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Theatre at UBC stages Chekhov's
famous tragicomedy
AMS election candidates make their platforms known at Monday and
Tuesday night's debates. // Page 2
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Winnie is overwhelmed by the beauteous nature of UBC
Winnie Code finds people
exhausting, prefers Mars
"/ have never drawn so many sports on one page. Drawing sports is
exhausting. Thinking about sports is exhausting. I will now retreat into
my fantasy world where physical exertion is irrelevant." Illustration by
Indiana Joel.
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Tara Chan
One of Winnie Code's first
leadership experiences was
being in charge of her class
pet for several years starting
in kindergarten.
"Do you know how much
pressure it is for a six-year-old?"
she said.
Now, Code is making the
transition from caring for
small animals to running for
AMS presidency. But don't use
the word "running" — Code is
Originally from a far, far away
land called Ottawa, the third-
year sociology major chose to
make the perilous journey to
UBC, nestled in the city of Vancouver, an exotic place where it
rains all the time.
Running her campaign has
been tiresome. Code finds
being around other people very
exhausting and believes that
her dream job is to escape UBC
to become the president ofthe
new Mars colony instead. The
only dealbreaker is that on Mars,
she would not be able to walk to
her workplace — and she is very
"People are very difficult, and
it would be much easier if they
were all controlled by one person
— the president — who would
also be authoritarian."
Code's biggest regret at UBC
so far is not being president for
all of her previous years here,
to break the glass ceiling for
herself. That way, people would
be used to a female president by
now and make the idea of running as a female candidate less of
a novelty.
"I took this gender studies
course and I found out that
women aren't actually just half a
person but a full person, so then
I was like, 'Wow, I can be the
first AMS female president.'"
She hopes the female student
population at UBC can relate
to her because she "look[s] up
to Oprah, like every woman
does." Other typical hobbies
include counting gold, drinking
rain and working hard, like any
patriotic citizen.
"I [also] have a job, sort of
like a regular person," she said.
"I drink my wine out of bags
like a citizen would. Also, I
am a Canadian citizen. That's
very important.
"I tend to go around and sign
up for every single club that
would give me free food because
that is the best way to eat food
for free, which is one of my biggest goals in life," said Code. "So
I just sign up for whichever club
and then immediately mark all
their emails as spam."
The main issue Code is
concerned about is the massive
deficit the AMS is currently running. She thinks it is the worst,
and says it needs to be corrected
by cutting the budget. Areas that
need severe trimming? CiTR,
Sprouts, furniture, The Ubyssey
— the works.
After all, Code said, she can't
be voted in solely based on her
"good looks and sweet-talking."
If elected as president for the
country of UBC, Code would
celebrate with style.
"I would probably go home
and take a nap, because we can't
really spend too much right now
and I already own a bed. I might
drink my bag of wine, probably
alone in the dark, listening to
Sarah McLachlan."
As our potential future
leader, Code wants all her ruled
citizens to remember in their
hearts that "Winnie and wine
go together like beer and pickles
for breakfast."
I would probably go
home and take a nap. I
might drink my bag of
wine, probably alone in
the dark, listening to
Sarah McLachlan.
Winnie Code
AMS presidential candidate, on
what she would do if she won the
Some invaluable advice she
hopes to pass down to next
year's candidates running for
president is to not run. "I don't
want anyone else to run. [I am]
very pro-walking at this point.
But I mean, that's just beside the
Once president, Code would
like to make a whole bunch of
laws so that she can walk around
UBC as what she believes to
be the first woman to be AMS
President forever until she shrivels up and continues her reign in
the next world. XI
This is the second of four profiles
on the AMS presidential candidates. Despite Code's avid protestations, she is indeed running as a
joke candidate in this year's AMS
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Email all candidates to printeditor@ubyssey.ca. // News
VNUARY 23,20
Managing director of athletics and recreation Ashley Howard spoke about the review process at a press conference on Tuesday.
Initial sports review gives 16 teams varsity status
Sarah Bigam
News Editor
Sixteen of UBC's 29 sports teams
have secured their varsity status
in future years.
UBC released the initial results
of its sports targeting review on
Tuesday. Men's football, rugby
and soccer; women's field hockey,
ice hockey and volleyball; as
well as both men's and women's
basketball, cross-country, rowing,
swimming and track and field
will all remain varsity teams.
Notably absent from the list
are women's soccer, men's hockey
and men's volleyball.
Managing director of athletics
Ashley Howard said at a press
conference that the remaining
13 varsity teams and five AMS
sports clubs will now have to sub
mit a plan outlining how they will
better meet the review criteria
in the future if they want to be
considered for varsity status.
This second stage ofthe review
will end in late February.
According to a press release,
"a number of other teams are
expected to be added" at the end
of this stage.
UBC also announced $500,000
in additional funding to varsity sports, for a total increase
of $800,000 beginning in
April 2014.
The university maintains
that this review is necessary
to improve the quality of UBC
varsity sports, and that in order
to make this happen, some teams
will likely lose varsity status even
if all 29 current teams met the
"We've decided alongside our
strategy for sustainability is one
for excellence," Howard said. "So
there is a budget factor there, and
at some point we do draw the line
and say we cannot go further if
we want to maintain our conditions for excellence."
The final number of teams that
will receive varsity status was
not announced, but VP Students
Louise Cowin cited sports reviews at other universities that
resulted in the number of teams
with varsity status being cut to "a
number in the mid-teens."
Howard said today's decision
was not based on maintaining
an equal number of men's and
women's teams.
"That wasn't necessary in the
end. The teams that were put
forward were put forward based
on the discussion the assessment
team had and their grading of
them against the criteria," Howard said.
Cowin and Howard both said
the decision also had nothing to
do with alumni threatening to
pull future funding from UBC
due to the review.
"We were aware that this was
not a process to make friends
quickly," Cowin said. "There is
still tremendous support among
alumni." Howard said these
alumni are choosing not to be
vocal in the media.
No decisions have been made
yet on which conferences the
confirmed teams will compete
in or whether or not teams that
receive "competitive club" status
will be able to use the Thunderbird brand. 31
Hempology 101 SUB
booking privileges
Toope will leave UBC on June 30.
Toope to leave UBC for job at
U of T's Munk School of Global
UBC President Stephen Toope has
accepted a job as the director of U of
T's Munk School of Global Affairs.
Toope, who announced his
resignation from the role of UBC
president last year, will start his new
"TheMunkSchool has built a
reputation around the world for its
thoughtful and insightful examination of international issues," said
Toope in a press release. "I look
forward to joining its outstanding
researchers and students in working
to understand and tackle global
When Toope announced his
resignation, he said his future job
would involve international law and
international relations. Toope's
resignation takes effect June 30.
"The months ahead will be important on so many crucial issues for
UBC," Toope said in a press release.
"My entire focus will be on UBC until
the end of my term." xi
Will McDonald
News Editor
The AMS has suspended Hempology 101's SUB booking privileges in
response to a vaporizer session they
hosted on Jan. 10.
The Student Administrative
Commission (SAC) issued the punishment after talking to the club at a
meeting on Monday.
