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The last week of term one, that is.
Give the person next to you a high
five for making it. It's a mild celebration compared to LDOC, but
celebrate with a Blue Chip Cookie!
12:30 P.M.-130 P.M. @ OUTSIDE 1KB
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fuel you up for exams this winter?
Look no further. UBC IT is giving
out free chicken noodle soup to
all of their Facebook and Twitter
followers. There's also a chance
to win a $75 gift card to Starbucks
through their photo contest.
Hang around the Chan Centre
and feel inspired to finish your
degree. You too can one day
wear a ridiculously long robe and
take pictures with your weeping
auntie. Or just go and eat free
graduation cake.
Tickets $3.75 at Ticketmaster
No topic is too taboo for Jason Winter's human sexuality class.
The sexy side of psych
with Jason Winters
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What turns you on?
For UBC students looking for
a deeper understanding of their
kinks, fantasies and preferences,
Jason Winters may be able
to help.
Since 2010, Winters has
taught roughly 2,000 UBC students PSYCH 350, "The Psychological Aspects of Human
Though the class has lots of
positive feedback from students
online, Winters says teaching
hasn't been easy.
"In general, I like activities
that are a little bit scary and
teaching that class is really
scary ... because you're dealing
with something so personal
to people.
"A lot ofthe issues we talk
about can be extremely polarizing — politically, ideologically,
even from a religious point of
Before entering the world of
sexual psychology, Winters was
just another UBC undergrad
student. Growing up in Victoria,
he came to UBC in the early '90s
to study science.
Winters ended up in biop-
sychology, and while working
on thesis research, became interested in forensic psychology.
After some time off, Winters
returned to UBC for grad school
in the forensic psychology program. His interest in sex offenders resulted in some unusual
testing procedures.
"[I] did some psycho-phys
testing here, which people call
my 'boner-measuring' phase,"
Winters said. "[I measured] sex
response in sex offenders."
After graduating, Winters
was offered the opportunity
to teach PSYCH 350, and was
handed the course without
a prescribed curriculum or
set textbook.
In order to facilitate open
communication with his student
on what can be a difficult subject, Winters started a blog to
accompany PSYC 350 on which
students can anonymously comment and ask questions.
"It allows students to start
talking about things that they
probably never talked about
with other people."
Winters described how the
blog has allowed students to
anonymously disclose sexual
feelings akin to those discussed
in class — and to feel more comfortable after understanding
that their feelings are recognized in literature.
"It's shocking to me how
many students haven't had
decent sex-ed in the first place,
and how many students have
come from a place where even
just talking about sex makes
them feel uncomfortable.
Unsurprisingly, Winters describes himself as sex positive,
and promotes a non-judgmental
assessment of sexuality.
"As long as people are
consenting, as long as there
is no exploitation, as long as
there's no long-term physical
or psychological harm caused,
really it is none of our business what people do for their
own pleasure.
"Think about food. There are
some things you love eating,
there are some things that just
totally gross you out, and that's
fine. You don't go around to
people who eat things that you
find disgusting, you don't call
them weird, dirty, sinful.... It's
simply preferences."
Winters is currently working on becoming a registered
clinical psychologist, but hopes
to keep teaching PSYCH 350 "as
a fun side-project."
"I'm not a clinician, and the
purpose of the class is not to
provide therapy to students,
but at least it begins a conversation. And I can tell them about
the research and send them in
the right direction in terms of
"For me, the students that
have no background, they're
the most important students
in terms of providing them the
information and knowledge
they need to make good, happy,
healthy decisions." XI
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news@ubyssey.ca // News
UBC can be sued
for destroyed
sperm samples
One survivor is confirmed to be in stable condition and the other is also expected to recover after their vehicle crossed the median on the Sea to Sky Highway.
Two students killed, two injured in collision
Arno Rosenfeld
Features Editor
Two UBC students were killed
and two others injured in a car
accident while driving to Whistler
Saturday morning.
The four women, between the
ages of 19 and 20, were driving
north on the Sea to Sky Highway
in a Jeep Cherokee when the driver lost control ofthe vehicle going
around a bend in the road. Their
vehicle crossed the median and
collided head-on with a Chevy
pickup truck, RCMP said. The
driver ofthe pickup was treated at
the scene for minor injuries.
"This is a tragedy beyond
words," Tim Shields, an inspector
with Lower Mainland RCMP, told
Global News.
UBC hosts open house on cell
antenna for New SUB
UBC hosted an open house last
week on adding a Rogers Wireless
antenna to the New SUB.
UBC Development Services manager Karen Russell said the community has been largely receptive to the
new cell antenna.
"We actually haven't had any
concerns raised from the campus
community [in terms of safety],"
Russel said, adding that the open
house was an ideal time for concerns
to be voiced.
Rogers radio systems designer
Alex Corbett said the new antenna
will also incorporate an in-building
"Because there's such demand for
cellular coverage on campus, and this
area was identified in a recent cellular
study that we had done as having
poor coverage by users... there's a lot
of activity expected for this general
area," Russell said.
This initiative aims to improve
cellphone service in and around the
NewSUB, especially when making
calls. A Rogers information package
said voice calls are a major concern,
as they "either cannot be made or are
constantly dropped."
"I have Rogers, so getting
betterservice is a good thing," said
Cristina Coleman, a second-year
psychology major.
The plan is still in development.
Students or faculty can send their
concerns to Development Services
via their website, xi
The woman in serious condition is at Vancouver General
Hospital. Two friends ofthe
woman said they were told she is
expected to survive.
The woman with less severe
injuries is recovering at Lions
Gate Hospital in North Vancouver, a friend told The Ubyssey.
The second-year Arts student,
19, is accompanied by her family
there, friends said. Her recovery
is expected to take at least weeks
and possibly months.
The crash occurred around
7:35 a.m. about five kilometres
north of Lions Bay. While there
were reports of ice on the roads
in the area, Shields told the
Associated Press the RCMP were
not sure if that was the cause of
the crash.
Students march to
combat violence and
reclaim consent
Jovana Vranic
On Friday evening, about 60 protesters came together to take part in the
March to Reclaim Consent.
The event was organized by
Laura Fukumoto ofthe Campaign
to Reclaim Consent. Her goal was to
frame the march as a continuation of
the conversation started at the Take
Back the Night rally.
"Take Back the Night was really
just a space of healing." Fukumoto
said. "The March to Reclaim Consent is taking more of an educational
spin and more of a proactive stance."
The peaceful event was meant
to remind the campus community
ofthe importance of eliminating
a culture of sexual violence, and
reconstructing a culture of consent.
Protesters assembled at 5 p.m. at
the statue ofthe Goddess of Democracy and marched through campus,
stopping at Flagpole Plaza, Place
Vanier, Totem Park, the Engineering cairn and the fountain on Main
Mall. At each stop, protesters left
stakes in the ground and tied them
with blue ribbons.
"We'd like to leave spaces brighter and warmer than we entered
them," Fukumoto said at the beginning ofthe rally.
Participants maintained a
positive attitude throughout the
march, which was encouraged by
the leaders ofthe march. Many
All four women were second-
year students at UBC, according
to multiple sources who knew
the women. The two killed in
the crash were from California and Ontario, a source told
The Ubyssey.
UBC spokesperson Lucie McNeill said the university was unaware if the women involved were
students at the university and said
confidentiality laws would preclude UBC from disclosing that
information without the families'
consent. However, she said the
university would support student
efforts to organize a memorial for
those who died if they did, in fact,
attend UBC.
"I have to say it's a terrible
tragedy," McNeill said. She said
that the university does not have
specific procedures in place
to handle the death of current
students because it is a relatively
rare occurrence.
On Saturday, RCMP said they
were still investigating and did
not know the identities ofthe
victims, but confirmed two ofthe
women were American and two
were Canadian. Their car had
Washington state license plates.
When contacted late Saturday
night, Squamish RCMP declined
to comment on the crash. An
RCMP spokesman unrelated to
the investigation said information about the victims would not
be released until the end ofthe
investigation, which would likely
take several days.
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Campaign to Reclaim Consent aims to broaden the conversation about sexual violence.
passers-by offered encouragement.
