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A Harvard study says enrollment in humanities is going down. What does it all mean?

THE HUMANITIES TRADE-OFF

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Porcelain ponderings Taking a rare moment off from defending Nexus’ literally-incorrectbut-casually-just-fine Latin usage, I started thinking about language and the passing of time. Then a bird flew into our window and died. Seems like I just can’t get any thinking done this week. But then on the drive home from work one day, it really came to me: language is important, history is important, literature is important; plumbing is also important. That’s why when thinking about stories like our feature this issue, where contributing writer Samantha Pettifer tackles the issue of declining enrollment in the humanities (page 6), it’s important to look at both sides: if students aren’t enrolling in, say, English lit classes, what are they enrolling in? Trades programs? Well, that stuff also matters. It’s a common joke that us writers and editors should have been plumbers. The work is consistent and the world will probably always need them. But, the world needs writers and people studying humanities, too. This isn’t an either/or situation. After all, no shortage of great thinking goes on when putting the plumbing pipes to good use, right? Alright, now that I’ve made THAT joke (and took several paragraphs to lead up to it), I implore you to give this issue a good read, as we’ve got everything from a news piece about Camosun students helping out PEERS (page 3), a whole smattering of fun CD reviews from some new contributing writers (page 8), and a look at the Camosun Chargers’ recent 20th anniversary bash (page 5). Plus, did you know the Vic Theatre is relaunching? Check out our story on page 8 to find out the scoop. Over on page 4, you can get to know Camosun accounting instructor Amy Hoggard in our popular Know Your Profs column. Along with Know Your Profs, our opinions column is one of the most talked-about sections of the paper. On this very page, contributing writers Daphne Shaed and Amira Abdel-Malek tackle the issue of rape culture with much intensity. Enjoy, and, as always, your feedback is welcome. -Greg Pratt, editor-in-chief editor@nexusnewspaper.com

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October 2, 2013

Up in smoke: Our October 4, 1993 issue boasted not only a really cool-creepy cover featuring a sculpture made by a Camosun student, but also a humorous look at how non-smokers treat smokers in Shelley Evans’ entertaining Excrementia Factorum column. Evans said that just because non-smokers “have pink lungs and a strong heart does not mean you rule us!” She went on to say that reports that the numbers of people smoking are dropping is “a lie! We’re just hiding better.” Leave it to Beaver: What a con-

troversy erupted when a Camosun College Student Society chairperson, John-Henry Harter, called out Beaver Foods (who operated the cafeteria back then) for discontinuing permanent ware and switching over to paper plates. This prompted a news story and two letters to the editor, one of which ended in an all-caps tirade urging people to stop complaining and to bring their own plates to school to eat off of. Still talking: It would appear that the only column that was in the paper 20 years ago that still lives on is the popular Speak Up. 20 years ago, we asked people what issues they’d like the federal election candidates to make a priority—environment, education, health care, and deficit concerns were the hot topics of the day (and still are). What are we asking people today? Well, look right below this column to find out!

According to the logic used by rape apologists, everything is your fault. Let’s stop being ridiculous and get to the real work. Amira Abdel-Malek and Daphne Shaed contributing writers

In Canada, we often hear “rape culture” defined as something that’s a problem only in countries abroad. But a few weeks ago major headlines began to tackle this touchy issue when student organizers at St. Mary’s and the University of British Columbia were called out for their welcome chants with lyrics that promoted non-consensual, underage sexual assault (also known as rape). Any meaningful conversation about how to diminish the number of sexual assaults requires a definition of the term “rape culture.” Rape culture is a conglomerate of many social forces, be they commonly held beliefs or entire institutions, that attempt to normalize, romanticize, justify, trivialize, or altogether excuse rape. At the root of rape culture are two highly pervasive and harmful myths about the sexuality of men and women; this culture is further compounded when intersecting with perceived-real race, ethnicity, sexuality, and other dimensions of identity. The experiences of men who are survivors of rape and sexual abuse are completely silenced while the experiences of women survivors are wrought with shaming and blaming. Men are seen as potential violent sexual predators only abated by the forces of law and consequence rationality, while women are viewed as objects meant to fulfill sexual needs of men. A recent provincial campaign to address rape culture and victim blaming has been launched by

BC public agencies attempting to define rape; the “Don’t Be That Guy” campaign asks men to take on responsible roles to combat sexual assault. This campaign was derailed by a group called Men’s Rights Edmonton that contested the roles of men in heterosexual rape cases against women. The men’s rights group claimed that there should also be a “Don’t Be That Girl” campaign to fight back against false rape claims that ruin the lives of men, inferring that actual rape is rare. It doesn’t take much searching online to discover many sites offering advice on how to justify rape, including one site outlining the signs of false rape claims by women. Here are some of the indicators this site deems as false: no evidence of struggle, is a friend of the attacker, authorities aren’t alerted immediately. These methods of justifying rape, compounded with the trivializing of St. Mary’s and UBC pro-rape chants, is Canadian rape culture at work. According to the logic used by rape apologists, everything is your fault. Let’s stop being ridiculous and get to the real work. October will feature the relaunch of the Canadian Federation of Students now-20-year-old “No means no” campaign. We need to come to terms with our culture of gendered violence featured in film, music, and games, and throughout our society. Don’t be a bystander: take an active role against sexual violence. Contact the Camosun College Women’s Collective at womens@ camosunstudent.org to learn more; all bodies welcome.

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What did you think of the series finale of Breaking Bad? by Jason S chreurs

Jolene Tory

Cory Hall

Ally Girard

Lucas Provencal

Rebecca Davies

Jesse Heinz

“I haven’t seen the series finale of Breaking Bad because I’ve been too busy with schoolwork.”

“I thought it was pretty incredible. It was actionpacked and it definitely wrapped everything up.”

“I haven’t watched it yet, but I’m pretty excited for it. It’s been getting more and more intense, so I’m sure it’s going to be really good.”

“I should probably watch that show, but I don’t.”

“My power went out halfway through the episode, so I almost lost my mind. I was pretty pissed off.”

“I thought it was really great. Without saying any spoilers, there was a lot of closure and it was really well written. It gave fans exactly what they wanted.”


