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Still seeking the truth Truth and Reconciliation event brings Aboriginal awareness to campus Jessica Klymchuk Ω News Editor

Local 15 of the Canadian Federation of Students claims not to know that more than a dozen more schools are trying to leave the organization, despite being told on numerous occasions.

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Union quiet as others jump ship TRUSU plays silent or oblivious as other student unions exit the Canadian Federation of Students Karla Karcioglu Ω Roving Editor Fifteen Canadian universities have decided to leave the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) according to a Sept. 4 news release from an unnamed group speaking for the departing unions. The CFS is a national organization which formed in 1981 to unite students across the country and create a unified voice to express issues in post-secondary education and to provide services to student unions at universities. The news release concludes by calling students to action, saying “It is time to defend the interests of students; it is time to say no to CFS.” According to an article from The Other Press, “Students across the country state that the national organization has become corrupt, operated in a militaristic top-down approach, and does not effectively advocate on students issues. They also claim that CFS’ finances are not properly kept and that use of funding has been questionable.” The press release states that if this group of universities successfully leaves the CFS, it may leave the organization without representation in B.C., Manitoba and Quebec. The release also emphasizes the CFS having a “lack

of representation” in Alberta and the Maritimes. TRUSU is currently a member of CFS. Students pay $8.52 per semester as a part of their student fees for CFS membership. As members, students gain access to a student discount card, (a tax filing service), the International Student Identity Card, travel discounts and access to the Student Work Abroad Program. Services for TRUSU include a student union directory, handbooks and day planners, access to the National Student Health Network and a student union website. TRUSU president Dylan Robinson said he knows nothing about the recent issues with student unions leaving CFS, despite being asked about the movement by The Omega on at least two occasions over the past three weeks. Leif Douglas, TRUSU VP external and TRUSU’s student representative for CFS, declined to comment. Ashleigh Ingle, a University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union president and spokesperson of the university group leaving CFS, told Canadian University Press that some of the universities involved may not want to express their intentions openly because in the past it has attracted attention from CFS campaigners.

Truth, healing and responsibility were the themes of the Truth and Reconciliation event held at TRU on Wednesday Sept. 18. Around 100 people gathered in the Irving K. Barber Centre to hear the testimonials of those both directly and indirectly affected by the Indian residential schools in Canada. “I’m very proud that this event is happening at our university,” said TRU president Alan Shaver. “It’s very important.” Organizer and TRU graduate Bernard Gilbert said the event’s goal was to bring awareness, not only to non-Aboriginals but also to those who are still in denial about what went on in the schools. First Nations children were separated from their families and forced to attend governmentfunded church-run schools for more than 100 years, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) website. “Seven generations of children went through the residential schools, … they were told that their lives were not as good as the lives of the non-aboriginal people of this country, they were told that

their languages and cultures were irrelevant,” said Murray Sinclair, TRC chair, in a video on the commission’s website. Earlier this year, the TRC revealed research saying that at least 3,000 students had died in the schools, and many more are still affected by abuse they endured during the time they spent there.

consequences of the schools. Young is Anishinabe and came to Kamloops from Bloodvein, Man. In 2010 he walked from Kamloops to Bloodvein on a journey he called “The Walk of Healing” which represented the healing of his past: a life of foster-homes, drugs and alcohol. His story, told with an eagle feather in his hand, prompted tears from himself and the audience.

It doesn’t befit anyone to keep it a secret” —Alexa Manuel,

MC of TRU Truth and Reconciliation event

“It’s unfair to us, to you, to all Canadian people to not know what happened,” said Alexa Manuel, event MC and TRU graduate. “It doesn’t benefit anyone to keep it a secret.” TRU Aboriginal student Justin Young, TRU faculty member Patrick Walton and TRU Elder Jimmy Jack shared stories about the past, present and future

Young has been successful at TRU, but Walton explained that some of the consequences of the residential schools are very apparent in education. He said the drop out rate for Aboriginal students is 50 per cent at TRU.



Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society drummers Rene Narcisse, Jacinta Oyella, Vicki Michaud and Pauline Saxy open TRU’s Truth and Reconciliation event in the Irving K. Barber Centre on Sept. 18.

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September 25, 2013

Attrition in the first year “Students are not well-prepared for university,” according to post-secondary professor Mark Hendricks Ω Science & Tech Editor


Percent of ACT-tested high school graduates meeting ACT “college readiness bookmarks,” by subject (2013)

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While it’s no secret that the first year of university is tough for many students, what may be more surprising is just how many students are unprepared for that first year, especially in the sciences. According to the ACT, a research body in the United States that assesses college readiness levels for students, 64 per cent of students leaving U.S. high schools are not collegeready in the field of science. So how does Canada compare? “I wouldn’t be surprised if the Canadian situation might be a little better than the American one for a whole variety of reasons, socio-economic and the rest,” said Tom Dickinson, TRU dean of sciences. “The best schools in the states are as good as the best schools in Canada, and the worst are probably worse.” There isn’t a body in Canada that performs a similar test, but the situation is still not promising. “Our attrition rate after first year is quite high, I think a lot of them drop out,” said TRU professor Jonathan Van Hamme. “My class average in first year can be quite low, high 50s, low 60s.” “If I asked my faculty, they’d [generally] say that students are not well-prepared for the challenges of university,” said Dickinson. Professors seem to agree that students are often unprepared for the first year of university, but what’s causing that unpreparedness is up for debate. “My feeling is that literacy has always been the problem. We can teach the science, get them caught


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26 20 0 English up, but it’s the literacy. I don’t have time to teach them how to write a sentence,” said Van Hamme. “If I give them a written question on the exam it’s usually a mess. A lot of them don’t seem to be able to write a coherent sentence.” Dickinson believes that on an


individual level, teachers in high school are doing the best job they can, but feels that the biggest challenge is engaging students and keeping them interested in a world with so many distractions. “I think some of the problems at university are that we’ve got 18 and 19 year olds that just

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graduated high school, and the world out there doesn’t have as many clear pathways to the future and professions as it used to. “The jobs that most of these kids that are coming out and seeking education will have as careers don’t even exist right

Hear from TRU Tourism professors Dr. Rob Hood and Dr. John Hull.

