Volume 21 Issue 7 December 1, 2010
Camosun’s Student Voice Since 1990
BALLS TO THE FACE
BREAKING IT DOWN
Camosun plans to put the brakes on illegal downloading taking place on campus.
Camosun’s new dodgeball club lets students get their anger and frustration out.
Victoria’s b-boys and b-girls are keeping the breakdancing dream alive.
The evolution of social media
Distracted students = dumb students Erin Ball Staff writer
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According to the all-knowing, undisputable omnipotence of the totally not-always-accurate-but-still-trusted Wikipedia, the term “infomania” is used to describe a debilitating state of information overload. It’s also known as distraction caused by the urge to check email, text, and other sources of information (Facebook, anyone?), which causes the person to neglect other more important things, like talking to friends and family in person.
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fully, they are not. Students are getting less done, and they’re getting dumber as they do it. According to a recent study, excessive use of technology reduces intelligence. The study concluded that those that are distracted by emails and phone messages while working had a 10-point fall in their IQ. That’s twice the effect that marijuana has on IQ. So replying to emails and checking phone messages is worse than hitting the bong before cramming for that biology midterm. In fact, multitasking affects productivity about the same amount as missing a night’s sleep. Unless you are a cardcarrying Mensa member, that’s 10 points you can’t afford. These days, many students and young people are the absolute pros at multitasking. Sitting in class, listening to the instructor while taking notes, reading emails, and texting a friend is not an unusual scene at Camosun. Students are the LA Lakers of multitaskers; they are champions. This generation is conditioned to multitask and most think it’s a good thing. Students are told it’s a skill that employers look for. They’ve received constant stimulation since childhood, the kind that the previous generation didn’t have when they were kids. Ever notice the percentage of people on the bus poking at their iPhones and BlackBerries? It’s, roughly and anecdotally, about 97 percent.
There could be a zombie apocalypse and no one would notice because they are too busy texting. The effect of all of this infomania can be disastrous. Studies have not only found that multitasking and distractions lower IQs, but it also changes the structure of the brain, turning people into cursory readers, distracted and shallow thinkers, and superficial learners. And with more technological
distractions becoming available, the problem is going to get worse. The solution is learning to slow down and knowing when to focus attention on one task at a time. It may hurt to turn off a cell phone, but it’s better in the long run if it means higher productivity and a happier brain. What do you think? email@example.com or TEXTBACK to 604–223–0076.
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Pope remarks a sign of progressiveness Beth Storheim The Gateway (University of Alberta)
EDMONTON (CUP)—For the first time ever, a pope has admitted that condoms may be used in certain cases to prevent the spread of HIV, which is one small step towards the end of the magisterial denial of the value of contraception. Pope Benedict stunned the world when he made some apparently pro-contraceptive remarks in a new book released on Nov. 23, though the Catholic Church is nowhere near to ending the ban just yet.
December 1, 2010
College staff deserve respect, understanding
I’m writing to express my disappointment in the editorial Camosun customer service fails, printed in the November 17 issue of Nexus. I have been a support-staff employee for over 20 years; I began as a student. The support staff of the college support students every day in their education and through many events and services, such as bursaries, an endowment fund, a literacy award bursary, donations to the student food bank, hampers for students, and campaigns and donations to services like the childcare centres to ensure access to education is maintained. Cuts to the college budget result
For decades, the Vatican has maintained its position that the use of contraceptives is both immoral and an ineffective method of HIVAIDS prevention. But in a book-length interview with German journalist Peter Seewald, Pope Benedict indicated that “in certain cases, where the intention is to reduce the risk of infection, [condom use] can nevertheless be a first step on the way to another, more humane sexuality.” The Pope then gave an example of a situation where condom use might be justifiable, saying, “There
may be a basis in the case of some individuals, as perhaps when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be a first step in the direction of a moralization, a first assumption of responsibility.” Pope Benedict’s statements illustrate a small shift towards a more progressive papal view of morality and ethics, and are perhaps a sign that more dialogue on contraception and HIV-AIDS prevention is going to happen in the future. Just last year, the Pope said that far from fighting AIDS, condom use “even aggravates the problems.”
in layoffs. This means service problems and additional stress on staff due to increased workload. Our student population right now is at 125 percent capacity. Students are being affected and the staff shares this frustration and wants to provide the best service possible. Sometimes the policies and practices in place create issues for staff and students. As an employee, and as a representative of the support staff, I ask we each show understanding and respect during these times. It could be you on the other side of the counter someday. Our goal is to provide the service necessary for success and provide a positive learning outcome.
Louise Oetting CUPE 2081, Camosun College
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In light of the Pope’s recent, more enlightened statements, perhaps there will be a reversal of the papal ban on contraception for everyone, and not just for male prostitutes. It’s high time the Vatican got with the program, and caught up to the many numbers of their flock who actively disagree with and ignore this ban. For now, we hope that the Catholic Church, rather than leaving its head stuck in the sands of denial, will open the doors to discussion and inquiry regarding contraception.
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College dealing with illegal downloading Staff Writer
Camosun plans to tighten up on illegal downloading at school due to threatening letters from copyright enforcement companies. According to Don Gilbert, Camosun’s manager of computing services, the school has received about 30 registered letters over the past few months from organizations like the Motion Picture Association of America and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. “The movie publishers, the music publishers, all have organizations that have enforcement branches,” says Gilbert. “They threaten all kinds of legal ramifications.” Although he doesn’t want to restrict internet use for students, he says he needs to take action. In the next six months Camosun plans to make sites like bittorrent.com slower for students to use at school so it’s harder to download things like movies and music. “There are laws that we have to enforce,” says Gilbert. “We’re very concerned with how casual students are about stealing intellectual property.” He says the reason some students download at school is the fast internet connection the college has, adding that it’s faster than most people’s “pipes” at home.
“I can understand the desire to come in and use that pipe,” says Gilbert, “but it isn’t meant for recreation; it’s meant for teaching and learning.” Health care attendant student Emily Chase says if students want to download illegally, they should do it at home, not on the school network, and she understands the school’s position.
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“I can see why the school would be upset with people doing illegal downloading, for sure,” says Chase. “The school computers are for school work.” University transfer student Gabrielle Hanlon has never downloaded anything illegally, and says she wouldn’t know how to if she tried, but she says students shouldn’t have restrictions on their internet use at school. “Students should be able to
download whatever they want,” says Hanlon, “as long as they aren’t occupying the computers for an excessive amount of time.” The school has caught individuals downloading illegally before. Gilbert says the student usually just gets a warning, but if they are caught again they can get their internet access revoked for a period of time, which is normally three months. His department also watches for spikes in internet usage at unusual times. “If we see huge amounts of traffic at three in the morning, we know that somebody’s doing something that they would rather not be noticed, but it just stands right out,” says Gilbert. Gilbert says the school can track what websites students visit. The college has a contractual agreement with the government, where they have to match a user name with an IP address, which is why students must log in. However, Gilbert says no one usually looks at these logs. “We monitor as much as we have to,” he says. “We have logs, but we don’t have anybody looking at them.” The only websites the school actively blocks are ones that involve child pornography and hatred against an identifiable group, because those sites are illegal in Canada.
Surfing the waves of piracy.
But blocking websites can be tricky. Gilbert says it’s done by filtering a certain word in the search engine, so if the school were to filter the word “sex,” then students wouldn’t be able to search for things like sex education, or sexual disease. Gilbert says he wants to keep student internet access as open as he can, so to avoid restrictions he encourages students to use discretion in their internet use at school. “We don’t care if you go to Facebook in the lab,” says Gilbert. “The model we’ve found that’s appropriate is acceptable use. Don’t do anything illegal, first and foremost.” What do you think? email@example.com or TEXTBACK to 604–223–0076.
School system fails some college students Sean Hayden Contributing writer
On October 29, minister of education George Abbott met with 75 high-school students at the BC Student Voice conference to talk about building an education system that supports and nurtures students to discover their element and passion in life. While provincial policy emphasizes students’ passions, the practical skills required by secondary institutions are stressed less often. Allowing for flexible assignment deadlines, for example, has become an issue for discussion and implementation in secondary schools. Alternatives to the traditional essay are already allowed in some high schools. Even the exam structure has been cut back radically, as students are only required by the
Ministry to take compulsory exams in English and math. Camosun philosophy instructor Justine Noel feels that high-school students are coming into college fairly well equipped, but points out that “secondary English classes are heavily weighted towards technology-based assignments. When it comes to spelling and analytic rigour, many of our students need more work.” Kim McKay, an instructor in the Writing Centre, agrees that writing difficulties are “widespread.” “Students can write informative papers, but often lack the analytic discipline to propose a clear thesis and support each point,” says McKay. Other instructors, such as criminal justice instructor Eva Wilmot, think high-school students are
prepared just fine by their secondary-school curriculum. “On the whole, students come well equipped for the workload and pace,” says Wilmot. Kelsey Dubois, a Camosun associate arts student who graduated from St. Andrews Catholic High School, says that “the quantity of homework and the level of difficulty is similar” between high school and college, but that high school let her down in writing. Jennifer Mann, a creative writing student who went to St. Michaels University School, also entered college unprepared in writing. “I failed my first essay at Camosun,” she says. “I had absolutely no grammar skills. More peer editing would have helped in high school, too.” Mann says that high school
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didn’t enforce deadlines enough. “It was so easy to make excuses and to get extensions,” she says. “Here, you can’t do that as often.” An area where many students falter is communication, and some feel this is due to a lack of real writing training in high school. “When it comes to writing essays, I’d say I was about 50-percent prepared,” says Dubois. “I had no proper research-essay training or knowledge of how to do proper citations.” Thinking back on high school, Camosun first-year student Regan Alsdorf, who went to Claremont Secondary, recalls some words of wisdom from her time there. “I’ll never forget one line from an inspiring teacher,” says Alsdorf. “Don’t work harder, work smarter.”
