THE UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA’S INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER • OCTObER 31, 2013 • VOLUME 66 • ISSUE 13 • MARTLET.CA
SAWICKI SEEKS GOLD PAGE 16
LEGAL COUNSEL FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS PAGE 4
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A SURVIVAL STEW TO GET YOU THROUGH PAGE 12
UVIC VIKES UPDATE
VIKES SET TO HOST CIS FIELD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP
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WOMEN’S FIELD HOCKEY
Amanda Kurianowicz Forward, 2nd Year • scored 6 goals in pre-season • scored 2 goals in regular season Nickname: “Kuri”
Kyla Kirby Midfield, 5th Year • Team captain • scored 2 goals in regular season • Two-time CIS All-Canadian Nickname: “Kirby”
Kathleen Leahy Midfield/Defence, 2nd Year • scored 2 goals in regular season • Member of Team Canada • Competed at 2013 Junior World Cup in Germany
The University of Victoria Vikes women’s field hockey team have only one game left, Oct. 26, against the UBC Thunderbirds. In the winner-takes-all match up on the line is the Canada West title and the No. 1 seed entering the CIS championship. The T-Birds enter the conference finale defending 10-straight Canada West titles, while the Vikes have not claimed top conference honours since 2002.
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CIS championship history has largely falls in the laps of both western powerhouse schools who have collectively won 25 of the 38 total championships hosted since 1975. The Vikes dominated the 80’s and 90’s eras now totalling 11 CIS banners, all under current head coach Lynne Beecroft, while the Thunderbirds, who boast the same home turf of the Canadian national team program, have emerged in the 2000’s to now claim 14 McCrae Cups. Both the T-Birds and Vikes have already qualified for the CIS championship, hosted Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at UVic’s field hockey pitch. The four-team tournament will feature the Vikes, T-Birds and the top-two OUA schools following this weekend’s eastern conference championship. The likely guests will be Toronto and Guelph, regular power houses from the East, while Queen’s, Waterloo and Western have upset capabilities. The Vikes will be after their 12th CIS championship title, with their most recent title coming in 2008 at the very same Victoria pitch. This season marks Beecroft’s 30th season at the helm and while all 11 existing UVic championships won have been under her reign, the two-time UVic Sports Hall of Fame inductee sees every year as a new year. The Vikes have been on a CIS slump since the 2008 win as this year’s squad has no championship-winning members present.
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Citizens for Safe Technology takes action against B.C. Hydro HANA RYU The group Citizens for Safe Technology (CST) and its supporters have initiated legal action against B.C. Hydro for its implementation of the Smart Meter. They believe the Smart Meter invades people’s human and civil rights. According to Sharon Noble, director of CST, two lawsuits are in progress: one for violation of human rights and the other for infringement of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Smart Metering Program is an introduction of a modernized electronic power meter that supporters say can improve safety and reliability to the benefit of customers in the long term. Information about health and privacy posted on the B.C. Hydro website is rebutted and questioned by CST. Objectives of the Smart Metering Program are to get lights back on faster and more safely during power outages, keep rates low by helping B.C. Hydro operate more efficiently, reduce
wasted electricity, and provide customers with tools to conserve energy and save money. According to Mora Scott, representative of media relations and issues management for B.C. Hydro, “The electricity grid is the backbone of our economy and supports our quality of life in B.C. We need new meters to modernize our system and ensure it keeps up with growth in demand.” “Smart meters help to make our electricity system more efficient and cost-effective by reducing power loss and operating costs,” says Scott. B.C. Hydro says that these savings will benefit customers by helping to keep their rates among the lowest in North America. Scott says Smart Meters have been proven safe and are helping to make substantial improvements to the electrical grid. “Both the B.C. Utilities Commission and the B.C. Court of Appeal have dismissed previous legal challenges related to the installation of Smart Meters,” she says. Noble says, “The World Health
Organization has classified the radio frequency emission from any wireless device including Smart Meter as 2B carcinogen, which is the same classification as lead.” Stephen Sinatra, co-founder and medical director of the American College of Cardiologists, said, “The wireless microwave radiation from Wi-Fi and mobile phones is the greatest medical threat of our time.” Noble believes that the accuracy of information on the B.C. Hydro website is questionable. She says emissions have been measured to be a hundred times more than a cellphone. She feels that experiments held in laboratories are not applicable to B.C. Hydro’s real life situations. She says, “The radiation level from each meter is extremely high.” “B.C. Hydro’s new meters communicate using radio signals, which are common in our everyday lives and have been used safely for decades,” says Scott. She says most neighbourhoods’ common sources of continuous radio
frequency include FM radio, television, and cellphone signals. B.C. Hydro also says that the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, the Provincial Health Officer, Health Canada, and the World Health Organization have all confirmed that the wireless technology used by Smart Meters does not pose any known health risks. CST is concerned about more than just health risks, though. The group says there is also the issue of privacy, as Smart Meters collect data in order to tell users which appliances they use the most during the day. “[Collecting personal data] is the entire purpose of this program. They are saying they want to gather our data,” says Noble. “How can they not gather our [personal] data, and be able to tell us what appliances we are using?” she asked. “It is getting to the point now where most of new appliances will have a Smart Chip in it?” Scott sees the privacy matter differently; she says, “Protecting privacy
is a top priority. The new meters do not give B.C. Hydro more information about you.” B.C. Hydro says it protects the privacy of customers by consulting with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of B.C.’s office, designing a system with multiple layers of security and managing customer information according to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. One of the rights Noble feels is violated is the right to live in one’s home freely and secure from invasion. “I can say whether I do not want a cell phone, a cordless phone, and a Wi-Fi router, because they are dangerous with RF radiation. What right does B.C. Hydro have to tell me that I need to have a wireless device which is going to emit radiation into my home?” she said. B.C. Hydro’s statistics, on the other hand, say that over 97 per cent of customers throughout the province have accepted the new meters.
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Grad pancake breakfast provides legal advice to international students ADAM HAYMAN The Graduate Students’ Society (GSS) hosted its fifth annual grad student pancake breakfast on Oct. 22 to welcome international grad students. This year, however, the international students were offered more than just pancakes, hash browns, and coffee. For the first time since its debut, legal counsel was set up for international students struggling with the many confusing bureaucratic applications that needed filling out. Aid used to be provided by the University. Now—because of a change to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA)—only lawyers, articling law students acting under a lawyer, or certified consultants of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (also known as a CSIC) can offer legal help to immigrants. This is a sore issue for Stacey Chappel, executive director of the GSS. In a brief interview on the morning of the 22nd, she said, “It shouldn’t be against the law for you to talk about the laws.” The University of Victoria website stated on Sept. 3 that, because of the recent change to the IRPA, international students could no longer receive help with applications such as: study permit extensions, student work permits, visas, and applications for family members. If the university
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helps international students with these things, the new Act states punishment could be as severe as a $100 000 fine and two years in prison. Some international students, like Irene Ou, a leadership studies student, weren’t even aware that the university provided these services. However, upon hearing the news that UVic won’t be able to offer international students help, she said that, “UVic should know more about how to help their students.” Han Yao, a grad student studying educational psychology, feels that the International and Exchange Student Services Office is “a very useful place, but I don’t go very often.” These students are both new to UVic and haven’t run into problems with any applications. This isn’t true of all students. The IRPA was changed in 2011 in an attempt to protect people immigrating into Canada from receiving bad counsel with regards to various immigration forms. Even though the Act is a couple of years old, it has only recently been confirmed that this applies to staff at an educational institution. Many universities have started training their staff: Simon Fraser University for example. During this time they are offering a consultant in place of their usual international student aid. UVic has yet to have staff trained. Chappel says that UVic
is too small to send employees away, unlike other universities like SFU and UBC, but “having support on campus for international students is very important to being a world-class destination.” Some feel that this law doesn’t do what it set out to do. To make it safer for new people immigrating to Canada, they’ve also made it more challenging. The CSIC was established in the fall of 2003, and, by 2008, the government received eyewitness accounts of bad governance within the CSIC. This prompted them to make changes in how it was organized. They changed it from a not-for-profit to a non-share capital corporation. Chappel thinks these government regulations are making life harder for international students, even though during the throne speech on Oct. 16, Governor General David Johnston said, “Our government will continue to promote Canada as a worldclass destination for international students.” Fifteen-minute meetings with the legal counsel, Kylie Buday, were given to the international students that were lucky enough to book one of the 21 available spots on Oct. 22. The GSS board has yet to decide if they will offer any more legal clinics.
Focus on fuel, Part II:
Liquefied Natural Gas Economics 101 This is Part II in a five-part Martlet investigative series exploring the economic, socio-political, and environmental impacts of the B.C. government’s decision to pursue Liquefied Natural Gas initiatives. This instalment focuses on examining economic discourse around the issue.
