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>AY, MARCH 14,20:
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some free coffee and doughnuts.
FRIDAY     ' 15
This massive, rolling dance party
will be the first of its kind at UBC.
Pump up those tires and deck
yourself out in strobes and bright
colours. Be sure to check out
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The Ubyssey Weekly show: your bite-
sized update on everything happening
on campus. This week: changes to UBC
Athletics and more on the Block Party
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Chong blends performance and
psychology, produces theatre
for the masses
Arno Rosenfeld
Features Editor
Gua Khee Chong wants to bring a different kind
"I feel we have unwittingly segregated theatre
from the rest ofthe population," Chong said.
"People are like, 'Oh, I can't do theatre, I'm not
an actor.'"
But Chong wants to change that, and she's
using a unique form of theatre to do so. Chong is
bringing the idea of forum theatre to UBC with
Changing the Lens, a production of three very
short plays (several minutes long)
being performed next week.
Forum theatre encourages audience participation in plays centering around social issues. In the
case of Changing the Lens, Chong
brought 13 non-acting students
from around campus to create the
plays. Together, they chose "cultur
al identity" as the theme.
After each play is run through
once, Chong will take to the stage
as the "joker" (the forum theatre
term for director) and explain to
the audience that the play will run
once again, but this time audience
members will be able to shout
"stop" and intervene with the aim of resolving
the conflict in the play.
Chong said that learning about forum theatre
has changed the way she views the world.
"You start looking at what's going on around
you," Chong said.
Chong, who first got interested in theatre in
high school, is in the fourth year of a dual major
in psychology and theatre.
"I started off wanting to go into counselling,"
Chong said. "But then theatre kind of took over
my life."
Chong said that there are many connections
between psychology and theatre.
"To me it's a perfect fit, because psychology is
all about how people think, how people behave
To me it's a perfect
fit, because
psychology is all
about how people
think, how people
behave in relation
to each other, and
isn't that what
theatre is all
Gua Khee Chong
in relation to each other, and isn't that what
theatre is all about?"
The fact that theatre includes and connects
to so many different disciplines was what drew
Chong to it in the first place.
"Theatre is really, I think, an exploration of
what it is to be a human," she said. "I find that
there's probably a little bit of everything in
Chong is an international student from Singapore, which gives her firsthand experience with
the question of cultural identity being addressed
in Changing the Lens.
"Looking at UBC's immense diversity in terms of ethnicity, nationality and also being an international
student myself, I felt that the issues
of cultural identity are something
that's becoming more and more
relevant," said Chong.
She described Singapore as a
place that fuses eastern and western cultures, and said that in our
increasingly globalized world, it is
important to address these questions of identity. She said many of
the conflicts in Changing the Lens
appear to be the typical conflicts
we encounter every day, but there's
a catch.
"Ifyou dig deeper and probe a little bit further, you'll realize that ultimately [the conflict]
is due to cultural identity, because it's your
cultural identity that shapes the way you think,
it shapes the family environment that you grew
up in."
Chong described the process of putting
together the upcoming production as empowering. She said that she wants to continue to
work as a forum theatre joker after her time at
UBC. a
Changing the Lens runs on March 19 and 21 at
the First Nations Longhouse. Admission is free.
—With files from Ming Wong
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Contact nuneuse@ubYSseY.ca for more info. // News I
The UBC Ultimate Club, which currently has non-student players according to UBC VP Students Louise Cowin, may be denied the perks afforded to official UBC sports clubs.
Athletics overhaul puts varsity teams status up for debate
Andrew Bates
Managing Editor, Web
UBC's new plan for athletics will
debut a competitive club category
that could bump some varsity
teams down in status.
The university is testing a new
structure for competitive sports
that would focus on national-level
athletes, varsity competition and
a new category of athletic club.
This category would accommodate
some ofthe non-varsity teams that
currently operate without funding
or facility support.
The new model is based on
Canada Sport For Life's work on
creating a pathway for people to
stay active from childhood to old
age, accordingto UBC VP Students
Louise Cowin.
"We tried to map on various
components of what we do to fit
within this structure," she said.
"What we want for all students and
faculty and staff is to think about
engaged individuals in terms of
their physical, mental, emotional
and social self."
Under the plan, a UBC "sports
club" would admit students only,
carry university branding and receive uniforms, limited funding and
coaching support, as well as access
to athletics facilities in non-peak
times. Cowin said any competitive
team could be eligible for "sports
club" status — the Wrestling Club,
Sailing Club and Quidditch Club
would all be in the running.
"Say there was a UBC badminton
club, which doesn't exist right now,
that wanted to get a start at UBC.
Then they would have access to
the REC centre in morning or early
afternoon time," she said. "They
would be expected to organize
their class schedules to make that
possible ... and if that didn't work,
they could still get access during
prime time, but they would have
to pay."
Criteria for what separates a varsity team from a competitive club
will be set by the new director of
the athletics department. External
search consultants Odgers Berndt-
son are conducting the hiring for
the position, and looking to bring in
a director by early summer.
The director's first task will be
to review varsity sports — which,
accordingto Cowin, is a process
that might exclude some sports that
receive the "privilege" of varsity
status. Some non-varsity clubs have
charged that the process to become
a varsity team lacks transparency, a
criticism upheld by a 2012 external
review of UBC's athletics department.
"Those criteria will be clear,
and we'll have a process, which we
don't have right now in terms of
how decisions are made," Cowin
said. "It is possible that some sports
that are currently varsity now
might not be when we apply [some]
yet-to-be-established criteria to
Other types of competitive clubs
could include clubs open to staff,
faculty and university residents or
organized youth academies. Cowin
said that UBC's ultimate frisbee
club could fit in the open category.
For youth opportunities, Cowin
cited the students at University
Hill Secondary, which was recently
awarded a sports academy status
that allows it to allocate time
during the day to training, nutrition
and sports psychology education.
Cowin said UBC academies could
give the university a leg up in recruiting young athletes.
Cowin said the department
would also look to form more
partnerships with elite national
programs. UBC has one such partnership with Swimming Canada,
which results in non-student
Olympians swimming alongside
varsity athletes. She hopes to see
sports institutes relocate to campus
in order to bring more researchers
and expand coaching training in
UBC's kinesiology department.
The other major change concerns recreation. UBC REC, which
is currently run by Athletics, could
find itself working under the umbrella of Student Development, the
department that runs things like
Imagine Day and the Centre for
Student Involvement and Careers.
Cowin said the university is looking
for new recreational programming
that could involve students who
don't visit REC facilities.
"Obviously there has to be a deep
collaboration and connection,"
Cowin said. "There's a lot of devil
in this detail that we haven't even
begun to work through yet. It's just
a conceptual model at this time, but
we need to get into that nitty-gritty
Consultation on the plans is due
to start this week. tJ
Canada-India university
partnership started
A new$30-million partnership
between Canadian and Indian
universities launched this week
at UBC.
