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Rob Morton is the founder ofthe UBC Party Calendar, and is responsible for some of the biggest parties at UBC.
Rob Morton is the backbone of campus social scene
Armaan Malhotra
Contributor
Have you ever walked out ofthe
Student Union Building to witness a group of students dressed
in animal print onesies raving
to a boom box? Whether you
are a first-year student eager
to experience the wild side of
university life or a graduate
student who wants to enjoy a
more classy night out, you have
almost undoubtedly seen students promoting, heard about or
attended an event hosted by the
UBC Party Calendar.
The Calendar is a student-run
organization that serves as
the backbone of campus social
gatherings. In the words of
founder and UBC graduate Robert Morton, "The Calendar is a
mirror that reflects everything
awesome that is going on at
UBC back at its students."
Morton grew up in Pitt
Meadows on a tree farm. In
addition to hosting benefit
concerts with his high school
band, Morton participated in
the tight-knit community and
worked with other locals to plan
social events.
In his early years at UBC,
Morton immersed himself in
the community. As a house
president in Totem Park, Morton continually strived for a
"college experience where you
know everyone and where we
are all involved in making UBC
life as colourful as possible."
My friend and I sat
back after buying
the domain name
thecalendar.ca and
literally said 'whoa,
now we have no choice,
we have to follow
through with the idea."
Rob Morton
UBC grad and founder ofthe UBC
Party Calendar
While his participation in
UBC campus life was a strong
foundation for the UBC Party
Calendar, the actual idea was
conceived on Morton's 19th
birthday while on a trip to Bulgaria with his best friend.
"We went to the woman at
the desk in our hostel and she
said, 'just one second.' She
hopped onto a Bulgarian night
life website and listed all ofthe
events happening on that day
in their specific town." From
that moment, Morton could not
stop thinking about bringing a
similar concept to UBC.
On a personal level,
it is my team that
continually supports
each step that we
take and without
them, we would not
be anywhere close to
where we are today
Our meetings are
literally just a sweet
goofy support group."
Rob Morton
In his second year, Morton
found himself sitting in Irving
K. Barber procrastinating for a
paper when the idea for a suitable name finally struck him.
"My friend and I sat back
after buying the domain name
'thecalendar.ca' and literally said 'whoa, now we have
no choice, we have to follow through with the idea,'"
said Morton.
At its start, the Calendar had
a "duct-taped together website"
and was headquartered in Morton's room, where he and his
roommates did all ofthe event
planning, administration and
photo editing.
The Calendar is made
of three key pillars
including building
community promoting
fun and supporting
artists. Together, these
ideas are the 'why' of
the Calendar and the
why' of me."
Rob Morton
"It didn't matter whether you
were in a fraternity system, a
certain club or anything, it was
all about showing your colours
and having a good time."
Today, the organization has
50 members, an extensive social
media presence and continues
to push the limit of social events
at UBC.
"On a personal level, it is my
team that continually supports
each step that we take and
without them, we would not be
anywhere close to where we are
today. Our meetings are literally
just a sweet goofy support
group."
When asked about his inspiration, Morton spoke about the
passion that drives him personally and how it is reflected
in the UBC Party Calendar
organization.
"The Calendar is made of
three key pillars including
building community, promoting fun and supporting artists.
Together, these ideas are the
'why' ofthe Calendar and the
'why' of me."
Outside of his involvement
with the Calendar, Morton
has been a strong proponent of
the #IAmAStudent movement
against international tuition
and residence fee increases
proposed for 2015 at UBC.
"The IAmAStudent group
purpose is the organizational
branding side ofthe movement,"
he said.
In a similar manner to UBC
Calendar events, the #IAmAS-
tudent collaboration allows
UBC students to come together,
build connections and create a
stronger community.
Looking forward, Morton's
dream is to "bring something
like the Calendar to Vancouver
that involves supporting local
initiatives and artists."
He continued to explain how
"in the same way that UBC
needed some help having fun
and getting to know each other,
Vancouver has almost the exact
same challenge."
By establishing the Calendar
model in the city of Vancouver, Robert hopes to promote
a more active community and
revitalize Vancouverites.
The Calendar team continues
to promote school spirit and
an inclusive student culture by
throwing events throughout the
year ranging from the Digital
Zoo party to the annual Polar
Bear Swim.
In one of his final remarks,
Morton fully captured the
essence ofthe Calendar's mandate.
"We cannot make positive
changes and have strong democracies unless we have strong
communities." Xi // News
EDITORS JOVANAVRANIC +VERONIKA BONDARENKO
MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 20
RESEARCH»
Cardiovascular disease researchers developing anti-aging skin treatment
Scott Jacobsen
Contributor
UBC Pathology and Laboratory
Medicine professor David Granville made a chance discovery that
may lead to the creation of a drug
to defy skin aging.
Granville researched the
effects of Granzyme-B (GzmB)
on atherosclerosis, an artery
disease, and heart attacks. His
research coincidentally found
resistance to skin aging.
"Essentially, my research
is focused on aging and blood
vessel health in the context of
atherosclerosis, which causes
heart attacks and strokes," said
Granville.
"As we aged mice, when this
gene was knocked out, we were
finding an unusually good benefit
to the skin."
Accordingto Granville, skin
with more GzmB looked older
in the experimented upon mice,
while skin with less ofthe enzyme
looked younger.
"It is one of those exciting times
as a basic scientist. Sometimes,
this is ignored," said Granville.
"In research these days, there
are these sort of serendipitous
discoveries in different areas that
were unexpected."
Granville said that sunlight
causes 80 to 90 per cent of aging in
the skin.
"We wanted to study this in
more detail because a study had
come out showing that Granzyme-B could be induced by ultraviolet light in skin cells."
Granville's research team
worked with experts in the
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David Granville and his team of researchers found that blocking Granzyme-B can reduce aging of the skin.
biological application of engineering
principles to develop a solar-simulated light box, using bulbs that
mimic the ratios of ultraviolet radiation in sunlight.
"We exposed the mice for 20
weeks, just three times a week,
to very low levels of sunlight,"
Granville said. "They were exposed
to three minutes of light. Temperature is all regulated, so [it] did
not go up.... We looked at the skin.
