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What's on
This week, may we suggest...
UBC Composer's concert: 12 pm @ Music Building
If you're one of the first people picking up today's paper. RUN to the music
building to catch some live works from UBC composers. Seriously, get
CiTR Shindig Semi finals: 9pm
@ The Railway Club
CiTR's annual, months long
battle of the bands winds down
with performances by Sleuth,
Philoceraptor and Man Hands.
Check out the next big thing in
Vancouver music.
A night for Burns Bog: 6:30pm
©Buchanan MASS
A movie night and discussion
panel on the threatened bog in
North Delta. It's important for
the health of the region that it
not be destroyed. Snacks will be
In Brief: A Little Creation
by Vanessa Imeson: 7:30 @
Freddy Wood
This MFA project uses large
scale puppets to tell a number
of Aboriginal Canadian creation
World Vision Bright Lights:
8pm @ Buchanan MASS
World Vision is hosting a semi-
formal party at MASS to raise
money for CLICK, an organization
that works with disadvantaged
youth. Feel good about dressing
up and drinking beer.
Got an event you'd like to see on this page? Send your event
and your best pitch to printeditor@ubyssey.ca.
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November 21,2011, Volume XCIII, Issue XXI
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Our Campus
One on one with
the people who
make UBC
The Canadian karaoke champion
Catherine Guan
For most, singing, dancing and
optometry would seem like an odd
triple threat.
"Ever since I was young, I really wanted to go into optometry,"
said UBC alumnus Jerrica Santos.
"Concurrently, I've always been
doing music. I've been singing and
dancing since I was a little girl."
She was just a small town girl, livin'
in a lonely world.
An aspiring optometrist, a
Polynesian dancer and a die-hard
Gleek, Santos is a woman of many
talents. And she just added another
accolade to her reel of accomplishments—karaoke champion.
After completing her BSc in biology this past May, Santos entered
a local contest on a whim and went
on to win the Canadian Karaoke
Championships. In September,
she represented the country at the
World Karaoke Championships in
Ireland, finishing third.
A singer in a smoky room. A smell of
wine and cheap perfume.
"Itwas really exhilarating. I
couldn't believe it. Abigworld
competition with 46 singers from
25 different countries," she said,
still reeling from her unexpected
She had never heard ofthe
World Karaoke Championships
before this summer. "One of my
singing mates at the Metropolis
Glee Club...he kind of started in
this local competition, just a local
bar, you know how karaoke kind
of is," Santos recalled. "He encouraged me to come out and try it, so I
thought, you know, why not?"
Some will win. Some will lose. Some
were born to sing the blues.
This isn't the kind of Journey-
butchering karaoke that most
are accustomed to. "It definitely
wasn't a piece of cake," she said
ofthe competition. "I probably
went to seven to ten rounds, to get
to where I was. There was a lot of
Santos takes karaoke a little more seriously than your average university student.
competition, 50 to 100 people each
Her win at the Canadian
competition led her to Killarney,
Ireland. "Itwas kind of like an
American Idol style competition,"
Santos explained. She made her
way through elimination rounds
to enter the top twenty, top ten,
top five, to finally place third in
the world.
More than the trophy, Santos
is grateful for the memories.
"What was amazing was, since it's
karaoke...it was a lot of songs that
everybody knew and everybody
was kind of singing along."
Oh, the movie never ends. It goes on
and on and on.
Her new status as a karaoke champion has changed her life in other
ways as well. While she has been
accepted to a number of American
graduate schools for optometry,
Santos is now seriously considering a future in music. Following
her success in Ireland, Santos was
signed to Vancouver record label
Get Right Music, and is now touring to promote her seven-track
debut, Dilemma. Her dream: "To
be an internationally recognized
R&B musician." As any karaoke
regular can tell you, don't stop
believin'. 13
Jerrica Santos
Jerrica's winning set list
"Hopelessly Devoted to You"
"I Turn to You" (Christina Aguilera)
"Crazy" (Gnarls Barkley)
"Who You Are" (Jesse J)
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Maria Harris wins second term as director for Electoral Area A
Kalyeena Makortoff
News Editor
The votes are in, and incumbent
Maria Harris will be serving a
second term as Electoral Area A
"Winning was not easy," said
Harris. "Itwas a hard campaign."
Harris had 466 votes, 291 more
than runner-up Scott Andrews,
who secured 175 votes. Alexandria
Mitchell wasn't far behind Andrews,
with 159 votes. Mischa Makortoff
had 114 and Colin Desjarlais 17.
Harris's incumbency helped her
campaign. "I think people know me.
People know how I work."
