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NOVEMBER 18,2010
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structure • 4 years experience
us create this baby! Learn about
layout and editing. Expect to be
fed. • Every Sunday and Wednesday, 2pm.
TOURS* Learn about a different aspect of the Multiversity Galleries
from a different curator every week.
From the local to the global and the
mundane to the arcane, let the experts introduce you to the objects
that intrigue them most. Along the
way, you'll gain fresh perspectives
related to collecting, consulting, researching, interpreting and exhibiting in the Museum. • Tuesdays
1-2pm, Museum of Anthropology
$14/12 included with admission,
free with UBC student ID.
streets of Rio de Janeiro's notorious favelas are a place where combat photographers fear to tread, police rarely go and residents are lucky if
they live to the age of 20. In the midst
ofthe oppressive crime and violence,
one young man strives to become
a professional photographer, turning
an artist's eye on the harsh realities
that surround him. • 8-10pm, Piano Lounge, Graham House, Green
College, free.
Featuring over 100 musicians from
the UBC band program, this concert
is inspired by music of the Medieval and Renaissance periods and
pays homage to the rich tradition of
wind playing from those earlier centuries. Several ofthe works employ
traditional consorts of woodwind,
brass and percussion instruments
while others offer a fresh look at
the source music by borrowing colours, motifs and forms. • 8-10pm,
Chan Centre, tickets for free evening concerts are available at the
Chan Centre ticket office on performance day starting at 12pm.
UBC Film Society will be holding
The Big Lebowski Beverage Garden! Come see the movie that
defined a generation of drunk
bowlers with its humour. There
will be themed drinks and pre-
show prizes. • 19+, 7-11 pm, movie
starts at 8pm, Norm Theatre, SUB,
$3 members, $6 non-members.
BEATS NOT BONES • This one night
fund-raising event, hosted by your
very own Amnesty International UBC, will bring fun-loving folks
down to Caprice Nightclub for a
night of rowdy, ruckus-and-aware-
ness-raisingfun. Proceeds are going to Project Hands, a non-profit
organization that buys medicine
for Canadian doctors volunteering
in Guatemala. • 8pm-2:30am, Caprice Nightclub, 967 Granville St,
$10, tickets on sale until Nov. 19
at the SUB.
JANE COOP PIANO RECITAL • To celebrate 30 years at UBC, Professor Jane Coop will perform a special piano recital. Her performances will include Beethoven's Sonata Op. 14, No. 1, Fifteen Variations, Fugue Op. 35 "Eroica" and
Skriabin's Three Etudes Op. 65
and Sonata No. 3. • 3-5pm, Roy
Barnett Recital Hall, UBC Music
Building, $25 adults, $10 seniors
and students, cash only, available
at the door or call (604) 822-9161
to reserve.
MADNESS • A concert featuring
classical, ragtime and jazz works
for mallet instruments. Works
by Bach, Whitacre, Mark Ford,
Scott Joplin, Gershwin, Pat Ma-
theny and more. • 8-9pm, Roy
Barnett Recital Hall, UBC Music
Building, free.
stop shopping for great gifts and
decorations from products imported around the world to locally
handcrafted items. There will be
new vendors each week. • Nov.
22-Dec. 3, 10:30am-5:30pm,
SUB Main Concourse.
LY HIV • This event is part of the
World AIDS Week coalition to help
UBC students gain awareness
and speak out for HIV/AIDS. Help
make art for AIDS by completing
a picture or photo. Canvases, art
supplies and camera supplied. Includes free hot cocoa, cupcakes
and condoms. • 11am-2pm, SUB
Entrances and MASS lounge in
Buchanan D.
(N1KD)» As one of IRSA's premier
events and the largest student-organized fundraiser for land mine
awareness, you will not want to
miss this! Features a silent auction, performance by the Corpus
Christi College Chamber Choir, a
mouth-watering three-course dinner and a stunning art installation
by V. Tony Hauser. • 6:30-9:30pm,
3250 Commercial Dnve, $40 students, $80 non-students, tickets
available online at irsa.rezgo.com
EXPENDABLES»The UBC Film Society will be showing The Expendables, starring Sylvester
Stallone, Jason Statham and
pretty much every action hero of
the last 30 years. A team of mercenaries heads to South America on a mission to overthrow a
dictator. • 9-11 pm, Norm Theatre, SUB, $2.50 members, $5
LINK DANCE: EXPERIMENTS (EXCERPT)* Dance collides with science in Experiments, Gail Loten-
berg's exciting new work for her
company LINK Dance. A collaboration with four ecologists, specialists in the study of movement and behaviour. The work
combines fluent dancing with
sound, light and video, to investigate how two separate
disciplines embrace logic, experimentation and creativity. •
12pm, Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, $10 adults,
$8 students.
LACEUPF0RKIDS»Come lace up
and make a difference in the
lives of children living with a
rare disease. Lace Up for Kids
is UBC REC's student-driven
charity event that is a great
opportunity for individuals or
teams to give back. All proceeds will go towards the BC
Children's Hospital Rare Disease Foundation Fund to support life-saving microgrant research. • 6pm-2am, Doug
Mitchell Thunderbird Sports
Centre, register by Nov. 18.
on your cowboy boots, iron your
best plaid shirt and shout yee-
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The Bourbon Country Bar to help
find the best bull rider in town
while raising awareness and
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money for United Way. Feel free
to lasso some of your friends
and family and bring them along.
Saddle up and hold on tight as
you watch some of the wildest
bullriders in town tame the most
notorious bull of Vancouver. •
5-7pm, The Bourbon Country
Bar, 50 West Cordova Street,
$15 includes buffet dinner, one
drink of your choice, a ticket in
the raffle for a 19" flatscreen TV
and your chance to ride the bull.
The AUS First Year Committee presents the No Pants
Dance—yes, you read that
right. Give your jeans a vacation in the laundry heap and
come all dressed down! Featuring a photo booth and the
Pants Off Dance Off, fun and
surprises (possibly in the form
of Spiderman boxers) are guaranteed for this exciting night.
• 9pm-12am, Mass Buchanan
D, $8, $10 at the door, $1 for
coat check, tickets available at
the Totem Park and Place Vanier residence commons and
the bus loop by REC Centre.
JADE IN THE COAL • In 1900, the
hardships of Chinese coal-miners
in Cumberland, BC are relieved
by a Cantonese opera troupe. As
the actors rehearse, the mine's
ghosts stir and reveal a terrible
secret from the past. Written by
Governor General's Award-winning writer Paul Yee, with original music performed live by a
six-piece Cantonese opera ensemble. • 7:30-9:30pm, Freddy Wood Theatre, $102/78/48
package tickets, $22/15/10 single tickets, e-ma/7theatre@inter-
change@ubc.ca or call at (604)
822-2678 for more information.
