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Common Energy UBC is offering a chance to make your own herb garden.
Along with providing the herbs and recycled containers, they'll teach those
of you with not-so-green thumbs how to care for them. Free
TUESDAY '   28
10:00 -11:30 A.M. @ SUB BALLROOM
UBC is hosting its first town hall information session regarding the proposed
housing and tuition fee increases. This is your chance to learn more about
the details ofthe proposals and to provide feedback. Free
TUESDAY   ' 28
12:00 -1:00 P.M. @ SUB PARTYROOM
All are welcome at the AMS Annual General Meeting, in which the proposed
fee increases will be the primary topic of discussion. If quorum (500 people)
is achieved, there will be a vote to determine the AMS' official stance. Free
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j A day in the life of AMS president Tanner Bokor
Tanner Bokor has to juggle school and a full-time job in his role as AMS president.
Elba Gomez Navas
Currently in the spotlight for
the unexpected increase in both
tuition for international students
and on-campus housing, the
UBC Board of Governors has
received a lot of attention over
the past couple of weeks. But for
the majority of students, most of
who are just lightly versed in the
intricacies of university governance, the Alma Mater Society is
their go-to source for information
— and at this time, solace.
For the AMS, this means being ready to both provide for and
predict the needs of students as
events unfold — no easy task. We
decided to see how our highest
student executive, AMS president Tanner Bokor — the man
behind the reigns of student
governance — goes about his day
while pushing forth the student
10:00 A.M.
It was during this hectic political
climate that I visited Bokor at
his end-of-the week executive
committee meeting. Giving
themselves time for a quick
caffeine-induced morning jolt,
Bokor and his VPs swiftly turned
to their whiteboard to start their
agenda. Although they touched a
little on every subject imaginable
— from the safety ofthe lightly
painted diagonal crossing line at
the bus loop, to the rental price
for Safewalk cars — the topic of
tuition quickly took precedence.
"I always think of being an
executive like juggling. You have
your special projects, standing
obligations and the obvious day-
to-day challenges that will arise,"
Bokor said.
But with large-scale questions
such as tuition or last year's
U-Pass referendum often on
the table, the AMS has to shake
things up in the office and adjust
to real-time changes.
"When a larger issue does
arise, the first thing we do is get
all the major players internally
together to debrief and strategize:
what do we know, what are our
timelines, how credible is the information, and where do we need
to go from here," said Bokor.
12:00 P.M.
The meeting came to an end
with many questions yet to be
answered, and the diligent AMS
staff moved on to another room
to start tackling the logistics for
the days to come as the tuition
matter unfolded. Although my
day with the AMS had started
with that meeting, Bokor's was in
motion since 8:30 a.m., when his
day officially starts.
A self-confessed early riser,
Bokor wakes up at 5:00 a.m. in order to get a head start to a usually
meeting-packed day.
"I always think of
being an executive
like juggling. You have
your special projects,
standing obligations
and the obvious day-
to-day challenges that
will arise,"
Tanner Bokor
AMS president and fourth-year
history major
"I'll often wake up early, get
ready for the day, do a cursory
glance ofthe previous evening's
emails, and start with an early
walk around North Campus. I'm
an early riser and enjoy time in
the morning, when folks aren't in
the office, to plan, think through
any outstanding items and ease
into the day," said Bokor.
But even for the president and
his team, who are well versed
with the tasks of managing an
enormous amount of issues at the
same time, the tuition hike has
not been easy to deal with.
"The tuition announcement
came at a busy time for the AMS.
In the past two weeks, we've
tackled delays and financial
overruns on the Nest project,
the sudden death of one of our
employees, as well as the recent
announcement of tuition and
fee increases meaning that each
member of our staff and executive has been on overdrive to ensure we are maintaining our high
standards and addressing the
issues as they arise," said Bokor.
3:00 P.M.
Every day is a new challenge for
the AMS president; Bokor shared
his motto for staying at the top of
his game.
"My band director in high
school always used to quote a line
from the musical In the Heights
and say 'No Pare Segue, Segue,'
which means, 'Don't stop, keep
going!' I've adopted that as my
motto this year, and I always
focus myself and my team on
continuing to move forward, no
matter how challenging times
become or how many mistakes
you make," Bokor said. "The only
thing I ask of myself and my team
is that when we do make a mistake, that we make every effort
to learn from that moment and
improve moving forward."
Hard at work, Bokor often has
to skip his lunch hour, which
usually runs for half an hour
every day — and even lunchtime
serves as an opportunity to connect with students.
"Whenever I have time I run
down to The Gallery or The Pit
and you hear students talk about
different things that are going on
in campus — often they're related
to the AMS. And that's where I
notice that, even without realizing it, the AMS has such a large
impact across campus ... I think
that's the most rewarding part of
this position."
Ultimately, the job ofthe AMS
president ranges from dealing
with trivialities to being able to
manage important policy changes
and bridging the gap between the
student body and the university
But it also boils down to the
sense of focus and dedication
that the president carries within.
As Bokor said, "at the end ofthe
day, this society is driven by the
collective voice of our membership, and the AMS will act upon
whichever way our students
direct us to act."
That morning, as I was leaving
his committee meeting, one of his
long-time staffers, AMS archivist
Sheldon Goldarb asked him, "So
when do you sleep?"
Grins spread across the room.
Bokor replied, "don't ask that
question." tJ // News
UBC Medicine restructures its undergraduate curriculum for next fall
Lawrence Neal Garcia
Senior Staff Writer
After over a decade, the UBC
Faculty of Medicine is reworking
its MD Undergraduate Program
(MDUP) curriculum.
The changes were prompted
by accreditation reports ofthe
MDUP from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the
Committee on Accreditation of
Canadian Medical Schools in 2008,
and other national reports.
The new curriculum framework, developed by a Dean's
Task Force on MD Undergraduate Curriculum Renewal with
consultation from faculty and
students, was recently approved
by the UBC Senate and will be
launched in August 2015.
According to Sandra Jarvis-
Selinger, director of curriculum
for the MDUP and the assistant
dean for faculty development, the
new framework includes shifts
to a case-based learning model, programmatic assessment,
competency-based learning and
increased flexibility.
The case-based model — which
allows students to continually
build on foundational knowledge
of different areas — offers a more
integrated approach to learning
than the current problem-based
framework, which focuses on single body system blocks at a time.
Similarly, the shift to programmatic assessment means that a
more integrated, program view of
evaluation will help ensure that
Former UBC VP Finance Pierre
Ouillet takes job at University of
California, San Diego
Former UBC VP Finance Pierre
Ouillet will be joining the University of California, San Diego.
Ouillet, who left his position
as VP Finance in September
2014, will take on the role of Vice
Chancellor and Chief Financial
Officer at UC San Diego starting
in November 2014.
"We look forward to welcoming
Vice Chancellor Ouillet to campus
and working with him to ensure
a stable financial framework for
UC San Diego," said UC San Diego
Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla.
Man falls 100 feet down cliff at
Wreck Beach
Emergency rescue crews responded to an accident at Wreck
Beach on the night of October 23,
after a man reportedly fell down a
cliff near Trail 6.
