Vol. 20 Issue. 29
November 7 – 13, 2012
Four more years since 1993
Not your ordinary necklace
Olympian Sophie Schmidt on what it’s like to be an Abbotsford celebrity p. 10
TMyUFV to change email servers p. 6
AmPol goes south: Americans on the brink (of an election) p. 7
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012
INSIDE THIS WEEK’S ISSUE Opinion
Arts & Life
Sports & Health
Stay Sane and Beat Procrastination
The Mayans Were Right
Once in a Lifetime: Theatre Preview
Basketball, baseball, hockey, swimsuit?
April showers bring May flowers, but October showers bring midterms. Have a final paper— or several final papers—staring you in the face? Jess Wind explores ways to beat procrastination and use technology for focus instead of distraction. Trust me, you need all the focus you can get.
Face it. Earthquakes on the West Coast, a massive hurricane on the east coast – we are doomed. The predictions of a 2012 apocalypse were bang on . . . or were they? Jess Wind debates both sides of the story to discover if this is Apocalypse Now or Apocalypse Not-Quite-Yet.
UFV’s first theatre production of the season begins its previews this week. Once in a Lifetime, follows the comic adventures of three 1920s vaudevillian actors who give up their careers to head out to California – with the silent movies on their way out, this trio is looking for their in to Hollywood.
This week Nadine Moedt takes a hard look at Sports Illustrated’s use of bikinis to raise ratings. Is maintaining a hot body a sport in itself? Or should we be saying “so long” to the swimsuit issue and its possibly degrading perspective on women?
Forgive us our press passes
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As we forgive those who have press passed against us.
NICK UBELS THE CASCADE
There is, or there should be, an old joke about two bystanders and a drowning man. The man cries for help and the the first bystander runs to his aid. “Don’t worry, I’m a doctor!” she says and sets to pulling him out of the river. Meanwhile, the second bystander pulls out a notepad and starts furiously scribbling. The
doctor struggles and eventually pulls the man to safety. After the paramedics have arrived, the doctor approaches the second bystander and asks him why he didn’t provide a helping hand when it could have made a difference between life and death for the drowning man. “I’m sorry,” he says. “But I’m a journalist.” Okay, not very funny. Plus it’s an extreme example. But the point is clear: while one profession’s first instinct is to act, the other’s is
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to remain detached. A journalist is an observer, not a participant. Is that okay? CNN makes heavy use of what’s known as citizen-journalists: everyday people who capture images and sounds of newsworthy events. Social media and portable tech have democratized access to the press by making the tools to create serious journalism available to almost anybody. This is a great thing. But if citizens can be journalists, I wonder whether journalists can finally be citizens. Since the early 20th century, we’ve insisted that our news come unfiltered and objective. It’s an impossible task. Everything about the news is the result of a series of decisions. These decisions are made every step of the way by writers, editors, and designers, people we trust not to deliberately mislead us. Yet these decisions are rooted in a set of beliefs or values the decision maker holds This can be something as simple as deciding which stories are newsworthy, the placement of stories, and down to who’s interviewed and presented as representing the public voice. Yet we still clamour for our news to be objective, and any hint that a journalist might hold personal views on a particular, topic can be seen as compromising the credibility of the news we receive. Some media even go so far as to bar their reporters from the editorial page. Essentially, we expect journal-
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ists to exist as detached observers in our society, rather than active members, at least in the public sphere. One big threat to this journalism institution is that the barrier between the public and private spheres is rapidly deteriorating thanks to Facebook, Twitter, you name it. If I like a Facebook page that says, “Keep AfterMath open” and then write a news story about the funding disaster, a big chunk of people are going to write off my story as biased and not worth their time. Journalists should be driven by their convictions. Their first goal should be the truth and sometimes that means avoiding a conflict of interest when a story is assigned. We should value the gift of subjectivity and inject a little more soul into our journalism. Journalists need to be citizens. They need to be humans. They need to see and feel and empathize just as much as the rest of us in order to represent our interests on the page. Passion and objectivity are not mutually exclusive, though they are often painted that way. Journalism is at its best when it strikes a balance between the two. Unfortunately, things too often veer to either side of the spectrum.
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UPCOMING EVENTS Nov 14
Nov 7 to 25
Microlectures: tiny sandwiches of knowledge
Holy Grail? Don’t mind if I do.
First production of the season hits UFV stage
UFV is incredibly diverse, and the university invites you to their Celebrate Internationalization event to honour that fact. UFV students and faculty who have come from or travelled to other countries will share their experiences between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the Envision Athletic Centre, south gym.
Everything you need to know in two minutes or less: “Poutine goes National,” “Ancient Floods in the Fraser Lowland,” “Growing Rice for Sake in the Fraser Valley.” Think of it as miniature bites of knowledge, all tasty and cute! Meet at the Roadrunner cafe on the Abbotsford campus at 11:30 a.m.
What is your name? What is your quest? What is your favourite Monty Python flick? Start off the weekend with laughs-aplenty (and offensiveness to spare) with the Association of History Students’ free showing of Monty Python & The Holy Grail at 7 p.m. in B101! Donations are accepted, but not at all expected.
UFV Theatre’s first production of the year is George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s Once In A Lifetime. Located in UFV’s abandoned Yale road campus, this play has everything: vaudevillians, elocutionists, farcical situations, a host of crazy characters. Tickets cost $10 to $20. Call 604-7952814 for information and ticket bookings.
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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012
How to beat procrastination and get things done JESS WIND
It’s that time of year when you consult the crunched syllabus in your trunk only to find you have a paper due in five hours. You have spent all semester finding new ways to not study and now, in the last four weeks of the semester, you really need to buckle down. There’s only one problem. Procrastination. You may really enjoy researching gender norms in the 17th century, but when there is a paper to be written, cleaning the bathroom suddenly becomes the best chore ever. The truth is, we all do it. No matter the task at hand, something else is always more interesting and steals your focus. So how do we overcome the procrastination beast? In a wired world, we turn first to our technology to save us. A perusal of the Apple app store offers a myriad of task management programs but, how do you choose? If your biggest issue is that you are easily distracted, something like YellingRobot or Focusbar might help. These apps are free and remind you to get back to work by either popping up when
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Ticking away the hours.
you change windows—like opening Facebook—or yelling at you every few minutes to get back on track. The downside to these apps, however, is that they are ignorable and limited; Focusbar disappears if you scroll over it and the robot ceases to work if you turn your volume off.
Free pizza, candy and advice for students at spooky Arts Expo TAYLOR JOHNSON THE CASCADE
Halloween is the one time of year students don’t have to feel guilty about pigging out on candy during lecture. This past Halloween, however, students were given not only candy but pizza while they pondered their future possibilities at the Arts Majors Expo. This year’s Arts Majors Expo took place in the foyer of the Envision Athletic Centre last Wednesday. It consisted of multiple booths, where students could ask questions about majors, minors and future careers in the arts – from media and communications to fine arts. The Career Centre, Student Life, Study Abroad and the Teacher Education Program were also set up at the event. There were tables set up for criminology, economics, theatre, English, fashion design, global development studies, philosophy, modern languages and media studies. At the Career Centre booth, students could ask counsellors about when to declare their majors, what a major consists of, and how to prepare class schedules in order to graduate. The event was sponsored by RBC, the University of the Fraser Valley, Parallel Yoga, UFV Cascades and the Abbotsford Heat. The expo began with the Royal Bank of Canada presenting a $20,000 check in support of the new First Year Peer Mentoring Program at UFV. This upcoming program’s goal is to match firstand second-year students with a third- or fourth-year mentor.
This will allow the new student to learn about UFV and options available. The first few years are stressful and sometimes confusing; an experienced peer mentor can help answer questions and sort through exam stress, as well as help with homework and with figuring out the social world of university. Faculty and staff who participated with the expo were impressed to see how many students stopped by throughout the afternoon. Tricia Taylor, who works with the history department and helped operate the history booth, was pleased with the variety of students that attended. “There were lots of students who were outside of their study field,” she said. Robin Anderson, a history professor, was pleased with the event as well and said it served as a good way for less-experienced students to pose questions and get answers. “It went very well,” he said. “There were first and second year students who learned a lot.” There was a consistent flow of student traffic from booth to booth, and at each booth students could answer a trivia question and enter to win event door prizes. Overall, organizers counted the event as a success: students celebrated Halloween, ate pizza and candy, and won prizes. But more importantly, they were able to ask questions about course options, majors and minors, graduation requirements, international opportunities and how to kick-start future careers.
If you need to sort through a million things and remind yourself when to start working on them, then the top rated app iProcrastinate might be your answer. It allows a full calendar view of the tasks you need to complete, and in conjunction with iCloud it will allow you to set reminders. If you input all your assignments, it will let you know that you have “a few weeks” before something is due. This app allows for multiple tasks to be prioritized and won’t break the bank; only $0.99 for the mobile option and free on the desktop. The Samsung app store turns out similar results for productivity apps. Among the top rated free apps are ToDo List Task Manager–Lite and Astrid Tasks & To-do List. These apps allow for tasks to be organized into to-do lists, prioritized and checked off. Common among both providers is Wunderlist Task Manager which is among the top rated apps, free and supported across all the devices. It promises to make you better at doing the things you need to get done. “Wunderlist . . . will boost your productivity. Organize your todo lists on the go and synchronize them with your free Wunderlist account,” the app description on
the Samsung app store boasts. However, a common thread among the apps available is that they are only as good as the operator. The complex calendar task-based apps like Wunderlist and iProcrastinate require you to take the time to input your necessary tasks. The reminder apps like YellingRobot and Focusbar have the ability to be ignored and rendered ineffective. Downloadable apps are only as good as the user; at the end of the day the only person that can beat procrastination is you. Escaping the internet for a second (because isn’t Facebook what got you into this mess in the first place?), there are a myriad of strategies any student can use without touching a phone or computer. UFV Counselling Services offers workshops as part of their Study Smart program on both CEP and Abbotsford campuses. This year they offered tips on how to manage time and get to the end of a to-do list, and all of their tips and tricks are available in the counselling office. For procrastination they offer four strategies: 1. Realistic goal-setting: don’t think you can churn out a 15-page research essay in three hours.
2. Plan to work, plan to play: this is where those calendars come in handy. If you carve out time in your week to have fun, and to be productive, the need to avoid your studies will be lessened. 3. The “making a molehill out of a mountain” method: break tasks down and work on them a little bit each day. Take breaks when studying and recognize small accomplishments. 4. Self discipline: no secret here; blaming procrastination on laziness may not be that simple. If something needs to get done, you are really the only person that can buckle down and do it. Visit the campus counselling department—B214 in Abbotsford and A1314 in Chilliwack—for more helpful resources on surviving the end of term. Whether you use technology to help you get through or simple tips and tricks, don’t forget that when you are chatting to a fellow student on Facebook, you are probably both avoiding what you are supposed to be doing. Help each other out and get back to work; there are only four weeks left in semester, so make them count.
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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012
Tuition, salary, efficiency and budget cuts
The effects of budget cuts through the eyes of Jackie Hogan, UFV’s chief financial officer we aren’t [receiving] for inflationary costs—all of the costs of running the university . . . are still going up. So we raise tuition by as much as they allow us to, and that rate is set by the government. It’s been two per cent the last few years, and we have increased tuition by two per cent because it’s one of our largest revenue sources – it’s about 25 per cent, so we do take that opportunity to increase tuition.
KAREN ANEY THE CASCADE
Jackie Hogan is the chief financial officer at UFV. There have been recent developments at UFV. First, faculty and staff are beginning to move into collective bargaining with the university, to argue for better wages and smaller class sizes. Second, there have been a number of budget changes from the government; this means the university, staff and faculty are encouraged to find savings wherever they can. As chief financial officer, Jackie Hogan shared her unique perspective on how these changes could affect our institution and what changes are already in the works. Can you tell us a little bit about the Transformation Project and what it means for our school? The Administrative Services Delivery Transformation Project was sort of started by the Ministry of Advanced Education . . . [it was about] getting together to look at efficiencies across the sectors rather than each institution looking for their own. And how effective do you think it was? There are some opportunities that could be come up with. I think we are a very efficient sector already so I’m not sure the results that are hoped for will be realized as quickly and efficiently as maybe the original concept was. Budget 2012 did announce reduced funding to the post-sec-
Chief financial officer Jackie Hogan. ondary sector, and while the link between funding and cuts and this project is not a direct link . . . it was based on info that they thought there would be efficiencies and savings in the sector. They’re careful not to align those directly . . . but there is a correlation.
Is there currently a risk to the job security of anyone at UFV, given the efficiencies they were looking at? No, not at this point. We don’t know what the final results are going to be. There are opportunities for looking at all those areas further, but at this stage, no – I really can’t see that there would be anything that would affect UFV directly out of this draft of the
If the project doesn’t save the sector as much money as they’re hoping for, what will that do to the budget cuts? Could it mean a tuition raise? We don’t know . . . the funding reduction announced in 2012 [is] 20 million in 2013 – 2014 and a further 30 million in 2014 – 2015. So if the report doesn’t identify that those are achievable, are they going to hold with the funding reduction or are they going to revise the budget? Under our Tuition Limit Policy, which is set by the ministry, we can raise tuition by the rate of inflation each year. So we do, because—if we’re not getting funding from the government, which
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Is there a specific ratio of our income that is directed towards salary versus institutional costs? No, there isn’t. It becomes part of our overall budget. We’re actually going through a little bit of a budget review model right now. Right now we centralize [all income], and budgets are allocated based on historical incremental budgeting. We’re looking right now at a model that would see a percentage of tuition go back to the faculty. Which won’t change things particularly in the first year, but it will in future years when they have an incentive around their tuition revenue target that will make them think, “Okay, how do I make sure I’m offering the courses or the programs that will bring in the most amount of students?” That’s where we’re heading, but it’s a large ship to change gears on. Is there a time frame for implementation? We’re moving towards it maybe by next fiscal year. There’s been
lots of discussion about it. Students at other institutions have had difficulty with communication issues from administration through job action. Is that a risk here as well? I would hope that we would make sure that we’ve got lots of communication going out, especially to students . . . there’s one product we’re looking at that would text alerts . . . it’s another investment, another infrastructure tool we would need. It’s coming from the emergency notification side of things . . . but it does provide communication of any type. There’s several different vendors so it would be a choice which one to go with. It’s actually an opt-in program; you would have to provide us with your information. When you register you would provide your information . . . if you don’t select that you want to be in it then you’re excluded from it. Regarding the upcoming collective bargaining, I know that the University of Victoria has settled their contract and stopped their job action – they agreed to a two per cent raise retroactive to July 2012 and another raise of two per cent in July 2013. If we can get to somewhere like UVIC, that would be good. I’m not sure – again we have to go into it as a sector, not just UFV, so that’s one of our challenges. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
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The Quebec student movement a year after it began
No easy answers for BC anesthesiologist shortages
U.N. management under fire over silence after storm Sandy
Playboy Clubs to enter India, without the bunny costumes
Iran nuclear fuel move may ease war fears — for now
MONTREAL (CUP) — This time last year, the buzz around November 10, the first fullfledged day of action planned by the student movement, was reaching a fever pitch. The 30,000-strong protest was the first step in what would become North America’s largest student protests in decades with over 200,000 students bringing Quebec’s government to its knees over the course of the sevenmonth-long strike. Though emerging from the strike largely victorious, students, once united in the struggle against the government, stand divided and no longer hold the same sway.
