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Array I        I Our Campus
One on one with
the people who
make UBC
>3 News»
Editors: Kalyeena Makortoff & Micki Cowan
02.06.2012 | 3
CAR-SHARING »
Car2go expands to campus, but services limited to Wesbrook Place
Laura Rodgers
Contributor
Students who opt for car-sharing as
a transportation option now have
new vehicles available on campus,
but they might have to do some
walking before they can drive them.
Car2go, a car-sharing service
which uses Smart Cars exclusively,
just expanded its service area to
UBC campus as of February 1. But
so far, spots have only opened in
Wesbrook Place in South Campus.
Prior to February 1, the cars could
only be picked up or dropped off at
locations east of Blanca Street.
"We have a lot of Car2go members who are also UBC students,"
said Katie Stafford, the Car2go
communications manager.
"Many people contacted] us
...that they'd like us to be on campus, and we've listened to those
requests," added Stafford.
UBC student Avery Titchkosky
was one of those students.
Titchkosky contacted the company
about expandingtheir service to
UBC less than a week before the
new parking spots were announced,
and was not told ofthe impending
expansion.
"I just wanted to suggest expanding the operating zone to
include the UBC campus. This
service is excellent for students, but
it makes it very difficult to use it
when we can't end a reservation on
campus," wrote Titchkosky in an
email to Car2go customer service.
"Despite our best efforts, the UBC
administration has not been interested in working with us on a parking solution," a Car2go customer
service representative responded to
Titchkosky in an email on January
27. "In the meantime, I would encourage you to contact UBC and express your interest in having Car2go
vehicles available on campus," the
representative added.
Stafford did not comment to The
Ubyssey regarding why Titchkosky
was not told ofthe impending
launch.
Car2go intends to expand to
further locations on campus in the
future. "[We're] hopefully expanding to have more parking available
[on campus]," said Stafford.
Customers are appreciative, but
some would prefer it if the parking
spots were more convenient.
"I think this location is much too
far from the majority of student
housing. Gage, Marine, Totem or
Vanier [are] at least 15 minutes
[away] by foot," Titchkosky said to
The Ubyssey in an email. 13
ADVISING »
UBC personalizes financial advising
NatalyaKautz
StaffWriter
There's a new mantra in Enrolment
Services: Names not Numbers.
Incoming UBC students, and
eventually the entire student
population, will see a new personalized approach for student support.
Enrolment Service Professionals
(ESP) will be assigned to all undergraduate students when they arrive
at UBC, and will stay with them
through their entire degree.
Each ESP is expected to be responsible for 250 to 300 students.
Lisa Collins, project director of
the redesign at Enrolment Services,
said that the model was directly
motivated from within their department. "The desire from our staff,
being service-oriented individuals...
felt the structure wasn't organized
the best way possible."
Student criticism also played a
large part in the redesign.
"We do receive feedback from
students that they..travel counter to
counter in Brock Hall. When we do
a referral, they feel like they're being bounced a little bit," said Collins.
Fourth-year student Robert
Simpson said he has experienced
the flaws ofthe referral process.
"There are certain overlaps with
academic advising, where they want
you to go talk to someone in another
building. Most ofthe time they're
pretty good about it, but you can get
hungup on the technicalities, and
be bouncing back and forth."
Simpson hoped that the ESP
program would help "solidify" the
services provided, which include
student recruitment, admissions
and registrations, tuition, fees and
financial support.
Collins stressed that the ESP
News briefs
Buszard named new deputy
vice-chancellor of UBC-O
Deborah Buszard has been named
the new deputy vice-chancellor and
principal of UBC's Okanagan campus.
A former professor of Environmental
Science at Dalhousie University,
Buszard begins her five-year term
as leader of the campus, which has
nearly 9000 students, on July 1.
Buszard succeeds Doug Owram,
who has held the position since
July 2006. "We are very pleased to
welcome Dr Buszard to UBC." said
Professor Stephen Toope. president
and vice-chancellor of UBC.
"She is a distinguished scholar and
an effective leader who will provide
strong support and guidance to this
extraordinary campus."
I n f o r m a t
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Students stand in line at Brock Hall to have their financial needs questions answered
GEOFF LISTEmHE UBYSSEY
model would be "a change to the
service delivery, not the services
themselves."
