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Array WHAT DID I FALL OFF OF? SINCE 1918
UBC'S OFFICIALSTUDENT NEWSPAPER | OCTOBER 1, 2012 | VOLUMEXCIV| ISSUE IX
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What's on
HIS WEEK, MAY WE SI
Comedy on Campus: 8 p.m. @ the
Gallery Lounge
AMS Events presents Comedy on Campus, a series of improv and sketch
comedy nights performed at the Gallery. Sit back with a pint of beer and
laugh the night away. Cover's $3-5 at the door.
FARM»
Seed Saving 101:1-3 p.m. @
UBC Farm
Learn howtosaveseedsforyour
favourite fruits and vegetables
so they don't go bad this winter.
Seed-saving expert Mel Selvestre
will lead hands-on workshops
that include an overview of techniques and equipment.
BARD
Open Mic: 9 p.m. @ the Gallery
Lounge
Are you ready to show the world
you've got voice? Or perhaps
want to show off those new
DJ skills you picked up from
CiTR? Come to the Gallery for
cheap(ish) beerand good times.
Digging into Digital Collections: 3-4:30 p.m. @ Neville
Sea rfe Building
Furtheryour research by using
digital book collections and the
over 500,000 electronic books
in the UBC Library Collections.
Attendees will learn how to
efficiently search for resources
and conduct thorough reviews
on primary sources.
SPORTS»
UBC men's soccer vs. University of Northern B.C.: 7 p.m. @
Thunderbird Stadium
The CIS No. 3 ranked Thunderbirds take on their northern rivals and look to stay undefeated
in the first game of a two-game
series. $3 for students, free with
Blue Crew pass.
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This Week at The Norm
Wednesday 3-Sunday 7
Brave: 7 p.m.
Madagascar 3:9 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for students, $2.50 for FilmSoc members.
Learn more at UBCfilmsociety.com!
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<AI JACOBSON PHOTWHE UBYSSEY
Glassblowing has been Brian Ditchburn's passion since he started his first apprenticeship at 13 years old.
Brian Ditchburn sees glass half full
Sarah Bigam
Contributor
As the official glassblower
of the chemistry department
at UBC, Brian Ditchburn has
one of the most unique jobs on
campus.
"I do a lot of repairs, custom fabrication of scientific
apparatus, one-offs. Things
that chemists dream up in their
research, I help them build,"
said Ditchburn. "Glass is just
fantastic."
Glass, he said, is chemically
inert and heat-resistant, which
makes it very useful for chemistry because it will not impact
the outcome of experiments.
Ditchburn got involved with
glassblowing at a very early
age; he started an apprenticeship with his father at the age
of 13.
"That's generally how most
glassblowers get into the
trade," he said. "They're taught
by their family."
His father taught him
how to work with neon, and
later taught him scientific
glassblowing, which is what
Ditchburn does now. Ditchburn
then went to New Jersey for
two years to get his glassblow
ing degree. After five years of
working at a scientific glass
shop in Detroit, he came to
UBC. This November marks
the 14th year of his glassblowing
career at the university.
"[With neon], there's only
seven or eight basic bends, so
you tend to do the same thing
over and over again," he said.
"That was another fun part of
the job, but moving on to scientific is probably the best thing I
ever did."
He didn't always plan on
becoming a glassblower,
though. "I actually thought I
was going to join the army," he
said. "I ended up joining the
reserves for a long period of
time, but glassblowing dragged
me back."
Since then, his career never
been a question for him, and
every day brings new surprises.
"Glassblowing is something
you learn every day; there's
always something new to learn.
Sometimes you have to relearn
things as new materials come
in, or new objects need to be
created," Ditchburn explained.
He was quick to note
the important distinction
between scientific and
artistic glassblowing.
"I don't classify myself as an
artist, because artists create
things out of their own mind
and they make [them]," he said.
"What I do is, from a drawing,
I manufacture. It's more like a
craft than an art.... It's technical, it's challenging, there's
always something new coming
over the horizon that you get to
try to manufacture."
Ditchburn's involvement in
glassblowing doesn't stop at
his job, either. Once a year, he
makes glass icicles for a charity
project run by UBC's Graduate Student Society. He gives
glassblowing demonstrations
at high schools and during
Science Week at UBC.
Ditchburn is also an active
member of the American Scientific Glassblowers Society,
which hosts yearly symposiums
to demonstrate and discuss
the newest advancements
in glassblowing.
"All glassblowers tend to
know each other," he said.
"We're such a small group that
[we're] very tight-knit."
Ditchburn's wishes for his
career are simple: "Just to grow
as a glassblower," he said. "To
enjoy what I do, which is not
hard, to tell you the truth." Xi
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John Yap takes over
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advanced education
HOGAN WONG PHOTWHE UBYSSEY
From left to right: Charles Menzies, Richard Alexander and Shaohong Wu, all newly-elected UNA directors and members of the new, more aggressive OUR slate.
A new slate of directors for the UNA
The Organization for U-Town Residents want a more representative government on campus
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
A new slate of directors just elected by the University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) wants
to more aggressively represent the
residents of campus neighbourhoods — once they figure out what
those residents want.
At the UNA's Annual General Meeting on Sept. 26, the
three candidates from the newly
formed Organization for U-Town
Residents (OUR) - Shaohong Wu,
Charles Menzies and Richard
Alexander — were all elected. The
fourth candidate, Ada Dong, who
was not a member of OUR, was
not elected. Two directors previously elected to the board, Erica
NEWS BRIEFS
UBC student wins skills award
for indigenous youth
UBC M.Sc. student Baillie Redfern
has been awarded the first annual
Skills Award for Indigenous Youth by
the Forest Products Association of
Canada.
A member of Ontario's Painted
Feather Woodland Metis tribe, Red-
fern is currently studying genome
science and technology at UBC.
She researches the use of wood
fibre ingredients in cosmetic and
pharmaceutical products.
The award is aimed at First
Nations, Inuit and Metis youth aged
18 to 25 with strong academic
standing in a college, university or
apprenticeship. The $2,500 prize
recognizes their commitment to the
forestry industry.
UBC Faculty of Law receives $2
million donation
Joan and Derek Lew gave a $2
million gift to UBC's Faculty of Law,
thesecond biggest donation made
to the faculty by an individual. The
donation memorializes Franklin
Lew, late husband and fatherof the
donors, who graduated from UBC
Law in 1961.
He passed away in 2006 after a
career in business.
Their gift will create the Franklin
Lew Innovation Fund, to support
faculty and student programs at
UBC Law. The law school's forum, a
space at Allard Hall usedforspecial
events and lectures, will also be
named after Franklin Lew. Xi
Frank and Thomas Beyer, will
remain until their terms expire
next year.
"What I'm hoping for is that
we're actually able to live up to the
promises which we've made, and
that we will be able to make some
real changes," said Menzies, who
is also an anthropology professor
at UBC.
"We have a common goal, but
we also respect the diversity of
perspectives,... so there are some
things that we don't agree on in
our community, the OUR group,
but we have a common purpose.
We actually want to see a real
government here."
The OUR slate formed this
summer because many residents
of UBC's five campus neighbour-
ONLINE LEARNING »
UBC to replace
Vista with
Connect
Clay Coffman
Contributor
UBC is phasing out its old
learning management system
(LMS), Vista, and replacing it
with Connect.
UBC implemented Connect in
the Faculty of Science and across
the UBC Okanagan campus in
the beginning of this school year.
Currently, between the partially
integrated Vancouver campus and
UBC-O, there are approximately
33,000 students using the new
system, 42,000 still using Vista
and some students using both
systems. UBC expects it will take
three years to completely switch
over to Connect.
Tammy Yasrobi, the communications coordinator for the Connect project within the Centre for
Teaching and Learning Technology, said the new LMS will
allow for easier communication
between students and faculty.
"It's a lot more intuitive, it's
very menu-driven. That's some
of the feedback that we have received from students, is that it is a
lot easier to open it up right out of
the box and really know what you
are doing," said Yasrobi.
She also said communication
between professors and students has been streamlined into
Connect, and the new system
allows for easier access to outside
hoods felt that their voices weren't
being heard by UBC.