Three onlookers shouted for silence
from windows in Marine Drive, but
the response was civil. Protesters
shouted a collective "no," and continued chanting, "One, two, three,
four, we won't take it anymore! Five,
six, seven, eight, no more violence!
No more hate!"
Participants took the
issue seriously.
"I'm here tonight because I think
that UBC consistently fosters a
culture of complicity when it comes
to rape and sexual assault," said
Madison Slobin, a second-year Arts
student participating in the march.
"This campus has never been safe
for a lot of people who go here, but
it's been continually not recognized
that this is so."
When the activists reconvened
back at the statue ofthe Goddess of
Democracy, they were addressed by
members of Women Against Vio
lence Against Women, the Sexual
Assault Support Centre, slam poets,
and Rachel Sullivan, a UBC sociology professor.
In a debriefing following the
march, organizers and volunteer
coordinators discussed the night's
success. It was agreed that the conversation started by the rallies needs
to be continued.
"It can't be just [that] we get
together one day, we go, 'Rah rah
rah, everybody enact consent in
your relationships,' and then go back
to our lives," said Fukumoto. "That's
not how people learn, and that's not
the extent ofthe conversation."
Members ofthe Campaign to Reclaim Consent are currently considering applying for AMS club status.
Their goal, according to Fukumoto,
is to create an inclusive environment
to broaden the conversation about
sexual violence and the absence of
consent in everyday relations. 31
Many of the 400 men affected were
undergoing radiation therapy.
Will McDonald
News Editor
A court recently issued a ruling that
could hurt UBC in an ongoing class
action law suit involving over 400
men whose sperm was destroyed
due to a power outage in a UBC
sperm bank.
On Nov. 20, Justice Bruce Butler
ruled that UBC could be sued for the
destroyed sperm, despite a clause
in an agreement UBC previously
argued would have prevented the
men from suing them.
"It's a significant blow to UBC's
position that was their primary
defence throughout that no matter
what, they were weren't liable, and
the court has now held otherwise
and we're confident that we'll be
able to prove that UBC is negligent," said Sandy Kovacs, a lawyer
representing the men in the class
action suit.
"UBC is studying the reasons for
judgment carefully and will consult
with counsel for the other parties
involved in this litigation alongwith
UBC," said UBC spokesperson Lucie
McNeill in a statement. "As of this
date, no decision has been made
regarding an appeal."
Legal action related to the destroyed sperm has been ongoing for
several years.
UBC is named alongwith several other parties in a class action
suit related to a sperm bank that
suffered a power outage in 2002.
Around 400 men, the majority of
whom were undergoing radiation
therapy for treatable forms of cancer
that effected their fertility, were
encouraged to donate their sperm
to a UBC-operated facility. On May
24,2002, a circuit breaker tripped,
resulting in a power outage in one
freezer holding sperm samples.
The freezer thawed, then refroze,
destroying the samples.
Kovacs alleges that UBC didn't
store the sperm in the proper way.
"The gold standard for storage of
crowd-preserved semen has always
been storage in liquid nitrogen, at
least in those days," said Kovacs.
"They weren't using, we say, the
proper storage method and having
chosen the method that they did
choose, there was no uninterruptible power source."
Kovacs said he isn't aware of any
similar cases to set legal precedent
for how much the men should be
awarded in the suit. However, he
said cases involving loss of fertility
in women have resulted in settlements in the range of $100,000
per person.
"We've looked at cases where
women have lost the ability to
have children and we're drawing
an analogy," said Kovacs. "We say
there shouldn't be a differentiation
between men and women."
Kovacs said the litigation process
will likely drag on due to the number of parties involved. He said he
hopes to go to trial to issue a ruling
on negligence within the next year. 31 NEWS    I    MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013
Corporations limit UBC's academic freedom, report alleges
Sarah Bigam
News Editor
A recent report on university-industry collaborations in Canada
determined that UBC is limiting
academic freedom in their agreement with the pharmaceutical
company Pfizer, but those involved
in the collaboration disagree.
The report, released by the
Canadian Association of University
Teachers (CAUT), examined 12
collaboration agreements, including
two collaborations in which UBC
took part. One was a collaboration
within the Vancouver Prostate
Centre (VPC) between UBC, the BC
Cancer Agency (BCCA) and Pfizer
Inc; the other was the Mineral
Deposit Research Unit (MDRU), a
collaboration between UBC and the
mining industry.
"UBC has bound itself to the
interests of Pfizer," the report read.
"The donor is able to exercise a veto
over the research plans of UBC
academic staff."
Pfizer gave $9 million to a
research team from UBC, the VPC
and the BCCA from March 2009
until April 2012.
"The report from the CAUT is incredibly naive and ideological," said
Martin Gleave, director ofthe VPC.
"Academics partner with industry
all the time. You can't work in isolation and be globally competitive.
Our partnership with Pfizer is one
of many partnerships with industry
around the world."
The agreement, intended to
research new targets for cancer
therapy, does not mention academic freedom. Since the VPC is
a separate legal entity from UBC,
the report expressed doubts that
researchers will fall under the UBC
faculty association's collective
agreement on academic freedom.
Gleave said the agreement
allowed "complete academic freedom" for faculty involved. "[When]
we bring our skill sets together
with their skill sets, that ultimately
creates new tools to treat diseases
for public good," he said.
Decisions on research funding
are made by a committee of representatives from UBC, the BCCA and
Pfizer. Each of these three parties
has veto power over any decisions
on research.
Under the agreement, proposed
publications must be presented to
Pfizer for review at least 45 days
before submission to a third party,
and this may be extended by an
additional 30 days. According to
CAUT's report, any material found
objectionable to Pfizer must be
removed, and UBC and the BCCA
must wait six months to publish this
information if it is turned down by
"[Pfizer] can effectively take
something that's really timely and
suppress it long enough that it may
become less relevant," said James
Turk, director of CAUT.
"A partner should not have
a right to object to the content
The CAUT believes UBC's deal with Pfizer gives the company too much control.
of what an academic has done,"
he said.
"[Research] is not shaped to
serve a corporate end, but rather a
straightforward evaluation ofthe
Intellectual property generated
by UBC and Pfizer is owned by
UBC, but Pfizer has an exclusive
license to commercialize any UBC
material during the partnership.
Gleave said no issues have arisen
from this part ofthe contract.
"What Pfizer owned, they continue
to own," he said.
According to Gleave, the contract
with Pfizer is now complete, though
collaborations with other companies
The MDRU is a partnership
between the UBC Department of
Earth and Ocean Sciences and the
mining industry.
"In terms of [a] comparison
ofthe two, the Mineral Deposit
Research Unit does a lot better,"
said Turk.
Half ofthe MDRU's budget is
funded by membership fees from
mining companies, and half by rev
enue from seminars it holds. UBC
commits no money.
Corporations can purchase
membership annually, and with
their membership receives a spot
alongside six UBC and government
representatives on the Research
Generative Group, which identifies
which programs will be researched.
As of January 2013,59 corporations
were members.
"The strategic direction ofthe
MDRU is set by a majority of industry representatives," the report read.
"In our view, the MDRU occupies
a grey area when it comes to the
role ofthe public university and
the required separation between
academic functions and private
interests.... There do not seem to
be any direct threats to academic
freedom, institutional autonomy or
academic integrity that arise from
this collaboration."
Faculty involvement in both of
these collaborations is voluntary.
"In both of them, the university
does assert that it controls academic
matters. That's absent in most ofthe
[other] agreements," said Turk. "It's
a fatal flaw."
The report examined 12 research
and program collaboration agreements between universities and
outside donors. They obtained the
agreements through freedom of
information requests and are currently waiting on requests related to
eight more collaborations. According to Turk, none of these involve
UBC. a
Appeals Court overturns decision
Student with alleged plagiarism history to article
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Arun Mohan has been suspended for two and
a half years of his academic career.
Will McDonald
News Editor
The B.C. Court of Appeals
has overturned a ruling that
prevented UBC law graduate
Arun Mohan from articling
due to an alleged history of
academic dishonesty.
The Law Society originally ruled
Mohan was fit to article in February
2012, but a second review board
overturned that decision in July
2013. However, the Court of Appeals
ruled on Nov. 13 that the first review
board was more qualified to assess
Mohan's credibility, and overturned the decision preventing him
from articling.
