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AROUND KWANTLEN

Flesh trade: Humans as commodities Upcoming Vancouver 2010 Olympics has groups concerned for possible increase in human trafficking URAY ONUOHA [THE SPUTNIK]

BRANTFORD, Ont. (CUP) Imagine: A mother spends her life looking after her baby, watching her grow, living through the nightmares that accompany puberty. And then one day, her child is gone. Maybe she ran away. Or maybe she was kidnapped and sold to someone who forces her to work long hours on farms or in massage parlours, making use of her body to earn her bed. She cannot leave her new home because she is an illegal immigrant, knows nothing about the country and is under the control of her employer. She has become a slave. Sadly, these circumstances are not just products of imaginations – they are, for millions around the world, a terrifying reality. Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, with about 27 million people living in forced slavery. In a year, slave trade generates an estimated $120 million, making it the second largest example of organized crime worldwide, according to the Canada Fights Human Trafficking website. And with the Winter Olympics coming to Canada next month, the potential for growth is even

greater. Naomi Baker is a Brantford, Ont. resident and founder of Canada Fights Human Trafficking, an organization that raises awareness about this crime and concentrates on victim care. According to her, the Olympics have always been a dangerous time as far as trafficking is concerned. “In history, human trafficking is a problem when it comes to large social events like the Olympics,” she said. At the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece, “there was a 98 per cent increase in human trafficking . . . That’s substantial, dramatically substantial. So if you don’t ignore history, obviously there is going to be a problem with the Olympics.” Even though the maximum sentence for human trafficking is life imprisonment, Canada currently lacks a minimum sentence for the crime. Bill C-49, which came into law in November 2005 made human trafficking a crime according to the Criminal Code of Canada. It is also a crime under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Without a minimum sentence, there are few deterrents for human traffickers. So far, there have been only two convictions of human traffickers in Canada. In the first case, Imani Nakpangi

was sentenced to five years in jail for trafficking a 15-year-old girl, but was credited 13 months for pre-trial publicity. He spent just under four years in jail. The second man, Michael Lennox Mark, received a two-year sentence with double credit for the year he served before his trial. He had enslaved a 17-yearold girl for over two years but he spent just a week in jail. Both men spent less time incarcerated than they did exploiting their victims. Luckily, there are some Canadians who are trying to change the situation. Winnipeg MP Joy Smith has introduced Bill C-268, which calls for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for anyone caught trafficking minors (children under the age of 18). The bill passed through Parliament with large support, but has been stalled in the Senate. The next possible date for the bill to be addressed is Jan. 26 when the Senate will resume. Seventeen days later, the Olympics begin. This possibility only makes Canada a more attractive destination for traffickers. After all, as Baker says, “people know that people with money are going to be there. So if you’re going to take your girls to make a lot of money . . . Why won’t you go to a country that has very lax sentencing?”

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WHAT’S HAPPENING AT KWANTLEN

JAN

29 2010

Kwantlen Eagles Basketball WHERE: Surrey Campus - Gymnasium WHEN: 1:00pm & 3:00pm WHAT: Come out watch the Eagles Basketball take on the VIU Mariners. Women’s game starts at 1:00pm. Men’s start at 3:00pm. No tickets required!

JAN

29 2010

The Great Mozart Hunt WHERE: Langley campus - Auditorium WHEN: 7:30pm WHAT: Come out and explore the history of Mozart’s work through this entertaining two act play. Tickets are only $10 for students.

JAN

29 2010

Kwantlen Eagles raise the roof WHERE: Surrey Campus - Gymnasium WHEN: 5:30pm WHAT: Watch the Kwantlen Eagles women’s soccer team raise their championship banner. For more infomation contact Elise Le Brun - elise.lebrun@kwantlen.ca

ROSS LOCKWOOD // THE GATEWAY

MEDIA INDUSTRY

Newspaper giant up for sale Big Five banks may set up publicly-traded company to run the papers VANESSA GRECO [THE EYEOPENER]

MONTREAL (CUP) – The newspaper-publishing unit of Canwest Global Communications is up for bid by chief lenders after it was successfully granted creditor protection on Jan. 8. The deal was reached four months after parent company Canwest Global Communications first filed for bankruptcy protection in October, citing its losses on falling advertising revenues, atop an already-steep debt of $4 billion from previous acquisitions. After successfully filing for creditor protection under Companies’ Creditor

Arrangement Act, the publishing division is in the hands of Canwest’s creditors, including the Big Five Canadian banks, alongside unidentified international backers. The auction has garnered at least four potential bidders; Canwest hopes that a bid between $1 billion and $1.5 billion – less than half of what was paid for its acquisition back in 2000 – will be made sometime in next six to seven weeks. In the case that none of the bids made in the upcoming weeks are accepted, the banks have decided that they will set up a new, publicly traded company to run the newspapers, which will be independent from both Canwest and its creditors. In the meantime, operations

are still managed by Canwest. The publishing division is the country’s largest newspaper chain and owns the National Post, along with 10 major city dailies, including the Montreal Gazette and Ottawa Citizen. Before any announcement of Canwest’s sale, the National Post was moved from the other dailies as a separate legal entity, thus not qualifying for creditor protection. Operations at the Gazette and other affected dailies are not anticipated to change in the near future. Among other bidders, Jerry Grafstein and Raymond Heard – the co-founder of Citytv and an ex-Global TV executive, respectively – are reported to be interested in the Post, Gazette and Citizen.

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01 2010

Cloverdale - Faculty of Trades & Technology - Open House WHERE: Cloverdale Campue WHEN: 4:00pm - 7:00pm WHAT: Come out and speak to faculty and staff regarding program offerings in trades & technology. Visit the shops and speak with the instructors one-on-one.

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Dessi Fusion 2010 WHERE: Dhaliwal Banquet Hall #230 8166 128 Street Surrey WHEN: 7:00pm WHAT: The third annual formal dance organized by the KSA and LIFE Club. Tickets $20 at the KSA Member Services at the Door. Proceeds go to “Save the Children Canada” Foundation.


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KSA POLITICS

Kwantlen fought the [CFS-BC] and the KSA won After two years of paying fee’s to the CFS but not having any representation, the KSA has been awarded the right to vote again.

DENNY HOLLICK // THE RUNNER Derek Robertson will finally be participating in the CFS-BC after two years of struggle.

