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MARCH 7, 2019 • VOLUME 71 • ISSUE 17



Victoria resident Aldo Nazarko remembers the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (p. 6-7)

NEWS—Stolen Sisters March honours lost loved ones (p. 3)

LIFESTYLE—Naked bungy jumping for mental health (p. 8)

LIFESTYLE—It’s time to quit meat cold turkey (p. 8)


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Hundreds gather in Victoria for the 12th annual Stolen Sisters Memorial March “It makes me happy getting to see her on this day”

MIKE GRAEME SENIOR STAFF WRITER “It’s a tough day,” says Dwayne Joe of Cowichan Tribes. He is one of hundreds gathered outside of Our Place on Feb. 16 for the 12th annual Stolen Sisters Memorial March. As songs drift up from the drum circle in memory of the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women and children across Canada, Dwayne Joe says despite the difficulty of the day, this gathering of remembrance helps him be with his mother, Catherine Joe. “I get to see her anyways. Yeah, I get to see mom, hearing these songs. [The songs are] what makes me think of how it makes me happy getting to see her on this day,” Dwayne says. Dwayne holds up a large photo of his mother, who went missing in 1977 when he was just three years old. His younger sister, Sylvia Alphonse, was one year old. “[We’re here] keeping her memory alive,” says Helen Joe, Catherine’s sister and Dwayne’s aunt. “We still want justice. We don’t know who did this to her. She was murdered.” In Canada, Indigenous women are over three times more likely to be victims of violence than non-Indigenous women. A Statistics Canada report found that 24 per cent of homicide victims in 2015 were Indigenous women. When Helen Joe and her sister, Monica

Jones, were younger, they would pay frequent visits to the police station to ask if there had been any progress on the case. “They would slam the window in our face,” Jones says. “They never gave us any answers.” A hiker eventually found Catherine Joe’s remains, which had been dumped in a rural area of Duncan. Jones helped spearhead the first annual walk in Duncan, where her sister Catherine is from. Many annual marches have sprouted up across Canada, inspired by the first memorial walk in Vancouver in 1992 after a Coast Salish woman was found murdered on Powell Street. “People were recognizing that our women were disappearing on the streets of Downtown Eastside [Vancouver] in disproportionate numbers,” says Nancy Kinyewakan of the Sioux Valley and Peguis First Nations and a lead organizer of this year’s march in Victoria. “The grassroots communities in Vancouver decided that they’d had enough and they had to start doing something, so they created the first Stolen Sisters March.” Victoria followed with its own march 12 years ago, and for many here in Victoria, the day has come to include missing and murdered men and boys as well. Elizabeth Louie, also a member of

Cowichan Tribes and a relative of the Joe family, is the mother of Desmond Peter, who went missing at age 14 in Duncan in 2007. “When my son went missing, [I was] like, ‘Wow, it’s not only happening to women, it’s happening to young men — our men,’” says Louie. “It’s taken me a long time to get to this point without falling apart,” she says. “I couldn’t say his name for the longest time without falling apart.” Louie says the solidarity of the Stolen Sisters March has helped her build up the strength to bring Desmond’s story to the world. “I wasn’t strong enough to do it on my own, so I’m grateful for all of this,” she says. “That it’s getting out there and that people are becoming aware that this is going on in our communities … is exactly what we needed and I’m grateful for it.” Phyllis Henry, also related to Louie and the Joe family, was another mother at the march who lost her son, Ian Henry. He has been missing for about four years, leaving behind his two brothers and one sister, as well as three nephews, a niece, and the rest of his family. “His birthday just passed in February and that was the hardest day for me, not having a birthday dinner for him,” says Henry. “His brothers and his sister are really worried.” As usual, this year’s march gathered at the B.C. Legislature, where a series of

speakers spoke about their personal experiences, while others speculated on root causes for the high rates of missing and murdered in First Nation communities. Kinyewakan says that the roots of the issue need to be tackled from many angles. “We need to make change within the systems in our society — the justice system, the education system, the child welfare system, the foster care system — because almost all of us are survivors as Indigenous women,” she says. “I’m a survivor. I’m a sexual assault survivor, I’m a rape survivor, I’m a ‘60s scoop survivor, and over the years I’ve had my voice oppressed. And it took me a long time to find my voice, but I stand here today and I use my voice.” Kinyewakan points to another root cause — a conceptual one. “In society, Indigenous women and children and Two-Spirit are seen as less than. We’re not seen as human,” she says. “And this is one of the factors as to why this is happening to our women.” Val Napoleon, UVic Law Foundation Professor of Aboriginal Justice and Governance, echoes Kinyewakan’s sentiment. “To do violence to anyone is to deny their basic humanity and their human dignity.” Napoleon adds that the absence of laws are at the root of the problem, too. “Violence happens in spaces of

lawlessness. How is it that Indigenous women and girls are in spaces of lawlessness in this land called Canada?” Napoleon says these lawless spaces are created in two ways: through the undermining of Indigenous legal orders, and through the failure of Canadian law. “The essential work of today, for all of us, is to rebuild Indigenous law so that we can create safe and inclusive communities and to deal with problems as they arise,” she says. An independent National Inquiry was started in 2016, and Feb. 22, 2019 was the final day for the public to submit documents for consideration. After gathering evidence, the inquiry will examine underlying factors and patterns of missing and murdered cases to look into the systemic causes of violence faced disproportionately by Indigenous women, children, and 2SLGBTQQIA individuals in Canada. Meanwhile, Indigenous families continue to come out each year to march for their lost loved ones. “I know it takes a lot of courage for the family members to come out today and show your pictures of the ones who have been lost,” Kinyewakan says to those gathered at the Legislature. “Our ancestors are looking down on us today and are proud of us for what we’re doing.”