"Given that this was a factual
issue that rested on an assessment of credibility, it was a pretty
conventional reasoning to say that
the one that gets to make the call
is the one that actually saw the
witness testify and that's the first
tribunal," said Mohan's lawyer
Craig Dennis.
Articling: it's a sort of formal
apprenticeship process in which
law graduates work under the
supervision of a qualified lawyer.
Mohan graduated from UBC
with a bachelor's degree in sociology
in 2000, a bachelor's of law in 2006
and master's of law in 2010.
The Law Society had originally decided that Mohan was
credible to article despite the
fact that during Mohan's time at
UBC, he had an alleged history of
academic dishonesty.
Mohan was accused of cheating
on a math exam in 1995. His TA
alleged that Mohan changed the
answers on his exam after it was
returned, then tried to ask for a
higher grade. Mohan said it was just
a misunderstanding resulting from
a language barrier. In response, Mohan was given a failing grade and
suspended from UBC for one year.
Mohan was also accused of
plagiarizing a law paper in 2002.
The university suspended him for
18 months before he was allowed to
complete his degree.
In the first ruling, the Law
Society found what they believed
to be another case of academic
dishonesty. They obtained his
honours sociology thesis which
contained what they alleged to
be plagiarism.
Mohan admitted there was plagiarism in the paper, but said it was
not the final copy he submitted for a
grade. He said UBC had the wrong
version of his paper on file.
"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 July 2013 hearing
overturning the decision allowing
Mohan to article.
In a ruling issued Nov. 18, the
Court of Appeals ruled that the first
review board that allowed Mohan
to article was more fit to assess his
credibility than the second review
board that overturned the ruling.
"I would set aside the decision of
the review board, and restore the
disposition ofthe appellant's application by the majority ofthe hearing
panel, and award the appellant his
costs before the hearing panel, the
review board and in this court,"
read the ruling.
The court also ruled that Mohan
be reimbursed for the $8,271.12
he was ordered the pay the law
society after the previous ruling
against him.
Dennis said Mohan plans to pursue a career in law.
"He certainly has impressive
references that were considered by
the Law Society from people he's
worked with in the past. So hopefully prospective employers will look at
that," said Dennis.
Mohan was contacted by The
Ubyssey and declined to comment. XI // Sports + Rec
Lace Up for Kids raises $45,365 for charity
UBC REC hosts community skate-a-thon in support of BC Children's Hospital
Reyhana Heatherington
Senior Lifestyle Writer
A velcro wall, face-painting stations and balloon arches were all
part ofthe child-like atmosphere
at Thunderbird Arena Thursday
night as students had a chance to
relive their youth during the Lace
Up for Kids charity event.
"I remember when my daddy
would tie these for me," one
student skater reminisced as
she struggled with her white
figure skates.
The volunteer-run fundraising
event organized by UBC REC aims
to raise money for the BC Children's Hospital supporting rare
disease research. Fifty-five teams
signed up and skated laps, collectively raising over $45,000.
The UBC marching band played
pop hits and the UBC Dance Club
also performed for the crowd. The
UBC Thunderbirds men's varsity
hockey team brought in the most
donations, raising over $6,400.
Kids from the BC Children's
Hospital took the first few laps to
thunderous applause and cheers,
skating out to John Lennon's
Fifty-five teams skated laps at Thunderbird
In 2007, the first Lace Up
for Kids took place after only
a few months of planning, and
the event has grown steadily
each year. Kirsten Larsen, UBC
REC's event coordinator, said the
student-driven event is a way for
students to come together and
take initiative.
Arena on Thursday.
"We basically host it," she said.
"The students just take it and go
with it."
Rosemarie Rupps, a genetic
counsellor in the provincial medical genetics program at the BC
Children's Hospital, was volunteering at the event for the fifth
'I'm really passionate about
this. I'm excited to see so many
people here," she said. "It warms
my heart of hearts."
Rupps said the proceeds go
to the hospital's micro-grant
program which gives families
amounts under $4,000 for costs
associated with treating and researching rare diseases.
"Rare diseases are defined as
those that affect less than one in
2,000 people," Rupps said. She
added that most people will know
someone within their sphere
of family and friends who are
affected by some rare disease, and
charity events like Lace Up are
crucial for treatment.
"Research is really the only way
to deal with rare diseases ... because there is no magic formula,"
Rupps said.
Shaun Car, a third-year mechanical engineering student, skated
for the Alpha Delta Pi team. He
said his involvement in the Greek
system was part of the reason he
"It's a good cause, and as fraternities and sororities we try to get
involved in fundraisers, charities
and things like that," he said.
"And, I used to play hockey and it's
a good opportunity to skate with
all our friends here."
Some groups used the fundraising process as an opportunity for
internal competition. Amrit Jhajj, a
third-year BIOSOC executive, said
his, Team Ex Why, and the female
executives, Team Ex Ex, turned
the fundraising into a battle ofthe
sexes and raised the stakes.
"We are having a fundraising
battle and whoever loses gets a
punishment," Jhajj said.
The women's Team Ex Ex
was ahead partway through the
night and Jhajj anticipated a
potential loss.
"Rumours are going around that
they're going to make us shave our
Movember [moustaches] and wax
our legs," he said.
Whether or not the executives
are spared the pain of hair removal, the event was a success. Joe
Price, a fourth-year civil engineering student and floor coordinator
at the event, said lacing up is a
welcome break from studies.
"It's a good opportunity to give
back, because we get so wrapped
up in school," Price said. "I definitely enjoy it." 31
Basketball weekend warriors score two wins
Women's basketball (6-2)
Friday vs. WIN: 81-75
Saturday vs. MAN: 62-4b
Men's basketball (4-4)
Friday vs. WIN: 95-93
Saturday vs. MAN: 67-651
Women's hockey (10-3-1)
Friday® MAN: 3-2 W (SO)
Saturday® MAN: 3-2 I
Men's hockey (3-10-1)
Friday vs. MAN: 6-3 I
Saturday vs. MAN: 6- .
Women's volleyball (9-0)
Saturday vs. CAL:3-0"'
Sunday vs. CAL3-0V.
Men's volleyball (6-3)
Saturday vs. CAL:3-lr""
Sunday vs. CAL3-0V
Mehryar Maalem
In an intense fourth-quarter
showdown, the UBC men's
basketball team edged the University of Manitoba Bisons 67-65 on
Saturday night in their final home
game ofthe 2013 calendar year.
After winning a closely contested game against the Winnipeg
Wesmen on Friday night, UBC
head coach Kevin Hanson was
worried that fatigue could hurt
his team in the second half of
their back-to-back games.
"We had a couple of missed
assignments," said Hanson. "Our
focus wasn't there as much as it
was from last night.... Some guys
logged a lot of minutes last night."
Right off the bat, it was clear
that UBC's game plan for the
night was to beat the Bisons
inside. The 'Birds started off
strong, constantly trying to take
advantage ofthe Bisons' poorly
executed transition defence. But
despite the pace and the pressure
inside, the 'Birds were not able to
convert their chances. The team
looked deflated and the exhaustion from the previous night was
evident in the team's effort on the
defensive end, with shooters being left wide open. However, the
Bisons shot a dismal 29 per cent
from the field, and UBC finished
the quarter up 17-14.
"The group that started didn't
play very well," said Hanson. "We
really struggled to score [in the]
first five minutes ofthe first and
the third, and we lost our confidence a little bit."
Despite allowing Manitoba just
11 points in the second quarter,
UBC could only put up 14 themselves, finishing the half with a
six-point lead.
The third quarter, however,
was the one the T-Birds most
likely want to forget. It seemed
like they were not on the same
page offensively or defensively.
For the first time in the night, the
Bisons were converting the open
shots the 'Birds gave up. Manitoba's Yigit Ozsayiner dominated
in the paint and on the perimeter,
scoring 10 points in the quarter,
matching the total points UBC
scored in the same frame. The
Bisons headed into the fourth
quarter with a nine-point lead, up
All night long, it seemed like
the 'Birds could not find a way to
work together. Hanson was trying
all sorts of combinations throughout the game to find a way to
spark some chemistry. At last, in
the fourth and final quarter, the
'Birds came out like a new team,
energized, focused and playing in
Tonner Jackson displayed unmatched hustle and effort, forcing
two fourth-quarter turnovers that
worked in favour of UBC's momentum and got the crowd going.
