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What's on
Karaoke with the dean: 8 p.m. @ the Pit
As part ofthe AUS Arts Week launch, drink some drink and sing some songs
with the dean of Arts and his posse. Free.
Committing to a
Healthy Lifestyle: 12
p.m. @ Henry Angus,
Room 335
Homewood Human Solutions
teaches you the first steps to
regaining dignity and self respect
through exercise and a positive
Open Mic Night: 9
p.m. @ the Gallery
Enjoy the clumsy musical stylings
ofthe unwashed masses over a
sleeve of Raven Cream Ale.
Opening of The Idiot
of Nature: 5 p.m. @
AHVA Library GaTTery
(Koerner Library,
Room 112)
This exhibit promises to play with
notions of absolute reality in a way
that will make you laugh. Featuring works from Matilda Aslizadeh,
Scott Billings and others.
UBC Thunderbirds
Women's Hockey
vs. Saskatchewan
Huskies: 7 p.m. @
Doug Mitchell
Make sure to come out and
cheer on the Thunderbirds as
they push towards the playoffs.
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Michael Souza hopes to launch his course on the psychology of gambling in the fall of 2013.
Psych prof rolls the
dice on new course
Nicholas Gorgopa
"When you know it's not a good
idea to spend all that money,
why do you do it anyways? Why
can people not control their
These are some ofthe questions UBC psychology professor
Michael Souza asks himself
as he works on creating a new
course on the psychology of
A native of central California,
Souza's interest inthe psychology of gambling was born out of
personal history, not just simple
academic curiosity.
Years ago, gambling played a
role in forcing Souza to defer an
acceptance to the University of
California, Davis.
"My dad was, and is, a
pathological gambler and spent
my college fund. When I got
into Davis, I didn't have any
resources to go, and so I worked
in a casino for a year, right after
high school," Souza said.
"I dealt black jack and the
other cool games and eventually
supervised those games. I was
18 and thought I was the king
ofthe world, and it was really
cool. And working lots of hours,
I made enough money to fund
school for a couple of years."
Considering his father's
actions, Souza's choice of job
may seem unusual.
"It's really ironic, isn't it?"
he acknowledged. "I was an
18-year-old kid and I was working in a grocery store before
this happened and I was making 10 bucks an hour. I learned
that people who were dealing
cards in the casino could sit
there and deal cards, but those
people were making 30, 40
bucks an hour.
"I often get this question
from students and it's a totally
fair one. Gambling kind of limited me at that time, but it also
enabled me too, which is really
Years later, as a professor
at UBC, Souza dedicated one
of his lectures to gambling,
discussing the mental rewards
of addiction.
"That was my birthday
two years ago and I thought
it would be kind of fun to do a
special topics lecture — maybe
a bit selfish, but it was kind of
neat, because people were kind
of excited by it.
"It was a nice way to see a
litmus test: Are people actually interested in this, or is this
something that I think is cool,
but I'm a dork and nobody else
thinks that?" he said. "But
there's been lots of positive
student interest and that's
something I've been sort of cultivating behind the scenes."
Souza hopes to start up the
new course next fall.
"The idea with this gambling
course is to create a course
where you can draw really
broad interest, not just from
psych students, but from people
from all corners of UBC, to give
them some insight into some of
the factors about why people
gamble." Xi
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AMS funds
support non-
varsity sports
Common Energy UBC wants the university to teach students about alternatives to bottled water.
Club petitions to ban sale of bottled water
Sarah Bigam
A group of students wants to
ban the sale of bottled water
on campus.
Common Energy UBC, a club
promoting sustainability on campus, is petitioning the university to
make a commitment to go "bottled water free" by March 15. The
petition has no signatures yet, but
the group plans to drum up support
during promotional events.
But the official mission ofthe
campaign isn't simply an immediate ban on the sale of bottled water.
Accordingto Quinn Runkle, director of Common Energy UBC, the
club wants the university to focus
on alternatives to bottled water,
such as water fountains and Water-
fillz stations like those inthe SUB.
As alternatives are introduced, the
sale of bottled water can be phased
out over the course of a few years.
Hard drive containing confidential student loan data missing
The Canadian government has
misplaced a portable hard drive
with personal information on
more than half a million student
loan recipients.
The hard drive — which contains
names, social insurance numbers,
contact information, dates of birth
and loan balances of 580,000
students from 2000 to 2006 —did
not contain any banking or medical
information. No evidence of use of
the information for fraudulent purposes has been detected. RCMP
are investigating the incident.
U BC prof receives $3 million grant to study religion
and morality
A UBC professor has been put in
charge of a $3 million research
grantforthe world's largest
study on the evolution of religion
and morality.
Thestudy will include more than
50 experts from various institutions
including Harvard and Oxford.
Edward Slingerland, a self-described "complete atheist" and
professor in UBC's department of
Asian studies, believes the grant
to be the largest ever given to Canadian scholars in the humanities.
The project will also lead to the
creation of UBC's cultural Evolution
of Religion Research Consortium,
which Slingerland hopes will
revitalize the university's religious
study program.Xi
"For a university such as UBC
that is so committed to sustainability, I think it makes sense for us to
take this next step as a community," said Runkle.
Shiori Ito, coordinator ofthe
Tangible Solutions Team (a branch
of Common Energy), said that the
club plans to host events to educate
students about the alternatives
to and environmental impacts of
bottled water.
"I think the difference with this
campaign is that we're really emphasizing the alternatives instead
of just saying, 'The use of bottled
water is bad,'" said Ito.
Common Energy will be
partnering up with other student
groups on campus to run the campaign. "What we're hoping is that
through our education campaigns,
through the behaviour change
campaigns, we can make this a collective success and something that
Field school slated
for $2.4 million in
Jeffery Cho
It's the largest UBC school that
you've never heard of.
Located in the town of Oliver,
415 kilometres east of Vancouver,
the UBC Geological Field School is
an 88-acre site that allows students
to gain valuable experience before
they graduate.
But at over 50 years old, it's in
desperate need of upgrades.
"We don't have any modern
teaching facilities," said Ken Hickey,
an assistant professor who specializes inthe geology of mineral deposits.
The department of earth and
ocean sciences is inthe midst of a
$2.4 million campaign to upgrade
the school. The current site, located
next to an old working mine, is full
of "metal trailers on skids, originally designed for seismic surveys in
Arctic regions, and wooden shacks,"
accordingto UBC.
Renovations would alleviate expensive maintenance fees and bring
the site up to meet UBC's environmental regulations. With just under
$1 million already raised, the faculty
is optimistic that renovations can
begin soon.
"Field experience is absolutely
vital — not only to their education
while on campus, but vital for their
preparation for their life off campus
when they enter the workforce as
well," said Allan Berezny, assistant
we do together with the university," Runkle said.
Back in 2008, an attempt to ban
bottled water on campus led to
the implementation of Waterfillz
stations and new water fountains.
