March 13th 2013 â€˘ Over the Edge
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Over the Edge • March 13th 2013
Sick of studying? Take a Nature break!
CHARLES LEOPOLD CONTRIBUTOR
It seems that spring is starting to show signs of arrival. All this warm weather and snow make this a perfect time to get outside and enjoy what’s left of the winter. You might be saying, “But I have waaayyyy too much school work to do, I can’t even think about anything else!” Well, Attention Restoration Theory tells us that spending time outside in
might show up on your transcripts! But let’s face it, you probably spend most of your time staring at a blinking cursor on a blank page or watching episodes of The Walking Dead anyway, so here are some ideas of things you can do that won’t cost you anything:
3. Build a snow sculpture! The snow is perfect right now; go build a Viking or a mermaid or something else awesome.
1. Go for a walk in the Forests for the World! It’s beautiful back there right now and it’s minutes away from the campus. Just follow
5. Build a snow cave! Now, if you have a couple bucks to spare here are a few options:
Spending time outside in nature can help us to become more focused and productive! nature can help us to become more focused and productive! Researchers tell us that prolonged directed attention, like staring at your computer screen or TV, causes ‘directed attention fatigue’. This makes us distracted, irritable, impatient, and less productive. After spending few minutes of ‘effortless attention’ in nature, you will feel refreshed and ready to get down to work. And you never know, the ‘restorative’ benefits of a nature break just
the road past the Daycare and up the hill. Lots of people walk their dogs there so you don’t even need skis or snowshoes, it’s usually packed trail. 2. Bomb around anywhere you want on snowshoes or cross-country skis, available to borrow (or by donation) from the Outdoors Club.
4. Have a snowball fight; there is no better past time than throwing things at your friends.
1. Powder King is just over 2 hours away, head here if you are a somewhat experienced rider and love the pow. $58 lift pass, $30 Bus, $35 Rentals= ~$123 2. Purden Ski Resort is about an hour away and has a surprising amount of terrain. Nice groomers and tree runs. $39 lift pass, $39 shuttle (check availability), $30-40 rentals= ~$113 3. Tabor Mountain is only 20 minutes out! They have one triple chair and night skiing! $34 lift pass, no bus, $20-35 rentals= ~$60 4. Hart Highlands Ski is great for beginners
Photo courtesy Charles Leopold and jibbers, and it’s on the Prince George Transit bus route, go for a half day, it’s a lot of fun. $9.50 lift pass, on bus route $12 rentals= ~$23 5. Otway Cross-Country Ski Center. If you have never been cross-country skiing I highly recommend it. It may sound a little boring compared to downhill but let me tell ya, with the right friends on a nice day, it’s a blast. $10.72 lift pass, no bus, $15.20 rentals= ~$25 This is by no means a comprehensive list; there are at least a dozen more things to do in the winter in Prince George. I know it can be hard to get off your comfy couch in your warm house when it’s windy and snowing, but I challenge you to give it a shot. I guarantee you will not regret it! For those of you that are new to the north…don’t fret, warm weather and green grass is not far away, enjoy the snow while you can. For the locals, no complaining! You were born for this!
University of Northern British Columbia’s Foods Week menu options now available on a regular basis, including a local burger. Top Chef UNBC will return on Thursday March 21, with cash and gift certificate prizes for UNBC’s top chefs. Chefs from some of Prince George’s top dinning establishments will be on hand to participate as guest judges. There will be a screening of the food documentary Fresh on Tuesday March 19. Special guest speaker Dave Abernethy will open up the screening session. As owner and operator of Summerfield Farms, a local grass-fed beef farm, Dave will speak to the audience on the opportunities and challenges of sustainable food production in the region.
Photo courtesy Alvaro Palazuelos ALVARO PALAZUELOS UNBC SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER
The University of Northern British Columbia’s Food Week will run from March 18 – 22, 2013. The weeklong series of events will include several opportunities for UNBC students, faculty and staff to participate in discussions and actions relevant to the satisfaction and sustainability of the campus food system. UNBC’s Food Week will involve several ‘food’ events developed in a collaborative effort by the Northern Undergraduate Students Society
(NUGSS), UNBC’s Campus Food Strategy Group (CFSG), Prince George Public Research Interest Group (PGPIRG) and UNBC’s campus food service provider, Eurest. On Thursday and Friday March 21 & 22, Eurest Dining Services’ Head Chef Rodney Mansbridge will be preparing a delicious menu featuring locally and provincially sourced ingredients in the UNBC Cafeteria. This menu will feature vegetarian and meat dishes inspired by seasonally available products. This feature menu will be in addition to the Cafeteria’s local
The Thirsty Moose Pub will be offering BC Beers Week. The Moose will be bringing in a wide range of beers sourced from some of BC’s finest microbreweries. These additional varieties will compliment the broad selection of local and provincially brewed beers permanently available at the pub. There will be a BC beer-tasting event at the pub on Tuesday March 19 and BC beer specials throughout the week. The University Farmers Market will be open for business as per usual on Tuesday March 19, you can find a vender list at http://ufm-unbc.org.
PGPIRG will be delivering their monthly Good Food Box, featuring as many locally sourced products as possible, on Wednesday March 20. NUGSS VP Sustainability Cam Bell stated, “UNBC’s Food Week is an excellent example of a several campus organizations coming together to display the possibilities of a more sustainable campus food system. It also provides everyone the opportunity to celebrate the strengths in our present campus food system.” CFSG coordinator Nitha Karanja said, “This is a very timely event. UNBC is currently developing and will be releasing a request for proposal (RFP) for a campus food service provider in the near future. The more involvement and awareness we can build around the campus food system, the more information we will have to develop a RFP that accurately reflects the needs and desires of everyone at UNBC.” For more information or specific details on any of these events keep you eyes peeled for UNBC’s Food Week posters around campus, or contact the CFSG Coordinators at unbc@ studentfood.ca. Remember, together we can build a more satisfactory and sustainable campus food system.
March 13th 2013 • Over the Edge
Malala Yousafzai Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Study calls for Ancient Forest to be named a World Heritage site
Courtesy Hanna Petersen HANNA PETERSEN NEWS EDITOR
www.huffingtonpost.co.uk HANNA PETERSEN NEWS EDITOR
Malala Yousafzai, now 15, is being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize after she was shot in the head by the Taliban on her way home from school in October of 2012. This makes her the youngest nominee for the Nobel peace prize in the history of the award. Yousafzai was targeted by the Taliban because of her education and women’s rights activism. She survived the attack and was flown to
Minister Gordon Brown, who is the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, appointed Malala’s father as a UN special advisor on global education. At the age of 11 she began writing a blog for the BBC about her life under Taliban rule, in Mingora in the Swat Valley of Pakistan, and her views on education for girls. The New York Times followed her posts and produced a documentary film following her and her family’s struggles under the militant rule.
If today, their voice goes unheard, then coming generations will go without basic human rights Britain for specialized care, after having the bullet removed from her skull by surgeons in Peshawar. Surgeons in Britain then replaced part of Yousafzai’s skull with a titanium plate and inserted a cochlear implant to restore hearing. In an interview recorded before the surgery, Yousafzai said, “Today you can see that I am alive. I can speak, I can see you, I can see everyone and I am getting better day by day. It’s just because of the prayers of people.” “And because of all these prayers,” continued Yousafzai. “God has given me this new life, a second life. And I want to serve. I want to serve the people. I want every girl, every child, to be educated. For that reason we have organized the Malala Fund.” The Malala Fund has been set up by international organization Vital Voices, which helps give women a voice to promote prosperity and peace in their communities. The Malala Fund aims to get every girl in the world into school by the end of 2015. In addition, former British Prime
Ziauddin Yousafzai, Malala’s father, ran a school for girls in their home town and has been an advocate for educational change in Pakistan for many years. “Malala and all other female human rights activist must be heard seriously and sincerely,” says her father. “If today, their voice goes unheard, then coming generations will go without basic human rights and sublime values which men and women have been striving for centuries to achieve.” In recognition of her courage to speak out and her advocacy, Yousafzai was awarded the National Peace Prize in Pakistan in 2011 and was also nominated for an International Peace Prize in the same year. Malala Yousafzai is one of 259 nominees for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. Her fellow nominees include former U.S. President Bill Clinton for his charitable work and Russian Punk band Pussy Riot who were jailed for performing a protest against President Vladimir Putin.
New research led by UNBC is recommending the Ancient Forest, or more specifically the area surrounding the “Ancient Forest Trail” about 130 km east of Prince George, be named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Ancient Forest is remarkable because it is the inland home to many giant red cedars that are usually found in wet costal forests. Citing the fact that these cedars have been reduced to less than four percent of the more than 130 thousand square hectare bioclimatic zone east of Prince George, the research indicated that these stands of ancient red cedars and surrounding biodiversity are “globally significant” and require the protection and status afforded other rich areas of scientific and cultural value deemed World Heritage cites. The Ancient Forest, accessible by trail from Highway 16, is a small pocket of forest home to these massive western red cedars (some estimated to be over 1000 years old) and to an internationally significant diversity of lichen and fungi. The study was published in the BC Journal of Ecosystems and Management, went through extensive peer review, including by forest industry professionals. The article points out the benefits such classification would bring, such as diversification of the regional economy by building upon a regional tourist attraction, which has already developed at the area. “Having this published in a leading forestry journal sends a strong message of support, and should provide critical guidance to the provincial government,” says the article’s lead author, UNBC Ecosystem Science and Management Professor Darwyn Coxson. “There is much precedence to point to of ancient coastal rain forests being named World Heritage Sites, such as Haida Gwaii in BC, and Olympic National
Park in Washington State, but in many sceintific and cultural respects, the Ancient Forest is of even more value due its extremely rare location so far north and so far inland.” The area was known for generations to First Nations and other local communities, was flagged for harvesting in 2006. UNBC students and researchers played a role in ensuring the public was notified of the cultural and scientific value of the area and the Forest was later declared off-limits to logging. Since then, multiple UNBC researchers and classes have visited the Ancient Forest Trail site to study the region’s biological systems. “Many people in BC still do not realize the social and cultural value of this forest,” says Dr. Coxson, who co-wrote the study with UNBC Environmental Planning professor David Connell, and Trevor Godward of the University of British Columbia. “Becoming a Provincial Park and then a World Heritage Site will ensure the long-term protection of the ancient cedar stands, which to date, have been cared for by local community groups.” To be names a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Forest must first be names a provincial park. The Government of Canada must then recommend the site to UNESCO. “UNESCO states that, for a site to be considered for a World Heritage status, the area must ‘represent significant ongoing ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals,” says Dr. Coxson. “We suggest that the immense cultural and biological values represented by this area meet these criteria. ” The report recommends the BC Government extend the boundary of nearby Slim Creek Provincial Park to include the area surrounding the Ancient Forest Trail.
