Fall Issue 2
Get to Know Your RCSA
An Interview with Regula
Regula Winzeler is the President of the Regent College Student Association (RCSA). She kindly agreed to be interviewed for the Et Cetera as part of an ongoing series profiling the RCSA members and what they do for our student community. She started at Regent in the Fall term of 2018.
What does the RCSA do for us? What’s your job as RCSA President?
Great question! The RCSA is here to support and advocate for students. We represent students by attending various meetings with a range of faculty, staff, board members, etc. We also do our best to provide the right opportunities and support to all Regent students to make their time at the college as fruitful as possible.
My job is essentially to make sure we stay on track as a council and that we do a good job supporting and representing students. I organize weekly meetings with the executive or the entire council and do my best to support the initiatives council members are organizing. Most of the time, it is a very behind-the-scenes job with a lot of admin type work. With that being said, I love meeting and connecting with my peers. So please come by the RCSA office to say hi, stay for tea, or just hang out. My office hours are posted on the door. There might even be baked goods waiting to be eaten from time to time.
What were you doing before coming to Regent?
I lived in the great city of Edmonton, Alberta and spent my days with 12-15 year olds trying to help them navigate the awkward teen years while also trying to get them excited about the War of 1812, properly using the dative case in German, and mastering pastry dough. In other words, I was a junior high teacher and (mainly) taught Social Studies, German Language Arts, and Foods. It was a busy but fun job — junior high is highly underrated.
What’s your favourite candy?
Candy? I am Swiss-Canadian. In my opinion, chocolate will always win over candy. My homeland produces fantastic chocolate that makes you forget candy exists.
What’s your favourite way to procrastinate?
Although I really wish this wasn’t the case, I’m the queen of procrastination and have a million ways to put off doing what I need to do. However, my go-to is definitely baking. I love chocolate chip cookies a lot and generally find myself baking a batch when I have stressful deadlines coming up.
What is the most fun or interesting course you have ever taken in school?
I have taken a lot of great courses at Regent, but the first course that comes to mind gave me no credit nor was it relevant to any of my educational goals. In my undergrad, I took a “Figure Skating 101” class. It was just for fun but it was the highlight of my week every week. Growing up, I always dreamed of being the next Jamie Salé but never having taken lessons, I signed up for the class in my undergrad and joined a bunch of other wanna-be figure skaters in learning some of the basic building blocks of the sport. I have little to show for it now but nonetheless, that will always remain a highlight!
As Strong as Death
Mother of the Maid at Pacific Theatre
By Steven Gomez
There are some complicated saints in the official canon lists. Among them is Joan of Arc, the French teenager who, if she lived today, would be labelled a religious extremist for proclaiming God had commanded her to go forth and slaughter the English. No doubt many a tourist who’s tried to ride the Tube feels the same way, but they’re not so fanatic as to do it. Joan is a complicated part of Christian history, one that tends to offend modern sensibilities when we consider her in the abstract.
So imagine what it was like to be her mother; to consider Joan not in the abstract, but as part of your own body; to have always the awareness of the umbilical cord that binds you irrevocably together, even to the stake.
Jane Anderson’s Mother of the Maid, receiving its Canadian premiere at Pacific Theatre this fall, makes that imaginative leap and then some. The modern style of dialogue is at first a bit jarring for those used to the elevated diction of a typical period piece, but it keeps us firmly out of abstractions and lets us feel the complicated reality.
Joan (Shona Struthers) tells her mother Isabelle (Anita Wittenberg) about her visions of St. Catherine as though they were having the Talk, or even as though she were coming out, and we at once know this could be our family. Someone breaking the mold is difficult for any family to take. And, as usual, the mother is the rock on which everyone stands.
What takes more strength: to march an army into battle against overwhelming odds, or to walk three hundred miles in the mud just to see your daughter at court? To let the enemy execute you as a martyr, or to bathe your daughter for the last time in her prison cell, giving her the news from home, before they take her away? By the curtain call, I had no doubt which of these women was the real martyr.
