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How would you like $1000/year towards your education? We look at Ignatieffs new campaign promise. Page 3
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Forums aren't as central to the
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In our last issue, we published a supplement on the Downtown
Eastside which was written entirely by members of Humanities
101, a UBC program that provides free education to DTES residents.
While we enjoyed being able to show students first-person
perspectives of DTES issues, the head of Humanities 101 was
extremely disappointed with the final product.
They were under the impression that they would receive
four full pages, including two colour pages in the middle of
the paper, and that none of the design they submitted would
be altered.
Unfortunately, difficulties with the placement of paid advertisements meant we could not give the supplement two colour
pages, and instead would have to spread their content over five
pages. As a result, pages had to be redesigned.
While The Ubysseyhas full and final control overall content published in our paper, we regret that the students in Humanities 101
were unable to have a colour centre-spread of their work, as they
believed would happen. As a result, we have decided to reprint
part of the Humanities 101 content today as a centre-spread, unaltered from what they sent us.
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FUN RAISER! • Theatre at UBC
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EVENT • Have you ever
wondered how the 42 million
people fleeing from conflict
and war live? On Monday, April
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interactive display to show
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camps. In the evening, MSF
field worker Sharon Janzen will
give an amazing talk on her
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Liberals hope to woo students with education plan
With his first major policy announcement of their campaign,
Michael Ignatieff is hoping to
give students one billion reasons to vote Liberal this time
If elected, the Liberals are
promising a billion-dollar "Passport to Education" program that
would give at least $4000 to all
students pursuing a post-secondary degree.
Students would receive $1000
up-front everyyear, for up to a
total of $4000, to help pay for
their education.
Lower income students would
be given $1500 a year-$6000
in total.
"This is at the heart of the
Liberal vision," Ignatieff said
at Sheridan College in Ontario,
before flying to Vancouver.
In order to receive the money, students would have to open
a Registered Education Savings
Plan (RESP) account, although
they would not be required to
deposit any money into it.
Ignatieff is proposing to pay
for the program by cancelling
the Conservatives' corporate tax
cuts, as well as by axing existing education and textbook tax
Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff. ALEX SMYTH PHOTO/THE FULCRUM
credits, which currently cost Ottawa around $450 million.
"We can do this because we
aren't going to give the corporations a tax break," he said.
Both the Conservatives and
the NDP have taken aim against
the program.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper harped against the initiative
for the cancellation of tax credits.
"In trying to promise billions
for education, ifyou read Ignatieffs plan thoroughly, it said that
they would take away tax breaks
for students and parents' of students to pay for their program...
in other words, raise their taxes," said Harper at a campaign
rally in Winnipeg.
The NDP's Jack Layton argued
that the "Passport to Education"
would do little to address rising
tuition costs.
"If tuition goes up by $1000
at the same time you are receiving the $1000, you are no further ahead," he said.
Joyce Murray, the Liberal MP
for Vancouver-Quadra, which
includes UBC, argued that the
plan will make a real difference.
"This actually directly addresses the cost of tuition because this is money that students will get up-front, as opposed to tax credits that may
come months or ayear after they
needed to write the cheque," she
told The Ubyssey. "This puts money right in their pocket, tax-free."
Murray, who is running for
re-election, said that this announcement demonstrates that
the Liberals are the party that
takes education most seriously.
"We've seen that the Conservatives want to put $17 billion
into expanding the prison system. We think it's a lot more important to assist young people to
get further education."
She said that the "Passport
to Education" is only one plank
of the Liberals' comprehensive
learning agenda that also includes support for First Nations
students, programs to teach new
Canadians necessary skills and
funding more childcare spaces.
After making his education
announcement, Ignatieff flew
across the country to Vancouver,
where he held an event at Langara College and a campaign rally in Richmond.
The Liberal Party of Canada
provided buses to send students
from UBC to the latter.
UBC Young Liberal President
Stewart McGillivray estimated
that around 50 or 60 UBC students attended the event.
"Itwas a strong turnout from
UBC, as well as the other universities in town," he said.
According to McGillivray,
"people were buzzing with the
new announcement" at the
"[Access to education has] always been a statement of principle, so now we're saying...how
you get there. [The Liberals] are
saying anyone who wants to and
is able to go get a post-secondary
education, the government will
stand there with you," he added.
