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THE RUNNER VOL. 2 ISSUE 07 | NOVEMBER 10, 2009
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NEWS & POLITICS
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International students contribute billions to Canadian economy [EMMA GODMERE] [THE SILHOUETTE (MCMASTER)]
OTTAWA (CUP) – A new study released on last week by International Trade Minister Stockwell Day has announced that international students generated a whopping $6.5 billion for the economy while completing studies in Canada in 2008. The report, entitled “Economic Impact of International Education in Canada,” was released on Oct. 28 and indicated that over 178,000 students arrived to study for six months or more last year – with nearly 50 per cent coming from East Asian countries in particular. After bringing in $6.5 billion last year, Canada’s education export now tops the regular revenue the country gains from exporting certain natural resources, such as coal, which normally accounts for $6.07 billion per year. “We’ve always known that it’s a big number, but this is new – that they’ve quantified it in this government-commissioned report,” said Robert White, an international relations policy analyst for the Association of Universities and Colleges of
Canada (AUCC). According to the report – which was originally commissioned this past February and prepared by Vancouver consultants Roslyn Kunin & Associates, Inc. – nearly 65,000 jobs in the education services industry were directly supported by the funds generated by international students, equal to 5.5 per cent of all jobs in the sector. “In terms of the economic impacts, there’s that direct impact of the tuition fees that they’re paying,” said Tyler Chamberlin, assistant professor at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. “Then you also have, of course, all the indirect benefits that come to the region: they’ve got to live somewhere . . . they’re going to buying books, they’re going to be buying food . . . plus, bear in mind that many of these students, when they’re on exchange, are going to travel as well.” The study estimated that over $285 million alone was funneled directly into the tourism industry in 2008 – supporting another 5,000 jobs and accounting for $161 million in Canada’s gross domestic product.
White indicated that these findings are an excellent incentive for the government to focus more on the internationalization of post-secondary education in Canada. “It was one of the priorities in our advocacy agenda – recommending a major government investment or initiative in an international student recruitment strategy,” he said, referring to the AUCC’s pre-budget submissions to the House of Commons finance committee. White noted, however, that economic effects account for only some of the many benefits Canada enjoys when international students choose to study in the country. “It’s only one element of the rationale behind why it’s important for Canadian universities to continue to attract international students and why we need government’s support in doing that,” he continued. “Having these international students, these minds, the best and brightest coming to our campuses enhances the teaching and learning and research environments of our universities.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE KWANTLEN CAMPUSES
Rememberance Day WHERE: Everywhere WHEN: 12:01am - 11:59pm WHAT: All Campuses closed.
Resume & Cover Letter Writing Workshop WHERE: Richmond Campus, Room 3450 WHEN: 4:00pm - 6:00pm WHAT: Learn how to spiff up your resume, set yourself apart from the crowd, and if it really is that important to have a cover letter.
Green Wednesday... On a Thursday WHERE: Langley Campus WHEN: 7:00pm - 9:030pm WHAT: Come out and watch “Not too hot to Handle.” Topic of discussion: the global warming debate
KSA Executive Council Meeting WHERE: Surrey Campus - KSA Office WHEN: 11:00pm WHAT: Come and hear what the KSA has been up to and have your opinions heard. Open to all students.
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Fundraiser Dinner for “Tireless Runner” Scholarships WHERE: Surrey Campus - Main Atrium WHEN: 5:30pm
MCSAD FOR ICELAND
No more happy meals for Iceland [LEANNA ROY THE LANCE (UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR)]
VICTORIA (CUP) – The current global financial crisis will have at least one positive effect on health: Iceland will now be completely devoid of the golden arches. McDonald’s, the mightiest of fast food chains, is closing shop and jumping ship in the country. All three franchised stores in the country will be closed as a result of Icelanders getting hit especially hard by the recession. As a country, Iceland has been one of the European countries hit hardest by the recession. The
nation of roughly 320,000 people was forced to take a $2.1 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund and saw a significant devaluation of its currency, the Icelandic króna. After the major banks in Reykjavík crashed, Icelanders began criticizing the right-wing government for their free market model and blamed politicians in part for the crisis. Since 2008, the recession in Iceland started pushing people towards cheaper local goods rather than spending on imported novelties. Icelanders have since begun substituting costly meals for more
traditional foods. This change in consumer choice is a reflection of the economic situation, and the effect on McDonald’s is an extension of this. As of 2007, Icelanders paid a beefy $7.44 for the signature Big Mac burger, which made Iceland one of the world’s most expensive McDonald’s options. Ingredient costs doubled over the past year for McDonalds’ Iceland locations. Since the chain in Iceland is not profitable, the owner of the stores, Jon Gardar Ogmundsson, is abandoning the franchise. He will be reopening under a different name with a focus on providing local products instead of the imported McDonald’s fare.
WHAT: The First Nations Education department is having it’s annual Scholarship Fundraising Dinner. Ticket are on sale for $100.00 All proceeds will go to the Tireless Runner Endowment fund.
KSA - Big Up Saturday’s @ Gossip Night club WHERE: Gossip Night Club (750 Pacific Blvd) WHEN: 12:15pm - 100pm WHAT: Get your party on for a good cause. Stop by KSA’s student offices and pick up your tickets. All proceeds will go to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
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NEWS & POLITICS
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Some profs have students costs in mind In recent interviews with several instructors across a number of faculties, The Runner learned the method behind textbook choices. [MELISSA FRASER CULTURE EDITOR]
There’s a chance that the $250 textbook bill students were stuck with at the beginning of the semester could have been more. But, fortunately for Kwantlen students, it seems that cost plays a big role in which textbooks their instructors choose. “Things like low price and accessibility are important because they facilitate student access to the texts,” said Brian Pegg, anthropology instructor. English instructor, Deborah Blenkhorn, says that she looks for text books that are smaller and in soft cover but are equally as good as big, hard cover, textbooks because the smaller ones tend to be less expensive. “If a textbook is too expensive I may choose another,” she says. The trend in choosing textbooks is that price matters. To
keep costs down instructors tend to create course packs, which compile important readings from several texts into one booklet. The booklets are sold in the bookstore and the costs are based on how much it costs to reprint the readings. Sam Migliore, Anthropology professor, says he tries to cut costs for students by using the same text every year so students are able to buy used copies. Other instructors try to cut costs for students by placing books on reserve in the library. This allows students to borrow a book specifically set aside for those in the class. The book usually has to stay in the library and can only be borrowed for a designated amount of time. By controlling the books on reserve, it means more students have access to the text. Amanda Boyd, a third-year student says that her teachers
have mentioned that price is matters and the evidence is in the cost of her text books this semester, which says was reasonable. “None of my textbooks were really expensive and I know my teachers have mentioned that they get complaints when they’re too expensive.” Readability also plays a role in textbook choice. Anja Gell, Nursing instructor, says that things like a table of contents, an overview and even headers for the chapters help students makes sense of what they’re reading. She says colour and examples that illustrate ideas also help students focus their reading. Alexandra Richmond, Applied Communication instructor, creative writing, says she looks for books that are well laid out, don’t have too much text and use lots of examples.