VANCOUVER (CUP) — For several days this month, Peace Arch Hospital in Surrey issued a notice that the hospital wouldn’t be accepting child deliveries due to a lack of anesthesiologists. These specialists are in charge of administering anesthesia to patients, often those in critical care or preparing to give birth. Universities, doctors and the Ministry of Health Services all give different reasons for these occurrences of unavailability. UBC Medicine claims that funding is not being directed towards the anesthesiologist program – and that the number of seats they can dedicate to the program is bound by the province.
(Reuters) — U.N. delegations sharply criticized the United Nations’ management on Monday for an almost “total breakdown in communications” with the world body’s 193 member states after superstorm Sandy slammed into the U.S. East Coast a week ago. Algerian U.N. Ambassador Mourad Benmehidi said the United Nations ceased communicating with member states who were desperate for information. “We all feel that the United Nations disappeared from the screens of the members for a very long time,” the Algerian envoy said, adding that the world body also “disappeared from the screen of the world.”
MUMBAI (Reuters) — The Playboy Club is coming to India – but with “bunnies” in non-revealing outfits. “The costumes of the bunnies, who are integral to the Playboy culture, will be based on Indian sensibilities and morals,” Sanjay Gupta, CEO of PB Lifestyle, which is bringing the brand to India through a licensing agreement, told Reuters. Playboy bunnies, or waitresses, typically wear black satin bodices, bow ties, cuffs and bunny ears. PB Lifestyle has not yet decided what waitresses will wear in India, a socially conservative country where it is frowned upon for couples to hold hands in public.
(Reuters) — By dedicating a big part of its higher-enriched uranium to make civilian reactor fuel, Iran is removing it from a stockpile that could be used to make nuclear weapons if refined further. This may explain why Israel— assumed to be the region’s only nuclear-armed state— recently signaled that an attack was not imminent, after months of speculation that it might be. But [this could] yet be reversible, proliferation experts say: the material can be converted back to uranium gas as long as it has not been introduced into a working reactor.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012
AfterMath pub crawl escapes Halloween’s bad reputation JESS WIND
Gone are the Halloweens spent wandering around the neighbourhood in a hand-me-down Power Ranger’s mask; for most university students, those days have given way to the consumption of copious amounts of alcohol in celebration of October 31. Accordingly, the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) responded to calls all over town this Halloween, despite the downpour outside. “We had a very busy night and alcohol, noise and Halloween excuses were all in play” APD media liason, constable Ian Macdonald explained. The argument isn’t that people shouldn’t indulge on Halloween, but that they should be aware of the effects of their indulgences. “Your fun should never negatively impact on others who do not wish to share in your definition of fun,” Macdonald stated. Luckily, positive fun was all the rage on Halloween during
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Costume denziens crawl from AfterMath to Phoenix. AfterMath’s first pub crawl. Unlike previous pub nights that took place entirely on campus, this event began at AfterMath and then “crawled” over to Phoenix Lounge, located behind the AESC and next to Finnegan’s bar. The purpose of this and future crawls is that because AfterMath can only serve food and liquor until 9 p.m., the party then transfers over to Phoenix. Because the campus restaurant is struggling to bring in revenue,
the arrangement is a win on all fronts. AfterMath sees an increase in food sales for their portion of the event and receives $250 from Phoenix for the added business. Phoenix sees an increase in their Thursday night liquor sales, and UFV students get pub nights back for the first time in years. The trial run for pub crawls had the potential for mishap, considering it coincided with Halloween’s reputation for liquor- induced shenanigans, overall the
event was judged a success. “Logistically, it worked really well,” AfterMath manager Brad Ross explained. “[Two servers] in Ghostbusters costumes hopped up on the bar and said, ‘Everyone follow us!’ . . . Within 12 seconds the place cleared out.” Over 130 students dressed in their Halloween finest and paraded over to the Phoenix where they were granted free cover and AfterMath prices. “We have $3 beer and $3 highballs; so did they, and they will continue it for all the pub nights” Ross stated. Halloween brings with it a bad reputation that AfterMath managed to escape, despite other licensed establishments in Abbotsford running into issues. Abbotsford’s restaurants and pubs were competing for the affections of costumed clientele. Between fireworks being set off from one Abbotsford bar’s roof and an argument escalating in another’s parking lot, the fact that AfterMath successfully marched 130 students from one bar to the next is noteworthy.
“How can we pull that off when other places had trouble with an occupancy of 60?” Ross questioned, somewhat incredulously. On an evening when so many others were pushing the boundaries, AfterMath stayed well within their limits. Anyone underage was not able to make the move over to Phoenix had to end their night once AfterMath cleared out, but were still able to enjoy the oncampus portion of the evening. “We stayed within our license because we served food the whole time,” Ross said. Authorities avoided, incidents non-existent, laws and licenses adhered to – the Halloween pub crawl was an overall success. “Phoenix was packed; they were ecstatic.” Ross said of the result of the evening. “It brought back pub nights.” On the heels of a successful evening, the next crawl is set for November 8, and students are invited to show off the best Movember ‘stache they can muster – ask at AfterMath for more information.
SUSBites Your guide to new student representatives on campus
Five new members recently joined the SUS team following the by-election in October, and you’ll soon be seeing all of them around campus. Each representative has a specific job description and role within SUS; VP internal Greg Stickland provides an explanation of what each job entails.
Mehtab Singh Rai
“If there’s any particular accessibilities issue that we’re neglecting, it’s his job to bring that up,” Stickland says, mentioning how the past accessibilities rep made sure that the plans for the Student Union Building were up to accessibilities snuff, and also dealt with some doorway-width issues at CEP. Stickland also notes that issues sometimes pop up in how accessibility students deal with Health and Dental, since they have more specialized needs than the average student. Otherwise, the accessibilities is one more voice on campus for students who need help. “He’s mainly just out there to get the voice of accessibility students and to follow up on any issues,” Stickland concludes. Mehtab Singh Rai could not be reached for comment before press time.
This position was born out of the multiculturalism in the Fraser Valley – specifically because there is a large aboriginal population both in Chilliwack and Abbotsford. “The aboriginal rep largely has a focus on events, and tries to get the aboriginal population [of students] to get more involved on campus and with campus life,” Stickland explains. “For Harrison especially, I’m glad that he lives in Chilliwack, because we have a lot of aboriginal students in Chilliwack.” Harrison Depnar says he sees a lot to dive into. “Considering it’s been formally empty for quite some time now,” he explains, “I’m hoping to actually get out there, get into the community and actually represent it in a way that people that have been filling the position so far haven’t been able to so far.” “I’m just going to learn the ropes, find some information on some issues that I’m interested in looking into, which I intend to disclose at a later time, and basically represent the students’ best interests as best as I can at this point,” Depnar says. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the very first time there’s ever been a Chilliwack representative – this role recently evolved from a narrower position as trades representative to include all Chilliwack students and programs. “This is kind of a beta position, much like clubs and associations representative is right now,” Stickland says. “Chilliwack rep will represent everything Chilliwack, which will include trades students and the drama students, and also the CEP students.” Stickland notes that this is the only position where the representative has to fill their hours in a specific place – in this case, logically, on one of the two Chilliwack campuses. “My main goal as Chilliwack representative is to establish a bus route that goes directly to the new Chilliwack Campus and the Trades & Technology Centre,” Anika Geurtsen says. “I am passionate about helping people, and so I want to help to make sure that no student feels underrepresented or powerless in the university,” she concludes, describing how she will be reaching out to different groups of Chilliwack students in the next few weeks. You can reach her at email@example.com.
The clubs and associations rep is responsible for seeing all paperwork for clubs and associations filed correctly. This role also includes a lot of networking to keep in contact with the clubs and associations on campus. “It’s meant to alleviate the VP internal of a lot of the clubs and associations stuff, especially at the beginning of the semester,” Stickland explains. Zack Soderstrom says one of his main goals is to cut down on the amount of paperwork that has to be done, both by SUS and clubs and associations. “When you show up and you ask for a package, you get this huge stack of paper, half of which you don’t even need – especially if you’re just trying to update your membership list,” Soderstrom explains. “One of the things I’d like to see is a transition to more online registration, so that people don’t even have to come to the office.” Other goals for his term in office include building a humansized dinosaur constructed out of Lego somewhere on campus. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, or he can be found at the SUS office or at U-House. His hobbies include napping in the multi-faith prayer room.
Representative-at-large is an extremely fluid position, Stickland says, and it leaves a lot of room for the rep to grow in whatever direction they want to. “It’s by far the most open position, and it’s really up to [the rep] – they kind of do whatever they want. Typically reps at large either have an internal or an external focus . . . so they can do events, advocacy, finance, or policy,” Stickland says. “It’s a good feet-wetting position – it’s really good at finding out what you want to do.” Stickland also notes that this position is designed to speak for students who don’t necessarily fall under the specialized focus of the community reps (e.g. aboriginal rep or accessibilities rep). Cole Durrant could not be reached for comment before press time.
Clubs and associations representative
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012
Kickin’ cancer’s ass with a kickass ‘stache ALI SIEMENS CONTRUBUTOR
The mouth brow. Muzzy. Soupstrainer. Flavour-saver. These are just a few of the nicknames for the patch of hair growing above many men’s upper lip this month. It is the month of November, and for many people the month has rebranded itself to Movember, an awareness month with a twist. The concept is simple: members sign up at the beginning of the month and commit to not shaving their mustache until December 1. The idea behind Movember is to raise both awareness and donations for prostate cancer. UFV student and AfterMath bartender Ryan Leonhard is an active Movember member, taking part in the fun for a third year in a row. “While many people grow awesome or ridiculous mustaches during Movember, a lot of those people aren’t able to raise very much money for prostate cancer research.” says Leonhard. Raising awareness about prostate
cancer through the growth of a mustache is a twist on the usual walk, run or bicycle events, Leonhard adds. “Movember is based around a bunch of guys not shaving, something that, if anything, saves them time and effort rather than expending it,” he explains. The Movember Canada website opens with an image of a man with a curled mustache, and the slogan behind him reads “Movember, changing the face of men’s health.” The website states that there has been a large emphasis on the women’s health movement and it is equally as important to make steps to change the attitude towards men’s physical and mental health. Participants are commonly referred to as Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, and can help in several ways. As a Mo Bro, Leonhard plans on stepping his game up this year, both with fundraising tactics and fundraising goals. “The way this is going to work this year is [that] I will have a big jar at AfterMath which students can throw some change in, and suggest what colour or style mustache they want me to have from
The Acropolis NADINE MOEDT THE CASCADE
The Association of History Students (AHS) is calling for history students to submit their research to the first annual edition of The Acropolis, a student-run journal. Jordan Williams, who has had ample experience in editing while working on UFV’s Journal of Historical Biography, is the student heading up the editorial board of The Acropolis. Williams is an upper-level representative for the AHS, and he says he hopes the “student-led and student content-driven” journal will “emulate a peer-reviewed scholarly journal.” The editorial board is composed of students recommended by History Department faculty. “Basically,” Williams explains, “when someone submits an article we give it a couple of readthroughs; if it’s publishable, we will get a faculty member to vet it for accuracy.” After the fact-checking, the editors will work with the writer “to get the paper to a point where both the author and the editors are happy with it.” This editing is a process that involves back-and-forth communication between writers and the board, Williams explains. There are no specifications for the content of submissions. “As long as it’s original research and hasn’t been published elsewhere, and it meets a certain standard of quality, we’ll publish it,” Williams says. In general, the article’s length should be limited to a maximum of 25 pages, but the board will consider longer papers for publication. “Most of [the contributions] will come from class assignments that people are proud of and that
faculty have encouraged them to submit,” Williams says. Williams is a fourth-year student, working towards graduating with a history major and extended minor in English. He’s looking to study history at the graduate level, and would suggest to those doing the same to consider submitting their work to The Acropolis. “If people are considering pursuing history at a graduate level, this would good on a resume,” he says. “For career-minded students this is something they should definitely think about.” Williams plans to write for other scholarly journals once he has graduated, and he hopes eventually to teach history at the university level. According to Williams, The Acropolis is still very much in the development stage. “We’re still working on the framework,” he explains. “We’re making a website and are actually looking for a logo if someone wanted to create one.” Several history professors have been vital to the development of The Acropolis; Alisa Webb and Lisa Pazolli have both contributed to its creation and development. Williams also cites his experience working with Barbara Messimore on the Journal of Historical Bibliography as “a huge help.” “I’m really grateful to her for the opportunity,” he says. “It gave me some editing experience and from there I thought it would be cool to try doing it at a student level.” The deadline for submissions is November 30. For more information visit their website (under construction), www.ufv.ca/ acropolis, or email theacropolis@ ufv.ca.
Leonhard grew a rainbow ‘stache for last year’s Movember. the 23 to 30 of Movember,” he says. Leonhard puts emphasis on the people’s choice: every time someone donates, they get to suggest a style of mustache. “Last year my mustache ended up dyed in rainbow colours” he
adds with a laugh. For the females who are longing to grow a ‘stache but can’t, the website encourages Mo Sistas to break down barriers and talk about men’s health, emphasizing that the message is more important than the mustache.
According to the official Movember website, “In 2011, over 854,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world got on board, raising $125.7 million Canadian.” Leonhard has decided he wants to raise $2000 this Movember, and he wants UFV student and faculty to help. Like a lot of people affected by friends and relatives with cancer, Leonard was first inspired to join the cause when his uncle was diagnosed with prostate cancer. “I looked into how common it was amongst men, and how often it goes undiagnosed, and decided I wanted to help raise awareness,” Leonhard explains. According to Prostate Cancer Canada, more than 4400 men will have their lives claimed by the disease this year alone. Movember is not just an excuse to grow the Charlie Chaplin; it can change the lives of men around the world. You can add your name to the cause by donating—online or on campus—or by visiting the Movember website and committing to growing a soup-strainer of your own.
