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HIS WEEK, MAY WE SUC
Open Mic: 9 p.m. @ the Gallery
You've made it past hump day, but are you still looking for a little pick-me-
up? Look no further than Open Mic. Ifyou have been practicing your Ellie
Goulding cover for weeks and looking for a better audience than your
shower tiles, drink some cheap beers, gather your friends and belt it out.
PARTY»
Anthropolooza: 5-9 p.m. @
Buchanan MASS
The Anthropology Students
Association is having a sweet
costume party in MASS. Pizza
and drinks will be sold, live music
provided, and prizes awarded for
best costume.
KSX
RECYCLED
Swap-O-Rama-Rama: 12-5
p.m. @ The Legion on the
Drive
There's a clothing swap at the Legion, so bring a bag of clothing
and trade out that sweater you
wore every day last term (it was
so last week, anyway).
Canucks vs. Flames
It may have taken a whole academic term to get our local sporting
team back in action, but it is now
time to support your Vancouver
Canucks. Plus, let's be real, who
wants Calgary to win? If you're
lucky enough to have tickets, don't
brag too much. If you're not, hit up
a local watering hole—we enjoy
Dentry's and Gargoyles, ifyou live
near/on campus.
HOLIDAYS »
Family Day
Yup, that's right. You were so
stoked when the province announced last yearthat B.C. would
join in on the Family Day fun and
now it's actually happening. So,
like, hang out with the fam? Or if
you aren't into that idea, just hang
out with your school family. Also,
we will probably be around the
SUB if you need a surrogate family.
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ONE ON ONE WITH THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE UBC
HOGAN WONG PHOJWHE UBYSSEY
Sara Eftekhar started her activist career in elementary school and never looked back.
Activism forged through adversity
Arno Rosenfeld
Features Editor
Sara Eftekhar's record as a volunteer and an activist speaks
for itself. She has volunteered
in nine countries, from Brazil
to Tanzania; advocated for
global health causes in Ottawa;
worked with the disenfranchised population in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside; and
is currently the B.C. youth
ambassador for the Canadian
Council for Refugees and the
president ofthe Civic Association of Canadian Iranians
youth group.
But one must look below the
surface of this impressive resume to see how truly impressive Eftekhar's work is. Now
a fourth-year nursing student
at UBC, Eftekhar immigrated
from Iran to Richmond, B.C.
with her parents and brother
when she was eight years old.
Eftekhar didn't speak
English and struggled through
elementary school.
"I was the only Middle
Eastern person in the whole
school," she said. "I was bullied and I cried every single
day."
But this difficulty with
fitting in spurred her early
volunteering efforts.
"I didn't have any friends,...
but there was a janitor who
worked in the school and he
didn't speak any English either,
so at lunch time I would help
him out and pick up garbage
around school," she said.
Soon Eftekhar was pushing
her elementary school's student council to raise money for
more garbage cans to be placed
around the school — and earning plaudits from her teachers
for her efforts.
It was through such activism that Eftekhar formed an
identity in her new country. By
the time she got to high school,
she was heavily involved in
the community.
"My teachers and my peers
were like, 'Wow, you volunteer a lot; you're certainly a
leader,'" Eftekhar recalled. "It
just made me have an identity.
I didn't have to think about if
I was Iranian or Canadian or
that I didn't have any friends."
Now Eftekhar is working to
assist refugees who need help
adjusting to life to Vancouver.
Refugee mothers will tell
her that their kids are being
mocked for the ethnic food
they bring for lunch, Eftekhar
said, but the women don't
know how to make sandwiches
— asking questions like, "What
do you use cheese for?"
Health is also a concern; Eftekhar said parents often buy
their kids chips and chocolate
without realizing the consequences.
"They ask, 'Why would the
grocery store sell something
that's not healthy?'" she said.
Given her own experiences, Eftekhar is easily able to
connect with the refugees she
works with. Often these refugees — many of whom come
from Myanmar and Somalia
— are unaware ofthe services
available to them due to a distrust ofthe government.
"As a student nurse, helping
them establish that trust — I
think that's been really important," she said.
In addition to volunteering
with immigrants and refugees
at the UBC Learning Exchange
in the Downtown Eastside,
Eftekhar works with many of
them through nursing.
After graduation in April,
Eftekhar is hoping to work at
B.C. Women's Hospital. She
also hopes to continue her
work abroad, perhaps with
an organization like Doctors
Without Borders.
Eftekhar, who said part of
the reason her parents moved
the family from Iran was a lack
of academic opportunities for
women, specialized in maternal health. She hopes to apply
that part of her education to
work in foreign countries.
"Women's issues are really
important to me," she said.
"How can we even let women
grow in society when they're
dying in childbirth?"
She is also hoping to get
a master's degree in public
health so that she can help
develop public policy to alleviate the social inequality
she has come across working
at hospitals.
Eftekhar said she's heard
stories of patients who can't
be discharged because they
have no housing or who are
put on long waitlists for
detox centres.
"I think my patients' stories
reflect the deeper story of how
we treat the most vulnerable
elements in our society," she
said. tJ
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Kappa Sigma back on
campus after appeal
to national office
LUSTRATIONS KIM PRINGLE/THE UBYSSEY
Will McDonald
News Editor
UBC's Kappa Sigma chapter is back in action, but they've
kicked out almost three quarters of their members.
On Feb. 2, the local branch of the international fraternity was successful in overturning a decision that had
them shut down for code of conduct violations since Oct.
8. As part ofthe appeal, remaining members and alumni
presented a plan to the national office to get their chapter
in line. That plan included cutting the membership ofthe
fraternity down from almost 100 members to 20.
UBC chapter president Eddie Spitz said two or three
alumni ofthe UBC chapter conducted personal interviews to choose who kept their membership. He said
fewer than 10 ofthe almost 80 now-ousted members
chose to go of their own accord, and the rest were kicked
out involuntarily. Ex-members are not eligible to join a
different fraternity.
"We decided on who would be able to contribute more
to the chapter and that's who we decided to choose,"
said Spitz.
Mic Wilson, executive director ofthe international
Kappa Sigma organization, confirmed that the chapter
was left with just over 20 active members, but wouldn't
discuss who was kicked out - or why.
The chapter chose who would keep their membership
before launching their appeal to Kappa Sigma international in North Carolina last weekend. The appeal
included a pledge for the chapter to stay alcohol-free for
a year. Each member ofthe chapter will also complete at
least 10 hours of community service.
Spitz said the alumni choose who would stay in the fraternity, but the international has the final say. He said he
wouldn't be able to confirm who remains in the chapter
until the end of this week. But he said he was confident
the right people would stay on with the fraternity.
Spitz said there are currently around 25 people staying
in the fraternity's chapter house, including five uninitiated pledges. None of those currently living in the house
are former members. The house has at least 35 beds.
