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Volume 21 Issue 2 September 22, 2010

Camosun’s Student Voice Since 1990

PARKING COSTS

LEADING THE LINKS

MUSIC MAKER

Camosun’s increased parking rates have some students fuming over the added cost.

Chargers golf coach hopes a personal approach will lead to success on the fairway.

DJ Hatiras, a vet of the Canadian electronic scene, talks about his passion for the business.

NEWS—3

SPORTS—7

ARTS—10

JESSICA TAI

Rifflandia faces the music Page 8




VIEWS Club scene a bad scene Erin Ball Staff writer

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Now that school is back in full swing, it’s time for many students to get down to some serious nightclubbing in their downtime. And it’s hard not to notice that nightclubs in the city are re-inventing themselves. Element, formerly Legends, is now Club 90NE9. Barcode, formerly The Jungle Room, is now Club Karma. Evolution is now called Rehab. Yep, they named their club Rehab. That’s worse than the club that was named Plan B that was recently shut down for four days for overcrowding and, you guessed it, is now in the process of changing their name. The timing for all this re-branding is not a coincidence. College and university classes are back in, so now’s the time for nightclubs to make their move and attract students flush with student-loan money and ready to party. Has the nightlife in Victoria improved or changed because of it? The answer, for the most part, is no. It’s just getting cheesier.

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Nightclubs prey on scantily clad lost souls, feeding them bad music and cheap drinks.

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Most nightclubs aren’t contributing to the lasting and quality nightlife in Victoria. Some of the clubs in question are the ones scrambling to re-brand and redecorate, hoping to hit the right

Open Space

Pam Oliver

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combination of pop music and drink specials to attract the not-so-elusive bar star. They prey on these scantily clad lost souls, feeding them bad music and cheap drinks. These bars are in it for the money, not for the music community. Since Victoria is a university/ college town, it naturally has a big nightclub scene. And the city hosts a good variety of clubs and bars to choose from. Many successful musicians and DJs got their start in Victoria, and the city currently boasts a healthy music scene. If managed correctly, it’s only going to get better.

But many of the nightclubs aren’t interested in taking chances on live music or promoting a diverse local music scene. They focus on the lowest common denominator— people who want to get drunk and get laid. Going out to these clubs is like going to a meat market. A meat market that plays really loud dance music. Some clubs, like Upstairs Cabaret, try to strike a balance of turning a profit and contributing to the quality of the nightlife. Upstairs Cabaret is now the longest-running club in Victoria that hasn’t undergone a name

change. They strive to provide local talent in a good atmosphere, which contributes to a memorable night out. Lucky Bar and Logan’s are other clubs that promote local talent and are successful businesses. The difference is these clubs have longevity and care about the local original music scene. If students want Victoria to be a destination for their favourite bands, and if they want Victoria to play host to quality festivals and concerts, then we have to support the nightclubs that make an effort to improve the local scene.

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Nexus Editorial

September 22, 2010

Have you ever approached a Camosun resource desk only to be stymied by some minor (or major) detail? It’s possible to be calm, even in this scenario. Frustration should be a flexible phenomena. The stress created by transitioning back into a routine as complex as postsecondary studies has two sides—expectations and assumptions. Stop thinking you already know what you know, and try challenging your thinking instead. You’ll be amazed! For example, there’s “dropping” a course. What a terrible label! Like we’ve been careless and lost it. I prefer the term “set down,” like a heavy suitcase I can sit on until a ride comes by. Anxiety will make it somehow not your fault that you want to quit. To the anxious, quitting seems the ultimate in self-absorption and selfishness. So, try this one—it is your choice to quit. Not fault. Deciding when, or if, to “set down” a course can be traumatic. Is it only until next semester? Or will

something get in the way then? You could get married and travel, like I did at age 20 after earning my first art degree, and it might be 25 or 35 years before you decide to pick it up again. Only to postpone it again.

Stop thinking you already know what you know, and try challenging your thinking instead. I could feel like a proper failure right now if I went there with that baggage. Fortunately, we’re not eight years old anymore. So it does no good to keep asking others if we’re “there yet.” Anyway, adults have a lot more fun—if you let yourself grow up, you’ll be the one in charge of your goals. Doing something every day, even if it’s just dropping by the campus to see if there happens to be something that needs doing, all adds up to easier transitions.

Getting stewed up with thoughts of all the things you should get done in a day is just wrong. Be kind to yourself and change the gist of those thoughts to something like this—“I’m going to drop by the

registration desk and see how far I get.” Anxiety—who needs it? Simply slowing down and thinking ahead can stop a good day from going bad.

Call us on it! Nexus writers are a lively bunch that like to express their points of view. Now we want to hear yours. Did any of our articles spark your interest or get you riled up? Tell us what you thought in 250 words or less, e-mail your letters to Nexus, and we’ll reprint them. Give our writers a piece of your mind!

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Camosun hikes parking rates Staff writer

Students have Camosun College administration to blame for raised parking fees this year. The higher prices are due to the college attempting to encourage students and staff to use other modes of transportation, and also because of limited parking on campus, according to Kathryn Le Gros, Camosun’s director of Ancillary Services. The increased parking rates should alleviate the amount of people driving to the college campuses, and more increases in the coming years is a possibility, says Le Gros.

“We don’t want to provide incentives for weekly or monthly or semester passes like UVic does.” Kathryn Le Gros camosun college

“We don’t have any approvals or assurances for any future years,” says Le Gros, before admitting it’s probably in the works. The Transportation and Parking Management Plan (TPM) recommends annual increases of 10–20 percent for the next three to five years to get Camosun’s parking costs on par with UVic’s, which is $8.96 daily. Last year, parking cost Camosun students $2 for four hours, $4 for a day, and $16 for a week. This year parking costs $2.50 for four hours, $5 for a day, and $25 for a week.

HST accounts for 34 percent of the increase. Visual Arts student Kaitlyn Hendry is not impressed with the new rates. “I have to pay a lot of money for my school supplies already,” says Hendry. “An extra $100 a month on top of all my school bills is a lot, so I’m trying to avoid it as much as possible.” Hendry adds she will take the bus more often this year. The college claims it’s using the extra cash generated from parking to develop and promote alternate modes of transportation, like bussing, walking, cycling, and ridesharing, among others. Michel Turcotte, director of operations for Camosun College Student Society (CCSS), feels frustrated by the issue of parking at Camosun. “For some students their car is their only means of transportation because of their personal circumstances,” says Turcotte. He says the college’s decision shows a “lack of respect” towards students. Justin Tolman, a General Science student, lives in Metchosin and says taking the bus to school would involve two or three transfers for him. “It works if you live within five or 10 kilometres or something,” he says. “It’s not that great of an option. At least for me and most people I know, it’s too far to bus,” he says. For students who park on campus regularly, the increased rates add up to a sizable chunk of money. Although the college compares Camosun’s rates to UVic, and UVic costs more for a day of parking, the university does have discounts for long-term parking. Despite

Visual Arts student Kaitlyn Hendry plugs the metre.

claims that they have been working on long-term passes for years, Camosun has yet to offer them. UVic’s monthly parking rate is $88.48, while Camosun students would have to pay at least $100 per month, and without the convenience of a pass. For a semester parking pass, UVic students pay $265.44, while four months of parking at Camosun would be at least $400. “We don’t want to provide incentives for weekly or monthly or semester passes like UVic does,” says Le Gros. “We have difficulty in accommodating the needs of those who want to park at the college.” However, according to the college’s transportation plan, which gathered its data during peak times, close to 200 stalls are usually available at Lansdowne. Interurban, on the other hand, normally has very few parking spaces available. Le Gros says parking is a “commodity” and that Camosun’s spaces have “value.” In fact, last year the

college made just under $1 million from parking services, which are contracted out to Robbins Parking. Some of the revenue generated from parking helps subsidize the student U-Pass, administered by the CCSS, but Turcotte wants to know if the increased revenue will lead to a higher subsidization. For every $17.31 that students pay per month for the U-Pass, the college currently pays $1, according to the TPM. “Raising the subsidy is probably in the mix. It’s not high or low on the list,” says Le Gros. “No one has thrown that out that it’s an important thing to consider.” Turcotte says the CCSS has mentioned the need for a higher subsidy numerous times, including at college’s board of governors meetings. Le Gros does say that if the CCSS or any other group officially requests a higher U-Pass subsidization, “absolutely it will be considered.”

