The importance of you-time I
like to think that Iâ€™m able to handle stress somewhat decently, at the very least. Having gone through four years of post-secondaryâ€”yes, Iâ€™m counting the two spent in General Studies at Douglas, even if I donâ€™t have any credentials to show for itâ€”Iâ€™m no stranger to the horror stories of relentless workloads, sleepless nights, and that impending sense of utter doom. The young people who are navigating between high school graduation and actual, established careers are probably some of the most stressed-out Canadians imaginable. The constant balancing act of work and social life and school and family and that second job because seriously have you seen these rental pricesâ€”it can all be utterly exhausting, and could very well be a factor in deteriorating mental health.
With all that nonsense going on in the lives of these students, people who are still wrestling with the idea of what they want to be when they grow up, itâ€™s no wonder that so many of us crumble under the immense pressureâ€”I sure as hell have. Iâ€™ve been lucky; Iâ€™ve made it out of school, am now working two solid jobs, and Iâ€™m enjoying a stable relationship, yet I still have days where it seems like the responsibilities could topple over and crush me at any moment, and itâ€™s not a good feeling. Which is why, nearly every Sunday afternoon, I pour a glass of wine, draw a bath in my somewhat-too-small tub, and spend hours just reading or writing or watching dumb YouTube videos. Thereâ€™s still some work I need
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to get to, naturally, but for those few hours I just donâ€™t worry about it. This mental rest-stop might be different for different peopleâ€”it could be going for a hike, playing some video games, hanging out with friends, cleaning the house, or getting a really good workout in. Whatever it is, weâ€™ve all got that something that allows us to relax our minds to ease the tensions in life, and we should be treating these hours as a valuable tool, rather than a waste of time. Itâ€™s toxic to think that youâ€™re doing something wrong by not spending every moment working towards your dream job or that perfect GPA. There should be no guilt associated with allotting a few hours to spend doing exactly what you want to be doing, because in the
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Analysis: Federal budget lays groundwork for possibility of free medicine Jerrison Oracion Senior COlumnist
ince Justin Trudeau was elected Prime Minister, the country has seen significant economic developments, such as the national unemployment rate decreasing. Now, the Liberal government has unveiled its 2018 federal budget. Out of all the G7 countries, Canada is currently number one in economic growth, according to CBC News. Minister of Finance Bill Morneau read a speech announcing the budget’s intention to fulfil more Liberal promises and made some surprise announcements. The federal budget this year is a gender-neutral budget which aims to fulfill promises of gender equality in the government. The speech began with Morneau talking about his visit to Rose Avenue Junior Public School, and he related what the students told him should be put into the federal budget. He then summarized everything that the Liberal government claims to have accomplished since they formed government.
Morneau described the budget as “a plan that puts people first.” He announced various things that will benefit women, including equal pay in jobs that are in the public sector; a new feature in employment insurance called a parental sharing benefit, where parents can have five more weeks of leave when they have children; business mentorship programs designed to benefit women; and funding programs that will teach everyone about harassment in the workplace and how it can be reduced. Also, he announced the Canada Workers Benefit, which gives more money to employees and encourages them to keep on working. He then announced that they will give more money to government scientists. After that, Morneau announced funding that he said will improve the lives of Indigenous people by giving them more clean drinking water, more affordable housing, and more job opportunities. He also announced more funding for multiculturalism initiatives intended to reduce the amount of racism in the country,
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∠öLiberals also unveil new spending for Indigenous people, opioid crisis
funding for cybersecurity, and funding intended to end the opioid crisis. Next, Morneau announced the biggest news of the speech. He announced that there will be an advisory council led by Dr. Eric Hoskins to figure out what they will do about the cost of medicine. This means that in the next few years, medicine could potentially become available at zero cost to Canadian consumers. NDP MP Guy Caron said the budget does not have
sufficient funding to reduce the costs of medicines, which is true, except that there will be an advisory council that will figure out what to do with that. Also, because of the success of the national parks being free in celebration of Canada 150, the finance minister announced that childrens’ admission to parks will be permanently free and that the Liberals will invest more money into preserving wildlife.
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Councillor proposes ban on single-use plastics ∠öMotion inspired by similar undertaking in Victoria Jillian McMullen Staff Writer orrie Williams, a New Westminster city councillor, wants to see fewer plastic bags and straws end up in landfills. Williams tabled a motion during a city council meeting February 19 which would ban the sale and use of single-use plastic items such as plastic bags and take-out containers by 2019. That motion was later amended to direct City staff to explore options for plastic waste reduction. The motion comes in light of the Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District approving a recommendation to determine ways of reducing plastic waste. Williams said she was inspired by the City of Victoria, which recently put forward a similar motion. “I was quite moved by the fact that Victoria had done the same thing,” she said during the council meeting. “They are being taken to court and challenged by the plastic [industry] people.” While she would like to see a reduction in plastic items, Williams promised that her motion would not be an outright ban. “I think that in some instances, there are exceptions and there are uses for plastic bags,” she said. “What I’m truly attempting to do is cut down on
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the use of unnecessary plastic bags because those are the ones that end up in the landfills and are blowing around … looking like jellyfish and getting into the stomachs of wildlife.” Input from the public should help guide the plastic-reduction process, according to Williams. “We should also should refer to the businesses in our city and get their cooperation on this and get their input as to how we can best go about this,” she said. Williams said educating the public will be a key factor in the endeavor.
We can convince people that they don’t need as much plastic,” - Lorrie Williams, New Westminster city councillor “We can convince people that they don’t need as much plastic as we are using,” Williams said. “There is a need for plastic and it isn’t going to go away. But I think it should be a sensible and a very efficient use of plastic— not unnecessary single-use ones.”
She hopes that a similar effort can be adopted throughout the Lower Mainland. “I am hoping the whole of Metro Vancouver will come onside,” she said. “I think with this, if it’s a regional thing it will have much more of an impact.”
∠ö‘Scrapbooks – Fragile Time Capsules’ offers glimpse into the past Colten Kamlade Staff Reporter
f you’re curious about local history, the new online exhibit presented by the City of Coquitlam Archives might be up your alley. Officially opened February 19, “Scrapbooks – Fragile Time Capsules” showcases pictures, news clippings, and other memorabilia from Coquitlam’s past. According to the City of Coquitlam website, these include pictures of the construction of the Coquitlam Dam, coverage of the Coquitlam Satellites women’s hockey team in the ’70s and ’80s, the Golden Homecoming event at Burquitlam’s Mountain View School in 1979, and the centennial of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire in 1971. Emily Lonie, city archivist for the City of Coquitlam, described the process through which most of these valuable items are acquired. “Archival records are donated by
individual members of the public—in the case of the Coquitlam Dam scrapbook— or representatives of organizations— [such as for the] Coquitlam Skating Club scrapbook,” she said in an email interview with the Other Press. They cannot accept every donation, however, so the city selects items based on their importance to Coquitlam. “In accordance with its mandate, the Archive acquires civic and private archival material of significance and enduring value to the City of Coquitlam. Under this policy, archival material includes any documentary material other than a publication, regardless of medium or form,” Lonie wrote, quoting the city’s acquisitions policy. This means that ribbons, event programs, decorative images, and even ticket stubs can be donated to the archive. According to Lonie, the oldest pieces of memorabilia from the scrapbook are the pictures of the construction of the Coquitlam Dam. “The Coquitlam Dam scrapbook
is the oldest item in the current online exhibit,” she said. “The photographs of the dam site were taken between 1912 and 1913 during the construction of the second phase of the Coquitlam Dam.” The City of Coquitlam Archive designs these exhibits, at least partially, to raise awareness of the work that they do and to include the public in it. “When producing our online exhibits, we are looking to raise awareness of the Archives and the records we preserve, to tell the stories of Coquitlam’s past, and to encourage donations of historical material,” Lonie said. “In the case of the current exhibit, we also saw an opportunity to provide some preservation tips for those with scrapbooks at home to ensure that they will be available for future generations.”
