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NEWS Visual Arts chair halts hiring, calls for equity review MYLES SAUER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF The University of Victoria’s search for two tenure-track assistant professors in the Visual Arts department has been put on hold for an equity review in light of concerns raised around the exclusion of an Indigenous candidate from the hiring shortlist. The job posting states that applicants must have “demonstrated experience in post-secondary teaching,” and that “curatorial experience, a record of critical writing, and/or a background in Indigenous knowledge will be considered assets.” In a letter dated April 20 and addressed to Visual Arts Department Chair Paul Walde, a number of UVic staff and faculty expressed their support for the candidate, Jackson 2Bears Leween: a Victoria-based Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) artist who was appointed the 2013-2014 Audain Professor of Contemporary Arts of the Pacific Northwest for the Department of Visual Arts. The letter states: “Given the University of Victoria’s historical and continuing commitment to Indigenous scholarship and full equity in hiring practices, we find the hiring process of the Department of Visual Arts to be, in this instance, substantively biased against Indigenous candidates.” The letter is signed by 27 individuals, including Dr. Arthur Kroker, a UVic political science professor and a Canada Research Chair in Technology, Culture and Theory; Dr. Taiaiake Alfred, Professor of Indigenous Governance; and Dr. Val Napoleon, Law Foundation Professor of Aboriginal Justice and Governance.
One of the signees, Dr. Stephen Ross, said that the exclusion of Leween is reflective of a continued struggle on the part of UVic to uphold its mandate as a centre for advancing Indigenous scholarship. “It’s basically down to the tendency to overlook Indigenous scholars who are here and working here when posts come open.” “Not to interview him is—at the very least—insulting. But not to interview any Indigenous candidates for a job in which expertise in Indigenous art is a qualification is really egregious,” Ross said. Dean of Fine Arts Lynne Van Luven declined to comment on Leween’s exclusion from the shortlist and whether any Indigenous candidates were included. Walde and Luven also declined to comment on the hiring process and equity review. Both stated that “it is not possible to discuss the [hiring] process without breaking rules of confidentiality and putting at risk the privacy of the individuals involved in the process.” When contacted by the Martlet, Leween gave no comment. Ross hopes that the equity review will bring some positive closure to the process. “It’s very much to [Walde’s] credit that he has responded to outrage over the decision by intervening in the process and reconsidering the steps already taken. I feel sure that Dr. Walde wants to do what’s right here, and that the circumstances will be resolved. I really do hope that they are going to get this sorted out in a way that is fair and productive on all sides.”
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President Jamie Cassels speaks at the CARSA ceremony with other UVic and CanAssist officials; Cassels says CARSA will be where “aspiration transforms into achievement.” Photo by Sarah Allan (Photo Contributor)
CARSA races to the finish line MYLES SAUER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF On May 1, the University of Victoria’s Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) opened its doors to the public for the first time, marking the end of several years planning and construction; but as Vikes Recreation Director Clint Hamilton said to those gathered at the opening ceremony, “the finish line is just the beginning.” Also speaking at the ceremony was UVic president Jamie Cassels, CanAssist Executive Director Robin Syme, UVic Board of Governors representative Michael Kennedy, and Vikes field hockey player Kathleen Leahy. Hamilton was quick to pass the mic to Cassels, who lept to the lectern in full runner’s attire. “I want to be the first one in there,” Cassels joked. He expressed how pleased he was to see the project completed, and recalled watching the building “come up out of the ground” from his office window.
Cassels stressed during the ceremony and in a subsequent interview that CARSA is all about inclusiveness. “There’s something for absolutely everybody,” he said, referring to the 70 000-square ft. facility, which includes dance spaces, dedicated spin class studios, weight-training areas, and the Peninsula Co-op Climbing Centre. Cassels said CARSA will be a “centre of excellence” for the University. According to Cassels, giving CanAssist a dedicated space at CARSA to continue helping people with disabilities will further the theme of inclusiveness. Syme echoed Cassels’ sentiment, saying CanAssist is “the only universitybased program developing tools for those with disabilities where no commercial option exists.” CanAssist has been on campus for 15 years, “so what better way to support that [inclusiveness] than to bring CanAssist into [CARSA]?” Cassels said. “[It shows] that we’re going to make every effort possible to make sure that everybody, no
matter what their level of ability, is able to take advantage of [the facility].” Kennedy took a moment at the ceremony to thank the construction workers and engineers who “could make the project happen.” Kennedy stated that CARSA is the first building on campus to use a geothermal heating/cooling system, and will aim to reduce water consumption by 40 per cent. Connor McGuigan, a Biology student and upcoming novice rowing coach, said that the building provides a great opportunity for varsity athletics. “It’s awesome. It gives us top-of-the-line facilities for the campus and the varsity athletics teams which is really nice.” In the end, Cassels emphasized that CARSA was a step forward for the university. “It’s a big investment in students. Recreational opportunities, [and] active, healthy living is a fundamental part of personal success and academic success.”
