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The Spartacus Youth Club intervenes into
social struggles armed with the revolutionary internationalist program of Marx,
Engels, Lenin and Trotsky. The second
class will be Marxism vs Anarchism on
the State and Revolution. • 6:30pm, SUB
Room 212, contact trotskyist_vancouver@
shawcable.com or call (604) 687-0353 for
more information.
How do people get fooled into believing
quack treatments work? In this lecture, Dr
Hall will discuss some of the logical fallacies and errors in thinking that lead to false
conclusions, how to decide when you can
trust an expert and how to spot the differences between science and pseudo-
science. • 7:30pm, Room A130, Langara
College, 100 West 49 Ave, $7 general, $4
students, free for CFI members.
Lil Chrzan is known for her luminous landscape paintings, in which she invites the
viewer to enter her world and experience
it. Primarily, these works explore the first
and last light of day. She creates glowing
landscapes of extraordinary simplicity and
beauty. Lil's paintings reflect her personal
connection with nature and her love of the
Pacific Northwest. • Runs until Oct. 17,
10am-5pm, Seymour Art Gallery, 4360
Gallant Ave North Vancouver.
How to Train Your Dragon is the riotous
story of young Viking Hiccup's quest to
hunt down the fiercest dragon, bring it
under submission, and—hopefully—pass
his initiation. Instead, he ends up with
the smallest, most ornery dragon—it's
even toothless! Thus begin the hijinks of
the world's most lovable, unlikely hero and
a most reluctant "beast." • Oct. 13-17,
7-9pm, $5 non-members, $2.50 members.
Grab your racquet and play in the Fall
Badminton Championships. All skill levels are welcome at this tournament that
offers both singles and doubles play.
Registration by Oct. 15, roster due Oct.
18, waiver and add/drop deadline: Oct.
21. Racquets not provided. • Oct. 23,
9am-5pm, SRC gyms, $10.50-$28, go
to rec.ubc.ca for more information.
The UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of
British Columbia's favourite fruits. One of
the most popular activities at the Apple
Festival is apple tasting. For $3, curious
eventgoers can taste up to 60 varieties
of new and heritage apples grown in British Columbia. Learn the history of those
varieties from the Friends of the Garden's
"published in-house" Apple Booklet. • Oct.
16-17 11am-4pm, UBC Botanical Gardens,
$2, free for children under 12.
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Animal rights advocates shine spotlight on UBC
60 groups urge university to disclose testing information
Stop UBC Animal Research
Now (STOP) submitted a letter on Monday to UBC President Stephen Toope that called
on the university to "fully disclose information about its animal research program." The
letter was signed by 60 animal
advocacy groups from Canada,
the United States and Europe,
including PETA, the Vancouver Humane Society, the UBC
Social Justice Centre and the
UBC Veggie Club.
This latest step in a media
campaign begun by STOP in August has received national attention, including reports by
The Vancouver Sun, the Canadian Press and Postmedia News.
"We are troubled the university has been less than forthcoming about its research activities," said the letter. "UBC has
yet to provide public interest
groups with animal research
protocols and has twice denied requests for information
under provincial freedom of
information law."
STOP is advocating that UBC
release information about animal testing done at the university over the past tenyears.
This includes the guidelines
UBC uses to ensure ethical treatment of animals, as well as photos and videos of experiments.
Brian Vincent, spokesperson
for STOP, said he is unhappy
with the university's response
to their campaign.
Entrance to the UBC Animal Care Centre. DAVID ELOP PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
"We've got nothing but push-
back from UBC," he said. "You
would think that the university would want to promote openness and transparency and instead animal research is hidden under this veil of secrecy."
In his town hall meeting in
September, Toope responded to
a STOP protest by arguing that
the university was fully compliant with regulations set by
the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC), which oversees
all animal experimentation in
the country. In order to qualify for federal research grants,
universities must hold a certificate of 'Good Animal Practice'
from the CCAC.
"Our animal care program
and facilities are fully accredited in a compulsory fashion by
the CCAC. And I can tell you personally that I've dealt with the
Canadian Council ever since I
arrived at UBC and they are very
serious in their supervision.
"Also, UBC has invested in
the last four years almost $ 100
million to improve our animal
care facilities to make sure we
are meeting the requirements
ofthe CCAC."
In a letter to The Vancouver
Sun, Executive Director of the
CCAC Clement Gauthier said that
UBC "was recently assessed by
the council's external peers, including public representatives,
and was in compliance with
council standards."
He also argued that, in general, animal experimentation has
been decreasing substantially.
"Since 1975... with the exception offish, use decreased by between 10 and 90 per cent," he said.
Vincent, however, believed
that CCAC's oversight alone was
"Just because the CCAC says
it's so, it doesn't mean it is so.
And that's part ofthe problem,"
said Vincent.
"In the United States, if a federal agency like the US Department of Agriculture...says that a
university is in compliance, they
have to back that up by putting
their inspections online so that
the public can review them. We
have no such system in Canada."
Jim Pfaus, a professor of psychology at Concordia University who received his PhD from
UBC, said that UBC and the CCAC
have a right to withhold numbers concerning animal testing and research.
"[It's] for good reason. Those
numbers tend to be misused
and misrepresented by those
individuals [animal advocacy
groups]," he said.
Vincent said he and his group
are determined to continue
pushing the university to release this information.
"I think the next step very
much could be going to the Canadian government, or going
to the Canadian Council of Animal Care, and asking for reforms," he said.
"But in the meantime UBC
could be a good neighbour and
open their books." tU
—With files from Fabrizio
UBC Land Use Plan consultations spur contention
Whether it's the UBC Farm,
transportation, or markethous-
ing, almost every issue at UBC
is affected by the Land Use Plan
(LUP) and the university is asking students for their suggestions as to how it should change.
UBC is amending the LUP,
which governs what sort of
buildings can be constructed on campus. The LUP hasn't
been altered since 1997. UBC
Campus and Community Planning (CCP) is holding a series
of workshops this week in order to gauge students' opinions about proposed upcoming changes.
Land use is one of the most
contentious issues at UBC, with
the Gage South and University
Boulevard neighbourhoods at
the centre of much of the present controversy.
Kera McArthur, associate director of communications for
CCP, said that this week's workshops will focus on the most
pressing issues facing UBC planners. These include changing
UBC Farm's land designation
to "Green Academic," deciding
where to allow new housing on
campus and creating more affordable housing.
Neal Yonson, the editor ofthe
independent blog UBC Insiders,
has been monitoring developments in the planning process
and said that students need to
understand the urgency of participating in the workshops.
"This is the only time students
can make substantive changes
to the land use process," he said.
Two years ago, a proposal to
place market housing on the
UBC Farm was scrapped after
groups opposing the measure
gathered 15,000 signatures. The
Board of Governors agreed to
not build on the farm, as long
as room was found for the housing elsewhere on campus.
Yonson is wary of plans that
mix student residences and market housing.
"All the history in terms of
putting non-student residence
next to student-centric areas has
been a failure. Look at relations
between frats and their neighbours—it creates a bad situation
for everyone involved," he said.
McArthur maintained that
the revision process is not about
new housing developments.
"This is about the types of development allowed and where
development can occur," she
said. "We want to find out what
students and the public want the
new land use designations included in the LUP to look like."
AMS President Bijan Ahmadian said that he knows that students are concerned about the future of land use on campus, and
has faith that CCP will work to
develop a fair and realistic LUP.
"We've had a strong active relationship with CCP making it
very clear about where the AMS
interests lie with respect to the
farm, with respect to the South
Gage, with respect to University
Boulevard, with respect to student housing on campus and
with respect to density," he said.
"Students care about affordable student housing and good
quality transit systems. It is important to have the right mix of
neighbourhoods for quality engagement of students with other communities such as faculty, staff and alumni."
CCP will be hosting public consultations on Thursday, October
14 from 6pm-9pm at the West
Point Grey United Church. Students can also submit feedback
online until October 15 at the UBC
Campus and Community Planning website, tl
Two of the most contentious areas for the land use amendments.
Textbook monopoly driving up prices
Student lobbying group looking to change import regulations
The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is campaigning to get textbook regulations removed to save students an estimated $30 million
per year. Since the introduction
of the Book Importation Regulations in 1999, the price of
textbooks has nearly tripled, increasing at a rate of almost 4.5
times inflation.
According to CASA's website,
the Regulations prohibit the parallel importing of books by book
retailers, a practice which lowers the prices of goods by expanding the selection of products in the market. Introducing the regulations means that
books produced in Canada
would be significantly cheaper than ones produced in other
parts ofthe world. It also means
that any book imported from
outside of Canada has a 10 to 15
per cent mark-up, depending on
where the book is coming from.
The Book Importation Regulations were originally meant to
protect two Canadian book publishers, neither of which is still in
business. CASA's press release
states that "essentially, campus
bookstores are being forced to buy
from one seller who sets the price."
"What we're advocating for
is the removal of the tariff on
book imports into Canada," said
Zachary Dayler, National Director of CASA. Once the tariff is
removed, "it will save students
about $30 million alone this
year." CASA plans to lobby the
government to remove the Book
Importation Regulations, one of
their major projects this year.
CASA is a not-for-profit student organization which represents and promotes the interests of post-secondary students
to the federal and provincial
governments. CASA is made up
of 25 student associations, of
which UBC's AMS is one ofthe
founding five groups.
Dayler is confident that the
federal government is likely to
remove the tariff. This is because of a larger-than-aver-
age budget deficit, and recent
steps taken by the government
to open up the Canadian literary market by permitting Amazon.com to open a brick-and-
mortar "fulfilment centre" in
Canada. The centre will create
more competition in the Canadian bookselling market. CASA's
recommendation that the tariff
be removed was submitted to the
House of Commons Committee
of Finance in August and is currently being reviewed.
CASA successfully lobbied
for the introduction ofthe Textbook Tax Credit, which was introduced in 2006. Dayler hopes
that the government will keep
the credit unchanged if the tariffs on book importation are
Dr Werner Antweiler, an expert on international trade at
Sauder School of Business, expects that there will be "fierce
opposition" from the Canadian publishing industry to dropping the Book Importation Regulations. "I reckon that chances for scrapping the Book Importation Regulations in Canada are slim."
Antweiler observed that "a
similar attempt in Australia last
year failed."
He said that changing the
Book Importation Regulations
would have no effect on the revenue the government receives,
as there are no tariffs on the import of books.
Antweiler suggested that students looking for cheaper textbooks could try ordering from
online retailers or begin using
e-books. "I have little doubt that
e-books will become a 'game
changer' for the publishing industry, and that this will be good
for consumers through the effect of more competition and reduced prices," he said.
What we're
advocating for
is theremoval of
the tariff on book
imports into
In his own classes, Antweiler
uses textbooks that are available
as e-books and that can be purchased in print form at a reasonable price.
