Maxim Fossey – The Langara Voice https://www.langaravoice.ca News, entertainment and sports from Langara College journalism students Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:32:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://www.langaravoice.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LOGO-100x100.png Maxim Fossey – The Langara Voice https://www.langaravoice.ca 32 32 Opinion: Flames should release Bill Peters off head coaching duties https://www.langaravoice.ca/opinion-flames-should-release-bill-peters-off-head-coaching-duties/ Thu, 28 Nov 2019 18:52:55 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=45003 By Maxim Fossey Last Monday Nov. 25, Akim Aliu, former Flame, tweeted that Bill Peters used racial slurs against him and his music in the locker room. This incident happened around ten years ago when Aliu played for the American Hockey League team Rockford Icehogs, which Peters used to coach.  Not only that, but Peters […]]]>

By Maxim Fossey

Last Monday Nov. 25, Akim Aliu, former Flame, tweeted that Bill Peters used racial slurs against him and his music in the locker room. This incident happened around ten years ago when Aliu played for the American Hockey League team Rockford Icehogs, which Peters used to coach. 

Not only that, but Peters has been accused of physically abusing his players such as kicking them in the back during practise and punching their head during their game.

Current Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour said the physical abuse allegations “definitely happened.”

General Manager Brad Treliving said that the organization has been taking this situation under investigation and is looking closely at it. Peters has not been under the bench since the allegations. 

The Flames went on to win their game on Wednesday night against the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in overtime, interim coach Geoff Ward was behind the bench.

Peters sent out an apology letter to Treliving on Wednesday. In the letter, Peters issued his apology to the organization, but did not mention Aliu or the players he has previously abused. 

Peters’ letter is almost like when someone gets in trouble in grade school and the teacher asks the child to write and reflect on what they did. 

Anyone in any workplace, would get instantly fired if they used the same words as Peters did. 

To the Flames fans defending Peters, how would you feel if he directed those comments towards franchise icon Jarome Iginla?

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Writing this headline is STRESSING US OUT https://www.langaravoice.ca/writing-this-headline-is-stressing-us-out/ Thu, 28 Nov 2019 18:34:11 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=44985 By Steven Chang and Maxim Fossey Some students at Langara say that exams are a major point of stress in their lives and they said that coping with that stress can lead to negative behaviours. Students interviewed by The Voice said that over eating and cramming their studying at the last minute are common habits they […]]]>

By Steven Chang and Maxim Fossey

Some students at Langara say that exams are a major point of stress in their lives and they said that coping with that stress can lead to negative behaviours.

Students interviewed by The Voice said that over eating and cramming their studying at the last minute are common habits they tend to develop during the final exam period.

The American College Health Association released survey results from 58 Canadian post-secondary institutions. Their data shows 60% of students feel above average or tremendous stress.  

Second-year Computer Science student, Fraser Moore said his stress levels rise when it comes to exams times and despite knowing that eating healthier is better he just doesn’t do it as well as he should.

“I eat a little less well for a person you would expect to be at its peak in university,” Moore said.

Sandy Kirkwood, a counsellor at Sutherland Secondary school, said the key to maintain healthy habits throughout the exam period is to create a routine of good habits during the the semester such as getting enough sleep and to eat nutritious foods. She said this can help those dealing with mental illness as well.

“Self-care is especially important for students living with mental illnesses like anxiety or depression,” Kirkwood said.

Arshaan Barn, a second-year business student, said he still struggles with bad sleeping and eating habits that tend to employ stress, as a result he crams the night before.

“The day before every exam I just cram until two or three in the morning and then I have to wake up at eight,” Barn said.

Second-year business and commerce student, Drasika Pahwa like many international students, lives far away from family. She and her friends said  as an international student, you are prone to feelings of homesickness. A simple phone call to family and friends can pick relieve some loneliness.

“If you’re feeling stressed about everything in your life, look for happiness, look for reasons to be happy. I call my friends when I’m sad, and I feel better within 10 minutes,” Pahwa said.

 

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Opinion: Transit strike looms as winter-like conditions commence https://www.langaravoice.ca/opinion-transit-strike-looms-as-winter-like-conditions-commence/ Tue, 26 Nov 2019 23:13:33 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=44823 Produced by Maxim Fossey If a full Transit strike goes through this week, Vancouverites may end up in a rough situation during this coming holiday season.  This shutdown could also be unfortunate for students with final exams right around the corner.  The possibility of SkyTrain shutting down along with the busses would wreak havoc for […]]]>

Produced by Maxim Fossey

If a full Transit strike goes through this week, Vancouverites may end up in a rough situation during this coming holiday season. 

