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STUDY

AROUND KWANTLEN

Women less likely to receive workplace training than men: study proportional differences in access to training, especially among more vulnerable workers. “When we . . . begin to look at these more vulnerable groups – low-wage, less-educated, nonunion – [a] lower proportion of women are being trained than the proportion of men,” explains Chowhan. The authors note that the apparent difference is not related to discrimination. Cooke points out that the study focused on the “unlucky half” of society – the low-wage, less-employed, nonunionized half. “It so happens that, unfortunately, females are more prevalent in the unlucky half. That’s why the gender gap materialized. It’s not to say that McDonalds gives less training to females than males. It’s that there is this segregation that is going on in society, where those who are lower educated and in low-wage jobs are, unfortunately, more likely to be female than male.” Though the authors of this study were obliged to remain neutral for their research, they were willing to speak about pos-

MELANIE FERRIER THE SILHOUETTE (MCMASTER)

HAMILTON (CUP) – A recent study conducted by the Memorial University of Newfoundland and McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business has revealed that an employee’s financial wealth and level of education affects the level of employer-supported training that’s provided in their job. In addition, among the low-wage and less educated workers, women are significantly less likely than men to receive training. After a year of studying the proportional differences related to job training, Gordon Cooke of Memorial University, Isik Zeytinoglu of the DeGroote School of Business, and McMaster PhD student James Chowhan published their findings in the July 2009 issue of Perspectives on Labour and Income. The paper, named “Barriers to training access,” is based on the Statistics Canada Workplace and Employee Survey, which started in 1999 and concluded in 2006. The survey uncovers significant

sible policy solutions. According to Cooke, sensitivity training is not the answer. “If it was simply [a case of] me being a goat and giving training to you and not to [someone else], then I’m the problem. But the problem is bigger than that.” Due to the fact that the problem is social rather than individual, the authors suggest incentives that would encourage employers to increase their training budgets, distribute their training more uniformly, and ensure that more vulnerable workers have access to that training. Chowhan pointed out that McMaster students are obligated to “be aware that differences exist.” He also encouraged future decision-makers to ensure that “they are spreading the opportunities equally.” Chowhan noted that vulnerable workers were likely to accept training when it was offered. “[They] are also trying to do the best that they can do when given the opportunity; however, they are given less opportunity, less access.”

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE KWANTLEN CAMPUSES

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Fine Arts Faculty Exhibit WHERE: Surrey Art Gallery WHEN: 9:00 am - 4:00pm WHAT: The Kwantlen Fine Arts Department hosts the Faculty Exhibition ARCADE at the Surrey Art Gallery. Visit www.arts.surrey.ca for more details. Bonus: admission is free.

KSA Council Meetings WHERE: Surrey Campus WHEN: 2:00pm - 4:00pm WHAT: Come out to the Surrey KSA Council meeting and have your thoughts and opinion heard.

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Convocation Ceremony WHERE: Surrey Campus WHEN: Various times. WHAT: Put on the cape and gowned and get your graduation on!

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CANADIAN UNIVERSITY PRESS - WHAT’S HAPPENING ACROSS CANADA

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Law prof says free market preys on Africa’s weak societies

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LEANNA ROY THE LANCE (UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR)

WINDSOR, Ont. (CUP) – In the year 2000, leaders of the United Nations adopted the Millennium Declaration, which is a targeted list of developmental goals to be reached by the year 2015. These Millennium Developmental Goals (MDGs) include universal education, gender equality, child health, maternal health, combating AIDS and creating environmental and agricultural sustainability. In the Millennium Developmental Goals Report 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has reported that progress toward these goals has slowed down due to the global economic and food crisis. Paul Ocheje, an associate professor of law at the University of Windsor, believes the slowdown stems from the effects of Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPs) implemented by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Ocheje said these policies are created to allow African countries loans by making it possible for them to reduce interest on existing loans. However, Ocheje suggested that it is the SAPs that have intensified poverty in African counties. He inferred that SAPs have been imposed on the impoverished African society “because they need constant infusion of foreign capital,” and have not supplied sufficient relief of poverty. Ocheje explained that the conditions which precede SAPs are failing neoliberalistic strategies to solve food and economic crises, including free trade, rationalization of civil services, free market and privatization. “When you allow the market to regulate everything, you allow the harshest effects of the market forces to fall on the most vulnerable in society,” he said. He said that the privatization of assets such as health care and education have such necessities inaccessible to many Africans.

“When people are sick, they cannot go to hospitals because they have to pay to be admitted into the hospitals and you have to buy the drugs from your own pocket. Pregnant women die in the process of child birth because they cannot afford to access health care,” added Ocheje. In a more positive light, Ocheje explores ways to equalize access to the market to more than only those who can afford these essential resources. He suggested a change in strategy on the part of the African leaders, and recommends “a nuanced and more imaginative understanding of development challenges and situational possibilities.” Ocheje believes Malawi as an example of this phenomenon. “In Malawi, the SAPs suggest that the government should not subsidize fertilizers, but under new leadership, subsidies were allowed over protests of the IMS and the World Bank and now Malawi has become a net exporter of food.”

Campus Smoke Out ‘09 WHERE: Langley & Richmond Campus WHEN: 10:00am - 3:00pm WHAT: Get educated on the dangers of second-hand smoke.

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Thanksgiving WHERE: Everywhere WHEN: 12:01am - 11:59pm WHAT: All Campuses closed - Eat as much as you can!

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Music @ Midweek WHERE: Langley campus - Auditorium WHEN: 12:15pm - 100pm WHAT: Come out and listen to UBC Opera Ensemble.


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FUNDRAISER

Fundraiser: cupcakes raise money for cancer Kwantlen Student Association sells cupcakes to help breast cancer research

Natsumi Oye/The Runner All of the money from sales went to help fund breast cancer research.