Justin Ritchie, the sustainability
coordinator for the AMS, said that
the Waterfillz stations inthe SUB
have been very successful. He said
the machines filled over 30,000
bottles a month when they were
first installed.
"In the first month, we noticed
a 50 per cent drop in the vending
[machine] sales of water bottles,"
said Ritchie.
Ritchie also said that the AMS
will continue working on bottled
water issues, even if they do not
end up working directly with
Common Energy.
Loriann McGowan, director of
UBC Food Services, said that UBC's
position on bottled water sales
hasn't changed since 2008. "It's
consumer-driven, market-driven, based on education and other
options [for drinking water]," said
McGowan noted the importance
of having alternatives available and
educating consumers.
"If you take something away
without giving them the information they need to make an informed
decision, then you end up with
unhappy, cranky people. So that's
really key, that there needs to be
that support."
But McGowan said that UBC
only sells what students want.
"Until we don't see the sales there
or until the consumer stops buying
it, then they're saying to us, 'We
still want bottled water.'... Would
we completely take it away? If our
consumers stop buying it, absolutely, we wouldn't give it the shelf
space." tJ
Students study geology and earth and ocean sciences at the Oliver, B.C. field school.
dean of development for the Faculty
of Science.
"There's something to be said
just for the traditional way of doing
it that has been done for decades
or hundreds of years. There's lots
of new technology out there that
certainly provides interesting
shortcuts, but there's something
about having that basic or fundamental skill that is still really quite
The school itself will be used
roughly three to four weeks out of
the year by geology students. UBC
Okanagan will also have access to
the facility and pay maintenance
fees. For the rest ofthe year, the
facilities will be open for rent, with
Environment Canada and Parks
Canada already showing interest in
the location. Professors are showing
great support for the renovation,
citing the importance of field school
experience for geology students.
"It's about being able to come up
with techniques that solve geological problems,... developing the skills
that allow you to solve geological
problems," said Hickey.
The school's renovations are being designed by local company Bat-
tersbyHowat Architect Inc., which
earned an award of excellence from
Canadian Architects magazine.
The project will proceed once
the fundraiser reaches 70 per cent
completion. If all goes accordingto
plan, the new site will be open in
May 2014. Berezny is hopeful the
changes will continue the tradition
of students heading to Oliver for
decades to come.
"Field school experiences really
do stand out as formative in undergraduates' minds," he said.
"It really is something that they
really remember; it's hands on, it's
tangible and they take it with them
for the rest of their life." 31
The UBC sailing team receives funding
from the AMS.
Olivia Etey
Athletes on campus don't have to
be on varsity teams to get their
expenses covered.
All students or athletes who
are a part of a UBC competitive
sports team or club are eligible
for the Competitive Athletics
Fund, a grant of up to $3,000
from the AMS.
The fund requires that clubs
operate under non-varsity status
and use the grant money entirely
for athletic purposes. It originated in 2011 as the brainchild of
former AMS President Jeremy
McElroy; that year, the AMS was
able to reserve $31,000 to offer to
"The concept was that there
are a lot of unfunded students
that are competing at a very high
level [and] representing the UBC
crest all across Canada, and they
deserve support just as much as
students on varsity teams," said
current AMS President Matt
Parson gave the example
of UBC's ultimate frisbee
team, which competes at a
national level but has to pay
for travel, physiotherapy and
competition fees.
"It's probably one ofthe most
impressive sport teams at UBC
and it doesn't even have varsity
status," said Parson.
UBC's Wrestling Club faced
the same dilemma until the AMS
chose to fund them this year,
awarding the maximum grant of
The Wrestling Club has trod a
rugged path since gaining reluctant independence from varsity
sports in 1986. Head coach Dave
Wilson said the fund has made
a big difference for the team,
allowing them to train on campus rather than travel to gyms
around Vancouver.
"It has taken us from being
without an address to having a
home," said Wilson.
Other funded clubs include the
UBC synchronized swimming
team and the UBC Sailing Club.
Although varsity sports
attracts crowds, the AMS has
recognized the importance of
independent athletics. "The pro
athletic world beyond UBC is
not looking for people trying to
cut their teeth," Wilson said.
"They're looking for people who
are already seasoned. And this
fund gives someone the opportunity to excel." tJ
The deadline for applications is
three weeks before the start of a
sport's competitive season. Applications are approved by the AMS
Financial Committee. tNewsl
Bylaws referendum a go
The AMS wants to change rules for exec turnover, voting
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
The AMS — the student government body that runs your health
plan, the SUB and a bunch of other
services — wants to give you a say
in rewriting its rulebook.
The rules (or bylaws) that run
the whole society may soon be
getting an overhaul. The plan is
to make the organization more
nimble, push more students to get
involved in student government
and give more of a voice to other
non-UBC students who also pay
AMS fees. Council approved adding
the referendum to the ballot at the
last Council meeting on Jan. 9.
The society has tried to change
its bylaws before, most recently in
2011, but students voted down the
attempt. At the time, the AMS tried
to make a large number of tweaks
at once, and some measures proved
unpopular, like a proposed change
allowing the society to make more
records private.
This time, the AMS has focused
on just a few key alterations. The
referendum proposes to change
when society executives take
office, give the campus theological colleges voting seats on AMS
Council, and lower the number of
students required to pass bylaws at
general meetings.
Right now, elections for the AMS
president and vice-presidents take
place in mid-January every year,
and new executives take office at
the end of February. The proposed
change shifts elections to March
and pushes executive turnover to
the start ofthe summer term.
With the current schedule, election results are usually announced
after the class Add/Drop date.
This often means newly elected
executives have to wrangle with
UBC academic advising so they can
lower their course load to make
room for AMS responsibilities.
AMS President Matt Parson
said that pushing the schedule
later in the year will get more
students interested in running for
AMS jobs. Parson also argued the
change of schedule would bring
the AMS in line with other student
unions across Canada.
One wrinkle in the date change
involves the VP Finance position.
The AMS roughly lines up its
budgeting process with the UBC
academic year, and introduces
its yearly budget in the summer.
If a new VP Finance starts his or
her job in May, it could prove a
daunting task to prepare a full-
scale budget right away. Parson
suggested possibly swapping
budgeting around so that the outgoing VP Finance prepares a rough
version ofthe next year's budget at
the end of their term in April; then
the new VP only has to iron out
minor details.
The changes would also add
voting seats for students from the
various theological colleges, which
are affiliated with, but not part of,
UBC. Students from St. Mark's,
Regent College and the Vancouver
School of Theology (VST) have
opted to be fee-paying members
ofthe AMS so they can benefit
from programs like the U-Pass and
Vancouver School of Theology rep Emily Jarrett would have a voting seat on AMS Council if the new bylaws pass.
the AMS health and dental plan.