Andrews said he would have done
some things differently if he were to
run again. "There are a lot of issues
relatingto zoning and density that
appeal to University Neighbourhood
Association voters..! would have tried
to tap into the UNA a lot sooner."
Andrews said he believes the
youth vote was split between him
and Mitchell.
"We were hitting the same demographic, strong environmental
platform and a student voice," said
The total number of votes cast in
the district reached 931 this weekend, up nearly 200 from the last
election in 2008.
"Quite simply, a lot more people
are aware of Metro Vancouver than
there used to be, but it's still not
enough. Turnout was not what I had
hoped," said Harris.
Nonetheless, Harris said the voter
increase can be attributed to residents' concerns about transit, land
use and development, which "all
really resurfaced in the public realm
in the last couple of months...so it
was actually a good time to engage
The first goal on Harris's agenda
will be to secure a vote for Electoral
Area A on the Mayor's TransLink
Council. However, this will require
a change in provincial legislation, which Harris said will mean
no movement can really be made
until 2012 when the legislature
Harris said she's mostlookingfor-
ward to continuingto work on projects that she began in her first term.
However, Andrews had some
words of advice for Harris as she
continues into her second term.
"I think it's high time to address
the democracy deficit and listen
to the strong pleas for governance
"She did very well, but she needs
to listen to other voices." 13
UBC to award 76 honourary degrees
Cont'd from PI
After hearing about similar cases at
other universities, Mary Kitagawa
ofthe Greater Vancouver Japanese
Canadian Students Association
(JCSA) made the degrees a priority
for their Human Rights Committee
for the past three years.
"It's been a long struggle. It's
been more or less trying to educate
people in power to understand the
issue and it's taken this long," said
Student senator Sean Heisler said
UBC has wanted to recognize the
students all along.
"UBC didn't kick them out or
force them to withdraw, but there
is still a desire to do some personal
recognition for them."
The degrees are part of a three-
pronged approach, which includes
educational initiatives. Kitagawa
said this component of Senate's decision is crucial.
"That's a very important component because I find a lot of people
in Canada do not know that such a
horrible event happened," he said,
adding "It's a lesson of injustice and
when democracy broke down and
something I feel everyone should
Associate history professor
Henry Yu is one of several faculty
and students who are proposing a
minor in Asian-Canadian studies.
The program would include existing
classes on Asian-Canadian history
and literature and two new classes.
"One [class] would be abroad
introduction, multi-disciplinary,
drawing on the strengths of faculty
and students from many different
departments," said Yu. "The other
would be a 490 [class] and it would
really be about community-based
research," he said.
News briefs |
UBC student sent to hospital
Friday afternoon
At about 2pm Friday afternoon, an
ambulance was called to the SUB
main floor after a young woman
fainted by one of the kiosks across
from the Lucky Market.
According to a source on scene,
the woman in her early 20s fainted
and hit her head on the side of a
Paramedics arrived within minutes, and by 2:30pm she was moved
to a stretcher and was placed in an
ambulance bound for Vancouver
General Hospital accompanied
by another student. According
to a source at the scene, she was
responding well and her vitals appeared to be fine.
Japanese-Canadians were forced to leave UBC during WWII to forced interment camps in the BC interior
UBC's libraries also plan to
digitize parts of their Japanese-
Canadian collections. Yu said that
despite the negative publicity UBC
received as a result of their hesitation in giving out the degrees, it
ultimately helped the university to
engage with the community.
"To me, there's a lot of ways in
which—as dark as an event itwas 70
years ago—our marking it now gives
us a chance to actually do things in
a way that's goingto make the university better and our relationships
with Vancouver better."
But accordingto Kitagawa, her
work is not quite over.
UBC profs make suggestions for
climate change aid
Three professors at the University
of British Columbia are recommending how to manage the $100
billion annual commitment made
by the international community last
The money is meant to help
the developing world respond to
climate change.
UBC professors Simon Donner.
Milind Kandlikar and Hisham Zerriffi
recommend guidelines which include instituting an "adaptive" regulatory system to close funding loopholes, employing a decentralized
network of third-party auditors and
adopting a scientific approach to
evaluating program effectiveness.
Heisler said the Senate will be
creating a new title of honourary
"It's not taking the form of an
honourary doctorate or an honourary baccalaureate, because this situation doesn't fit into either of those
two categories," he said.
"It's not being given for eminence
in a field, as honourary degrees typically are."
The exact title has not been decided yet for the newly-created honour, but Kitagawa said she's goingto
keep pushing for a baccalaureate.
"I did request that they receive
an honourary baccelaureate degree
UBC to use donation for mental
health web portal
A $1 million donation to UBC from
Bell Canada will be used to develop
an interactive web portal for children
and young adults with mental health
issues, but it has raised concerns that
it may duplicate sites already built.