"Part of it is just launching
off of a very simple thing, which
is a slogan Ignatieff has been
using for a while now, which
is, 'Ifyou get the grades, you
get to go.'
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Anything other than construction
by Victor Jean, Hum 101 student
Being a Hum student for the past little while, I have had a wealth of unexpec
week we touch on a specific topic ranging from Feminism to Architecture ti
really opened my mind as to how much knowledge there is on campus, and '
Hum has been a lot of fun - going to MOA was one of the highlights of this >
wide range of topics is the most fantastic part of the Programme. I never the
taking part in anything other than construction. It's a really sweet deal to ha
never have had the opportunity otherwise.
Much is said by many about the Downtown Eastside; less often are local residents listened to. On these pages, you're invited to listen to their voices, to read their words, to hear
about what's wanted and needed, and how to go about doing it - read local knowledge and expertise, lust for learning, and non-judgemental lively approaches which light up ways of practising self-determination, for starters.
Contributors are active in the Humanities 101 Community Programme - 'Hum' for short - a 12 year old Faculty of Arts programme which runs free courses at
UBC with residents of the Downtown Eastside + Downtown South (DTES/South), ongoing Public Programmes at Carnegie Centre and the Gathering Place, and attracts
education activists from within and without this university. Check out our website to learn more about the Programme, our Steering Committee of Hum students and
alumni which guides all aspects of the Programme, and other organizations which contributors work with in the DTES/South and surrounding areas.
http://humanities 101 arts, ubc.ca
Living With Low Incomes With/Out Homes: Homelessness
and its Effects on Women Residing in the DTES
by Pat Haram, DTES resident and Hum alumna, participant Et mentor in
Hum 101, Hum 201 Et Writing, Steering Committee member
The Downtown Eastside (DTES) is now well known in the media through
worldwide coverage, and it is now impossible to be ignorant ofthe homeless
within the DTES. Who are the homeless? Where is their support coming from?
Where is their voice? In this essay I consider homelessness from the point of
view of someone who has been homeless. I look at the effects on women residing in the DTES, especially in terms of hoarding, storage, medical attention, the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre, shelters, government intervention and action, and the Tent City on the DTES during the 2010 Olympics.
I know that many First Nations people live on the DTES, some are homeless,
all have a right to adequate housing of their choice, and all deserve to live
in a dignified and justifiable way that suits them.
The world is changing and we must keep ourselves informed at all costs to
see where homelessness is going. This is a tough issue and being part of that
change is not an easy one. Though there is increasing awareness of homelessness, I am also concerned about what happens when someone who was
living without a home becomes housed. I believe that it's very important to
make certain that people who have been homeless are looked at afterwards
to see how they are coping and managing with the changes this brings, which
can also be challenging.
What constitutes homelessness and what are its many faces? Does it just
reside in the DTES, or is it present in many other communities? Having been
in that situation myself for about 3 months, I can say I would not want to
be there again for any reason, even briefly. Many people like to think the
homeless are a bunch of bums, people incapable of holding a job, with
mental health issues and the list goes on. I had none of these problems
and still found myself without a place to live. Many people end up staying
temporarily with someone, or 'couch surfing' as it is being called - myself, I
was on my brother's couch for about 2 months. For some, this is just the first
stage of being homeless. What comes after that is the most difficult part of
the process. After finding myself back in the stream of things, I could not
believe what other areas of my life had changed. There are many aspects of
homelessness. Let us look at a few of them.
It takes many individuals years to overcome the effects of having been
homeless even for a short period of time. In the back ofyour head you keep
wondering, will it happen again? Maybe next time I won't be so lucky and
will end up in hospital or something. This fear of being without safety and
security can lead you to hoard things, to keep what you need near you so
that you know that you will not have your belongings taken from you for
whatever reasons. In the east side of Vancouver, people's belongings are
often thrown out when they are evicted or lose their housing. No one seems
to care if these things are of value to anyone, which just reinforces the issue
that there should be guidelines in place to protect people's possessions if
they are without homes.
Often people need to put things in storage lockers so they are kept safe. I
had my belongings in a locker for 3 months and prayed each month that I
would find some kind of job to be able to pay for them and not lose them
altogether. The end result was $300 from start to finish until I retrieved my
items out of a locker. I cried when I had them brought into my suite after
not having seen them for 3 months. What does the government do to help
individuals who are in this position? What is needed are places to keep items
without being charged if you are homeless.