Average tuition fees rose four percent: StatsCan Emma Godmere CUP Ottawa Bureau Chief

OTTAWA (CUP)—The average Canadian full-time student will pay $5,138 in tuition fees this year, a four-percent increase from last year, according to a Statistics Canada report released on September 16. The 2010–11 increase is up from the 3.6-percent spike in 2009–10 and is higher than the 1.8-percent rate of inflation calculated by the Consumer Price Index between July 2009 and July 2010. “There’s no surprise that tuition

has risen in this country; since cuts in the ’90s, tuition has been rising,” says Zach Dayler, national director for the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA). The highest average undergraduate tuition and the largest increase in fees were found in Ontario, at a $6,307 price tag—an increase of 5.4-percent from 2009–10. Ontario graduate students also saw the biggest spike in fees compared to the rest of the country—their tuition went up 10.6 percent to an average of $6,917.

by ERIN BALL

Buses frustrate students

Renée Andor

Renée Andor

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While students in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick benefited from decreases in their grad-school tuition, Canadian graduate students on the whole witnessed a more significant increase compared to their undergraduate colleagues, as average fees went up 6.6 percent this academic year. “This report magnifies the need to better support grad students in Canada,” says Dayler. Dave Molenhuis, national chairperson for the Canadian Federation

of Students (CFS), pointed out that the federal government doesn’t offer grants to graduate students through its Canada Student Grants Program. “We’ve seen this record level of student debt and despite that, students and families are saddled with mortgage-sized debt loads, tuition fees continue to rise, and we continue to move in a direction where the public post-secondary education system is more and more reliant on private sources of funding,” says Molenhuis.

What band would you like to see come to Victoria?

BY Jina Mousseau

Kelly Tatham

CJ Torralba

Katie Norman

Becca Kerrie

Jon Villecourt

“Bon Iver, because it’s about time to introduce myself to my future husband.”

“The Rocket Summer, because he’s a one-man project and plays all of his instruments.”

“Mumford & Sons in a small venue, because banjos are kickass!”

“Loverboy, because they are a classic and have been influential on new bands.”

“Tom Waits, because he’s a legend.”

The start of the school year is a busy time in Victoria and nowhere is that more apparent than when on (or sitting on the side of the road, hoping to get on) the transit system. This year students have already been complaining about the number 14, a route that services both UVic and Camosun. Students say the bus is often late, sometimes waiting upwards of 45 minutes before a packed bus passes them by. Alison Blythe, communications coordinator for Victoria Transit, says the problem is partially due to construction at View Royal. “The construction is likely causing delays,” says Blythe. “And ridership is up significantly due to the back-to-school rush.” Blythe says that transit conducts a continuous service review during the first few weeks of September to find out when the busiest times are, so the service should improve soon. She says that students should try to catch the earliest bus possible to get to class on time (so set that alarm clock for extra early!) and adds that students who want to give their input regarding local bus service can go to transitgameplan.com.

National student organization blasts textbook prices The national director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is currently speaking out on the always-hot subject of rising costs of textbooks. Zach Dayler of the Alliance says that the cost of textbooks has been increasing at an unprecedented rate. He claims that a book that cost $100 in 1995 now costs $280. The Book Importation Regulations were drafted back in 1999 and were created to protect domestic book production, but that means that campus bookstores are being forced to buy from one seller... one seller who sets the price. “Overpriced textbooks frustrate both students and campus bookstores,” says Dayler. “There is a simple, no-cost fix for government—open up the market, and let competition serve what’s best for Canada’s students.”

CCSS and UVSS get the word out about late-night transit The Camosun College Student Society (CCSS) teamed up with the UVic Students’ Society (UVSS) this past summer to campaign on behalf of students for late-night buses to continue to run. The two student societies were successful, but the struggle’s not over just yet, as they’re now asking students to make use of the late-night transit service so it stays available in Victoria for the long haul. “The UVSS is mobilizing students at UVic to get on the bus and use late-night transit, or face losing this essential service in Spring 2011,” says James Coccola, UVSS chairperson. “We look forward to working with BC Transit and other transit stakeholders to get the message out about the late-night buses.”


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September 22, 2010

Lansdowne library gets modernized Staff writer

Lansdowne’s new library didn’t just have a nip and a tuck—it had a complete makeover, with a new personality to boot. With a modern design and an open layout, the building is now bright and cheery. Ninety new highend computers, eight group-study rooms, additional learning services, and lounge seating where students can bring food and drinks are just some of the changes. College librarian Sybil Harrison says the renovations are all about helping students succeed in their academic endeavours. “This is where you get your work done, and that doesn’t mean it’s this quiet, silent place,” says Harrison. “It’s a place where you can get help and everything you need to get the job done, so that completely supports learning.”

Chef Steve Walker-Duncan is about to take on a new role—TVshow host. The Camosun College Culinary Arts instructor will be hosting a new show on CHEK TV, Flavours of the West Coast. Each week, Walker-Duncan will explore a different region of BC and demonstrate how local ingredients can be prepared to create a special dish. “Traveling across our fabulous province and meeting so many dedicated people working in our food systems inspires me to double my efforts to educate young cooks,” says Walker-Duncan. The first show airs September 19 at 6:30 pm on CHEK TV.

Local poets take it all off That glow is modernity radiating from Camosun’s newly renovated Lansdowne library.

“There was a dramatic change in the layout of the building, but there’s also been a significant change in the service levels. It’s all to help students succeed.” Sybil Harrison Camosun College

The library still has tables and cubicles set up for studying, but the new lounge seating is very popular. Some students who didn’t make a habit of studying in the library intend to now. Penny-Jane Peters, an Elementary Education student, says she really likes the new layout.

by ERIN BALL

Camosun instructor hosts TV show

Renée Andor

Renée Andor

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“I like the new seating areas, and I like the computer lab,” says Peters. “I think they’ve done a really good job with them.” Eating and drinking while studying is now allowed in the library. Harrison says that as long as it doesn’t get in the way of someone else’s ability to enjoy the space, food and beverages are welcome. “Basically, our rule is your food and drink can’t disturb somebody else, so it can’t be too smelly or it can’t be too noisy,” says Harrison. But the new space is about functionality as much as it is about comfort, according to Harrison. “There was this big dramatic change in the layout of the building, but there’s also been a very significant change in the service levels as well, which is very important,” she says. “It’s all to help students succeed.” As part of the renovations, the

Learning Skills and Writing Centres moved from their tucked-away homes in the Dawson Building to their new locations front and centre in the library. And a computer lab technician will be in the building during library hours to help students with any technical problems. The eight group-study rooms each have an LCD flat screen TV with a port to connect a laptop, which Harrison says is perfect for practising group presentations. The rooms can be booked for up to two hours at a time. Besides the cosmetic improvements, the building also has a new air-handling system. Ergin Ozbadem, manager of capital projects for Camosun’s Physical Resources, says the old library had air issues, so they did an extensive upgrade to the air system. And the entire building is more energy efficient,

from the lighting to the mechanical systems. “The end project, the design, was even better than we expected,” says Ozbadem. “We have many older buildings, and we don’t have many modern spaces at the college, so I believe it’s a unique space.” The total cost for the new library was $2.7 million. However, the college didn’t have to chip in very much ($100,000 to the Interurban library and $200,000 to the Lansdowne library), as the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP), which is funded jointly by the provincial and federal governments, covered the majority of the cost, according to Ozbadem. Interurban’s library went through similar renovations, although not as extensive. KIP also funded these upgrades, which cost $1.3 million. “It’s night and day,” university transfer student James Rogers says of the Lansdowne library. “The open layout is one of the biggest things because you don’t feel cluttered. And it’s a more relaxed environment. It’s easier to learn when you’re relaxed.”

For the fourth year in a row, local poets are baring their bodies and bringing us Poetry in the Raw. Victoria’s award-winning nude poetry show features 10 poets performing original works. Combining words and motion, Poetry in the Raw is a fundraiser to help send the Victoria Slam Team to the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Ottawa. “I have people tell me it’s one of the most profound experiences they have all year,” says Missie Peters, a local poet who can often be found nude and will be hosting the event. “There’s nudity, but we use it artistically to explore issues that we all deal with as humans.”