Problems with student email prompt changes ALEXI SUMMERS THE CASCADE
Changes are coming to the MyUFV student email system. The system crashed last Thursday, and the problem was ongoing until Information Technology Services (ITS) staff at UFV were able to get the situation under control at 1 p.m. on Friday. According to Michael Bayrock, the manager of information systems, the problem occurred because of a massive amount of emails waiting to be sent to students. “There was, at one point, between 20 and 30 thousand messages that were waiting be delivered,” Bayrock stated. “All the messages that were queued were delivered by 3 or 4 p.m. on Friday.” The current system, known as NIMS, is supplied by Novell Software and is an antiquated system at nearly a decade old. UFV is currently updating its network, opting for Microsoft-sourced software. The Novell Software will no longer be used at UFV as of spring of 2013. There is no plan to transfer emails from the old system to the
new, since ITS does not have access to student inboxes. According to Bayrock, students will be provided with a way to access the old system and forward important emails to the new system. The older NIMS system will be accessible until April of 2013 for this reason, and instructions on how to forward emails will be found at the IT Services website in the future. ITS remarked that the SpamTitan Virus and Spam-filtering program currently in place would still be used with the MyUFV email system after the change. The ITS department has been considering the idea of eliminating student email altogether, due to its costliness and an ongoing debate about its usefulness. However, the decision has been made to keep the student email system, and to simply update its software to something more user-friendly. “This project has been underway for some time now – a student email replacement project,” Bayrock said. “The decision has been made that we will have a student email system, and that we’ll change the system, and we’re close to finishing that project.” Bayrock says some problems
students have with the current system can be solved by cleaning out their inboxes. Many students reportedly use their student email to link up with their Facebook to get email notifications, which clutters up the system. If there are too many emails in the inbox, it can sometimes cause the email channel to appear blank or as an error on the myUFV page. These changes to the system are expected to be made active in late December or early January. Student email addresses and passwords will remain unchanged and will migrate over to the new system seamlessly. “We don’t have a set date yet when these changes will be implemented – sometime in December or January,” Bayrock said. “We want to make sure our systems—such as Blackboard, and the library—are okay with this new system. If there are problems, we’ll need to address them before moving forward. At this point I don’t see anything that’s going to be stopping us.” For more information, students can visit the ITS website at www. UFV.ca/its. Updates will be posted as the ongoing changes occur.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012
Nick and Sean go to Washington:
Donuts, baseball bats and Democrats (and Republicans) NICK UBELS and SEAN EVANS THE CASCADE With just hours to spare, Sean and Nick head south of the border on election eve to ask Americans about their thoughts on the looming vote. Along the way, a doughnut the size of Nick’s face was consumed, Americanos were had and ice cream was enjoyed. In all, an informative and gastronomically satisfying trip. 12:29 p.m.: Mexican food truck just south of the Aldergrove-Lynden border Sean: Looks like a good place to start – I can always go for a taco. Let’s talk to that lady over there . . . Mary: My name is Mary and I am basically a horticulturalist and I work at a farm and country store. Nick: What do you think is the most important issue of this election? Mary: [Laughs] Well . . . That’s difficult. My main concern is the overall leadership. I know that if I vote for the people in my district, I’ll be represented properly. But, I also have the opportunity to vote for president and vice-president, so I’ve done that, but to be honest, I am not too sure about the two choices I made. I don’t have medical insurance still. Okay, that’s a big issue for me. I’d have to have another job to have medical insurance here. It’s $790 minimum a month, so that’s a whole other job. But I also want to make sure that our country is maintaining the constitutional rights that we have. Nick: Mary definitely seems conflicted about her choice in this election. It’s obvious that the outcome will affect her very personally. Sean: It is very clear that this election really hits home for people. For Mary, she is without medical insurance. That is a very vulnerable place to be. As Canadians, I think we often forget just how fortunate we are to have a medical system that works . . . most of the time. 12:32 p.m.: Lynden Strip Mall We pull into the parking lot of a very dated strip mall with a very large, gimmicky, nonworking windmill and some serious Andy Griffith Show vibes. Nick: First target: let’s talk to that guy in the denim overalls grabbing a walker from the back of his ‘89 Le Sabre. Sean: Would you mind answering a couple questions about the upcoming election? “Old man Bill”: [Laughs] I don’t have a baseball bat to hit either one of ‘em! That’s all I’ve got to say about that. Sean: Awesome. That was awesome. I think people hit an age where they just stop caring. It seems like dissatisfaction with both candidates may be a common theme we hear today. Nick: It’s worth noting that the first person we talked to also mentioned that she wished she could vote for a third party candidate. After we stopped recording, she told us that the third party candidate she wanted to vote for wasn’t included on the
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Whatcom county ballot. 12:38 p.m.: Doris Jean Bakery Sean: What say we grab a donut and see if anybody there’s willing to share their thoughts? We enter Doris Jean bakery to find a young guy, maybe in his mid-20s, working behind the counter and an older man sitting in the back. Some light piano jazz is playing and judging from the chairs upended on tables, the place has just recently opened. Nick asks him for an apple fritter and the guy agrees to tell us his take on the presidential election, but withholds his name. “Carl”: My basic feeling on the election is the electoral college system is horribly outdated. And it’s the main reason why third party candidates don’t stand a chance. And I don’t see any major differences between the Republicans or the Democrats, and in fact, I’m not voting because I don’t care. They’re both going to steer the country into more debt and more unnecessary and expensive military action and it’s just a question of what kind of debt and war with who, you know? The whole thing is just a dog and pony show, man, it’s pointless. Sean: If there were a third party candidate, who would it be? “Carl”: I’m kind of a fan of Ron Paul because he talks about that sort of thing and has his entire career. I mean, I’ve seen footage of him from at least 25 years ago where he’s like, “Hey guys, maybe we shouldn’t be out there policing the world.” Nick (to the older man): What do you think about all this? Older man: Politics is bullshit. May the best man win and we’ll find out tomorrow. Nick (to Sean): Did you want to get anything? Sean: Uh . . . 12:45 p.m.: En route to Woods coffee shop under the windmill Nick: We’ve just got out of the donut shop, I got a giant fritter for $2.50, and we’ve encountered our first person who is definitely not voting. What’s your take Sean? Sean: Well, I think it’s pretty common for people of that demographic. Younger, probably like 25, working in a doughnut shop. Nick: Just for the day. Sean: Just for the day, doesn’t really see much difference in either candidate. Doesn’t see why he should bother. Thinks it’s stupid. Nick: Wishes he could vote third party but can’t. Wait. Did you see that lady carrying the two coffees? She was wearing a Romney-Ryan pin. Sean: Really?! Excuse me ma’am, mind sharing your thoughts on the upcoming election? Nick: First of all, if you could just tell us a little bit about who you are. Cynthia: My name is Cynthia. I’m 66, I don’t mind saying that. I’m a registered nurse, not working at the moment and a teacher, but best of all I’m the mother of a bea-u-ti-ful daughter named Heather and three lovely grandchildren, yes! And that’s why I moved here from Florida. When your daughter needs you, you can drive 3500 miles. I came as far as Phoebe Judson! Sean: So tomorrow: what’s the biggest issue, in your mind? Cynthia: Well, it’s never been an issue in my mind. You see, I’ve made 5000 calls, I don’t mind saying. But for an evangelical, for a Christian, it’s very easy because my intrinsic value systems, which are biblical values and I did teach both the Bible and I did teach American history and our constitution. I have to vote life issues. I have to vote life and who are the two gentlemen that purport life? And I’m talking about life, which I believe starts at conception, and I’m also believing the traditional form of, I believe in Genesis 1 that god ordained as marriage. The issue I believe is proclaiming life back into America. Yes, we have 23 million people out of work. Yes, we have one in seven people or more on food stamps. Do
I know that this nation is also designed to be a democracy within a republic? Should we not tamper with the constitution as has been tried? Yes. Do I not want any other foreign law like Sharia being imposed on America? Yes. I can probably name you fifteen reasons: pro-economy . . . I say Sarah Palin was right but they assassinated her character. I just say it’s time for all the sadness in my heart that’s been in the last four years by a very tainted conscious. I say to everybody in Canada go see Obama in 2016 and you’ll know why we really don’t want socialism in America or marxist ideology. “Oh my goodness,” you’re probably saying, “why did we ever talk to this woman?” [she continued] 12:56 p.m.: Walking in the parking lot away from Cynthia Sean: That is incredible. She is red, through and through, and would not stop. She was walking away and would not stop. She just thought of another thing. But what a difference between her and the 25-yearold who could not care less. Nick: No kidding. Or even the woman we talked to at the burrito stand who was very shy. Although, I mean, she lived in Canada forty years. This is a woman from Florida. Sean: She tells it like it is, or how she thinks it is. Nick: She mentioned the economy, too, but it wasn’t her big thing. Sean: She said yes, there’s 23 million people out of work, one in seven are still on food stamps, but there’s bigger issues than that. I don’t think you’ll see a lot of voters that are like that, or a lot of independent voters that are like that because they’re going to vote on what the issue is. Nick: And if you’re out of work . . . Sean: That’s the issue. Nick: Who’s going to get you back to work? Sean: At this point, are there any undecided voters left? Really? I don’t think so. Nick: Undecideds basically aren’t voting. Sean: The non-voter. 1:08 p.m.: Driving down Front street We stop in front of a house that catches our attention. There are about a dozen signs on the lawn, the windows are filled with Obama/Biden signs and it is all topped off by a homemade sign that reads: “For every sign stolen, a donation is made to the Obama campaign. Thanks for the support!” Nick: Should we go talk to them? Sean: Go, Nick. Nick: Can we park here? Oh man . . . Let’s do some door knocking. Here we go. [Knocking. Man answers door] Nick: Hi there, we’re from a Canadian university newspaper and we saw your signs. We were wondering if we could ask you some questions about the campaign? Matt: Should we let them in? Sure, come on in. Maria: You don’t want to talk to him [pointing to man]. This is my brother, he is wonderful, but he’s a conservative and a Republican. Nick: Must make for an interesting dynamic. Sean: How are holidays? Maria: Holidays are fine, it’s just the elections... Nick: So, in your mind [Maria], what’s at stake in this election? Maria: What’s at stake in this election? Well, I am a postal worker and the GOP platform, on page 25, Mitt Romney has outlined very clearly that they want to privatize the postal service. So my job is on the line. They want to privatize the postal service so places like the independent mailing places—FedEx, UPS—can take over and start a business with the post office’s footprint. For me, my job and my future is at stake. Also, I think that the economy is at stake. We’ve got two different candidates who are going to go about it two very different ways, and
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I believe the way President Obama is going about it is the right way. I think its very interesting that they have Bill Clinton around going and promoting Obama everywhere, but you don’t see President Bush anywhere for Romney. And, I just have to wonder what the reason is for that. Nick: You think its sort of telling that they are keeping him out of the spotlight? Maria: I think its very telling, yeah. I do. I don’t want to have to go to another war; my son went to Iraq and was injured there. I don’t want us to go to another war, and I have no doubt in my mind that if Romney is elected we will end up in Syria or Pakistan. I have no question in my mind about that. And marriage equality is a very, very big issue in my mind. My husband and I have many dear friends, and they have got to be allowed to get married. I have weddings to dance at, right? Its just got to be. It is bigotry, no matter who it’s against. Nick: What have you thought of the campaign over the last couple months? Maria: It’s disgusting. Nick: Yeah? Maria: I’ve been off work, so I’ve been phone banking, canvassing, leafleting, doing anything. I mean, I put my money where my mouth is. And, its just, the ads are so disgusting. People are under-educated—byand-large, people are very uninformed—but they’ll take the time to argue with you and yell at you. I just finally said, “I don’t want to hear anything from you unless you’ve donated to a campaign, unless you’ve gone door-belling, unless you’ve phoned, leafleted . . . If you haven’t done anything, then you obviously don’t care enough.” I mean, who can’t donate $3? 1:50 p.m.: Ed & Aileen’s before the Sumas border crossing We say our farewells to Matt and Maria and hit the dusty road to the Sumas border crossing. We grab a couple ice cream cones at Ed & Aileen’s Dairy and call it a day. Despite only spending a few hours south of the border, we’ve encountered first hand what feels like a fairly representative variety of takes on American politics. For more from Nick and Sean’s American adventure, including more from their interview with Cynthia and Maria, visit www.ufvcascade. ca
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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012
Was hurricane Sandy the judgment of God? SEAN EVANS THE CASCADE
The news cycle on a natural disaster is pretty predictable: disaster hits, people are killed, lives are left in ruins, homes are destroyed and a fundamentalist “evangelical” pastor makes his way to a computer to type out an explanation as to why this was God’s punishment on America for “the gays.” Quite frankly, it is getting old. On October 30, less than one day after hurricane Sandy made landfall on the eastern coast of the United States, John McTernan posted to his website (defendproclaimthefaith.org) an explanation of why the disaster struck: “By promoting homosexuality, America has become like the ancient pagan Amorites and has now come under the judgment of God.” He continued, “America is continually making ordinances to advance the homosexual agenda. Sodomites can legally marry in California and Massachusetts while many states recognize civil unions. Homosexuals are now able to adopt children and gain custody of children during a divorce . . . The Bible warns of the Holy God of Israel judging a nation that walks in these ordinances. When the corporate attitude of
a nation embraces homosexuality then, at this point, the iniquity is full. It is apparent that ‘the cup’ of America’s sin is rapidly filling up and overflowing.” In all fairness, it wasn’t just McTernan who claimed that it was the homosexuals who are responsible for the hurricane. New York Rabbi Noson Leiter referred to Sandy as “divine judgement” on New York for passing a gay marriage law. Now, there are a number of ways to deal with this issue. Personally, I try to avoid speaking on behalf of God. It tends to aggravate people from all walks of life. So, instead of trying to put words into the mouth of the creator of the universe, let’s take a look at what the Bible and Je-
sus himself might actually have to say about natural disasters, like the one that just struck New York. In fact, in the gospel of Luke there is an account of Jesus being asked about a disaster that happened in his time. A tower collapsed and killed 18 people. People were wondering why – how could God allow that to happen? Some must have suggested that it was God’s punishment on those who were killed, because Jesus said this: “Those 18 on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem?” (ESV Luke 13:4-5). He asked the crowd he was talking with the very thing they were
Time to stockpile water and batteries
berly reflect on your own life. Now, from my worldview, which is admittedly a Christian one, I find it extremely angering to hear men and women claim to have the authority to proclaim that God ordained hurricane Sandy because of “the gays.” Perhaps if God is indeed sending out hurricanes to judge sin, maybe he sent Sandy to punish self-righteous evangelical preachers for judging the world around them before they look at their own lives. Perhaps the Bible calls Christians to respond as Christ did with those who suffered in his day; he fed the poor (Matthew 15), he made the sick well (Luke 7), he wept with those who wept at the funeral of their friend (John 11) and he was called the friend of sinners (Matthew 11). Were someone to try to follow the example of Christ today, they would not sit at their computer and come up with some dimwitted, hate-filled attempt at an explanation of a storm. Rather, they would send food and money to those who have been devastated by the storm. They would mourn with those who have lost loved ones. They would help rebuild what has been destroyed. They would love those who are hurting, not heap scorn on them for supposedly causing a hurricane.
