has an innovative approach to personal finance. Rejecting a conventional income-equals-outcome mentality, she promotes a “value-based, lifestyle approach to personal finance,” which aims to build strategies for spending based on personal values and priorities. Piercy, a leading expert in the field of financial literacy, has dedicated 22 years to financial planning to offer people the skills and knowledge needed to make educated personal financial decisions. In overcoming financial apathy and debt aversion, it is crucial to dispel the fear and guilt surrounding this phenomenon and concentrate instead on informed lifestyle choices, says Piercy.
“[Financial planning] is not about the money,” said Piercy. “When you get really connected to how you want to live and why, then you can figure out how much that is going to cost on a monthly basis and then how are you going to fund it.” Too often people create a “wagebased” reality that limits the possibility of “getting ahead,” said Piercy. “What we have to learn is how to create income. There are lots of ways [besides part-time employment].” Piercy applies the “lemonadestand” phenomenon to articulate income-generating schemes leverage someone’s resources (credit), purchase supplies (product) and generate sales (income). Whether you start your own business or invest in a financial scheme, commercial or joint venture, or in market investments (shares, bonds, real estate or mutual funds) the goal of financial planning is to diversify the concept of income. “Rather than saying ‘I have this much money and I have to make it last,’” suggested Piercy, “you want to think, ‘How much money do I need coming in every month’ and, if you are short, ‘Where is [the extra cash] going to come from?’” Whether you choose to invest, take on part-time work, or create a new product, one of the keys of MoneyMinding is to think outside the wage-based-economy box. If students set a goal of $3,000 per month (living expenses,
tuition, clothing, etc.) for an eight-month school year and have $20,000 generated in students loans or savings, they will have to think about a way to make up $500 per month in income to meet their goal. This works out to 12.5 hours per week at $10 per hour. Rather than focusing on a parttime job to generate the income, Piercy works with individuals to find alternative methods of generating income. She aims to dispel some of the more harmful debt myths.
I must get out of debt now If you are focusing on getting out of debt then you are focusing on what you don’t want. Recognize the value in your investment — education, housing, technology, wardrobe. Rather than fixating on getting out of debt, focus on life goals.
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Bolivia offers land of close calls and pee stains by CHELSEY NAKA Enter my world of sharts, poo smears, pee tearing pains, itch and near drunkenness. These tales take place in Bolivia, the land of beautiful lakes, incredible jungles, cheap everything, high altitudes and bodily malfunctions. First, I’ll start with something unrelated to me — except for the ab clenching, pee dribbling, knee slapping uproarious laughter. On a casual stroll through La Paz, my boyfriend, Mike, and I were struck by a soft squeaking noise, followed by a splurge. What was that, I wondered. Then all became clear: Mike had just experienced the liquid shart. In case anyone is left wondering, this is when you fart and shit follows the air out, causing (among other things) embarrassment, wet, dirty pants, discomfort and, of course, histerical laughter from bystanders. Shortly after the liquid shart incident, it was my turn for pleasure.
We took a 18-hour bus ride to the jungle. The drive was incredible as our bus barely clung to the side of the mountain as it navigated the one-lane dirt road. We made it to the jungle and headed out on a ﬁve-day, carry all your gear, suck on coca leaves, make a fashion statement by wearing every piece of mosquito-protective clothing you’ve packed, kind of trek. I acquired many things on that ﬁve-day all you can eat buffet for mosquitoes: limbs rainbowed with bites, a new friend clinging to my hip (I call him Sr. Tick), clothing with a perfume that could recede an army and the knowledge that constant buzzing leads to insanity. Of course, I really do love the jungle — a love-hate relationship I suppose. And so, 11 days later, we left our jungle home. Yes, we were back on another 18-hour bus ride. In case I
didn’t mention this, these “ﬁrst class” buses are void of toilets. No worries. After three hours of pelvis clenching, tear causing, pee-pee dancing, suicide debating, fun, the bus stopped. I’ve never been so relieved at the sight of those ominous troughs. During my few hours of bus stardom, I realized I was not alone in my lust for the lou. As I daydreamed of rivers, lakes, dripping taps and far away lands where toilets are numerous and friendly, I noticed on the roof above us a strange smear with an odd smell looming above my head. That smear included numerous chunks, hanging tauntingly. After much contemplation, I realize the only possible explaination is as follows: another uncomfortable passenger relieved his or herself of the previous meal. And with a quick look left, then right, they tossed it straight up, like their cap on graduation day, to be left as a distraction for fellow passengers.