Esquimalt Lantern Fest to light up the night The free Esquimalt Lantern Festival will be delighting hundreds of people at Captain Jacobson Park in Esquimalt on the evening of September 25. The event is preceded by lanternmaking workshops at Esquimalt Library, and a lantern-making booth at the Vic West Corn Roast on September 18. A lantern parade will happen at 8 pm. There will also be fire-dancing performances and music!

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Renée Andor Staff writer

They’ve worked hard and they’re ready to show off their innovative projects to the public. The students of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program created nine group projects over three months, and will showcase them on Friday September 24 from 10 am to 2 pm at Interurban Campus. “This is the best year ever with the student projects,” says Jeffrey Stephen, Mechanical Engineering instructor. A custom electric motorcycle, a souped-up paddle-shifting dune buggy, and a mechanical clock that uses ball bearings to tell time are just a few examples of what will be displayed. Willem Brussow worked on the motorcycle. The bike has cruiserstyle handlebars and looks as badass as a Harley. He says it will do about 70 km per hour, so a motorcycle licence is necessary to operate it. He also says that, unlike other electric

scooters, the rider doesn’t have to feel sheepish about taking the twowheeler out for a spin. “We wanted to make it aggressive so you’re not embarrassed to ride it,” says Brussow. Angela Walton, the only woman in the program, worked on the dune buggy, which is bigger than a typical dune buggy, as well as having more power, better shocks, and paddleshifting technology. Her group was under a lot of pressure to get their project finished. “It’s really stressful,” says Walton. “We’ve been pulling 12-to-14hour days, but it’s been really fun because you get to work closely with people in the group.” Paul McDonald’s group designed a unique wheelchair. Instead of gripping the wheels to move, the chair uses bike gears and disc brakes attached to handles to propel it, making it more user-friendly. Students have just three months to come up with a concept, design it on the computer, and then build it. According to Stephen, many

students pull long hours, some working from 8 am to 4 am, then getting up and doing it all again the next day. “We really run them through their paces,” he says. “It’s sort of a boot camp of engineering design.” Because of this course, the program is getting a reputation for producing quality employees, according to Stephen. “Employers come to display day pretty much with contracts in hand and they just need to pick and choose the people,” he says. “We’ve had companies fly in from Calgary just for the four hours to meet the students. Their instructions from head office are to come back with employees from Camosun College.” Display day is open to anyone. The projects will be at the basketball courts in front of Campus Centre at Interurban. The event is free, burgers will be available, and the public can vote for their favorite project.

Renée Andor

Mechanical Engineering students on display

Interurban student Paul McDonald and the wheelchair he built.

Cinema Politica engages college community Emily Laing Staff writer

Just in time for those who are less than thrilled with Hollywood’s fall movie lineup, Cinema Politica is about to kick off their fall screening series at Camosun College’s Lansdowne Campus. This year’s lineup consists of documentaries made by filmmakers from all over the world that will help expand what social and environmental issues are taught in the classroom. A committee made up of staff and students, including members of the college’s African Awareness Committee, chose the films in the series. The Cinema Politica committee hopes the films will engage students, faculty, and the public into lively discussion groups after the screenings. The films reflect a diversity of filmmaking voices and often focus in on environmental issues.

“We try to vary the theme of the evening as much as possible, and we encourage audience members to stay for a post-film discussion,” says Jeanne Iribarne, coordinator of Cinema Politica.

“The film series brings us together to talk about solutions to problems.” Jeanne Iribarne cinema politica

Highlighting both recent and rarely-seen cinema, this coming series works to bring important yet rarely seen documentaries to Camosun. Francis Yee, a member of the African Awareness Committee and

A scene from Sweet Crude, one of the films Cinema Politica is screening.

a Camosun Geography instructor, says this year’s lineup should attract lots of people. “I’m a strong supporter of Cinema Politica and always encourage my students to attend,” says Yee. Yee selected the first feature, Sweet Crude, a documentary about the Nigeria oil crisis which screens on September 29.

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The nomination period is from Wednesday, September 22 through Wednesday, October 6 (3 pm deadline). The election will be held on Wednesday, October 27, and Thursday, October 28, from 8 am – 7 pm.

For more information, see posters around the campus, camosun.ca, or contact Becky McGowan at 250-370-3530.

“We hope the film can help us understand some of the impacts of multinational oil giants on the environment and the Niger Delta in Nigeria,” says Yee. Yee and Iribarne both say Cinema Politica is imperative on campus since very few cultural activities bring students and faculty together as a community.

“Some of us want to have a venue to screen current films that are too long for classes but still topical, relevant, and interesting,” says Iribarne. “The film series brings us together to talk about solutions to problems.” Cinema Politica aims to cater to a variety of tastes and bring in audiences one community at a time. For example, Orgasm Inc. (October 15), by award-winning director Liz Cannor, made the cut and will bring a more provocative approach to the series. The movie offers a hilarious and unique look into the money-hungry pharmaceutical industry. Also featured this semester is Waterlife, about the shortage of fresh drinking water, on November 24. All films in the series are by donation and screen at 7 pm in Young 216, Lansdowne.

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SPORTS Camosun student rows to success 

September 22, 2010

Emily Laing Staff writer

Camosun College student Trish Mara has had two aspirations for most of her life—to excel in her chosen career and to win a medal in competitive rowing. Mara is fast approaching her first goal as she just entered her second year of the Bachelor of Athletic and Exercise Therapy at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE). As for her second goal, Mara recently rowed towards it and secured a bronze for Canada at the World University Rowing Championships, held in Szeged, Hungary, on August 13–15. “This was my first international competition and I learned so much,� says Mara. “You really can’t get that type of racing in Victoria.� Setting high goals came early for Mara. She was a competitive gymnast for seven years, but outgrew the sport. Credited to a friend’s suggestion, Mara later decided to give rowing a chance. Camosun student Trish Mara (left) keeps on rowing to her dreams, despite the stress of competitions and an overflowing workload.

“Rowing has made me extremely focused and determined which has helped me with my classes and other areas of my life.� Trish Mara Camosun student

“A while back a friend recommended that I try out a beginner’s

rowing class at a local rowing club so I agreed and immediately fell in love with the sport,� says Mara. “Now I’m totally addicted.� The addiction led Mara to the competition in Hungary, where she was faced with some extremely strong competition. Mara and her doubles partner, Jackie Halko of the University of Western Ontario, managed to land third place in the competition. They placed behind teams from Poland and Great Britain. It was a thrilling and proud

moment when Mara and Halko were able to achieve success at the championships. “Both of these teams had crew members that had received multiple medals at previous senior world championships,� says Mara. “So in the end we were pretty pleased with our performance.� Mara felt honored to be a part of the selected few to represent Canada at the championships and be coached by Rick Crawley, who led the Canadian women’s team to a medal.

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Now Mara has returned to her intensified class schedule at PISE, but she still manages to squeeze in three rowing practices a day, six days a week. Despite the workload, it’s not a schedule she minds. “Rowing has made me extremely focused and determined which has helped me with my classes and other areas of my life,� says Mara. “I don’t have extra time after homework to watch TV or socialize, but since I have a passion for this sport, I don’t mind making certain sacrifices.�

In the end, being on a rowing team and working in sports therapy are parallel to one another, says Mara “Much of what I have learned from this sport I can apply to exercise physiology and nutrition,� she says. “It’s all helped.� Mara looks forward to more competitions in the coming months, and she already has another challenge in mind—she wants to claim victory with the Canadian National Women’s Senior Lightweight Rowing Team.

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Chargers basketball and volleyball teams prepare for year The Chargers basketball and volleyball teams are already back at it and are expected to deliver once again this year in the BC Colleges Athletic Association.

Men’s basketball With new recruits and seven returning players, the Chargers are ready for a new year, especially after losing 15 games last season, which left them with only three wins. Head coach Craig Price is preparing for plenty of competition at each position, ensuring that players will push themselves to the limit to secure a starting spot in the lineup. The new faces will be turning some heads—and hopefully some losses into wins. The men’s first home game starts at 8 pm on November 5 against Columbia College at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE).