What’s your irrational fear and why?
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“I don’t like people looking at the back of my head. So I sit at the back of the class. It sucks if I’m late, and bus rides are kind of awkward.”
“Drowning. I spent my life growing up near the ocean and I love it, but the irrational thing is I’m most afraid of it.”
“I don’t like people watching me eat or looking at my food. I feel like it’s rude.”
“Being trapped under ice. It would be worse than being trapped in a fire; at least you could try and escape that. Just not being able to reach the surface and slowly losing oxygen...”
“Little bugs that jump, because when you try to kill them you don’t know if they’ll jump on you.”
Camosun alumni Dr. Sarah Sampson has won Camosun’s 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award. Sampson is an equine surgeon and a university professor at Mississippi State University in Starkville. She attended Camosun back in 1993 as a university transfer student in sciences. She called the halls of Camosun home for three years before she transferred to Washington State University to complete a bachelor of science in animal studies, and eventually went on to complete a PhD in equine surgery and sports medicine. Camosun’s Distinguished Alumni Award is presented every June and November to alumni that graduated more than 10 years ago.
Camosun stops printing calendar For the first time in almost 40 years, Camosun College will not be printing a college calendar. The calendar was a 200-plus-page document where students could find information on programs, important dates, policies, and student services. Now the college is charging into the electronic age and has decided to let students and the public to rely on the website to get all the information they need. The decision to stop printing a college calendar is also an environmental one, as it will save paper and energy.
Empress chef wins local competition Eight south-island chefs went head-to-head on Sunday, November 14 to see which chef would reign supreme. Chef Graham Smith (assisted by John Lance) from the Empress won the title of Chef of the Year after cooking a four-course meal for 12 people. Six chefs judged the event and based their scores on composition, balance, originality, and use of local products. The event was open to the public and the proceeds go towards bursaries and scholarships for young cooks. Chef Graham Smith, as well as chef Kyle Campbell and chef Andrew Dickinson, who came in second and third place, are all graduates of Camosun’s professional cook training program.
Galloping Goose gets an upgrade The CRD’s pride and joy, the Galloping Goose Trail, is getting a facelift. The regional parks department is taking advantage of the bad weather while the trail is less busy to add a layer of aggregate to two kilometers of trail between Charters and Todd trestles in Sooke. Bike riders and leisure walkers beware—the construction will require closure of the main parking lot on Sooke River Road, as well as the section of the trail in question from December 1-10. But Galloping Goose junkies can still access the trail from Sooke Potholes in the overflow parking on Sooke River Road. Info on the closure and detours can be found at crd. bc.ca/parks, and on the trail.
December 1, 2010
Renée Andor Staff writer
Michele Spencer recently received the BC Lieutenant Governor Silver Medal Award at her graduation ceremony. Spencer won the award for her high grade point average, an 8.78 out of a possible 9, and for her contributions to the indigenous family support program she recently graduated from. She never expected to win the award and says she’s very grateful to be chosen as the recipient. “I just thought my heart would burst, because it was just such a huge honour,” says Spencer. Spencer is 42 years old. She dropped out of high school in grade 10 and worked while she raised her daughter. She started taking night classes a couple of years ago and got her high school diploma in 2009, one year after her daughter received hers. She then returned to school fulltime at Camosun in the indigenous family support program last fall, which she says was a difficult decision for her to make. “I had spent most of my life
working and I was really secure in being able to work,” says Spencer, “but to go to school full-time and not have a job was really quite frightening. I felt very vulnerable.” Spencer says the award is confirmation that she’s on the right path with her decision to return to school. Besides ensuring she did well in the program, Spencer went a step further and helped her classmates succeed. Fellow student Susan Perry was in the program with Spencer last year. She says no one in the class is surprised Spencer won the award, and everyone benefitted from her help. “I couldn’t think of anybody more deserving,” says Perry. “She’s more than just a classmate; she’s like a teacher and a best friend.” Spencer organized study groups, helped people on their projects, gave advice, and even gave people rides when they needed them. She says she loves people and tried to help her classmates in any way she could. “My education isn’t just about me; it’s about all of us working together and realizing our potential,” says Spencer.
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Robert Wells, an instructor in the program, nominated Spencer. He has taught at the college for 15 years and has never nominated a student before. He says Spencer was a unique student and she needed to be recognized. “She’s the kind of person that teachers really hope to see in their classroom,” says Wells, “the kind of a person who can understand the material and is not only concerned with her own success, but is prepared to make sure that her fellow students are coming along with it as well.” Spencer is in Camosun’s university transfer program right now, and plans to go to UVic to get her degree in psychology. Her ultimate goal is to get her masters in counselling and work with aboriginal youth. She is of Lakota descent, but says she felt disconnected to her native ancestry because she grew up outside of her culture. The indigenous family support program helped her connect to her heritage and gave her a better understanding of her identity. “I’m not the same person that I was,” says Spencer. “It really shifted
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how I saw myself and it really made me believe in myself.” Spencer had no plans for schooling beyond the program, but says she got the inspiration and courage to continue on in her studies from her time in that program. “I learned to just listen to my heart and what it was I really wanted to do,” says Spencer. “It gave me courage to really follow my dreams.”
E- books not catching on Dylan Wilks Contributing Writer
Despite the hopes of companies who are in the e-book market, the ability to carry around dozens of books in a conveniently small package hasn’t yet brought about a massive shift in how people read. This holds true for students, who cite required reading for classes as one of the biggest reasons they don’t read recreationally, be it with a physical book or an e-book. “I love to read but hardly ever have the time, unless it is a non-fiction book related to a research paper or assignment,” says Camosun creative writing student Marlie Van Roy. English student Ryan Abbot agrees, adding that the heavier the workload is, the less time a student has for reading any kind of book. “Extra-curricular reading for students is difficult at best,” says Abbot, “especially for those with four, five, or six courses.” When she can find time to read, English student Michele Hornell goes for an old-fashioned physical book as opposed to an e-book. “I do not like to read e-books at all,” says Hornell. “I prefer to flip the pages myself.” Tessa Brethour, another English student, finds e-books really hard to concentrate on. “With a book you can isolate yourself and bring it wherever you want. With an e-book, I get distracted and don’t remember anything of what I’m reading.” English Instructor Debbie Gascoyne understands the reluctance and believes the costs of ebooks to be another contributing factor. “To me, the e-book is a lesser experience,” she says. “If I’m going to pay 50 bucks for a book, I want a book. I want the object.” Gascoyne does believe that once e-books are established, like how music has been through iTunes,
they will become much more attractive. “It’s going to be great for reissuing copies of books that have gone out of print, publisher’s backlists, and things that are no longer available,” she says. The Alan Batey Library & Learning Commons on the Lansdowne campus is well into the transition to e-books, with more than 56,000 electronic books as of March. It’s easy to walk into the library and wonder where all the books are (they’re hiding upstairs). Reclaiming space in libraries to create areas where people can read is one of the immediate and obvious benefits of shifting to ebook libraries. “You don’t have to worry about space,” says Gascoyne, “you can make it our library and turn the space over to people.” Another obvious benefit of ebook libraries is how much more widely accessible a particular book is. With e-books any number of people can have that book at a given time. In fact, the Camosun Library allows any student access to their complete catalogue online on campus or at home. This won’t spell the end for libraries or physical books just yet—there will always be collectors wanting a first edition or a rare autographed copy of a book, but it should serve as a wake-up call to bookstores. “The physical bookstore may disappear,” says Gascoyne, “because they’re becoming expensive and unrealistic.” Camosun chief librarian Sybil Harrison sees e-books as the future—one that Camosun has been working towards since 1997. “It is where we as libraries need to go,” says Harrison. What do you think? email@example.com or TEXTBACK to 604–223–0076.