Currently, the UNA functions
as a cross between a community
group and town council, and any
bylaws it drafts have to be approved by UBC. OUR claims that
this situation sets up a "democratic deficit" for those who live in
non-student residence housing.
OUR doesn't have a thoroughly fie shed-out platform yet;
beyond trying to give residents
more power in local municipal
decisions, they still feel the need
to consult directly with their
constituents to find out what they
want.
"I think, first, I will have to listen to the residents, to understand
what they want, and do my best to
represent them in the board, and
try to protect their interests and
work with the other members in
the board," said Wu.
The third OUR director,
Richard Alexander, echoed Wu's
perspective. "Our mandate is
to listen to the residents. It's
merely a question of what the
residents would like us to do.
We will be guided accordingly,"
said Alexander.
The meeting also saw residents
restrict voting in UNA elections
to campus residents 18 and over,
a rule which had previously been
enforced informally.
Members also voted to remove
a rule that required one of the directors on the UNA board to come
from faculty and staff housing. Xi
UBC aims to completely replace Vista with'
content, such as student blogs or
Wikipedia articles.
"Some of the improvements are
in the ways you can communicate
inside and outside the course.
It's a lot easier; there are tools
in what's called 'Collaborate'
where you can collaborate a lot
easier with other students in your
class," said Yasrobi.
But Mona Maleki, president
of the Science Undergraduate
Society, said the new system
isn't necessarily an improvement
over Vista.
"I think it's pretty much the
same. Obviously I'm goingto have
a preference to Vista, because I
was used to it and I knew how to
use it. Right now there are some
courses which are still on Vista,
and others that are on the new
system, which is really unfortunate, because you have to be con-
HOGAN WONG PHOTWHE UBYSSEY
Connect by June 2014.
stantly checking both of them,"
said Maleki.
Yasrobi said Vista is being
replaced because the software it
runs on has been discontinued by
the manufacturer, Blackboard.
VP Academic and University
Affairs Kiran Mahal said that
the technology needed to be
replaced anyway.
"From what I gather, it was
that the technology was not serving the purpose that they needed
it to serve, and from a student/
user perspective, students wanted it replaced, because Vista was
not functional in the way that
students wanted it to be."
The target date for the
completed switch from Vista to
Connect is set for June 2014. The
exact timeframe for changeover
will be determined individually
by each faculty. tJ
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As the minister in charge of higher education, John Yap plans to focus on trades.
Micki Cowan
CUP B.C. Bureau Chief
VANCOUVER (CUP) - B.C. has
a new captain at the helm of the
Ministry of Advanced Education.
John Yap, who is also the minister for multiculturalism, took over
the advanced education portfolio in
early September as part of a major
cabinet shuffle by Premier Christy
Clark. He replaced Naomi Yamamoto, who had held the position
since March 2011.
In an interview with the Canadian University Press, Yap made it
clear that he is intent on ensuring
more trades training is available at
post-secondary institutions.
This aligns with the Liberal
government's promise to prioritize
job creation. Yap said there should
be about a million job openings in
B.C. in the next 10 years, with 43 per
cent of these requiring some trades
training. Beefing up trades training
programs and facilities now will
help to train the workforce for those
job openings.
"It's important we offer British
Columbians the opportunity to fill
those positions and encourage those
that are in school and thinking
about career options that they consider, if it's right for them, a career
that is well-paying and rewarding in
the trades," Yap said.
Yap's plans are already underway.
This week he announced $29.2 million will go towards two new trades
buildings at Camosun College.
The portfolio he is taking over
saw $70 million in cuts over three
years in the last budget and was the
only major sector to see an overall
funding reduction. Yamamoto, his
predecessor, also came under attack
earlier this year for a confidential
email from a reporter that leaked
from her ministry to a Liberal donor.
Yap, however, said that he
has confidence in B.C.'s higher
education system.
"I am myself a product of a university here in B.C. I [got] a degree
in science and then a master's in
business administration, which
helped me appreciate the immense
value of a post-secondary education
because it prepared me for work
life."
When asked about the province's
increasing dependency on tuition to
fund post-secondary institutions, he
said now is not the time to reduce
dependency, considering the economy. B.C. is the province increasing
its dependency on tuition at the
fastest rate in Canada.
And as for other tenants of
affordability, in trades or otherwise,
Yap thinks the current system is
affordable enough, so long as the
tuition cap of two per cent remains
in place.
Despite criticism about the
increasing cost of higher education
in B.C., Yap defended the province's schools, which two of his
children attended.
"Millions of dollars have been
put into supporting our colleges and
universities to prepare our students," he said. "It's a great college
and university system and I'm
looking forward to working with
the many people who make it work
so well." NEWS    |    MONDAY, OCTOBER 1,2012
UNIONS »
UBC prepares for potential strikes on campus
Essential service
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
As the situation between UBC
and its various public-sector
unions becomes more tense, the
university is bracing itself for the
possibility of a coordinated strike.
Two union locals on UBC
campus, the Canadian Union of
Public Employees (CUPE) 116 and
CUPE 2278, have secured strike
votes. A third, CUPE 2950, will
have its members vote on giving
the local the power to strike by
late October.
UBC has just finished negotiating with 116 and 2950 about
essential service levels, or how
many employees are required to
remain at work if the unions opt
to strike. UBC has also rolled out
a communication policy to groups
throughout campus that it will
enact in the event of a strike.
"I don't expect [work stoppages] in the short term, but they
very well might take place in
the next couple of months," said
UBC President Stephen Toope
at the September 20 Board of
Governors meeting.
Colleen Garbe, president
of CUPE 116, said it was "very
possible" that the various CUPE
unions on campus would engage
in coordinated strike action in the
near future. "You'll be hearing
from us, most likely sooner rather
than later," said Garbe.
CUPE 116 represents security
guards, technicians, food service
workers and many other service
positions on campus. CUPE 2278
is the local for UBC's teaching
assistants (TAs), many of whom
are also graduate students. CUPE
2950 represents library and clerical staff. All three of these locals
have been in bargaining and without a collective agreement with
ANDREW BATES FILE PHOTOfTHE UBYSSEY
According to Colleen Garbe, president of CUPE 116, which represents service workers across the campus, is considering a strike.
UBC for over two years.
Negotiations with public-sector
unions throughout the province
have been intensifying for some
time, due to provincial government mandates that restrict,
and in some cases prevent, any
wage increases. CUPE locals 116,
2950 and 2278 have all expressed
dissatisfaction with UBC's wage
proposals on various occasions.
Similar tensions have already
come to a head at SFU, where
the union representing TAs and
sessional instructors will begin
job action on October 1. Support
staff at the University of Victoria
engaged in a round of pickets in
early September, but have since
returned to the bargaining table.
If job action occurs on campus,
the recently completed essential
service negotiations ensure that
some union members will need to
keep working.
For CUPE 116, this means that
a limited number of Campus
Security workers, emergency on-
call tradespeople and technicians
who monitor animal experiments
would have to stay at work, according to Garbe.
Also, two ice-makers would
be still required at Thunderbird
Arena, which Garbe says is essential to make sure the chemicals
used in ice-making don't rise to
unsafe levels within the building. She added that having only
two people on the job will not be
enough to keep the ice maintained
for skating.
levels are set for
For CUPE 2950, some record-keepers and chnical clerks
working in a hospital setting
would be required to stay on the
job, accordingto UBC spokesperson Randy Schmidt.
If picket lines are set up
I don't
expect [work
stoppages]
in the near
future, but
they very well
might take
place in the
next couple of
months.
Stephen Toope
UBC President
on campus, any students who
don't want to cross them will
be required to submit a form to
UBC. Otherwise, they could be
penalized for not showing up to
classes.
Accordingto UBC's communications policy, UBC will try to
maintain normal operations if job
action occurs.
As for what will happen at
UBC, the university isn't sure yet.
"We are committed to negotiating collective agreements
with the CUPE locals within the
bargaining mandates set by the
provincial government," read a
bulletin issued by UBC on September 27.
The bulletin ended ambiguously: "We expect that we will be
providing information more frequently in the coming weeks." Xi
RENT))
UBC's new Housing Action Plan
aims to increase affordability
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
UBC is attempting to relieve the
pressure of paying for housing in
the high-priced Vancouver market
through its new Housing Action
Plan, which was just approved by
the UBC Board of Governors.
