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Array After a successful weekend at the
table, CUPE 116 will ask its members
to ratify an agreement with UBC P3
RCMP arrest man for allegedly
recording videos in Osborne Centre
women's change room P3 »Page 2
What's on
Comedy Night: 8 p.m. @ the Gallery Lounge
Ever wish that the Comedy Mix was a little bit closer to campus? Well,
you're in luck this week! Kyle Bottom and four other Vancouver comics
will be coming to your local watering hole to add a little pep to your upcoming week. Tickets are $3 at the door.
Go Global 101:1-2 p.m. @ West
Mall Swing 122
Doesn't studying in Europejust
sound more fun for next year? If
you have any interest in studying
abroad in the coming year, make
sure to go to this informational
workshop to learn the important
details before you packyourbags.
Vulnerability and the Human
Condition: 4-5:30 p.m. @
Green College
Renowned legal scholar and UBC
prof Martha Fineman will deliver
thisyear's annual Richard V. Eric-
son lecture to discuss different
ways to view equality in society.
Pumpkin Massacre & Movie
Marathon: 10 p.m. @ Abdul
Didn't thinkyou were going to
carve a pumpkin in rez this year?
Think again! TheSUS is having an
all-night movie marathon at Ladha
with prizes and events that are
sure to improve your hump day.
Tickets $2 at the door.
EUS/AUS Halloween Bash: 9
p.m. @ MASS (in Buch. D)
Ladies and gentleman, getyour
costumes ready! Start your
Halloween weekend right with this
party, conveniently located on
campus. Cheap beer, fresh baets,
costume contest — what more
could you ask for? Tickets $5 at
the door or from the AUS & EUS.
Got an event you'd like to see on this page? Send your event
and your best pitch to printeditor@ubyssey.ca.
This Week at The Norm
Wednesday 24-Sunday 28
The Dark Night: 6 p.m.
The Dark Night Rises: 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for students, $2.50 for FilmSoc members.
Learn more at UBCfilmsociety.com!
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Barnabas Caro has gone from event organizer to rez advisor to student senator at UBC.
Caro on caring about UBC
Sarah Bigam
Barnabas Caro wants to eventually work as a humanitarian in
Africa, but for now he's focused
on improving things for students here at UBC.
An international student
from Tanzania, Caro has been
volunteering and pitching in
wherever he could since he
started at UBC.
"I jumped right into it and
haven't regretted a bit of it so
far," said Caro.
In his first year, he organized
events with the Arts Undergraduate Society. That summer,
he went home to Tanzania and
set up a program that provided
food and school supplies to orphans. Since then he's focused
on improving things locally for
UBC students, though he plans
to return home and work in aid
some day.
In second year, Caro worked
as a residence advisor in Place
Vanier. "You've got to have a
really, really close connection
with a lot of people who are going through an experience that
you want to share," said Caro of
his time there.
While working at Vanier, he
noticed a gap in communication
and services from the AMS
student society to people living
in residence. "I felt like I was
only affecting a few students
in the grand scheme of things,"
Caro said. "I wanted to go into
student government so I could
really try and get to a lot of
The next year, Caro won
a student seat on the UBC
Senate, the university's highest
academic body.
While campaigning for Senate, he thought about how he
could work to create more programs at UBC to support people
with learning disabilities.
Dyslexic himself, Caro said that
such programs have been extremely helpful to him over the
years. Now a fourth-year Arts
student with a major in political
science and a minor in English,
Caro said he wouldn't have succeeded academically without
the help he received through
some UBC programs for people
with learning disabilities.
"It's incredible, the things
you can do here to help people
learn," he said.
Once Caro was elected to
Senate, he found there were
already many senators working on projects to help people
with learning disabilities, so he
decided to join the academic
building needs committee instead. He made it his new goal
to create more student-focused
spaces at UBC.
"What I really try to do in
student government is get areas
of the university devoted to
student life so that they can use
them to form community on
campus," Caro said.
"It's hard to maintain good
grades and a social life and I
think that comes about from
the fact that we don't let them
mix together, but if your close
friends are people you share
academic [interests] with, then
you're set."
He also works on the Arts
Undergraduate Society committee that's trying to build a
new student space. He hopes
this will also become a place
where students can build connections between academics
and their social lives.
Although his ultimate goal
is to continue doing aid work in
Tanzania, Caro says he wants
to first take up journalism for a
while so he can better learn to
help people and communities.
"I'd like to go into journalism
first, so I'll have time to explore
the whole world of aid in a journalistic capacity, to figure out
what type of aid work is best,"
he said.
"When I figure out how best
I can [help], I'll do that." Xi
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A PSA from your student paper: As of Oct. 22, there are only 63 days until Christmas, so
start stockpiling those copies of The Ubyssey to save money on wrapping paper. tNewsl
Campus RCMP arrested a man accused of secretly filming a student in the Osborne Centre change rooms, and they're trying to find links to similar reports at UBC and BCIT.
RCMP investigate reports of change room voyeurism
Man charged with recording nudity on campus to appear in court
Andrew Bates
Managing Editor, Web
RCMP officers are working to determine if there is a link between a
man charged with secretly recording nudity in a UBC change room
and other complaints received on
campus and at another institution.
Jay Forster, a 42-year-old Vancouver man, has been charged with
two counts of secretly observing or
recording nudity in a private place.
Police are comparing allegations
that Forster secretly recorded a
woman in the Osborne Centre gym
to complaints of similar incidents
on UBC campus and another
incident at the British Columbia
Institute of Technology (BCIT).
"We've had other complaints,"
said Staff Sgt. Kevin Jones of the
UBC RCMP detachment. "So we're
tryingto see if we can tie in any
other complaints to this individual,
both on campus and at BCIT."
Accordingto an application for
a search warrant obtained by The
Ubyssey, a woman was changing in
the Osborne Centre change room
on Sept. 28 when she noticed "a
movement out of the corner of her
eye ... and saw a male staring at her
at the east end of the locker bank."
The document says that the man
then fled the scene.
On Oct. 2, the same student
asked a friend to accompany her
into the Osborne change room because she was uncomfortable. The
two began checking the showers,
where they allegedly found the
"When they opened one of them,
they saw him inside, not quite
huddled, but crouching," read the
application. "They began to scream
and he came out of the shower."
Accordingto the document, the
alleged suspect fled and a witness
called the RCMP, who pursued him
over a fence and into the trails to
the south of Thunderbird Stadium.
"As I ran down the eastbound
trail, I located the same male
matching the description provided to me over the radio heading
towards a fence," read the account
of the arresting officer.
"I yelled, 'Hey, hey, police, stop'
and at this point observed the male
already on the fence and attempting to get over.... I approached the
fence, jumped over it [and] told the
male he was under arrest."
According to the application,
another arresting RCMP officer
identified the suspect as Forster
and seized his phone. The phone
allegedly contained five videos of
bathroom stalls with legs underneath and one "with a female who
had her pants around her ankles
and the video was close enough that
[the officer] could see her genitals,"
accordingto the officer's account.
Forster was taken into custody
by the RCMP and referred to court,
where he was charged and released
on the condition that he could not
possess cellphones or recording devices. According to Staff Sgt. Jones,
the court did not grant a request
to bar him from the University
Endowment Lands and UBC. Forster is due to appear in Richmond
Provincial Court on Nov. 1.