NATSUMI OYE CURRENT EVENTS BUREAU CHIEF

The Richmond Kwantlen Student Association raised approximately $180 for breast cancer research through a fundraiser called Cupcakes for Cancer, held last Tuesday at the Richmond campus. This is $60 more than they have raised on average at previ-

ous fundraising events. Cupcakes for Cancer ran from 10am until 3pm. The KSA sold baked goods that they had made themselves, and origami roses, folded by Nicole Joe, the Richmond Campus Officer. There were cupcakes and brownies available for purchase by minimum donations, but the brownies were already sold out

halfway through the event. Origami roses and pink breast cancer ribbons were also available to purchase by minimum donation. This is the third year that the Richmond campus KSA has been doing fundraisers. They usually raise around $120 from sales. This amount is then matched either by the KSA or the school. They are this time waiting for a meeting to be held on Tuesday to find out whether or not the KSA will match the $180 they raised, according to Reena Bali, the Richmond Campus Director for the KSA. This would bring their total donation to $360. Richmond is the only campus doing fundraisers such as this at this point in time, according to Bali, although the Surrey campus is thinking about doing something in October, and the Langley campus has done fundraising events in the past. The Richmond campus KSA has done several different fundraisers over the years, donating to different charities such as UNICEF, according to Bali. This is the first year that they have decided to put the donations they have made towards breast cancer. Breast cancer research was chosen to be the recipients this time because the KSA wanted to do something that people could relate to, according to Bali. “It hits pretty close to home to a lot of people,” she said. Another reason for the choice was because October, is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In the past the KSA has chosen several different charities

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throughout the year, but this year they are going to focus on one charity per semester. Their next fundraising event is likely to be in late November, according to Bali. “We are learning what works,” she said, and different ideas are hit and miss. The bake sale is more successful than canned food drives for instance. “It’s hard to get people to bring canned foods at a University,” said Bali. The Richmond KSA will continue to do fundraising events throughout the school year. “Every little bit helps,” said Bali.

Breast Cancer Facts * “Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women.” * “One in nine (11%) of Canadian women is expected to develop breast cancer during her lifetime (this means by the age of 90).” * There has been a “significant improvement in survival rates for women with breast cancer since the mid-1980s.” * “Among women alive on January 1, 2005 in Canada, 148,542 had been diagnosed with breast cancer in the previous ten years.” * Men make up less than 1 per cent of breast cancer cases. * Nowadays, around twothirds of women diagnosed with breast cancer will survive it. * “In 2009, an estimated 5,400 women and 50 men will die from breast cancer in Canada.”

Natsumi Oye/The Runner

*All quotes and statistics were taken from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundations website, and can be found at http://www. cbcf.org/breastcancer/ bc_whatbc_bc.asp

Students enjoy their cupcakes.

CHOICES, CHOICES

Opinion: Unrest for India’s political scene Arrest of Kobad Ghandy a significant blow to the Communist Party of India BHUPINDER MANDAIR POLITICS BUREAU CHIEF

India is not unused to left-wing revolutionaries. It has had its long history steeped in leftist traditions and ideals. One has to look no further than the rampant inequality, corruption, class cleavages and religious fervor that have forced the country into a backward progression of following outdated customs and traditions to see that there are many things wrong structurally within India. Taking all of that into consideration, the leader of the Naxalite movement (followers of Maoism) was by all accounts, an unlikely figure to lead a so called ‘revolution’. Kobad Ghandy was arrested on September 17, 2009 in New Delhi. The arrest marks an increase in the Indian Government’s offensive against the ideologically opposed Maoist movement. Nevertheless, the arrest of Kobad Ghandy is a significant blow to the communist party of India: one of the many similarly named parties - as Ghandy was

tise it. The first step is to distriban influential leader and foreign ute land to the tiller. So our fight educated. The Communist Party of India is against land grab and exploitation of the poor, especially focus(Maoist) has been banned by ing on rural India.” India and has proclaimed it a terThe communist party of India rorist entity that has propagated has refused to enter mainstream violence. politics, as they The prime minisview the mainter of India has destream political clared the Naxalite culture as contamiextremists the most “...our fight is nated by capitalism. urgent threat to naagainst the As the Intional security and land grab and dian government has admitted that remains locked in the Indian Governexploitation fierce battle with ment is on the incorof the poor, the communist rect path to winning especially party, it remains to the war against the focusing on rural be seen what the extremists. India.“ end result may be. Kobad Ghandy Whether or not and the Communist - Kobad Ghandy the CPI(M) can Party of India has gain public support received support or whether it will and has strongholds be eradicated all in rural populations depends on its abildue to their focus ity to adapt to the new political on combating the inequality that culture that has arisen. appears to be ingrained into the Perhaps there is a need for societal fabric. revision in the Marxist doctrine, In a 2008 interview with the or time has simply past so called BBC, Ghandy described the need revolutionary movements by for change. and they are withering away like “We think the society is in a leaves on a tree. semi-feudal, semi-colonial state and there is a need to democra-

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WELCOME WEEK

Students step up to take on Challenge Week Hundreds of dollars raised for the Free the Children’s Education Campaign scrabble game with many faculty and administrators during her lunch hours. She would have With a minimum five dollar donated an extra $10 for every donation, students and faculty game she loses. Apparently, she were able to raise funds for won every game. The Director Free the Children’s Education of Athletics and Student Life Campaign through the and Development Coordinator, department for Student Life Elise Le Brun, and Kurt Penner, and Development and the took on the challenge of climbing student Global Villagers Team’s Summit The Challenge Week. Chief, The Approximately Lions, and The twenty employees Grouse Grind (faculty, staff, and all on one day. administration) Also, the most and sixty-five popular student students were activities were a involved. watershed park Donations are walk, Queen still coming in, Elizabeth, Bear but as of now Creek Park, and they have raised Crescent Beach at least $700 for walks led by one the campaign. of the Global Challenge Villagers leaders, week was from Courtesy of Kurt Penner Hermanjit September 21-27, Kahlon, and a 2009 and activities bake sale. The students in the such as: Scrabble Challenge, Public Safety Communications Yoga, “3 Peak Challenge”: program from Cloverdale held a Summit The Chief, The Lions, bake sale and raised $300 for the and The Grouse Grind all in one campaign. day, and 3-on-3 basketball were a So why choose Free the success. Children as their campaign? The most popular employee Kurt Penner says that, “The Free activity was a mind thinker. the Children Education Fund Linda Gomes held a competitive MAE VELASCO

seemed particularly appropriate given our Educational context. Their holistic ‘Adopt a Village’ development model, “. . . aims to lift communities out of poverty - one school, one medical clinic, one clean water well at a time.” It is a Canadian charity and committed to financial transparency or accountability. The Global Villagers Team works under the guidance of Student Life and Development, and our vision is for that student team to be one of the catalysts for Kwantlen students (and the whole Kwantlen community) to enact positive change in the world.” The team would like to thank their Challenge Week partners this year which included the Kwantlen bookstores, Kwantlen Recreation, and the Student Health Improvement Program. They would also like to thank all those who participated, donated, or partnered with the get involved - Give back Challenge this year. Watch for next year’s Challenge Week in September and start thinking about how you or your group could be involved. We think there will be many “challenges” put out there for next year!

Courtesy of Kurt Penner Director of Athletics Elise Le Brun and Student Life and Development Coordinator Kurt Penner took on the Chief Summit for Challenge Week.

The Public Safety and Communications program put on Challenge Week to raise money for the Free the Childrenʼs Education Campaign.