"There were three individuals
there. I believe they were partying
in the dark," said Vancouver Fire
and Rescue battalion chief Rob
Gabriel. "One of them decided to
go over a fence ... and fell down the
According to Gabriel, the individual fell approximately 100 feet,
but was alive and responsive, although heavily intoxicated, when
found around midnight.
The area near Trail 6 on Wreck
Beach is the site of many accidents
involving intoxicated individuals.
"The RCMP say that it's an area
that gets frequented by students
to party, which is not good to
do at night near the cliffs," said
Gabriel. "The chance of someone
falling down and killing themselves is very high."
Gabriel's advice to students to
avoid incidents like this is simple:
"Don't drink in the dark near the
cliffs ofthe endowment lands." Xi
UBC Medicine's new undergraduate curriculum will be launched in August 2015.
there is no "over-assessment" of
students in the program.
At the same time, the shift
to competency-based learning
tackles the issue of different
learning styles by setting clear
standards of what students need
to achieve in the program, as
opposed to simply passing the
various components.
"We're using the milestones
approach to get to a set of exit
competencies at the end ofthe program; to say: 'this is what we want
students to be able to leave the program with, and understand what
they've learned and what they can
do with that as they transfer into
a post-graduate education upon
graduation from our program,'"
said Jarvis-Selinger.
Accordingto Jarvis-Selinger, the
focus on flexibility gives students a
chance to engage in a variety of activities, such as medical education
research or community service, in
the course of their learning.
Also built into the new curriculum framework is the opportunity for rapid, continual quality
improvement, which would forgo
large curriculum overhauls, such
as this one, in favour of more
incremental changes.
Jarvis-Selinger emphasized
that, as the new program rolls out,
feedback from students and faculty
feedback would be crucial for implementation, just as it was during
the early stages of formulation.
"Every step along the way we've
had different voices engaged in the
conversation to make these kinds
of changes, really looking at it as a
student-centred approach, having
students in all aspects of our planning and development, and getting
really great feedback, because the
students are the only ones that
experience every corner ofthe
program," said Jarvis-Selinger. Xi
Sauder students launch new mobile fashion advice app
How Do I Look is a mobile fashion app that was created by Sauder students David Chan and Simon Hua.
David Nixon
Senior Staff Writer
UBC students are launching an
app designed to crowdsource fashion advice for outfits.
The app is called How Do I
look, or HDIL. It has a number
of fashion-related tools for users,
but its main draw is guaranteed
fashion advice in five minutes
from at least 10 people.
"I'm hoping to create a
platform that [people] can use
to showcase their clothing to
the right group while [helping]
different types of people stay
fashionable and look good instead
of altering themselves to fit into
the mainstream perception of
pretty," said Justin Chan, one of
two founders ofthe app.
Fashion advice could easily turn
ugly though, so the developers have
taken steps to keep the app constructive. Fashion experts who are
on the app will be verified, and they
will be allowed to make more in-
depth comments on why they said
yes or no to the outfit. The average
user will only be able to say yes or
no, and there is a blur function so
you can remain anonymous while
still getting feedback.
"If it's an outfit-focused negative comment, then we are cool
with it," said Chan. "However,
the main reason for not letting
the normal users have a comment
function was the concern of bullying and unprofessional comments,
which could possibly be not-outfit
The app can be used in many
ways. Aside from fashion advice
as you try outfits on at home,
it can also be used when shopping to see what people think of
what you might buy. There is an
Inspiration Log for browsing local
fashionistas and what they're
wearing, a tool for connecting
with fashion insiders and local
fashion boutiques and a token
service to get access to fashion
insiders for one-on-one advice.
The idea came from a conversation between Chan and co-founder
Simon Hua in November 2013.
Both wanted something to help
them find better outfits and purchase more fashionable clothes,
and HDIL was their solution.
Chan was president ofthe UBC
Entrepreneur Club and Hua was
one ofthe executives, so they'd
run through many business ideas
together before coming to this one.
The fully functioning app will
be available Sunday October 26.
The website currently lists 178
HDIL profiles and five boutique
owners involved. As they look forward, the key will be connecting
with more industry partners so
that the ties needed to provide
value to users will be there. The
next step towards that goal is
their kick-off event on Tuesday
October 28, with guests like
J-Crew and the founder of Vancouver Fashion Week attending. Xi
Stressed? UBC
prof and students
discuss effective
coping strategies
Kelley Lin
As midterm season lingers at UBC,
both students and professors are
once again faced with the problem
of stress.
Dr. Catherine Rawn, a veteran
psychology professor at UBC,
routinely teaches her students
about the importance of stress and
time management.
Accordingto Rawn, there are
two main components of stress
reduction shown through past
research at the UBC department of
psychology: problem-focused coping and emotion-focused coping.
The former takes specific steps to
control stress, such as studying for
an exam, while the other focuses more on feeling better about
things that one can't control.
The hardest part of managing stress is finding a healthy
balance between your work and
personal life.
"Set a plan that includes time
to restore," said Rawn. "Don't
expect [every day's time management] to be perfect."
Although procrastination may
be the most common stress coping
method for many people, it's not
surprising that physical activity,
relaxation breaks and copious
amounts of caffeine are also
popular choices.
"When I'm overwhelmed with
work, I do everything but homework," said Jonathon King, a first-
year Engineering student. "I find
other ways to take my mind off
[the stress], usually like exercising
or playing a sport."
First-year Arts student Iggy
Chan said that keeping track of all
her assignments helps her feel less
overwhelmed with schoolwork.
"I take a step back and I try to
organize all my different pieces
of work and do them in lists," said
Chan. "So that way, it's less overwhelming and you have a sense of,
logistically, what you have to do."
Accordingto Rawn, stress
management is best approached
through problem-focused coping
because it encourages self-motivation and control. It is also important
to maintain one's health no matter
how stressed out one feels, as doing
so properly can help students avoid
the long-term effects of poor stress
management, which can lead to
severe sleep deficits, impaired
academic ability, reduced cognitive
functioning, substance addiction
and overall damage to one's mental,
physical or social well-being.
"Self-care is about exercising,
eating well, sleeping and building
strong social networks," said Rawn.
In these cases, it is important
to take advantage of resources
that UBC offers, including UBC
Counselling Services, Student
Health Services, Nurses on
Campus, the Health and Wellness
Centre, Peer Wellness Coaching
and even several student-run
clubs focused on support. Xi NEWS    I    MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2014
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^^ nounced a 10 per cent
increase to tuition for incoming
international students and a 20
per cent increase to residence fees,
both to be implemented in 2015.
The hikes were proposed as
an effort to bring the university
^roserto the rates being charged
by competing Canadian institutions. They were sold as a way to
boost the university's rankings,
attract more successful international students and better
cover the operational costs of
on-campus housing services.
But why 10 and 20 per cent?
UBC drew on data that shows
the exponential growth of international tuition across the main
faculties of its competitors and
compared it to its own
slowly in
flating rates. McGill is charging
international students 49 per
cent more this year than it did
in 2009 while U of T is charging
a whopping 64 per cent more.