We know, of course, where the story goes. Tragedies are not known for their plot twists. But here the tragedy is not Joan’s but Isabelle’s, who is chained to the “Maid of Orléans” not by faith in her miracles or her mission, but by her own will and love. Love, says the Bible, is as strong as death. It’s a chain that cannot be broken by anything but fire, and truly not even then. It’s what gives Isabelle her strength and even her reason for being; it pulls her through the narrative and she submits with disarming matter-of-factness. She knows what love is and doesn’t balk at its demands.
The whole cast does a fine turn, with honest performances of relatable characters, and the most important role of all is also the best. Wittenberg fully realizes Isabelle’s emotional scope as she’s thrown around by “God and his bloody plans”, reminding us from beginning to end that a saint’s piety doesn’t hold a candle to a mother’s devotion. And as she screams her daughter’s name for the last time, we know with absolute assurance that she is the one being burned alive.
Mother of the Maid is a grand opening to Pacific Theatre’s season, running until October 5. Tickets are available at pacifictheatre.org
Alpha Beta Who?
Why the Alma Mater Society Matters to You!
By Ian Gilbert
Did you know by simply registering for a course at Regent you are a member of the Alma Mater Society? In fact, if you look at your latest term invoice you just spent just about $600 to be a member of this society!
The Alma Mater Society (Alma Mater meaning the school you graduated from, Latin for “nurturing mother”) is run by student representatives across UBC, including all of us Regent students.
Whilst it’s run by students, this is no high school science club.
UBC has over 40,000 students here in Vancouver alone, all paying fees. Your Alma Mater Society has an annual turnover of roughly 22 million dollars a year. It employs hundreds of people across UBC, provides a range of services to students such as making UBC environmentally friendly or building “The Nest”, for students to enjoy!
So be sure to take advantage of the huge range of services our collective fees pay for, including medical and dental plans, free food banks for students, drug and alcohol services, free or discounted entry to most sporting facilities, and much more.
The AMS meets regularly to discuss questions and issues such as hosting controversial speakers, raising or lowering fees, and changing local bylaws. This past March, the BC Attorney General attended the AMS meeting to discuss transport options for students. Recently a plan to cut funding to the UBC Sexual Assault Support Centre was abandoned entirely due to students like you voicing their opposition.
Now if you’re feeling stressed about yet more things to think about along with the Regent workload, stress no more! Your Regent Student Council sends a representative to intercede for you!
But be sure to check out the RCSA notice board for upcoming issues in the AMS meetings and consider letting your student council know how you would vote.
Three Men Take the Heat!
By Erica Bowler
In Babylon, a land ruled by the sword,
King Nebuchadnezzar was bored, bored, bored!
He had bullied his guards outside their post
And had kicked a cook for burning his toast.
He mocked the maids, put a man in the stocks
And all of this before ten o’clock!
“I’m bored,” he whined, “I’m bored to tears
“There’s really nothing to do around here!”
He decided to spend the day in bed,
Then an idea popped into his head.
“I’ve got it!” He cried, “I’ve got it – yippee!
I’ll set up a giant statue of me
And every time folks hear the music play,
They’ll all bow down low to it and they’ll say:
‘King Nebuchadnezzar rules over all things
as the Lord of all Lords and the King of all Kings.’
Those who don’t will be put in a fiery pit
Where they’ll sizzle and sizzle and that’ll be it!”
When the town next heard the royal pipes -
The lyre, the harp, and drums of all types -
They worshipped out loud, and they danced and prayed
So they wouldn’t be cooked in the oven that day.
But standing up tall (and right in plain sight!)
Were three courageous young Israelites.
The first guy was Shadrach, a silent sort,
With a fondness for fudge and fine quality port.
The second was Meshach: bold, brave and brash.
He had sideburns and a monstrous moustache.
Last but not least was Abednego,
A fine clever chap who played the oboe.
These three men, though a trifle odd,
Were fearless in their love for God.
So while everyone else worshipped the Crown,
These three stood tall and refused to bow down.
For this reason, astrologer Abraham Sprout
Went to the king and he ratted them out.
King Neb ranted and raved and he roared and he raged,
And he snarled like a tiger recently caged,
Then he marched the three in and he glowered and glared
And even brave Meshach felt a bit scared.
“On your knees!” Cried the King, “come, do as you’re told!
