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Volume 20 Issue 11 February 3, 2010

Camosun’s Student Voice Since 1990

FAST AND FURIOUS

WE GOT GAME

LIVE WIRE

Students should be aware and steer away from auto break-ins on campus.

One interurban student has gone out of her way to get intramurals for us all to play.

A medley of acts assault the city—most notably Mötley Crüe röcked öur wörld!

CAMPUS—6

SPORTS—7

ARTS—11

CHRISTINE COMRIE photo BY keltie larter

Guerrilla knitting

Victoria artists discover a gentler form of graffiti Pages 8-9


VIEWS

Hair she blows!

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There’s a scene in the cult British film, Withnail and I, where tweaked-out hippie Danny, high as a kite, remarks, “Hair are your aerials—they pick up signals from the cosmos and transmit them directly into the brain—this is the reason bald-headed men are uptight.� It’s a good joke, but with a sad resonance. Despite what we think, we’re a rather haughty and narcissistic lot. How many accumulative hours do we spend fussing in front of the mirror with our hairstyles? We bleach it, colour it, pluck it, shave it, tease it, trip it, tweeze it, wax it, or we let it grow. How often do we consider the lengths we go to over our upswept frizzies? Our beauty-obsessed culture certainly makes it tough on our tufts and this need we have to make up is a curious part of our make-up. It isn’t just for vanity that we contemplate our cuts—the roots of our hairy hindrance run deeper than our scalp. Pride aside, there are religious and cultural considerations, such as class and occupational status, that insure our coiffures. It wasn’t so long ago that having long hair was considered an act of defiance. Like the offbeat Bohemians in the musical Hair, we romanticize our locks: “Long, beautiful, shining, gleaming, streaming,

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flaxen, waxen‌ I adore hair!� We long to possess such tresses. But it’s a classic human folly to wish to possess something we barely understand. Our hair is our greatest indicator—at a cursory glance—our first signifier as to whom and what we are.

It isn’t just for vanity that we contemplate our cuts—the roots of our hairy hindrance run deeper than our scalp. We’ve all heard the jokes about pornos from the ’70s and the unshaven actors therein, and body hair jokes are still making the rounds, too. (“Yo’ mama so hairy, her armpit looks like she’s got Don King in a headlock!�) Hair colour, style, and texture can denote our ethnic ancestry, our age, and, some might argue, even our virility. At puberty, facial hair starts to grow, and this has a lot of ramifications, particularly amongst Muslims, Orthodox Jews, and Sikhs, for instance. Religious observance is one example of our fringe fixation, but so too our political posturing and

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our place in the populace. Crew cuts scream of military influence or monk-like tonsure, while a shaved head might also mean severe punishment, as in prison camps or reformatories. In a sense, we place ourselves in the clink when we view our own bodies. The hair-removal industry is exploding as both sexes frequent salons and spas to have hair removed. From Brazilian waxes and eyebrow shaping to complete body-hair extraction, we do it all with willingness and zeal. But why go to such lengths and

why is such a social stigma attached to it? The late, renowned Mexican painter Frida Kahlo caused a stir by simply letting her monobrow grow unchallenged. Her self-portraits featured not only her confluence of eyebrows but also her moustache, yet her charm and glamour endured. But the laughs these gags elicit can come in self-defence. We’re all in this together and we might as well treasure our treasure trails while we’re here. After all, how can we control our lives if we can’t even control our hair?

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Time for a new approach to relationships Pam Oliver Contributing Writer

If Bugs Bunny had a datingsite bio it would describe the best match ever. His scintillating personality and lack of genitalia would promise a relationship characterized by conversation and zero risk of sex ever becoming routine. It would describe his love of musical theatre (remember his immortalization of the Barber of Seville?), his love of travel, and the thrill of getting lost on purpose. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, his sexual orientation doesn’t lean towards male or female. His is a perfect, one-size-fitsall package—no indelicacy implied—that would suit many kinds of partnerships. I know he’d please me just fine. But there’s more to relation-

ships than what someone like Bugs can offer. These days, juggling school, raising two boys, and dealing with a handful of other challenges, I have no time for dating.

Tradition has its place and tradition is wonderful, but it takes a focused and very stable kind of personality to cope with that brand of normal. Plus, I haven’t found anyone who can just cut to the chase and move in without all the production.

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You’d think, with one divorce and one love-of-my-life—who was not my husband—under my belt, that I would have a lot of insight into relationships. Not true. But if the conversations I overhear between the younger men and women on campus are anything to go by, this next generation of partnerships is doomed to have a lot of the young lovers wake up, like so many of us mature students, at about age 40 wondering how in the hell we got there. Tradition has its place and tradition is wonderful, but it takes a focused and very stable kind of personality to cope with that brand of normal. I got it wrong because I thought I was supposed to want a life more June Cleaver than Snow Queen, so that’s what I got. And I mostly hated it.

A boyfriend or girlfriend like Bugs would be a lot of fun, yes. But what if your biology is telling you, maybe for reproductive purposes, that you desire a different kind of partner, maybe more of a provider, so you can stay home with the children? You’d soon be very unhappy with footloose-and-free Bugs... who doesn’t even have a job or a car. Perhaps we need a new approach to finding partnered happiness. We can develop a rabbit’s talent for digging ourselves out of relationship holes and learn to take better care of our root vegetables—a carrot in the hands of an expert can do wonders in any or all social encounters. And get yourself a better map than I had... I know I definitely should have made a right turn instead of a left back there at Albuquerque!

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Student-complaint website launched Alan Piffer Staff Writer

Camosun has launched a new service on its website advising students of the steps they can take if they have a complaint against the college, its faculty, or staff. Baldev Pooni, Camosun’s vice president of education and student services, says a new college web page (located at camosun. ca/about/student-complaint.html) helps spell out and streamline the complaint process. “There’s an informal process to try and solve problems, and probably 99.9 percent of the problems get solved this way,” explains Pooni. “But there are some situations where the student, as much as they try, and as much as the instructor, chair, or even associate dean, try to solve the problem, they can’t reach an agreement.” In situations like this, says Pooni, students can begin a formal complaint process. If, after that process, students are still not satisfied, they can present the case directly to Pooni’s office. “It’s in everyone’s interest that if the student has some concerns, we look to address those concerns,” he says. Pooni says a big part of the complaint process is that each student has a different learning process and this can create issues between students and instructors.

“It could be, ‘The way this material is presented is not as helpful for me, with past instructors I’ve had this opportunity to do things this way, would it be possible to do this?’’’ says Pooni. “And I think for the most part, you’ll find that people want to help students to succeed.” Another issue the complaint website hopes to address, besides learning issues, is interpersonal difficulties within the colllege.

“It’s in everyone’s interest that if the student has some concerns, we look to address that concern.” Baldev Pooni Camosun College

Pooni says that any issue that impedes a student’s learning needs to be dealt with, and hopes the college atmosphere can make students feel comfortable discussing their concerns openly. “If it genuinely is something that really bothers someone, and it really affects their learning, I think it’s not frivolous to have that conversation,” says Pooni. “People are adults; in the college you can have the conversation one-on-one,

privately, and not make it a win-andlose situation. My experience is, unless it’s a really, really sensitive issue, students will basically have the conversation directly with the instructor themselves.” Michael Glover, student services coordinator at the Camosun College Student Society (CCSS), agrees with Pooni that a big hurdle for students is the fear of punishment for speaking out, but hopes the publication of the complaint process will alleviate those concerns. “Students don’t necessarily want to make waves because they’re afraid their grades will go down, or they don’t want to make personal animosity,” says Glover. “But I don’t think that complaint process will create that; I think it’s really positive. I and others have been asking the college for this for some time, they’ve seen the logic to that in the last couple of years and they’ve developed this policy to deal with it.” What’s important to Glover is that students know they have a process to deal with concerns beyond teaching styles or grades. “For years, students have had more general complaints that aren’t necessarily grade appeals,” says Glover. “And there’s been no policy to deal with them.’“ Glover says the CCSS offices are always a good place to turn when students have problems, and they

Staff Writer

In response to a drought of comfortable student spaces on campus—where students often have no choice but to sit on tables and floors—the college, along with the Camosun College Student Society (CCSS), has ordered a few dozen couches and chairs to be placed on locations around the campus in the spring. For CCSS external executive Matteus Clement, the need for more comfortable student spaces was an obvious one, according to the feedback he received from students. “We would ask them what they care about,” says Clement. “One student said they wished there was a couch they could crash on, and all the other students just started chirping up. As soon as couches were mentioned, all of a sudden it became a very important issue.”