International students 40 per cent of Food Bank users, 18 per cent of student population A “direct result of tuition hikes,” says coordinator EMILY FAGAN SENIOR STAFF WRITER According to data collected by the UVSS Food Bank and Free Store between May and December 2018, of the 300-500 students who use the food bank weekly, 40 per cent are international students. At UVic, 18 per cent of students are international. Alexandra Ages, Food Bank and Free Store Coordinator, originally announced these findings at the UVSS Semi-Annual General Meeting on Feb. 6, along with her belief that this figure is a direct result of UVic’s recent international student tuition hikes. In 2018, UVic’s Board of Governors voted to increase tuition fees for incoming international students by 20 per cent for the 2018-2019 term, with a potential 15 per cent raise the following year. Current international students saw their fees elevated by four per cent, while domestic tuition increased by two per cent — the maximum increase allowed under university policy. Prior to this vote, international student tuition fees made up 33 per cent of the university’s tuition revenue. “In my time as coordinator, which started in August of 2017, I feel that the number of international students has risen dramatically,” said Ages. “A lot of that is based on anecdotal evidence, in that clients tell me that they are international students, but it’s nonetheless been significant.” Mateo Garcia, an international student, first got involved with the Food Bank after personally using their services. For the last year and a half, he was one of their Work Study employees, and now he volunteers with them. In this time, he has seen a rising

number of international students regularly using the Food Bank’s resources. “I’ve seen it just being in the [Food Bank] and I’m also seeing it on sheets that we usually keep to log ... how many people are coming and what are they taking,” said Garcia. These sheets, which Garcia said a n o n y m o u s l y re c o rd s t u d e n t s accessing the Food Bank by their V-number, also keeps track of how many of these students are undergraduates or graduates, and international or domestic. The data was tracked and stored electronically, until the laptop the Food Bank had been using recently became non-operational. They were not able to input the January records, but Ages expects the percentage has remained consistent with fall data. Ages feels there are several reasons for the high percentage of international students using the Food Bank. Victoria’s high cost of living, the cost of textbooks, and the struggle to work enough to afford housing and education while in school is experienced by many students at UVic. International students pay more than double the tuition of domestic students, and lack the same support system of other students, even those from elsewhere in Canada. “I am speaking simply from my own experience and reflections, and not as a representative of the UVSS in saying

this, but I feel that many within the UVic administration have absolutely no idea what the lived realities of students actually are,” said Ages. “More broadly speaking, the fact that UVic has $39 million invested in fossil fuels, and millions more in other industries, but fails to invest in its own students’ futures, is incredibly disconcerting.”

“ “More broadly

speaking, the fact that UVic has $39 million

invested in fossil fuels, and millions more in other industries, but fails to invest in its own students’ futures, is incredibly disconcerting.” The only financial support the Food Bank receives from UVic are donations from the Division of Student Affairs’ annual “Stocktober” event, which provides large carts of food that Ages said she is “really, really grateful for.”

Jim Dunsdon, the Associate VicePresident of Student Affairs, helps to coordinate this donation as well as other support options for international students on campus. ”There’s a whole range of different supports that are put in place to both assist international students who experience some sort of unexpected financial change in their situation, and certainly we see that happening every year,” said Dunsdon. When informed of the statistically high rate of international students who used the Food Bank last fall, Dunsdon stressed the importance of food banks and then started describing the procedure international students must go through before studying in Canada. “In order to get their study per mit, [they’re required] to show that they have funds available to cover tuition fees, living expenses, return transportation — all of those things need to be provided to [the] government in order to be able to come and study in Canada,” Dunsdon said. “UVic’s primary focus is to ensure they have resources available to support international students if their financial situation changes,” continued Dunsdon. International bursary support is one of the biggest methods for UVic’s support — $250 000 total is made available per year, with the average bursary about $2 500.

According to Dunsdon, incoming first year international students were notified of the 20 per cent tuition raise (and that the university is considering another 15 percent increase for next year) prior to accepting their spot at UVic. When asked about UVic’s role and responsibility in unexpected changes to student’s financial situations in recent years, Dunsdon repeated his earlier statement about international students having to prove their financial ability to cover tuition and expenses before coming to study in Canada. “Students coming to the university were aware at the outset of the costs that they would be required to pay, and would have had to have shown proof of that in order to get a study permit,” he said. Dunsdon suggested that he might follow up with the UVSS to make sure international students are being made aware of the support options available to them through UVic. To Ages, there’s only so much UVic employees can do to help students, as she feels “those at the highest levels of the administration remain ignorant and unaware of what student needs are.” Executives at UVic make between $270 000 and $355 000 per year in salary, depending on their position. “The reality is that we shouldn’t be a necessary service,” said Ages. “Our dream would be to not need a food bank on this campus, but we do, unfortunately, and to see that usage rates are continuously rising is really, really disconcerting.”

Members of Political Science department help settle refugee family in Victoria

Group hopes to fundraise $30 000 to help aid and fund family JOSH KOZELJ SENIOR STAFF WRITER A group of scholars with ties to the UVic Political Science department have launched a sponsorship group to help aid, fund, and bring a refugee family to Victoria. The group, called “UVic Political Science Community and Friends,” is led by Professors Colin Bennett, Oliver Schmidtke, and Oliver’s wife, researcher Beate Schmidtke. The idea was conceived in the wake of waning media attention to the global refugee crisis. “After witnessing … so [much] intense content, I have to say it was … very important for me to have a feeling [of doing] something,” says Beate, the project manager and communications officer for EUCAnet (Europe Canada Network), a public outreach platform that focuses on European-Canadian issues and relations.

“So a group of us came together, and [were] debating how can we help. I think [the] university has a responsibility to take a leadership role on it.” Last year, Oliver and Beate began sponsoring a refugee family, and were inspired to get more people involved and bring more attention to the refugee crisis. In the year since, they have brought together members of the UVic Political Science department, friends, and acquaintances to get involved with the sponsorship group.Their goal is to reach $30 000 to help bring the family to Victoria. “I think the message is that although there was a great deal of enthusiasm for the Syrian refugee crisis back in 2015, and a lot of front page news about it, the media attention has abated,” says Bennett. “But the demand is still as great as ever.” The group has partnered with the


Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) program that works in conjunction with the United High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to match refugee families with private sponsors in Canada. According to the UNHCR, 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from their homes this year. About 25.4 million of them are classified as refugees. Nearly one person is displaced every two seconds as a result of conflict or persecution. On Feb. 17, Oliver and Bennett published an opinion piece in the Times Colonist which described the significant progress made on the refugee crisis, but also reminded us that it hasn’t gone away. The duo wrote how in August of 2018 there were 1 500 refugee spaces provided by the Canadian government for the BVOR program, but over 1 000 of those spots went unclaimed. “In 2019, the government hopes to resettle 1 650 people under this program,

but without the extraordinary financial incentive from private donors, it is highly unlikely that these numbers will be reached. There is still a refugee crisis, and still a pressing need for private sponsorship groups to assist these desperate people,” they wrote in the article. The money will go toward co-funding the family’s rent and general expenses. Beate believes sponsor groups like this prove that everyone can help alleviate the refugee crisis — even if they live busy lives. “It will be quite interesting to see how we can support people even though we are so busy, is this an endeavour ... that can go ahead?” Currently, the UVic Political Science Community and Friends have raised just under $11 000 of their goal, and although the financial commitment to the family will end after a year, they believe that they will have formed lasting relationships

with the family and will consistently check in with them in the future. “We think we are overwhelmed and we can’t really help, however, seeing the needs that are out there and realizing that if you find a group, a group can move mountains and save people’s lives,” says Beate. “Even though we are busy, you can really participate in those concrete measures of help.” To donate to UVic Political Science community and friends, visit chimp.net/groups/ support-a-refugee-family-forresettlement-in-victoria


Why a lack of student engagement is in UVic’s best interest

As students shuffle about, UVic laughs All across campus this week, students walked past the larger-than-life images of aspiring student politicians on posters half-falling off buildings and — let’s face it — shrugged their shoulders at the UVSS elections. Meanwhile, UVic President Jamie Cassels leans back in what we can only imagine is a comfortable, ergonomic office chair, rests his feet on his mahogany desk, takes a puff from his hypothetical tobacco pipe, and laughs. Okay, so maybe we’re exaggerating. But why’s he laughing? Because it’s in the university’s best interest for you to not care about student politics. It’s in the university’s best interest for you to not know what the UVSS does. Or the UVic Board of Governors. Or the UVic Senate. And it’s certainly in the university’s best interest for you to not read the Martlet. The longer students fail to pay attention to the fact that UVic is a powerful institution that makes decisions that directly affect their everyday lives, the longer the university can continue to make whatever decisions they want — often to the benefit of some, and at the expense of many. A politically-disengaged student body means that there are very few groups and individuals holding the university accountable. Recently — let’s face it — the UVSS hasn’t exactly been consistent in holding UVic accountable and advocating on behalf of students. Just last week, they attempted to lobby UVic into taking a stance in support of Unist’ot’en, but stood down after one unsuccessful meeting. This enables the university to do pretty much whatever it wants — invest in fossil fuel companies, hike international student tuition, welcome large corporations to a previously non-corporate campus — with relatively little consultation or pushback. It’s no coincidence that the student representatives that will sit on the UVic Board of Governors and UVic Senate starting in May (both separate entities from the UVSS) all ran unopposed. UVic barely advertised that these positions were available, and they certainly don’t enforce students’ attendance at these

meetings — in spite of explicit policy that says otherwise. In fact, student engagement with the Senate is so low, there are 11 vacant positions remaining for the upcoming year, even though Board of Governors and Senate meetings are some of the few forums where students can consult directly with university executives. If students were politically active, then they might begin to puzzle over some things: Why does Jamie Cassels make upwards of $355 000 per year? Why did UVic spend $168 000 in just one year to improve its international rankings (and continue funding this project despite actually dropping in those rankings)? Why doesn’t UVic consult with the Native Students Union in spite of their so-called commitment to reconciliation? How can UVic call itself a climate leader when it’s invested $39.72 million in fossil fuel companies? But why bother asking those questions when we’re all too busy stressing over paying for our rent, tuition, and textbooks while balancing one or more part-time or full-time jobs? It’s just a “wacky time in life,” as dear B.C. Liberal MLA Andrew Wilkinson would say. Wait — do we mean the same B.C. Liberals who once had Ida Chong, now a representative on the UVic Board of Governors, as part of their caucus? “Get to the point,” you exclaim, exasperated with our unnecessarily long tangents and difficult-to-decipher hinting. Our point is: pay attention. Vote. Make sure your elected representatives are doing their best to hold UVic accountable. And if you can, please consider running for the UVic Senate. A university is an incredibly powerful institution, managing a huge amount of money — including some of yours. The fact that UVic students don’t care about university politics is extremely useful for a few powerful individuals — but it’s probably not in your best interest. In the meantime, we can hear Jamie Cassels’ laughter echoing far beyond the concrete walls of the Michael Williams Building.

Happy? Sad? Enraged? Tell us: letters@martlet.ca The Martlet has an open letter policy and will endeavour to publish letters received from the university and local community. Letters must be submitted by email, include your real name and affiliation to UVic and have “Letter to the editor” in the subject line. Letters must be under 200 words and may be edited.

Find you someone that looks at you the way Bradley Cooper looks at Lady Gaga. And also find you someone that talks about you the way Lady Gaga talks about Bradley Cooper.

UVic’s engineering program is a recipe for burnout EVIE OCKELFORD CONTRIBUTING WRITER If you are reading this, there’s a good chance you have someone in your life who suffers from what I like to call “engineering studentitis.” Those who suffer from this condition have selective super-hearing that only functions when someone nearby is talking about their workload. They also seem to suffer from a compulsion to approach whoever is speaking and loudly say something along the lines of, “Well, I have five lab reports and eight midterms to do next week, so you really can’t complain.” My boyfriend has been coping with this condition for years. The first symptoms were subtle and easy to miss — “Wow, I wish I had time to eat and shower like you do” — but they gradually became more severe. Now, I have to whisper about my short, easy papers to avoid exacerbating the condition. However hopeless this sounds, there is a potential treatment: fixing UVic’s engineering program. Redesign it so students don’t need to take six classes per semester to