However, training for the new
ESPs will be increased from the
amount that current advisors recieve. Each will train full-time for
six weeks, aiming to become familiar with the intricacies of student
services. "Because there is so much
self-service out there and students
can access that 24/7, when a student
comes to see us, chances are that
their problems are multi-faceted
and that it takes more than one of
our points of service to solve," said
Collins.
The Academic Advising and
counselling offices won't be changing their current service structure
UBC awards $50,000 grant for
student start-up
An invention developed in a joint
effort between students from the
Sauder School of Business and the
Faculty of Engineering is the first to
secure seed money from a entrepreneurship fund.
Aeos Biomedical will receive
a $50,000 eguity investment
from the new entrepreneurship
UBC Seed Accelerator, an investment fund created in partnership
between UBC. UBC alumni and the
province.
The grant was given for Aeos'
invention of Target Tape, a medica
adhesive tape developed to allow
doctors to make more precise incisions during surgery.
and will remain distinct from the
ESPs.
However, Collins said ESPs could
still help monitor students for mental health issues. "Because ofthe
longitudinal relationship between
the ESP and the student, that ESP
would be in a better position than
anyone in Enrolment Services is
now to identify a student who might
need the university to reach out to
them."
Third-year student Becky Sidow
hoped that the ESPs would be proactive with their assigned students.
"It would be good to have some sort
of encouragement [for financial
support], and someone to direct you
where you should go. It will be nice
to have someone like a financial
Body found in Pacific Spirit Park
A dead body was reportedly discovered in Pacific Spirit Park on
the afternoon of February 4. which
resulted in police closing an area of
the park near UBC.
"A police incident has closed part
of Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver,
near UBC. There are reports a
body has been discovered in the
area." tweeted News 1130 Radio.
Unconfirmed police scanner reports
from the @ScanBC Twitter account
identified the body as a homeless
male, and that the incident occurred
near 4801 NW Marine Drive. "VPD
confirm the body found in [the]
woods today near Spanish Banks
died of natural causes and is not considered suspicious." News 1130 added.
advisor who sort of looks after you...
Someone to weed out all the problems," she said.
Collins said that the new model
was designed to complement other
new services at UBC, like broad-
based admissions. "We looked at our
model and decided that it wasn't the
most holistic approach."
Though the ESP program is
currently only for undergraduate students, Enrolment Services
is looking into assigning ESPs for
graduate students. They will be
assigned to first-year students in
June 2012, with additional ESPs assigned in phases. Assignment for all
undergraduates, including transfer
students, is projected to take place
by June 2013.13
Student input sought to name
Vista replacement
UBC's current Learning Management
System (LMS). WebCT Vista, has
reached the end of its life cycle, prom-
ting the tranistion to a new system.
Vista is used for distance or
campus-based courses to discuss
course topics with other students
and instructors, access notes and
other course resources, submit assignments or take online tests.
Blackboard Learn has been selected as the new LMS and UBC is
seeking student input to name the
new system. Students interested
can enter online at the LMS website
by February 10. Participants will be
entered to win a $50 gift certificate
to the UBC Bookstore. 13
GAGESOUTH»
BoG postpones
Gage South
consultation report
GEOFF LISTER^HE UBYSSEY
Kalyeena Makortoff
News Editor
A consultation report on Gage South
was postponed at the Board of
Governors (BoG) meeting last week,
when members raised concerns that
there was little time to review the
report in full.
Student BoG rep Sean Heisler
said that pieces can go straight
through to the Board for information, unlike reports which require
approval or endorsement.
Nonetheless, Board members still
requested more time for review.
"Given the length ofthe consultation
report and the contention around the
issues, the community planningtask
group felt it critical to go through the
report in more depth and scrutiny
than possible at a Board level," explained Heisler.
"There was no time for the
Community Planning Task Group
to review the 97 pages report before
the Board meeting," explained BoG
member Nassif Ghoussoub. "So, I
asked the Board to defer the discussion on it until the task group goes
through it and provide a more distilled version."
The task group is expected to
meet within the next two weeks.
But Ghoussoub also took issue
with the timing ofthe next consultations, when the majority of
students leave campus. Originally,
two more consultations were meant
to take place in spring 2012 and the
university hoped to have a draft
plan ready by April.
"Having a round of consultation
towards the end of April when students are in transition is not a good
idea," said Ghoussoub.
Changes to the consultation timeline have not been announced.