DAN OBERHAUS “Debt Free B.C.” was the mantra echoed by B.C. Liberals this May after Christy Clark was re-elected as the 35th Premier of the province, largely on the grounds of the lofty goal implicit in her aforementioned campaign slogan. In the five months following her re-election, however, the improbability of ever reaching this objective has become increasingly apparent. When Clark was first elected to the office of premier in 2011, she inherited slightly over $45-billion in provincial debt from incumbent premier Gordon Campbell and during her first two years in office managed to increase the debt by a staggering $10-billion. This figure is even more astounding when one considers that during Campbell’s decade-long sojourn in office beginning in 2001, his administration only managed to rack up $12-billion in provincial debt—the vast majority of which was only incurred in the years directly following the global “Great Recession” beginning in 2008. It comes as no surprise, then, that the Clark administration has largely spent its tenure in power desperately seeking ways to not only balance the provincial budget, but also begin hacking away at the $55.8-billion in outstanding debt which is costing the province $2.4-billion annually in interest. The projected budget surplus for this fiscal year currently sits on a miniscule margin of $136-million for a $44-billion budget; an uncontested improvement from the $1.1-billion deficit racked up by the province for the 2012 fiscal year
ending last March, yet still a far cry from beginning to eliminate the massive heap of provincial debt as promised by Clark. Fortunately for the administration, Ms. Clark has discovered her deus ex machina in the form of a burgeoning new natural resource industry: Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
CLARK’S ‘BOLD NEW VISION’ In the wake of the global economic downturn which began in 2008 and the increasing innovation in North American fuel extraction methods, with recent advances such as fracking and horizontal drilling opening up massive reserves of previously unobtainable natural gasses, LNG prices in British Columbia have plummeted since their climax in 2006. With flagging provincial revenues and rapidly increasing debt, the Clark administration was prompted to offer a solution to B.C.’s economic woes which culminated in the Sept. 2011 announcement of the B.C. Liberal Jobs Plan. The ultimate objective of Clark’s jobs plan is enticing foreign multinational corporations to invest “the first new dollar” in British Columbian industry. Central to this aggressive pursuit of foreign capital investment is the economic potential inherent in the recently revitalized LNG industry, a resource sector that analysts for the Clark government maintain has the capacity to generate upwards of $200-billion in revenues over a period of 30 years. It should be noted, however, that this projection is largely dependent on the specific form of the LNG tax regime to be announced this November. Pinning B.C.’s economic prosperity on a North American industry which is currently producing a commodity at unprecedented low prices would seem counterintuitive even to the most ignorant observer; however, the Clark administration has shifted B.C.’s
attention from its southern neighbor, which currently consumes 41 per cent of the gas produced in the province, and has cast its longing gaze across the Pacific, allowing it to rest on the explosion of economic activity in emerging Asian energy markets such as those in Japan, Korea, China, and India. “Successful LNG development requires a strong relationship with investors in Asia,” said Rich Coleman, the B.C. minister of Natural Gas Development, prior to his embarkation to the region on a business-development mission on Oct. 11. “They need to understand British Columbia is open for business and competitive with other jurisdictions.” In the one-year update to the B.C. LNG Strategy published in February, Clark’s administration highlights the massive LNG price differential in North American and Asian markets as the primary explanans for its desire to rapidly develop the B.C. LNG industry. This aspiration to carve out a section of the Asian market for B.C. is entirely understandable when one considers that North America saw LNG prices average out to $2.75 USD per 1000 cubic feet of natural gas (or per Mcf), while countries like Japan and Korea were shelling out $16 USD per Mcf on average throughout 2012, occasionally seeing prices rise as high as $17.50 USD per Mcf. The reason such a glaring price disparity exists between these two regions is due to the fact that a precedent was set in Asia in the 1970s that linked LNG contracts to the Japanese Customs-cleared Crude (JCC) oil price; this means that as crude prices rose over 50 per cent in the last five years to their current price of over $100 USD per barrel, LNG prices in Asian countries increased in tandem. This is contrasted to the North American market where gas prices are not linked to any other energy
commodities; rather, the LNG spot and future prices are set at the Henry Hub in Erath, Louisiana; the recent glut of LNG in Canada and the U.S. has caused Henry Hub prices to remain depressed since 2008 and consequently both public and private sector institutions have begun looking elsewhere for investors in the growing LNG market. The B.C. government has additional motives for their furious pursuit of a substantial share of the global LNG market and the primary drive is explicated by the very fact that British Columbia is already a late-comer to the LNG game. Qatar currently has the largest export capacity for LNG, producing at a level of 77 Mta (million tons per annum); the United States has already approved four permits for exporting LNG within the past two years and is expected to be exporting 50 Mta of LNG by 2025; and Australia is slated to have seven LNG facilities producing by the end of the decade and is estimated to have a production capacity of 90 Mta by 2017. These external factors have been a significant impetus in the Liberal government’s push to get at least three LNG facilities in B.C. producing by 2020 which are estimated to reach a production capacity of 82 Mta by 2018. According to the Clark administration is the potential for B.C. to be a major player in the forever-growing Asian LNG market, which is expected to increase by two-and-a-half times by 2030—but only if action is taken now. Others, such as award-winning journalist and author of three books on the Canadian oil industry Andrew Nikiforuk, are less assured. “The price differential will be gone by the time [these facilities] are producing gas,” said Nikiforuk while speaking at the recent PowerShift conference in Victoria. Critics such as Nikiforuk suggest that the Clark administration’s pursuit of British Columbian
LNG is based on hefty assumptions about the future of the LNG market which are by no means as certain as the Clark administration would have one believe. “I can’t predict the markets,” said Nikiforuk. “I don’t know how the Clark government can.”
PROSPERITY FUNDS AND PIPE DREAMS Last February, renowned Canadian economist Timothy O’Neill published an independent report for B.C.’s finance minister Michael de Jong in which he offered an assessment of the methodologies and assumptions underlying the 2013 provincial budget. He cites consistently overly-optimistic revenue forecasts for natural gas over the past six years as the one of the main culprits behind the $1.1-billion budget deficit at the end of the last fiscal year. Last year’s projected budget for natural gas revenues was pegged at $3.02/ GJ (Gigajoule), while actual prices showed natural gas selling for about $2.15/GJ during the 2012 fiscal year; in order to avoid a repeat of last year’s large budget deficit, O’Neill suggested “down-shading” forecasted natural gas revenues in order to leave an ample margin of error for unforeseen market circumstances. The B.C. natural gas revenue forecasts are typically compiled by a group of some 20 private-sector consulting firms, the majority of which belong to the umbrella companies of AJM and GLJ Petroleum Consultants, McDaniel Consultants, and the Alberta Energy Company (AECO). O’Neill suggests abandoning the old method of dropping the high and low forecasts from these firms and then averaging the remaining forecasts to arrive at a natural gas revenue prediction, noting that this often leads to a gross overestimation of market realities. Continued on page 6.
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If B.C. had stayed the course with its method of calculation for the 2013 budget, the B.C. government would have allotted $2.13/GJ in projected natural gas revenues for this fiscal year; according to O’Neill, this 46 per cent increase over last year’s median forecast is brash and unrealistic, especially for an administration so concerned with balancing the provincial budget and eliminating debt. O’Neill concludes that the safe bet for 2013 would be a forecast of around $1.85/GJ for LNG which would leave a roughly $70-million budget cushion; taking O’Neill’s recommendation to heart, the B.C. government has officially defined the 2013 B.C. revenue forecast for natural gas on the basis of this price. O’Neill goes on to note that the key issue for the B.C. budget “is what constitutes a reasonable forecast for natural gas revenues over the next 3–5 years,” and suggests continuing to exercise conservative judgment when forecasting natural gas revenues in the future, due to the fact that natural resource revenues tend to be much more volatile than other revenue sources such as PIT and CIT (Personal Income Tax and Corporate Income Tax). Despite the cautionary nature of the O’Neill report, it appears as though the Clark government still prefers to have an incredibly optimistic outlook for future LNG revenues, as evidenced by the administration’s February announcement of the creation of a B.C. Prosperity Fund. Beginning in 2017, an as-yetunspecified portion of the revenues from the five proposed LNG facilities in B.C. will be deposited directly to the fund, with the Clark government estimating that over $100-billion will flow to the fund over the course of 30 years.
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According to the administration, the revenues deposited in the Prosperity Fund will first go to pay off all provincial debt with the remaining funds to be maintained for use by future generations. The enactment of initiatives such as the B.C. Prosperity Fund are not unprecedented; Alberta established its Heritage Savings Trust Fund in 1976 as a depository for non-renewable resource revenues and Alaska created its Permanent Fund in the same year for similar reasons. Despite the ostensible similarity in the goals of these funds, there are important lessons for B.C. to learn from their differences, say analysts at the Fraser Institute, a Canadian think tank focused on public policy issues. For instance, in the 36 years since Alberta established its Heritage Fund, it has managed to save $16.6-billion, yet despite the stated purpose of the fund, has not deposited resource-related revenue into the fund since 1987. Furthermore, there is no mandatory percentage of resource-related revenue that must be deposited in the fund and the monies in the Heritage Fund can be used at the discretion of the current government. Compare this to Alaska which constitutionally mandated that 25 per cent of mineral resource revenues must be deposited directly into its fund and are only to be used for saving and investment in low-risk projects. The interest earned on these “prudent investments” is used to pay out dividends to Alaskan citizens in the form of yearly cheques. This rigorous management of the fund by fiat has fared well for the citizens of Alaska; the fund currently boasts over $47-billion in assets and this year over 640 000 Alaskan citizens received $900 cheques in the mail from dividends paid out by the fund. Clearly, the success of initiatives
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such as the B.C. Prosperity Fund, the Alberta Heritage Fund and the Alaska Permanent Fund depend largely on the rigour of the legal measures which serve as their foundation. According to analysts at the Fraser Institute, it is imperative that the Prosperity Fund is imbued with clearly defined laws to insure its efficacy in eliminating debt. While the B.C. Prosperity Fund is not designed in such a way as to annually remunerate the citizens of British Columbia, the ones who must ultimately bear the brunt of any unintended consequences arising from the establishment of an LNG industry, the Clark government assures its constituency that there are ample indirect benefits to make up for this deficiency. After going toward paying off outstanding B.C. debt, “The Prosperity Fund could be used to reduce the cost burden on families and make investments in health care, education and other priorities,” said a spokesperson for the ministry. The spokesperson also claimed that the Prosperity Fund would avoid the fate of Alberta’s Heritage fund by “[taking] into account principles of transparency, accountability, and good financial management.”