But, sometimes keeping the cost down means giving up on the high-gloss, high-colour textbooks and opting for the simpler texts. David Ingre, applied communication instructor, said that he looks for low costs which means a lack of highgloss, multi-colour printing and extra add-ons. To Boyd, a textbook’s readability is about the content and how interesting it is to begin with. She said she thinks a textbook is readable based on things such as sentence structure and the vocabulary used, not based on design. While cost and readability topped the list, instructors had a few other things they were looking for, such as Canadian content. Shawn Mason, Community and Health Studies instructors says he looks for Canadian specific content because text that is slanted toward culture
Kwantlen gets less than 100 Olympic tickets Olympic party at the Holland House [JEFF GROAT] [ENTERTAINMENT BUREAU CHIEF]
Kwantlen has gained access to less than a hundred tickets to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic games. The Vancouver Olympic Organzing Committee (VANOC) has been releasing the lucrative tickets in a series of lotteries, giving the selected winners the opportunity to buy tickets they have signed up for. Kwantlen will create a lottery system—one that is similar to how VANOC chose to sell its tickets to the games—to sell the roughly 80-85 tickets available, having chosen to buy about six tickets per day to the two week events. The lottery will be open to all students, faculty, and staff involved at Kwantlen. According to Mary Jane Stenberg, executive director of external affairs at Kwantlen, the selection process will be completely random done by computer software. After being selected, winners will pay face value for the tickets, meaning there will be no administrative fee or discount
for students. “It’s the university public money that we used to purchase the tickets so we actually have to recover the cost of those tickets, “ Stenberg said. “We certainly looked into ways to try to offset the cost for students, but we ran into some issues with VANOC. “We can’t use the tickets to raise money in any way,” she said. There are a wide variety of events available in Kwantlen’s ticket selection, with everything from cheaper events, to more popular and expensive choices such as the opening ceremonies, and the men’s gold medal hockey game. “We’ve tried to choose tickets that would be of interest to the community, but also that would be accessible transportationwise,” said Stenberg. Stenberg said that Kwantlen did not choose to purchase tickets to events at Whistler, citing the problems associated with transportation as reasons. Instead, the selections of alpine events are all events taking place at Grouse and Cypress Mountains.
may be cancelled [NATSUMI OYE] [CURRENT EVENTS BUREAU CHIEF]
What is supposed to be one of the biggest Olympic parties this winter may not come through as planned. “Our bureaucrats have been tying up Holland house,” wrote a Vancouver Sun columnist. What is going wrong? The liquor license they need for one thing, may only allow them to have 1,500 people instead of the 3,500 people the
space is being made to accommodate. They also need to meet building codes “even though such rules have been waived for other Olympic venues,” according to the Vancouver Sun. The Richmond Review later reported that the Holland House will run during the games and is currently working out a few of the issues they are having. The city of Richmond spokesman told the Richmond Review that they are expediting all approvals.
Halloween candy used as a platform for anti-Olympic protest messages [NATSUMI OYE] [CURRENT EVENTS BUREAU CHIEF]
Anti-Olympic messages were thrown into young trick-ortreaters candy bags this Halloween, reported 24 Hours. A parent discovered notes with the words “I hate the Olympics, send car 87 for Gordon Campbell,” according to the publication. Car 87 is a mental
is “more difficult to adapt and contextualize.” Some instructors say they also look for extras that come along with the textbook, such as CD-ROM’s, online features and end-of-chapter questions. The most important features to Boyd were cost an readability. She says Canadian content might be more relevant but it doesn’t really matter if the text is Canadian. She also says she’s never used a CD-ROM that’s come with a text or any other special features that weren’t assigned. The instructors interviewed said they had the freedom to choose whichever textbooks they see fit for their classes.Some said that department heads had to sign off on the books, as a sort of formality, while others said that their choices could be up for discussion among colleagues if it was deemed necessary.
health car. When it is sent for a Vancouver police constable and a registered nurse assess psychiatric problems on-site, according to the Vancouver Police Department website. It would seem that children would make a poor target audience for anti-Olympic sentiments, but it did land the tag line on the front page of 24 Hours, so maybe the act wasn’t as misguided as it seems.
GDMA: Baking their way to ﬁnancial success [NATSUMI OYE] [CURRENT EVENTS BUREAU CHIEF]
Kwantlen’s GDMA program has been putting on fundraising events to raise money for their grad show next year. The most recent fundraising event took place during Richmond campus’s annual Halloween costume contest. They were selling baked goods such as cupcakes. They also had mascots who were dressed up as cupcakes and participated in the costume contest. Other fundraising initiatives that they put forward include pub nights and calendar sales. They have made approximately $2,000 so far. The cupcakes were the best seller of the Halloween sale, according to Romina Puno, a graphic design student.
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WINTER OLYMPICS 2010:
THE DARK SIDE We at The Runner, believe in freedom of the press and love to publish everything we get... usually. That being said, the following Olympic essays were written by students in one of Kwantlen’s criminology classes focusing on Olympic issues. They have been kind enough to share them! Although many are valid, the views in these articles are those solely of they’re authors and may not reflect those of The Runner. That’s why their called opinions. Feel free to write us if you have your own opinion either in favor, or against them! Thanks!
Social cleaning: The first Olympic event Olympics have led to the criminalization of the poor [JEFF SHANTZ] [CRIMINOLOGY PROFESSOR]
he Vancouver-Whistler Olympic Winter Games are scheduled to take place on unceded Native lands, lands that were never given up by indigenous communities. For growing numbers of indigenous people, homeless and poor people, low-income tenants and sex workers the Olympic Games represent a continued history of colonization and “social cleansing” of poor communities. The construction of infrastructure for the 2010 Olympics itself is adding to extensive destruction of local indigenous peoples’ traditional homelands and contributing to the displacement and increased criminalization of people living in poor urban neighbourhoods. Visible poverty, as in other Canadian cities, comes up against the property and profit concerns of legitimized business, commercial development and property speculators. Neighbourhoods like Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) undergo a conflictual process of transformation from local sites, residences and workplaces of the poor, to be made ready as sites for the enactment of spectacles of global capital such as the Olympics. To address their interests, as business people, landlords and investors vie for position within developing neighbourhoods, they, often successfully, bring pressure to bear against local politicians and police to act against sex trade workers (as has also been the case for homeless people). As Carolyn Brooks in her 2002 book, Globalization and a New Underclass of ‘Disposable people,’ suggests: “Criminalizing the poor becomes a way of cleansing the city, making it a supposedly safe and attractive environment for affluent people.” Often these affluent people are members of a global tourist class seeking anonymous pleasure in once distant locales. As global capitalism develops more and more, poor and marginalized people are criminalized and punished. Examples of this agenda have become regular features of social devel-
opment in Vancouver as part of 2010 Olympic preparations. In the lead up to the Games, this has typically taken the form of new by-laws and polices that arm police, business owners and private security companies with a variety of means to harass street prostitutes and remove them from specific neighbourhoods. There has also been an ongoing deployment of repressive policing practices, including “sweeps” of street people and the use of boundary conditions to prohibit prostitutes from even entering certain neighbourhoods near planned Olympic venues. These policies are not about public safety but about investment, redevelopment and tourist dollars. One troubling policy initiative in Vancouver has been the Civil City Act, which targets a range of street activities and extends policing beyond public forces, providing business associations broad leeway to intervene. The program includes hundreds of thousands of dollars for increased private security, in addition to regular city police budgets and the approximately one billion dollars being directed towards Olympic security. The Civil City initiative was explicitly designed to target street prostitutes, panhandlers and open drug users in specific areas such as the DTES. Such policies do nothing to address underlying issues of poverty, precarious housing, drug abuse or unemployment. They are effective at removing people from the streets and getting them into custody. In addition, following the awarding of the Olympics to Vancouver, the city initiated a “street ambassadors” program in which public money was directed to business improvement associations to hire private security firms to patrol downtown streets and clear areas of street prostitutes and homeless people. The so-called Downtown Ambassadors have been given free reign to intimidate and harass people deemed to be “undesirables.” Their activities include compelling people who are sitting or sleeping on the street to move along, regardless
of location or circumstances; telling people to stop searching for recyclables in garbage cans; identifying particular individuals as undesirable and telling them that they are not allowed within a particular geographic area, so-called “no go areas”; and following or staring at and taking notes and photographs of individuals identified as undesirable, according to Travis Lupic’s article, “Downtown Ambassadors face human-rights complaint,” published in the Georgia Straight. In addition, other Olympic inspired by-laws target the basic everyday living activities of street prostitutes and homeless people. Newly installed benches make it impossible for people to stretch out and many bus shelters have removed benches altogether. New garbage canisters on streets make it more difficult for people to gather recyclables. In addition a newly introduced by-law removes large garbage bins from the DTES. These measures have been established within an overall plan to remove downtown residents from the area. In addition to jail, some have been removed to mental institutions and others to “detox” centres on former military bases. Another measure has removed people from the province entirely through a “fly-back” program in which the B.C. Government pays the costs to return persons wanted on warrants in other provinces. Instead of addressing the roots of growing homelessness, poverty and numbers of marginalized individuals, the criminal justice system is deployed to contain or erase, to “cleanse” cities of human manifestations of the problems of global capitalism. Ironically, perhaps, the pressures to hide these manifestations become most intense during festivals of global capital such as the Olympics, international film festivals and the Football World Cup. These events serve to exacerbate conditions of suffering, exclusion and desperation for the poorest and most marginalized of local working classes in host cities.