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New UVSS board Senate meets for convenes for final term first meeting Academic standards and MYLES SAUER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF The SUB board room was filled with plenty of new faces this Monday as the newly elected Involve slate took their seats at 6 p.m. for the first board meeting of the 2015–2016 term. The newly established Yoga Jam was ratified with $100.90 in funding for the summer semester, along with 44 other returning clubs — each with funding amounting to $147.32. The following clubs were ratified without funding for the semester: the Jewish Students’ Association, Rally Club, Biodev, Jubilee Bible Education Club, Student Ambassadors, and the University Bible Fellowship. Director of Student Affairs Kaylee Szakacs was the focus of a motion granting her a paid leave of absence from May 12 – 16 to attend a oneweek intensive Disability Studies class offered at UVic. An amendment was introduced for the board to pay for half the course ($263.10), which inspired some debate. UVSS Research and Communications Coordinator Ben Johnson said he thought it made sense to cover part of Szakacs’ expenses, seeing as it would be a benefit to her executive role. The question was raised how the board would handle those
requests in the future. The issue was ultimately tabled for next meeting, as the motion to grant the leave passed. Other new business involved nominating candidates to fill a myriad of committee vacancies. The nomination process was tedious, as some nominations were not received ahead of time. Nominations were then done in person, with secret ballot votes called when there were more nominations than vacancies. The meeting was marked by numerous delays as members talked amongst themselves or derailed the discussion into unrelated tangents. Two directors-at-large proved distracting, and Chairperson Brontë Renwick-Shields jokingly threatened to split them up at the next meeting. As 8:20 p.m. rolled around, and with numerous committee vacancies remaining to be filled, RenwickShields brought the board to order: “We just want to get out of here,” she said. Eventually, the remaining vacancies were mostly filled. A motion to elect one director to sit on the CFUV Board of Directors was tabled until the next meeting, as CFUV Station Manager Randy Gelling failed to appear and provide a 10-minute presentation to the board.
Strategic Research Plan key MYLES SAUER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF It was a quick and efficient end to the term on Friday as the UVic Senate passed a number of motions, including the approval to implement a MA program in Germanic and Slavic Studies in either Germanic or Slavic streams, subject to funding.
with emerging and tracking research opportunities, with a call for more discretionary funding to seed new research initiatives. This suggests that people may see opportunities in their environment that are “shortfused” by the slow funding approval process for research. Castle concluded that they are on track to present a draft plan to the Senate in October.
STRATEGIC RESEARCH PLAN Before that, however, Vice President Research David Castle provided an update on the Strategic Research Plan. Castle stated that a draft would be put together this summer, and briefed the Senate on efforts made in April to consult the greater UVic community. A survey was sent to over 6 500 staff, faculty, and grad students, says Castle, and of those surveyed, 1 300 responded. Some key messages emerged from those responses, Castle said, with the first being that graduate students are significant contributors to UVic’s research excellence, and their experience could be enhanced with increased resources — particularly UVic’s Indigenous research streams. Castle also noted a general desire for the university to be “more nimble”
FEDERAL BUDGET President Jamie Cassels discussed the implications of the federal budget put forth in April, stating that substantial funding for students through the Mitacs internship program and $45 million in funding for the TRIUMF Particle Facility would be beneficial to UVic students and community at large. Cassels admitted that the university didn’t quite get everything they needed, but “compared to other sectors, we did okay.” He stressed that there is more support needed for Aboriginal students and international student mobility and activities.
tee in 2014 to investigate “whether there was a need for guidelines on the use of editorial services by students at the university.” Associate Dean of Academic and Student Relations Heather Raven spoke on behalf of the committee, asking the Senate for “guidance on how to proceed with concerns brought forth.” The subcommittee “consulted four stakeholder groups,” including undergraduate and graduate students, Writing Centre tutors, and teaching assistants. Raven noted students sent back thoughtful comments, and found that in general, “clarity would really assist [students]” when determining what services were acceptable or not. The report recommends that a section be added to the Policy on Academic Integrity in the Academic Calendar, as well as guidelines to provide a universitywide minimum standard. Raven said this is an ongoing process, and any recommendations on how to proceed were welcome. After some discussion, Cassels remarked that the “general message seems to be ‘Yes, please continue’ with the report.”