There was a marked difference in
wrinkling that was evident on the
mice with Granzyme-B compared to
those without Granzyme-B."
He explained skin aging in
further detail, pointing out that
the skin's collagen becomes "lost
and disorganized," and its quality
becomes reduced.
According to Granville, many
cosmetics simply throw collagen
at the skin in hopes of restoration
ofthe aged skin. He said this is
ultimately ineffective.
"The body produces collagen
and assembles it in a sort of basket-woven form, very similar to
looking at a blanket. That requires
other proteins as well. Obviously,
things that would hold it together
like the nails and brackets that
would hold together a wall,"
he said.
Granville's research may allow
for the creation of a drug that
could block the aging enzyme. He
formed viDA Therapeutics, Inc. in
2008 to research and make such
a product.
"We're excited about the fact
that if we inhibit the Granzyme-B,
we could inhibit this degradation
and loss of organization ofthe collagen that holds the skin intact."
Granville said there are also
important health implications
of GzmB.
"With respect to people in
long-term care facilities, I've been
working with the wound-healing
clinic at St. Paul's Hospital," Granville said.
"We're hoping that by inhibiting this, and allowing, we might
be able to increase the tensile
strength of skin and prevent this
skin tearing that occurs, plagues
these patients in long-term care
facilities."
Granville hopes his research
will be used for benefits beyond
better-looking skin.
"We're not hoping to become
cosmetic experts," he said, tl
NEWS BRIEFS
Pascal Spothelfer leaves UBC
Pascal Spothelfer, UBC's former
vice president of communications
and community partnership, has
left his position at the university.
Spothelfer, who has previously
served as president of B.C. Technology Industry Association, CEO
of Spectrum Signal Processing and
CEO of NovAtel Inc., took on his
role at UBC in March 2012.
Accordingto UBC spokesperson Susan Danard, Spothelfer
left his role on Dec. 5 2014.
Danard also said that Barbara Miles, VP development
and alumni engagement, will
take on interim responsibility
for Spothelfer's role while the
university starts looking for
a replacement.
UBC did not comment on why
Spothelfer's left.
Animal research report released
UBC has released its most recent
animal research report. In 2013,
UBC used 216,450 different animals,
including mammals, fish and rodents, for laboratory research.
While the total number of animals used decreased by five per cent
since 2012, the number of animals
used for Category D research,
which is rated as causing moderate
to severe distress or discomfort
to the animal, increased by 2.55
per cent. 63 animals were used for
Category E research, which is the
highest category on the invasiveness
rating scale, which is a 0.01 per cent
decrease since 2012. Animals that
were used for Category D and E research accounted for 32.83 per cent
of total animals used.
A more detailed article on this
report will be published in our upcoming issue.Xi
ACADEMICS»
Economics student awarded Rhodes Scholarship
Logan Graham is headed to Oxford next year to study sustainable economics
Veronika Bondarenko
News Editor
UBC student Logan Graham is one
ofthe 11 Canadian undergraduates
selected to receive the prestigious
Rhodes Scholarship.
Graham, who is a fourth-year
honours economics student, has
dreamed of attending Oxford ever
since a trip to Europe took him
there when he was 10 years old.
Now he will have a chance to
complete his postgraduate degree in economics at the university on a full scholarship, which
is valued at nearly $150,000.
While words of congratulations from family and friends
flooded his phone and Facebook
inbox, Graham said that the
surprise of being selected is yet
to fully sink in.
"It's been something I thought
about for a while," said Graham.
"To actually have it happen is truly
incredible and truly humbling."
During his time at UBC,
Graham studied business and
philosophy before finally settling
on economics.
He also started the Social
Enterprise Club, which provides
peer consultation and support for
students who want to start businesses that are geared towards
social impact.
While at Oxford, Graham
hopes to deepen his knowledge
of sustainable economics in
order to eventually either work
for the United Nations or start
a business that fosters social
and environmental change at a
global level.
"The biggest problems of our
time are going to be climate
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Logan Graham is one of the 11 Canadian students selected for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.
change, poverty, inequality and
sustainable human living in cities
and out of cities," said Graham.
"What I'm passionate about
doing is using economics to solve
those problems."
Accordingto Graham, the idea
that profit and social change are
necessarily incompatible is one
of the most common misconceptions about business.
"A business is an organization
of humans establishing a service
that provides someone some
value," said Graham.
"It's just about shifting that
value and doing it sustainably."
Graham will start at Oxford in
late September, after first heading over to Ottawa in the summer
for meetings between all the
Canadian Rhodes scholars.
As his excitement for the fall
is starting to mount, Graham
also hopes to take advantage of
the time that he will spend at the
university to surround himself
with people who will inspire him
to continue learning and questioning his preconceptions of
the world.
"It's the most incredible of
scholars and young people in the
world, so I want to learn everything I can from them and especially complement myself with
people who don't think like I do
and who don't have the experiences that I have," said Graham. Xi NEWS    I    MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2015
HISTORY »
Province to publish book
commemorating history of
Chinese Canadians in B.C.
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The province has commissioned a book that celebrates the achievements and contributions of Chinese Canadians to B.C.'s history.
Scott Jacobsen
Contributor
The province of B.C. has set aside
$100,000 for a book that celebrates
the achievements of eminent
Chinese Canadians.
The book, which follows an
official apology to the Chinese
Canadian community from the
province in May 2014, is meant
to highlight underrepresented
aspects of B.C.'s history and make
amends for a number of racist
policies that were implemented
against Chinese Canadians in the
past.
UBC history professor Henry
Yu said that the publication of such
a book is meant to provide a more
comprehensive history of Chinese
Canadians in B.C.
"The focus should obviously be,
in the legacy, addressing a lot of
the anti-Chinese legislation, and a
lot of things were done to the Chinese in terms of racist legislation,
exclusion, head tax," said Yu.
Still, Yu said that the book is
meant to also celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of
Chinese Canadians to B.C.'s history rather than solely focus on the
discrimination that they faced.
"There's a long history of anti-Chinese legislation, discrimination, and racism, but there's
also this long, enduring, and very
under-told story of what the Asian
Canadians were doing in British
Columbia," said Yu.
