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HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR UNIVERSITY DIGS PAGE 12

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New system to help students schedule accommodated exams TARYN BROWNELL

A new enterprise is in production at the Resource Centre for Students with a Disability (RCSD). The system, named Clockwork, is a database that will allow students with disabilities to more easily set up an alternative method for taking exams. Currently, the process in place for accommodated exams is a written memo system. “Students who are registered with the RCSD, and who are eligible for accommodated exams, such as receiving extra time in which to complete, or using a computer with word processor, would normally be required to pick up exam forms, have the instructor fill it in, and return it to the RCSD,” said Laurie Keenan, manager of disability

services with the RCSD, in an email. The step-by-step process requires students to pick up introduction memos from the RCSD, take the memos to their instructors, fill in an exam form for each course, and return these forms to the RCSD at least two weeks before their first scheduled exam. After that, they must pick up a confirmation copy of the exam form from the RCSD before the exam dates. Clockwork will simplify this process. According to Keenan, once it is in place, students will be able to log in to a secure web portal and view the memos as well as share them with their instructors. They will be able to book their exams through the system, to be written at the RCSD exam centre. On the other end of things, instructors will also be able to log in to the portal and

enter test and exam details for each student who needs to write an accommodated exam. “The RCSD needs an information management system that is appropriate to co-ordinate and improve confidential services provided to the growing registration of students (currently approximately 1 100) and the complexity of these required services,” wrote Keenan. Keenan says the RCSD had certain criteria that they were looking for in the system. They wanted something that was easily accessible to users of assistive technology and customizable for use by students, professors, managers, advisors, exam co-ordination staff and evening invigilators. “Currently, information used to provide RCSD services is produced and

stored in a variety of locations, formats, and methods. We wanted one simple interface,” said Keenan. The RCSD wanted to move away from booking appointments over the phone, through email, in person or through Outlook. They are working toward setting up appointments through online booking with an advisor. The idea is to try to move everything to an online format, so memos don’t need to be printed out for each student every term. An additional benefit of Clockwork is for the RCSD advisors, according to Keenan. Currently, advisors need to double check enrolment and contact data for each student, to keep it up to date. Clockwork, however, will sync student information into the system, so it will be available to advisors.

“Specialized exam invigilation involves approximately 6 500 exams per year in specific rooms, seats, and in many cases with specific computers, specialized equipment, software and furniture,” said Keenan. Clockwork will aid in these specific setups by providing a database of specialized equipment and locations of that equipment which is integrated with the electronic booking system, rather than the current setup, which required such things to be checked manually. Work on Clockwork began in August of 2012. The RCSD is currently using the system to manually book appointments and generate memos, and hopes to have the online test booking and memos system up and running by summer 2014.

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Two local authors receive Victoria literary awards

Fiction writer thanks her husband, retired UVic prof ANGEL MANGUERRA Local Victoria authors Stephen Reid and Polly Horvath were awarded at the 2013 Victoria Book Prize Awards, in a gala held at the Union Club of B.C. on Oct. 16. In recognition of their literature, each author received $5 000 in prize money. For his non-fiction work, A Crowbar in the Buddhist Garden, Stephen Reid was awarded the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. Polly Horvath was presented the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize for her fictional piece, One Year in Coal Harbour. Published by Thistledown Press, Reid’s book deals with the author’s relationships, pain, sorrow, and hope during his time in prison. The collection of essays talks about the confines of imprisonment, the challenges of addiction, and the realizations he gained from each experience. The award-winning book is favourably described by jurors George Fetherling, Laurie Ricou, and Michelle Whitehead: “Framed by a sharply observed, imaginatively speculative, and risky exploration of beachcombing, Stephen Reid’s A Crowbar in the Buddhist Garden is a prison ethnography taut with wit and humanity.” Reid, a former member of the infamous “Stopwatch Gang”—named for their ability to rob a bank in less than two minutes—served 21 years

in prison. The Gang was implicated in robberies of more than 100 banks, and, in the 1970s, this put Reid on the FBI’s most-wanted list. Reid then originally served more than 14 years in prison, with two escape attempts. After being released in 1987, he was again arrested for an attempted daytime bank robbery in Victoria in 1999. His previous written works include the novel, Jackrabbit Parole which he penned in prison, and articles and essays for magazines, journals, and newspapers. The spouse of popular writer Susan Musgrave, Reid now teaches creative writing, works as a youth counsellor, and has served on various editorial boards. Polly Horvath is the recipient of many young adult and children’s book awards, having written more than five award-winning children’s books. Published by Groundwood Books, One Year in Coal Harbour is based on the adventures of Primrose Squarp. The protagonist originally starred in Horvath’s previous, Newberry Honor book Everything on A Waffle. In this sequel, Squarp takes on adventures in Coal Harbour as new problems and situations rise to challenge the people and places she loves. Jurors Leslie Hudson, Freda Nobbs, and Beryl Young praise the book, saying, “Woven throughout are glimpses of just what it means to be alive, of

how to discern what you truly value and cherish, how to find beauty, even when it’s wrapped in anger and pain. Brimming with wit, imagination, and insight, One Year in Coal Harbour is at once contemporary and timeless.” After winning the Bolen Book Prize, the Toronto Dominion Children's Literature Award and the Toronto Dominion Fan Choice Award all in the same week, Horvath said in an email, “It was about as much excitement as I could handle without a cardiac infarction. I've won and lost a number of awards over the years, but I realized afterward that this was the first one I had ever won with my husband in attendance and I forgot to thank him! He is recently retired UVic professor Arnie Keller. So it seems appropriate to thank him here. He is a wonderful husband, wonderful father, wonderful friend, and hell of a teacher. Thank you, Arnie Keller.” The Butler Book Prize of the City of Victoria celebrates its 10th year in 2013, while the Bolen Books Children’s Prize is in its sixth year. Both awards are meant to recognize and support the thriving writers’ community in Greater Victoria. The event was hosted by CBC journalist and recent UVic Harvey Southam lecturer Jo-Ann Roberts, and opened with poetry readings from local Poet Laureate Janet Rogers.


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2013 Victoria Leadership Awards

Leadership Victoria to host 10th annual leadership awards JANINE CROCKETT Leadership Victoria will play host to the 10th annual Victoria Leadership Awards (VLA) Feb. 26, 2014, at Crystal Gardens. The awards, which were established in 2004, are given to leaders that have benefited the Greater Victoria Community through their actions. Leadership Victoria, a volunteer organization that runs the awards, was founded in 2000, and according to their website, their mission is, “To develop, support, and celebrate leaders who are passionately engaged in building a vibrant community.” Other than the awards, the organization runs leadership symposiums, targeted programming

providing opportunities for community leaders, and a nine-month experientialbased learning program. Kate Mansell, chair of the 2013 VLA Steering Committee, says that in the nine-month program, participants usually found a non-profit organization. “They form groups, then they brainstorm around the type of project they want to do. They’ve done a variety of things. They’ve done a garden, they’ve done a playground for a daycare, they’ve done a reading program with youth, and different things,” Mansell says. She says there are too many projects to name all that have being carried out throughout the program’s history. Leadership Victoria began with Rotary

members and the University of Victoria on its board and is governed by leaders in the community. “We were looking at doing something that identifies and honours and recognizes community leaders and inspires others to get out there and do it, you know, seeing the kinds of work that these people are doing. And it’s also a fundraiser for Leadership Victoria,” says Mansell. “So there were three goals essentially. It was to inspire others to leadership, to recognize those many, many, many people in our community—some of them, people don’t really get any sort of idea of what they’re doing except through recognition like this—and to raise money.” The VLAs have evolved over the

years. They now comprise eight award categories and have expanded from the three original groups on the board. Mansell says, “It was just the three partners, Leadership Victoria, the University of Victoria, and the Rotary Club of Harbourside, and now it embraces more of the Rotary Clubs in Greater Victoria. But also we’ve added two partners— the Victoria Foundation and the United Way of Greater Victoria, plus we added two named awards with Royal Roads University, and that’s for coaching and mentoring. The other award we had added earlier on in the evolution of the event was the Vancity Youth Award, and that was for youth between 20 and 30.” The winners of the VLA are picked by

a selection committee, which is made up of representatives from partners and the two named awards. The nominees, which for the 2014 Awards must be nominated by 4 p.m. Nov. 29, will be reviewed and compared on rating scales to assign them a point value. When a score is close or identical, Mansell says, there will be a lot of discussion about the areas a nominee is involved in and how much more one stands out over the other. Mansell says the awards benefit the recipients by recognizing what they’re doing. “And I think any time that you recognize someone for work well done, then it really reinforces that person’s resolve to continue being a force for change in the community.”

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Students ‘shave down’ to raise money for Movember BETH PARKER On Nov. 1, students stood near the fountain by the McPherson Library, watching volunteers step up for the “shave down” challenge. For these individuals, the event marked a new month and a fresh start, all in the name of men’s health. The idea behind the annual shave down booth is to get people excited about Movember at UVic—and to start them off with a “clean slate,” so they can grow their moustache from the very beginning of the month. The official “shave down” booth was attractively set up and drew a good-sized crowd, with coffee and Redbull available for volunteers and bystanders. Barbers from Victory Barbers and Brand, located downtown on Blanshard Street, were at the booth helping out, razors in hand, for the third year in a row. Cleanly shaven volunteers were able to sign up for the month of fundraising on-the-spot at the shave down booth. The booth is organized by commerce student Tanner Manning, who says planning for the event starts in September. The purpose of the event is to “fundraise by the growing of the ‘stache,” said Manning. The event at UVic began even before Movember was officially recognized in Canada.

In 2011, Movember obtained official charity status in Canada, and by 2012, there were 21 participating countries worldwide. While Movember is associated with Canada-wide facial-hair hype at this time of year, the event actually began in Australia 10 years ago. Movember is a grass roots movement, cofounded by Executive Director and CEO Adam Garone, and has been in existence since 2003. The event began with three simple rules: shave on Nov. 1, grow a moustache for 30 days, and raise awareness and funds for men’s health. Now, as a registered charity, its goal is to focus on men’s health, primarily prostate cancer but also testicular cancer and men’s mental health. According to cancer.org, approximately one in six men will have prostate cancer within their lifetime. On the website for Movember Canada, they state their vision for the project as, “To have an everlasting impact on men’s health.” They also state their number one value: to have fun while achieving this goal. “This is really awkward . . . I feel like sandpaper,” said Riley Wishart, a fifthyear math student, clearly in shock after having his thick, three-inch-long beard shaved off. “I’ve gotten used to stroking my beard.” Wishart says he has always showed

his support by growing a moustache in November, but this year he wanted to fully participate in Movember. “This year, I actually wanted to raise money for the cause,” he says. In its 10-year run, Movember has managed to gain much popularity, but also many criticisms. One critic, writing for online culture publication The Genteel, points to sexism and the hypocrisy of growing moustaches for cancer patients who may not have the ability to do so themselves: Sabrina Maddeaux writes, “It's almost as absurd as supporting a cancer that results in mastectomies with a pink-splashed sexualization of boobs.” Many individuals also tend to grow moustaches but not raise money for the cause, or may not even be aware that Movember is a charity for men’s health, though hype for the event seems to rise every year. Last year, the UVic Movember chapter raised $45 058. This year, $1130 was raised as of Nov. 2. A wrap-up party for the event, in honour of the team that raises the most money, will take place downtown at Sugar Nightclub on Nov. 29.

