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What's on
This week, may we suggest...
DEATH OF CHRISTMAS*
Christmas tree recycling: all day @ Botanical Gardens
Bayview Elementary School wants to expand its garden in an environmentally friendly fashion, so give them your Christmas tree instead of letting it rot until summer. Also a great place to be if you really want to kill the
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MUSIC »
Mozart String Quintet:
5-6:30pm @ Green College
Want to look refined and cultured
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is free. Don't forget to bring your
monocle.
Men's basketball: 8-10pm @
War Memorial Gym
SPORTS!
IPP Welcome Back Event:
2-5pm @ International House
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THEUBYSSEY
January 4,2012, Volume XCIII, Issue XXVII
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Erica relaxes in the Totem Park cafeteria, where she was an RA for the last year and a half. She departs for Australia later this month.
Erica Baker: face of "Faces of Today"
Jonny Wakefield
Managing Editor, Print
Erica Baker cringes at the word
"keener."
With the Student Leadership
Conference just around the corner,
I had to ask. At this time of year,
UBC students seem to lump themselves into one of two categories:
are they the "super involved" type,
who flaunt their CVs on their
email signatures, who attend the
day-long speaker and workshop
series and turn out to vote in the
student elections? Or are they the
type to eschew all this as self-important nonsense?
For Erica, who does video and
photos for the "Faces of Today"
award, it's a line in the sand that
doesn't need to be drawn.
"Faces" honours student leaders
on campus. This year, eight students were chosen from a diverse
field, ranging from UBC rec members to grad students to undergrads of all stripes. As production
coordinator for the conference,
Erica was charged with telling
their stories to a wider audience
through video.
"They're genuine students," she
said. "It's just trying to recognize
the everyday actions of students
who are the kind you'd just meet
in a class."
Erica's list of accolades is extensive. For one, she received the
prestigious Lordan Award from
the Canadian Merit Scholarship
Foundation in high school.
But when this is brought up, her
demeanour makes it clear that she
doesn't want to be seen as the kind
of person—especially the kind of
university student—who defines
themselves by their resume.
First and foremost, she considers herself a photographer. Erica
took care to show each student's
everyday-ness in filming their
"Faces" profile.
"I'm trying to capture candid
footage beyond just doing a formal
interview with them," she said. "I
was in Vanier filming a [residence
coordinator] with his team, just
doingteam-buildingexercises and
going through a normal meeting."
She has a UBC blog, I Once
Found Tokyo Police Club in an
Airport, where she writes about
goofy things that have happened
to her (the title just about sums up
the story). Since comingto UBC
in 2009, she has seen the power
of social media in telling those
kinds of stories, citing Rabi Sun's
Portraits of UBC photo project and
Campus Security's recent foray
into Twitter and Facebook.
For Erica, "Faces" isn't about
honouringthe involved "keeners."
"There are a lot of things that
recognize people who have done
extremely well, who have gone
way above the norm," she said.
"A lot of things have done that,
like the scholarship. But there are
very few things that just recognize your everyday actions, and it's
really good to be recognized for
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RECYCLING »
Compostable cutlery fails to biodegrade; AMS, UBC seek solution
Caroline Chingcuanco
Contributor
Two years ago, AMS Food and
Beverage and UBC Food Services
switched to biodegradable cutlery—
but the well-intentioned change lias
not turn out as planned.
The cutlery is not compatible
with the university's composting
facilities and never ended up breaking down.
"[The] In-Vessel composting
system on our campus does not
reach and sustain a high enough
temperature over a long enough
period of time to actually degrade
these utensils," explained Nancy
Toogood, AMS Food and Beverage
manager. They have since had to
move back to recyclable plastic
cutlery.
Both the biodegradable and recyclable plastic cutlery are sold by BSI
Biodegradable Solutions.
BSI is a Vancouver-based company that specializes in food service
supplies and provides the majority of compostable and recyclable
food containers on campus, but
the company does not list the ideal
composting temperature for their
biodegradable products.
"There are many different
types and conditions for composting," said Susanna Carson, CEO
of BSI Biodegradable Solutions.
"[Composters] vary on the market.
We generally use, as our standard,
the various international compost
certifications and what their com-
postability criteria are."
The biodegradable cutlery was
made from corn-derived polylactic
acid (PLA). Food service products
made from PLA and other biodegradable plastics need to withstand
a high enough temperature to be
usable—so your spoon won't melt in
your soup, for example.
Disposable food containers make
up approximately 40 per cent of
waste from food service outlets on
campus. "We'd like to switch as
many of our containers to compostable as possible," said Justin Ritchie,
AMS sustainability coordinator.
The UBC Vancouver campus
produces about 6500 tonnes of
waste per year in its day-to-day
operations. Currently only 43 per
cent is composted or recycled.
The AMS and UBC will switch
back to biodegradable cutlery
once a new product is found that is
compatible with UBC's In-Vessel
composting facility. In the meantime, students can wipe down the
recyclable cutlery and place it in
the plastics recycling bin in order to
save it from the landfill.
UBC Sustainability said they are
developing targets for a zero waste
action plan, which will be unveiled
in the newyear. 13
CRIME »
Shootings and attacks linked to JIBC
Arshy Mann
Managing Editor, Web
Three more incidents and an
Insurance Corporation of BC
(ICBC) link have emerged in connection to the targeted attacks on
people associated with the Justice
Institute of British Columbia
(JIBC).
In September, the RCMP advised the public that ten individuals linked with JIBC had been the
victims of arson or shooting attacks
throughout 2011. The people targeted included three JIBC employees,
two former students and five others
with loose links to the institution.
"[We] had determined that there
was a larger issue here with regards
to a variety of shootings and arsons
and quickly determined that there
was some commonality between
them," said Sgt. Peter Thiessen.
JIBC is a public post-secondary institution based out of New
Westminster, which trains people in
a variety of disciplines related to justice and often instructs professionals
such as police officers, paramedics,
social workers and correctional staff.