Medical Attention
Medical attention is vital to those who have been homeless even for a small
amount of time. Having been in need of medical attention myself, I am
certain I am not the only one who is at risk. After homelessness, a follow
up by a medically trained person is a necessity. It is important that people
get some kind of medical attention to see if they have been over-exposed
to the elements and to check any other problems which come from severely
inadequate housing, as well as for medical conditions they may have as
individuals including diabetes and addictions. Medical attention is a priority
after homelessness, and also the need for food and social interaction that is
not just about emergencies and survival instincts.
DTES Women's Centre
Homelessness has affected many women in the community, some running
from abusive situations, and some finding themselves without a home after years of having a place to call home. I have volunteered at the DTES
Women's Centre (DEWC) for five years, since moving back to this area where
I grew up. The DTES Women's Centre supplies women with medical attention from the Street Nurse
and advocacy support. Although these services are helpful, they do not supply all the needs that are
need for counseling for women, and other ways to understand what comes out of being homeless for
The Downtown Eastside Wo
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plus meals, clothing
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long periods of time.
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situation, and we re
ally need people in these areas who careTtteisKat what is going on with the women. Generally, tejnpprary shelters are just
that, not a permanent solution to an ongoing problem, but they do help. Millions are spent on
which should go into permanent housing. The shelters just gobble up funding and then the peopl
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Government policy needs to be put into p
representative for Parliament in the Dftwi
get action going on these matters, and
homelessness. Her actions speak louder than words, and I am glad s
put forward Bill C-304 "An Act to ensure secure, adequate, access/ble
a National Housing Strategy to be put in place. We are all behind
in secure social housing, but there are still people homeless out
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During the Olympics in February of last year, a Tent City was orga^iz^d in al le
ver. Some of the main organizers were First Nations women from XheJ'pwpr of
Women's Centre. During our time there, I wondered what the end re3
act? Hopefully for people to realize the real meed here for support from the <
world in general to realize this is the predominant problem of this decs
e that does not distrust the individual who is in need. UBl3y-DaviesJs_theNDP
wn Eastside of Vancouver, and has been for 14 years. Libby does her best to
year did a fast outside Carnegje |Centre to represent how she felt regarding
ople on her side and vice versa. She has
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munity and the government, and for the
not just here, but throughout the world.
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ment to help solve this important problem. I do not have the answers to
solutions are out there if only government policy is put into place that dc
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Drug Addiction
by Lorna Jean Johnson, East Vancouver residentlmo
rticipant in Writing Et '
toting Seminar, Steering Committee
Drug addiction may be beneficial for society, but it isn't good for the individuiJiVObed'r&nt-citizens are what government prefers. It is much easier for the community to turn people into complacent dnug addicts by havfri|~Hcensed doctors prescribe
the drugs. Few people care enough about these addicts to "undo" the dependence upon prescription medfcatign. It is more
important, from a cost perspective, to help addicts on illegal street drugs. These addicts create a greater financial-drain
upon society. Government puts cost ahead of quality of life, so more money is spent on dealing with street level addiction,
and seniors with addictions are ignored.
Our society accepts the addicted seniors. Seniors living alone can have problems if they run out of prescribed drugs, like
benzodiazepines. The withdrawal causes seizure-like spasms and requires a trip to the doctor. More medication is needed to
prevent withdrawal symptoms from continuing to occur. In a Seniors' Home, medication is supervised. The sedative side effects of benzodiazepines create very complacent seniors. Medication is provided by a doctor, so this keeps our seniors off the
corner of Main and Hastings. The dignity of a prescription in hand, and drugs handed out in blue bottles with childproof tops.
Those citizens addicted to illegal street drugs bear the brunt of society's anger and disgust. Dealers don't care if the drugs
are addictive. Turning a single mother into an addict doesn't faze the street dealer. There are very few well run rehabilitation centers for the recovering street drug addict to live in. Studies show the brain needs more and more drugs over time,
and this makes the addiction harder to break. The man in his 20s crying and saying he is going to die unless he can get money
for drugs, because the pain of withdrawal is worse than death to him. There is no dignity in this lifestyle.
Some addicts need lifetime supported housing, because they aren't able to stay off drugs on their own. Providing this option
means the addict will be able to go to school or work and be an accepted member of mainstream society. Many addicts would
welcome this option, because they want to give up drugs. The addicts who prefer not to quit using are a tougher challenge.
