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Array ARTS STUDENT CENTRE
Grassy area south of Brock Hall tentatively
chosen for new Arts space
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For Steven Taubeneck, existentialism isn't scary. In fact, quite the opposite — it's comforting.
Steven Taubeneck is a
joyful pessimist
Jenny Tan
Contributor
Steven Taubeneck picked up his
first copy of Nietzsche when he
was 12 years old.
Enthralled by the text, he
gave his 15-year-old girlfriend a
copy. The relationship, as he put
it, quickly ended. But philosophy stuck with him.
At UBC, Taubeneck teaches
existentialism in the department
of philosophy. Difficult to define,
existentialism is a branch of
philosophy that focuses on the
individual finding meaning in a
meaningless world. According
to Taubeneck, being happy is
not the goal of life. Searching
for so-called "happiness" only
leads to disappointment and — no
disrespect to those with inspirational quotes on their wall — we
as a human race will never know
the meaning of life.
If existentialists don't
advocate searching for happiness, would Taubeneck call
himself happy?
"I'm a joyful pessimist," he
chuckles. "I'm pessimistic about
conventional goals."
Taubeneck's academic career
is as unconventional as his
philosophical views. After pursuing multiple majors at multiple universities over the span
of 11 years, he finally earned his
bachelor of arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz
in 1981. He chose to take only
two or three courses a term and
refused to stay in courses or
universities he didn't like.
Taubeneck is concerned
about our "culture of compulsory happiness." Any perspective or idea that questions the
"don't worry, be happy" motto is
considered suspicious in society.
"Happiness itself," he said, "is a
big part ofthe problem."
Our culture of
compulsory happiness
... is a big part of the
problem.
Steven Taubeneck
Philosophy professor
Talking about how to live
life makes for a lively class. In
a regular lecture of 80 people,
more than a third will engage
in discussion during class.
Reactions from students tend
to be strong and disagreement
is encouraged.
The class isn't just for Arts
students, either. "I get many
[students] from the natural sciences," said Taubeneck. "Right
now, I have a student from
computer science and I think
she's happy to talk about some
of these issues in a [more] open
way than she would otherwise."
So given the gloomy semblance of existentialism,
why is this particular type
of philosophy appealing to
college students?
"People [of college age]
often find themselves torn,"
Taubeneck said. "Torn into the
outside world, into a future they
can barely see.... There's a great
deal of anxiety, of despair."
Taubeneck knows a thing
or two about using the teachings of dead philosophers to
make sense of life. As a child,
he started reading Nietzsche
when he was trying to make
sense of his family life. Through
Kant and Nietzsche, he realized
there were alternatives to the
conventional views of family
as presented on television and
in church.
"Existentialism tells you that
you are not alone," he said. "You
not only can cope with it, but
[you] have to ... as part of being
in this world." XI
PHIL 38SA: "Existentialism" will
be offered again in the Fall term of
2014. Taubeneck is also supervising
several student-directed seminars
that he highly recommends.
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that name. Francis Arevalo's name was also spelt as Aravelo,
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Campus Security and the RCMP have increased patrols after more sexual assaults.
Sexual assaults continue
Sarah Bigam
News Editor
Two more women were sexually
assaulted on campus this weekend.
Just after midnight on Saturday,
Oct. 19, a 17-year-old woman was
assaulted while walking from Totem Park residence to Place Vanier
residence alongthe 2500 block of
West Mall, close to Totem Park.
Another woman was attacked later
that night.
According to the RCMP, the first
woman to be attacked that night
was walking alone when a man
emerged from a wooded area behind
her near Totem Park and tried to
drag her back into the woods.
The assailant ripped at her clothing and groped her under her skirt.
The woman was able to fight him off
and screamed for help, causing the
man to flee on foot. She then made it
back to her residence and immediately called 911.
The man punched the woman in
the face, giving her a black eye.
Sgt. Drew Grainger ofthe UBC
RCMP described the suspect as
Caucasian, in his late 20s to early
30s, approximately 6-foot-2 and of
BUILDINGS »
Space tentatively
approved for Arts
Student Centre
RJReid
Contributor
The grass area south of Brock Hall
has been tentatively approved as
the location for the proposed Arts
Student Centre.
UBC's Property Planning
Advisory Committee has allotted
the Faculty of Arts space for a
9,700-square-foot building next to
Brock Hall, near the old SUB and
across from Irving K. Barber, that
would serve as a multipurpose community space for Arts students.
liana Shecter, the Arts Student
Centre community engagement
coordinator, is excited about the allotted space. "It's going to be a good
core for student activity and student
engagement," she said. "There's
Irving, there's Ladha, there's Brock
Hall which has the [Centre for
Student Involvement and Careers],
there's going to be the New SUB,
there's Hillel House — everything
is really catered toward students,
especially in that area, so I think it
works really well to have Arts represented there."
Michael Kingsmill, AMS designer, said UBC was initially hesitant
thin build. He had short cropped
hair and was wearing blue jeans and
a dark hoodie, and was reported to
possibly have an American accent.
Grainger said that while the
descriptions ofthe assailants vary,
similarities between the recent
reported sexual assaults on campus
are disturbing.
"What is most striking is the
method ofthe attack," Grainger
said. "It's been a woman alone, she's
been approached from behind and
tried to drag into an area while the
attacker tries to get his hands under
the woman's skirt. What's disturbing about this one is that the level of
violence has increased, where clothing has been ripped and the girl was
punched in the face.
"We're very, very concerned
about this," Grainger said. "This
is our top priority, to try to resolve
these attacks,"
The RCMP have no leads so far,
but according to a media release,
the they will partner with local law
enforcement agencies to identify the
suspect or suspects responsible for
the assaults.
"We're activating a number of
strategies," Grainger said. "Some of
them are very sensitive [in terms of]
how we are going to try to identify
and apprehend this person."
Barry Eccleton, director of Campus Security, said Campus Security,
in conjunction with the RCMP, has
increased the number of people
doing patrols at night.
"We believe it will make a difference," Eccleton said.
Grainger urged students to take
extra precautions in light ofthe
recent assaults.
"Students and faculty and staff
who walk at those hours, they
need to always be vigilant of their
surroundings, and take every
precaution available to them to keep
themselves from becoming a victim,
and ensure their own personal safety," said Grainger.
"The buddy system [is] probably
the best defense," he said. "Take
a cab. If you can get a ride from
a friend, take that ride." He also
recommended that students take advantage of Safewalk, or ask campus
security to walk them home.
Campus Security met with
students in all seven residences to
ensure they are aware of tools such
as emergency blue phones and AMS
Safewalk that students can take
advantage of to ensure their safety.
"We are trying to look at ways
of trying to make the campus offer
more services as well to keep people
safe," Eccleton said. "It's really
making people aware that these
incidences have occurred and that
we all have a responsibility to look
out for each other."
The blue phone on Main Mall and
Thunderbird Boulevard is currently
out of order. Eccleton said it stopped
working sometime between Thursday and Sunday. He said fixing it
was a priority. However, he said
these phones are not often used.