JOBS In addition to providing an avenue for the complete elimination of provincial debt, the Clark government also views the prospective B.C. LNG facilities as a source for the creation of an estimated 75 000 jobs, and as a result the LNG facilities and pipelines have become an integral part of the B.C. Liberal Jobs Plan. Don’t let this seemingly exorbitant figure fool you, however; in numerous reports released by the Clark administration, the number of jobs which will supposedly be created by the B.C. LNG industry are conveniently lumped
together in grand figures without specifying exactly how this number is derived. An analysis of the proposed B.C. LNG facilities released last October by the Fraser Institute suggests that roughly two-thirds of these 75 000 jobs will be short-term construction positions, with only a few thousand full-time jobs created for the management and operation of these pipelines and terminal facilities. The Fraser Institute’s report estimates that the Pacific Trails Pipeline alone will create roughly 8 000 construction jobyears over the course of its production, and the construction of all the pipelines necessary to support the five proposed LNG facilities in B.C. would generate a total of 45 000 construction job-years. The construction of the LNG liquefaction and terminal facilities needed to warrant these pipelines would generate a further 8 350 job-years, bringing the total number of construction jobyears necessitated for the functioning of five LNG facilities to 53350. This accounts for slightly over 71 per cent of the employment opportunities that the Clark administration alleges will emerge from the production of five LNG facilities. The remaining 11 650 jobs are assumed to be created due to the exigencies of managing the new pipelines and terminal facilities. The operation of the five proposed facilities and pipelines once they are completed would generate 935 full-time, long term positions, according to projections by the Fraser Institute. Assuming that these positions would pay an average annual salary of $79 585, these jobs have the potential to generate $74.4-million in taxable labour income for the province each year. Furthermore, if B.C. does manage to ramp up its unconventional gas production from its current levels
of roughly 1.3 billion cubic feet (Bcf) per day to the projected 10.3 Bcf per day by 2035, this would necessarily create an additional 6400 long-term field positions to cope with the increased extraction rates of unconventional gasses. Despite the numerous public and private sector reports forecasting the scope of employment-generation born of the B.C. LNG industry, few of these reports indicate exactly who will be the recipients of these 75 000 jobs. Many of the pipeline and terminal projects are the brainchildren of foreign-owned multinational corporations and state companies, and all of the proposed projects run through First Nations’ territories; it is precisely for this reason that the lack of specificity regarding who will benefit from the creation of these jobs is deeply troubling. A natural gas workforce strategy released by the Clark administration this July briefly sketched a proposal of how the LNG workforce demand will be met, yet this is a far cry from implementing regulatory measures that ensure that greater precedence will be given to First Nations members and British Columbian citizens. The initial steps in this direction are being taken through worker-education initiatives in Northeastern B.C. aimed at preparing local populations for the forthcoming labour positions associated with the birth of B.C.’s LNG industry, yet only time reveal the efficacy of such projects. As the British Columbian legislature sits idle this fall and the Clark administration deliberates on a new LNG tax regime for B.C.’s newest natural resource industry, the citizens of British Columbia are left to their own judgment to determine just how much of the Clark government’s enthusiasm for the economic promise of LNG is warranted.
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Piracy seeds alternative market A recent survey by Media Technology Monitor reports Canadian Netflix subscribers have increased by approximately 13 per cent since 2012. The numbers suggest that roughly 25 per cent of Canada’s English-speaking population uses Netflix regularly. The service costs $8 per month, resulting in annual payments of just under $100. Even if cable companies allow people the option to select their own channel inventory, is it too little, too late for them to compete with Netflix? Cable has little advantage over Netflix. Do you even have time to watch the show during its scheduled air time? A season of your favourite TV show on DVD can cost $40 to $60 plus a trip to the store. With a good Internet connection, and the ubiquity of torrent and streaming sites, you can illegally download it for free in minutes. Why wouldn’t you choose the faster, more autonomous option? Comedian Louis CK has opted to sell his downloads on his own website for $5, a far cry from the typical retail prices of $20 to $30 for the purchase of a comedy special on physical media. The digital files aren’t bound by regional or device restrictions, so they could easily be pirated. However, fans want to pay—when the price is fair. So it’s strange that more companies haven’t followed suit. Clearly, it’s what the market is demanding, and the service isn’t particularly difficult to supply. The recent forced closure of the torrenting site isoHunt at the request of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) was another attempt to send a message to the torrent community that piracy is wrong and those involved will eventually be held accountable by the law. isoHunt was only a drop in the bucket of the online torrenting deluge: 167th in Canadian traffic (423rd globally), according to Alexa. com. The MPAA called the settlement with isoHunt “a major step forward in realizing the enormous potential of the Internet as a platform for legitimate commerce and innovation.” The statement reveals the MPAA’s ineptitude in engaging with new mediums, as well as a degree of malice toward torrenters. The Internet is already a platform for commerce, even for films and other media, and there are a number of platforms, like Netflix, that have been doing well. When a group of companies is unable to cope with these new models and realize a business without first litigating the horizon clear of competitors, the lawsuits are less about intellectual property rights than about market landscaping to ensure monopoly. Since when was business so risk-averse? Services such as Napster or isoHunt that skirted the law were useful because they disrupted a stagnating entertainment industry, creating a more accessible way to consume media. The model for the iTunes Store was born from the ashes of Napster, and Netflix might not exist if not for the popularity of peer-to-peer sharing sites. The business world needs prompting, and not reliance on the courts to level the playing field. Torrenting services are innovative. This is a service. The entertainment industry needs to change how it delivers its products, how it considers pricing, and how it engages with the demands of the consumer market. Until the entertainment industry at large develops a model with mass appeal, torrenting sites and the few innovative legal entertainment services available will continue to thrive. Editorial topics are decided on by staff at our editorial meetings, held weekly in the Martlet office (SUB B011). Editorials are written by one or more staff members and are not necessarily the opinion of all staff members. Happy? Sad? Enraged? Tell us: email@example.com 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.
The University of Victoria Students’ Society (UVSS) has repeatedly censored the pro-life student group Youth Protecting Youth (YPY). Arguably the most infamous case is the “Choice Chain,” a protest event that features signs displaying detailed, larger than life-size photographs of mutilated fetuses. Whatever one’s position is in the actual debate over abortion, the most important thing to keep in mind here is that simply conveying ideas to a public audience does not warrant censorship, no matter what those ideas may be. Many may view the comparison of abortion to genocide as being vacuous and incendiary, but YPY’s ideas are still owed a basic level of recognition and evaluation by students and people in general—otherwise, a full two-sided discussion cannot proceed. In a democratic society, it is absolutely paramount that ideas of any kind be allowed to spread freely throughout society, where they can be judged on their own merits. Unfortunately, the UVSS board appears to have conflated YPY’s ideas (opposition to abortion) with their methods (Choice Chain). This is evident from the board’s overreaction of revoking all of YPY’s booking rights for an entire year, rather than simply pointing out the flaws in Choice Chain. What they failed to recognize is that the real problem lies in the methods
used in that specific type of event, not with YPY itself. An important feature of a civil society is that people generally agree upon certain esthetic standards for public places, for the comfort of people sharing that space. One redeeming factor for the Choice Chain’s methods is that on a university campus, those standards may be relaxed for the sake of intellectual freedom, allowing peaceful exchanges and unfiltered discussions. Unfortunately, Choice Chain has squandered this freedom by only engaging with its audience on a very base level. Rather than taking the opportunity to convey moral insights, the signs show images of aborted fetuses and rely on pushing the emotional buttons of onlookers. To be clear, I believe that most versions of the pro-life position are not irrational or baseless. The problem is that Choice Chain completely disregards the position’s potential for legitimate arguments, opting instead for the lowest common denominator. The point made by the signs can be summed up like this: “Murder involves blood and gore. Abortion involves blood and gore. Therefore abortion must be murder.” There are so many other arguments in favour of the prolife stance, and practically any of them would have been less flimsy than that. For UVic students on both sides of the issue, the signs provoked emotional reactions to graphic imagery instead of rational reactions to moral
reasoning. They alienated opposing views and distanced YPY from the actual debate about abortion, even before the UVSS stepped in and widened that gap. Criticism of the actual ideas conveyed by a public display must occur in the open, without restricting the free speech of those expressing the ideas. However, it is also important to present one’s ideas responsibly in the public sphere, and in a way that doesn’t insult the audience’s intelligence. Choice Chain’s signs are an unnecessary distraction that makes no real contribution to the debate. This is especially true given the university campus setting, which really lends itself to a higher level of dialogue than this. If the discussion is to move forward, UVSS needs to give YPY their chance to communicate, and YPY needs to make responsible use of that chance and communicate in a rational and constructive way. At the very least, if the UVSS decides it is really willing to support a student group that is entirely focused on protesting abortion, they should not be so quick to withdraw that support when the prochoice population inevitably raises objections. They should also have a clear idea of when and how to exercise control over the group. Hopefully, that would be very seldom, and in exactly the same situations that apply to every other student group.
regular review of academic programs. Finally, every year we survey our graduates on the overall quality of instruction at UVic, and compared to other B.C. universities, our graduates are the most satisfied. UVic faculty, staff and administrators are committed to a successful student experience. UVic has one of the most intensive TA training programs, which positively impacts almost every undergraduate student. Dedicated, well-trained tutors work every day to serve thousands of students in the Math Help Centre and the Writing Centre. The Learning and Teaching Centre provides hundreds of workshops and retreats a year, working with faculty and students to increase teaching effectiveness, enhance the learning environment, foster innovative educational practices, and revise curriculum to ensure programs are well designed and support student learning outcomes. Many instructors use innovative teaching approaches and new technologies to engage students with material in new and more accessible ways. Having reviewed many teaching dossiers and worked with faculty in a wide variety of venues as they discuss, debate, develop and showcase teaching at UVic, I know how passionate, gifted and committed they are to their students’ success.