The website will offer information
about depression, anxiety and mood
disorders and will offer online, self-
guided assessment tools and consultations between patients and experts
using Skype. Google Plus, chat
rooms, email and text messaging.
"Our hypothesis is that kids are
using the web and social media but
maybe not the right websites." said
UBC psychiatry professor Michael
because any other name of a degree
other than that would to me indicate
a second-rate degree," she said.
Sumiya was also uncertain about
the new title for the degree rather
than a baccelaureate. But he said
that he has always considered himself a UBC student, and an honourary degree would mean that UBC
was finally acknowledging him as
one too.
"There was always the feeling that was my home, but it never
really felt as welcoming as it does
now," he said.
"I certainly hope that what they
decide will include that feeling." 13
UBC researcher moves closer to
creating headache-free wine
Through genetic manipulation, a
UBC research team has created a
yeast that stops the production of
headache-inducing allergens in wine.
The researchers have also found a
yeast that reduces the presence of a
carcinogen, and are close to finding
a way to reduce alcohol levels while
enhancing flavour and body.
Hennie van Vuuren. a South
African-born microbiologist,
holds the Eagles Chair in Food
Biotechnology at UBC. and is the
founding director of the university's
Wine Research Centre. The focus of
van Vuuren's research is the yeast
cell, one of wine's essential building
blocks. 13
Solar compactors
and parking meters
come to UBC
Kevin Zeng
At UBC, even parking meters and
garbage cans have jumped on the
green train.
UBC campus has been redecorated by two new solar-powered
gadgets: LUKE parking meters
and Bigbelly garbage and recycling
Four defunct meters around
campus have been replaced with
new LUKE solar-powered parking meters, said Tyler Stangier, the
facility and project manager with
UBC Access Control. The meters are manufactured by Digital
Payment Technology, a Vancouver
based company.
Since they rely on solar energy,
the new parking meters don't require battery replacement.
The solar trash compactors,
manufactured by Bigbelly Solar, are
located at the bus loop.
The manufacturer claims their
compactors are designed to dramatically reduce waste collection,
deliver cleaner public space and
make for efficient and flexible
Waleed Giratalla, an engineer
with UBC Sustainability, spoke on
the environmental benefits.
"Garbage compaction is actually a common thing within our
buildings...What they do, though,
is essentially using grid electricity.
You are using mechanical power to
compress the garbage, which draws
from grid electricity," he said.
"The new technology compresses
waste directly inside the bins using
electricity from the solar panels,
which essentially replaces the grid
power used for compression ofthe
waste... [This] reduces the amount
of operational staff and resources
you need to service the bin," said
Accordingto Stangier, more solar-powered units can be expected
to come to campus in the future. 13 41 News 111.212011
Fotheringham a boy from nowhere, by way of UBC
Famed political commentator talks about his hell-raising days on campus in his memoirs
The engineers ran the campus.
One day, they threw me in a
car, took me to Georgia and
Granville and chained me to a
Allan Fotheringham
Justin McElroy
Coordinating Editor
Before he was the most prominent political
writer in Canada, before he gave long-lasting
nicknames to every person and institution in
Canada, before he began his 27-year run as
the back page columnist at Maclean's, Allan
Fotheringham made fun of engineers in The
"The engineers sort of ran the campus.
They were all big, tough, beer-drinking guys
and we hated them. So I wrote columns taking the mickey out of them," he said.
"And one day, I was walking out the office
and six of these goons jumped me, threw me
in a car and took me to the corner of Georgia
and Granville, and chained me to a clock and
left me there. The cops had to come and cut
the chains down.
"I spent the rest ofthe three years at The
Ubyssey sticking it to the engineers."
Fotheringham was in Vancouver last week
to promote his memoirs, Boy from Nowhere:
A Life in Ninety-One Countries. The celebrated writer, who graduated from UBC in 1954,
isn't exactly from nowhere, but it's close.
"I'm a kid from the little wee town of
Hearne, Saskatchewan," he said. "It had a
blacksmith shop, a church, two grain elevators, 26 people. The town was so small, we
couldn't afford a village idiot. Everyone had
to take turns."
From Hearne, his family moved to
Chilliwack, which led Fotheringham to UBC,
where he took classes in the Faculty of Arts,
played for the junior varsity basketball team
and became head editor of The Ubyssey in
1953. The campus was smaller and more intimate then—enrollment the year he graduated
was 5500—and Fotheringham's column,
titled "Campus Chaff," was required reading.