As an example, Yu explained
that from the time the British first
came to B.C. in 1788 with the John
Meares expedition, there were
also many Chinese on the ship who
helped build the fur trading fort
in Nuu-chah-nulth territory and
establish the B.C. that we know
today — a fact that is commonly
overlooked in history books.
According to Yu, the book and
the project are highly important,
as the history of B.C. that most
people know today does not often
focus on the broad spectrum of
communities who lived here.
"We need a much more rounded
common history," said Yu. "For
instance, the long history of relationships between Chinese Canadians and First Nations was often
ignored because 'pioneer histories'
of British Columbia usually focused on European migrants."
The book will be approximately
150 pages long and bring to light
interesting stories, photos and
documents related to the history
of notable British Columbians of
Chinese descent.
While the exact details of what
the book will look like are still
being established, Yu looks forward to seeing how it will present
stories about Chinese Canadians
as part ofthe larger history of B.C.
"We can create a 'usable past,'
that we can help us live together
moving forward," said Yu. "It's not
about just looking backward. It's
also about looking forward." Xi
ECONOMICS »
Sauder prof says low oil prices part of worldwide
trend, but long-term economic effects uncertain
According to Professor Anming Zhang, the world economic crises are likely affecting low oil prices.
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Scott Jacobsen
Contributor
The recent drop in oil and
gas prices in Canada is shaping up to be part of a larger,
worldwide trend.
Anming Zhang, a Sauder
professor who focuses on transport economics and policy and
industrial organization, said that
the major factors in the drop in
oil prices have to do with global
supply and demand.
Accordingto Zhang, the recently decreased prices for oil in
Canada come from the nose dive
in the crude oil prices worldwide
since 2014.
"In July 2014, the crude oil price
reached around $108 USD per
barrel," said Zhang. "If you look at
today's price, it's $53 per barrel. It
is half of what he had a half-year
ago. Canada will just follow that."
Zhang also said that the world
economic crises, including the
2008 Global Financial Crisis, the
2011 European Debt Crisis, and
the reduction in growth ofthe
Chinese economy, could also all be
attributed to the low oil prices.
"On the demand side, there's
some slowing down in the world
economy and trade, international
trade, and the world GDP over the
last few years," said Zhang.
As an example, Zhang said that
the drop of China's GDP from
10 per cent in the early 2000s to
seven per cent now had its effect
on the price of oil and gas.
"The demand side has been
dropping," said Zhang. "Naturally, economic activity is slowing
down, and demand for oil has
been going down as well."
Accordingto Zhang, there
are a number of theories that try
to predict the future economic
consequences ofthe drop in oil
prices.
Zhang said that the price
decrease could create problems
for the Russian economy, which
is heavily dependent on its oil and
gas sector.
"60 per cent ofthe [Russian]
government revenue is from the
oil and natural gas activities,"
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said Zhang. "This will put a lot of
pressure on Russian economy."
As the big drop in oil prices
came quite unexpectedly for many
Canadian customers and companies alike, the effects that the
drop will have on longterm prices,
including the fuel surcharges that
plane companies currently charge
passengers, are still uncertain.
"Essentially, the price of oil
dropped too quickly," said Zhang.
"It's been a shock to the airlines,
and they're wondering if the price
might go up again soon. Things
are still uncertain, so they're being
cautious in case it's only a temporary drop."
Still, Zhang also said that it is
unlikely that plane companies will
get rid ofthe fuel surcharges altogether, as the global demand for oil
and gas is still disproportionate to
the supply.
"The airlines will most likely
decrease the surcharges — but not
get rid of them altogether," said
Zhang. "That would only be if the
price of oil stayed this low for a
long time - which I doubt." 31
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FILM»
Cult cinema prof leads
research on fan favourite
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Ernest Mathijs teaches the popular film studies class on cult cinema.
Kaylan Mackinnon
Contributor
UBC's cult film professor is
leading a new research project on
fan favourite fantasy film trilogy
The Hobbit.
The Lord ofthe Rings novels,
followed by the movie series,
were a world phenomena and
the recent Hobbit trilogy has
also captured the attention of
audiences around the globe. One
of these audience members is
scholar and cult film professor
Ernest Mathijs. Curious to define
the word fantasy and examine
the influence these stories have
on different people around the
world, Mathijs is now one ofthe
main coordinators on the Worldwide Hobbit Survey Project.
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of
the Rings and The Hobbit are
considered masterpieces and
the films exemplify their lasting
effect on the world of literature
and film — ultimately grabbing
the attention of scholars across
the globe. Currently, 146 scholars
have collaborated to release a
worldwide Hobbit trilogy project
online. Mathijs is one ofthe
coordinators. Other well-known
scholars include Eric Maigret in
France, Alberto Trobia in Italy,
Katherine Larsen and Lynn
Zubernis in the United States and
Annette Hill in Sweden.
This survey consists of about
20 general questions and is
available to The Hobbit audiences
online. Why you might ask? The
scholars aim to gather a global
understanding of just what
these films and fantasy mean
to audiences.
"People allow these films to
play a role, the way you let food
play a role or the way in which
you let music play a role to orient
yourself in your culture and in
your community. Fantasy seems
to be fulfilling the same role and
that's something we want to test,
particularly because fantasy didn't
used to have that role. It was
always seen as, you know, childish,
fairy-tale like," said Mathijs.
"It was something you would
engage with when you were in your
adolescence and then you grow
out of it because fantasy was not
serious. I think that has changed.
I think fantasy has now become
more serious and it's taken more
seriously then ever before."
A similar survey was done in
2003 on the Lord ofthe Rings trilogy. However this new survey on
The Hobbit is available in 35 different languages. The researchers are
hoping to receive 50,000 responses
with this survey.
"I should confess I'm not the
biggest fantasy fan myself but
I'm intrigued by the appeal that
fantasy has, and it's something that
I sometimes struggle to understand," said Mathijs.
To further his understanding
of what fantasy means to people
around the world, Mathijs invested
his time in this survey. Why these
films and not others, such as Batman or Harry Potter? As Mathijs
mentions, it's because ofthe occasion and the time span that these
films have over others. The Lord
ofthe Rings and The Hobbit are
cross-generational given that they
have been around for so long.