Letter to the editor Dear UFV and The Cascade Paper, As a parent visiting the Abbotsford Rec Centre tonight to watch our son play hockey, I picked up one of the free UFV Cascade papers that were laid out all over the concession area and was completely appalled by what I saw on Page 11 of you Wed. Oct. 24th-30th issue (Vol.20, Issue 27). What a disgrace for the Editor in chief to have approved this and then distribute this where children could read this. Is this the type of students you’re grooming for our future? Is that really the only picture that supported your article? You lost credibility and I threw this paper in the trash without even reading your article, it couldn’t have been worth reading if you thought this picture of a guy holding a sign saying “FUCK YOUR STUPID PIPELINE” was the message you were trying to portray. Hardly educational. (Not a nice thing to even read in an email is it?) I recommend that the staff at ARC also find all of these copies and recycle them as well. I wonder what the Abbotsford Times would think of this type of publishing? I hope you will ensure that this publication is removed from areas such as recreation centres where young children attend.
Most of us have lived through enough ends-of-the-world that the impending doom of the Mayan calendar doesn’t pose much of a threat – at least it didn’t. In less than a week, a record breaking earthquake shook the coast of Haida Gwaii, the naturally-flowing hot springs of Haida Gwaii have mysteriously dried up, the West Coast and parts of Hawaii prepared for a tsunami, hurricane Sandy ravaged Manhattan and most of the East Coast, and AfterMath is facing closure. If I was keeping score, and I am, it sounds like we’re gearing up for a full-scale apocalypse worthy of a John Cusack film. The earthquake here in BC clocked in at 7.7 with aftershock quakes reported at over six. The effects of the shift were felt as far inland as Prince George and some in Kamloops even reported feeling a rumble. Since the event on October 27, the famous hot springs of Haida Gwaii are no longer hot, an anomaly that investigators have yet to find a scientific reason for. Because of the earthquake, tsunami warnings were sent out along the West coast, from Oregon to Alaska, and even Hawaiians began evacuating the lowlands. If that wasn’t enough, we were all inundated with live tweet coverage of the mess that hurricane Sandy was creating. It seems some powerful force is doing its best to swallow North America. Don’t get me wrong, I have never bought into any of the doomsday prophecies we’ve been privileged to over the years. Countless religious sects have been telling us that we are all going to hell for centuries. The majority of us survived the Hale-Bop comet in 1997; the Y2K scare amounted to nothing, and of course we all sat idly by while rapture came and
wondering – did this happen because the 18 were sinners? Did this happen because they were adulterers, or thieves, or homosexuals (whether you agree with it or not, these are all sins according to the Bible)? Jesus answered his own question quite simply: “No.” In fact, we are essentially shown here that all of humanity is in the same boat when it comes to the biblical definition of sin; there are of course both blatant and subtle forms of rebellion against the laws of God, but it the end, all are found to fall short of holiness. Did the tower fall because those in it were worse sinners than those who were not in it? No. Does the Bible state that God punishes sin? Yes. Does he do this through natural disaster? That is a question that is not answered in this case, and I think that is intentional. Instead of dealing with a question that leads us to make ill-founded statements like John McTernan, Jesus concludes with this: “I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:5). So, if we take the scripture’s approach to natural disasters, we are left with a simple suggestion: do not use disaster as an opportunity to judge those who suffer or make guesses as to why things happened, but take it as an opportunity to som-
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went in 2011. It seemed that the end of the Mayan calendar was going to go the way of the other predictions when news broke that they hadn’t accounted for leap years. The assertion was that the calendar was off and we all should have been dead sometime last year. But, what if they were right? Species die out – science tells us that, and we haven’t exactly been spending the majority of our time on earth trying to figure out ways to stay here. Sure, environmental movements are happening, and we are wising up, but is it too little too late? Just take a minute and think about the trends that have swept the news recently – natural disasters destroying everything, people behaving akin to zombies, Mitt Romney . . . End of the Mayan calendar or not, there is something seriously funky in the water. So whether or not you believe that this is it, you have eight weeks (yes,
that’s all) to decide. Regardless of if you think you will wake up on January 1, 2013, in the middle of an apocalyptic nightmare, maybe consider buying an extra can or 10 of beans at the grocery store; I hear Costco sells bottled water by the crate. In the event that people do survive and money becomes worthless, batteries will become the new currency, so stock up. Or, you know, winter is coming and food, water and batteries are always good things to have on hand when the snow hits. Whatever your reasoning, do it now, because you don’t want to be that person looting the grocery store and fighting off your neighbours. If Hollywood has taught us anything about how to survive an apocalypse, it’s that those last minute looters never live.
the photo in question Editor’s note: Thanks for your email, Sara. I appreciate your concern for your children. The Cascade is an autonomous student alternative weekly and as such, we have the opportunity to publish content some mainstream news media would not be able to. Our staff felt it was important to include the photo in question because it demonstrated the passion felt by rally attendants in a way that could not be shown through a description. It was our feeling that few other outlets would be in a position to show this. We do not take such decisions lightly. I would like to point out that other alternative publications, including The Georgia Straight, run content that might not appear in The Abbotsford Times, but are still available in public places. There is a different expectation for an alternative press than for a mainstream newspaper. As far as the ARC is concerned, there are a number of people who pick up their copy of The Cascade at the food service area. We truly are sorry that you found this content offensive. It is not our intent to offend, but rather inform. We ask you to recognize that we are committed to offering our readers a unique and, above all, truthful look at the issues we cover. Best, Nick Ubels Editor-in-chief
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012
The dark cloud of November rolls in
AMY VAN VEEN THE CASCADE
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Oh wait, it’s November 7. Never mind. It’s not the most wonderful time of the year; it’s the worst time of the semester. It’s happened again. The midsemester funk. All of the September excitement of being back to school is now but a distant memory. The early October anticipation of midterms has now fizzled and the late October relief of midterms being over has been replaced by a dark cloud of suspended time. We’re in the thick of it now – that time when midterms become the distant memory of a bad dream and finals are like that awkward family gathering you know you have to go to, but aren’t really thinking about or looking forward to.
Any motivation the keener version of yourself had in September is long gone and you look at weekly assignments as something that you could possibly maybe get away with not doing. You wonder if maybe you don’t really have to stay for the entire lecture period. And worst of all those annoying existential questions of “why am I here?” start to pop up. It’s funky time. And I don’t mean the kind of funk that gets the Funk Soul Brothers up and dancing or the kind that has Lipps Inc talking about it, talking about it, talking about moving to a funkier town. That kind of funk would be a breath of fresh air at this point in the semester. If only we could all find that funk deep down inside ourselves just like Goofy in An Extremely Goofy Movie. But alas, university is not like the movies – and even less like the cartoon ones. But then maybe that’s the answer.
Maybe when the funk of Charlie Brown’s dark cloud hits November, the only answer is to throw Wild Cherry’s funk back at it. Fight funk with funk. But then again, maybe that’s not the answer because a disco-themed party seems like a low-point in any university career – especially a discothemed party where the main goal is to not be so bummed out. Perhaps the only answer to this kind of funk is getting together with equally funked-out friends, having a beer at AfterMath— while you can—and riding the wave of funk all the way to finals. It’s important for people to take solace in the fact that they’re not the only ones who feel the dark clouds hanging above them – because the dark clouds are literally there. Have you looked up recently? This permacloud cover does not help with the mid-semester depression felt by both students and professors alike. The non-university world doesn’t quite understand. To them November is about how the red cups have reached Starbucks and Christmas is that much closer, but to students Christmas and red-cupped-goodness is blocked by the cloud and the upcoming feeling of finals dread that will hit when least expected. Soon, though, the stress of final papers will replace the thick dark cloud November brings, and then Christmas carols will start to be played in stores which will at first be an exciting reminder of the holiday light at the end of the tunnel before becoming a little too repetitive. And then finals will be over before you have a chance to blink and a breath can finally be taken. It may be funky time now, but it can’t last forever.
Bill C-30 gives Canadian police unwarranted online surveillance capabilities JOE JOHNSON THE CASCADE
“Won’t somebody please think of the children?” It was the plea of Helen Lovejoy on a certain episode of The Simpsons, but the Canadian government was apparently listening. The federal Conservatives did just that when they introduced their Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act, or Bill C-30, last February. It’s such a menacing sounding name. This was certainly a bill that police across the country were looking forward to. However, during the summer it stalled due to a much stronger opposition. Originally titled the Lawful Access Act, it seems apparent that the name wasn’t sensationalist enough. Within an hour of when the bill was put forth under its original title it was rescinded in a turn of American style politics and resubmitted under its new one. While introducing the bill into the Commons, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews took the classy route when he stated that “[people] can either stand with us or with the child pornographers.” But even if they did play games with the bill, the substance could still have been worthwhile. Instead, it’s essentially legislation that breaks down to a sweeping new way of unwarrant-
ed online surveillance. Critics, such as privacy commissioners across the country, were up in arms. In a June news release, Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner in Toronto, commented, “This so-called ‘lawful access’ legislation represented one of the most invasive threats to our privacy and freedom that I have ever encountered in my 25 years. The broad powers proposed represent much more – they represent a looming system of what I am calling, ‘Surveillance by Design.’” The way the Bill was crafted allowed it to step on the bounds of our right to privacy without adequately addressing the need for it, and would have precluded the checks and balance system that obtaining a warrant allows. Fortunately it stalled. But here we go again. Now the police are knocking on the government door. The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), of which the Vancouver Police Department’s Chief Constable Jim Chu is president, has come out to endorse C-30 and see that it starts moving again in Parliament. I don’t doubt that the police have real reasons and concerns for wanting this power. Heinous crimes occur, as badly as we wish they didn’t. In fact, a video released by the CACP, titled “Police Confirm Canadi-
ans’ Top Five Fears About Bill C-30,” does point to some very valid reason for wanting this piece of legislation passed. In this video the first fact pointed to is “If I was assaulted or robbed and the criminal dropped their cell phone, the telecommunications company could refuse to tell the police who attacked me.” So wouldn’t it sound reasonable to allow the police access to that information? Sure it does, but it’s not like the police don’t have any recourse. We have a system in place already. It’s a system that also protects Canadians privacy rights. It’s not necessary to erode these rights and oversight in the name of expedition. There’s no doubt when listening to the news that our court systems do become backlogged at times. However, it’s a fair system that should not be traded away for any reason. It does need some work and tweaks here to maintain a level of efficiency, but there are many other ways to do it than overrunning it with Bill C-30 type legislation. I don’t doubt that this comes back to the forefront of government. We may see a return of this bill or its provisions will just be hidden in the backdoor of another.
