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Sauder students refuse to pay $200,000 to fund sexual ■
assault education in response to FROSH rape cheer I
Stop by the SUB to see a life-
sized 3D drawing of what a UBC
station might look like. Runs
until Wednesday.
~mw **
Thrive Week is a week-long initiative focused on building positive
mental health in the UBC community. Tuesday's events include
$2 yoga in the SUB partyroom
and $1 oatmeal at the Agora Cafe.
Go to http://thrive.ubc.ca for
complete event listings.
Thrive      Thrive       ^
5 P.M.-5:45 P.M.® MACMILLIAN
The LFSUS is raising money for
BC Children's Hospital as part
of Lace Up for Kids. The menu
includes burgers with avocado
ranch, pumpkin ice cream
squares and more. Bring your
own container.
It takes serious wrist strength to hold
this pose for the amount of time our
photographer took to get the shot he
wanted. Photo by Geoff Lister.
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Ashley Welsh's talk was titled "Navigating Your Learning: How We Can Learn From/ With One Another."
Taking in the TEDx
Terry Talks
Matisse Emanuele
The sixth annual TEDx Terry
Talks conference began with
a room full of people roaring
like Chewbacca.
Despite the downpour of rain
on a grey Saturday morning about
400 people, mostly UBC students,
filed into the Life Sciences Institute to listen to students present
ideas and stories ranging from
helping deaf children in Uganda
to cutting-edge astrophysics.
With the Chewbacca roar as an
unconventional icebreaker, first-
time TEDx attendees realized
there is nothing conventional
about a TEDx conference. The
talks are short — usually around
15 to 18 minutes — and potent. A
speaker can have the audience
giggling at marketing, while
the next moment the room falls
silent as another speaker recalls
the power of words in sexual
The topics were timely and
relevant to the mostly student
crowd. Shannon Hoekstra, a
mechanical engineering major
in her seventh year presented
"How to Complete Your Degree
in Seven Years," a topic that had
every undergraduate in the audience moving a little bit forward
in their seat. The one thing she
wanted the audience to take away
from her talk about how her four-
year degree in physics turned into
a seven year degree in mechanical
engineering was that the four is
just a number.
"Five, six, seven years it
doesn't matter," she said. "Own
your degree."
The day-long event has been
about two months in the making.
When the Terry Talks first started, there were limited applications because the event was not
well-known. In their sixth year,
though, Terry co-founder Allen
Sens said they received dozens
of applications from which they
then had to select eight to 10
speakers "able to deliver a fantastic talk."
Applications are due in early
September, and the presenters
selected reflect the wide range of
students at UBC. It was an even
split between Arts and Science
students presenting; second-year
undergraduates present alongside
third-year doctoral candidates.
Preparing to speak at the
Terry Talks is a time-consuming
endeavour. The presenters are
mentored and advised by the
UBC Terry Talks team for about
a month before they spoke at the
Nov. 2nd conference. Sens spent
about three hours with his team
the night before setting up.
"Nervous, but..." seems to be
a common sentiment among the
speakers. Ashley Welsh, a third-
year PhD candidate specializing in undergraduate science
education was nervous but
excited to present "Overcoming
Our Hurdles to Learning," an
inspiring talk about recognizing
your limits and believing that
you can accomplish anything.
After her speech, she was visibly
relieved, and eager to hear the
other talks.
"[I'm] nervous, but in the
best way," said Eric Schofield, a
teaching candidate. He presented
"Food Literacy: It's About More
Than Just Reading Labels." He
was encouraged to apply to speak
at Terry Talks and hoped that
he would leave the audience
hungry, but also "with a better
understanding ofthe relationship
between food and our education
One ofthe standout talks was
by Dylan Stirewalt, a UBC undergrad who spoke about compassion and the stigma attached to
mental illness and homelessness.
Her story caused the audience
to leap to their feet in applause,
and there were even a few
watery eyes.
