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UNHEALTHy OBSESSION

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HALLOWEEN HORRORS

Camosun students are fed up with the inconsistent bus service on college routes.

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It’s a situation that many students can relate to. A student gets to the bus stop with five minutes to spare. They’re encouraged because there are three other students standing there, so they know the bus hasn’t come early. Time passes. The bus is now seven minutes late. More people have gathered at the bus stop. Nervously, the student keeps glancing at the time every three minutes or so. Every time someone looks down the road, they look too, thinking that the bus is coming around the corner. No luck. As anxiety builds, so does rage, and the student can also see it in the eyes of the growing number of people standing at the bus stop. Finally, 10 minutes after their class has started, a double-decker #14 passes by without stopping, packed full of people. Finally, 40 minutes after the student’s arrival at the stop, they are allowed to cram onto a packed bus. They arrive at class 25 minutes late, filled with bus rage.

Of course there are a high number of students returning to class. It happens every year! At the same time! On the same routes! The head honchos over at BC Transit told us last month that the issues surrounding the bus routes servicing Camosun should start

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clearing up a few weeks after classes begin. It’s now been about a month and a half and students are still complaining. One of the big problems is the consistency. Buses too full to let anyone else on are regularly passing by stops, but then the next day three double-deckers in a row will be travelling together, the last one virtually empty. It doesn’t make any sense. The transit authorities claim that construction at View Royal is one of the problems. Buses get backed up in the construction delay and then end up clumped together. The construction is scheduled to be finished in March, close to the time when classes end. If a bus route is being used primarily by students, wouldn’t it be reasonable to try and detour at least some of the buses travelling at peak times during the school year to avoid that delay? Transit officials have also claimed that delays on the college route are due to a high number of students returning to classes at the beginning of September. This seems like a no-brainer. Of course there are a high number of students returning to class. It happens every year! At the same time! On the same routes! Enrollment rises every year, and enrollment numbers are easily accessible by planners at transit. Harnessing the incredible powers of foresight and Excel spreadsheets, someone could predict the approximate number of students who wish to use their UPass and take the bus to school. Combining that information and the knowledge of construction

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at certain areas in town, it seems like it would be easy for transit officials to create some sort of plan of action for when classes start to avoid delays, rather than deal with the problems after the fact. If transit did come up with a plan, it’s not working. BC Transit claims that they are maxed out on resources. That may be true, but students don’t need more buses, they need good management of those buses. According to a UVic Student Society news release, students

at UVic and Camosun currently contribute $4.8 million to transit through UPass. Transit should be making students a priority when planning. They claim to have a long-term plan that will solve many of the problems bus riders are experiencing, but we need action now. Or, preferably, before classes start each year. It takes effective management, creative planning, and a respect for one of the main user groups of the bus service—students.

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Hurry up and start taking things slow Pam Oliver Contributing writer

In my official Nancy Drew handbook, in the section on how to survive quicksand, she recommends to always watch where you are going. This, to Drew, comes above all things. Today, the reason for this was brought home to me in a very forceful way. As I approached Camosun’s Interurban campus, hurrying, late as usual, a small black car made an unannounced left turn just ahead of me. A little grey car behind it squealed, veered right, and sped off. The actions of the driver of the grey car caused the driver of a brightly coloured third car to have to choose between the grey car and me. His quick reactions saved me, of that I have no doubt, but not the

guy in the black car behind him, who also had the same choice—hit me, or hit the car in front of him. He made the right choice, in my opinion, swerving back left to slam hard into the back of the now-stopped third car.

In that weird way of all traffic accidents, time stretched and, in a long split second, I too had a choice to make. . In that weird way of all traffic accidents, time stretched and, in a long split second, I too had a choice to make. I chose to jump in the ditch to my right. When the dust cleared, the first two cars were

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long gone, apparently oblivious to the drama that had just played out in their wake. Shaking pretty badly, I crossed the street to give my name and phone number as a witness to the two drivers, who had pulled over and were talking, out of harm’s way. The three of us didn’t waste time in figuring out the whys or wherefores, we just reacted. I am extremely impressed with the two young men—neither was speeding, and their quick reactions obviously saved my life. I write in part to thank them humbly, gratefully, on behalf of my kids and my friends: God bless you both. Here’s the thing—moments earlier, I had a familiar prickling between my shoulder blades. I hate that stretch of road. I knew I should cross the street and walk against the

flow of traffic. My dad always told me if you can’t see it coming, you can’t dodge it. But, unfortunately, in Saanich, the sidewalks don’t really amount to much of an impediment to traffic. But you know how it is—I was late, it would take too long to cross… wham! As you approach midterms, the excitement of Halloween, the crunch of papers, group projects, a head cold, and your money running out, please remember to take it easy. If you are a driver, watch for pedestrians. If you’re a pedestrian, put your cell phone and your iPod in your backpack. Everyone, scan ahead, and keep your eyes peeled. In life, the ones who make it are the ones who are paying attention. Take it easy out there.

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Bus service lacking for students Renée Andor Staff Writer

Students have been grumbling the mutters of discontent while sitting at bus stops for the past month. Some buses are regularly late and overcrowded, causing students to schedule extra time to get to class in case they’re passed by. For example, a student could end up waiting for up to 40 minutes for their bus, which is supposed to come every 10 minutes. University transfer student Gillian Stewart takes the #14 to school in the morning. Although her bus ride is only 10 minutes long, she schedules herself 45 minutes to get to class. “Last year it was more on time,” says Stewart. “Every 10 minutes it would go. This year it comes maybe every 20 minutes, or every half-hour, and the bus is always packed. It’s a bit ridiculous.” This route often has no bus come for up to 40 minutes at peak times, but then three buses go by in a row, with the last bus nearly empty. Director of operational planning at BC Transit Graeme Masterton says the construction at View Royal is to blame for the #14 being late and overcrowded.

“I probably wouldn’t even enrol in an evening course at Interurban if I didn’t have a car.” Jason Richardson camosun student

Masterton says that although the construction only stops traffic for up to 10 minutes at a time, the first buses have to stop longer at each stop to pick up more people who are waiting. Then the buses that follow don’t have as many people to pick up and end up catching up to the first buses, nearly empty. With the construction in View Royal set to be completed next March, Masterton says BC Transit is looking at what they can do to the routes that pass through the area to shorten them.

Masterton says road construction around Greater Victoria accounts for a large part of the problem with buses, but adds that an unusually high number of UVic student riders is causing problems with overcrowding, and more students are being passed up than last year. He also cites increased enrollment at UVic. “The increase, particularly with the UVic students, has been pretty dramatic this year,” says Masterton. “I think it’s a big chunk of the problem.” However, according to UVic’s institutional planning and analysis department, the number of students enrolled in academic studies at UVic is only up to 20,038 from last year’s 19,333. That’s just over 700 more students, whereas in 2008 the number of students enrolled was 18,432, so the jump last fall was actually higher. Another problem for some Camosun students is the service out to Interurban. Academic upgrading student Jason Richardson takes night courses there, but drives his car rather than taking the bus because the last #39 bus leaves the campus at 6:30 pm. Richardson lives in the QuadraMcKenzie area and says he would have to take a bus downtown then backtrack to his home, instead of going straight across towards the Royal Oak exchange on the #39. Students going out to the Western Communities also have to take a bus downtown before going home with the current evening service at Interurban. Richardson says he wants to leave his car at home to be more environmentally friendly, but it just doesn’t work for him. “If they just increase the frequency of the buses I would leave my car at home,” says Richardson. “I probably wouldn’t even enrol in an evening course at Interurban if I didn’t have a car.” Masterton says late-night service is “not that great” throughout the whole region, and says students have expressed a need for better evening service at Interurban, but it’s a challenge for transit to decide which routes to spend their resources on. “We’ve just got so many requests all over the place that we’ve

been trying to get the big markers first,” says Masterton. BC Transit is working on a 25year plan that will include a rapidtransit network along key corridors, and a frequent transit network with a “service guarantee” on it that would ensure the bus ran regularly all day long. Transit hopes these buses will have priority on the roads so they aren’t as subjective to traffic problems, and they say they have students in mind while they work out the new plan.

“We’ve got so many requests all over the place; we’ve been trying to get the big markers first.” Graeme Masterton

backups,” says Masterton. Chris Marks, students with disabilities director for the CCSS, is working with the school and BC Transit to try to get better bus service for students. He just started the job and is unsure exactly what his plan is, but he hopes to connect students’ needs with what transit can offer. “Transit is already operating at maximum capacity during peak periods, there seems to be a disconnect that is ultimately leaving students, the main user group of the service, discouraged, disenfranchised, and upset,” says Marks. While Masterton is hopeful these problems will be fixed soon, some Camosun students are still frustrated by their struggles to catch a bus. “It’s just irritating having to rely on the bus,” says Stewart, “when it’s not reliable.”

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Move to the back “Some of those key corridors, such as the 39, would become part of the frequent transit network,” says James Wadsworth, senior planner at BC Transit. “The plan is to link both Camosun College campuses into that frequent transit network.” Wadsworth says BC Transit plans to meet with the Camosun College Student Society (CCSS) in November to get input on what students want to see in the 25-year plan. But that’s the distant future; as for now, Transit added in some extra buses on the #4 route during peak times, and one extra morning trip on the #8. According to Masterton, BC Transit puts all the buses it can afford out on the roads during peak times. Transit plans to adjust some routes to avoid construction zones, but Masterton says that in September and early October students haven’t worked out their travel patterns for school yet, and by midOctober students should have seen some improvement. “Hopefully you’ll start to see some changes to the construction issue; you might see more consistent service out there in terms of what’s in the timetable, which hopefully translates to shorter waits and fewer

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The problem of buses passing by stops because they are full could be alleviated if students would move to the back of the bus more often, according to BC Transit. “Everyone knows the advantage of moving to the back of the bus,” says BC Transit spokesperson Joanna Linsangan. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always happen. Bus drivers have access to a PA system on board their vehicles to ask students to move back, but it’s completely their prerogative to use them, says Linsangan. If students don’t move back and are near the red line that marks the bus being full, the driver is not required to stop. “Anything just in front of the red line would not be a safe area for our passengers to be standing,” says Linsangan, citing the driver’s visibility as the concern. On routes where students do pack to the back, it can get crowded. “We’re not jelly beans—we’re people. I’m already sitting on someone’s lap,” says Camosun student Tiffany Peters on a particularly crowded #14. So, ultimately, the onus is on us. “Move to the back of the bus,” says Linsangan.

What’s the spookiest thing that’s ever happened to you?

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“I was in a search party camped out looking for a missing woman. On our last night we woke to a bloodcurdling scream. The woman is still missing and there’s no evidence of where that scream came from.”

“I was on the west coast of New Zealand, staying in a hostel that had been converted from an old church. I woke up one night and saw a priest standing over me, but no one was actually there.”

“I was thinking about someone, and they called at that exact time.”

AMANDA KEHLERSTEVENS “I was working at a resort in Tofino with a strong ghost presence. We would hear banging and footsteps and sometimes you would feel the presence of a ghost come into your body.”

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Reena Nandhra “I was working at a bakery, and there was a very superstitious lady that worked there. Hanging up in the back was this creepy bride doll with red eyes, and the lady kept calling it a voodoo doll. It really freaked me out!”

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Student society says high tuition makes for hungry students The Camosun College Student Society (CCSS) has noticed an increase in the use of their food bank over the last two years and they’re blaming high tuition for the empty cupboards. With the rising cost of tuition and the CCSS making sure to keep the issue at the forefront, the college has responded with getting the word out that there are options for students who may not have enough cash for regular trips to the grocery store. Students can visit the financial aid and awards office at either campus to get hooked up with Thrifty’s Smile cards, which are both purchased by the Camosun College Foundation and donated by Thrifty’s. Students can also access emergency bursaries and other immediate financial-aid options through the financial aid and awards office. “With the cost of living increasing across the board, we do recognize that many students could use assistance,” says Camosun’s vice-president of education and student services Baldev Pooni. Camosun CUPE staff also responded to the call for help from Camosun students. They generously voted to donate $2,000 worth of food, toiletries, and money to the CCSS food bank.

Textbooks get new lease on life As students are well aware, textbooks are constantly being updated and going out of print. They either end up in the garbage or sit on the shelf and collect dust. Better World Books, a company that collects used books and sells them online to raise money for literacy initiatives worldwide, has teamed up with the Camosun Bookstore to give old books new life. Camosun students now donate old texts to the bookstore during book buyback week and they are passed along to Better World Books. So far, 23,089 pounds of textbooks have been diverted from our landfills and basements to more useful places like schools in Africa and Southeast Asia. That means Camosun students have saved 267 trees and 164,756 gallons of water. Kudos to Camosun!