It just so happened that the college had a lead on some furniture. Marian Miszkiel, Camosun’s director of physical resources, says the college received a listing from the Vancouver Olympic Committee for asset disposal, including furniture from the Hudson’s Bay Company, at bargain-basement prices. The college was in the midst of a project to enhance student spaces on campus, so they went for it. Miszkiel says the college is looking for ideal locations to place the furniture without impeding the flow of foot traffic. “The exact spaces where furniture can remain without being an obstruction to safety is something that we’ll finalize with the college,” says Miszkiel. Clement says that once they learned about the college’s purchase of the couches, they decided to divert about $20,000 in funding

from their student union building fund to match the purchase. Clement wanted to provide more couch space for students who likely won’t be around to experience the joys of their own SUB.

“There needs to be a place where students can decompress.” Matteus Clement Camosun College Student Society

“It’s not so much about a student building as it is about student space,” says Clement. “Even if that just means there’s a place where you can sit down with your friends and study, or a place where the overworked student exhausted from

by Shane Scott-Travis

Go west, young man!

Baldev Pooni

will listen, advise, and act on behalf of the student. “If students do feel uncomfortable, they can come to the student society, they can see the college ombudsperson; there are people in their court that can advise them on what to do and give them options, confidentially, until they’re ready to confront that person or not,” says Glover. “Counselling is another resource. There are lots of resources at the college to deal with their issues.” Glover emphasizes that any issues students have should be dealt with right away. “We’re all human; sometimes we cross lines and stuff happens,” says Glover. “If we can talk about it than maybe we can defuse the situation first. Maybe it could be a miscommunication. If somebody is doing something inappropriate and someone needs help, the sooner that’s dealt with, the better.”

Camosun College about to get comfier Alan Piffer

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working two jobs and doing studies can nap. There needs to be a place where students can decompress; we’re already strung taut like a drum, and it’s not good for us.” According to Clement, the couches will be placed in areas where students are known to congregate. “It’s really easy to see where those spots are; you’ll naturally see where students congregate, with or without a couch,” says Clement. So the CCSS made the same deal with the distributor, which would total about 150 couches and chairs between both campuses. But Clement says it’s just a start. “Between two campuses, it’s still sparse,” says Clement. “I’d like to see more, but it’s the best that we can do for now.” The couches should arrive on campus in May.

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“Do you think Victoria is ready for a major earthquake? Why or why not?”

Camosun’s English department is feeling finer than a frog’s hair split three ways over an English course soon to be offered at the WestShore Centre for Learning and Training Annex. English 150-English Composition will be running on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30– 8:20 pm from Feb. 11 to April 22. “English 150 was very well received in the West Shore last year and that’s why we’re running the class again,” says Maureen Niwa-Heinen, chair of Camosun’s English department. To register for the WestShore’s English 150 class, contact Camosun’s Enrolment Services at 250370–3550. Sharpen your pencils and get ready to hone some mad writing skills.

You’re as young as you feel As many Camosun students are aware, the Young building has seen better days. With renovations in the works and a major refit to occur, the Young Building Fitness Centre project group recently held an open house to clear the air on the winds of change soon to be blowing through these hallowed halls. On Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Young’s Gibson Auditorium, architectural drawings, colour, lighting schematics, and lots of lip service helped clearly define the upcoming upheaval. There were plenty of snacks and food for thought as various ideas were volleyed about. While many of the ideas discussed are still on the drawing board, visit the Camosun website (camosun.ca) for updates on this development. It might take a little spit and polish, but soon the upgrades and upkeep will commence en masse.

Students get involved in Haiti relief Several sympathetic students from the School of Business at the Interurban campus put together a Haitian fundraiser on Tuesday, Jan. 26 and Wednesday, Jan. 27. The event saw members of the community, local media, and students mingling and commiserating for this most noble relief effort. Kudos and distinction deserve to go out to Marina Jaffey, marketing and public administration instructor, and her students for this most bighearted gesture. Way to go, gang!

Who’s got talent? Are you really good at guessing people’s weight? Can you bust a move like it’s going out of style, or yodel like nobody’s business? Maybe you could be the next Franzl Lang (the famous Bavarian yodeler)! Students from Camosun College’s International Peer Connections are looking for participants in their Cultural Talent Show on March 15. Last year’s talent show was a huge success and featured Coast Salish Aboriginal drumming, German opera, and cultural dancing from Iran and Sudan, to name a few. If you want to sign up and take a shot at fame and prizes, email peerconnections@camosun.bc.ca before Feb. 15. Don’t keep your talents bottled up inside—share them with the world!


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February 3, 2010

CCSS alumni charged in drug bust NEWS BRIEFS Erin Ball Staff Writer

A former executive of the Camosun College Student Society (CCSS) has been arrested on charges relating to a major Canadian drug operation. Julian Strongitharm was arrested and charged along with 12 other people in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in early January. The arrests were the result of a four-month investigation called Operation Razorback, led by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary with help from police in Richmond, Vancouver, Saanich, and Victoria. Strongitharm is a former University Transfer student at Camosun College. He first got involved with the CCSS in 2002 when he was named students with disabilities director. “He was a good member of the student society when he was here,” says Gord Rant, a friend of Strongitharm’s and support staffer at the CCSS. Strongitharm was elected as external executive in April, 2003 and later served as a Lansdowne executive in 2005. Last semester, he was enrolled at UVic, taking classes to complete his degree in International Relations. “He was an excellent executive,” says Michel Turcotte, director of operations for the CCSS. “He’s a nice guy. Very personable, very easy to get along with,” says Jaya Pai, financial resource coordinator for the CCSS. “He was quite an active external executive.” In his time as a member of the CCSS, Strongitharm led a campaign against the implementation of the BC Liberals’ $6 training wage. Over the years, the CCSS had hired

Strongitharm to help out with CCSS events such as Welcome Week. “Julian was very active, capable, fun-loving, and had lots of energy [during his time with the CCSS]. That made him much more approachable from a student’s point of view,” says Turcotte. According to Turcotte, Strongitharm showed no signs of being involved in illegal activities. The last time he spoke with Strongitharm was in December. “There was certainly no indication of what happened recently,” says Turcotte.

“He was a good member of the student society when he was here.” Gord Rant Camosun College Student Society

Turcotte was surprised when he heard of Strongitharm’s arrest and speculates that he had substantial student debt. “I was shocked at first,” says Turcotte. “Then I started thinking… Up until last semester, Julian was a student at UVic. In BC over the last decade, tuition has gone up 300 percent. Student-loan debt has gone up considerably. Maybe the government is forcing some students to make difficult choices.” According to Turcotte, recent statistics are showing an emerging class-divide in the student population. “If you want to become a doctor you have to pretty much come from a rich family,” says Turcotte.

by Shane Scott-Travis

Teen Connector battles cancer

Julian Strongitharm

“I sometimes wonder who the real criminals are.” Although she couldn’t comment on Turcotte’s statement directly, minister of advanced education and labour market development Moira Stilwell doesn’t agree that the government is making it more difficult to afford postsecondary education. “BC’s average undergraduate tuition fees at public institutions remain one of the most affordable in the country,” says Stilwell, “and annual increases have been limited at two percent, lower than the national average for the past three years.” Pai disagrees that high tuition fees are driving some students to illegal means in order to pay for their education. And even if they did, students always have a choice. “However hard-pressed people are for money, I don’t think they should put themselves in danger. It doesn’t mean they have to go and do something drastic,” says Pai. Strongitharm is now back in Victoria after being granted bail in Newfoundland. He contacted Nexus to be interviewed, but was later advised by his lawyer not to talk to the press about the case. Strongitharm says he hopes to continue his studies at UVic in the future and eventually get a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution.

When Lauren Donnelly of Georgetown, Ontario, was 15 years old she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. That was four years ago; Donnelly’s cancer, thankfully, has since gone into remission. Rather than play the role of helpless victim, Donnelly, aided by the Childhood Cancer Foundation, has launched a new and necessary social networking site called Teen Connector. Modeled similarly to Facebook, Teen Connector has a lot to offer, from photo sharing to mentoring, games, discussions, and oodles more. As site coordinator, Donnelly can support teens that may feel alone in their struggle against cancer and help empower and strengthen their resolve in the already trying times of adolescence. If you know any young adults dealing with this dreadful disease send them to teenconnector.ca and let them know they’re not alone.

Ice ice baby All right, stop, grab your skates, and listen! The Mayfair Shopping Centre has a rooftop ice rink that needs your attention. The public is welcome to grab their skates and tie them up tightly, and glide on the ice both daily and nightly. Under the moniker “Skate under the Stars” this free event runs until Feb. 7 daily (except for Mondays and Tuesdays) from 4–8 pm Wednesday to Friday and noon until 4 pm on weekends. You can bring your own skates or rent a pair for $5, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Victoria SPCA and the Land Conservancy (TLC). And for those who have mad skills on the rink, the TLC, the Q, and the Zone (also providing tunes during the skating sessions) will be offering up some sweet weekly prizes. Start your Charlotte spirals and your cherry-flips now! Word to your mother.