Accordingto Jones, University
RCMP are working with the Burnaby detachment to confirm if the
case is related to a similar incident
that took place four days earlier
at BCIT, where a man was reportedly taking pictures in a woman's
bathroom. Similar complaints on
the UBC campus, one taking place
December 2011 in the Osborne
Centre, are also under investigation
to see if they can be linked.
Paul Wong, director of UBC
Campus Security, said it is important to report incidents and
suspicious activity to security and
the RCMP. "It's disturbing when
it happens, but when it does, we
encourage people to report it right
away," he said. "Even if they just felt
they suspected that something was
happening,... it's always better to
report it, and based on that type of
information we can do extra patrols
in areas."
Wong praised the actions of the
students. "It sounds like that [student] did a lot of the right things,
obviously," he said. "They had a
level of discomfort, they went with
a friend, they looked around, and
obviously when they spotted somebody they suspected, they alerted
others." Xi
UBC clerical staff union ratifies
collective agreement
CUPE 2950, the union local representing library, clerical and Chan
Centre staff at UBC, has voted
to accept a four-year collective
agreement with the university.
The agreement, signed
Thursday, covers wages from
April 2010 through March 2014.
It includes two years of zero per
cent wage increases, and two
subsequent years each with a
two per cent wage increase.
The 2012 wage increase will be
backdated to April 2012. Workers
at the Chan Centre will receive a
2.25 per cent increase in 2013, to
put their wages mo re in line with
industry standards.
According to union vice-president Edita Michalek, over700
of the union's 1,700 members
attended a vote today to ratify the
agreement. She says that 90 per
cent of members voted in favour.
"What I heard from people —
just very few comments — was
that they were quite pleased that
we got some money," Michalek
said. "Some people were hoping
for more; we wanted to get [a]
cost-of-living increase, also, but
The agreement still needs to
be ratified on the UBC side by
the Board of Governors, and
according to a university bulletin,
they are hoping to do this by next
week. Xi
B.C. government
to commission free
online textbooks
Veronika Bondarenko
The B.C. government wants to offer
online textbooks for free to university students, but there's still a fair
bit of homework to do before the
project becomes a reality.
The B.C. Ministry of Advanced
Education plans to commission
textbook authors or developers to
put together online textbooks for
popular undergraduate courses. As
a condition of funding, they'll be
available through a Creative Commons licence that makes them free
for anyone to use, reuse and revise.
A nonprofit called BCcampus, acting as an agent of the government,
will store the textbooks online.
The ministry has promised to
offer free online textbooks for 40
of the most popular post-secondary courses in the province, but
it's up to professors to decide what
textbooks are assigned within
specific courses.
If all goes accordingto plan, some
of the books will be available by
September 2013.
After looking at data from B.C.
schools and similar projects in
Washington and California, the
ministry will decide which courses
will get free books. They expect
to commission books for first-year
courses like English, psychology
and calculus.
The BCcampus organization, a
The B.C. government hopes to have free online textbooks ready by 2013.
10-year-old publicly funded group,
creates online shared services and
resources for universities and colleges in B.C. The CUPE 116 support
and service staff union at UBC,
which only just reached a tentative
agreemen with UBC, has railed
against any "shared services" plans
promoted by the province, arguing
that they may result in lost jobs.
The government argues that
the free textbooks will save over
200,000 students hundreds of
dollars per year, but Debbie Harvie,
managing director of the UBC
Bookstore, said she'll wait and see
whether this plan will cut into sales.
"We don't yet know the effect
of this announcement, except to
say that there are not a lot of 'free'
materials available at this point,"
said Harvie.
"I am waiting to hear more
specifics so that I can understand
how this could affect the Bookstore.
In the meantime, we are, of course,
selling e-textbooks when we can
get them, as well as new [and] used
[textbooks], custom course packs
and renting books too."
Kiran Mahal, AMS vice-president academic and university
affairs, agreed that free access to
online textbooks would help make
post-secondary education cheaper.
"Different institutions, and even
different professors within the same
institution, use different textbooks
for courses that cover the same
broad subject matter," said Mahal.
"The exact textbook choice is up
to the professors.... This is why
collaboration and coordination with
post-secondary institutions is essential to the success of this system."
Mahal also stressed that the
quest to make higher education
more affordable should not end
at textbooks.
"More needs to be done around
funding of higher education in a
more consistent and holistic way,
from student loan reform to increasing the block grant provided to
public institutions like UBC," Mahal
CUPE 116 union
reaches tentative
deal with UBC
after 34 hours of
Will McDonald
News Editor
CUPE 116 and UBC have reached
a tentative agreement after three
days of mediation.
All CUPE 116 workers, including garbage collectors, campus
mail workers and custodial staff,
will return to work on Oct. 22.
The parties were in scheduled
mediation on Friday and Saturday, and then continued the talks
into Sunday. UBC and CUPE 116
reached a tentative agreement
late Sunday night.
The agreement still needs to
be ratified in a vote by union
members. CUPE 116 President
Colleen Garbe said the union
would likely vote on the agreement on Wednesday or Thursday
of this week.
The details of the deal haven't
been disclosed, but Garbe said
she thinks the union should take
the deal.
"We never get what we're
hoping for, but we have a very
good settlement that's going to
be improvement for all of our
members, really broad-based,"
said Garbe.
The bargaining sessions,
mediated by Vince Ready, lasted
34 hours.
"There was goodwill on both
sides and a lot of hard work went
into this to hammer out an agreement. So we're thrilled, of course,
we're waiting, we're hoping for
ratification by the membership,"
said director of UBC Public Affairs Lucie McNeill.
In Friday's bargaining session,
CUPE 116 raised concerns that
the Faculty of Forestry had
illegally hired students to fill in
for striking custodial workers.
McNeill said that two faculties, which she declined to name,
posted notices trying to hire students to do temporary custodial
work. Accordingto McNeill, no
students were actually hired.
"It's people not being clear on
what's allowed under the labour
relations code and thinking of
doing the right thing: providing
students a way to earn some
money ... and not having to do
it themselves, probably," said
While custodial workers were
off the job during last week and
the week before, managers were
required to clean and empty garbage in all UBC buildings.
McNeill said the university
responded quickly and prevented students from being
illegally hired to replace the
CUPE 116 custodial workers. "It
got resolved. As soon as it was
brought up, the university took
action. Whatever effort had been
underway got nipped in the bud,"
said McNeill.
Garbe said that despite
setbacks in negotiations, she is
satisfied with the outcome.
"It's been nutty, but I think
we're happy," said Garbe.
McNeill said that UBC will no
longer be affected by CUPE 116's
job action.
"Things go back to normal on
campus. Picket lines are down
immediately. Anybody who was
on strike is basically going back
to work, and the overtime ban is
lifted.... So that's good news for
the students, faculty and staff of
the university." Xi
—With files from Laura Rodgers Sports + Rec
Men's soccer continues to dominate
The No. 2 team in the nation beats Victoria, Fraser Valley
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Writer
The University of Victoria
Vikes played tough on Friday
night, but the UBC men's soccer team prevailed in a closely
contested battle, winning 2-1 at
Thunderbird Stadium.
The CIS No. 2 ranked T-Birds
(11-0-1) used timely scoring and
sound defence to withstand some
strong pressure from UVic (5-5-2),
and remained undefeated on the
year with just two games left in
the regular season.