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Exposing misogyny in sports You may think the Stanley Cup finals are a bust now that the Canucks are out of the running (sorry, boys), but that doesn’t mean things are dying down in other parts of the country. Calgary’s Red Mile has ignited once again this season as the Flames take their shot at another historic run for the cup, hopefully recapturing the glory that permeated their streak in 2004. We can’t fault fans for that. Some of us being ex-Albertans ourselves, it was easy to get caught up when our peers lost their minds for Jerome Iginla and Mikka Kiprusoff. This time though, things are a bit different. On April 23, following reports of journalists and women being harassed by fans, Calgary Flames executives issued a statement condemning the behaviour. “Our view is that if you’re a true Flames fan, you are not engaging in this kind of behaviour,” said Ken King, current CEO. Unfortunately, this kind of misogynistic behaviour is hardly limited to Flames fans. On May 2, Floyd Mayweather’s boxing camp allegedly banned two female journalists, Michelle Beadle and Rachel Nichols, from covering his fight with Manny Pacquiao. Both journalists have previously been openly critical of Mayweather’s history of domestic violence, which seemed to factor into the initial ban (Beadle’s credentials were eventually re-approved late Friday night). Certainly, it’s to the Flames’ credit that their executives have spoken out to fans directly. Such honesty is admirable — but even more importantly, it’s rare. In a sports culture that predominantly caters to men, it’s easy to sweep such behaviour under the rug as merely being “just part of the game.” And the reports coming out of the Red Mile are alarming, to say the least. But are they anything new? In both cases, the message to women is clear: if you speak up, you are not welcome. This is, in fact, not new at all. This is what makes the response from the Flames brass so appreciated: it brings an issue to attention in a way that will — we hope — be constructive for all involved. Whether it’s a change in the visibility of the issue, a changing mindset among fans regarding what constitutes appropriate behaviour, or a change in the incidence rate of reporting cases of sexual harassment and assault, we could all use a little more attention being drawn to the issue. We need more organizations like the Flames, and reporters like Beadle and Nichols, to publicly take a stance on the issue of sexualized assault and harassment, and to condemn such behaviours. If we don’t address these larger social attitudes — no matter how ingrained they may be in our collective psyche — there can be no chance of us changing our course. Editorial topics are decided on by staff at our editorial meetings, held weekly in the Martlet office (SUB B011). Editorials are written by one or more staff members and are not necessarily the opinion of all staff members. Happy? Sad? Enraged? Tell us: firstname.lastname@example.org The Martlet has an open letter policy and will endeavour to publish letters received from the university and local community. Letters must be submitted by email, include your real name and affiliation to UVic and have “Letter to the editor” in the subject line. Letters must be under 200 words and may be edited.
Camosun College Student Society sounds off on CFS controversy Editor’s note: This letter was originally published online on April 2, at the Nexus, Camosun College’s student paper. We have chosen to reprint it here to provide further clarity and context to our own piece on the Canadian Federation of Students, also dated April 2.
RACHAEL GRANT NEXUS (CAMOSUN COLLEGE) Dear editor, I would like to thank you for your recent story on the Canadian Federation of Students national’s response to allegations of corruption that have surfaced recently (“Canadian Federation of Students national office denies corruption allegations,” April 1, 2015 issue). Your fair representation of this story is an example of why Canada still needs a vibrant and diverse student-driven media. This is very difficult for us at the Camosun College Student Society (CCSS) as we believe deeply in the founding principles of the Canadian Federation of Students and that it is the best venue for students in Canada to come together in dialogue and action. In response to the CFS national chairperson’s assertions in your article, we must confess we are deeply troubled. While we cannot verify all of those assertions to be untrue, we cannot at this time express confidence that they are true.
