Nexus newspaper Camosun College's student newspaper Thu, 29 Jun 2017 04:28:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nexus newspaper 32 32 Fortune Killers ready to rock Canada Day celebration Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:00:42 +0000 For me, picking up a guitar is a slightly embarrassing experience. Maybe an odd sound or two comes out of the guitar, and I deliver a self-conscious laugh and a pledge to only enjoy the sounds the instrument makes in the hands of others. But if you find yourself playing guitar and the next thing you know you’ve got the whole room at your fingertips, it might be a sign that you’ve found your calling. Fortune Killers vocalist Felicia Harding took the hint when the entire room started to sing with her at a house party when she was 18, and now she’s getting ready to take the stage for Victoria’s Spirit of 150 celebration.

“I’m so excited to be a part of it,” she says. “We played Canada Day a couple of years ago at the harbour stage; it was one of our first big gigs. We felt like that was kind of a big step in the right direction for us.”

Victoria’s Fortune Killers are becoming comfortable as a trio (photo by Brett Reid).

The Canada Day show marked the beginning of a rollercoaster ride for the electro-pop band—who were formerly known as Isobel Trigger—that’s heading up, up, and up. Since then, the band signed to Cordova Bay records and toured throughout western Canada and the prairies.

“In a lot of ways it’s great timing, and it’s kind of a marker for us to be playing [Canada Day] again now as Fortune Killers, when we’re on this next tier and about to release this next record,” says Harding.

The band started off with five members, but have since slimmed down to a trio; Harding says they’re feeling much more comfortable with their new lineup on their upcoming as-yet-untitled record, which doesn’t have a release date set yet.

“We struck an awesome balance. We feel like writing together flows really easily. In the past, it was a lot of me writing solo and then bringing the songs to the band,” she says. Co-writing adds a valuable element to the creative process, she says, in terms of expanding the roots of the creativity as well as elevating the connection felt within the band.

“Basing the music off of more than just the lyrics has been a fun experiment, and a good challenge for me,” says Harding. “I think it’s brought a lot of musical intelligence to our sound.”

Fortune Killers
4:15 pm, Saturday July 1
Free, Inner harbour

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Raiders of the Lost Ark soundtrack reissue brings masterpiece back Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:11:46 +0000 John Williams
Raiders of the Lost Ark
(Concord Music Group)

Jaws, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark: aside from being some of the greatest films ever, they all have incredibly memorable scores. I bet you could hum the themes for each of those films if you were asked to.

Legendary film composer and orchestra conductor John Williams, the most awarded composer in modern history, scored Raiders of the Lost Ark, which is now being reissued as a 180-gram vinyl double-LP set; this is the way Raiders was meant to be heard.

Including the iconic “Raider’s March,” every track is nothing short of a masterpiece on Williams’ Grammy-winning score. I recommend this album for soundtrack lovers or those that just dig exciting, orchestral magic. Like the Ark of the Covenant, this album is a piece of history worth questing for.

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Local dance performance about unity and reconciliation Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:42:55 +0000 It’s not all about changing policies for City of Victoria indigenous artist in residence Lindsay Delaronde, who’s currently putting the final touches on ACHoRd, her multi-medium art piece that takes stories and transforms them into what she hopes is a meaningful and communal spiritual experience through dance.

“This ACHoRd piece was inspired by really looking at this city and how I’d activate space in sight-specific performance art, looking at the city’s landscape and the different histories and buildings, and formulating ideas and concepts based on sight-specific work,” says Delaronde.

ACHoRd brings performance art to the Legislature; here, the dancers get ready in a rehearsal (photo provided).

Delaronde, who has a master’s degree in Indigenous Communities Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria, says the performance piece at the legislature building is her first attempt at doing dance-inspired performance art. The performance involves 13 women whose chorographical themes are loosely based off A Recognition of Being, a book about indigenous womanhood by photographer and author Kim Anderson.

“She interviewed about 34 indigenous women across Canada wanting to get information around womanhood or identity. She used a framework about resistancy, claiming, constructing, and acting,” says Delaronde, adding that all of the stories told through the movements of dance are coming from those four themes. “All of our stories are being interpreted—not verbally, but through the body—our narratives and our personal stories, our origins, and where we’re from, and the land that we’re on, even past traumas. It’s really about reconciliation of the self.”