"He brings a lot of experience,
a lot of toughness," said Hanson
of Jackson, who finished with
13 points and five rebounds. "He
certainly makes plays when we
need them."
Tommy Nixon also showed his
experience and veteran leadership
throughout the game — especially
in the fourth quarter, in which he
scored eight points to help UBC
rally. He finished with a game-
high 20 points as well as eight
boards, and shot 11 of 14 from the
free throw line.
UBC went on a 9-0 run to tie
the game and took the lead with
four minutes left in the quarter.
Their aggressive defence forced
eight crucial turnovers that
helped them take the lead with
four minutes left in the game.
Both teams traded baskets for the
rest ofthe game, and it seemed
like every time it looked like UBC
might pull away, the Bisons would
answer with second-chance
points or three-pointers.
With 20 seconds left on the
clock, Kadar Wright's dagger from the corner made it a
two-possession game for UBC,
up 64-58. But after a turnover, a
few missed free throws and two
clutch threes by the Bisons, it was
back to a one-point game at 66-65.
Then, with just a second left on
Tonner Jackson scores Friday night with a beauty of a lay-up.
the clock, Nixon went one of two
from the line, giving the Bisons
one last chance to tie or win the
game, but Amir Ali's half-court
shot bounced just off the rim.
"We worked in the fourth
quarter. We finally found some
chemistry," Hanson said. "It took
us a lot of time to find the right
guys playing together."
With their two back-to-back
wins this weekend, the T-Birds
are back on track at 4-4 after
losing three straight games going
into the weekend. UBC will look
to continue their winning streak
on the road next weekend at Fraser Valley."
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Free to speak your
Though many activists say UBC does a good job of maintaining a safe
environment for students while allowing controversial voices to be heard,
as Sarah Bigam reports, questions remain about what can't be said and why
In 1997,1,500 activists came
out to protest UBC's hosting
of dictators in the Asia-Pacific
Economic Cooperation forum,
held on campus that year. RCMP
arrested 49 protesters and were
criticized for their heavy-handed
response, which included pepper-spraying students.
Nothing so extreme has happened in recent years. Today, issues
of free expression centre more
on how students can engage in
controversial debates while maintaining a safe space for all students
on campus.
"[It's] a constant conversation
and a constant balancing act," is
how UBC President Stephen Toope
put it.
Toope and the university, along
with the Alma Mater Society
(AMS), maintain most ofthe control
over what can and cannot be said on
campus. However, activists on both
sides of nearly every issue seem
happy with their decisions.
Shortly after taking over as president, Toope released a statement on
campus speech making clear that
the university backed debates of a
political nature.
"I wanted to just put a marker down in a sense to say that as
president, I thought it was important that the institution have a very
robust sense of free speech," Toope
said in an interview.
In an age where university
campuses are increasingly bowing
to concerns over hate speech and
political correctness, UBC seems to
be winning accolades from the right
and the left for their approach.
The libertarian Justice Centre
for Constitutional Freedoms has
UBC tied for first this year in their
annual ranking of campus free
speech. But while John Carpay, the
man behind the JCCF report, believes in entirely free speech, others
see certain limits as appropriate.
"The notion of free expression
must also be exercised in conjunction with and tempered by other
important central values in our
society, like equality," said Margot
Young, a UBC law professor who focuses on constitutional law, equality
and social welfare.
The issues
on campus
One ofthe most controversial
speech issues on campus began
in 1999. That was the year the
Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform —
an outside group that advocates
against abortion — first teamed
up with UBC Lifeline, the campus
pro-life club, to put on the Genocide
Awareness Project.
The project involved displaying
large, graphic posters on campus that depicted photographs
of aborted fetuses next to photos
ofthe Rwandan genocide, Nazi
concentration camps and other
In the early years ofthe display,
Lifeline was hit with demands of
$15,000 per day in security costs by
the university. They were banned by
the AMS from setting up in the SUB
and had their posters torn down by
three AMS council members.
"We have, in the past, had issues
both with UBC administration and
the AMS, mainly over opposition to
our graphic display," said Lifeline
president Kiera van der Sande.
As late as 2010, Carpay said,
the university was not doing
enough to protect the GAP display.
Counter-protesters were able to
cover their display and used megaphones to shout them down.
"The pro-lifers, they'd get
shouted down, they couldn't even
get their own message [out]," said
Carpay. "It's pretty simple: we all
have a right to express our views
and nobody has the right to silence
somebody else."
Since then, UBC's request of up
to $15,000 a day in security fees has
been abandoned and they follow a
policy of providing free security to
any UBC group that requires it for
any event. For the last three years,
the GAP has taken place relatively
Van der Sande said now the
group faces smaller restrictions. For
instance, UBC limited the number
of signs to four and asked the club
to turn their signs inward so people
would not have to see them.
"When there are very strongly
held opinions and displays that
some people might see as inflammatory, we try to ensure that people
are not being forced into position
where they're dealing with issues
that are really troubling to them,"
Toope said.
In 2012, the university dropped
those restrictions after Lifeline
retained Carpay as their lawyer.
Van der Sande said Lifeline has not
encountered any issues with UBC
or the AMS since she took over
last year.
"In the past couple years... we
have found that our right to speech
gather across
from the Genocide
Awareness Project
display outside the
SUB. Reproductive
rights have been a
hot button issue on
campus since the
GAP first began
their graphic
displays in 1999.
has been tolerated and upheld,"
she said.
In fact, last year it was the pro-
choice advocates who suffered a bit
of censorship. A student protesting
the GAP display disrobed to protest Lifeline's demonstration and
was threatened with charges of
non-academic misconduct by UBC,
although none were filed.
Young criticized the university's
response to this.
"It's difficult to justify [this
protest] as a legitimate reason for
restricting speech," she said.
Another group that likes to peddle
their message on campus is STOP
UBC Animal Research, founded
Director Laura-Leah Shaw said
that in the group's early days, some
members were chased off campus
by UBC for leafleting around and
inside the SUB, which UBC policy
However, she said this had not
happened in the past two years
since they started leafleting in
designated areas. In addition to
tolerating their presence, UBC
has also responded to some ofthe MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013    |    FEATURES
group's demands for transparency
by releasing more information on
their animal testing.
"I will say UBC is increasing
[the release] of information, but it's
still being censored," Shaw said.
"They're not being open and candid
about things."
She also noted that when she
took a tour ofthe new Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, they insisted
that she remove her STOP UBC
T-shirt before going inside.
When it comes to issues of global
politics, debates can get heated —
especially on a campus like UBC
that attracts students from around
the world.
For a university, anything
that detracts from the
free expression of ideas is
just not acceptable.
UBC President Stephen Toope, in a 2009
letter to the campus community
The Israeli-Palestinian debate
is one that has provoked intense
controversy at universities around
Canada, sometimes escalating into
violent demonstrations, the banning
of speakers and other censorship by
universities and student unions.
At UBC, Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) has been
holding an annual Israeli Apartheid
Week, an event promoting the
assertion that Israel is an apartheid
state, since 2005.
Conflict between SPHR and the
Israel Advocacy Club, now known
as Israel on Campus, resulted in
the publication of a 2009 letter
from Toope detailing what could
be considered his doctrine on
campus speech.
"For a university, anything that
detracts from the free expression of
ideas is just not acceptable," Toope
wrote. "Forms of speech should not
be banned simply on the grounds
that they are 'offensive,' but if the
speech is designed to preclude any
speech in response ... a line will
have been crossed."
In her three years of involvement
with the club, SPHR president
Haneen Karajah says they've never
experienced any issues of censorship with either UBC or the AMS.
"Whenever we encountered
any problems or someone would
complain about some of our events,
the university would always stress
and emphasize the fact that they are
very serious about free speech," said
Karajah said that SPHR seems
to enjoy a greater level of tolerance
at UBC than similar organizations
do in American or other Canadian
universities that her friends attend,
where clubs have been asked to
reconsider their choice of speakers
or to cancel events entirely.
