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Catherine Campbell is a second-year english student at Kwantlen. She spends most of her time taking pictures and writing everything from essays to poetry. She owns 64 pairs of shoes, yells support to her favourite sports teams through the television, prefers to be outside, never misses an episode of How I Met Your Mother, loves crepes and prays every night that the Rolling Stones will come back to town. Check out page 12 for Catherine’s tips on how to keep your nails trendy in 2012.

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Chris Yee joined The Runner on a whim. In his three years here, Chris has held the student affairs and creative arts bureau chief positions. Chris likes to think of himself as having many interests, like sleeping in, the GrassRoots Cafe, local history and Tumblr, among other things. Chris looks at pre- and post-Expo ‘86 Vancouver through the eyes of a local artists in this edition’s Local Eyes on pages 8 & 9.

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Laura Collins is a second-year journalism student and fashion writer for The Runner. If her articles were handbags you’d find them at Holt Renfrew, but in the sale section, because she’s nice like that. Laura keeps us trendy and chic with fashion tips for the new year on page 12.


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KUDOS KWANTLEN SENIOR WRITERS: Senior Culture Writer / Chris Yee Senior Entertainment Writer / Mike Shames Senior Features Writer / Lliam Easterbrook CONTRIBUTORS: Brendan Tyndall, Katrina Pederson, Katya Slepian, Laura Collins, Mitch Thompson, Jacob Zinn, Sana Sohel, Catherine Campbell

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Rather than being Debbie Downers, we thought we would kick off the new year on a positive note. So, kudos to all the individual Kwantlen students who paid attention and came out to exercise their right to vote at the Nov. 30 SGM. Good for you for being an engaged Kwantlen student. Now, to you other 16,500 some-odd Kwantlen students: where the hell were you?

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Controversial B.C. post-secondary education bill delayed until spring I


Bill 18, which had brought the provincial government into conflict with faculty and staff associations, will not become law — at least for now. The bill, which sought to amend numerous acts related to post-secondary education in B.C., was pulled before second reading by the Liberal government, and won’t be back until the spring legislative session. However, only a handful of the 57 proposed amendments stirred up controversy. Five of the these, affecting the province’s University Act and the College and Institutes Act, would allow the boards of governors of post-secondary institutions to expel elected faculty, student or staff representatives if they had a two-thirds majority. They would also bar elected members from serving as chair on these boards and prohibit faculty or staff representatives from sitting on the executives of organizations engaged in collective bargaining or dispute resolution with the institution. “Nobody seems to quite know where this has come from,” said Michelle Mungall, the B.C. NDP’s critic for advanced education. “I think it’s just unreal that they have included these sections that are inherently anti-democratic [and] completely inappropriate, and destabilize a century of tradition.” Organizations representing faculty and staff at post-secondary institutions, such as the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators (FPSE), the B.C. Government and Service Employee Union (BCGSE) and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), have strongly opposed the amendments. They’ve encouraged their membership to send letters to the ministry, which has received over 1,000 of these in the past two weeks. FPSE president Cindy Oliver stated in a press release that they would be willing to fight the bill all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary. “If this legislation passes, [B.C. Pre-

mier] Christy Clark will effectively be dictating to our members who they can and can’t elect as their representative on the Board of Governors,” she wrote. “It is more than just an affront to our democratic rights; it’s a full-on attack of our freedom of association rights that are spelled out in the Charter.” Naomi Yamamoto, the minister for advanced education, believes that the opposition to the bill is a result of miscommunication and that the bill itself would in no way dilute the rights of elected board members. “Bill 18 absolutely values, and [the] government values, the participation of students and staff and faculty on the boards,” she said. “We are only preventing or making it ineligible for an elected member to serve on the board if that person is involved in negotiating terms of their contract or the terms of their service on behalf of their association. “Right now, there’s no way of removing an elected member if the person is in a conflict of interest or their conduct is not considered professional.” Yamamoto said that the amendments weren’t a result of any specific incidents, but did note that “there have been some circumstances that have caused us concerns, especially when that board member has shown really poor judgement in a criminal matter and there was no way for the board to remove that member.” She also stressed that nothing in this bill gives the provincial government the right to remove elected members, unless two-thirds of a board recommended it. However, provincial appointees make up the majority of many university boards. And when their votes are combined with those of a university’s president and chancellor, they often have the two-thirds majority required to eject an elected member. Mungall believes that this would give the province an unprecedented say in who can represent students, faculty and staff at post-secondary institutions. “The only people who should be able to remove somebody who is elected are

those who elected them,” she said. “And students should be very concerned about that. Do they think government appointees ought to have the right to remove their representative?” Yamamoto said delaying the bill will “give me an opportunity to further discuss [the bill] with some of these organizations that are concerned,” and added that she already met with CAUT last week. “I just want to say that I have been on a college board and served as board chair, and that was Capilano College at the time. And I can tell you that the participation of the education council or the faculty and

the staff or students is absolutely valued [and] I am in no way trying to diminish that.” Mungall believes that the Liberal government should drop the controversial amendments and move forward with the rest of the bill. “This is just another frustrating point about this bill ... there are sections in this bill that are desperately needed right now. And to put in something controversial with something that the rest of the house agrees with is just bad governance.”

B.C. Advanced Education Minister Naomi Yamamoto. COURTESY B.C. GOVERNMENT

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Former KSA executive Aaron Takhar leads protest against cousin’s impeachment Ousted board threatens legal action against student association and university.