2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept.29, 2013 Alumni Theatre Clocktower Building The event is presented by TRU Faculty Assocation’s Human Rights Committee.

now. How do you get from here to there? Well, if you don’t even know where ‘there’ is, that’s a challenge. “If I could do anything, it would be to make it fun and engage students rather than the alternative distractions that they have,” said Dickinson.

TRU event coincided with Truth and Reconciliation Week in B.C. From STILL SEEKING Pg.

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“It’s important that the university not get complacent,” Walton said. “We still have work to do.” TRU Elder Jimmy Jack is a survivor of the residential schools. He shared his strength in learning his culture despite the effort of Europeans to assimilate the Aboriginal Peoples. Jack said there was an effort within the schools to separate Aboriginal children and keep them from speaking their language because, individually, they were easier to control. But he shared a strong belief for educating the young, as he was,

to keep Aboriginal culture alive. “We are survivors,” he said. “We will keep surviving no matter what the government puts on us.” The event, organized by the Aboriginal education department, coincided with the TRC’s Truth and Reconciliation week in B.C. The TRU Art Gallery also hosted the Reconsidering Reconciliation art show throughout the week. An exercise in which anyone could share their thoughts about residential school reconciliation through written words or artistic expression on “blankets” was also hosted throughout the day on Sept. 18.

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September 25, 2013 Volume 23, Issue 4

“The harms of censorship” Banned Books Week highlights the injustice of letting a select few decide our morals

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Editor’s Note Mike Davies Ω Editor-in-Chief I was recently informed in a casual conversation that this week — the last week of every September, in fact — is “Banned Books Week” and asked if The Omega would be doing anything in celebration of that fact. Strange, I thought, that one who spends so much of his time dealing with words (and in fact is about to receive a post-secondary degree in English rhetoric and professional writing) has not heard of such a celebration. I knew, of course, a bit about the history of banning books — stereotypically a practice done in the southern U.S. by school boards who don’t want kids to encourage kids to think critically or read about the history of racism. At least that’s what I think most people around these parts think of when they hear about books being banned. But there’s obviously more to it than that.

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Who gets to decide what kind of language is “offensive” to people? We certainly can’t give that right to a chosen few in the government, can we? Which drugs fall under this complaint? The single dad who needs his coffee in the morning before heading off to work might qualify as a candidate for “encouraging drug use” depending on how it’s portrayed. Then again, he would most certainly qualify under certain “religious viewpoint” discussions if the mother of his child is still alive but no longer a member of the nuclear family. “The harms of censorship” are exactly this idea. The idea that a select few of us get to decide what values held by society are worth challenging (or a better term for it would be “allowed to be challenged”) within that society. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think that’s right. Did you know that the Merriam Webster Dictionary and the American Heritage Dictionary have been banned by school boards in the past because they contained definitions of words in the English language that were decided by said school boards that children shouldn’t be allowed to know?

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“Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read,” says the “about” page at, before linking to the American Library Association (ALA) website page about the same cause. “By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship,” states the ALA. This is the crux of the issue. “The harms of censorship,” as an ideal is not so easily broken down into a nice little package about how people should have access to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn because it’s a classic coming of age story and regarded as one of the great pieces of American literature more than it perpetuates racism or encourages the misbehaviour of children. The ideal of censorship is far more than the discussion about what we should or should not have access to. It’s about who should or should not be allowed to decide what we have access to. An article on The Huffington Post this week, in celebration of this discussion, provides the seven most cited reasons for withholding pieces of literature from the public. They are (in no particular order, as there is no empirical data provided to back up these claims, but it’s a decent place to start, anyway) offensive language, sexually explicit, homosexuality, violence, religious viewpoint, drugs and nudity.

Wellness Matters Courtney Dickson Ω Wellness Columnist When free stuff is mentioned, students are usually all over it. But is that still true when free wellness opportunities arise? From Sept. 25 to 27, the Campus Activity Centre will be filled with opportunity. More than 100 local teachers, practitioners and presenters will be at TRU to educate students and the public about all areas of wellness as part of the Interior Wellness Festival. Elizabeth Beeds, editor and publisher of Interior Wellness Magazine, is happy this year’s festival can take place while the fall semester is in session. “I’m really passionate about bringing people together,” she said. In the past, this festival has been held in June, when few students are around to take advantage of it.

A “healing garden” will be set up where you can receive massages and other treatments for $1 per minute. With the average cost of a massage at around $90 per hour in Kamloops, this is a great deal. Aside from the healing garden, workshops about nutrition, mental health, financial wellness and more will be available to participate in. A stage will be set up with entertainment for when you’re ready to grab some food and take a break from all that’s going on. Everything from western ideology to allopathic medicine (more widely-used homeopaths) to spiritual healing and tesla metamorphosis will be available, so those who aren’t quite ready to embrace a new way of approaching wellness can stick to what they know, and those interested in trying new things have a great opportunity to do so. Many students will just pass this opportunity by, and that drives me crazy. It’s important for students to know about opportunities like this for a variety of reasons. First of all, we tend to forget about health as the semester gets into full-swing and focus solely on studying and making next month’s rent. Second, we (typically) have less money to spend on health, so this is a great way to get educated about things without emptying our alreadythin wallets.