#1 THE ELECTION WAS FAIR AND DEMOCRATIC The physical running of the election was handled in a fair and transparent manner by trusted individuals. However, there were individuals who misrepresented their intentions to run in a way to subvert the process. Essentially, they lied to prevent others from running and exploited our trust in hopes we would not oppose them. Those individuals were successful and key members of the current national executive and had to have been complicit in this for it to happen. This did serious damage to the trust within the organization, and that cost is in no way worth
whatever gain those individuals who were involved think they have achieved.
#2 THERE WAS A NEED TO HIRE PRIVATE SECURITY TO DEAL WITH THREATS TO STAFF OF THE FEDERATION We cannot confirm that there was a need for this and we are confused as to why it would be necessary with the current information that we have. It’s puzzling and perhaps strangely aggressive.
#3 THAT THE FEDERATION IS ACTING AS A FAIR AND BENEVOLENT PRO-UNION EMPLOYER While we agree that the Federation has a long and proud history as a pro-union employer, we cannot confirm that the primary officers are behaving in a way that is consistent with this practice. At this point we believe the CFS national chairperson, the CFS national deputy chairperson, and the CFS national treasurer have the intention to displace long-term Federation staff in order to institute their own aspirations for the organization. We know what they have done has been accomplished without consultation with the membership. The individuals did not run on a platform of change in November and we have no clear understanding of their intentions. We have raised these concerns and have not received a satisfactory answer at this time. We find this very concerning.
#4 THERE IS NO COMMUNICATION OR SERVICE BREAKDOWN AT ANY LEVEL As the people that maintained our connection to the CFS national office have been displaced for reasons we do not understand, we cannot support the national chairperson’s claim. We have attempted to establish direct communications on these issues in order to express our concerns, however, we waited six weeks to receive the information that is now represented in this email. In addition to this, over the past year we have faced increasing
struggles in trying to conduct business with CFS Services (CFSS). The website and email services have had struggles in the past year. Some CFS locals have experienced serious breakdowns in internal communication due to the failure of their email service. The bulkpurchase, year-round store has not been active since early last year. We have had 100 shirts that never arrived to us from the bulk purchasing service in 2013, and our services coordinator has been unable to get any response to the fact that we are out the cost of this item. We also ordered 2 500 pens and they had a failure rate of about 75 percent and we have not heard back anything on these issues, despite the services coordinator being told in person that this would be investigated. The CFS-BC provincial office received five very expensive ISIC card printers that require a website to be built to operate, five deadlines for that website’s construction have come and gone and locals without modern printers are grinding to a halt on production. What is important about this is that this is one of the most tangible benefits for students in their day-to-day lives from the national organization and we cannot at this time guarantee every member a card. Moreover, we are concerned that radical action is being taken out of the blue without the consent or knowledge of the Camosun Student Society Local 75 of the CFS and other locals as well. We are still waiting to hear what justifies that. We are concerned and saddened that we are forced to air our dirty laundry in public. However, we believe in a democratic national student movement and will do what we feel is necessary to protect that ideal. In solidarity, Rachael Grant External Executive Camosun College Student Society CFS Local 75
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Craft Beer Revolution’s second edition bigger, better, and pleasantly quaffable ADAM HAYMAN CONTRIBUTING WRITER With more people taking the plunge into their first West Coast IPAs, craft-made Pilsners, and Pale Ales, the second edition of Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider’s Guide to B.C. Breweries by Joe Wiebe proves its worth as an excellent resource for budding beer geeks and beer tourists alike. B.C.’s brewery count jumped from 50 up to 90 since the first edition was released in 2013, so there are now 40 more reasons for anyone visiting or living in B.C. to get a hold of this book. Wiebe’s descriptions and organization of each brewery is light, enjoyable, and easily consumed. The essays have been expanded, and a new intro has been written as well. While the true heart
of this book lies in the catalogue and information of the breweries, hearing about the creation stories behind my favourite breweries is a treat. For instance, I had no idea that Phillip’s Blue Buck Ale used to be called Blue Truck Ale, after the blue milk truck that founder Matt Phillips would use for deliveries during the brewery’s beginnings. For beer tourists, each geographical section of breweries lists which ones offer tours and food, and which have rooms to rent: valuable information for anyone planning a craft beer odyssey of their own. I particularly enjoyed the curated list of Wiebe’s favourite beers. I take those lists with me to the liquor store now, and I’ve made it my goal to try as many as of those as I can. I’m only at 8 out of 35 recommendations — but not for long. This brings me to my major
critique: this book made me so goddamned thirsty every time I sat down to review it. On two different occasions, I had to go out to the liquor store and buy a bomber of something. Someone should make “Best of B.C.” 12-packs and include it in the price of this book. It’s dangerous not to be holding a beer in one hand with Revolution in the other. Written by a true insider of the industry, Craft Beer Revolution’s second edition gives the reader a real inside scoop, and I can’t think of a better industry to be included in. While you’d think the craft beer boom should logically start quieting down (doubling every four years would be madness), I still think the industry has room to grow. Watch out for the inevitable third edition in a few years.