Gagandeep Dosanjh continued his torrid pace and opened
the scoring just 11 minutes in,
converting a pass from Reynold
Stewart and taking advantage of a
miscue by the Vike keeper to give
UBC an early 1-0 lead.
"I thought we were quite good
overall in the first 15-20 minutes," said UBC head coach Mike
Mosher. "We generated a lot of
Dosanjh, who leads the Canada
West conference in scoring with
12 goals and eight assists, was
all over the place in the opening 45 minutes, creating several
scoring opportunities with his
blazing speed and barely missing
another goal when he nailed one
off the crossbar from outside the
18-yard box.
UBC controlled the play for
the majority of the first half, but
Victoria was able to counterattack.
The Vikes used a quick passing
play inside the box to tie the game
at 1-1 in the 23rd minute, as Craig
Gorman put one past a helpless
Luke O'Shea. The keeper was
otherwise strong in net for the
'Birds, making two saves, one of
which was a diving effort that
stopped a sure goal.
The second half saw both teams
struggle for good scoring opportunities. The Vikings missed a gorgeous chance early on when they
UBC fought off Victoria on Friday night, winning 2-1 and remaining undefeated on the year.
were staring at a wide-open net,
but the ball rung off the crossbar
and the score remained tied.
The T-Birds finally got their
chance in the 71st minute and capitalized. Third-year Paul Clerc got
his head on a Marco Visintin chip
into the box and it fooled the UVic
keeper, breaking the deadlock and
putting UBC up 2-1. It was a lead
the T-Birds wouldn't relinquish,
as they held off a late Victoria
push with a solid shut-down effort
on defence.
"The second goal was a good
goal," said Mosher. "It was a good
service in from Marco.... It was a
nice, quick in-swinging serve, and
Paul just got a little touch, and that
was the difference."
UBC will face the CIS No. 8
ranked Trinity Western Spartans
next weekend in a home-and-
home series. It will be a good test
for the 'Birds as they head into
the postseason right after facing
playoff-calibre teams like Victoria
and the Spartans.
"Get used to those one-goal
nail-biters where you're hanging on at the end," said Mosher.
"That's what you're going to see
down the line in the playoffs. It's
good to get those games to prepare
The T-Birds took care of the
University of the Fraser Valley
Cascades on Saturday night, winning 3-0. Milad Mehrabi tallied
twice, Brandon Ho scored the
third goal and Richard Meister
recorded the shutout for UBC.
UBC and TWU have sewed up
their Canada West Pacific division
playoff spots, while Victoria has
a four-point lead on UFV with
three games remaining. The 'Birds
will travel to Langley to play the
Spartans on Friday night and come
home to finish off the regular
season Saturday. Kickoff for both
games is at 7 p.m.Xt
UBC football
comes up short
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
Just like their effort to squeeze
into the final Canada West playoff spot, the UBC football team's
effort to stage a comeback on
Saturday afternoon against the
University of Manitoba Bisons
^H just wasn't enough. A 37-31
defeat at the hands of the Bisons
dropped the Thunderbirds to 2-5
f on the season, eliminating them
./ M from playoff contention.
_, The game had all the mak-
J^^lf   t^m    ings of a comeback for the ages.
^^H UBC trailed 30-4 at the half
and looked as if they would
be rolled over by Manitoba's
high-powered running game.
But 27 unanswered points later,
the T-Birds had taken the lead,
leading the Bisons 31-30 in the
fourth quarter.
Billy Greene was at the centre
of the charge, displaying the
strong throwing arm that hasn't
<AijAcoBsoNPHOTorrHEUBYssEY     been seen much this year. A
98-yard touchdown throw to
Jordan Grieve kickstarted the
turnaround in the third quarter,
and an 18-yard touchdown toss to
Andrew Darcovich at the start of
the fourth cut the lead to 13.
n f-k After an onside kick that the
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goals and eight assists) for           Greene quickly went back to
Gagandeep Dosanjh — eight        work, hooking up with Patrick
more than the next highest          Bull in the endzone on third
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this year —12 more than the way back when he found Dar.
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7 up by one.
goals allowed by UBC Yet the defence, which had
in 12 games this year — the been so instrumental in getting
fewest in the Canada West UBC that lead, couldn't make one
more stop. Bison running back
7 shutouts this year by the Anthony Coombs caught a pass
T-Birds from quarterback Cam Clark and
        took it to the endzone, giving
Manitoba the lead with just
under six minutes left.
  Greene was then picked off on
UBC's next possession, but the
Rorv Gattens
Staff Writer
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Men s hockey rolls to a sweep EiH —s
This gave the T-Birds one
last shot at keeping their playoff hopes alive. They marched
down into Manitoba territory,
^ converting on a couple of third
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who couldn't complete a pass to
Grieve to keep the drive alive,
ending the T-Birds' hopes of a
dramatic comeback.
It was a game reflective of
how the season has played out:
a poor start, a period where
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a glimmer of hope followed by a
slow rise of progress that stirred
^f*      »»jP^Ew some optimism.
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■Sfe the game, it proved to be all
^ for naught. The T-Birds simply
couldn't do enough to carry that
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short. It was an unfortunate and
with the four points [over the untimely end for a season and
weekend]." game that started out with so
White had to deal with a late much promise,
push by the Pronghorn offence, but Getting over such a tough loss
dealt with each effort with confi- is one thing; when that loss puts
dence. He made some sensational the team out of playoff conten-
late saves to preserve the UBC lead tion, it'll take a bit longer to deal
and hold on for the win. with. The truth is that after a
Next weekend UBC plays host to breakthrough 2011 campaign that
the Saskatchewan Huskies. Games saw them make the Canada West
will be on Friday, Oct. 26 and final, the UBC Thunderbirds
Saturday, Oct. 27 at Father David won't be making the playoffs in
Bauer Arena, a 2012. Xi
The UBC men's hockey team
finished off an important weekend
sweep of the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Saturday night with a 3-2
win at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.
After a convincing 5-1 win by
the T-Birds (4-1-1) on Friday night,
the Pronghorns (0-5-1) made life
more difficult for UBC on Saturday.
A goaltender change and a tighter
defensive core made it tough for
the Thunderbirds to penetrate
the offensive zone, but UBC
responded by getting pucks deep
into the attacking zone and relying
on their forecheck to pressure
the Pronghorns.
"That's our identity. We are a
forechecking cycling team and
everyone knows that," said UBC
head coach Milan Dragcevic. "Today we could've buried them early,
but [Lethbridge goalie] Damien
Ketlo played outstanding for them
and really kept them in the game."
Immediately after serving a
two-minute minor penalty, UBC
first-year forward Dillon Wagner
opened the scoring after he jumped
out of the box to start a 3-on-2,
which concluded with Wagner
tipping a Justin McCrae shot to
give the Thunderbirds an early advantage. A little over a minute later,
two-way forward Wyatt Hamilton
showed patience and perseverance
by knocking home his own rebound
to give UBC a 2-0 lead.
UBC goaltender Jordan White
looked poised in net during the
first, confidently dealing with the
limited Pronghorn attacks. But
a shot from the point by Hayden
Rintoul managed to find its way
past him with six minutes to go in
the first, as the puck bounced off a
UBC defenceman and into the net.
After the intermission, McCrae
scored his third goal of the weekend to increase the Thunderbird
lead to 3-1. The goal was a huge
relief for the team captain.