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UVic’s POLIS responds to Water Sustainability Act proposal Modernizing water legislation not without provincial controversy DOUGLAS LAIRD Although the B.C. Liberals recently introduced a proposal for legislation regarding water sustainability, it is an untimely revelation that Nestlé has been bottling and exporting water near Hope, practically free of charge, that has raised the profile of the proposed Water Sustainability Act (WSA). The UVic-based POLIS Project on Ecological Governance has been working on its Water Sustainability Project since 2003. POLIS researchers have commended the provincial government’s moves to modernize the 100-year-old legislation. They applaud the fact that the WSA is on the table, and that the third public consultation is presently underway. However, the proposal has also drawn some criticism, in part due to the announcement that the door for public engagement will close Nov. 15. That will mean an end to an open blog on the government’s WSA website. The president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs was quoted in the Aug. 22 Vancouver Sun that he does not believe that there

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has not been an adequate forum. At the time POLIS was working on a response to the WSA proposal, which was released in early October, it was as if nature provided the perfect backdrop for a divine comedy. A new record for the duration of fog was set after more than eight days of limited visibility in the capital. Foghorns from ships, which could contain water exported by a foreign multinational company, were heard from far beyond the Capital Regional District. The persistent water vapour was a tangible metaphor for issues such as Environmental Flows, Water Objectives, Area-Based Regulations and Water Sustainability. Not one to let irony slip, NDP environment critic Spencer Chandra-Herbert expressed his disappointment with the WSA proposal, which outlines the intents of the Act. Pinpointing areas where the WSA will be lacking, he chastised the claim that the B.C. Liberals were ‘getting tough’ on water usage. “To say you’re charging 85 cents for a million litres of water is laughable,” Chandra-Herbert said. “But what the proposal does is just as vague.”

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Chandra-Herbert suggested that by the government ending community involvement, the discussion is missing out on increasing awareness of water conservation issues in the future. His critique also suggested that the proposal doesn’t separate what is a public resource from corporate involvement. “It just doesn’t say. They have refused to put the public trust of holding the water into the legislation,” Chandra-Herbert told the Martlet. He also suggested that the Act does not acknowledge the reality of climate change, adding, “It could have gone much further.” Agriculture is the biggest consumer of water resources, according to a 2009 UNESCO report titled Water in a Changing World. A minor degree shift in temperature may reduce the capacity for productivity in crops across mid-latitude countries, but cause some small increases in higher latitude regions (such as B.C. or Chile). However, if the climate warms three degrees overall, productivity may fall dramatically. In terms of value-added production, any change could have major implications. Adequate water flow is key to the

maintenance of agricultural productivity and food security. According to the Water Footprint Network (WFN), an online, multi-lingual learning group, an estimated 1800 litres of water is consumed in production of one kilogram of cane sugar. This is actually water that is embedded into the product and lost into a “virtual” value (for a questionable nutritional value) and represents water that is removed from the ecosystem. WFN suggests that it takes 15 400 litres to make one kilogram of beef, as opposed to 300 litres to make a kilogram of beer. How does one prioritize water consumption? While one student might say “Where’s the beef?” another might say “Who cares? Where’s the beer?” This would be settled, under the new Act, with the question “Who got here first? The confectioner, the cowboy, or the brewer?” The B.C. government’s WSA website points out that existing permits for water extraction would be grandfathered into the Act under the First in Time, First in Right (FITFIR) principle. POLIS offers alternative suggestions. “FITFIR is an allocation principle,” says

Oliver Brandes, POLIS researcher and author. “It means the oldest licence, by date of registering, is allowed to have its amount first. So if you had three licences, one from 50 years ago, one from 20 years ago, and one from yesterday, if there is a shortage where there isn’t enough water, the most recent has to be cut off in its entirety, before the next.” POLIS released a Strategic Analysis for Revision (SAR) of the proposed WSA on Oct. 25. This report reiterates some key issues that POLIS has researched over the last decade. It suggests the government has a once-in-a-hundredyears opportunity to address key areas and make the new water Act work successfully. In an email to the Martlet, Oliver Brandes expressed hope that the public would ask for more out of the WSA, especially in three ways: codify the public-trust doctrine to ensure water is protected now and into the future; ensure robust legal protection for water flows; and charge enough to create incentives to save water and implement effective monitoring, reporting, oversight, and enforcement.


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CRD faces compost quandary Kitchen scrap collection and processing exceeds capacity ANGEL MANGUERRA Oct. 24, local composting business Pedal to Petal sent out an email to its clients in response to the Capital Regional District’s (CRD) recent processing problems with the kitchen scraps strategy. In the email, Pedal to Petal says the CRD’s strategy is failing due to a lack of facilities to handle the scraps collected. The business says that environmentally concerned citizens will be wasting their efforts separating garbage and having it picked up by the municipality, because it will end up in the Hartland Landfill anyway. Pedal to Petal is a community-centred compost pick-up business that launched in 2008. The business picks up buckets of approved kitchen scraps, and takes the material by bike to be composted at a small, nearby facility. The resulting compost is then donated or sold to urban farmers, or sent to support Small Plot Intensive (SPIN) farming projects for local gardeners around the city. The business’s goal is to enact an “ethical management of organic waste,” as the email states, and to support urban agriculture while using kitchen scraps to naturally enrich the soil. In 2012, the CRD implemented its kitchen scraps collection program, which aims to lower the volume of compostable waste sent to the Hartland Landfill. This initiative is parallel to the CRD’s overall goal of diverting 70 per cent of waste otherwise sent to the Hartland Landfill by 2015 and to prevent the need for another landfill in the area. By 2015, the CRD plans to ban kitchen scraps from the Hartland Landfill.

Monique Booth of the CRD’s Parks and Environmental Services Department says, "The CRD is committed to diverting kitchen scraps from the landfill as part of our regional wastereduction goals. With the recent licence suspension of Foundation Organics, we have presented a number of processing options to the Environmental Services Committee, and we hope to have direction on which option they would like us to proceed with by midNovember from our Board.” Booth is referring to the recent appeal process that resulted in a suspension of the composting licence that belonged to Stanhope Dairy Farm’s Foundation Organics Ltd., a composting facility on Old East Road. Because of noncompliance to the CRD’s Composting Facilities Regulation Bylaw and to some of the terms of its Recycler Licence, Foundation Organics’ licence was conditionally suspended and all shipments of food waste to its facility were temporarily stopped. Foundation Organics was directed to remove all existing compost from its facility by Oct. 25, 2013. The facility has been advised to submit a revised Recycler Licence and hope to resume activities soon. Currently, the City of Victoria has the Green Bin Program in place to collect residents’ kitchen scraps. The City of Victoria says that, temporarily, these scraps are taken up to Fisher Road Composting in the Cowichan Valley because of the suspension of Foundation Organics’ licence. Other municipalities, such as Saanich and Oak Bay, plan to join in with the Regional Kitchen Scraps Strategy, but they may encounter difficulties due to a lack of facilities to process these organic food

wastes. Pedal to Petal said in its email, “Only with Pedal to Petal can you be sure that your compost is being used for what it should be.” The message says that the current Green Bin Program of the City of Victoria is not guaranteed to be an effective way to responsibly reuse scraps. Pedal to Petal says it has lost 40 per cent of its clients because of the Green Bin Program. The business is “bracing for another significant loss in the coming 2015 ‘landfill ban,’” say operators. Pedal to Petal encourages citizens who currently segregate their wastes, and those that responsibly compost in their own backyards, to continue to do so. However, as pointed out by Pedal to Petal, an Oct. 23 CRD report to the environmental services committee said, “there may be a potential shortfall in kitchen scraps processing capacity leading up to the 2015 kitchen scraps landfill ban,” and that the committee approved a Sept. 23 motion to “continue with the material being landfilled in the event capacity is reached.” The Oct. 23 report suggests that the Regional Kitchen Scraps Strategy “be delayed until sufficient private sector kitchen scraps processing capacity is established” and that the CRD “continue to operate the existing Hartland kitchen scraps transfer station for local government haulers . . . and contract for processing capacity in the Cowichan Valley Regional District with the material being landfilled in the event capacity is reached.” Booth says the CRD is currently working on options for waste processing and hopes to resolve this environmental issue soon.

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On remembering The importance of (and difficulty with) reason the past, and the present GAVIN MITCHELL

Remembrance Day is most often related to the First and Second World Wars, commemorating the fallen soldiers from a time few Canadians can remember. These soldiers went off to fight a war in a different time in history, a time when conscription was alive and well and going off to die for your country was a matter, perhaps, of pride and honour. But it was also a necessity—and what was expected of you. While veterans of the World Wars are treated with the respect and gratitude deserving of the heroes they are and were, often the more recent veterans and the soldiers who currently serve Canada are ignored. This may be because the current veterans have made a choice to serve and were not faced with conscription, but does this not make their efforts particularly courageous? These men and women have voluntarily put their lives on the line. Should that not merit equal recognition? However, perhaps controversy and apathy surrounding military service are less about why the soldiers fight and more about the reasons war happens in the modern world. Looking back to the time of the Second World War, a time many of us never knew, people have a feeling of righteousness. Combatting Hitler and the Nazis seems like a war worth fighting. However, looking back on Afghanistan, a war that most Canadians can remember, it’s not so cut and dry, and feelings are mixed. Why did we even fight? Was it about resources or religion? Was it even about our country? Did we do the right thing? In light of the 158 Canadian lives lost in Afghanistan, we owe them equal remembrance regardless of whether or not we are in agreement with the war they fought. These are still lives lost. Canada receives an increasing number of immigrants in modern times, who may not be well-acquainted with Canadian history. Some people object to these new Canadian citizens placing scarlet poppies on their lapels, since they believe newcomers to Canada have nothing to do with their own past or cannot comprehend it, or that they are simply not qualified to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers of their country. War is no longer seen as something directly related to the general public, but rather as a fight only fought by soldiers and their families. In the past, our grandparents saw soldiers going off to war as protectors and experienced the wartime by means of war bonds and saving rations. While recent generations are faced with remembering a past they aren’t closely associated with, non-Canadian citizens may also face remembrance unknown to them. While it is known that people still fight overseas, war is experienced with much less attachment than the romanticized version of the courageous soldiers of the past. We back home in Canada are still a part of those conflicts. We must take responsibility for our place in the world and remain present. 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.

