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Student Research Day returns to Douglas College

Douglas College students are ready to have their brains picked about research projects they have conducted on a variety topics.

Over 25 displays will take over the Coquitlam Campus Atrium for Student Research Day 2015 on March 30 from 11am-2pm.

Everyone is invited to check out the displays and learn about bullying in the nursing profession, the effects of exercise on stress management, flu vaccinations and more.

Student researchers will be on hand to answer questions about their projects, conducted either for a course or through independent study based on their own interests.

This week at Douglas College: Grad fair, theatre shows, book sale and more!

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Here’s what’s happening at Douglas March 16-22

Ongoing

Gallery exhibit
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Journey features whimsical mixed-media works by Paul Burgoyne. February 19-April 10, 2015. Free and open to public. More info: Gallery webpage.

Theatre show
New Westminster Campus, Studio Theatre
Agnes Under the Big Top, by Aditi Brennan Kapil, is presented by the Douglas College departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology, March 13-20. More info and tickets: Arts Events.

Monday, March 16

Book sale
New Westminster Campus, Concourse
10am-6pm
EVENT magazine’s popular annual fundraiser book sale runs March 16-20. Stock up on books, movies and music — and support Douglas College’s award-winning literary journal at the same time.

Tuesday, March 17

Free mammogram clinic
Coquitlam Campus, room 3011
8am-5pm
The BC Cancer Agency’s Screening Mammography mobile service are offering free mammograms to Douglas College employees and students aged 40-74. Register by calling by calling 1 800 663 9203 or visiting screeningbc.ca/breast

Book sale
New Westminster Campus, Concourse
10am-6pm
EVENT magazine’s popular annual fundraiser book sale runs March 16-20. Stock up on books, movies and music — and support Douglas College’s award-winning literary journal at the same time.

Wednesday, March 18

Book sale
New Westminster Campus, Concourse
10am-6pm
EVENT magazine’s popular annual fundraiser book sale runs March 16-20. Stock up on books, movies and music — and support Douglas College’s award-winning literary journal at the same time.

Thursday, March 19

Book sale
New Westminster Campus, Concourse
10am-6pm
EVENT magazine’s popular annual fundraiser book sale runs March 16-20. Stock up on books, movies and music — and support Douglas College’s award-winning literary journal at the same time.

Graduation Fair
Coquitlam Campus, Atrium
11am-1pm
If you are graduating in June, find out everything you need to know about convocation. For more info, contact the Alumni Office by phone at 604 777 6171 or by email. alumni@douglascollege.ca

Friday, March 20

Book sale
New Westminster Campus, Concourse
10am-6pm
EVENT magazine’s popular annual fundraiser book sale runs March 16-20. Stock up on books, movies and music — and support Douglas College’s award-winning literary journal at the same time.

Public lecture
New Westminster Campus, room 1606
12:30pm
Join us for Islam, ISIS and the Media, a free lecture co-sponsored by Campus Life and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Opening performance
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
Trojan Women, adapted from Charles L. Mee’s Trojan Women: A Love Story, from the original work of Euripides, is presented by the Douglas College departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology, March 20-27. For more information, including showtimes and how to buy tickets, visit Arts Events.

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Faculty voice: Strong financial oversight needed if Yes side wins transit vote

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By Kevin Ginnell
Political Science instructor
Douglas College

With voting in the Metro Vancouver transit and transportation plebiscite set to begin on March 16, the debate is heating up over whether or not sales tax in the region should be increased by 0.5 percent to fund extra and expanded transportation services.

The “Yes” side argues planned expansion and improvement are needed to meet the challenges of a growing population and increasing congestion. Meanwhile, the “No” side argues that taxes are already high and administration of the system, particularly by TransLink, has been inefficient and ineffective.

If the “Yes” side triumphs, the administration of the revenue and expenditures under the proposed plan must receive close scrutiny with complete transparency and accountability. The governance model currently used to administer the entire system also requires a complete overhaul so that those controlling the regional plans, priorities and funding of transportation are completely accountable to citizens.

The “Yes” side has suggested an oversight function for an ad hoc committee led by B.C. business mogul Jimmy Pattison to insure the efficient and effective use of the increased funding. However, this is far from sufficient. The system requires a dedicated Inspector-General-type office, similar to that of many transportation systems in the United States, that would be charged with day to day oversight, investigation and auditing. This office should have the power to examine contracts, identify best practices, and publicize any maladministration in the region’s transportation system. This new office should be created by the province through statute which would be much more legitimate than an ad hoc committee and would help inculcate confidence in how funds are spent.

There is also an absolute necessity to re-configure the current governance model at TransLink so that the organization becomes more directly accountable to the region’s citizens. Citizens have little ability to monitor the organization’s operations and to hold officials to account. When TransLink was originally created, the board of directors of the organization was selected from the then GVRD—now Metro Vancouver’s—board of directors. All of these directors were elected mayors and councillors from the region. There were unquestionably flaws in the original system, however, the province threw the baby out with the bath water in 2007 when it created the current system of an appointed corporate board alongside the mayor’s council. It is the province’s responsibility to show some leadership and create a new system that allows little distance between citizens and those in charge of the region’s transportation system.

I will probably support the “Yes” side in the plebiscite, although I will hold my nose while doing so, unfortunately. If I followed my heart, I would say not a nickel more should be given in support of the system until the issues of accountability and transparency are solved. If I follow my head, I know how important it is to fund the maintenance and expansion of the system looking to the future. Hopefully the current debate over the plebiscite issues will increase pressure to create better oversight and accountability within the region’s transportation system.

