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Vikes Nation Rally Song

Update January 2014: The winner of UVic's School of Music / Vikes Nation Rally Song Contest was decided at the Vikes men’s basketball game on Jan. 10—and first prize went to the music school's songwriting instructor Colleen Eccleston.  Vikes Nation Rally Song (YouTube)

The University of Victoria has never had a rally song for fans to sing during Vikes games. Now that is about to change, thanks to a new contest launched today by UVic’s School of Music and Vikes Athletics.

While the crowd can readily chant “Let’s go Vikes, let’s go!” at any UVic game, it isn’t the same as having a UVic-specific rally song sporting unique and memorable music and lyrics. “It's important that our fans have a rally song to cheer during games,” says UVic’s Director of Vikes Athletics and Recreation Clint Hamilton.”

The public and campus community are invited to submit original compositions. Songs should be no longer than 20 seconds. Any style of music is welcome—from chants and jazz to rock and hip hop—but the winning song should be easily sung and performed by game-day crowds with no accompaniment. (Full contest details are available on Ring.ca, UVic’s community news source.)

“Music plays a vital role in encouraging community, spirit, and success,” says UVic’s Director of the School of Music Susan Lewis Hammond. “The School of Music is excited to support the rally song contest at UVic. Our partnership with Vikes Athletics speaks to a shared commitment to teamwork, collaboration, and excellence in student training and performance.”

Each submission (lyrics plus a YouTube link of the song being performed) should be sent to https://finearts.uvic.ca/forms/music/rally/ for judging, which will occur in December.

The winning songwriter will receive a $500 iPad courtesy of PepsiCo Canada, which is proud to partner with Vikes Nation and UVic’s School of Music on this school spirit initiative.

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Comedy and climate change by stand-up economist, Yoram Bauman

"The best way to fight climate change is with the tools of economics,” according to Yoram Bauman, an environmental economist and comedian from Seattle who will be giving a one-off free show at the University of Victoria (UVic) Wednesday.

“Comedy, Economics and Climate Change” is being co-hosted by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) and the UVic Department of Economics.
Bauman’s brand of economic comedy underpinned with environmental solutions is a popular drawcard on US and Canadian comedy and education speaking circuits. His goals are to reform economics education and implement carbon pricing – while making people laugh.

Bauman says it may surprise people to know that most economists agree about what should be done about climate change.

“Just about all economists think that putting a price on carbon (with a carbon tax or cap-and-trade system, but especially with a revenue-neutral carbon tax) is necessary, if not sufficient, in tackling climate change,” he says. “Market forces are the most powerful way to promote innovation in clean technology, and the best way to harness market forces is to put a price on carbon.”

Bauman is strong advocate of British Columbia’s carbon tax, which he has described as “the best climate policy in the world” in a New York Times opinion article in July 2012. He is part of the CarbonWA.org effort to bring a BC-style carbon tax to Washington State.

WHAT: “Comedy, Economics and Climate Change” by Dr. Yoram Bauman
WHEN: 7:00 – 8: 30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
WHERE: Room A110, David Turpin Building, UVic
LIVE WEBCAST: http://vod.uvic.ca/vod/mediaservices/uvicchannels/uvicone.html

Yoram Bauman is an environmental economist, stand-up comedian and a carbon tax Fellow at Sightline Institute in Seattle. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Washington and works in Washington state and elsewhere on climate change economics and policy, especially carbon pricing. He has appeared in TIME Magazine and on PBS and NPR, and is the co-author of the two-volume The Cartoon Introduction to Economics, with a third book, The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change, currently in the making. His most recent academic paper (“Climate sensitivity: should the climate tail wag the policy dog?”) was co-authored with UW climate scientist Gerard Roe and appeared in the April 2013 issue of Climatic Change. His website is www.standupeconomist.com.

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Contact: PICS Senior Communications Officer Robyn Meyer at 250-588-4053 or rmeyer@uvic.ca

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