Reason, irrespective of its origin, is essential in separating human beings from an estimated 7.77 million species of animals worldwide. Other animals make decisions based on instinct or trial-and-error learning. Human decision-making can be derived from the more sophisticated mental process of reasoning. Reason has enabled humans to gain an edge over other animals, and consequently we have an enormous host of freedoms. As a result, our lives are more valuable than the lives of other animals. People often care for their pets until the pet becomes too expensive or too sick. By contrast, humans will take care of one another while simultaneously disregarding extraordinary costs. The extent to which we use our reason varies among individuals, a fairly obvious statement when you consider someone paying off a credit card

debt with another credit card. Upon examination, the habit of overeating is also unreasonable. The effects of stuffing ourselves with a turkey dinner are almost always instantly gratifying, yet we feel uncomfortable minutes later. In addition, there may be possible health risks in the future if we make this practice a habit. We may want to go home, so we drive drunk to get there. Or, we discover that opioids make us feel euphoric, so we continuously indulge ourselves. Overeating or opioids provide instantaneous pleasure but both, in most cases, are irrational activities. Fortunately, outcomes of irrational decisions can be avoided by using our human faculty of reason. Reason enables us to “see” how drug addiction can negatively influence our future. Of course, we are not always required to use our reason for events as extreme as the social and financial ruin due to a drug habit. There are numerous ways in which we can use our reason

every day. Our reason is reflected in how we compose ourselves when we are alone or with friends, our choices of words, by being supercilious, or deceitful; we use or don’t use it for every choice we make. The most rational choice is usually the hardest to follow through with. The decision-making process, however, is a skill, and like most skills it can be strengthened. For instance, spending time examining our thought process before, during, or after a decision can simplify our understanding of how we make our choices and how rational they may or may not have been. An easy way to do this examination is through meditation. This is a worthwhile activity, since our use of reason is what makes us superior to all other species. The extent and skill that we use it influences everything we do. We should then attempt to both develop our ability to reason, and use this ability as often as we can.

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A Greek Village may help house students DAVID HAMILTON Newsflash! ... Not! Housing demand on campus far exceeds the available supply. This is not a new development, and is recognized at all levels at the University of Victoria (UVic), from the students to the administration. In fact, the university administration has tried to address this serious issue. For instance, last year the Martlet reported, “the provincial government won’t let UVic borrow money to build the new residences, even though student residence fees would pay the money back.” However, given the recent provincial government budget cuts, it’s hard to envision the university receiving funding any time soon. The above Martlet article also stated that “The recent addition of 106 beds, as a result of UVic’s last capital plan, has done little to stem the demand for on-campus

residences.” These additional beds come at the cost of “[...] dorm lounges, converted into two- and three-bedroom apartments, a measure the university hopes will only be temporary.” These dorm lounges are normally gathering places for students that are now unavailable because of the massive demand for housing on campus from first-years who are guaranteed a place in residence. So, what other options does UVic have for residence development? Even if the university could raise tuition to finance the construction of new housing and meet the growing demand for more on-campus housing, that option would not be a popular one with the current student population, as they would be footing the construction bill for housing that would be built after they have graduated. Another option would be to seek the involvement of independent

developers. However, these entrepreneurs may be more likely to develop rental properties for more permanent adults who could pay more rather than developing rental properties for transient students. Of course, fraternity and sorority housing is also an option. Interestingly, the University of British Columbia (UBC) is in a somewhat similar situation to UVic in terms of pricey nearby housing as an alternative to on-campus housing. UBC, however, has pursued a different strategy for bringing more students to campus, and its Greek Village is one element of that strategy. Over 200 students are housed in eight fraternity and sorority buildings financed by the Greek organizations at UBC. This is a strategic option that could be employed by UVic. Alumni from Delta Kappa Epsilon have already expressed interest in financing

and developing housing that could eventually turn into a Greek Village if more fraternities and sororities were established on campus. An added benefit is that fraternity/sorority housing may be generally less expensive than living in a regular university residence. Furthermore, when you check out most websites of Greek affairs offices on university campuses, they’re very straightforward on pricing and financial expectations. Oh, and the real world that we are preparing for—fraternity and sorority house experiences expose students to more real-life situations, because the house must be maintained, accounted for, and lived in responsibly. But here is the catch: the alumni of Delta Kappa Epsilon recognize that an investment in adult rental properties is a safer financial investment, even though they are willing to give back to

the students of UVic by making the riskier investment in housing for students who choose to join a fraternity or sorority. Of course, if the latter investment were to happen, the on-campus housing would be freed up for students who do not choose to join a fraternity or sorority. However, the alumni have been notified that fraternities and sororities are not recognized by the UVic Student Society (UVSS). The university administration may be willing to recognize fraternities and sororities as long as the UVSS does. A potential solution to UVic’s student housing crisis is being blocked by the UVSS due to its opposition to fraternities and sororities. In essence, an underrepresentative student body is partly responsible for hindering the availability of student housing. In the end, it’s not only the potential fraternities and sororities that lose; we all lose.

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As a soon-to-graduate engineering student at Dalhousie University, I regularly hear, “So what now? Where are you going to go?” To which I reply, “Oil and gas, if I’m lucky.” This usually results in either a complete halt in conversation, or a disorganized, yet predictable lecture outlining the many evils of this industry. Usually I just nod and think about what I’m going to have for dinner, but a recent iteration of this song and dance struck a chord with me. No, I didn’t finally wake up and commit my life to saving sweet Mother Nature; I just became painfully aware of the pervasive hypocrisy, apathy, and ignorance of the general public with respect to the dynamics of oil and gas. The particular encounter of which I speak started and ended just like all of the others. Having explained my career

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aspirations, I received a sermon on the dangers of pipelines from someone with a conspicuous lack of engineering or technical background. I brushed it off as I typically do and moved on to more palatable conversation. However, what followed this enlightening discussion absolutely made my blood boil. Not five minutes after vilifying an entire industry, I overheard this certain individual discussing the best places to go for a cruise (the Arctic, for anyone interested). How this person could support an industry that employs vista-class cruise ships, each burning upwards of 1200 tonnes of Bunker-C heavy oil for a sevenday cruise, while not supporting the industry that makes this luxury possible, is beyond hypocritical; it’s absolutely ludicrous. It’s also symptomatic of a frighteningly common mindset in our society. That is, “I want to live exactly how I want to and then put all of the

blame on those who make my lifestyle possible.” Every other week on my campus, there’s an event railing against the oil and gas industry, frequented by iPhone-toting, voluntourism-going “environmentalists.” Now, don’t get me wrong, I fully support having an environmental conscience—in fact, environmental stewardship is a huge component of what we learn as engineering students. What does not sit well with me, however, is the aggressive denial of our implicit role in the oil and gas industry. The impression I get from my more “green” contemporaries is that one’s oil and gas usage doesn’t count if you subscribe to certain set of beliefs: the petroleum derivatives in your iPhone don’t count if you use it to organize green-activism events on Facebook; the thousands of litres of aircraft-grade fuel burnt in a single flight are a writeoff as

long as you can get to Thailand for a week or two of volunteering. Again, I do not take issue with making efforts to reduce our environmental impact or improve the world around us, but dealing with this convoluted mindset is becoming increasingly tedious. If we do not, as a society, understand and, more importantly, acknowledge the far-reaching implications of our consumption rates and behaviours, we will never make any appreciable progress toward responsible, sustainable energy production and usage. Therefore, the next time you plan on asking an entire industry to make sacrifices, take a minute and think about how these sacrifices will affect you and your lifestyle. Are you willing to bet on solar panels and wind turbines and give up the luxuries that oil and gas provide you? You can’t have it both ways.


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An ode to advancement GRAEME KEAIS I would like to share a few observations that I’ve made about us, the Homo sapiens, and the inextricable relationship that we have with the natural world. Since the emergence of anatomically modern humans, approximately 200 000 years ago, there is one trend so obvious that it can’t be ignored: progress. What is it that drives human advancement? It can be explained with one word: selfishness. The biologist may call this “survival” or a “biological imperative,” whereas in a modern context, the investor or businessman may define it as “success.” It is nevertheless the same underlying principle—namely, actions or motives that are primarily concerned with selfinterest and well-being. To better understand the origins of human progress, we can examine the biologist’s interpretation of human selfishness—survival. The image of an early human comes easily to mind: a caveman dressed in a drab outfit made of various animal skins. Consider a scenario: a caveman leaves the cave for the day. As he takes his first step out of the cave, his cave-mate calls him back and gives him a shopping list. The list is simple: “Anything to keep us alive until tomorrow.” As silly as this example may be, this is indeed

the inextricable relationship between human beings and the natural world. That is to say, human progress was shaped by what was available in the natural world. Essentially, one would just follow the proverbial ‘rules of the jungle’; take anything that is likely to benefit you, and give no consideration to where it came from, and no consideration to what the effects of taking might be. That is what it means to be selfish in terms of survival, and this can be found throughout the entire realm of living things. Although still constrained by various natural vices, a gradual shift eventually began for humanity. Our societies became more advanced, and we transcended mere survival by floating on the wings of invention and ingenuity. The selfishness of survival became the selfishness of success and comfort; necessity became perceived necessity. The competition of motor vehicles in the early 1900s is an excellent example of perceived necessity. Among the first widely used vehicles were electrically powered cars, along with the internal combustion engine. The hydrocarbon-fueled internal combustion engine eventually proved to be more powerful, and this was seen as more desirable; a perceived necessity. Residual ‘jungle rules’ prevailed, and only now, 100 years later, we are starting to seek more environmentally

friendly ways of powering our vehicles. Ironically, the electric car has re-emerged as a solution to the internal combustion engine. A brief historic analysis of our diets also provides an example of human progress driven by selfishness. In the mid-1900s, experiments with raising animals in controlled environments provided human beings with massive livestock output, particularly when compared to raising animals in a more natural way. These techniques were cheaper, easier, and more productive. Raising livestock in controlled conditions became the norm. The motto “more is better” nicely summarizes this trend toward excessiveness, an idea prevalent in the food industry. This mentality of “never enough” has given rise to things such as the horrors of modern factory farming, and an uncontrolled increase in dietrelated health problems. Although the food industry still effectively cloaks its methods, a marked growth in alternative diets such as vegetarianism and veganism shows that, like with the electric car and the vehicle industry, people are realizing that industrial processes developed in a bygone era should no longer be the standard. We have moved from necessity to perceived necessity to abuse and overuse. It is undeniable that the past

