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YOUR STUDENT NEWSPAPER IS PUBLISHED EVERY MONDAY AND THURSDAY • VOLUME 91, NUMBER XXIV • ROOM 24, STUDENT UNION BUILDING • FEEDBACK@UBYSSEY.CA
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NOVEMBER 26, 2OO9
VOLUME XCI,   N°XXIV
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CONTRIBUTORS
Paul Bucci and Samantha Jung were busy, Kate Barbaria
and Trevor Record were busy, too. Justin McElroy and
Trevor Melanson were not paying attention when Gerald
Deo jumped out and suprised Katarina Grgic and Tara
Martellaro. Chibwe Mweene, Krittana Khurana, Cynthia
Khoo and Roel Moeurs were all gone for lunch. Eunice
Hii, Paulina Rodriguez, Kristen Harris, Daniella Zandber-
gen and Nicole Gall came to the office asking if anyone
knew Oana Sandu or Michael Thibault. "NO!" they said,
"ask Stephane Findley and Elle-Maija Tailfeathers." So
the search began. Ashley Whillans, Fran Cunningham,
Keegan Bursaw, Ellen Dobrowolski, Kaitlin Debicki, Fran-
cine Burning, Angie Peers-Wallace and Thomas Milne
were in a group led  by Charlize Gordon who knows
someone who knows Larisa Karr who is friends with
Brendan Albano but no relation to Niigonwedom James
Sinclar. Ciaran Llachlan Leavit and Spencer Lindsay were
the first to notice that Dee Maclaughlin was missing.
Luckily Kyrstin Bain and Anthony Goertz found them at
the last minute and everything turned out fine
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and Wednesday starting at 2pm.
The Dance Centre presents Discover
Dance! • Discover Dance! is a series
showcasing BC-based companies. • Until
May 27, more info thedancecentreca.
Monday Night Community Music &
Meal • Like to play fun music? Just
want to listen? Looking for a sense of
community? This is for all members
of the UBC community who want to
have a good meal and great conversation. All meals are home cooked
and are vegetarian-friendly • Every
Monday, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Chapel of the
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Drippytown: Vancouver's comic artist
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work provides a look at life in Vancouver
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The Laramie Project • The true story
of the murder of Matthew Shepard. The
Laramie Roject chronicles the life of the
town in the year after the event. The
play has since become a lightning rod for
gay rights and the establishment of laws
against hate crimes. • Runs until Nov 28,
7:30pm-K):30pm, tix $10-20, Frederick
Wood Theatre, more irfo theatre.ubc.ca/
laramie_project
THURSDAY, NOV. 26
White Ribbon pancake breakfast
• Allies UBC is raising money for the
Downtown Eastside Women's Centre
SLpport the White Ribbon's cause to
end violence against women. • 8am-
12pm, SUB partyroom (upstais), by
donation (recommended $2 minimum).
Jean Barman Comes to UBC • In
2008, BC celebrated the founding of
the Crown Colony of BC and 150 years
of cultural diversity, community and
achievement. In British Cobmbb, Spirit
of the People, historian Dr Jean Barman
delves into the region's history, from
the first humans to arrive in BC to the
promises and hopes of the 2P century,
including the first contact between
Indigenous Peoples and newcomers. •
2pm-3pm, Lillooet Room (301), KBLC
Queerbash presents: Creatures of
the night vs. Ladies of the evening •
It's a dress-Lp mess-Lp! Join the cabaret
of oddities. Come dressed as a spooky
creature of the night or a glamorous lady
of the evening for a chance to fight it out
on the dance floor Enjoy music by DJ
Jef Leppard and DJ Mickey Wonker, with
performances by Vancouver's Isolde N.
Barron, Sean Horlor, and Crystal Precious.
Queerbash is a non-profit organization
that emphasizes fun, art, and community
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Shakespeare Movie Night • The English Students' Association is screening
My Own Private Idaho (loosely based
on Henry IV Part I). • 5pm, MASS (BUCH
D140), free popcorn.
Lace Up for Kids • Grab some skates
and lace up at this second annual event
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Emerging Leaders UBC (ELU) Helps
the Homeless • Help empower Vancouver's most vulnerable community, the
Downtown Eastside. We will be delivering
sandwiches and care packages to the
homeless and DTES shelters. • 12pm-
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MONDAY NOV. 30
ELU Speaks • Come and listen to your
fellow students speak about their most
inspirational leadership experiences and
how they plan to put their ideas into
action. Event will be followed by some
cheese and sparkling wine. • 6pm-8pm,
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The AUS presents: frAUStbite • Winter may be well upon us, but it sure is
warm in here! In celebration of the end of
semester, the AUS presents frAUStbite,
a semi-formal evening of dancing and
drinks featuring live performances from
UBCs own trombone quartet, Sideshow,
and club mixes by DJ Supafly • 8pm-
12am, Chan Centre, tix sob in the SUB &
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CORRECTION
In the November 23 issue of The Ubyssey, in the brief titled "The "power of the
situation'" on page 3, we spelled the
author's name wrong. It should read,
"Melody Lotfi." We regret the error
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Permit application DP 09023: UBC Tennis Centre. The proposal is to build a new
one-storey 7,206 sq.m (77,567 sq.ft) building, east of the existing Tennis Centre, on
the Osborne Centre Field. The facility includes three tournament courts with seating,
five leisure courts, four squash courts and support space.
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On Sunday, November 22 at approximately 1:OOam, a student
was robbed at knifepoint by four males near College High Road
and Western Crescent. The investigation is still underway and
police are looking for the suspects. The UBC RCMP detachment
is advising students to carry a cell phone at all times and walk
in well-lit areas.
On Monday, November 23 in the early morning, a witness and
police saw a suspect break and enter into a church on University Boulevard. Police followed and apprehended the suspect
after a pursuit with a police dog. The male was arrested and is
being charged with one count of breaking and entering.
—released by the University RCMP Detachment
News
Survey conducted to assess res rental
15 per cent of students to host friends in res during Games
ROEL MOEURS
rmoeurs(?>ubyssey.ca
Plan to host some friends during
the Olympics? A recent survey conducted for students living in student
residences found that 15 per cent of
residents indicated that they would
be hosting guests during this year's
extended reading break.
In the residence contract that
governs all students living in residences, there is a clause stating that
residents can only host guests for a
maximum of four days a month. This
year, the contract was amended and
allows students to file for an exception, which lets friends crash on their
floors for a longer period.
The form, which a student can use
to apply for the exception, has to be
filed by the middle of January, and
will be reviewed by UBC Housing
and Conferences. "Our goal is to say
yes' as often as possible," said Janice
Robinson, associate director of UBC
Residence Life.
"Our intent in looking at those
is to be thoughtful and reasonable
about the request. We want to take
into account both the needs and
interests of the resident requesting,
as well as the needs and interests of
other residents who live with them
or near them. The goal with that, for
us, is to be proactive and the form is
to really prompt the host to talk with
their suitemates or roommates."
Communication between roommates is the key factor for Robinson
and ofthe form, which requires the signature of all the room- or suitemates.
If not all of them sign, UBC Housing
staff are "probably going to ask some
questions." Even when everyone
has signed the form, there is still a
review process that students have to
go through.
According to the Sun,
only 47 homeowners
in Vancouver have
filled out the proper
paperwork and paid
the fee to rent out
their property during
the Olympics.
"If you take a unit in Gage where
all six residents plan to host a guest
or two during the Olympics, they
could end up with 12 to 18 people
living in that little apartment," she
explained. "And let's be honest—that
is just not a good situation. Our goal
would be to make sure the roommates have talked to each other and
if there are conflicts, see what we can
do to assist or mediate those."
In order to have a better idea of
how many students are staying during the reading break and how many
of those are planning to host guests,
students were asked to fill out a small
survey, conducted by UBC Housing
and Conferences.
Of the 5000 students surveyed,
45 per cent responded, and of those,
half have indicated that they would
be staying during the reading break,
while 35 per cent indicated that they
don't know yet. 15 percent of respondents also indicated that they were
hosting guests. According to Robinson, this is lower than previously
anticipated.
The low number of respondents
could indicate that some students
are not planning to play by the rules,
if an October 21 article in The Vancouver Sun is any evidence. According to the Sun, only 47 homeowners
in Vancouver have filled out the
proper paperwork and paid the fee
to rent out their property during the
Olympics.
However, Robinson doesn't expect many problems with students.
"Most residents share our goal of
having a respectable residence environment. We expect most residents
planning to host a guest for more
an extended period will talk to their
roommates, will fill out the form and
will host their guests responsibly.
"If there are a few that don't, we
will need to respond to those on a
case-by-case basis." \TJ
HOUSING FAQ
Q: Are residences staying open
during the Olympics?
A: Yes. Full operation of residences and  regular residence
rules will apply.
Q: Can I host a guest?
A: Yes. If you wish to have
your guest stay longer than the
maximum four nights per month
rule, you must fill out the Guest
Policy Extension Request form
by January 15, 2010
Q: Can my guest have a key?
A: No.
Q: Will residence dining rooms
be open?
A: Yes.
*UBC Housing and Conferences
ISPOTLIGHT
TransLink holds consultations for line to UBC
Company has no money for project, others suggest alternatives
SARAH CHUNG
schung@ubyssey.ca
TransLink approved a $5 million investment to study a rapid transit line
to UBC—without having the funding
to actually build it.
The study has already resulted
in about a dozen consultations with
various groups and businesses and
is expected to continue until the end
of June 2009.
"Work is underway, even if the
money isn't placed...[but] when the
money finally comes, we will be that
one step ahead," said Ken Hardie of
TransLink media relations.
The proposed UBC rapid transit
line is supposed to connect the
Broadway corridor from Commercial Drive to UBC and is approximated at $2.8 billion. The line was
approved by the province in January
2008 as part of a $ 14 billion provincial Transit Plan, which includes the
$2 billion Canada Line that connects
Downtown to Richmond and YVR,
as well as the Evergreen Line that
is projected to connect Coquitlam to
Vancouver.
However, TransLink does not
have the funding for any of these
capital projects, let alone the UBC
line. "The underlying issue is a severe lack of funding from the provincial government for TransLink, and
as a result, TransLink has not been
able to provide the necessary and
urgently needed upgrades to transit
services to campus both in the short
term and in the long term through
rapid expansion projects," said AMS
President Blake Frederick.
"[The UBC Line] can't happen
until TransLink has funding. There's
no specific [dates for construction],"
said Hardie.
The Vancouver Mayors Council
recently approved $130 million in
new annual revenue under a new
2010 Ten-Year Plan. The funding
was a bailout to allow TransLink to
maintain transit operations at current levels that otherwise would have
not been possible with TransLink's
forecasted deficit of $ 9 5.3 million by
the end of this year.
Exactly how the funding will be
achieved for these projects is uncertain at the moment. Suggestions
include increased fares, raising gas
taxes or property taxes, or putting
tolls on bridges, explained Hardie,
who hopes that the province and the
federal government will chip in.
However, other groups are not as
optimistic about the rapid line along
Broadway. Nick Panos, a member
of the West Broadway Business Association (WBBA), said that WBBA
"demands an active involvement in
the planning process for the UBC
rapid transit line and to be part of the
study," and he expects compensation
for surrounding businesses "who
will suffer no matter what" from the
"disruptive construction" that would
ensue.
Panos prefers having surface-level
light rail vehicles, or "trams" for the
UBC line that would be least disruptive and do the job of carrying 200
to 500 passengers for each vehicle.
Other identified options thus far
include an electrical bus transit, an
underground subway or the most
expensive option—extending the current SkyTrain line.
Weighing options may be exactly
why this study is so important, according to Maria Harris, director of
Electoral Area A. "[It's about] finding
ways to remove bottlenecks and full
buses driving past commuters still
waiting at the bus stop," she said.
"The [UBC Line] study is important
to determine what is necessary for
students and to assess all options."