Courtesy of Kurt Penner

WRITERS FESTIVAL

Arts cuts may affect International Writers Festival, 2009 could be last year ADAM VINCENT CREATIVE WRITING BUREAU CHIEF

With recent funding cuts, and potentially more cuts in the near future, the festival’s ability to continue its high caliber festival could be in jeopardy. The Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival haass been bringing arts and culture through literature to Vancouver since 1988. Since its inception, the annual event, held over six days in late October, has brought authors the caliber of Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, Frank McCourt, Michael Ondaatje and JK Rowling to Vancouver to read and interact with attendees. They also hold Spreading the Word, which offers K-12 students and teachers the opportunity to speak with well known writers at the festival and in the classroom. Moreover, the festival sup-

ports undiscovered writers and gives them a platform to share their work/network with others in the writing community. The festival, who offers discounted tickets for students, is a registered non-profit charitable organization, and, like many arts organizations, relies on donations, ad revenue and some government support to put on its annual event. According to Hal Wake, Artistic Director of the Vancouver International Writers Festival, to festival members, “the provincial government is planning to cut over 80% of what has consisted of only 1/20th of 1% of the provincial budget.” These cuts would prevent the festival, and other arts organizations in BC from continuing to put on high quality entertainment/educational events and, in some cases, may cause some organizations to close their doors.

This idea is re-affirmed in the same email from Hal Wake who said, “We are looking at cuts of tens of thousands of dollars in the next couple of years, funds that we cannot replace easily, particularly in a tough economic environment. This will have considerable impact on our ability to bring worldrenowned writers to audiences and students in Vancouver.” According to the Alliance for Arts and Culture, a Vancouverbased arts advocacy group, funding has gone from $42.219 million in February of this year, to $23.075 million as of September. The group says that the arts budget, unless changed by early November when it is set to be finalized, will be cut to $3.657 million (not including gaming funds) for the 2011/2012 fiscal year. When asked about her feelings about the current funding cuts, and potentially more cuts in the

near future, Kwantlen Writers’ Guild President, Andrea Purvey, said that “generally, people don’t realize how much the arts effects their everyday lives. Art goes far beyond paintings in museums; it is part of ad campaigns on our televisions and in our newspapers, it’s the books our children bring home from school, it’s the music we load into our ipods.” When asked her opinion on the future of the arts if the cuts continue, Purvey said, “I think that budget cuts to arts programs at schools and in the communities will have a detrimental affect, not only on the international writers’ community, but on the future of the writing community [as a whole].” On the potential detrimental affects on the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Fest, Purvey said, “one of the events that the [VIWF] puts on are work-

shops for grade school classes, and without proper, funding these events cannot take place… [this] takes art out of the lives of our children.” Purvey worries about the future of the arts, and is concerned that people outside of the arts are ambivalent to the funding cuts. She said, “it is important to remember that art is not solely… for people in the field and college students; it inspires classrooms of children to get involved in literature, history, fine arts, media and more.” The V.I.W.F and the Alliance for Arts and Culture are asking that those who do not wish to see the quality of arts events in BC to diminish to contact their local MLA (www.leg.bc.ca/mla/31-7.htm) and tell them of your concern with intended cuts to the arts.


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STUDENT EXCHANGES

INDIAN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Exchanges offer international opportunities In Brief: NATSUMI OYE CURRENT EVENTS BUREAU CHIEF

NATSUMI OYE CURRENT EVENTS BUREAU CHIEF

When the travel-bug bites there is a way to get out of BC while continuing your studies, and without pushing your graduation date back. Kwantlen’s international exchange program helps to facilitate exchanges between Kwantlen students and a variety of their partnering schools. “It’s a fantastic experience,” said Andrea Reynolds, the International Mobility Coordinator for the program. The program started in 2001, according to Reynolds, but over the past year or two they have been trying to get the word out and get the program growing. The number of students in the program varies from semester to semester. “In the past the program has been quite small, but we are trying to make it larger,” she said. There are seven students away for the current fall semester, and 15 students set to go for next semester. Reynolds has been working with the program since November and hasn’t had too many negative experiences happen. One of the problems that the program has faced in the past involves administrative difficulties, but they are trying to smooth everything out as the program grows, according to Reynolds. “The actual time a student spends abroad is life-changing and extremely valuable.” Students should make sure that they follow procedures and take the responsibility to make sure that they have a positive experience when on an exchange trip, said Reynolds. “There are challenges when

Diwali, the Indian Festival of lights, is coming to Kwantlen’s Richmond and Surrey campuses in October. The event is currently in its planning stages, but is set to go at noon on Oct. 13 in the main courtyard at the Surrey campus, and at noon on Oct. 15 in the area outside of the KSA lounge at the Richmond campus, according to Reena Bali, the Richmond Campus Director for the KSA. There will be tents set up for the Surrey event as it is being held outside. So far the KSA is planning to have a variety of clubs participating, and to have activities going such as cricket. They are also looking for someone to come in and do henna tattoos, according to Bali. There will be free Indian food available during the event, although the specifics of what kind of Indian food are still to be determined. Diwali is traditionally a fiveday event celebrated by Hindus, according to diwalifestival.org. The third day is the main festival, the festival of lights. There are gifts given out traditionally during the festival “to all near and dear ones,” according to the site. Here we go again. The Kwantlen Student Association volunteers are circling campuses in search for signatures to put to vote whether or not the KSA should leave the Canadian Federation of Students. They are looking for approximately 2,000 signatures, according to Derek Robertson, the Director of External Affairs for the KSA. Two years ago when the KSA tried to get out of the CFS, they got 2,600 signatures, which is about 22 per cent of membership at the time, which allowed them to put to vote leaving the CFS, according to Robertson. They need 10 per cent of membership to go to a vote. The vote didn’t go through though, and they have had to wait two years to start the process over again because of CFS rules, according to Robertson. The deadline for the amount of signatures needed to get a vote going in the spring is a mystery, as Robertson was unable to disclose that information. Last week was the first full week the KSA has had volunteers going throughout all of the campuses seeking signatures and educating students on the current situation between the KSA and the CFS. If you think that Kwantlen’s Surrey campus has all of the fun, hosting events such as Cram Jam, you are wrong.

Courtesy of Eva Phung Eva Phung, took part in Kwantlenʼs exchange progrma and studied at Unitec Institute of Technology.

you go on an exchange,” she said. Cultural and course challenges are the main ones students face.

Courtesy of Eva Phung

Students can choose from places such as France, Finland, Japan, and Germany for their international exchange.