I don’t want to be a professor anymore
DESSA BAYROCK THE CASCADE
This week I realized that I’ve lied on every single scholarship application I’ve ever filled out. There are a couple basic fields that need to be filled out on every application, and I remember doing a million of them in my last year of high school. It became an automated process: Name. Age. School. Career goals. Career goals. The age-old question: what do you want to be when you grow up? When I was 16, I had no idea what I wanted to be. In fact, I still don’t know what I want to be. But when I was filling out a mountain of scholarship applications, I had to put down something. So I said I wanted to be a professor. And you know what, that sounds pretty reasonable. Professing sounds like a decent enough gig – you stand in front of a class of eager kids and tell them what you know. Simple enough. But I lied. I don’t want that. For the first time this year, I thought about what that would actually mean. “Wouldn’t it be nice to be a professor?” I thought. “Think about all the time I would have!” I’m taking four courses, and pairing that with a job and a work-study position is leaving me a little frazzled. But would life as a professor actually be any better? The truth is that it probably wouldn’t. Lectures don’t just spring out of thin air. For every four hour class, there has to be at least two hours of work behind it, and probably closer to four, six, or eight. Every time I sweat out a 10-page paper, the professor is going to have to spend time not only on mine, but 29 other students’ papers as well. Every time I groan at an upcoming midterm, I’m sure the professor is gouging their eyes out with boredom as they try to decipher the chicken-scratch of teenagers and the theses of righteous twenty-somethings. Imagine the sheer volume of incorrect apostrophe usage every professor must deal with on a daily basis. I can’t deal with that. I just can’t. Speaking of midterms – as a student, I can at least resort to the good
old A, C, D, C to get me through that multiple choice question. (Not that I do, but at least I have the option.) Professors don’t get that option. Every multiple choice section I have to stumble through, they have to stumble through 29 additional times. For students, the nice thing about UFV is that class sizes are relatively small. For professors, the awful thing about UFV is that the class sizes are too small to warrant getting a TA to do their marking for them. I might be taking four courses this semester, but a lot of professors are teaching at least that many and sometimes more, and trying to balance their own research on the side. Doesn’t sound like that would leave anyone with much more time than I have now. In reality, most of my professors probably have less time than I do. And finally, think of the pressure every professor is under; the onus is on them to make the content interesting and usable to their students. Can you imagine that sinking feeling they must get when they read an absolutely shitty paper a student has handed in? “This paper is shit,” my professor self might think, reading through some double-spaced garbage with no thesis. But then again, what does that really mean? The guilt sets in. “I have failed this student,” I would think to myself, poor guilty professor me. “I have failed this student because they have no idea what the fuck I talked about in lecture and they couldn’t even be bothered to Google it.” Sometimes, during lectures, when some student makes some particularly stupid comment, I enjoy fantasizing about how, as a professor, I could hand out bad grades to bad students. Incorrect apostrophe use? F. Lacklustre conclusion? C minus. No structure? Dumb thesis? No research? F. But in reality, it’s not that simple. I don’t think I’m patient enough to be a professor. I don’t think I could lead students by the hand the way my professors do, and I definitely don’t want to read piles of papers and deal with whining when I hand out a set of B minuses. Anyone who can deal with that is more than welcome to, and has my respect. I’m going to find something else to put under career goals.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012
Chatting with Sophie Schmidt: Abbotsford’s Olympic bronze medalist has a vision for Canadian soccer PAUL ESAU
Sophie Schmidt is an Abbotsford girl who also happens to be an Olympic bronze medalist with the Canadian women’s soccer team. She comes from a family of successful soccer players and is one of the most recognized Canadian athletes of the year. Schmidt flew to Italy on Tuesday, but was generous enough to talk to us the day before about her life, her sport and her vision for Canadian soccer. Pre-game meal: Toast, peanut butter and jam (three hours before game) Favourite hairstyle: Faux-hawk up-do Dogs or Cats: Dogs Languages spoken (besides English): German and some Italian Place of Birth: Winnipeg Favourite Restaurant: I just like Thai food Go-to Karaoke song: “Dreams” by The Cranberries You were pretty famous in Abbotsford before the Olympics. Now you’re really famous. So how has your life changed coming back to Abbotsford and Canada? It’s weird to be recognized, even walking down the street or at the mall. I’ll hear, “Sophie Schmidt!” being yelled and I’ll turn around and they’re like, ”See it is her!” It’s just weird. People say “hi” and I don’t know them and that’s strange for me, but it’s nice to be recognized. It’s cool to know that people watched, and by them knowing me or my face they were a part of that process, so that’s really awesome. Especially for soccer, just to kind of see the excitement in the girls and to give back to them . . . at times it’s overwhelming because I’m more of a shy person, and being invited to come do autographs and pictures and speeches, it’s something new. How were you received by family and friends? Amazing. When I came back to the airport there were all the fans there, and my family brought flowers. I didn’t even recognize my mom because she’d coloured her hair blonde so people would remember to pray for me at church. It was her way of reminding them. That was kind of cool to see her go to that extreme. My family and church and friends put on a celebration for me one evening, invited all the coaches from past and different avenues of my life . . . it was really cool and exciting to say “thank you” to everyone who’s been a part of the process. So funny question, I was at the pool this morning talking to this guy, a senior citizen. It came out that I was interviewing you today; he knew who you were, and I asked if he had any questions he thought I should ask you. He looked thoughtful, and then said “If I were you, I’d ask ‘are you married?” Not what I was expecting, but how does it feel to be the most glamorous bachelorette of Abbotsford? I have not even thought about it in that sense. I’m flattered? You’ve done a lot of work in Abbotsford: visiting elementary schools, high schools, soccer clubs
and community events. Why are these opportunities important to you? What are you trying to accomplish? [While deciding on] one of our [team] goals leading up to the Olympics, we talked about if we don’t win a medal were we a failure? And we decided no, that’s not going to define us. Our ultimate goal is to inspire Canada, to inspire the next generation of soccer players . . . so that was our theme heading into the Olympics, and I think we were able to do that. So now a big part of it for me is to keep inspiring, inspiring more at the grassroots and giving back. I never really met anybody when I was younger that I could live up to . . . but when I found out I was like “I want to be like that, I want to do that.” So if I can inspire dreams, soccer-related or not, get kids to follow their dreams, that’s pretty special. I think the platform that I have, that I did come from Abbotsford . . . then it can happen for them too. Spider-man tells us “with great power comes great responsibility.” How are you trying to use the influence and skill you’ve been given? I think I’ve been blessed with my soccer ability. I mean I’ve put a lot of work in, but a lot of it is skill that I’ve been given. So for me it’s been important to be humble and work as hard as I can to get the most out of myself, to push myself, to get the best . . . Being a spiritual, faithbased person I think it’s God’s plan that I’m here, and [although] I’m not sure exactly what it is that I’m supposed to do, I think to kind of share his message of love in the position that he’s put me in, I think that’s kind of cool. Everybody I meet, I want to make them feel important. Especially coming from an Olympian, I think it’s cool for people to feel like they’re not just another handshake. So in the spring you signed with a Swedish club named Kristianstads for the short term. This is your first time playing for a European club. What are the biggest differences from North American clubs? What most surprised you? Culture, I think. Speaking a different a language, your teammates on the field don’t speak English so
I had to find a way to communicate with them. And their medical system. I came there injured, I had a sprained ankle, and they seemed very old-school [laughs] . . . The feeling of family as well, especially playing for an international club and to come and feel really welcome. We had a couple Icelandic players, and Swedish players, and someone from Norway, and we all cared about each other and we got along. So I asked the soccer coaches here at UFV what questions they would have for you, and I got a couple for you to answer. First of all, which of your coaches has made you the most fit? I would say probably this last coach [John Herdman]. I think there was a progression. Carolina, I lost weight when she was our coach, which helps when you’re trying to run a lot. In terms of our fitness, this last cycle has been my turning point. We got these watches, the heart rate monitor, GPS watches, and we were all excited as a team. It’s kind of a blessing and a curse because we have to upload all our data online so our trainer can monitor us . . . sometimes it was hard, but it keeps you accountable to the team. Or you just strap the watch to your dog and give him a wack on the butt. And [the trainer asks] “why was your heart rate three hundred beats over what it normally is?” . . . But I think that’s one of the reasons why we won a medal, because our coach wanted us to be one of the fittest teams there. So UFV coach Rob Giesbrecht asked what advice would you have for girls coming up through the Abbotsford soccer system. You went through it yourself, so what advice do you have? To make it to the next level, or to be a cut above the rest, you need to do more than just going to practices and playing games. If everybody could make it then everybody would, but it’s not always easy . . . there are sacrifices that you have to make, but if it’s really what you want to do than it’s totally worth it. So what do you have to do extra?
Schmidt juggles outside C-building on Abbotsford campus.
Schmidt easily dribbles a ball past sports editor Paul Esau.
Just love the game. The thing that helped you the most was going out and doing more soccer stuff, living with the ball a little bit, playing around with my brothers, and especially when I wasn’t fit getting running in to make sure . . . and then watching soccer. Especially in North America you watch a lot of football and hockey, and you have a better understanding, an appreciation of the game the more you watch it. Not just as a fan, but when you pick out players and watch them in your position and learn habits.
In your opinion, who’s the best soccer player in your family? When we were younger it was my dad. He was like a brick, we couldn’t get the ball away from him. [Now], I would think [my older brother] Spencer is . . . I think his understanding of the game and the way he plays, I think he’s a great soccer player. So much of the player I am today is because of
him. He let me player soccer with him, he picked me for street soccer games when we were little even though no other girl was playing. Obviously what’s been hitting the news recently is the Sinclair hearing and suspension. You can’t talk about whether you agree with it or not, but you can talk about what it meant to the team. I think as a team we’re just annoyed more than anything. It’s so after the fact that it’s hard to even talk about, there’s nothing we can do, it’s just how it is. In terms of that game there was so much stuff going on in terms of controversy and the ref and all of that and that was a big focus. As a player, yeah, it’s disappointing, but that happens in soccer; but for me personally it’s more of the things that we could have done on our own terms to not even get into that position. [Our] mistakes frustrate me more than how the calls influenced the game.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012
ARTS & LIFE
Pumpkins! Pumpkins, everywhere! BLAKE MCGUIRE
The fine art of carving pumpkin was on display Tuesday, October 30 at the Abbotsford campus. Students from all different disciplines came together in that glorious autumnal tradition. After all, doorsteps and windows are considered incomplete without these orange, ghoulish faces staring back. And what better way to celebrate the ending of another trickor-treat-filled holiday than by smashing those works of art? Smashing pumpkins may have been a band to some, but for students on Thursday, November 1, it was a way to let out some mid-semester frustrations.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012
ARTS & LIFE
ANTHONY BIONDI THE CASCADE
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1. One of the most famous flying dinosaurs. 3. Famously depicted fighting a Velociraptor as a fossil. 5. Named after our neighbour province. 7. One of the first birds from the age of the dinosaurs. 8. One of the key dinosaurs depicted in Jurassic Park. 10. The good mother of dinosaurs. 11. A bird like predator thought to be one of the smartest late cretacious predators. 12. This dinosaur is a lie. It was formed with the body of one dinosaur and the head of another..
1. A herbivore with a nasal crest extending from the back of its head. 2. A popular candy that tickles the tastebuds and makes your face pucker. 4. The idealized king of the prehistoric world. 6. Plated back with a spiked tail. Tiny brain. 9. The short name for the chicken-sized green dinosaurs from The Lost World.
LAST WEEKâ€™S Answer Key Across 2. Cookie Monster 6. Godzilla 8. Teen Wolf 10. Jaws 11. Buster Bluth 13. Dracula 14. Loch Ness
Down 1. Frankenstein 3. King Kong 4. Sully 5. The Blob 7. Stay Puft 9. Sasquatch 12. Smaug
The Weekly Horoscope Star Signs from Swamp Bob Aquarius: Jan 20 - Feb 18 Venus cautions against using your speed reading selectively in case you skip a few lines in the latest issue of Health and Beautify and wind up using hot oatmeal as a facial scrub resulting in third degree burns and a trip to the hospital.
Gemini: May 21 - June 21
Mercury states: it is wise to be polite to strangers, especially ones that have large sticks with perturbed weasels strapped to them.
Libra: Sept 23 - Oct 22 Sadly Pluto could not be reached for comment as he is currently coming round from a sugar-induced coma after eating 1,492,123 Kit Kat bars.
Pisces: Feb 19 - March 20
Cancer: June 22 - July 22
Scorpio: Oct 23 - Nov 21
Even though Uranus is willing to admit that a cow can produce 200 times more gas than a human per day, you should still be wary when your partner offers to make their special chili for dinner.
Pluto and Io concur that it is beneficial for one to not put off integral articles of pedagogic inquiry purely based on their tedious or lacklustre appearances. [Editorâ€™s translation: Get your homework done you hippy!]
The planets, the gods and the monster that live under your bed agree that your life will be forever altered upon the discovery that Japan has over 62 flavours of Kit Kats.
Aries: March 21 - April 19
Leo: July 23 - Aug 22
Jupiter suggests that to foster good luck for the coming week you should always carry your lucky spoon, and a lock of hair from a left-handed ballet dancer.
Neptune suggests increasing camaraderie at your place of study and/or work by participating with fellow peers in Movember. If you do not have facial hair or cannot grow it then he recommends shaving your cat. If you do not have a cat, then shave your neighbour.
Neptune advocates wearing a sweater next Tuesday.
Mars has overheard that the Canadian penny is soon to become obsolete and therefore states now is the time to fulfill your lifelong ambition in completing your penny collection dating back to 1858 to now. Or you could buy all the pennies, put them in a kiddy pool and jump in like Scrooge McDuck, fulfilling your other lifelong dream.
Capricorn: Dec 22 - Jan 19
Taurus: April 20 - May 20 Venus thinks it would be in your best interest to avoid the colour blue. She fails to clarify if this pertains to food, clothing or the emotion, so you may just want to avoid anything remotely blue. (She states Oxford blue is fine, however).
Virgo: Aug 23 - Sept 22
Sagittarius: Nov 22 - Dec 21
Mercury and Uranus feel like this week will hold moments of great relaxation and pleasure. Pluto thinks you will find yourself passed out at a local bordello after shotgunning a bottle of Nyquil. Tomato tomato.
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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012
ARTS & LIFE
Message to pirates: give back to the games you love
Hotline Miami had just released on October 23, and the game was quickly becoming a hit among indie gamers. It’s bloody beat-em-up style combined with a retro topdown perspective gave the game a special flair that many couldn’t get enough of. Then, of course, the game wound up on The Pirate Bay, a torrent sharing website where some people share copyrighted music, movies and games. You’d expect that to be a major downfall for the game’s co-creator Jonatan Söderström, who was likely losing money (with many opting to play the game for free). Instead, he opted to head over to the site to offer advice and tips to those pirating his game. In the comment section for the torrent of his game, Söderström explained who he was, how he hoped people would enjoy the game, and noted some suggestions to help people having problems play the game. “We’re working on an update that hopefully will take care of any/all bugs, and we’ll try to do some extra polish in the next few days,” part of the comment
The Pirate Bay tries allowing downloaders to pay after playing. read. “Would be great if you could update the torrent when the patch is out! It’d be great if people get to play it without any bugs popping up.” On his Twitter account, @cactusquid, Söderström clarified his position. “I don’t really want people to pirate Hotline Miami, but I understand if they do. I’ve been broke the last couple of months. It
sucks.” You’ve got to hand it to a struggling game creator who would still rather have players experience his game than to make as much money as possible from it. Hopefully those who play and enjoy the game will see his comments and realize that it’s worth supporting an indie developer – even if they don’t mind pirating the blockbust-
er games made by faceless corporations. It’s actually possible that Söderström’s position could net him more sales than if he just shut down the torrent. According to Kotaku, that’s what happened when McPixel’s developer embraced the pirating of their game. Their position was such a PR boost—In a “Promo Bay” special, The Pirate Bay actually allowed downloaders to pay for the game after playing it—that the game actually made even more money. For the head of Valve, Gabe Newell, developers should only fear piracy if the pirates offer a better product to the gamer. For him, DRM and always-online requirements of certain games designed to prevent piracy create a worse product for the gamer. For Newell, that’s the problem. “The best way to fight piracy is to create a service that people need,” he told Kotaku in an interview last year. “It’s a service issue, not a technology issue. Piracy is just not an issue for us.” Newell, the mind behind Steam, is worth listening to on this one. PC gaming is perhaps the hardest hit by piracy, yet his service has
captured the global gaming audience, and has unified the indie and blockbuster gaming industry in a way that no other service has. It’s easier and better to use Steam than to go out hunting for free versions – and regular sales and offers, free demos and a vibrant storefront make the service incredibly attractive for gamers. When Newell says he isn’t concerned by piracy, he means it. Piracy can hurt certain developers though – especially small developers who put everything into their games, only to have sales lost due to free downloads. However, As Söderström and Newell point out, it’s not all bad. Sometimes it can increase awareness about a game; other times it can pressure studios to offer better services for their games. In the best case scenario, pirates will give what they can to the games that deserve it. If more pirates would go back and financially support the games that they enjoyed, the future of those like Söderström, and the future of the gaming industry as a whole, would be looking a whole lot brighter.