Controversial former Kwantlen Student Association (KSA) executives Aaron Takhar, Jatinder “Joey” Atwal, and Jaivin Khatri staged a protest in support of the 12 recently-impeached board members, on Kwantlen’s Surrey campus, Dec. 5. Takhar and Atwal led the protest, taking turns shouting through a megaphone, criticizing the university, the newly-appointed interim KSA directors, and The Runner newspaper. Takhar, Atwal and Khatri were all defendants in the civil case that alleged former KSA directors and staff members had misused more than $2 million in student fees to commit mismanagement and breach of fiduciary duty, before that case was settled in October. Starting shortly after 3 p.m., about 25 former KSA officials, former staff, students, and family members took part in the protest, hoisting signs and shouting at the crowd of students and faculty that gathered to watch. The group marched back and forth several times between the KSA offices and the Surrey campus’ main courtyard, before dissolving. Using the megaphone, Takhar repeatedly called for Kwantlen Polytechnic University president John McKendry and associate vice president Jody Gordon, as well as the newly-appointed KSA officials, to come out and answer his questions. Noticeably absent were former KSA president Harman “Sean Birdman” Bassi, and the four other impeached executives, Balninna “Nina Kaur” Sandhu, Parminder “Bobby” Padda, Jaspinder Ghuman, and Tarun Takhar. According to comments made by Sandhu to local media, some or all of them have been temporarily suspended by the university. Sandhu and Aaron Takhar are first cousins. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

Controversial former Kwantlen Student Association executive Aaron Takhar (far left) stages a protest in support of the 12 recently-impeached board members, on Kwantlen’s Surrey campus, Dec. 5. MATT DIMERA/THE RUNNER | The Runner


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KSA CONT. FROM PREVIOUS PAGE Other family members also rallied to show their support, including Aaron’s younger brother, Stefen Takhar, Aaron’s brother-in-law, Harman Mann, and Nina Sandhu’s younger brother, Harnek Singh Sandhu. The recently-ousted director of operations Nipun Pandey, former Cloverdale campus director Shivinder Grewal, and former students with disabilities liaison Aastha Arora were also part of the protest. Surrey RCMP officers were present on campus during the rally. “We were protesting this ludicrous cycle of lawsuits, more specifically the special general meeting,” said Aaron Takhar after the protest. Takhar claimed to speak for the executives who were “unable to speak for themselves because they’ve been suspended.” “We were just trying to get answers to some basic questions,” he said. Takhar says he wanted to know why he and other students who attended Kwantlen in 2005 were named in the motion passed at the Nov. 30 special general meeting. He also suggested that the motions were racially motivated, pointing out that all 26 people named are South Asian. “I don’t like being subject to any resolution, any kind of a meeting, where my standing, whether it means anything or not, is affected, without me being notified,” he said. Takhar claimed to have no knowledge about why three of his family members had become involved with the Kwantlen Student Association. “I don’t know, you got to ask them. They ran,” he told The Runner. “I don’t know if it was a coincidence. That’s up to you guys to judge. So they got elected, they took office, the rest is history.” Takhar refuted the suggestion that he was concerned that the new interim council might reinstate the civil suit against him and the other former defendants. “The lawsuit’s done, it doesn’t matter at this point,” he said. “The case is in the gutter, which is where we wanted it to end up in the beginning.” Takhar maintains that he is completely innocent of all charges that were leveled in the civil suit, and that the KSA was only able to get default judgments against him because he wasn’t “interest-

Former KSA officials, staff, students, and family members protest in support of the 12 recently-impeached board members, on Kwantlen’s Surrey campus, Dec. 5. Clockwise from top left, Harnek Singh Sandhu, Jaivin Khatri, Jatinder “Joey” Atwal, Stefen Takhar, Harman Mann, and Aaron Takhar. MATT DIMERA/THE RUNNER

Impeached KSA Cloverdale campus director Shivinder Grewal speaks at the Dec. 5 protest in front of the Tim Hortons on Kwantlen’s Surrey campus. MATT DIMERA/THE RUNNER

ed in spending that kind of money” to defend himself in court. In a Dec. 4 press release, the removed KSA board claimed that the results of the Nov. 30 special general meeting were invalid and threatened legal action against the KSA and the university, if they were not immediately restored to power.

“If this issue is not resolved on Monday the rightful Board of Directors will take its fight to the BC Supreme Court for a final resolution,” said former KSA director of events Tarun Takhar in the written statement. The ousted-council members say that they and their supporters were unfairly

barred from entering the Nov. 30 meeting and that they have a petition signed by more than 400 students who support them. Former KSA chairperson Nina Sandhu did not respond to an email request for comment before The Runner‘s deadline.


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Shooting and arson attacks continue against people linked with B.C. institute Thirteen people associated with the Justice Institute of B.C. have been targeted in 2011.



Three more incidents and an Insurance Corporation of B.C. (ICBC) link have emerged in connection to the targeted attacks on people associated with the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC). In September, the RCMP advised the public that 10 individuals linked with JIBC had been the victims of arson or shooting attacks throughout 2011. The people targeted included three JIBC employees, two former students and five others with loose links to the institution. “[We] had determined that there was a larger issue here with regards to a variety of shootings and arsons and quickly determined that there was some commonality between them,” said Sgt. Peter Thiessen. Since then, three more people have been targeted, though none of the 13 suffered any injuries. The attacks occurred at or near the victims’ homes and vehicles. Thiessen declined to specify where the attacks took place, except to state that they were spread throughout the Lower Mainland and that none took place on any of JIBC’s seven campuses. The RCMP has been working in conjunction with local police departments since September to track down the assailants, and despite being a priority for all police departments in the region, no arrests have been made. “We recognize this is very disturbing for the victims,” wrote RCMP Chief Supt. Janice Armstrong in a press release. “In response to the victims’ concerns, I can say we have a large, dedicated team of investigators, who have gathered a considerable amount of evidence. We anticipate that all those responsible for these violent criminal acts will ultimately be brought to justice.” According to the RCMP, none of the victims have any links to criminality.