"We have had the odd emergency
call but that's going back sometime
now. I can't recall the last time
we've had a true emergency call
come through [on the blue phones]."
According to Matthew Duguay,
AMS executive coordinator of
student services, Safewalk usage
has increased since the attacks
began, though the official numbers
won't be known until the end of
the month. Safewalk is considering
extending its hours of operation and
increasing the number of people
doing walks at night in light of
the situation.
Eccleton said that since the
assaults began there has not been an
increase in the number of requests
for Campus Security escort.
Laura Harrison, a first-year Arts
student, heard about one ofthe
sexual assaults on Saturday.
"It's just kind of creepy that we
walk around here every night," Harrison said. "Like, I run track here,
I come back when it's dark every
single night alone."
Harrison said she and her friends
have been taking more precautions
at night since the attacks began.
Some students living in the new
Ponderosa West residence are
particularly concerned. A key card
system, where residents swipe their
cards and enter a code to open the
door ofthe building, is going to
be installed, but for now, there is
no door separatingthe residence
portion ofthe building from the
publicly accessible area.
"I'm very scared to leave the
apartment after sundown because
anyone can just go up the stairs,
anyone can go up the elevator,"
said Dina Yacoub, a Ponderosa resident and second-year
psychology student.
Andrew Parr, managing director
of Student Housing and Hospitality
Services, said the door was supposed to be installed this week, but was
delayed by the vendor.
"I am hopeful that this week, before the end ofthe week, we'll have
that security in place," Parr said.
In the meantime, Ponderosa West
is being monitored by the external
security company Polo Security.
Four security guards arrive around
3:30 p.m. when construction workers leave and are there until the
workers come back in the morning.
Anisa Mottahed, manager of
UBC's Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC), said SASC dealt with 134
cases of sexual assault duringthe
2011-2012 school year, though not all
of these occurred during that year.
Less than 10 per cent of sexual
assaults that occur are actually
reported to the police, according
to Mottahed. This includes sexual
assaults committed by people
known to each other as well as by
strangers.
"From our knowledge, a lot
[fewer sexual assaults] are actually
being reported to the RCMP than
are actually occurring on campus,"
said Mottahed.
In a few years' time, Arts will have their own building on par with Science's Abdul Ladha Science Student Centre
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about giving away such prime space,
but was persuaded the location
matched the need. "We made a case
to them that it was a great site and
they were reasonably convinced
that there was some merit to it," he
said, summarizing the lengthy site
selection process.
Now that a definite space has
been designated for the building,
the Arts Undergraduate Society and
Faculty of Arts will move forward
with further approval and the
collection of funds. Arts students
agreed to fund half ofthe student
centre in annual instalments in last
year's referendum, which leaves the
Arts Student Centre in need of $2.75
million.
AUS President Sebastian Silley is
hoping a donor will step up to fund
the space, but acknowledges that it
maybe difficult. "That's our next
major obstacle," he said, "because
once we get the funding we can
move forward with everything
else."
This includes approval from
different levels of UBC executive
branches, ending with the Board of
Governors, as well as a design plan
and construction timeline.
According to Shecter, "Every
approval process is more and more
detailed, and as it becomes more
detailed it becomes more and more
clear what exactly will be happening."
"We're not trying to rush through
[the approval process]," said Silley.
"We're trying to hit each step and
make sure we're hitting each mark
effectively and fluidly, which is why
this one thing about the site is so
huge right now and it is propelling
us to the next step."
Elle Clark, a fifth-year Arts
student, was skeptical that the lot
Mottahed was skeptical of safety
tips such as not walking alone at
night, which she said amount to
victim blaming.
"There's the notion of 'don't
get raped' or 'don't get sexually
assaulted,'" she said. "We need
to switch that around and think
about 'don't sexually assault' and
'don't rape.' [We need to] speak to
the greater community in terms of
not exerting power and enforcing
control over another person."
Mottahed said she would love to
see anti-violence ally training being
made available to everyone on campus. She also wants to ensure people
are aware that SASC can be used as
a resource.
"SASC is always available for
emotional support for survivors of
sexual assault, their friends, their
family, [and] other people who
are feeling emotional triggers or
traumatized as well."
VP Students Louise Cowin said
the RCMP news release ofthe
third incident was slipped under
the doors of all residents in UBC
housing. Notifications ofthe attacks
have been posted on social media
and broadcast email was sent to
all students.
According to Cowin, administrators are meeting on Monday morning to discuss further preventative
actions that could be taken.
"I think that this incident really
does create the need for us not only
to think about what we must do
given the present situation," Cowin
said, "but also I think gives us
opportunity to look at our regular
structure on a go-forward basis
[and] whether we have the appropriate number and measures in place at
all times, and this is not to say that
we don't.
"Police simply can't be on every
street corner of every intersection
24-7."
Anyone with information that
could be used to identify the suspect
is asked to contact the UBC RCMP
detachment at 604-224-1322 or
Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Safewalk runs from 8 p.m. to 2
a.m. and canbe contacted at 604-
822-5355. After Safewalk hours,
Campus Security canbe contacted
at 604-822-2222 or from a blue
phone to accompany you home. XI
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Geoff Lister andArno Rosenfeld
will provide adequate space for the
building, but saw a definite need
for the Arts Student Centre. "We're
always wondering, where do we go?
There's not a lot of places for computers, hanging out — even indoor
seating is hard to find in Buchanan,
so I think that it is necessary," she
said.
Moving forward with the centre,
Silley and Shecter are both interested in student feedback and
open communication. "This year,
we're going to work twice as hard
to really get the communications
out there and get the input and tell
people where we're at and what the
thought process is," said Shecter,
who is organizing focus groups on
the centre in the coming months.
"After all, it is a student centre, so
student feedback and asking what
students want in there, that's what it
comes down to," Silley said.
The AUS would like to see the
Arts Student Centre open in five
years' time, but even with obstacles,
they are committed to the project.
"We need a student space because we're such a diverse faculty
and we don't have a centralized
location where people can come
hang out," said Silley.
The AUS and Faculty of Arts
hope to meet with UBC executives
later in the month as they continue
working towards the construction
ofthe new Arts Student Centre. XI NATIONAL    I    MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2013
SUSTAINABILITY »
B.C. forests on the chopping block
Report finds 2 million hectares of forests not satsifactorily restocked
Julie Mcintosh
The Martlet
VICTORIA (NUW) - B.C. forests may not be restocked in a
timely manner for future timber
crops and wildlife generations,
according to a recent report from
the B.C. Forest Practices Board.
On June 26, the board reported that approximately two
million hectares of B.C. Crown
land designated for timber
harvesting is not satisfactorily
restocked (NSR).
While timber harvesting companies plan to restock about half
a million of those NSR hectares,
the government only plans to
restock another quarter million hectares. According to the
report, this means that "the total
area of B.C.'s provincial forests
that may need to be restocked
with healthy young trees could
exceed current reforestation
efforts by more than one million
hectares."