Eva Phung, a 4th year Psychology student at Kwantlen decided to go to New Zealand. Phung, went to Unitec Institute of Technology in her 3rd year. She was in New Zealand for four months during their semester two which goes from July to November. “There were challenges being in a new country,” she said, “but you learn to overcome those obstacles and enjoy your time there.” Phung’s advice for students considering going on an exchange is to plan ahead to make sure your graduation date wont be affected, and to go in second or third year.

“If you are thinking about doing it, go for it,” she said, “it’s an experience of a lifetime.” Things such as visiting a new culture, meeting new people and traveling were some of the best parts of the experience for Phung. Students who are interested in going on an exchange need to fill out application forms to be considered. If the student meets all of the requirements, the program generally finds a spot for them if not at their first choice school then at their second choice, according to Reynolds. For more information students can email Internationalprogram@ kwantlen.ca or visit the programs website www.kwantlen.ca/exchange.

KWANTLEN ATHLETICS

Eagles Women Dominate, Men Get Dominated MICHELA FIORIDO SPORTS BUREAU CHIEF

The women got exactly what they hoped for to start off the second half of the season in a 4-1 pounding over the Douglas College Royals. Play was unsteady and unimpressive at the start until midfielder Marissa Dionne blasted a beautiful shot top left corner to give the Eagles the lead. After the goal, the women dominated as Thoralea Pilton finished a shot that had ricocheted off the crossbar. First year forward, Taylor Sarchet had multiple chances to score while also playing well to create opportunities for others. The game’s standout, however was forward Kelsey Docherty. She out-skilled several Douglas defenders to hammer home the Eagles’ third goal. She also had several breakaway opportunities and was a physical presence all game with Douglas unable to contain her. Kelsey later commented that “it was probably the best

game of the season so far” and that “everyone had moments of greatness such as Marissa’s beautiful goal.” She also mentioned that the team did indeed start off rocky but once they got the momentum going there was nothing stopping them from beating their major arch nemesis – the Douglas Royals. Douglas did end up scoring once in the second half, however it was countered almost immediately by a goal scored by Shanay Sangha of the Eagles. This victory puts the women in a good position to contend to make the playoffs. Unfortunately, it wasn’t all wonderful for the Eagles this weekend as the men were rocked 8-0 by Douglas. No, that is not a typo, they really did lose by that much. At this point the men should simply focus on rebuilding and forming good habits for next year. Next Games: Sat - October 3 and Sun - Oct 4 @ Newton Athletic Park @12:00pm against the Quest Kermodes and VIU Mariners

Interested in writing news or sports for the Runner? Shoot an e-mails to news@runnerrag.ca Michela Fiorido Game standout Kelsey Docherty looks on after tackling a Douglas defender -- and coming out the better end of it.


Culture

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FASHION

Fall Fashion The temperatures are tumbling, the wind is whipping and the days are darkening. While some may despair the change of seasons, others see it as a chance to strut their stuff and sport the latest fall fashions. Photographer Jessica Pambid went out and captured some of Kwantlen's students sporting their fall gear. JESSICA PAMBID

Kaitlyn Vaughn

Eric

Surrey Campus

Surrey Campus

Jacket: Le Chateau, Vest: Vintage Scarf: The Bay, Shoes: Vintage

Jacket: Winners, Shoes: Under Ground, Scarf: Winners

Rhea

Langely Campus Jacket: Costa Blanca, Dress: Vintage, Boots: Aldo

Uzma

Todd

Surrey Campus

Surrey Campus

Surrey Campus

Purse: Winners, Jacket: Mango, Shoes: Vintage

Jeans: Vintage Store, Vest: Zellers, Touque: Vintage Store, Shoes: Shoe Warehouse.

Jacket: Bebe blue, Cardigan: Urban Behavior, Shoes: Shoe Warehouse


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THANKSGIVING DINNER

Remind me again, why do I attend? Thanksgiving is suppose to be about turkey but somehow it alwasy ends up about me ADAM VINCENT CREATIVE WRITING BUREAU CHIEF

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hanksgiving is, perhaps, the most elaborate ploy to round up family and friends for a stressful day of cooking, followed by a short, hearty meal. There is no jolly man in red, other than the occasional poorly dressed relative, and no bunny dealing chocolate to the chocoholics. It is a day to eat and give thanks. It is the latter part of that idea that the scheme is dependant upon. The ploy is rather formulaic. Once the food is served, the seated guests go around the table, like role call, one by one, thanking the cook(s) and stating how great the food is. This is then followed by the cook(s) lying, saying that the bountiful feast was no major feat and that we should do this again next year. We all play along. I get ripped off at Thanksgiving. I play my part. When I can, I help out with the preparation of the meal. I stir, I set the table, and I am pleasant with family and close family friends who all, without exception, have an opinion on my life. I smile and nod as they destroy my intended career path, my educational choices and my lack of consistent female companionship. I act as if I care about their comparison to decades prior, and agree that they are right. These acts should entitle me to all things Thanksgiving dinner related. After the meal, I become trapped in the living room, watching boring TV, and being treated to the musical stylings of the snoring of the older men of the family, who drifted off in a tryptophan induced coma--one

of which must always be holding the only remote for the television. They sleep on the couches, in the comfortable chairs and even, in rare instances, at the dinner table. Why do we attend family Thanksgiving dinner each year, if they are an obvious ploy to get everybody in one place for tradition’s sake? The food:

mashed potatoes, veggies, cheese sauce, cranberry sauce, gravy, stuffing and, the all important, turkey. I, for one, lack the desire to pull a bag of “giblets” from the bird. Some thing about a little

bag sitting in the cavity of the main course, which includes the turkey’s heart, gizzard, anus, liver and other guttural organs that is later used to create the stuffing that makes me feel a bit queasy. Each year I try to forget about

the aforementioned aspect of the cooking process and delight in the spoils. It is in the robust flavours, many of which come from the nauseating bag of insides, where

I find solace in the pain that is socializing at a family function. When post-dinner clean up is over, and the men begin to regain enough consciousness to drive home, I am treated to a final round of ‘advice’ before the night is over. Perhaps I am as affected by the turkey as the other men, as I continue to take wave after wave of

