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Sledge hockey is in.
The hype may be over, but at UBC, the Games are
still golden. Thunderbird Arena is the exclusive home
of sledge hockey at the Paralympic Games, and the
last five days have seen non-stop hockey on campus.
The team is playing in front of the biggest crowds of
their lives and thousands have been introduced to
the game this week—including us. PAGE 6 2/UBYSSEY.CA/EVENTS/2010.03.18
MARCH IS, 2010
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about layout and editing. Expect to be fed. • Every Sunday
and Wednesday 2pm, SUB 24.
MONDAY NIGHT COMMUNITY MUSIC & MEAL • Like to play music? Just want to listen? Looking for a sense of community? This is for all members of
the UBC community who want
to have a good meal and great
conversation. All meals are
home-cooked and are vegetarian-friendly. • Every Monday,
6:30pm-8:30pm, Chapel of
the Epiphany (6030 Chancellor Blvd), for more info e-mail
NOON "FUN" RUN • Get healthy
and come run or walk. Meeting just outside the doors to
the Student Recreation Centre, the UBC REC Noon Fun
Run, hosted bythe UBC REC &
Health Promotions Department
takes participants throughout
many of UBC's most scenic areas on a course ranging from 3
to 5km. It is free and open to
all students, faculty and staff.
• 12:30pm-1:30pm, Student
Rec Centre.
event is a premiere celebration of international perspectives and activities on campus.
The week creates a high profile opportunity for all domestic and international students,
faculty and staff to showcase
their international and intercultural connections. • Runs until Mar. 19, for more info go to
Following the film screening of Darfur on Mar. 11, UBC
STAND is hosting a panel discussion with free refreshments provided. • 6pm-8pm,
Angus 321.
Under the theme of "Unity
and Diversity," get together
with people from all walks
of life in the spirit of fun and
friendship. Sample some culinary delicacies, watch creative performances, listen
to musical fusions or simply
Preparation Seminars
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chat with people eager to
share a little about their cultural roots or their present
day communities around
the Globe. Come on out and
open your minds and hearts
to the cultural experiences that await you! • 12pm-
2pm, Kaiser Atrium, contact
bhavani.veylan@ubc.ca for
more info.
your football freestyling repertoire, its time to show it off.
Each competitor will have a
time slot of five minutes to
show the UBC campus their
best football freestyling and
will be judged based on style
and difficulty. Prizes will be
awarded to the winners. This
is a promotional event for the
third annual "Lose The Shoes
Soccer Tournament," an epic
all-day competition that will
take place at UBC's Thunderbird Soccer Fields on May 1.
• 12pm-2pm, SUB courtyard,
to compete e-mail i.salloum®
The UBC Symphony Orchestra presents Rautavaara's
Cantus Arcticus Op. 61 (Concerto for Birds & Orchestra)
and Brahms' Symphony No.
1 in C minor, Op. 11. • 8pm-
10pm, Chan Centre, for more
info contact concerts@inter-
change.ubc.ca or call at (604)
EGYPT* The swirling, undulating passion of Arabesque
Dance Company & Orchestra
is coming to UBC. Arabesque
choreographer and company
founder Yasmina Ramzy has
created a tribute to the timeless music of Egyptian singer Oum Kalthoum. The production also includes a boisterous scene in an Egyptian
cafe, a masculine martial arts
dance, the very feminine bel-
lydance and a remount of the
popular Zaar dance from their
2009 production of Egypt. •
8:15pm, Telus Studio Theatre,
Chan Centre, $45 at ticket-
Club presents a celebration
of Thai culture through traditional dances, contemporary and regional music, and
other amazing performances.
Themed "Siam MuangYim" or
Land of Smiles, this event will
be as fun and festive as ever;
your smiles guaranteed! Authentic and extremely delectable Thai cuisines will also be
served. • 7pm-9pm, SUB Ballroom, $15 regular, $12 members, reserve tickets at info®
Fashion Show is an annual student-run fashion show sponsored by the International Relations Student Association.
It will feature innovative creations by young BC designers, all modeled by UBC students. This year the show will
pursue the theme of fashion
as art and how its expression
reflects political freedom. •
8pm-10pm, UBC Aquatic Centre outdoor pool, $14. Tickets
can be bought at facebook.
com/ubcfashionshows along
with more info.
EUROFEST! 2010 • The finale of International Week!
The Euro clubs of UBC invite you to come join us for a
Euro-themed party at The Pit,
featuring a costume & Eurovi-
sion lip-sync contest (get inspired-search 'Eurovision' on
YouTube!) • 9pm, The Pit Pub,
$2 advance tickets and members, $5 at the door.
SUMMIT* Emerging Leaders
UBC (ELU) are holding their
annual leadership summit. A
lineup of distinguished speakers are attending this year, including award-winning filmmaker of A Warrior's Religion Mani Amar, Surrey North
member of parliament Penny Priddy and many more. •
6pm-9:30pm, Henry Angus
098, free for ELU members,
$5 for non members, register at elubc.com.
of the Anthropology Mega
Week, Cookies & Milk presents "UBC Anthropology
Alumni" storytelling. The
event will take place in the
AnSo Building in the Graduate Lounge, with free cookies and milk of course. •
12:30pm-1:30pm, Graduate Lounge, ANSO Building,
1866 Main Mall, for more info
about Anthropology Mega
Week, go to anth.ubc.ca.
solid foundation for dance technique, posture and strength.
Each class is composed of barre
work, combinations across the
floor and choreographed adages in the centre floor. All levels
are welcome! • 3pm-4:30pm,
SUB Party Room, $10 drop-
in (less with membership), for
more info go to ubcdancehori-
SCIENCE CO-OP'S BIRTHDAY • Science co-op will be celebrating it's thirtieth anniversary
with cake, prizes, and lots of
tasty goodies. This is a free
event open to all students.
• 12:45pm, Abdul Ladha Science Student Centre.
Film Society presents the latest movie adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert
Downey Jr and Jude Law. In
this film, detective Sherlock
Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle
of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to
all of England. • 7pm-9pm,
Norm Theatre, SUB, $4 regular, $2 members.
SERIES • Presenting their third
class in the series, The Vanguard Party and the Fight for
Socialist Revolution. • 6:30pm,
SUB 224, for more info contact trotskyist_vancouver@
shawcable.com or call (604)
Dance! is a series showcasing diverse province-based
companies, presented by
The Dance Centre, BC's resource centre for dance. The
series will be showcasing the
brilliant footwork and breathtaking virtuosity of flamenco, along with an exhilarating performance by Flamenco
Rosario. • 12pm, Scotiabank
Dance Centre, 677 Davie St,
$7 students, $10 adults, tickets can be purchased at tick-
OPERA MASKED BALL FUNDRAISER • Tasty cuisine plus entertainment by the Dal Richards
Orchestra and the UBC Opera Ensemble put the "fun"
in fundraising. Each ticket includes a delicious dinner on
the stage of the Chan Centre, and entertainment by one
of Vancouver's best-loved
bandleaders. Tickets are limited so don't delay! • 7pm,
Chan Centre, $150 (includes
$100 tax receipt).