Currently, each ofthe colleges only
has one non-voting seat on the
"I think it is a positive step,
and not just for VST," said Emily
Jarrett, the current VST rep on
"Ifyou pay AMS fees and are
a member of the AMS in good
standing, you should be entitled
to the same rights and have the
same responsibilities as other
Right now, these bylaws can
only be changed through a referendum question or a general meeting attended by 1,000 students
or more. That's a problem, said
Parson, because there are hardly
any spaces on campus that can
hold 1,000 people.
"It makes us a little bit less
nimble than most other societies,"
said Parson.
Another referendum question
will propose lowering the number
of students required at a general
meeting to 500, or one per cent
ofthe society's voting members,
whichever is more.
"Five hundred, we'd be able to
host it in our own [SUB] ballroom, making it also a lot more
affordable," said Parson.
In order for the bylaw changes
to pass, at least eight per cent of
the society's over 49,000 members
need to vote in favour. Voting will
take place alongside the AMS
elections, from Jan. 21 to Jan.
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By the numbers: AMS elections
A breakdown of the candidates hoping to run your student society
Will McDonald
News Editor
This year's AMS elections are
The presidential race will be
tough, with Faculty of Arts rep
and chair ofthe AMS University
and External Relations Committee Ekateryna Baranovskaya, VP
By gender:
Admin Caroline Wong and AMS
executive coordinator of student
services Jay Shah competing for the
top position.
Like last year, the Board of
Governors' race will be a contentious one. Six candidates are
running for two spots on the most
powerful council on campus. The
race includes two current AMS
executives: President Matt Parson
and VP Finance Tristan Miller.
Incumbent BoG rep Mike Silley is
aiming for re-election, but he faces
stiff competition.
The VP Admin race features
both student society veterans and
fresh faces. In the mix is Science
Undergraduate Society VP External
Justin Fernandes, Faculty of Arts
rep and student senator Barnabas
Caro, Derek Moore ofthe new SUB
project, and Olivia Yung, who hasn't
held a student government position
at UBC.
Candidates for both the VP
External and Student Legal Fund
Society are running unopposed.
This year will also see several
referendums. From questions on
funding the Bike Co-op to AMS
bylaws to the U-Pass, students will
have a say in AMS policy.
This election will feature
several debates designed to draw
in more first-year students. Plans
include a movie night and a game-
show-style debate.
Voting runs from Jan. 21-25.
We'll be covering all the races in
detail inthe coming weeks. But
in the meantime, we put together
some data about who wants to run
your student society. 31
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Top four teams qualify
W   L   Pts
l.UBC                   10 2   20
2. Victoria              7    5   14
3. UFV                   7    5   14
4. TRU                   6    7   12
5. UNBC                5    7   10
6. TWU                  4    8    8
7. Mount Royal      3    9   6
8. UBC-0               2    11 4
Top four teams qualify
W   L   Pts
l.UFV                   11   1   22
2. TRU                   10 3   20
3. UBC                  9    3   18
4. Victoria             8    4   16
5. UBC-0              5    8   10
6. UNBC                4    8   8
7. Mount Royal     3    9   6
8. TWU                 2    10 4
Top six teams qualify
1. Alberta           16 4   0   32
2Sask.               14 6   0    28
3. Manitoba        12 5   3    27
4. Calgary          13 7   0    26
5. UBC                11 7   2    24
6. Regina            9   9  2    20
7. Mount Royal   4   15 1     9
8. Lethbridge     l   17 2     4
Top six teams qualify
1. Calgary          16 3   1    33
2. Alberta           13 6   1    27
3. Regina           13 7   0    26
4. UBC                10 7   3    23
5. Manitoba       9   8   3     21
6Sask.              7   9   4     18
7. Lethbridge     6   11 3    15
8. Mount Royal   6   12 2     4
Top seven teams qualify
W   L   Pts
1. Alberta             14   0  28
2. Trinity Western 11   3  22
3. Brandon           10   4 20
4. Saskatchewan 9    5   18
5. UBC                  9    5    18
6. Manitoba          8    6   16
7. Winnipeg           7    7    14
8. Mount Royal     5    9   10
9. TRU                   5    9    10
10. Calgary          2    12   4
11. Regina            2    12   4
12. UBC-0             2    12   4
Top seven teams qualify
W   L    Pts
l.UBC                   13   1    26
2. Trinity Western 12   2   24
3. Alberta              11  3   22
4. Mount Royal      10   4   20
5. UBC-0               9    5    18
6. Calgary            7    7    14
7. Manitoba           7    7    14
8. Brandon           5    9   10
9.Winnipeg          4    10  8
10. Regina            3    11   6
11. Saskatchewan 3    11   6
12. TRU                  0    14  0
A Thunderbirds player advances on University of Lethbridge goaltender Crystal Patterson in UBC's 4-1 win over the Pronghorns on Saturday.
T-Birds beat Lethbridge, cross new frontier
Colin Chia
The women's hockey team held
off two spirited comebacks to win
both games of their home series
against the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns this weekend.
The Thunderbirds are now in uncharted territory, with a new team
record of 10 wins in a season.
UBC let a three-goal lead slip on
Friday night, allowing Lethbridge
to score two third-period goals
before the T-Birds managed an
empty-net goal to win 5-3. UBC
then took control early in a 4 -1 win
on Saturday night.
The two wins over Lethbridge
put the Thunderbirds on a three-
game winning streak that allowed
them to hold onto fourth place in
the conference. UBC is now 10-7-3
with a comfortable eight-point
cushion in the standings and eight
games remaining.
Just over two minutes into
Saturday's game, forechecking
pressure from Haneet Parhar
forced a turnover. Parhar's pass
found Dayle Poulin in the slot,
who fired a high backhand shot
past Lethbridge goaltender
Crystal Patterson.
How much
this team has
improved and
turned around, it's
just incredible.
Haneet Parhar
Named first star with two
goals and one assist on
UBC then went up 2-0 with
12:48 remaining in the first period,
as Nikola Brown-John banked
the puck off the goalie with
the T-Birds on the powerplay.
Lethbridge struck back with a
powerplay goal of their own at 7:13
through Kirsten Reeves.
The Pronghorns came out
strong in the second period,
looking for the tying goal. UBC
goaltender Danielle Dube made
a number of good saves; in one
highlight move, the former national team goaltender stopped
Lethbridge's Megan Bailey on a
two-on-one with 18:20 to go and
the score at 2-1.
UBC's Haneet Parhar earned
the game's first star by one-timing
a great pass from Sarah Casorso
into the net with 9:23 remaining
and then sealing the win with an
empty-net goal.
Head coach Graham Thomas
said composure is the important
theme as the playoff battle for the
top six positions in the conference
intensifies. Even the team veterans
have had to adapt and find that
composure, he said.
"Not winning a lot of games, not
being up a lot of games in their careers, it's something that you have
to learn. They're learning that and
that's big."
UBC hosts the University of
Saskatchewan next week with
eight games left in the fight to
make the playoffs. Although the
T-Birds seem relatively secure in
the top six, Saskatchewan occupies
the last playoff spot and Thomas knows the team will be in for
a battle.