When producing our online exhibits, we are looking to raise awareness of the Archives,” Emily Lonie, city archivist
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Royals men’s basketball team wins provincial title ∠öWomen’s basketball team earns bronze Jake Wray News Editor he Douglas College Royals men’s basketball team are provincial champions after coming first in the PACWEST provincial tournament. The gold-medal match saw the Royals best the Vancouver Island University Mariners by a score of 76 – 59. The Mariners, who were playing in their home territory as the tournament was held in Nanaimo March 1 - 3, were the top team in the league at the end of the regular season with 17 wins, compared to the third-seeded Royals who had 11 wins. Royals’ guard Grant Campbell scored 24 points in the final match and was named player of the game. He was also named tournament MVP. In order to reach the final match against the Mariners, the Royals bested the Quest Kermodes in the quarterfinals by a score of 79 – 65. Campbell lead the team offensively in that game as well, scoring 20 points. In the semifinals, the Royals beat the Langara Falcons by a score of 96 – 85. Forward Reese Morris lead the Royals offensively
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in the semi-finals with 19 points. This is the first championship title for the Royals men’s basketball team since the 2007/2008 season, when they beat Camosun College in the final round. The Royals were also the provincial champions in the 2006/2007 season. Prior to that, their
last championship title came in 1994. With the PACWEST gold medal under their belt, the Royals have won the opportunity to represent BC at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association national basketball championship, which will be held in Quebec from March 13 – 17.
Meanwhile, the Royals women’s basketball team took bronze in the PACWEST provincial championship. They beat the Vancouver Island University mariners by a score of 77 – 67. Royals forward Sarah Jorgenson lead the team offensively and was named player of the game.
is looking forward to the experience. “We’re excited. It’s going to be fun. It’s the first time they’ve been there since ’02, so we’re going to enjoy it and just enjoy the experience, and hopefully we can come away with a medal.” The Royals also received several
conference awards. Oliveira was named women’s player of the year in the PACWEST conference and a first team all-star. McCorkell was named rookie of the year and an all-rookie team selection.
Women’s volleyball team wins provincial championship Colten Kamlade Staff Reporter
or the first time in over two decades, the Douglas College women’s volleyball team has won the provincial title. History was made for the Royals on February 24 when Vania Oliveira led the team to victory in the final match against the Vancouver Island University Mariners. The Royals won in three straight sets (25-20, 25-12, 25-20), according to an article posted on the Royals’ website, as Oliveira racked up 12 kills, Caet McCorkell 10 kills, and Vicky Schley nine kills. Oliveira was named the tournament’s most important player and McCorkell was named player of the match for Douglas. The team will now go on to compete in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) women’s volleyball national championships, which will be hosted by Grande Prairie Regional College, from March 7 to 10. The Vancouver Island University Mariners will advance to the CCAA Nationals
as well. It has been 16 years since the Royals have gone to the nationals. After the game, Royals coach Jeff Ross emphasized the team spirit and the dedication that helped his players win the match in an interview with PACWEST communications staff posted to the Royals’ website. “It feels great,” Ross told PACWEST interviewer Ryan Watters. “I’m just really happy for the girls. They’ve worked so hard all year and they definitely deserve it. The biggest thing for us is we just play for each other. Our culture is just all supporting each other and making sure everyone’s held accountable to what we’re doing out there, and I think they executed and did everything really well.” There might have been some extra tension in the final match due to the fact that the Royals lost to the Mariners last year. “I’d say that was on the girls’ minds a little bit. It was a little bit of a payback,” Ross said in the post-game interview. When asked about his thoughts on going to the nationals, Ross said the team
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∠öNext stop: National championships
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Ideological opposites clash in upcoming Theatre production Caroline Ho Arts Editor
dualistic battle of ideological extremes will dominate the stage in Antigone, the first of two Winter 2018 productions from the Departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Technology. Adapted from Sophocles’ classic tragedy by Kathleen Weiss and directed by Thrasso Petras, the upcoming production centres around Antigone, a young woman who is determined to bury her brother’s body against the edict of her city’s ruler, Creon. Sophocles’ text, stated Petras in an interview with the Other Press, “proposes an intellectual argument between the rule of law and God, which represents morality, love, family— these different ideas of justice.” Antigone upholds the latter ideal, defying the law to do what she believes is right, while Creon stands for the former, exercising his authority for the greater good as he understands it. Both sides present compelling arguments for the justness of their position, but both also take their cases to the extreme and are unwilling to compromise. This binary—law versus morality— is one that we’ve seen repeated time
and time again, from Sophocles’ Ancient Greece 2,500 years ago to other periods in history, which is why productions of Antigone have had such power and poignancy over the millennia. In today’s political climate, said Petras, the debate continues to be as pertinent as ever. For example, the recent Harper government’s harsh stance on crime and their economic policies were unpalatable to many Canadians, but they evidently appealed to many others for their emphasis on law and order as the foundation of justice. Petras hopes the Theatre Department’s production of Antigone will demonstrate to audiences that both ideological poles can be very persuasive. “It’s not just bad guy, good guy, because that would be boring,” he said. “Creon is often cast as the bad guy, as the unreasonable, and we’re trying hard to look at that character and go, ‘He’s doing what he’s doing because he genuinely believes that that’s the best course of action.’” According to Petras, he expects that audiences will find themselves agreeing with one side or another, since picking sides is happening all around us each and every day. However, part of the strength of Antigone is its provocation
to consider a space between these two fundamental concepts—a challenging yet empowering middle ground of understanding and compromise. This Antigone will also differ from traditional productions with its physicality, thanks to Kathleen Weiss’ text. “She’s taken this intellectual debate, where in Ancient Greece it would have been produced in a much different way, much more static traditionally, and she’s left room for us to play with the physicality of it and the gestural expression of what’s going on,” said Petras. For the director, whose background is in physical theatre, the most satisfying thing about directing this production has been seeing these young student actors embrace the text and all of its multiple layers of meaning, uncovering the nuances of every word and combining them with movement to bring the text to life. There comes a point, said Petras, “where all of a sudden all the actor work, all the character development, all the stuff that they’re doing, suddenly it allows us to really hear the triple meaning of a word, or a concept, or an image. It suddenly comes to light.”
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∠öA contemporary adaptation of ‘Antigone’
Antigone opens on March 9, with a free preview show on March 8 at 2 p.m., and runs until March 16. Advance tickets are available online at antigone2018.bpt.me.
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Academy Award-nominated short films analysis ∠öAnimated and live-action shorts that were in the running this year Jerrison Oracion Senior Columnist
hough the Academy Awards aired on Sunday night, it’s worth discussing the films that made it to the final round. Here is my analysis of the short films that were nominated in the 2018 Oscars. The short films up for Best Animated Short Film this year were Dear Basketball, Negative Space, Lou, Revolting Rhymes, and Garden Party. Dear Basketball is made by Kobe Bryant’s studio Kobe Studios. The film shows Bryant writing a letter about his life, and it looks like something that you might see during the pre-show of an NBA game. Negative Space is about a man reflecting on his father who passed away. It ends mid-scene, which might cause you to say, “That was it?” Lou was shown in theatres before
Cars 3. It features a bully stealing other kids’ stuff, and a playground creature trying to thwart him. The film shows what makes a bully a bully: By being bullied himself. Revolting Rhymes is actually a special that aired on PBS last year and, because of nomination rules, had only the first half nominated for an Oscar. Based on a book by Roald Dahl, a wolf (Dominic West) tells a woman the actual story of Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood. Like the film Fantastic Mr. Fox, the animals in it look like humans. Garden Party is a creepy film about a couple of frogs. As you watch it, you may be trying to figure out where the frogs are, and spoiler: You realize that they are in the mansion of a dead mafia leader. The nominees for Best Live Action Short Film are DeKalb Elementary, The Silent Child, My Nephew Emmett, The Eleven O’Clock, and Watu WoteAll of Us.