‘advice’ without returning the favour. Why do I attend? Oh yeah, the food. Consistently each year, by the end of the night, I find myself questioning my intentions in life, and thinking back to my latest relationship and where it went awry. I then look around the

room, see where the advice came from, and take their suggestions with a grain of salt. As it is each year, the ‘encouraging’ words fade from my mind as I go to get my bag of left overs, not to be mistaken with the former giblet bag, that will become my nutritional staple for the next three days. This is why I attend. The thought of turkey sandwiches with mustard, hot turkey sandwiches with gravy, turkey and stuffing sandwiches, and pseudo turkey dinners with re-heated veggies and potatoes continues to cause my mouth to salivate, despite my fully stuffed stomach. When it is finally my turn to thank and hug applicable family members, I graciously accept my assigned left overs and open up my bag like a child getting a goody bag at the end of a birthday party. In recent years, I have gotten ripped off when I opened my goody bag. I endure the family, the advice and pushed away any thoughts of entrails, to open up my bag to find a small sandwich bag of mostly dark meat and a smaller sandwich bag of potatoes. Last year, the tryptophan wore off in time for me to ask why I was given so little and given the greasier dark turkey meat. I was told that there was less left over and that I got a fair portion of the remains. That year I had one, postThanksgiving, turkey-related meal. I thought of the hours of smiling and nodding, and the stirring of sauces would have earned more, yet it did not. I played my part in the ploy and yet, I got ripped off at Thanksgiving. Illustration by: Tianna Kwong

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OPINION

Time for a new menu Kwantlen

DENNY HOLLICK CO-ORDINATING EDITOR

For many years now, the typical diet of a student who eats regularly on campus has consisted of greasy burger patties, overcooked chicken strips, and subpar salads. Chartwells, the main food provider on all of the campuses has been the primary contractor for food services at Kwantlen for

several years now, and although they’ve added some flare to their kitchens lately, overall, things haven’t really changed. Students who are hungry and looking for a meal typically find themselves in an institutionalized environment eating products which cost nearly the same as a sit down full serve restaurant, and receive so little for it. I recal last time I had something from the Chartwells cafeteria on the Surrey campus (many months ago), I paid nearly $10 for my burger and drink. I had asked for an extra pickle, and the cafeteria lady snapped at me, telling me it would cost me extra. She threw it on my burger and MADE SURE, that I paid the additional amount by escorting me to the cashier and telling them my order. After that ordeal, I’d

THANKSGIVING MESSAGE

Loath them or Love Them AVNEET MANN

Ah, Thanksgiving. Smells of turkey wafting in the air, joyous family reunions and sweethearted blessings fill your mind. But are these commercialized, cookie-cutter customs actually the real deal? Who knows. For some its not even close to what they experience and it’s a completely different picture. Perhaps the turkey is replaced with a fine bottle of Hennessey or whatever your poison may be. But the main purpose to this ritualistic celebration is family. Ah, yes, family. As this stuffing-filled holiday creeps ever so slowly we may reflect upon all the difficulties that family inevitably carries. And as much as we hate to admit it, at least one point in our

lives we’ve pondered over the old proverb that so wisely states that you cannot choose your family. You endure what fate has handed you with and make your best with it. Whether, you loathe them or love them, they’re your family and they’re all you have. But then again everything has to have a ying to a yang. And this yang is a whole other epic philosophy entirely. This argues that the family that you’re dealt dealt with is just the beginning. You grow up and get out so you can stumble upon another kind family that just… fits. Whether you’re spending time with the kin you’re born into or have found your very own tribe, as long you have a place you can call home, count your blessings. Happy Thanksgiving all!

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suggest someone over at Chartwells reads the book on customer service, “Give them the pickle,” by Bob Farrell. About a year ago, maybe a bit more, I was engaged in a focus group for Chartwells regarding the overall look and feel of what they had to offer. I remember the group giving them several examples on what could be done better to improve food services at Kwantlen, but roll-out of any of those suggestions seemed slow or nonexistent. Even more recently, Macleans magazine published a review written by Karen Pinchin, declaring that Chartwells may have some of the worst campus food in Canada. The writer says “The food - I use that term loosely was horrendous.” She ended the article on a facetious note by

mentioning “The best part of the meal was the overpriced Jell-O cup for $2.50. It was flavourful and familiar. Too bad Jell-O isn’t a food group.” I really couldn’t have said it better. Students today expect value for their money, but unfortunately, Chartwells hasn’t been able to deliver. Without any other food options, students don’t have much of a choice. (Except the Grass Roots Cafe, which can be a bit pricey on its own. Although I understand that times are tight for many companies, Chartwells needs to find ways to make their bottom line work in balance with their services, food quality, affordability and environment. Hopefully we’ll see a Timmy’s on Campus sometime soon.

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The coffee conundrum

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BY SHANE SCOTT-TRAVIS NEXUS (CAMOSUN COLLEGE)

VICTORIA (CUP) – As we bid a slow goodbye to summer and buckle down for the semester ahead, many students begin to rely on coffee to make it through the grueling pace that school can ask of us. Make no mistake, coffee is a powerful stimulant and it takes a certain amount of internal fortitude just to order a venti soy latte, extra hot, no foam, with a straight face. Coffee is our drug of choice – and what a drug it is. Since the Industrial Revolution it’s been at our beck and call, eager to offer an energy lift and, eerily enough, enable us to work at repetitious tasks, never breaking concentration until the whistle blows and we can scurry home. Coffee culture has taken a hold of our society by the gonads and given it a vicious twist in the last few decades. And, contrary to popular belief, it isn’t all roses. On a recent sojourn to Vancouver I was tickled to see a Starbucks for every Starbucks on Robson Street. Coffee is a great servant but a terrible master, the kind of master who threatens with the promise of a quivering sphincter. Coffee, or “the black death,” if you will, is a designer drug. Used in moderation it can certainly give you a lift but if you overdo it, an anxiety attack is never far behind. Bean juice is tough on the bladder, too, especially for women. Coffee is a diuretic so it makes

you sweat, and sweat stinks – it’s just a few urethra crystals shy of being urine, hence those yellowish stains on many an undershirt, right? Gross to the max! Too much coffee can lead to halitosis, irritable bowel syndrome, stomach cancer and any number of other awkward social taboos that will practically guarantee that no undulating co-eds will be shimmying anywhere near you. Quitting coffee cold turkey can be harmful; it causes illness and dependence. Curbing our coffee consumption, on the other hand, is a worthwhile pursuit. We needn’t bid our barista byebye but we can consider a few alternatives to mix things up a bit. Why not enjoy some herbal tea? Chocolate is energizing, when used responsibly, as is yerba matte and tonics like ginseng and maca root. Or how about ginger tea with lemon? Spirulina and wheat grass can also provide your body with energy of the variety that doesn’t bring you down. Granted, you might have to fraternize with hippies and pretend to like Phish, but you don’t have to worry about the riling lethargy of a coffee crash. So, if you like the bubble, toil and trouble in the ol’ intestines or having an entire rugby team push full force in your head, well, maybe excessive coffee consumption is your cup of, um, tea. In which case, smell you later. As for the rest of us, why talk to clouds on a sunny day?

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vol. 2 issue 03 | October 06 2009 | page nine

CONCERT REVIEW

MUSIC AT MIDWEEK

MUSIC AT KWANTLEN

Melissa Fraser/The Runner Fringe Percussion plays the Langley Auditorium Sept. 25.