Spitz said he doesn't think anyone currently living in
the house lost their membership in the chapter fraternity. However, he said, as far as he knows, some ofthe
residents could still potentially be kicked out ofthe frat.
Fraternity membership is not required to live in Kappa
Sigma's Wesbrook Mall house, which is leased and
managed by the fraternity's local alumni organization,
although members-only activities will now resume in
some of its rooms.
"That's another detail we're goingto have to figure out.
Our landlord's dealing with that issue," said Spitz. "Within a week I'll be able to know the actual effects of this."
Wilson said the chapter committed a number of conduct violations over the past year; however, he wouldn't
provide details. He said the final straw that caused them
to revoke the charter occurred when the chapter hosted a
Kappa Sigma hosts a kegger in early
September 2012, while already under
sanctions for alcohol infractions. (1)
Between Oct. and Feb., chapter alumni conduct interviews with members
of UBC chapter. They decide to kick
out at least three quarters ofthe
almost 100 members.
The chapter's appeal is successful
and they are reinstated, but with
only around 20 members left. (4)
Kappa Sigma will hold another rush
this spring with the hopes of recruiting 30 more members.
party with a keg of beer at their campus fraternity house.
He said the fraternity rules prohibit any use of bulk
alcohol containers, like kegs.
"Really, the problems with the chapter have really just
occurred in the last year. They were way off of what they
had traditionally shown us as a chapter," said Wilson.
Spitz confirmed that the chapter, which has existed at
UBC since 1941, was shut down after hosting a keg party
near the end of last September. He said the national office
found out about the keg through posts on Twitter. Spitz
admitted the chapter had other alcohol-related infractions, but wouldn't provide details.
Wilson said there are no penalties for the few who
remain members ofthe fraternity, but those members
will have to adhere to strict rules to put them in line with
other chapters of Kappa Sigma. The requirements include
everything from doing community service to meeting certain academic standards.
"These men are learning the values ofthe fraternity all
over again. They lost their way when they had the violations. We're saying, hey, return to where you once were,"
said Wilson.
The chapter was unable to host events like pledge
initiation or its annual semi-formal since it shut down last
October.
"We cancelled all events.... We didn't lose any money.
But we didn't end up having events that we were planning
on doing," said Spitz.
UBC Kappa Sigma is well-known for hosting big parties like its Halloween-themed house party, Bora-Bora
and Boatracer, an event that includes a drinking competition with other fraternities and sororities.
Flickr photos show Kappa Sigma brothers playing beer
league football in the snow in 2010. Other Flickr photos
show students wearing shirts that say "UBC Drinking"
on the front and sport the chapter's letters on the back.
A tweet from Kappa Sigma's account in September 2010
commemorates "Liverbreaker," a "disorientation" held
at the same time as UBC's Imagine Day orientation. All
of these will go by the wayside during the chapter's year
of sobriety.
Kappa Sigma's multiple UBC REC teams will also take
a hit. Spitz estimated that each one ofthe chapter's multiple REC teams will lose around three to four players.
Kappa Sigma has a reputation for recruiting a large
number of pledges, some say to the detriment ofthe chapter. Spitz said the chapter will hold a new rush in the next
few weeks to fill in its missing ranks. He hopes to gain
around 30 new members, bringing the total membership
up to 50.
Wilson said he is confident that the chapter will be able
to restore its reputation.
"It's not something that's going to happen overnight,...
but I think in the next maybe eight months to a year,
you're going to see that this chapter has accomplished
everything that they need to accomplish." tJ
The national office finds out about
the kegger and shuts down the fraternity on Oct. 8. (2)
On Feb 1, chapter execs and alumni
travel to North Carolina to appeal
the decision that revoked their charter. (3)
The chapter will be alcohol-free for a
Kear. Remaining members will each
ave to complete 10 hours of community service. NEWS    I   THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2013
BUILDINGS »
HOGAN WONG PHOTOTHE UBYSSEY
Arts Undergrad Society president Harsev Oshan shows off a mock-up of where the proposed arts student space may be built.
A student space of Arts' own?
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
The Faculty of Science has one. The
Faculty of Engineering has one. And
now the Faculty of Arts wants one
too — that is, if students are willing
to pay for it.
The Science Undergrad Society
has had their own stand-alone
student space for years, and the
Engineering Undergrad Society
has just gained approval to build
a new, shiny student centre to
replace their ramshackle "Cheeze
Factory." Not to be outdone, the
Arts Undergrad Society (AUS) is
hoping to get their own freestanding building too. But they'll have
to more than double their AUS
student fee to do it, and students
will have to approve forking out
the extra cash.
AUS President Harsev Oshan
thinks the current arts student
centre, a one-level glassed-in area
inthe Buchanan complex known as
the Meekinson Arts Student Space,
NEWS BRIEF
UBC student missing in Los
Angeles; police suspect
foul play
Los Angeles police are searching for
21-year-old Elisa Lam, a UBC Vancouver student whose disappearance is suspicious and may suggest
foul play, police said.
Lam was last seen in Los Angeles'
Cecil Hotel on Jan. 31.
Lam had been travelling alone,
arriving first in San Diego on Jan. 23,
then in L.A. on Jan. 26. Police believe
her final destination is Santa Cruz.
"She was in contact with her
family up to her disappearance," said
Robert French, spokesperson for
theLAPD.
"That part of downtown Los
Angeles is not good," French added.
"There is crime, there is squalor
there, among many things."
Police say it is known that she
uses public transportation, such as
Amtrak, busses and trains.
A Facebook profile that appears to
be Lam's says she attended University Hill Secondary School on UBC
campus before university.
A Linkedln profile that appears
to belong to Lam says she is
expected to graduate in 2016, and
a profile on the research-sharing
website academia.edu that looks
like Lam's says she is interested in
psychology research.
doesn't meet the needs ofthe more
than 12,000 students inthe faculty.
He and the AUS council want
to build a multi-storey structure
close to Buchanan, with study
areas, rooms for social events, club
rooms and facilities for commuter
students. Oshan said it will cost
over $5 million to build the project,
accordingto an estimate from AMS
architect Michael Kingsmill.
Next week, arts students will
vote on whether to start paying
the AUS a student fee to fund the
building. The fee would be $15 per
student per year for the first five
years, and then increase to $25 per
student after that. This would be on
top ofthe current AUS fee, which
is $13.
The timeline for the project
hasn't been set in stone yet, but
Oshan said he hopes the building
will be ready within five years, so
students paying the higher $25 fee
will get to use the space.
The AUS hasn't yet confirmed
an architect or a firm budget for
OUTWEEK»
Promoting LGBTQ
awareness within
Metro Van's ethnic
communities
Colin Chia
StaffWriter
In a place as multicultural as Vancouver, many people don't comfortably fit into just one group.