UBC's rates, however, have only
grown by 18 per cent, and the
proposed 10 per cent increase
will still leave the university's
tuition rates significantly lower
than the others'.
As for residence fees, UBC
Student Housing and Hospitality
Services (SHHS) conducted a
survey in which they explored
the average living costs for
students, and used this data to
conclude that a 20 per cent increase in eight-month
For their first■^raitTthe group
hosted a teach-in at Martha
Piper Plaza on October 14 to
inform students ofthe proposed
changes and the opposition to
them, as well as to grow their
troop. The following week, on
October 21, they met in the SUB
ballroom for a general assembly
to discuss future demonstration
plans and organize themselves
for their first protest.
At 3 p.m. on October 24, over
200 students convened at Koerner
Plaza for the demonstration -
location in view
A 20 per cent increase in residence fees for eight-month contracts will
bring average UBC housing costs up from $778 to $934 in 2015. These
rates wouldmake UBC comparable to two of the most expensive Canadian institutions to live at—the University of Toronto and McGill.
UBC's international tuition rates have risen only 18 per cent across the "big
four faculties" (Arts, Science, Engineering and Commerce) since 2009, while
McGill's and U of T's have gone up by 49 and 64 per cent respectively. A10
per cent hike would still leave UBC's rates below these competitors.
contract fees
will keep on-campus
housing costs at or below market value, supposedly without
overwhelming students' budgets.
Again, UBC compared their
survey results with data from
competitors to justify their plans.
In their proposal, UBC suggested that the added revenue from
the hikes should allow for a greater
investment in "academic excellence
and student experience." Many
students, however, argue that the
hikes will do just the opposite.
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achieve a lot
with just a few
people who are
really into the
Felix Ruchard
Third-year international
exchange student, former
participant of German Free
Education Movement
Immediately after the university's plans were made public,
students began to voice their opposition and soon banded together to
form the #IAmAStudent movement.
#IAmAStudent started as a
collective of student groups and
individuals including those from
the AMS, International Students
Association, Residence Hall
Association, Colour Connected
Against Racism and the Social
Justice Centre.
president's office in
Koerner Library and the office
ofthe Board of Governors in the
Old Administration Building, as if
to challenge the governing bodies.
Speakers Gabriel D'Astous
and Nina Karimi motivated the
crowd before the demonstrators
took to marching.
D'Astous told The Ubyssey he
was thrilled with the turnout.
"I think we're nice and loud.
We've got a whole bunch of
cool banners and signs, and I'm
stoked for this," said D'Astous, as
the marchers turned the corner
down Agricultural Road and
toward residences.
Still, not all attendees were as inspired by the assembly's numbers.
"I was hoping there would be
more people here," said Jordan
Buffie, a fourth-year political
science student. "But as long as
we get more notice and people
know that this is happening, they
might be more willing to join in
to subsequent events."
Organizer Corina Santema
from The Calendar pointed out
the unreliability of social media,
namely Facebook, in estimating
event turnout.
"The big thing with Facebook
is that I don't take it as '900
people are attending the event,' I
take it as '450 people are actually
expected.' Facebook is really
only about getting the word out
— it's a poster on the pole type
thing," said Santema.
The #IAmAStudent movement
continues to be a strong influence across multiple social media
platforms, with over 16,000 students invited on its main event
page on Facebook.
"As it snowballs, people will
become more aware [ofthe
movement,]" said Buffie. MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2014    |    NEWS
Regardles^Wtlie relatively
small number of demonstrators — some 300 at the protest's
peak — those who were there
were loud and energetic, but
entirely peaceful.
The protestors marched quickly through campus, supervised
by RCMP and campus security
who helped keep the group on
track and block incoming traffic
while the hundreds of students
marched down the street.
One protestor, third-year exchange student Felix Ruchard,
was impressed by
from this. "That's why I think
[domestic students] feel more
protected," said Kim.
She also voiced concerns with
the way UBC has proposed its
recent changes.
"The university has announced
that this tuition and residence fee
increase is the first of many more
to come," said Kim.
"[UBC] is becoming a lot more
business-like. I heard that the Vantage College program that started
this year was also proposed to the
Senate as a money-making project.
It's all about 'how can we make
more money?'"
Following the protest, some
students took the
Student apathy is often talked
about in the context of UBC's
culture of activism, but the #IA-
mAStudent movement is doing its
best to counteract it.
"We want people to understand that this isn't just something for international students
or people living in residence to be
worried about, this is something
for everyone who goes to UBC
to worry about," said protester
Karen Slakov, a fourth-year political science student.
Fourth-year student Amarachi
Chukwu heard about the movement
from friends, and reiterated the importance of conversation between
students on the issue, as well as the
need to band together.
"Even if the issue doesn't affect
you personally, it still does
affect other stu-
bly, comparing it
to the German Free Education
Movement against the introduction of tuition fees.
"I was part ofthe campaign in
Bavaria. It worked out very well,
and we had marches like this a
lot," said Ruchard.
"There weren't many more
people at this UBC rally. So, you
can actually achieve a lot with
just a few people who are really
into the cause."
The protestors were lead
by students holding a banner
reading "education 4 all, not the
highest bidder," and a flag reading "not a place of money."
They made their way to the
common outdoor spaces ofthe
Place Vanier, Marine Drive and
Totem Park residences and urged
students to come downstairs
and join the march, remaining politely unapologetic for
the commotion.
"We need to speak. Not once
but again and again and again
until we are heard," said speaker
Mitchell Dean, motivating the
crowd at Marine Drive.
Over and over again, speakers
emphasized that this protest was
only the first of many to come until
UBC backs down on their proposals.
Ji Youn Kim ofthe Science
Undergraduate Society and AMS
University and External Relations Committee (UNECORN),
explained the importance of
growing the movement's numbers to represent both current
and future students, regardless
of whether or not the university's
plans will affect all students.
She noted that although there
are provincial laws stopping UBC
from significantly raising domestic tuition, there are no laws
protecting international students
lty to jump into
the fountain at Martha
Piper Plaza with loofas and
sponges to demonstrate some
students' inability to pay for
basic needs like water.
tuition and
residence fees
will increase
inequality so
that bright,
students wont
be able to
attend [UBC.]"
Ji Youn Kim
Science Undergraduate Society
and AMS University and External
Relations Committee member
One of these students, Marina
Classen, commented more on
UBC's corporate attitude, and
the need to counteract it.
"We have a pretty apathetic campus most ofthe time, so
it's nice to see so many people
getting involved over an issue
that affects us all, because the
principle of education is a right
and it's the biggest thing we
should be standing for here," she
said. "The university is becoming
a corporation that takes advantage of and exploits students, and
it's not fair."
dents — your
colleagues," she said.
"If we don't fight together,
what's the point?"
Students attending the protest
all had one thing in common:
the belief that UBC's proposed
fee increases will affect not only
incoming international students
and those in housing, but all
ofthe university's current and
prospective students.
The protesters came together in
hopes to be the booming voice of
reason speaking against elitism at
UBC and for the accessibility of a
world-class education for all.
