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Vancity Buzz sends New Year's revellers to Ukrainian protest fundraiser        Can men and women be strictly platonic?
Results of our first student
sex and relationships survey
The Ubyssey's annual
sex supplement
Why can't we warm
up to online dating?
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How to show your sweetheart a good time at UBC
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If you like basketball thrills and fun
for the wholefamily, check out these
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World Tour.
Tickets $29.35-$140.60
Love is in the air, and you can
celebrate this Valentine's Day
with Pride UBC's Outweek Bash.
Come have a super fun night of
laughing, dancing and mingling
at the Totally Queer Valentine's Dance.
Free, and all ages (drinks after 10
with ID)
You made it. You finally made it.
Reading week. It all ends Feb.
24. You probably have some
homework to do, but don't forget
to have some fun, too.
Free, unlessyou're going on an
expensive vacation
We wanted to convey some ofthe awkwardness that comes with dating
and relationships at university, from handholding to that that grey area in
between someone you're seeing and someone you're dating. So we got
a movie theatre involved. What's more awkward than a movie first date?
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The UBC MFA film grad's latest documentary is about the Sir George Williams Affair, where six black students charged a white
professor with racism.
Get happiness, courage
from Mina Shum's films
Neelam Sidhu
Mina Shum was rejected twice
before getting into the MFA film
program at UBC. But today, she
finds herself in the club of established Canadian writer-directors
working on a variety of features,
shorts and television work. Some
of her most well-known films
include Double Happiness, which
starred Grey's Anatomy's Sandra
Oh and won her a Genie Award
for Best Female Performance by
an Actress in a Leading Role.
She is this year's Phil Lind
Multicultural Artist-in-Resi-
dence, a special mentor position within the UBC film
production program.
Born in Hong Kong and raised
in Vancouver, Shum found inspiration in the power of images as a
child and decided storytelling was
something she wanted to do.
"The two combined just
seemed really obvious to me that
filmmaking was where I should
find my voice," says Shum.
Her work explores relationships "that speak to larger metaphors," hoping to display how the
micro fits into the macro, creating
universal themes.
"Often my work is encouraging you to be who you are,"
said Shum.
Shum is currently in Montreal
working on her National Film
Board documentary The Ninth
Floor, which focuses on the 1969
Sir George Williams Affair, when
six black students charged a
white professor with racism. At a
time when there were no student
rights, 200 students ended up occupying the ninth floor computer
room at what was then Sir George
Williams University, where they
remained day and night for two
weeks until a riot broke out. The
riot led to deportations and 97
arrests. Some ofthe original six
went on to become doctors or
lawyers, and one ofthe women
who was arrested, and spent two
years in prison, is now a senator.
As the writer and director,
Shum speaks of it as a "historical documentary made with
fiction practices," but overall a
feature film experience. Fictional
practices include asking the four
ofthe original six students who
appear in the film to to do things
as if they're in a fictional scene.
"But inside it is the ticking-clock
story of what happened actually
and the people whose lives were
"The new project is quite
different, but a really logical step
for all the work I've been doing,"
said Shum. "[It's] a great chance to
push the boundaries of what is a
traditional point-of view documentary."
During her time as art-
ist-in-residence, Shum plans to
speak about "how to sustain"
as an artist, and also about the
filmmaking process, which she
will have a lot to say about after
filming for six weeks. Throughout her time here, she says
she hopes to inspire people to
think differently.
When asked what she would
like her audience to gain from
her films, Shum says it should
be both an entertaining hour
and a half and something that
resonates with them once they
leave the theatre. "I want them
to go home and I want them to
think, Are they fulfilled, are they
representing themselves, are
they proud of who they are?' And
if they're not, I hope some of my
work actually makes people go,
'I'm going to take that chance,
I'm going to phone that girl, I'm
going to call that job, I'm going to
sing in the cab,'" Shum laughed.
"It's [to gain] a little bit of courage. Films could do that — they did
to me, that's why I make films." XI
From Feb. 13 to March 6, on
Thursdays at 7p.m., the Norm
Theatre will be holding a retrospective of Shum's work, with
admission by donation.
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sciences spaces
A UBC student organized the event in support of protesters in Ukraine, but due to a Vancity Buzz post, many people showed up expecting a Chinese New Year celebration.
Accidental joint Ukraine-Chinese New Year event draws thousands
Alexandra Meisner
On Friday night, a group of 7,000
UBC students and Vancouverites
gathered at Spanish Banks Beach
to release Chinese lanterns into
the night sky — for two completely
different reasons.
Second-year Sauder student
Yakiv Yaholnitser originally organized an event to release Chinese
lanterns to bring awareness to the
protests in Ukraine.
Yaholnitser, who is from Vinny-
tsia, Ukraine, wanted the event to
remain small and catered towards
the participation of UBC students.
Without Yaholnitser's permission, Vancity Buzz advertised the
event as "an authentic Chinese New
Year Sky Lantern Festival" two days
before the affair.
Yaholnitser sold a total of 400
lanterns to UBC students for the
Study finds Internet trolls exhibit
sadism, psychopathy
Ajoint UBC study found that
Internet trolls show signs of sadism,
psychopathy and Machiavellianism.
The study, completed by psychologists at UBC, the University of
Winnipeg and the University of
Manitoba found that sadism was
most commonly associated with
Internet trolls.
"In fact, the associations [with]
sadism... were so strong that it might
be said that online trolls are prototypical everyday sadists," wrote the
authors of thestudy.
"If an unfortunate person falls
into theirtrap, trolling intensifies
forfurther, merciless amusement.
This is why novice Internet users are
routinely admonished, 'Do not feed
the trolls!'"
Tribunal to hear discrimination
complaint over hiring of UBC
soccer coach
The B.C Human Rights Tribunal will
hear a discrimination complaint in
response to how UBC hired their
women's soccer coach.
Mark Rizzardo accepted the
job on Dec. 6,2012, but he claims
he was terminated on Dec. 7
because UBC wanted to hire a
UBC said they hired Andrea
Neil forthejob becauseshe was
the most qualified candidate. UBC
also argued at the Tribunal that
Rizzardo's complaint was unlikely
to be successful. The tribunal
has yet to set a date to hear the
complaint, xi
event. He said he made $1,500
off the sale ofthe lanterns, $500
of which he intends to keep as
reimbursement for the lanterns,
and $1,000 of which he will give
to Euromaidan protestors when
he goes home to Ukraine on Wednesday for reading week.
"There are essentially representatives there and you
just bring them money on
the street, as simple as that,"
said Yaholnitser.
"Either I'm just going to give it
to them or I'm going to buy food
and [warm clothes] that they
need and then give it to them just
to make sure that the money goes
in the right direction," he said.