The three-month training process for the performance took place every Saturday and Sunday for two hours. (Audience members can show support at the event by wearing a gray top and black pants, shorts, or skirt.)

“It’s an interesting process that way, because the cohesion is always changing,” she says, “and now we’re going to execute the piece on June 25.”

Delaronde says there are some changes she would welcome within government, specifically around the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 “calls to action.” She welcomes those changes through performance.

“When I talk about reconciliation it’s really about integration and inclusivity of other narratives and different histories,” she says.

7 pm Sunday, June 25
Free, Legislature steps

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Fine furniture show displays Camosun students’ hard work Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:00:35 +0000 Before you pack two shopping carts full of mass-produced goods at IKEA, talk to Camosun Fine Furniture and Joinery program leader and instructor Ken Guenter. Guenter has been practicing the trade for over 30 years, and says that Camosun’s end-of-year fine furniture exhibition is a place where the future of the industry can congregate to make sure local businesses and tradespeople prosper.

“There are people within our community who are capable of making good quality furniture,” says Guenter. “You don’t have to go far away to buy your furniture; you can have it made for you locally.”

Guenter says one of the most rewarding moments for him as a teacher is when former graduates of the program hire students who have just finished the program. He says that happens a lot and creates a good sense of local community, but he adds that the journey for students can get frustrating at times, as he sees with these final projects.

Camosun student Janson Chan’s Best in Show-winning chair (photo provided).

“Sometimes people discover halfway through the process they don’t really like what they designed,” says Guenter. “Where it’s really exciting and really fun is that period from the sketching point to the completion of the model.”

There will be 18 chairs on display at the exhibit—which is free to the public to check out until Tuesday, June 27 at the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre—ranging from fairly straightforward bar stools to full-blown recliner chairs.

“One of the really fun things about this project is you would think, ‘Okay, make a chair,’ so someone will make a basic chair with four legs, some rails, and a back, but that never happens,” says Guenter. “We always have a few [students] who want to re-invent the concept of seating, or we have a few who want to take classic designs to make it their own, which is also really quite wonderful to see students do that.”

Camosun Fine Furniture and Joinery student Janson Chan’s chair, which is on display at the exhibit, was voted Best in Show by a panel of judges; along with the acknowledgement, Chan got $500, donated by the Vancouver Island Woodworkers’ Guild. Chan completed his first post-secondary education a few years ago; after working at a bank, where he realized the banality of ongoing business politics wasn’t for him, he landed in the Fine Furniture program, which he says he initially discovered in grade school.

“I re-evaluated my life, and said, ‘Hey, what do I want to do?’ Woodworking is what I really wanted to do when I was younger, so I re-visited that,” says Chan, who adds that he found out about Camosun through friends. “I applied and I met with Ken. I was hooked.”

Chan arrives as early in the morning as possible at Camosun’s woodworking shop, so that he doesn’t waste a minute of the day.

“I think one of the best things I’ve learned about this place,” he says, “is how much I don’t know.”

A Chair to Remember: Seating in Western Maple
Until Tuesday, June 27
Arts Centre, Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Road

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The Funk Hunters bring the party to Canada Day Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:00:11 +0000 Nick Middleton and Duncan Smith met on Galiano Island; the two soon started attending music festivals together, and then playing music together as The Funk Hunters. Now, the electronic DJ duo is going to be performing at Canada’s 150 birthday party bash here in Victoria. Not bad for a band that started out playing house parties.

“We started essentially as DJs, and that turned into making simple remixes and bootlegs and edits of songs, and now that’s gone right into us making our own original music; it’s been a huge evolution for us,” says Smith.

The Funk Hunters are playing two shows in Victoria on July 1 (photo by Mark Brennan).

The Funk Hunters have been working on new music, which they plan to release on an album that will probably be dropping in 2018. They have also remixed numerous songs for artists including Imagine Dragons, SkiiTour, and Delhi 2 Dublin; as well, the group released an album last year with Chali 2na, one of the founding members of Jurassic 5.