Film Review Cloud Atlas MICHAEL SCOULAR
One of the many perplexing things in Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer’s Cloud Atlas is the way every character, spread across six eras of this planet’s lifespan, is adamantly sure of what they know, see and do – and how this stands against intolerance and imprisonment. If they’ve all reached the point where everything is understood, and either ascend to importance through art or history, or are in a position to teach future generations, why are all the stories so similar? Viewed from within, Cloud Atlas is a film that trembles with violent emotion, seeking to break boundaries and unleash wisdom. But from a more distant perspective, the film is interconnected repetition, a schematic of packaged sayings that resemble hope but fail to stick in the mind – it’s all been heard before. Everything is laid out clearly, from its crosscut time-datestamped intro to its cumulative end. If the movie doesn’t deviate, or grow, from its seed of initial ideas, there also isn’t any entropy – Cloud Atlas is as strong, and every bit as weak, as it reaches its “conclusion.” We often talk of not liking movies that manipulate or force us one way or another (though all do), but Cloud Atlas is exceptional in this regard as it places its ideas forward, only to cycle them in sextet, reinforcing, reaffirming and never turning aside. Resembling a multiveiled sermon, the narration that rises out of incident, proposing explanations of the inexplicable, or at least why it is inexplicable, will be more or less grating or grand depending on internal prejudices. This is a movie that is deeply concerned with community, yet it’s
easy to see where divisions spread out from its surface. Within the logic of the movie, it all fits quite neatly. Every action is invested with the importance of a landmark – the precise timing of an exact choice determines the unfolding (here rapidly shown and folded into similarly grand gestures) of lives and lives against time. The structure of the film has precedence in some of the conflation and irony-heavy doldrums of cinematic life-spinning (Manchevski, Iñárritu, Daldry) where coincidence somehow comes to mean meaning, but Cloud Atlas does differ: the best segments of Cloud Atlas are not where actions result in heavy emotion, but where feeling itself is streaked across the screen, becoming a kind of action. Yes, there are clean, emulsive chases and shootouts that will remind that the Wachowskis directed The Matrix and Tom Tykwer The International, but the one segment that remains strongest—despite its brevity and purpose mainly as setup within the workings of the narrative—features a composer and a lover, not for each other. The question of how to dictate— make real and readable—the song of the mind, and the unprintable repetition of mundane longing, though small against such a large backdrop, seem to be most important to what the Wachowskis are working towards. It’s not for nothing Bound, the Wachowskis’ first feature, where working together is life, suppression is subverted, and evil is so easily identifiable, is referenced and repeated, here. What will be most notable for the majority is the repetition of the main actors (Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Ben Whishaw, Doona Bae, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving) across all timelines, with different roles for all. And it is here many
of Cloud Atlas’s greatest perplexities arise, as with each costume change comes different shades of skin and gender, a source of consternation, or maybe just fatigue at cultural marginalization. Such a reaction is warranted, and yet with it there is the knowledge that nothing about this display is shied away from and it is placed within a movie about acceptance. It’s not an excuse, but it is a comment, however clumsily handled, not that it is easy to step inside, replace and understand others through the transporting power of the movies or actors or anything like that, but of the meaninglessness of categorization, and the way disguises or exteriors cannot hide true natures. Cloud Atlas, here as at all points, seems simplistic to a fault and needlessly overreaching, yet the Sonmi segment where this is most pronounced contains some of the film’s most beautiful stops on its travelling narrative of awakening. The Wachowskis and Tykwer are so intent on showing everything, aligning with all that is dear, that it’s not so much a question of approval or dismissal or picking through what’s left, as it is trying to separate what’s true and the product of instinctual emotion – near impossible. If Cloud Atlas’s plot were to be summarized, it could be put simply as restriction centralized into villainy, and goodness found in the simple act of giving a hand to another. It’s comprised of so many shared sci-fi components that for anyone familiar with the genre it will be, like the similarly interrogative Prometheus (belief) and Looper (the way actions impact others), attractive for its visuals, yet asks to be taken on the level of its ideas. As Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, and Reinhold Heil’s motif-laden, rush and exhale of a score lifts
each prayer of understanding, one sticks out right from the start. As one character contemplates suicide, an adage is rejected, and it is said that rather than an act of cowardice, killing oneself is actually very brave. Even with the knowledge this is within a film where the constant renewal of life is relied upon, this strikes as a bit foolhardy, and deeply ignorant. This cannot be simply accepted, and then should not all of the sayings that the extra temporary beings of Cloud Atlas give voice to be similar-
ly called into question? What Cloud Atlas feels like after one viewing is not a three-hour epic but an instant of forgetfulness, where a cascade of rewritten, yet recognizable tropes fall wonderfully into place, some sticking, others not. And it is populated by people sure of themselves, if only for in this moment, sure to fall back into “making the same mistakes” again but, for now, wholly committed to getting right what they believe is right this time. And it’s utterly incomplete.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012
Mini Album Reviews
ARTS & LIFE
Hey Rosetta Seeds
Andy Stott Luxury Problems
Capitol 6 Pretty Lost
Mac Demarco 2
There are two versions of “Young Glass,” one live and one recorded, and I recommend skipping the recorded one in favour of the live. In fact, I’m going to recommend skipping the rest of the album in favour of the live “Young Glass,” because after that first track, it becomes a little redundant and kind of boring. This album’s strongest feature is the marriage between strings and rhythmic guitar. Cello? Yes please. Violin? Please and thank you. We get some intense vocal emotion—that Mumford & Sons sound that everyone is in love with these days—but intensity is a little like cumin. A little is a nice surprise, but if you put a lot in, you’re going to make people gag. I’m sure they put on a spectacular live show, because they have the energy and rhythm that would make any audience shout and jump. But a recorded album is very different from a live show, and as a recorded album it’s a little lacklustre. There are worse things to listen to; I’m a sucker for soft piano (ie, “Yer Fall”) and I suspect this would make a fantastic break-up album. But then again, doesn’t everything?
No matter how loud Andy Stott’s Luxury Problems is played, definition is found by the space within, the gaps between perceptible movement. On all of Stott’s discarded material-made productions for his second LP, there’s a sense of emergence, but always qualified with interference. As an announcing, repetitious slip of “touch” opens “Numb,” all of the core elements of Stott’s selective style appear: drone as thick as fog, a voice ripped from context and cycled, shredded, into a slowly gathering, sensual rhythm, while a beat, stopping, as elusive as words are here, pounds into out of focus. There’s a sense of the oxymoronic in Stott’s anxiety-house – dance music that’s set in a space of solitude, which finds its fullest, loneliest bursts in “Hatch the Plot.” Something approaching pure found noise becomes twisted into a dreamscape of the pull/repulsion of waiting, as the squeak of electric transport, revolutions and tracks, bookends – a train to (some) nowhere. And in the final redefinition of “Leaving,” a perfect volume build of beauty, as always here one never sure to be heard fully, even restated and underscored, becomes an expression of “[something is found],” or as Stott would have it, rearranged into “is something found?”
Honky tonk piano, whirring organs, wailing harmonica, doggedlystrummed acoustic guitars, tambourines with a reverberant decay that lasts forever: Vancouver’s Capitol 6 are a garage band with an identity crisis. But who ever said that was a bad thing? On their debut full-length, gruff-voiced lead singer Malcolm Jack and company occupy a space somewhere between the desperate minorchord brooding of the Animals, rugged Americana of Bob Dylan and the Band’s Basement Tapes, and dreamy melodic instincts of recent power pop acts like New Jersey’s Big Troubles. Yet the closest contemporary touchstone is probably the stoned folk-garage of Kurt Vile with a fair share of country and the occasional psychedelic dash thrown in for good measure. Producer Felix Fung (Dead Ghosts) lends Pretty Lost a certain immersive, Phil Spector quality with intricately layered overdubs cast in a cocoon of noisy reverb. Capitol 6 are musically restless and freewheeling, ranging from steam-engine road ballads (“Wine In Bed”) to driving mid-tempo manifestos (“Beside the Fire”) and deliberately jaunty guitar-pop numbers (“Quit Your Job”), all more or less obsessed with ageing and dying. Imperfect, but sincere, Pretty Lost is a respectable debut that promises even better from Capitol 6 once they move beyond the sum of their influences.
Toning down the Lou Reed-inspired androgyny and crooner-in-lipstick attitude he sported on his earlier 2012 release Rock And Roll Nightclub, Mac Demarco’s sophomore release 2 is filled with sincere, hermetic homespun pop that follows the slacker doctrine established by Pavement’s 1994 Slanted and Enchanted. In an interview with Pitchfork in October, Demarco mentions that his role model is singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman, mainly because Richman “seems like he’s just had a very enjoyable time his whole life.” Richman’s musical influence is apparent in the airy and detached guitar lines on the sleek “Freaking Out the Neighborhood.” “My Kind of Woman,” is a gorgeous, synthesizer-backed mess that completely intoxicates the listener with a killer combo of synth arpeggios on the hook and Demarco’s slightly apathetic singing. The surreal and sheen “Ode to Viceroy” finds Demarco celebrating his favourite cigarette brand. This album exhibits twangy and sun-soaked guitar rock in a style reminiscent of last years’ sedated masterpiece by Real Estate Days. There is a dreaminess that pervades throughout, which is helped along by Demarco’s vocals that verge on indifference, but never quite get there. It feels effortless and laid-back, but that’s part of the pleasure of Demarco’s music.
Q&A: The Doers to throw punk rock dance party at AfterMath STEPHEN O’SHEA
The Doers have returned! Regrouping as the original threepiece, Shammy (guitar, singing), Barry (bass, singing) and Jerf (drums, singing) are coming to play on the Abbotsford Campus on Friday, November 23, at the soonto-close AfterMath Social House. The Doers are an acoustic punk trio from East Vancouver but their roots formed in Chilliwack during the early ‘90s. Having grown up during Seattle’s grunge era, Shammy and Barry formed a friendship while attending all-ages shows in the Fraser Valley. These shows, for the most part, involved a community of bands known as The Veritable Shrine (which included flagship band Mystery Machine, who recently released a new album). The Doers’ sound is reminiscent of Grunge’s often-overlooked post punk predecessors, channelling rhythms of The Minutemen and the intensity of Hüsker Dü. These three guys know how to have a good time, which was evident while they were kings of the
Vancouver all-ages scene for the majority of the aughts. It’s impossible not to move to their dancey beats or sing along to their hummable melodies and gang vocal chants. The Doers simmered for a few years and explored other musical directions. Shammy performed regularly over a five-year period in different experimental projects at Fake Jazz Wednesdays, Barry still drums in Reverter and the Previous Tenants, and Jerf plays drums in Edmonton’s Falklands. They have chosen 2012 as the year of their return! Having played some of the best all-ages shows in Abbotsford between 2006 and 2009, The Doers return to create a punk rock dance party! Presented by CIVL, the show is at AfterMath on Friday November 23; Locals Rags to Radio and GSTS! will also be playing. Doors at 7 p.m., show is $5 at the door. Q and A with Shammy (guitar/vocals) Why are you reunion-ing? Well, technically we’re not reunion-ing. We never broke up; we took a four-year break. When
Mrazek left The Doers for Nardwuar, we tried to get another drummer and it just didn’t work out. We played 500-ish shows in five years and I think we needed a break. We talked about getting things going again when Calgary made us a comfy offer to go play there. We didn’t do that but we did talk to Jerf. Jerf lives in Edmonton and agreed to get together, so the current Doers line-up is the original Doers line-up: Barry, Jerf and I. Credit’s really due to our sister Brendan Forest Tate – she convinced us that we’re still in good physical shape. The Doers’ members have roots in the lower-upper Fraser Valley; does it mean a lot to return to your stomping grounds of Abbotsford and Chilliwack and give back to the youth of today? Some of my favourite show experiences have been in Abbotsford and Chilliwack. Some of my favourite bands are from the Valley. When we play Valley house parties and hall shows it reminds me of my own youth. We do give everything we have back, or at least 10 per cent, which I believe is the
tithing rate out there. Can you recall any of the times The Doers played in Abbotsford in the past and could you please share your memories of that show(s)? At one Turd Ferguson show, with Fun 100 and YSP!, a bunch of people started doing home renos on the ceiling. Another one of my favourite Abbotsford shows with YSP! was the one where Devon’s dad crowd-surfed and Devon said “thanks for crowd-surfing my dad.” Name five genres that The Doers are not . . . Then give us two that you expect to be in five years. The Doers are not your boss rock, baseball caps, songs for coffee shops on Main, gender policing, or nostalgia. In five years we might be protest jingles against pro sports, or music for skin care. Thoughts on vinyl in an mp3/ digital era? I collect vinyl and I download music too. They’re two entirely different things. I like Nomeansno Rob Wright’s take on it: “If people keep downloading [music]
the way they are, perhaps they’ll put[labels] out of business. They’re lousy at making music, they make lousy music.” I don’t see how an mp3 is a threat. Plans for the rest of 2012 and on into 2013? Jerf’s written nine new songs already, so I guess we should make an album and tour! We just finished mixing a seven-inch that was recorded in 2008. What I really want to do soon, is go on a rich person’s boring vacation. Like, maybe a tropical trip with inclusive snacks. I can’t remember the last time I travelled anywhere. I can’t afford it anyway. What I should be doing is camping more. It’s a good idea to get out of Vancouver regularly. What won’t Doer’s do? We won’t cover Morrissey. We won’t play for the sake of it, or because we need to be playing. We won’t play to sustain a lifestyle. We won’t use anything sharp or unsanitary on our skin tags. I really don’t want to waste anyone’s time.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012
ARTS & LIFE
Album Review New Horizons – Flyleaf ALEXEI SUMMERS
1 2 3 4
Fist City It’s 1983 Grow Up Ty Segal! Twins White Lung Sorry
Needles//Pins Getting On Home b/w Picture My Face
5 6 7 8 9
Crystal Swells Harshside/Sludgefreaks
Run With The Kittens Letters From Camp
C.R. Avery Act One Real Problems Welcome to Scum City
The Parish Of Little Clifton Portia
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Slam Dunk Welcome to Miami
Diamond Rings Free Dimensional The Zolas Ancient Mars Band Of Horses Mirage Rock Parallels XII The Luyas Animator Great Bloomers Distant Fires
AC Newman Shut Down The Streets
18 19 20
Eating Out Eating Out Thee Oh Sees Putrifiers The Mallard Yes In Blood
Shuffle ALICIA WILLIAMS
CIVL DJ/NOT DUMBLEDORE My name is Alicia Williams. I’m the host of GRLGRMS and an “on-haitus until December” Mood Swings. Saturday night I went and saw the Pointed Sticks play their last show ever at the Rickshaw as part of La Ti Da records festival the Fall Down Get Down. Playing were Greenback High, Chains of Love, the Tranzmitors, the Ballantynes and, of course, the Pointed Sticks. Here are a few highlights!
The Tranzmitors – “Dancing in the Front Row” The Tranzmitors have been around for a while. They’ve released roughly one billion albums, but somehow I’ve only heard like three songs, including this one. It was great, everyone knew it and it really made everyone loosen up and get excited! Great band to see and they’re from Vancouver! The Dishrags – “Past is Past” Halfway through their set, the Tranzmitors invited Nardwuar onstage, who gave the audience a lesson in Vancouver punk history, before inviting Dishrags lead singer Jade Blade up to sing this. (The Dishrags were the first all-girl punk band in Vancouver, as well as the first punk band to ever play in Vancouver, like ever!) The Ballantynes – “The Railtown Abby” After the Tranzmitors, the Ballantynes played. What a lively performance! It’s always the best to see a bunch of friends playing music together. Even if you don’t like their music (you totally will!) you should see them live just to feel the incredible energy they fill the room with! The Pointed Sticks – “The Real Thing” Pre-Damien, I saw this video on the Wedge. It was my first introduction to non-Dude Ranch pop-punk (I don’t know why that took me so long). For this song the Pointed Sticks called the Dishrags onstage to sing backup, and it was just, the best. Ever. I almost cried, Srsly.