People who are both members of
ethnic minorities and lesbian, gay,
bisexual, trans or queer (LGBTQ)
can feel asiftheyneedto choose
between their ethnic and sexual
identities. But the local Our City of
Colours organization wants to raise
awareness on how these identities
can be reconciled in a positive way.
A non-profit group started in
2011, Our City of Colours now has
over 100 members and aims to promote the visibility of LGBTQ people
who may face intolerance from their
ethnic communities, said board
member Carven Li.
The organization held an
anti-discrimination workshop on
campus this past Monday as part
of UBC's Outweek programming,
a series of events celebrating
LGBTQ people.
Li, who is the only UBC student
on the board, said he hopes Outweek will help the organization establish a larger presence on campus.
Li hopes to attract more members to
the annual general meeting for Our
the project. But they're expecting
to raise roughly half ofthe project's
budget through student fees, and
the rest through alumni donations.
Oshan said Campus and Community Planning has given the
AUS two options for the location
ofthe potential student centre:
one beside Brock Hall, where a
temporary building for the former
department of women's and
gender studies once stood, and
another between Buchanan Tower
and Buchanan E block. In either
place, Oshan said, the centre
would be limited to under 10,000
square feet by UBC Campus and
Community Planning's edicts on
faculty student spaces.
Oshan said he hopes to provide club space for all ofthe 18
departmental clubs in the new
building. Currently only a few,
like the International Relations
Student Association, have rooms
in the SUB, though some have
been offered space in the new
SUB as well. Oshan also wants to
get a UBC Food Services cafe in
the building.
The project only has preliminary approval from UBC as of yet,
but Oshan hopes students will
vote in favour ofthe fee. "Should
the referendum pass, that would
add a lot of weight behind our
negotiations, saying students
actually want this and are willing
to pay for it," Oshan said.
The Engineering Undergraduate Society just finished up their
negotiations with the university
on building their student centre —
a protracted process that started in 2006. The engineers first
mounted a referendum to collect a
student fee to fund their building
in 2006, but that vote failed, and it
took a second referendum in 2008
before students agreed to the fee.
A sticking point in the engineers' negotiations was who would
have control over what events
happened in the building. UBC
wanted the dean of the faculty to
have the final say, while the engineers wanted power to rest with
a committee of students, alumni
and faculty, since student fees and
alumni donations would finance
the structure.
The Engineering Undergraduate Society and UBC reached a
compromise in December 2012:
the dean does have to approve
events, but students have the ability to appeal. Society president Ian
Campbell said he anticipates that
the AUS will get a similar agreement for the arts student space,
and Oshan agreed this is the most
likely situation.
But as far as getting students
to approve the fee for the new
building, Campbell is skeptical
about the AUS's effort to promote
the referendum. "They're not
doing enough to convince their
students that it's worth it," said
Campbell. "They're rushing into it
a little bit."
An AUS promotional video
in favour of approving the fee
criticizes the current Meekison
Arts Student Space, but doesn't
say much as far as what the new
centre will offer students.
Voting in the student space fee
referendum will take place from
Feb. 11 to 15. a
Our City of Colours, an LGBTQ advocacy g
City of Colours on March 6.
The organization's most
prominent campaign is a series
of multilingual posters depicting
LGBTQ people from a variety of
ethnic backgrounds. They show real
Vancouverites and list cultural and
family activities they enjoy alongside matter-of-fact descriptions of
their LGBTQ identities.
Posters have been put up
throughout the Lower Mainland.
At UBC, the posters can be seen
at Brock Hall and in the Sexual
Assault Support Centre, among
other places.
Accordingto Li, ethnic minorities seeking LGBTQ resources may
face language barriers or resources
that are not culturally appropriate.
At the same time, resources to deal
with LGBTQ issues may be nonexistent within an ethnic community.
"Being an ethnic minority, they
PHOTO COURTESY CARVEN L
roup, at last year's Vancouver Pride Parade.
maybe double- or triple-marginalized," said Li.
Li said the group has various
plans for future outreach at UBC.
"I think students, being at UBC
— such an international place — can
benefit from not just seeing our
posters at Brock Hall but actually
participating in discussion groups
inthe future," said Li.
Darren Ho, an SFU student who
was a co-founder of Our City of
Colours, said he started the group
because he felt there was a lack
of resources for ethnic minorities
dealing with LGBTQ issues.
The organization has focused on
Metro Vancouver so far, but there
has also been interest in expanding
the poster campaign into Winnipeg
and Toronto.
"I feel like we've accomplished a
lot in the short time we've existed,"
said Ho. tJ
HEALTH »
Just passing
through: A
journey inside a
giant inflatable
colon
HOGAN WONG PHOTOTHE UBYSSEY
Yup, that's what it looks like... a sphincter.
Brandon Chow
StaffWriter
A giant, interactive colon made a
dramatic one-day stop at the UBC
Life Sciences Centre on Feb. 5,
complete with protruding ulcers,
blue LED lights and informational
television screens.
The 40-foot-long, eight-foot-
high display replica ofthe human
colon certainly stood out in the
middle ofthe Life Sciences foyer.
In case the last biology course
you took was in Grade 10, the colon is the final pit stop between
yesterday's leftover pizza and a
white porcelain bowl.
Volunteer coordinator for
the exhibit, Frank Pitman, who
also works with patients at
the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada, said colorectal
cancer doesn't get much public
attention, so the giant exhibit
brings a "wow-ness factor" to get
people interested.
Entering the dark red tunnel at
the entrance to the exhibit felt a
little like one of those sappy love
boat tours at Disneyland, but inside, the exhibition did a good job
of showing the severity of colorectal cancer. There were graphic
displays of various colon-related
afflictions, complete with intimidating labels such as ulcerative
colitis and Crohn's disease.
The exhibit also featured
videos narrated by the Colorectal
Cancer Association's own Dr.
Preventio, a puppet who guides
visitors through the colon and
explains the symptoms, treatment and prevention of various
colorectal conditions.
UBC science student Jessica
Lim described the exhibit as
"light-hearted, but very informative about a very serious disease."
Pitman said that colorectal
cancer is treatable if detected
early enough, so spreading
awareness through this exhibit is
particularly important. He added
that the UBC venue contributed
tothe success ofthe exhibit.
"This is one ofthe greatest facilities we've had it at; we usually
get a much smaller room, and the
reception here has been fantastic," said Pitman.
Linda Roseborough, health,
safety and wellness advisor with
Risk Management at UBC, also
deemed the exhibit a success; it
brought in a diverse crowd ranging
from preschoolers to adults.