“For me, it’s about trying to find the soul in all music, regardless of what style or genre it is. Something that really speaks to you, has that feeling in it, that’s the most important thing,” says Smith. “We’ve been working on a lot of music that fell kind of under the radar; we aren’t releasing it at the moment because we’re just putting it together for a bigger album that will probably be coming next year, filled with original music; it’s a complete array of styles and genres.”

The duo has performed at festivals all over Canada, but Shambhala, which goes down annually near Nelson, is the music festival that has had the largest impact on the band. The two have been attending the festival since its early days.

“Shambhala is always kind of home for us, but it’s always a privilege to be able to perform at music festivals and to be able to see the different vibes that each of them have, whether you’re in Europe or Australia or America or here in BC,” says Smith. “We’re pretty spoiled in Western Canada with the amount of music festivals that exist here. We’re super stoked to be in Victoria for Canada Day. It’s pretty cool to be part of the Canada 150 celebration and to throw down on Victoria’s Parliament Hill, and then rock the aftershow at Sugar.”

Funk Hunters (at Spirit of 150)
7 pm, Saturday July 1
Free, Legislature lawn

10 pm, Saturday July 1
$22.50, Sugar Nightclub

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Victoria’s Laura Smith brings Rococode back to town Fri, 16 Jun 2017 22:32:23 +0000 Vancouver indie band Rococode released their new EP, Young Ones, today; this is particularly noteworthy to Victorians because Rococode vocalist Laura Smith was born here in town. Smith says that their new EP was a product of spending some time away from the studio and getting to play with some old synthesizers.

“It was the fastest we’ve wrote something and gone through the writing process, which is really exciting for us,” she says. “We started writing it in September of last year in Los Angeles at a songwriting camp, which was really cool. We then went to the National Music Centre in Calgary, where we had access to 100 vintage synthesizers, and we put down all the keyboard parts there and then finished in December.”

Victoria-born Laura Smith (left) is now in Vancouver indie rock band Rococode (photo by Lynol Lui).

Smith says that although EPs are shorter, they’re important for artists. She says that the public is consuming music so fast that new bands are almost forced to keep pushing out new material so that the audience doesn’t have to wait a long time for a full-length album.

“Nowadays, I think people need to consume a lot more music,” she says. “Putting out an EP is a nice in-between, compared to just a single. It’s more digestible than a full-length album, but it’s still something that’s concrete as a creative idea. It’s also nice to have something like that in my song catalogue.”

Coming up for new ideas for songs isn’t an issue for Smith. She says that it’s more the person’s responsibility to keep themselves in check and to stay motivated when creating new music.

“It’s only hard if you let it be hard,” she says. “It’s definitely something you have to work at. If you don’t have the right mindset, it can be hard. Luckily we haven’t had any writer’s block. Collaborating is great, too. It’s like waterfalls—ideas just keep happening and it’s really helpful.”

Rococode will be playing at the Spirit 150 Victoria celebrations on June 30; Smith says that she’s excited to be coming back to her hometown to play alongside some huge artists, and for something as exciting as this celebration.

“I’m really excited,” she says. “I spent a lot of time going downtown as a kid and as a rowdy teenager, chilling on the streets on Canada Day, so it’ll be really fun to be a part of the festivities. I’m thrilled that we get to play before Tegan and Sara; I’ve been a big fan of theirs for a long time.”

5:30 pm, Friday June 30
Free, Legislature lawns

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Open Space: UVic Trutch building name change step in the right direction Thu, 15 Jun 2017 22:49:24 +0000 19th century politician Joseph Trutch—who helped bring British Columbia into the Canadian Confederation—was a racist, so it was a good decision for the University of Victoria to remove his name from what was formerly known as the Trutch residence hall (a new name has not been decided on as of press time).

Trutch’s skewed image of First Nations peoples led to a land decrease of around 91 percent for established reserves; his legacy includes other provincial political issues that we’re still trying to fix to this day.

<em>Open Space</em> is an opinion column that appears in every print issue of <em>Nexus</em> as well as web-exclusive extras online.