DeKalb Elementary depicts what happened during an actual shooting at an elementary school in Atlanta and shows some common signs of what can lead to a shooting. The Silent Child is about a tutor finding out that a girl who needed speech therapy can talk through sign language. The subtitles make this short film accessible for everyone. My Nephew Emmett is based on the true story of an African American man’s nephew who was murdered by a white man after the nephew whistled at the man’s daughter. The Eleven O’Clock is about a psychiatrist seeing a patient who has
an illness that makes him think he is a psychiatrist, and it plays with your mind as you try to figure out who the real doctor actually is. Watu Wote/All of Us is about a bus being held hostage by jihadist group Al-Shabaab. By the time you are reading this, two of these short films will have won Academy Awards. If my predictions are correct, Revolting Rhymes won Best Animated Short Film because it is another great adaptation of a Roald Dahl book, and The Eleven O’Clock won Best Live Action Short Film because I simply have not seen a short film like this before.
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New ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ entertains but players ultimately fall short ∠öExciting first season hopefully paves the way for future success Lauren Kelly Graphics Manager
he very exciting and very short first season of Celebrity Big Brother US concluded February 25 after lasting only 26 days. The 11 celebrities competing included singers, actors, athletes, and reality TV personalities, some more currently recognizable than others, but all there to play the game. The celebrities made alliances, backstabbed, and competed much harder than most players have the in last few seasons of regular BBUS. There were a few stand-out players, along with a few disappointments. American Pie actress and BB superfan Shannon Elizabeth was both. She built up an alliance and won the first two competitions, including a Spelling Search veto win where she spelled the longest word in the history of the competition: “responsibilities.” Of course, this put a huge target on her and eventually got her sent out the door—something she is sadly still very bitter about, if recent interviews are anything to go by. Another stand-out, but largely more positive, was Ross Mathews. Known as Ross the Intern during his time on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, he was also a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2015. He came into the house planning
to play Andy Herren’s (BB15 winner) game, gaining trust from everyone in the house, gathering information, and moving between alliances when necessary—a strategy he largely succeeded in using. His closest ally was Marissa Jaret Winokur (Hairspray!), and the two worked together the entire game. Some pleasant surprises were the fast friends and allies Brandi Glanville (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) and Ariadna Gutiérrez (Runner Up for Miss Universe 2015). They made a strong final four with Mathews and Winokur and were the ones to come up with the plan to take out Elizabeth, a previous ally. They also brought the entertainment. Glanville, known for drinking and speaking her mind, did just that, resulting in some solid drama and big slipups. Gutiérrez was sweet but calculated, and knew that it was only a game, so she felt comfortable making the big, necessary moves. Their friendship was charming and their gameplay impressive for two non-fans of the show. The two big disappointments of the season were Keshia Knight Pulliam (The Cosby Show actress) and Metta World Peace (retired NBA player). Both chose to quit the show by asking their housemates to put them on the block and vote them out of the house, rendering two live evictions completely anticlimactic. The only positives are
that World Peace brought plenty of entertainment with his spacey attitude and general lack of understanding of Big Brother, and Knight Pulliam gifted us with her eviction plea of “My breast milk is continuing to deplete.” Of course, who can forget about Omarosa Manigault? The Apprentice villain and ex-White House staffer played an impressive game for someone with her reputation. Omarosa was a delight, stirring up drama by painting targets on others through lies, manipulation, and one large wink during a nomination ceremony. She played hard and made an ally of anyone who would work with her, keeping herself safe as often as she could with deals. Every episode also featured her dishing on some aspect of politics, most famously when she sadly told Mathews that “[America] will not be okay.” But what’s a game show without a winner? The finale was a rushed two hours that started with five houseguests: Omarosa, Mathews, Gutiérrez, Winokur, and Mark McGrath (lead singer of Sugar Ray). Omarosa was eliminated first, and a final Head of Household competition was held that gave the last HoH an immense amount of power: They would eliminate two houseguests on the spot and choose the person who would come with them to the final two. In a shocking twist, as she had not yet won
a competition at that point, Winokur took it and chose Mathews to bring to the finale. This felt like the nail in her coffin until it became clear just how bitter the ex-houseguests who formed the jury were. Seemingly influenced by Elizabeth’s attitude towards Mathews for planning her eliminations and going on a shared desire to have the more “honest player” win the game, the jury awarded Winokur the victory with a vote of 6–3. We leave CBB after a sad ending to a mostly-great season. There are definitely some takeaways going forward. First, the much older age range seemed to result in better gameplay, as there were only two players in their twenties, while six were in their forties. In fact, at 45, Winokur is now the oldest houseguest to ever win Big Brother. Next, something will need to be done to avoid having houseguests who want to quit. This could be cured by sending eliminatees to a jury house like a normal season, instead of letting them return home. Sequestering them would also solve the bitterness brought on by houseguests being able to watch the show from home and see all the behind the scenes backstabbing that lead to their evictions. Whether they fix this or not, I’m looking forward to next year’s CBB. But for now, we have Big Brother Canada starting March 7. You know you want to watch!
Marvel fan theories that just may be ridiculous enough to be true ∠öSome wild theories regarding the fate of our favourite heroes Veronnica MacKillop Senior Columnist
ith the April 25 release of Avengers: Infinity War quickly approaching, there are some silly theories floating around about the fate of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Warning: Potential spoilers ahead, especially for Black Panther. Location of the Soul Stone Black Panther was released on February 16 as the last MCU movie before Infinity War. Fans were expecting to see the final Infinity Stone, but it never showed up. Some speculate that the Soul Stone is with Heimdall, former guard of the Bifrost Bridge in Asgard, and will be taken from him by Thanos. Plus, at the end of Ragnarok, the fleeing Asgardians are approached by Thanos’s ship. There’s also speculation that the stone is still in Wakanda, since that’s where the battle in the Infinity War trailer takes place. Tony’s vision comes true (kind of) In Age of Ultron, Scarlet Witch makes
Tony see a vision of all the original Avengers dead. This could have just been a manifestation of his greatest fear, but if Thanos does obtain all the Infinity Stones, it seems likely that he could defeat many Avengers. The theory here is that Tony somehow obtains the Soul Stone, which is then used to bring the heroes back to life. Another theory is that Doctor Strange brings them back using the Time Stone. A new Captain In the comics, Steve dies and there are two different story lines: One where Bucky becomes the next Captain America, and one where Sam does. The franchise seems to be setting it up to be Bucky, and the actor seems to think so too. We know Bucky is currently in Wakanda, probably getting a shiny new Vibranium-based arm, and we know he’s going to be fighting alongside the Avengers in Infinity War, so he’ll definitely have a large role to play in the film. Rebirth of dead villains
If Thanos does obtain all of the stones, which he probably will some point, he could use the gauntlet to bring back old villains who have died in past films, such as Red Skull or Ronan. This would be pretty cool to see, but it might not happen until Avengers Four. Bruce uses the Hulkbuster Credit to Nerdist for this theory. We all remember the Hulkbuster from Age of Ultron, the suit that Tony made to keep Bruce under control in case he “Hulks out.” The Hulkbuster—the perfect solution for the problem of Bruce being unable to transform back—is seen in the trailer for Infinity War, and in a recent LEGO set. We know that Bruce does fight as the Hulk in that battle clip we saw, but he may use the Hulkbuster so that he can safely fight with the Avengers in the first half of the movie. Thor’s new weapon Speaking of LEGO sets spoiling things, one of them shows the God of Thunder sporting his new weapon (which is actually his old weapon), Jarnbjorn—
the battle axe that he used before he could lift Mjolnir. There’s also a chance that the hammer will be fixed, possibly using Vibranium, but seeing Jarnbjorn would be pretty cool too. Fans speculate that Thor may be going on a quest with the Guardians to get a new weapon, since none of them seem to be in any of the Earth scenes in Infinity War. Skrulls Have some of Earth’s heroes been secretly taken over by a shapeshifting race of evil aliens? Possibly. We already know that in the Captain Marvel movie, set to release in 2019, the titular heroine’s main antagonists are Skrulls, and since that film will take place in the ’90s, it could affect the heroes of today. Perhaps the yet-to-be-revealed title of Avengers Four will be Avengers: Secret Invasion, a film based on the Skrull comic arc, Secret Invasion. In the end, theories are just that— theoretical. It’s always fun to speculate, but we’ll have to wait until the upcoming Infinity War, and another year for Avengers Four, to see if they pan out.