Are you ready for a night of cultural immersion, music, performance and a riotous dance party? Then join us for the English
Language Institute's International Night. There will be cultural
displays, an international food
fair, performances and demonstrations of unique talents,
and to top it all off, a DJ will
spin tunes to guarantee groovy
moves on the dance floor. •
7-11:30pm, SUB Ballroom, $3
(includes small tasters of international cuisine), bring two pieces of ID to purchase alcoholic
WREATH-MAKING COURSE • Guided by the talented and experienced experts Moya Drummond
and Judy Newton, you will learn
tips and techniques for making your very own natural holiday creation. Participants will
leave with their own beautiful
and handmade wreath to decorate their door or to give to a
friend. Participants will be outdoors for brief periods of time,
so please dress appropriately.
Please bring your own pair of secateurs and gardening gloves. •
9am-12pm, $60 public, $55 garden members and students, reservation required, e-mail botg@
interchange.ubc.ca to book.
Opera Ensemble presents their
newest series, Opera Teas on
the Stage, with shortened versions of operas in a cabaret setting on the stage of their new
theatre. • 2-4pm, UBC Old Auditorium, 6344 Memorial Rd,
$20 adults, $15 students and
seniors, reservations required,
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EDITOR ARSHY MANN»news@ubyssey.ca
ASSOCIATE SALLY CRAMPTON»associate.news@ubyssey.ca
Pit Pub slated to go under the knoll in new SUB
Tentative ideas also include rooftop garden, patio for Gallery, brew pub
Though there are unlikely to be
any hobbits or wizards, UBC students will soon be drinking in
a Shire-like hill.
At the November 10 AMS
Meeting, VP Administration
Ekaterina Dovjenko announced
that the Pit Pub will be inside the
knoll when the new SUB is built.
New SUB Project Coordinator Andreanne Doyon said that
portions ofthe Pit Pub willbe located underneath the knoll, but
the pub itself won't be accessible through the knoll.
"There's no hobbit hole," she
said. "When you're in that section of the pit, you're not actually going to feel like you're in
the knoll.
"It will give the illusion of an
open round space in that section
of the pit. And that's where the
stage will go, or part ofthe dance
floor. It will just be a different
roof in that section."
Doyon said that the architects
"took inspiration from different
aboriginal...buildings, where
you have a hot house or a pit
house in it."
According to Dovjenko, the
knoll will be an integral part of
the new SUB.
"It is a once
in a lifetime
to see if we can
incorporate it."
"Originally the knoll was going
to be a lot smaller and not part of
the building at all, whereas this
is really looking into [it] as part
of the landscape," she said. "The
knoll will most likely be a part
People will soon be lounging above ground and dancing below. GEOFF LISTER PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
of the building as it starts to integrate on the inside ofthe [Pit]."
Dovjenko, who made clear
that all plans are still tentative,
also announced that the AMS is
looking to construct a rooftop
garden and will build a patio to
replace the Gallery Lounge. The
AMS is currently investigating
how feasible a garden would be.
"We have students working on
different directed studies and
class projects trying to figure out
how that would all come to be,"
said Doyon.
The AMS has also been talking to the UBC Farm, the Faculty of Land and Food Systems,
and those who run the Macmil-
lan Orchard Garden, as well as
Sprouts, regarding the garden.
"The idea is to have a fully
functioning intensive cultivation crop garden. The exact crops
we don't know yet....but there's
an opportunity to grow specialty crops," said Doyon.
"We could have a blackberry festival where everyyear we
celebrate the blackberry and
make jams and sauces, and that
could be used throughout the
whole year."
She also suggested that students maybe able to rent out plots
and grow crops on their own.
The current plans also include
a "black box space" which would
be hung from the ceiling in the
atrium and would be used as a
performance space for students.
The five tentative designs that
were revealed to students last
month included a combined Pendulum and Gallery Lounge on
the top floor. However, Dovjenko said that this looks less likely to happen. Instead, the Gallery will remain at the top with
the Pendulum going elsewhere.
She also expressed some concerns over whether the AMS
would be able to drive enough
traffic to the Gallery but said
that the quality of the venue
would ensure its success.
The new SUB is also slated to
have a climbing wall, glass elevators, increased club space and
a childminding centre.
Dovjenko said that one ofthe
guiding principles in the design
stages was openness.
"The number one thing students have been demanding is
light," she said.
AMS VP Finance Elin Tayyar
also announced that the AMS is
looking into having a brewpub
in the new SUB.
However, Dovjenko said that
they still need to determine if
a brew pub would be financially feasible.
"It's a lot of money to make
a brew pub," she said. "It is a
once in a lifetime opportunity
to see if we can incorporate it.
We're going to hire consultants
to see if there's business feasibility and whether that's something that we want to do."
On Friday December 3, the
AMS will be hosting an open
house that will showcase the
current designs for the "preferred option" for the newt SUB.
The event will take place in
the SUB conversation pit from
10am-3pm. tl
UBC students work to prevent deportation of El Salvadorian refugee
Students at UBC have begun mobilizing against the deportation
of Jose Figueroa, an El Salvadorian whom the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) has
said is a national security threat.
"We want to get all of Canada to see his story and make up
their minds, for themselves,"
said Caroline Chingcuanco. Ch-
ingcuanco and fellow UBC student CarolineJankec have started an internet campaign against
his deportion.
"[This has] huge implications
for immigration in general in
Canada. This is not an individual issue," he said. "We have support and we hope to get more."
Max Cameron, a political science professor who specializes
in comparative politics of Latin
America, came across his case
last May.
"Canadians have a legitimate
right to expect protection from
threats, butjose was not a member of FARC, nor did he ever commit an act of terrorism," said
Cameron. "He is deeply committed to his family has lived
and worked in this country for
years and there is no reason for
him to be deported."
The 13-year resident of Langley and father of three was a
student activist for Farabundo
Marti National Liberation Front
(FMLN), an El Salvadorian rebel group, which CSIS designates
the as a terrorist organization.
The group was a collection of
rebel militias that countered
the US-supported military regime from 1979 to 1992. It now
has a plurality of seats in the El
Salvadorian parliament.
Figueroa was a campus volunteer for the group over 20
years ago and says he was not
involved in any violence, but instead raised awareness among
his fellow students at the University of El Salvador. His case has
received a significant amount of
media attention.
Figueroa came to Canada in
1996. "[I was] honest from day
one with the Canadian authorities, I had nothing to hide," he
"I wouldn't be able to return
to my country due to security...
it would be too dangerous for
me or my family."
Figueroa's problems are further complicated by his son's
autism. Cameron said that "he
is extremely bright and stands
by his father...but this struggle
isn't good for him, nor the family nor the El Salvadorian community here."
Figueroa's lawyer, Peter Edel-
mann, believes the central problem is that CSIS' has defined terrorism too broadly.
"We have appealed to the
Minister of Public Safety that
Jose is a victim of broad intelligence criteria determining
'threats' and the application
of this criteria without discretion," he said.