"When I share this experience
with some of my friends who
are also involved in this kind of
work, they're actually surprised,"
Karajah said.
Daniel Rosengarten, serving
his first year as president of Israel
on Campus, agreed that UBC has
done a good job of permitting free
"There's bound to be some
opposition whenever a speaker comes or whenever an event
happens on campus," he said. "But
UBC as a whole is very supportive in protecting our right to
express ourselves.
"Security allows us to have that
balance where we're able to hold
our event, but the voices and the
protestors [aren't] shut down."
UBC has been especially tolerant
of controversial speakers in recent
years, illustrated by their refusal
to ban Srdja Trifkovic — a Serbian
nationalist often accused of Islam-
ophobia — invited to campus by
the Serbian Students Association.
While he was found acceptable by
UBC, the Canadian government
turned him back to the US for
being a senior official of a country
in violation ofthe Crimes Against
Humanity and War Crimes Act.
An area where some activists have
had more mixed feelings regarding
their free speech is labour relations. Fall 2012 saw job
action from CUPE 116,
the union representing
university service workers,
and CUPE 2278, the union
representing teaching
assistants. Both striking
unions picketed outside
buildings on campus.
"Expression covers
not just spoken words but
also actions that convey or
attempt to convey meaning," Young said. "Strikes
are absolutely a form of
communication about
particular messages."
Michael Stewart, spokesperson
for CUPE 2278, has mixed feelings
about the extent of expression permitted by UBC.
While Stewart said UBC never
directly told the union there was
anything they couldn't do or say, he
said they made "intimations" about
the legality ofthe union's job action
throughout the strike.
Stewart said the enormous
resources that UBC has in comparison to the union influenced what
they said during the strike.
"[UBC] has the ability to bring on
full-time human resources people
to scrutinize the statements that
we make publicly," he said. "Even
if we're right and we haven't made
any mistakes, that kind of threat
causes us to self-censor in a way."
Stewart added that the university
can marshal its resources in other
ways to affect the debate, including
sending out broadcast emails and
using other methods to communicate the entire student body. The
union, meanwhile, is left to smaller
outlets like The Ubyssey and CiTR.
Stewart also said that for a long
time, the university held an email
list ofthe union's members, which
they refused to share with the
union until last fall.
"On the face of it, it seems baffling that they wouldn't allow us to
communicate with our members,"
Stewart said. "But credit to them —
they provide us with the lists now
and they seem to be as accurate as
possible, so I think it's just one of
those things that you have to fight
for before you're allowed to have it."
The limits
on speech
UBC's Academic Freedom policy
states that "behaviour that obstructs free and full discussion...
[even] those which may be unpopular or even abhorrent, vitally threatens the integrity ofthe university's
However, in 2011, that policy
was made subordinate to the
university's Discrimination and
Harassment policy, which states
that no member ofthe university
community can "cause, condone or
Margot Young, a law professor at UBC, argues that it is important to take into consideration the harm some speech can cause when
making decisions about freedom of expression on campus.
participate in the discrimination
or harassment of another person or
group of persons."
"If someone says that they are
writing something hateful because
they have academic freedom to
do so, we don't want them to hide
behind that when it's potentially
harassing someone," said Gurdeep
Parhar, associate dean of equity
and professionalism.
The JCCF report was critical
ofthe university holding their
anti-discrimination policy to
this standard.
"If you have an anti-discrimination policy that says, 'Look, we're
in the workplace, everybody has
to be respected,' that's one thing,"
said Carpay. "But a normal part
of a free society is that you do feel
uncomfortable sometimes listening
to somebody else's speech."
Young disagreed. "The value of
free expression and the value of
equality are equally important and
must be exercised in ways that are
consistent and give recognition to
both," she said.
Young said she supported the
2011 change.
"I think what it recognizes is that
speech canbe very harmful."
AMS policy is made by the
Legislative Procedures Committee
(LPC). The Student Administrative
Commission (SAC), which governs
clubs, makes its own policy.
AMS VP Academic Anne Kessler,
who until several weeks ago chaired
the LPC, said that the committee
generally does not have time to look
through their policies, and only
investigates issues when they have
been reported by somebody.
SAC gets the final say over which
clubs get constituted and which
clubs get deconstituted. It has a list
of reasons why it would do either of
these things, but in the end, the final
decision is up to SAC's discretion.
"It's really hard to develop a comprehensive list of all these potential
offenses," said AMS president and
former SAC chair Caroline Wong,
which is why policy leaves so much
up to SAC's determination.
"We have the right to refuse
if we see any sort of hate crime
or terrorist action — if people are
actively oppressing another group,"
said Nina Scott, vice-chair of SAC.
Both Scott and Wong said SAC has
rarely had to take action against
AMS clubs.
The university also has a very
strict policy about signage. All posters must be approved and put up on
official notice boards only.
Under AMS policy, leafleting
is prohibited inside and within
15 metres ofthe SUB, but groups
can book tables to promote
their cause.
"Imagine yourself going through
the SUB and everyone at the tables
is trying to hand you a leaflet. It's
really hard to get from one side to
another," Wong said. "We installed
a rule in the SUB that everything
needs to be passive."
In March 2012, half a dozen students were threatened with arrest
by AMS security for leafleting in
the SUB. AMS security does not
actually have the power to arrest
anyone, but they can call the RCMP.
UBC has been host to Trans* Day
of Remembrance events since 2005
and has had resource groups, which
provide advocacy for certain groups
on campus, since 1996. January and
February of this year saw events on
campus for Idle No More. This fall,
Take Back the Night and March to
Reclaim Consent demonstrations
were staged on campus without
any interference from the university other than a request not to
obstruct traffic.
Resource groups, which include
groups like the Women's Centre and
Pride UBC, don't have to apply for
space in the SUB annually, which all
other clubs do. In fact, this year 75
clubs were handed eviction notices
for forgetting to do this. Resource
groups also get sixth priority
booking for space in the SUB, while
regular clubs get eighth priority.
The JCCF's report was critical of
this preferential treatment. "[This]
in effect promotes the speech and
ideology of clubs whose message
the SAC agrees with (or considers
more important), while putting
other clubs at a disadvantage for
high-traffic space and AMS resources."
Young disagrees.
"Groups that represent disadvantaged groups certainly should be
given resources appropriate to the
different position they hold in society," she said, referring the concept
she termed "substantive equality"
— that is, the notion that the views
ofthe majority do not need protection because they will by definition
be tolerated.
"Some expressive content is damaging and actually undermines the
very reasons why one might protect
expression in the first place," said
In 2009, the Arts Undergraduate Society published an article
intended as satire in its newspaper
The Underground, entitled "Campus
rapist just exploring his sexuality."
This ultimately led to the shutdown
ofthe paper.
In February 2013, eight student
athletes were given warning letters
or game suspensions after being
found to have been involved in
the Dime Watch Twitter account,
which posted voyeuristic photos
and commented on the appearance
of women around campus.
In one ofthe biggest speech
issues this year, 84 Commerce
Undergraduate Society (CUS)
FROSH leaders were ordered to
undergo community service and
CUS President Enzo Woo and VP
Engagement Gillian Ong were
forced to resign following an offensive cheer recited during Sauder School of Business orientation.
"The chant at Sauder was a
form of hate speech — misogynist
hate speech — and has no place
in a community that values equal
dignity, equal respect [and] equal
participation of women," Young
Toope agreed there is a need
for a balance between allowing
speech and causing direct harm
to individuals.
"That's the question: is it the
case that you can make a really
credible argument that people
are going to be harmed by the
speech?" Toope said. "If you can, I
think you set the balance differently."
Prevention of discrimination and
harassment is highly prioritized
by the university. For the most
part, people seem to agree with
"We know there are inevitable
limitations on expression. It's
about having a conversation about
what issues are legitimate and
what other kinds of values need to
be given recognition," Young said.
The JCCF report says anti-discriminatory policies can easily be
abused, but it appears that such
abuses of power have not yet occurred. That doesn't mean it could
never happen.
"I think we can always improve
our policies and our actions as
well," said Wong.
Toope said the state of free expression at UBC is similar to that
of other campuses he's been at in
Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., and
that as a social ecosystem of their
own, universities have to find
where they fit on the questions of
free speech.