The India-Canada Centre for
Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community
Transformation and Sustainability
(IC-IMPACTS) connects three Canadian universities (UBC, the University of Alberta and the University
of Toronto) with 11 schools in India
to study issues like water safety,
disease and city infrastructure.
Babies are prejudiced, too:
UBC research
A UBC-led study suggests that
babies asyoung as nine months
are capable of forming biases
against others who are different
from them. Researchers determined whether babies preferred
graham crackers orgreen beans,
and then presented a puppet
show where puppets that demonstrated similar or different food
choices were harmed or helped by
other puppets.
When prompted to choose
between the puppets, the babies
showed a preference for a puppet
that helped onethat madesimilar
food choices, or harmed one that
made different choices. According
to UBC professor Kiley Hamlin,
this shows "babies have some
early understanding of social
alliances." Xi
Law grad denied
bar for alleged
plagiarism, cheating
Will McDonald
News Editor
UBC law graduate Arun Mohan
wants to become a lawyer. But the
B.C. Law Society alleges he cheated on a first-year math exam and
plagiarized two papers, so they
won't let him.
The society denied Mohan's
application due to a history of academic dishonesty. Mohan graduated with a bachelor's degree in
sociology in 2000, a bachelor's of
law in 2006 and master's of law
in 2010.
Mohan was first scrutinized
by the B.C. Law Society in 2012,
when he applied for an articling
job. They held a hearing over their
concerns with his academic record. Although the society allowed
Mohan to take the job, their
report on the matter revealed
another yet-undiscovered case of
possible academic dishonesty.
Accordingto the society's report, Mohan's first accusation of
academic dishonesty occurred in
the first year of his undergraduate
degree, in 1995.
The report says Mohan
changed answers on a math exam
after it was returned, then asked
a TA to increase his grade. UBC
gave Mohan a failing grade in the
course and suspended him for
a year.
UBC law grad Arun Mohan was denied admission by the Law Society of B.C.
Mohan denied cheating on the
exam; he said the incident was
a misunderstanding between
him and his TA that arose from a
language barrier. He maintained
that he never asked for additional
marks on the exam.
The report also says UBC determined Mohan had plagiarized a
paper in Law 345 in 2002. He was
suspended from the university for
18 months, but then allowed to
return and complete his degree.
The society also acquired a
copy of Mohan's 2000 sociology honours thesis through a
freedom of information request.
They found what they believed
to be plagiarized material in the
78-page thesis.
The society asked Mohan
to give them a graded copy of
the paper, but he gave them an
ungraded copy that was 28 pages
shorter than the one they had
originally obtained. No plagiarism
was found in the shorter version
ofthe paper. Neither Mohan nor
the UBC sociology department
were able to produce a marked
version ofthe thesis.
Mohan admitted the longer version ofthe thesis was
partly plagiarized.
But he said the version the B.C.
Law Society had obtained wasn't
the one he submitted to receive
his degree. According to Mohan, he removed the plagiarized
material before submitting a final
version ofthe thesis to his supervisor, and UBC somehow kept a
different draft version on file.
However, the society wasn't
satisfied with his explanation, citing discrepancies between the two
papers, such as spelling mistakes
inthe shortened, plagiarism-free
version that weren't in the longer,
partly plagiarized version.
Ultimately, the society determined that Mohan's history
of academic dishonesty was far
enough in the past; they decided he was of good character
at the time, and he began articling shortly after the March
2012 hearing.
However, they recommended
"the applicant should not be called
and admitted [to practice law]
without some serious conditions
on his practice inthe early years."
Mohan completed his articling
position and applied to the bar in
2013. The law society held another
hearing on Feb. 7, 2013, and they
rejected Mohan's request for admission to the bar.
"The applicant's elaborate
explanation around [the sociology
thesis] demonstrates that the applicant did not discharge the onus
of proof that he is now 'of good
character and repute and is fit to
become a barrister and a solicitor
ofthe Supreme Court,'" read the
report from the 2013 hearing.
Mohan cannot re-apply to the
bar for at least two years. Xi
The Ubyssey attempted to contact
Mohan for comment through email,
but he did not respond by press time. 4    I    NEWS    I    MONDAY, MARCH 14,2013
Wood research centre faces controversy
Building slated to hold UNBC research at the centre of B.C. Liberal scandals
UNBC (pictured above) hopes to perform research in the proposed Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George. The project has been plagued by scandals from within and without the B.C. Liberal Party.
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
The Wood Innovation and Design
Centre, a B.C. Liberal-proposed
multimillion-dollar research
building in downtown Prince
George, is facing intense scrutiny
from all angles.
When the Liberals announced
the project in 2011, they said in a
press release it would "revitalize
the forest industry" and create
a spate of new jobs. They said it
would become "the world's tallest
multi-use wood building" by the
time it was built in 2014.
They envisioned it as a high-
tech research centre to develop
new wood-based products and
building techniques. The University of Northern British Columbia
(UNBC) and other schools would
operate classes and labs in it, and
various other tenants would take
up the rest ofthe space.
But the project has come close
to being felled under allegations
of influence-peddling and fiscal
imprudence — allegations that
are shaking the foundations of
the Liberal Party.
In late February, Prince George
developers Brian Fehr and Dan
McLaren came forward alleging
that B.C. jobs minister Pat Bell
made them a backroom promise
of a contract for the building.
Fehr and McLaren wound up
not making the shortlist for the
project, but they alleged Bell was
trying to improperly influence
who got the building contract,
which was then expected to be
worth $25 million.
The lawyer presiding over
the bid process concluded that
everything was handled fairly,
but the NDP is still pushing for a
wider investigation. Accordingto
documents obtained by the Globe
and Mail, an $8.9 million-dollar provincial loan to purchase
land for the project was made
to McLaren in 2009, without
approval from the provincial
Treasury Board.
Shortly after Fehr and McLaren's initial complaint, former
B.C. finance minister Kevin
Falcon dealt the project another
blow. He said the B.C. treasury
had never agreed to issue the
funds required for the building.
Falcon said in order to make it
the world's tallest wood building,
it would need to be 10 storeys tall
and cost roughly $100 million. He
said the treasury only approved
$25 million for the building,
and plans and ambitions for the
project would need to shrink
significantly in order to fit within
the available budget.
Any possibility of using the land
purchased by Fehr and McLaren
with the public loan was scrapped.
At present, the project is still
going forward, albeit with a much
smaller scale and a sullied public
image. Pundits allege Falcon's
critical comments came out of an
urge to distance himself from the
embattled B.C Premier Christy
Clark, who has been taking a
beating in the polls. And for
UNBC to operate programs out
ofthe building, they'll need an
influx of provincial funding. As
reported by the Prince George
Citizen, UNBC president George
Iwama said the school doesn't
have enough cash to expand
into the centre with its current
budget. Xi
Lobby group ousts UVic Student Society over fee dispute
Shandi Shiach
The Martlet (University of Victoria)
VICTORIA (CUP) - The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS)
B.C. chapter voted to expel the
University of Victoria Students'
Society (UVSS) March 9, citing
non-payment of fees and the
UVSS leaving the national CFS
as reasons.