"Running a club, especially a
newer club, canbe a slightly daunting process, and everyone makes
mistakes," said SAC vice-chair Nina
Scott. "This was an unfortunate one.
We're happy to work more closely
with them... and help them make
sure something like this doesn't
happen again."
The club's booking privileges
have been suspended until the end
of April.
"It's not like we're kicked out
ofthe SUB entirely, just that we
essentially are denied privacy for
a semester," said Hempology 101
treasurer Corbin Manson.
The club will still be able to host
events outside the SUB.
"What they do off campus on
their own time with their own
financial means in their own group
is completely up to them. We have
absolutely no interest in silencing
them or taking any extreme punitive
action," said Scott.
Hempology 101 will still be allowed to host a hemp convention in March.
Manson said that although
the club's booking privileges are
suspended, the AMS will still let
them host the hemp convention
they have planned for March.
"[That] is the most important
event ofthe year, so I'm really
happy that they still are going
to be giving us space for the big
convention," said Manson.
Scott said SAC plans to work
with Hempology 101 to help the
club improve their public image
on campus, and that neither
campus security nor the RCMP
are seeking any legal action
against them.
"We absolutely don't want
to take away their right to free
speech. Whatever they want to
say is fine by us, and we want
to help make sure they get their
message across and they're portrayed in the light they want to
be," said Scott.
Manson said SAC encouraged his
club to set up tables in the SUB to
help spread their message.
"A table is a great way to do
education and outreach because it's
so visible," Manson said. "We want
to do things centred around hemp
and cannabis education and also just
wellness in general.
"We've got a meeting coming up
on Friday and we'll be able to hash
out more concrete plans as to how
we want to approach tabling."
Manson said the club is working
to organize their March conference
and to improve their image after the
vaporizer session.
"We're going to be lying low for
a little bit now that all of this has
played out. We're going to be looking
at how we can move forward. As
a club, we still have some repur-
posing, maybe, that we need to be
doing before we can have anything
concrete happen." XI
Commons set to
open in 2016
The Orchard Garden is moving to a new
ocation to make room for construction.
Niklas Agarwal
An open house on Monday showcased the new Orchard Commons, one of many new mixed-
use hubs set to open around UBC.
The site will cost an estimated
$125.9 million, with construction
expected to start this summer
and finish by the summer of
2016. The Commons will be
the home ofthe new Vantage
College program.
Vantage College will be a program for international first-year
students who meet the academic
requirements for UBC, but not
necessarily the language requirements.
Jana Foit, the lead architect
ofthe project, said the goal of
the Commons is to get students
immersed in UBC life.
"It's really to get them immersed in the culture and the
community and to make sure they
have every opportunity to speak
English," Foit said.
The Commons will have 1,048
beds dedicated to Vantage College students. Two single rooms
will share one bathroom similar
to the hsm'lsssm' and q'slsxsn
houses in Totem Park. However,
Foit said that if the college does
not meet its set enrolment targets, the residence may open up
for other UBC students. All other
amenities will be open for other
UBC students.
The building itself will feature
two residence towers, a dining
hall with 350 seats, classrooms,
study spaces, offices for staff,
a convenience store, child care
facilities and end-of-the-line
facilities for cyclists.
Alannah Yip, a third-year
engineering student, questioned
the location ofthe Commons. "It
seems like it's its own college and
I don't see why it is in the middle
of campus," said Yip.
The Orchard Commons will be
located on the northeast corner of
West Mall and Agronomy Road.
The site is currently occupied by
the Orchard Garden, a community
garden and outdoor classroom
run by students in the Faculties of
Land and Food Systems and Education. The garden will be moved
to the Totem Park field.
Julia Ostertag, an Acadia Park
resident involved with the Orchard Garden, has been working
with Campus and Community
Planning to establish a new home
for the garden.
"It's been difficult trying to
find a permanent site. A lot of
back and forth. There was a lot of
uncertainty," said Ostertag.
"We lose that proximity to
campus [in the new Totem Park
field location]," said Ostertag. "It
was always the goal to have a site
that is permanent, so we're happy
with that. However, it has been
sad." XI NEWS    I   THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014
War of the words:
Debates part one
Presidential candidates talk budgeting, new SUB
Hopefuls Harsev Oshan, Jackson Chen, Tanner Bokor and Winnie Code running for top office
This week saw the first round of debates in the 2014 AMS elections.
Candidates running for president, VP finance, VP academic and university affairs, VP administration, Senate and the Board of Governors
squared off at debates on Monday and Tuesday night. The next time
candidates face off will be Monday night's Great Debate, which starts at
5:00 p.m. on the second floor of Hillel House. For more recaps, check
out http://ubyssey.ca.
Sarah Bigam
News Editor
Tanner Bokor, Harsev Oshan,
Jackson Chen and joke candidate
Winnie Code faced off tonight at
the first presidential candidates
debate ofthe 2014 elections.
Aside from Code, all candidates agreed on their support
for a Broadway line to UBC, the
betterment of campus culture
and that communication between
the AMS and students needs to
be improved.
In Chen's opening statement, he
said he would support the U-Pass,
and suggested that the AMS
move Block Party to a nightclub.
"The costs are almost the same,"
said Chen.
Bokor emphasized increased
transparency ofthe AMS in his
Candidates were first asked
what they thought was the single
most important issue facing the
president's office in the upcoming
year, and what concrete actions
they would take toward this.
Oshan said that to improve
student culture on campus, the
AMS needs to reach out to student
groups like the UBC Party Calendar.
"The problem with AMS communications is it's a top-down
approach — come talk to us if you
have a problem," Oshan said. "The
AMS needs to start being that enabling force behind student action."
As joke candidate Winnie Code cracked wise, the other candidates cracked up.
Bokor pointed out the disconnect between the AMS and many
student groups. "As the AMS has
grown, so has campus, and we have
groups no longer integrated with
us," he said. To fix this, Bokor proposed creating a student assembly
where groups could discuss issues
and resources.
Code said the most important
issue is the deficit, which is a predicted $800,000, and that the AMS
should save money by cutting funding for all clubs and construction.
"So far the New SUB looks
very good — it's very mod, it's
very contemporary, you don't
need walls."
The second question was what
candidates thought was the most
important relationship they
would build or strengthen.
Bokor said the AMS needs to
take a "holistic approach" and
engage with as many people as
possible through positive relationships with the media and government, as well as the university.
Chen said he would focus on
the AMS's relationships with
clubs. He said he felt this relationship was lacking in his past
role as a VP for the Chinese Students and Scholars Association.
"Club leaders don't even know
we can reach out to the AMS ... [but]
the AMS should be like a beggar:
I want your help, I want you to
An audience member asked how
candidates plan to get the AMS to
reach out more to students.
Oshan said that with the opening
ofthe New SUB next year, "students
would automatically want to know
more about the AMS because they
would feel a sense of ownership."
Chen agreed, saying that if he
himself wasn't running he would
vote for Oshan.
Bokor said he wanted to improve the process for students
looking to get involved in the AMS.
