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KSA NATIONAL POLITICS

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AROUND KWANTLEN

Kwantlen votes to join CASA while still in CFS ANDREW BATES CUP WESTERN BUREAU CHIEF

KELOWNA, B.C. (CUP) – A year and a half after Kwantlen students voted not to leave the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), the board of the Kwantlen Students’ Association (KSA) has voted to join the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA). If the KSA are successful in their bid to join CASA, they would be members of both national student lobby groups for the second time in their history. Kwantlen’s director of external affairs, Derek Robertson, said that the KSA is unique in its pursuit of dual membership. “I believe [we would be] the only school in the country to be represented by both of the major federal lobby organizations,” he told the Canadian University Press. If a student association votes not to leave the CFS in a referendum, they must wait two years before they may hold another defederation vote. The KSA’s decision to join CASA was made just six months before they may opt for another defederation referendum in April 2010. The KSA, based out of Surrey, B.C., will be associate members of CASA for a year before it considering making an application to become full members. “After that year, if the KSA feels that CASA is doing a good job and representing them well,

we will vote to become full members,” Robertson said. “If we do not feel like we’re getting the benefit out of being a member of CASA,” he said, “we can vote to leave. It’s a two step in, two step out [process].” CASA recently changed its bylaws to require full members to spend a year as associate members before leaving the organization. It isn’t clear exactly how much joining CASA will cost the KSA, as the organization’s fee structure charges based on a formula that weighs number of students, a members’ budget, and full or associate membership. “I’m not exactly sure how CASA works,” said CFS chair Katherine Giroux-Bougard, “but there is no cost to a students’ union to be members of the Federation.” CFS fees do not come out of a students’ union’s budget, but rather through individual student fees. The KSA’s bid to join CASA was aided by a recent increase to its lobbying fund, one of 12 fee adjustments recently passed in a referendum, with a total fee increase of $84.15 per semester (for a student taking five courses) by 2016. The referendum turnout was 2.8 per cent, or 494 of Kwantlen’s 17313 members. The quorum for KSA referendums is 250 voters, or 1.4 per cent of the student population. Robertson declined to confirm whether or not the council would

attempt another referendum on CFS membership if they gained full membership in CASA. “Membership in CASA does not mean that we will try another go at leaving the CFS,” Robertson said. “If we weren’t members of CASA, we could do the exact same thing.” After Robertson served as a spokesperson for the “No” side in the 2008 CFS defederation referendum, the executive committee of CFS-B.C., the organization’s B.C. wing, rejected his application to serve as the KSA’s representative. The KSA have not since named a replacement for Robertson. In the recent fee referendum, the KSA voted for a fund to create membership materials that would “provide an alternate view of CFS”. The KSA would be CASA’s 24th member, and its third in British Columbia. Founded in 1995, CASA focuses mainly on federal lobbying through meetings with politicians, leaving provincial lobbying to member organizations. The CFS, which has 84 members – 18 of those in B.C. – also lobby on the provincial level, using lobbying tactics such as petitions and rallies. CASA also only focuses on post-secondary issues, while the CFS also lobbies for other issues including childcare, anti-war campaigning, and the rights of gay men to give blood.

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE KWANTLEN CAMPUSES

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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.

Music @ Midweek WHERE: Langley campus - Auditorium WHEN: 3:00pm - 5:00pm WHAT: Come out and listen to Joel Stobbe, Cello Linda Stobbe, Piano play the music of Beethoven and Franck.

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Fine Arts Faculty Exhibit

Creative Writing Readings Series Jan Conn WHERE: Surrey, D224 WHEN: 1:00pm WHAT: Listen to Jan Conn read from her latest work and discuss creative writing.

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Global Villagers Bake Sale WHERE: Surrey Campus Court yard WHEN: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Timothy Oh, The Peak

WHAT: Come pick up some tasty treats to support the Philippines Red Cross.

CANADIAN UNIVERSITY PRESS - WHAT’S HAPPENING ACROSS CANADA

Vaccine delay ‘nothing political’ TYSON LOWRIE THE CONCORDIAN

MONTREAL (CUP) – Canadians will have to wait a while longer than other countries before the H1N1 vaccine becomes available. The vaccine became available in the United States on Oct. 5, and will be available in Britain before the end of the month – but it won’t hit doctors’ offices until early November in Canada. In Quebec, director of public health Horacio Arruda has said it will not be available until Nov. 15. Clinical trials of the vaccine in Canada are beginning this week. The federal government has come under fire from opposition parties for taking “too long” to purchase the vaccine and make it available to the public. The Liberal Party accused the Harper government of “failing the public” by not speeding up

availability. According to Dr. Stephen DiTommaso, a physician at the des Faubourgs local community service centre (shortened to CSLC based on the French translation), the delay doesn’t pose a serious threat. “Usually the best time is October or November,” he said. “The shot lasts for about three or four months, so if you get it too soon, then it might wear off too soon anyway. But they’re working like hell to produce the best vaccine they can as soon as they can. I think this has virtually nothing to do with politics.” The Quebec inoculation campaign will be conducted through the provincial government’s CLSC network of local health clinics. As such, the vaccine will not be available at private clinics or university health clinics. Additionally, the heightened

effort in fighting H1N1 means that Quebec’s seasonal flu vaccination will not begin until early 2010. Asked whether there is a danger in focusing too greatly on H1N1, DiTommaso said that such danger is hard to predict. “On the one hand they want to be ready, because if there’s a pandemic they’ll be blasted for it, but on the other hand, they’ll be blamed if they over-prepare. I think they’re sort of stuck. If [H1N1] ends up being a dud, one of the problems in the future is that people will disregard these warnings.” When the vaccine gets to Quebec, it will be first made available to priority individuals – including the chronically ill, young children, pregnant women and the elderly – before being available to the larger population.

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PSYC 4620 Film Series: The Killing Fields WHERE: Surrey Campus - G1205C WHEN: 7:00 pm - 9:00pm WHAT: The PSYC 4620 presents the Psychology of Genecide through film. Drop by each week where a different film will be shown.

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Halloween Spooktastic Fangorium WHERE: Langley Campus WHEN: Thursday WHAT: Get your fright on as the Langley KSA welcomes you to their second annual Haunted Asylum! - Raffles, games, prizes and more!


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SOCIAL JUSTICE LIAISON CUTS

Despite referundum results, Social Justice fund axed Students with Disabilities Liaison resigns amid lack of social justice funds CHRIS YEE CONTRIBUTOR

Citing chronic underfunding of the Social Justice liaisons and programs, Students with Disabilities Liaison Ken McIntyre resigned from his post following the KSA council meeting on Oct. 6. The Social Justice liaisons were created in 2001 in order to provide representation on Student Council for a number of underrepresented groups, as well as advocacy for issues pertaining to said groups. Seven Social Justice liaisons were created, including liaisons supporting women, aboriginal students, queer students, and students with disabilities. According to Ken McIntyre, the cause of dedicated Social Justice funding has been an uphill battle. A referendum had been held to establish a dedicated Social Justice fee failed to gain support from students. Yearly funding for the Social Justice liaisons fell sharply from the beginning – from $2000 for each liaison in early 2001 to $450 for each liaison in 2007. By 2009, budget cuts forced the Social Justice liaisons to rely entirely on reserve funds in order to keep functioning.

A number of funding proposals for Social Justice were put forward in the Oct. 6 council meeting. Among the proposals made during the course of the meeting was one proposing that the Social Justice fee be reduced to 5 cents per credit from the initially

proposed 10 cents per credit, says McIntyre. Sadly, even this compromise was not enough in the face of the limit of 15 per cent total student fees imposed on new Year One funding, as well as competing priorities such as the SUB fund. As a result, dedicated Social

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Justice funding was axed. This was the last straw for McIntyre, who immediately resigned his post as Students with Disabilities Liaison. McIntyre said this decision would “essentially [push] back the implementation of dedicated social justice funding for at least

two years or longer.” Also, the Social Justice Centre space in the Surrey KSA offices faces possible replacement by office space in support of the expansion of various other Year One programs, despite it being a “priority,” says McIntyre. In place of a “physical space,” McIntyre adds, “low-end laptops” would have been provided to each Liaison. The Social Justice Centre, located in the KSA office on Surrey campus, was a hub for the liaisons’ operations. In addition to administrative duties, these included providing resources and services pertinent to each liaison. The Disability Liaison provided referrals to disability services and advocacy, while the Queer Liaison provided, among other things, literature pertaining to queer issues. The office also provided a meeting space for organizing and facilitating activities pertaining to social justice. In light of these issues, McIntyre says that while he still has “faith” in the KSA to support the Social Justice liaisons and programs, he feels they are currently only paying “lip service” to the cause.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Kwantlen enrolment increases: but for how long? United Nations Extends Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti DENNY HOLLICK CO-ORDINATING EDITOR