New app compares top universities The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are now available in handy mobile app form. For busy students (or prospective students) that want to check out the rankings on the go, the application provides upto-date access to a countdown of the world’s top 200 universities. Data can be filtered by characteristics such as country, region, and cost of tuition, and then shared on social networking sites, for example, Facebook and Twitter. The most recent rankings were released last month; the top five universities are all located in the US, with Harvard at the top. Nine Canadian universities made the list, with the University of Victoria coming in at number 130 on the list.


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Brandon Rosario Contributing writer

The nomadic struggles of those living the street life on the west coast just got a little harder. Victoria City Council recently announced an amendment to a Streets and Traffic Bylaw that will explicitly prohibit overnight camping, as well as sitting, kneeling, and lying down in the hours between sunrise and sunset on the city’s boulevards and medians. Fines and rude awakenings will be the new morning greeting for squatters who choose to ignore the changes, a policy that city councillor Phillipe Lucas says will be detrimental to social progress. “I feel like we’re going to be the shame of Canada,” said Lucas at a Thursday evening demonstration on a grassy median, steps away from the homeless shelter on Pandora Avenue. “When I look up and down this block, this big green space, the fact that there is no legal means to be here, whether you’re walking your dog or you’re a young lover watching the sunset with your partner, is a complete surrender of our personal rights.” Lucas, who has a 10-year history

of advocating for the homeless, was the only councillor to vote against the proposed regulation, which passed 7–1 in favour. He was greeted with applause and handshakes by a crowd of about 50 protesters who had gathered together to voice their disapproval of the new bylaw.

“In an affluent modern liberal democracy like Canada, we can and should do better than we do in addressing these issues.” Phillipe Lucas Victoria city councillor

“We need more services. We need more solutions. We don’t need more citations,” said Lucas to the cheering crowd. The outspoken councillor emphasized the need for greater amounts of active participation, by students especially, on the issue of

a comprehensive national housing strategy instead of what he sees as an unnecessary, shortsighted restriction. “Write your politicians; you don’t know the impact it has when we get a series of letters saying you’re for or against something,” says Lucas. “In an affluent modern liberal democracy like Canada, we can and should do better than we do in addressing these issues.” Mayor Dean Fortin defended the council’s decision in a public hearing last month, a hearing which he said came to fruition out of a growing concern for pedestrian safety, specifically in the controversial 900-block area of Pandora, where nightly homeless congregations create the risk of traffic-related accidents and injuries. “As a pedestrian, you may [have the right of way], but that still doesn’t feel good when you’re lying underneath a car,” said Fortin at the hearing. Suzy Green, a homeless person who’s been living in the area for over five years, says touting safety concerns is just a way to sell the bylaw to the public and that the new rules will only spread the street

community out into other parts of the city. “We’re trying to keep it on one block so we don’t piss everybody else off,” says Green. Two years ago, a motion to prevent homeless people from camping in downtown public parks was struck down by the BC Supreme Court as a violation of charter rights. The well-publicized antagonism of local homeless activist David Arthur Johnson’s “right to sleep” campaign was credited by many as an integral part of the movement to bring the issue of sleeping rights out of the alleys, onto the lawns of City Hall, and into the heads of Victorians, who were stirred into frenzied debate over the issue. Similar campaigns are likely to be launched in the coming weeks by local grassroots organizations like the Victoria Coalition Against Poverty and Harm Reduction Victoria as the bylaw is tested and examined by dissenters and critics alike. For now, the displaced are being encouraged to utilize the available beds being offered by shelters around town as opposed to setting up camp in between city streets.

Sean Hayden “Caution! Caution! Caution! We don’t want these critters!” reads a notice posted by a Victoria apartment-building landlord. Attached to the notice is a nasty picture of an adult bedbug sucking blood from human flesh, its preferred diet. The numbers of bedbugs are on the rise all over the world. Infestations in parts of Toronto and Vancouver have reached epidemic proportions. “There was a marked rise in bedbugs in Victoria after the 2010 Olympics,” says Daniel Pratap,a pest exterminator at Victoria Pest Control. Bedbugs are world travellers.

Cities that feature tourism or international exchanges and events are particularly susceptible to this problem. Local resident Seith Keough moved into a large two-bedroom in Victoria on Bay Street last year. One morning, he says he saw something “whipping across the bed.” Seith reached out and caught a live bedbug in flight. Most people never see bedbugs as they are fast, nocturnal, and wait for people to sleep before they start to dine. The reactions of individuals to bedbug bites can also vary greatly, depending on skin sensitivity. Some people hardly feel or notice bites, while others wake up with massive welts. Prior to eating, these oval-

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shaped insects are about 5 millimetres long and are as flat as paper. After feeding, they turn dark red and become bloated. Ken Gardiner, a landlord for four buildings in Victoria in the last 30 years, describes bedbugs as “an utter catastrophe.” “Immediately, you have the public-perception issue, bedbugs are dirty, carry diseases, leave a bad taste in your mouth,” says Gardiner. “Immediately, call the pros in pest control. You cannot deal with this on your own.” Gardiner also understands how easily bedbugs can travel in a building. “It may mean a huge expense to spray nine apartments as opposed to one, but it is well worth it to take the tic-tac-toe approach to fully eradicate the problem,” he says. Gardiner also stresses that students should make sure that their landlords pay all the costs associated with getting rid of the bedbugs if it’s proven they were in the building already. If the landlord refuses to pay, contact the residential tenancy branch. Bedbugs fall into a difficult category for health inspectors. Since science has proven that bedbugs carry, but rarely transmit, serious diseases, bedbugs are viewed as a nuisance, not a priority. “Bedbugs are so common now

Free workshop gives green travel tips In a never-ending quest to become more environmentally responsible, the CRD is offering residents a free workshop on green transportation, starting with students and faculty at Camosun’s Lansdowne Campus. The two-hour Transportation Tune-Up is a program that aims to teach people about greener travel choices. The goal of the program is to train participants to train their friends, family, and co-workers to save money and reduce their impact on the environment. Sweet prizes and incentives are involved, such as bus passes, new bikes, and vehicle tune-ups. The workshop is being offered on November 2 in Young 310 at the Lansdowne campus and on November 16 in Campus Centre 122 at Interurban. Go to sustainableu.ca for more workshop dates.

Camosun raises funds for those in need

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Urinal gets prestigious award

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Victoria has enjoyed many accolades in the past, but the latest one may have some people a little grossed out. At the annual conference of the International Downtown Association on October 4 in Fort Worth, Texas, the city of Victoria was presented with a Downtown Pinnacle Award for its work in designing an innovative (yet obvious) solution to a common urban problem—public urination. “The City of Victoria, like many urban cities across North America, has wrestled with this problem for years,” says Charlayne ThorntonJoe, city councillor. The customdesigned urinal at the corner of Pandora Avenue and Government Street is the object garnering all the attention, and was praised for being particularly green, adding visual interest to the landscape, and being resistant to vandalism. “The urinal has had a very favorable reception in the city,” says Thornton-Joe.

What to do if you have bedbugs David Ingram-Chadwick contributing Writer

Inspect your mattress and bed frame, especially folds and crevices, for eggs, fecal matter, or shells.

Seal all cracks and crevices to prevent travel. Set out sticky tape to catch bedbugs and identify areas of infestation. Consult your landlord and a professional pest-control service immediately. Make sure that your pest-control service uses approved pesticides and does a follow-up spray after a week.

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Use a vacuum to capture bed bugs and their eggs. Vacuum frequently and empty the vacuum immediately.

that people rarely even call the health authority for assistance,” says Victoria Health Inspector Les Macintosh. “They simply contact pest-control companies directly.” If you would like to check out a current residence or prospective residence for bedbugs, go to bedbugsregistry.com.

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Camosun’s annual United Way fundraising campaign is about to kick off, and this year their vision for the campaign is My United Way. According to Emily Pietraszek, promotions assistant and Camosun business student, the college is hoping to hear what the United Way means to students and staff. “We really want to enforce the idea that the United Way really benefits everybody. It’s not just these people in the impact areas,” says Pietrazsek. “Through their partnership with other groups in the community, like the SPCA or the Red Cross, eventually we’re all going to end up using the services of the United Way.” The campaign gets underway with a fundraiser everyone can support, a pancake breakfast on October 26 at Lansdowne and October 28 at Interurban. “As a community college, Camosun’s pretty dedicated to strengthening bonds within the community and United Way Victoria is a direct link to improving society,” says Pietraszek. Camosun’s campaign goes until November 3.

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Printing problems persist

“I arrived on time and I was organized, but then I couldn’t rely on the electronic system here to print my paper.” Emily wall Camosun student

At the start of the academic year, Camosun’s information technology department made efforts to streamline on-campus printing. Almost two months have passed and students are still faced with concerns. “I’ve been running all around campus to print documents,” says

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The last thing students need is more frustration, especially this early in the school year. But frustration is the pervading feeling around the halls of the Lansdowne Campus. One of the main reasons for some students’ angst is summed up in two words—technical difficulties. Computer printing malfunctions on campus have been an issue since the beginning of the school year. The problem has been addressed but unfortunately not resolved, which is leaving many of students and staff at the college disgruntled. “One of the most frustrating parts for me is losing money in the printers,” says Lansdowne student Meagan Bagnall. “There’s not always technical support around to reimburse students, and I don’t have time to go wait in a lineup.”

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Bagnall. “Computer labs should be more reliable and technicians should be more on top of this situation.” The root of the issue is still undetermined, but is related to the interactions of new operating software and transfers from Microsoft Office XP to Windows 7. Lab technicians are systematically working through the issues and implementing lab workarounds while searching for the main cause. This is precisely the focus for the client service manager, Rob Peressini. “This is a capacity issue since we tested the new system last August, before it was hammered by students, and no issues surfaced at that time,” says Peressini. “The real challenge is that the problem is happening randomly and people are unable to print their documents.” Between midterms, looming research papers, and projects, student life can be a major source of anxiety and stress. The last thing students like Emily Wall, who attends Lansdowne, needs to be faced with is finishing a 20-page paper and not being able to print it in time

for deadline. “I arrived on time and I was organized, but then I couldn’t rely on the electronic system here to print my paper,” says Wall. Similar technical difficulties are happening throughout many other educational institutions. Jonathan Butt, lab technician at Cranbrook’s College of the Rockies, thinks higher authorities should take responsibility for their actions. “Can Microsoft please fix this or at least acknowledge we have a problem?” says Butt. “In an office situation Windows 7 works fine, but it doesn’t seem to be addressing the education sector.” As the ongoing printing complications continue, Camosun technical support will continue to work hard to resolve the printing problems by finding more deployment strategies. “Staff is working overtime to find the root cause and students must understand that we need to approach this cautiously,” says Peressini, “but know we are working as fast as possible.”

More campus dietary options needed Ashley O’Neill Contributing writer

Camosun students with dietary restrictions know how hard it is to find a suitable meal on campus. With a lack of interesting options available, vegetarians, vegans, and people who suffer from food sensitivities and allergies are forced to either pack a lunch or go hungry. “I’m a vegetarian and I know at least 10 students in one of my classes with a special diet,” says associate of arts student Kaitlan O’Hare. It’s vital to have food options in order to avoid sensitivities, says Glennis Taylor, manager of Fairfield House of Nutrition. “Sensitivities weaken the immune system and cause a reaction in the body similar to an allergen, which can create a new allergy,” says Taylor. The Aramark-run cafeterias on campus offer some alternatives to students with specific diets. Donna Burger, director of food services at Aramark, says that the cafeteria aims to provide meals suitable for people with dietary restrictions. “Our goal is to offer healthy alternatives and include food that will compensate for dietary restrictions,” says Burger. The cafeteria offers a minimum of five vegetarian options every day. Vegan choices are also available daily, including dairy-free

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bread available upon request. But some students are hoping for more healthy options. “Veggie options are usually typical carbohydrate-rich meals,” says O’Hare. “I would definitely be more inclined to eat from the cafeteria menu if there were more veggie and fruit-friendly options available.”