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Poll finds Camosun’s riding wants Liberals out Victoria Street Newz recently conducted a poll of the Oak Bay– Gordon Head electoral district, which Camosun Lansdowne is a part of, and found that if there were an election held today, the Liberals would likely lose the seat to the NDP. Currently, Liberal MLA Ida Chong, who is now facing recall over the HST issue, holds the seat and represents the riding in the legislature. Chong obtained 23 percent in the poll, while the NDP garnered 47 percent. The Conservatives, who don’t have a candidate, were close behind the Liberals with 22 percent, while the Green party had 8 percent. The poll was conducted before BC premier Gordon Campbell announced his intentions to resign, and before Chong was announced as the first MLA to face recall. With so much upheaval in the Liberal party as of late, it’s likely that the Liberals have lost even more ground in the riding.
Organization calls for BC to end child poverty BC Campaign 2000, an organization that’s part of a national network that promotes awareness about poverty in Canada, is calling on the political leaders of BC to commit to ending child poverty. The 2010 Child Poverty Report Card for BC found that in 2008 the poverty rate declined, but according to the increased number of families on income assistance and using the food bank, they expect the 2009 and 2010 numbers to increase significantly. The report calls on BC to enact an anti-poverty strategy, to help the one in seven BC children who currently live below the poverty line. The report calls on government to solve the child-poverty problem by raising minimum wage, welfare rates, and child-tax benefits, among other initiatives. Campaign 2000 was formed in 1991 to build awareness about the 1989 all-party House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000, which has obviously not happened.
Cheesecake puts on holiday peep show The sequined-clad ladies of the Cheesecake Burlesque Revue have been entertaining fans of burlesque in Victoria for the last four years. They’re celebrating the holiday season by putting on their Naughty But Nice Peep Show on December 3 at the Metro Studio, and December 4 at Lucky Bar. The shows are comprised of acts that consist of memories revisited and re-imagined, burlesque-style. It will feature Cheesecake favourites of all shapes and sizes, like Kitten Kaboodle, Betsy Bottom Dollar, and Champagne Sparkles. And no one’s off the hook: the Cheesecake gals are sure to get the audience involved, as they encourage everyone to wear their sassy holiday wear. There will also be contests and prizes to be won. Tickets can be picked up at Lyle’s Place in advance, or at the door. Both the Metro and the Lucky shows start at 8 pm.
Renée Andor Staff writer
Camosun’s new bursary-application process turned out record numbers of applicants, and is also greener for the environment. The college’s new system for accepting bursary applications cuts down on the paperwork significantly. Before, students had to fill out separate sheets of paper by hand for different bursary applications, but now they only fill out one online application, which covers all of the bursaries.
“You don’t want to spend your time filling out a load of sheets when you can just type one. Just press enter and it’s gone.” Dana Marchand camosun student
Lynda Funston, Camosun’s coordinator for financial aid, says the school received 842 applications this fall, compared to 653 last fall, and saved over 3,000 sheets of paper in the process. This is the most bursary applications they’ve ever received, and Funston says it’s because it’s easier for students to apply. “It’s a much simpler and more straight-forward process for stu-
Camosun bursary applications reach electronic age
Applying for bursaries through Camosun’s website is as easy as giving money to a freaky hand popping out of a computer monitor. Whoa.
dents,” says Funston. “Students are saying that it’s faster to complete a bursary application and it’s taking them very little time.” Camosun university transfer student Dana Marchand applied for bursaries this fall. She agrees that the new method is a time-saver for students who are busy with schoolwork. “If you’re at school and you’re really busy already, you don’t want to spend your time filling out a load of sheets when you can just type one,” says Marchand, “just press enter and it’s gone.” According to Funston, students
receiving bursaries for the fall semester will get a letter in the mail by the end of November. The online winter bursary applications will be open from January 10 until February 8. Funston is happy to be able to provide students with access to the updated system. “We really do think it is a good thing,” she says. “We wanted to get to the electronic age and have something available for students that would make it faster and easier for them.” It’s important to note that scholarship and award applications still need to be filled out by hand, as
their requirements often vary by donors and are specific to certain programs. Angie Bowles, program assistant for the school of arts and science, says the school is always updating the criteria to try to ensure as many students meet the requirements of awards as possible. “We’re always looking at the criteria of our awards on a yearly basis to make sure they fit within our programs and what student needs are,” says Bowles. This year the School of Arts and Science handed out 91 awards and scholarships, which totalled $40,000
in funds given to students. According to Bowles, most awards and scholarships are valued between $500 and $1500, which is significant money for students. “That can make a big difference for a student,” she says. Bowles encourages students to research the awards available to their program, as she says there are lots to choose from. “It’s always important that the student makes every effort to apply,” says Bowles. “A lot of the time students feel that they wouldn’t qualify, but we have a broad range of awards in all of our areas.”
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Chargers gear up for holiday classics The Camosun Chargers basketball teams won’t be idle over the holidays, despite all the seasonal temptations inviting them to relax for a bit. Both teams will be in the middle of their seasons and can’t risk descending into the lazy days and nights of drinking, eating, and classic-movie watching most of us take part in during the holidays. The women’s team will host their annual Christmas classic tournament at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE), December 28–30, while the men’s team takes a road trip to Washington State. The games the Chargers play over the holidays aren’t league games, but will help the teams keep in shape, and improve their game, while playing teams they might not normally play in the regular season. For more info on the tournaments and games over the holiday season, and for other updates on what the team’s up to, check out the Chargers blog at camosunchargers.blogspot.com.
Rec department hosts dance fundraiser Camosun Fitness and Recreation recently teamed up with Victoria Dance Theater (VDT), the company that teaches dance classes and workshops at Camosun, for a fundraiser. A Night of Dance was held in Young 216 at the Lansdowne campus and featured VDT students putting the skills they’ve learned in dance onto the stage in front of an audience. “It was small, but it went well,” says Meghan Lambeth, fitness and recreation manager. The event raised approximately $200. Lambeth says that they were hoping for a better turn out, but despite the small numbers, they’re planning a similar fundraiser again next fall. Funds raised will go towards equipment for the gym, “likely yoga bolsters,” according to Lambeth.
Chargers results November 17-December 1: Women’s Volleyball Friday, November 19 Loss—Chargers 0, UBC Okanagan Heat 3 Men’s Volleyball Friday, November 19 Loss—Chargers 1, UBC Okanagan Heat 3 Women’s Basketball Friday, November 19 Loss—Chargers 53, UBC Okanagan Heat 74 Saturday, November 20 Loss—Chargers 65, UBC Okanagan Heat 69 Friday, November 26 Win—Chargers 78, Kwantlen 57 Saturday, November 27 Win—Chargers 86, Kwantlen 53 Men’s Basketball Friday, November 19 Win—Chargers 82, UBC Okanagan Heat 63 Saturday, November 20 Loss—Chargers 55, UBC Okanagan Heat 62 Friday, November 26 Win—Chargers 78, Kwantlen 68 Saturday, November 27 Win—Chargers 75, Kwantlen 67
New game plan for women’s volleyball Emily Laing Contributing writer
The Chargers women’s volleyball team is working towards a spot in the provincials this year with their strong play, but despite a lot of hard work the team is still struggling to bring home some wins. The young team has shown lots of promise in their matches this semester, but they are still lacking points. Despite the frustration, the Chargers have continued to play hard and not give up. Head coach Chris Dahl is approaching different strategies to bring overall success to the team.
“It’s taken me some time to assess what skills each player has come into the program with. Some come with various levels of experience and some come with bad habits.” chris dahl camosun chargers
“We’re developing and moving along a pathway towards where we think we need to be for second semester,” says Dahl. Dahl’s decisions as a coach are not based solely on the scoreboard. He’s currently working on a style of play that will set his athletes up for the next level.
The Chargers women’s volleyball team is struggling, but is still aiming for the provincials this year.
“The results have not been exactly what we have hoped for, but we’re not basing everything around wins or loses,” says Dahl. “I’m confident that each athlete has the potential to make a run for the provincial playoffs and earn a birth to the national championships.” With the bulk of last year’s roster moving on, the new-look Chargers have their work cut out for them between now and the spring. “It’s taken me some time to assess what skills each player has come into the program with,” says Dahl. “Some come with various levels of experience and some come
with bad habits.” The team has started the year off slightly better than in previous seasons, standing at two wins, four losses, but the Chargers look forward to a stronger second semester. The women are dedicated in their training as they continue to practice at Pacific Institute For Sports Excellence (PISE) every day of the week. Second-year veteran Kelsey Fletcher came to Camosun to pursue a degree in business and volleyball. She explains the improvement in Dahl’s coaching, compared to
previous years’ coaches. “Chris is one of the most organized people I have ever met,” says Fletcher. “Everything is planned out according to the next level of skill and we keep learning. Chris’ plan is for us to be more of a threat in the second semester, and I think we are going to be successful.” Dahl says that what he’s most impressed with is the calm and maturity his players displayed in the first portion of the season. “Whether we get outcomes, it’s irrelevant,” says Dahl. “If our goals are outcome-based, then we’re setting ourselves up for failure.”