mechanisms for progress, such as the internal combustion engine, have facilitated the expansion of humanity and technology to present. However, I’d like to argue that it is no longer acceptable to focus purely on selfish growth and advancement. A transformation is necessary so that we can continue to advance in the most efficient and practical way possible. Ultimately, human beings need to compromise, even if this means slowing things down, producing less, using less. You may be thinking that massive change can only be accomplished by large corporations or governments, but who makes up corporations and governments? Individuals. A global re-prioritization must take place at the individual level. However, this is where things get personal. That basic rule of the jungle still permeates throughout our society; we are all still selfish. Do you use paper towels to dry your hands? How many? Why? Is it necessary? Do you take the escalator, when the stairs are just as accessible? Do you idle your car? Do you throw recyclable items in the garbage? Do you leave lights on even when you don’t need them? Not a single one of these actions is defensible; still they continue to happen on a daily basis, because people are selfish. And because we live in a privileged society, hundreds of these types of questions

can be asked. Sadly, we seem to care more about trivial comforts than we care about the greater good of the world and developing a form of advancement that is respectable. This is why I implore you, challenge you, to forgo the petty comforts that present themselves in your life. Examine the choices you make every day and decide whether or not they are defensible. Understanding what is actually necessary in our lives will grant us the ability to foresee the consequences of our actions more clearly. This understanding at the individual level has the potential to penetrate higher levels of societal organization, such as corporations and governments. Without a collective change of mind, the pursuit of healthy and maintainable progress is impossible. Furthermore, it will be impossible to effectively combat the global problems that currently face us. Being unable to regularly make small self-sacrifices is weakness. Our society has a fever, and it won’t be cured with more cowbell. The only cure is to rid it of lazy, average-minded people unwilling to weigh the greater good over themselves. We are no longer prehistoric beings, but the inextricable relationship we have with our world still remains. Human advancement can no longer be driven by selfishness.

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Free the tap Businesses that serve alcohol should offer complimentary drinking water KIM LENNY A few nights ago, a local show brought me to the popular bar, 9one9. After ordering several drinks and feeling rather parched, I went to the bar for a glass of water. I was told by the bartender that, in accordance with the manager’s house rules, he could not give me one. I would have to buy a bottle for three bucks. I was befuddled, but the worst part was, this wasn’t the first time I’d been exposed to this absurd policy. A few months prior, while partying at Hush, I was told the same thing: no free tap water. Bars make their money by selling great quantities of diuretic substances. Is it not the responsibility of the owners to provide access to water, for the health and safety of their customers? Canadians typically pay $0.31 per cubic meter of water. That’s around $0.03 per glass. Not exactly bank-breaking. It’s an abomination that anyone would refuse thirsty patrons a moderate amount of

water. What’s next, are they going to pump carbon dioxide into the air and charge us for oxygen? Then, there are the well-known issues of bottled water: cancercausing BPAs, environmental costs, corporations cashing in on a resource that should belong to citizens. But that’s a whole other rant. The point is, charging for water is a cash grab. It’s unethical, and, quite frankly, it’s just plain rude. Anonymous bar owners hide behind bartenders who have to face the wrath of parched customers. (I’ve been one of them, and to the bartenders I cursed, I apologize.) I encourage all of you bar-hoppers out there to cross these destinations off your list. Or, if social pressures are too strong and you find yourself an occupant of such an oppressive establishment, at least resist the urge to buy bottled water. Instead, request an empty glass to “pour your can of beer into,” and head to the washroom tap.

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Pick the shitty one: a guide to renting your first abode ADAM HAYMAN Your first rental—you’re going to remember it for the rest of your life. It’ll provide you with stories and memories, and all you have to give in return is a little patience, and maybe some sweat and blood. But hey, who’s keeping tabs? I’m here to help guide your selection. It’s important to pick the right landlords, the right style (suite, apartment, full house), and it is of the utmost importance that you pick the dingiest, rattiest, and most cringe-worthy hovel on the market. Trust me: it builds character. There is of course a limit to just how decrepit your first rental should be. You certainly don’t want it to be dangerous, and I’ll get into that later on, but if your place has rattling heaters, loud landlords, and bad renovations then congratulations! You’ve struck gold my friend. Sign that lease and get ready for the best hands-on character-building exercise a university student can afford. Let me share with you a snapshot of my first rental. It was a basement suite (the Cadillac of shabby shanties) that was reno’d by my non-renovationexpert landlords. There was at least a hole or a pipe decorating every wall in the suite. The furnace sat in the centre of our kitchen/dining room/ entryway. The toilet was installed six inches away from the sink, even though the washroom (which sat at five degrees Celsius for most of winter) was bigger than one of the bedrooms. The kitchen cabinets were

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made of wafer-thin, medium-density fiberboard, and my bedroom/our living room used to be the garage. It was cold, it dripped, and it creaked and squeaked. There were three locks on the outside of my bedroom door, and none for the bathroom. The ceiling stood at five-foot-eleven (thankfully, my roommates and I are not what you’d call tall), and the improvised doors required ducking to get through and much force to open or close—and that is just the half of it. Did I mention my two roommates and I could only do laundry on Sundays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.? In my eight months there, I learned more about how to take care of myself than any book or university course could have taught me. So let’s get you set up with some knowledge on how to find your dream dive. There are thousands of rental properties in Victoria. For your first year renting (especially if you’re coming from the close comforts of residence), location is key. You’ll want to keep to areas with an under-20-minute walk to campus, if possible. You’ll spend enough energy keeping up with your suite’s quirks; the last thing you’ll want to deal with is missing the bus. Online classifieds are the most efficient way to search. The average cost, in Victoria, for a bachelor-style rental (wherein bedroom, living room and kitchenette are combined) is $669, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and onebedrooms are $889. But you may want a roommate, and ergo feel like

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an extra bedroom would facilitate that. Now you’re looking at something around the $1069 mark. Three bedrooms? That’ll run you $1295, but those are rare in a suite style. If you’re looking for a full house with upwards of five bedrooms, then that’s another ballgame altogether. Each style of unit has its basic pros and cons. An apartment is going to be noisy and very basic. It lacks the uniqueness one gets in a renovated basement suite, but the blandness of an apartment can leave room for creative expression. Some people prefer being off the ground, because there are fewer bugs and it can be a little warmer, but apartments also feature the weird smells of all the other tenants’ cooking and smoking habits. Apartments are also likely to be a bit more expensive and usually feature paid laundry. Main floor suites have the benefits of having more light and windows on average than their basement counterparts, but are also more expensive and harder to come by since many landlords will rent out their basements for extra money. A basement suite, as I mentioned earlier, truly is the Cadillac of decrepit dwellings. They’re cold, cheap, and “creatively” renovated. For the person who enjoys being cooped up, staring at a screen in the dark for hours on end, there really is no other option. Writers, gamers, movie buffs, shut-ins, and the sun-sensitive really flourish in such low-lighting situations. If you’re thinking a full house is ideal for you, you likely have a

lot of friends that you just can’t live without, right? Well, be prepared for parties, because you don’t have the “my landlords live upstairs so, like, we can’t have lots of people over, man,” excuse. Also be prepared for dealing with party clean-up: vomit, spilled beer, upper-deckers, and an excess of empties. You may think your friends are not the type to do such things, but you don’t always know about your friends’ friends. So what makes these places dingy? Well, it should be obvious upon inspection, but to put things more clearly, you are renting for the location. Whether it is close to the university, downtown, or a very busy bus route, the location makes up the majority of your monthly rent. So anything that is over the average cost will reflect how nice that place is. My first suite was a three-bedroom, and we paid $1300, an exactly average cost. We were only 10 minutes from campus, mind you, so as you can assume from the previous description, we paid solely for location, and nothing else. Victoria had an average vacancy rate of 3.5 per cent in 2012, according to a survey done by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. This is pretty average for the province, but it means you’ll be hard pressed to find a good location at the last minute, even though they figure there are about 23 554 rental units in the Capital Region District (of course this number excludes shifty basement suites that are privately rented out).

Our average cost of renting sits a cool $50 under the provincial average of $929, but that number is only so high due to Vancouver’s astronomical average of $1013. In the end, we’re still the second-most expensive place to rent in the province, followed closely by Fort St. John. Looking for the cheapest place to rent? Try Port Alberni. Average cost of rental there is a mere $576, but the two-hour commute to Victoria could prove costly. Some might think I’m crazy to say shitty places build character, but I honestly think they do. A bad apartment is going to throw curve balls at you everyday, and with that your problemsolving skills mature. The amount of discomfort you can tolerate increases. You’ll be less squeamish, more durable, and your skill set will diversify. Some of these things might not seem that important, but whether you are out meeting new people, in a class, or at your job, you don’t want to be the whiney, entitled, namby-pamby who isn’t realistically grounded enough to finish what needs doing. When I say “finish what needs doing,” I don’t mean something sinister either. I really mean rolling up your sleeves and doing the perceived hard task. People respect the kinds of people who aren’t afraid to dig in and get a little dirty, and battling in the trenches of your rental nightmare is the best way for a student to get that experience. In the long run, it’ll pay dividends to know basic repair skills, and how to deal with a grouchy landlord.


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The cast is ramped up for the Phoenix Theatre's run of The Skin of Our Teeth.

Phoenix Theatre’s The Skin of Our Teeth is both a warning and an inspiration JANINE CROCKETT UVic’s Phoenix Theatre will be hosting the play The Skin of Our Teeth this November, as the second play of their season. The 1942 Pulitzer-winning play, written by Thornton Wilder, is directed by UVic Acting and Directing professor Linda Hardy along with assistant director Master of Fine Arts student Chari Arespacochaga. The Skin of Our Teeth combines a wide variety of elements, including biblical, philosophical, and mythological references, dinosaurs, and a series of historical events including the Ice Age. The combination of all of those elements may seem daunting, but Arespacochaga says, “The play sounds so heavy handed and abstract. But actually it is the story of a family and how they have survived through the ages; and you see their flaws, you see that they love each other despite those flaws, and there’s a lot of comedy in the show. I mean, how else do we survive all that if we can’t laugh at ourselves. So the description doesn’t serve the show and how it’s executed. It’s a very human, a very simple story.

It’s very moving and very funny.” The play is focused on the story of a somewhat-typical nuclear family lead by George Antrobus, the inventor of the wheel and the alphabet, as they struggle to survive the various disasters they encounter. Arespacochaga says the focus is on the human race and the various crises that the race has survived, including the ones we have created ourselves. “So, you know, it’s a bit of a satire, it’s a bit of laughing at ourselves, while reminding ourselves that these things keep happening, also because of us. So in a way it’s very relevant to us today,” she says. The play breaks the fourth wall and enters the realm of meta: characters speak to the audience and staged delays interrupt their performances. Despite all the layers, Arespacochaga says, “It flows really well. It also invites the audience to see themselves as part of humanity. So they’re involved in that, they’re involved in the jokes. The play is also being done by a family, which is the acting company that is trying to put on this show. And even within this show, the whole acting

company is also surviving that performance by the skin of their teeth, because of so many problems going on backstage. That also adds a lot to the comedy of the show.” The references to disasters throughout time in the play imply that history has been repeating itself. Arespacochaga says, “The hope there is that humanity will always survive and we’ll always find a way to come out on top and survive it; hopefully learn from things. Although, we still keep repeating certain things that cause the problems.” But, she says, the story is a “reminder that no matter how bad it gets, we have faced far worse and, somehow, we have always pulled through. So in a way, it’s an inspiration for people.”