THE GAP* Bridging the Gap is
an upcoming conference put
on by the Engineers Without Borders Vancouver chapter. Discussion topics will include Aid vs Trade, Agriculture Value Chains, Microfinance, Connecting to African
Culture, and Climate Change
and Development. The conference will close with a keynote address from Dr Hans
Rosling, professor of International Health in Stockholm,
Sweden. • 8am-5pm, Life
Sciences Institute, $35 students, $70 professionals,
lunch is included.
STORM THE WALL 2010 • North
America's largest campus intramural event. Be a part of
the event that defines UBC.
Men's, women's and CoRec
teams of five will compete in
a swim, sprint, cycle and run
relay before storming over
one of two 12-foot walls in
the heart of campus. Individuals may also complete
the entire relay themselves
in the Iron Person categories. • All day event, runs until Apr. 1, $40 team, $10 Iron
person, more info at rec.ubc.
• Come to the fair at the SUB
South Concourse to check out
volunteer opportunities. Over
30 organizations and on-campus clubs are participating in
this fair. • 11am-3:30pm, SUB
South Concourse.
UBC School of Population
and Public Health presents
L'S Health Reform (This Time
for Real?): Prospects and Lessons for Canada. Students,
staff, faculty and the community are welcome to attend this
free public lecture by Dr Elliott
Fisher, Director of Population
Health and Policy at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. • 5pm-
6:30pm, room LSC2, Life Sciences Centre, with a wine and
cheese reception 4pm-5pm at
the atrium, RSVP to the reception at sylvia.froese@ubc.ca,
for more info go tospph. ubc.ca.
BLOOD BASH • What happens
when you cross Tarantino,
vampires and Shakespeare?
You get Taranampspeared in
the most GORIFYING Halloween Party of April. So dress
up as your favourite bloody
characters (i.e. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hannibal Lecter,
Freddy Kreuger, etc.) • 19+
event, 8pm-12am, SUB Party Room, $5 in advance, $7
at the door, to purchase tickets call Andrew Lynch at (604)
839-4316 or Genevieve Bolduc at (604) 338-2805. 2010.03.18/UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/3
The AMS will have a larger structural defi-       is being conducted is currently expected to
cit as a result of the investigation into their       cost just over $40,000.
elections.                                                                   Ahmadian added that the AMS will be
AMS President Bijan Ahmadian said on       looking into areas that could be cut or re-
Monday evening that while the student so-       duced, and that at the next AMS Council
ciety has a structural deficit of $289,000, the       meeting some "politically unpleasant" de-
amount is "going to be a lot more than that."       cisions will be made.
The investigation into the AMS elections that                                                 —Samantha Jung
ASSOCIATE SARAH CHUNG »schung@ubyssey.ca
No details on province-wide U-Pass program
The provincial government has
promised to deliver a province-
wide U-Pass for all students in
post-secondary institutions by
September of this year, but details about the plan have yet to
Although the announcement is
good news for schools that have
been advocating for a universal
U-Pass, such as Kwanden Polytechnic University, AMS VP External Jeremy McElroy is skeptical.
McElroy said that
currently UBC
students pay $23.75
per month for their
U-Pass, but this
price may go up to
"What we are worried about
is that because there isn't anything budgeted for administrative costs...they might offload
the costs on the institutions or
the students themselves/' McElroy said.
Funding for this project was
not in the provincial budget that
was released earlier this month.
McElroy added that currently,
UBC students pay $23.75 per
month for their U-Pass, but this
price may go up to $45 if the
province decides to take over.
Just prior to the provincial
announcement, McElroy said
TransLink—who are currently
dealing with a multi-million dollar structural deficit—were thinking of renegotiating costs with
the AMS to increase the price
by approximately $8 more per
month, as the U-Pass agreement
is up for review this year. Although such action would require
a referendum before it could be
approved, McElroy said that "the
UBC, AMS and TransLink agreement can be nullified anytime."
If the province wants to put in
their own program, they can cancel all agreements between UBC,
the AMS and TransLink. "It would
be very easy [for the province]
to say, 'Okay, TransLink, end all
your agreements with all the universities and we're going to take
over from here,' in which case
we have to revamp the entire [U-
Pass] program," said McElroy.
"Chances are, we're going to
see a significant increase in costs
if those [provincial] programs are
implemented," he added.
Although no details have
come out of the province yet,
some ofthe ideas that have been
suggested include Kwantlen's
$ 10 per month program, which
consists of a provincial subsidy, or using a price-service ratio—charging institutions different prices depending on the
amount of services it uses calculated against the number of full-
time students attending. "The
idea is to incentivize public transit providers to increase service
to areas so they can charge more
to students," said McElroy.
TransLink has mainly been
positive about the announcement. "In the grand scheme of
things, this is a good thing. I
don't think anyone disagrees with
that...The issue is how to service
it and pay for it," said TransLink
spokesman Ken Hardie.
"I'm positive that the intention is to deliver a good program,
therefore the resources will be
there [in] one form or another."
However, nothing is set in
stone yet to speculate fully. "We
don't know all the details, and we
would have to wait for the provincial announcement to see how
it's all structured," Hardie said.
"So until the details are in place
we won't know exactly what's
being asked of us, and until we
know that, we can't really comment on all ofthe implications."
"It's a waiting game," said
McElroy. "Nobody knows what's
going on, the province seems
to [be] keeping it super secret—
which we're not that comfortable with." tl
Senate candidates want change
The correct results of the AMS
elections have been disclosed
to the public, and newly elected Senate representative Nader Beyzaei feels that fellow candidate Alyssa Koehn has been
left behind.
The Elections Committee revealed on Wednesday night that
Koehn won the final spot as student Senator. Original numbers placed Beyzaei and Koehn
at 1715 and 1340 votes, respectively. However, the updated poll
count maintains Koehn at that
same number of votes but brings
Beyzaei down to 984.
The Elections Committee is
maintaining the previous decisions until the university has finished their own investigation.
"I believe it is very unfair to
Alyssa that because of this situation she has been denied her
rightful spot on the Senate,"
Beyzaei told The Ubyssey. "If the
option was mine, I would give
Alyssa back the opportunity she
clearly deserves."
Koehn understands the Election
Committee's ruling. "I don't know
if I completely agree with it, but
I do understand," she said. "I'm
sure they want to finish their investigation and be positive of their
results before they make changes.
"At this point, I am also more
concerned with them figuring out
who did this and what their intent
Ferreras gave Council the news. GERALD DEO PH0T0/THE UBYSSEY
was before deciding what to do
about the Senate. However, the
longer they wait to make a change
in their ruling, the harder it is going to be on all those involved.
If the absolute results show that
I should have won my seat, I do
expect recognition of this."
Also affected was the Voter
Funded Media (VFM) contest.
AMS Confidential, UBC Insiders
and Geoff s Place were given an
additional prize to top off their
winnings. No money has been
taken from UBC Spectator or Social Capital—VFM blogs who received less votes, according to
the updated results.
AMS Confidential was pleased.
"We're thrilled not only to receive
more money for all the hard work
we've put into Confidential," they
said in an e-mail interview, "but
also to see that we still kicked
Geoff's Place's butt all around
the VFM schoolyard. And hey,
we always thought Social Capital was overvalued."
Confidential shared their
thoughts on the elections.
"We're particularly disappointed that the fraudulent voters
didn't throw anything our way.
How much glitter text do we have
to put on a picture of Matt Naylor before somebody will hack
the elections on our behalf?!??