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Camosun women’s collective helps sex workers, urges students to pitch in “PEERS is a great organisation and we’re really happy to do anything we can to help them out, especially in light of the drop-in centre closing.” daphne shaed camosun college student society

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Camosun student Daphne Shaed is helping PEERS by gathering clothes from students.

Jayden Grieve Contributing writer

From October 7 to 11, the Camosun College Student Society (CCSS) women’s collective will be collecting clothes for PEERS, a local non-profit organisation dedicated to empowering, educating, and supporting sex workers in Victoria. PEERS, which works with local sex workers to improve their working conditions and assist those who wish to leave the sex trade, has been forced to close their drop-in center due to recent complications with their funding. With winter coming, the street workers, many of who are homeless, are in desperate need of warm clothing, so the Camosun women’s collective decided to step in and help. “They do get some clothing donation from local organisations, but

unfortunately most of the clothes they get are sizes, like, 10 and up. So they need clothing that will actually fit the people they are trying to support,” says CCSS women’s director Daphne Shaed. “We’re looking specifically for sizes 0 to 8 women’s.” (Shaed also notes that because many of the workers don’t have homes, any light camping gear would be especially appreciated.) Shaed says the idea to help collect clothing for PEERS was brought to her by Camosun student and women’s collective member Sunny Burke, who is doing her practicum with the organization. Shaed says she immediately thought it was an excellent idea. “It’s not like PEERS is some big international charity and it’s really important to support local organisations. They’re a great or-

ganisation and we’re really happy to do anything we can to help them out, especially in light of the drop-in centre closing,” she says. PEERS is one of only two organizations in BC (the other being WISH located in Vancouver) that was established to advocate for and support sex workers. They serve over 500 individuals each year, 145 to 170 of which regularly accessed the drop-in center. “People are unlikely to go to other services, either because they don’t want the additional stigma or they don’t qualify,” says PEERS executive director Marion Little, whose staff struggles to maintain the existing services. “Our street outreach programs continue to operate. Day outreach is operating based on funding from the United Way and individual donors,

and night outreach operates based on funding from the health authority, individual donors, and BC gaming.” Little says that even if there were 800 more people donating $10 to $20 a month, it would be enough to keep the street outreach programs running and to reopen the drop-in center. “We’re really encouraged to hear how many people recognise the precious lives of all of our community members,” says Little. “Winter is a hard time for the folks that PEERS serves and socks, and sweaters, and good quality coats and hats are really important.” Little says she expresses her gratitude to the Camosun women’s center, which has, on top of running the clothing drive, kindly agreed to sort and categorize all the items

they receive so that the PEERS staff can dedicate what precious time they have to retaining their current programs. “We have a large student body of almost 10,000 people and we’re hoping that if everybody pitches in we can raise a lot of resources for PEERS,” says Shaed in anticipation of the campaign. “There’s a variety of opportunities to donate to volunteer organisations out there that students can take, and PEERS is a valuable service in our community that’s struggling right now and could really use our help.” Clothing items and camping gear can be dropped off at the student society offices at either of Camosun’s campuses, located in the Fisher foyer at Lansdowne, or on the ground floor of Campus Centre at Interurban.

Okanagan Invitational. University of the Fraser Valley took home first place bragging rights. Then, on the weekend of September 28 and 29, the storm that took Victoria by surprise rained out the third tournament, which was to be hosted by the Chargers and held at Bear Mountain Resort. “They got maybe one hole in and we just said, ‘No, we’re going to postpone,’” says Camosun recreation and athletic coordinator Graham Matthews. “That Sunday, same thing—it got started off okay, then three holes into it, the officials said, ‘No, it’s going to be cancelled.’” Next up? The golfers head over to the Chilliwack Golf Club in Abbotsford to take on the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades on October 5 and 6.

school events, and can help you connect to people on your campus. Like Facebook, it’s only fun when other people are using it, so join up to help people have more fun. You do like fun, don’t you?

health effects of each. The site is aimed at youth and health professionals and aims to be an up-to-date resource based on the most current medical knowledge (but, seriously, drugs are bad, mmkaay?). Find it at drugcocktails.ca

wide Google Science Fair competition. She designed a flashlight that runs on electricity created by body heat. Awesome. Also, a team of students from McGill University won a $1 million prize for their proposal to alleviate world hunger: farming insects for food. Ick. But still, in a way, pretty awesome.

NEWS BRIEFS BC Health programs receive funding Camosun recently received almost $800,000 in provincial government funding for its health-care programs. The money will be used to create more spaces in the highdemand programs starting next January, including Mental Health and Addictions and Health Care Assistant. The government is also giving support to seven other BC postsecondary institutions to address the need for skilled health-care workers across the province.

Chargers golf team charging back, fighting rain The Camosun Chargers golf team got off to a shaky start at the PACWEST season opener in Nanaimo on September 7 and 8, but they made a good comeback at the second PACWEST golf tournament on September 14 and 15, where they got second place at the UBC

App brings the Camosun connection Like a more interactive version of Facebook, the OOHLALA College app is now available at Camosun. It can keep track of your classes,

Bus service improvements at UVic Nobody likes peak hour buses that have no room to pick anyone up. That’s why it’s good news for Camosun students that BC Transit is expanding the UVic bus exchange. The plan is to expand bus service to meet the current demand and encourage more people to take transit. Let’s hope that means more buses and less drive-bys!

Drug risks explained A new website has been developed by BC Mental Health & Addiction Services that provides guidance on the risk factors of a variety of drugs. Covering all drug categories, there’s general information on how they work as well as the

International students like prizes If you’re a current international student or a BC international alumni, check out the studyinbc. com website, where you can submit your BC experiences for a chance to win prizes. Blogs, photo albums, and videos are all accepted, and who doesn’t have hundreds of pictures on their phone? The contest closes October 31, so get brainstorming now!

Student special at Langham Theatre Calling all potential theatre fans: the Langham Court Theatre has a deal for students this season. You can see a performance for $10, as a rush special; 15 minutes before curtain time, show student ID and pay at the door. Perfect for those who crave culture on a student budget. -samantha pettifer

Students win big with body heat and bugs Local high-school student Ann Makosinski recently won a $25,000 scholarship and a Lego trophy (cool!) for her entry in the world-

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Know Your Profs: Camosun accounting instructor Amy Hoggard

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Camosun’s Amy Hoggard: won’t tolerate fraud, will tolerate handbags.