This shutdown could also be unfortunate for students with final exams right around the corner. 

The possibility of SkyTrain shutting down along with the busses would wreak havoc for those travelling from Downtown Vancouver to the airport for holiday season getaways.

 Likewise, as the winter season is nearing, according to the weather network more severe colder winter-like temperatures will start today and will continue throughout the coming months.

More people may pick up their bikes as an alternative to busses and with the upcoming harsh weather and possibly icy conditions, they may struggle to get on their way to work or school. You can never be too careful. 

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Writers speak their thoughts about this Canucks season https://www.langaravoice.ca/writers-speak-their-thoughts-about-this-canucks-season/ Tue, 26 Nov 2019 03:00:49 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=44728 The Vancouver Canucks have two games left in their current six-game road trip. December is right around the corner, and the Canucks can shake things up with a few home games to make their November schedule and results easily erasable.]]>

By Maxim Fossey

The Vancouver Canucks have two games left in their current six-game road trip. December is right around the corner, and the Canucks can shake things up with a few home games to make their November schedule and results easily erasable.

Chris Faber, contributor for CanucksArmy and host of Canucks Conversation podcast, says that the things that seem to stand out to him compared to last season, would be the depth of the team, especially the change in defence.

“Just the availability to have new guys come in like Tyler Myers, Quinn Hughes and Jordie Benn being able to play consistently. You look at what options they had last year, Michael Del Zotto, Erik Gudbranson and Derrick Pouliot, the defence has changed so much,” Faber said.

Hopeful for the season ahead

Rob Williams, sports editor for Daily Hive, said that a lot of people have been making the parallels of November this season and how they’ve fallen off in recent years in the month.

“It’s been different this year, they haven’t won very much so there’s that similarity. If you look at how this team has been playing, they haven’t been that poor,” Williams said.

Matthew Zator, contributor for The Canuck Way and The Hockey Writers, said that December can be a month the Canucks look forward to with their upcoming home stands.

“December has a lot of home games. If they can get rolling at home, it can erase this November pretty quickly,” Zator said.

New players have bright future

Williams said that the two new key additions, J.T. Miller, and Tyler Myers, have both played better than expected. Miller was acquired via a first-round pick trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning and has gelled himself with Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser on the first line. Myers, who was signed as a free agent on a five-year contract worth an average annual value of $6 million, has stapled himself as a first pairing defenseman alongside Alex Edler.

“There was a lot of pessimism when both players were acquired. Most people recognized that they were good players but the cost in which to get both players was high,” Williams said.

Williams also said that the Canucks this season are a lot more fun to watch compared to last year.

“They’re a young team, they’re a team that fans are excited at what they might become in the future,” Williams said.

Faber said that if the Canucks make the playoffs this season, it will give a huge boost to the squad, already having a young core.

“If they’re given the opportunity to go to the playoffs and see what’s it’s like, and just keep adding more young players into the roster, that’s kind of how you turn into a dynasty.”

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Opinion: Gaming can be distracting, so a healthy routine is vital https://www.langaravoice.ca/opinion-gaming-can-be-distracting-so-a-healthy-routine-is-vital/ Thu, 21 Nov 2019 03:01:30 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=44521 Video games are often painted as a negative impact on people who play them as a hobby. While for many, like myself, gaming can be just a time to spend by yourself and be carefree for a few hours. But it can get in the way if you are not careful.]]>

By Maxim Fossey

Video games are often painted as a negative impact on people who play them as a hobby. While for many, like myself, gaming can be just a time to spend by yourself and be carefree for a few hours. But it can get in the way if you are not careful.

When I was in high school, I got easily distracted and played countless hours of different Call of Duty games. Black Ops, Modern Warfare 3, Ghosts, Advanced Warfare. Those brought me great memories playing them online alongside my high school friends.

However, at a certain point in my high school years, there was one thing that caught my attention– my grades dropped. I decided to simply put aside the controller. Of course, spending time on video games can be seen as addictive because of the competitive aspect of it.

When you play a session you always think to yourself, “just one more game,” until you are completely satisfied with your online record and stats. For example, I was never satisfied until my ‘kills per death’ ratio went higher on Call of Duty, which meant more distractions away from my assignments.

With the rise of Esports and popularity of games such as League of Legends, people can spend countless of hours on online games, professionally too. Of course, people can still enjoy playing these as a hobby, but be careful about getting not into it too much.