Don’t worry, read happy The Canadian Institute for the Blind (CNIB) is a highly regarded and highly vulnerable charity that needs our help. CNIB has a 90-year history as Canada’s largest producer of books, magazines, and newspapers in accessible audio, Braille, and large print formats. The CNIB Library circulates a hefty two-million hard-copy and digital items for the blind and partially sighted. With a staggering $10 million annual operating fee, CNIB is appealing to the public for some much-needed funds. The Right to Read campaign allows for British Columbians to weigh in and shed some light on this potentially gloomy predicament. By visiting cnib.ca/righttoread you can send a letter to Premier Campbell and Prime Minister Harper letting them know that Canadians want to support this charity. So be glib for CNIB and let the powers that be know that reading should be a right, not a privilege.

Baby, we were born to run You don’t have to go to Boston to run a marathon, but you will have to wait until April 25 for the 2010 Times Colonist 10K. That said, now’s the time to prepare for it. If you’re a student, assemble a team of 10 or more and enter in University/College Corporate Team Category in this year’s TC10K. The early-bird deadline is Feb. 14 ($30 per person), the regular deadline is March 23 ($35 per person), and www.tc10k.ca will give you all the deets. Get ready to beat your feet and hit the street!

Mmm… good toast! The Lieutenant Governor of BC has proclaimed Feb. 1–7 Toastmaster’s International Week. This has Camosun’s Toastmaster Clubs tickled pink and all a-quiver with excitement. Both clubs will be greeting visitors with open houses on Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 5–6:30 pm in Campus Centre 320, Interurban, and Thursday Feb. 4, 6:45–8:15 pm in Paul 216, Lansdowne. To find out more of the oral pleasure the Toastmasters are to be unleashing, visit victoriatoastmasters.com, bang a gong, and get it on.

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Technology Career Fair Thursday, February 4, 2010 10 am – 2 pm Interurban Campus, Technologies Centre Presentations: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Meet prospective employers, build your network, hear about latest employment trends. Come prepared - bring your résumé and dress for success!

Presentations:

(Technologies Centre, Room 175 & 177) 11:30 am , Tech 175 Richard Summers, Strategic Futures Manager, Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton, National Defence 12 pm , Tech 177 Paul Butterfield, BSc, AScT Engineering Technologist, Traffic Division, District of Saanich

Exhibitors include: (Technologies Centre Atriums)

AbeBooks , abebooks.com Advanced Solutions, An HP Company edsadvancedsolutions.com

ASTTBC Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC, asttbc.org BC Construction Association , bccassn.com BC Ferries , bcferries.com

12:30 pm , Tech 175 Brad Nelson, PhD Director and Sr. Scientist, Deeley Research Centre, BC Cancer Agency

BC Transit , bctransitcareers.com Canadian Coastguard, ccg-gcc.gc.ca DND MARPAC , dndjobs.forces.gc.ca

1pm , Tech 177 Clayton Stark VP Engineering, Flock.com

Engineered Air, engineeredair.com IBEW Local 230, ibew230.org VIATeC, viatec.ca

Pizza will be available for sale in Tech 142. Attend a half-hour presentation and receive a ticket for free pizza! Enter the draw to win one of two $250 Camosun gift cards.

Viking Air, vikingair.com

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CAMPUS Student envisions composting program



Erin Ball Staff Writer

In nature, waste doesn’t exist. Nature has a way of harnessing the energy and nutrients of decaying matter and turning it into new growth. At Camosun College, it’s a little more complicated—the campus has to collect each and every piece of waste produced here and send it to be processed and disposed of. Camosun student Becky Gradisar is working to divert some of that waste and put nutrients back into the earth, even on a busy college campus. Gradisar is currently in her first year of Camosun’s Environmental Tech program and plans to transfer to Royal Roads to complete a bachelor degree in Environmental Science. She also wants to volunteer at the Greater Victoria Compost Education Center (GVCEC) in Fernwood later this year. “I’m all about composting,” says Gradisar. “I compost everything at home—I’m really into it.” Gradisar is raising funds to implement a system to deal with the organic materials that are currently not making it into the compost bins located in the campus cafeteria. She plans to raise enough money to purchase several Green Cone

Digesters to place in various locations throughout the Lansdowne campus. Using a digester is the easiest way to compost food scraps, according to the GVCEC. There’s no turning involved and they don’t need to be harvested. While most other types of composts can’t handle meat, dairy, and processed foods, the digesters can take any type of organic waste. “If you can put in your mouth, you can put it in the composter,” says Gradisar. “There’s no maintenance, there’s no turning, just drop it and forget it.” The organic material is placed in the digester, broken down by bacteria and converted to nutrient-rich water that’s absorbed by the ground around it. One of the benefits of using a digester is that the waste doesn’t have to be picked up and shipped to a facility to be processed. Camosun’s current compost bins are supplied by Refuse, a company that replaces the full bins with empty ones on a regular basis. The full bins are trucked to Refuse’s facility in Cobble Hill to sort and process the material. Although Refuse’s bins are clearly marked, Gradisar has noticed students and staff putting

compostable items in the garbage bins next to the compost bins. “I hate it so much when I see people throw away things that can be composted or recycled,” says Gradisar.

“There’s no maintenance, there’s no turning, just drop it and forget it.” Becky Gradisar Camosun student

To address the problem she plans on putting up signs indicating what can go into the compost bins in the cafeteria as well as what can go into the digesters in the ground. But even with clear signage, Gradisar worries that compostable waste will still end up in the garbage and, ultimately, the Hartland landfill. “I really feel like the hardest thing is going to be getting people to use them once they’re there,” she says. UVic has a similar composting system on campus. The campus has bins placed around the grounds that are for compost only.

Staff Writer

For Camosun student Matt Rostad, dealing with the first day of classes in January was enough of a weight on his mind. But after attending a short class on Jan. 5, the only thing on his mind was getting on with the day. But when he went back to the Lansdowne parking lot, Rostad discovered he had a lot more to worry about. Upon opening the door of his Honda Prelude, he found that all his valuables inside were missing, while his car’s pop-out DVD and stereo system had been torn out. This was clearly the work of a professional and not someone desperate, according to Rostad, as there was no immediate evidence of a break-in. “It looked like they knew what they were doing,” says Rostad. “There were scratch marks in my dash where the TV was, and all the wires were cut clean.” The first thing Rostad did was alert campus security, but they weren’t able to provide much advice other than to call the police. A police investigation of the car found nothing that would lead them to the thief. Rostad decided to post a message around campus for a $500 reward for return of the goods. At the very least, he felt it would be an effective public service announcement to other students. “I didn’t figure I was going to get anything back,” says Rostad. “It was more about awareness of the problem.” Pervez Ditta, manager of Camosun College Safety, says while patrols, and, in some cases, closed-

circuit TV cameras, monitor college parking lots, security can only be effective to a certain point. “The professionals, you’d just think of them as a student getting into a vehicle; you wouldn’t think of them as suspicious,” says Ditta. “They can break into vehicles without causing any damage; they’re very, very quick.”

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Car break-in a warning to Camosun students Alan Piffer

“I didn’t figure I was going to get anything back from the theft. It was more about awareness of the problem.” Matt Rostad

Matt Rostad and his car.

Camosun student

While Ditta explains that when students leave their car in a parking lot, they’re doing it at their own risk, College Safety is doing what it can, working with police to minimize the risk of thefts. “We’ve had initiatives with the local police with a bait car that we’ve had on campus,” explains Ditta. “We’ve actually had the bait car stolen from our campus last year, where one of our most active thieves in Victoria actually was arrested.” When a break-in does occur, Ditta says college security personnel will assist theft victims and investigate the scene for any initial evidence before leaving the matter to police. Beyond that, staff will do whatever else is necessary to help. “The onus is on the student to report it to the police, and then we

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will assist the police in their investigation,” says Ditta. Ditta says that a number of security personnel make regular patrols around campus, and other college staff is often around to keep an eye on things. TV cameras also monitor some of the parking lots. Still, with the professional level some thieves operate at, Ditta advises students need to be proactive in preventing car theft. “The general advice we give about crime prevention is to lock your vehicles and don’t leave anything visible on the outside,” says Ditta. “For car stereo systems, what we suggest is if you do have a really expensive one, have a very good alarm system.” As for Rostad, who didn’t have an alarm at the time of the theft, he now knows better. “I now have the ultimate in alarms,” he says.

Becky Gradisar is fundraising for more on-campus composting.

While they’re able to divert 33 tonnes of organic waste each month, they still have problems with the wrong items going in to compost bins. “Contamination is slightly high,” says Nadia Arif, coordinator of waste reduction at UVic. “But people understand when they see a green tote, it’s for compost.” Composting might soon be on everyone’s minds. The Capital Regional District (CRD) is now working towards a 30-percent reduction in waste

entering the landfill. After a two-year pilot program that included curbside pickup of kitchen scraps, the CRD is expected to place a ban on organic waste at the landfill by 2012. “Solid-waste management is something we should all be practicing,” says Anna Colangeli, chair of Camosun’s Environmental Tech program. “Landfills are filling up. Organic waste needs to be diverted from the landfills. What we don’t want is Camosun’s organics ending up at Hartland.”