The plan includes a list of policies to lower the cost of housing
for UBC's faculty and staff. For
students, it addresses the issue of
affordability by saying that government student loans should lend
students higher amounts if they're
renting in Vancouver.
The plan requires UBC to offer
some of the new housing built
on campus to faculty and staff. It
also commits UBC to offering 100
new low-income housing units on
campus. For students, it reaffirms a
handful of goals UBC has previously committed to, including increasing the amount of student housing
on campus.
UBC will designate 10 per cent
of any new housing built on campus
for a special ownership program
for tenure and tenure-track faculty.
Resale of the properties will be restricted, and a price ceiling will be
set at 33 per cent below the benchmark price for similar properties
on the Vancouver Westside.
Accordingto a report put out by
UBC, only faculty who make over
$150,000 would be able to afford
the mortgage on a typical town-
house on the Westside. Only the
top 10 per cent of UBC's workforce
earns this much money.
Also, 30 per cent of any new
housing built on campus will be
available to rent, not to own. Of
this, 20 per cent will be part of
UBC's faculty and staff housing
program, with rental rates set at 25
per cent below the average rental
rates for similar properties in
the city.
In the past, UBC has committed
to trying to house 50 per cent of
all full-time students on campus,
and this goal is also mentioned in
the Housing Action Plan. Another
previous commitment of UBC's,
building student housing in the
Gage South area, is also mentioned.
UBC's student housing department is currently set up so that it is
required to make a profit and give
that money back to UBC's central
budget. The Housing Action Plan
doesn't intend to change this, and
instead says that UBC should lobby
the provincial government so that
those receiving student loans can
borrow more each month to pay for
the cost of housing.
Currently, student loans in B.C.
are calculated assuming that the
monthly cost for rent and utilities
is $584. In contrast, monthly prices
for the soon-to-be-completed Pon-
derosa Commons student housing
building will range from $745 for
one bedroom in a four-bedroom
unit to $900 for a single unit. Xi
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SOCCER»
Dominance on the pitch
Women's soccer coasts to a weekend sweep
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
A dominant all-around performance powered the UBC
women's soccer team to a sweep
of their prairie rivals this past
weekend. The Thunderbirds
soundly defeated the University
of Saskatchewan Huskies 4-0
on Friday night and the CIS No.
9 ranked University of Regina
Cougars 6-0 on Saturday night at
Thunderbird Stadium.
Strikers Taryn Lim and Janine
Frazao led the high-powered
attack, combining for a total of
seven goals and six assists over
the two games. Frazao racked
up a four-goal game against
Regina, with Lim assisting on
each goal. Frazao now has eight
goals on the season, good enough
for second in the Canada West
conference, while Lim has six to
go along with four assists.
On top of the duo's offensive
outburst, it was the all-around
team game that led to the convincing victories. UBC only allowed four shots over the whole
weekend, making goalie Alyssa
Williamson's job easy in earning
the two shutouts.
"The girls did really well
today; it was a good weekend of
work for them," said head coach
Mark Rogers after Saturday's
contest. "[Regina's] not a bad
team, and I thought we were just
that good today."
Rogers was impressed by the
standout performances from his
top two strikers, but he was also
quick to praise his entire squad
for the contributions they made.
"It's not just those two; that
was 18 players again today," he
said. "Every player that has gone
HOGAN WONG PHOTWHE UBYSSEY
Janine Frazao scored five goals on the weekend, helping to lead the offensive attack.
in has given us a lift, and there's
nothing better as a coach to know
that we can give fresh legs, and
hopefully that'll pay dividends
towards the end of the season."
Kelly Cook, Kim Van Duy-
nhoven and Nicole Sydor also
scored for UBC on the weekend,
as the T-Birds didn't have much
trouble in breaking down their
opponents' defence. Their goals
came in a variety of forms, from
headers to breakaways, but
it was their corner kicks that
proved deadliest.
"Kelly got a nice header in the
first half that got us up one nil,
[and] we could've had a few more
in the first half," said Rogers, who
has focused on creating a litany of
set plays for corner kicks that his
team has been running perfectly.
UBC now sits at 6-1 — good for
third place in the Canada West
— and has now clinched a playoff
spot. They travel to Alberta next
weekend to take on the University
of Alberta and Mount Royal and
try to extend their current four-
game winning streak. Xi
FOOTBALL»
T-Birds run all over Alberta, get
season back on track
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
In a battle of the two last winless
teams in the Canada West, the
UBC football team managed to
break their slump and keep playoff
hopes alive by soundly defeating
the University of Alberta Golden
Bears 29-10 on Saturday afternoon
in Edmonton.
The Thunderbirds desperately
needed this victory to get their
season back on track. Although
Alberta may not have been the
stiffest competition, simply gaining
winning momentum is crucial at
this point of the season for the
T-Birds.
"This was huge. The first win
definitely proved to be the hardest
for us to get, but we are glad to
finally get the monkey off our
back," said head coach Shawn
Olson. "We came into this season
with a group of guys that had big
expectations, and then things
didn't go our way and we started to
make mental mistakes. Today we
were able to relax, play loose and
get the job done."
The 'Birds got off to a quick
start in the contest and never
looked back. After they forced the
Golden Bears to fumble at the mid-
field, UBC capitalized with a drive
that was capped off by Brandon
Deschamps running untouched
into the endzone for a 15-yard
score.
On Alberta's next possession, the
defence finally stepped up. They
stopped the Bears three times on
the five-yard line, with Nikolaas
Termansen picking off quarterback
Curtis Dell in the endzone on third
down. UBC managed to turn that
turnover into points as well, as Billy
Greene scampered 62 yards for a
touchdown to make it 14-0 UBC.
Deschamps added another
rushing touchdown to make it21-0,
and a rouge point for UBC sent
the T-Birds into the dressing room
with a 22-0 lead. After an Alberta
safety in the fourth quarter, Greene
hooked up with Patrick Bull on
a four-yard pass to make it 29-2.
Alberta added a late touchdown,
putting the final score at 29-10.
The running game once again
proved to be the T-Birds' most
dangerous weapon, as they racked
up 293 yards on the ground. Greene
rushed for 153, and Deschamps
added 90 to go along with his
two touchdowns.
"We have been committed to the
ground game all year," said Olson.
"Because of our success today, we
were able to control the clock and
keep our defence off the field."
The passing game was effective
as well, with Greene throwing for
210 yards. Bull led the way with
five catches for 56 yards, and Daniel English caught two balls for 64.
However, the most impressive
part of the game was the T-Birds'
defence, which has under-performed all year. They allowed
Alberta 369 offensive yards, but
came up with several big plays
to keep the Golden Bears off the
board and the momentum in their
favour. Along with the forced
fumble and interception, UBC also
recorded five sacks; Martin Park
and Vivie Bojilov both chipped in
with two apiece.
After the T-Birds' bye week,
they will attempt to continue their
winning ways on October 13 when
they take on Regina at home. There
is still an outside chance that they
can make the playoffs, but they will
need a great deal of outside help.
Now that the Thunderbirds have
been reminded what victory feels
like, the tide may have turned for
UBC football, a
HOCKEY »
Confident T-Birds have visions of gold
Rory Gattens
Contributor
The quest for a CIS championship in men's hockey is no easy
task. But an internal belief among
the players and head coach
Milan Dragicevic has the UBC
Thunderbirds motivated and
eager to accept that challenge
when they step on the ice come
Friday's regular season opener
in Regina.
"We want to be a tough team
to play against. Our mentality is
to show up to the rink every day,
ready to battle, ready to compete
with one another in order to reproduce this when we step on the
ice for games," said Dragicevic.
"In order to be successful this
season, we need to make sure we
do the little things right, whether
that is finishing our checks, chipping pucks deep or being patient
cycling the puck."
Dragicevic's confidence
has certainly been instilled in
his players.
"Our main goal this year is to
hang a [championship] banner
in this rink," said fourth-year
forward Wyatt Hamilton. "We
surprised a lot of people last year,
and this year with the strong
recruits we have added, our goal
should be nothing short of reaching nationals."