The Skin of Our Teeth at the Phoenix Theatre UVic Phoenix Theatre main stage (3800 Finnerty Rd.) Nov. 5–9, 12–16 and 19–22 @ 8 p.m. Nov. 23 @ 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Nov. 7 performance will follow a free, pre-show lecture with director Linda Hardy @ 7 p.m. $14–24

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Providing a safe space for storytelling Downtown Story Collective launches book ADAM HAYMAN The feeling of seeing your art in print, the weight of it in your hands, the paper, the fresh-print scent, and the soft creak of the book’s new spine. This joy is what the Downtown Story Collective is hoping to give to its contributors with its ongoing Indiegogo campaign, active until Nov. 16. The Downtown Story Collective (DSC), as stated on its Indiegogo campaign page, “provides a safe space where artists who have experienced or are experiencing homelessness, poverty, or other barriers can come together to tell our stories and take

leadership in our artistic process.” The collective provides resources for artists and photographers to create the art they’ve always wanted to make. DSC’s creators, Julia Rose and Blythe Hutchcroft, first started talking about the creation of this book when Rose was working a communications job at the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, and Hutchcroft was working a similar job at Our Place Society next door. “We were the storytellers of their lives, which seemed a little backwards,” says Hutchcroft, of her and Rose’s jobs as communications staff. “So we wanted to start something that was more empowering.”

Rose and Hutchcroft started pitching the idea to the people they had met that spent time at Our Place, and says Hutchcroft, “people started responding really well.” It wasn’t long before the weekly Tuesday meeting became the supportive art collective it is now. “We had a little leadership group of a couple of artists that we knew, and we built it together,” says Rose. “It always centred around being a collective.” “There’s a really unhealthy perception out there,” says Hutchcroft, “that we need to be a voice for people with less power just because we are people of privilege, or because we have the

tools to tell the stories that other people might not, and that’s a ridiculous idea.” Through the success they’ve seen with the group, Hutchcroft says, “we’ve proven that that’s really backwards. Every person or community is more than capable to tell their own story.” Rose and Hutchcroft have now moved to Vancouver, but they’re not worried about the future of the collective. As Rose points out, “It’s still there, and it’s going to evolve in whatever way it needs to.” New volunteers that were familiar with it have stepped forward, and the collective continues to grow. Rose and Hutchcroft want the

Downtown Story Collective to be sustainable for as long as it’s needed. The sum they want to crowd-fund is to produce a chapbook with the University of Victoria’s Espresso Book Machine. Each contributor will, if the crowd-funding is successful, get 10 copies of the book that they may sell, keep, or give-away. Any leftover support will help the collective get new art supplies to continue to provide its patrons with the tools they need. The DSC meets every Tuesday night at Our Place Society, and members’ work will be showcased at a book launch on Nov. 30 at Dales Gallery, 537 Fisgard St.

Salt Spring Island, my ultimate Zen REGAN SHRUMM Sometimes at night, I lie awake worrying about minuscule things like cleaning the house to big life problems that seem to lead to constant stream-of-worry-conscious, like whatwillhappenwhenIfinishschoolwillIfindajobIlikewillmyboyfriendtravelacrossthecountryforme? Sometimes I even think of the irony of how I am sleepy all day, yet somehow I cannot sleep once I hit my bed. Nights like this, I have to calm myself down by thinking of a waterfall in a forest or even the constant waves at the beach, but these thoughts usually end up with me going to the bathroom a couple times per night. The one scene that seems to repeatedly get me to fall asleep is my adventures on Salt Spring Island, my ultimate Zen. My first experience on Salt Spring Island now seems like a dreamscape to me. After travelling a short ferry ride, my friend and I were constantly welcomed throughout the island. Like in The Truman Show, the ceaseless greetings made me feel nostalgic for a past I had never lived, yet also a little creeped out because I wasn’t used to such friendliness. At first, I thought such quaintness was reserved for visitors as we boarded a dwarfed bus with a sign stating: “Your bus driver for the day is ‘Huggable Gus.’” But as the driver picked up locals, including a mother and daughter duo who gave Gus picked wildflowers in exchange for a ride, I knew that there was something distinctly unique about this place. Getting off in Ganges, the hub of this benevolent island, my friend and I knew nothing about where we had landed. The elderly information lady, whose hearing aid’s constant problems

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seemed a little too stereotypical, enlightened us about a discotheque in a park. Excited to see a 1970s throwback dance party, we showed up to Mouat Park to find it was actually disc golf. Out of place due to lack of Frisbee, we were again greeted by another stranger, who gave us a flying disc. As we left the island, eating gelato, my friend and I planned out our future discotheque sheep farm, where we would live out our days wearing wool sweaters and dancing the night away. One might think that such a magical experience can only happen once in a lifetime, yet Salt Spring Island seems to be located in some far away land: a land of fairies, unicorns, and gnomes that vomit rainbows. This year, my boyfriend and I rented a cabin at St. Mary’s Lake on Salt Spring Island. Like old times, the bus to Ganges took us past pastoral countryside reminiscent of England, complete with sheep farms and a minuscule steepled church. This time the streets of Ganges were lined with decommissioned pianos, which would make music teachers cringe but left a haunting melody in my heart. We ate at the Tree House Café, with birds singing directly at us as if we were Snow White. Here, the island pace has hit everyone, and the café even accepts Salt Spring Dollars, a local currency that provides further evidence that the island has no problem remaining different from the rest of Canada. We left town with a bottle of Mistaken Identity, a local wine we picked up at the Upper Ganges Liquor Store. I’m not sure if it was the fact that we paid $25 for it instead of our usual wine allowance of $8, but to us, this wine was ambrosia to the gods,

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MARC JUNKER sucked down way too soon. To walk off our slight drowsiness, we strolled to the ocean, where we met a fellow with a top hat named Salt Spring Matthew. Spinning a yarn like a sea captain, Matthew explained his crabcatching ways, complete with a Pabst Blue Ribbon in hand, while we waited in silence just to try and get a word in edgewise. Surprisingly, by the end of

the conversation, he offered us accommodation in his backyard anytime we came to the island. Though we will always decline this offer, I will forever have kind thoughts of a drunken sailor who was born in the wrong era. By the end of this trip, my boyfriend and I talked about buying a café and living with Salt Spring Matthew until we had enough money to rent a house.

So when I’m up worrying at night, stressing about finishing grad school, finding a job, and buying a house, I think back to my nonsensical plan of owning a discotheque or living with Salt Spring Matthew. These things are crazy when I’m in Victoria, but while on Salt Spring Island, it seems like anything is possible—even the ludicrous can become reality.


Sustainably sourcing delicious meals

BRENNA WAUGH

Pink Bicycle restaurant serves crunchy burger treats CHORONG KIM A pink bicycle sits elegantly by the window of The Pink Bicycle Gourmet Burger Joint, one of the most popular restaurants in downtown Victoria. Located at 1008 Blanshard Street, it can be hard to find unless you look carefully; however, it’s worth the look. All the dishes from The Pink Bicycle contain ingredients from local organic farms. As proudly stated on the restaurant’s website and menu, "All ingredients are sourced as close to home, as seasonally possible, to ensure freshness and to encourage sustainability.” The Pink Bicycle’s biggest attraction are its handmade burgers with fresh ingredients, including meats locally and organically sourced from places

such as Island Bison and Seabluff Farms. All burgers are topped with lettuce, tomato, and red onion on Bond Bond’s Bakery sesame buns (Origin Bakery’s gluten-free buns are also available). The traditional beef burger is available as well as various other options such as mutton, tuna, chicken, and a variety of vegan and vegetarian choices. Personalizing your burger is not a problem here, as there is also a wide range of additional toppings, from caramelized pears to a fried egg. Burgers are served with a choice of fries, a house salad, or the daily soup. I have had the opportunity to try all three of them, and the house salad has been my personal favourite. It includes crispy lettuce and vegetables topped with Parmesan cheese

flakes and candied sunflower seeds. The vegetables and the burger patty inside the bun feel crunchy all the time, instead of flapping and slipping helplessly in dripping sauce. The price of burgers ranges from $11 to $15, and the meal is definitely worth the price. If eating alone, I wouldn’t recommend ordering anything extra, since the side and burger should be more than enough to satisfy. However, if you have friends around to share with, I suggest starting with the Pink Bicycle Poutine. It’s slightly salty, but tastes excellent and includes a neverending supply of string cheese that makes pulling out a piece from the bowl a hilarious as well as delicious experience. Also a delicious vegan mushroom gravy option is available.

The serving staff was friendly and helpful on my visit, and though the food took longer to arrive than at most burger places, the quality was worth the wait. Be ready to give up your dignity when you get here, since (as with other burger places) there’s no glory in spluttering crumbs, lettuce, and sauce all over the table and yourself, especially if the ingredients are as crunchy and the burgers as large as they are at The Pink Bicycle. The restaurant’s attractive interior design includes artwork from Alphonse Mucha, and the subdued lighting creates a romantic and homey feeling. If you want to try out a healthy, crunchy, and eco-friendly delight for your stomach, don't miss The Pink Bicycle.