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Marvel’s Daredevil takes Netflix by storm MYLES SAUER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF With the recent release of Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron this weekend, you’d be forgiven for letting Daredevil slip under your radar. The Marvel/Netflix collaboration introduces viewers to Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox)—a lawyer by day and vigilante with heightened senses by night—and his plunge into a seedier, grittier side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). I know what you might be thinking: Wasn’t Daredevil that blind guy played by Ben Affleck in a featurelength Evanescence video? Indeed
he was! But don’t let the memories of awkward playground duels with Jennifer Garner and awful nu-metal scare you; Marvel’s Daredevil gives us something not entirely unfamiliar to fans of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films. That’s not to say Daredevil is derivative or unimaginative — quite the opposite. While certain superhero tropes abound, Daredevil has a few tricks up its sleeve to set it apart. Throughout the 13-episode series, I was blown away at the talent on display. Elden Henson (The Mighty Ducks, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2) plays Foggy Nelson, Matt’s law partner, and elevates a potentially annoying comic
relief character to somebody with true heart — something the show needs to alleviate the usually grim proceedings. His relationship with Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll of True Blood) is one I enjoyed watching develop. And of course, Cox plays the two sides of Matt Murdock with incredible precision, moving between quiet anger, warm affability, and raging physicality with ease. The true standout, however, is Vincent D’Onofrio’s turn as primary antagonist Wilson Fisk. A man who insists he wants what’s best for his city — and will stop at nothing to attain it — Fisk is a formidable presence on screen; D’Onofrio channels
a simmering rage that threatens to boil over at any moment. Some of the most jaw-dropping scenes of the series feature Fisk and some horrible act of violence. But on the contrary, the most intriguing aspect of the series is Fisk’s relationship with Vanessa (Ayelet Zurer) — the Claire to his Frank Underwood. This brings me to something else that sets the series apart: it’s bloody. Whereas much of the MCU fare presents a sanitized, soft PG-13 take on superheroics, Daredevil pulls none of its punches — literally. The end of episode two sees Matt break into a criminal hideout to rescue a kidnapped boy; what ensues is an
incredible single-take fight scene that is stunning in its seamlessness. And the end of episode four . . . well, best I don’t spoil that one; you’ll lose your head on your own. Trust me. Is Daredevil perfect? No. A handful of episodes drag, and the finale is lackluster, but it’s a hell of a lot better than other offerings from Marvel’s television department (looking at you, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). And with a second season already confirmed for next year (and more Netflix collaborations on the way), it’s a confident first step into streaming for the company. If you like your superhero fare a little daring, look no further; Daredevil’s got you covered.
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MAY 7 – 30 ART FREE PLAY EXHIBIT AT THE ART GALLERY OF GREATER VICTORIA If “please don’t touch the art” really leaves you chapped, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has got something for you! Free Play is a hands-on exhibit that asks you to get interactive with art, games, games as art, and art as games — all tackling the big political, social, philosophical and other -ical questions of why we play games. Guided drop-in tours are offered if you appreciate a tutorial with your gaming, but you’re always welcome to go solo — joystick not required. Ongoing until Aug 3 Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss St. Admission: Hours and rates available at aggv.ca/exhibitions/free-play
COMMUNITY VICTORIA FLEA MARKET IN MARKET SQUARE The ever-popular Victoria Flea Market makes its return to Market Square May 3, and continues every Sunday for the duration of the summer. If you’re new to Victoria, be sure to take a wander and check out the local vendors. Got something you want to sell? You can do that too. Oddly enough, there aren’t many fleas, as far as I know . . . Opening May 3, open Sundays all summer, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Market Square, 560 Johnson St. Vendor and table booking info at victoriafleamarket.com
VICTORIA HIGHLAND GAMES If caber-tossing and bagpipes get you going, head down to Topaz Park May 16-18 for the 152nd Highland Games, a renowned display and celebration of Scottish and Celtic heritage and culture. Featuring a whisky school, musical performances, feats of strength, and sheep herding(!!!), there’s something for everyone. Don’t forget your kilts! Saturday May 16–Monday May 18 Topaz Park, corner of Finlayson St. and Blanshard St. Admission: Variable pricing; info found at victoriahighlandgames.com
MUSIC BYORN: NUMERO ZERO’S BRING YOUR OWN PUNK/GARAGE RECORD NIGHT Come to Logan’s Pub on the last Wednesday of May, but don’t forget your vinyl! Numero ZERO will be spinning your own punk/garage/”weirdo synth” from 8–10 p.m., and then he’ll play whatever he feels like! No cover, and $4.75 Pabst tall cans all night? Sounds like a helluva deal. May 20, 8 p.m. Logan’s Pub, 1821 Cook St. Admission: No cover!