The Thunderbirds certainly
have the attitude to achieve such
a feat, but this confidence must
be recreated on the ice in order to
turn around a 2011-2012 regular
season in which they finished
12-12-4 and fourth in the Canada West. In the playoffs, they
managed to stun the University
of Calgary Dinos 4-3 in game one
of the first-round three game
series in Calgary, but ultimately lost the next two games and
were eliminated.
However, with 21 returning
players and an impressive recruiting class in 2012, UBC is
hoping to build off of that result.
"Our recruits this year were
the ones we wanted," said
Hamilton. "Joe Antilla, Neil
Manning, Dylan Wagner, Brad
Hoban: I mean, these guys were
all sought after by teams all over
the country, and to bring them
here to Vancouver is definitely
a positive for us. They fill the
needs we lacked last year as well
as the holes left from players
graduating."
The Thunderbirds haven't
just improved on the ice, either;
the team feels they have built a
cohesive relationship outside of
the rink as well.
"It's really important to
instill a camaraderie within the
group, and I feel we have that,"
said goaltender Jordan White,
who will shoulder most of the
load in between the pipes for
UBC. "Whether you're a first,
fourth, or even fifth-year guy,
it's important that everyone gets
to know each other on and off
the ice. I think we're the tightest we've ever been; all the boys
<AIJACOBSON PHOJWHE UBYSSEY
After an off-season of intense training, the T-Birds are prepared for a tough regular season.
really like each other and enjoy
spending the time off the ice
together. We do a lot of things
outside the rink together, which
we hope will only solidify ourselves as a solid unit on the ice as
well."
With the looming NHL lockout, hockey-deprived students
can look no further than this
team, which has players with
storied junior hockey careers.
Most notably, forward Scott
Wasden played in the 2007
Memorial Cup for the Medicine
Hat Tigers and battled future
NHLers James Neal, Michal
Neurvirth and David Perron
before losing in the final to a
Vancouver Giants squad made up
of players such as Evander Kane,
Milan Lucie and current teammate Neil Manning.
"Our program definitely is the
most underrated [brand of] hockey in the Lower Mainland. Every
guy here has played the highest
level in Junior or B.C. Junior
hockey, and when you come
out to games, you're going to be
pleased with the product you see
on the ice," said White.
The NHL lockout will undoubtedly be a drag for the
players, but they can seek consolation in the fact that crowds
for their games may be larger,
which would be a big support for
the 'Birds on their journey to a
national championship.
"Friday and Saturday night
games are a great spot to start
the night at: gathering a group
of friends together to cheer on
the boys. The atmosphere is
always great, and with increased
fan support, this could be the
start of something special,"
said Hamilton.
UBC opens the 2012-13 Canada
West season with two away
games this weekend against the
University of Regina Cougars.
After travelling to Colorado for a
few exhibition games, they will
come back home on October 19
to face Lethbridge at the Doug
Mitchell Sports Centre, where
plans of a tailgate and pep rally
are in the making.
With such a motivated group
of talented players, it won't be
surprising when the Thunderbirds turn that energy into results and start making headlines
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IN THE
DOGHOUSE
The Ubyssey investigates Fido Mobile
salespeople's practice of misreporting the
age of minors in an attempt to drum up sales
by Arno Rosenfeld
A    Ubyssey investigation
has discovered evidence
of salespeople from Fido
Mobile compelling underage
students to sign cellphone contracts using false ages.
Through interviewing students
who signed up for Fido cellphones
at two on-campus events and at an
off-campus Fido store frequented
by students, as well as reporting
undercover from both locations,
it appears that asking 18-year-old
students to fudge an extra year
onto their ages may be a common
practice for dealers at the cellphone service provider.
"We're just goingto make [you]
one year older," a Fido saleswoman in the SUB told a Ubyssey
reporter inquiring as a potential
underage customer.
B.C. law prevents minors under
the age of 19 from being legally
bound by contracts. Additionally,
law professors interviewed about
Fido's practices argue that this
practice could possibly constitute
fraud. Presently, no governmental
agency appears to be responsible
for enforcing the behaviour of
cellphone providers.
Fido paid $5,000 for the exclusive sponsorship of two events
during Jump Start, a two-week
orientation event for first-year
international students in August.
At a parents' reception and a
student dinner in mid-August,
Fido signed many students up for
their first Canadian cellphone
plans. Fido also had a table in
the SUB during the first week of
classes, while Skynet Wireless, a
Fido-authorized dealer, was in two
residence commonsblocks during
the first week of school. Also, several of the underage students who
spoke to The Ubyssey found the
lines at those events too long, and
signed up at the Fido store on 519
West Broadway instead.
At all of these locations, salespeople reportedly offered to let
18-year-olds enter into multi-
year contracts.
T, an 18-year-old
Arts student
fromWis-
said she visited the Broadway store
with her mother, who T. assumed
would need to sign the contract
for her.
The Ubyssey is only identifying
underage students interviewed for
this article by the first letters of
their names to avoid putting their
contracts in jeopardy or exposing
them to legal liability.
T. described standing at the
counter while a Fido salesperson
read off her passport, activating
her account over the phone.
"They were reading it off and
they said April 22 ... 1993," said T,
whose passport attests that she
was actually born in 1994. "And
my mom and I both jumped up and
we were like, 'What? That's not my
birthday.' And the person behind
the counter told us, 'Stop, let it go.'"
T. said the salesperson later
offered to correct her birthday
but discouraged it, saying it would
make things more difficult.
A LEGAL GREY AREA
Accordingto UBC law professor
Bruce MacDougall, B.C.'s Infants
Act declares that any contract
signed by a minor is unenforceable
on the minor, at least until he or
she reaches the age of majority.
In some cases, this can mean the
contract stays unenforceable even
after that minor's 19th birthday.
MacDougall said that even
though an 18-year-old signing a
cellphone contract isn't actually
bound by its terms, many such
minors feel compelled to follow
them anyway.
"A lot of people actually abide
by contracts that aren't actually
binding on them," said MacDougall. "There are all sorts of contracts
that you don't have to abide by,
but people do because they're led
to believe that somehow they're
binding."
As well as believing they are
locked into a cellphone plan's
monthly fees, underage students
who have signed up with Fido also
run the risk of having their credit
damaged, MacDougall explained.
Many questions about the legality of Fido's practices, and who
is in charge of enforcing them,
remain fuzzy. There is little regulation in the Canadian cellphone
market, and it's unlikely that the
company would face any
consequences for
signing up
under- MONDAY, OCTOBER 1,2012    |    NEWS FEATURE
age customers unless the customers
themselves complain.
In 1996, the federal telecommunications regulator, the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC),
decided that there was enough
competition in the cellphone market that federal oversight was no
longer needed.
"From that point onwards, wireless providers did not have to get
the CRTC to approve their rates,
terms and conditions of service,"
said Kirsten Embree, a part-time
professor at the University of
Ottawa and former legal counsel
at AT&T Canada. AT&T Canada
previously held an ownership stake
in Rogers Wireless, which has been
Fido's parent company since 2004.
Embree continued, "The CRTC
has never really focused specifically on the age at which contracts
are entered into.... I think there's an
implicit assumption that contracts
will be with individuals who are
over the age of majority."
FIRST-TIME BUYERS
When The Ubyssey went undercover to the Fido authorized dealer
at 519 West Broadway and began
the process of signing up for a new
cellphone plan, we discovered that
the rules were easy to flout.
"Legally, it's 19," a salesperson
at the Broadway store told this
18-year-old Ubyssey reporter, when
asked if someone who is 18 years old
can still hold a regular cellphone
plan. "But I can make it work,"
she added.
She indicated that she would
be using a false age when entering
the account information into a
Fido database. When asked why it
was necessary to put down a false
age, she explained, "It's just with
Canada.... Once you sign up, they
want you to take responsibility of
the account. So they want you to be
older."
It isn't strictly illegal for people
under the age of 19 to sign a contract; the law only says that while
people are still minors, they can't be
bound by the contract's terms. Recording a customer's age incorrectly as 19 doesn't make the contract
enforceable, but it does make it look
like salespeople are complying with
Fido's corporate policy when they
aren't.