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Letters UVIC TEACHING IS TOPS Re: Editorial Oct. 10, 2013, on the Times Higher Education rankings and teaching at UVic
UVic continues to be one of the top ranked universities in the world and can be justifiably proud of the quality of teaching for its students. It is important to note, as the editorial correctly describes it, the THE rankings do not measure teaching itself but use the proxies of student faculty ratio, how ‘graduate intensive’ a university is (i.e. the ratio of PhD students to undergraduates), and survey results from faculty around the world who might not be familiar with an institution’s teaching. Compared to other Canadian universities, UVic has a very good student-faculty ratio. Although graduate programs have grown at UVic, we have not increased PhD enrolment as fast as other universities, wanting to ensure a focus on the quality of the undergraduate experience. We care about what students say and make decisions based on their feedback. Faculty and instructors, as a whole, receive very high marks on the Course Experience Survey administered in every class and used to review performance. Also, UVic participates in the National Survey of Student Engagement that measures not only student satisfaction but also the extent to which students and faculty are engaged in learning. This information is used extensively in the
Re: “Dogmatic,” Oct. 24
As the owner of a large dog who lives in the city, I confess to reading Therrien’s “Dogmatic” piece with a sense of mild amusement. Referring to the ownership of dogs in a city as “morally and ethically wrong” seems a marked overstatement. I am not suggesting that dog owners shouldn’t be responsible when on outings with their pets. ’Leashing up’ when you encounter small children, other pet owners, or anyone who seems remotely anxious or frightened, as well as the picking up of excrement, should be a given. However, it should also be acknowledged that dog ownership provides a lot of joy and an incentive to exercise for a large number of people; a citywide ban on dogs is, and should be, unrealistic. The article also appears to be referring more to the esthetic value of parks, rather than the environmental. If we truly want to protect a place with sensitive environmental concerns, then no one should be allowed in the area at all. A reasonable view of the situation would seem to suggest that dog ownership is no more reprehensible than the ownership of a car or an outdoor cat. Laura Vinnedge
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The Lens: Senate scandal
Science and faith: where does one end and the other begin? GUTHRIE PRENTICE
On Sept. 26, 2013, the Kansas City Star reported that a group called Citizens for Objective Public Education (COPE) is suing the Kansas State Education Board for adopting new guidelines that require the teaching of evolution and climate change to primary and secondary school students. The group filed the lawsuit on the grounds that the new standards would lead to atheistic explanations of the origins of life, the universe itself, and the universe’s greatest mysteries. COPE’s lawsuit argues that these guidelines interfere with people’s religious freedoms. According to their challenge, excessive government interference in religion is a violation of the U.S. constitutional First Amendment. Hopefully, this suit will not succeed in Kansas District Court, though COPE hopes it will. It seems as though COPE may be implying that such teaching of
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materialistic and scientific concepts is actually a religious endeavour. Ann Coulter makes that argument in her book Godless: The Church of Liberalism, wherein she portrays evolutionary theory as a “religion” while claiming that intelligent design is legitimate science. The arguments of COPE, Coulter, and others raise the question of whether science may itself be a religion—a debate that seems to be happening down in the U.S., and is probably happening to a lesser extent here in Canada. Religion is a set of beliefs, world views, and cultural systems that explain humanity’s place in the universe. We also know that various religious ideas were historically used to explain natural phenomena. For example, lightning was described by Norse mythos as Thor using his hammer, and by the Greeks as Zeus throwing lightning bolts from Mount Olympus. The Book of Genesis is meant to be the Christian explanation for the origins of the universe.
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Both science and religion serve to explain and describe the natural world and its origins. However, science itself actually has a rigorous foundation and set of guiding principles. Ideas are tested using mathematics to obtain precise figures which indicate specific phenomena and patterns that we should see in the world. These hypotheses are checked against real world data. If the hypotheses balance with what is observed and replicable, then an idea may be accepted. If evidence is not found, or if something comes along that directly contradicts a hypothesis, it is supposed to be tossed away in favour of a new idea. Take lightning again, for example. It was found that lightning occurs due to an electrical discharge, either between clouds and other clouds or clouds and the ground. Or, reconsider the creation story in Genesis in the face of science. Radioactive decay and light from distant stars and other phenomena indicate that the Earth and the
universe are approximately 4.6 billion and 14 billion years old, respectively. If Genesis were presented as a scientific hypothesis, the notion of creation in seven days would have to either be modified or jettisoned. There are four major scientific ideas that are often misconstrued as religious ideas within science, rather than properly confirmed scientific theories: the Big Bang theory, the theory of evolution, the greenhouse gas theory of climate change, and the theory of dark matter (although it’s still in the infancy stages of hypothesis). Evidence for the Big Bang theory was inferred from the rapid expansion of galaxies as they move away from one another, as well as the presence of leftover thermal or cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation. The theory of evolution is supported by multiple experiments: most notably, a laboratory experiment that demonstrated observable speciation (the development of new and distinct species) with two species
of fruit fly that share a common ancestor. The evidence for climate change is overwhelming, including the known ability of CO2 to release infrared radiation through the atmosphere, the shrinking arctic ice, the rising ocean temperatures, etc., etc. Finally, dark matter was detected and measured by the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe. In short, science is ideally supported by the ongoing vetting of evidence. This evidence-based system has consistently led to developments in our society (such as curing various diseases, expanding human life expectancy, a population explosion, and increasing our standard of living) and helped us understand more about the world. Religion has yet to show contributions to our lives that I weigh to the same magnitude. In my own personal opinion, an evidence-based system of thought or philosophy beats a faith-based system any day.
Paper beats pixels GARRETT E.S. THERRIEN
I hate online course delivery systems. They’re clumsy and inefficient, and they stress me out. Right now one of my instructors is apparently posting homework to his course page, not Moodle. Yes, you heard that right— there are two web pages for one course. There’s homework due today (at time of writing). Most of the class never heard about it until yesterday when it went up on Moodle; there was no in-class announcement. The expectation was to check the website. My classmates are currently cramming it into every spare moment. I’ve only finished it because I stayed awake until late last night. Take another case: one of my friends. She is taking five courses. She is also handling five different websites for them: Connex (the Computer Science website of choice), Moodle, CoursePages (the in-house and intesting University of Victoria-based delivery system), and two personal instructor websites. I would estimate it takes approximately a half hour just to find the homework. Then you have to do it. How is any of the confusion generated by online course delivery improving the student experience? It may make life easier for professors, but students end up scrambling to finish homework. Even just finding online coursework is time-consuming. It is a far better experience to have homework handed out in-class. You know that there is homework (tough to miss), and you don’t have to print it later (a process which can be quite a chore, as anyone who’s had their printer mysteriously stop working knows). Score one for paper. Then, there’s the latest and “greatest” tool—online homework. If you’ve
taken a physics course, you’ve encountered it. The “Mastering” family of sites, such as “Mastering Physics” and “Mastering Engineering,” are designed to provide instant feedback, and thereby improve your grade. I’ve always found that relevant feedback is more important than instant. The Mastering sites rarely provide relevant feedback, however. Furthermore, I’ve found that when the Mastering sites allow students to submit multiple answers for the same question, homework becomes a guessing game instead of a learning session. My solution is simple—print the page out and do the homework with pen and paper. Then, go to the professor’s office hours if you have issues. Of course, data entry to the site is a pain, but it’s better than working online. Score two for paper. I see only disadvantages to an online system of homework and course delivery in comparison to old-school paper homework. People discuss online notes as being a boon; I take good notes in class so I rarely need those that the professor puts online. My paper notes, besides being a useful reference, keep me focused and engaged in class. If I were just sitting and watching, there have been many classes in which I would have fallen asleep. Score three for paper. I don’t disagree that course websites can be useful to serve as a backup vault for syllabuses, problem sets, and homework. However, as primary delivery and interaction system for a course, the online systems do not work. They repeatedly fail students, resulting in missed homework assignments and stress from trying to keep track of all the required sites. If UVic wants to improve the student experience, it should quit pushing online course delivery.
UVic’s world of opportunity Student exchanges open doors and minds INA PACE On attending the International Opportunities Fair in the University Centre lobby on Oct. 23, I was thoroughly impressed by the efforts that the University of Victoria (UVic) made in proudly promoting studying or working abroad as an exchange student! The lobby was decorated with colourful handmade posters describing each group’s corresponding country, and plenty of succinct information leaflets were at hand. I spoke with Heike Edam, a student advisor for international mobility, for a firsthand description of UVic’s exchange program, as well as for a more personal and in-depth perspective of what it means to take these opportunities. Edam told me that this program has been running for approximately 15 years and is a continuing success: “[The program] is growing now and we are trying to consolidate the partnerships we have made and to make sure the program works for students. The program must be solid at an academic level.” UVic students in good
academic standing, whether undergraduate or graduate, may choose from over 60 destinations throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand to study for a year. The costs vary by country. Heike explained that students pay for a full UVic course load worth 7.5 credits, which, after being evaluated by the relevant department, is transferred back to their program of study at UVic once they return. Although Edam helps to co-ordinate the student’s academic courses, it is ultimately up to the student to decide what is best for them. She told me that Australia, the U.K., Denmark, Sweden, and New Zealand are the top five destinations. I asked some of the exchange students what they had gained from their experiences, what was different in their countries, and why they recommend UVic to students taking up the opportunity themselves. The responses were resoundingly positive and enthusiastic. Since I am an exchange student myself (I travelled from the U.K. in my third year as an undergraduate), I was able to
INA PACE relate. Agnes, an exchange student from Belgium, told me that studying abroad, especially in Europe, allows students to gain a different perspective on history: “[. . .] it is interesting to discover new cultures, not necessarily to study, but to make new friends.” Vanessa, from France, elaborated by saying that “[in France] every city is old and small. Everything is new [in Canada].” On a different note, Neua Panchareon, an Australian exchange student from Adelaide University, explained that Canadian exchange students seem attracted to Australia because of the similar language and cultural preferences: “[there is] not too much of a cultural shock . . . It depends what you are looking
for … However, Adelaide is a city campus and Victoria more like a village so there is definitely a different atmosphere.” I also interviewed a Chinese exchange student from Shanghai Normal University who explained that “[. . .] travelling enables you to become more socially apt. Shanghai customs are different, as it is in a developing country.” There certainly seems to be an appeal for both the familiar and unfamiliar when students choose their destinations. What resonated with me at the fair was Edam’s comment that “[. . .] learning a language is not the main reason [for going abroad]; experience is. Students definitely come back more mature and can’t wait to travel
back … or work there, some even think about a second exchange.” In addition to studying abroad for a year, work placements are also available and popular; students may participate in internship programs in Asia with civil society organizations, or work as a teaching assistant in Germany. From my experience at least, studying and working abroad is a unique opportunity that takes you pleasantly outside your comfort zone, enabling you to become more open-minded. Want to get ahead of the game? See
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A woman with lofty talents STORY BY BRIANNA CERKIEWICZ GRAPHICS BY MIRA DHILLON
If you’re going to plunge
off 30 feet, your chances of
getting killed are pretty good. So what difference does it make? You’re just as dead from 50 or 100.