Since September, 3 more people
have been targeted, though none
ofthe 13 suffered any injuries. All
the attacks occurred at or near the
victims' homes and vehicles.
Thiessen declined to specify
where the attacks took place, except to state that they were spread
throughout the Lower Mainland
and none took place on any of
JIBC's seven campuses.
The RCMP has been working in
conjunction with local police departments since September to track
down the assailants. Despite this
being a priority for all police departments in the region, no arrests have
been made.
News briefs
Man exposing himself seen in
Pacific Spirit Park
UBC's RCMP detachment are warning the public, particularly women,
to be careful while jogging or biking
on or around the trails of Pacific
Spirit Park near W 16th Avenue,
where there have been several instances of a man exposing himself
The male is described as
Caucasian with a slim build and very
tanned skin, believed to be approximately 57" to 5'9" and between 30
to 40 years of age.
"It is important for women to
be vigilant to their surroundings
when out in Spirit Park and to never
go alone, especially at night." said
Sgt. Peter Thiessen of the Lower
Mainland District RCMR
=HOTO COURTESY BC GOVERNMENT
Attorney General Shirley Bond and Chief Sherriff Dave Maedel attend a graduation ceremony for 34 new deputy sherriffs at the Justice
Institute of BC.
"We recognize this is very disturbing for the victims," wrote
RCMP Chief Superintendent Janice
Armstrong in a press release.
Jack McGhee, the president
of JIBC, wrote in a December 14
press release that the institute
has been working closely with the
RCMP over the past few months.
"We are very concerned that
there have been additional incidents," he went on to state. "The
safety and security of our students,
staff, faculty and the public who
use our campuses is of paramount
importance to JIBC."
Accordingto Chris Wong, senior
manager of communication and
marketing at JIBC, no current
students have been victims of these
attacks.
Study shows Olympics source
of emissions, not sustainability
During the 2010 Vancouver Winter
Olympics, "sustainability" was
enshrined as the third pillar of the
Olympics, along with sport and
culture.
But according to a report
from UBC's Centre for Sport and
Sustainability led by the OGI-UBC
Research Team, greenhouse gas
emissions increased over the
games.
The study reads that "Data from
VANOC showed that Olympic-
related greenhouse gas emissions
increased every year since 2005,
with an eight-fold increase during
Games-time, mainly due to transportation to get to Vancouver/Canada."
He said that since JIBC was
informed ofthe incidents back in
August, the institute has taken
numerous safety precautions to
protect its staff and students, including informing them through
email, social media and classroom
announcements.
"We have reviewed security at all
of our campuses and the recommendations from that review have been
implemented," he said.
In addition to the new incidents,
the RCMP also announced that an
ICBC claims adjuster has been fired
after it was found that she had illegally accessed the personal information of 65 people—includingthe data
ofthe 13 victims.
ICBC is a crown corporation in
BC that provides auto insurance and
UBC geology graduate missing
since December
Vancouver police are still looking
for UBC geology graduate Matthew
Huszar. 25. who has been missing
since December 16.2011.
According to police. Huszar was
last seen leaving a Gastown pub
located in the 100 block of Water
Street shortly before midnight and
heading east. Huszar is white. 511"
and 160 pounds with shoulder-
length brown hair and brown eyes.
Huszar's friends say he left them
that evening.sober and in a good
mood, and his family says he would
never willingly go anywhere without
contacting them for such a long time.
Anyone who sees Huszar is asked
to call 911.
licensing for drivers and vehicles.
The RCMP is alleging that the
woman, who remains unidentified, funneled this information to
an unknown group who then used
the data to target people linked
with JIBC. The employee, along
with others, are now under police
investigation.
Mark Jan Vrem, manager of
media relations for ICBC, said, "As
soon as this improper access was
uncovered, [the employee] was fired
without severance."
He went on to say that ICBC does
not know why she accessed the private data.
"All we know is that this employee improperly accessed the information. What she did with that, we
have no way of knowing," he said. 13
UBC alumnus Milton Wong
passes away at 72
Vancouver businessman and UBC
alumnus Milton Wong passed away
on New Year's Eve due to pancreatic cancer. The 72-year-old philanthropist co-founded the Portfolio
Management program at the Sauder
School of Business and donated to
UBC's human genome seguencing
project.
Wong graduated from UBC in
1963. where he studied politica
science and economics. He later established the financial firm MK Wong
and Associates. He was also chancellor of SFU and co-founded the
hternational Dragon Boat Festival.
A memorial service will be held
later this month. 13
TUITION »
Regent College
decreases tuition
by 8.6 per cent
GEOFF LISTEmHE UBYSSEY
Will McDonald
StaffWriter
At a time when tuition increases
have become the norm, Regent
College at UBC is planningto go the
other way.
The Regent College cabinet
lowered tuition fees by 8.6 per
cent through general consensus on
October 18, with the new rates coming into effect May 1,2012.
"The decision to decrease tuition
rates was not taken lightly," said
Regent College director of marketing and communications Sarah
Clayton. "We are acutely aware of
the financial burden today's student
is under...We know that increasing
tuition is not sustainable."
Regent College is an international
graduate school of Christian studies located on UBC's campus. It is
formally affiliated with UBC and
all Regent students are members of
the AMS.
Accordingto Hannah Dutko,
VP External ofthe Regent College
Student Association, the tuition
decrease is meant to increase
enrolment.
"Essentially, itwas just the motivation to decrease the cost so that
more people would come...You want
to see people in those seats where
there's good professors and classes.
We know that people want to come,
so what's holding them back is
money," she said.
The college also changed its
tuition structure to reduce the
costs for students who only study
part-time.
Previously, students taking less
than 9 credits paid $495 per credit,
students taking less than 12 credits
paid $480 per credit, while full-time
students paid $445 per credit hour.
Now all students pay a flat rate of
$440 per credit.