Roseborough said that this is
one of only two colon exhibits in
Canada. The giant colon moved on
to a new destination on Feb. 6.31 Sports + Rec
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CURLING »
Hurrying hard to the button
UBC students are hoping curling can gain momentum on the West Coast
Justin Fleming
Senior Lifestyle Writer
Like it or not, it's easy to get
caught up with hockey fever at this
time of year. But there's another
iconic sport that can sweep you
off your feet, although it hasn't hit
the mainstream here on the West
Coast. Say hello to hockey's cheaper, less violent and equally drunk
stepbrother: curling.
The game of curling is similar to
shuffleboard or bocce. The objective is to land a 44-pound granite
stone (the "rock") on or close to
the "button": the bull's eye located
at opposite ends of a lane of ice.
Strategy is incorporated when
teams defend their good throws
by setting up blocks against the
opposing team or trying to knock
stones out of play.
A team consists of four players
who alternate sliding the rock
down the ice. The "lead" will
throw first, while the "second"
and "third," armed with brooms,
hover over the rock as it slides
down the ice, occasionally sweeping in front of it. Friction created
by the vigorous back and forth
ofthe broom melts and smooths
the ice, creating a film of water
that allows the stone to slide more
swiftly. This also helps prevent
the stone from curving one way or
another; the faster a stone is travelling, the less it will curve.
Meanwhile, the "skip" sets up
shop at the far end ofthe ice to call
the shots and direct the sweepers.
After two shots, the players rotate
positions and the second will then
take two shots and the third a pair.
The skip typically finishes up with
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shots have been thrown, one "end"
is completed. There are 10 ends in
a game. The team with the highest
score after 10 ends wins.
Curling has been flying under
the radar at UBC, as there is no
formal curling club on campus.
However, groups are attempting
to promote the sport. UBC REC
and the botany department host
annual tournaments: the On the
Button Bonspiel and the Botany
Curling Bonspiel.
Mel Kuzyk, a third-year forestry
student, and her team, the Peelers,
won this year's Botany Bonspiel
and placed second in the On the
Button Bonspiel. Kuzyk grew up
in Saskatchewan, where curling is
a big part ofthe culture; chil
dren are introduced to curling in
elementary school gym class and
there are many extracurricular
curling programs.
"My dad definitely got me
into it; I would watch him curl
when I was younger. I remember
going out onto to the ice after and
[tryingto] throw the huge pieces
of granite," said Kuzyk with a
laugh. "In Saskatchewan, it wasn't
weird ifyou were into curling at a
young age. Every high school had a
curling team."
Kuzyk said she would love to
see curling gain a larger presence
on campus and around Vancouver,
especially with young people, but
she sees its relative absence from
local culture as a hurdle.
However, for UBC students
looking to toss some rocks and
push a broom, there are more than
a few options in the Vancouver
area. The Vancouver Curling Club,
located in the Hillcrest Centre
next to Queen Elizabeth Park, has
a rich history dating back to 1912.
There is also the Marpole Curling
Club in South Vancouver, the Richmond Curling Club, a few curling
programs in North Van and the
Pacific Rim Curling league, which
is B.C.'s premier league for LGBTQ
and straight people alike.
One ofthe major defining
elements of curling is the emphasis on sportsmanship. Players
traditionally begin a match by
shaking hands and wishing one
another good luck. Players are also
expected to own up to any fouls
they commit, even in high-level
curling. Custom dictates that
the first round of beers is always
bought by the winning team after
the game.
Oftentimes this spirit of fun can
be drowned out by the spirit of
competition, but Kuzyk said that
curling has an inherently friendly
atmosphere and is perfect for anyone, beginner or otherwise.
"You spend so much time with
the other team on the ice, you're
out there cracking jokes — it's
more relaxed." Xi
COINAGE »
Saying goodbye to the penny in style
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
Our good friend the penny has
finally left us, and now there's not
much use for the little steel and
copper coin that bogged down
wallets. But before tossing your
pennies aside or chucking them
in fountains in hopes of magical
wishes coming true, why not have
a little fun? Here are some ofthe
best games to play with coins.
FOOTBALL
What you need: One coin, a table
(longer than two feet, but short
enough for you to reach easily to
the other side).
How to play:
1. Start with a coin touching the
edge ofthe table. Push the coin
three times; by the time you've
pushed it thrice, you want the
coin to be hanging off the edge of
the other side ofthe table.
2. If it is hanging, flick the
coin up in the air and catch it.
If successful, you have scored
a touchdown.
3. This next action is for the
extra point. First, spin the coin.
Then, before it falls flat, grab the
coin between your thumbs. Next,
your opponent holds up "field
goal uprights" with their hands;
attempt to toss the coin through
the uprights. If successful, you get
the extra point.
4. Take turns. Play until you
reach a certain score.
HOCKEY
What you need: Three coins, a
table with a smooth surface.
How to play:
1. Start with the coins in front
of you in the Mickey Mouse formation (two coins on top and one
centred below). Push the bottom
coin with enough force that the
two top ones slide outwards onto
the table.
2. If hit properly, the bottom
coin will be pushed forward and
the other two will be pushed off
to either side. There will be a gap
between two ofthe coins; hit the
third coin through that space and
toward the goal on the other side
ofthe table (the goal is created
by your opponent: they make the
"rock on" sign with their hand
and place their index and pinkie
finger on the table).
3. This process is repeated until
a coin is fired into the goal, hits
one ofthe other coins or cannot
pass through a gap. When one of
those things happen, your turn
is over. Play until you reach a
certain score.
BLOODY KNUCKLES
What you need: A coin (a quarter
is best, but braver souls might opt
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for a loonie), a table.
How to play:
1. Spin the coin. The next
player must touch the coin to
keep it spinning. This continues
until someone causes the coin to
fall flat.
2. Ifyou cause the coin to fall,
place your knuckles on the table.
Another player fires the coin as
hard as they can at your knuckles.
PINCHING PENNIES
What you need: Lots of coins,
a wall.
How to play:
1. Stand a specific distance
(at least five feet) away from
the wall.
2. Each player tosses a coin to
the wall. The goal is to get the
coin as close to the wall as possible. If you toss your coin closest
to the wall, you collect all the
coins from that round.
QUARTERS
What you need: One coin per
player, a cup or shot glass, something to drink, a table.
How to play:
1. Sit around a table and place
your cup in front of you. Fill the
cup partially with your beverage
of choice.
2. Take turns trying to bounce
your coin into the cup ofthe
person on your left. Ifyou get
it in, the person must drink the
contents of their cup as quickly
as possible. (Don't swallow the
coin.)
3. Ifyou successfully bounce
the coin into the cup three times
in a row, you can make a rule (no
saying a certain word, no laughing, etc.) If a player breaks that
rule, they must take a drink. Xi
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21ST CENTURY LIBRARY
great reads THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2013    |    FEATURE
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BEHIND THE
STACKS:
Jo Ann Ramirez
finds her passion
as a librarian
Jo Ann Ramirez did not always
want to be a librarian: growing
up in Texas, she dreamed of becoming an archaeologist. She did a
stint as a high school biology teacher, but found it wasn't for her. Now,
as UBC's head associate university
librarian, collections management,
she said she's applying the same
passion she found for archaeology to
her work at the library.