He said most people start by joining AMS committees, but these
have few spots and are poorly advertised. He said he would advertise meetings, offer more training
and professional development for
clubs and make VP offices more
accessible to students.
Code said UBC should start
hosting wine gardens, because they
are cheaper than beer gardens.
Finally, current AMS president
Caroline Wong asked where the
candidates would begin making
cuts if the fee restructuring referendum isn't passed, leaving the
AMS facing a $800,000 deficit.
Oshan and Chen could not say
where they would start cutting.
Chen said the AMS should use
revenues from student housing
to solve the university's deficit. The AMS does not operate
student housing.
Code had many ideas of where
to make cuts: The Ubyssey, CiTR,
Sprouts, furniture, Safewalk, and
AMS archivist Sheldon Goldfarb's
$23 printing budget.
Bokor said he would look into
scaling down or canceling events
like Block Party or FarmAde. XI
Four BoG candidates fighting for two spots
Will McDonald
News Editor
Board of Governors candidates
liana Shecter, Spencer Keys, Chris
Roach and Nina Karimi focused
on tuition, safety on campus and
how they would handle themselves on the Board at Monday
night's debate.
Keys, a previous AMS president,
said his experience in lobbying
would make him successful.
"In essence, the role is being a
lobbyist, and lobbying isn't easy, but
it's not rocket science," said Keys.
Roach focused on his experience
in student government, including
past work he's done with Board
members, which he said would
allow him to immediately become
an effective student representative, rather than taking the first
few meetings to learn how the
Board works.
"I won't have to sacrifice two or
three meetings, 20 to 30 percent of
my potential time, to start working on student-driven issues,"
said Roach.
Karimi said her experience in
residence life gave her a perspective none ofthe other candidates
have, and that she would push for
student representation on Acadia
Park planning.
"I think that knowledge is power
and if you come with that, it starts
to fade away that you're a student,"
said Karimi.
Shecter's main platform points
are supporting UBC's divestment
from fossil fuels and creating a safer
campus by collaborating with AMS
resource groups and other students.
"One ofthe main concerns I
have as a student... are whose
voices are being silenced,"
said Shecter.
While all ofthe candidates
agreed the BoG reps have to be
an effective voice for students,
some ofthe candidates had different ideas of what that meant.
"I think that we really have to
think about the ways that we frame
our problems," said Schecter. "The
truth ofthe matter is that we're
living in a climate emergency."
"This is not a place to be a
loudmouth and be this radical. If
you want to get change done, it has
to happen... really constructively,"
said Karimi.
Karimi said she would advocate for what students want on the
Board, including lower tuition. She
condemned past BoG reps for voting
in favour of tuition increases, saying
she would either vote no or abstain
on a vote to increase tuition.
Keys said affordable housing and
tuition would be his top two issues
to focus on. He said how students
present information to the Board is
the key bringing about change.
liana Shecter, Spencer Keys, Chris Roach and Nina Karimi are competing for two student spots on UBC's Board of Governors.
"If you say it's about w or accessibility, BoG reps are going to ignore
you," said Keys. "If you say... it is
about maintaining the accountability ofthe university... then you start
to actually have a different conversation."
Shecter said creating safer spaces
on campus would be the most
important thing to work on. She said
the university needs to consult with
the AMS resource groups and take
a more holistic approach to campus
safety, rather than focusing on light
ing and design-based solutions.
Roach said he would focus on giving students a voice in campus planning decisions, as well as affordable
tuition, alternative student housing
funding models and plans to make
campus safer. XI // Sports + Rec
VNUARY 23,20
Randy Schmidt, Louise Cowin and Ashley Howard spoke to the press on Tuesday afternoon following the online release of the initial sports targeting review results.
UBC coaches react to initial sports review results
With review far from over, many questions remain unanswered
Natalie Scadden
Sports + Rec Editor
Many of UBC's coaches gathered
for a meeting on Tuesday morning expecting to hear Ashley
Howard announce the initial
results of UBC's sports targeting
Instead, they discovered the
fate of their teams the same way
the rest of us did: by reading
their email.
"It was an eerie — well, maybe
eerie's not the best word. It was
an interesting environment, I
guess," said one coach. "Ashley
came in one minute to 10:30. It
was weird because she didn't
announce it to the group, she
just kind of talked about things
in general. And then as she was
talking we got an email and then
we read the email. So it was just
kind of an interesting way to do
it, is all I'm going to say about
As of today, 16 of UBC's 29
sports teams have been deemed
safe, securing their varsity status
beyond 2015.
Right now it's nice we're
through, but it's a tough
day for everybody
whether you're in or
you're out. It's difficult
to see your colleagues
and your peers on the
other side of the ledge
here. I don't think
there's a person in the
room, administrator or
coach, who feels good
about it.
Mike Mosher
UBC men's soccer head coach
Perhaps the most notable
absence from the list is women's
soccer, a team that is consistently
in the playoff picture each year. It's
especially surprising given the hiring of Andrea Neil, one of Canada's
all-time best soccer players, to take
over coaching duties a year ago.
"I would say for me that's probably the biggest surprise of what
unfolded today," said Mike Mosher, head coach ofthe UBC men's
soccer team. "I would've probably
had [women's soccer] in the top
eight just given the popularity of
the game."
In the past five to 10 years,
soccer has overtaken hockey as the
sport with the highest participation rates in Canada, which Mosher said was mainly driven by the
increased participation of women
and girls.
Mosher's own team, which won
its second consecutive CIS national championship in November, is
safe, but that didn't make this morning much easier.
"Right now it's nice we're
through, but it's a tough day for
everybody whether you're in or
you're out," he said. "It's difficult
to see your colleagues and your
peers on the other side ofthe ledge
here. I don't think there's a person
in the room, administrator or
coach, who feels good about it.
"It leaves an empty feeling when
you see your buddy beside you and
they're not included right now. I
mean, these are people you work
beside every day, and they put the
same amount of effort and passion
into what they do as I would, and
now their program and their livelihood is in jeopardy. That's not a
good feeling for any of us."
Graham Thomas, head coach
ofthe women's hockey team, expressed similar feelings. "I didn't
really even have a chance to smile
and get excited for our program
because it's a tough process," he
said, "especially for us with our
neighbours here. I feel for them
right now." The men's hockey
team was another notable absence
from the list of safe teams, as was
men's volleyball.
Thomas arrived at UBC in 2012,
and in his first season led UBC
to the greatest turnaround in
CIS history. But prior to that, the
women's hockey team had little to
brag about, having made the playoffs just twice since 2000.
"We're definitely not content
with the success," said Thomas.
"We want to keep going forward.
It's our goal now to show UBC and
prove to them and everyone that
they made the right decision as far
as keeping us."
CIS women's hockey recently became a pilot program for
high-performance development in
Canada, which Thomas admitted
might have helped his team retain
their status.
"To be honest with you, I
don't know where we would be,"
said Thomas. "I think that even
though we've taken a huge leap
and we've turned the program
around ... I'm not quite sure
which way they would've gone or
what would have happened if we
weren't having this pilot project
and selected to be in that."