As for what students can do to
help, Dayler suggested they raise
the issue within their university and contact their MP if they
want the Book Importation Regulations to be removed.
"[We] just need legislative
change," said Dayler. \J
UBC cinnamon bun trimming may
be sticky business, but it saves dough
Since 1954, the legendary UBC
cinnamon bun has graced the
shelves of campus bakeries and
cafeterias and has largely remained unchanged—until now.
Food Services has decreased
the size and price of the beloved
pastry in a bid to increase sales
to combat the product's falling
The move to reduce the bun's
size and price was done to keep it
more relevant to the dietary habits of today's students as well as
be competitive with food options
from other shops and cafes.
"What's the marketplace doing? What are our competitors
doing?" asked Loriann McGowan,
Director of UBC Food Services, in
regards to the changes. She explained that the changes are to
keep the cinnamon bun a viable
component to sales.
"[We're] reducing our size, and
reducing our price to match,"
she said.
Food Services said that sales
of the more petite bun have increased by ten per cent since
the changes were introduced
in September. This came after
a period of declining demand.
McGowan said that the changes have been well received by
most consumers and that she
has only received criticism from
a handful of people.
Long-time UBC employee Heather Merilees believes,
however, that the changes are a
crime against the bun's heritage.
"UBC Food Services needs
a reality check and lessons in
marketing," she said. Merilees
criticized the move toward a
'healthier' bun. "If UBCers want
healthy, the SUB has provided a
salad bar. It is not heavily used."
This bun no longer shown life-sized. LILA VOLKAS PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
The origins ofthe cinnamon
bun have long been attributed
to Grace Hasz, a Hungarian baker working at UBC, whose bake
shop produced more than 100
dozen buns daily. Her buns,
like many traditions and cultural landmarks at UBC, have
become a hallmark of student
life, with both current and former students enjoying this particular treat.
"They are kind of large,"
said second-year Science student, Jenny L. "I think I'd buy
them more often if they were
UBC alumnajessi Zielke reminisced about the social effects
of the cinnamon bun.
"We tended to have them a
lot; there used to be a cafeteria in Buchanan," she said. "We
missed the first bit of class for
cinnamon buns."
When asked for her opinion
on the changes to the bun, she
responded, "As long as they don't
change the recipe."
This delectable treat as an institution has been readily apparent among graduated students,
especially among those who returned home to locales far afield.
"UBC and UBC cinnamon buns
are synonymous to mostpeople,"
McGowan said. "We get requests
to mail buns to Australia." tl
Check out our video on making
cinnamon buns at
ubyssey. ca/news.
Woman assaulted on Main Mall
Police are urging students to be
on their guard after a woman
was assaulted on the morning
of October 7 in the area around
Main Mall and Biological Sciences road.
According to an RCMP media
release, the woman was walking
alone early in the morning when
she was grabbed by an unknown
man who immediately fled the
scene. The woman was not physically harmed.
"We're encouraging women
on the UBC campus to be vigilant, to carry cell phones and to
avoid walking alone, especially
at night," said RCMP Sergeant
Peter Thiessen.
The woman described her assaulter as Caucasian, 30-35 years
old, approximately 5'11" with
dark hair and eyes. She said he
was wearing dark blue jeans and
a dark windbreaker with a dark
baseball cap.
The RCMP also said that in
September, a woman on campus
reported a similar complaint.
The report said that the woman
was walking along University
Boulevard after midnight and
that an South Asian man attempted to grope her. She was able to
evade her attacker and was also
not hurt.
Similarly, The Ubyssey reported injanuary that AMS Security
had banned a man from the SUB
who had been posing as visually
impaired and sexually assaulting
women who came to his aid. He
was described as a 5'7" Caucasian man with short dark hair,
clean shaven, in his late 20s to
early 30s, wearing dark glasses
and using a white cane.
Brian Wong, the manager of
community relations and crime
prevention for UBC Campus Security, said that these incidents
do not constitute a pattern.
"In terms of reports, we
haven't had this type of incident
reported this year at all, other
than recently, with the new semester," he said.
Wong went on to say that UBC
Campus Security will be working
heavily with the RCMP and Safe-
Walk to ensure that students are
safe on campus.
"We have general patrols, and
then we also have targeted patrols," he added.
"When we see an influx of certain types of instances on campus, our patrols will be tailored
to responding to the different
types of issues that have come
forward. And that could be issues around assault or theft issues or a whole host of issues that
we would identify and set priorities to. Then we would work with
the police in regards to how we
would deploy."
Both the RCMP and UBC Campus Security have urged students
to utilize SafeWalk when walking
around campus at night.
"SafeWalk is obviously an important part ofthe safety network
as well and so we work them as
well around some ofthe information that we have," he said. "We
invite them to our [operational]
meetings on a regular basis."
Last March, the AMS slashed
SafeWalk's budget, which led to
the elimination of all service during the summer, as well as reduced hours and a smaller staff.
Wong said that these changes
have not had a noticeable effect
on safety around campus.
"The impact has not been astronomical and there hasn'tbeen
a spill-off from the fact that Safe-
Walk [has had] some of their
funding reduced."
Wong said that students should
call SafeWalk or UBC Campus Security if they need to be accompanied across campus. He also
recommended that students visit
their website at www.security ubc.
ca for tips on how to stay safe.
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Pick of the VIFF: Waiting for "Superman
An interview with the Oscar-winning director
Few films at this year's VIFF
have drawn as much attention
as Waiting for "Superman." The
film, directed by Davis Guggenheim, focuses on the inadequacies of the US public education system. Guggenheim follows five children through some
of the worst schools in the nation, "dropout factories" where
more than half the students
fail. While the film deals broadly with politics—unions, tenure,
No Child Left Behind-it is the
stories ofthe families Guggenheim follows that make the film
so powerful. We follow these
families through their morning rituals—packing lunch, lacing up sneakers—and sending
their kids off to a school that
will most likely fail them. We
learn the kids' dreams. "I want
to be a recorder," says Francisco, a first-grader from the
Bronx, to the film crew. "Like
you guys."
Guggenheim, whose previous wide-release documentary
was An Inconvenient Truth, puts
the situation bluntly. "We are
so screwed right now," said Mr.
Guggenheim when The Ubyssey
spoke with the director during
the festival. "It seems like all of
our problems come out of [failures] of education."
Davis Guggenheim's eyes follow you. PHOTO COURTESY OF WME
The film shines when Guggenheim picks apart the bureaucracy ofthe US education system, a
mess of overlapping benchmarks
and jurisdictions he terms "the
blob." He looks at the "rubber
rooms" in New York City's school
system, where teachers sit in
limbo for years awaiting disciplinary hearings. Then there's
the "turkey trot," a yearly ritual
in many school districts where
principals swap awful teachers
in hopes of getting one who is
Guggenheim makes clear that
teachers themselves are not to
blame. "I think it's impossible
to find someone who is successful, broadly defined, and not find
somewhere in their life a great
teacher." The principle bad guys
in all of this are the unions, and
for this the film has generated
some backlash.
Guggenheim portrays unions
as roadblocks to reform, securing tenure for lousy teachers and
generally advocating for teachers
at the expense of students. The
front page of the American Federation of Teacher's website—the
most prominent teachers' union
in the US—slams the film. "Good
storytelling is no substitute for
an honest and accurate look at
how we can really improve our
public schools," it says. "The film
relies on a few highly sensational and isolated examples in an
attempt to paint all public school
teachers as bad."
"There's a lot of criticism that
says just because I ask some
tough questions about the unions
that somehow I don't admire and
love teachers," said Guggenheim.
"That's just not true."
So far the film has been effective in addressing these concerns. "Last week Mayor Bloomberg of New York gave a speech.
The first thing he talked about
was Waiting for "Superman" and
the next thing he talked about
was rethinking teacher tenure,"
said Guggenheim. "Obama saw
the movie and called it powerful, and the next thing he
said was we have to have more
school days.
"It's important to remember
what movies can and can't do.
Movies cannot teach a kid and
they cannot write laws."
Guggenheim developed a close
relationship with the families
featured in the film—and in some
ways he swoops in to save them
in the end.
Most of the families put
their kids in lotteries for magnet schools, and these lotteries
make for a heart-wrenching finale: many ofthe kids don't make it.
"The producers and I are making sure that we're going to be
helping them," he said.
But beyond his charity, he
doesn't identify any one super-
person in the education system.
"There are people in this movie who inspire me a lot, and can
have this heroic effect in this
world that's really pretty bleak."^
That's a
wrap: more
from VIFF
Hot 'n' buttered
Half empty?
What is the key to creating and
maintaining a symphonic orchestra? According to Kinshasa
Symphony, the answer is cooperation and a love for music. As
it progresses, the film takes us
through the tumultuous lives of
eight members ofthe Orchestre
Symphonique Kimbanguiste in
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic
ofthe Congo. Their daily struggles depict what it is like to live
in one of the most chaotic cities in the world. Not only must
the orchestra's members negotiate their working and family
lives, they also find the time
and energy to play in the only
symphonic orchestra in sub-
saharan Africa.
Apart from revealing to the
audience the experience of living in a developing metropolis,
the film shows that despite stereotypes and practical difficulties, symphonic music can, and
does exist in Africa. At different
times, each character is shown
playing music by Beethoven, Verdi or Handel in the middle of busy
city sites. The superimposition of
horns and jackhammers in the
background with that of their
instruments demonstrates that
despite the paradox, music and
beauty may live in the middle of
noise and chaos. Kinshasa Symphony proves that with teamwork
and dedication, a symphonic orchestra can exist anywhere.
—Olivia Fellows
Love Shines is a documentary
providing a window into the life
of long-tenured and highly acclaimed Canadian musician Ron
Sexsmith. Directed by Douglas
Arrowsmith, the film follows Sex-
smith throughout his life via various cuts to the past, in a narrative framed around Sexsmith's
recent collaboration with pop
music heavyweight producer
Bob Rock. The match was made
in an attempt to get Sexsmith's
twelfth studio album to provide
the breakthrough into the commercial success he has always
Using footage taken by Arrowsmith, as well as additional
sources from Sexsmith's childhood, the film is engaging in its
unabashed examination of Sexsmith. Through seven years of
documenting his reaction to his
every achievement and failure,
Arrowsmith shows Sexsmith for
who he really is: a shy, awkward
and relatively strange individual with none ofthe typical charisma one sees in most celebrities.
He seems flawed and almost pathetic. Yet by revealing the artist in a raw and honest manner,
Arrowsmith lets the audience in,
and gives them a stake in Sex-
smith's plight. In the end this
makes the story of Sexsmith's
desperate struggle for what he
sees as success a moving examination of the human condition.