"It helps people decide whether
to take more classes based on the
reality of their life, not just whether
it will be cheaper if [they] take this
many more classes," said Dutko. 13 41 News oi.o4.2oi2
THE TOOPE INTERVIEWS
On an early morning
in December, UBC
President Stephen
Toope sat down with
The Ubysseyfor our annual "State ofthe University" interview. Now into his second five-year
term as President, Toope took the
time to look back on key decisions,
reflect on his evolution as President,
and the future of Canadian universities. As the full interview
would take up far too much space,
go to ubyssey.ca to read the entire
transcript.
Ubyssey: UBC's fundraising
campaign, Start an Evolution,
has a $1.5 billion goal. How much
is actually considered "enough"
for UBC's endowment? Does development or fundraising fatigue
ever set in? If this isn't going to
be the last fundraising campaign,
are there long term targets the
university hopes to stabilize at for
endowment?
Stephen Toope: It is an ambitious
goal, but entirely achievable. We're
already around $800 million, so
even since we've announced the
campaign, things have been going
very, very well...Is there an ideal
amount for an endowment? No, I
don't think there is. I think what an
endowment is there for, is purely to
support the mission ofthe university, and so to the extent that we can
find additional resources that allow
us to do more things, well, then obviously you'd want the endowment
to increase. I think that the key is
that for gifts to actually be targeted
to the priorities ofthe university
and not to get pulled apart by a lot
of external priorities that may not
actually be at the core of what we're
best at doing...
But that's where I'm really excited about the way we organized
this campaign, because we started
first with the strategic planning
process. Place and Promise actually
serves as the basis for what all ofthe
faculties and departments identified
as their priorities for the campaign,
and that means we have a really strong message about what we
think the university can accomplish
working with partners in the wider
community.
Is there donor fatigue? No.
Actually, I'll tell you, it's very interesting: I haven't heard a single
person question us being in a campaign—I just haven't. When I'm out
there in the community, people are
saying, "Wow, that's very ambitious,
we're excited for the university." A
lot of people have already stepped
up. I'm not sensing that at all...
Will there be campaigns in the
future? Absolutely, I'm sure there
will be. I don't know when. There
hadn't been a campaign for UBC
since the early 90s, so it was a long
time. That's a bit unusual. In the US,
really almost every decade there's
a campaign. So we went through
almost a whole decade with no campaign, although we were putting in
the arrangements for a campaign.
U: Land development has been a
big topic this year [concerning]
south campus and Gage South.
Before it was primarily students
speaking against development
changes on campus, but now
it's permanent residents as well,
such as with the hospice. Is this
something that's concerning for
you?
ST: First off, let me say, I think
when people actually think carefully about what we're trying to
accomplish, I'm actually very proud
of what's happening. I don't actually
feel in the defensive posture about
this at all. The reason for that is
twofold.
One, what we're now saying is we
want to create a model of a sustainable and livable community, where
people can walk as much as possible
to do all the things for their daily
living, shopping, groceries, all of
that sort of thing..It's goingto make
it a much more interesting place to
be...
All ofthe development in the
neighbourhoods outside ofthe academic core, every single penny that
is produced there, apart from the
cost of development, goes straight
to the endowment of UBC. That is
a huge advantage for the university moving forward for a couple of
reasons..The endowment supports
student housing, $400 million of
that has been assigned through the
student housing endowment, and
that's coming from these development proceeds over years. That's
one piece.
It supports scholarships, it supports hiring professors, Go Global
and any number of initiatives comes
from endowment income. So when
we have endowment income, we can
actually do more for the university,
more for our students, support our
faculty more effectively. So those
two reasons, put together, make this
awin...
What's phenomenal about the
income that comes from any form
of property development in the
neighbourhood, is that money is
undesignated. So it means that over
the next generations it will always
be possible for the leadership ofthe
university..to think through what
the priorities are and to reprofile
that money and serve the needs
of that time. There are almost no
universities on earth that have that
capacity. So it's a great story.
Objections to very particular issues, I think the issue around the
hospice was a very unusual one
and almost a one-off. I don't really
think there's much to learn from
that beyond a very interesting set of
questions about who it is that's living on campus and understanding
that better...
I think that the more interesting
general question is issues around
the future ofthe UNA...and concerns generally about the profile of
development in particular neighbourhoods. So I think those questions are always goingto be present,
and frankly, they're not unusual.
These are the questions that exist in any community that is going
through any form of development.
U: So while that's a common concern in many communities, many
people seem to chalk this up to a
very strange situation of governance at UBC. A year ago you
said we were in an interim state
for long term governance at UBC;
a year later, we're in the same
spot. Do you think the university
should take the first step, should
it be the province or, alternatively,
the residents who live here?
ST: So first let me say that actually,
ifyou compare the recent issues that
have arisen on campus in terms of
land use, frankly there's actually
less controversy than there often
is in communities in Coquitlam or
Burnaby or Vancouver...And so I
don't think there's anything that
should give us particular concern
about people having different views
about land use at the university.
Are we in a state oL.abit of flux
on governance? Yes, I think we
are and we continue to be. And so
it is important to remember that
ultimately the governance question
on campus oddly is a question that
is primarily in the ballpark ofthe
provincial government because they
create the framework, and you probably heard that there were some
consultations that the government
UBC President Stephen
Toope reflects on 2011
Top: Toope speaks at his annual town hall
in September 2011. geofflister™eubyssey
Middle left: Toope stands with BC Premier
Christy Clark in November 2011 during a
trip to India, where UBC has recently set
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Middle right: In September 2010, Toope
answers questions at his annual town hall
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Bottom: Ubyssey news editor Micki Cowan
interviews Toope in the Old Administration
building in May 2012. geoiff lister/the ubyssey
Opposite page: Toope in his offices in
2008.   KELLAN HIGGINS/THE UBYSSEY oi.o4.2oi21 News 15
did last year...They reported back
to us and what they said was, "We
don't think that there's any great
impetus to change governance
rules."...So we said, "All right, if
that's generally your evaluation,
then we're not goingto push."
What I think is happening now is
that there's a bit of a change in the
political dynamics in the UNA...I
think that there will probably be
more pressure for governance
reflection coming from the UNA,
and what the Board of Governors
just decided at its last meeting..was
that we were goingto create ajoint
working group with the UNA and
the university to go out and actually
investigate processes around land
use planning in neighbourhoods
and communities to do some comparators to make sure that we're
operating at a level of best practices.