“Veggie options are usually typical carbohydrate-rich meals.” Kaitlan O’Hare Camosun student

Burger says students can read the healthy-alternatives list available in the cafeterias, which describes vegetarian and vegan options offered for that day. An ingredients list for all products made in-house is also available upon request. People who are avoiding gluten can order a salad instead of a wrap with their entrée, and they can also check the ingredients list of the daily soups, located on the soup counter. Rice cakes and peanut butter are available as a gluten-free snack. While requests have been made for brown-rice wraps and bread, the

demand hasn’t been high enough. “We looked at corn-based tortillas and did a taste test,” says Burger. “The response was very poor; people didn’t want them. If you can find me a rice bread or wrap that has a shelf life of more than 24 hours I would be happy to look at it.” Current trends are important for food vendors to keep an eye on. Avoiding gluten, either by choice or out of necessity, is very popular, so it would be in everyone’s best interest if more gluten-free choices were available on campus. “Gluten-free is huge right now,” says Taylor. “So many people have gluten intolerances without even knowing it. A gluten-free veggie burger and bread alternative would be great to have available for students.” Intolerances to soy and dairy products are also common food sensitivities. “If there was an alternative available I would definitely purchase more food and drinks on campus,” says nursing student Jenny Leclerc. “I would really appreciate the convenience.” Burger says that comment cards are available in the cafeterias. She says if there’s demand for something she will give it a shot. “If I get five comment cards within two months requesting a product, I give it a try, says Burger.”

How many bad habits do you have sprawled out on your bedside table?

Adam Price Contributing writer

We’ve all got them. The girl sitting next to us in class, she’s got them. Our best friends, they probably have some, too. They’re bad habits. Not all students are totally conscious of their habits, and bad habits can be anything—smoking, nail biting, overspending, drinking too much, knuckle cracking, procrastinating, use of the word “like,” overeating… the list goes on. “I’ve been biting my nails since I was five years old,” says Camosun student Liam Styles Chang. “Other people may notice, but I don’t.” So, how do students quit a bad habit? First, they need to recognize that their behavior is damaging. Secondly, they need to know when they are performing the behavior. When habits become subconscious, they become the norm. Chris Balmer, counselling department coordinator at Camosun, talks about a useful method for habit recognition. “Awareness can be a real catalyst for change,” says Balmer. “I mean, people every day think, ‘Okay, well, maybe I’m going to kick this habit I’ve got,’ and they Google it, right? They find out something that tells them how to start, and then they start, and it works or it doesn’t.” Googling “how to stop saying the word ‘like’” or “nail-biting remedies” will produce a plethora of articles on prevention and cures for those habits. And we can all guess the amount of articles, let alone websites, devoted to butting out. Then there’s the time-honoured tradition of putting things off. Let’s face it—everybody in college pro-

crastinates to some degree. “Instead of studying, I just eat,” says Lansdowne student Pat Montgomery. “I cook the best meals when I should be studying.” Balmer says that it’s hard for people to deal with a routine—for example, college classes—that involve doing things they don’t enjoy. This can lead to procrastination. “For a lot of individuals, their routine is based on what they enjoy, or what they have no choice of,” says Balmer. “Students are faced with taking courses that they might not enjoy in the same way they enjoy running, or working out at the club, or fishing, or playing pool, or whatever it is they enjoy.”

“Awareness can be a real catalyst for change.” Chris Balmer Camosun college

But not all habits are bad ones. Camosun student Jeff Hillman, for example, searches to incorporate good habits that make him more mature. “I want to be independent. I don’t have anyone else to do this for me. So I’ve been recording stuff on the calendar, and setting my alarm on time,” says Hillman. “And it’s tough to dig out the bad habits... habits define our personalities.” Changing your habits is really all about initiative. It’s not easy—but it is very simple. You just have to make up your mind and do it.

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LIFE



October 20, 2010

Renée Andor Staff Writer

Although it means a free stay, couch surfing is about more than saving money while travelling. It’s about cultural exchange. Couchsurfing.com is a free social-networking site designed to connect travellers. People can go to the site, which started in 1999, to host a traveller, find a host in a place they’re travelling to, or just find a local willing to share a cup of coffee and give insider advice on what to check out in their community. With thousands of new members each week, this social-networking site is growing fast. Rocky Sanguedolce, a volunteer for couchsurfing.com, first joined the network in 2000. Although hosts aren’t allowed to charge money from surfers, he says the website is not about saving money. He says he’s entirely capable of paying for a hotel when he travels, but prefers to use the site to learn about the places he travels to. “It’s about getting a local connection, and having a local show you around—the best places to eat, the best things to see in their community that you’re not going to find in a guidebook of the area,” says Sanguedolce. Céline Grandbois, who graduated from the early childhood education program at Camosun last year, joined the site in April. She hosted

people from Montreal and Germany over the summer, letting them stay in a tent in her backyard. She says she always looks at the person’s profile on couchsurfing.com before deciding if it will work for her. “There are always requests that you say no to because they seem a little off, or you don’t think you’ll get along, or it just doesn’t work in your schedule,” says Grandbois.

“When you’re exposed to people from a different culture you get their understanding of their culture, instead of just standing outside looking in.” Rocky Sanguedolce couchsurfing.com

Some may wonder how Granbois decides to let a stranger stay at her house when she’s only looked at their online profile. Couchsurfing. com has a strong vouching system in place where hosts can vouch for surfers, surfers for hosts, and travellers can vouch for each other.

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Although hosts can get their identity verified by the site, through a credit card, it costs $25, and many people, including Grandbois, feel vouching is much more important. “Being verified is not an important thing to me,” says Grandbois. “They’ll see that I have good references.” Grandbois is planning a trip backpacking through Europe in November and wants to build up her vouches on her profile through hosting before she goes surfing. She’s happy with the contacts she made over the summer, and hopes to use them when she travels. “It’s about meeting the people and making those connections,” says Grandbois. “I have contacts now, so even if they can’t host me, they can give me advice.” Whether it’s a stay on a couch or just advice from a local on what to do in an area, couchsurfing.com is designed to break down cultural barriers. “When you’re exposed to people from a different culture you get their understanding of their culture, instead of just standing outside looking in. You get a different perspective,” says Sanguedolce. John O’Brien, a professor at UBC, has been a member of the site since 2004. He’s used the network extensively since then, surfing all over the world and hosting people

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when he was living in Hong Kong a few years ago. He agrees with Sanguedolce that the site connects cultures, but he also thinks it’s important to break down barriers between social classes. “I found it a rich experience, not only having other cultures, but also other classes intersect,” says O’Brien. “We sometimes forget how things we take for granted are totally foreign to another person.” O’Brien had a surfer from a rural part of Southeast Asia stay with him

when he was living overseas. He says this person had never used an indoor bathroom before, and learning what the surfer’s life was like really opened his eyes. It helped him feel a new connection to someone with different living circumstances than his own. “There’s really nothing like sharing your living space with another person to realize we’re really all part of one community,” says O’Brien, “and I think that’s such a gift.”

Virginity on the way out Rose Jang Contributing writer

What is virginity? Though the answer to that question may seem pretty clear, the concept of virginity still exists in a society where dowries and arranged marriages, not to mention exclusively heterosexual marriages, are a thing of the past. “Currently in popular culture, there’s a dichotomy. There’s a glamourization as well as a stigma of virginity,” says Jennifer Gibson, coordinator of education services at the Island Sexual Health Society (ISHS). Gibson cites movies such as the 40-Year-Old Virgin and Easy A as examples. “They’re heavily loaded topics, and are often connected to the idea of virginity, meaning that you haven’t had contact between the penis and vagina,” she says. “But there are plenty of people who don’t ever have contact between the penis and the vagina who are very sexually active.” Although virginity is often referred to as being “lost” or “taken” from a woman, Gibson has a different view. “Sexuality should be something that you share with someone else, not that you give to someone else.

I don’t think it’s something that you give and don’t ever get back,” she says. Gibson also says the difference between abstinence and virginity is very clear. “People don’t always understand that virginity is a very personal definition, whereas abstinence is a fairly straightforward definition—it’s whether you’re sexually active or not.”

“There are plenty of people who don’t ever have contact between the penis and the vagina who are very sexually active.” Jennifer Gibson Island Sexual Health Society

Michelle McCafferty, a member of Camosun’s Pride Collective, has a similar view. “It’s more important to talk about being safe about sex, and what the repercussions of sex are, than stopping people from having sex,” says McCafferty.

Though both Gibson and McCafferty say they find the concept of virginity oppressive, they still assert the importance of respecting those for whom virginity retains value. McCafferty has a close friend who’s waiting until marriage to have sex, and she says she’s supportive of her friend’s choice. “There’s nothing wrong with that,” she says. “I’m not going to denounce her, because that’s what people say to her two lesbian roommates, saying that their relationship isn’t valid.” McCafferty also points out the parallels between being a virgin and being queer. “The interesting thing about virginity and being gay is it’s a heterosexual concept, mostly because it originated from a marriage perspective, and we’re only just getting gay marriage now. The whole thing is an antiquated system. We don’t have dowries, so we don’t need the purity and intactness of virginity.” McCafferty says we need to rethink not only virginity, but also how we look at sex in general. “Virginity is just a hetero-normative concept that has permeated our society to a level that we don’t even think about it. We don’t question these beliefs,” says McCafferty, “and we need to.”

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Renovated Lansdowne gym offers live DJs The brand-new Lansdowne fitness center is finally open. Renovations took place over the summer and into September, and the wait was well worth it. All fitness equipment was moved into to the old gymnasium (Young 112, Lansdowne). The gym was renovated, new equipment was brought in, and there’s now a large area in the fitness centre for stretching. The gym is open 7 am to 8 pm on weekdays and 10:30 am to 6 pm on Saturdays. Fitness and recreation offers free personal training for all students by appointment. And, for the first time, the gym will be hosting DJs every Thursday and Friday night, so students can party down while they pump it up.

Golf team improves at nationals this year The Chargers took fourth place at the 2010 PING CCAA National Golf Championships, just one spot shy of the medals. They ended day one in second, but slipped to a three-way tie for fifth on day two. On day three they moved up by shooting the third lowest score of the day, but it wasn’t enough for a medal. Their three-day total score was 901, with the gold-winning team, Humber College sitting at 848. The Chargers’ ranking is up from last year’s fifth place finish. Coach John Randle says this year’s Championship is proof the team is progressing. He looks forward to the Provincial Championship at Capilano in North Vancouver next weekend, and says the team is going for gold.

Lambrick Park wins Chargers highschool tournament Lambrick Park defeated Gordon Head rivals Mount Doug to secure the top spot at the recent Chargers Women’s Volleyball Senior Girls’ High School Tournament. The championship match was a close one, but Lambrick won 25–22, 22–25, 15–13. Teams from all over the island, as well as two teams from the mainland, took to the courts at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE) on October 8 and 9 to fight for glory. Belmont came in third place, defeating Windsor of North Vancouver 25–17, 17–25, 15–9.

PISE hosts Chargers’ home opener The Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence will be full of activity on Thursday, October 28, with the Chargers men’s and women’s volleyball home opener games happening at 6 pm and 8 pm. The Chargers will be playing island rivals Vancouver Island University. The teams hope to start the season off right, with the men’s team looking for a third straight BC Colleges Athletic Association championship and the women eying down a spot at the top with their new coach Chris Dahl. Proceeds from the 50/50 draw benefiting Camosun’s United Way campaign. There will be games and prizes and everyone is encouraged to wear blue and white in support of the Chargers.



Grizzlies eying the playoffs Emily Laing Staff writer

Four in the morning is not a time when most people are making choices. But for Jake Baker, this early hour has become a make-orbreak time of day. Instead of rolling around and hitting his snooze button, this early riser will stare into the neon lights of his alarm clock and decide it’s time to get up for another practice. Baker is a hockey player with the Victoria Grizzlies. “Hockey is a huge commitment and it’s hard to find time for other priorities, but it’s all about doing what you love,” says Baker. The Victoria Grizzlies’ towering 6’ 6” defenseman says hockey is tough. It involves long workouts, early practices, and an endless quest for perfection. Blisters are the norm for Baker, and morning training is always cold and wet, if not just plain miserable. The former Nanaimo Clippers defenceman has been playing hockey for as long as he can remember, and was traded to the Victoria Grizzlies last season to earn a spot as the team captain. “I feel honored to be the captain,” says Baker. “I feel like a role model for other players, since the guys look up to me.” After a rough start, the Victoria Grizzlies Junior A team is hoping for a smoother ride in their 2010/2011 season. It’s been a long time since

the Bear Mountain Arena has been a host to an event that has attracted a large, excited audience, although this lack of support from fans could be blamed on the team’s anti-climatic start. “The beginning of the season has been frustrating for us,” says Baker. “We need to gel as a team. If we want to win the league, which we plan to do, we need to start communicating better on the ice.” The big question is if the team will rise to the occasion and win that elusive title. The Grizzlies have been painfully close to playoff glory in the past, but haven’t been able to seal the deal.