"They're hanging on for life
right now and they're going to
come out at us really hard like
Lethbridge did.... There's going
to be some really intense games
coming down the wire."
The 10th win of the season Saturday night is a new record in UBC
women's hockey, which is seeing
a breakout season. Third-year
forward Tatiana Rafter said the
whole team has had a new spirit
under their new coach.
"These wins are a summation
of how everyone's doing together.
Every line's firing and we all know
our responsibilities," said Rafter.
"Everyone wants to win and so
the past two years have been a bit
tough mentally, because we haven't had the success that we want,
but I think that's finally coming
together." Xi
Women's basketball gets
eight straight
The UBC Thunderbirds women's
basketball team defeated the
University of Winnipeg Wesmen
63-48 in Winnipeg on Saturday
night, outscoringthe Wesmen
inthe first three quarters ofthe
game. Kris Young led both teams
with 20 points and nine rebounds,
and Leigh Stansfield got 10 points.
"It was nice to see everyone
contribute to the win," said UBC
head coach Deb Huband. "Kris
Young led the way with a strong
overall game, creating for her
teammates and earning seven
Men's basketball works
overtime in Winnipeg
The men's basketball team won
96-93 in a tight overtime game
against the University of Winnipeg
Wesmen Saturday night, handing
Winnipeg its first home loss ofthe
Down to eight players due to
food poisoning and injury, the
team was down 84 -79 with 27
seconds left in the fourth quarter when Brylle Kamen scored
five points to put the game into
With 50 seconds left in overtime, Doug Plumb passed to Kamen who made the game-winning
layup. Kamen scored 26 points in
the game and Plumb had 22.
The T-Birds are now at 10-2 for
the season with a four-game winning streak, and continue to lead
the Pacific division ofthe Canada
West conference.
Women's volleyball dominates while men split series
After a tough five-set loss on
Friday, the Thunderbirds men's
volleyball team defeated the Winnipeg Wesmen in straight sets at
home on Saturday.
Scoring 25-22 and 25-23 in the
first two sets, the 'Birds fell behind
by two in the third set, but pulled
together to win the last set 25-22
and the game.
Meanwhile, the women dominated Winnipeg, winning in three
sets (25-14,25-10, 25-16) on Saturday night and extending their win
streak to 12 games.
Lisa Barclay had the first of two
big serving runs to help UBC take
off in the first set, finishing with
four aces and five kills. Abigail
Keeping also delivered a great
game with six kills, nine blocks
and five digs.
"They started with some strong
energy and played well early in
set one, but we were too consistent and took their best stuff
away, which took energy away
from them," said head coach
Doug Reimer.
Brooms out in Lethbridge as
men's hockey makes a sweep
UBC got two quick first-period
goals as part of a 3-0 victory in
Lethbridge on Saturday night,
completing a weekend sweep
ofthe University of Lethbridge
Pronghorns. UBC goaltender Jordan White earned the shutout by
making 21 saves.
Scott Wasden got his ninth goal
ofthe season and Dillon Wagner
scored 18 seconds later to make it
2-0. One low spot was going 1 for 8
on the powerplay.
"Our powerplay was better in
terms of getting in the zone and
controlling the play, but now we
need to finish," said head coach
Milan Dragicevic.
This came after UBC laid a
7-1 pounding on the Pronghorns
on Friday night, outshooting
Lethbridge 58 to 15. Brad Hoban
led the T-Birds with a hat trick,
while Jason Yee, Cole Wilson,
Dillon Wagner and Jessi Hilton
all rippled the mesh.
The victories gave the T-Birds
important points in the Canada
West playoffs race, with their record now standing at 11-7-2. Xi MONDAY, JANUARY 14,2013    |    SPORTS    |   7
The UBC women's volleyball team dominated the University of Winnipeg this weekend, winning in straight sets on both nights to chalk up their 12th straight win.
Athletics tries to recover from own-goal
Andrea Neil appointed head coach after hiring process dogged by controversy
Colin Chia
Andrea Neil, one of Canada's
greatest female soccer players,
has been appointed head coach
ofthe UBC women's soccer team
— but controversy over the hiring
process has overshadowed this appointment and cast a harsh spotlight on university administration.
During Neil's impressive playing career, she represented Canada
132 times (including four FIFA
Women's World Cup tournaments), captained the Whitecaps
FC women's team and entered the
Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. She
has captained the Thunderbirds
team and worked as an assistant
coach with UBC and the national
women's team.
But on Dec. 6, 2012, UBC
announced that the new head
coach was Marc Rizzardo, who got
straight to work that day.
"I met with staff, met with the
team later that same day, contacted a number of new recruits,
contacted alumni and other
coaches about being part ofthe
coaching staff," Rizzardo said in
an interview with The Ubyssey.
Rizzardo has substantial
experience as men's soccer head
coach at Langara College; he won
four Canadian Collegiate Athletic
Association national titles in his
23 years there. He has also been an
assistant with the Whitecaps FC
women's team.
As a player, Rizzardo helped
win UBC's first national men's
soccer championship in 1974. He
was looking forward to pushing
the Thunderbirds (who have won
Canada West medals for the last
three years and made one national
championships playoff appearance
under previous coach Mark Rogers) one step further.
But the next day, Rizzardo
was told that his appointment,
Andrea Neil (left) was appointed UBC women's soccer head coach on Jan. 9 - a month after Marc Rizzardo (right) thought he had.
announced by UBC Athletics, had
been rescinded by VP Students
Louise Cowin, who oversees
the department. "[Cowin] said
that they were recalling their
offer, even though I had already
accepted the offer and acted on
it, so I had a verbal contract with
them. So I was terminated without
cause," he said.
The reason given to Rizzardo?
"Quote unquote, 'There was a
glitch in the process,'" he said.
Lucie McNeill, UBC director
of public affairs, said the problem
was a misapplied hiring procedure, stemming from what she
characterized as human error.
Rizzardo, who is a clinical associate professor in the UBC Faculty of
Medicine, had been hired through
a streamlined process meant to
help UBC retain staff by providing internal career advancement
opportunities. But clinical faculty
like Rizzardo are not actually
eligible for this process.
"You can see that it's an easy
mistake to make," said McNeill.
Another serious mistake
was that the announcement of
Rizzardo's hiring had come one
day before the posted application
deadline of Dec. 7, 2012. UBC said
the two problems compelled them
to restart the hiring process.
The university then created
a hiring committee, headed by
VP Students Louise Cowin and
consisting of three UBC varsity
coaches. Theresa Hanson, the
acting head ofthe department
of athletics, was excluded from
the committee.
Rizzardo was reconsidered for
the position, but, said McNeill,
"Andrea Neil got the job because
the committee decided she was
the best candidate in a very strong
McNeill also acknowledged
the impact of letters that came in
protesting the choice of Rizzardo
for head coach. "I'm not deny
ing that they would be a factor,"
said McNeill.