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Know Your Profs is an ongoing series of articles helping you get to know the instructors at Camosun College a bit better. Got someone you want to see interviewed? Email editor@nexusnewspaper.com and we’ll get on it. This time around we caught up with accounting instructor Amy Hoggard and talked about knuckle-cracking, fraud, and handbag addictions. 1: What do you teach and how long have you been a teacher at Camosun? I’ve been teaching at Camosun

for five years. I’m an accounting instructor and I teach financial accounting, auditing, and fraud awareness. 2: What do you personally get out of teaching? I love being in the classroom and interacting with students. It’s pretty awesome that I get paid to talk about accounting theory all day. 3: What’s one thing you wish your students knew about you? I don’t say it enough but I really am on their side and want them all to succeed. There’s usually a method to my madness, and sometimes things are hard and challenging to prepare them for the future. It wasn’t long ago that I was in their

position, so I push when needed. 4: What’s one thing you wish they didn’t know about you? I am a fairly open book so my students probably know a little too much about me. I need to cut down on my handbag addiction comments. 5: What’s the best thing that’s ever happened to you as a teacher here? It’s a tie. I’m so grateful to be able to be a faculty advisor for Camosun’s DECA [business club] students. To see our students give back to the community and compete successfully in international competitions makes me one proud mama bear. I also am happy when

  

I hear about students getting jobs that they love and that something I taught them is allowing them to do well (attention to detail is a must for auditors). 6: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you as a teacher here? I hate having to discipline in cheating circumstances; it’s an uncomfortable process for me and a breach of trust is very hard to overcome. But, to be clear, I will not tolerate it; did I mention I teach a fraud awareness course? 7: What do you see in the future of postsecondary education? We will see increased online learning, but I believe Camosun’s

in-person, small classes taught by instructors who truly care will be considered a competitive advantage and will continue to thrive. 8: What do you do to relax on the weekends? I’m working on a Master’s, so I don’t get much time to relax, but when I can I play squash and spend time with my friends and family. 9: What’s your favorite meal? Cho Muang (purple dumplings) at Simply Thai in Yaletown; I try to make it there every time I’m over in Vancouver. 10: What’s your biggest pet peeve? Loud chewing and people cracking their knuckles.

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Camosun athletics celebrates two decades “It was like one big team that hadn’t seen each other for quite a while.” Graham Matthews camosun college

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On Saturday, September 28, the Camosun Chargers had a reunionlike party to celebrate 20 years of the college’s sports teams. Not only did the college’s athletics department unveil their new logo and mascot, but there were also alumni games and a social gathering, all of which meant a great deal to Camosun recreation and athletic coordinator Graham Matthews, who has been working at the college for the whole 20-year span that the Chargers have been around for. “How to describe it in words? You’ve got me stumped here,” says Matthews. “It was exciting because these people have come through the programs and some have gone onto careers in athletics. To see how our program has helped them to move on to different parts of their lives made for heartfelt moments. It was very exciting.” Matthews says that seeing everyone together again was like a big reunion that went beyond a shared love of sport. “It was like one big team that hadn’t seen each other for quite a while, and it was a chance for them to get together and mingle and chat and share pictures of their experiences or their families,” he says. One of the alumni that showed up was Greg Wallis, who played with the Chargers’ mens basketball team from 2004–2006. Wallace says the alumni games were a lot of fun, even if some of the ex-players weren’t able to keep up with the current Camosun athletes. “The game was a lot of fun and a great chance to see what this year’s team was like and to get to play alongside guys I hadn’t seen for awhile,” says Wallis. “Fitness

was a bit of an issue for some of us; after the first quarter things kind of went downhill from there.” All joking aside, Wallis says that the event was a great opportunity to play catch-up with some old faces. “It was fantastic to get to see a lot of people I used to play with and I thought everything went very well,” he says. Chargers women’s basketball coach Brett Wescott says that the event also served a practical function: some much-needed practice for his team before the exhibition season starts on the October 5 weekend. “We played well for the first 25 minutes, but we did not show up for the last 15 minutes as we almost gave away a huge lead. We just have to put together a more consistent effort and get better at executing our systems of play to be more successful,” says Wescott. Chargers men’s basketball coach Scot Cuachon views the alumni games as a good time and nothing more, and says coaching against the alumni team was an interesting experience. “Well, there was cautious optimism,” jokes Cuachon. “I don’t think we did anything we were supposed to do, but that’s okay.” One of the most successful coaches in Chargers men’s basketball history, Gord Thatcher, coached the alumni team. “Gord has been an idol of mine through the years, and I’m glad he didn’t have a lot of time to prepare, let’s put it that way,” chuckles Cuachon. Matthews says that despite years—decades, even—passing since last seeing some of the faces, he didn’t have a hard time recognizing the people who showed up. Once a Charger, always a Charger. “I recognized most of them,” he says. “Some looked a little older, but they still had the same youth and vibrancy.” Another Chargers event on the same weekend, the inaugural Chargers Athletic Scholarship and Hall of Fame Dinner, raised over $20,000 through auctions for student-athlete scholarships. The inductees to the Chargers Hall of Fame were former Camosun president Liz Ashton, former Chargers men’s volleyball head coach Linda Henderson and Chargers alumni Wallis (men’s basketball) and Martin Reader (men’s volleyball).