Over the Edge • March 13th 2013
Life After Graduation: How Valuable is a Degree These Days?
HANNA PETERSEN NEWS EDITOR
Most undergraduate students have heard jokes about arts students serving fries after graduation and the theories of degree inflation. The rumour goes that an undergraduate education is no longer valuable because it is a much more common accomplishment than it was, say, twenty years ago. But what is it really like out there for this generation of twenty-somethings? What lies beyond the comfortable walls of post-secondary education? Rob Carrick, a columnist for the Globe and Mail, addressed this issue last May in an article entitled “2012 vs. 1984 : Do young adults really have it harder today?” where he compared his experiences of young adulthood in the eighties to the realities of kids today. Carrick paints a picture of relatively cheap tuition that could be easily afforded with the help of a summer job and realistic employment opportunities waiting for students upon graduation. “I had it easier than today’s twenty somethings and I have no problem saying so,” notes Carrick. “But quite a few others can’t see what all the fuss is about when it comes to the financial concerns of young adults.” Carrick’s brief observations in this article just skimmed the surface of the realities of some young adults currently in the job market. An anonymous letter written in response to Carrick’s article was posted on the Globe and Mail and soon made the rounds on the internet. The twentynine year-old writer described a job market so competitive that sending out 100 to 200 resumes a month proved to be a continual disappointment. “Being willing to work is absolutely useless if you can’t get your foot in the door,” writes the anonymous respondent. “I’m not the only person in this situation but the job challenges of young adults are not something that gets talked about. You’ll read about it in the New York times and the Globe and Mail now and then but people don’t talk about it.” Chris Sorensen and Charlie Gills of Maclean’s Magazine also recently addressed this issue but with an even bleaker outlook than the responses given to Carrick’s column. Their article is entitled “The New Underclass: Why
a Generation of well-educated Canadians have no future”. They claim that in the U.S., Europe, and yes, Canada, young adults “increasingly find themselves wandering the perimeters of their chosen careers” because most young adults are actually working below their qualifications and even outside their chosen fields. Sorensen and Gills state that “labour-market experts refer to this as underemployment - a gross mismatch between people’s skills and the jobs employers wish to fill”. This is the “result of a growing pool of well-
educated twenty-somethings scrapping it out for a limited number of prize positions.” Sorensen and Gills also conclude that the job market today contradicts the current system. “It all goes against the narrative thats been drilled into young Canadians over the past few decades: a university education is the ticket to a good job and a comfortable existence.” Even those who are able to find a job in their chosen careers are saddled with student debt and “face a world where buying a house seems like an improbable dream.” What’s really intriguing though, is that despite this common narrative of youth struggling to get a foothold into the job market, B.C. has recently claimed there will be an oncoming shortage in skilled and educated workers. Based on the Provincial government’s labour market outlook, the The Research University Council of BC (RUBC) identified that the number of jobs requiring a post-secondary credential will exceed the available supply of graduated beginning in 2016, a skills deficit that will grow to at least 2020. The RUBC say that by 2020, approximately 18,800 jobs will go unfilled because British Columbians lack the necessary education and training. Government of BC data indicates that 8,400 of these jobs will require a university degree; 8,100 will require a college credential, and 2,300 trades training. So does this mean an end to the post-graduate uncertainty facing many twenty somethings today, at least in BC? “It’s a cruel irony for frustrated young job seekers,” write Sorensen and Gills, “that Canada is actually in the grip of a massive
labour shortage. The problem seems to be a wide gap in-between what people want to study and the skills that are in need. “The culprit, according to business leaders, is three decades of parents and teachers extolling the virtues of a university degree, encouraging youth to become doctors, lawyers or teachers. “Meanwhile, the economy has been busy stamping out new jobs in all sorts of industries,” claim Sorensen and Gills. “This provincial skills deficit will be exacerbated in our region because the BC labour market outlook predicts that two of the three regions in BC with the fastest rate of employment growth are in Northern BC,” says UNBC President George Iwama. “This is why UNBC is an enthusiastic participant in this effort with other universities, together with our ongoing collaboration with the northern colleges. We must provide spaces, encourage participation, support innovation, and broaden the programming we deliver. It’s critical for our region and it’s critical for our province.” Whether things get a little more promising for twenty-somethings or not, the traditional route to a comfortable middle class lifestyle seems to be changing. It may not be correct that twenty somethings are an underclass waiting around in dead end jobs, but instead they might be a generation that will have to be as innovative as the era they live in or they will simply have to be prepared for a few years of hardship.
March 13th 2013 • Over the Edge
UNBC Stuck in the ICE AGE?
SHELLEY TERMUENDE, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & MANAGING EDITOR
Conan Winkelmeyer is in his second-to-last year of studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. In his first year, Conan required the aid of two crutches to remain mobile; since then, he has worked his way down to one crutch before moving on to the brass-headed cane he uses today. Conan thrives on his mobility around campus, the same as any other student. Hurdles still exist, however; in the years Conan has spent working towards his degree at UNBC, he has been fighting to improve snow and ice removal around campus. Being a Fort Nelson native, Conan is no stranger to the cold, icy weather that frequents the city of Prince George. He argues that with increased maintenance through the employment of weekend staff and better preventative management, snow and ice buildup at high traffic areas will cease to be an issue for students. “Physical disability does not play a role here,” he says; having lived in residence since his arrival at UNBC, Conan has regularly noted that snow and ice removal practices have been negligent and filled with unnecessary bureaucracy. “This is about improving safety for everyone, regardless of people’s physical ability.” Conan believes that the maintenance department and its current Director, Shelley Rennick, have been unable to adequately address the concerns of students in residence, some of whom (like Conan) have been fighting this issue since 2007. To this day, contacting facilities services or security to get a ride to the school is still the main solution presented to students facing difficulties getting to and from school due to snow and ice. On the 9th of November 2007, meeting minutes were released which included details on “how to transport disabled students from residence during inclement weather.” In this meeting, Godfrey Medhurst, Sheila Keith, Caroline Russell, Glendon Scott, Shelley Rennick, Don Maxfield, and Maureen Hewlett were educated on the possibility of a covered walkway in the future with the “workaround” being transporting students via security and facilities. In the email, Peter Hickey, then the manager of Risk, Safety and Security, explicitly stated, “this should not be a regular occurrence.” Since then, Brenda Christensen has taken over as Access Coordinator. In this time, Brenda has been asking for issues of accessibility to be examined; no concrete strategies to significantly change the state of ice and snow removal at UNBC have been
implemented. For Conan Winkelmeyer, this is not enough. Many students living in residence have taken a tumble or two down the slippery slopes that link the UNBC student residences to the Agora Wintergarden and the NUSC building. Students living on residence who are not confined to crutches, canes or wheelchairs are also concerned about the state of the ice and snow buildup around residence. Kelsey Sandhu, a second year student currently living in residence said, “Though I have never fallen, it is still a treacherous journey.” Many students have risked injury going to and from classes. Rob Giardino says that it is very easy to get the maintenance department to assess and deal with complaints of snow and ice around campus, saying students just have to call security or facilities and they will remedy the situation. Conan argues, however, that remedying the situation involves more than simply dropping a pile of gravel on the affected area. On March 4th, Giardino said he is trying to advocate aid for Conan and other disabled students, but when asked about the maintenance practices, Giardino stated, “I have not had many dealings with maintenance or with Shelley Rennick.” Giardino argues that he has done his homework and he has worked to offer every possible solution short of repaving the area.
