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Array COUPLE POPS IN YOUR GULLET SINCE 1918
UBC'S OFFICIAL STUDENT NEWSPAPER | OCTOBER 4, 2012 | VOLUME XCIV| ISSUE X
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CUPE
■Laura Rodgers
INews Editor
ICUPE 116, the union local representing service workers on UBC
Icampus, filed 72-hour strike notice
[Monday morning. The union will be
| able to begin job action by 11:30 a.m.
j on Thursday, Oct. 4.
According to a telephone infor-
Imation line set up by the union local,
JCUPE 116 is planning job action on a
"rotating and escalating basis." The
message tells union members that only
those who are contacted by the unionf
executives will be engaging in job
action, and all other members should
report to work as usual.
The union local represents Campus
Security workers, food service employees, tradespeople, parking clerks and
student housing service workers.
The local has been without a collective agreement with UBC for over two
years.
Negotiations between the university
and the union have stalled, with the
union expressing dissatisfaction with
UBC's most recent proposal for modest
wage increases.
The union names job security, benefit improvements and cost of living
protection as areas where they are still
dissatisfied with UBC's offers.
CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
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Behind the Latin-inspired cardio
craze at UBC P7 »Page 2
What's on
HIS WEEK, MAY WE SUGGES1
Capture the Flag: 12 p.m. @ the Student
Recreation Centre
Need to blow off some steam during midterm season? Make sure to stop
by the SRC for a game of drop-in capture the flag. Get physical and have
fun.
MUSEUM »
Luminescence: The Silver of
Peru @ Museum of Anthropology
MOA presents a collection of
indigenousjewelry with a contextual analysis of the 16th-century
Spanish conquest of Peru. If that's
notyourthing, perhaps go to
indulge your love of shiny stuff.
RELAX »
Opera tea @ the Nitobe
Gardens
Spend a perfectly respectable
afternoon sipping tea and listening to a fine selection of opera
in the Nitobe Gardens. It may
be your last chance before the
autumn rains close in.
UBC men's volleyball vs.
Fudan University (China): 7
p.m. @ War Memorial Gym
The Thunderbirds prepare for
the regularseason by taking on
one of the top university teams
from China. Cheer on the'Birds in
game one of this mini two-game
series. Admission is $3, or free
with Blue Crew membership.
SLEEP»
Thanksgiving
Whetheryou enjoy the holiday
with family, friends or a box of
wine and Netflix, Thanksgiving
is a great time to just chill out.
Seriously, you can't be more
carefree than on Thanksgiving.
Enjoythe holiday and we will
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OUR CAMPUS
ONE ON ONE WITH THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE UBC
Luke O'Shea dives to save a goal at Thunderbird Stadium.
JOSH CURRAN PHOTWHE UBYSSEY
O'Shea saves the day
Arno Rosenfeld
StaffWriter
Luke O'Shea, the UBC Thunderbirds men's soccer goalie, was
named September's athlete of
the month by the Thunderbirds
Athletic Council. This honour
was certainly well-deserved, but
the Richmond native is taking it
in stride; he has bigger things on
his plate.
"It's nice," he said of his
6-0-0 record, which is currently ranked No. 2 in Canada.
"It's nice to get it, but there's
bigger things that we're all
wanting to achieve."
O'Shea has done his part
to lead his team this year,
racking up three shutouts in
his first five starts. However,
he is quick to credit the team's
defensive players. "It's pretty
easy to get shutouts when
you've got a defensive line like
we do," he said.
O'Shea grew up playing in
the Richmond Youth Soccer
Association. His career as
goalie began as a fluke: he
subbed for his team's injured
goalie in the second half of
a game, and kept playing the
position ever since.
The keeper has played soccer since he was five, and said
it had always been his goal to
come to UBC. Athletic talent
runs in O'Shea's family: his
father played soccer as a kid,
and his mom played semi-pro
golf before giving up the sport
to attend medical school.
Before coming to UBC,
O'Shea joined the Coastal
FC Club, won a North American championship and was
named to the North American
all-star team. When he was
13, he travelled to Europe,
where he played in another
championship tournament.
After red-shirting during his
first-year at UBC, he's now
in his second year of starting
as goalie.
Soccer takes up a fair share
of his time, with practice four
times a week and two games
on the weekend.
"It gets pretty tough during
the middle of October when
exams start," O'Shea said.
"Basically, you just have to balance everything and be really
organized." He hopes that his
major in the Sauder School of
Business will prepare him for
a career in finance, perhaps as
an investment banker.
This season saw some changes to UBC's defensive style
that has helped make O'Shea's
job easier. "The guys stepping
up have just done really well
playing together," O'Shea said.
Another difference between
last year and this year is the
number of goals scored.
"Last year, we didn't really
score too many goals," he said.
"This year, our defensive line
is just working really well
together, and we're scoring so
many goals."
When it comes to this season, O'Shea talks of winning
it all.
"There's always the national
championship," he said of the
team's ultimate goal. "It's a
huge thing and we all feel that
we can do it this year."
Arturs Irbe, a former NHL
goalie, once said, "The goalie
is like the guy in the minefield.
He discovers the mines and
destroys them. Ifyou make a
mistake, somebody gets blown
up." Goalies protect the goal
as the last line of defence,
so the mental demands and
level of pressure involved
in the position is not to
be underestimated.
"You've got to be confident
in your ability," O'Shea said.
"If they get a goal, you can't
get down on yourself.... If
you're dwelling on the goal,
it's just going to lead to worse
things later on."
O'Shea knows he plays a
fundamental role in the team's
performance, and said it's
part of what he loves about
playing goalie.
"Basically, ifyou don't let
anything in, you can't lose."
And if that's the way things
continue this season, the
T-Birds will be in pretty good
shape, tl ■VNewsl
SECURITY »
ORS WILL MCDONALD + LAURA RODGERS
<AIJACOBSON PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
Hacker group Team Ghost Shell released over 120,000 files from major universities.
Hackers breach four servers on campus
Group linked with Anonymous leaks data from 100 schools
Will McDonald
News Editor
For the first time, UBC may not
be happy to be on the same list as
Harvard and Cambridge.
Four of UBC's servers were
hacked on October 1 as part of an
attack by the hacker group Team
Ghost Shell, which released
120,000 files from 100 universities across the world.
Randy Schmidt, associate
director of UBC Public Affairs,
said the four UBC servers that
were hacked had lower security
measures, making them more
vulnerable than other servers
on campus.