The results of the rest of the
races were not affected, though
it was discovered that with the
margin of error, 46 people preferred presidential candidate Bijan Ahmadian to Natalie Swift,
compared to before, when itwas
375. ta
AMS VP External Jeremy McElroy wants to "take a sober second thought" at Council's previous decision to leave the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA).
The AMS had previously decided they would leave CASA on
April 1 of this year after a proposal by last year's executive and
former VP External Tim Chu. On
Wednesday, McElroy informed
Council that he attended the federal lobbying organization's annual conference last week and
"was thoroughly impressed with
the organization."
McElroy added that he will create a comprehensive report for
the next Council meeting.
VANOC CEO John Furlong said
that combining the Olympic and
Paralympic Games would be too
much of a difficult feat to pull
off, reported CTV.
Furlong said he likes the idea
of all athletes competing together,
but that it would be impossible.
The comment comes in response to one made by founder
of the International Paralympic
Committee Robert Steadward,
who feels the Games should be
hosted as one.
Heidi Boyda, a PhD student in
the Faculty of Medicine, has won
the 16th annual Lionel E. McLeod
Health Research Scholarship.
The award is worth $20,000
with a $ 1500 travel bursary for
"I was extremely happy," Boy-
da said. "It was definitely a surprise. When I went to the [awards]
luncheon last friday, it just felt
very good...to be honoured in
that sort of way."
The AMS will send a list of recommendations to the province's
Legislative Committee for the
BC Societies Act, a provincial
regulation that the student organization falls under.
AMS Council approved eight
recommendations to the Act, including having a separate society
act and being able to hold directors accountable to memberships
of student societies.
The problem arose in December, when Council found out that
they could not legally remove former AMS President Blake Frederick for filing a complaint to
the United Nations without a student referendum, which did not
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Sleeping outside for the homeless
Ten students go without a toothbrush and soap for five days
Ten UBC students are living like
the homeless this week as part
of the 5 Days for the Homeless
An annual event that initially
began in 2005 at the University
of Alberta, it is now in its third
year at UBC. The team's goal is
to raise $20,000 for Directions
Youth Services—a non-profit organization in Downtown Vancouver that helps homeless and at-
risk youths integrate back into
the community.
"No shower for five days, you
can't change your clothes, we're
only allowed to eat what's given to us," said a participant and
AMS Arts representative Car-
olee Changfoot. Other requirements of the campaign include
sleeping outside without a tent
or shelter, restrictions on leaving the campus, no alcohol and
no toothbrush.
Changfoot said the biggest
challenge so far has been getting a good night's sleep. "One
layer of cardboard is not enough;
you can still feel the cold cement."
Some people on the team do not
even use a sleeping bag to sleep
outside, she said.
Co-Chairperson Raena Kai said
one ofthe goals ofthe campaign
is to bridge the gaps. "Sometimes
it's hard to connect yourself to
a homeless person on a personal level and really put yourself
in their shoes and understand,"
Kai said.
But living homeless is not an
easy job. "Some people who did
not know 5 Days was happening mistook us for real homeless people and would not even
look us in the eyes. Some went
as far as changing street sides,"
Co-Chairperson Jonathan Paradis
It's been four days since they have had a shower or brushed their teeth. GERALD DEO PH0T0/THE UBYSSEY
said. "That gave me a taste of how
marginalized and shunted homeless people may feel."
"The reason I want to do this
is because it's one thing to see
homeless people in the street,
it's one thing to do outreach for
them, but it's a completely different thing to live that life as
close as you can get to it...even
for a few days," Capellacci said.
As a wilderness life instructor—teaching high school students how to survive in the
wilderness—Cappellacci was
glad he was prepared for the
event. "I [have] my best pair of
boots, my best pair of pants,"
Brushing my teeth
is one ofthe things
I miss because I
don't like having
a foamy mouth in
the morning.
he said, "[but] then I thought
about what if that wasn't the
case. What if I had to leave...
with the shoes on my feet and
the clothes on my back?"
Because ofthe amount of work
his AMS job demands, Cappellacci finds it difficult to adjust. "It's
very isolated and insulated. I'm
always going to meetings so I'm
always inside," he said.
"The hardest thing so far has
been the uncertainty," he added.
"When am I going to eat? If I have
to go to the washroom, where do
I go to the washroom?"
Cappellacci said that the event
has received some criticism.
Some have said that they are "be-
litding" or "demeaning" what it
means to be homeless. But he
hopes that those people will know
that there is an "element of seriousness" to the campaign.
"I don't want there to be a
sense of pity...I want people to
sort of understand how much
energy, how much dedication it
takes to be in the homeless environment," he said.
Still, Cappellacci misses things
that he now calls "luxury."
"Brushing my teeth is one of
the things I miss because I don't
like having a foamy mouth in the
morning," he said, ttj
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The faith test' debate
Religious schools violating academic freedom?
jchi u@u byssey.ca
Should religion mix with post-
secondary education? It has
been almost half ayear since the
Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) first published a report which criticized
the academic freedom of Lang-
ley's Trinity Western University (TWU). Other Christian universities in the country—including Regent College, a Christian
graduate school located on the
UBC campus—are giving their
two cents.
"For universities to function in
democratic societies, they have
to be places where all points of
views can be expressed," said
CAUT's executive director, James
Turk. According to their website,
"CAUT is an outspoken defender
of academic freedom and works
actively in the public interest to
improve the quality and accessibility of post-secondary education in Canada."
Turk expressed concern with
TWU's requirement to have professors sign a statement confirming their Christian faith before
being hired. This statement includes articles such as: "The Bible...is to be believed in all that
it teaches [and] obeyed in all that
it requires."
TWU President Jonathan Raymond accused CAUT of being "anti-Christian," and is concerned
that CAUT's public report will
damage Trinity students' chances of "being taken seriously" after graduation, according to The
National Post.
Recent Trinity graduate Nathan Hampson feels that Raymond's concern for Trinity students is valid. Hampson told The
Ubyssey that he knows a Trinity
graduate who applied for a research position at a local university but was told by the professor conducting the research
that "he would not hire a Trinity graduate."
Stuart Smith, who studied
Kinesiology at Trinity, argued
that "ideological pressures also
exist in other universities and
are not exclusive of Christian
Roger Wilson, the head of
UBC's Department of Classical,
Near Eastern and Religious Studies, thinks that there isn't a problem if professors' religious beliefs are not forced onto the students they teach.
"Students'judgements should
be informed by what is comfortable for them," he said. "[They
should] put academic criteria
above any other in a decision of
where to study."
Professors and students from
Regent College, a Christian graduate school located on the UBC
campus, have also been debating
Trinity's predicament.
Regent professor John Stack-
house has studied and taught at
both Christian and secular universities. "Christian professors
are often more scrupulous about
making their classrooms a safe
place for students to ask questions and voice their opinions,"
he said.
Regent College students Peter
Coelho and Eduardo Sasso understand Trinity's desire to create a Christian community. Sasso questions "whether there is
any evidence that an institution
which requires a faith statement
is any less 'free' than any other
TWU Professor Bruce Shelvey
hopes that the investigation will
develop into a dialogue that reveals the strengths and weaknesses of a Christian university
such as Trinity.
"Trinity cannot be all things to
all people," he said, "but I think
it does have a vital and important place in Canada's academic community." tl
"What we believe in"
1. God's gospel originates in
and expresses the wondrous
perfections of the eternal, triune God.