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Australian band The Paper Kites has come a long way OLIVIA WALTON The Paper Kites quietly enter through the front door of Lucky Bar. Wearing jeans and hoodies, the members of the Melbourne-based indie folk quintet blend easily into the crowd. Bona fide stars in Australia, the band has a slightly lower profile overseas, but all that is beginning to change. Fresh off the release of their first full-length album, States, and a tour across the United States opening for City and Colour, North America is starting to take notice of the group. The band kicked off the Canadian portion of its headlining tour with a show at Lucky Bar on Oct. 23, one of four sold-out dates across the country. Playing a mix of songs off both States and their two previous EPs, Woodland and Young North, the band managed to please both new and old fans in the audience. The show was a hazy, dreamy affair, echoing the sound of their new album. “Some days, we were working hard to push out songs. Other days, we’d just sit there for hours experimenting with sounds and textures,” says bass player Sam Rasmussen. “A lot of the sounds you find on the album are actually mistakes, but we couldn’t replicate them. We wanted to fill the album out, make it sonically kind of full and layered.” The Paper Kites’ interest in experimentation goes a long way toward explaining the band’s popularity on social media. The music video for “Young”, the fi rst single off of States, is comprised of 4 000 pictures of 350

people, all of whom were volunteers who signed up after seeing an advertisement on Facebook. Though the video did not immediately go viral, a steady stream of attention has sent its views into the hundreds of thousands, and the band’s other videos into the millions. “We put a huge amount of time and effort into our videos,” says Rasmussen. “We only just signed with a label, so we are very dependent on self-marketing.” That effort is clearly paying off, with hundreds of likes, comments, and shares on the band’s social media channels. However, even with the ever-increasing support from fans, both online and on tour, the band feels farther than ever from achieving their ultimate goals. “Being here is one goal we have ticked off. We always said we would love to take it overseas. So that’s pretty cool,” says Rasmussen. “Being in a band, your milestones keep getting pushed further and further away. As you kind of get close to one, you create another one that’s further away.” Despite the hectic tour schedule, he says the band has recently been refl ecting on one of their fi rst practices. “Looking back at that practice, we weren’t even a band—we were just mucking around. Now we’re on the boat to Victoria, about to play a sold-out show, or we’re standing in a 3 000 person theatre in Oakland, about to support City and Colour. We’ve had these moments where we look back and say, ‘gee, we’ve come a long way.’”

Australian band The Paper Kites at Victoria's Lucky Bar, Oct. 23.

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Bonobo mixes it up live at Victoria’s Club 9ONE9 BETH PARKER Simon Green, a.k.a. Bonobo, knows what he’s doing. For one night only on Oct. 23, Victoria’s Club 9one9 was transformed into a swanky jazz lounge, the audience whisked away into the world of the U.K. producer’s unique blend of bass-heavy, jazzinfused electronica paired with exotic samples. His nearly 15 years of experience are apparent as he tours, live band in tow, to promote his latest album, The North Borders. It was clear that Bonobo attracts a wide audience: ravers, hipsters and jazz enthusiasts packed the relatively small club and waited eagerly until 10 p.m. for the show to begin. The set did feel somewhat quick to start and abrupt, due to the cancellation of

the opening act, Grey Reverend, who also appears as a guest vocalist on The North Borders. The night was off to a mellow start with the twinkling “Cirrus,” a track that slowly builds, using heavily layered samples of bells, but didn’t quite have the power to elevate the crowd. The downtempo, “Stay The Same,” from his previous album, Black Sands, might have made a better opener. Szjerdene, a budding vocalist from London, U.K., who joined Bonobo, brought a different atmosphere to the show and helped to set it apart from a traditional electronic music performance. She floated around the stage, playing up Bonobo’s softer side. Though at times she exhibited shaky vocals, her presence added to the feeling of a live show, especially

when she stepped in to replace Grey Reverend on vocals for “First Fires.” Her smooth, sultry voice brought it down to a deeper, more reflective mood; however, this was perhaps not the rave-like dance experience the crowd was craving. The live band that accompanied Bonobo casually came and went from the stage as the evening progressed. Those expecting a full 10-piece band were instead presented with a mere handful of talented musicians throughout the evening. However, all artists hit the mark with masterful flute, saxophone, and drum solos—spotlight and everything—an indicator that perhaps electronica was not the focus of the evening, after all. It was also surprising to find out that Green himself is an incredible bass

player, though the woodwind solos stole the show. Green’s remixes of his older works were received with much excitement: the tracks off of Black Sands were the overall highlights, employing big, theatrical bass lines, and delightfully dramatic loops that seemed to please the mixed crowd. The seductive, almost hypnotic “Ketto” was a good example of Green at his best, as he, calm and focused as ever, delivered his signature rhythmic compositions. Bonobo’s set ended seemingly too

early, though on a high note, with the fast-paced but bright track “Know You.” It’s clear that Green takes his work very seriously. It was not a show fit for a party, but rather for those who appreciate the intricacies of music. And, even with the lack of consistency throughout the evening, it was an enjoyable performance, showcasing Green’s ever-expanding repertoire, which cleverly straddles the musical worlds of jazz and electronica.

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ADAM HAYMAN

"In the Highest Room" by Sandra Meigs

Paradox-themed art represents strong department UVic showcases its own professors for the first time in over 30 years ADAM HAYMAN A new art exhibit opened up at UVic’s Legacy Art Gallery in downtown Victoria last Friday. The theme, as chosen by Legacy’s director, Mary Jo Hughes, is Paradox, and the seven contributors are all full-time professors in UVic’s Visual Arts department. This is the first time in nearly 35 years that the Legacy Art Gallery has curated an exhibition featuring the Visual Arts faculty—which is strange, because with a UVic-sponsored gallery downtown and a world-renowned staff at the university, why wouldn’t there be more exhibits featuring the skills of the Visual Arts department? As Hughes points out, “They’re here teaching, and they’re practicing here. They are important artists not just at UVic but in the community.” The faculty members featured in this exhibit are Vikky Alexander, Lynda Gammon, Daniel Laskarin, Sandra Meigs, Jennifer Stillwell, Paul Walde, and Robert Youds. Walde’s pieces named “Interdeterminacy” are a way for him to speak to famed composer (and mycologist) John Cage. The pieces are, at a close look, fungus spores against white backdrops, but from far away they look like paintings. This is where the play on the paradox theme comes in. As Walde says, “They look like paintings, but in fact the fungus spores are graphic notations

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for a music score.” At a media sneak peek on Oct. 30, Walde mentioned that Cage was also a mycologist on top of being a composer, and was constantly asked if there was a link between the mushrooms and the music. According to Walde, Cage would say “that the only similarities between mushrooms and music is that they sit close to each other in the dictionary.” But in Walde’s piece, he proves there can in fact be a link. Sandra Meigs contributed a painting titled “In the Highest Room.” The piece is large, and when viewers stand in front of it, they feel as if they are being sucked into it. It appears cartoonish in style, but the dark gray colours and various eyes positioned throughout the painting give it the feeling that it’s not the fun, carefree cartoons of your childhood. It’s a moving piece. Meigs also has an event, called The Basement Panoramas, at Open Space, that started on Nov. 1 and will run until Dec. 14. One piece from The Basement Panoramas that really stood out was “Gray 224 Main Transformation.” Like all the pieces from The Basement Panoramas, it takes up the viewer’s entire field of vision. At the centre is a vortex, and the effect from this painting can cause you to literally lean towards it as if the vortex is actually pulling you in. While checking out Paradox at the Legacy, it is worthwhile to make the short trip to Open Space to see The Basement Panoramas.

One of the greatest plays on the paradoxical theme at the Legacy is Daniel Laskarin’s “things come apart.” It is both a sculpture and a hanging piece, as it is fastened against the wall and the floor. It could appear to be a large, bubbling, candy-red stick that looks somewhat appetizing, or it could be a dangerously sharp, jagged metal beam dyed crimson red. It stands out in more ways than one and seems to play with the idea of a piece with inexplicable and contradictory elements designed into it. Hughes has only been the director at UVic’s Legacy Art Gallery for a little over a year, and it was her idea to showcase the Visual Arts faculty. Although there was a week-long showing of the faculty’s works during the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences this summer, it wasn’t a curated exhibit; it was instead a collection of the faculty’s works showcased in the Visual Arts Building. Being that there hasn’t been a curated exhibit of the faculty’s work in three decades, now seems as good a time as any. “It interested me,” said Hughes. “It’s really important that we showcase and curate the work of our own artists that are teaching on campus.”

Paradox opened on Oct. 31 and will run until Jan.12, 2014 at UVic's Legacy Gallery (630 Yates St.)


Sports | Lifestyle

Silver linings make it all worth it.

BRENNA WAUGH

The Vikes women's field hockey team plays UBC in the UVic-hosted CIS Championships Nov. 2.

Vikes earn silver at the CIS Championships on home turf Despite home-turf advantage, the Vikes couldn’t take down the Thunderbirds in a Canada West final rematch KEVIN UNDERHILL UVic’s field hockey pitch played host last weekend to the 2013 CIS National Championships. With the top seed, UVic looked poised to win

their 12th national title since 1984. The host team is guaranteed a bid to the tournament, but that wasn’t enough for this young, scrappy Vikes squad. They wanted to earn their bid and make a run for the title.

VIPIRG Winter 2013 Refund Period The Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to research, education, advocacy, and other action in the public interest. Located in the Student Union Building of the University of Victoria, VIPIRG is a place where students and community members connect to work together on social justice and environmental issues. The organization’s current focus is on local poverty issues. VIPIRG has been operating since 1983, when UVic students voted to join BC PIRG. For publications and information on our working groups, resource library, campaigns and events see www.vipirg.ca VIPIRG’s achievements include: • Dis/Orientation days programming in collaboration with other campus and community groups in fall 2013 • ongoing collaboration with community groups addressing local poverty issues • research that was the basis for the establishment of a community dental clinic • research and action to improve income assistance in BC • successfully lobbying UVic to create a recycling program on campus • putting cruise ships on the map as a local environmental issue • establishing a native plant garden and supporting a community garden at UVic Refunds: Every UVic student is a member of VIPIRG and pays a membership due through their student fees. Undergrads pay $3 per full time semester or $1.50 per part time semester. Grad students pay $2 per semester. This fee is refundable by cheque to students during a refund period each semester. Students who receive a refund lose access to the VIPIRG library and programming, and are no longer eligible to vote in VIPIRG elections or stand for election to the VIPIRG Coordinating Collective. The Winter 2013 Refund Period will be held Monday, November 25, through Friday, December 6, 2013. Refund forms can be picked up at the VIPIRG office in Student Union Building B120. To collect your refund, please attach a print-out of your Winter 2013 class timetable or class list (e.g. from http://www.uvic.ca/current-students/index.php -- select a print-out from the summer semester) to your form, in order to confirm that you are currently a registered student. For more information: info@vipirg.ca. Forms will be posted on the office door (SUB B120) for the convenience of students coming outside office hours.

