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Recent study adds fuel to alcohol debate Centres for Addiction Research B.C. says that private liquor stores are linked to an increase in alcohol-related deaths > Nathan Lowther Alcohol is a social paradox. You cheers to health, yet B.C. records 2,000 alcohol-related deaths every year. Allowing responsible use while minimizing social harms is a balance societies have been struggling to strike for centuries. Recent research from UVic’s Centre for Addictions Research B.C. (CARBC) and the Prevention Research Center in Berkeley, Calif. is adding to the ongoing debate. The report, titled “Impact on alcohol-related mortality of a rapid rise in the density of private liquor outlets in British Columbia: A local area multi-level analysis” and published in the peer-reviewed journal Addiction, divided the province into 89 local health areas (LHAs) and considered all death certificates that listed alcohol as either the primary or secondary cause of death from 2002 to 2008. Researchers then compared how many private liquor stores (PLS) and government liquor stores (GLS) were in each LHA, while controlling for variables like restaurants, bars and other social and economic factors. The results, says lead author and CARBC Director Tim Stockwell, are consistent with many other similar studies in other jurisdictions. “If you’ve got a lot of stores of any kind, private or government, you’ve got a much higher death rate than a place with fewer stores,” he explained. “And you look at percentage of stores that are private or government owned, and we found that there’s an extra effect on deaths from there being

private stores rather than government stores.” Stockwell outlined two main reasons for this. First, PLS have increased 40 per cent since the government allowed them to sell spirits in 2003. And since PLS tend to be open longer hours, alcohol has become more accessible. But that’s only part of it. “The most important thing is that they are better at the business side than the government at selling liquor,” said Stockwell, noting that unlike GLS, the private sector will tailor their quality and price to their clientele, which explains why the Downtown Eastside has the cheapest booze in the province. “On average, private liquor stores have slightly higher prices. But at any one time they have some special on. So you will find that the cheapest liquor anywhere is always in a private store.” Not everyone accepts that daily specials result in additional harmful drinking habits though. Randy Wilson co-founded Liquor Plus, a PLS with four branches on the Island and two more opening this year. If high prices make people safer drinkers, he argues, British Columbians should be safe enough. “To say that the way to stop drinking is to continue to raise the price is silly because we already are the highest in Canada, and I think we’re the second or third highest in the world, as far as taxation on liquor,” Wilson said in a phone interview. “Pushing prices up only hurts Mrs. Smith when she’s looking for a nice bottle of wine for dinner,” said Wilson. He also rejects the notion that PLS are more likely to carry a selection of products that are harmful. Rather, PLS have

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Some researchers suggest that increasing the prices of alcohol would lower consumption rates and alcoholrelated problems, including deaths.

the versatility to restrict access to high impact beverages, something GLS can’t do. “The people that are at more risk of harm are drinking certain products. For example, Sherry 74 is a 22 per cent alcohol content product that is for sale at all [GLS] for $6.99,” said Wilson. “That product is so problematic with the customers we delisted it.” Wilson’s dad died an alcoholic, so he understands what’s at stake. He just disagrees that the cash register works as a disincentive for problem drinkers. “Trust me, the price of vodka was immaterial to my dad. Because if you are an addict you’re an addict. So I don’t think raising the price of alcohol solves it. I think education and enforcement solves it,” said Wilson. “We are penalizing people

that drink responsibly, like Mrs. Smith who wants to have her gin and tonic, because we want to keep her from drinking too much when she doesn’t drink too much in the first place.” Stockwell agrees there’s a need for education, but insists price certainly impacts how harmful drinking is. Statistics show that the heaviest drinking 10 per cent of the population pay about $0.80 per drink, compared to $4.50 for the lightest drinking 50 per cent. This is why, Stockwell explains, when Alaska drastically increased alcohol taxes twice in the past 25 years, they experienced decreases in liver sclerosis. “That’s because even the heavy drinkers respond to price changes,” said Stockwell. “That may be counterintuitive to people if they have this fixed idea that an alco-

holic will always get their drink no matter what.” Which isn’t to say Stockwell is against PLS. He understands the benefits of having a neighbourhood beer store. But he wants alcohol policy to be built around informed data. “Like most people in B.C., I like a drink and I love convenience as much as anyone. We may as a community choose [that it is more] important to have convenient access to alcohol than it is to worry about increasing death from liver sclerosis and all the other problems from alcohol,” said Stockwell. “That’s a value judgment that other people make. We’re just pointing out that this is the consequence; [it’s] for other people to decide if it’s an important consequence that should change the policy.”

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“I think I’d have to buy less because…I wouldn’t be able to afford the new prices. I think I’d buy less.” Sam Gustin Math and Physics, 2nd Year

“I would switch brands, maybe.” “Probably. I wouldn’t stop buying alcohol.” Alisha Whitehead Economics, 1st Year Sophia Scodeller Humanities, 1st Year

Probably…I would say there have been times when I didn’t have enough money to go to a bar, and so if it’s gonna cost the same to go to a bar as buy a bottle of alcohol…” Adam Connor Environmental Studies and Political Science, 1st Year

“I don’t drink. It doesn’t matter. ” Gia Gill Science, 2nd Year

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Students concerned by Greek activity New UVic Fraternities and sororities have continued presence on campus despite being voted down by students > Karolina Karas UVic’s unrecognized fraternity and sorority are coming under fire for fundraisers and events they’ve hosted recently. Lucia Orser, a third-year UVic student who was a part of the anti-fraternity and sorority campaign prior to October’s UVic Students’ Society (UVSS) Annual General Meeting (AGM), has filed complaints with UVic’s non-academic bookings for allowing the fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) and sorority, Kappa Beta Gamma (KBG), to advertise for and host events on campus. In January, the fraternity hosted a bottle drive outside the Student Union Building (SUB) to raise funds for the family of Molly Campbell, a local baby currently battling leukemia. The fraternity also organized and postered for “Classy vs. Trashy,” a Feb. 4 party at Touch Lounge, in partnership with UVic’s Rotaract Club. Currently, both the fraternity and the sorority are running a fundraiser called “Anti-Violence Valentine’s,” where students can purchase roses for Valentine’s Day with funds going to a sexual assault centre. On Feb. 3, DKE and KBG also hosted a non-charity event at Karma Nightclub called “Hoedown Throwdown.” “The main issue for me,” said Orser, “[is] all these events . . . show a concerted effort on behalf of these organizations to continually assert their presence against the will of students who came out to the AGM and gave a directive to not recognize sororities and fraternities.” At the Oct. 14 AGM, almost two thirds of the students who showed up for the meeting voted for the UVSS board to not recognize fraternities and sororities; sororities need recognition from the university to gain recognition from the National Panhellenic Conference. The fraternity, established in early 2010, does not need university or student union permission to form. José Barrios, a fourth-year student and philanthropy chair for DKE, was recruited in November. He wrote via email that UVic’s chapter, Beta Tau, has an “unconditional love for [the] community,” which is why they are dedicated to

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organizing charity events. All proceeds go to the charity specified for the event. For non-charity events, like “Hoedown Throwdown,” Barrios writes that the funding is allocated like any other club or course union on campus. Barrios wrote that members of the fraternity and sorority are aware of what they consider misconceptions surrounding Greek Letter Organizations (GLOs), but adds that both DKE and KBG see it as an “opportunity to challenge stereotypes” associated with GLOs. He says both groups “are looking forward to demonstrating that fraternities and sororities have valuable and positive contributions to [the] community.” However, Orser feels students have made their thoughts on GLOs clear to the UVSS and the university. “The booking for the AntiViolence Valentine’s [fundraiser] at [Petch] Fountain was made through the university, where the administration of the university has historically followed what the UVSS does,” she explained. Orser

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cited Jim Dunsdon, UVic’s Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, not writing the letter of recognition the sororities needed to officially form, as an example of how this has been done in the past. Dunsdon was reacting first to a petition against GLOs at UVic, and later to the vote for non-recognition at the AGM. In an email response to Orser, non-academic bookings said that all the tables were booked through a probationary club, and that the concerns raised by Orser will be discussed with UVSS Chairperson James Coccola. Coccola says that the UVSS has nothing to do with tables or advertising, but rather those things are organized through UVic. So long as the university approves tables, he says, any organization can set one up. UVSS clubs and course unions can get tables for free, while unrecognized organizations need to pay a rental fee. When asked what method was used by the fraternity to sell tickets and advertise their events, Barrios said the fraternity “work[s] with other campus groups for [their] charitable events . . . and those groups are the ones that do bookings for the events.” For example, the fraternity bottle drive was booked through the UVSS Coalition

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For Democratic Reform club which was founded by fraternity member David Foster in the early fall. This booking was done without Foster’s knowledge. Foster also says that the current Anti-Violence Valentine’s fundraiser was also booked by a signing authority through UVSS Coalition For Democratic Reform, again without his knowledge. Jaraad Marani, UVSS director-atlarge, echoes Orser’s views. “I don’t have an issue with [the fundraising events,] but they did it on the steps of the Student Union Building, on the steps of a building that specifically does not recognize them,” he said. “It’s completely subverting the work of the UVSS and going against the students’ wishes to promote their name . . . basically they’re using other clubs to promote their interests because they are specifically not recognized because of the nature of their group.” Marani says policy will be brought forward at the Feb. 29 Clubs Council to deal with the issue. Marani also wants to highlight what he sees as a “inherent contradiction” in the events hosted by the fraternities and sororities. He wants to emphasize that he is “stoked” on these events because organizations such as sexual assault centres need the funding and support, but he also views the contradiction as “extremely problematic.” “For those groups who also at the same time host events called “Anything But Clothes,” “Classy vs. Trashy,” or “Hoedown Throwdown” to be saying that they advocate against issues of sexualized violence is infuriating,” he said.