DENNY HOLLICK [CO-ORDINATING EDITOR]

The Kwantlen Student Association (KSA) declared victory after winning a BC Supreme Court case against the BC section of the Canadian

Federation of Students (CFS-BC) earlier this week. Students at Kwantlen who pay fees to CFSBC, have not been represented on the CFS-BC executive for nearly two years. According to Derek Robertson, KSA Director of External Affairs,

the case was brought forward to the courts by the KSA after the CFS-BC Executive Committee refused to recognize Robertson as a director for CFS-BC as required by the BC Society Act, and CFSBC bylaws. The case sought to have Robertson ratified as a representative on the CFS-BC executive, and to recover funds remitted (paid by Kwantlen student fees) to CFS-BC since May 11, 2008, the period at which Robertson was no longer recognized by CFS-BC. CFS-BC’s Chairman, Shamus Reid commented on the case stating that Robertson was not acting in the best interest of the organization when he removed himself as a director to campaign against the organization [CFSBC] and immediately sought to be reinstated as a director after. It was at this time that their board chose not to recognize him as a representative given his practice of undermining the organization. Reid emphasized that under

section 3 of the BC Societies Act that “a director of a society must (a) act honestly and in good faith and in the best interests of the society, and (b) exercise the care, diligence and skill of a reasonably prudent person.” Reid further commented that Robertson clearly did not follow this section of the act while serving as a director, as he had voted in favour of hiring a campaign manager for the KSA’s CFS de-federation campaign, and joined the “Kwantlen Students who want out of CFS” Facebook group. According to the KSA press release, Madam Justice Brown who was ruling on the case ruled in favour of the KSA, based on the fact that the CFSBC was in violation of section 4 of the Societies Act and their own bylaws. “The decision is that the ratification process has no power.” commented Reid. “He must be ratified if he has been selected by the Kwantlen Student Association.” “The CFS-BC should be

ashamed that it has taken a court order to make them listen to the students that they claim to represent,” commented Robertson. “Sadly, the only governance ability that individual student members have in the CFS-BC is their ability to elect their KSA representative to the CFS-BC board of directors, and the CFSBC did everything they could to take even that ability away.” Reid said that “it’s really ignored the fact that a supermajority of it’s members felt that Robertson could not represent their interests.” As a paying member of the CFS-BC (paid by Kwantlen student fees), the Kwantlen Student Association is entitled to have a representative act on the CFS-BC executive committee, to identify issues important to Kwantlen students, largely for lobbying purposes. As a result of the court ruling, Robertson must now be recognized as a director of CFS-BC, and costs of the case must be awarded to the KSA.

INTERNATIONAL

Kwantlen community responds to the crisis in Haiti NATSUMI OYE [CURRENT EVENTS BUREAU CHIEF]

The KSA is capable of philanthropy and thinking about people other than themselves. With the recent events in Haiti, the KSA has been putting together last minute efforts to help the third world country and its people. They are trying to raise money that they intend to donate through World Vision. Last Tuesday the Richmond campus turned an event that was planned to be a free breakfast into an opportunity to raise money by exchanging cereal for optional donations. The fashion students at Richmond campus pitched in as well last Tuesday by giving out baked goods in return for donations, according to Reena Bali, the Richmond KSA campus director. Between the breakfast day and bake sale on Tuesday, and the sale of the leftover baked goods on Wednesday, the Richmond campus has raised around $700, Bali said. There has also been the random student who has come into the KSA offices to donate, according to Bali. The KSA is accepting donations in their offices and at member services until Friday. The Richmond campus will be hosting a licensed event on Wednesday in the conference centre. The money raised through alcohol sales will go to Haiti as well, instead of back into the KSA budget, Bali said. “It was just a random thing

we decided to do because we didn’t have time to properly plan it out,” said Bali of their efforts to collect donations. She is hoping that the KSA will match the money they raise, but said that they have to see how much they collect and then they have to go through council to see if they will pass a motion to match it. Bali encourages students

“Any amount of donations makes a difference,” Bali said. “Even if it’s 25 cents.” to donate to the cause. “Any amount of donations makes a difference,” Bali said. “Even if it’s 25 cents.” All of the KSA efforts are in light of the fact that the news keeps getting worse and worse for the people of Haiti and those who had the misfortune of being there when the massive earthquake hit on January 12th. The earthquake, which was 7.0 on the Rictor scale, has claimed the lives of an estimated 200,000 people and affected the lives of 3 million, according to the United Nations. There was an aftershock last week that was a 5.6 on the Rictor scale, which is the largest aftershock the earthquake has had yet. Countries around the world have responded, offering money

and aid to help Haiti and it’s people deal with the tragedy. But is it enough? The UN has reported that they may never know what the actual death toll in Haiti is, according to the washingtonpost.com. The KSA is certainly doing their part to try to help out the people of Haiti, as is the government of Canada. Canada has committed 2,000 military personnel to be sent out to help in Haiti, according to thestar.com. They have also put together a program to encourage individual Canadians to donate. The program is set up so that the government will match any donations up to a total of $50 million made to a registered charity up until Feb. 12th, according to the governments website. Canadian charities and organizations are accepting donations that will go specifically to the relief efforts in Haiti. Red Cross and World Vision are two main charities that you can donate through. There has been approximately $40 million in donations that the government will match as of last Tuesday, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. Donors are being warned to look out for illegitimate charities though. The best way to make sure that money being donated is in fact going to Haiti and the relief efforts is to make a donation through a registered charity. For Kwantlen students and staff, they can bring their donations to the KSA offices. All money contributed through the KSA will be donated through World Vision.

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IN BRIEF

IN BRIEF

Haiti: Canadians Haiti: Students still missing return home NATSUMI OYE [CURRENT EVENTS BUREAU CHIEF]

NATSUMI OYE [CURRENT EVENTS BUREAU CHIEF]

Eleven Canadians were still missing from the collapsed Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince as of Wednesday, according to the Globe and Mail. Search teams made it to the spot where the hotel used to stand last Tuesday. Canadian travelers from Montreal arrived in Haiti’s capital just before the earthquake hit, allowing them enough time to check into the hotel moments before the earthquake, the Globe and Mail reported. Families of the missing Canadians are very worried about their loved ones.

The 16 students who were stranded in Haiti have returned home to Nelson B.C., according to the calgarysun.com. They witnessed many horrible things in the week that they were there, which has given them a greater appreciation for everything Canadians have, including things such as water, the Sun reported. One of the students the Sun spoke with said that the Haitian people were the ones who looked out for them the most while they were stuck out there.


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OPINION: CELL PHONE BAN

More dangerous than drinking and driving? Students share their thoughts on the new cell phone ban while driving in BC MATT LAW [CONTRIBUTOR}

MAE VALESCO [CONTRIBUTOR]

As of Jan. 1, 2010, the cell phone ban is in effect. There will be no dialing, texting, or answering any cell phone calls or any electronic portable handheld device while driving. Doing so will cause a $167 fine and a three point penalty against your driving record. This cell phone and electronic ban is in effect since many drivers are distracted while driving causing many accidents

and dangers on the road. If it starts ringing, let it ring! Let it go to voicemail, get help from your passengers so they may pick-up the phone for you, and drive safely. Handsfree devices such as bluetooth are available for purchase at your nearest electronic store. Research says, it is best to have this rule in effect for you and for everyone’s safety.

STUDENT VIEW WAZEEM KHAN – BACHELOR OF APPLIED ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY

“I think it is a good idea because drivers get distracted on the phone. I answer the phone while driving for a quick second, but hang-up right away.”

Come Feb. 1, any one still talking or texting on their cell phone will be subject to a $167 fine and three penalty points on their license. I have to be honest, this seems like an egregious decision on the part of the government. We are currently living in a time of economic uncertainty and students are in no position to begin shelling out money for new bluetooth cell phones and headsets. Nor can those of us who will attempt to continue texting while driving afford the $167 fine we will undoubtedly receive for doing nothing more than trying to go about our lives. Sure, texting might distract a select few of the population to the point of causing an accident, but most of us have grown up as a multitasking generation and can quite easily text, eat a bowl of cereal and drive to school at the same time. In fact I saw a cognitively advanced individual doing this the other day.