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Latest art gallery exhibition displays traditional Chinese style Caroline Ho Arts Editor
luid inks in smooth brushstrokes sweep across the walls of the Amelia Douglas Gallery in its newest exhibition, Etherealize, featuring the works of Burnaby-based artist Alex Wang (Wang Zhihao). Etherealize, which opened on March 1, is a collection of figure paintings in the style of traditional Chinese painting. Made through ink washes on large sheets of rice paper (or Xuan paper), the seemingly-simple shades of black and grey flow across the canvases in rich, dynamic shapes and lines. “Xuan paper has a characteristic: It is to record every stroke of ink and water,” Wang said in the exhibition’s artist statement. This irreversibility gives each piece a vivacious, ephemeral quality. All were painted from live models, Wang told the Other Press
at the show’s opening reception, and all were completed fairly quickly. “Every picture, you just spend 10 minutes, or at maximum 20 minutes. You have to finish it, and some pictures you draw [are] not successful and you fail,” said Wang. Though Etherealize showcases 20 works, these are selected from hundreds of similar paintings that Wang has done. The exhibition opening also featured Wang himself giving a live demonstration of his work, painting a colourful portrait of two young girls at the reception, in front of an audience of captivated watchers. Wang said he isn’t nervous about painting in front of a crowd, but he does find it tiring to work on such a large canvas and having to move up and down the paper. However, he said he also finds it very exciting. Wang has exhibited at the Amelia Douglas Gallery previously, with a solo exhibition called Alternating
Seasons in 2010. In his previous Douglas show he used a different type of paper, allowing him to create more detailed works, such as intricate illustrations of trees—some examples are currently on display in the gallery. “This time it’s raw rice paper, so it’s hard to control the colour, but the first exhibition it [was] easy to control the colour, and then you can draw more detail,” he said. “This is the difference, and this time it’s freestyle.” Since the works of Etherealize are quick studies, Wang is also happy to donate most of the proceeds from the exhibition back to Douglas. The paintings are on sale for $100 each, and a generous portion of this price will go towards scholarships and other funding for student education. The Amelia Douglas Gallery is located on the fourth floor of the New Westminster campus, and Etherealize will be open until April 21.
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∠öInks on rice paper painted by Alex Wang
Inside the colourful and creepy world of Takashi Murakami
Photos by Analyn Cuarto
∠öThe exhibition is open from February 3 to May 6
Katie Czenczek Staff Writer
n case you haven’t noticed the giant octopus hanging on top of the Vancouver Art Gallery, or the numerous advertisements riddled throughout the city, The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg has come to Vancouver. The title of the exhibit is based off a piece of Japanese folklore that features an eight-legged cephalopod chewing off its leg in order to keep the its body alive. Not only that, but the real chameleon of the sea is able to eat its leg as an afternoon snack and have it eventually regenerate. This notion of self-sacrifice in the name of survival is a universal struggle that many can relate to, especially in a city like Vancouver where the cost of living can be debilitating. The exhibit, then, enables viewers to ask themselves the question: What are they devouring in their own lives in order to survive, and is it
worth what they’re keeping alive? For Takashi Murakami, the answer seems simple. He attended Tokyo University for the Arts, where he majored in Nihonga—an art form that revives thousand-year-old conventions, materials, and techniques characteristic of early Japanese artists. In his career, however, he has blended tradition with pop culture to create his eclectic sculptures and paintings. He also draws inspiration from manga and anime, and originally planned to become an animator in his younger years. Responsible for the Superflat movement and the vibrant cover art for Kanye’s Graduation album, Murakami’s rap sheet is memorable. He makes numerous cultural allusions that span time, bridging the gap between old and new. In “100 Arhats” (2013), the artist depicts Buddhist monks morphed and deformed from the 2011 earthquake in Japan. The painting also references
the Nepalese Yeti and Buddhist Chintamani Stone in an impressive spread that covers an entire wall in the gallery. Murakami’s attention to detail is insane. On the backdrop of this already highly-detailed piece, he’s painted thousands of skulls piling up. It’s a difficult piece to stomach, but it is absolutely beautiful in execution. For more modern references, Murakami’s “Klein’s Pot A” (199497) looks as if he’s taken Sonic the Hedgehog and disfigured him horribly. The painting is undeniably the beloved character, with the blue, peach, and red colour scheme popping out in every direction, making Sonic look like he’s in front of a fun house mirror at your local carnival. Other references the artist has made to culture both old and new include Katsushika Hokusai’s famous painting “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”—more commonly recognized as the waves painting that everyone’s
getting tattooed on themselves. Murakami’s famous Mr. DOB character is found throughout many of his paintings, along with his happy flowers that can’t help but put a smile on your own face as you explore the exhibit. Critics of Murakami have viewed his collaborations with Louis Vuitton, Vans, and Shu Uemera as “sellingout,” for contributing to the “lower art forms” such as fashion and other commercial works. However, it seems as if he’s the one laughing to the bank, because his artworks sell for thousands of dollars a pop. He’s managed to do what many artists have failed to do in the past—make money while still being alive to collect it. The messages in his art can be conflicting, where he seems to comment on consumerism and commercialism, yet he seems to thrive off it. Or perhaps that’s the entire point of his artwork and the collection, “The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg.”
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Who is Scarlett? ∠öCanada takes gold in video games
he existence of eSports is not a new thing—not to the world, and certainly not to this newspaper. However, until only recently they were a completely foreign concept to the Olympics. This year, just one week before the start of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, the first eSports tournament endorsed by the International Olympic Committee was held—and Canada took gold. Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn is a professional videogame player from Kingston, Ontario. A member of Team Expert, she was chosen to represent Canada in the groundbreaking Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Pyeongchang
2018, an international StarCraft II tournament. From her debut in 2012, Hostyn holds the Guinness World Record as the highest-earning woman in the competitive videogame scene, and since winning IEM Pyeongchang she is also the first woman to win a Premiere Tournament—a major eSports tournament with an outstanding prize pool, that are generally played in an offline LAN network, and feature international teams—in StarCraft II. In general, StarCraft and StarCraft II have been mostly Korean-dominated games. Hostyn is only the third player ever to beat out the home teams on Korean soil. Her win also marks her as the second-ever Canadian to ever hold a Premiere Tournament title. The first being Charles “Hyuk” Loranger in 2011 at DreamHack Summer in Sweden.
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Brittney MacDonald Life & Style Editor
Hostyn is only the third player ever to beat out the home teams on Korean soil.
