January 28, 2010
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First Peoplesâ€™ House opens to eager UVic community, p. 5 Rally to Resume Parliament rocks Victoria crowd, p. 6 Hypnotherapy lifts the veil of writerâ€™s block, p. 12 Video games help solve mysteries of the brain, p. 20
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by JUSTIN GIOVANNETTI THE LINK MONTREAL (CUP) — In July 2008, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) attempted to sell the rights to its Studentsaver Card for $1.9 million — without informing its student members. The attempted sale of the multivendor student discount card was revealed more than a year after it failed due to the economic recession. A numbered company, 6968643 Canada Inc., was established by the CFS and the Toronto-based Futura Loyalty Group to transform the Studentsaver Card into a swipe card. Futura was supposed to transfer $1.9 million to the numbered company, but the relationship between Futura and the CFS fell apart after only $115,096 had been transferred to the numbered company. “They put this one under the rug,” said Greg Johansson, president of the CFS Quebec (CFS-Q) branch. The attempted sale of the card was ﬁrst revealed at the CFS Annual General Meeting (AGM) in late November. “At the general meeting [the CFS] swept it aside. ‘The deal is off now,’ they said. They wouldn’t really tell us what was going on with the numbered company,” said Johansson. CFS-Q was told by the CFS national office in October that it was no longer a part of the national organization. Johansson was elected as the Quebec representative to the national executive at the November AGM, though the position is currently listed as vacant. “[6968643 Canada Inc.] was established to set up a joint venture with a company that was going to fund the creation of this swipe card service, which has not happened,” said CFS national treasurer Dave Molenhuis. “The obligations on behalf of Futura have been unfulﬁlled,
CFS tried to turn the Studentsaver Card into a money-making operation.
so the national executive is trying to ﬁgure out a different logistics provider to fulﬁll that.” No new company has been found to continue the project. Molenhuis confirmed to Canadian University Press (CUP) newspaper The Link that the money from Futura was still in the account of the numbered company and that the CFS retains the rights to the Studentsaver Card. Johansson criticized the sale and the implied branding of the CFS’ membership — the majority of Canada’s university students — as consumers. “The Studentsaver program was valued at $2 million precisely because it encourages students to spend money, often money they do not have. By its very nature, the Studentsaver program encourages
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student debt,” he said. Molenhuis did not provide concrete details on how Futura was supposed to create a profit under the swipe card program. “Merchants would pay money to Futura to offer a discount to students. At first when you look at it, it doesn’t make sense,” said Johansson. “But these loyalty cards encourage people to go to places they normally wouldn’t go and establish brand loyalty.” He said he saw the attempted sale as part of a continuing CFS trend of privatizing its assets, which includes its sale of Travel Cuts to Merit Travel in October. “It’s part of that trend of taking services, developing them into fully-fledged enterprises and then selling them off to the highest bidder,” said Johansson.
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Clementine O’Farrell and Mike Vasilev want to educate students about the troubles with bottled water.
UVSP turns on new water campaign by GEMMA KARSTENS-SMITH UVic students are encouraging the community to bin bottles and think about water sustainability. Over the next week, the UVic Sustainability Project (UVSP) project will launch their new, ongoing campaign, Think Outside the Bottle. “Water is something which is all too often taken for granted, and really shouldn’t be. While we are wholly dependent upon it, it is far from inﬁnitely available,” said Lisa Federspiel from UVSP. “Indeed, in many parts of the world the struggle for water has already begun and the threat of the global ‘water wars’ is already looming large.” The campaign began with UVSP tabling by Petch fountain earlier this week. In addition to providing passer-bys with information on water issues, the booth also had performance art and water tastings. On Jan. 27, the group hosted a screening of Flow, an award-winning documentary on the world water crisis. The kick off will also include a lecture on Thursday, Jan. 28. Speak-
ers include Ken Wu of the Ancient Forest Alliance, who will talk about preserving the purity of local water, and Tony Clark, who will talk about the privatization and commodiﬁcation of water. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in room D150 of the Bob Wright Centre. “We wanted to start [Think Outside the Bottle] because we felt that students needed to be informed about the social, political and environmental impacts of bottled water,” said Clementine O’Farrell, one of the campaign’s organizers. The group also hopes to emphasize the high quality of Victoria’s water, which UVSP says is the purest in Canada. “Our tap water is better than anywhere,” said Mike Vasilev, another Think Outside the Bottle organizer. “They’re [tap water and some bottled water] taken from the same watersheds and tap water goes through a more rigorous process, so it’s even better,” said O’Farrell. Vasilev adds that buying water
costs exponentially more than getting it out of the tap. “Taken together, our tap water’s high quality and its ridiculously cheap price, buying bottled water is absolutely absurd,” he said. “When you pay $2.25 for a 591ml bottle of water, you are paying over 3,000 per cent more. That’s a lot to pay for some plastic.” Think Outside the Bottle is also trying to show students that, aside from being expensive, the plastic also creates a huge amount of waste. “One person making the choice to buy a bottle of water, and the subsequent energy needed to break down and recycle that bottle may not make much of a difference, but one person is never alone,” said Vasilev. “At UVic, about 280,000 bottles of water are sold each year — and that does not include all those bottles which are bought off campus.” The group is currently planning other projects for the campaign, including installing new water fountains in buildings.
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Court says Kwantlen CFS-BC rep must be ratiﬁed CFS cannot bar KSA Director of External Affairs for campaigning against the CFS in a past referendum, according to ruling by DAVID J.A. FOSTER Kwantlen Polytechnic will once again be represented in the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) after a Jan. 20 B.C. Supreme Court ruling. Justice Brenda Brown’s ruling concluded a seven-month long legal battle that pitted Kwantlen Students Association (KSA) Director of External Affairs Derek Robertson against the B.C. branch of the CFS (CFS-BC). Representing the KSA to CFS-BC is part of Robertson’s job description as director of external affairs, a position he was first elected to in February 2008. Yet Robertson resigned from the CFS-BC executive soon after being elected, however, and then helped those campaigning in favour of the KSA leaving the CFS in an April 2008 referendum. After 56 per cent of those who voted in the referendum voted to stay in the CFS, the KSA board reappointed Robertson as the CFS-BC representative. However, the rest of the CFS-BC exec voted against this, allowing him to take his seat. When Robertson was re-elected in February 2009, CFS-BC refused to ratify him again. CFS-BC chairperson Shamus Reid said the executive rejected Robertson because they “felt he couldn’t uphold his responsibilities as a director.” On Jan. 20, however, Justice Brown ruled that the CFS-BC’s refusal to ratify Robertson violated both the B.C. Societies Act and
CFS-BC bylaws. The court has ordered that Robertson be returned to the CFS-BC executive and awarded legal costs to the KSA. Robertson says that taking legal action was a last resort. “The KSA decided to go through the internal process of the CFS, namely going through the CFS-BC Annual General Meeting, in order to try to get me returned to the executive,” he said. But a motion to ratify Robertson failed at the August 2008 CFS-BC AGM. He was barred from taking his seat again at a June 2009 CFSBC executive meeting. “We had no choice but to go to court,” Robertson said. Robertson says that there was “absolutely no proof” that he had breached his duties, and that he had resigned from CFS-BC before campaigning for defederation in order to avoid a conflict of responsibilities. During the legal proceedings, CFS-BC submitted photographs showing Robertson had joined anti-CFS Facebook groups before he resigned from the CFS-BC executive. “Joining a Facebook group does not show your activity on that group,” Robertson said. “So they showed that I joined it, but they had no evidence of whether I wrote positive or negative things on that group.” Robertson’s current elected term ends March 31, and there aren’t many CFS-BC meetings left before
that date approaches. Still, Robertson sees the main significance of the ruling as a precedent for boards of non-profit societies like CFS-BC. “The court has recognized that CFS-BC was acting unreasonable,” said Robertson. The court also found that the B.C. Societies Act does not allow boards to employ a “discretionary ratification procedure.” “[A board] has no right to disallow duly elected representatives from serving,” said Robertson, “because they cannot determine pre-emptively that they’re going to breach their fiduciary duty or any of the rights set out under the Societies Act.” CFS-BC Chairperson Reid sees the court’s decision in a different light, however. “We believe this ruling was made in error and will have profoundly negative consequences for societies in B.C.,” he wrote in an e-mail statement. “The B.C. Societies Act provides that directors of a society are legally responsible for protecting the society from harm. Despite this legal responsibility, Justice Brown’s ruling denies directors the legal power to do so.” Robertson disagrees with Reid’s interpretation. “The fact is, this ruling does not stop boards from holding their directors accountable,” he said. “If their directors breach the Societies Act and their responsibilities under the Societies Act...then they
A Jan. 20 B.C. Supreme Court ruling will see Derek Robertson restored to his position on the CFS-BC executive board.
can be removed.” Robertson maintains that he has not done anything that he should be removed for. “The only thing we can figure out,” he said, “is that the reason they disallowed me from being on the [CFS-BC executive] is that I campaigned to leave the CFS in our 2008 defederation referendum.” According to Robertson, the KSA “followed the [CFS referendum] regulations to a tee.” After the referendum, the KSA executive publicly recognized that the majority of students, in fact, wanted to remain as members of the CFS. “We said, we look forward to working with the CFS,” Robertson said. “But we still recognize
that there are a lot of problems within the CFS that need to change. And that’s exactly what we went on doing.” CFS-BC is made up of 16 student unions across the province, each with a local representative on the CFS-BC executive.
How the UVSS ﬁts in UVic Students’ Society (UVSS) Director-at-Large Kelsey Hannan attended the CFS-BC AGM in Nanimo from Jan. 14 to 17 as a delegate for the KSA. Both Hannan and the KSA have advocated for CFS reform. Students at UVic submited a petition requesting a referendum on the UVSS’ continued membership to the CFS national ofﬁce on Oct. 26. As of Jan. 25, CFS had not yet contacted the UVSS board to schedule a referendum.
Old issues rear their heads at recent UVSS meetings More board movement Trish Palichuk resigned from her position as Native Students’ Union representative at the Jan. 25 UVic Students’ Society (UVSS) Board of Directors meeting. Palichuk said that her reasons for leaving included the fact that she does not see the board as being respectful of or working across differences and that the people she expected to be the most open minded were not. Palichuk also said that, instead of advocating for change and helping students, the UVSS executive had largely become more interested in “ego trips and power grabs.”
After giving her reasons for resigning, other members of the board commended Palichuk for her time on the board, and thanked her for the work she has done. Palichuk has now become the second UVSS board member to resign this year. Meghan Kerr resigned from her position of Director of Academics last semester. At a Dec. 7 board meeting, Kerr’s position was filled by Rajpreet Sall, who was previously a UVSS Director-at-Large on the board. Palichuk’s position will be filled by Tanille Johnston. Gemma Karstens-Smith
YPY’s status, funding The UVSS Clubs Council passed a motion on Jan. 26 recommending that the UVSS Board withdraw club status and funding from prolife club Youth Protecting Youth (YPY) for one year. Last semester, Clubs Council approved both status and funding for YPY, but the board denied the funding. Tara Paterson, representative for pro-choice club Students for Choice, made the motion to Clubs Council based on three complaints against YPY. One complaint came from the Women’s Centre, one came from an anonymous student and one
was signed by 33 individuals from around campus. The complaints focused on YPY’s postering campaign and on their decision to bring Stephanie Gray, a speaker associated with the Genocide Awareness Project which compares abortion to genocide, to campus for a debate last November. “Imagine what it would be like being a woman who’s had an abortion, walking to class, reminded, guilted, shamed,” said Paterson of the posters. UVSS Director-at-Large Kelsey Hannan, however, thinks the motion would violate the B.C. Societies Act if it is passed by the
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Lt. Governor opens doors to First Peoples’ House by SEAN PETERSON UVic’s newest — and arguably most unique — building, the First Peoples’ House, officially opened on Jan. 25 at a ceremony with the Honourable Lieutenant Governor Steven L. Point, former Chief of the Skowkale First Nation, in attendance. “It is a celebration … that brings to my heart many thoughts, memories and feelings from the past,” said Point in his address. “In institutions like this, there was a time when Aboriginal people were not acknowledged. In fact, we were invisible to the world.” The house and its immaculate Ceremonial Hall will “support the academic, emotional and spiritual needs of Indigenous students, recognizing and honouring the diversity of values and beliefs,” said UVic President David Turpin. “The setting is symbolic of its welcoming character, and its signiﬁcance for the entire university,” he said about the house’s location in the centre of campus. The house was built as part of a strategic plan seeking to encourage more enrollment from the Indigenous community. In the year 2000, there were 76 aboriginal students enrolled at UVic. Today, there are more than 700. “There are times when I felt really isolated and alone,” said Robina Thomas, co-chair of the First Peoples’ House Advisory Committee, who was one of those 76 students. “I feel now … just coming into this building gives you a sense of belonging.” “[Indigenous students] now have a place that they can call home,” she said. “They have a gathering place, they have the support of elders. They have a whole community here that they can come to.” The Ceremonial Hall, a traditional
gathering room, is the building’s most distinguishing feature. Built in the Coast Salish Long House design, its architecture tries to strike a balance between modern academics and Indigenous culture, said Thomas. Centering the room is a ﬁre-pit, a staple of the Long House, under a glass cover. A skylight replicates traditional smoke holes, and there is an adjacent dressing room for dancers who will practice and perform in the Hall. Two cedar poles carved by artist Charles W. Elliot of the Tsartlip First Nation mark the entrance. Carvings decorate the walls, and a projector hangs off the ceiling for power-point presentations and slideshows. The building’s design was greatly inﬂuenced by the Indigenous community through consultations with architect Alfred Waugh, which contributed to important additions, said Thomas. One of those additions is the volume of artwork by renowned Vancouver Island artists. Carvings, sculptures and paintings are featured throughout the building. A bronze whale tail will be unveiled within the pond in February. Additionally, there is a pond below cedar plank cladding, rammed earth walls and a sloping roof that creates a waterfall-effect in the rain. Along with the Hall, the First Peoples’ House has 13 offices, a classroom, a commercial kitchen, a seminar room and a computer lab. In the building, students can expect to ﬁnd the Office of Indigenous Affairs, the Aboriginal Counselor’s office, the Native Students’ Union office and the Elders’ Lounge. “Elders are really signiﬁcant in our community — they’re the ones
The official opening of UVic’s First Peoples’ House included speeches, food and traditional music and dancing.