The report from Campus and
Community Planning outlined
consultations which focused on the
placement of a new Aquatic Centre
and a new bus loop and parkade in
Gage South, along with a proposal
for a mix of student, staff and faculty housing. 13 4 I NeWS I 02.062012
SKATEPARK»
Input for skatepark begins
First consultation for on-campus park draws support
KateMacMillan
Contributor
The first community consultation
on a UBC skatepark took place last
Tuesday. If approved, the facility
could be the first campus based
skatepark in North America, accordingto owner and CEO of
Newline Skateparks, Kyle Dian.
While attendance was small at
approximately 15 people, there was
general support for the project.
"People have emailed me who are
residents on campus who think this
is a really great idea. They have kids
that live here and they themselves
have been skateboarders in the past
and they would love to have this
kind of facility," said Dian.
Newline Skateparks and Van de
Zalm & Associates will be building
the skatepark if it is approved, and
the facility will be jointly funded
by both UBC and the University
Neighbourhoods Association.
Newline and Van de Zalm have
teamed up before, building 150
skateparks across North America.
The skatepark is meant to be a
multi-use area—not just for skateboarders, but for BMXing and
rollerskatingtoo.
"I want to see a space that is
YARA DEYONGATHE UBYSSEY
well-used and serves the needs of
the youth on campus," said UBC
Transportation planner Adam
Cooper.
While the location and final
budget ofthe park won't be determined until a final model comes
forward in April, the terrain and
skatepark features will be shaped
from the first round of feedback.
Tyler Burke, 22, is a skateboarder himself and hopes there will be
a variety of elements incorporated
into the facility. "I prefer a bit of a
plaza element with bowl features
integrated, or a separate bowl.
Having a nice mix goes hand in
hand, you can really progress at
every kind of skateboarding."
The open house on March 5 will
discuss the models created based
on the feedback. Approval ofthe
skatepark's construction will come
to question on March 31.13
STUDENTSPACE»
EUS closer to buliding new Cheeze
Jeff Aschkinasi
Contributor
Expect to see a little bit more pride
than usual from engineers during
E-Week. One ofthe final open house
events was held on Thursday for the
proposed replacement ofthe infamous engineering student space, the
Cheeze Factory.
"I don't think there is anyone
who can tell you we don't need a
new one. Our [current] building is
too small, it's old, rundown, and
been condemned twice...It is time
for something new," said EUS VP
Finance and third-year electrical
engineering student Ian Campbell.
The current building is set to be
demolished in the second half of
this year, and the new Engineering
Student Centre is expected to be
finished by spring 2013.
Students approved the project to
replace the aging facility—which
turns 93 this year—during a 2008
Engineering Undergraduate Society
(EUS) referendum.
Students already agreed through
referendum to finance $2.6 million
ofthe building through student fees.
The final $2.6 million is meant to
come from fundraising and alumni
donations-$600,000 of which has
already been collected.
UBC's Development and Alumni
Engagement office is still actively
seeking support for the shortfall,
and student lead fundraiser on the
project, Tagg Jefferson, said the
EUS has been assured that funding
will be secured.
"The development office and
central development have come
forward and said it's an easy project
to fundraise for...It shouldn't be a
problem."
Lead architect Shelley Craig,
from Vancouver-based Urban Arts
Architecture, emphasized the importance ofthe centre to the future
of campus construction. "It's really
student-driven, and I think that is
what makes it so unique," said Craig.
The building will meet the
university-required LEED gold certification for sustainability. Features
include a live circuit board that
covers the entrance ofthe building,
displaying current building information as well as the science behind
its technology.
While the Cheeze, which currently holds the title of oldest standing building on campus, will be
missed, the new centre will allow
more students to find their home
away from home.
But Campbell said the building's
replacement is bittersweet.
"I think it will [be missed] by the
people who hang out there regularly, but that's also a very small subset
ofthe population," said Campbell.
However, he noted, "I know I'll
certainly miss it just for sentimental
value and the traditions it represented." tH
SUSTAINABILITY »
City and UBC campus
collaborate on sustainability
JOSH CURRAN/THE UBYSSEY
Conrad Compagna
Contributor
The City of Vancouver has been
working with local campuses
since May 2011 to achieve the goal
of becomingthe greenest city on
Earth by 2020. And their newest initiative, the Campus-City
Collaborative (C3), will make sure
that students are part of it.