So that's the first step and that's
the step that we're now taking.
We're goingto put that working
group together, we'll get all that
information and then I think it will
be easier to assess whether or not
there are some changes that we
could recommend so that we think
that we are doing the very best job
that we can in governance of land
use issues on campus.
U: So perhaps after that investigation, is that going to be an impetus to put pressure on the provincial government to reassess?
ST: It may. It'll be interesting, I
think.This is a sensitive riding, for
obvious reasons. It's also important to say that any governance
issue here might call into question
governance ofthe UEL [University
Endowment Lands]..The UEL is
an unusual circumstance and the
government might have an interest
in trying to bundle together and try
to solve a whole set of unusual circumstances. Now I don't know how
people would react to that, and it
may very well be, if the government
wanted to move in that direction,
that they might want to wait until
after an election to do that.
U: There has been some discussion about the two per cent
tuition cap and we were wondering if the university is going to be
looking into changing or removing that cap in the future.
ST: Not in the foreseeable future.
We've had meetings recently with
the provincial government and we
have not been advocating for a lifting on, I want to specify, undergraduate tuition. We haven't been
advocating for that and I don't suspect anyone has any appetite. Again,
the political reality is such that I
can't imagine any political leader
in the province now making that a
point of principle as we go into an
election.
The one place where we have
advocated on the AMS, the GSS,
and last year too in this interview,
we are still concerned about some
of our professional tuition. Some of
those programs are actually charging too little and what it means
effectively is it's harder to compete
with some sister programs at sister
universities, and we're concerned
about that. We are talking about
that issue with the Province, but
I can tell you that I'm not seeing movement in the short term.
Law, Medicine, maybe Pharmacy,
programs like that, where we want
to make sure that we are able to
offer to students experiences that
are comparable to what they'd get
at other institutions because we're
competing for the best students.
U: UBC is trying to meet targets
set for international student
enrolment...We know what the
university and the Province have
said about the value of increasing the international student
population. But what do you say
to people who say that financial
gain is a motivation for international student recruitment?
STI think that's a very fair question. My starting proposition on
this is we have to ask the academic
question: why we would want any
given number of international
students? And from my perspective, the academic answer to that
is because it makes the experience
of classrooms and extra-classroom
activity and team group work more
enriching for all students...It's not
superficial diversity of having people of different colours sitting and
looking at each other and saying,
"Oh, we're diverse." It's because
they actually may have different
attitudes towards things, different
experiences that they can bring to
bear. That has to be the starting
proposition.
Now, is there a reality that international students can also make up
for the reality in our funding situation? That we have a frozen government grant..That we have a two per
cent cap on tuition increases...You
put all that together and you say,
"Well, what levers does the university have to balance its budget?"
Either it cuts or it increases income.
Now, we're looking at a whole
range of ways to increase our
income, I want to be really clear
about that...But having a limited
number increase in international
students might be part of an overall
strategy also that has budgetary
impact. I don't want to pretend that
that's not true.
The key for me, though, is always
remembering why you're doing it,
and frankly not becoming dependent on it as the way to solve your
budget problems. And I'll give you
examples: that's what happened in
Australia. Australia became dependent on foreign student income to
balance the budgets, so when that
income dropped because of some
racially-motivated attacks, [with]
very steep drop off in applications
from India, for example, there was
a budget crisis in a lot of Australian
universities. We don't ever want to
be in that position.
So what we're talking about
frankly is marginal to the overall
budget. We're not goingto balance
the UBC budget on the backs of
international students because it's
wrong, because it's a bad strategy
and because it's not defensible in the
long term and it's not sustainable.
a place of mind
U: UBC has been the first
Canadian university to disclose information about animal
research practices. What have
you learned from releasing this
information and dealing with this
issue?
ST What we've learned is it's always better to be as transparent as
you can be with anything to do with
controversial areas. The only reason
not to release information around
animal research, in my view, is if
there is some kind of intellectual
property question, research results
haven't been released and ifyou release certain kinds of information, it
will actually undermine the kind of
work the researchers are doing. You
obviously wouldn't want to do that.
A second piece would be if there
were risks or threats—and I'm not
suggesting there has been here.
There has never been. I want to be
really clear on that. Unfortunately in
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the UK and California in particular,
there have been attacks on people,
so we're obviously not inclined to
release nominal information about
individuals and put them at risk for
people who have very strong views
on these subjects. We won't do that.
But beyond that, in terms of
releasing information, a lot ofthe
information is publicly available
because research protocols have
to be released for the purposes of
agencies. You get some stuff on access to information, but we thought,
why make people go through all of
that effort when it's really just basic
information [like] numbers, you
know, the types of species that were
involved and all that? It's better to
let people know. And the reason
for that is, in part, so that they're
not guessing, and frankly, imagining much worse situations than are
actually present...
Sol think what we've learned
that it's good to release information
when there's no risk, and that it does
seem to help some people...process
this a little more. It's not goingto
convince people who have a really
strong moral, ideological perspective that all research on animals
is wrong—we know that. But we
hope that for more people who may
not have such strongly formulated
views, that at least knowing what's
there will help them understand
that the university's not hiding some
horrible secrets.
U: Do you think the university
might consider releasing more
information at a later date?
ST I will keep thinking about
it; we're looking at what type of
information. There is always that
balance: we're not goingto release
information that provides too much
data that hasn't been released from
a research perspective, and we're
not goingto release information that
puts people at risk. But yeah, we're
goingto keep looking at the type of
data that we have and figure out as
much as we can release, we think
reasonably we will try to release. 13
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there isn't fighting in CIS he
When asked about the effects that fighting has in hockey, that is what former NHL
enforcer Jim Thomson said. You might remember Thomson as the subject of a recent
rant from Don Cherry, who on Hockey Night
in Canada called Thomson a "puke" and "in-
grate" for advocating his desire to ban fighting from hockey.