To ﬁnally celebrate our return to stable land, free of mozzies, cliffs and unidentiﬁed dangling objects, we shared a well-deserved beer. But before half the beer was gone, I was feeling little woozy. I decided to I bid Mike goodnight and head downstairs to my bed. Unfortunately, I had no further walked away then the walls and ﬂoor began attacking me. Safe beer? Exer-
tion? I’ll never know. With that, I returned to the bar and entered like a true boozer: stumble, trip and ﬂoor. With a bar full of stares and silent “wasted” accusations, Mike helped me up and out to the bathroom. Don’t worry though — after a quick release of ﬂuids I was walking straight again, and the ﬂoor quit attacking.
China paradox awes by BEN NGAI THE CONCORDIAN MONTREAL (CUP) — I was scared. Airplane ticket in hand, travel insurance purchased, I wondered how else I could prepare for a two-month long trip thousands of miles away. I had spoken to many people who have been to Guangzhou, a city in southern China two hours away from Hong Kong, where I was to teach children English, but it didn’t make me any less nervous. My ﬁrst glimpse of China was breathtaking. Two ﬂights and 18 hours later, my girlfriend and I found ourselves standing outside the sprawling Hong Kong International Airport. A wall of humidity closed in around me as I gazed at the mountains, which reminded me of B.C. Hong Kong holds true to its reputation of being an ultra-modern city with the ﬂavours and traditions of the Orient. Guangzhou’s growth, in particular, is getting much attention. Cranes straddle the sky, with bamboo scaffolding and dark green canvas covering the steadily-growing concrete behemoths. It’s difficult to grasp the scale of China’s economy. For instance, you can have a meal for $2 CDN, or you can shop at the Nike store and pay roughly the same amount as you would in Canada for a pair of runners. A house in a super-exclusive complex in Guangzhou could be worth up to $6 million or higher. However, there are migrant workers from agricultural provinces who live and hang their laundry on a patch of dirt in the median of a highway. At the centre of all the development in Guangzhou are the 17 million people who live there — roughly half the population of Canada. They will smile if you’re nice to them, and they will help ignorant and helpless tourists like me with directions. But here’s where the paradoxes begin. In China, people don’t believe in waiting in lines. Waiting for a seat
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before you get on the metro means four people will cut in front of you before the doors open and will straddle whatever space is left. People also don’t turn off their cell phones in movie theatres — expect to hear every ring tone ever produced. This was all very amusing to watch at ﬁrst, but irritating after three weeks. I will say I was very glad to be able to speak the language. There’s a lot to be learned when you can converse with the locals. I had a delightful experience meeting the family of a local friend, for which we traveled to a small village outside of town for a family feast. When I was there, two things happened which reinforced some of the negative global perceptions of China. First, a brand new condominium building toppled over because the developer cut corners with the materials and the construction. Luckily, residents hadn’t moved in yet. Second, there was social unrest and rioting that happened in Xinjian province where the Uighur, a Muslim ethnic minority in China, took their frustration out on the police and the Han Chinese. This led to martial law, widespread arrests and 140 deaths in the region. During my stay in Guangzhou, this led to the banning of Facebook by an agency in the central government that controls Internet use. YouTube was banned the year before. One can see a great deal in two months in a foreign land — much more than can be covered in a short article. It did make me realize what I take for granted in Canada and helped me understand the causes and effects of a rapidly growing economy. It also reinforced my roots and my connection to my birth country. But would I do it again? Probably not. It’s hot, crowded and dusty. On top of that, I would probably be put in jail for writing this in China.
Foreign cats make unfamiliar animal sounds by AMY MATTHEWSON Even after almost a year as an English teacher in Taiwan, I still laughed at my students’ mistakes. Among my favourites were: “I am wearing jeans and a t-shit,” “milk is good for you, cock is bad for you,” and “I like raccoons but I don’t like skanks.” The other foreign teachers grew accustomed to the errors. They rolled their eyes in frustration, crossed out the mistake, and wrote out the correction for the offending student. Me, on the other hand, I laughed out loud, each and every time. It just never got old. When I returned the homework to the students, I always made a comment, “I don’t think your t-shirt is THAT bad,” or “thanks for the advice, I’ll stick to coke.” My students were great; they were open to learning and didn’t feel shy about making mistakes. They were also just as quick to correct me as I was with them. I remember when I taught “Old McDonald.” I brought in a CD of the classic tune and handed out the words for the students to sing along. After reading over the words together, my normally energetic class went quiet with confusion. The look on Jolin, the Chinese TA’s face was more perplexing — she looked utterly astonished. “What’s the matter?” I asked the class. “Teacher,” my star student David explained, “cows don’t go ‘moomoo’. They go ‘mmmrrrrrrrrf, mmmrrrrrrrrf.’” Mmmrrrrrf? What is that? Maybe a very sick cow on its death bed.