Dodgeball phenomenon hits Camosun College Emily Laing Staff writer
Multi-coloured balls rocket across the court. Grunts and yells echo throughout the gymnasium. This isn’t some cruel form of torture—this is dodgeball. The 2004 film Dodgeball brought with it a resurgence of interest in the game. Now several Camosun students are joining in on the fun. Dodgeball enthusiasts are lining up balls at the centre line 8:30 pm every Thursday night at Lansdowne High School gym for a smacking of quads, chests, and, if participants feel ballsy, faces.
“Even if you’re sleepdeprived, it’s easy to come out and fire some balls at people.” Kase Devries camosun student
The Camosun College Student Society (CCSS) came up with the idea for an on-campus dodgeball club to bring students together, and the popularity of the game is spreading across campus. “The space is working really well and we like that there is consistency in location,” says CCSS external af-
fairs executive Matteus Clement. “It has lots of room and will be able to accommodate a doubling of players if that time comes.” The main objective of each team is to eliminate all members of the opposing team by hitting them with thrown balls, catching a ball thrown by a member of the opposing team, or forcing them to move outside the court boundaries when a ball is thrown at them. Environmental technology student Kase Devries was formerly involved with a well-known dodgeball league in Alberta, Lister Dodgeball, while attending university. He’s pleased to see the turnout at Camosun and finds this sport to be therapeutic. “It’s free anger management, especially for how stressful school is,” says Devries. “Even if you’re sleep-deprived, it’s easy to come out and fire some balls at people. Some people think it’s civil war but there’s huge technique involved. It’s a team sport, so there’s roles for each team member and some competition.” Spectators are surprised to find out how enthusiastic some participants are over the sport. UVic student Lindsay Harper played dodgeball during her childhood but now enjoys the game more on the sidelines. “Agility and speed are factors in this game which I lack, but dodge-
Camosun student Nick Patenaude gets the full dodgeball experience.
ball is a great outlet for channeling out hatred,” says Harper. “It’s made a leap over the years and has brought a certain sexiness to a gym sport.” The true beauty of the game of dodgeball is that it’s accessible to people of all ages and sporting abilities, since everyone has the
potential to get involved and be a part of the team. “People are having fun,” says Clement, “and, while slightly competitive, no one is feeling left out or put down.” What do you think? email@example.com or TEXTBACK to 604–223–0076.
December 1, 2010
Social media: bigger O
n a quiet day in February 2004, an encompassing, engulfing presence came online, casting a shadow a mile wide and obliterating all social-media networks that dared to stand in its way. The internet had a new godfather, known only as Facebook. Five-and-a-half years later, Facebook is, without a doubt, on top of the social-networking pile and shows no signs of loosening the stronghold on its 500-million-plus users. After the initial shock of being dropped like Joe Pesci in Goodfellas, other online social communities are once again starting to cautiously pop up across the world wide web. Facebook, secure in its role as North America’s biggest distraction, is content now to run quietly in the background of people’s lives, allowing a new generation of online communities to emerge from founder Mark Zuckerberg’s virtual Le Brea Tar Pits. These new, phoenix-like networks have read the handouts, taken notes, and crunched the numbers, determined not to repeat the follies of their predecessors. Shaking tar from their wings, sites like Twitter, Flickr, and Tumblr are finding a niche market and hanging on for the long haul.
A little Twitter told me… Twitter has become a beacon of light in this modern age of waning attention spans and hectic lifestyles. Every corporate entity and their dog has a Twitter account, sending out 140-character blasts updating followers on everything from press releases and pending mergers, to what the VP had for breakfast and the awesome shoes she just bought on clearance. While Twitter has gotten a bad reputation as chapter one in The Stalker’s Guide to Celebrities, it does have legitimate uses outside of discovering Britney Spears’ latest Starbucks must-have drink. With print newspaper sales declining, online readership has skyrocketed. Smartphones and e-book readers like Kindle and Nook make online newspapers easily accessible, but still feature traditional full-length articles. Many people who find themselves in need of a speedy news fix are now turning to Twitter for quick and dirty headline updates. Local newspapers like the Times Colonist, Monday, the Saanich News, and Nexus have all started Twitter accounts with multiple updates every day, keeping readers up to date on all the day’s top stories. After winter’s sudden arrival on November 21, with Victorians flying into their usual snow-induced frenzies, local papers kept snow-bound citizens informed by tweeting bus-route updates after the BC Transit website crashed from thousands checking in about bus cancellations. Not only are these Twitter pages keeping followers in the loop about community and world events, but they are also keeping their respective papers in people’s good graces by serving as a public bulletin when all else fails. Hollywood producer, writer, director, and animation mastermind Tim Burton began an unconventional Twitter account on November 22 called Tim Burton’s Cadavre Exquis. Steering clear of the typical celebrity Twitters that are all to commonly used to whore out cheap as-seen-on-TV loot and soapbox about how annoying they think paparazzi are, Burton opted for building a creative collective. Hoping to create a new adventure for his character, Stainboy, the story-telling experiment calls on fans and writers to contribute tweets to expand on Burton’s beginning line, “Stainboy, using
his obvious expertise, was called in to investigate mysterious glowing goo on the gallery floor…” People have until December 6 to contribute story lines with the best of each day being chosen by Burton and officially added to the story. The hope is to collaboratively build a Stainboy adventure, as well as draw attention to Burton’s upcoming art exhibit at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. Taking yet another approach to Twitter, local musicians Jon and Roy have created an account to keep their name in good standing with fans as well as to attract new people to their music. Jon and Roy’s manager, Stephen Franke, says it’s important for hometown bands to have a strong online presence, but that bands need to be selective about where they dedicate their efforts. “Every social media site if different, and each has their own purpose,” says Franke. “We use Facebook to showcase and market the band, like a traditional website. MySpace is a dinosaur, and it’s not very good for much, but it does work as a platform for spreading music.” While Franke isn’t sold on the notion that tweets will be the key to launching the band into the musical stratosphere, he admits that there’s a fuzzy logic to having an account. “Our biggest reason for having a Twitter is to create a culture around Jon and Roy,” says Franke. “It’s about having a presence so we’re not left behind, but it’s definitely not our main site.” The band also maintains a presence on music-sharing sites like last.fm, and video-sharing sites like YouTube. Ultimately though, Franke says it’s important to stay focused on the real objectives and not get too caught up in the social-media craze. “You need to focus on the music,” he says. “Focus on the music and the networks that work, and ignore the bad ones. Music, or whatever it is you’re doing, needs to come first. All the marketing in the world won’t help if you don’t have good music. But if the music is good, the marketing will take care of itself.”
Say “aged Gouda” Flickr, which also launched in February of 2004, was developed by Vancouver-based company Ludicorp, and was bought out in 2005 by Yahoo. 2006 through 2008 saw huge changes to the website, with a significant increase to allotted uploads and the addition of video capabilities. Often lumped in with other online photo-sharing sites, such as Photobucket, Picasa, and SmugMug, Flickr has gradually come to be a well-respected site for photographers to display their portfolios. A budding photojournalist, University of Alberta student Sam Brooks began networking and making contacts in the photography community. With a little prodding from friends, Brooks created a Flickr account of his own, quickly realizing the benefit of a site that’s visible to non-members. “It doesn’t have the same exclusivity as something like Facebook does,” says Brooks. “A lot of my friends don’t have a Facebook page, so I was able to share photos with them more easily.” The user-friendly site is accessible to anyone with a computer and doesn’t require an account to browse other users’ photos. But as Brooks found out not long after joining, membership does have its benefits. “As I dove further in to Flickr, I realized that it’s a completely
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is making the buck by specializing and catering to niche, other sites, like hitrecord.org, are diversifys a multimedia site developed by actor Joseph Gord has recently become a professional collaborative ompany. that the work they post can be taken by other memmixed and remade into something new, as long as reator is credited in the resources. n hitRECord, Gordon-Levitt says that “remixing ed theft. It’s an honor.” proach to copyright and fair-use agreements reflects t’s belief that current copyright laws are out of date. site itself must conform to the laws of the land, the hin the site have the power and freedom to share work within their own community. Leon, a hitRECord member out of Chicago, Illinois, was immediately blown away when she first visited hearing about it on Twitter.