In addition to all of this, Fotheringham
points out with pride that he received his
"When I was there, I was one ofthe few
Ubyssey editors who ever graduated. Usually,
the head editor just gave up for the year.
He knew he didn't have time to go to class
because all of the work at the paper, and the
partying and the crazy things," he said. "I
imagine it still happens."
(Editor's Note: Yup.)
Following graduation, Fotheringham got a
job with the Vancouver Sun, beginning a path
that would see him become an ever-present
figure in media for years. He used wit and
wordplay in his columns, and the names he
gave his targets became part ofthe national
dictionary. Vancouver became "Lotusland,"
the CBC became the "Mother Corp," and the
Liberals became "the Natural Governing
He tormented politicians of all stripes
too, including UBC's only prime minister:
John Turner. The man who succeeded Pierre
Elliot Trudeau in 1984 was the big man on
campus in the late 40s, groomed for greatness even at that young age.
"He had everything going for him," said
Fotheringham. "He was handsome, 100-yard
sprint champion in Canada, Rhodes scholar,
danced with Princess Margaret, and looked
to be someone who was definitely going to be
something in life."
The two graduates became friends over
the years, even as Fotheringham tormented
him in print.
"He's not happy with how I treated him
in previous books, because I told the truth,"
he said. "In the end, he was a Greek tragedy,
only lasting four months as prime minister."
But the days of a national columnist having a degree of chumminess with leaders has
"You could have drinks with cabinet ministers, and you weren't told, 'Now this is off
the record, this is on the record,' because I
was smart enough, if he said something nasty, I had the brains not to put that in because
it would destroy the relationship," he said.
"But now, you've got so many, you can't
have five or six reporters with Stephen
Harper, and you'd never have a columnist
sitting down with a cabinet minister. They're
surrounded by aids and PR agents and flacks
who write their speeches, so the relationship
has changed completely.
"It's made [politics] more artificial, you
read speeches by a prime minister and you
know damn well they didn't write a word of
Of course, as the book's title makes clear,
Fotheringham didn't spend all his time in
press galleries.
"I had five employers: Maclean's, a sydin-
cated column across the country, I was on
Front Page Challenge for ten years, I was on
the lecture circuit and I was writing books.
Five employers, five expense accounts," he
said with a chuckle.
Fotheringham never forgot UBC, organizing an annual alumni event in Toronto with
Pierre Berton, also a Ubyssey alum, and former Turner. He received the Great Trekker
award in 1989. And his advice for students,
unsurprisingly, is to see the world.
"The best education you can get is travel.
And what I've learned by traveling to 91
countries is that I live in the best one." tH
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McCrae's path, from small town to the Memorial Cup
Alison Mah
Growing up as a boy with not much
else to do in the cold, flat lands of
Cochrane, Alberta, there is a certain inevitability that you will fall
into hockey. And yet, just as hopes
of playing in the NHL begin to take
hold and your veins begin to pump
with puck passion, your dreams of
playing professional hockey usually
end. Realistically, not many young
players will make it out ofthe
midget level and move on to play
in one ofthe three Canadian major
junior leagues.
Justin McCrae, now captain of
the UBC Thunderbirds hockey
team, took that next step out of
midget when he was only 15 years
old. He was uprooted from his
hometown in Cochrane to play
for the Saskatoon Blades and the
Spokane Chiefs in the WHL for the
next five years.
"I knew it was coming," says
McCrae. "To play hockey at a high
level, you have to move away unless
there's a junior team in your hometown, but that doesn't happen for
very many people."
During that stretch of time,
McCrae experienced moments of
both light and dark, highs and lows,
a Memorial Cup championship and
a crippling knee injury that kept
him out ten weeks and jeopardized
his hockey career.
The good moments, though—
there were many—came when
he was drafted bythe Carolina
Hurricanes in 2007, and then in
2008 when he was traded mid-
season from a sputtering Saskatoon
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Justin McCrae has taken a long road to become the T-Birds captain. One that's seen everything from broken trophies to busted knee's
team to high-flying Spokane,
where they eventually captured the
Memorial Cup.
"The feeling in the dressing room
was a complete 180 from what we
had in Saskatoon. It was almost like
we expected to win, and win everything. That was the only acceptable goal," he says. "Going into the
Memorial Cup it was a pretty crazy
feeling. We got to fly out there on a
private jet, and we were riding the
high of our finals in the WHL. We
went in there, won our first game
and just kept rolling. It was a wild
experience and something I'll definitely never forget."
The elation ofthe moment after
the final buzzer rang was humourously punctured in the championship ceremony after captain Chris
Bruton raised the trophy and went
to pass it to a teammate, where it
abruptly broke in two.