“If we want to win the league, which we plan to do, we need to start communicating better on the ice.” Jake Baker Victoria Grizzlies

Head coach Victor Gervais hopes the team has learned from their losses in the past and can use their experience to capture a title at this year’s playoffs. “I think we overachieved in last year’s season, but underachieved in the final rounds,” says Gervais.

The Victoria Grizzlies have their eyes on the playoffs this year.

Because the National Hockey League is considered to be the greatest hockey league in the world, being granted a spot in it calls for players to make some hard decisions. According to Reza Binab, the owner of the Grizzlies, Baker has the potential to be an NHL great and he should be willing to take whatever chances he can to make this become a reality. For Gervals, it all comes down to motivating players to be all they can be. “I’m not extremely hard on the players, but we get a lot of NHL scouts out here, so I push the players to do their best,” says Gervais. In a sport brimming with extreme competition, Baker needs to take the steps to make him appealing to scouts and to get him

noticed in a field that is filled with high achievers. Binab will continue to encourage all his players to land college scholarships in order to make it to the next level, but he also understands that few players will get the coveted and valuable NHL placements. “Education makes a huge difference since it gives players something to fall back on if they don’t make it to the NHL,” says Binab. “I believe there are three to six players on our roster who will be going to the NHL... it just depends on how bad they want it.” After weeks of mixed results, the Grizzlies can expect a number of changes, which include upgrades on the defence and revamping the third and forth lines.

Westcott brings tough love to Chargers Emily Laing Staff writer

Even this early in the season, it’s evident that the Chargers women’s basketball team is going to put up a fight in the BC Colleges Athletic Association. Much of this drive, and much of their success from the past couple years, is attributed to head coach Brett Westcott. In 2007, the Chargers hired Westcott to revive their women’s basketball program, and he’s carried a reputation ever since. Westcott is known for his abrasive coaching style.

“If players want to know the reason why I’m not playing them in games then they should ask me directly, and be prepared for an answer they may not want to hear.” brett westcott Camosun Chargers

“I don’t try to be a nice guy on the court,” says Westcott. “I get on the players if they’re not doing what I want. If players want to know the reason why I’m not playing them in games then they should ask me directly, and be prepared for an answer they may not want to hear.” Westcott wants to provide his

players with the knowledge of what it takes to be a Canadian Interuniversity Sport athlete. His approach may be misunderstood at times, but he explains that he tries to motivate his players in every way possible. “My first priority as a coach is keeping my players on the right track, both athletically and academically,” says Westcott. The first few weeks of the season find the Chargers having a difficult time building a foundation. Westcott is faced with 12 recruits this season, which is a common occurrence each year. He explains starting a season with a brandnew team offers advantages and disadvantages. “We have more out-of-town players then we’ve ever had, which shows the program is being recognized, but it’s hard for the team to build a morale in the beginning stages,” says Westcott. “We’re always going to have this challenge because we’re a two-year program school up against university teams who have been playing together a longer time.” Hillary Newton, a new recruit from Canmore, Alberta, decided to move to Victoria to pursue a general arts degree and to seek a new level of competition in basketball. Newton found out fast what happens when entering a hostile gym situation. “It’s been pretty rough,” says Newton. “Practices are a lot more intense, especially from what I’m used to, but I’m up for the challenge.” Newton hopes that the end result will be a reliable fan base,

Good teamwork is the end result of coach Westcott’s techniques.

which, in turn, will help increase the team spirit. “We’re all training extremely hard so it would be great to recognized for our efforts,” says Newton. “The team I came from in the small town of Canmore brought in way more support from the student body than I see here.” Newton is feeling excited to play and learn from smooth-shooting forward Chelsea McMullen, who brought in several provincial awards last season. Like many first-year players, it’s taking Newton time to get a feel for the high level of competition and find her role on the team. With veteran McMullen moving on next season, Newton hopes to be a team leader next year, a challenge she looks forward to.

In terms of making progress, Westcott says the women are showing signs of making it to the championships by dominating defensively. Putting more effort into defence has been a main priority for the team. “Those who want to be challenged and those who want to get better will come play for me, but those who take a recreational approach probably won’t last,” says Westcott. “Our plan is to make it to the playoffs, but the team has to find a way to put up with me for the season.” The Chargers first home game of the season starts at 6 pm on Friday, November 5 against Columbia Bible College at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence.


FEATURE

October 20, 2010

light weight

Amanda Richardson STAFF WRITER

anorexia, bulimia, and the road to recovery

The average adult consumes approximately 1,500– 2,000 calories per day. For the last two years, 18-year-old student Whitney Patricia (not her real name) has barely managed that much in a week, and at 5’1, weighing in at just 93 lbs, Patricia’s frail frame could pass for your average 10-year-old. Patricia began her journey into the dark world of eating disorders at the age of 15. “I was a really chubby kid. That’s probably where my whole story starts,” says Patricia. “I don’t know if that’s what helped cause my eating disorder, but that’s where it started.” Conscious of her weight in a hometown she says was filled with thin, pretty, blonde girls, Patricia decided to start exercising and watching her diet. “My weight was a big thing for me, so I joined a gym,” says Patricia. “It was a really healthy decision, because I was only going a couple times a week, and not really pushing myself. My parents were on board, and I was thinking, ‘Good for me.’ I started cutting out sweets, then. Over time, as I lost more and more weight, people would say, ‘Oh, you look so great,’ until it got to the point when people would ask me if I was okay.” Liisa Robinson, a counsellor at Camosun College’s Interurban campus, says that people engage in disordered eating behaviours because it initially pays off. “Just like with addiction, or any other way of coping that gets out of control, it initially works on some level. And then, in some people, it gathers momentum and the coping mechanism becomes the problem,” says Robinson. Secretly taking people’s shock at her weight loss as a compliment, Patricia’s condition rapidly spiralled out of control. She says her original, healthy weight-loss plan became an addiction. “I think of it as a line,” says Patricia. “There’s healthy eating, and healthy exercise. And then there’s a line, which is really thin, that crosses into obsession. It got to the point that if I didn’t get a certain amount of exercise every day, or someone tried to make me eat something that I didn’t make for myself, I would have a temper tantrum, or I would beat myself up about it for days.” Robinson says that most women she’s counselled for eating disorders are motivated and bright. For one reason or another, they just seek comfort in the ability to control something. “There’s a big piece of disordered eating that has to do with control,” says Robinson. “It’s a coping mechanism. It gives people something to hold onto when things get chaotic.”

The downward spiral Patricia’s restrictive behaviours led to an increasing need for control, regimenting her diet down to specifically measured portions and up to two hours a day spent at the gym. “Every morning I would eat a specific amount of bread, with a certain amount of peanut butter, and if I didn’t have my measuring device for the peanut butter, I would lose

it,” says Patricia. “My whole day would be off.” Within a year and a half, Patricia went from 150 pounds to 87 pounds. Despite missing school because of her inability to focus on anything other than food, and concern from her family members, Patricia’s eating disorder continued to build momentum well into her grade 12 year in high school. It wasn’t until showering one morning that Patricia realized the gravity of her situation. “I got out of the shower and was brushing my hair,” says Patricia. “I looked down and the brush was covered in hair. Then I ran my hand through, and my entire hand was covered in hair. Just covered. I freaked out, because I didn’t know what to do. That was the thing that changed my eating disorder and really turned things around for me.” A visit to the doctor and a series of blood tests later, it was clear that the anorexia was to blame. “That’s when my family really got on me,” says Patricia. “I had to go to a counsellor and a nutritionist, I saw a psychiatrist, and that’s when I was actually diagnosed as anorexic. And every day since, it’s been a struggle.” However, the diagnosis isn’t the end of Patricia’s story; it’s merely a mile marker.

“All these horrible things are happening to you, and that should make you want to change, but the fear of gaining weight is so much stronger than knowing that your body is eating itself.” Whitney Patricia Local student

“After a couple of months, I did manage to put on some weight, and then the weight was too much for me to handle,” says Patricia. “So I went back to my normal diet, and back to exercising, but the weight wasn’t coming off, and that’s when I turned bulimic.” Patricia regressed into bulimia, keeping it a secret from everyone in her life. It wasn’t until five months in that her family began to realize that her eating disorder was far from gone. That was three months ago. Though a daily struggle, Patricia says she feels that she’s getting control over her condition, however the full extent of the damage done by years of self-starvation is not yet known. Because she stopped menstruating three years ago due to the anorexia, doctors are unsure whether Patricia will be able to have children in the future. There has also been severe damage done to her liver and other organs. “It’s funny,” says Patricia, “because all these horrible things are happening to you, and that should make you

want to change, but the fear of gaining weight is so much stronger than knowing that your body is eating itself.”

Mind vs. body While everyone’s experience with anorexia is unique, Patricia’s was rooted in restriction and depression with an abundance of exercise. And while her extreme dieting may seem like a choice, Patricia believes that it’s not as cut and dry as that. “I really think of it as a disease,” says Patricia. “I’m extremely strong willed, and I think that if it was as simple as making a choice, I would have fixed it before now.” Like a cartoon devil and angel, Patricia says that having an eating disorder is like having another person in her head. She says that the bad part picks on the good part of the brain, perpetuating the disease. “It’s never, ‘I am’ something—too fat, too disgusting, too gross. It was always, ‘You, you, you,’” says Patricia. “It’s like another person. It can be so mean, because the names that I call myself in my head is like the worst bully you can imagine. Things I would never say to another human, I say to myself.” Sarah Atkinson, a psychotherapist and registered clinical counsellor at Victoria’s Cedric Centre, says that women’s unhealthy relationships with food often stem from society’s flawed and unrealistic perception of beauty. “Women try to live up to the media’s unrealistic standards,” says Atkinson. “As a society, we perpetuate this distorted image of beauty and health. We live in a society that supports the belief that thinness leads to happiness.” Even though Patricia is just in the beginning stages of her recovery, her determination is undeniable. “My goal is to be able to help other people deal with their eating disorders,” says Patricia. “It’s enough to help to push me along in my own recovery, because I can’t help others until I help myself.” Patricia hopes to help people not just at their worst, but those who haven’t yet been affected by the disorder. “Get help as quick as you can, because it spirals down so fast, and then it’s just a mess. For a lot of people, it’s not too late.” Robinson says that it’s important to look for cues other than weight loss if you are concerned about someone potentially having an eating disorder. Watch for signs that may indicate an unhealthy amount of time dedicated to thinking about food. “You cannot look at someone and see whether or not they’re struggling with disordered eating,” says Robinson. “A lot of the warning signs are going to be recognizable by the person with the disorder, but may not be obvious to someone on the outside.” Patricia knows there’s a long road ahead of her, but is confident and determined to keep her recovery on track, inspiring others along the way. “No matter how long it takes, it’s possible to get healthy,” she says. “There isn’t a quick fix. It might take 10 years, but one day, you’ll go a whole day without worrying or thinking about food and exercise in an unhealthy way.”

photo by Alex Haro




2010

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Pamela Webster

First Nations Director Hello, my name is Pamela Webster. I am from Ahousaht Nation affiliated with the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. I am a full-time, business student at the Interurban campus. As an active First Nation, I will strive to connect and bring students together through communicating and continuance of gatherings with all satellite locations in mind. I bring forth strong cultural beliefs and values as an Ahousaht/Nuu-chah-nulth member, business skills and knowledge, community involvement with social and cultural experiences, board and committee experience, numerous work experiences, leadership traits, interactive and sociable with others and much more… On a personal note, family and spiritual values are in my heart. I look forward to meeting other First Nation students, and I welcome interest of participation from you! Pamela Webster, Indigenous Business Leadership student of Ahousaht.

Kara Vandervalk

Pride Director

Pride should be about celebrating diversity and awareness. Whether you are gay, straight, queer, transgender, two-spirited, etc., Pride should be a place where you are comfortable to be yourself and voice your opinions on how you want to be represented. Pride needs to be more open to the diverse student population at Camosun College. If elected, I will work with the community, the Student Society and the student population to make sure it is.