"Like archaeology, it's the scavenger hunt approach. Ifyou like
knowledge, and ifyou like puzzles,
Jo Ann Ramirez,
biology.
then this is the job
for you," Ramirez
said.
Ramirez embodies the new role of
UBC librarians in
the digital age; she's far from the
stereotypical high-strung librarian
shushing visitors.
"People usually think ofthe 1940s
librarian sitting down in her desk,
but we're very dynamic," Ramirez
said. "We're building exhibits, we're
tryingto inspire scholarship."
head associate university librarian, collections management, used to teach high school
But even with all the innovation taking place at UBC libraries,
Ramirez still has a soft spot for the
staple ofthe traditional library:
printed books.
"It's kind of nice to just have your
hands on a book," Ramirez said.
"I've tried to read on tablets, and
personally, I'm not quite comfortable with it.
"Can't curl up in a tub with [a tablet]," she added with a laugh. tH
—by Arno Rosenfeld, with files
from Elba Gomez Navas
Student demand spurs launch of leisure
reading collection
Elba Gomez Navas
Contributor
Librarians of 2013 are leagues
away from the high-bunned,
uptight librarian of popular
imagination; it's no longer enough
to simply cart around books and
answer patrons' questions. But
this doesn't mean that the only innovations can be found in digital
archives, Twitter accounts and
search engines. UBC Library is
shaking things up in the more traditional realm of physical books,
too.
Since September 2011, UBC
librarians have run a pilot project to highlight new books for
leisure reading. The Great Reads
Collection — a selection of popular contemporary books labelled
with a green "Great Reads" tag
on the spine — is intended to revamp the traditional concept of a
university library. Students can
find Great Reads books in Koerner
Library, the Irving K. Barber
Learning Centre and Woodward
Library.
"We wanted to see if a leisure reading collection would
be appealing at UBC libraries,"
said Jo Ann Ramirez, UBC's head
associate university librarian,
collections management. So far,
she said, the project has been extremely popular.
The idea behind Great Reads
came from a student, Shannon
Simpson, who
conducted
a survey on
UBC students' reading habits.
Simpson, a
former graduate student
doing co-op
work inthe
library, decided to look
into students'
reading habits after taking classes at
the School of
Library and
Information
Science.
Simpson
conducted a survey in fall 2010
after Ramirez asked her to assist in creating a leisure reading
collection.
The survey results flew in the
face of popular perceptions of
young people's reading habits. For
instance, they showed that nearly
50 per cent of undergraduates
dedicate three hours per week to
leisure reading. Further, 97 per
cent of respondents preferred
reading print books; only 39 per
cent expressed an interest in
e-readers.
"People actually wanted
the physical book," said Susan
Paterson, government publications librarian at UBC.
Despite frequent warnings of
the demise ofthe printed book,
UBC readers seem to prefer to do
their leisure reading the old-fashioned way.
Simpson, now a strategic manager at a public library in New
Zealand, said in a statement: "I
see the Great Reads Collection
... as a way to engage with our
greater campus community and
encourage them to see what the
library has to offer."
FORAYS INTO TECH
FIZZLE
With these survey results in mind,
it seems unsurprising that Great
Reads has flourished in the real
world, but met with lukewarm
success online.
Ramirez reported high pickup numbers for the Great Reads
books relative to the other books
at Koerner Library. "Great Reads
is almost out of its pilot-project
status, and it has proven to be a
collection students are very keen
on adopting," she said.
But the project website is rarely
visited, and comments or feedback
are scarce, accordingto Paterson.
"We're trying to leverage ourselves in terms of technology, to
be more 'out there' and be able to
perceive students' needs," said
Ramirez. "So we're tryingto serve
both: the physical presence and
the digital."
Ramirez said that UBC Library
would like to incorporate e-readers in the Great Reads project,
but they currently lack funding.
"Other libraries with similar
leisure reading projects, such as
Duke University, have actually included Barnes & Noble's Nooks in
their collection, " she said, referencing a popular e-reader brand.
The road to utilizing more technology has been bumpy for UBC
Library as a whole, too. The library maintains a Twitter account
and Facebook page, but their
reach has been underwhelming.
The Facebook page has 463 "likes"
on a campus of nearly 50,000
students; the Twitter account
has done slightly better, with
the number of followers nearing
3,000.
"It has shown that students
don't really want that type of stuff
interfering with their personal
lives. It's a careful balance, " said
Paterson.
"There's some stuff that's going
digital, and that's the best way to
consume that, and we know it's
convenient. But there's other ways
we want to continue to develop
the traditional library," Ramirez
explained.
THE POWER OF THE PAGE
Shifting attitudes towards
technology and digitization are
springing up at UBC Library;
recent moves to consolidate book
storage and publish scholarly
journal articles online are just
a few examples. But the Great
Reads collection serves as a reminder that physical books — not
to mention librarians and their
curatorial powers — are still very
much at the heart ofthe libraries
at UBC.
The largest ofthe three Great
Reads collections — the one at
Koerner Library — features a
great variety of books hand-
picked by librarians. These range
from raunchy pop sensations such
as Fifty Shades of Grey to more
refined classics with recent movie
adaptations like Anna Karenina.
Julie Mitchell, managing librarian at Chapman Learning
Commons, said she tries to pick
books that are highly ranked in
newspaper bestseller lists, like
those found in the New York
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Times and the Globe and Mail. But,
Paterson added, they also pick
books that are edgy or topical in
some way.
Staying relevant extends to the
librarians' own reading habits:
Mitchell, for example, confessed
that she has read Fifty Shades of
Grey.
"I considered it an occupational
obligation to know what all ofthe
hype was about," Mitchell joked.
Paterson said that Great Reads
is just one way librarians are redefining their roles within libraries
as they become more social and
interactive places.
"If we stagnated in the past, we
wouldn't be here now," Paterson
said. "So we're very conscious that
we have to be innovative and one
step ahead."
Initiatives like Great Reads
pave the way for a more comprehensive vision of what an academic library can be, Paterson said.
But for now, she added, she's
glad students are finding their
way into the building.
"We're just appreciative that
they're coming into the library,
which is important — very important." 13 Culture
ANNAZORIA
SHOULDERS»
Get it in the bag
Five satchels for a student
budget
Maitrayee Dhaka
Contributor
Looking for a new bag? It can
be daunting to choose a bag that
aligns with your budget and your
fashion sense. Add the fact that it
needs to fit piles of books — plus
the laptop you use to stay awake
through class — and your choices
start to narrow.