Hackers released files from
servers for the Museum of Anthropology, Thunderbird Athletics and
the Faculty of Arts. Accordingto
Schmidt, most of the files did not
contain any sensitive information.
NEWS BREFS
U-Pass negotiations stall
At the last AMS Council Meeting,
AMS President Matt Parson said
the U-Pass referendum would be
delayed until February 2013. The
current U-Pass contract is set to
expire at the end of the next term.
A new contract would require
approval in a student referendum.
Little has been said about current
negotiations, other than that the
price of the U-Pass will likely
increase.
UBC falls to No. 30 in Times
Higher Education rankings
UBC has fallen from 22nd to 30th
place in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, released Wednesday. The
rankings rate universities' performance in teaching, research,
international outlook and industry
innovation. UBC scored highly on
research and international outlook, but fell back in teaching and
particularly in industry innovation
(a category worth only 2.5 per
cent of the total score).
UBC researchers say fish are
shrinking due to climate change
New UBC research claims that
warmer ocean waters resulting
from climate change may have a
negative impact on fisheries. The
study projects fish shrinking in
size by 14 to 24 per cent due to
warmer water. The decreased size
of fish may have negative consequences on fisheries, as smaller
fish produce less eggs and smaller
offspring. Xi
The majority of the files
were usernames for UBC blogs,
with the passwords redacted.
However, the server within the
Faculty of Arts contained user-
names and logins for a linguistics
course. Schmidt said all the students affected have been asked to
change their passwords.
"The most concerning piece
for us was the server that had to
do with the linguistics course,
and so I understand that full
or partial names of 90 students
were part of that, along with
usernames and passcodes to the
course accounts," said Schmidt.
"All the other information seems
relatively innocuous."
Schmidt said there are thousands of servers on campus and
he couldn't confirm how many
were set up in the same way as
the ones that were hacked.
TECH»
New social media
app connects
people on campus
Jordan Mowat
Contributor
A group of UBC students are
tryingto bridge the gap between
social networking and face-to-face
interaction with their new location-based iPhone app, Mingo.
The app, currently in open
beta, was developed by the group
PeoplesApp, composed of UBC
students and alumni. The developers tout it as a new, free tool
to relieve the sense of isolation
felt by many students on campus.
"The whole point of this application is not to get people away
from the public," said Edward
Yan, a student at the Sauder
School of Business and the head
of PeoplesApp. "As opposed to Facebook or Twitter, where you're
talking... to your friends mostly,
this application allows you to
interact with everyone in your
vicinity."
Mingo has been available on
iPhone for the past two weeks,
and there are some 2,000 users
on UBC campus so far. "For
instance, if I was to open up
Mingo in the SUB, I would see
posts and broadcasts from people
nearby," said Jay Kiew, a recent
UBC political science grad and
PeoplesApp's marketing consultant.
Campus clubs are already using
the app to advertise meetings and
"What I was told was that the
similarity seems to be the common
coding problem for those servers,
so I'm not sure if they were targeted or not," said Schmidt. "It's a
big campus, so I'm not quite sure
if there would be others that are
coded that way."
Schmidt said that people
have tried to hack into UBC's
servers before, but the details
are confidential.
"Due to its size and resource
intensiveness, UBC is frequently a
target for attacks," said Schmidt.
"For security reasons, we do not
discuss the incidents."
However, Schmidt said that
UBC uses higher security measures for servers that contain more
sensitive information.
Schmidt said UBC IT repaired
the hacked servers shortly after
they were accessed.
"All four servers were secured
soon after learning of the leaks.
The servers that have been
brought back online have been
secured. One server will remain
down, as it will be retired instead
of being returned to service.
Impact on the services provided
is very low," said Schmidt.
The hacking team referred
to their efforts as Project West
Wind, which targeted over 100
universities. They said their goal
was to draw attention to the
flawed post-secondary education
system.
Team Ghost Shell is associated with the group Anonymous,
which has hacked numerous
government websites. 31
Representatives from the UBC IT
deparment were unavailable for
comment before press time.
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Mingo is a new app that allows users to interact with people around them.
parties. Individual users have
started to post messages asking
for restaurant recommendations
in the area or alerting nearby
drivers to police road checks.
The app displays a feed of
posts made by users close by, and
also features a list of local users
and a private message function.
Unlike other social networks
that have added some location-based functionality as an
afterthought, Mingo hopes to
keep all of its functions centred around interacting with
people nearby.
The few UBC clubs who have
started using Mingo seem to like
it. William Cheung, public relations director of the UBC Chinese Students' Association, said
he was impressed with Mingo's
broadcast function, which may
have helped draw a crowd to his
booth during UBC Clubs Days.
Arash Narchi, the Walter Gage
Toastmasters Club's vice-president of membership, thinks that
the app still has a few kinks that
need to be ironed out, but liked
that it was developed by students.
"The fact that it was starting on
campus, I thought that was exciting," he said.
According to Yan, the company
plans to add Facebook and Twitter integration to Mingo over
the coming weeks, and versions
for Android and Blackberry will
be developed soon. Yan hopes to
reach out to SFU by 2013, and to
Toronto by next summer.
Though Mingo is still a long
way from taking on the big
players of social media, Yan is
optimistic about the app's future.
"People here at UBC are still
making cool things," he said.
"You don't have to be at Harvard
to make Facebook." Xi
SUSTAINABILITY »
Maria Harris
looks for ideas
for new recycling
centre
3TEPHANIEXU PHOTWHE UBYSSEY
Some items can't be recycled in bins.
Brandon Chow
StaffWriter
Recycling in the University
Endowment Lands may not be so
spread out in the future.
Maria Harris, director of
Electoral Area A, has a vision
for a centralized recycling depot
for residents of the University
Endowment Lands (UEL).
Harris said it is currently a
hassle to recycle special items in
the UEL.
"[People] have to either drop
them off to all the various places
where you can recycle batteries,
paint or light bulbs, or else drive
them all the way to the Vancouver transfer station that's down
by the Fraser River on Kent
Street," said Harris.
There is currently no centralized recycling depot for UEL
residents that handles all non-
blue box items.
Harris remains convinced that
people won't invest the time or
energy to take care of their old
light bulbs properly, which is
why she believes in the idea of an
all-in-one recycling centre.
The idea is still in an early
conceptual stage, and Harris said
that her doors are open to anyone who wants to get on board,
including students.