Concerns about timely restocking efforts come from the
chair ofthe B.C. Forest Practices Board, Al Gorley, in the
same report.
"Decisions about whether to
replant areas where mountain
pine beetle and fire have killed
most of the trees will have an impact on the future timber supply
in the B.C. interior," said Gorley.
"At a minimum, if nature is left
to take its course, the eventual
crop of timber in those areas will
be delayed.
Brian Fawcett, cultural analyst
and author of Virtual Clearcut: or,
the Way Things Are in My Hometown, said the effects ofthe delay
are already apparent.
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3.C.'s forests, like Pacific Spirit Park near campus, are not being properly maintained, according to the B.C Forest Practices Board.
"The pine beetle infestation and chronic over-cutting,
particularly in the northern part
ofthe province, has created a
50-year shortfall, and the seedling stock simply doesn't exist,"
Fawcett said.
In the 18.1 million hectares
that have been affected by pine
beetle — some of which is designated for timber harvesting — it
is unclear what actions need to
be taken.
"They could replant beetle-killed areas with spruce and
other species," said Fawcett, "and
there's a strong possibility that
the trees would die. On the other
hand, they could replant with
pine and find that the beetles
will simply kill them. Which way
that will go isn't going to be clear
for about 10 years."
The B.C. government focuses
limited efforts on restocking mature, beetle-affected Crown land,
as it hopes that industry will
still harvest those areas. Wherever a logging company harvests
timber, it has a legal obligation
to restock the land, relieving the
government of that responsibility. If neither party acts soon,
the depletion of B.C.'s forests
will likely harm biodiversity and
long-term crop growth.
In spite ofthe growing number
of NSR forests, the Ministry of
Jobs, Tourism and Innovations
released a notice on July 5 stating
that over $2.3 million will be
invested this year in a program
called Wood First. The program
focuses on using more B.C. wood
products in commercial and
government buildings.
"Increasing the use of wood in
British Columbia is a priority,"
said Pat Bell, minister of jobs,
tourism and innovation.
Ken Wu, executive director
of the Ancient Forest Alliance,
said the Wood First program is
not a good idea when much of
the wood harvested in B.C. is not
harvested sustainably.
"The amount of NSR land in part
is because the logging industry has
creamed out the biggest, best trees
that grow in the valley bottoms and
lower slopes," said Wu. "It's the
industry's unsustainable activities
that drives the growth of NSR
lands."
Fawcett said B.C.'s robust export
industry also plays a part in the NSR
forest issue.
"Currently, B.C. exports large
quantities of raw logs, which is
frankly crazy when you've got a
50-year shortfall," said Fawcett. He
added that B.C. should be modifying its wood products in Canada in
order to add more value to them.
Jess Ketchum, chair ofthe Wood
First advisory committee, said the
Wood First program is good for B.C.
"This is a group of best-in-class
leaders from their respective
industry sectors, and the first set
of recommendations will enhance
the ability to grow the appropriate
use of wood products in B.C. and
beyond."
Gorley said the issue of NSR
forests in B.C. boils down to a
single question.
"Should we invest money now to
ensure a healthy timber supply into
the future, and, if so, how will we
raise and invest it? But if action is to
be taken, it must be taken quickly,"
Gorley said.
Fawcett believes a different question must be asked.
"The right question is whether
it is viable to harvest trees at the
scale we have," said Fawcett, "and
the answer is no. We've cut down
too many trees, and the issue is the
level ofthe cut, not how much you
reforest."
QUEBEC»
Panel talks Enbridge pipeline in Ontario and Quebec
Environmental, land use concerns associated with Enbridge Line 9
Mark Tartamella
The McGill Daily
MONTREAL (NUW) - On
Oct. 10, CKUT 90.3 FM and the
McGill Sustainability Projects
Fund hosted the second installment of "Under the Weather," a
monthly series focusing on
climate change.
This month's panel focused on
Line 9, a pipeline owned by Enbridge that runs across Ontario
and Quebec. The panel came
a day before National Energy
Board hearings on Enbridge's
proposal to reverse and expand
the flow of Line 9 wrapped up
in Montreal.
Line 9 was originally built
in 1976 and flowed eastward to
Montreal, but was reversed in 1998
to flow westward. It was built to
transport traditional crude oil, but
the proposed reversal will include
the transportation of bitumen
from the Alberta oil sands.
"[Bitumen] is already even
more corrosive than traditional
oil [and] the superheated pipeline
system used to transport it makes
it unconventional," said Cameron
Fenton, director ofthe Canadian
Youth Climate Coalition. Fenton
also pointed out the allegedly
elevated cancer rates in citizens
living near the pipeline.
Reports have found that Line
9 is prone to spills, a fact that
Amanda Lickers, a member ofthe
Onondaga nation, the Haudeno-
saunee Confederacy, and an
organizer at SwampLine 9 - a
project that aims to stop the construction of Line 9 - said is an act
of "genocide and climate change"
against indigenous people. The
pipeline is primarily constructed
within and around indigenous
lands in Canada.
Cindy Spoon, campaign director for the Texas Tar Sands
Blockade against the Keystone
XL Pipeline, offered similar
concerns, arguing that pipelines
"disproportionately affect people
of colour." Spoon said companies
reach out to poorer communities
in order to achieve what she
called a "facade of consent" in order to legally seize communities'
property to build pipelines.
These communities are less
likely to resist such actions,
said Spoon. She also designated the actions of Canadian and
American oil companies - toward indigenous people and
minorities, respectively - as
environmental racism.
According to Fenton, the
environmental impacts ofthe
pipeline will be immense - a
statement that the panelists
agreed on. "It could hold upwards
of 400 gigatons of recoverable
carbon, which is almost the planet's entire carbon budget," Fenton
said, adding that this was over 25
times Canada's carbon budget.
"[Enbridge's pipelines] have already spilled and broken over 800
times over the past decade, which
comes out to about 10 spills per
month."
Fenton also raised concerns
about the nature of bitumen spills.
"There is actually no proven way
to clean up a bitumen spill, especially in a body of water," he said.
The panel discussion shifted
from condemning the pipeline to
condemning the oil and tar sands
in general, and how energy is
acquired in a capitalist society.
According to the panelists, the
current method simply secures
too much profit to be changed.
"Oil and everything that is
supported by oil is so ingrained in
our lives that we don't realize all
the ways that we pay for it," said
Melissa Fundira, a McGill student and programmer at CKUT.
"When we keep saying that oil is
The panel on Enbridge's pipeline discussed the dangers of bitumen
just more convenient, I think we
are disconnected from the fact
that we're all here to increase our
well-being, but oil is not it."
Aother student, Marie Dag-
eville, was optimistic. "We can
come together and find a solution
[but] it is just a matter of making
that first step," she said.
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poration.
Lickers said mobilization was
the way to divest from oil usage.
"Direct action costs them money,
and the more expensive we make
it for them, the closer we get to
winning."