On top of that, you can try new things that you might be skeptical about. Not entirely sure if yoga will work for you? Never tried Reiki because it seems a little hokey? This gives you the chance to open your mind, again, at a low cost. I’m a big believer in keeping an open mind when it comes to health. Not everything is going to work for everyone, so we need to give ourselves the opportunity to explore what’s out there and see if it will help keep our bodies and minds in good condition. The Interior Wellness Festival is not solely meant for students. Anyone living in B.C.’s interior is welcome to participate. So bring your mom or your best friend with you and use the services that are being offered. I hope to see lots of students out taking hold of what Kamloops has to offer in order to stay healthy. Maintaining those good grades starts with maintaining your well-being. Editor’s note: Photo contest Send us your photos from the Interior Wellness Festival and not only get them in the paper, but also be entered into a draw for something to help you in your health journey. Submissions should be sent to and have “Wellness Festival” in the subject line

“When did this happen?” you ask, assuming that such a thing must have been way back in the middle of the 20th century — or even before that. That happened in California in 2010. Go read a book that’s been banned and decide for yourself if it offends you. I’d recommend picking something with a bit more plot than a listing of the words in a language, though.

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Is there anybody out there? NASA says that Voyager 1 is now beyond the borders of our solar system Mark Hendricks Ω Science & Tech Editor Space exploration isn’t the cultural touchstone that it used to be. No event in space exploration has ever caught the imagination of the public like the great space race between the United States and the U.S.S.R. which culminated with the first man landing on the moon. In August 2013 another milestone was achieved in space exploration. Voyager 1 became the first man-made object to leave our solar system, according to a paper published in the journal Science Sept. 12. This is the first time NASA has confirmed Voyager 1 as leaving the solar system. “The Voyager mission was important because people have always wanted to know where they came from. That’s kinda the ultimate question,” said Joanne Rosvick, professor of astronomy and physics at TRU. “Voyager going through the outer parts of the solar system sent back a lot of data that enabled astronomers to form a model of how they think our

A model of Voyager 1 that’s on display in the National Air and Space Museum in the U.S.

solar system formed.” Colin Taylor, chair of the physics and astronomy department at TRU, pointed out that there is no definite boundary to the solar system and that the question of whether

or not it has left is still open to interpretation, but he did remark how impressive it is that technology launched in the ‘70s is still functional. Voyager 1 was launched with a gold-plated audio-visual disc

containing records of the Earth, pictures and sounds of the planet and some of the animals on it, various scientific information and greetings in a variety of languages. “It contains a record of who

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we were and when we were here, so even though it may not be found by another civilization for a long time … they’ll know we were here, even if we’re no longer here when it’s found,” said Rosvick.

This week in science That Waterloo tech firm again, (lack of) methane issues on Mars. And, wait...we didn’t know what caused tannins? Mark Hendricks Ω Science & Tech Editor

More trouble for BlackBerry BlackBerry has announced that it will be laying off 4,500 employees and is expecting a $950 million loss in the second quarter. BlackBerry has not had the success it hoped for with the Z10. The phone manufacturer, which had a 20 per cent market share back in 2009, now takes only 1.5 per cent.. BlackBerry is planning on leaving the consumer market and is instead tailoring its production towards business-oriented products and services. “Going forward, we plan to refocus our offering on our endto-end solution of hardware, software and services for enterprises and the productive, professional end user,” BlackBerry president Thorsten Heins told CBC. “This puts us squarely on target with the customers that helped build BlackBerry into the leading brand today for enterprise security, manageability and reliability.”

of it on the Martian surface is a significant blow to the case of life on the planet, as 95 per cent of the methane on Earth is produced by living organisms. Methane was previously detected in the atmosphere by other probes, so the discovery came as a surprise to NASA. Find out more: science.time. com

The key to better wine Tannins are one of the key components in wine. They give wine that “pucker” quality when you’re drinking it. Tannins are known to be associated with the bitterness of wine, but until now nobody was sure where they came from.

French researchers have discovered a new organelle in plant biology that is responsible for producing tannins, the tannosome. “We were very happy because nobody knew exactly where it occurred. It was really a mystery,” study co-author Charles Romieu told the blog Scientific American. The tannosome produces the bitter compounds that try to make the plant taste unappealing to other animals. It is primarily found in tree bark. The discovery of the tannosome may give insight into how to modify the amount of tannins in plants. This could be used to modify the f lavor and smoothness of wines and teas.

Building on the trades TRU’s trades department grows, with more students and classes than ever Taylor Fry Ω Contributor

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The case for life on Mars weakens The Mars Curiosity rover has found that there are no traces of methane on the surface of Mars. This according to a study published Sept. 19 in the journal Science Express. Methane is a gas that is found in abundance on Earth, and is considered to be one of the key signifiers of life. The absence

Jason Riozzi is busy at work in the Commercial Transport Vehicle Technician program which is now holding classes seven days a week. (Taylor Fr y/ The Omega)

The discovery of the tannosome may soon open up a plethora of new wine tastes. (Photo courtesy Uncalno Tekno/Flickr)

Trades enrollment is up this year, leading to the trades and technology program at TRU now holding classes seven days a week. Enrollment has been growing steadily and numbers are up considerably this year, according to Lindsay Langill, dean of trades and technology. Demand for the trades exceeds supply by approximately 2,000 positions, according to the Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia’s labour market profile. This surplus is expected to slowly decrease before reaching an equilibrium in 2016. The rise in students entering the trades has lead to storage rooms being converted into classrooms. Classes are now being held in the afternoon and evening as opposed to just the morning and classes are also being held on Saturday and Sunday for some of the programs.