finish their undergraduate degree on time; run classes year-round for the large percentage of students who can’t get co-ops; heck, maybe even throw in some space for electives. Who wouldn’t go a little nuts if they had 40 hours of homework a week on top of their classes? In comparison to my boyfriend’s school life, mine is a dream come true. I could rattle on for hours about the perks of being a lowly English major. I’ll be missing a few days of school because of a problem with my landlord? I can tell my profs and they’ll give me legal advice and a virtual hug (not a real one, please don’t fire anyone). I say something during class discussion that is a little off the mark? My profs will nod encouragingly and move on without embarrassing me. My courses never feel like they’re designed to make me fail, and my instructors work with me to try and get the best grade I can (apart from the astronomy course I took last semester, but we’re not going to talk about that). Yes, being an engineer is a demanding job, but that doesn’t mean that the preparation for it should cause burnout in 17-year-olds with no other

responsibilities. I experience schoolrelated stress too, but it’s not 24/7/365. In my program, I don’t have to choose between failing my classes or doing ten hours of homework each night. If you suggest to an engineering major that they ask their TA for an extension on an assignment, they’ll look at you like you just told them to delete the entire thing, replace it with a picture of a tiramisu, and submit it via paper airplane. Obviously, some of the programs offered by UVic are going to be harder than others. But none of them need a rehaul more than engineering. Anyways, the next time you are trapped in a “who has it worse” competition with an engineering major, remember that it won’t drag on for long—they’ve got far too much homework to do.


These lands aren’t free KOLIN SUTHERLAND-WILSON & STEVE FARYNA Canadian colonialism is not merely a historic event or relic of the past. It is an ongoing process that continues to negatively impact Indigenous people. Modern colonialism is in many ways no less abusive than historic colonialism, as it advances the same goals of extinguishing Indianness and exploiting native lands. It’s high time that we dismantle the belief that colonialism is solely a historical crime and that modern Canadians are free from all responsibility. Being born into an unjust social structure doesn’t make upholding an unjust system acceptable. Stolen is stolen. Mainstream settlers embrace a culture of wealth hoarding that runs opposite to Coast Salish Potlatch Culture. The Potlatch honours generosity, community, territory, and history. Any kind of meaningful reconciliation requires that Indigenous cultures and values be respected and upheld. The Potlatch ban of 1885-1951 and other repressive amendments made to the Indian Act in those 66 years are but few of the many strategies employed for suppressing Indigenous peoples. This was, and continues to be, an attempt at eliminating Indianness, as Indigenous governance and land stewardship inherently complicates Canada’s economic and territorial interests. On Sencoten and Lekwungen territory there are settlers like Sherry Brydson, a billionaire and Canada’s richest woman, living in a mansion, while many Indigenous locals live in unsafe housing without enough money for stable transportation and healthy food. Settlers who have profited immensely from colonialism’s imposition on Indigenous peoples typically do little to give back to the people whose exploitation allowed for their stockpiled riches. These billionaires’ riches could bring prosperity to the local Indigenous population, yet they choose instead to hoard their billions. Excessive hoarding disrupts

natural cycles and puts people, places, and things at risk. In pre-colonization times, moderation was respected as necessary and ecosystems thrived. The powerhouse behind initial colonization was the fur trade — the wholesale exploitation, and often destruction, of fur-bearing animal populations. Animals like beavers were fully extirpated from areas that they had previously inhabited for millennia. While this predominantly enriched settlers and the “back in England” colonial profiteers, it also enriched certain Indigenous people who clawed up the excessive materialism and hierarchical social structure brought with the settlers. Our modern capitalist Indians have forgotten their ancestors. They neglect their ages-long relationship to the land in favour of sexy capitalism. This leads some settlers to think that since some Indians participate in the system, all Indians should — or eventually will — adopt Canadian/Western values. They’re still holding out for the assimilation of Indigenous people to be successful. They’re still hoping the problematic Indianness will fade from these lands. Reconciliation should mean that people living on Indigenous lands not only “acknowledge” Indigenous peoples, but also make efforts to learn and understand the history of dispossession and oppression and let that knowledge inform their actions. At the very least, this could mean learning local protocols and not acting contrary to the local Indigenous culture. In a just society, it would mean returning what has been taken, such as culture, land, and a future. This is the fourth installment of the Native Students Union regular column, “News Unsettled.”




Aldo Nazarko’s first-person account of witnessing Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, 56 years later JOSH KOZELJ SENIOR STAFF WRITER


here are few moments in history that are so iconic they become synonymous with their own day in the calendar. Sept. 11, 2001 is burned into the memory of those across the world for the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center in New York. May 8, 1945 is celebrated as the end of WWII in Europe, while Nov. 9, 1989 is remembered as the day the Berlin Wall came crashing down. Aldo Nazarko vividly remembers the day he witnessed history. It was hot, humid, and over half a century ago, but he remembers it because he was terribly dehydrated and was offered a spot on a picnic blanket in the shade. “I was there by about 7 a.m.,” he says. His face breaks into a warm, earto-ear smile — the type you’d expect to see on an elegant 80-year-old storyteller. “I’m curious by nature.” The sweltering heat made sweat stick to his shirt, and he used a handkerchief to shield his head. Temperatures were soaring over 30 degrees Celsius, and he was standing among some 250 000 thousand civil rights supporters just steps from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Nazarko was travelling alone. He was in his mid-twenties in a foreign country, only years removed from immigrating to Canada as a refugee from Occupied Italy at the conclusion of WWII. “Around eight, the busses started arriving and it was endless. It was endless,” Nazarko repeats, emphasizing the sea of people arriving at the U.S. capital to watch the now famous “I have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr. “The first thing people getting off the busses did was set up little picnic spots and have breakfast. I was invited to join one group and they gave me a sandwich. It was fantastic.” The day was Aug. 28, 1963, and Nazarko knew something big was brewing.