It wasn’t just the cows either. Apparently, Chinese animals spoke an entirely different language than Canadian animals. Ducks didn’t quack-quack, they gua-gua, sheep didn’t baa-baa, they mie-mie, dogs didn’t bark-bark, they wang-wang and cats didn’t meow-meow, they mao-mao. The students were adamant that the Chinese had gotten the sounds correct. Even Jolin was astounded how we could have gotten it so wrong. “You teach your children that animals make those noises?” She shook her head in what seemed like disappointment. That night, I was invited over to my friend Xinyi’s house. She got a new cat and wanted some help in case there was a blood bath between it and her old cat, A-hu (which means tiger). Xinyi adopted A-hu when she lived in England and brought the little furball back with her when she returned to Taiwan. A-hu was a cute little gal, but deﬁnitely not the friendliest of cats. I sat there and watched as the intruder entered A-hu’s territory and waited for the claws to come out. I wondered whether they would be able to understand each other. The newcomer is Chinese and A-hu is British — do they see physical differences amongst themselves and do they hear an accent? Will they focus on the similarities or accept their differences? Maybe it was silly of me to think, but I couldn’t help wonder.
Do animals, like people, see physical differences and hear accents amongst themselves when in a new country?
We, as human beings, seem ﬁxated on distinguishing what is different rather than what is the same. My blond-haired, blue-eyed father was born in Canada; my paternal grandparents are Scottish and Welsh. My Spanish-speaking mother was born in Peru to Chinese parents. To many Caucasians, I look distinctly Chinese; however, to many Chinese, I am stereotypically Caucasian in appearance. I spent many hours at dinner parties listening to Canadians and Americans argue with our Taiwan-
ese friends about whether I look White or Chinese. I always found these conversations awkward for it was never nice to have every aspect of my face dissected. “Look at her eyes; can’t you see it?” “No, it’s that nose. It’s, well, rather long.” I have two eyes, just in case you’re wondering, and I think my nose is just ﬁne. Yet the result was always the same — each group in stubborn disagreement and with both sides arguing: “she looks like you, not us.”
Back at Xinyi’s, the 10 minutes of tension between the cats had lifted. They approached each other cautiously, sniffed one another’s noses and, with that, they became the best of friends. They stayed together all night, running around, eating side by side and then eventually falling asleep together on the couch. They didn’t seem bothered by the colour of their fur or whether one maoed or meowed. They were both cats and that, to put it simply, was good enough for them.
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Vikes start divisional season off with a hot streak by RILEY TROTTIER While most of the student body is just settling in for the academic year, the UVic women’s soccer team has been training for months to get in shape for a season that consumes their ﬁrst few months back at UVic. Expectations are high for the Vikes this year, particularly the women’s soccer team. “Win the national championship? Of course, that’s always the goal,” said coach Tracy David, who has been coaching the Vikes since 2002 and has led them to their only national championship in 2005. Last year the Vikes won the CanWest title and were a favourite going into the nationals. They reached the semi-ﬁnals only to lose in penalty kicks to rival Trinity Western, who went on to win the nationals. Going into the 2009 season, the Vikes are still among the top contenders for the title, along with their main rivals Trinity Western and UBC.
“Our program has recruited well but so have both of theirs,” said David. “Every year it’s pretty close.” Already a third of the way into the season, the Vikes are a solid 41. Fifth-year forward Kendra Flock has been a star this season, scoring nearly half of the Vikes goals so far. But, as with every season, there have been a few speed-bumps. “We’ve been really unlucky with injuries,” said David. “This team really needs its ﬁfth-year players to step up and be leaders for the newer players.” The Vikes have recruited lots of young players this year — on the 31-player roster, 12 of the players are in their first year. First-year midfielder Kelsey Blake has had a good start to the season, scoring her first goal as a Vike after coming off the bench in a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Dinos on Sept. 19. Blake, a Victoria native, joined the Vikes for her
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first season after graduating from Lambrick Park Secondary School in 2008. “I’ve been playing soccer since I was five years old,” said Blake. “When I was 12, I went to a camp that Tracy had put on and when it was over she said, ‘Hope to see you as a future Vike.’” While Blake was at Lambrick Park she played for their provincially-ranked soccer team. She wasn’t convinced she wanted to go to UVic, going as far as writing her SATs and going to an identification camp down in Santa Barbara. However, with a little convincing from David, she eventually decided to stay in Victoria and become a Vike. “She’s a really great coach,” said Blake, “One of the best I’ve ever had.” The Vikes’ next home game is at noon on Saturday, Oct. 17, against Fraser Valley. Tickets are available at the gate.
Forward Kendra Flock has provided much of the Vikes’ offence this year.
Strong mind, strong body.