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Believe me when I tell you I’m trying to avoid “came ‘March’-ing in” puns as much as I can. As difficult as that is, do you know what’s worse? Scouting out the perfect pub to spend your St. Patrick’s Day at! Thinking about the upcoming holiday has made things quite interesting around here. So sláinte my lovelies, and enjoy this playlist of drinking songs and Irish ballads! Party Pit by The Hold Steady (Jacey) Scuse Me by Lizzo (Kwiigay) Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar) by The Doors (Jessica) Home for a Rest by Spirit of the West (Colten) Belfast Child by Simple Minds (Rebecca) Drunken Sailor by The Irish Rovers (Lauren) Liquid State by Muse (Brittney)
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Phnom Penh restaurant review ∠öWorth the wait Photo of Phnom Penh by Mijune on FollowMeFoodie.com
Katie Czenczek Staff Writer
f you’re looking for Vietnamese food that isn’t pho, then look no further than Phnom Penh! This hole-in-the-wall restaurant has been garnering buzz for years. It features numerous accolades displayed on their wall, including a signed menu from none other than Anthony Bourdain. Named after the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is a Vietnamese-Cambodian fusion restaurant that will have you going back for seconds… and thirds. Located on East Georgia Street in Chinatown, The restaurant is a quick walk from Main Street-Science World SkyTrain Station. They’ve recently upgraded their sign, so the bright red banner should be enough to signal that you’re at the right place. Oh, along with the large line waiting outside. It’s definitely not the best place if you’re looking for a quiet dining experience, as the restaurant isn’t famous for its ambiance. Loud, with the family-table style setup, you might find yourself sitting right beside some strangers. The staff are efficient and excellent at recommending dinner options, and you’ll be shocked at how quickly you get your meals after sitting down. One problem I find is that it
can be hard to wave down a waiter to get your name on the waitlist. Prices are reasonable given how much food you find on your plate, and you’ll never leave the restaurant feeling famished, as this place will make sure you get your fill. Phnom Penh is family run, and you can literally taste the time and care that goes into each recipe on the extensive menu. However, the drawbacks to relying on family recipes is that it doesn’t have too many options for anyone with food restrictions. My first recommendation would be to try their butter beef. It makes for an excellent share platter, though you’ll be
wanting it all to yourself after the first bite. Butter beef is a lightly-seared dish, cooked in a medley of rice vinegar, soy sauce, and fish sauce. It may not be for everyone because of its “fresh from the butcher” look, but if rare beef doesn’t scare you, it’s worth a try. The meat is garnished with cilantro and fried onions, which gives the dish a wellrounded flavour. The beef melts in your mouth and is irresistible with the sauce. One critique I have for this dish is that some people may find it a tad salty. The other dish I recommend actually offers three different options, depending on what type of meat and texture you’d like. This dish is for anyone
who says, “There’s no such thing as too much garlic.” Rightfully named, the garlic squid, garlic frog legs, or garlic chicken wings are all fantastic! All of the meats are deep-fried to golden brown perfection in a sweet and crispy batter. A light lemon pepper dipping sauce cuts down on the grease level, making them an absolute delight to the taste buds. If your ideal restaurant is a lively, food quality-oriented place, then Phnom Penh is the place for you. There are so many wonderful options on the menu that you’ll be sure to find something flavourful and filling.
What is Vero? ∠öNew app takes a crack at undermining Instagram’s influence Jillian McMullen Staff Writer ero, which comes from the Italian word for “truth,” is a reasonably new app that has been gaining attention lately for appealing to the annoyed social media elite. Many users are frustrated that the various platforms haven’t listened to their demands for the return of a chronological timeline—instead opting for an algorithm-determined timeline. The current algorithm is engagementbased, where the number of likes, comments, video views, etc., affect the likelihood of your post being seen. In its original news release regarding the changes, Instagram claimed “the order of photos and videos in your feed will be based on the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting, and the timeliness of the post.” All the posts would still be there, just in a different order. Unfortunately for users with few followers, this has meant that only about 10 per cent of their posts are being seen. Furthermore, because the algorithm is not only based on engagement from followers, but also engagement from the posting user, users that have an economic interest in interacting with their followers (i.e. companies promoting
Promotional image for Vero
products) are dominating feeds. Vero’s biggest appeal, then, comes from its chronological and ad-free feed. According to its publicly displayed manifesto, the app will not “curate it, manipulate it, insert advertising in it, or hold back posts” and users will not have to pay to “boost [their] post” or “reach [their] audience.” A subscription-based model makes this possible. Users pay an annual fee, a sum which is supposed to only be the cost of a few cups of coffee. The app has very similar functions to Instagram and Facebook. Users can post images and videos with the same editing features as its predecessor. Unlike Instagram, you can post music
suggestions or even books you’ve been reading. It also features avenues to sell products and to make charitable donations, but those are kept away from the main feed. I would even say that the interface is far more appealing than either Instagram’s or Facebook’s. The black and teal colour scheme and minimalist look give the app a modern aesthetic. I’m skeptical regarding the longevity of Vero’s model. The creators claim that the subscription model will keep ads off feeds, but I think we’ve all seen how quickly that can change once an app becomes popular enough—I’m looking at you, Snapchat! Furthermore, although
the app is allowing new users to join the service for free right now, there’s no word on when that will end, meaning eventually users will have to pay to reach their audience, which ironically negates the premise of their product. I don’t believe Instagram will see a huge drop in current user engagement— most people, after all, will not want to rebuild an already-established following— but Vero perhaps presents an avenue towards more contentdriven platforms… that is, if it can survive a recent scandal regarding one of its owners allegedly being involved in some human rights violations.
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So you want to build a world
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∠öAdvice for Game Masters
Once you know what your world is about, you can start filling in some details.”
Duncan Fingarson Senior Columnist
orldbuilding, the process of creating your own game world for an RPG campaign, can be daunting. However, it can also be fun and rewarding. In the years I’ve spent as a “Game Master” (GM), I’ve spent a lot of time building worlds. In the process, I’ve learned a lot about how to make the process easier to accomplish. To begin with, you should always start by considering what sort of game the world is for. If it’s for a game focused on exploration, you’ll probably want to draw a map. If it’s a game filled with political intrigue, then the power structure is pretty important. If it’s just for kicking down doors and looting some dungeons, then you probably
don’t need to worry about the world at all, at least not to start with. Once you know what your world is about, you can start filling in some details. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Everything your players come into contact with they’ll be seeing for the first time. They won’t know if you’ve changed the name of the duke, or that you don’t have stats for all the NPCs (Non-Player Characters), because they don’t see that stuff before it happens. Keep good notes, and they’ll never need to know you fudged a few things. If you do have a map, great. Maps are a good visual aid for understanding the world. They can be big or small, have any number of things on them, but remember your players are only going to deal with the stuff close to them, or the things that factor into their backstories.
It’s probably not worth filling out an expansive underground kingdom if your players never go near it—so focus your efforts first on the things that they’ll be starting out near. Broad strokes will do for the rest. Don’t forget to consider your geography, either. If you have mountains, rivers should flow away from them. What is the climate like in each area? It doesn’t make sense to have your northern tundra-dwellers sitting next to the world’s biggest desert just because you thought both of those things would be cool. What technology level is your world at? Do they have ships, trains, or just horses? That will inform your political boundaries, but so will rivers and mountain ranges. Where are resources the most abundant? Cities tend to be built where there’s easy
access to water and food. If there’s neither, that area might be filled with a nomadic culture instead. Lastly, don’t be afraid to borrow here and there. Dungeons and Dragons is heavily rooted in Tolkien and European culture, but there’s no reason you need to stick with that. It’s fantasy, so if you see a cool idea from somewhere else, feel free to steal it and change it to fit your world. Worldbuilding and adventure design is just about the only place where using other people’s ideas is okay, so make full use of that. Hopefully I’ve inspired people who might not have ever tried worldbuilding before to give it a shot. Having your own world can really keep RPGs feeling interesting and fresh, so it’s definitely a skill worth cultivating.