“I couldn’t believe the creativity in the collaborations, and it made me want to become a part of it, a part of this huge production,” she says. The site, which features contributions of audio, video, pictures, illustrations, and text, not only fosters art, but also helps to motivate people to be more creative. De Leon says sites like hitRECord can help bring skills typically learned in school to people who might not otherwise have the opportunity. “We have film schools that can easily teach us how to make videos, but what about people who can’t go to those schools?” asks De Leon. “It takes more than one brain to create a whole entire project; hitRECord is a way to help build relationships with others and work together.” At the annual Sundance Film Festival in January, Gordon-Levitt and members of the hitRECord community presented some of the site’s feature collaborations, bringing awareness to hitRECord and many of the multimedia productions. De Leon says that the beauty of a site like hitRECord, where art and ideas are constantly being remade and reworked, is that every piece of work that it recorded has the opportunity to become a part of something bigger and better. “You can’t be afraid of messing up or receiving negative comments about your work. As they say, ‘One’s trash is another person’s treasure,’” says De Leon. “I’m glad that I get to put myself out there and share with others.”
A nod to Usenet
To put online communities in context, German explains that long before Web 2.0 and social media as we know it today, a program called Usenet was the main hub of online interactions. Usenet was developed in 1980 by Duke University graduate students Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis and was similar to an online bulletin board. It’s often thought of as a hybrid between email and online forums. German says that he’s not surprised to see interest rising in community-based sites that have a strong focus on person-toperson interactions. “It is kind of cyclical in that we had all these communities on Usenet that were not really moderated,” says German. “Then we started to see the fragmentation of the web where people started to pull the information onto their own websites, and then the problem was actually finding it. Now we have this sort of resurgence where we have people saying, ‘Let’s make communities centralized again.’” “The beauty of Usenet and any other medium on the internet is that it’s been able to actually bring people together that wouldn’t have been able to before,” continues German. “So now the distance doesn’t actually matter. Now we have the ability to create communities around topics that otherwise would have been impossible to foster because the subjects were too obscure, or people wouldn’t have been able to meet up in person.”
No Tumblr-weeds here Blogs are one of the broadest, and consequently most vague, online networks out there today. Blogs can be anything—someone’s personal website, an expert advice column, a topical photo-journal… For UVic student Renée Jordan, blogging was a way to stay busy after a car accident forced her to take a year off of university.
Jordan confesses that when she got married last summer she couldn’t boil an egg, so when her husband began the Crossfit training program, she quickly realized she’d need to learn how to cook more than just cereal. As Jordan began to hone her kitchen craft, the rave reviews from friends began rolling in, as did the recipe requests. To simplify things she began her blog, focusing on healthy eating and clean cooking, on Tumblr in June, gaining upwards of 1,700 followers in just under six months. “I’m still shocked that anyone other than my husband, who is obligated to like my cooking, is enjoying it,” laughs Jordan. Jordan’s followers come from every corner of the globe, and with such positive feedback and reviews, it comes as no surprise that Jordan’s blog is bringing real attention to her recipes and providing opportunities for expansion. “I recently had nine recipes published in a charity cookbook with one of my pictures as the cover photo,” says Jordan. “And since a month or so after I started, people on my blog have been pestering me to put an actual print cookbook together, so I used a print-on-demand company and am making it available to whoever wants it.” While Jordan’s initial goal with her blog was to provide easy-tofind recipes for family and friends, she’s now realizing the impact of promoting her blog through other media websites to people outside of her own social circle. “A lot of people suggested that I get Twitter as an extension of my blog,” she says. “There are people that don’t want to read the whole blog entry, but want to see just the headline of the recipe, so they can decide off that whether or not they want to read the whole entry. It makes sense, because it’s quick and it’s easy.” Jordan is careful to protect her online identity, saying that people can never be too careful when divulging personal information. When the trend is to tell everyone everything about yourself, it can be easy to forget that the web is in fact worldwide. “My blog is completely private. You would never know that it’s me,” says Jordan. “I don’t have my photo or my name anywhere on it, because out of 1,700 people following my blog, I know five of them. I don’t know the rest; I don’t want them to know personal information about me. I’ve mentioned that I live on the west coast, but that could be anywhere from Alaska to Mexico.”
Welcome to the family? Many people, like Jordan and Franke, check into multiple accounts on a daily basis, with the hope of having a broad and diverse online presence. Each site has a different account, password, and level of upkeep. The future of social media will see a simplified amalgamation of networks, according to German. “When the ability is there to filter and classify your groups, and say, ‘For this group I am this persona, and for this other group I am this other one,’ but still have everything centralized within one account, many people may start to migrate,” says German. Presumably, the next wave of online communities will recognize the need for efficiency and will be able to manage all other socialmedia sites within one centralized user interface. It remains to be seen if Facebook will continue to play the role of The Godfather’s Vito Corleone, or if there’s an Emilio Barzini lurking in the wings, waiting to be the new leader of the socialmedia world.
December 1, 2010
Jina Mousseau Contributing Writer
For one hour on Wednesday nights, the movement studio in the basement of the Young Building at Camosun’s Lansdowne campus is filled with drums, sitars, and catchy verses—a Bollywood dance beat. Originally from Mumbai, Kiran Kshatriya now makes her home in Victoria. An instructional assistant in Camosun’s dental program, she spends her Wednesday evenings teaching Bollywood dance to women of all ages and backgrounds through Camosun’s recreation program.
“My focus is on having fun, listening to a variety of Indian music and experimenting with who you are in the moment.” Kiran Kshatriya Camosun dance instructor
The word “Bollywood” evokes images of bright colours, incredible landscapes, and melodramatic emotions. Of course those images wouldn’t be in our heads without the music and dance that binds everything together. “I think the reason Bollywood music and dance has become so
popular is because it encompasses the world sound stage,” says Kshatriya. “You’ve got reggae, hip hop, rock, classical…” When Bollywood films first began, they were very traditional in their dance forms and were based mainly on classical Indian dancing. “Women would dance for the men to tell a story, or to offer some sort of message to the gods, or have the gods listen to their dance,” says Kshatriya. “Which is why the bells around the ankle are worn, so the gods would hear the dancer.” Another early Bollywood influence were the folk dances, also known as bhangra, done in the agricultural regions of the northern Punjab state. One of the types of dance taught in Kshatriya’s class, bhangra illustrates sowing seeds, hoeing, and cutting wheat through shoulder and arm movements, and includes heavy drum use in the music. In modern Bollywood films bhangra is still very popular, and is blended with other dance types such as hip-hop, house, and reggae. The music also reflects this fusion and helps to narrate the film, explains Kshatriya. “Bollywood music is generally fun, funky, crazy, and silly, but it’s also sad, dramatic, and romantic,” says Kshatriya. “It’s telling a story when you listen to the words of the song, whether it’s feelings or emotions, values, or traditions that are being held, or shouldn’t be held.”
Bollywood dance class taught at Camosun
Camosun’s Bollywood dance class offers a fun and enriching experience, with a lively soundtrack to boot.
As one of the largest centers of film production in the world, Bollywood films are viewed by millions of people, and have a feverish following. Kshatriya explains that everyday Indian culture is reflected in the films, which adds to their popularity. “In India, traditionally, you sing and dance at every family occasion, for the birth of a child, mourning the death of somebody, weddings…”
Internet gives radio stiff competition Ali Hackett Contributing writer
With the advent of internet radio, traditional radio is finally facing a competitor that has the ability to send it the way of the 8-track. For years, some students have started their day tuned in to their favourite station and listened to radio personalities spout the news, tell funny anecdotes, and play music that might have gone unheard otherwise. Although some students still start their day this way, a migration is happening towards the internet and portable mp3 players as main sources of entertainment. Although it’s apparent that the internet has become many people’s preferred source of information and music, there are students who still find the radio a unique source of entertainment. “I love radio,” says applied chemistry and biotechnology student Kirsten Peters. “I’m not very
good at finding new music, so it introduces me to new artists, and it’s almost social for me. I find a lot of radio hosts quite comedic, and like listening to the interactions between co-hosts.” There’s also something to be said for the live, local perspective that radio provides. Lots of people, like university transfer student Melanie Orr, enjoy listening to CBC. “I listen to CBC because it’s informative and I find lots of good, new music, and lots of Canadian music,” says Orr. Part of what may be working against FM stations is that media conglomerates often own them and they focus almost entirely on advertising revenue. In this regard, many stations are forced to try and appeal to the widest-possible audience, playing the least offensive music to the greatest number of people. Although this makes sense financially, the lack of originality and
On December 6th the Women’s Centre will be holding a candle light vigil to commemorate the 14 women who were murdered in 1989 at École Polytechnique de Montréal
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innovation leaves some listeners wanting more. “I use it as background noise while I’m working sometimes,” says visual arts student Alana Harnish, “or in my car when I forget my iPod.” Time could be a factor as well; students are notoriously busy. “I just don’t have time to actually sit back and listen,” says Nicole Mercer, a psychology student. A likely scenario sees students subscribing to podcasts of their favourite radio shows, which will then download automatically. This allows people to listen to the radio show at a time that’s convenient for them, regardless of when the show actually aired. Another possible reason why students spend less time listening to the radio is that so many local stations target an older audience. The Q, The Ocean, and JACK FM are examples of music-oriented stations that cater to an older demographic than the typical student. The target audience at Camosun’s CKMO Village 900 is people between the ages of 25 and 54, according to station manager Brad Edwards. Edwards, who has been in the radio industry for many years, still believes in the viability of the medium and says it’s future is still solid, despite the threat posed by online alternatives. “Radio is a very powerful tool,” says Edwards, “and it’s only as effective as the creativity that’s put into it.”
says Kshatriya. “When you see this in Bollywood movies it sort of supports the whole cultural response to music and dance. And it’s personal.” Kshatriya, who has a new class at Camosun beginning in January, teaches dance to stay connected to her roots, and to share something she enjoys doing with other people, something that is both fun and a learning experience.