"In spite ofthe entire spectacle,
there's a deep yearning with these
characters that reach audiences,
even ones who aren't fans," said
Mathijs.
"There's a deep yearning to
feel belonging, because we're all
connected. That's what's so great
about fandom."
Once the survey is finished
and the data is collected, it will
take the scholars approximately
seven to eight months to analyze
the data with the help of computer engineers and software. The
data will then be released online
to allow for independent analysis
and interpretation.
The survey will be available
online until May 2015 at world-
widehobbitproject.org. Xi
REVIEW »
To see or not to see: The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies
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The Hobbit: The Battle ofthe Five Armies has topped the box office since the weekend of Dec. 19.
Lawrence Neal Garcia
Senior StaffWriter
Perhaps the best thing that can be
said about The Hobbit: The Battle
ofthe Five Armies — the third
installment in Peter Jackson's
overextended Tolkien adaptation
— is that it's finally over; although
at 144 interminable minutes, the
film certainly takes its time in
getting there.
Incorporating incoherent
action, absurd set-pieces and
cameos aplenty, The Battle ofthe
Five Armies plays out like bad fan
fiction — and like the worst of its
kind, it doesn't just fail to stand
on its own terms, it retroactively
diminishes the lofty standards
set out by the original Lord ofthe
Rings trilogy.
The film starts out ably
enough, dispatching the dragon
Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch)
in just a few minutes; but it
quickly devolves into the kind of
indulgence that characterized
bothAn Unexpected Journey and
The Desolation of Smaug. The plot
of its source material is stretched
far beyond reason, which wouldn't
be so bad if its handling wasn't
also unbearably clumsy. Its plot
mechanics and characterization
are inept (some characters seem
to serve no other purpose than to
point somewhere on-screen and describe what is already happening)
and the CGI-heavy spectacle that
once seemed awe-inspiring now
plays out as incredibly stale (to say
nothing of its visual style and framing, or lack thereof). Perhaps the
only remaining glimmer is Bilbo
Baggins (Martin Freeman), who
manages a few genuine moments, although he too is inevitably drowned
out in the soulless spectacle of it
all — ironic considering he's also the
titular character.
When Jackson accepted the Best
Picture Oscar for The Lord ofthe
Rings: The Return ofthe King back in
2004, he joked about fantasy being
an f-word in Hollywood; three films
later, The Hobbit is now not just fantasy, it's also a failure. Viewers may
be compelled to watch The Battle
of the Five Armies out of a sense of
loyalty to Jackson, or to obtain some
sense of closure from the previous
installment. Unfortunately, this trilogy was at least two films too long.
Here's hoping that Jackson leaves
The Silmarillion alone. Xi
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FILM»
Bottom of the Queue: From the Vault: Irma Vep
Rubber
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Irma Vep's director Olivier Assayas' most recent film Clouds of Sils Maria was a part of this year's Vancouver International Film Festival.
Rubber is a film about a self-aware tire.
Sam Fruitman
StaffWriter
Rubber (2010) is a surprising
film. And not because of its
incredibly bizarre plot, which
involves a telekinetic tire that
kills people. It's surprising because it actually works — sort of.
The film, from director Quentin
Dupieux, tells the charming
tale of Robert (the previously
mentioned tire), as he embarks
on a soul-searching journey of
self-discovery while a group of
self-aware spectators observe
his blood-soaked rampage from
afar. Confused? Don't worry, we
were too.
While on the whole the film
can be painfully aware of its own
self-indulgence, there are a few
moments where this awareness
hits well and is actually pretty
funny. You have to applaud a film
that can make you feel something
for a tire.
The spectating audience provides the backbone for the self-re-
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flexivity ofthe film, intermittently
chiming in and commenting on
the incoherent plot. And boy, is
it incoherent. The tire has it out
for anything that has a pulse (and
the occasional beer bottle). As to
why? Your guess is as good as ours,
but that's not to say that the film
doesn't have its high points. Some
very pleasing cinematography and
some even more pleasing head-exploding bring pleasure to an otherwise painful film. The score isn't
bad either, only fading in when it
needs to.
One standout moment ofthe
film is the opening monologue that
pays homage to "no reason." While
some will argue that this is a cheap
way to excuse the garbled plot, it
acts as a warning to viewers. This
is a weird film.
The bottom line: Rubber has
got some eye-catching cinematography, some very satisfying gore
and a cool minimal score. Is that
enough to make up for an incredibly convoluted plot? We'll let you
decide. tJ
In recent years, French director
Olivier Assayas has dabbled in
a variety of genres: sweeping
historical epic (Carlos, 2010),
semi-autobiographical coming-
of-age film (Something in the
Air, 2013) and most recently a
meta-textual backstage drama
(Clouds of Sils Maria, 2014); and
while all three demonstrate a
desire to experiment, none are
as thrillingly experimental (or
accomplished) as Assayas' 1996
film, Irma Vep.
The film stars Hong Kong
actress Maggie Cheung (playing
herself) who finds herself at the
centre of a disastrous remake of
Louis Feuillade's silent French
classic Les Vampires, helmed
by an aging French director
(Jean-Pierre Leaud, of The 400
Blows fame). Over the course of
the film, and without knowing
a word of French, she becomes
friends with the costume designer Zoe (Nathalie Richard)
who develops a crush on her, is
asked to comment on the state of
modern French cinema, witnesses the director having a nervous
breakdown and prowls around
the hotel in her costume: a black
skin-tight, latex catsuit.
As difficult to summarize as it
is pleasurable, the film manages
to be a chaotic backstage drama,
a critique of (and love letter to)
the French film industry at a
time, and a post-modern ode to
the possibilities ofthe cinematic
medium. Discussing the film
in such detail makes it sound
pretentious, but what Assayas
manages is the astounding feat of
wrapping these cerebral, weighty
ideas in a heady, inventive rush of
pure cinematic fun. After all, how
can a film that involves Maggie
Cheung skulking about in a catsuit
be boring?