"The first couple of weekends
it kind of felt like I was slumping
and the pucks weren't bouncing
my way, but with this weekend I
got a couple of lucky bounces and
capitalized," said McCrae. "We
kept things simple: not getting
too fancy with the puck, limiting
our turnovers. With our guys, we
really just need to keep pucks going
forward and try to play in their end
as much as we can."
In the middle of the third period,
after a Thunderbird power play,
Lethbridge forward Tyler Hlookoff
flew out of the penalty box to latch
onto a brilliant forward pass by defenceman Chase Schaber. Hlookoff
calmly slotted home the breakaway
to cut the lead to 3-2.
Dragicevic was not pleased
with the Thunderbirds' brief lapse
in concentration, but was happy
overall with his team's effort to
conserve the lead.
"Mistakes like that cannot
happen. Everyone has to be aware
when that guy is coming back
onto the ice and just be smarter,"
he said.
"[But] I liked the way we responded to the goal by blocking key
shots in the last minute and a half.
We'll take the win and are happy MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2012    I    SPORTS + REC
Bieksa creates night to remember
Sold-out hockey game raises over $200,000 for three charities
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
In the most hyped hockey game
of the past few months, the UBC
men's hockey team and Bieksa's
Buddies didn't disappoint. Stellar
goals, crafty stickwork and generous donations to charity highlighted Wednesday's exhibition
at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre. A total of 15
goals were scored and $200,000
was donated to three Canuck
charities in Bieksa's Buddies'
come-from-behind 8-7 win over
the Thunderbirds.
The event was overall a big
success; the sold-out crowd was
thrilled at the chance to see their
favourite Canucks take the ice
and watch some of the best players in B.C. put on a show.
"When you throw an event like
this, there are so many things
that can go wrong.... I thought
for the most part it went pretty
smooth," said Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa,
who organized the event. "We
accomplished everything we
needed to. I think the fans had
a great time and they were very
receptive to everything.... For us
as players, we had a great time
playing a meaningful game, and
it was a success."
The pregame event was perhaps the most impressive and
important moment of the night.
A cheque for $100,000 was presented to three Canuck charities,
and it was then announced that
famed singer Michael Buble, who
was a coach for Bieksa's squad,
would match that total and donate an additional $100,000.
"I'm really lucky to be in the
position to be able to do something like that," said Buble, who
was originally going to play but
pulled out in favour of coaching.
"When I spoke to Kevin, I was
just thrilled that he would even
think to involve me in all of this.
And when it came down to it, I
asked him how much he hoped to
raise and he told me 100 grand,
and I told him, 'Let's make it
Once the action on the ice
started, there was no shortage
of goals and excitement. UBC
opened the scoring 5:23 in on a
nifty backhand by Ben Schmidt
that beat Canucks goalie Cory
Schneider. After Canuck Aaron
Volpatti tied it up at 1-1 a few
minutes later, the teams traded
goals for the remainder of the
period and the score stood at 3-3
after 20 minutes. Joe Antilla and
Nate Fleming tallied for UBC,
while Daniel Sedin and Volpatti
There was no lack of hockey action on Wednesday night at UBC, as Bieksa's Buddies and UBC combined for 15 goals.
added the others for Bieksa's Buddies.
T-Bird Jordan White made 13
saves on 16 shots in the opening
frame, while Schneider stopped
six of nine, despite letting in the
first two shots he faced. However, with Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo nowhere to be seen,
Schneider remained in the game.
The second period was all
UBC. A couple of nice passing
plays led to four unanswered
goals for the T-Birds, as Schmidt,
Fleming, Jessi Hilton and Cole
Pruden all scored for UBC to
make it 7-3 after 40 minutes.
Kraymer Barnstable came in and
stopped all seven shots he faced
in the period.
However, Bieksa's Buddies
seemed to flip a switch in the
final frame, controlling the play
for the remainder of the game.
T-Bird goalie Steven Stanford
was left out to dry on numerous
occasions, as the intricate puck
work of the Buddies — most
notably by the magical Sedins —
led to four easy goals that gave
them the lead. Bieksa's brother
Marty, Chris Higgins, Anaheim Duck Rod Pelley, Manny
Malhotra and Daniel Sedin all
found the back of the net, and
Schneider finally found his form
to stop all the shots he faced to
give Bieksa's Buddies the come-
from-behind victory.
The game didn't end in traditional fashion, however. After
the T-Birds pulled their goalie
for the extra attacker, the Buddies proceeded to pull Schneider,
meaning there were no goalies
on the ice for the remaining 22
seconds of the game. But UBC
couldn't capitalize, and the contest ended 8-7.
Following regulation time,
both teams partook in a shootout, with each squad selecting 10
players to shoot. Neil Manning
and Scott Wasden both scored
for UBC, while Dan Hamhuis
and Max Lapierre scored for the
Buddies to even it at two. On the
final shot, the 'Birds put all three
goalies in net to face Volpatti, and
stopped him to ensure that the
shootout ended in a draw.
Despite falling short in the
game, the 'Birds had nothing but
positive thoughts about the game.
"All the guys were really
excited; it's not every day you get
to play against pros and some of
your idols growing up," said first-
year Scott MacDonald. "It was
definitely a fun opportunity."
"The biggest thing we wanted to see was 5,000-plus people
walking away that had fun," said
head coach Milan Dragicevic.
"[We wanted] to really showcase how good our hockey is and
how good our players are,... that
it's entertaining and it's a lot of
fun, and I thought we did that. I
thought our guys put on a good
The Canucks all relished the
opportunity to get out and play
an actual game.
"It was a lot of fun. It was
certainly the most fun I've ever
had giving up seven goals," said
Schneider after the game. "Hopefully it doesn't happen too much
"It was a fun game just to start
zipping the puck around a little
bit again and [get a] kind of game
sense," said Canucks forward
Manny Malhotra. "Playing in
front of fans again was a fun feeling, but it was nice to get a win."
It was a night with few flaws.
Bieksa's goals for the game were
to raise money for charity and
entertain the fans, and both were
definitely accomplished.
The lockout has been unfortunate for many people — players,
fans, charities funded by the
Canucks — but for one night, all
of that was forgotten, thanks to
the work of Kevin Bieksa. Xi
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It's no secret that finding free parking
on UBC campus is close to impossible.
Since the late '90s, the university
has been trying to reduce parking on
campus. Three thousand parking spots
on campus have been eliminated since
1997 — a reduction of about 25 per cent.
The price of daily parking in surface
lots has also tripled since then, from
Today, there are only 8,510 parking
spaces on campus.
"The [number of] lots will continue
to shrink as we go through in time,"
said Debbie Harvie, managing director
of University Community Services-—
According to Harvie, parking lots
are being removed to make room for
the creation of new academic buildings
on campus.
Guiding the trend is the university's
Sustainability Plan, which aims to
reduce emissions on campus; limited
parking means fewer people driving
to UBC.
"I think people have become more
conscious of social sustainability and
not needing your car... when they can
have transit options," said Harvie.
Many people bike or bus to campus,
but Harvie said she feels spots should
still be available for people who choose
to drive.
"Our parkades are not full," Harvie
added. "On any given day, the only one
that does get a little bit full is Health
As such, UBC has no plans to build
'another parkade. The price of parking
'is scheduled to remain fixed as well,
..including the available parking passes.