A ROAD TRIP THROUGH THE PAST Nazarko is a man with many stories to tell. Having lived eight full decades, he


radiates both wisdom and a youthful exuberance that not many people his age do. Before settling in Canada, Nazarko and his family fled the town of Rijeka (formerly known as Fiume) in presentday Croatia for fears of living under a Yugoslavian-communist regime. They settled in Thunder Bay, Ontario for eight years, before moving to the west

“That evening we stopped for supper at a dirty greasy spoon restaurant in a small town in Tennessee called Pulaski. The only memorable thing was a large, framed ‘certificate’ that stated proudly, PULASKI, TENNESSEE, FOUNDING PLACE OF THE KKK.” coast in 1967. Since 2002, Nazarko has hosted a radio show called “Off the Beaten Track” on CFUV, and last August he released a book titled A River of Oranges, which chronicles his family history of immigrating to Canada after WWII. When I first meet Nazarko, there’s

something about him that reminds me of my grandpa. Maybe it’s the white tufts of hair behind his ear, the hazelbrown eyes, or the plump nose that makes me wonder if we’re related. He wears a dark blue sweatshirt and beige khakis, just as my grandpa always would, and we walk stride for stride to a table on the main floor of the SUB. We sit down, and Nazarko clears his throat before diving into his narrative. “My start is four years before [MLK’s “I have a Dream speech”] in 1959. Three of us just finished high school, and we decided to go down to the Gulf for warmth.” That summer, Nazarko and two high school friends would embark on a road trip south of the border from their hometown of Thunder Bay to the Gulf Coast of the United States,. “We drove down Highway 61 straight through, the three of us taking turns driving. That was a few years before Bryan Adams’ track Summer of 1969,” he remembers. “We drove through the entire south, just about. Starting from Missouri, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and … we just saw the life as it was. We heard about segregation before on T.V. coverage, but to see for ourselves, this division... it was just horrible.” In the South, the washrooms were segregated, so too were lunch counters, restaurants, and even water fountains. “Water fountains. Oh yes, you couldn’t drink from the same water fountain. There were white and coloured… It sounds so uncivilized. Something that belongs in the 12th century maybe, but not in the 20th.” It was on that trip that Nazarko realized the magnitude of the racial divide engulfing the United States. He admits to watching the events unfold on the news beforehand, but it’s one thing to see racial segregation on a screen versus observing it in person. Over 50 years later, Nazarko recalls one startling example in a restaurant the trio stopped at just outside Birmingham, Alabama.

Provided photos by Aldo Nazarko

“On the way home, the three of us drove through Alabama — it was stifling hot in the middle of the afternoon. Just outside of Birmingham, we stopped at a roadside tavern for a cold beer. We entered, and it didn’t take long for us to notice that we were the only white customers,” says Nazarko. “That evening we stopped for supper at a dirty greasy spoon restaurant in a small town in Tennessee called Pulaski. The only memorable thing, aside from the awful food and the filthy washroom, was a large, framed ‘certificate’ that stated proudly, PULASKI, TENNESSEE, FOUNDING PLACE OF THE KKK.” Once he returned home from his journey, Nazarko became fascinated with social activism. In the summer of 1963, his uncle was going to pick up his son (who had spent the summer with his aunt in Virginia) and Nazarko asked to tag along. The duo took a bus from Toronto to Virginia, and on that overnight trip they stopped in Pennsylvania. “We stopped ... somewhere in Pennsylvania. I picked up a newspaper and it talked about the upcoming march [the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom]. I was like, ‘oh, this is a gift’, so I just told my uncle to go ahead and I stopped off in Washington.” Nazarko smiles, and extends his hands outwards like he was flipping through that same newspaper on the summer day in 1963. The events may have happened 59 years ago, but he remembers each detail like it was yesterday.

A HISTORY OF SEGREGATION IN THE U.S. Segregation laws in the States had been in place since the 19th century, with the first steps coming in the form of the ‘Black Codes’ — a set of restrictive laws that limited the freedom of African Americans to ensure cheap

labour after the abolition of slavery. In 1865, after wondering what to do with the some four million newly-freed slaves following the Civil War, a collection of state and municipal rules called the “Jim Crow laws” segregated everything from schools to public parks, primarily in southern states. There were separate waiting rooms for white people and black people. In 1915, Oklahoma became the first state to segregate public phone booths. In 1865, devout white followers of the Jim Crow laws decided to form their own group to wreak havoc on the lives of black people — including vandalizing black schools and forming groups to violently hunt down black people at night. They were called the Klu Klux Klan (KKK). During the Black Code period, the legal system was extremely biased against black peo p l e — w i t h ex-Confederate soldiers often working as judges and police officers, ensuring minorities fell victim to harsh racial policies. Protests — and riots — began to occur in the wake of brutal mistreatment. Famously, in 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a group of white passengers, and sparked a bus boycott across the city. At the same time, a little-known minister named Martin Luther King Jr. helped organize the official Montgomery Bus Boycott. A believer in non-violent movements, King demanded that black people deserve fair treatment and courtesy, and that seating on buses should be designated on a first-come-first-serve basis. This protest helped elevate the status of King as a national hero for civil rights, and in 1963 King helped form another powerful protest — the Birmingham Campaign. A series of lunch counter sit-ins, marches in downtown streets,

and boycotts in protest of the segregation laws helped bring attention to King’s cause. The events

“I think everybody realized this is something way out of the ordinary. It’s strange, they always focus on the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech but the first part of the [event] was just as fantastic as the end.” quickly turned violent and garnered the attention of then-President John F. Kennedy. The movement sparked Kennedy to say, “the events in Birmingham … have so increased the cries for equality that no city or state or legislative body can prudently choose to ignore them.” The momentum was building for another protest, and later that year King would help form the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

— the stage where he delivered the “I Have a Dream” speech. Through the efforts of King and his many followers and organizers, the Civil Rights Act was signed in 1964 which gradually outlawed segregation in the U.S.

A DAY TO REMEMBER Nazarko looks to his left, then slowly turns his head over his right shoulder and stands up. He points halfway down the SUB hallway, less than 200 meters from the table where we’re sitting at. He says that’s how close he was to Martin Luther King Jr., and countless other stars, on Aug. 28, 1963. “All these celebrities were ... involved. I was here (Nazarko points to himself in the chair) and about the distance from there (a few metres from his outstretched arm) they were all piling in. There was Marlon Brando, Burt Lancaster, Joanne Woodward — they were all there.” Nazarko never thought he would become an activist, but after attending that march he found a passion for supporting causes he believed in. Since then, he’s been involved with the Occupy San Francisco movement, the ‘Walk In Her Shoes’ rally, and recently marched at the Women’s March in Victoria. When asked what image he remembers most about the speech, Nazarko explains that the whole event was a great spectacle — not just the final speech by King, but the countless others that stood on stage beforehand. “I think everybody realized this is something way out of the ordinary … It’s strange, they always focus on the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech… but the first part of the [event] was just as fantastic as the end.” “The other speech that made a huge impression was by the rabbi (Joachim Prinz, an immigrant from Nazi Germany,