Society decides what the penalties are for drug use, and how much social assistance will be given to these individuals. They
have shortened lives and must interact with violent dealers to keep using drugs. It is a frightening choice.
Seniors and others addicted to prescription drugs usually stay addicted for life. Celebrity rehab doesn't exist for the ordinary
person. Some people spend the rest of their lives without much joy or energy because sedation and depression are often side
effects of their medications. The complacent, fatigued and quiet individuals don't set off any alarm bells in society. No-one
cares if these people spend many hours alone because they aren't causing unseemly ripples in the fabric of the community. 2011.03.31/UBYSSEY.CA/HUMANITIES/5
:ted knowledge placed in my lap. Every
d Political Science to Philosophy. It has
what learning at 'university level' is all
/ear. The fact that we get to explore a
iught I would be out at the UBC campus
ve this course open to those who would
Food Line
by Willie Li, DTES resident, participant & mentor in Hum1011201 Et
Writing, Steering Committee member
The sidewalk in front of the Provincial Court at Main Street and
Cordova is much wider than other sidewalks. Sometimes reporters, cameramen and people involved in particular court cases are
packed in. Most of these events take place during the day, but dur-
ing the evening and weekends the sidewalk is mostly quiet, except
when the free food is given away.
Moving to the DTES
by Maryanna Aston Moore, DTES resident and Writing participant
I moved to the DTES approximately 5 years ago. I moved into an old slumlord-
ruled building and I was shocked. I was shocked at the poverty, and also the
level of misunderstanding that I came across when I would tell individuals
who knew me that I was living in the DTES. I had to go for brain surgery
and also I had to get some extreme dental work done at Vancouver General
Hospital. Once I made my address known to people who knew me there, I
was amazed, shocked, and horrified
at some of the language surrounding their understanding of what
lifestyle and circumstance I had put
myself in by moving to that area.
First of all I want to state that I was
not suffering so much, in the slumlord-ruled building, but it brought
an awareness to me, one that I had
never been exposed to when I was
The 12 Key Actions
Based on over two years of intensive work with 1,200 low-income
DTES residents & in co-operation with many DTES organizations,
the Carnegie Community Action Project's "Community Vision
for Change in the Downtown Eastside" puts forth these 12 key
actions as the foundation and guide for future development in
the DTES. Research by CCAP's Wendy Pedersen and Jean Swanson,
June 2010
growing up in
1. Build social housing for low-income people
2. Tackle systemic poverty
3. Stop gentrification: a process that has happened in hundreds of
cities around the world when richer people push out poorer people
in a community, and property values increase.
4. Improve safety by working with police to provide a better understanding of DTES residents from their perspective, dealing with
security guard harassment, non-resident drinkers, and replacing
the illegal drug market with a legal market based on health + human rights principles
Every Saturday morning and Tuesday and Thursday evening, the
free food event takes place on this sidewalk. Some local charities
come here for their mission and offer free food to those people who
live in the Downtown Eastside with low income status. There is a
bus stop nearby. I usually get off my bus every Tuesday and Thursday nig it after my class at UBC and I see a lot of people lining up
for food - usually around 10:30 p.m. The street lights and security
lamps on (the front of the buildings make the sidewalk area quite
bright. I pass by the crowd and clearly see the people with their
bodies standing in a long snaky line. They slowly wriggle their way
forward and do little talking. The shadows on the ground coordinate with their movements, leaving the scrawled darkness on the
ground. Sofne seagulls fly around, trying to get sp
As I get luied to seeing these scenes, it becomes such a natural
"tfiTnsftTere. The free food event happens year round. Whether in
Miot^uoirnersor windy, snowy winters, the charities come here for
their missiorTw6rkrif-4t-4S-a Saturday morning, a church band and
choir also come along with their hymns. For the_peogle
ee food here, this has become a routine in order to survive
would be in big trouble without this food. People call this spacious
sidewalkarea Food Corner. Many people in Vancouver know atout
it. The Food^orTTeHs-^amejTow a symbol of God's compassion am
of the generous love of JesusZTTrank-^odJorJiis great blessings,
especially for the group of people living on low incorneiTeFe4aihe
Downtown Eastside of Vancouver - a city which has been named
most livable city in the world by The Economist. I don't know if The
Economist is aware that a lot of people are lining up for their food
here. Many of the people lining up for free food are actually homeless. They have to spend about two or three hours waiting for free
food, but they are patient, calming their hearts by listening to, or
singing along with, the hymns.