"Not every country comes to
the same conclusion on where the
balance is between free speech
and the potential for social disruption and the potential for harm
to others," said Toope. "It's just a
very difficult line to draw, and it's
one that I think universities have
to draw all the time." XI II Culture
Designing the student lifestyle
How the new SUB reflects our campus
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Aurora Tejeida
Senior Culture Writer
If the New SUB were a person,
you would probably describe it as
Or at least according Michael
Kingsmill, the AMS's new SUB
project manager. Kingsmill has
participated in many building
projects on campus and over 50
renovations in the current SUB.
His role in respect to the New SUB
is to complement the two firms in
charge of designing it — Dialogue
and HBBH — by acting as an "expert on student life."
Besides his 20 years of experience working for the AMS,
Kingsmill has helped integrate
what students want into the design
ofthe New SUB through different
forms of student involvement, such
as with the Design Cube in the old
SUB, and with surveys.
Some ofthe proposals that were
well received in surveys were not
surprising, like the request for a
climbing wall and a vegetarian and
vegan food section. Other proposals, however, surprised him.
"I thought that the knoll, which
is a piece ofthe landscape that
had a very prominent position
and attached memories to it,
would fare better in the survey,"
said Kingsmill.
The knoll has been a point of
controversy in the last few years.
When the new bus loop was first
proposed in 2006, before construction began on the new SUB, plans
for an underground bus terminal
would have required the demolition ofthe knoll. In 2008, students
fought to save it.
But the last time the students
were polled, only two years after
rallying to save it, many of them
didn't even know what the knoll
The survey asked if the knoll
was important, to which many students replied: "What is a knoll?"
"It was originally what was dug
out to build the swimming pool, but
it became a place to sunbathe, socialize [and] watch Storm the Wall,"
said Kingsmill. "It drains quickly, so
it's usually dry, and it was a symbol
of a lot of student protests."
The knoll has since become an
integral part ofthe New SUB's design, and proof that the liveliness
of a student union building resides
not just in what happens on the inside, but what goes on outside too.
Unlike the buildings on the
edge of campus that commonly
overlap with the surrounding
forest, the New SUB's design is
influenced by the fact that it is
surrounded by man-made structures. Other buildings on campus
like the Chan Centre also have
designs that play with the outside-inside interconnection.
The trees surrounding the
current SUB and the New SUB are
what Kingsmill calls "ornamental
trees." This means the connection to the landscape is not as
intimate, but there are still many
playful aspects. For instance, part
ofthe knoll is going to be inside
the building.
"The outside knoll will be
natural — it's got worms, bugs and
trees," Kingsmill said. "But the
inside is artificial, and our knoll on
the backside of this mount will be
bisected in half by the building."
Both sides will be tiered,
creating amphitheaters. The
exterior side will face the square,
while the interior side will have
seats and face the inside ofthe
new building.
But the knoll isn't the only way
the New SUB will interact with its
surroundings — colour selection is
important, too.
Most ofthe colour ofthe exterior building is on already, or is
currently being applied. Chocolate
brown was eventually decided
after consultation.
"We had to go through a
process to select the colour," said
Kingsmill. "It was a consortium
of people such as the students,
the university's campus planning
and design office, and there were
also people from the professional
community that came in."
The team also looked at light
brown, salmon and terracotta before settling on chocolate brown.
"A lighter colour makes buildings fade more, [and] a deeper
colour makes the building stand
out," Kinsgmill said.
Colour can sometimes be an
issue at UBC, as the campus is
structured into different zones.
The colour palette for academic
buildings is very limited — they
tend to be white brick — but
more liberties canbe taken with
the SUB.
"The question is whether the
goal is to make the building strong
and dominant or subdued and
quiet. The students wanted it to be
loud, so we wanted a building that
would be strong, that would reflect
students," Kingsmill said.
But what does it mean to reflect
students when there are almost
50,000 of us, and we don't all like
the same things? According to
Kingsmill, there are many things
we share, and there's a way to
express it through a building.
"Students generally seek more
progressive things. They are more
active. They wanted a building
that was not just perceived as
a university building, like the
library. They wanted it to be a
statement about the students and
their identity."
The new building will be five
stories high, but it sits on a more
confined piece of land than the
current two-story building. The
current SUB, which was built in
1967, has what Kingsmill calls "a
big base footprint," measuring 265
by 235 feet. The new building is
300 by 150 feet.
The emphasis on sustainability
also reflects the demands of students. The New SUB will be a elite
platinum building, the highest
LEED (Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design) certification standard. Green features
include solar energy collectors and
displaced ventilation, where ventilation is zoned and can be shut off
in sections.
Kingsmill added that students'
desire for a building that would
still look contemporary in 10 years
was a key element in coming up
with a design. But times change,
and with changes come new
necessities, sometimes faster than
"I bet 10 years into this building
we'll do a renovation in some way,
shape or form." '5J
Steve Aoki's concert on Saturday was filled with screaming, champagne and cake.
With any luck, the stark tones and environmentally-conscious design ofthe new Student Union Building will generate a sense of
campus community among students,
Quinn Aebi
On the bus heading to Thunderbird Arena, the driver hollered out:
"Next stop for Steve Aoki!"
His utterance signaled the city's
buzz for Aoki's Aokify America tour. This was no ordinary
tour; Aoki's lineup featured an
unexpected yet perfect blend
of music genres, ranging from
Borgore's filthy basslines to Waka
Flocka Flame's high energy hip-
hop to Aoki's own chart-topping
house anthems. The combination
brought UBC students and Van-
couverites alike to the Thunderbird Arena this past Saturday for
an evening that had everybody
EDM-hungry fans started lining
up at the door and were all funnelled through the security and
ticket checkpoints, running up the
stairs in giddy excitement. Taking
advantage of every possible second
ofthe night, people filled the arena
quickly and started grooving to
the opening DJ, Botnek.
A soft start to the night was
not in the cards. The energy in
Thunderbird Arena continued
to rise as Waka Flocka took the
stage. Following his act, Borgore
was released, keeping everyone in
the crowd more than entertained
by performing tracks with Waka
such as "Wild Out." It seemed only
fitting that these huge tracks were
played in such a massive arena as
Thunderbird. The spectacle on the
dance floor was a blur of colourful flashing lights, and the crowd
seemed to move as one.
When Borgore ended his set, the
crowd surged forward in anticipation, and all eyes in the stadium
were on Aoki as he made his way
over to the decks, set up under a
light display spelling his name in
massive letters. His mix started
slow, with a low robot-type voice
repeating the word "Aoki" in a
buildup that lasted minutes. When
the beat finally dropped, the whole
stadium seemed to leap in the air,
but no one in the room was moving
as wildly as Aoki himself.
The DJ was as much into his
performance as his fans were,
jumping off everything he could
and popping champagne bottles into a wild crowd. Using the
microphone frequently throughout
his set, he put most ofthe energy
into the crowd himself, screaming
along to "Warp 1.9." The highlight
of his set came when a certain beat
starting creeping into his mix; a
beat that everyone instantly recognized from his recent hit song,
The stadium was practically
shaking, with everyone in the pit
and in the stands dancing with
an electrifying energy. Aoki's set
extended into the night with a
continuous string of aggressive
yet melodic tunes, and cakes being
thrown into the faces of front
row fans.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Borgore and Aoki have been obsessed with smashing crowds with
cakes, and have maintained the
tradition on every stop on the tour.
The night had to end somewhere, however, and Aoki thanked
Vancouver for hosting and left the
stage with an exhausted crowd
still wanting more.
The stage presence ofthe artists
on the Aokify America tour was
truly impressive. Although Vancouver was the last stop of a long tour,
Aoki performed as if it were his first.
Approached after the show heading
back to his tour bus, Aoki's voice was
so far gone that all he could respond
with was a fist bump. But after hearing him belt out the high pitched
screams in "Warp 1.9," that is only to
be expected. 'tJ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013    |    CULTURE
Seedlings sprouts out of Sprouts
I hastily climbed the three floors
step-by-step, eager to reach the
penthouse. Following the enticing
aroma of food lingering in the
air, I was greeted by a large open
space and friendly, smiling faces
at the top. Around the room, I saw
a lengthy bookshelf with an assortment of aged books, scattered
comfortable seating and hushed
students sipping on fair trade coffees and artisan teas.