we go to for wisdom, guidance, and direction … teaching us where we need to go,” said Thomas. Elders in residence are available three days a week to provide students and those on campus with any assistance they need. Students can drop in to ask questions or even just visit, she said. Construction began in May 2008, and the building has been functioning since August of last year. In fact, it has already seen its ﬁrst Recognition Ceremony — a celebration of the achievements of graduating Indigenous students in a cultural way. There are no classes currently taking place there, but students can study in the Ceremonial Hall or the reading room, or simply tour the
hall and admire the art. “[The building] is pretty modern … but it feels a little more comfortable than other places, like the library,” said Mayana Ambers, a third-year Anthropology student. “With all of the art, it makes it feel a lot more cultural than anywhere else. Having a home base is important, especially for people coming from more remote areas — to know that there is somewhere with support staff that will help them,” she said. The ﬁnal construction budget was $7 million, $2.6 million of which was contributed by the province. MLAs Gary Lunn, Ida Chong and Murray Coell took part the opening ceremony, and were thanked
by the Lt. Governor as patrons of the building. He also commended the university for contributing to “a great migration … of cultures.” “The university has not only made space for students to come here and practice some of their songs and dances, but it has made space for this philosophy to take root and to ﬂourish inside a western paradigm that, until now, has ignored that philosophy,” said Point. “You are making room for our philosophy to come and teach you. Within these walls you’re going to see something happen to your university. It’s going to change the way you do business. It’s going to create a respectful relationship based on mutual understanding.”
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• Next week in Civics: Black History Month, Reefer Madness, Shaky Rock Syndrome and library memories. It’ll all be waiting for you right here. Editor Kat Eschner
Prorogue Harper, ralliers say Rally to Resume Parliament lives up to its Facebook activism all over Canada
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by SCOTT DALY An estimated 1,500 people descended on Centennial Square on Jan. 23 to protest the federal government’s decision to shut down Parliament until March — and Facebook played an essential role. “There were actually a lot more people than we expected,” said Victoria protest organizer Craig Ashbourne. “We’re frustrated to see the Prime Minister do something like this to avoid the issues.” The Rally to Resume ParliamentVictoria was one of a series of rallies across the country stemming in large part from a 215,000-member strong Facebook group called Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament. The group was started by University of Alberta student Christopher White. Much of the national and local organizing, publicity and coordination was done via Facebook. “I wanted to be at the rally because I wanted to live up to my ‘Facebook activism’,” said Sheena Gardner, who, like many, engaged with the protest on the social networking website. “Also, while I have never been a fan of the way Harper conducts government, I think he is really abusing the system for his own beneﬁt and that this latest action shows that he disregards the opinions of Canadians.” While Parliament was scheduled to resume on Jan. 25, on Dec. 30 Prime Minister Stephen Harper quietly announced the prorogation of Parliament on until after the Olympics. The government says that it will have a speech from the throne on March 3, followed by a federal budget the next day. Victoria NDP MP Denise Savoie slammed Harper’s decision at the rally and advocated for legislation that would require the approval of the House of Commons before the Prime Minister could prorogue.
On Jan. 23, Canadians in Victoria and around Canada voiced their dissent.
“Just because it’s legal does not make it democratic,” said Savoie, who returned to Ottawa along with the rest of the NDP and Liberal caucuses for the originally scheduled resumption of the House on Jan. 25. “This afternoon, I urge you to support legislation that will require a majority vote before prorogation.” Other speakers at the Victoria rally included Esquimalt Liberal MP Keith Martin, UVic political science professor Denis Pilon and Jamie Biggar, a member of Canada’s Youth Delegation at the Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change. Green party leader Elizabeth May, who is running in the Saanich-Gulf Islands riding in the next federal election, was represented by her campaign manager John Fryer while she spoke at the rally on Parliament Hill with other opposition party leaders. “Our government must be representative for us and be representative to us,” Biggar told the crowd. “As a Canadian, I’ve never been so ashamed of my government but so proud of my fellow citizens.”
Dozens in the crowd held signs emblazoned with slogans like “Prorogue Harper,” “No Taxation without Representation” and “My House, My Rules.” Critics have charged that Harper is temporarily shutting down Parliament in an attempt to avoid questions about the treatment of Afghan detainees and to buy time for the Tories to gain a majority in the Senate. The government has refuted this saying that they need time to consult with Canadians and give them an overview of the next phase of their economic action plan designed to help get Canada’s economy out of recession. While political parties continue to argue, Ashbourne believes that the role of a site like Facebook to mobilize a grassroots movement may be indicative of a new form of politics. “We see that people are no longer relying only on electoral politics every four years to let their elected officials know what they want,” said Ashbourne. “It’s an ability and an opportunity for people to set the agenda.”
OTTAWA (CUP) — The Conservative government has decided not to renew funding for the Canadian Council on Learning, a national organization that studied and published public reports on all levels of Canadian education since 2004. On Jan. 8, the CCL announced that the government’s financial support — originally a five-year, $85-million grant, which had been extended by the Conservatives for another 12 months last year — will run out on March 31. “This will necessitate a dramatic scaling down at CCL,” explained President and CEO Paul Cappon in a statement on the CCL website. “However, we are determined to fulfil our current commitments, and identify new ways to serve Canadians, albeit with more modest means.” Ninety-ﬁve per cent of the CCL’s funding is based on federal support. “The link between learning and prosperity is as clear today as it was when the CCL was first funded,” Victoria MP Denise Savoie (NDP) told the Martlet. Savoie, former NDP post-secondary critic, said she frequently referred to CCL research. The Conservative minority government has a habit of eliminating independent advice, she said. And she isn’t reassured by a statement issued after the cuts, wherein the party said they would, in fact, replace this independent body. “I am shocked and I’m very disturbed by this cut in funding,” current NDP post-secondary critic Niki Ashton (NDP) told the University of Ottawa’s CHUO-FM on Jan. 8. “Not only has the CCL been doing important work in our research — and particularly edu-
cational research and learning research in our country — but it’s also a program, an organization that’s being cut as part of a pattern, here — a pattern that the Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have certainly taken on where we see an attack on research.” Ashton referenced the 2008 decision to end funding to the Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation, stating the pattern has been discouraging so far. The Millennium Foundation officially dissolved only a matter of days before the CCL announcement on Jan. 5. Established by the Liberal government in 2004, the independent-but-government-funded CCL has conducted regular research and published annual reports focusing on various knowledge-related topics, including adult literacy, aboriginal learning, and post-secondary education. “CCL didn’t just do research: CCL provided a report card in many ways, and indicators as to how well Canada was doing,” Ashton said. “Once we lose that kind of information from an independent organization — certainly funded by government, but independent in its work — I think that’s something that we should all be very concerned about and that should set alarm bells off for all of us.” Federal Human Resources and Social Development Minister Diane Finley explained in a Dec. 2009 letter to the Globe and Mail that “the decision not to renew was not made lightly.” “I think cutting research is short-sighted,” said Savoie. “Because you don’t make your decisions based on fact.”
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Student-driven advocacy and activism abounds at UVic by BROOKE ENGLISH With Clubs and Course Union Days now two weeks behind us, there’s still plenty of time to get involved with a club that ﬁts your interests and impacts your community. Over 100 clubs represented at the clubs days event — and many weren’t just promoting hobbies. “The student body is a pool of potential activists,” said Celine Trojand, organizer for the UVic branch of the Dogwood Initiative. “Because our lives are already so changeable, students are able to envision and then willing to change.” Advocacy and activism clubs range from the UVic Red Cross to UVic Students for Literacy. To see the full list, visit uvss.uvic.ca and click on “Clubs and Course Unions.” “Every year there’s quite a number of political or activist clubs,” said UVSS Chairperson Veronica Harrison. “There have deﬁnitely been more environmental clubs in the last few years.” With all the options, here are a few club proﬁles to get your activism juices ﬂowing.
The Dogwood Initiative A social justice and environmental non-proﬁt, the Dogwood Initiative helps people organize and network around ownership of their land and resources. “It’s about us helping communities be stronger and ﬁnd a uniﬁed voice,” said Trojand. As an example of their work, the group helped jumpstart communication between First Nations groups on the Island whose communities will be affected by the implementation of an oil pipeline.
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The Initiative also works on projects that directly affect the UVic community. They’re currently trying to implement a project called the Divestment Coalition, as an answer to the university’s controversial investments in the Alberta tar sands and cigarette companies. The money gained from these investments becomes scholarships for students, but the Divestment Coalition’s goal is to set up a framework for more ethical investments. “It is personally fulﬁlling to actually do something — you meet great people and feed off of and tap into their energy,” said Trojand. For more info, contact Trojand at email@example.com.
Breakthrough for Africa Breakthrough for Africa is also new on UVic’s activism scene. Originally a Women’s Studies practicum project for UVic student Calais Caswell, the local chapter of this group is trying to raise money for the community Lundazi in Zambia, who they were paired with via a twinning project. “The real benefit of this partnership is the bottom-up approach to development — we can directly see the change as it happens,” said Caswell. Breakthrough for Africa is planning a fundraiser for March this year in order to purchase bicycles for orphans. The bikes will aid the Lundazi orphans in their long trek to school each day and conserve their energy for learning. Caswell can be reached for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breakthrough for Africa members show off their table during Clubs and Course Union Days. The group has partnered with a community in Zambia to bring much needed supplies to the locals there.
Students for a Free Tibet Students for a Free Tibet is yet another club that is actively engaged in promoting its cause around the community. On March 10, the anniversary of the Tibetan uprising, they plan to organize a large protest in Centennial Square, complete with posters, speeches and megaphones. The Dalai Lama was forced to ﬂee Tibet and travel to India in the Tibetan uprising of 1959. To this day,
the Tibetan people who remain in their own country are still under the control of the Chinese government. “It hurts to think that stuff like that is happening — it is good to touch people emotionally and realize that we shouldn’t take our freedoms for granted, such as the freedom of speech or the freedom of religion,” said Tasha Sadoway, an active member. In October 2008, Sadoway and a fellow member made friends with
Tibetans in a large settlement of expatriates in India. “To actually see it ﬁrsthand was amazing,” said Sadoway about working in a daycare at the Tibetan settlement. Her passion wasn’t always matched by clubs day browsers, however. “I wish there was a stronger reaction,” she said. “It seems like people always assume someone else is going to take care of it.”
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MAKING THE ROUND TRIP COST EFFICIENT
Proﬁting on 2010, Olympic-style There’s nothing like a little international competition to put people in the mood to make a buck. VANOC and the International Olympic Committee knows all about that. So why ﬁght it any longer? We’re starving students after all, and the government let our funding slide while the Games prospered. Let’s harness all that Olympic hoopla with a couple ways to bank on it ourselves. Get ready to pay off those pesky loans. The Martlet introduces: The Top 20 Ways to Proﬁt from the 2010 Olympics (a student’s guide). 1. Sell off your clothing as authentic Olympic memorabilia. Where better to get official gear than the countrymen and women themselves? It’s all in the pitch. 2. Market jars of dirt as “Essential Olympic Soil” souvenirs. Yes, you may have got it from a storm drain, but all they need to know is that they’re taking a piece of history back home. 3. Barter your bus pass. If you’ve got the Vancouver connects, nothing will be more valuable than getting to the downtown core. And who wants to wait in line when you can walk right on? For a price. 4. Market the ice from your deepfreeze as a slice of Canadiana. The Olympics might be void of snow, but spectators don’t have to be. Think: cooler. 5. Start a company and offer tours of downtown. Know the city or use your powers of improv, being sure to elaborate on historical facts when possible. 6. Auction your parking spot. You didn’t want to be in downtown Vancouver for those three weeks anyway. Why not make a mint avoiding the city? 7. Become a bag-boy/girl. If you can’t get in with the big-name athletes, offer your services to tired patrons willing to shell out the cash for their weary arms. GLEN O’NEILL
8. Become a spy for VANOC. Yes, we love those hearty protestors and anti-establishment types, but what’s more fun then convincing those in power you’ve got something to share. All’s fun that ends in funds, right? 9. Rent out your dorm room. Sure it’s in Victoria, but convince people their new accommodations are only a hop away in a beautiful and quiet harbour.