Chingcuanco stressed that
this case alone has Figueroa
said that he cannot imagine returning to El Salvador.
Cameron believes that Canadian officials have made a mistake with regards to Figueroa.
"The law doesn't equate to justice, not in this case," he said, tl
Stop UBC Animal Research
(STOP) is accusing UBC of
failing to comply with the
BC Freedom of Information
and Protection of Privacy Act
According to STOP, UBC
failed to respond within the 20-
day deadline to a request for
information on experiments involving piglets, monkeys, cats,
mice and rabbits. The group
has filed a complaint against
UBC with the BCFIPPA commissioner's office.
Construction is wrapping up on
Buchanan Tower's new secure
bike storage facility.
The structure is located on
Buchanan Tower's southern
face and will store up to 96 bicycles. New public seating and
improved lighting will also be
installed. You can sign up for
free access to the facility by
bringing a piece of valid UBC
photo ID to UBC's Transportation Planning Office at #110-
2075 Wesbrook Mall.
Clyde Hertzman, director of
the UBC Human Early Learning Partnership and professor
at the School of Population and
Public Health, was awarded
a $500,000 grant by the Canadian Institutes of Health
Research on Tuesday for his
research on early childhood
Hertzman professed a belief
in egalitarianism and access to
high-quality childhood education for the betterment of societies. His work has influenced
national and international policies. The prize money will be
used for conducting global research in Latin America, China
and Europe.
(CDP-The Gateway)—The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) continues to
lobby the federal government
on new copyright legislation
which, if enacted, would allow
professors and students to use
copyrighted materials for educational purposes without being taxed.
Bill C-32, also known as the
Copyright Modernization Act,
was passed in second reading
earlier this month, but CASA
is still lobbying for provisions
to the bill.
CASA is asking that the bill
include educational purposes
under "fair use." Currently,
Canadian copyright law only
considers research, private
study, criticism, review, and
news reporting as fair use,
or valid reasons to reproduce
copyrighted material. 4/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/2010.11.18
ASSOCIATE ANNA ZORIA»associate.culture@ubyssey.ca
CiTR Fundrive aims to raise $30,000
Radio station hopes to digitize record collection
Exactly how much is a democratic FM worth?
$30,000 seems to be the answer. That's the target for CiTR's
2010 Fundrive. The fundraiser,
now in its fifth year, will run
from November 16 to 25.
The goal may seem ambitious. Station manager Brenda Grunau admits, "It's always
nervous putting a fundraising
goal into your budget because
you have to work hard to make
sure you get that money."
However, the station came
close to this year's goal in
2009. Having consistently
raised more than expected,
the station exceeded lastyear's
target of $24,000 by several
thousand dollars.
Grunau is confident that this
year's goal will be met and that
those who have supported CiTR
in the past will continue to do
so. "Whenyou do something for
a few years, you sort of build
a pool of people that care. You
can draw them further into the
Having paid off most of their
debts last year, the station is
able to begin moving forward.
A large part of that process
is the digital library, which
Grunau sees as a necessity.
"Labels are starting to service
CiTR's annual fundraiser has high hopes. GEOFF LISTER PH0T0/THE UBYSSEY
people digitally and I think almost every campus station in
the States is purely digital and
receiving music in that way.
"In 20 years, our amazing
library is going to be nothing if
we don't save it. It's a lot of local,
niche music that's important
for Vancouver's music community. The amount of local music
we play is unmatched."
Fundrive will culminate in
the finale party at the Biltmore
Cabaret on November 25. Ten local bands, including Fine Mist,
Thee Manipulators and White
Lung, will celebrate the success
of the fund raising efforts by
playing covers of 90's songs.
According to Grunau, CiTR offers a unique public space for listeners and programmers alike.
"In an age of media consolidation, where the papers and the
radio stations across Canada
are primarily owned by a small
handful of people, it's really important to have local content and
a plurality of voices.
"CiTR will train any member
to be involved in broadcasting,
which means we serve under-
served populations. We really
offer a democratic space on the
airwaves that allows us to provide viewpoints that don't have
space in mainstream media."
This autonomous idealism is
what Grunau hopes people will
recognize and support. "It allows us to grow and improve.
It allows us to move ahead and
stay relevant. Fundraising is all
about finding the people who
resonate with what you're doing
and when you're asking them
to give, they're happy because
they believe in whatyou do." tl
Mark Boulos brings revolution into focus
"Its message is unequivocal. It
chooses sides. It strides beyond
propaganda and into the realm
of recruitment video. The few.
The proud. The Marxist."
So said Mark Hasiuk, a columnist for The Vancouver Courier.
Hasiuk's article "University 'art'
gallery celebrates racist killers,"
published October 27, is a damning review ofthe exhibition currently being held at UBC's Belkin
Art Gallery.
The exhibition, which runs
until December 5, features the
work of documentary artist Mark
Boulos. The work on display consists primarily of three video installations, as well as a series of
The problem, according to
Hasiuk, is that the exhibition
lacks context. In particular, Hasiuk's ire was directed towards
the piece "All That is Solid Melts
into Air," due to its apparent 'endorsement' of a Nigerian militant
group, MEND (Movement for the
Emancipation ofthe Niger Delta).
The video installation contrasts
footage of MEND with images
of the Chicago stock exchange.
MEND, which claims responsibility for a bomb attack
on October 2 that killed 12 people in the city of Abuja, fights
to take control of the oil wells
in Nigeria from multinational
corporations such as Shell and
Chevron, according to a report
from Al-Jazeera. In "All That is
Solid Melts into Air," a militiaman states that MEND has
"declared war on everything
white." MEND's income derives
from selling stolen oil and kidnap ransoms.
In his article, Hasiuk accused
Boulos's work of being sympathetic to MEND, which, on a moral level, may be problematic. Boulos has
stated in past interviews that he is
indeed sympathetic to the groups
he depicts in the exhibition. According to the artist's biography
on display at the Belkin, Boulos's
work "does not report objective
facts, and instead aims to undermine empiricism by representing subjective belief so devout it
becomes real."
"University art'
gallery celebrates
racist killers."
This raises a number of interesting questions. Where does one
draw the line between documentary and art? And is it possible to divorce artfromits context, as Hasiuk
asserted the Belkin exhibit does?
Joshua Johnston, a PhD candidate in the department of philosophy at UBC and a specialist in aesthetics, believes thatworks such as
those featured inBoulos's exhibition
are of significant social value. "Art
often challenges our assumptions,
and sometimes demands that we
Mark Boulos at the gallery opening. JON CHIANG PH0T0/THE UBYSSEY
attend to aspects ofthe world—and
ourselves—that are overlooked, undervalued, misunderstood, or more
plainly unseen.
"Certainly, some artmay endorse
ethically pernicious ways of engaging with and perceiving events in
the world...however, if we keep in
mind that aesthetic value can be
cognitive value as well, then perhaps
we can learn from these ethical defects in order to better ourselves."