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A new effort led by UVic’s faculty of education is seeking to reach out to the children and youth who need help the most. The project, called the Centre for Outreach Education (CORE), looks to use the expertise and resources of the university to fill unmet needs in the community. CORE is administered by UVic’s Faculty of Education. Dr. Jillian Roberts, CORE’s chair, has years of experience as a psychologist working with children in the Victoria community. “I see children all the time who don’t have what they need,” she said. “And then I’m here [on campus] and I look around and I see these bright students and these amazing faculty members and this beautiful environment and I think, why can’t we step up and fill that gap?” CORE has wasted no time in reaching out to kids in need. “We had our launch on [Jan. 26], and we started to serve children in the community on [Jan. 27],” said Roberts, “and since [then] we’ve helped about 50 children.” This help takes many forms such as homework assistance, tutoring for children living with epilepsy, transition assistance for young adults with developmental disabilities and after-school programming that ranges from music classes to nature walks. The whole centre is the result of an anonymous donation from a former elementary school teacher who left her estate to the Faculty of Education with only two requests: that the money be spent, and that it be spent to enhance the education of children. Part of the mission of enhancing education, Roberts says, is to reach out to off-campus communities such as local schools and indigenous communities. She sees the on-campus services that take place in a newly renovated space in the MacLaurin building as just the beginning of CORE’s plan. “My hope for the centre is that over time we will spread out in a beautiful web of service that will help the university pay it forward in lots of different ways and in lots of different communities,” Robert’s said. Unlike other UVic centres, CORE is not a research institution. It is, however, a multidisciplinary effort that involves students as well as faculty members. One of the benefits of the CORE program is that, while kids in community are getting help, the students helping them are also getting an opportunity to fund their studies through meaningful work in their field. While students are paid for their work, CORE offers all of its services for free. “This is really about giving back to our community,” said Roberts. In order for the program to continue offering free services, Roberts hopes to find other community partners who would like to contribute. “The more partners we have the more children we can help,” she said. For more information about UVic’s Centre for Outreach Education, visit core.uvic.ca.

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UVSS censures pro-life club > Gemma Karstens-Smith Nearly four months after they hosted an event called “Echoes of the Holocaust” on campus, prolife club Youth Protecting Youth (YPY) are seeing consequences. At their Feb. 7 meeting, the UVic Students’ Society (UVSS) voted to censure the club for violating the UVSS harassment policy in promoting the event. The UVSS also voted to mediate a solution with YPY to “help prevent further issues,” engage legal counsel to look in to how policy can be changed to address concerns regarding off-campus speakers and groups, and have the UVSS’ Political Action Committee hold a kenzie hawksworth restorative justice event. Several complaints were filed Remy Hall, left, chaired the Complaints Committee that dealt with conagainst YPY after they held “Echoes cerns over “Echoes of the Holocaust” . of the Holocaust” on Oct. 26. A UVSS Complaints Committee that some women have been upset harassed by the event’s title. determined that the event’s name by seeing our posters. We under“I felt that using the word ‘the’ “allowed for people to be misled stand that they feel that way. But was targeting Jewish students and about the nature of the event” and just because they’ve seen something that doing so was in violation of the other students who were affected they dislike does not mean that by the Holocaust,” she said, referUVSS harassment policy. they’re being harassed.” encing the title “The Holocaust” as “This is not about the content At the meeting, several board opposed to simply “a holocaust.” of the presentation at all,” said members said that acknowledgUVSS Director-at-Large Rob MacUVSS Chairperson James Coccola ing that several people had felt Donald said that he knew people at the Feb. 7 meeting. “This is harassed was important. who saw the materials on campus simply about how the event was “YPY caused emotional anguish,” and broke down crying and theremarketed.” said UVSS Director-at-Large Dylan fore he felt that the advertisements But YPY President Anastasia Sherlock. “We’re simply saying constituted harassment. Pearse says it’s unclear what, pre‘you hurt some people’s feelings.’” Other Board members disagreed. cisely, the decision was about. Sherlock added that several people “We have to make decisions as “It didn’t actually say … what [it felt that the punishment YPY was a board of directors for a diverse was] about the advertising. It was receiving was not harsh enough. campus . . . there will be times in a just that the way we advertised UVSS Director of Services Remy public sphere where people will be constituted harassment,” she said exposed to content that they will be Hall noted that the motions regardafter the meeting. ing YPY had come from a Comoffended by,” said Kelsey Hannan, “Judging from the discussion, plaints Committee that was being director of finance. “We have to let it was because we used the terms used for the first time. content that can be offensive be holocaust and abortion, or geno“There are a lot of holes in the debated.” cide and abortion together in our committee,” said Hall at the meetPearse says that while YPY disadvertising.” ing, adding that amendments agrees there is basis for mediation Pearse says that there is nothing should be made in the future. and holding a restorative justice preventing the use of such terms. YPY’s club status and funding event, the group is open to dia“There’s debate in our society as have been hotly contested and to when and when not it’s appropri- logue. They are, however, cautious. “We hope the goal of this dialogue denied several times in recent ate to use those terms [holocaust years. In May 2010, YPY filed a and mediation isn’t to get us to and genocide] and in the past, it petition with the B.C. Supreme apologize or something. Or to get has been deemed appropriate to Court against the UVSS demandus to say that we won’t do it again, use the term holocaust to refer to ing that, among other things, because that would be censorship,” modern day genocides. So there’s the club’s status and funding be she said. nowhere that says that we can’t use reinstated, including funds that Still, they’re unhappy about the that to refer to abortion.” were denied in past years. YPY censure. There was much debate over the and the UVSS settled out of court “We’re glad it’s not censorship. motion at the meeting, most of which on July 13. The court petition is But still, the Board is going to be centered on whether or not YPY’s acbeing held in abeyance, meaning saying that AD we contravened the tions constituted harassment. MARTLET Feb 3 2011 YPY can resubmit the petition in harassment policy, which is not the Raizy Marmorstein said that, as a the future. case,” said Pearse. “We understand Jewish student, she personally felt

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Composting project grows in Strong Building A group of business students is partnering with stakeholders to divert waste from landfills in a new initiative > MARK WORTHING

green bins that will be saddled up to the recycling and landfill waste bin stations. A student composting initiative will “In 2013 the [Capital Region divert compostable waste in the District] is going to refuse comDavid Strong Building (DSB) away postable waste and currently a from landfills. third of heartland is food waste. All The group is partnering with of the food outlets on campus are stakeholders like the Environmendoing this themselves. But we don’t tal Studies Student Association, have anything outside of that for Facilities Management and the Office of Campus Planning and Sus- individual buildings,” said Butula. “The idea came out of talking and tainability to initiate a composting connecting to the right people. We program for DSB and limit waste know this isn’t the solution for the in the Business and Economics whole campus. In the long term Building. there needs to be more “We chose the David radical changes, but I Strong Building have a strong belief because the busiin meeting people ness students where they are, only have their and in educatclasses in the ing, debating David Strong UVic residences have and finding Building. So compost bins in all of their new solutions.” they’re taking garbage and recycling Composting responsibility stations have for their envilocations. been blossoming ronmental impact NOW YOU KNOW! up all over campus in that way,” said in various corners and Alicia Butula, a fourthoffices in hopes of diverting year political science student and DSB Composting Initiative compostable waste from landfills. This will not only remove compost co-ordinator. “It’s a simple waste from the ever-shrinking space left reduction educational outreach in nearby landfills, but also prevent initiative.” compostable material from going The students have launched a to waste. Compost bins in DSB fall three-month pilot program that in step with recent changes in the will include the weighing of the Student Union Building’s waste compost daily in order to track how program, and the University of Vicmuch food and compostable waste toria Sustainability Project’s Pacific has been diverted from the landfill. Mobile Depot. The contractor they are using is Another campus initiative is the Victoria’s local reFUSE company, who will be collecting and weighing Conservation Awareness Building Challenge at UVic, taking place out the waste every day from the