The Euromaidan protest
movement began on Nov. 21
when the Ukrainian government
decided not to sign a partnership
deal with the European Union
releases campus
safety report
Will McDonald
News Editor
UBC has released an interim
report on campus safety in
response to a series of sexual
assaults on campus.
The campus safety working
group, appointed by VP Students
Louise Cowin, compiled the interim report to address the state
of safety on campus.
The report recommends installing security cameras in campus entrance and exit areas such
as transit hubs due to the high
volume of traffic in those areas.
"The purpose of theses cameras is less about prevention, but
more to be used as an investigatory tool if the need was raised
down the line," said director of
Campus Security Barry Eccleton,
who chairs the working group.
Eccleton said the group has
worked with UBC's privacy office, which supports the proposal
for security cameras.
"We feel confident that this
would be a good solution," said
Eccleton in reference to the camera proposal.
The report also recommends
increasing visibility on campus
through increased lighting and
landscape design and developing a campus safety phone app
that would help students contact
campus security.
and rather moved towards closer
economic dependence on Russia.
Activists want closer integration
with the EU and for the president
and government to resign.
Friday night's event drew a
crowd that spanned the whole
beach and lasted hours longer
than the original one was intended
to, as people gathered to support
their respective cause. Yaholnitser
said there were more students in
attendance than the 400 he sold
lanterns to.
"It definitely didn't go the way
I planned it to be. It got much bigger," said Yaholnitser. "At the same
time, I like that each person could
go there for their own reason.... It
was a positive atmosphere."
"Now, I think about what can I
do next."
"The lanterns in the sky
are really beautiful, but I'm
disappointed that the event was
misconstrued on Vancity Buzz,
because [the organizer] worked
so hard to have this event," said
UBC student Madeleine Marshall.
Yaholnitser chose Chinese lanterns, the cause ofthe confusion,
to symbolize his hope for the protests to become nonviolent. "The
atmosphere is so chill, it's so relaxing, and people enjoy to watch.
It's a great symbol of peace and I
just like it," Yaholnitser said.
"We already have five people
killed. You can't pay with someone's life, so it symbolizes that we
do [want change], but let's do it in
a peaceful way," he said.
Yaholnitser received a formal
letter of apology from the editor
of Vancity Buzz for the confusion. XI
—With files from Sarah Bigam
The report recommends continued use of the blue phones, as well as a new phone app.
The report also recommends
increased collaboration between
Campus security and the RCMP.
"We pride ourselves on having
really an outstanding working relationship with the RCMP. With any
working relationship, there's always
opportunities that we can actually
improve upon," said Eccleton.
Eccleton said the recommendations in the report will only
help build on what is already a
safe campus.
"We strongly believe that we
have a safe campus, quite apart
from the unfortunate incidents that occurred last year,"
said Eccleton.
"But those six incidents, according to the RCMP, they believe
was the work of one individual —
an abnormal blip, or extraordinary blip, however you want to
present it. But generally speaking,
we do have a safe campus."
The community can provide
feedback on the report until Feb.
25, and the working group is
expected to release a final report
in March. XI
The renovations would cost$80 million.
UBC is considering a proposal to
renew the current undergraduate
life sciences labs and teaching
The Undergraduate Life Sciences Teaching Labs Renewal
Project, which has been on UBC's
capital priority list for four years,
includes a major restructuring
ofthe deteriorating Biological
Sciences complex. The project is
expected to cost around $80 million, and would be partially funded
by a $40 million loan repaid from
UBC's central operating budget.
Project details include expanding the Biological Sciences
Building, replacing the Biological
Sciences centre block with a new
five-storey building, and consolidating the teaching labs in the
Biological Sciences, Wesbrook and
D.H. Copp buildings to provide
new, up-to-date facilities for incoming microbiology, immunology,
biochemistry, molecular biology,
botany and zoology students.
The D.H. Copp building, which
currently houses a number of science laboratories and classrooms,
would be demolished to make
room for market rental housing.
If the project is approved in April
2014, demolition ofthe Copp
building could take place as early
as July.
John Metras, managing director
of infrastructure development,
said the project is a much-needed
initiative to upgrade many ofthe
current teaching spaces, some of
which have not been renovated
since the early 1960s and are deteriorating.
"Current laboratory configurations and infrastructure no
longer meet the requirements for
modern teaching and learning,"
said Metras.
David Shorthouse, director of
academic initiatives, said aside
from being ill-equipped to handle
the demands of modern teaching
methods, several ofthe buildings
also pose significant seismic risk.
"These buildings were constructed at a time when the building codes had lower requirements
for seismic performance," said
Shorthouse. "The development of
this project will provide a state-of-
the-art learning environment in
a building that meets the current
building code."
William Ramey, professor of
microbiology and immunology,
said the renovation would also
make sense financially, as many
ofthe labs that house expensive equipment could, if brought
together in a single building,
then be shared between several
different departments.
"It means that [there is] an ability to share some common resource
rooms with students by keeping
together people who are likely to
use the same type of room space
and teaching space," said Ramey. XI NEWS    I   THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014
2014 federal budget funds research, internships
Sarah Bigam
News Editor
Canada's 2014 federal budget,
announced Tuesday afternoon,
includes the creation of a $1.5 billion
research fund for universities and
a commitment of $222 million to
UBC's TRIUMF centre.
The Canada First Research Excellence Fund will fund research in
science and technology at Canada's
post-secondary institutions with
$1.5 billion over 10 years starting in
the 2015/16 academic year.
"To put that in context, the total
budget ofthe research granting
councils funds research, it funds
Canada research chairs, it funds
graduate students and postdoctoral
fellowships — that bundled together
is currently about $2.5 billion a
year," said UBC's VP research and
international John Hepburn. "This
represents a 10 per cent increase
roughly speaking in the federal
support of research at universities,
so it's a big change."
The fund is in part a result of
lobbying efforts by the Association
of Universities and Colleges of Canada, as well as university presidents
across the country.
"We're all really, really happy
that this was funded," Hepburn
said. "I frankly was wondering if we
would get it in this budget given that
this budget consists mostly of cuts."
How exactly the fund will be administered is yet to be determined.
The budget includes $40 million
over two years to create up to 3,000
The UBC-based TRIUMF physics lab received an advance of $222 million in this year's budget.
internship positions for recent
university graduates in unspecified
"high-demand fields."
"The first response is it's excellent news for UBC and for universities in general from the research and
training front," said Hepburn.
The budget also earmarked
$222 million over five years
for the UBC-based TRIUMF
physics laboratory to support
international partnerships.
The operations ofthe TRIUMF
centre, which is owned and operat
ed by 18 Canadian universities, are
based on five-year plans, with the
current one ending in March 2015.