The panel was also broadcast
on CKUT. The next event ofthe
series will be held on Nov. 14. FOOD
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FOOTBALL »
Football 'Birds firing on all cylinders
With a playoff spot secured, Thunderbirds blank Alberta for the largest winning margin in team history
C J Pentland
Managing Editor, Web
If you had a bingo card made of
football game feats, you wouldn't
have had much trouble getting
five in a row on Saturday afternoon. That's what happens when
a team wins 60-0, which is what
UBC did against the University of
Alberta Golden Bears to give them
their largest margin of victory in
school history.
Interception. Recovered fumble.
4 8-yard punt return (although not
for a touchdown — that's one blank
spot). Rushing touchdown. Passing
touchdown. 40-yard-plus field
goal. Fake punt for a first down.
Forced safety. Player with more
than 100 receiving yards.
Bingo.
At the start, it seemed as if the
only spots on the card that would
be filled were "two-and-out" and
"incomplete pass." Neither team
recorded a first down during their
opening drives, even with UBC's
Brandon Deschamps back on the
field after missing the last game
with a knee injury. Quarterback
Carson Williams couldn't keep up
his stellar play from two weeks
ago, being pulled in favour of Greg
Bowcott after just two series.
From that point on, there was
no looking back for Bowcott and
the 'Birds. It started with four
completions to David Scott that
led to UBC's first touchdown, and
ended with Bowcott completing
20 of 26 passes for 262 yards and
two passing touchdowns that went
along with two rushing scores.
Scott had his second straight 100-
yard receiving game, hauling in 11
catches for 167 yards. In his last
two games, he's caught 18 passes
for 337 yards.
Bowcott has looked solid during
his playing time this year, but his
only letdown has been his ability
to close out games. In the previous
three games where he played more
than 50 per cent ofthe game — all
at home — he shone early on but
failed to deliver victories come
crunch time. On the other hand,
UBC's three victories on the road
came when Williams stepped up
in the fourth quarter to deliver big
plays at key times.
While this game wasn't exactly
a nail-biter, Bowcott had a chance
to put the game out of reach at in
the third quarter when the 'Birds
exited the locker room with a
19-0 lead. He promptly did just
that, leading his team to 21 points
in under 12 minutes to put the
game away.
So with playoffs on the horizon, the biggest question is whose
number will be called to lead the
team come the must-win games.
Williams has delivered big wins on
the road, but Bowcott has looked
like the more complete QB most of
the time.
"I believe in both of those young
men. I believe they're both good,
I think they both get hot and cold
at times," said UBC head coach
Shawn Olson. "I think our team
reacts well to them. There's no
competition.... They're just trying
to do everything we canto get a
win on any given week, and they
bought into that team mentality.
"Carson is our starter — he's the
guy that's started every game for
us. But we've got two quarterbacks
who can play, and if one guy's hot,
then we'll ride him a little bit more
than the other guy."
However, with the way UBC's
defence played, it didn't really
matter who was behind centre.
In a season where they've been
fantastic all year, this performance
will take the cake. Yes, Alberta
hasn't won a game since 2010, but
they've also scored between 17 and
41 points in each of their previous
six games this year. They also
scored 36 against the 'Birds in their
previous meeting in September.
In their first shutout win since
2008, UBC gave up just 169 yards
on offence, while they earned that
many themselves in the first half
alone. Alberta had 14 first downs
and punted 13 times. Alberta didn't
even get far enough into UBC
territory to attempt a field goal.
UBC now has the best defence in
the league, allowing an average of
415.1 yards per game. This defence
is the main reason for the T-Birds'
success this year, and they can't be
praised enough.
The T-Birds headed into this
contest having already clinched
a playoff berth due to a Regina
loss to Calgary on Friday night,
but there was still a matter of
positioning. At the moment, they
look poised to finish fourth, but
there is also a distant possibility of
leap-frogging over Manitoba and
Saskatchewan, both 4-3 as well.
This is key for the simple reason
that they would avoid playing Calgary (7-0) in the first round.
To finish higher than fourth,
UBC needs to win the point differential battle with Manitoba if
they still have the same record, a
team they've gone 1-1 against this
year. This 60-point victory will go
a long way for aiding that causes.
Losses by Manitoba and Saskatchewan would also help, because
if this happens and UBC wins,
they'll jump into second place,
which would give them a home
playoff game.
At this point, UBC is still in
a favourable position. They've
shown they are a legitimate contender, hanging tough with each
team in the conference. This team
has surprised all season — who
knows what else they might have
up their sleeve. XI
Above: quarterback Greg Bowcott completed 20 of 26 passes for 262 yard
Below: running back Jeff Effah made a 26-yard reception.
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RUGBY»
Coach Gallo's award shows hope for women's rugby
Just like last year, UBC won only one game — but the team's improvements haven't gone unnoticed
Natalie Scadden
Sports + Rec Editor
New jerseys, new players, new head
coach — but an almost identical
result for the UBC women's rugby
team this season.
There seems to be a predictable pattern for a squad that even
their head coach acknowledges
lacks size and strength. They get
decimated by the better teams in
the conference for the first three
games ofthe season, and then pull
off the one victory they need to
qualify for playoffs against their
rivals in Victoria in a do-or-die
final regular season match up.
This gives them the worst possible
scenario for the semi-final game,
in which they have to face Alberta,
the top-ranked team in the country.
Another blowout follows, but in
a conference with so few teams,
UBC gets a chance to battle for
bronze regardless.
Again, they fall short.
However, based on scoring
margins, you could argue that UBC
made improvements this season.
In a valiant effort, the squad lost
their Canada West bronze medal match 33-22 to the University
of Lethbridge Pronghorns. Last
year, the same team crushed them
60-7. Similarly, UBC squeezed into
the playoffs last year with a 10-5
edge over Victoria, but this year
they put the game away with a
46-point advantage.
While the overall result is the
same, the improvements made
this year have rewarded new head
coach Maria Gallo with the Canada
West Coach ofthe Year award.
It seems a surprising choice
given that her squad won just one
of six games, but it should also be
noted that Gallo was hired in late
June, meaning she had no recruiting season and a relatively short
time to shape her players. The
women's rugby team also has one
ofthe lowest budgets of any varsity
team at UBC — so low that Gallo
paid her assistant coaches out of
her own salary. (In previous years,
assistants were unpaid volunteers.)
A former national team captain
and a current UBC kinesiology
instructor, Gallo brings high hopes
for the future of this team. They
made strides this year, but ultimately, those improvements were not
big enough.
This recognition as coach ofthe
year, however, shows that the rest
ofthe conference has taken notice
of UBC, and that they could be a
team to watch out for next season.
Here's hoping that Gallo will agree
to renew her one-year contract. XI
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SOCCER»
Women's soccer 'Birds fall in extra time
First defeat comes in last regular season game, costing UBC the conference title
Nick Adams
StaffWriter
After a 2-0 win Friday night against
Mount Royal University, the
women's soccer 'Birds could have
clinched the division title on Saturday with a win against the University of Alberta Pandas. The three
points would have put them ahead
of Victoria in Canada West and
given them an undefeated season.