—Andrew Maclsaac
Olivier Assayas's Carlos runs
a full five and a half hours. It's
impressive, undoubtedly, but
the length is justified by the
scope of the film. Spanning
two decades, Carlos recounts
the later part of the life of Carlos the Jackal, a pro-Palestinian
terrorist largely active in the
Assayas's portrayal of Carlos as a misguided narcissist
obsessed with his own infamy
does a lot to dispel any mythol-
ogizing of his actions. The film
does not confuse revolutionary
with murderer. Carlos's motivation is questionable and unlike
most biographies of radicals, As-
sayas makes no attempt to justify Carlos's careless manner with
human life.
Edgar Ramirez is excellent
as the title character, embodying Carlos's troubling charisma,
darkness and self-importance.
His unflinchingly honest performance allows him to carry
the lengthy production.
Carlos is a riveting depiction
of a chaotic time and a troubled
character. While it stands alone
as an exceptional political thriller, there is still a relevance and
immediacy that comes from its
subject matter. It's a compelling
presentation of early terrorism
that has evolved and come to
define the fears of the modern
—Ginny Monaco
Elijah Drenner's American
Grindhouse recounts the
evolution of exploitation film
in the US from the birth of
the moving picture to the
present day. It is narrated by
way of interviews with various
directors, writers and actors,
allowing for an extremely
intimate view into a form of
entertainment that usually
lurks in the shadows.
This documentary is a
brilliant mixture of comedy and
social commentary. A plethora
of absurd clips from grind-
house films prove entertaining,
hilarious and at times a bit
But perhaps what really
makes this documentary apiece
of art is what it reveals about
human nature—more precisely,
our ongoing consumerist
obsession with violence, nudity,
domination, sex, drugs and
Although the character of
human beings brought to light
by this documentary could
be interpreted as somewhat
disturbing, it did not prevent
the theatre from being filled with
laughter or the audience walking
out with an air of satisfaction.
—Cynthia Ni 6/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/2010.10.14
There are many good things we
can say about boots. They keep
your feet dry and warm. They
allow you to stride with confidence through puddles. But
most of all, they ensure thatyou
are prepared for any number of
shenanigans, from spontaneous dance-offs at rez parties, to
kicking the heads off daisies, to
running from campus security
who don't want you playing tag
in the steam tunnels.
Although it isn't scientifically
proven, we are certain that any
crisis can be effectively kicked
to the curb when you are outfitted with a sturdy pair of footwear. And boots have a tendency to make that hasty ten-min-
utes-late-for-class outfit look like
you meant it that way. What's
not to love?
When it comes to buying
boots, the best piece of advice
we can give is to avoid skimping
on quality because of a price tag.
Cheap materials last only for a
winter or two before they start
falling apart, leaving your feet
cold and waterlogged. Quality
leather can last for manyyears,
saving you money in the long
run. So make sure to do your research and shop carefully.
It's true. You really do need rubber boots. Try putting aside fears
of clammy synthetics and think
instead of how cozy your toes
are. That being said, don't stop
your boot collection with only
the essentials. It's worth it to
expand some horizons so that
you don't spend the entire winter clomping around in such ungainly kicks.
Umeboshi (3638 Main St)
is an awesome little nook of a
shoe store. They have a variety
of sizes and styles of the popular Hunter brand.
The classic motorcycle boot
comes in a range of bad-assi-
tude. Studs tell the world you
ain't takin' no guff, and attaching them yourself can be a fun
DIY project. These can be pricey ifyou go for a brand like Frye
($280 and up), but with a little
searching, they can be found
either vintage, second-hand or
on sale. They are a great option
for guys, though we see far fewer men wearing them than we
might like.
Try Urban Outfitters (822-830
Granville St) or Gravity Pope
(2205 West 4th Avenue) for a
variety of attitude-enhancing
These boots are mostly differentiated by the fact that they
are tall. Whether having half of
your knees covered in leather
creepsyou out a little, or whether you think it is super awesome
to have what amounts to an extra pair of pants, the choice is
yours. Regardless, most heights
average out at mid-calf, so if
you go for this style you can at
least be assured thatyou won't
be wringing out your socks between each lecture.
Most larger shoe chains have
equestrian boots for sale this
Channel a Kurt Cobain groupie and pull on a pair. Head of
the tough girl department, you
can lace or unlace your Docs depending on your malaise/apathy
levels. Ifyou want to be cutesy
at the same time, get a pair in
paisley or floral and head downtown to your favorite dive bar.
Urban Outfitters has good patterned versions. But try looking
for a more unique vintage pair
at F as in Frank (2425 Main St)
or Front and Company (3772
Main St).
Okay, so these aren't technically a boot, despite the name. But
they are great for guys who regard any sort of shoe that comes
over their ankles as dangerously avant-garde.
Desert boots are stylishly understated, and also score high
in the sturdy and versatile categories. Be warned, however:
these boots are meant for drier climates. Suede and water
aren't a great combination, so
extra care is required.
Roots (1001 Robson St) carries some quality options for
men and women, vl
Ubyssey: What brand is your
Terry Savage: Jack Fraser.
Lenox Yin: G2 Black Label.
Kevin Lageweg: Mexx.
Sandy Buchanan: Stonehouse.
Or Sand, I'm not sure.
Oliver Thorne: Le Chateau.
U: Any fashion pet peeves?
KL: Crocs.
OT: Uggs—50s ski boots, not
a good look.
LY: Crocs as well.
TS: Those giant sunglasses
girls wear—absolutely hate
Susan Miller
Ubyssey: Where are you
SM: Vancouver
U: So how would you describe
your style?
SM: Pretty basic, like not very
put together. Like today I look
very simple, but usually I'm
kind of crazy.
U: Who's your fashion
SM: I honestly don't have an
inspiration, I just try and dress
a little bit differently, in something that I feel like is me. If
I'm just wearing jeans and a t-
shirt, I feel so unoriginal and
I just feel really bored of myself—unless it's a cool t-shirt.
I just try and wear stuff that
April Hung
Ubyssey: Where do your
clothes come from?
AH: Zara and H&M.
U: Who is your style
AH: Alexa Chung, I really like
Alexa Chung.
Achieving peak performance
First-time hiker reaches new heights with VOC
Varsity Outdoors Club
I recently signed up for my first
Varsity Outdoors Club trip, the
Needle Peak Scramble. The
Scramble was listed as "beginner-friendly" As a new VOC
member, I did not realize that,
as opposed to easy, "beginner-
friendly" actually means the
more experienced members will
help you not die on the hike.
With my new Mountain Equipment Co-op gear and a fear of
heights, I set off for my first true
backpacking experience.
As we began our Saturday
morning climb, being a new-
bie, I started off at a fairly rapid and energetic pace. Ten minutes in, I realized there was no
way I could continue at this
rate with a 501b pack for another four hours. As I panicked
and went through all possible scenarios of bailing out
on the hike—including getting
the keys to our driver's car and
simply sleeping there overnight—Phil (our hike organizer and current VOC president)
caught up with me and assured
me that I was welcome to take
the climb at my own pace. As
we slowed down, I began to
take in the scenery and realized I had never been this far
out in the wilderness before,
half a day from civilization.
We eventually dropped our
packs and began our true ascent, the "scramble": a hand-
and-foot intensive climb involving, well, scrambling up
rocks toward the summit. The
realization soon set in that
what the VOC calls a scramble,
I call free-climbing: 100 per cent
The Varsity Outdoors Club loves to get high. PHOTO COURTESY PHILTOMLINSON/THE VOC
feet-off-the-ground grappling-
for-hand-holds free-climbing.
I was about to give up any
hope of making it to the top
when Phil doubled back to climb
with me and show me exactly where to place myself to ascend with more ease. I pushed
on through my fear, and began
to appreciate the solid feel of
handholds under my fingers,
the warmth and solidity of the
rocks. And then, suddenly, we
topped Needle Peak—my first
real summit.
At that point, I started to understand what Phil had meant
when he'd spoken earlier of "Fun
Type Two"—activities that aren't
fun until they're over. The wind
threatened to blow us down, but
I managed to suppress my fear
long enough to get into our VOC
Needle Peak Summit group shot
and sign the "Summit Book" buried at the top.
That night we sat around the
campfire and watched the moon
rise, the conversation over dinner furthering my appreciation
for the club. I have never felt
so welcome and accepted, despite my inability to take ten
steps wearing a pack without the
possibility of throwing up from
exhaustion. People who were
strangers a day before are now
more than friends: they are my
teammates, people who helped
me conquer a fear and achieve
something incredible.
After a night hike up the Flat
Iron, a slow morning meander
down the mountain (spent eating wild blueberries and posing
for photo ops), a team stop for
Tim Hortons and singing Red
Hot Chili Peppers at the top of my
lungs with my new mates on the
car ride home, I am officially and
proudly a member ofthe VOC. 1
For ideas on other hikes, including easy Translink-accessible
trips, check www.ubc-voc.com/
wiki/tripideas, or come and join
the VOC.
Canzine West to bring zine scene to Vancouver
Canzine West was well-attended in 2007. PHOTO COURTESYTRACY STEFANUCCI/BROKEN PENCIt
Calling all indie fans and self-
published prodigies: after a series of logistical issues, Canzine
is finally returning to Vancouver
after a three-year drought. Presented by Toronto-based magazi-
wne Broken Pencil and in cooperation with OCWMagazine, Canzine West is the Vancouver version of "Canada's Largest Zine
Fair and Festival of Alternative
"With Vancouver's varied arts
and culture communities thriving as they are right now, this is
the perfect time to host an event
that brings them all together
under one roof," said Tracy Ste-
fanucci, coordinator of Canzine
West and editor-in-chief of OCW
Magazine. From this thriving art
community, Canzine West will
feature local talents and literary
minds alike for an eventful day.
Expect radical readings, fearless
fiction, improvised poetry, and
a daring "American-Idol" style
book pitch show complete with
three brilliant judges. Then, of
course, there is the all-day giant zine and craft fair, catered
by over a hundred independent
Zine culture has developed
drastically over the years: from
the 1970s punk movement to
the present internet cyber-age, it
has shown that it is here to stay.
Yet some things never change,
like the self-published, non-profit lifestyle of independent zine
"Much of it is publishing for
passion," noted Stefanucci. "So
let it be known that profit is not
usually a big motivating factor
for zine makers and independent publishers."
Today, zine culture and independent publishing are more
rampant than ever, taking on
forms ranging from hand-written notes to fine print to blogs
and videos. Stefanucci added,
"I think self-publishing in any
form is rewarding. There's something magical about seeing your
work in print, distributing it to
like-minded people, and then
observing how it moves them."
So what better way to celebrate
the free spirit of alternative art
than by going to Canzine West
and basking in zine culture? tl
Canzine West will be held on Saturday, October 16, from lpm-7pm
at W2 Storyeum (151 West Cordova Street). Tickets are $5 at the
door. Each ticket includes the Fall
issue of Broken Pencil. For more
information, visit brokenpencil.