Kwantlen student Careena Sharma examines the societal effects that the Olympics has on the less fortunate. 6,000. In order to ‘clean out’ the poor, Olympic host cities s the 2010 Olympic Games routinely begin a campaign to are approaching, Vancriminalize the poor. couver is getting ready In Vancouver, the city has to welcome the world for two launched Project Civil City and weeks of fun and excitement to new by-laws to criminalize celebrate sports. There are many begging for money, sleeping of us who are extremely thrilled outdoors, etc. It has also infor the Olympics, but then there cluded hundreds of thousands are some that oppose the games. of dollars for increased private The reason why a large number security (i.e., the Downtown of people are angry over the Ambassadors). These measures 2010 Olympics in Vancouver fit with government plans to reis because they are concerned move poor downtown residents about environmental destructo mental institutions, “detox tion, the rights of low income centers” on former military or no income residents, lack of bases, and the ‘fly-back’ scheme transparby police to ency and return perconsultation sons wanted in decision on warrants making, and in other developprovinces. ment on Even though, indigenous these land that measures has never are taken to been surclean up the rendered to city for the Canada. world to see For some beautiful people, the Vancouver, Olympics these critical are a way measures to show off are affecting their athletic the poor on talents to many levels. the world COURTESY OF WWW.N02010.COM They claim for titles or that they are medals but for some it’s conbeing criminalized and removed sidered criminalization. People from the streets with no other who are victims of prejudice possibilities or places to go. It is due to the 2010 Olympics in a grave injustice solely for the Vancouver voiced their views purpose of putting on a happy and experiences through webfront for the Olympics and for sites and blogs on the internet. the world. The IOC’s main goal Some have taken sturdy steps is to protect the Olympic brand. to protest to let the government They do not want a homeless know that they are against these person outside to spoil a carechanges in favor of International free dinner after a gold-medal Olympic Committee (IOC). Due Olympic event or for the media to the Olympics, homelessness to take a wrong turn downtown in Vancouver has increased from and end up on the Eastside so 1,000 to over 2,500 people. It is they can expose Vancouver’s estimated by 2010, the number squalor to the world. of homeless may be as high as
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MORE GRAY THAN GREEN
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Environmentally UNFRIENDLY Olympics Impact on Women A look at the environmental impact of hosting the Olympics [GURBIR HAYER]
The Olympics claim that they are “green” or “environmentally friendly”, however no Olympics are ever environmentally friendly, and this pattern of false advertising continues in the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. Politicians and game organizers made a series of promises and commitments that guaranteed environmental stability. The guarantees were formally expressed in the Bid Book, which is endorsed by all levels of government. Section 4.3 (Environmental Stewardship) of the Bid Book promised the following: the conservation of resources, preventing pollution, and the protection and enhancement of natural systems. However, Section 4.3 was not lived up to and the environment and people have felt and will be feeling the impact. For example, Callaghan Valley in Squamish has been used as a remote camp-
ing, fishing, and hiking area, and because of the Olympic Games it is being significantly developed to host skiing events and to build year round facilities like the Nordic centre. The space in Callaghan Valley where Olympic facilities will be built are home to caribou, mountain goats, deer, black bear, grizzly bear, and blue listed species (species that are particularly sensitive to human activity or natural events) such as spotted owls (they are also endangered). Also, it is important to mention that what is happening in Callaghan Valley is just one of many developments that negatively impact the environment; other places that are affected include the land where Sun Peaks resort is built, and Eagle Ridge. Moreover, the massive amounts of concrete that will be used to build the various Olympic venues will have a significant impact on the environmental. This is because concrete
produces a great amount of carbon dioxide (for every ton of concrete poured there will be one ton of carbon dioxide that is produced). So, facilities like the Richmond skating oval (estimated to have been built from over a million cubic feet of concrete) are a contributing factor to the production of harmful substances. Overall, it is estimated that the final total for the carbon emissions the Olympic Games has and will produce is 3.45 mega tons. It appears that every Olympics claims to be the “most green” with Vancouver being no different - what a load of crap.
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COST TO THE TAXPAYER
Current Opposition to the Olympic Games: Costs to the Taxpayer Kwantlen student Tom Hall examines the true cost of the 2010 Olympics [TOM HALL]
The media, such as CBC Radio in Vancouver, is busy with the 2010 Olympic hype, but it is also allowing some voices to be heard who are in opposition to it, mainly from the perspective of its costs and the amount of taxes needed to pay for it. The games could not have come a worse time as the waning effects of the 2008 global meltdown are still fresh in everyone minds. The worry is that with unemployment, market uncertainty and huge government deficits growing, the games may drive government debt to unseen, or even unnecessary, levels never experienced before. Perhaps the greatest sense of opposition to the Olympic Games are the associated costs with them such as the cost for the security and policing, before and during the games, which some estimates put them in at over a billion dollars, according to a CBC Radio broadcast from Nov. 2, 2009. With such a huge price tag, the government is surely forced to dig deep into its pockets to pay for this. Ultimately it is the taxpayer who will pay for this. This debt is going to be paid through taxation, increases in the cost of services, user fees and licensing, or met
with reductions in government programs, but more than likely all of these methods will be deployed at once to spread the burden. Added to this is the global down turn which is still grip-
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ping the U.S., and is seriously effecting certain industries such as forestry and tourism, areas of the economy that are vital to most of British Columbia, according to CBC News. With unemployment still significantly high in some regions of the province, the tax base is still weak causing local governments to compound their debt loads to meet these obligation. The fear is that the money generated from the Olympic Games may not be enough to
balance the books and cover all the expenses that were put into it after the event has finished. Based on information gathered from past games, almost all of these events have left past host cities with debt that has either caused them to make drastic tax increases to pay it down, or has stayed on the books for decades creating huge deficits. An example of this is the thirty plus years that it took to pay the $1.5 billion debt for the Olympic stadium in Montreal back in 1976, which CBC News announced back on Dec. 19, 2006. This then could be the greatest form of opposition to the games from the perspective of those who live in British Columbia. Most would welcome the Olympics, but for the property owners, workers and other stakeholders, the burden of paying high taxes and leaving debt that could be passed on to our grandchildren does raise some flags. Should we be more prudent with our spending for what is essentially a two week long party? The gamble here is that will the spin offs that are promised by the Olympic Games be worth the risks that will give Vancouver and the rest of the province a return on its investment.