"One thing that's notable here
is normally this type of announcement would happen next year," said
TRIUMF spokesperson Tim Meyer.
"This early announcement indicates
a level of confidence that we're
delighted with."
This $222 million will be invested
over the next five years in isotope
research and followups to some of
the scientific breakthroughs Canada
has been involved in over the past
five years, such as the Nobel-prize-
winning Higgs boson discovery,
which Meyer said TRIUMF led
Canada's participation in.
TRIUMF, which is currently
involved with 50 international
organizations, will partner with
universities and laboratories to
do this research. For instance, a
$10-million partnership approved
bythe Indian and Canadian governments last August will see the two
countries working together to build
accelerator components to produce
isotopes for research.
$8 million has been allocated to
postdoctoral research partnerships
through Mitacs, an organization
which UBC partners with for student partnerships and training.
Rob Annan, director of policy,
research and evaluation at Mitacs,
said the research program funds
postdoctoral students for up to two
years to do research at a Canadian
university while working at a
Canadian company or not-for-profit
organization to apply that research.
The program has been in its pilot
stage for four years.
"This is our first federal funding
at the national level for the program, so we'll be expanding it,"
said Annan.
This year's budget also opened
up eligibility for Mitacs's Accelerate program, which focuses on
providing research internships for
graduate students, to include not-
for-profit organizations. Previously
it only included businesses.
"We're really excited that this is
actually going to open up a whole
new part of our [program], which is
going to have a real impact especially on those grad students in
social sciences and humanities,"
said Annan
The budget also included a
further $46 million in additional annual funding for Canada's research
institutions through increases to
federal agencies which give research
grants and increases to the Indirect
Costs Program. XI
UBC approves faculty homeowner pilot
Sarah Bigam
News Editor
On Feb. 4, the UBC Board of
Governors unanimously approved
a "faculty home ownership" pilot
program, which aims to help potential and current faculty live on
campus in Vancouver's expensive
housing market.
"The whole idea is to encourage
more people to live on campus
because it's much more efficient if
people live on campus," said Nassif
Ghoussoub, who chairs UBC's community planning task group.
The pilot program offers two
options: a "capped appreciation
program" where units are sold
(meaning a 99-year lease) to faculty
at 33 per cent below the market
price, and a mortgage loan option
wherein faculty are loaned 33 per
cent ofthe price of a new home in
approved on-campus areas.
"They both meet the same principle, which is to offer somebody with
33 per cent support for home ownership," said acting associate VP of
Campus and Community Planning
Lisa Colby.
In the first option, campus units
must be sold back to faculty at 33
per cent below benchmark prices at
the time of resale, or at the original
price plus the annual average faculty
salary index over the time the unit
was owned, whichever is less.
When 80 per cent ofthe units are
pre-sold for this option, construction will begin on a building of 36
units on Lot 45 in Wesbrook Place,
where larger three-bedroom units
could be built as well as single units.
Construction on these units is predicted to take two and a half years.
If the project continues, more units
will be built in the area.
The second option will apply to
the 300 units in the Sail, Binning
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The pilot project will provide cheaper housing to approved faculty in specified units in Wesbrook Village.
and Prodigy projects in Wesbrook
Place, and to future projects on
campus. The maximum size ofthe
loan is $330,000.
"We wanted something that
we can deliver very quickly," said
The loan must be repaid within
30 years, at the time of resale, or
when a faculty member is no longer
eligible for the program. The loan
does not require monthly or annual
interest payments, but the repayment is 33 per cent ofthe unit's
resale price.
UBC will offer up to 150 spots in
these programs over the next three
years to approved faculty, who must
be tenured or tenure-track.
There is no predicted cost yet
on building units for this project.
Units and loans will go
back into a pool to be given to
other faculty.
"The idea is that this can come
back as a part that can be used by
future faculty so [the costj's really
hard to assess," said Ghoussoub.
"For me, the major benefit is
that we have more faculty living
on campus and the additional
hours they would provide would
give back to university."
Half of the spots will be used
for retention of current faculty
and the other half for recruitment
of tenured and tenure-track faculty, subject to demand, according
to the plan's outline. First priority
will go towards faculty who do
not currently have housing in
Metro Vancouver or on campus.
The report says that "highest
priorities" will be given to those
whose recruitment or retention
"is considered to be most critical
to advance UBC's strategic academic priorities."
The report also reads that
"notwithstanding these priorities,
at any time, a loan or available
restricted unit may be allocated,
on the recommendation ofthe relevant dean and with the approval
ofthe provost, for a high priority
recruitment and/or retention
"The problem with retention
and recruitment is really a faculty
problem because the recruitment of
faculty often 99 per cent is people
from out of town," said Ghoussoub. "And we are the number two
highest jurisdiction in the world in
terms of cost of housing."
Applicants will be reviewed for
approval by a committee which
will be chaired by the university's
Faculty members are no longer
eligible for the program when they
stop working at UBC or stop using
the home as a principal residence.
At that point, faculty have to move
out or repay the loan.
Faculty members may stay in
these units indefinitely, rather than
resell at retirement, if they have
worked at least 15 years full time at
UBC and have professor emeritus
The capped appreciation option
was proposed in September 2012,
but in September 2013 UBC proposed replacing the capped appreciation option with the mortgage
option as this would be faster, more
flexible for the university, and reduce taxable benefit implications.
However, faculty were concerned whether or not the market
could deliver the kind of units that
faculty want and if the program
might trigger inflated prices. The
report said both programs would
operate at similar costs, so it was
determined both projects would be
run on a trial basis.
Application for both pilots opens
in March. If the project continues,
it will be phased in at about 30
units or loans per year for a maximum of 900.
After three years, the project
will be brought back to the Board to
decide whether or not to continue
either or both ofthe programs. XI THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014    |    SEX SUPPLEMENT
Hiding behind the screen
Though they're becoming increasingly popular, many students are still afraid
ofthe stigma of using online services or smartphone apps to look for love
Rachel Levy-McLaughlin
Online daters are one of two
things: horny creeps, or desperate
Just kidding. But such viewpoints aren't far from the stigma-
tization that still surrounds online
dating. It's there, hiding beneath
the stacks of papers claiming it's
gone, telling all single young adults
that searching OkCupid is a sign
of desperation.
As university students, we
are entitled — and frequently
pressured — to check out our
options for dating, to browse
and shop around. Rarely anyone marries their high school
sweethearts anymore.
Marina Adshade is a UBC professor of economics who recently
published a book entitled The
Love Market: What You Need to
Know About How We Date, Mate
and Marry.