"The UVSS's refusal to meet
its basic financial obligations to
its fellow members ofthe Canadian Federation of Students-BC,
combined with de-certifying
from the national organization,
left member locals with little
alternative but to revoke membership privileges," said Katie
Marocchi, chairperson of CFS-
BC, in an email to the Martlet.
UVSS students are still considered full members of CFS-
BC until the end ofthe winter
session. The UVSS was one of
the largest student unions paying
into CFS-BC. The fees, totaling
approximately $160,000, that
CFS-BC says are in arrears date
from alleged underpayment
over a decade ago. The UVSS
board says no membership fees
are outstanding.
After UVSS petitions and
contentious campaigning on both
sides — much of it addressing
CFS-BC activities and some of it
by CFS-BC staff members with
no official ties to the national
CFS - UVSS students voted
3,255 to 1,361 in favour of leaving
the CFS on March 29-31, 2011,
with 30 per cent voter turnout.
The scope of this referendum then came in question; the
UVSS took the position that
most students did not distinguish between the national and
provincial CFS, so the votes
were in favour of leaving all CFS
bodies. The Supreme Court of
B.C., however, ruled in August
2012 that although membership
in the national CFS is required
for membership in CFS-BC, the
UVSS's termination of membership inthe (national) CFS did not
automatically end membership in
A UVSS referendum on whether or not to terminate CFS-BC
membership was scheduled for
March 25-27, 2013, but is now no
longer needed.
"We respect CFS-BC as an
organization, for the work
that it does on post-secondary
issues, and for the contribution
it has made to the culture of the
UVSS," said current UVSS chairperson Emily Rogers in a March
9 press release.
"As a progressive student
society that is at the forefront
of student activism in B.C., the
UVSS will continue to work on
post-secondary issues as a founding member of the Alliance of
B.C. Students."
The Alliance of B.C. Students
is an outgrowth ofthe "Where's
the Funding?" campaign, which
was launched in late 2011.
The University of Victoria Student Society has been ejected from the Canadian Federation of Students' B.C. branch over non-payment of fees. MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2013    |    NEWS
Aero Design Club reaches for the sky
The UBC Aero Design Club shows off their creation: a 10-pound airplane with an 11-foot wingspan.
Kaavya Lakshmanan
A team of UBC engineers is ready
for takeoff.
The UBC Aero Design club has
designed a model aircraft to fly in
a competition run by the Society
of Automotive Engineers in Fort
Worth, Texas.
The objective ofthe competition is to build an airplane that
can carry as much weight as
possible within certain guidelines. The club, founded in 1992,
has been participating in aero
design competitions since its
According to the team captain,
Ersagun Elacmaz, the airplane
weighs approximately 10 pounds
and has an 11-foot wingspan. He
estimates the plane can carry
around 20 pounds.
Elacmaz, a third-year mechanical engineering student, credits
communication and high commitment from the team for the
completion ofthe aircraft.
"It's all about project management. A team is as successful
as [its] individuals' success and
commitment," he said.
According to Elacmaz, UBC
may be the only university
attending the competition
that doesn't have a specialized
aerospace program. Despite this
setback, UBC has placed in the
top 10 in past competitions.
The guidelines ofthe competition require the airplanes to be
entirely student-built. The team
used information from books and
the Internet to build the aircraft.
The team bought most of
the parts from suppliers in the
U.S. Wood for the plane, such
as balsa wood and plywood,
was purchased locally. Funding for the the project came in
part from UBC's Teaching and
Learning Enhancement Fund,
the Professional Activities Fund
and the mechanical engineering
department. Shell Canada and
Marshall Aerospace Canada
also contributed.
Liam Hodgson, the assistant
captain ofthe club and a second-
year engineering physics student,
said the majority ofthe plane is
held together with glue, which
creates an interesting trade-off.
"A tiny bit of extra glue can add,
like, 500 grams to the whole weight
ofthe plane," said Hodgson. If the
plane is too heavy, it will limit the
amount of weight it can carry.
According to Antonio Peralta,
the safety officer for the club,
Fort Worth experiences strong
winds, which adds to the challenge ofthe competition.
Peralta, a second-year mechanical engineering student, said
this project complements his
classes at UBC.
"A lot of people think that engineering is more about... being
nerdy guys that know a lot of
stuff. But you also have to be able
to deal with people and manage
a project and a company. [This
project] gives you that hands-on
experience," said Peralta.
The competition will run
from March 15-17. The team is
confident they will place in the
top 10. a
K'Naan to top D J-heavy lineup at Block Party
Andrew Bates
Managing Editor, Web
The lineup for AMS Block Party
has been completed by the return
of Somali-Canadian rapper
K'Naan to campus.
K'Naan joins a lineup, announced Monday, that includes
DJs Dillon Francis, Mord Fustang
and My!Gay!Husband!, indie-folk
band Good for Grapes and the
eventual winner ofthe AMS's Last
Band Standing contest.
"It's always good to have him
[K'Naan] on campus. It attracts
such an interesting crowd that
really does well to kind of balance
out the EDM crowd for Dillon
Francis and Mord Fustang," said
AMS President Caroline Wong,
who added that the AMS tried
"to appeal as many demographics as possible, aligned with our
K'Naan is best known for
his 2010 single "Waving Flag,"
featured in Coca-Cola advertisements for the 2010 FIFA World
Cup and remade as a benefit single
featuring more than 50 artists
for relief efforts after the Haitian
earthquake. He is also known
for his collaborations with Nelly
Furtado, Mary J. Blige and Metal-
lica guitarist Kirk Hammett.
The lineup released Monday
did not include K'Naan as head-
liner. Wong said the AMS wanted
to respond to requests from
students. "We were seeing a lot
of requests from students about
releasing tickets and asking for
the lineup, so we felt comfortable
releasing lineups as it was beforehand and waiting for confirmation
from K'Naan later."
It is the artist's first return
to campus since he was a Terry
Talks featured speaker at the
Chan Centre in September 2010.
K'Naan also has a history with
student groups in B.C., having
dropped out of a charity concert
at SFU in September 2010 over
issues surrounding payment.
This concert has been announced as the last Block Party to
take place at Mclnnes Field. With
construction on a new Aquatic
Centre set to start this year, the
AMS is still searching for a backup
location for future versions ofthe
event until a new field is finished
in 2016, according to Wong.
"The plan is being made, we're
still being consulted, and we
want to deliver the same kind of
Block Party if not better in the
time in-between," Wong said. "It
really depends on campus culture
and how we can engage students.
However, based on the reputation
we've built from last year's Block
Party and this year's Welcome
Back BBQ, I'm quite certain that
we can rally students together to
participate in this kind of community event."