However, the women fell 3-2 in
a game that, in the final moments,
could have gone either way.
The game didn't start off well for
the 'Birds. Attacking pressure by the
Pandas saw the ball remain in their
defensive third for the better part of
the half. Alberta struck early; Kelsey
Mitchell rang a 20-yard shot off the
crossbar only to be followed up by
Laura Kautz. She put her shot to
the left side ofthe net, forcing UBC
keeper Alyssa Williamson to make a
diving save.
From there, the pressure didn't
relent. After UBC striker Nicole
Sydor took a shot from afar, the ball
stayed in Alberta's possession until
they finally converted. In the 37th
minute, the 'Birds failed to clear a
free kick from outside the box, and
in the ensuing chaos, Alberta striker
Shalla Kadima put the ball into the
back ofthe net for a 1-0 lead.
Near the end ofthe first 45 minutes, UBC pushed hard to reply but
came up short — Jasmin Dhanda's
shot off a free kick from the corner
was sent inches wide.
At the half, two different teams
came out. The tone ofthe game
changed completely and became
surprisingly entertaining in contrast
to the first. Chances were created
and converted at both ends.
In the 74th minute, Janine
Frazao scored a penalty shot after
an Alberta handball in the box.
Reinvigorated, the 'Birds pressed
on and, although they created some
good plays, conceded a goal off a
header from a corner to put them
back down 2-1.
Then, with five minutes to go,
rookie Aman Shergill fired a dipping
laser from distance that no one,
including the Alberta keeper, saw
coming. Her shot sprang the audience to life as the ball glided into the
back ofthe net to make it 2-2.
With Shergill's goal, the 'Birds
seemed to have gotten themselves
a point out of a game they didn't
deserve to win. However, Kadima, Alberta's striker, had other
ideas. With two goals already in
the game, she rounded out her hat
trick in extra time. A heartbreaking
header into the bottom corner of
the net gave Alberta a 3-2 lead and
left the 'Birds with no time to reply
as the final whistle blew almost
immediately after.
Heads and shoulders dropped on
the field and in the stadium as the
Pandas celebrated their win. But
after a tough loss, the only thing to
do is learn from your mistakes and
move forward.
"It is what it is and credit to
them. I think at the end ofthe day
you have to go through whatever
team in the next game," said coach
Andrea Neil after the match. She
seemed confident that, although
they were thrown off their game
today, it won't happen again.
"Compliments to the [Alberta]
team. We got stretched, and lesson
learned," said Neil.
Hopefully that's true, because
the 'Birds will play the University
of Calgary next Saturday, Oct. 26, at
Thunderbird Stadium for their first
leg of post-season playoffs. Calgary,
a strongteam, will be a challenge,
but not one that the 'Birds aren't
ready to face. XI
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With five minutes remaining and UBC down 2-1, Rachael Sawer (11) sent to ball to Amen Shergill, who put it top corner to tie the game.
HOCKEY»
Men's hockey splits home opener against Regina
After a thrilling comeback in Friday's 5-4 victory Thunderbirds come up empty in Saturday's rematch
Jack Hauen
Contributor
After a thrilling comeback Friday
night against the University of
Regina Cougars, the Thunderbirds
dropped a hard-fought defensive
battle 1-0 against the same team
on Saturday.
Both goalies were outstanding.
Matt Hewitt got his first regular
season start for UBC, stopping 27
of 28 shots. He previously played
against the University of Calgary
Dinos on Oct. 12, coming in during
the second frame after Steven
Stanford was chased.
"Hewie was really good," said
UBC head coach Milan Dragicevic.
"He gave us an opportunity to win."
Regina's Andrew Hayes was
perfect, however, stonewalling
all 30 shots he faced. Dragicevic
thought his team could've made
life a little harder for him.
"I think we didn't put enough
pucks on the net," Dragicevic said.
"We were too pretty. We weren't
gritty enough in the tough areas,
and in the end, it cost us."
The Thunderbirds seemed to
control most ofthe play in the
first period, generating some
good offensive chances, although
a few didn't count as shots on
goal. Two power plays generated
nothing for the 'Birds, but they
held off Regina during their lone
first period opportunity.
Clean passes were hard to come
by for both sides, as the defensive
systems worked hard to clog up
the neutral zone and the slot. The
Thunderbirds started the second
period on the power play, but the
scrambling nature ofthe game
meant nothing came of it.
Dragicevic said special teams
were the difference maker. "Our
power play didn't shoot, it didn't
generate anything for us," he
added. "It's one of those things -
the power play can cost you the
game, and tonight [it did]. We
didn't execute."
UBC couldn't take advantage
of any ofthe six penalties called
against Regina on the night.
On the bright side, the T-Birds'
penalty kill was strong, forcing
the Cougars to go 0-5 on the
power play.
Troy Hunter scored the
unassisted game-winning goal for
Regina 2:33 into the third period,
giving them the only goal they
would need to take the game.
The T-Bird power play looked
better at 9:56 when Regina's
Christian Magnus took a tripping
call in the offensive zone, but the
Cougars' man-on-man penalty kill
kept the play mostly to the outside.
Once again, the slot was clogged
with bodies, making tight passes
nearly impossible.
With 8:10 left in the final
period, T-Bird Brendon Wall took
an interference penalty, making
UBC shorthanded once again.
A minute and change later, Neil
Manning high-sticked a Cougar,
resulting in a four-minute double
minor, putting the team down two
men. Luckily, the PK prevailed,
beautifully killing the 42-second
five-on-three.
Dragicevic was understandably upset with the fact that his
team was in the position of killing
a two-man advantage late in
the third.
"I was really disappointed
with the lack of discipline that
we had — you're not going to win
hockey games killing penalties,"
he said. "For the last two years, we
were the most disciplined team in
Canada, and now we're taking bad
penalties."
Hewitt was pulled with approximately a minute left in the
final frame, allowing the 'Birds to
generate a few more chances with
the extra man. With 34 seconds
left, however, they found themselves with a faceoff in their own
zone, forcing Hewitt to come back
in for the draw.
At this point, Dragicevic took a
timeout, allowing him a moment
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Nate Fleming scored his first goal of the season on Friday to start a UBC comeback.
to compose his players and draw
up a plan for the waning seconds.
After a scramble in their own
zone, the Thunderbirds got the
puck and took off down the ice for
one final rush. The crowd's gasp
was audible as Regina's goal-
tender was bowled over, the net
knocked off, and the puck slid just
past the outside post.
A few inches to the right and
the 'Birds would've made a last-
second comeback for the ages,
but it was not to be. UBC fell to
1-3-0 on the season, while Regina
improved to 3-3-0.
UBC plays the University of
Alberta Golden Bears next weekend, who are seeded number one
nationally in this young season. XI II Culture
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LIFESTYLE »
Smoke fumes, students fume
Students chime in on campus smoking culture after September Butt Count
Although many students have expressed interest in having a smoke-free campus, cancer sticks remain a popular exam-stress reliever.