Stirewalt was hesitant about
telling her story in such a public
forum at first. "I've learned that
our struggling moments are our
most beautiful moments," she
said. "Even if I came up here
today and I cried for 15 minutes,
that would be OK ... just to be able
to share that experience."
Which is of course, what
the Terry Talks are all about:
affecting people. By the time the
conference rolls around, co-organizer Sens has already heard
the speeches two or three times
and so hearing them again is
"almost anti-climatic."
"I usually stand in the back and
just watch the audience engaged
and [listen] to these speakers give
a kickass talk," he said. XI
From left to right, Dylan Stirewalt, Shannon Hoekstra and Eric Schofield. // News
In response to the FROSH rape cheer the dean of Sauder pledge $250,000 to fund a sexual assault counseling position. $200,000 of that money had to be approved by referendum.
Sauder students reject $200,000 referendum
Money would have funded sexual assault education and counseling
Brandon Chow
Senior News Writer
A Commerce Undergraduate
Society (CUS) referendum on
whether to spend $200,000 over
the next two years on sexual
assault education and counselling services in response to the
Sauder FROSH rape cheer has
During a press conference in
mid-September, Sauder School
of Business dean Robert Helsley pledged $250,000, of which
$50,000 — the maximum amount
that can be allocated for a single
unbudgeted project — would be
provided by the CUS board. The
additional $200,000 had to go to
a vote by Sauder students before
it could be given.
On Friday, Helsley issued a
statement addressing the rejection ofthe referendum.
"I was deeply disappointed
to learn that the referendum ...
was unsuccessful. I know that
the wider community will be
disappointed as well," the statement said.
According to CUS president
Sean Fleming, the CUS board of
directors thought the programs
would have been "a positive
step forward" for their student
"But we are ultimately democratically elected by
our students and run under
democratic processes that allow
students to have their voice
heard on these issues, and we are
going to respect their decision,"
said Fleming.
Fleming said the original
$50,000 pledged by the CUS will
still be used to support initiatives to promote awareness of
sexual abuse.
"We're still working with our
different campus partners, including the AMS, to see how to best
develop that money, and to make
the most positive impact here on
campus," Fleming said.
In his statement, Helsley listed
a number of other measures that
will be introduced, including
a new orientation program to
replace the CUS-led FROSH, training with the AMS Sexual Assault
Support Center for CUS leaders
and curriculum changes that will
promote ethics, gender and cultural sensitivity understanding.
Approximately 26 per cent of
Sauder undergrads voted in the
referendum, and nearly 70 per cent
voted against spending $200,000
on the proposed programs. Had
the referendum been passed,
$52 of CUS students' tuition fees
would have gone toward sexual
abuse services.
Third-year Sauder student
Aaron Yeung thought the services
could have been well used. "This
is a very difficult topic to talk
about," he said.
"As a male, I don't have to
worry about [sexual assault] on a
day-to-day basis, but considering
all the sexual assaults that have
been occurring, I do think that
some sort of program would help
with that as well."
"It's very difficult to put a price
on these things," said Amanda
Jones, a second-year Sauder
"For example, if one case of
sexual abuse was prevented by
this program, can we say it's
worth it? As a member ofthe
Commerce Undergraduate Society, though, I have full support
for the appropriate committees to
make the right choices with our
budget." XI
Tagging animals can bea drag:
UBC study
A UBC study suggests that the tagging of aquaticanimalsfortracking
purposes may be more harmful than
The study led by a UBC doctoral
fellow, T. Todd Jones, found tags
used to identify marine animals can
interfere with their natural behaviour.
"Many marine animals make yearlong breeding migrations crossing
entire oceans, while others may rely
on high speeds and acceleration,
enabling them to catch prey or to
escape predators," said Jones.
The study found the tags can
slow down animals due to increased
drag in the water.
"If the drag costs from carrying
tags disrupts their natural behaviour,
they may miss out on breeding and
foraging seasons, be unable to
catch enough food, or even end up
becoming someone else's meal."