Bill de Frias Interurban Director

It’s time to start returning fees and levies back to students. This can be done by stopping the outsourcing of jobs that should be reserved for students, generating more opportunities for scholarships through extracurricular projects, and promoting entrepreneurs with cross department collaboration. Now is when we shift the focus and resources to Camosun’s fastest growing campus, Interurban. My name is Bill de Frias; I am a BBA - Accounting student, and I’m running for election to serve as the Interurban Director.

Ahmed Mumeni Interurban Director I, Ahmed Mumeni, know what you, the students, need: hot food, cold water, and fun social events to make your school year a little more bearable. We students have such few pleasures to look forward to in our daily lives. Our intense course loads and hectic life schedules see to that. That’s why every little win counts. I’ve wandered the halls of our world-renowned institution, have soaked up the frantic pleas of my fellow peers, and have found the few things that would make our lives easier and burdens bearable. And those are water fountains installed across the Interurban Campus, having microwaves placed in the Helmut Huber Food Services Building for student use, and a little more intra-student fun through bigger, more inclusive parties. I am willing and able to sacrifice most of the time I put aside for being awesome, to doing everything I possibly can to make your student life that much easier. A vote for me is a vote for a belly full of hot food, a mouth full of cold water, and a year full of good memories. Vote Mumeni


Darragh Grove-White

Interurban Director

My name is Darragh Grove-White and you may have seen me around campus volunteering for any number of different events like the beer gardens, Camfest or you have quite possibly heard of meetings I’ve had with faculty and government representing student interests. I’m now in my second year as a business student and I’ve been a CCSS director for the last 6 months at Lansdowne. Now it’s time to serve Interurban with my gained experience. This election, I’d like to run for Interurban Director for Camosun College and get more of a focus on our events, better transit service to and from Interurban and put a greater focus on parking issues that many of us have. In addition, I will continue making myself available to students who have ideas, concerns and other suggestions that they think will make our campus and college lives better. I believe our college has some amazing potential for both our student life and academic life and I’m for making more out of what we’ve got. My name is Darragh and I’d like to serve you in this upcoming year as your Interurban Director.

Kyle Petrunik

Interurban Director As a new student at Camosun I’m here to learn just like everybody else. However, I want to do something more. I’ve always respected Camosun as an institution and that is why I want to do everything that I can to make this school the best it can be for students. I will be your representative, your eyes and ears. If you have an issue, or want something to change I will make sure that your voice is heard. School can be hard enough without needing to worry about the little things. You spend a lot of time on Campus: 8, 10 even 12 hours a day. This is your home for the most part. I want to make your time here enjoyable. The CCSS is in charge of coordinating events here on campus. If you want more beer gardens or other activities, let us know. We can make it happen. My name is Kyle Petrunik and I want to be your representative. I’ve owned and operated my own business, lived in Victoria my whole life and am dedicated to keeping my word. Together we can make this school year unforgettable. Cheers, Kyle Petrunik

Hayley MacDonald

Lansdowne D i r e c t o r

Hey Lansdowne! I’m Hayley MacDonald and I’m running for the position of Lansdowne Director. I am currently a conscientious first year Political Science (UT) student, and in my first month at Camosun I have become entranced to the atmosphere that is the Lansdowne campus of Camosun. It is my passion to be involved and I could serve no greater purpose than to make a difference here at Camosun. I would like to see the students of Camosun come together as a community, as well as for an education. It would be my goal to involve the student body in various events around and on campus – your suggestions or my own. I want to be that ‘go-to’ person that you know and with whom you feel confident sharing your ideas and concerns; someone you can rely on to make our points-of-view well known and loudly voiced – to get results! I am confident that as a director I will be successful in making a difference and voicing the issues that we as students experience on a daily basis. I want your voices to be heard and your thoughts to be put into actions. It would be my pleasure to be the representative of such a diverse campus. Together – we can make a difference and make it count! - Hayley MacDonald

George Ivanishvili

Lansdowne D i r e c t o r

I am starting my third year of studying Political Science at the Camosun College, and finishing my first year as the member of the Student Union of the Camosun College. I am proud to say that I was an active member of the CCSS (Camosun College Student Society) team that accomplished more than any our CCSS predecessors in one elected term. With my experience from the previous year and with my sincere desire to make our College the best place it can be for the students, I am well prepared and confident in my abilities to face the challenges that lay ahead for our students, for our school, and for our community.

Carlos Suarez

Lansdowne D i r e c t o r

Dear Students: As you all know Good Government requires good leaders and persuasive Skills, a combination of good moral, good ethics and of course excellent renovating ideas. This is the reason I will like to invite you to vote for me Carlos Suarez, this October 27, 28, 2010 for the position of Lansdowne Director within the CCSS. I will be strongly supporting Equity opportunities, employment and of course campus entertainment and social life. I will plan to be in office every Friday, to hear from you for any suggestion for a better improvement of our campus. Come and vote the choice is yours and the improvement in your hands.


Jordan Sandwith

Lansdowne Director

Dear Students: Looking forward is fundamental to success; During the next twelve months, I would like to continue with my previous task of installing a crosswalk on Richmond Road. It has been an exciting year pushing the municipality to increase safety at our bus stops. Furthermore, I have held a seat as Lansdowne Director for the past twelve months and in that time I have created clubs, installed the Caf-Vision TV and held the Sustainability seat on our board. Re-electing Jordan SANDWITH is a vote for proven success. Following in the words of my father: “Manage yourself well, with honesty, and you can do anything.”

Andrew Rackauskas

Lansdowne Director

Education is a Right! Spread the word, keep up the campaign and make post-secondary education accessible and affordable to everyone! Given the opportunity, would like to join the rest of Camosun College Student Society and together with Canadian Federation of Students, make it a reality. Thank You

Sahra Maclean

Lansdowne Director

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Han Lee

Lansdowne Director

My name is Han and I am interested in serving Lansdowne Campus as the next Lansdowne Director. It’s my second year at Camosun and I’m an economics student who has really come to love our campus. I’m wanting to make long lasting, positive change in our community and really would like to represent you in our larger community of Victoria. On the list of things that are important to me and what I believe students want, are lower cost parking, improved transit and more special events. By electing me, your voting to have these become more of a priority with our student society. My name is Han Lee and I want to serve you as Lansdowne Director.

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Carol-Lynne Michaels Contributing writer

Victoria’s downtown will soon be teeming with more versions of Lady Gaga and that guy in the Old Spice commercials than you can shake a Polaroid at. But if Halloween events like pub crawls and praying to the porcelain gods are getting old, fear not, as there’s no shortage of other fun activities to do in Victoria this year.

Cornfield of Horror A six-acre corn maze is big enough to pretend you’re competing in the tri-wizard tournament against Harry Potter. There’s no fine print about transporting participants into Lord Voldemort’s grasp, but farm owner Robert Galey promises to entertain. He says his Cornfield of Horror is completely interactive, including a pirate’s island, graveyard, ghost town, and more. “We’re Canada’s leading corn maze; I get tour buses coming from Vancouver,” says Galey. “It’s an absolutely phenomenal display.” They’re open until 10 pm, and nothing beats a labyrinth on a dark, foggy night. Rally up enough friends for two teams and race each other through. Communicate in bird calls, send runners ahead to scope out pathways, and sneak up on the other team and pick off their players one by one. Hopefully everyone makes it out in one piece, because there are three more attractions on the farm—the Crazy Train, Madame Isabella’s séance, and CarnEvil— rated PG13. “CarnEvil is 6,000 square feet of terror,” says Galey. “There are three chicken exits, because not everyone can handle it.”

Monster Party Art Gallery This atypical gallery offers up the best of the weird. Designed after Pee-wee’s Playhouse, it’s got bricks made of brains, a freak-show exhibit, and free puppet shows from hell. Everything inside is made by local craftsman Phil Osbourne and his consortium of creative colleagues. “It will be open Halloween night—all night long,” says Os-

bourne. The gallery is stocked with imaginative items realized out of fur, plastics, found items, and other tough-to-describe artifacts. A unique TV station plays original animations done by Osbourne, which you can get a DVD copy of, among other things. No adjective will do Monster Party justice. Those who fancy the peculiar and bizarre should not pass up this studio project. “We will drag people in,” says Osbourne, “and blow their minds.”

Enchanted Halloween at Heritage Acres The rustic pioneer village at Heritage Acres is likely to win the award for best-dressed venue on the island this year. “Enchanted Halloween is made for people who like Halloween, but don’t like their leg grabbed or being chased by a chainsaw,” says Alice Bacon, the event’s producer. “Halloween doesn’t have to be a gore fest.” Enchanted Halloween is the innovation of ShineOla Communications, a local production-design company. This is their first selfproduced event; it’s an adventure that Bacon calls exciting and “occasionally terrifying.” Interactive displays involve handcrafted scenes, original lanterns, magicians, musicians, and stilt-walkers, just to name a few. “It’s an opportunity to connect with the holiday in a traditional sense,” says Bacon. Enchanted Halloween is truly designed to appeal to all ages. The 29-acre property also features a Magical Mystery Train ride. This isn’t your uncle’s model train set in the basement; it’s a miniature train that will carry you along three kilometers of decorated miniature railroad track. Enchanted Halloween is sure to be a popular attraction for the young or faint of heart, as they promise nothing will jump out to scare you. But if you have a fear of all that is mini, beware! Little trains, little tracks, and little kids—potentially terrifying stuff for the tinyphobics out there.

Spooks ‘n’ Spokes Ghost Ride This next event is one for ghouls of the great outdoors. Throw on your scariest MEC apparel, grab some cardboard, and deck out your bike like a great white shark—the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition is running a Ghost Ride! Lights and helmets are mandatory, and the latter doubles as a zombie deterrent because… well, you never know. This is an easy, 20-kilometer guided tour, and a great chance to learn a thing or two about the spirits who occupy the homes and castles in Victoria. Suitable for the student budget, this one-night-only ghost ride is by donation, and transportation is included, assuming you’ve got access to shark wheels.

Love Kills If all this walking, cycling, and interaction is truly horrifying, maybe you need to sit this one out… in the theatre. How about a rock musical about a couple of serial killers? Theatre Inconnu got hold of this script, which isn’t even published yet, and is running the play for the rest of the month at Little Fernwood. Love Kills is based on a true story about a teenage couple’s murder spree and the sheriff under FBI pressure to get their confessions. It’s set in the late ’50s in the American midwest. The story has fascinated many, and inspired Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers. That film never inspired air guitar, but the play’s featured band, Party on High Street, might. “It’s unlike a typical musical where they break out in song,” says director Clayton Jevne. “It’s a psychological drama. Scenes are interspersed with our actors stepping out to sing the songs. In that way, it’s more or less like a rock concert.” All of the performers are bound to impress with their musicianship, singing, and acting, according to Jevne. “They consistently captivate,” he says.

Enchanted Halloween is one of many places to get your spook on.

Tongues of Fire Halloween show Last, but hardly least, local poets will be congregating for the Tongues of Fire Halloween show. The Victoria-based poetry collective performs around town regularly, featuring different spoken-word artists from near and far. The collective has a strong community, mostly because of its inclusive open-mic format. The Halloween show features Skawt Chonzz, a self-declared antipoet and naturalized sorcerer. His new one-man spoken word show, the Boys’ Own Guide to Sorcery, is inspired by his book-in-the-works of the same name. “Magical practice is practical when done right,” says Chonzz. “The show is a severely edited version of the book with a narrative arc, and maybe even some lessons in sorcery.” Costumes are encouraged, and candy is provided. Come to think of it, test driving your own poem in front of a live audience could be the most frightening option yet.

Festival of Fear at Galey Farms October 14–31, 6–10 pm galeyfarms.net

Monster Party Art Gallery October 31 see their Facebook page

Enchanted Halloween at Heritage Acres October 29–31 enchantedhalloween.com

Spooks ‘n’ Spokes Ghost Ride October 30 gvcc.bc.ca

Love Kills Until October 30 theatreinconnu.com

Tongues of Fire October 28 See their Facebook page

Ghost hunting in the Richmond House Ed Sum Contributing writer

Something strange is in the hallways of Richmond House. And some of us at Nexus—whose offices are located in the Richmond House— have seen and heard things. Last year’s student editor, Shane Scott-Travis, had a brush with the other side when alone in the building late one Sunday night. “In the periphery of my vision, I could see something in the hallway,” says Scott-Travis. “I saw a shadowy figure of a man, close to six feet tall, just walking away.” When he went out to offer assistance, there was nothing but the stillness of a creaking house. Needless to say, Scott-Travis made a point of not staying in the Nexus office past sunset after that.