Some people may use video games as a sort of coping mechanism. Craig Lee, a clinical counsellor who specializes in overcoming video game addiction said that people who come to him use gaming to get away from negative emotions such as loneliness, depression and anxiety. And they continue to play games even though it’s impacting their life in school, work or relationships.

While gaming certainly is a great way to spend your spare time, it can definitely catch you off guard. Rank up those stats all you want, but I’ve learned to do it in a moderate way.

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Video: Campus resources help students with midterm stress https://www.langaravoice.ca/video-campus-resources-help-students-with-midterm-stress/ Wed, 23 Oct 2019 20:58:22 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=43435 Produced by Maxim Fossey As midterm season is wrapping up at Langara College, students may find resources across campus if they find themselves stressed. Paola Ardiles, founder of Bridge for Health, says that mental health often is caused by a multiple number of factors, in school, stress being one of them, but there are also […]]]>

Produced by Maxim Fossey

As midterm season is wrapping up at Langara College, students may find resources across campus if they find themselves stressed.

Paola Ardiles, founder of Bridge for Health, says that mental health often is caused by a multiple number of factors, in school, stress being one of them, but there are also other areas in our lives that are impacted.

“Before students get to the midterm place, it’s really a good idea to think about ‘how do I find some balance in my life’ ‘how do I find the resources and supports that I need to stay healthy’, before you get into a really stressful situation,” said Ardiles.

Reba Noel, manager of student engagement at VOLT says The Hub can offer services for students who may need help around this period.

“Our team is very knowledgeable about what’s available on campus, so quite often we have just conversations with students and we are able to recommend speaking with a counsellor, checking out with the learning commons, or seeing the academic help centre as well,” said Noel.

VOLT also distributes wellness kits to students on campus during De-stress Fest, an event that is organized the last week of classes and the first week of exams.

“The wellness kits are designed to give students a little ‘pick me up’ pack, they contain some of the things that might need to help them get through the next two weeks.”

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Coach Return ‘Sparks’ Soccer Team https://www.langaravoice.ca/coach-return-sparks-soccer-team/ Sat, 19 Oct 2019 00:36:07 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=43258 With the return of coach Donn Sparks and his training methods, Langara women’s soccer team is feeling more confident in the PACWEST League — even with the loss of several players to university transfers. ]]>

Reported by Henri Ngimbis

With the return of coach Donn Sparks and his training methods, Langara women’s soccer team is feeling more confident in the PACWEST league — even with the loss of several players to university transfers. 

Sparks, who has been involved with soccer in Vancouver since 1992, is returning as head coach. He was previously the Falcons’ women’s assistant coach in 2005 and then the full 2006-07 season.

New coach, new tactics

Carly Dhanda, captain of the team, said she and her teammates have been playing together for at least one year, but the team regularly loses players who transfer to a university.

“Our trainer is aware of that problem. His training methods, based on tactic and motivation, considerably increase our confidence and fighting spirit,” Dhanda said. 

Addressing a new scene and adjusting team chemistry can always be tough factors for a new head coach once settled in, but Sparks said he and his players are like a family.

“Conversation and tactic are the key elements of my teaching methods,” said Sparks. “I motivate the players, by talking to them and showing them all the aspects of mistakes that they can make.”

Assistant coach Nick Riccardi said that he has definitely noticed a change in team chemistry. 

“It’s been progressive over all with the time we’ve had.”

Down, but not out

With only two games remaining, Oct. 19 and 20, the Falcons sit at the bottom of the PACWEST rankings, with a 1-9 record. Still, Sparks is optimistic about improvements within his squad.

“My players have a very good tactic and an excellent passing pace,” he said. “Unfortunately, in modern soccer, a tiny detail can cost you points.”

Riccardi is confident and said that he expects the team to make the playoffs next season. 

“I want to see these girls going again, because I do not think they lived to their potential this year and I want to see them do that next year.”

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Top Falcon flies East for golf nationals https://www.langaravoice.ca/top-falcon-flies-east-for-golf-nationals/ Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:07:32 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=43394 Reported by Soubhik Chakrabarti John Jamieson will end his season as the only Falcons player at the 2019 CCAA Golf National Championships. Natalee Okamura became the first Langara female golfer in the PACWEST league this year but didn’t qualify for nationals.  It will mark Jamieson’s second appearance at the prestigious tournament, and he comes off […]]]>

Reported by Soubhik Chakrabarti

John Jamieson will end his season as the only Falcons player at the 2019 CCAA Golf National Championships. Natalee Okamura became the first Langara female golfer in the PACWEST league this year but didn’t qualify for nationals. 