There is a message that getting a trades education is a means to an end. According to Langill, research shows more undergrads are choosing a university program that is going to land them a career. There is a surplus of jobs available in the tar sands and mining sectors, many of these jobs also have added incentives for B.C. graduates due to the BC Jobs Plan. The liquid natural gas (LNG) plant projects in Northern BC are also expected to create 100,000 jobs that will be filled locally wherever possible, according to Kitimat LNG. Part of the reason for the spike in enrolment may be that students can expect not only an abundance of opportunities, but also lucrative ones. According to Langill, a firstyear power line technician can expect apprenticeships that would earn them over $100,000 per year, while Students coming out of the first level are earning $54,000 to $154,000 annually.

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Life & Community


Inspired to motivate, Wai Hung Ma seeks a following at TRU

Students using the new decor before it could all be unboxed

Karla Karcioglu

Jessica Klymchuk

Ω Roving Editor Wai Hung Ma was a TRU student for the first time in 1985 when he was 22 years old. He’s been a student on-and-off ever since. Ma was born with cerebral palsy, a nerve disorder that affects muscle movement and speech, but that hasn’t held him back. He is the author of two books, Breaking Limitations and Motivation: Know Yourself. He is also a motivational speaker. Ma studies philosophy at TRU and enjoys it because it helps him think. He said being a TRU student is “awesome.”

His favourite part of being on campus is being in the classroom, where he is able to verbally participate in discussions thanks to the help of his speech impediment assistants. “[My assistants] are willing to take the time to listen to my ideas,” Ma said, adding that his work on YouTube is also valued. Ma wants to use social media to share his story across the globe and hopes it will lead to more opportunities, especially as a quest speaker. He hopes that TRU students will visit his YouTube channel to help him become “the first YouTube star out of Kamloops.” Visit Ma on Facebook, YouTube and his website

New seating selections for Student Street Ω News Editor Over $25,000-worth of new furniture was unloaded into Old Main’s Student Street on Monday Sept. 16. In case you weren’t tipped off by the mahogany tones and faux-wood, it goes hand-inhand with the new Starbucks, scheduled to open Oct. 15. Food service provider Aramark planned to replace all the furniture when it decided to swap the Old Main Tim Horton’s with Starbucks. No institutional funding was used to pay for the furniture. “The furniture that was there was old and tired, so it was an opportunity to refresh the whole place,” said TRU ancillary services director Glenn Read. Read said the university had no plans to update the area, but Aramark provided a better seating grid. Although the furniture is part of Starbucks, it’s not reserved for customers. Student Street remains open to all. “It’s there for the students,” he said. “If you look at the design, there’s a variety of different styles from communal to more private.” Although there’s a variety, one student isn’t a fan. “I don’t think the high tables are practical for studying and doing stuff on,” said Meagan Hill.

Not all students are comfortable with the new furniture in Old Main. ( Jessica Klymchuk/ The Omega)

“I’d much rather go to House of Learning.” Read said the style is designed to accommodate a variety of needs, not just studying. The furniture is there for when students are visiting, having a cup of coffee or a bite to eat. “If you want to study, I don’t know if you would want to be in one of the busiest corridors on campus,” he said. “Even in the past, students weren’t there just to study. We try to take all the needs into consideration.”

As for the old furniture, it will likely get repurposed somewhere else on campus. Read said if it doesn’t get repurposed it would typically be auctioned off, with proceeds returning to the institution. Starbucks construction is scheduled to conclude Sept. 27, but it won’t open until two weeks later when all staff have been properly trained. “Once Starbucks opens, I think it will be a more inviting environment for students and staff,” said Read.

What you had to say What do you think of the new furniture in Old Main?

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Amy Hilliard

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“It’s comfy and sophisticated, but I don’t really see why we needed it.”

“It’s nice, but since it’s smaller it’s harder to work in groups.”

(Cavelle Layes/Kamloops This Week)

“It looks nice and I think it’s better than the old stuff. The old ones looked dirty but now it looks organized and classy.”

Jessica Klymchuk Ω News Editor TRUSU is sending students to the polls on Sept. 25 to choose a graduate students’ representative and another director-at-large. The graduate students’ representative position has been vacant since the March 2013 election because there were no nominees, and one of the four director-at-large positions became vacant after council received Parth Patel’s resignation at the Sept. 17 council meeting.

In response, Aboriginal students’ representative Liz Whiting questioned the process of electing students without knowing whether they will be returning the following academic year. Executive director Nathan Lane said there is no way for TRUSU to verify that a student will be able to fulfill the entire term when they put themselves forward in March. “I’m not sure if there’s a system that will ever allow us to do that,” he said. TRUSU council adopted the byelection schedule at the Sept. 17 meeting.

The notice of nominations was announced on Sept. 18 with nominations opening Wednesday Sept. 25 at 9 a.m. and closing Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. An all-candidates meeting will be held Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. followed by the notice of candidates and commencement of campaigning on Oct. 9. An all-candidates forum will be held Oct. 10 and polling will take place Oct. 16 and Oct. 17. Nomination packages can be picked up and submitted at the TRUSU desk in the Independent Centre.