When these spirits got more aggressive—a bowl of hazelnuts went missing one night and, more recently, all the pairs of scissors have disappeared from both Nexus and neighbouring offices—we had to call in Paranormal Victoria (PARAVI), a local paranormal investigation group. The group first visited the upstairs, where Nexus managing editor Jason Schreurs has heard some strange noises. “I’ll be in the bathroom late at night and I’ll hear someone walking around downstairs, but no one is down there when I check,” says Schreurs. “But if there are any spirits here, I think they’re somewhat happy.” The investigators, however, got a different feeling than Schreurs.

Judee Doyle, a member of PARAVI, describes the feeling as a “sense of being pulled downwards.” “I think there’s a heavy dense energy in this house,” says Doyle.

“I felt some mild disorientation in the Women’s Centre. The spirits don’t always approve.” Jac Andre Paranormal Victoria

Doyle and fellow PARAVI member Michelle Randell use their intuitive eye and electromagnetic

field (EMF) detectors to figure out what’s going on. According to most ghost hunters, reactions vary from individual to individual when high electromagnetic fields are encountered, and there’s plenty of that going on upstairs. With Jac Andre along to photograph reactions, what each person felt differed. The ladies felt the energy was lighter downstairs, where renovations have taken place over the last few years, but Andre disagrees. “I felt some mild disorientation in the Women’s Centre,” says Andre. “It could be nothing, but there’s something noticeable. The spirits don’t always approve of renovations.” When a microwave in the Women’s Centre beeped, some of

the group stared at it for the longest time and debated if that was paranormal or not. They decided it wasn’t. When everyone returned to the Nexus office, we tried to communicate with the unknown by simply talking to the spirits and recording their responses with audio recorders. Unlike upstairs, where nearly everyone was getting goose bumps, what happened in the Nexus office was more elusive. Randell gets the sense of a dodgy old guy who’s there but not, like the ghost that Scott-Travis saw. Doyle feels that the energy is a former resident of the house. Regardless of who or what that energy is, we’d just like to know where all of our scissors have gone.


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Locals prove electronic music is Alive Luke Holland Contributing writer

Music is an ever-changing art form. As ideologies and attitudes around the world change, so do styles of music. Many genres of music emerge and become popular; some die out, while others have true staying power. Over the last 20 years electronic music has proven that not only can it endure the test of time, but that its sound will perpetually be enhanced. Going hand in hand with electro is the DJ, a unique brand of musician who controls all aspects of their craft and has the sole power to ad-lib performances based on their read of the audience. However, due to a number of factors, including inexpensive start-up costs, DJs have become ubiquitous. So, what sets trite DJs who just press play on iTunes apart from truly

talented electronic-music artists? “You really notice the DJs that don’t just do it because it’s easy,” explains DJ and Camosun student Ian “Touchbass” Hoar. “The DJs where you’re just going off and absolutely loving it are the DJs that do it in a way you could never have imagined.” At its core, electro is an innovative and experimental type of music. Because of this mass appeal, some electronic music has become watered down and mainstream. DJs are under pressure to sacrifice their originality for musical carbon copies if they want to be successful. “If you’re playing top 40 or crowd pleasers all the time, it’s easy to succeed,” says Hoar. “Club owners want an act that makes money, that brings people in and keeps them drinking. But if you’re trying something that’s not tried and tested, then you may not find

the audience for it.” Hoar believes in the genuine soul behind electro and is dedicated to engaging his audience with unparalleled sounds, so he’s created an event that will do just that. On October 21, Hoar, alongside DJs AFK and Andrew Sherry, will bring real electro to the dance floor. The event is called Alive and will be happening every month at Upstairs Cabaret. “We want to play music that’s going to move people in the special way that that next level of electronic music can do,” says Touchbass. “I think it’s the job of the DJ to keep pushing those boundaries.”

Alive Thursday, October 21 Upstairs Cabaret upstairscabaret.ca

Ian “Touchbass” Hoar demanding more blast beats while DJing away.

Ed Sum Contributing writer

When forces gather to present the best of what zombie movies have to offer in the form of a movie festival, an old nursery rhyme comes to mind. With a butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker, what they can create, in the material they bake, by light through yonder window is a cinema topping with scream filling. In other words, show organizers Ira Hunter and Adam Blainey plan on bringing an experience to Absolute Underground’s new retail space in Trounce Alley that fans of horror will love. “The great thing about ZombieFeast is that during this time of year everyone wants to add a little horror into their lives,” says Adam Blainey, a Camosun alumni from the applied communication program.

“But, let’s face it, we’re all a little bored of Freddy Krueger, right? At ZombieFeast you can check out movies you wouldn’t normally get a chance to watch, like Night of the Living Dead Mexicans.” The list of movies playing this year is vast, and includes Bong of the Dead, Doggone Zombie, KIDZ, and At the Reefers of Madness. Blainey and Hunter, the latter also the creator of the comic/video Zombie Jesus, see the flicks as a way to balance out the status quo. “If girls have sparkly vampires, then boys need flesh-hungry zombies to even things out,” says Hunter. But Michael Allen, a third-year UVic psychology student and webmaster of an all-horror news and reviews website called 28 Days Later Analysis, sees the excitement and fantasy of a zombie pandemic as

just one reason why the shambling dead are so appealing. “Directors and writers have often compared zombies to mass consumers, representations of death,” says Allen, “or the simple office drone who goes about his job in a mindless manner. But I think one needs to go a little deeper than that and see that zombies are a solution to a lot of man’s ills.” Local filmmaker Darryl LeCraw’s approach to zombie movies is to make a crappy movie, and he believes the result will get more people liking it. He wrapped principal production for his film Sol vs. the Zombies, and while it won’t be ready in time for ZombieFeast, he does have various Skit for Brains shorts that he’ll be sending in. Whether it’s just good oldfashioned horror or getting some brains to feed to cinema-heads,

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Zombies will be feasting at annual ZombieFeast

ZombieFeast co-organizer Ira Hunter keeping it evil.

the ZombieFeast promises to be a scream. “The passion of being a zombie, watching it, wearing the makeup…” says LeCraw, “there are so many things universal about it and it can be done in many different ways.”

ZombieFeast Film Fest October 29-31 1215 Government (Trounce Alley) info@absoluteunderground.ca

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Annie Nolan’s musical journey Chesley Ryder Contributing writer

Hockey meets musical Score: A Hockey Musical ★★★★★ Ed Sum Contributing Writer

Movie musicals are often formulaic; to hit the proper nerve they have to be better than Moulin Rouge and Grease combined. Over the years many studios have tried, and Score: The Hockey Musical gets caught in a freeze frame as Queen’s “We Will Rock You” resounds. Olivia Newton-John helps keep this production interesting. Her voice has only become sexier. The tunes are catchy, but more hip-hop could’ve made this movie speak to a younger generation. For Farley Gordon (Noah Reid), it’s about growing into adulthood and leaving the robin’s nest. Thankfully, this movie is not a rehash of Grease or High School Musical. It’s not set in a school; instead, it focuses on the action in a hockey rink. The hockey metaphor throughout Score represents more than just what the game means to Canadians. This ounce of originality helps make up for some cheesy musical numbers, but the film is really more

Don Cherry is gonna be pissed.

of a comedy romance between Gordon and Eve (Allie MacDonald). And everything happening in the rink symbolizes Gordon easing into an adult life. MacDonald shines in her musical numbers, while Reid embodies what it means to be a rising star, even a superhero. Well, he’s no Spiderman, but he could easily play the role of a meek Peter Parker.

Victoria resident Annie Nolan left a Xavier Rudd concert in 2002 with a new dream—to be a musician performing on a stage. After singing along to the Australian performer’s encore of “Hey Jude,” Nolan left the concert with her friends asking if she realized she had practically sung a duet with Rudd. After that experience, Nolan knew she had to be on a stage, and she realized the amount of work that would have to be done to get there. Originally from London, Ontario, Nolan says that music was always around, “from Fiddler on the Roof to the Sound of Music. My family was very musical.” By age 15, Nolan was starting to write her own lyrics, and picked up a guitar not long after that just to have something to sing to. Now, she plays a mix of pop, rock, and indie. “Apparently it’s folkcore,” says Nolan, “but what does that mean?” Nolan still writes her own lyrics to this day, taking inspiration from people, among other things. “I have a lot of feelings,” she says, “and I feel it’s my responsibility to put them out there.” Moving from Ontario to Victoria right after high school, Nolan’s first performance was at an open-mic night at Logan’s pub. After she played, she was approached by local musician Jay Dunphy, who asked her to open at one of his upcoming shows. Since then, Nolan and her band

Annie Nolan keeps busy musically but still finds time to sit by fireplaces.

have recorded two albums. The first was released through a record label, but she says she felt creatively constrained so she bought the rights back from the record company. She went indie for her second album, To Be Kind, which Nolan says is “from beginning to end, 100% raw me.” To Be Kind is going to be launched at a release party on October 23, with openers Justin Hewitt and Kemal Evans. Recently, Nolan performed at the Showdown Series in Victoria, a competition where seven artists have seven minutes to perform. Nolan won. Dave Morris, host and producer of the series, says “she won because she’s excellent.”

From a small-town girl with nothing but inspiration to an artist with two CDs, Nolan is well on her way to reaching her musical dreams. “I want people to see how great we are as a band and how truly passionate I am about this project,” says Nolan. “Then I want them to tell their friends, their mom, their prof, and the guy at the gas station.”

Annie Nolan Saturday, October 23 Victoria Event Centre annienolan.com


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Making a musical difference Julia Loglisci

Curtain Call

Cursed Cabaret excites

Contributing writer

Three friends born and raised in Gordon Head—Galen Jones, Isaac Justesen, and Matt Wade—have decided to work together and inspire others by demonstrating how music has helped change their lives. “My passion in life is music and I believe everyone should have the opportunity to create or be involved with music,” says Jones. The only thing the trio needed was support and guidance to make their goal become possible. Matt’s older brother, Brandon, also known as rapper Young Kazh, mentioned he had a friend named Shaun Bocking, who has helped produce much of his own music. Coincidentally, Jones and Justesen had a chance meeting with Bocking in Vancouver earlier that year. Bocking was in the midst of creating a project that started off by having the same ambition. “The Make Music Project is a co-op comprised of a collection of young, inspiring artists, working together to produce music and art through a series of projects,” says Bocking. The three friends were inspired by Bocking and everything he had been creating. They immediately did what they could to become involved. Bocking soon became a mentor for these young men. “He took the three of us under his wing,” says Justesen. Together, their goal was sim-

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Adam Holroyd

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These young Victorians are making a difference.

ple. The team wanted to promote a positive lifestyle and encouragement through music, art, and community. “A community is where a project of this kind, a project for the people, could occur,” says Jones. Starting off by creating a logo and selling 50 t-shirts, the team earned that money back, then made 100 more t-shirts. Since the winter of 2008, they’ve sold 1,800 Make Music Project t-shirts throughout the Victoria and Vancouver area. This allowed them to buy computers and equipment to start producing music. Young, striving artists with incredible talent but no financial freedom heard about the Make Music Project. People came from all over Victoria to begin making music in Bocking’s basement recording studio. Bocking and his team helped artists by recording their music and

making them stickers and t-shirts. This opportunity gives a chance for these young, aspiring artists to have a career in music, something they probably never could have done on their own. “Money shouldn’t be an issue when it comes to music,” says Wade. Something else the Make Music Project does is the Sound of One Hand Clapping. This is a mix tape made up of the music from homeless people. The group also has a mobile recording studio that gives an opportunity for these performers to sell and promote their art. Within the next year, the team says to expect a lot more from the Make Music Project. They plan to open a storefront in Vancouver to further expand their ideas. In addition, many others have become a huge part in this ongoing project.

The Cursed Cabaret of Kelowna Day Taylor is a far cry from traditional theatre. Less a play and more an alternate reality which the audience is invited into, the Cursed Cabaret feels like a murder mystery game—an entrancing, exciting, and, at times, even unnerving experience. The audience isn’t permitted to sit comfortably in their seats. The show begins the moment the audience walks in the door, with the front page of the program proudly displaying the logo of WorldCorp. The program welcomes the audience as WorldCorp employees and places each in one of four “sectors.” Then the crowd is greeted by an intern named Nancy, played by Amanda Lisman, and the roaring-’20s-themed fundraiser begins. Soon after Nancy gets things started, she’s interrupted by the evening’s entertainment—Amy Lee Radigan, as Cabaret-style band leader Gladys. The delightfully snarky MC is done up in a flapper dress and pearls, and leads a chorus of unhappy ghosts in ’20s regalia who slide in from all sides of the audience for their songs, and then disappear again.