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oloured streamers dive and swoop from rigging on the 40-foot-high vaulted ceiling. Trapezes and aerial hoops hang like empty bird perches above a pale wooden floor. A 25-foot window reveals the mountainous coast of Salt Spring Island, B.C. This temple is known as Flying Dreams Aerial Arts Productions, home of performer, coach, and aerial artist Victoria Mihalyi. Mihalyi is a petite woman with pixie-short red hair who looks like she might be related to Tinker Bell. She is deceptively strong and flexible, and can sink into the splits in any direction. Audiences gasp when she plummets and barrel rolls through the sky as if she had wings. But it has taken Mihalyi over a decade to get where she is now, and it hasn’t been easy. She didn’t start taking circus classes until she was well past the age of an aerialist’s prime years; she’s afraid of heights, and when she moved to Salt Spring Island, there was nowhere for her to train. “I never actually imagined that I was going to have a career in circus arts,” says Mihalyi, reflecting on the challenges she’s had to face. But after watching a live Cirque du Soleil show and finding it magical, she was instilled with the desire to run away and join the circus no matter what the deterrent. She didn’t really have to run away. Mihalyi, living in Toronto, Ont. at the time, started circus training at the Toronto School of Circus Arts when she was in her mid-40s. The National Circus School in Montreal, Que. starts accepting students into its preparatory professional program at age nine. Most other circus schools, the Toronto School of Circus Arts included, offer recreational classes for anyone five years and up. Fortunately, these schools also have adult classes. Mihalyi started with the discipline of flying trapeze. She found out quickly that it wasn’t her thing. “There’s a timing that you need with flying trapeze, and I just didn’t quite have it,” she says. Mihalyi attempted silks next, but though she fell in love with them, they were far more difficult than she’d expected. She had been a dancer all her life, but didn’t have the strength or endurance to manoeuvre in the air. “Silk is the hardest aerial apparatus to teach and learn,” says Chelsea Christie, a coach from the Calgary Circus School. Christie says the silks are harder than other apparatuses, such as corde, because the silks are slippery and stretchy. They require a strong grip and considerable upper body strength. “I couldn’t even climb [the silks],” says Mihalyi. It took her four months just to get off the ground. Once she achieved altitude, however, another factor came into play—her fear of heights. Christie says that people who are scared of heights often don’t even consider trying silk or other aerial apparatuses, or are “less likely to stick with [it].” Mihalyi says fear is more common than you’d think, but agrees that it can be limiting to those who practise. Mihalyi used her fear to her advantage. Instead of being paralyzed, she developed
an awareness of gravity that has kept her safer than many fearless aerial artists. “It gives you a real healthy respect for the ground, to have a little bit of fear,” says Mihalyi. She goes on to tell the story of one of her students: “[The student] didn’t have a sense of even the possibility of something going wrong, and so she would make mistakes that were scary, and potentially disastrous.” Mistakes in the air can be an inconvenience, or they can be dangerous, Mihalyi says. Certain tricks, if they go wrong, can result in a nasty tangle that the aerialist has to untie. Other tricks, if badly executed, result in big falls. Mihalyi has fallen off the silks on a few occasions, twice from the very top. Once, she caught herself just in time: her head stopped two inches from the ground. Falls are frightening and can leave emotional scars, but Mihalyi speaks of it casually. She says even increasing the altitude doesn’t bother her. “You get to a certain height and it doesn’t really matter anymore,” she says. “If you’re going to plunge off 30 feet, your chances of getting killed are pretty good. So what difference does it make? You’re just as dead from 50 or 100.” Mihalyi is confident in her abilities, mostly because the sense of responsibility and safety on the silks lies within her own body. For her, aerial silks have become a haven rather than something to fear. Mihalyi has travelled to and trained in various places including the United States and the Caribbean, but when she finally settled on Salt Spring Island, she found there was nowhere to train or perform. Unwilling to let anything stop her, Mihalyi started construction on her own silks gym just under 10 years ago. The gym started out as a tall roof straddling four posts. As winter approached and the weather became colder and wetter, walls were added for shelter. Now, the building looks like a temple. “I just had this kind of vision of a churchy place,” says Mihalyi, “because the art seems sacred in a way, it seems like a transitional thing between earth and sky.” Having overcome quite a few obstacles since her introduction to silks, Mihalyi continues to pursue the aerial arts through training, performing and teaching. Mihalyi cranes her neck up towards the ceiling where one of her students is hanging from a pair of red silks, one foot tied into each strand. Mihalyi reminds the girl to point her toes and straighten her knees, and gives her the go-ahead. The girl crosses the silks behind her back, arches, straddles her legs and flips upside down. Mihalyi inspects her position and makes a few suggestions. She teaches with the same vibrancy she exudes when she performs. Even retiring would be considered giving up for Mihalyi. She plans to keep practising silks until her body won’t let her anymore. “I don’t plan to retire, ever,” she says. “I just love doing what I’m doing.” For photos of Victoria Mihalyi performing aerial silks, check out our photo gallery in the Features section online.
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Ted Grant: Sixty Years of Legendary Journalism Book launch celebrates the career of Ted Grant BRANDON EVERELL Around 300 people filled the David Lam Auditorium on Sunday, Oct. 27 for the book launch of Thelma Fayle’s, Ted Grant: Sixty Years of Legendary Photojournalism. The book launch consisted of talks by Roger Touchie, head of the publisher Heritage House, Thelma Fayle, the author, and Ted
Grant himself, who is often considered one of the fathers of Canadian photojournalism. Touchie provided the introduction, while Fayle read three excerpts and provided more insight on the making of the book, but the focus of the event was Grant. While showing slides of his iconic photos, Grant delivered a humorous and often emotional commentary
full of stories, which held the audience’s deepest attention the entire time. These slides included images of Jackie Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, Pierre Trudeau, John Diefenbaker, and a self-portrait of Grant on his 76th birthday, upsidedown during a flight in a fighter plane. While the name Ted Grant may not be immediately recognizable, his photos
are. Fayle hopes to ensure that Grant receives more recognition for his work. “So many people knew his work and nobody knew his name. The fact that 12 publishers rejected the idea blew me away,” said Fayle. She hopes with more people reading the book, more will appreciate the work he has done. Along with being denied by 12 publishers, Fayle conducted over 100 hours
of interviews with Grant and scanned through some 300 000 prints of his work at the National Archives in Ottawa. While concluding and giving thanks, Grant said, “I may have had other books published, but it’s not like having a book published about yourself—particularly the way Thelma wrote it, it’s unbelievable.”
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Heartwarming and humorous: Kitt & Jane will make you laugh at the apocalypse LAUREN CHANCELLOR Kitt & Jane: An Interactive Survival Guide to the Near Post-Apocalyptic Future, created by UVic alumnae Kathleen Greenfield and Ingrid Hansen with Rod Peter Jr. played at UVic’s Phoenix Theatre this month as UVic’s annual spotlight on alumni productions. It is the sequel to Hansen’s Little Orange Man. The play begins as ninth graders Kitt and Jane bar the doors and hijack their school assembly in fear that they will die in an hour, informing their peers and guiding them on how to survive the impending apocalypse.
Apocalyptic pieces have been coming out for decades, yet the past few years have seen an increase in popular demand for the genre. Unlike other recent films and TV shows such as The Walking Dead and This is the End, Kitt & Jane is neither a zombie outbreak nor supernatural apocalypse but instead is set against the real, tangible threat of environmental destruction. While most entries into the apocalyptic genre set themselves in alternate realities where zombies, aliens, and other supernatural beings can enter to wreak havoc, Kitt & Jane directly places the blame on us. The play is clearly set in the real world, with
real-life issues: our food has added toxins, overpopulation is quickly depleting resources, and big corporations are only making things worse. What surprised me most about Kitt & Jane was its ability to inspire discussion of major problems while keeping it light and retaining comedic value. For the casual observer this is a hilarious 75 minutes, but for those wanting some substance with their comedy this will really impress. Ingrid Hansen’s Kitt, an intelligent, enthusiastic 14-year-old girl, lights up the stage with her energy and charisma. Hansen portrays a realistic girl coming into her own, sometimes
presenting Kitt as the overly excitable teenager and other times as quietly emotional. Rod Peter Jr. stands out as the timid, awkward Jane, the shy but lovable boy who slowly gains confidence during this hour-long assembly, and is a perfect accompaniment to Kitt’s boisterous personality. Their initial unwanted connection and quickly formed friendship starts this comedy out onto a fast-paced journey of unexpected twists and turns. The humorous yet honest depiction of two young people taking off their rose-coloured glasses and really looking at the world mirrors the transition
Midterm Survival Stew BRONTË RENWICK-SHIELDS It’s that time of year again, when the crisp fall air makes you want to wear cosy grandpa sweaters and snuggle under warm quilts, and has you visualizing steaming mugs of tea. It’s also the time of midterms and colds, and if you’re like me you live in fear of a combination of those two. In hopes of defending myself from the sniffles and also to lower my workload while cramming for midterms and writing papers, I decided in a fleeting Sunday moment of free time to make stew. The best thing about stew is that it can be made with basically anything you currently have in your fridge, which gets rid of those questionably wilted veggies and keeps the price relatively low—that being if you have things in your fridge, which unfortunately I didn’t. So off to Thrifty Foods I went, coming home with lentils, canned tomatoes, barley, and various other odds and ends that I had picked up in a hunger-fuelled rampage. I began to create a recipe as my boyfriend looked on in fear of what I was creating. But you know what? It was delicious, so I thought I’d share it. And now the recipe!