So far this year, Derek Boogaard, Wade
Belak and Rick Rypien—three former NHL
players known for their penchant for drop-
pingthe gloves—died from suicide or substance abuse. It is believed all three suffered
from depression.
While this year has provided more than
enough tragedy, the narrative on fighting in
professional hockey is still ongoing, with no
foreseeable end in sight. Yet one place where
the narrative has found a conclusion is at the
CIS level. To the chagrin of purists, but to the
delight of advocates such as Thomson, fighting is not permitted in CIS hockey.
The question is, should it be? As a fundamental component of both the junior and
professional ranks, should players who have
created a niche for themselves protecting
their teammates, and one could argue, symbolically protecting the game, be allowed to
bring their skill set to the university ranks?
Are the rules in the CIS helping or hindering
these players fromjoiningthe CIS, let alone
allowing to them to excel in the CIS game?
If ethics and morality are cast aside, the
appeal of seeing a hockey fight is understandable. On its own, a fight may not be for
everyone to watch. In a fast-paced game like
hockey, there is already plenty of excitement
to see with highly conditioned athletes competing in non-stop action.
However, there is something to be said for
seeing two men put aside the game and the
rules, squaring up and locking eyes, succumbing to the suppressed violence and chaos
innate in human nature. While the moment
may be fleeting and ephemeral, the audience
becomes viscerally enthralled, captivated by
the image of competition at a primal level.
Irrespective of entertainment, there is a
purpose to having enforcers in hockey. This
mainly involves keeping the opposition from
making dirty plays. In CIS hockey, the current regulations on fighting prevents enforcers from doing what they do best.
Every year, there are only a few fights
that break out in the CIS. Participants get
an automatic game suspension. The player
who instigated the fight gets suspended
fortwo games. This eliminates retaliation
for dirty hits and leaves the punishment up
to the game officials.
Michel Belanger, the CIS media and communications manager, explained that the
reasons for the regulations are simple.
"To us it's pretty obvious. I mean, it is a
university sport, it is a student sport. We
think it's a good rule because you just don't
want fighting in university hockey," he said.
"I don't think it would go really well with
our institutions and the kind of message that
you're trying to send."
Although Belanger was not quite clear on
exactly what message university athletics
wants to send, he explained itwas not simply
a matter of sportsmanship. "It's all about the
value that you want to give and you want to
represent when you have a student sport and
university sport," he said. "I don't know if it's
about better sportsmanship; it's more about the
overall values of institutions like a university."
These values are clearly not part of junior
league hockey, where teenagers as young as
16 are free to engage in fights. Some Western
Hockey League players build up their reputations as enforcers at an early age. These
players are put in an awkward position if they
want to make a successful transition to university level hockey. Although they can still
be physical, they are stripped of one of their
most distinguishing tools.
"I think it's kind of sad when you see
[fighting] with junior players at 16,17 or 18
years old. They know that there are scouts
in the stands and that people are watching
and they want a little extra edge that will put
them ahead of another player," said Belanger. oi.o4.2oi21 Feature 17
UBC Thunderbird Matt Wray is an example
of a junior league enforcer who had to make
the transition to CIS hockey. As an Alberta
Junior Hockey League player for Camrose,
Wray racked up over 250 penalty minutes.
"Early on in my career, I wasn't expected [to
fight] as much," he said. "Because I didn't
have an objection to [fighting], I started doing
it more and more. When I was in Kamloops, I
think I got into 21 fights in 40 games."
Wray's easy going and jovial nature might
be surprising for those who have seen his
physical style of play, but there is no mistaking
his belief that there is a place for fighting and
enforcement in hockey.
"It eliminates a lot of stuff. There are
instances where, on the ice, guys are being
cheap or they injure a player or something,
and there's no real means to get back at them
other than making them pay on the scoreboard," he said.
Other than strictly enforcing good behaviour on the ice, Wray also noted a motivational
factor that a violent scrap can bring. "A lot of
the times in the juniors or pros, fighting is a
good way to get the guys fired up. A lot of players respond really well to seeing a guy go out
there and put it on the line for their team."
Wray's transition to CIS hockey was not
without its difficulties. He explained there is
a need to "pull back the reigns" and hold back
from retaliating. As a winger, Wray has more
than just his physicality to rely on, which is
also an important factor in the transition.
Before establishing himself as a fighter, he
was a high energy player, able to put points on
the scoreboard.
Jim Thomson believes CIS hockey is ahead
ofthe NHL and junior level hockey when it
comes to game regulations.
Thomson's passion for getting rid of
violence in hockey comes from a lifetime of
negative experiences as an enforcer for many
teams, including the LA Kings and Ottawa
Senators. Duringthe 1986-87 season, playing
for the AHL's Binghamton Whalers, Thomas
racked up an astounding 360 penalty minutes
in 57 games.
At first it may seem odd that a former enforcer would be calling out against the very
aspects ofthe game that got him recognized,
but it's clear that the lifestyle took away more
than it gave to him.
"Let's face it, the night before a game I
would do drugs and drink just to kill the anxiety and the fear. I became a drug addict and
an alcoholic in a major way dealing with the
depression and the fear of fighting," he said.
The life of an enforcer is somethingthat
Thomson has a unique perspective on. He recognizes that there are people in the sport who
depend on their fighting abilities to make a
living, but he also sees a necessity for that role
to be removed in order for the sport to grow.
"I don't want anybody to lose their job...but
ifyou take the enforcer out ofthe NHL, you
remove 30 jobs. You're goingto replace it with
better skill, which is a better product for the
consumer," said Thomson.
As for the enforcer's role of keeping opposing players and dirty plays in check, Thomson
believes that to be unnecessary. "There's no
easy way of saying it, but let the league be the
sheriff, not guys' fists."
Accordingto UBC's head hockey coach Milan
Dragicevic, there is a growing trend in CIS
hockey that shows a decreasing need for enforcers in a league without fighting. "The hits
from behind are down and the stick penalties
are down and that's a credit to all the players who are coming up focusing more on just
playing hockey instead of stuff after hits or
dirty hits."