Courtesy Conan Winkelmyer online against what he feels are the bureaucratic shortfalls limiting the success of the snow and ice removal project at UNBC. He has created the Facebook group “Neyoh Snow Removal Weekend Team” to notify students on the inconsistencies of the snow and ice removal system currently set in place. By posting time stamped photos and captions explaining each situation in detail, Conan hopes to shine a light on the battle he has been fighting for over six
This is about improving safety for everyone, regardless of people’s physical ability. Selena Hunjen, an able-bodied undergraduate, and another UNBC resident who chose to remain nameless spoke about how she suffered a fractured ankle and torn ligaments from a fall she took on the ice covered pathway in front of the Neyoh residence on Monday, November 28th, 2011 at 8:30am. At the time of the accident, Selena was wearing winter boots that should have been adequate for the conditions as stated by maintenance crews. Rennick’s argument was that the snow removal team was not on shift at the time of the accident, but stated staff usually is on shift at 7:00 most mornings. Selena was confined to a wheelchair and had to undergo extensive physiotherapy, all on her own dime. To this day, Selena still has problems walking on her foot. Despite talking to Shelley Rennick with the threat of legal action and despite Rennick’s promises to go over security footage and investigate the situation further, Hunjen has not received any communications regarding the remediation of the accident. Selena argues a disconnect exists between departments which has resulted in a resounding disregard towards student safety, leaving the University of Northern British Columbia stuck in the ice age. On March 6th, 2013, Hunjen’s story was brought to the attention of the VP of Administration and Finance, Eileen Bray. When confronted, Bray admitted she was not informed about the incident but insists that whenever an issue arises, she has a discussion with facilities services regarding a solution. She wondered if this was an issue regarding communication and insists she will inquire into the issue. This year marks a change in the actions students are taking to combat the university’s inability to enact positive solutions to snow and ice buildup around campus. Conan has taken a stance
years. Conan has created the Facebook group in the hopes that he will give a voice to other students who, in the past, have not been able to raise concerns on this issue. Rob Giardino, now current Residence and Student Life Manager, has asked Conan to take down the Facebook page as he has offered Conan several solutions and worries about the repercussions of promoting students shovelling and de-icing the area themselves. Rob argues that students would be taking away employment opportunities for union members. On Tuesday, March 5th, Over The Edge scheduled a meeting with UNBC Facilities Office Administrator Mandy Plimmer and Maintenance Supervisor Steve Patton to discuss UNBC Facilities’ position on the issue of snow and ice removal. After fifteen minutes waiting for Steve Patton to show up to begin the proceedings, Over The Edge was notified that Steve was delayed and the meeting would have to be postponed. The following day, Over The Edge was notified by email that the UNBC facilities department would not be making a statement regarding the issue. When asked how she feels about the current management practices and whether she feels the pathways are providing safe access routes to and from campus for students, Eileen Bray commends the UNBC facilities department and argues that Shelley Rennick has been very proactive in dealing with Conan’s concerns of accessibility, in addition to those of other students. Eileen informed Over The Edge that over the past few years, the university has actively been working to aid Conan in his accessibility around campus. Bray states that by giving Conan unlimited twenty-four hour access to the NUGSS building and by giving him full access to campus security to drive
him to and from school, she feels that the university has done its best to make it known that “all windows are open regarding student accessibility.” When asked whether a budget existed regarding pathway maintenance, Over The Edge was informed that the budget was within that of UNBC Facilities staff wages and expenses. Bray confirmed that Shelley Rennick issued a budget request three years ago for approximately $10,000 to allow for UNBC Facilities to hire more on-call staff and purchase better resources. Bray holds that as far as she knows, Monday to Friday, 7:00am to 3:00pm, there are staff actively out laying down ice melt and gravel, clearing pathways and thanks to the budget increase, there is more staff available for after-hours maintenance. Eileen Bray states that she traverses the campus on a regular basis and believes the current maintenance practices are effective. She states that injury on the ice is usually the result of inadequate footwear for the weather conditions. Under the current contract UNBC holds for insurance, UNBC Facilities is required to keep and submit detailed log books of weather conditions in addition to dates and times when pathways have been cleared and where they have been cleared. As for road and parking lot conditions, UNBC is working with an external contractor who is required to clear the roads within a limited timeframe that a complaint has been made. In the time Over The Edge has been researching this article and been gathering interviews, many students will likely have noticed the sudden improvement in the maintenance of the walkways. This sudden improvement showcases the form of reactive management often associated with the University of British Columbia facilities department. The University of Northern British Columbia prides itself with its reputation of being “a welcoming place, with a learning environment that is friendly, inclusive, and supportive.” The University’s past and current insufficiencies to clear up concerns regarding dangerous conditions of pathways showcase the hypocrisy in UNBC’s fundamental mission statement. Conan, along with the concerned students of UNBC has vowed that he will continue to fight the overwhelming bureaucracy that shadows what is in his mind, a very simple problem to permanently resolve.
Over the Edge • March 13th 2013
The Sexies: Hottest People on Campus
DAWN JUAN CONTRIBUTOR
With the awards season coming to a close, it’s about time that UNBC had its own awards. I suppose it would have been more appropriate to write on the most intelligent or most involved on campus, but seriously, who would want to read that? Instead, I shall bring you a list that should get everyone a little excited: the sexiest people (male and female) who grace our campus with their amazing attractiveness. As someone who enjoys their people watching, I feel that am more than qualified to bring you this list, this beautiful, beautiful list (please, hold your applause). So here it is, the list of the most attractive people at UNBC: Note: In an effort to not be a complete stalker and receive potential restraining orders, photos were unable to be taken. Also, I do not know the name of any of these people, so I made some up.
Hipster Stalin: If there was ever a time that
resembling a twenty-something version of a famous dictator was a good thing, it is this time. Seriously, look up a “Young Stalin” on Google, you will thank me. He is one of the most attractive people I have ever seen. His steely gaze and a well placed hair toss will release your inner fifteen year old girl (it doesn’t matter who you are. Boys, you will realize you have an inner fifteen year old girl). Hipster Stalin, if you are reading this, you would make movie stars jealous, you beautiful, beautiful man. Rating: 5 stars out of 5 (Only because I’m not allowed to award you ten on a fivepoint scale. Sorry)
Chris Hemsworth-Evans: With short
blonde hair and a short and nicely trimmed golden beard, this guy kind of looked like a cross between two sexy Avengers. If there was also a bit of RDJ in there as well, I’m pretty sure he’d be obligated to save the world on a weekly basis. Under the hoodie (it was cold outside) he looked pretty buff. Not the extreme “look how much I work out” buff, but the awesomely sexy “I could kick your ass if I needed to” buff. The man looked like he belonged in an action movie. He wouldn’t be out of place as a movie badass. If the university ever comes under a terrorist attack, try to find him. Maybe he’ll make you his leading lady. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
“Suit Up”: A man in a suit almost always
sexy, especially when they have the attitude to carry it off. You sir, have that attitude. When I saw you in the Wintergarden, you looked confident and sharp. Dark hair was styled perfectly. You probably spent a lot of time on it, unless you are just perfect when you wake up. If it is the latter, seriously, hook me up with whatever black magic you are obviously using. Anyways, it’s always nice to see some people don’t need a special occasion or assignment to dress up, they can just do it naturally. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Guitar Guy: Now this one could be a little
biased, but anyone who can play a guitar goes up a couple steps on the sexy ladder in
any girls’ eyes. The biased part is about the look this guy has. Leather jacket, tight(ish) jeans, and slicked black hair, you kind of look like a modern day greaser. You even look good in glasses! I always liked that look. Makes it feel exciting with the right amount of danger. And the guitar? Well the guitar just makes it that much better. I’m sure all the girls swoon. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Mr. Cardigan: I saw this guy in the library
too. He had that right element of “hipster” that isn’t too much, but can still be attractive. It’s a look I like to call the scruffy gentleman. In this guys case it was the touch of dark stubble and dark hair that was slightly wild yet maintained at the same time. And the cardigan just tied up the scholarly gentleman aspect of the look. And glasses? Since when did glasses become sexy? I don’t know, but it has obviously happened, especially for this boy. I’m sure many a fine lady would want to have a library date with this fine gent. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Mr. Lollipop: This guy was at the bus
loop, sucking on a lollipop with a devil may care attitude. His hair is extraordinarily well taken care of. It is longer than your typical man’s but not too long either; but what is special abut it is just how shiny and soft it looks. You rarely see a man with such softlooking hair. It’s hard to resist just running your fingers through it (I’m sure it would be frowned upon without a proper introduction). Mixed with a little bit of stubble on the face, the guy looked pretty damn good. Not as sexy as some of the other guys on the list, but seriously I have been staring at insanely hot people for the past couple days, this guy is still well above average. Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Miss. Modèle Français: Seriously girl,
you look like a freaking French model. All the girls are jealous of you, I swear. Your hair is perfect. I’m not sure how you managed to get it so long and pin straight. I mean, seriously, you never have a hair out of place. And your courage to wear skirts in the dead of Prince George winter: props! You manage to look awesome and show off the legs (with the appropriate fashionable nylons) while the rest of us are bundled up in sweaters. Do you get cold? You have to get cold. But it is nice to see somebody’s legs while Mother Nature is trying to force us all to hide them from the world. Rating: 5 stars out of 5
at bars. That must be nice Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
The Sexy Waitress: You are super fit! And
tiny! I’m pretty sure all the girls are jealous of that. Plus the fact that your hair always looks awesome and perfect (maybe I just like people with dark hair; I swear I am sensing a pattern). You can even rock a tee-shirt and jeans! That is impressive. You are also a girl who seems super nice, which only adds to your hotness. I’m pretty sure all your friends must be insanely jealous of you, Miss. Sexy Waitress. I know a lot of people get excited when they get you to take their order. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Zooey Blue Skirt: I saw you while you
walked past my class one day. Your skirt was absolutely amazing. A nice, vibrant blue; I’m jealous. Your look had a nice vintage look to it, I’m super impressed. Your hair was also pulled up into that sexy messy bun kind of style. There was a bit of a Zooey Deschanel vibe to you and the whole look, and we all know that Zooey is pretty damn sexy. Got the pixie-dream girl look down pat, bravo! Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
Blondie: I have realized I do not have many
blondes on this list, but you were super pretty. Your blonde hair had a nice natural wave to it, and the way you walked made it look like you were on a runway. Your clothes looked super hot and you could walk in heels. That’s always impressive, not many people can walk properly in heels, so kudos
for that. You looked like you should be on T.V. You also had purpose to your walk. You looked in control of the room and the situation; powerful in a way. Power is sexy. Ask anyone Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
Library Girl: Sorry, like some of the other
girls, I really didn’t know what to give you for a nickname. I saw you at the library, hence the nickname. You did kind of glare at me a little bit (or looked like you did), but you may have just seen or sensed my people watching so I won’t hold it against you. You also were dressed a little down, but it was also probably midterms, so we won’t hold that against you either. Your hair was nice and dark, kind of wavy. I think it was in a side-ponytail. Good choice. The hat also looked pretty cool. You still looked pretty hot, I imagine you must be drop-dead gorgeous when you are actually trying (and not glaring). Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Leopard Print Girl: So some of my
friends were telling me I had to add this girl to the list. She seems to like her animal print, especially leopard. And lipstick, she rocks the lipstick a lot. That’s kind of cool, considering I have heard that many girls can’t wear stand-out lipstick. It kind of makes her stand out. I guess I can appreciate that. Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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How Irish are you? a) 0
GALA MUNOZ FEATURES EDITOR
1.What can you get if you catch a leprechaun? a) a pot of gold b) three wishes d) lucky charms
2.Originally St. Patrick’s Day was a celebration of: a) drunkenness b) fertility snakes d) Irish independence
3. What does the shamrock represent? a) luck b) marijuana Holy Trinity
4. Which famous writer hails from Ireland? a) Oscar Wilde b) Dorothy Cannel George Eliot d) J. K. Rowling
a) cheers kiss me
5. What does “ádh mór” mean? b) luck
c) good morning
6. Which one of these is an Irish landmark? a) Stonehenge b) St. Andrew’s Cemetery c) Blarney Stone d) George Square
7. Which of these is not a traditionally Irish instrument? a) bagpipes fiddle
8. Which of these is a city in Ireland? a) Durham St. David’s Bonus:
c) Wicklow d)