The five backpacks below
not only suit different budgets,
shoulder strengths and volume
requirements; they also won't
make you look like you just got
back from a spontaneous hike.
1. HERSCHEL LITTLE
AMERICA
The price is a little steep at $89,
but if volume is what you're going
for, this is your bag. This backpack will hold your laptop (up to
17") and most of your textbooks.
Reviews claim that it lasts a
while "if you take care of it," so
don't take it on a hiking trip or
long walks in the rain.
2. THE NORTH FACE
BOREALIS
It may be yet another North Face
on campus, but this baby will last
a long time and be kind to your
shoulders and your back, as it
has extra padding on the injection-moulded shoulder straps. It
will also hold pretty much everything you might need, including a
15"laptop.
Take your pick from 12
colours, and you're bound to
complement someone's North
Face jacket on campus. Bikers
will appreciate this backpack's
reflective loops and lifetime warranty, and while the added safety
whistle may not be useful during
peak hours at Main Mall, it's still
a nifty feature.
3. JANSPORT RIGHT
PACK
A colourful Jansport backpack
might make the grey Vancouver
days a little more tolerable, but
the suede leather bottom may
not be the best if you're more of
the rugged, I-will-put-my-back-
pack-anywhere type. A bonus is
that at $55, it's one ofthe more
wallet-friendly options on the
market.
4. DAKINE DETAIL 27L
Want a cool-looking bag but can't
afford the price tag of a Her-
schel? The Dakine will put you
back only $65, and it follows the
Jansport in style, with a noticeable organizer front pocket.
At 27 litres, it promises to hold
most laptops and books. This
backpack comes in four colour
combinations; the black and
charcoal option seems to be the
most versatile, unless you like
the multicoloured effect ofthe
"Palapa."
5. CHROME ORLOV
This made-in-California rolltop
backpack will definitely make
you stand out on campus. It will
comfortably hold pretty much
anything you can imagine carrying on a regular school day, and
its waterproof outer shell and
lining will last during the worst
of Vancouver's rain.
At $150, this is not going to
be in everyone's budget, but it
comes with a lifetime warranty, a
choice of five colours and promises of much happier shoulders. 31
BEING SOCIAL »
On Friday, Vancouverites say hi
Riana Ang-Canning
Contributor
Every morning, a man in his 20s
gets on my bus carrying a Diet
Coke. I smile to myself as he
discreetly takes a sip, pushing
the boundaries of acceptable
breakfast drinks when he thinks
no one is watching. Some days
I want to lean over and ask him
how the Diet Coke thing started,
or maybe just say hi.
And on Feb. 8,1 can.
Say Hi Vancouver is hitting
our city this Friday, courtesy
of Vancouver import Shelley
Koorbatoff. Her goal with Say Hi
Vancouver is to break down the
invisible barrier between strangers and help us connect with the
people we see every day.
It's simple. All you have to do
is wear a name tag and say hi.
Carson Loveday, a management master's student at UBC,
got involved with Say Hi Vancouver because he agreed with
their goal to see things change
in Vancouver. Loveday wants to
bring Say Hi Vancouver to campus and create the same sense of
community with UBC students as
Koorbatoff is pushing in the city.
The Say Hi initiative is aimed at bringing out the kinder, friendlier side of Vancouverites.
"Vancouver is a great place to
live," Loveday said, "but it needs
a change. It needs this push for
community."
Loveday envisions Say Hi
spreading across Canada and
becoming an annual event. This
goal seems in reach, considering
all the positive media attention
Say Hi Vancouver has been garnering: it's been featured on CTV
News, Breakfast Television and
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CBC, to name a few.
If you're on the fence about
reaching out this Friday, Loveday
encourages you to connect with
fellow soon-to-not-be-strangers
on Say Hi Vancouver's Twitter
or Facebook. Still not sure? At
least you won't be alone. "I'll
be wearing a giant nametag!"
Loveday promised.
So on Friday, print your Say Hi
Vancouver name tag (or better
yet, Loveday suggested, get creative and make your own), fill in
your name, attach it to your shirt
and bravely walk out into the
city, ready to say hello.
Be courageous and reach out
to someone. Then share photos
of new friends, embarrassing
stories or genuine connections on
the Internet.
But what about after Feb. 8?
A few friendly hellos and then
back to ignoring everyone again?
Loveday hopes not. His plan is
to use the social media accounts
to create a network of familiar
people who are making a friendlier Vancouver.
This way, everyone stays
involved and the spirit of Say Hi
Vancouver doesn't get lost during
the 364 days without name tags.
Before we wrapped up our
chat, Loveday put me on the spot
and asked if I'd be wearing a
name tag. I told him I would. After all, what's the harm in saying
hello? a THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2013    |    CULTURE
MAGAZINES »
MUSIC »
Discorder mag
celebrates 30 years
Reyhana Heatherington
Contributor
Three decades after its humble
start, UBC-based magazine
Discorder is still going strong in
its celebration of local music. Feb.
5 marked the 30th anniversary of
the publication's first issue. From
its beginnings as a newsprint radio
program guide to its current glossy
incarnation, the CiTR Radio magazine has seen many changes.
Discorder has been responsible
for starting the careers of many
notable Vancouverites: Nardwuar
the Human Serviette, for instance,
has interviewed everyone from
Lil' Wayne to Jean Chretien. The
eccentric celebrity interviewer,
who is known for his elaborately
researched interviews, said in an
email that he owes his career to
Discorder.
"I first read Discorder before
I heard CiTR, and it continues to
teach me so much about music every
month. In fact, if it wasn't for
Discorder telling me about CiTR,
I wouldn't be here talking to you
today," he wrote.
The magazine is a labour of love,
operating at a loss every month. It's
set apart by its innovative content
and contributors, like Lisa Marr,
who wrote and edited for Discorder
in its early years while honing her
skills as a musician in the band
cub. Marr said in an email that the
magazine served as a jumping-off
point for Vancouver artists in the
'80s and'90s.
"The great thing about Discorder
was its freewheelin' spirit, where
all kinds of people were writing passionately about all kinds of music. I
Discorder rings in their anniversary in style.
loved the camaraderie ofthe long,
late nights during production week
and inviting people to get involved
as writers, photographers, fans and
musicians.... Life took us in new
directions, but CiTR and Discorder
is really where it all started."
Laurel Borrowman, the current
editor-in-chief, agreed that Discorder still functions as a training
ground for bands.
"The magazine is fulfilling its
purpose when we publish a certain
band on the cover; we do a feature
on a band, and then a month later or
something like that, they're being
covered inthe Straight."
Borrowman leans towards a
more minimalist style than the zany
covers of years gone by, but that
didn't stop her from reproducing
the February 1983 cover for this
month's issue.