Tara Donnelly looks at the connections between the Olympic Games and violence against women [TARA DONNELLY]
According to the website NO2010.com, resisting the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics is crucial for many reasons: colonialism and fascism, stolen land, ecological destruction, homelessness, criminalization of the poor, police state, public debt, Olympic corruption, corporate invasion, and the impact on women. After learning about all the problems associated with the Olympics and understanding its true colours, it is hard to understand why anyone would support such a corrupt and twisted corporate event. Although there are many reasons as to why the Olympics are bad, we will explore the negative impact of the Olympics on women. Because the Olympics is honoured and fortified by corporations and other elite groups throughout the entire world, there will be hundreds of thousands of people coming to Vancouver to engage in the winter Olympics. Many people see this as a positive aspect of the Olympics. However, many people are blind to the fact that women are largely affected by the increase
in tourism. Prostitution and trafficking of women will definitely increase in Vancouver when the Olympics are here. Violence against women is another huge problem that needs serious addressing to in Vancouver. Not only is violence against women happening in the host city of the 2010 Winter Olympics, it is also happening in other parts of the province. According to NO2010.com, there are reportedly over 30 young women missing and/or murdered along highway 16 in Northern BC. These events have left many families in shambles – many are devastated to find out that their loved one was murdered, and many are devastated when their missing loved one has not been found. The issues regarding women in BC, especially those involved in the sex trade, need to be addressed. We cannot turn our backs to all the women who are still missing and/or murdered. If nothing is done before the Olympics come to Vancouver in February 2010, the increase in tourists, spectators, and corporations will only add to the violence against women and the number of women missing.
Origins of “Magical” Torch Relay Not What You Think
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For most of us, the Olympic torch relay is just another antique tradition dating back to Ancient Greece. However, why would the Greeks light a torch in Athens and then run it all over the Ancient world just to bring it back to Athens, in order to light a cauldron at a sporting event that only privileged Greek men (and some female prostitutes) were allowed attend? So where did this so-called ancient Olympic tradition really come from? Look no further than the 1936 “Nazi” games and the Hitler propaganda machine. The first Olympic torch relay was devised by Hitler and the Nazi party of Germany as a way to link the current Nazi party to the ancient Olympics. This illustrates Hitler’s belief that classical Greece was an Aryan forerunner of the German Reich.
It has also been suggested that this torch relay was symbol for the torch light marches of the early Nazi party. In these marches members of the Nazi party would gather in masses of hundreds and march through the streets of Germany carrying torches to show the power. By doing this, they forced their opposition (non-white’s, Jews, Gypsies, ect.) to run into their homes and hide. So why continue to honour the power of the Nazi party and their extinct traditions? Why perpetuate a fascist tradition? One may make the argument that the modern torch relay has nothing to do with Hitler and the Nazi party, and that it is about peace and the spirit of sport. However, most Nazi symbols (swastika, SS bolts) are still considered taboo all over the world, so why is this any different?
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FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT
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It’s YOUR RIGHT to express yourself The IOC doesn’t care about your rights, they care about protecting corporate sponsors.
Just one example of outrageous Olympic racism Over 100 students in Mexico lost their lives after exercising their right to protest. [RICKY NIJJAR]
The 1968 Olympic Games that were held in Mexico City were filled with lots of politically charged moments, however these games are characterized by one moment in particular that shocked the world. It is perhaps even more significant than the deaths of over 100 Mexican students who were killed exercising their right to free speech and protesting the games. It was a seemingly simple moment in which two African American athletes, John Carlos and Tommy Smith, made a
SPYING ON ACTIVISM /JENNIFER ZHOU (MARTLET)
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees fundamental rights and freedoms to every citizen of Canada. Section 2(b) guarantees the freedom of expression. You can dress the way you please, work where you please, be friends with whoever you please. So, should you not be able to express your opinion however you please about whatever you please wherever you please? The British Columbia government has recently taken away
our right of expression by putting bans on leaflets and posters near Olympic sites. That takes away the right to peacefully protest near any Olympic site as well, yet by law we should be allowed to protest freely in any public space. Apparently it is for the “safety and security” of others in the city. Now how is it that a poster poses a security threat? All that the bylaw is looking out for are the interests of corporate sponsors and other elites that do not want to be bashed. Since the elites stick together, they are
doing what they can to protect their biggest money-makers regardless of the fact that the rights and freedoms of citizens are being infringed upon. The International Olympic Committee only cares about one thing – protecting the Olympic brand. Of course they don’t want anything negative to do with the Olympics, they have to protect their sponsors, elitist friends, and own bank accounts. It is your tax dollars that are paying to put on the show for the 2010 Games, should you not be able to freely express how you feel about it?
wanted to show their people that although they had won gold medals at the highest levels possible that they had not forgotten their friends and families back home who going through so much pain and suffering back in the States. The IOC acted swiftly and deliberately, stripping them of their medals and banning them from the athlete’s village as well as the Olympics themselves. Avery Brundage, head of the IOC and widely known racist actively voiced his displeasure. Anything that challenged the brand of the Olympic name or made a political spectacle out
“The IOC acted swiftly and deliberately, stripping them of their medals and banning them from the athlete’s village as well as the Olympics themselves.” gesture of raising their hands with black gloves that caused a major uproar not only in those Olympic Games but also around the world. In a black power salute that was intended to draw attention to the ongoing racism as well as pay respect to the many Mexican students who were massacred opposing the Olympics, they raised their fist to the disgust of International Olympic Committee (IOC) members. The event happened during the singing of the American National anthem. It was a massive but simple political statement in which the athletes
of the games was highly discouraged as the IOC will stop at nothing to protect the brand that earns them millions and millions of dollars every time the Olympic circus comes to town. The 1968 Olympic games is a prime example of the Olympic horrors that occur from racism, to the deaths of innocent people, to the stripping away of civil liberties. What is even more frightening is that examples of these issues and even more sickening stories can be uncovered in every Olympic Games ever held. The problem is no one ever hears about them.
Sponsors Contradict the image of the Games You’ll be seeing lots of Coca Cola and McDonald’s around this February.
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When looking at the Olympics the thing that you won’t be able to miss are the official sponsors and their glaring logos and advertisements. The major Olympic sponsors that you will see before, after and throughout the games will include companies like Coca Cola and McDonalds. Coca Cola is the number one sponsor of the Olympics while McDonald’s is the third biggest sponsor. These two
sponsors amass two of the three top sponsors which are interesting because these two sponsors produce and sell products that contradict the Olympic message and vision. The Olympics is the ‘symbol’ of sports in which athletes strive for with massive amounts of training and years of hard work and time. To become an elite athlete and be eligible to compete in the Olympics it takes an enormous amount of dedication, discipline, and athletic ability. The question is, then, how many of these athletes’ drink choice is Coca Cola and its products. The athletes that are training do not consume Coca Cola during the competitions that are displayed on television and broadcast all over the world. The athletes are consuming water or something that is
healthy for their bodies and not Coca Cola – a product that contributes to the growing obesity epidemic in North America. Another sponsor that contradicts the image of the games is McDonald’s. During the Olympics we hear about what the athletes are consuming during the games and it is never mentioned that they eat a Big Mac or Quarter Pounder before competition. It is known in our society how unhealthy McDonald’s is for anyone so why is this corporation one of the largest Olympic sponsors? These sponsors sell their product using the Olympic ideal, however do actual Olympians consume the poison that these two companies produce? All the more proof that the Olympics are just a money-making scam for corporate elites and global corporations.