"Especially being in Vancouver, a
very liberal and inclusive community, I feel that increasing tuition
and residence fees will increase
inequality so bright, outstanding
students will not be able to attend,"
said Kim. "That's a loss."
The #IAmAStudent group
will be assembling next at the
AMS's Annual General Meeting
on October 28 at 12:00 p.m. in the
SUB Partyroom.
During the meeting, students
will have the opportunity to vote
on official action against UBC's
proposed fee increases. A quorum
of 500 students will be needed to
pass binding resolutions.
A date has not been set for the
next student protest, but organizers have confirmed that another
one is certainly being planned.
#IAmAStudent will continue
to update students on any future
events they host and news about
UBC's proposal across their social
media platforms. Xi 6    I    NEWS    I    MONDAY, OCTOBER 27,2014
Dalai Lama at UBC
Teaching the importance of kindness, empathy and compassion
by Veronika Bondarenko
The Dalai Lama conducted an empowerment teaching to a crowd of over 7,000 at Thunderbird Arena on October 23.
The Dalai Lama's speech on the
importance of exercising kindness and compassion has moved
crowds of passionate students,
faculty and Vancouverites.
During his time in Vancouver,
His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama
spoke to students at John Oliver
Secondary School and participated
in a Heart-Mind Summit at the
Vancouver Convention Centre on
October 21. He also led a panel discussion on the need to cultivate empathy and compassionate behaviour
in young children to an audience of
UBC students on October 22.
At his final event on October 23,
over 6,000 people gathered into
the Thunderbird Arena to hear the
Dalai Lama give an empowerment
teaching on Avalokiteshara, the
Buddhist deity of compassion.
Throughout the teaching, the
Dalai Lama, whom Tibetan Buddhists view as the living reincarnation of Avalokiteshara, spoke on the
need to understand and appreciate
the similarities rather than the differences between all people and provided specific ways that people can
exercise compassion and achieve
balance in their everyday lives.
As a way of understanding
one's place in the world, the Dalai
Lama also spoke about the lim-
itlessness of time, which people
always try to split into segments
such as days and hours rather
than viewing it as a general continuity that we are all part of.
"We think of time in temporal
stages of past, future and present,
but if we examine carefully the
past is no more, the future is
yet to be," said the Dalai Lama.
"The only thing that is real is the
present, but even then, we try to
understand what present is when
we go from within this year, this
month, this day, this hour, this
minute, this second."
As such, the Dalai Lama said
that seeing one's self as small
and unimportant in relation to
the eternity of time and human experience is essential to
understanding one's place in the
world and focusing on the small
changes that people can make to
bring about happiness in their
interactions with others.
"There is no real present. At
the same time, time is real in
experience," said the Dalai Lama.
"When you're searching for this
day in the future or in the past,
this unreality, unsubstantiality
of self is really the nature for
understanding everything."
While leading the audience
in several Buddhist chants and
prayers from a sacred text, the
Dalai Lama also said that much
of human suffering and evil
arises when people are unable to
put aside their personal desires
and egos to ensure the safety and
welfare of others.
"Whatever misery or suffering
there is in the world arises from
self-centeredness, self-cherish-
ment," said the Dalai Lama. "Whatever happiness there is in this world
comes from cherishing others."
The Dalai Lama said that
while striving for achievement
is natural, relentlessly pursuing
one's own interests will often
lead people to forsake caring for
the the happiness of others and,
in doing so, bring sorrow into
their lives.
"Those individuals who tend
to be so obsessed with 'me, me,
me, mine', they tend to be so
fixated on their own self-interest that the process they pursue
can lead them to cause harm to
others, exploit others and so on,
and ultimately leave themselves
in a state of misery."
As such, the Dalai Lama
explained that the best way to
promote happiness and peace in
the world is to continue thinking of other people and helping
those who may be suffering when
one can. By putting aside one's
personal desires and exercising
compassion, people will be able
to achieve a stronger sense of
balance, happiness and inner
peace in their own lives.
"Those who are constantly
thinking about others, cherishing
the worth of others, not only are
they able to bring joy into others'
lives, even in their own lives they
experience joy, they experience a
sense of satisfaction."
The proceeds from the empowerment teaching will go
towards the Tibetan Resettlement Project, a humanitarian
movement organized by the Dalai
Lama in order to bring over 1,000
displaced Tibetans from the most
poverty-stricken refugee camps in
northern India to Canada. tJ // Opinions
Ask Natalie: On how to put up
with temperamental weather
Many UBC students rarely give
a thought to the AMS and some
probably couldn't tell you what the
acronym stands for (it's the Alma
Mater Society, by the way.) Fewer
still could name any of this year's
execs off the top of their heads. For
those of you who are in touch with
the campus political climate, your
main thoughts on the AMS may be
that they're a bickering body that
gets little done. And in some ways,
you'd be right.
What's important to remember
is that AMS execs are students too.
They're our primary representation on campus, and they do wield
a lot of power — possibly too much,
given their levels of experience
— but they are also people who
are going to classes and simultaneously working longer hours than
do many graduates with full-time
That's not to say that the
AMS should be let off the hook
for their actions. In running for
their positions they should know
that they're committing to major
responsibilities. But we should
also show a little sympathy, and
acknowledge that they're working
hard and trying to make it through
school just like the rest of us. It's
a very fine line to walk between
being constructively critical and
downright mean.
Stress. The five-letter word we've
all become so closely acquainted
with during midterm season. We
all experience it in some degree
and in The Ubyssey's world of tight
deadlines, breaking news and
volunteers who forget to send in
articles at the last minute, we have
first-hand knowledge ofthe ways
that stress can seep into your day-
to-day schedule.
If your stress is about a specific
project that you're working on, take
steps to be more productive and free
up more time to work later. While
procrastinating may seem tempting
(let's face it: when is it not?), doing it
when you're stressed out about work
will only lead to a vicious cycle. If,
however, you notice that stress is
becoming a constant presence in
your everyday life, it is important
to pause and ask for help — whether this means confiding in a close
friend or speaking to a counsellor.
On Friday, around 250 students
protested in response to the
rising housing and tuition costs.
The protesters had high energy,
leading spirited chants as they
marched across campus and
stopped at several student residence buildings. The sheer number of residents who looked out
their windows, surprised to see
the protest was telling, though.
While some students joined the
protesters as they marched, they
were sometimes met with looks
of confusion and surprise — not
This week's protest was
definitely a step in the right
direction for students opposed to
the fee increases. But if students
actually want the university to
listen to them, they're going to
have to step up their game and
come out in larger numbers.
UBC has already made up their
mind about raising housing costs,
and it seems unlikely they will
reconsider the proposed 10 per
cent rise in international tuition.
It's going to take more than 250
students marching and chanting
to make that happen. tJ
B.C. government's failure to fund is failing students
B.C. has a problem. Kids from middle-class families in the province
are increasingly unable to afford
to attend our province's schools, a
problem made worse in Vancouver
by UBC's recent announcement of a
20 per cent rent hike for residence
rooms and a seven per cent increase
in meal plan fees.