Bow down right now to my statue of gold!”
But Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
Dug in their heels and they all shouted “No!”
Meshach, who knew they had had their last chips
Bellowed this song with his hands on his hips:
‘King Nebuchadnezzar rules over all dung!’
And he waggled his fingers and stuck out his tongue.
The king stamped and stamped, and he called up his daughter,
“Heat the oven up quick, make it seven times hotter!”
Then the guards tied them up with duct tape and wire
And they threw the men into the furnace of fire.
Observers will say that the flames were so hot
That the guards were all struck dead on the spot!
But the amazing thing is: the captives were not.
Instead they were laughing and lounging around,
Unharmed by the flames, and completely unbound,
Abednego, making use of the heat,
Took off his socks and stretched out his feet.
Shadrach was cooking marshmallows and toast
And Meshach had put on a chicken to roast.
The king watched this with interest keen –
It was the weirdest sight he’d ever seen!
Then Neb noticed something else and cried: ‘Look!
Didn’t we throw in three men to cook?
But now there are four of them walking about!”
And, panicking, the king ordered them out.
Out came Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
In fine fighting form, from head to toe.
Their skin wasn’t hot, their tunics weren’t singed,
And their robes and t-shirts hadn’t been tinged
With the least bit of soot, however small,
In fact, they hadn’t been hurt at all!
So, it should come to no surprise
That everyone with brains now cries:
‘The God of Israel rules over all things
as the Lord of all Lords and the King of all Kings.’
1. Bright spark left night-gin cocktail (9)
6. Manage in exercise keeps one regular? (5)
8. One in bar at first class hotel in French resort (8)
9. Enlarge or have a long life by the sound of it (6)
11. Substitutes put men in disturbed rest (12)
12. It is where Charlie left Tom (2)
14. Capricorn has its fourth in subject (6)
15. Physician limits violation for material supplier (6)
17. Capers run and just finish (6)
19. Breaking wind an irritation about alternative time (6)
23. Princess comes back to herself (2)
24,26. Defragmented corrupt disc is in a corrosive chemical (12,4)
27. Tactic chewing sweet (6)
28. Piano arrangement, but composed for big smoker (8)
30. Italian prince died in western city (5)
31. I run and reach assembly, breaking wind! (9)
1. Deliberation denoted chaotic free state ((7)
2. Catch breath about redstart (5)
3. Disturbed a party, breaking wind? (7)
4. Adventurous right in warm environment (8)
5. Game on! Start! (2)
6. Spain terminated domicile for Picasso (7)
7. Scout a hunting lodge around Salt Lake City (4)
8. Etcetera in role rocked voter (7)
10. Permit dwelling in chalets (3)
13. Top-copy signed by illiterate? (4)
14. Interns capture a flyer (4)
16. Politician in recoil adjusted to yes-man (8)
17. This fed movement and moved (7)
18. Personal serving man (7)
20. I am nuts about breaking wave (7)
21. No cycle recycled, breaking wind? (7)
22. Ball for backward sibling? (3)
25. Deep breathing kit of young lion in South Africa (5)
26. See 24 Across
29. Expression of surprise at alcoholic ending (2)
1. Atmospheric flash. (9)
6. Desiccated plum? (5)
8. French Atlantic city (8)
9. Make a bigger opening (6)
11. Deputies (12)
12. Locative preposition (2)
14. Capricorn or Cancer (6)
15. Cloth seller (6)
17. Adventure (6)
19. Whorl (6)
23. Freud’s self? (2)
24,26. Corrosive chemical (12,4)
27. Candy (6)
28. Philippines volcano(8)
30. Avoid truck (5)
31. Big storm (9)
1. African country ((7)
2. Understand (5)
3. Big storm (7)
4. Daring (8)
5. Green light (2)
6. Picasso or Dali (7)
7. State (4)
8. Constituent (7)
10. Allow (3)
14. Seabird (4)
16. Law-biding person (8)
17. Changed position (7)
18. Basic recruit (7)
20. Tidal wave (7)
21. Atlantic storm(7)
22. Symbolic globe (3)
25. Diving apparatus (5)
26. See 24
29. Expression of surprise (2)