"You have so much more choice
now," Adshade said. "Why would
you marry young when you can
search longer and find somebody
who's better suited to you?"
Despite the popularity of this
view, browsing your dating options online is still looked down
upon among university students.
Although there is no shortage of
articles claiming that online dating is hugely popular — and there's
no doubt that its popularity has
increased exponentially over the
past few years — it hasn't necessarily become any more acceptable
for university students.
"Actively seeking a mate online
used to be a no-no for young, hip
daters," wrote Michelle Fisher
in a Fiscal Times article. "Today,
it's not only socially acceptable,
it's often the only way to find an
eligible partner."
However, a survey of UBC
students conducted for this article
suggests otherwise. We asked 100
students, selected randomly at
locations including the bus loop,
the Irving K. Barber library, the
Woodward's building and the SUB,
about their use of, and attitudes
toward, online dating sites and
dating apps. Only 49 out of 100
people knew somebody who used
an online dating service. A mere
four students had ever used an
online dating site themselves.
Students expressed a variety
of opinions.
"[Online dating] is highly stigmatized," said Dorothy Ordogh,
a fifth-year computer science
student, "because it seems like you
can't find someone in your real
life, so how messed up can you be?
That sort of thing."
"I don't know why [there's a
stigma]," said Sam See, a third-
year sociology student. "I guess
because people associate online
dating with an element of desperation."
"The stigma is disappearing, but
it's disappearing in the groups of
people who've always used online
dating, which is older people,"
said Adshade. "Your generation is
slower to catch up."
In our survey, 84 per cent of
students claimed they would not
consider online dating, or would
only do so as a very last resort.
Adshade is not worried about the
possibility of persistent stigma,
Although Tinder lacks the stigmatization that surrounds online dating, some users tarnish the app's reputation with illicit requests for sex.
however. "I wouldn't put too much
weight into what people say they
wouldn't do.... while people say
they wouldn't, my guess is they
However, ofthe numerous
people approached to be interviewed for this article, almost
everyone wanted to remain anonymous.
"The reason I wasn't hesitant
to talk about [Tinder]," said Jim
Mackay, a third-year mining student and open Tinder user, "was
because I wouldn't consider it
online dating."
"No one is proud of [online
dating]," said Ordogh. "Maybe [the
stigma] doesn't exist for later on in
life, but right now, definitely.
"It's hard to change stigma. It
takes years."
Thirty per cent of students surveyed said they would not openly
admit to using online dating sites.
According to Ordogh, inventing a story of how you met is
common practice for couples who
meet online. "It's kind of this mutual agreement... [that if] people
ask you how you met, you're
always going to say something
else ... because no one wants to
admit it."
Brendan Michael, a recently
graduated Education student who
met his boyfriend on Grindr, said
he doesn't feel the need to lie about
where he met his boyfriend. "I say
[that we met] online."
However, Michael is reluctant to tell people he met his
partner specifically on Grindr, a
location-based app for gay men.
In Michael's words: "Grindr is
associated with being a sex-based
hookup app."
Another dating app with similar
connotations is Tinder, a location-based app largely oriented
toward straight people. Tinder
users can use their smartphone
to browse photos of people near
them, and have the choice to swipe
right if you like them, or swipe left
if you don't.
"Tinder is so much more playful, and less serious [than online
dating sites]," said Mackay. "It's
way more lighthearted."
Apps like Grindr and Tinder are often accused of being
hookup apps.
These accusations are not far
off, according to Adshade. "[Tinder and its Chinese counterpart
Momo] are not attracting the
right kind of interactions," she
said, citing conversations with
students who have used the apps
and received requests for blowjobs
from strangers, as well as blatant
prostitution offers in the SUB.
"I find Tinder really fascinating," said Adshade. "I think that
Tinder is one of those things that
will mature into something that
is a little bit better than what it is
In other words, a little bit less
"People make the app what they
want to make it," said See, "and
people have assigned a different
meaning to it." Or they are starting
to, anyway.
Sixty-one per cent of students surveyed said that they
know someone who uses Tinder,
and 12 per cent said they use
Tinder themselves.
"Tinder is kind of safety in
numbers," said Mackay. "We're
not embarrassed because we're not
the only ones doing it. Everybody's
doing it."
"I'm just in it for shits and giggles," said See, a sporadic Tinder
user. "I'm not matching myself
with my future wife or anything
like that."
In other words, he is
shopping around.
"[Online dating] is like shopping,"
said Ordogh.
"I think that all looking for
relationships is like shopping,"
said Adshade. "I think that the
only difference [online] is that
you're shopping on a bigger market. You're shopping with better
information. Think about it — you
walk into a store, and you pick up
a shirt and you think, 'Oh, that's
cute.' Then you go online, you'll
see what it's made of, maybe read
reviews, see the alternative colours that are available. You get a
lot more information online than
what you'd find in a store, and I
think that online dating is very
The flip side of this coin is
that the goods that are on the
market, so to speak. As Michael
said, "[Online dating] is also a
way of selling yourself. You have
to choose specific photos, and
decide what to reveal and not.
Like, on your profile, do you tell
people that you're super into
Avril Lavigne?"
"What online dating means
now is not what it used to mean,"
said Adshade. "There is a much
broader view of what online dating means today."
Online daters are browsing,
checking out their options, and
seeing the different sorts of
proverbial new shirts that are
out there. You have to make sure
you've checked out all the shirts
before you actually purchase one.
After all, you wouldn't want
to waste any money on one that
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After I finished putting the questions together for The
Ubyssey's sex and relationships study, I headed over
to Google Images to find a picture to put with the link
on Facebook. "Sex" turned up surprisingly tame stock
photos, mostly of couples in bed together. "College sex,"
on the other hand, opened the floodgates to an entirely
different set of images.
But we all know our sex lives — or lack thereof— do
not primarily consist of videotaped dorm room orgies full
of thin, generally attractive and almost exclusively white
college students.
Putting together a survey to figure out just what
they did look like wasn't easy, but I hopeyou'll find
the results interesting, entertaining and perhaps
even useful.
One of my favourite comments that someone left at
the end ofthe survey contained a bit of a warning, which
I'm afraid I'm about to violate:
"Wow this is really personal, whatever news story you
make out of this better be well written and shit or else I'm
going to pop a fucking molly in your offices," a first-year
Arts student wrote.
I suppose I could try and turn all the percentages into
a news story, but I think infographics are more fun. You
can find some (hopefully) well written observations and
shit online at ubyssey.ca, where you'll also find the rest of
the survey results. Enjoy!
—Arno Rosenfeld, Features Editor
Graphics by Ming Wong, Managing Editor, Print
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What is your sexual orientation?
What does it mean to "have sex"?
(Please select all that apply.)