who linked his Jewish racial experience with the American African-American one). We were just in total silence listening to his speech.” We begin to pack up from the table and go our separate ways, but I still have this nagging feeling that I’m looking at a picture-perfect image of my grandfather. I remember being nervous while he drove me across Greater Vancouver to sports practices, but how he instantly calmed my nerves by turning down the music in his car and launching into a multi-layered story about his native homeland, Slovenia. My grandfather would always ensure I remembered my family heritage, and gave me souvenirs when he travelled back home. I remember one Christmas when he gifted me hundreds of dollars in Croatian kuna from his latest trip to Europe. Flipping through the blue 50 kuna bills and brown 500 notes, I felt the weight in my hands drop and treasured the bills in my palms. As I shut off my recorder and close my notebook, I tell Nazarko about how I visited Italy with my family a few years ago, and how we took a roadtrip to see my grandfather’s hometown of Bled, Slovenia. Nazarko’s bright hazel eyes look up, and a smile slowly forms on his face. “My mother was born in Fiume (Rijeka, Croatia), but her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother were all born in Toplice, Slovenia (about an hour and a half drive from Bled). My family moved from Slovenia to Fiume in the 1880s.” N a z a r k o i s a n e v e r- e n d i n g encyclopedia of stories and facts — a walking, breathing piece of history. As we say goodbye, he pulls a souvenir from his pocket, and places it in my cupped hands. In my outstretched palm is a black and white button that reads “Washington March on Freedom, Aug. 28, 1963.”



LIFESTYLE Naked and brave Why people are ditching their pants and jumping off a bridge in support of mental health CHRISTOPHER SANFORD BECK CONTRIBUTING WRITER For many people, the only thing scarier than heights is being naked in public. Why, then, will 160 people strip naked to bungy jump at WildPlay’s Element Park in Nanaimo on March 9 and 10? The answer: to raise funds and awareness for mental health. The British Columbia Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) has been running their provocative Naked Bungy Jump event for the past 12 years. Funds raised allow the BCSS to offer greater support and tools for people living with mental illness and their families, including support groups and crisis response skill-building. The tagline of this year’s Naked Bungy Jump is “Ditch your fear, pants, and the stigma of mental illness.” But how does getting naked and jumping off a bridge with a rope tied around your ankles accomplish that goal? To find out more, the Martlet spoke with Corey Wein, a fourth-year social work student at UVic doing his practicum with the BCSS. Corey first participated in the jump with a friend several years ago. “It was easier to take off my clothes in public and jump off a bridge than it was to talk about my depression,” he says. Being able to speak out about mental health issues requires courage and determination. In a culture that emphasizes success, accomplishment, and individuality, there are innumerable (and sometimes imperceptible) boundaries to acknowledging when we need help. The Naked Bungy Jump aims to help us conquer that fear. If we can jump off a bridge naked, then surely we can talk about mental health. “What I would really like to see,” says Wein, “is people just openly talking

about hearing voices or that they’re feeling really depressed today, and it just being a common-day thing.” If isolation and fear contribute to the lethality of mental health illness, the BCSS is offering a powerful opportunity to make a statement. The only way to break down the stigma around mental health is to have the courage to do something about it. Wein stressed the immense sense of community that such a crazy event is able to elicit. If anything brings people together, it’s jumping off a bridge without any clothes on. Although it’s a scary prospect, it’s better when you know that everyone else is in the same boat as you. You’re doing this crazy thing, but you’re doing it together. Being able to conquer your fear and take the plunge is extremely empowering. On campus, we hear a lot about the importance of speaking out about mental health illness and seeking support when we need it. In January, UVic held its Mental Health Awareness Week, which included a breathtaking performance from spoken word artist Shane Koyczan. We know how important mental health issues are and how critical it is to seek support when we need it. But this is easier said than done. UVic counselling services can’t meet the demand of its students. The wait time for a counselling session is well over a month, unless you’re in crisis, in which case you get bumped up. Anyhow, by the time someone’s in crisis, sometimes it’s too late. Provincially, our healthcare system is not adequately prepared to meet our mental health needs. Not all medications are covered by insurance and it can be hard to access supports, even when we’re able to recognize our need and reach out. We are in desperate need of change, and the only way to see change is through action.

In the past, the Naked Bungy Jump has been incredibly successful. Last year the BCSS raised over $50 000 towards continuing support and resources for those affected by mental illness. It only costs $55 to jump in the nude, which, if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to go bungy jumping, is an incredible deal. The fact that you’re supporting a great cause is a plus. Alternatively, you can jump for free by raising $200 in donations. Although on-site photography is not allowed, there is an official photographer who takes photos throughout the event. One easy way to fundraise is to sell those photos (tasteful nudes, of course) to family and friends in exchange for their donations. Or, if you want to support the cause but aren’t so sure about nudity, you can jump fully clothed for full price. It costs $15 to come to the event to support the jumpers. Thanks to a matching donor, the value of your donations will be doubled. Each of us has the responsibility — for ourselves and others — to be a part of the solution for mental health issues in Canada. We all have the ability to speak out and step up. So if your mom asks you “if all your friends were naked and jumping off a bridge, would you?” you can tell her that you sure would. To make it easier for UVic students to participate, there is a bus taking students to Nanaimo from UVic on March 10 departing at 9:45 a.m. from in front of the bookstore and returning at 4:30 p.m. To register to jump go to wildplay.com/naked-bungy For more information see bcssvictoria.ca/events/nakedbungy-for-bcss-2019 To book a spot on the bus for the March 10 jump, email admin.bcss@shaw.ca Graphic by Nat Inez, Graphics Contributor.