Justice Institute of British Columbia JIBC, a public post-secondary institution based out of New Westminster, trains people in a variety of disciplines related to justice and often instructs professionals such as police officers, paramedics, social workers and correctional staff. Jack McGhee, the president of JIBC, wrote in a Dec. 14 press release that the institute has been working closely with the RCMP over the past few months. “We are very concerned that there have been additional incidents,” he went on to state. “The safety and security of our students, staff, faculty, and the public who use our campuses is of paramount importance to JIBC.” According to Chris Wong, senior manager of communication and marketing at JIBC, no current students have been victims of these attacks. He said that since JIBC was informed of the incidents back in August, the institute has taken numerous safety precautions to protect its staff and students.

“We have reviewed security at all of our campuses and the recommendations from that review have been implemented,” he said. “People are concerned, but they’ve been very professional ... [They] have been going about their jobs.” He went on to say that the institute has been ensuring that students and staff are properly informed about the attacks and that it does so through a variety of means such as emails, social media and classroom announcements. Neither the RCMP or JIBC would speculate about possible motivations for the attacks. ICBC data breach In addition to the new incidents, the RCMP also announced that an Insurance Corporation of B.C. (ICBC) claims adjuster has been fired after it was found that she had illegally accessed the personal information of 65 people — including the data of the 13 victims. ICBC is a crown corporation in B.C. that

provides auto insurance and licensing for drivers and vehicles. The RCMP is alleging that the woman, who remains unidentified, funnelled this information to an unknown group who then used the data to target people linked with JIBC. The employee, along with others, are now under police investigation. Mark Jan Vrem, manager of media relations for ICBC, said that “As soon as this improper access was uncovered, [the employee] was fired without severance.” He went on to say that ICBC does not know why she accessed the private data. “All we know is that this employee improperly accessed the information. What she did with that, we have no way of knowing,” he said. In a press release, ICBC president and CEO Jon Schubert stated that the corporation has “conducted a thorough internal and an independent external review of our systems as a result of the privacy breach and have taken steps to better guard against this type of incident from happening again.”

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U mad? Get the “F” out

Copyright? More like copy wrong

v Hospitalizations for little girls with eating disorders went up 100 per cent in the last decade, reports the American Academy of Pediatrics. v Equal Voice BC reported that women make up 34 per cent (65 out of 192) of the councillors elected in the municipal elections last year. v Headline: “British judges free child rapists, say 12-year-old girls ‘wanted’ sex.” v Cosmetic surgery increased 446 per cent in the last decade to reach $12 billion in 2010 with 92 percent of those voluntary procedures (mostly liposuction and breast augmentation) performed on females – some younger than 18. v While at a conference, a female cabinet minister from Ontario was introduced by a male cabinet colleague with the statement, “She’s got better legs, what can I say?” v The Institute on Gender and Media reports that the female characters in G-rated movies wear the same amount of sexually revealing clothing as the female characters in R-rated movies. v In Sweden, 47.3 per cent of national legislators are female, compared with only 21.7 per cent in Canada. v In 2006, only 11 or 5.7 percent of the world’s 191 nations were lead by women



Do any of these facts make you feel frustrated, angry, or strike you as being particularly unfair? Do they make you want to turn to the stranger next to you and say “WTF? Did you hear about this?” Do you feel like something just doesn’t sit right about the world being that way? Then I’ve got news for you my friend, you’re a feminist: a fucking feminist. And we couldn’t be more proud of you. Now you need to feel proud about yourself, own that word, and remember exactly what it means. Young women tend to say the phrase “I’m not a feminist but...” a lot these days. Usually they are reacting to a situation involving blatant sexism like those listed above. A straw feminist has been created and she was creat-

ed in an image that most women don’t want to identify with even though they’re agreeing with 90 per cent of what she says. A feminist isn’t the stereotypical angry, shaved head, militant, ball busting woman with body hair and a bad attitude. She is you, and me, and her, and him; we who believe in a fair world in all our wonderful shapes and sizes, fashion styles and sexualities. We are frustrated that women aren’t taken seriously in the media and that little girls who dream of being the President or a super hero end up believing they shouldn’t be so ambitious. So you’ve come to terms with being a feminist and you’re wondering what that means. You’re ready to take this badge and wear it with pride. “What’s next?” you ask. Tell your friends to get the “F” out – tell them to raise their feminist flag and join you in

the ranks of those of us fighting for a truly equal world. Talk to your friends and class mates about these issues, ask questions and celebrate the diversity in the community. Be bold and don’t accept the world around you for how others construct it, encourage the women in your community to get engaged politically and love yourself for who you are because you are beautiful. Women Organizing Opportunities for Women is a feminist club at Kwantlen. WOOW aims to challenge generally accepted opinions on gender bias and sexuality and looks to bridge the gender gap by raising awareness of gender inequality and by inspiring women to take on leadership roles. To join the club email KPU.WOOW@gmail. com, follow our tweets @woow_club and “like” our page on Facebook.