Reading-break fun Amanda Richardson Contributing Writer

Reading break—a tried, tested, and true way to destroy your liver and kill some brain cells. It can be hit-or-miss for most students whether they legitimately use the break to catch up on assignments and textbook reading, or just spend Feb. 18–21 in various states of inebriation. For those crossing their fingers and toes in hopes of making rent this month, the Victoria area has a plethora of free activities. Victoria has more scenic beauty to offer than most people can hope to see in a lifetime, so get off the couch and take a stroll. The Breakwater at Dallas Road, which is always beautiful, can be especially fun this time of year when the winds pick up. Watch the swells and wait for unsuspecting joggers to get soaked from behind. Get in touch with your wild side and go for a hike up around Sooke Potholes, or test your endurance with a run around Elk or Thetis Lakes. Grab a friend, bed-buddy, or kind-eyed stranger off the street, pack a lunch, and go find your favourite undiscovered trail. And always remember that BC Transit is your friend. Take your student ID (which doubles as a bus pass), add an unknown bus route, a couple of snacks, and friends, and you have yourself an adventure! Hopping on a random bus can not only be a fun way to kill some time, but a great way to discover Victoria if you’re new to town. For those who have the time and aren’t totally cash-strapped, Vancouver Island has lots of cheap and easy things to do, some of which

are very close by. Chemainus, just 45 minutes north of Victoria, is home to the infamous murals, as well as the Chemainus Theatre. From Chemainus, you can hop on a ferry and take a mini adventure to Thetis and Kuper Islands, both of which are beautiful examples of west coast nature. And a walkon return ticket will only run you $8.60.

Hopping on a random bus can not only be a fun way to kill some time, but a great way to discover Victoria if you’re new to town. BC Ferries also runs from Swartz Bay to Galiano, Mayne, Pender, and Saturna Islands, with walk-on return tickets for just $9.80 a person. Wander the islands, hike some trails, and get your minds off of school and lectures. Take a moment to appreciate the trees that your textbooks came from. If you want the same experience, but don’t want to leave the island, head north of Sooke to China, Sombrio, or Botanical Beaches. With a couple-dozen trails between them, you’ll be hard-pressed to run out of things to do at these beaches. Grab the crew and your aqua-socks and start praying for summer. So, during the reading break, study if you must, but don’t forget to also explore the outdoors if you can, and kick back and relax whenever possible.


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Erin Ball Staff Writer

Interurban student Samantha Doney has set the ball in motion on an idea to offer Camosun students a little more activity this school year. Doney is the woman behind the new intramural program offered at the Pacific Institute of Sports Excellence (PISE). Doney came up with the idea to offer intramural sports last summer and approached PISE soon after that. “They offered me the job on the spot,” says Doney. “I had to get a proposal to them a week later.” Doney is in the Bachelor of Sport and Fitness Leadership (BSFL) program at Camosun’s Interurban campus. The four-year program teaches students how to lead, manage, and facilitate sports and fitness programs. Doney is currently in her third year.

“Sports have always been a passion of mine,” says Doney. “I was really active in high school.”

“There are a lot of people who could come out and, besides school, work, and everything, they get to enjoy regular activity.” Samantha Doney Camosun student

In her original plan, Doney proposed to set the intramurals up so teams could sign up for a flat rate, similar to UVic’s program. But after the first few nights of games, she decided to switch it to a drop-in model. Students and nonstudent alike pay $3 to drop in or $25

Canadian Olympians to watch at the 2010 Games Bryan Kelly Contributing Writer

Come February, the Canadians are taking over the world. Or, well, at least the 2010 Olympic Games. Here are some Canuck athletes who should steal the show in Vancouver : • The women’s ice hockey team is looking to make it a three-peat in Vancouver. Look for Hayley Wickenheiser to light the lamp throughout the tournament. • Patrick Chan (who is only 19) and Joannie Rochette are both 2009 world silver medalists and have a good shot at the podium in figure skating. • Charles Hamelin won silver at the games in Torino and all eyes are on him potentially winning Canada a short track speed skating gold medal. • 2006 Olympic mogul skiing

gold medalist Jennifer Heil is—no surprise—looking to be one of the gold medal favorites again in 2010. • Canada has a great track record with getting medals in the curling events at past games. Look for our men and women to own the podium for curling. Period. • Pierre Lueders, who’s in his fifth Olympics and already has a gold and silver, is a threat in both the two-man and four-man bobsled events. • Last, but surely not least, is men’s ice hockey. With gold medal game tickets being sold online for thousands of dollars, it’s safe to say this is—without a doubt—the most anticipated event of the games. And with diehard Canadian fans accepting nothing less than gold, Sidney Crosby and the team will look to build on last Olympics’ seventhplace finish.

plus tax to play all 11 weeks. “There are a lot of people who could come out and, besides school, work, and everything, they get to enjoy regular activity. People end up meeting a lot of new people,” says Doney. Doney is no stranger to PISE’s halls. She’s not only employed there, but most of her classes are held at PISE as well. Last year she completed an internship for Camosun Chargers Athletics that included starting a blog for the college’s sports teams. “PISE is really fascinating,” says Doney. “It’s really nice and it’s only going to get better as more people know about it.” Doney finds coordinating the intramurals rewarding. Although basketball is her sport of choice, she’s not afraid to get in there and play the two other sports offered— volleyball and indoor soccer. “It’s one of the greatest jobs,” says Doney. “I get paid, I get to play, and I get to meet people.” The players enjoy the court time as well. The intramurals are a good way to de-stress after a day at school or work, they say. “I loved playing last semester,” says Jillyen Van De Voorde, a thirdyear student in the BSFL program. “I did the volleyball on Tuesday nights and it always gave me something to look forward to after a long, busy school day.” Brian Lomas, a second-year Sports Management student, agrees. He also enjoys the company of the people that come and play. “Getting out and doing something active and fun helps me battle through everything else

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Interurban student starts PISE intramurals

Intramural volleyball is a great way to pound the stress of the day away.

involved with college life,” says Lomas. On-campus intramurals here are nothing new—Camosun College has tried to implement intramurals in the past, according to Meghan Lamberth, recreation and fitness coordinator at Lansdowne campus. Although the intramurals never took off, mainly due to a lack of interest and space issues, the Lansdowne campus does offer drop-in ball hockey, which takes place in the Young building on Monday and Wednesday nights. Doney hopes her Interurban intramural sports stand the test of time. She plans on keeping them going next year and hopes to stay on at PISE after she’s graduated her program.

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“PISE is really happy with how everything’s been going,” says Doney. “For me, it’s the satisfaction of seeing people come each week. I want this program to be a success. If I could offer it for free, I would.” PISE intramural sports schedule: Mondays: Basketball, 8:30–10 pm Tuesdays: Volleyball, 8:30–10 pm Wednesdays: Indoor soccer, 8:30–10 pm $3 drop-in, $25 plus tax for 11 sessions All sports are recreational and co-ed

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FEAT

February 3, 2010

Jeff Christenson

W

hen I was a kid, my Oma was always making me sweaters and toques that my mom would force me to wear on family camping trips or at Christmas time. Mostly, I thought they were ugly (sorry, Oma!). Because of this, I’ve always thought that knitting was something old ladies did because they had too much time on their hands. You can imagine my surprise when I recently discovered that men and women from all over the world, most of them under 40, have become guerrilla knitters. That’s right—they’re like Che Guevara with yarn. They call it yarn bombing, or knit graffiti, and it can take almost any form. It’s a kind of cross-disciplinary artistic expression that combines the vision of installation art with the technical proficiency of crochet and the activism of graffiti. While many people may not consider knitting to be a political activity, in this age of bigger, better, faster, and instant, simply making something by hand can make a powerful statement.

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The learning curve The subversive form of this traditional pastime was spearheaded by a group called Knitta Please from Texas, and has quickly become a worldwide phenomenon. “There’s something really fun about juxtaposing textile arts with something like graffiti, which is known to be a bit subversive,” says Vancouver artist Leanne Prain, co-author of Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti. Prain’s love affair with guerrilla knitting actually started as an online romance. “I’m really into making things, so I read a lot of craft blogs,” explains Prain. “I came across the work of Knitta, then I discovered other guerrilla knitters and their pieces just really captured my attention.” Although Prain enjoyed knitting, she quickly realized she would need to reach out to her community if she was going to take her hobby any further. “I learned one stitch from my friend Janet, then I taught her the next stitch, and then we realized that we didn’t really know how to do anything else, so we started a stitch-and-bitch called ‘knitting and beer’ at a local pub,” says Prain. It was there that Prain met the book’s co-author, Mandy Moore. For Prain, the idea to put together a book about knit graffiti originated as a school project. She was attending a Masters of Publishing course at SFU and needed to pitch a project idea to local publishers. One of them, Vancouver’s Arsenal Pulp Press, later approached her about making the book a reality. That was when Prain first started tagging public spaces with her woven creations.