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October 2, 2013

HUMANITIES TRADE

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A recent Harvard study says enrollmen is on a sharp decline. How is it holding up at Camosun? A

report released by Harvard University in June has stirred up some debate on the state of the humanities in education. The report focuses on the change in humanities majors enrollment at Harvard since the 1960s, a whopping 50 percent decline. Whether this is representative of other postsecondary institutions in North America is not really the issue. The real question is this: does it matter? And what does this have to say about our views of the value of humanities in education? A closer look at the American data shows that humanities enrollment was at an all-time high in the 1960s, so using these numbers as a baseline is misleading in claiming that interest has declined. The impact of changing demographics also doesn’t necessarily mean there’s less interest in general. Canadian statistics show obvious changes over the last two decades. More Canadians today have postsecondary qualifications than ever before: compare 64 percent of the population aged 25 to 64 in 2011, to not quite 40 percent of Canadians over 25 in 1991. Women have been a large part of the shifting demographics, as they branch out of “traditional” fields of study, such as education, nursing, and office administration, and into business, science, and trades. The top field today is “business, management, marketing, and related support services,” in which women hold the majority of degrees in Canada. Here at Camosun, in the 2012-13 school year there was 3228 students enrolled in trades and technology, down slightly from 3373 in 2011-12. The school of arts and science had 4992 enrolled students, down from 5149 the previous year; humanities falls under arts and sciences at Camosun, but so does many other things, making a quick comparison difficult. Paula Young, chair of humanities at Camosun, says that while some areas of the humanities are experiencing a decline--like Canadian history--other areas, like philosophy, are seeing increasing numbers of students enrolling in them.

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A fair trade?

t’s easy to put an immediate value on skills and career training. Government funding for postsecondary education is generally based on economic factors: the areas that need skilled workers are the areas of study that receive the incentives, such as grants for trades and healthcare. Eric Sehn, Camosun’s dean of trades and technology, says the trades programs are closely tied to the job market. “If there’s no money to launch large projects, then tradespeople aren’t coming to school, because of course to have apprentices they must have an employer in order to come to school,” says Sehn. The BC government is focusing strongly on this kind of training. The current labour force isn’t meeting demands, due in part to the retiring baby boomers. Because of large projects such as the government shipbuilding strategy, Sehn says the demand for tradespeople is spiking as the supply of trained tradespeople goes down. “So the push is on to try to get more and more people interested in the trades,” he says. “If you look at the language coming out of government, they have a list of very strong emphasis on skills and on trying to deal with that trades gap. We’ve got a new trades building coming at Camosun, which is very, very exciting for us.” The applied programs have government backing because they fill obvious workplace needs. So how do we put dollar values on other skills that don’t produce immediate measurable results? Economic analysis and comparison doesn’t work very well for valuing humanities programs. The nature of the courses is broad instead of focused, hence the term “liberal arts,” and it’s hard to measure strong critical thinking skills by generalized workplace earning potential.

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The human advantage

umanities traditionally study the human experience: language, history, philosophy, and the arts. But educators argue that the skills learned in these courses go beyond the subject matter. Dominic Bergeron, dean of arts and sciences at Camosun, says humanities are “thought-process related, critical-thinking related, writing related, reflecting related…” Bergeron also believes that the humanities definitely offer valuable skills in the workplace. “You question potential employers, they all say that they need students that know how to think, that students need to apply critical thinking, students that know how to write, how to question, and all of that. Well, where does that come from? It comes from courses that will allow students to question,” says Bergeron, “and you find these courses in humanities.” These are skills needed in any job. So why are people so biased against, for example, philosophy or

“How many students come here and know exactly what they want to do?” Dominic Bergeron dean of arts and sciences Camosun College camosun college av services


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history majors? One reason might be the transition into the workplace. Nobody wants to face that fear of being in debt and jobless right out of school. An article from 2001 (“Liberal arts degrees and the labor market”) showed that younger humanities graduates were far more likely to be unemployed for a longer time after completing schooling than those in applied programs. The data showed, however, that once established, they tended towards less unemployment in the long term. After age 45, the initial trend was reversed, with applied program graduates seeing a rise in unemployment lengths. It’s a narrow focus on career-only schooling that might have educators worried that students themselves aren’t placing enough value on humanities programs. The Harvard report offers a suggestion to “arrest and reverse the decline of concentrator numbers by focusing on freshmen.” This implies an assumption that student attitudes might be remedied with some better public relations, but is it necessary to focus on majors when many non-majoring students pick these courses as options and minors? Tia Neal, a Camosun student taking prerequisites for the dental hygiene program, including humanities courses, feels that her English requirements will not be much of an asset in the field. “I like the program because you know you’ll have a good career and it is pretty short,” she says. “I did not like having to take English, I don’t think it will help.” Another student in the same program, Sarah Csumrik, partially agrees. Csumrik doesn’t think the dental hygiene’s humanities course requirement would necessarily help her career, but she has a different opinion of their value. “I really like English and humanities courses,” she says. “I think they help you in life, you should be able to know how to voice your opinions and argue them, and write.” A Camosun student of undecided major who is interested in the sciences, Cory Walker has fond memories of humanities classes in high school, but isn’t sure if they would fit his schedule or be needed in future studies. “After Camosun I’m definitely going to UVic. I’m not sure what I’ll study, something in biochem or physiology, maybe clinical research,” says Walker. I’d like to get a job right when I’m done school. Isn’t that what everybody wants?”

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Finding a balance

amosun has set up a new diploma in Arts and Sciences to try to bring these disciplines together, especially for those students who don’t have yet have a career focus. The program allows students to choose their own courses and hopefully absorb as much as they can from different areas. “How many students come here and know exactly what they want to do?” asks Bergeron. “The proportion of students is quite low. So they’re able to explore.” With the options available to draw in students to a variety of courses, Bergeron hopes that they will see humanities courses as empowering, not limiting. “Employers would like to have students knowing about A, B, C, and D, and have some competencies in different things,” he says. “That’s perfect. But there’s this ‘soft skills’ that comes into play that employers want, and it’s not so much about, ‘What do you know?’ It’s more about how to be. You cannot read that in a book.” Ultimately, says Bergeron, society will always need the thinkers to go along with the creators and builders. “You need people who know how to look at problems. Trades and other things

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“If you look at the language coming out of government, they have a list of very strong emphasis on skills and on trying to deal with the trades gap.” Eric Sehn dean of trades and technology Camosun College will create problems we need solutions to, that we don’t have solutions to right now. We need the thinkers, we need the people who are behind that,” he says. Sehn agrees, and asks an important question about the purpose of postsecondary education. “Is the purpose to create good citizens who have well-developed criticalthinking skills, problem-solving skills, and all those important things, or is it about training people to take on specific applied skills that the society needs at this time? And the answer to that question is yes, we need both of those things.”