“These sponsors sell their product using the Olympic ideal, however do actual Olympians consume the poison that these two companies produce?”
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OLYMPICS ON TV
Do we even get to enjoy the games in our own city? Vancouver Family during the Torino 2006 Winter Olympics
Vancouver Family during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics
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[MICHELA FIORIDO] [SPORTS BUREAU CHIEF]
So the Olympics are coming to our very own city, however do we even get to attend the games? Likely not as the majority of us are going to have to watch from our living rooms like every other Olympics; only this time, we the taxpayers are the ones footing the bill. It is criminal that we are subsidizing the Olympic games while being gouged by Olympic organizers to see the events in our own city. The ticket situation has not been handled appropriately as it appears that the IOC (International Olympic Committee) is trying to weed out certain classes of people from attending the games. They have made the Olympic
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games an event for the wealthy and not accessible to all British Columbians. What a shame that those who are non-elites such as students, the working class, and the average Joe are not even able to attend the games that they are paying for. The issue of ticket sales has magnified the difference between the rich and the poor even more. The price of tickets is nothing more than a limiting measure on lower and middle class people with the Olympics becoming nothing more than entertainment for the wealthy. Besides, even if tickets were accessible and afford-
able to all, how are people to go about attending the games? As schools are being closed for two weeks, many people will get out of town or stay home because they are forced to take care of their children. Moreover, the games, like many other previous ones, will have glaring pockets of empty seats that were reserved for sponsors and dignitaries who did not bother to show up. Olympics? People might as well visit the fantasy section of their public library because that’s as close as their going to get to experiencing the real thing.
“They (the IOC) have made the Olympic games an event for the wealthy and not accessible to all British Columbians.”
Bribery Involved with IOC Olympics have a history of shady backroom deals [KURTIS WADE]
Dec. 12, 1998, Swiss lawyer, Marc Hodler, an IOC (International Olympic Committee) member since 1963, stood in front of the media during an IOC session, but no one could have guessed anything spectacular would occur. Multiple reports had suggested that members of the IOC were expecting special favours in return for an approval in the bid for Salt Lake City to host the Winter Olympics in 2002. Unfortunately, Salt Lake was not the only city to have been suspected of bribery and unethical behaviour, and Hodler stated that Atlanta (1996), Nagano (1998), and Sydney (2000) were also involved in this corruption, according to an article by Mark Slavin of the Toronto Star, 2006. After Hodler’s comments were made public, a probewas launched that resulted in six members of the IOC being expelled while another four members resigned. This was especially embarrassing for reigning IOC president, Juan Antonio Samaranch, who claimed to be oblivious to the bribery allegations.
After a failed attempt to win the 1996 Summer Olympics, Toronto, and the members of the Toronto Ontario Olympic Council travelled to IOC headquarters in Switzerland and told the IOC that there were discrepancies in the way bidding was handled. It was also stated at a news conference that the Toronto bid officials spent almost $1 million more to IOC members who were stretching the rules. The IOC members stayed in Toronto longer than they were supposed to, they brought more guests than the rules stated, and many IOC members had hinted that they were willing to accept bribes for an approved bid. Following those accusations, a Salt Lake City news station obtained a document that revealed that the bid team had set up scholarships for relatives of the IOC members. A month later, Hodler showed up at an Olympic sponsorship news conference and interrupted by giving his own briefing. IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch, who was in attendance, was stunned. The scandal eventually lead to the resignation of two Salt Lake Olympic officials.
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OPINION: REMEMBRANCE DAY The Runner is student owned and operated by Kwantlen Polytechnic University students, published under Polytechnic Ink Publishing Society
A reason to remember, respect and reﬂect [ADAM VINCENT] [CREATIVE WRITING BUREAU CHIEF]
Vol. 2, Issue no. 07 November 10 2009 ISSN# 1916-8241 #205-12877 76 Ave. Surrey, B.C. V3W 1E6 www.runnerrag.ca EDITORIAL DIVISION: Co-ordinating Editor Denny Hollick email@example.com News Editor Kassandra Linklater firstname.lastname@example.org Culture Editor Melissa Fraser email@example.com Media Editor Christopher Poon firstname.lastname@example.org Production Editor Cat Yelizarov email@example.com
Given that our great grandparents, grand parents, parents and other family members have fought/are fighting in wars, why is it that many students are flippant about Remembrance Day? Do they not realize what it means? Nov. 11 in Canada is Remembrance Day for a reason. The date commemorates the major hostilities of World War I formally ending at the 11th hour on November 11, 1918. Canadians had casualties in the War of 1812, the Boer War, World War I, and World War II, to name a few major conflicts, and have on-going casualties in the wars occurring in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran, among oth-
ers. Canada also had involvement in the Gulf War, in Kosovo, and are a part of Peacekeeping missions all over the world that are less publicized or wellknown. It is not only soldiers who die in wars, but civilians, doctors, nurses and other support staff. The world may have lost the
but were not able to bring it to fruition before a war took their life. The world may have lost the next great video game designer or musician to a road side bomb or IED (improvised explosive device). You may not think that war has touched your life, but it has. The day is a federal holiday
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person who had the cures for cancer or AIDS in their mind,
for a reason- to remember lives that ended in hopes of prevent-
ing more death and suffering, and to spend a moment to reflect on those who fought and are still fighting to maintain our current lifestyles. The day is not an excuse to get drunk, nor a great day to work to get paid time and a half. Next time someone mentions November 11, you may not want to say “Oh yeah, buddy, I’m going to get so wasted ‘cause I got the day off!” On the 11th, take a moment of silence. Remember the lives lost, those injured, and those who are fighting for human rights as you read this. Consider the fact that you could have been/could be in their shoes. My opinion: don’t be flippant. Have an opinion? We’ll like to hear from you. Please send us your ideas: firstname.lastname@example.org
“The day is a federal holiday for a reason- to remember lives that ended in hopes of preventing more death and suffering”
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DEAR EDITOR: Seriously, Olympics
Current Events Natsumi Oye
In response to Ask The Coach, published in the Nov. 3 issue:
Entertainment Jeff Groat
I was disappointed to see this published in the paper. I can only assume the person writing the article does not understand human physiology and Lactic acid. I am a human kinetics major, turned journalism student who has coached and trained endurance athletes. Misconceptions about lactic acid have long been a pet peeve of mine. People tend to throw it about as a catch all explanation for pain and cramping during exercise. This is not the case
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1) Lactic acid is a normal by product of cellular respiration, it is produced all the time in small amounts, NOT “when previously dormant muscles are called into vigorous action,” as stated by the writer of this column. 2) Lactic acid in general terms causes the burning sensation (“feel the burn”) during intense workouts, such as sprinting or some types of weight lifting.