C3, which had its ribbon-cutting
ceremony in December, brings
together students and faculty from
six Vancouver post-secondary
institutions-UBC, SFU, BCIT,
Langara, VCC and Emily Carr—to
match knowledge and training to
the real-time needs of Vancouver's
green economy, which is growing nearly twice as fast as other
sectors.
Maura Quayle, a UBC landscape
architect who was part ofthe
group that initially brainstormed
C3, is a former provincial deputy
minister of advanced education.
In her time in that position, she
said she saw a "chasm between
the post-secondary sector and
government."
"Here we are at UBC. There's
all this knowledge being generated
continuously. How does it leap over
to 12th and Cambie and actually be
used?" she said.
"Taxpayers need to see that
we're collaborating and that we
aren't duplicating."
Several projects in that vein are
in the works for early this year, including the Workforce Education
Conference, which aims to bring
schools and businesses together to
discuss training needs.
There is also the Research
Collaboration Symposium, a "speed
dating service" for scholars and
professionals to match expertise
to policy making-related research
questions posed by city officials.
Another part of C3 is CityStudio.
"The idea of CityStudio is to engage
students in courses and projects
that help Vancouver reach its greenest city goals," said Lena Soots,
CityStudio coordinator. "Students
can put their time, energy, talent,
resources and inspiration into helping make those goals happen."
CityStudio was created last fall
when 14 students first completed a
6 credit pilot semester there. Since
then, it has grown to hundreds,
with 20 core students participating
full-time for 15 credits and a range
of courses in various schools affiliated and occasionally contributing.
One project, which was featured
in an article in The Globe and Mail,
involved several students building
a 30-foot Long Table that can come
apart for travel around the city and
be assembled to "host dialogues
about the greenest city goals," Soots
said.
The tree used to make the table
was donated bythe Vancouver
Board of Parks and Recreation and
hand milled where it had fallen
naturally. It was first featured at
the Seawall, where the students
who built it held a discussion about
water cleanliness and conservation
and sold rain barrels.
Joshua Welsh, a UBC architecture grad student who worked on
the project, said the work experience he gained while working on
the Long Table was invaluable.
"I think what's been really great
is the exposure that I've had to how
the city works and understanding the processes with such a large
group," said Welsh. "The City of
Vancouver is the largest employer
in Vancouver, so understanding
some ofthe hoops you might have
to jump through, the loopholes you
might have to find or ways to make
connections to help see a particular bylaw get pushed through [is]
invaluable."
Quayle, who teaches a class
through CityStudio that brings
together students and young green
entrepreneurs, acknowledges
that students are the future. She
mentioned a public dialogue on
Vancouver's greenest city goals held
at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre,
called Talk Green to Us.
"I was the oldest person there
and I didn't know anybody, and I
thought, how great is that? Not that
I can step back and stop working
on this stuff, but it just gave me this
sense of, okay, there's people coming who get it," she said. 13
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1. Introductions
2. Mocking of
Justin's choice for
introductions
3. Gradual acceptance of
Justin's choice for
introductions
4. Admittance of new
members
5. Badgering of haura
Rodgers. C J Pentland
and Ming Wong to
make speeches
6. Applause at their
speeches and admittance of staff
7 Grumbling by
Justin about the benefits of being staff
8. Awkward transition into the next part
of the meeting.
9. Discussion of
summer printing
schedule
IQ Discussion of summer pay structure
If. Discussion of
2011/2012 salary
structure
12. New Business
13 Filling up space &
time
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NDIANAJOEL/THE UBYSSEY
The Last Word
Parting shots and snap judgments on today's issues
The unfortunate origins of the
"UBC memes" phenomenon
On January 30, in response to the
"Shit UBC Says" video, our editorial
page lamented the lack of similar
initatives. "Nearly 50,000 students
attend our school, and yet the level
of internet culture—blogs, discussion boards and silly YouTube creations—is really quite low," we said.
Well, lo and behold, an outburst
of internet culture broke out on
Thursday evening, when "UBC
memes" went viral on Facebook.
Soon everyone's news feed was
filled with references to transit annoyances and Buchanan's maze-like
architecture.
Unfortunately, this does not appear to be a spontaneous outburst of
student creativity. A company called
NoteWagon was apparently behind
UBC's page, along with the pages
for many other large Canadian
universities. The whole thing was a
marketing tool.