Small media has big beneﬁt Will bankruptcy of CanWest spell the end of media conglomeration in Canada?
10. Create your own wax museum. Melted wax, ear wax — what’s not to love? Set up shop in a back alley or cardboard box. Sell tickets. 11. Vend official Olympic Torch joints. We all know what it looks like — now it’s time to market the real thing. 12. Sell autographs, claiming you’re a local celebrity. It’s Canada: no one knows us, right? This only increases your potential. Big smile, lots of Sharpies. 13. Hock authentic maple syrup from a tree — any tree. Grab a bottle of dollar-store syrup, a few plastic bowls and a straw. Tack the straw to some branch (who knows pine from maple anyway?) and insist it’s freshly tapped. 14. Offer your services as a Metric Education Specialist. Imperialists are cute — and they need your help. You can almost hear the clank of sweet coin now. 15. Sell triple-ply toilet paper by the square. Those porta potties get awefully old after a while. Offer those far from home a comfort to remember. 16. Peddle rabbit pelts. Come on, it solves two problems at once: reduce the overpopulation of bunnies at UVic, and make a dollar doing it. 17. Market “Protective Protester Salt.” By this point, the international community should be good and scared of our restless populous — capitalize on this. 18. Create “2010 Olympic Bingo” cards. Mounties, bears, Quatchi, oh my! Let them search far and wide. It’s time to play, but at a fair price. 19. Pawn off Tim Hortons maps. Even the locals will want to know how to get their daily java. Their early-morning needs could ﬁll your empty pockets. 20. Offer to become a Facebook Proﬁle Photographer. Got an iPhone? This is the gig for you. After all, your internet comes at a fraction of the price those international visitors will have to pay — convince them of this. And remember, go big. At least 20 per cent of your proceeds will go to VANOC anyway. Be sure to make good use of the rest.
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by GEMMA KARSTENS-SMITH CanWest Global Communications was placed under creditor protection on Jan. 8. Now, a huge chunk of the Canadian press is up on the auction block, proving old-school media has plenty to worry about. CanWest currently owns The National Post and 10 other major daily papers, from the Victoria Times Colonist to the Vancouver Province and the Ottawa Citizen. They also own 26 community papers and online publications such as dose.ca. Many journalists are terriﬁed by this development. Newsroom veterans who have been slogging it out in the industry’s trenches for decades are scared that the sale of CanWest’s publication department is yet another sign that the newspaper industry is dead. For young journalists tentatively venturing out of their safe postsecondary ponds and dipping their toes into the vast ocean of dailies, the sale implies that already-hot competition for jobs is only going to intensify. I ﬁnished my degree in December and I want to be a journalist. Yet, I see the collapse of Canada’s media empire as the best thing to happen to this country’s press in recent years. The way I see it, media exists to inform and entertain the public. Media — especially print media — does this best when it speaks to
a particular population, whether that is a geographic community or a community of people with similar interests. People need to feel like their interests are being represented, and that the issues being covered on the front page actually have some bearing on their own lives. But mainstream media around the world has completely lost sight of how important community is. Instead of putting issues in context, telling the population how something could affect them, they report on events and try to represent the country as a whole, writing copy that can easily be printed in papers across the country. They forget that what matters to a senior living in Victoria is much different than what matters to a young professional in Montreal. Canada’s media needs to refocus on community in order to recoup and succeed. In a world where most of us can — and do — read a constant stream of news online, the press has to specialize in an area that isn’t readily available on the Internet. The press needs to practice putting events into context and delving more deeply into issues than has been practiced recently in newsrooms around the world. Despite the fact that people both inside and outside of the press say that the newspaper is dead, there are buyers interested in CanWest publications. Several groups are
putting together bids for a few papers each. Former senator Jerry Grafstein is part of a group looking to purchase the National Post, the Ottawa Citizen and the Montreal Gazette. Grafstein has spoken about how he believes in the future of the press and how local ownership and local control are needed to make newspapers succeed today. But CanWest doesn’t want what they call “piecemeal” bids; they want it all gone in one fell swoop. They say that allowing buyers to take only the best, most proﬁtable publications would leave the less successful papers hanging, because they will be more difficult to sell. While that’s probably true, it’s also probably the only way things can change for media in Canada. Certain papers are going to die out, as tragic as that is. But things have to be demolished before you can build something new. In a smaller city, you can’t have two or three or four community papers while there’s still a big daily around. CanWest has already proven that the media conglomerates do not work. Turn media into an empire and what you get is nearly a $1 billion debt and papers that the public doesn’t care about. What we need now is something new, something smaller. We need a press that represents us.
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Tolerance key for peaceful dialogue It’s time to put our ideology where our mouths are by EARL KRIEGER PRESIDENT ISRAEL ON CAMPUS ported 100,000 people. Real tragTolerance: it’s a beacon of our edies are happening everywhere, democracy, a foundation of any multicultural society and the basis and a small city of 21,000 people living next to a densely-populated for dialogue. Tolerance allows us territory run by militants (with to come together and ignore our possibly more fire power than the differences, because tolerance Canadian Government), should inherently demands and delivers do the reasonable thing: move. respect. But they won’t. I’m sure many of us here at UVic Some will stay, hoping the pride ourselves on our ability to rockets will pass. Some will stay, be tolerant of other people and hoping a solution can be made their ideas. We pride ourselves between the militants running on our multiculturalism and our Gaza, the Palestinian Authority ability to break barriers and ac(the governing body in the West cept each other regardless of our Bank) and Israel. beliefs, or colour, or way of life. Bedein has his doubts. Will Clubs Days is a good example: Hamas ever be tolerant of Jews? all different clubs, with all differWill Muslim countries finally acent interests, asking us to advocept Jews into their states? Will cate for different ideas, and it’s all the intolerance ever end? in one room. We also pride ourSince its inception, Hamas has selves on inviting all people from tried to vie for control of all of all different walks of life to parIsrael, attempting to fight by any ticipate in Student Government, means for their cause. and we encourage the discussion Previously, suicide bombers ravof new ideas, actively looking for aged the streets of Jerusalem and different points of view. Tel Aviv. For now, only the citizens Yet some here at UVic find the of Sderot are prey to clouds of act of tolerance to be completely rocket fire. But when does tolerabhorrent. ance say that’s too much? Some will cower and hide When should a thriving democbehind their bias, or shield their racy that offers rights to all its point of view from anything they citizens — be they gay, straight, might find difficult to accept. Jewish, Muslim, or Christian When can tolerance push back? — declare we won’t accept that? When it comes to tolerance, when Unfortunately, I don’t have is enough, enough? On Jan. 19, the Israel on Campus an answer. But let’s face it: this conflict has been going on for over Club hosted Noam Bedein, the di60 years and no one seems to have rector of Sderot Media Centre. We found an answer. didn’t expect that many people to All I know is there has to be come see the lecture. After all, it tolerance on both sides before the was just some foreign journalist seemingly ircoming to reparable damshed light When should a thriving democracy age done by the on the intricate that offers rights to all its citizens Israeli-Palestinian conflict, conflict — be they gay, straight, Jewish, the conflict plaguing Muslim, or Christian — declare between the Israel and Arab World Palestine we won’t accept that? and Israel, and for over the conflict 60 years. between the Arab World and JuHe came from Sdeort, a small daism can begin to be repaired. city of 21,000 people who have Otherwise, the condition will been victims of over 12,000 worsen, dialogue will end and rockets fired indiscriminately into their schools, hospitals and homes the situation will end with more bloodshed. The grave animosity celover the past nine years. ebrated half way around the world We didn’t expect people to care will spread closer and closer. — after all, Haiti’s earthquake has So let’s all try to show some toldestroyed thousands of homes erance. Maybe that’s a good start. and millions of lives, killing a re-
LETTERS Pot for Pres Voting patterns in the U.S. show a much greater turnout for ballot initiatives (be it local or state) involving marijuana. Part of the reason the GOP won a Senate seat in Boston is because Martha Coakley, the Democrat, was working to undermine a state marijuana decriminalization law and the left saw no reason to turn out to support her. In Michigan, the medical cannabis referendum got 10 per cent more yes votes than President Barack Obama. Perhaps that explains the flippant and evasive dismissals of marijuana regulation by both Obama and federal Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff. A colleague explained it to me: marijuana is more popular than any politician. That’s why
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they hate it so much. And while Obama’s popularity is shrinking, marijuana is more popular now. The reason? Good marijuana doesn’t lie. T. J. Meehan Community member
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Albertans here and hated by KARA JOHANCSIK Let’s face it: UVic is a refugee camp for young Calgarians. The amount of Calgarians here on campus is astounding. When I ask students from off-island “where’s home?” at least half of them answer, “Calgary.” But when Albertans tell their B.C. friends where they’re from, they tend to get raised eyebrows or rolled eyes. After all, we Albertans don’t peddle bikes — we drive trucks. Plus, we extract and consume oil at an alarming rate, then use the oil wealth to purchase all B.C.’s best real estate, polluting the world and advocating consumerism while we’re at it. These are obviously stereotypes but, in all honesty, it’s not a good time to be an Albertan. These attitudes are part of a larger trend. Within Canada, Alberta has become the place to hate. It’s the new Ontario — Calgary the new Toronto. The conference at Copehnagen has placed Alberta under the glare of the international community, with climate activists condemning the tar sands and critiquing the reticence of our Albertan Prime Minister to take action against climate change. At Copehnagen, representatives from the Ontario and Quebec governments stood up and spoke out against Alberta’s tar sands, revealing the harsh divisions in our country that surely fuel some of the stereotypes I’ve listed above. As an out-of-province Albertan, these negative images can be hard to answer to. When I went to a climate action protest here in Victoria, one of the first things I heard was “Tear down the tar sands!” My friend and I, both from Calgary, glanced guiltily at each other and told anyone who asked that we were from “Up Island.” The tar sands certainly do take a beating, and it’s understandable. They’re big, ugly and responsible for producing four per
cent of Canada’s emissions. But I think all Canadians need to put this in perspective. Sure, Alberta extracts oil. But let’s take some time to think about who is responsible for burning this oil. In many cases, it’s not just Albertans but British Columbians and Ontarians alike. The burning of fossil fuels in cars and in our homes (not the tar sands) is where the bulk of the country’s emissions are being produced. In order to combat climate change and reduce C02 emissions, we all need to take responsibility. Albertan tar sands make a great scapegoat, but it’s time to recognize that the oil industry will continue to extract oil from
the tar sands as long as we provide a market for it. Living in Victoria is a privilege in this respect, and I think that’s one of the many reasons why so many Calgarians choose to come here. In this city, it’s not too difficult to make green decisions. Victoria has excellent public transit, and here we can heat our homes electrically and ride our bikes all year round. It’s a bit harder in Calgary, where urban sprawl and colder temperatures act as obstacles to these kinds of green initiatives. But don’t for a minute think that, because of this, your Calgarian friends don’t care about preserving the environment or reducing emissions. After all, we’re here now, aren’t we?
Americans resist health reform by ARIA ALAVI Republican Scott Brown’s stunning Massachusetts Senate victory on Jan. 20 came as a profound shock to the American public. Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy held that seat for 46 years, but it only took ﬁve months for his party to lose it. The big question now is, how will this affect President Barack Obama’s health-care reform agenda? His promise to reform health care to provide access for the 70 million Americans without insurance has proven easier said than done. Before losing the Massachusetts election, the Democrats enjoyed a majority in both the House and the Senate. Even still, most Americans were not supportive of Obama’s trilliondollar health care overhaul. This has more to do with a longstanding cultural issue than with people’s political beliefs. For instance, an April 2009 survey by the Wall Street Journal showed that 26 per cent of Americans did not support the healthcare reform bill. But by June — after the public had learned more
details about what Obama’s plan entailed — a full 46 per cent said they would not support healthcare reform. Most respondents stated that uninsured people should get a job and pay for their health-care expenses. In a more recent survey, out of 1,010 respondents, 55 per cent believed the brakes should be put on the endeavor, with just 39 per cent saying the Democrats should go ahead and push the bill through Congress. In light of this, the argument around the loss of the Massachusetts Senate seat and the unknown future of health-care reform is basically irrelevant. Although losing the Massachusetts seat can be interpreted as a signal to Obama’s administration to remove health-care reform from the Democrats agenda, it is obvious that Americans were not prepared to support such a complicated and costly plan in the ﬁrst place. Obama said the Massachusetts vote reﬂected the mood around the country.