The state of parking policy on
'UBC campus has been heatedly
-debated in the past, and last fall,
new regulations for parking were
'instituted accordingly.
The update followed a 2006 class
^action lawsuit filed against UBC by
'versity did not have the legal authority
-to issue parking tickets on campus. In
__early 2010, the B.C. Court of Appeal
'ruled that it is legal for UBC to issue
-parking tickets. Consequently, parking
^regulations were updated and passed
by the UBC Board of Governors in
'September 2011.
"If people don't pay, they will get
tickets and ultimately will get towed,
'and that can be very expensive,"
said Harvie.
New parking regulations were also
introduced in the residential neighbourhoods on campus last winter.
..Distinct from the rules on the rest of
campus, these were put into place to
'prevent drivers from parking in front
-of residents' houses. The regulations
a sticker or permit, and violators of
any of these regulations can now be
-towed immediately.
"There has been clear relief in
people now being able to park their
vehicles where they should have been
able to park them: in front of their residences," said Erica Frank, a director of
the University Neighbourhoods Association, the organization responsible
for representing residents of market
housing on campus.
Frank did express some issues with
the signage enforcing these new regulations. "I think the signs are clear, but
I've had friends towed and they're...
smart people, but they missed it, and
that's no fun."
As parking has decreased, car-sharing programs like Car2Go, Zipcar and
Modo have appeared on campus as
alternatives to driving.
Car2Go, introduced on campus last
February, currently has 28 designated
parking spaces on campus. Zipcar
has six vehicles currently on campus
and Modo has nine, accordingto
their websites.
Despite UBC's interest in reducing
driving to and around campus, Harvie
said these car-sharing programs allow
the university to meet people halfway.
"If people need a car from time to
time, we're tryingto make that available to them," she said.
—Sarah Bigam
Jt*& students, if any, talk about the^.
bus loop as a focal point at UBC. To j
most, the wet, pitted concrete is just j
another part of their grinding com- ;
mute. But with the construction set to !
transform campus, some see potential j
for the bus loop to become the heart I
of campus.                                           ■—!
In September, UBC announced its ;
plans for an underground bus parking :
depot to be constructed by 2016. !
Despite these new plans, the location I
of the campus bus loop has been a I
contentious issue between students, I
TransLink and UBC for some time. I
UBC that date back to the late 1990s
showed that both parties were interested in building an underground bus
loop. The current aboveground bus
loop, built in 2004, was intended to
be temporary.
"If TransLink's funding doesn't
come through, they have no other
source of funding and they will have
to cancel the underground bus loop,"
said former AMS President Blake
out by the AMS.
Unfortunately, this was exactly
"mecasefTn Octefcer 2pJ}9f TransLink
announced it would not be committing funds to the construction
of an underground bus loop due to
regional funding shortfalls — mak-
ingUBC short $10 million of the $50
million project.
Without TransLink's support,
C+CP was unsure about how it would
move forward.
"One of the problems with the
transit terminal is there are a number
of other initiatives at play right now,
including the Student Union Building
and the Alumni Centre, and we have
to bear in mind that what we see on
the ground is goingto change," said
Joe Stott, director of C+CP, in 2010.
After discussing several options,
C+CP and campus infrastructure
planners have since agreed to keep
the bus loop at surface level but move
it next to War Memorial Gym and
closer to the new SUB, which is set to
open in 2014.
The AMS in particular supported
this approach, hoping the new SUB
would be the point of arrival for students on busses.
For now, most busses remain isolated on the edge of Maclnnes Field.
However, Stott said in 2010 that UBC
aims to incorporate transportation as
a main feature of campus.
"We need to make sure, when we
provide better facilities for the transit
riders to and from UBC, that it's integrated into a whole, rather than sort
of a disjointed approach," he said.
—Alvin Yu
From bike racks to bus
loops, UBC campus is
shaped by the many
transportation services
it hosts. Whether they
bus, bike or drive, nearly
50,000 students rely on
this infrastructure to get
them through their days.
Throughout the past dec- MONDAY, OCTOBER 22,2012    |    FEATURE    |   7
For many UBC students, the U-Pass is
a vital part of their everyday routine.
Though it is one of the AMS's most successful programs, the U-Pass has faced
many referenda, redesigns and prob-
"UBC identified a need for a studei
transit program to address single
introduced the U-Pass program, U-Pass j
UBC, in 2003," explained Margaret ;
Eckenfelder, acting director of UBC's ;
Transportation Planning office. j
Introduced at a fee of $20 per month, j
the U-Pass program was a significant i
success. According to a 2011 TransLink j
update, ridership has nearly quadrupled ;
from 19,000 trips per weekday in 1997 I
to over 75,000 in 2011. TransLink cites j
the U-Pass program as a financial hit, ;
saving students an average of $400 ;
per term. ;
"j>2!3T)372p05,2008 and 2011, there j
•rfere A$&8f5erendums to confirm^, ;
support for the program, and each time j
those referendums were run, it was ;
confirmed [by] above 90 per cent of the j
voting students," recounted Ecken- j
felder. The most recent referendum in ;
March 2011 saw 95 per cent of voters in ;
support of renewing the program. j
U-Pass is not without its share of
problems. Access to transit is a common
concern among students, caused in part
by overcrowding. Since 1997, transit to
UBC has seen a 208 per cent increase in
overall ridership.
Students have also complained
about their inability to opt out of the
U-Pass program. A 2010 transit review
of students by UBC's Trek Transportation Planning found that 10 per cent of
students had no intention of using their
In fall 2011, the program switched to
a monthly pass in an effort to combat fraud. Replacement policies were
tightened for lost or stolen U-Passes,
limiting students to one replacement
per term.
"We've never proven fraud,... but
we were getting excessive numbers of
people requesting replacement passes,"
said Eckenfelder.
In the next phase of its life, the
U-Pass will go electronic. In continuing
efforts to combat fraud, the new format,
called the Compass, will be scanned on
a sensor to permit boarding.
Though Eckenfelder explained that
discussions with the provincial government are still ongoing, she said she
hoped the U-Pass program continues to
be supported by UBC in some form.
"[It's] always a work in progress,"
she said.
—Lillian Lames
On a campus the size of UBC's, tra\
eling on foot is not always the most
feasible option. Though biking has
become a popular form of transportation for many students, it is not
without its challenges.
"We have had 25 or 30 bike sales
in September and we've had more
than 500 requests for bikes," said
Lucas Gallagher, the current manager of the UBC Bike Kitchen, who
has been working at the shop for
five years^
Run through the UBC Bike Co-op,
the Bike Kitchen offers full service
repairs, from fixing broken bikes to
refurbishing and selling used bikes.
Founded in 1998 with the support
of the AMS and UBC's Transportation Planning office, the Bike Co-op
has a strong history of supporting
bikers on campus. It's well-known
for offering a fleet of used bikes for
campus commuting, all painted
purple and yellow.
"They don't belong to an individual; they belong to the collective," said Gallagher. "They do get
damaged, they do break down. It's
just a natural part of life for purple
But once your bike is fixed, where
to put it? The structural facilities
available for storing and securing
bikes on campus have evolved over
the years.
"We have bike lockers or bike
lockers for people to put their wet
clothing in the bike cages," said
Margaret Eckenfelder, director of
Transportation Planning.