One small zucchini, chopped One large white onion, diced One large sweet potato, diced Four cloves of garlic, minced (this is killing the germs, ladies and gentlemen) 1 cup chopped kale Three carrots, peeled and chopped ½ cup red lentils ½ cup yellow split peas
everyone goes through in the process of growing up. Shadow-play is ingeniously used as Kitt and Jane use flashlights during their dramatic re-enactments to tell their story. This effect engages viewers and displays impressive choreography. A live video, reminiscent of a teenager’s YouTube channel, is used for Kitt’s final song, which allows for a realistic, childlike storytelling that isn’t common in live productions but that effectively transmits emotion in this setting. This low-tech, high-energy performance produces dynamic characters who I hope will continue their adventures for years to come.
1 cup of pearl barley Two bay leaves 2 tbsp olive oil 1½ tsp chopped ginger root (ginger powder works too if you don’t have the fresh stuff) 1½ tsp curry powder of your desired spice level 1½ tsp cinnamon 1½ tsp ground coriander 1½ tsp paprika Salt and black pepper to taste 1 tsp of garlic powder 1 can diced tomatoes 4½ cups of vegetable broth (you may need more) In a large-ish pot, heat the olive oil on low and sauté the ginger, onions, and garlic for around five minutes. Stir in the spices and bay leaves, and, after letting those flavours meld for a minute or two, add the zucchini, kale, sweet potato, and carrots (as well as any other yummy veggies you think would do nicely. I think red or yellow peppers could work well). Add vegetable broth, canned tomatoes, lentils, split peas, and barley. Up the heat to medium, and add broth, stirring, adding, and reducing heat as necessary. Cook for around 30 minutes or until lentils, split peas, and barley soften. Then serve with a slice of fresh bread if you’re feeling ambitious or a slice of buttered toast if you’re not. This stew is quite filling and makes large enough portions that it should keep one person fed and warm for at least a couple days. So sustain yourself, stay healthy, and keep on truckin’. The end is in sight.
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Brotha’ from another culture Reggae music is embraced by all BLAKE MORNEAU Sometimes our perceptions of where certain art comes from affect our ability to accept that same art coming from something or someone different than the picture we have in our head. I’ve had this argument numerous times over the years regarding race and music. My white friends have often espoused the inability of anyone but old black men to play the blues, which is clearly untrue. The blues afflicts everyone, from all walks of life. Now, close your eyes and think of “reggae.” You’re probably thinking of Jamaican brothas with long dreadlocks and beards, toking in the sunshine of a tiny island nation. Indeed reggae has become Jamaica’s greatest national export, a universally recognized cultural identity. But, just like the blues, reggae can be found almost anywhere. Even with a Jewish kid from New York. “I think of reggae as Jewish music and I know a lot of people wouldn’t think that at all,” says Michael Goldwasser, co-founder of Easy Star Records and one of the masterminds behind the Easy Star All-Stars and their ongoing mission to reimagine
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every great modern non-reggae record. “Reggae made sense to me from a very young age because I’m Jewish and a lot of Rastafari iconography, even the religion, is very strongly rooted in the Jewish religion and scripture. When I started getting into Bob Marley, I realized that a lot of his lyrics were straight out of the Jewish Bible—word for word translations that he was getting through the Christian adaptation of that.” It may seem like a bit of a stretch at first, but it’s an exceedingly easy theory for Goldwasser to back up. “I think any serious Rasta understands the Jewish roots of this stuff. The iconography of things like the idea of a return to Zion, that’s a Jewish concept. Literally Jerusalem is on Mt. Zion, but for Rastas, Zion is Ethiopia. The idea of the Lion of Judah, that comes from Judaism. Judah is one of the 12 tribes of Israel.” Even when the words and subject matter of a music genre speak to you, they are nothing without the right vibes fl owing through the sound system. “It makes sense to me. I like it. I gravitate towards it. I don’t love all reggae, like any style of music there’s plenty of crap out there, but if I just hear even a crappy reggae song in
PROVIDED the distance I still kind of feel the vibes of music,” says Goldwasser. It’s this love of the deep groove of Jamaican music that inspired Goldwasser to help found Easy Star Records in the ’90s. Since its conception, the label has been a beacon for traditional-sounding roots reggae and, perhaps most notably, the home of Easy Star All-Stars, a rotating collective of the best players from Easy Star’s releases, à la Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One in the early days of reggae. The group has made a name for themselves with the wildly imaginative retellings of classic albums like Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon (Dub Side of the Moon), Radiohead’s
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OK Computer (Radiodread), the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper's (Lonely Hearts’ Dub Band), and most recently, Michael Jackson’s Thriller (Thrillah). Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood have both publicly praised the group’s take on their landmark record, with the latter going so far as to call it, “Truly astounding.” Goldwasser says it’s not the only positive response he’s received from artists. “Most famously, David Gilmour was being interviewed, I think in support of his last solo album, but he was being interviewed on BBC 1 and the host asked him, ‘Do you know about Dub Side of the Moon?’ And Gilmour said, ‘Aww yeah, it’s great fun. I wish I had of seen them while they were in London, but
I found out about it too late.’ So that was pretty cool to hear that. Roger Waters sent us a fax, back in the days when people still used faxes, saying that he received our copy and appreciated getting it, but it’s his policy not to comment on covers of his work. Of course I respect that.” There are still a couple of artists who have yet to comment on the interpretations from Goldwasser and Co. “Still waiting for a phone call from Sir Paul McCartney. Obviously there’s no way to get Michael Jackson’s opinion on our version of Thriller, but as corny as it sounds, I think he would have liked it if he heard it. I think he’d appreciate it.”
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Wardrobe essentials for the rain, wind, a-a-and ah choo! KATRINA WONG The time has come for the sun to fool us all. When it’s sunny out, it doesn’t always mean it’s warm. It means the desperately romantic wind is trying to sweep us off our feet by smothering us in fallen leaves. The first wave of viruses is just receding, so let’s not get caught by the second. Stay warm and dry in these cosy finds. Winter is all about layering and I like to have a good foundation for those especially cold days. Thank Odin for the defeat of the Ice Giants . . . and also for the invention of long-sleeved dresses. Bless’ed Are The Meek has a snug ivory Palm Dress ($275 at revolveclothing. com) that reminds me too much of the sun’s rays to be fit for the snow. Still Life (550/551 Johnson St.) never ceases to amaze me with their multifaceted style. Last year I remember fishing out a Libertine-Libertine shirt when hunting for a gift for my father. He’s not very fond of the cold and we were planning to visit Korea, where it gets down to minus 20°C. The Libertine-Libertine shirt was perfect in print and texture, and was unlike ordinary shirts in that it was slightly thicker. Though it’s a year later, I still regret not getting that herringbone shirt for him. (At the very least, if he really didn’t like it, I could have taken it off his hands.) The Hunter Shirt, it’s called, is available again this year at Still Life, along with Brixton beanies, Nudie Jeans denim, an unhinging selection of Filson bags, and oh-so-sharp Clae shoes. There’s also an unbelievably soft smoke shirt from Plectrum by Ben Sherman (for him) and a wonderfully colourful plaid shirt from Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen (for her). Top those shirts with a coat by my love, Massimo Dutti. It’s almost a crime
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that I can’t find a single Dutti store in B.C., but I suppose their online store (massimodutti.com) will simply do. For women, I fancy the Cloak ($345), mostly for its name, but also for its straight cut and 4:1 wool to nylon ratio. Throw up the hood for added mystery. For men, the Reversible Wool Parka ($375) gives you double for your money. I went weak at the knees after reading the description. It’s everything I could ever want in a jacket. Keywords: light, waterproof, wool, leather, removable hood. However, if a full coat is too warm for you in Victoria’s light winter, may I suggest a gilet? I was skeptical about vests until I came across a description of them by Joanna Goddard of A Cup Of Jo blog. She said they were like sticking your foot out from under the covers when it got too warm. Jack Wills is very proud of their gilets, advertising them as “expertly crafted” with a “tough outer layer, soft cotton lining and unrivalled insulation.” They’re available for both sexes at jackwills.com. Just up the way from Still Life, at 610 Johnson St., Amelia Lee scored a couple of boots from SuperTrash that would make formidable companions for the rain. Don’t you know puddles are portals? While kids might be too light to jump through, adults can sink right into a new world! But I digress . . . They also carry an array of iPhone cases designed by Field Trip (fieldtrip on etsy. com) for generations 4 and 5 so you can accessorize without having to pull up your sleeves. I fell in love with the Duke in that boutique. By the Duke, I mean the leather carry-all tote from One Fated Knight. You can also find it online at onefatedknight.com and perhaps court a Duchess too. Lazy Oaf has funky iPhone cases as well as other accessories that will yank the dank out of your days. Get their
Bobble Hats and Kitty Socks from lazyoaf.com. If, like me, you trust sneakers so much that you even wore them to prom, you’ll love the weatherproof sneakers by Superga. The classic Superga 2750 ($85.50 at superga.co.uk) is designed with water-resistant canvas and a fur lining that’ll keep your feet dry and warm should you be unable to resist kicking snow. If you haven’t visited Roberta’s Hats on 1318 Government St., I suggest you do. It’s one of those stores that look oddly interesting from the outside and don’t disappoint you once you enter. The salespersons don different hats each day too, I hear. I recently bought a dark purple wool beret from their long line of berets, and so far it seems to make anything look chic. An eccentric hat might just be the thing you need to set you apart from the other Tooks and Brandybucks. I should mention that One Teaspoon (oneteaspoon.com.au) is having a sale (as Australian brands should since their summer is just beginning), so take advantage of it and grab their knits and things before they’re sold out! I’ve already snatched up a couple of Smith Tees ($20 AUD) and a pair of the Devil Woman Knit Shorts ($38.70 AUD) for lounging at home with the thermostat on. Finally, if you are in desperate need of a comfortably warm sleep in a bed of snow, then you are in need of the Selk’bag. It’s a full-bodied sleeping bag that resembles a puffy, insulated onesie. You can read about its history and conception at selkbagusa.com, where they’re available in sizes for adults and kids. In all seriousness though, keep your blood running. Don’t let the real vampires starve.