Block Party will take place on
April 5. Xi
Somali-Canadian rapper K'Naan, famous for the single "Waving Flag
Block Party at Mclnnes Field on April 5.
will headline AMS // Sports + Rec
Out of the basement
Worst to first, zeroes to heroes, chumps to champs; call it what you
want, but the UBC women's hockey team just capped off one ofthe most
successful turnarounds in CIS sports history
ARTICLE BY: C.J. Pentland. PHOTOS BY: Kai Jacobson
They have so much
potential. I don't think
they know it yet."
Those were the words
of UBC women's hockey coach
Graham Thomas after his team's
first game ofthe regular season,
a 4-0 win over the Regina Cougars back in October 2012. Thomas's Thunderbirds were coming
off an abysmal 2011-2012 season
in which they won only one
game, and to the casual observer,
it would have been easy to brush
Thomas's words aside as just another cliched quote from a coach
tryingto encourage his team.
But a funny thing happened.
The T-Birds dropped their
next contest to Regina in a
shootout, and the next weekend
pushed the CIS No. 1 ranked Calgary Dinos to the brink, narrowly
losing in another shootout. Then,
in only their third weekend, they
beat Lethbridge to surpass the
previous year's win total. At winter break the 'Birds were 7-6-3;
even if the team went .500 over
the rest ofthe season, the season
would have been a success.
But the team that slogged
through a miserable 2011-2012
season became addicted to the
taste of victory. Coming back
from the break, they began
demonstrating the potential their
coach had seen from the start.
After a close loss to Calgary in their first game
back, UBC got revenge
in the second, winning
2-1. It was this win against the
Dinos that sent their remarkable
season on its way, and Keith
Urban's "You Look Good in My
Shirt" — the 'Birds victory jam —
started to become commonplace
in the locker room after games.
The 'Birds won 10 of their last 11
games, the only loss coming in a
shootout, and finished the season
with a 17-7-4 regular season
record and in third place in the
Canada West. In the previous
three seasons combined, the
T-Birds had won just 16 regular
season games.
This was uncharted territory for UBC women's hockey.
Despite being established in the
They have so much
potential. I don't think
they know it yet.
Graham Thomas
UBC women's hockey coach, after
his team's first win of the season
late 1990s, the squad had been,
to put it bluntly, quite bad. Their
highest season win total in team
history was eight, and they had
only made the playoffs twice
since 2000. By finishing high
enough to host their first-ever
home playoff game, the 'Birds
had already made history.
But when the T-Birds stepped
on the ice for their playoff series
against the Manitoba Bisons,
there was no sign of first-time
jitters. They played like playoff
veterans, crushing the Bisons 7-1
and 4-2 in games one and two
before moving on to the Canada
West semi-final against Regina.
Defeating the Cougars would
send the 'Birds flying to Toronto
for the CIS national tournament.
However, the Cougars easily
handled UBC in game one ofthe
series, with the T-Birds managing just 16 shots on net. UBC
had already defied expectations
by coming this far and everyone
knew the season was bound to
end at some point; perhaps this
was it.
But this was no ordinary team.
This team was written off by the
rest ofthe conference, considered
to be in the playoffs thanks
purely to luck. But they were also
a team that had endured years
of heartbreak and misery, who
couldn't bear the thought of losing again, especially after coming
so far.
In game two, the 'Birds dug
deep and after three periods,
the game was tied at two apiece.
The tie endured through two
overtimes before T-Bird Tatiana
Rafter scored in triple overtime,
letting UBC live to see another
another day of playoffs. In game
three, UBC got out to an early 3-1 lead and coasted to a 7-1
victory, securing them a spot
inthe conference final against
Calgary and, win or lose, a trip
to nationals.
The final series proceeded to
be eerily similar to the previous
one. Calgary looked dominant in
game one, winning 4-1. But UBC
came back to force a third game,
taking game two 5-4 in double
overtime, and then controlled
the finale to win 5-2 to capture
the Canada West championship,
literally going from worst to first
inthe space of one season.
Already with a banner
and trophy, the T-Birds
headed east. UBC had
the fourth seed at CIS
nationals, slated to take on the
University of Toronto Varsity
Blues and the Universitie de
Montreal Carabins in their
round-robin matches. Coming
first in their pool would move
them on to the gold medal game.
But the afternoon before their
first game, the team was dealt
a serious blow. Goalie Danielle
Dube — a 36-year-old full-time
firefighter, mother of two, former
member ofthe Canadian national team and CIS second-team
All-Canadian, who originally
came to UBC intending to coach
— was hospitalized with pneumonia. Dube was replaced by the
much younger Samantha Langford. With a 2.09 goals against
average and 0.924 save percentage in 10 games played during the
regular season, the second-year
Langford was by no means a poor
goalie, but she hadn't played a
game in almost a month.
While Langford played well
in game one, it turned out to be
another standard series-opening
effort for the Thunderbirds. UBC
failed to consistently play the
style of game that had made them
so successful this season and a
gritty Toronto team got the best
of them in a shootout. The 'Birds
were down 3-2 in the third period and scored two late goals to
go up 4-3 with just over a minute
left. But with the Varsity Blues'
goalie pulled and on the power
play, the opposing team managed
to shove the puck across the line
just before the net came off to tie
the game with 34 seconds left.
No one scored in overtime, and
Toronto scored the only goal in
the shootout to give them the
5-4 win.
The loss wasn't the end for
the 'Birds, though. A win in
regulation against Montreal
the next day would still give
UBC a berth in the final, but
the Carabins were the tournament's top-ranked team. With
their backs up against the wall,
UBC would need one more
bounce-back effort.
And on Saturday, it seemed
that a win was in the cards for
the T-Birds. In the first period
UBC controlled the play, taking
a 1-0 lead into the break. But
knowing that they needed a
regulation win and therefore a
bigger lead, the 'Birds took a few
too many offensive chances in
the second half and couldn't recover on defence. Langford made
several huge saves to temporarily
maintain the lead, but Montreal
managed to pot two goals in
the second period for a 2-1 lead.
Kaitlin Imai scored right before
the end of the period to tie it
up at two heading into the final
20 minutes, meaning that UBC
would have to win the period in
order to play for gold on Sunday.
While UBC didn't play poorly,
the Montreal team was just too
good in the end. Thomas, the
coach, was impressed by his
team's effort, but the Carabins took advantage ofthe few
mistakes the 'Birds made and
scored three quick goals to go
up 5-2. UBC responded by firing
everything at Montreal's net in
the final five minutes, with Imai
scoring one goal to make it 5-3,
but it wasn't enough. It was their
first set of back-to-back losses
since Jan. 4, which ensured their
remarkable season wouldn't end
with a national gold.
"Initially they were all sadand
disappointed, but it was [the
coaches'] job to remind them how // Sports + Rec
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It does take a
special team to win
a championship,
and that's what
we reminded [the
team], that they are
iust really proud to
have been able to
represent UBC this
way this year.
Graham Thomas
UBC head coach
Thomas didn't treat them as a one-win team; he
treated them as a team with potential and helped
them mesh into a close-knit group with a strong
belief in their abilities.
they got here and all the major
things they've done to get here,
[and] that we never quit," Thomas said following the Montreal
game. "They have to be extremely proud of what they've done for
UBC and for our program, and
the respect that they've earned
this year."