Yet the memes themselves were
created by students, which leaves us
hopeful that there is still a large well
of student spirit ready to be tapped.
Let's just hope that it doesn't take
a company's advertising efforts to
start the next outburst.
"UBC memes," you're doing it
wrong
The viral growth of "UBC memes"
also exposed us to the horrors that
regulatory aggregators such as
Reddit and 9Gag generally protect
us from.
These horrors included memes
that were humourless, memes that
were racist, and perhaps most unforgivably, people doing the memes
wrong. Insanity Wolf unironically
said normal things, while completely inappropriate syntax was used for
memes such as the Y U No guy.
Frankly, there is an art to a well-
crafted meme. Or so our video editor tells us.
People who do not fully understand proper meme-iquette end up
looking as technologically illiterate
and awkward as your mother trying
to navigate Facebook. Surely she
must understand that Facebook is
the incorrect platform for signing
all of her posts with her name? And
surely she must understand that it
is awkward to comment on her offspring's relationship status?
Alas, no.
In much the same way, "UBC
memes" has displayed this fundamental ignorance.
Again, while it's wonderful to
see the school come together in this
unconventional way, it saddens us to
see proper meme form and syntax
disregarded so savagely.
A strong step for UBCs
engagement with students
Last week, the university announced their new "Names Not
Numbers" strategy in enrolment
services. Beginning with first-years
in September and eventually rolling out for everyone, each student
will be given an Enrolment Service
Professional (ESP) that will be able
to guide them through the labyrinth
that is UBC throughout their entire
degree.
While the never-ending joy that
is academic advising will stay as is,
it seems the new ESPs will be given
the ability to work with students on
all other issues they face.
Any system is only as good as its
implementation. If the new ESPs
are unable to help students directly,
then UBC will only have increased
the number of bumpers placed in
front of students when they end up
in a game of pinball, being bounced
around to six different people when
a problem comes up.
But we have high hopes. For too
long, the biggest complaint about
UBC's relationship with students
is that people were treated as
numbers first, and people second.
Last week's announcement goes
a long way toward changing that
dichotomy.
The Car 2Go station symbolizes
UBCs governance problem
Conflicts reveal character, and in
the short skirmish between UBC
and Car2Go, two interesting truths
were revealed, and not for the first
time.
First, the absolute power the university can wield in absence of local
government is shown yet again. In
the real world, Car2Go could appeal to a local government to let
them have a station on (or close to)
campus, or citizens could petition
elected officials to chance a licence.
But here, all they could do is sit and
wait for UBC to change its mind.
And when the university finally
relented to opinion, where did they
choose to put the station? In South
Campus, which is a nice, relatively
empty plot of land, but on the opposite end of where, you know, the
people who pay tuition are. The decision will make UBC some money
and make South Campus a more
livable area—which will please the
hundreds and hundreds of people
who have bought million-dollar
residences there—but it won't help
students as much as it could.
Good things brewing in the new
SUB
The plans for a brewery in the new
SUB are potentially amazing. The
idea, accordingto AMS President
Jeremy McElroy, is for our student
union to brew its own beer, and then
sell that beer to licenced establishments on campus—and, hopefully, to
student beer gardens.
There are ways this can go wrong,
of course. If bad management or
uncontrollable economic factors
turn the AMS's brewery into a giant
money hole, it will quickly become
an object of scorn to everyone but
the craft beer fetishists. Given the
state ofthe Whistler Lodge, we
always view AMS plans to operate
new businesses with a skeptical and
cautious eye.
Yet if it does turn out that the
AMS is able to provide its own bars
and others with a cheaper source of
suds, this is a win-win for students:
a profitable AMS business, and
locally-produced inexpensive beer.
And it might be a win-win-win:
assuming the AMS gets a licence
for the brewery that allows it to sell
kegs to student beer gardens, this
will bea further incentive for the
AMS to work with the RCMP to
give us more sensible rules around
beer gardens on campus. After all,
the more beer gardens we have, the
more business for the brewery. 13
Performance-based
pay a po UBC's TAs
Letters
Re: "TAs rush to find union agreement," February 2
Andrew Bates quotes me accurately
in his story—however, the situation
is more complex than my statement
could lead readers to believe.
I stated that faculty and management have not had an increase
in base salary for 2010/2011 and
2011/2012 because ofthe net zero
per cent mandate from the BC
Government. As readers of The
Ubyssey may know, the BC government has held public sector employers such as UBC to specific,
allowable increases for employee
compensation since 1993.