It is autumn now – my favourite season for discovering new music. There’s nothing better than walking under the barren trees, as the leaves fall, with a newly-discovered album pulsing through your headphones. New Horizons is Texas alt-rock band Flyleaf’s third studio album. It is the last Flyleaf album that lead vocalist, and front-woman Lacey Sturm, will be involved in. Due to the recent birth of her son, she has decided to step down as lead singer, and take it easy for a while. She is slated to be replaced by one Kristen May. Much of the band’s draw, however, is the talent of its lead vocalist, whose raw energy and powerful voice has enchanted fans since their self-titled debut album Flyleaf came out in 2005. New Horizons is a terrific sendoff for Sturm – its lively melodies exploding in the ears. It is full of youthful vivacity and emotion. This is Flyleaf at their best – and they’ve proven that the band has not run out of steam. Stylistically, the album is reminiscent of early Paramore, but it also has grungy riffs, and intros that remind me of early ‘90s Soundgarden. The album has 11 tracks in total, and you get a real bang for your buck. Out of all of the tracks, they’re all quality tunes, with no fillers detectable. The band truly poured their hearts and souls into these tracks, and each of them leaves you with something.
The album’s themes are vague and emotional, often dealing with issues such as difficult childhoods, and family issues. It’s a bit angstfilled for my taste at times, but it doesn’t come off as immature or adolescent, as some bands do. The genre for this album could be best described as hard rock. The first track, “Fire Fire” was my personal favourite; the chorus catches you off guard and gets you in the mood for the rest of the album. The titular track is a little lighter than Flyleaf’s usual songs – and is a bit of a departure from the hard rock theme of the rest of the album. For
Haute Stuff JASMINE PROCTOR
Let’s face it: November can be depressing. It’s that awkward inbetween month, where it’s not really fall and yet it’s not exactly winter. It’s raining, but it’s also really cold. Not to mention it’s constantly gloomy and grey. For fashion, though, it might just be the best time to jump into a fall or winter trend that you haven’t tried yet. In this case, why not explore the best of both seasons with a colour that transcends both fall and winter: oxblood. A gruesome name, yes, but believe me, the colour is anything but. A mix of rich burgundy and a hint of brown, this colour takes the essence of the autumn leaves and brings it into the holiday spirit of winter. Red has always been a popular colour for the colder months, but oxblood takes it a step further when it blends the brown hints of fall with this hue, resulting in a colour that is perfect for this transition period. On a vacation in Germany this past August, I noticed that this co-
this particular track Sturm’s vocals become less aggressive. It is an album that leaves you wanting more – mostly due to Sturm’s vocals. However, that is a wish that may go unfulfilled for a very long time due to her absence from the band. The album is an exciting new release, and definitely worthy of a listen. In my opinion it’s one of the most riveting albums of the fall of 2012, and I look forward to see what new directions the band will take with the departure of their lead singer.
lour was virtually in every store’s fall collection, from high-end boutiques to the ever-popular H&M. I instantly fell in love with it. Upon returning to Canada, I quickly learned that it was not just me who admired this fantastic hue: the North American fashion world was in love as well. On this year’s fall/winter 2012 runway, designers from Tommy Hilfiger to DKNY featured this colour and similar shades of burgundy as some of their darker tones for the season. The designers even went a step further and displayed the colour’s luxurious nature by playing with textures like leather, shiny plastics and fur. It’s not just the runway that is in awe of this shade, though: the online fashion world is ravenous for oxblood as well. This past October, British online fashion retailer ASOS even used this colour as one of their staples for fall and winter, on everything from velvet blazers to pleather satchels. Their collection for oxblood also showcased gorgeous lace dresses, skinny jeans embellished with baroque flocking
designs, and numerous blouses with intricate black lacing. Of the ASOS collection, my favourite has got to be either the lace midi dress or the Sister Jane studded jacket. Both items do the colour justice in completely different ways: while the dress shows it off in more a girly and feminine light, the jacket gives the colour a more edgy and urban feel. So, why not try this colour out? If you want to incorporate it into your wardrobe, I would make sure it is the focal point of the whole outfit. This colour is not one to go unnoticed, and if you want to test it out, go for something like a blazer or pair of skinnies in this shade. To complete the ensemble keep everything else basic, preferably black or grey, as these colours tend took make the boldness of the oxblood stand out even more. This shade is meant to be on the edgy side, but if you only want a taste, even adding a small hint of it with a bag or even a pair of loafers can instantly make an outfit more November-ready.
Congratulations to former Cascade managing editor Ali Siemens on her appointment to UFV senate. Give ‘em hell, senator!
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012
ARTS & LIFE
Discussions Below the Belt Go ahead, fake it
Sally screams and writhes in orgasmic (but also completely fake) pleasure.
There are a myriad of reasons why people fake, and I’ve never considered most of them. I’m not so on board with how sex historians largely agree faking started, though. It’s a throwback to Hippocrates and his theory of the “wandering womb.” He theorized
that a woman’s womb kind of floated around in the ether of her body, and that made her bat-poop crazy. One or two centuries later, when Freud burst on the scene and started talking about boys and their fetishes for milk-spurting titties (my psychology teacher just fainted somewhere), he also started investigating the female hyste-
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ria. He agreed with Hippocrates to a point, and treated this hysteria through orgasm. Yes, that’s right ladies, if our sisters back then were acting a little crazy, their menfolk took them to the doctor’s office so he could get them off and return their delicate minds to full function. Progressing from that, women
began to fake their orgasms for their men so they wouldn’t be told they were acting like loons. Today, they fake for different reasons. And they do fake, readers. A 2010 study by Erin Cooper of Temple University found that 60 per cent of women have faked it more than once and would likely do it again. She found many reasons why – a small yet solid subject actually faked it in order to enhance their own pleasure, which I found to be an interesting yet logical reason: we all watch (or read) porn, and it’s largely because seeing someone get off is hot. If we pretend to be experiencing pleasure, that effect could possibly allow us to actually experience pleasure – and if you’re stressed about your midterm or your car’s radiator or your cell phone bill, faking it in a theatrical manner might just centre you long enough to actually get off. And getting off is good, kids. The number one reason that women faked it (according to the same study) was to distance themselves from their partners. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Given my committed relationship, I don’t want to distance myself from my partner; I want sex to enhance our relationship. But if you are more liberal with your sexual experiences (and power to you!) maybe
it’s easier to handle if you maintain a little distance. It isn’t just us hysterical women who fake it. Men do it, too. An article in the Journal of Sex Research says that as many as 36 per cent of men fake it on a regular basis. Here’s the warning for those of you who know me – this is about to be more information than you want to hear, so just skip to the next paragraph. You’ve been warned. I asked my boyfriend if he had ever faked it with me, and he said yes. It was when he was doing me from behind – something I enjoy, but he does not. He said that he didn’t fake it, exactly, because he did get off – he just “overplayed things” a bit. That’s pretty consistent with what the research found: most men (86 per cent) fake it because it’s not going to happen. In my boyfriend’s case, it wasn’t going to get any better, but he didn’t want to sacrifice my experience because of his preferences. So, there’s my light bulb moment for the week. Faking it isn’t so bad, if it’s for the right reasons. But from one hysterical girl to the next, I think I’m going to keep being honest about whether or not I’m getting off – it makes good things happen.
Theatre PreviewOnce in a Lifetime NADINE MOEDT
UFV’s first theatre production of the season begins its previews this week. Once in a Lifetime, a comedy by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, is being directed by Theatre Department faculty member Ian Fenwick. The show presents some daunting challenges for Fenwick with its large cast of 24 actors and well over 30 roles. First produced on Broadway in the 1930s, the play follows the standard three act structure and requires a number of sets (designed by Astrid Beugeling), including a train compartment, a hotel lobby, a New York rooming house and a Hollywood sound stage. The story follows the comic adventures of three 1920s vaudevillian actors—George, Jerry and May—who give up their rather lacklustre vaudeville career and head out to California, hoping to gain some advantage from the new revolution in sound technology. The silent movies are on the way out and the trio believe it’s a once in a lifetime chance to provide their services as elocutionists and teach the silent movie actors how to speak in the “talkies.” UFV student Danielle Warmenhoven, who is cast in the role of May, says the show is about the “artificial veneer” of Hollywood. “What happens,” Warmenhoven explains, “is the bumbling idiot of the three of us [George, played by Thomas Smith] gets put in charge
of everything” at one of the major Hollywood studios. “The show is really about the double standard of Hollywood.” Warmenhoven, a seasoned actor, having recently performed in UFV Theatre productions of The Tempest and As You Like It, says that working in such a large cast has been “a lot of fun.” “The Theatre Department is a tight knit family, so I’ve worked with a lot of the people before,” Warmenhoven says. “Everyone is so great, there’s definitely a really fun spirit of camaraderie.” Costumes present a particular challenge to designers Heather Robinson and Catrina Jackson, not only because they must be an accurate representation of the era but also because, due to the number of characters, the show requires the design and creation (or construction) of well over 80 outfits. The end result, however, will be a stylish show, true to the spirit of the age. As opening night approaches, the excitement for cast and crew is building, but there is a strong sense of confidence that the production will be a delightfully entertaining and sumptuously visual experience for the audience. “I do have a mini heart attack every time I see a poster in the hallway,” Warmenhoven laughs. “But I think we’re in good shape. Things are really coming together now.” Major roles include Danielle Warmenhoven as May Daniels,
Left to right: Danielle Warmenhoven, Thomas Smith and Eli Funk. Eli Funk as Jerry Hyland, Karliana DeWolff as Susan Walker, Thomas Smith as George Lewis, Melissa Regamble as Mrs. Walker and Gabriel Kirkley as Lawrence Vail – all UFV students. The role of movie producer Herman Glogauer is played by UFV English faculty member John Carroll. Carroll concurs with Warmenhoven that the cast and crew have a “strong sense of solidarity balanced with a healthy sense of play.” “This has probably been the most compatible group I have ever
worked with on a theatre production,” Carroll says. “Everyone gets along. The atmosphere is playful, but everyone comes to rehearsals ready to work. It’s been a joy.” “I’m also amazed,” he adds, “how the director (and all the technical staff) has managed to co-ordinate such a big and complicated project. The final result is a great show.” Once in a Lifetime opens Friday Nov 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the theatre on the Chilliwack Yale Road campus (note: the theatre has not moved to the Canada Education Park; it re-
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mains on Yale Road) with reduced rate previews November 7 and 8, and continues November 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees Sunday, Nov 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. and Tues, Nov 20, at noon. The Sunday, November 18, matinee is a pay-what-you-can event with a recommended price of $10. Other prices range between $14 to $22. For tickets and information call 604-795-2814 or email email@example.com.
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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012
ARTS & LIFE
Book Review 1982 by Jian Ghomeshi Dine & Dash NICK UBELS
“Over the course of 1982, I blossomed from a naive 14-year-old trying to fit in with the cool kids to something much more: a naive, eyeliner-wearing 15-year-old trying to fit in with the cool kids.” Jian Ghomeshi wanted to be David Bowie – and who can blame him? Better known as the host of CBC radio’s cultural-affairs talk show Q and former member of ‘90s folk-rock band Moxy Früvous, Ghomeshi focuses his debut book, a memoir, around his formative fourteenth year. In 1982, the firsttime author describes in fresh and exacting terms his attempt to fit in in the deeply conservative (and mostly white) Toronto suburb of Thornhill as a UK-born teenager of Iranian descent. It’s appropriate for a book that places so much of its focus on music to be structured as a mixtape of songs significant to Ghomeshi’s turbulent and most essential year. This also fits nicely with Ghomeshi’s obsession with making lists, a device he uses at least once per chapter to distill in point form the essential qualities of a particular song, character or fad. Of his central quest to (a) become David Bowie and (b) win the affections of 17-year-old Wendy, otherwise known as “Female Bowie,” Ghomeshi writes, “I was obsessing over a girl who reminded me of a man who dressed like a girl. These were confusing times.” 1982 is a book about identity, ethnicity, self-discovery, young romance and musical obsession. These big ideas are anchored in symbolic figures that frequently crop up throughout the book: the idol (David Bowie), the dream girl (Wendy), the childhood best friend
now relegated to acquaintance (Toke), the new identity (hair gel and eyeliner) and the realm of cool kids (Room 213 – the theatre room). At one point, a beloved and iconic red-and-blue Adidas bag is wrested from Ghomeshi’s grasp and hucked onstage never to be seen again during a Joan Jett concert, marking a turning point in Ghomeshi’s transition from awkward freshman to arty New Wave sophomore (“My style was a mix between New Wave aspiration and early ‘80s obligation”). Often, these growing pains are rendered in excruciating and humorous detail, like a 14-year-old Ghomeshi’s first encounter with eyeliner. He steals a pencil of what turns out to be purple eyeliner left behind in Room 213 and meticulously applies copious amounts of the make-up before school one day with utterly predictable results. Ghomeshi wrangles with his New Wave ambitions and his ethnicity, trying to mesh two seemingly opposing factors in his life. Unlike Ghomeshi, New Wave bands and singers were mostly white and blonde. The 1979 Iranian Revolution had also tainted many North Americans’ opinions of anyone with roots in the nation. Despite spending his childhood in London, Ghomeshi is identified by some of his peers as “Blackie,” “Arab,” and “Paki,” in turn. While he downplays the impact of these remarks, the identity crisis provoked by his membership in the Iranian diaspora runs deep. At one point he admits, “I began to fight a turf war against my own ethnicity.” Aside from its well-pitched emotional core and easy-going demeanour, 1982 is a pop music
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addict’s treasure trove. Ghomeshi writes with the same obsessiveness and attention to detail as Nick Hornby in all matters New Wave. Ghomeshi writes himself like a character in a John Hughes high school movie. He taps into the heart of what it means to be a teenage outcast and a music obsessive that has severe identity issues with remarkable ease and empathy. While Ghomeshi’s rambling, tangent-laden prose might drive some plot junkies around the bend, 1982 is an open and earnestly-delivered investigation into his early teenage years. He brings the same cleareyed candour that makes him a great interviewer to systematically interrogate his own past. Ghomeshi lets the reader in on his thought process as he writes, sussing out which experiences helped shape who he has become, and why coolness seems so important to a teenager.