McNeill said that the incident
shows UBC's commitment to fair
process despite the embarrassment. "Although the mistakes
were inadvertent, they were also
quite human mistakes to make.
What's important is that the errors
were recognized and that decisive
action is taken."
One ofthe letter-writers was
Ciara McCormack, a current
assistant coach at Yale University
and a professional player who
represented Ireland at the international level. In her letter to UBC,
McCormack criticized the process
of Rizzardo's hiring, specifically
mentioning Neil as a candidate
that had been overlooked.
McCormack also took issue
with the fact that the posting
stated the new coach would be an
internal hiring. "I've never heard
of that before for a soccer position," said McCormack. "Those
two things were red flags to me.
That's why I mentioned Andrea as
someone who was a great potential
candidate and it was disappointing
that whoever made the first hiring
had a clear agenda and she wasn't
Although Neil has little experience in a head coach position,
McCormack pointed out that Neil
holds a UEFA "A" licence issued by
the governing body for European
soccer, which is one ofthe world's
top coaching certifications.
"I really do believe that she
was the best candidate, regardless of gender.... Based on her
international career and on her
international coaching credentials, I don't think there's anybody
that can match her, regardless
of head coach experience,"
said McCormack.
"I don't think it's fair to Mr.
Rizzardo or to Andrea that the
whole thing was handled so
unprofessionally, but I do think it
was brave of UBC to acknowledge
the fact that the hiring process
wasn't done in a fair, professional
As for Rizzardo, he will now
continue his work in physical
therapy, a career that recently sent
him to London as chief therapist
for the Canadian Olympic team.
While his reputation may have
been impacted, he also thinks the
apparent disorganization might
make potential recruits think
twice about coming to UBC.
"I can tell you it's shocking and
embarrassing and disappointing
on a lot of different levels," he said.
And if backroom politics may
have played a role, Rizzardo has a
clear opinion of who is to blame.
"I think Dr. Cowin apparently is
trying to put her mark on the university. She hasn't been there very
long. She's the one solely responsible for the entire mess." Xi Culture
You won't find this on Pirate Bay
The rainy city's musicians come together to perform Beck's Song Reader
Culture Editor
If you think that any album
can be pirated in the 21st
century, think again.
Beck's latest album,
Beck Hansen's Song
Reader, cannot be downloaded, torrented or bought
virtually anywhere.
The musician, who shot to
fame with his '90s hit Loser,
released his latest album through
a forgotten medium — sheet
music — in November 2012. Since
then, it's been up to his fans to
learn, interpret and distribute
his songs.
Beck's Vancouver fanbase has
an opportunity to hear the songs
on Jan. 17, as some ofthe city's
finest musicians will gather to
perform the album at the Rio
BECKstravaganza will be
led by the Rio's house band and
veterans ofthe Vancouver music
scene, the Broken Mirrors.
Guests will include over 19
other bands, from BeeKeeper and
Hey Ocean! to Headwater and
Mother Mother.
"If this were a music festival,
I think that this would be the
best music festival in Canada,"
said Michael Rush, the Broken
Mirrors' bassist.
"We're getting close to 25 or
30 musicians being onstage at
different times ofthe night," added the band's lead guitarist Noah
Walker, who previously worked
Noah Walker and Michael Rush are members of the Broken Mirrors, one of the 20 bands at BECKstravaganza.
with nationally acclaimed talents
such as Shayne Koyczan and C.R.
"I really think it's a good representation of what Vancouver
has to offer across many different
Accordingto Walker, getting
musicians on board for the event
turned out to be surprisingly
"Everyone that I asked said
yes, because as it turns out — and
I kind of knew this — everybody
loves Beck," he said.
This may be due to the
shapeshifting nature of Beck's
style of writing. From hip hop to
country, he's done it all.
Though the Broken Mirrors is
a relatively new band, its members are no strangers to a range
of musical genres themselves.
"We have a very wide variety
of backgrounds," said Walker. "A
lot of us have studied jazz and
have been to school, but we've
also spent time playing punk rock
and hip hop and touring a lot and
doing lots of different music."
BECKstravaganza will be recorded and filmed, and the video
will be uploaded to the album's
website, where it will join other
amateur and professional contributions.
For Rush, the magic ofthe project lies in its infinite diversity.
"The artists that we've
brought to the table have their
own interpretations ofthe songs.
And if we were to shuffle it up, if
we were to give them to different
artists, the songs would sound
completely different."
Professional musicians aren't
the only ones who have been
responsive to Song Reader. At a
time when free music has become
ubiquitous, the experience of
putting work into hearing a song
can be refreshing and rewarding.
"For me, to learn these songs
just from sheet music, my connection with the songs is way
deeper than if I just looked it up
on Grooveshark and listened to
it while I did the dishes," said
Artists have struggled with
the steep depreciation of music
for the greater part ofthe
noughts. Radiohead famously
put their 2006 album In Rainbows online for free; today, even
chart-topping musicians such as
Cat Power, who declared bankruptcy in 2012, can't seem to stay
afloat financially.
"Right now, songs are hardly
worth anything. People don't
spend any money on them:
they're all for free. There's just
no value to it," said Walker.
While Beck's Song Reader
may not be the solution for every
band, it's brought up important
questions about our relationship to music. Are the mediums
and formats through which we
consume music diluting the romance ofthe experience? What is
ownership and copyright?
"It's going back to what music
was for many hundreds of years
before recording," said Walker.
"And it's forcing us to sort of rethink what music is for and what
it's about. It's not just a bunch of
production techniques or technology. It's people singing songs
and hanging out together." tJ
Tickets are $18 at the door and $15
in advance. Buy tickets online at
If your faculty were
a person, what would
be in their glass?
Some wines pair best with
meat, some with fish — and
some with microbiology. Our
monthly wine column "has
deconstructed the varieties
of wine that define UBC's
biggest faculties.
l. Arts: 2008 Leyda Chardonnay
Chardonnay is a neutral yet versatile grape
made in many styles, from the classic
and delicate oyster pairing of Chablis in
Northern France to the heavily oaked
and buttery cowboy versions in hotter
Californian climates.
From political science to human geography (and other obscure majors you didn't
know existed), Faculty of Arts students are
just as amazingly diverse as Chardonnay.
This wine in particular has an awesome
amount of complexity for a great price.
Who knows? Maybe a glass will help you
unlock the complexity of your class notes.
Nota bene: unoaked Chardonnay is, like,
SO mainstream right now, but we won't
judge you ifyou drink it; we know you're
just making an ironic statement.
2. Sauder: 2011 Selbach Riesling
Like Chardonnay, Riesling can be a bit of a
shapeshifter, but it's generally known for
its firm acidity (toothy smile), food-pairing
versatility (business degree), and bright,
focused flavours (personal brand).