2. God's gospel is authoritatively revealed in the Scriptures.
3. God's gospel alone addresses our deepest need.
4. God's gospel is made known
supremely in the Person of Jesus Christ.
5. God's gospel is accomplished through the work of
6. God's gospel is applied by
the power of the Holy Spirit.
7. God's gospel is now embodied in the new community
called the church.
8. God's gospel compels us to
Christ-like living and witness to
the world.
9. God's gospel will be brought
to fulfillment by the Lord Himself at the end of this age.
10. God's gospel requires a
response that has eternal
TWU recognizes this statment
as "a unifying philosophical
framework to which all faculty
and staff are committed without reservation."
Terry Tales offers chuckles and
cookies in intimate setting
"Stories, community and great
conversation in an intimate setting," said Shagufta Pasta, a recent UBC Political Science graduate, when describing the purpose of Terry Tales, the latest
addition to the Terry Project.
Modeled after The Moth, a New
York-based nonprofit organization featuring live storytelling
and slam poetry, Pasta wanted to
create an informal atmosphere
where students who feel strongly about a number of global issues could connect with other
students outside their discipline.
"Throughout the summer we
were planning Terry Talks, and
I noticed that we had a lot of big
events that brought Terry lovers
together," Pasta said.
"However, everyone sort of disperses [afterwards] and I thought
it would be really neat to create a
smaller event where people can
come together on a regular basis
to connect around storytelling."
Since 2006, Pasta has worked
for the Terry Project including a
synergistic forum online, an interdisciplinary course (ASIC 200)
and Terry Talks, a speaker's series geared toward 300 to 350
undergraduate students.
"The Terry Project is an amorphous bunch of different things,
but most of them are fairly high-
profile so there tend to be a lot of
people coming at once," said Dr
David Ng, the Director ofthe Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory and co-founder ofthe Project
along with UBC Political Science
Professor Dr Allen Sens.
In contrast to Terry Talks, Pasta expressed her desire to keep
Terry Tales as low maintenance.
"If 75 people show up the sense
ofthe small, intimate community
aspects might become eroded
and then we would have to think
about how we would restructure
it so everyone remains included and we can still retain an intimate vibe."
The students' responses have
been mainly positive. "I thought
it was really an interesting concept. I found it to be inspiring
and gready enjoyed the stories
that people shared," said Alia
Dharssi, a Terry blogger and UBC
...a smaller event
where people can
come together on
a regular basis to
connect around
While funding for Terry Talks
primarily comes from the university's Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund and Ng's laboratory, Terry Tales doesn't really require funding.
"Terry pays for the cookies,
but aside from that, there really
isn't funding. The Global Lounge
is a free space and advertising is
mainly through Facebook," Pasta said.
Both Ng and Pasta have expressed excitement towards the
future of Terry Tales. "We wanted to play around with something
that was lower maintenance to
set up and provide an opportunity for students to just come together and hang out," Ng said.
"Right now the motto is anything goes." til
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CUP Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP)-Arati Sharma
has resigned from her position
as National Director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA), the Canadian
University Press has learned.
An e-mail from CASA chair
Tina Robichaud was sent to several CASA member associations
on the afternoon of March 15, explaining that Sharma had handed
in a letter of resignation.
"Her last day in the office will
be March 31, 2010. Ms Sharma
will be exploring new opportunities in the city of Toronto," the e-
mail read.
CASA is Canada's second-largest student lobbying group, representing about 2 5 student associations throughout the country.
Few details ofthe resignation
have been given, apart from Ro-
bichaud's mention of an upcoming conference call with members to "discuss next steps." The
announcement came only days
after the organization's annual
lobby conference wrapped up
in Ottawa on March 11, where
CASA members from across the
country met with federal politicians to discuss student issues.
The resignation was officially confirmed by Robichaud in a
separate statement, which indicated that Sharma "has not chosen to seek a second term" and
noted her resignation will come
into effect April 1,2010.
The position of National Director is elected for no more
than two years. After the first
12 months in the position, the
National Director is traditionally expected to enter a re-appointment process. It has been learned
that Sharma chose not to apply
for re-appointment.
"The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations would like to
thank Ms Sharma for her year of
service and wishes her nothing
but success in her future endeavours," Robichaud wrote.
Sharma, who was elected in
March 2009, is currendy on vacation and unavailable for comment.
• CASA was first established
in 1995
• UBC's AMS is one of the five
founding members, along with
student unions from the universities of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Waterloo and McGill
• It is a national lobbying organization comprised of 25
member schools
• The AMS voted in favour of
leaving CASA in October 2009,
a decision that will come into
effect on April 1,2010
• CASA is not known to
conduct much lobbying on the
provincial level
• Full members pay approximately $70,000 per year in
membership fees, while associate members pay about
• The country's alternative
student lobbying organization,
the Canadian Federation of
Students, has a membership
of over 80 schools
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Protesters waved signs on March 15 while police officers observed the scene. COURTESY OF AMY MINSKY
Protesters strike at anti-brutality march
The Concordian
MONTREAL (CUP)-Havoc broke
out within minutes of Montreal's 14th annual anti-police brutality march, resulting in dozens of arrests.
Arresting large groups somewhat arbitrarily, riot police gathered people and cornered them
against a wall. The two sides remained in a standoff for over an
hour before the protesters were
loaded into city buses and carted to a police station in the city's
east end.
Michael Connors, a Concordia
University Journalism student,
was in a standoff against police
with about 30 other people at the
corner of Hochelaga Street and
Prefontaine Street.
"Basically none ofthe people
in that group were the ones performing any ofthe protests," Connors said while at the police station. "It felt more like we were
used as examples for the rest
of the crowd. We were unlucky,
in the wrong place at the wrong
Connors—alongside everybody
else who was cuffed, searched
and led to one of three city buses—received a citation for being
at an illegal assembly.
Crowds of demonstrators gathered outside the Pie-IX subway
station in the east end of Montreal beginning around 5pm on
March 15.
Before leading the crowd south
along Pie-IX Boulevard, organizers made an appeal to both the
demonstrators and police to remain calm and peaceful.
The plea was quickly forgotten.
A smaller group of demonstrators, dressed head-to-toe in black
clothing, were seen coming from
a driveway on Pie-IX Boulevard,
many reaching into garbage cans
and under vehicles, grabbing full
garbage and grocery bags.
Minutes later, after turning
east on to Ontario Street, a BB
gun shot was fired. Paintballs
were fired as the marchers encountered the first group of police, dressed in full riot gear, with
some on horseback.
As a warning, police tapped
their billy clubs against the
In response, firecrackers were
launched at police, eventually
provoking a brawl that saw four
or five men, alleged to be undercover cops, flee the pack of
Though organizers never revealed the path for the march,
police seemed prepared, armed
and ready at almost every turn.
Demonstrators were chanting, "Fuck the police," "Liberer
nos camarades," and calling police "assassins."
Some said the police presence was too strong at the march,
which has developed a reputation
for becoming violent.
"Sometimes the police act violendy towards protesters, and
that's unacceptable," said Stefan Christoff, a social activist,
musician and journalist based
in Montreal. "But really, what I
think is important today is why
so many people are protesting,
and why those numbers are increasing every March 15."