India is a culturally diverse country
with dozens of
unique ethnic
groups. This
creates the
ideal environment for the
of rich food
traditions. In Vancouver, this
cuisine has become a favourite
among the stingy student population due to wide availability, affordable all-you-can-eat
buffets and late night delivery
services. Those unfamiliar with
Indian culture, however, may
not fully appreciate differences
among the subcontinent's different varieties of cuisine—especially between north and south.
Let's begin with the northern part of India. The most well-
known Indian food in Canada is
native to Punjab, an area in the
northeast which straddles the border of Pakistan. This is the birthplace of naan and butter chicken.
In fact, the combination of bread
and curry forms the backbone
of the northern Indian diet. The
most common breadstuffs are
naan (thick, leavened and oven-
baked), roti (thin, unleavened and
oven-baked), or chapatti (thin and
fried). Unlike their neighbours to
the south, many ofthe curries in
Punjab use meat such as chicken,
goat or beef. These dishes are also
richer, as they are cooked with
heavy cream and ghee, a dairy
product similar to clarified butter. An example of this is shahi
paneer: Velvety cottage cheese
stewed in a spicy, tomato-based
cream sauce.
Most of these creations are
cooked in a tandoor, a semi-underground clay kiln. The oven is heated with an open flame fuelled by
charcoal or wood. This gives the
dishes a smoky flavour, especially evident in the Indian version
of barbeque, tandoori chicken.
The chicken is chopped into
small pieces before being marinated in ayogurtbath spiced with
masala, cumin, chili and other
spices. The spice determines the
colour: red means cayenne pepper or chili powder; yellow, turmeric. It's roasted at high temperatures in the tandoor, and
served with fresh slices of lemon or chopped raw onions.
Reena Mistry a Masters student in Food Science, sums it up:
"The biggest difference between
south and north Indian cuisine
is that most southern meals are
rice based. The flavours are often more tart, due to the fermentation process used in the food's
Most south Indian bread products are fermented. Idli, a palm-
sized savoury cake, is made by
steaming a mixture of fermented urad daal (black lentils) and
rice. Fermentation breaks down
the starches, allowing the idli to
be easily digested.
There are also a wide variety of
curries, most of which are vegetarian due to the large percentage
of Hindus residing in southern
India. Among these are kaaram
petti koora, or sauteed vegetables
cooked with spicy curry powder,
and pulusu koora, boiled vegetables cooked in a smooth tamarind and mustard sauce.
For north Indian food, visit All
India Sweets & Restaurant at 6507
Main Street or, for an all-you-can-
eat buffet, New India at 805 West
Broadway. For a south Indian vegetarian option, SaravarnaaBhavan,
at 955 W Broadway, has an excellent lunch buffet from 11:30-
3pm for $10.99.'(I 8/UBYSSEY.CA/S PORTS/2010.10.14
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There was a streaker, an assaulted mascot and 2743
fans screaming at Thunderbird Stadium Friday night
for Shrum Bowl XXII. But an evening full of unlikely
events ended in an all too ordinary fashion—a UBC loss.
Simon Fraser University defeated UBC 27-20 in a
game that wasn't decided until the final play of the
game. Down by 14 points with 3 minutes to go, the
T-Birds scored a quick touchdown to get within 7 before recovering the ball with 48 seconds left at their
own 43 yard line.
From there, quarterback Billy Greene drove UBC
all the way to the Clan's 5-yard line with just 3.4 seconds left. Greene attempted to find receiver David
Scott in the end zone, only to have his pass float harmlessly wide ofthe target to give the T-Birds their third
straight Shrum Bowl loss, giving SFU a 17-15-1 advantage in the series.
Despite the strong comeback, head coach Shawn Olson was disappointed in his team.
"We didn't show up to play," said Olson. "The first
quarter was terrible, our warm up was terrible. Our
guys don't know how to prepare. And that's on me.
When you're 1-4 you need to show up every day and
we didn't come out of the gate right today."
While the crowd was for the most part composed, a
pair of students broke past security in the fourth quarter to tackle Storm, the UBC mascot. The students were
taken into custody by police, while the woman inhabiting Storm suffered a mild concussion, tl
—With files from Tara Martellaro
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CiTR: "Rolling
After paying off thousands in debt linked to mi<
By Ian
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With a former station manager allegedly
in a foreign country with misappropriated funding and dire financial obligations
to the AMS, student-funded campus radio
station CiTR 101.9 FM has had a rough
few years. But after paying off their debt
last April, CiTR is now making plans for
CiTR's legal headache stems from their former station manager, Lydia Masemola. According to legal documents from British
Columbia's provincial court system, CiTR
claims $21,750 of revenue was misappropriated by the former station manager.
Masemola, who was the station manager
from May 1,2003, to October 26,2007, did
not inform CiTR's board of directors about
the $30,000 she borrowed from the AMS
for regular equipment maintenance and
upgrade costs, according to CiTR board
member David Frank. Frank is the designated spokesperson for questions regarding Masemola's employment at CiTR.
As station manager, Masemola was responsible for the radio's day-to-day operations and financial accounting. She would,
for example, oversee the sale ofthe $20 and
$35 membership fee students and community members must pay, respectively, to volunteer with CiTR. She managed
sales of CiTR t-shirts. CiTR can not confidently assert how much of its cash-based
sales Masemola allegedly siphoned off.
Masemola also oversaw the cash boxes
at the station's annual fundraiser and battle of the bands, Shindig. Held each year
at the downtown Railway Club, this event
has been going on for the last 25 years.
Four years into her employment, Masemola began to raise suspicion with the radio's board members, according to Frank.
"We were starting to sense something
was not right in August, September [2007],"
said Frank. "Board members weren't
getting financial statements that made
sense... In late October, she came forward
and actually admitted she had not deposited all the cash that was received from
membership fees, Shindig, and also the
sale of t-shirts and other promo items. The
board immediately took her resignation."
Frank said CiTR hired Allison Benjamin,
its student president at the time, to investigate the depth ofthe alleged corruption.
While investigating, Benjamin also served
as the interim station manager. Benjamin found that Masemola had presented
financial statements to CiTR's board that
hid over-spending on capital and operating expenses by approximately $30,000.
"The $30,000 were expenditures not recorded on the financial statements that
were presented to the board," Frank said.
"The $30,000 was spent on capital equipment. The irony is that it was actually
spent well, but the problem is that it really wasn't ours to spend.
"Basically, we were borrowing money
from the AMS to make those expenditures
without being aware of it," he continued.
Masemola's financial statements to
CiTR's board said she deposited approximately $20,000 into the AMS's capital
reserve fund, Frank said, which wasn't
the case.
According to minutes from the February
2008 Annual General Meeting, CiTR's capital reserve fund had a deficit of $53,662.
$21,750 ofthe deficit was the cash Masemola allegedly did not deposit into CiTR's bank
account. Most ofthe remaining $31,912
was spent without the station's knowledge
on studio upgrades and equipment. The
station came to realize that they were in
a serious financial bind.
"The way that we alleged that she could
take money and what we filed in court is
that she did not deposit membership fees
and other revenues coming into the station over an extended period of time. That,
we are alleging, added up to $21,750. And
then in addition, she was presenting incorrect financial statements to the board
which basically hid $30,000 in expenditure that did not go into her pocket. That
added up to $50,000. That's basically how
much money this radio station was in debt
to the AMS," Frank said.
Masemola, Frank said, had initially promised to repay CiTR $21,750, but left the
country shortly after.
"We didrecover $3250 fromher through
cheques," said Frank. "But before we could
take the next steps, she left the country..I'm
pretty comfortable in saying that she went
to South Africa, and my understanding is
that she is still there. We've lost all communication with her."
Frank added that the station is not expecting to recover the remaining amount,
which it now considers stolen.
When reached for comment regarding the Masemola affair, 2008-09 AMS
VP Finance Chris Diplock declined to
comment, offering no specific reason as
to why. Saying he was too far removed
from office to comment knowledgably
2009-10 AMS VP Finance Tom Dvorak
also declined to answer questions. Attempts have been made to get comment
from Lydia Masemola, with no reply at
this time.
To guard against future financial hardship, CiTR quickly put in place a few key
reforms. They made the AMS VP Finance
a permanent member of CiTR's board so
that they would, as Frank put it, "have
someone who knows the systems ofthe
AMS right there at the table." The AMS's
financial statements with regard to CiTR
and the station manager's accounting are
both sent to Frank and the other board
members each month to ensure that the
two separately written reports match.
"On an annual basis there's an independent audit to make sure that the capital reserve balance and the annual income statement all jive and balance up,"
Frank said.
The discovery was devastating, several CiTR devotees said.
"When we found out that Lydia had
stolen the money, it was like being at a
party and being served a delicious Dairy
Queen brand ice cream cake. Except,
instead of ice cream, Dairy Queen had
filled it with dog shit," longtime CiTR DJ
Maxwell Maxwell said. "She was warm
and caring. She was pretty feisty, but for
the most part, she got along well with
everyone. You know, the real motherfucker was that we were all pretty close
friends with her."
"It was a horrible victimizing situation,"
Frank said. "It could have killed the station...it was a horrible, gut-wrenching experience, especially being on the board,"
he added."
"I'm so proud [of] the radio station...it's
a real story of triumph over adversity. It's
almost like you're on a winning team and
then out of the blue your quarterback is
found out to have been using steroids the
whole time and the whole team finds out
and falls apart."
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EDITOR TREVOR RECORD»features@ubyssey.ca
with the times"
^appropriated funds, radio station to modernize
Having fully paid off their debt to the AMS
by April 30 this year, CiTR is looking to
start fresh.
"We're at the point I'd say where we're
not making lots of money" said current
station manager Brenda Grunua. "We're
just in a healthy financial position."
CiTR is looking towards the future. With
the new-found financial freedom, Grunua
sees the need to update the station.
"Community and campus radio stations in the States have all gone digital,"
she said. "I want to make sure we stay
ahead of the curve, so that we're not in a
position where we can't air the music we
want. We're not in that position yet, but I
can see that happening in a year or two
down the road."
To that end, CiTR advertised a summer
position to build a digital music library.
St Regent's master student Jared Penner,
a Computer Science and English major
from the University of Waterloo, was hired
after submitting a proposal. The $10,000
to $15,000 project, he explained, is a way
to ease the burden on DJs and ensures
the long-term viability of the music the
station holds.
"The server costs between $2,500 and
$5,000. It depends howyou configure it,"
said Penner, who didn't reveal the nine
terabyte server's true cost.
The server has many separate hard
drives that expand its capacity and has
some sophisticated backup technology.
"[The server] stores each song not-quite
twice," he said. "....We're going to take our
whole library and we'll convert them to
digital. That means they'll be searchable.