Don't let those German Riesling wine
labels intimidate you as much as Sauder
business suits; many Rieslings are known
for their sweetness. Then again, many Rieslings are also known to develop a polarizing
gasoline character with age.
Wines like this 2011 Selbach Riesling are
great for new wine drinkers and beginner
schmoozers alike.
3. Engineering: 2008 Punch in
the Face Shiraz ($23.99)
Engineering students have it tough — and
after they're finished their grueling degree,
they usually have the high salaries to show
for it.
These students have a thing or two in
common with some thick-skinned, tannic
and masculine red wine grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon: they're often too harsh to
drink when young, but amazing over time.
At their very best, they sell for thousands of
dollars. Why wait? Try this fruity Australian shiraz with a high wine alcohol content
to boot, at 16.5 per cent.
Engineers studying fluids with
Bernoulli's principle should instead study
the flow of shiraz into their mouths:
now there's an exam they'll pass with
flying colours.
4. Science: Roncier Rouge
Southern France finds itself muddled with
experimental blends and modern wine-
making techniques. Roncier Rouge, for example, is an unorthodox and multi-vintage
blend of mostly Pinot Noir and Syrah.
Pinot Noir requires specific climates
and growing conditions; relatively few
grape-growing areas in the world are able to
boast their success.
This picky grape is not unlike that
chemistry lab instructor who docks marks
for not including enough significant figures
on a student's percentage yield of copper —
which, for some reason, happened to be over
100 per cent anyways. tJ
Should you drop that class?
The pros (and cons) of taking the easy way
Rhys Edwards
Senior Culture Writer
The professor is a
dreary sycophant.
The lecture hall is far
from your residence,
and when you get
there, it smells vaguely of mildew
brewed with years of spoiled
milk. Your textbook is unreadable, your lab supplies are costly
and you're the oldest person in
the class. And the coursework?
Practically impossible.
It's time for you to make a
difficult decision: should you
drop the course? The deadline to
withdraw from a class without
paying for tuition or having a
"W" standing on your transcript
is Jan. 14. After that, you'll have
to pay a percentage ofthe tuition
fee, which increases as the semester goes on.
But before you make a run for
the SSC, make sure you understand the repercussions of your
choice. Here's the lowdown on
dropping courses.
If a course is not mandatory and
you absolutely despise it, go with
your gut feeling. You're unlikely
to derive much benefit, academic
or otherwise, from a semester of
Dropping a course can give
you breathing space to focus
on more important tasks: other
classes, part-time employment,
friendships, etc. If the class
is completely full and you're
still on the fence, consider that
you may be taking a space that
another student on the waitlist
desperately needs.
Sometimes making a decision about a class is as hard as seeing the future.
On the other hand, there may
be some unexpected side effects
to dropping a course that can
hurt your academic career in the
long run.
If you're in your first or second
year and haven't decided on a
major yet, you may not realize
that the course you're taking
will actually serve as a requisite
to receiving a degree, or even
taking high-level courses. Make
sure you thoroughly review
your degree requirements. For
example, all arts students are
required to take a three-credit
writing course within their first
two years. All science students
must take 18 credits worth of
arts courses, which may become
more difficult to schedule at a
senior level.
Also note that many kinds of
funding require students to take
a certain number of courses.
Bursaries, awards and certain
scholarships are usually contingent on being a full-time stu-
dent. Perhaps most importantly,
students must maintain at least
60 per cent of a full course load
in order to qualify for a loan from
BC StudentAid. Without realizing it, you may suddenly find
you have to pay back an award or
drop your student loan.
Ifyou decide to drop a course
after Jan. 14, it's not the end of
the world. Unless you're applying
for a highly particular graduate
program, the "W" status on your
transcript is essentially meaningless.
Also note that tuition is pro-rated, so ifyou drop a course a week
after the deadline, you can still
recover half of your first tuition
instalment. Beyond that, the
amount you have to pay increases
week by week.
However, the absolute deadline for dropping any course,
even with "W" standing, is Feb.
8. After that, you'll have to get
special permission from your faculty, which you can only receive
if your attendance inthe course
is affected by "extenuating circumstances" such as a tragedy,
illness or religious observations.
Of course, even if it's driving you
insane, you may not be able to
drop a course. If that's the case,
remember that UBC has a ton of
resources to help students academically, such as peer coaches,
counsellors, department advisors, and Access and Diversity.
If you're very quick, you may
also be able to apply to audit a
class. Auditors do not take a full
course load and receive an "Audit" notation on their transcript.
To audit a class, you need to hand
in an "Add/Drop" form to the Information Centre in Brock Hall,
which must include signed permission from the class instructor.
Failing these options, you'll
ultimately have to clench your
teeth and persevere. Cliched
though it may sound, adversity
is character-building — or, at
the very least, a good source for
anecdotes. tJ
Doc on unfunny comedians stirs lawsuit among cast
No Joke follows three Vancouver comedians whose punchlines have been falling flat.
Reyhana Heatherington
Who would have thought Vancouver could be a more controversial
topic than Baghdad?
This has proven to be the case
for Matt Frame, the Lower Mainland-based writer and director
who first made a name for himself
in 2003 with his documentary
Baghdad or Bust.
His latest documentary, No
Joke, was pulled from the Vancouver Film Festival this past August
after legal threats from one of
the film's cast members. David
"DJ Roy" sent Frame a cease and
desist letter by way of an attorney after seeing the final cut of
the film.
The film will now be released
independently on Jan. 12, complete with security outside the
East Vancouver venue.
No Joke follows three Canadian comedians — Roy, Ali
Hemraj and James Brown — who
have been dismissed as unfunny
by local crowds. In the documentary, they travel with their
vibrating-harness-wearing producer and tour manager, Vibrato
3.72, on a stand-up road trip from
Vancouver to Hollywood.
Vibrato 3.72 — also known as
Shawn Bordoff — said he was
taken aback by the defamation
allegations that came after the
film was completed in July.
"The footage was online and
for us to look at the whole time, so
for [Roy] to take it so harshly was
a huge surprise for all of us."
Roy said he identifies with
victims of reality television, and
regrets taking part in the film.
"Stuff was taken out of context
and manipulated to tell the final
story," he said.
He takes exception to the
editing ofthe film, particularly one interview with a former
roommate that suggests Roy is a
drug addict, and another scene
he calls the "anger scene." It was
filmed outside a hotel, where he
is shown visibly agitated, yelling
into the camera.
"It took an hour to provoke me
to get me that upset in front ofthe
SRO, Single Room Occupancy [hotel], where I almost lost my life."
The film comes to a head at the
Laugh Factory comedy club in
Hollywood, where owner Jamie
Masada gives his assessment of
the three comedians.
Bordoff said the film's
overarching message is one
of persistence.
"For anyone who is trying to
make their way and have success
in anything you want to do on
your own, it's interesting to see
how people try and do it independently," he said.