- Last April, 54 bike lockers were
added to various locations around
campus. The 97 per cent occupation
-rate indicates a heavy demand for
secure bike parking spaces at UBC.
"You walk around campus, you
-will see the bike racks are pretty
.Jull," said Eckenfelder.
tation Planning, Gallagher said UBC
campus isn't always kind to bikers.
"Bike theft is pretty bad on campus," he said. "That's probably the
biggest thing keeping people from
cycling onto campus."
Gallagher also said he feels
campus is not specifically designed
for cycling.
"Cycling wasn't the first motion
they thought of when laying out the
-Campus. It's kind of a free-for-all.
Once you get inside, where there's no
driving on roads,... service vehicles,
bikes [and] walking people are kind
of all mixed together," he said.
.   "Increasingly as they build new
buildings, there's more facilities
being created, there's more thoughts
given [to] bikes, so I think it's on the
rise," said Gallagher. "[But] there's
always room for improvements." Xi
-Erin May
ade, these services have been in
flux. Systems like the U-Pass have
shaped the way students travel to
campus. Parking your car has become a thorny issue, while amen
ities for cyclists have become
expected. The planning of such
essential services is complicated
— and not without its share of
debate. This supplement exam
ines both the deliberate and unintended results as transportation
infrastructure evolves on campus.
Though the systems may change,
their importance does not: just
ask any UBC student, whether
they're 15 minutes from class by
bike or 50 minutes by bus.
Natalya Kautz
Features Editor Culture I
David Ng proudly displays the climate change card, designed by Lindsay Chetek.
Gotta learn 'em all
New card game developed by UBC prof teaches kids biodiversity through play
Zafira Rajan
Senior Lifestyle Writer
The popular phenomenon of
Pokemon lives on today, but with
an unexpected twist: a card game
about biodiversity. David Ng, a UBC
faculty member and supervisor of
the Advanced Molecular Biology
Laboratory at Michael Smith
Laboratories, has taken the online
community by storm with his
crowd-sourcing creation, phylo.
"The inspiration to do this came
from data showing that kids out
there are really good at knowing
stuff and categorizing information,"
Ng said. "The model we're using is
based on the data on how well kids
know about Pokemon culture. They
know all these statistics to dizzying
degrees, and ifyou compare that to
what they know about the animals
and plants in their backyard, it's a
huge difference."
Phylo has been in the works since
January 2010. Ng brought together scientists and artists to design
decks of printable cards that can be
easily accessed through the website,
"Seeing all these expertise pools
come together was really neat," he
said. "Over the past couple of years,
what is available now is pretty
amazing because it literally came
from nothing; it's just hundreds of
people doing a little bit, and then it
becomes this grand project."
Ng said he is particularly grateful
towards phylo's artists, the majority
of which are locally based. "We
want to figure out a way where we
can compensate artists down the
road," Ng said. "So the community
has talked about getting museums
or nonprofits to host decks and
work out a way where high-quality cards are produced and artists
are paid.
"If so, the host has the ability
to sell the cards to recoup the
investment, and thus everyone is
happy. [Artists are] getting paid,
the museum or NGO is getting their
deck and any revenue that comes in,
[and] the artist can stipulate that it
goes towards good things, like field
trips or research."
Phylo's artwork varies from
illustrations to paintings to photographs, so different decks can
appeal to various age groups.
"We had 100 elementary students come for a workshop, where
we showed them a bunch of different cards and asked them which
ones they liked best," Ng explained.
"We found that the kids liked them
all, but the prevailing factor was
that they were simply very good at
knowing when the art was good
and that there was talent behind it.
Whether the images are scientific
or not, it works to our advantage
because people can choose what
they like."
Ng and his team have been
experimenting further with the
use of the decks in classrooms.
"We're tryingto setup a situation
where classrooms can make their
own decks.... A whole class could
potentially produce their own deck.
We have piloted this in a number of
schools, and found that kids love it."
Ng's next Phylo project is a deck
in collaboration with the Beaty
Biodiversity Museum.
"We collaborated with Beaty, and
it was a good way to start off with a
pilot project," he said. "They came
up with a species list with local emphasis, as well as elements relating
[to] their exhibits. Before next summer, the cards should be released
and they'll sell [the deck], with the
card's revenue going towards their
outreach programs."
Ng said he is excited about how
the game will evolve. "Imagine, if
you will, every natural history museum in the world saying that they
want to host a deck. You're beginning to create this card culture of
all these different types of cards....
In theory, all of these cards can be
played with each other because
they are all part of the same game....
We could end up with a huge card
base." tH
Sorrows adds modern edge to 100-year-old Goethe novel
Jeremy Avery
The second show of the Theatre at
UBC season only had a brief run,
but Fannina Waubert de Puiseau's
adaptation of Goethe's The Sorrows
of Young Werther certainly made its
This staging of the infamous
German novel tells the story of a
young man, Werther, who has fallen in love with a married woman.
Unable to deal with the pain of
unrequited love, the hero takes his
own life, but not before sharing
his innermost torments with
the audience.
With judicious use of video
projections and modern pop songs,
de Puiseau's approach to the material had moments of wonderful
liveliness that fired up the imagination. Needless to say, Ryan Beil's
performance as Werther only added
fuel to that fire.
He set the tone with a dramatic
and unexpected start, entering
through the same doorway that the
audience had used mere moments
before and ambling down the stairway towards the stage. The relaxed,
familiar entrance had some audience members tittering at first, but
as the dialogue unfolded, it proved
an effective way to quickly connect
audience to character.
Though he was dressed in a plaid
shirt, jeans and Converse hightops,
Werther's verbose reflections on
life and love harkened back to an
older style of storytelling. But one
well-placed "Fuck!" as he rummaged through his belongings loosened up the crowd and indicated
that the production was willing to
challenge expectations.
With the house lights on, the
first quarter-hour relied heavily on
Beil's ability to take command over
the space and earn the attention of
the audience. He succeeded: alternately grandiose and coarse, his
Werther seemed at least casually
aware of his own contradictions,
which removed the danger of caricature and introduced the amusing
facets of this young man's personality.
As Werther gradually became
undone, Beil's performance only got
stronger and more involved, what
could have been a two-dimensional
performance became a complete
and convincing commitment to
the character.
The relationship that Werther
had with his motel room was also
mesmerizing; the violence enacted
upon it was truly frightening.
On the production front, the
work of projection and lighting
designer Matthew Norman was one
of the strongest points of the show.
It was subtle at first, with a simple
projection of the date on the back
Ryan Beil stars in this contemporary stage adaptation of Goethe's novel The Sorrows of Young Werther.
wall. But as the story unraveled,
the audience was presented with
the purples of infatuation, the stark
and sickly white-greens of jealousy,
and the hot, consuming reds of consumptive passion. Part of Werther's
world was washed in the night
rain, another was afloat in a lonely
lagoon, and still another was lit by
cathedral windows.
The lighting was brilliant and
unforgettable; it was crucial in add
ing substance to the one-man show.
It was so effective in the second
half of the performance that, in
retrospect, it seemed curiously
underutilized in the first half.
The only criticism that can be
leveled at de Puisseau is that she
may not be aware of just how talented she is with her risk-taking. The
production's flaws seemed mostly
related to any conservative choices
that were made, the vestiges of old
work that would have been best
left in the past. The antique style of
dialogue became tiresome, even in
the talented hands of Beil.