Track plays. And so on. And it prevents
data loss: CDs scratch, CDs go missing,
or they get broken. And it's also faster to
browse through the whole collection ifyou
can search by year or genre."
"We're starting to get a lot more digital submissions from digital labels...we
needed a central place to play. Once you
do it for a few files, you may as well do it
for your whole record library," he said.
The project is to be paid for by a week-
long fundraiser News Director Andrew
Longhurst is organizing for the week of
November 17-25. A DJ battle, hosted in
the Pit, will kick off the week. The majority of the money will be raised through
on-air requests, with volunteers staffing
the phone lines in the members' lounge
day and night. Longhurst hopes the drive
will garner $30,000. Half will pay for the
digital music library initiative, while the
remainder will go towards general operations, such as repairs or travel costs. Previous $30,000 week-long fundraisers, Longhurst said, were successful, falling short
by only a thousand or two.
Penner said the project is expected to
be time-consuming considering the size
of CiTR's library, but technology has made
it more manageable.
"We have a little robotic loader that
will burn a hundred CDs at a time," said
Penner. "We set that up to run overnight,
and so over ten hours at night, it'll rip a
hundred CDs. And then we have two smaller computers ripping, like, four at a time
during the day...we hope to do it in under
a year. The difficult part is that we have
a lot of obscure, local music that isn't in
iTunes, so the artist and album information isn't recognized, so then you have to
manually enter the information. We hope
to have only 20 per cent where we have to
manually enter the information. We need
lots of volunteers to track all that."
Along with the upgrade to a digital library,
CiTR has adopted a new logo, an Emu,
which replaced their decades-old 'tape-
head' logo. Some CiTR stalwarts also have
doubts about the new logo, and find the
emu disconcerting. They declined to discuss their discomfort about the new logo.
Others have overcome their initial objections. Sponsorship Coordinator Andrew Longhurst is pleased with the new
look, partly because people will more easily see the station's frequency.
"I think it's fun. It's independent. It's
crazy. It's kind of CiTR...I was initially
uncertain about it, but I think it's really
grown on me. It'll prove to be something
people recognize."
Recognition was a problem with the
previous logo.
"[Tape-head] has a number of problems.
The main problem is that you can't read
the word CiTR on it... so partly it's just the
visual impression wasn't there. You didn't
see it on a poster and say, 'Oh, that CiTR
101.9,' and get a sense of who we are from
it," Grunau said. "The tape-head was really old, probably about 20 years old."
While no one knows for sure when tape-
head was adopted, Bryce Dunn, the program coordinator, said it has been in place
since 1993, when he started working for
While the digital library has practical upsides, there are old-school holdouts. CiTR
Music Director Luke Meat is one. He runs
the hard-copy library and listens to the numerous CDs labels world wide send him to
determine whether CiTR will retain and
play the music. While his job won't disappear if the switch to a digital library is successful, he's a holdout because he'll miss
the tangible side of hard copies.
"I'm kinda on the fence about the digital library," said Meat. "I've always prided CiTR and most radio stations on being
not just a radio but also a record library.
I'm a big fan of tangibility. I like the fact
that in 20 years we'll have a kid going
through our records and going, 'Holy cow!
They have this.'
"There's something about grabbing onto
a record, looking at it, holding it and stuff
like that, that's completely removed when
you flip through an iTunes folder. There's
something about seeing the cover, seeing
the scratches.
"On some records, before I came here,
you'd see battles between DJs arguing back
and forth, 'This record rules, this record
sucks,' all the way back to 1986-87. You'd
see a really young Nardwuar putting in
his two cents."
Yet he acknowledges the benefits.
"This is how the labels are dealing with
it now," said Meat. "This is how they're
sending us music. It's like an email with
the music on it so I can just transfer it on
to our digital library. I'll let our DJs know
that it's out there.... and it's not only a library but a player. Meaning, we can look
up a song by artist, song title, genre. Find
our artist. All we do is double click. And
we can play straight from the library—
which is pretty amazing.
"We're living in a non-tangible age now,
so we're just rolling with the times." vl UBYSSEY.CA/ABORIGINAL/2010.10.14
EDITOR TREVOR RECORD »features@ubyssey.ca
As just one student and one voice, I wanted to paint this canvas as vibrantly as possible. I think it is incredibly important that
Aboriginal peoples not be painted as victims but as survivors. Reflecting on this
year's Aboriginal supplement, one can
clearly see that the Aboriginal community at UBC is a diverse and thriving one.
Yes, Aboriginal peoples continue to
face the challenges of colonialism; but
the fact is that these challenges do not
dictate or define who we are. In fact,
Aboriginal students at UBC are effecting positive change every day, both at
UBC and within our various communities
within Vancouver and across the continent. Many, if not most Aboriginal students at UBC are investing in an effort
to secure a better future for the generations to come. At UBC, we have students engaged in various educational
pursuits across the board: from bachelor's degrees to PhDs; from Law to Medicine. Our diversity is not just in our educational pursuits but also as individuals.
In this supplementyou can learn more
about how UBC is working toward inclu-
sivity and positive change for Aboriginal
students as well as how Aboriginal students are effecting change at UBC. Along
with writing about these changes, students have contributed pieces on current
events and issues that interest them both
at UBC and beyond.
As guest editor, I would like to thank
everyone at The Ubyssey for yet another successful Aboriginal supplement. I
would also like to thank all of those that
helped put this supplement together,
from the writers to those who contributed their thoughts and ideas, tl
Ollu giitu, many thanks,
Aboriginal Supplement Guest Editor
Indigenous peoples have often had trying relationships with team mascots.
One only has to look to Major League
Baseball's Cleveland Indians or to the
Canadian Football League's Edmonton
Eskimos for evidence of the misguided marketing decisions of non-Indigenous organizations and institutions. Fortunately, many of the insensitivities of
the past are being rectified in the present, and our own UBC Thunderbird is
able to serve as evidence.
Itwas November 1933 that the sports
section of The Ubyssey suggested the
school adopt a nickname or mascot,
rather than having their sports teams
be known only as "Varsity" or "Blue
and Gold." After a failed attempt to
choose the mascot via student suggestions and votes (which resulted in the
student body selecting "Seagulls" as
their moniker of choice), The Ubyssey
decided to take matters into their own
hands. After a spirited debate, "Thunderbird" was the clear winner.
While students had selected the UBC
mascot in 1934, the symbol had yet to
be sanctioned by the people whose culture and history it represented. The history of education on this territory predated the existence of our university,
and it is the people who continue to inhabit this land who generously choose
to share their culture and knowledge
with the the learning institution.
During half-time at the 1948 UBC
homecoming football game, Chief William Scow and his son Alf Scow of the
Kwicksutaineuk people, in front of over
5000 fans, officially sanctioned UBC's
use of the name "Thunderbird" for our
campus facilities and teams. The relevance of this gift was also marked by
the 22-foot totem pole named "Victory
Through Honour," carved and presented to UBC by Ellen and Edward Neel
(Kwickwasutaineuk), which now serves
as a campus landmark, but most importantly, as a physical representation
of the relationship between UBC and
the Indigenous peoples on whose traditional territory UBC resides.
Our campus symbol, the Thunderbird, is an important symbol of the continued commitment by UBC and the Indigenous peoples of the area to fostering a relationship of collaboration and
respect. Alf Scow, who partook in the
original 1948 dedication ceremony, later
graduated from UBC and became both
Judge and Chief Alfred Scow.
On April 30, 1993 Chief Scow returned to UBC to re-dedicate the university and the Thunderbird name on
behalf of his father and his nation. On
October 18, 2004 the totem pole was
re-dedicated by the Musqueam Indian
Band and the Musqueam Band Council,
thanking UBC and the Neel and Scow
families, stating that "education brings
us all together. It is our hope that the
university will continue contributing to
our communities, to the well-being of
society, and in doing so, bring about
positive change."
The UBC Thunderbird will continue to symbolize the relationship between UBC and this territory's Indigenous peoples, acting as a reminder of
the possibilities that arise from partnership and respect.
And to think we were almost called
the "Seagulls." tl
Pamela Masik's The Forgotten project, a series of massive portraits of
sixty-nine missing women from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, asks
its audience to remember.
Violence against women is deeply entrenched in the culture of
colonialism that has and continues to shape our country and society. From casual insensitive language to outright attacks, gendered
and sexual violence continues to form a large part of women's experiences in everyday life, an issue which Masik attempts to portray in The Forgotten.
The huge body of work urges its audience not only to remember
the faces of the women who have been marginalized, victimized and
largely forgotten,but the sheer scope of the collection speaks to the
institutionalized way in which violence against women is justified
and perpetuated in our society and the world over.
The Forgotten encourages us to recall, remember, react and respond. The Museum of Anthropology will be exhibiting The Forgotten at the Audain Gallery from February 12 to March 20, 2011. The
exhibit will be accompanied by "a speaker series, film night, lectures, and Downtown Eastside outreach initiatives intended to raise
awareness of exploitation and violence directed toward women everywhere" and will coincide with International Women's Day (March
8, 2010) celebrations at UBC and in Vancouver.
Everyone is welcome to not only attend the opening reception on
February 11, but also to see this work for themselves. Remember
the faces and recall our shared history of violence.
The Forgotten comes to the UBC Museum of Anthropology from February
12 to March 11 of 2011. COLIN CHIA PH0T0/THE UBYSSEY 2010.10.14/UBYSSEYCA/ABORIGINAL/13
Line Kesler, Director of the First Nations Studies Program. COURTESY OF UBC PUBLIC AFFAIRS
If UBC's Aboriginal Strategic Plan succeeds, funding for Aboriginal studies initiatives may be locked into part of UBC's
permanent mission.
The plan, which is part of UBC's TREK
2010 program, includes a number of initiatives aimed at recruiting and retaining Aboriginal students, ensuring curriculum, research and other academic
requirements are maintained and providing aboriginal work spaces, amongst
other goals. The plan, which began
to be constructed soon after Stephen
Toope took office as UBC President in
2006, is notable in that it will provide
direct mainstream funding for Aboriginal initiatives.
"When Stephen Toope arrived at
UBC, we had an early meeting with
him and in that meeting we agreed that
forming an Aboriginal Strategic Plan
would be a desirable thing to do," said
Line Kesler, director of the First Nations
Studies program. "In that meeting he
told us that universities need to develop a larger strategic plan to deal with
the significant budgetary challenges
the university needed to meet. There
would be an overall strategic planning
and budgeting process...When [Toope]
explained why he thought it made sense
[in terms of funding structure] I thought
that if it was actually a possibility it was
certainly worth further investigation."
Kesler said that the program also looks
towards building relationships between
the university and the Okanagan and
Musqueam peoples, on whose traditional lands the UBC Vancouver and Okanagan campuses are built.