The title character, played with perfect swank and swagger by Christina Patterson, slowly reveals more and more of her own tragic story as the characters realize that things are very much not as they should be. Director Ian Case (who also has a hilarious role in the show) uses the architecture of the castle to great effect, using the many side corridors and staircases to bring performers out in unexpected places and give the experience an otherworldly feel. The cast also did a very good job of controlling the audience, moving everyone through the castle to the next scene quickly and making sure sightlines were maintained or properly obscured for the appearance and disappearance of the cast. This adventure into WorldCorp is thoroughly enjoyable—so much like our reality, but darker. The tragic story of Kelowna Day Taylor and its parallel to that of Nancy was moving and interesting, as was the very appropriate ending. A truly immersing theatre experience.

The Cursed Cabaret of Kelowna Day Taylor Runs until October 31 Craigdarroch Castle thecastle.ca

Noise Addict

BY ALLI PICKARD

The rebel horror of punk Dirty, filthy noise. For those who’ve never been into punk, that’s one way to describe it. But for those who were around when punk first hit the airwaves, it’s more than noise—the feeling of rebellion will always be a big part of the music. We start with one of the founders of American punk, the Misfits (myspace.com/themisfits). The brainchild of members Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only, this band helped spawn the horror-punk scene. But it was their 1997 album, American Psycho, that introduced some listeners to this band. Most people write off this album due to Danzig’s absence (Michael Graves sings on the disc). But this album has some of the band’s most recognizable songs, like “Scream” and “Dig Up Her Bones.” Graves’ voice belts out songs that could make even the most hardcore punk enthusiast shed a tear. We travel over the pond to feature another band that proved punk doesn’t have to be just about noise. The Clash (myspace.com/theclash) proved punk can also have a meaning. Their 1979 album, London Calling, is a keystone in punk rock, with lyrics that sparked ideas and emotions to provide stimulation to the rebellion of the time. Featuring songs such as “Train in Vain (Stand by Me)” and the title track, the Clash would rock on until the late ‘80s, until disagreements between the band members left them to

The Misfits do Halloween all year.

part ways and put an end to their musical career. Finally, the band most punk fans instantly associate with their famous matching leather jackets and matching last names—ladies and gentlemen, the Ramones (myspace.com/ramones). For a time in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, you couldn’t turn on a radio without hearing a Ramones song. 1977’s Rocket to Russia is their best album, lyrically and creatively. It features such songs as “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker” and, more notably, their cover of “Do You Wanna Dance?” This CD is full of music that makes listeners want to get up and bang their head. Or, for the original fans of the band, the ones who are pushing geriatric years but are still rocking hard to the punk tunes they cut their musical teeth on, at least sit down and bang their head.


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

Campus Café Lansdowne campus Half order BLT artisan sandwich $5.52

Presentation and service Alex: The “Euro Baguette” section of the cafeteria usually doesn’t have a lineup; this, combined with the choice of fresh ingredients, makes it a good option for a pair of hungry, grumpy students. The sandwich looks like it’s going to fall apart and the bacon looks like the fake kind you would buy at a joke shop. Shawn: Service at the caf is more or less mediocre. The lady we were talking to at the counter seemed like she was having a different conversation than we were. The sandwich looks good, if a little on the small side. Nice colour and it smells damn fine.

Taste A: Yup, I was right. The sandwiches innards fell everywhere. It was embarrassing to be continuously poking and tucking my food, just to get a good bite. The vegetables were crisp and fresh, but the bacon was salty and hard to chew. You need to bring some serious game to finish this meal. S: It’s been 30 seconds, but I’m already trying to forget about that sandwich. Something in there tasted really tangy, much tangier than any of the ingredients should have been. The bacon had the same frisky give and take as a leather belt would. In the end I’m just unimpressed and angry.

Hillside Subway 6 inch BLT sandwich $5.25

Presentation and service A: The “sandwich artist” quizzically looked at the bacon before laying it on the bread. What was she looking for? Mold? An expiry date? This burnt husk of a sandwich is half the size of its competitor. S: The staff assumed that we were dating and put all our stuff on one bill. What does that say about our society? What? I can’t have a friend that’s a girl? Nice one, Subway. Anyway, the service was a little rough, and the sandwich reflects that. What I saw of the post-nuclear bacon and cheese was masked with lackluster vegetables.

Taste A: The outside of the bread has the texture of a cracker and flakes off around my mouth. However, this bread actually surrounds its ingredients, ensuring no Houdini bullshit.

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#:/BPNJ,BWLB It could take another couple of weeks before any of us will want to look at a turkey again, but when we do get back on the gobbler train, the great thing about turkey dinner leftovers is the excellent variety of foods you can prepare with them (and not just turkey/gravy/cranberry sauce sandwiches). Soups are a great option for using up extra turkey bits, including neck and giblets, and are fairly healthy and filling. For those who didn’t quite feel they consumed nearly enough hearty turkey goodness at Thanksgiving, here’s a recipe for a real slice of comfort food.

naomi kavka

The battle of on-campus and off-campus eats

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Whatever Is Left Turkey Pot Pie This recipe is a little fun because you really can improvise with it. Some folks like making their own pie crust, but for those less adept, or with less time to spare, frozen pie crusts work just as well. Buy two per pie, and use the second pie crust as a topper. Here’s what I used for mine: Leftover turkey meat, cut into chunks Leftover mashed potatoes Leftover gravy About 2 diced carrots and celery stalks 1 white onion, diced 1 clove garlic 2 tbs oil or butter Preheat oven to 425. In a large saucepan, heat oil and cook onions and garlic until softened; don’t brown them. Add other ingredients and allow

to simmer until vegetables have softened. Put all ingredients into a pie crust, and turn over second crust on top. Crimp edges and perforate with a fork, or cut slits into it with a knife. It’s important that your pie is vented so it can release steam while baking. Cover top with tin foil, and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake for further 20 minutes, or until crust is golden. Allow about 10–15 minutes of cooling before serving. Whatever other leftovers you might have, such as yams and carrots, can be thrown in as well. There’s

no real rule regarding amounts; it really depends on how much leftovers you have, and how large your pie crust is. Just try to make everything pretty consistent. I’m not a huge gravy fan, so I tend to put a little less in, but trust what you think will taste good. Tasty tip: You can make individual-sized pies if you wish; just be careful to adjust your cooking time. Pies also freeze very well for future eating. If you have enough leftovers, make more than one pie so you can enjoy some comfort food when the pressure of exams kicks in.

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!

S: For me, eating a Subway sandwich has always been a task just about on par with washing the dishes. I don’t really think about it while I’m doing it, it just happens. Mouth open, sandwich eaten. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not. Flavour-wise, it’s completely unsurprising, but not bad. It just doesn’t do anything different.

And the winner is... Subway

Verdict Though almost the same price, Subway has the comfortable familiarity of an old hoodie. Don’t ever change.

Dunlop House PUB NIGHT

October 21:

Clue

Off Lansdowne Road, beside the staff parking lot

4–6 pm

October 28: Día de los Muertos

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COLUMNS

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First person, plural Shut the barn door, even if the horse has already left—it will keep the pigs from escaping, too. Like depression, destabilization is a place. Think of the mind as a barn or a stable. It has many things that make it create a nurturing environment for what it shelters. If those things—the animals, windows, water, grain, and tools—are all kept in bad condition, well… I spent many years of my youth shovelling the stuff that comes out of the hind end of the things that live in a stable. I can easily recall the negative parts of this task. With no mental effort, my skin relives the scratchy, damp, hot discomfort of hauling hay up into a loft and my neck aches under the weight of a hundred-pound grain sack. Inside and around stables, I’ve been kicked, bitten, chased, and squashed by the horses, geese, and dogs of those environs.

The good stuff is harder to pull up. For some, it requires retraining the positive-recall muscle of good days and applying those feelings to the barn that’s your mind today. Remember nostalgia? They used to teach it, and two generations processed their post-traumatic stress after two wars by using it in their music. Think of reworking your attitude as rejuvenating your sense of nostalgia. Rehearsing those destabilized moments is a misguided attempt to prepare our barns for feelings we want to avoid. But a bolting horse can’t be controlled; it can only be followed, corralled, and patiently coaxed with a bucketful of grain until it settles enough to submit to a halter. It’s the same for the calm, neutral memories, as well. In fact, the one basic mistake an anxious or depressed person makes isn’t even noticing the neutral moments the mind is having.

October 20, 2010

The Electric Bungalow #:1BN0MJWFS

With effort, I recall the soft, warm neck of my favourite horse, Daisy. My mind and body are infused with images of gentle summer rides through liquid breezes—and the anxiety brought up by my previous reminiscing has been neutralized. Practicing good barn etiquette will prevent your animals from bolting. True, you can make others take care of things for you, but that choice can come at a very high price to you and your mind. And lose you a lot of good barn employees. Put that maverick pony of a mind on a short leash, fill her belly with good, organic grain and pure water only. Give her regular exercise, and bag her head at night so she can learn how to sleep without keeping one eye open (me, I use earplugs). Take the two of you out somewhere nice everyday to chomp on fresh green grass, and keep meetings brief. The barn door is wide open and you have only your anxiety to lose.

by Ed Sum

Blackberries, androids, and... what? Unless you’re lieutenant commander Data, trying to own the right mobile phone is confusing. Cell phones come in many flavours and, cosmetics aside, the internal mechanisms that operate them vary. While computers use an operation system (OS) from Windows or Apple, the cell phone has five possible systems that it works on—Android, iOS, Symbian, BlackBerry, or Windows Mobile. Each of them have their strengths and weaknesses. • Features like the calendar, calculator, to-do lists, and a memo pad are common features in a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA). • BlackBerry devices are most often used as a PDA. • Nimble-fingered users prefer BlackBerries. Fat fingers? Try something else.

at Swans for our third date. Maybe it’s because of BracesGirl’s intimidating beauty, but I still haven’t gone for the kiss yet. Tonight’s going to be the night, though. I’ve been building it up in my head quite a bit, so, needless to say, I’m pretty stoked. I walk her to her car and we exchange the usual end-of-the-night banter. There’s a pause at the end of the conversation and we’re both looking into each other’s eyes. If ever there was a moment, this is it. Her eyes start to close, she leans in slightly and I bridge the gap between us. Then, the big moment—our lips lock. Uh, well, sort of. She’s eating my face! And not in a good way! I’m in shock because the kiss I’m experiencing is simultaneously

asphyxiating me and reminding me of what it’s like going to the orthodontist. I pull back to slow things down and get some air. Going back in, it’s clear to me this is just not working. I think I’ve had more fun making out while I have a cold. I decide to give her the benefit of the doubt. We see each other a few more times, but things fizzle when we both realize we’re just not going to suit each another intimately. Result: My face hurts. What did Luke learn today? Appearances can be misleading. As attractive as someone can be, their styles of intimacy might not be compatible with yours. Kissing is something intimate partners do most often, and if it’s bad, it’s probably a clear indicator of things to come.

The Android OS is owned by Google, and it supports the widest variety of media (pictures, videos, and music). Apple’s iPhone operating system is called iOS. The company controls what software is available to install, and their keyboard interface is great for fat-fingered users. Nokia’s Symbian OS is the most popular for cell phones. Software companies can freely develop programs for it. 3G is the current standard for how speech and information gets transmitted. 4G is almost here, as demand for pushing video over networks increases.