This is because cells are producing more lactic acid than the body can deal with during intense activity. Any lactic acid which accumulates can cause acidosis (build up of hydrogen ions in cells), but acidosis is quickly buffered by the body and would not last for the days following the workout. And long story short, it actually turns into a fuel for the body. 3) Any pain or stiffness which is felt in the days following a workout is a result of DOMS, or, delayed onset muscle soreness, which is caused by microscopic injuries to the muscle fibers. These injuries heal and allow the muscle to get stronger and larger. This is physiology of exercise 101, anyone offering to train you should know it. Matt Law Kwantlen Journalism Student Seriously... write us. Don’t make me ask again. We’ll publish almost everything! We’re crazy: letters@ runnerrag.ca
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We F***ed Up
and Ali Randa. Whoops. Sorry ladies.
In the last issue of The Runner (Vol.2 Issue 6) we screwed up the following:
We did a photo feature on Richmond’s Halloween costume contest and said that Jessica Luch was part of the GDNA program at Kwantlen... There is no GDNA program, we made it up. Just a GDMA. Our bad.
We said that the story “The Basketball Diaries,” was written by Michela Fiorido. It was actually coauthored by Chantelle Doerksen
aren’t all bad..? [DENNY HOLLICK] [CO-ORDINATING EDITOR]
I’ll be honest. I get a lot of flack for being such a strong supporter of the Olympics. I’ve already written on the topic before, but I feel I’ve done a pretty poor job of actually representing what I think is one of the more amazing opportunities to come to Vancouver. I feel as if people in general, especially in our age group, fail to weigh both the pros and cons of such an event being presented to us. We are constantly being bashed with negative media messages about the Olympics, and as such, it is pretty easy to have a slanted view of what is to come. Take the time to Google the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and read over some articles. Its likely anything that you are reading with a positive stance, you may not have heard in the media before, and is unlikely that you will talk about it. The negative ones on the other hand, will have you talking with friends and family how the Olympics have caused an unjust crime in your life. My point be-
ing here, is that people tend to put more weight on the negative then the positive. Are the Olympics all good for everyone? No - by no means would it be justified to take that stance. We will be forced to make sacrifices as a result, but before you jump on the antiOlympic bandwagon, take the time to question why you are and do your research. Not everything you see in the media is completely justified or substantiated. This issue of the Runner could be used as a perfect example: Many of the opinion articles about the Olympics in this issue have unsubstantiated arguments and holes based on speculation and bias. Read them carefully and ask questions. Inform yourself with credible media (rather than forming opinions off of false information and gossip), and do your own cost-benefit analysis. How will it affect our economy and debt? Will it bring us to the world stage? Will we be for better or for worse after the games? If you’re so close minded to even do that - then consider yourself a bandwagon jumper. But at the very least, consider the Olympics an amazing forum to raise social and ethical issues in the public eye. If there is an opportunity to create social change peacefully - better now then ever.
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BEFORE THE STORM
Get to Whistler before the world shows up [ANASTASIA KIRK] [TRAVEL BUREAU CHIEF]
Outsmart the rest of the world this ski season and hit the slopes at Whistler to enjoy fresh powder, unbelievable deals and some pre-Olympic partying. With less than 100 days until the 2010 Olympics kick off, Whistler is already suffering from what is known as “Olympic aversion.” People tend to believe that the ski runs will either be packed, closed or under construction and all things Whistler will be insanely expensive during the build-up to the winter games. So mountain goers avoid the Olympic village like the Swine Flu and head instead to alternative peaks to enjoy the pre-Olympic ski and snowboard season. This creates a chain reaction that actually ends up hurting the Olympic host town and benefiting anyone looking to carve some fresh tracks before breathing space becomes limited in February. Because so many people are avoiding Whistler this season, the world-class ski resort has been forced to serve up some sweet deals in order to entice visitors. Seasons passes are being offered at a lower rate than they have been in a decade and hotel room rates have dropped more than anywhere else in the country with many rooms
Pre-Olympic aversion means Whistler is not only inexpensive but relatively quiet, too.
available for less than $100 per night. Contrarily, other local mountains are experiencing a boost in visitors and lift-pass sales. Even ski-resorts like Big White and Apex are feeling the boom as skiers and snowboarders are willing to travel farther to get better deals and more slope space this winter, and this could mean higher rates at these mountains. So instead of avoiding the pre-Olympic buzz, avoid the pre-Olympic aversion effect and book your Whistler vacation now. Early bird passes are still being offered at incredibly low prices and if you book before
Nov. 15 you can save up to 39 per cent on a hotel and lift tickets. Whistler’s “best price guarantee” promises that if the price drops on a package of equal value at another ski resort, the price will be matched and you will get the best deal possible. Stays between Nov. 26 and Dec. 21 offer the lowest price. Rates will rise again between Dec. 22 and Jan. 1 before climbing to unprecedented levels during the 2010 Olympic games. Visit http://www.whistler.com/ winter_packages” or call 1-800WHISTLER to book your winter getaway now.
The non-athletic events So you can’t get an Olympic ticket? Why not consider the Olympic Entertainment around Vancouver? Here’s a short list of what’s going on. Dance Marathon When: February 9-13, 2010 What: This is surely something to participate in. Bring your dance shoes and let the contest begin. This is a classic dance contest in which you, the audience, can mix with performers under the direction of floor judges and a ticking clock. With games, special guest stars, prizes and lots of breaks (thankfully) this will be a night to remember.
City & Colour When: February 15, 2010 Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre What: Dallas Green (the softer side of Alexisonfire) is back to soothe the masses with his
Visit the fantasy section of the library, because that’s as close to the Olympic experience as you’ll ever get.
Eat 100 Big Macs because apparently, eating Mcdonald’s will make you an Olympian.
Throw rocks at the Vancouver Hudson’s Bay Company downtown — 90 per cent of the athletes used in their ads are American.
Buy an Olympic garment for your Conservative friends, they’ll think the “C” logo pertains to their political party and will be rather thrilled
Flush the money in your wallet down the toilet — that’s where it’s been going the past year anyway.
Make sure your television is in working order — that’s where you’ll be watching the Olympic games.
Get “No 2010 Games” tattooed on your forehead. See how the VPD and the IOC with their “no opposition allowed” mentality handle that one.
Enjoy your tap water while it lasts, because once the fake snow leeches into our water sources we’ll die from consuming it.
Practice your runway walk and fashion poses since the camera is going to be on you at all times after the Olympics when they leave the CCTV’s cameras up. Maybe you’ll get discovered.
Plan a family move for sometime in the next decade, after all — do you really want to be paying for a two-week party for the rest of your life?
“Manscape” all body hair to be aerodynamic enough to run from potential riots.
Learn the flags of all participating countries, to not look like the d-bag that non-stop goes “What country are they from?”
Write a note reminding yourself that drunken streaking during the Olympics isn’t a good idea- ‘cause it’s cold...oh so cold.
Go to China to buy official Canadian Olympic wear at cost —who wants to pay the shipping costs from China to Canada?
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Join the Conservative party for free Olympic tickets.
Get really good at hockey and make the men’s team, because that’s more likely than actually getting a ticket to the gold medal game.
Find out what this “Olympics” thing is.
Bill your boss for $400 million and attribute it to “cost overruns.”
Steal a fastcat ferry and fit it with wings in order to crash through the roof of BC Place during the opening ceremonies.
Steal some of that Olympic flame for your sex life. I mean... what?
Practice your choral singing with your music class. Gordon Campbell said you could go all the way to B.C. to sing at the Opening Ceremonies.