Approximately 200 people
participated in the 1998 march,
while last year's event drew over
Lastyear, over 220 people
were arrested. Six police cruisers were vandalized, some of
them being lit on fire, vl
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Bath brings it down low for UBC
He's got 18 more fouls than the second-
most-fouled UBC basketball player.
With 6.9 points per game, he's not even
one of UBC's top six scores.
But Graham Bath is a starter for UBC
basketball team, and as they prepare for
the CIS Championships this weekend in
Ottawa, he'll have to be one of their top
players if the T-Birds are to win their first
national championship since 1972.
"He's a load when he's on the floor. He's
always bringing a tough game and he is hard
to defend. That work ethic is really contagious and we need that this time of year,"
said UBC head coach Kevin Hanson. Along
with co-captain Kyle Watson, Bath is often
employed at the post position to keep the
game's momentum flowing in UBC's favour.
"To bring energy to the floor and to be a
leader on the floor" is how Bath describes
his role on the team. Above all else, he
wants to "own the key."
I'm a physical player. If they want to
come into the key, they're getting a forearm shiver."
He developed that aggressive mentality
at a young age. His mother's side is crowded with athletes. His grandfather played
for the CFL Argonauts as a kicker. But he's
the only child of his parents' three to play
highschool or university sports.
He also learned that being competitive
would help him out, as he is a relatively
undersized post player.
"In most sports I've played, I've been
successful not because I'm good but because I'm aggressive," he said. A hockey
coach of his once told him he was selected
because of his attitude and not because of
his skill-level.
But he admits to being a litde slow at
picking some things up. When asked about
his repeated foul troubles, he grins.
"You gotta push the envelope. Now, a
mature player would realize that the ref
calls this, so don't do it."
He's still learning and trying to control
his temper, he says. After a game once,
where Bath was pushed to the floor by an
opposing player, Hanson said "He's just
got to keep his cool.. .He can't let people get
in his head. He's an absolute workhorse."
[He's] just so physically strong. He gets
down low and wide. You know, he's an undersized post, but just technically he's doing some really good things," he said after a game in January.
"We're still working on him, but as a
third-year guy..he's got lots of room for
improvement. He's also getting steals—
you have to defend him—which opens up
lanes for the guards as well."
Improvement is a key word when defining Bath. Even with Josh Whyte, the
Canada West Player of the Year on his
team, Bath is considered by many to be
the team's most improved player; a surprise even to Bath.
His improvement this year stems from
two likely causes: he took the summer
off and he enjoys being a student of the
game. He fought forest fires last summer
in northern and central BC, but possibly
more importantiy, he likes Hanson's approach to basketball:
"He makes you think about the game.
He always says, 'You guys have to be students ofthe game.' I like to think. I like to
know the reasons behind things, "va
Ontario Champions.
Regular Season: 20-2
Playoffs: 3-0
Key Player: Kevin McCleery was a key part
of lastyear's championship team, and was
a Conference lst team all-star this year.
Lastyear: Defeated UBC in the national
championship game, 87-77.
First Game Against: UQAM, 8pm EST.
Prognosis: Carleton has won six ofthe last
seven national championships. Ranked
No. 1 in the country, most believe they'll
face off against UBC in the final for the
second year in a row.
Atlantic Champions.
Regular Season: 18-2
Playoffs: 2-0
Key Player: Jimmy Dorsey scored 60
points in two games last weekend at the
Atlantic Canada Championships.
Lastyear: Did not qualify.
First Game Against: Calgary, 12:30 EST.
Prognosis: Cape Breton has played well
all season, but Atlantic Canada schools
rarely play outside of their conference,
leading some to question how good the
Capers truly are.
Canada West bronze
Regular Season: 17-1
Playoffs: 3-1
Key Player: Josh Whyte was named Canada West MVP, leading a very deep team
in scoring and steals.
Lastyear: After defeating their Calgary rivals in the semifinal, UBC led at the half
against Carleton in the championship
game, but ultimately lost 77-87.
First Game Against: Lakehead, 2:30 EST
Prognosis: Ranked first in defense all
year long and having the best depth in
the country, UBC will be favoured by most
to advance to the finals.
Ontario silver medalists.
______f Regular Season: 17-5
Playoffs: 2-1
Key Player: Issac Kuon made the Ontario all-star team.
Last year: The Lancers missed the nationals after losing 73-59 to Ottawa in
the OUA play-in game.
First Game Against: Saskatchewan, 6pm
Prognosis: They have a tough road to the
final, as they'll need to defeat the Canada West champion Huskies, and then
upset the No. 1 ranked Carleton Ravens.
Canada West Champions.
Regular Season: 14-6
Playoffs: 4-0
Key Player: Showron Glover led all players in Canada in scoring, averaging over
27 points per game.
Lastyear: Failed to qualify.
First Game Against: Windsor, 6pm
Prognosis: With back-to-back victories
against UBC and Calgary, they're probably the hottest team in the country. But
their six regular season losses are higher
than any other team, and the two weeks
off since their last game may sap them
of their momentum.
Ontario bronze medallists.
Regular Season: 17-5
Playoffs: 2-1
Key Player: Greg Carter was named Ontario West defensive MVP, and will match
up against Josh Whyte in the first round.
Lastyear: Failed to qualify.
First Game Against: UBC, 2:30 EST
Prognosis: It's their first CIS Championship berth since 1977, and all of Thunder
Bay is cheering on this team. But they'll
be in tough against UBC.
Canada  West silver
Regular Season: 15-5
^^m60 Playoffs: 3-1
Key Player: Ross Bekkering may be the
most dynamic post player in the country, and was named to the Canada West
all-star team.
Last year: Won the Canada West championship, but lost to UBC in a thrilling
semifinal game.
First Game Against: Cape Breton, 12:30 EST.
Prognosis: They may be the most athletic team in the country with Bekkering, Sihota and Fiddler. But their depth is quite
poor, their defensive is suspect, and the
road to the final is tough.
Quebec champions.
Regular Season:
Playoffs: 2-0
Key Player: Adil El Makssoud was named
to the conference all-star team.
Lastyear: Didn't qualify, lost to Concordia in the Quebec final.
First Game Against: Carleton, 8pm EST.
Prognosis: This team advanced out of a
very weak Quebec conference, and have
little shot of upsetting Carleton in the
first round, tl 2010.03.18/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/9
The AMS Art Gallery is currently
home to a display of psychedelic art
with a dark twist. There are surreal creatures that would make a biologist weep and leave Frankenstein
green(er) with envy.
Kalin Thompson is responsible for a
number of the monstrosities on display.
His series features a grotesque naked fat man. With a definite street-
art influence, the fat man jumps of
off the canvas with a sliver of cray-
ola-coloured horror.
You know that it takes talent to
make a tubby nudist look good enough
to hang on your wall.
There's something here for the
computer graphic fans, too. Sol Sal-
lee takes vintage photos and splices
them with explosions. It's like someone nuked a Monty Python animation, but in a good way.
Siri shows us how to be sexy in The Ubyssey off ice. GERALD DEO PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
Shaking it for Burlesque
Burlesque celebrates women of all shapes and sizes
"What I love most about Burlesque is getting onstage and
embodying a persona that is
completely unlike my day-today self," explains Siri Williams,
a first-year Arts student. "Offstage, I'm a fairly conservatively-dressed—for school anyway—goofy girly fine-art-and-
academics-inclined type. Onstage as Holly Allnightly I get
to be all those things I'm not
in my normal life. I get to be
sexy, seductive, womanly and
outrageous. In addition to that,
I have rarely experienced such
a tight, supportive and encouraging group of women as the
girls in my troupe. That's really an amazing thing."