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film

The Vic returns with big screen gems “We’re really excited to be bringing this classic theatre back to the downtown entertainment district.” scarlett luke the vic theatre

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The Vic Theatre is opening its doors to crowds again, but offering a whole new experience.

Jason Schreurs managing editor

As of October 5, downtown Victoria will again have another big screen to watch movies on, but this won’t be any ordinary cinema. Once the classic Vic Theatre re-launches, filmgoers can look forward to first-run Canadian movies, mini film festivals, TV show screenings, documentaries, and the kind of film events that have been happening as one-offs at the Vic the past couple of years. (You know those “quotealong” films that everyone talks about? Those are at the Vic.) Operated by the Victoria Film Festival (VFF), the Vic will once again be screening films seven days a week as of the first week of October. Add to that a swanky

redesign and high-end concession and the reopened theatre provides a movie experience that film fans can’t really get at the big multiplex cinemas. “We’re different in that we’re creating an experience,” explains the Vic’s new theatre manager Scarlett Luke, who recently moved to town from Parksville. “There are other theatres downtown, but they don’t have the same programming and the same history as us.” For the past couple of years VFF has been putting on special events at the Vic, after the historic downtown theatre at the corner of Douglas and Humboldt lay dormant for several years. With the success of the aforementioned “quote-along” films and other

special events (like James Bond screenings with fancy, Bond-ian cocktails), the VFF thought it high time to open the theatre for regular programming. The community response has been positive. “Everyone who has walked by the theatre and seen us inside doing renos has poked their head in to check it out and they’re really excited about it,” says Luke, “and we’re also really excited to be bringing this classic theatre back to the downtown entertainment district.” Programming for the theatre is being done by VFF programmer Donovan Aikman and, judging by October’s lineup, is a clever mix of gripping documentaries (the International Buddhist Film

Festival runs October 8–11), TV series episodes on the big screen (The Walking Dead season four premier screens October 13), and licenced special events (Bond’s Thunderball with cocktails takes place on October 5). Which brings us to liquor licences. While a permanent liquor primary licence is in the works, according to Luke, for the time being the Vic has been getting special events liquor licenses for select films. This means you can watch a Bond film while sipping a martini, shaken not stirred, or, like one of the theatre’s popular “quote-along” films, drink White Russians while watching The Big Lebowksi. “If we get the permanent liquor licence it will be a huge advantage

over the other theatres downtown,” says Luke. Besides the possibility of ongoing libations, the theatre has gotten an interior facelift and also features a new concession stand with higher-end comfort foods and treats. Corn popped with coconut oil and topped with a variety of different shaker options, cupcakes from local bakeries, and local chocolates are among the treats available. “We’re just really thrilled to have the Vic open again and it’s a great thing to have in our community,” says Luke. “It’s a classic, one-screen theatre and I’ve talked to people who saw Star Wars on this screen years and years ago, so a lot of people are just really looking forward to having it back again.”

New Music Revue Bosma Pirates and Kings (independent) 3/5

This is the seventh album that prolific local musician David Bosma has played on. It’s the fifth solo disc for Bosma, who has also spent time in Victoria bands Seven Year Old Poets, the Poppies, the Wildeggs, and the Splinterz. When it’s working, the album has a fresh sound that feels like a Mumford & Sons/ the Magnetic Fields/Crazy Horse mash-up as filtered through a very old 8-track tape. The trouble is, it doesn’t always work. The opening track, “Ahead of the Line/Banknote Blues,” marries social commentary and black humor with a bluesy, end-of-the-night feel. The problem is that it sounds absolutely nothing like the next five garage pop tracks. Also, half the album feels underdeveloped, and a little muddy. Poor song order, unfinished ideas, and repetitiveness cause Pirates and Kings to suffer from a lack of cohesion, but if the title track is any indication, Bosma has the ability to get it right. This is definitely worth a listen, just buy it on CD Baby for $4.99, not $9.90 on iTunes. -Laurel Adam

Miesha & the Spanks Girls, Like Wolves (Saved by Vinyl Records) 3.5/5

Kim Wempe

Frog Eyes

Juice

Coalition (Dipole Productions) 4/5

Carey’s Cold Spring (independent 4.5/5

Hit the Ground Running (independent) 4/5

The third album from this Calgary-based garage rock duo crashes and booms in all the right places, thanks to an in-the-red production sound from Ian Blurton, who is sort of like Canada’s Rick Rubin, except that he actually turns knobs, not just vibes. Does the world need another short and fast, trashy and raunchy, punked-out garage rock album in 2013? Well, lest we forget what raw and natural production sounds are like, and what real rock and roll is in the face of decades upon decades of music trying to make us forget about real rock and roll, yes. Yes, the world does need that. But here’s yet another question: do Miesha & the Spanks lay down memorable songs? Sometimes they do, which isn’t a half bad track record. For example, the melodies in “Wrecking Ball” and “This Time” (near doo-woppy!) reach, and come damn near grabbing, rock glory: ragged, from the gut, and with just enough honey to make it stick.

Canadian musicians rarely get the recognition they deserve. Coalition, the third album by Saskatchewan-born Kim Wempe, is a prime example of the good quality music that comes out of Canada. Powered by Wempe’s rich, smoky voice and her genuine, soulful lyrics, the album features a wide variety of musical styles. And although it’s reminiscent of artists such as Florence and the Machines and Sarah McLachlan, it brings something entirely new to the table. It’s hard to predict whether each upcoming song will pluck at your heartstrings or shock your senses awake, although either alternative is an equally invigorating experience. This effect is intensified by Wempe’s brilliant backup band, which complement the vocals perfectly while managing to not be distracting. This album is highly recommended for those in search of their next favourite Canadian artist.