Harris added that more housing on
the UBC campus could help solve the
congestion in buses.
According to information contained in
the AMS's freedom
of information (FOI)
request, total reported
driver pass-ups—
when full buses do not
stop for a passenger—
at TransLink were
over 8000 last year.
UBC is in support of the consultation process, but feel that more information is needed before they can
approve the UBC Rapid Line transit.
"It's a bit like weather forecasting...to tell you what it is going to be
like far out in the future...is difficult,"
said Joe Stott, director of UBC Campus and Community Planning.
"I think it should be a test [to
see] what makes a good service to
UBC." He added that UBC has not
financially contributed to the study
thus far.
AMS VP External Tim Chu said
that the AMS does not have a formal
position on the UBC line, but knows
that students should be involved in
the consultation process.
"Give TransLink their autonomy,
let them consult with stakeholder
groups, include students, develop a
line where a whole community can
get behind together and have the provincial and all levels of government
to come in and fund it," he said.
The AMS wants to see a change
to the city's transit system sooner
than later. Chu said that according
to information contained in the
AMS's freedom of information (FOI)
request, total reported driver pass-
ups—when full buses do not stop for
a passenger—at TransLink were over
8000 lastyear. However, Chu added
that he knows it is a much greater
number than that.
"We're 800 buses short to reach
even capacity," said Chu. "This FOI
request is the tip of an iceberg to
show how problematic our transit
system is and how we are lacking
service."
"We fully support that TransLink
is undergoing consultation and
study to investigate a rapid transit
line to UBC," Frederick said, "but at
the same time, we need to increase
transit service campus today." tl
I dare you
to bike
256km
Two students
raise money for
AIDS research
■.
COURTESY OF MELUSANDRE NOEL & MEGHAN KELLY
ROEL MOEURS
rmoeurs(?>ubysseyca
On October 16, Mellisandre Noel and
Meghan Kelly set off on a two-day
256 km bike ride towards Seattle
as part of Dare to Remember. Their
goal? To raise money for the Steven
Lewis Foundation and do their part
to help fight AIDS in Africa.
Dare to Remember is a project
that dares Canadians to push themselves beyond their limits in order to
raise money to help African community projects pushing back the rising
spread of HIV/AIDS.
Both students had some experience biking. Kelly joined her father
the previous summer for five days
as he hiked from Ontario to Halifax.
Both Noel and Kelly commute to
campus by bike, and had done a day-
trip to prepare themselves for the
dare.
The two friends left Vancouver
on Friday afternoon around 3pm.
Nearly 48 hours later they arrived
in Seattle, where Noel's family was
waiting to take the exhausted pair
back home.
On their website, the duo promised to overcome "all obstacles—rain,
earthquake, forest fire—you name
it!" Luckily for the pair, nature was
somewhat mild towards them.
"When we were about to enter
White Rock on our very first day, we
were going through what we thought
was a park," Kelly said. "As we biked
along, we noticed the path was flooded and pretty soon we were biking
through at least three feet of water.
"We rode trough it, hoping we had
taken the right route so we wouldn't
have to go back."
Wet and cold, they arrived at a
friend's house, where they stayed
the night and were able to put their
clothes in the dryer.
"That was the worst of it. The rain
stopped Saturday afternoon, but then
we turned into a different direction
and suddenly the wind was blowing in our direction. I preferred the
rain," Kelly said.
Not everything was as gloomy as
the weather. Their dare was originally slated to bring in $ 1000, but with
help from friends, family, classmates
and a newspaper ad, the two ended
up with just over $2000.
In hindsight, Kelly simply said
"Next timeJwe'H] definitely do more
training." XI 4/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/2009.11.26
ARTS: TAKING FUNDING INTENDED FOR PUPPIES
On November 23, Vancouver's Wrecking Ball commissioned four theatre pieces
and three videos to protest the BC arts cuts. Writers had a few days for casting
and only a few rehearsal hours. Mark Leiren Young's "Arts Puppies" satirized
Arts, Culture and Tourism Minister Kevin Krueger.
Young's Krueger defended the funding cuts to the audience, claiming that
money put into the arts takes money away from health care; museums funding
comes from widows and orphans; money put towards music is taken away from
puppies and theatre funding takes crutches away from real-life Tiny Tims.
—Paulina Rodriguez
Want to learn more about Wrecking Balls? Go to ubyssey.ca/theatre for the
full story.
Culture
Eastside Culture Crawl supports
the city's endangered art spaces
NICOLE GALL
ngall@ubyssey.ca
Gritty and urban, the outward appearance of the old buildings that
sit on the fringes of new developments in Vancouver's Eastside
may lead passers-by to believe that
they are simply pieces of a forgotten past. But the old apartments
and factories ofthe Eastside are far
from relics of another era—a fact
that this past weekend's Eastside
Culture Crawl allowed the public to
discover for themselves.
The free three-day visual arts
festival opened the doors of 60 art
studios in the Eastside. A trail of
yellow balloons led crawlers from
the homes of exhibiting artists to
buildings as big as the converted
factory on Parker Street where over
80 artists could be found in their
element. Mediums ranged from
paintings to sculpture to woodwork, demonstrating the eclecticism of the neighbourhood.
Even though the event attracted
attention to the artistic and cultural
activity that goes on behind the ostensibly outmoded exteriors of Vancouver's Eastside, it was unfortunately
too little and too late for one of the
cultural cornerstones of Vancouver's
Eastside—901 Main Street.
"We've lost that building," said
Valerie Arntzen, an assemblage
artist and Executive Director of the
Crawl from her residential studio
space at 800 Keefer Street. The
space on Main, which has been used
as a studio space since 1972, was
recently bought out by a real estate
development firm.
Folks scope out the goods—it's a step up from IKEA, oanasandu photo/the ubyssey
Despite the lack of availability
of studio space becoming a serious
issue for artists working in Vancouver's Eastside, Arntzen remained
optimistic about the area.
"Artists have lived here for a long
time," she said. "They're very resilient, they'll figure it out."
If the solutions ofthe energetic up-
and-comers at the Crawl are as creative as their work, Arntzen is right to
have such confidence in the staying
power ofthe area's artistic presence.
Jeremy Green, a painter and
sculptor working out of 339 Railway Street, exhibited his Emily Carr
graduation series: oil-on-canvas
paintings of anti-heroes inspired by
personalities such as Kurt Cobain
and Clint Eastwood.
Down the rutted wooden hallway
from  Green,   Cara  Guri,   another
young artist, exhibited portraiture
and oil paintings that she works
on a minimum of four days a week
despite being a current student at
Emily Carr.
"I'm interested in asking questions with my work as opposed to giving answers," said Guri, confirming
what could be seen in the probing
eyes of the subjects in her portraiture. "I use art as a vehicle to reflect
on the world that I live in."
Though full of questions, the luminosity of Guri's light-filled paintings
was a reminder that the space between
Main to Commercial and First to the
waterfront is worth protecting. While
the reality is that redevelopment and
gentrification will remain an issue for
the artists of Vancouver's Eastside, this
year's Crawl seemed to encourage an
even stronger sense of community. tl
Nerdy and naughty books this side of Granville
A guide to the best of Broadways used bookstores
EUNICE HH
Contributor
You've just put down your biweekly
copy of The Ubyssey and you're not
inclined to pick up your organic
chemistry bible, but you need something to read. Your inner bookworm
is screaming for some brain candy.
Our suggestion? Treat yourself to
that holiday-themed latte dripping
which chocolate and hop on the 9 9 B-
Line for used bookstores that will hit
the spot with some food for thought.
There are many reasons to steer
clear of Chapters and veer into the
more intimate setting of a secondhand bookstore. There's bargains to
be found, which means more money
for that steeply priced chai latte at
the Boulevard. Ifyou're a romantic at
heart, you'll fall for the smell of pre-
loved pages, the cozy atmosphere
and a community that doesn't seem
to exist at chain bookstores. You're
more likely to read books you would
have never read otherwise. And you
could always find a one-of-a-kind
book and make a fortune. Well, you
never know.
First stop on the B-line is Pulpfic-
tion, located at 3133 Broadway at
Balaclava. This little store seems to
hold everything. There are the three
floor-to-ceiling shelves of "new" arrivals that beckon you in. In addition, if
the store doesn't hold a used copy of
a book you are looking for, they are
bound to have a spanking new copy
at a discounted price. The "Naughty
Stuff shelf in the back corner can
spice up anyone prone to Seasonal
Affective Disorder.
Climb back on the 99 and ride
the proverbial rails to Broadway and
Granville for more frugal fiction fun.
This corner is home to a plethora of
bookstores including the better known
Chapters and Oscar's Art Books.
The owner does not
read and is well-known
amongst used book junkies for saying, "The only
good book is a sold book."
The massive ABC Book and Comic
Emporium at 1539 West Broadway
has been supplying Vancouverites
with fiction and magazine and comic
back-issues since 1946. This spacious
store is packed: aisles are lined by blue
drawers, labeled with every name in
English literature from Shakespeare
to Stephanie Meyer. You can walk in
looking for The Canterbury Tales and
open a drawer stuffed solely with
Chaucer paperbacks.
Wander over to the "Dollar SheF'
if you happen to be carrying a few
lonesome loonies. Over the years,
the store has added a DVD and video
section. Fun fact: the owner does
not read and is well-known amongst
used-book junkies for saying, "The
only good book is a sold book."
Walk a couple doors down from
the large Emporium to Tanglewood
books at 1553 West Broadway.
Tanglewood's homey atmosphere
will warm its way into your heart. Its
enthusiastic staff members proudly
boast it has the best poetry selection in town and the third largest
cook book collection at 1100 titles.
If you have been surviving on pasta
and more pasta, the prices here
mean thatyou can upgrade to baked
potatoes. In addition, the business
hosts a monthly coffee house night
featuring a local artist or musician.
Tanglewood is the place to go if
you're in need of a good suggestion
or want to do some soul searching in
their extensive collection of Buddhist
literature.
Said one Tanglewood staff member, "Books are aplace for the human heart to be." *u
Our picks: Pulpfiction, The ABC
Book and Comic Emporium and
Tanglewood.
FASHION   FILES
The science of layering
Professors Harris and Zandbergen,
PhDs in fashion with minors in sass
KRISTEN HARRIS
S> DANIELLA ZANDBERGEN
Contributors
You might have noticed the return
of our dear friend Wind, who maliciously inverts your umbrella, throws
heavy gusts of wet leaves and rain in
your face, and has you lamenting
your potentially inadequate clothing
choices.
To give the wind and the rain a
solid "up yours" while remaining
fashionable, we suggest layering. No
doubt you have seen countless department stores attempting to boost
clothing sales by suggesting a similar
ideology—why wear only one shirt
when you could wear two? This is not
what we are telling you to do.
The theory of layering is that one
layers different types of clothing to
create an eye-catching contrast of texture and pattern that is equal parts
cozy and snug. This is perfect for the
commuter who dresses in preparation for the cold wait at the bus stop,
but can't figure out what to do with
five unpleasantly damp jackets upon
arriving in the library.
To illustrate this point, we found
two students who know how it's
done.
To give the wind and the
rain a solid "up yours"
while remaining fashionable, we suggest layering—why wear only one
shirt when you could
wear two?
MEET CHRIS
Chris has put together a t-shirt,
striped v-neck sweater and a plaid
jacket, successfully contrasting both
patterns and shapes. The black,
white and red color palate and geometric lines in the sweater and the
jacket match while still appearing to
be an effortless combination. We also
applaud the subtle detail of layering
a t-shirt neck under a v-neck. It's too
bad we didn't get any shots of his
envy-inducing leather bag, as it made
the perfect accessory for the outfit, in
color and in texture. But you'll just
have to take our word for it.
KRISTffl HARRIS PHOTOS/THE UBYSSEY
HERE, WE HAVE MARIE
Marie has mad color-matching skills.
She has managed to rock a mustard-
yellow jacket, without looking like
that stodgy military man from Clue.