Find an Inukshuk somewhere on the West Coast that wasn’t built by VANOC. There’s got to be one around here near these totem poles that seem to represent us way better than an Inuit custom does.
Hang around the Anti Poverty Committee and get your picture taken by the police.
Read pages four through seven of this paper.
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2010 TO DO
27 THINGS TO DO BEFORE 2010
delicate vocals and heatfelt lyrics. City & Colour shows usually sell out in these parts of town, so be sure to get yours quickly.
Feist When: February 17, 2010 Where: The Orpheum What: An interesting fact about Feist is that she was one of the 1000 performers for the opening ceremonies at the Calgary Winter Olympics when she was 12. Get tickets from ZULU Records will Tickets.com or 1-800-TICKETS.
a Halloween party. I wasn’t sure exactly who he was until he put the CD into my car’s stereo and I heard “Bang Bang.” The words went firing into my head. “She shot me, she shot me, bang, bang, she shot me.” Our Somali-Canadian rapper will be performing live with Tinariwen.
U Theatre of Taiwan: Sound of the Ocean When: March 12 & 13 Where: The Centre What: Watch out for drumming, martial arts, meditation, modern theatrical training, and ancient Chinese opera. It tells a story of the water of life which nourishes our souls. Check out all other events at www.vancouver2010.com and get your tickets now.
K’NAAN and Tinariwen When: February 25, 2010 Where: The Orpheum What: My brother brought home K’NAAN’s Troubadour CD from
Acquire a taste for Quatchi meat. Acquire a taste for B.C. wines that actually come from Australia.
Go on a date with MP Ruby Dhalla. What about the Olympics?
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Video games to warm your hands with It’s much too cold outside and the air chaps your skin. Opt to stay inside and play video games instead of weathering the cold. [CHRISTOPHER POON] [MEDIA EDITOR]
Summer is dead. Deal with it. But if you still can’t muster the courage to step outside into the blustery Fall weather, and plan on hunkering down for the Winter, you may as well do something productive like playing video games.. Here’s a little list of recently-released and upcoming games to keep you entertained during the next few weeks. Just in time for exams too!
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – The follow-up to Activision’s best-selling COD: Modern Warfare. Once again leaving the Second World War setting behind, Modern Warfare 2 puts players in the shoes of a commando as they undertake missions spanning the globe in the name of the preservation of peace. The intro apparently includes a segement where you play as a terrorist, killing civilians in an airport. Fun and controversy, together at last!
Assassins Creed 2 – The next instalment in Ubisofts’s era-jumping franchise. While the last game took place during the crusades in the 12th Century, players now find themselves controlling a different assassin descendant, this time in 15th century Venice. Gamers will be able to explore the city and rooftops like before, and even Leonardo da Vinci makes an appearance, offering his machines for use. Who needs history class?
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – Look ma, another sequel! The Playstation 3 doesn’t get a lot of exclusive titles, but Uncharted was pretty well-received and it makes sense to put out another. Nathan Drake (think Lara Croft, but male) is back, this time searching for the lost treasure of famed explorer Marco Polo. Things don’t go according to plan, crazy things happen and a bunch of bad guys inevitably get shot.
Borderlands – And now for a game that isn’t a sequel. Borderlands is set in a future where humans have mastered space travel and begun colonizing other planets. However, one of those planets didn’t end up being so great for colonizing, so most of the people left. The place quickly fell into a state of anarchy and those that remained search for riches in the form of fabled alien ruins. It’s not different than going into Cloverdale, really.
DJ Hero– Here’s one to avoid. You know those guys responsible for churning out like seven different Guitar Heros a year? Lookit what they’ve come up with now! DJ Hero allows the player to be a pretend DJ, as if rocking out a fake guitar wasn’t bad enough, you can now stand there like a fucking moron and spin a stupid plastic disc while pressing some buttons. Do it well enough and the song will only sound slightly worse. Next up: Composer Hero.
LOCAL MUSIC SCENE
Gone are the sounds of Vancouver It wasn’t long ago that the local music scene filled venues based on community support and a good sound. [MATTHEW VAN DEVENTER]
Believe it or not, Vancouver had an impressive music scene during the ‘90s. Some of you will be amazed to read this but Vancouver was a hot bed of talent during the epoch of garage and grunge rock. Our fair city produced an eclectic array of musicians and bands such as The Matthew Good Band, Econoline Crush, Limblifter, Age of Electric, The Black Halos, Pluto, Gob, Holly McNarland. As well, the The State, the only good album released by Nickelback, was recorded in Burnaby in 1998. Unfortunately, the music scene died before many of us could legally attend a live show at the Purple Onion, The Town Pump, Starfish Room or Marine Club. During the ‘90s, these venues were a petri dish of musical culture. A small local band could play for only six people a Tuesday night, return for a second show a week later and notice that their crowd had increased significantly. Before Facebook, MySpace and other online social networking sites, information carried through word of mouth via faceto-face interaction or through a landline telephone. People used
to promote bands through bills posted on telephone poles, abandoned buildings, and construction site barriers across the city. There were no e-vites or fansites to tell you when and where a band was playing. The music scene in the ‘90s was based on community as well as a physical representation of support. What happened to our music scene, you might ask? One could argue that our hive of local talent was killed prematurely through abrupt closures of the live venues that fuelled Vancouver’s music culture. The city’s liquor licensing regulations choked the life out of these venues in attempts to appease complaining residents and respect their not-in-mybackyard mentality. All inspiration was pushed aside by Vancouver’s city council implementing by-laws that stifled any musical growth. One such law made it illegal for restaurants to have amplified music and dancing in the same vicinity. Another factor to the downfall of our music community focuses on the shift in popular music. Some venues were closing their doors to live music and revamping their name and image to suit the demand of the
CHRISTOPHER POON/ THE RUNNER Vancouver earned the title “no-fun-city” after being hit by stifling by-laws. Lucky for us, the city ‘s being hit by a wave of local bands.
growing club scene. Hiring a DJ turned out to be a good economic alternative to the struggling local band. As it turned out, Top 40 music, at the time, was getting young people on the dance floor and most importantly, spending money at the bar.
For those of you who don’t know or were too young to remember, the years following the collapse of the music scene commonly referred to Vancouver as a no-fun-zone. Fortunately, we are at an age of enlightenment. There is an impressive wave of local musi-
cians and they are changing the musical climate every day. Vancouver’s new live music venues are becoming well respected around the Lower Mainland and, with a little time, we might be lucky enough to have a musical renaissance grace our city.
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DEGREES OF SEPARATION: John Cusack to Bill Murray [KYLE SLAVIN CONTRIBUTOR]
2012 – Nov. 13 There’s only so much hype marketers can create surrounding a movie before it becomes stale and unwanted. Such is the case with 2012, which furthers the Mayan belief (and puts it on film) that the world’s going to come to and end on Dec. 12, 2012. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this trailer a hundred times in the last year and not once have I thought that it looks good. In fact, the teaser made me more interested than the trailer itself. John Cusack, Amanda Peet and Danny Glover star in the Roland Emmerich-helmed movie. Emmerich, the man behind Independence Day, Godzilla and The Day After Tomorrow should team up with Al Gore to make a special effects laden, global warming disaster movie. You know what? Scratch that idea; he should just stop making movies.