The reason behind the decreased penalties is hard to pinpoint. Though the absence
of fighting may create a sense of self policing
amongst players, Wray believes it has more
to do with the university culture manifesting
itself into the game. "I think in the CIS there's
more respect between players," he said.
"They respect [each other], not only as
hockey players, but what they're aiming to do
in their careers. If they don't go into hockey,
then they're pursuing education, so a guy isn't
goingto go and run a player from behind as
much."
There's no doubt that fighting can be
a nerve-wracking situation. Thomson's
struggles with anxiety and depression as an
enforcer are well documented. This type of
pressure on a student athlete could only seem
unreasonable. However, there are those who
are psychologically undamaged by such physical confrontation.
Wray disagrees that anxiety and depression affect all enforcers. By his own experience, he doesn't feel that he was forced into a
fighting role and said he rarely experienced
anxiety before games. "You hear about certain
instances in [substance abuse], but they're
not really playing up the guys that didn't do
that," said Wray. "There are a lot of guys who
feel pressure to score goals and they're not
resorting to drugs and I think it's kind of a
scapegoat."
While upfront about his own feelings on the
matter, Wray acknowledged that in university
there are players who would not want to risk
blows to the head. He also agreed that unhealthy stress levels are a reality in the sport.
However, the correlation between these factors and druguse is not concrete.
The substance abuse struggles of NHL
enforcers have been a highlight in sports news
recently, but these cases have been few and
there are many enforcers who do not suffer
from these problems. There have been incidents, but they do not establish a rule.
Still, in a university setting where alcohol
and drugs can easily be accessed, why risk
addingthe pressure of fightingto student
hockey players?
One reason could be for fan attendance.
This factor could be the biggest reason why
fighting in the NHL and junior hockey will
not be banned anytime soon. There is undoubtedly a fear of losing viewers if fighting
gets cut from the game.
On its own, hockey is a beautiful game to
watch. Fans are thrilled bythe fast-paced
action, exciting hits and highlight reel goals.
Many supporters of fighting in hockey have
argued that hockey viewers will drop with the
absence of brawls. But for Thomson, the actual outcome could be drastically different.
As a coach, Thomson has seen many parents shy away from allowingtheir kids to play
hockey due to the violence involved. "Hockey
in the [United States] is out-viewed by darts,
dog shows, bowling, poker and the list goes on
and on," he said. "How do we know that the
game won't grow if we take the violence out?
You've got the biggest market in the States and
it can't get any momentum, and I say you take
the damn violence out and you might get a
whole bunch of new kids registering."
If Thomson is looking for a place to test
his theory, CIS hockey isn't the best choice.
Holding back from fights was not the only
change that Wray had to get used to when he
started playing hockey at UBC. "In the WHL,
most places you go you get fans coming. In
the CIS, it's quite a drop off from what you're
used to in the juniors. Look at the stands and
the majority of seats are empty. It's a different
experience," he said.
However, Wray doesn't attribute this drop
in attendance to fighting. Correlation does not
equal causation. There are plenty of reasons
other than the absence of fighting for why the
attendance rates at university games are low.
University students are busy and a quick look
at attendance for other sporting events around
campus will reflect a general lack of interest
as well. Unlike the WHL's Vancouver Giants,
the UBC Thunderbirds do not get a lot of hype
and marketing.
If Olympic hockey games are any indication, the sport can survive just fine without
fighting. Whether or not enforcers can survive
is another story.
Fighting is still present in the junior and
professional ranks, but it is increasingly becoming less of a priority to have a player excel
as an enforcer. Like Thomson said, skill makes
abetter product. CIS hockey needs players
with more skill than brawn. There's no doubt
that it's still a physical game, but a player's
fighting abilities are not appreciated.
If a university athlete aspires to reach the
pro ranks, he will not be able to make it with
the power of his fists. He cannot showcase
this ability. Skill has to come first if a CIS
player wants to make it pro.
As it stands, the regulations in CIS hockey
work fine. The game is still exciting to watch
and there isn't any feeling that something is
missing. Fighters may have to change their
game for university, but considering that one-
dimensional fighters are less of a commodity
in professional hockey, this change should
benefit them. It forces them to practice their
hockey skills more than their pugilistic abilities, which will perhaps give them a longer a
career in the sport, and more importantly, a
longer life to remember that career. 13
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The Last Word
Parting shots and snap judgments on today's issues
Boycotting Canada West's
laughable punishment
In America, if a college sports team
commits violations they are given
real penalties—fines, reduction of
scholarships and bans from bowl
games are all on the table. In the
CIS, if a team commits violations,
history is rewritten, but nothing
actually happens to the future of
the team.
Or at least that's what happened last month, when UBC was
stripped retroactively of its 2011
wins, for using an ineligible player
due to a registration mistake in
2009.
This is, quite simply, bizarre—
and a feeble attempt for the Canada
West conference to have its cake
(penalizing UBC) while eating it
too (ensuring UBC remains competitive next year).
The only people it really affects
in the future is the media, who will
be forced to explain in longwinded
fashion how UBC didn't technically win any games last year, even
though we saw those wins happen.
So we're boycotting Canada
West's decision. In the future,
we will write that UBC won six
games in the regular season and
defeated Saskatchewan in the playoffs. Because we saw those things
with our eyes. And if the Canada
West wants to be respected, it
should make decisions that aren't
laughable.
In denial about our pseudo-city
It's our annual Christmas interview with UBC President Stephen
Toope, and we're struck by the
same thing we were at this time
lastyear. UBC's president is very
competent at his job, well-versed in
all issues and, after a half-decade in
charge, has developed a solid leadership style.
But while Toope has shown a
welcome willingness to adjust
his views on certain subjects, he
remains stubbornly stuck in the
past when it comes to the governance of our pseudo-city. This
past year, there have been two
examples of campus residents
speaking out when UBC decided
to change development plans. In
one case (Wesbrook Place) UBC
adjusted its plans, and in the other
(the Hospice), the university didn't
budge. In both instances, people
spoke out against UBC being judge,
jury and executioner on all major
governing decisions.