Scott Watson, director ofthe Belkin and curator ofthe exhibition,
concurred. "Everyone has to decide what is acceptable or not for
themselves, unless, of course, they
are breaking the law."
On the subject ofthe exhibition,
Watson added that "We think it
is[the Belkin's] responsibility to
present work that challenges preconceptions." Watson also pointed
out that the Belkin has not actually received any complaints about
the show.
In a follow-up interview with
The Ubyssey, Hasiuk stated: "I
think that with any public information, whether it be in the form of an
art exhibit, or column...the artist
is beholden to a certain standard.
"I'm not advocating that the gallery be closed down...if the purpose
of the exhibit was to elicit a reaction it certainly was successful
in my case. Just because I strongly disagree with Mr Boulos's world-
view, does not mean that I think he
should be shut up, or that [his work]
should not be accepted by people."
Any outrage aside, the Boulos
exhibit offers a real opportunity to
engage with art. Boulos's work will
be hanging until December 5. tl
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Usually my ski season starts when
Whistler fires up its first chair lift.
But thisyear I didn't have the patience to wait that long, so three
other VOCers and I loaded up the
car at 6am on Friday morning and
headed out in search of skiable
mountains. Eight hours later we
were in Montana's Glacier National Park, near the Alberta border,
being laughed at by a park ranger who insisted that while there
was snow, we'd have to go far up
the mountain to find it.
Undaunted, we woke early Saturday morning and headed up
towards the Asulkan Hut, a remote alpine refuge that we figured would make an ideal base
of operations while we searched
for early season turns. We started
hiking in our ski boots, with skis
on our backs. The Asulkan Hut
sits at roughly the same altitude
of the very peak of Whistler, yet
was nowhere close to the elevation
ofthe peaks ofthe mountains we
were facing. We had anticipated
a small, bare bones hut. Instead,
we found gas lights, a stove and
heat. What we didn't find, though,
was snow. There was enough to
cover the ground, but there were
also plenty of rocks hiding just
below the surface. We spent our
first night in the hut poring over
maps, trying to figure out if there
were any skiable lines.
Sunday brought a total white-
out. It was impossible to tell
where the sky ended and the
snowy slopes started. Significant snow had fallen overnight,
and the snow-covered rocks of
the previous day's landscape
had been replaced with deep,
fresh powder.
We set out from the hut towards
a rocky outcropping called the
Pterodactyl. From there, we headed up to the summit with only ice
axes and a few provisions. When
we reached the top, we posed for
summit photos that, thanks to
the continued white-out, could
have been taken anywhere in the
world. Dejected and uncertain,
we headed back down towards
our gear. Just before we reached
it, the sun burned through the
clouds and suddenly we could
make out a slope that looked perfect for skiing and would lead us
right back to the hut.
The snow was heaven. Lighter
than the 'coastal cream cheese'
so common around Vancouver,
inland snow makes you feel like
you're floating. The rest of the
day was spent in beautiful sunshine, skiing everything from
open alpine bowls to tight tree-
filled slopes.
Monday morning found us
preparing for the trek out of the
mountains and the long drive
back to Vancouver. Though the
chair lifts at Whistler may not be
running, the VOC's ski season is
already going strong,^
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It's that time of
year again, UBC.
Get out your jackets, snow pants,
,\ hats and gloves
)3tW and get ready be-
^ I cause meteorol
ogists are predicting a La Nina
winter, which means colder than normal temperatures and consistent heavy
precipitation across Western Canada.
With early-season snow already appearing on the mountains, skiers and snowboarders are anxiously awaiting the
2010-2011 season, which will see many
mountains open this weekend.
This supplement provides a closer
look at the skiing and snowboarding
hills in the Vancouver area, safety issues surrounding skiing and snowboarding and new gadgets that are
changing the face of ski and snowboard
training. We've also tried to give you a
glimpse into how to get involved with
other winter sports you may have never
even heard of to give you a better idea
of what is out there.
Have you started counting down the
days until summer vacation or think of
yourself as more of a hot weather enthusiast? Then this supplement is for
you. Winter is not just cold, rainy and
miserable, so check out these stories
and make the most of the 2010-2011
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Choose a mountain: Whistler Blackcomb vs Grouse vs Big White
Guest Editor
As a student at UBC, chances are skiing or snowboarding is on your list of
things to do or try this winter. Cypress
Mountain, Grouse Mountain, Mount
Seymour, Whistler Blackcomb, Mount
Baker, Manning Park and Big White are
just some ofthe places nearby. Whether
you are experienced or inexperienced,
you have a lot of options. Hopefully we
here at The Ubyssey can help. We've narrowed it down to three choices: Whistler Blackcomb, Grouse Mountain and
Big White, and we'll be looking at the
pros and cons of each.
Known for its abundance of champagne
powder, Big White gets an average annual snowfall of 750 centimetres on its
2880-hectare resort area. It includes 25
kilometres of trails and 13 lifts servicing 23,400 riders per hour. Apres ski
is great too, as this mountain has the
largest ski-in-ski-out village in Canada, with multiple hotels, restaurants
and bars.
Adult $1060
Youth $820
Adult $71
Youth $59
on Grouse Mountain. While not located
in a resort town, Grouse's proximity to
Vancouver makes it easy to visit over the
course of a day.
PROS: Generally great snow.
CONS: Is the furthest from Vancouver.
Grouse Mountain features 25 marked
runs (with night skiing), six lifts, a
370-metre vertical drop and 86 hectares of terrain. Snowshoers have access to
ten kilometres of trails and there's even
a 2400 square metre ice skating pond.
During December, Christmas-themed
events are a huge part ofthe atmosphere
Adult $825
Youth $675
Adult $55
Youth $45
PROS: Very close to Vancouver, inexpensive.
CONS: Smallest, snow quality less reliable.
Whistler Blackcomb consists of more
than 2832 skiable hectares, over 200
marked trails, 12 alpine bowls, three
glaciers and 38 lifts. The resort gets
over nine metres of snowfall per year
and has a lift capacity of over 65,000
riders per hour over the two mountains,
which are now connected by the new
Peak2Peak gondola. Whistler Blackcomb is also home to some of the best
parks and half pipes in North America and the village, home to 10,000 people, is one of the premier tourist towns
in North America.
Adult $1349
Youth $615
Adult $93
Youth $93
PROS: By far the largest, very active
CONS: Most expensive, can be crowded, va
Getting fit for
skiing season
They might call a day in the powder free-riding, but for the skiing or boarding enthusiast
it's also good way to shed thatfirst-term fifteen.
According to a report from Perdue University an average-weight person burns between
1900-2700 calories injusttwo andahalfhours
of moderate downhill skiing. Cross-country addicts can expect to burn 2400-3000 calories
over a four hour period, traveling at just four
miles per hour. Although staying fit and ready
for the burn is a challenge for any sport, with
an eight month gap for most recreational skiers, it's evenharder to keep up the motivation.