The crowd erupted in one big
"Oh!", and the two players, looking
like young boys who just got caught
stealing cake from the fridge,
looked sheepishly around for someone to blame.
"Itwas surprising," McCrae
says, smiling. "It was weird.
Everyone was standing on the blue
line and you had a weird feeling
like you knew itwas goingto break
the way it was...I don't know. You
didn't know how to respond to
"It was somethingthat obviously
wasn't supposed to happen. But
they fixed it with enough time for
us to drink out of it."
The season after that, McCrae
was named captain ofthe Chiefs,
and then things took a turn for the
"My lastyear of junior, I faced
quite a bit of adversity. I went to the
Carolina Hurricanes camp and had
every hope of playing professionally, maybe not at the NHL level
at the time, but the AHL level," he
says. "I got sent back from camp, so
it's obviously disappointingwhen
you get cut from a team. My first
game back I wrecked my knee and
missed ten weeks and basically half
the season.
"It's almost depressing when
you're out that long. I think that
would be my lowest point, but I feel
like things happen for a reason."
Playing professional hockey
never stayed a dream for McCrae as
it did for others; it always remained
a distinct possibility. There was
hope, hard work, and then a bit of
bad luck that perhaps prevented
him from realizing what could have
"Honestly, my goal the whole
time I was in junior was to get
drafted and then eventually move
on and play professional hockey. I
guess I didn't really look at it as being realistic or not. I felt confident
enough in my abilities to one day
accomplish that."
After that, McCrae moved out
to UBC, visiting Cochrane in the
summer and returning to play
hockey in Vancouver every winter.
More importantly, he's content
with the choices he's made in life
so far. The regrets aren't there.
"It's a pretty good lifestyle, just
worrying about hockey.'"5H
UBC wins fourth quarter thriller
Women's basketball team takes down Trinity 66-61
Posting Up
Drowning in doubt and watching as the game and their No. 3 CIS
rank was about to slip through their
hands, the UBC women's basketball
team needed a dramatic shivers-
down-your-spine comeback.
Trailing 51-37 to the Trinity
Western Spartans in the fourth quarter, the Thunderbirds were being
outplayed by a less-talented squad.
Head coach Deb Huband had seen
her players turn the ball over and allow easy baskets nearly all evening.
There appeared to be no sign of hope.
Yet if this game teaches us anything,
it's that appearances can only tell so
There certainly was a hope, and it
turned into a furious fourth quarter
rally that saw the 'Birds become victors in a 66-61 court battle, improve
to 3-1 on the season and keep their
CIS ranking intact.
Huband asked her players at the
start ofthe final frame, "What do
you see, what do you feel, what do
we need to do, what's going on out
there?" If that's not a coach putting
trust in her players, I don't know
what is.
The 'Birds responded in the only
fashion that a championship-calibre
team would know how. They fought
back hard.
Hustling for every loose ball, making nearly every defensive stop and
draining all but of one of their free-
throws (18 for 19 from the charity
stripe for the game) UBC marched
off the court with their heads held
UBC's Kristjana Young helped propel UBC to victory with a 24 point effort Saturday
high and full of smiles after closing
the gap, and stealing the win.
The home team's full-court press
led to a plethora of turnovers bythe
Spartans, many of which led to quick
points for the T-Birds. The benches,
along with the home crowd could
feel the tides changing in favour of
UBC. All ofthe Spartans' confidence
had seemingly been transferred to
the 'Birds. For all ofthe things UBC
can take from this game, however,
there are negatives.
Those smiles I spoke of—they
were smiles of relief. This team must
focus on their next opponent and
keep their eyes on the prize. There
are high expectations for this team,
and with two of their premier players
(Zara Huntley and Alex Vieweeg)
nearingthe end of their UBC playing
days, the door for a championship
may not be open next year.
The team cannot afford to start
slow against opponents or take
low-ranked teams for granted.
Hopefully the momentum of this
victory will endure into next
weekend's games in Alberta, where
they'll face Lethbridge and Calgary
on back-to-back nights. That
same momentum will be needed
going forward into January's
games against fifth and sixth-
ranked Alberta and Saskatchewan,
From what I saw in their two
most recent games, the team needs
to have more confidence in their
shooting and needs to gel offensively. Individual players cannot
always be relied on to make their
own plays and bail out dissolved
offensive possessions. While open
shots are at times missed, players
cannot lose confidence.
The premier teams in the Canada
West will make them pay for tentative decision-making, and make
them pay dearly. 13
Men's hockey relies on
goalie to split series
Friday night at Doug Mitchell arena,
UBC Thunderbirds goaltender
Jordan White stopped 40 of 41 shots
en route to a tight 2-1 UBC victory over the dominating Manitoba
On Saturday, the Bisons overwhelmed the Thunderbirds for most
ofthe night, peppering White with
39 shots and winning 4-2 in a game
that was marred by missed chances
and defensive relapses by UBC.