Selfless parents are happier:
UBC study
A study co-authored by a UBC associate professor found parents who
put their kids'well-being before their
own are happier.
"From this perspective, the
more invested parents are in their
children's well-being — that is, the
more'child centric' parents are —
the more happiness and meaning
they will derive from parenting,"
said the study's authors, xi
UBC med school to
change curiculum
next year
Matisse Emanuele
Students entering the UBC Faculty of Medicine in September
2014 will be guinea pigs for a new
The curriculum changes will
primarily focus on adapting the
program to be more comprehensive and flexible for student
learning, according to Sandra
Jarvis-Selinger, the faculty's director of curriculum. The specific
changes are still under discussion
and must be put before faculty and
the UBC senate before they can
be implemented.
The largest changes will be seen
in course structure. Currently, many
courses are taught in subject-specific blocks ranging from one to nine
weeks in length. Jarvis-Selinger
said the faculty is looking to adopt
semester-long integrative courses
for the new curriculum.
"This will help with being more
flexible and will provide bigger
building blocks that students can
draw from," said Jarvis-Selinger.
"The content will be the same for
the most part."
With the changes in structure,
redundancies in the curriculum
will be taken out, but the basic
framework of knowledge students
are given will not be fundamentally
The new curuculum will take effect in September 2014.
"For instance, if we taught
hypertension in second year in the
old curriculum and now we are
teaching it in first year, we will be
changing things around it to make
sure that the curriculum still is fluid
and flexible," said Jarvis-Selinger.
Assessment processes will remain the same, too.
The Faculty of Medicine updates
its curriculum regularly, according
to Jarvis-Selinger. "We want to
continue to be an outstanding medical education program. We need
to look [at] constant improvements
and as the needs ofthe [healthcare]
system change, the curriculum has
to change too."
Gurinder Grewal, president of
the Medical Undergraduate Society
(MUS), was involved in the process
of updating the curriculum.
"In many ways, the current
curriculum in the MD program is
stellar, but it can also be improved,"
Grewal said. "The goal is to update
and enhance the program to ensure
that it provides the best training
possible for us as medical students.
As healthcare continues to evolve,
medical education must also adapt
so that students are well prepared
for what we will encounter as future
The MUS worked closely with
the Faculty of Medicine on the
"The role ofthe MUS is to make
sure that the needs of students are
considered throughout the entire
curriculum renewal process —
not only in an academic sense, but
also in terms of student health, finances, opportunities and wellness,"
said Grewal.
"The collaboration with the
medical students and everyone with
us has been great," Jarvis-Selinger
said. "As a curriculum designer, seeing the design pieces come together
and constant quality improvement
and seeing this happen is exciting." XI
continue to
plague students
At least two Connect outages have
occured this year.
Jovana Vranic
Since the beginning of the term,
the UBC Connect website has encountered multiple major service
On Oct. 20, there was an
hour-long outage. Jennifer Woo,
communications manager for
UBC IT, said this was caused by a
combination of problems within
the application which caused
Connect to run slower than
usual. On Oct. 28, there was another 45-minute service disruption. This was most likely caused
by a network issue, according to
It's a very complicated
application, and there is
not just one root cause.
Claudio Pini
UBC's director of IT application
management services
The outages have been disruptive to students.
"[Connect] is just slow in
general," said Rachelle Graham,
a first-year psychology student.
"I also find it very confusing to
navigate.... It's really only like a
last resort for me."
"One day, I couldn't log in [to
Connect] at all," said Katarina
Trif kovic, a first-year Arts student. "It was an inconvenience,
but not really a surprise. This
kind of thing seems to happen all
the time."
The Connect website is a platform created by Blackboard Inc.,
a global education software company. According to Woo, Connect
relies heavily on its vendor, so
the hiccups in the program's performance are not unique to UBC.
"We are working with Blackboard, [but] we first have to
identify the problems," said Claudio Pini, director of application
management services for UBC IT.
"It's a very complicated application, and there is not just one
root cause," Pini said.