Sara Holland, a spokesperson
from Fido's parent company, Rogers, said that the company's policy
was to only allow people who are
19 years and older to hold contract-based cellphone plans.
"Students may have different
experiences going through [authorized dealers] when it comes to
price," wrote Holland in
an email. "What
should be
across the board, however, is our
policy on age and account activation."
Rogers' policy states that proof
of age must be provided when a
customer opens an account.
"Customers under age of majority are not eligible to act as a
financially responsible party (i.e.
account holder)," wrote Holland.
While Holland said Rogers does
not disclose employee compensation, several online sources,
including a job description on
the Rogers website, indicate Fido
salespeople are expected to meet
sales goals. On Glassdoor, a website
where employees post reviews
of the companies they work for,
someone describing themself as a
Rogers employee in Ottawa said
commissions were tied to "impossible targets." The pressure of sales
goals would provide an incentive to
violate corporate policy and sign up
underage customers.
In 2008, the Toronto Star
reported that Fido was shifting its
business model from "one focused
on attracting young urban professionals to one targeting price-conscious first-time buyers."
"Price-conscious first-time
buyers" might describe the 700 or
so international students at Jump
Start, most of whom were under
19, as well as many of the UBC students encountering Fido's tables in
the SUB and at campus residences
during the first week of school.
Holland said Fido's strategy
during Jump Start was to sign
up 18-year-olds for contract-free
prepaid plans, and to restrict
contract-based plans, which
usually cost less on a per-minute
or per-megabyte basis, to those 19
years and older.
She added that the goal of the
Jump Start sponsorship was to
attract international students in
general, not specifically first-
year students, though the Jump
Start program is exclusively for
first-year students.
IS THIS FRAUD?
According to Holland, there aren't
many checks on whether Rogers'
age policy is upheld. Age is only
verified by the salesperson at the
point of sale, Holland said. She said
date of birth was kept on file as part
of the mandatory credit check for
contract plans. Holland said she
wasn't able to comment on whether
Rogers or Fido monitor or review
the contracts signed up by their
authorized dealers.
Signing up minors is a risky
business practice, said law professor MacDougall. "I can't see how
if [Fido salespeople are] the ones
who are encouraging people to do
this, how they would have any leg
to stand on it, tryingto require the
people to be bound by the contract,"
MacDougall said.
He said that while the contract is
unenforceable on the minor, it stays
completely binding on Fido's side.
"Whatever they [minors signing the
contract] were promised, they can
get," MacDougall said.
J., an 18-year-old Arts student
from California, described a Fido
salesman's instructions after he
signed up for a contract cellphone
plan. "What he said was that, after
I turned 19, to call the company
and inform them of the error that
was made on the sheet because I
checked my own information and
saw that they put my birthday in
wrong."
Under the Infants Act, if an adult
ratifies a contract they signed while
underage, then it becomes legally
binding for both parties. Ratifying
a contract can be as simple as the
adult informing the other party, in
this case Fido, that they are now
old enough accept the terms of the
contract and wish to do so.
"I have a suspicion that what
they may be doing is trying to turn
[a minor informing them about an
'error' in their age] into a ratification," MacDougall said. MacDougall added that if a student does
not repudiate the contract, either
verbally or simply by stopping payment, within one year of turning
19, the contract is considered to be
ratified automatically.
MacDougall was clear in in his
criticism of the Fido salespeople's
practices. "In terms of contracts,
it almost certainly would be an
illegal contract," MacDougall said.
A contract becomes illegal when
it violates a public policy or piece
of legislation, he explained. In
this case, getting a minor to sign a
cellphone contract attempts to skirt
laws meant to prevent the exploitation of minors.
Professor Joel Bakan, who also
teaches contract law at UBC, took
an even stronger stance. Encouraging minors to lie about their age
"in order to avoid legal restrictions
in British Columbia is... highly
problematic, akin to fraud, as there
is a deliberate attempt to profit
through deliberate deceit," wrote
Bakan in an email. "The company's
actions are certainly unethical and
likely unlawful."
UBC professor Joost Blom,
who is familiar with both contract
and fraud law, said it was unclear
whether it constituted fraud to lead
underage students to believe the
contracts they signed were legally
binding. However, Blom certainly
thought the process was deceptive.
"Falsely telling someone what
their legal rights are isn't necessarily fraud," Blom said, adding, "It's
not an easy matter."
LEGAL HOT POTATO
With the CRTC no longer regulating cellphone companies, it's unclear who is in charge of ensuring
they follow ethical guidelines.
"We don't regulate contracts
like that; I know, for sure,
that is provincially regulated," a
CRTC spokeswoman said, saying
that The Ubyssey should instead
contact Consumer Protection B.C.
Consumer Protection B.C. — the
provincial agency charged with
regulating business practices,
including contracts — said the
matter fell outside of their purview because there are federal
bodies charged with overseeing
the telecommunications industry.
Those bodies are the CRTC and"
the Commissioner for Complaints
for Telecommunications Services
(CCTS).
The CCTS is a federal agency
that addresses consumer complaints against phone companies.
However, a representative said they
cannot intervene unless a consumer
brings a personal complaint to their
attention, and even then, they can
only act if a cellphone company is
explicitly violating its own corporate terms of service. Fido's terms of
service make no mention of age.
Most of the 18-year-old students
who signed contracts with Fido said
in interviews with The Ubyssey that
they were happy with their phone
service, so it's unlikely that any of
them will be complaining to the
CCTS anytime soon.
"The guy who was working at
the [Fido] desk was really cool," said
J., the student from California. He
said upon learning his age, the Fido
salesman told him, "I know this is
the situation, that you are a student,
so I'm going to help you with this."
The CCTS told The Ubyssey that
Canada's Competition Bureau,
which enforces various business
regulations, might have some
jurisdiction over this matter. This
summer, the bureau launched
a class-action lawsuit against
wireless companies Rogers, Bell
and Telus for allegedly misleading
customers about fees.
However, on the issue of minors
signing contracts, Competition Bureau spokesman Bray Park said, "It
may be more prudent to contact the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or
a local law enforcement authority."
The RCMP did not reply to repeated requests for comment and the
Vancouver Police Department does
not have jurisdiction over UBC's
campus.
When told that the federal
agencies declined to address the
issue, Consumer Protection B.C.
spokeswoman Manjit Bains said
the agency would follow up with
the CRTC and CCTS. However,
after Bains checked with both
those bodies, he said he had no new
information. A Consumer Protection B.C. representative said they
would look to raise the issue during
their periodic discussions with
the government.
VETTING FIDO
In the case of Fido's Jump Start
sponsorship, UBC international
student advisor Michelle Suder-
man said Jump Start relied on the
government to ensure sponsors
followed ethical business practices.
Randy Schmidt, associate director of UBC Public Affairs, elaborated on the vetting process.
"Jump Start staff put out a
request of interest for their event,...
reviewed them for issues like
fit, whether they met a student
need, service [and] affordability,"
Schmidt wrote in an email. "Fido
was chosen as a good fit."
Schmidt continued, "We are not
aware of any complaints or concerns about their presence at the
Jump Start [events]."
The AMS provided little information about how they vetted
vendors in the SUB, how much they
charge to rent vendor tables, or
which authorized dealer was representing Fido at the table in the SUB
during the first week of school. The
AMS referred any legal questions
about vendors' actions to the RCMP
and said they had not heard from
any students unhappy with the Fido
booth's actions.
As for Skynet Wireless, the
Fido-authorized dealer present in
the Totem Park and Place Vanier
commonsblocks during the first
week of school, Schmidt said Student Housing and Hospitality Services enters into agreements with
vendors every year who pay a daily
fee. Schmidt added that Skynet had
been on campus during the first
week of school since 2010.
When this Ubyssey reporter went
undercover to try to sign up at one
of the Skynet booths, a salesperson
said that no lying about age was
necessary. The Skynet salesperson
said they could sign up anyone who
"had credit," which they said could
be obtained by purchasing a prepaid credit card. Anyone 16 years of
age or older can get a prepaid credit
card in Canada, though most such
cards do not actually contribute to
the user's credit history.