The contrast of bright colors should
be used with caution, along with a
neutral color for balance. Without
any red, this look would not be as
eye-catching, but without the addition
of a neutral, it might have looked like
the illicit lovechild of Miss Scarlet and
the Colonel (That's right, we made you
imagine that). So don't be a travesty,
and take lessons from Marie.
The contrast of bright
colors should be used with
caution. Without the
addition of a neutral, it
might have looked like
the illicit lovechild of Miss
Scarlet and the Colonel.
Many thanks to both Chris and
Marie, for (at least) acting interested
in our column, and allowing themselves to be pulled aside and photographed for The Ubyssey. All the rest
of you, stay warm this week and keep
looking fabulous, tl
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CANADA NOW
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THE REAL STORY BEHIND
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EDITORS'NOTE
GERALD DEO PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
We were honoured when Stephanie Findlay from The Ubyssey approached us and asked if we wanted
to be the editing team for The Ubyssey's annual First Nations Issue.
We saw this as an opportunity to
provide a platform for Indigenous
students at UBC to voice their opinions and tell their stories. We hoped
to provide a glimpse into the heart of
the thriving and diverse Indigenous
community at UBC and to show that
Indigenous peoples are not, and
should not be, defined strictly by
a violent colonial history That being said, we would also like to raise
awareness of some ways in which
colonialism is ongoing in current Canadian society. In doing so, we hope
to encourage a relationship of mutual respect through sharing with our
non-Indigenous neighbours in order
to build positive solutions together.
We are very proud of the work
that went into this issue and hope
that it provides our readers with an
opportunity to witness the work of
the great minds we have here in the
Indigenous community at UBC. We
would also like to give special thanks
to Brittany Luby for her work as our
guest editor. FNI
—Elle-Maija Tailfeathers
& Ellen Dobrowolski
FAMOUS INDIANS YOU
DIDN'T KNOW WERE INDIAN
If you are interested in
learning more about
Indigenous peoples in
Canada, here are some
Indigenous-themed
courses being offered
next term at UBC:
ANTH 221 001 (3)
Contemporary Indigenous
Cultural Expressions
Pre-requisite: ANTH 220 is
recommended.
Instructor: Fortney, Sharon
Term: 2
ANTH 231 001 (3)
Ancient North America
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Rowley Sue
Term: 2
ANTH 304A 001 (3)
Ethnography ol the Northwest
Coast
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Miller, Bruce
Term: 2
ANTH 332 001 (3)
Oral Tradition
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Moore, Patrick
Term: 2
ANTH 351 001 (3)
Ethnography ol the Pacific
Islands: Melanesia
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Barker, John
Term: 2
ANTH 431C 001 (6)
Studies in Museum
Anthropology
Pre-requisite: ANTH 341
Instructor: Kramer, Jennifer
Term: 1 and 2
ANTH 478B 001 (6)
Ethnographic Film Methods
Please note that
admission to this course
is by application to the
instructor. Furthermore,
only student projects with
clear Aboriginal content
will be accepted for credit
towards a major or minor
FNSP degree
Pre-requisite: ANTH 378 is
recommended
Instructor: Menzies, Charles
Term: 2
ARTH 377 001 (3)
Arts ol the Northwest Coast
Peoples: The South
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Townsend-Gault,
Charlotte
Term: 2
CONS 370 201 (3)
Perspectives on First Nations
and Forest Land
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Trosper, Ron
Term: 2
CRWR 212 001 (6)
Introduction to Creative Writing
with an Aboriginal Focus
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Van Camp,
Richard
Term: 1 and 2
ENGL 476K 002 (3)
First Nations Studies
Please note that this
course is restricted to
students enrolled in 3rd
year or higher, or in a
graduate faculty or in
one of these categories:
qualifying or unclassified
Please contact the
Department of English for
more information.
Instructor: Nason, Dory
Term: 2
*Please note that both
sections of ENGL 476 may
be taken for credit given
that they cover sufficiently
different material.
ENGL 545F 006
Studies in Canadian Literature
(This course is currently
restricted to Year 4
undergrads and grad
students. Please contact
the English Department for
more information.)
Instructor: Weir, Lorraine
Term: 2
FNLG 102B 01B (3)
Introduction to a First Nations
Salish Language: II
(Please note that
this course is for the
Musqueam / h@n'q(?>
min'(?m language and
it usually follows FNLG
I01B. It is taught on the
Musqueam Reserve at the
Elders Centre, 4010 Si-Lu
Drive)
Pre-requisite: FNLG 101 in
the same language
Instructor: Grant, Larry and
Campbell, Fiona
Term: 2
FNLG 102B 02B (3)
Introduction to a First Nations
Salish Language: II
(Please note that this
course will be taught off
campus, at Kwantlen First
Nation Band Board Room,
23690 Gabriel Lane, Fort
Langley VIM 2R4)
Pre-requisite: FNLG 101 in
the same language
Instructor: Shaw, Patricia
A, Gabriel, Fern, and Grant,
Larry
Term: 2
FNLG 112C 01C (3)
Introduction to a First Nations
Algonquian Language: II
(Please note that this
course will be taught at the
Native Education College,
285 East 5"1 Avenue,
Vancouver. Instruction will
be 3 hours per week, on
Mondays from 7-9 pm and
Thursdays from 7-8 pm)
Pre-requisite: FNLG 111
in the same language
or permission of the
instructor
Instructor: Willier, Darlene
Term: 2
FNLG 141K OIK (3)
Introduction to a First Nations
Wakashan Language: I
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Shaw, Patricia A
Term: TBA
FNLG 202B 01B (3)
Intermediate First Nations
Salish Language: II
(Please note that this
course is taught at the
Elders Centre on the
Musqueam Reserve, 4010
Si-Lu Drive)
Pre-requisite: FNLG 201 in
the same language
Instructor: Point, Marny and
Campbell, Fiona
Term: 2
HIST 105 201 (3)
Contemporary Global Issues in
Historical Perspective
(The topic for HIST 105 201
is Indigenous Peoples in a
Local and Global World)
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Thrush, Coll and
Raibmon, Paige
Term: 2
HIST 302 001 (6)
History oi the Indigenous
Peoples oi North America
Pre-requisite: none
Thrush, Coll
Term: 1 and 2
HIST 303 001 (6)
History oi the Canadian West
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Thorpe, Jocelyn
and Kheraj, Sean
Term: 1 and 2
HIST 303 (6)
History oi the Canadian West
(This is a Distance
Education course)
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Evans, Clint
Term: A (99A)
Term: C (99C)
HIST 305 001 (6)
British Columbia
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: McDonald,
Robert AJ
Term: 1 and 2
(Credit will only be granted
for one of HIST 305 or
404, if 404 was taken
before 2007W)
HIST 466C (3)
Topics in Indigenous History
oi Canada
(sections 201 or 202)
Pre-requisite: HIST 302 or
other background in the
field is recommended.
Instructor: Raibmon, Paige
Term: 2
IHHS 404 001 (3)
First Nations Health: Historical
and Contemporary Issues
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Hansen, Heidi
Term: 2
MUSC 328B 001 (3)
World Music Cultures:
Aboriginal Music in
Contemporary Canada
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Harrison, Klisala
Term: 2
POLI 333B 001 (3)
Issues in Comparative Politics:
Global Indigenous People's
Politics
Pre-requisite: none
Instructor: Lightfoot, Sheryl
Term: 2
POLI 406 001 (3)
Aboriginal Peoples and
Canadian Politics
Pre-requisite: POL1101 and
at least 3 credits from
POLI 301-308
Instructor: Coulthard, Glen
Term: 2
Actor | Johnny Depp (Cherokee)
Johnny Depp's (Pirates ofthe Caribbean, Edward Scissorhands) Indigenous
ancestry comes from his maternal
grandfather, with whom he was very
close. Depp has asserted his Indigenous identity in a number of ways.
He produced, directed, co-wrote and
starred in his 1997 film The Brave
(wherein Depp played a Native American man recently released from jail
who agrees to partake in a snuff film
in order to ensure financial support for
his family). He also tattooed a Cherokee chief in full headdress on his right
arm to honour his Cherokee ancestors.
Actor | Benjamin Bratt (Quechua)
Benjamin Bratt (Miss Congeniality, The
Cleaner) has long been an Indigenous
activist. His mother, a Quechua activist, took him and his siblings to live
on Alcatraz during the 1969—1971
United Indians of AU Tribes occupation. Bratt has stayed involved in Indigenous issues through his work, most
recently by narrating episodes of the
award-winning PBS series We Shall Remain, "a provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an
essential part of American history."
Singer/Songwriter | Cher (Cherokee)
Cher immortalized her maternal
Cherokee lineage in her hit song "Half-
Breed" released in 1973. This song's
release was particularly significant given the largely negative media portrayal
of Native Americans during a period of
civil unrest. Cher has continued to perform "Half-Breed" in her recent tours.
Singer/Songwriter | Shania Twain
(Ojibwe)
Though Shania Twain is of Cree heritage on her biological father's side, she
is recognized as an Ojibwe person,
having been adopted by her Ojibwe
step-father, and being raised in his
community. Due to her strong ties to
her community, Shania Twain (born
Eileen Edwards), took her stepfather's
last name (Twain) and changed her
name to Shania, Ojibwe for "I'm on my
way." In 1996, Twain was awarded a
First Americans in the Arts Award for
Outstanding Musical Achievement.
Rapper/Actor/Singer | Taboo of the
Black Eyed Peas (Shoshone)
Taboo is of Mexican and Shoshone descent. He has remained involved in his
community in Rosemead, California,
and plans to soon launch a nonprofit
arts school for children living in his
hometown. Taboo has also represented his heritage artistically in acting in
Cosmic Radio (2007), which addresses
contemporary Indigenous issues. The
film featured other well-known Indigenous actors such as Wes Studi and
Irene Bedard
COURTESY OF JEREMY THOMAS PRODUCTIONS
Actor | Lou Diamond Phillips (Sioux)
While Lou Diamond Phillips has
claimed Cherokee heritage (on his
biological father's side), he is recognized as Sioux, having been adopted
by the Sioux community with which he
worked and lived while filming Sioux
City (1994).
Actor | Val Kilmer (Cherokee)
Val Kilmer lived and worked on a Cherokee reservation during the filming
of Thunderheart (1992), wherein he
played a character of mixed European
and Cherokee ancestry, mirroring his
own heritage. He has maintained a
connection both to that reservation
and to his grandmother's reservation.
He also is a member and contributor
to the Native American Preparatory
School which seeks to provide a top
education to the next generation of Native American leaders.
Singer/Songwriter | Carrie Underwood
(Muskogee Creek)
Carrie Underwood is a member of the
Muskogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma.
She was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma
and raised in the nearby rural community of Checotah Underwood
maintains a strong connection to her
community, most recently through the
establishment of a foundation called
C.A.T.S.—Checotah Animal, Town and
School Foundation which focuses
charitable efforts in her hometown.
Singer/Songwriter | Tori Amos
(Cherokee)
Tori Amos is mixed Eastern Cherokee and European ancestry. She has
explored issues of Native American
sovereignty in many of her albums
and songs, perhaps most notably, her
rendition of "Home on the Range,"
entitled "Home ofthe Range (Cherokee
Edition)," which includes the lyrics:
"Well Jackson made deals, a thief down
to his heels/ Had a long Trail of Tears/
The Smokies could hide Cherokee
bridge/ Her brave was shot yesterday."
She also collaborated with celebrated
make-up artist Kevyn Aucoin in his
book, Face Forward, which includes
a portrait of Amos as Ton'ingina, a
Cherokee woman, accompanied by a
personal write-up detailing Amos' family history and the Trail of Tears.
Singer/Dancer | Josephine Baker
(Apalachee)
The iconic singer, dancer and actress
Josephine Baker was descended from
Apalachee Indians and African slaves.