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Any consensual behaviour
involving genital contact and
bodily penetration
;onlywhen ejaculatior
occurs, when orgasrr
occurs, etc.;
How many people have you hooked up with?
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kissing to full intercourse.)
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Female 38%
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Reverse cowgirl
Male 4%
Female 1%
Male 5%
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Yes, I would increase it to make
myself feel better
Yes, I would
increase it to satisfy my partner
If you could magically change the size
of your penis, would you?
Does penis size matter?
Yes, the bigger
the better
Yes, big penises
can be painful
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when having sex with someone for the first time
How satisfied are you with your sex life?
I have no sex life
Not at all
Not at all
because ofthe
quality ofsex
I because of the
I quantityofsex
While women are
equally worried about
all three (47-50%),
men are much more
worried about sexual
performance than STIs
36% and 26%)
Somewhat satisfied
Completely satisifed
but there is room for
Have you
ever texted
or emailed
images to
(Please select
all thatapply.)
Yes, to my partner in a committed relationship
Yes, to a sexual
Yes, to someone
I had hooked up
Yes, to someone
I had no romantic
or sexual history
But how often?
Do you believe you personally are able to consent to
sexual acts while drunk or under the influence of drugs?
Once every
few months
Once every
few weeks
Three times
a week
Oncea day
More than
once a day
No, and I don't willingly
engage in sexual acts while
under the influence
No, but I am comfortable
engaging in sexual acts
while under the influence
Yes, but I generally avoid
engaging in sexual acts
while under the influence
Yes, and I often engage in
sexual acts while under
the influence
Sometimes; it depends on
how intoxicated I am or the
effects of the drugs
have had a sexual encounter where
they did not fully consent or felt
of males
Have you ever had sex while
drunkorunderthe influence
of drugs?
No I have only had
Yes, I've had sex
while drunk
Yes, I've had sex
while high from
consuming marijuana
Yes, I've had sex
influence of hard
Do you find yourself romantically or sexually
drawn to members of your own ethnic group?
could magically change the size of your
ts, would you?
But does your partner prefer
you to have large breasts?
But I generally date people
from my own group
But I generally date people
from other ethnic groups
But I generally date from an
ethnic group not my own
And I don't notice any pattern
In who I date
But I also date and hook
up with peoplefrom
other ethnic groups
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people from other
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specific pattern in who
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It's complicated'
On the difficulties of platonic relationships
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Survey data suggests there is a disjunction between how different genders interpret friendships between sexually compatible people.
Tudor Lapuste & Harry Airiants
Can men and women be "just
To answer this question, The
Ubyssey conducted a large and informal study using a sample group
of one hundred and three people
over two days through a six question survey. We gathered opinions
on the topic question and recorded
anecdotes. We sampled UBC students in two locations; during the
daytime, we visited the core area
of campus, in and around the SUB
and the UBC Bookstore; at night,
we went to the Bimini, a popular
Kitsilano entertainment venue.
Survey respondents seemed more
receptive to the question at night,
potentially due to the social atmosphere — though more likely due to
blood alcohol content. We asked
whether attractiveness influences
a person's decision to establish a
relationship with someone ofthe
opposite gender, and if a platonic relationship is more easily maintained
if the other person is less attractive.
The general consensus seems,
from both the scientific literature
and the polled opinions, to be that
there are definitely difficulties
in maintaining a strictly platonic relationship when it comes to
being friends with people you're
attracted to.
At the Bimini, students presented more controversial viewpoints.
"There's always a power struggle between men and women," said
Royce Lam, a fourth-year psychology major, "and it goes way beyond
just friendship, there's more than
meets the eye."
By contrast, during the daytime,
students tended to produce more
politically correct answers; people
avoided being explicit, or even
giving too much personal information, although there were still
anecdotes aplenty.
There was a sharp contrast
between the way in which men
and women view opposite-sex
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friendships. For example, the
question "is it more difficult for
a friendship to remain purely
platonic if the other person is more
attractive?" provoked significantly different responses between
genders. About 70 percent of men,
even after answering yes to the
initial question of "can men and
women be just friends?", said that
it was more difficult to sustain a
purely platonic friendship. However, roughly 75 percent of women,
on the other hand, answered
no — that friendship can, in fact,
be maintained despite the other
person's attractiveness.
Roy Baumeister, a psychology
professor at Florida State University, famously argued in a 2004
paper published in the Personality
and Social Psychology review that
women are "the gatekeepers of
the sexual marketplace," and that
they have more choice in who they
decide to have sex with. According
to Baumeister, this puts them in a
position of power in cases where
there is sexual attraction. His
analysis — popularly referred to as
"social exchange theory" — claims
that women hold more power than
their male counterparts to instigate what has become commonly
known as the "friend zone" at their
discretion, much more frequently
than men are able to. Although
men are also able to instigate the
"friend zone," they are less likely
to do so.
The Ubyssey survey lacked
reports of incidents from the perspective of anyone who had been
"friend-zoned," perhaps due to
embarrassment, denial, or simply
being oblivious to the situation.
Social exchange theory seems
to explain why people are motivated to remain just friends. "If you
have the mentality of going in as
just friends, it works out great,"
said Pavan Gill, a fourth-year civil
engineering student. "If you have
ulterior motives then obviously it's
not going to work."
Gill's view was common among
the student sample pool.
However, Baumeister's theory
has produced criticism. Katherine
Miller, a sociologist at the University of Texas A&M, lists several
critiques to social exchange theory
in her 2005 book Communication Theories. She argued that it
is massively reductive, and that
it limits human interaction to a
purely rational process derived
from economic theory. She also
discusses how this theory places
relationships in a linear structure,
when some relationships might
skip a step or go backwards in
terms of intimacy; for example,
she suggests that it is possible for a
friends-with-benefits relationship
scenario to switch to a completely
platonic relationship.
The Ubyssey survey also found
that when one person in a friendship finds a partner, the friendship
tends to weaken. About half of
respondents claimed that "the sex
part" gets in the way ofthe friendship; however, roughly 60 per cent
of students said a "just friends"
type of relationship was possible.
What's the answer, then? It
depends on what each partner
wants. Social exchange theory
suggests that self-interest plays
a big role in relationships, and
can be mutually beneficial when
the parameters of a relationship
are agreed upon. But the definition of a relationship can vary,
all the way from "just friends"
to "friends with benefits," and
everywhere in between. tJ // Sports + Rec
UBC student to swim 10K for AIDS awareness
Funds raised will directly benefit those living with the disease in Vancouver
Jack Hauen
Fourth-year UBC student Hayley
Pipher will be swimming 10 kilometres on Feb. 18 to raise funds
and awareness for HIV/AIDS in
The three-hour endurance feat
will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the
UBC Aquatic Centre, a place with
which Pipher is well-acquainted.