Perhaps the B.C. government should invest in a better public transit system so we could talk and text to our hearts content while being safely driven by someone else. Now I know what you’re thinking, this would lead to wide spread throat punches as transit users are enraged by loud, chatty, teenage girls but this is the price we would have to pay. I for one refuse to support a law that is obviously an attempt by elderly policy makers to end the process of evolution and advancement in the young and virile generation. If you can’t text and drive safely you clearly are not cut out for this new age of multitasking and the process of natural selection will remove you from the genetic pool, problem solved – no need for a ban.

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ON THE RUN WITH RYAN:

The new year, always a good time to shape up! RYAN KEIGHER [CONTRIBUTOR]

After all those years that I thought I wouldn’t gain weight or get tired running up the stairs in the wake of all the Christmas and end-of-semester parties, I was finally proven wrong. And, like everyone else, I said that this new year would bring a new me. But then the lack of sleep hit. Plus, I had to hit the books, and I needed to fit in as much friend time as possible. All these other things began to eat into the time of getting back into shape. However, other obligations don’t have to get in the way of shaping up, there are many options to explore. We might still be a ways away from the spring and summer seasons, but the days are getting longer. I always find that with more daylight, the easier it is for me to get out there and keep active. We have the Olympic break next month as well, we can use the extra couple days off to kick start our bodies into feeling good. Then, there’s the Sun Run. Although it’s usually held in mid April, this year it’s May 9th and that means that many Sun Run

clinics have started up. Kwantlen has a running club as well, which you can find on the athletics section of the Kwantlen website. Let’s face it, there are many excuses not to get into shape, but there is no reason why we cannot try. We have many options, more than I mentioned above, and they’re a great opportunity to get involved. Plus, if get your friends and family involved with your exercise routine, you get valuable social time in as well. Find your motivation: exercise to clear your head, relieve stress from school or just look good for the summer. Remember you need to start off gradually and not rush in. When you set a time to exercise for, say, 30 minutes, the key thing is to be sure you stick to that amount of time. Don’t repeat the same routine, and change it up a little. If you try to run 5 kilometre every time you go out, expect to get faster and realize that if you run the same 5 kilometre route each time, you’ll get faster each time you are out there. Before you head out remember to stretch and dress for the weather.

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Women on weights with Michela Myth #1 – Lifting Heavy Will Make Women Bulky MICHELA FIORIDO [SPORTS BUREAU CHIEF]

I know you’ve seen those internet pictures of female bodybuilders that look more like men, but know that this is the result of steroid use and hormone manipulation. It is simply not possible to get that big without the use of male hormones and/or steroids. Now, that we’ve gotten that out of the way, ask yourself “why don’t I lift heavy weights?” Muscle burns far more calories than fat, so the more muscle you have, the more you could just sit around and still burn calories. Sounds nice doesn’t it? However, this is not the kind of muscle you get when you do 50 bicep curls with a two pound weight. Let’s be honest – that

is virtually useless and is such a waste of time. When are you ever, in real life, going to be lifting something light 50 times in a row? Never. What I’m trying to say, is that you should start to lift heavy because it mimics the weight that you may have to lift in real life. It would make hauling groceries that much easier, minus the sore back the next day. Moreover, muscle tone, that is tone, not bulk, is achieved in a far faster time if you lifted heavier. And think of the time you will save at the gym. If you lift heavy, you only have to do 6-8 reps per set, whereas you’d normally be sitting there with a two pound dumbbell for 50 reps. So you want to start lifting heavy - where do you start? Whether it be bicep curls, tricep pulldowns, or squats, to

prevent injury make sure that you select a weight that you can complete eight reps with in proper form. You know you’ve found the correct weight to start at when you can finish eight reps properly, but it still feels relatively difficult to complete the last few reps. Every week-and-a-half to two weeks either increase the weight or increase the reps, however do not do more than 12 reps. If you can complete more than this amount easily, your weight is too light. Ideally, you should be increasing weights as opposed to reps, unless you hit a dreaded plateau which will be discussed next week. Before starting any fitness routine, consult a qualified fitness professional.

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cuts the sugar, syrup and junk that you don’t need by half. Also, eating a banana after is a good idea and pasta for dinner that night would be the best preparation for a game the next day. It’s tempting to just lay there on the couch and eat junk food after an exhausting Saturday game but then I remember how awful I’ll feel the next day and how hard it will be to play so I make sure I eat right!


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EXCLUSIVE

MAE VELASCO // THE RUNNER

A Runner Exclusive: One-on-one with the president David Atkinson, president of Kwantlen, recently sat down with the Runner to discuss the perks of smaller class sizes, the university’s involvment with the Olympics, and the future of our institution DANIEL CHALCRAFT THE RUNNER: Why did you come to Kwantlen Polytechnic University?

I’ve been in higher education for over 30 years. I started my career a long time ago at the University of Lethbridge as a faculty member and since that time I’ve been at five Canadian universities in various capacities as an administrator, and faculty member.

DAVID ATKINSON:

R: What was so appealing to you about Kwantlen Polytechnic University? DA: Actually Kwantlen approached me. Usually for positions like this universities will use [an executive search consultant.] They are used in both the private and public sector. I got a phone call one day from the search consultant that was being used here at Kwantlen and asked if I was interested in exploring the possibilities of coming out here and that is how it kind of started. R: After being at Kwantlen for one year, what do you think you’ve accomplished to make Kwantlen a better environment for students to study and learn and also for teachers, faculty and staff to work? DA: Well, I think that there is a lot more work to be done. The most important thing about this year is we went from being an university-college to being a university and that involves an enormous amount of change [such as] a new governance model, new academic programs, new expectations from

students, a new collective agreement [and] all kinds of things that we’d never had to think about before. But, I think that if there was one thing that I am most pleased about is that people are very excited about [being a] university. They see this change from being an universitycollege to a university as a great opportunity to do something important and my job as president is a very simple one. Actually it’s to encourage people to make them want to participate in the process of change. And you can’t do this kind of change by telling people what to do; they have to take ownership of it and it has to be what they want not what I want. I think that over the last year we’ve been pretty successful. As far as students are concerned I think [the most important] thing is academic programs. So what we’ve been about over the last year is trying to develop new programs of study, new and different forms of opportunity for students and it takes a while... but we have all kinds of new programs that are coming on stream in 2010 and 2011. I think that they will provide great opportunity for students especially the ones who live in this region. R: What do you think students want to see Kwantlen do to feel so they feel that it’s their number one choice over UBC or SFU? Do you feel that Kwantlen has to better market itselves in the community, British Columbia and Canada so that students will want to come here? DA: Well, I’ve worked in big universities and little universities and there is absolutely no question in my mind that the quality of undergraduate education is better at a smaller school than at a larger school. Sure, we may not have the enormous library like UBC or the sophisticated equipment, but what we do have are classes that do not get any bigger than 35 students and I think the learning environment here is the one thing that is the best. It’s all about the teachers, the professors, the people who are in the classroom and would you

rather take a biology course with 35 students in it or 535 students? It is not hard to make the decision. And so my hope is that people recognize that and want to come here because they know that’s the way it’s going to be. You can have the greatest story in the world but if you don’t tell anybody it doesn’t really matter. I don’t think that Kwantlen has been particularly good at telling people what it is that it does and it is for that reason that we are doing a couple of things. One is that we are reorganizing ourselves in order to better recruit students who want to come to Kwantlen, and the second is that we are going through a comprehensive rebranding exercise. Universities are no different than toothpaste; it’s not the toothpaste it’s how you brand it [and] it’s how you market it and we’ve got a great product here but we need to brand it and we need to market it. We currently have a major exercise going on intending to

that we have a responsible as a publicly funded institution to try to assist the Olympics in whatever way we can. R: What types of changes can we see in the future? DA: I am committed to having Kwantlen maintain it’s open access policy so it’s just not a matter of always taking the best students because very often the best students are the not so great students. Our product is an educated student and the only way we can get an educated student is to provide the programs that the student wants. So, that’s where I see us going in the future. R: How have you incorporated Kwantlen’s First Nation into being an integral part of the community at Kwantlen? DA: I’ve only been here 15 months so