"I'm welcoming ideas now....
I'd love to hear from students:
what can we do out here to be
community leaders for the region?" she said.
UBC has the facilities to recycle most items on campus.
"We have a place to recycle
batteries,... and light bulbs just
go through waste management
and building operations area,"
said Orion Henderson, director
of operational sustainability at
UBC.
"Similarly, e-waste can be
collected from anywhere on
campus. It's all centralized at
building operations and waste
management."
However, Henderson said it
can still be difficult for UEL
residents to recycle certain items.
"It can be a little bit challenging to take your washing
machine halfway across the city
to one of the existing centres,"
said Henderson.
Henderson added that the
University Neighbourhoods
Association, which represents
residents of non-student housing
on campus, has plans for a central recycling depot in their new
community centre. Xi NEWS    I   THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2012
PROVINCIAL »
Campus unions give strike notice across B.C.
Support staff and TAs at five schools across the province prepare for job action
Micki Cowan
CUP B.C. Bureau Chief
VANCOUVER (CUP) - Teaching
assistants and support staff at five
universities across B.C. issued
72-hour strike notice on Oct. 1,
and can begin job action starting
this Thursday.
Members of the Canadian
Union of Public Employees
(CUPE) at UBC, Simon Fraser
University, the University of
Northern B.C. and Thompson
Rivers University join members
at the University of Victoria, who
issued a strike notice last month.
The notice includes teaching
assistant members at SFU and
TRU, as well as support workers
at UVic, UNBC and UBC. Union
members are seeking wage increases, job security and inflation
protection as three major issues,
but unions at individual universities have additional smaller
objectives as well.
These 12,000 CUPE members
have been without a contract
since 2010, when post-secondary
institutions were given a net-zero
operating mandate from the provincial government. The mandate
restricted the universities from
giving any wage increases.
Now that universities have
a new cooperative gains mandate for 2012-2013, Lois Rugg,
co-chair of CUPE's coordinated bargaining committee for
universities, says the universities
may have some wiggle room. This
mandate allows for modest wage
increases within existing budgets.
"Now that the mandates have
been met, it's up to the universities to sit down with us and try
to reach a fair contract," said
Rugg. "In some cases, that's not
happening."
UBC says, in their case, bargaining is more difficult because
their support worker union never
signed on to the previous net-zero
mandate, and so UBC's bargaining
is bound by both mandates.
"Our CUPE locals have not yet
resolved the issue of those two
years," said UBC public affairs
director Lucie McNeill. "We're
still quite behind in terms of
reaching an agreement in this.
That's a difference."
Rugg wouldn't give a dollar
amount for the wage increase the
coordinated bargaining group is
looking for. UVic's workers were
offered a wage increase of two per
cent in August, but rejected it.
"We haven't had an increase
for several years and are actually
facing cuts because of inflation of
two per cent every year.... We're
looking to something fair and
reasonable to help protect from
that," said Rugg in response to
UVic's rejection.
The strike notice legally gives
the union employees the ability to
strike if necessary as of Thursday
at noon, but does not guarantee
job action will occur. Such action
can take the form of refusing to
do overtime, shutting down buildings, or even campus-wide pickets
if the situation escalates.
McNeill says some forms of job
action have such a small impact
that students may not even notice
they are taking place. "There
could be some forms students
would be completely unaware of,"
she said.
But job action from any union
on campus can have a widespread
effect if a large number of students or staff choose not to cross
picket lines — a decision that universities leave up to each individual working or studying there.
"Anybody that's in a union
will generally not cross, out of
support," said Rugg. "At UBC, you
have the teaching assistants. If
there is a picket line where they
are working, they wouldn't be
able to cross the picket line."
UBC's teaching assistant
union, which is not currently undertaking job action, has
encouraged, but not compelled,
its members to stay behind any
picket lines.
Transit is another area that
may be affected by job action.
TransLink bus drivers are part
of the Canadian Auto Workers
union, but some other transit employees are CUPE members.
TransLink spokesperson Derek
Zabel said they are aware of the
strike notice from SFU, but it
doesn't appear transit service will
be affected at this time.
"If it does affect transit, we will
make adjustments," said Zabel.
McNeill says that for the support staff at UBC, the timing of
the strike notice was unfortunate.
"We had tabled a set of proposals ... and while we were waiting,
we were served a strike notice,"
she said. "That's unfortunate,
because it represents a loss of
opportunity and sitting down
and crafting an agreement at the
table."
But for the unions, the timing
was planned to involve more
CUPE locals and to grab the
attention of the universities
employing them.
"We are stronger in numbers.
We need to stand up and support
each other as much as possible,"
said Rugg. tJ
UBC
CUPE 116, representing
support and service
workers, filed strike notice Oct. 1.
Teaching assistants at
UBC are represented Py
a different union, CUPE
2278. They have an active
strike mandate Put have
not called a strike.
UVic
CUPE 915 and 971 I
(service and support
workers) and 4163 (TAs)
at UVic are currently in
mediation. The CUPE
unions at UVic have Peen
negotiating their collective agreements since
October 2010.
CUPE 915 and 971 went
on strike on Sept. 5 Put
resumed negotiations on
Sept. 18.
JEFF ASCHKINASI&COLLYNCHANGRAPHICfTHE UBYSSEY THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2012    |    NEWS
LABOUR»
UBC staff union to begin job action Oct. 4
CUPE union plans escalating job action from support and service workers
Continued from cover
"There hasn't been enough movement, and we have to do something to get it going," said CUPE
116 President Colleen Garbe. Garbe
said the union is advocating for
job protection and pensions for 116
members who are not currently
receiving those benefits.
"We could be doing rotating
action, we could be taking out
our full membership, we could
be picketing buildings, we could
be shutting down Food Services,
it's a whole array of activities
we could be doing," said Garbe.
She said that the union is still
working out what form the job
action will take on Thursday,
but that there will "most likely"
be rotating pickets around some
UBC buildings.
COPE 378, the union representing AMS security staff, has
also announced that they plan to
take job action. COPE 378 members will be picketing around the
SUB on Thursday, Oct. 4 starting
at 8:30 a.m.
COPE 378 Communications
representative Jarrah Hodge
said COPE 378 security workers and administrative staff,
approximately 30 people, will
take part in the picket. Hodge
said they plan to picket the north
entrance of the SUB and possibly the south entrance as well,
and then head to the Goddess
of Democracy statue for a rally
at noon. A union memo indicates that this may be a one-day
strike action.
