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Volume 20 Issue 14 March 17, 2010

Camosun’s Student Voice Since 1990

PICKET IN THE THICKET

WOMEN LEAD CHARGE

BRING THE NOISE!

A new gathering of dedicated environmentalists is out to shield and assure our ancient forests.

Look out nationals—the charmed Camosun Chargers women’s b-ball team is coming to your court!

Meet the Nihilist Spasm Band, a rowdy gaggle of geezers and Canada’s cacophony innovators.

NEWS—4

SPORTS—7

ARTS—12

KELTIE LARTER’s PAST LIFE GRAPHIC BY Nic Vandergugten

Pages 10- 11


VIEWS

Don’t fear the reaper Shane Scott-Travis

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Staff Writer

“I met Death today, and we are playing chess,” says a steely Max von Sydow in Ingmar Bergman’s classic 1957 film, the Seventh Seal. If only death—thought to be one of our greatest mysteries—could be solved in such an imaginative and imperative scheme as chess. Death has, without exception, always been a fixation of the Western imagination. Our artists and philosophers have battled and braved its beauty and heartache to no end. Our most popular religions are, in many ways, lauded death cults promising an affluent afterlife, with fear of eternal damnation thrown in for added zip. Romantic and starry-eyed notions of death are misrepresented in most schools of religious thought. This is particularly true in Christianity, where a desire for death is sublimated and visualized in iconic figures like JC, who, as a martyr, experiences glorification and transcendence after dying. “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work,” Woody Allen has famously said. “I want to achieve it through not dying.” While it’s deeply rooted in our makeup and survival mechanism to fear death, it doesn’t follow any logical design to hold such apprehension and unease. A little levity, as Allen suggests, can be useful.

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Throughout history most people have believed that after we shuffle off this mortal coil we are reborn. This may not be the most rational of beliefs, but it comforts many people, and it sure soothes the sting of losing those you love. We endlessly beat ourselves up over ideas of oblivion, big thoughts on blackness, and saying our goodbyes. What if we’d been conditioned from infancy to embrace the grave instead of fear it?

“What if we’d been conditioned from infancy to embrace the grave instead of fear it?” Imagine if our parents and public schools had insisted that death is a natural and not disagreeable process, that it be discussed and deflated? If this belief were in place from the kickoff, would there be a single one of us unprepared to grieve the losing of a loved one? All the afflictive emotions of lamenting and loss and the ethereal bottom line would be eased and excised. Monotheistic religions such as Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are largely occupied with control,

despotism, and influence. Some offshoots, like Catholicism, control choice, conception, and death until it’s something akin to fanaticism. Dictating choices on abortion, prolonging death, and using words like “sacrament” are all casualties before literal lives are lost. Circling the body on its deathbed like carrion birds, demanding repentances, seems spiteful, doesn’t it? And to what end? Our most run-after religions, movies, and television shows af-

firm again and again a fear of death and with it a rancorous alienation that is, quite frankly, absurdity and applesauce. “For those who seek to understand it, death is a highly creative force,” said the late psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, “the highest spiritual values of life can originate from the thought and study of death.” Now, finally, that’s something constructive to kick around before giving up the ghost.

Open Space accepts submissions from Camosun students. Submissions to Open Space should be 400 words or less. Responses to previous articles in Nexus should be 250 words or less. E-mail submissions to nexus@nexusnewspaper.com and include your name and student number.

Some tips on tipping Verbal- diarrhea woes Bryan Kelly Contributing Writer

If people can spend money to enjoy a nice meal at a restaurant, then they should consider rewarding the server who gave them the great service. After all, great service doesn’t come for free. So why should people tip? Well, they want hot food, don’t they? And their drink to be refilled, and the person taking their order to care about the quality of their food, right? Sure they do.

If it’s a slow night and the server doesn’t provide good service, maybe you should only leave 10 percent.

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March 17, 2010

Nic Vandergugten

Nexus Editorial



Being a waiter or waitress at a restaurant is a great way for students to help pay the bills, get some grocery money, and, in my case, pay tuition. Servers arrive an hour before their shift to make sure their uniform is cleaned, ironed, and looking professional. They stock their section with the all the necessities required for their shift, such as coffee, water, steak knives, and clean linen. While the shift is happening, it isn’t uncommon for servers to have upwards of six tables on the

go at once, ranging from two to six customers per table. Each table must be shown the same high level of professionalism and care by the server, while taking into consideration that each table has its own needs. Servers also have to study the restaurant’s menu and wine lists. Still, tips aren’t a rite of passage; they need to be earned. I understand that tipping isn’t mandatory and some people don’t believe in it. The most difficult thing about tipping for those who do believe in it is understanding how much to leave. The standard tip for proper service is 15 percent, but that isn’t set in stone. If it’s a slow night and the server doesn’t provide good service, maybe you should only leave 10 percent. But if it’s a busy Friday night, and your server is running around with other tables and still manages to go above and beyond with providing you with a wonderful dining experience, perhaps they should be rewarded with 20 percent or more of your total bill. Also take into consideration that each server has to tip out a certain percentage to his/her support staff, such as bussers, hostesses, and food runners. And you don’t need to break the bank for a bartender who pours you a lager, or a server who brings you an afternoon salad, but they do deserve a fair tip, just like the rest of the servers.

Alex Pask Contributing Writer

With blogging and tweeting becoming the go-to for communication, it’s now acceptable, and almost expected, for a person to broadcast every single thought that comes into their head. This new form of communication lacks depth because it’s not intended to have a response. It isn’t necessary to read that somebody somewhere is “sleepy and bored...” at this very moment. We are constantly surrounded with blanket statements and useless information, whether on the bus or in the classroom. The bus is full of people that talk for the sake of talking. This may be due to awkward encounters with forgotten acquaintances, or an attempt to reach a more interesting level of conversation, but it becomes hard to shut out the loudmouthed “mirror talkers.” Mirror talkers tend to fill space by commenting on whatever they see. “Oh, look, a new sign,” or “This bus is going to be late,” or “I had the worst sleep last night.” These conversations fall short of thought and experience, repeating the same clichés and common phrases to get a person’s opinion across, if they have one. This constant blabber of empty talk can tickle the ears to the point of insanity. The hollow speech doesn’t stop at public transit; it often continues into the classroom. School is meant

to be interactive, with instructors teaching information and students giving their responsive input to create a learning environment. But there are always a handful of people that drag the class on with their stories that have nothing to do with the lesson. Another classic in the classroom is the person who loudly boasts comments after every fact given and when asked to elaborate falls short, like a jabbering parrot that merely repeats words, yet has no sense of what they mean.

This constant blabber of empty talk can tickle the ears to the point of insanity. All of this non-talking is turning us into poor listeners. After all, there’s nothing to remember or keep track of. It’s less of a thoughtful interaction and more of an extension of a person’s mind-numbing inner dialog. The old “think before you talk” adage should not be forgotten. We should be engaged and tuned into our surroundings. A person’s contribution to a conversation doesn’t have to be a work of genius, but it should be thoughtful and relative to the situation. Because these moments help us share and build ideas, helping us progress as people.


NEWS CCSS proposes events levy



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Alan Piffer Staff Writer

Camosun students will soon have the chance to vote on whether or not they’d like to pay for more special events on campus, as well as how much they would be willing to pay for those events. During the upcoming Camosun College Student Society (CCSS) elections on April 7–9 a referendum will be held concerning two levies—a special events levy and a general CCSS operating levy. For the events levy, students can vote on if they want to pay the levy, and if it should be 25 cents or 50 cents per month. This levy would work out to $1$2 per semester, giving the CCSS up to $37,000 per year to put into organizing events, compared to the $5,000 per year they currently receive. CCSS Lansdowne director Andrew Rackauskas says that he’d certainly like to see more guest speakers brought to campus, but events providing free food for students are just as important. “It’s the idea of uniting students,” says Rackauskas. “For example, we did chili days and that was a huge success; you get to talk to people, the camaraderie...”

The events levy referendum accompanies a referendum for a $2-per-month operating levy for general operations of the student society. The proposed operating levy would generate a total of $136,000 per year for increased staffing, student clubs, the college’s food bank, and a contingency fund.

“Increased funding would be able to bring more diversity in various events. We want to do basically anything that people want.” Andrew Rackauskas Camosun College Student Society

Some members of the CCSS feel the increased budget for special events would greatly benefit oncampus life, something they feel is often lacking. Rackauskas says he’s received a lot of feedback from students for a greater sense of community

on campus, something he’s also wanted since becoming a Camosun student. “There isn’t enough money to actually pull something off throughout the entire school year,” says Rackauskas. “The way we’re looking at this is that increased funding would be able to bring more diversity in various events. We want to do basically anything that people want. You’re not just going to school for classes; you’re also having a good life on campus.” But not everyone on the CCSS board of directors supports the proposed events levy. CCSS women’s director Chloe Markgraf is concerned that the special-event levy has the potential to be spent irresponsibly, especially by future, inexperienced board members, and says the student society should instead focus on working within its current means. “To me, more money does not equal better events,” says Markgraf. “I think that’s a really big mistake that we’re making—‘Let’s just tax people more and they’re going to have an increased quality of life.’ But the reality is, those taxes end up getting funneled into potential projects that don’t work out, or they don’t end up getting used. Or

they only get used for something only a portion of the people are interested in.” CCSS external executive Matteus Clement feels the specialevent levy would have minimal financial impact on students, while having the potential to promote diversity and a sense of community on campus. His vision is of a strengthened campus life based around a future student union building. “I’d like to think a few years ahead, once a student union building is built, with an events levy you’re always going to have a centre where people can hold those events,” says Clement. Clement says he’s not worried about irresponsible spending because he often speaks to past board members for advice and is developing an executive handbook that will assist future CCSS board members in making good decisions. “While we may have had some stigma over some failed events, it’s important to see that now we know how the student body reacts to certain kinds of events, and certain locations of events,” says Clement. “Now we can take that experience and try to make some bigger steps.”

New Education Plan implemented at Camosun Alan Piffer Staff Writer

Camosun College recently approved a new Education Plan as part of its overall Strategic Plan. Shaped by input provided from students to faculty to staff, the new Education Plan seeks to further adapt the institution to always-changing trends. Baldev Pooni, Camosun’s vicepresident of education and student services, says with three universities in Victoria a big part of Camosun’s Education Plan is serving the “community college” niche market. Camosun sets itself apart from universities with its focus on applied degrees. Cooperation with private business is important, says Pooni, for their input in creating careerready graduates and because of the diminishing resources postsecondary institutions face. “The applied degrees that we offer are what we would call entry-toprofessional practice,” says Pooni. “So they simply cannot be academic degrees for the sake of education; they have to be linked to some kind of profession.”

Another key area of the new Education Plan is in support for students. Pooni says one method of increasing support for new or poten-

“It’s about teaching excellence and seeking great teachers.” Maureen NiwaHeinen Camosun College

tial students is the still-in-development College 101 course, a means of providing pertinent information to the students about things like college credits, prerequisites, learning support, and financial aid. “It’s meant to be a non-structured way of learning about the services and supports that we provide for the students of the college,” says Pooni. Another key theme Pooni mentions in the new Education Plan are terms such as “internationalization”

and “indigenization” that will grow as key underlying themes throughout the college’s courses. This development is not only in recognition of increased First Nations enrollment, but also to achieve greater cultural awareness. “What motivates us in the indigenization of curriculum is first and foremost the fact that we’re living and learning on indigenous land,” says Pooni. “We’re all affected by the culture and the traditions, and being respectful of where we are.” Barbara Herringer, dean of health and human services, says new learning technologies will benefit programs such as Nursing. “We’re really interested in being able to see whether or not there are some opportunities for augmenting teaching in that area by using virtual environments, because our clinical placements are getting more difficult to come by,” explains Herringer. “And we’re just looking at ways in which students might feel more prepared to go into a hospital or community centre.”

Camosun College English chair Maureen Niwa-Heinen is pleased with the amount of input brought into the plan. She notes that the college still emphasizes the traditional face-to-face method of teaching, but online learning methods will continue to be developed to supplement it. She also says that the college will increase emphasis on strong instructors and professional development. “It’s about teaching excellence, and seeking great teachers,” says Niwa-Heinen, “and becoming fluent in many different learning styles, to be diverse in your delivery methods, to really try to realize that your classes are very layered in terms of different learning styles and interests.” Michel Turcotte, Camosun College Student Society director of operations, was also part of the focus groups that met last fall to determine the new Education Plan. “The course curriculum should be more relevant,” says Turcotte. “I think this is helping to address some of that situation.”