Kwantlen has recently seen a strong rise in enrolment over the fall semester this year. Kwantlen officials claim to have seen an increase of nearly 5-10 percent in all of their program areas, surpassing all the enrolment growth of other post secondary institution in B.C. Kwantlen claims that these changes can be attributed to the change from a university-college to a university, the changes in registration processes, as well as the addition of new programs. Also, with the recent economic crisis, it has been found that many people who have had difficulties finding work have decided to return back to school and upgrade their skills. Many students have commented on the fact that Kwantlen’s registration dates were earlier this year, catching them off guard. Kwantlen’s Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Registrar commented on the new registration system which has been attributed to the increase. “This year Kwantlen moved the registration cycle up by over 6 weeks. This meant that students started registering in early June as opposed to midJuly. This allowed new and continuing students to confirm their schedules earlier, allowing them to plan work and other commitments sooner. Earlier registration also allowed students more time to secure seats in

high demand courses. Our Faculties, especially those in Social Sciences, Humanities and Business also prepared and prescheduled additional sections that could be immediately launched should the demand for particular courses peak. This allowed us to meet the course interests of students more quickly and effectively. New students to Kwantlen, the course enrolment increase was over 11 per cent.” The Student Loans Program actuarial report from 2008 claimed that student enrolment was to peak next year, and have a steady decline until the year 2026. Now, with the economic crisis coming to a close, experts are wondering if we can still expect this. The Student Loans Program’s newest report in 2008 shared their findings based on the new economic crisis and stated that enrolments were expected to increase by 50,000 by 2010 in Canada. But by the year 2011, they expect the labour force growth rate to slow, meaning more working opportunities for Canadians. The report states that “The number of students enrolled full-time in post-secondary institutions is closely linked to the evolution of the population aged 18-34 that is not participating in the labour force. Those individuals who are not participating in the labour force may be more inclined to pursue a post-secondary education.” The Report further comments on the retirement of “baby boomers” saying that “the number of

persons retiring or in the age range 60-64 has been very low historically compared to the number of newcomers entering the labour force. This situation is expected to change radically over the next seven to 25 years, creating an imbalance [shortage] in the labour market.” In turn, we can expect many Canadians to join the work force, rather than choosing to attend postsecondary institutions. The Student Loans Program further projects that tuition fees are increasing at a greater pace than that of the Canadian Price Index. In this situation, they expect tuition to raise 3per cent more than what the rate of inflation is. As a result, student are paying more out of pocket to go to university. According to another article written by Macleans, Canada can expect a drop of 180,000 post secondary students by 2026; the equivalent of shutting down every public university in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Kwantlen has long term plans to continue offering and developing specialized programs with strong demand such as their nursing, and design programs. These programs Kwantlen officials claim to have a great local and international demand. Kwantlen officials believe that these kinds of programs as well as student centred learning will give them a competitive advantage in relation to other institutions, and will give them the step up in the years to come.

exacerbated the country which is already suffering from economic, political, and social repercussions. Haiti has been a nation in crisis The dispersal of armed gangs with violence, corruption, and and criminals remain a problem poverty being the central issues for peacekeeping forces as the of concern. rule of law cannot be instituted The United Nations voted without such individuals being to extend their peacekeeping brought into the judicial system. mission for one year, citing This has led fragile stability to criticism of the and recurrent UN peacekeeping United Nations violence as a mission as some threat to national Security Council observers believe and international reaffirmed “…its that the UN security. strong commitment peacekeepers With other to the sovereignty, will be unable to international independence, establish the change issues taking territorial integrity that they desire precedence, because there is a Haiti has been and unity of Haiti, deeper institutional neglected to the welcoming the problem aside from background. progress achieved ensuring peace. The nation so far in critical However, the has been in an areas for the United Nations increasingly consolidation of Security Council turbulent Haiti’s stability…”. reaffirmed “…its situation since strong commitment the 2004 ousting to the sovereignty, of President Jeanindependence, Bertrand Aristide. territorial integrity The extension of the and unity of Haiti, welcoming UN mandate includes the the progress achieved so far in maintenance of the current troop critical areas for the consolidation levels and shifting of strategic of Haiti’s stability…”. areas to focus on border areas Corruption, lack of due to the proliferation of involvement of women in the illegal activities occurring in political arena, and economic those areas such as human and devastation to an already drug trafficking as well as arms weakened nation are among the trading. challenges that await the United The anticipation of Nations in Haiti. elections in 2010 have only PINDER MANDAIR POLITICS BUREAU CHIEF


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Kwantlen’s Green Efforts among best in B.C.

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University’s quest to be green wins award but needs an improved recylcing program

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A SHADE OF GREEN

NATSUMI OYE CURRENT EVENTS BUREAU CHIEF

Kwantlen has been implementing programs, updating their bathrooms, and putting money into research to become a greener institution. The latest success in their quest to be greener is the grand opening of the Institute for Sustainable Horticulture’s research building. The building, and the program itself, is just the beginning of Kwantlen’s contributions to the environment. Kwantlen has won several awards and grants over the past few years because they have made the effort and taken the appropriate action to become a greener institution. “We are the only post secondary institution in the province to have been awarded ‘Excellence in Energy Management,’ BC Hydro’s highest award,” said Karen Hearn, Kwantlen’s Director of Facilities, via email. This award is “somewhat like winning best picture at the OSCAR’s,” she said. Kwantlen has set a goal to reduce electrical consumption by 45 per cent and natural gas consumption by 25 per cent from 2000 by the end of 2010. They have made 95 per cent progress towards their goal “based on the ekWh unit of energy,” according to Hearn. BC Hydro has conducted independent reviews on Kwantlen’s electrical reductions, and recognizes the institution for making changes to be more environmentally friendly. “Each year our accomplishments are reviewed to confirm the continued privilege of identification as a Power Smart Leader which we have been since May 2004,” Hearn said.

One way Kwantlen is becoming greener is through updating their buildings. The recent library expansion at the Surrey campus has made the building 74 per cent more energy efficient and it now “has a 91 per cent reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” said to Hearn. Other buildings that have been updated in recent years to be more environmentally friendly include the Building D expansion at Surrey campus, which was completed in 2006, and the Cloverdale campus, which was completed in 2007, according to Hearn. Kwantlen has been using green cleaning products for several years, and no pesticide is allowed in campus landscape maintenance, she said. The building and facilities themselves at Kwantlen may be environmentally friendly, but the recycling program could use an update. Kwantlen recycles things such as old tires, used antifreeze, kitchen oils and fats, printer and toner cartridges and metal to name a few, although most students seem to be unaware of this. There are recycling bins for paper and drink containers scattered throughout the campuses. The recycling program is not currently being promoted, and has room for improvement. “Two major areas for improvement include the upgrade and visibility of recycling stations, and awareness of what can and is being recycled,” said Hearn. Kwantlen has “an opportunity to upgrade our recycling containers and improve our signage,” which is a priority project, she said. Students agree that the school needs a better system for recycling. Kwantlen “definitely needs

TIP ONE: Shower With a Friend- Maclean’s Oct 12. Ed.- Canadians use too much water. An easy way to save water and still take a nice, long shower is to shower with a buddy. Environment Canada says they can’t promote this idea, according to Maclean’s, but the magazine is still encouraging their readers to give this tip a try.

TIP TWO: Contraception- Maclean’s Oct. 12 Ed.- In other words, stop having unplanned babies. The UN says that “40 per cent of all pregnancies worldwide are unintended,” according to Maclean’s. Babies release CO2 and “use precious resources,” according to the magazine. The less unplanned babies, the more resources we can conserve.

TIP THREE:

Natsumi Oye/The Runner Students are hoping for an improved recycling program on campus.

a better recycling program,” according to Krishan Walia, a fourth year Science student who is visiting this semester from UBC. “You need those sectional [recycling bins],” he said, “UBC has them everywhere.” If Walia is unable to find a recycling bin at Kwantlen he usually puts it on the side of the garbage can, he said. He admits that it most likely ends up in the garbage from there anyways. Students tend to recycle more when it is convenient for them. “I wouldn’t walk a long way to recycle,” said Karel Jayasinha,

a first year Engineering student. Jayasinha recycles “if it is convenient,” he said. “There’s a lot of blue bins everywhere,” Jayasinha said, but upon reflection he realized that not as many of his classrooms had recycling bins as he thought. Some students are keener about saving the environment. “I usually [recycle] if I see a place… and yes global warming does exist,” said Anna Peregoudov, a first year Anthropology student. She says she recycles “to save the planet,” and considers recycling to be very important.

Run full loads (dishwasher)bchydro.com- For those of you living on your own and justify running half-full loads of dishes—roll up your sleeves and hand wash them if you can’t wait for a full load. Your fingers may get wrinkly, but Mother Nature will thank you.

TIP FOUR: Reuse, recycle electronics- bchydro.com- Now that you know that Kwantlen has a recycling program, it’s time to use it. They accept everything from batteries to computers

TIP FIVE: Use rechargeable batteries- bchydro.com- Instead of throwing out batteries all of the time, buy rechargeable ones that will save you money and keep the landfills from filling up. For more living green tips see: www.bchydro.com/guides_tips/

YOUR THOUGHTS

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STREETER: Why are Kwantlen students apathetic to campus culture and events outside of class?

Kwantlen a first in North America

Kyle Mankey, Accounting “I kinda think its just the whole school spirit, since Kwantlen is a smaller univeristy, kids just have other things to do. A lot of them work outside of school and are full time students.”

Rachel Nitschke, Business Administration

Vanessa Knight, KSA Events Director

“I think that Kwantlen just doesnt have a very strong campus culture – they’ll just come here because its close and convenient. Or they dont know about enough stuff yet to hang out and do things.”

I think that Kwantlen students don’t get enough awesome, and if they got more awesome, they would be less apathetic.”