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Frog Eyes have Victoria roots, but they consistently lay down sounds that are truly without geography. Their quirky indie rock can hardly be described, never mind narrowed down to a region of Earth. Imagine if Tom Waits wasn’t as grating and had a bit of a, well, younger sensibility about him. Which isn’t to say Frog Eyes can’t be grating: within about a minute and a half of opener “The Road Is Long” you’re either going to turn it off laughing, turn it off crying, or keep listening, intrigued. I’ve always been intrigued by Carey Mercer’s completely unhinged approached to both singing and playing guitar (they are a spectacular live band); in a scene weighed down with exhaustive irony, Mercer and Frog Eyes deliver a completely honest and emotional approach to music. On Carey’s Cold Spring, they’ve added another textured, dense, and perplexing body of music to their impressive discography, one that, unlike their earlier work, is at its most powerful when it’s most subdued (“Your Holiday Treat,” “Claxxon’s Lament”). -Greg Pratt

This is six-piece Toronto rock/ funk band Juice’s debut album, but their sound goes beyond what you might expect after being stuck with that label: they definitely draw from a variety of genres. With a tight horn section and an electric organ, they have a unique sound with influences from indie rock, classic soul, and a bit of reggae. Their lyrics are one-dimensional and have room for improvement, but this problem is not uncommon for a fairly new group and doesn’t overshadow the band’s musical talent. With the energy that is exhibited throughout Hit the Ground Running, it’s obvious that Juice would be an incredibly fun group to watch in concert. With upbeat melodies, loud horns, and a few call-and-answer vocals, these guys definitely have what it takes to get people dancing.

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Belfry does the Bard justice with Desdemona Rachel Sovka contributing writer

If you’ve ever had the desire to see people in tights fervently raising the battle cry of “Bullshit! Bullshit!” in front of a sold-out Victoria audience, then I suggest you go see The Belfry Theatre’s production of Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet). Canadian playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald brings Shakespeare’s most famous characters into collision with the modern world in this witty adventure of comedy and romance. Now, I don’t want to ruin any surprises, but let’s just say if you like a good unexpected thong dance, this is the Shakespeare show for you. MacDonald’s clever script, packed with literary allusion and modern wit, was splendidly delivered by five cast members at the Belfry. The actors, while walking the line between poking fun and respecting the classics, allow the viewer to suspend their disbelief without too much cognitive dissonance, despite sword fighting and making out in the library. So before you think your profs at Camosun are a little strange, consider quirky Professor Constance Ledbelly and her journey of self-discovery as she is thrown into the Shakespeare worlds of Othello and Romeo and Juliet, trying to prove that these masterpieces were intended to be comedies, not tragedies. Her presence in their worlds changes the course of fate in the lives of each character, revealing secrets about unrequited love, violence, and Romeo and Juliet’s marital problems that you never wanted to know. (And you thought you had relationship issues!)

If you’re anything like me, the sexual tension and shocking turns of events will have you laughing faster than you can say “I always knew Romeo was gay!”

Were the Bard alive today, I think he would commend the cast of this satire for their impeccable enunciation of his famous blank verse as well as MacDonald’s own rhyming couplets in iambic pentameter. From my tight-wearing days performing in Shakespeare plays, I know the challenge of believable and poignant delivery worthy of words centuries old, and I got shivers when Mercutio bellows his last words: “A plague on both your houses!” The cast did exceptionally well in their stage blocking, in both combat and physicality. The effects and construction of the set provided seamless transitions to scenes and emotions of life experiences common to us all (except murder, I hope).

In the true spirit of the Bard, where epic drama meets crossgender humour, the play steeply accelerates in energy throughout each act. If you want more sex jokes than you can shake a stick at, come to the second half. If you’re anything like me, the sexual tension and shocking turns of events will have you laughing faster than you can say “I always knew Romeo was gay!” Between the thespians and lesbians, murder and girders, from Queens University to Cyprus, Verona, and back, this play is worth seeing if you have a love for Shakespeare, or if you don’t and would enjoy watching his work be messed with. This play runs at the Belfry until October 20th; should the fates allow you to see it, I pray thee, “gird thou trembling loins!” It’s a good one.

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Turmeric Indian Cuisine spices up the night

There’s just the right amount of kick at Turmeric Indian Cuisine.

Turmeric Indian Cuisine is the new kid on the block, offering tasty, authentic Indian food, leaving you full and happy with their spiced offering of foods. Turmeric is located in Goldstream Village where Columbo’s Taverna stood for many years, beside the Caprice Theatre. I visited Turmeric on their second night open with a friend of mine. A gentleman in a suit greeted us at the door, directed us to the hostess who seated us, followed shortly by our server who brought us some free Chai Masala tea. As for the décor, not a whole lot has changed from Columbo’s; just some new decorations and a paint job, and I think the tables are the even same ones as before. The décor is pleasant enough, though, so no gripes there. The menu offered a good assortment of authentic Indian cuisine, with a selection of curries, BBQ, and even a separate vegetarian section. The menu was actually loaded with

vegetarian options throughout and a strong offering of gluten-free and dairy-free choices. The curries are offered in mild, medium, and hot. After going over the menu, we got a start of Roasted Paneer and Lamb Seekh Kebabs, as well as Jalfrezi Chicken Curry and Coconut Curry for our mains. The starters were quite good, but the real exciting part was the curries. Curry is a comfort food that I love very much and is one of those important childhood foods for me. My grandfather was posted in India and the Middle East during WWII and came home with a love of curry. My grandma obliged this love and learned to cook it from a neighbour who had recently immigrated to Canada from India. My grandfather’s love of curry then permeated into my generation. So for those wondering how you get an Irishman who has curry as a comfort food, that’s how. My friend, a self-proposed

“wuss” in regards to spicy food, had a mild coconut curry, which was good, but I’m also not a fan of coconut. I chose a medium Jalfrezi Curry, which was really quite tasty. The spices stood out with every bite, but you could also taste each individual item you were eating, whether it was the chicken or peppers. While the heat of the dish was certainly not as high as what I’m used to, it still had a pleasant bite, and would be easily tolerable by most. Both curies also came with great naan bread and rice. Turmeric Indian Cuisine is definitely worth a visit, serving fantastic Indian foods. The spicing is great, with a good amount of heat and authenticity. For students on a budget, I recommend avoiding the somewhat pricey starters and sticking to the mains, which are fairly reasonably priced from $12-$18. Check out turmericvictoria.com for the menu and more info.