9. How many pints of Guinness do you consume a week?
10. How many green articles of clothing do you own?
a) 0 b) 1-3 c) 3-5 d) 5+ Check the answers in the next column of the page to calculate your score… •For questions 1 to 8 give yourself one point for each answer you get correct •For questions 9 to 10 give yourself 0 points for choosing a), 1 point for choosing b), 2 points for choosing c), and 3 points for choosing d) If you scored:
I’m sorry… You’ve failed yourself and your country as a person of Irish heritage. If you are in fact not of Gaelic descent – congratulations! Perhaps it would do you well to acquaint yourself with the wonders and glories of the leprechaun-inventing culture.
You’re almost there! You likely have a long-distance type relationship with the motherland. It is never too late to brush up on your prized heritage (whether wanna-be or for real) and familiarize yourself with all things Celtic. A dose of folk music, a sprinkle of Roman Catholicism and a dash of Gaelic football watched in a neighbourhood pub for good measure will have you back on your cultured feet in no time. Practice a heavy Irish accent and reacquaint yourself
with such infamous Irish folklore figures as the leprechaun and Fionn mac Cumhaill and any Gaelic-hailing citizen will have no hesitation in calling you kin.
If you don’t already have your Irish citizenship I’ll make sure to put in a good word for you… you are practically Ireland’s very own mascot. Your last name may or
may not start with “O’” or end with “y” and you may or may not have red hair. Your feelings towards the infamous Irish holiday are mostly celebratory but also tinged with a sense of irritation regarding the exhausted stereotyping of your culture. Take note that are you pretty much an expert on all things Irish (this quiz deems you so) and who better to educate the masses than yourself.
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1. Heat the oven to 250 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Place crust on sheet and top with salsa, 1 cup mozzarella, beans, sliced red pepper and scallions. Top with remaining ¼ cup cheese. 2. Place pizza in oven and bake 8 to 10 minutes or until mozzarella is melted. Remove from oven and garnish with cilantro if desired. Cut into six slices and serve.
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Horoscopes CLEO STARSKY ASTROLOGER
Aries: “Do unto others as you would
have them do unto you”… or something like that. Keep in mind what goes around comes around (e.g. circles). Remember variety is a crucial part of a balanced breakfast. Seeking out differing opinions and arguments can help to solidify yours -whether you stick to your guns or consider other methods of execution is ultimately up to you. Lucky colour: Emerald
Taurus: A good dose of perspective
helps the medicine go down i.e. realize that not everybody is going to have the same opinions or same world view as you do – appreciate rather than discount the value in difference. Reach for the stars… if that doesn’t pan out you could always go bungee jumping. Lucky colour: Pistachio
Cancer: Now is the time to act on your
feelings or forever hold your peace. Remember: your decisions you make today will affect you in some way or another in the future so do those dishes before you go to bed for once. A little faith in humanity won’t kill you, but it MIGHT make you nauseous. Lucky colour: Teal
Gemini: Inspiration can be found in the
strangest places – check every nook and
cranny you can think of. Now is not the time to shuck any major responsibilities that come your way. The pay off for ploughing through what needs to be done will be big (approximately 10 feet) so the sooner you accomplish what needs to be done the better. Lucky colour: Olive
Leo: Trust nobody – wear your sunglasses
at night. Try to give credit where it is due (or when; credit card bills are no joke). Appreciate the beauty that surrounds you – whether that involves furnishing your house with more mirrors or not is completely up to you. Doing little things for those you care about will make them happy and like you more (surprise!). Lucky colour: Mint
Virgo: Do something that scares you
(e.g. talk to a stranger). Keep in mind that while the world would be much better off with your method of organization, not everyone values your obsessive behaviour as much as you do (beauty is in the eye of the beholder). Remember: finders’ keepers, and losers… they weep. Lucky colour: Chartreuse
Libra: Think before you act (try your
luck with handiwork). Don’t second guess yourself at this time – you could light the world on fire and people would still forgive you. Your deadly combination of good looks and charm will serve you
well – a little too well… might I suggest staying in more often to give the rest of us mere mortals a chance. Lucky colour: Jade
doctrine – you will likely take away some new understanding that will benefit you in the long run. Lucky colour: Celadon
Scorpio: Invest in some rose-coloured
Aquarius: Keep on top of your studies and by studies I mean TV shows – you don’t know what kind of bad karma will come about if you lose track of those storylines. Try to make the best of your situation i.e. chalk it up to life experience. Reach out to those closest to you (hopefully your arms are long enough). Focus on doing what makes you happy and you might notice an improved disposition (who knew!?) Lucky colour: Mantis
glasses – the UV protection is about the same as your average pair. Don’t be so hard on yourself… as much as you have everyone else convinced you have yet to upgrade to superhuman capabilities. Make time for relaxation and recuperation – avoiding a mental breakdown will likely serve you well in the long term. Lucky colour: Feldgrau
Sagittarius: Now is the time to become
a YouTube sensation (trust me, it’s not hard). While there is nothing wrong with revelling in the moment make sure to come back down to Earth every once in a while to check on things – chaos thrives with little supervision. Remember to cross your T’s and dot your I’s… or rely on technology and never handwrite again. Lucky colour: Harlequin
Capricorn: Think big, start medium-
Pisces: Search for the answers that have
been on your mind (question suggestions: who let the dogs out, what if god was one of us, etc). Look both ways before crossing the road – both literally and metaphorically. Not everyone abides by the stop signs. Try to keep a level head when dealing with those you disagree with – acting irrationally will only make your future interactions that much harder. Lucky colour: Malachite
sized. Keep your expectations in check – despite how much effort you put in, the results may not suit your fancy. There is a method that works – the challenge is in finding it. Repeat people’s names when you meet them… but only in a barely audible whisper. Keep an open mind with those who don’t subscribe to your
To Grad School or Not to Grad School remains how much schooling is necessary to get ahead in the highly competitive workforce. Evidence suggests that the higher the education level, the more likely individuals are to hold a job closely related to their education. For each level of education, those who had a job closely related to their education earned more on average than those who had a job not at
are strong enough to get you through the minimum of a two-year program. To get a good sense about what a graduate program really entails, you should talk to academic advisors, graduate admissions personnel, prospective supervisors as well as a range of students – those who have already graduate as well as those currently enrolled. Depending on whom you ask
Evidence suggests that the higher the education level, the more likely individuals are to hold a job closely related to their education.
news.brown.edu GALA MUNOZ FEATURES EDITOR
There seems to be a time in every student’s undergraduate degree when one encounters the question: should I end my university career with a bachelor’s or continue onto a master’s? Since most of us hope to enter the workforce with a better chance of success over our competitors for whichever career path we may choose, the question is raised whether a bachelor’s degree is sufficient enough in today’s high percentage of universityattendees, especially in the aftermath
of an economic recession. According to Stats Canada, people with postsecondary education experienced stable employment during the economic downturn in 2008 and 2009, contrasted against decreases in employment by people without high school diplomas or those with only a high school diploma. By 2011, employment had risen the fastest for people with a bachelor’s degree or higher. So what is clear is that job opportunities and employment security increases as compared to those without a post-secondary education – the question
all related to their education – those with a university degree above the bachelor’s level have an approximate $14 wage advantage for working at a job closely related to one’s education compared to an unrelated job as compared to a gap of $9 for those with a university degree at the bachelor’s level or below. If you are hoping for a job within the government, a Master’s will likely be a requirement; for career paths such as education or health care the path is set out for you by way of an education program or medical school. An important thing to consider besides what your potential place of employment might be looking for is your level of selfmotivation. Graduate students are given a significant amount of independence - be sure you are realistic with your goals and assess that your passions and incentives
you will receive different words of advice. Ultimately the decision to undertake a Master’s degree should lie in your desire to pursue further education rather than your hope for a higher yearly income when released out into the workforce. Those with the enthusiasm and dedication necessary for pursuing a graduate degree are the ones who ultimately get the most for their effort – that is a fully-fledged Master’s degree.