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Check your membership What’s got four paws, a tail and voting rights? A cat in the B.C. Liberal Party, apparently. Olympia Marie Wawryk, a cat who belongs to Kristy Wawryk, a senior volunteer for Christy Clark’s campaign, was joined up with the B.C. Liberal Party on Dec. 14. Since then, the politically minded kitty’s party membership has been described as a mistake, a prank and an oversight. Although Olympia’s name has since been scratched from the party’s ledger, the incident points to yet another problem in B.C. politics. The B.C. Liberals have used their party’s fractious period to capitalize on new memberships. When Premier Gordon Campbell resigned in November, there were about 35,000 party members; with candidates like Kevin Falcon and Mike de Jong enlisting 17,500 and 13,000 new bodies respectively, it’s expected that the party’s more than doubled their membership as of late. The Liberal candidates aren’t the only ones to play the membershipplumping game. The Dogwood Initiative has mobilized its tanker campaign members to join the party in order to vote on a leader that would support a tanker ban on the coast. This amounts to approximately an additional 1,000 members. They even have direct links to the B.C. Liberal Party signup page from their Oil Tanker campaign website. Even so, Olympia is easily the most famous new member, and ever since this particular cat was let out of the bag on Feb. 4, accusations of bad behavior have been bandied about. Other leadership candidates including Falcon and George Abbott say the incident shows how the process of signing members up is susceptible to fraud. The party has hired an outside auditor and promised to review the tens of thousands of members added in recent weeks. But an auditor probably won’t get to the root of the problem: the B.C. Liberal Party seems to have been watching too many episodes of The Simpsons. Olympia’s joining the party is eerily similar to an episode where Sideshow Bob, in an attempt to win a mayoral election, fudged the voter list a teensy bit: dead people and even pets were registered as voters to give him his win. Perhaps members of Clark’s campaign picked up this helpful election-winning tip from the animated television show. So who are they going to sign up next? Tupac? The man knew a thing or two about rivalry, though hip hop rivalries look like fluffy choreographed dance numbers from West Side Story when compared with the rumble that is Canadian politics. If he could also be compelled to give the rights to 2Pacalypse Now to the Liberals, they would have an appropriate soundtrack for the end-ofleadership times we are living in. Maybe they’ll go for Sasquatch; he’s the namesake of a popular music festival and notoriously hard to spot. Getting a pledge of allegiance and a permanent address for the furry mystery mammal? Priceless. There’s also a good chance he’d tell his forest friends to join. (Except for the squirrels and chickadees, who are dyed-in-the-fur Green Party supporters.) What about Gary Busey? The man can make you change your vote with a single thought (coupled with a single manic, squinty-eyed glare).   Okay, so that might all be a stretch. Still, a larger issue exists: in this race to the top, it’s tough to take anyone seriously. We’ve complained in the past that our communities are not politically engaged, especially the youth among us. But why would we be when high-profile politicians just squabble and point fingers and leadership races are aided and abetted by pedigreed pets? Get it together, B.C. politicians. Maybe then we’ll be bothered to vote.

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letters Don’t cross me outside of the crosswalk What’s with UVic students who think they are invincible? Just because you go to university does not make you smart. If you step out onto the road nowhere near a crosswalk, seven to 10 feet in front of a moving two-ton vehicle doing 40 km/h, be thankful that I have fast reflexes and am able to stop in time. Don’t flip me the bird; today was your lucky day and you should call your mom. Next time you will be someone’s hood ornament. Please use some of those brain cells and common sense: cars will stop for you if you stop and make eye contact, especially on a marked crosswalk. Richard Gordon Community member

Equality in promiscuity Re: “I sing in praise of promiscuity,” Jan. 6, 2011 Although I applaud Will Johnson’s honesty and his decision to shed religious hang-ups about promiscuity, I wonder if he realizes he’s perpetuating a very sexist attitude about casual sex. Johnson’s column leaves out the information that could redeem (or condemn) his story. Does the Kiwi bartender’s girlfriend support his decision to sleep around to be “completely prepared” for their future marriage? Is the Kiwi’s girlfriend allowed to postpone their future life together if she decides

she hasn’t slept with enough other men? I don’t have a problem with casual sex, as long as you are having safe sex and not screwing someone over emotionally. But don’t delude yourself that women and men have achieved equality in their sexuality. And Johnson, if you’re going to write about it, attempt to reconcile that inequality. Johnson thinks he has discovered something revolutionary. I suppose because he comes from a religious background, he has. He’s stumbled upon the great sexual dichotomy: guys can screw around, and no one thinks twice about it. Although Johnson is on the right track (we need to talk more honestly about sex in our culture), he needs to re-evaluate what this article says about women and sexuality.

community members to get the population down to an agreedupon number, the administrators have decided to obliterate this cute furry blight. Why? Because, according to the grounds staff, they wreck the landscaping and dig holes in the fields. The latter could cause someone to break a leg. This would be unfortunate. But I was bitten by a dog once, and that didn’t mean I wanted every dog in town culled. A better solution might be for the terribly well-paid and equipped grounds workers to get off their various motorized apparatuses and do some actual work on the ground — a sight which I have yet to actually see despite walking the campus at various hours of the day for the better part of 16 years. Trey McNeil UVic student

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Grounds staff: get grounded Every year, I have seen students taking pictures and trying to feed the rabbits. Some have argued that they are not a natural part of the campus. They were here long before most of the current students, so if they weren’t natural originally, they grew to be. They were also part of what made UVic’s campus unique. The powers that be have been blustering about eliminating the rabbits for years. Now, despite the best efforts of both students and

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Puppy killer should be forgiven > Graham Briggs The man who recently beat a puppy to death should not have been jailed or punished. He should be forgiven, and then given psychological and emotional help to overcome his inner demons. Revenge and punishment are foolish and counterproductive. They do not prevent or quell crime. Imprisonment as a penalty does not and never will prevent animal abuse, or any other crime.  Just after midnight on New Year’s Eve, Bandit, a 12-week-old pit bull, was beaten to death in a Victoria hotel room by Brent Connors. Hotel guests heard Bandit’s cries and called police. Officers arrived and found Connors calm. They also found an open bottle of vodka and a variety of steroids, which Connors was using and may have been dealing. Bandit’s blood was on the walls, bed, floor and shower curtain. Bandit was sped to a veterinarian, but was dead on arrival. Connors, who is already facing firearm and drug charges, pled guilty to animal cruelty and, on Feb. 2, was sentenced to six months in jail. On Jan. 29, I came across a group of animal rights activists outside the Bay Centre on Douglas Street. They were hate-fuelled and vengeful, holding placards with the slogan Justice for Bandit and images of the cute puppy. They were

collecting signatures on petitions calling on the court to give Connors the maximum sentence for animal cruelty. They wanted revenge for Bandit’s death; they wanted Connors to be punished, to suffer as much as possible. The chilling irony is that the animal lovers’ sadistic vengefulness is the sort of emotion that prompts the torture of animals and many

nors] should get quite a beating… I sincerely hope the guards/officials will look the other way while he gets what’s coming to him.” There are many more comments like these. Nothing good will come of Connors being jailed or tortured. The risk of jail will not reform or scare serial animal torturers. There is no evidence that Connors is a serial animal abuser. He has expressed unreserved remorse for his evil act. Those wanting Connors to never again abuse animals should forgive him, try to understand him and help him confront and conquer his problems. Our “justice” system, based mainly on revenge and punishment, is obsolete, ineffective and counterproductive. If we punish criminals brutally enough, the common, erroneous wisdom goes, others will not imitate their sins. It’s baseless, pernicious nonsense. For public safety, some criminals should be jailed indefinitely — serial rapists and psycho killers. Otherwise, imprisonment does not reduce crime rates, and it hardens and worsens criminals, making them a greater threat once they’re out. Justice is not revenge, punishment or torture. Justice is forgiveness, rehabilitation, safety and peace. 

[T]he animal lovers’ sadistic vengefulness is the sort of emotion that prompts . . . human evil other forms of human evil. Sadly, revenge and punishment are what many people foolishly believe “justice” should be. To see this vile sentiment first hand, visit the “Justice for Bandit” Facebook page.  “We should lock [Connors] in a room with just one person or maybe two or three and let HIM take a beating” wrote Penny Blue Fletcher.  “What goes around comes around . . . right or wrong.” Julie Ferreiro wrote, “If the people in [jail] are as pissed as the general population on the outside, [Con-

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Let them eat cake, don’t make me watch > Brad Michelson

that the victor will be the baker of choice for the Soprano family and their associates, we should rememFuck these cake shows. ber how it ended for past winners I can appreciate cooking shows. I of Hell’s Kitchen, the show The love the Food Channel. There is an Next Great Baker rips off. I’m not art and an aesthetic quality to food, talking about the one who lost her even if it’s something off of Diners, prize because she couldn’t obtain Drive-Ins and Dives. Food varies a work visa to work at Gordon from sour to savoury, from warm Ramsay’s Savoy Grill in London. to cold. Cake is just cake. It’s sweet. I’m talking about the real winners. It’s usually served at room temAlthough the Hell’s Kitchen winner perature. There are exceptions, but is promised a cushy head chef job no one likes flambé, and ice cream at whatever overpriced restaurant cake screams “third grade birthday is named, they end up with a less party.” The Cake Boss and Ace of glamorous position. Likewise, for Cakes have made a spectacle out all we know, the winner of The Next of nothing, and, for some reason Great Baker could end up as that completely eludes me, the employee who has people are eating it up. to taste the sugar to What makes this see if they confused whole gateaufully it with the rat sinful situation poison. worse is that TLC Tell us if Ace of Cakes Basically, once had to take these should have gone the cake shows shows to the next stepped out of the level by making a way of Ace of Base. “docu-soap” reality competitive version realm and entered of them. the competition zone, The creation and a line was crossed. No consequent explosion of cleverly edited television show Survivor at the beginning of the can ever prove to me that the life new millennium acted as the metaof a baker is more exciting than my phorical big bang for reality TV’s own. Just look at Ace of Cakes. That evolution. Scripted television wasn’t nearly enough to satisfy our culture’s Geoff guy is one of the least exciting entertainment bloodlust. We needed TV personalities I’ve ever seen. The only reason the show is mildly enreal people in real (fake) situatertaining to some is because Duff, tions doing really crazy shit for our the shop’s owner, is an eccentric viewing pleasure. Flash forward a decade: we’ve got less-than-amazing camera whore. He even graduated from Sandwich High School in people racing around the world and Sandwich, Mass. Regardless, his some guy named Bear Grylls biting show was just cancelled. the heads of snakes and drinking These cake shows need to end. I yak’s blood from a severed jugular. drew my line at the fact they even What has TV come to? existed in the realm of reality TV. For TLC, it’s come to The Next The second the competition spinGreat Baker, the network’s latest off was conceived, that line was answer to reality TV (as if I Didn’t crossed, war was declared, and Know I Was Pregnant and 19 Kids armies were mobilized. And by and Counting weren’t enough). armies I mean my fingers, which The winner is promised $50,000, are writing this now. So join our a 2011 Chevy Cruze, and a job at cause. Help put an end to horrible Carlo’s Bake Shop in Hoboken, programming by moving your own New Jersey. fingers. Change the channel. While it’s all fine and dandy