Opinions expressed in this story are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Douglas College.

EVENT literary magazine holding fundraising book sale at Douglas College

Want to pick up some books, movies or music while supporting the publication of great Canadian literature?

EVENT, Douglas College’s long-running literary magazine, is holding its annual fundraising book sale.

The sale takes place March 16-20 from 10am-5pm in the New Westminster Campus concourse.

Published three times per year, EVENT features fiction, poetry, non-fiction and book reviews by emerging and established writers.

Donations of books, CDs, DVDs and magazines are being accepted for the fundraising sale.

Drop off any donations at the Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts Office, room 2600, on the New Westminster Campus, or at the Foundation office at the Coquitlam Campus. You can also send via inter-campus mail to the EVENT office, room 2622, New Westminster Campus.

For more information, contact EVENT by email or by phone at 604 527 5293. Check out EVENT’s website here.

What can an Associate of Arts degree do for you?

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What can an Associate of Arts degree do for you? Douglas College is holding two informational events to help answer that question.

Find out about programs such as Intercultural and International Studies, Environmental Studies, Future Teachers, Future Professional Pilots and more.

Faculty and academic advising will be on hand to share information and answer questions.

The events take place Tuesday, March 17, 2:30-5pm, at the Coquitlam Campus Atrium, and Thursday, March 19, 2:30-5pm, at the New Westminster Campus Concourse.

Learn more about Associate of Arts degrees on the Douglas College website.

Douglas College in the news: February 2015

Want to find out what’s making news at Douglas College? Then check out this roundup of recent headlines:


What lures at-risk males to gang life?
Global News

Role in Les Miserables a dream come true for Douglas College grad

Cathy Wilmot has performed in dozens of theatrical productions during her career. But her role in an upcoming production of Les Miserables stands apart.

Les Miserables is my favorite musical and a show that has been on my bucket list to perform in so I am very excited,” she says.

The musical, based on a Victor Hugo novel, follows the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant and prisoner who is drawn into the revolutionary events of the 19th century.

Cathy graduated from Douglas College’s theatre program in the late 1990s and quickly landed work in theatre.

She spent years honing her singing, dancing, acting and comedy skills, while performing in productions of Rent, Legally Blonde, Jesus Christ Superstar and more.

Interested in upgrading to a degree, she entered the Bachelor of Performing Arts program, offered jointly by Douglas College, Capilano University, Langara College and Vancouver Community College.

The program gave her an opportunity to learn more about the creative process, how to market herself and culminated in a group project that was performed at the 2015 Push Festival.

“I liked the performing arts aspect of the program that I hadn’t done previously but was interested in exploring,” she says.

As an ensemble member in the Arts Club production of Les Miserables, which runs July 2-August 16, Cathy will play a variety of parts. She said the Performing Arts program has prepared her well.

“What I learned is to be open to new ways of thinking about art and how it’s created. I think more about the process and all elements that go into making a production now than I did before.”

Learn more about the Bachelor of Performing Arts program on the Douglas College website. And check out Cathy’s website.

Douglas College Poem of the Month: February 2015

Poem of the Month showcases outstanding work written by Douglas College students.

Each month, the Creative Writing Department displays posters across both campuses featuring a new poem.

Click on the image to the right to see an enlarged version of this month’s poster, featuring “write a poem” by Gillian Clark.

All Douglas College students are eligible to enter the Poem of the Month competition. Featured poems are selected by a committee of instructors.

To learn more about submitting poems, contact the Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts at 604 527 5465.

More information about the Creative Writing Department is available on the Douglas College website.

Theatre student breathes life into his characters

Portraint of theatre student Jackson Boudreau by David Denofreo

When Jackson Boudreau first came to Douglas College to study theatre, he didn’t have any experience as a stage actor.

But through the program, he has had the opportunity to perform before live audiences and discover a passion for bringing the characters he plays to life.

“Being able to do that has been so rewarding. It’s a lot of fun to be able to step into another world as someone else,” he says.

Jackson has honed his craft while taking courses in movement, voice, and theatre history. He credits his progress to the inspiration he’s received from fellow students and guidance from instructors.

Last semester, Jackson had a role in the Douglas College production of Subsequent Conversations, a series of one-act plays set in the modern, urban landscape.

This semester, his focus had shifted to the battlefields of ancient Greece. As a cast member in Trojan Women, he plays a messenger who must deliver bad news to survivors of the mythological Trojan War.

Gloomy subject matter aside, Jackson says he is enjoying building his latest character, exploring possible motivations and experimenting with different approaches to the script.

“The process of has been opened up to me since I entered the program. I don’t think everyone understands how much goes into acting,” he says.

Jackson’s love of movies is what first drew him to acting. And while he wants to pursue film acting in the future, he says he can’t imagine leaving behind the thrill of live audiences.

“It’s really been an eye-opener for me, getting to know this is what I want to do.”

Visit the Douglas College website to learn more about the Theatre Diploma and Associate of Arts in Theatre programs.

Video: Meet Lucas DeCoste, Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching at Douglas College

Meet Lucas DeCoste, a student in the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching program at Douglas College. Lucas is gaining the knowledge and experience he needs to become a teacher. Check out this video to learn more and visit douglascollege.ca/bpec