What’s the most fun you’ve ever had for free? BY Renée Andor

iain robertson

Kelsey Fletcher

Craig Gorman

Susie Patriarche

Masoud Nassaji

“For my birthday I dressed up in a fat suit and went bar hopping.”

“Jumping off the cliffs at Thetis Lake.”

“Trying out for the Celtic football club while on vacation in Scotland.”

“Running around taking random pictures of found objects with friends.”

“Going downtown for Canada Day. Enjoying the celebrations was a blast!”

NEWS BRIEFS

by Shane Scott-Travis

Dial “M” for murderball Camosun College and the Pacific Institute of Sport Excellence (PISE) are in cahoots with the Canadian National Wheelchair Rugby Team. These national camps are bringing students in the Athletic and Exercise Therapy program an awesome opportunity to get close with national team therapists working with quadriplegic athletes. Additionally, research projects have begun, involving Camosun’s Sport Innovation Centre (SPIN), that has faculty and students all aglow. “The athletes are amazing to work with and we are confident that the applied research being undertaken will enhance their training and performance,” enthuses SPIN research leader Dr. Tim Walzak. Over the next nine months PISE will act as the training centre for the National Wheelchair Rugby Team. This will include conducting four national camps and staging the 2010 World Championships in Vancouver in September. A visit to piseworld.com will hook you up with more details and help you get in the game. There’s a reason they call it murderball, and these ambitious athletes are awe-inspiring all the way.

Water you talking about? For the last 17 years, March 22 has been internationally recognized as World Water Day, and it has nothing to do with Kevin Costner’s atrocious skunk of a film, Waterworld. The United Nations coordinate this event that they originated with the intentions of promoting and coordinating activities and awareness connected to the world’s water resources. Healthy ecosystems on a global scale and striving towards pollution prevention, improving water quality, and clean-up and restoration efforts are all part and parcel of this lofty annual affair. To get your toes wet and participate, worldwaterday2010. info is a great place to start, and adopting this mantra might help, too: “If it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down!”

Victoria’s Fringe gets another trim With the announcement of even more cuts to arts organizations across BC, the provincial government is looking more gruff than usual. Sad as it is to be led by philistines, sadder still is the $61,000 gouge that the Victoria Fringe and Uno Fest organizers just received. One wonders if the news was followed by a volley of wet-willies and a round of wedgie ball? “These cuts will jeopardize our ability to bring live theatre to over 30,000 Victorians each year,” says Ian Case, Intrepid Theatre’s general manager. The Intrepid Theatre has been losing substantial funding in recent years due to the cuts, and fundraising efforts and donations have really helped keep them afloat in this time of uncertainty for the BC Arts Council Funding. To help out and keep abreast of this volatile situation, visit intrepidtheatre. com and support the arts. Let’s keep Victoria culturally diverse and rich, and tell those provincial bullies to step off!


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March 17, 2010

Alliance protects ancient forests Nic Vandergugten Contributing Writer

A recent shakeup in Victoria’s activist community may signify a new chapter in our long history of environmental action. The longtime coordinator for the Victoria branch of BC’s Western Canada Wilderness Committee (WCWC), Ken Wu, has recently left that organization to start the fledgling Ancient Forest Alliance with co-founder TJ Watt, a Metchosinborn wilderness photographer and self-proclaimed “big tree hunter.” At recent info session held at UVic, Wu, Watt, and Sierra Club coastal forest campaigner Jens Wieting addressed a mixed crowd of environmentalists and community members. “There’s something very different about this,” says Wu. “Virtually every environmental group in the province has charitable status, and charitable status, including what the WCWC has, restricts what you can do and say.” Under charitable status, an organization can neither reject nor endorse specific political parties or candidates. This makes it nearly impossible to overtly organize campaigns in electoral districts where the public hugely influences government policies, due to the fact that the riding can go to the NDP or BC Liberals, explains Wu. Called swing ridings, these districts are the front lines of political influence, and the AFA, unlike the WCWC, is now free to enter the fray. “We can organize riding by riding now,” says Wu. “We’re not going to be partisan in the sense that were going to endorse any political party, per se, ideologically, but on the issues we can say, ‘This BC Liberal MLA in this riding has stated that it’s fine to log off all of our last unprotected old-growth forests on Vancouver Island and to keep exporting raw logs. So, if you care about our ancient forests and forestry jobs, don’t vote for him.’” “I couldn’t say that while I was at the Wilderness Committee. Now I can,”continues Wu. “This will have

a huge influence on BC government policies.” While foregoing charitable status ostensibly casts off an annoying political muzzle, it poses challenges elsewhere—without it an organization can’t issue tax receipts for donations, and fundraising becomes more difficult. But Wu remains confidently optimistic. “I know a lot of people will appreciate us being able to be more direct and honest about the government and politicians in regards to the fate of our ancient forests,” he says. The AFA also plans to become a centre for training new activists, according to Wu. “Another function of the AFA will be to help empower, train, and guide new citizens’ groups that are going to fight for ancient forests,” he says. “We’ll run a most effective campaign with a miniscule fraction of the funds used by the larger environmental groups who have budgets of millions of dollars.”

“We will be able to be more direct and honest about the government and politicians in regards to the fate of our ancient forests.” Ken Wu Ancient Forest Alliance

At the recent presentation, local wilderness photographer and AFA co-founder Watt showcased photos of some of Vancouver Island’s biggest known remaining old-growth trees. While many large trees still exist in and around the greater Victoria area, “to see the big, big trees, you need to get out of the dryer areas, and further up the coast,” says Watt. Among those showcased was the recently discovered Refugee Tree, situated just 20 minutes past Jordan River and measuring over 45

Vancouver Island features some of the largest trees in the world.

feet around; the famous San Juan Spruce, which contains enough wood to make 330 telephone poles and is the second largest of its kind in the world; and Port Renfrew’s own Red Creek Fir, which is the largest of its kind known to exist on Earth. Unfortunately, much of the surrounding area is slated for logging, which could leave trees vulnerable to blow down. Today, less than one percent of coastal Douglas Fir old growth is still standing, and 97 percent of valley bottoms, which are typical areas to find old growth trees, have been logged. The last one percent of unprotected old growth Douglas Fir is still currently slated for liquidation. “We have the largest of something in the world and we’ve done absolutely nothing to promote it. Up until now there’s been no signage, the trails have never been taken care of, there’s virtually no effort to let people know these exist,” says Watt, “and this leads me to believe that maybe someone doesn’t want people to know that they exist.” According to Wieting, BC’s coastal forests are among the best carbon storehouses on the planet, and one of the world’s most powerful tools in the fight against climate change. A recent Sierra Club report states that on Vancouver Island alone 370 million tonnes of carbon

dioxide, or more than five times the official annual BC emissions, have been released into the atmosphere over time as a result of the conversion of at least one million hectares of old growth into second growth. As a result, many of the island’s ecosystems are now below a critical level of old-growth forest needed to sustain species. The report calls for an urgent transition to the innovative land-use planning model that has been successful in the Great Bear Rainforest on the coastal mainland. The AFA and Sierra Club BC are calling for a comprehensive and systemic change to current BC forest practices that would protect remaining old growth in regions where they are scarce, and ensuring the sustainable logging of secondgrowth forests, which constitute the majority of forest systems in southern Vancouver Island. In addition, the AFA is calling for provincial assistance in retooling coastal BC’s sawmills in order to accommodate second growth logs, as well as an end to raw log exports, which could ensure a constant supply of logs for BC-based wood-processing facilities, and generate much-needed jobs within the forestry sector. The AFA hopes to raise $10,000 by Earth Day on April 21, and another $10,000 by Summer Solstice on June 21.

Interurban students are parking mad Alan Piffer Staff Writer

The rural location of Interurban campus makes driving there by car more of a necessity than the more easily accessible Lansdowne campus. But for many of the students who do drive to Interurban, finding parking is something that’s often an annoying daily routine. Business Administration student Anne Coles drives to Interurban four days out of the week, opting for the four-week parking passes to avoid the daily lineups. But she says that doesn’t necessarily make things much easier. “The parking at Interurban is terrible; it’s non-existent most of the time,” says Coles. “There needs to be more parking spaces, as well as more meters located in the parking lots. Quite often there are only two located right beside each other, so there’s always a lineup.” Civil Engineering student Dus-

tin Creviston typically buses to Interurban. When he does drive, the choice to use the college’s parking lot depends on a variety of factors.

“The parking at Interurban is terrible; it’s non-existent most of the time.” Anne Coles Camosun student

“What it comes down to is how far you want to walk,” says Creviston. “If you don’t mind taking the bus, you can also park around Royal Oak. There’s always places you can park for free just down the street. Students from Langford can park at Wilkinson and Interurban, and then take the 21 bus to school. But with how often I drive to school, I

usually just bite the bullet and pay the parking fees.” For parking choices, Creviston says the paid parking in the Vancouver Island Technology Park is another option. He also mentions Layritz Park, just behind Interurban, but people who park there often fear break-ins because thieves know that students are often away from their vehicles for a while. Kathyrn LeGros, Camosun’s director of ancillary services, says increasing parking spaces for students would be against the college’s ideal of promoting more public and alternative means of transportation. “We don’t have lots of land to continue to add parking,” says LeGros. “It’s not a very good land use, and it’s not a sustainable expectation for everyone to use single-driver vehicles.” LeGros says the college does

want to provide parking for students with no transportation alternative, but the college wouldn’t want to subsidize parking more than other modes of transportation. After a lengthy survey of students, staff, and faculty, LeGros says that buses provided the greatest potential to change trends in student transit and the college has met with BC Transit several times to look into improving the service. “The biggest opportunity for change was BC Transit to Interurban, whether it’s more frequency, better times, all those kinds of things,” says LeGros. Creviston says students often like the convenience of being able to come and go when they need to, but the hassles of parking can provide a catalyst for positive change. “I think it’s a great incentive to take public transit,” says Creviston, “which is a step in the right direction.”

NEWS BRIEFS

by Shane Scott-Travis

All we hear is radio ga ga Leave it to a rag-tag crew of second-year Applied Communication students from Camosun to launch an incendiary, pertinent, and spirited podcast called What’s Radio. This weekly podcast, the love child of hosts Jeff Baldry, Will Maartman, Miriam Putters, and engineer Shane Priestley, is growing in popularity, having recently garnered 2,000 downloads—way to go, gang! For the full scoop about the show and to download it from iTunes, visit whatsradio. com and get your groove on. Past shows have spotlighted risqué subject matter, such as Nexus sex columnist Keltie Larter, and other taboo topics like racism with a Ku Klux Klan spokesperson, as well as local Victoria musicians, and more. If you crave a little more content and a cool alternative to mainstream radio resentment, dial up What’s Radio and crest the wave of cool. Word up!

Nyah, what’s up, doc? The Great White North’s first ever Doctor of Social Sciences degree program is now offered and underway at Royal Roads University. “This program fills a gap in the Canadian academic marketplace that has been identified as a priority by the public and private sector,” says Jim Bayer, dean of the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences at Royal Roads. While Canada’s growing demand for scholar-practitioners with credentials are needed, this fouryear program could have a pretty big impact on doctoral education in our Maple tundra. To check up on this program, visit royalroads. ca, and open up and say “aah!”

One crazy summer Remember that teen comedy from the ’80s with John Cusack and Bobcat Goldthwait? Didn’t it make you wish every summer was that staggering, steamy, and sidesplitting? Well, Camosun is cuckoo over some new weeklong programs being added and offered up by DiscoverTech and the Trades Awareness program (TAP) as part of the Teen Summer Series 2010. With a lot of fun classes being offered up at the Interurban campus, both parents and kids can look forward to a surprising summer including programs that teens will want to tangle with. From digital storytelling and website workshops, to cooking and trades exploring, check out camosun.ca/teenseries to register before all the spaces fill up. This may just be the cure for the summertime blues and an answer to teen angst!

The importance of being Ernesto

If the idea of visiting Cuba, having fun, volunteering for a good cause, and having educational experiences tickles your fancy, then perhaps the 2010 Ernesto Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade is for you. This spring you can spring into action with cat-like readiness as one of the 30–50 volunteers from across Canada that will be participating in the 18th annual jaunt to Cuba. Visit canadiannetworkcuba. ca/brigade, and do it fast before all the spaces are filled.