"I feel really, really honoured and
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really quite humbled to be a part
of something that's been around
so long, that's got such gravity and
does such great things for music in
Vancouver," she said.
Moving forward, Borrowman
hopes to improve the tangible
quality ofthe magazine in an era
where print publications are often
overshadowed by online content.
"I'd love to make it into something that people want to keep and
want to hold onto and really want
to pickup. More of an artifact, as
opposed to something that you read
and get rid of."
Discorder plans to host monthly
launch parties for the magazine,
along with a birthday bash at the
Biltmore Cabaret in May. Music
fans can find the publication on
UBC campus, as well as in record
stores and coffee shops around
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A Tribe Called Red
mixes beats and politics
Nolan Matthews
The Silhouette
HAMILTON (CUP) - Politics and
music go way back.
In the 1980s, Public Enemy challenged the assumption
that music should be a form of
entertainment and, as writer
Mark Fisher points out, instead
saw music as a way to define a
new revolutionary history. Even
earlier, legendary folk musician
Woody Guthrie gave a voice to the
Great Depression as he travelled
across America carrying a guitar
that famously displayed the words
"This Machine Kills Fascists."
Though music's grand promise
of leading revolutions has faded,
it seems that now more than ever
we need artists to shake up our
assumptions about the world.
That's what the music of A Tribe
Called Red is all about — subversion.
But also dancing.
Based in Ottawa, A Tribe
Called Red is a Canadian group
that combines traditional powwow and electronic dance music.
"It started as a party called
electric pow-wow," said DJ NDN,
one of group's three members.
"We played for the crowd, which
was First Nations students, and
people went crazy for one track
that sampled pow-wow music, so
we thought we should try more
of it."
People in clubs were so ecstatic
that they cheered after the songs.
Their first show to a mostly
non-aboriginal Canadian crowd
in Montreal even had people
chanting the group's name before
they went onstage.
It seems like A Tribe Called
Red has become really popular
really quickly, but the members of
the group have actually been at it
for a long time.
"I used to be in punk bands,"
said DJ NDN. "I played drums
with Canadian punk rock legends
the Ripcordz and we got to open
for the Misfits."
"I was probably in 12 bands
growing up and just killed the
high school battle ofthe bands
scene," said DJ Shub.
"You gotta remember that he's
way older," added NDN, "so he
was the DJ in the metal bands
when the Limp Bizkit thing was
really hot."
Shub's rap-rock (remember
that?) abomination was called
Flush Bucket. "It was the best battle ofthe bands ever," said Shub.
"I found out really early on that
I wasn't going to play an instrument," said DJ Bear Witness. "I
got pushed into DJ-ing by my
friends."
A Tribe Called Red didn't start
out with any sort of political
aspirations but quickly found that
it was pretty much impossible to
not be involved in politics. The
group recently released a song
called "The Road" in support
ofthe Idle No More movement,
and their music and live show
often features clips of hilariously racist representations of
indigenous people.
"A really good example is a
video made by Bear of Super Cat,
a Jamaican dude, singing about
Indians from all directions, and a
clip from a 1960s British variety
show,'" said NDN. "You had these
British white people dressed as
what they thought Indians were
supposed to be and a Jamaican
singing about Indians. Everyone's
showing you what they think
Indians are but nothing's native
about it — until we took it and
decolonized it."
The story of indigenous
Canadians is so often told by
people who are anything but. The
"indigenizing," as NDN calls it,
of aboriginal representations is
about trying to make our understanding not limited to what we
already know.
"We see it as a very good way to
subversively pass these messages
on," said NDN.
"It's better than if we sat down
and said 'This is racist,' because it
gives people a chance think about
it on their own."
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A Tribe Called Red have been on the rise
since 2008. Opinions
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LLUSTRATION INDIANAJOELCTHE UBYSSEY
THE ARTS
UNDERGRADUATE
SOCIETY WANTS A NEW
BUILDING. DO THEY
DESERVE YOUR MONEY?
The Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS) will ask students
next week whether they want
to fork over double what they
currently pay in student fees to
construct a multi-storey, multimillion-dollar student building.
But does this project deserve
the extra money?
The focus ofthe society since
AUS President Harsev Oshan's
election in February 2012 has
been the creation of a new Faculty of Arts student building.
The engineers just got a deal
with the university to replace
the Cheeze, and the AUS is
unsatisfied with the current
Meekison Arts Student Space. If
you count only Meekison, then
arts students have less student
space than any faculty.
But at this point, the AUS's
plans are vague and seem to
have been cobbled together too
fast.
Let's compare how the AMS
and AUS have gone about planning a new building.
When the AMS first started
talking about a new SUB, they
contracted a consulting firm
that ran two surveys, kiosks
and a design conference on how
the old SUB might be used. The
SUB renewal campaign surveyed 4,000 students — 12 per
cent of UBC's student population — before a student fee was
taken to referendum.
What has the AUS done? Its
survey on the new building got
only 289 responses — two per
cent ofthe current arts student
population.
The new SUB fee contained
a provision that the AMS
would not begin collecting
money from students until
they made an agreement with
the university on additional funding, which they did
almost immediately.
The AUS, on the other hand,
does not seem close to having
any such understanding with
the university.
These things need to be put
together with an eye for the
long game. Arts students would
need to pay for 11 years to meet
the funding obligation the AUS
thinks they need — and that
could change at any time.
And let's not forget what's
happening between now and
then: the demands of arts
students will change dramatically when the new SUB opens
in 2014. In 2016, in addition to
AMS fees and AUS fees, the existing SUB renewal fee will be
$100 per student. Does the AUS
deserve $15-25 per student for
a future building so soon after
the new SUB is done?
Not on the evidence they've
produced so far.
KAPPA SIGMA HAS
BEEN GUTTED OVER... A
KEG OF BEER?
Kappa Sigma has released the
reason they temporarily shut
down their chapter, kicked out
most of their members and all
but stopped talking to anyone
outside the frat. That reason:
somebody tweeted about a keg
party in their frat house.
We all but knew this for a
while, but were only able to
confirm it this week. Which
begs the question: Why the hell
did it take them so long?
When a fraternity gets its
charter yanked for "code of
conduct violations" and then
summarily refuses to comment on why, they invite some
awful, lurid speculation. Was
it hazing (like at the University of Alberta in 2010)? Was it
sexual assault (like at the UBC
Beta chapter in 2007)? Was it
life-threatening alcohol abuse?
We now know it was none of
those things that put the damper on Kappa Sigma for months
and gutted their membership.
It was a social media post
about a keg of beer. If a fraternity implodes because somebody had a keg party, that's
adorable. Quaint. Prudish, even.
If Kappa Sigma —the international fraternity, not just
the UBC chapter — wants to
safeguard its reputation as an
upstanding group for classy
guys, then nothing could serve
them better than letting people
know they put an entire chapter
on notice for breaking out the
ol' common-source liquor.