( Jessica Klymchuk/ The Omega)

Nominations open for student union byelection


Life & Community

September 25, 2013

You can crawl more than just pubs Kamloops Dishcrawl directs diners to downtown deliciousness Mike Davies Ω Editor-in-Chief I’m sitting alone in a booth built for six in a darkened room that is murmuring in anticipation. I’ve just peeled my “Hello, my name is” nametag off its backing and applied it to my shirt. “Can we sit here with you?” comes the inevitable voice. “Of course,” I reply, thinking, “But you’ve picked the seat that will land you in the newspaper.” I’m not speed dating. I’m speed dining, along with 28 others including Sara Melanson and her partner Parker Smith, now seated across from me in the booth. I tell Melanson and Smith I’m reviewing the event for “the university newspaper,” and that I hope they’ll be okay with being in the piece, to which Melanson immediately responds, “The Omega?” Melanson said she attended TRU in 2001. I called her on it, because “TRU” wasn’t a thing back then, but I was happy she remembered the paper from her time at the University College of the Cariboo nonetheless. Smith also attended TRU (since it’s been known as such), graduating with his electrician’s ticket in 2005 and going on to receive his Red Seal from the program in 2011. Tonight isn’t about alumni reminiscence, however.

Tonight is all about the food. We start the night in this booth at Papa Tees Pizza (705 Victoria Street), where Trevor, the owner, introduces us to his establishment before we all pass along a makeshift buffet of mainly gluten-free pizza options. We seem to barely have time to try them once we’re back at our seats before being prompted that we’re about to move on.

Forks are nowhere to be seen, and I seem to be the only one looking for one, so I fumble away with the chopsticks (not too badly, I think) and manage to get it all down before we are, once again, prompted to prepare for departure. The longest walk of the night sees us make it all the way down to the west end of the 300-block of Victoria Street and at Quilas

I’ve certainly paid way more for way less food.”

We’re only told the next restaurant would be “Asian,” and to stick with the group as we file out the door and up the block. We weave our way up to Seymour Street and into Cornerstone Sushi and Korean BBQ (561 Seymour) to tables pre-set with individual settings of sushi (yam tempura rolls), a deep fried dish smothered in sauce (spicy Korean chicken) and some truly delicious translucent noodles.

—Parker Smith, Dishcrawler

Mexican Restaurant (330 Victoria). Even with the front door open and the night breeze coming in, I have to excuse myself twice to go outside to cool down. It is the only stop on the tour that I think is a long enough visit. I speculate to Smith and Melanson that they likely make a killing on blended tequila drinks and Corona. We’re served a platter (each) of fish tacos, Taco Al Pastor and a quesadilla.

A petite lady in a white ruff led shirt — the owner, in fact — meets us on the sidewalk outside, thanks us for coming and sees us off to our next, and final, destination across the street where we file in for coffee and raspberry f lan at Swiss Pastries and Bakery Café (359 Victoria). “We had so much fun,” Melanson says after trying, albeit unsuccessfully, to finish her f lan when asked for her take on the event. “I hope we’ll see you at the next one.” The next one might be sooner than expected because of the success of tonight’s event. This was the first Kamloops Dishcrawl, which organizer Alina Lyapina tells me the group already has plans to prepare (and has pre-sold tickets this very night) a second iteration of the event at the end of October. “We are planning on doing events once a month and then we’ll see how it goes, and maybe launch more projects,” she says, mentioning “taco crawls” and “dessert crawls” as two possibilities. Follow Dishcrawl Kamloops on Twitter (@DishcrawlKAM) or look for them on Facebook for information on future and past events. Tickets to the event were $60, but I agree with Smith when he said (at the third stop of the night), “I’ve certainly paid way more for way less food.”

Papa Tees Pizza “That’ll be the only pizza place we’ll go to [now],” according to Parker Smith, adding that there isn’t a better glutenfree pizza in town, and Melanson is big on that, I guess. Personally, I like the crust part of a good pizza as much as the toppings, so the gluten-free option is not for me. Fresh-made everything, though, and a cozy, inviting atmosphere. 7.5/10

Cornerstone Sushi and Korean BBQ Apparently they have a lunch buffet. I’ll be heading there for that. I’m not a huge fan of Asian food on most occasions, but I absolutely demolished that night’s offering, despite not being skilled with the sticks provided. I’m also not sure how the tea in my cup, which was poured before we arrived, remained hot until we left. Maybe magic. 9/10

Quilas Mexican Restaurant To say that I don’t like cilantro would be understating it, so I probably won’t go back, as it seemed an important ingredient for them. People who do, however, tell me that the food is amazing, so take that for what you will. I did enjoy the quesadilla (cilantro-free!) and the owner and server were both extremely friendly. Unfair to rate them due to my cilantro bias.

(All photos by Mike Davies/ The Omega)

Swiss Pastries and Bakery Café Go here for dessert sometime. Swiss Pastries has been a Kamloops dessert standard for decades and the new owners are happy to tell the public that the baker who has been creating their offerings for the past 15 years has agreed to stay on with them to continue providing the same great products for which they’re known. They will soon be expanding their product line and I’ll stop by frequently to see what they come up with. 8.5/10

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Arts & Entertainment


Current Swell goes with the flow when they’re not going south Ahead of their Kamloops performance, the band talks Brazil, winter and ‘70s rock ‘n’ roll Courtney Dickson Ω Arts & Entertainment Editor A group of former Peak Performance Project performers are making their way to Kamloops for a show on Sept. 26. Cactus Jacks Nightclub will host 2011’s firstplace winners Current Swell and their friends Jon and Roy for an evening of Canadian indie rock, a genre that twenty-somethings can’t seem to get enough of these days. After five years together, this indie group shows no signs of fatigue. “The band really loves each other,” said lead singer Scott Stanton, “We just don’t plan on quitting.” Though they have a prominent following in Canada, Current Swell has an even more passionate fan base in Brazil. “They’re culturally a different people,” said Scott Stanton, lead singer of the group, “They really get behind what they love.” It’s probably a good thing they have a following in such a warm place, since Stanton loves playing in warmer climates. Touring often is something that comes with being a musician, and Stanton said that being on the road is the toughest part of trying to make a living out of music. Not only does he miss his loved ones, but his health takes the back seat while trying to find time just to eat and sleep. “We’re not rock stars here, we’re just playing music,” he said. As some may agree, people from Victoria are often exceedingly proud of their hometown. As Current Swell is based out of the province’s capital, Stanton has to agree that Victoria is, in fact, “the best place on earth.”