RIFFS THAT KILL PRESENTS ATROUS LEVIATHAN, TITAN’S EVE, SCIMITAR, AND ÆTHERION Herald the passing of May and the coming of June with an exercise in utmost brutality. Featuring the live debut of local act Ætherion, Victoria juggernauts Atrous Leviathan and Scimitar, and renowned mainland trashers Titan’s Eve, this will be a night to remember. Get to the Cambie, grab a beer, and throw yourself into the pit! \m/ \m/ May 30, 9:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. The Cambie Esquimalt, 856 Esquimalt Rd. Admission: $10 advance tickets; general ticket sales info coming soon.
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THEATRE BLUE BRIDGE REPERTORY THEATRE PRESENTS MACBETH “By the pricking of my thumbs, / Something wicked this way comes.” Revisit your high school English class with this production of William Shakespeare’s renowned tragedy, Macbeth, at the Roxy on Quadra St. Adapted and produced by UVic theatre professor Brian Richmond and starring the impeccable talents of Phoenix alum Celine Stubel, the play is a tragic reminder of the folly in committing evil acts to further one’s aims. And make no mistake: There will be blood. May 5-17 The Roxy, 2657 Quadra St. Admission: $26–$42; tickets available at ticketrocket.org Further details available at bluebridgetheatre.ca
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UNO FEST AT THE INTREPID THEATRE CLUB Get your theatre fi x at the Intrepid Theatre as Uno Fest kicks off with 6 Guitars and God is a Scottish Drag Queen II, both premiering May 8 and 9. But the fun doesn’t stop there: With shows continuing well into May, you’ll be sure to fi nd something to check out, whether its the comedic stylings of Sharon Mahoney in The Lion, The Bitch and the Wardrobe, or the Monobrow Solo Slam XVII and XIV. May 8–24; showtimes vary The Intrepid Theatre Club (1609 Blanshard St.), Metro Studio Theatre (1411 Quadra St.) Admission: Some shows pay-what-you-can; others at regular ticket price. Further showtime and ticket details at intrepidtheatre.com/festivals/uno-fest MYLES SAUER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
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SPORTS | LIFESTYLE A-Team thwarted by Anarchy Angels CORMAC O’BRIEN CONTRIBUTING WRITER Thrilling action. Dazzling skill. Lightning speed. Two teams battering each other black and blue, leaving it all out on the rink. No, it’s not the NHL playoffs—it’s roller derby. When I arrived at the Archie Browning Arena in Esquimalt for the Eves of Destruction home opener, I was greeted by a large crowd cheering as two women met in a bruising clash. The two players both fell painfully to the ground, as another player ghosted in from behind and skated gracefully past the mess of limbs lying tangled on the track floor like two octopi on treadmills. It perfectly represented the dichotomy at the heart of roller derby: the beautiful and the brutal. “Traditionally it’s been girls in fishnets—and beer.” That’s Esther Beauregard, the head of media for the Victoria Roller Derby organization Eves of Destruction. Beauregard also plays roller derby herself, going by the name “C3P-Ho”. She tells me how the Eves of Destruction organization was founded in 2006, inheriting a quiet roller derby history in Victoria, but, by the looks of things, that history is getting louder and louder. “I love it,” says Beauregard. “It’s a
full-contact sport, but the atmosphere is very great. It’s very supportive.” Roller derby was founded sometime in the 80s, but has picked up in recent years thanks to numerous documentaries and films—the most popular of which is the 2009 film Whip It, starring Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore. The film’s influence is felt in Victoria as well, with a man in front of me wearing an “Ellen Rage” shirt. The A-Team skated around the track to rapturous applause. The Anarchy Angels from the mainland watched from the sidelines, though they also brought a number of fans with them. Both teams were introduced on the loudspeaker, with each players’ derby names including either a pun or a sexual reference—oftentimes both. The sport is played between two sides, with 14 players on each team. Each team fields five members at a time: four blockers and one jammer. The jammer gets a point for lapping each of the opposition’s blockers, who, in accordance with their names, do their best to stop the jammer from getting past. The sport is full contact, with the blockers doing everything short of murder (with murder in this case being the blocker’s use of hands, head, elbows or feet) to stop the jammer from scoring. Despite the rambunctious nature of