Seedlings, located in the Thea
Koerner Graduate Centre, is a
vegan cafe extension of Sprouts,
located in the SUB, specializing in
raw vegan cuisine. Volunteer run
by students for just under a year
now, Seedlings offers food that
is green, sustainable and healthy
— the kind that tastes good, but
is also good for the body. Seedlings operations manager Lianne
McRadu explained the inspiration
for the cafe.
"We're trying to promote
healthy, sustainable health systems and food options for students
on campus," she said. "It's more
of a cafe and eatery than Sprouts,
as we have our own kitchen in
here, and a broader menu and food
Initially beginning as a bulk
buying initiative, Seedlings
has quickly carved out its own
philosophy: to provide students
with affordable, healthy food
options on campus. Catering to an
audience that likes variety, Seedlings sells gluten- and dairy-free
snacks, organic coffee and raw
vegan entrees.
And the food is every bit as
lovely. The chai spice bars have
sold out already, but the raw
Volunteers at Seedlings work together to offer raw vegan cuisine to the UBC populace.
cookie bites are just as utterly rich
and succulent, a series of small
thrills. I savoured the cocoa as
it softened in my mouth, greedily craving more with each bite.
Selling for just a mere dollar, these
tangy treats are certainly a lavish
delicacy for the chocaholic on
a budget.
While I do love chocolate, there
are many other options on offer.
"The menu is very seasonal and
the flavour is spicy," McRadu said.
"Most of our products come from
three organic suppliers in B.C. For
example, right now we have a lot
of winter root vegetables. We have
staples like our seasonal stew and
the chickpea burger, but the ingredients vary week to week, even
month to month.."
As Seedlings is a volunteer-run
cafe, students prepare and cook
food week after week, which has,
over the course of two terms,
shaped a tight-knit community.
Volunteers at Seedlings are bubbly
and down to earth, and enjoy providing food for the UBC commun
ity. The cafe also runs workshops
once a month for students to put
their culinary skills to the test.
"We did a free pizza-making
and pickling workshop, and there's
also a kombucha workshop coming
up," said McRadu. "We like to
interact with other people and do
free food related things, educating
students about healthy eating."
Menu expansion, and improving efficiencies in the kitchen for
volunteers are essential for the
eatery too.
"We really appreciate everything
our volunteers do, so we want to
make sure that they feel they're
enjoying being in the space," McRadu said.
And this is what makes Seedlings
stand out from other cafes. It's not
just another eatery to order your
latte and leave. It's a community
dedicated to providing wholesome
food that is as healthy as it is hearty.
As I wander back outside to the
winter cold, I know I'll be back,
and I mean it — but next time, to
sample a chai spice bar. XI
The Dude abides at the Norm for a decade
Jenica Montgomery
Sometimes there's a man who —
well, he's the man for his time and
This man is the Dude. He's a
regular man who was pulled into
something bigger than himself,
coming out as an unlikely hero.
TheBigLebowski, released in
1998 and directed by Joel and
Ethan Coen, chronicles the extraordinary adventures ofthe world's
laziest man. Last Friday, the UBC
Film Society hosted it's annual Big
Lebowski beer garden event, which
has been a staple of campus culture
since it first started 10 years ago.
"It's in that canon of movies
where a dude — well, literally the
Dude — stumbles into this plot
that's way bigger than them and
ends up being this hapless hero
that makes it to the end," said Tim
Fernandes, UBC alumni and Film
Society member. "[It's] super identifiable to people because everyone
is a regular guy who wished that
some crazy adventure happened to
Over the 15 years since the movie
has been released, The Big Lebowski has garnered the status of cult
classic. The movie has become a
household name; everyone can
relate to the Dude on some level,
but much like any cult classic, it's
difficult to pinpoint how or why it
managed to gain traction.
"You can't really explain what
it's about, and that's what makes
it attractive. Any cult film is a cult
film because you watched it once,
and, yeah, it's OK, and then you
watch it more and it gets better,"
said Fernandes.
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According to the Film Society,
the laid back lifestyle the Dude
leads is particularly appealing to
the students of UBC.
"UBC is a West Coast campus
so it's associated with that West
Coast mentality. Everyone has
this association and it captures
something about life," said Quincy
Arthur, UBC Film Society's club
room administrator.
As a cult classic, The Big
Lebowski is in a unique position to
illustrate the merits of laziness. The
Dude and his laid-back lifestyle
have inspired the film's fans to take
a new, relaxed view on life.
"He appeals to the lazy side of
all of us," said Alex Westhelle, the
Film Society's operations manager.
Indeed, the Dude's lazy attitude
and approach to life could very well
be the solution for students, and
adults, who live an overly stressed
Lebowski beer garden at the Norm Theatre.
life. Los Angeles resident Oliver
Benjamin has gone so far to found
a religion, Dudeism, inspired by
The Big Lebowski and the Dude's
relaxed way of life.
"People spend way too much
time worried about health risks like
bacon and booze when the greatest
risk to our well being is stress,"
Benjmain said. "Cultivating a disciplined laziness may be the greatest
health remedy around."
Now more than ever, people are
taking on a greater amount of stress
— working longer hours, sleeping
less and eating nutritiously bereft
foods. For its fans, TheBigLebowski
shows that to get by in life, sometimes you just need to, you know,
chill out, man.
"It's a righteousness in laziness,"
said Fernandes.
And lastly, remember: the Dude
abides. XI
Pride and Prejudice charms
the Freddy Wood Theatre
Katia Fawaz
"The more I see ofthe world, the
more dissatisfied I become of it,
and the more I realize the inconsistency of its nature."
So says the vivacious Elizabeth
Bennet, played by Kat McLaughlin
in UBC Theatre's Pride and Prejudice. Playwright Jon Jory's rendition of Jane Austen's classic text
proposes a reconciliation between
romanticism and rationalism, and
concludes with harmonious balance between the two.
Pride and Prejudice speaks of a
world foreign to the average university student, where young adults
aren't bound by tight schedules and
don't need coffee to cope with fast-
paced living. Rather than job prospects occupying the mind, there is
time to entertain the thoughts of
love — unless you're like Bennet,
who'd much rather find amusement
in the preoccupations of others.
Her stubborn disdain for Victorian
England's social norms and familial
duty, as well as her lack of passivity,
make her ever-eager mother want
to strangle her. But as Bennet caustically remarks, "What are men to
rocks and mountains?"
The set is consistent throughout the show. In the form of an
oversized, antique bookshelf, it
compliments scenes ranging from
the Bennet's unruly household
to a gossipy-aired ballroom and
animated carriage ride. In the
absence of background music,
excessive lighting or tech tricks,
director Lois Anderson conducts
raw show business.
The dialogue in the play isn't
overly flamboyant, nor is it difficult to extract meaning from.
Instead, it conveys a sort of quirky
insight decorated with a dainty
touch, while easily evoking the
atmosphere ofthe Victoria era for
a more contemporary audience.
Dashing suitor Mr. Darcy
(played by Matt Kennedy) and
Bennet quarrel at every encounter, sparking much amusement in
the audience. When all the play's
reverence is absent, their disdain
for one another is the only thing
that remains; they are unwilling to make a remark to each
other unless it's one of satire or
intellect, infused with a dash of
Toward the end, Mr. Darcy
must tone down his ego to win the
mind of someone who sets high
standards for her heart. The story
goes as you'd imagine, though the
beginning of Darcy's famous proposal remains outstanding: "May I
inquire about your health?"
In its articulate wit, Theatre
at UBC's Pride and Prejudice
urges audiences to embrace inner
eloquence and to remember: mind
over matter. XI
<j)'HUMBER II Opinions
How long until the fancy New SUB will be outdated?
Last Friday night's March to Reclaim Consent was held to foster
discussion about sexual violence
and the importance of consent.
Their message, embodied in
one ofthe protestors' four chants,
was clear: "Whatever we wear,
whatever we go, yes means yes
and no means no."
This march has been in the
works since late October, when
word broke ofthe third and fourth
sexual assaults on campus. Somewhat in contrast to the Take Back
the Night march several weeks ago,
the March to Reclaim Consent was
organized. It even ran on time.