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SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely.
The Canadian Men’s Eight in unabashed celebration crossing the finish line at the Beijing Olympics. UVic Alumni: Adam Kreek (third from left), Kevin Light (far right).
Tips from Olympian Adam Kreek on academic goals HUGH KRUZEL “Doing the thing is like the candy you earned.” – Adam Kreek, at Science North 2013 Twenty-nine feet long, six wide; four men sharing less than 100 square feet; a boat, an ocean, a journey. Could you do it? It takes adaptation and an adherence to a belief. For Olympic gold medalist Adam Kreek and his teammates, this adventure had its joys, tribulations, and a guiding belief in an achievable goal. Did I mention they attempted to row, yes, row, from Africa to the Americas? They lived this cross-Atlantic journey for more than 70 days. I salute their stamina and strength. While we know today that the world is round and finite, this is still the stuff
of legend. Though marvelous to celebrate the attainment of each day, their ultimate destination, Miami, was not to be reached. After all, if it was easy, everyone would be doing it . . . and isn’t that true of so many things in life? It may even apply to your university career. When asked whether the passage through bachelor’s degrees—and then graduate studies—may be advanced by an Olympic model of expertise and goal setting: “Yes,” Kreek says, “This is an ideal platform for this discussion. Formalized education is like any other project in that it starts and moves along towards a destination.” Kreek says that firstly, we all need an easily-communicable objective. Too often we swim in a pool of words and phrases that dilute our vision. Can
you craft a mission statement that is clear and concise? Does it summarize your program or thesis? No fluff. Can you do the one-minute elevator talk so that the listener knows what you are doing and why you are doing it? Kreek and the team had to be able to do this with each sponsorship request, and every media contact. “The months of planning and leadup are the unseen elements that sometimes take the real toll and chew the collective energy and spit out your enthusiasm. If you can survive that . . .” So, his the second point is that it is no walk in the park. It is hard work. It requires energy and effort. Yes, long before you submit a paper, defend your research, or cross the stage at convocation, there have been weeks, months, or years of
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effort. For the athlete, it is all in the training. The longer the duration, the easier the diversion; off-track can be magnified into a crash. Olympic dates are carved in stone, but the graduation horizon can almost be pushed off forever. Use a calendar, generate a time-line and work towards an end date. Break the journey into a series of doable tasks with fixed dates. Put it up on the wall, stick it to your mirror, or use a magnet to attach it to your fridge. “Establish metrics to note your progression,” says Kreek. This must follow your blueprint for success or it will get you nowhere. Don’t be afraid to think in the long-term, but don’t neglect the baby-steps. Acknowledge the reality of the potential plateau or diversion.
As in the world of sports and fitness, Kreek is adamant that you get a coach. Semantics aside, the role of the advisor is to mentor and guide. The will to succeed is internal; however, external motivation sometimes breaks the cycle of procrastination. The ups and downs can be smoothed by someone who has been there before. This is not the time to do self-diagnosis no matter how selfaware you are; a coach can carry out systematic analyses and know what is complete and what needs attention. They help you on the path to the next level without straying. Inventory your initiatives and resources. Just like rowing and other sports, there is a discipline and strategy to winning.
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Jaclyn Sawicki hopes her team will win the CIS Championship this year.
Sawicki looks to put a ring on it ALEX KURIAL Though few may guess it, Jaclyn Sawicki didn’t possess the stereotypical love of all things sports that many successful athletes appear to have as a child. Rather, her first encounter with soccer came through her mother. For the past three years, Sawicki has been a staple on the Canadian soccer scene, guiding her various teams to success in Victoria and around the world. As another triumphant year draws to a close, Sawicki reflects on the path that ultimately brought her to
UVic, and talks about the wide range of opportunities soccer has created in her life. “To be honest, my mom just kind of threw me into a summer soccer camp when I was seven,” Sawicki says of her introduction to the game. “So to start it wasn’t so much of an interest, it was my mom making me be active as a child. I continued it just because it started to become routine.” Soccer remained routine until Grade 7, when Sawicki’s skills were recognized at the provincial level. “My first year of making the provincial team, that kind
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of triggered me to keep going on,” she recalls. Sawicki continued her standout play throughout high school at Archbishop Carney in Coquitlam. Yet as graduation approached, her interest in the game had stagnated. “Towards the end of Grade 12, I didn’t want to play at all anymore,” Sawicki explained. “It was just kind of the same old thing everyday.” As had happened 10 years earlier however, Sawicki’s mom was there to rekindle her interest in the game. “My mom gave a little bit of a push and I ended up at UVic.” Despite her doubts about pursuing the game, Sawicki stayed active in the recruiting process in her senior high school years. “In Grade 11, I became a full-time Whitecaps player. So at that time our coach was pushing us to get recruited,” she says of the process. “I definitely wanted to go away and play, live on my own, and get that independence. But at the same time I wanted it to be close enough so I could come home when I needed to.” These criteria put UVic firmly on the front burner for Sawicki. “UVic was the perfect option,” she concluded. “I heard so many great things about UVic. Tracy [head coach Tracy David] seemed to have a really big interest in me. It seemed like a good fit, and my mom really liked it.” Soccer fans at UVic know about Sawicki for her collegiate achievements, a partial list of which includes being named 2010 Rookie of the Year, 2011 Canada West First Team All-Star, and 2012 CIS Second Team All-Canadian. Her talented play extends well beyond Centennial Stadium, however, and has earned her starting roles with some of Canada’s top national teams. The first of these experiences came with Canada’s national team itself, when Sawicki was invited to training camp in 2011. “When I first got invited to training camp it was kind of out of the blue, because it was with the fulltime team. I accepted and went in being like, ‘I’m going to try my best’.
It was really awesome playing with the big dogs and seeing what they do.” Sawicki’s determined attitude caught the eye of the national team coaches who selected her to join the Canadian U-20 team in the yearlong buildup to the 2012 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Japan. Sawicki proved she belonged in the mix, helping guide Canada to a second-place finish in qualification to earn a World Cup berth. She also scored a goal during a 6-0 semifinal rout of Panama, her first goal at the international level. The heavy travel schedule brought with it challenges, as Sawicki was still enrolled in school at UVic. “I travelled pretty much every month. It was a lot because I was still doing school full time, so definitely a lot of time management in there,” she says. Sawicki had taken steps to prepare for the impending situation though, allowing her to ease some of the load. “I registered my classes in a way to anticipate making the team. So when I did, I was only in three classes which made it a little bit easier on me.” Canada’s World Cup dreams ended sooner than the team would have liked, when they ran into a strong North Korea team in the group stage. Still, Sawicki continued to build recognition, scoring a key goal in Canada’s lone win against Argentina. She credits the journey as one of the most defining in her soccer career. “It was really good experience, always feels good to put on the Canadian jersey and play for your country. I learned a lot of things, and developed a lot of skills through it.” Sawicki also took part in the soccer tournament at this year’s Summer Universiade in Russia. Despite Canada suffering a tough finish, placing 10th out of 12 nations, Sawicki continued to impress on the international stage, even adding another international goal to her name. Back at home, Sawicki’s fondest Vikes memory to date is the 2012 Nationals tournament hosted here at UVic, even if it didn’t get off to the
best of starts for her personally. “It was freezing. I was really sick too, actually, which sucked.” Sawicki battled through, however, scoring the deciding goal in a penalty kick against Ottawa to secure the Bronze for UVic. Along with the medal, the fan support is what Sawicki remembers best about the experience. “I was shocked at how many fans came out, we had all the support in the world which was amazing. It was too bad we didn’t finish with the gold but we did finish our season winning.” Sawicki and the Vikes find themselves on a tear in 2013, finishing the regular season 10-2 to place first in the Canada West conference. Sawicki has started all 12 games and is tied for the team-lead in assists with four. Arguably one of the best Vikes teams in years, this year is perhaps Sawicki’s best chance to achieve her last big remaining goal at UVic. “This year I want a gold medal for sure. I want to get myself a ring,” Sawicki says. The CIS Championship takes place in Toronto in November, with UVic projected as a leading contender to capture the title. While she is no doubt a major piece of the puzzle in the Vikes’ success, Sawicki makes it clear that she does not demand the spotlight in order for the team to do well. “Mainly I just want to be consistent and play well for my team and give solid performances. I don’t need to score goals, I just want to make sure that I’m doing good for the team.” Sawicki’s final year of eligibility for UVic is 2014, after which she plans to shift focus to finishing her degree in Recreation and Health Education. Right now, Sawicki is undecided on the role soccer will play in her postuniversity life, choosing instead to just enjoy what has been an extraordinarily successful personal and professional ride. “It’s a huge aspect of my life for me to think about, so I think I’m just gonna take it day by day, and once I’m towards the end, figure it out,” she says.
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Taking the stress out of stress SHANNON K. AURINGER You have a paper due for each class, every spare moment is spent studying for the upcoming midterms, your significant other has been texting you madly about not spending enough time together, and your parents keep calling you to ask why you haven’t called. You don’t even have enough energy left to think about final exams rearing their ugly faces in less than two months. All you want to do right now is crawl into bed and forget about it all. You are stressed out and looking for something to scratch off your to-do list. What happened to the days where the things you wanted to do outnumbered the things you had to do? Here is the guaranteed reality about stress: it’s not going anywhere. There is always going to be a certain amount of pressure in your life, at all times. The harsh truth is, you are not always going to be able to drop things that have to be done in order to gain some relief from stress. Right now it’s probably schoolwork, exams, and work that leave you feeling like things are out of control. In a few years, it’s going to be career demands, student debt, a mortgage, and maybe even kids that keep you on your feet.