“People are angry, and they’re frustrated,” he told media. Yes, people have been frustrated with Obama’s plan from the beginning. The issue now is that the Obama administration should not be concerned about the ﬁlibuster strategy that might be used by Republicans to block their agenda. Their biggest worry is that Scott Brown’s victory reﬂects a traditional aspect of American society — that taxpayers will not culturally support Obama’s health-care bill. It is sad that many Americans do not have proper coverage, and that Ted Kennedy’s biggest dream — to reform the U.S. health-care system — will remain out of reach due in part to his passing. However, the Democrats’ should be developing healthcare reform based on America’s cultural values, norms, and beliefs that have existed for a long period of time. Otherwise, the Democrats stand to lose more seats in the coming year’s interim elections.
You’re smarter than you think
Embracing my Apatheism by WILL JOHNSON I used to believe in God. Every day, as I went through the motions of high school, I would send up quick prayers to Jesus. I pictured the Almighty as this warm, mystical wind that was carrying me through life. My relationship with God gave me a sense of purpose, challenged me to be a better person, and informed my opinion on basically everything. If I was worried, stressed or confused all I had to do was send up a quick plea to the Almighty, and everything was better. I was a part of a vibrant community of believers at my local church. Our youth group did work with the homeless people of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. We travelled to Mexico and Brazil on mission trips. We had worship services, bible studies and games nights. I’ve never felt so strongly like I belonged somewhere, or like I was doing something important with my life. Then I grew up. One by one, I watched my friends “fall away” from youth group. It was always the same story. Someone would start dating a non-Christian or would be tempted into the party lifestyle. It seemed like as soon as anyone went away to university, they would come back after their ﬁrst semester and announce they had become an atheist. I saw post-secondary education as a poisonous, faithstealing endeavor that was robbing my friends of their relationship with God. But then, at about the age of 19, I started asking questions too. I’d held these exclusivist, puritanical views without really questioning them. Why should I? I was happy and I was surrounded by people who had carefully constructed explanations for their beliefs. I was young enough to know everything then and, like the rest of the people in my church, I had a parable or a bible verse for every scenario. I’d read my C.S. Lewis, my Donald Miller and my Philip Yancey. I had an arsenal of one-liners. What more could I need? In the summer of 2004, I left my faith behind. For the next few years, I desperately searched for the answers. I took college courses in Eastern religions. I wandered through
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Buddhist temples and signed up for introductory classes to the Baha’i faith. I ate a “love feast” at a Hindu temple in Vancouver and even took a personality test at the Church of Scientology. I was intent on making sense of my world. For a while, I was interested in atheism. I read Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. I watched videos of Sam Harris’ speeches on YouTube. Atheism is a seductive religion of its own, mostly because it is just as evangelical and intent on converting the world as any major faith. I loved the audacity and pomposity of these men, and their devotion to science and common sense. I collected atheist parables like I once memorized bible verses. But ultimately, atheism came up short too. One day, I was driving with my deeply religious sister, and I told her one of the parables I’d learned. It compared faith in God to the delusion of having a giant diamond buried in your backyard, and made the argument that most people don’t even bother to dig. They’re just content in the knowledge that the diamond is there. It gives them hope. She turned to me and said, “Will, that’s really mean.” It had never occurred to me that a belief, that an argument, could be “mean.” In my mind, I was just bouncing around ideas. I realized that I didn’t want to be a bitter has-
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been intent on robbing other people of their faith. Ditching on religion was one of the most terrifying, depressing and traumatizing things I’d ever done. For years I was miserable and lost. Why would I wish that on my sister? She was happy, and I want her to stay happy. These days, my quest for understanding has lost its urgency. I’m pretty comfortable with the phrase “I don’t know.” I feel like it’s the most honest thing we can say when we’re faced with the inﬁnite mystery and overwhelming chaos of the universe. I settled on the label agnostic for a long time, but now I’ve found something even better: Apatheism. The fact of the matter is, the question of whether or not there is a God seems profoundly unimportant to me. Being a better person — a better brother, son, friend, neighbour — that’s what’s important. And if some people need religion to get them stoked about waking up in the morning, I can’t fault them for that. But maybe if people spent less time thinking about religion and spent more time thinking about the world we live in, we’d be better off. If more people embraced apathy about the big picture and took time to notice the here and now, maybe we could make this world a little more worthwhile to live in. And if there is a God, I’m sure He will understand.
Montaigne observed that most university graduates were “block heads.” Is this an unfair assertion? Well, he observed that the outward indicators of intellectual prowess were often deceiving, and that genuine smarts (which he called wisdom) had more to do with humility, modesty and an acceptance of your intellectual limitations. What Montaigne called “wisdom” is not found in the ribbon and parchment of a university degree. In fact, I suggest that the university system can be intellectually stiﬂing. Needless to say, it is not the place for Emerson’s “American Scholar.” Gary Thomas, head of the University of Birmingham’s School of Education, said, “We need to break away from the pattern.” This university pattern of how to gain knowledge has proven ineffective. Take the recent economic crisis. It was not predicted by Nobel Prize winning economists, with their succinct theories, but by people like Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. Its thesis is that “randomness will always spike attempts to establish coherence and pattern.” Maybe he’s wrong, but he predicted the greatest economic collapse of my generation. Thomas also said, “Our universities lumber through the world of discovery. Driven by risk-averse funding programmes, the clever people who work in universities are lobotomized. They are, philosopher A.C. Grayling has suggested … ‘scholarly and uninspired ... scrupulous and dim-sighted’.” It is not that universities cannot inspire groundbreaking research. Rather, it is that universities are not necessarily why advancements are made. Breaking the rules and not seeking the approval of the department heads and/or bureaucrats in charge of research funding is how advancements happen. “In science and technology and even in business, the great advances — from powered ﬂight to relativity, penicillin, superconductivity and the DNA double helix — have in the main had the help of university structures in some way or other,” said Thomas. “But they were brought to life by people who were marginalized or even snubbed by universities: people who were being told by their universities to get on with something else.”
Why do we need so much theory? If you’re doing research and don’t know how to apply it to the real world, then you should be stopped. No one cares as much as you do about your quaint, esoteric research project. “The leaps of imagination of the 20th century happened not as the progeny of ‘theory’,” said Thomas. “But out of thinking, or what the great mathematician George Polya called ‘having brains and good luck’.” Could the failure of the university system, and the tendency of professors and researchers working within it to conform far too fast and easily to what they should know is hogwash, be why U.K. researchers are being asked to justify how their research will have an “impact” on the socio-economic goals of that dreary little island? This should not be needed. Universities should be a place where minds can inquire into whatever strikes their fancy. They need only see what could come of it — if only as a glimmering star. So, why is it happening? It’s because universities have been proven so useless and such a waste of money. I don’t know if this ﬁts the whole of academia, but the social sciences are the pinnacle of uselessness. Not only do they force their academics to ﬁt all their speculation into a few tight and bound little theories, but these theories come to no avail. Take it from Thomas summarizing Taleb. “Today’s social science conforms to everything that Taleb abhors,” he said. “His abhorrence is for the near-universal reverence paid to model-making and theory building in the social sciences. It is for the seeking of pattern where there are no patterns (or at least only perpetually shifting patterns). He teaches a course on the history of probabilistic thinking — or the failure of models. Model-making and theory building, tidying generalisations and a fondness for all things quantitative in the social sciences are chimeras, says Taleb.” What can we do to stop this? If you’re an academic you’re probably smart. Point out the uselessness of what you’re being told you need to do. Take an economic, political or social theory apart, piece-by-piece, and show your puppet-masters that this has all been pieced together with dung.
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Lube it up and ride safely — and in style by MADDIE GUERLAIN AND AMANDA UNRUH THE MCGILL DAILY MONTREAL (CUP) — Maybe you found it as a young child on your parent’s bedside table. Maybe you got a free packet in your Frosh kit. Maybe you never leave home without a bottle of your favourite brand. Everyone has a different relationship with lubricant. Alas, like many fun things about sex, it’s not commonly mentioned in health class (if Sex Ed is taught at all), and for many it remains in the shadows of the semi-taboo. One of the main reasons we don’t talk about lube is because we don’t like to talk about body ﬂuids. From a young age, we dismiss talk of body ﬂuids as “potty mouth” or “bathroom talk,” leaving little room for people to talk about the ﬂuids going in and out of their bodies. Think: pee, poop, blood, cum, puke, tears, lube. These can be hard to mention to a doctor, let alone a partner. The absence of lube in our education and casual conversation creates an unspoken, unrealistic standard
about how “normal” bodies are supposed to function. For example, a common myth is that vaginas naturally create all the lube they need when the person is turned on. This is simply not true. Some vaginas do, and some don’t. This is when communication becomes important, and when lube can lend a helping hand. Another common misconception is that lube is only for certain types of sex (read: penis-vagina intercourse). In reality, lube can be used everywhere and with everything: toys, masturbation, anal sex, massage, handjobs, blowjobs, ﬁsting, ﬁngering, spanking, frottage. You name it, and you can probably lube it. It is important to remember that different lubes can be better suited to different places. Water-based lube absorbs into the skin with use, which means no mess later on. If the lube dries up, simply add water
to the area; only the water content of the lube has disappeared, not the ingredients that make it slippery. Silicone lube lasts longer and won’t be absorbed by the skin, which is helpful in places or parts that don’t naturally create their own lubricants. Remember, silicone lube should never be used with silicone toys, as the friction will melt the toy. There are also warming lube, tingling lube, organic lube and vegan lube. If using a condom, put a little lube on the inside before using it in order to increase sensation for the wearer. Lube is also a great way to make sex safer: it will decrease the risk of a condom breaking or, if not using condoms, it will decrease the chance of micro-tears in the skin, which STIs like to invade. A few things to be aware of when choosing a lube are glycerin, parabens and oil. Water-based lubes often contain glycerin, a sugar alcohol that can lead to yeast infections
or irritation, and parabens, which have been found to be carcinogenic — though this is still controversial. While some prefer oil, it should never be used with condoms since it weakens latex. It also has a tendency to stick around longer than expected, increasing risk of infection, and it will stain your sheets. Like anything you put in or on your body, check the ingredients before use. It’s also important to keep in mind lube’s limitations. Bodies like to communicate in different ways and producing lubrication can be one of them; a lack of natural lubricant might signal somebody isn’t feeling the situation or isn’t quite ready. Whether it be with words, hand signals or a secret code made up of pelvic thrusts and grunts, communicating with your partner about what you’re into and what you’re not, as well as asking them about their wants and needs, creates a space of trust and experimentation.
Obama the compromiser: where did the hope go? by ISHMAEL N. DARO CUP OPINIONS BUREAU CHIEF SASKATOON (CUP) — After a year in office, U.S. President Barack Obama has shown that even the greatest orators must eventually face the difficulties of governing. Swept into power by an American public hungry for inspiration and a change from the disastrous policies of the Bush administration, Obama was always doomed to disappoint his followers sooner or later. Indeed, those disappointments started coming fast and frequently. The decision to close the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba was made on Obama’s ﬁrst day in the Oval Office but a full year later, almost 200 prisoners are still detained there. Even worse, the Obama Justice Department has said about 50 of those detainees will be held indeﬁnitely, without trial. This comes after two years on the campaign trail during which Obama repeatedly condemned the detention facility and the practice of indeﬁnite detention for tarnishing America’s image. Guantanamo Bay is not the only area in which Obama has embraced Bush-Cheney tactics. Obama has
also endorsed military commission trials rather than court trials for detainees, and has allowed sweeping secrecy privileges for his administration, which was highlighted by his refusal to release reports about the torture or abuse of prisoners at secret CIA prisons. The U.S. has maintained its military presence in Iraq, has escalated the war in Afghanistan, has increased strikes within Pakistan and has carried out strikes in Yemen. This has all come at the hands of a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Obama’s approach to the IsraeliPalestinian conﬂict has also been more of the same. Although initially he leaned on his Israeli allies to stop building settlements on Palestinian lands — a major obstacle to any peace process — he soon softened his stance, allowing the hard right in Israel to continue undermining any hope for peace. In all these examples, Obama’s policies have been marked by an eager willingness to abandon his positions and reach compromise. Rather than taking the hard road, closing Guantanamo Bay and truly
rebranding America a beacon of human rights, Obama’s administration found they had to continue the same policies of the Bush-Cheney era. Rather than abandoning decades of one-sided support for Israel and encouraging a fair peace process, the administration found it too easy to throw their hands up — “We tried, after all” — and allow ongoing encroachment into Palestinian territory that is sure to breed distrust and future violence on both sides of the conﬂict. Even in his attempts to restructure American health care, Obama compromised until there was little left to give away. Instead of pushing for universal coverage under a single-payer system like Canada’s, he instead pushed for the nebulous “public option.” When Democrats faced continued opposition to health care reform, they soon dropped that too. If Americans are to have any health care reform, it will be a far cry from what candidate Obama promised to deliver back in 2008. On the environment, Obama is a far cry from his predecessor. But
when the young president travelled to Copenhagen in December, the best deal he managed to get was a nonbinding agreement to one day in the future deal with climate change. The efficacy of international agreements like the Kyoto Protocol is questionable, but Obama invested very little effort in reaching a stronger deal in Copenhagen. Ultimately, whether or not Obama succeeds as a president will depend on pocketbook issues. “It’s the economy, stupid” was the Clinton campaign’s unofficial slogan in 1992, yet its simple message holds true to today. Obama could easily enjoy a second term if he shows he can improve the day-to-day lives of his fellow citizens. However, even on this front Obama has shown a willingness to accept too little and give up too much. The enormous Wall Street bailout that he oversaw successfully rescued most ﬁnancial ﬁrms from bankruptcy but high unemployment and tight credit
still exist for everyday people. The banks seemingly got everything they asked for, but Obama and the Democrats are hard-pressed to pass any sort of ﬁnancial reform that will prevent future ﬁnancial meltdowns. Some form of ﬁnancial reform bill may eventually pass, but whether or not it will add any meaningful protection to the ﬁnancial system is uncertain. The ﬁrst year of a fouryear presidency is not always a good gauge of a leader. However, President Obama’s supporters are sure to be disappointed by his thin record of achievement so far. With most major policies, the 44th president has shown that he would rather accept a compromise — any compromise — rather than ﬁght a prolonged battle for a more favourable outcome. The day-to-day troubles of governing have reduced Obama’s inspiring, idealistic positions on the campaign trail to the chastened, compromising policies we see today.