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Hide yo’ TV sets > Tim Gensey He just wanted to get his message out to the man who was “climbin’ in his windows, snatching his people up.” However, his message reached a much larger audience. Antoine Dodson, the 24-year-old hairstylist of “Bed Intruder Song” fame, has gone from living in the projects of Huntsville, Ala., to shooting his own reality TV show. Many have heard of this YouTube sensation. Others are asking, “Who is this guy? Why is he famous, and how will he make a show?” Rewind to July 28, 2010. An NBC news team is on the scene in the projects of Huntsville where a man has broken into the Dodson residence and attempted to rape Dodson’s sister. After the crew interviews his sister, Dodson takes to the screen. He issues a warning to all the residents of the area, followed by a threat to the perp: “We gon’ find you.” It’s a ridiculous threat from someone the news agency should not have allowed anywhere near the camera. Other media outlets criticize the airing of the comments; however, this lapse in judgment is best thing that could have happened to Dodson. Although his threat rang hollow and the intruder is still out there, someone found Dodson. The Gregory Brothers, responsible for the YouTube show Auto-Tune the News, picked up this story, and the rest is history. What is amazing about this particular viral video is how well it transitioned into popular culture and even garnered a profit. “Bed Intruder Song” has over 67 million views over all mediums — the most out of any non-major label video on YouTube. This popularity has spawned covers from popular artists, including a punk rock cover by Hayley Williams of Paramore,

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UVic’s green gloss can’t cover corporatization > Renée McBeth

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Jordan Pundik of New Found Glory and Ethan Luck of Relient K. The cover debuted at 89 on the Billboard Top 100 chart and somehow managed to be more ridiculous than the original. The Gregory Brothers split the revenues from their success with Dodson 50-50 (and rightfully so). With his share, as well as profits from merchandise, Dodson was able to move his family from Huntsville to Hollywood. He also set up a foundation for Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes, a condition that affects his mother and sister. Now Entertainment One is producing the show about the Dodson family looking for a fresh start. Many are hoping this accidental phenomenon and his kin will put the “real” back in reality TV. I don’t believe that will be the case. Dodson seems to have a keen business sense and has been able to cash in on his unlikely rise to fame, making appearances on Lopez Tonight (“Chimney Intruder”) and Tosh.0. Dodson and the production team will stir up as much drama as possible. This shouldn’t be too hard, as moving eight people across the United States will surely provide plenty of what the cameras crave. Popularity-wise, the first few episodes will have substantial viewership, as many will tune in to see what his life is really like. As the series goes on, interest will drop, much like current search trends for the online wonder. Dodson came out of nowhere and rose to fame through the absurdity of his comments; does he realize his 15 minutes are almost up? I am sure he does. Perhaps he can recreate the magic with the cameras on him and his family 24-7. Will he drop another line that can be autotuned into gold? Who knows? But if reality TV is your thing, it will be good TV, homeboy.

UVic’s brain-shaped Cornett building has been around since 1966. Since September 2009, it’s been undergoing an architectural makeover. It will soon be a safer, more energy-efficient building with fewer nagging maintenance requirements. And UVic doesn’t have to pay a dime. That’s right. UVic and all the students who will use the building after March 2011 are benefiting from a joint $42.5 million handout from the provincial and federal governments. Sounds like a winning proposition for all involved. UVic gets some free upgrades, future students get an enhanced building for their learning benefit and the governments get some positive publicity. Yep, everyone wins. Everyone, that is, except students with classes in Cornett over the last year and a half. Dino Valeri, UVic’s Facilities Management associate director of capital development, said in September 2009 that no classes were scheduled in affected portions of Cornett. But Valeri was wrong. Last semester, classes in Cornett’s D-wing were disrupted by drilling, banging and the gruff talk of construction workers. Consider these scenarios: an inexperienced lecturer is interrupted during her lesson and loses her train of thought; a nervous student has his voice drowned out during an oral presentation, rattling him in the process; outside noise distracts a class from an important audio clip. UVic might be getting its building developments free of charge, yet students are paying the price. It’s not just the students, you might say. What about the professors of those disrupted classes and the faculty members whose offices have been moved? Sure, they’re inconvenienced, but they’re still getting paid. The students in these classes are paying top dollar for a

compromised learning environment. How is it fair that they pay the same as students in, say, the Strong building or the Engineering and Computer Science building, who receive their lessons without distractions? Cornett houses the departments of psychology, humanities and sociology, and it’s these students who are affected most often. But psychology, humanities and sociology students have classes in untouched buildings on campus as well. It’s not right that tuition remains static across the board when there are discrepancies in learning conditions. Let’s say for argument’s sake that each interruption — comprised of the distraction it causes for the lecturer and the disengagement of the class — equals one minute of wasted lesson time. Maybe a full minute seems long, but by the time the external noise stops, the teacher is back in order and the class has dialled itself back in, a minute could easily have been wasted. Teachers have even had to go out in the halls themselves and explain to the construction workers that there are classes going on. If that’s not detracting from class time, I don’t know what is. So, each interruption is worth a minute. Some days this might only happen once during a class; other days it might happen seven times. Over the course of a semester, these numbers add up. And if some students are missing out on this much educational time — time they are paying for — they should be given a refund. Plain and simple. Valeri’s statements from 2009 are garbage. He and everyone else responsible for putting classes in active construction zones should ensure that those affected are getting their money’s worth. For a university as equality-conscious as UVic, tuition equality should be taken seriously as well.

automated? Project member The attractive image on the front of UVic’s Strategic Plan is a testament to its appeal: a vivid high-angle shot of a green campus surrounded by ocean, forests all down the peninsula and an awesome view of Mount Baker across the sea. The university, with no more bunnies in sight, will face pressure to renew its image in the revision of the strategic plan described in the Martlet article, “Strategic plan looks for community input” (Jan. 27, 2011). But UVic’s drive to keep up a peaceful “green” image may be the precise issue in question. The administration continues to spout the rhetoric of sustainability and consultation, yet has unilaterally eliminated over 800 bunnies, forcibly disbanded and

charged the lawn-disturbing gardeners and has seemingly rejected all suggestions to turn the empty field by Cedar Hill Cross Road into a university farm. If the central administration doesn’t want people to think they are just greenwashing the campus, they will need to pay attention to what students, staff and faculty are saying and be accountable for their actions. They ask for our input and appear to hear our concerns. But are they able respond to those concerns? Or are they incapable because they are too busy looking up to recognize us down below? Technically speaking, universities are created by the B.C. government and are accountable to it; that accountability includes producing high-level risk assessment and strategic planning documents. Functionally speaking, the university is an

organ of local government whose legitimacy comes from responding to the wishes of the people who make the university work. A crisis of legitimacy may be upon us. The Automated? Project’s forums that took place at UVic last summer called attention to related concerns, not exactly about bunnies, lawns and gardens, but rather about the topheavy structure of decision-making at UVic and the increasing prominence of a corporate business model for North American universities. In the fall, the Automated? Project conducted a survey of around 400 students, staff and faculty, who answered questions about the impacts of these processes on the work they do at UVic and on the ability of the university to achieve goals outlined in its Strategic Plan. Information from the forums and surveys could provide UVic’s

President David Turpin with a great deal of input for the Strategic Plan. But the forums have also noted that the rhetoric of strategic plans tends to sound the same everywhere; the gloss is part of the problem. By making abstract promises in a planning document (e.g., “be green”), the university can claim to be doing these things already, and that makes it more difficult for others to claim that such work still needs to be done. The strategic planning process is one way of policy-ing UVic. But this process asks us to put our comments in a box and assume that the managers of this quasi-corporation will do the right thing with our concerns. We need to be attentive and attempt to reshape how corporatizing and centralizing trends will impact us all. Such conscious efforts have made UVic the unique campus environment that we so value.