History could still be made
in the final game. Having never
been to nationals before, UBC
still hadn't won a game there.
Their game for fifth place against
Queen's University was their last
chance this year to achieve one
final inaugural achievement, and
a chance to finish their dream
season on a high note.
And they did just that. With
Langford standing tall in the
net, the 'Birds scored two
second-period goals and won 2-1.
It may not have been the perfect
outcome, but a team that had
finished higher than fifth in the
Canada West only twice was now
fifth in all of Canada.
"We said in the dressing room,
after having four losing seasons
and having a season like this and
to top it off with a win at nationals just means everything. You
kind of forget about the weaker
years after this," said T-Bird forward Kaylee Chanakos after the
final game.
So how did the perennially
basement-dwelling 'Birds
soar to become one ofthe
top teams inthe country?
Part of it can be attributed to
the acquisition of Dube, the goalie,
who came back after 10 years'
hiatus from the game to backstop
a strong UBC defence. As well, a
talented crop of first-years came in
and made an immediate impact.
But the main reason has to be
Thomas's coaching. The 32-year-
old came to UBC this year from an
assistant coaching post at the Uni-
verstiy of Syracuse and instilled a
confidence in the team that took
them to a new level. He didn't treat
them as a one-win team; he treated
them as a team with potential and
helped them mesh into a close-
knit group with a strong belief in
their abilities.
"It's hard to pinpoint when
they recognized it," Thomas said.
"When we swept [Saskatchewan]
on the road, and that was the first
time that's ever been done. I think
that moment was a pivotal turn
for us as far as momentum, belief
in ourselves.
"I think that's where it started,
and then it just built weekend to
weekend and game to game."
While the dream season is over
now, the team's legacy will live on.
UBC women's hockey now holds
claim to the biggest turnaround
in CIS sports history, and the program will be recognized as a legitimate threat inthe coming years.
If they do manage to win that
national championship in the
future, that team will have to
look back to this year's squad. If it
wasn't for them, the T-Birds would
still be an afterthought.
"It's hard to put into words
everything we've been though this
year as a team; we've just defied
all the odds," said fifth-year player
Emily Grainger. "Just the way we
came together was unreal, and I've
never seen anything like it. I'm
just very happy for the team and
everything we've accomplished
this year."
"It does take a special group
to win a championship," Thomas
said in reference to their Canada
West title. "And that's what we
reminded [the team], that they are
"We have to hold onto that and
be proud of that," Thomas said.
"We're just really proud to have
been able to represent UBC this
way this year." Xi II Culture I
The removal of a student's
public sculpture project
brings up questions of what
and who is allowed to alter
UBC's visual landscape
Rhys Edwards
Senior Culture Writer
On the evening of Feb. 25, you might
have encountered an unusual object
around campus: a brick inscribed
with a random word such as
"Galaxy" or "Covenant," glued to a
sidewalk or wall.
However, ifyou tried to look
for the brick later, you probably
wouldn't have found it; they were
removed less than 48 hours after
they were installed. They were
part of a project created by Adrian
Diaz, a third-year visual arts
student, as an assignment for his
sculpture class.
"The bricks were created as
stumbling bricks," said Diaz. "Not
literally to make people fall on their
face, but more as a stumbling pause,
to make them look to the side ofthe
road and have this word that has
been presented to them, and then
to try and consider them, and try to
reach their own conclusions of what
that word might mean for them."
Unfortunately, Diaz did not ask
for permission to set up the bricks
outside ofthe class. Although the
artwork did not, in Diaz's opinion,
cause a major obstruction, UBC
Facilities deemed them a safety
hazard. Given the pervasive construction all over on campus, the
irony was not lost on Diaz.
"We always walk by these piles of
bricks that are goingto be used for
repavingthe campus, and we don't
see them as oddities anymore.... I
[wanted] to work with that same
element, but I guess this lonesome
brick that was not meant to be
used for building road, but rather
to express these ideas, was seen
almost as an intruder in this space,"
he said.
The incident surrounding Diaz's
project frames a much larger issue:
What are the ideas and standards
that shape UBC's visual environment? And who gets to contribute
to them?
After several years of consultation
with students, faculty and staff,
UBC adopted a "Campus Plan" in
2010: a strategic document intended
to outline the rationale behind
UBC's visual environment in the
coming decades. Among other
things, the plan stipulates a series
of design principles that architects and landscapers are obliged
to follow when working in one of
UBC's four "character districts":
the campus core (the oldest parts
of campus, comprising the area
surrounding the intersection of
University Boulevard and Main
Mall), the contemporary campus
(newer structures such as the SUB,
Health Sciences building and bus
depot), the Athletics precinct and
the forest edge.
"We set out some design principles, and then a material palette as
well for both the building and the
landscape," said Gerry McGeough,
UBC's official university architect.
"As an example, we say in the Athletics precinct [that] the buildings
should have a heroic quality, they
should really celebrate sports, they
should really aspire to have a boldness and to celebrate the activity
Anomalies are what
make a city human....
When things are
imperfect, when things
are kind of awkward
or don't make sense, it
makes you think about
Raneen Nosh
Master's student in architecture
Accordingto McGeough, the
Campus Plan is intended to promote
a sense of cohesion.
"There's a whole bunch of individual buildings all tryingto call
attention to themselves, or just to
ignore their contexts, and there was
this request when Campus Planning
was doing its planning... to create
a place, a sense that you've arrived.
And that's important, for people
to have a sense of groundedness,"
said McGeough.
Lisa Colby, director of policy
planning at Campus and Community Planning, made a similar point.
"When we first started the Campus Plan process a few years ago, we
said, 'What do you think? What are
the issues?' And the big thing that
people said was, 'Well, it's kind of a
mish-mash of styles and stuff, and
how do we bring it together into
more of a cohesive identity?' And so
that's what the Campus Plan exercise was about: how to bring back
that unique and authentic West
Coast character into our institutional campus, and make it sing."
In addition to the Campus Plan,
UBC maintains several other
policies that serve to harmonize
its visual environment: no third-
party advertising is officially
allowed on campus, and, barring
some exceptions, most acts of
vandalism (including those ofthe
artistic variety, such as stencils and
stickers) are quickly removed by
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Top: Martha Piper Plaza fountain. Bottom: Edgar Heap of Birds' Native Hosts.
Building Operations. Furthermore,
most student-led initiatives and
interventions into the urban landscape, from posters and protests to
parades and presentation booths,
are ephemeral in nature. What's left
is a distinct space that perpetuates
the UBC brand.
Although the administration may
conceive ofthe Campus Plan as a
means of creating a sense of identity
for students, some feel that it has
the opposite effect. For instance,
in citing the rationale behind his
sculpture project, Diaz pointed to the homogeneity of UBC's
recent architecture.