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Exploring creativity through hypnotherapy
om sits in my yellow, old-fashioned brocade chair that I bought on craigslist for $40 last week. I am lying on my living room couch a few feet away, staring at the ceiling. I use my sleeve to wipe dried slobber from my cheek. “Interesting,” Tom says. “When I asked you to look 30 years into the future, you saw an image of yourself with a basket of carrots strapped to your back.” “Is it, interesting?” I ask. “Well, yes. Carrots are rather boring vegetables, aren’t they?” “I guess so.” “Do you think it might represent a fear of leading a dull life?” “Maybe. But I like carrots — they’re one of my favourite vegetables. I think a dull vegetable would be eggplant. But I was alone, and I guess that can be a bit dull sometimes,” I added. “Yes. And you mentioned there was dirt on your face.” “Yeah.” “I wonder what that means,” Tom asks. “I wonder.” Tom knocked on my door right at 11 a.m., like he said he would. I put the kettle on for tea. I put the radio on, and then turned it off, and then turned it on again. We had only talked on the phone previous to this meeting. He sounded oddly excited to be helping someone who he didn’t know — and for free. “Have you ever seen Shakespeare in Love?” he had asked, on the phone. “You know, when Shakespeare stands up, twirls around twice, and then grabs a quill and says he is ready to write?” I didn’t remember. “We’ll have you writing just as fast as Shakespeare,” said Tom, his voice getting louder with excitement.
Getting acquainted with the hypnotist Tom had just graduated from a 12-month hypnotherapy education program in Victoria, B.C. and is trying to start up his own practice. We decided he would trade three sessions of hypnosis for a batch of cookies. Tom is short, with grey hair, an Adidas track jacket and round glasses. He stands at my door step with a briefcase. “Hi, Nah-dine?” Tom asks in his British accent. He extends his hand.
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I ask him if he wants tea; he asks for water. He left his home in Birmingham, England, in the ‘70s to work on a kibbutz in Israel. Then, he met his Canadian wife, and has been living here ever since. He has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English and now works all night, kneading dough and squeezing icing onto cakes at a bakery downtown. “My father,” Tom says, “was an extremely intelligent man. He worked as an engineer for Cadbury Chocolate and actually invented the cream egg.” “What?” “Yes, really. Our school was a few blocks away from the factory. On windy days, we could smell wafts of chocolate through our classroom windows. It was agonizing.” I want you to draw your attention to the area around your eyes. There are billions of muscles around your eyes. Relax. Now, when you’re absolutely sure that your eyes can’t open, I want you to just try, just try to open your eyes. The harder you try to open your eyes, the heavier they get.
Mesmerism and the battle of the minds The conscious mind is restless and quick. It takes up a small portion of our brain but is the mind state we inhabit most of the time. The subconscious moves much slower. It is a reservoir of memory, emotions, desires, urges, instincts, beliefs and skills. “They say the subconscious mind is like a horse,” says Tom, “and the conscious mind is just a fly on the horse’s arse.” Going into hypnosis is swatting the fly — the conscious mind — out of the way and opening the subconscious. It is a waking state where our attention is focused and we are highly suggestible. This is why a stage hypnotist is able to make a volunteer walk on all fours and snort like a pig: there is no reason to act otherwise. The roots of hypnotism come from what was called “mesmerism.” This healing technique, introduced by Austrian physician Frank Anton Mesmer, involved patients sitting next to vats of various liquids and holding onto metal rods. Mesmer was attempting to heal his patients by channelling magnetic fluid. The session would progress until the patient experienced symptoms of violent convulsions, crying, or laughter leading to feelings of exhaustion.
The term hypnotism was adopted by Scotsman James Braid in 1841, after witnessing a mesmerism session and tweaking the technique to involve more mental concentration and less suspicious-looking liquid. Tom lent me a huge stack of books on hypnosis and writers block. I pick up Hypnotherapy for Dummies. “It’s as if your intellectual, critical censor is turned off, and it becomes easy for you to say ‘yes’,” write authors Mike Bryant and Peter Mabbutt. “You will not reject new information — information you might ordinarily be wary of. Your conscious mind likes to analyze and criticize. Your conscious mind can judge and reject. But now your conscious mind is out to lunch, and your hypnotic mind wants to absorb information without questioning it.” Imagine a boat, Tom tells me. I see an image of a wooden row boat. Almost all of the blue paint has peeled off. It could be any sort of boat. You are sailing to an island. You get onto shore and get out of your boat. The island is small with a sandy shore. It’s cold out. The island is covered in Ponderosa pine trees. There is someone coming towards you. You can only see an outline, but he or she is coming closer and closer. An attractive, blonde man wearing nothing but surf shorts is coming towards me. He stands in front of me, smiles, and says nothing. This person is the real you. My man’s head morphs into what looks like a face from a totem pole. They are the deepest you; the true essence of you. It morphs again, but this time into the big bad wolf wearing grandma’s nightgown. They hug you. This person has all the wisdom in the world. They hug you, and hold you. I nuzzle into the big, bad wolf’s furry neck. He or she has a gift for you. It’s in a box. It can be any sort of box you like. It can be decorated, wrapped in gift paper, or just plain. It’s a white, long and narrow box with pastel coloured polka dots all over it. The big bad wolf opens it up for me. Inside, is a shiny, golden saxophone.
The hunt for the elusive writer’s trance Before I called Tom, I tried to think of what I wanted to work on with hypnotherapy.
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Writing was the most challenging thing I was facing in my life. Writing can be an agonizing process for anyone trying to tap into creative potential. I’m most interested in the link between the hypnotized state and the mind space we are trying to embody when we write. I’m curious to see if Tom is able to implant ideas into my hypnotized mind lessening my anxiety or heightening my confidence when trying to write. Tom asks me what qualities I think I need to become a better writer. I tell him that I want to lose my anxiety and tendency to procrastinate. I want to find structure to manage my ideas more easily and, most importantly, I want to be honest with my voice, ideas and ability to get the skeleton of an idea while simultaneously presenting it in a new light. Tom said that a lot of the anxiety is probably coming from my conscious mind saying that I’m not good enough. I’d like you to see yourself at a crossroad. I am in what looks like Northern Scotland. There are two paths that you are choosing between, and you can’t decide which path to take. The left-hand path is a path you can see yourself going on if you continue life the way that it is now. The right-hand path is the path you’d like to take. We’re going to travel along the lefthand path. I’m walking down the highway with a small dog under my arm. I’m wearing a floppy, straw hat. There’s a mirror along the path. I’d like you to look at yourself now. I am wearing overalls and at least twenty pounds heavier. Now I’d like you to walk 30 years into the future. There is a mirror. Look at yourself very closely. I am in my vegetable garden, next to the ocean. A basket of carrots is strung to my back. I am short, plump and have streaks of dirt on my face. What we’re trying to achieve is what we call a “writer’s trance.” We experience trances in our day-today life more than we might think; it happens when we narrow our focus on a specific task. “Sex,” Tom said, “is a trance. I think that’s one reason why it’s so popular. Hopefully, while you’re involved in sexual activity you’re not thinking about putting the cat out, or what you’re doing tomorrow.” I know what Tom means by a “writer’s trance.” There have been times when I lose track of time, transporting myself to another world. The next morning I find
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haunting, dark images in my work. Where did these ideas come from? For visual artists — painters, sculptors and photographers — it may be easier to slip into this mind state. The subconscious is commonly known as the right, or creative side, of our brain. Colour, form and shape are all stored in the right side. Language, on the other hand, is stored in the left side of the brain. While visual artists can essentially hypnotize themselves into an artistic trance, writers have to create by straddling the left and right sides of the brain. It makes sense, then, that writers often complain of writer’s block. I feel anxious every time I think about opening a blank Word document. Tom suggests that writing at the same time and in the same place everyday can help access the subconscious mind without being formally hypnotized. “Your subconscious will know it’s going to be called upon at a certain time of the day, and it will start to just happen naturally,” he says.
Walking the other path, the other future Now we’re going to take the right-hand path. We’re going to leave behind all of the things we don’t need for the journey. All the work habits, the relationships and things you don’t like about your life. I am walking down the empty highway in a black, silk dress. I’d like you to walk five years into the future. There’s nothing holding you back. There’s almost something a little frightening about someone with that amount of energy, power and joy. I am sitting in my office at home. There is an old wooden desk with an open laptop. I am writing quickly. In your mind there is an incredible clarity, the ability to discipline yourself to work has improved a thousand per cent. You thought only saints, Nobel Prize winners and famous writers experience this state, but now it’s yours. Coming out of hypnosis is like waking from a nap. As Tom counts down from 10 to one, his voice getting louder with every number, I start to become aware of my body and the space that it’s taking up in my living room. When he reaches “one,” my eyes snap open. I don’t move, but can see Tom in my peripheral vision and am suddenly embarrassed that he has been watching over me when I am in such a vulnerable state. I hardly know this man and now he has stumbled upon my most
private memories and ideas; it’s like the cleaning lady or mailman finding you sitting cross-legged eating ice cream in bed — naked. I wiggle my toes; hear the cat scratching on the front porch. “How did you feel when you were five years down the road?” he asks. “I felt...” I pause and think for a few seconds. “Good. I was in an office in a beautiful house, doing some sort of writing.” Tom nods. “There was a man, who I assumed was my husband, in the kitchen making pancakes. There were two little blonde girls tugging at his leg,” I say. “And do you think the house and family might signify a desire for a settled and more domestic life?” Tom asks. I am annoyed that Tom is analyzing my life like this; taking wild whacks at it as if he were attempting to crack open a piñata. “Maybe,” I say. “Putting you into a trance makes me feel as if I’m in a trance too,” Tom laughs. “Every time I leave your house I feel relaxed — really great.” The feeling of being in a trance depends how deep you go. Some people drift in and out of their subconscious; for others, it’s nearly impossible to reach hypnosis — they fall straight from conscious into a deep sleep. In a hypnotic state, I know my own name, where I am and why Tom is sitting in my living room. But, when I come out of a trance, there’s often a pool of saliva on the couch and I have no idea how long I was gone for. I don’t know if Tom’s three sessions of hypnosis will help me write with less anxiety, or have any effect at all. But the experience of hypnosis did make me realize how many states of mind we experience every day. I tend to think of myself occupying two states: unconscious and conscious. But think of how much our mind states vary from hour to hour: driving, having sex, lucid dreaming or just watching a movie are all radically different states of mind. It all depends on narrowing or expanding your focus. If anything, Tom’s sessions have made me aware that it is very possible to tap into the subconscious mind, and there is a whole lot of exploring to be done once we arrive.