Baker took up anti-racism as her personal cause, acting as a spy during the
Second World War against the Nazi occupation of France, protesting segregation in the United States, and adopting
12 multi-ethnic children, whom she
called her "Rainbow Tribe." FNI
CANADA'S
COLONIAL
HISTORY
1 Canada was one of the four
member-states of the UN General
Assembly to vote against adopting
the (now adopted) Universal Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples in September 2007. The
other three nations were the United
States of America, New Zealand, and
Australia.
2 Some scholars have theorized that
the apartheid reserve system used
in South Africa was based on the
Indian reserve system in Canada.
3 Status Indians were not granted
the right to vote in federal elections
until 1960.
4 "I want to get rid of the Indian
problem....Our objective is to continue until there is not a single
Indian in Canada that has not been
absorbed into the body politic and
there is no Indian question, and no
Indian Department."
—Duncan Campbell Scott,
Head ofthe Department of Indian
Affairs (1913 to 1932), on his policy
of mandatory attendance for Indian
students at Residential schools.
5 The last federally run residential
school, the Gordon Residential
School in Saskatchewan, closed in
1996.
6 In his ruling in the case Del-
gamuukw vs. British Columbia
[1997] 3 S.C.R 3010, Chief Justice
Allan MacEachern ruled that Aboriginal rights in general existed
at the "pleasure of the crown" and
could be extinguished "whenever
the intention of the Crown to do so
is clear and plain," and argued that
prior to colonization, Aboriginal
lives had been "nasty, brutish, and
short." His ruling was overturned in
the Supreme Court ruling.
7 In 1969, the Liberal government
of Canada introduced a White Paper, proposing the abolition of the
Indian Act, the rejection of land
claims, and the assimilation of First
Nations people into the Canadian
population with the status of other
ethnic minorities. This policy was
rejected completely by Indigenous
peoples in Canada, and was eventually discarded as policy by the Liberal government.
8 During the 1990 Oka Crisis, the
federal Member of Parliament for
Chateauguay said that all the natives
in Quebec should be shipped off to
Labrador "if they wanted their own
country so much."
9 The following are some particularly oppressive amendments made
to the Indian Act:
1885: Amended to prohibit religious ceremonies and dances,
such as the potlatche and
sundance.
1914: Amended to require western Indians to seek official permission before appearing in "Aboriginal costume" in any "dance,
show, exhibition, stampede or
pageant."
1927: Amended to prevent anyone (aboriginal or otherwise)
from soliciting funds for Indian
legal claims without a special
license from the Superintendent-
General. This effectively prevented any First Nation from
pursuing Aboriginal land claims.
10 In the 2009 G20 summit, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper announced in his speech
that Canada has "no history of colonialism." FNI 2009.11.26/UBYSSEY.CA/FIRSTNATIONS/7
The First Nations
Coffee House at the
UBC Longhouse
Spencer Lindsay performs an Ella Fitzgerald solo on the sax. photo courtesy of kessic
Ellen Dobrowolski belly dances for the Longhouse crowd, photo courtesy of kessic
Musqueam Creek Vancouver's Last
Wild Salmon Spawning Stream
BY FRANCINE CUNNINGHAM
Sty-wet-tan, also known as the Great
Hall at the First Nations Longhouse,
slowly fills up with people dripping
wet from the rainy Vancouver weather. They are greeted by soft chatter,
candle light, laughter and the smell
of home cooking. The Longhouse is
a haven for students—
a place to hang out,
do some homework,
and, on most days, get
a free meal.
The Longhouse
also hosts a variety
of events, one being
the Coffee House. The
Coffee House is an
event that is put on once a semester
by the UBC First Nations Students'
Association and Richard Van Camp's
Creative Writing class—with an Aboriginal focus. It is an opportunity for
students, staff and faculty to perform
anything from reading poetry to
dancing and stand up comedy.
It is an event that draws people
from across the Vancouver community. It is family-friendly. Often, you
will see children running and playing alongside elders who are listening intently.
When asked what one of the most
important reasons for the Coffee
house, author and teacher Richard
Van Camp, answered, "Building
commimiry. It is often the first time
non-Aboriginal students, faculty,
and staff get a chance to interact
with the First Nations Longhouse
and the Aboriginal community on
campus."
The coffee house "is often the first
time non-Aboriginal students,
faculty, and staff get a chance to
interact with the Longhouse
It is a forum that allows for freedom of expression and the chance
to display your talents. For many
students, it is a nerve-wracking experience up until the moment they hit
the mike. Then they realize they're
in a safe place and they take off. It is
a wonderful event and it will surely
run for many years. The next Coffee House will be hosted sometime
during the Spring semester. It is a
potluck (and free). So why don't you
come by and check it out? Maybe
even perform? FNI
BY ELLE-MAIJA TAILFEATHERS
Kainai and Saami Nations
As you may or may not know, UBC
rests on the traditional unceded territory of Musqueam First Nation. Musqueam people have occupied this land
since time immemorial and remain
a thriving community, culturally and
linguistically.
However, as Vancouver has
grown, the Musqueam have witnessed the dire effects of urbanization on their territory and way of life.
In fact, Musqueam is now the home
to the last remaining wild salmon
spawning stream in all of Vancouver.
The Musqueam people are not giving
up on this sacred site without a fight.
Recently, I had the opportunity to sit
down with Terry Point a member of
the Musqueam First Nation and President of the Musqueam Ecosystem
Conservation Society (MECS). Terry is
also a fourth-year UBC student majoring in First Nations Studies. MECS
was founded in 1997 as a partnership
project between Musqueam Indian
Band and The David Suzuki Foundation. Their number one priority is to
conserve the full diversity of habitats
and species within the Musqueam
Creek Ecosystem, which stretching
across the Point Grey Peninsula from
the north arm of the Fraser River to
English Bay.
Terry described the Coho and
Chum salmon that spawn in the
stream as a "keystone species," meaning that many other organisms rely on
the presence of salmon for their survival. In fact the Musqueam Creek and
Spanish Banks watersheds are more
diverse than those of Stanley Park because of the salmon. Historically, the
Musqueam were able to harvest the
salmon because their numbers were
so plentiful. Now the numbers have
dwindled to less than 30 Coho and 40
Chum per year.
Along with using scientific techniques in their initiatives, MECS
implements traditional ecological
knowledge largely through a partnership with The Sulsila Lelum Healing
Centre. For Terry Point and his colleagues, their "first initiative was to
go to the elders and ask, 'What do we
need to do to the stream to get our
fish back?'" Their reply was a surprising one: "'Nothing. The stream
will heal itself. You need to fix what is
around the stream. That is where the
problem lies.'" In fact, Terry stated
that the biggest threats to the Musqueam Ecosystem are people and
the encroachment of the city. Their
projects focus on four main areas:
biodiversity conservation, habitat
restoration, research and habitat
protection. However, MECS also
focuses on generating public awareness and education.
COURTESY OF eCOWALKER
MECS is a non-profit organization that relies heavily on the help
of volunteers, the resources of their
partner organizations and private,
governmental and corporate donations. Over the years, MECS has had
many successful volunteer-based
events focused on the restoration of
Musqueam Creek and has enjoyed
a successful, and ongoing relationship with UBC. The partnership even
offers students the opportunity to
participate in community service-
learning projects at Musqueam
Creek over Reading Week.
Though the situation is alarming,
hope still thrives for the Musqueam
Creek Ecosystem. When asked what
motivated him to do this work, Point
replied that "the stream itself has
a spiritual cleansing property and
salmon have more than an environmental and sustainability influence
on our people. Ultimately, having no
salmon takes away from who we are
as a people."
As members of the UBC community and as residents of this city,
we have a responsibility to the Musqueam people and to this planet to
help preserve this very unique ecosystem. FNI
To find out more about how to get involved with MECS' volunteer efforts go
tomecsweb.org
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BY WHITNEY MORRISON
Early Saturday morning, in the glow
of the UBC Rec Centre lights, the
score board reads ten seconds. The
score: the BFF's/Warriors 61 and the
Contraindications 58. The winner
would finish at the top ofthe CoRec 2
Basketball intramural standings. The
Contraindictions had the ball and the
BFF's/Warriors raced to stop the
shot.
But alas, the ball swung to the left
side where an open player sunk the
three to win the game. Hands were
shaken. Both teams took to the bench
for a cheer. But long after the game,
the BFF's/Warriors' bench rung with
laughter that filled the team members who stuck around to joke and
offer encouragement.
The Aboriginal basketball team
originally called itself the BFF's (Best
Friends Forever). Team Captain Rupert Richardson says, "I thought that
the name was quite fitting seeing as
how we're all really close friends."
In its second term, the team added
"Warriors" to the name to "lighten
it up" because Richardson says jokingly, "We thought The BFF's...[is]
the type of name that just screams
intensity!"
The team is composed of students
from the NITEP (Native Indian Teachers Education Program), a primary
donator alongside Lynnx Aboriginal
Student Career and Employment
Program, and students of the First
Nations Long House. Richardson
comments, "There's lots of support
and people [are] always inquiring
about how our team is making out."
He believes it's because many
people see it as a positive contribution to school life for First Nations.
"I think it's a positive community
builder within the Long House. And
it's fun for all. Even when we lose
by one point in the last shot of the
game," Richardson says with a smile.
Saturday marked the first loss for
the BFF's/Warriors, now ranked second only to the Contraindictions in
league standings. When asked why
they've been so successful, Brionne
Asham comments, "It has to do with
the fact that we all hang out with each
other and we're really supportive...it
shows in our style of play."
On November 29 the BFF's/Warriors enter the playoffs. Richardson
remains confident as he jokingly
says, "I think other teams fear us and
have nightmares about playing our
really really really ridiculously good
looking team." Regardless of the
outcome, Richardson says the BFF's/
Warriors offer students "a place to
just go joke around. It's good stress
relief. It's a good place to see people,
laugh and have fun." FNI
A message from The First
Nations Student Association
BY REGINALD SAM
FNSA Chief/President,
2009/2010
Hello all! I hope the summer was
great for everyone. Although the First
Nations Student Association (FNSA)
slowed down for the summer, we
did many things this academic year
that we are very proud of. At the First
Nations Longhouse we successfully
co-hosted and shared great meals
at two coffee houses, an item swap
event, a chili luncheon and a final
end-of-term barbecue.
During the first few weeks of September we applied for AMS student
organization funding. This will open
new doors for FNSA, enabling us to
better serve the Aboriginal community at UBC.
Watch for upcoming announcements concerning this election as
the new year begins. I wish everyone
well with their studies this coming
semester and congratulate those
who completed their degree requirements this past year.
Kleco Kleco; Thank you very
much. FNI
The Longhouse
celebrates UBC
Aboriginal
graduates
BY WILLIAM G. LINDSAY
Coordinator for Aboriginal
Student Services
Every spring and fall the First Nations Longhouse at UBC arranges
special graduation celebrations for
Aboriginal graduates. It is held at the
beautiful Longhouse and the events
are held in conjunction with the university's regular convocation ceremonies held at these times. The
Longhouse graduation event is special because graduates can bring
more guests, are allowed to wear traditional Aboriginal dress, and are introduced on a much more personal
basis with "words of thanks" read out
to gathered friends and family members. Traditional songs and words of
welcome are all part ofthe event. Fall
graduates are also welcomed back to
attend the larger Longhouse graduation event held the following spring.
The latest spring graduation
event was held on May 23, 2009, at
the First Nations Longhouse, where
Aboriginal graduates for the fall of
2008 and the spring of 2009 were
honored. This special ceremony was
held in the Longhouse Sty-Wet-Tan
Hall and was attended by graduates,
their family members, friends, special guests and UBC faculty and staff.
At this event, a total of 26 graduates from the fall of 2 008 were recognized, along with 75 graduates from
the spring of 2009. This combined
total of 101 honoured graduates is a
new record for the spring Longhouse
ceremony! They came from such
diverse programs as Arts, Business,
Dentistry, Education, Engineering,
Forestry, Law, Medicine, Nursing,
Pharmacy, Science and Social Work.