While UBC's exemption from
the rent control provisions ofthe
Residential Tenancy Act make the
increases possible, they remain
difficult to understand from a policy
perspective where exposure to the
ideas of an economically diverse student body is a key part of learning.
There's no question this problem
of access for B.C. students is new,
not particular to UBC, and that it
has been created by the provincial
government. Almost a decade of
flat funding hasn't kept up with
inflation and pressured universities
to find money elsewhere to keep up
with the increases in costs of salaries, basic supplies and maintenance.
With that said, here's the brutal
math for the existing residence rental and meal plan rates at UBC.
The cost of a meal plan, residence rent, student fees, basic living
expenses and the lowest level of
tuition at UBC (general Arts programs), add up to thousands more
than any B.C. student can borrow
from our provincial government to
attend UBC. Each dollar that rents
and meal plans go up is an extra
dollar students need to find outside
ofthe inadequate government loan
program. For students in professional programs with tuitions of $10,000
and higher, this lending shortfall is
amplified many times. B.C. lends the
least of any province in Canada.
The inability to borrow enough
for existing rent and meal plan
rates through the student loan
program means that B.C. students
are borrowing on credit cards and
lines of credit where they can, with
interest that starts immediately and
leads directly to the highest student
loan debt of any students in Canada,
according to the Bank of Montreal.
B.C. students are also Canada's
most stressed about paying for
their education.
But many B.C. residents aren't
even going to university or college.
B.C. has the highest rate of young
people not in work, education or
training of any province in Canada.
This statistic is new too. B.C. used to
have the second-most young people
in work, education and training,
second only to Alberta. Perhaps
unsurprisingly, B.C. has the most
part-time students of anywhere in
Canada, as students work full time
so they can pay to study part time.
I wish that UBC would issue a
press release pointing to provincial
government policy as the source of
the access and funding problems
they face. At least then students
would have a place to direct their
concern. Instead, provincial "government reporting entity" policy
that restricts UBC from borrowing
to build residences that sustain
themselves with student rents
weren't even mentioned in UBC's
slide presentation to the AMS. Similarly absent was any explanation of
chronic, decades-long underfunding
of UBC by government.
Unfortunately, UBC's silence is
enabling a lack of provincial government accountability for inadequate
support for B.C. students. Ask any
government member and they'll tell
you that B.C. leads Canada in affordability. Ask any B.C. student and
they'll tell you a very different story.
Here's hoping that UBC's administration will step up to join student
voices in demanding adequate
financial support — bursaries, loans
and scholarships — for B.C. students
to be able to go to school at the leading school in their home province.
Parents who don't have enough
money to make up the shortfall
of government student loans, and
chronically high youth unemployment in our province, shouldn't be
a barrier to students who want to
study at UBC. Even if UBC doesn't
feel it can speak out, here's hoping
that students remember these rate
hikes, and the reasons for them,
next election.
David Eby is the MLA for Vancouver
-PointGrey. Xi
Advice Columnist
"This is ridiculous weather! It's
more temperamental than my ex."
This is true. Last month we had
just the best weather and now
we're stuck with rain one hour and
sunshine the next. Do you know
how disorienting this is for someone from out of province? Weather
is not supposed to act like this.
Stick to one type! Anyway — here
are some tips I have learnt:
1) Get an umbrella. Doesn't
matter how expensive, (but the
cheaper you go, the more likely it
will turn inside out) try to get one
that will fold up small enough to fit
in your bag. Carry a plastic bag too,
so you can keep your wet umbrella
in your bag without getting your
books wet when it is magically
sunny again. This way you can
avoid the large, walking cane types
some people enjoy, but if that's your
style, rock it.
2) Layers are adorable and completely necessary. Everyone looks
cute in layers. Having the ability to
shed and add layers in this weather
will mean you can show up to class
without getting sweaty or frozen.
Sure your bag will be stuffed for
a while, but, as they say, winter is
coming. Soon we'll be able to start
planning our outfits for the entire
day again.
3) Tights, for the dress and skirt
days, will save your legs from the
cold, but keep them cool when the
sun comes out. Plus they are just
stylish. This is less of an advice
column than a fashion column
isn't it? It doesn't help that I'm also
suggesting scarfs next. They will
actually help, though.
4) Hot drinks! They keep your
core and fingers warm when it's
chilly, and even when sunny and
not raining, you still have a lovely
drink to keep you chipper.
There you go; Natalie's guide to
the strange and mysterious weather that comes with the turf. Sure,
other universities have weather
that doesn't change at the drop of a
hat, but we're UBC and we take our
weird, ever-changing autumns like
we take everything else: with pride.
Need advice? Write to Natalie at
asknatalie@ubyssey.ca. Xi
LU II Culture
New app wants to bring
knowledge to your fingertips
Librum is a new app that summarizes non-fiction books.
Alex Lenz
Knowledge at your fingertips. This
is precisely what a pair of young
Vancouverites are aiming to provide through the creation of a new
app. Librum, which is set to launch
by the end of November as a web
and mobile app, will provide users
with a bevy of non-fiction book
summaries. All for free.
Former UBC student Olivier
Maguire and his business partner,
Garry Airiants, have been working
full-time on Librum since the
beginning of September. While the
concept of a website that summarizes non-fiction books is not a new
one, these services typically have
high subscription fees.
"We think the business model
could be improved. Make it more
accessible. Even if you've heard
of these services, you might not
try them because there's a fee,"
said Airiants.
Librum aims to take on a fresh
approach to making knowledge
accessible. Airiants and Maguire
hope to share their passion for
learning through a freely distributed medium. Students, they believe,
are the perfect candidates for a
service like Librum. While you may
not have the time to read a book in
its entirety, Librum will provide
you with the most pertinent concepts from each book. The ultimate
goal is for the user to be able to better themselves with the knowledge
gained from each summary.
"For the non-fiction books that
we're including, they all relate to
say, decision-making or happiness,
or actionable things that people can
apply to their lives. So we think it's
kind of cool to have a lot of useful
information being put out there. So
we take segments of information
from the book that are the most
valuable, so you pretty much get
the most salient information out of
the books," said Maguire.
Librum doesn't believe that
knowledge gained through a
summary can replace reading a
book in its entirety. Rather, the app
aims to help users make informed
decisions about which books they
may choose to read, while bettering
the user by highlighting the main
messages conveyed in each book.
"We're not rewriting their book
... we are summarizing it, but we're
not changing anything. It's still the
message that the author wants to
deliver," said Airiants.
Currently, Librum has a website
that features a small library of
summaries. Following the launch of
the app, 20 book summaries will be
released per month. Each summary
is between 3500 and 4000 words,
with an average reading time of 19
to 20 minutes per summary. "We
find that the length on some other
services is too short. They miss a
lot ofthe information. It seems like
they just kind of glance over it,"
said Maguire.
Librum's summaries, by contrast, will be written in pseudo-chapter form, clearly highlighting key themes from each book.
"It's very streamlined, so you'll
know what to expect from each
summary. They'll be formatted
all the same, and there will be a
certain level of quality that you can
expect," said Airiants.