"We have a whole set of initiatives
which work to develop truly collaborative
relationships with communities in which
the benefit to the communities is clear."
In a 2009 interview with The Ubyssey,
Toope explained that the university was
looking to improve their relationship with
these First Nations groups.
"We have good relations with Musqueam—through the sports program,
there are mentoring programs, language
programs," said Toope, "but it could be
The plan follows a UBC Trek 2000 goal
to have 1000 Aboriginal students enrolled
at the school. Although that goal has yet
to be met, Kesler says they are continuing to have successes, particularly at the
graduate studies level, citing the Aboriginal Medicine program and Law enrolment
as particularly noteworthy examples. In
a 2009 interview, Toope talked about
some of the ways he would assess the
success of the program in terms of Aboriginal recruiting and retention.
"I think that we would be successful
if we had substantial increases in the
number of levels at the undergraduate
and graduate levels, not only at admission time, but that were sustained and
supported throughout the program to
successful graduation. That would be
one measure," said Toope."I would like
to see more Aboriginal students in Science than we currently have... [And] I
think we should have more [Aboriginal] faculty members than we currently have."
Kesler came to UBC from the University of Oregon in 2003 and said some of
his experiences there led him to have low
expectations for the plan initially.
"The University [of Oregon] had a poor
reputation with minorities of all sorts,"
said Kesler. "Because of my experience in
Oregon, when President Toope showed
interest in a strategic plan I wasn't immediately enthusiastic about doing it. The
way in which the game is played in the
states, often administration might suggest something like this as a way of not
doing anything. Everyone puts their energy into the strategic plan instead of pushing specific initiatives. So I didn't immediately think this was going to be a fantastic use of time."
Kesler said the further dedication of
administration assigned to the program,
notably from Vice President and Associate President Academic Affairs Anna
Kindler, and the strength of faculty in
Aboriginal courses, convinced him the
plan could work.
"This is much more comprehensive
than anything in my previous experience."
Kesler says that they are working on
the Aboriginal plan so that the current
initiatives will be resilient even under
presidents who do not consider it a major item in their agenda.
"A different president and different
administration may not have the same
level of attention and comittment to the
plan," said Kesler. "But the design of
this plan is to build these things into the
core structure [of UBC], so if at some
point they receive less attention they're
still around.
"Key academic departments around
campus are not necessarily the focus
[of the] provost's attention or the president's attention. But they continue, and
they do well, because they are regarded as core to the mission of the university. That's where we want the Aboriginal initiatives to be by the end of this
period." tl
The Aboriginal Strategic Plan will
be used as the guideline for UBC's
future engagement with Aboriginal
communities, as well as its Aboriginal-related operations. The plan
identifies ten "keyareas of strategic
engagement" which form the basis
for future actions. These areas are:
1. Pre-university, recruitment
and access initiatives
2. Student support and retention
4. Faculty and staff recruitment
and support
5. Research
6. Study and work climate
8. Internal   and   external
9. Development initiatives
10. Administration, evaluation
and resources.
The Strategic Plan includes a provision for the creation of an Aboriginal web portal. As a narrative-driven site, it will be a means of showcasing the work of Aboriginal students and faculty in a personal way.
"The web portal will give a sense
of what's going on across campus," said Kesler. It will also be a
fundamental resource in recruiting
prospective students and faculty
Kessler compared the web portal to the overall intention of the
strategic plan; it is a way to connect Aboriginal contributions and
provide a forum for those who felt
their work was underrepresented.
"People were often working on
projects but didn't see where it fit
into the pattern of Aboriginal engagement. It [the web portal] is a
way in which they can then advocate for their work in terms of this
larger framework."
Children are often asked, "What do you
want to be when you grow up?" Many
dream of growing up to become lawyers, but few have the privilege and opportunity to reach that goal. Even fewer
Aboriginal students are destined to become lawyers because of existing social, economic and educational barriers.
This year, however, sawa sharp increase
of Aboriginal students admitted into UBC's
Juris Doctor (JD) degree program, evidence
that situations are slowly changing for Aboriginals. Admissions rose from 17 percent
in 2009 to 22 per cent in 2010.
This increased admission may be attributed to the higher number of academically successful Aboriginals graduating
from universities in recent years, as well
as continued support from post-secondary institutions. Over the past 20 years
UBC has supported Aboriginals through
providing access to education, helping to
meet their needs through the First Nations House of Learning and promoting
Aboriginal curricula.
In 2010 UBC released its Strategic
Plan, which outlined its vision, values
and commitments. One of UBC's goals
is to "expand educational opportunities
for Aboriginal people and widen opportunities for all students to learn about Aboriginal issues and perspectives." Similar commitments are echoed in the Trek
2010 and UBC Aboriginal Strategic Plan
of 2009. UBC has outlined its dedication
to assisting Aboriginal students in succeeding in higher education.
The higher admittance to the JD program could also be a result of higher personal, cultural and employment achievements. These accomplishments may be
more difficult for some Aboriginal students to achieve, and for those who in
particular have had to overcome systemic difficulties. Living with poverty and
the lack of community infrastructure and
having to leave home communities to attend secondary school are but a few of
the common experiences amongst Aboriginal students. Nevertheless, in recent years UBC has seen more Aboriginal students graduate.
Claire Anderson, a first-year Law student, wanted to go to law school after
hearing Grand Chief Edward John give
a speech about the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Rights. Anderson
spoke of how it felt "right to be in the
law building, sitting amongst other indigenous students." Her desire to use
her law degree to create social change
for Aboriginal people is the type of consideration that the law school's admissions committee might take into consideration. Past work experience is another. Of course, high Law School Admissions Test scores and grades are grounding factors of consideration.
Gordon Christie, a Law professor and
a co-advisor to the admissions committee, said that "they had a strong pool this
year" to choose from with over 50 applicants. The number of seats that are open
for Aboriginal students is not a set number. It is privy to change depending on
the number of students who are thought
to have achieved academic success by
the admissions committee.
Christie also stated that since he has
been at UBC, "the commitment's always
been there [from the university]." For instance, UBC has one of the oldest Indigenous Law programs in Canada, starting
in the 1970s.
UBC's law school is one of the leaders in educating Aboriginal students in
legal theory. These future lawyers are
learning valuable skills that may enable
them to become leaders in their communities—at least, that is one of the hopes
stemming from the mission statement of
UBC's 2008 Aboriginal Strategic Plan. tJ 14/UBYSSEY.CA/ABORIGINAL/2010.10.14
Guest Editor
It's been three years since the United
Nations ratified the Declaration on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This also
marks three years since Canada was one
of only four countries to reject the UN
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples (UNDRIP). Since then, Australia and New Zealand have reversed their
decisions and now endorse the UNDRIP
and the US has implied that it intends to
work towards endorsement. In her March
Speech from the Throne, Governor General Michaelle Jean stated that "our government will take steps to endorse" the
UNDRIP. However, we have yet to see
any progress.
According to Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, our country's largest issue with the UNDRIP is the wording of
the declaration and the concern that the
collective human rights outlined in the
UNDRIP will trump individual human
rights. One of their largest concerns is
UNDRIP's use of the phrase "free, prior, and informed consent."
Canada's track record with Indigenous
peoples clearly illustrates that informed
consent from Indigenous peoples is not
one of their priorities.
On the contrary, many of us would argue that the underlying truth behind Canada's unwillingness to endorse the UNDRIP has more to do with exploitation of
land and resources than a concern for
semantics or human rights. Canada endorsing the UNDRIP effectually means
airing its dirty laundry for all to see. Let
me illustrate my point.
I'm sure you've heard of the Alberta Tar
Sands, otherwise known as the largest
and most environmentally toxic industrial
project in history. It has recently become
quite obvious that governmental reports
backing the tar sands are highly lacking
in transparency and factual information.
For instance, Preston McEachern, head
of Science and Innovation with Alberta
Environment, alleged that "contamination in area soils and rivers is natural and
poses no serious health risk." However,
Operations at the Alberta Tar Sands have been linked to toxic heavy metals in waterways
supplying First Nations according to Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
a recent study published in Proceedings
of the National Academy of Sciences
states quite the opposite.
The study has found toxic heavy metals
in regional waterways that exceed metal contamination levels up to 30 times
those permitted in Canadian and Alber-
tan guidelines. These toxic metals include mercury, arsenic, beryllium, copper, cadmium, thallium, lead, nickel, zinc
and silver. One only has to look as far as
the Fort Chipwyan First Nation directly
downstream from the tar sands to recognize that McEachern's statements are
false. A 2009 Alberta Cancer Board study
found that cancer rates within the Fort
Chipwyan community are an astonishing
30 times higher than what they should
be. Fish and moose meat from the region often contains arsenic and the water is no longer drinkable.
In this case, the federal government
would have to be held accountable for
breaching the UNDRIP, especially Article
32, which says that "states shall consult
and cooperate.. .with the indigenous peoples...to obtain their free and informed
consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories and
other resources, particularly in connection with the development, utilization or
exploitation of mineral, water or other
Despite wide opposition from both
Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples,
the next proposed venture is the development of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. The pipeline would carry
approximately 525,000 barrels of oil per
day from Alberta's tar sands to Kitimat,
BC, across unceded territories claimed
by over 20 First Nations. Endorsement
of the UNDRIP would again mean that
Canada would have to acquire "free, prior and informed consent" from First Nations—most of whom are fundamentally
opposed to the development of the pipeline. It's not difficult to connect the dots
and to recognize whose interests the Canadian government is truly protecting. tl
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Flitting past fragmented images
unknown to me
A man running in the desert
Red sand billows around his tanned
Blue sky swallows the sun
There is nothing
I walk
A deer pausing in the damp woods
Deep shadows hide a lurking danger
A tawny eye blinks
There is nothing
I walk
I walk
A woman trips in a crowd
A red hand catches her
Dark blue eyes consume her
There is nothing
Along a moonlit path
Uneven rusted dirt shifts
White light obscures my sight
There is nothing
I walk
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A road
A night
A moon
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Most students have never been
to the UBC Farm, except for alcohol-consuming festivities like
FarmAde. Those who actually
make use of the programs and
services offered at the Farm
are rare.
But if you go, you'll get to
know the four Indigenous gardens at the Farm which offer
regular services and events.
These four gardens are:
1) The Maya in Exile Garden,
which offers a space for Maya
spirituality and ceremonies,
Maya agriculture and traditional Maya cultural practices.
2) The Urban Aboriginal Community Garden Kitchen Project,
which is supported by Vancouver Native Health.
3) The Musqueam Garden,
which is available for Musqueam
community members and was
created in acknowledgment of
UBC's existence on unceded,
traditional Musqueam land.
4) The Institute for Aboriginal
Health Garden (IH Garden),
which is primarily occupied with
growing foods and traditional
plant medicines.