“Universities are no different than toothpaste; it’s not the toothpaste it’s how you brand it [and] it’s how you market it and we’ve got a great product here but we need to brand it and we need to market it.” create a new brand of Kwantlen. R: How will Kwantlen benefit from being a sponsor or being involved with the 2010 Olympics? DA: This is the biggest event to hit Vancouver or the Lower Mainland in a long time [I don’t know the direct benefit]. The indirect benefit is that they are going to be using our facilities... a lot of people for example don’t even know that there is a Kwantlen campus in Richmond. So, they will be coming to our campuses and they will say I didn’t know that there is a university here or better yet I didn’t know that Kwantlen was a university. I think that the benefits of participating in VANOC for us is quite indirect but the other part of it is the Olympics are important so I think

there’s only so much you can do in a year. I would say right now that Kwantlen needs to do far more. For an institution that calls itself by a First Nation’s word I don’t think we do anywhere near as much as we should. The challenge in British Columbia is that you will have all kinds of First Nation students but unless self-declare then really, we don’t know who they are. We will be opening a new Aboriginal gathering place probably next month, we have a First Nations advisor, and we have a First Nations advisory committee. But, like a lot of Canadian universities, we’re still struggling to find the right answer to that question and I don’t think we’re there yet. R: What does the Tireless Runner Endowment Fund mean to the Aboriginal


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EXCLUSIVE students at Kwantlen and how has the Tireless Runner Dinner and Silent Auction helped Aboriginal students succeed? DA: It has raised money for bursaries and for scholarships for First Nations. The dinner is always a celebration of things First Nations and I think that it is an important part of what it is. My personal wish is that we could make it grow... and I’m hoping that will happen. R: How have you promoted Kwantlen to the community members, the general public, provincial government and other organizations such as the Surrey Board of Trade? DR: One of the biggest parts of my job is to go out and meet people and to be able to tell them the Kwantlen story. I think everybody who works here [has] a responsibility to tell the Kwantlen story. I am constantly going out giving talks, making presentations, talking to the politicians in Victoria because, as I said earlier, you can have a great story but unless people hear it you got no story. R: In your November newsletter, you stated “Kwantlen” is hardly swimming in money” stating that although enrolment for the current year is up 11 per cent which will most likely bring Kwantlen the largest group of students in it’s history. The problem is that Kwantlen should be concerned about a 16-million reduction in student aid, which will have significant impact on our students. What do you mean by that statement? How will that affect the community at Kwantlen, especially the students? DA: That’s a big question. Financially, Kwantlen is in pretty good shape. There are a number of other universities and colleges in British Columbia that carry

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very, very substantial debt and have to finance that debt. We currently don’t have that problem and won’t face that problem for a couple of years. Eventually we will, as our expenses outstrip our revenues. I think that is a concern for us and we don’t anticipate that we will get any increase from government this [school] year and we don’t anticipate that we will be allowed to increase tuition by very much either. We are in this steady state situation financially at the very time when we need new resources in order to become a university and this forces us to think very very carefully about how we spend our money. R: How has the president’s Ambassadorial Team (P.A.T.), a group of students from all disciplines, worked

with you to publicly represent Kwantlen? What do they do to promote Kwantlen? DA: The best ambassador for a university is a student; it’s one student telling another student that they had a good experience. Me telling them that it’s a great place or a faculty member telling them that it’s a great place has some meaning, but the most significant way of communicating your message is to use students. It’s to use the people who are already having the experience and that is why we created the Kwantlen ambassadors. These are people who are involved, they represent the university at various kinds of public functions and become role models, become representatives of the institution and I think that has helped the institution a lot. MAE VELASCO // THE RUNNER

5 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ATTABOY ATKINSON: He’s passionate about exercise: “I exercise everyday, seven days a week. I run, do the elliptical, and lift weights everyday.”

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A rockin’ musician: “I play the piano for 45 minutes everyday.” Twin Sons: “They’re identical.”

Both parents are still alive: “They’re 95 and 92 and have been married for 65 years... or is it 64 years? Who counting when it gets that high.” Wino: “I’m a big wine fan, and when I say wine fan... I mean wine fan. At one of my previous university’s in Niagara they had an Oenology and Viticulture Institute, so I became quite knowledgeable about wine, and good wine. And not so good wine.”

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THE BUCKET LIST, ATTABOY ATKINSON STYLE: 1. Climb Kilimanjaro 2. See my other son get married 3. Have grandchildren 4. Go back to Tuscany, Italy 5. Go back to work and live in Japan

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Flaming tires, hippos and $8 Budweiser You know you’re in California when... KRISTI JUT [CONTRIBUTOR]

he first memory I have of travelling with my family was a road trip on the west coast when I was about four-years-old. This included cheap American diners, my parents playing Keno at the breakfast buffet at Circus Circus in Reno, the hip (and possibly gay) twentysomethings of downtown San Francisco, the brilliantly pink flamingoes at San Diego Zoo and, of course, that magical place: Disneyland. During that year, my favourite television show was TaleSpin—you know the one that weirdly adapted all of the characters from The Jungle Book and was about airplanes? Well, Baloo was my favourite character and when I met him at Disneyland for the first time I burst into tears. I’m not really sure if I was overwhelmed or just flatout terrified that my favourite cartoon character was a real, tangible six-foot-five blue bear. This past December, I had a chance to revisit California and I found it hasn’t changed much since 1991; the cheap diners add to the authentic Americana-kitsch, the breakfast buffets still boast men with gastronomical paunches, the animals at the zoo are still trying to escape their cages and I am still pretty terrified of the Disney mascots. My flight was delayed by nine-and-a-half hours coming into Los Angeles because of a “code-orange homeland security threat” at the Bellingham International airport, which is comprised of two portables: one is the airport check-in and lobby and the second is the “gate.” On Dec. 11, I felt that it was ridiculous that a “terrorist” could want to bomb this two-portable airport…but then again, there was the whole Christmas Day debacle. My flight eventually landed at LAX at 1 a.m., where a warm breeze and a long drive welcomed me. Before long I was headed down a fivelane highway back to Yorba Linda, where I was staying with a good friend who just so happened to be a dancer in the Disneyland Christmas parade. Driving back, I realized that you can’t get anywhere in California without GPS, and you’d better learn how to drive if you live there because it seems as though there are no taxis or buses. Seriously. None. We stopped at a 7-11 to get bottled water because the tap water there tastes like chlorine, and I had to decide whether I wanted an eight-dollar bottle of FIJI water or an eight-dollar six-pack of Budweiser. I chose the former. It was 3 a.m. before we got back to Yorba Linda, where my friend rents a quaint little pool house from a very nice, very rich family. I Remember watching the O.C. and thinking “how is it possible that people actually live like this?” Well, it’s possible. It seems that everyone in California is filthy-stinking rich (but still, very nice). The next morning my friend and I were on our way to Laguna at about noon and arrived in the middle of a sub-tropical rainstorm. Laguna is so quaint that one would hardly mind the rain, except that when you pack for California you don’t think to bring an umbrella. So here we were, two barely-dressed girls looking like drowned rats in one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in North America. Fortunately, it was happy hour most everywhere, and we decided to drink $3 daiquiri’s beach-side until the rain let up. We walked around the town until the liquor wore off, looking at over-priced bath salts and jewelry. We went home, pretty much hung-over by 10 p.m., with a big day ahead of us; we were going to the San Diego Zoo. The next day we left later than we had planned for the three-hour drive to San Diego. About a half-hour into our trip, we heard strange noises coming from the back of our car so we turned up the music on the Christmas station. The car

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This massive hippo puts on a show for hundreds, maybe thousands, of tourists per day.