Any attempt at modernization
and adaptation is bound to be a roll
of the dice, as it runs the risk of
alienating purists in the audience.
But this work was undoubtedly at
its best moments when it left convention behind and plunged boldly
ahead. tJ MONDAY, OCTOBER 22,2012    |    CULTURE    |    9
On Oct. 27, Bassnectar, Santa Cruz's dubstep
demon, will arrive in the quiet neighbourhood of
Point Grey. In a phone interview with The Ubyssey,
the DJ mused on death metal, touring and mixing
8uinn Aebi
Ubyssey: It must be tough being on the
road for long periods of time. How do you
keep Yourself sane?
B: You know, I'm pretty used to it. It's all very
natural at this point. I remember doing, like,
14 nights in a row in 2001, and people would
go, "How are you doing that?" And I'd be like,
well, I've been doing it for a longtime, 'cause
I've been doing it since '96. So at this point it's
like riding a bike.
U: No doubt. It seems like you're on the
road all year.
B: Yeah, well, it's comfortable. I've got a great
crew and actually make and listen to all of my
music in my headphones.... I'm always working on new tracks and just zipping around
doing the tours. It's lots of fun.
U: Are the artists that go on tour with you
friends of yours?
B: One way or another, they're friends of mine
— whether before or after. But I do like to be
buddies with folks on the road. I like to plan
out each show as if it's a special event.
I want to have a j ourney of music b egin
kind of slowly and build up throughout the
night, with each person hopefully contributing something that's creative and unique. So
I'm not looking for, like, some bloodbath of 50
dubstep DJs. [I want] an eclectic event.
U: I know you said that freestyling
played a big part in the making of the new
EP. How does that work in creating an
B: Actually, I don't really write albums.... I
work on multiple songs at once, year-round,
24/7. And when I end up with a certain
amount, I put them onto an album or an EP
and release them. The songs are created
for a live experience, so each song that I've
written is developed to be a unique kind of
section of the journey for each night.
There's a lot of demand for new stuff. I've
got people traveling from show to show and
paying attention and kind of always wanting
a new tweak out. So I'm always coming back
and remixing my old music and making
new versions.
U: Tell me about your live set-up. Do you
actually fade from song to song?
B: I took a lot from Z-Trip. I had a lot of
influence from him in terms of how scratch
DJs perform using routines.
I've worked out several hundred, maybe
even a thousand little routines that last from
one minute to five minutes. Within these
routines, it's like a choose-your-adventure
book; I can go a million different directions. I've got all these different cue-points
and clips for each song and instrumentals
and a capellas and all this different stuff
... and then the songs kind of gel together
improvisationally. And then I skip between
routines. It's an adventure for me, so I can
only imagine that it's an adventure for other
U: I know that you have some metal roots.
Would you say you still have some metal
B: I'm constantly acquiring new ideas from
other people and just being influenced by
other things, but I'm still influenced by all the
death metal and punk rock from my childhood.
U: Last question. On tour, besides
working with your music, what are your
hobbies and interests?
I would say I'm about 50 per cent into music
and 50 per cent into community and culture.
And I love planning out the events and the
tours just as much as I do the music. So it's
pretty much like two full-time jobs and then
mixed in with that are a bunch of side projects
that I do with other friends.... And if I have
any free time, which I don't, I dunno.... I like
writing, I like reading, I like hiking.... All the
basic shit, but I don't get too much time for
that stuff, a
—With files from Anna Zoria
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Job action offers campus
left a chance to rally
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UBC cross-disciplinary superstar David Ng's latest project,
Phylogame.org, is brilliant.
Inspired by the success of
Pokemon, Phylo takes a few tips
from Magic: The Gathering and
other card games to teach kids
about taxonomy in a fun and
interactive way. Many of the
cards and their artwork come
from user submissions, all freely
available for download on the
game's website.
This is the kind of research
we'd like to see more of from
UBC — research that provides
tangible benefits to the general
public. It has both academic and
popular aspects. Sure, getting
cited is what ultimately earns
you points within the academy,
but we think that it's oftentimes
out of step with what society
wants from universities.
But can academics be blamed
for the pursuit of the almighty
citation if that's what their
institutions are pushing? Universities can talk all they want
about what they provide to
communities, but if citations are
still the main goal, researchers
will continue to produce work
that is only really of value to
other researchers.
Crowdsourcing, gamification,
edutainment — Phylo brings
more buzzwords than you can
shake a cliche at. But until
universities can escape the doldrums of academic publishing,
projects like Phylo will continue
to be the exception, not the rule.
Hey! Free textbooks! That
sounds kind of cool, I guess!
I just spent $300 at the UBC
Bookstore last month! If the government wants to give me free
textbooks, that sounds awesome!
Well, that's the reaction the
provincial government hoped
they'd get from your regular
UBC student when they announced a half-baked plan for
free online textbooks last week.
It's a shiny, uncontroversial,
feel-good public relations move:
a tiny band-aid over a post-secondary sector that's otherwise
been cut severely and left
to fester.
Do they know what texts
will be available under the new
program? No!
Do they know who will make
the textbooks? No!
Do they have any idea how
much it'll cost to make them?
How will they get profs and
classes to actually use the new
texts? Who cares, that's someone else's problem!
There are already some
e-textbooks out there that cost a
hell of a lot less than print ones,
so why isn't anyone using them
already? That doesn't matter!
Why are they creating an
in-house online "repository"
when there are so many cheaper,
better, more reliable ways to do
that elsewhere? We really have
no idea!
And the group that's being
contracted to get all of this done,
BCcampus, has a few projects
in the works that are a little less
benign than helping you pay less
for your Sociology 101 course
Their plans mention trying to
save money by moving more of
B.C.'s higher education system
online, i.e. away from the classroom. They also talk about creating "shared services" across
different schools to replace
things like enrolment systems,
something vehemently opposed
by the CUPE 116 union at UBC,
which reached a tentative agreement with UBC yesterday after
weeks of strikes and tension.
So, really, the Ministry of Advanced Education doesn't have a
plan about how they want to get
this done, other than their hope
that it'll make you temporarily
forget how bad they are at their
Don't get your hopes up about
how much money it'll save you;
for all we know, everyone will
forget about this project until
May, when the current government will, in all likelihood, be
voted out.
What (allegedly) happened at
the Osborne Centre earlier this
month is horrifying. And for the
most part, things worked how
they ought to: the authorities
were notified and the reported
voyeur will soon appear before
a judge.
But based on the information
that's out there, this wasn't the
first time such an incident has
occurred at Osborne. We have
to wonder if something should
have been done at the facility
level after the first time a suspicious person was reported lurking around the change rooms.
The Osborne Centre isn't a
great building. The hallways
are narrow and poorly lit, and
there's no central entrance
monitored by a front desk. It's
kind of a creepy building to
begin with — the kind designed
to withstand an atomic bomb
rather than provide visibility
and security for the people who
work and study there.
We think there are a few
simple tweaks that could make
the Osborne Centre safer. At the
Aquatic Centre, for example,
people entering the change
rooms have to register at the
front desk, either with a student
card or membership.
Access is controlled by turnstile, and no one gets in who isn't
supposed to be there. Of course,
the two buildings don't serve
the exact same purpose: one is
a public swimming facility, the
other is a space with classrooms, a gym and labs. But the
metered access model would be
inexpensive to implement, and
hopefully not overly intrusive, as
the centre is used primarily by
kinesiology students.