These gardens have the participation of a few hundred people, although the numbers rise
sharply when you consider the
regular visitors that come to the
Indigenous gardens for tours and
learning experiences.
There is a strong reciprocal
relationship between the members of these gardens. Members of the Aboriginal gardens, for example, will attend
ceremonies at the Maya Garden and share in feasts, community and experience.
Hannah Lewis, the Aboriginal
Programs Liaison at the Farm,
said the IH Garden grows medicines that help in the treatment
of cancer, such as bergamot,
columbine, wild rose and valerian. Medicines used in the treatment of skin ailments include
comfrey, yarrow and plantain,
while mullen is planted to alleviate lung problems. There is a focus on planting species native to
the Lower Mainland. However,
Lewis indicated there was also
an interest in planting species
from other regions for their educational value. There are also
many foods that are grown at
these gardens and cooked up
for regular feasts.
So how can you make use
of these gardens? Maybe you
will head down for a learning
opportunity or tour, or maybe
you will check out one of the
many traditional ceremonies
that are held throughout the
year and are open to the public (but please be culturally sensitive: always ask permission
if taking photos). Examples of
these include the tobacco harvest ceremony that happened
on October 12, or the Mayan
harvest ceremony that took
place in September.
Maybe you're interested in a
medicine-making workshop, or
maybe you just want to be fed
and meet new people at one of
the many feasts that the Indigenous gardens hold. A monthly dinner is held on the last Friday of every month, the next
of which will be on October 29
at the First Nations Longhouse
(1985 West Mall). Dinner is free,
open to the public and will be
held from 4pm-7pm. tl
ndigenous Student Life
Indigenous Student Life (ISL) is
Canada's only educational resource and online community
for Indigenous college students.
Launched in October, ISL's philosophy is simple: we provide
students with straightforward,
useful advice while also giving
them a place to express their
ideas and opinions.
This pioneering website was
founded by PhD student Brittany Luby and features contributions from UBC Law student
Thomas Barnett and UBC undergraduates Ellen Dobrowolski
and Spencer Lindsay. As a student, Brittany realized that there
was a lack of online help available for Indigenous students and
she set about creating an accessible website for learners who
may be underserved by the traditional system.
Educational yet practical, the
website features a number of
helpful sections:
• CHEAP EATS features
mouth-watering  and
easy-to-cook recipes for
students on a budget.
• ROLE MODELS encourages and promotes Aboriginal achievements by featuring successful Indigenous graduates and sharing their advice.
provides writing guides
and links to research and
study databases.
• WALK STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP features information
on how to apply for ISL's
$500 grant.
• STUDENT BLOG encourages students to contribute to the website
and share their experiences while forging
friendships with others.
ISL is being provided legal
support by Jeff Glasner of
Boughton Law Corporation,
one of Vancouver's leading
law firms in the area of Aboriginal Law and a continued supporter of Aboriginal student scholarship programs, tu
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student a member of a fraternity, someone who lives on Toronto Road—or even
if you just have a penchant for taking
the N17 in June—you have probably
seen them. Or, more accurately heard
them. Over the years, a stereotype of
a certain type of summer resident has
grown on campus. They are loud. They
are drunk. And more often than not,
they are from Ireland.
This story is not meant to denigrate
all Irish who come here. Nor is it meant
to cast the people of Ireland as freckled
potato-eating inebriated hooligans. But
recently their numbers living in and
around UBC during the summer have
Every summer they come, numbering
in the hundreds, looking for a summer
vacation, eventually finding their way to
UBC. They stay in the fraternity village or
Toronto road. And increasingly the fraternities, the RCMP and even the Vancouver Police Department are reporting
problems with the vacationers.
"What I noticed this year, which hasn't
occurred to my knowledge in the past, is
the issues with the Vancouver Police,"
said RCMP Staff Sergeant Kevin Kenna.
"The ones they call 'the Irish,' they leave
here...they do a lot of drinking before
they go downtown, and then they cause
problems there.
"It's almost getting physical. There's
been confrontations with bouncers
and police, which hasn't happened
When a group attempted to steal a
barbeque from the UBC fraternity Fiji at
4am in the morning, charges were laid
against Irish students for the first time
in recent memory.
"We're sick of the barbeque being stolen and doors being broken down," said
Fiji House Manager Erik MacKinnon.
Aside from parties on Wreck Beach,
it's now the largest issue the RCMP faces from May to July.
"The unique thing with what we're
calling 'the Irish' is they're not from
here," said RCMP Corporal Rob Ploughman. "Other groups of students have
classes, they have jobs, they have obligations, whereas the big emphasis with
this group is they don't have any connection to campus. They can move at a moment's notice. They're working, I assume
most of them are working, but it's mostly
casual work, it's not the type of work that
prevents them from being drunk four to
five nights a week.
"They have a lot of time on their hands,
they're young, and they consume a lot
of alcohol."
It was early August, and Elaine Cull-
ham and Claire Kenny were watching
TV in their run-down house on Toronto
Road. The door was open, and it looked as
though the place hasn't been thoroughly cleaned in months. There was a couch
on the front lawn. They were from Limerick, here on a vacation for a couple of
months, and they love Canada.
"It's chilled out over here...Nothing
is a problem, people are so generous,"
said Cullham. "I suppose I think everyone thinks we're kind of crazy that's the
general consensus."
Kenny agreed. "Canadians are really
laid back, and they really don't drink as
much as us," she said.
Cullham laughed. "We probably do
drink too much."
They came to Vancouver, like so many
others do, because a friend told them it
was a great time. And whether it's the
hospitality,  a
drinking age of 19,
or the temperate
climate, they keep
coming back.
"Two of ou
friends were here
lastyear, and they
said they had
such a good time
that we decided
to follow them,"
said Jack Crosby, another
Irish tourist
who lived on
Toronto Road. "I'd definitely come back.
Canadians are very friendly."
Crosby who hails from Cork, said he
was surprised by the sheer number of
Irish around campus—"They're all over
the place!"—and claimed he hadn't gotten in trouble with the police yet. But he
admitted some have.
"The damage the Irish cause, that
would happen in Ireland as well, but
not to the same extent," he said. "When
you're away you think T can go mad, I
don't have people looking over my shoulder'...[whereas] in Ireland, cities are so
small, you know everyone and everything gets back to you."
Irish students interviewed for this story had few complaints about their time in
Vancouver, with one exception. "I haven't
found a job yet, but I've been looking," said
Owen, a roommate of Crosby's. "It's tough
to find something just for the summer."
There may be a reason for that. "There's
a certain radius around UBC where that
accent becomes very noticable to those
doing hiring," said MacKinnon. "A lot of
them do [try and find jobs] but they can't."
"It's really difficult, because there's that
stereotype now that they're coming over,
they're going to leave after the summer,
we don't want to give them jobs. I suppose
it's fair," admitted Culham.
While many live on Toronto Road and in
the Dunbar area, the fraternity village
is the summer vacationer destination.
According to MacKinnon, nearly a decade ago several Fiji members decided to
put up posters at the Jericho Beach Hostel, advertising their fraternity as a place
vacationers could stay for the entire summer. Students empty campus after exams,
\ and the
need money
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People on vacations need
cheap places to
stay. It's a marriage   of convenience. This
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this came with
"The people in
the house have
been fantastic. It's the people they attract," said MacKinnon.
"Because we hold so many girls, we
have a lot of male attention, and for some
reason the Irish girls like to hang out
with Irish guys, even though they're on
Campbell Bryson agrees. The former
house manager of Alpha Delta Phi (and
former Ubyssey board president) said
that the fraternity rented out 26 spots
to Irish this year, more than ever before.
They weren't the problem, but the men
who followed them were.
"On many occasions a massive swarm
of at least 100 Irish men would come to
the Greek village and demand to come
into one of our houses to party. If they
were denied, then they would break bottles outside," he said. "Occasionally one of
the Irish tenants of a house would let in
the swarm, and the Irish men would steal
as much as they could from the house
and try and run away with their loot."
For the RCMP, this poses a particular
problem. First, there's the issue that this
could happen any day ofthe week, giving
them little chance to plan. Second, fraternity members generally have the long-
term wellness ofthe village in mind. The
Irish have no need, no connection to the
community thus they have less regard
for keeping the peace.
"[UBC students] have a vested interest in this community they're not going anywhere, they can lose the charter to their house, they can be assessed
fines...whereas the students that come
from abroad don't face those consequences," said Ploughman.
"By the time we get called in, the situation is usually out of control. The fraternities then look to us, they've cooperated with us and said, 'We need your
help, to protect our house and protect our
property and get rid of these people.'"
It's a strange situation where fraternities are working with the RCMP. But in
this case, 'the enemy of my enemy is my
friend' adage holds true.
"The cops have been very nice to us.
They don't like the Irish either," said
MacKinnon. "A cop put it best to me when
they said 'With the fraternities, we're the
enemy they know; the Irish are the enemy they don't know.'"
The McDonald's at University Boulevard
and Allison, as any drunken student intuitively knows, is the only food outlet on
campus open 24 hours a day. As such, it
attracts a colourful blend of characters.
But even to employees there, the Irish
are a class unto themselves.
"When I get in for my 6am shift, they
talk about the Irish boys.' That's what
the staff call them," says Veronica Alas-
tre, a Grade 12 student at University Hill.
"These Irish boys that came in, they
started a fire in McDonald's in the lobby and then they went around back and
threw a push cart down the stairs," she
said. "Before that, they would come in
and steal muffins or steal fries."
Alastre also lived in Greenwood Commons the last two summers (her family
has since moved) and says the commotion caused by them is noticeable.
"They've been really rowdy. They're
either drunk, or really really loud, just
making noise at night."
According to Ploughman, one family
lived in their basement in Greenwood Commons for the entire summer, specifically
because ofthe extra noise the Irish create.
"For the local community, who live here
and raise families and want to enjoy it
here, the [summer] has disrupted their
lives in a really horrible way."
Kenna says the ultimate blame lies not
with the Irish, but with the landlords of
the properties they inhabit.
"The fraternities, the landlords on Toronto Road...they know this when they allow these people to come in, but they're
willing to sacrifice that and the neighbourhood for the sake of a dollar."
"We take them because it's easy" admits MacKinnon. "The money comes in
and we've got them locked down for the
summer. It's easy to budget." Still, he
wonders if putting a few thousand dollars in advertising for new summer tenants would be worth it in the long run.
It is possible that the effects of this summer have resulted in a tipping point being reached with the fraternities.
"My only recommendation to the alumni is this: No Irish," said Bryson. "As long
as the house can pay the bills and break
even over the summer, we should take
on Irish boarders as a last resort."
"I can safely assure you this will be
the last year we take a huge contingent
of Irish," said MacKinnon.
"Going forward, we've planned and
we've let them know that we're not taking 39 people from Ireland next year.