"To get the most out of skiing regardless
ofyour ability it is important to be in the
bestshapeyou can," said Benjamin Millar,
coach for UBC's downhill ski team. "Granted, for skiing the way we define fitness is
important. Being able to run a marathon
is not really the skill we are looking for.
The key areas are going to be the legs, core,
and back.. .in addition, maintaing flexibility and balance during training is critical."
Consider the offseason as a time to catch
up on all the sleep you've missed due to 6am
bus trips, but keep up a fitness routine that
fitsyour schedule. "At a bare minimum there
should be some sustained activity to build
a bit of endurance," said Millar. Ifyou wanted to be ready for those double-blacks, you
should have been geared up come October.
"It is important to think about whatyou
are doing functionally on the hill and replicating that in your workouts. So the fact
thatyou are being active for a few minutes
and then resting while on the chair lift can
help you tailor your program."
Cross-country skiing can be even more
strenuous than downhill.
"Cross country skiing requires much more
cardiovascular fitness than downhill," said
Eric Carter, a UBC Nordic team coach. "Your
quads might be burning after a few runs on
Whisder, but after two hours of cross country
siding at Cypress Mountain where the UBC
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The "other" winter sports
A how-to guide for curling, Nordic, speed
skating, snowshoeing, skeleton and bobsled
Did the 2010 Olympics get you thinking about how
many winter sports there are besides regular Alpine
skiing and snowboarding? Unfortunately, going off the
well-groomed ski trails to get involved in other winter
sports can be challenging. Here are some tips on how
you can try them out for yourself.
Ifyou already like skating and want to
take it to the next level, this could be
the sport for you. Speed skating is the
fastest sport generated by the athlete's
own power. Even ifyou don't want to be
the next Catriona LeMay Doan or Apollo Ohno, you can still have fun skating
circles around your friends the next
time you head to the rink.
DIFFICULTY: Medium. "Generally ifyou
have some experience and skill already,
you will have an easier time getting
into the sport," said Cheryl Giffin, president of the Vancouver Speed Skating
Club. However, there are no prerequisites to begin learning, and because the
skates are different from figure skates
and hockey skates, most beginners are
starting at an equal level.
WHATYOU NEED: Skates, pads and a helmet. "You can skate in your running
clothes and layers," said Giffin. Add a
bike helmet, neck guard, knee pads,
shin guards and cut-proof gloves, and
you're ready to go. Skates can be rented
from the club or bought at a specialty
store. Check out www.vancouverspeed-
skating.com for more details.
PRICE: Low to try, higher ifyou want
to get serious. If you're just curious,
go for a trial skate. It's $20 to try on
a pair of speed skates and join a practice. To join the Vancouver Speed Skating Club and use their Kitsilano facilities from September to March costs
$450, plus a $75 skate rental. Buying
your own equipment can get as pricey
as you let it. Serious skaters can order
sexy skin suits with protective kevlar
padding for $400-$500, but you don't
need much to start out.
TO COMPETE: Start with practice. There
are several inter-club meets everyyear
in the lower mainland where you can
try racing. To get ready, train on and off
the ice, building up strength and endurance. Ifyou eventually have dreams of
going national, you might want to think
about moving closer to a big training
centre in Calgary or Oueb
The first snowshoes are believed to have
been made 6000 years ago, and people
are still using them today. Unlike skiing
or snowboarding, snowshoeing is a social
sport, which gives you and your friends
time to talk and enjoy the winter scenery.
DIFFICULTY: Low. "Ifyou can walk, you
can snowshoe!" said Julie Mulligan, director of sales and marketing at Mount
Seymour. "Snowshoeing is a great replacement for summer hiking or trail
running, providing a great workout."
WHAT YOU NEED: Snowshoes, warm
clothes, boots and a trail pass. Mulligan also recommended bringing "a
thermos of hot chocolate and a snack
to enjoy along the way."
PRICE: Very low. At Mount Seymour, a
trail pass and snowshoe rental for the
day costs $24 in total, and there is a
shuttle bus to take you to the mountain
from Lonsdale Quay, making it accessible by public transit. Ifyou happen to
be at Whistler, Grouse Mountain or Cypress Bowl, similar deals are offered.
TO COMPETE: Start training. According
to Mulligan, there are "plenty of adventure races out there on the North
Shore." To get in shape for racing, try
Mount Seymour's SnowFit program.
"It's a Tuesday night 90-minute drop-in
power hike for only $19." Why not give
it a try? You may be surprised by how
fit you become.
These sports were invented by the Swiss
in the 1800s. Sleds were already popular, but someone got the bright idea
to make a track with twists and turns
that would be more exciting than going
straight down a hill. Of course, once
people realized they could go extremely fast, the next logical step was to race.
DIFFICULTY: High. According to the Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton website, www.
bobsleigh.ca, working up speed and then
maintaining control of a sled traveling at up to 140 kilometres per hour is
extremely challenging. "Pull too hard
on the steering ropes and the sled will
skid, losing valuable time. Steer too little
and the sled is at the mercy ofthe track,
causing slow times at best, and a crash
at worst." And it really takes guts to try
skeleton, where you go headfirst with
no steering mechanism and no brakes!
WHAT YOU NEED: Time to travel. It is
possible to try out bobsleigh or skeleton just for fun, but you need to get to
the track. One is at the Whistler Sliding Centre, and another in Calgary's
Canada Olympic Park, where the national teams train.
PRICE: High to try, cheaper to dive in.
It costs about $160 to ride a bobsled
with an experienced driver at the Calgary track. Book well in advance at-
sleigh_rides.cfm. You can also sign up
for multi-day "driving schools" for
both bobsleigh and skeleton, but you
have to be a member of the BC Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association, which
costs about $100 ayear for athletes.
Equipment costs vary, but it's a good
idea to get your own pads, helmet,
and cleats for walking on the ice. See
www.slidebc.ca for details.
TO COMPETE: Get in shape! In the offseason from March to October, recruitment camps come to most major cities in Canada, including Vancouver. Those who pass a series of fitness tests will be invited to train in
Calgary. You can check out details of
the tests at bobsleigh.ca/BobsleighRe-
cruitment.aspx and www.slide2018.ca.
Next year's training camp schedules
should be posted by February.
This is a sport whose time has come.
According to Chris Daw, manager of
the Vancouver Curling Club, people are
already booking rink rentals for 2015.
The ice is packed, so ifyou want to get
in on the trend you'd better move fast.
DIFFICULTY: Low to medium. Curling is abe-
ginner-friendly sport, which can be played
by anyone from age 4 to 94. "It's the only
seamlessly integrated sport," said Daw.
"Ifyou're in a wheelchair, ifyou're blind
or deaf, you can still play." Of course, that
doesn't mean that everyone gets it right
on their first try. "Be patient," is Daw's
advice for people in training.