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Dropping out to stay ahead Jason GokHo Ing Contributor For as long as I can remember, the idea of going to college straight out of high school was seen not as a choice, but a mandatory requirement. For generations this mentality has been passed down from loving parents to their children with the hopes that their offspring will achieve fulfilling careers thanks to post-secondary training. These attitudes are not completely unfounded, as higher education does correlate with a larger net income. According to a 2014 report by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers with a bachelor’s degree make over $488 weekly compared to those with only a high school diploma. With such a large discrepancy in wages it would appear to make perfect sense for parents to nag children who choose to forgo further schooling, even if it’s just for a little while. However, even though education does pay its dividends, rushing into post-secondary without proper planning can have disastrous consequences. V.N. Gordon, author of The Undecided College Student: An Academic and Career Advising Challenge found
that roughly 75 per cent of college students change their major at least once prior to graduation. Possible reasons for changing majors were either that students hated the course material or were disappointed with the career prospects associated with their intended career path. While one can argue that experimenting with different occupations throughout college is beneficial, the financial loss and potential damage towards a student’s GPA cannot be ignored. Instead of immediately choosing to pursue the first job that comes to mind right after secondary school, I believe that it is imperative that young adults take some time outside of their studies to evaluate who they are and what exactly they want to get out of college. This process can start by discovering what careers are in-demand on websites like Career Cruising and WorkBC. In addition, students can use this time productively by taking up jobs and volunteer positions that are related to their desired career so that they can determine if that line of work is right for them. An example could be volunteering at a hospital if someone aspired to be a nurse, or working as a bank teller if they were interested in finance. These positions look great on a resume and
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∠öWhy students should take a gap year
provide opportunities for youngsters to connect with potential employers. These steps may seem small at first but narrowing down what you really want for a career could save you a mountain of future debt. The importance
of a college education is invaluable. Nonetheless, I believe the pursuit for the perfect career is best done by leaving time for yourself first to determine what you really want out of life.
Tinder is great, but it’s not the same as meeting people in real life ∠öThe trials and tribulations of online dating Jessica Berget Opinions Editor have a love-hate relationship with Tinder. On one hand, it’s great because it provides you the opportunity to meet and hang out with cool people or engage in the occasional sexual liaison. On the other hand, if you never get around to talking to many of your matches, it becomes a haunted house, full of the ghosts of potential matches that you never had time for or could be bothered to connect with. They serve as a reminder that Tinder is a godless land, and that you might be better off just meeting people offline. Meeting people on Tinder is a gamble; you never really know what they’re going to be like until you meet them in person. When you do meet someone, it takes about 30 seconds to determine if you’re attracted to them or not based on how they look and how they carry themselves, something that is hard to do when you’re just looking at pictures. On the other hand, when you meet people in real life it’s much easier to get a better sense of who they are. On Tinder, I often hum and haw as to whether I find someone attractive.
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Oftentimes, pictures don’t really do their subjects justice. I’ve been on Tinder dates where I thought the person was less attractive in real life than the pictures on their profile, and dates where the person turned out to be more attractive. It just goes to show that pictures don’t really show much, and the only way to get to know someone is to physically meet them. A decisive factor for me is their
personality. If I meet someone and I can’t decide if I find them attractive or not at first, I can become attracted to them if I find we have a lot in common and they have a great personality. However, that’s often hard to gauge on an online dating app where looks are a crucial factor. It’s hard to get a sense of someone’s personality over an online dating app. Sure, you can read their bio, check out their Instagram, and maybe even look at
your common likes, but people’s online persona and actual personality can be two entirely different things. It’s difficult to get a sense of a person by just looking at a couple pictures and a short bio. You get a better understanding after you message them for a bit, but you’re still never sure about who they are or what they’re like until you actually meet them. Another frustration I have with Tinder is when people stop messaging you or the conversation becomes dry. People get busy and don’t have time for a dating app, or they just run out of things to say, and that’s fine, but it’s annoying when you really wanted to keep talking to that person. Otherwise, when you meet someone in real life they can’t just stop talking to you while you’re hanging out with them, and it’s easier to naturally keep a conversation going because physical connections are stronger than texting. There are a lot of problems with Tinder, but it’s easy, and all it takes is a couple messages to meet new people. As much as I dislike the app, I’m too lazy and shy to meet people in real life, like most people are. I guess in the end I’ll just stick to the endless cycle of deleting and re-downloading the app.
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Douglas College shouldn’t support multi-level marketing
∠öPreying on students seems widely accepted yet is totally unacceptable Greg Waldock Staff Writer
f you’ve been to a Douglas College campus during job fairs or booth days, you might have seen flashy, stylishlooking companies offering “immediate income,” “money from home,” or “tiered advancement opportunities.” They show up from time to time, seemingly authorized by the college to be there. They are known as “multilevel marketing,” “network marketing,” or, to some, as pyramid schemes. I think they are completely amoral, almost never result in monetary gain for those who are sucked into them, and yet they seem to be supported by the school by being allowed to advertise to the young and vulnerable. I believe that Douglas College and other institutions should not support them and should work to educate students
better on the dangers they present. Multi-level marketing companies can be distinguished by their payment model. In most cases, nobody is salaried or has a steady wage—everyone makes straight commission and pays into the company. The more you sell, the more you make. You ascend the ranks in the company by recruiting new people for you to supply with your own products. The higher up you are, the more product you’re allowed to sell or give to those under you. This means that everyone on the bottom makes pennies and are strongly encouraged to recruit aggressively, while those on top make almost all the money. The result is a company that encourages its employees to exploit friends and family to get higher in the company, with those at the top being able to leave at any time. These companies skirt the justice system and often barely avoid legal action, despite
the fact that the majority of the “employees” involved end up losing money. They often show up on college campuses in Vancouver. Students are desperate and broke—essentially vulnerable, which is why scammers target the elderly as well. Students also tend to have large social circles of equally desperate and broke people, making us uniquely perfect targets for this kind of scam. These scams are identifiable, though, if you know what you’re looking for. They sound too good to be true— offering thousands of dollars with minimal effort, but never unbelievably so. Their spokespeople are lower-level employees still optimistic about their
opportunities and looking to move up from their own position in the company. Their posters and advertising generally have bright and simple colours with big, impactful fonts and almost no description of what the company actually does to make money. Trust your instincts. There is no such thing as a miracle job, and anyone who promises a miracle job is preying on you, whether they know it or not.
Social experiment viral videos need to stop ∠öWhy not work on the issues instead of making videos about them? Jessica Berget Opinions Editor
hey’re the equivalent of the “just a prank” viral videos that currently haunt YouTube. Now these viral vloggers are pretending to be activists, operating under the guise of altruism by claiming that these social experiment videos are made to “raise awareness” about sociological issues, but they do nothing of the sort. In one such “experiment” video made by TrollStation, a female and male actor are hired to re-enact a sexual assault on the London Underground to see if people would react. As the female actress claimed in the video, “We’re trying to raise awareness about sexual assault on trains because a lot of the times, people see it happening and no one says anything.” Passengers started
to act aggressively towards the male actor, until the cameramen stepped in and revealed to everyone that they were actors conducting a social experiment. I find it ironic that by trying to illustrate human indifference in their videos, they end up showing their own indifference to people’s feelings. I believe that these videos don’t serve any purpose except to shock and record peoples’ reactions for entertainment and viewership. People are treated as puppets in these experiments, rather than as human beings. That is why I think these videos can barely be considered “social experiments.” Social experiments are usually carried out by psychological and sociological experts, not by a couple of people with a camera. Proper experiments will also have a large sample size, rather than a few people who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Furthermore, social experiments seek to answer questions about sociology and psychology, not to cause public disturbances for the sake of entertainment. They also usually require informed consent with the participants and are formulated for the purpose of collecting data. They have a hypothesis, structure, and protocol, a conclusive discussion, and give compensation for participation, among many other factors. In short, social experiments usually yield some insight and knowledge, and I think these videos show a critical absence of both. These experiments are unethical and have serious consequences. Most include recreating shocking and upsetting events, and most of the time participants don’t realize they are part of the experiment. For example, YouTuber Cody Persin filmed a social experiment video about the dangers of social media
by catfishing young girls. When he met with the girls, their parents came out to surprise them and scream at them for meeting with a stranger from the internet. Persin even pretended to kidnap one girl with her parents playing along as kidnappers, traumatizing the girl in the process. In the video, after they reveal that it’s an experiment they talk to her about her behaviour on the internet, apparently teaching her a lesson about the dangers of social media. This girl will probably be terrified of strangers for the rest of her life and never trust her parents again, but it’s okay because it was a social experiment and it taught her a lesson? I don’t think so. There are other ways to confront issues; faking scenarios and filming people’s reactions is not one of them. These YouTubers don’t really care about the issues, only the views.