Current Swell won the Peak Performance Project in 2011, beating out popular names such as The Belle Game, The Matinee and Fields of Green. (Photo courtesy Shane Derringer Photography)

“I’ve been in Victoria for a decade. It’s a magical place. I’ve been to amazing places, but I’m glad I live here,” he said, “It’s the best place for my lifestyle.” Stanton enjoys the laid back attitude in Victoria, while still having all the amenities a city has to offer. He is originally from St. Albert, a small city just north west of Edmonton that gets really cold in the winter.

“I don’t like the cold that much. We try to tour in warm places during the winter.” Whether in Canada or not, there is a wide variety of venues artists have to adapt their sound for. The Kamloops Daily News recently published an article about the rise of coffee shop concerts, but Stanton admits his favourite venues to perform at are festivals. He does,

Everything Fitz finds an audience at TRU

of the album, they hope to try out some of their new material while on tour and in Kamloops. “Our music has progressed,” Stanton said, “We’ve got lots of new instruments we’d like to try out.” They hope to incorporate some ‘70s rock ‘n’ roll sound into their new stuff, as it’s a genre they’ve always enjoyed.

Event Listings: October Elliott Brood – Oct. 1

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The Blue Grotto 8 p.m. $15 at the door.

Ω Contributor TRU hosted the high-energy fiddling band, Everything Fitz on Sept. 19. The performance was held in the Alumni Theatre, where students, professors and fans gathered to watch a 90-minute performance by the Fitzgerald family. The group consists of siblings Julie, Kerry and Tom, all of whom are fiddlers. Their brother Pat plays percussion and parents Pam and Paddy accompany them on piano and bass guitar. The band originated in Bancroft, Ont. where the trio of children began to show their prowess for the arts at a young age. “We started dancing and fiddling when we were about seven, eight or nine and then a few years after that, we formed a band and have been touring for about six years maybe,” Tom said. The band’s name was inf luenced by Pam Fitzgerald, the pianist and mother for the group, which is a shortened version of the family‘s last name. “It was kind of a corny, longrunning joke our mother came up with when we were younger while doing fiddling and step-

however, see the value of playing in more intimate settings. “Coffee shops can be annoying,” he said, “But, sometimes the most special moments are when you’re playing for just 30 people.” They’ve recently been working on their fifth album, which they hope to have in their label’s hands by December. Though some songs have not been confirmed as part

Elliot Brood is back in town to give alt-country fans what they’re after. Originally from Toronto, this trio has a history of impressing both big-city people and smalltown fans alike.

Tereza Tomek – Oct. 5

The Art We Are 8 p.m. $5 at the door. B.C.-based folk artist Tereza Tomek uses her creative background to write unique lyrics that match the instrumentals of her music. Her sound is perfect for the intimate setting of The Art We Are.

Gossip – Oct. 10 to 12, Oct. 17 to 19 Black Box Theatre (at TRU) 8 p.m. $12

Everything Fitz was the first performance in the 2013-14 Live at TRU! series of free concerts. (Nathan Weissbock/ The Omega)

dancing contests,” Kerry said. They mentioned Mark O’Connor as being one of their inspirations, and described their style as using the fiddle to mesh together bluegrass with Celtic and gospel music. While they create their own original music, they also enjoy covering pieces written by other artists. At one point during the performance, the group played instrumental versions of popular songs like Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” and

Willie Nelson’s “The City of New Orleans.” The performance was a vast showcasing of Everything Fitz’s musical talents. Tapdancing, dual-wielding fiddles, instrumental sound effects (including sirens, fast-moving trains and the buzzing of a bee) and singing all made this performance the success it was. To top it off, they had an intimate stage presence, constantly interacting with the crowd, something afternoon concert-goers enjoyed.

TRU’s Actors Workshop Theatre’s first production of the year depicts the life of a journalist in the middle of a murder investigation. Directed by the performing arts department’s Robin Nichol, this is sure to be an enjoyable evening.

Ryan Williams, Kevin Banner and Kyle Bottom – Oct. 22/23 The Commodore Grand Café and Lounge 8 p.m. $15 in advance.

Born and raised in Kamloops, Ryan Williams returns to his hometown to perform live comedy with two more Canadian comedians. Comedy nights are rare in Kamloops, so be sure to check this one out.

Great Big Sea – Oct. 25

Interior Savings Centre 7:30 p.m. $46.50 to $67 World-renowned country Celtic folk trio Great Big Sea is bringing their great big sound to Kamloops as part of their current tour.