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These monkeys were just hanging-out, enjoying their life in the zoo. Too bad they’re fake.

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No L.C. sightings at this part of Laguna Beach in Orange County.

suddenly felt lower than usual, and soon we were grinding along the freeway while Elvis’ “Blue Christmas” blared out of the stereo. A man in a YJ Jeep pulled up beside us, frantically motioning to roll down the window. I saw it all in slow-motion, feeling something terrible was going to happen. I rolled down the window as fast as I could. He yelled to us that the back of our car was engulfed in flames. Except it was more like, “HOLY F*@#, YOUR TIRE’S ON FIRE!!!” We pulled over to the side of the busy I-5, to find our back tire had disintegrated into hundreds of flaming little rubber pieces. All we could do was wait for AAA to come and put a spare tire on. We eventually made it to San Diego at about 4 p.m. You could say that the San Diego Zoo is one of the bigger tourist-traps of California and you’d be right. But who cares? It is a-freakin-mazing. It’s pretty much a city in itself, and there are tour buses that drop you off at specific sites you want to see. Big Cat Alley? Stop number two. Panda Canyon? Stay on until stop number four. It’s pretty overwhelming, considering there are nine different “Animal Zones” which contain from eight to 18 species in each zone—which is why there’s a gondola called “the skyfari” which traverses the entire park. Of course I had to go back to specifically see the extraordinarily, brilliantly pink flamingo’s but the monkeys, hyenas, meerkats, crocodiles, koalas, elephants and hippos were pretty cool, too. Although it was pretty sad seeing all of the lemurs and baboons trying to escape their cages, and looking dejected as tourists gawked at them, it’s still one of my favourite places in the entire world. So much colour. So many fantastic creatures in one place. Now, this is the part of the trip where it pays to have friends at Disneyland. See, if a cast member at Disneyland works there long enough, they have the privilege of signing in up to three people per day, 16 days a year. So, while thousands of people and their spoiled children were paying $99 US per person to get a park-hopper pass to Disneyland and California Adventure, I was skipping the lineup free-of-charge. Here’s something you may not know about Disneyland: you cannot go into Disneyland dressed in a wedding gown or any kind of princess-esque dress and you certainly cannot enter dressed as Jessica Rabbit. As one cast member told me, a woman came to the park dressed as Jessica Rabbit and started signing autographs for children. She was kicked out of the park. And though they do offer make-up done like a princess, they discourage the “older” girls from getting it done. Which is unfortunate, because Disneyland is so much more fun when you’re in your twenties, and without your parents. Since my visit when I was four, the Haunted Mansion ride has significantly lost its mystique but other classics like the Indiana Jones ride, Splash Mountain, the Thunder Mountain Railroad and Pirates of the Caribbean more than make up for it. Not only was Disneyland visually appetizing to both my young-self and my presentself, I could appreciate the engineering it took in the ‘50s to create the grandiose animatronic characters in attractions like Matterhorn Mountain, Pirates, Splash Mountain and, of course, the Tiki Room. California Adventure is great too, especially for those travelling sans parents. The most popular ride is California-screamin’, the forever looping rollercoaster which is in close proximity to the Maliboomer (akin to Vancouver’s Hellevator). The Grizzly River Run is serious fun if you like being uncomfortably wet, so prepare for this one. I saw some local Californians donning black garbage bags. Two days is not enough to squeeze all of juice out of Disneyland, so if you go, plan to buy a three-day-pass. And should it strike your fancy, take a jaunt over to the San Diego Zoo.


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THE LENIN HEAD

ART Under fire Ever since it was installed mid-December, the massive Lenin Head sculpture in Richmond has stirred up all sorts of controversy. Titled Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin’s Head, the piece has residents calling for its removal, claiming that it celebrates the ideals of Lenin and Mao. To all the critics, fuck you and your war on art.

JEFF GROAT [ENTERTAINMENT BUREAU CHIEF]

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ince the dawn of civilization, there have been thousands of thinkers who devoted their lives to the idea of art. Philosophers, scientists, critics and patrons have all attempted to define and shape what art really is. As we are more able to peel back the layers of dust and dirt that cake over our pre-history as a race, we find little pieces that point in the direction of who we really are. Interestingly, some of the earliest archaeological finds of art correspond with the first

stirrings of a coherently developing societal structure. Art was there from the beginning.There is the Venus of Willendorf, depicting an idealized feminine form and the cave paintings of France showing great figures of ancient wildlife. In European art through the Middle Ages, most works are of religious nature, highlighting the church’s influence on society. Then, of course, with the enlightenment of the Renaissance, mathematics, science and philosophy swept the world at that time and dripped from the artist’s brush. In ancient Egypt and

Mesoamerica, art served as a means of communication, not only with the citizens, but with later generations and even the gods themselves. Art speaks to who we are. It is a reflection of our times, our needs, and our deepest desires. Aristotle said, “the aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Art is the heartbeat of our culture and the measure of our progress, the rule of our science, and the hands pointing on our clock. “What we play is life,” said Louis Armstrong.

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THE OVERTURE OWNS YOU

Spend some time with Mozart It’s said Mozart composed over 41 symphonies, The Great Mozart Hunt looks to put his name on many more MELISSA FRASER [CULTURE EDITOR]

On Jan. 29 The Great Mozart Hunt will be performed at the Kwantlen Langley Campus Auditorium. Here are five reasons why Kwantlen students should attend.

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Mozart was a Musical genius.

Mozart composed his first symphony when he was eight-years-old. He went on to compose 33 more before he turned 19 and at least eight more after that before he died at 35. Although only 41 symphonies are attributed to Mozart, it’s suggested that he’s written over 71 in total. If that’s not good enough for you, legend has it Mozart identified a pig’s squeal as a G sharp when he was just two-years-old.

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He revelled in poor-artist chic.

What isn’t cool about a struggling artist that can’t make rent? When Mozart was 25 he got married and settled down in Austria. He and his wife could barely feed and clothe themselves despite Mozart’s fame and high-profile jobs. The Emperor of Austria would give him highly adorned clothing and huge rings to wear during

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performances, but he lived no better than a struggling artist would today. When he died at 35, Mozart was buried in an undisclosed plot with no headstone, because his estate couldn’t afford better.

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Classical music is said to reduce crime rates.

Attending a classical music concert can supress that yearning for theft and vandalism you’ve been feeling. In London the British police played classical music at the most dangerous transit stations. After six months, robberies were down 33 per cent, staff assaults were down 25 per cent and vandalism was down 37 per cent. Whether you’ve been feeling like stealing purses or graffiting on public property or not, classical music does a mind good.