Anxiety on Italian herbs and cheese ∠öThe clash of self-consciousness and poor customer service Mercedes Deutscher Social Media Coordinator
went to Subway last week. I’m typically not a fan of the sandwich goliath, but it was convenient at the time, I had a gift card, and I was hungry. Having recently gone vegetarian and not being a fan of packaged, un-fresh vegetables, I opted for a triple cheese panini. They were out of panini bread. Whatever, I’m okay with a different bread. I’ve worked in food service since 2013, so I get that stuff like that happens. The sandwich artist asked if I wanted any vegetables on my panini before she grilled it. I asked for
tomato and mushrooms. When she asked what else, I declined. I’m not a fan of super-loaded paninis. In a very condescending voice, she said, “No more vegetables?” She rolled her eyes when I quietly said “No, thank you.” I know what I look like. I’m over 200 pounds and a size 16. I sometimes use food as a coping mechanism. Most days, I’m still confident about how I look and who I am. I typically eat healthy and exercise. On that day, though, I felt judged for going to Subway by the very people employed there. I ate the sandwich, but I didn’t feel good about it. When I worked at Starbucks, I’d get
people who would order complicated or unhealthy drinks on a daily basis. While it may seem fun to joke about that, I had no business trying to make my customers feel bad. Maybe that frappuccino is a treat for a day of work well done. Maybe that sandwich with weird toppings is because of a dietary restriction.... or maybe it’s none of your damn business, just make the sandwich and don’t judge your customers based on what they order. It’s a problem I see extend outside of fast food joints. It’s getting eyes rolled at me by the server when I have to track her down after sitting at a table for 20 minutes without service and I end up interrupting her whiles she’s texting. It’s
the exasperated sigh when I can finally catch up to the Sephora employee. I know these jobs suck. They don’t pay well and are overall unrewarding, nothing more than a paycheque until you can find something better. However, customers are more than just customers, they are people—maybe having a great day or a terrible day—and are just looking for a service. Unless the customer is being really rude or awful, there’s no reason to treat them badly. It doesn’t hurt to smile, or at the very least to not obviously treat them like a burden. A little positivity (or negativity) goes a long way.
If you would like your own creative work to be featured in our Creative Writing section, send poems, short stories, excerpts (of 1,500 words or less), and original artwork to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. We publish weekly, and chosen writers/artists will receive $50 for every three pieces they have published. An excerpt from The Adventures of Lauravere, Royal Queen and Goddess of the Realm The king died not of a sword in his back, nor by some clever poisoner in the dark of night – he had simply weathered too many years, finally crushed by the weight he had for so long appeared to bear effortlessly upon his shoulders. That weight of kingship transferred to his first-born son, Arbor, who may have only been 20 years on this earth when his father passed, but had been raised for command ever since he breathed his first breath. King Arbor continued his father’s legacy of righteous leadership and just decrees, but the realm was changing, and, eventually, the king along with it. Small disputes were more common, as the memory of a divided kingdom and its horrors had begun to fade. The common folk who had fought alongside Aurtur had grown old and weak, their warnings unheard by headstrong grandchildren, and soon all memory of the cause that first united the kingdom was lost.
tang xilaa gid Gagaan (saltwater lullaby)
ikw xwutl’axw dii ts’uujuu k_uyaas
Dang dii k_uyaadaa g_usdlang
Dang gudaagw gin hl isdaasaang
dang gyuug hl k’ajuugang
ikw úmsemaxw i ch’iiḵ
dang naan guujaawee sgidanggang dang gu di kil gyaadang dii ts’uujuu k_uyaas Dang dii k_uyaadaa g_usdlang dang dla kuuneehls dluu, dang kaajuusaang asgaaysd dang daguyeehlsaang dang naan guujaawee sgidanggang
A royal army, formed and led by Arbor himself, was created to put down any significant force that attempted to lay claim to their own small portion of the kingdom, but more and more pretenders were born from each one that was put to the sword.
dang gu di kil gyaadang
Soon, entire regions were in open rebellion against the crown, the Royal Army constantly in transport from one front to the other, the Square Table seating pretenders and fools alike.
Dang dii k_uyaadaa g_usdlang
King Arbor, now getting into his 40s year, had nowhere left to turn. He left the kingdom cloaked all in black, and road north to the Greatfrost Mountains, where prophecy said Aurtur’s wife had been laid to rest, alongside his fabled sword, Tempest. The Kingdom fell into chaos once more, the Royal Army left leaderless, and the Square Table abandoned. Those who held true under the flag of Comalot made one last stand, manning the castle as five allied armies crashed against its walls, each determined to take the throne for themselves, brought together momentarily to stamp out the last of Aurtur’s original line. Most thought that King Arbor had hidden himself deep within the castle, too afraid to show himself upon the crumbling battlements. On the fifth day of battle, a storm covered the skies the likes of which no soldier had ever seen. Hundreds of lightning bolts rained down from the sky, chunks of hail the size of boulders crashed into the men at arms, crushing steel armor into the soft flesh it was meant to protect. Still the armies advanced, and still the defenders held. As midnight struck alongside deafening thunder, a break in the clouds appeared, the sun seeming to rise in the dead of night. Cresting a hill in the distance, King Arbor appeared riding a great elk. A blazing light shone from his upraised hand, emitting from the molten steel of Tempest. Beside him strode a woman with silver hair, clad all in black. With a single slash, King Arbor brought the sun down to the earth, and the ground moved beneath the gathered armies’ feet. A gorge appeared quick as lightening, swallowing men, horses, and siege towers alike, and all who were spared the fatal fall soon fled from the killing grounds. The leaders of the rebellion laid their swords down at Arbor’s feet as he rode alongside the bottomless pit, striding into the castle as the battered gate was thrown open. From that day forward, the realm remained at peace, though it was whispered in castle halls and tavern tables that King Arbor had won his throne back through witch craft and sorcery. The woman in black had remained at Comalot for a fortnight before vanishing into thin air, and the shining sword was never seen in Arbor’s hands again… That is, until 20 years to the day after the Battle of the Storm. It was then that Arbor had walked out of the castle’s gate, all clad in his gilded armor, and climbed atop a boulder at the opening of the gorge’s mouth. He unsheathed Tempest, which shone as bright as it had on that storied night, and with one swift stoke plunged it deep into the stone. A bright light blinded all those who looked upon him, and by the time their vision returned mere moments later, the King was gone. Etched into the stone, clear as day, was a single message: “One shall come to control the Tempest, and with that power, bring the salvation of all.”