WHATYOU NEED: Good timing and some
like-minded friends. Rocks, brooms
and shoes are provided at the rink, but
make sure you can get a spot by signing up well in advance. UBC Rec is running a program called "On the Button
Bonspiel." Get together a team of four
to six people and sign up for a friendly tournament at rec.ubc.ca/events/curling. The deadline is January 24, 2011.
PRICE: Medium. It costs $287 to join the
Vancouver Curling Club's Novice League
for a year. Renting the whole club (five
sheets of ice) for half a day, with equipment and basic instruction, costs $1000
plus tax. That's not too bad ifyou get a
big enough group and split the cost.
TO COMPETE: Join a league! The best time
to join was late August or early September, but ifyou are really determined,
there are lots of clubs and leagues
in the lower mainland that you may
still be able to join this season. Check
out the list at curlbc.ca/membership/
The name "Nordic" covers both crosscountry skiing and ski jumping. Technically, Nordic skis are different from
Alpine skis because the bindings only
attach to the skiers' toes, not their heels.
Cross-country skiers can move under
their own power across any type of terrain, with no need for chair lifts. Ski
jumpers ski down a ramp and hurl themselves into the air at speeds up to 100
kilometres per hour, getting as close to
flying as you can without a parachute or
plane. Nordic events at the Olympics include biathlon (cross-country and rifle
shooting), and Nordic combined (crosscountry and ski jump).
DIFFICULTY: Cross country is low, ski jump
is very high. Ifyou have never tried Nordic skiing before, you should definitely start by learning how to cross-country ski. "Fitness goes a long way when
you start skiing," said UBC's head Nordic skiing coach Eric Carter, "but technique is paramount." Once you master the basics, you can go for the bigger challenge of jumping. Brent Mor-
rice from Ski Jumping Canada said that
beginning ski jumpers "need to be good
skiers" already, and that "they have to
have no fear in order to throw their
heads out over their feet and use their
skis as wings."
WHATYOU NEED: Warm, waterproof clothing, a pair of Nordic skis and poles
and a trail pass. Coach Eric Carter advised that equipment is "essential." Rent
equipment the first couple of times, and
ifyou are serious, "choose a dedicated
Nordic ski shop with a wide selection
and knowledgeable staff. Cheap, poorly-fitting equipment will go unused, so
spend a little extra if you really want
to use it."
PRICE: Medium. A one-day lesson, day
pass and rental costs $66 at Cypress
Bowl. The same package at Whistler's
Nordic Centre costs $79. Check outcy-
pressmountain.com/nordic or www.
whistlerski-hike.com for more details.
Ifyou're serious about ski jumping, you
can train in Calgary or BC's Callaghan
Valley for $150 per month, which includes access to the equipment.
TO COMPETE: Make contacts. To join UBC's
varsity Nordic ski team or their more
relaxed ski club, talk to Eric Carter at
UBCnordic@gmail.com. Ifyou're feeling ready to go national as a ski jumper, check out Calgary's Altius Ski Club
at www.altiusnordicskiclub.org. tl
Engineers making boarding safer
The Landing Pad in action COURTESY OF RUSSELL BROWN
After a tragic snowboarding accident left
UBC Engineering student Aaron Coret a
quadriplegic five years ago, he came up
with an innovative project to help protect other boarders.
He began working with other UBC students on a system to cushion falls. The
small team, called Katal Innovations, eventually created the Landing Pad. Portable
and inflatable, it provides a much softer
landing surface than snow, which can at
times be as hard as ice, allowing riders to
continue if they complete their landing,
but giving them a safe fall if they do not.
Coret explained that as more emphasis
begins to be shifted to freestyle snowboarding, where tricks can often be very dangerous, resorts are hoping to provide a safer
way for riders to learn. The pad can be used
by anyone, making it easier for new riders
to learnbasic tricks and more advanced riders to try out more dangerous maneuvers.
"(It's a perfect fit for) riders who are
just learning to jump for the first time,
as well as people who are trying out their
first double corkscrews."
Their first prototype was tested in
2008. Since then, it has been seen at several resorts and internationally during
the 2010 Winter Games. Coret explained
that Katal was contacted by David Atkins
Ine Enterprises to discuss a project. In a
private meeting, they explained how they
wanted to use Coret's technology in the
opening ceremony.
"They told me they wanted to use the
Landing Pad as the main entrance to the
Vancouver 2010 Olympics," said Coret.
"So obviously, I was floored."
The Landing Pad would eventually
serve at the beginning of the ceremonies
as the surface which three snowboarders
leaping through the Olympic rings landed on. This version of the pad was modified to be harder than their normal model so that the boarders could land on it
and continue boarding more easily, while
still soft enough that they would not injure themselves if they fell while training.
Over the next winter, Coret said that
they will be focusing on sales ofthe Landing Pad. Although they are ready for use,
he says that resorts were initially afraid
that they might pose a legal danger, which
is starting to change.
"Right now we're trying to book some
resorts to do events at, and just focusing
on sales," said Coret. "The airbags are
only really starting to get the resorts'
attention... we're expecting to make our
first sales early next year." ^J
How to become a ski or snowboard instructor
Has La Nina's promise of massive
amounts of snow got you thinking of
ways to spend as much time skiing or
riding as possible? One way to do this is
to become a ski or snowboard instructor
at your local mountain.
The first step is to sign up for a level
one instructor course through the Canadian Ski Instructors Association (CSIA) or
the Canadian Association of Snowboard
Instructors (CASI). Applicants must complete a level one course, or foreign equivalent, to be hired as an instructor in Canada. Some resorts, such as Grouse Mountain, sometimes hire instructors pending
certification, so you can still apply for a job
ifyou plan to take a course this season.
The CASI course costs $381.71 and lasts
for three days, while the CSIA course costs
between $390 and $446 and runs for four
days, sometimes over two consecutive
weekends. Both will teach you the standard of riding for instructors, as well as
a few basic teaching skills, after which
you will be evaluated. You have to pass
both the riding and teaching sections
of the course, but ifyou fail one section,
you can take a re-test for about $100. Further information on these courses can be
found at www.snowpro.com.
After passing the test, it is time to
look for a job. Most resorts do the bulk
of their hiring during the summer, but
Seymour, Grouse, Cypress and Whistler
all have job fairs in late October or early November, where you can bring your
resume and meet your future bosses.
The ski resort industry is highly volatile and ski schools will hire extra
instructors mid-season if it is busy
enough. Currently, both Grouse and Cypress mountains have ski/snowboard
instructor job postings on their websites, while Seymour is looking for a
part-time ski instructor.
The interview process is similar to that
of most other jobs; act confident and professional. Mention any previous teaching experience you've had, as well as
how much you love to ski/ride at the resort when applying.