SACKVILLE, N.B. (CUP) — Recently, Congress put forward a bill that makes my indifferent position towards U.S. policy untenable. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is being debated in congressional hearings this month. It is, in my opinion, a bill put forward by someone with good intentions who lacks the experience to word it properly (Rep. Lamar Smith). The bill would allow the U.S. Department of Justice to seek court orders against any website found infringing copyright regardless of where in the world the website was hosted. Search engines and companies that take payments such as PayPal could be prohibited from doing business with or linking to a targeted website. There is a whole bundle of sovereignty issues here, but let’s put it aside for now. The main problem with SOPA is it holds sites responsible for the acts of its users (and that the bill has vague definitions). YouTube, Facebook and Wikipedia all have infringing material on them somewhere. And due to the nature of those sites, they will likely be fined through SOPA again and again. Websites that do movie reviews, gameplay videos or satire could potentially all be blocked by the poorly worded SOPA. In short, this bill is an Internet-killer. It could also potentially kill the jobs that depend on an open and obstruction-free Internet. But back to sovereignty for a moment. If such a bill came into effect, the rest of the world would likely ignore the over-reaching U.S. Congress — except for Canada. Our laughably underdeveloped Internet infrastructure relies heavily on American infrastructure. There is also the issue of changing norms: if this kind of blocking becomes the norm, what is to stop Syria or Iran from blocking sites they don’t like (i.e. pro-democracy sites)? Of course, there are heavy-hitting opponents to this bill, including Google, Wikimedia, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter and, recently, Microsoft. If this bill passes without some major editing, the internet may become a shadow of its former self. | The Runner



Beyond Vague Terrain explores the geogra

Beyond Vague Terrain is the multi-artist exhibition at the Surrey Art Gallery that tells the story of the Lower Mainland and its industrial terrains, pre

A fabricated image from a construction site in South Surrey. Helma Sawatzky, The Phoenix Complex (2012). COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND ELLIOTT LUIS GALLERY


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phy of ‘non-places’ through serial images

e- and post-Expo 86, through serial images and photography.



The growth of suburbia and its vast supporting infrastructure was well underway in the late 20th century, motivating artists and urbanists alike to speak of “defeatured landscapes” or “non-places.” The interchangeable and transitional post-industrial locales punctuated by such familiar structures as multi-lane freeways, big box retail outlets and office parks. Similarly, the Surrey Art Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, Beyond Vague Terrain, named for architect and philosopher Ignasi de Solà-Morales’ notion of “terrain vague” in relation to non-places like freeways and lowdensity commercial zones, deals not only with the physical landscape of the city, but also with the figurative landscape of recent art history. The works presented in Beyond Vague Terrain are joined by their use of serial imagery, or multiple images within the same artwork, a departure from the singular images typically associated with artistic depictions of urban landscapes. As curator Jordan Strom notes, serial imagery is also a way to “think beyond” notions of the “defeatured landscapes” and vague terrain of the contemporary city. As Beyond Vague Terrain’s press release describes: “These serial artworks – both photographic and non-photographic – challenge the notion of the ‘city centre,’ and ask that its margins be re-imagined, just as the idea of the ‘generic city’ is challenged when a place’s specific qualities and histories are revealed.” Beyond Vague Terrain is situated in contemporary art history. Strom notes that the 1970s were a watershed for serial imagery in art, the developments in video art becoming an influence on photography and then to other forms of visual art. One of the featured works in Beyond Vague Terrain, Khan Lee’s 109-foot light box panorama Millennium Line (2011), is a good illustration of this point. Millennium Line’s use of a moving SkyTrain to compose a panoramic shot can be likened to the use of a dolly to construct panoramas in film. In the pre- and post-Expo years (from the

late 1970s through to the 1990s), Vancouver became known for a loose movement of conceptual artists –– especially photographers –– who interrogated, among other things, its cityscape, a cityscape in transition. Collectively, they would be known as the Vancouver School; associated with the group were such artists as Jeff Wall and Ian Wallace. Incidentally, both artists are featured in the Vague Terrain exhibition, along with more contemporary artists like Lee. The nature of serial imagery also seems to comment on the recent proliferation of imagery as much as it does the proliferation of the city. Made possible by digital technology, the press release asks, “Can it similarly be claimed that every series of images or combination of spaces has already been pictured?” With these points in mind, we note that space and the perceptions thereof (and therein) are major themes in the works featured in Vague Terrain. For instance, Bill Jeffries’s Panopticon: 103 views of the Scotia Bank Tower (1978-79) traces a path over Vancouver around what was then the tallest building in the city, with 103 annotated photographs taken from a variety of locations. Similarly,

Bill Jeffries, Panopticon: 103 Views of the Scotia Bank Tower (1978-79). COLLECTION OF THE SURREY ART GALLERY

Sylvia Grace Borda, Every Bus Stop in Surrey, BC, 2004, photographic print. COLLECTION OF THE SURREY ART GALLERY

Jeff Wall’s 1969 booklet Landscape Manual takes the form of ruminations set to a series of photographs taken by Wall from the window of a car. Helma Sawatzky’s work subverts the seamless compositing normally seen in digital photocollages. In Morgan Crossing, from Construction Sites Phase II (2009) or, more strikingly, The Phoenix Complex (2012), one can clearly see the disjunctions between the different angles of the works’ constituent photos, yielding an almost cubist effect to her composited panoramas of construction sites in South Surrey. Yet these disjunctions seem to flow seamlessly into the image, which looks subtly rickety as opposed to merely glitchy, at least at first glance. Sylvia Borda’s Every Bus Stop in Surrey, BC (2004) maps and “recontextualizes” (as Borda puts it) Surrey’s geography through a database of every bus stop in the city (as the work’s title makes explicit). In her statement for Every Bus Stop, Borda makes a particularly appropriate reference to the work of a French photographer named Eugene Atget, who documented Paris in the throes

of its own redevelopment (the widening of its boulevards) - Surrey can be said to be in a similar transitional state. “The birth of any city is nothing new; however, its transition from an earlier state to another happens only once,” Borda writes. Jeremy Hurndl’s paintings of North Surrey neighbourhoods also deal with notions of transition and passage of time in the city. Made over a period of six months, Hurndl’s paintings inevitably incorporate a degree of flux: as the press release put it, they “depict an ever transforming view” of his subject. While many of the artists featured in Vague Terrain are associated with Vancouver area, Strom says the exhibition is not necessarily about one place or another - rather it is balanced between “the particular and the general,” he says. There are other commonalities between the works. Realism, a documentary impulse, approached in a nonstraightforward way, like the askance angles of Sawatzky’s panoramas of construction sites - and, most of all, a concern with transition, whether geographical or (art) historical.