"[Friday] night, our penalty kill
was six for six and that was the
difference," said UBC head coach
Milan Dragicevic. "They scored two
power play goals tonight and they
jumped on us early. Even though we
scored two power play goals, which
is a big positive, we just couldn't recover. When you get outshot two to
one, you're not goingto win many of
those games."
When you get outshot
two to one, you're not
going to win many of
those games
Milan Dragicevic
Head Coach
For the second night in a row,
White was the anchor in net that
kept the Thunderbirds competitive when the rest ofthe UBC squad
wasn't functioning as smoothly.
"I thought White gave us that
opportunity to win tonight," said
Dragicevic. "Once again, there's no
way we should be giving up 40 shots.
You can't rely on the goaltender every night. White stole us two points
last night, he gave us that opportunity tonight. We didn't help him at
all offensively."
While the Thunderbirds began
the season with 26 goals in 8 games,
they've now netted only 6 in their
last 4 games and in that time have
been outscored by a margin of 6 to
UBC is getting opportunities,
but their lack of consistency on the
power play is killing any momentum
they may gather and putting monumental pressure on White and the
backend to keep games close.
"We're not doingthe little things
right now to get to the blue paint,"
said Dragicevic. "Unless we start
payingthe price in front ofthe net,
we're only goingto score one or two
goals a game. If we start going hard
to the net and start getting second
and third shots and our power play
starts capitalizing, we'll get back to
scoring some more goals."
This brief four game stint of offensive impotence could be just that:
a blip in the radar of what, in the
grand scheme of things, has been a
relatively consistent offence thus far.
And yet it could also be the emergence of a dangerous theme that
plagued the Thunderbirds late last
season and ultimately cost them a
playoff spot in a competitive Canada
West conference.
There's still more than half the
season to be played, and UBC is far
from out of it in the standings. Even
a moderate increase offensively, with
the strength of White in goal, should
hopefully smooth out some ofthe
inconsistencies the 'Birds have been
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Parting shots and snap judgments on today's issues
In celebrating Vision, don't
forget about COPE
The re-election of Gregor
Robertson and further entrenchment of Vision Vancouver as
the dominant political party in
Vancouver was celebrated by
many UBC students last night, and
that's not surprising. Your typical politically-minded student is
idealistic, socially progressive,
fiscally conservative (but hates
political labels), pro-environment,
loves talking about how awesome
Vancouver is and loves Twitter. For
them, Vision is a perfect fit.
But yesterday's results also
wiped COPE off the map, which is
unfortunate even ifyou don't own a
Che Guevara shirt. On development
and affordability issues, Vision is
essentially NPA-lite: while their
commitment to stopping homelessness is to be commended, for those
of us looking for homes to rent—and
one day, maybe buy—the last three
years haven't been kind. A COPE
councillor speaking up on the cost
of living in Vancouver wouldn't
have changed the plans of Vision
and NPA, but it at least would have
made them stop and listen.
If students want to not only love
Vancouver, but also be able to afford to live here post-graduation,
Saturday's results won't help their
Three more years for Harris as
Electoral Area A director
While Saturday's civic election
made a good number of students
excited that their favourite juice-
man was given another term by
the voters of Vancouver, there's
another politician that deserves
congratulations: Maria Harris, reelected to a second term as director
of Electoral Area A.
In the race to be the only municipal representative ofthe UBC area,
Harris ran a solid campaign, and
the combination of her incumbency
and the inexperience of her competitors led to an easy win.
Turnout increased from 743 in
2008 to 931 this year, which shows
that while interest in our quasi-
democratic systems is growing, the
number of people who care are still
vastly eclipsed by those who don't.
But for those who do care how
the lands west of Blanca are governed, Harris is your representative
for another three years. She's been
elected by students and permanent residents to fight for us on
the Metro Vancouver board. While
we haven't been thrilled with her
lack of focus on student issues the
last three years, we hope that will
change this time around. We wish
her well.
The Senate took too long to
come to the right decision
After many months, UBC has finally come to the conclusion that all
but the most pedantic guarders of
academia minutia had already figured out: that Japanese-Canadian
UBC students who were forced out
ofthe university during World War
II should be awarded honourary
The announcement should have
been one of unequivocal celebration and remembrance. Instead,
it came about after a prolonged in
camera discussion bythe Senate,
which was preceded by months
of awkward posturingby the
Indeed, UBC's response to
this, while well-meaning, was not
exactly sure-footed. First, there
was the rejection ofthe original
wish for honourary degrees. Then,
there were ham-fisted attempts
to explain that honourary degrees
had very set criteria around them.