Many ofthe disruptions are
caused by outside network issues at
Blackboard Inc. According to Woo,
this makes it difficult for the technical team at UBC IT to pinpoint
the specifics of many ofthe issues
with Connect, and try to solve them
independent from Blackboard Inc.
Woo said that over the past
month, many changes have been
made to improve the operation
of Connect, including moving
to a new server, implementing a
caching tool for better responsiveness, introducing application
patches and adding supplementary servers. XI NEWS    I    MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013
'We're not going to stop until we are heard'
UBC students lead Take Back the Night march on Wednesday
Joshua Gabert-Doyon
Around 200 demonstrators met
at the Museum of Anthropology
Wednesday night for a Take Back
the Night (TBTN) rally.
The event came in light ofthe
recent sexual assaults on campus,
but aimed to address systemic
issues. Although the march was
planned to make a long loop
around campus, it disbanded early
due to disputes during the march.
Take Back the Night organizers
Emily Monaghan and R. Rain said
the rally's goals included raising
awareness of inequality and victim-blaming.
"[The goal of TBTN is] to
reclaim voices in unsafe spaces.
These voices include female and
women-identified people who are
silenced within classrooms, who
are held responsible for their 'vulnerability' rather than the male
perpetrators," said the organizers
in an email interview.
The event began at around 5
p.m. under light rain. March organizers and representatives from
outside groups, including the Vancouver Rape Relief and Woman's
Shelter, addressed the crowd,
criticizing UBC and stressing the
importance of reclaiming safe
space on campus.
Advancing along West Mall,
the demonstration headed to
Place Vanier residence. The
chanting demonstrators moved
through the Vanier commons-
block and stopped on the main
field ofthe residence. At each
location the march visited,
demonstrators invited the crowd
to speak.
Outside Place Vanier, two older
male demonstrators attempted
to speak to the crowd, but were
stopped when they began talking
about shifting the blame from
police to courtroom judges.
Hecklers from the crowd shouted anti-police statements and
demanded the chance for women
to speak, causing the two men to
step down.
The march continued up University Boulevard and through
the Henry Angus Building, which
houses the Sauder School of Busi-
The student-organized march disbanded early after a dispute about the inclusion of transgender people.
ness. Next, demonstrators walked
to the UBC Engineering cairn,
where they spray-painted phrases
such as "smash the binary" and
"fuck rape culture."
There, the protest dissolved
following a dispute over the inclusion of transgender people.
At the Engineering cairn, two
speakers, including one who identified as transgender, condemned
the Vancouver Rape Relief and
Woman's Shelter for not offering
their support services to transgender individuals. Members of
the organization, who had walked
with banners throughout the
evening, did not reply when asked
if they would start offering their
services to transgender victims.
Several demonstrators, including
the two speakers, did not continue
with the march after this point.
Commenting on this dispute,
Monaghan maintained that
she did not believe the march,
with its focus on solidarity, was
the appropriate venue to voice
these concerns.
The final stop ofthe march
was on the lawn ofthe RCMP's
campus headquarters near the
fraternity village. Originally, the
march had been scheduled to
continue to Allard Hall.
Since the event's creation on
Oct. 20, a number of arguments
developed, many concerning language used by organizers, which
some viewed as exclusionary.
Monaghan and Rain stated that
while they tried to make their
language as encompassing as
possible, upholding the message ofthe event required using
"generalizations" to describe
power dynamics.
"There is major discomfort
with people acknowledging
that there are specific groups
of people who are most vulnerable to sexual assault based on
their personal histories and how
colonialism intersects, and there
are specific groups of people who
have the most voice and power
and remain most responsible for
existing rape culture."
Pride UBC, an AMS resource
group, issued a statement about
the march on Wednesday
afternoon. Pride endorsed some
aspects of the march, but were
critical of what the group saw as
TBTN's discrimination against
transgender people.
A meeting for "female and
woman-identified people" was
also scheduled after the march.