MELISSA FRASER CULTURE EDITOR

The Grunge comeback JEFF GROAT ENTERTAINMENT BUREAU CHIEF

This is the first time that I can say that the opening band was just as good as the headliner. Ben Harper and the Relentless7 pounded the shit out of their groovy blues based rock from their latest album, White Lies for Dark Times. In typical Harper style, he played a few songs with his trademark Weissenborn acoustic, plugged in and distorted, creating his distinct earthy tone. And Pearl Jam? They kicked ass. What more can be said? Aside from sitting in the noalcohol section—I didn’t know there was such a section—my cheap (relatively) seats in the upper bowl were fine. The view was a little shitty, but the sound was mostly clear, sometimes muddy. The set-list was a walk through

both new and old Pearl Jam gems, with highs, lows, jams and overall arena rocking goodness. I hate the term “arena rock,” it had its heyday in the 80’s, and there it should stay, but Pearl Jam always has a knack for filling up the place—whether it’s GM Place or the Commodore Ballroom. Towards the end of the set, the band turned around and played their “Life Wasted” tune to the (un)lucky fans sitting behind the stage, Eddie Vedder saying, “I know this place, it’s the Commodore.” This show had the most energy I’ve experienced at a concert in a long time, especially since I was feeling it all the way in the upper-bowl at the far end of the stadium. Highlights include “Given To Fly”, “MFC”, “Even Flow”, “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter

in a Small Town”, “Rearviewmirror”, their version of The Who’s “Love Reign O’er Me”, “Indifference” (with Ben Harper), “Betterman” —which ended up evolving into a jam of another song I don’t know, and “Yellow Ledbetter”—played long after the house lights came on, ending their second encore. Adding to the energy was the band’s announcement that they were donating $20,000 from the Vancouver show to The Terry Fox Foundation, an announcement that brought the stadium to its feet, and nearly brought tears to some eyes (including my own). It was a very special night in Vancouver for everyone—including the band, as Vedder commented that “this feels like the real first night of the tour.”

I stopped by Music at Midweek last Wednesday to get a photo for this week’s issue of the Runner. I snuck in and grabbed a seat off to the side. As I fumbled with getting the camera out the bag I had a million other things on my mind. I had a lot to do that day, I was in a bad mood and I was crazy stressed. Then the band started and I knew instantly that all the errands I had planned for the day had to be put aside for an hour so I could stay and listen. Everything I had been stressing about seemed to disappear for that hour and my bad mood disappeared for the rest of the day. Last week’s Music at Midweek featured Van Django, a gypsy jazz group from Vancouver. They descibe themselves as “...an acoustic string ensemble whose music is well-rooted in the gypsy jazz of 1930’s Paris France.” To the untrained ear, it was four men plucking away real fast on their

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string instruments and it was rad. After the concert, I heard someone on him phone say something along the lines, “I just saw this sick concert. It was this group of classical guys playing some fucking awesome shit.” They played original music as well as some covers, including a rendition of the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life,” that blew my mind. Everything was fast, fun and awesome. “Music at Midweek was designed to provide music students an opportunity to see professionals in concert as well as perform themselves,” said Gail Suderman, the director of voice and choral studies at Kwantlen. However, all Kwantlen students are invited to the free weekly concerts. While it may seem like only music students would enjoy the series, it turns out Music at Midweek is a cool way to spend a Wednesday afternoon if you’re in the Langley area. Even if you’re not in the Langley area, make a point of attending at least one Music at Midweek this semester.

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AFI’s Crash Love ditches the band’s roots

CHRISTOPHER POON MEDIA EDITOR

I’ll admit straight up that I’m a huge AFI fan. I consider them one of my favourite bands of all time, which is a huge bias when going into the review of their latest album. But look at it this way, who can be most critical if not a die-hard fan? I fell in love with these guys back in 2001, with their thenrecently released album The Art of Drowning, which still stands

out as my favourite album to date (see a trend developing here?). Since then the Californian band has released three albums, Sing the Sorrow, Decemberunderground and last week’s Crash Love. Crash Love comes three years after the release of Decemberunderground, their most commercially-successful album to date. However, commerciallysuccessful doesn’t always mean good. Decemberunderground was a far-cry from their previous material, and revealed a poppier, more mainstream AFI than what fans may have been used to. The album did well in that it appealed to a much broader audience, but perhaps at the risk of alienating their already established one. Crash Love continues the band’s venture into pop-rock with catchier choruses, repetitive riffs and drum beats. The album’s

single “Medicate” simply seems soft and watered down when compared with anything preDecemberunderground, but really, all of the tracks are mostly forgettable. The surprise was the second disc contained with the special edition of Crash Love, which has four previously-unreleased tracks recorded during the production of the past three albums. These four songs alone are better than the entirety of the main album, and the song “Fainting Spells” is perhaps the band’s best song released in the last six years. It’s highly-reminisce of the energy and passion that was evident on Sing the Sorrow and The Art of Drowning, and is sure to please fans of the band’s earlier sounds. As for the band’s hardcore roots, there’s no evidence of such awesomeness on this album. Avoid.

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vol. 2 issue 03 | October 06 2009 | page ten

THANKSGIVING TRADITIONS

HOLIDAY DRINKING

Thanksgiving

All hail the harvest

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Thanksgiving might be all about turkey and pumpkin pie in North America, but in other countries fall festivals have their own traditions.

ANASTASIA KIRK TRAVEL BUREAU CHIEF

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ver since the pilgrims sat down to dine with the Indians, Thanksgiving has been regarded as the classic American holiday. While us Canucks like to jump on board the gravy train too, nowhere is Thanksgiving a bigger deal than it is in the U.S. But, perhaps surprisingly, it is still celebrated around the world. In many countries, “Thanksgiving” is known as the fall harvest. For as long as humans have been farming, they have depended on the harvest for food and livelihood. A good harvest meant a family would have food to eat or trade and would help guarantee survival throughout the coming winter. A bad harvest could mean death by starvation. Plentiful harvests have long been celebrated, and thanks have been given to all sorts of deities to show appreciation and help ensure another healthy crop next year. Nowadays the tradition continues, even if some of us never give a thought to the farmers who grow our food. Thanksgiving is still a big deal in North America, and there are endless prayers, parades and school plays to prove it. But the rest of the world is not to be ignored. Here’s how everybody else celebrates their harvest season.