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Dramatized for your pleasure.

In two acts the audience will follow actors and musicians as they delve into the world of the unknown. Many works have been published anonymously and many works have been published under the name of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, but which compositions truly belong to the genius are still not completely known. Plus the dramatized concert is under the direction of bassoon virtuoso George Zukerman.

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Where: Kwantlen Langley Campus Auditorium

A ton of music, not so much money.

The concert is only $10 for students and will showcase loads of Mozart. The audience can expect everything from the classics, like The Overture, to lesser known compositions that may or may not even be the works of Mozart. Plus the concert will take place in the auditorium on Kwantlen’s Langley campus, which means it will be an intimate affair.

When: January 29, 7:30 Cost: students $10, adults $25, seniors $20 For more info, contact Wayne Jeffrey at 604.809.1837

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Tegan and Sara offer more than music In all its Commodore glory MICHELA FIORIDO [SPORTS BUREAU CHIEF]

MAE VELASCO [CONTRIBUTOR]

If you got to see Tegan and Sara recently at one of their two Vancouver shows at the Orpheum, you are probably still laughing about it. I for one, have never laughed so hard at a concert in my life. While a lot of their songs are pretty serious, Tegan and Sara managed to provide comedic entertainment that kept the crowd laughing the entire evening. If someone were to yell out something from the crowd, Tegan and Sara would respond to them with a quick quip, a funny story or even an insult, much to the delight of everyone there. They also love to tell stories during their shows and they also love to bicker with each other. At one point they were fighting because Sara kept screwing up the intro to one of Tegan’s songs and in the middle of the yelling, Tegan burst out with “Everybody, Sara has asthma!” Sara then exclaimed that she wished she had a foot switch that could turn Tegan’s microphone off to which Tegan jokingly stormed off stage. Once Tegan was gone, Sara, with her razor sharp wit yelled out “YES, now I’m in my dream band” which got the crowd roaring with laughter.

I was fortunate enough to experience The Commodore Ballroom when I came to watch Loverboy in concert. The night scene was absolutely beautiful. As I was waiting to go inside the building, the boldly lit print letters of The Commodore Ballroom were inviting and the architecture from the outside was making me wonder if there was a second floor. The Commodore Ballroom was built in the late 1920s by George Conrad Reifel and designed by architect H.H. Gillingham and it still holds its Art Deco charm. My friend and I were both amazed because the concert hall is on the second floor. The stairs to get up there just made it much more exciting. The hall was spacious and coat check was available, which helps on rainy winter days. I was floored by the atmosphere. There was a great, gigantic dance floor and the lights had made the stage ready for the performance. On both sides of the huge dance floor were tables for the audience to be seated. Not only did you receive liquor and food service, but I felt important among the

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Amongst all the fun, they did manage to find some time to sing. Since their songs are so short, they sang every popular song that they had as well as all of the new ones from their recently released album, The Sainthood. It was so satisfying for fans because they really could not have sang anything else that would have made it a better show. They covered it all – from an acoustic version of their Tiesto remix “Feel it in my Bones” to their most popular tracks from So Jealous and The Con. Their encore even included five songs which was

nice because I didn’t want the concert to end at all. Some standout songs were “Arrow,” which they opened the show with, “So Jealous” which was extremely high energy, “The Con.” “Walking with a Ghost,” and fan favourite, “Call it Off.” The music was amazing, the vocals were incredible, and hey, even if they fail at all things musical, they could always become successful comedians. All in all it was a fabulous show and anyone would have had a good time regardless if you were familiar with their music or not.

grandiose of it all. There were three bars – one on the opposite side of the stage, and two from the sides of the stage. I have to say that the service was faster than I had expected. I loved the disco balls. White, pink, blue, yellow and green lights were shining alternately on the stage and around the dance floor. The space was absolutely amazing. The social atmosphere was so wonderful that it seemed as though everyone was having such a good time. I had an awesome time and would definitely go again. I would bring a lot of friends too.

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Arch Enemy Friday // 02/05/10 // 07:00 PM Editors Saturday// 02/06/10 // 08:00 PM Collective Soul Friday// 02/12/10 // 08:00 PM Steel Panther Tuesday // 02/16/10 // 08:00 PM www.thecommodoreballroom.com


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CHECK IT OUT

2010 international party guide Who needs New Year’s Eve? Our 2010 international party guide will give you all the excuses you need to keep the festivities going strong all year long. This year, make a resolution to get your freak on at some of the world’s hottest bashes. At least it’s a resolution you’ll want to keep by next month! ANASTASIA KIRK [TRAVEL BUREAU CHEIF]

Jan. 29 – Feb. 14 Winter Carnaval Quebec City, QC

Feb. 12-28 Winter Olympics Vancouver & Whistler, B.C.

Feb. 12-16 Rio Carnival Rio de Janeiro, Brazil >>Half-naked Brazilian women and drinking in the streets. Why not?

February 16 Mardi Gras New Orleans, Louisiana

>>The opportunity to party in an ice palace gives you one good excuse to tolerate French-Canadians.

>>Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they’re coming to a city near you.

March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Dublin, Ireland

April 30 Queen’s Day Amsterdam, Netherlands

May 5 Cinco de Mayo Anywhere but Mexico

June 11 – July 11 World Cup South Africa

>>Guinness is good for you: Stock up your blood-alcohol level with wholesome goodness.

>>Drink in the streets. Party on a boat. Smoke weed. Pay for sex. Tell your grandkids about it someday.

>>Mexicans have family dinner. The rest of the world celebrates with muchas cervezas. May 6 should be reserved for Taco Bell regurgitation.

>>Eat. Sleep. Drink. Soccer. It’s the circle of life.

July 1 Canada Day Ottawa, Ontario

Aug. 8 Beer Can Regatta Darwin, Australia

Aug. 25 La Tomatina Bunol, Spain

Aug. 30 – Sep. 6 Burning Man Black Rock City, Nevada

>>How ‘bout them Canucks? Hit the capital and party hard in celebration of the greatest country on earth.

>>Drink beers. Turn beer cans into boats. Float your boat. Vote on boats. Drink more beer. An authentic Australian piss-up.

>>Smash people in the face with tomatoes. Get smashed in the face with tomatoes. Lose your hearing. Follow with copious amounts of alcohol. Forget you’re now deaf.

>>Neon-clad freaks, a rainbow of experimental drugs and a desert heat that could kill you on the best of days. This one

takes an open mind and the will to survive.

Sep. 18 – Oct. 3 Oktoberfest Munich, Germany

November 1-2 Day of the Dead Mexico

December 21 Full Moon Party Koh Phangan, Thailand

December 29 – Jan 01 Hogmany Edinburgh, Scotland

>>An annual festival based entirely on the art of beer swilling. One-litre pints. ’Nuff said.

>>Feast near the grave sites of Mexico’s lost souls, then honour them by pounding back enough Tequila to last you well into the after world.

>>This monthly shit-show is best celebrated near the end of the year when Thailand’s beaches are infested with rowdy young bucks.

>>Celebrate New Year’s Eve with enough Whisky to turn 2011 into “the year of the never-ending hangover.”

>>The only time plastic beads are an acceptable trade for showing your tits.