the game and its players, the mood around the arena was sobered by several touches of blue. Both fans and players were dressed in turquoise in honour of Casper, a transgender derby athlete who died of suicide in Michigan earlier this month. This might seem out of place amongst the campy, upbeat atmosphere around the arena, but it was an important display of community spirit—part of what makes roller derby so appealing to its players. “Roller derby is a place that has traditionally been a lot more open to people that don’t fit a heteronormative gender stereotype, which is really great for a lot of the people: the players, the refs, or the fans,” says Beauregard. “It’s a safe place, and, like I said, we don’t tolerate homophobia, transphobia, or any sort of bullying here.” Safe space it may be, but gentle one it isn’t. Within seconds of both teams starting their bout, the hits are flying fast and furious. Roller derby lends itself to “oof” moments, with hard hits and pile-ups being the name of the game. Both teams took turns to throw their bodies around, but as time passed, the score difference between the two got more and more pronounced. The Angels took a large lead and didn’t relinquish it, eventually winning 265-41.
The A-Team struggled to hold their own durring their home opener April 25, at Archie Browning Arena in Equimalt. Photo by Riley van der Linden (Photo Contributor)
With many more games in the season to come, however, Beauregard is convinced that those who come down to watch will be in for a treat. “It’s full action, full contact, with a lot of hard hits . . . you can come out and think it’s just entertainment, but at the
end of the day it’s a real sport with real athletes, and if you come looking for a show, you’re going to leave thinking, ‘holy crap, those women are really tough’ and that’s really great.”
Mushroom workshop an educational exercise in sustainability MELISSA FAYE REID CONTRIBUTING WRITER If you are interested in learning about the mystical world of fungi, join Jessica Wolf for a workshop on growing your own mushrooms in Errington, B.C. Workshop participants will learn about harvesting wild mushrooms and create their own grow kits. Wolf is passionate about wild foods and foraging plants that carry medicinal properties. “I have the most pleasure in life when I’m walking around foraging, so naturally [I] want to to share that joy and passion with others, but also, [there’s] that deeper level of protecting the wilderness and ecosystems,” said Wolf. Workshop participants will learn how to inoculate alder logs with shiitake mushroom spawn which they will take home. Additionally, participants will be provided with an oyster mushroom grow kit to set up on their own. The oyster mush-
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room spawns will be inoculated in pasteurized straw and will fruit in up to six weeks. Wolf will teach people how to harvest wild mushrooms and look at local medicinal mushrooms. It is important to note that there are deadly poisonous mushrooms so research is needed before harvesting alone. Different types of fungi have been used in environmental remediation and are important components of the ecosystem. They act as decomposers, breaking down plant matter which nourishes the soil. There have also been studies that show oyster mushrooms can help with oil spills by converting the structure of hydrocarbons found in oil to make it viable. With the uncertain future of food security, Wolf realizes the need to create sustainable communities and reconnect with nature. “A part of what I want to do [is] bring people a return to their connection to nature . . . We are growing up very detached from that connection
in our lives. I don’t know if many people are really connected to the importance of water and all the ecosystem functions that sustain our own lives. We don’t appreciate how we depend on the [earth’s resources] for survival,” said Wolf. Encouraging people to grow their own food or shop locally helps Vancouver Island’s local food movement thrive, and learning how to grow mushrooms or harvest food in the wild can be an empowering part of that process. Wolf hopes to share her passion for nature and educate people about the magical world of mushrooms that awaits them. Workshops run May 8, 9, and 10 from 1–4:30 p.m. in Errington, B.C. To register for the Grow Your Own Mushrooms workshop, visit jessicawolf.ca or call 250-734-1422. Sign up for Jessica Wolf’s newsletter for information on future workshops.