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Do-it-yourself s t o ry t e l l i n g One First Nations storyteller’s crusade to rekindle a lost art

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an age when people live their lives online, it’s hard to imagine what role an oral storyteller has left in the world. But Richard Wagamese, an Ojibwa from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario, is showing students at UVic that storytelling may be all we have left. Wagamese is this year’s UVic Harvey S. Southam guest lecturer, in which role he gives writing students a unique chance to participate in his class, “Changing Perspectives: Discovering Your Story’s Voice.” But Wagamese’s practices in oral storytelling are starting to stir up controversy: he’s throwing out old methods in exchange for even older ones, and students — and some faculty — are loving it. “I think people are just starting to recognize the damaging effect that technology has wreaked upon our ability to communicate,” said Wagamese. “We consider messages on a cell phone typed with our thumbs communication. We consider 140 characters on a Twitter account as communicating, or three sentences on a Facebook page, or 18 cryptic telephone calls a day on a cell phone. And what’s it’s done for us is short-formed our ability to tell stories.” Wagamese believes everyone has a burning desire to be a storyteller but that the current methods we are using have also affected the process of writing itself. “People aren’t taught to write starting from oral telling, and particularly not from spontaneous oral telling. We’re taught in the traditional academic paradigm of writing, with the rules that are set down to make it happen on a page,” he said.

Your writing tool, the voice box The process of oral storytelling, Wagamese points out, is a much different experience from writing alone. We use our whole brains, he says, in an effort to combine the physiology of speaking with stream of consciousness and the logic of a story. In the end, we also activate three major parts of our being — our physical, mental and emotional elements — in what Wagamese calls a simply compelling process. “It becomes what you and I do when we haven’t seen each other for a week and I ask you, ‘So what have you been doing?’ The sub-textual message under that is, ‘Tell me a story,’” he said. “So, when you start telling me what you’ve been doing, you don’t tell me flat and monotone . . . You actually engage in a storytelling performance. You’re excited, you’re withdrawn, you’re pensive and we do that very naturally when we don’t think about it.” Wagamese’s teaching is somewhat “radical” when compared to the normal methodology found at UVic. After eight weeks of Wagamese’s writing class, none of the students have yet written anything. During one of his first classes he asked students to come up with as many writing rules as they could in an exercise to find out what it took to be a writer. Then, he walked around with a recycling can and had all the students literally throw out the rules. “I told the students, we’re not using any of those rules in this class. Instead,

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here are some directions: writing is not a struggle, because it shouldn’t be. Tell a story for the story’s sake and when you start to think, stop,” he said. Wagamese said he knows too many authors who drive themselves “completely insane” trying to get an article, story or a poem “finished.” He believes the moment one starts to think about what comes next, the process has already stopped, so you might as well too. “As soon as I engage a thought mechanism, it becomes a struggle. So, I have to stop. I go have a coffee, I walk my dog, I play my guitar. I do anything that’s not associated with the process I’m engaged with,” he said. “And when I feel like it, I come back to it. I work away at it until I start to think. And then I stop.” Wagamese will see his 11th book published this year. Each one of those works has been written, from the first word to the last period, only once. There have been edits before the publishing itself. In an effort to outdo that, Wagamese wrote 60 poems in six weeks, submitted them — first draft — to a publication that requested his work. That collection is coming out this month. How can a department that builds its cornerstones around revision, revision, revision possibly accept a man who has such divergent methods? Wagamese says it’s important to note that he’s not advocating for throwing out the methodology altogether. “I tell the students to listen to everything they’ve ever been taught,” Wagamese said. “I wouldn’t ever consider undermining somebody’s teaching. So I tell them, use what you’ve been given up until now. But try to apply these things to what you’re doing. And allow it to give you the freedom that you had when you were this small, and language first erupted in your consciousness. The freedom you had before you knew fear.”

The do-it-yourself guide to journalism It might be easy to think that someone with such credentials would come equipped with a long line of educational belt notches, but Wagamese only has a Grade 9 education. Born in northern Ontario in 1955, Wagamese spent much of his youth in foster care. He dropped out of school when he was 16. Wagamese describes the early part of his life as “crazy,” and only touches on the abuse and psychological damage he suffered. “I didn’t make it back to my people until I was 24,” he said. “That was when they told me my role was to become a storyteller, and undertook to teach me that methodology. That same methodology is what I used to become a journalist; to go into radio, television and newspapers, and then become a published writer in 1992.” Wagamese taught himself journalism by sitting in the library and working through the reporter’s handbook by himself. Occasionally, he would get jobs by proving to others what he was capable of — he rewrote a Globe and Mail article that won him a spot at a Native newspaper in Saskatchewan.

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“I became a radio announcer and newscaster by taping news broadcasts, transcribing the casts by hand, then rereading them into a tape recorder and finally walking into a studio and telling them ‘I can do a newscast as well as your newscaster did,’” he said. “I just watched people and I watched news reporters and I taught myself.” In 1991, Wagamese became the first Native Canadian to ever win a national newspaper award. He has twice won the Native American Press Association Award and the National Aboriginal Communications Society Award for his journalism. In 2010, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. What Wagamese supports more than university education — more than anything, for that matter — is sheer passion. “Desire will get you more places, faster, than anything else on the planet. I just always had this dream and this wish,” he said. “I became a card-carrying ambassador for the culture of books, and I still am, because books taught me everything. When I was wandering around doing dead-end jobs or living on the street, the library informed my sense of the world. And it gave me an enormous frame of reference which I use today.”

Back to the basics of creativity For the first time, the UVic writing department has offered students a chance to be taught by First Nations traditions. This is also the first time the writing department has brought in someone with no prior teaching experience to teach virtually opposing methods. “For me, the idea of teaching this course at UVic is much like the idea of being a storyteller and a writer in itself: it’s a role that functions as an honour and a privilege,” he said. “Creator graced me with this ability to do what I do; freely and without charge. So the thing traditionally that comes from accepting that gift as a gift is that it only becomes stronger and it only becomes respected and honoured in return by giving it away. So, this gives me an opportunity to fulfill that opportunity of offering it out again.” David Leach, director of professional writing at UVic, says he’s thrilled to have a writer with Wagamese’s credentials and reputation in the program. “Richard is very inspiring to watch, and to work with,” Leach said. “He talks about the pleasures and joys of creativity, how excited he gets with a new book in his hand and how thrilling it is to write. We spend so much time in university learning how to criticize ourselves, and this is very refreshing to a lot of students.” Leach is less concerned with how well Wagamese’s class “melds” with the rest of the writing program — so long as there are still grades at the end — and more concerned that the program has a chance to expose students to an author who makes his living with his words. “In a literary environment we can often lose that sense of immediacy,” Leach said. “The conversational nature of a good story is important; it has

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to connect with people. But we can lose sight of our audience in the university environment — so much of it turns in on itself. With Richard’s classes, your audience is right there.” Debra Powell, Wagamese’s wife and an observer in the class, says she’s already seen the students undergo a transformation. “The most fun part, for me, is watching the students go from thinking ‘Oh, what’s he talking about?’ in disbelief, like, ‘What do you mean I can become a fantastic writer — easily?’ to when people started having a voice and using that simple technique of putting a story together out of words,” she said. “You could sort of see a light switch go on: ‘Ah, here’s a process that is fun and works.’” Powell says that when students clue in to how Wagamese’s techniques work — which include voice inflection and vivid imagery — they go from trying to animate the story when speaking to figuring out that it can translate to the written page. After being with Wagamese for eight years, she says she had different ideas for how the process works. “When Richard is writing, I usually have my coffee and get five or six pages of a novel every day — no edits — until it’s finished. I thought that was normal — I thought that everybody wrote like that,” she said. “And then I found out that people struggle for years to finish novels, and rewrite them and start them over again, so that’s when I really started to appreciate how he works.” Powell isn’t the only one. Devin Stark, a fourth-year writing and biology major, says that being in such a revolutionary class has made a huge impact on his own writing. “What Richard teaches us . . . is that writing actually has nothing to do with the rules — it has to do with the story you’re telling. The rules just kind of happen, but it’s so easy to get caught up in them and focus on them, that you lose that sense of freedom.” Stark says that what really shines through about Wagamese’s class structure, is how highly he regards the students. “At first, it’s terrifying going up there in front of a room full of strangers and being asked to perform. But Richard . . . [creates] this atmosphere where you really stop worrying about what you’re telling and just relax into the process,” he said. While Stark says he considers himself a storyteller by nature, he says he was impressed by how easily even the shyest members of the class became emboldened by the end of the word-associating assignments. “When I tell someone a story about my life, I’d say that 85 per cent of it is true, and 15 per cent of it is my own,” he said. “That’s what makes the story creative and worthwhile — something that no one else can bring to the table but me. Richard gets that, and he knows how to help us get our stories in motion.” Wagamese will give his Harvey S. Southam Guest Lecturer guest lecture on Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Hickman 105. The event is free and open to anyone interested in the art of oral storytelling.