March 13th 2013 • Over the Edge
UNBC BIDS FAREWELL TO SENIORS
Saturday, February 16th saw the UNBC Timberwolves finish their first CIS basketball season with two wins over fellow newcomers Mount Royal University. The women started the night with a 76-63 win, and the men followed with a comfortable 83-68 victory. The night wasn't only about the wins, however, as five players wrapped up their fifth and final year of CIS eligibility playing for UNBC.
Emily Kaehn fights for a loose ball with two Cougars [A&E Editor’s note: Don’t we all]. Kaehn played top minutes for the Timberwolves all season, averaging 10.0 pts and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Mercedes VanKoughnett starts a fast break. VanKoughnett led UNBC in scoring, rebounds, steals, and assists, and will return to lead the team for her final season in November.
Dandeneau was all emotion after a late substitution brought the crowd to their feet, signalling the end of her time on the UNBC hardcourt.
Kady Dandeneau moves the ball upcourt in front of friends and family in the background.
Jordyn Rabbitt tries to steal the ball from a Cougar. Rabbitt led the Timberwolves in free throw shooting and averaged 6.8 points per game this year.
After the game, the women thanked the crowd for their support all season.
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Fab five (L-R): Sam Raphael, Kady Dandeneau, Joel Rybachuk, Jose Araujo, and Francis Rowe were honoured between games for their time with UNBC.
Navjot Bains and Daniel Stark combine for a block. Both Bains and Stark should see plenty of playing time next season, as the Timberwolves return without the four graduands.
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Jose Araujo looks to feed the ball inside. Araujo finished his CIS career by leading the Timberwolves in scoring average, as well as scoring from beyond the arc.
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March 13th 2013 • Over the Edge
Stompin’ Tom Connors: The Death of A Canadian Icon
Local Mezzo Soprano Set To Star in Prince George Symphony Orchestra’s Tribute To Mozart JORDAN TUCKER ART AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
Melanie Nicol is on the rise: the local opera singer, who describes herself as having “fallen into” opera through the tutelage of a brilliant instructor, Tracey Dahl, is set to sing renditions from La Clemenza Di Tito and The Magic Flute. A recent Master’s graduate, Melanie began her musical career in choirs at the age of 6 or 7. In Grade 12, having realized that she wanted to be a musician, she began taking solo voice lessons. After completing her undergrad
cbc.ca JORDAN TUCKER ART AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
On March 6th, Canada reeled as it lost a folk hero. Stompin’ Tom Connors, the loveable songwriter famed for such songs as “The Hockey Song”, “Bud The Spud” and “Canada Day, Up Canada Way” passed away at the age of 77. Having written more than 300 songs and put out four dozen albums, Stompin’
national treasure who was truly the child of Canadian ideals and heritage. Having hitchhiked across Canada for 13 years in his youth, Stompin’ Tom knew and loved all of this vast country, something hardly anyone can say. His big break arrived when he was a dime short of paying for a beer in Timmins. The bartender told him he could have it if he played a song. That song eventually turned into a contract
Stompin’ Tom stood for kindness, patriotism, humour and goodheartedness. He taught many a young Canadian about the essential goodness inherent to our national identity. Tom was inexhaustible. His work ethic, good nature and decision to focus his career on the home country he loved so much endeared him to Canadians. Even when audiences were unsure about their government, their environment and their economy, they knew to trust in Stompin’ Tom. In times when it often feels safest to be sceptical, Stompin Tom was a sigh of relief. Stompin’ Tom stood for kindness, patriotism, humour and goodheartedness. He taught many a young Canadian about the essential goodness inherent to our national identity. He also taught the importance of doing things for your country, instead of just expecting your country to do things for you, singing, “But if you don’t believe your country should come before yourself / Ya can better serve your country, by living somewhere else”. An orphan shunted from teenage parents to an orphanage, and eventually to adoptive parents, Stompin’ Tom Connors was a
to play at the hotel, a radio show, and a record deal. Throughout his life, Tom and the bartender stayed friends, cowriting many songs together. Never one to avoid controversy, Stompin’ Tom actually returned his six Juno awards, saying that as “turncoat Canadians” working in the USA continued to garner all the success instead of working in Canada for Canada, he was no longer proud to keep his Juno awards. He also famously feuded with the CRTC and the CBC. Outspoken, iconoclastic, and a champion of the people, Stompin’ Tom was a Canadian hero of integrity and grit. On March 6th, members of the NDP memorialized him by leading a chorus of “Bud The Spud” in the House of Commons, a fitting tribute to a man who made Canadians delight in their culture while simultaneously poking fun at it. So long, Stompin’ Tom. Our country is less rich without you, but we’ll try to do you proud.
This won’t be the end, however, for Melanie Nicol’s operatic efforts in Prince George: she and her partner, Brenna Corner, are working to create Prince George’s first opera company.The two women noticed a large outpouring of Prince George talent to larger cities where opportunities for roles are greater. With the creation of Andromeda Opera, so named after the constellation’s position within the northern hemisphere and Andromeda’s legacy as a mystical and powerful woman of mythology, local and aspiring opera singers would
Melanie is looking forward to continuing forth with her career, starting with her performances in Mozart’s Finale: 1791 at the Sacred Heart Cathedral at 6:30 PM on Saturday, March 16th. “I feel energized,” and Master’s degree, Melanie came back to Prince George where many of her former colleagues work and live. Enjoying the thriving atmosphere and enthusiasm of the PGSO, she and her colleagues decided to tell the story of Mozart’s last piece, La Clemenza Di Tito. Commissioned by royalty, Mozart died before he could complete the opera. The first half of the show will demonstrate the tragedy and sorrow faced by Mozart’s surviving family as they attempt to cope with his death while simultaneously delivering an unfinished piece of music to their patrons. The second half of the night will focus on celebrating Mozart’s life and accomplishments, with selections from The Magic Flute, arguably his most celebrated role. As a Mezzo Soprano, Ms. Nicol will be singing men’s roles, as young men were often played by women in the day. She found that the hardest part of getting into character for such roles is learning to walk and act like a man: apparently it’s a lot different.
have the opportunity to establish their careers without sacrificing their homes or proximity to family and friends. A local opera company will also provide the viscerality of live opera that boradcasts of the Metropolitan Opera at the movie theatre simply cannot provide. For now, Melanie is looking forward to continuing forth with her career, starting with her performances in Mozart’s Finale: 1791 at the Sacred Heart Cathedral at 6:30 PM on Saturday, March 16th. “I feel energized,” she says, and you can hear the song in her voice.
Over the Edge • March 13th 2013
CANADIANS PLAY BASEBALL, TOO GEOFF SARGENT SPORTS EDITOR
The 2006 World Baseball Classic was an event I remember with fondness. As the first ever best-on-best national event in modern baseball history, there was a feeling of excitement as players took the field wearing the uniforms of their countries, instead of the uniforms of cities they made their home in. The memory of the event was absolutely influenced by the massive upset Canada laid on the United States – the Canadians, with very few established MLB players, amassed a shocking 8-0 lead over the all-star laden Americans by the sixth inning. In the next halfinning, the Americans rallied back with six runs of their own, but Canada desperately clung to the lead for the final three stanzas, eventually winning 8-6 in nail-biting fashion. It’s impossible to understate how fun this game was to
watch – from the announcers in disbelief to the fans in Phoenix booing their country’s disappointing performance, it was incredibly fulfilling, if only in a cynical way, and it remains on my list of memorable sporting events seen through television. Sadly, Canada went on to be annihilated by Mexico the following day, and ended up missing the final eight based on tiebreakers, but for a fleeting moment, even in a sport with such variance as baseball, Canada seemed on top of the world. Despite the emergence of many more Canadians into the MLB as stars, the country fell short in the next World Baseball Classic. The 2009 event saw a mirrored result from 2009; Canada’s late-innings comeback against the Americans ended with our country stranding the would-be tying run in the 9th to lose 6-5. Canada subsequently lost to Italy to be bounced from the
double-elimination tournament. The 2013 World Baseball Classic has been underway for a week, and for the third time in as many tournaments, the Canada/USA game lived up to hype, as the Canucks played the Americans on Sunday, unfortunately to a devastating loss for the second consecutive tournament. As in 2006, the Canadians jumped out to a lead after six innings, but this time, the Americans roared back and were able to emerge victorious, eliminating Canada from the playoff round. I have never been an ardent follower of baseball; the massive amount of games and slow pace of the sport doesn’t fit my personality or current commitments. But as with many other sports I normally avoid, when the uniforms say ‘Canada’, I sit down and watch.