Finally, there was an acknowledgement that the university had to
move to accommodate this unique
request—but it would be done in
secret, only to be announced after
they had put a fancy bow on the
The internment of Japanese-
Canadians, one ofthe darkest moments in the history of this province, was one that this university
was wholly complicit in. When the
ceremony happens in May, it will
provide closure to many and be an
emotional and uplifting moment
for all. For that, the university deserves credit. We just wish it hadn't
taken them so long.
All Board of Governors reps
should play by the same rules
If Bill 18 passes in the BC legislature, the Board of Governors (BoG)
at all universities in the province
will be able to remove members
elected by students and faculty if
they can get a two-thirds majority
vote. Provincial appointees will not
be subject to this. Student politicians are outraged over this prospect, and we are too.
Anyone on the BoG should be
entitled to serve their full term.
But if we are goingto allow people
to be removed, it should only be
done by those who got that person
on the board in the first place. For
elected members, only the electorate should be able to remove them.
For appointed members, only the
appointers should have removal
At the very least, all BoG members should be subject to the same
rules. It is completely unfair, not
to mention undemocratic, that
student and faculty representatives could be voted out but not the
provincial appointees. Bill 18 must
not be allowed to pass in its current
The Grey Cup isn't the only
game in town this weekend
With the BC Lions's victory over
Edmonton today, we have the
chance for a home team victory in
the Grey Cup. Unfortunately the
game has been sold out for weeks,
so none of us will be able to go.
But don't forget the Vanier Cup,
which pits Laval against McMaster
for the top prize in Canadian university football. It's too bad the
T-Birds weren't able to make it past
Calgary, but tickets are still available and quite cheap. This is a great
chance to see high quality football
in a beautiful new venue. And, you
know, get really drunk with all
your friends in public. 13
The Senate shouldn't
hide their work
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Last Wednesday, the UBC Senate
voted to give special degrees to
Japanese-Canadian students
who, during World War II, were
kicked out of university due to the
forced internment of all Japanese-
Canadians. Yet we can't tell you
what the deliberations were like, or
whether there was any significant
dissent, or even the details ofthe
vote. That's because all ofthe proceedings on this matter were done
behind closed doors.
Accordingto Senate procedures,
the Tributes Committee's work is
generally done in camera. When
honourary degrees are considered
for specific people, senators need to
be able to discuss the issue honestly
but in private to avoid harming that
person's reputation.
But that doesn't apply in this case.
No personal reputations were at
stake; it was simply a debate over a
policy decision of great interest to
all Canadians with a sense of history
and justice.
I've talked to a few senators who
were involved with this, and two
things are clear. One, there was no
pressing reason why this debate had
to be sealed from public view. Two,
the Tributes Committee handled
the issue in a very thoughtful and
responsible manner and came to the
right answer in the end—which to
me only reinforces the first point.
The main justification for secrecy was that due to fear of public
backlash over their comments, it
was better to shield senators from
observers. To which I say: tough
beans. You're on the senate of a public institution. People may get upset
over your stance on some things.
Deal with it.
But even ifyou accept the argument that this was a particularly
sensitive topic, it's a dangerous habit
to allow public bodies to get away
with. It's the same argument used
bythe Gage South Working Group
to keep their meetings protected
from public scrutiny. When the options were presented last week for
what to do with the bus loop area,
we have to take their word for it that
any options left off the table were
"unviable." If that's really true, then
why weren't we allowed to see the
work? What's the harm?
I'm not one of those dopes who
think that all information should
be public all the time. Wikileaks, to
take the obvious example, actually
hurt the cause of transparency with
its indiscriminate document dumps.
Sometimes there are legitimate reasons for secrecy, and violating that
privacy can prevent public institutions from functioning effectively.
But the default position for public
institutions must be that their work
is open and transparent, unless there
are strongjustifications to do otherwise. That people might be afraid
to speak up is a weak excuse, except
perhaps in a few extreme cases.
In the 1970s, Svend Robinson, the
former NDP Member of Parliament,
was a student member ofthe UBC
Board of Governors. He got so mad
at the board's penchant for going in
camera that he'd drop off those secret minutes at The Ubyssey's office.
I don't expect current Board of
Governors and Senate members to
start leaking minutes, but I do wish
they would do more to combat needless secrecy. Transparency builds
respect for the university and allows dissent to be seen in full. Most
importantly, it ensures everyone can
truly be held to account for their
words and actions. 13
Let the camp stay
» Conrad Compagna
There's a story commonly told about
Occupy Vancouver. It goes like this:
the first few marches were led by
rosy-cheeked, middle-class college
students, rational if misguided, but
they all left because they had jobs
and school, so the only ones remaining are drifters, junkies and "black-
masked" anarchists, in the words
of Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu.