Actually, what has not increased
is the set pay ranges for a variety of
job classifications for faculty and
staff. But that's not the whole story.
The Faculty Association and the
Association of Administrative and
Professional Staff have negotiated a
compensation system that provides
for performance-based pay. And
indeed, these employee groups have
seen their average compensation
within given pay ranges go up. Such
performance-based increases are allowable under the BC Government's
zero per cent mandate.
As well, many of our collective
agreements also allow for step increases in salary based on service
or time in the position. These step
increases are consistent with the net
zero per cent mandate as well.
Unlike faculty and staff who have
performance-based pay increases
in their collective agreements,
President Toope does not. His salary
has not changed since he was hired
in 2006. Variations in total compensation maybe caused by other factors
such as the university's required contributions for statutory benefits.
The university would be pleased
to discuss with CUPE at the bargain-
ingtable the possibility of adopting
a performance-based compensation
system.
-Lucie McNeill
Director, UBC Public Affairs Office
It's transition time
for the CUS
Perspectives
» Chad Embree
Everyyear around late January to
early February, Sauder students
are exposed to a two-week blitz
marketing campaign on issues affecting their university experience.
This sudden onslaught is due to the
Commerce Undergraduate Society
(CUS) elections.
For those who don't know much
about the CUS, it is the 71-year-old
student society ofthe Sauder School
of Business. With over 1000 unique
involvement opportunities and an
annual budget of $1.2 million, the
CUS is very relevant for all 2900
undergraduate students enrolled
in Sauder. Its most significant contributions include career services
through the Sauder Business Career
Centre ($140,000) and a special
projects fund for new student initiatives ($100,000). Only five per cent
ofthe budget is spent on administration and volunteer recognition.
Looking over all platforms this
year, I see two overarching themes:
student engagement and the operational strategy ofthe CUS. While
these themes may have come up in
the past, this year they translate
to something more significant and
meaningful as the CUS makes important transitions to keep up with
the ever-changing culture ofthe
faculty.
Engagement is always a challenge for any student society. The
CUS engagement problem stems
from a fragmented social culture.
Sauder used to be a closed community where word of mouth and
a few posters were enough to reach
an audience—but that doesn't work
anymore.
A failure to engage students for
the CUS puts more than student
dollars on the line. Sponsors, business professionals and business
partners see these failures firsthand
and it damages the brand ofthe
CUS, Sauder and the Bachelor of
Commerce degree.
For example, one ofthe conferences held this past year was
expected to bring 200 students
together, but in the end it was only
able to attract 40. Similar circumstances have occurred at other
events within the past three years.
The CUS needs to adapt to the new
environment of its faculty and learn
how to reach out to students again.
The CUS has also completed a
governance metamorphosis over the
last three years. The society now
places the greatest emphasis on the
portfolio of services provided to
students. But the CUS has been catering to the tastes and preferences
of students six years in the past, and
must now re-evaluate what services the student of today desires.
This will involve more than simply
cutting services and reallocating
finances, but rather an increased focus on delivery ofthe right services.
A noticeable shift has occurred from
conferences to business case competition training. Data must be collected in order to make an informed
decision for the future.
Ifyou are a Sauder undergraduate, you have one of three attitudes
toward the CUS going into this election: invested, interested or disinterested. Invested students care about
the issues at hand. Interested students are willing to listen and make
informed decisions. Disinterested
students are unengaged, occupied
with other activities and/or unsatisfied with the CUS.
Ifyou are invested, ask critical
questions and stimulate debate. If
you are interested, take the time
to make an informed vote. Ifyou
are disinterested, I hope this piece
encourages you to consider importance of elections to your degree. 13
—Embree held over 20positions in his
time with the CUS from 2006 to 2011. Scene»
Pictures and words on your university experience
02.06.2012 | 11
VAGINA »
The history of the clit
Because knowledge is power and power is orgasms
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Anatomy! Glorious anatomy! "It's a bit of visceral anatomy at the tips of your fingers."
NDIANAJOEL/THE UBYSSEY
Happy
Healthy
Homy
RaevenGeist-
Deschamps
My first book about puberty was
called GURL. Itwas bright pink
and illustrated such things as hair
waxing, masturbation, blow jobs
and sex.