Even a decade later, Irma Vep
still plays out as distinctly avant-
garde — an unparalleled experimental achievement that is as
thematically dense as it is fun to
watch. The original poster quotes
The Village Voice with two pithy
words: "SUPER COOL." We can't
help but agree.
Irma Vep can be found — amongst
many others — in UBC's Videomatica collection. If you wish to take
out a film from the collection, visit
Koerner Library's circulation desk. Xi
MORE THAN READY
TO INVESTIGATE
Culture Vulture:
New to the Helen Belkin Art Gal
On January 29, as part ofthe
lery this semester is an exhibit
Cinema Salons hosted by the UBC
from artist Tom Burrows. His
Library, the 2005 film Cigarette
work has included pieces using
Burns will be played at noon and
video, sculpture, performing
hosted by cult and horrorfilm
arts, painting and more. The
aficionado Ernest Mathijs.
opening reception will be held
Cinema Salons are held once
on Jan. 8 from 8-10 p.m. with an
a month and feature films found
artist talk on Jan. 10.
in the Videomatica collection the
More info at belkin.ubc.cal
university acquired last year, xt
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2015 CULTURE EVENTS
Screening of The Punk Singer January 12
and Q&A with Amber Dawn More info @ thepunksinger.com
FASHION »
Tom Burrows Exhibit
Screening of Stalled and discussion with writer Meghan
Gardiner
Naked Cinema
The Bacchae 2.1
Queer Strategies in Modernist Poetry: From Rimbaud to
Stefan George
The Marriage of Figaro
Concert at the Belkin with
UBC Contemporary Players
The Triumph of Love
January 9-April 12
Belkin Art Gallery
January 2C
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January 26-27
Norm Theatre SUB
2015 FASHION
TRENDS
February 5 5-6 p.m.
St. John's College
February 5
Chan Cent
March 6
Belkin Art Gallery
Frederic Wood Theatre
Cover the events
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A new semester can mean a new wardrobe for the fashion forward.
culture@ubyssey.ca
It works in theory,
but will it work
in the real world?
At U of T's School of Public Policy, we'll help you find out.
Kaylan Mackinnon
Contributor
Fashion constantly changes and
back-to-school trends continue to
be a hot topic. Every city has their
own styles and university campuses are no different. What styles
should UBC students be on the
lookout for? The sunshine may not
be out much during those dark and
rainy Vancouver winters but who
says your outfit can't stand out?
Students often go to school comfortably dressed for class, but this
doesn't mean they can't do so fashionably. A trend that has recently
started to kindle, especially on the
West Coast, are blanket scarves.
These are beautiful yet comfortable
and work well as an accessory to
almost any outfit. They're great for
keeping you warm during those
rainy Vancouver winters.
Another item that will help keep
students comfy and fashionable
in class is denim. It's going to be
a continued trend in 2015. Denim
will be everywhere from jeans to
dresses to jumpsuits.
The 90s seem to be back in full
force with denim, rave-inspired
colours and punk grunge styles
taking over the runways. With
this in mind, combat boots will
continue to be a must for the year
of 2015, bringing punk grunge
back into day-to-day style. Classic ankle boots, which are simple
and go with most outfits, are also
popular. Heels were a common
sight in 2014, but labels such as
Chanel see grunge-inspired flats
and boots as the new footwear
trends in 2015.
From the lips of designers Yves
Saint Laurent and Isabel Mar-
ant, leather will also be making
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a comeback — to go with those
combat boots. So for those of you
who secretly love your leather
pants that you were too afraid to
wear out in public, now is your
chance.
Personal appearance is important, including hair. In 2014
men at UBC were spotted rocking what is now known as the
'man bun'. It worked for a while,
but with a New Year starting, it
may be fading out.
Fashion gives you the freedom to be creative and it allows
you to express yourself. Despite
whatever trends might be taking
over in 2015, try them or don't,
but wear what's true to you.
There are oceans of clothes
out there to be worn and seen,
so allow the West Coast fashion
scene to flourish into something
great. tJ
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Blanket scarves are perfect for those who love to fall asleep in class. // Opinions
LAST WORDS »
ADVICE »
Think twice before hitting the snooze button — it's costing you.
LAST WORDS//
BACK TO SCHOOL BLUES
DON'T MEAN YOU
SHOULD SKIP CLASS
Back to school heralds the obvious return to classes, but also
the unwelcome reappearance of
early mornings and homework —
for some, resulting in a serious
case of the back to school blues.
Vacations are great, and
important for everyone's health
and sanity, but before you sleep
in through your first class back,
give a thought to the fact that
you're (hopefully) at UBC to get an
education — and you're paying big
money to do it.
It might seem like it's no big
deal to skip the occasional lecture
— and that's probably true — but
even though you may be able to
coast through a course without
going to classes, or maybe even get
a good grade, you're still missing
out on whatever that professor has
to say on a subject to which they've
(more or less) dedicated their life.
Not to mention that domestic
tuition works out to around $20
per class.
That's not to say that you can
never miss a class. Just keep in
mind that you can get a lot more
out of UBC than just a piece of
paper with your name on it, if you
put in the time and effort.
MACINNESPITISA
FANTASTIC "WELCOME
TO UBC" MONUMENT
While most students were at
home for the holidays, construc
tion crews were hard at work
creating an even larger, more
desolate wasteland out of what
used to be Maclnnes Field.
The former field, best known
as the site for day drinking in the
sun at Block Party, has become a
giant eyesore. Crews even put up
two levels of fences around it and
created roundabout detours to the
SUB for good measure.
This hellhole that greets the
thousands of students who bus to
UBC everyday will be the site for
UBC's new Aquatic Centre. After
that is open, the current Aquatic
Centre will be torn down and
replaced with a field — also known
as 'the old switcheroo'.
While construction has been a
mainstay of UBC's campus recently, the state of Maclnnes Field is
particularly off-putting. Yes, in the
long run, the new Aquatic Centre
will be bigger and better and there
will eventually be another field
that students drink beer and throw
Frisbees on.
But for now, we're stuck without a field, and with an even more
overwhelming sense of despair
every time we use the bus loop.