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Green your world

By Luke Holland I’m at Touch Lounge and I’ve, once again, lost my coat-check ticket. Balls! Earlier, my friend, Hollywood, was so drunk he peed on an ATM machine. So, I guess it’s nothing short of a miracle that we were let inside at all. I’m told I have to wait until closing before I can get my jacket back. While scanning the crowd as I’m waiting, I spot a girl who used to date a high-school acquaintance. She approaches me to say hello and is as gorgeous as ever, with her stylish haircut, big brown eyes, and mouthful of braces. I explain my situation to her and we bond by teasing the coat-check girl, who eventually tires of me and gives me my jacket back. BracesGirl and I schedule a date. Jump to two weeks later. We’re

Recycle more... even Styrofoam Erin Sanderson Camosun Students for Environmental Awareness

A lot of students want to be able to recycle more items, such as chip bags, plastic bags, Styrofoam, or soy-milk Tetra Paks. Some feel bad about their Doritos bag going into the garbage and wonder how it will ever break down in the landfill. Camosun Students for Environmental Awareness have some good news for those students, and for any student who wants to start recycling more of their day-to-day waste. Pacific Mobile Depots makes recycling easy. You rinse your materials and take them down to one of the company’s mobile recycling depots. There are 10 mobile depots within Greater Victoria and you can

catch them on the second, third, and fourth Saturday of each month. For dates and times for the mobile recycling depots and a list of accepted materials please visit pacificmobiledepots.com. Some examples of materials they accept include foil-lined tetra paks (such as containers for soy milk and soups), empty hard-plastic CD or DVD cases, and foil-lined chip bags and candy wrappers, just in time for Halloween. It only costs a small donation to recycle these products, and sometimes there are even cookies to help entice people to come out. Just remember, all materials brought to the depots must be rinsed properly. Happy recycling.

Education Council

BYELECTION Let your voice be heard! Positions available for students Vote for your favorite candidate on October 27 & 28, 2010 8 am - 7 pm Fisher Foyer - Lansdowne Campus CC Second - Floor Interurban

Your vote DOES count!

You draw comics and we know it!

If you think you might be able to make folks laugh with a short comic every other week, then we’d like to see your work in print — almost as much as you’d like to see it in print. It’s how Doonesbury got its start. Really. Submit samples to: Nexus, 201 Richmond House, Lansdowne Campus, or email nexus@ nexusnewspaper.com


HUMOUR

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Premise Beach: Duck  By Kyle Lees (the Argus, CUP)

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Campus Callosum  By Pam Oliver

Overheard at Camosun Guy: “You guys you need anything?” Girl: “Bring me back a sandwich. A sandwich and my diploma.” —overheard in the hallway of the Young building. “You should just glue your eyebrows to your bangs. It’ll add to your whole look.” —overheard in a classroom in the Young Building.

Bros Icing Bros  By Gary Lim and Rachel Hughes (the Peak, CUP)

Helping a friend move to another city is further aggravated by her discovery of a box of old Ace of Base CDs. Oddly Enough...  By Graham Richard

Bros Icing Bros is a new drinking game that’s sweeping the nation. The rules of the game are simple—one must simply present a fellow bro with a warm Smirnoff Ice, at which point the victim has no choice but to get down on one knee and drink it all without pause. It’s possible for the would-be Iceee to defend himself by performing an “Ice-block,” in which he presents his attacker with a second Ice, forcing the attacker to down both beverages. Failure to comply with these rules will result in total excommunication from the Bro-therhood. While finding innovative ways to force your friends to drink disgusting liquids is all fine and good, there’s often a darker side of icing that’s rarely seen. It’s the trials and struggles of the unfortunate Iceees—the five stages of Ice grief. 1. Denial “Wha-?” Denial—the first stage of grief suffered by the recently Iced and those close to the recently Iced. The idea of having to chug a Smirnoff Ice is often so traumatic to an individual that the brain will immediately put up denial as an immediate defence. Immediate but by no means permanent, you can’t stay in denial forever. Isn’t that right, Mr. Cruise? 2. Anger “Not cool, dude, not fucking cool. Who Ices someone during his liver transplant? Seriously.” Anger soon fills the void left by denial. The raw mixture of resentment toward the Icer and self-loathing for not carrying out an appropriate counter-Ice will often boil over, manifesting itself in profanity, obscenity, and challenging the nearest person to bare-knuckle boxing. 3. Bargaining “Come on dude; be reasonable. I promise I’ll drink like three once I’m done landing this plane.” Bargaining always comes next—a promise that you’ll take a knee right after you’re done whatever super important task you currently have at hand.

Sadly, that’s not how the game works and no amount of bargaining, will help you now. Best to just bite the bullet and plunge in. 4. Depression “Gluggluglguglugluggluglglu glug.” Depression usually sets in mid-swallow. The sinking realization that no matter how fast you try to chug it, you’ll still taste that odd mixture of fruit cocktail and nail polish remover for the rest of the day. By the end, you’re seriously contemplating smashing the bottle and slitting your wrists with the shards. But cheer up, emo kid, because it only gets better from here on out. 4 1/2. Anger (again) “AUUUUGGGGHHH, that is foul. It tastes like a raspberry queefed in my mouth. It’s so warm. Oh god, where were you keeping this!?” Okay, NOW it only gets better from here on out. 5. Acceptance, revenge “Alright, alright, you got me. Yeah, joke’s on me. Woo. What? You want me to grab you the road map from your glove box? Well, that’s an odd request, especially since we’re not driving anywhere, but alrigh… OH SON OF A BI—” You’ve been Iced. It’s over. A knee has been taken and an Ice has been guzzled. Nothing can change that now. The only thing to do now is for you to get back up and Ice harder than anyone has ever Iced before. By the end of it, everyone you know will have suffered permanent damage and the stock price for Smirnoff will have shot up 162 points. But you’re going to brush your teeth for the third time and see if that doesn’t finally get that flavour out of your mouth.

“I was going to take Chinese language classes for a second term, but it was so fucking hard that I decided not to ruin my life again.” —overheard outside the Ewing Building. “I like your hair... it’s very Zorro.” —overheard in the Wilna Thomas building, in Business 280.

Overhear something funny or weird on Campus? Share it with us! Post it to Nexus’ Overheard at Camosun Facebook page. We’ll print the best submissions in the paper.


eye on campus By Erin Ball

By Erin Ball

Thursday, October 21

Wednesday, October 20

Auto Jansz, Andrea June Café Fantastico, 7:30 pm, by donation

Auto Jansz and Andrea June invite people of all ages to come down to Café Fantastico for an evening of roots, folk, ragtime, and jazz. Auto Jansz takes a break from the all-female roots band Barley Wik to tell stories with her folk and ragtime tunes. Andrea June is a classically trained vocalist that has recently released her debut solo album, Never Mind the Moon. Both artists will be playing original and cover songs on this evening, which is sure to please all who attend.

The Downside of High with David Suzuki As part of Camosun’s Mental Health Week, the documentary the Downside of High with David Suzuki will be screened at lunch hour in Young 310, Lansdowne, followed by a discussion. the Downside of High was originally aired on the Nature of Things, and features research that concludes that teenagers who start smoking marijuana before the age of 16 are four times more likely to become schizophrenic.

Thursday, October 21

Free mental-health screening clinic

Thursday, October 21

B.A. Johnston Logan’s Pub, 10 pm, $10

B.A. Johnston has spent the last six years alternately touring the country and living the rock-star lifestyle in his mom’s basement. He sings sad, weird songs about deep-frying, pirates, poutine, and love, to Casio beats and acoustic guitar. Although he often shares the stage with acts like the Rheostatics, the Constantines, Cuff the Duke, and Joel Plaskett, Johnston will be headlining Logan’s Pub and playing songs from his new album, Thank You for Being a Friend.

Friday, October 22

Feeling blue? Stressed out? It’s not easy being a student sometimes, but, thankfully, there are clinics like this to help out. Learn about your own mental health at a free screening clinic on the second floor of the Lansdowne library from 9 am to 4 pm. Students are offered a free mental-health assessment and the option of talking to a clinical counselor. It’s confidential, and counselors can discuss treatment options and recommend services to help students feel better. A second clinic at Interurban will be held in January.

Tuesday, October 26 and Thursday, October 28

Humans, Wizerds Lucky Bar, 10 pm, $12

Vancouver’s electro-folk duo Humans formed two years ago when Peter Ricq, a DJ who started out playing underground parties in Montreal, met Robbie Slade, who comes from a roots and reggae background. Avec Mes Mecs is the first official release from Humans and they are embarking on a North American tour in support of the album. After the success of recent live appearances at festivals such as Big Time Out, Shambhala, and Rifflandia, this show is bound to be a good one.

Saturday, October 23

Annie Nolan Band, Kemal Evans, Justin Hewitt Victoria Events Centre, 7 pm, $20

Local artist and recent Nexus star Annie Nolan and her band are releasing their first independent album and they plan to celebrate with an evening of fantastic local talent. Master of funky beats and ear-catching melodies Kemal Evans and local singer-songwriter Justin Hewitt open.

Tuesday, October 26

Bend Sinister, Paper Lions, Library Voices

Pancake breakfast The Camosun College United Way campaign, My United Way, kicks off with a tasty pancake breakfast. Skip the cafeteria line-up and get some flapjacks, while supporting an important cause. Organizers will be serving up the hotcakes at the Lansdowne campus on October 26, and then it’s Interurban’s turn to down a stack of pancakes before class on October 28. Both breakfast fundraisers will run from 8 am until 10:30 am.

Thursday, October 28

Stand up for Mental Health

Vote in the Nexus elections! Darin Steinkey: Running for President

This comedy show finds the funny in mental health. Stand up for Mental Health features local comics who have learned to use their personal experiences to develop hilarious stand-up routines. They use comedy to take on the issue of mental health, and break through the barriers of prejudice and discrimination. The show is free and takes place in Fisher 128, Lansdowne from 12–1 pm. Interurbanites can watch a live stream in Campus Center, room 124.

I believe in ink on paper. There are things that printed newspapers can do that no other media can. For starters, newspapers don't demand that you sit in front of a screen. Newspapers also don't display their content based on how new or up to date your computer is. Newspapers will show you images in full, fresh colour, at the right size, every time. Writers in newspapers (for the most part) take time to research and write their stories. Usually, they are not competing to be the first to the story but to tell the story as fully as possible. These are all things that Nexus does in this community, but one of the best things about Nexus is that it is a platform for writers to write. If you are a Camosun student, you can contribute. I hope to help guide and protect these traditions at Camosun College for the next year. Besides, I was elected to the board as President in May and I haven’t f***ed anything up yet. Stay with the course and vote YES for Darin.

Thursday, October 28

Lucky Bar, 9 pm, $8

Need a mid-week break from midterms? You’re in luck! Donning their scruffy toques and their equally scruffy facial hair, rockers Bend Sinister will be playing their indie progressive rock at Lucky Bar on a Tuesday night. Grab a pint and watch these four dudes, who are originally from the fertile rock breeding grounds of Kelowna, play tunes from their new album, Spring Romance. Fellow indie rockers Paper Lions, from PEI, and pop collective Library Voices, from Saskatchewan, will also play.

Cheesecake Burlesque Revue’s All Hallows Peep Show

Emily Laing: Running for Treasurer

The ladies at the Cheesecake Burlesque Revue will be hosting their latest performance, a Halloween peep show, at Lucky at 8 pm on October 28. The girls are known for their high-energy acts, lavish costumes, stand-out performers, comedic timing, seductiveness, and girl-next-door accessibility. Bring a sassy costume, or you’ll risk getting dressed up by the performers themselves!

My involvement with the Nexus Publishing Board of Directors began in April 2010 when I was elected to be the acting Treasurer. I’ve always been interested in the role of an organization that allocates financial resources to accomplish goals. As the current Treasurer, I’ve enjoyed many aspects of my position --helping to develop budgets and the tracking of financial progress against budgets. Also, I value my role in assisting other board members with understanding these finances. As Treasurer, I aim to go beyond the requirements by thinking strategically, engaging others, articulating a vision and building relationships with individuals from other organizations. I pride myself in being a fully engaged board member. I hope to have this opportunity to serve on the Nexus Publishing Board. Thank you for your vote.

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GUIDELINES Each registered student at Camosun is eligible for up to 40 words FREE per semester. This can be in the form of a 40-word ad or two 20-word ads. Drop off your ad at Nexus, Richmond House 201, Lansdowne, email it to nexus@nexusnewspaper.com, or call the ad in at 250-3703591. Please include your student number and contact information. Small print: Nexus reserves the right to refuse ads for any reason. No sexist, racist, homophobic, or otherwise derogatory or slanderous ads. Business-related ads are $15 for 20 words or less. 50 cents per extra word.

Online elections October 18-21

Go to nexusnewspaper.com and vote for our new president and treasurer. Voting tables on campus October 20-21, 11 am – 3 pm, Lansdowne Fisher foyer and Interurban Campus Centre foyer. Come and help decide who represents your student newspaper. nexus@nexusnewspaper.com 250-370-3591

Nexus newspaper October 20, 2010  

Volume 21, issue 4

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