Though Vancouver audiences
weren't laughing at their sets,
the comics were met with a more
diverse crowd response inthe
States. Bordoff said this highlights the subjectivity of comedy.
"When it comes to things like
being funny or not being funny,
it's really a matter of personal
taste, and you shouldn't let obstacles or challenges get in your
No Joke delivers comedic and
cringe-worthy moments, but it
also explores deeply personal and
inspiring storylines, taking the
viewer somewhere completely
unexpected through the arc of
the film.
Comedian James Brown described the film as a "rollercoast-
er ride." Summing up the plot and
its surrounding controversy, he
said, "You can't predict anything.
And that ain't no joke." tJ
No Joke premieres Jan. 12 at the
Collingwood Cinema, 3215 King-
sway at 7p.m. $10. Opinions
You re probably not having sex with an expert
Elizabeth Hames
There's a perception among high
school seniors and undergrads that
anyone having regular sex is swimming in orgasms and euphoric sex
hangovers. But in the non-romcom
world I like to call "reality," sexual
encounters during the teen years
and early adulthood are often awkward, uncomfortable or forgettable.
That's especially true on university campuses, where the majority
of students have a sexual history
dating back a couple of months at
most. On average, Canadians trade
in their V-card at around 17 years of
age, and less than a third of those
between the ages of 15 and 17 have
had sex at least once, accordingto
Statistics Canada.
But by the time those teens reach
college age (18 to 19 years old),
about two thirds report having had
sex at least once. Those numbers
spike dramatically as students
enter into young adulthood: approximately 80 per cent of 20- to
24-year-olds have had sex.
Sexual expertise
is quite a sensitive
topic for most
young people;
everyone wants
to be a sexual
champion, but few
All these numbers suggest that
the majority of students lose their
virginity during their undergrad. So unless you've been in a
relationship for a while, you're
probably not having sex with an
expert. And the approximately two
thirds of boys between the ages of
14 and 17 may have an embellished
view of what sex is like.
That being said, there is a way to
achieve more sexual gratification
with even the greenest of undergrads: tell them what you want, and
be specific.
Unless you're having sex with a
complete sociopath, most people
get pretty turned on by a partner
who can describe in explicit detail
how they want to be fucked - especially during a heated bout of
foreplay. Moreover, sharing your
own desires with your partner can
encourage them to reciprocate,
effectively making the experience
all the more enjoyable for the both
(or all) of you.
The 2011 article "On the
Relationship Among Social
Anxiety, Intimacy, Sexual
Communication and Sexual
Satisfaction in Young Couples"
confirms this. Following a study
of 115 undergraduates, the study's
authors, Jennifer Montesi et. al,
found that "being able to openly
communicate with one's partner is important for the development of intimacy... and sexual
The study, which explored
the effects of social anxiety on
sexual satisfaction, concluded
that talking openly with partners
about "sexual topics" is the key to
better sex for even the shyest of
As an added bonus, those who
overcome their bashfulness in the
bedroom may also find that their
anxiety in other social situations is
eased, say the study's authors.
These conversations don't
necessarily have to include smut
speak, although that kind of language is certainly acceptable. It
can be as scientific or erotic as
you want, but the most important
thing is to be clear. Ambiguity may
just lead your partner astray and
could cause some very awkward
Also, it's important to understand that sexual expertise is
quite a sensitive topic for most
young people; everyone wants to
be a sexual champion, but few are.
Choose your words carefully and
make sure you don't seem accusatory or disappointed.
Precise phrases like, "I like it
when you touch my " or "It feels
good when you do with your
 " are a lot more effective than,
"Ew, that's so irritating" or "I'm
never going to come if you keep
doing that." And although it can
be tempting to slap someone who's
poking your sexy parts like an
elevator dashboard, try to restrain
For some people, even saying the
words "stroke" or "lick" out loud
can be anxiety-inducing. But you
can always show ifyou can't tell.
Demonstrate on yourself the
way you want to be touched, or alternatively, guide their hand with
your own.
Lastly, remember that it's near
impossible to teach someone a subject you know nothing about. Take
some time during study breaks to
fool around solo and learn what
areas of your body are most pleasure-inducing. 13
AMS needs
unequivocal leaders,
not mere managers
by Gordon Katie
This is the most important AMS
election in years, and its results
could impact generations of future
UBC students.
With skyrocketing debt and
tuition levels, high graduate
underemployment, university
budget woes and a mental health
crisis, it has become clear to many
that the academy is in need of
some serious changes.
As I have argued in the past, we
are at a critical juncture. There is
no status quo, simple solution or
centrist position; these pressing
issues are at the core of modern
post-secondary education, and
the proposed solutions — MOOCs,
alternate financial models, new
pedagogical methodologies, etc. —
will be revolutionary.
These are conversations being
had by leading pundits across
the ideological spectrum, and
the final decisions will have a
profound impact on the future of
post-secondary education.
Will the AMS be part of that
conversation? As student politicians during this opportune
moment, their voices could play an
outsized role.
If the recent history of AMS
election campaigns is any indication, that will not be the case.
The majority of past candidates portrayed themselves as
apolitical managers.
However, now is not the time
for apolitical managers; it is the
time for ideological leaders. Difficult decisions, based on competing values, will have to be made.
For instance, financial concerns pose serious questions
about the sustainability of
post-secondary education. What
is the academy's role in society?
Who ought to reap the benefits,
and who bear the costs?
We could raise revenue
through degree customization,
increased tuition and boutique
program offerings like UBC's
Vancouver School of Economics.
Alternatively, the AMS could lead
a broad-based student movement
to have the provincial government
reinvest in making post-secondary education affordable.
The mental health crisis questions the very foundations ofthe
university model.
Are we teaching students
to be cooperative citizens in a
happy and healthy society, or
turning them into hyper-competitive climbers of an
unclimbable ladder?
We could simply ignore this
problem, or perhaps bandage
it with an early alert system.
Alternatively, the AMS could
assert that UBC has fundamentally unrealistic expectations of its
students. It could start a broader
conversation about how hour-long
commutes and part-time jobs
compound already unrelenting
time pressures. It could challenge the poorly designed exam
periods, inadequate teaching and
over-crowded lecture halls that
make classes more difficult than
they ought to be.
The new accessibility of online
education poses existential questions. If elite teaching is available
online for free, is the university
reduced to mere accreditation?
We could use these technologies to cynically cut costs,
and become lazier about undergraduate teaching. Alternatively,
things like MOOCs could be
used to radically transform the
classroom in the service of better
student learning.
How will we bring down
campus housing costs? We could
continue to submit to an undemocratic governance structure
that favours private real-estate
developers over students, and a
dishonest internal loan scheme
that inflates student rent while
offering interest-free mortgages
to top administrators.
Alternatively, we could firmly
demand affordable housing,
arguing that it is necessary
for a healthy and vibrant
campus community.
Most importantly, how will we
organize students politically to
achieve these aims?