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Vinyl Dust-off: Jethro Tull’s Stand Up Lliam Easterbrook – sonic archaeologist – brings you his latest finds from excursions into ancient record bins. Every week – only on Vinyl Dust-off.




Every time I watch Anchorman and Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), the dimwitted crackpot misogynist gets called up on stage at the speakeasy to show the audience his jazz flute prowess, letting the brass flute coolly slide out from his sleeve as he relents, “I’m honestly not prepared. I’m really not prepared,” I think of Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson. Burgundy even gives a nod to Anderson, exclaiming “Hey Aqualung!” just before the finale. Anderson doesn’t shatter glass or blow fire, but; if you’ve seen the Rolling Stones’ film Rock and Roll Circus (and if you haven’t, it’s well worth checking out), Anderson wails on his flute, keeping one leg suspended in the air for almost the entire set as his body sways and contorts in mad ways to the groovy folkfunk rhythm section of Glenn Cornick and Clive Bunker. It’s ridiculous…ly awesome, to say the least. On Jethro Tull’s second studio album, Stand Up, we see Anderson take the reigns of the band, writing and composing the entire album. The result is an album of varying musical influences; from folk to progressive, classical reprisals to traditional Celtic, psy-

chedelia to hard rock, Stand Up is a flawless album. At just under 40 minutes, Jethro Tull takes the listener through one pastoral landscape after another, seemingly separated by one amazing flute solo after another. Now, I’m not a fan of any kind of chirpy pan fluting music. So, if you’re a raging Gheorghe Zamfir fan, not only is your musical taste questionable, you suck, and you probably won’t dig how bitchin’ Ian Anderson’s flute sounds next to a throbbing bass, rolling drums, and a wailing guitar. Just listen to album opener “A New Day Yesterday,” and you’ll see exactly what I mean. The artwork for Stand Up won best album art in 1969 — wait, do they even give awards for album art anymore? Oh… right; it’s rather cumbersome and vexing to grasp a visual aesthetic when you’re squinting at “art” the size of a fucking nickel on the screen of your iPod. Ahem, sorry — anyway, the original gatefold vinyl release featured a woodcut pop-up book design, and when you opened up the album, a cut-out of the band popped up like a child’s pop-up book. Even though the album reached number one on the British charts that year, and the artwork (by artist James Grashow) won best artwork, unfortunately the record company axed the woodcut design to save money on production.

My 1973 vinyl edition just has a rad picture of the band. It’s no pop-up book — but hey, at least I’m not squinting like a perturbed rube at a

glow-moaning pixilation of Zamfir’s excruciatingly sentimental pan flute on my lossycompressed iPod, right? Play it loud. Play it proud.

JANUARY MUSIC MOMENTS YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS... The Evil Bastard KARAOKE Experience, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays (9 p.m.- 1 a.m.) >Kristi Alexandra Take a stroll through the scariest part of town and you just might find yourself at Funky Winkerbeans. Occasionally hosted by Vancouver punk-vets Mr. Chi Pig and Wendy Thirteen, the dive bar is hosting karaoke four days per week. You’ll get so drunk for so cheap you won’t even notice you’re in the filthiest hole this side of the tracks. Steel Panther, Jan. 12 and 13 at the Commodore Ballroom >Jacob Zinn The sexually explicit ‘80s-style hair metal comedy group (known for such songs as “Eatin’ Ain’t Cheatin’” and “17 Girls in a Row”) will perform two back-to-back sold-out shows at the Commodore Ballroom next Thursday and Friday. With a strong following of barely-legal groupies in short skirts and lifted shirts, they’re sure to have hardly-clad women lined up out the door onto Granville Street. Steel Panther returns to the Commodore Ballroom for a two-night stand next Thursday and Friday, Jan. 12 and 13. Tickets for both shows are sold out. City and Colour, Jan. 19 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre >Kristi Alexandra While teenage girls and sad, sappy suckers alike might have taken their break-up song loyalty to Bon Iver rather than our fellow Canuck and ex-Alexisonfire vocalist, Dallas Green, the man’s a talented songwriter. Aside from loving him musically and emotionally, as a Canadian, we really have to appreciate his spelling of “colour.” Right? Hear Dallas tell your emotionally shipwrecked life-story live on Jan. 19 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

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2012 in film: the good, the bad and the ridiculous I


This year in film, much like 2011, we can expect a few good films surrounded in an endless sea of remakes, sequels, prequels and adaptations of comic books, novels and even board games. These are just a few of them. THE GREAT GATSBY One of the more interesting films to be released this year is Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby, with Leonardo DiCaprio playing Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan. That the film is being made is not all that strange; there have been numerous film versions of Gatsby over the years, most notably the Francis Ford Coppola written version released in 1974. The most unusual aspect of this remake is the fact that Luhrmann chose to shoot it in 3D. Why he felt he needed an extra dimension in order to convey the story of tainted love and disillusion in 1920s America is a mystery. Perhaps Luhrmann will use 3D to add texture and brilliance to the glamourous costumes and set designs that the film is sure to feature. Either that, or the 3D will be completely frivolous and Luhrmann will find a way to tarnish the legacy of one of the greatest pieces of American literature ever to be written. We’ll have to wait until December to find out. DJANGO UNCHAINED Quentin Tarantino is back with his first film since 2009’s Inglorious Basterds, and like his past several films, this one will be another revenge flick. This one, entitled Django Unchained, will revolve around a slave-turned-bounty-hunter (Jamie Foxx) who seeks to rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) from a domineering plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). The movie is purported to be chock-full of racial slurs, rape and violence, but seeing how it’s a Tarantino movie, it will surely be peppered with enough ironic music and witty dialogue that it will somehow seem cool. After all,