This year, an honorary degree was
presented by UBC to renowned Musqueam artist Susan Point. Although
she was not able to attend the Long-
house graduation event, she was
given an honorable mention here,
as were all graduates who could not
personally attend.
Those who did attend were first
honoured by being drummed in
through the Longhouse ceremonial
door. As they took their place at the
front of the Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall,
words of welcome and appreciation
were expressed by Musqueam Elder
Larry Grant, First Nations House of
Learning Director Dr Line Kesler,
UBC President Dr Stephen Toope
and special guest speaker Grand
Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the
Union of BC Indian Chiefs and longtime advocate for Aboriginal rights.
The graduates were then introduced
one-by-one, with their names, traditional names, nations, degrees
and words of thanks read out to appreciative onlookers. At the end of
the two-and-a-half-hour ceremony, a
special honour song was sung in a
powerful way by a drumming group,
after which guests were offered food
and refreshments.
It was a beautiful and moving celebration. As Faculty of Dentistry graduate Paige Rice later expressed in a
card of thanks, "I had a profoundly
moving experience during my [Long-
house] graduation ceremony. I have
never felt so proud to be a part of this
dynamic unified community. I will
treasure those moments forever."
We hope that all attendees felt the
same way. We thus wish the UBC Aboriginal graduates for the fall of 2008
and the spring of 2009 all the best in
their new careers! FNI
Note: This article is being republished
with the permission of the editor of
The Longhouse News for 2009-2010,
where it originally appeared
COURTESY OF REGINALD SAM 2009.11.26/UBYSSEY.CA/FIRSTNATIONS/9
FNI
FIRST NATIONS ISSUE
A collection of writing from the First Nations
community at UBC. Many thanks to Richard Van
Camp's creative writing class for their submissions
and all other contributing writers and artists.
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Poetry
As our Ancestors
shake their heads
So, humankind, now we're bombing
the moon?
For those of you who live in cave,
US scientists at NASA fired a missile
that blasted into the south pole of the
moon on Friday, October 9, 2009 at
7:31 am.
This $79 million mission resulted
in a huge hole and a six-mile high
cloud of debris, all in the interests of
"discovering" if water is underneath
the crust and whether or not humans
can set up a permanent colony there.
Why not? It's not like blowing
things up, extracting resources, and
setting up colonies hasn't worked so
well in the past.
Take the settling of North America, for example. And to think, scientists at that time were saying that the
earth was flat.
Turns out that there is water on
the moon. And that's interesting.
But, to me, this information is not
worth what this act of violence to our
dearest celestial and spiritual relative has cost us.
I'm into STAR TREK as
much as the NEXT guy.
but WHERE are science
and TECHNOLOGY
TAKING us?
Don't get me wrong, I'm into Star
Trek as much as the next guy, but
where are science and technology
taking us? How much is enough?
Have we not learned from exploding and exploiting Mother
Nature down here (see: mining,
clear-cutting of forests, and fossil
fuels) that messing with the fragile
balance of the universe leads to
destruction?
I've heard the arguments for sending a 6000-mile-an-hour bomb at the
moon. They are staggering in their
shortsightedness, ranging from: this
mission won't do any long-term damage to an already cratered surface,
the moon is a lifeless and uninhabited rock hurtling in the universe,
and tons of space mission junk lie on
its surface anyways.
Oh yeah, and don't forget the "one
small step for man" argument — that
this is a natural step in our "progress" as a species.
The simple-mindedness of these
arguments are too much to engage,
but I will point out that this mission
did leave a permanent scar, scientists never do know the long-term
effects of anything (take asbestos in
homes, for example), the moon does
crucially participate in life-giving
activities (like women's menstruation cycles and ocean currents), and
dumping garbage is exactly what we
teach our children not to do (see Disney's Wall-E).
What if humankind, for once,
listened seriously to Indigenous
intellectuals throughout the world
who speak of a living and feeling
universe?
What if humankind,  for  once,
listened   seriously   to   Indigenous
scientists throughout the world who
describe the life-dependent principle
of reciprocity — that whatever we do
to other entities inevitably affects us?
What if humankind,  for  once,
listened seriously
to       Indigenous
spiritual   leaders
throughout    the
world who define
their     traditions
according to ideas
of respect for others, much like the
ideals   espoused
by those in the
Christian faith?
It's all enough
to remind me that
"progress" is an
illusion. A story one tells when one
wants to convince others to support
the unsupportable.
So, we should tell them that these
sorts of actions are unacceptable.
Again and again, until they listen.
It's the only way I can think of to
make sure our ancestors aren't shaking their heads at us.
Science and technology should not
come at the expense of life. Period.
Especially for a search for moon
water that costs $79 million dollars.
Surely there are other meaningful problems humankind has and
should be solving.
Humankind can't even find money to "discover" clean drinking water
on Native reserves yet. Try that.
At least that wouldn't need a
bomb, and we could all be proud of
what we'd find. FNI
—NiigonwedomJames Sinclair
Unchained
blood's last breath, silent dying cry
cold ground's reach over the falling sky
no water flows, no flames will dance
defiant pose; eternal stance
the sounds sing not, all meaning lost
like sands of time on an ocean tossed
the horns are silent, the echo gone
darkness falls where light once shone
Pleasure Dome
20 inch screen; double sheen
feather pillow
desk so smooth; couldn't scratch
it with a brillo
sable speakers
mumble deep
notions
I can't keep
locked; cocked
and ready to the fire
blue onslaught; note
forming desire
breath in mic
waves in sight
thoughts; dwellings
telling, letting
erupting
trying, vieing,
disrupting
tones; songs
of love gone wrong
of bliss; a kiss
they all belong
in my Xanadu
calling you
aural pleasure
cerebral leisure
worries wistfully wane
my mind; at last
is tame
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Documented
I was your muse once
Did any of them ever know?
I have grown older now
Not anything like the young nymph
You once aspired to having
I smoked leisurely across from you
We shared coffee
Conversation
I showed you my sketches
I was beginning
I have begun
Where are you at now?
My beauty is fading
Quickly...
I was once your muse
Now I would undress
Foryou
If only for
Archival reference
—Dee Maclaughlin
-Ciardn Llachlan Leavitt
COURTESY OF ELLE-MAUA TAILFEATHERS
Living Traditions
We were a wolfpack protecting our pups
But evil lurks around
A mother is followed to her den...
They drug her
then move her away from her natural home
and the pups are taken
without any choice
The mother wakes
but it is far too late to do anything
her dear ones are gone
the evil is transforming the pups
the pups are now 'domestic' dogs
no longer free
receiving different training
and being fed the wrong food
They know they belong else where...
The mother and pack are on full alert
waiting for such evil to come back
but hoping it won't
The evil came in different forms
and the pack was taken over
By morning all pups were gone
learning new traditions
Receiving new ways to react
Losing the real way.
Many still had memories
though if expressed they were punished
a tradition gone in a matter of years
a sense of shame flows around
thought to be lost forever
But it was never really gone
The traditions of past times will always live within
Coming out in magical ways
whether its dancing to our heart beats
or singing from our souls
-Crystal Molina
By the Water
Picture me by the Water
hear rushing sounds
a back drop to the wind in trees
The Wind blows the waves of my hair
brushing my face softly
colors of green-blue reflected
in the blacks of my eyes
See me by the water
My feet meet the place where water
caresses rock and sand
gentle waves pull my awareness away from me
enchanted by the ebb of rhythm
mashed in the ancient notion of continuity and splendor
wandering with thoughts forgotten
and remembered through rivers and streams
Stories of water
Remembering connection
Picture me by the water
calm and serene
gazing out the glassy surface
reflecting on past lives and encounters with spirit
cold
clear
tiny ripples
of the dream-time
remembered
Picture me by the water
bathed in sunlight
my hand skims the surface
wanting oneness with Water
I long to know what is beneath the surface
and live there
live in the memories of past Life-etched deep in stone
the stories of me linger in water
—Francine Burning 2009.11.26/UBYSSEY.CA/FIRSTNATIONS/ll
The Spirit Within
As a soon-to-be Mother in
The midst of a cold winter
I was so strong-
Waiting the birth of my unborn child
And playing basketball until
I was eight months along.
The Spirit within was Energy.
Between my first, my fire ball,
Zachary
And my sweet daughter, Keah,
My partner and I shared
Two losses
The Spirits within were Angels.
Pregnant again, I was so happy,
A child growing inside me
Sensitive with pride
Each child matured differently.
The Spirit within was Gentle/Shy.
With myyoungest girl, Tiara,
My body was silent
With carrying life
I was energetic, sometimes grouchy.
Often angry.
The Spirit within was Fierce.
As a mother looking back
I see three beautiful children
Inseperable, fun and full of light
I know that haven't changed.
The Spirit within each is growing
Maturing within each one.
—Angle Peers-Wallace
COURTESY OF ELLE-MAUA TAILFEATHERS
Language
my tongue is thick
with bannock and butter
I talk
and they recognize
the    otherness
that is
different from all of them
dry meat
stays on my tongue
swelling in language
performing slow beats
of vowels and consonants
I recognize my cousins
when they tell a story
they laugh saying eeee
tell me your story, cousin
appearances change
straight black hair
gets blonder every season
and a tan fades more each year
but your voice
my voice
our voice
connects us
I love hearing   home
when we tell our stories
—Tenille Campbell
Banana Republic, | ComOtOSe State
Harry Rosen and
the Lawyers Suit
As I understand for the first time
ever, representatives from Banana
Republic and Harry Rosen spoke
to law students on what not to
wear. In fact, that was the title of
the event: "What Not to Wear."
The focus was on the basics of the
business wardrobe, but there was
also a Q and A period followed by
fashion advice of other sorts. The
reason this event was organized,
I've been told, was to educate those
law students seeking articles, and
therefore facing interviews, on
how to dress themselves for these
occasions. Moreover, I've been
told some students have shown up
to their interviews wearing inappropriate attire, or in other words,
were "dressed-down" when they
should have "dressed-up."
Now, ask yourself why this
may be happening. Is it because
students are not taking these occasions seriously? I doubt that,
because securing an article is the
bane of a law student's existence.
I'm sure no one would question
that. The short answer is that some
of these students are not as privileged as others and therefore cannot afford new threads for every
occasion.
I have no problem with students
buying new suits. If that's what
makes you feel more confident,
then do what it takes to make you
feel comfortable during an interview. However, in my personal
opinion, reminding oneself that we
haven't even crossed the half-way
mark to completing our TD would
be something to be mindful of during these times. In other words,
we're not even lawyers yet there is
this common urge to look like one
— whatever that may be. The point
is that the interview process has
become inflated, and indeed, quite
pretentious to the detriment ofthe
legal profession.
I fear that the influence of the
big firm culture on the law school
has narrowed students' minds. I
fear we are turning into sycophants
instead of lawyers. Therefore, in a
sense, I fear the law degree has lost
its significance as a tool for social
change, or ifyou're a naive idealist,
a tool for truth and justice.
At least those students who have
bought new suits waited until interview time, as suggested by the
faculty and administration, and
I commend them for that. But I
would still argue you're still jumping the gun because the lawyer's
suit is something that is earned. I
ask: whatever happened to humility in the legal profession? I would
argue buying an expensive suit
before you have even confirmed a
job is a tad presumptuous, and the
fact one would go to such lengths to
look professional says something
about the self-consciousness of
one's own dignity.
I have digressed into the meaning of a lawyer's suit, and I have
exaggerated on some points, but
they are connected to the reason
why Banana Republic and Harry
Rosen were invited to UBC Law.
Which brings me to another point:
suppose I am right in suggesting
why those students arrived to their
interview "under-dressed." Why,
then, would the administration
invite two ofthe most expensive retailers in the whole world to come
show law students who likely can't
afford their prices how to dress?