Reyhana Heatherington
Senior Lifestyle Writer
Would you take part in a
butt count?
Dorri Mahdaviani, a 2013
combined sciences graduate, has
worked in health promotion for
the Canadian Cancer Society
for four years. She was one of 15
volunteers who collected 5,000
cigarette butts and randomly surveyed 700 students at UBC about
their attitudes towards smoking at
last month's Butt Count.
"It's great to know that 72
per cent ofthe students that we
interviewed were in support of
a smoke-free campus," she said.
"Personally, I think it would be
great [if] UBC would become
smoke-free, because university is
a place for learning and a healthy
environment."
The topic is personal for
Mahdaviani, whose father
smoked casually when she
was young.
"I was the reason that he
stopped smoking when I was
five," she said. "I had put up
[anti-smoking] signs across the
house ... so it was great for me to
be involved in this initiative and
help my peers think about smoking, or quitting smoking."
In 2011, the University of Vic
toria moved all designated smoking areas outside of Ring Road.
The street circles the majority
ofthe school's classrooms, and
encompasses the centre ofthe
Vancouver Island campus.
Rishabh Rekhade, a third-
year political science student at
UBC, said a smoke-free campus
would be a turn-off for students
who come to the university from
around the world.
"You'd certainly lose a lot of
international students," Rekhade
said. "[The university] would just
have to think about the cost."
According to Kathryn Seely,
the Canadian Cancer Society
public issues director for B.C.
and the Yukon, there have not
been issues with smoking restrictions in municipalities with
higher international populations,
such as Richmond, Whistler
and Surrey.
"They aren't finding problems
with enforcement in those areas,
nor are they finding complaints
being a problem. So it seems that
the international community, in
fact the entire community, is welcoming of a ban," she said.
After survey results from
B.C. high schools were released
recently, the Canadian Cancer
Society called for the prov
incial health minister to ban
flavoured tobacco products
that were shown to be popular
among teens.
Seely said she is surprised
to discover a lack of knowledge
about flavoured cigarettes while
working with young people.
"[Youth] are often unaware
that the fruit and candy-flavoured tobacco products are as
harmful as tobacco products, or
that they even contain tobacco
products."
B.C.'s smoking rate among 19-
to 34-year-olds exceeds the provincial average by more than six
per cent. Reports indicate that
as education level increases, the
smoking rate decreases. So what
factors contribute to students
smoking at UBC?
Maddi Dellplain, a third-year
international relations student,
said the social aspect of smoking
makes it a popular tendency for
university students.
"Smoking in college is what
a lot of young people do. It's
a young person's unfortunate
habit," she said. "Even people
who aren't smokers smoke when
they're drunk."
Rather than making UBC
a smoke-free campus, Dellplain advocated for support
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methods instead.
"It would make more sense to
have better prevention, like having nicotine patches or support
groups," she said.
Nicole Gehring, a fourth-year
combined sciences student,
agreed that the social aspect of
smoking is a powerful reason for
university students to light up.
"A lot of it has to do with the
party scene. That's how it started
for me," she said. "And once
you're there, you're addicted."
Gehring said stress management is another contributing factor for smoking while
at university.
"When you're smoking, it feels
calming, and then it becomes a
habit. Like when you're studying,
'I need a minute to take a [smoke]
break.'"
With the exam season at hand,
students might feel the urge to
smoke to relieve stress.
Despite the various reasons for
UBC students giving in to nicotine, Gehring maintained that
the attraction of smoking is not
as powerful as it once was.
"It's not really seen as something that's cool anymore." tJ
Those who are looking to quit smoking can callHealthLinkBC at 811.
FOOD»
Student
Cooking:
microwave
sweet potatoes
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Olivia Williams
Contributor
Believe it or not, microwaved
sweet potatoes can make for
a satisfying, healthy, delicious
meal for those short on both time
and energy. During the cold,
rainy winter months, everyone
is in need of some good quality
comfort food, and there is nothing better than this quick, easy,
microwavable meal.
There are numerous toppings
that can fit with sweet potatoes.
This autumnal recipe gives a great
mix of sweet and spicy, certain
to satisfy a hungry student after
a long day. The best part about it
is that the sweet potato does all
the work for you. The outer skin
actually retains the moisture of
the potato as it microwaves, so it
steams the inside ofthe potato to
perfection every single time.
Microwave sweet potato
Ingredients (serves one)
1 sweet potato
1 tsp butter
Vi tsp cinnamon
Equipment
lfork
1 knife
Microwave-safe dish/plate
Microwave
Instructions
1. Rinse or scrub the potato
under water to remove any dirt.
2. Stab the potato all over with
your fork between eight to 10
times. This allows the steam
to escape when cooking so
that it doesn't explode all over
your microwave.
3. Microwave the potato (under
a paper towel, to be safe) for four
to five minutes.
4. Flip the potato so that the
other side is facing upwards,
then repeat step 3.
5. If you have a larger potato,
you may need to microwave it
for longer. You can judge when
the potato is ready when it feels
slightly squishy to the touch.
6. Allow the potato to cool a
bit, the cut an "X" shape across
the middle.
7. Dot the potato with butter,
then sprinkle with cinnamon.
8. Mash the potato with your
fork so that the cinnamon and
butter melt together into the
potato. Serve immediately.
Notes: There are many ways to
turn a sweet potato into a delicious, filling food for any meal.
Some more unusual favourite
toppings include maple syrup
and walnuts, chicken and peanut
sauce, black beans and fried
onions, salsa, cottage cheese,
applesauce, chilli, or even simply
salt and pepper. % MONDAY, OCTOBER 21,2013    |    CULTURE   |    9
BOOKS»
From the page to the stage
World-famous authors to lecture at UBC and Granville Island for International Writers Fest
GRANVILLEISLAND
If you're an avid reader, keep
reading — you probably don't
want to miss the 26th Vancouver International Writers
Festival (VIWF), beginning
this week.
Set for the week of Oct.
22-27, the festival comes
at a time of glory for the
writing community. Literary
achievements ofthe past few
weeks include Alice Munro
receiving the Nobel Prize in
Literature for her short story
works, and Eleanor Catton
becoming the youngest winner ofthe Man Booker Prize
for The Luminaries. These
Canadian-born authors
are just two ofthe talented
writers that the VIWF tries
to highlight each year.
With events ranging from
readings and discussions to
spoken-word and musical
performances, the VIWF
celebrates work from every
literary genre, including
fiction, poetry, graphic novels
and non-fiction. Throughout
its six-day span, this year's
festival will bring over 100
writers to Granville Island,
where most of its 81 events
will be held. Some events will
also be held at UBC's Frederic
Wood Theatre, in collaboration with the UBC creative
writing department.
Hal Wake, the festival's
artistic director, is responsible for organizing events
in ways that unify common
ideas between individual
writers. He hopes his work
will allow the events to create
interesting conversation.
Titans of Canadian
Theatre, featuring Cree
playwright Tomson Highway
and Quebecois playwright
Michel Tremblay, is one
event Wake enthusiastically
recommends. "Between
them, they have done a great
deal to shape contemporary
Canadian theatre," he said.