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The changing face of co- op placements Erin Ball Staff Writer

With the help of Camosun’s Co-op program, students are more prepared and experienced when they approach the post-graduation real world. But with the economy in a slump, can students expect the same kind of Co-op work terms that they’ve enjoyed in the past? Gloria Darroch, director of Camosun’s Co-op program says that, typically, the number of co-op positions is related to the health of the economy. Despite this, Camosun has fared well during the economic downturn. “All colleges and universities in BC noted the impact of the economy on co-op positions last year, with some finding their placements dropped dramatically,” says Darroch. “At Camosun, almost all of our programs showed either the same level or an increased level in work term placements. We expect overall that the number of students finding work terms will be similar to last year.” Trade and Technology Co-op coordinator Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst says that she also hasn’t noticed a decline in postings compared to previous years. “As far as I can see, it looks pretty much the same as last year, so no obvious decline in co-op job opportunities,” says Tarnai-Lokhorst. In some cases, the number of

job postings on CIMS, Camosun’s Co-op job posting website, have increased this year. “Overall, I can say that business has seen a slight but noticeable increase over the past year which, given the tough economic recession that we are facing, is very encouraging to the service we provide to students,” says Troy Dunning, the Co-op coordinator for the Golf Management, Business Administration, and Office Administration programs. Over in Arts and Sciences, the co-op placement numbers are remaining stable.

“Co-op opportunities may not be in the same areas, or pay the same high-wage rates of a few years ago, but they are still there.” Gloria Darroch Camosun College

“Right now we have 30 jobs up, so it’s on track to be the same or better than last year. I’d have to say the proportion of them being unpaid is up, though,” says Lois Fernyhough, Arts and Science Coop coordinator.

Environmental technology student Ryan Murphy did his field assistant co-op in northern Saskatchewan.

Although the Co-op department doesn’t track the number of paid versus unpaid positions posted on CIMS, Darroch admits that there are more unpaid co-op positions now than there were in the past. But she says that shouldn’t discourage students. “Opportunities may not be in the same areas, or pay the same high-wage rates of a few years ago, but they are still there,” says Darroch. “We’re certainly not going out there trying to find unpaid work for people. We’re trying to turn unpaid work into something,” she adds. One of the factors affecting the types of jobs offered on CIMS is the lack of provincial and federal government co-op jobs that are available.

The provincial government is a top employer in Victoria and, with recently announced layoffs, the number of co-op students that they take in has been drastically reduced. “This year students relying on getting government jobs will definitely be disappointed,” says Darroch. “But the public-service area of the provincial government is still trying to keep close connections with us. They know eventually they’ll be able to hire more people.” Darroch says the best strategy for students is to apply to as many positions as possible. She also says that the co-op department is pushing self-developing co-op positions, meaning that students can use the networking skills they learn in the Workplace

Conservatory to perform for Camosun Erin Ball Staff Writer

The Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) is planning a special free lunchtime concert for students and faculty at Camosun’s Lansdowne campus on March 25. The VCM, located at the corner of Quadra and Pandora, wants to show other students at Camosun what they’ve been up to. After all, the students that study music there are also Camosun students. Fuchsia Shier, registrar of postsecondary programs at the VCM, says that most people don’t know that Camosun has a music program. “We are Camosun’s music department,” says Shier. “This partnership has been in effect for almost 30 years. Essentially, we’re a satellite site.” Under the terms of a unique partnership arrangement, Camosun offers three full-time programs through the VCM. Students who take any of the three programs are students of both Camosun and the VCM, but attend classes at the downtown campus at the VCM. “We’ve got about 60 students here who are participating in these three programs,” says Shier. The VCM offers a one-year Certificate in Music Foundations designed to upgrade students’ music knowledge and skills and prepare them for university entrance. They also offer a two-year Diploma in Music and Diploma in Jazz Studies. These two programs are designed to help a student start their music career and transfer into a university. “We have a lot of success with students transferring to UVic, trans-

Education Preparation (WEP) course to find their own co-op opportunities. “The best thing a student wanting a work term can do is fully commit to using the information and skills from their WEP class, and get out there, network, and find or create their own position,” says Darroch. “It’s a trend we’re trying to create.” Darroch adds that by self-developing a co-op position, a student gets a chance to practice for when they graduate, but has the added benefit of the support of the co-op department. “It’s like having your own job coach,” says Darroch. “I think that’s one of the reasons we didn’t suffer as much as a lot of the other institutions in BC did in the last year.”

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Local music student and jazz singer Aurora Scott belts one out for the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

ferring to UBC, and a number of them go on to University of Lethbridge in Alberta,” says Shier. “The Jazz students can go on to Vancouver Island University.”

“Our goal is to see every student get at least one opportunity to perform their repertoire in front of their peers.” Fuchsia Shier Victoria Conservatory of Music

Shier adds that some students start their performance careers directly after finishing the programs at the VCM. “It’s common for students to take time off from the program

and go on tour,” says Shier. The VCM hosts a Thursday lunchtime concert series, usually on the first Thursday of every month. It’s a chance for the music students to get on stage and perform for their peers. The March 25 performance at the Lansdowne campus is part of this series. The performance will be a mix of disciplines, including jazz, classical, and opera. “It’s a mish-mash,” says Shier. “It’s never the same; it’s always very interesting.” Having the opportunity to perform once a month is a huge benefit of studying music at the VCM. “Our goal is to see every student get at least one opportunity to perform their repertoire in front of their peers,” says Shier. “It’s performing for each other. And usually we get a decent audience from the community as well. The March 25 concert is a special one in that we are bringing

the performance up to Camosun to include the college community.” The free performance will be held in the Gibson Auditorium in the Young building at noon on the 25th. The performance is open to students, staff, and faculty, as well as the general public. The VCM was founded in 1964 and teaches an extensive variety of disciplines, including piano, strings, brass, wind, voice, jazz, percussion, and composition and theory. The VCM is home to two concert halls. The Wood Hall, which seats about 100 people and is used mainly by students, and the Alix Goolden Hall, which seats 600 and is reserved for special shows and concerts. Although the VCM teaches music to about 2,000 students at any one time, only a small portion of those are Camosun students. The VCM is currently accepting applications for Fall 2010.

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LIFE



March 17, 2010

One mature student’s tale Marty Taillon Contributing Writer

Going back to school is hard enough after only a few months off. Imagine going back after more than 10 years off. It’s a situation that many mature students face. Former Camosun College student Jon Jacox was one of those people. Stuck at a crossroads, with a job that he didn’t like, Jacox had some choices. One was to stay at the job he had been working at for nearly a decade. Another option was to find another job in the same field and risk the possibility of not liking that one either. The final and most difficult option was to return to school, a decade after he finished high school. Which was what Jacox did, for two reasons. “First of all, I wasn’t making a whole lot of money doing what I was doing, and secondly I just knew I had a lot more to offer,” says Jacox. Jacox had always had an interest in computers and one day decided to go to the Camosun Interurban campus to have a look around. “I saw a notice about a free tour and introduction to the programs there. So I went, toured the school, and signed up for the Computer Engineering program. It was too late to get in that year, but I was put on the list for the following year. During the wait I took the refresher courses to make sure my skills were okay,” says Jacox.

Technically, Jacox didn’t have to upgrade because he had the grade12 requirements. But he figured he’d been out of school for so long that it couldn’t hurt. “I thought it would be smart to refresh my math and physics, so I went to Camosun and took adulteducation courses,” says Jacox. “I think it probably helped so I was ready for the hard stuff.” The hard stuff Jacox speaks of is the Computer Engineering program, a program that ended up taking Jacox much longer to complete than he had planned.

“My classmates knew how to study and knew how to get good grades. I had forgotten a lot of the skills that I had learned in high school.” jon jacox former camosun student

“I was originally going to go to Camosun for two and a half years,” says Jacox. “I ended up taking the bridging program which was another half-year to get a degree at UVic. Between all the education at school and co-op it took about five and a half years”

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Former Camosun student Jon Jacox returned to the college after a decade away from school.

Jacox knew going into his program that it was going to be different for him than it was for other students. He was older, so would be competing against people that were younger and, in some cases, fresh out of high school. “They knew how to study and knew how to get good grades,” says Jacox. “I had forgotten a lot of the skills that I had learned in high school.” What Jacox felt he did have

was “maturity and focus,” he says. “I knew what I wanted and was committed to making sure I would succeed.” One of the biggest hurdles for any student is money. Jacox hadn’t put very much aside before he went back to school, but he kept a parttime job while at school to help out. “I worked at DHL couriers from 3–6:30 am and sometimes 5–8 pm because it didn’t interfere with school,” says Jacox, “although I

usually went to bed early because I had to be up so early. Eventually I had to quit when school was too busy, then I lived off student loans.” Today Jacox is working from his home for a company called NovAtel Inc. They make GPS equipment and he works as an embedded firmware engineer, writing the software. Jacox doesn’t regret his decisions to take a risk and go back to school to give himself a better future.

Logging out after snuffing out Vincent McDermott The Eyeopener

TORONTO (CUP)—Before the internet, property was a physical object in the physical world. Movies were on tapes and DVD. Photographs were stored in real photo albums. Diaries, letters and personal mementos were kept in a box somewhere. Now, photographs go to Flickr, personal movies are on YouTube, blogs have replaced diaries, and the number of headshots scored in Halo is considered a personal memento by some. Online presence has a large impact in real-world social and professional lives. We now bank online, shop online, date online, and work online. But what happens to our digital footprint when we die? In the physical world, a will instructs friends and family what to do with money and assets. But online lives and their impact may not be taken into account. Adele McAlear, a Montrealbased marketing consultant who runs a website called deathanddigitallegacy.com, advocates appointing a digital executor to take care of online assets after death. “There’s sentimental value with a lot of what we have online,” says McAlear. “It’s something young people should absolutely think about, considering how digital and online everyone is these days.” Speaking at Ryerson recently, McAlear showed different ways to make plans for digital remains, such as saving information in a text document. McAlear also suggests creating a special Gmail account where users can send passwords, letters, photos, and videos. The account would be

opened by a friend, family member, or lawyer upon death. “It’s not uncommon for family or friends to go into someone’s online accounts and delete everything, which could be contrary to the deceased’s actual wishes,” she says. “It’s a real issue for a lot of people,” says Ryerson online journalism instructor Wayne MacPhail. “Some people make a living working online.”

“It’s not uncommon for family or friends to go into someone’s online accounts and delete everything, which could be contrary to the deceased’s actual wishes.” Adele McAlear deathanddigitallegacy. com

MacPhail, who also advises different groups about social media and up-and-coming technologies, says he has spent the last few months thinking about the fate of his vast online presence. “If something were to happen to me as I crossed the street, my wife wouldn’t know what to do with the things I have online. She would have no control over them,” he says. “We really do cram a lot of our lives on the Internet,” says Ryan Oliver, a fourth-year Ryerson theatre production student. “In some ways, Facebook does a better job at showing who you are than a résumé.”

Facebook allows the account of a deceased person to be made into a memorial account, which removes contact information and statuses and disables login ability. Only confirmed friends are able to view the profile. A close family member has to send Facebook proof of death before any action can be taken. “I haven’t really thought about it, and I don’t really care,” says Oliver. However, he plays the online role-playing game World of Warcraft and says it would be nice to either give his character to someone else or have it deleted permanently. “Yeah, and maybe get someone to delete my Facebook, too. I don’t care, though,” he says. “I’ll be dead.” MacPhail is not surprised students haven’t started thinking about their online assets after death. “Especially for an 18-year-old or 19year-old, a person might not have a lot of practical applications beyond Facebook party pictures.” “But some of that might be sentimental to a girlfriend or family,” he says. “It could be emotionally devastating to someone when they suddenly don’t have access or control to maintain that property.” A number of companies also specialize in holding on to digital information until death. Companies like Legacy Locker and Entrustet work the same way as McAlear’s Gmail system, but with the added bonus of a team of people providing security to protect your account. However, these websites can charge annual fees and there’s no guarantee the companies will outlive you. “It’s just so overwhelming for us to start planning for death,” says Oliver. “I’m still in school. I don’t really think about death.”


SPORTS

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Erin Ball Staff Writer

The Camosun Chargers women’s basketball team recently took silver at the BC Colleges Athletic Association (BCCAA) provincial basketball championships and, due to a wild card berth, will be heading to the nationals. The team played the UBC-Okanagan Heat in the final game of the tournament, held at Vancouver Island University on March 6, and lost by only two points (67–69). Camosun was ranked fourth in the league going into the tournament while UBC-O was ranked second. Camosun had an 11-point lead at half-time but slowly and steadily the Heat closed the gap until the Chargers fell behind early in the fourth quarter. Head coach Brett Westcott says the Chargers had a chance at the end of the game to tie, but the last shot bounced off the rim at the final buzzer.