Seriously.
We're now fairly certain
that their international headquarters are run by guys in
letterman cardigans and crew
cuts, mostly named Chet. Guys
whose idea of a fun Friday
night is driving out to the soda
shoppe with their steadies.
We know that secrecy is an
important part of what makes
Greek-letter organization members feel special. But here, it
backfired like crazy.
LIBRARIES NEED
TO AVOID MAGICAL
THINKING
Does technology really change
who we are?
Sure, a lot of people have become dependent on their smart-
phones as portable network
technologies begin to replace
basic things like memory and
sense of direction. But will new
technology instill in us something that wasn't already there?
Just a few years ago, publishers were declaring e-readers
and tablets the saviours of their
industry. Micro-payments for
books, magazines and newspapers would revitalize casual
reading and stem the tide of
fragmenting attention. A few
years later, such optimism looks
foolish. Why did people think a
new Apple product was going to
change the way people related
to the printed word? Because,
well, iPads were the new shiny
thing at the time. Print is dead
and digital is the future, right?
It's a little more complicated.
A recent study by a UBC grad
student found over 97 per cent
of respondents preferred reading print books to e-readers. We
were surprised by this statistic.
People want e-readers, right?
But according to this study,
less than 40 per cent of those
surveyed were even interested
in e-readers.
While this survey is certainly limited in scope (it
was conducted only at UBC),
the results should serve as a
cautionary tale for libraries. If
people aren't reading, it's not
because they don't have a shiny
device that allows them to carry
around the whole Western canon in their handbag. Libraries
must avoid this kind of magical
thinking as they move forward.
Wear a #$%#&
condom, okay?
SEXY TEACHER
by Elizabeth Hames
In the moments between foreplay
and intercourse, we make a choice.
Either we risk a future of unwanted
pregnancy, chlamydia-ridden genitals and potentially cancer-causing
infections — or we use a condom.
Despite the gravity ofthe consequences, about a third of single
(that is, neither living with a sexual
partner nor married) young adults
between the ages of 20 and 24 opt
for the former, according to the
latest statistical data.
For a longtime, the standard
defence for this baffling decision
was that condoms just don't feel as
good. But a recent study put out by
the Journal of Sexual Medicine has
ruled that excuse moot.
The study's authors asked
more than 5,000 adults between
the ages of 18 and 59 to rate their
level of sexual pleasure during
both intercourse with a condom
and without. Their reports were
consistent across the board: sex
feels really good, even when there
is latex involved.
So if discomfort isn't preventing
20-somethings from using a condom, what is?
"Pleasure is one but not the only
factor that influences whether condoms are used during sex," said Dr.
Mark Gilbert in an email. Gilbert
is a physician with the B.C. Centre
for Disease Control and a professor
in UBC's School of Population and
Public Health.
"There are many other and probably more influential factors."
One of those factors is, undoubtedly, a severe under-appreciation
of risk.
A 2011 study put out by the Sex
Information and Education Council
of Canada found that young people
are generally aware ofthe risks of
unprotected sex, but they tend to
believe their personal situations exempt them from or reduce that risk.
For example, many youths
switch from condoms to birth
control pills as they age, according
to the study. Approximately 73 per
cent of 15- and 16-year-olds used a
condom, compared to 62.5 per cent
of youths over the age of 17. Meanwhile, 46.5 of those in the 17+ age
group use the pill compared to 41
per cent of 15- and 16-year-olds.
The study's authors suggest that
older youths forgo condoms more
often because they are more likely
to be in committed relationships. If
both partners are monogamous and
neither have shown signs of a sexually transmitted infection, they
reason that neither of them has
a sexually transmitted infection
and thus barrier protection isn't
necessary. However, this isn't necessarily true. Rates of STIs, such
as chlamydia, are higher among
20- to 25-year-olds than the 15- to
19-year-old age bracket.
Moreover, many people infected
with an STI can be asymptomatic. So when couples choose to
forgo condoms because they're in
a monogamous relationship, they
maybe putting themselves at a
higher risk of STI infection, the
study concludes.
However, close relationships
aren't the only excuse for unprotected sex. A 2009 article put
out by the International Academy
of Sex Research found that many
young adults believe praying or
good luck protects them from
the negative consequences of
unprotected sex.
Other participants reportedly
dismissed the severity of potential
negative consequences of unprotected sex, suggesting it would
be easy to resolve any problems by
getting an abortion or treating an
STI with pharmaceuticals.
So the next time you're faced
with this choice, remember: sex
with a condom feels really good —
and you have the research to prove
it. Xi
Pride events part of a
worldwide struggle
PERSPECTIVES
by Michael Oeckel
Every year Pride UBC — and pride
groups throughout Canada and
around the world — host events like
Outweek to express support for our
community. They are always spectacular, colourful and inspirational
events that bring together communities for the celebration of differences and equality. But why do we
need events like these? In Canada,
with the legality of same-sex marriage, does pride become obsolete?
Absolutely not. Gay rights and
equality are not just a Canadian
concern. Queer communities exist
everywhere, and friends, family
and loved ones face the fear of
discrimination, abuse and even
death because of who they fall in
love with. Even though countries
like Canada have made progress,
the battle rages on across the globe.
So what is the connection between celebrations at UBC and the
struggles of queer people in Japan,
Uruguay or Argentina? The answer
is acceptance.
Queer pride celebrations in Canada inspire communities to grow
stronger and for entire campuses,
cities, provinces and countries to
make progress on equality. These
actions do not go unnoticed. Growing queer communities around the
world watch, admire and some
times emulate the pride parades,
organizations and policies we
employ here. The changes, acceptance and actions we promote here
often have repercussions we can
hardly imagine.
Many in Japan, for example,
equate President Obama's support
for same-sex marriage as the
reason behind Tokyo Disneyland's
decision to allow same-sex wedding ceremonies on its grounds.
The growing national support
in the United States for same-
sex marriage, which inspired
Obama's public "outing," is no
doubt boosted by the growing
pride organizations that, in turn,
are fuelled by local pride groups,
parades and celebrations. Events
like Outweek matter.
Every year Pride UBC hosts
Outweek and Queer U, and every
year some students ask why. "They
already have marriage — why
flaunt events like this?" But the
implications of queerphobia do not
stop at national borders. So when
you watch us march this Monday,
or join a workshop, or stop by our
bash, or expand your horizons at
our conference on Saturday, know
that we are not just celebrating our
own pride, but also fighting for the
dignity of our brothers and sisters
around the world.
—Michael Oeckel is the Graduate
Representative for PRIDE UBC. Scene
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UTown@UBC is proud to support the Give and Receive Project through the Community
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This month, do some good right here on campus by donating to The AMS Food Bank!
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such as Arts Last Lecture. The AUS elections begin on
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