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Nominations open Wednesday, September 25 2013 at 9:00AM for the following vacant positions: • Graduate Students’ Representative • Director-at-Large Nominations close Friday, March 15, 2013 at 4:00PM

Nomination packages must be picked up and submitted at the Members’ Services Desk in the Students’ Union Building The campaign period begins at 8:00AM on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 and runs until 4:00PM on Thursday October 17, 2013. The all candidates forum will take place on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 12:00PM If you have questions regarding the TRUSU General Election please contact the Electoral Committee at or 250.828.5289

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Life & Community


Three days of culture for Kamloops Culture Days brings surge of arts and culture events to cities across Canada Amy Reinitz Ω Contributor Culture Days is a national celebration to help Canadians become aware of and participate in the arts and culture life in their communities. This year it will be held from Sept. 27 to 29 all across Canada, with several events being held in Kamloops. The museum will offer free admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, as well as a free guided tour starting at 10 a.m. on Friday. “[Culture days] is dedicated to building a national network of cultural connections ... we’re looking forward to the two events we have going on and we hope that lots of people take advantage of it,” said Melissa Baker, museum educator. St. Andrews on the Square will conduct a sit-in with the Kamloops Ukulele Circle from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday. Participants are encouraged to bring their own ukuleles or borrow one from the circle, and all skill levels are welcome. Also on Saturday, the Kamloops

Symphony Orchestra will be opening their doors for the public to watch their dress rehearsal from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sagebrush Theatre. The Kamloops Art Gallery will offer free admission on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Judy Basso, event coordinator at the gallery, said it’s a great way to see pieces being showcased for their upcoming 25th anniversary art auction. “It’s a free exhibition of all the pieces that are being donated, so it’s something really interesting for people to take in,” Basso said. The Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists will showcase their 9th annual art show at the Old Courthouse Centre for the Arts. The event starts Friday at 7 p.m. and will continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The fifth annual World Rivers Day Celebration will finish off the weekend from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Riverside Park. The event will feature information and activity booths, as well as a shoreline clean-up. Visit and search “Kamloops” for more information.

St. Andrews on the Square is the oldest public building in Kamloops and plays a major role in the Kamloops culture. (Amy Reinitz/ The Omega)

Assad benefits from delicate U.S./Russia relations Israel Misfin Ω Contributor

Post-baccalaureate tourism student Kirill Lipa spends some time playing the piano located outside Old Main during the afternoon of Sept. 20.. (Karla Karcioglu/ The Omega)

Puzzle of the week Puzzle of the Week #3 – Kittens! Oh, look! A box full of kittens. There are twelve of the beauties. All of them are at least one colour of black, white, and orange. Given the following clues, how many are there of each of the colour combinations? 1. There is a different number of each of the combinations containing black. 2. There are six one-colour kittens. 3. There is a different number of each of the multi-colour combinations. 4. No kittens are coloured only black and orange. 5. There is a different number of each of the one-colour combinations. 6. There are four kittens coloured orange and white and maybe black. 7. There is a different number of each of the combinations containing orange. 8. Six of the kittens are black, seven are white, and six are orange. This contest is sponsored by the Mathematics and Statistics department. The full-time student with the best score at the end of the year will win a prize. Please submit your solution (not just the answer but also why) by noon the second-tonext Wednesday to Gene Wirchenko <>. Submissions by others are also welcome. The solution will be posted the Wednesday after that in my blog ( and in the Math Centre (HL210A). Come visit: we are friendly.

American foreign policy in the Middle East over the past decade can be boiled down to the old cliché of “shoot first, ask questions later.” This is evident in both the Bush doctrine and Obama’s use of drones in Yemen. Any reasonable person would have assumed a strike on Syria was imminent when the U.S. began to position its warships to within striking distance of Damascus. Fortunately, the stars happened for align for President Assad, A war-weary American public was overwhelmingly against any kind of military intervention in Syria. Military intervention was made even more complicated when the tea leaves were reading that congress would vote down President Obama’s proposal. The Assad regime lucked out one more time when Prime Minster David Cameron of the United Kingdom had to withdraw his support for military intervention following a vote in his parliament. Since the end of the Cold War, Russia’s relationship the Middle East has been very pragmatic. The Russian government’s willingness to support either Sunni or Shiite regimes, as long it gets what it wants, has been made clear. President Putin, being the pragmatist that he is, could not and would not see a Syrian regime that he has invested in so heavily fall apart. After all, he did not relieve the country of its debt out the goodness in his heart. America could not let the Assad regime have chemical weapons out of fear they might get into the hands of Muslim extremists and harm Israel. Russia could not let the Assad regime’s chemical stockpile go unchecked because of the fear they might get into the hands of Muslim

extremists sympathetic with the plight of Muslims in the Kosovo region. The aforementioned relationships and power struggles help place the current stance of all key players in context. However, it does not make it any more palatable for the layman to see why the secretary of state John Kerry would call France America’s oldest ally in the same week that he was shaking the hands of senior Russian diplomats on a deal that would pause the imminent threat of military action against Syria.

The events unfolding in Syria have left a lot of people thinking about the Middle East and scratching their heads wondering if American political and military hegemony is starting to fade and become a thing of the past. Recent op-eds from John McCain in Pravda and President Putin in The New York Times expose hypocrisy on both sides, leaving Canadians and TRU students with an existential question: with which is the world better off — American values or Russian values?

President of Syria Bashar al-Assad.

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RANDOM JOKE! Tommy is a young boy, just potty trained. When he goes to the bathroom though, Tommy manages to hit everything but the toilet. So his mom has to go in and clean up after him. After two weeks, she has had enough, and takes Tommy to the doctor. After the examination, the doctor said, “His unit is too small. An old wives’ tale is to give him two slices of toast each morning, and his unit will grow so he can hold it and aim straight.” The next morning Tommy jumped out of bed and ran downstairs to the kitchen. There on the table, are twelve slices of toast. “Mom!” Tommy yells. “The doctor said I only had to eat two slices of toast.” “I know.” said his mother. “The other ten are for your father.”