Going public “I didn’t get into doing any tagging of my own until I started writing this book with Mandy,” says Prain. “I just really fell in love with the street-art aspect of knitting.” And it didn’t stop there. Prain and Moore have done lots of small pieces around Vancouver, and Prain has done pieces in Portland, throughout BC, and in Washington, DC.

“It’s important for people to learn these skills, and with knit graffiti maybe you’re not using them in a traditional way, but you’re still making things by hand.” Leanne Prain Yarn bombing author

“I pretty much take something with me wherever I travel,” says Prain. “Between here and the interior of BC, there’s a street called Anarchy Place, so of course I had to tag that.” Prain defines knit graffiti as “any sort of knit or crochet that is attached to a structure out in the public environment.” She believes that people’s reasons for becoming guerrilla knitters

are as varied as the colors of their work. “There are people who do it as an art form, there are people who do it as an expression of anger, there are people who do it because they want to claim their space,” she says. “Some people do it as a way to show their craft, some people do it just because it’s fun, and some people want to engage other people. But most people do it out of a sense of joy.”

Activism even your grandma will love Christine Comrie, member of the UVic knitting club the Commuknits, has her own definition of guerrilla knitting. “It’s an act of deviance, of engaging with the community in a way that people find less offensive than some other forms of social activism,” she says. Comrie first learned how to knit from her grandmother (I knew grandmothers would get involved here somehow). She decided to stay home with her grandma one day while her friends went to the mall again and ended up having a great ol’ time with her. “I stayed home with my grandma so she wouldn’t be left at home by herself,” she recalls. “She taught me to knit, and we spent the entire day knitting and talking while everybody else was out shopping.” After that day, Comrie continued to forgo the mall in favour of her grandmother’s company. She places a lot of value on those times that she sat and connected with her grandma. “I learned so much about my heritage while knitting with her,” she says. “She ended up getting Alzheimer’s disease, so if we hadn’t spent time knitting together and talking, I would’ve missed out on so much of the experiences of her life. It’s the kind of information that we’re supposed to get from our elders, but so many people don’t,” she says. Comrie’s interest in knitting diminished in her teens, but in recent years she has rediscovered her love of yarn. “When I first started knitting again, everything was really old school, tacky stuff, so it was all about finding new, more useful things to knit. Then I discovered this guerrilla-knitting thing,” she says. “The first time I saw it, this girl in Victoria had knit an entire street sign. It was perfect; it had the street name, 600 block, everything. The tagger had slid it onto the real street sign

and I thought, ‘That is so cool!’ because it’s harmle same time it’s graffiti.” Although Comrie admired traditional graffiti, she know how to draw, so she decided to embark on h rilla-knitting project.

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“I thought it was really interesting, so I talked to s of mine and we got together for a day and knit a c railing in the UVic Student Union Building,” she s ask me questions about it all the time, and I feel t adds to the building.” Prain and Moore have also experienced similar their graffiti. “I find when we leave something out in the world catches us putting something up, they react to it, u tively,” says Prain. “It’s fuzzy, it’s warm, it doesn’t any harm, it’s sort of a way of showing off your skil

Men can knit too

But apart from being involved in a form of graffiti other social faux pas at work here—being under 50 up knitting as a pastime comes with its own stigma “It’s considered to be something that old or anti-s do,” says Prain. She believes part of the modern-day aversion to kni ated during the women’s liberation movement. “My mom can do every single craft you can th explains. “She makes willow chairs, weaves baske broidery, sews and cans her own food, but there wa


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More than yarn Comrie enjoys the activist side of knitting, but also feels it connects her to the traditional values of times past. “Many of us have learned to knit from our grandmothers,” says Comrie. “Not too many things in our society are connected to the past anymore. The skills our elders had to make everyday things have mostly been lost. My grandmother knew how to sew, she knew how to cook, and she knew how to knit. These days we sit and we watch TV or work on computers, but it’s all mental stuff.” Prain agrees that it’s important for people to learn these skills. “With knit graffiti maybe you’re not using them in a traditional way, but you’re still making things by hand,” she says. She adds that learning how to make things by hand instills people with an appreciation of the time it takes to do so. “There’s not a lot of consciousness in the public about how long these things take because we’re so used to going to the Gap and just buying a sweater,” she says. Another thing Prain enjoys about guerrilla knitting is that it forces the artist to practice the very Buddhist idea of non-attachment. “When someone makes something by hand, usually that thing becomes something cherished that you hang onto,” she explains. “With knit graffiti it’s not like that because you spend quite a lot of time making a piece, and then you just put it out there. It may become weather-beaten or vandalized or get cut down, so it’s no longer this thing that becomes a family heirloom, you just put it out there in the world and hope it brings someone joy.”

How to make friends and become a guerrilla knitter 1. First of all, you’ve got to learn how to knit. Sounds easy, right? Wrong. Like any skill worth having, learning to knit takes time and can be frustrating at first. Don’t give up! Ask around at your local yarn store to find out if there’s a knitting group in your area. Chances are they’ll be more than happy to teach you how to knit, and you might even find some fellow yarn bombers to make friends with. 2. Now you’ve got to buy yourself some equipment. Luckily,

you only need a bit of yarn and either a crochet hook or some knitting needles. In their book, Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti, Moore and Prain say it’s important for your first ball of yarn to be smooth, not fuzzy or knobby, so you can see what you’re doing. They also recommend buying your equipment from a yarn store instead of a secondhand shop, if you can afford it. 3. Knit your first tag. Starting off with something simple and rectangular is probably your

best bet. You can always glue some ribbons, patches, and cool buttons on afterward to jazz it up a little. 4. Get out there and tag something! Choose a location and just go out and do it. Although yarn bombing may technically be considered illegal, chances are no one is going to give you a hard time for decorating a pole or two with some pretty wool. Remember to bring along some fairly thick thread and a needle of some sort so you can sew your tag on.


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February 3, 2010

Dave Wallace Contributing Writer

Whether it’s Cream in the 1968 or Them Crooked Vultures in 2010, music fanatics will always be quick to shout “supergroup” when great musicians get together and form a band. For Blake Enemark, guitarist and vocalist in Victoria’s Forestry, the thought never entered his mind. “I never really thought about that,” says Enemark. “‘Supergroup.’ That sounds weird.” The line-up of Enemark, guitarist/vocalist Peter Gardner (who also writes Nexus’ Noise Addict column), drummer Danny Costello, and bassist/vocalist Talia Este bring years of experience to the table, coming from previous Victoria bands Ruthie & Winfield, Vegan Holocaust, Vincat, and Onaping Falls. With musicians coming from that many bands, it’s easy to see how these guys could get into creative squabbles. But in the case of Forestry, it actually worked out perfectly. “At first I classified our sound as ‘alt-country dude rock,’ but then Peter started writing noise parts for

some of the songs,” says Enemark. “It’s the kind of thing Wilco does live, where the song will be totally mellow, then Nels Cline switches on his fuzz pedal and starts ripping on the neck of his guitar with a screwdriver.”

“We’re the weirdest Wilco rip-off in the world and we opened for this British riff-rock hype band that’s been getting regular play on the Zone.” Blake Enemark Forestry

In just a year of playing together, the band has accomplished more than most local bands, including opening up for Band of Skulls at Sugar last December. “I had no idea who they were besides the fact that they had a song on the new Twilight soundtrack,”

Curtain Call

Blood mixed with tears Adam Holroyd

Contributing Writer

I felt like I’d received the emotional equivalent of a kick in the gut after watching the Belfry Theatre’s Where the Blood Mixes. And it was wonderfully refreshing. In a time when much of what we see is sanitized of anything that might offend the oversensitive masses, Kevin Loring’s Where the Blood Mixes presents a frank and unapologetic look at a subject rife with political and social landmines. Loring navigates the terrain beautifully, with his story of a community struggling with the memory of Canada’s residential school system, the horrors of which continue to haunt them. The residential schools are a black mark on Canada’s history—prison-like institutions in which aboriginal children were torn from their parents, brainwashed and abused, all in the name of assimilation. Director Glynis Leyshon and Loring strike a tremendous balance between comedy and drama, bringing the audience to outright laughter one moment and then silencing the room with a single line the next.