•Swollen Members come to Victoria. •Indonesian play at Metro Theatre engages with Victoria audience. •Local ﬁlmmaker inspires students. Editor Will Johnson
Honoring the survivors of residential schools Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Kevin Loring brings debut play Where the Blood Mixes to Victoria by WILL JOHNSON When UVic writing professor Joan McLeod invited playwright Kevin Loring to UVic during the run of his play Where the Blood Mixes at the Belfry, he hadn’t yet won the Governor General’s Award. “I guess it shows I have good taste,” said McLeod, who has been nominated for the award three times, and won it for Amigo’s Blue Guitar. This year, Loring’s debut play, Where the Blood Mixes, beat out McLeod’s solo show, Another Home Invasion. Where the Blood Mixes is currently touring nationwide and will be playing in Vancouver as part of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad. But ﬁrst, Loring will stop at UVic for a talk at the First Peoples House on Feb. 3, in the sacred Ceremonial Hall at 7:00 p.m. His talk is entitled “Fish story: a journey from small fry to big ﬁsh in the little pond of Canadian theatre.” “We love bringing playwrights to campus,” said McLeod, who saw the show on opening night and loved it. “It’s incredibly moving, and simple in all the best ways. It’s digniﬁed and raw. It has real integrity.” Loring’s play takes place in Lytton, B.C., where members of the N’Lakap’mux First Nation struggle with the devastating effects of residential schools. “Ultimately, it’s about the legacy of residential schools, and how they ruined generations and generations of people,” said McLeod. Loring, who lives in Vancouver, has been working on the play for nine years. It began as a monologue he wrote while attending Studio 58, a conservatory-style theatre school at Langara College. Originally called The Ballad of Floyd, the solo show was about a man celebrating his daughter’s
birthday alone in a bar. She had run away from home and was living on the streets of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. “This guy was alone in the world. It was a pretty dark piece,” said Loring. Over the years, the play started to evolve. Loring added more characters and worked in First Nations mythology, including the Neeshta, which Loring describes as a “boogeyman” and the “inverse of Santa Claus.” But as he continued to work, Loring realized he wanted to take it in a different direction. During a reading in Toronto, a First Nations actor slammed the script down on the table and exclaimed, “25 years in the business and I’m still here playing drunk Indians in the bar.” Loring learned a lot about himself over the next few years, and decided he wanted to explore the community further. “I took them out of the bar, brought them out into nature,” said Loring. He continued to workshop and rewrite the play, ultimately opening it in front of an audience at Queens University. “It was a really pale audience. There were no Natives,” said Loring. However, the audience’s reaction and the positive feedback convinced him that he had to continue working on the play. Adding the residential school element was important to Loring. “I’ve always known these characters were residential school survivors, but I always kind of walked around it. Once I brought it in, it really gave these characters a context,” he said. Loring didn’t experience residential school ﬁrsthand, but saw how the effects that ravaged his community and family. He noted that some
Kevin Loring has been working on his award-winning play Where the Blood Mixes for nine years. It is now touring nationwide and will be part of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad in Vancouver.
survivors from his hometown are less than 10 years older than him. “This is really recent, a lot of people don’t realize that,” he said. He said residential schools were a horriﬁc experience for children. “Imagine a place, like a prison, where kids are told that they’re inferior. They’re told they’re ugly, dirty and stupid. They were taught self-loathing,” he said. “Imagine what that would do to a community after 80 years.”
Loring believes many people still don’t understand the close ties between the schools and the impoverishment and addictions that ravage First Nations communities today. “They say, ‘Oh, Indians are just fucked up. They must have been born that way’,” he said. He hopes his play will dispel some of these misunderstandings. He realizes the dark, heavy subject matter may trigger strong reactions in his audience, but
he hopes his play will ultimately honour and empower the First Nations community. “I meant the play to honour the survivors,” he said. Loring is ﬂattered and excited about his recent Governor General win, and is looking forward to his visit to UVic. But now he’s starting to look to the future. “It’s wild, totally. But I’m starting to think, what am I going to do for an encore?” he said.
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Bison B.C. fans mosh mean by SOL KAUFFMAN It was 2 a.m. on a Friday night and I was on campus nursing my girlfriend’s dislocated knee. In March 2008, I saw Bison B.C. open for the Cancer Bats in Vancouver at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre, playing to a laid-back early evening crowd that barely ﬁlled the hall. Playing a tour fresh off the release of their Earthbound EP, their live show left everyone in the venue gasping for air and nursing their bruises. Two years later, they’ve gone through a name change and have been signed to Metal Blade Records, following in the footsteps of fellow Vancouverites, 3 Inches of Blood. On Jan. 22, Victoria locals Archon Legion and Crown the Wolf opened for Bison B.C. during a show at Sugar. Archon Legion was formed in 2007 and has been playing relentlessly since, opening and headlining tons of shows in Victoria and Vancouver and touring across Canada six times. As a local act, it was awesome to see them link up with Atomique Productions and get the opening slot for this show, which was a little surprising considering how much they differ in genre from typical Bison B.C. openers; they played a great set, though, which could give them attention from the wider pool of Bison B.C. fans. This was also their ﬁrst show featuring their new third guitarist, Aaron McDowell, who joined the band in the last few months to contribute on rhythm guitar. It’s hard to avoid making multiple instruments into a gimmick, but the band made full use of his talents and delivered a very polished Iron Maiden-style wall of guitar. Archon Legion is going places in metal music and is going to be a big band to watch in the next few years. Crown the Wolf has opened for Bison B.C. several times now and is another Vancouver Island favourite, playing a style of sludgy and detuned stoner metal. As a ﬁrst impression, they were frustratingly disappointing. I checked out their Myspace tracks before the show and was excited to see that they had a female bassist, but I found their set conventional (for stoner metal) and their stage presence lacking. In a genre where the theme is to pound riffs into your head, bands are always juggling repetition and in-
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Said the Whale had a warm reception at Sugar Nightclub on Jan. 25.
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Archon Legion guitarist Grant Truesdell energized the Friday night crowd.
novation, and while Crown the Wolf never dropped any proverbial balls, it never really pushed the limits either. Guitarist “Kyle” turned away from the crowd while soloing, and frontman “Nick” couldn’t seem to bend the crowd to his will. Bison B.C. got on the stage around midnight and suddenly the venue was about twice as packed as it normally is for a weekend metal show in Victoria. Lured by a false sense of security, I’d convinced my girlfriend to stand up at the front with me while I shot some photos, and within the ﬁrst 10 minutes we’d been split up and I had to ditch my camera. Back in Vancouver in 2008, the show had been full of camaraderie and the delight in ﬁnding a great new band, and while I got no end of back slaps and liquor-fuelled grins in the pit this time, there was a distinctly more violent tinge to the crowd. Renditions of “Primal Emptiness of Outer Space” and “Slow Hand of Death” ﬁlled the pit with ﬂailing elbows and slamming bodies and I got more than my fair share of Budweiser sprayed down my ass crack.
Bison B.C. delivered as usual though, playing mostly tracks from their 2008 release Quiet Earth and ﬁnishing up with a two-song encore of “Wartime” and “These Are My Dress Clothes,” which left the venue a swaying mass of light-headed mosh warriors. Unfortunately, I had to jump on a bus right after the last song to get back to UVic and nurse my wounded girlfriend, who’d suffered some pit rash at the hands of an overzealous douchebag and had dislocated her weak knee. The mosh isn’t malicious, but it sure can be rough. Bison B.C. is planning to release a second album in the spring of 2010, and I’m sure they’ll will be back a bunch this year; cofrontman and guitarist Dan And certainly seemed stoked to be back “home” on the West Coast after some extended touring. The scene here is deﬁnitely proud to welcome back it’s metal ambassadors anytime they feel like dropping by. But this metalhead won’t be bringing his lady next time.
Said The Whale, one of Vancouver’s recently discovered musical gems, played to a sold-out crowd at Sugar Nightclub last Saturday, Jan. 25. After a noteworthy opening performance from fellow Vancouver musician Hannah Georgas, Said The Whale took to the stage amidst excited applause, the crowd evidence of the band’s rapidly growing popularity. By the time they reached the climactic conclusion of their second song of the night, “This City’s a Mess,” the last stragglers had bobbed their heads from the bar to join the throng of fans who were already having a hell of a time. Said The Whale is heavily influenced by the sights and sounds that make up the surrounding scenery of their hometown and, perhaps more than any other band of recent memory, they let that influence resonate on the surface of their music. This is instantly noticeable with one look at some the of titles of their songs like “The Banks of the English Bay,” and “Howe Sounds” — the latter ending with a building repetition of the line “let’s go back to the coast, baby, westward to the ocean.” Both these songs, performed back to back, were reciprocated by boisterous cheers from every fan in the club. The exchange became infectious. With each song the band pumped out, the crowd’s feverish
excitement seemed to build. In turn, the band would be all the more encouraged and the next song would inevitably take on some of the overflow of energy. Even Said The Whale appeared surprised by how well things were going, at one point admitting that they didn’t even think they were going to be able to ﬁll Sugar. Between songs, the band interacted with the crowd, having a seemingly ongoing conversation in which they discussed things like MTV’s recent smash hit Jersey Shore. At one point, while introducing one of the songs off their most recent release Islands Disappear, singer/guitarist Tyler Bancroft suggested the song “Gift of a Black Heart” is the soundtrack to Snooki, a Jersey Shore mega-bitch. Said The Whale’s biggest hit to date, “Camilo (The Magician),” not surprisingly garnered the biggest reaction, as the fans on the dance ﬂoor matched the volume of their cheers with the movement of their bodies. From there, the band played a couple more songs from the new album before capping off the show with the bouncy folk ballad off their previous album Howe Sounds/Taking Abalonia, “The Light is You,” a fantastic song to play for anyone you love who might be angry with you. As the crowd began to disperse the overall sentiment was summed up by one fan who simply called out: “I love these guys.”
Geez! immerses audience in dark world by ROBYN CADAMIA The audience was told upon entering Metro Theatre to be sure their belongings were not in the aisles — this was going to be an interactive show. And it was, right from the start. One would expect to hear chatter among a theatre audience before the lights go down. But, as the show began, the cast members of Geez! were the loudest people in the room. The small venue had been transformed into a theatre-in-the-round, on Friday, Jan. 22, and the entire cast of the remounted Indonesian play waited for showtime — on stage. Each masked in white make-up, they milled and mingled with the audience in full costume. The actors and audience were hardly strangers, SATCo being a student-run endeavor, and Victoria being the town that it is. The interaction was natural. Talented wandering musicians accompanied the pre-play mixer and also the play, which took place beneath the lit claw of a gnarled Burtonesque tree made entirely out of packing tape. For a story about a funeral, the atmosphere was looking more celebratory than bleak — a clear sign of things to come. Once the play began, and the synchronized moans of grieving family members haunted the room, it all felt more like it should. The white masks and ghastly costumes come into context as each family member of the dead Bima (Jethro Herring) has their moment of despair while standing next to his coffin. The darkness was made light by an ever present duo of lewd gravedig-
gers (Alex Frankson and Luke Pennock) who “put the ‘fun’ in ‘funeral’” while waiting for the family to get on with their lives. Even more refreshing was the hunchbacked granny (Randi Edmundson), whose frailty, mixed with her stubbornness and volume, had the audience happily eating from the palm of her hand. Halfway through the one-hour play, Bima returned to life — and everyone got angry. It became apparent that each of them had happily moved on, and Bima no longer had a place in the living world. Questions are raised about the treatment of the living and the dead, as poor Bima is chased in and out of the theatre (and through the audience) in a high-energy effort to put him back into the grave. One of the many rewards of Bima’s resurrection is the arrival of the Village Chief (Matthew Coulson). Though he is entirely useless in the graveyard predicament, his confused tangents about gerbils in toaster ovens had the audience wishing he had been on stage for the whole show. The play ended much as it began, with those haunting wails, but the scene took on an uneasy air once the audience had seen into the darkness of humanity. Though the play was more aesthetically dazzling than intellectually engaging, the applause at its close was sincere. Geez! was a nice surprise. With an ambitious effort on the part of director Scott Hendrickson and stage manager James Avramenko, it offered a solid performance overall.
The student cast of Geez! presented Indonesian playwright Putu Wijaya’s dark vision at the Metro Theatre last week, offering an ambitious effort to eager spectators.
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Velcrow Ripper challenges student ﬁlmmakers by TERRAKA JONES What happens when a filmmaker explores two of the most important aspects of his life — spirituality and activism? For Velcrow Ripper, the result is an extraordinary film called Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action. Ripper, 46, was at UVic last week for the Jan. 19 screening of his latest film and was also the keynote speaker for UVic’s Interfaith Chapel, which is running a continuing series called Tough Questions for Religion. Fierce Light is the second film in Rippers’ film trilogy. The first, Scared Sacred, is a powerful and moving exploration of humanity’s ability to maintain hope and spirituality in locales that have been called “the world’s ground zeros”— places that include Auschwitz, Cambodia and the site of the twin towers in New York. In Fierce Light, Ripper examines what happens when spirit meets action. His film documents a phenomena that environmentalist Paul Hawken calls “humanity’s immune response” to political corruption, economic disease and ecological degradation. This response has come from a grassroots social justice and environmental movement that involves over a million organizations worldwide that are beginning to connect and collaborate. Fierce Light is visually and emotionally charged with images as diverse as a lush garden in downtown L.A., a police shield wall in Montreal, and black and white footage of the American civil rights movement. It is filled with powerful testimony in the form of interviews with social activists and spiritual leaders including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Van
Local ﬁlmmaker Velcrow Ripper hosted a public screening of his ﬁlm Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action at UVic on Jan. 19. The ﬁlm explores the intricate relationship between spirituality and activism.