What does Toope say to that?
The hospice issue was "a one-off issue." Wesbrook was an example of
"how the process works." And that
residents criticizingthe amount of
power UBC has is "a bit of a change
in the political dynamics in the
UNA."
It's obvious why UBC never
admits it has full development
control over a planned community
of 10,000 people within a university of 45,000 students; doing so
would blow open their claims that
they are an accountable body and
the university doesn't necessarily
need any municipal representation.
But anytime Toope parrots a line
which students (and increasingly,
permanent residents) know is false,
it saddens us. We know he knows
better.
Slippery language on
professional program tuition
If there's one takeaway that graduate students can glean from our
interview with Toope, it's this: your
tuition has a good chance of increasing, and perhaps by quite a bit.
It probably won't happen this
year, and perhaps not at all ifyou're
a regular Master's student. But if
you're in a professional program,
the university is eyeing an increase
beyond inflation, and the language
it's using to justify it is concerning.
"We want to make sure that we are
able to offer to students experiences that are comparable to what
they'd get at other institutions because we're competing for the best
students," said Toope.
There's no evidence that UBC
is lagging behind other universities for top students. Nor is there
much evidence that raising tuition
rates attracts better students. And
yet, the "competing for students"
line is frequently used by schools
to justify large increases in tuition
among professional programs.
Details at this point are scarce.
But we hope the Graduate Student
Society and all graduate students
keep close tabs on the university's
plans, and make sure that any increases in tuition are paired with
specific improvements to their educational experience.
A few resolutions from your
humble correspondents
New Year's resolutions are always
of questionable durability. One of
our news editors, Micki Cowan,
resolved to drink only one cup of
coffee a day.
On the first day of work in 2012,
she drank two.
Drake Fenton, our sports editor,
resolved to drink and smoke less, a
pledge which was broken immediately and was a dumb thing to have
resolved in the first place.
But nonetheless, here are some
Ubyssey resolutions for the New
Year. Let's hope they hold for more
than a week.
We resolve to have the majority
of our editors wake up before noon
on most days.
We resolve not to fill white space
with ludicrously gigantic Sudoku
puzzles.
We resolve not to resort to crude
stereotypes of arts, commerce and
engineering students in our editorials and comics. Except in situations
where it's justified, in which case
we resolve to still do it.
We resolve to uncover all treachery, subversion and anonymous
websites and pamphlets during the
upcoming AMS election. If none of
this occurs, we resolve to not be too
disappointed.
We resolve to continue covering
the university's affairs with solid
reporting and fairness. We also
resolve to make sure nobody ever
forgets that UBC has grown into
the largest community in Canada
without a local democracy.
Finally, we resolve to maintain
the same level of snark, cynicism
and goofy humour that you've come
to love and appreciate—or at least
somewhat tolerate. 13
Losing a city's lifeblood
Editors
Notebook
Justin
McElroy
Every December, I head back home
to Victoria, where I watch too many
movies, eat too much turkey and
spend plenty of time catchingup
with high school friends.
Meeting up with all of them is increasingly the best part of Christmas.
When we were 16, we made silly
movies and made dreams for our
future. I still make silly movies, but
the rest of them? Deliveringtheir
first baby. Auditioning for music
festivals across North America.
Analyzing stocks for the Canadian
Pension Plan. Teaching Grade 11
biology. They're scattered across
the continent, makingtheir dreams
come true.
And none of them have any desire
to live in Vancouver anytime soon.
Now, because I am constantly
reminded that I live in the best/
greenest/most livable city in the universe, this was slightly galling. "Why
wouldn't you want to live here?" I
thought, slightly dumbfounded that
these West Coast 20-somethings
wouldn't want to live in glass bliss.
"It's bloody expensive," they all
say. Okay, fine, it's an expensive city,
but ifyou can find a job—
"There aren't enough full-time
jobs available in this city with my degree and lack of experience," chime
in the future doctor and future
teacher.
All right, granted, for plenty of
professional jobs there are hundreds
of people applying for dozens of
positions, but ifyou love a vibrant big
city, wouldn't you take part-time jobs
and live here?
"There's just way more to do in
Toronto."
Ah yes. Toronto. More than a few
of my friends and former co-workers
have been sucked into the Centre of
the Universe in the past two years,
and none intend to leave anytime
soon. They say that almost anyone
can find a job, live close to downtown
and go out on weekends without
breaking the bank. And did I mention weekend trips to Montreal are
possible?
Now, I realize that talking to
friends isn't a scientific study. And
there are plenty of young graduates
making a great life for themselves
right here.
But the lifeblood of large cities are
young professionals who work hard,
play hard and create projects that
entertain the other young professionals around them. They keep cities
fresh and dynamic. And I worry that
not enough of them will choose—or
be able—to live here in the next few
decades. And there's not enough attractive jobs close by to keep them in
the Lower Mainland.
Last month, the city unveiled with
great aplomb the smallest self-contained rental suites in Canada. At 226
to 291 square feet, they were shiny,
modern, new—and average $850 a
month. That people were proud of
this "accomplishment" says a great
deal.
Vancouver is a lovely place to enjoy
university and gain experience in the
world. It's also a lovely place to raise
a family in, or at least Port Moody is.
But those in-between years? That's
increasingly dicey. tH
A bush league decision
Perspectives
» Andrew Bucholtz
It's less than a month after the
Canadian university football season
wrapped up with a spectacular
Vanier Cup that might have brought
more positive attention to the CIS
than anything in years. But the
league has since shot itself in the
foot, thanks to a December ruling
bythe Canada West conference that
UBC would retroactively forfeit all of
its 2011 football games.
Forget the 6-2 season and the
playoff run that brought optimism
back to UBC football and showcased the Thunderbirds' promising
turnaround under head coach Shawn
Olson. It's gone by the wayside,
erased by an organization that has
more interest in bureaucratic technicalities and amateurish fumbling
than real competitive equity or
fairness.