he did manage to successfully pull off an action-comedy film revolving around the Holocaust. What’s stopping him from tackling the other most reviled concept in modern history, slavery? THE DICTATOR Sacha Baron Cohen is back playing to his strengths as an awkward foreign guy with a funny accent in The Dictator, which tells the story of an outlandish Gaddafi-eqsue ruler. While Cohen’s schtick has played out before, sometimes with better results than others, The Dictator has the benefit of being directed by Larry Charles, who wrote a lot of the classic episodes of both Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, so it ought to be worth checking out. A DANGEROUS METHOD Another one to look forward to is David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, about the birth of psychoanalysis in which Viggo Mortensen plays Sigmund Freud and Michael Fassbender plays Carl Jung. ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER Keeping with the recent trend of biopics, famed Republican pioneer, slavefreer and moustacheless beard-wearer Abraham Lincoln will be the subject of two this year, one directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day Lewis as Honest Abe (Lincoln), and another one perplexingly entitled Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES We can also expect the third installment of Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Batman series, starring Christian Bale once again as the gravelly-voiced crimefighter.

cided to release his own unrelated film entitled The Amazing Spiderman.

enough, they decided to throw in some aliens to boot.



And because people may have forgotten the wildly successful, three-part Spiderman franchise released less than a decade ago, Marc Webb has brazenly de-

Taking the cake as the most unnecessary film to be released in 2012 has to be Battleship. As if turning a board game into a motion picture weren’t stupid

Expect to see adaptations of The Three Stooges, a Lord of the Rings prequel, a 3D Titanic, a version of Total Recall that doesn’t contain Arnold Schwarzenegger and another Men in Black.

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Prep for a fashionable year with wedges and wildness

Box-fit three-quarter sleeved shirts keep you warm without the added bulk. MITCH THOMPSON/THE RUNNER


A new year has arrived, and that means additions to your wardrobe. From opposing silhouettes to continuing shoe styles, 2012 is looking stylish. Three-quarter length sleeves are perfect right now; they keep you warm without adding too much bulk. Look for this style of shirt in either one of this year’s silhouettes. The boxy fit gives you that comfy, casual feel

with its straight cut. Or choose a top with a cinched waist to show off your curves. Colour is huge this year, so look for bright pieces to add personality to your wardrobe. You’ll find blocks of colour on t-shirts and boxy dresses, while bold patterns are ranging anywhere from jackets to pants. Yellow is this year’s colour, with a deep mustard for winter and fluorescent yellow for summer. Keep your eyes out for this punchy trend. What to pair with your new clothes? Ox-

Get extra height without the sacrifice of stilletos. MITCH THOMPSON/THE RUNNER.

ford shoes are sticking around and come in a variety of styles. You can go simple with a flat, neutral pair, go bold with a stark contrast of patent black and white, or dare to strut in a pair of Oxford pumps. If you can’t keep your balance in stilettos, then try a wedge. They are a great alternative to get that extra height you love without sacrificing your feet. Look for them in lace-up booties for the winter and later in open-toe suede or sandals for the spring and

summer. Add the finishing touch this year with blue eye shadow. If you’re willing to go all the way, choose deep shades to create a smoky eye. If bold isn’t your thing, pick pale blues or a blue eyeliner to achieve a subtler version of the look. 2012 is bringing along some great trends, so experiment with your style to express your personality.


“Hallucinate”; it’s a clear sparkle polish that can be used as a top coat on any colour. Purple is hot right now and has so many shades to choose from. If you’re into lilac, Essie has a great polish called “Lilacism”. “Bad Romance” by Deborah Lippmann is a blackened fuchsia. For a darker purple with a bit of shimmer, check out OPI’s “Russian Navy”; it does look navy blue when you first put it on, but after a few coats, it turns dark purple. Cherry is a bright and playful colour that looks great with that little black dress. Rimmel’s take is called “Cherry Fashion”. The bottle says that it lasts for 10 days, and it really does. Nicole By OPI’s version is called “I Love U Cherry Much.”


Glitter your nails with gusto

Cherries, purples, golds and graphite glitter for your nails are all the rage in 2012. KATIE@/FLICKR

Cherry, sparkles, purple –– oh my! The polishes that most ladies are picking are anything but gloomy. Here are some of the biggest nail polish trends right now: The go-to trend of the season is sparkle. Whether it be a sequined bag, glittery shoes or a flashy nail polish, it livens up any outfit. For nail polishes that can give your look a kick, check out OPI’s “Excuse Moi!” (from their new The Muppets collection); its pink base makes it a more girly polish. Also check out OPI’s “Rising Star”, it’s shimmery and gold. “I Love The Nightlife” is a graphite glitter colour by Deborah Lippmann. If you like the colours you have already and just want to add the shine, pick up Wet N’ Wild’s

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Technology trends for 2012 will see a booming tablet industry

The Amazon Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy Tab will be stiff competitors to the iPad for tablets this year. KODOMUT/FLICKR.





In 2010, if you wanted a tablet, you got an iPad. Same thing in 2011. While there were other options, the iPad was still the coolest tablet around. Now, however, Apple is facing some serious competition from Asus Transformer Prime, the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Samsung Galaxy Tab; especially now that experts are predicting that people are going to be using their tablets for a lot more than reading, checking Facebook and playing Angry Birds. It isn’t going to be about the coolest app anymore, but about what the tablet as a whole is capable of doing. Soon college kids won’t be buying a laptop –– they’ll be getting a tablet with an attachable keyboard instead.