They achieved their first goal by winning the Canada West banner, locking the number one spot down for nationals. Lynne Beecroft, head coach of the Vikes, attributes her team’s success to solid chemistry on and off the field. “They are really hard workers, and they really enjoy each other’s company,” Beecroft said. With a young team, building a strong identity is paramount if you want to make a run for the title. By winning the Canada West banner, they gave themselves more than just the number one seed. They got a renewed sense of confidence knowing they could beat UBC. The Vikes kicked off their tournament by defeating the number two seed Guelph Gryphons in a convincing manner, 3-0. The next day, the Vikes took care of the Waterloo Warriors 3-0. Second-year keeper Sheriden Goodmanson was phenomenal between the pipes, posting back-to-back shutouts against the two eastern contingencies. There are several advantages to hosting the Championships, which gave the Vikes a leg up. In past host years, the team has stayed in a hotel in Victoria to keep everyone together and focused, but this year Beecroft opted to let the girls sleep in their own beds. “We just asked our athletes to spend as much time with each other

as possible during the tournament,” Beecroft said. “I trust them to do the right thing.” With home-field advantage and the luxury of sleeping at home, the Vikes gave themselves the best possible chance to win this year. The Vikes just couldn’t overcome the firepower of the national-team-laden UBC Thunderbirds. As Beecroft predicted, UBC was the toughest competition at the tournament. “They have several national team players and over 300 international appearances amongst them,” Beecroft said. “We have one girl who has four [international appearances].” When UVic toppled UBC a few weeks ago at the Canada West Championships, UBC was missing several key national team additions. With those stars back in the lineup, the Thunderbirds were too much to handle; they thoroughly defeated the Vikes 4-2 in pool play. On Championship Sunday at the UVic turf, UBC was certainly the stronger team. With the return of their national team players, UBC looked in-command the whole game. Their set plays off corners wreaked havoc on the young UVic defense, and UBC rolled to 4-1 victory. The silver medal may sting now, but these young Vikes had a very strong season, capped off with an admirable finish at the CIS Championships. With November 7, 2013

over half the team in second or first year, this young bunch will no doubt be a huge threat for the McCrae Cup for the next few years at least. Captain and veteran leader Kyla Kirby finished her five-year career with a silver medal and left a strong program in her departure. Her leadership was a key component to the Vikes’ success this season—an attribute coach Beecroft says was missing in past years. “Last year, we were a little short on leaders,” Beecroft says. “We had 11 or 12 rookies and were missing a little in the leadership category, and this year we had enough.” Kirby joins her teammates Kathleen Leahy and goalie Goodmanson as members of the 2013 CIS tournament all-stars. The top 11 players in the tournament included five UBC stars, three from UVic, two from Guelph and one from Waterloo. The 2013 season drew to a close on Sunday in front of friends and family. Although the silver wasn’t the goal, this young Vikes team must be confident heading into the next couple seasons. The Vikes may not have come away with the gold, but the CIS experience, a first for many Vikes, will certainly prove valuable down the road.

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Let’s talk about sex

Skydiving, having sex with your friends, and other really stupid decisions EVAN READ ARMSTRONG There are a lot of bad ideas in the world. Like putting a fork in a toaster, or eating a whole pint of ice cream, or starting a meth lab out of your Winnebago. Every second of the day, there is a perfectly intelligent person making an idiotic decision. People do crack, people ride bikes without helmets and sometimes, if they’re really, really stupid, people have sex with their friends. Now there’s a bad decision that you are rarely warned about. Until now. You get warned about going skydiving, you get cautioned against getting a tattoo from someone in the back of a van, and even your grandmother will tell you to wear a condom every time. But no one ever tells you that you’re not supposed to make the beast with two backs with one of your buddies. It’s pretty screwed up, because, in theory, it should be a good idea right? Jim and Pam, Ross and Rachel, Batman and Robin—the best sexual partners are friends first. And I know

that people are all excited about this idea of “friend-zoning,” but for the record, I’m not a big believer in it. Contrary to popular belief, friend-zoning can be reversed (fuck-zoning?), and when it is, it is messed up. Let me tell you that there is nothing worse than going to someone you trust for some good old bonding time and realizing that you’d rather be engaging in some good old bondage. I guess it’s how our stupid 20-something brains work that, all of a sudden, you want to jump someone that’s usually just your beer pong partner. There has to be some distinction between the people you have sex with and the people that you talk to about the people you have sex with. You need someone in your life that you can go to if there is a weird smell or a funny noise, and that person shouldn’t be the person you are bumpin’ uglies with. You need a getaway driver who will be there to hold your hand during the scary movie or stand by your side when you draw a hard line on an absurd issue.

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Someone who really likes your underpants, but would much prefer that you kept them on. It’s easy to skip from being best friends to sex friends, but that bell is a little harder to un-bang. Sure, a little tequila might make you wonder if being snuggle buddies is a good idea, but tequila is a filthy liar. Once you’ve seen someone’s O-face, you can never again call him or her to giggle about how ridiculous it is. And what is your backup plan if they’re bad in bed? Or worse—if they find out that

you are? Because you'd better be prepared to deliver your A-game during coitus. I’m talking Sex-du-Soleil full of props and everything, including fire. They’ve heard every story of every stupid sexual encounter you’ve ever had, and what if they find out that nope, you pretty much deserved it. Worst of all, you probably have friends in common. Who do you think they are going to turn to when they want to discuss your obsession with purring and nipple licking? Nope, if you go through with

this, there can be no starfishing or oh-I’m-just-really-tired-and-seriouslythis-never-happens-to-me. If you’ve seen his meat sword or her bearded clam and you weren’t totally into it, without first laying down ground rules, you’re not friends anymore. It is that simple. So be damn sure about what (or whom) you want and prepared to deliver an awesome performance; or stick with beer pong. At least when you do that, you know where to put your balls and what is supposed to get wet, at what time.

Vikes ready to ball Evans and Tibbs lead hungry Vikes into the 2013-14 season ALEX KURIAL

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The Vikes men’s basketball team is riding into the regular season with plenty of momentum after a strong preseason showing, highlighted by an undefeated run in the UBC Tournament. UVic’s play went a long way in justifying the high hopes the community has for the team after their impressive finish as one of the final eight teams in the country last season. The 201314 squad opened up the preseason with five wins in a row, outscoring their opponents by an average of over 13 points. While their final two preseason games ended in defeat, the first to the powerhouse Carleton Ravens before a close loss to the Warner Pacific Knights, the travel-laden seven-game stretch served as a strong preview for what to expect in the opening weekend and beyond. Furthermore, it highlighted the two players at opposite ends of their collegiate careers who look to be the driving forces behind the Vikes this season: senior Terrell Evans and freshman Marcus Tibbs. UVic’s first action took place in the UBC Tournament from Oct. 10–12. The Vikes thrived on hot starts to establish control, leading after the first quarter in all three games. This allowed UVic to manage the games at their own pace, and add to their point total off turnovers as their opponents made mistakes struggling to catch up.

Unsurprising to many, all three Vikes wins were led by Terrell Evans, who, in his final season, continues to add to his impressive resumé as one of the top UVic basketball players of all time. Evans put up a game high 20 points in the opening 79-67 win over the Concordia Stingers of Montreal, before exploding for 37 the next night against the Portland-based Concordia Cavaliers. Evans capped the tournament off by setting the points standard a third time, scoring 20 as the Vikes ran over the Laurier Golden Hawks 91-72. The unbeaten mark, good for tops in the tournament, sent UVic in high spirits to Ottawa for the Carleton House-Laughton Tournament. Their run continued during the first two days, blowing out the Bishop’s Gaiters 80-58 before emerging on top in a tight contest with the Lakehead Thunderwolves 68-60. Evans ran his game high points streak to five games, scoring 19 and 28 in the respective wins. The Vikes were unable to get revenge for last year’s nationals exit in their tournament finale against Carleton however, as a trademark quick start by the defending CIS champions was more than enough to see them cruise to an 82-62 victory. The game did see the establishment of Marcus Tibbs as a legitimate point guard at the elite level, as he finished with team highs in points and assists, along with a game high for steals. The coming-out performance

capped what had been an already strong preseason run for Seattle native Tibbs, who joins UVic this year from Bellevue College in Washington. Tibbs had come second in points three times over the opening four games, his top marks coming in a double-double performance with 16 points and 10 assists against the Cavaliers. Tibbs is looking more and more like a point guard who will be able to deliver clutch performances for the Vikes. He should go a long way to fill the hole left by departing senior guard Michael Acheampong. UVic showed no signs of slowing down as the regular season got underway this past weekend, sweeping a prairie road trip with wins over the Brandon Bobcats and Regina Cougars. Evans once again led the charge, following up a game-high 17 points in the 77-50 win over Brandon with a double-double over Regina. Veteran centre Chris McLaughlin added his own double-double during the 78-54 downing of the Cougars, registering a game high in points (17) and rebounds (15). The Vikes now get set for their home openers at McKinnon Gym, where they were nothing short of dominant last season in posting a 12-1 record. This weekend features a doubleheader against the Fraser Valley Cascades, with tipoffs set for 8 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday.


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Vikes fall sports—What’s on the horizon? MEN BASKETBALL The men’s Vikes basketball team has gotten off to a wicked start going 5-2 in preseason competition and look to follow it up with another CIS final-eight appearance. After sweeping their season-opening weekend in the Prairies, the Vikes look hot heading into their home opener on Nov. 8, 2013, against the University of Fraser Valley Cascades. Key players: Terrell Evans and Chris McLaughlin

SOCCER The men’s soccer team held a 10-3-1 record this season, which included two four-game win streaks. When this team was hot, they could tangle with the best in the Canada West. The Vikes suffered a pair of losses this weekend in the Canada West Championships, which ended their CIS run until next year. Key players: Cam Hundal and Cameron Stokes

RUGBY As per usual, the Vikes men’s rugby squad is looking good and hopes to put an exclamation point on the fall with a Barnard Cup win. The team is 5-1 this season and perfect at home. Expect them to challenge for the Barnard Cup on Nov. 30, 2013, and for the premiership title in April. Key Players: Fergus Hall and Patrick Kay

FIELD HOCKEY With only one win to their name this fall to accompany their heap of losses, The Vikes men’s field hockey team has little to be excited about. The lone bright spot comes in their youth. Almost half of the team is second year or younger. They

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can be caught in action at home on Nov. 9 2013. This team will certainly grow together and look to improve throughout the second half of the season. Key players: Tyler Klenk and Trevor Feehan

ROWING The Vikes men’s varsity eights team has rowed to back-to-back victories and looks to remain hot as Canadian Nationals approach. UVic captured gold at the annual Head of the Elk and Head of the Gorge regattas in late October and rowed to a third place finish at the Canadian University Championships last week in Montreal.