The food is usually from large stores like Safeway, Save-on-Foods,
or other companies in the area. A wide variety of foods are i
eluded: bread, pastries, fruit and vegetables, and even differe
types of drinks. All of these foods are due to expire in two or thn
days, or have already expired; but they are still edible. Some
these foods were priced very high when they were in the store:
Of course, nobody would touch them if they remained on the stor
shelves. In order to keep the food at the market price, store owner:
have to give those nearly expired foods away. Therefore, the stores
usually give the food to charities. This demonstration of kindness
and compassion may also make the rich business people feel good
and charitable. It is good for the poor people to have free food
available to meet their daily basic needs.
no matter how poor one might be,
we all deserve to live with dignity^
we all deserve to live in homes that
are clean, we all deserve to have
clean meals, healthy meals, we all
deserve to have access to education, to understanding, and to freedoms. Through the Humanities class
that I have put myself in recently,
doors of opportunity are openin
to me which were closed for/vai
ous reasons in my life - raisins chll
belongings; at/ many,
times I felt~triat~1-was_ngY§'r gpin
to be able to pursue an educatio
because of the lack of money./Trm
program, the UBC's Humanities 101
_Community Programme, has opened
BoOrs-naLonly for myself/to /renew my interest pft~eftmztiM&f-hut
it's  provided^soportunities for so
maife^fjj_i§*Teignite those won-
rful skills, those wonderful ideas,
those wonderful memories that lay
withT?njrfor-fcheLability to learn and
grow. I feel blessed and honou
be here in the program and I want
to let others know who aren't fa-
I    ]
miliar with the DTES that there are
many mapy individuals, as there are
j;ts of town, who are in-
irmined, witted, conscientious "knet hopeful for a br
Dowfttown E^tsiders/*now
6.) Support and fund DTES arts & culture
7/ Develop an economy that serves and employs local residents
8. Ensure public spaces are public, not gated, sufficient, safe,
and welcoming
9. Keep towers out and retain heritage buildings
10. Involve DTES residents in neighbourhood decisions
11. Attract more children
12. Create a DTES image that honours & respects low-income
.u 11 icr
The DTES low-income community has a right to exist in Vancouver
+ to seek improvements for itself; residents themselves, with help
from government, will be able to strengthen and improve their
already strong community by building on assets that are currently
present, http://ccapvancouver.wordpress.com/ccap-reports
PaulR Taylor, DTES resident, volunteer editor of the Carnegie
Newsletter for 24+ years, publisher of Help in the Downtown Eastside
(free resource guide in English, French Et Spanish) for 20 years, alumnus
of Hum 101, Writing 101 Et current participant in Hum 201
I sold formeFUBC PresideriLMartha Piper and Fred, her travel
companion, copies of "The Heart pff the Community: The Best
of the Carnegie Newsletter," (taylor, Paul, (ed.) New Star
Books, Vancouver, 2003) and asKep her to introduce it around
as our contribution to your education. Following that, two
profs-addedjttotheir recommended reading lists. Maybe one
or a hundredToT~ycnr-sheuJ!cl check it out, or at least go to
http://www.carnnews.org. You/will be amazed.
what theywarit and need/, and/practise self-determination
i ment
gmental co^
percentage of seniors, Aboriginal people, people of
I disabilities, and people who use illegal drugs. The
where many people are accepting, empathetic, caring, and vol-
capacitie^Triire i^fSkoa tremendous community spirit and a history of the community
basic human rights. In the 1930s unemployed men rallied in the DTES before going to Ot-
rk and wages. In ttfe\19<|0s1residents stopped a freeway from bisecting the community.
fought for a community centre, better housing/and neighbourhood improvements. In
the '80s they occupied waterfront lan
In the '90s they fought for Hot
These stories date back to the 70s. I think at
that time there might not have been as many
poor people and homeless people in Vancouver,
or in any of the rich developed countries. A lot
of data shows that more and more urban poverty issues are emerging in these so-called big
rich cities. The free food event in Vancouver
may be just a sign of social economic disparity.