On the other side ofthe spectrum, coaches such as Maria Gallo
and Rob Ragotte weren't all that
surprised that their teams were
left off the safe list.
Ragotte fulfils the role of
student-athlete-coach ofthe
Nordic skiing team. As it is only
a small team, Ragotte expected
this outcome and doesn't see it as a
problem. "I don't think that I had
much of a reaction just because it
seemed pretty straightforward,"
said Ragotte. "Nothing is set in
stone yet — we have to sort of play
it [by ear]. We'll be finding out
more information soon, I assume."
The first stage of questions
coaches were asked to answer in
the review focused on the past
five years, which haven't been
very successful for the women's
rugby team. However, Gallo
took over head coaching duties
this season and won the Canada
West Coach ofthe Year award,
which shows they are making
significant improvements.
"We've had some obstacles to
go over on our own terms, but I'm
optimistic for stage two, which
is said to be the appeal process,"
Gallo said. "We have an opportunity to present more so to the future
ofthe program. That's where I'm
going to invest a lot more energy,
looking to see how I as a head
coach can change the program,
and how we can obtain some more
fundraising opportunities."
Gallo also mentioned the
importance of rugby sevens
becoming an Olympic sport. "We
could eventually be generating
Olympians at UBC, which doesn't
happen with the 15s program,"
she explained.
According to Tuesday's press
release, "a number of other teams
are expected to be added" to the
varsity list in February at the end
ofthe review's second stage.
But what is unclear is what it
will mean for teams that don't get
added and thus fall into the competitive clubs tier. The university
has not made a decision yet as to
whether those teams will be able
to use the Thunderbird brand, or
if they will still be able to compete
in the CIS.
"Not even the head coaches
know the answers to those questions," said Gallo. "We're supposed
to have one-on-ones with [Howard] in the next couple of days
between stage one and stage two,
so that's definitely a question I'll
be asking."
The question of varsity status
may have been secured for 16 teams,
but many questions await answers
for the 13 teams left in limbo. XI
Alpine skiing (m+w)
Baseball (m)
Field hockey (m)
Golf (m+w)
Hockey (m)
Nordic skiing (m+w)
Soccer (w)
Volleyball (m)
Basketball (m+w)
Cross-country (m+w)
Field hockey (w)
Football (m)
Hockey (w)
Rowing (m+w)
Soccer (m)
Swimming (m+w)
Track and field (m+w)
Volleyball (w) SPORTS + REC    I    THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014
'Once a Thunderbird, always a Thunderbird'
Growing Twitter movement urges UBC fans to #SaveUBCHockey and #SellOutTheDoug
Natalie Scadden
Sports + Rec Editor
When UBC released the initial results of its sports targeting review
yesterday morning, many varsity
athletes were left in shock.
"It was obviously bittersweet
and challenging," said Laura
Thompson, a fifth-year swimmer.
"It's kind of out of our control at
this point."
Thompson's team is safe, and
deservedly so — the women's swim
team at UBC has the most CIS
national championship titles —
18 — of any varsity sports team in
Canada. But for the president of
the Thunderbird Athletes Council
(TAC), there was never going to be
an easy way out.
"I'm kind of struggling personally in that regard, just with how I
can lead the TAC through this, because obviously it's going to have a
major impact on how our meetings
are every day when certain teams
know that they are through and
certain teams aren't through."
Not only does Thompson have
to lead a group of athletes whose
community and livelihoods are
threatened, she also hopes to help
the swim team bring home their
third straight CIS championship
banner. But first things first — the
Canada West Championships
are happening this weekend
in Calgary.
"I had a very strict conversation
with my coach," Thompson said.
"I can't really let what's going
on here affect my performance
because at the end ofthe day it is
all about athletics, and winning
CanWest is the number one thing
for us."
It was obviously
bittersweet and
challenging. It's kind
of out of our control at
this point.
Laura Thompson
UBC swimmer and Thunderbird
Athletes Council president
For hockey player Nate Fleming,
whose team is on thin ice, the goal
is to keep the program alive. With
a 7-12-1 record, the men's team has
struggled this season, but made a
turning point over winter break
when they beat North Dakota, an
NCAA Division 1 powerhouse with
a roster containing 15 NHL draft
picks and a $3 million budget.
"We are worried, but we have to
just keep our focus on the season
and make a push for the playoffs,"
Fleming said. "We have a good
enough team and we played well
against [CIS No.2] Alberta this
weekend. If we make the playoffs,
Kevin Smith and other members of the UBC men's hockey team attended Tuesday's press conference. Their team was not guaranteed varsity status.
we can make a push and anything
can happen."
Fleming also hopes team alumni
and some community groups will
step up and show their support.
There's already been a noticeable
movement on Twitter encouraging
UBC fans to #SaveUBCHockey and
#SellOutTheDoug for the Thunderbirds' upcoming home games
this weekend.
As a fourth-year student-athlete, the changes won't affect
Fleming personally, but they
would affect a lot of his teammates. "[I'm] also surprised, not
just about us, but the women's soccer and men's volleyball," he said.
"Those are pretty major programs,
and UBC's such a big school, so I
just assumed major programs like
that would be safe."
Without varsity status, Fleming
doesn't see how men's hockey could
carry on here. "It takes such a big
budget to run the program. I just
think it would be impossible to do.
I'm sure a lot of younger players
would have to leave and find another school to play for."
Although she is graduating
soon, Christina Donnelly was
similarly concerned about her
younger teammates who are
scared and wondering if they
need to start looking elsewhere.
As one of few two-sport varsity
athletes at UBC, Donnelly has a
unique perspective on the sports
review, and is likely the only
Thunderbird in both an individual and team sport that didn't
make the first-stage safe list.
"I was more shocked for soccer
than for skiing. I think I'm still
just in a bit of a state of shock,"
Donnelly said. "I just think the
entire thing hasn't been transparent at all and a lot of people haven't
been well-informed, and that's
been one ofthe biggest problems of
the whole thing."
While her soccer coaches
insisted the team stay positive and
realize they haven't officially lost
their varsity status yet, the alpine
ski team is less optimistic. "It's got
quite a smaller chance of going
through stage two," Donnelly
conceded. "Whether or not we're
going to exist past 2015, I'm not
really sure."
Part ofthe reason for this, Donnelly said, is that alpine skiing is a
student-run and student-coached
team, and those students are
usually high-level athletes who
could have gone somewhere else
to ski, but chose to come to UBC. If
it loses its status as a varsity sport,
UBC may be less likely to attract
high-level competitive skiers.
I think I'm still just
in a bit of a state of
shock. I just think the
entire thing hasn't been
transparent at all and
a lot of people haven't
been well-informed.
Christina Donnelly
UBC women's soccer player and
alpine skier
"The varsity status changes
the game," said Donnelly. "It's not
necessarily that there wouldn't
be people around to be on an
alpine skiing club, but I don't
think that level of organization or
knowledge ofthe sport to be able
to run a team would be around
Donnelly, who like Thompson
is a part ofthe TAC executive,
feels the review process has
been disruptive to the athletic
community. "I think in the early
stages, everyone was kind of on
the same page, kind of against
the review," she said. "Then when
people started looking more into
it, it really got divided. The teams
that had a good chance of going
through and felt safe were really
for the review, and teams that
really felt vulnerable obviously
were very against the review."