BLAKE NILL COULD BE A
TURNING POINT FOR UBC
FOOTBALL
After the team missed the playoffs this year, UBC fired coach
Shawn Olson and brought in
Blake Nill. He has a history of
running winning programs, but
he also comes with a big price tag
by T-Bird standards - $140,000
FFUSTRATIONJUFIANYUFFHE UBYSSEY
a year — almost 50 per cent more
than Olson's salary.
At the press conference announcing Nill's hiring, one ofthe first
things he said was that if UBC
wants to compete with football
programs like Laval, the program
needs to spend more on coaching
and equipment. At the same conference, he said he made his goals
for the program clear, and gave
UBC multiple chances to forget
about hiring him as a coach. But
UBC seems to be on board with
Nill's brand of football.
While the money itself won't
solve all of team's problems, it
should help.
At his former job with Calgary,
the Dinos trounced UBC twice,
with an aggregate score of 126 to
17, though Nill wasn't at the second
game because he was suspended
for comments in a previous game.
He was also suspended for in-
game comments in 2010 and was
accused of running up the score in
a 2001 Saint Mary's victory over
Mount Allison 106-0.
But Nill has a reputation for
rebuilding programs, and UBC
definitely needs some rebuilding
right now. UBC hasn't won a Vanier Cup since 1997.
Nill's led teams to seven Vanier
Cup games, pulling out two wins.
UBC should not have been a 2-6
team with the level of talent
they had this year. Nill's hiring
also raises the chance that some
Calgary players will follow him
to UBC. The team has a lot of
rebuilding to do, and Nill could be
the one to do it. Xi
Ask Natalie: On keeping your
New Year s resolutions and
making the most of 2015
LETTER »
NATALIE MORRIS
Advice Columnist
"Happy New Year! Any advice
on keeping New Year's resolutions?"
Like most things in life, New
Year's resolutions differ for everyone, as do the methods to stay on
track. Whether it's going to the
gym, drinking less, studying more
(or at all) or finding your passion,
New Year's resolutions are hard
to keep.
Personally, I like a stern poster
on my door. Every time I walk out
of my room I'm reminded about
eating healthy or not adopting all
the cats I can.
I also like reward stickers for
agendas or calendars. I like visual
representations of my goals.
Other methods include matching a positive resolution with a
more negative one. Match your
"study more" resolution with your
"bake more cookies" resolution.
Pairing your goals together can
keep you on track for both.
Look into groups around campus that can keep you on track.
Different fun-run groups meet
regularly if getting in shape is
your resolution. If becoming more
social is your goal for the new year,
look into clubs on campus again.
Some have lower membership fees
for the second term.
You should also make sure your
resolutions are actually within
reach. You're not going to be able
to do 100 push ups in under a
minute when you start going to
the gym, but maybe you can do 10.
Maybe in a month you can do 30.
Make sure you don't get
discouraged if you don't always
remember or reach your goal.
Thats why most people give up on
their resolutions. You won't always
keep your resolutions but that
doesn't make your ability to reach
it is lessened.
Of course I am always here to
encourage you because you are the
best and you can do that thing you
want to do this year. YOU CAN DO
IT! Happy New Year's — and you
got this!.
"Dear Natalie,
I hope your winter break was
better than mine. I got dumped,
drunk and cried after the ball
dropped. How do I make this
year less terrible than 2014?
Signed,
Sad and Lonely"
Dear Sad and Lonely,
I'm sorry your year ended on
such a bad note. Just remember
that the New Year is a time to put
a new foot forward. And that new
foot is a step out ofthe pain and
unhappiness that was 2014 and
taking you into the new and undiscovered territory of 2015.
While it may sound corny and
unhelpful, remember that you
make your own happiness.
Use this new year to decide how
your year is going to be. Surround
yourself with happy friends and
understanding gal-pals. Surround
yourself with positive feelings.
Tell yourself everyday that you are
worth the best.
Take some time to focus on you.
Revamp your studies, interests,
look, anything! But remember who
you are.
Use this time to explore things
you wanted to before. Look into
exciting things like hiking, painting or (in honour of winter) skiing.
Lynn Canyon on the North Shore
offers beautiful, free, easy hiking.
It has enough really big trees to
make nature-lovers swoon.
Whatever you do, don't just lay
in your bed thinking about how
much 2014 was the worst. Get out
there and think about how great
2015 will be.
Also know that depression is a
serious issue and you should seek
help if you need it. There is no
shame getting help. Look into UBC
Counselling Services which offers
free, confidential counselling for
UBC students.
Need advice? Write to Natalie at
asknatalie@ubyssey.ca and have
your questions answered in an
upcoming issue.
In response to "Minimum wage increase has pros and cons"
SHANEE PRASAD
Letter
As a student newspaper, The
Ubyssey knows well the struggle
students face when trying to get
an education.
Many students hold down part
time jobs while they are studying.
Few students are lucky enough
to make it through post-secondary education without crippling
student debt. A real, tangible
increase to the minimum wage,
would make a huge difference
to students struggling to make
ends meet.
But increasing the minimum wage is not just about
helping students.
In the big picture, an increase to the minimum wage is
an important part of a poverty
reduction plan. It will also help
to address income inequality, a
growing problem in B.C. According to UBC professor Nicole
Fortin, minimum wage increases
are often the only way low wage
workers see a raise, yet the cost of
living goes up, up and up. Without
a lift this alarming gap will grow
even more quickly.
Finally, in contrast to your
editorial suggestions, there is no
evidence to suggest that businesses will lay off workers if the
minimum wage is increased. It
didn't happen the last time B.C.
raised minimum wage (despite
business groups claiming the
sky would fall). Further, a recent
cross-Canada examination ofthe
issue just showed that there was
little, if any, connection between
minimum wage increases and
employment levels.
And it needs to be noted here
that 46 per cent of minimum
wage workers are working for
companies with more than 500
employees — companies that can
surely pay their workers more than
poverty wages!
There is a lot of fear-mongering
about the negative impact of raising the minimum wage. However,
when examining the facts, those
fears just don't add up.
Supporting the campaign to
increase the minimum wage is a
no brainer. No one who works full
time should be living in poverty in
a province as wealthy as B.C.