TIGHTENING THE LEACH
Rogers spokeswoman Holland said
Rogers would be investigating these
incidents, and she said they would
take steps to make sure this practice doesn't keep happening. "It is
hugely concerning to us if students
are being signed up in violation of
our policy or being encouraged to
be dishonest about their ages," she
wrote in an email.
With an eye toward providing more oversight of cellphone
companies, Ontario, Manitoba
and Nova Scotia have all passed
legislation regulating cellphone
contracts' terms and conditions
over the past year. Frustrated by
the piecemeal nature of these new
provincial regulations, Rogers and
Telus have petitioned the CRTC to
create a national consumer code
regulating cellphone contracts,
with Rogers going as far as to
submit an actual code to the CRTC
for consideration.
"Everybody seems to play a little
bit of a different role," said Bains,
the Consumer Protection B.C.
spokeswoman. "There's definitely
room for strengthening the oversight of cellphone contracts." Xi
Encouraging minors to lie
about their age is "...highh
problematic, akin to fraud
as there is a deliberate
attempt to profit through
deliberate deceit."
Joel Bakan
UBC law professor Culture I
ANNAZORIA
MONDAY, OCTOBER 1,20:
ELECTIONS »
Chris Cannon, a UBC journalism lecturer, joined forces with comedian Brian Calvert to create the Canada Party.
UBC prof spoofs U.S. elections in viral videos
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Rhys Edwards
Senior Culture Writer
With the Republican Party's
commitment to alienating as
many Americans as possible, and
the Democrats' reluctance to
distinguish themselves from the
Republicans, American citizens
are struggling to choose between
candidates for the upcoming
presidential elections.
Thankfully, there is now a
third option. On behalf of the
entire Canadian populace, the
Canada Party has officially
nominated itself as a candidate
for the U.S. presidency. If the
Canada Party is elected, Canadian citizens everywhere will
be granted the right to lead the
most powerful nation on earth.
"All the candidates seemed to
have glaring issues, so much so
that even the Republican Party
was complaining about their crop
of candidates, and so we thought,
the American people are really
getting screwed in all of this,"
said UBC journalism professor
Chris Cannon, who co-founded
the Canada Party with comedian
Brian Calvert.
CONVENTIONS »
"We couldn't just sit back, saying, 'Why isn't somebody helping
these poor people?' We realized
we're people, and we realized
that the Canadian people might
actually be able to help out."
Once elected, the Canada
Party will introduce legislation
designed to better America's
state of affairs. Proposed policies
include legalizing marijuana
and then investing in Cheetos
stocks to pay off America's debts
to China; free dental care for all
hockey players; and the addition
of William Shatner's head to
Mount Rushmore.
Since its inception, the party
has quickly gained momentum.
Their inaugural campaign commercial, Meet the Canada Party,
has over one million YouTube
hits, and the party has been
covered by CBC, CNN and the
BBC. The campaign's success
has prompted a book launch
and tours of the U.S. According
to Cannon, "The message we're
getting from a lot of Americans
is that the reason we look great is
because we're not the other two
[parties]."
"I think they're happy to have
a third option that's not caught
in a binary relationship," added
Calvert, who stars in the party's
viral videos. "Everything is black
and white terms: it's liberal-conservative, Republican-Democrat,
patriot-terrorist.
"We have a chapter in our
book called 'The Cameron Plan:
America in 3D,' and it proposes
that James Cameron, the Canadian director, oversee the legislature in the United States, so
that for anything they can't agree
on on certain days, Cameron has
broad sweeping powers to come
in and offer a third dimension."
Cannon met Calvert through
ultimate frisbee, where they discovered they share an interest in
sketch comedy and short videos.
They began working together,
producing and uploading comedy
videos to Calvert's YouTube
channel. It was last year's Republican primaries that drove the
duo towards political comedy.
"We saw the parade of clowns
and thought, 'We gotta get in on
this,'" said Cannon.
In running their campaign,
Cannon and Calvert are not just
trying to lampoon the Amer
ican political system for cheap
laughs; they have more nuanced
goals in mind. The duo hopes
that their satire will encourage
a more rational discourse among
American politicians.
"We do believe in the concept
of American exceptionalism,...
but we think that the thing that's
missing most in the concept
of American exceptionalism is
the concept of humility, which
is something Canadians are
uniquely qualified to bring to
America," said Cannon.
"The two bullhorns on either
side are so loud and judgmental
that people don't really have a
chance to sit down with somebody who has a different view
and just have a discussion
without it getting emotional and
heated," added Calvert. "We're
hoping that the humour sort of
diffuses it a bit."
But what are the Canada
Party's real political sympathies?
"We like to think of ourselves
as rational humanists," asserted
Calvert. "We believe in reason
and kindness, and you can drive
a whole nation on those principles." Xi
VCON going strong since 1971
Science fiction and fantasy convention got its start at UBC and SFU
Matisse Emanuele
Contributor
In the days before science fiction
and fantasy went mainstream, a
group of UBC and SFU students
had one big idea: host a large
convention with all of the notable
writers, movie stars and artists in
the genre.
This convention was originally
meant to be a one-shot event, but
since its debut in 1971, there have
been 37 editions of the Vancouver
Convention (VCON). It is now
Vancouver's largest general-interest convention. This year's VCON
was held from Sept. 28-30 and
featured a post-apocalyptic theme.
Unlike similar conventions
in the U.S., VCON doesn't focus
exclusively on popular media
and celebrities.
Rose Wilson, the director of the
art show at VCON, said she tries
to feature artists who stretch the
boundaries of the genre — in her
words, "more than dragons and
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"We've never been able to
describe VCON [to] any satisfaction," said R. Graeme Cameron,
who helped put together the first
VCON when he was 18 years old.
"It's a general-interest convention,
which means there's a little bit of
everything going on."
The faces behind VCON have
changed; it is no longer run by
either UBC or SFU clubs, but rather the West Coast Science Fiction
Association, a society created specifically to manage the convention.
The association hopes to expand
VCON enough to one day host
Westercon, the largest science fic
tion convention in the West Coast.
The last time that Westercon was
held at UBC was in 1990, and had
over 3,000 attendees.
Could there be another Westercon at UBC in the near future?
It is definitely a possibility, but
as Cameron was quick to note, it
all depends on the fans. "General-interest conventions have been
dying, [so it] could go either way,"
he said.
The convention certainly
doesn't lack a loyal fanbase; many
attendees have been drawn back to
VCON year after year since its inception. Michael Walsh, who was
a reporter for the Province in 1971,
has fond memories of walking into
the convention for the first time as
an outsider.
"[There was a] great deal of
energy being expended in pursuit
of — I wasn't really sure of what at
the time, [but] I wanted to know
more," he said. Forty years later,
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PERFORMING ARTS »
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Youth Waves Concert debuts in Vancouver.
Priyanka Hariharan
Contributor
After five years in Toronto, the
annual Youth Waves Concert — a
festival that features emerging
Canadian artists — has finally arrived on the shores of Vancouver.
The performers, many of which
were scouted from YouTube,
made a splash on Sept. 29 at the
Chan Centre. Acts like Tori Kelly,
D-Pride, Jenny Suk and Mitchell
Grey have travelled as part of the
festival's national tour.
At its roots, Youth Waves was
created to celebrate the cultural
bonds of the Filipino community
in Toronto. This year, organizer Ronn Ligaya decided that it
was time to diversify the festival's audience by embracing
other cultures and recruiting
non-Filipino talent.
Wanting to differentiate
this year's event from a typical
talent show, Ligaya decided on a
YouTube-inspired angle. He was
floored by the plethora of homegrown talent on the popular video
sharing website.
"In Canada, many people view
YouTubers as just YouTubers,
not performers," he said. "Youth
Waves works to change that. YouTube is simple, relatable and real.
One should think, if they can do
that, then I can too."
When asked about his favourite Youth Waves moment, Ligaya
recalled AJ Rafael's 2010 performance at Dundas Square in Toronto.
"It was raining hard all night.
But he still performed and the
crowd went nuts.... I love these
guys, because the show must
always go on. That's the kind of
people we are looking for," he said.