When you start instructing, you will
be teaching beginners, tourists and large
groups of elementary school children. Expect to spend a lot of time running up and
down the bunny hill helping your students
inch down in fear one by one. Don't expect
a regular schedule. Most new instructors
get scheduled for drop-in group lessons,
meaning thatyou will only get work if people show up for you to teach them. You may
spend the entire day at the mountain and
only get paid for two to four hours.
While the pay for instructing isn't amazing, given the hours, it is at least better
than minimum wage. On their website,
Cypress mountain advertises $12-19 per
hour for instructors, while Mount Seymour
pays up to $16 per hour. Wages increase
with experience and as you take courses to gain higher levels of certification.
The positive side is, of course, thatyou
get to work where you play. Full and part-
time staff at Whistler Blackcomb, Grouse
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complimentary season pass for the resort
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time staff, but instead offers a free day pass
for every shift worked. Other benefits include discounted food, rentals and merchandise. Some mountains, such as Whistler, offer a limited number of lift tickets
for family members. Furthermore, snow
schools will generally provide free in-house
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Thunderbirds walk all over
Wesmen in two-game sweep
On Saturday night, in the dying
seconds of the first half, UBC
guard Doug Plumb stripped the
ball from an attacking Winnipeg
Wesmen. He drove up the court
and then delivered a no-look,
behind-the-back pass to fellow
guardjosh Whyte. FromWhyte's
fingers the ball floated over and
across the rim into the waiting
hands of a leaping Kamar Burke.
Within a split second, the ball
left Burke's hands, bounced off
the rim once, then dropped into
the basket—almost simultaneously with the return of his feet
to the awaiting court. The play
was pure magic, relegating the
Wesmen to nothing more than
Defensively, that was the story all weekend for Winnipeg (1-
4), as UBC (6-2) soundly defeated them Friday 98-81 and Saturday 114-86. The only time the
Wesmen got close was in the first
half of Friday's game, where outstanding perimeter shooting by
Winnipeg kept UBC's lead to four
points. Unfortunately for Winnipeg, things only went downhill from there.
The reason has three syllables: Nathan Yu. In the second
half Yu came off the bench and
exploded for 16 points, spearheading a UBC offence that
proved to be too much for the
Wesmen. He was helped by
Burke, who had 19 points and
17 rebounds, and Whyte, who
had a team-leading 20 points
and six assists.
Yu continued his strong play
Saturday with a team high of
22 points.
UBC coach Kevin Hanson
raved about the offensive momentum Yu generated.
"He was an absolute spark
and is playing with some great
confidence right now. He came
out and sparked us [on Friday]
and again tonight. He is playing some of his best basketball
right now and we just want him
to continue that throughout the
Other than those two dominating performances, the weekend also gave a glimpse of UBC's
basketball future, with rookies
Jaz Gill and Geoff Pippus seeing
minutes in the fourth quarter.
Neither generated awe-inspiring performances, but both did
flash the potential to be relevant
producers in the T-Birds powerhouse offence.
On Saturday night, Pippus
managed to draw two fouls
inside the paint, and went a respectable three for four from the
foul line. Gill went one for two
from the three point line and
added two assists. After missing
his first deep shot, Gill showed
he had the necessary confidence
to shoot the three-ball again. He
was rewarded by the swish of
the net and another three points
to light up the scoreboard.
Gill and Pippus managed to
offensively assert themselves,
but Coach Hanson felt that
their focus may have been too
"When young guys come on
the floor they focus so much on
offence...they forget a little bit
about defence," he said.
"They need to get a little bit
stronger, a little bit tougher and
change their focus to one that
is a little bit more defence orientated rather than offensive."
Defensive immaturity aside,
Hanson was quick to commend
his rookies.
"We have confidence in them,
We put them in there pretty early..we got some talented kids
that are here, we just need to get
them some more playing time."
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T-Birds break four-game losing streak
No. 2 ranked Saskatchewan
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This past Saturday UBC's women's hockey team broke both a
four-game losing streak and
a nasty habit of not scoring
enough on Saturdays.
The Thunderbirds (4-5-1) defeated the Saskatchewan Huskies 3-1, earning a split in the
weekend series and putting
them in a tie for fifth place in
the conference.
The win followed a 5-2 loss
Friday to the number two ranked
Huskies (7-3-0), who opened the
scoring with a goal five and a
half minutes into the game—a
goal which, to everyone in the
rink not wearing stripes, was
the result of a kicking motion.
However, UBC responded with
two goals of their own to take a
2-1 lead into the third period.
Itwas once again shortlived.
The Huskies put four unanswered goals past goaltender
Melinda Choy, who saw no help
from her defence, which broke
down in the third.
"With young players, you have
to learn to play with the lead,
and that just hasn't been the
case with us," said UBC head
coach Nancy Wilson.
"In the third period, when
they tied it up, we panicked a
bit...When they score against us,
that next shift is so important."
On Saturday, the Thunderbirds
came out with all guns firing in
what seemed to be a response to
Friday's late goal against. They
jumped to an early lead with a
goal from leading scorer Kaitlin
Imai with assists from Chelsea
Laing and rookie Tatiana Rafter.
"Part of our problem was that
in the past we were nervous going into the third period," said
However, this time the 'Birds
played soundly and did not panic when Saskatchewan scored a
power play marker to tie things
up. Within minutes, the line of
Kelsey Kirkham, Kaylee Chana-
kos and Amanda Asay connected on a series of passes, culminating with Kirkham alone in
front, stepping around Huskie
keeper Mackenzie Rizos to put
it top shelf.
Rafter then scored her team-
leading fifth goal, connecting with
consistent contributor Chelsea Laing (second on the team with nine
points) to give UBC a two-goal cushion. Even when the Husldes pulled
their goalie, UBC remained calm,
not giving up easy possession by
shooting for the empty net, but instead kept control and dumped the
puck into space.
"Today we played a strong
game from the goalie out. When
they tied it up, we didn't back off,
we just kept pushing forward,"
said Nancy Wilson.
"Tonight we decided there
would be no fear."
Kelsey Kirkham scores for the 'Birds. TIM BLONK PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
The night also saw former
Thunderbirdjenny Mahovlic present veteran player Alisha Choy
and captain Ashley Henry with a
golden helmet, recognizing their
100th game for the team.
"Recognition for participating
on the team for this long feels really great. It's nice to know that
you've contributed to something
so special," said Henry.
"It takes a lot of hard work
and dedication to be a student-
athlete, so it's an awesome accomplishment and I'm so proud
of the other girls who have
reached or will reach their
100th game as well this year." va
After winning the Canada West
silver medal to qualify for Nationals, UBC women's soccer went
2-3 at the championships. They
finished the weekend with a
tough penalty kick loss to Prince
Edward Island University in the
consolation final.
Entering the final match of
their season, UBC star Janine
Frazao said, "The tournament
didn't go the way we hoped,
but we'll take the win and look
to do well on Sunday."
UBC ended a successful season with a loss in the National
title game to the York Lions 1 -0.