The Chargers have more to celebrate than just their success at the provincials and their inclusions in the nationals—head coach Brett Westcott was named BCCAA Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year for the third consecutive year. “It was a good weekend and the girls played hard to earn a huge amount of respect from the people watching, and the other teams,” says Westcott. “It’s still disappointing to be close to winning another provincial championship and then losing a tight game at the end.” Second-year player Chelsea McMullen earned her third Player of the Game award for the tournament. McMullen contributed 21

points and five rebounds, while Teresa Hartrick had 17 points and an impressive 12 rebounds. Camosun played the Capilano Blues in their first game of the championships, winning 63–54 and eliminating the Blues. Hartrick had 14 points during the game. Although the team managed a win, Westcott wasn’t impressed with their performance. “We were terrible the first night against Capilano,” says Westcott. “Too many turnovers, poor defensive coverage, and too many missed lay-ins.” The team went on to play the top-seeded UNBC Timberwolves in the semi-finals and won the game by one point (57–56). McMullen, who used to play for the Timberwolves, had 12 points and nine rebounds. Hartrick had 16 points, while second-year player Kymber Gale contributed 13 points. It was a big win for the Chargers as UNBC had 17 wins and only one loss over the season, and had beat Camosun twice earlier in the year. “We came up with a game plan which used some things we had practiced but had not used in a game this season,” says Wescott. “It was a calculated gamble, but we thought they may struggle as they wouldn’t have prepared to see those things from our team. The girls played really hard and executed well until a few lapses late in the game.” Despite the second-place finish in the provincials, the team will still have a shot to compete against teams from across Canada at the Canadian College Athletic Association (CCAA) national tournament, taking place at UBC-O in Kelowna on March 17–20. UBC-O is hosting the tournament so they automatically get a spot in it. Since the Heat came in first place at the provincials, Camosun takes a wildcard spot at the nationals. The Chargers have more to celebrate than just their success at the provincials and their inclusions in the nationals—Westcott was named BCCAA Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year for the third consecutive year.

KEVIN LIGHT

Women Chargers win provincial basketball silver, head to nationals

Erin Ball Staff Writer

Chelsea McMullen helps the Chargers get their BC silver medal.

“This type of recognition shows an acknowledgment that the girls have improved as a group and maybe done better than most people expected at the start of the season,” says Westcott. “Ultimately an award like this reflects a great effort from all the players and the coaches, because one person does not make a team successful.” The team racked up a few athlete awards as well. McMullen received BCCAA First Team All-Star for an outstanding season. She finished

playing better, but we could never get everyone healthy and playing well together at the same time,” says Price. The future prospects are looking up for the men’s team, however. They have already signed some high profile high-school players for next season. Jordan Elvedahl, a 5’10” point guard from Stelly’s Secondary School, and Greg Partington, a 6’6” forward from Spectrum Community School, are the top two scorers in the city and both have provincial team experience. The Chargers have also signed point guard James Lundy from Brentwood College School, and, from Claremont Secondary, guard Ahmit Khatkar. -E.B.

KEVIN LIGHT

Disappointing season for men’s basketball The Camosun Charger’s men’s basketball team had a disappointing season this year, ending the season in ninth place with 18 losses and three wins. Because of their losing record, the Chargers men didn’t make it to the BC Colleges Athletic Association provincial championships. “We are all disappointed with our performance this year,” says head coach Craig Price. “Our goal every year is to make the playoffs and make a run at the national tournament.” Price says depth and injuries were a constant problem for the team. “There were many moments during the season that I felt we were ready to turn a corner and start

Chargers come up short at volleyball nationals

the season second overall in points with 294 points over the 18-game season. McMullen was also named BCCAA Athlete of the Week for her outstanding performance at the provincials, taking home the MVP award for the tournament. Hartrick won her second BCCAA Second Team All-Star for her performance, despite being injured for part of the season. Hartrick was eighth in the league with 212 points.

The Camosun College men’s volleyball team couldn’t manage to bring home a medal during the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association National Championships. The tournament was hosted by Grant McEwan University in Edmonton, March 10–13. Chargers won the first game against defending champs and home team the Grant McEwan Griffins in a thrilling, five-set battle. Despite winning the first set and having the home court advantage, the Griffins couldn’t keep the Chargers down. The two teams tied seven times in the fourth set before Camosun pulled ahead to win. Third-year player Aleks Saddlemyer won Player of the Game for Camosun with 12 kills, seven digs, and three blocks. Camosun moved on to the semi-finals and a match against the second-ranked SAIT Trojans from Calgary. The Trojans won the match three sets to one and went on to play in the gold medal match against the Limoilou Titans. Fifth-year veteran and Chargers team captain Brent Hall earned Player of the Game for Camosun versus the Trojans with 10 kills, five digs, and one ace. In their next game, Camosun faced Humber College’s Hawks for the chance to play for bronze. Despite winning the first set 27–25, Camosun could not keep up to the Hawks and lost the following three sets. Second-year libero Josh Coutts was named Chargers Player of the Game with 12 digs. The loss ended the tournament for the Chargers, who had hoped to be playing for the top spot, but instead finished out of medal contention. In a bright spot for the team, Saddlemyer was named a secondteam all-star for the tournament. The Chargers were ranked third going into the championship, and won national bronze last year. The UBC-Okanagan Heat won the bronze medal match against Humber, while the Limoilou Titans won gold over the SAIT Trojans.

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VIEWS



March 17, 2010

Google search and desist Appetite for discussion Adam Holroyd Contributing Writer

The sheer amount of information that online giant Google has accumulated—and what’s being done with it—is startling, to say the least. The little search engine that could has grown into a mind-numbing conglomerate of web services— there’s the original search engine; there’s Gmail, their e-mail service; there’s Buzz, their foray into social networking. With each new release, the company raises more alarms regarding the handling of information collected by their depthless databases. Google has access to a ridiculous amount of information from searches alone; every time we make a search, Google records our cookie IDs (which won’t expire until 2038) and what we searched for. In a recent debacle, Google expressed interest in merging its databases with DoubleClick, one of the web’s largest ad companies. In order to target ads to surfers, the company collects massive amounts of data for companies like AOL and MTV. No one seems to have broken the news to Google that it can’t actually do this; the information collected by the agency legally belongs to DoubleClick’s clients. Of course, with the ad company’s databases in Google’s hands, what’s to stop the internet giant from adding to its already impressive arsenal of facts about us? Add to this that Google has absolutely no data-retention limits—which means there are no limits to the length of time our data can be stored before it must be

Stay out of Google’s cookie jar.

deleted—and we have a terrifying privacy time bomb, especially in light of the recent hacking attacks from China that Google suffered.

In Google’s headlong rush to join the socialnetwork world, the web giant has a tendency to play fast and loose with what other people can see about us. But that’s only half the problem. The other is the ease with which other people can access our info. In Google’s headlong rush to join the social-network world, the web giant has a tendency to play fast and loose with what other people can see about us. A recent incident with Google Docs (Google’s cloud-based docu-

ment suite) underscored a worrying lapse in privacy guards—several people received letters from Google warning them that it may have shared some documents with people not intended by the user. The problem was resolved, but it highlights a key issue with cloudbased computing, the latest step in Google’s goal to make all of the information in the world accessible and useful. One of the greatest privacy offenders is Google Street View, which, while an interesting idea on the surface, presents some very worrying concerns. When the service went live, there was an outcry about vans carrying Google’s cameras ignoring no-trespassing signs and capturing footage of private property. Google claimed these incidents were mistakes and removed the offending pictures. The service was also fought in the UK, where activists didn’t trust Google’s ability to reliably blur faces and licence plates. We’ve since seen success of the technology on this side of the Atlantic, but at the same time, blurring faces isn’t enough. People are still recognizable despite the blurring. The world is gradually becoming more interconnected. More information is at our fingertips than ever before, and our lust for more knowledge—however petty, insignificant, or just not ours to know—is insatiable. A careful balance must be struck. Google guards the gateway to our information. And, at the moment, that gate is wide open. (Oh, and for the record, all of the research for this article was done on Bing.)

Dave Wallace

Contributing Writer

It’s the fast-food consumer’s worst nightmare… After placing an order, you find yourself peering over the counter, shuddering at the acneridden teen trying to piece together a hamburger while not dislodging one of his various Band-Aids. As you quickly lose your appetite, you find yourself wondering how restaurant management and health inspectors can miss such obvious violations? When hiring staff, owners get what they pay for and, as a result, most fast-food restaurants in Victoria are stacked to the rafters with nose-picking, pimple-popping teenagers—each possessing a severe disinfectant phobia. As they flip fries and collect their minimum wage, lethargic uppermanagement nonchalantly scribbles down various fridge temperatures on an inspection clipboard. It’s an amazing feat, considering the store hasn’t owned a working thermometer for years. So why isn’t the mighty store owner crashing through the roof sporting a cape and shooting grimefighting bleach out of their eyes? To put it simply—money. There’s no doubt that hiring competent staff and replacing archaic equipment would cut into the pocketbook, and there’s no bother upgrading when the store isn’t feeling pressure from the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA), the organization that conducts health inspections in Victoria’s restaurants. Why isn’t VIHA recognizing this problem? It’s happening in nearly every local fast-food restaurant, so why aren’t they using the pressure of restaurant fines and closures? Because it’s nearly impossible to recognize these infractions without spontaneous site visits. While other inspectors, like firefighters, show up randomly, it’s common knowledge in Victoria that VIHA will phone in advance to give business owners a rough idea of what day they’ll be “surprising” them.

Teenage service with no smile.

VIHA might say that the warning is a friendly reminder, as to not disrupt the business, but, unfortunately, it just leads to the cockroaches being swept under the mats by the extra staff, scheduled for cleaning shifts.

How can restaurant management and health inspectors miss such obvious violations? Outside of Canada, most cities have legitimate surprise inspections that keep restaurants vigilant, 365 days a year. Also, other cities, such as Toronto, force inspection reports to be displayed on the front window of the restaurants so customers can make an informed decision while out on the town. This makes a lot more sense than randomly checking VIHA’s website for infractions. Restaurant owners will always be penny-pinchers, the staff will always be pimple-poppers, and the ball is in VIHA’s court to make Victoria a safer place to eat. The solution is simple. VIHA needs to grow some balls and make life hard for restaurants, before we all lose our appetites.


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Toking the party line “Gay” is not a bad word Emily Laing

Contributing Writer

Camosun students have a reputation for being open-minded, and it’s the small differences we all hold that inevitably define us. When homophobic bullying goes unchallenged in schools—as in the negative use of the word “gay”—it’s depressing to contemplate the effects it could have. Many gay-friendly people continue to express themselves in ways that are subtly, or not so subtly, antigay through tacitly homophobic language.

Brett Blair Contributing Writer

Now, there may be a few things I’d rather be doing than sitting around, smoking a joint, and eating cholesterol-laden goodies while gazing off into the distance. Sex, or traveling, or even a hike on a sunny day might be classified as preferable to me. But I do enjoy a toke every now and then—as do millions of other Canadians—and I question the validity of our marijuana laws if so many of us like it. Back in 2003, federal government officials said that our laws concerning marijuana should be “modernized,” yet here we are today and nothing has changed. Perhaps those representing us in parliament were too stoned to get off their asses and make a decision as to the desires of the Canadian people? You know how it is—smoke a joint and leave it for tomorrow. I suppose the influence of our uptight neighbours south of the border is more likely the culprit, although per capita they’re the second largest consumer of pot, behind us (of course). Could they be a little jealous, perhaps? Admittedly, organized crime profits hugely from the sale of the lovely green bud, and along with that could emerge territorial disputes, murders, and gang wars. The business in BC alone makes an estimated $6 billion per year, and that’s a lot of dough in the hands of people who have to protect their investments. In places like the Netherlands, where there’s some degree of tolerance and legalization, taxation of

When used in a negative context this three-letter word can be offensive to many. Should Canada become the next Netherlands for marijuana laws?

marijuana provides money for better drug education, rehabilitation, and policing. The Netherlands has one of the lowest rates of drug use in the European Union, even though the sale and possession of small amounts of weed is legal.