Jones, Julia Butterfly Hill and Thich Nhat Hanh. Ripper grew up in Gibsons, B.C., and made his first film at age 14. For some aspiring local filmmakers the road to success may seem daunting. Ripper’s advice is straightforward. “Start making movies,” he said. “The only way to learn how to make films is to make them — just go out and do it.” Ripper suggests getting a camera and using a video editing software
application such as iMovie or Final Cut. While Velcrow is a do-it-yourself advocate, he acknowledges that ﬁlm school can be a valuable route. Brian Hendricks, who has been an instructor at UVic for 19 years and is currently a lecturer in ﬁlm studies in both the Writing and Germanic & Russian Studies departments, agrees with Ripper. He believes that ﬁlm schools are as good a place as any to get the basics. But he said that a lot of people who actually make it as independent ﬁlmmakers have a passion for doing it and often teach themselves. “The Buddhists had a saying that you need to create, like a person whose hair is on ﬁre needs to ﬁnd water,” said Hendricks. Hendricks does, however, teach a filmmaking course at UVic
which provides students with workshops on lighting, editing and camera operation and instruction in the use of Final Cut. Students also have access to fully-serviced labs. By the end of the course they will have made three short films which are then presented at a well-attended local film festival — they have suddenly become filmmakers with their films being viewed in a creative and positive environment. The next of these student ﬁlm festivals will be held at Lucky Bar on Feb. 3. Ripper says that he was fortunate to discover early that media activism was his path. “I was able to bring together the artistry of creating cinema with my desire to help make the world a better place,” he said.
Ripper said that Fellini, Chris Marker and experimental poetic essay filmmakers such as Peter Mettler have inspired him, as well as films such as the Koyaanisqatsi trilogy and One Giant Leap. Although Ripper now calls Toronto his home base, he said that he is a nomad. For now, he’s in San Francisco to start shooting his next film. He calls the Bay area a hotbed of eco-visionary activity that he wants to be immersed in. “It’s an incubator place,” he said, “Since the ’60s, it’s been at the forefront of progressive, fresh ideas. But I’m not bailing on Canada by any means. I love Canada.” The third film in Ripper’s trilogy is called Evolve Love: The Meaning is Life. He says that it will be released in 2012.
Swollen Members armed to the teeth by NADINE SANDER-GREEN What:Swollen Members Where:Element Nightclub How Much: $18 How would the Swollen Members sum up their new album? “I’d have to say ‘armed to the teeth’,” said band member and producer Rob the Viking, on a cell phone as his tour bus travelled north for a gig in Terrace, B.C. This also happens to also be the title of said album, which was released in October of last year. Armed to the Teeth is the Vancouver-based Swollen Members’ sixth studio album, and includes collaboration with musical artists such as Tech N9ne, Everlast and Slain from La Coka Nostra, Glasses Malone and Talib Kweli. “It means we’re back,” said Viking. “We’re ready.” The band members on Armed To The Teeth are Mad-Child, Prevail, Viking and TreNyce, who isn’t an official Swollen Member but the newest addition to BattleAxe Warriors, a new act working towards a release later in 2010. Viking explained that this album has got more of a “street edge” and
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said the lyrical content is really honest. The band has been dealing with a lot outside the hip-hop world, too. In the middle of December, their tour bus, which they called the “Black Pearl,” was crushed by a train in Colorado Springs. The bus got stuck on a railroad crossing and was completely destroyed a few minutes later from an oncoming train. Luckily, the band members had opted to ﬂy home from the last leg of their tour and the crew that was on board the bus was able to ﬂee before impact. “The spot where the train impacted was where we would have been sleeping if we had we been on the bus,” Prevail told the National Post after the accident. “It’s scary to think how fragile life can be when something like this happens.” Probably the loudest buzz around the release of Swollen’s latest album is Mad-Child’s addiction to prescription drugs. “Creatively, he was functioning well,” said Viking. “But physically, emotionally and ﬁnancially, he wasn’t.”
In the Armed To The Teeth press release, Mad Child admitted to being “severely addicted” to Oxycontin — a narcotic pain reliever similar to morphine — for over three years. “I went from living the high life with girls, money and parties to watching movies in my theatre and being a zombie with only my dogs to keep me company,” he said. Viking explained that although the Swollen Members didn’t base the album around Mad Child’s addiction, you will hear about it in some of the lyrics. “We’re not a group that goes around preaching, but if we can help people out on this issue, we will,“ he said. “There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and Mad Child is a testament to that.” At their show on Sunday, the Swollen Members will be playing songs from their new record and old classics. “Come and expect to have a party,” said Viking. “Because that’s what we’re all about.”
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Pro-anorexia sites attract younger viewers by ALANA COOK While anorexia nervosa is recognized as a serious and often fatal psychological disease, several studies out this year have shown a steady rise in pro-ana (pro-anorexic) and pro-mia (pro-bulimic) websites. Portraying eating disorders as a method of self-control rather than self-destruction, their controversial message is rapidly spreading to an increasingly younger Internet generation; one already obsessed with an unrealistic perception of beauty “We need a social change, and these websites are going against it,” said Ivonne Robles, a counsellor at the B.C. Eating Disorders Program in Victoria. “They’re just encouraging women to torture themselves.” More than 500 pro-ana websites exist today, with girls as young as 10 believed to be logging on. Sites like Fading Obsession, PrettyThin, and Emaciate Me portray eating disorders as a means of achieving perfection, and they present anorexics as a clique who have successfully mastered their bodies. The sites offer tips on hiding weight loss from parents, starvation and distraction techniques, and what the sites call “thinspirational”
photos of emaciated models and skeletal celebrities. Pro-Ana sites incite a sense of community and pride, where successful anorexics are considered to be the elite and casual dieters who join are named “wannarexics.” Open forums exist for members to urge each other to starve and compete to lose weight. Often a section called the Ana Code, or Creed, will contain a list of affirmations that girls can recite, reminding themselves to fast: “If you aren’t thin, you aren’t attractive. Being thin is more important than being healthy. Getting skinny will make all your dreams come true.” A documentary released this year titled The Truth About Online Anorexia shone a spotlight on the hidden world of eating disorders. Television presenter Fearne Cotton travelled across Britain, interviewing recovering anorexics, pro-ana website creators and elementary schoolgirls. Because these websites aren’t banned by the government, anyone can gain access to these images. Cotton interviewed girls as young as 10 who’d been to these sites and,
at 90 pounds, already considered themselves fat. “If you’re age 14, and you’ve not got much life experience, you might look at this and go ‘this person says I don’t need food; I shouldn’t be eating it,’” said Cotton. “It’s terrifying. This website should be illegal.” While some servers like Yahoo have begun banning the sites, they pop up again as quickly as they are shut down. A 2008 survey by Internet security firm Optenet found a 470 per cent increase in pro-ana and pro-mia sites from 2006 to 2007. The danger of these websites is their disillusioned idea that anorexia is a way of life, rather than a psychiatric illness with a 22 per cent chance of death, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Groups like Stop Pro-Ana are urging the government to ban these sites. They often cause young girls with unhealthy body image ideals to experiment with starvation, and can cause recovering anorexics to relapse. Despite the disclaimer that appears before you enter the site warning of its content, Stop Pro-Ana’s research has shown that
Pro-ana websites are on the rise, and the visitors aren’t limited to women.
these websites are addictive, often misleading, and easily accessible to people of all ages. “Don’t believe everything you read,” stressed Robles, who’s seen
countless cases of severe eating disorders. “That’s our problem; men and women always believe everything they read on the Internet.”
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Discussion makes period sex hot by CELINE TROJAND and HAZEN PHOENIX
Hearty potato-leek soup is a great way to keep warm in the cold season.
Food from the farm by KELLY BLANK Ready for a dish that feels like home? This warm, hearty, thick and delicious soup has been cooked once a year by my mom, who just pours her heart into it. It’s little
wonder, then, that this leek and potato mixture reminds me of being back home on the farm with my family — not to mention that it’s super easy to make.
Vegan potato-leek soup 30 ml (2 tbsp) vegan margarine 3 leeks, slice white and cream parts only 3 large potatoes, peeled and diced 1,000 ml (4 cups) veggie broth 3 ml (3/4 tsp) thyme 4 bay leaves 250 ml (1 cup) soy milk (optional) salt & pepper 2 green onions, chopped In large saucepan, add leeks and cook for ﬁve to eight minutes on mediumhigh heat. Add diced potatoes and stock and bring to a boil. Toss in thyme and bay leaves. Lower heat and cook, allowing water to reduce and potatoes to become tender. Once potatoes are soft, remove bay leaves. Puree soup in a blender, return to pot and add salt and pepper. Stir in the soy milk if desired. Important note: the thicker you want your soup, the more potatoes you should add. The more liquidy you want your soup, the more soy milk you should add.
Hi LIO: For some reason I am extra horny just before or during my period. I really want to have sex when I’m on the rag, but my boyfriend is disgusted by it and won’t even cuddle with me when I’m bleeding. We’ve been dating for a few months and I do a lot for his pleasure that I’m not crazy about, but I do it because I like getting him off. I think I could be falling in love with him, but really want awesome menstruation sex. What do I do, and how can I talk to him about this without grossing him out? Very Agreeable Menstrual Period
VAMP: Fucking is messy, and our bodily functions can either be incorporated or warred against. You need to confront your guy on why he thinks that the rag is so vile. What’s his issue? If he’s being squeamish and doesn’t want to go there because he just thinks it’s icky, tell him to wear a condom, get over it and get to fucking your hot womanly pussy. It sounds like your boyfriend is being selﬁsh, VAMP. He’s not playing the giving game. If this is something you really want, you need to communicate with him your need and allow him the opportunity to change his perception of female menstruation and his place in your pleasure. So how do you avoid grossing him out? Just talk about it. Let him know how hot it makes you and ask him to try. Maybe he will like it and you’ll embark on a new marvellous sexual dynamic. If he’s unwilling to send the Bishop into the secret garden with Aunt Flo, then talk about other ways he can please you, such as tantalizing you while you play with yourself, or by using toys. It
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sounds like you care a lot about this person, so lay out your issues. Once the conversation starts, it may be easier than you think. Yo LIO: I’ve been seeing this girl for a while and we’ve been having some rad sex. She’s really into fucking without condoms, but she isn’t on the pill or anything, so we only go without when she’s on the rag. Sometimes she lets me cum inside her, which is awesome, but my worry here is that I could somehow still get her pregnant. I’ve had some conflicting advice on this, so what exactly is the deal here? Blood’s Okay Kids Aren’t
BOKA: First off, us LIO kids always promote safe sex (check the online Lay Basics For Lay People). Despite myths to the contrary, there are no hard and fast rules about impregnation during menstruation especially with young, healthy bodies. That means blowing a load inside always carries a risk. I’ve had friends get pregnant on the pill, and I’ve heard stories of vasectomised men knocking women up. Having said that, fucking without condoms can be enjoyable for some, but there are steps you can take to decrease the chances of knocking up your lady friend if she insists on the naked cock and inside orgasms. While it’s not 100 per cent effective, your best bet here may be to use spermicidal lubricant and/or a diaphragm. You’ll both still feel the pleasure, but this should give your wee swimmers a beating, and lower your chances of impregnation. Oh, and it’s always nice to hear from a boy who isn’t afraid to bloody his pole.
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Mustard Seed pastor celebrates lifetime of achievement by NADINE SANDER-GREEN Reverend Tom Oshiro is a born leader. When he was a teenager in Ontario, he was the captain of the high school football team and the student council president. After becoming ordained as a priest and moving to the Lower Mainland, he became responsible for the welfare of all the Baptist churches in B.C. Oshiro will soon be recognized for his efforts at this year’s recipient of the Leadership Victoria Lifetime Achievement award. The awards recognize and honour outstanding citizens who have affected change and improvement in civil society, have been institution builders and have led and inspired others to contribute to the community. Senior pastor and executive director and Victoria Mustard Seed Church and Food Bank, Oshiro has been with the organization since 1991.
“When I was ordained in 1956, I really felt strongly that I wanted to minister to people,” said Oshiro. “But, in a traditional church, I always ended up in an environment of business. I’ve always felt a church should be a living organism, an organization of love that expresses it constantly. That’s what the Mustard Seed is.” Throughout his life, Oshiro’s commitment to his pastoral work has been monumental. He has worked with high school students, directed camp ministries and even hosted a radio show and ran a coffee shop in the 1970s. “Rev. Oshiro is the epitome of the community leader to emulate — the selection committee has once again very wisely chosen this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honoree,” said Kate Mansell, president of Leadership Victoria in a press release earlier this month.
Oshiro believes that it’s the character of a person that pulls them to a leadership position. “A leader is a person that is a lover of people and a person that is visionary,” said Oshiro. “It’s a person who believes in that vision, and then peruses it.” Oshiro’s own vision is to use more preventative measures around issues like drug use and poverty. “We’re giving a band-aid treatment right now, and we have to get beyond that,” he said. The Mustard Seed recently purchased a 36-acre farm near Duncan. Hope Farm is a centre to “bring healing to drug addicts” through spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical means. Oshiro’s next idea is a family centre to “teach people how to deal with their situation.” This might include classes on budgeting, cooking and even parenting.
Tom Oshiro, senior pastor and executive director of the Mustard Seed, will receive this year’s Leadership Victoria Lifetime Achievement award.