Royal Tenenbaums I would’ve been 14 when I first tried getting through this movie, and I turned it off because, well, I had shitty taste in movies then. I rewatched it earlier this year, and I couldn’t have been more pleased at how great of a film it is. I haven’t ventured too far into Wes Anderson’s catalogue, but he’s got a really solid group of skilled actors that he enjoys working with, and everything he does receives critical acclaim. Tenenbaums was hilarious, very well written and all-round brilliant. Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Gwenyth Paltrow, Bill Murray, Luke and Owen Wilson, Alec Baldwin and Danny Glover star in the movie. I really can’t say anything bad about this one.
The Fantastic Mr. Fox – Nov. 13 Like I just said, I haven’t ventured too far into Wes Anderson’s film catalogue, which makes me a tad fearful for the success of Fantastic Mr. Fox. It’s doesn’t have the hype of Where the Wild Things Are, the other kids book translated to film, but it uses the voice talents of Wes Anderson regulars Owen Wilson, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, plus George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Willem Dafoe. My concern is that the creepy and rough stop-motion animation is going to turn most people off from checking out the Roald Dahl classic on the big screen. I admit I never read the book, despite being a Dahl fan, and watching the trailers for the film hasn’t attracted me as much as it probably should have.
THE PRODIGAL - JOVAN ZIMZOVSKI (EXCAL)
LIFE SUCKS, SOMETIMES 1. Today, I spent 65 dollars in cab fare and skipped half of my grade 12 classes, including a unit test, to see my girlfriend on our two year anniversary. I arrived just in time to see her kiss her other boyfriend of over a year good bye. FML 2. Today, I found out that our water tank has had a dead crow rotting in it for days. I took showers and brushed my teeth with dead crow soup. FML 3. Today, after I bathed my nine month old, I laid her on my bed to grab a diaper. I turned around to see that she’d peed on my comforter. I then put her in her playpen to put my cover in the wash. I came back into the room to get her, and saw she’d taken off her diaper. She’d crapped in her playpen. FML 4. Today, I stepped away from my desk for a few minutes only to re-
turn to find the general manager installing updates on my computer. This wouldn’t have been an issue had I not pulled up a website explaining in great detail the effects and causes of vaginal yeast infections. FML 5. Today, I received my passport in the mail. They got my birthdate wrong. Then I picked up my birth certificate that I had sent in with the application. Turns out my parents have been celebrating my birthday on the wrong day for 16 years. FML 6. Today, I saw an elderly man fall in a crosswalk, so I jumped off my bike to help. As I helped him across, the light turned green. At that point I noticed my phone had fallen out of my pocket in the street and was run over by several cars. I then watched across a 6 lane street as someone stole my bike. FML source: www.fmylife.com
GROAT IN THE SACK
Seducing the Ladies This is Jeff Groat. He’s the Runner’s sex columnist. He has only one qualification for the job: his last name sounds like a dirty word. That’s good enough for us.
[JEFF GROAT] [ENTERTAINMENT BUREAU CHIEF]
In the summer of 1993, in between shifts of cloning dinosaurs, a crack team of scientists made a startling discovery in the entirely unrelated field of primate mating habits. The scientists discovered a tiny, fossilized, guitar that male lemur-like animals—early ancestors of today’s primates, called Notharctus—used to seduce potential mates from the heights of a tree branch. Fifty million years later, not much has changed. For reasons that still baffle scientists, the sound of a guitar being softly strummed to the sounds of Jack Johnson or John Mayer, or grooving psychedelic jams like Jimmy Page or Jimi Hendrix, it’s a fact that this method of aural seduction will work for guys. Bonus points if you can actually sing along to whatever you are playing, especially if it’s soulful. But not everyone is musically inclined. Luckily, the tried and true guitar method is only one of a variety of ways in which to lure a lithe female lemur onto your chosen tree branch (not that one). While 50 million years ago, gathering fruit and insects would have been a sure win, males in our time must master the use of fire. In other words, learn how to cook, you uncultured greaseball. Make a quick pasta dish with
spaghetti, garlic, chilli, olive oil and white wine. Pair with a salad of figs, green and purple basil, prosciutto ham, shaved parmesan, and butter lettuce, lightly dressed with a honeylemon vinaigrette. There is nothing sexier than a lemur that can cook. After dinner, try a little something called “conversation.” Any guy who is capable of conversation is deemed a worthy mate, since it is a fact that most guys completely suck at communicating. Steer clear of topics like sports, cult movies and eclectic albums, and talk about your feelings and her eyes. She’ll love it. And while you’re staring into her soul, you can show off your huge muscles. But be careful, because if you go to the gym regularly, there is a 75 per cent chance that you own a sequined hoodie, made by that faux tattoo art clothing line. It’s a plus to have good fashion sense, but expensive doesn’t mean nice, you’re just a douchebag, and girls don’t like douchebags, so don’t wear sequins. If you can’t fight your attraction to bright, gawdy things, try buying her some red roses before you meet her for dinner. Flowers say those things that you don’t know how to say or are just scared of saying. And after the meal, serve up some chocolate. Chocolate is sexy and smooth, and you will be too if you buy her some that’s good quality. Questions for Jeff? send them to email@example.com
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vol. 2 issue 07 | November 10 2009 | page twelve
YOUTOPIA COMIC - ANDREW MAC LACHIAN (NEXUS/CAMOSUN COLLEGE)
HOROSCOPE PISCES Feb. 19 - Mar. 20
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22 - Dec. 21 Gather as many popsicle sticks as you can. Fashion them into one humongous popsicle stick.
Don’t let anyone stop you from painting your face gold and running the street with a lightsaber.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22 - Jan.19
Oct. 23 - Nov. 21 Remember last month? Remember that thing you did? Do something nice to make up for it.
There are things in your life that are slowing you down. Get rid of the sombrero you always wear.
ARIES Mar. 21 - Apr.19
If you see anyone wearing cuff links, steal them. Keep the stolen cuff links in a secure place.
TAURUS Apr. 20 - May 20
AQUARIUS Sept. 23 - Oct. 22
Use interpretive dance to express your inability to fully comprehend the importance of cleanliness.
Stay away from all relationships. Your life is too full of popcorn and miniature trains right now.
GEMINI May 21 - June 20
Wear more pleather. It doesn’t breathe and it squeaks when you walk. It’s the perfect fabric.
CANCER June 21 - July 22
VIRGO Aug. 23 - Sept. 22
Take advantage of your ability to make people feel like they just walked into a retirement home.
You’re stuck in a room with 3 thousand mosquitoes. Squish each one with your thumb and finger.
LEO July 23 - Aug. 22
LIBRA Sept. 23 - Oct. 22
You need to share your breakfast with someone. Six eggs and three glasses of milk is just too much.
If you’re going to a party this weekend be prepared: wear your fanciest outfit and bring a plunger.
By Sandy Chase, CUP Graphics Bureau Chief
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Planning on applying somewhere else now that you’re done at Kwantlen? You probably need a couple of transcripts to do so. Unfortunately the things cost $7.35 a pop (hard copies) or $26.25 for a RUSH copy (their emphasis, not ours). The worst part is the ‘Electronic transfer’ (a.k.a. email) that they charge $5.25 for. If I supply the paper, can I get it for half price?
INTERESTING FACT Modern Olympic Games were created in 1894, by a French educator Baron Pierre de Coubertin. However, Olympic Games date back to 776 B.C when they were celebrated as a religious festival. The five interconnected Olympic rings represent the five significant continents of the world: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania. Today’s gold medals are silver covered with a thin coat of gold.
Published on Apr 26, 2011