The transgression which caused
such a rewriting of history? An innocent clerical error made several
years ago.
The problem came in 2009, when
the Thunderbirds misinterpreted
the changes to eligibility for players
who came from junior football. That
meant they told one player he had
one more year of eligibility than he
actually did, so he participated in
UBC's games this year. As a result,
Canada West has decreed that those
games never happened.
This is not the first time eligibility issues have struck CIS football.
In fact, an even worse mess struck
Canada West back in 2009, when
the organization decided to alter the
standings just before the playoffs
thanks to an ineligible player's participation for Manitoba, knockingthe
Bisons out ofthe postseason and putting Regina in. This was especially
comical because SFU was also penalized for an ineligible player, so there
was a game between the two teams
that neither "won."
At least this ruling has no immediate on-field repercussions, and
it shouldn't hurt the Thunderbirds
going forward. But it does take the
shine off a great season for UBC
that saw Olson renew the program's
winningtradition and quarterback
Billy Greene hoist the Hec Crighton
Trophy as the top CIS football player
ofthe year. Both accomplished plenty
this season, but the history books
won't reflect it.
Yet what's particularly idiotic
about this ruling is the shot it delivers to the reputation of CIS football.
This is a league played at a tremendously high level, one drawing better
athletes all the time and one that's
producing more and more CFL
talent. But instead of capitalizing
on that, the people in charge are
happy to keep rewriting history over
ancient offences, makingthe whole
organization look bush league.
Eligibility rules are important, but
enforce them in the moment: either
have a central clearinghouse check
players, or post everyone's playing histories online and let fans and
journalists do it. It's time to bring in a
firm cutoff on when eligibility can be
challenged and focus on marketing
the game. tH
—Andrew Bucholtz runs the 55-Yard
Line blog at Yahoo! Sports Canada,
covering all things Canadian football. Scene»
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Melodramatic
Musings
Will
Johnson
I was playing poker with a buddy
awhile ago, and I inquired how
things were progressing with his
new girlfriend. They seemed like a
perfect pair, and I had been excited
for them both when they first got
together.
"Well, it's going okay, I guess,"
he said, with a shrug.
He tried to change the subject,
and swing the table's attention
back to the poker hand laid out before us. But I could tell something
was bothering him. I pestered him
for a bit, trying to figure out what
was wrong. I could tell he was
reluctant to share, but what can I
say? I'm nosy.
Finally, he put his cards down on
the table and looked me in the eye.
"There's one problem," he said,
grimacing like he was about to deliver life-altering news. "She talks
during movies."
This pronouncement inspired a
shocked silence around the table,
and then some sympathetic back-
patting from the guys. My buddy
smiled to show us he was staying
strong through this adversity, and
then he thanked us for our emotional support.
"Thanks. It means a lot to me,
you guys."
I've heard horror stories from a
variety of my friends. What happens when you truly love someone, but they truly love Katherine
Heigl? What ifyou find your partner is harbouring a secret addiction
to trashy reality television? And
how can you stay with someone
who forces you to watch Gossip
Girl?
Believe me, I feel your pain.
A few years ago I was dating a
girl whose favourite movie was
27Dresses. Before I could recover from the shock of this news,
she confided another horrifying
truth: she regularly indulged in
marathons of Keeping Up with the
Kardashians. I thought I was going
to faint. Can a relationship recover
from that sort of revelation?
But the problem isn't gender-
specific. I've met women who
are stuck with stunted men who
watch nothing but sports, or spend
their time consuming horror-porn
garbage like Hostel and Saw 5. And
there are just as many men who
enjoy reality television shows like
Ice Road Truckers, while many
women can appreciate a quality
NDIANAJOEL/THE UBYSSEY
There's more to people than the TV they watch. But if your significant other sees something in Ice Road Truckers, it's time to start worrying
television show like Breaking Bad
or Boardwalk Empire.
I've seen couples jockey for position with the channel changer,
arguing about what to spend their
night watching. I've seen them
invest in a second television, just
so they can watch TV in different
rooms. And there are people who
sneak out to movies alone, because
they can't bear the embarrassment
of sitting beside someone who texts
their friends during the show.
Ultimately, you have to decide
whether or not it's worth it. I'm
currently dating an amazing woman who shares my love oi Mad Men.
She doesn't talk too much during
movies, and she puts up with my
ridiculous, over-the-top obsessions. I may not like every show
she watches (Iron Chef, Restaurant
Makeover) but I've learned to make
room for her television habits in
my life.
And isn't that what love is all
about? 13 121 Games 101.04.2012
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6- Well-behaved
10- Nest eggs, briefly
14- Extra-terrestrial being
15- Acting part
16-20th letter of the
Hebrew alphabet
17- Gaucho's rope
18- Heroic
19- Wishing won't make
20- Sicilian resort
21- Remission of sin
23-Fill to surfeit
25-Each
26- Grazing spot
27- Squares
29- Early Mexican
32-Stroll
33- Ambulance letters
36- Female servant
37- Bedouin
38- Splendor
39- No. cruncher
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41- Old Testament book
42- Oohed and _
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44- Reunion attendees
47- Most strange
51- Worship of the Virgin
Mary
54- Yellow ribbon...
55- Asleep
56- Monogram ltr
57-Apple juice
58- Actor Beatty and others
59- Dagger of yore
60- 2,4,6,8, etc.
61- Bunches
62-Fail to hit
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3- Cheerful
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gritty
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6- Diving bird
7-"My fault!"
8- A dish with many
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12-Org.
13- Directed a light
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22- High hair style
24- Former nuclear agcy
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29- Onetime Jeep mfr.
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31- Acapulco aunt
32-Attitude
33- Aurora's counterpart
34-Marseille Mrs.
35- Fitness center
37- Anarchy
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40- Second start?
41-Not him
42- In the thick of
43- Actor Fernando
44- Appliance brand
45- Trademark
46- Hives
47- Some Art Deco works
48- Bird that gets you down
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53- Connections
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