The removal of his name from the UVic building is a small, local step in the right direction. Still, getting to this point took too long and doesn’t bode well for the future, should the university encounter something like this again. There was a failed petition in 2010 to change the name, which is disheartening; it should be on the university to acknowledge situations like this on their own without the pushes and prods of students and the public.

This year is the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation, and one of the big focus points for the country going forward is reconciliation; that should hold true on post-secondary campuses such as UVic and Camosun. We shouldn’t forget and erase Trutch’s views and actions; instead we should confront the issues and move forward, constantly learning what we can do to help. Camosun, too, should be constantly looking for more opportunities to become inclusive and should become a leader in reconciliation.

Those who live in the UVic building will no longer have to live in a place with a name attributed to a racist. For post-secondary culture in general, this is a positive decision and helps bring awareness to these and other issues. Hopefully these decisions all add up and send a bigger message to the government: people want change and want these issues fixed, and we should all be working together to create a future that is safe, inclusive, and healthy for everyone, no matter their background.

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Cream of the Craft: Some in-between beers for the in-between days of spring and summer Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:01:59 +0000 Probably my favourite time of the year is when we swing from spring toward summer. The weather seems to be in a constant state of flux between really nice and really crappy. On the nice days, I’ll sit under a shady tree, read a book, and listen to some chill tunes. On those grey, muggy days when I just don’t feel like getting outside, I find a movie to watch, build some Lego, or play video games. For either day, I need a beer that’s out of the ordinary—an in-between beer for those in-between days.

Tofino Brewing Company
Spruce Tree Ale
6.5% ABV
650 ml bottle

Every spring you’ll find a few beers containing spruce tips on the shelves. It may sound weird, but it’s actually a very old style of beer based on a First Nations concoction used as a cure for scurvy. (This should not be confused with the artificially flavoured spruce-beer soft drink found in Quebec.) Sitka spruce tips are added for flavour during brewing of this ale. Spruce Tree Ale is a golden brew that pours with a nice creamy head; it smells very fresh and floral, as if you just stepped into the forest after a spring rain shower. It’s light on the palate, with citrus and pine notes. Tofino Brewing Company has been brewing this for years, and it shows; when I think of the island-made spruce ales, this is the best by far. I wouldn’t drink a ton of them, but when you need to slake your thirst while kicking ass in Overwatch, or to keep yourself anchored in reality while you giddily read Ready Player One, this is a top option.

Driftwood Brewery
Cry Me a River Gose
5% ABV
650 ml bottle

A gose—pronounced goes-uh—is a German-style mixed wheat beer brewed with salt and coriander. This gives the beer a sour or tart flavour that may initially be off-putting to some. However, revisiting these beers will not only improve your palate and broaden your enjoyment of craft brews, but also give you something tasty for the warmer months. Lactobacillus help tart up this brew while the salt makes it a bit crisp—not unlike a dry cider, but much smoother, with hints of lemon, flowers, and coriander. It pours hazy yellow and smells a bit like bread and cereal. This beer is worth your dollar if you’re feeling adventurous, as it’s a more complex creation. I would recommend this for either sunny or overcast days when sitting on the patio, grilling chicken with friends.

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News Briefs: June 14, 2017 issue Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:01:43 +0000 Credit maximum to be implemented on course registration 

As of September, Camosun students will not be able to register in more than 20 credits per term. This new rule comes as a result of a high number of students registering in courses they may or may not take; because of this, classes are often filled before others can register. The college says there will be exceptions for students who are academically thriving.

This story originally appeared in our June 14, 2017 issue.

Fisher under construction 

Construction on the Fisher building, located on Camosun’s Lansdowne campus, is underway. The building will be getting new metal panels on its exterior, as well as additional insulation, and the old stucco cladding will be taken off. This new wall will make Fisher one of the most energy-efficient buildings on campus. The early stages of construction will include the contractor putting up scaffolding; while there will be noise, emergency exits and the entrances between the bookstore and the cafeteria will not be affected. The work is expected to be finished by the end of September.