For Ligaya and one of the artists
at this year's concert, Don Smoove,
the most appealing aspect of Youth
Waves is that there is no single
headliner. Smoove met Ligaya at
Dundas Square over a year ago
and has been participating in the
festival ever since.
"This is my second year and I
have such an awesome bond with
all the artists. It's such a family
atmosphere and we just feed off
each other's energy all the time,"
Smoove said.
Smoove said he was overwhelmed by the crowd of two
thousand people at his first performance last year.
"No one is always goingto give a
perfect performance. You just have
to rattle it up and go with it. That's
what makes an amazing show,"
he said.
Youth Waves is a nonprofit
organization, so every year, they
choose a cause to donate their
profits to. This year, proceeds will
go to the Multicultural Helping
House Society, an organization
that helps immigrants integrate
into the community.
"We do this for the community
and [to] make people feel like they
are part of something special,"
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VIFF flicks span slow thrills, dark comedy and love
MIDNIGHTS CHILDREN
As British colonial rule in India
comes to an end on August 15,1947,
two baby boys born at the stroke of
midnight — one rich, one poor — are
switched in their cribs as an act of
revolution. While Saleem is raised
with the trappings of privilege, Shiva must rely on his wits to survive.
As India goes through its growing pains, fate repeatedly draws
the duo together over the next
three decades.
With Deepah Mehta (Water,
2005) directing and Salman Rushdie
adapting and narrating his best-selling novel for the big screen, you'd
expect nothing less than greatness
from Midnight's Children.
But while the multigenerational
story is intriguing, it's not without problems. Rushdie's narration
quickly grows tiresome — a case of
too much tell and not enough show
— and the huge cast of characters
becomes challenging to keep track
of. More importantly, the magical
elements of the story are poorly
explained and awkwardly executed.
Anyone unfamiliar with India's
tumultuous history will surely be
lost for the bulk of the movie.
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MY FATHER AND THE
MAN IN BLACK
Jonathan Holiff never understood
why his father, Saul, was absent for
most of his childhood; as Johnny
Cash's long-time agent, Saul often
put the celebrity's issues before his
own. Saul and Jonathan's relationship grew so strained that at 17,
Jonathan left home and the two
never spoke again. In 2005, Saul
committed suicide. While cleaning out his father's storage locker,
Jonathan found a treasure trove that
provided some answers.
My Father and the Man In Black
uses never-before-seen source
material, including audio clips from
the journals that Saul recorded over
several decades, as well as a vast
library of photos and video clips.
While the documentary further
fleshes out Cash's turbulent career,
Holiff inadvertently authors his own
cautionary tale.
A cathartic exercise for the
younger Holiff, Man In Black is thoroughly researched, perfectly paced
and engaging.
—GregUrsic
DESIGN OF DEATH
Hu Guan's (Cow, 2009) fourth
feature film literally starts off with
a bang. After being ruthlessly beaten
in a potato sack in the back of a
truck, the hero of the film is thrown
down a mountain only to be hit by a
truck as he reaches the bottom. The
Tarantino-style violence is nothing
short of hilarious.
The protagonist, Niu Jieshi
(Huang Bo), has been banished from
the village he grew up in because
of his father's poor reputation. The
bizarre little town is famous for
absurdist traditions and rituals,
such as keeping their elders alive
against their will until they are 120
years old. As Jieshi grows older,
his loneliness causes him to seek
attention as a prankster. To get rid
of him, the entire town makes his
alienation official by pretending he
has a disease.
The small society in the film is
so focused on preserving life that it
neglects the human emotions that
make it worth living. Satirical and
often absurd, Design of Death definitely gives the viewer something to
think about.
—Alexis Sogl
CARTOON COLLEGE
Cartoon College is an institution
in the middle of nowhere — more
specifically, White River Junction,
Vermont — where 20 students enter
an intense two-year program to try
to make it in the graphic novel industry. The struggles of the students
are sugar-coated and even a bit
distracting to the ultimate premise
of the film, mainly centred around
the future of the graphic novel.
Big-shots like Jimmy Corrigan
and Art Spiegelman clarify that
cartoons and graphic art still ha
ven't been properly differentiated.
Though the practice was borne out
of Warhol's Factory in the sixties, it
only started being widely published
in the past 10 years.
Despite shedding some light on
recent developments in the graphic
novel industry, Cartoon College
provides little reason for audiences
to get excited about the cause.
—Alexis Sogl
NEIGHBOURING SOUNDS
Taking place in Recife, Brazil,
Neighbouring Sounds delves into
the lives of about a dozen characters
living on the same street. Throughout the film, themes of class
division, fear, safety and violence
are explored through seemingly
mundane moments. Director Kleber
Mendonca Filho has created a detail-oriented, character-driven piece
that lets the audience form their
own opinions on the motivations of
each character.
Although Neighbouring Sounds
is categorized as a thriller and
drama, the tension is so subtle that
it is easily forgotten. The suspense
becomes tiring, and all the ominous
foreshadowing essentially builds up
to nothing.
However, Neighbouring Sounds
demonstrates how a well-timed
soundtrack can bring a movie to life.
The intentional use of silence and
noise was sometimes the only thing
that could keep the attention of
the audience.
—Rebekah Ho
TEDDYBEAR
Picture a Danish Arnold Schwarzenegger, sans accent, and you'll have
Dennis (Kim Kold), the endearing
38-year-old professional body-builder on a quest for love.
Unbeknownst to his diminutive
and controlling mother, Ingrid
(Elsebeth Steentoft), the gentle giant
decides to fly to beautiful Thailand
in pursuit of love. The protagonist
grows disenchanted, however,
when he finds himself in a series of
painfully awkward encounters with
local Thai prostitutes. It is not until
he visits his natural habitat, the
gym, that he finds what he's looking
for in Toi, the sweet Thai woman
who runs the facility.
Director Mads Matthiesen's
Teddy Bear boasts no diabolical
twists or witty dialogue, since all
that seems to come out of Dennis's
mouth is "No." But once you get past
this minor setback, you stumble
upon a phenomenal masterpiece
embedded in a stellar cast. In his
ironic brilliance as a meek lamb
trapped inside a gargantuan body,
Kim Kold exceeds expectations as
Dennis. Xi
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FARTING SHOTS AND SNAP JUDGMENTS ON TODAY'S ISSUES
Housing Action Plan gives
students short shrift
UBC's hierarchy
of needs
AMS finally gets real with its
rapid transit strategy
Those of you following the
AMS's most recent rapid transit
campaign may have been surprised to hear Surrey mentioned
more frequently than the fabled
UBC Line.
The AMS is taking a different
approach to rapid transit issues
with the Get on Board campaign, a partnership between
area student unions and municipalities that advocates for new
funding for TransLink. In 2010,
the AMS poured money into a
similar initiative that declared,
"UBC needs rapid transit now."
To anybody living south of
the Fraser, the idea that Point
Grey should be prioritized for
rapid transit probably seemed a
little petulant, and downright
heinous if the project would
be funded by a toll on the Port
Mann Bridge.
That's why you won't see
much mention of a UBC Line in
this campaign. Instead of positioning themselves in opposition
to the suburbs, the AMS has
realized that when it comes to
transit improvements, everyone's equally screwed. 99 B-Line
pass-ups will still be the rallying
cry for students, but this more
measured approach, coupled
with the upcoming election, will
probably prove more effective.
UBC needs to make sure its
students aren't being fleeced
So Fido has been giving contracts to underage students.
Both parties are getting what
they think they want. Eighteen-year-olds are getting their
cellphones and Fido employees
are meeting their sales goals.
Shadiness of the contracts
aside, there are reasons why you
have to be 19 to sign a binding
contract in B.C. Students are
risking their credit history on an
unenforceable contract that they
shouldn't have been able to sign
in the first place.
Fido has admitted that their
biggest demographic is young
people who have never had a
cellphone. Add to this the fact
that Fido was marketing their
phones to international students
at a UBC-sponsored event, and
the situation gets even more
complicated. Students who have
just arrived in Canada and haven't developed any brand loyalties are being offered contracts
by a company that seems to have
UBC's seal of approval.