KASSANDRA LINKLATER NEWS EDITOR

On Friday Oct. 16, Kwantlen launched their grand opening of Institute for Sustainable Horticulture (ISH). The event’s honoured guests included Langley MLA Mary Polak and Langley Major Peter Fassbender. Guests also had the opportunity to hear special guest speaker Mike Harcourt speak on sustainable communities in his capacity as Associate Director, Center for Sustainability and Continuing Studies at UBC. According to Kwantlen’s press release, the mandate of the ISH is “ to work with local industries and communities in our move towards sustainability on issues related to growing plants (horticulture) for all human purposes.” “Combining the capacity for early commercial production of environmentally sustainable biological control products with a research laboratory,” according

to Kwantlen, is an academic first in Canada. One of the goals of the institute is to develop new biocontrol products as well as work with local companies in the development of new productions. The facility will also feature a research lab which will include: “plant growth chambers, insect rearing rooms, and incubation rooms for producing various beneficial insects, fungi and baculoviruses.” The lab will also feature a 700 square metre geo-thermally heated greenhouse which will be located across the street. The greenhouse will provide researchers, according to the Kwantlen media release with “the opportunity to explore alternate energy options for greenhouses to reduce the carbon footprint of food production.” Construction for the greenhouse is expected to be completed in January 201o


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NETWORKING EVENT

Students weigh in: Do networking events really work? MAE VELASCO

On Thursday, October 22, 2009 Kwantlen Polytechnic University Career Services’ will be hosting the “Sweet Prospects Networking Event.” The event will be at Kwantlen’s Richmond Campus from 6pm to 8pm. “As of now, the event has 125 students and alumni registered to attend. The employers that will come to the event include: TD Canada Trust, Sun Life Financial, WorkSafe BC, Freedom 55 Financial, and Translink, and many more. Expect to see around 30-35 organizations attending the Sweet Prospects Networking Event,” Tanya Fuller, Coordinator of Career Services. Fuller says that “Kwantlen’s Career Day (Fair) provides students and alumni the opportunity to speak with employers about career options and what

would be required of them to get hired on with a particular organization.” In addition, employers are actively looking to recruit Kwantlen students and alumni, so employment opportunities are available. At the Sweet Prospects Networking Event students and alumni can obtain the same information in a more intimate one to one setting.” So is there any advice for the students? “Networking is not all about you. Actively listen to the needs of each person or organization and see how you can help them or how you could be a great fit for their organization. Furthermore, it is imperative that you always follow up with the connections you make at any networking event. Keep all business cards; you just never know when you may need to contact that person in the future.”

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Graham Bosa - Bachelor of Arts in Criminology “Yes, I went to the job fair last semester and I think I did last semester before that. I would go since the best part would be the variety of employers. Thereʼs just soooo many people there to look through.”

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Cassandra Lee, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Brad Gale, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

“I think itʼs a good way to broaden your horizons. So yes, I would go.”

“Itʼs not something I pay attention to, so I donʼt usually know when or where they are. I suppose I might go to one if I knew about it beforehand and I had class that day anyway.”

KWANTLEN ATHLETICS

HEALTH AND FITNESS ADVICE

A Season Hanging in the Balance

ON THE RUN WITH RYAN: How to get started ON THE RUN WITH RYAN

have to win at least one game out of their final two. It’s just typical that the final two teams however, are among the strongest competitors in the league. On one side there’s the TRU Wolfpack. Always provincial title contenders, they are experienced, they know how to win, and they find themselves at the top of the league standings year after year. On the other side, there’s the UBC- Okanagan Heat. They are the big surprise this season, as they are usually way out of playoff contention and usually one of the last place teams. This year, however, they find themselves second place in Pool A and have already beaten the Eagles once before in the beginning of the season. The Eagle’s have their own advantages however. They will be playing at home for these games whereas UBCO and TRU

will have to travel all the way by bus from Kelowna and Kamloops respectively. Moreover, Kwantlen is no stranger to critical, seasonending, pressure-packed games. After having a less than impressive start, Kwantlen has turned it around and has only lost one game in their last five to surge towards the playoffs. Let’s hope the Eagles can pull this one off because the momentum of making the playoffs is sure to propel them to contend for the provincial title. In other sports news, the men lost 9-0, and again, that is not a typo. A published score like that shouldn’t even be questioned now with the way their season has been going. Next Games: Saturday October 17 and Sunday October 18 @ Newton Athletic Park @12:00pm against the TRU Wolfpack and the UBCO Heat.

The semester is well on its way and sooner than you know it, the holidays will be here and you will want to start getting into shape. We all talk about getting back into it, but we don’t know where to start. It’s easy to think that we’ll just start tomorrow and go for a run. Sounds simple, but after a week it’s not as simple as it appeared. Running is an easy solution for fitness, but so is walking. Many forget the option of walking to run. How do you think so many people become capable of running the Sun Run, as an example? Start from square one. The last time you ran? Probably a while ago. Running, just like lifting weights, cannot necessarily start from where it finished after a long hiatus. A reintroduction into fitness is needed. As I mentioned earlier, walking to run is a good stepping stone. However, a fitness plan cannot be sporadic, especially if you want to get into shape and stay in shape. Try to find three days a week, 30-60 minutes at a time that can be set aside. Here’s a tip, try to get it out of the way early as opposed to when you get home. We all get distracted coming home – traffic keeps us late,

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have a back problem to begin with. In fact, when done properly, they are very effective for strengthening and developing your core. Other core enhancement tools are: where you use that large plastic “balance” ball you find in

gyms; they usually come with pictures to show you the balancing / stretching moves. Then there’s the “bosun” ball which is a half-ball, again used for balancing-twisting exercises. Lower-back machines can also be found in most gyms; dumbells and barbells can be

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MICHELA FIORIDO SPORTS BUREAU CHIEFF

The women battled hard on Thanksgiving Monday in Coquitlam to tie the Douglas Royals 1-1 to set up what is sure to be a photo-finish for the Eagles as they enter their last weekend of BCCAA play. Taylor Sarchet scored the tying goal in the second half and the Eagles defense, led by captain Brittany McNeill, shut down the Douglas strikers for the remainder of the game to earn the single point. This point was crucial, as it places the Eagles just three points back of UNBC who is currently holding the last playoff spot. Kwantlen happens to have two games at hand, as well as the tie-breaker should they tie UNBC in the standings. The women’s playoff hopes hang in the balance this upcoming weekend as they

friends want to hang out, we get hungry. The advantage to doing it in the morning is that it is then the least of your worries throughout the day and, speaking from experience, you feel so good throughout the day. The internet can be you your good friend when choosing a program, and quite often most people are satisfied by the programs approved or designed by Sport Med BC. One of Sport Med BC’s directors is retired professional runner and Olympian, Lynn Kanuka who had designed many successful walk-jog programs enabling many people of all different shapes, sizes and ages to have the ability to run again. Once again, it’s best to select a program that gives you training of three days a week. Have a goal in mind too. It’s easier to train when you have a goal because the goal can give you motivation. Personally, I am fan of the fun runs. They’re not as competitive and typically the proceeds go toward a good cause. For those who don’t want to run, but prefer other things there are many alternatives. As a golfer, I also get my exercise by not getting an electric cart and instead carry or pull my clubs to each hole. You can also try to select a parking spot that is not so close to the doors and maybe having to walk an extra minute or two. There are many things you can do, but the key is to stick with it.

Fitness Guru

Kwantlen’s

Meet Elmo:

ASK THE COACH I’ve heard sit-ups and crunches are bad for you back. Are they really? What other exercises can I do to strengthen my core? When done properly, sit-ups and crunches are absolutely not bad for your back unless you

utilized for back exercises; cable machines too can be useful. We need to be in a gym for me to be able to show you what I’m talking about. To set an appointment, you can email me at: fitness@kusa. ca. My services are free.


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OPINION

MICHELA FIORIDO SPORTS BUREAU CHIEFF

few of my colleagues at The Runner commented on SFU’s recent move as the first Canadian team ever to join the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and then proceeded to ask me if Kwantlen could move to this level of competition. They made it seem as though this were something reasonably attainable in the near future. After laughing in their faces and yelling “Are you kidding me!?”, I came to the realization that most Kwantlen students have minimal knowledge on how Canadian university athletics work. This lack of knowledge is what prompted me to write this article to expose the current state of sports at Kwantlen. First, SFU was already competing in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) for most sports, which is a step up from UBC, UVIC, Trinity Western and the likes who play CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport). No students, we do not compete with these teams – not even close. We are not in the CIS. We are in the BCCAA (British Columbia College’s Athletic Association) and we play against Douglas College, Langara College, Capilano University, etc. It is a lower quality of play than CIS, than NAIA, and of course, than NCAA. Kwantlen joining NCAA is so out there, that even Kwantlen joining CIS is a massive stretch. Let’s put things in perspective and explore what it would take in order for Kwantlen to move up a level to compete in the CIS. The first order of business is: has anyone seen SFU’s gym? Or even any other gym in the BCCAA? Well I’d be hard pressed to find a more dismal gymnasium than Kwantlen’s. Most high school gyms are superior to ours. In all fairness, when it was built I don’t think the future was kept in mind and that it would be intended for university play, but alas, it’s still in use and in dire need of a makeover…or a bulldozer. The endlines and the far sideline are so close to the wall that certain inbound plays cannot be executed in our gym because there is no room to overhand throw. Our gym is so small that it is barely regulation and as a result, Kwantlen players are always shocked when they play away games in bigger gyms and wonder why they get tired a lot quicker than playing at home. Our gym is also one of the only gyms to not have a concession stand or offer some form of food. What’s silly is that the Grassroots lounge is almost always closed during games so fans can’t even