It’s time to go cold turkey on meat consumption ADAM MARSH CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Remember how you used to think your grandparents were crazy for still smoking a pack a day of Export ‘A’s when you were young? It took many years after doctors first established the link between premature death and tobacco for society to actually change. That’s true across the board when it comes to changing human behaviour. There’s really nothing we tend to hate more than being told to change our habits. But as the old saying goes, we have to catch up with the times before they catch up with us. The World Health Organization has identified processed meat as a class one carcinogen — the same as tobacco. If your own health isn’t reason enough to change your diet, then how about the devastation industrial meat consumption is inflicting

on the planet? When I recently went into the doctor for a check-up (yeah, I’m 25, but I’m also a hypochondriac, so I get monthly check-ups like a boss), he dismissed my concerns about having high blood pressure. “You’re a vegan,” he said, assuring me that the chances of having high blood pressure on a vegan diet were very low. It’s true. My body is fuelled by nothing but plants, plants, plants, and more plants. And I’ve never felt better. Even though it is possible to eat an unhealthy vegan diet (soy and Daiya cheese, I’m looking at you), research suggests that vegans live longer than those who eat animal products. The Canada Food Guide was also recently updated to include more grains and vegetables, and less animal products. But let me be clear: I don’t have beef with the trophic web, nor the way


traditional hunters and gatherers live. What I do have is an unending issue with the state of the average slaughter house. Animals suffer, bleed, starve, and contract every disease under the sun, until it is finally time to die a slow and inhumane death. The empath in me cannot support such an industry. And as if that isn’t enough, the impacts of making one M c D o n a l d ’s h a m b u rg e r i s s o detrimental to the environment that everytime I see a giant golden “M,” it makes my flesh crawl. According to the LA Times, one burger requires 2 500 litres of water to make. It takes a lot to make a writer speechless, but that just did. Eating animal products is killing us and our planet. It’s ridiculously expensive, and unthinkably cruel — to the animals, to the systems that support life, and ultimately, to ourselves. Graphic by Nat Inez, Graphics Contributor.


The more the merrier rightfully concerned with sexual health. We deal with that by using protection, getting tested often, and having good communication with partners.

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Have your friends and family been accepting? Most of my friends have been very accepting, although they don’t always understand and they often project their own relationship worries and concerns on me. Almost everyone I have told has said, “That’s cool, but it would never work for me.” Which is totally fair, but I think people don’t give it fair consideration. I have chosen not to tell my family yet. Carrie Bradshaw may be New York City’s resident sexpert, but we bet you didn’t know UVic had one too. Meet our sex columnist Devon Bidal, who’s here to dish the goss. Photo by Belle White, Photo Editor.

DEVON BIDAL SENIOR STAFF WRITER ‘The more the merrier’ is a fairly common saying. It’s a response that works for “Can I bring a friend to the party?”, “Should we get another dog even though we already have 17?”, and apparently, “Should I make my students read another 40-page paper the day before the exam?” For some reason, however, this sentiment doesn’t seem to apply to the concept of soulmates (or soup snakes, if you’re Michael Scott). The stereotype is that there is one soulmate out there for each of us; someone we’re destined to be with forever and ever. That concept sounds great to some, and terrifying to others. What if you’ve already met your soulmate but swiped left? What if they’re your soulmate, but you’re not theirs — can that happen? What if you have more than one soulmate? What if you have a soulmate but still like to have other partners? The word soulmate connotes a stereotypical, Hallmark relationship that isn’t universal. As Ross Geller so eloquently put it, “Well you know, monogamy can be a tricky concept, I mean anthropologically speaking…” Ross is irritating and kind of a bad guy, but he’s not wrong. According to a 2012 study called “The Fewer the Merrier, “consensual, non-monogamous relationships are viewed as less natural than monogamous relationships. But from an evolutionary psychology perspective, it’s monogamy that could be considered unnatural, says Peter Hegarty, a professor at the University of Surrey. There are many examples of cultures that practice polyamory or relationships that involve more than two people. Monogamy works for me (and I don’t plan on changing my ways), but I see no reason to judge those whose relationships look different than mine. So I couldn’t help but wonder, why is there a stigma associated with non-normative romantic relationships? My friend Cam* is a fourth-year UVic student and they have an open relationship with their partner of three years. I caught up with them to get some insight into what non-monogamous romance is actually like and how people perceive their relationship (there were no cosmopolitans involved, let it go).

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Did you lay out ground rules? Cam: It might have been through shows like Sex and The City. Then when I moved to Victoria and got Tinder, I noticed it was something lots of people mentioned in their profiles which made me realize it might be a valid option. What drew you to a non-monogamous relationship? I think I never felt like monogamy was right for me. It fit for a little while but it never felt totally right. In an open relationship, I feel like I’m paving my own way and creating my relationship around the comfort level and desires of myself and my partner. Did you do any research first? Yeah! Since it was a new thing for both me and my partner, we were concerned about jealousy. But I found the more we read about the irrational fears behind jealousy, the more comfortable we felt. The Jealousy Workbook: Exercises and Insights for Managing Open Relationships [by Kathy Labriola] was a really tremendous resource for understanding the deeper motivations behind jealousy. What are some of the concerns people have about open relationships? Are they valid? If yes, how do you deal with them? Jealousy. It seems like a common feeling, but once you learn to investigate the deeper reasons for the feeling and address those parts of your relationship, it’s totally manageable. For example, my jealousy does not stem from sharing my partner, it stems from having nothing fun to do if [they are] off having fun... so to deal with that, I look for other social outlets like hanging with friends. Sharing time with other partners. Since I’m in an open relationship and not polyamorous, I have one main partner — so it’s important I make that partner feel special and like my number one. Sexual health. I think many people are

Of course. And we’ve continued to add more and change those rules as we’ve learned what we’re comfortable with and what makes us uncomfortable. Did you reassess those with your partner after some time?


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Yes, there is a big learning curve. So constant, open communication is required to assess how the other person is feeling, whether things are moving too fast. We actually stopped being open for a month to re-evaluate and concluded this is something we want. What has been the benefit of being in an open relationship for you personally? It’s allowed me to learn so much about what makes me happy in relationships. I’ve also learned that open communication takes a lot of effort but is totally worth it. Is there anything else that you think Martlet readers should know about open relationships? Just don’t feel guilty if monogamy isn’t right for you! It’s okay to create your own path. It’s exciting that we have the privilege to define our relationships however we want. We should celebrate the fact that different kinds of relationships exist. The more the merrier, right? Just because something doesn’t work for you doesn’t mean it can’t make someone else really happy. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. *Names and details have been changed to respect the individual’s privacy.