Siri got involved in burlesque
when she moved to Vancouver a
year and half ago. No stranger to
the performing arts, she has dabbled in classical music, theatre,
musical theatre, ballet, jazz and
tap, however none of these satisfied her.
"I saw my first burlesque show
and I was hooked. I was invited to join Girls On Top (GOT)
Risque Cabaret a year ago, and
we've all been shaking it together ever since!"
Unlike other performing arts
where one has have an extremely well-trained and well-proportioned body, burlesque requires
"Burlesque is a great medium
for women in thatyou will literally see women (and occasionally
men) of every size and shape you
can think of. It's a beautiful thing
to see everyone out there loving
what they've got, no matter how
skinny or curvy they may be."
However, being so comfortable
in one's skin does take some getting used to. "We have a motto in
Girls On Top and that is: 'There is
no room for shame when it comes
to sexuality,'" says Siri. "Being so
totally and utterly comfortable in
your own skin that when you're
up there dancing on stage in say,
just pasties and a shimmy belt,
that you feel exhiliration and
joy rather than self-consciousness or embarrassment—every
Burlesque dancer and every
woman needs to take that message to heart and truly believe it!"
"There's a huge amount of humour, a sense of expression in
sexuality and a connection with
the audience that goes into each
number that I think it's hard to
find in any other medium." va
Join GOT Risque Cabaret for
their fundraiser at Darby's Pub
this Friday. The money raised will
be sending the ladies ofthe group
to Las Vegas to compete in Miss
Exotic World 2010. They promise
a night of Burly Qfun including
performances, games like knick-
er twister and pin the pasties on
the Burlesque dancer (on a cutout of course).
FASHION FILES | Top ten ways to look like a Vancouverite
much fundamental to Vancouver style. You can find them anywhere: on old grannies, hipsters,
or the shelves of Aritzia. This
is a style emblematic enough
to be claimed by a wide range
of people.
2. HUNTER BOOTS: Obviously a
staple because of the weather,
they are popular in the States as
well, but Vancouverites have the
most reasons to wear them. They
look great on anyone, but very
few guys choose to embrace the
style and practicality of this footwear (yeah, that's a hint).
3. PLAID SHIRT: borrowed from
the grunge movement of our Se-
atde neighbours, but also integral in the "friendly Canadian
lumberjack" look, Vancouverites can be trendy and embrace
their heritage at the same time.
Swell, eh?
4. LULULEMON: you can't really
have a discussion about Vancouver fashion without colliding with
this retail giant. Step into their
store, and you will find tight and
breathable (whatever that means)
clothing marketed with the "ideal Vancouverite" in mind: an active, yoga-loving urbanite.
5. UMBRELLA: Frequently in
cheery colours, such as bright
yellow or pink, or with vibrant
flowery motifs. We Vancouverites
are apparendy trying to counteract seasonal affective disorder by
convincing ourselves that it really isn't so grey outside.
6. HOMESPUN/ALTERNATIVE FABRICS: There's quite a bit that falls
under this general ambiguously-
tided umbrella, but hemp and
bamboo are two ofthe most readily-recognized and can be found
everywhere—from Puff to the Salvation Army thrift store, to upscale boutiques.
know, those ones. It's difficult to
adequately define them, but they
tend to be worn by male hipsters
who take a generic Canadian skiing tuque and make it sit halfway off their head, for no apparent reason.
8. MOCCASINS: Or, really, any
leather shoe with fringes. A bo-
hemian interpretation of widely-
stereotyped Native apparel. This
overall look appeals to Vancouverites, as evidenced by the popularity of Cowichan sweaters.
9. DREADS: Although only a minority of Vancouverites take the
plunge with this daring hairstyle, it tends to be found on all
those eco-friendly and free-spirited types. Of course, we're not
trying to claim a corner on the
free-spirit market, but we have
our fair share of environmentalism and activism, despite living
in an urban environment.
10. Screw it, nine is plenty.
We're still hung over from green
beer, tl
Also featured is the work of Jeff
Burgess, which expands off of the
canvas in streams of red and black.
Whether you're an art fan who loves
to take the time to really drink in a picture and try to decipher its meaning,
or if you just want to traumatize your
friends with unexpected man boobs,
this display is definitely worth a look.
— Clare van Nordan
He's a
"Words worth saving," says Michael Cook. "That's our definition of literature." It's this desire to preserve the printed word
that led Cook to found the White
Rabbit Quarterly. Along with
several other students, Cook, a
fourth-year UBC English major,
will manage and edit the forthcoming literary journal. And
he's very insistent that it be a
print journal.
"Most people who want to publish something do so through the
internet, for obvious reasons,"
said Cook. But he's not convinced
that literature can thrive online.
"The internet isn't really conducive to disseminating [literature] because people don't have
the attention span," he said.
Cook's background as an English student and printer at a local press are apparent as he describes the merits of paper.
"The words don't look the
same [online]," he says. "The
fonts don't look the same, it
doesn't have the smell or the feel,
it doesn't have the permanence."
He was prompted to start the
magazine to appease his print-
hungry friends. "My friends kept
asking if I could get them a discount at the press I work on. I
said no, but I could get myself a
discount," he recalls with a smile.
"I'll just make a magazine."
The magazine will feature
words of all types, from anyone
with a compelling idea. "It is
focused on the words, and the
meaning ofthe words," stresses
Cook. "If it's words, we want to
read it. Beyond that, it's only limited by the author. Submissions
thus far have included short fiction, poems, an excerpt from a
novel and creative non-fiction.
Cook admits that his penchant
for print isn't particularly forward-looking or economically viable. The White Rabbit Quarterly
will have a low budget feel, and
Cook will be incurring any costs
not made up in ad sales. Part of
it is just doing something he is
passionate about while he still
has the chance. But he remains
hopeful that the value of the literature will overcome the disadvantages of print.
"I still don't think many people
will read fiction or poetry on computer screens," he said. "I know
writers want to see their work in
print, designers want to see their
work in print, and I think readers
want to see the work in print. As
long as we can do it, we're going
to try and do it." tl
Inquiries involving submissions
to the White Rabbit Quarterly can
be directed to whiterabbitquarter-
ly@gmail.com. The first edition is
set to publish this spring. 10/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/2010.03.18
Out of the box: Laura McLean
Laura McLean was suprised to be surrounded by negative space. BRENDAN ALBANO PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
Fueled by a constant stream of
caffeine, fourth-year Theatre
Production and Design Laura
McLean says she's done it all
"I started a theatre company
after my second year before I had
taken the class on how to start a
theatre company. I started directing years before I ever took the
intro to directing class, based on
instinct and things I had picked
up being an actor for so long."
At UBC she started off as a dresser in second year, then worked her
way through assistant stage manager up to stage managing a main-
stage production, but her real passion is directing. She's directed
with the UBC Player's Club, and is
currendy directing a play for the
Brave New Play Rites Festival—a
collaboration between Theatre at
UBC and the Creative Writing department. But as the Player's Club
is run by students and thus financially unsupported, and because
Brave New shows are all one-acts,
getting serious directing experience at UBC is quite a challenge.
For Laura, this meant that she
would have to move her theatre-
making off campus.