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grab something to eat there. It’s also one of the only gyms to not offer halftime entertainment for fans. Almost every team in the BCCAA league has something special that they have going on. At CBC (Columbia Bible College) there’s a fancy couch right at centre court called “the best seat in the house” and there are contests going on throughout the year for fans to have a chance to sit there for a game. At VIU (Vancouver Island University) they have a “date a player” contest that they host after each home game and a fan is selected to go on a date with a member of one of the basketball teams. At UNBC (University of British Columbia), kids’ club teams play a mini game at halftime, much to the delight of the massive crowd that packs their brand new 2000 capacity gym. Langara has a paper airplane contest at half where fans compete for Falcon t-shirts and hoodies. At Kwantlen, we, umm, we don’t do anything - in fact we’re lucky if they remember to turn on the music at halftime. There are other problems with our gym including no real change-rooms that can accommodate a whole team and no real designated space for game strategy. Moreover, the floor has not been redone since it was built and it’s very noticeable and very slippery. The gym is also still blue-themed to reflect our old school colours. As Kwantlen is still promoting our relatively new image as a university, our gym needs to be repainted red to indicate the new changes that the school has undergone. I realize that the economy is not in our favour, however, I would suggest that Kwantlen look to build an entirely new gymnasium on the modern and spacious Cloverdale Campus in the near future. A dismal gym and an unfriendly fan atmosphere isn’t the only reason why Kwantlen hardly has any fans come out to games. Kwantlen is a commuter school with divided campuses and no student housing. People go to class and then they go home. There’s no reason for them to hang out and watch the games on Friday night, and there’s no reason for a student in Richmond to drive all the way to Surrey to catch a game. The lack of student housing at Kwantlen also prevents out of town athletes from choosing to play here. About half of the teams in the BCCAA offer on-campus housing, and, as a result, have attracted skilled players from places like New York (Quest), Scotland (Quest), Australia (VIU), and Japan (VIU) among others. Just a small dorm complex would be enough to attract some athletes and a small core of fans that would eventually grow. Kwantlen has an excellent academic reputation and excellent programs such as the business program that would attract a lot more students nationally and even internationally if there were student housing available. Speaking of programs, the most important change that Kwantlen needs to make

to improve our athletic situation is the addition of Sports Science, Kinesiology, Human Kinetics, Physical Education, and/ or Recreation programs to our academic curriculum. After some extensive research, I ascertained that Kwantlen is indeed the only school competing in the BCCAA who does not have any sort of recreation or kinesiology program that could appeal to athletic minded individuals. I can recall countless examples of quality players who went to Douglas or Langara college, even though they wanted to go to Kwantlen, just because the other schools offered human kinetics or physical education. Let’s think logically. If we want to attract athletes to our school, and athletes are interested in sports and many want some sort of athletic career, don’t you think we should offer them something, anything? This would be a massive breakthrough for the Kwantlen athletic program. Kwantlen has such a wonderful academic reputation within the BCCAA and is among the top BCCAA schools for academic quality, however, it is such a blow to the athletics program and the recruitment process for our school to not offer these programs. It is also a reason why we lose players after their second year because they do their first two years of science and then they have to transfer somewhere else to complete the rest of their degree. I just can’t believe Kwantlen hasn’t made this a priority because it is so important and we lose so many skilled athletes because of it. Last but not least, to move up a level in university competition, you actually have to win games. Not just games, but championships - national championships. Let’s put things in perspective here. SFU has won over 50 national championships and has produced countless individual champions and even Olympians. University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), which is the most recent team to move from the BCCAA to the CIS, is known in their history as being among the most decorated collegiate athletic programs in Canada. They have won 3 national championships, 15 provincial championships and have had over a hundred athletes named provincial allstars. Right now, Langara College who is in the BCCAA has won 24 national titles, 161 provincial titles, and countless other awards and banners that take up so much space in their gym that you can hardly see any of the actual wall. If an athletics program such as Langara’s is not even close to becoming a CIS competitor, than where does Kwantlen stand? Kwantlen has zero titles, and zero banners in our bare bones gym. I hope this puts things in perspective for students as to what an accomplishment it is for SFU to join the NCAA or for UFV to join CIS. I also hope that construction of athletic-focused academic programs commences immediately because without them, Kwantlen will remain forever in the BCCAA.


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THE RUNNER

Opinion & Editorial

OPINION: HALLOWEEN The Runner is student owned and operated by Kwantlen Polytechnic University students, published under Polytechnic Ink Publishing Society

All Hallow's Eve: A tradition gone wrong

Vol. 2, Issue no. 05 October 20 2009 ISSN# 1916-8241 #205-12877 76 Ave. Surrey, B.C. V3W 1E6 www.runnerrag.ca EDITORIAL DIVISION: Co-ordinating Editor Denny Hollick editor@runnerrag.ca News Editor Kassandra Linklater news@runnerrag.ca Culture Editor Melissa Fraser culture@runnerrag.ca Media Editor Christopher Poon media@runnerrag.ca Production Editor Cat Yelizarov production@runnerrag.ca Bureau Chiefs: Arts & Design (Vacant)

MICHAEL O’MORROW

There was a time when Halloween was about tradition.. The history of Halloween dates over 2000 years ago when it was first celebrated by the Celtic people. The Celts believed that on Oct. 31st of every year, the barrier between the real world and the after world blurred, and the ghosts of the dead returned to Earth. Living people and spirits

OPINION: OLYMPICS

Current Events Natsumi Oye Entertainment Jeff Groat

Langley Campus (vacant) Politics Pinder Mandair Sports Michela Fiorido Student Affairs Patrick Brouwer Travel: Anastasia Kirk Contributors: Tianna Kwong, Mitzi Lacsamana, Mae Valesco, Todd Easterbrook, Avneet Mann, Chris Yee, Jessica Pambid Cover Art: Agatha Entote BUSINESS DIVISION: Operations Manager DJ Lam ops@runnerrag.ca Advertising Director Mat Huff ads@runnerrag.ca Office Co-ordinator Victoria Almond office@runnerrag.ca Distribution (Vacant)

are we still celebrating it? The significance of the holiday is no longer the same. We no longer remember our dead on Halloween or celebrate community. Halloween has become another corporate juggernaut, fueled by candy companies, party planners and costume designers. Halloween bears no significance on our lives. There are other corporate holidays – Valentine’s Day, Mother’s and Father’s Day for example – but at least they have a good intention. Halloween has become nothing more than an opportunity for North Americans to indulge in excess and gluttony. As our population ages and obesity rates increase, the annual health care costs associated with diabetes in Canada is expected to surpass $8 billion by 2016. The National Retail Association in the United States reported that in 2008, Americans spent

over $5.77 billion on Halloween items. As a result of rising food prices, the World Bank estimates that in 2009, 100 million more people will fall into poverty. The World Food Program, a branch of the United Nations, estimates that an annual increase in funding of $3 billion would provide school feeding daily to every poor child. We need to change our priorities. There was a time when Halloween had a cause, a reason for being on the calendar. It served a purpose for those people who celebrated it. It’s only purpose today is for a quick sugar fix and to promote our kids getting fat. On Halloween do the right thing and spend your money on healthy food for kids. Better yet, send your money to those people who really need it.

LETTER: CHARTWELLS

Olympic apathy DEAR EDITOR:

Creative Writing Adam Vincent

Environmental (vacant)

would walk together. Afraid of the ghosts, people would dress in masks and costumes to disguise themselves to avoid harm. Families would leave baskets of food outside their homes to appease the spirits and send them away. As the Romans conquered Europe and Christianity spread, people began to recognize and celebrate All Saints Day, a Catholic holiday to remember the dead. October 31st became All Hallows Eve, and eventually was contracted to Halloween. Halloween first appeared in North America following the Irish potato famine in 1846. Many Irish immigrated to North America, bringing along their customs and traditions. Halloween became a North American holiday, with a focus on entertainment and community. Many of us today do not know the history of Halloween. So why

DENNY HOLLICK CO-ORDINATING EDITOR

Lately, I have been hearing much apathy regarding the Olympics coming to town, and can’t quite seem to understand why. Most my friends that I talk to talk about how they are going to leave town for those two weeks of “hell” in February. I’m not exactly sure where this apathy comes from, but I think it’s time that someone sheds a bit more light on the subject. The Olympics aren’t coming to town to be a time of chaos. The Olympics, will be a massive time of celebration where nations from hundreds of different countries convene in one place: Vancouver. Many people see this as just an annoyance. I feel that Vancouver really hasn’t had the opportunity to collectively come together and celebrate anything major like the Olympics. I think this is why so many people curse it. Think of the energy in the air when you are at a concert, hockey game, or some other mass gathering. You find yourself many times, celebrating with the complete stranger beside you, drinking beer, and throwing out random high-five’s. The air can be electric, and leave you floating for days (not in reference to the second hand pot buzz you received at your last concert). Usually during the Olympics, the only side we see are the sporting events on TV. But don’t be fooled. This is only a small por-

tion of what the Olympics will portray. The rest will be flooding out in to the streets of Vancouver and Whistler – That contagious electric buzz. “Traffic will be horrible” my one friend says. “I guess I’ll go to Mexico that week.” I cursed at him for being so naive. I told him, “Think of all the foreign ladies that will be here my friend! Vancouver will be blessed with some of the most beautiful people for two weeks!” He promptly changed his mind. Of course, the Olympics will be much more than the worlds biggest party, but an opportunity for Vancouver to showcase to the world what were made of. Not to mention the public benefit we should expect to see (infrastructure improvements such as Canada Line and economic development) The opportunities are grand and endless. Not only will this bring an awesome opportunity to grow economically and improve infrastructure (We have a very large infrastructure deficit right now) but it might get Vancouverites in the habit of taking transit and living a positive alternative lifestyle. Bottom line is, the Olympics seem to be misunderstood, and until you experience it, I’m not sure you’ll understand. This is why so many nations, have applied for the Olympic bid more than once. If it didn’t bring them so much benefit and opportunity, why would they keep going back for more? Give it a shot, and tell me then that I was wrong. And lets be honest – you have quite a stake and investment in the games. Don’t you want to get your moneys worth out of it?

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Hey Denny, I read your article on Chartwells in The Runner and appreciate you making mention of the terrible food and service we suffer daily, buying food that has very little taste or nutritional value. We are students! On tight budgets of both money and time. Sometimes we canʼt help but grab a quick bite to eat at school. I canʼt believe this is happening today to a collective of the most potent and powerful people in all of the province. STUDENTS. You are the next wave, generation, the future. You are numbers of people. You are communicators. You are savvy with Facebook, Twitter, and all the other vehicles of electronica. Get the word out. Make noise. Push your weight. I challenge everyone to do something about it. A petition has to be organized to have Chartwellʼs removed or renewed with nothing less than edible and nutritional food at an affordable price - purchased from our own greenhouses and the local farming community as much as humanly possible. I am a horticulture student and we grow and harvest vegetables just across the street from the cafeteria in Langley where people grumble but pay exorbitant prices for plastic

and unappetizing food. We need and deserve better than that. Why canʼt we eat the food we produce just steps away? Fresh picked from seed to plate? Why not buy and support local grown, fed, bred and farmed? Reduce our carbon footprints, and support the local community and economy. I have mentioned many times to the KSA in Langley that I would like to start a petition. They have told me that if I got it started they would take it over. The plastic used by Chartwells to serve the food in is scary indeed. Oh, and while we are at it? Why is there no recycling containers in the Cafe for all those who bring their lunches? Where does the refuse and recyclables go? Directly into one garbage can.... with the paper cups, Styrofoam, cardboard containers and plastic cutlery. We pay over $2.00 for a plastic bottle of water. Our precious resource, our life support. Large corporations that draw water for free, put it into plastic bottles and sell it to you and I making only profit. Whoʼs water are they taking and who do they sell it back to? You and I. - Cynthia Colligan, Horticulture Student

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vol. 2 issue 05 | October 20 2009 | page eight

MAKING PLANS FOR HALLOWEEN

costume don’ts

Scary events! MAE VALESCO

Costumes to avoid, unless you want people to hate you forever CHRISTOPHER POON MEDIA EDITOR

at the last minute, people will throw things at you.