She swam with the dominant
Thunderbird women's varsity
team for her first two years at
UBC — winning the Canada West
Championship both times — before dropping it in favour of other,
more worldly initiatives.
"I stopped after my second year,
mostly because I think I achieved
all that I wanted to — I just did
it a lot quicker than I thought I
would," said Pipher of her university swimming career. "I've been
enjoying taking advantage of other
opportunities at UBC, but it's still
a big part of myself."
[The swim] has been
something I've wanted
to do for quite a few
years now. There's a
lot of stigma against
this disease, so I'm just
trying to raise a little
bit of awareness.
Hayley Pipher
UBC student
UBC student and former UBC swimmer Hayley Pipher will swim 10 kilometers on Feb. 18 to raise funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS.
Those other opportunities form
an impressive list. By partnering
with the David Thompsen family
of schools and with help from a
UBC-CLI grant, Pipher formed the
Vancouver Youth Food Alliance
(VYFA) this year, an after-school
program dedicated to mitigating
food security gaps among vul
nerable youth with a focus on
empowerment. The VYFA, along
with involvement in the Vancouver Mentorship Network and two
years with the Africa Awareness
Initiative — including a term last
year as the VP admin — are only
part of Pipher's achievements
during her time at UBC.
Pipher's passion for making
the world a better place stems in
part from the 2004 Indian Ocean
earthquake and tsunami. When
she was 12 years old, her family
took a dream vacation to Thailand. In the devastating event
that killed 230,000 people and
left 1.7 million more displaced,
Pipher and her family were
among the lucky survivors. Since
then, she has dedicated a large
portion of her life to improving
the world, and her future career
path reflects that.
"I'm studying global resource
systems, where I'm majoring in
nutrition and health in Africa. I
hope to eventually work in Tanzania — I'm really interested in
mitigating health disparities."
Pipher's natural enthusiasm
and work ethic is contagious,
and she encourages others to get
involved. "Sometimes we're not
encouraged enough, as youth,
to explore [these ideas], but it's
something I'd encourage anyone
on campus to do. If you have
something you're passionate
about, it's important to explore
ways to put that into action. It's
really empowering to see this
idea that you have in your head
turn into reality."
Her latest idea will become
a reality through a partnership
with the Positive Living Society
of British Columbia, an organization that provides support and
education on HIV awareness in
Vancouver. All proceeds will go
toward their health promotion
sector, which will directly benefit those living with the disease.
"[The swim] has been something
I've wanted to do for quite a few
years now. There's a lot of stigma
against this disease, so I'm just trying to raise a little bit of awareness.
"I don't think people talk
about it enough in our society.
Any little effort makes a huge
difference." XI
1. What's your favourite sports-related
pickup line?
Want to be my receiver
Hey, I'm a libera — that
means I dig balls.
Its definitely got to be:
"Do you play volleyball?
Because you look like
you're good on your
knees!" [laughs]
Areyouarower?l bet
you're a really good
You know what they say:
chicks dig the long ball.
Want to know how many
times I've gone deep?
2. If you could date an Olympian, who would
it be?
3. What's your favourite workout to do with
your date?
Ivona Dadic.
Hot yoga — Sunday
night at 7:45 atYYoga
would date
skeleton athlete Jon
Montgomery because
like the way he parties.
Anything that involves
wearing matching
weightlifting gloves.
Rachel Homanallthe
way She's Canadian and
she's a dime!
Swimming. It's perfect
because I can somewhat show off and it's a
good excuse to get into
swim suits.
Koeverden and winter
Alex Harvey
Doubles luge.
Meghan Agosta. She's
absolutely gorgeous and
the fact that she has won
a gold medal playing
hockey is even sexier!
I'd take my date for a
workout on the Grouse
Grind. If she beat me to
the top, Ithinkshewould
be a keeper.
4. What would you say are your strengths
when it comes to dating/relationships?
5. Finish this sentence: I'd never date someone who...
I'm not passive.
don't know about my
relationship strengths,
but I can front-squat 200
...thought I was serious
about the whole
matching weightlifting
gloves thing.
guess my strength would
be that I'm very easy
going. I'm always down
to do whatever, whether
it's going out orstaying in
watching a movie.
...hasn't watched Star
Wars or Lord ofthe
I've got a sense of
humourandcan makea
great batch of cookies.
...doesn't like the
I'm open to try new
things, I'm just a fantastic listener and I always
...is a vegan. That's just
weird. 10    I   SPORTS + REC    I    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014
Lauren Logush exercises entrepreneurial skills
UBC field hockey player and national team goalie is CoHo Apparel's west coast sales rep
Bailey Ramsay
Before Lauren Logush attended a
New Year's Eve party in Toronto,
she had no idea she would soon
be working for Cody Hodgson's
new clothing line.
The second-year UBC student
and varsity field hockey goalie was at a gathering of about
15 people to ring in 2014, and
through a convenient string of
friends, met the former Vancouver Canucks player and his older
brother, Clayton Hodgson.
"They are awesome, but they
were honestly just like anyone else I met that night," said
Logush. "They were exactly on
par with everything. They were
not conceited in any sense or
anything like that — just two
normal guys."
As a big hockey fan, Logush
admits she was a little starstruck
at first. "I tried to hide," she said.
"I think I came across semi-normal, but it worked out in the end.
"We had a lot of things in
common. He grew up in a place
where I had a cottage, moved to
the town next to me, and then he
was drafted by Vancouver, where
I live now."
The two also connected over
their involvement in and passion
for high-performance competitive sports. Not only did Logush
have a successful season with
the UBC women's field hockey
team, she is also a member ofthe
Canadian women's national field
hockey team. Coincidentally,
one of her teammates on both of
those teams is Kate Gillis, daughter of Canucks general manager
Mike Gillis.
"I am originally from Toronto,
so I am a Leafs fan," said Logush.
"[But] they are like family to me
and by osmosis I also cheer for
the Canucks."
At the party, Cody's older
brother Clayton spoke to Logush
about his recently released athletic clothing line, CoHo Apparel.
The company is based out of Ontario and only launched on Dec.
27, 2013, but Clayton expressed
a desire to begin reaching out
toward the West Coast.
Logush now exercises more
than her field hockey skills as she
puts her inner entrepreneur to
the test as CoHo Apparel's lone
B.C. sales representative. "They
thought I was a good person for
it and I wanted to help them out.
We spoke over Facebook chat
and worked out a deal. It was an
exciting few days," she said.
"It was completely random and
I was not expecting that, but it
is a pretty cool opportunity and
I thought I might as well give it
a shot."