Women’s basketball Stepping onto the courts for a brand-new season, Chargers coach Brett Westcott is feeling confident with this year’s lineup. Last season the women Chargers beat out rival University of Northern BC and won silver in the provincials, finishing eighth at the nationals. The women’s first home game starts at 6 pm on November 5 against Christian Bible College at PISE.

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While many students are enthusiastically getting back into their routines, Camosun College’s golf team is training hard for the new season. Chargers coach John Randle’s expectations are high after seeing a great deal of improvement over the previous year. He has just released the new roster and is confident the Chargers will find success and steady play on the course this year, where the team has struggled in the past.

“I want to focus on having fun as well as being positive towards other team members and competitors.” Matt Tindale Camosun Chargers

“Our team last year was strong at the top but were missing consistent plays from our number-four and number-five roster spots last year,” says Randle. The Chargers faced a number of challenges on the course last season, but top players are expected to prove themselves well and finish on top in tournaments to come.

Men’s volleyball The Chargers are eager to come back after placing second at the BCCAA and placing fifth in the country at the nationals, led by Coach Charles Parkinson. The team is welcoming back a bunch of players from last year’s roster, as well as new recruits. The women’s first home game starts at 7:45 pm on October 28 against Vancouver Island University at PISE.

Women’s volleyball After being knocked out in an early round at the provincials last season, the women’s volleyball team is expected to come back strong and hopefully make it to the top. The Chargers are relying on recruits, teamwork, and new coach Chris Dahl to lead them to victory. The women’s first home game starts at 6 pm on October 28 against Vancouver Island University at PISE.



“Brett Webster won the league by a sizeable margin last year,” says Randle. “Matt Tindale and Kevin Walz also played very solidly.” Jordan Krulicki transferred to Camosun from UBC-Okanagan to join the Professional Management Golf Program, and has made appearances at the provincial and national championships. “Krulicki will be a great addition to the squad,” says Randle. The Chargers ended up losing the league by two shots last year, leaving them in fifth place. Randle was disappointed, but he feels confident in the team for the new season now that they’ve had a little rest and some practice time under their belts. “I’m looking forward to this year’s competitions and I want to focus on having fun as well as being positive towards other team members and competitors,” says Tindale. Randle takes a personal approach to coaching, derived from his own experience as a competitive golfer. He did four years as the University of Washington, turned pro and played tour golf from 1990 to 1997, and later went into coaching. “I wanted to help young golfers reach their goals and I felt my background would encourage them to learn from my experiences,” says Randle, who has twice taken

home the BC Teacher of the Year award and has had over 50 wins in his career. Randle believes the key in helping redefine each player’s goals is to provide them with accurate information about techniques and finding the most efficient ways to make improvements. He also helps players make appropriate strategy decisions to maximize their performance. “I feel like I am making a positive impact in their lives and we’re looking forward to playing hard and winning some tournaments,” says Randle. The Chargers’ golf season runs until late October. In March, the Chargers will be hosting an invitational event at Bear Mountain’s golf course in an effort to expand the Camosun College golf program to two semesters instead of one.

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he road to Rifflandia is paved with complaints about scheduling and impossibly long lines, but going into its third year, the event organizers at Atomique Productions believe they’ve finally brushed out all the snarls. The ever-expanding lineup of local, national, and international acts, paired with more late-night venues, and the custom-brewed Phillips Rifflandabrau III, are going to add up to make for an interesting Rifflandia round three between September 23–26. Since the inaugural festival in 2008, Rifflandia has been a community project, drawing on support from the local music community and neighbouring businesses. Nick Blasko, festival director of Rifflandia, says that community is key. “From the first year, it’s been our thing, with the discount wristbands, reaching out to local businesses, and showcasing the best of Victoria,” says Blasko. “It has to be about more than just music, or else it just becomes a little one-dimensional. People don’t stay in Victoria for one-dimensional reasons, so it’s important to reflect that and capture that sentiment.” The music fest, now in its third year, has become known for its multi-venue format and roster of acts. This year, there will be 157 bands playing the four-day event, with the action going on at 10 different venues each night. “We built Rifflandia on the model of a lot of other festivals where you get one wristband and get to go to all these different shows,” says Blasko. He says from years of going to festivals like South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, and CMJ Music Marathon in New York City, Atomique realized the brilliance of an urban, city-centre music festival. “The one that really sealed it for me was in Reykjavík, Iceland, which happens in the city’s inner core, where everything is walking distance, and local acts are celebrated alongside international headliners,” says Blasko. “I realized then that we really had to do this in Victoria.”

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It’s taken the Rifflandia team a couple fumigations to kill all the bed bugs. Blasko says that the changes made for 2010 should see a reduction in lineup size, as well as less

The Wooden Sky is one of many bands playing Rifflandia.

sprinting from one side of the city to the other. “We had some problems last year with some venues that ended early, like 10 pm, that caused some real bottlenecks downtown in the later hours,” says Blasko. “So this year we’ve extended the hours of our venues, and aligned all the set times so that bands are starting at the same time across the board. There should be a lot more flow between venues this year, and less lines.” The much-discussed lines were a huge problem at the 2009 festival, with throngs of music fans all vying to see the Market Square headliners, after some other the other clubs closed down early.

“It’s never been a conscious effort on our parts to make it a Canadian festival. It just works out that way.” Nick Blasko Atomique Productions

“Market Square was a really popular venue for Rifflandia last year,” says Janet MacLean, the marketing and property manager assistant at Market Square. “I think because of the big acts that play there, but also because of the outdoor stage. Dealing with the crowds is something that Atomique are going to have to take into consideration. I’m sure that the steps they’re taking to prevent the bottlenecks from last year will help a lot.” Some other changes this year have been the introduction of the now-infamous wristbands and the festival’s pre-purchase policy. “Year one, we learned that it is really difficult to sell tickets at the door,” says Blasko, “so last year we had the policy that you can only get into shows with a wristband. It’s a policy that we have because it’s too logistically difficult the other way. We’re sticking to that this year, and we’re keeping it competitively priced, so that even if you can’t get into all the shows that you want, there’s still value in the wristband price. Especially compared to what you get at a bigger place like the Save-on-Foods arena, where you see one or two bands for $65.”

Green-lighting the talent Like most festivals around the world, Rifflandia tries to balance the demand for larger acts with spotlighting local talent. A lot of the bands have an existing relationship with Atomique while others are new to the island. While Blasko and the Rifflandia team have never tried to make it a

tribute to the Great White North, the lineup is dominantly filled by Canucks. “It really is just a testament to how much great Canadian music there is that’s bringing audiences out,” says Blasko. “It’s never been a conscious effort on our parts to make it a Canadian festival. It just works out that way.” Not to discount the international acts, as few as they may be, Blasko is quick to rattle off some of the more anticipated acts. “There are a ton of other acts, like Mount Kimbie from the UK, the Dodos, Aesop Rock, and Kate Miller. But it’s probably close to 85 percent Canadian.” Atomique has attempted to get as many different musical genres represented in the fest as possible. And while fans of metal or ska probably won’t be shelling out the bread for the wristband, the fest is still more inclusive than other local music gatherings. “A lot of festivals in Victoria go over the heads of local musicians because only certain bands can play things like JazzFest,” says Blasko. “Rifflandia casts a bit wider of a net. We totally went for diversity this year. Ideally, I’d like it even broader, but you can only do so much at one time.”

Construction zone ends Although 157 bands should be enough choices to give even the most seasoned festival-goer a panic attack trying to decide which show to go to, apparently it’s not enough for every music aficionado in Victoria. Last year, illicit shows, lovingly referred to as Freelandia, began sprouting up around town, in people’s back yards, art studios, and in alleys behind Rifflandia venues. Some people refused to pay the price for a wristband, while others griped about everything from the music lineups to the people lineups. Some wanted more variety; others wanted to stick it to the man. While some festival promoters may want to strike down folks like Freelandians with the hand of god, Blasko supports it. “It’s awesome; I really think it’s great,” says Blasko. “I think it’s cool, so if anyone wants to throw shows at house parties, or at nearby art galleries, we invite them to do it.”