"It lacks some sort of signature
or time reference that allows you
to tell how long ago these buildings
were built.... That's what my biggest
concern is: I don't get a sense of
history through campus, of people
leaving their mark."
Meanwhile, Raneen Nosh, a student currently pursuing a master's
in architecture, argued that urban
spaces thrive when they avoid conforming to a model.
"Anomalies are what make a city
human.... When things are imperfect, when things are kind of awkward or don't make sense, it makes
you think about it," he said.
Nosh, who has conducted
research on the historical development of urban architecture in
Tokyo, sees UBC's remote location
as a further issue.
"It's just so disconnected from
the city; it's a journey to get up
there. And I think for architecture
especially, that's a problem. We respond to and for our environment,
which is the city, [but because]
we're so disconnected, we don't
have cultural issues and problems
to respond to directly."
An exception to the streamlining of
UBC's visual environment comes
inthe form ofthe various public art
installations around campus. For
example, one ofthe more polemic
public works at UBC, Edgar Heap of
Birds' Native Hosts, implicitly questions the university's claim to the
territory on which it resides. What
many students may not realize is
that the department of Campus and
Community Planning is actually
eager to receive proposals for other
"We're really open to seeing life
on this campus," said Colby. "We're
not the enemy on that. I think the
safest and easiest thing to do is
come talk to us all the time. We'll
usually be able to help you find a
way to do what you want."
"As far as the art is concerned,
we are strong supporters of it and
are looking to accommodate it in
various ways."
As for the Campus Plan,
although it may appear authoritarian, McGeough stressed that
the upgrades to campus pathways
are designed to provoke lively and
spontaneous interactions.
"The alumni-level participation is lower at UBC than many
other universities in Canada, and
there's been some reflection on
that, saying, 'How is the student
experience at UBC?'" said McGeough, who noted that many
ofthe newest spaces on campus,
such as the Buchanan courtyard,
have been designed in consultation
with students.
There was this request
... to create a place,
a sense that you've
arrived. And that's
important, for people
to have a sense of
Gerry McGeough
UBC's official university architect
"You really want people to feel
a part ofthe place, and [students']
ability to contaminate and to be
part ofthe place is absolutely
critical,... so we've created this very
big, simple landscape, and we've
recognized that a key next stage is
really inviting all sorts of activities
and participation in this place."
Both Colby and McGeough
alluded to the Engineering Cairn,
and its perpetual vandalism on the
part of students, as an example of
the sort of public space the Campus
Plan is trying to galvanize: a site for
creative, impromptu expression.
But, paradoxically, the cairn and
its traditions emerged through the
transgression of administrative
policy inthe first place.
With the best of intentions, UBC
maybe tryingto construct something that can't be made. 31 II Culture
Game of grapes: The premiere is coming
Four wines inspired by the upcoming season opener of Game of Thrones
Whether you're conquering lands,
taming dragons or eagerly awaiting
the Game of Thrones season premiere, there ought to be some sort
of wine for the journey.
These four wines speak with
character, whether it's from historical background, grape composition
or unique production. Powerful
wines are the common thread.
When you play the game of
thrones, you win or you die.
But when you play the game of
wines, you'll definitely win with
these four. Just don't get drunk
with power.
GAUDIET ($21.99)
It's no surprise that such sweet and
coveted liquid gold, gleaming like
Lannister locks, stems from the
home of some ofthe most expensive
dessert wines in the world.
Much like the golden-haired
family, these grapes may become
affected with "noble rot," which
concentrates the sugars in the
grapes and contributes unique
aromas. The Lannisters may be as
complex as some of these wines, but
definitely not as sweet.
The royal reputation of these
wines means that they can be
pricey. Keep your eyes and spies on
the lookout for Tyrion-sized bottles.
RHONE ($17.99)
Grenache, Syrah and Carignan are
grapes that sound almost as vicious
as the three Targaryen dragons.
This March 30, get ready to cozy up with a goblet.
Although these grapes lack
wings and fire-breathing power,
they make it up by working together
well. The fleshy and fruity power
of Grenache balances well with the
smoke and black pepper expressions of Syrah, while the temperamental Carignan adds roughness,
acidity and colour.
As a whole, this wine's personality is similar to a certain
silver-haired mother of dragons:
a balanced level of softness and
coarseness, with grapes that thrive
in a warm and dry climate. Pair
with raw horse hearts.
SAUVIGNON ($14.99)
Considering its long and noble
history, Cabernet Sauvignon easily
wins the red grape of thrones, commonly pushing its brother Merlot
out ofthe spotlight.
Cabernet Sauvignon originally
hails from the rainy Bordeaux
region of France, but being grown
in the "New World" (meaning
non-Europe) gives the rough grape
a softer and riper edge. Think of a
specific headstrong Baratheon and
red-adorned priestess: the grape
is stone-faced yet elegant, and
religiously divergent. The night
is dark and full of terrors, so pair
this wine with deceit, excessive
nudity and weird shadow monsters
that crawl from places that weird
shadow monsters shouldn't be
crawling from.
Though aptly named, don't let the
name fool you: this South African
wine is deceivingly less fruity than
its Australian cousin.
Instead, expect warming aromas
of dark fruit, gaminess, musk and a
campfire-like smoke that's sure to
scare off any White Walkers. This
wine's fuller body pairs well with
the heavier dishes ofthe north,
like venison pie and mutton. Also
pair with three-eyed crows and
rolling heads.
The spicy, smoky character of
this wine calls for cold Stark weather, but why wait until next season?
After all, winter is coming. Xi
To die pho
One man's gruelling search
for the best pho in Vancouver
by Tyler McRobbie
There's no shortage of Asian food
here in Vancouver, but there are
some lesser-known dishes that
rarely get the spotlight reserved
for sushi. Take pho, for example:
slowly simmered broth, a mountain of rice noodles, thinly sliced
beef and an assortment of sauces
and sides that make each dish
unique and delicious. For the past
two months, I have scoured the
city from east to west for the best
it has to offer of this humble Vietnamese street food staple. What
did I learn? Pho may not be pretty,
but looks aren't everything.
For me, judging pho basically
comes down to the diversity of
the restaurant's menu, quality
ofthe broth and the variety of
sides and sauces. As for the beef, I
prefer it rare, but you can go nuts
with any conceivable combination
of tripe, tendons and beef balls.
My search began at Pho Good
ness on Davie Street, where I was
first introduced to pho. My first
lesson: give up on judging the
service and decor immediately.
They're never good. Until the
end of my search, this restaurant
remained at the top of my list.
The menu had good variety, and
the pho itself was a hit. I liked it
so much I went back again a few
weeks later.
After a brief hiatus, I ventured
to my second location, this time
on Robson Street: Pho Express.
And it wasn't great. Not awful,
but not that good. I didn't know it
at the time, having only had pho
twice before, but in hindsight it
definitely earned its spot at the
bottom ofthe totem pole (note:
pho shouldn't remind you of dirty
Next, I visited Pho Tan, the
closest restaurant to UBC yet.