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Documentary sheds light, but through wrong lens Us & Them shadows Victoria’s homeless KATY WEICKER CONTRIBUTING WRITER On Feb. 23, Chek TV aired a documentary called Us & Them, directed by Krista Loughton, which follows the lives of four homeless people in Victoria as they struggle to find housing and get clean. As someone who has lived in Victoria my entire life, the concept intrigued me. I wanted to learn more about homelessness in the city. I wanted to put a name and story to these forgotten

faces. I wanted to love this documentary. And, while there were many parts that I thoroughly enjoyed, there were also many that I did not. I applaud Loughton for tackling a sensitive topic without making it feel like these people were characters, fabricated to come off a certain way or be exploited. I will also credit her for opening up about her own painful childhood memories while discussing the connection between addiction and trauma with addictions expert Gabor Maté. I found this to be the most

authentic and engaging part of the documentary. That said, some elements of this documentary rubbed me the wrong way. Watching Loughton, a woman of European descent, use a medicine wheel as a healing tool to connect with the group in the movie was unsettling. I understand that that the film was made from 2006 to 2015, and that the narrative around cultural appropriation has changed in the last decade. I can also appreciate that Loughton did this exercise with good intentions under the

guidance of Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. Nonetheless, a piece of my 2019 self couldn’t help but feel uncomfortable with her use of Indigenous culture. I do feel that Loughton created this documentary with a lot of respect and heart, and I do not want to take anything away from that accomplishment — this is a moving piece that helped me empathize with the plight of homeless people. It gives a story, a name, and humanity to the people I walk by daily downtown. But as the title suggests, there is a

definite divide between “Us” and “Them.” This concept is addressed in the film and was discussed in the Q&A panel that aired on Chek afterwards. The reality is that people who have never been homeless will never understand what it’s like to be homeless. So why are people who aren’t homeless trying to capture it? Wouldn’t it be more authentic to give the camera to homeless people themselves, and let them tell their own story? That’s a film I would love to see.

The Bad Mama Jama Show packs a one-two punch Catch live music and stand-up comedy at Vinyl Envy, Saturday night, every second month CARINA POGOLER SENIOR STAFF WRITER On one Saturday night of every second month, Vinyl Envy in downtown Victoria is the place is to be. The small record shop at 1717 Quadra street is home to many live concerts, and The Bad Mama Jama Show (BMJ) is one of the best. BMJ is a night for local musicians and stand-up comedians to showcase their talent. Although the structure stays the same, each show is different. Skye Allen, Quincy Thomas, and Daniel Belkin created the bimonthly event almost two years ago, under the creative collective Campfire Empire. Thomas and Belkin are UVic alumni, and Belkin founded Vikes Improv, the UVic improvisational comedy group. Originally from Alberta and the Northwest Territories respectively, Allen and Thomas are two of Victoria’s many imports from other (colder) parts of Canada. When they arrived in their new home, they found a welcoming arts scene that inspired them to contribute. Soon after, BMJ was born. At the last BMJ show, the Miles Skye

Club, one of Allen’s own bands, revved up a mesmerized crowd with freestyling rhymes and live-instrumentalized hiphop. But if hip-hop’s not your thing, fear not — music genres can vary from one BMJ show to the next. At a previous show, musical group Rotten Apple Ruckus opened with an acoustic set, complete with bucket-bass, banjo, and washboard. The venue is intimate, so Ruckus’ steel-stringed twangs needed no amplification to get the crowd dancing. After everyone has shaken the dance moves out of their system, they are ready to take a seat to enjoy the stand-up comedy part of the show. Thomas, who organizes BMJ’s comedy portion, has been doing comedy in Victoria himself for more than three years, and in that time he has come to know the scene well. He books the show with seasoned comedians — usually members of Victoria’s open-mic beat — but makes a point of giving rookies a spot as well, always holding a lottery spot for a comedian that might drop in. You can trust that the BMJ is serving you a hand-picked selection of some

of Victoria’s more established comedians, without being biased or repetitive. And that’s why Thomas feels that if you’ve never been to a comedy show before, the BMJ is a good place to start. If you want a professional, comedy club feel, you’d be better off going to Heckler’s, Victoria’s only dedicated comedy club. At BMJ there are no private tables with elegant pools of lamplight — you can get a seat next to the records if you’re lucky, stand in the aisles if you’re sprightly, or just find a spot to sit on the floor. But BMJ has features that other shows in town do not. The venue is informal, all-ages, and doesn’t have the distraction of alcohol. “The music, for one thing, is something that you’re not going to see [at other comedy clubs]. The vibe is something I haven’t experienced anywhere else,” says Thomas. In case you’re wondering, Bad Mama Jama is named after a funk song by Carl Carlton from the 1980s, which is fitting since the show happens at a record shop. You can browse for records while you’re there, and at each BMJ event, they give out raffle tickets to win

a free record. Does it get any better than that? If you can’t make it to BMJ, below is a schedule of Victoria’s stand-up comedy beat. “If you want to you could see live comedy every night of the week in Victoria,” Thomas says. Bad Mama Jama will celebrate her second birthday at the next show on April 6. So get your shift covered or take a night off from studying, and go pay your respects. Victoria’s stand-up comedy beat It’s a good idea to arrive early to all of these shows. COMEDY IN VICTORIA Sunday Pro/Am at Dylan’s Sports Bar Location: 531 Yates St. Time: 7 p.m. Admission: $5 Monday Open Mic at Sült Pierogi Bar Location: 609 Yates St. Time: Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Admission: $5

Tuesday Open Mic at Logan’s Pub Location: 1821 Cook St. Time: 8 p.m. Admission: No cover Wednesday Amateur booked show at The Mint Location: 1414 Douglas St. Time: Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Admission: $7 online, $10 at the door Thursday Booked show at Saint Frank’s (every second week) Location: 1320 Broad St. Time: Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Admission: $5 Wheelies (once per month, next up March 28) Location: 2620 Rock Bay Ave. Time: Show at 8 p.m., arrive early Admission: $10 Friday, Saturday Professional booked show at Heckler’s Location: 123 Gorge Road East Time: Shows at 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. Admission: Usually $14

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