Apparently about 200 people regularly get free
food at the Food Corner and the number is in-
:reasing. It somehow rings a bell about inequality of the-sogial economy in our society, especially in the Downtovyn Eastside of Vancouver.
gentrification which is
Sheet" CCAP htt^/Axfe
nissing and murdered woi
and social housing. Now thj
ashing low income resident:
^Vancouver, files, wordpre:
^Carnegie Newsletter
Downtown Eastside Literacy Roundtable dteslit.blogspoj^com
Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council dnchome.wordpress.com
Downtown Eastside Women's Centre www.dewc.ca
Raise the Rates www.raisetherates.org
Streams of Justice www.streamsofjustice.org
VANDU (Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users) www.vandu.org
Many of the people who work with these groups - and who volunteer with
many more organizations in the DTES/South - are also involved with Hum.
til the city deve(oped/CRAB Park and worked for more social
America's first safe injection site and to demand that police
from the neighbourhood. In the '90s they occupied Woodwards to
nght continues for more decent housing, higher incomes and to slow
jt and destroying many icomn/iunity assets." "Downtown Eastside Fact
70% of DTES residentsfjwe on low incomes. IncornffjAssistance (welfare) is 5610/month minus rent ($375-$425). Minimum
wage is $8 hr. About 700 people live in the DTES without homes. Gentrification is a process that has happened in hundreds of
cities around the world when richer people push out poorer people in a community, and property values increase; its effects
ripple out; it displaces people from their homes, neighbourhoods and communities. It need not happen. Vancouver East MP
Libby Davies' Affordable Housing Bill is soon going into its third and final reading (http://www.libbydavies.ca/biU_c304).
Downtown Eastsiders have been put in the position of having to fight for resources that are easily found in most Vancouver
areas; and they have created and supported many nodes for self-determination to meet their wants and needs, including
Aboriginal Front Door Society aboriginalfrontdoorsociity.tripod.com/inde
Carnegie Community Action Project ccapvancouver.vifordpress.com
lo the/ways that downtown
^stside/south residents practise
If^determination because
\ktC^\kt A kl r | And we want to stay in
Wt   WAIN I  • our neighbourhoods
LISTEN... It's not what you might have thought...
& at the Vancouver Art Gallery WE:Vancouver until May 1, 2011
Hum provides practical support which acknowledges the
circumstances that have kept our participants out of university. 6/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/2011.03.31
The Twitter of unrequited love
Like a Little a new way for secret admirers to communicate
There, you have the dewy-eyed
romantics, baiting their hook
for love and laughter, sharing
and caring, long walks and quiet talks. There, you have the perennial train wrecks with their
plaintive cries of "Why doesn't
anyone love me?" And over yonder, a regular suggests thatyou
should get together some time.
Clothing optional. Last names
You don't need to troll the
Pit Pub on Wednesday nights
to observe the mating ritual of
your fellow T-birds. LikeALittle.
com, a more liver-friendly option, allows you to compliment
a crush or bemoan a missed
connection, all behind the anonymity of a computer screen.
"We'd like to think of the
site as a flirting-facilitator platform, or FFP, for advanced users," said Evan Reas,
who founded the site with a
few friends while studying at
Just this December, Dillon
Craig, a third-year film studies
student at UBC, brought Like a
Little to UBC's campus. After
signing on to the UBC homepage using a valid interchange
email account, you can enter the
gender, hair colour and location
where you spotted the swoon-
worthy specimen, then follow
with a flirty message.
Other users can then send a
reply, leave a comment or like
the posting under a randomly
generated fruit name, or 'like'
the comment on Facebook.
A typical posting may read:
AtlKB3: Female, Black hair.
You're in a blue sweater, laughing
with another guy. I've loved you
forever, why don't you notice me?
Irving K. Barber Library is
quickly emerging as a hub of
love. "I guess there is a lot of
procrastination going on there,"
said Craig with a laugh. "It's a
good place for 'bird watching,'
as they call it."
First-year Science student
Genie Cheung had her tongue
planted firmly in cheek when
she made her first posting. "On
Christmas Eve, I wrote a flirt to
Santa Claus, caught red-handed
in Irving Barber."
They range from salacious —
At Room: Male, Black hair
You got a nice rear end.
—to earnest.