This one was another winner, perhaps even better than
Pho Goodness. I felt redeemed
after the unfortunate experience at Pho Express, but still, I
knew it could get even better. I
kept searching.
Talk about bang for your buck: a hot bowl of pho is filling and costs under 10$.
With my deadline looming, I
squeezed in two restaurants in a
row. I was getting concerned that,
after eating at my second-to-last
location, Pho Central, I wouldn't
be able to pick a winner. But then
I found a fly in my broth and was
almost relieved at having one
less restaurant to have to decide
between — which is a shame,
because the pho was otherwise
pretty darn good. The greater
shame was how long it took me to
find the fly.
Lastly, on a wet and dreary
Tuesday, I followed a friends' tip
to Gold Train Express, conveniently located at 10th and
Sasamat, mere blocks from UBC.
I knew as soon as the pho arrived
at the table that it would be the
winner. The beef-to-noodle ratio
was spot on, and the broth was
seasoned perfectly with scallions
and spices.
In a happy coincidence, the
best pho I found on my delicious
journey was the one closest to
school. Check it out for yourself: I
don't see pho getting any better. Xi II Opinions
Sent back to community college after being rejected from the bar for alleged academic misconduct, a former UBC law student
learns about himself and the value of friendship.
It's hard to say whether UBC law
graduate Arun Mohan deserved
to have the past catch up with
him as hard as it did. But oh man,
is it a good reminder of why you
should never cheat.
After a 15-year, three-degree career at UBC, Mohan has
found his application to become
a lawyer blocked by the B.C.
Law Society because of three
cases of alleged academic misconduct: a first-year math exam
in 1995, his honours sociology
thesis in 2000 and a law paper
in 2002.
Plagiarism is considered a
serious academic offence, and
allegedly committing it twice —
with what the law society found
to be a flimsy excuse — was
enough to prevent Mohan from
applying to a position endowed
with significant public trust.
Should undergraduate mistakes hold you back 13 years
down the line? Who knows.
But it's a good reminder ofthe
risks involved ifyou decide to
cheat. Ofthe 15 years he spent
in school, Mohan spent two and
a half of them suspended, and
now he'll sit on ice for another
two years at least.
Just don't cheat. It will come
back to you.
Back in 1992, UBC's Arts
Undergraduate Society decided
they wanted to host a fun little
event for students to celebrate
the last day of classes.
They planned for the party
to happen on Maclnnes Field.
They rented some fairground
rides and booked a little-known
Canadian alt-rock band.
That band? The Barenaked
Ladies. They became hugely
popular shortly after they were
booked at UBC. Tickets sold
out and the event was moved to
Thunderbird Stadium. The party
was a runaway success, and a
legendary yearly event was born:
Arts County Fair.
For 15 years, Arts County
Fair was a defining element of
UBC culture. It attracted 15,000
people to Thunderbird Stadium
each year. Those people drank
500 kegs of beer. The lineups
were a who's-who of middle-
of-the-road Canadian college
rock: The Crash Test Dummies.
54-40. Matthew Good. Metric.
The Weakerthans.
Arts County Fair was hailed as
the largest student-run event in
Canada. Fraternities and sororities had a habit of calling it their
"Christmas." It drew in music-
lovers andbeer-swillers, not just
from campus, but from all over
Metro Vancouver. It convinced
many a student to enroll at UBC
(including one particularly old
current Ubyssey editor).
It was a rowdy, drunken,
shambling mess of an awesome
time. Until it wasn't. Between
1992 and 2007, the atmosphere
on campus changed significantly. UBC started a development
boom, and what was once an
academic enclave became Vancouver's newest tony suburb.
Non-students living in high-
priced campus condos didn't like
the loud and crazy antics at the
stadium (including then-Premier
Gordon Campbell, who lived
next door). The campus RCMP's
opinion ofthe event began
to sour.
Each year, the Arts Undergraduate Society paid more and
more for security and policing.
Arts County Fair, once a charity
fundraiser, began to lose money.
And after one last hurrah in
2007, they pulled the plug.
The AMS swooped in with
Block Party, a replacement last-
day-of-classes event. It was fun,
but it was never really the same.
Block Party moved the festivities back to the much smaller
Maclnnes Field, and artificial turf was quietly installed
in T-Bird Stadium, ensuring
no concert ever sullies that
ground again.
Block Party even brought the
Barenaked Ladies back in 2010 to
try to rekindle the spirit of that
first Arts County Fair. It was a
disaster. The band was over the
hill, students weren't interested
and the AMS lost a lot of money.
Now the AMS is advertising this
year's Block Party as "the last ever
on Maclnnes Field." The field will
become the site ofthe new Aquatic
Centre, and the old Aquatic Centre
won't be replaced by a new grass
field until 2016. Nobody has figured out yet where — or if — Block
Party will happen next year. There
are a few possible spots on campus,
but none are ideal.
We really hope the AMS
commits in a real way to finding
a new home for Block Party. We
really hope they don't let the last-
day-of-classes concert quietly die
in the very place it was born. Arts
County Fair may be gone, but
it isn't forgotten. We hope the
AMS never forgets. Xi
Opinion piece on Knoll Aid
delightfully self-serving
I read with interest Aron Rosenberg's selective and self-serving
opinion piece ("Remembering the
fight to save the Grassy Knoll,"
March 11,2013) ofthe arrest of 19
UBC students — including himself
— five years ago.
That Rosenberg would explain
the largest arrest of UBC students
since 1997 in a way that burnishes
the legacy of his friends and the
causes they stood for is understandable. That he does so in such
an inaccurate and misleading way
is disappointing.
To begin with, Rosenberg's
main claim — that the concert was
meant to protest a proposed con
struction plan involving condos —
is false. UBC scrapped that specific
plan in the summer of 2007, partly
because of student petitions, and
were scrambling for a new model.
In fact, just days before the arrests,
students passed a referendum
pledging $80 million towards a
new SUB on that space, a plan the
university publicly endorsed.
Rosenberg's interpretation gives
an impression of peaceful troubadours being arrested wantonly by
an abusive police force. Another
interpretation is that aggressive
and possibly inebriated students
tried to protect an illegal bonfire,
before chanting "Fuck the pigs"
and surrounding a police car after
one of their friends assaulted an officer. The truth, per usual in these
cases, probably lies somewhere in
the middle; interpretations are fun
that way.
Rosenberg also writes that
today "there is no underground bus
loop, no commercial space and no
private residences inthe centre of
campus." There is also, for the first
time in decades, no semblance of a
left-wing movement at UBC, partly
due to the overreach of Rosenberg
and his ilk. But that's another story.
The arrests of 19 students on
April 4,2008 is one ofthe most
important moments at UBC in the
last decade. It would be a shame
if students only understood the
arrests, their leadup and their
legacy through Rosenberg's
skewed recounting.
—Justin McElroy
BA 2011
Disclosure: McElroy is a former
Ubyssey editor who reported on the
Trek Park protests.