Hodge said the union is taking
job action to demonstrate their
need for a wage increase and
show support for CUPE 116.
"It's partly that we're dealing
with our own issues and then also
that we're working together on
the same day in solidarity with
them," said Hodge.
According to Hodge, the union
is close to reaching an agreement
with the AMS.
"We're only a dollar apart on
wages.... This is just one way
of driving home that point,"
said Hodge.
AMS President Matt Parson
said that the AMS supports COPE
378's decision to take job action in
solidarity with CUPE 116.
"That's just COPE 378's response
to support... CUPE 116 and we respect that decision and they're fully
in the right to do that."
Parson said that business in the
SUB should go on as usual during
the job action.
"[We] hope for it not to have
too large of an effect for the service to our students," said Parson.
Other on-campus unions may
be affected, depending on whether CUPE 116 sets up picket lines.
Trish Everett, the communications chair of CUPE 2278, which
represents teaching assistants at
UBC, said, "There may be little to
no effect to UBC TAs," but said
she hoped union members would
not cross picket lines.
It's also unlikely that the job
action will affect transit service to campus. Gavin Davies,
vice-president of Canadian Auto
Workers Local 111, which represents transit workers, said bus
service to UBC would likely stop
at Blanca if CUPE 116 workers
were to picket the bus loop. But
he said the "chances of them
picketing the bus loop are slim to
none."
"No workers should cross any
picket lines, but a lot of picket
lines take into consideration that
the students are still goingto
school. So they'd probably just
picket whatever building it is
they work in."
Other CUPE locals at Simon
Fraser University, Thompson Rivers University and the
University of Northern British
Columbia filed strike notice on
Monday as well, joining the already striking CUPE local at the
University of Victoria. Xi
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from "efficiency cuts" that try
to And unnecessary spending, can be used to raise
wages.
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of UBC's
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Longboat makes a giant splash
Despite windy weather, Day of the Longboat 2012 sees record turnout
Nic Roggeveen
Contributor
Sun shining, wind blowing,
waves rolling, Gangnam Style
blaring and over 3,000 people
converging on the shores of
Jericho Beach: this was the
setting of the 26th annual Day of
the Longboat this past weekend,
a signature UBC event and the
largest voyageur canoe race in
North America.
With 350 teams and approximately 10 people per
team registered for the event,
this was the largest edition of
Longboat ever.
Day of the Longboat, which actually occurs over Saturday and
Sunday and is run by UBC REC,
saw teams of paddlers compete
through a three-kilometre course
at Jericho Beach. There were
men's, women's, co-rec and just-
for-fun divisions, welcoming all
levels of competition.
"It's a lot of fun. It's crazy. The
waves were huge," said Kayla
Primm, co-director of the event.
Despite the difficult weather conditions that caused a number of
teams to capsize, not a complaint
or frown could be found.
"We don't see a sad face out
there," Primm said. "People that
capsized, you think they'd be
upset, but nope; they're laughing."
Members of the Indian
Students' Association's team
reinforced this point. "We were
almost the second-last team, but
then we ended up last," they said,
smiling. "It was really close. It
was a foot race at the end. It's a
great experience."
Each heat begins with the team
members in their boat, with the
exception of a runner who starts
in a chair on the beach. Once the
starting horn sounds, the runner
sprints down the beach and
enters their boat, at which point
teams began to paddle through
the course of buoys. Once back
on shore, another team member
jumps from the canoe carrying a
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baton and runs up the beach to hit
a gong.
The success of the event
hinges on an incredible amount
of preparation, work and
volunteer hours.
"We started organizing about
a month and a half before the
event," said Laura Duncan, who
co-directed with Primm. Duncan
and Primm were supported by
over 100 volunteers, and they
were at the Jericho Sailing Centre
from 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on both
Saturday and Sunday.
"All these volunteers, no one's
telling them to be here," said
Primm. "They're volunteering,
most of them, their entire weekend."
Day of the Longboat is an
offshoot of what was the UBC
Legacy Games, a three-day event
in which people built their own
boats and then raced them. The
event as students know it today
has grown into the quintessential
UBC experience and the largest
REC event of each year.
"I had no idea what a longboat was or what UBC REC was
[originally], and I came and I did
it and I loved it," said Primm.
"That's why I'm here, and I'm
here directing it today four years
later."
"If you're in residence first
year, it's a way to get to know
each other," said Duncan.
"We've had teams sign up
together in their first year; they
didn't really know each other
and they're still, four years later,
racing together, best friends."
"It's a classic UBC experience," agreed the Indian Students' Association team. "You
have to do it at least once." Xi
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Tim Huebsch, a cross
country runner, is the UBC
Thunderbirds Athletic
Council athlete of the week for
the week ending September 30.
Huebsch, a fourth-year political science major from Russell,
Ontario knocked 10 seconds off
his personal best time in the 8
kilometre race at the Charles
Bowles Invitational in Salem,
Oregon over the weekend. The
T-Bird team captain finished the
race with a time of 25:08, which
placed him 9th overall in the
field of 170 and helped lead the
Thunderbirds to victory in the
overall event. Next up for Hueb-
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sch is the 39th annual Western
Washington University Classic
Invitational on Saturday, October
6 in Bellingham.
Athlete of the Week is decided by
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FITNESS »
Latin flair makes zumba "exercise in disguise
Intense, upbeat fitness craze from Colombia is gaining popularity at UBC
Zafira Rajan
Senior Lifestyle Writer
Zumba has taken the fitness
world by storm in the past few
years, and the zumba classes
offered by UBC REC are steadily rising in popularity. But why
has this exercise routine become
so popular, and what's it all
really about?
UBC REC instructor Kirby Rae
explains the roots of zumba and
how the craze began: "There was
a Latino man named Beto teaching a fitness class in Colombia,
and one day he forgot his music,...
so he then put on his own music
he was carrying with him, which
was all Latin music, and did his
aerobic class to it, and people
went nuts," Rae said. "It started
to become a weekly special class
to have that Latin workout."
Now, everyone from middle-aged women to children
are enjoying the result of this
happy accident.
"Students love it," Rae said.
"My first zumba class here was
last September, and it sold out
immediately. Now we have five
classes a week. It's blown up big
time."
So what's a typical class like?
