The Other Press proudly presents the first ever OPies

By Jacey Gibb, Opinions Editor

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]an you believe it’s already the end of the semester? Seems like only yesterday we were handed course syllabuses hot off the copier and assigned major projects to procrastinate for until the night before their due date. While many of you eager academics will continue your relationship with Douglas through the summer and into next year, for some of you this is goodbye.

Cue the James Blunt music.

But while some things come to an end, new beginnings are also taking place. In honour of the semester wrapping up, we at The Other Press decided to compile a list of the best our school has to offer. Ranging from favourite food destinations to the best instructors Douglas has to offer, The OPies look to recognize only the cream of the college.

How did we calculate who receive such prestigious honours? Through a combination of my own input, staff contributions, and nominations from readers like you! Good job, you!

College Staff and Instructors

Favourite Psychology instructor: Dr. Arnold Cera

“He’s one of the most straightforward and funniest professors I’ve had here.”

Favourite English as a Second Language instructor: Heather Barnes

Favourite Archaeology/Anthropology instructor: Laurie Beckwith

“Knowledgeable, engaging, encourages discussion without losing control of the class, and a fair and prompt marker. Great sense of humour; excelsior!”

Favourite Creative Writing instructor: Liz Bachinksy

“For her patience and encouragement with shy writers.”

Favourite Modern Languages instructor: Margarita Sewerin

“Learning a second language really isn’t my thing, but she makes it really enjoyable. Other instructors should have to take a class with her so they know what a good professor is really like”

Favourite Theatre instructor: Allan Lysell

Favourite Geography instructor: Sarah Paynter

“Who knew a Geography of British Columbia class could be so insightful? Simply amazing”

Instructor with the most style: John Carter

“For his maroon velvet oxford shoes. They’re so cool!”

Favourite instructor with a name that’s also a movie: John Carter

“Because they made a movie from his name.”

Raddest print shop worker: Glenn Ellingson

Best mom who works at the college: Dianne Maxwell, Health Care Support Worker program coordinator

“She carpools with me to school sometimes and she’s always busting her ass working late. A real professional who I admire. I don’t give a damn who your mom is or what she’s done, my mom is way better. Love ya, mum!”


Eats and other treats

Best food on campus: Triple O’s

Best food off campus: Ki Sushi

“It’s always so busy, but there’s a pretty good reason why. So tasty.”

Favourite bar to drink at after (or before) class: Drink Urban Lounge

“While I don’t condone going to class trashed, their drink specials made my night class a lot more enjoyable—though my GPA will probably disagree with me on that one.”

Best vegetable rolls: Bao Sushi

“It may be slow and a bit more expensive, but hot damn, can they serve up a tasty vegetable roll!”

Favourite place to go for coffee: Renaissance Book Store

Best Cafeteria Loaf: Marble

“Beats lemon poppy seed and banana bread, easy”

Best Store on Columbia Street: Sherlock’s Cafe / British Sweets & Groceries

“Prawn cocktail crisps, cans of dandelion and burdock, Iron Bru… try ’em and become an Anglophile.”


Campus life

Favourite way to waste time between classes: Go to the River Market at the Quay

Best place to sleep on campus: Quiet area on the second floor of the library

“If I can lie or sit on a surface, it’s a certified bed in my books. But the study cubicles on the second floor of the library mean I can flawlessly transition from bookworm to Snorlax without even having to stand up.”

Best thing at the college that no one knows about: EVENT Magazine

“Because they publish three issues a year, chockabock full of progressive Canadian writers.”

Best place on campus to work: The Other Press

“Because it’s fun and a great learning experience for new writers and editors!”

Most useful DSU knickknack: USB lanyard

Best Men’s Room: On the third floor of the David Lam Health Science Building

“The trick to finding a good men’s room is to go where few men set foot—and the least testosterone-laden area of the college is the health science building at David Lam. The third floor washroom in that building is a model of hygiene.”

Biggest Loser: Sharon Miki

Best Field School: Wales

“Best/most parties being the main kicker, as well as your own dorm room.”

Easiest Place to Amass Social Status: New Westminster concourse stairs

“With the cost of admission only donning a piece of Royals’ insignia, the newly-rubberized steps of the concourse are the ideal place to show how many people like you.”

Best Upgrade to the New Westminster Concourse: TV Lounge Areas

“Now the whole campus can see your StarCraft skills in action.”

Most entertaining Theatre performance: Goodnight Desdemona (Good morning Juliet)

“It had swordplay, fog machines, humour, and more existential crises than you can shake a stick at.”

What Douglas College needs: Escalators and napping rooms

What Douglas College doesn’t need: More concrete and florescent lighting

*Nominations obtained from various contributors and other sources

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