Age of Geeks

by Vishal Pandey

Phones and games flying out the door So, the last couple of weeks were crazy enough in the smartphone sector, maybe because the IFA 2013 consumer electronics show recently kicked off and a lot of new smartphones and tablets were made official and showcased during the event. Here are some more recent tech stories that you shouldn’t have missed: iPhone 5s incoming So, the two much-anticipated iPhone 5 models are now available almost everywhere you can imagine, from Apple retail stores to most mobile carriers, as well as select big-box stores and Apple authorized resellers. Well, that’s what Apple does, when it does! Sony raises flagship Xperia

The Xperia Z1 was showcased during one of the events at IFA 2013, which took place over the last two weeks. This new flagship phone from Sony is supposedly the next-gen version of the Xperia Z, which was released in January. The phone has all the exclusive features, like being waterproof and dust resistant like its predecessor, but the thing to be excited about is its 20-megapixel camera. According to Sony, it’s one of the best cameras to ever be installed in a phone. It can also take images underwater. So, thanks, Sony! That’s something innovative you did there. We just hope you don’t keep this phone away from Canada like you did with Xperia Z. Grand Theft Auto sales hit $1 billion

Just one word: wow! If somebody would have told me that a single videogame could earn that much money 15 years ago I would have been working somewhere trying to make an awesome game. But that didn’t happen, so here I am telling you about the most anticipated game of the year: Grand Theft Auto 5. In just three days after its release in the world market, GTA 5 sales cruised to a whopping $1 billion. In one month it’s become the highest selling game of all time. Keep in mind, these are just the sales for current gaming consoles and not the next-gen Xbox or PS4, which are almost here. This has certainly raised the bar to a new level, which upcoming, highly anticipated games like Watchdogs and Call of Duty will strive to match or surpass. But that’s a story for another day.

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Gameplay

by Stacey Young

Nintendo: not dead yet I know I’ve been rambling about Nintendo for the last few issues, but it seems they’ve been using little tactics to get the public to notice them. So what’s new with Nintendo? Well, they’ve created a new handheld game console, the Nintendo 2DS. As some of you have heard, the 2DS is an inexpensive version of the Nintendo 3DS. Now keep in mind this version was designed for the younger demographic, mainly those under the age of seven. Why? Because Christmas is right around the corner and this new toy will be selling at a cheaper price compared to the Nintendo 3DS. But that doesn’t mean the 2DS is only for kids. If you want a travel companion during your long bus rides home or you want to invest in a game contraption but don’t want to overspend, the Nintendo 2DS might be the game system for you. This nifty little device operates like a Nintendo 3DS; the only difference is the 2D graphics and the slate design. Gamers will be able to play their Nintendo 3DS and regular DS games on the Nintendo 2DS. The 2DS comes out on October 12, but that’s not all that Nintendo is distributing on that day.

Pokémon X and Y Pokémon X and Y will also be released on October 12 for the Nintendo 3DS (which can also be played on the 2DS). This role-playing game is the sixth generation of the Pokémon series. If you don’t know anything about Pokémon, here’s the gist of it: catch every Pokémon, train them to be the best, and defeat the finest Pokémon trainers in the world. Like in all the previous Pokémon games, players will have to choose between one of the three starter Pokémon: a grass, fire, or water type. But that’s not all this time around, because players also get to choose one of the three classic starter Pokémon from the Pokémon Red and Blue series. Also, players get to customize the appearance of their Pokémon trainers. Did I mention that players get to trade and battle with other Pokémon X and Y gamers on the Player Search System (PSS)? Yes, the PSS uses the internet to connect Pokémon players from all over the world. Just click on the opponent’s icon in the PSS then, poof, the battling begins.

what’s going on October 3 to 19

Giant invisible bunny Anybody have an imaginary friend as a kid? The guy in this play still has one: a giant rabbit, in fact. Named Harvey. Harvey is a well-loved classic comedy production, and it will be kicking off Langham Court Theatre’s 85th season. Show times are listed at langhamtheatre.ca, and don’t forget about the student rush pricing of only $10!

Thursday, October 3 and Saturday, October 19

Folksingers on fire; mellow fire, that is Those who like their music more on the acoustic side, look for these two singer-songwriters coming in October. Scottish musician Rachel Sermanni has been making waves in the UK and will be playing her haunting folk-noir tunes at the Copper Owl on October 3. On October 19, Canadian artist Jadea Kelly will be performing at the same venue, promoting her new album of country-tinged, folky originals.

October 4 to 7

Powershift BC wants you! Interested in environmental issues? This youth movement for climate justice is holding an activism seminar on Friday, October 4, featuring everybody’s favorite environmentalist, David Suzuki, as a keynote speaker. There are sessions all weekend and registration is required. It’s $45 and you can register online at wearepowershift.ca

October 4 to 19

Shakespearean naughtiness Bawdy Shakespearean character? Check. Historical costumes? Check. Adult content? Double check. How could anyone not want to see this play? Theatre Inconnu is premiering Falstaff, a new stage adaptation of an award-winning novel, featuring a character based on the

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fictional one who appears in four of Shakespeare’s plays as well as the actual historical figure. Guaranteed to be inappropriate. Info at theatreinconnu.com.

Saturday, October 5

Do you like to laugh? Gabriel Iglesias brings his Stand-Up Revolution to the Farquhar Auditorium at UVic. This guy is everywhere, now’s your chance to get a piece of him. And remember, he’s not fat, he’s fluffy.

Monday, October 7

AIDS research optimism In support of fundraising efforts for Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Dr. Stefano Bertozzi, a dean from the University of California at Berkeley, will be giving a talk about the current progress in AIDS research. 7:30 pm at Cadboro Bay United Church, by donation.

Tuesday, October 8

Where do libraries come from? Libraries don’t really grow on trees, but the book The Library Tree chronicles the work of a Canadian woman who grew community libraries in Africa. Kathy Knowles makes trips to Ghana as part of her literacy-oriented fundraising and publishing work. She and the book’s author, Deborah Cowley, will both be at the 5 pm book launch at Dales Gallery (537 Fisgard).

Friday, October 11

A marathon of inspiration The Fall Session at the Atrium is a fundraiser to support the Cool-Aid Society’s Every Step Counts program. There will be music, food by great local eateries, and a guest speaker: Dick Beardsley, the third fastest American marathon runner, will be giving a personal talk about addiction and recovery. The event starts at 6 pm, tickets are $40, and for more info go to coolaid.org.