The AMS could continue to
be a place for policy wonks who
do little more than create social
media campaigns and Internet
pledges, resulting in total political
Alternatively, we could capitalize on the populist fervor of
the time — from Occupy and the
Quebec student strike to Idle No
More and the student oil and gas
divestment campaign — and create
a real student movement.
Do our candidates have any
answers to these questions?
Will they take unequivocal
political positions and articulate
a bold vision for an AMS that puts
student voices in the centre of
these important conversations?
Or are they mere managers —
insipid, uninspired and uncontro-
These are the criteria I will
consider when voting. Xi
Awkward questions a
sympton, not a virus
The real issue raised by Kurtis
Lockhart's Jan. 10 column on
the awkwardness ofthe question
that no one wants to answer in
class is: why are profs asking such
I think instructors have been advised lately to encourage more class
discussion, but asking excruciating
questions is completely the wrong
way to do this. Plus it wastes time
and makes everyone feel awkward.
I've been both an instructor and a
student at this university, and other
universities, and it seems to me that
classes work best if everyone feels
Students do not feel comfortable
when grilled, and if there is some
important knowledge that needs to
be conveyed, the instructor would
probably do best just to convey it:
lecture, tell us, let us know. You're
the one with the expertise; why are
you asking us the questions?
Of course, it's also good if the
prof is open to inquiry, so that those
without knowledge (the students)
are made to feel free to ask questions, which seems to me the appropriate arrangement: those with the
knowledge answer the questions
of those without, not the other way
Or if some general discussion is
desired, throw out an open-ended
question, not one to which there is
one set answer, and when a student
volunteers an answer, don't respond,
don't turn things into a one-on-one
between student and teacher.
Throw the question open to the
other students so that the students
interact and have a genuine discussion, not a cross-examination or a
test disguised as a discussion.
So Kurtis Lockhart should stop
blaming himself for students' failure
to answer questions in class; the
fault is not in him or in other cynics
ready to sneer. The fault is in the
-Sheldon Goldfarb
UBC does not care for
students visiting the steam
Re: "Tunnels and timidity," Jan. 3
This writer has an odd idea of what
to do for fun on campus. Too bad he's
encouragingthose "thirsty for adventure" to take risks, without warn-
ingthemof the real consequences.
So let's outline those for your
readers. Then, they can figure out
if prudence isn't the better part of
valour in this case.
Incarceration: It is illegal to be in
the tunnels, just as it is to trespass
any locked entrance, on campus or
anywhere else.
Suffocation: Underground breathable environments change at a moment's notice.
Scalding: Steam pipes can be really hot — up to 190 degrees Celsius on
their outer surface.
Electrocution: Few thrills can
compare to 12,000 deadly volts.
UBC Building Operations employees who enter these spaces are highly
trained about, and protected from,
unwanted thrills by ambient air
monitors and specialized personal
protective equipment. They're the
only ones who should go in there.
Don't be foolhardy. Keep out ofthe
—Ron Holton
Chief Risk Officer, UBC Risk Scene
Is Palm Bay A-OK?
Dr. Warnes goes over the dos and don'ts of daytime drinking
with Dr.* Bryce Warnes
Dear Dr. Bryce,
Is it okay to drink Palm Bay at
times that are not during the day?
Palm Bay Shame
Dear Palm Bay Shame,
You appended to your query a
YouTube video of white people
being assholes in a pool and
rapping clumsily about how it's
fine to drink Palm Bay during
the daytime, but not after 4 p.m.
because that's "gay." Ifyou feel
these people are acceptable drinking role models — as opposed to
Ernest Hemingway, Billie Holiday
or your "fun uncle" who drives a
Camaro — then do whatever you
want. Stick a 151-soaked tampon
up your ass, for all I care.
But for those who are serious
about drinking in the daytime, I
offer the following guidance.
The problem with drinks like
The Business School
Advertising- Media
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Event Management
Fashion Management &
Financial Planning
Global Business Management
Human Resources
International Development
Marketing Management
Public Administration
Palm Bay is that their sugar
content is similar to Coca-Cola or
beer. Drinking a six-pack of these
party pops before lunch will leave
you crashing by mid-afternoon.
Not everyone who needs
alcohol to face life's incomprehensible cruelties can spend all
day on a bench in the park. Some
of us have an image to maintain,
paycheques to earn or kids to look
after. Liberal doses of water (one
cup water per ounce hard bar)
and coffee (as much as necessary)
will keep you humming during
the daylight hours. Carry antacids
with you to fight the inevitable
reflux that will develop as a result
of this method.
Shots of hard bar are a traditional means of keeping your
hands steady until happy hour. A
bar veteran I once knew recommended stashing a fifth of Stoli
inthe freezer as a refreshing
pre-breakfast cure for the shakes.
Vodka is also famously scentless
and easy to conceal, although it
does not completely lack odour.
Any hard liquor will do as long
as you can keep it hidden from
your boss, spouse, etc. Consider
investing in a flask. Fisherman's
Friends work better than breath
mints or gum to cover the smell.
Dilute the hard stuff with
mixers ifyou must, but make
sure the liquids complement
each other. Brown liquors work
well with cola, Sprite or iced tea.
They can also be mixed into hot
drinks. Stick to diet soda to avoid
the aforementioned sugar slump.
Vodka or gin plus water in a Nal-
gene bottle lets you carry Dutch
courage wherever life takes you —
even to the gym.
Maintaining hard liquor
discipline during the morning
and afternoon will keep the world
in soft focus without sacrificing
your energy levels and alertness.
Once your daily duties are dispatched and you're settling down
in your favourite haunt, feel free
to tuck into high-calorie fare like
beer and wine. Enjoy — you've
earned it. tJ
Have you got a burning personal question that you would liked
solved? The doctor* is in. Submit
your queries anonymously to http://
ubyssey. ca/advice/ today.
(^Editor's note: Bryce is not a
"Slating" is when multiple candidates for different seats run in an
election under a common platform. With the AMS elections coming
up, it is important to know that slating is forbidden for all position
races except for the Student Legal Fund Society.
What I'm Drinking Now: AMS Elections Edition
It's that time of year when hack-ey sludge gets shoved down your throat
Source: Debates, interviews
and VFM
Candidates with candy and
The wildcard candidate —
always right
All candidates
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MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2013 | 12
Campus was unusually
crowded this Saturday.
Then again, that tends to
be the case every year around this
Over 1,300 people came out for
the 11th annual Student Leadership Conference this weekend. The
largest student-run conference at
UBC is organized by a planning
committee of approximately 40
students, from first-years to Ph.D.
"The advisors could probably
run this conference with a bunch
of other professionals, and it would
be great as well," said Alex Reid,
SLC Co-chair, "but it also potentially could be the same thing over
and over again.
"When you bring in a diverse
range of students, they can see all
the different outlooks. Students
understand student life, what we
want to see and what we want to
learn." Xi
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