"It's an intense, grind-happy
sweatfest," she said. "The entire
time the participant is focused
on the instructor, so they don't
realize how hard they're working,
because everything is thrown at
them on the spot and they're focused on the movements. It's very
Zumba is Latin-flavoured aerobic exercise that gets the hips shaking and the heart pumping.
much a party style of workout,
where basically it's exercise in
disguise."
Third-year Commerce student
Celine Grootes agreed. "I think
people didn't really know what
it was before, and thought that it
was just a dance class," she said.
"But now, they realize that it's
an intense exercise class. It feels
good and it's fun."
Grootes admitted that a desire
to spice up her fitness routine led
her to zumba.
"I can't really do anything
that's not exciting; I can't just go
on the treadmill and run for hours
and hours," she said. "I need
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something that's active and fun,
and I think that's why people love
zumba."
Zumba classes combine different types of music based on the
preference of the instructor.
"Personally, I focus on a whole
spectrum of styles, from Bollywood to salsa to dancehall to
merengue, and lots of reggaeton....
It's all over the place," said Rae.
Students have found zumba
to be a great way to let go, have
fun and still get a good workout.
First-year Science student Joey
Pastorek signed up for the REC
zumba class the moment he got
to UBC.
"It's definitely good cardio,
and I can feel it working my arms
and legs because I'm so sore after.
I don't like the feeling of being
tired after running, but I do like
the feeling of being tired after
zumba; that's why I enjoy it,"
said Pastorek.
There's a variety of zumba
"genres" to choose from, as well.
"They are all similar things, but
it's across slightly different spec-
trums," Rae explained. "There's
the regular adult zumba, and it's
a hardcore, dance-cardio workout. You could also do zumba for
toning, which has light weights
with it, so it's less focused on the
dancing and more on exercising
the limbs. As for aqua zumba —
well, the water alone is a workout
by itself."
Many students are returning to
the REC zumba classes semester
after semester, so it's clear that
this craze isn't dying out anytime
soon. Rae encourages people to
give it a shot if they're on the
fence about it.
"Just jump right in and try it
out," she said. "You'll either love
it or hate it — but you'll probably
love It!" ta
DANCE»
UBC Latin Dance Club brings Cuban energy to campus
Justin Fleming
Contributor
"One, two, three, open the windows!
Five, six, seven," the instructor
shouts as he moves f luidly with his
partner to an imagined rhythm.
They whirl at the centre of an attentive circle of paired dancers. It's
Monday night in the SUB and things
are heating up at the Latin Dance
Club's intermediate salsa lesson.
Started by two Ph.D. students
with a passion for Latin dance, the
Latin Dance Club has been growing
in size and community involvement
since it became an official AMS
club six years ago. "I remember at
the 2009 Halloween party, only a
few students were left at 10 p.m.,"
recalled Tracy Dai, club president.
"At last year's party, people were
still dancing into the night until they
got asked to leave by security."
Accordingto Dai, salsa is about
meeting new people and making
friends as much as it is about dancing. One of the main focuses of the
club is to get students to the level
where they can go out and dance
socially. After all, salsa has its roots
in Cuban and Afro-Cuban dance,
which is a social dance by nature.
"It's a totally different feel than
ballet dancing," said Dai, a lifelong
dancer who started salsa dancing
in 2009. "[With] ballet dancing,
you just immerse yourself in that
specific kind of dance art, whereas
salsa, you feel the energy from other
people; it's a partner and couple
dance."
The club offers classes from
beginner to advanced, but encourages members to go out and dance
around town. Drawing from its
many connections in Vancouver's
salsa community, the club offers
discounts at partner studios with a
Students of any skill level can get into a groove and learn salsa dancing from the UBC Latin Dance Club.
club membership.
Guys interested in learning salsa
should be forewarned: as the leading
partner, men have their work cut
out for them. Not only do they have
to learn the steps and techniques,
but they must also learn how to lead
their partner and constantly anticipate their next move, while still
being conscious of their own style.
"Girls only have to follow; [the
guys] know the techniques and we
just let it go," explained Dai. "Let
the lead take you and enjoy his way
of expressing the dance and at the
same time combine your spirit or
passion."
While the learning curve might
seem a little unfairly weighted
for any prospective male dancers
out there, they can take heart in
the fact that they won't lack for
partners; statistically speaking,
there is a 2:1 female-to-male ratio in
Vancouver salsa.
The Latin Dance Club added a
performance class to their schedule
this year, intending to assemble a
team of passionate dancers that can
perform at events and fundraisers.
Dai's vision for the club is simple: to
be the ambassador club for salsa at
UBC, and host more events to con-
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nect with students and the Vancouver salsa community.
And it is easier than ever for
students to get involved. Anyone
can show up, either with friends or
alone, and there is no dress code.
It's a great way to meet new friends,
improve your dance technique and
shake out some stress, all while experiencing a new culture right here
on campus. tJ Culture
ANNAZORIA
MIDTERMS »
LITERATURE »
Study your app off
Five apps you'll actually use for school
Danielle Piper
Contributor
It's the end of September, and for many students, the academic enthusiasm they felt at the start of the year has dissipated. Menacing midterms and
tiresome term papers are looming closer and it seems that all those handouts and homework assignments are blending into one giant mess. For those
of you who are constantly on the go, we've compiled a list of five study apps under $5 to help you get on track.
1.
Evernote (free)
Student Type: Dude... Where's my notebook?
Motive: Instead of endlessly flipping through your folders while the paper you're searching for stares you right in the face, sync
the notes and documents from your computer to your phone. Then access and share all your notes with one simple click.
2.
Dropbox (free)
Student Type: Dazed and Confused
Motive: "Why won't my PowerPoint open? Oh no ... no, no, no, no." If you've ever said those words before, then you'll love Dropbox,
an app that specializes in storing big files. Save your notes, group projects, presentations, music, videos and PDF documents here.
Best of all, if you mess up, you can revert back to any previous version of the file.
iTunes U (free)
Student Type: The Overachiever
Motive: Need more university-level reading material? Or another opinion on a topic? Maybe you need a better source for that
term paper of yours? Welcome to iTunes U, which provides you with access to the New York Public Library and 500,000 lectures
on a variety of topics from several other universities.
4.
iStudiez Pro ($0.99)
Student Type: The Young and the Organized
Motive: Ever wonder what it would be like to be perfectly organized? Yeah... us neither. But apparently, this app tracks your
homework, class schedule and grades. It then presents a complete portrait of all the things you have to do today, tomorrow and in
the upcoming weeks.