There are currently no gov-
In 2010, the AMS
poured money
into an initiative
that declared 'UBC
needs rapid transit
now.' To anybody
living south of
the Fraser, the
idea that Point
Grey should be
prioritized for
rapid transit
probably seemed a
little petulant.
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ernmental agencies overseeing
cellphone contacts, so the onus
falls on UBC to decide who can
promote themselves on campus.
UBC has to be more careful
about regulating marketing,
especially if they are the only
group doing it.
Post-secondary sector needs
leadership from government
It's always a bit of a stretch to
expect a new minister to be
good at their job right away.
Often without any professional
experience in the field, ministers are thrust into a position
and have to learn as they go.
This is why it's easy to be
skeptical about the appointment
of a third provincial minister
of advanced education in three
years. The sector is facing tough
times. Universities and colleges
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are seeing funded seats fill
up, yet are expected to reduce
reliance on provincial funding. The government wants to
see universities work harder
to avoid duplicating services,
even as it leads the charge
in converting colleges into
teaching universities.
The last minister, Naomi
Yamamoto, planned to deal with
all of these structural issues by
letting university presidents
find solutions that worked for
their specific institutions. This
wasn't exactly fearless leadership from someone with a clear
vision for the sector.
The new minister, John Yap,
appears to think that the issue
of post-secondary affordability
in B.C. will manage itself; he's
content to focus on trades and
job creation instead.
Post-secondary education in
B.C. needs fixing. It remains to
be seen whether the leadership
required to fix the system will
ever come from the government.
Lightning round
And now, a grab bag of our
scribbled ravings on the news of
the day.
Career Days Hope you
like taking things out of the
ground, because if not, no one
even wants to look at you at
these events. If your degree is
about taking things out of the
ground, you don't need a hiring
fair; you're going to have no
problem finding a job when you
graduate. Why not hold an Arts
hiring fair? You're going to need
someone to write all your feelgood press release copy.
B.C. mayors Good on you for
voting, in this, the Year of Our
Lord 2012, to decriminalize
possession of marijuana. Now
you just have to figure out how
in hell you're ever going to get
this one past Harper. (Of course,
if pot ever is legalized, what will
stoners have to talk about when
they hang out?)
John Furlong Whoa. Xi
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EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK
by Jonny Wakefield
University, we're told, is supposed
to be about the "big questions,"
about the process psychologist
Abraham Maslow described as
(bear with me here) "self-actualization."
But most students at UBC are
concerned about a more fundamental segment of Maslow's
famous pyramid: whether they'll
be able to pay rent.
It's probably the most pressing
issue facing UBC and Vancouver
as a whole. Only a small subset of
people can actually afford to live
here. From a university perspective, it's also the single biggest
impediment to raising UBC's
international stature. The university competes globally for faculty
and students, and the cost of living
in Vancouver is a big turn-off.
With that in mind, the UBC
Board of Governors (BoG) has
been developing a strategy for
housing more students, faculty
and staff on campus. The Housing
Action Plan, passed at the BoG's
September meeting, sets out new
guidelines for controlling rent on
housing owned and operated by
the university.
And as usual, students are getting short shrift.
In a nutshell, here's what the
plan does for faculty and staff.
Ten per cent of all new housing built on campus will be made
available to own for tenured and
tenure-track faculty members at
33 per cent below market value.
The average cost of a home on
Vancouver's Westside is around
$1.2 million. Another 20 per cent
of new housing will be reserved
for faculty and staff, kept at 25 per
cent below market. Because it's
both owner and developer of the
land, UBC doesn't have to subsidize anything; it can simply not
charge as much.
Obviously, UBC's Greatest
University in the World ambitions are hurt by the high cost of
housing in Vancouver. It's hard to
attract high-powered professors
and rockstar researchers when
they find out that only 10 per cent
of university employees actually
make enough to afford a house
anywhere close to campus. Those
who do accept positions with the
university and don't earn that
much may opt to commute from
the suburbs, which tends to turn
people into stress-filled balls of
hate. Nobody wants that.
UBC has other motives for
housing more of its own on
campus, too. For one, there's the
argument that housing more
UBC-affiliated people on campus
will make the campus less of a
cultural wasteland. Students and
faculty might develop an actual
connection to this place when
hanging around after 5 p.m. is at
least a little more desirable. Plus,
a stable, year-round population
would make for a more vibrant
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campus that's able to support more
transit, business and academic activities — including the possibility
of a full-blown summer semester.
And, as revealed in a blog post
by Nassif Ghoussoub, the elected
BoG faculty rep who spearheaded
the plan, it sounds like UBC
expects this to make campus
residents less critical of the
university's development agenda.
From a post from last October:
"UBC-affiliated personnel are better positioned to accept and appreciate the living conditions within
a university community. They
would be more inclined to accept
keeping academic priorities at the
core of future decisions regarding
campus development, taxation,
representation and governance."
UBC is always telling itself that
non-academic development on
campus is fine because the revenues go back into the endowment,
which benefits the academic side
of the university and ultimately its
biggest stakeholders: students.
Which brings us, finally, to the
issue of student housing. What
does this plan offer for students
who want to live in this academic
Eden without breaking the bank?
Well, not much. The student-focused bit of the plan is pretty basic.
It assumes supply is the issue, and
pledges to house 50 per cent of
full-time students on campus. The
flagship Ponderosa Housing Hub,
currently a hole in the ground at
the intersection of West Mall and
University Boulevard, will add
1,100 new beds for students.
Don't expect to see any real
cost controls on student housing.
While rooms in the new hub will
be below the market rate, that still
puts rent in the $745-900 range
— hardly affordable for anyone
who doesn't get significant help
from their parents. Beyond that,
BoG's promised to advocate for an
increase in the B.C. student loans
housing allowance, which looks
good on paper but is really just
kicking the can down the road.
It's here we see the double
standard: UBC is willing to go to
the ropes to defend faculty and
staff from the big bad Vancouver
housing market. It's willing to
simply charge less for housing,
because, ultimately, it can. But
when students complain, we get a
callous dismissal. As UBC Housing
has said in the past, the system is
completely full, even at Ponder-
osa-level rents. Some of us can
afford it, so they don't really see a
problem here.
Because of the way student
housing is set up, it has to cover
the costs of its operation without
any additional money from the
university. But even then, it consistently runs a surplus, meaning
UBC could afford to charge less for
student housing.
But it won't. Unlike the profs
UBC hopes to recruit, we're not on
the sexy, jet-setting, bleeding edge
of the knowledge economy. But
ultimately, most students do vote
with their feet — by leaving this
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places shape people,
people shape places
At Campus + Community Planning, we're working to ensure that any choices about land, buildings, infrastructure and
transportation serve UBC's core academic mission and advance sustainability. To find out more, drop by the SUB this
Wednesday and Thursday and talk to staff from Planning + Design, Campus Sustainability and Transportation Planning.
We're at the SUB!
Time Wednesday, October 3
Joe Stott, Director of Planning, p+d
10am - 11am     Adam Cooper, Transportation Planner, transp
Aviva Savelson, Manager, Strategic Planning, cs
11am - 12pm     Joe Stott, Director of Planning, p+d
12pm - 1pm
Kera McArthur, Director, Public Engagement, c+cp
Michael Peterson, Program Manager, transp
Thursday, October 4
Liska Richer, SEEDS Program Coordinator, cs
Lisa Colby, Director, Policy Planning, p+d
Kyle Reese, Community Energy Manager, cs
Adam Cooper, Transportation Planner, transp
Dean Gregory, Landscape Architect, p+d
Michael Peterson, Program Manager, transp
Katy Short, Manager, Community & Stakeholder Relations, utown    Katy Short, Manager, Community & Stakeholder Relations, utown
Lillian Zaremba, Climate & Energy Engineer, cs
1pm - 2pm        Dean Gregory, Landscape Architect, p+d
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Kara McDougall, Manager, Engagement, cs
Kera McArthur, Director, Public Engagement, c+cp
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transportation planning   transp
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Management Programs
• Cycling Infrastructure • Partnerships
campus sustainability   cs
• Climate Action Plan ■ Green Building
• Energy Management • Sustainability Engagement
■ Waste and Water Program
Management
planning.ubc.ca       Q @ubc_candcp      f] facebook.com/ubc.candcp
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