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Innovative vegan bloggers make cooking easy > Megan Dietrich If you’re hearing it for the first time, “Vegan Mischief” may sound something like the ventures of tofu-simmering, eco-conscious renegades. Once you get to know the project, however, you’ll find that, well, it’s actually a fairly accurate description. Co-creators Kaylie and Malloreigh represent a new age of socio-culinary activism, and they’re taking over the web — one recipe at a time. Veganmischief.com was founded in the spring of 2010, originally as a blog about the Vancouver couple’s home recipe experiments at the requests of their friends. Now, less than a year later, the project has expanded into a full-blown website, complete with vegan news, promos, restaurant reviews and brunch schedules. Surfing the site, one is faced with the obvious focal point: vegan recipes from scratch. The beauty of Vegan Mischief is that the young chefs make eating consciously (and beautifully) look perfectly effortless. The recipes place primary importance on taste, while never compromising the use of wholesome, down-to-earth home ingredients. Vegan Mischief does away with any preconceptions of bland vegetables that the term vegan might conjure for carnivores. The

photographs alone are enough to stick around the site for, and will guide you through an ample spread of delicious eats. Anything from soups to elaborate entrees, desserts, homemade pastas and even “Frito pie” is available in simple, step-by-step recipe form. The international array of dishes covers everything from classic Indian cuisines to southern comfort food from Kaylie’s home base of New Mexico. The women even invite guest contributors to share their cooking experiences through cameo blog spots from as far abroad as Australia. Don’t feel like cooking? These ladies have a solution for that, too. Another portion of the site is devoted to a gaggle of vegan restaurant reviews in their native Vancouver, as well as those from their coastal travel destinations, like Seattle and San Francisco. There is even a traveller’s guide to our own Victoria, with profiles on what Malloreigh calls a “vegan-friendly city, even if it’s tiny.” A newer addition to the initiative, between travelling and cooking up frenzies, is the new “Saturday Brunch.” On any given Saturday, reservations are available for readers to visit the ladies in their Vancouver home, where they’ll personally serve up brunch. Seats are already filling up steadily with upwards of 20-some sitters at a

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Mango, orange and candied walnut salad on organic baby greens with a citrus-red wine vinagrette.

time, and it doesn’t seem like they’ll be slowing down anytime soon. If you’re not that hungry, the site also gives its viewers link options to preferred green products, culture and news, as well as other related

sites they recommend. What makes Vegan Mischief unique is that it is not solely about guiding individuals in conscious consumption, but also about connecting a global community that

aspires to be progressively selfaware. Vegans and non-vegans alike can share ideas on contemporary culture and innovation in ethical eating through a form that we all love — chowing down.

Local designers make sustainable duds fashionable > Ali Omelaniec Eco-friendly clothing is becoming more than a trend, especially for local designers. Melissa Ferreira of Adhesif Clothing is one local who’s doing her part to save the planet through her designs. Sitting across the table at Crystal Gardens, 26-year-old Ferreira looks like a 1930s fashionista, wearing a handmade, slim-fit vintage vest and wool beret from her fall/winter 2010 line. It takes a second glance to realize these pieces are actually made of recycled materials. Ferreira proves that going green doesn’t mean losing your fashion sense with her one-of-a-kind pieces. She brings conscience into her garments by incorporating her passion for nature while creating an identity for her customers. “I’ve just always had a huge love and understanding for Mother Earth,” Ferreira said. Experts say that our current clothing industry, known as “fast fashion” by retailers, is leaving a large ecological footprint, causing environmental damage and even health issues. Modern fabrics such as polyester require large amounts of energy and petroleum to produce. Even cotton production, which many people think of as natural, relies on pesticides that can cause problems in the human and animal respiratory systems. According to the World Wildlife Fund, cotton production accounts for 24 per cent of global sales of insecticide and 11 per cent of global sales of pesticide.

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Ferreira is helping combat issues associated with modern fabrics by using post-consumer materials and limiting her use of new fabrics. Not only are her items recycled, but all of the materials are “sourced from vintage fabrics, textiles and second-hand clothing at local thrift stores.” To top it off, all of Adhesif’s garments are produced by local seamstresses. “What we’re doing is very grassroots. Everything is handmade,” Ferreira said. “[We] go against the grain of any corporate company.” The majority of the materials used at Adhesif are 50 to 100 per cent recycled. “Even our buttons are vintage or found,” Ferreira said proudly. Ferreira says she believes it’s increasingly important to customers whether clothing is eco-friendly or not. “People ask now ‘Is it recycled?’ It’s becoming a huge demand. It’s not a trend; it’s a movement,” said Ferreira. “People want to have a consciousness in their consumerism.” Ferreira isn’t the only designer incorporating sustainability into her designs. Shirra Wall, a 39-year-old Victoria designer says she has always been interested in a sustainable earth and has also incorporated it into her creations. Her pieces are 100 per cent recycled. “[It’s something] you get to feel good about,” she said. Wall sources all of her materials from used clothing, fabrics and even curtains from thrift stores. She creates a large range

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Adhesif clothing is not only stylish, but environmentally friendly as their styles come from recycled goods.

of products, from circle scarves to pillows, complete with appliqués and screen prints. Wall believes this trend is encouraging a healthier planet and says using second-hand clothing

in place of new materials is an affordable strategy for designers. “Material is a lot less expensive when it’s recycled,” she said. “It takes more effort as craftspeople, but it’s worth it.”

Ferreira’s and Wall’s items are proof that eco-friendly clothing certainly doesn’t have to be grungy. “It’s sexy to be sustainable now,” said Ferreira.

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From Edison to downloads: the history of recording > Jory Mackay In the beginning, there was vinyl. No, wait let’s back up. In the beginning, there was music. From the earliest caveman hitting rocks together in a rhythmic pattern; to the bards of Anglo-Saxon mead halls; to the songs of the sharecroppers of the American South; to the big-haired, leopardprint leotard wearing, drug-addicted glam rockers of the 1980s; to the long-haired, flannelled artists of the grunge era; to the hyper-masculinity of modern day rappers; to classically trained opera singers or concert cellists; one thing is certain: music has always been important for humanity. However, along with the innumerable changes in musical trends and styles, there has been an everchanging way in which we acquire and listen to music. In 1877, Thomas Edison invented what would later be known as the phonograph and music was finally able to be captured and replayed at the listener’s convenience. These early model phonographs captured sound on tin foil-coated cylinders using an up-down motion of the stylus. It wasn’t until 1886 — when Chichester Bell and Charles Sumner Tainter patented a waxengraved zinc disc that utilized a lateral movement of the stylus — that the turntable we recognize today was born. Now, in the beginning, there was vinyl. But any good invention doesn’t come without competitors. Along with the 1886 invention of Bell and Tainter’s version of the phonograph, came the earliest form of tape recording, found in William C. Rhodes’ non-magnetic wax strip recorder. Though not nearly as popular (or useful) as Edison’s phonograph, Rhodes’ invention paved the way for a multitude of electric and non-electric tape recorders that were produced and marketed as early as the 1930s. Fast-forward through time, to 1979, when we saw the release of Sony’s Walkman, a revolution in portable music. 1983 gave us the

official launch of the CD revolution, signalling the end of the tape and vinyl era of recorded music. Five years later, over 200 million CDs had been sold, and vinyl LPs were beginning to disappear from music shops. The CD remained an industry standard throughout the 1990s, beating out potential competitors such as Sony’s Mini-Disc and Phillip’s Digital Compact Disc. However, 1998 ushered in the beginning of the end for the physical ownership of music as online file-sharing began to emerge. By 1999, Shawn Fanning had launched his online music-sharing site, Napster, and illegal downloading of mp3s went mainstream. Of course, we all know what happens after that. The lash-out towards Napster led by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), record labels and musicians (most famously Metallica, Dr. Dre and Madonna) led to the downfall of Napster, which was officially shut down in July of 2001. The war against piracy had just begun. The turn of the century brought the release of Gnutella, the first decentralized file-sharing network, which was followed swiftly by other services like BitTorrent, Limewire, Soulseek and Piratebay. Realizing they couldn’t fight the ever-growing network of peer-topeer file-sharing clients, the record industry shifted focus to try and legalize these networks, and find a way to make a profit off of them. However, even with Apple’s iTunes sales in the billions, the majority of people still download music illegally. With this in mind, innovative bands, such as Radiohead, took it upon themselves to try to recreate the economics of the music industry. With record sales at an all-time low, and an uncontrollable level of piracy still ruling the Internet, Radiohead decided to independently put out their 2007 release, In Rainbows, online, with fans naming their own price (yes, even free) for the album. The result? Over 3 million albums sold in the first year,

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Though vinyl was eclipsed by the compact disc, it is still highly regarded by many audiophiles.

with most fans paying between $8 and $10 for the digital download. Stemming from Radiohead’s success, musicians worldwide are now embracing the pay-what-you-want culture of the music industry by self-releasing their albums online. Through sites such as bandcamp. com, users choose their own price on downloads of over 1.3 million tracks from artists like Sufjan Stevens and Amanda Palmer. The new

revolution of music acquisition is bridging the gap between artist and fan, and creating a more intimate listening environment. But is all this just a precursor to the inevitable death of the once proud music industry? Has it collapsed, leaving us cursed to live in silence? Not a chance. The fact remains that we all still love music, and now there are

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Hey Rosetta! Sonic Records

It’s been a long three years for Hey Rosetta! since they released their highly acclaimed sophomore album, Into Your Lungs. The album really put them on the map, landing the band huge acclaim, including a short-listing for the Polaris Music Prize and being named one of Billboard’s top five new Canadian acts. Hey Rosetta! fans now eagerly await the Feb. 15 release of Seeds, a response to the band’s 2008 blockbuster. Produced by Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Wintersleep), Seeds reveals Tim Baker’s (vocals, guitar, keyboard) maturing lyrical talents and vocal depth that root the band’s epic musical denouements. The album is influenced by the last three years of the band’s life, the majority of which was spent on an extensive tour that took them through Australia, China, Europe, the United States and multiple