Reverend Oshiro will accept his award Thursday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. in the Fairmont Empress Hotel. The reception honours all nominees of the 2010 Victoria’s Leadership Awards.
“As a leader, it’s my responsibility to guide the organization into more opportunity, more responsibility and more ways to ﬁnd ways to deal with poverty,” he said.
Video games help solve mysteries of right brain by RILEY HILL Video games are helping UVic researchers uncover secrets of the right brain. In what is being hailed as a major breakthrough, a team of UVic neuroscientists have developed a new device to show how different parts of the right brain interact while processing spatial relationships. The device is called a MOST-EEG, or a Multiple Origin Spatio Tempral Electroencephalography, which records the electric activity of a person’s brain while they play video games.
From this, a 3D image of the brain is produced, as well as information about what parts of the brain were stimulated at what point. This helps the researchers understand how the brain navigates space, and how we remember our surroundings. They have discovered that, during the navigation process, there is predominant activity in the right brain, as well as interaction with the left. The discovery could also provide more insight into treating traumatic brain injuries.
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but they realized it has a positive effect in people living with dementia” said Zeman. “Maybe if they used technology like the MOST-EGG, it is possible they could have known 20 years ago that this drug has an effect on the brain function of people living with dementia.” Skelton believes that the technology is likely to come under some scrutiny before becoming widespread, but says that in the end there is no denying its power, and the place it may hold in our future.
a clearer picture of what those drugs do to our brain. “This will make the development of pharmaceuticals potentially much quicker, because you will have feedback about what that drug does to the brain in two years instead of 10,” said Zeman. The new technology could also help discover new uses for existing drugs, he said. “There is this drug developed in Eastern Europe called Dimebon — it was created to combat Alzheimers,
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Adventure calls: who brought the toilet paper? When prepping for that big trip, here are the top seven things you’re not going to want to forget — even with a small backpack by NADINE SANDER-GREEN Packing is hard. We don’t give ourselves enough credit when it comes to stuffing our entire lives into one bag in preparation for that three-month gallivant through Southeast Asia. Should you bring a sleeping bag? How do you fit a guidebook the size of a loaf of sourdough into your carry-on luggage? And here’s the big question — to buy a money belt, or not? It looks and feels like you’re trying to smuggle drugs down your pants, but mom still insists you wear it. If you can get your pack on your shoulders without squatting low and doing the one, two, three grunt and hoist, you’ve done well. But if, like me, you just can’t decide if you should stuff that whole set of MEC pots in your pack (after all, you just might go camping once and how would you cook your porridge without a decent pot?) then this guide is for you.
Toilet paper Have a roll of toilet paper with you wherever you go. If I could give out only one piece of advice to someone embarking on their first backpacking trip, it would be just that: remember the TP.
Emergency food Some of us can skip lunch without noticing. Others get cranky when they miss their mid-morning muffin or feel light-headed when dinner is served fashionably late. If you’re in the latter group, make sure you wedge some high-energy food — nuts, chocolate or granola bars — somewhere in your pack. You never know when a bus is going to break down, or when you’ll ﬁnd yourself smoking a joint with the hostel bartender and all the hamburguesa stands have long closed.
Condoms Even if you’re in a serious relationship and your sweet pea is at home, waiting on Skype for you until the wee hours of the morning, you never know when a foreign prince or princess is going to win your heart, and maybe even a spot beside you in the hostel bunk. Better to be on the safe side.
Head lamp A head lamp is helpful when you have to get out of bed four times to relieve your beer-ﬁlled belly. Your bunkmates will thank you in the morning.
Passport The officials like you to have them these days.
Swiss army knife A Swiss army knife is handy for making sandwiches on your lap, and it’s just nice to know you have something incredibly sharp in your pocket.
Adventuring around the world can be all the more exciting when you’re prepared for every circumstance. Whether it’s lugging around a paperback novel or keeping your passport nearby, these tips will keep you ready for anything.
Deodorant For those who never wear deodorant and it has no place in your life — ﬁne. But, for those like me who want to “rough-it” and see if you can get by au natural for a few months, I don’t recommend it. Travelling seems to only intensify whatever’s going on in the pits.
An extra bank card
A good book, or two
If you put one bank card in your wallet and the stash the other one somewhere else in your pack, you won’t have to eat packages of ketchup for lunch after your purse or wallet gets snatched on the subway.
Airlines and travel companies always make backpacking look so exciting. But, for a good part of the trip, you’re stuck on a long-distance bus and all you can do is watch the Titanic with subtitles or think about
your poor lover on Skype. The solution? Make room in your sturdy pack for a good paperback. A lot of tourist areas will have book exchanges, and you can trade your copy of Crime and Punishment for Eat, Pray, Love and no one has to be the wiser.
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Locals Chou, Ball win big at Quest for the Title V by MAX SUSSMAN Local fight fans packed the Victoria Dance Connection on Jan. 23 for the fifth effort of Quest for the Title, proving that UVic fighters have what it takes to draw quite the crowd. UVic alum Brian Chou ran his record to 4-0 with a convincing unanimous decision over Calgary’s Josh Hamm (13-7-0) in the evening’s headlining bout. Chou, a Shotokan Karate black belt who trains with promoter Keith Varga’s sons, Aaron and Gabe, came out strong in the first round and was easily the night’s faster fighter. Utilizing lighting-quick low kicks — one of which knocked Hamm off his feet, Chou was able to control the distance, and he punished Hamm with flurries when he got too close. The second round saw much of the same, but the warp-speed pace of the first round was impossible to maintain, and the fighters slowed. The final round was impossible to score, as Hamm was the aggressor and began landing with heavy body punches. Chou remained very efficient and landed accurate counter punches with ease. However, Chou said after the fight that countering Hamm was not part of the game plan. “I was originally trying to push the pace, use the angles,” Chou said. “But when I get tired I just try to rely too much on my reflexes, let him push the pace and counter off his punches — especially when the guy is slower than me. I can pick my shots. But a lot of it was me and my terrible cardio.” Chou talked at length about how much he values the support of local fight fans, and he spent much of the undercard in the crowd, socializing with supporters and a growing fanbase. He confirmed that when he’s out in the crowd soaking it in he lets that feeling fuel him later. “It’s usually before the fight when I’m doing my rounds and I get a chance to thank people individually for coming out. It’s really great having that support behind you,” said Chou. In the final undercard fight, Peterec Martial Arts’ Lindsay Ball (70-0) took home the ISKA Women’s Featherweight Canadian Title, finishing Jessica Gladstone (157-0) with a barrage of punches against the ropes midway through the opening round. The ladies came out like a pair of Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, trading punches in bunches. Ball caught Gladstone on the chin during an exchange. Sensing the end was near, she poured on punches and kicks from all angles, snapping the Trevor Smandych disciple’s head back repeatedly, forcing referee Robin Webb to step in and call the fight. Gladstone looked out on her feet, but had the wherewithal to lay a big hug on her opponent after the fight.
Campbell River native and ISKA World Junior Champion Chase Ingalls (8-0-0) made his adult kickboxing debut, and he did it in grand fashion. The North Island MMA product sent Ontario’s Corey Black (3-3) to the canvas in a heap just six seconds into the bout with a right head kick. Black was out before he hit the mat, and stayed down for nearly 10 minutes as doctors attended to him. The knock out was so fast that promoter Varga didn’t even see it. “I missed it. I wasn’t there for that six seconds. Chase is a tough kid and I have no doubt that he’ll be a world champion in a few years,” said Varga. Victoria’s Greg Lamothe (3-2) lost a close unanimous decision to Surrey’s Tom Mattu (4-2-1) after winning the first round. Lamothe was the aggressor early, using his reach advantage to pepper Mattu through his guard. As the fight wore on, Lamothe gassed hard, and was unable to answer Mattu’s combinations. “I had an injury in December and I tried to get my cardio back in time for this fight and just couldn’t. The kid was tough and he was in shape,” said Lamothe. Mattu landed repeatedly to Lamothe’s chin in the final round, but the Victoria fighter never looked to be in any serious trouble. “I got a head like a brick. I mean I could feel my head snapping back, so I could tell he was tagging me, but it never hurt me,” he said. In a featherweight bout, Surrey’s Jay Jauncey (4-0) handed Victoria’s Kieran Mueller (0-2) his second loss in as many fights, putting him down with leg kicks late in the first. Mueller limped out of the ring, but was later seen sitting cage side, seemingly enjoying himself. Axe Capoeira sent two long-time trainers to their kickboxing debuts, but Marco “Pezao” Caffiero and Silvan Herberger had very different results. In the evening’s second fight, Caffiero looked sloppy against Peterec’s Rami Ladki, and was unable to get much done with his strikes. He scored with leg kicks, but did most of his damage with trips and clinch throws, which are worth points under the K-1 judging rules that the ISKA uses. He came away with a razor thin split decision, and looked dead tired after the fight. Herberger was finished with a series of heavy liver shots at the hands of Courtney’s Robbie Espenberg (3-1). Herberger most likely won the first round, as he came out fast looking to finish Espenberg, who fought the fight as if it were a boxing match. He faded fast, and the heavyhanded Espenberg finished him against the ropes late in the second.
Varga stood back at the end of the night and was pleased with his fifth promotional endeavour. “I am very happy with this card. It’s a lot of fun with a lot of people having their first bouts, which is something we normally don’t do. We’re trying to get into more of that,” said Varga. “There’s a lot of local athletes who are coming to us now. They know we treat everyone fairly and they’re asking to be on the cards. It’s great to see the young guys out.” The event also featured a training demonstration from the Varga brothers, as a means to advertise Aaron’s summer co-op position as a kickboxing teacher at Studio 4 Athletics on Yates St. Among other demonstrations of the night were one of Kenpo Karate techniques from Victoria Professional Self Defence, and a demonstration of the Drunken Fist style of Kung Fu.
Marco Caffiero (top) throws Rami Ladki to the canvas. Brian Chou (middle) invokes “The Matrix” in dodging a kick from John Hamm, and Corey Black (bottom) is tended to by doctors after being separated from consciousness by a Chase Ingalls’ right head kick.
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At the Canada West Swim Championships in Lethbridge, Alta. on Jan. 22 and 23, both the men’s and women’s UVic swimming teams missed the podiums, taking home fourth place in both team championships. Vikes’ Nicholas Sinclair won the 400m medley and the 200m backstroke.
Follow the damn gym clothing rules! by JENNY BOYCHUK When you walk into the weight room at the Ian Stewart Complex, it’s hard to miss the sign that says: “No tank-tops. No cell phones.” What’s up with that? The rule was enacted in the mid’90s, not long after the weight room opened. And, while it met some protest, the condition is similar to the rules in many other university gyms. “People think that the rule is there simply for sanitation purposes, but when the weight room was first opened, we had guys coming in here in their Gold’s Gym-style shirts. It was making people feel uncomfortable while they were
working out,” said Paul Smith, UVic intramurals and recreation programmer. Let’s face it, a few decades ago it was acceptable to wear tight shorts and revealing shirts to the gym — but, for anyone who missed the memo, the clothing you flaunt at the beach does not double as workout wear. It’s fair to say that most people dress appropriately while working out. However, it seems as though there are always a handful of people who flex a little too much of their bodies at the gym. Some would argue that everyone should be able to wear whatever’s going to assist a good workout.
The problem is, these people don’t realize they are making others uncomfortable. Everyone should be able to work-out in an environment where they don’t feel like they need to impress others (superficially, that is). Students have complained that shirts with sleeves are irritating while running on the treadmill or lifting weights. It can also seem a bit contradictory, especially when people seem to make up for the indecency by exposing the lower-half of their bodies. But if tank tops were allowed, how far would people push it? Would girls show up in sports bras
Strong mind, strong body.
and guys wear tanks that expose their whole chests? It’s too bad that some people have to ruin it for the rest of us. For those really bothered by the no-sleeve rule, try wearing a more lightweight shirt, made of thinner material. A fitted, long-sleeve shirt that breathes is also a good alternative — it moves with your body and you won’t get overheated. There’s a big difference between clothes that are fitted and clothes that stick to your body. Girls: shorts that barely cover your ass are actually closer to the lingerie category then they are gym wear. Guys: tight shorts are more worrisome then a low-cut shirt. Spandex is not necessarily the problem. Enough said. To sum everything up, the hot body you are working on should be exposed at the beach — and not before.
Mentors... would you like to make a difference in the life of an adolescent? We are looking for organized, positive, energetic students who would be prepared to devote an hour a week to build a relationship with an at-risk teen. For more information call Tessa Lloyd at the Individual Learning Centre, 250-744-1174 or email tlloyd@ sd63.bc.ca On February 27, 28, March 1 and 2, the Big Ideas Club presents Shakespeare’s Othello in the Vertigo Lounge. Doors at 7:15 p.m.; entrance is by donation. Proceeds to Victoria Shakespeare Society’s summer theatre program. If the UVic student who met me and my dog outside the big hardware store on Cook Street last week feels to phone me. Please call Paul - 250.598.1563
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