By promoting through social
networking media outlets such
as Twitter and Facebook, Logush
has been working hard to spread
the word of CoHo Apparel in
order to get their product known.
"I am just trying to promote the
image and promote the company," she said.
All of CoHo's goods are 100
per cent Canadian made and
sweatshop free. They also use
sustainable products such as
bamboo fibres and reduce carbon
emissions by avoiding shipment
to and from overseas.
Vancouverites, notorious for
praising and endorsing natural
and eco-friendly products, would
be expected to sympathize with
CoHo Apparel's production values and ethics. Having played for
the Canucks just two years ago,
Cody's name is also familiar to
many Vancouverites as well.
Logush hopes CoHo Apparel's
success in Vancouver will eventually lead to a retail store set
up and for distribution to grow
beyond their initial online base.
"[Another] potential is going to
different teams and having their
stuff embroidered and having
that sort of stuff done, so it is
quite open-ended right now,"
she added.
Outside of business and school,
Logush is also hard at work
preparing for a summer of tournaments with Team Canada —
which is hoping to qualify for the
2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero.
"Our major tournament this
year is the Commonwealth
Games, which are in Glasgow in
the summer," she said. "And then
there are two different ways to
qualify for Rio. Either we have
to win the [2015 Pan American
Games] or we have to progress
along the world league cycle."
It was just incredible
atmosphere. Argentina
is a huge field hockey
country. The stadium
was packed and you
had all these little
kids asking for your
autograph and for
pictures. It was a
completely surreal
experience in that
Lauren Logush
UBC women's field hockey player
and Canadian national team goalie
Like many young Canadian
kids, Logush started playing ice
hockey at the age of four. She
didn't make the switch to the
field version until she was 12,
and it wasn't the easiest transition. "At first I thought it was the
strangest sport ever because it
is completely different from ice
hockey, which I had been playing
almost my entire life."
However, Logush proved to be
a natural on the field, and shortly
after joining a club team she
After a successful season with the UBC women's field hockey team, Lauren Logush is
now a CoHo Apparel sales representative, and is also on the road to the 2016 Olympics
with the Canadian women's national team.
made her first provincial team.
She then progressed to the junior
national team in 2010, and has
since graduated to the ranks of
the senior national team. For her
first major tournament with the
squad, she competed in the Pan
American Games last September
in Argentina.
"It was just incredible atmosphere," she recalled. "Argentina
is a huge field hockey country.
The stadium was packed and you
had all these little kids asking for
your autograph and for pictures.
It was a completely surreal experience in that sense."
There are currently nine
women on UBC's varsity team
who are also on the senior
national team, and the program
centralizes in Vancouver. "There
is overlap, but obviously the national team is more important,"
said Logush.
In fact, it was her experience
with the senior national team
that brought Logush to UBC in
the first place. She had originally
planned on studying at an American school, but in November of
her Grade 12 year, the opportunity to stay in Canada came about.
"I made the senior national
squad, which means that once
you get carded by Sports Canada, your tuition anywhere in
Canada is covered [and] you get a
monthly income," she explained.
"And my goalie trainer and coach
just moved out to Vancouver, so
I thought if I wanted to maximize my opportunity to play for
Canada that I should come out to
Clearly, Lauren Logush makes
the most of out ofthe opportunities she's given, and everything
happens for a reason. XI
Canada West
quarterfinals (best of 3)
UBC vs. Brandon
Thursday, Feb. 13 and Friday,
Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.
War Memorial Gym
If needed: Saturday, Feb. 15
War Memorial Gym
Canada West
quarterfinals (best of 3)
UBC vs. Calgary
Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday,
Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.
Thunderbird Arena
If needed: Sunday, Feb. 16 at
3 p.m.
Thunderbird Arena
UBC vs. Victoria
Saturday at 5 p.m. (women's)
and 7 p.m. (men's)
Vancity Buzz editor Karm Sumal mistakenly sent New Year's revellers to a Euromaidan protest last Friday.
The Ubyssey received this and several other photos anonymously earlier this week.
One ofthe most interesting
results on our sex survey was to
the question: "Do you believe you
personally are able to consent to
sexual acts while drunk or under
the influence of drugs?"
Thirty-nine per cent of people
answered yes, though they varied
in whether or not they have or do
actually hook up while under the
influence. Twenty-three per cent
said that while they think it's OK,
they generally avoid sexual activity
under the influence, and another
16 percent said they both think it's
okay and do get steamy after some
beers on a regular basis. And the
largest group said, "Sometimes — it
depends on the circumstances."
Canadian law is clear that an "incapacitated" person can't give consent, but just because you're drunk
doesn't automatically mean you're
incapacitated. In other words,
there's no law that says exactly how
many beers is too many to engage
in sexual activities, but it's generally agreed that there is a point where
people can't truly consent.
You're ultimately the judge of
what you are comfortable with
happening to your body. But when
you include other people, their consent becomes important too. Being
drunk yourself doesn't excuse
mistakes you make about whether
you have someone else's consent,
and if you're not sure whether you
have it, you're already well into a
moral grey area.
So here's our primer on consent:
a freely given and enthusiastic
yes means yes. Otherwise, hold
your horses. If you're at all unsure
whether your partner is too drunk
to make proper decisions, stop. If
you had a yes then, you'll have a yes
tomorrow — if you won't, that's all
the more reason to stop. And bonus:
sex is a great hangover cure.
A report compiled by the working
group on campus security thrown
together following the spate of
sexual assaults at the start ofthe
school year has recommended
installing surveillance cameras
around the bus loop. While this
appears to be a restrained recommendation, more modest than
blanketing campus in such cameras, it is nonetheless problematic.
The group said the cameras
would not be actively monitored
and would only be consulted if the
university had a reason to think a
crime had been committed. They
would be placed around the bus
loop because it is a location where
people enter and exit campus.
However, if cameras were installed
there, presumably criminals would
start using different places to enter
and exit UBC's vast campus. There
would then be a compelling argument to place cameras at every bus
stop, or all around campus, to make
sure criminals couldn't avoid them.
Cameras are not a completely
unsound idea, but there is potential for a slippery slope to develop,
and any moves to install such cameras on campus must be carefully
monitored and include ironclad
privacy measures.
Last Friday, a few thousand people
showed up to Spanish Banks
Beach. Some thought they were
supporting protesters in Ukraine,
and others thought it was a Chinese New Year celebration.
Although a UBC student organized the lantern launch to raise
money for protesters in Ukraine,
Vancity Buzz, in their usual desperation for web hits, posted about the
event. Except they advertised it as a
Chinese new year celebration, leading to a lot of confused attendees.
If it has paper lanterns, it must be
Chinese — right, Karm?