Canadian destinations. Thematically, Seeds explores everything from depression to procreation. The album’s first single, “Welcome,” is a song for Baker’s close friends, who were expecting a child. The track is a letter to the couple’s daughter, letting her know that she will be “healthy and beautiful, just like her parents” and giving her a warning about the world around her. It advises her to stay in the womb as long as she can because “it’s a mess out here.” Seeds is the perfect 11-track followup album for any fan of Into Your Lungs. Everything you loved about the last record has been carried over and perfected; all the epic endings (“Young Glass”), all the sing-along choruses (“Yer Fall”), and all the head-bob-heavy verses (“Welcome”). It’s all there. I can’t imagine any fan who loves the previous records not falling head-over-heels for this one. One big improvement on Seeds is the step-up in the drum section. The change is most noticeable in the track “Bricks.” The beats in the verse remind me of something you’re more likely to hear from a slightly technical screamo band than this emotionally driven indie-rock group. It gives a nice urgency that really complements Baker’s rising vocals. As they patiently wait the final days until the release of Seeds, fans will have to pacify themselves with the knowledge that the album will meet, and possibly exceed, their high expectations. If you aren’t already among Hey Rosetta!’s loyal fan base, you still have time to check out Into Your Lungs and fall in love with Canadian indie-rock all over again. –Brad Michelson

Movie Corner

Deadmau5 album kills 4×4=12

Deadmau5 Virgin Records

One cannot simply listen to Deadmau5 unprepared. Only when you have enough space to jump up and down like a raging lunatic can you take in the music made and produced by Joel Zimmerman’s alias. Deadmau5 has made quite the name for himself since his debut album Get Scraped back in 2006. In 2009, he was nominated for a Grammy for his remix of Morgan Page’s “The Longest Road.” In addition, Deadmau5 has won the Juno award for Dance Recording of the Year for three years running. When I first heard Deadmau5 at a party a couple years back, I thought he was fantastic, but probably just a one-hit wonder reserved for a fate similar to “Infinity” by the Guru Josh Project. At first, I felt a little apprehensive diving into 4×4=12 thinking there was no way this album could be as good. But it appears our homegrown Canadian electronic master can still make one hell of an album, despite his mathematical deficiencies. The British influence in some of Deadmau5’s work is uncanny. Dubstep is a relatively young and healthy genre that originated in southeast London at the turn of the millennium. The simplest way to describe it is as a reverberating bass line and beat that can start earthquakes. Although it was expected for Deadmau5 to make a song or two that included dubstep in the recipe, no one could have asked for a better blend. Both “Some Chords” and “Raise Your Weapon” implement dubstep in a way that is noticeable, but not in your face and up your nose. Deadmau5 wanted 4×4=12 to be orien-

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Toy Story 3 gets best picture nod Sunnyside daycare. At first, the new digs seem like paradise, somewhere they’ll get the constant attention they’ve been craving. But soon they learn that a gaggle of screaming, messy toddlers is much, much worse than sitting in the attic and vow to get back to Andy’s house. But Lotso Hugs — a teddy bear who smells like strawberries and walks with a cane — and his minions have other ideas. As usual, Toy Story 3 mixes lessons on friendship and trust with lots of laughs (particularly a Spanish version of Buzz) to create a heartwarming film that’s just didactic Flickr CC - Walter Lim enough. It’s also incredibly inventive, with tons of new characters and new tricks. Watching the toys wriggle Maybe I’m a big kid at heart; maybe I their way out of sticky situations is hilariappreciate nostalgia more than most. ous, thanks mostly to the dialogue: “You’re Whatever it is, I think Toy Story 3 deserves nothing but a purse with legs!” spits Mr. its Oscar nomination for best picture. Potato Head at Ken. “No! No! I didn’t mean I get that the heartstring-tugging aniit!” he retorts when his torture begins. “I mated flick is less than likely to actually like ascots!” receive the little gold man for best picture, But this installment is by far most adult but praise for the third installment of of the series. There’s sexual tension Woody, Buzz and friends’ adventures because it speaks to the importance of letting between Barbie and Ken, and Jessie and Buzz, with jokes that’ll fly over most kids’ out our inner child every once in a while. heads but leave the grown-ups in the audiIn the latest Toy Story installment, ence in stitches. Andy’s all grown up and headed to colThe movie’s climax is also one of the darkest lege. The movie’s creators have expertly Disney’s done in awhile. At one point, it really transformed Andy from a little boy into a looks like our heroes are finally hooped. semi-surly, distracted teen, his sister Molly Toy Story 3 ends on a heartbreakingly from a crying baby into a sassy, constantly sad/sweet scene, one that speaks to what plugged-in pre-teen, and Buster, the famit means to grow up and be a good friend. ily’s once spry pup, into a sloth-like dog The realism in this fantastical movie is, who’s belly nearly drags on the ground. above all, what makes Toy Story 3 worthy Andy’s become too cool for his toys, but of an Oscar nod. also reluctant to kick them to the curb. A –Gemma Karstens-Smith mistake leads to his friends ending up at

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tated in a more club-like fashion, while still retaining the distinctive tone of his previous albums. It is much more upbeat and much louder, but who’s cares when you’ve already started dancing like a crazed Japanese robot? 4×4=12 is brilliant in its simplicity, as is the typical Deadmau5 formula. Throw in a steady beat, feature a big name from another group like Rob Swire, McFlipside or Kaskade, and keep it clean and uncomplicated. The new album is no different, featuring names like Sofi in “Sofi Needs a Ladder”, “One Trick Pony” Wolfgang Gartner in “Animal Rights,” Chris Lake in “I Said,” and Greta Svabo Bech in the album’s single, “Raise Your Weapon.” The 11 tracks (12 if you buy the iTunes bonus version) created for the album feel like they have a binding relationship with one another, but are also unique in their style and presence. One of the problems with being a top-notch mixer is that once your songs are released, they attract DJs like moths to a flame, creating an onslaught of remixes, edits and covers that rarely compete against the might of the original. After much research, the only remix I found worthy of an association with 4×4=12 is the LightsoverLA remix of “Some Chords.” Deadmau5 has done for house music what Rush did for rock and roll. He has proven that musical innovation can be used to rewrite the rules of a genre, and has become a Canadian icon our generation can be proud of. 4×4=12 is without a doubt his best album to date. Although 4×4=12 raises the bar for Deadmau5 and house music in general, I feel slightly depressed because, well, there’s no way his next album could be as good. Right? –David Redekop

Ever since Katy Perry kissed a girl and liked it, pop culture seems to have developed a preoccupation with female homosexuality. Or, at least certain expressions of it. So perhaps it’s not surprising that a film featuring lesbian mothers, The Kids Are All Right, is nominated for best picture at this year’s Academy Awards. However, with The Kids Are All Right consisting of nothing more than rather boring family dinner scenes and graphic heterosexual sex, one has to wonder whether the gay parents are the sole reason this movie earned its nomination. Then we can feel like a progressive society, right? One where we have movies about gay marriage that — gasp — even get Oscar nominations! The main premise of the movie seems to be trying to say oh look, families are universal, and gay families have the same fucked up problems as straight ones. Yeah, okay, that’s nice and all, but frankly, it’s a load of bullshit. Sure, some white, middle class lesbians live their lives just like straight, white, middle class people, but there is no universal gay family or lesbian experience.

Julianne Moore plays Jules, the mildly self-employed partner to physician Nic (Annette Bening). Jules has an affair with Paul (Mark Ruffalo), the sperm donor to her two children. There’s only one problem — Jules is a lesbian. Sexuality is fluid, but with the limited representations of gay love on TV these days, when one of the few films (not to mention an Oscar nominee) about gay marriage features a lesbian sleeping with a man, there’s something foul in Hollywood. Provided And because of limited queer representations on TV, Nic and Jules will be taken as a stand-in for all lesbian couples. Whether or not that’s morally right, it is an inevitability. Nic and Jules frequently blend into one gross, overbearing entity throughout the film. Compare that to Paul, the chill, organic food guy who rides a motorcycle. The Kids Are All Right relies on a privileging of heterosexuality, along with middle class whiteness, to push a queer relationship into a Hollywood movie. The film contains one uninspired, phallocentric sex scene between Nic and Jules, where Jules goes down on Nic with a vibrator while Nic makes critical comments of the gay male porn the two are watching. Meanwhile, Paul has wild, crazy uninhibited sex first with Tanya (Yaya DaCosta) and later Jules. The Kids Are Alright isn’t redefining the family, as some critics have claimed; it is simply assimilating “gay” into heterosexual paradigms — as long as it’s the right kind of gay (white and middle class). But congratulations, Academy. Have a nice time patting yourselves on the back and feeling “progressive.” –Kailey Willets

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Espeseth leaves winning legacy in her wake > Nathan Lowther Being a leader means many things. You make sacrifices, both physically and emotionally. You inspire and elevate those around you. And you set an example for those following you. Three-year Vikes field hockey captain Perri Espeseth did all this and more in her five-year varsity career. Espeseth’s on-field contributions are easy to measure. She’s been named Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) All-Canadian three times and named to the CIS Championship’s Tournament Eleven (allstar team) twice, including this past November in Guelph. Espeseth also played a key role in UVic’s 2008 CIS championship team, and her coach views the defender as one of the best players she’s coached. “If I had an all-time Vikes Eleven, she’d definitely be on it. Like absolutely be on it,” said head coach Lynne “Buzz” Beecroft, who has run the program for 27 years. “I think she’s one of the best one-on-one tacklers. She does have the hardest hit that I have had on the Vikes. The power that she generates on her hits is incredible. She’s got very good vision; she’s got a really good read of the game.” Beecroft believes Espeseth’s level of play this past season was as good as anyone’s in the country. Despite being the top goal scorer for a young Vikes team, her coach feels if she had played midfield or forward and scored a few more, she would have got more national recognition. And Beecroft’s not alone in that thought. “Hash [Kanjee, coach of the UBC

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Outgoing Perri Espeseth has played her last game as a Vike, but her impact will be felt for years to come, both on and off the field.