You know how it is, smoke a joint and leave it for tomorrow. Through their heavily funded social programs, the Dutch have concluded that pot is not a gateway drug, and they classify it in a different category than hard drugs, such as cocaine and heroin. If the BC

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government were to tax this illegal business in the same fashion it does cigarettes or alcohol it could equate to hundreds of millions of dollars per year in income. Esquimalt MP Keith Martin says decriminalization would save the government almost $150 million a year in court costs alone. When the conservative government decided not to allow for small amounts of possession back in 2006, little consideration was based on fact and common sense. Maybe they were just high again? It’s questionable as to whether democracy will ever actually be representative of what is the interest of the people when it comes to Canada’s marijuana laws. Hmm, maybe I’ll smoke a bowl and think about it.

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Most people are comfortable around gay and lesbian people, and there would be no questioning that the word “gay” refers to people with a same-sex attraction. But when used in a negative context this three-letter word can be offensive to many. In order to prevent public outrage, others should be more conscious of what it is they’re actually saying. Century-old definitions for the term “gay” were to describe things that were “bright and happy.” This was once the common use in speech

and literature, but is now much less frequently the case. A new meaning for the word has crept into the English language and when some people use “gay” it unintentionally becomes a synonym for “bad” or “wrong.” Using “gay” unselfconsciously in these older senses, without sounding old-fashioned or arousing a sense of double entendre, is difficult. Similarly made attempts to intentionally use the term “gay” in place of “bad” or “idiocy” to degenerate an entire class of people doesn’t really work, either. Homophobia must be stigmatized in the way that racism is. Many people who would never contemplate using a racial slur don’t even think twice before using a homophobic one. The use of “gay” as a negative adjective, in place of words such as “stupid” or “dense,” must stop. “Gay,” as in negative, which seems to be applied to anything from disappointing hockey scores to gas prices, is now used with such consistency that people have become desensitized to its true meaning. This isn’t just about being politically correct. It’s about being semantically correct, so take it as a lesson in English. “Gay” has never meant “bad,” so using it in this context is wrong. The incorrect usage of this word shows a real, living homophobia inside every reckless occurrence.

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Mirror, mirror on the wall: Nexus goes on a psychic journey Keltie Larter Staff writer

Spring has sprung early this year, and as the cherry trees chase away memories of dark, damp winter months with the promise of summer camping and backyard barbecues, another academic year will soon come to a close here at Camosun. After spending three years as a student here, two of which I’ve spent writing for this newspaper, I’ll be graduating from my program this year and moving on to... well, that’s the problem. I don’t know what I want to move on to. To help clear up some of this indecision, I thought that maybe taking a good look at my past would help to dispel some of the confusion about my future. What I found out, however, left me feeling more confused than ever.

The past To discover what has happened in my past, I went to see professional medium Megan Edge over at Psy-Chick, who, among other things, specializes in past-life discovery.

Although not necessarily common to the western world, the idea of reincarnation is integral to many eastern belief systems. Hindus, for example, believe that a person’s spirit, or “self,” sheds bodies like old clothes and dons a new one when it becomes necessary to do so.

She said I had originally come to earth in an exploratory ship from a planet completely covered in water some two and a half million years ago. Edge is of the belief that a person’s “self” is carried over from life to life. We met at her studio office in the heart of Fernwood Square. After brewing me a cup of tea, Edge explained that, prior to my arriving that morning, she had meditated on me or “tuned in” to my energy to gain an understanding of where to start with the reading. Having never met me before, as we had only had a brief phone conversation prior to this meeting, I was curious to know how she was able to do this. She told me that we all have an energy field which surrounds us and everything about us is contained within this energy field—every life we’d lived, every experience we’d had, every illness, every love… all of it. So all she had to do was think of my name and she could pick up things about me. I secretly hoped she hadn’t “picked up” anything too embarrassing. Next, she called in both of our soul groups, entities she described as the energy beings that surround everyone, sort of like spirit guides or guardian angels who would speak through her to describe some of my past lives. She said that a person’s spirit guides will generally show her past lives which relate to where that person is at in

their present life, so for me she had concentrated on one of the only personal details she knew about me, which was that I’m a writer. She asked the spirit guides to show her other lifetimes in which writing had been my passion. She said the spirits told her that I was a personality type known as a chronicler, someone who was drawn to collect and share stories.

China Edge said the first of my lives that had come through really strongly was when I was a court chronicler for one of the emperors of the Ming Dynasty in China. She described me physically as being a very petite man wearing voluminous robes made of a rich, wine-red silk material shot through with gold thread. Supposedly, I skittered around the court and, for the most part, managed to remain virtually unnoticed so as to be able to secretly observe other members of the court. Apparently, I was close with the emperor, whose mandate for me was not only to chronicle the daily events of the court’s social and political life, but also to find out what was going on behind closed doors and report these findings back to him. My guides told Edge the control that I was able to exert in that lifetime was in choosing which information to pass on to the emperor and which information to keep hidden. She said that this was a control I only really exerted once, when I discovered that one of the emperor’s children wasn’t his biological offspring—the mother of the child had had an affair with one of the guards. So, basically, in this lifetime I was an informant for the man. Lame. Damn the man!

Morocco The next of my lives which was revealed to Edge was that of a merchant who lived in a market city along a trade route, most likely the city of Marrakech. She said I was a male, Chaucer-esque storyteller who mostly wrote for my own pleasure and who had a large, boisterous family made up of a wife, three daughters, and

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The present Because learning about my past lives had been so interesting, I decided to learn about where I was at in my present incarnation as Keltie Larter. I met up with aura reader Denis Wilson at Dark Horse Books on Johnson Street. Auras are believed to be a colorful, luminous halo of energy that surround each of us, which some people claim they are able to see a using a kind of psychic sixth sense. Of course, there are always doubters. Robert Todd Carol, author of the Skeptic’s Dictionary, for example, argues that migraines, drugs, and brain disorders can cause people to believe they’ve seen an aura. However, despite having experimented a time or 10 with psychedelics, I have never in my life seen an aura. Wilson had a system set up in the cramped storage area of the bookshop that he said would take a picture of my aura. The device

was a metal box with a hand shape connected to a computer. The hand was covered in round, node-type sensors that, he said, would pick up the energy of my aura and then transmit that energy to Wilson’s computer, where it would be interpreted as colour. I was excited to see what colour my aura would be and, knowing absolutely nothing about auras, decided it would probably be a nice shade of blue or purple. As long as it wasn’t piss yellow, I didn’t really care. I sat down and placed my hand on the metal box, being careful to place my hand directly on top of the hand diagram. Wilson had a computer screen facing me, so I watched as my aura ran the gamut of colours from deep, orange-red, to fluorescent green and finally settled on, you guessed it, piss yellow. He told me that this colour aura meant that I was a communicator, someone who liked to

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two sons, one of whom was adopted. She said I was a very social man who loved to throw big dinner parties and had many close friends. As the session went on, I started to notice that when Edge was receiving new information, her eyes would vibrate back and forth very quickly, like how a person’s eyes move around when they’re dreaming (or high on ecstasy). She seemed to be unaware of this, and it even happened at times when she was looking right at me and carrying on a conversation. Edge had also pointed out to me in the beginning of the session that when she was receiving particularly accurate information, her body would become covered in goose bumps, which I noticed happened several times while I was there.

Africa My spirit guides also told her of three consecutive lives I had lived in an as-of-yet-undiscovered city along the northern edge of the Sahara desert. She said that sometime in the next five years, because of the shift in weather patterns, the sand dunes there will be pushed back to show the skeleton of this lost city, which thrived as a center of trade for about 800 years. She also said the city had a hyphenated name which she thought might translate to Al-Queren, and that when the city was discovered, archaeologists would learn from what was painted or carved into the city’s walls that it housed a culture that celebrated equality between men and women more than was common for that area during that time. My spirit guides also told her that I had experienced three lifetimes there.

She told me I was as a street urchin who eventually came to be the leader of a gang of other street urchins and who was eventually murdered around the age of 21. The first lifetime there was as a street urchin who eventually came to be the leader of a gang of other street urchins and who was eventually murdered around the age of 21. Awesome. The second was that of a wealthy noble woman whose life’s work was to create and implement social-outreach programs to lessen the divide between the wealthy and the poor. This work eventually led me to become the ruler of this city. My third and final lifetime lived in this forgotten place

was that of a homemaker and family woman who, at the point at which she was shown this life, was the very elderly matriarch of a large family. She said I had lived a happy, comfortable, healthy life and that, to my family, I was known as Momi. She said I died in my bed, surrounded by my family and holding the hands of two of my daughters, at the ripe old age of 104.

Outer space Before I left, I asked Edge if she could tell me about my very first life, and she said I had originally come to Earth in an exploratory ship from a planet completely covered in water some two and a half million years ago.

She told me that we all have an energy field which surrounds us and that within this energy field is contained everything about us; every life we’d lived, every experience we’d had, every illness, every love… all of it. She said I was a human being, and I visited Earth a number of times in order to record details of what existed here, and that’s what kept me coming back. What has subsequently kept me here for millions of years was the variety of colors I discovered here. I always knew there was something a little strange about me.

Reflection So, in my past lives I have been, among other things, an informant, a salesperson, a gangster, a social worker, and a housewife. Would I want to do any of those things in my present life? Well, I hate the police too much to be an informant, so that’s not an option. I’m terrified of guns, and fighting, and jail, so I’d make a pretty terrible gangster. I absolutely despise sales, so no to anything involving that. And I’m too much of a softie to be a social worker. But I would definitely become a desperate housewife. I’m not sure that taking a trip through my past has necessarily helped me make any decisions about what I want to do with my future, but it sure was entertaining. However, if I’ve not necessarily gained clarity from this experience, at least I can rest assured that, at some point, I was an alien who came to Earth in a flying space ship, unlike the rest of humanity, who had to claw their way up through the mud of the ages.

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like what I found out? However, I managed to push these fears aside and got in contact with master tea-leaf reader Tanya Lester from Salt Spring Island, who read my future over the phone. Tea-leaf reading, or tasseography, is an ancient form of divination practiced everywhere from Ireland to the Middle East, but it has mostly been associated with Gypsies. Like Psy-Chick’s Megan Edge, Lester also spent some time meditating on my energy before the session began. A picture came to her and then she drank a cup of loose-leaf tea with me in mind. She told me the picture that came to her was of a series of sparkling rings which she interpreted to be golden opportunities which would be coming my way. She said that they were interdependent, and that I would have to be sure to take the first golden opportunity because it

would lead to the next one, and so on. As she was drinking the tea she examined the leaves in the bottom of the cup, allowing her psychic intuition to interpret what she saw. Apparently, there were a number of people around me presently who would be implemental in helping me move forward in my career, and that I was going to end up staying in Victoria longer than I planned to at the moment, although I would possibly be moving to new apartments three times over the course of the next year. Lester also told me there was going to be a loss of some kind in my not-too-distant future, and that I would have to let go of someone in order to move forward with my life. She also said it was likely that I would end up working with music somehow. Hey, not too bad of a future for someone who supposedly came from outer space. Keltie Larter’s aura and chakras.

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No country for noisy old men Shane Scott-Travis Staff Writer

The story of the Nihilist Spasm Band is the story of a band that will take no for an answer. With their red no-symbol imagery, the band’s maxim is one of unconventional, improvised madness, and has been from the start. Born during the rise of counterculture—the ’60s—out of ultraconservative London, Ontario came a rumbling, retching sound unlike any before it. Though already performing together for a couple of years, it wasn’t until 1967 that the Nihilist Spasm Band released their debut album, No Record, on an unknowing public. Their influence would best their fame as originators of an avant-garde genre never before gleaned. “We had no money, so buying instruments wasn’t an option,” muses bassist/guitarist/drummer John Clement on the early days of the band. “So we just made them ourselves. We took the same attitude to music and thought we’d just do it ourselves and not worry about the fact that none of us had much in the way of formal music training.” They were nothing more than a group of artists, free spirits, and intellectuals. The spur that would urge them on was rather conventional, considering the cacophony it would ultimately create. “Our friend, the late artist Greg Curnoe, made a film that needed a soundtrack,” says John Boyle, who handles drums, kazoo, and thumb piano for the band. “So we decided to toodle on kazoos, chosen because they were black and red—the colours of the anarchists and the nihilists.” Inspired by the spasm bands that came out of New Orleans in the late nineteenth century—bands that made their own instruments out of everyday found items, like jugs and pipes—and the anti-authoritarian tenets of nihilism, these iconoclasts were cast. “Shortly after doing the soundtrack, we began playing regularly in Curnoe’s studio in 1965,” says Boyle. “We persuaded the owners of the York Hotel—where we drank beer after playing—to let us play there.” “Monday night was quiet, with very little business for us to drive away,” jokes Clement. “Mo and

The many members of Nihilist Spasm Band, back then (photo above) and now (photo below).