At Class: Female, Black hair
I skip class alot, but everytime I
show up, you're always there in
the front row. I just want you to
know that hair tuck thing you do
behind your left ear is the most
adorable thing I've ever seen,
and its probably costed me what
little attention I had left.
Others get brownie points for
shooting from the hip:
AtWRCUP: Male, Blonde
Culture Editor of Ubyssey. I just
-want- him.
The increasing popularity of
online flirting has some worried. Have our social skills atrophied so much that we can't
engage in face-to-face banter? "I
certainly think our generation
is more prone to socializing on
the internet," said Craig. "I just
see it as a natural evolution in
terms of how we communicate."
It does seem like a natural
progression from cruising down
Main Street for a piece of action
during the automobile-crazed
50's to trolling the waters of cyberspace in our times.
Like a Little has yet to incorporate a lipstick feature. GEOFF LISTER PHOTO /THE UBYSSEY
The time for final exams is
sneaking up on us. But according
to Craig, there is no better time to
start posting on Like a Little. Examination period last semester
saw a surge in flirting activities
as students looked to ease their
stress with a little loving.
A word of advice from Reas:
"Be cute, be genuine... those are
the types of posts that are most
likely to get responses."
"But remember," said Cheung,
"the first impression you make
is related to how you communicate. If u sned a flrit liek dis
den u r w8ting 4 a disastur 2
hapen." tl
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housing action plan
forum - april 4
The Community Planning Task Group of the UBC Board of Governors, chaired by
Dr. Nassif Ghoussoub, is leading the process of developing a Housing Action Plan for the
Vancouver campus. One of the main objectives of the Housing Action Plan is to improve
housing choices and affordability for faculty, staff and students on the Vancouver campus.
To jump-start the process, the Community Planning Task Group invites all members of
the UBC community to a public forum.
Monday, April 4, 2011 12:00pm (noon) - 2:00pm
iS Ballroom, Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road
The forum will explore the challenges and opportunities faced by UBC in creating affordable housing
options on campus for its community, and will provide an opportunity for feedback to the Task Group.
Panelists includes:
Lisa Colby,
Associate Director, Planning Policy, UBC
Craig Crawford,
Vice President, Development Services, BC Housing
Dr. Penny Gurstein,
Professor & Director, School of Community & Regional Planning/
Centre for Human Settlements, UBC
Andrew Parr,
Managing Director, Student Housing & Hospitality Services, UBC
For more information, visit www.planning.ubc.ca/housingaction
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volunteer for culture | culture@ubyssey.ca ^* JZ/UIjIOoJ-zIx EDITORIAL
Connoisseurs of other campus
papers in British Columbia (all
six of you) might have been surprised to read a recent editorial
from The Phoenix, the paper at
our sister campus at UBC-Okanagan. In the editorial, The Phoenix
made a public pitch to become
independent from their student
union. They wrote, among other
things, that "The Ubyssey Publication Society (UPS)...has offered to act in an advisory role
to help us arrange our business
office, and we are in discussions
to potentially enter into a partnership that will allow them to
help us grow until we can stand
on our own, as an independent
and autonomous newspaper."
Wondering what they mean?
Here is what's going on. Like us,
UBC-O students pay a dedicated
fee for a campus paper—the "student media fund." Unlike us, the
fund is controlled by their student union, the UBC Students
Union Okanagan (SUO).
This creates interesting situations. For example, The Phoenix
gives the SUO the back two pages of every issue for free, but are
charged a lease, as an external
organization would be. They're
expected to be fair and balanced
in their reporting, but the people holding the purse strings to
The Phoenix are the same people
that The Phoenixhas a responsibility to report on. Understandably this causes tensions, weird
power dynamics and awkward
conversations—especially when
coverage of SUO politicians is
not universally positive.
This sort of situation is nothing
new at campus papers in Canada.
Virtually all are started through
the student union, and remain
TaLK (Teach and Learn in Korea} program funded by
the Ministry of Education, Science & Technology of
Korea invites young, adventurous college students
and recent graduates who are seeking to broaden
their horizon by expanding their multi-cultural
experiences as well as gaining a hands-on teaching
Applicants must be a citizen of one of the following countries where the national
language is English: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, U.K. or
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a place of mind
under their control until an inevitable conflict arises. Tensions
are high for months, if not years,
and both sides eventually realize
that an autonomous press is the
only long-term solution.
The Phoenix is being proactive in requesting this before
relations break down with the
SUO. They've also been proactive in reaching out to us.