We're not taking 39 from any country."
If other fraternities follow their lead,
the RCMP would be grateful.
"It's really got to be this local community and landlords who have property
to say 'We've got to solve this problem',"
said Ploughman.
But the problem isn't really about the
Irish, though they're the face of it. It's
what happens when parcels of UBC become a summer vacation destination for
the same group of people, year afteryear.
"As long as that large group of unattached young people show up summer
after summer," says Ploughman, "you're
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In case you hadn't heard, UBC's
Land Use Plan (LUP) is up for review. For those concerned about
the UBC Farm, rest assured: the
farm is safe. But for students
concerned about market housing
on campus, you're out of luck.
It is an underlying assumption that all housing developments currently planned for
campus are virtuous and must
be followed through. Non-student housing is also retained on
a neighbourhood called "Gage
South," which is the area where
the main bus loop is currently located. These are both extremely
short-sighted positions.
There are very few empty lots
left in the heart of UBC for academic buildings. Many in-fill
projects (putting buildings in between existing buildings) are underway or under consideration.
Ignoring the debate about the
appropriateness of non-student
market housing on campus also
ignores long-term planning for
academic development.
If the university is running
out of suitable land for academic buildings currently, why allocate large portions of land for
developments for other uses that
are only peripherally related to
the academic function ofthe university? The question of whether
there will still be enough land in
50 years for new academic buildings is fundamentally important,
but not currently at the forefront
of consideration.
As for Gage South, it's right
beside Maclnnes Field, for goodness' sake! The Welcome Back
BBQ, Frosh Events, Block Party and a number of other large
student events occur there everyyear. The whole surrounding
area is student-focused. Instinctively, it's one of the last places
non-student housing should be
considered for.
UBC is the sole property owner
and primary developer on campus. Due to recent changes in the
governance structure at UBC, they
are also now the ones regulating land use on campus. This is
a clear conflict of interest. Rather
than recognizing this conflict of
interest and recusing themselves
from this responsibility, UBC decided to do the exact opposite, actively pursuing control over the
land, and now undertaking a major revision ofthe LUP.
The process is biased and so
far, the consultations reflect that.
UBC's Campus and Community
Planning (C&CP) division already
has a clear vision of what they'd
like to see result from this process
and most of their energy is devoted to convincing others that their
vision is downright Utopian. Alternate ideas, no matter how sensible, are considered unfeasible.
This is all very unfortunate,
because listening to the legitimate concerns ofthe university
community, acknowledging the
inherent challenges of land use
planning on campus and working with students, staff and residents to find common ground
may seem like more work in the
short-term, but would inevitably
achieve a better end result. It's
deeply ironic that C&CP's primary goal for the communities they
design is that they be holistic. Until this principle is also reflected in the planning process, that
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Sexual assault is, understandably, an issue that
raises emotions. There's a reason why every major
media outlet in the province decided to report on
the recent groping of a woman on the UBC campus. However, it makes it all the more important
to keep the RCMP's report in perspective.
At this point, we know that two women have
been groped on campus since the beginning of
the school year. And while the old newspaper adage is that two makes a trend, that's about the
extent of evidence so far. The RCMP themselves
admitted they "are not clear on whether [the assaults] are linked or not." In other words, they
aren't leaping to conclusions. Trying to decipher
anything at this point would be idle speculation.
This isn't to say that we should gloss over the
RCMP's release. Sexual assault, no matter the context, is something we should all be vigilant against.
But instead of focusing attention on what cannot be proven—whether there is a public safety
problem on campus—attention should be placed
on the resources the RCMP and Campus Security
have at their disposal—or lack thereof.
The RCMP detachment on campus numbers
less than 20 people, and they're stretched to the
limit. Between policing Wreck Beach and a university larger than the University of Toronto and
McGill combined, with a permanent population
of over 10,000 people, there's a lot for them to do,
and they can't be everywhere at once. For several
years now, the detachment has requested more officers and been denied each time. That's a problem.
Campus Security is supposed to fill in some of
the gaps that come from an oligarchical city-state
lacking a dedicated police force. But ever since
the 2008 break-in at the Museum of Anthropology, the university has increased its focus on protection of property, as the MOA and Life Sciences Building (among others) have dedicated 24/7
security. Added to this, their budget has been cut
by three per cent this year.
It's unclear at this point what the exact response
from UBC and the RCMP should be in this case.
But at the very least, the incident should underline
the fact that there is more that can—and shouldbe done to increase overall safety on campus, tl
Sometime next term, you will be asked ifyou
support a dollar increase in your student fees to
go towards funding CiTR. While a dollar might
not seem like much, we believe that an increase
in funding to a student organization on that level must be justified by an increase in services.
Though subsidized almost entirely by a per student fee of three dollars, CiTR calls itself a "community" radio station. This is an important distinction, because there are very few ways in which CiTR
can legitimately call itself a student radio station.
Ofthe 80 plus shows that CiTR has on the air, only
15 per cent are actually produced by students. The
remainder of CiTR's DJs and many ofthe staff are
not students. They are faculty, alumni and community members who have been grandfathered into
the radio station and have stuck around for many
years on the basis of seniority. Students, who pay
for the operation of CiTR, are by and large not the
ones operating the station.
CiTR's management is concerned about these
numbers, and they're interested in recruiting
more students. But there has been no real impetus to change things around the station. The management says part of the reason for the low percentage is because not many students want a radio
show. But the onus is on CiTR to create a comprehensive plan to change this—not blame students.
So what would the extra dollar get you? Would it
be used to fundamentally change CiTR's presence
on campus, to make their services more student
friendly? To make CiTR a campus radio station?
With the current proposal, as outlined by the management, not much changes. There's free DJ training, which right now only members get. Which reminds us that currently, membership for CiTR isn't
free for students—it costs $20.
We fully support CiTR as it continues to evolve,
and think of it as a media partner on this campus.
But before management ask students for more money, they should deliver more bang for the buck for
their shareholders, vl
CiTR's business model for the next generation. JOSEPH PICKLES GRAPHIC/THE UBYSSEY
Kasha Chang here. We'd like to take
one more week off of answering your
letters to talk about an issue that we
feel is important. Until a few weeks
ago, I thought that if I used reliable
birth control, I would never have to
deal with an unintended pregnancy.
After all, I didn't really know anyone
who had gotten pregnant despite birth
control, or atleast, I didn't know anyone who'd ever talked about it. And
books, TV and movies all told me that
people who ended up unwillingly pregnant got that way because they were
irresponsible or raped. Since I don't
fit into either category, I didn't think
it could happen to me.
Turns out, I was wrong. And suddenly I found that I didn't have any
information about what was happening to me. Pregnancy and abortion
were eventualities I never thought I'd
have to confront personally, so they
were things I knew next to nothing
about. Sex education is a joke in a lot
of places: the vast majority of what I
know about birth control and sexual
practice, I learned on my own. Even
when sex ed is halfway competent, it
understandably focuses on prevention
rather than dealing with pregnancy,
but this lends itself to the impression
that prepared, educated people don't
get knocked up. The reality is, even
extremely effective forms of contraception are 90-99 per cent prevention,
So, long story short, I went to the
clinic, they gave me painkillers that
made me feel sick, and they used a
not-so-complicated array of tubes and
suckers to extract the little cluster of
cells that had been making me feel
like crap for six weeks.
I went home, curled up into a little ball around some wicked cramps,
worried I was going to get an infection and die, and went to sleep. Two
days later I was back to having sex,
working, and going to school. I felt
sad, and I still do. I suspect I'll feel
sad for a long time. Part of me really wanted to keep that baby, but the
bigger, more responsible part of me
knows it isn't the right time.
I'm still as staunchly pro-choice
as ever, now with 30 per cent more
vitriol. I'm also aware that the polit-
icization of this issue is necessary,
and it blows my mind just how necessary it still is.
But that politicization also dichotomizes it, and in some ways prevents
people who've had this experience
from talking about it honestly. You
either have to pretend you have no
regrets so that the pro-choice camp
will accept you, or you have to be totally ashamed so that the "pro-lifers"
(I hate that term) won't reject you.
The truth is somewhere in the middle, as it almost always is. It's a small
wonder that most people choose to
stay silent about it altogether; it's also
a small wonder that although one in
three Canadian women have had an
abortion, I don't know any of them.
At least, I don't know that I know any
of them, because no one talks about
their abortion.
But I wanted to talk about it. Because I had tons of support—friends,
workmates, a wonderful partner who
was with me every step of the way,
even during the procedure. And at
times, in the face of my own ignorance, I still felt alone.
So for any of you who are, have been,
or may in the future be pregnant accidentally, I want you to know thatyou
aren't alone. What happened to you
could have happened to anyone, and
it likely has happened to other people you know. And as always, you can
send your abortion stories or hate mail
to toosexy@ubysseyca, or our anonymous webform at ubysseyca/opinion/
too-sexy. Kasha out. tl
Sir Justin McElroy, welcome. Goodbye Paul Bucci, I'll miss you.
Sir, there is no more interesting
news than Arctic news. I always happily connect with it. Keep it coming.
The National Post letter writer who
gave all credit to the Royal British
Navy is hugely mistaken. Environmental Minister John Prentice tells
us why in the informational and excellent column titled "Reclaiming a
piece of our history."
Why we are so proud of our "heroes" like the senior marine archaeologist Ryan Harris from Calgary
manning the sonar (SONAR). Like
archaeologists Jonathan Moore and
Thierry Boyer from Montreal, Quebec.
Also John Lucas, a Canadian of Inuit
ancestry and the senior Parks Canada officer for Aulavik National Park.
The minister calls the team "the
best of today's Canada: young, well-
educated, committed and passionate about our responsibilities in the
Arctic and who we are as a country—
this all in the face of harsh weather, drudgery and ice water—similar
to the British men's "watering-over
of Royal Navy Ships in the Arctic in
The degree of zeal and affection
[he] sees Canadian "heroes" display
is as astonishing as it is praiseworthy (thanks guys).
Prime Minister Harper's irresistible lure to the Arctic pleads "to use
it or lose it." Quite frankly, the men
who play a significant role in Afghanistan (thank you) could help to organize and develop communities in
the Arctic.
The Prime Minister in particular,
politicians especially and ALL Canadians must play a positive role and be
made aware of Canadian-Arctic history. It's a gem ifyou look through books!
From Sentimental Democracy by
Andrew Burnstein who states that in
1796 MS Chief Justice Johnjay negotiated a TREATY with England, backed
by a reluctant Congress it recognized
"British Control ofthe Seas in order
to reduce Anglo/American tensions."
Author Demond M, in a Short History of Canada, writes that "in 1880
Great Britain transferred to Canada
all claim to the Arctic Islands."
—Yours Truly, Mary Prinz
Coq. BC
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us a letter to feedback@ubyssey.ca.
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