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Mosquito City A.D. GENTLE

Mechanical undulations at the base of each bobbing head drew the eye along the populace that pressed their hands against the barrier. Piercing mouthparts punctured through and each creature sucked briefly before withdrawing. There were bodies decaying on top of each other as each mosquito fought to get a taste of life on the other side. They killed for a square inch of space to gorge at. Some, crazy from the monotony, tore off their gas storage masks and promptly died. The only breathable air lay beyond the wall of purifying water separating a city polluted and a city apart. On the other side, Pushers in thick rubber gloves wielded mallets. Each poke from the other side earned a mallet strike: air was precious, and those on the safe side guarded it. Among the grey, there is continuous fighting for access to the air bubble. Both sides know that things can’t last. Soon all the CO2 will be used up and only deadly oxygen will remain. Plant life and the essential microbials died off long ago. The grey inhabitants have evolved into semi wormlike beings that do not breathe through their mouths and so do not need to remove their masks to feed off dirt, crammed by the handful into their toothless mouths.

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Those within the bubble have not changed from what most of you would recognize as human; they still have eight eyes and eight legs. There have been rumors of evolution to two toes instead of three, but none worry about devolution to the level of the grey. Eventually, time will break down all the grime and one side will outlast the other. It is easy to see that those unable to live outside their air bubble will drown when it is gone.

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Shifting Ice: Secret Tensions Izraal JARED VAILLANCOURT [CONTRIBUTOR]

Chapter Four “Just try to relax, Mr. Vintis,” the Jukkopo officer said for what seemed like the third time. “I am your friend. I just need to know what you know, so that we can determine who is responsible for Mr. Lizix’s death,” Vintis looked up at the officer and swallowed. “They really killed him?” Vintis asked. The officer bobbed her eyestalks. Vintis sighed. “I’ve known Jaxal for months. I didn’t think he’d have it in him.” The officer tried to emulate a relaxing chuckle and sat on the stool opposite Vintis’. She cupped her tentacles on the table. “You must understand, Mr. Vintis,” the officer said slowly, “tensions between the Izraal and the Pyryx have always been high. Even to this day they’ve never liked being in the same room as one another. Granted, these are generalizations, but…” the officer paused, her eyestalks intertwining to consider Vintis. That worthy bowed its head and nodded. “But what I saw confirms them,” Vintis replied, trying to control its shaking. The officer sighed. “I understand this is difficult,” the officer said reassuringly. “Being a witness is perhaps one of the hardest things in the galaxy. But we need your testimony to put Mr. Jaxal and the other patrons away.” “I… it just doesn’t seem real,”

Vintis muttered. “The Pyryx didn’t provoke him. He just came in for a drink, just like me. Jaxal started to taunt him as soon as he sat down.” “What happened then?” the officer asked. Vintis looked up at her; one of her eyestalks was bent down as she tapped her tentacle across her note flexi. It blinked at the other three. “I told Jaxal to stop, but he ignored me,” Vintis admitted. The officer bobbed her eyestalks. “Did you participate further?” the officer asked. Vintis shook its head. “I knew things would get violent,” Vintis continued. “The Izraal were all focused on… Lizix, did you say?” it asked. The officer bobbed her eyestalks. “They ignored me. I decided to sneak out of the bar and make it to a city-COM.” The officer looked down with another eyestalk as she recorded this. “And that is when we received your brief transmission,” the officer concluded. “Tell me, Mr. Vintis. The COM box was smashed. We found Mr. Lizix’s internal fluids all over it. Did you happen to see what caused this?” she asked. Vintis closed its eyes and nodded. “They threw him through the window,” Vintis explained. “I barely had time to duck.” The officer bobbed her eyestalks as she finished her recording. She then stood and reached out with a tentacle, the flexi gripped between its two tendril-like fingers. “Can I have your verification on this?” she asked. Vintis

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sighed and touched the flexi. It beeped once it had recorded its citizen number from its DNA. “Thank you, Mr. Vintis.” The officer stood and motioned to the door. “You are free to leave.” “I’m not a mister,” Vintis muttered as it stood up. The officer chuckled as it walked by. “Of course, my apologies,” the officer added as the door closed, “Ma’am.” Vintis turned, but the door was closed. It sighed and made its way down the hall towards the entrance hall. “Vintis! Are you all right?” Kyraa’s voice sounded from a bench on the far side of the room as Vintis emerged from the corridor. The tall, slender Izraal bounded over other waiting aliens and benches as she hurried to grab Vintis by the shoulders and pull it into a tight hug. “Hey! Kyraa! I’m fine,” Vintis chuckled as she lowered it back to the floor. Kyraa laughed nervously and worked her small hands together. “I heard about what happened,” Kyraa said quickly. “Did the Pyryx hurt you?” she asked. Vintis, its coat already over its back fins and one shoulder, stopped short of the exit. “Hurt me?” Vintis asked. It turned to face Kyraa as it finished pulling on its coat. “Kyraa, the patrons exploded on the poor creature! Jaxal’s been charged with his murder!” “I know, it’s not right,” Kyraa said as she crossed her arms and angled her head.

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“Stupid Pyryx comes in and starts a fight and we poor Izraal get blamed for defending ourselves. Is that justice?” she asked. Vintis ran both hands over its head. “Kyraa, that isn’t what happened!” Vintis tried not to shout. “Jaxal started the fight!” “I’m sure he had good reason,” Kyraa said as she walked past Vintis and held the door open. Vintis sighed and put on its goggles, shaking its head as it stepped into the sunlight. “Hey! Do you need a ride home?” Kyraa asked. Vintis waived her comment off. “I’ll see you at work,” Vintis shouted over its shoulder. “And I hope nowhere else.”

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The Run A Ways A.D. GENTLE

Dragging their feet, the children squinted up into blue sunlight as the black shapes descended. There came a single cry and the feathery mass settled across the group of dirty children. In moments, the fluttering wings rose again and in place of the group of crying youth stood grey-eyed adults. The look in their eyes said that they knew they hadn’t much longer to live. “Just run,” one of them decided. “It’s no use pretending they won’t come back.” So they ran; they ran so hard from responsibility because their free lives depended on it. Little fragments shone in the eyes of the mechanical birds: a wife, a husband, a job, bills, debts, promises, and others. In one eye, there waited the responsibility for death.

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And so they ran on and on, past fields of big screen TVs, bottles of whiskey, movie theatres, video-game consoles, shopping malls, blow up dolls, comic books, cars, vacation brochures... it began to blur together. Finally, a woman stopped running and called to the machines while the others ran on without her. “Enough! Enough already! I accept,” she called to the birds. Like an arrow sprung, down came the shadow from the sky, straight into her face and then it was gone. For a moment, she looked confused, but then she cried out and sobbed and clawed at her hair. A suitcase appeared at her feet and she picked it up before she started on the long walk home. The rest of the group still ran on, for they had no responsibility towards anyone, not even themselves. When the birds dove again, they encircled the group and rushed in, then when they rose, the only thing left of the group was a pile of old people moaning their regrets.