Accordingto this story, Ashlie
Gough's overdose two weeks ago
was proof the camp needed to go.
Except it's not.
First of all, Ashlie defied right-
wing stereotypes about protestors.
I knew her personally, and although
she was a recreational drug user,
she was bright, talented and artistic.
In many ways, she was actually
representative of our generation.
She lived in subsidized housing because the cost of living was so high
and she was havingtrouble finding
work—issues anyone who just graduated from high school can sympathize with. Occupy Vancouver seeks
to address those issues, and it should
be allowed to continue doing so.
I respect the fact that Mayor
Gregor Robertson wanted a peaceful solution with the court injunction, which would spare Vancouver
the counter-revolutionary mayhem
seen in Oakland. But why do he
and his supporters want Occupy
Vancouver shut down? Is it really
because they're afraid the camp is a
fire hazard, or is it because they're
tired of having a group of marginalized people whose lives are messy
and sometimes tragic in their midst?
Would they rather Ashlie had overdosed on the Downtown Eastside,
out of mind and out of sight?
The camp needs to stay as well as
the protestors.
Robertson has said the protestors can stay, but the camp needs to
go. That's no compromise. There's
power that comes with occupying a public space. The Egyptian
Revolution never would have happened without Tahrir Square, and
decision-makers know it. When
Wall Street billionaire and New
York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
evicted protestors from Zucotti
Park last Monday, he was not
spring cleaning. Police came in
the night with floodlights, sound
cannons and a fleet of garbage
trucks, with which they carted
away $100,000 worth of donations,
including an entire library. They effectively eviscerated the birthplace
ofthe Occupy movement, and it's
unclear whether it will rebound. To
use Ashlie's name to do the same to
Occupy Vancouver is to slander it. 13 Scene»
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Screw braving the elements; I'm hibernating
Seasonal Affective Disorder is no match for TV, grilled cheese and masturbation
I was driving through the slush as
snow drifted down when I spotted
a particularly determined girl hiking to school through the ankle-
deep mush.
She was wearing a short skirt, a
pea coat and high heels. Her legs
were pink, blotchy and bare. She
was smoking a cigarette angrily
and looked like she wanted to put
it out in somebody's eye.
If I had my way, I would
never have to leave the
house in anything other
than a pair of shorts and
some flip flops.
It's official: people on the West
Coast hate snow.
Traffic gnarls up, residents look
out their windows despondently
and the city devolves into chaos.
"Since when does it snow in
November?" everyone asks, as if
winter is a completely unprecedented phenomenon. The fact that
the snow usually doesn't really
stick and only lasts about two days
is entirely irrelevant. People are
completely lost.
The Edmontonians among
us scoff at our ineptitude. The
Toronto natives can't figure out
what the big deal is.
But all of us who grew up in
Vancouver are as helpless as abandoned kittens in the face of winter.
It seems like every year we forget
that cold weather exists.
I don't even own gloves, an umbrella or any sort of winter jacket.
As soon as my feet get wet, I just
want to murder someone.
This is where most columnists
would encourage people to suck
it up, to enjoy the majestic beauty
and slap a pair of snow tires on
your car. But not this guy. I say
we should all start hiding inside
where it's nice and warm.
I've never been diagnosed,
but I'm convinced I have an extreme case of Seasonal Affective
If I had my way, I would never
have to leave the house in anything other than a pair of shorts
and some flip flops. I haven't ruled
out the possibility of moving to
Thailand or Australia someday—
somewhere I can hide from snow
for the rest of my life.
However, I also welcome the
excuse to sit around my house
and spend an exorbitant amount
of time watching TV and surfing
Facebook. I pad around in sweatpants, make myself grilled cheese
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Why go outside at all in these winter months? It's much easier to settle down with some HBO, sleep 10 hours a day and eat junk food
sandwiches and sleep unreasonably long hours. Every Christmas,
I put on 5,10, even 15 pounds of
insulating fat. This, my friends, is
the art of hibernation.
Winter is also a great time to
catch up on sex, assuming you
have a special someone kicking
around. If not, a warm shower and
a laptop connected to the Internet
should do the trick.
So while other people go snowboarding or tobogganing, I recommend that you cancel all your
immediate plans, catch up on your
reading, go buy a couple of TV
show box sets (I recommend Mad
Men, Breaking Bad or The Wire)
and stock up on groceries and beer
for the long haul.
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