Korea Chuseok is the Korean version of Thanksgiving. It is a day of celebration in both South and North Korea, but because of Kim Jong Il’s reign of terror and absolute authority in the North, Chuseok usually gets thrown on the back burner here. South Koreans however, feast and party much the same way as North Americans, but they do it better. Chuseok is a three-day festival in South Korea and each year at

harvest time (usually in September) South Koreans get together to eat, dance, play games and give thanks to their ancestors. It is one of the biggest celebrations in South Korea. But you probably won’t find a turkey in the oven. Since rice is the staple food harvested here, traditional Chuseok eats include rice cakes, rice soup, and yes, rice wine. Emphasis is also put on honouring ancestry. Families gather at their deceased relatives’ gravesites to pay homage, give thanks and make sure the graves are kept up, which often calls for a little weeding and possibly some spit shine. North Koreans follow the practice of visiting relatives’ graves, but they are known to visit out of superstition rather than respect. (It is widely believed that ancestral spirits affect fortune, and so it is customary to clean gravesites and even bury money to ensure good fortune in the coming year). But in the land of no fun, Chuseok is just another day of no fun. Not surprisingly, the most important celebration in North Korea is Kim Jong Il’s birthday. So this holiday season, why not give thanks you don’t live there?

Ghana/Nigeria The Yam Festival is held in the West African countries of Ghana and Nigeria at the end of the rainy season when the crops are ready to be harvested and eaten. Yams are essentially the same thing as sweet potatoes and are one of the most common foods in many African countries. Most of the year, these countries are arid and dry, but once the rainy season hits, the soil is replenished and root vegetables flourish. Unfortunately, the rainy season also brings disease like cholera (from drinking unsafe water) and malaria (from all the mosquitoes

that come to hover above the cesspools the rain creates). But those who survive it celebrate it with offerings of yams and other food first to gods and then to family, friends and neighbours. It is a time not just for families, but entire villages to come together and feast on goodies like maize (corn), beans, cassava and, of course, yams. While it is the harvest of yams that makes this time of year special, it gets topped off with a ritual slaughter. Chicken, fish or lamb is always served alongside veggies, ensuring Ghanaians and Nigerians go to bed with bellies as full as ours on their Thanksgiving holiday.

Australia Living in the southern hemisphere means many things are the exact opposite from us here in the North. For example, the sky looks different, the toilets flush in the opposite direction and the seasons are all ass backwards. Aussies celebrate Christmas in the summer and Easter in the fall. What isn’t different is that Thanksgiving is actually celebrated in the fall, but fall falls in March, because fall is spring and spring is fall. Get it? Okay, aside from a trip to the southern hemisphere being like a trip through the looking glass, Aussies are probably more like Canadians than anyone else on Earth—save for the wacky vocab and vegemite obsession. They like to eat, drink and party under a sky of fireworks, and that’s exactly what they do at the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival held in the Granite Belt wine region of Queensland, northeastern Australia. The combination of granite and altitude makes this region especially “fruitful.” The grapes grown and harvested here are turned into some of the world’s best wine and the Apple and Grape festival is a weekend-

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long street festival celebrating Australians’ love of good food and wine. The swanky Gala Ball kicks of the festivities on Friday night followed by two days of parades, wine tasting and grape crushing. I guess the mentality is that apples are good, but wine calls for a real party. The weekend ends with a show of fireworks, and we Vancouverites all know what that’s like.

Brazil Brazilians know how to have a good time. Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is one of the biggest and most widely known festivals worldwide. But the harvest season is no less important to Brazilians than it is to everyone else, and they take their festivities very seriously. Brazilians don’t just hold one celebration to give thanks for their harvest, they hold a whole slew of festivals called Festas Juninas, or June Festivals. These festivals are held in June (duh) because, like Australia, Brazil lies within the southern hemisphere, and seasons come at different times of the year. Of course, Brazil being a mainly catholic nation, these holidays are celebrated first and foremost to honour the saints. St. Anthony is honoured on June 13, St. John on June 24 and St. Peter on June 29. The festival of St. John (São João) is considered the biggest festival and rivals the crowds of Carnival. Brazilians dress in traditional garb and come together over regional food, dancing and music that blasts at a volumelevel only Brazilians could enjoy without blowing an eardrum. The Boi Bumba festival ends the Festas Juninos at the end of the month. Celebrated along the Amazon River in the small town of Parinitins. Boi Bumba literally means “beat the bull” and is celebrated in honour of an old legend about an ox and a pregnant chick with a craving for ox tongue. You might have an idea how this story ends. Two teams compete in a pageant —somewhat like a crazy Brazilian dance-off—on the night of the festivities and the people of Parintins get so into the spirit that some even paint their houses blue or red, in honour of their favourite team.

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You might be stuck in Vancouver for the Thanksgiving long weekend but that doens't mean you can't get really drunk and go to every trashy bar you can think of.

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The Mirage is having a Thanksgiving Day long weekend party on Sunday. Best to show up later rather than earlier and the drunker you are before you get there the better.

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Get a head start on the Thanksgiving weekend and get friends together for a weekend predrink on Thursday. Start early and drink as much Wild Turkey Bourbon as you possibly can.

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If we're talking trash, you might as well sneak in Count Down to Liquor Day. The Trailor Park Boys' latest movie is best enjoyed drunk at a matinee.

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Coyote Ugly's Sunday night party is called Fubar. This means cut off jeans and ball caps are a must. There's a new club in Langley called Rock Sugar. It's long weekend party is called Yo! Yo! It's in Langley. Need we say more?

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It wouldn't be a bender without a little time at Fever Night Club in New West. DJ Supafly from the Beat will br spinning all sorts of Thanksgiving goodies.

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Feeling classy? Mix together amaretto, raspberry liqueur, sour mix, southern comfort, and vodka together for an Autumn Eve Martini. the more you drink the classier you'll feel.

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Head over to Fort Langley and pick yourself up a few bottles of Cranberry Wine. If you go dressed up like the olden times you may get away with walking around the fort drunk out of your mind.


Culture

vol. 2 issue 03 | October 06 2009 | page eleven

MOVIE CULTURE

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DEGREES OF KEVIN BACON: Malin Akerman to Kevin Bacon BY KYLE SLAVIN CONTRIBUTOR

Couples Retreat – In Theatres Oct. 9 What happened to Vince Vaughn’s career? The last big movie he did, or the last movie of his that anyone talked about was Fred Claus, and it looked horrible. He was on such a high after Wedding Crashers, and then The Break-Up appears to have ruined him. So what’s his next best move? Another rom-com, of course. But this time he’s reuniting with his Swingers costar Jon Favreau, along with some relatively big names (Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Kristin David and Malin Akerman) in Couples Retreat. The trailers make it seem almost unbearable, but I have sneaking suspicion that it’s not going to be half bad. Here’s hoping.