Even a couple years ago, Blackberries were still a legitimate competitor on the

smartphone market. But that was back before the Android became such a huge competitor, and back when Windows Mobile wasn’t the sleek, shiny and downright impressive thing that the new Windows Phone promises to be. According to comScore, RIM’s share of the global smartphone market has dropped from 19.7 per cent to 16.6 per cent between August and November of 2011, while both Google and Apple have risen. Microsoft has had a 0.5 per cent drop, but analysts remain positive about the potential of the Windows Phone. The bottom line is that Microsoft is at least moving, while Blackberry says its next generation of phones won’t be out till late 2012. And that may just be too long a wait.



If you’re currently using a smartphone with a data plan, it’s probably running on a 3G network. Many providers advertise their networks as 4G, but that’s down to a change in the definition and not because the networks are 4G. According to the CBC, the International

Telecommunication Union (ITU), “decided that 3G technologies substantially better in performance and capability than earlier 3G technologies could be classified as 4G.” Basically, as long as a network 3G service now is better than their 3G service wo years ago, they can call it 4G. Let’s take Telus and Bell as our examples. Their first “4G” networks, launched in 2009, claimed to have download speeds of 21 megabytes per second (MBps). However, if you read the small print, they admit that the average download speeds will be 4-6 MBps (Telus) and 3.5-8 MBps (Bell). Their upgraded 4G networks claim speeds of up to 42 MBps and but in the small print you’ll see that the average speed is 7-14 MBps. That’s better than 3G, but not by much. My iPhone 4 - running on Telus’ 3G network can get up to 5.61 MBps, which is the same as their old average “4G” speeds and not too far behind their new ones. The point? In 2012, you can look forward to real 4G networks, called LTE, or longterm evolution, much like what Verizon users down in the United States are enjoying right now.

A year’s worth of bookworming



As we enter into the new year, changes are upon us. What better way to keep those resolutions company than taking a reading break now and then? Here are some cozy reads that should warm up much of the rainy days ahead. Journalist Michael Hastings’s novel The Operators will be released in early January with a bang as it offers a controversial look into the war in Afghanistan. Ready for some laughs? Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel offer plenty in their sure-tobe-a-bestseller novel, Lunatics, coming out Jan. 10. Also being released on the same date, is award winning Canadian-Polish author Eva Stachniak’s fiction novel The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great. A lot of buzz surrounds the upcoming release of Alex George’s debut novel, A Good American, on Feb. 7, which follows the sad yet happy journey of two American immigrants and the lives they create. Joining the shelf in February 2012, is Tatiana de Rosnay’s The House I Loved, and if the success of her novel, Sarah’s Key is any testament to her writing, then this one is sure to be a page turner. Vampires and werewolves have captured the hearts of many, and Anne Rice, best known for her Vampire Chronicles, steps up a notch and explores the world of werewolves in her new novel The Wolf Gift, being released on Valentine’s Day. And for those avid series readers, J.D Robb’s latest edition to her In-Death series, Celebrity in Death hits the shelves Feb. 21. Lauren Kate’s fourth installment in the Fallen series, Rapture, will be available June 12. April 21 will see the release of Anne Tyler’s latest novel The Beginner’s Goodbye, which, according to the Book Page blog, is “an exploration of loss and recovery in which a middle-aged man, ripped apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances (in their house, on the roadway, in the market).” So fellow bookworms, the world may or may not end in 2012; hence, the only plausible thing to do would be to “keep on reading till the world ends.”


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Celebrities who will rise and fall in 2012 I


2011 was a year filled with bizarre, exciting, and mournful moments. Charlie Sheen’s trolling and tiger blood was not only laughed about, but marketed as he toured around cities making a mockery out of himself. This year, the world celebrated the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s album, Nevermind, and left many reminiscing about the past decade. John Galliano left Dior due to accusations of making anti-Semitic comments, while Amy Winehouse ultimately lost her battle with alcohol and drug abuse. Generation Y lost Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs this year. Although 2011 was exciting and riveting in many ways, many stars leave behind a trail of clues as to what to expect in the year to come. Some stars will shoot and some will fall. SHOOTING STARS OF 2012: Katy Perry: Katy is finally single again! While celebrating New Years apart, Katy Perry asked her husband of 14 months to divorce her due to “irreconcilable differences.” This divorce would be a good reason to place Katy Perry in the falling star category, but with new music coming out and constant No. 1 hits, it wouldn’t be fair. Katy Perry is louder and more successful than ever before and being single again can only bring good things for Katy and for other Hollywood hotties as well. Ryan Gosling: Canadian hunk Ryan Gosling won our hearts over in 2004s “The Notebook” and has had a very successful and noble rise to fame. Last year, he was in blockbuster hits “Drive”, “The Ides of March”, and “Crazy, Stupid, Love”. Recently, tabloids have been exploding with rumours that Gosling is in a relationship with Eva Mendes. The two have apparently been dating since September and with the New Year maybe Ryan will pop with question and elope with Mendes. If Ryan Gosling does marry Mendes in this coming year hopefully it will last as long as Kim Kardashian’s marriage of 72 hours to Kris Humphries, hopefully.

A newly single Katy Perry will be the subject of more than a few headlines. SEAN MANENTEE/ FLICKR.

