Volume 21 Issue 2 September 22, 2010
Camosun’s Student Voice Since 1990
LEADING THE LINKS
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.
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
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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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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.
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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
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
“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.”
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
“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.
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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“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 lifeâ€”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 13â€“15. â€œThis was my first international competition and I learned so much,â€? says Mara. â€œYou really canâ€™t get that type of racing in Victoria.â€? Setting high goals came early for Mara. She was a competitive gymnast for seven years, but outgrew the sport. Credited to a friendâ€™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.
â€œRowing has made me extremely focused and determined which has helped me with my classes and other areas of my life.â€? Trish Mara Camosun student
â€œA while back a friend recommended that I try out a beginnerâ€™s
rowing class at a local rowing club so I agreed and immediately fell in love with the sport,â€? says Mara. â€œNow Iâ€™m totally addicted.â€? 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. â€œBoth of these teams had crew members that had received multiple medals at previous senior world championships,â€? says Mara. â€œSo in the end we were pretty pleased with our performance.â€? 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 womenâ€™s team to a medal.
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