Eddy—the owners of the York Hotel—were fond of music, but had trouble tolerating the noise we made. But they loved the crowds that developed on Monday nights and the increased beer sales that went with it.” While the venue has changed over the years, Monday-night performances have become a tradition, now being held at the Forest City Gallery in London, Ontario. The band’s brand of noise, originating when it did, places them well ahead of many other loud musical genres, such as punk rock.

“To someone who’s never heard us, the short answer is that we’re an adult kindergarten rhythm band.” Art Pratten The nihilist spasm band

“Why, we’re the uncles of punk,” comments vocalist Bill Exley in Zev Asher’s 2000 documentary film, What About Me: The Rise of the Nihilist Spasm Band. It isn’t just punk rockers who share an aural acquaintance with these garish geezers—the Nihilist Spasm Band were invited to tour with experimental noise-rock progenitors Sonic Youth in the late 1990s. “It was great to play with Sonic

Youth and other greats, like [jazzman] Joe McPhee,” says Boyle. “Most recently we played with Einstürzende Neubauten’s Alexander Hacke and Blixa Bargeld and had a great time talking and jamming.” Who knew that these old fogies would cause such a ruckus? In Japan, where noise music is viewed with more reverence than on North American shores, the Spasm guys are held in high esteem. “It was shocking to learn that there were lots of people there who love our noise,” says Boyle. It’s also shocking that these cardigan-clad codgers can manufacture so much commotion and uproar onstage. Curious too is that these galoots, who detail so much discord, are unpretending and quiet about their role as artists. “Three of us know we’re basically artists,” says guitarist Murray Favro. “The others don’t know it yet. They think they’re things like a retired teacher, or a retired doctor, or even a retired plate-maker. Being an artist is an attitude as much as an occupation, and you don’t retire from it.” It’s difficult to describe the artistry and intonation to which these men dedicate themselves. To those who’ve never been exposed to noise bands, this can be a hard sell. Some people have very clear ideas about musicality, and notions of discord and clangor don’t usually fit in with such approximations. “To someone who’s never heard us, the short answer is that we’re an adult kindergarten rhythm band,” ponders Art Pratten, who plays a

unique handmade instrument he refers to as a “Pratt-a-various.” Over the years the band has released over a dozen albums and appeared on numerous compilations and box sets. Original vinyl pressings are sought after by collectors the world over. “Well, people in Ontario have been pretty cool to us,” says Boyle. “We’ve found that many younger people in the rest of Canada and in Europe, the US, and Japan seem to like us a lot—enough to buy up original copies of our vinyl on eBay for up to $800.” The band may also be one of the most stable conflux of functioning artists ever. It’s astounding that they’ve been recording and performing for 45 years; how many acts, 40 years in to their careers, are still making their most relevant material? “We didn’t think about it at all; I think that’s the main reason we’ve lasted,” says Pratten. “The future to us was next Monday night, and we never thought beyond that. We never thought of the band as a ca-

reer, we each already had a life and weren’t looking for another.” “I attribute our longevity partly to the fact that we have no leader or direction,” adds Favro. “This is an internal view that explains why we tolerate one another and persist as a band. On the outside, I’ve no clue as to why we still have others interested in our music or noise.” Fo r s o m e , t h e e d i c t s o f noise can have almost religious implications. “I show up every Monday night to make noise and see what’s going to happen next,” says Pratten with child-like wonderment. On the surface, it might seem like the Nihilist Spasm Band live in slumber, architects of their own Elysian Fields, and why not? “No doubt the future holds for us—as it does for everyone—slow decline and eventual death,” says Boyle. “For a brilliant musician it might mean loss of dexterity, touch, virtuosity, perhaps a descent into noise and chaos. But that is where we began, and I expect where we will remain.”

Art show analyzes intersection of art and homelessness Nic Vandergugten Contributing Writer

“What does wealth mean to you?” This is the question currently being posed at downtown’s Legacy Gallery. On display until May 2, Regarding Wealth is an art exhibit that features work by artists who have, in one way or another, been touched by poverty and homelessness. “The paintings chosen for this exhibit reflect various concepts of wealth,” says the event brochure, “having it, losing it, and sharing it.” The exhibit features artwork from UVic’s Michael Williams Collection and seeks to open debate

about “the relationship between art and wealth,” according to exhibit curator and Williams Legacy chair Carolyn Butler-Palmer. Palmer is being assisted by students in UVic’s History of Art program for the show. Patrons of Regarding Wealth are invited to take part in an ongoing public dialogue through the use of gallery chalkboards, a free voicemail line, and research portfolios that offer a deeper look into much of the work’s history. Perhaps the most iconic piece in the show is “Apple Tree Gang” by Victoria artist Michael Lewis. Lewis’ painting depicts a group of homeless people who lived in Vic-

toria from the 1960s to the 1990s. Also included is work from Norval Morrisseau, an internationally celebrated artist who lived an alltoo-familiar life of homelessness and obscurity that was cut short after perishing from exposure on the streets of Montreal. On March 7, the Legacy Gallery hosted an open round-table discussion featuring long-time homelessness activist and photographer Rose Henry, executive director of the Victoria Cool-Aid Society, Kathy Stinson, and Kelly Reid, executive director for housing in the mental health and addictions department of the Vancouver Island Health Authority.

“For those living in poverty,” said Reid at the round table, “I think art can penetrate the cloaks of stigma and stereotype, and make real the fact that if not for some cosmic roll of the dice, you or I might be behind that shopping cart, or dancing crazily with the lamp post.” During the discussion period, some critical points were made. “Part of the problem that we’re dealing with here,” commented one audience member, “is that art has become for the betterment of rich people, it’s exploiting the products of poor people, co-modifying it, and then raising its value completely away from the producer. I’d like to point out that were all sitting in an

art gallery right now.” In a similar vein, amongst the many positive comments left on the chalkboard, someone had written, “The poor man’s tragedy is the rich man’s feast.” If anything, a little critical debate is a good indication that Regarding Wealth is succeeding in creating dialogue around a contentious issue. “It’s a meaty subject,” said gallery director Christine Woychesko during the round table. “We see this exhibit as a space of ongoing dialogue where we can begin to explore this issue,” says Butler-Palmer. “It’s a beginning, not an end.”


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Keeping a straight face with Norm MacDonald Alan Piffer Staff Writer

Besides his late-night talk show appearances, people will no doubt recognize funnyman Norm MacDonald from his Saturday Night Live gig in the ’90s. Or, if they’re really into MacDonald’s style of comedy, they’ll remember the short-lived Norm Show, or even the cult classic film Dirty Work, with Howard Stern sidekick Artie Lange. Dirty Work was a classic SNL star vehicle with an advantage over similar flicks due to surprisingly edgy director Bob Saget (best known for his wholesome dad role in Full House). The movie’s comedic chemistry was pure gold, as fans of the Quebec-born MacDonald constantly remind him. “A lot of people come up after the show with DVDs of it, so I have noticed that it’s become more popular than it was,” says MacDonald. “There was talk about a Dirty Work 2, actually. I had an idea about them going back in time, and then Saget had an idea about getting Artie a new heart. Saget’s was probably a funnier idea.” Speaking of Saget, MacDonald had a notable appearance on Comedy Central’s Bob Saget Roast; if people found MacDonald’s routine unfunny, it was surely because of how purposefully unfunny it was. MacDonald says that being unfunny is harder than it looks. “It is a little bit tricky because your natural instincts tell you to either

break up, or to cut it off when it goes on and on,” he explains. “But I had to fight against that tendency, because I didn’t want to really break character on it.” For MacDonald, keeping a straight face pays off in other ways, like in his many celebrity poker matches. “It’s good to play poker when you’re a celebrity—if you’re any good at poker—because they just naturally think you’re an idiot because you’re a celebrity, which is usually the case,” says MacDonald. “So if you’re in any way smarter than a celebrity, you’ll do alright.”

“I had no idea that the Crocodile Hunter was a beloved character or anything like that. I thought people just sort of made fun of that guy.” Norm MacDonald Comedian

MacDonald also gets a fair amount of voiceover work. Something that stands out is his unforgettable portrayal of Death in an early Family Guy episode. While the role was taken over by comedian Adam Carolla, MacDonald still gets a lot of fan excitement over it.

Canadian-born comedian Norm MacDonald’s always got something to smirk about

“It’s funny, because I only did it once and, just constantly, people come up to me about that one little thing,” says MacDonald. “I just went in for Seth [MacFarlane] and read it into a mic in his office and that was it. I do cartoons and voiceovers just so my kid has some idea of what I do in life. Until he grows up and realizes I do the exact opposite.” One thing MacDonald is known for is his outrageous remarks, including a 2006 bit on the Daily Show about crocodiles, reflecting upon the then-recently deceased “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin. “I remember that, because afterwards, everyone was shocked and everything,” says MacDonald. “I had no idea that the Crocodile

Hunter was a beloved character or anything like that. I thought people just sort of made fun of that guy.” Despite his perennially relaxed demeanor, MacDonald says his act does depend on his level of personal comfort. “With Jon Stewart or Conan, because they’re my friends I’m much more reckless in my comedy with them than I would be with David Letterman, or somebody that I’m a little afraid of,” says MacDonald. “I sort of forget that I’m on TV and I just talk to them like I would off the air with them, you know?” So when MacDonald stops in Victoria for his standup comedy tour, what will he talk about? “I’ll probably talk a lot about the Olympics because it was just

such a big thing for me,” says MacDonald. “I ended up watching the hockey game in a big room in Chicago, and it was all American fans except for me,” he says. “It was knee-buckling at the end of the third period, and it made it sweeter in overtime. I went fuckin’ crazy. But people were a little upset with me. And then in my head, I was like, ‘Oh, this would be cool to get in a fight. Like, get all drunk and get into a fight for Canada; that’d be fun.’”

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Looking Under the Mango Tree simple in Fiji. My father and grandfather worked in the sugar mill, while my mother and grandmother stayed home and looked after the children,” she says. When Dubois was still young, her father left for Canada to seek a better life, just like Timal’s does in the play. It was this event that prompted her to write later in life as an attempt to understand her father and her own feelings.

Adam Holroyd Contributing Writer

Intrepid Theatre has set a precedent for bringing Victorian audiences a huge variety of performances, from comedy acts to hard-hitting dramas. And Intrepid is continuing to live up to their reputation with Under the Mango Tree, an emotional and powerful show that took the Vancouver Fringe by storm. Under the Mango Tree is a story of loss and family. In the play, Timal is a young girl whose father leaves for Canada to seek wealth, fame, and fortune. This one-woman show follows Timal as she tries to deal with her father’s abandonment and make a life for herself. The semiautobiographical play is written by Veenesh Dubois. “I wanted to write a show about my own experiences,” says Dubois, “because I think there are many people out there that have gone through the same thing as me, and we have immigrants coming every day to find a better life for themselves in this country.” Dubois grew up in a small village in the Ba province in the Fiji Islands. Her entire family lived in a single house. “I lived in a two-room house with my father, mother, grandmother, grandfather, uncle, auntie, my sister, and myself. Life was very

“The entire show is very physical and emotionally draining, but the reward is that I’ve created this.” Veenesh Dubois Under the Mango Tree

“It was very challenging writing a show about my life,” admits Dubois. “Although this is a semiautobiographical play, I still needed to dig deep to draw out the emotions that I felt as a child and as a young woman. I found it to be a very cathartic experience, writing this play. The entire show is very physical, and emotionally draining, but the reward is that I’ve created this.” Dubois—who wrote and performs this one-woman play—re-

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Billy Talent with Alexisonfire, Against Me!, Cancer Bats Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, March 3 Alli Pickard Contributing Writer

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Upon entering the Fairfield United Church to see Julie Doiron, I wasn’t quite sure how to feel about the setting. But once I got settled in, the opening musician, Himilayan Bear (a.k.a. Ryan Beattie from Chet), had my full attention. With ambient lighting and unique acoustics in the church, Beattie’s performance was haunting and captivating. When Doiron took the stage, she began singing a capella before saying anything to the crowd. Before beginning the rest of the show, she mentioned that she was quite nervous, as she hadn’t played solo for quite a while. Although she made mistakes, and forgot lyrics throughout the show, her grace and talent shone. She wasn’t as upbeat and cheerful as some of her other shows, but the sleep-deprived Doiron put on an entertaining and unique show that everyone in attendance is sure to remember. Throughout her set, she explained how her last week had been. Her show banter was so true to everyday life; she mumbled her recent ups and downs in an awkward yet graceful way. She didn’t have a set list, but the songs she chose flowed very well with her mood and created an intimate environment. Doiron’s alluring voice combined with charm-

marks that the greatest challenge of a doing a solo show is helping the audience see the other characters; transmitting the emotions of every character in the show is entirely up to one performer. And Dubois’ audiences have been appreciative—Under the Mango Tree won Pick of the Fringe in Vancouver last year. “I had people coming up to me after the show and embracing me with tears and wanting to tell me about their life and experiences,” says Dubois. “A woman from Victoria heard my interview on CBC’s North by Northwest show and she came out to see me on opening night and embraced me with tears. I dedicate my shows in Victoria to her.” After this run, Dubois plans on touring the show across Canada. “I’ve gone out and made work for myself, and now I’m going to tour it all over Canada,” she says. “I wasn’t going to wait around for Hollywood North to give me work; they’ll come find me.”