Tuesday's announcement and
the ensuing stage two announcement in February may divide the
athletic community even more.
But Thompson urged everyone to
stay positive and remember one
simple thing: "We're all Thunderbirds still. Once a Thunderbird,
always a Thunderbird." XI
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When is the architectural targeting review taking place. How much
did this cost UBC »cuttheswamp #savethesports
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Nate Flemeing, men's hockey THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014    |   SPORTS + REC
Eriks twins swim side by side for UBC
Reyhana Heatherington
Senior Lifestyle Writer
It was a photo finish that had onlookers seeing double.
At a recent swim meet in Toronto,
two UBC varsity swimmers were
neck and neck in the same preliminary event heat. They also happened
to be twins.
"We came within a 10th [of a
second] of each other," Colin Eriks
recalls, "so it was pretty awesome
looking at the board and seeingthat
we were right with each other.... The
finish looked pretty awesome."
Colin and Keith Eriks are first-
year swimmers on the UBC varsity
team, and have always trained
under the same coach since they
began swimming as young children.
The 18-year-old athletes have had
the benefit of living with a built-in
competitor for their entire lives.
"I think it's pretty cool that I've
had someone that I've always been
racing since I was six," Colin says.
The competition also continued
for the fraternal twins outside the
water as high school students at
Point Grey Secondary School.
"We like to compete with each
other marks-wise," says Keith, a
Science student. This competition
may have contributed to them
ending up on the swim team in
their hometown.
"It helped us get into UBC, obviously, because we always wanted
to be better than the other one,
so we pushed each other and our
marks got higher," Keith maintains.
Colin and Keith are second-generation UBC athletes. Their mother,
Sari Fleming, competed as a varsity
They already are, to a
certain extent, leaders
whether they know it
or not in terms of their
work ethic and their
try factor.
Steve Price
Head coach, UBC swimming
Initially, UBC swimming head coach Steve Price said he could only tell Colin, left, and Keith Eriks apart in the pool by their different goggles.
volleyball player during her days
at UBC, and her 1978 team is in the
UBC Sports Hall of Fame after completing an undefeated season.
Steve Price, the UBC swim team
coach, says the internal competition between the twins is palpable
during training.
"They feed off each other," Price
says. "I definitely notice that if one
raises the bar, the other one tries
to go back up in a healthy sort of
Colin, an Applied Science student, began to focus on swimming
around age 12, and says he was
drawn to the commitment the sport
required compared to more seasonal
games he played throughout his
childhood like soccer and baseball.
"The other sports are maybe
two or three months a year while
swimming is like 11, so I guess it's
nice to have something to do all the
time," he says.
Over the winter holidays last
month, the UBC swim team travelled to Palm Desert where they
completed 18 training sessions in
10 days with only New Year's Day
off. While the Eriks brothers had
the advantage of swimming at the
UBC pool facilities since the age of
13, their new rigorous schedule is
still an adjustment.
"The demand at every practice has been higher than what
I'm used to," Keith says. "There's
no days where you can relax in
To ease the transition for the
first-year swimmers, coach Price
allowed several young local swimmers, including Colin and Keith, to
train with the UBC squad in their
final year of high school. While
they were still with the Vancouver
Pacific Swim Club, the brothers had
the opportunity to become familiar
with some of their UBC teammates. Now, Keith says he looks up
to fellow backstroker, fourth-year
Mitch Benkic.
While Price hesitates to classify
the twin swimmers after only one
semester as their coach, he has noticed that they are "both pretty calm
individuals." Colin is more of a middle-distance swimmer while Keith
usually competes in middle-distance
and shorter sprint events, and Price
does have a sense of their different
racing methods.
"Colin's a little more cerebral
in how he approaches his swims,"
Price says, adding that Keith is
more likely to "really fire it up and
go after it."
Next month, both brothers are
aiming to make finals at the CIS
Swimming Championships in
Toronto by achieving top-eight
finishes, which would score valuable
points for UBC. Keith's events are
the 100m and 200m backstroke
while Colin focuses on the IM
and butterfly.
While Colin pauses for a long
moment when asked to describe
what sets him and his twin apart
and Keith is similarly stumped,
Price sees this connection manifest
in the pool.
"When we coach these guys, they
can give each other a look and that's
enough communication between
them," he says.
Though the brothers are fairly
quiet — like many rookie athletes
— Price says Colin and Keith have
already established their influence among the varsity swimmers
at UBC.
"They already are, to a certain extent, leaders whether they know it or
not in terms of their work ethic and
their try factor," Price says. "They
come every day to the pool, they
never miss [training]. They really
bring a great quality that way."
While different haircuts help
Price distinguish the twins now,
that wasn't the case when the Eriks
brothers first began swimming
at UBC.
"Quite honestly, the only way I
could tell the difference between
them in the pool was that they had
different goggles," Price remembers
with a chuckle.
While the brothers continue to
spend much of their time training together, they live in different
dorms on campus, where they
get a much-needed break from
each other.
"A little bit of separation is good,"
Keith says with a laugh. XI
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Do award categories put limitations on
the music industry?
What's in a label?
Twenty-eight years ago today, Little
Richard, James Brown and Elvis Presley
were among the first inductees into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The "rock and
roll" classification was by no means rigid —
after all, James Brown was "the Godfather
of Soul."
So do we really value the labels? Are the
Grammy Awards' genre-blurring collab-
orationsjust an audience-grabbing stunt
for live television, or can they influence the
music business as a whole?
In a revealing conversation with Interview Magazine, Kanye West told 12 Years
a Slave directorSteve McQueen about
being put in a box as a rap artist, and how
he finds it "marginalizing."
As polarizing as West is, his influence in
the music industry is undeniable. Despite
an insatiable desire for wider recognition
and leaving the awards with a gramophone
in seven of nine years from 2004 to 2012,
West has never won an award outside the
rap and R&B categories.
Still, genre-crossing collaborations are
often the highlight ofthe award show each
year, even serving as political platforms.
Past alliances included Radiohead with
the University of Southern California
marching band, and Lady Gaga and Elton
John's seamless mashup of "Speechless"
and "YourSong." But perhaps the most
unexpected odd couple was Eminem and
Elton John, who came together in 2001
to make a public statement after Eminem's homophobic lyrics outraged many
Thisyear, KendrickLamarwill perform
with fellow nominees Imagine Dragons,
and Stevie Wonder will join DaftPunk,
Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
When rap music was finally included at
the 31st annual awards, the category was
not televised. Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff
boycotted the awards, Smith saying that
"the real Grammy award is the chance to
appear on the Grammy Awards show with
its audience of 100 million Americans."
Ofthe 82 award categories this year, only
about 10 will make the live broadcast.
On a recent Jimmy Kimmel Live appearance, LL Cool J, the 2014 Grammys host,
said he neverfollowed the music charts.