Thunderbirds] said that Perri was the best player in Canada West and should have been MVP of CIS,” Beecroft said. This level of play is why the national team twice invited Espeseth to its camp. Beecroft thinks joining the national program would elevate Espeseth’s game to another level, but Espeseth declined both offers. “It’s a very huge commitment and . . . I’m a very multi-oriented person,” said Espeseth. This shows in the fact that she’s a

rare varsity athlete pursuing a theatre major, and plans on putting her history minor into a career as a high school teacher. With a year of classes still left in her undergrad, there’s just no time for the maple leaf. “I’m part of the theatre department, I’m involved with music, I’m involved with sports. I need balance. And I just don’t know if I’d get that balance just playing field hockey,” said Espeseth. The Duncan native also has a tight connection with her family. She

followed her three sisters into field hockey in grade one, and throws the football around with her dad. Espeseth cites her father as a huge factor in the kind of person and athlete she is today. “He’s a driving force, but he’s not a negative driving force. I know a lot of athletes have this parental figure that’s very pushy, very forceful in getting their children involved making them the best they can be. But both my parents are there just for support,” she said, adding her dad always stressed the positives after a game. “I think that’s a really important factor in why I’m so enthusiastic, because I want other people to feel the same joy that I do from him.” That family support helped shape Espeseth’s vision for the team. She’s made sure to be inclusive of every player, whether first year or fourth year, said Beecroft. That’s something her teammates notice. “We definitely have a family oriented attitude towards our team,” said co-captain Whitney Siegmann. “And I know Perri in her three years [as captain] and five years on the team has really been building towards that and having a positive relationship between everybody on the team and the coaches, the referees and with the other teams.” This is perhaps Espeseth’s greatest legacy. When she joined the team, not every senior player necessarily put the team ahead of their own individual goals. There was a “pecking order,” said Beecroft, which affected the team on and off the field. Espeseth helped change that. “I always think she’s like an old

soul. I mean some people can only see what’s best for them but she actually sees what’s best for the team. And that’s why I felt she was always a good captain even in her early years. She was that one voice that was like ‘let’s look at the big picture not just the picture you are looking at,’” Beecroft said, adding that she hopes Espeseth has laid a foundation future captains will follow. Her fearless play is also something worth emulating for future Vikes. She’s fought through bad ankles, a bad quadriceps and numerous bruises and scrapes. During the 2008 championship run, she played with a large shiner after taking a ball to the face. And a couple of weeks ago, in an indoor tournament, an elbow fractured her nose. But she kept playing. “The minute you get scared you’re going to back down. But there’s no point because then you’ll never get the ball, really. If you’re not fearless then you’re not going to be successful,” Espeth said. “Once I’m healed, it’s, you know, it doesn’t matter. I’m brand new again.” Just like the program she’s now done playing for. While it may not be brand new, it is healed, thanks in large part to Espeseth’s leadership. “The dynamics have definitely changed in my five years from when I started out. And I think that’s huge and I’m very proud that maybe I did play a big role in that. Really, what’s the point of coming to university to play a varsity sport if you’re not willing to put the energy in to your team, yourself and to your coaches?”

UVic tramples competition at horse show > Vanessa Annand Total victory was the story for the UVic Equestrian Club at their first-ever Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) show at the Saanich Fairgrounds on Feb. 5. UVic riders won every class in both the morning and the afternoon shows, placing the university first overall in the region. First-year UVic student Nina Vogt, the afternoon’s high point winner, chalked the win up to her partner. “I had a great horse,” said Vogt of Tappy, the 32-year-old chestnut she rode in the Lower Training Level test. UVic joined the IDA in October. Previously, the club competed only in jumping and Western riding classes with the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). Club president Elizabeth Riddett capitulated to pleas of UBC when she decided to join the IDA. “[UBC] said, ‘You need to join so we’re a real region!’” said Riddett. The IDA requires at least three schools to compete within a region in order for it to be recognized. There was also pressure from within the club to add dressage competitions to the club’s roster of social events and other shows. “There’s a lot of interest, actually,” said Riddett, adding that two full teams of four people each represented UVic at the show. “We had a lot of girls last year who wanted to do dressage.’” Such riders proved they’re

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better than fine when working on the flat at Saturday’s show. In dressage, riders are classified by riding ability, and each rider competes against their peers by riding the same test one at a time — a series of movements that includes changes in gait, crossing the arena at specific markers and riding precise circles. Riders may memorize the test pattern or have the movements called out for them by someone standing on the perimeter of the riding arena. “This isn’t a really high level of competition, so [the horses] don’t need to be doing really amazing

things. They just kind of need to be able to steer, and that’s about it,” said Riddett. The focus of the tests at the Introductory, Training, and First Levels is not on artifice or a rider’s ability to execute flashy movements (forget the pirouettes and “airs above the ground” that the white Lippizanners are famous for). Instead, judges look for harmony between horse and rider. The willingness and impulsion of the horse is as scrutinized as the rider’s position. And where do the willing steeds come from? This is what sets the IDA apart from traditional dressage

shows, where riders bring their own horses to compete. At IDA shows, horses are provided by the host school. Community members are often asked to donate their horses for the day, and riders are assigned their horse by draw. “We just draw names out of a hat because it kind of eliminates the horse equation. It really showcases the rider’s ability,” said Riddettt. It’s similar to drawing random horse and rider combinations in bronco riding, but ideally without the bucking or broken limbs. Riddett added, “You can stick a not-so-great rider on a great horse, and they’ll do really well, or you can stick a great rider on a not-so-great horse, and in a normal competition they probably won’t do as well, but this just really makes it more about the ride. It’s hard to de-couple the two, but [the judges] try to.” Riders from the host school may donate their own horse for use in a competition, but there is no guarantee they will ride it. However, the luck of the draw allowed UVic’s Justine Alder to ride to high-point victory on her horse Jimmy in the morning show. Alder had joined the UVic Equestrian Club only three weeks before, and it was a change of discipline for her gelding, who she usually competes with in hunter-jumper shows. “She had a bit of a hometown advantage,” said Riddett. Unlike horse racing, there is no

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Squash club hosts first major tournament > Kate Shepherd UVic’s squash club started the month off with a bang, hosting this year’s B.C. University and College Championship at the Ian Stewart Complex over Feb. 4–6. With some of the top university players in the province, as well as brackets for less experienced players, the tournament offered a mix of intense competition and recreation for all skill levels. Up for grabs at the tournament was $500 each to the top male and female players of the weekend, to fund their trip to the national championships in Toronto this March. While only competitors in the top draw were eligible for the prize, the weekend featured four more tiers of competition and over 100 athletes. “We’re trying to make it a fun tournament for them,” said the club’s president Alex Currie. “We kept the Open draw competitive, but the rest of the draws are more fun.” Although the majority of the tournament’s players were members of the UVic club, there were several other B.C. schools present, including Langara College, UBC Okanogan and Camosun. Most of the players visiting competed in the top tier, won by Langara’s Morgan Latremouille. Also among the players in the Open line up was fourth-year UVic student Erica Dort, the only woman in that draw. “It’s really awesome to get a chance to play the men,” said Dort. “It’s just

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UVic’s Ian Stewart Complex played host to the B.C. University and College Squash Championships the weekend of February 4–6.

a different calibre of play. It’s on another level.” Finishing as the top female player over the weekend, Dort will receive the prize money and a trip to nationals for the second year in a row. “There’s more of a team atmosphere,” she said of the national tournament. “And there’s some really, really good female players there.” Dort, who has been playing squash for 10 years, is one of several UVic

athletes who also plays competitively outside of the school’s club. She currently trains at the Victoria Squash Club, and notes that her preparation in the month leading up to the national championships will likely focus on conditioning. “I’m on-court probably only two or three days a week, but I’m also doing off-court training, fitness and running,” she said. “It’s hard with full-time school to

balance it out,” she said of the training schedule. “But I almost find that playing squash outside of school keeps me sane for school.” The extra conditioning should play a significant role in successes to come at next month’s championships; squash’s fast-paced play makes fitness an invaluable factor in any athlete’s game. “There’s a saying about squash,” Currie said. “People don’t play squash to get in shape; they get in shape to play squash.” However, its physical impact is also one of the sport’s most attractive elements for beginners. “Our largest draw [in this tournament] would be the men’s C,” said Currie. “It’s guys that are pretty athletic but don’t necessarily play.” The sheer numbers that the club draws are evidence of its appeal to different skill levels, and the potential for novices to make quick strides with some effort is obvious. “Some of these people have literally never picked up a racquet before,” said Currie.” UVic’s squash club boasts healthy numbers and an impressive recruitment rate. “We get a lot of new members,” said Currie, although she admits that it still isn’t a high profile sport. “I’ve never turned on TSN and seen squash.” Dort agrees. “With a lot of people, their parents kind of force them into playing,” she said. “And then you realize it’s awesome.”

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