“Dealing with the crowds is something that [Rifflandia organizers] Atomique are going to have to take into consideration. ” Janet MacLean market square

The biggest changes to the festival this year revolve around show times and venues. There will be an outdoor, tented parking-lot stage at Phillips Brewery, which Blasko hopes will take some of the heat off Market Square, last year’s only outdoor venue. The other major change will be the standardized set times, with acts hitting the stage every hour from 5:30 pm through to 11:30 pm. With DJ sets and Victoria locals pitted against classic acts like Men without Hats, D.O.A., and Gord Downie, along with lessons learned from past mistakes, Rifflandia 3 is set to be a big improvement on previous years. “Everything feels the same this year, just bigger and better,” says Blasko. “More bands, more venues—we’ve just grown everything.”


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sentials before hopping in the van for the beginning of a 46-day tour, Gavin Gardiner from Toronto’s the Wooden Sky talks about gearing up for Rifflandia and adventures on the island. While picking out unscented Aveeno body wash and adding extra Smarties to his trail mix, Gardiner compares the Toronto and Victoria music scenes, noting the impact that a festival like Rifflandia can have on a city. “These kinds of festivals are really important to cities and music communities,” says Gardiner. “It brings different music circles together and gives audiences a chance to hear what everyone has to offer.” As for getting around from venue to venue, one of the complaints dragging down past Rifflandias, Gardiner has an easy solution— rent a scooter. “It makes it all really accessible,” he says. “You can duck down back alleys and all of a sudden the city seems that much smaller,” he

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CURRENT SWELL Also currently prowling the badlands of Alberta, Scott Stanton, vocalist/guitarist of Victoria’s Current Swell, is another local guy who’s champing at the bit to get to play Rifflandia in front of the hometown crowd. “Every year there are a couple festivals and events in Victoria that we really want to be a part of, but we can’t do everything,” says Stanton. “It’s really important for us to do events in Victoria, especially something like Rifflandia. We’re really excited for this year.” Stanton says the spotlight that Rifflandia casts on Victoria and the music community is a huge reason why it’s become so popu-

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Victoria is unlike what he gets back east. The crowd, he says, is a main reason why he’s jumped at the chance to play Rifflandia. “Here I can fill a bar, but the reception I get on the island is huge,” he says. “Everyone is out to have a great time. They just want to drink, relax, and listen to music. West-coast fans are awesome. People care way more on the island than they do out in Toronto.” 11:30 pm, Saturday, September 25, Rehab Nightclub THE WOODEN SKY Picking up some last-minute es-

says, adding that scooter or no, he loves the town that Rifflandia calls home. “We’ve been out to Victoria a bunch lately, and really like it each time. This time I plan on hitting up all the little independent music stores around town and stocking up.” 10:30 pm, Friday, September 24, Alix Goolden Hall

Buzz-worthy bands Rifflandia’s lineup this year spans decades, genres, and the world. People on the streets are talking about acoustic folk-rockers like Chad VanGaalen and Great Lake Swimmers, while others are gearing up for Yukon Blonde, Felix Cartel, Aesop Rock, and Mount Kimbie. The music community is talking about Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Sarah Harmer, Tommy Guerrero, K’Naan, and The Dodos, not to mention the classic acts Gord Downie, Lee Ranaldo, and Men Without Hats.

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MAURICE Somewhere outside Fort Macleod and the famed Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, while Victorians Maurice were taking a break from playing Alberta frosh week shows, frontman JP Maurice is looking forward to playing the festival back home. “We played Rifflandia last year and had a blast. It’s a wicked event, and we’re really excited about the show this year,” says Maurice. “We’re playing Market Square, which is a step up from last year. And if the lineups from last year are any indication, it’s going to be huge.” Maurice agrees with the general sentiment that festivals of this caliber are crucial to the musical health of a city. “Rifflandia is an event that the city really needs,” says Maurice. “We lost FolkFest and RootsFest, so these kinds of events are really important. Everyone gets involved; you can really feel the vibe it brings to the city.” On tour off and on for most of the summer and September, Maurice—the man and the band—are glad to get to play a festival at home. “We’ve all grown up in Victoria, and we love it,” says Maurice. “You go on tour, and when you get back you realize just how lucky you are to live in such a beautiful place.” 8:30 pm, Friday, September 24, Market Square



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Canada’s resident DJ dynamo Justin Doyle Contributing writer

Over the past decade, Canadian music-makers have emerged onto the global scene of electronica and proved they are a force to be reckoned with. And there’s no finer example than Hatiras, who has been turning the heads of the world’s finest DJs and packing dance floors of the biggest clubs in the world for over a decade. Hatiras, who started out as a concert promoter from Toronto, used to be satisfied just throwing parties. As he continued to organize successful events, Hatiras established himself in the biggest electronic scene in Canada. “When I started out in the Toronto scene I looked up to the promoters who threw their own events,” says Hatiras. “The whole community was tight-knit and although we were technically competitors, we actually all worked together to help build a scene that benefitted everybody.” With so much exposure to world-class DJs, it wasn’t long before Hatiras got the urge to start making some music of his own. He started producing in 1999; by 2001 his music was world renowned.

“People making love under the DJ booth is something I won’t soon forget.” hatiras dj

His 2001 hit, “Spaced Invader,” became an instant house classic, winning him his first Juno. The track

Is Hatiras happy because he’s giving the peace sign? Is peace making him happy? Or is he just happy because he’s a kick-ass Canadian DJ?

was also remixed by some of the biggest names in the business. After that, Hatiras continued to pump out one funky, upbeat, eclectic tune after another. He was making so many songs that in 2004 he opened his first (of two) record labels, Blow Media. As tracks from Blow Media began to circle the globe, so did Hatiras, playing festivals in Japan, Poland, Canada, and most recently the desert venue of Burning Man. “Working with ultra-dusty equipment at Burning Man is quite the task. Oh, and people making love under the DJ booth is some-

thing I won’t soon forget,” he says with a laugh. Despite these travels exposing Hatiras to many top-notch musicians around the globe, Hatiras always has respect for local music communities. “I like to check out the headliners at any event,” he says, “but often find it’s the local talent pushing really fresh sounds.” In October, Hatiras will be back on the road to promote his upcoming album, and will end up performing here in town on October 1. “I’ve always really loved Victoria,” says Hatiras. “It has special

meaning to me, as it’s the first city my wife and I travelled to. The Victoria crowd is always really high energy and amazing. I have fond memories of Halloween parties and after-parties in Victoria.” With two Juno awards, two record labels, and a whole mess of music for the masses, this dancefloor dominating dynamo credits his creativity to his longevity. “My biggest achievement has been my continuing adaptability in order to always stay relevant, current, and fresh in the scene, despite doing this for over a decade.” As for advice for up and comers,

this DJ of sustained success says it’s all about putting in the time and effort, and doing it for the right reasons. “Don’t do this for the money,” he says. “Let your passion and insanity drive you. Continue to learn and adapt. Take criticism but also be stubborn enough and confident to push forward regardless of haters, obstacles, or negativity. It’s possible to succeed.”

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Victoria hosts international improv talents Carol-Lynne Michaels Contributing writer

Improv theatre is all about excitement. It’s in a state of constant motion, and once something is said onstage, there’s no turning back. “Improv is accepting, not judgmental,” says Dave Morris, artistic director of the Victoria International Improv Festival. Morris, whose recent Dave Morris is an Asshole show was a Fringe fest hit, has arranged for the latest and greatest performers from New York City, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria to join forces to show that improv is more than just comedy. The festival, which takes place at the Victoria Event Centre from September 30 until October 3, features eight groups and 15 shows. A public workshop is also available by donation for anyone who has always wanted to try out improv. Local acts include Remilio Sheen, Loading Ready Run, Missie Peters, and host troupe the Impromaniacs. Each group has their own show, but the festival isn’t a competition, as some might expect. “Improvisers don’t compete, they collaborate,” says Morris. “It’s a collaborative art form, you can’t avoid it. Improv is the idea of doing

something spontaneously without planning it.” And improv comes in many forms. For example, the Improv Monologue Project, a multimedia brainchild of Toronto’s Mike Fly, will be featured at the festival. “He mixes improvisation and filmmaking into something that keeps the best parts of both worlds alive,” says Morris. During the festival, Fly will film one improviser, give them a prop, a location, and a two-minute time limit. No cuts, no edits. The monologues are then played between live shows at the festival, as well as uploaded to YouTube.