Flashcards Deluxe ($3.99)
Student Type: The Professional
Motive: You have less than 24 hours to memorize a semester's worth of information. Challenge accepted. Whether it's multiple
choice options or open-ended questions, this app automatically turns off a card when you get it right. This way, you have more time
to revise the stuff you don't know. tJ
FILM»
VIFF reviews
A WEREWOLF BOY
Jane Jun
Contributor
In A Werewolf Boy, an unexpected
phone call interrupts the seemingly
ordinary life of the elderly Sunni
Kim (Li Young-Ian). Sunni leaves
her home in America and returns to
Korea, where she meets her granddaughter, Eunju (Park Boyoung),
and is driven to recall her past.
Plunged into her memory, we
learn that as an adolescent, Sunni
moved into the countryside in
order to improve her weak health.
Not long after her arrival, she
encountered a feral boy living
around her new home. Although
repelled at first, Sunni gradually
becomes closer to the boy. An
almost Tarzan-esque relationship
ensues, lighting up the screen with
hilarity, hijinks and young love in
the midst of the wild boy's path to
civilization. The plot takes a dark
turn, however, when the landlord
Tae-sik (Yoo Yeon-seok) is driven
to rage by his jealousy of Sunni's
affection for the wild boy.
The film's gripping story, solid
acting and beautiful cinematography come together to create a
captivating production for all ages.
Though the subtitle translations
for some of the expressions were
quite exaggerated, this hardly
depreciated the overall movie
experience. Judging from the audience's reaction, it may, in fact, have
been a delightful contribution.
PHOTO COURTESYOFVIFF
Kenneally's Side by Side takes the viewer behind the scenes of the film industry.
THE WORLD BEFORE HER
Priyanka Hariharan
Contributor
In The World Before Her, director
Nisha Pahuja takes the audience
to two extremes. An India where
young girls fight traditionalism and find empowerment
through the beauty industry is
juxtaposed with an India which
opposes this "Americanization"
and commercialization.
Pahuja effortlessly weaves
in the fundamental themes of
oppression, fundamentalism and
inequality to create a documentary that confidently addresses
problems prominent in contem
porary India. Ruhi Singh, a young
girl tryingto escape the chains of
conservatism in her small town in
Rajasthan, resorts to pageantry to
find her crown of empowerment.
On the opposite spectrum, the film
enters the Durga Vahini camp —
the women's wing of the Hindu
fundamentalism movement — to
follow Prachi, a girl who sells her
soul to fight for Mother India.
While Ruhi fights the fundamentalists who try to sabotage her
attempt to become an independent woman, Prachi opposes the
role of the traditional housewife.
Following a thread of love, identity
and ambition, both will meet at
the same place: an India which
hears the voices of its women. A
must-see.
SIDE BY SIDE
Dulguun Bayasgalan
Contributor
Take a deep breath and sigh, because films just aren't what they
used to be. With the majority
of movies now being made and
shown on a digital platform, the
good ol' days of rolls of film stock
might be nearly over.
Side by Side, written and
directed by Christopher Kenneal-
ly, documents this digital revolution and what it means to the art
of cinema. The documentary is
hosted by a smooth-voiced Keanu
Reeves and exhibits a spectacular gallery of interviews with
the pros, including Hollywood
heavyweights George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher and
James Cameron.
The film is a formidable treat
for filmmakers and cinephiles, but
it doesn't befuddle the everyday
moviegoer with highfalutin'
tech talk, either; it's surprisingly
accessible to audiences across the
board and makes for an informative night of entertainment.
The film's true concern actually revolves around pitting
the vastly superior convenience
and limitless possibilities of the
digital format against the timeless
magic of film.
So, the inevitable sigh emerges, but is it a sigh of relief or
regret? Side by Side will help you
decide. tJ
Former UBC
prof wins
award for book
of poetry
W.H. New
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Trisha Bernardo
Contributor
Each year, the City of Vancouver
gives out a civic book award to
the author who most successfully showcases the city's cultural
diversity and history. This year,
the award was given to UBC Professor Emeritus W.H. New for his
most recent book of poetry, YVR.
For New, being a finalist was
already a great achievement;
winning was an incredibly
pleasant surprise.
"I just thought that the other
books that were up as finalists
are also very Vancouver," he said.
New is well-known for his
work in children's literature and
poetry. For the former prof, children's lit allows him to have fun
with writing.
"Adults are very hard," explained New. "I think it's important for children not to be written
down to. I've written so that children can engage with language,
engage with rhythm, engage
with the music of language — just
take delight in a difficult word,
which they will learn through
context rather than using that
super simple vocabulary, which
can be deadly, I think, to a child's
imagination."
A true-blue Vancouverite who
grew up just off Main Street, the
author admits that somehow,
all his books seem to allude to
Vancouver. Nonetheless, New
insisted that he had no hidden
agenda in writing YVR; the book
does not aim to promote tourism
or prove that Vancouver is one
of the best cities to live in. It was
written, New said, to give the
public a glimpse of the Vancouver
that he has come to know.
"There are all these different
voices that are happening in the
city and I'm just trying to relate
those voices, to allow those
voices to speak their thoughts.
I also wanted to emphasize the
fact that there isn't a single identity to the city, just a summation
of the multiple villages in the
city. But those multiple identities
are not pigeonholes, they're just
little tiny neighbourhoods that
are exclusive and can't be barged
in on or that don't move."
Despite YV.R's success,
New does not consider the
collection of poetry to be his
favourite work.
"The favourite book is always
the next one you write," he said.
"I never quite know what's going
to happen." tJ THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2012    |    CULTURE
ON A BUDGET »
Cut costs by ditching these ten inessential items
Christopher Cheung
Contributor
For some of us, learning how to cut
costs means a lifetime of stashing
sauce packets in the fridge, reusing
tin foil and plastic sandwich bags,
and making great escapes from
restaurants before waiters count
their tips. More money for that
university education, our parents
said. Now that we've made it here,
what are some luxuries we can
pass up?
Eating on campus
Let's face it: with a drink, you're
nearing $10 a meal. Self control is
key here. Slap together a sandwich
or loot your fridge for a take-to
school lunch. Resist the temptation to buy a snack. Wait
until the next meal or abuse
Menchie's samples if you're
in dire straits. Abstinence
will be rewarded.