“I teach about trusting yourself,” she says. “Part of that is not making it serious; my focus is on having fun, listening to a variety of Indian music, not just Bollywood movie music, and experimenting with who you are in the moment. Also, just feeling more relaxed and happier in some ways that you did come out and exercise, and you took time for yourself and had fun in the process.”
Humanity through death Carol-Lynne Michaels Contributing writer
If it takes a village to raise a child, then it’s going to take a village to mourn her. The Life Inside is the Belfry Theatre’s latest production. It focuses on a girl’s death and the psychological struggle of the townspeople who must inform the child’s family. The girl’s family is seen only through the windows of their home, where the tragic news eventually finds them. The presentation of this moment is brilliantly irregular; the news shatters them. Nineteen performers bring the 19th-century landscape of a Belgian village to life, without a single set change. Included in the cast is music composer Joelysa Pankanea. She plays marimba, accompanied by harp, upright bass, and violin. The plot involves a girl dying in the river and two villagers finding her. Word spreads and soon the whole village is en route to the child’s home; they are armed with news they know will destroy her family. Although it’s a story with very little action, Life stands strong on its unconventional foundation. Case in point is its awkward but clever introductory segment where the entire musical score is heard. This disclaimer-style intro
ensures the play’s flow, making sure spectators won’t be jarred out of vital moments. With the songs preembedded, the music is familiar. The reason Life gets away with its unusual techniques is because of the cumulative skill of the cast. A handful of them are local theatre directors with established theatre companies, while the youngest performer will be a published author next year—despite the pressures of elementary school. Certain performers extend far beyond the ensemble; most of them are experts in their craft to begin with. The Old Man, played by Richard Newman, carries the story in action and in feeling. The Mother is played by Jan Wood, who steals all sympathy despite her hard pale features. The big hits are the music and the emotionally explosive climax. You’ll be humming the dead girl’s haunting theme song on the way home. Plus, any preconceptions you might have of how music should fit into a theatrical piece will be eliminated.
The Life Inside November 16—December 19 Belfry Theatre $16.50-27.75 belfry.bc.ca
Naked Girls Reading tour hits town Luke Holland Contributing writer
A very Harry conclusion Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 ★★★★★ Ed Sum Contributing Writer
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will certainly end the popular Potter movie franchise with plenty of box-office dollars. In this movie, director David Yates shows he can do more than play with young love and teen angst, as he moves away from just focusing on one aspect of growing up. Instead, Yates now shamelessly borrows from his contemporaries. Good and bad, the film has the feel of Lord of the Rings in its look and structure. But what’s more interesting is Yates finally getting Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint to show off their acting abilities, like with those lingering animosities that can divide the fellowship. But it’s the last stage of their lives that they have to finally adapt to, that of an adult and the responsibilities they have to face. Too much time in the saga is spent with Potter second-guessing
As the days go by, more and more people are getting naked. Breaking down the walls in regards to what’s taboo in the public eye is invigorating. Many mediums are utilized to satisfy our voyeurism, and the stage is a suitable venue. Sure, anyone can go to the strip club to drink watered-down beer and watch women slither around a vertical pole, but there’s no cerebral satisfaction in that. More impressive are the nude performers who can stimulate their audiences’ intellect, as well as their libidos. That’s why local performer Rosie Bitts has brought Naked Girls Reading (NGR) to Canada. NGR is exactly as it sounds—nude females reading literature aloud on stage; the current touring show has a holiday theme to it.
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himself. He’s always been ready to face up to Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), but can he overcome him? Not just yet; it’ll take another film to build to that final moment. How that will translate to film will depend on how Yates paces the final chapter. As to where the Potter franchise will go next, there are the various stories from The Tales of Beetle the Bard to adapt to the big screen. After all, Ben Hibon directed and produced the beautifully animated short The Tale of the Three Brothers that plays before this film, and it stole the show.
“People love racy elements.” Rosie Bitts Naked Girls Reading
“What makes this interesting is that you’re in this intellectual salon where these really interesting pieces of literature are being read to you,” explains Bitts. “People love racy elements, but they also love just having different events to go to.” NGR was spawned when burlesque star Michelle L’amour read
Rosie Bitts, prepping for her next naked-reading session.
nude to her husband in their Chicago home. The two realized how unique and captivating reading undressed could be and L’amour quickly began selling out live performances of naked readings. NGR blew up and toured major US cities. Here in town, UVic alumnus Trish Caddy has been re-defining nudity for some time. Caddy created and posed in the Babes Go Bare for Cancer calendar that showcases normal women with normal bodies, instead of Photoshop divas, posing nude. Caddy has since been recruited by Bitts to perform in the upcoming NGR. It will be the first time Caddy appears naked on stage, and she says her friends’ response to this was surprise, but acceptance. She hopes her family will react the same. “I haven’t broken the news to
my parents yet, but they were pretty cool with me doing naked calendars that were sold all over the world, so I don’t think they’ll mind too much,” says Caddy. But is this type of entertainment a novelty or a boundless art form? “As long as it’s still taboo for women to be nude and be these multi-faceted human beings who are seen in both a sexual and an intellectual light,” says Bitts, “it’s going to continue on and become more and more successful.” What do you think? firstname.lastname@example.org or TEXTBACK to 604–223–0076.
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It appears the breakdance scene in Victoria has lost its flame. Dance companies such as Karen Clarke and Dansko no longer offer breakdance classes. But there are a few passionate individuals who are keeping the fire burning. Robin Campbell, a 23-yearold breaker with the Filthee Feet Crew, has been very involved in the breakdance community since 2001. He’s one of the few breakers left in Victoria. “None of the kids in high school were breakdancing in 2004, so it died out,” says Campbell. Some breakdancing groups, such as the Reflex Foundation, broke into smaller groups, and most of the talented breakers from Filthee Feet moved to bigger cities like Vancouver to continue dancing, simply because there was nothing going on in Victoria.
“Breakdancing keeps me balanced.” kathleen ellis local dancer
“There are benefits to having a small community,” says Campbell. “The youth are much more connected to one another and they have a lot less to do.” Campbell’s talent and passion for breakdancing keep him focused
Breakdancing scene battles hard
December 1, 2010
Cleansing through humour Dylan Wilks
Kevin Jinn is helping to bring breakdance back to Victoria.
and enable him to teach others. He teaches classes every Sunday night at Dance Victoria Studios. Kathleen Ellis is a student at UVic who attends Campbell’s classes. She says breakdancing is the one part of her busy schedule that allows her to escape. “It keeps me balanced,” says Ellis. “Breaking is important to me because it’s all about communication by expression of face, of body, any type of movement. The breaking community is growing in Victoria and it’s nice to have someone like Robin put together an opportunity for people to see why freestyling is fun.” Kevin Jinn, another one of Campbell’s students, recently held a breakdancing workshop at Vibestreet Dance Studio in Victoria. He’s bringing breakdancers—known
as b-boys—in from out of town to help reintroduce the breakdance scene again. “The b-boys I am bringing to Victoria are internationally known,” says Jinn. “B-boy Taiyo from South Korea is a world champion in the breaking world. Just watching them dance, interacting, seeing how much they inspire… that’s where the culture is,” he says. Jinn says it doesn’t matter what kind of people come into a class. Dancers are seen by their moves, not how they act outside of dance. Inside the hearts of many, there lies a special place for breakdancing. “I value this dance so much,” says Jinn. “It’s my life.” What do you think? email@example.com or TEXTBACK to 604–223–0076.
It’s a testament to the quality of the production when a play can make you run the full gamut of emotions, from laughing to crying, with stops everywhere in between. The Memory of Water does just that. Shelagh Stephenson has crafted an insightful and sharply written play about remembering, loss, and family. The performance reminded me of the whirlwind of emotions that accompanies the passing of a close family member. The casting is fantastic, with Melissa Blank’s memorable portrayal of Teresa being a highlight. Her performance as her uptight persona at the beginning of act one, which had me peg her as the responsible sister, is subtle and nuanced. But she steals the show during a drunken-rant scene that had me strongly consider that they may actually be drinking real alcohol on stage. Blank’s performance was certainly not the only highlight, as every performer has their moment to shine. From Lorene Cammiade as Mary, to Odile Nelson’s portrayal of Catherine, all the sisters get adequate stage time to draw the audience into their roles. Even though Elizabeth Brimacombe’s Vi character is deceased, she gets
a powerful but subtle monologue about her last months with Alzheimer’s that would make even the most stoic patron misty-eyed. Mur Meadows as Mike and Rob Cruse as Frank round out the cast as the men involved with the dysfunctional sisters’ lives. Despite the powerful emotions running amok, this is an incredibly funny play. The strong British vernacular is quite interesting to hear when spoken without the usual accompanying accent. The profanity is often hilarious in its delivery. Lisa Leighton’s costume design is of particular note; each character is as much on display through their attire as they are through the wonderful performances. Before Brimacombe even spoke at the beginning of the play you could tell exactly what kind of woman she was and when she had lived from her dress, posture, and the soundtrack, provided by Joan Patrick. With Angela Henry’s direction, Langham Court Theatre has put together a remarkable show that’s not to be missed.