Sincerely,
Shanee Prasad
Shanee Prasad is a member ofthe
BCFED (B.C. Federation of Labour)
Young Worker Committee. Xi
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EDITOR JACKHAUEN
MONDAY, JANUARY
FOOTBALL»
Blake Nill takes the helm of UBC football
Nill is the former coach of UBC rival Calgary Dinos.
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CJ Pentland
Senior StaffWriter
The UBC Athletic department
stressed competitive success
in the job description for a new
football coach, and the man
they've brought in is no stranger
to that. Blake Nill was announced as the 18th head coach
ofthe UBC football program
on Tuesday afternoon, a day
following Nill's resignation as
head coach ofthe University of
Calgary Dinos. The move comes
in response to Shawn Olson being
relieved from his duties as head
coach two days after a disappointing 2-6 season ended.
Nill heads to Point Grey as one
ofthe top CIS football coaches
in recent memory. The 52-year-
old spent nine years at the helm
of the Calgary Dinos, winning
six-consecutive Canada West
championships from 2008-2013
and appearing in three Vanier
Cups. Prior to Calgary, Nill was
head coach at St. Mary's University in Halifax and won two Vanier Cups in 2001 and 2002, also
appearing in two more finals. His
career regular season and playoff
record as a CIS head coach is
130-47, and many of his former
players can be found in the CFL.
"When I first learned about
the opportunity here, I felt it
paralleled my previous three
opportunities that I have taken
throughout my career, [where]
I have left very established
programs ... and I decided to
come to another program which
I felt had the potential to reach
that level," said Nill, who said
this was the hardest he had ever
been pursued by a school. The
coach said he has two hopes for
his players: for them to graduate,
and for them to have a shot at a
championship ring.
Entering his 18th season as
a CIS coach, Nill already has
familiarity with the T-Birds, having squared off against them 15
times with the Dinos and posting
a 13-2 record. Though Nill spent
the past eight years tormenting
UBC from the opposing sideline,
he looks forward to changing the
team's culture and building the
Thunderbirds into a dominant
program that can take home their
first Vanier Cup since 1997.
"I can honestly say that this
may be the most talent-laden
team that I've taken over previously," said Nill. "I think it's
more or less installing a new
culture of work ethic, of speed,
of strength, of accountability
and once the kids realize that
they need to be accountable to
themselves and their teammates,
I think you'll see a change fairly
quickly." He believes that five
years is the time needed to get a
team where they need to be, but
that results could happen sooner;
in St. Mary's it happened in
two, and in Calgary it happened
in four.
Nill also stressed the importance
that revenue plays in the success of
a program both on and off the field,
especially with the cost of running football programs becoming
more expensive. He mentioned the
need for third party funding, and
Managing Director of Athletics
Ashley Howard also talked about
how partnership played a big role in
where the football program is today
— specifically mentioning alumni
David Sidoo and Peter Bull.
Fourth-year linebacker Yianni
Cabylis first heard the news the day
before the official announcement
when he got a phone call from his
teammates while studying, and
the initial reaction for him and his
teammates was excitement. The
firing of Olson came as a shock to
him and many ofthe T-Birds, but
he understood that changes can be
made and is now enthusiastic about
going in a new direction with Nill.
Cabylis had previously met Nill
when exploring options after his
junior football career ended, and
describes him as a player's coach
who also requires the player's respect in return.
"Coach Nill's track record speaks
for itself," said Cabylis, who has one
year left with the T-Birds. "He's a
proven winner, a proven coach, and
we're all very excited to have him
here and get the ball rolling."
Nill realizes that he has a lot to
do to help turn the UBC football
program around, but assured those
at the press conference that he
wouldn't have taken the job if he
didn't believe that the program is
ready to take the next step.
"The reason I left is that I
thought it was time for me to look
forward to the next tenure. I'm
looking forward to living in Vancouver — I'm looking forward to
reaping the talent to establish UBC
as the number one option for kids
out of British Columbia." Xi
SOCCER»
Marisa Kovacs named
women's soccer head coach
Kovacs succeeds Andrea Neil as head coach.
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Jack Hauen
Sports and Rec Editor
UBC Athletics announced the
hiring of Marisa Kovacs as head
coach ofthe UBC Thunderbirds
women's soccer program on December 19. She succeeds Andrea
Neil, the former Team Canada
member and Vancouver White-
caps Hall of Fame inductee.
Kovacs definitely has some big
shoes to fill, but she has racked
up a few coaching accolades of
her own.
The new Thunderbird head
coach has previously coached at
the University of West Georgia,
where she began as a graduate
assistant coach in 2004 and was
promoted to head coach in 2006,
holding the position until 2012.
Kovacs developed many
outstanding players during her
time at UWG, including one
Ail-American, two Gulf South
Conference Players ofthe Year,
four All-Region Performers, six
Academic All-Conference players, 16 All-Gulf South Conference players and 61 Gulf South
Conference Academic Honor Roll
student-athletes.
Last year, Kovacs was named
an assistant coach and head scout
for the SFU men's soccer team. In
Kovacs' two seasons with SFU,
the team made it to the national
semi-final round in 2013, as well
as the NCAA Div. II championship tournament twice.
Aside from her coaching experience, Kovacs was a four-year
starter at NCAA Div. I Coastal
Carolina, and a four-time Big
South All-Conference team
member. She also took home the
league's Freshman ofthe Year
award in 2000.
After her varsity career, Kovacs
captained the W-League's Toronto Inferno and played for the
London Gryphons, before joining
the Windsor Border Stars in 2005.
Kovacs looks to be a promising addition to the team, but
she has her work cut out for her
next season — she takes the helm
of a UBC women's soccer team
that didn't live up to expectations this season, finishing with
a 6-4-2 regular season record
and a 3-1 quarterfinal loss to
Trinity Western.
Kovacs begins her Thunderbird
coaching career on January 8.31 10
SPORTS   I    MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2015
EXPLORE»
A hike up a steep, slippery trail paid off with a breathtaking view of the North Shore mountains.