When I first sat down, the stage was empty, save for one man, Junonominated artist Jason Burnstick. Burnstick has several guitars, which he alternately tunes and entertains the audience with, thanks to his excellent musical talent. He remains there for the entire show, providing all the musical accompaniment; it’s an unorthodox touch that complements the mood wonderfully. The cast is uniformly excellent, from Floyd (Billy Merasty), the moody and haunted lead, to his estranged daughter, Christine (Kim Harvey), who brings a wide range of emotion and a disarming smile whenever she’s onstage. Particular standouts are the supporting couple—Mooch (Ben Cardinal), who’s a seemingly carefree buddy to Floyd. Cardinal reveals unexpected depths, and I’m sure he left few dry eyes by the end. Definitely one of the most powerful shows I’ve seen, Where the Blood Mixes is a cathartic reminder of something many would rather forget.

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Nothing clear-cut with local band Forestry

Gettin’ trippy with Forestry, Victoria’s newest and weirdest gaggle of Wilco admirers.

says Enemark. “Before the show, we kept joking that we were basically opening for Robert Pattinson.” Although they find it funny, the band was flattered when they heard they had been hand-picked by Band of Skulls as openers. “The show’s promoter, Atomique Productions, hadn’t narrowed down an opening act for that show, so they sent Band of Skulls three local bands’ MySpace links, one of which was ours, and asked them to pick a band to open for their Victoria

show,” says Enemark. “They ended up choosing us, which still confuses me. It’s weird, because we’re the weirdest Wilco rip-off in the world and we opened for this British riffrock hype band that’s been getting regular play on the Zone.” Another impressive feat Forestry has accomplished in just one year of being a band is recording their first album. Costello recorded the disc and the recording process brought the four together. “The process of recording the

record itself was long and hard, as it probably is for any band,” says Enemark. “But I feel like the relationships that we had with each other became stronger by the end of it. We were just spending so much time together, recording all day, every day for about two weeks. Those guys are my best friends now, if they weren’t already before.” Forestry’s self-titled debut should be on the shelves of Ditch Records this February, with a Feb. 23 CD release at Sugar.

ArenaRock Steve Earle

UVic Farquhar Aud., Jan. 24 peter gardner Contributing Writer

A 55-year-old, long-haired but balding, big, grey-bearded guy from Texas who’s very critical of the government sounds more like the crazy uncle you’d avoid at a family dinner. But this “crazy uncle” also happens to be one of the greatest songwriters to have ever lived, touring in support of an album of songs by Townes Van Zandt, arguably the greatest songwriter to have ever lived. This bearded near-senior is Steve Earle, a legend in the world of country music, and he was recently up at UVic to play some music. Earle opened his set with two Van Zandt covers, followed by “Fort Worth Blues,” a song of Earle’s written about the passing of Van Zandt, which featured a five-minute spoken-word intro to the song about the story of why Earle wanted to record a Van Zandt tribute album. Van Zandt was Earle’s hero. Both as a musician and as a human being, Van Zandt was Earle’s biggest influence and teacher. Van Zandt died in 1997, when he still had more of a cult following. But over the last couple years Van Zandt’s prestige has grown; the new record from Earle has certainly helped. Earle played just as many Van Zandt songs as he did his own, and of Earle’s own it was everything you’d want to hear, with him nailing classics like “My Old Friend the Blues” and “Goodbye,” as well as newer favorites like “City of Immigrants.” The show also featured Earle in his usual anti-establishment train

of thought, as he had lots of things to say about the current state of the world. The Hardcore Troubadour, as Steve Earle is known, started his encore with a Tom Waits cover and ended the show with his biggest hit to date, “Copperhead Road.” The crowd went crazy, Earle’s beard shook as he sang, and I left knowing that I’d just seen a legend perform.

Mötley Crüe

Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, Jan. 23 Alli Pickard Contributing Writer

Bands left over from the ’80s bring a few things to mind—big hair, men looking like women, and loud, balls-to-the-wall music. Through the years, one band that’s been synonymous with the term “glam rock” is Mötley Crüe, whose recent performance in Victoria proved that, even at their age, they can still rock. Known for their raunchy shows, which include drummer Tommy Lee throwing a bottle of Jägermeister into the crowd or the infamous (and self-explanatory) titty-cam, this band has been through hardship and heartbreak, but still manage to put on one hell of a party. Kicking off the show was Australian band Airbourne, whose high-energy performance got even those who had never heard of the band on their feet. The only bad thing about their performance was their guitars were completely out of tune, which ended up ruining their last song, “Runnin’ Wild.” Still, these guys proved why they’re being touted as the second coming of AC/DC. The second act of the night was the Joe Perry Project, featuring none other than the lead guitarist

Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil

of Aerosmith, Joe Perry. I had mixed feelings about this band—they had great energy, and amazing guitar work by Perry, but something was off with their singer. It may be the fact that he came out shaking maracas, or perhaps it was because he was eerily reminiscent of Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler with his singing. It was obvious why Perry picked him to front his side-project after hearing him belt out Aerosmith songs like “Toys in the Attic” and “Walk This Way.” Finally, it was time for Mötley Crüe to take the stage—they started their set with a burst of pyrotechnics and their hit song, “Kickstart My Heart.” This band’s spark for music has not died at all over their 29year relationship, with every note coming alive at the touch of their fingertips. Guitarist Mick Mars’ solo was a change from the hard-hitting pace of Mötley Crüe’s usual music, finishing with a rendition of “Voodoo Child” by Jimi Hendrix, which came as a wonderful surprise. The Crüe finished big with an encore of “Home Sweet Home” and “Dr. Feelgood,” with the most pyrotechnics I’ve ever seen. The band’s performance was the best I’ve seen all year. For any Crüe fan that hasn’t experienced the band’s amazing aura, I highly recommend doing so soon, before it’s too late.


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Noise Addict

BY PETER GARDNER

An introduction to greatness Discovering a band that’s been around for a long time can be a daunting task. Where to begin when a band has a ton of albums? At the beginning of their discography? The end? That strange experimental era or the more straight-ahead commerical albums? Or is it best to just go straight to the album that was the most commercially successful? It’s always a tough call. Well, to help make things a bit easier, here are three legendary music acts and some tips on where to dive in to their catalogues. The Tragically Hip (myspace. com/thetragicallyhip) are arguably the best band in Canadian history. Sure, they aren’t the best selling, and, sure, there are probably some bands that sell out more venues all over the world, but can you name another band that’s more Canadian? The Hip have tons of songs about Canadian politics, hockey, and just about being Canadian. The band has been releasing albums since 1987, so where to begin? In 1998, the band put out Phantom Power, an incredibly strong album featuring perhaps their greatest song to date, “Escape is at Hand for the Travellin’ Man.” The album also has upbeat rock anthems like “Fireworks,” and slow, beautiful songs like “The Rules.” It’s a great first impression for someone looking to get into a totally iconic band. Sonic Youth (myspace.com/ sonicyouth) have been together

for almost 30 years. And through that 30-year stint, they’ve gone through some stylistic changes. But where to start? In 1992, the band released Dirty. Butch Vig, who had just produced Nirvana’s Nevermind, produced the album and Dirty was Sonic Youth’s more direct approach (like Nevermind was for Nirvana) at accessibility. It features the band’s familiar noisepunk sound, but also a more poppy influence in their songwriting. Songs like the six-minute “Sugar Cane” feature a catchy chorus, but are contrasted with a crazy, noisesoaked bridge. Dirty gives listeners a great starting point from which to dive further into the massive Sonic Youth catalogue. Too many people shrug off Björk (myspace.com/bjork) because all they know is the wacky, swan-dress-wearing side of the Icelandic singer. But her catalogue features some of the most amazing musical performances ever recorded. While not her most ambitious record, the best place to start is her 1995 album, Post. Easily Björk’s most accessible album, it features some of her biggest hits to date, “It’s Oh So Quiet,” and “Army of Me.” It also features one of Björk’s best tracks, “Hyper Ballad,” which sets the tone for albums to come. Post is the perfect foot in the door for someone not wanting to jump into the more experimental side of Björk right off the bat.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus ★★★★★ ed Sum Contributing Writer

Come one, come all! Enter the Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, a vaudeville act where imagination comes alive. The only thing at stake is one’s soul. With director Terry Gilliam’s fabled mind, we can expect a unique quality to the tales he tells. Throw a touch of Monty Python and Brothers Grimm into the mix, and not everyone can appreciate his films. The fantasy sequences in this one might be too bizarre to comprehend for some viewers. Similar to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Parnassus is visually rich but the story is difficult to understand. Also, there’s no clear message in Gilliam’s tale. In this film, Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) is looking for redemption. In present-day London, Parnassus leads a ragtag theatre troupe on a lonely quest to offer salvation to the people they meet. Unlike the Ancient Mariner, Parnassus makes a deal with the devil (Tom Waits). If he can save five

souls through the Imaginarium—a magic mirror—he is freed from more than just his curse. People who step inside the Imaginarium are guided by Parnassus, and their greatest desires and dangerous vices are revealed. That person then has to make a choice. Tony (Heath Ledger) enters into the act as an unwitting participant and learns about what else is at stake. Ledger’s death in mid-production impacts the film. The script had to be rewritten and it doesn’t necessarily make for a cohesive film. With Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell stepping in to Ledger’s role, the Imaginarium was finished. The show had to go on, and it did, uneven as the results may be.