Stress seems to be a word used these days to describe the things in life that cause us problems or that we just don’t like. It seems like one of those many over-used words-ofthe-day, but stress can actually cause ailments and problems. It can attribute to strokes, and heart disease, high blood pressure, as well as causing immune and circulatory problems right down to the more obvious issues like weight gain and disrupted sleep. When combined with an unhealthy lifestyle of little exercise and bad food choices, stress can at times have fatal consequences. According to a 2011 study by Statistics Canada, 25 per cent of females and 22 per cent of males between the ages of 20 and 34 reported that most of their days were stressful. So in a world where it seems to be that stress is just becoming more commonplace, the answer seems that it’s not about de-stressing your life, but instead about embracing the stress and learning to manage it effectively. Managing stress properly begins with a little bit of mental housekeeping. Here are a few things that you can do to help keep your mood up and your stress levels down: • Exercise for at least 30–40 minutes a day. This doesn’t have to be a Mr. Olympia style workout; it can be as simple as a walk through the park
while drinking in and appreciating nature. Try to get a proper and consistent amount of sleep as many nights of the week as possible. Stop being a yes-man/woman and a people-pleaser. If you’re short on time and someone is asking for a favour, don’t be afraid to say no to avoid overloading your schedule. Prioritize. This means deciding what is important and sticking to it. Don’t forget that priorities shift over time, so this will be something that changes. Take a vitamin B complex. The 11 members of the vitamin B family are responsible for improving memory, lifting depression, boosting energy, easing anxiety and even alleviating PMS symptoms. If you’re not eating a dark-green-vegetable-rich diet, this is your next best thing. Do something fun once a week. It can’t be all work and no play, that would drive anyone nuts. If cash is tight, don’t stress out; there are plenty of free or cheap things going on around town during any given week, such as free swims at local recreation centres, or poetry and open mic nights at local coffee shops. Volunteer work can even be fun, and may even find a place on your resumé. October 31, 2013
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Roundtable discussions on mental health aim to end stigma
Discussion series opens dialogue and promotes discussion of mental health in the UVic community JANINE CROCKETT Going to university should be monumental in a person’s life; for many students it’s a time of growth that involves heightened responsibilities. But, with the responsibility of a university education comes pressure and stress which can lead to mental health issues or worsen pre-existing mental illnesses. Cindy Player, director of Human Rights at UVic, is one of the organizers behind a series of four roundtable discussions to help those with mental health issues and those who may develop them. These discussions look to help people open up and communicate, while also reducing the stigma of having a mental illness—an issue Player says some people suggest is worse than the illness itself. But the illness and stigma are not just student issues. Player suggests the assumption on campus that mental health is strictly a student issue is another stigma.
“I think it’s quite a significant issue on campus, and I see it as an issue for students, and an issue for staff, and an issue for faculty. So the mental health task force which I’m chairing tries to address mental health as an issue for the entire UVic community.” The first roundtable discussion, “Supporting Your Mental Health: Making Connections on Campus,” was held Oct. 6, and Player says it was a success. “I think people got a lot out of the conversation. There was quite a good turnout. We did talk about things an individual can do, but we also talked about systemic-level issues as well, and the pressures that are on students, and if there’s ways to try and ameliorate those, and that reducing sort of stress and overwork and pressure can be very valuable for students that live with mental health issues. But it’s good for everybody too.” The discussions are set up as roundtables so that all participants, those seeking help or information
and experts, are interspersed to induce conversation. The experts at the first roundtable consisted of people from a wide variety of UVic’s faculties including Multifaith Services, the Faculty of Fine Arts, the Peer Helping program, the international student office, and Indigenous support, among others. But these aren’t the only groups on campus looking to make a difference. Player says, “I know that student affairs has been working on a student mental health strategy. They’ve mapped what’s available for students and have identified some gaps and are proposing strategies to try and address those gaps.” For those seeking mental health services, UVic provides a selection of resources. Player says there’s counselling, health services, and peer counselling. The mental health task force also organizes an information fair every two years called “Out of the Shadows and into the Sunshine,” which has received positive feedback
from students who attended as well as those who manned tables. The mental health resources and support that UVic provides are crucial to students’ success at UVic, says Player. “I think students that come into university with mental health issues have quite a high rate of dropping out. That mental health is sort of crucial to student success. I think it can be quite devastating for students, and the other issue is that the sort of age group of most university students is the age at which mental health difficulties often first manifest themselves. So it’s sort of a time in peoples lives when things may arise around mental health issues.” Player says it’s important that students don’t ignore an existing mental health issue, and instead take advantage of the resources available, or at least be familiar with them in case they need them in the future. The second roundtable event and last of this term, “Breaking the Silence: Starting Conversations about
Mental Illness,” will be Nov. 6, from 12–1:30 p.m. in the Engineering Graduate Lounge (ECS 660). It will focus on creating a more open discussion of mental illness which Player suggests has changed in a positive direction. However, the stigma still exists and Player says she would like to get rid of it, “so that people who have a mental illness can seek help and talk about it in the same way people might talk about other physical illness and not feel like it’s something that they need to hide.” Next term, the final two roundtables, “Indigenous Understandings of Mental Health” Jan. 29 12–1:30 p.m, which focuses on an Indigenous point of view of mental health and “Substance Use” Feb. 26 12–1:30 p.m. which focuses on substance abuse as both a mental illness and a coping mechanism as a result of mental illness, will take place in the Engineering Graduate Lounge (ECS 660).
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10 ways to know you’re dating a sociopath or possibly a married man* *(as if there were any difference) 1. Fifty per cent of your relationship is talking on the phone, 49 per cent is texting, and one per cent is spent physically together. 2. He knows where you live and has probably been there, but you have no clue where he lives. He just kind of points to ‘over there’ when you ask. 3. You both go to a Royals hockey game together, and just before you guys leave to go back to your place, he goes to the bathroom and never comes back. The next day he calls and says your jealous ex had him kicked out. When you attempt to remind him your ex is backpacking in Ecuador, he suggests you move past it and never talk about the incident again.
90-day search for ES economics students finally reaches end KLARA WOLDENGA HUMOUR — After a month and a half of intensive searching, the missing Environmental Studies students from the University of Victoria have been found. It took several paid private investigators to find the students’ location, but all their hard work has finally paid off. According to sources, the students have been found in several areas ofAfrica such as Kenya. Even though the event happened in September, economics professor Amy Whelter is still shocked and confused over the event. Whelter was the teacher for class ES 432, where the students were before they went missing. “The class seemed to contain normal fourth-year students. They seemed excited about getting ready to start another year of university at UVic,” says Whelter. It was almost two months ago, Sept. 8, when the students disappeared while attending Issues in World Economics. “I was just in the middle of the lecture, then I turned around and every student was gone from their seat,” explains Whelter. “I didn’t know what to make of it.” She decided to view it as a prank. But as days went by with no sign of them, the students’ friends started feeling concerned. Jordan Peltier called the
police after a week of not being able to contact his roommate. “After not hearing from him in three days, I ate all of his food and had a party in the dorm,” says Peltier. “But after week two of no roommate, I was getting concerned, mostly because rent was due soon.” Fellow roommates weren’t the only people raising questions; soon the parents were also becoming concerned over their children’s locations. Joan Alterk, a mother of one of the missing students, called the police one week after her daughter’s disappearance. “We don’t usually talk very often,” says Alterk, “but I knew as soon as she wasn’t answering her phone or calling to ask for money something was wrong.” John Rumon, one of the many private investigators put on the case, was the first to track down five of the 40 missing Environmental Studies economics students. “It was one of the toughest jobs I’ve ever had,” says Rumon. “Usually I just search for cheating husbands and lost socks. This was very different.” After a month and a half of searching, Rumon found five students in a rural area of Kenya, building homes for underprivileged citizens. One of these students was Jane Alterk. “At first they were reluctant to talk,” says Rumon. “But after I offered them some ketchup
chips, they seemed more willing to open up.” After a lengthy interview, Rumon finally discovered the reason of the student’s disappearance. “They said they were just tired of hearing about all the problems of the world and not doing anything about it. So they all took the next flight to Kenya and spread themselves throughout the country to work with locals in the area to dig wells, build houses, and help Doctors Without Borders,” he explains. “They said sitting behind a desk to obtain a piece of paper does nothing to help the current economic world problems.” Although he tried to persuade the students to return home they refused. “All they asked of me was to delete their Internet history when I got back to Canada.” Defeated, Rumon returned to Canada to give the parents the bad news. “I just can’t believe she would do that,” says Joan Alterk after receiving the news from Rumon. “She had so much potential.” Alterk is in the process of trying to get a ticket to Kenya to talk to her daughter directly, in hopes of bringing her home. “We just want them to stop wasting their time in Africa and get back here and finish their degree,” says Alterk. “Then they can finally do something useful with their lives.”
4. He disappears for a few days and says he was out of cell reception. Can you believe that is even possible nowadays?! 5. When you meet for coffee, he either shows up five minutes before you, or five minutes after you. When you ask him where he has just come from, his stories always start with “A funny thing just happened,” and typically end with “Yeah I couldn’t believe it either!” 6. You meet him with his kids at McDonald’s to visit, but you can’t talk or make eye contact until they go into the McPlayPlace. Only then do you get to talk to him while sitting at different tables. He points out how much fun it is to pretend you don’t know each other when people are around. It’s like you’re secret agents! 7. He always talks about his awesome car, that you never see. (Probably because his wife has it with her.) 8. He never answers the phone when you call, and always calls back within five minutes. His go-to excuse is that he was in the washroom, but at this rate he either has a really small bladder or eats way too many burritos. 9. After going MIA when he was supposed to spend the night, he finally calls claiming he got hit by a car on his bike and was in the hospital with minor bruises. After offering to meet him for coffee, he quickly advises you not to be surprised when you can’t see the bruises. He explains that he suffers from a weird genetic disorder that causes the bruising colour to blend in to his regular skin tone. (That sounds reasonable, right?) 10. He has to leave town to go to a friend’s funeral in Courtenay for a week in February and comes back with a tan. You also seem to recall that same friend having died the previous February as well. SHANNON K. AURINGER
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