Koby Michaels
StaffWriter
Something's wrong with this
picture: pitch black. Raining. 5:30
a.m. Saturday morning. Dorm
room. Why is a university student voluntarily waking up, quite
literally before the sun, on a Saturday? They should be going to bed,
if anything, from a drunken night
of partying, sleeping until 2 p.m.,
and spending the day avoiding
studying just to do it all over again
the next night.
That is exactly what I'm thinking. Actually, I don't think I'm even
capable of thinking at 5:30 a.m.,
but somehow I have the presence
of mind to shut the alarm clock
off and roll out of bed. I manage
to keep myself from crawling back
under my blanket and into the
fantastic realm of sleep by telling
myself it will be worth it.
It was worth it.
Enough about my awakening
issues. This is, after all, about a
hike. I just barely make the bus,
sitting down next to Sashka and
Jackson. We take the 14 to the
ferry, then hop onto the 228. The
sun just rises above the horizon as
we get off at the road that leads to
Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.
Here we meet up with Tianna,
the trip leader, and the rest of the
group. We woke up and bused
an hour and a half to hike just
under 20 kilometres on the Hanes
Valley Trail, which runs from
Lynn Headwaters, around and up
Grouse Mountain, and then down
the BCMC trail, the lesser-known
sister trail ofthe infamous Grouse
Grind. Crazy, I know.
It's a very strange experience,
hiking through peoples' backyards
to get onto the trail. Normally, you
have to drive hours on a highway,
away from all civilization, before
you can go hiking. In Vancouver, just
jump on the bus and get off where
you see some trees. We hike up the
road to the trailhead and then hike
along a stream. As we go deeper
into the woods, it seems like we are
walking back in time. A heavy fog
sits between the tall evergreens;
ferns line the muddy, rocky path. I
fully expect a dinosaur to cross the
trail any second. Luckily, none do.
The trail crosses stream after
stream; as soon as we jump from
rock to rock, cheering when we get
across with dry socks, we hear the
next one. Between streams we have
to dodge flocks of trail runners.
After two hours, the terrain is too
rough and too far from civilization
for the trail runners. Here, there is
no difference between the trail and
the streams. They have taken over,
deciding that the trail was a great
place to run through. So much for
dry feet.
The trail wanders up and down
hills, over streams and through
muddy puddles for another hour
before we encounter a problem.
Tianna had warned us that in her
pre-trip readings she had heard of
a river we had to cross. The hope
was that the water level would be
low enough that we could just wade
across; needless to say, it wasn't.
We came to a pile of logs stretching across a roaring rapid, dotted
with three- to four-foot drops and
large, jagged boulders. It was as if
an oversized family of beavers had
made their home here. The kayaker
in me itched to jump in a boat, run
the rapid, and then simply hop out
on the other bank. The hiker in me
was slightly more stumped.
We somewhat democratically
decided to try the precarious crossing and proceeded to straddle the
logs and scoot our way across, ever
so gracefully. It did leave us all with
fashionable wet pant bottoms. Then
it was back to the muddy trail.
My stomach growled — it was
time for lunch. And my hunger
couldn't be more perfectly timed,
since the trail opened up into the
valley and a spectacular view. For
the first time all day, the clouds and
rain cleared and the sun illuminated
the mountains that encircled us.
We took our lunch on the
emergency helicopter landing pad
and discussed the next, and most
challenging, part ofthe hike: the
rock pile. To get out ofthe valley,
and over onto the ridge over to
Grouse, we needed to climb 400
metres of loose rock up the gully
between Crown Mountain and
Goat Mountain.
The rocks groaned, threatening
to slide away under my boots. Every
minute or two you could hear some
rocks tumble out below someone
else in the group. There were two
main strategies: carefully choose
every hand and foot hold and slowly
pick your way up the stable rocks or
just sprint over sliding rocks until
you reached a stable one, take a
breather and then run for it again.
I elected the second strategy, to
limited success. But everyone made
it to the top and in one piece, so we
continued on.
We'd been hiking for over five
hours at this point and my legs were
feeling it. But there was little to do
but keep moving and unfortunately
the trail didn't relent. A steep trail,
tangled with tree roots led to a
slab of slippery rock, to which the
only way up was grabbing onto the
chains anchored into the rock and
holding on at a 45 degree angle and
slowly walking up.
All that hard work paid off with a
spectacular view ofthe North Shore
mountains. It continued to pay off
when we reached the Grouse Mountain lodge and cold beer.
In our muddy, smelly hiking gear,
we tromped into the restaurant on
top of Grouse and ordered beers.
They were cold and crisp, refreshing
and rewarding. Food always tastes
better on top of a mountain, and
beer tastes even better than that.
But the day wasn't over, and we had
to say a painful goodbye to the comfortable booths and fully stocked bar
to keep hiking.
My one measly beer caused me
to hiccup, to the amusement of
the group, the entire way down
the BCMC. It had been a long day
and we were all eager be able to sit
on the bus, shower and replenish
lost calories, so we took the trail
at a controlled fall. By "controlled
fall" I mean the hiking technique
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of taking the trail down as fast
as possible without wiping out.
Everyone slipped and managed
to catch themselves at the last
second. But the speed paid off and
in no time we strolled onto the
waiting bus. At this point, I would
like to issue a formal apology to
anyone who encountered our VOC
group on the Vancouver bus system on the afternoon of October
18,2014, for the horrendous smell,
vast amounts of mud and dripping
backpacks. I am truly sorry, but
hey, how else were we supposed to
get home?
As a UBC student, professor
or employee, you have access (on
public transit, no less) to some truly
spectacular hikes and wilderness.
Take advantage! Do the Grind.
Hike in the Lynn Valley Watershed.
Explore Capilano Canyon. Vancou-
verites realize what an amazing
city they live in, but they sometimes
fail to realize what lies just outside
its limits. Hike, swim or explore, it
doesn't matter — just get out. But
before you do, take a few minutes
to plan and prepare. You wouldn't
want North Shore Rescue having to
fly in after you.
Sadly, a few months ago one of
North Shore Rescue's caches of
search and rescue gear was stolen
and destroyed by vandals. All of
the stolen and destroyed gear was
donated, expensive and used to save
lives. So when you get back from an
adventure, think of giving back a
little, either by helping to maintain
the trail, donating to NSR, or raising
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