DON’T come dressed in an untimely costume – Each year usually has its own handful of ‘timely’ costumes. Last year’s top timely costumes were Sarah Palin and The Joker. However, dressing up as either Palin or The Joker this year is just as lame as showing up as Napoleon Dynamite. There’s usually a buffer period for things once their year has come and gone. A safe assumption would be at least ten years but usually the older the costume, the better. Some examples of costumes that have passed their ‘wait times’ are Ghostbusters, Stormtroopers, or Droogs from A Clockwork Orange. As for this year’s timely costumes, you’re likely see at least a few Michael Jacksons, Watchmen and Star Trek characters, but don’t even THINK of dressing as them next year.

DON’T come as a gigantic _________ – I know that you think that having a gigantic costume with a wingspan of ten feet, tentacles that stick out every which way or a huge freaking tail is awesome, but it’s not. You get in everybody’s way, you knock shit over, and people just want to get past you, but can’t. I know that you want to be noticed, but just wear something shiny instead. Bigger is not better.

DON’T buy a pre-made costume – That shit is seriously lame. It’s not ironic, it’s not kitschy, it just looks dumb. The costumes always look like crap, are usually ill-fitting, and will not last you through the night. Your best bet is to construct your own get up - check the thrift stores, eBay and Craigslist for some amazing costume supplies. Just don’t show up in some crap you bought from Superstore

DON’T come as some obscure character/object – Oh look at you, you’ve come as the zany uncle in from that T.V. show from ten years ago. Problem is, nobody can tell and you’re stuck being asked what you are for the entire night. You may see this as an opportunity to enlighten people by exposing them to your favourite show, but really it just comes off as being pretentious. Nobody cares, you end up looking dumb, and your costume will most likely be the most forgettable of the evening. DON’T show up in your underwear – Nope, sorry, that’s not a costume. This mostly applies to the ladies, but also to some gents out there too. Simply wearing some lingerie and slapping some stupid fucking animal ears on your head does not constitute a

costume, no matter how awesome you may look. It’s not called ‘whore-o-ween’, so make a concerted effort and do something else. DON’T get too involved with your character – You put a vampire and a mummy in a room and jokes are bound to happen. That’s cool, Halloween is about having a good time, and with everyone dressed up shit’s going to happen. However, don’t get too wound up in your role. Just because you have fake vampire teeth or a fake knife doesn’t mean you have to pretend to bite/stab everything in site. That gets old fast and you’re eventually going to start pissing people off. Ever seen a vampire get punched by wolf? It’s pretty sweet. DON’T spray/leak/rub up on other people – Congrats! Your ‘bronze statue’ costume actually turned out awesome. The paint you used on everything looks great, and really does look like bronze. The only problem is that my costume isn’t supposed to be bronze, so don’t touch me. Everything you touch or rub against is left smudged with whatever it is you used to colour yourself and everyone hates you for it. Covered in fake blood? It looks cool sure, but I put a lot of time into my costume and would prefer it if you leaked on somebody else... k thanks.

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Haunted Forest Scream Train@Bear Creek WHERE: 918 Granville Street, Vancouver

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WHAT: It is open rain or shine everyday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Designed to have you screaming before you enter your train and of course while you’re in the train tracks. Tickets are $7.50.

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WHERE: 918 Granville Street, Vancouver WHAT: “The next Rocky Horror Show.” – New York Times Why not try something different and watch a musical? It is on right now starting from 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., or 10:30 p.m. depending on what day you decide to watch. Tickets are from $25. You’ll experience the gore for sure especially if you’re sitting in the front row. They call this “The Splatter Zone” and you’ll be covered in blood. Visit www.vancouver.evildeadthemusical.com for more information.

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Youʼd best be ready to apologize for knocking things over with getup.

Evil Dead: The Musical at Vogue Theatre

WHAT: It is so scary, I personally have to hide behind my friend the whole time. This runs daily from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Come after 7 p.m. since it is family friendly for the first hour. Check out www.pottershouseofhorrors. com .Tickets are $13 each.

Fright Nights at the PNE WHERE: 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver WHAT: Make sure to experience all the Haunted Houses including the Darkness, Hollywood Horrors, and Asylum. The Car n Evil Maze is way too chaotic. Make sure to get yourself out of that maze before a clown comes up to scare you. Rides include The Corkscrew, Hell’s Gate, Wooden Roller Coaster, Crazy Beach Party and so much more.

This ainʼt a costume, nice try though, really.

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Pumpkin Patch at Richmond Farms WHERE: 213900 Steveston Highway, Richmond WHAT: There is a corn maze, hayrides, and farm animals. They are open from Monday to Friday 9am to 1:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30pm. Check out www.countrypumpkinpatch.ca

Of course you could try the traditional Trick-OrTreating. You are never too old. Trust me… I still go trick-or-treating. If you think you’re ever too old then wear a Halloween mask. Hey, free treats are worth it. Buy a pre-made costume and look as cool as this guy.

Donʼt fucking leak on me, stay away.

Cool teeth man, but seriously, donʼt pretend to bite me again, ever.

Or go for the usual clubbing at the clubs. Go and check out www.clubzone.com or www.clubvibes.com.


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THE RUNNER

Travel

APPARITIONS

Vancouver's

most Haunted ANASTASIA KIRK TRAVEL BUREAU CHIEF Anastasia Kirk/ The Runner The Woodlands school has a dark and deeply disturbing past. The onsite graveyard is a testament to the former asylumʼs murky past, which may have also included terrible cases of abuse.

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f you’re down for checking out some hair-raising haunts this Halloween, there’s no need to look farther than your own backyard. Vancouver is a fairly new city, as far as cities go, but it was already a booming newcomer by the mid 1850’s, and over the past 150 years it has been home to millions of people. Some of these people came as immigrants; some stayed their whole lives; and some, well, some never left. If you dare, check out some of our hometown’s most haunted places this spooky season. Even if you don’t see a ghost, some of these places are so creepy and full of history, you might come out looking like you saw one.

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver West Georgia St. ,Vancouver

This Vancouver icon was originally built as a railway hotel under the direction of the Canadian National Railway. Construction began in the 1920’s and was finally complete in 1939. It was a classy time in world history and Vancouver, especially the famously fancy Hotel Vancouver, was not to be outdone. Over the years, the hotel hosted lavish social gatherings, ballroom banquets and cocktail parties for its first-class guests. It was the place to see and be seen in Vancouver, but one particular old guest took the concept of being seen here a little too far. Jennie Pearl Cox is the Hotel Vancouver’s infamous permanent resident. Now known spiritually as “The Lady in Red,” Cox was a regular at the Hotel Ballroom during the swinging 1930’s and 40’s, but after a tragic car crash claimed her life in 1944, Cox did more than just frequent the hotel: she moved in. Today, staff and guests still frequently report seeing this glamorous phantom wandering the halls, occupying the bedrooms and hanging around the dummy shafts on the first and fourteenth floors.

The Lady in Red is said to be a friendly ghost and the staff have become so fond of her that they’ve even named a cocktail after her.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill Davie St. Vancouver

This old heritage mansion has a rich history in Vancouver. Originally built in the early 1900’s as the Rogers Sugar Mansion, today the original building has been converted into a top-notch Italian restaurant. But little do most customers know, the mansion has a far deeper connection to the Italian Mafia than it’s modernday meatballs and martinis. The old mansion is connected to Vancouver’s old Balthazar nightclub through a series of underground tunnels that run beneath the city streets. Giving literal meaning to the term “underground operations,” these tunnels were used for bootlegging and prostitutionring running during the reign of Al Capone and the Rum Runners of the 1920’s prohibition period. According to popular rumour, Al Capone himself liked to frequent this Vancouver hot spot with his buddy B.T. Rogers (of Rogers Sugar company). Capone’s spirit has moved on from Vancouver, but the ghost of B.T. Rogers’ son is said to still haunt the house decades after he committed suicide by jumping from one of the mansion’s second-story windows. So if you spot any strange apparitions the next time you’re sipping a gin martini at Romano’s, don’t assume it’s just the booze that has you seeing things.

The Old Spaghetti Factory Gastown 53 water st.Vancouver

The first Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant was opened in Gastown in 1970. The restaurant was converted from an old warehouse building and filled with genuine

antiques and artifacts reminiscent of the late 1900’s. It also houses an old trolley car, which acts as a dining room within the dining room. Coincidentally, the building was built on top of an old underground railway, which was the site of a fatal train collision years ago. The trolley car is reportedly a piece of one of the trains involved in the crash. It was decommissioned and sat in a salvage yard until being restored and moved into the restaurant four decades ago. Since then, numerous witnesses at this location claim to have seen the ghost of an old-fashioned looking man sitting in the trolley car. The ghost is believed to be the spirit of the conductor who died in the train crash, which would help to explain the phantom’s attachment to the car. If that’s not frightening enough, stop by the Irish Heather Pub, Vancouver’s first police station, where witnesses report hearing clanking chains and slamming jail cell doors in the washroom. Next, step outside into the streets of old fashioned Gastown where you might see the ghost of a headless Asian miner wandering down Water Street with a lantern in hand (how anybody can tell that he’s Asian is beyond me). Then head over to nearby Blood Alley and wander down the creepy tourist trap that is rumoured to have been the site of countless robberies, stabbings and public hangings.