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GROAT IN THE SACK

ANECDOTE

Celebrities aren’t that different MATT LAW

This past Christmas I found myself playing Scattergories with movie stars. Now let me first say that I am nobody special. I don’t act, I have not done anything worthy of note in my life and I certainly don’t have any money. I just happen to know a movie star. Amber Borycki, whose latest work includes the movie Shred and TV shows such as The Big Bang Theory and Harper’s Island, is my sister’s best friend. They have been best friends since high school and get together every Christmas to hang out and catch up. This year, we all congregated at my sister townhouse to watch a Canucks game and eat pizza, which I think we can all agree is a pretty average joe thing to do. Amber brought her friend

and fellow Canadian actor Steve Braun, who is probably best known for repeatedly yelling “Extreeeeme!” and riding a kayak down the isle of a convenience store in Harold & Kumar go to White Castle. Although I have known Amber for years, I still felt a little awkward to be hanging out with one of the “Extreeeeme!” guys from Harold and Kumar. After hockey and pizza we all piled into my rockin’ minivan and headed to the hottest spot where all stars hang out ... the Walmart Superstore. Yes, I know this is an incredibly sad thing to do on a Saturday night but we were just looking for a relaxing night and needed to find a board game. After Steve had waved his hand like a Jedi as the sliding doors opened to Walmart and played with his Lightsaber app

on his iPhone I realized I was no different than these fancy movie stars. As we walked through Walmart Amber and Steve would periodically point to movie covers and talk about the people they knew, all the while laughing at the same stupid jokes any of us would make on a Saturday night. We bought Scattergories, went back to my sister’s townhouse and proceeded to play for two hours, making up some of the stupidest words I have ever heard. At the end of the night we said our goodbyes, they went back to their lives in L.A. while I went back to living with my parents and contemplating student loans. Movie stars aren’t really that different, they just have more money.

ALBUM REVIEW

Luck O’ the Falk KRISTI JUT [CONTRIBUTOR]

Move over Lilith Fair, Geoffrey Falk is claiming all melodic acoustic guitar pieces and love-lorn lyricism with his 2009 release Photographed in Monochrome. The first half of this album would do well in a chilled-out Irish-style lounge or pub, especially with the incessantly catchy tune “Luck o’ the Irish.” The picking patterns of this song are upbeat and yet still calming—a perfect homage to feeling lucky

when finding love. And Falk definitely doesn’t disguise his preoccupation with beautiful women in songs like “Red-Haired Girl,” “Josephine” and “Catrina.” But the woes get a little tired with “Catrina,” who is apparently “bred perfectly like a Siamese cat.” Falk runs the risk of having all of his songs sound similar, but with help of instruments like the mandolin, djembe and congas in songs like “Red-Haired Girl” and “Hide and Seek” his craft is saved from monotony. This album is a suitable

BECOME A BUREAU CHIEF AND BE A HERO Want to keep the masses informed about new senate policies? Interested in providing your unique spin on the KSA’s lobbying efforts? Or maybe your feel that Kwantlen’s creative writing department is being ignored? Apply to be a volunteer bureau chief, where you will have the opportunity to cover specific issues within the Kwantlen community. As a bureau chief you work with the five editors to produce original material, collect submissions from contributors, and act as a liaison with the student body.

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Sports – From Kwantlen Eagles basketball to soccer, this is your arena. (Try to keep Canuck references to a minimum) Langley – Responsible for covering news on and around Langley campus.

Facebook is no longer in a relationship: Jeff Groat likes this 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]

You may not know it, but I’m a pretty private person when it comes to my personal life. I’m not the type of person to gush about crushes or talk about feelings. Whatever those are. So I find it distressing when I’m able to read all about the personal goings-on, the inner workings of the relationships of all my Facebook “friends.” I say “friends” because I’m mostly interested in creeping their pages for drunken ducklips photos and any posts of information that let the voice in my head think I “really” know them. Yeah, I’m that guy. But let’s do a little soul searching here. I am at a loss when people, young and old, seem to think that Facebook comes with this golden seal of privacy, that anything posted online is yours and 304 other people’s business only. That idea is seriously flawed to begin with. It comes with the baggage that anything posted is somehow so important that 304 people must know within two

DINGER BEN HORNE [THE QUILL]

minutes of logging on to their account. Ranting aside, it’s becoming known that Facebook, for all its social networking glory, is actually contributing to relationship woes. A study published by Mashable.com proves it. The study was done by the University of Guelph, and originally published in the CyberPsychology & Behaviour Journal. It found that in the group of college students studied there was an overt link between Facebook use and jealousy in relationships. Just having access to information led to an increase of jealousy among 19.1 per cent of students. Plus, 10.3 per cent of people couldn’t keep themselves from creeping their significant other’s page. All this should do is confirm that Facebook is mostly just a giant time-suck. Sure, it has its strengths and its legitimate uses, but it sure doesn’t mix well with relationships. I say, if someone can use a tiny thumbs-up icon to voice their opinion of your new status, it has been cheapened just a bit.

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MY LIFE IS AVERAGE - NODNAS

HOROSCOPE PISCES Feb. 20 - Mar. 20

Pour yourself a tall glass of Jagermeister. Tell everyone you’re not drunk, it’s just jagger-meester.

GEMINI May 21 - June 20

That Ukrainian bus drive told you the next bus was on its way, but you’ve been waiting for a week.

ARIES Mar. 21 - Apr.19

AQUARIUS Jan. 21 - Feb. 19 If you meet a Bulgarian who’s twice your age but has the body of a 20-year-old it’s a very good sign.

When you’re walking to Superstore to buy cheap beer make sure you don’t step in the frozen blood.

CANCER June 21 - July 22

You cannot be in a gang if your sweater vest and your collared shirt are attached at the seams.

TAURUS Apr. 20 - May 20

A few things to think about next time: rolling joints with bible paper, drinking a two-six in 20 minutes.

LEO July 23 - Aug. 22

Things can get pretty confusing when your human’s name is Cat and your cat’s name is Human.

RIP OFF KWANTLEN

VIRGO Aug. 23 - Sept. 22

You will be enraged by a girl with neon red hair this week. Fight the urge to punch her in the throat.

LIBRA Sept. 23 - Oct. 22

SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22 - Dec. 21

On the dance floor stick to your impression of a baby giraffe. The craze is sweeping the nation.

Steer clear of people who lose their coat check stubs while being arrested. You don’t need that shit.

SCORPIO Oct. 23 - Nov. 21

CAPRICORN Dec. 22 - Jan.19

Rub your feet on the carpet. Stand in a circle with a some friends. Touch tongues. It’s electric.

Sometimes you need to hit snooze 24 times. Other times you need make sure people don’t hate you.

SMART ZONE

KSA/CFS Court Battle

So, the KSA took the CFS to court because the CFS weren’t recognizing the KSA guy as our representative. After months of arguing, the courts ruled in favour of the KSA and the CFS are now forced to recognize the KSA guy. Here’s my concern, how much did this cost students? The KSA used student fees to pay their court costs, but they are being repaid by the CFS due to the ruling. The thing is, Kwantlen student fees also go to the CFS, which in turn pays for all of the court costs. It’s kind of like shooting yourself in the foot to gain recognition.

INTERESTING FACT: NATURAL IMMUNITY TO AIDS It is possible to be naturally immune to Pasteurella pestis and HIV, the viruses that cause 2 well-known wide spread killers, The Black Plague and AIDS. This is thanks to a genetic mutation in one’s DNA called CCR5-delta 32, or Delta 32 for short. This mutation cuts off the means for a virus, to attach to our white blood cells and enter the immune system. It must come from both parents to cause immunity, but if in possession of only one chromosome for delta-32 it is likely to delay the virus from spreading for long periods of time. This mutation isn’t known to ever have a negative effect on any individual, only positive.


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