Comical errors aside, the organizer's plans for the $1,000 he raised
seems sketchy. It doesn't seem
reasonable to just hand $1,000 to
Ukrainian protesters. Does he have
a particular group in mind, or does
he just plan to make it rain in the
middle of a riot? If he does buy food
and blankets, as he said he might
do, how will he distribute them?
We hope Yaholnitser will develop
a better plan for the money people
donating believing it would be used
responsibly. XI
To all students attending Canadian universities:
This past week, a group of engineering students at UBC pulled
off a series of stunts on our
campus. In a span of less than
24 hours, we both renovated our
dean's office, replacing it with a
fully functioning janitor's closet,
placed the shell of a Volkswagen
Beetle atop our campus clock-
tower and turned one ofthe clock
faces into our faculty's iconic
"E." We are thrilled to see that
all of our stunts have been generally well received by our faculty
and by the campus community
at large.
We undertook these stunts to
demonstrate the unique spirit
and culture that exists within
UBC Engineering. During a year
when the news has been full of
stories of student organizations
who have hurt and alienated
people, we wanted to show the
positive side of a strong student
culture. Here in UBC Engineering, we take great pride in applying the principles we learn inside
the classroom to lighthearted
and fun events outside the classroom. Our chosen profession is
difficult and demanding, and so
when the opportunity arises, we
enjoy putting our skills to use to
have a little fun.
The stunts this past week
received a great deal of attention in the media, with several
featured articles in print media
and online, as well as coverage on
multiple news broadcasts. Many
of us who took part in these
stunts joined UBC Engineering
as a result of having seen these
types of activities on the news
ourselves, and we're optimistic
that our actions will inspire even
more young people to consider
choosing engineering as a profession, and UBC as the place to
pursue it.
Though our stunts received
a great deal of attention, our
undergraduate society deserves
even more. These stunts took
place at the tail end of E-Week,
where our Engineering Undergraduate Society organized and
ran over 25 individual events,
with hundreds of students taking
part. We're confident that when
new students, inspired to join
UBC by our actions this week,
arrive on campus in the next few
years, they'll find that this level
of involvement and excitement
lives up to their expectations.
It's been a troubling year for
campus culture in Canada, but
hopefully, we can recover. We
encourage all students to engage
with their faculties and their
peers, and to create a positive
campus culture that everyone
can enjoy and take part in. If
you need an example of how to
accomplish this, you need look no
further than the engineers here
at UBC.
A bunch of very clever engineers
Why graphic abortion imagery shouldn't be banned on campus
Last week, the AMS Women's
Centre wrote an article in The
Ubyssey advocating for a ban on
the graphic images displayed by
the Genocide Awareness Project
(GAP). The GAP is an advocacy
group with pro-life interests that
displays images of aborted fetuses
and genocide victims on college
campuses in Canada and the
United States. I am writing this
piece with the intent of persuading The Ubyssey's readership that
the university should not ban
these images.
The authors claim the GAP's
annual displays have a traumatizing effect on some members of
UBC's student body, with certain
individuals "especially vulnerable to being triggered from the
violence these images depict, and
it is unjustifiable to make them
relive traumatic experiences
they have endured." The article
suggests that banning the images
prevents triggered students from
having their safety compromised.
I am not convinced that triggered students have their safety
compromised on campus; I do
not doubt, however, that being
triggered can invoke an extreme
and negative emotional response.
In spite of this, I do not believe
this is an adequate reason for
censoring the GAP displays.
Many images and statements
can elicit powerful emotional responses. Animal rights activists
often use images of abused animals; human rights activists have
circulated images of brutal state
behaviour and human suffering
to compel their societies to react.
These images may offend or
invite emotionally charged reactions, but these are not sufficient
causes for overturning freedom
of expression. Additionally, prohibiting all images that may have
a triggering effect would require
draconian censorship measures.
Canada is a democratic country
— it is not feasible to restrict all
images that might trigger certain
individuals; such triggers need
not be graphic to have such an
effect, nor do they need to be
images. Again, the ambiguity of
the authors' intent arises. What
is triggering about the GAP's
images? Their graphic nature
or their purpose? If the concern
is the former, as the authors
claim, should all graphic images
be banned?
As an aside, some may argue
that the GAP's displays, and
their opinions more generally,
are an example of hate speech.
I do not think this hypothetical
accusation canbe demonstrated
by Canadian criminal law. The
GAP's claim that abortion is tantamount to genocide, though an
explicitly moral statement, does
not violate provisions in either
the Criminal Code of Canada or
the Human Rights Act. Section
13 ofthe Human Rights Act, a
provision widely criticized for
undermining freedom of expression, was repealed last year.
I am willing to be more blunt
than the authors in my condemnation ofthe GAP's display. The
analogy the GAP draws between
genocide and abortion is heinous
and their images are repulsive.
That these displays insult me
is irrelevant in determining
what an individual has a right to
express when such expression
is not in violation of any law or
encroaching upon the rights of
others. The alternative, to emphasize security over expression,
inhibits people from participating in the public discourse.
Indeed, it obstructs them from
seeking influence and reform
through a peaceful medium.
To call for a ban of all material
with "triggering" effects is to
call for an increase in a given
institution's censoring power,
whether it be a university, municipality or the state as a whole;
it is to invite a governing body,
broadly defined, to filter what we
can or should be exposed to as
a population.
Ultimately, it is to abrogate
freedom of expression in favour
of being free from exposure to
material that is in violation of
neither constitutional rights nor
other liberties. It is to allow the
preferences of some, perhaps
even a majority, to dictate what
everybody else is permitted to
see and hear. This request is both
illiberal and contrary to deliberative democracy, and should
not be adopted. XI The First h^ D/rfo @ UBCC^^ei)
Venture off campus... just a bit. Don't settle for SUB-par food — try
something at Wesbrook Village instead. Frozen yogurt is just as
low commitment as a coffee date. Go to Menchie's and see if you
two are toppings-compatible.
"YVW?^ '•   Durin9the d®/, check out UBC's cool museums with free admis-
J-^     sion for UBC students. If it's late and they're all closed, you can still
admire them from the outside. Look at the glowing whale skele-
at Beatty, or totem poles at IV
On the fourth date, you know it's time to
visit the UBC hospital together! Get matching STI tests to make sure they don't have
any weird stuff.
Tell us what you think
O   Visit vpstudents.ubc.ca to provide feedback on recommendations
prepared by the campus safety working group.
V     In 2013, a series of sexual assaults perpetrated by one suspect generated both concern and a community conversation
around campus safety. A working group was struck to take stock of the issue and prepare a report with recommendations.
The University is now looking for your input before determining how to take further action.
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