The atmosphere ofthe march
remained peaceful and inclusive
throughout. There was no vandalism and no internal division. When,
on three occasions, residents of
Marine Drive leaned out of their
windows and told the protestors to
"shut up," they just kept marching.
Unlike the rally held last
month, this protest did not dissolve into ideological fragments.
This time, it seemed like everybody was on the same side. This
is key in any sort of activism; no
progress is made when people are
paralyzed by their differences.
Overall, the march sets a good
precedent for further activism on
this important issue.
In an ideal world, all academic
research would be funded by
neutral parties. But that isn't the
world we live in. That drug companies pay for UBC research can
be seen as impinging on academic
freedom, but it can also be seen
as providing funds for medical
research that would otherwise
not be conducted.
UBC should continue to monitor their corporate partnerships
and make sure their professors'
work is held to the highest ethical
standard. But we should not, and
indeed cannot, automatically
write off all research funding as
inherently tainted.
As SUB-dwellers, we at The
Ubyssey frequent the WaterFillz
machine in the basement — a lot.
We love the non-copper taste
The March to Reclaim Consent was, in our eyes, more organized than Take Back the Night.
of filtered water, but we have
qualms with the AMS propaganda — er, advertisements the
machine plays.
We've gotten over the fact
that there is a tiny screen on an
oversized water fountain in the
first place. But just when we were
going to write an angry editorial
about the "sustainability melody"
the WaterFillz machine plays on
infinite repeat, the AMS took the
ad down.
Yes, we are happy that we no
longer have to hear it, but after
continuous exposure to the gentle
guitar jingle inviting us to be
sustainable, we don't know what
to do with ourselves. It's as if we
have been conditioned to hear the
jingle first, then proceed with our
They shouldn't have gotten
rid ofthe ad all in one go and
made us quit cold turkey. They
should've made that ad more
infrequent to transition our bladders to life without the song.
We're a picky bunch.
The design ofthe New SUB,
according to the people who
made it, will reflect the needs
and interests of students. They
claim this design was hashed out
through community consultation
and engagement, but the question of whether this consultation
accurately represents these needs
and interests is a moot point.
A hive mind of 50,000 people
is unlikely to make recommendations reflecting anything beyond
the most basic of its values —
which are usually handed down
to it from a limited group of in
stitutions anyway. This being the
case, the architects for the New
SUB are obligated to find a common mean, which lies somewhere
in the field of "being progressive"
and "sustainable."
We're going out on a limb here,
but it's likely that the current
SUB was also built to reflect the
interests of students, which probably lay somewhere in the field
of "being progressive" — though,
admittedly, less in the field
of sustainability.
As architects undoubtedly know, one ofthe problems
with their discipline is that the
meaning of what they produce
may be bankrupted by contingent
social circumstances beyond
their control. This makes the task
of trying to create an effective
building very difficult. It's easy
to imagine future UBC governors
eventually deciding that the now-
new SUB is dated before launching into another multimillion
dollar enterprise.
If the old SUB is infrastructur-
ally and spatially unsuited for the
current generation of students, it
would be remiss to criticize UBC
for not replacing it. And HBBH
should be lauded for taking on
an extremely difficult task while
producing a sustainable building. But it's regrettable that the
discourse surrounding the entire
business is so superficial.
The reality is the AMS could
build damn near any shape or
size of building, and students
would still adapt to it. We only
hope that the architects succeed
in creating the community space
we are (apparently) looking for
— that way, future generations of
students might care more about
their living space. XI
UBC: We know
Connect has issues
To the editor:
We share the concerns over
the Connect problems written
about in The Ubyssey and would
like to assure you that finding
solutions has been given a very
high priority. UBC IT staff have
been working diligently with the
software vendor to fully understand and remedy the problems.
When the makers of our old
WebCT Vista Learning Management System (LMS) decided
that they will no longer provide
support and eventually withdraw
WebCT Vista from the market,
UBC had to look for a new solution. To make a well-informed
decision, we led an extensive
examination of options, looking
at functional requirements ofthe
academic community; fit with
other existing UBC IT-supported
platforms that need to connect
to the LMS; practicality and ease
of transition; what was known
at the time about the quality and
reliability of available products;
as well as the cost of investment
relative to what the system would
Following a review process in
2010-2011, our academic community selected Blackboard's
Learn, which is the software
behind Connect and which
was also the choice of several
other universities, including the
University of Toronto. We began
to introduce Connect in 2012,
gradually converting courses
to the new system. For nearly a
year, course conversations went
fine and the system performed
well. This September, however,
when we converted the final load
of courses, the new system unexpectedly started to buckle.
In September, we experienced
several outages and very poor
response times for the whole
community. We worked with
the software vendor to diagnose
the problem, apply immediate
remedies and consider longer-term solutions. Over the past
two months, we updated and
tuned the software several times
and added more hardware to
increase the size ofthe engine.
Consequently, October was
better, with four shorter outages
and many groups of students
and faculty reporting acceptable
response times.
These difficulties with Connect have surfaced at a time
when the university is encouraging and investing in more
flexible learning options that call
for an increased use of online
tools, making the situation particularly challenging for everyone. We realize the difficulties
that students and faculty have
experienced and appreciate your
patience as the IT team continues
to work on making the system
fully stable.
Anna Kindler, Vice Provost and Associate
Vice-President Academic
Oliver Griiter- Andrew, Chief Information Officer
Do we care less about
male-on-male violence?
Dear UBC Community:
The response to the stabbing
attack on the male student near
Totem Park is intriguing to me.
There is clearly recognition
that the incident was terrible
and should not have occurred.
However, certain quotes from
students in The Ubyssey's article
seem to take a different tone than
the opinions surrounding the
recent sexual assaults on campus.
The responses to the sexual assaults have all been justifiable, as
no one deserves to have their personal safety and rights violated
in any way — and sexual assault
is nothing to be taken lightly. It
is the quotes by students speaking about the attack on the male
student that are of interest to me
because there appears to be an
acceptance ofthe aggression by
and against males, whereas the
violation of a woman's rights are
(rightfully) responded to with
outrage. Quotes such as:
"With all the assaults recently
on campus, it makes you wonder
what more the police and Campus
Security can do to clamp down
on this."
"The police can't be all places
at all times and you really can't
use one incident to generalize the
entire campus."
I am a woman, and I find it
concerning that such an aggressive violation of a male's rights,
based on these statements, does
not spawn the same outrage as
the violation of a female's rights.
There is nothing I see in the
quotes suggesting that the police
aren't trying hard enough, but
rather, it appears reasonable to
expect that one's safety must
be, to some degree, in his own
hands, and that the police cannot
always be there to protect each
individual student.
Is this incident timed with a
general realization that security
measures cannot guarantee that
every student has a set of protective eyes on them? Or is there
perhaps an implicit acceptance of
aggressive events when it comes
to males in general? This may be
one example of an implicit societal expectancy that men are going
to be aggressive and violent, and
therefore such events are not as
outrageous as a sexual assault
against a woman may be.
Perhaps I am wrong, but I believe there is a strong likelihood,
as uncomfortable as it may be to
acknowledge, that I am right. I
hope the community will challenge its conception of both sides
of events such as these.
Kaitlyn Tissington is a third-year
psychology student.
Correction: On the Opinions page of our Nov. 21 issue, the main byline on the op-ed regarding evangelical students and science by Ryan
Slifka incorrectly identified him as Chris Slifka. II Scene
Stupid questions
Watch for our video later this week
about Puppies on Campus, a pet
therapy initiative by UBC to help
students reduce stress —and of
course, to let them play with pups.
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Cariboo 12-pack after they lost their actual trophy in the Pit Pub.
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Neighbourhood District Energy System
The University of British Columbia and CORIX Utilities are looking for your
feedback as we review district energy opportunities for the new residential
neighbourhoods at the University of British Columbia.
UBC has partnered with CORIX Utilities to undertake a feasibility study to explore the development
of a Neighbourhood District Energy System (NDES) to provide heat and domestic hot water to new
residential developments on UBC lands.
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planning.ubc.ca, where you can also complete the online
questionnaire from November 25 to December 6.
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