FALLING STARS OF 2012: Russell Brand: Without Katy Perry around his arms, Russell Brand is going to be a very lonely man. In the past, Russell Brand was known for alcohol, drug, and sex abuse which he detailed in both his books “My Booky Wook” and “My Booky Wook 2: This Time its Personal”. It’s to be expected that Brand will let loose as soon as the divorce is finalized and hook up with MANY other Hollywood A-listers and maybe even some prostitutes from his past, who knows? Ashton Kutcher: With rumours (and photos) circulating that Ashton Kutcher cheated on long time wife, Demi Moore, it leaves Kutcher in a bad standing in pop culture along with James, Woods, Weiner, and Schwarzenegger. Ashton took over for Charlie Sheen in Two and Half Men. The television show is a success, while Kutcher’s long locks haven’t been the same. Kim Kardashian and co.: Media outlets can’t seem to get enough of Kim Kardashian’s famous 72 hour marriage with Kris Humphries. The reality T.V star and

family made over $65 million last year, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but could this year be the end of the Kardashian family? Many are accusing the family fakes and frauds after Kim’s marriage and divorce scandal. Knowing the scrappy family, I doubt it will be the end to their reign, but here’s wishful thinking.


Stuff Your Dad Likes: redoing resolutions



With every new year, there’s a new year’s resolution to be made and subsequently broken.

No one is good at keeping their resolutions, your dad included. But the new year is his second, third, 16th chance to a) lose weight b) eat healthier or c) finally build that backyard deck your mother’s been nagging him about since their honeymoon. Our family has never been one to make new year’s resolutions. It’s like creating a one-item to-do list that takes a year to cross off. With the end so far from sight, how can anyone expect your dad to stick to his workout regimen or dirt-flavoured diet? There’s no time for using the Shake Weight or calorie counting between his 40-hour-per-week job, his regular around-the-house chores and his crime drama reruns. Your dad might be like my dad, in that he sets smaller goals for himself throughout the year. He’ll change his eating habits/exercise routine/hygiene slightly to reach short-term achievements. Let’s face it: your dad can only handle so much of something at a time. He’s old, and he’s not meant to try P90X or Insanity. If unstacking the dishwasher is an accomplishment to him, let him have his moment. That’s not to say he should get off that easy for his new year’s resolution. If your dad’s been resolving to do something bigger like get in better shape, give him a kick in the pants and be his coach, the same way he probably coached your hockey team, baseball practice or child beauty pageant. Deep down, your dad really does want to get his resolution done—he just doesn’t want to adjust his lifestyle. Dare him to finish the resolution he’s been working on since before you were born, and if he reaches that far, dare him to start another in 2013. It’s a clean slate for resolution doovers. Sure, your dad’s resolution may be as old as you, but it doesn’t have to be. Two decades is long enough to put something off. And while you’re at it, get him to finish building that deck before your mom starts asking you to do it.



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CAPRICORN Dec. 22 - Jan. 20

CANCER June 21 - july 23

You will spend the next four months in a dark room hearing “wah wha wha wha.”

Give it up. You will never become a space cowboy.

AQUARIUS Jan. 21 - Feb 19

Make tacos for dinner tonight because, hey, everybody loves tacos.

PISCES Feb. 20 - March 20 Sounds like somebody’s got a case of the Mondays. Find a stapler and get over it.

LEO July 24 - Aug. 23

Take your life one step at a time — but walk all funny, kinda like John Cleese.

VIRGO Aug. 24 - Sept. 23

If you get bad news, don’t shoot the messenger. Instead, flog them to death with a piece of string.

ARIES March 21 - April 19

Change the name of your wireless router to “FBI Surveillance Van.”

TAURUS April 20 - May 20


LIBRA Sept. 24 - Oct. 23

Try something new this year. Perhaps extreme bug collecting, or counting old people in White Rock.

SCORPIO Oct. 24 - Nov. 22

You are a trend setter. Bring the mullet back, now. Oh, and neon clothing.

GEMINI May 21 - June 20

What does this horoscope symbol even mean? It’s two dudes faces. I mean, come on ... your horoscope is lame.

Find out exactly why it isn’t easy being green.

SAGITTARIUS Nov. 23 - Dec. 21

Start telling more “that’s what she said” jokes. Why? Because they’re awesome.

(CUP) — Puzzles provided by Used with permission. Across 1- A dish with many ingredients; 5- Attack a fly; 9- Disconcert; 14- Ripped; 15- Mata _ ; 16- Rate; 17- Support beam; 18- Extend; 20- Flirt; 22- Brit. lexicon; 23- Bottom of the barrel; 24- Mex. miss; 26Heroic adventure tale; 28- Temerity; 32- Pertaining to the mind; 36- Be in debt; 37- Praying figure; 39Bring out; 40- Makes lace; 42- Clogs, e.g.; 44- Complacent; 45- Betelgeuse’s constellation; 47- Angry; 49- 401(k) alternative; 50- Pay as due; 52- Having three feet; 54- Islamic call to prayer; 56- Split; 57“The Clan of the Cave Bear” author; 60- Chatter; 62- Resounds; 66- Seaplane; 69- As to; 70- Curt; 71Kiln for drying hops; 72- Approached; 73- Handle; 74- Gusto; 75- Break, card game;

Down 1- Auricular; 2- Timber wolf; 3- Oil-rich nation; 4- Attack; 5- Breaks; 6- Move from side to side; 7- Golden Fleece ship; 8- Wearies; 9- Prince Valiant’s son; 10- Barren area; 11- End in _ (draw); 12- Dimensions; 13- Makes a row?; 19- According to the Bible, he was the first man; 21- Cube creator Rubik; 25- Japanese beer brand; 27- “Fancy that!”; 28- Chopper topper; 29- Alert; 30- Take hold; 31- Nasal grunt; 33- Bombastic; 34- Legend maker; 35- Juridical; 38- Eye drops; 41- Member of a lay society; 43- Short dagger; 46- Pince- _ ; 48- Heroic; 51- Sturdy wool fiber; 53- Morals; 55- Influential person; 57- P.M. times; 58- Peter Fonda title role; 59- Bronte heroine; 61- Male swine; 63- Son of Judah; 64- Humorist Bombeck; 65- Leak slowly; 67“The Matrix” hero; 68- Faulkner’s “ _ Lay Dying”

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