Those who live in the Chilliwack and Abbotsford area have probably either heard of or been to the Chilliwack Airport Coffee Shop. If people reading this suddenly get blank stares across their face, it may be helpful to write their tagline, “I fly for pie.” Do people actually fly for pie? Well . . . yes. The coffee shop is located in the corner of the main airport building and it overlooks the runway where private planes fly in and out for pie. I’m sure they planes fly in and out for other reasons, but if you had a plane, how much would you want to be able to say you flew somewhere for a slice of pie? It should be noted that people don’t fly in there just for the rhyme – this coffee shop has some of the best pie I have ever had. With a green and white checkered floor, green tables and endless coffee, this cute little diner is a step back in time with waitresses who know the menu, community and regulars like the back of their hands. Coffee comes with a smile and good conversation and the menu overwhelms. There are about a dozen different kinds of all-day breakfasts, half a dozen different salads, and 21 different burgers and sandwiches
Working title: The State of Giraffes in Absolute Darkness NaNoWriMo username: DessaYo Confidence to finish 50,000 words in one month: 79 per cent? Current wordcount: 7406
I’m trying not to get too involved with numbers, which is ironic because my main character is a little OCD when it comes to numbers. His name is Brian, and he works at an as-yet-unnamed fast food establishment. My other character is named Cherry, and she mans the fryers at the same restaurant. I’m thinking I should probably add another character but that seems like a lot of work. Basically their manager was found murdered and a giraffe has come back to life at the zoo. I’m debating if I want to make the giraffe a reincarnation of the manager, but I really hated the manager, which is why I killed him off. So maybe bringing him back is counterproductive. I’ll admit that I cheated a little; I started with 6000 words, but for the record I basically rewrote them. It’s a little easier than starting from scratch, but more finicky. In any case, I have a respectable word count and I’m going to stand by that.
Working title: working titles are still for suckers NaNoWriMo username: KarenAney Confidence to finish 50,000 words in one month: that’s what she said. Current wordcount: 3800 So here’s the deal. When you’re used to typing over 100 words per minute, and your keyboard isn’t working, it’s kind of hard to write productively. I’ve spent the first week of writing doing character sketches and setting descriptions. In fact, I described one setting in 10 different ways. The shortest was a sentence that amounted to “there were walls and stuff.” The longest was over 1000 words. These things do not a novel make, but hopefully by next week I’ll have a new computer and be able to actually get into the bulk of it. Also, I have 3800 more words than I did before . . . and that’s what I’m focusing on.
Working title: The Caged Parrot: Roles and Suicide in The Awakening – Oh, wait, that’s my essay’s title . . . NaNoWriMo username: smoot Confidence to finish 50,000 words in one month: 82 per cent Current wordcount: 10,278 It did occur to me that the month of November is literally the worst month to undertake a novel. First of all, it’s the end of the semester. I have final exams, final essays, and a final presentation. It’s the month of final. My final month. Oh god. Second, it’s November. Grey, rainy, overcast. The wind is moaning at my window right now like a walker from The Walking Dead. I don’t do well with horror shows, why did I watch that? Despite all of it, I’m doing pretty well. My confidence rating has gone up, as you can see, by a few points. Ten thousand words is ahead of where I should be, and I’m not running out of steam. Perhaps it’s because I procrastinate like hell, and I go to my book and write to avoid my essay on The Awakening. Maybe, in that sense, November is a good time for this.
on top of their lunch menu with options such as chicken fingers, stuffed baked potato and donairs. For about $10, I got a larger portion of eggs, hashbrowns and toast with pie for dessert. Dessert for breakfast? Who wouldn’t if they were given the opportunity? The pie, though, is definitely worth a visit – either by car or by plane. The menu said to check the menu board for the day’s pie selection and I checked it expecting maybe four different kinds – what I found astounded me. About 10 different kinds of pie, from fruit to pumpkin to coconut cream, plus a collection of cheesecakes sat there tempting me. I couldn’t decide! What was I in the mood for? Classic apple or perhaps German apple? Coconut cream? Autumnal pumpkin? Or a seasonal fruit? I went with raspberry blueberry on a whim and was not disappointed in the least. Many fruit pies have a problem of being too sweet or too runny, especially if the fruit is especially juicy, but the pie-makers at the Chilliwack Airport Coffee Shop are wizards. I asked for a small amount of whipped cream and was greeted with a pie to whipped cream ratio of one to one. A pie size amount of whipped cream sat atop the sweet, delicious crust and perfect berry filling. I scooped some into my coffee and enjoyed the rest, practically licking the plate clean. Even though the average age of a customer was about 72, this place was booming with people waiting for a table the entire time I was there. Customer turnover is quick and with $3.99 pies chock-full of deliciousness, it’s no wonder people soar in for a bite.
Anthony Biondi Working title: The Big Smoke NaNoWriMo username: ABiondi Confidence to finish 50,000 words in a month: 90 per cent Current wordcount: 15,615 One weekend in, 15,000 words later. I started this thing with a run, and don’t intend to stop. If all goes well I will be ahead of schedule before finals and final papers are due. Let’s be honest though, no matter how much planning goes into this, shit will hit the fan. It will hit hard. It will hit fast. I will be screaming. There will be blood, sweat, tears, followed swiftly by a coma that may last until next semester. But I am going to finish this novel, so help me!
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012
SPORTS & HEALTH
Sex sells: ethics versus economics in the swimsuit issue NADINE MOEDT THE CASCADE
Does using sex as a marketing tool violate any ethics? CNN and Sports Illustrated (SI) certainly don’t think so. After a look at SI’s one-sided representation of women, it’s easy to arrive at a different conclusion. You’d be hard pressed to find a single article about women’s sports on their homepage. SI is the most popular sports magazine in North America, yet women’s athletics are remarkably underrepresented in the magazine. Out of the 44 people on the editorial board, 40 are men. So SI is a magazine written primarily about men by men and targeted at men. There’s not much of an issue there. Women get magazines like Good Housekeeping and Woman’s World, after all. The question is why CNN—one of the most popular news sources in the United States—takes all of its sports news from a magazine that to a large degree excludes women from its coverage? Of course women do dominate one facet of SI. “Swimsuit” is apparently a popular sport these days, a feature that has really picked up readership for SI. Having images of beautiful women in a magazine might not be a crime against morality or feminism, but when the publication selectively represents women not focusing on their athletic feats, but solely on their appearance, it becomes offensive. These women are competing
Image: Sports Illustrated
for a cover shot of themselves in the annual swimsuit edition of SI. Each model (they are models, not athletes) is given about a minute in front of a camera on the website. Model Anna V says that “women really look up to women who are in Sports Illustrated because they are in different shapes.” While it is true they are not skeletal, each is thin, tall and remarkably curvy. No images of power and strength are portrayed, simply the stereotypical standard of western beauty and sexuality.
“An SI girl,” model Adaora explains, “has a great personality, is spontaneous, fun and just amazing.” Another model, Cintia Dicker, explains the role of an SI girl. “In this job we can show who we are, we can put on our bathing suit and just walk around and be ourselves,” she says. According to Dicker, an SI girl must “be able to wake up in the morning at 3 a.m. and be beautiful and always be happy and laughing.” There is no mention of person-
ality (except being fun and laughing), intelligence or athletic interest in any of the videos. They are simply scantily clad bodies writhing in front of a camera to entice the consumers of a man’s magazine. Eleanor Barkhorn, in an article in The Atlantic Monthly writes that in SI’s 57 years of weekly publishing, a woman has appeared on the cover “on average, just over once a year.” This is not including the annual swimsuit issue. “Years have gone by without a female athlete making the cover,” Barkhorn writes, “but every winter since 1964 without fail, there’s been a woman in a bikini.” SI is enforcing some very demeaning stereotypes of female sexuality. The women are not pictured wearing athletic bathing suits or in positions of athleticism. The value given to them is appearance and appearance only. It’s really a form of soft porn disguised. It gives the reader the impression that no matter how skilled a woman athlete is, the value given to her depends on how she ranks in a lineup, wearing a bikini. Is it ethical to use sex to boost subscriptions? Sexuality can be a powerful and empowering thing, especially when paired with other positive attributes. But using such a narrow version of female sexuality, a version that caters solely to the tastes of a specific type of readership, is misleading and harmful. CNN is subscribing to an unethical representation of women. Swimsuit is not a sport.
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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012
SPORTS & HEALTH
Image: Abbotsford Heat
Image: Abbotsford Heat
Potential Marlies tradeables for the Canucks The rivalry rages on: Heat and Marlies in major weekend battle KAREN ANEY he was quite effective in the two games. THE CASCADE
MIKE CADARETTE CONTRIBUTOR
Familiarity breeds contempt. It’s an old adage that rings true for many people, but for the Abbotsford Heat and the Toronto Marlies, it’s more along the lines of an unwavering fact. When the Heat were ousted in game five of the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs by the Marlies last spring, a new chapter emerged in an already rivaling history between the two clubs. On Thursday and Friday, the two teams started where they left off in May, with chippy play, postwhistle shenanigans and an abnormal amount of expletives being exchanged. “We don’t like each other,” said Heat forward Roman Horak. “It started last year in the playoffs. There’s always a couple [of] nasty shots even before they drop the faceoff . . . but we didn’t back off. “We don’t like to get punched in the face, so we always try to come back and do the same thing.” It was that nasty play that has defined the two teams’ relationship with each other. In the latest installment of the rivalry last weekend, the Marlies and the Heat had 35 infractions and over an hour-and-a-half of time spent in the penalty box collectively. They don’t like each other, indeed. The head coaches of both teams agree there’s a blossoming rivalry – a rivalry that stems largely from two teams that are so similar in their style of play that they butt heads like two alpha males. “Abbotsford’s a tough team to play against,” said Dallas Eakins, head coach of the Marlies. “They always play hard and when your team is a team that plays like that too it usually ends up with a little extra fireworks.” “They’re a division rival,” explained Heat head coach Troy Ward, “[and] from a player’s perspective there’s still some emotion there from last year.” That emotion Ward is referring to comes from getting kicked out of the second round of the playoffs after a very successful season that saw the Heat achieve a franchise record 42 wins. That disappointing ending to the season clearly came out in their aggressive play versus the Marlies
last weekend. It’s safe to say that while the two teams leave it all on the ice physically, the Heat have had the upper hand in the win column in regular season play. Over the last four years, the Heat are 13-6-1-2 against the Maple Leafs’ affiliate. What’s more, they boast a 9-1-0-2 record against the Marlies at the AESC. Those winning ways continued last weekend for the Heat as they won both games in convincing fashion, exacting a measure of revenge for cutting their season short last May. On Thursday evening, the Heat shut out the Marlies 3-0, breaking an AHL record in the process. Steve McCarthy opened the scoring for the Heat in the third period on a beautiful shorthanded goal. However, his goal was overshadowed by what would come next. On the ensuing neutral zone faceoff, Ben Street chopped the puck forward, which arched high through the air and landed in front of an oblivious Ben Scrivens beating him five hole. That goal set an AHL record for the fastest consecutive goals by the same team – only three seconds apart. The next night, Heat sophomore Roman Horak stole the show by scoring a natural hat trick and led his team to a 4-2 victory. Horak currently leads the AHL in goal scoring with 10 goals in nine games. He is also tied with fellow teammate Sven Baertschi for third place in AHL points with 11. To add to the Marlies frustration this weekend, they were unable to pick up a single powerplay goal on 12 opportunities. In fact, that result is hardly a surprise considering the Heat are maintaining a league leading penalty kill of 98 per cent (or 48-of49 attempts). Don’t expect the rivalry to end any time soon either. This season the Heat moved back into the North Division, which houses the Marlies. Not only do the two clubs face each other seven times this season, but they could be standing in each other’s way of getting home ice advantage, or worse, making the playoffs altogether.
Even though there’s a lockout, it seems like every Canuck fan and their dog goes apoplectic every time anything to do with Luongo or the Toronto Maple Leafs even flickers across their newsfeed. Well, last Thursday and Friday the Toronto Marlies were in town. They’re the farm team for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The game drew Brian Burke out of his hideyhole – he was at both games. More intriguingly, it drew some Canucks brass: Laurence Gilman and Stan Smyl were also in attendance. Laurence Gilman, assistant general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, is less recognizable than GM Mike Gillis, but he’s not going to be left out of any potential trade conversations. The men watched the game intently, retreating to a private corner between periods. Of course, (probably) none of this means a damn thing. That being said, it’s fun to guess. So from watching the games, and knowing the Canuck brass were present – here’s a couple guesses at who should be on our wishlist if we do lose Luongo. First and foremost is Joe Colborne. This six-foot-five forward, a Calgary native, is 22-years-old and was originally drafted in the first round of 2008 by the Boston Bruins. He was traded to the Leafs organization in February 2011. He was called up to the Leafs in April of 2011, before heading back to the AHL when Toronto missed the playoffs. His performance in the last half of the season was disappointing, with only four assists in 24 games. That being said, it’s important to note that he was playing with a broken wrist, torn ligaments and a finger full of stitches after he was slashed so hard that his ring finger was left hanging by a piece of skin. All that considered, the fact that he continued playing makes those four assists pretty impressive. It also made him a more rounded player. Given his size (unusual for a forward), he had generally been the type of player to battle and get his shot off. His injuries forced him to learn to pass more, and improve his finesse game. That definitely showed against the Heat: his hands were soft, he made impressive heads-up plays, and utilized his size to dominate the boards. Given the level of conflict between the teams,
“That’s a strength in my game, something I’ve worked on, so I felt pretty confident . . . I was able to pull quite a few pucks off the boards there and generate some chances tonight.” When asked if the presence of Gilman or Smyl was on his mind at all, Colborne said no. “I’m extremely happy with the Leaf organization . . . I’ve got an unbelievable situation and already being traded once I’ve kind of learned that it’s out of my control so I’m just enjoying every moment I have right now and not letting any of that get into my head.” Another player that looked awesome was 22-year-old Nazem Kadri. Native to London, Ontario, this forward has had a rough start to the season. During training camp, Marlies coach Dallas Eakins stated that Kadri had “unacceptable levels of body fat.” Given that Kadri spent the summer with NHL conditioning coach Gary Roberts, this was a surprise. Though his conditioning training has improved his game, his diet was the culprit of this “excess” fat (let’s be honest here, he’s probably still better off than the rest of us). Recently, Eakins has expressed satisfaction with Kadri’s turnaround. His training with Roberts showed in his game. He didn’t get caught flat-footed, he kept up with gameplay, and he played hard – finishing each check and battling on every possession. One possible reservation with Kadri is his natural style of play: he’s very showy. He likes to dangle the puck and dance around opponents, and when he pulls it off it looks really pretty. That being said, it also looks very silly when the opposing player decides to check him into the boards rather than watch his move. In Friday’s game, this aspect of his play was downplayed quite heavily; he seemed to be relying on basics and keeping up with the chippiness more than creating highlight reel-worthy moments. This is promising: it shows that he can buckle down and work hard when it’s needed, and makes him a more attractive player overall. We have no idea if a trade is going to happen. The Canucks brass present for the Marlies clash with the Heat could mean nothing; it could also mean everything. Still, not to play the conspiracy theorist, but as crime shows have taught us, there’s no such thing as a coincidence.
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