We have a business office,
full-time advertising representatives, knowledge of how to
launch an independent paper-
all things The Phoenix doesn't
have. We're prepared to use
our resources to aid them in
a non-financial fashion as they
go through this tumultuous but
necessary transition.
We may occasionally tease our
brethren at UBC-O for being our
country cousins. But they just
like us, go to the University of
British Columbia. They receive
the same degree. And they deserve a free press.
That's why we're proud to sup-
port The Phoenix in their quest
for independence and will help
them in any way we can. They
deserve it. More importantly so
do UBC students. U
The Ubyssey is not doing Celestian Rince any favours by continuing to humour his ridiculous charade of concern. I am
truly sick of turning to the Opinion section to find that, once
again, someone thought it would
be funny to publish his hateful,
misogynistic screed. I generally
enjoy student journalism, and
I read The Ubyssey every [Monday] and Thursday but I'm really disappointed at the attention the Opinion page has been
giving him. Is it for a love of
controversy or a lack of other
suitable letters? Please, if a lack
of publishable material is the
problem, plenty of interesting
and provocative thoughts can
be found here: www.xkcd.com.
Randall Munroe welcomes you
to reprint his work ifyou credit
him. If it's for a love of controversy we could talk about how
annoying all the construction on
campus is, and demand our daily pedestrian commute be taken into consideration. But giving this guy more space in the
Opinions page is simply alienating those of use who would otherwise enjoy our student newspaper. Please, next time Rince
sends in a letter criticizing women for wanting equal rights or
something equally ridiculous,
do us all a favour and consider
your readers.
— Alexandra Lawson
Editor's Note: The Ubyssey has a
policy ofpublishing, space permitting, all letters under 300 words
sent in by students
I was amused at the now viral
YouTube video of UCLA student
Alexandra Wallace's rant about
Asian people. It brought back
many similar experiences of
when I attended university. I
was surprised, though, at the
reaction of people. Wallace was
called a racist, ostracized and received death threats. However,
ifyou ignore the fact that she's
white, blonde, has an annoying
voice, big breasts, and is not the
most eloquent person, she may
actually have a point.
In her YouTube video, she
says she doesn't have a problem with all the Asian people
attending UCLA but she wishes they'd learn American manners. Is that too much to ask of
people, whatever race they may
be, to learn the values and culture ofthe country that was generous enough to give them citizenship and the benefits that
come with it?
Wallace says that the families of Asian students are always
helping with cooking, cleaning
and laundry. Her point is that
the Asian students don't learn
to fend for themselves. Yes, she
may have exaggerated her point
a little but I don't see anything
wrong with telling people to
leave the parents at home and
take care of themselves.
Wallace says Asians frequently chat on their cell phones while
in the library disrupting her
studying. She advises them
to go elsewhere. Nothing racist with that. I can't tell you the
number of times I was in the
library studying, only to be interrupted by some person talking loudly with their friends.
Unfortunately s the person was
almost always Asian.
Wallace imitates an Asian
person on the phone, saying,
"Ching chong ling long...." How
many times have we heard Jay
Leno or Conan O'Brien imitate
accents of other nationalities?
Are they racist too?
So Wallace has raised some
good issues that my friends and I
had beefs with while in university.
So why all the backlash from people? I think her only crime may
be that she is white and blonde.
— Ethan Chan
Think you have what it takes to run this rag? We're electing the following
positions for the 2011-2012 year.
Coordinating Editor
Managing Print Editor
Managing Web Editor
Art Director
News Editor (x2)
Culture Editor
Features Editor
Video Editor
All positions are full-time beginning in September, with possible part-time
work during the summer to be determined. Candidates must apply by noon on
Friday April 1. For more information, email elections@ubyssey.ca
Justin mcelroy | coordinating@ubyssey.ca
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and one kilometre run amongst
themselves before 'storming'
the 12-foot wall together. Everyyear, the Thunderbird crosscountry and track team puts to-
ther a group to compete in the
varsity division. Crosscountry
team captain Amelia Rajala said
that the race is "more intense
than any track meet all season."
The braver, or crazier, Iron
Person or Super Iron Person
competitors fly solo the whole
way until they hurl themselves,
usually in speedos, at the wall.
Iron Persons can get help up
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with the Iron Men and Women launching themselves at
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