Langara rapper getting ready to release new EP

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Tobias Ramage during the Guilt&Co. open mic night on Mar. 26. Photo by LAURA BROUGHAM

Social work and rapping may seem like polar opposites, but it’s all part of one Langara student’s life.

Tobias Ramage is a second-year social work student by day, and rapper by night. His artist name is NamedTobias. and is currently looking to release his next EP by the end of summer, and it will consist of three songs.

“The theme is, I wanna say strength,” said Ramage. “The title is the Blood Work, so I believe that like the blood of Jesus, in terms of him dying for our sins, can, cover us, make us pure, and we can shoot for the stars.”

Religion

Although God is an inspiration for his songs, Ramage tries to make his music mostly positive, rather than just religious.

“I try my best not to make my music preachy,” Ramage said. “It’s more so my belief and my stance and all my music is more so positive motivating type music.”

Collaborations

Eyren Uggenti, a rapper by the name of Somethin’ Like That, performed with Ramage on Sunday at Guilt and Co. during Emotions open mic night, and has collaborated with Ramage previously. He said Ramage brings a lot to a team, and is his favourite collaboration to date.

“To date, he’s my favourite collaboration that I’ve experienced as an artist,” Uggenti said. “His focus and his eye and ear for music and the pursuit of music has been really really constructive, on the part of us progressing through both the Vancouver hiphop scene, and the even broader scene outside of the city.”

Different approach to rap

Sarah-Audrey Mome, a freelance stylist, is a fan of Ramage, and said he has a different way of approaching hip-hop, which is one of the things that draws her to his music.

“I like Tobias’ music because he takes a fresh take on what it means to be hip-hop and what it means to rap about struggles,” said Mome. “He just tries to sound like himself, and I really appreciate that about him.”

Mental health on a diverse campus comes with challenges

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Students pass the counselling department. Photo by LAURA BROUGHAM

 

On Langara College’s diverse campus, international students face unique issues when seeking mental health support.

According to Michele Bowers, head of Langara’s counselling department, students from other cultures might be more inclined to talk to friends rather than a counsellor.

“Different cultures have different cultural beliefs and values, including different ideas of and attitudes towards mental health,” Bowers said in an email. “Some [international] students come from cultures where there is greater taboo or stigma surrounding mental health.”

Many international students with barriers

In fall 2016, there were 3,649 international students enrolled at Langara, which made up nearly a quarter of the student body, according to the college’s website. While mental health services are available on campus, cultural differences and language barriers could stop students from seeking help, according to Daisy Bai, a registered clinical counsellor.

“[There is a] lack of social support, both from their immediate social, like family or friends, as well as that general support from the school system,” Bai said. “Because they have that major language barrier, a lot of them don’t really have the courage to speak up, or they don’t have the vocabulary or the knowledge how to describe their experience better.”

Institution recognizes extra weight on being international

Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., an organization that supports immigrants to Canada said international students face extra stress because they need to find a new group of friends, while learning the language in their new country.

“Domestic students have their network of friends already established, international students, they start looking for friends in the new country,” Choo said.

One way to help international students feel more comfortable is to spread awareness of the programs available on campus, according to Bai.

“It would be pretty nice to have that in their first day of orientation,” Bai said. “Or whenever they go to their class their teacher can speak a little bit about that about how it is okay to talk about difficulties with them.”

Langara Falcons new women’s soccer head coach

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VANCOUVER BC; FEBRUARY 6 2017 – – Rachael Pelat was announced as the new Langara Falcons women’s soccer coach on Jan 27. Photo by LAURA BROUGHAM

 

Langara Falcons have signed former student Rachael “Rae” Pelat as the head coach of the women’s soccer team.

The announcement was made on Jan. 27, following the announcement that former coach Ryan Birt would be stepping down after 16 years with the team. Pelat played for the Falcons’ from 2004-2007, which were successful years for the team.

Between now and the start of the season in September, Pelat is hoping to get the team together regularly, to get to know them better, and to bond as a team.

“Getting them together is a big priority right now,” said Pelat. “I don’t know who the leaders are, or what their personalities are like off the field, on the field, those are all things that are important to me to know as a coach.”

Last season the team lost the bronze medal game in the PACWEST provincial game.

Good role model for Falcons

Jake McCallum, director of athletics and intramurals, believes that Pelat will be a good person for the team to look up to, and thinks her coaching past will be a good example.

“She’ll be a great role model,” said McCallum. “She’s coached everywhere from [under eight to under 18], and then as well at the college level. I think that’s great for [the team] to see, you start work at a certain level and kind of work your way up”

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Jake McCallum; Director of Athletics and Intrmurals

Sydney Bell, captain of the women’s soccer team, said the team is looking forward to working with Pelat, and are excited about the opportunity to work with a female head coach.

“None of us have had a female head coach before, so it’s a good change,” said Bell. “Everyone is very excited to have [Pelat] as a coach, and can’t wait until the season starts.”

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Sydney Bell; Langara women’s soccer captain

Pelat hopes to always push the women’s soccer team to the best of their abilities.

“I’m passionate about the game and about them succeeding,” said Pelat. “Challenging themselves, on the field, off the field, always wanting to be better.”