Saturday, February 24, 2018

20 Years Ago In Nexus: October 1, 2014 issue

October 1, 2014 by Greg Pratt, managing editor

Clock concerns: An opinion piece titled Wake Up! in our October 3, 1994 issue brought up an interesting point: facilities at Camosun just aren’t open early (or late) enough, according to writer Patrick Isaac. What do you think, now that two decades have passed? Has Camosun got the hours for the computer labs and libraries nailed, or do they still need tweaking?

Yeah, stools: Talk about the anti-climax: a news story in this issue opens with the sentence, “A dispute between the management and employees of the Lansdowne Cafeteria exploded into confusion and resentment early last week.” Wow! Sounds intense! Read on: “At the centre of the controversy were the stools which the cashiers sit on while they work.” Turned out the stools had been removed for what was called aesthetic purposes. This oddly compelling story (reminder: this was not our April Fool’s issue) goes on to say that one employee “could not tolerate the eight-hour shift on her feet.”

Never forget: It’s normally entertaining reading the old issues of the paper, but I was suckerpunched here, as this issue contained a memorial for Andre Castet, a Sidney youth who was killed in 1994. Castet was a classmate of mine back when we were kids. I hope that the words of writer Melody Peterson still hold true: “Don’t let Andre’s life and death be in vain.”

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