Then he described how the acceptance of
rap has impacted mainstream measures of
"Nowyou'll hear about rappers who
have 10 Grammys and 90 Grammys,"
hetold Kimmel. "If they were giving out
Grammys when I started, I might have that
many as well. But I have two. And nine
Not like he's keeping track or anything.
This year's Best Record ofthe Year
nominees include Robin Thicke's "Blurred
Lines", the top-selling song of 2013 in
the United States. The Song of the Year
nominees list reads like a Top 40 list of
overplayed radio tracks.
This year, it seems as though mass
download choices, ratherthan genre, have
affected who ends up with the coveted
hardware at the end ofthe night. Maybe
next year West will have broken out of his
box. 'ffl
-Reyhana Heatherington,
Senior Lifestyle Writer
Read more Procrastination
Station columns online, at
ubyssey.ca/cu Itu re
Avian angst
UBC at Theatre gets existential in Chekhov's ^^ The Seagull
BFA student Thomas Elms stars in The Seagull, a Russian tragicomedy set in the late 19th century that traces the trajectory of suppressed desire.
Olivia Law
The opening night ofthe first production of The Seagull in 1896 was a
famously massive failure. One ofthe
actresses was so intimidated by the
hostility ofthe audience that she lost
her voice, and Anton Chekhov, the
playwright, was so embarrassed that
he left the audience and spent the last
two acts behind the scenes.
By contrast, it's clear that the cast
and crew of Theatre at UBC's production ofthe iconic play are excited
to show the fruits of their work to
audiences. MFA student Kathleen
Duborg, who herself acted in The Seagull during her undergraduate years,
wanted a production that would test
her directorial skills.
"As an actor, I usually immerse
myself deep in the story of my own
character, but directing such a large
ensemble, I had to balance between
the large world ofthe overall picture
and also the details of human nature
that Chekhov writes so beautifully,"
said Duborg. "So my idea was to bring
these people together to define as a
family, ensuring a balance between
the individual emotions [and] what is
driving the scene. You should be able
to tell why the characters are doing
what they're doing, not sitting there
questioning everything."
The Seagull is a slice-of-life dramatic comedy set in the 19th-century
Russian countryside. Like many of
us, the characters are dissatisfied
with different aspects of their lives:
some desire love, some desire success
and some desire artistic genius — yet
none of them seem to be able to attain
The performance relies upon an
ensemble cast of diverse, fully developed characters. The importance
of a tight-knit cast was key to Duborg;
fortuitously, the cast of 13 BFA acting
students have been working together for between two to three years.
Natasha Zacher, a third-year BFA
student who stars as Nina in the play,
believes the closeness of the class has
made their group dynamics stronger,
both on and offstage.
"All ofthe roles are really substantial — it's definitely a family affair,"
Zacher said. "The characters all
treat each other like family, which
is really interesting considering that
our ensemble has spent so much time
together over the years — we all really
do know each other so well and it's
been really delightful to play on these
[Chekhov] really noticed
the willfulness of human
temperament, and the
little kindnesses, which
aren't particularly
dramatic, but enable us
to live our lives day to
Kathleen Duborg
MFA direction student
The Seagull is a play that provokes
reactions. A four-act comedy with dark
undertones and melodrama, Duborg
believes that anybody can find something within the work with which to
"Chekhov hit on something that I
think still stands 150 years on," she
said. "He looked at the ridiculousness
of human nature, which is something
that we all can recognize. Up until this
point, everything along these lines was
kind of hidden, these little tendencies
which we all have weren't really talked
about in theatre or in opera. He really
noticed the willfulness of human temperament, and the little kindnesses,
which aren't particularly dramatic, but
enable us to live our lives day to day."
The particular realism ofthe text
proved compelling for Zacher. "The
rehearsal process was very exploratory
for this particular play. Kathy had a
vision of what she wanted to achieve
from us, but we also got to make a lot
of decisions for our characters. There
was lots of improvisation and physical work, which not only helped us
develop our characters' stories, [but]
made rehearsals a joy to come to."
Even though the play is set in 1895,
it feels immediate and real for the cast
and crew. Sian Morris, a third-year
BFA visual arts student, was in charge
of designing and sourcing costumes.
"There was so much research involved," she said. "I looked into and
learned a lot about Russian traditions,
and went over into French fashion,
which influenced my designs a lot."
The Seagull will be Morris's first
show designing costumes, and she recognizes the importance of communicating the vision ofthe cast and crew.
"We built a personality for each character, going back and forth with Kathy
about her decisions and opinions. The
director and cast were so helpful and
this whole process really was a sharp
learning curve."
Design aside, Duborg always finds
herself returning to the text. "The
small things and passions are what
make people live life. I think Chekhov
saw this, as he was diagnosed with tuberculosis at a young age, so he recognized this thing about human beings.
It's all about love, which is fabulous.
"That's why people come to the
theatre," she continued. "It invites
them in, they feel really alive on the
inside. We have a level of honesty from
Chekhov which is very difficult to
achieve." 'tJ
The Seagull runs from Jan. 23 to Feb.
18 in the Telus Studio at UBC's Chan
Centre. For more info, visit theatre.ubc.
ca. THURSDAY, JANUARY 23,2014    |    CULTURE    |    9
Bittersweet truth Juicing and boozing
The myths and misconceptions of wine tasting ^^ ^^
Koerner's offers revamped menu for new year
People who whine about wine connoisseurs may be missing the point.
Having been seasoned by the
drinks industry for a little over
two years, I can confirm that,
yes, wine tasting is sometimes a
seemingly arrogant activity.
At the risk of sounding like an
English 110 paper: wine really
is an enigmatic art, capturing
both the essence of the vineyard and the guiding hands of
the winemaker in forms we can
smell and taste, not unlike the
filmmaker or musician, who is
a creative crafter of sight and
sound. But you can't play wine on
the radio or sample wine before
your YouTube video buffers, so
that's where it becomes a little
bit more exclusive.
"Blind tasting," or determining
the identity of a wine whose label
is unbeknownst to the taster, is
perhaps one ofthe more cliched
images of wine douchebaggery,
but it's something that alcohol
aficionados are trained to do.
While it's mostly a parlour trick
to determine the minute details of
a wine — a Cos d'Estournel from
the region of Saint Estephe in left
bank Bordeaux vintaged 1982, for
example — it's more important to
determine where a wine lies on
the scales of quality and commercial importance. It's a fundamental ability for the world-renowned
and amazingly difficult master
of wine and master sommelier
examinations, but we can't forget
that on the other side ofthe spectrum, wine tasting can be a fun
and drunken non-serious hobby.
Wine reviews often describe
fruits, which isn't weird. We all
know what apples, pears, cherries and blueberries smell like.
But eyebrows are raised when
connoisseurs refer to "freshly
baked baguettes," "cat pee" and
— if I may borrow this last one
from a friend — "leather chaps of
a sweaty cowboy after he wrestled his friend in a blackcurrant
These descriptions might seem
like they've been uttered by a
Freudian case study, but these
particular outlandish aromas
are legitimate: yeasty bread-like
aromas come from broken-down
yeast cells in Champagne; cat
pee is a pungent aroma commonly found in Sauvignon Blanc
from New Zealand; and leathery
scents with brushes of smoked
oak are common in aged Rioja
from Spain.