Futsal is one of the newest sports aiming to make its way into UVic intramural sports by JENNY BOYCHUK A few weeks ago I stood in a rather long line-up at McKinnon gym waiting to collect the schedule and waiver for the volleyball team I am participating in this year. Looking around the room I saw the massive line-up for soccer. I continued to scan the room, and then saw another sign labeled “futsal.” I did a double take — what the heck is futsal? Futsal is a sport very similar to soccer, although it requires great precision and superb ball control. The sport is most often played indoors on a smooth, ﬂat surface and is comparable to indoor soccer. However, while playing futsal you are not allowed to play the ball off of the walls or boards. There are lines marked on the ﬂoor itself, and like outdoor soccer you must keep the ball within the lines — easy enough on grass, but on a gym ﬂoor? The futsal ball is much like a soccer ball except it’s one regulation size smaller than a regular soccer ball, and it doesn’t bounce as much as a regular soccer ball. Rules in futsal are also comparable to soccer rules. Red and yellow cards are used when a misconduct occurs. Futsal is all about ﬂuidity. There are ﬁve players on each team
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on the ﬂoor at a time. However, substitutes may occur at any time — even when the ball is still in play. This makes the sport about quick-thinking and strategy. If it is clear that one player is on the brink of a breakaway, and the fastest player on the team is currently on the sideline, he/she can quickly sub-off another player and continue with the flow of the game. So, if the sport is so comparable to soccer, why not just call it another variation of indoor soccer? The key difference between the two is boundary and ball control. In regular soccer, the ball can be sent up the ﬁeld as an easy set up for a breakaway and then perhaps a goal. Futsal, however, is all about the footwork. A player must work to get the ball off the ﬂoor, with quick touches and movements on the ball in order to get around defenders and keep the ball from going out of bounds — all without the friction of grass. Futsal has in fact been around (officially) since the early 1900s, and as a soccer player myself, I still cannot believe that I didn’t know that such an exciting sport existed.
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Laughter yoga an alternative workout
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by IVANA PELISEK INTERROBANG LONDON, Ont. (CUP) — Looking to add more satisfaction to your everyday routine? Yoga, in the form of laughter, may be just what the doctor ordered. Rapidly changing the way people ease tension in their lives, laughter yoga is making waves among those who live life in the fast (and stressful) lane. Based on a simple, yet profound concept, laughter yoga combines exercise with a sense of humour to provide revolutionary health benefits to the mind, body and soul. Envisioned by Indian physician Dr. Madan Kataria of Mumbai, laughter yoga began as nothing more than a recreational club in the spring of 1995. With only five members at its inception, the “belly laugh” workout has since grown to the status of having more than 5,000 social laughter clubs in more than 60 countries across the globe. As explained on the founder’s website, its premise is quite clever: “laughter is simulated as an exercise in a group but with eye contact and playfulness, developing into real and contagious laughter. It is meant to be a combination of laughing and yoga breathing, in order to bring more oxygen to the body and the brain. Laughter yoga is based on the assumption that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter, and that their physiological and psychological benefits are thus identical.” The connection between yoga and laughter comes from deep
within the core. As one laughs, one’s abdominals rapidly contract and expand, in effect tightening the underlying belly muscles. In turn, this causes an increase in oxygen intake which works to effectively flush toxins from one’s body and bloodstream. According to Duncan Cook, a laughter yoga practitioner, there are many benefits beyond the physiological ones to getting involved with this workout regime. Aside from its ability to bring buffness to your bod, strengthen your immune system, and even potentially diminish the signs of aging on your face, “contact with others in a laughter session offers people a place where they can be as they are, rather than how they should be. This is especially beneficial in a societal culture where constraints are placed on individuals to perform or behave in particular way[s].” Aubrey Brownne, an 83-year-old retired Londoner and laughter yoga enthusiast, is certainly convinced of the exercise’s merits. “It is the best part of each and every day for me,” she said. “Doing these exercises makes me feel young again and like I can do anything … all I have to do is smile and my troubles seem meaningless.” In Kataria’s view, “one minute of mirthful laughter is equivalent to a 10-minute cardio workout on a rowing machine.” Cook adds that a laughter yoga session can also be regarded as a form of meditation, wherein
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Laughter Yoga offers a humourous and deep core workout.
the mind is allowed to rest for a period of time. “This is important for any system — human or otherwise [and] this contributes to calming the mind stream, in turn leaving space for greater awareness to take place,” Cook said. For more information on how you can participate in a laughter yoga session, visit the website
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Beneﬁts of Laughter Yoga • Reduces stress • Improves morale • Boosts productivity • Reinforces teamwork • Sparks creativity
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September 24th, 3:30pm-5:00pm - Stewart Complex October 2nd, 11:30am-1:00pm - Graduate Students Centre October 5th, 5:00pm-6:30pm - UVic Residence, Cadboro Room October 15th, 11:30am-1:00pm - SUB, Vertigo Room
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• I know why you’re here, Neo. I know what you’ve been doing... why you hardly sleep, why you live alone and why, night after night, you send us your comics. Editor Glen O’Neill
Read It & Weep
by Patrick Murry
October 1, 2009
Published on Dec 11, 2009