Airiants and Maguire intend to
make Librum the go-to place for
picking which book you want to
read, as well as providing a source
for gaining the main insights from
influential non-fiction books.
For the moment, profit-making is Librum's lowest priority,
"in terms of money, the ultimate
goal would be to have it sustain
itself.... But right now that's not
our goal. We just want to create
a huge library and build awareness. That's it. We don't want to
focus on profit," said Airiants.
Eventually, the duo hopes to
release Librum Go, a premium
app that would include additional features, such as audio
recordings of summaries and the
ability to vote on each summary.
However, Airiants and Maguire
remain adamant about keeping access to the apps and the
information completely free of
charge. Xi
Notice of Development Permit Application - DP 14030
Public Open House
Biological Sciences Building - 6270 University Boulevard
You are invited to attend an Open House on Wednesday, October 29 to view and comment on a
proposed addition and renovation to the Biological Sciences complex at 6270 University
Boulevard to accommodate new UBC Undergraduate Life Sciences Teaching Labs.
nesday, October 29,2014
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Plans will be displayed for the project which will
include the demolition of a portion of the building
to allow for a new 4-storey East Wing for new
teaching labs, an upgraded interior courtyard and
renovation of the existing North Wing.
Representatives from the project team and Campus
+ Community Planning will be available to provide
information and respond to inquiries about this
For more information on this project, please visit:
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Three friends take over for
the Grim Reaper in Killing It
Killing It is a part of this year's CBC ComedyCoup competition.
Sam Fruitman
Comedy and death don't seem
like two concepts that would
work well together in a TV show.
Killing It, an entry in this year's
CBC ComedyCoup, explores that
relationship, between death and
humour, as three friends are
tasked with taking over the Grim
Reaper's dirty job.
Currently, CBC is searching
for their next hit TV comedy
series with the ComedyCoup
competition, where contestants
are tasked with creating an original idea for a half hour comedy
show. The winners will receive
$500,000 in funding to create a
pilot episode to be shown during
a prime time slot on CBC during
the 2015 TV season. However, to
get to the finish line, these aspiring show-runners are relying on
votes from the general public.
Voting is already in full swing,
with the original 285 submissions being cut to 110. This
number will be cut to 50 by the
end ofthe weekend. Among the
contenders still in the competition is Killing It, a project headed
by current UBC MFA creative
writing students Michael Orlando and Ryan Bright, as well as
recent UVic graduate of theatre
acting Alysson Hall. The trio, all
assuming equal roles as creators,
writers and producers, are confident that their concept is going to
make the cut.
"There hasn't been one moment in the last 3 weeks where
I've thought, 'Man, I wish we'd
come up with a different idea, or
a more refined idea,'" said Orlando, reflecting on the concept's
"There were competing ideas,
but there was nothing on this
level. Once we threw this out
there, I got this feeling that I get
as a writer sometimes, when you
know you've found a good idea.
You just get this fuel, this surge
of enthusiasm where you go, 'Oh
man, I just can't wait to keep
doing this.'"
Indeed, the show deals with
deep metaphorical concepts.
Killing It follows three morally corrupt friends as they are
given the power by the retiring
Grim Reaper to bring death upon
anyone they choose. If that isn't
enough to hook you, the team
promises that there will be someone dying in each episode every
"We wanted an idea that
would get people's attention. It's
something that's really funny,
really dark and really edgy," said
The three show-runners all
have numerous accolades under
their belts. Bright wrote for the
web series The Autobiography
of Jane Eyre along with Hall,
who starred in it as well. The
web series amassed an impressive 20,000 subscribers on the
YouTube channel. Bright also
produced his short film 'Til
Death in collaboration with
Orlando, which screened at this
year's Cannes International Film
Both Bright and Orlando are
grateful for the continued support from the Creative Writing
Program as they work to complete their Master's degrees.
"I can definitely say that a few
ofthe opportunities that I've had
professionally could not have
come if I did not specifically seek
counsel with the UBC advisors. The entire faculty has been
nothing but supportive, and very
simply put, they know things and
they know people, so if you're
eager then they'll set you up with
the resources to guide you," said
Orlando affirms that, "the
main thing UBC wants to do is
get you good at your writing;
they want you to improve as a
writer first and foremost. If you
go up to any faculty member and
say, 'Hey, I want to get into the
TV industry,' not one of them is
going to say, 'I can't help you,'
they're all going to try and push
you forward."
Should their concept get
produced, Orlando paints an enticing picture of what to expect.
"You're going to kick off your
shoes, sit down and watch these
morally and ethically corrupt
characters have fun being grim
reapers for half an hour, and
hopefully you're going to laugh."
Students can vote for Killing It
at comedy coup.cbc.ca Xi MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2014    |    CULTURE
UBC alumna premieres film at ImagineNATIVE
Kewekapawetan: Return After the Flood premiered at this year's ImagineNATIVE Film Festival
Tara Bigdeli
The old saying goes "If you don't
know the history, you're doomed
to repeat it." Jennifer Dysart, a
UBC alumna, shines a flashlight
on the cobwebs of Canadian
history with her film project
Kewekapawetan: Return After the
Flood in hopes that the Canadian
people will be able to avoid the
mistakes ofthe past. Last Friday
the documentary premiered at ImagineNATIVE, the world's largest
Indigenous film festival.
Kewekapawetan: Return After
the Flood documents the environmental disaster that plagued
South Indian Lake, Manitoba in
the 1960s, in which the inhabitants ofthe reserve were faced
with a flood so severe that it
threatened washing out their
entire village. Subsequently, the
residents were told by the government to leave in order for a dam to
be built.
The construction ofthe dam
left the residents in social crisis
for an extended period of time —
up until the 1960s, their society
had been an entirely self-sustained
and remote community.
"Everyone there was totally self
sufficient and living without any
sort of regular contact with the
outside world," said Dysart. Following the flooding, however, the
area became desolate, resources
were scarce, the lake had drastically changed and it was no longer
possible to fish.
"[The community] relied upon
the lake as a food source, which
it can't anymore because the
damming created all kinds of silt.
Chemicals and minerals from the
earth get into the water, which
gets into the food chain. Mercury
is one of those things for example."
The film follows Dysart's
personal experience as she takes a
trip back to the lake some 50 years
following the incident to fully
understand the long-lasting and
devastating impact the flood and
its following events had, with an
emphasis on the mistreatment and
injustice done to the indigenous
people by the government. The
half-hour documentary features
original footage ofthe inhabitants'
adversities and the government's
orders to disperse from the area.
"The project in the 1960s was
proposed as being necessary for
the future of Manitoba. And so the
greater plan of Manitoba was more
important than the rights ofthe
people. The rights of a minority
are just as important as the rights
ofthe majority and have to be honestly looked at for the overall value
and not just the short-term value,"
said Dysart.
In the last few years, the community members have been organizing a community event called
"Kewekapawetan," which means
"to go back." During this event
they return to the original village
site. "[The village] didn't really go
under water as they had predicted
so the community can still go back
to that original site, camp there
and live in the way their grandparents did, and teach the children
about the old way of life that really
isn't around so much anymore,"
said Dysart.