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“Bigger, faster, and stronger” WolfPack hockey hopes new blood will improve results this season Adam Williams Ω Sports Editor If it was change the Wolf Pack men’s hockey team needed to take the next step in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL), they certainly got it this summer. A quick scan of the team’s roster yields few familiar names — just nine on a 27-man roster. Among the losses after last season are all three of the team’s goaltenders, captain Curtis Tonello, and the team’s leading scorers, Alessio Tomassetti and Colten DeFrias. But despite the changes, general manager Chris Hans believes the 2013 Wolf Pack is a better team than its 2012 counterpart. “We’re different, but we’re bigger, faster and stronger, which in any league I think that says we’re going to show improvement this season,” he said. “We might not be as experienced in the BCIHL, but I think the skill level of the new recruits is going to complement the returning vets quite well.” Returning players Scott Bollefer, Ben Bula and Blake Moynes will be joined on defence by Alex Martin and Ryan Cuthbert, defence partners coming over from the junior B Delta Ice Hawks, and Cameron Weir formerly of the junior B Nelson Leafs. Hans said the original plan was for Ryan Skinner, former Kamloops Storm captain and new member of the Wolf Pack

golf team, to round out the defence corps, but that was before Skinner made the decision to play for the golf team instead. With Skinner notifying the hockey team of his decision the day before training camp, Hans said the team was initially in a bit of a bind, but they’ve since decided to fill Skinner’s slot on the back-end by converting returning forward Travis Herlein to defence. “He filled in when we had injuries last season and he did quite well,” Hans said. “He’s a pretty versatile hockey player and he gives us that offensiveminded player coming from the back-end.” At forward, returners Duncan Schulz and Joshua MacDonald are going to be expected to carry a larger load for the offence this season and will play alongside Colten Schell, the leading scorer of the Nelson Leafs last season. Hans said that the team has also added three forwards from the junior A B.C. Hockey League (BCHL) in Sean Maktaak, Tyler Berkholtz and Silvan Harper.

General manager Chris Hans hopes that forwards like Anthony Delong, above, will be able to give the WolfPack the scoring depth that it lacked at times last season. (Adam Williams/ The Omega)

provide some of the depth scoring that TRU struggled to find last season. In goal, the Wolf Pack have had a complete makeover, saying goodbye to fixtures Riley Wall and Shane Mainprize, who have been with the team since 2010 and 2011, —Chris Hans respectively. The Wolf Pack also General Manager, WolfPack Hockey saw the departure of Adrien Hervillard, who joined the team The three will round out the last season and at one point was team’s top-six. believed to be TRU’s goalie of Tyler Jackson and Anthony the future. Hervillard got into Delong will also return for just four games last season and the offence and should help to struggled, posting an 0-2 record

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competing for first place....”

with a 7.44 goals against average and an .840 save percentage. “For Adrien, he had a number of things he needed to improve upon to ensure that he would get a regular start during the season and we kind of saw that his progression plateaued throughout the season,” Hans said. “We had a chat with him about the likelihood that he wouldn’t get a lot of ice time and he would need to continue to work on a few things before we were comfortable with him playing more — he decided it was in his best interests to move on. “You project sometimes that players are going to reach a certain level and sometimes they reach them and sometimes they don’t.” Hans said that the likely starter for the Wolf Pack would

be new recruit Stephen Wolff, who played six games with the BCIHL-champion Selkirk Saints last season going 6-0, 2.62, .913, but also discussed the possibility of the team’s three goaltenders sharing time in the crease this season. With so many new faces, it’s hard to project how the Wolf Pack will fare in the BCIHL this season. In its two games on Friday Sept. 20 and Saturday Sept. 21, the ‘Pack bested SAIT 4-1 and tied Red Deer College 2-2 as part of the SAIT Icebreaker tournament and became the first B.C. team to take the title in 25 years. “We’re really excited, it’s a good group of players,” Hans said. “We anticipate we’ll be competing for first place and hopefully have a really positive season.”

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The WolfPack men’s hockey team returned from Alberta as champions on the weekend, after winning the annual SAIT Icebreaker tournament in Calgary. The WolfPack defeated the SAIT Trojans 4-1 in the tournament’s final game to capture the championship in its 25th year. Josh MacDonald had two goals in the victory and Brodie GIbbon and Silvan Harper each had a single marker. Stephen Wolff started in goal and stopped 50 of 51 shots en route to the victory. It’s the first time in the history of the tournament that a team from B.C. has been crowned champions. The WolfPack opens the regular season with games against the University of Victoria Vikes on Friday and Saturday.

The women’s volleyball team won just one set in an exhibition tournament at the University of Regina on the weekend. TRU lost all five of its matches, with its only 25-point set coming in a 25-21 victory against the University of Calgary. It lost 3-0 to the University of Winnipeg, the University of Regina, the University of Saskatchewan and Mount Royal University. Setter Katie Woo took a knock to the head during a match Saturday and did not play Sunday. Her current status is unknown. The WolfPack will play one more tournament — Oct. 4-6 in the Lower Mainland — before opening its season at home against the UBC-Okanagan Heat on Oct. 25.

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The WolfPack women’s soccer team saw its five-game winning streak come to an end this weekend, playing to a 1-1 draw against the Langara College Falcons. Alanna Bekkering scored the WolfPack’s only goal Sunday. The draw came on the heels of a 1-0 victory over the Quest Kermodes on Saturday, a team that the WolfPack has historically struggled against. Jaydene Radu had the game-winning goal. Bekkering was honoured early last week with her second consecutive player of the week award, based on her play in week 2. The WolfPack are 5-1-0 in six games and sit atop the Pacific Western Athletic Association standings. They will be on the road again next weekend, playing games against the Capilano University Blues and the Vancouver Island University Mariners.

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