Watchmen The first time I heard of Watchmen was in line for the midnight showing of The Dark Knight, when some fanboys asked if the Watchmen trailer was premiering before Batman. It did, and I thought to myself, “What the hell kind of crap is this?” But I, somewhat begrudgingly, gave it a shot, and I actually quite enjoyed it. Everyone says: “Read the graphic novel to appreciate it more,” but I don’t want to. I get the gist of it already: Billy Crudup is a naked blue guy, Malin Akerman’s his hot wife, and Rorschach’s got a pretty sweet mask.

Lost In the Desert with Devendra JEFF GROAT CONTRIBUTOR

If you haven’t cut your hair in a few months, you rarely shave your beard, or you own an acoustic guitar, you may be a hippie and you may well have heard of Devendra Banhart. And although I may call myself a hippie—meeting those three caveats—I hate to say I found out about Banhart by seeing an appearance of his on Britain’s Later with Jools Holland TV show on Youtube, . Labeled “freak-folk”, Banhart draws on sunny Spanish guitar sounds, stripped down acoustic songs, and psychedelic tracks with 60’s rock roots. Samba Vexillographica—off of Thunder Canyon— rolls with sunny acoustic guitar, colourful Spanish vocals that explain how each of us in the world has a flag of our own, and perhaps takes some deeper meaning from that thought. You can’t get much more hippie than the first line of ‘Seahorse’, in which Banhart says, “I’m high, I’m happy, and I’m free.” Seahorse is an eight minute long jam, starting out with bare guitar chords, moving into a psychedelic space with a building melody, over which Banhart repeats, “I want to be a little Seahorse,” and finally breaks down into a rocking finale with an overdriven guitar riff and really bangin’ drums. The video for ‘Carmensita’ was a playful take on a stereotypical Bollywood

movie, featuring Natalie Portman. Carmensita the song, is also sung in Spanish—albeit Banhart’s roughly translated and often grammatically wrong Spanish— lending it a very funky quality. ‘Carmensita’s’ not-quite-flamenco guitar is played with a slight delay on it, again taking us back to the good old days of songwriting in California. In fact, this album was recorded entirely in the artist haven of Topanga Canyon, California, reminiscent of vintage Neil Young recording methods. This is an album perfectly suited to playing while sitting in the early morning sunshine and drinking your first cup of coffee—it will pick you up gently and leave you wandering somewhere in the desert, with maybe a little smoke in your eyes. Be sure to look for Banhart’s newest, What Will We Be, out very soon.

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Big Fish My argument to anyone who tells me the book is better than the movie hasn’t read Big Fish. It was an okay book, but the movie blows me away every time I watch it. It has a great sense of being a strong ensemble piece, without it being a hugely ensemble movie. Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney and Billy Crudup lead the movie, with greatly understated performances by Jessica Lange, Danny Devito, Steve Buscemi, Helena Bonham Carter and Alison Lohman. I don’t care what anybody says about The Nightmare Before Christmas (yeah, it’s good but you only like it because it’s become hugely cult), Big Fish is Tim Burton’s best movie since Edward Scissorhands.

Where the Truth Lies

Away We Go There are a lot of movies out there described as heart warming. These movies are usually chick flicks or family films and they usually leave your heart just as cold as it was going into the thing. Away We Go is nothing like these movies. Not only does it leave your heart warm it also has you wondering why there aren’t more movies like this one. The movie is about a pregnant couple

It’s hard to play Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon when he actually hasn’t made a lot of movies, or a lot of movies that he starred in, or a lot of movies that he starred in, and I saw. So that really narrows his credentials down to six films. And Where the Truth Lies is unquestionably the most forgettable. I saw this no more than a year ago, and I can’t remember what it’s about. I remember Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth play a comedy team, and Alison Lohman and Rachel Blanchard were in it. That’s the extent of it. I don’t even recall if I liked it or hated it, which makes me suspect that I was so neutral about it, I didn’t mention to anyone that I actually watched it. That said, I wouldn’t watch it. It probably wasn’t worth the two hours of my time, and won’t be worth yours either.

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who have a chance to start their life anywhere they want. The audience follows them around North America as they look for the perfect place to live and as they reconnect with family and friends. Although it stars Maya Rudolph from Saturday Night Live and John Krasinski from The Office, Away We Go really flew under the radar this summer. We live in the Lower Mainland, which means it’s going to rain from now until May, which means there will be plenty of movie-renting time, which means Away We Go should be on your to-rent list.


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vol. 2 issue 03 | October 06 2009 | page twelve

SKETCHY - MELANIE FRIESEN

HOROSCOPE

AQUARIUS Sept. 23 - Oct. 22

SCORPIO Oct. 23 - Nov. 21 If someone or something tells you to do something crazy you’ll want to do something crazy.

You’ve been told you have to share your Lego with your peers. Hide every piece you can.

PISCES Feb. 19 - Mar. 20

SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22 - Dec. 21

LIBRA

Your close relationships are less like corduroy trousers and more like mesh gym shorts.

Sept. 23 - Oct. 22 There is a gaggle of geese swarming toward you, put your musket down and run for it.

There’s a package waiting for you. It’s probably two apples and a huge banana.

CAPRICORN Dec. 22 - Jan.19 You’re seeking answers to burning questions. Find the answers in a bowl of popcorn.

ARIES Mar. 21 - Apr.19 Pack a toothbrush and a clean shirt in a backpack. You’re off to Saturn to find yourself.

TAURUS Apr. 20 - May 20 If you get a chance to make a deal with the devil this week, make sure you don’t get ripped off.

GEMINI May 21 - June 20 First, think about how great your life would be with a pet lizard. Now, go buy a pet lizard.

CANCER June 21 - July 22

LEO July 23 - Aug. 22 Why does that sign say stop when amber lights flashing. The lights are obviously yellow.

VIRGO Aug. 23 - Sept. 22

Leave all thoughts of bologna and honey ham behind, this week is about real, delicious meat.

Screw inspiration. You want a banana. A nice firm yellow banana that has some green on the ends.

Yoga at Kwantlen

Sudoku Easy #67 1 Special to Canadian University Press By Jennifer Zhou, CUP Graphics Bureau Chief

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Kwantlen’s got a new yoga studio for students on the Richmond campus. The Lotus Studio’s construction and operations are funded by student fees, but students are still charged to use the facility. If it’s already paid for by us, why can’t we use it for free?

INTERESTING FACT People that are allergic to cats will be able to pet them without sneezing and scratching. Genetically engineered cats will be produced to help people with allergies enjoy their sneeze-free kitties. Allerca, Inc., a biotechnology firm in San Diego, California, says it has bred Hypoallergenic Cats and is now taking orders from customers in the United States.

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