The answer lies in the same rationale that explains why big firms
and "big law" is over-represented at
school: support the elitist culture.
Of course there are students
who are the exception; I only wish
they would show their faces more
often. FNI
—Thomas Milne
What is wrong with this place?
This earth
People are encouraged to distract their minds from communion with their spirits
Forced distraction
Perverted pleasure
Mind occupying diversions
Drooling submission
A comatose state
Fill my vision everywhere I look.
All I see is glittering signs and links to more
and more
our home
Easier and easier are the things we don't need to get
they are for you
We use her
our earth
Never taking time to communicate with her
To sit and enjoy her company
For all that we use her
Are on her our whole lives
We are separated from her by distraction
Like an unwanted guest
We strew our things about
Count on her good behaviour
Her good graces to forgive our intrusion
Does she remember the days when we were a companion?
When we would give thanks
Keep her in our minds
Saying a prayer for her before sleep
Does she weep alone at the end ofthe day?
Does she call out to us in anger and rage trying to get our attention?
What if she has simply gone to sleep?
A comatose state
and the easier they are to obtain the worse
-Francine Cunningham
Perception
You
Me
Me
Me
the distance between
You
You
A picture in your mind
mind
of what you perceived us to be
perceived us to be
Different
Different
You
Me
never loved me
cared for
YOU NEVER LOVED ME
A picture in my
of what I
Never considered
THE ONE
I
Considered
You
The
Only
ONE
the distance between
Francine Cunningham
COURTESY OF ELLE-MAUA TAILFEATHERS 12/UBYSSEY.CA/FIRSTNATIONS/2009.11.26
Stories
COURTESY OF RICHARD VAN CAMP
In Black Skin, White Masks, Frantz Fanon uses psychoanalytic theory to explain the internalization of external
social classification and the resulting inferiority complex,
assumed cultural code, and cultural loss that Black people
experience in a White world I chose to write about internalized forms of detrimental social structures, in my case
prejudice. Prejudice was a reality for me and continues to
be a reality for others; it shouldn't be.
Memory from a Life Caucasian by Association
recess, the result of numerous grade four classes
throwing rocks at the building.
I recognized the kid from Westpark. He was a snot-
nosed little Indian. His nose was perpetually running and
he always looked dirty. Even worse, he had a cleft lip. A
bad one—his upper lip ran into his nose. I remember my
Mom telling me his name. She went out to the reserve
to visit people. I always just assumed it was some sort of
charitable gesture spurred by Church that made her go;
thinking that she had friends on the reserve didn't occur
to me. I remember one day, the kid sursing at some other
elementary kids. Little bits of snow and saliva flew out
from his face as he swore at them. They would have been
in his class, probably grade four or five, but he was in
the multi-grade class: the class for retards. There were six
Indians in my school, myself included. Three of Indians
were in the multi-grade class. The other two students in
the multi-grade class were white. One had really bad ADD
and the other was a vegetable from getting t-boned by a
semi. He could say his name all slow and garbly, but that
was about it. Being an Indian in a redneck farming town
is isolating, but Westpark was a thing unto itself. A good
90 per cent of the students were Mennonites, Germans
who immigrated to Canada for religious freedom and
settled Central Canada to farm. They were all blonde-
haired and blue-eyed. They went to the same church on
Sundays, the same youth group on Wednesdays, the same
Christian camps in the summer, the same Christian concerts together, and got baptized together. That was a hard
clique to break. And just imagine being an Indian. Line
up some of those kids in a row. A row of identical jeans
from the solitary high end store in town, a row of polo
shirts from various shopping trips to the nearest big city,
a row of matching pretty faces and tousled blonde hair. I
couldn't turn my skin white or change my hair color, but
buying some khaki pants and listening to shitty Christian
alternative music beat being associated with those Indians in the multi-grade class.
Needless to say, when I saw the kid walking to the Wal-
Mart I didn't acknowledge him. He was pushing a half-
full cart behind another guy, probably an older brother.
He was one of those Indians, the typeyou would avoid eye
I chose Wal-Mart because the
uniforms were the LEAST
COMPRIMISING compared to
the POOP BROWN ofthe Tim
Hortons uniform.
contact with if you passed them on the street; dirty track
pants, worn out running shoes, old t-shirt. Didn't surprise
me, I kept on pushing cars from the parking lot into the
corrals; my contempt for the Indian kid and his brother
only slightly hidden behind a veil of indifference.
"Fucking let go of me."
My head turns at the sound of the yelling. Gerry, our
tall store manager with a goatee and a BMW, is wrestling
in the parking lot with another guy. He's trying to get a
package stuck in the arms of an Indian. By now, all the
heads in the parking lot are turned. The cashiers have
come out of their little stalls, voyeurism taking priority
over work. The Wal-Mart greets take a break from "Hello,
welcome to Wal-Mart" to watch the scuffle.
"Security, we got another thief near the entrance,"
Genie announces to the store. She looks delighted. As
if she's watching the season finale of her favorite soap
and some connection is about to be revealed between
a comely doctor and his new assistant.
The security guard runs out to jump on the Indian.
Gerry has his shirt by the back as he's trying to struggle
away. Both of them are yelling. Before the security
guard gets there, the Indian slips out of his shirt and
takes off running between rows of parked cars and
scattered carts.
"Oh, hell," mutters Genie, scowling. "Once he gets off
store property we can't get him anymore. But that's the
last time he'll be coming here. We'll recognize him."
Gerry bends down and picks the package off the
pavement. Looks like a set of windshield wipers. The
scuffle finished, heads turn back. Cashiers return to
their stalls.
I turn around to finish pushing the carts through
the door, but something catches my eye. There's the
Indian kid, by himself, in the empty back corner of the
Wal-Mart parking lot. He's standing with his cart full
of bags beside a beat up old car. Tears are streaming
down his face as he stares where the scene just took
place. His pain imprints itself on me. I'm ashamed and
I know this will never leave me. FNI
—Thomas Barnett
"Anytime one of those Indians from Sandy Bay or Long
Plains come in here, I always have my eye out on them.
Soon as I saw that one, I paged security."
Swallowing the lump in my throat,
I nodded..
Genie wore the same vest that all the
employees at the Wal-Mart wore. Hers
was covered in pins. The Wal-Mart smiley. The pins that guaranteed "Service
with a Smile." A gold pin for employee
of the year. Her nametag, with a gold
background for twenty years of service,
spelled her name with bold alternating
colors. Her hair was short, the kind
that's been bleached and permed so
many times that it settles into that thinning afro sported by geriatric prom
queens. Her eyebrows furrowed together and her eyes tightened into slits; she
continued, "They come in here, wanting all the benefits.
You know how much it slows the line down anytime one
of them want to get tax exemption? And that's if they pay
always trying to get any kind of handout. Stealing from
my store. That's why I watch them."
Ashamed, my body hot, I nod again.
"Yeah."
There weren't many places to get a job in my town.
I came from a small farming town and there wasn't
a lot going in the way of industry. All the farmers' kids
got the best jobs; their dads would employ them during potato picking season, or put them on the combine
during threshing season, and pay them sixteen dollars
an hour! That's a big deal when all the jobs in town pay
barely above minimum wage. They could write it off as a
business expense, so they could afford to give them that
much.
I wasn't always from a farming town though. It seemed
a strange dynamic that the farmer kids were the ones
with the nice clothes and cars in Portage. For kids like
me, there was Wal-Mart, Mcdonald's, and Tim Horton's.
I chose Wal-Mart because their uniforms were the least
compromising compared to the poop brown of the Tim
Horton's uniform or the casual slacks and polo of McDonald's. Since when do you need to dress business casual to
serve a Big Mac?
I moved to Portage the year before. My Dad's in the
army, so that means we have to move every couple
of years. Unfortunately, they're also Christian. Really
Christian. Which meant that when we moved to Portage, my sister and I got sent to the only private school
in town: the Christian school. Now the thing about
small towns is that they all have small high schools.
But, when you take all the parents who want their
children taking Bible classes instead of French classes
and don't mind paying five thousand ayear for tuition,
the student population gets even smaller. My school
had 200 kids in it, from Kindergarten to grade 12.
The school was called Westpark. A drab grey building
on the industrial side of the town. The stucco fell off
in patches, mostly on the side where kids got out for
As GRANDFATHERS have done
since the BEGINNING OF TIME, he
caved in and gave the child the
BIGGEST BOX to play with.
Raven Steals the Light
This story is shared by many on the
Northwest Coast
There was a time, many years ago,
when the earth was covered in
darkness. An inky pitch blanketed
the world, making it very difficult
for anyone to hunt or fish or gather
berries. An old man lived along the
banks of a stream with his daughter
who may have been very beautiful
or possibly quite homely. This didn't
matter to the old man, however, because after all it was dark and who
could tell?
The world was dark. It had to do
with the old man who had a box that
contained a box that held many other
boxes. In the very last box was all the
light in the universe and this was a
treasure he selfishly kept to himself.
Mischievious Raven existed at that
time because he always had. He was
none too happy about the state of the
world for he blundered about in the
dark bumping into everything. His
interfering nature peaked one day
when he stumbled by the old man's
hut and overheard him muttering
about his boxes. He instantly decided
to steal the light but first had to find a
way to get inside the hut.
Each day the young girl would go
to the stream to fetch water, so Raven
transformed himself into a tiny hemlock needle and floated into the girl's
bucket. Working a bit of his "trickster" magic, he made the girl thirsty.
As she took a drink, he slipped down
her throat. Once down in her warm
insides he changed again; this time
into a small human being and took a
very long nap.
The girl did not know what was
happening to her and didn't tell her
father. One day the Raven emerged
as a boy child. If anyone could have
seen him in the dark, they would
have noticed that he was a peculiar
looking child with a long beaklike
nose, a few feathers here and there,
and the unmistakably shining eyes
of Raven.
Both father and daughter were
delighted with their new addition
and played with him for hours on
end. As the child explored his new
surroundings he soon determined
that the light must be kept in the
COURTESY OF MAXIME LEPINE
big box in the corner. When he first
tried to open the box, his grandfather
scolded him profusely which started
a crying and squawking fit the likes
of which the old man had never
seen. As grandfathers have done
since the beginning of time, he caved
in and gave the child the biggest box
to play with. This brought peace to
the hut for a brief time, but it wasn't
long until the child pulled his scam
again. And again. And again. Finally
only one box remained.
After much coaxing and wailing,
the old man at last agreed to let the
child play with the light for only a
moment. As he tossed the ball of
light the child transformed into the
Raven and snatching the light in
his beak, flew through the smoke-
hole and up into the sky.
The world was instantly changed
forever. Mountains sprang into the
bright sky and reflections danced
on the rivers and oceans. Far
away, the Eagle was awakened and
launched skyward —his target now
clearly in sight.
Raven was so caught up in all the
excitement of the newly revealed
world that he nearly didn't see
the Eagle bearing down on him.
Swerving sharply to escape the
outstretched talons, he dropped
half of the ball of light which fell
to the earth. Shattering into one
large and many small pieces on
the rocky ground the bits of light
bounced back up into the heavens
where they remain to this day as
the moon and the stars.
The Eagle pursued Raven beyond the rim of the world. Exhausted by the long chase, Raven let go of
what light still remained. Floating
gracefully above the the clouds, the
sun (as we now know it) started up
over the mountains to the east.
The first rays ofthe morning sun
brought light through the smoke-
hole of the old man's house. He
was weeping in sorrow over his
great loss. Looking up, he saw his
daughter for the first time. She was
very beautiful, and smiling. He began to feel a little better. FNI
—Maxime Lepine 2009.11.26/UBYSSEY.CA/SPORTS/13
SIMON FRAStR UHlVtRSITY
WOMEN'S _rAm
BASKETBALL °&*
RANKINGS
I. SFU
(5-0)
2. WINDSOR
(6-0)
3. REGINA
(5-1)
4. SASKATCHEWAN
(4-2)
5. LAVAL
(4-0)
6. CAPE BRETON
(5-0)
8. UBC
(4-2)
10. MEMORIAL
(5-1)
Sports
Making the heart grow fonder
After three years away, a wiser Mayott returns to the CIS
ASHLEY WHILLANS
awhillans@ubyssey.ca
After a three-year hiatus from the
Canadian Inter Sport (CIS) League
2004 Canada West Rookie of the year
Melyyn Mayott is back: older, wiser
and ready to compete.