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A pint-size disappointment How to deal with melting expectations Dear Ben & Jerry’s, Let’s close our eyes for a moment, shall we? And for the more literalminded, let’s close one eye so you can keep reading. I’d like to take you back to the moment you found out Santa wasn’t real. Or if reindeer aren’t your thing, then perhaps the moment you learned your dog didn’t really go to that farm. I write to you with similar feelings — nay, feelings which greatly surpass these dreamcrushing moments of childhood. Let’s start at the beginning: Sunday. After a long weekend of paper writing, studying and — let’s not kid ourselves — some hardcore procrastinating, I sat down on my couch with a new pint of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ready to scoop to my heart’s content while watching SNL reruns and simultaneously googling: Is it okay if your garbage can has grown a small mould colony? I had saved this pint for three long days. It was so glorious and holy, I held it to the light like Rafiki clutching Simba, or like some other arbitrary animal pair who could only be friends in the world of Disney. Long had I yearned for the moment
I finished my essay and could finally dig my spoon into the glistening vanilla to scoop out the soft, mushy bits of cookie dough, marveling at their gooey wonder. BUT SOFT! What light through yonder window brea — Sorry. BUT ALAS! When what to my wondering eyes did appear? The cookie dough had become as dry as sawdust, as crackly and flaky as peeling skin after a sunburn. This is not the Ben & Jerry’s cookie dough I dream about at night. This is not the taste that brings me back to warm Vermont spring days where I spent my high-school years eating ice cream and milking cows. How much does ice cream mean to me, you may ask? Fact: I worked harder on this letter than I did on my research paper. Fact: “bears eat beets.” And fact: I care about ice cream the way Leslie Knope cares about whipped cream and waffles. So I beseech you, what is the moral thing to do? Do I — dare I say it — feed the ice cream carton into the mouldy abyss that has taken over my trash? Do I give it to my hungry roommates? To the stray cat next door? Do I spend all my textbook money
and buy out the store’s Ben & Jerry’s supply in order to find that gooey, perfect dough? Or do I just adopt the neighbourhood cat already, eat the whole pint and forget about the dough of my dreams? And also, when are tax returns due? And what are tax returns? And how important is flossing REALLY? I mean, do you think Obama flosses? And will my Beanie Babies ever be worth anything if I bent their tags? And is that dress SERIOUSLY blue and black? But most importantly: Is this what it’s like to be an adult? Dry nuggets of withered disappointment? If so, I resign from my impending adulthood. I have so many questions, Benjamin. Please, Jerald, all I want are some answers. And ice cream. Send help. Thank you. Sincerely, Ellery R. Lamm: A hungry and disappointed student ELLERY LAMM CONTRIBUTING WRITER
5 ways California can solve their water problem Dear California, I’ve been reading the news, and I see you’re dealing with quite the drought problem. Sure, you use a lot of your water to supply the world with delicious foods, but don’t get crazy and deny us those; you know how I am if I can’t buy almonds and oranges at all times regardless of the natural seasonal rhythms. I thought about it and I have a few ways I can help with your problem while keeping me stocked with Vitamin C and protein for years to come.
GET EVERYONE IN CALIFORNIA TO CRY AT ONCE
RETRACE YOUR STEPS
Stealing has been around since the dawn of time, and for good reason. You want something? Simple solution: take it from someone who already has it. But don’t steal water from Canada. I don’t know what you’ve heard, but we don’t have any. Try somewhere else.
Their tears will re-hydrate the earth. Maybe play one of those Sarah Mclachlan ASPCA commercials on an infinite loop to get everyone going.
I’m not trying to give you a hard time California, but have you really looked that hard for your water? Maybe you just misplaced it. Have you checked behind the couch, or perhaps in your other car?
ENCOURAGE STORM CLOUDS TO VISIT BY GIVING THEM TAX BREAKS ON REAL ESTATE Do you know how hard it is to afford living in your state? Give them a break. Maybe some free daycare for their children? The world is tough out there.
RELEASE ALL YOUR BOTTLED WATER BACK INTO THE WILD How can you expect the reproduction of water to increase if they are caged and not free range? KLARA WOLDENGA CONTRIBUTING WRITER May 7, 2015
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