“Improvisers don’t compete, they collaborate.” Dave morris victoria international improv festival

Morris promises “high-calibre, hilarious, mind-blowing improvisation from across the country,” but cautions that improv isn’t always funny. He says 80 to 90 percent

of improv is comedic, but many moments on stage are honest and sincere. One group from Vancouver will present an example of a more dynamic improv format. Keith Johnstone’s the Life Game brings a willing audience member on stage, interviewing them before and during the show as they recreate moments of their life. They even take a shot at predicting the volunteer’s future. (So, perhaps improv can be creepy, too.) Morris was thinking outside the box when he slated all the festival add-ons—an art auction, live poetry, the public workshop, an improv open mic called Open Stage, and more. “Any festival is about community,” says Morris. Local visual artists will be transforming a number of old televisions into pieces of arts for a silent auction during the festival. Also on the bill is spoken-word artist and Victoria native Missie Peters. She will compose original poetry inspired by the performances and post her works live every night on the festival website. Hosting the Open Stage every night at 6 pm is Steven Orr. Orr is known to hundreds of Vancouver

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Island youth as the head referee of their Canadian Improv Games tournament. According to organizers, the festival was close to being called off; local sponsors and volunteers who made up for a lack of provincial and federal funding. “This year has been a struggle ,” says Morris. “The goal was to get the artists here and make it happen.” Nothing can stop them now, but

should something arise they will surely improvise a solution. “Improv is like an amoeba,” says Morris, “it takes things in and keeps growing and changing.”

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Low and Pilgrim mixed bags viewer is invested in understanding what makes Bush tick.

Get Low ★★★★★ Ed Sum

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

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It can be hard to eke out even a miserable existence deep in the hills of Tennessee. Especially when crazy old kook Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) learns that a good friend has recently died. The next day, he’s in town trying to find someone who can give him a living funeral. He wants to get low. It’s fun to watch how Duvall tackles this character, but the opening act is more of a mystery play. Unfortunately, it moves at a snail’s pace and the drama can be very dull. The tale doesn’t pick up until Bush goes to meet the owner of a funeral parlor, Frank Quinn (Bill Murray). And Murray—a masterful comedian turned drama king—really shines. He puts slick and smooth charm into selling someone’s clothes off their back, and he’s hot to earn any dollar that comes his way. When the two main leads square off, the comedy that unfolds is enjoyable to watch, especially if the

★★★★★ Ed Sum Contributing writer

Round one… FIGHT! And so the battle begins for revealing what Scott Pilgrim means to the world. He’s fighting for box-office dollars and even after the verdict’s in, this movie is more like one huge videogame-style roller-coaster ride than comic-book adaptation. The flood of animated text onscreen gets monotonous after a while, but that’s only because it’s being faithful to the comic-book world it came from. But while knowledge of this film’s source material is helpful, it’s not required. Even though there’s a wonderfully hilarious script for the supporting cast to work with, these relative unknowns do a better job than the main man himself. Michael Cera is like a whinier version of Jay Baruchel—he’ll either grow on you like a piece of fungus or you’ll think

he’s better off going back to being on television. He just doesn’t carry the film very well when the world is leaning against his shoulder. Wallace Wells (Kieran Culkin) and Stacey Pilgram (Anna Kendrick) stand out in their performances. There’s more interest in those characters and these two colleagues of Cera have more nominations under their belt than he does, which says something. More attention to developing the onscreen Scott Pilgrim character is needed; as long-time readers will know, the comics flesh him out a lot more. All the movie-going audiences know about him is that he’s lazy and a lecher. So what if he’s fallen in love? The vividly choreographed fight sequences and the music, not a deeper understanding of Cera’s character, is what most people will walk away from this movie remembering, which is unfortunate, although the tune “Garbage Truck” is particularly addicting. And there’s nothing wrong with hearing the Universal Studios’ trademark theme synthesized like an old Atari 2600 game. It’s a fitting touch in what is basically a tameddown version of Mortal Kombat with a romantic-comedy twist.

WINNIPEG (CUP)—Fans of the Scott Pilgrim series were intrigued by the idea of the Canadian graphic novel being transformed into an Edgar Wright flick. But then Pilgrim fans collectively slapped their foreheads when they found out that the title character was going to be played by Michael Cera. Pilgrim has to be a bit of a badass, and there’s no way that the same guy who played Paulie Bleeker, his Juno doppelganger, in every film he’s been in to date is going to be that versatile. To find out, we pit Michael Cera against himself. Arrested Development (2003) Cera’s character was a dweeby, weird, quiet, mumbling young man with an obsessive crush on his cousin, Maeby. His primary reaction in social situations is to mumble and look away from basically anything. Meet George-Michael. Juno (2007) This dweeby, quiet, athletic-ish young man with a penchant for orange Tic Tacs and a lost-cause crush waits for the girl, who once liked him, to fall for him again. Lucky for him, she does. Then he quits the track team to play guitar with her. George-Michael finally got over Maeby and now has a prop-related idiosyncrasy. Youth in Revolt (2009) The mannerisms of the principal character (played by Cera) are the same as the aforementioned characters, with the insertion of sarcasm. He doesn’t play the guitar, but he carries around a journal.

He lies to his family, girlfriend, and everyone else in his bumbling, charming way as he commits arson, grand theft auto (twice), and a break and enter, and drugs the girl of his dreams. Even his alter ego, Francois Dillinger (also played by Cera), is a calm, mumbling rebel who exerts all his body’s energy to flip over a cereal bowl before going for a walk. George-Michael is going through a bit of a phase. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) Cera changes things up here. As Pilgrim, he’s assertive, as much as one can be without turning it into a foible, when defending himself against every woman he’s ever dated. Cera ditches the mumbling doofus routine, and instead takes on the I’m-in-a-band doofus routine. At movie’s end, Pilgrim realizes he is, and always has been, an asshole, confronts himself and apologizes to all the women he has wronged over the years, giving a bit of humanity to their characters and redeeming himself. This is an incredibly disturbing aspect of Cera’s characters—they do creepy, weird, and mean things to women they’re interested in, but because it’s Cera, the audience roots for him. Is it going to be painful to see Cera return to the screen as GeorgeMichael in the possible 2012 Arrested Development movie? Yes, of course it is, partly because everything in George-Michael’s life is painful. But we’ve lived through Cera playing the same character a million times; we’ll live through it again.


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Intrepid Theatre loves 4-play Erin Ball Staff writer

The folks at Intrepid Theatre, who organize Uno Fest and Fringe Fest, are gearing up to present yet another fun–filled theatre event. 4-Play is special production featuring four writers, directors, actors, set designers, and costume designers who will create four short plays all in one day. Four reviewers will also judge each play and they’ll have just a few minutes to write their review following the performances. The event is a fundraiser for Intrepid Theatre and is based on a model created by Catalyst Theatre in Edmonton. Wes Borg, who participated in the annual event in Edmonton, brought the idea to Victoria. He’s also participating in the event as a playwright. “Taking a bunch of brilliant creative people and forcing them to work under absurdly high pressure and time constraints produces hilarious and ingenious results,” says Borg. “It is an incredibly fun experience that forces you to be innovative and take risks and allows you to see the finished product instantly.” Janet Munsil, artistic director at Intrepid Theatre, is also participating as a playwright. Munsil and Borg, along with two more playwrights, will have just threeand-a-half hours to write a short play. They’ll be given the opening line for their plays, a prop, and a

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ArenaRock Alegría S a ve - o n - Fo o d s M e m o r i a l Centre, September 8 Erin Ball Staff writer

Wes Borg (right) screams because he likes it (4-Play, that is).

Canadian celebrity to include. “The writing timeline is going to be very challenging and exciting,” says Munsil. “It’s amazing how much energy you can find in reserve, especially at eight in the morning. Everybody brings a lot of energy and excitement. It’s very chaotic.” When the playwrights are done with the scripts, they pass it on to four directors and four costume and set designers. Later the same day, four actors will spend one hour with each director to rehearse the scripts. Munsil says she’s participated in similar events in the past, including Theatre SKAM’s 24-hour play project. She’s learned to concentrate more on physical theatre, rather than dialog-based theatre, because

it’s hard for the actors to memorize a lot of lines in such a short period of time. “The playwrights are freaked out, but the actors are more freaked out,” says Munsil. “I’ll take in what I’ve learned from doing similar projects in the past to make sure the experience is as fun as possible.” The plays will be ready at 8 pm. The entire process takes place at Victoria Event Center and Victoriabased writer and broadcaster David Lennam will be hosting.