The Keg at The Station 800 Columbia St. New Westminster

The Keg at The Station is a New Westminster landmark, but it wasn’t always a fine steakhouse. Back in the day, it was just “The Station,” more formally known as the New Westminster train station. Twelve years after its construction, the train station was part of the Great Fire that leveled

most of New Westminster in 1898. There are also rumours that the station was the site of an oldfashioned robbery that claimed the lives of several patrons. Whatever the origins, The Keg is reportedly still haunted by spirits of days gone by. Reports of smoky apparitions, ghostly figures looking out the top-floor windows and devious practical jokes with no earthly explanations are just some of the ghoulish stories that still circulate at this Keg location. Some staff members have been so frightened they’ve left the building. One such man was a former manager who had arrived early in the morning to open the restaurant. He claimed to have seen a girl in the dining room, but when he followed after her, the girl ran straight into the wall and disappeared. If you ever make reservations for two at The Keg at The Station, and you’re up for a potential fright, ask for the infamous table 23. Employees have reported numerous sightings of an old man sitting at this table in the corner, gazing out the window.

Woodlands School – McBride Boulevard and Columbia Street, New Westminster

What haunted city is complete without a good ol’ insane asylum turned child-torture ward equipped with unkempt burial grounds? Seriously, this place takes the Halloween candy. Now a nearly forgotten, boarded-up old building that sits atop 26 hectares of private grounds, the former Woodlands School has a dark and deeply disturbed past that continues to haunt anybody with any connection to it. The institution opened in 1878 as the “Provincial Lunatic Asylum.” It began by housing 36 mentally ill residents who had been transferred from Victoria’s Royal Hospital. By 1899, the sanitarium

housed more than 300 patients. Complaints began to emerge about poor hygiene, squalor-like living conditions, severe overcrowding and abuse and neglect at the hands of employees. The asylum remained a mental hospital for half-a-century before being converted into Woodlands School: a prison-like housing institution for mentally ill, developmentally disabled, disobedient, orphaned and unwanted children. Throughout the years, many stories have surfaced as survivors of Woodlands came forth to share their chilling experiences as prisoners at the old asylum. Countless terrifying tales have been told about sexual abuse, neglect, slavery, confinement and torture. Past residents have spoken about having boiling water poured on their genitals, being tied up in canvas bags and held under icy water, being strapped into straightjackets, having their teeth pulled out, being tied down and raped by staff members, being forced to eat their own stool and being shackled and left in solitary confinement. If this place isn’t already reminiscent of a Hollywood horror flick, the onsite graveyard and ghost stories ought to do it. Since many poor victims died on the Woodlands grounds during its ghastly operating period (it closed in 1996), the institution had its own private cemetery built to dispose of the bodies. In the 1970s, B.C.’s provincial government ordered that all headstones be removed and sold to the public. Many unsuspecting buyers who used the stones to pave driveways and footpaths outside their houses began experiencing paranormal activity in and around their homes. Former nurses and employees of Woodlands have reported hearing footsteps, doors slamming and children’s voices calling in the night.


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vol. 2 issue 05 | October 20 2009 | page ten

VIDEO GAMES TO MAKE YOU SHIT YOUR PANTS

Horror games to make you scream CHRISTOPHER POON MEDIA EDITOR

It’s Halloween and all things scary are all the rage. People are watching scary movies, your friend just jumped out of the closet wearing a zombie mask and you just got your Visa bill. But let’s say that you’re still not afraid, and you’re still in need of a reason to scream like a little girl. I present to you, horror video games. Scarier than movies due to their interactivity, horror games are great way to tense yourself up enough to begin weeping uncontrollably. Here is a list of five horror games to consider when deciding how best to crap your pants.

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Dead Space (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) – This is some seriously scary shit. Set in a future where man has colonized space, you play an engineer named Isaac who finds himself on an alien-infested mining rig. Isaac is part of a crew responding to a distress signal in space, but when they arrive on the ship all they find are zombie-like creatures called ‘necromorphs’. Your ship gets damaged in the docking, and so it’s your goal to make your way through the rig in search of a way out, all the while fighting for survival. Things get more complicated when Isaac's girlfriend is apparently on the ship as well. Developers, Visceral Games, did a great job in creating a suspenseful atmosphere by utilizing low-light, little to no music, and terrifying enemies that refuse to stay down.

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Left 4 Dead (Xbox 360, PC) – Of all the games on the list, this one is probably the least terrifying. You basically play as one of four people as they make their escape from a zombie outbreak. There are four different scenarios, one in an airport, one in a city, one in the countryside and one in the woods. The only thing that detracts from the fright factor is that you have a team with you at all times, which is either controlled by other players or the computer. If it were just you on your own, then it’d be a different story. Nonetheless, there are surprising and frightening moments to be had, mostly when you’re playing the game for the first time. Each repeat becomes less about the scares and more about the shooting.

Resident Evil Remake (Gamecube) – While the original Resident Evil game can be credited with popularizing the survival-horror genre, the game’s 32-bit look simply can’t compete with the photorealism of today’s gaming rigs. At the time the game was the best graphics the gaming industry had to offer, but by today’s standards, it’s just comical to look at. However, Capcom (the dudes who made the game) decided to remake the game in prettier graphics and released an updated version in 2002. The game looks pretty damn stunning, almost as good as games that are coming out today and of course, it’s scary as shit. If you thought the dogs jumping in the windows were scary in 1996, wait until you see what the remake has in store for you.

Silent Hill 2 (Playstation 2, Xbox, PC) – Now for a horror game that actually shies away from guns almost entirely. In Silent Hill 2 you play as a fellow named James who arrives at the town of Silent Hill after receiving a letter from his wife, Mary, telling him to meet her there. The thing is, Mary’s been dead for three years. James arrives at this town, and things get out of hand pretty quickly, as the place seems to be inhabited by strange monsters. The focus here isn’t on killing the creatures, but rather on solving puzzles and basically figuring out what the hell is going on. While the graphics may be somewhat dated, the game’s intricate plot and genuinely ‘WTF’ moments will keep players glued to their seats, wanting to find out what happens.

Condemned: Criminal Origins (Xbox 360, PC) – This was one of the first games released on the Xbox 360, and still remains one of the scariest on the console. The game puts players in the role of Ethan, a detective who is on the trail of a serial killer. While investigating one of the killer’s murders, Ethan encounters a mysterious man at the crime scene and in the resulting chaos, is left framed for the murder of the fellow officers who were also on location. Ethan then sets off to find the mysterious stranger and clear his name. There's also some weird creature that seems to be stalking your character throughout the game, so be prepared. The game also makes little use of firearms, and focuses more on investigating, which is better for scaring the crap out of you.

Reliving music with vinyl

in regards to mp3s, the consumer would rather sacrifice quality in exchange for quantity. Vinyl is making its return though, with most avid music lovers reaching a happy medium using the iPod for ease and accessibility, while keeping vinyl in their homes for entertaining or music listening in a more solitary, introverted setting. So why now—why with the ease of having an entire music catalog stored on a 3” by 5” ‘pod’, do we see vinyl clawing its way back into homes? Well, not to knock the iPod, but the sound quality on an iPod is extremely poor. The files are compressed, the quiet parts are mixed louder and the louder parts are mixed quieter, essentially evening-out the music, flat-lining the dynamics of the original mix and sounding very cold to the ear. The lack of accessible album art and lyrics further distances the listener from the artist. This is unappealing for those that not only want to listen to music at home

to get the most out of the sound, but further want to hear it and see the album design as it was originally intended to be heard and seen: as a piece of art. Vinyl, although lesser in clarity (at times due to the quality of the vinyl and its condition), ultimately sounds warmer, with the instruments and vocals mixed to their intended frequencies and levels. The sound is much looser and delivers a spaced-out feel—like the band is playing the music live right in front of the listener. The act of playing vinyl, for a music lover, is also quite like a religious act. As a sit-down endeavour, the act of playing a record can be a sacred task, almost ceremonial in nature. It starts with a glass of bourbon and a record of choice (for me, right now, it’s The Doors last and arguably greatest effort, L.A. Woman; twenty minutes ago it was Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks, and before that, the new Pearl Jam release Backspacer). The ritual continues with the physical act of putting the record

on the turntable and dropping the needle to literally scrape the music out of the vinyl. Vinyl has its own lifespan, which gives it a certain unique character, and playing a vinyl record—even just one time—changes its life and verve due to the physical act of retrieving the sound. Every time a record is played, that record dies a little, making it that much more precious. Although vinyl is making a comeback, it is not for everyone. If music is merely background noise for you, purchasing a record player is not in your best interest. But if music is as essential and life-giving as breathing itself to you, then getting your hands on a turntable and a couple of records might be a good idea: a turntable will give your home character and is a conversation piece in any pad. Also, the art is better appreciated this way, even if it does die a little every time you spin it. And who knows, just like back in the day, it might even get you laid.