LANCE AND THE LIVESTRONG EMPIRE cbc.ca GEOFF SARGENT SPORTS EDITOR
Eight weeks have passed since disgraced former cyclist Lance Armstrong came clean about doping in each of his record seven consecutive Tour de France wins throughout the previous two decades. With the sport of cycling having long been linked with pharmaceutical abuse, this was a fact that shocked very few people that follow the sport, and indeed, many had been clamouring for Armstrong’s head on a pike for quite some time. They finally got their reward. Armstrong, of course, made a gigantic circus out of the situation by issuing no comment for days after the evidence piled up, finally granting only Oprah Winfrey an interview. In addition, the results of the interview were known well before it aired, and viewers were only tuning in to see how, and why, not if. This follows along a line many people have used to vilify Armstrong for years – he’s arrogant, self-centred, money-hungry; the list goes on. Questions remain about Lance Armstrong, and specifically about his legacy. Since 1999, he has been the American cycling hero; the best cyclist in the world for the better
part of a decade, staying clean while everyone else around him abused steroids. He conquered mountains, he conquered cancer, and he conquered rivals who would stop at nothing and stoop so low as to cheat, in hopes of claiming his throne. He explicitly and tirelessly denied for years all allegations of steroids, insisting upon his innocence in the tainted sport. He founded Livestrong and raised millions for cancer research. He was a hero. Is he still a hero? Cycling can’t be discussed without an inevitable link to cheating. The ‘history’ is rich and storied – in 1904, every single rider who won even a
fame in. Even Livestrong is not without skepticism and scrutiny. A comparison to the Michael J. Fox Foundation sees two organizations with similar revenues, budgets, and listed goals, but the bottom line has Parkinson’s research grants exceeding $30 million per year from the MJFF, while Livestrong is no longer even funding research, instead promoting “awareness”. Livestrong stays in the news by achieving mutually-beneficial, almost parasitic sponsorships with pro sports franchises – Kansas City’s MLS team donated stadium naming rights to the cause in return
[Armstrong] founded Livestrong and raised millions for cancer research ... Is he still a hero? single stage of the Tour de France were all eventually disqualified for cheating, most of whom for hitching rides on vehicles. Armstrong wasn’t the last to have his titles stripped – it’s happened twice since, and will likely continue. These facts, of course, don’t excuse the act, they only put it in perspective. The saving grace many see to Armstrong’s legacy is his work with Livestrong. Since 1997, the foundation he founded has received over $500 million in donations. Armstrong, despite his second comeback that lasted from 20092011, has been quite similar to Bill Gates in the last five or more years, in that his public persona is entirely devoted to his family and his charity, rather than the world he found his
for increased publicity, and Hockey Canada is suiting up the national women’s team in patriotism-bedamned black and yellow uniforms branded with the Livestrong logo for the upcoming world championships, on sale for only $139.99 at local retailers. Lance Armstrong is certainly an enigmatic, powerful person who has managed to touch the lives of many, be it through his own personal story of fighting through cancer, his cycling career, or his work with charity. In the past few years, the lies have been exposed, the cheating has been revealed, and the questions have been asked about his foundation. Is it enough to strip heroism away?
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March 13th 2013 • Over the Edge
Fly Over: Talking Passion and Pilots With Legendary British Columbia Photographer, Chris Harris JORDAN TUCKER ART AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
them like long-lost comrades. One pilot interviewed had flown more hours than anyone in Canada, having been in the sky for 42,000 hours. Harris noted that flight in such small crafts required lots of incredibly intelligent decision making, “lots of right decisions to stay alive.” The pilots themselves were adventurers, the first real colonizers of what we call home. It isn't easy, however: the supporters and storytellers of Fly Over were hit with a loss when one of their most experienced pilot friends died in a crash right around the release date. The danger was worth it to these brave pilots.
Chris Harris has vision. In his youth, he spent time hauling himself around the world, sleeping in a tie-dyed canvas tent. Later on, he guided tours of the Bowron Lakes for 20 years, becoming an expert on the region; however, photography and a love for adventure has always been his passion, and it has paid off. A creator and self-publisher of twelve books about the Canadian outdoors, Chris has won the Northern Lights Award for Excellence in Photojournalism twice. His work has been featured in Canadian Geographic and National Geographic, and he has been honoured numerous times by regional and provincial tourism agencies. His three most recent books, Spirit in The Grass, Motherstone, and Fly Over have been hailed as seminal works on the geography and history of British Columbia, with Spirit In The Grass having been nominated for two BC Book Prizes. An avid Montreal Canadiens fan, Chris is well-respected by his peers not only for his extraordinary photographic talent but also for his extreme warmth, liveability, and observable passion. Photography and art run in the family; Chris' father was the highly talented photographer Chic Harris, and his sister, Jane O'Malley,
amazed to hear about pilots who, on top of flying in food and much-needed medical supplies, would wind up delivering babies
Perhaps this was why the story of the aviators had gone so long without being told: no one had been willing to take a chance. is a critically acclaimed artist living and working in Ireland. The Prince George Photographic Society is hosting Chris' appearance on March 13th in the Canfor Theatre at UNBC, where he will be discussing his newest book, Fly Over. I caught up with this BC legend over the phone as he sat in his straw bale studio on his property in the beautiful 105 Mile Ranch. It was about 8 o'clock, and I apologized for the lateness of my call. It didn't matter, because Chris is often up processing images until the wee hours anyways. His photography and the creation of his images is an allconsuming passion, and Chris watches tutorials and works on his craft with a zeal most people of my generation dedicate to video games. Fly Over is Harris' latest endeavour, an incredible look at the lives and journeys of the bush pilots who essentially pioneered the Chilcotin and Northern BC regions. Fly Over paints portraits with words and images of the unsung heroes who, often at their own peril, did what needed to be done to make Northern BC liveable. Harris was
in their planes. Bush pilots continue to bring forth necessary progress, flying scientists and researchers to otherwise inaccessible areas to learn more about this vital part of our landscape. “They play a hugely important role for the region as a whole, at great risks to themselves, a great group of people,” Harris remarked. The idea for book came from the aviators themselves. During the book presentations for Motherstone and Spirit In The Grass, people would come to Harris and introduce themselves as pilots, saying that if he ever needed to take aerial photos they would be happy to take him up. Harris didn't seriously entertain the idea until the number of pilots making the offer numbered four or five. He and his partner and business manager, Rita Giesbrecht, discussed it and realized that there was a story that wanted to be told. The aviators seemed to will the book into creation, and Sage and Chris were there to tell it for them. The risk was great: no such book like this had ever been made. The story was so niche and specific that no mainstream publisher would ever have touched it. Perhaps this was why the story of the aviators had gone so long without
being told: no one had been willing to take a chance. Luckily for them, Chris Harris has always had a bit of a renegade streak. Country Light Publishing, Harris' selfcreated publishing company, decided to tell the story of the aviators. The book was written by Sage Birchwater, a BC landmark in his own right who has earned his salt writing the stories and history of the region. Their words and images flowed well together, telling the stories of past people and present landscapes. According to Harris, “Sage was a great guy to work with. "[We] just
Harris's photos show the reader why someone would take up such a dangerous job: the landscape viewed from above was simply staggering. What the first pilots saw and continue to see from their perch in the skies is something almost no person will ever get to witness. Stretches of green mountain, azure lakes and reddish rock: almost abstract in nature, it is hard to believe that the images Harris took weren't from a fantasy world, and were just seen from a higher plane. Harris, an unfathomably energetic person, was faced with the challenge of having to work when he could find someone to fly for him. Accustomed to picking up and going out shooting at a moment's notice, Harris was unable to make decisions around weather and temperature when creating the images for Fly Over. He was dependent on the schedule of pilots who had spare time to help him out. Even if a day wasn't necessarily fantastic, Harris had to find beauty from his seat in the cockpit. He had twenty five flights with twenty different pilots in a variety of different planes, and flew over the entire Cariboo Chilcotin, an area the size of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick combined. Harris was struck by the newer feel of the landscape from
When you’re sitting beside a pilot who has 40,000 hours of flying time, you can feel their confidence, you can feel their substance. It’s an incredible feeling to sit next to them. got along really well... He knows everyone in the Cariboo Chilcotin. [Sage] was a natural to do the book, [he] knew most of the pilots before the project began. All in all it was a great relationship.” Birchwater's stories of the pilots were interspersed with historical images of the aerial settlers of the region. Sage interviewed over 60 bush pilots, getting their stories about the joys and dangers of flying. Sometimes, according to Harris, these pilots would fly when not even birds would dare to. Many of the pilots were men who had returned from the dangers of war, only to find themselves bored with the everyday. They longed for peril and excitement, and piloting welcomed
the air: “[I had] hiked, canoed, seen most of the landscapes..Seeing it from the air provided an entirely new perspective. [I] was able to concentrate more on patterns, lines, form..[It was] a very fresh perspective.” On top of the beautiful images displayed in the book, Harris also gained a great deal of respect for pilots: he experienced the passion they had for the land that they loved so much. “When you're sitting beside a pilot who has 40,000 hours of flying time, you can feel their confidence, you can feel their substance. It's an incredible feeling to sit next to them.” He described being with the experienced pilots as similar to being with an elder.