Julie Doiron recently brought her captivating songs to Victoria.

ing lyrics mesmerized the audience and pulled us into her current world. The only downside to the show was that it was in a church, so the surroundings were quite different than a normal concert. Good sound and lighting aside, the venue was quite uncomfortable. The washrooms were awkwardly situated right beside the stage, and it felt almost rude to walk in front of people mid-song. Sometimes a sit-down venue can be nice, but the pews got uncomfortable, and no one was dancing or moving around. Then again, I’ve never seen so many interested and alert people in a church before. And no one fell asleep.

It’s easy to tell who’s playing a concert by the fans lined up outside the venue. For Billy Talent, it was plain to see who would be rocking Save-on-Foods that night. Is it wrong to say that I felt out of place for not wearing a pair of skinny jeans, or with my bangs not concealing a large portion of my face? Cancer Bats opened with a bang, starting things off with their song “Hail Destroyer”—a perfect way to describe their simplistic yet brutal style. The crowd followed along with every scream that came from lead singer Liam Cormier’s vocal chords. The highlight of their set was when Cormier urged the audience to start “the biggest fucking circle pit I’ve ever seen.” To which, of course, we Victorians obliged. The Cancer Bats’ performance was an amazing start and got everyone pumped up for the other acts. Against Me! were next to take the stage, and their take on punk rock was reminiscent of early material from the Offspring. I wasn’t very impressed—their music just didn’t engage me in any way—so I took a break. I returned just as Alexisonfire took the stage and performed “Drunks, Lovers, Sinners and Saints” off of 2006’s Crisis. It was a good start, but as the set went on I began to feel that the band I fell in love with back in 2002 wasn’t as hardcore as they used to be. The softer influences of guitarist Dal-

Veenesh Dubois writes and stars in Under the Mango Tree.

las Green’s side-project, City and Color, have begun to take hold of the band. Alexisonfire wasn’t bad, but it could have been better. Finally the headliners—Billy Talent—took the stage, and broke out in a burst of energy with their song “Devil in a Midnight Mass.” It was a nice change and lifted my spirits after the last two bands had dampened them. Each song and note of their set brought more and more energy into the crowd. Billy Talent finished off the show with a three-song encore with the finale being their hit, “Red Flag,” which threw the crowd into a frenzy. I found myself chanting along with the song’s catchy beat. I only enjoyed two out of the four bands at this show. But the diehard fans that attended seemed to enjoy each and every minute.

Hawksley Workman Alix Goolden Hall, March 6 Erin Ball Staff Writer

Hawksley Workman played the second of two Vancouver Island shows on March 6, the first show being up in Courtenay the night before. Workman was in top form at Alix Goolden Hall, a venue he’s no stranger to. Workman is at the beginning of an extensive Canadian tour for two albums released in 2010. Meat, an album mostly full of angst-ridden tunes mixed with a few fun pop songs, was released earlier this year. And Milk is being released online, song by song, over a five-month period. The two albums were recorded at the same time and Workman has admitted they find him between

emotional despair and head-overheels in love. Workman was showcasing his new tunes during the show, including the ones that have only been released digitally, but played some good classics and fan-favourites as well. The audience consisted mostly of devoted fans—this being my 11th Hawksley Workman show, I was one of them. Workman showed off his amazing vocal range on songs like “Lethal and Young” and ”Baby Mosquito.” He swung between hard-rocking metal riffs to acoustic duos, along with soulful songs like “Robot Love” with its strange synth vocals. As always, some impressive musicians backed up Workman on tour. Mr. Lonely (Tom Lumley) was there, playing keyboards and piano on several duos, like the sad and beautiful “Oh You Delicate Heart.” Violinist Jesse Zubot, of Vancouver’s Zubot and Dawson, was backing up Workman on guitar and violin. Zubot played some incredible solos armed with his violin and effects pedals, like the one during “Depress My Hangover Sunday” that left the crowd cheering. Workman returned for two encores, the second after the house lights had come up and half the crowd remained to continue cheering. Workman broke into a rendition of crowd-favourite “Smoke Baby” from his 2003 album, Lover/Fighter. With the audience singing along, it wrapped up another typical Hawksley Workman concert—amazing talent paired with a thoroughly entertaining show.


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Noise Addict

BY PETER GARDNER

Just say no to rock Noise Addict usually focuses on rock music in one form or another. Indie rock, hardcore rock, classic rock, folk rock, rock rock, pet rock… the list goes on. So this issue I’m going to look at three artists that have created something wonderful in a non-rock-centric genre. Talk Talk (last.fm/music/ talk+talk) started out as a lot of bands did in the ’80s—writing catchy new-wave pop songs. “It’s My Life” was a huge hit (which struck twice when No Doubt covered the song in 2003). However, the band scrapped the new-wave style in 1988 and adopted a free-form-ambient-jazz motif. The first record they would produce after this stylistic change was Spirit of Eden, an album that their record label at the time, EMI, would end up suing the band over for being “commercially unsatisfactory.” After leaving EMI, the band would release their masterpiece, Laughing Stock, in 1991. It’s a mix of ambience, improvisational playing, and avant-garde jazz. It would be the bands’ final record, but the albums’ impression would last. Both jazz musicians and musicians in more structured genres still credit Laughing Stock as one of the most influential and important albums of the ’90s. Also in the avant-garde jazz genre is Nels Cline (myspace.com/ nelscline), best known as the lead guitarist for rockers Wilco. Cline’s

Shutter Island ★★★★★

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musical career spans 30 years and is full of bizarre yet incredible experimental jazz music. His most recent album, Coward, is an epic album of unconventional sounds and approach to instrumentation and structure. The disc features 15 songs, including the lengthy “Rad Poole’s Gradual Ascent to Heaven,” which clocks in at over 18 minutes and is a journey of sound, song, and style. Classical music is a genre that many—myself included—are ignorant to. One composer, however, that’s been making waves and has caught my attention is Toronto’s Todor Kobakov (myspace.com/todorkobakov). Kobakov first started showing up on musical radars by arranging strings for the bands Stars and Small Sins (among many others). Kobakov just released his first album of solo piano music, Pop Music. The album is his attempt to make a classical album that would appeal to the masses. Pop Music features 11 songs full of emotion and beauty that everyone from classical-lover grandma to hipster indie kid will love.

Shane Scott-Travis Staff Writer

A sense of foreboding doom accompanies Martin Scorsese’s 21st feature film, Shutter Island. Stylistically speaking, Scorsese (Raging Bull, Goodfellas) is in top form, and his gaze turns lovingly towards Hitchcockian red herrings, visual thrills, and crime-fiction colouring. Using Dennis Lehane’s (Gone, Baby, Gone) pulpy 2003 detective novel of the same name as his blueprint, and backed by a first-rate cast of all-stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Max Von Sydow, and Michelle Williams, Shutter Island packs a mighty wallop. Throughout this sumptuous celebration of B-movie aesthetics, which is set in the 1950s, cinephiles are sure to reel at nods towards film-noir classics such as Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity and Jules Dassin’s the Naked City, as well as trashier fare, such as 1955’s Kiss Me Deadly. While the film buff will be floating, and the obvious joy that Scorsese and cinematographer Robert Richardson (Casino, Inglourious

Basterds) denote in every frame is palpable, the uninitiated might be a little put off. Particularly compelling are the numerous dream sequences and flashbacks that not only provide clues to the central mystery, but also create some truly haunting tableaus in saturated and startling colours. For fans of Scorsese, the playful yet perverse little shirk that is Shutter Island may fall somewhere in his subjacent tier of films like Cape Fear or After Hours—slight but diverting. If your cinematic sensibilities recognize the genius of Hitchcock (and a surprisingly sideways salute to Stanley Kubrick’s the Shining) and the accompanying suspension of disbelief, Shutter Island is a nostalgic and rousing refreshment.

The Crazies ★★★★★ Ed Sum Contributing Writer

Small-town life gets torn apart in the Crazies. Something in the water is causing the township to become halfwitted, violence-driven husks, while the people who are unaffected are running scared. Welcome to yet another zombie

film, produced by George Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Creepshow), the grandfather of the genre. This remake of Romero’s 1973 cult classic avoids the use of the Z word and includes all the important elements of a zombie flick—secret agendas, government watchdogs, and the all-seeing eye of Big Brother. They’re all watching a psycho-driven landscape of terror. That eye in the sky is keeping tabs on Sheriff David Dutton (Timothy Olyphant) and his wife, Judy (Radha Mitchell). Together, they’re trying to figure out what’s causing the people of their little hometown to go stir crazy. But when they realize there’s nothing they can do, staying together is their only hope. This formula is one that Romero’s handiwork rarely deviates from. Breck Eisner (Sahara) directs this remake, but he fails in emulating past masters of suspense, such as Hitchcock. Unfortunately, all Eisner provides is an uneven film with not enough dramatic buildup. The Crazies is an effective depiction of small-town life, but not a nightmarish visit to the county morgue.


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Worth the Trip?

The battle of on-campus and off-campus eats BY ALAN PIFFER AND ED SUM

Campus Café Lansdowne Campus Coffee and muffin $3.25 Presentation and service Ed: I like the variety of muffins here, but they’re tucked away in that nook in the corner. It’s almost like hitting a Tim Horton’s, but instead of a clerk getting a muffin for you, you handpick it yourself, which makes you wonder how many other people have also touched it, or even sneezed on it. Alan: The caf’s corner nook is definitely a tight squeeze when things are busy. It helps if you’re already used to having your traditional social distance violated on the bus trip up to school. And, Ed, I wish you hadn’t mentioned the sneezing thing. It’s like finding out about the amount of feces in a typical fast food burger.

Taste E: Unless they come out of a monkey’s behind, I don’t find coffee blends all that interesting. If I have to dump any hard-earned cash, I only want crazy, exotic beans. I’m all over anything that got regurgitated by an animal. Yeah, that’s what I want. A: You actually eat coffee beans that have been pooped out by monkeys, Ed? E: The muffin was okay, but nothing spectacular. I was hoping for a creamy chocolate center filled with Aztec delight, or even just some actual chocolate nibs, but I found none. It was basically a cake that tasted better with some butter on it. And I could have easily gone through three muffins before feeling like I had enough. Maybe next time I’ll go for the flax seed one instead. A: The muffin is like a low-rent Costco muffin. It’s not the best of muffins, but it is chocolate, so it’s fine by me.

Black Stilt Across from Hillside Mall Coffee and muffin $5 Presentation and service E: I like the selection here. And I was impressed with the more full-bodied Mexican blend they have. Instead of lame paper cups, the drinks are served in a traditional mug. For some reason, if coffee isn’t poured into a mug, it’s not as good. There’s something to be said about kicking back on a couch and sipping coffee, rather than on a cold plastic chair. These places are great for people-watching too. Just try not to look creepy while you’re doing it. A: Too late—look out, Ed! That guy’s got a Tazer!

Taste E: The muffin was delicious. It was big and didn’t get too crumbly on me. You have to get there early, though, before supplies run out. I snagged the last one, slowly picking at it like a cherry tree until I got to the tender and sweet, sweet berries. I savoured each bite, and lumped on a fair bit of butter. Eating grain products isn’t complete without butter, even just a light pat. But you have to ask for it at the counter. A: Yeah, the coffee is great here, and the muffin—whatever flavour it was—was really, really good; a perfect texture with tasty chocolate chunks without being too dry or crumbly. This place definitely has it. What is it? It’s the love.

And the winner is… The Black Stilt Coffeehouse wins for flavour, menu variety, and atmosphere.

Verdict The Campus Caf serves up a reasonable cup o’ joe and a decent variety of muffins. If you don’t have a lot of time during your break in-between classes, it’s good for what ails you. But if you have a bit of spare time and a buddy or two to socialize with, it’s definitely worth moseying on down to the Black Stilt.