GOLF With a new head coach in Justin Clews, the UVic golf team is revitalized, young and hitting the ball well. With a team victory at the Canada West Championships and individual top-10 finishes galore, the Vikes finished the fall season in strong fashion and are looking forward to a bevvy of challenging spring and summer events. Key golfers: Bruce Tomie and Eric Praught

CROSS-COUNTRY As the Vikes get set for the CIS Cross-Country Championships taking place in London, Ontario, on Nov. 9, 2013, they look to build on their fall races. The Vikes cross-country squad have tested themselves in Oregon, California and Washington this fall and recently had the best individual result at the B.C. Championships in Abbotsford. All that work will pay off if they can bring it home in London this weekend. Key runners: Ryan Cassidy and Benjamin Weir

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After suffering a loss to the University of Regina in last year’s playoffs, the Vikes are back with a vengeance. They won the UVic Invitational in October and are looking like contenders to scramble back to the final eight. With a solid mélange of new players and veterans, coach Dani Sinclair has this bunch primed and ready to hit the court. After splitting this weekend in the Prairies, they look forward to their home-opener this coming weekend. Key players: Jenna Bugiardini and Jessica Renfrew

UVic not only qualified for Nationals in women’s field hockey, they had an undefeated season and hosted the 2013 CIS Championship. With a stellar season and a Canadian Western banner under their belt, the Vikes looked untouchable heading into the CIS Championships at home. The UBC Thunderbirds beat UVic twice last weekend, earning the gold and leaving this young Vikes squad with an admirable silver medal to cap off an excellent season. Key players: Kyla Kirby and Kathleen Leahy

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When you talk about top soccer programs in the country, you have to include the Vikes near the top of your list. With only two losses in the regular season, neither of which took place at Centennial Stadium, the Vikes looked as strong as ever heading into the Canada West Championships. The Vikes suffered a loss against Trinity Western and rebounded to capture bronze. The result was not good enough to qualify them for the CIS Championships. Key players: Jaclyn Sawicki and Emma Greig

Like their male counterparts, the Vikes women’s eights team raced to a first place finish at the Head of the Gorge and proceeded to come second at the Head of the Elk. With a second place at the Western Canadian Championship, and a third place at the Canadian University Rowing Championships last week, the Vikes look strong heading into the National Rowing Championships on Nov. 9, 2013.

RUGBY After a hot start, the injury-plagued Vikes women’s rugby squad dropped their final three Canada West outings and failed to qualify for the CIS National Championships. There is still plenty of rugby to be played as they enter their club season. The Vikes dominated Cowichan 84-5 to kick off the BCRU season. Key players: Kara Galbraith and Jaiden Parhar

GOLF The Vikes women’s golf team has wrapped up its fall season and is prepared for the spring. The women had a stellar fall season, capped off with a sixth place finish at the Dennis Rose invitational in Hawaii. With rising stars and strong returning veterans, the Vikes look to show well in the spring. Key golfers: Brynn Tomie and Megan Woodland KEVIN UNDERHILL

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Party games WILLIAM WORKMAN There ain’t no party like a Mario party. At least, that’s what we used to say in the ’90s. Now it’s 2013, and although we may still break out the N64 after a few beers, there are so many other party games out there with a variety of flavours and levels of chaos. Best of all, they won’t force everyone to stare at one screen the whole night. By blending digital and physical mayhem, these games ensure that both players and wallflowers can enjoy themselves. For those of you with some space to spare and the endurance for some serious horseplay, Brutally Unfair Tactics Totally Okay Now (B.U.T.T.O.N.) is a simple yet devious game for the Xbox 360 and PC that packs a playful punch. It is a guided 2–4 player physical competition, taking place with players any number of steps back from the television and a single controller on the floor. All competitors are then given a task and a condition under which to accomplish it. Once the timer ticks down, everyone’s energy is unleashed and a frenzied ball of elbows, and screams spawn around the controller as each player attempts to achieve the goal, or keep others from it. B.U.T.T.O.N. is nothing more than a set of instructions, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth a couple of dollars. In fact, I’d wager that anyone who pays the three-dollar price tag will have a good time—barring injury. Fortunately, it’s also got a setting that favours silliness over violent mischief. The sexy setting, meanwhile, should

be saved for more intimate gatherings. If you are a little reticent about showing up to class with bruises, but still want to partake in some fervent co-operative madness, then take out your smartphone and download Spaceteam. Do it right now. I don’t care if you’re not at an actual party, because Spaceteam will form a party around you, literally. For no money, you and up to three others will connect in local multiplayer, form a starship crew, and begin flying across the universe. The only catch? Everything is going wrong all at once, and you will have to work as a team to fix it—a space team. Once everyone is connected, each of the phones becomes a control panel on the bridge of a wacky starship. As chaos breaks loose, players must shout orders at each other in the hopes that the right person will be sharp enough to find the specified interface on their console and adjust it accordingly. From “raise the astro-winch” to “flush the glorp-nozzle,” “set warp flange to maximum,” or “charge the cryosplunge,” the countless commands are all bizarre, frantic, and confusing. Then, just when players think they are getting the hang of it, someone yells spastically: “Asteroid!” and players begin shaking their devices furiously to escape a fiery death. Spaceteam is an exciting, whirlwind experience that messes around with its campy sci-fi setting and ridiculous nomenclature to create an atmosphere that is just as dizzyingly funny to watch as it is to play.

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VicPD launches crime app JEREMY VERNON Want to fight crime using high-tech gadgets? Put away the cape and pull out your smartphone. The Victoria Police Department, working with Sunnyvale, Calif., startup MobilePD, has released Canada’s first crimereporting mobile app: VicPD. Victoria police hope the app will eventually replace the onerous and expensive process of gathering information on crime reports and free up more time for bustin’ punks. Based on a platform initially developed for the Santa Cruz Police Department in 2011, the VicPD app uses messaging services to collect information related to petty theft, property damage, and other minor offences—10 in all—in the municipalities of Esquimalt and Victoria. The app is actually an interface linked into two services. Submitted reports are published on it for public use and the second service is a data-input feature that allows users to contribute reports. The VicPD app is intended to collect information after the fact; offences in progress still demand a 911 call. It is hoped that as adoption of the app

grows, the volume of information available to local law enforcement will increase accordingly, and the demand on emergency services for lower-priority crimes will lessen. The information gathered can also be used for other applications, such as the Crime Mapping project (www. crimemapping.com). Besides data collection, Victoria Police can use also use the app to easily spread updates to app users to promote safety awareness and crime prevention. Examples include alerts about repeat thefts in a particular area, or information about missing persons. Const. Mike Russell demonstrated the app at a ViaTEC presser two weeks ago. It’s slick and userfriendly, amenable to anyone familiar with smartphones. It was built from scratch for both Android and iOS— currently only iOS is supported, Android is coming soon. Data is fed into the Victoria Police Department’s DeskOfficer Online Reporting System (DORS), and data is never handled by any third party, not even by MobilePD. DORS was introduced for the Victoria PD two years ago by Coplogic. As with any relatively new use of technology, there are a few reasons to

be cautious with the VicPD app. One important concern is the potential for bogus reports: how would the department handle a deluge of spam? Const. Russell has it under control: “We haven’t had a large number of bogus or misleading reports. We avoid this through two steps. Firstly, we require a real-world email address from each complainant. Secondly, each online report is reviewed by our Communications Department Supervisor.” Have MobilePD and the Victoria Police Department properly ensured users’ privacy? Can they track your clandestine trips to the 420 circle, or find your Batcave? Russell believes privacy is about relationships: “Privacy protection is about trust,” he says. “Trust, but verify” is the motto. The VicPD app was subject to a Privacy Impact Assessment and is compliant with all privacy protection laws, so you’re safer than Angela Merkel. The data is stored in Canada and is never routed internationally. Anonymous data will be available at the Victoria Police Department’s website (http://www.vicpd.ca) for use by researchers or other interested parties.

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Humour

Why do birds fly south for the winter? Because it's too far to walk.

A-List

10 ways to use your textbooks during reading break 1. As kindling

Big books usually have many pages that are excellent for starting fires in this chilly season.

2. As a paper weight

Why not use more paper to weight down your other paper?

Man makes scene at Costco KLARA WOLDENGA

3. As decoration

Having a date over? Nothing sets the mood like a biology text book, especially if it’s in mint condition.

4. Slide one under that uneven table leg

How can you enjoy your reading break if your cereal moves slightly from side to side during breakfast?

5. Balance them on your head

Now more than ever, society values proper posture. Why waste your time reading? No one will care what you know if you’re a Slouchy Sally.

6. Look smart at coffee shops

Put a much more interesting book behind it and feel the admiration sweep in.

7. Crack the spines

Finally, you have time to take part in this guilty pleasure.

8. Collect dust

Starting a dust collection? Leave your books untouched and let the dust come to you.

9. Use them for speedy drinking games

Flip to a random page; fi rst one who gets bored takes a shot.

10. Read them to get ahead of your classes

Disclaimer: This is a joke. For the safety of others and yourself, do not attempt. KLARA WOLDENGA

HUMOUR — The Costco staff at Langford was forced to call the authorities last week when a man refused to leave the premises after being caught without a Costco member’s ID. The man, later identified as Alex Hughes, was refused checkout through the cash register when he failed to present his Costco card to the cashier. James Camery, the cashier who worked the till Hughes attempted to go through, was available for comment and spoke to the Martlet about the experience. “Everything seemed normal until I asked for his Costco card,” states Camery. “But then I told him without a card he would be unable to pay for his purchases in the store.” According to witnesses, when hearing the news, Hughes became highly agitated and refused to budge from his spot in line. “He claimed he had a right as a Canadian citizen to buy his four shopping carts of cottage cheese and shoe polish at the price offered without a membership card,” states Camery. “When I tried to explain the rules and regulations of Costco, he refused to listen and just started yelling ‘Don’t tread on me!’” Out of options, Camery called the manager for assistance; unfortunately, when Costco’s manager, Rob Artin, arrived, it only made the situation worse. “When Mr. Hughes figured out I was the manager, he became much more hostile,” states Artin. “He claimed that ‘The Man wasn’t going to keep him down from getting the prices he deserves.’” Hughes then commanded the people behind him in line to “rise up against the price oppressors” which created no response except for a

reported slight awkwardness. With no other option, Artin was forced to call the authorities. Hughes responded by quickly grabbing a set of Nerf guns and dashing into the Costco junglegym display. Once the authorities responded, they found Hughes and began using non-lethal BB guns as Hughes responded by shooting Nerf bullets. After a 10-minute shoot-out, Hughes ran out of Nerf bullets and was apprehended by police, while stating, “I should have grabbed the bulk pack.” Once taken out of the building, Hughes began yelling “Sheeple! You’re all just worthless sheeple!” to anyone within ear shot, while continuing to resist arrest. Before being taken into the police car, Hughes was heard shouting toward an unknown person, demanding that Costco stop keeping out the 99 per cent and hiding behind its membership cards. Hughes has successfully been taken in for questioning and has a court date scheduled for next month, due to his multiple trespassing offenses. According to sources, Hughes has been caught many times trying to use several gyms in the Victoria area, as well as the Victoria Country Club, without a membership. Courtney Sherick, an employee at the Victoria Country Club, stated that she has had quite a few run-ins with Hughes. “He just keeps on coming in,” states Sherick. “Once we found him swimming in the chocolate fountain, and he wouldn’t leave until we called the cops. He kept on calling us ‘Sheeple,’ which the sheep herder society, who were holding their annual conference here, was very offended by.” The Sheep Herder Society was unavailable for comment.

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