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BY ALLI PICKARD
The costumed crusaders Sometimes, when diehard music fans think about bands, they think about the outfits they wear; sometimes they go so far as to emulate them by creating their own versions of the bands’ outfits. Emulating the look of some bands means their fans wear makeup or douse their bodies in fake blood and fur. Looking like attendees of an anime convention, they march to the bands’ shows, checking out the other fans to see what they could do better next time out. But these three bands also have good music backing up their costumes. Known for their over-the-top stage performances and the most fake blood you’ll ever see used in one night, long-running metal band Gwar (myspace.com/gwarofficial) have proven since the ’80s that costumes are not just for lame disco bands. The 1997 album, Carnival of Chaos, features heavy riffs and skull-crushing vocals on songs like “Penguin Attack” and “School Prostitute.” Material from this album is rarely performed by the band, even though it contains some of their best songs. We head up north to respect another band that has a love of wearing costumes. Finland’s Lordi (lordi.fi) take costumes to a level previously only reached by KISS in the ’70s, getting mad when tabloids try to print pictures of them out of costume. Their 2006 release, The Arockalypse, is Lordi’s third album;
One of the handsome Gwar guys.
the album track “Hard Rock Hallelujiah” won the 2006 Eurovision song contest. This album is full of melodic songs to both rock out and lift your lighter to. Featuring artists such as legendary metal vocalist Udo Dirkschneider and Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider and Jay Jay French, this is album is highly recommend for your holiday listening. Last but not least, we have the mother of all stage costumes and theatrics, God himself, Alice Cooper (myspace.com/officialalicecooper). Cooper has been there, rocked that; everything and anything has been done by him. His 1973 album, Billion Dollar Babies, takes the cake when it comes to controversy. Featuring classics amongst the longhairs like “Elected” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” this album is a holy grail. Cooper proved you don’t have to be pretty to be a rock and roller, or to create good music.
Worth the Trip? BY SHAWN O’HARA AND ALEX PASK
Campus Café Lansdowne campus Big Breakfast $5.59
Presentation and service Alex: The Camosun cafeteria is consistent with speed and quality. The cook served up a side of vague conversation, which was appreciated, but when Shawn and I sat down we had to swap our meat. Sexy? Nope—he had my bacon and I had his sausage. Shawn: The cook here is a champion. He was making meals with equal care for about six different people. The meal initially looked pretty good, but like a Tim Burton movie, everything was just a little off. The sausages were already cooked and just retrieved from a bin, the hashbrowns were piled to one side of the counter, and he kept spraying the grill with... something.
Taste A: Everything tasted fine. I had the bacon, so I didn’t have to endure the charred pegs of sausage that Shawn had. The hashbrowns, however, were little seasoned nuggets of joy. S: This was a pretty mediocre meal. The sausage was awful. Awful. It tasted like it was left out in the sun. They could have at least put it on the grill for a minute or two. The saving grace was the potatoes. They were nicely spiced, and tasted more or less real.
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#:/BPNJ,BWLB My boyfriend gave me a wonderful gift this fall—a Dutch oven. Fart jokes aside, Dutch ovens are a wonderful asset to have in any kitchen. My dutch oven is entirely cast iron, including the lid. This allows for incredibly even and fast cooking. It also looks like a badass witch’s cauldron and I love it. You can cook many varieties of dishes in it; because of it, I’ve been mainly on a stew bender since October, and with the onset of this frigid weather, I see no end in sight. The key to nice stew is browning. Brown everything! Your meat, your veggies, everything. This step may seem unnecessary, but it allows for vegetables to stay more intact, and makes meat juicier and more flavourful. To brown meat, I coat it in a mix of flour and paprika, and toss the meat in it. Then, in a hot pan, I sear the outside. Don’t cook it too long; just enough to have a welldone outside. For vegetables, I simply toss them into a medium hot Dutch oven with about a tablespoon of butter and oil until they just start to soften. With that in mind, lets get busy. This Is Stew-pendous! •
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Presentation and service A: The Zellers Diner is a cross between a White Spot and a hospital cafeteria. Once again we’ve found one of Victoria’s gems that only the elderly frequent. Glasses of milk and rice pudding for all! The food is cheap and the portions are large. It looks better then I had anticipated. S: There must be one academy that trains every diner waitress in the world. I don’t think she made eye contact with me the entire time we were here. Not that I was trying to make a move on her or anything, but it would have been nice to feel like a human. It seems like this place wanted to go for a kitschy diner feel, but didn’t have nearly enough shit to hang on the walls. There’s like six bowling pins and a sled. Really weird.
Taste A: The first couple bites were amazing, then the overwhelming hunger wore off and I realized what I was eating. The margarine-soaked bread tasted like chemicals and the scrambled eggs were slimy. Coming in for the save were the well-cooked bacon slices and the real potato slices. Overall, it was your average rest-stop, diner breakfast. S: I feel like the meal came from a time machine. Not only did it travel here from the Cold War era, but also nobody felt like reheating it. Everything was fine initially, but upon the most minute of inspections, it was all cold and tasteless.
And the winner is... Campus Café
Verdict The choice is a tough one. Zellers has non-disposable plates and forks and refillable coffee, but cafeteria is cheaper, and the potatoes are better. It surprises us, too—Campus Café for the win!
Classic Rivals vs.
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1 pound stew meat (I used moose meat, but any red meat will do) 1 onion, diced 10 mushrooms, sliced 2 cloves garlic, minced
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4 potatoes, peeled and diced 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped 3 stalks celery, chopped 1 parsnip, peeled, but whole 5–10 whole peppercorns 2–5 bay leaves Paprika to taste (plus 2 tbs for browning) 1/2 cup flour Salt and pepper to taste
Heat a large stock pot (or Dutch oven!) to medium heat. Melt butter in pan and add all vegetables. Once browned, add approximately 6–8 cups water (more if you have a bigger pot; this is all my Dutch oven holds), with paprika, bay leaves, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil. In separate pan, heat oil to medium-high (it will be hot enough when a drop of water evaporates near instantly when splashed in the pan). On a large plate, mix flour and 2 tbs paprika together. Toss stew meat in
mixture, and then add meat to pan (you may use flour for thickening). When all meat is evenly browned, put into soup. Allow to simmer. In my Dutch oven, I have very tender stew meat in about an hour and a half. In a stock pot, you’ll have to augment this time. The meat will cook quickly, but it can take a few hours for it to become very tender. With time, the meat becomes completely and deliciously succulent. Patience is key. Tasty tip: I use a stainless steel tea bomb to hold my bay leaves and peppercorns so I don’t have to pick them out while eating. Want another tip? Sure: to thicken your stock, remove a few ladles of broth, and put into a small sauce pan. Take the flour left over from coating the meat, and whisk into the reserved broth. Bring it to a boil, and then reintroduce to the stew. This thickening technique is also a great way of making tasty gravy.
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Choosing the right gaming console
Asking Santa for the right video-game system isn’t as easy as it seems. If social gaming isn’t the first thing on a nerd’s mind, they should consider the following:
Nintendo’s Wii can’t be beat: the system is absolutely still the best for family fun and great competitive play in the same room. The Xbox 360 and Sony’s PS3 provide some high-intensity, industrial-strength graphics. The edge belongs to the 360 and the game Bayonetta. To disconnect from the couch, both the Sony and Microsoft game consoles have their own version of the Wiimote now, respectively known as Move and Kinect.
The PS3 supports 3D video and gaming. Just make sure you have a compatible TV. In your 30s? Nintendo’s DS supports older handheld games dating all the way back to the Game Boy. Analysts have predicted the PSP’s demise from the get-go, but if you want an alternative to the iPod Touch that’s better at gaming, this unit still has some life left in it. The iPhone and iTouch is coming of age with Game Center, a new operating-system feature that supports gaming, but the touch screen/motion controller interface has yet to prove itself to the hardcore gaming crowd.