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Have you ever tried dusting off your dad’s old turntable, the one that’s likely been sitting in your garage or attic with a box of those—um—rubber-looking discs on top? That archaic device that you don’t know about is a classic medium for conveying classic sounds. Sounds that helped define generations, spinning clock-wise, mesmerizing auditory canals and transfixing bodies like a needle on skin. Your dad’s turntable, the one you don’t know about, probably got him laid, and I’m not just talking about with your mother, here, either. This radical device has documented the intricacies

and buffooneries of art in something more immediately physical than anything modern technology has to offer. Although it might not get you laid anymore, vinyl is making a comeback as of late. So, let’s spin the black circle. Now, vinyl went away in the 1970’s with the rising popularity and ease of the 8 track, and was thrown even more to the wayside when compact discs rode a triumphant technological gallop into the consumer music world in the early 80’s. The quality of a compact disc is far superior in comparison with the 8track or cassette tapes (the likes of which are not worth discussing), but, then came mp3s and iPods and everything changed. It seems that


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VAMPIRES ARE FAMOUS

Vampires: Not just Fangs ADAM VINCENT CREATIVE WRITING BUREAU CHIEF

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ince the early days of cinema, vampires have been represented on both the large and, later, the small screen. The basic premise being that they are humanoid creatures who must feed on the blood of the living to survive. Then, depending on the author, the victim is either killed or turned into the "undead" like the immortal being that bit them. The theme is often linked to Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, also known as Vlad the Impaler, or simply Dracula, who ordered his prisoners to be impaled on a, not terribly sharp, stake to ensure a slow death, either through the anus, eventually exiting out of the mouth, or the abdomen. The historical information about Vlad inspired Bram Stoker's 1897 gothic novel, Dracula, which, in turn, put the vampire genre of horror into the guise of the public. The first noted film of the genre was 1922's Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (Nosferatua Symphony of Horror). The silent film featured the Dracula-like vampire who after a series of extraordinary events feeds on his future neighbour, and finds his doom after being charmed by the neigbour's wife. The movie is both creepy and suspenseful. The lack of sound from the actors adds to the ambience immensely. Fast forward from 1920's silent film adaptations, to the 1931 Dracula staring Bela Lugosi and the plethora of Dracula remakes over the following decades, to one of the first vampires on TV in The Munsters. The series ran from 1964-1966 and followed a family of friendly monsters, including vampires. Lily Munster (played by Yvonne De Carlo) and her father, 'Grandpa' Vladimir Dracula, played by Al Lewis, are friendly vampires who are never shown feeding on their neighbours, but are often seen interacting with them. The 1970's saw the Blaxploitation (look it up, folks) film Blacula, with the tag line "Blacula! - Dracula's Soul Brother!" plus a

few more Dracula remakes. It was the 1980's that saw the creation of a vampire movie that would have a cult following for decades to come-- The Lost Boys (1987). The movie starring Cory Feldman, Cory Haim and Kiefer Sutherland took the genre from adult vampires to teen vampires who terrorized their town and required the team of the two Corys to kill them. The movie's tag line sums up most of the major plot points of the movie: "Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It's fun to be a vampire." In 1992, Francis Ford Coppola brought the world Bram Stoker's Dracula. The movie sees Gary Oldman playing the title character. The movie also starred Wynonna Ryder and Keanu Reeves. The story finds Dracula attempting to bring his reincarnated love, Mina (Ryder), into his macabre world for eternity while being pursued by Van Helsing (Anthony Hopkins) and Jonathan Harker (Reeves). This movie

remained mostly true to the, semi-romantic, epistolary novel and is considered a classic by many lovers of the genre. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), staring Kristy Swanson, follows The Chosen One as she embraces her fate as a vampire slayer. The movie also features Luke Perry, Donald Sutherland and Rutger Hauer. The movie is campy and silly as it finds teenaged, cheerleading, Buffy killing vampires with pom-poms in tow, yet it inspired the TV series to come. Interview with the Vampire from 1994, the adaptation of Anne Rice's novel of the same title, gave the book's cult following a visual representation of the novel, and was mostly in sync with the book. The story follows Louis, played by Brad Pitt, as a man who gives up on life and is turned into a vampire by Lestat, played by Tom Cruise. The story/movie takes on the idea that not all vampires are violent, blood-thirsty creatures, and can co-exist with humans, without

feeding on them. Layered themes of loneliness, love and betrayal make the bloody scenes a little more satisfying. Five years after the movie, the Joss Whedon TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy, and a cast of witches, werewolves, demons and yes, the all important vampires was created. The show lasted six years, 145 episodes, of vampire goodness and remains in syndication today. A quasi-tribute to the original Nosferatu film, Shadow of the Vampire (2000) staring John Malkovich as the director, and Willem Defoe as the vampire, takes the 1922 Nosferatu movie from the perspective of the film crew, where the vampire is not an actor, but an actual vampire. This actual vampire causes complications in the filming of the movie and brought the original film back into the spotlight of vampire fans. Then 2008 happened, and so did Twilight. Enough said.

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modern day Edward and Bella. Eureka we have a connection! Both phenomenon’s have the classic vampire in love with human angle working for them. It makes sense to an extent, what women would not want to be swept off her feet by an incredibly pale, gorgeous, brooding vampire with a romance novel stare and just oozes with sex appeal? Maybe we find vampires fascinating because we can identify and relate to them. Although they're cradle-robbing creatures of the night they were once human beings and therefore have an immense share of regrets like the rest of us. Prior to the days of Bram

Stoker and Anne Rice, vampires were perceived as evil creatures. But as time progressed we found in them the capability of love, humanity and the intent of being good. Isn’t that what’s enticing? The human condition struggles with maintaining goodness and keeping evil at bay. Or perhaps I’m venturing into philosophical territory and we are all just lovingly obsessed with witnessing the bad-ass leatherclad vampire changing his evil evil ways for the object of his affection. We all know that Edward is way whipped. But we have to admit, vampires are much more relatable to people. For one thing, they're not superheroes running around

Okay, a bit more; Stephenie Meyer's novel series following the love story of teen vampires, werewolves, and glittering in the sunlight, has become popular amongst all ages. The film adaptation of the novel focusing on 'vegetarian' vampires (who still drink blood, but somehow it being non-human makes them vegetarian-like). The film adaptation of Twilight is now on DVD, with New Moon (book two of the series) out in November of this year. Building on the success of Twilight, the TV channel The CW, have brought L.J. Smith's young adult novel series The Vampire Diaries (2009) to the small screen. The TV series, similar to Bram Stoker's Dracula, finds the male protagonist falling in love with a woman that resembles his lost love from a hundred years earlier. The show has been a success for The CW and has been brought on for a few more seasons. Alan Ball, the man behind American Beauty and Six Feet Under, began to breathe new life into the undead in 2008 with the HBO show, True Blood. Inspired by Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series, the basic story follows the tribulations of mindreading, Sookie, her vampire beau, Bill, her shape-shifting friend and boss, Sam, and the residents of Bon Temps, Louisiana in a world where vampires and humans co-exist. The drama has violence, gore, sex and love. It is not your little sister's vampire themed television show. The vampire genre in film and television is in a renaissance. The genre never died off in comic/ graphic novels and straight to DVD movies, but is now at the forefront of pop culture. The Twilight series, Vampire Diaries and True Blood are ensuring that vampires are no longer only for Halloween and those in vampire/gothic sub-cultures. There are countless other vampire movies and a few other television shows that have endured the test of time. Illustration by: Tianna Kwong

VAMPIRE OUTBREAK

AVNEET MANN

Oh, those vampires, they really have us conversing don’t they? Like fashion trends, vampires have waltzed in and out of pop culture popularity for decades. However, the ball really started rolling when the Twilight series crawled on to the scene. I know better than to bash precious Edward and Bella when die hard Twilight-ers will most likely hunt me down and maybe, I don’t know, bite me. But I can’t help to contemplate, was it the over-

whelming publicit y to find the next “new thing” the basis for everyone going gaga over the saga? Or the fifteen pages describing how shockingly stunning, magnificent and beautiful Edward was that reeled in the gals? Are we all that shallow? Perish the thought. But let's rewind to when bloodsucking fiends were most popular. In the 90’s perhaps when Buffy the Vampire Slayer made its way with epic love stories and quick quips. Buffy and Angel could be the equivalent to the

in tights saving damsels. Much more rebel-like, defying societies rules and that bodes well for the average teen who may loves displays of opposing authority. Nevertheless, the image of the 21th century vampire is engrossingly sexy. The smoldering gazes, toned bodies, the decades of emotional baggage, pure undiluted animal lust. For instance, decades ago, the sucking of blood from the neck would be petrifying but now its just another image, a metaphor so to speak of lust, the penetrating of flesh, the sinking of teeth. All emphatically screams SEX. Its no revelation that the younger generation is obsessed with vamps.


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SLUT IT UP

The Whorror of itall

reasons to tone down the slutty

There are a number of reasons why slutty costumes are not the answer this Halloween

So girls, if you didn’t have time to read this whole article, at least read the top ten reasons why you should NOT dress like a whore this Halloween:

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You gotta love the sensory experience provided by the Halloween season – the crisp autumn air, the delicious candy widely available, the hoards of scantily clad girls in costume who look as though they belong in a role-play porno movie… well maybe not the last one, unless you’re a chauvinistic male swine. It befuddles me as to where along the line Halloween costumes for females went from scary to slutty. Perhaps it was best said in the memorable (and always quotable) movie Mean Girls: “In the regular world, Halloween is when children dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In girl world Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it. The hardcore girls just wear lingerie and some form of animal ears.” But why is this so? Why has contemporary North American society arrived at this idea of dressing like a whore on Halloween? Let’s delve into the deeper underlying issues while also paying homage to the classy, cool girls this year who will choose to wear a costume that lifts your mood, not the bulge in your pants. Perhaps women dress like sluts because it gives them an excuse to indulge their alter-ego, which is simply a highly sexualized version of themselves. If women were free to be sexually expressive and sexually confident in the first place, there would be no need for them to dress slutty

and hide their sexuality behind a costume on Halloween. However, this is not the case seeing as how any woman who enjoys sex and frequently engages in sex is often labeled a whore, or in poor Lady Gaga’s case, a hermaphrodite. Why is it that women are accused of having a penis if they exhibit any sort of sexual need or desire? Basically, it all comes down to males feeling threatened and emasculated by the ever-growing strength of women. Women have been gaining more power in the workplace, at sports, and even in the bedroom, which are all classically male territories. Men have always had the upper hand in the world of sex, they’ve always had the control. Now that women are feeling sexually empowered enough to enjoy different partners, men feel threatened all of a sudden. Then they go and call these women sluts – pathetic much? Ever consider why men are praised by their bonehead buddies when they sleep with lots of girls (or so they say)? It is because they feel dominant, powerful, and as if they’ve made some sort of conquest in that women are objects to be conquered. Alas the double standard is yet again exemplified, these men are apparently heroes and women who do the same thing are whores, what a world. I might add that this is the same issue in sports and the myth of female gender inferiority in athletics. Whenever a female challenges for a top sprinting time or can slam dunk a basketball, men assume she’s a man or has male genitalia because apparently only men can demonstrate

ONE: You look like you belong in a porn video, honestly, and as a result, men will treat you as such.