"We lost to a good team and
we have to give our respect to
York," said UBC head coach
Mike Mosher.
After becoming Canada
West conference champions,
the Thunderbirds continued to
Nationals going undefeated until the final. Led by rookie forward Gagan Dosanjh, who was
named a first-team Canada West
all-star, the future looks just as
bright for another repeat trip to
CIS Championship, this time a
golden one.
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of players. Maybe more importantly, it's a great group of people. I'm proud to be associated with them," said Mosher. tl
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It seems almost tautological that an article entitled "Too Asian?" would stir up some controversy.
But when Macleans printed that now almost infamous article (full disclosure: was co-written by a
recent Ubyssey editor), it fired up the type of fierce
debate that is rarely seen in Canada. Why did this
specific piece strike a nerve?
Many disliked the notion that Canadians should
care what percentage of students were of one ethnicity or another. Mostly it produced criticism that
the very premise ofthe Macleans article was racist
and merited no discussion, only derision. These arguments have some value. The article's use of anonymous sources to protect those who were making
xenophobic statements was unacceptable. They require no protection—especially considering that
their views are regrettably mainstream amongst
many students at large universities.
But that, in many ways, was the point. The piece
highlighted a discussion—one that often is wholly
racist—that takes place among students in many
Canadian institutions. That is, some students believe that the high number of East Asian students
at universities is a problem. Macleans did not create this belief, nor were they advocating for it. Instead, they were reporting on a phenomenon that
is disturbingly common.
Moreover, the central premise ofthe article was
wholly correct. Canada should not fully move to
an American system of broad-based admissions,
which have historically been used to control the
racial make-up of universities. And when Stephen
Toope said that "We have to actually create mechanisms, programs and opportunities for people to
interact," he was right on the money.
But the outrage surrounding this article speaks
to something broader in Canadian society. We have
no conversation about race. Unlike the United States,
which is forced to discuss race because ofthe history of slavery and segregation, Canadians feel uncomfortable talking about racial issues. Instead, we
import the American discussion, ignoring problems
and barriers in our own backyard. Most Canadians
are aware of Rosa Parks, but very few know about Af-
ricville. And although discrimination againstpeo-
ple of East Asian dissent isn't a uniquely Canadian
problem, it certainly is the most common form of
racism in Vancouver. The terms "Hongcouver" and
"University of a Billion Chinese" are the most common manifestation of this xenophobia.
Many people who would be loath to make an anti-Semitic comment or snide remark about black
people have no problem with the casual derogatory
comment towards East Asians. This is why the Macleans article, flaws and all, is a step in the right direction. We need more outlets willing to talk about
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Skiing is a fundamental part of the BC winter experience, and Whistler is the epicentre of it. Logically, the student lodge owned by UBC's student
union should be a crown jewel in the annual student experience, a great place to get cheap accommodation and have a great time with friends, with
all the profits funneling back to students.
Yet somehow it hasn't been that way for the AMS
Whistler Lodge. It's a property they really haven't
maximized the value from. Now, however, your student union is planning renovations to make the
lodge more amenable to, well, students. Amazingly, we have a couple of suggestions.
The lodge should be ideal for student groups and
clubs to rent for group trips. However, because it's
set up as a 42-bed hostel, renting the entire place
is inefficient for all but the largest groups—who often get steep discounts due to being AMS hacks.
Secondly, we've heard hilarious stories concerning the lodge's caretaker, who, living too close to the
property, gets quite upset with the amount of noise
made late at night. It would seem to us perfectly natural that a student hostel in Whistler would make
lots of noise at night. Perhaps a change in this arrangement might also be desired.
Regardless, the fact that the AMS is looking at
improvements is a good step. After a day on double black diamonds, a night spent in a hot tub with
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McElroy: What's in a name? In my case, a lot
My name, asyoucanseeon the byline,
is Justin McElroy, and I am the coordinating editor of The Ubyssey. Jeremy McElroy is the VP External of the
AMS. He is the UBC student in charge
of lobbying for students on a host of
issues this paper covers. He is probably going to run for AMS president
early next year. And yes, he is also my
cousin. This creates an obvious conflict of interest. We attempt to solve
it by not having me write or oversee
stories that have anything to do with
his portfolio. I'm disclosing it because
we've disclosed our relationship every
year, and we have a responsibility to
do so again. The end.
[Bam. Wasn't that easy? Saves a whole
lot of defensive and sanctimonious bleating by the author in a column nobody
asked me to write. Except this author
feels a) it's necessary to do so, b) it's
unethical not to, and c) you may appreciate my honesty at election time.
So here goes.]
Starting a sentence with "full disclosure" (much less a whole bleeding
story, as I'm doing) is a cue to the reader that the veneer of omniscient and
bias-free journalism is about to come
off. Which in 2010, is ironic in itself.
Total objectivity is a quaint myth eroding faster than Gordon Campbell's
credibility, as Fox News, the Huffing-
ton Post, blogs and a plethora of "mainstream media" scandals have blown
the barn door off the shack known as
Fair and Balancedjournalism. All reporters and editors, no matter their
adherence to rules and ethics, have
backgrounds that inevitably influence
how things are reported. This is why,
in an era where people are increasingly doubtful ofthe media's ability to be
completely fair, full disclosures are
essential to building trust.
In my case, the coming weeks and
months will see a lot of coverage here
about a possible Skytrain line to UBC,
a campaign to reform student loan
repayment and student unions from
across the province taking baby steps
to launch a new lobbying association.
These are Big Things that Affect You,
which is why they wind up in our paper. But the UBC student most involved
with these initiatives happens to be
my blood relative. Should he run for
AMS president in January, as is rumoured, our coverage may affect his
campaign. Now, I've known Jeremy
since I was 16 months old and lived
with him for 9 months last year. We
make small talkyear afteryear atlarge
family events where dozens of McEl-
roys attempt to talk over one another
for hours on end. Obviously, there are
rather large conflicts of interest here
in how we portray these events, much
less any possible campaign.
So how do we try and avoid it? Well,
first, we tell you, as we did last year
when Jeremy ran for his current position. Jay Rosen, a professor ofjournalism at New York University who
is generally considered an expert on
ethics in the field, has said that one of
the key pillars ofjournalism today is
transparency. After all, for media to
call for accountability and openness
without demonstrating it ourselves
would be biased. Consider the barn
door fully opened.
Second, I stay far away from our
news coverage on stories involving
the VP external portfolio. I expect—or
sometimes, after a drink, loudly demand—that our news editor and the
other members of our editorial team
make sure we treat a story with the
name "Jeremy McElroy" in it as we
would any other story.
I think our coverage this year has
been fair and critical (though unsurprisingly, I've had executives tell me
otherwise at heated times). You may
disagree. But still, we need to be open
about this; our job as journalists demands it. And we hope you keep us
accountable. Both student press and
student government require honesty from students—regardless of last
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