"That's definitely going to be
a highlight."
Wake also suggested
Fantasy@Six, which will
host Maureen Johnson and
Maggie Stiefvater, both of
ILLUSTRATION INDIANAJOEL3THE UBYSSEY
The Vancouver International Writers Festival will feature a variety of lectures and round-table discussions designed to help you put words onto page.
whom write fantasy fiction
for young adults. "They
have a substantial audience
of twenty-somethings and
are both prolific tweeters
and really engaged in social
media," Wake said. "We
haven't done many events,
perhaps, [as] we should have
that appeal to that kind of
audience, so we're certainly
hoping to see a good crowd
out for that."
Other notable authors
include Margaret Atwood,
here with her latest novel
MaddAddam, the aforementioned Eleanor Catton,
and Eric Schlosser, with his
new book Command and Control. Self-published writers
will also feature at events this
year, a first for the festival.
These writers and the rest
ofthe extensive lineup all
contribute to the diversity of
the festival, which is a quality
Wake appreciates in Vancouver's own literary community.
"That's one ofthe most
important characteristics,"
he said. "You can always find
an event somewhere that's
going to have a writer that
you know or care about."
With this in mind, Wake
encourages people to explore
the festival.
"Access to books and
reading is vital for any healthy
community," he said.
"We as a species are
hard-wired to understand
the world through story.... It's
the way we make sense ofthe
world. Until we stop caring
about that, there'll always
be a place for narratives and
books."
-Kaitlyn Fung
FREDERIC WOOD
The VIWF carries on its
annual tradition of stimulating creative conversation
this year by collaborating
with UBC's very own creative
writing department. Often
touted as one ofthe top
creative writing programs
in the world, the department is also celebrating a
major milestone this year: its
50th anniversary.
Special programs have
been incorporated as part of
the VIWF lineup in commemoration ofthe anniversary. One ofthe main focuses
in the programming is a
showcase of three high-profile non-fiction American
writers: George Packer, Alan
Weisman and Eric Schlosser.
These acclaimed writers will
be tackling provocative and
radical discussions about
American culture, nuclear
weapons and apocalyptic
situations. Their individual
discussions will be held
from Oct. 24 through Oct.
26 at 8 p.m. each night in
the Frederic Wood Theatre
on campus.
The VIWF has always
been popular with UBC
students, and its popularity is
not restricted to those within
the creative writing and English departments. In fact, in
previous years, a considerable
number of students have been
known to cut classes in order
to attend events spearheaded
by their favourite graphic
novelists or fantasy writers.
Approximately 300 student volunteers - a majority
of whom are UBC students,
due to the festival's close ties
with the university - help to
ensure that this six-day-long
collection of events runs
smoothly. These volunteers
have the opportunity to gain
a backstage point of view of
the ambitious operation of
the festival.
Celebrating 50 Years of
Stories is another highlight ofthe collaboration
between UBC and the
VIWF. This dialogue
session — between recent graduates Theodora
Armstrong, Amber Dawn
and Kathryn Para, as well
as two esteemed faculty
members, Keith Maillard
and George McWhirter —
promises to be an articulate
and thoughtful centrepiece
experience chock full of
anecdotes and insight. Curious students can engage
in learning how to hone
their skills and raw talent
as each of these seasoned
writers tackle a tough topic:
"How do you teach creative
writing?" The dialogue
session will occur on Friday,
Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. at the
Waterfront Theatre.
The VIWF has always been popular
with UBC students,
and its popularity
is not restricted to
those within the
creative writing
and English
departments.
There's also an afterparty
planned — a Creative Writing
Birthday Bash, where students can interact with these
professional storytellers and
many more besides.
So for all logophiles out
there, be sure to heed the
words of festival artistic
director Hal Wake: "Take a
chance and explore." 'tJ
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LAST WORDS: STAFF OPINIONS »
Make our campus safe
Campus Security and the RCMP must stop the violent attacks —
and no one should ever be afraid to speak up about sexual assault
LLUSTRATION LUELLA SUN/THE UBYSSEY
We believe Campus Security and UBC RCMP take their work seriously and are good at their jobs, but more clearly needs to be done.
Campus needs to be safe for
students. Period.
We spend a lot of time
opining on these pages about university policies, AMS foolishness
and our pet peeves about campus
life, but all those issues pale in
comparison to the sexual assault
of at least four women — all UBC
students — at night on campus over
the past three weeks.
When it comes to campus, the
university's number one priority
must be to make sure students are
physically safe at all times — including alone at night.
While nobody is to blame for
these repulsive, cowardly attacks
other than the attacker or attackers
who have been trying to molest
women, those responsible for
security on campus must be able
to restore and maintain a sense of
safety for students.
We believe the RCMP and
Campus Security are basically
good at their jobs and committed
to protecting students. But as the
attacks have gotten progressively
more violent, with the attacker
punching the last woman in the
face and tearing her clothing,
law enforcement's apparent
impotence could well be empowering the criminals behind
these attacks.
UBC released a statement
following the last attack telling students not to walk alone at night and
not to let their friends walk alone.
The RCMP also advised caution.
Students "need to always be vigilant of their surroundings, and take
every precaution available to them
to keep themselves from being a
victim," UBC RCMP spokesperson
Sgt. Drew Grainger told The
Ubyssey.
That shouldn't be true.
While our campus is not small,
UBC RCMP and Campus Security
have a set area within which they
are expected to keep students
safe — even at night. The repeated
statements from the university and
the RCMP essentially telling students to be more careful is a form of
admitting failure at this task.
The RCMP said they are taking
"sensitive" measures to put an end
to these attacks, and we hope those
succeed. But releasing clues such
as "the attacker spoke possibly
with an American accent" makes
it seem like law enforcement is
far from identifying suspects —
and in fact they've said they have
no leads in any ofthe cases they
are investigating.
The reality is that even in the
face of good police work, bad
people will often find ways to
do bad things. UBC's campus is
sprawling, often shrouded in fog,
poorly lit and deserted late at night.
Construction can obscure paths
and force strange detours. For the
moment, students should heed
the calls being issued to exercise
caution at night on campus.
But Point Grey can't become
known as a place where rapists
come to prey on women. All the
women who were attacked showed
courage in fighting off their attackers and forcing them to flee. If the
attackers thought UBC's women
would make easy victims, they
were sorely mistaken.
But we can't rely on the strength
and resolve of those being attacked
to stop the sexual assaults. If the
violence continues to escalate,
weapons are introduced or the attackers become more brazen, it will
become increasingly impossible for
anyone other than law enforcement
to truly fend off these attacks.
We aren't law enforcement
experts, and we recognize those
tasked with protecting Point Grey
have a tricky job. But more must
done. Point Grey is not Tijuana,
Karachi or Detroit.
While we don't want to see UBC
turned into a police state, a serious
show of force by the RCMP and
Campus Security might help send
the message to that Point Grey is no
place for criminals.