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Activist shows Blackfish to dolphin Klara Woldenga Humour Editor
espite the Vancouver Aquarium’s attempts to keep the controversial documentary Blackfish from their Pacific white-sided dolphin Helen, a recent press release revealed that the famous aquatic mammal has recently been shown the film. “We tried so hard,” said Vancovuer marine biologist, Cindy Allen. “But we should have known it was only a matter of time before our dolphin learned the truth.” According to reports, a local animal activist, later identified as Eric Chapman, entered the aquarium on the morning of February 6 with a portable DVD player and a copy of Blackfish, the 2013 American documentary about Tilikum, a killer whale being held captive in SeaWorld. Although the documentary focuses on the story of SeaWorld’s questionable treatment of Tilikum, viewers have used this movie as a platform to discuss the issues and ethics of keeping animals in other aquariums and zoos. Once at Helen’s tank, Chapman proceeded to get the dolphin’s attention and play the entire documentary for her, with English subtitles. According to reports, there was no active security during the incident, because seriously, who goes to the aquarium at 10 a.m. on a weekday? Chapman was able to show Helen the entire movie just before he was discovered. To Cindy Allen’s horror, the dolphin
started acting erratically immediately after viewing the film. Once the film was over, Helen began swimming in small inconsistent circles and using her echolocation to bother animals in the other tanks—something Helen had been previously asked not to do. Helen then began attempting to escape by ramming into her tank and trying to break the glass. “I didn’t know what to do!” said Allen. “I tried offering Helen more fish, and even debated about bargaining her cooperation with the promise of a small child to eat—I would never have given it to her, of course. No, no, no.” Allen continued to laugh nervously for two minutes after giving this statement. Thankfully for the Vancouver Aquarium (and the small children touring it), Helen’s rampage ended very quickly. After only five minutes of attempting to break the glass, the dolphin calmed down, stopped her erratic actions, and has not acted out since. The Other Press was able to get an exclusive interview with Helen the dolphin to discuss her thoughts. “Well, at first I was super pissed,” said Helen. “I just wanted to attack everyone, especially those small children I always think about, but then I used my brain and simply calmed down.” According to Helen, the dolphin’s brain is the second most powerful and complex brain in any animal, with the human brain being the first. “Knowing this about my brain gives me a lot of pride,” she told the Other Press. “It reminds me that I should
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∠öDolphin uses large brain to see both sides of story
use my brain to its full potential by knowing my own biases and logical fallacies, while remembering that there are always two sides to every story.” After thinking about the film, Helen did her own research, learning that some enclosure animals are rescues and are kept there in the hopes of being rehabilitated and released back into the wild. Helen told the Other Press that “SeaWorld is one example of poor management of animals in captivity. I don’t condone cruelty to animals, but we should not assume every organization holds the same practices, and instead be open to both perspectives.” Upon hearing Helen’s statements, Chapman returned to the Vancouver Aquarium in hopes of convincing the dolphin to see his side of things. “I can’t believe Helen isn’t angry!” Chapman told reporters. “She should be unilaterally outraged at every institution
that keeps large mammals and demand they stop holding them, or else!” He then stormed off, promising to return with protesters. Later that week, Helen agreed to meet with Chapman again, but five minutes into their next discussion she refused to say anything more, as he had begun totally straw-manning her argument. After he stormed off yet again, Helen publicly stated that she would like to meet with Chapman a third time, as she wants to keep an open mind. “I really want to see his point of view as he may have facts and thoughts I have not considered,” she told reporters, before adding that she knows “Chapman’s actions do not represent all animal rights activists,” and will continue discussions if he agrees to hear her side of the story and “starts really using that big brain of his.”
Chad, crushed beer cans against their heads and threw them at passing cars in honour of the accomplishment. The “Most Masculine Man Alive” award is annually given out to people who make aggressive power moves towards everyone around them. “I just want people to know that I don’t care what they think,” said Cody. “People bitch about my music, my flag, and my giant green Monster sticker, but I’m just expressing myself. I am who I
am. If you can’t handle me at my worst, you don’t deserve me at my best. Work hard play hard. A lion doesn’t concern himself with the thought of sheep…” The Other Press cut the interview short when we realized he was quoting inspirational Instagram posts and couldn’t, or simply wouldn’t, stop. The penis-shaped trophy now sits in Cody’s bedroom, on proud display in a way that is “very cool, but extremely straight.”
Man with truck nuts wins ‘Most Masculine’ award Greg Waldock Staff Writer
ody “Big C” David, a 23-yearold from Surrey, BC, was pulled over last Saturday and awarded the international “Most Masculine Man Alive” award after speeding in his massive black truck down a suburban road at 3 a.m. His truck, a large black Ford with high-beam roof lights, a Confederate flag sticker, removed muffler, and a massive pair of truck nuts, was chosen by judges for its extreme display of manliness and testosterone. Big C told reporters, “I was just driving ‘round town, throwing water at McDonalds drive-through employees for my prank channel, when I decided
to go see my old high school.” He had his glass-shatteringly low bass playing and was revving his engine over and over when a man approached him with the trophy. “This is the ultimate proof that I am the most alpha man alive, and not at all filled with horrifying insecurities like my exes have said,” stated Big C. Big C’s neighbours were the ones who contacted the awards organization. “My wife and I were walking in the park when we heard Big C yelling at high school girls as he drove past,” neighbour Kaley Shorthalt told reporters. “It was such an alpha move that my wife instantly turned straight and left me on the spot.” Big C’s friends, Mac Daddy and
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∠öNeighbours ‘in awe’ of removed muffler, loud bass setup
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Academy shows no emotion for Emoji Movie ∠öA film that was most definitely snubbed by the Oscars
nother year of the Academy Awards has passed, and, yet again, I’m disappointed by the Academy’s choices. Not only was my favourite movie not selected as a winner, it wasn’t even nominated! As a way to show the Academy a piece of my mind, I’ve put together a list of exactly who the Oscars should have gone to. Best Picture: The Emoji Movie I am shocked that such a relevant film of 2017—nay, our generation—was not picked up for awards season. This film answered the pressing question of what life is like for emojis, a group of beings forever stuck in our text messages and copy pastas. This film changed me, and I’ve been more considerate to emoji’s ever since. Best Actor: T.J. Miller, The Emoji Movie I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this prestigious award than T.J. Miller, Hollywood’s Golden Boy. Miller truly brought magic to the role of Gene Meh, so much so that even I believed I was an emoji. He will be forever remembered alongside legends like Harvey Weinstein and Louis C.K. Best Actress: Anna Farris, The Emoji Movie
Best Director: Tony Leondis, The Emoji Movie Only the most decorated director could pull off a movie like this, and who else could be trusted other than the director of Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch. Best Animated Feature Film: The Emoji Movie Sony Pictures does it again with their dazzling and memorable animation, which leaves you flooded with nostalgia from films like Open Season or Open Season 2. People will remember this film far more than some less accomplished films, such as Up and Beauty and the Beast.
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Best Emoji: The Emoji Movie Obviously. Best Adapted Screenplay: The Emoji Movie The fact that the Academy only picked films based on books begs the question: Do they even use screens in their dayto-day lives? To be so disconnected that this award can only go to movies created first on paper is insulting to our most basic sensibilities. Even the President of the United States uses his phone constantly. Those ancient cretins at the Academy should be ashamed.
Farris’ portrayal of Jailbreak broke hearts and expectations. She made an excellent manic pixie dream girl.
Best Foreign Language Film: The Emoji Movie
Best Original Song: “Emoji Ringtone” by Patrick Doyle
After the whitewashing of Oscars in years past, it should astound no one that those selecting awards only speak English as their first language probably. Yes, The Emoji Movie was indeed performed in English, but think of it this way: English is a foreign language to the majority of the world, isn’t it? It’s about time this category reflect that.
For decades Mr. Doyle has been astounding audiences with his original film compositions. Truly a master classical composer, Patrick has reminded us that brevity is the soul of wit. Never before has the Academy given this award to a song under five seconds long, but it’s about time they widen their horizons.
Goodnight Pyeongchang ∠öA fond farewell to the Winter Games
Goodnight Pyeongchang. Goodnight chilly, blizzard-like winds. Goodnight Soohorang.
Goodnight Patrick Chan, who still cannot beat Yuzuru Hanyu. Goodnight Kelly Vanderbeek and Mark McMorris. Goodnight Ted-Jan Bloemen who gave us two more medals.
Goodnight Peter Mansbear.
Goodnight Canadian Women’s Hockey Team, who made our nation weep.
Goodnight snowboard commentators that amazed us with all their snowboard slang.
Goodnight Canadian Men’s Hockey Team, who could have had that gold medal.
Goodnight frightening North Korea Cheer Team.
Goodnight bobsledders, who tied for gold.
Goodnight Scott Moir, who got the entire country talking.
Goodnight Brian Orser, who photobombed an important moment in his athletes’ lives.
Goodnight Tessa Virtue, who turned out to be a big Arkells fan. Goodnight Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris, who won Canada’s only medal in curling. Goodnight Chloe Kim.
Goodnight Thomas Bach, who appealed to the youth. Goodnight EXO. Goodnight athletes everywhere.
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