The most uncomfortable proposal
it had, at least when I was 13, was a
cartoon girl spreading her legs and
looking at all of herself in a handheld mirror for "self-exploration."
Push the labia to one side, then the
next, and oooh ahh! So THAT'S the
clitoris!
The first time I tried this, I
almost wiped out in the tub. The
lighting was too bright and I was
less than excited about what I saw.
Without the glass of wine, the
bath beforehand, the candlelight
and your great-grandmother's tarnished silver mirror, your vagina
can look just like...well, the organ
it is. It's a bit of visceral anatomy at
the tips of your fingers. I think you
bloom into appreciating its beauty.
The debate on clitoral versus
vaginal orgasm has raged on late-
night TV shows for years, but the
actual examination of the biological
complexities ofthe female orgasm
is much older. Marie Bonaparte,
Napoleon's great-grandniece, really,
really wanted to be able to orgasm
vaginally, but was unable to. She
hypothesized the "thumb rule,"
after interviewing (and examining)
hundreds of women.
If the gap between the clit and
the vaginal opening is equal to or
less than the distance from the tip
ofthe thumb to the first joint, the
woman has a higher likelihood of
coming vaginally. If the distance
is longer, lovers can anticipate the
necessity for creativity and acrobatics, since vaginal pleasure would be
more difficult, in theory.
MRI images show
these absolutely beautiful soft round shapes.
Not only do women
have the ability to have
multiple orgasms, but
they also have this
elaborate structure of
pleasure within them!
Nonetheless, the dichotomy
seems insufficient, especially since
I learned that the majority ofthe
clit is actually within the pelvis.
With that fact comes the possibility
for every woman to explore pleasurable penetration, if she so desires, of course.
That friendly little bulb is actually just the tip ofthe iceberg. It
was only in the 1990s that an MRI
ofthe area was completed, and it
took until 2009 for a three-dimensional sonography to be created.
There's the corpus cavernosa—the
cartilage folds that surround the
vaginal opening. The corpus cavernosa also extend into the clitoral
crura, which join together at the
bulb ofthe clitoris and look like a
wishbone.
Under the labia majora (internally) are the clitoral vestibules
which also become engorged when
the woman is aroused. The glans is
the part you can see, while the rest
is all internal.
The MRI images show these
absolutely beautiful soft round
shapes. Not only do women have
the ability to have multiple orgasms, but they also have this
elaborate structure of pleasure
within them!
It also leaves a lot to explore in
terms of discovering how to control
orgasm ifyou become aware of
those internal structures and the
different ways in which they may
be sensitive within your personal
anatomy.
And better orgasms are good for
everyone. tH
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WEATHER»
GEOFF LISTER/THE UBYSSEY
Damn, that fog on campus Saturday looked so cool. What you actually saw is called
advection fog. It's caused in part by differential heating between the land and the sea.
Because of the water's high specific heat, moist air masses over the ocean become
warmer-and able to hold more water-than the atmosphere above the land. When
air moves inland horizontally, it rapidly cools and becomes saturated-creating fog!
-David Marino, geography major
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18- Star-shaped
20- No-goodnik
22- "Hold On Tight" band
23- For one
24- Capital of Calvados, in NW France
26- Lacking
28-Capital of Moldova
32- Observe
36- Cornerstone abbr.
37- Large cat
39- Artist Rousseau
40- First Arabic letter
42- Aromatic wood
44-Call for
45- Informs
47- Home movie medium
49- Hwy.
50- Takes by theft
52- Real estate register
54- Castle ring
56- Routine
57- Longfellow's bell town
60- Assist
62- Risky
66- Artist's pencil
69- Former French colony of northwestern Africa
70- Icon
71- Actress McClurg
72- Take _ from me
73- Big name in printers
74- Clairvoyant
75- Uh-uh
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3- Nailed obliquely
4- Language communication
5- Counteracting genetic
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6- Emeritus: Abbr.
7- Fit to _
8- Breathing organs of fish
9- Architect I.M.
10- Detach
11- Failure
12- Casino game
13- Fool
19- It may be floated
21- Manner of walking
25- Israeli desert
27- Japanese drama
28- "Hyperion" poet
29-Atoll unit
30- Subway turner
31-Of Hindu scriptures
33- Inactive
34- El Greco's birthplace
35- Bird that gets you down
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43- Pigment
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