But no one is a "natural wine
taster." Just because you can
jump high doesn't mean you'll
start winning basketball games
right off the bat, in the same way
that your ridiculous brilliance
for math still means that you'll
need to work hard to crunch
those cosines and curves. Many
wine experts suggest connecting
aromas to memories, like that one
Australian Viognier reminiscent of
your childhood because it smells
unmistakably of Froot Loops;
that one wine that makes you gag
because it smells like the basement
ofthe SUB; or that Cabernet Sauvignon that makes your heart race
because it smells like the cologne
ofthe guy who makes your cheeks
turn the colour of a rose.
As with every passion, wine
tasting is something that absolutely needs experience, practice
and research. And thankfully, it's
one ofthe few passions that often
alters sobriety.
The students of UBC's 2014 visual arts graduating class are
hosting a fundraiser on Friday, Jan. 24 for their annual graduation
exhibition. Marinate Me will feature a silent student and faculty
artwork auction, as well as live DJs and bzzr, followed by an af-
terparty at Fortune Soundclub. 7-11 p.m. at CBC Studio 700,700
Hamilton St. Cover is $10.
In the Jan. 13 edition of The Ubyssey, we asked whether the cryptocurrency Dogecoin would influence the future of currency in
our Procrastination Station column. Readers may be interested
to know that one week later, the Jamaican bobsled team received
$30,000 worth of Dogecoin funding fortheir participation in the
Sochi Winter Olympics. The funds were raised via a crowdsource
campaign conducted by Liam Butler, head ofthe Dogecoin
Foundation, tl
Over time, I have come to realize that wherever you are in the
world, there are some pubs that
are in a class of their own — pubs
that have a certain je ne sais quoi.
There is more to a pub than just a
pint of Guinness and comfort food;
they're a place to unwind with
those closest to us. They're places
with a welcoming ambiance,
compelling us to return simply
"because a man hath no better
thing under the sun, than to eat,
and to drink, and to be merry," as
Ecclesiastes puts it.
I am comfortably sat on a stool,
gazing at the newly refurbished
Koerner's Pub. A few years ago,
when I celebrated my first-year
freedom with a friend and an apple
cider, Koerner's was an outdated haunt in need of a revamp.
Fast-forward four years, and the
pub has made a style statement
of its own. Streamlined, light and
airy with cool concrete floors and
lengthy wooden benches, it's hip,
but still cosy.
After having been closed since
May 2011, Koerner's Pub officially
re-opened its doors to the UBC
community on Oct. 15 of last year.
Tim Yu, Koerner's Pub principal,
explained the pub's new objectives
for the coming months.
"We just wanted to open a pub
that really felt like a place for students," Yu said. "We wanted to put
together a food menu that we're
proud of, so a lot of our food is
sustainable. And then we're trying
to do more cultural things like ...
live music [on Tuesday nights],
and we've got some plans for pub
quizzes later on in the term."
While there are no major changes to the menu just yet, students
can expect to find classic pub
Some of the healthier options on the Koerner's menu include colourful fresh fruit and
vegetable juice blends.
plates on offer such as fish and
chips, or Koerner's organic burger,
a popular item so far. But there are
also healthier alternatives to chose
from, suitable for vegans and vegetarians, that promise to taste good
and fill you up.
"One thing we're most excited
about is our juice program," Yu
said. "We do fresh juices daily now.
Some ofthe things we do here are
perhaps a little less healthy, so we
thought we'd counteract that a
bit and bring some of the healthy
lifestyle in that's important to
students and also to us."
Koerner's Pub makes use of
both worlds: comfort foods, but
with a healthy twist. Serving
only meats and poultry that are
hormone free and naturally raised,
and free-range eggs and Ocean-
Wise seafood, it's a pub that is
sustainable as it is modern.
The staff's student ethos and
passion for feel-good-food have
made it a success among the student community so far, and it's not
difficult to see why.
"Koerner's has a bit more of a
personal touch, because we're here
every day and we really care, and
because we're former students,
that shows in the stuff that we do
and we understand the student
community," said Yu.
Sipping on the Brainiac — one
ofthe pub's fresh pressed juices of
pure vegetable and fruit goodness
— I contemplated pubs and their
je-ne-sais-quoi quality. Quenching
my thirst, I thoroughly enjoyed the
delightful blend of red beet, carrot,
and apple fused with zingy ginger
and cooling cucumber, giving me
that needed boost of energy after a
long day. And this is when I came
to realize that, for me, a pub with
that je ne sais quoi is a pub with a
personal touch, much like the new
Koerner's — perhaps the most exciting thing to hit UBC in years, 'ffl
A popular hangout for graduate students, the renovated Koerner's Pub boasts a new look along with plans to increase community
outreach overfne course ofthe next semester. II Opinions
The Ubyssey has long had a special
fondness for our university's
dear leader, Stephen J. Toope.
A distinguished human rights
lawyer and now renowned administrator, Toope has brought a
progressive perspective to an often
staid position: president of a very
old university.
Now, though, we are saddened
to learn that our very own Toope
has chosen the University of
Toronto as his new home. We are
forced to ask whether that J stands
not for John, but for Judas. When
we found out last spring that
Toope would be stepping down
this year — best to leave while he
still enjoyed it, he explained — we
understood. But upon discovering
that our precious Stephen views U
of T — that dastardly eastern rival
which represents the antithesis of
all that is good in this word — as
superior to our own institution,
our hearts have broken to extent
difficult to reconcile with our
previous love.
We knew Toope wanted to return
to academia, and he is doing so as
director ofthe Munk School of
Global Affairs at U of T. But need we
remind the professor that UBC itself
has plenty of options for a return to
academia? For a man who spent his
term as president trying to improve
UBC's academic standing in the
world, to leave us for a competitor is
nothing less than betrayal.
We put our faith — nay, our full
trust, to say nothing of love, into
this man, only for him to turn our
backs onus for supposedly greener,
if snowier, pastures out east. Suffice
it to say that our too-short love
affair (aren't they always) with Steve
has ended.
It is still to early to properly
digest our feelings on the matter.
Indeed, perhaps Norman Rush put
it best when he wrote, "I feel like
someone after a deluge being asked
to describe the way it was before
the flood while I'm still plucking
seaweed out of my hair."
Life with the knowledge that
Toope will soon be academiating
in Toronto while we slave away in
the Vancouver rain is not something we can yet fully describe.
But nor can we explain exactly
what it is we are losing.
Only time will tell.
So far, this year's AMS elections
debates have left a lot to be desired.
On Monday, both VP external
candidates missed their debating
slots, which didn't make for much
interesting discussion.
Although the presidential and
BoG candidates had more lively
debates, the moderator allowed for
few questions, shutting out many
audience — including our reporters.
Tuesday's debates had a different
moderator, but less than impressive
questions. At one point, the VP
admin candidates were asked about
the VP admin and university affairs
portfolio, which doesn't exist. The
moderator later asked the Senate
candidates which other candidates
in their race they would vote for,
only to be cut off by the elections
administrator before he had to issue
slating violations.