Over the Edge • March 13th 2013 “You can feel the energy. They feel like they've lived. It was very cool to see the energy. I had total confidence flying with these guys. Got a sense of the dangers, of the things they'd done, there was no room for error.” Harris described his awe for the risks these pilots took, and his admiration for them. The experiences Harris cultivated while flying further contributed to his understanding of his job as a photographer. “Having travelled extensively over my lifetime, I feel that this region, which has more biodiversity than any other landscape in Canada... I just know that this region has some of the most precious landscapes left on the planet. It has the one and only interior rainforest. It has the grassland canyon lands of the central parts. The most pristine grasslands in world. And the Chilcotin ark. These are extremely precious. My role through my photography and my artwork is to make people aware and appreciate the value of those assets. They are the greatest we have. One day these assets will be worth all the jobs and wealth we have.” He paused for a moment, and then continued,
Bob Steventon “There will come a time when these regions will become our greatest assets. You just have to think long term. I have seen enough to know the value of what
UNBC’s 6th Annual Green Day
Charles Carolyn Knapper CAROLYN KNAPPER SUSTAINABILITY INTERN
Tuesday January 29, 2013 marked UNBC’s 6th Annual Green Day at the Prince George campus. Green Day aims to showcase green initiatives and ideas in an attempt to get people thinking, creating and cultivating a more sustainable community on campus and in PG. This year’s theme was “the Art of Being Green”. Exhibits ranged from hands on activities to information booths and a variety of artistic pieces including paintings, photography, and recycled art submissions for the Green Art Contest. Opening ceremonies, hosted by Cam Bell, NUGSS Sustainability Representative, began with UNBC’s First Nation’s Centre Drumming Group playing three traditional songs. With the Winter Garden bellowing with the sounds of drum and song, the stage was set for the celebration. Following opening ceremonies, exhibitors were set up in the hallways of the Agora building. While the PG Public Interest Group was
busy blending green smoothies for visitors to taste, the Women’s Shelter ran a clothing repair station, including how-to lessons for upcycling t-shirts into hand bags. Special guest Don Basserman set up near the Green
we have here.” And when asked about the best part of making Fly Over, Harris said without falter or pause: “ I made a lot of great friends.. met great people.”
cars counted between 7:30am and 4:30pm! Afternoon events included a discussion with UNBC’s President, Dr Iwama, on Sustainability Initiatives at UNBC. Later instruments were passed around for a collaborative drum circle and eco-poetry reading. Bio-Energy tours were also led through the Bio-Energy Plant on campus, by Amanda Drew, UNBC’s Energy Technician. One of the main events for this years’ Green Day was the Green Art Contest. Students could enter the contest by creating any art form (painting, sculpting, writing, whatever) as long as it related to something green. Emphasis was placed on use of recycled materials, and members from the art community in PG judged pieces. As Green Day came to a close around 3pm, the art contest winners were announced on the main stage. Winner of the Best Overall Piece was awarded to Minetta Norrie for her recycled art piece titled “Loving Being Green”. Best Use of Recycled Materials went to a collaborative piece created by the SGU titled “EndBRIDGE Gateway
Students for a Green University (SGU) counted cars coming into the University, with a whopping 2,128 cars counted between 7:30am and 4:30pm! University Centre to make outdoor flower planters out of recycled barrels. Political Science Student, Ian McCubbin, teamed up with the GUC and the UNBC Greenhouse to create a miniature Living Wall replica to get people thinking about the possibilities of such a project on campus. At the other end of campus, the Farmer’s Market kept things buzzing in the NUGSS events space, with fresh local vegetables, crafts and foods. UNBC’s Students for a Green University (SGU) counted cars coming into the University, with a whopping 2,128
Perspectives”, and the Best Representation of Current Issues went to Alice Lee for her piece titled “ Connections”. Congratulations to the art contest winners! A special thanks goes out to the hard working and dedicated volunteers from the Green Day Planning Committee for all their efforts in coordinating the event. Thank you to Integris Credit Union for providing prize monies to the winners of the Art Contest. If you are interested in helping to plan next years’ event, drop by the Green University Centre for more information!
Harris' passion for his work and the land he lives in were evident when I questioned him about his perfect day: “Just that, being out shooting,” he said, “no matter what the conditions are, my job is to make great images. There are no excuses. My 50 years of experience have taught me i have to find beauty, art, no matter what the conditions. No excuses. That's my job and my challenge. I just love being out shooting because I know I have to find something. I am very confident about that. That's very cool, you know. There are no excuses. You can't come back and make excuses about why you couldn't do something.” I asked him if he had any advice for young photographers, and he said,“Photograph with enthusiasm and follow your passion. Wilderness exploration and photography have been my driving forces. I kept following my dream. You just have to follow your deepest passions and stick with it, and eventually the doors will open.”
WHAT is Get PINK’D? SELENA DEMENOFF HEALTH SCIENCES STUDENT SOCIETY PRESIDENT
Get PINK'D is an annual national event that raises awareness about Breast Cancer. Here at UNBC, with your help, the UNBC Health Sciences Student Society has fundraised for the past 5 years in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Get PINK'D entails wearing as much PINK attire as possible on Get PINK’D Day,which this year was Mar. 7th, 2013. For the past 2 years, our group has garnered extra support for the event by having UNBC students, professors, TAs, and employees get nominated to wear a stylish pink bra (over their clothing, of course)! Anyone can nominate someone else, and the amount that needs to get raised before the nominee wears the bra is negotiated between the nominator and the nominee. Nominees choose to wear their bra (supplied by the Society) for a class, lab, or even for a whole day! One professor even decided to wear the bra on his head. Once nominated, nominees have their fundraising goal displayed at our table in the Wintergarden and anyone can make pledges in support of that nominee. It’s exciting to watch nominees keep a close eye on fundraising goals while others contribute to raising the donation amount through purchasing pins, candy bags or baked goodies (all are by donation). A huge thanks goes out to all the volunteers who contributed their time to help make this event successful once again. We also thank all nominees and participants, because together, the UNBC community has encouraged each other to do their part in supporting life-saving research. We look forward to hosting another successful event next year.
March 13th 2013 • Over the Edge
A Beer With Ben: Comics 2.0 BEN FILIPKOWSKI COPY EDITOR
About two years ago, before I was the copy editor here at OTE, I submitted an article to the last creative team about DC's then-upcoming New 52 relaunch event. In perusing the articles for this issue, I read a contributor's thoughts on the New 52 and Marvel's own relaunch (branded Marvel NOW!). This got me thinking about my earlier article and my current feelings on comics. Having spoken about this interest of mine a few times before, what, you may be asking, could I add to it now? For almost two years, Marvel and DC have been vying for market shares. It's swung back and forth in favour of either, and it goes without saying that when DC relaunched, DC dominated the market, and when Marvel relaunched, Marvel dominated the market. The dollars and cents of business have dictated creative changes and controls this past little while, but it seems now the market has stabilized once more, with Marvel and DC each eking out a very comfortable living that is (generally) fairly even. Smaller companies fill the spaces of the pie, and independent titles are playing a completely different game. The thing is, though (and this is where I disagree with Mr. Colin Slark, whose article is well worth a read and can be found in this very issue), all this has been fantastic for the industry in the long run. Marvel's competition with DC's relaunch has forced DC to reconsider some questionable moves, not to mention DC's relaunch forcing Marvel to shake things up themselves. It's healthy competition, and to be fair, neither can really be described as "better."
Marvel has a cohesive vision now; everything is clicking into place, and all the pieces are becoming visible. This wasn't always the case. To me, it would appear that Marvel's current status is comparable to that of DC in the early 2000's; that's the feel I get when I read their titles, at least. As one company flourishes, the other is bound to suffer some. DC has yet to have a cohesive, clear vision for its own lineup of title, but I'm sure that will change. It's not really a question of creative quality, though. Both companies field Chief Creative Officers (an odd title if you ask me) and both have had troubles with getting editorial staff and talent up and running. Marvel's made some excellent moves lately, but eventually things will swing back in favour of DC, then back to Marvel, then…well, you get the picture. Creative decisions made by these companies are done because they hope to make a profit. If something doesn't sell, too bad, it gets cut, hence the emphasis on marketing and brand power. DC has had to court a few disastrous things these past two years, and for the most part has succeeded they're even showing signs they've learned a thing or two. In the end, this is just a brief lull. It happens to everyone, every company, every writer. Don't believe me? Here are some words that would jog a comic fan's memory: Civil War, Ultimate Marvel, One More Day, House of M…I could go on! At the end of the day, they're companies engaged in a never-ending cycle of business, and they both know how to play the game.
Marvel Now! Vs. The New 52: Different approaches to reconstruction COLIN SLARK CONTRIBUTOR
In 2011, looking at the higher sales of their biggest competitor, DC Comics decided to start fresh. All of their superhero books were cancelled following their issues in August 2011, even the longest running comic of all time, Action Comics, which had lasted 73 years and 904 issues. The following month, DC launched 52 new comics. These books featured most of the same characters but in new costumes, new situations and most of their old adventures had never taken place. Deaths were undone, marriages were erased and decades of character development were gone just like that. It ended up being very popular, making DC’s comics surpass Marvel’s comics in the sales charts for the first time in years. In response, Marvel comics cancelled many but not all of their books in September 2012, including the Amazing Spider-Man which had just celebrated 60 years and 700 issues. The following month, these characters reappeared in new books with some having new names and costumes. However, there was a big difference in Marvel’s approach to revitalizing their product line. The same characters existing in the same continuity were given new directions and new costumes, but they were importantly, the same characters. DC Comics thought, “Oh my. No one is buying our wheels. We need to make some new wheels with the same coat of paint.” Marvel thought, “Oh my, our wheels could be selling more units. How can we make them better?” Marvel’s approach to the problem has led to products that are of far better quality.
DC’s books often lack direction with creative teams coming and going and with some of those creators complaining about editorial interference rewriting their books. Many of DC’s characters are now young twentysomethings who don’t play well with other and who break the rules regularly. This character type is permeated through most of their titles and it is boring. It is dull to pick up five comics every week that are full of the same person repeated over and over again. Many of DC’s books seem less like stories and more like formulas crafted by marketers in order to increase sales. That’s not to say every DC book is bad, but the bad outweighs the few. There is also a problem of the writers and artists who produce the best books of the line moving on to new companies, leaving a creative void that is not being filled with enough new talent. Many of DC’s books started out new and exciting, but have become more and more monotonous after time. Marvel Now! is a better product because Marvel realized that people didn’t think their characters were broken. What they needed were new stories and new approaches to capture attention. Time travelling X-Men, dimension hopping Captain America, vigilante Hawkeye and evil Spider-Man might sound silly, but they have succeeded in making stagnant franchises worth checking up on. Marvel’s relaunch has only been active for five months compared to DC’s almost eighteen months of new material so things could change but at the moment, Marvel is making better comics.