Unpaid internships are
illegal, screwing this
 by Andrew Langille	
The prevalence of unpaid internships is growing, but typically
these positions are illegal and
violate the minimum employment
standards. It has been estimated
that young workers engage in over
300,000 illegal unpaid internships every year across Canada
and collectively forego tens of
millions of dollars in wages,
vacation pay and contributions
to Employment Insurance and
Canadian Pension Plan.
Internships have existed in
some form since the 19th century,
but have only been thrust into the
public consciousness over the past
few years. Originally, internships
were a variation on the American
version ofthe apprenticeship
model and a means of rapidly training young workers for
entry into a trade or profession.
What began in medicine slowly
entered a limited
number of elite,
professions (such
as politics and
public administration) in
the early 20th
Over the past
20 years there
was some growth
inthe prevalence
of unpaid internships in the world
of journalism,
fashion and publishing; however,
these positions
were the exception rather
than the rule. In
the wake ofthe
global financial
crisis, many
employers in a large number of industries used the bad economy as
an excuse to cut labour costs and
begin exploiting young workers
via the use of unpaid labour.
Unpaid internships have a
direct impact on the economy
through contributing to youth
unemployment, driving down
wages, slowing economic growth
and allowing employers to replace
paid employees with unpaid, mis-
classified ones. Profound equality
questions also arise from unpaid
internships, given that these positions privilege wealthy students
over poorer ones, predominantly
target female-dominated occupations, exacerbate income inequality and force young people to take
on higher levels of debt to sustain
unpaid work.
Students and young graduates
are sold the idea of working for
free with promises of experience,
references, networking opportunities, acquiring new skills and
the "potential" of an eventual,
paying position. Most ofthe time
internships do not act as a door to
stable, secure employment as apprenticeships or entry-level jobs
often do. For a lucky few, unpaid
internships can lead to a well-paying job, but for the vast majority
of youths, internships only lead to
insecurity, precarity and alienation from the labour market.
Locally, many prominent
organizations use unpaid interns
— examples include UBC, the U.S.
State Department, the British
Columbia Civil Liberties Association, the Vancouver Whitecaps,
Ifyou find yourself in a legally questionable internship,
here are some tips: keep hard
copies of all information, emails
documents, initial job application and any feedbackyou
receive; keep a daily log of your
duties, start/end times and
breaks; ask that any remuneration occur via cheque or direct
deposit; and keep copies of a
final work product and drafts.
Here is where you can turn for
help: Employment Standards
Branch (1-800-663-3316); B.C.
Human Rights Tribunal (1-888-
440-8844); and WorkSafeBC
St. Joseph Media and the Vancouver Aquarium. It does not appear
that the use of unpaid interns in
B.C. has reached the epidemic
levels seen in Toronto, New York,
London or Washington; however,
it is clear that thousands of young
workers in B.C. face exploitative
conditions where they are illegally misclassified as unpaid interns.
Under British Columbia's
Employment Standards Act (ESA),
unpaid internships are prohibited
and there is a strict prohibition on
unpaid work. Under the ESA, all
work, defined as provided labour
or services to an employer, must
be remunerated at the minimum
wage or higher. The Employment
Standards Branch has even issued
an explicit policy interpretation on
internships stating that if the intern
undertakes work for an employer
then they are considered an employee for the purposes ofthe ESA.
An example of an illegal situation would be a recent graduate
working as an unpaid intern for a
public relations
firm writing
press releases, answering
phone calls and
responding to
emails. Another
example of a
prohibited situation would be a
student working
as an unpaid
intern over the
summer break
for a non-profit
writing grant
applications, developing a donor
database and soliciting donations
from local businesses. In both
examples the
intern is actually
an employee and entitled to the
minimum wage.
Conversely, students completing practicums as part of a
formal course of study leading to
a certificate, diploma or degree
are not considered employees
and excluded from the ESA. In
these situations students need
to be supervised and engaged
in "hands-on" training, and the
practicum needs to be related to
the student's course of study. An
example of this situation would
be a student-teacher enrolled in a
bachelor of education degree and
undertaking a classroom placement as part of their training.
It should be noted that interns
and students are also protected
under other workplace law such
as the Workers' Compensation
Act, the Human Rights Code
and the Occupational Health
and Safety Regulation. These
are critical protections as young
workers often face unsafe situations or are subjected to workplace harassment (particularly
sexual harassment).
Remember: you have the right
to be paid minimum wage and to
work free of discrimination in a
safe environment.
Andrew Langille is a Toronto-based lawyer practicing workplace law. He is also a graduate
student at Osgoode Hall, where
his research focuses on unpaid
labour in youth labour markets and
employment standards. Find him
online at www.youthandwork.ca or
@youthandwork. // Scene
ACF (Arts County Fair)
I. Arts County Fair was the largest outdoor student-run
event in Canada between 1992 and 2007. It featured a
capacity above 17,000 and bands that people actually
listen to, like the New Pornographers, Metric and the
Barenaked Ladies. Alas, Arts County Fair collapsed
in 2007, after losing $38,000 and its core group of
volunteers. The AMS took it over and created Block
Party, an event with a capacity of 5,000 people. Block
Party managed to lose $103,000 in 2010.
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2. Originally run in conjunction with the real Arts
County Fair, the fraternities continue their ACF
traditions, also known as X-mas. Kicking off with
a smorgasbord of alcohol-soaked delights called
Buffy's Breakfast, X-mas finishes when either a)
People call it an early afternoon and head to bed or b)
Members stumble down to enjoy Block Party and the
remnants of the evening.
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■ I
57-Towel word
62-Formerly, formerly
63-Director Lee
64-Actually existing
67-A chicken's tooth?
1-Like better
7- Quentin
10-Gone by
14- Bristly
15-0 Sole	
16-Bakery worker
17- Few and far between
18-Funnyman Philips
19- Shrivelled, without moisture
20-Capital of Utah
23-Narrow street    26-Last:Abbr.
28-Intake    29-Weep
31- Fourth president ofthe U.S
33-Ltr. holder
34-PC monitor
37-Gerund maker
38-Parisian pa
40-Him, to Henri
41- kwondo
42- Once around the track
43- Distort
45-Used to be
46-Put Down
Clan symbol
Hi- monitor
Removed bends
1-Ltr. addenda
3-LAX info
4-Norse god
6-Film spool
7-Emitting odour
8-Draw a bead on
9-Breakfast area
10- 12th sign of the zodiac
11- the hole
12- Simmons riva
13-Low cards
21-Root vegetable
22-Cricket team
24-Climbing vine
25-Flat shelf
29-Deep sleeps
32-Italian sausage
34-Aromatic spice
44-Rug rat
48- Expressed disapproval
49- Cheri of "Saturday Night Live"
50-Head lock
51-Thick-skinned charger
52- Big name in insurance
54-Steps down to an Indian river
55-Neet rival
59- Faulkner's" Lay Dying"
60-Fast flier;
61- Mystery writer Josephine
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