"In the summer between my
second and third year, some of
my friends from UBC and I created our own theatre company
called Delinquent Theatre, and so I
I started a theatre
company after my
second year before I
had taken the class
on how to start a
theatre company
co-produced and directed our first
show, Dog Sees God, and then the
next summer did the same with
our next show Spring Awakening.
I have also directed a show as part
of the IGNITE! Youth Week at the
Cultch. And I remounted Dog sees
God with Fighting Chance Productions for the Vancouver Fringe Festival last fall, at which we won Pick
of the Fringe."
In addition, Laura just finished directing a hilarious run
of Matt and Ben at the Havana
Theatre with Fighting Chance
"A lot of the work that I have
done outside of UBC has been directing and producing theatre, and
that is something that UBC doesn't
really offer experience with for
their undergraduate students...I
made a ton of mistakes along the
way, figuring things out as I went,
but I learned from them and that's
the important part.
"Besides the fact that Matt and
Ben is a hilarious and beautiful story that I just fell in love
with the first time I read it...[it
was] the first thing I've directed
since taking that Intro to Directing class I mentioned and so I
think this show represents my
best directing to date, but I guess
I kind of want to be able to say
that about every show I do from
here on out."
Although the acting program at
UBC is often restrictive in allowing their students to do outside
shows during the school year,
Laura says that "in the production
department it's encouraged. My
profs are always sending me job
postings and going out of their
way to make an introduction to
someone in the theatre community. They have been very supportive of Matt and Ben."
Any secrets to balancing
school, outside work and personal life? Apparendy not. "I have
no free time," Laura succinctiy
responds, tl
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Wow, this Nate character, whoever he is, sure
sounds like a "serious boy." 1 wonder where you
can see this film? It sounds awesome!
—Chris [March 9]
My son.. .the director! Great
article, and thanks very much.
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[March 9]
1 know Nathan has interesting insights to come out
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your student
„/\ dollars here
The provincial government announced this week that the U-Pass
will be offered to all post-secondary students by September.
Sounds great? Sure, until you look at the fine print. Or the not-
fine print. Actually, there isn't any print at all, just a vague promise.
The most common concern that has surrounded this announcement is that we don't know how much everyone will end up paying
for the province-wide U-Pass. AMS VP External Jeremy McElroy has
made it clear that we could all end up paying much more under this
system. TransLink has also said that the current deal that UBC has
is unsustainable. For students living on or near their campuses, and
those who bike or drive, paying upwards of $45 per month for a mandatory U-Pass hardly seems fair.
It's also unclear how the U-Pass will affect the transit system. If the
deal works out so that TransLink is given a financial boost at extra
cost to the students, they will be able to expand service. But there's
also a danger that the way the deal plays out lends no extra money
to TransLink. This would mean no additional service, which is hectic
at peak times as it stands. BCIT boasts a larger number of students
enroled than UBC—how will that affect the SkyTrain lines in Burnaby once all of those students are taking public transit to campus?
The universal U-Pass will be implemented by the end of the summer. With many students retiring from studies during this period to
go home or work at summer jobs, it will be all too easy for the government and TransLink to break a deal that is unfair to students without their notice, tl
Undergraduate faculty societies are probably best suited to dealing with the problem of student engagement. They can oversee departmental clubs and deal with the peculiarities of faculty culture
issues better than the AMS can. The Commerce Undergraduate Society, as a whole, is probably the most effective group on campus
in getting services for students and contributing to faculty engagement—even if they do pay up the nose.
The list of perennially effective undergraduate groups begins and
ends there, though. Most have low turnout, aren't inclusive and the
success ofthe projects they undertake depends solely on the individual talents of next year's executives.
To (start to) solve that problem, Arts, Science, Engineering and Human Kinetics have banded together to hold their elections under the
same umbrella of UBCVotes. Basically, it's a week-long extravaganza
that attempts to make voting attractive to students. Unfortunately, with
greater publicity comes greater scrutiny—more people are noticing
that your undergraduate societies don't really have their act in gear.
Arts will has a joke candidate running uncontested for VP Finance,
and is asking students to more than double their $ 13 faculty fee with
a fairly feeble explanation why. They have also taken some heavy criticism for the amount of money they've been spending.
Science barely has any contested races, and have donated a grand
total of $500 to the UBCVotes cause, compared to the thousands Arts
students have ponied up. The Engineers do have competition in their
races, but with one of the presidential candidates encouraging his
supporters to vote for someone else and allegations of an "all-Persian slate," their election is going less than stellar.
To top it all off, nowhere near enough people are going to events
UBCVotes is putting on. Events that are costing thousands of dollars.
Said the Whale had a concert at the Chan Centre on Tuesday...and attendance hovered around 50. It was so sparsely attended, they were
giving away free alcohol. It was awesome, if you were one of the dozens
there. If not, at least your student fees are going to something, right? tl
Hey Too Sexy,
I'm new to UBC and the Vancouver area in general. As such I
don't have a great deal of connections, friendships or social
relations within a reasonable
distance. I hear that it is often
easy to make friends and find
partners if you already have a
foothold on the social hierarchy that is campus life—I, however, do not.
Case is, that while I am not
the most attractive fellow, I do
find myself friendly, funny and—
dare I say—at moments charming. That being said, I do question myself since I have yet to
make any solid friendship or
find a good fuck. Where on campus may I find students willing
to explore their sexuality, while
at the same time, where may
I find individuals who will be
good friends?
I suppose this is a big question,
but for someone outside of this
culture I am at a loss of where to
begin! Any locations, personality
tips or otherwise would be helpful! Thanks!
—Cool Octopuses Can
Kindly Eat Rice
Leaving aside for a moment the
problems we have with your acronym, we're glad to have received this. It's always a pleasure to shamelessly plug our favourite campus locations. Let's
look at your other options:
Joining a club or student society is a good idea. Not only does
it narrow people down to those
who share a common interest
with you, it also provides plenty of shared experiences that
can help break the ice. Unfortunately for you, UBC does not
yet (to our knowledge) have a
wild, sexy hook-up club, but if
you can find some charter members you could solve that problem pretty easily.
2. RES
Since you don't mention it in
your letter, we assume you don't
live in residence. But if you do,
you might find that it's a great
starting point for friendships
and more if you get yourself out
Even if you don't live in res,
making some friends who do
can open plenty of doors. Parties and people tired of seeing the same neighbourly faces can tip the scales nicely in
your favour.
Events are being held on campus all the time. Go out and meet
a few people. Concerts, rallies,
sports events, plays and parties
can be a great environment to
find people with common interests. Also, people at these
events are generally not averse
to meeting someone new. That's
probably why a lot of them are
there too.
Movies and our local frats' recruiting events would have you
believing that rushing is a ticket to a non-stop pussy buffet.
We can't speak to the empirical
truth here, but if the frustrated
groanings of a few frat boys are
any indication, we believe that
it's about the same as anywhere
else. However, it is definitely
a good way to make friends if
you fit in with the group, and
expanding your social circle
won't hurt your chances of getting laid.
There are definitely worse places
to try, but loud music can sometimes get in the way. That being
said, alcohol and dancing is a
proven path to sexy good times.
Good place to go with some people you know or a good place to
meet people ifyou're feeling outgoing. And on that note...
Try meeting people in your
classes, in restaurants, on public transit...Who cares? As long
as you are charming and interesting, you should be able
to meet people just about anywhere on campus.