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First person, plural Pat down or smack down—it’s all in the viewpoint. Personal freedom can seem like a contradiction in terms, especially at this time of year, as we head into the home stretch of the fall semester. The flipside of denial, the amount of esteem banked in a personal freedom account, is what has helped many people make it through unimaginable scenarios with their soul and mind intact. It’s possible to retain some dignity and detachment in the face of the overwhelming tromping on personal spaces and freedoms by others. Around campus I can feel the vibe—students scrambling group projects together, writing papers without the help of the Writing Centre or counsellors (because their hours suck just when we need
these resources the most), and possibly dealing with extra shifts, day surgery, trips to an airport, braving the post office lineups, applying for a late bursary or—surprise!—here comes the unexpected company from Alberta. Awareness of self could mean getting through all of those troubles, distractions, and stressors without once reacting with alarm. Responding with agitation is a form of learned coping, which, importantly, means it can be unlearned. Try staying calm and watching the bizarre reactions from people around you—it’ll blow your mind. Separation by observation of the situation (rather than behaviour of others or yourself) is what it’s all about. Let failure teach rather than deride. Engage in only those battles that make a positive impact on the
Green your world
Protect the Juan de Fuca Trail Many students have spent some quality outdoors time hiking the Juan de Fuca Trail, one of the many gems of our west coast. What those students should know is that seven kilometres of this 47-kilometre trail are currently being slotted for resort development, with cabins and roads encroaching within 100 metres of the “wilderness” trail. West Vancouver developer Ender Ilkay plans to build 279 cabins, a lodge, resort facilities, and caretaker cottages alongside seven kilometres of the Juan de Fuca Marine Park, between China Beach and Sombrio Beach. If built, the resort will add to what’s known as tourism sprawl, increase demands for roads, increase
greenhouse gases, drive out wildlife, and ruin what’s meant to be an allnatural wilderness experience. Visit wildcoast.ca for more information, or attend the upcoming public consultation on the trail and the development plans. Panelists at the consultation will include former environment minister David Anderson, environmentalist Vicky Husband, UVic law teacher Deborah Curran, and more. If you need any more incentive to go, there will be free dinner, and childcare will be offered for those who have little ones but still want to find a way to attend. The consultation is happening on Thursday, December 2 at 6:30 pm at the BCGEU Hall, located at 2994 Douglas Street.
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goal without having a negative effect on the self. What does personal freedom mean to you? This concept offers immeasurable peace and confidence; it can negate loneliness and build impenetrable boundaries no one can breach without your permission. It’s hard fought but well deserved—but the question is are you prepared to cut through those protective walls of denial in order to earn it? Do this: Stand up. Now, straighten up those determined shoulders, go to a mirror, and tell yourself that you are a detached, fearless fighter. Never forget to ignore news from negative-self, and tell mirror-self how utterly normal and absolutely perfect you are—even with all your flaws, flab, and flubs, you are fab.
By Luke Holland It’s my first day of work at a new job and I just utterly annihilated my boss at a beer-bong race. He’ll hate me forever now. High-fiving everyone on my way out of the staff party, I hop on a bus to my buddy’s going-away house party. I’m half-cut, listening to Daft Punk, sitting on a seat facing backwards on a double-decker bus. It feels like I’m travelling back in time on a spaceship for drunken astronauts. Arriving at the party, I spot the girl I’ve been seeing, Monique. She totally gives me the cold shoulder in front of everyone and I have no idea why. My apathy outweighs my resentment. I mingle with my friends at the party. It’s going off—there’s a dance floor, people are being duct-taped to chairs, and the kitchen is coated
with a fine layer of purple liquid. I glance around, trying to spot Monique. The host tells me she left in a huff for some reason. I’m too drunk and care too little to go chasing after her to have a squabble. So I pull a mickey of vodka out of my backpack, pour its contents into a two litre of Tropicana, and hit the dance floor. Two girls I haven’t seen since high school are dancing together. And I mean together. So I do what any self-respecting person would do when they come across a scene like this—try to initiate a three-way. With my alcoholic juice box in one hand and my backpack over my shoulders, I triangle-grind with the two girls. “We love your green shirt,” they say, giving me doe-eyes.
The lobe controlling memory functions in my brain blacks out momentarily, and all of a sudden the three of us are in the laundry room making out. Leaning against the washing machine with my pants down and my backpack still on, the two girls start going down on me. My ego points can’t help but amplify. I hear the door open, and I look up to see Monique standing there with a look on her face that no words could adequately articulate. “You’ve got to be fucking kidding me!” she screams. I am speechless and I look like a retarded deer caught in headlights. She storms out; I don’t follow. Result: Bridge = burnt What did Luke learn today? I’m an asshole.
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Thursday, December 2
The Dandy Warhols, Blue Giant
Camosun holiday craft fair
Sugar Nightclub, 9 pm, $26
Get your Christmas shopping done between classes and check out Camosun’s 12th annual holiday craft fair in the Lansdowne cafeteria from 10 am until 4 pm. There will be tons of tables to browse as well as raffle tickets on sale to win prizes from the vendors. All proceeds from the raffle tickets go towards the Camosun College Student Society food bank. Crafts for sale will include jewelry, felted purses, soaps, quillows, art cards, and many other nifty items.
Portland rock band The Dandy Warhols have been around since the mid-nineties and have released nine full-length albums. They’ve recently released a compilation full of hits like “Bohemian Like You” and “Not If You Were the Last Junkie On Earth.” They’re touring in support of the album, The Capitol Years 1995–2007, and hit up Sugar for a mid-week show with fellow Portlanders (Portlandites? Portlandians?) Blue Giant.
Thursday, December 2
Sunday, December 5
The Breakmen, The Shadywood Boys, Jason & Pharis Romero, Flash in the Pan
Drop-in and Dance: Tribal Community Dance Workshop
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 8 pm, $15-$20
Pushing the boundaries of folk-bluegrass to new heights, Vancouver’s The Breakmen are holding a CD-release party for their new album, Heartwood. Known for their contagious stage energy, The Breakmen mix a blend of roots, Americana, vintage country, bluegrass, and rock and roll. This is their third full-length album and they’re receiving plenty of recognition as a distinctive voice in Canadian roots music.
Thursday, December 2
3rd Annual Rock Your Awareness Fundraiser Logan’s Pub, 8 pm, $10
This fundraiser, benefiting women’s programming at AIDS Vancouver Island, features As the Crow Flies, a self-described psychedelic indiefolk-country-rock band who have been impressing crowds for the past year in Victoria. David P. Smith with Scott Henderson, Hearse, and Lonesome Larry’s One Man String Band will also be entertaining the masses, and burlesque divas will be handing out free goodies and selling raffle tickets. To get in on the fun, bring your dancing shoes and 10 bucks for cover.
Friday, December 3
The British Columbians, Aegis Fang, Inventing the Dinosaur Lucky Bar, 10 pm, $10
The British Columbians, from, you guessed it, British Columbia (Vancouver, specifically) will be letting loose at Lucky on Friday night with locals Aegis Fang, who released their debut album earlier this year, and Vancouver alt-rock band Inventing the Dinosaur.
As part of Camosun’s four-part Sunday dance workshop series, this African-inspired session combines traditional group dances with rhythm. After a yoga-style warm-up, students will be led through circle, line, and other group dances. This workshop is for everyone who loves to move to world-beat rhythms. The class will be hosted by Seporia Jacobson, and will take place from 1 to 2:30 pm in the movement studio (bottom floor, Young Building). Admission is $15.
Monday, December 6
VCM Honour Jazz Orchestra with UJAM Young Allstars Head on down to the Alix Goolden Hall at 7:30 pm on December 6 and catch the VCM Honour Jazz Orchestra play some jazz favorites. The UJAM Young Allstars join the orchestra on stage for an evening chock-full of big band, swing, and funk. Admission is by donation.
Wednesday, December 8
Strategic Volunteering & Employment Preparation: How to Get When You Give The student employment services department presents the last in their series of free workshops helping students prepare themselves for the big, bad world of searching for the perfect job. This session is being facilitated by Beth Cougler Blom, manager of training and outreach at Volunteer Victoria, and will teach participants how to find a volunteer position that will enhance their resume. The workshop will take place at the Lansdowne campus in Fisher 212 from 11:30 to 12:30 pm. To register, call student employment services at 250–370–4181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, December 4
Allison Crowe’s Victoria Tidings, Bob Benvenuti Fairfield United Church, 8 pm, $15-$20
Canadian songstress Allison Crowe brings her Christmas tidings to Victoria for a concert full of carols, covers, and original songs. Bob Benvenuti is a solo singer/songwriter and will be opening up the evening. This seasonal, intimate concert benefits Artemis Place and HepCBC.
Wednesday, December 8
So We Know We Can Write The creative writing department will be hosting a free showcase of Camosun students who entered the Times Colonist writing contest, So You Think You Can Write. The showcase will be held from 11 to 12:20 pm in Young 216. Dean Norris-Jones, the winner of the contest and an English teacher at Reynolds Secondary School, will also be on hand.
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