4-Play October 3, Victoria Event Centre intrepidtheatre.com

Alegría started out with a clown peering out at the audience while the crowd was still taking their seats. Soon after, more clowns came out from backstage and wandered the floor of the arena, followed by some of the most interesting characters, the Old Birds. The band came out next playing their eclectic collection of instruments. They marched around the floor engaging the audience, looking like taller, cooler, and sexier oompa loompas. All the music in Alegría was live. The six-piece band hails from Canada, France, Poland, and New York. The theatrical and performance art portions of the show were exceptional. Three clowns entertained the audience between each breathtaking act, bringing comic relief. The acrobatic portion of the show started off with the duo of Uuve Jansson of Sweden and Zebastian Hunter of Australia on the synchronized trapeze while the band played a romantic tune behind them. These two performed

This is normal for Alegría.

high above the audience, and got the audience oohing and ahhing, especially after Jansson’s hand slipped on one of the flips. The small mistake reminded the audience of the difficulty, danger, and skill of the incredible act. The most impressive act was saved for last—the aerial high bars. This featured acrobats flying through the air catching each other above a safety net. The eight men involved in the act were truly amazing athletes and had abs that rivaled the Spartan soldiers in 300. Alegría was at times magical, awe-inspiring, touching, and hilarious. Although the crowd seemed a little unfocused at first, they soon warmed up and were cheering loudly after each deathdefying act.

Noise Addict

BY ALLI PICKARD

Talkin’ bout love

Love—it’s a complicated thing, and in the end most of us do part from the ones we love. For this, we turn to music. It’s how we cope with the pain we feel inside and it provides escape from the mental strain that pain causes. We start off with glam-rock band Negative (myspace.com/ negative), who prove that HIM aren’t the only hot Finnish musical export right now. Negative’s 2004 release, Sweet & Deceitful, features melodic music and singer Jonne Liimatainen’s soothing voice. Songs such as “L.A. Feeding Fire” and “About My Sorrow” give a different outlook on love itself; the lyrics show pain and emotion, yet at the same time are uplifting. The lyrics for “In My Heaven” explain the feelings surrounding a breakup. Negative’s album is full of rock anthems and emotion-filled ballads, and is highly recommended—not just for breakups, but for daily listening as well. For this next album we’re going to head back a few decades, back to a time of bellbottoms and groovy long hair, and the one and only James Taylor (myspace.com/jamestaylormyspace). Taylor’s Greatest Hits features acoustic jams to please the soul. His brand of folk is still popular and Taylor is still rocking out—he released an album early last year. Classics such as “Carolina in My Mind” and “Fire and Rain” still go strong, even in—or, perhaps, especially in—today’s

James Taylor, you rule.

overly processed music scene. He proves that substance and quality are more important than being flashy or trendy. The last album is by a band that has never been taken seriously by their peers. UK’s the Darkness (myspace.com/thedarkness) have been known for their wacky antics since they hit the airwaves. Their 2003 release, Permission to Land, is filled with balls-to-the-walls rock and love songs that bring the listener to the edge of crying. The more notable songs on this album are “Get Your Hands off My Woman” and “Love Is Only a Feeling”; both of these showcase the amazing guitar work of brothers Justin and Dan Hawkins. People who don’t take this band seriously should give them another listen. Check out the emotion put behind each note in every phrase of the songs and get immersed in the imagery it creates.


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Worth the Trip? BY SHAWN O’HARA AND ALEX PASK

Campus Café Lansdowne Campus Hawaiian Pizza $3.99 per slice

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#:/BPNJ,BWLB With the weather getting steadily chillier, two things pop into my thoughts. Knitting and soups! And for something warm to sip on, here’s a simple, tasty recipe for chicken soup, with dumplings as an added bonus. Foolproof Chicken Soup with Dumplings

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Presentation and service Alex: We got lucky and scored one of the fresh ones! I have never witnessed a fresh pizza in this cafeteria. The slice is a decent size and smells pretty good. However, only the first five bites look appealing because once you hit the middle all of the ingredients peter out. Shawn: I’m actually pretty optimistic about this pizza. It smells really good, although maybe that’s because I’m starving. It looks damn appealing to me right now. Overall, it’s a handsome piece of pizza. My only concern is the fact that once you get near the crust it goes from tasty, alluring pizza to spongy, dry wasteland.

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Taste A: The crust on the Camosun pizza is never a pleasurable experience for me. There’s so much of it! The dry, cardboard-tasting dough is half raw. The ham, cheese, and pineapple taste really good, but you only get that for half of the experience. Maybe fold it in half and do the sandwich thing? S: I was so into this pizza for the first three or four bites. The cheese was melty; the ham and pineapple worked pretty well together. I was satisfied. The turning point arrived once I was forced to confront the halfbaked abortion of the crust. Once you get to the middle of the pizza, it’s practically all I could taste. Sort of a gluey, bland, wet-paper taste. I was betrayed.

Hothouse Pizza 2865 Foul Bay Road Hawaiian Pizza $2 per slice

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What you’ll need: A huge pot 1 whole plump chicken (make sure it’s raw) 1 diced white onion 10 white mushrooms, sliced 2 diced large carrots 2 diced celery stocks 5 bay leaves 8 whole peppercorns celery root and parsnip (both peeled; this makes a rich stock, but don’t eat them) paprika (probably 4 or more tablespoons, depending on how much water you have) salt to taste (chicken loves salt, so don’t be shy)

Put in all ingredients, cover, and boil. Boil no less than two hours,

longer if you can. The longer you boil, the more flavour you’ll receive from the bones and skin. When the chicken is cooked, remove from stock, and cut off all pieces of meat into bite size portions. After this is done, bring soup to a heavy boil, and in a large bowl, mix the following ingredients for the dumplings: • 1 cup flour • 2–3 eggs • 1 tbs salt • nutmeg (optional) • splash of water (if needed) Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl as you mix. The dough will be very thick, sticky, and yellowish. If too dry, add water or an extra egg; if too watery, add more flour. Mix

until consistent and no flour is sticking on sides. I like to use a fast, stabbing motion with a fork. This not only vents aggressions, but also makes for a fluffier dough. Using a tablespoon, use the tip of the spoon to take off a portion of dough (no more than half a tablespoon) and dip your spoon in the broth. The dough should slide right off the spoon. This will cook into a fluffy and tasty dumpling. Dumplings are cooked after a few minutes, when floating on top of the soup. Serve hot, with bread of choice. Tip: Let soup cool before refrigerating. Freeze broth in yogurt containers. Broth is great for making rice and Greek potatoes.

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Presentation and service A: Two bones! Awesome. When we walk in the door one of the employees is on his cell phone and the other is staring at the pizza. After a hesitant greeting, the pizza slingers look up and give us our slice, which is smaller than Camosun’s, but looked delicious. S: The pizza looks a lot more together than the caf slice. It smells really good, too. I had a feeling that the staff didn’t want to be there, though. A little bit into our stay one of them starts throwing a pizza box into the air… over and over and over again.

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Taste A: I’m really into this piece of pizza. There’s an even amount of toppings and the pineapple is underneath the cheese so it doesn’t fall off mid-bite. I can’t really taste the ham but that’s okay because the dough is soft and tasty!

WING WEDNESDAY

S: Loads better. This actually tastes like pizza is supposed to taste. Unlike the caf slice, this continued to taste like pizza throughout the whole piece. It wasn’t the freshest pizza I’ve ever had, but it was still a wellmade, quality slice.

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$6.95 10 Perogies (4 PM) $5 Doubles

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Verdict For a mere two dollars, this quality slice is well worth the short walk.

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14 The Electric Bungalow by Ed Sum

Time to flash Buried in most backpacks is a USB flash drive. Most students have one of these small, hard, ubiquitous sticks, but there’s more to the little flashers than what’s unconcealed on first reveal. •

They can be customized to look like anything, from the Transformers’ Decepticon logo to Star Wars’ R2D2. Some sticks are sold with builtin software, to either add security features or compress the information stored in them to maximize space. A 4-gigabyte stick is all that’s needed for a two-year academic life of writing essays and making presentations. Plus, there’s enough spare room for some mp3s to keep your head bopping while you’re studying.