This really returns us to your
questions about personality,
COCKER. Be confident in yourself, try to avoid appearing desperate and bring something of
value into the lives of the people you meet. People who bring
the good times, the conversation or even just a few laughs
are way more likely to have that
gift returned in kind than people
who are just trying to get laid.
If you're helping other people
enjoy themselves, they'll want
you around.
Now that we've dealt with
that little issue, COCKER, let's
return to the more troubling issue: your nom de plume. Cool
Octopuses Can Kindly Eat Rice?
To be fair, we understand that
COCKER includes the word cock,
thus making it hilarious, but
your e-mail has very little to do
with cocks.
Furthermore, it simply feels
like you simply banged it out at
the last moment. Acronyms have
to strive for more than that, or we
might as well just sign our anonymous letters with names like
'Seymour Buttz,' 'Mike Hunt,' or
Anita Wang.' * Is that what you
want? [Editor's note: Have Kasha and Austin been writing this
so long they consider themselves
acronym connoisseurs now? I suspect an acronym best-ofretrospec-
tive is forthcoming.] tl
That's it for this week. Sendyour
Too Sexy letters to toosexy@ubys-
seyca or our anonymous webform
at ubyssey.ca/ideas.
* Apologies to anyone named
Mike Hunt, Anita Wang or Seymour Buttz.
Sociology 3
I don't think I've ever actually celebrated St Patrick's Day.
I tend to just hang out with
friends on a regular basis [instead of] getting hammered with
green things. I don't even like
beer, so that's probably why.
I never do anything on St Patrick's Day. I don't like how it
makes everyone think that Irish
people are always drunk...St Patrick's Day wasn't supposed to be
a night where everyone justpar-
ties and get drunk. It was a day
to remember a saint...I think it's
kind of a stupid holiday, kind of
like Valentine's Day—it doesn't
really mean anything.
Philosophy 3
Last year I used to live in Edmonton, so I went out and had
a few too many. A couple Irish
car bombs and a few Guinnesses, and I puked every where...It
was green.
Commerce 2
Last year I went to Koerner's
and I ended up drinking with
a group of Law students which
turned out to be quite an event...
We spent an hour talking about
law studies and their court and
case studies. Apparently there
was a judge at the pub that day
as well.
[Law students] are not good
drinkers, I learned...they spend
too much time studying, not
[enough] learninghow to hold
onto their liquor. XJ
Coordinated by Stephanie So,
Chibwe Mweene and Tara
Martellaro 12/UBYSSEY.CA/IDEAS/2010.03.18
On Wednesday, UBC students
hosted controversial Rwandan
figure, Paul Rusesabagina, as
an "internationally renowned
humanitarian and a hero of the
Rwandan genocide."
Known internationally as the
hotelier portrayed in the film
Hotel Rwanda, Rusesabagina's
"heroism" has long been under
fire. Hotel Rwanda's director, Terry George, was so embarrassed
by the false story he promoted,
he said he "would not want to
come up with Hotel Rwanda II."
Shamefully, UBC hosted a screening of the original film.
Gerald Caplan, genocide scholar and writer for The Globe and
Mail, acknowledges that Hotel
Rwanda greatly publicized the
genocide, but as a result, "many
believe [Rusesabagina] a hero of
the genocide, a righteous man
who saved Tutsi lives at great
personal risk. That he now is the
most prominent person in the
world claiming Kagame's rebels were as deadly as the geno-
cidaires, that he insists Rwanda
today is comparable to Rwanda
during the 100 days, and that he
openly works with known geno-
cidaires and western deniers
against the Kagame government,
is still not grasped by his western
admirers. That's why the uncritical adulation in which he is held
and his own fierce determination
to spread his message make him
a serious threat that should not
be underestimated."
Rusesabagina provided evidence at the war crimes tribunal in Arusha (ICTR) in support
of accused genocide killers. In
London, his testimony was recently thrown out by Judge Anthony Evans because it "was not
that of an independent expert,
but that of a man with a background strongly allied to the extremist Hutu faction [that massacred hundreds of thousands of
Tutsis]." If judges and international courts don't believe him,
why should we?
UBC students vastly underestimate the credibility they award
this man by allowing him to
speak at a prestigious Western
university, not to mention the
pain they cause Rwandan survivors. The cherished ideal of
freedom of ideas at a university
cannot stand proud on the murders of hundreds of thousands
of Rwandan Tutsis and moderate Hutus.
—Danielle Zagar
Danielle Zagar is a Global Studies teacher in Maple Ridge and a
student in the UBC International
Development certificate program.
She has studied at the Genocide Institute in Toronto, and was part of
a group sponsored by the Commission Against Genocide in Rwanda
this past summer.
March is often regarded as the
most anxious month for high
school seniors, as many wait
breathlessly for word of whether or not they were accepted to
their dream university. This is
their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shine in the world of
academia and build their path
to eternal success.
Last year I was patiently
waiting to hear back from the
top universities of the world,
or at least the school I had classified as "top-ranking," based
on the word of magazines and
newspapers. I now look back
and ask myself: why? Why did
I decide to apply to those universities that were constantly ranked as the top universities in the world? I recall in
believing that acceptance to a
top university meant I would
achieve eternal success.
How wrong I was.
As I reflect on my decision to
attend UBC and realize that my
decision to study at this beautiful university was pardy because
of its top-ranking status, I realize that the ranking of universities, at least to me, does not
matter at all. It's rather what I
learn and how I learn it that really makes my experience here
To make the regret of basing
my decision on numerical data
worse, UBC administration constancy reminds me that I am attending a top-ranking university—second in Canada and 36th
in the world last time I heard
from them, based on Shanghai
Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities.
Am I here just to make use ofthe
benefits of a ranking, spending
years here for a valuable piece
of paper? Or am I here to learn,
prosper and gain valuable knowledge which will make me a better person tomorrow?
It's no secret that UBC is aggressively working towards maintaining and improving its rank.
The university prides itself in
being a top university and constantly publishes, broadcasts and
makes it a point to addressing
this numerical fact to almost every prospective student. Why the
obsession with data and numbers? The experience I have here
is what I'm going to take away.
3 0 years from now I won't be telling my friends and family how I
attended the 3 6th best university,
but I will be telling them about
the great lessons I learned in the
I feel that the university administration is derailing itself from
the core goal of this university,
which is to educate and bestow
knowledge to the youth and citizens of the world. Yes, research
is an important part of this, as is
recruiting top researchers, but by
focusing so obsessively on this
we are moving away from what
we initially intended to do: teach.
In the last eight months here
at UBC I have come across extraordinary professors who are
both passionate about teaching
and research. But being a great
researcher does not necessarily
mean you will be a great teacher. I believe there is a common
misconception that if you understand something well you will be
able to explain it well to others.
That is not the case.
It is no secret that many professors here at UBC rather prefer to
stay in labs or offices and concentrate on their research. There is
nothing wrong with that, but our
classrooms should be staffed by
an equal proportion of professors
who are passionate about teaching. After all, a great professor
can make his or her students enjoy, appreciate and most impor-
tandy, make use of knowledge.
Attheendofthe day, what mat-
ters most: a number that tells the
world we are supposedly one of
the best, or a student body which
enjoys learning and is ready to
apply their knowledge to make
this world a better place? tl
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