Upping security would probably be an expensive and not terribly effective stop-gap measure.
And the message we're getting
from campus security and the
RCMP isn't that reassuring.
In a nutshell, they're advising
people to look after themselves
and their friends, and to report
any suspicious activity. People
should absolutely be doing this,
but it's disturbing that more systemic changes didn't take place
as soon as it was clear people
didn't feel safe in the building. Xi
In 2009, former AMS President Blake Frederick made a formal human rights complaint
to the United Nations over high tuition. Many students saw it as a ridiculous stunt, and
since then we've see little of tne "campus left."
by Gordon Katie
Since former AMS President
Blake Frederick lodged a formal
complaint to the United Nations
around rising tuition (otherwise
known as "UN-gate"), we haven't
seen much of the campus left.
However, the service worker strike
at UBC presents an opportunity to
reignite this long-dormant movement for decreased tuition. A confluence of three key factors makes
for a rather combustible situation.
First, the interests of both parties — employers and employees —
align against one common target:
the provincial government. When
you speak to the striking workers,
you would expect to hear resentful
screeds about dictatorial bosses.
But in this case, "the university's
hands are tied" is a common worker refrain. The government has
bound the hands of the university
through provincial mandates and
budget cuts that forbid or restrict
wage increases.
At the same time, universities
are increasingly frustrated with
the provincial government's
cuts to post-secondary funding.
In March, presidents of 25 B.C.
colleges and universities signed a
letter which said they were "very
concerned" over the 2012 budget.
The second factor is the stagnating economy and the increased
media attention in Canada and
the United States on the rising
financial pressures facing recent
graduates. The Quebec strikes
and the Occupy movement can be
thanked for forcing this issue into
the public consciousness, particularly with respect to student
debt. Students are starting to
realize that tuition levels are rising
because university budgets have
been squeezed by government cuts
to post-secondary education.
As I noted in my column last
week, the percentage of university operating revenues from
government sources was 90 per
cent during the 1970s, but now
approaches just 50 per cent. That
budget shortfall has made the
academy increasingly dependent
on tuition and private donations,
fundamentally transforming the
university experience.
The third factor is the resurgence of organized labour. Public
workers, particularly in the United
States, have fought enormous
cutbacks and efforts to curtail
their collective bargaining rights.
We have had similar high-profile
conflicts in Canada, where the
federal government threatened
back-to-work legislation against
Air Canada employees. From
teachers to nurses, CUPE 116
and even Walmart employees,
organized labour has revived itself
in response to this latest round of
austerity measures.
In an effort to elicit broader
support, this new rise has featured
a greater emphasis on labour's
common interest with other
segments of society. Many were
saying labour's conspicuous absence from the Occupy movement
signaled its irrelevance, but it has
instead been energized by the allegiances it has made with this large
network of activists.
In the debate around public
sector unions, we can see a reiteration of the claim that strong
public sector unions lift wages in
the private sector — an effort to
demonstrate that the interests of
organized labour are the interests
of all labour. In this particular
strike, there is a sensitivity to
the interests of students. Not
only does CUPE 116 have many
students in their ranks, but they
have distributed literature that
expresses the common interests
between students and employees, and have been careful not to
picket classrooms.
When I spoke with Colleen
Garbe of CUPE 116, she affirmed
that their ultimate target is the
provincial government, not
students, who themselves are
struggling from the same post-secondary budget cuts that are
responsible both for lower wages
and increased tuition.
All three groups — students,
universities and employees —
should recognize their common
interest in pressuring the provincial government for reinvestment
in post-secondary education.
Campus leftists should use this
unique confluence of historical
factors to reassert their alternative vision for a university with
the provincial funding necessary
to lower tuition, raise service
worker wages and stimulate the
broader economy.
Going forward, the campus left
needs to make political allegiances with these two groups. It
cannot take merely an academic
interest in organized labour; it
must take an earnest look at the
issues facing UBC's workers, the
same people who cook, clean and
care for students so that they
may read abstract theories of
worker exploitation.
The campus left must also abandon the notion of the university
administrator boogeyman. At least
in the short term, it should make
alliances with the university, recognizing that they are as squeezed
by cuts to post-secondary education as students are by rising
tuition. tJ Scene
Classroom crushes and going
Dr. Warnes,
by Dr. Bryce Warnes
lamina pretty small faculty and I
see the same girl in all my classes. I
think she's pretty but I don't really
wanna talk to her, she seems like a
bitch. Is it creepy to just enjoy the
view from afar?
Dear Seenster,
What makes this person seem like
a bitch? Is she outspoken? Does
she fail to smile at you or behave
in a pliable, flirtatious manner? Or
does she seem like a bitch because
you don't think you stand a chance
with her? Consider these questions
before you completely write off
her personality.
That being said, as long as you're
not overtly ogling the female in
question in a way that makes her
(or others) uncomfortable, I don't
see a problem. One of the caveats
of participating in public life is
that people who find you attractive can look at you. Gazing upon
an individual's physical beauty
without ever getting to know them
isn't especially creepy — just kind
of sad.
Dr. Warnes,
I am currently a third-year Arts
student at UBC. My degree has been
seeming less and less relevant and
enjoyable for me. I am considering
dropping out of school and joining
the Canadian Forces. I have looked
into it, and the Army seems like a
perfect fit for me. What should I do?
Name Rank and Number
Dear NRaN,
Go for it. Serving in the armed
forces will provide you with a
steady income as well as experiences that few other Canadians will
ever have. You'll get the opportunity to travel, and possibly subsidize
your university schooling in case
you decide to finish your degree.
At the same time, you will be
protecting our country's economic interests abroad, allowing our
civilian population to continue
living and dying and shopping in
relative peace.
You say you've "looked into it,"
so I'll assume you've done your
homework and know the personal
risks involved.
But before you apply, make sure
you're totally okay with killing
people. You don't want to have issues
further down the line when you realize that you've violently ended the
lives of not just Bad Guys, but fathers
and sons, and maybe mothers and
their children (accidents happen).
Also, try to become comfortable
with the fact that you may see close
friends suddenly killed in the line
of duty.
Your training will prepare you for
these eventualities to a degree. But
be aware that therapy and medication may become an important part
of your life in the future.
Stay safe. Xi
Do you have a question for Dr.
Bryce? Ask anonymously online at
ubyssey. ca/advice.
UBCPT, better known as the UBC Properties Trust, is
a wholly owned company that manages the real estate
assets of the university. As such, they're responsible
for all the new buildings on campus (and at UBC
Okanagan), as well as selling all the prime market
housing on our lovely Point Grey campus. Since they're
a private-ish company, they aren't subject to the
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
So basically we have no idea how they make decisions
about development. Democracy!
What It Smells Like Now
Skipping showers since 1918
I think the signs are clear, but I've had friends towed and
they're smart people. They missed [the signs] and that's no
fun.... The tow trucks are out here a lot, it seems to me.
Erica Frank
Director of the University Neighbourhoods Association
(on getting your car towed on campus)
Because you haven't taken
a shower in three weeks.
Because no one has emptied that garbage can in the
cornerof 1KB. #strikes
Because TransLink needs
to stop blasting the heat
every two minutes when
it's a torrential downpour
outside. #haterain
Seriously? #wehateGS
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