Compared to the rest of the new
recruits to the men's basketball team,
Mayott is a senior citizen. Seven
years ago, attending St George's High
School in Vancouver, he lead his
team to a fifth-place finish at the BC
AAA Tournament in the 2003/2004
season, was named a second-team
BC AAA All Star and averaged an impressive 24 points and five rebounds
per game in his senior year.
In 2004, Mayott also joined the
CIS as a freshman at SFU. Starting
as a rookie, he averaged 7.6 points
per game, had a 47.9 per cent three-
point shot average and was named
Canada West Rookie of the Year. Despite getting off to a great start, after
his second year with the team Mayott
dropped out of SFU in 2006—and off
the CIS radar.
So why did Mayott leave SFU?
The same reason many young
undergraduates drop out of university—he just wasn't ready. "I didn't
feel like going to school at the time,"
explained Mayott, "I didn't feel like
playing basketball and so I just decided to take some time off, work and
playballforfun."
Taking a break from university-
level basketball, he explored numerous recreational leagues around Vancouver playing for the Metro Celtics,
the West Coast Basketball League's
X-Clan and in summer leagues at
both Douglas and Langara College.
While he always lit up the
scoresheet, Mayott wasn't picturing returning to university. He was
content. But earlier this year, Mayott
decided to return to the Canada West
league after making an important
realization.
"Rec league is all fun and games,
but it isn't nearly as competitive. After a few years I realized how much I
missed it."
After some deliberation it was
UBC Thunderbird assistant coach
Randy Nohr—an opponent of Mayo-
tt's in the Vancouver Metro Basketball League—who finally persuaded
Mayott to join the UBC Thunderbirds.
"He's a great guy, a really nice
young man," said Nohr on why he
"Rec league is all fun
and games, but it isn't
nearly as competitive.
After a few years I
realized how much I
missed it."
—Melvyn Mayott
Mayott has played in a bench role thus far for UBC, but is fourth on the team in points with 7.4 per game, courtesy of richard lam
wanted Mayott on the team. "His
ability to shoot the three point shot,
and his veteran leadership are key.
All the guys really like being around
him."
While Mayott was having difficulty
adjusting to the rigorous practice
schedule and early mornings, he has
already improved dramatically.
"The first two months was a big
adjustment" said Nohr. "But in the
last two weeks he has really started to
come into his own and play how he
used to a couple of years ago. We've
noticed a big change."
So far he has already made
significant contributions to the
UBC team, averaging 7.4 points per
game—good for fourth on the team—
and leading the scoring in last Friday's fifth straight win (5-0) against
Trinity Western.
Although he hasn't quite caught
up to where he was when he left the
CIS three years ago, Mayott isn't too
worried about living up to expectations. As far as he is concerned, he
has the best of both worlds: competitive play without the pressure.
"Pressure to perform?" laughed
Mayott. "I don't have that much
pressure....Any day someone off the
bench can score, so there is no pressure. That's what I like about this
team. You might not have such a good
game, but there is always someone on
the team to pick you up," he said.
Even if he could go back in time,
Mayott wouldn't change a thing. Taking the time off helped me grow up a
little faster. I am a more mature player.
I was 18 then and now I am 23.1 have
more experience now and that is pretty
much what I can offer to the team both
on and off the court." tl
IVOLLEYBALL PREVIEW
GERALD DEO FILE PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
CAN VOLLEYBALL TEAM FINISH
FIRST HALF WTTH PERFECT RECORD?
The Ihunderbird Women's volleyball team (8-0) finishes the first half
of their season this weekend against
the SFU Clan (1-7) at War Memorial
Gym this Friday, and despite the disparity in talent, coach Doug Reimer
isn't taking the matchup lightly.
UBC is on a torrid run of play unseen for volleyball on this campus,
having won their last 23 regular and
postseason games, with their last
loss coming on January 11 vs. the
Calgary Dinos.
After battling injuries all last
year, Liz Cordonier has bounced
back this year for the T-Birds, leading the team in kills with 83 and
digs with 67. Supporting Cordonier
on offence have been Kyla Richey
and Jen Hinze, with 65 and 64
kills respectively, while Kyla Richey
has accumulated 236 assists (9.83
per game), good for second in the
Canada West conference, tl
oDBC
Women's volleyball vs.
SFU Clan
Friday, 7pm
Women's hockey vs.
Regina Rams
Friday-Saturday,
7:30pm
■ ■hockey preview
CAN HOCKEY TEAMS EXTEND
WINNING STREAK?
After winning their last three games,
the Ihunderbird Women's hockey
team (3-6-1) has a chance this weekend to move into fourth place in the
Canada West conference with a pair
of home games against the Regina
Rams (3-4-3).
"I think November is always the
toughest month to get through with
papers and exams coming up—and
the schedule—and we learned a lot of
lessons lastyear. The kids are in better spirits, compared to lastyear, so I
think the lessons have been learned,"
said head coach Nancy Wilson.
Tamara Pickford leads UBC with
four goals and ten points on the year,
scoring goals in both upset wins
against the Saskatchewan Huskies.
Tamara Pickford leads UBC with
four goals and ten points on the
year, and scored goals in both upset
wins two weekends ago against the
Saskatchewan Huskies. Last year,
with 14 rookies on the roster, the
Thunderbirds finished 8-15-1 in the
regular season and took the fourth
and final playoff spot in the Canada
West conference. Wilson feels the
experience the team gained lastyear
has been crucial.
"We have ayoung team that we have
to be patient with. They're talented, but
it's a matter of introducing them to the
game at this level at this speed, and it
took a few games for the players to realize what they had to do each and every
game to be successful."
Meanwhile, the T-Bird Men's
hockey team (4-7-1) look to continue
to turn their season around this
weekend on the road against the
Calgary Dinos (6-4-2). UBC ended a
seven-game losing streak last weekend with a 4-3 shootout victory over
the Lethbridge Pronghorns. Justin
McCrae and Brandon Campos lead
UBC with 11 points each, but head
coach Milan Dragicevic believes that
the team's secondary scoring will
have to step it up.
"This is another playoff series for
us," Dragicevic said, adding, "We won
last weekend, but we still need to keep
the pressure up and we're not out of
the woods yet...last weekend, we had
different guys contribute, and we've
been lacking that in our losses."
In his first start of the season,
Jordan White made 30 saves and an
supertSrapNcsd
additional three in the shootout for
the victory, and Dragicevic will ride
the hot hand and give him another
start on Friday.
MICHAEL THIBAULT FILE PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
"We have complete confidence in
both goalies, and Jordan will start
Friday and we'll see if he can keep it
up.' 14/UBYSSEY.CA/IDEAS/2009.11.26
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Ideas Editor: Trevor Melanson
ISEX   COLUMN
TOO SEXY
Technosawy Readership,
Too Sexy here with two items of
big news for the sexy masses. First
off, there's a new feature on the Ubyssey website that lets you easily and
quickly send in your Too Sexy letters.
Go to ubyssey.ca/ideas/ and click on
the link to the submission form. As
always, it's totally anonymous. No
e-mail address or other information
is required. The second piece of
news will come as a relief to those
of you suffering from a cruel addiction to the twin devils of Facecrack
and print media: Too Sexy is now on
Facebook. Our group name is, in the
spirit of creativity and originality, "I
Read Too Sexy." Members will be
able to show whoever reads their
profile that they are a savvy and sex
positive individual, with good taste
in casual reading.
Now that we've gotten the shameless plugs out of the way, let's talk
about shameful plugging:
I HAVE A PROBLEM. I LOVE ANAL
sex, like love, love, love. I can't get
enough of it. I love pounding an
asshole until the bottom splooges all
over everything. There is an issue:
My boyfriend is an awkward person
and he is completely debilitated by
awkward things that happen during
sex. He has a particularly vocal anus.
He often makes farting noises while
he's getting fucked. Worse, he always
makes a farting noise while a cock is
being pulled out of him when we're
done. He completely shuts down and
will often stop from embarrassment
part way through. What can I do to
make him comfortable?
-ALIAS
Thanks for your letter, ALIAS. Unfortunately, some problems lack
simple solutions. For example, if
you started wearing ear plugs during sex or tried to get him to switch
his diet to something less gassy,
he'd probably get offended. And so,
lacking recourse to a more direct
solution, we must again endure the
painful trials of talking about our
feelings. We're sorry. We wish there
were another way.
In all seriousness, though, it
seems like in this situation it's important to establish why your boyfriend finds the normal sounds his
anus makes so embarrassing. After
all, the odd butt queef is not the end
world and hardly the most awkward
emission a person can make during
sex. Ask any straight couple who've
earned their red wings. So, ALIAS,
the way we see it, the problem stems
from one of the following: either he's
concerned about your reaction to his
noisy backside, or he's innately self-
conscious about his body. You can
directly address the first; the second
is a little trickier.
If he's concerned about your reaction, the least intrusive and possibly
most effective course is probably to
just not react. Since he's so sensitive about the inevitable farty noises
produced by vigorous anal sex, it's
probably a bad idea to even try to
laugh it off or make light of it (which
is the usual method of dealing with
queefs and other awkward sex-
related beasts). If he's amenable, just
keep on truckin' as if nothing had
happened. You say he shuts down:
how often? Is it infrequent enough
that ignoring the issue the rest ofthe
time will get the message across? If
it's more serious than that, it's probably time for phase two.
Phase two is talk, ALIAS. Reassure your bottom that you see no
reason for him to be mortified, that
you don't mind the noise in the
KASHA CHANG
S> AUSTIN HOLM
toosexy@ubyssey.ca
slightest, that it's totally normal. He
may cringe as you bring it up just
because that means you've noticed,
but we think that the benefits of getting that elephant out of the room
outweigh the risks in this case. If he
doesn't come 'round once he knows
that you don't mind the wind, then
his discomfort is probably based on
his own body insecurities and is thus
more deep-seated. In this case, there
may not be as much you can do, but
you can try the following:
Explain to him that sex is fundamentally intimate and ridiculous.
The basis of any sexual relationship
is sufficient trust to let all parties
involved get over their insecurities
and have a good time. Everyone
is insecure about their body and
its functions to some extent, but
we tend to let sexual partners past
our body-shy barriers out of necessity and because it's liberating. Does
your boyfriend blow his nose in
front of you? Pee with the bathroom
door open when you're over? Walk
around naked where you can see
him? Sleep beside you, with all the
attendant drool and snoring sleep
may bring? If so, you're already
intimate enough that the occasional
queef shouldn't matter.
At the end of the day, you're putting something into an aperture designed to push things out. There's going to be mess. And if air gets pushed
in along with the inserted object, it's
going to make some sort of noise.
That's life, that's sex, and it's nothing
to get embarrassed about.
Well, that's all for this week, readers. Don't forget to check out our
Facebook group and the new website
submission form. Send us a letter
and find sex and relationship solutions to questions that are Too Sexy
to ask anywhere else, vl
■■STREETERS
How have tuition increases affected you?
Shusmita Ham
Arts2
Tor [international students]
especially with
exchange rate
and everything, it's
more than triple
the cost.Just because education
is not good back
home, you have
to come here, and
you have to bear
the cost."
Shamir Jamal
Arts2
"2.5 per cent of
$20,000 is a lot...l
usually get a job
on campus....[The
university] said
that they adjusted
it for inflation, and
because of the
recession the
increase is less
than it's supposed
to be. But I think
it's just too much
for those of us
from abroad."