Temporarily flooding campus on
weekend nights with RCMP officers, strategically parking additional patrol cars around campus and
installing temporary lighting and
surveillance cameras on dark paths
would no doubt aid in scaring off
the clearly cowardly attackers.
These measures should only be
taken temporarily — they're not
financially sustainable, and we
don't want floodlights illuminating
campus every night or surveillance
cameras tracking our every move
in the long term. But over the next
few weeks, pulling out the big guns
would demonstrate law enforcement's presence on campus and,
equally importantly, show students
legitimately frightened by recent attacks that they aren't going unheard.
We all know there are certain
places you shouldn't walk alone at
night. Our campus shouldn't be one
of them.
ALL SEXUAL ASSAULT
MATTERS
Someone jumping out from bushes
at night and grabbing women is
terrifying— but let's not forget that
according to Statistics Canada,
75 per cent of sexual assaults
are perpetrated by someone the
victim knows.
Because these attacks don't
conform to the standard image
of sexual assault — as the recent
attacks on campus do — victims are
often left with little support.
For women (or men) who feel
they've been sexually assaulted,
understand that you are never
too drunk or too high, and the
police should not care what
you were wearing or how you
were acting. Report all sexual
assaults immediately.
Everyone else should remember
that even if you aren't jumping out
of bushes late at night and violently
grabbing women, getting consent
is still essential — even if you don't
mean any harm, even if you're in
a proper setting to hook up with
someone and even if they seem
interested. XI
Is UBC admin as serious about assaults as CUS FROSH?
In response to the Sauder rape
cheer scandal earlier this year, the
university undertook an investigation, the president and other university administrators made public
appearances to condemn what
happened. A task force was formed.
This was all done over a song.
The university needs to respond
as robustly to the recent sexual
assaults as they did to the Sauder
FROSH events. They need to show
they're as serious about stopping
any more women from being assaulted as they are about stopping
any more first-years from hearing
an offensive cheer.
There's a tendency in the academic world to embrace attempts to
tackle the complex and deep-seated problems in society. The rape
cheer fell into that category, at least
to the extent that pundits — and
eventually administrators like UBC
President Stephen Toope — saw
it as a sign that our upstanding
young people were behaving like
vulgar misogynists.
The university was forced to
take on the cheer due in part to the
national media attention. But their
response can also be seen in the
context of academics striving to
right a societal wrong.
"I think that we ... [can] seize
this moment, to strike at the casual
indifference to sexual violence and
intolerance which still marks pockets in our society," Toope said at the
time. He added that the task force
would "outline broader actions to
support the kind of transformative,
robust change we do believe is necessary on university campuses."
For Toope, this wasn't just about
a handful of first-years on a bus.
This was a chance for the university
to lead on one ofthe pressing issues
of our time. But while it might be a
fun intellectual exercise, curricu
lum tweaks and consent awareness
campaigns alone will not destroy
rape culture at UBC, and whatever
success they do have will be hard
to measure.
Here's something that's not
hard to measure: every weekend
since the end of September, at
least one woman has been ambushed on campus and violently
sexual assaulted. Police have no
suspects, nor a clear, public plan to
improve security.
There are no deep moral quandaries to face and no earnest soul
searching to be done. Everyone
agrees that these attacks are wrong,
that the person or people behind
them are bad and that the correct
remedy is to throw them behind
bars. Sexual assaults don't ask "big"
questions ofthe university.
But here's a question: how much
money is UBC willing to devote
to hiring new security personnel,
or to issuing a report on how to
improve security on campus? How
much money is UBC willing to
devote to installing better lighting
or more blue emergency phones
around campus?
The university had the Commerce Undergraduate Society
pledge a quarter of a million dollars
to fight unclear "systemic issues"
following the rape cheer. That
money is going to, among other
things, hiring a new professional
position with a similarly unclear
job description.
If an offensive cheer about sexual
violence warranted hiring new
full-time staff and creating a specialized task force, what does the
actual violent assault of over three
students warrant?
It's time for the university to
show they take these actual assaults
as seriously as they took the rape
cheer — even if the assaults lack
those hip intellectual questions,
and even if the national media isn't
breathing down their neck.
The ball is in the administrators'
court. It's time to make campus safe
again. XI
MONDAY, OC
IN HER OWN WORDS »
I was attacked on
campus
I entered "UBC sexual assault" into
the Google search bar.
"UBC student assaulted on
campus."
"Sex assault at UBC sparks police
warning."
"RCMP looking forsuspect after
second assault at UBC."
Reading the online headlines was
when it hit me. Those articles were
talking about me — I was now a
news story.
I am telling my story so that "the
second sexual assault" can start
being seen as what it should be: a
warning, and a hard-knock glimpse
into a serious reality on our campus.
Last week I arrived home at
Fairview Crescent. As I got to the
door, I turned around to fetch my
keys from my bag and saw a man
standing behind me.
Call me naive, but I actually
waved and was about to wish him
a good night— I thought he was a
neighbour I'd yet to meet, or another
student waiting to get inside. It never
occurred to me that he intended to
harm me.
If you want to know what
happened afterthat.you can read
one of the dozens of news stories
published about the attack. I know
I have. I've been forced to relive
the attack over and over again as
friends and family, unaware that it
was me who was attacked, send me
news story after news story about
the attack.
An attack like this one is personal. I feel violated as I walk around
campus overhearing conversations
about "that girl who was attacked,"
or sitting in class within earshot of
classmates discussing my attack.
Imagine sitting in class and
having the professor bring upyour
sexual assault. I wanted to stand up
at say, "Yo, this is my story. Who are
you to talk about how I could have
prevented this? Don't I have the right
to walk home alone?"
What nobody seems to understand, and no newspaperarticle
has so far reflected, is howyour
perspective changes following
something like this; howyou become angry. Every time I see myself
referred to as a victim, I get angry. I
was attacked, but I am OK, or I will
be. The connotations surrounding
the word "victim" make me feel
weak, and suggest that somehow
this man will stop mefrom being me.
It makes me see myself as a weak,
Cinderella-like character, dependent
on others.
I have never been that woman
and I never will be.
It makes me angry that we don't
live in a society where I can walk
home free from fear. Instead,! have
to fear men because lama woman.
Instead of ending rape culture, we
perpetuate it through television,
through music and through our own
words.
"Dude, I totally raped that midterm."
Dude, I'm pretty sure that's not
what you did.
Despite the anger, the best I can
do now is adapt. This happened to
me, and it could happen to anyone
reading this. Please do not let your
friends walk alone at night. Please.
Please. Please.
I am OK, but it doesn't mean
thewomanaftermewillbe, orthe
woman after her. xi
This piece was written by the woman
attacked on Oct. 13,2013, the second of
the recent sexual assaults reported on
campus. When contactedbyThe Ubyssey
for comment, she said she preferred to tell
the story herself, in line with standard journalistic practice to not identify non-perpetrators in cases of sexual violence and the
woman's request for anonymity, we have
withheld her name. II Scene
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