TWO: Because you have chosen to dress this way, men will expect you to perform sexual acts. Let’s be honest here, do you really want some lowlife Neanderthal in a club to expect some sort of sexual action from you?

THREE: Slutty, revealing costumes have the potential for MASSIVE wardrobe malfunction…..you’ve been sufficiently warned.

FOUR: Because you have so much skin exposed, filthy men will be placing their grimy fingers anywhere and everywhere.

FIVE: these feats of physical strength. Yeah, whatever you say. The slutty Halloween costume isn’t just about a costume and doesn’t just pertain to Halloween. It is an encompassing symbol for the struggles of female sexuality everywhere. Girls please know that there are other ways to express your sexual side than to dress up like a whore on Oct. 31 and degrade yourself while catering to the desires of primitive men. In fact, if you were to sleep with many male partners I would be the first to give you a high five for empowering yourself. Girls who have multiple sexual partners are not sluts (unless you’re in a serious relationship of course), however girls who wear sexually provocative costumes to get a rise (literally) out of men are sluts and are a major hindrance on the road to female equality in all aspects of the social world.

What would your parents say if they actually saw what you dressed like on Halloween? What about your grandmother, or your kid cousin? I’m willing to bet they’d all be pretty much horrified and your grandmother would probably die on the spot.

SIX: Not to be rude or anything, but every inch of your cellulite is exposed…..and yes, you suffer from “cottage cheese” legs.

SEVEN: You will most likely be a drunken mess and accidents can happen in this state. Being carried away on a stretcher in a Playboy bunny getup is not only mortifying, it’s million-hit, Scarlet takes a tumble-esque youtube material.

EIGHT You will look back at pictures of yourself in a few years and want to rip your eyeballs out.

NINE Once the pictures and videos of you are plastered on facebook, they will remain in the system forever – yup, you can kiss that government job goodbye.

TEN: I will be the girl in the classy costume glaring at you all night and mocking how foolish you look, then I will proceed to write about your stupidity…

DIWALI FESTIVAL

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Jessica Pambid/The Runner The festival of lights, is celebrated at Kwantlen to promote community.

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SOCIAL EXPERIMENT

My Life: Outsourced What worked for sneaker manufacturing and customer service calls, is now being applied to the everyday task. DENNY HOLLICK COORDINATING EDITOR

ave you ever wondered what it would be like to have your very own personal assistant? I’ve always wanted to have someone take on the many tasks that I can never find the time to do: working on my website, booking my appointments, and doing my dry cleaning. It seems that the more immersed in the real world I become, the less time I have to get these sort of things done. Sometimes I go for weeks without being able to get small simple tasks done. Quite honestly, between working three jobs, going to school and still trying to have a social life, there isn’t enough time in the day to be me. Maybe you can relate. I pondered the question, and decided that maybe having a personal assistant might not be a bad idea. But the reality of the situation is that I don’t make $150,000 a year to justify such an action. I recalled back to my travels to India the previous year where I had learned about outsourcing and even visited a call centre managed by IBM. At this moment I had an epiphany. I would hire my assistant from India! As I discussed the idea with friends, I had many mixed reactions about it. Some friends said that they wanted to find out how they could do it themselves, others felt that I was taking advantage of someone in a less developed country. The fact of the matter is, most of the work done by North Americans is actually outsourced to different countries. Most the clothing you’re wearing was made in another country, the food you eat quite often is imported, and the services you buy, usually have some form of interaction with another country. It’s the way of the future: globalization. As a bit of an experiment I decided to see what effect globalization has had on us on a micro level, and see if I could start outsourcing bits and pieces of my life. This is what I found:

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September 15th: I started seeking out resumes on Craigslist, and sent out several

I gave him the specifics, and waited to see how things went from there. I also asked him to start some research for me compiling a list of event happening around the Vancouver region that may be of interest to University students.

has no sense of style, or any cognition of what I’m looking for. I start talking to someone else by the name of Vimal from Chennai. His English is much better, and appears to be much more professional. I hope for the best.

September 23rd:

October 6th:

He’s quick. He got back to me right away with the invoice. Here’s what it looks like... Apparently, MS TextArt is still in style, and we use typewriter fonts in business documents... well, lets just say I had to make some edits. OK, no one is perfect, and apparently I’m a perfectionist. As for his research, he sent me this email saying, “and I am need more advice to fine events/ festivals, etc... where to find any website?” I was kind of disappointed that he had never heard of Google before, but I sent him some sites to look at.

September 28th: This one took a bit longer. He sent me a list of events happening in Vancouver... but I’m pretty sure he just went to some random online events list and copy/ pasted the whole thing rather than looking it over. The events weren’t relevant at all to university students. The “seniors yoga night” in Vancouver didn’t seem that appealing to me. Oh well.

September 30th:

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emails to interested people. For each, I received a reply, usually in somewhat broken English. Very informally, I talked to each applicant and just asked them what they were capable of. But let’s be honest, it’s impossible to conduct a proper interview over the internet.

September 17th: I’ve been talking with a man named Naga from Ramanathapuram, India for some time now. Our conversations are short, but he seems capable of the job. And besides, I can’t argue

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with his email signature: Looking for a longterm relationship with believe in HARD WORK, - Naga He greets me by calling me “sir,” which feels a bit weird because I’m sure he is double my age. I’ll be talking with him shortly to get him on his first few tasks.

September 22nd: So I have finally found the time to talk to Naga, and get him started on his first few tasks. I asked him to create an invoice for a video editing job I had done.

I had asked Naga to find me some website templates that I could use for work. Something professional, yet trendy. He sends me what looks like my grade eight web design class project. Sigh. I’ll do this one myself.

October 1st : I ask Naga if he can book my appointment with my car dealership to have an auto-body repair done and give him the phone number. My dealership calls me, asking WTF is going on and why someone from India is claiming to be me. I am now the water cooler topic of interest at the dealership. Epic Fail.

October 2nd: OK! I decided it was time for a new assistant. Although Naga is prompt and reliable, he clearly

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I have been having a lot of meetings lately, some of which need to have minutes recorded and transcribed. I scan a bunch of these hand-written minutes and send it off to him to put into a proper format.

October 9th: I finally get my minutes back, one day before I need them to go to review. They’re horrible, with spelling errors, lazy formatting, and completely wrong sentence structure. He says it took him three hours to do, but this probably should have taken only one. Although Vimal speaks perhaps better English than me, I’m not sure why this is the quality of work I’m getting back. Epic Fail x2. At this point, I’m too frustrated to carry on with trying to outsource my life. It’s far too much work and quite frankly, even though their wage is a third of what ours may be, it is not worth the money. Although trying to cut costs by outsourcing jobs to other countries seems like a great business model for some things, notably in areas of the service sector, it’s best left to those with expertise. The part I failed to mention before, was that many companies and individuals who are outsourcing their services, are trying to move their operations back to North America. Unfortunately, customers of these companies are coming back with the same complaints as me. And it’s not to say that they are not capable of getting the job done or lack the training, but when it comes to the service sector, having a strong working knowledge of western culture is crucial. I suppose there are some things suitable to outsource to other countries – but my life isn’t one of them. Maybe in a few years, I might be able to get a real assistant?... Or not... Epic Fail.

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Procrastinate

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HOROSCOPE

SCORPIO Oct. 23 - Nov. 21 Someone will challenge you to a game of Scrabble. Don’t accept unless you’re ready.

SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22 - Dec. 21

LIBRA

Your driving is erratic and your mind is on chai tea. Take a deep breath and pull over.

Sept. 23 - Oct. 22 You have a lot of things you want to say right now, but all anyone can hear is a fog horn.

CAPRICORN Dec. 22 - Jan.19 Never be without two highlighters. You’ll need two incase you highlight entire books.

AQUARIUS Sept. 23 - Oct. 22 You bond best with people who think you’re funny. Don’t even interact with those who don’t.

PISCES Feb. 19 - Mar. 20 Your horoscope is not available at this time. Think about the metaphysical meaning in this.

ARIES Mar. 21 - Apr.19 Collect as many cow hearts as possible. Line them up under and oak tree. Hum a tune.

TAURUS Apr. 20 - May 20 Most people think you’re too materialistic. If you own any denim replace it with neon lycra.

GEMINI May 21 - June 20

LEO July 23 - Aug. 22 Paint your body yellow. Wrap an orange cape around yourself and put on a red toque.

VIRGO Aug. 23 - Sept. 22

It’s time you pick up your Hot Wheels and Furbies and put them away. Build a fort instead.

CANCER June 21 - July 22

There’s no use petting your salamander. Its skin is too thick and he doesn’t feel anything.

Try saying a tongue twister three times fast. If you can do it you will live a long, happy life.

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Do you remember the joys and thrills of trick or treating? Cool costumes, awesome decorations and of course, free candy. You’d go home, dump out your loot and begin picking through it. Without fail, you’d find these nasty little things called ‘kisses’ and your smile would fade ever so slightly. While even the the candy you didn’t like was stomachable, this stuff just seemed impervious to tasting good. Please people, stop buying this stuff.

INTERESTING FACT Did you know that the average chocolate bar in the U.S. contains at least eight pieces of an insect in it? Harvesting of the cocoa beans occurs in the tropical countries of South America with low sanitation levels. Cocoa tree beans are cut and piled in the farmer’s field where they ferment for six days. During this process, children and adults walk over the piles; insects, rodents, small animals and other living things make their nests in the piles.

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Vol. 2 Issue 5