Camosun International gets certified 

Camosun International (CI) staff recently completed two days of training to become WorldHost-certified in the area of customer service; a press release claims this is so students can have a better experience adjusting to life in Canada. The press release adds that Camosun International is believed to be the first WorldHost-certified public post-secondary service office in the country. WorldHost is a BC-based customer-service training program used in the service industries.

Canadian Federation of Students admits to unauthorized bank account

The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) gave their member locals a letter at their semi-annual general meeting—which took place from June 4 to June 7 in Ottawa—admitting to having a bank account used for unauthorized purposes from 2010 to 2014. A total of approximately $263,000 in unauthorized deposits and disbursements were made from the account. Camosun College students are all paying members of the CFS, although those student fees haven’t been reaching the CFS since 2014 (see Open Space, page 2). Look for our full story on this in our next issue.

NDP and Greens look at making Adult Basic Education tuition free

The BC NDP and the BC Green Party recently drafted a supply and confidence agreement that lays out their priorities for the next four years. In it, they express an intent to return Adult Basic Education (ABE) to its tuition-free state.

Victoria launches emergency notification service 

Victorians can now sign up for Vic-Alert, an emergency notification service accessed through a cell phone, tablet, or computer that sends out alerts about high-impact emergencies and disasters. Go to to sign up to receive notifications via text, email, or phone.

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New Camosun position aims to increase student support Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:01:40 +0000 Lori Horne is the new student support manager for Camosun College. The position, which is part of the office of student experience, was created to assist students in learning about the college’s new Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy, as well as other support services available to Camosun students.

Horne, who is a candidate for a PhD in philosophy from the University of Victoria, will be working largely with at-risk individuals in her full-time position at the college. Horne can also provide information on resources for those affected by sexual violence and misconduct, as well as information for those who are affected in a secondary way, such as by someone they care about becoming a victim of sexual violence.

Camosun College student support manager Lori Horne (photo by Camosun College A/V Services).

Horne says the new legislation passed by government requiring post-secondary institutions to have an official sexual-violence policy is a positive step, but she adds that her position goes beyond sexual violence and misconduct.

“It’s dealing a lot with student-conduct issues that come up in class and manifest in different behaviours in the classroom,” she says. “We help support the student in addressing the root causes of those behaviours; often it gets particularly stressful during exam time.”

The office of student support’s website says the college worked with various outside parties, such as the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre, to develop the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy so that it’s above and beyond government standards. Horne says that she focuses particularly hard on education and prevention.

“That’s a huge component that we’re focused on right now,” she says, “obviously, as well as helping survivors make informed decisions that are best for that particular individual. The focus is definitely on recovery and empowerment.”

Horne—who refers to a “strong focus on creating a culture of empowerment” through the college’s new changes—says that coming forward is the first step to progressing as a society, and as an institution.

“I think one of the biggest fears in people coming forward is the idea of reporting an incident. There are a lot of survivors who go along with life and just suffer quietly instead of reaching out,” she says.

Horne stresses that incidents can be reported in a variety of ways.

“This office and this role is here to help support those students,” she says. “It doesn’t necessarily mean pursuing formal avenues with it. It’s more about, ‘How can we help that individual move forward in a way that allows them to recover and empower themselves in going forward?’”

Camosun College Student Society external executive Rachael Grant says that the creation of this position is a positive step for students.

“The student society is definitely eager to contribute and offer context to the student experience; the position’s placed in the fabric of the college community,” says Grant. “The college is figuring out what this position means because it’s an entirely new position. We as a student society are excited to contribute to that process of making it the most meaningful position to students it can be.”

Horne says that if someone experiences sexual violence during their educational studies, that can have a very negative impact on their success at school.

“So everything we as an institution can do to help support that individual just makes good sense,” she says.

Horne says BC’s legislation was a “fantastic” step in the right direction, adding that it was well thought out and created as a response to occurrences at post-secondary institutions across Canada.

“Camosun, for sure, feels strongly about this sort of thing,” she says.

The office of student support is located at 121 Isabel Dawson at Lansdowne and 218 Liz Ashton Campus Centre at Interurban. See for more information.

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