Native Canadian history has always interested Dysart, who grew
up in B.C. and started working
at the Museum of Anthropology
at UBC with the Native's Youth
Program even prior to her student
days. "I was always interested in
the history ofthe first nations of
Canada," she said. After years of
working at the museum throughout her undergrad, Dysart found
her calling. "I decided that I needed to pursue my own creative side
as an artist and a film-maker."
By choosing a subject such
as the Kewekapawetan, Dysart
could express her dissatisfaction
at the government's treatment of
Indigenous people and celebrate
her culture at the same time. "This
is personal to me and it was only a
matter of time before I started doing some kind of research related
to my own community."
"People have to be aware where
history has brought us today. In order to understand the issues facing
First Nations today, mainstream
Canada has to understand where
the first nations are coming from
and what their specific history and
the specific feelings towards what
the government has done and the
distrust that first nations have of
resource extraction all this sort
of stuff. It all kind of makes sense
when you have the history." Xi
CBC Massey Lectures on citizenship
and identity at the Chan Centre
New Canadian citizens struggle with their identity throughout the immigration process
Justin Lui
On Wednesday, former Governor
General Adrienne Clarkson gave
a lecture on the South African
concept of reciprocity in her CBC
Massey lecture series. The lecture
series given by Clarkson focuses
on the notion of belonging and
identity as a tool for mediation between the individual and society.
Clarkson is the author of multiple
books. Her newest — Belonging:
The Paradox of Citizenship —
tackles the issues that individuals
have throughout the immigration
The fourth lecture in her
series focused on the South African notion of ubuntu. Ubuntu
is the acceptance and respect
of difference between cultural
groups. The focus of ubuntu is on
the individual in the group — it
is not the individual contributing
wholly to the group, but rather
it is the individual's coexistence
and harmony with all living
Ubuntu involves seeing others
as one would see themselves, as
noted by Clarkson during the
lecture "a person is a person
because of other persons."
Humans depend on each other
to be human, and therefore all
humanity is bonded with each
other. Ubuntu does not call for
the evaporation of individualism,
instead, ubuntu sees that the
individual is unique, they have
their own identity, which is part
ofthe group.
In the most basic sense, Canadian culture has tried to live
within a philosophy of ubuntu.
The multiculturalism movement
is the pinnacle of ubuntu, though
everyone in Canada is unique in
culture, philosophy, belief, skills
and preferences, everyone should
respect and accept each other
without complaint.
Each individual exists because
of others. There exists a particular relationship between individuals, groups and parties, which
if one did not exist, then there
would be not another. Ubuntu is
a rule that everyone in Canada
should adhere to, and it is what
multiculturalism is about. What
separates Canada from other
countries is that while many
other nations hold on to a distinct national identity, Canada is
a combination of many cultural
As philosopher Marshall Mc-
Luhan put it, "Canada is the only
country in the world that knows
how to live without an identity."
This is a nation composed of
people from all backgrounds,
and the only identity that Canadians have is the acceptance
that unites everyone. Such is the
responsibility of Canadians. It is
being involved in our society, it is
being social, it is helping out each
other, and reaching out to them.
There is no need to surrender each person's own identity,
Canada is about the differences
that make up its population. It is
important to understand what
Canada is about. Xi
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Thunderbirds too hot for Heat to handle
UBC won their first playoff game 3-0 against the UBCO Heat, eliminating their Okanagan counterpart and advancing to the semifinals.
Soren Elsay
Senior Staff Writer
Coming off an uninspiring
finish to the regular season, the
UBC Thunderbirds shook off
an uneven start to dispatch the
University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat 3-0 in the
Canada West quarterfinals. After
finishing the year with only
one win in their last four, the
first-seeded Thunderbirds scored
just before half through midfielder Sean Einarsson, followed
by a brace from Navid Mashinchi
in the second half to advance to
the semi finals next weekend.
The 'Birds got off to a sluggish start, unable to hold on
to possession with uncharacteristically sloppy passing and
only mustering a handful of
half chances through crosses.
The fourth-seeded Heat started
brightly, splitting possession and
chances evenly with the favoured
'Birds for much ofthe first half.
UBC was finally able to get on
to the board five minutes before
the half when UBCO keeper
Christopher Cuthill spilled a
catchable corner kick in his own
six yard box right to the waiting
Einarsson, who headed home the
goalkeeper's gaffe. The crestfallen keeper bowed his head
in disbelief, knowing he had let
UBC off the hook. Despite the
late goal, head coach Mike Mosher was not pleased with his team
heading into the second half.
"I didn't think we were that
sharp in the first half, I told them
they were second best and playing within themselves and got an
immediate response," he said.
With Mosher's words still
fresh in their minds, the
Thunderbirds grabbed control
ofthe game from the start ofthe
second half. Three minutes in,
Niall Cousens did well to shield
the ball on the edge ofthe Heat
area before slipping it through
to Mashinchi who was able to
slide the ball past the sprawling
Cuthill from a tight angle to put
the home side up 2-0.
Less than 10 minutes later,
UBC would go up 3-0 through
Mashinchi's second ofthe half.
Second half substitute Boris
See made a darting run along
the edge ofthe UBCO 18 yard
box, drawing a hard foul from
the desperate Heat defender in
the process. The Thunderbirds'
leading goal scorer, Mashinchi,
then stepped up and made them
pay by coolly curling in the free
kick from 20 yards out with his
left boot, past the outstretched
fingertips of Cuthill.
Mashinchi, a fifth year senior,
came into the game nursing an
ankle injury but showed no ill effects, scoring twice and earning
his coach's praise in the process.
"He's a quality player; he's
certainly one ofthe best players
in the country at this level and
having him come back into the
side gives us a real lift... I mean,
if you look at the two goals he
scored, there's not a lot of players
that can do that," said Mosher.
Always humble, the fifth year
commerce student praised his
teammates and their quality of
play before adding that his ankle
held up well and will be ready for
the semis.
UBC awaits the winner ofthe
quarterfinal played between
University of Alberta and the
University of Calgary. The exact
location ofthe semifinals is yet
to be determined, however it is
guaranteed to be played at the
home of one ofthe teams from
the Prairie Division. No matter
the outcome or the venue, the
Thunderbirds know it will not
be easy. Not only will they be
playing away from home, there
will be a certain level of unfam-
iliarity when it comes to their
opponents, since teams from the
opposite division do not play each
other during the regular season.
"I haven't spent a lot of time
focusing on what's going on [in
the Prairie Division], it's more
'let's worry about ourselves and
then when we get to that bridge,
then we'll cross it," said Mosher.
Mashinchi admits that it is
going to be a battle, but is confident that this team has what it
takes to play for a third national
championship in a row.
"Calgary and Alberta are
always tough games to play,"
he said, "especially with the
environment over there, playing
away from home; we're going to
have to grind it out, but we're
used to it, we have the team to
do it."