It will mark Jamieson’s second appearance at the prestigious tournament, and he comes off a recent success of having won the PACWEST Golf All-Stars award at the beginning of October. 

High hopes

Jamieson said he hopes to finish in the top half at nationals.

“I am working on my short games, especially chipping and putting,” said Jamieson, a second-year marketing management student.

Jake McCallum, the director of athletics and intramurals at Langara, said that John has been an asset to the team. 

“He has performed really well. These tournaments need you to have focus and concentration, as you have to come up on top every day,” said McCallum, adding that Jamieson has been doing that perfectly. 

Falcons looking to add on depth for golf team

Okamura and Jamieson are aiming to make golf more popular among students.

“The season is short, so it won’t interfere with your schoolwork,” Okamura said. “There is no reason not to join.”

Jamieson said the team was in good shape though depth was always a challenge at Langara.

“The issue is that of eligibility, as players graduate, they aren’t able to play,” he said, but lauded Christine Wong, the Falcons’ golf coach. “We have around five players in the team now, and with our coach, it’s in good hands.”

Okamura said the PACWEST league was the highest level she had ever played.

“I have played a few club tournaments before, but not a major one as this,” she said, adding that it had come as a surprise to her that was the first-ever women’s Falcons golfer to play in the PACWEST league. 

On the lack of female players, McCallum said, “It’s what I and Christine have been working on, and are looking at ways to gain more engagement.”

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Voice Radio dailies edition: Weyes Blood’s new album Titanic Rising https://www.langaravoice.ca/voice-radio-dailies-edition-weyes-bloods-new-album-titanic-rising/ Fri, 05 Apr 2019 19:20:50 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=42124 Album art for Weyes Blood's Titanic RisingTitanic rising, Weyes Blood's fourth album, comes out today on Sub Pop. She will play St. James Hall in Vancouver on May 17.]]> Album art for Weyes Blood's Titanic Rising

Weyes Blood’s new album Titanic Rising is making waves among music critics.

Hosts Nick Laba and Maxim Fossey share their thoughts on the sounds and themes of her instrumentally lush collection of songs.

The Pennsylvania-raised artist released her fourth album today on Sub Pop records, the label that rose to fame after signing 90s grunge acts like Kurt Cobain, who died 25 years ago today.

Weyes Blood, known for her 70s rock sound reminiscent of Karen Carpenter and Bob Seger, will play St. James Hall in Vancouver on May 17.

Watch the music video for “Movies”

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Assistive technologies increasing participation in sport https://www.langaravoice.ca/assistive-technologies-increasing-participation-in-sport/ Thu, 04 Apr 2019 02:30:59 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=42045 Assistive technologies have helped bring many people with disabilities into sports. These opportunities are growing for local athletes, and is the focus of a UBC panel happening next week.]]>

Reported by Maxim Fossey

Assistive technologies have helped bring many people with disabilities into sports. These opportunities are growing for local athletes, and is the focus of a UBC panel happening next week.

Andrea Bundon, assistant professor at UBC’s school of kinesiology and one of the speakers of the April 8 panel, said a lot more research has been done in those technologies in recent years.

“This is something that’s good for the athletes. There’s a sort of social obligation to help people with disabilities that provide opportunities,” Bundon said.

Bundon said that paralympic athletes have been successful with social media by getting a lot more publicity and sponsorships, and spreading awareness about the paralympic movement.

Researching new technologies

Cameron Gee, a PhD candidate in kinesiology at UBC, said that post-secondary institutions across Vancouver are working on research to improve assistive technologies for sports.

“There is a group at Camosun College on Vancouver Island that use 3D scanning and rapid prototyping techniques to create individualized seats and different assistive technology that are helping a lot of athletes with comfort, which can help to improve stability, speed, and agility, which are important for many para-sports such as sledge hockey and wheelchair rugby,” Gee said.

Ethan Hess, a local para-nordic skier, said that the better the technology gets for sit-skis, the faster he can go and the better he gets.

“I think sports for people with disabilities is incredibly important,” Hess said. “And can really help people in a bunch of ways to deal with having a disability.”

Gee said the Canadian Paralympic teams are making athletes appear as superhumans with all the impressive things they do.

“When I tell people about friends that have been surfing or skiing, they can’t believe it.”

 

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