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by Daphne Shaed

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Harper giving to the wrong places Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced that Canada will be giving over $203 million dollars to the Muskoka Initiative, part of a $1.1-billion commitment to improve maternal, newborn, and child health in developing countries. Meanwhile, at home in Canada, Harper has eliminated funding for the National Association of Women in Law, cut the funding for Sisters in Spirit, and closed more than half of the Status of Women offices across the country. Last year Harper cut funding to National Aboriginal Health Organization, four years after he apologized, on behalf of Canada, for the treatment of First Nations peoples in residential schools. Years after Harper’s

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mechanical apology for residential schools, documents were released detailing horrific nutritional experiments performed on First Nations peoples within the residential school system. The point is that charity should begin at home. Our government cuts and disables resources that aid marginalized women and children in Canada and dole it out to global initiatives that they believe will help women and children in other nations. This is a high price to pay for Canadian conservative impression management. Harper should be focusing on the people of Canada, in particular those that are in living in jeopardy due to various intersecting social forces.

Ability’s Muse

by Rachael Grant

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Riverview would be stepping backwards With the diagnosis of mental illness rising at an alarming rate, it isn’t a stretch to say that we live in a time of crisis. A prime example of the desperation of this situation can be found in Vancouver, where the mayor and police chief recently proposed that the Riverview psychiatric institution be reopened. Much controversy has arisen because of this proposal, but it’s clear that action around this issue must be taken. Riverview has a dark past and,

like so many institutions of this nature, was in many cases a source of abuse and neglect for those in treatment. At its peak, Riverview contained nearly 5,000 beds, but reopened it’s said that this facility would accommodate 300 beds and would cater specifically to individuals with the most extensive mental health issues. Many questions arise from this proposal, but what needs to be seriously considered first and foremost is whether Riverview will provide

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ethical treatment and whether it will be effective. The short answer is this: no. The elements contributing to the mental issues being faced are far more intricately woven than is being acknowledged. There’s no quick fix. The reopening of this facility has great potential to be a means of limiting the proactive steps that should be taken in the realms of preventative care, which is sadly neglected. camosun college pride collective

Bi doesn’t mean binary In celebration of bisexual visibility day on September 23, the Camosun College Student Society’s Pride Collective spent time speaking to students and raising some of the issues associated with bisexual identities. Some of the issues contributing to the oppression of such identities include patriarchal double standards, common misconceptions, and lack of representation. Double standards for bisexual people of different genders mean that some people’s sexual identities are taken seriously, while others are not. Patriarchal sexualization of bisexual women assumes that women could only be attracted to other women for men’s pleasure. This is also related to ideas that a bisexual identity is simply sexual and cannot be inclusive of everything from sexual attraction to love.

Many people also assume that bisexuals are simply confused about which gender they are attracted to, This can result in a rejection of bisexual identities and often means that the specific issues that bisexual people face are left out of queer advocacy efforts. One of the biggest misconceptions of bisexuality is that bisexuals are only attracted to men and women. In fact, bisexuality is not binary. Bisexuality just means that a person is attracted to more than one gender. It’s also important to remember that bisexuality isn’t erased when a person enters into a monogamous relationship. A person, for example, who’s attracted to more than one gender, doesn’t magically become heterosexual or homosexual if they enter into a monogamous relationship with a specific gender. After all, like all sexual identities, bisexuality is self-determined.

Strength in student numbers The Camosun College Student Society (CCSS) provides services, events, and advocacy to its members to improve student life and educational quality at Camosun College. Students at Camosun are also members of their provincial and national students’ union, the Canadian Federation of Students-BC and the Canadian Federation of Students. As members of the provincial and national student federations, Camosun students have access to a wide range of cost-saving services, including the International Student Identity Card and a high-quality members’ student handbook and day planner; these are free services provided as benefits of membership. Provincially and nationally, students benefit from lobby efforts that advocate for a universally accessible, high-quality system of postsecondary education at Camosun College, in the province of BC, and across the country. Membership in these student federations provides the benefit of strength in numbers: when we are united in advocating for the needs of postsecondary students, we get results. Over the years, our federations have won many victories that have improved the lives of students, such as the establishment of the Canada Student Grant Program in 2009, which provides $620 million in non-repayable financial assistance to postsecondary students across Canada each year, or the cap on annual tuition fee increases, ending three years of skyrocketing tuition fees in BC. The list of wins goes on, and so does the collective work of students from around the province and the country. Average student debt for BC students upon graduation is almost $35,000; that’s around $8,500 above the national average, and the highest in the country. BC also charges the highest interest rates on student loans: prime plus 2.5 percent. So what can we do about it? Being a member of a provincial and national student movement allows students to unite under one banner and advocate for change. At the CFS-BC general meeting in August, students from across the province identified the following priorities for creating an accessible and higher quality system of postsecondary education in BC: the reduction of tuition fees back to 2001 levels, the establishment of a needs-based provincial student grant program, and the elimination of interest rates on BC student loans. Further, students continue to identify the need for substantial increases to institutional funding. The objective is to pressure the provincial government to develop a strategy to reduce student debt and ensure that all British Columbians can access postsecondary education regardless of their families’ income. The CCSS continues to advocate for Camosun students’ needs and fights for higher quality postsecondary education alongside hundreds of thousands of students from across the country through the Canadian Federation of Students. If you would like to learn more about our campaigns or volunteer with us, please stop by our offices or send an email to ccss@ camosunstudent.org.

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Writers - We cover news, sports, and entertainment on campus and throughout Victoria, from local theatre to mainstream movies, concerts, and festivals.

Artists/illustrators - Good artists always have opportunities to share their work through Nexus with comics and illustrations.

Proofreaders - Every issue of Nexus strives for perfection, but the occasional typo escapes our notice. Proofreading is an invaluable skill.

Ad Sales - Nexus actually pays a finder’s fee for any local

advertising brought to the newspaper. What student doesn’t need money?

If you’re interested in doing some volunteering at an awardwinning student newspaper, stop by our offices at Richmond House 201 on the Lansdowne campus, or contact us by email (editor@nexusnewspaper.com) or phone (250-370-3591).

camosun’s student voice since 1990

Nexus newspaper October 2, 2013  

Volume 24, issue 3