Over the Edge • March 13th 2013
Alden Chow, President: Thank you everyone who came out to vote in this year's NUGSS elections! I am honoured and excited to be serving as the next NUGSS President! I look forward to working with everyone and advocating for the interests of students!
Angela Kehler, Academic Rep: I am grateful for the privilege of being on the NUGSS board for the 2013-2014 school year as Academic Rep. I look forward to working with students and faculty to ensure that we are constantly striving for a better teaching and learning experience here at UNBC.
Mark Munroe, AD Events: I'm really excited to be on the board of the Northern Undergraduate Student Society for the upcoming school year. I think it represents a great opportunity to both improve our university, and at the same time improve student life. As AD Events, I will work with Jeremy, the new VP Social, as well as the student body and all other board members of NUGSS. I hope in the year to come I can help to create some great events and to make the organization run smoothly and effectively in the best interests of students.
Jean Baptiste, Aboriginal Rep: It is great to see how many people came out to vote for the NUGSS election. As Aboriginal Representative, I look forward to working with everyone on the NUGSS board and other driven students on campus. I hope to support UNBC in maintaining a multicultural environment on campus, uphold cultural and ethical values while in the position of Aboriginal Representative and raise awareness of First Nations issues. I look forward to the upcoming year, it is going to be an exciting one!
Morganne Williams, VP External: I would like to thank everyone for their support throughout the election and am very much looking forward at representing undergraduates for yet another year! If you have any suggestions or would like to chat I am often in the NUGSS office.
Mike Watson, Sustainability Rep: Thank you to all the undergraduate students who made it out to vote in the NUGSS elections. I am honoured to be the one chosen for the Campus Sustainability position. I am looking forward to working with other fellow students to better serve the undergraduate community at UNBC. There are several issues of concern on campus in regards to sustainability. I am excited to put my nose to the grindstone and aid in various areas to make our UNBC environment more sustainable.
Luke Lapp, VP Finance:
It was a great turnout for elections and everyone at NUGSS extremely appreciative. This past year has had wonderful NUGSS representatives and I know this next year we will have some large shoes to fill. I am looking forward to hearing from the students about any ideas for improvements, financial or general ones around the school, that we can tackle together as a team, fairly and efficiently. Thank you!
Congratulations NUGSS Representitives
For more information contact the NUGSS office, NUSC 6-370 Mia Pupić Woman’s Rep
Pearl Loerke, AD Communications: As the newly elected Associate Director of Communications, I am incredibly overwhelmed by the spirit of my UNBC community—thank you so much for your support! I am looking forward to engaging more with the student body and finding more innovative ways to promote the excellent events and programs that our university has to offer. The opportunity to work with the amazing team that is NUGSS will be, without a doubt, an invaluable experience!
> Photos courtesy of the NUGSS Office
Amarilys Ducharme VP Student Affairs
Jeremy Pahl VP Social
March 13th 2013 • Over the Edge 7pm @ the Roll-A-Dome Watch as the Rated PG take on Fort McMurray’s Tar Sand Betties.
Wednesday March 6
Flyover: An Aviation Legacy $10 tickets (available at Books & Co.) 7:30-9pm @ Canfor Theatre Local photographer Chris Harris talks about his newest book “Flyover: An Aviation Legacy” which reveals the stunning beauty of B.C.’s central Cariboo Chilcotin Coast wilderness.
Thursday March 14
World Kidney Day 1pm @ Pine Centre Mall The Prince George Chapter of the Kidney Foundation is having a “Walk” inside Pine Centre Mall to raise awareness for Kidney Disease.
St. Patrick’s Day Mass Free 5:30-6:20pm @ Sacred Heart Cathedral (887 Patricia Blvd.) Everyone is welcome to celebrate the feast day of St. Patrick and the national holiday of Ireland. Country-rock show TBA @ Nancy O’s Get a listen for yourself of Lisa Nicole’s melodies influenced by country greats such as Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift.
Friday March 15
Shamrock Shenanigans $10 tickets 9pm-3am @ the Generator Dubbed as the “voice of Ghetto Funk” special guest DJ Timothy Wisdom is sure to have you breaking it down in ways you never thought possible. A funky night you won’t want to miss!
Saturday March 16
Travelling World Community Film Festival starts $30 for a festival pass, $5 for a day pass (available at Books & Co.) Various locations (schedule online at booksandcompany.ca) The festival includes 27 documentary films about social justice, environmental and human rights issues – all films that are sure to change your view of our world and our community. A must-attend! Roller Derby Game $10 at the door
1791: Mozart’s Finale $32 for adults, $28 for seniors and $22 for under 25 (available at Studio 2880 and at the door) 7:30-10pm @ Sacred Heart Cathedral (887 Patricia Blvd.) The Prince George Cantata Singers will be joined by the Richmond Chorus Association, guest soloists, and orchestra to perform this Mozart’s beautiful and haunting piece Reqiuem. St. Patrick’s Day Dance $20 tickets (available at Books & Co.) 8-10pm @ the PG Golf & Curling Club (2515 Recreation Pl.) Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a great dance and concert headlined by local Celtic group Out of Alba. Kiss Me I’m Irish $10 tickets (available at District) 9pm-3am @ the Generator
Sunday March 17
Family Shamrock Shaker Price depends on activity 9am-5pm @ the Roll-a-dome Tons of activities and prizes to please any child (or maybe just the child in you).
Wednesday March 20
Open Mic Free 8pm @ Nancy O’s
Thursday March 21
Stand Up Comedy $15 tickets in advance, $20 at the door (available at Nancy O’s) 8:30pm @ Nancy O’s Los Angeles Comedian Dino Archie is an internationally touring Comic and the star of Welcome To Jucco. Don’t miss this act! Also on Friday the 22nd at 9pm.
Friday March 22
SPCA Fundraiser $5 tickets (available at the CFUR radio station or at the door) 8pm @ Riley’s Pub With 50/50, prizes, drink specials and live music supporting this cause couldn’t be easier or more fun. Vernal Reverb $20 tickets (available at tworiversgallery.ca) 9pm-1am @ the Two Rivers Gallery
The Two Rivers Gallery is hosting a spring dance event styled as a club night with fully interactive video screens. This 19+ event will have proceeds going towards supporting Prince George’s vibrant local arts and culture.
Saturday March 23
Urban Farming: Sustainable City Living in your Backyard… $2 donation suggestion 2-4pm @ the PG Public Library Listen to guest speaker Don Bassermann as he shares his knowledge and passion for what he calls “urban farming.”
Persian New Year $5 entertainment fee 6pm @ Shiraz Celebrate the first day of spring and the beginning of the Persian New Year with live music and delicious food and drink to go with it. To make a reservation call 250-596-7397. “Remembering the First Easter” $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-12 6-8pm @ the ECRC (1692 10th Ave.) Performed by the Gospel singers, the performance will be followed by refreshments. Also being performed on Sunday the 24th and 2pm. Live Music $15 tickets (available at Books & Co.) 8pm @ ArtSpace Award-winning prairie roots musicians Darrel Delaronde and Saskia Overbeek (or The Great
Plains) have been quietly making music for many years - special guest appearance by Kevin Hutchings. Get a taste of their talents for yourself.
Sunday March 24
Travelling World Community Film Festival ends $30 for a festival pass, $5 for a day pass (available at Books & Co.) Various locations (schedule online at booksandcompany.ca) The festival includes 27 documentary films about social justice, environmental and human rights issues – all films that are sure to change your view of our world and our community. A must-attend!
Monday March 25
94 Xplosion! $42 for the stands, $50 for the floor (available online at ticketmaster.ca) 7-10:30pm @ the CN Centre Danish rock band Volbeat joins up with Canadian rockers Danko Jones for a double bill that will have everyone rocking the night away.
Tuesday March 26
Live Hip Hop $10 tickets (available at Nancy O’s) 8:30pm @ Nancy O’s Lee Reed and Test Their Logik provide thoughtprovoking lyrics coupled with addictive rhythm. Be sure to check this performance out!
Over the Edge â€˘ March 13th 2013
Said the Squid
Cornered on Campus This issue Over The Edge featured a story on the conditions of Ice and Snow on the pathways on campus, Over the Edge Asks:
Do you feel safe walking to and from campus in the snow and ice?
I try to walk carefully; if you run you might slip because sometimes it is slippery...if you look at the road and try to be careful, than you are safe.
2nd Year International Studies
2nd Year Biomedical
2nd Year International Business
I don’t really feel safe, no; it is quite icy. I think everybody notices that, especially the path to the Wintergarden.
3rd Year Chemistry
Honestly, I do. Once you get the hang of slipping around and nearly going over your ankles a few times, it is no big deal. In all seriousness, it has never been a problem for me.
1st Year Enviornmental Studies
Actually, the path is a little bit sketchy, but I have never fallen.
1st Year General Studies
Snow and ice… um… the ice on the sidewalks is pretty dangerous going downhill.
5th Year Education
3rd Year Psychology
For the most part, it is just too slippery… 8:00 in the morning I am not really paying attention to what is going on and so yeah, I am going to fall on my ass.
No I don’t. Depends on the morning, when it is salted it is great, but when I have been getting up early in the morning it is really dangerous. I have to choose my footwear very carefully.
Yeah, I feel fine. I have never had a problem with ice. I have seen people bail and it is really funny to watch people bail.
3rd Year Math and Physics
For the most part yeah, I think they do a good job cleaning it.
Between here and down to the school it is pretty sketch and super slick and you can bail, I have never bailed but I have seen people bail.