We hope the final AMS debate
on Monday will be better organized
and give more audience members a
chance to participate.
The results ofthe first phase ofthe
UBC sports review were announced
yesterday, with 16 teams being
guaranteed varsity status. The number was surprisingly high, which
suggests that perhaps more teams
that originally thought reach the
designed varsity criteria, but there
were some curious omissions on the
first list.
The teams who are safe don't
really come as a surprise. Basketball, football and women's volleyball were locks from the start, and
while some may raise an eyebrow
at rowing, cross-country and track
and field, those teams regularly
produce national team members
and achieve consistent success at
the university level. But women's
soccer, men's hockey and men's volleyball not being on the list has led
to some furrowed brows and even
some outrage.
The main takeaway appears to be
that the varsity teams are the most
well-rounded ones. While many of
the teams left off the list have had
recent success — men's volleyball,
women's soccer, baseball, men's field
hockey men's, skiing, Softball and
women's golf — they clearly lack in
areas such as "fit with university
tradition" and "community support
and tradition" (although that still
doesn't explain women's soccer,
which is one of Canada's fastest
growing sports and has a Canadian
soccer legend for a coach at UBC).
And while men's hockey and
women's rugby might have support
and tradition, they lack recent
success; men's hockey has only two
playoff series wins in more than 40
years, and women's rugby is 5-15
over the past five years.
A few more teams are expected
to be added, so some teams still have
hope. But since these teams now
have a better idea of how to meet
the criteria, perhaps the second
phase will also produce more varsity
teams than originally thought.
Though we appreciate our food
writer's enthusiasm for Koerner's
Pub and its reworked menu, we
would — pardon the pun — like to
add just a touch of salt to her verdict.
Before it shut down for renovations a few years ago, the atmosphere in Koerner's was convivial;
though a bit crowded, the decor,
the lighting and the space itself
conveyed a traditional student pub
sentimentality. It felt, you might say,
But the proprietors of Koerner's
have marketed their establishment
towards a more stylized, postmodern student mindset. The warm
ambiance ofthe old bar has been
replaced with a more sterile aesthetic. The drink menu, provided
on clipboards, is filled with clever
self-awareness: PBR is described
as a "cheap and shitty lager," Jager
Bombs are deemed "bad decisions"
and water — which is served in
a Mason jar rather than a glass
— is referred to as "dihydrogen
monoxide." And the televisions, for
whatever reason, play Bill Murray
films ad infinitum.
Being owned by the Graduate
Student Society, it only makes
sense that Koerner's would evoke a
quasi-cynical attitude in its menu
and decor. We only wish the pub
wouldn't beat us over the head with
the fact that we are poor, miserable
students who, paradoxically, also
need to spend a fortune on organic
food and artisanal alcohols in order
to justify our education. XI
Hempology 101 coverage is
oppressive, stops progress
Some folks like to do the marijuana.
Hello, fellow human being:
Your reporting of Hempology 101's
civil disobedience is unfortunate.
It smacks of misinformation and
oppression. You know that whatever
hurts others hurts you. So it is when
the most progressive institutes do
not support peaceful civil disobedience against unjust laws.
Those who oppose tyranny must
creatively change bad laws by drawing attention to their cruelty and
absurdity. If we are to have a society
which reflects the will ofthe people
on cannabis, we must challenge
the present marijuana laws. We
wouldn't be alone doing so.
Why, even the United Nations
delegates are walking away from
enforcing the militancy ofthe War
on Drugs, because they see a need
to stop hurtful action and to restore
peace. At UBC, these vaporizing
people are providing awareness
you can't teach in a classroom. By
harassing them, you slow the pace of
change. Next time you think about
the coffee vapour coming off the
rim of your cup, think ofthe vapour
that for a moment spread freedom
through the halls ofthe SUB. Be
glad that a few brave students are
forging compassionate social change
with a healthful herb and prompting
political awareness at the university.
Let them, for a few seconds,
while contained in a small spot,
vaporize without fear ofthe police
or suffering personal or career
loss. I salute the courage of those
who oppose oppression. We are all
either for the Redcoats or for freedom. Make no mistake: this is a war
on people, and Harper has prisons
hungry for young occupants. You
decide if you want to pass this war
on to your friends and children. All
should stand up for the activities
of Hempology 101 as they march
toward the dissolution of enforcement myths and the immorality
of a bad law. Smart people should
spotlight the corruption which
serves the War on Drugs by showing support for the activities of
Hempology 101.
Carol Francey,
Social worker, Sensible BC educator
and former UBC student
Last semester, several UBC students
from the Social Justice Centre,
organized under the banner of Not
From My Camups, started raising
questions about UBC's new federal
government-funded international
mining institute.
The institute — the Canadian
International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development
— is supposed to help developing
countries grow economically
by offering expertise on regulations and technical assistance on
resource extraction.
The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is providing the $24 million for the Institute.
CIDA has been recently folded into
the Department of Foreign Affairs,
so as to align Canadian international
development with trade policy. One
ofthe institute's functions will be
to, through an advisory centre, give
developing countries' governments
advice on their domestic extractive
industry policies.
We are all either for
the Redcoats or for
freedom. Make no
mistake: this is a war
on people, and Harper
has prisons hungry for
young occupants.
Other students and I met with
UBC President Stephen Toope and
members ofthe executive board of
the institute last semester to share
their concerns about what we saw
as a clear conflict of interest: UBC
hosting an institute, which will
give advice to developing countries
on their resource policies, funded by a government that wants
to promote Canadian extractive
companies abroad. The board
responded that the institute will
not work for Canadian companies,
but for national governments on
their request. Nevertheless, many
countries where Canada and our
companies have interest in, such as
Colombia, have brutally displaced
people to open land for foreign
mining corporations.
Recently, students received a
message from Toope assuringus
that the institute will be independent from Ottawa and will work towards poverty reduction. However,
Toope also shared the agreement
between CIDA and UBC which
states that the institute must get approval from CIDA for talking to the
media, that Canadian investment
will be a significant factor in what
regions the institute decides to work
in, and that the institute is accountable to the Canadian government.
Toope's message also argues that
the institute won't promote any particular government foreign policy.
However, it seems this institute is
completely consistent with what
Ottawa wants.
Simon Child II Scene
The monotony of everyday UBC life: getting lost, being
bored and more
@AmiraLalani: This campus is such a beautiful maze. So lost. Help.
@grantennae: Today's #UBC #studentcar was a Bentley Coupe. Must be
hard to study knowing that it's waiting to go for a drive.
@ManKan5iO: Eosc 116 .... You're kinda boring, sorry:(#ubc
@ArshyMann: What is up with #UBC and its weirdly intimate relationship to the entire cast of Corner Gas?
@davedDec: UBCsecure seems to not be a very secure connection #ubc
@ponymalta: UBC students should all have to take a required course
that covers walking in crowded areas, forming lines & not milling
around in doorways.
@SarahAislinn: "You look studious today" - Well it's about time, this
would be my fourth year of this shit. #UBC
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