Creation ★★★★★ Ed Sum Contributing Writer

There’s more to Creation than man’s relation to the ape, as the movie poster would suggest. It’s also about man’s relation with himself. Charles Darwin (Paul Bettany) is about to write his magnum opus, the Origin of Species. While he has yet to fully decipher the world he

lives in, he also has to learn what faith means. There’s a religious subtext within this biopic that’s only somewhat explored. When one of his friends declares that Darwin has killed God, the audience has to pay careful attention to the flashbacks in order to understand why. Darwin’s wife, Emma (Jennifer Connelly, who’s married to Bettany in real life), is secure in her faith. She fears for her husband, who she thinks will not join her in heaven. She believes Darwin will go to hell because of the nature of his book research. During the course of his research, their daughter, Annie (Martha West), dies at the tender age of 10. Darwin’s grief and how he comes to terms with it is the focus of the film, which is based on Randal Keynes’ book Annie’s Box. Keynes, incidentally, is the great-greatgrandson of Darwin. With moving performances from Bettany, Connelly, and West, this movie is more sleeper than mainstream. West is a young newcomer that shows great promise as an actress. Her candid interaction with Bettany makes this film a standout. Instead of a movie that merely recounts Darwin’s adventures, it’s a deeply spiritual and personal tale.


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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 Big Breakfast $5.59 plus tax Presentation and service Ed: It’s very rare to see Aramark make a decent platter of food that’s actually cheaper than the competition. Am I in the Twilight Zone? Great, now I have Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me” stuck in my head! The cafeteria staff really needs to clean the tables more often. Nobody wants to eat at a dirty table. Alan: I have a hard time separating the ambience of the campus caf at Lansdowne with the Fisher building washrooms across the hall. The dirty tables here seem to equate with urinals no one can pee into correctly. I think they even use the same tiles on the floors.

Taste E: Aramark’s breakfast is near perfect—the scrambled eggs were cooked just right, the bacon oinked at me, the hashbrowns had zest, and the toast… my god, the toast. I don’t remember the last time I tasted a slice of toast with the butter so evenly spread across it. I remember my high-school days when my home economics teacher showed us how to properly spread condiments. That lesson has stuck to me to this day. A: Wax on, wax off, Daniel-san… funny what people remember. Anyway, yeah, this breakfast is pretty good! Somehow I anticipated it being covered in a greasy film, but it just wasn’t so. And price-wise, it’s a good deal! WTF, Aramark? W… T… F?

Apple Tree Restaurant Hillside Mall Breakfast Special (includes coffee) $12.99 plus tax Presentation and service E: Has anyone ever missed the bygone days of having breakfast out at a farm? That’s what it feels like at Apple Tree. On this fine morning the sun was shining and I was waiting for a sheep to come out of nowhere and go “ba-aa.” A: Uh, the Hillside Mall parking lot isn’t the most farm-y place I can think of, Ed. But it is nice and quiet. No wonder it’s a high-powered magnet for old people. Seriously, there are a lot of oldies that come here all the time. It must have the gravitational pull of a black hole to them.

Taste E: I miss western-style breakfasts. What I eat at home is more like an eastern-style meal with a lot of rice and starch; that’s my Asian heritage. So the shiny sausages, crispy bacon, soft eggs, French toast, and sweet maple syrup... I’m drooling just thinking about it. The only thing missing is pancakes or waffles. The French toast makes up for it, but there wasn’t any sugar coating. There was butter and syrup, but I wanted to coat the French toast until it was candy-hard so I could get my daily sugar rush. I also wish this combo had more bacon. Another guilty pleasure of mine is burnt bacon. So what if it isn’t healthy? A: I think both of us are serious candidates for heart attacks if we keep eating crap like this, Ed. My cousin warned his dad that if he didn’t get in shape, he’d have a heart attack. Then he proceeded to make a heart-attack joke that we thought was funny, but his dad and Grandma didn’t. The old people who eat here probably wouldn’t find it funny either.

And the winner is… Aramark has an advantage with price and convenience; it manages to win again with a good, solid breakfast.

BY KELTIE LARTER

The money shot is not hot A landscaper friend of mine once told me a story. She was working on a garden bed underneath a client’s kitchen window and the only people home were the couple’s collegeaged son and one of his friends. The kitchen window was open, so my friend could hear every word of the conversation they were having, which inevitably turned to the topic of females. One guy confessed to the other that he wasn’t sure if he was pleasing his girlfriend sexually, and he was curious to know how a guy could tell if the girl he was having sex with was having a good time. The other guy replied that “the best thing to do is to just fuck her really hard for as long as you can and then come all over her face. Girls really like that.” It made my friend laugh so hard she just about peed her pants. Clearly, that guy had been taking

too many cues from bad porn, because girls really don’t like that. First of all, the general consensus—and I’ve talked to a lot of women about this—is that women don’t want to actually be penetrated for hours on end. A good 20 minutes is all most of us can take. After that we start to chafe. Secondly, you should never— never—come all over someone’s face without asking first. Another friend of mine once head-butted a guy in the walnuts after he spurted on her face without asking, and no one wants that. I don’t know where this idea came from that being good in bed means banging someone for as long as you can. What people should be boasting about is for how long they were able to spin out the foreplay. When people talk about having sex all night, they’re not just talking

penetration. They’re talking about mixing it up—foreplay, and then some penetration, and then some more foreplay, and then some more penetration. If you’re a guy who takes time to reach climax, making sure you stop every once in a while to stimulate your girl’s clit is also really important. That way, her vagina will stay wet and not only will she not chafe, but she won’t get bored of you doing your thing, pounding away on top of her. But, really, if you want to know if your partner is having a good time, regardless of if they’re a guy or girl, why not just ask them? Some people may be a bit shy about divulging what blows their hair back at first, but if you’re persistent, they’ll eventually come around, and then they’ll really cum around, and both of you will be happy that they did.

Hawaiian fish and a painter’s stroke of wasabi aioli on the plate made the canvas come alive. Unfortunately, the dish’s fried rice overpowered the softer, more flavourful fish. If the rice portion was smaller, the two textures would’ve been more complementary than clashing. My main course was the Panang Seafood Bowl ($23) and it was filling. It’s similar to having gumbo. Mussels, clams, halibut, basmati rice, and baby bok choy were used. The vegetables were satisfyingly crispy. Diners have the option of spooning

the soup onto the rice or just eating it plain. To go with the meal, the Canoe Club’s own microbrewed Winter Gale Strong Ale helped wash everything down. The drink wasn’t too strong and it left a warm and fuzzy feeling inside me. Onsite, 650ml bottles sell for $4.95 and a four-pack is only $19.50. Taster’s tip: There’s no rule for what goes into traditional gumbo. For Louisiana-style, in addition to the preferred shellfish or meat, a holy trinity of celery, bell peppers, and onion must be used.

Quick bites Canoe Club 450 Swift Street 250–361–1940 4/5 bites

Ed Sum Contributing Writer

A fusion of the old world and the new awaits inside the heritage building that houses the Canoe Club, and that dichotomy is reflected in the food they serve. For starters, the ahi tuna sushi bites ($13) came in five delectable servings. Slivers of dried nori seaweed decorated the

Maude’s February Specials Martini Mondays (Music Bingo starts at 7:30 pm) Appy Specials (4 pm) / Martini Mondays $5 Big Rock Trad/ Stanley Park $5.25 pint/$14.99 jugs

Black Tuesdays (Lighthouse Acoustic Series) Lighthouse Specials $6.95 Classic Beef Dip & Fries (4 pm) $4.75 Rip Tide / $4 Jager

Wing Wednesdays .35¢ Wings (after 2 pm) Blue Buck / Stanley Park / Rock Creek Cider Specials

Thirsty Thursdays (Wii Olympics Coming Soon) Pilsner / Canadian / Rickards Red $5.25/$14.99 $6.95 10” Pizza (4 pm), $6 Double Hi Balls

Traditional Fridays

Verdict Apple Tree has a much nicer ambience, and a breakfast that’s a teeny bit better, but it’s twice as much money as Aramark’s breakfast. For broke students, it’s really more of a special-occasion trip at best.