New books
Overrated. Have you
heard of the Internet?
You don't need to pay
for 100-year-old novels;
most of them are free online.
If you're buying textbooks, try to
catch a used book deal on sites like
eBay. Alternatively, band together with some friends who have
taken the same courses and see
if an exchange can be arranged.
Several Facebook groups have
already been set up specifically for
that purpose.
Gym membership
Do you really need to pay a fee to
guiit-trip yourself into exercising?
Just step outside to get your heart
pumping! Grab a friend or two
for motivation. Go online for tips
and videos and make Tony Horton
your personal trainer.
Printer
Toner refills cost nearly
as much as the printers themselves, so you'll be looking at
hundreds of dollars in unnecessary expenses. Check with your
profs to see if they'll accept work
handed in by email. For those who
demand hard copies, why not just
do your printing on campus for
cheap? And for students who like
to print notes and readings, try going digital. Mother trees thank you
for not murdering their children.
TOMS
They may look good now, but
$60 can get you a lot more than a
piece of canvas that won't survive
the Vancouver rain, let alone the
plains of Africa. Try a pair of boat
shoes or Keds. Also, TOMS smell
after a while.
Expensive drinks at clubs
Why not intoxicate yourself
before entry? There's
nothing classier than
stumbling onto the #99
with your best buds and
using the safety bars as
your personal dancing
poles. Save on some ridiculously priced drinks and
you'll be having too much
fun to care about pleasing
freeloaders, no matter
how hot they are.
New clothes
Adventure to Main, Commercial or Broadway for thrift
stores and consignment shops
that offer surprising finds and
crazy deals.
Score the brand name you
want for cheaper, and stock up
on awesome ugly sweaters to
survive the winter gloom.
Car
One of the best inventions since
the wheel, the U-Pass gives you
the ability to traverse three
zones across the Greater Vancouver Area. You can ride public
transit over water, underground,
and most importantly, past
traffic. Couple that with huge
savings on gas and parking, and
it's a no-brainer: you don't need
a car.
Data plan
Surfing the web on
your phone might be
great while you're
on the go, but with
Wi-Fi available
all over campus
and at every
Starbucks and
McDonald's,
do you really
need to pay
an extra
$45 a
month to
be able
to like
someone's
Face-
book status on
the bus?
Moving out
This is a controversial one. For
those with a choice, the price of
freedom will literally cost thousands of dollars for the school year.
It's a tough decision if you're tight
on cash. There's nothing like absolute independence, but then again,
there's nothing like the comfort of
prepared dinners and clean laundry at home, either. Xi
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LAST WORDS
FARTING SHOTS AND SNAP JUDGMENTS ON TODAY'S ISSUES
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midterm?   9etoL>tofmy
On crossing picket lines
Though "unions" and "labour
struggle" might not be the buzzwords they once were, students
should take a moment to think
when presented with a picket
line.
Picketers are looking to halt
operation at the targeted building in order to exact pressure
in their ongoing labour negotiations. Crossing the picket
line keeps the building running
normally, and counteracts the
union's negotiation power.
Not all students will have a
problem with this, and we're
not asking them to. But for those
partisan to the labour union or
just looking to get out of class,
there are a few things to be
aware of.
Students choosing to not cross
a picket line as a matter of conscience are required to inform
the dean of their faculty within
two days of the strike's start or
prior to any exam, whichever
is first.
And even ifyou do inform
your dean, you must still make
"all reasonable efforts" to enter
your picketed building, and be
present and ready in case the
picketers move or leave.
So examine your conscience,
and don't bank on the picketers
as an easy way out of a midterm.
Music at T-Birds games takes
us to a bad place
When you go to a sporting event
as a student, you usually go to get
fired up and cheer for the home
team. Although the performance
of the players usually does this,
the music played at the venue
can also help fuel the fire.
But at T-Bird games this year,
the music has been reminding
fans of their teenage years, when
listening to T-Pain was considered hip. Not only is the selection unappealing to the ears,
but it is downright confusing and
doesn't provide any motivation.
As UBC is about to go on a
powerplay in overtime, is the
Two and a Half Men theme song
honestly going to raise the adrenaline of the 'Birds? And when
UBC calls a timeout, are you
trying to mock them by playing
the Jeopardy! song? Then there's
that song about "apple bottom
jeans/boots with the fur," which
reminds at least one Ubyssey
editor of the abject terror of
middle school dances.
And it's not just the quality;
the music is too damn loud.
It's bad enough that fans can't
communicate without yelling,
but coaches can't even talk to
their players without having to
scream over Usher.
It's not hard to do. Just stick
to classic hard rock songs from
the '80s and keep the music at a
respectable noise level. And play
more Ram Jam.
No news is bad news on
U-Pass negotiations
It's October and the AMS still
hasn't said more about the
U-Pass negotiations, other than
that they're ongoing.
AMS President Matt Parson said in passing at the last
AMS Council meeting that the
U-Pass referendum would be
in February as opposed to this
month. Students at participating
universities have to vote every
few years on the contract to
keep the U-Pass. The AMS isn't
saying anything about negotiations, other than that they are
"working to get the best deal for
students."
A little information about the
new U-Pass contract came from
Campus + Community Planning,
who said the price would go up,
but they couldn't say by how
much. Regardless of how negotiations are going, people assume
the worst if no one will tell them
anything. Given TransLink's
precarious finances, we have to
assume this new deal won't go
through as easily as expected.
The U-Pass expires at the end of
next term, so the longer negotiations last, the worse it looks
for students.
We understand why negotiations aren't done, and that the
AMS and other groups heavily
subsidize the pass. What they
say is ultimately their prerogative.
But students are the biggest
stakeholders here. And the way
things are going, the U-Pass
contract is one case among many
where student leaders try to
negotiate deals with big, powerful organizations and are too
terrified to say anything about
the process.
Students in negotiations —
for instance, the Engineering
Undergraduate Society trying
to take control of their student
space, or students trying to get
concerts with booze at Thunderbird Stadium — get the rough
end of the deal, and aren't able
to do anything about it. They get
shut down in negotiations, and
are too afraid to say anything,
because it might make the
university angry and make their
deal even worse. Are we being
bullied here?