The Thunderbirds will compete
in the Canada West Final Four
next weekend against either the
Alberta Golden Bears or the Calgary Dinos. Xi
The Thunderbirds' season
game. TWU opened the
the 19th minute after Madison
Alessandra Oliverio would tally
came to an end on Friday
scoring in the second minute
Guy pounced on the ball in the
for the Spartans to finish UBC's
night against Trinity Western
of play as two-time CIS All-
penalty area, slamming one
playoff hopes. Trinity Western
University. UBC fell 3-1 to the
Canadian Krista Gommeringer
home to tie it up. Unfortunately,
will host the Canada West Final
second-ranked and two-
put one past 'Bird goalie Emily
that's all the offense the
Four next weekend on home
time defending CIS champi
Wilson to give the home team
Thunderbirds would get on
turf. The T-Birds finish the sea
on Spartans in a hard-fought
the lead. UBC answered in
the night. Jenna Di Nunzio and
son 6-5-2.
For the second time this year,
the Calgary Dinos showed
their dominance over UBC with
another convincing victory ove
the Thunderbirds. With a 67-6
win on Saturday afternoon in
Alberta, the Dinos outscored
the T-Birds 126-18 over their
two games played this regul
season, putting up 1 391 var
of total offence to U^^.^,
Quarterback Carson Williarr
coming off ofwinning Canac
West Offensive Player of the
Week honours, couldn't find his
form aqainst the solid Calqarv
:eand threw tor mst
longer than 11 yards. Seven of
Calgary's eight touchdowns
Mercer Timmis both scoring
a pair. With just one game left
a win next next week against
Saskatchewan, as well as a
some luck in the point dirteren MONDAY, OCTOBER 27,2014    I    SPORTS    I   11
UBC takes 30-19 win in first leg of "The Boot"
Thunderbirds gain advantage in storied tradition between UVic and UBC
The boot was originally stolen from UBC rugby coach Brian Wightman in the 1960s, then bronzed and used as a trophy.
Jacob Gershkovich
At some point between 1964 and
1967, Brian Wightman, then head
coach ofthe UBC men's rugby
team, must have noticed that one
of his boots was missing. The boot
at large was stolen by some of
Wightman's players, bronzed and
made into a trophy — known today
simply as The Boot.
For 44 years, the top two teams
in the province have met to duke
it out for the coveted boot; and for
all but one of those 44 years, the
top two teams in the province have
been the University of Victoria
Vikes, and the University of British
Columbia Thunderbirds.
Victoria had successfully
defended The Boot for 17 consecutive years until last season, when
UBC emerged victorious in the
two-game series, paying homage
to Wightman on home soil with a
22-8 win over the Vikes.
There was no love lost between
these two squads when they
squared off on Saturday at the Gerald McGavin Rugby Center. Both
teams entered with 2-0 records in
premier league play this season.
Despite their history, coach Ramses Langdon prepared his boys for
this tilt as if it were any other game.
"Business is business, and we
have to be on our best every week,"
he said. "You have to be in order to
survive in the premiership. If you
have an off day, that's when you pay.
We have to be ready and act like
men every Saturday, not just today."
Victoria struck first, after
centre Doug Fraser tricked UBC's
defense with a crafty ball fake and
dove across the goal line for the
game's opening try.
The 'Birds battled back, grinding the visiting team's defence
down until Connor Hamilton, the
second year wing/center, put the
Thunderbirds on the board. At the
twenty-five minute mark ofthe
first half, UBC led 12-7.
Then the rain picked up. You
could see mud flying through the
air as bodies crashed to the turf.
Both teams struggled to hold onto
the ball, and the game turned into
a defensive struggle.
With only a few minutes left in
the first half, UBC's Brock Staller
kicked a long field goal through
heavy wind and rain to put UBC
up 20-7.
The second half was much
ofthe same for UBC, who were
opportunistic on offence and impenetrable on defence. UBC added
a try and a field goal early, and fell
into a strong defensive shell for the
remainder ofthe game.
The home team surrendered
two late tries to Victoria, which
could come back to haunt them as
the winner of The Boot tournament is determined by the total
points scored over a two-game
series. Still, this game was not as
close as the score would suggest,
and UBC looked dominant in what
was a fairly smooth victory.
UBC's next opponent is Capilano RFC, a team that defeated
the Thunderbirds in preseason
action this September.
"We have to be up for it, same
as with everybody. We have to
know that they're going to try
and smash us in the mouth ... I'm
just looking forward to getting
after them." Xi
Women's hockey bounces back, shuts out Cougars
Jenny Tang
Staff Writer
Following an overtime loss on
Friday night, the UBC Thunderbirds bounced back to split a
weekend with the Regina Cougars
before a week-long break. The
'Birds shut out the Cougars 2-0 on
Saturday night.
Regina was fast and furious
through all 60 minutes, but their
only goal in the 13th minute of
the second period was called off
because the puck had gone in
after the whistle.
In the second period at the
13th minute, during a 5-on-4
power play, 'Birds Kelly Murray,
Emily O'Neill and Haneet Parhar
combined and Parhar managed
to fling the puck into the back
ofthe net for her first goal of
the season.
When Cougar Tori Head was
sent to the penalty box with a
double minor in the last minute
of play ofthe second period, UBC
added their insurance goal. After
sustained pressure and an assist
from Murray and Rebecca Unrau,
Melissa Goodwin managed to flip
it in from right in front ofthe net.
The double assist was an impressive feat for Murray, who had
played with Cornell University
before transferring back to UBC.
For Murray, the return to Canada
was a welcome feeling.
"It feels good to be back in
Canada," Murray said. "It was a
lot faster and the team was just so
good, all of them are. There are a
lot of hidden talents in the league
and every game is a battle. We
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The 'Birds dropped a 3-2 OT decision on Friday, but played sharp on Saturday to split the weekend.
have really good coaching staff
and it's close to home for me."
Penalties were passed out
frequently throughout the game.
During the last minute of play
the 'Birds were in for a 5-on-3
power play, but goalie Samantha
Langford was the key to preserving UBC's 2-0 lead.
Langford managed to stop two
breakaways in the last period,
and stopped all 30 shots fired at
her. On the other hand, Cougar
Toni Ross stopped 37 ofthe 39
shots sent her way. Saturday's
win marks Langford's second
straight shutout.
UBC went 2-for-13 on the
powerplay, whereas Regina went
0-for-7. In the entire weekend,
UBC managed to draw 25 powerplay opportunities, capitalizing
on three of them.
Head coach Graham Thomas
was very happy with the weekend split, taking pride in the
team's discipline despite the
numerous penalties.
"This weekend was very
therapeutic for us. We needed a
well-executed and controlled 60
minute game, it was nice to see
our team respond on the penalty
kill," he said.
"I'm happy with the team effort, everybody contributed and
everybody was working together
and helping each other so I'm
really happy with that."
Right now, UBC stands in
second place in the conference
with a score of 16 points. Regina
sits in sixth place with 10.
After a well-deserved break, the
'Birds will take a road trip down
to Calgary to face the Dinos in
a double header weekend. Their
next home game will be against
Alberta, who are currently ranked
first in the league with 18 points,
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