Students using digital audio recorders with a USB connector have a stick already. Keep the cable in the backpack and it can be used to store information. To store video or large media files, you’ve gotta go big—at least 16 gigs. There’s a stick on the market that can hold a whopping 256 gigs. Avoid buying 2-gig sticks; they’re being phased out in favour of a 4-gig norm. Buy a stick that’s painted with bright colours so it’s not easily lost. You don’t have to go micro—if you lose tiny gadgets, you can buy a portable external hard drive instead.

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First person, plural Some lists don’t make very good buckets. This summer, as I painted in Beacon Hill Park, tourists stopped to tell me they came here to scratch a visit to Victoria off their bucket list. Seeing a real artist, really painting, was, apparently, a plus. My own bucket list is more practical in nature. One item in particular was gratifying to secure. I grew up tending to the home I shared with two parents and five brothers. It made sense at the time that the lioness’ share of housework fell to me, the only girl. Feminism hadn’t made its way to small towns in Quebec in the ’60s. As a result, upon reaching adult-

hood, having my own bathroom and hiring a housekeeper were at the top of my wish list. The woman who cleans my house now really is, as they say, a treasure. She represents justice for past ills, cancelling them out. I suppose my list is more of a scorecard. Not being familiar with the term “bucket list,” I looked it up. Apparently, in the 16th century, animals were slaughtered by hanging them from a beam known in the French vernacular as a bucket. The definition for one meaning is a beam or yoke used to hang or carry items so the term also describes an act of suicide, as in someone kicking the bucket. I think I prefer “wish list.”

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Whatever you call yours, I hope you have one. Promise me you’ll revamp it if the items are too grandiose—if you can’t achieve them in the real world, your dreams will produce only bitterness. Myself, I lean towards simplification. Painting in the park twice a week was on my list in June, and I have 14 canvases in various stages of completion to prove it—to myself, the only person who really needs to know. Can you imagine a society where more of us actually pursue happiness? When I see people working to scratch items off their bucket list— er, wish list—gives me hope. So make a wish now, and don’t forget to write it down.

By Luke Holland I was out all night. It’s 8:30 am on Wednesday and I’m just arriving home from my first and only date with MatureBlonde. “You’re just getting in now, eh?” says my roommate. Little does he know, though, that what I’m about to tell him is going to make him laugh his face off. Because last night’s date was, hands down, the worst of my life. Backtrack to Saturday night at Element. I spot a pretty blonde that’s a few years older than me and decide to strike up conversation. This lack of hesitation proves to be a good call. “How old are you?” she asks. “23,” I say. “I’m 29. You’re a bit young for me,” says the woman, who I’ve now

dubbed MatureBlonde. “Well, I’ll make you a compromise,” I say. “Let’s both pretend we’re 25. This way we’re the same age.” She laughs and gives me a warm smile. We decide to see each other again. Cut to Tuesday night. MatureBlonde invites me to her apartment for drinks. She pours us two large Caesars. We finish our drinks and commence a riveting match of tonsil hockey. Things are getting hot and heavy when MatureBlonde suddenly blurts out, “Uh oh!” “What?” I ask. “I think I’m going to be sick!” “You’re kidding.” She wasn’t kidding. She jumps up from the couch and torques straight to the bathroom, where

she unleashes a geyser of vomit into the toilet. I’m still sitting on the couch when it hits me—I’m going to be sick, too. I bolt to the toilet, bodycheck her out of the way, and let loose my own brand of chunderghetti. We spend the rest of the night alternating turns vomiting into the toilet. It’s hell. I wake up Wednesday morning and attempt to drive home without throwing up again. I am unsuccessful. Result: First date with MatureBlonde=epic fail. What did Luke Learn today? If your date makes you a Caesar, always check the expiration on the Clamato juice.

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Sunday, October 3

Campus Callosum  By Pam Oliver

Tokyo Police Club, Arkells, Meligrove Band Club 90ne9, 8 pm, $22

By Erin Ball

Thursday, September 28

Three 6 Mafia, Zes Nomis Club 90ne9, 9 pm, $30

Academy Award-winning American rap group Three 6 Mafia bring Victoria their gritty beats and rhymes. Their sixth major-label release, Laws of Power, features more epic beats and heavy production.

Friday, October 1

Shane Philip Tree featuring Marc Atkinson’s Electric Project, Gaudi Sugar, 9 pm, $16.50

Making their first club appearance since their unforgettable debut at Victoria’s Ska Festival this summer, Shane Philip Tree will be co-headlining at Sugar with Gaudi, who mixes dub step, reggae, and drum ‘n’ bass with other electronic musical influences. Shane Philip will be bringing his brand of organic roots music, as well as his talents with the didgeridoo, djembe, and other exotic instruments not often found in Sugar unless Xavier Rudd’s in town. Philip teams up with Marc Atkinson, Bill Hicks, and Joby Baker to form Shane Philip Tree.

Canadian indie-rock band Tokyo Police Club are living the dream— they started out in a basement, dropped out of college, and worked their way up into playing multi-syllabic-yet-one-word-named festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot, and Glastonbury. Soon, they’ll with be rockin’ their plaid shirts and skinny jeans at Club 90ne9.

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Touring for the first time since 2004, the unmistakable baritone of Brad Roberts will be rumbling the foundations of Club 90ne9. The Winnipeg band is known mostly for melancholy hits in the early ’90s like “Mmm, Mmm, Mmm, Mmm” and “Superman’s Song.” After a hiatus, the Dummies are back at it and have recently released Oooh La La! Crash Test Dummies will be performing as an acoustic trio with Roberts, Ellen Reid, and old friend and tour partner Stuart Cameron.

Saturday, October 2

Rusko, Outsider, VLCRPTR Sugar, 9 pm, $30

Got bass? Los Angeles DJ and producer Rusko does, and he wants to share. Rusko will be bringing his original heavy-hitting dub-step beats to Sugar, and all those in attendance will be treated to some serious bass.

Saturday October 2

Richard Laviolette, Jenny Omnichord Solstice Café, 7 pm, $10

Richard Laviolette and Jenny Omnichord, both hailing from Ontario, have teamed up to bring a special night of folk music to Solstice Café. For both, this is their first trip west in support of their new albums. Laviolette’s is the acclaimed country-folk offering, All of Your Raw Materials, released this summer. Omnichord recently released All Our Little Bones, which doubles as a cross-Canada board game (it folds out to make the board and comes with dice and pieces). That’s right, a CD that doubles as a board game! Download that!

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One of the world’s foremost trombonists and didgeridoo-ists, Stuart Dempster soothes aches and psychic ills with his meditative and playful Sound Massage Parlor. Dempster’s interest in healing music stems from 40 years of collaborating with composer and sound artist Pauline Oliveros. Dempster believes that healing is at best when it’s both humorous and serious. Be healed.

Friday, September 24

Club 90ne9, 7 pm, $25

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Open Space, $10

Friday, October 1

Crash Test Dummies, Colleen Brown

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Stuart Dempster’s Sound Massage Parlor

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Camosun’s Mechanical Engineering students are showing off their end-of-term projects between 10 am and 2 pm. These students have been working hard for the past three months to develop nine projects that will be on display for the public to see.

Sunday, September 26

Fresh from the Islands Harvest Supper “Real food for real people” is the theme of this year’s Harvest Supper. Folks will enjoy a traditional harvest menu featuring locally grown foods. Scottish country folk singer Jim Brannigan will be there to entertain. Tickets are $15. Colwood Church of the Advent (1510 Mount View), 5:30 pm.

Monday, September 27

Poetry in the Raw The fourth annual Poetry in the Raw is a fundraiser to send the Victoria Slam Team to the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Ottawa. This year local and out-of-town poets will be baring their souls and their bodies at the Victoria Event Center.

Thursday, September 30

Indigenous Speaker Series: Dr. Jo-ann Archibald Dr. Jo-ann Archibald, associate dean of Indigenous Education at UBC and author of Indigenous Storywork, will talk about how stories have the power to educate and heal the heart, mind, body, and spirit. This inspiring talk will take place in Fisher 100, Lansdowne. Info: 250–370–3299.

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