Granville Island House Lager, Maude’s Ale, Winter Ale, $5.25/$14.99 Imports Stella, Guinness, Strongbow $6.50

Kokanee Free Ride Saturdays $5 glass / $15.25 1/2 Litre Naked Grape Pinto Grigio and Shiraz Kokanee / Okanagan 1516 / Pale Ale $5.25/$14.99 $16 Shotski DAILY

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The many shades of queer Cristian Cano CCSS Pride Director

Heterosexism occurs when people assume that everyone is heterosexual; this assumption often leads to feelings of isolation among members of the queer community. On top of heterosexism, members of the queer community who don’t fit into the stereotypes that all gay men are effeminate and all lesbians are masculine face another kind of invisibility. People, including queers, often assume too much based on looks. A classmate recently told me she

is a lesbian. I couldn’t believe it at first because she is very feminine, then I realized how often she must face this sentiment. I have lesbian friends who cut their hair short and wear clothes they don’t even like to look more butch; I also have gay male friends who act more effeminate than they are, as a way to scream, “I’m gay!” Sometimes it’s difficult for us to think outside the box. Making assumptions about people is very easy, but it can result in misunderstanding, embarrassment, and a feeling of invisibility.

February 3, 2010

Inside out

BY AMBER ROWSE-SIMMONS

Camille Jones Camille Jones grew up on the Northern Gulf Islands and is now completing her second year at Camosun, working towards a career in social work. How would you describe yourself? I am creative, outgoing, and enjoy seeing the world. What is something that not many people would know about you? I have an obsession with really fat cats, and picking them up. Do you have any guilty pleasures? Eating chocolate… although I don’t often feel guilty about that. Chasing pigeons! Have you ever received any random acts of kindness? Downtown last year a really sweet old man gave me a Christmas card that he had made! Receiving a handmade card from someone you don’t know is pretty special. If you could meet someone, living or dead, who would it be and what would you do? I’d like to meet Michael Jackson and dance with him. What would you like your grandchildren to remember you for? My crazy blue or purple grandma hair! What kind of food really disgusts you? Olives. How would you spend $1 million? I might be able to buy a house in

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Victoria with that. I would not spend it on the Olympics. What has had the biggest impact on who you are today? Good role models, like my friends and family. What is your favourite song? “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. Do you have any advice for readers?

Always be a critical thinker. What are your ambitions? To have an exciting and happy life, and to create positive change. I would also love to go to Greece one day. Email nexus@nexusnewspaper. com if you know an interesting person around campus that we could profile in Inside Out.

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Richmond House on the Top Floor

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Phlegm  By Shane Scott-Travis

Natural Selection  By Michael Brar and Doug Carswell

Campus Callosum  By Pam Oliver

Big Fat Hairy Ballsack  By Shane Priestley

You draw comics and we know it!

If you think you might be able to make folks laugh with a short comic every other week, then we’d like to see your work in print

Watching Porn with Michael Dorn By Alan Piffer

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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...

“You’re for sure getting an entry in my fantasy file.”

“She poops all over the place!”

“You had me at, ‘Sometimes when I’m watching hockey.’”

“I can’t take that much grease first thing in the morning.”

“I’ve got a case of the crazies.”

“I’m putting the ‘hip’ back in ‘hypocrite.’”

“You’re sizzling, sista!”

“Who has a bleached asshole?”

“I’m officially old. I fart when I pee.”

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Friday, Feb. 5

Rootz Underground, Shane Philip, Nine Mile Sugar, 9 pm, $37.50

Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get together and feel all right for this reggae-themed night that just so happens to correspond with Bob Marleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 65th birthday. You bet we be jamminâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as Jamaican six-piece new roots and dancehall superstars Rootz Underground headline this sick shindig. Also, Quadra Island native Shane Philip and T-dotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nine Mile will be peddling their own brand of contemporary roots reggae. One love!

Friday, Feb. 5

El Vuh, Testament, Illogic, the Outspoken Wordsmiths, Tongue & Groove Loganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 9 pm, $5-$10 (sliding scale)

This night of political awareness and protest against the 2010 Games promises beatboxing empowerment, radical spoken word, and revolutionary hip hop. A number of overtly blustering acts from across Canada are playing this fundraiser to benefit No 2010 Victoria, the anti-Olympics organizing network based in Victoria/Coast Salish territories. A quick perusal of no2010victoira.net will provide ample ammo for dissenters and this night of phat beats offers a hasty rhumba retreat from the ubiquitous and one-sided mainstream Olympics coverage bombardment. Real eyes realize real lies!

Friday, Feb. 12

Stanton Warriors, Emmanuel Ferreira, WAX, Rhythmicon Sugar, 9 pm, $20

Dream-team breakbeat duo from the UK, DJ Dominic Butler and producer Mark Yardley, collectively known as the Stanton Warriors, bring their genre-spanning, hyperactive electro-dance delights to Sugar. These electronic megastars are a feather in the cap of XL Recordings, the brightest name in rave and dance music. Throw in a stellar lineup of supporting DJ action and this is one fun-filled night of crossfader bleeding, beat juggling, chirp scratching, and hydroplane zig-zagging (thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DJ speak for â&#x20AC;&#x153;lots of good stuff â&#x20AC;?). See you on the dance floo,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; foâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;!

Monday, Feb. 15

Flying Lotus Element, 9 pm, $15

Post-hip-hop guru Steven Elliot, better known as Flying Lotus (or FlyLo if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re super savvy) will be conjuring up some hyperactive dreamscapes at Element on this evening. With his eagerly anticipated new LP, Cosmagramma, set to drop in April, this show promises warped beats and energy to spare.

eye on campus By Shane Scott-Travis Thursday, Feb. 4

Trades & Technology Career Fair This one-day career fair is a great forum for schmoozing and socializing with students from the business program at the Interurban Campus. Things get underway at 9:30 am with exhibits and networking until 2 pm. Employer presentations will be taking place from 10:30 am until 1:30 pm from exhibitors like AbeBooks, BC Transit, Engineered Air, and VIATeC, amongst several others. The Technologies Centre in the CBA

Visit gottacon.com for further details. And, for the record, we think it was Colonel Mustard in the study with the candlestick.

Feb. 11 and Feb. 12

Classifieds

workshops, snacking, and entertainment abounding, this event is well attended with good reason. Proceeds for the festival help Camosunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Childcare Services, for this is their flagship fundraiser for the year, so support them. The Crystal Gardens provides the setting for all the exhibits and presentations over the weekendlong celebration and a visit to victoriafestival.com will supply additional information. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Time to get the kettle on!

Healthy Youth Today, Healthy World Tomorrow

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Dionne Warwick isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only one who firmly believes that children are the future, and this conference proves it! With keynote speakers like Hannah Taylor (founder of the Ladybug Foundation), renowned researcher Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater, and a gaggle of other guests, this forum, geared towards improving the health of youth, is shaping up nicely. Sponsored by UVicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Centre for Youth and Society, this free two-day event is taking place at the Harbour Towers Hotel. A quick perusal at youth.society.uvic.ca will get you registered and ready to go. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teach our children well and let them guide the way.

HOME-BASED AVEDA SALON in

Fernwood offering hair and waxing services (specializing in Brazilians)Â at discounted prices. Call 250â&#x20AC;&#x201C;294â&#x20AC;&#x201C;0822 for more info or to make an appointment.

RULES Each registered student at Camosun is eligible for up to 40 words FREE per semester. This can be in the form of a 40-word ad or two 20-word ads. Drop off your ad at Nexus, Richmond House 201, Lansdowne, e-mail it to nexus@nexusnewspaper.com, or call the ad in at 250370-3591. Please include your student number and contact information. Small print: Nexus reserves the right to refuse ads for any reason. No sexist, racist, homophobic, or otherwise derogatory or slanderous ads. Business-related ads are $15 for 20 words or less. 50 cents per extra word.

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Feb. 13 and Feb. 14

Victoria Tea Festival If tea is your cup of tea, then the 4th Annual Victoria Tea Festival will have you steeping in glee. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty on display for tea enthusiasts to enjoy. Not only can you enjoy a wide selection of teas, this event goes far beyond trade-show expectations. With over 50 exhibitors, demonstrations,

Sundays Roast Beef Dinner $10.95! Mondays 2 for 1 Pizzaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Tuesdays Steak Sandwich Night! $11.95 (regular $17.95)

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MacPherson Playhouse, 8 pm, $32.50

Albertaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite son, Corb Lund, brings his neo-traditionalist alt-country musings to the Mac-

Feb. 5 to Feb. 7

GottaCon Gaming Convention

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Monday, Feb. 15

Corb Lund and the Hurtinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Albertans, plus guests

building at the Interurban campus will be the scene of the crime and a visit to camosun.ca will enable you to register for this lively event. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to get busy!

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Pherson Playhouse. Once a proud punker with his old band, the Smalls, Lund and his primo backing band, the Hurtinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Albertans, are cow-punk pioneers, sure to put a sarsparilla sting on this night of honky-tonkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; horseplay. Known for pulling out all the stops at his live shows, a rootinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tootinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; good time is guaranteed. Giddy up!

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