LLUSTRATION INDIANA JOEL/THE UBYSSEY
Advocacy group that lobbies
for lower tuition perpetually
marred by petty theft
So the University of Regina Student Union just did a by-election
to pick a new president. Their
old president, Haanim Nur, cited
"personal reasons" when she
resigned in June, and it wasn't
until Sept. 27 when we found out
that — surprise! — it was because
she stole hundreds of dollars
from the Canadian Federation of
Students (CFS), who elected to
tell nobody!
The CFS is a federal/provincial advocacy organization that
lobbies for reduced (and eventually free) tuition. And anyone
who's followed the CFS at all
knows that little "slip-ups" like
this are distressingly common.
Nur had also been the chair
of the lobbying organization's
Saskatchewan arm, and it comes
out this week that she forged
$700 in CFS-Sask checks. What's
most worrying is that the CFS
found out about this in February
and proceeded to tell nobody
for almost eight months. Nur
told the U of R student paper,
the Carillon, that someone at the
CFS told her "mistakes can happen, people move on, never do it
again." The CFS said the reason
they hadn't gone public was
because they had no admission
of guilt until Nur talked to the
student paper.
Regardless of what happened,
it is terrifying that a national
student lobbying organization
caught a student politician
stealing money and then did not
immediately call the police. Student organizations tend to put
a lot of trust in the people that
hold the most senior positions,
and the important thing is that
nobody tries to walk away with
all the money.
The CFS has, in the last few
years, informed three separate student unions on the eve
of their attempts to leave the
organization that they actually
owe over $100,000 in improperly
paid membership fees. On one
occasion, they told the Concordia
Student Union that they owed
over $1 million, and when asked
to explain, produced a signed
agreement with the CSU's past
president that said the student
union should be responsible.
What we are saying is that
things can sometimes seem
sketchy and not entirely transparent at the highest levels of the
CFS, and if they want to be taken
seriously, they need to be swift,
public and official about these
claims, tl
A university president
responds to UBC's new
place in the rankings
SCREENCAPCOURTESY UBC
The most recent round of
the Times Higher Education World University
Rankings were released
after this issue of The Ubyssey
went to press. Fortunately, using
our inside sources, The Ubyssey
was able to obtain two prepared
responses to the university's new
world ranking. The first was prepared to alert senior administrators of the university's new status
as one of the top 20 universities in
the world. The latter is a somewhat more forlorn message from
the university president in the
event that the rankings did not
pan out.
Re: The university's new top
20 status!
Hi everybody!
So by this point I'm sure you've
heard the good news. The University of British Columbia is now
the 18th Best University in the
WORLD. I think I can now say,
with due consideration of the context, it's time C-E-L-E-celebrate!
But first, some business: you'll
be contacted by our media people
in the next few hours regarding
some slight changes to the university brand. It's very important
that we update our email signatures right away to include this
new information. We need to
remember that even though it
may feel like we're in the clear,
it's overlooking little details like
this that will send us back into
the rabble of the top 30. We've
been there for too long, and hell
if I'm going to go back to comparing UBC to McGill, or worse: a
bottom-shelf UC school (Irvine?
Grooossss!). So in sum, the rankers are watching... always watching. DON'T EVER FORGET IT.
(Oh, and to the webmaster, can
you do one of those command+F
searches to find and replace all
references to "Top 40 institution"
on our website? I was just fiddling
around with the back end and
turns out I have NO IDEA WHAT
I'M DOING. I'm not a professor of
Internet, after all.)
Where were we ... oh! It's
also important to change how
we think about this university.
For too long, I think, we've felt
like a provincial backwater. As
we all remember, this place was
established in another century to
make sure we know good sciences
to help us cut down the trees
and make sure the farm animals
didn't die. Well, no longer! We're
officially on the world stage now,
and it's time conduct ourselves
accordingly. It's time to be LOUD.
It's time to bank our reputations
on a survey of dubious merit
whose metric fluctuates wildly
pretty much every year. I mean,
absent any sort of actual clear
mandate from the government,
this is the way to go, right? Sure,
guys, we'll get right on your whole
"job creation" thing (as soon as
you stop cutting our freakin'
funding)!
Anyway, I'm set up in my
office with a case of Cariboo. If
anybody wants to come by and
crush a couple, I hereby declare
today's a day to take 'er easy.
Stepan Toope
President, University of
British Columbia
***THE 18th BEST UNIVERSITY
IN THE WORLD***
theubcpresident@ubc.ca
@toopetron
Re: We've done better
It's times like this I wish I wasn't
an academic. Because of my
almost constant study, I know
nothing of sports, and right now,
it feels like we need what the
coaches call a "half-time pep-up."
We didn't do particularly well
in the university rankings this
time around. Last year, we peaked
at 22, and this year is, well... no
one needs reminding. To those of
you who've been around the block
with me a few times, you know
that these things happen.
Fortunately, we shouldn't have
to significantly update our branding materials, as we've given
ourselves a comfortable range.
So let's be aloof about the rankings this year. Let's point to some
studies about how their metrics
could be better. No reason to take
a stand on how this is a really
weird way to put value on an
education or a university's value
to society.
At the end of the day, we've
been creative in the face of government cutbacks. We've gone in
on zany real estate ventures and
increased our reliance on tuition
to fund university operations. We
haven't had to game the stats like
some universities, who pay money
to weird consultancies in order to
raise their ranking. In the grand
scheme of things, we know what
we're doing.
In closing, since we're talking about being in the top 40,1
thought it bears mentioning that
UBC's new ranking coincides
with the position of Mumford
and Sons' "I Will Wait" on the
Canadian pop charts. It's advice
we could all take. If anybody
needs me, I'll be in my office with
my iPod.
Yours,
Stepan Toope
President, University of
British Columbia
theubcpresident@ubc.ca Scene
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YOUR UBC WORD OF THE WEEK
TAG, formerly known as the AMS Art Gallery,
is, well, The Art Gallery that your student
government, the AMS, operates inside the Student
Union Building. The name of the gallery was
changed sometime in the last few months for
unspecified reasons.
Longboat Recap
What Actually Happened
Overenthusiastic
OH-EM-GEE! Did you do your
pre-rowing stretches, guys?
Hung Over/Still Drunk
Playing pub golf on Friday was a
great call...right? #yolo
CoRec Req
You were a last minute
recruit.
What I'm Drinking Now: Midterm Edition
RITALIN
Source:
Um...
RED BULL
Source:
Shoppers Drug
Mart
COFFEE
Source:
Calhoun's at 4
a.m.
SOFT
DRINKS
Source:
McDonald's —
crap, it's closed.
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