Cody Serpa
Accounting 4
"I do think it's
an issue...! know
that with student
fees as lofty as
they are, the last
thing students are
looking for is an
increase. It was
an expensive process the last four
years of my life to
get to where I am
now."
Nelly Amenyogbe
Science 3
"I did [have to]
take a year to
save for my
tuition this year...
[When] there is
more increase
than what you had
planned for before
and put aside for
your tuition, it's no
longer going to do
it and you would
have to scrape
up an extra few
hundred dollars."
-Coordinated by Tara Martellaro with photos by Chibwe Mweene
Lewis Lo
Accounting 4
"The courses
are so expensive
that an extra $30
doesn't seem like
a lot of money in
the long run. [But]
it's going to be
a bomb when it
gets to the point
where it's way
too expensive for
people to afford."
Come on guys,
ifs an emergency
candlelight vigil.
-■sniAonei
ANTHONY GOERTZ GRAPHIC/THE UBYSSEY
EDITORIAL
Why not know your rights
With the Olympics looming around the corner, we know that there will be
thousands of people from all over the world, increased security, and, as
we've heard, activism. But how many of us really know what to expect during
the Games? Do we really "know out rights?"
The BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) and the Student Legal Fund
Society (SLFS) are hosting a series of information sessions aimed to educate
students about what they can expect come Games time. They are also training 300 students to be 'legal observers," or watchdogs, during the Games.
It's being run by Stefanie Ratjen—yes, the same VP external that was arrested
18 months ago during the KnollAid protests.
From an optics standpoint, there's reason to be skeptical about the fact
that $ 18,500 of students' money is being used for an endeavour that has
more than a tinge of anti-Olympics activism to it. That being said, the actual
program itself, focusing on education and conflict prevention, is a good thing
for students to check out regardless of whether their political colours are
blue, red, orange, green or rhino.
For those skeptical about the Olympics who wish to take a stand, learn
your rights. Where can you hold a sign? Can you wear a Pepsi t-shirt into an
Olympic venue? Don't make headlines because you were pepper-sprayed;
make them for being a responsible, educated advocate. Those who are enthusiastic, learn about the guidelines and restrictions that could hinder you
from experiencing the Torch Relay when it comes to UBC. Learn how you
can get to school. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. What you can learn
as a legal observer or by simply attending an info session are applicable
skills—whether you're attending an international conference, participating
or watching a rally or even witnessing perceived human rights violations in
the workplace.
For months, as the Olympics have approached, there's been a heavy
stream of hype and hyperbole, with no real effects for students on the
ground. Now's a chance to get involved, va
Stand up to tuition hikes
All around us, we hear that evil "R" word being tossed around: Recession.
We've been told that the recession means that the government has had to
spend billions of dollars on keeping corporations afloat; that we have lost billions in the stock market; that we are all going to feel the pain of cutbacks.
And we have. Some of our parents are out of work, everyone's in debt, social
programs are being cut and there's no future in sight "Go back to school, wait the
recession out," we've been told. There's no better place to be in a recession than in
school, where we can build business contacts, learn skills and weather the storm.
Of course, if tuition rates go up, we're screwed. AU across California,
students are protesting a 32 per cent fee increase at their (obstinately) public
schools. Which means that they will be paying almost double what we are now
to go to school. According to university officials, the increases were in response
to a lack of government funding, which has led to a drastic budget shortfall.
Sound familiar?
At the University of Alberta, professional programs are faced with a 66 per
cent fee increase. And at UBC, we were faced with a $2 5 million budget shortfall. How long until that translates into increased tuition fees?
Californian media outlets are reporting that student action has been counterproductive to their cause, which, of course, is absolute horse shit. In a world
where students feel increasingly disenfranchised and powerless, direct and
aggressive reactions are all that's left. What else are we going to do? Write a letter? That doesn't help pay the bills any more than active protest does. At least
active protest gives you media play. Bear in mind that since students protested
the Campbell tuition hikes at the beginning of this decade that saw tuition rates
double, we've seen tuition remain at a steady level. We're not saying the two
are linked, but the actions of students definitely didn't hurt.
So, even as you're faced with arrests and possible disciplinary action, stay
strong, Californians. No doubt we'll be in the streets with you soon, vl 2009.11.26/UBYSSEY.CA/IDEAS/l 5
■■LETTERS
DISABILITIES SEAT
Dear fellow students, this letter is to
inform you about the opportunity to
create a non-voting seat within the
AMS Student Council for a representative of students with disabilities.
Last Wednesday, the AMS Student
Council rejected a motion to make
this position a reality. On December
2, we plan to bring this motion before the Council with the hope that
the Council members who voted
against this motion will reconsider
their failure to represent the needs
of ALL students.
The Alma Mater Society mission
statement avows to improve the
quality of the educational, social
and personal lives of the students of
UBC. Currently, the structure of AMS
Council is academic; students are
represented based on their faculty.
The structure ofthe council has led to
the under-representation of certain
student groups, including students
with disabilities. Last year, an international student seat was created
and we encouraged continued efforts
within the AMS to represent equity
seeking groups, including students
with disabilities.
As a non-voting seat, the representative of students with disabilities will
serve primarily as an advisor and provide a consultative voice for Council
members so that they can make the
best and most informed decisions
as possible. The Students' Council is
the highest decision making body of
the AMS, and in addition to offering
services to students, the AMS is an advocate of students' issues and ensures
the needs of students are presented
to the university administration and
the federal, provincial and municipal
governments. We must seek to create
a barrier-free environment by being
sensitive to the challenges that may
hinder or prevent students with disabilities from participating fully in
university life.
What can you do? Contact your
AMS faculty representative and
encourage them to vote in favour of
passing this momentous and overdue
motion on December 2.
Thank you for your assistance in
bringing this issue to the students!
Please feel welcome to contact us if
you have any questions or consult
Emma Ellison, the AMS equity and
diversity coordinator, via equity®
ams.ubc.ca if you require additional
information about the motion.
—Jeanine and Adam Wasika
"Why are we placing
the onus on students
with disabilities to
find resources and
representation for
themselves on top of
all the barriers they
already may face?"
—Laura Mehes,
Women's and Gender Studies
Undergraduate Society
AMS COUNCILS MOTION TO DENY
a non-voting seat for students with
disabilities is an inequitably ablelist
and appalling decision. But perhaps
even more offensive than the motion's rejection were the councilor's
arguments against it. Throughout the
debate, people with disabilities were
referred to at least three times by multiple councilors as "a special interest
group." One councilor even suggested
that people living with disabilities
need to conform to the "normal methods" of the AMS. However, the problem is this: these ideas of "normalcy"
suggest that people with disabilities
are somehow less than; if they can't
hack it because of physical, mental,
emotional or social barriers, then
they don't belong in the governing
process of the AMS. It is exactly these
barriers that AMS councilors should
have taken into account when making
their decision to pass the motion.
Their decision is ableism at its
worst (establishing able-bodied, able-
minded people as an ideal norm).
There are social barriers and stigma
surrounding living with a disability
that make it harder to engage in a political environment that normalizes
able bodies and minds—a sentiment
expressed by many of the disabled
students who attended Council. Why
are we placing the onus on students
with disabilities to find resources and
representation for themselves on top
of all the barriers they already may
face?
AMS Council has only succeeded
in impeding disabled students and
their allies; the offensively ableist
environment encountered in council
chambers last week will only make it
harder to participate in the political
process. Council members claim the
current system adequately represents
their constituents, but by ignoring
their voices last Wednesday they inequitably and unacceptably proved the
opposite to be true.
—Laura Mehes,
Women's and Gender Studies
Undergraduate Society
I   WAS   DISAPPOINTED   BUT   NOT
altogether surprised when the motion
to create a non-voting seat for students
with disabilities was voted down by
AMS Council. This is an organization
that is historically comprised of an
elite group of students, who interpret
"student issues" in very limited ways.
This was seen when many Council
members referred to students with
disabilities, and other marginalized
groups on campus, as "special interest groups." In my experience, AMS
Council is very removed from the
realities and concerns affecting many
students on campus.
Many students elected to Council
take their access to resources and institutional power for granted, and are
often unaware of the impacts of their
decisions and (in)actions on UBC's diverse student population. When they
fail to recognize systemic barriers
to accessing and fully participating
in education, as well as barriers to
participating in "campus life," they
contribute to a culture of compliance
and silence around social power and
privilege within the AMS and broader
communities. In this context, I expected heated debate around the motion,
and also expected students supporting the motion to be put in the position of having to explain, justify and
prove ourselves. I expected students
against the motion to construct bureaucratic barriers to creating formal
representation, which would reflect
ignorance of issues around accessibility and inclusion.
Fortunately, there are communities working on campus to politicize
"student politics" and open up the category of "student." Many students attended the Council meeting to speak
in support of this motion, and I would
like to recognize their important intervention at this meeting as well as their
ongoing commitment to empowering communities on campus. Even
though this motion was ultimately
voted down, it is important that we
continue to coordinate our organizing
in order to strengthen our efforts on
campus.
—Emma Ellison
Editor's Note: Ellison is the AMS Equity
and Diversity Coordinator
GORE-TEXVEX
In response to "Don't be an umbrella
jerk,"Nov. 23
Dear Ubyssey,
"Unfortunately ubiquitous?" What's
your beef with GoreTex? Between
walking around campus, skiing, and
hiking, my miracle GoreTex jacket
has paid itself off many times over.
You also recommend rain jackets in
your column...but not GoreTex? What
gives!?
—Sam Mason,
Gore-Texfan
DRIVE JIVE
Living on Commercial Drive for the
past few months, and hanging out
there since forever, gave me a sense
of a family community, where people
always say hi to one another and everyone smiles. Living in that community I would receive tons of phone calls
about potlucks at different houses or a
musical jam happening somewhere
else. One of these places belonged to
Szvi Tai, a home owner on the corner
of East 2nd, right off the Drive, who puts
a smile on every face by throwing live
theatre shows in his living room or
drum circles in his backyard.
Things have changed now for him
since his recent renovation plans to
expand his cultural home has come
in conflict with the cities zoning
bylaws, forcing even some of the
tenants to leave. Personally, I respect
the zoning laws. However, I think the
city should also consider the fact of
how communal his home is and the
expansions have created necessary
space for all the good times. He is
trying to raise 1000 signatures in
his partition and I would appreciate it if anyone who believes in this
cause to help out. His petition can
be found at ThePetitionSite.com/1/
To-Support-Tzvis-Place.
—Raien Naraghi
"[W]e should be
featuring articles that
encourage students to
think beyond whether
they will be able to afford beer on the weekends ... encouraging
thought and dialogue
about how and where
our food was grown
and...who grew and
produced our food."
—Rebecca Beaton,
UBC Environment and
Sustainability in Geography
DO YOU KNOW YOUR GROCERIES?
In response to "Know your groceries,"
Nov. 19.
I was very disappointed in this
week's feature article in The Ubyssey
called "Know Your Groceries." When
it comes to food, as with almost everything, we have to move beyond
solely economic factors in determining our choices. We need to consider
not just price, but also how what
we are buying effects our social, political and ecological environment.
When it comes to purchasing food,
we should be featuring articles that
encourage students to think beyond
whether they will be able to afford
beer on the weekends. We should be
encouraging thought and dialogue
about how and where our food was
grown and what effect this has on
the physical environment, who
grew and produced our food, how
these people are treated and how
the animals were treated during the
production of our eggs/meat/milk.
Often, making ethical purchasing
decisions has a higher individual
economic price, but I would like to
think that students would be willing to give up a little beer money to
contribute to a more just and sustainable world. We hold great power in
our choices, and it would be nice to
see The Ubyssey mobilizing on empowering students rather than demoting them to merely thoughtless
consumers seeking out the cheapest
food possible at the bottom of a large,
corporate industrial food chain.
—Rebecca Beaton
UBC Environment and
Sustainability in Geography
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