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Safe sex… with automobiles Dear Keltie: I’ve recently started fucking a new guy. He has a huge penis and he gives the best head I’ve ever had. But as soon as he tries to put a condom on, he goes soft. I’m feeling really frustrated. I’m thinking of scoring some Viagra, but I don’t know where to get it. What should I do? -Frustrated Dear Frustrated: First of all, a guy going soft at the sight of a condom should set off lots of red flags, because it probably means he doesn’t practice safe sex. I know lots of guys—and girls—who hate condoms, but once they get used to them they understand that putting on a condom means they’re about to get some, so they stay stiff. Secondly, I don’t love the Viagra idea. A doctor wouldn’t prescribe it for this

situation, which means you’d have to get it from a sketchy dealer. Also, I imagine there are medical risks associated with this drug that your friend ought to know about before he takes it. What you should try first is putting a cock ring on him once he’s hard, but before you pull out the condom. Cock rings restrict the flow of blood back out of the penis, and have the added bonus of helping to enhance men’s sexual longevity. Another thing that might help is if you ask him to try to practise masturbating while wearing a condom. It will help re-condition his sexual response. If all else fails, just wait it out. The pussy always wins. Dear Keltie: What’s the strangest sexual practice you’ve ever heard of? -Curious

Dear Curious: That would be a documentary I saw once about these two men who were sexually attracted to motorized vehicles. Cars, trucks, vans, boats, airplanes… you name it. Anyway, the older of the two guys had a vintage Volkswagen Beetle that he had been in a “relationship” with for years, and he regularly had sex with it by rubbing his penis up against different parts of the car until he came. The younger guy hadn’t ever fully explored his fetish for vehicles, so the two decided to meet up at a car show to make friends and cruise some... cruisers. Along the way, the film crew who are with the older guy stop to use the bathroom and when they come back out they discover the guy has had a quickie with their SUV!

standard serving size for any noodle soup—a four-inch deep bowl. The ramen noodle soup ($7.50) almost reminded me of the night I wandered the streets of Tokyo and I visited a street vendor for ramen. But the meal at Sushi Plus was too simple and lacked many of the ingredients­—like ginger, seaweed, bean sprouts, and fish cakes. Also, the beef miso soup stock was too strong. And for a diner that’s been

around for years, Sushi Plus needs to do a better job at presenting their sushi. Their basic rolls aren’t all that appetizing. I’d rather pay more for a nicely rolled Unagi (sea eel). Give me sea urchin, and I’ll be back for seconds. And thirds. Taster’s tip: It’s okay to slurp the soup. Scarf the noodle using chopsticks with the right hand and slurp the broth with the spoon in the left in rhythmic unison.

Quick bites Sushi Plus 766 Yates Street, 250–386–3116 2/5 bites

Ed Sum Contributing Writer

Sushi Plus begs to be explored with its feel of an abandoned Japanese temple, but it turns out only the bravest explorer would want to adventure here. All I found in my quest for super-sized ramen was the


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Don’t let Kenney erase history Cristian Cano CCSS Pride Director

It was recently discovered that Jason Kenney, immigration and citizen minister of Canada, has removed all references to LGBT rights in immigration study guides. Information like the decriminalization of homosexuality in 1969 and legalization of same-sex marriage is now nowhere to be found for newcomers to our country. It’s worth noting that Kenney was against gay marriage when it was being debated in Canada. It’s unbelievable that a minister is using his power to manage his own agenda. This country has

laws that protect those in danger because of their sexual orientation, and someone in power is preventing them from getting the information they need. It’s vital for our nation that we have an immigration minister who doesn’t have any prejudices. Would we want to have a racist in any government position? We brag about how liberal and welcoming Canada is, so it’s important to have people in charge who reflect the true values of Canadians. LGBT people are part of what makes Canada a multicultural country. Kenney is trying to erase Canadian history and culture.

March 17, 2010

Inside out

BY AMY MITCHELL AND SOPHIA PALMER

Francis Adu-Febiri A different viewpoint on education always renews our sense of appreciation of what we have here at Camosun College, especially at this trying mid-to-late point in the semester. Dr. Francis Adu-Febiri, a Sociology instructor at Camosun, obtained a postsecondary education in Ghana, Africa, so he certainly has different views than most of Camosun’s faculty. We caught up with him so he could share some of those views. Can you briefly describe your experience as a post-secondary student in Ghana? Getting into university gave me a high sense of accomplishment and self-esteem, as well as high prestige in my hometown; the opportunity to attend university was very limited. Every year, thousands of students would compete for the very limited number for seats in one of the three national universities. Once you were admitted you received free tuition, board, and lodge. With this incredible opportunity came the pressure to do well in all my courses. Why was getting an education important for you? Growing up in rural Ghana, I observed that people who were doing well financially were farmers with large cocoa plantations, persons in the high-end buy-and-sell business, and university-educated professionals. My family didn’t have the resources to help me become part of the first two categories of successful people. I put my energies into studying and my hope in higher education as a route to success.

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What was the level of commitment to education within your post-secondary community? We felt we had the responsibility to make the best use of the opportunity that only few Ghanaian youth had and also to ensure that the enormous resources the government invested in our education at the university would not go to waste. Failing our courses would lead to expulsion from the university, which, apart from bringing shame unto your family, meant your future is doomed since there were hardly any other similar viable options for you. How accessible was education to you and other students you knew? Elementary school was accessible to all. Secondary school was

very expensive, so accessible only to the few who could afford it. The small minority are from poor homes in the southern half of Ghana who excel in the standardized entrance examination and obtain full scholarships, and government-sponsored poor students from the Northern part of Ghana. Was education considered a privilege or a right for you and the students you went to school with? I considered myself privileged to be in university in Ghana because the majority of Ghanaians could not get in. Email nexus@nexusnewspaper. com if you know an interesting person around campus that we could profile in Inside Out.

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Phlegm  By Shane Scott-Travis

Overheard at Nexus

Who hasn’t walked into a conversation at precisely the wrong time—what did he say about anal beads? Or eavesdrop on a conversation that was like smelling someone else’s fart? At Nexus we do a lot of that, so here’s what’s been overheard around the office lately...

“I can’t walk around naked when we’ve got house guests.” “Lemme put the tip in… Wait, can I rephrase that?”

“I wonder where a newt’s genitalia are.”

“Thanks for using the word ‘weenis.’” “I know I heard something about tea-bagging.”

“Jeez—I better cough up some Phlegm right away!”

“How long is it gonna take that guy to get his rocks off?”

“I was worried I’d get in trouble for the goldenshower remark.”

“There’s a seriously gross makeout session going on over here.”

“I’m developing a serious case of aural blue balls.”

“It’s not really about laying pipe, you know.”

Campus Callosum  By Pam Oliver

“But my shit doesn’t stink!”

Natural Selection

By Michael Brar and Douglas Carswell

I’ve got to hand it to you, Paul... I could never handle that. I’m all spine, after all.

(with some beards of their own!) for a wistful evening of searching tunes with a Canadian curve. Fans of Neil Young & Crazy Horse, pay heed. By Shane Scott-Travis

Saturday, March 20

Wax Mannequin, the Burning Hell Logan’s, 9 pm, $12

Wax Mannequin is the nomenclature for Hamilton, Ontario’s Chris Adeney and his singular sounds. With a Nick Drake-like fondness for folk and a Tom Waits-ish whimsical bent, and in support of last summer’s excellent album, Saxon, a standout night is in the forecast. Warming up the crowd with opening spot honours is the Peterborough, Ontario outfit, the Burning Hell. Sure to heat up the night with some electric ukulele loving, we reckon Logan’s is where it’s at.

Saturday, March 20

Ladyhawk, Treelines, Forestry Lucky, 8 pm, $15

Vancouver’s much-hyped and much-loved Ladyhawk is back! As fans know, their January show was cancelled, but now they’ve returned and tickets from that earlier show will be honoured at this one, so don’t go mental. Joining the bearded boys in Ladyhawk will be Kelowna’s Treelines and Victoria’s Forestry

Sunday, March 21

Hilario Durán and his Latin Jazz Big Band, Jane Bunnett, Phil Dwyer, Changuito UVic Centre Farquhar Auditorium, 7:30 pm, $29

The much admired Cuban-Canadian jazz pianist and beloved bandleader Hilario Durán will be performing with a stellar lineup of iconic jazz musicians in his 14-piece orchestra for this exciting evening. Fans of Big Band era be-bop are in for a treat as this enormous endeavour promises the crème de la crème of internationally recognized artisans. An event of this calibre is a rare bird, and it’s best to catch it before it flies away.

Friday, March 26

Alpha Yaya Diallo Alix Goolden Hall, 8 pm, $26

Vancouver-based composer and guitar great Alpha Yaya Diallo is having a CD release party for his latest, Immé. Diallo, a three-time Juno winner, delves deeply into his multicultural heritage and plays tunes reflecting a mixed bag of global rhythms—from Afro-funk to French language and Guinean dialects. This will be a show to savour. With proceeds from the concert to assist the local non-profit Global Rhythms

Society (globalrhytmsociety.com), this will be a night of gracious guitar giving and good times.

Friday, March 26

Cosmetics, Mode Moderne, Two Cabins Logan’s, 9:30 pm, $8

Some disco-flavoured delights in the form of Vancouver’s Cosmetics are a-coming to Fernwood. Fans of Ladytron and Fischerspooner, take note! And filling out this triple bill are the goth-y grindings of Mode Moderne and another Vancouver act, Two Cabins. Sharing a similar musical aesthetic and promising promiscuous disco ditties, this is shaping up to be a sound investment of melodic mirth.

Saturday, March 27

Jason Collett, Zeus, Bahamas Sugar, 9 pm, $18

Billed as the Bonfire Ball, three Toronto-based acts are sure to bring you that much closer to pure aural satisfaction. Jason Collett (Broken Social Scene) gets top billing and is sure to impress with his Nick Lowe-esque singer-songwriter sensibilities. Not to be outdone are Zeus, last seen around these parts blowing hearts and minds at Rifflandia. For the rock ‘n’ roll intellectual, Bahamas also make for fine examples of the best sounds of T-dot. Missing this show would be like missing Xmas, so don’t let it happen.

Purrfect Strangers  By Benjamin Mettinga (The Sheaf, CUP)

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eye on campus By Shane Scott-Travis Sunday, March 21

African Community Cultural Fair This fundraising event is a labour of love from the Camosun College African Awareness Committee that promises lots to do, experience, and learn. Starting at 10 am and running until 6 pm at the Oaklands Community Centre, this family-oriented affair will be raising funds to finance various projects throughout Africa. Adults and kids can look forward to dance workshops, face painting, samples of African cuisine, refreshments, workshops, a silent auction, and loads of live entertainment. Victoriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wontanara Drum and Dance Troupe will be proudly strutting their stuff while a major exhibit on local non-governmental organizations and a community garage sale will all be vying for your time on this busy and bustling affair. A perusal of africa. disted.camosun.bc.ca will provide more information on this event and others that the African Awareness Committee is working on.

Studio will be presenting at this all-ages fundraiser. Proceeds from this special event will benefit Shelterbox Canada, a charity that provides aid to victims of natural disasters and war (Chile and Haiti currently have precedence). The event is being held starting at 7:30 pm at the Spectrum Community School Theatre, for $10. Go to zenithstudio. ca for information and also to find out about upcoming dance classes and events. Dancing queen, feel the beat of the tambourine!

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Friday, March 26

Skills Canada BC South Island Regional Competition Skills Canada BC is all about advocating and encouraging students to explore and probe their interests in the technology and trades fields. By offering up many ways to participate in numerous events, this increase of awareness for students is both exciting and inspiring. The many fascinating regional contests

being explored will run the gamut from carpentry and culinary arts to internet website design. Most of the competitions get underway around 8 am, but to get the full listing and register, a perusal of skillscanada.bc.ca will provide all the pertinent details.

Saturday, March 27

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Sisters of Victoria. So, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a sweet tooth and/or a chocolate preoccupation you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to miss all the chocolate-y demonstrations, entertainment, exhibits, games, giveaways, wine (!), and workshops. The Westin Bear Mountain Resort is the scene of the confectionery crime from 6:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:30 pm. A visit to chocolatefest.ca will tempt your taste buds and pleasure centres even more. It will also hook you up with tickets to this tempting slice of chocolate heaven. Mmmâ&#x20AC;Ś delicious, sugary rapture!


Nexus newspaper March 17, 2010