However, organizers asserted
that men can play an active
role in the dismantling of rape
culture, especially by supporting
women and by recognizing the
privilege they hold in society
as males.
Organizers described the
march as a "student-run, grassroots initiative." No clubs or
resource groups were involved in
planning the march.
Organizers said the AMS
and campus security have been
supportive ofthe march. However, the students behind TBTN
are critical ofthe university and
the RCMP.
"The advice of UBC and RCMP
has been completely centered on
the survivors and on prevention
against assault. But no mention of
the existence of rape culture rampant on campus or the majority of
sexual assaults [on campus] that
are unreported."
The march also focused on
colonialism, with many speakers
discussing the issue in relation to
sexual violence. Summer-Rain, a
collective member from the Vancouver Rape Relief and Woman's
Shelter, spoke passionately about
sexual assault against aboriginal
women, and urged individuals to
remember the history of violent
oppression of aboriginal people
in Canada.
Like Summer-Rain, the organizers of TBTN view decolonization as essential to the dismantling of rape culture.
Monaghan and Rain are ardent
about the future of these sorts of
dialogues and events.
"We're not going to stop until we
are heard and acknowledged." XI
UBC engineers compete in annual competition
Challenges include bean bags, floods, zombies, cups and Batman debates
Lawrence Neal Garcia
Over 150 UBC engineering
students competed in the annual
UBC Engineering Competition
on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Run by the Engineering
Undergraduate Society (EUS),
the competition featured seven
categories: junior design, senior
design, consulting engineering,
engineering communication,
impromptu debate, innovative
design and re-engineering. These
categories included challenges such as re-engineering a
better umbrella and debating
whether or not Batman could
take Superman.
The competition was open to
engineers in all years and departments.
"It's just one of those events
that's so broad but so professional and technical," said Veronica
Knott, a third-year materials
engineering student and the
EUS vice president of external
affairs. "It shows all the different aspects that you can do from
Rory Smith, Sophie Ramsden,
Zack Eberwein and Chris Lund
took first place in the junior
design competition, in which they
constructed a device that launches
bean bags, representing students,
to safety from a hypothetical flash
flood at UBC using string, cups,
cardboard and popsicle sticks.
Bryan Luu, a second-year
engineering physics student, participated in this year's competition for the second time.
"I did [junior design] last year,
and it was really fun ... because
we got to break stuff apart," said
Luu. "Also, I just enjoy working
as a team towards a common
Alex Jew, Devin Luu, Steven
Stewart and Kelvin Tam won
in the senior design category,
where teams were given about
five hours to design and construct a robot that collects and
sorts garbage.
In the re-engineering category, where teams are tasked
with improving an existing product or design, Johnson Lu and
Remy Savard came out on top for
their design of a safer bus seat.
After discussing topics such
as lowering the drinking age, the
legality of unpaid internships
and zombie apocalypse preparedness, Max Buchner and Thomas
Willes won the debate category.
Alex Lush, Hans Seidemann, Ian
Campbell and Sean Anderson of
Team HISA earned first place
in the consulting category for
proposing the best consulting
solution to a hypothetical oil
pipeline problem.
Winning teams in each category
will go on to represent UBC in the
Western Engineering Competition,
an inter-university engineering
competition to be held at the University of Alberta in January 2014.
Last year, a team of four UBC
students, which included current
EUS president Andrea Palmer,
advanced past the Western and
Canadian competitions to win
the International Engineering
"My favourite part about the
competition is the ability to apply
what you learn in the classroom
to design problems," said Palmer,
who judged the consulting
category this year. "That's not
something you get to do in the
classroom every day."
A full list of winners for the
2013 University of British Columbia Engineering Competition can
be found online on the Engineering Undergraduate Society
website. XI II Culture
The ethics of tea
Why isn't tea sourcing scrutinized in
the same way as coffee?
Aurora Tejeida
Senior Culture Writer
Anyone who walks by the SUB's
Starbucks between 9 a.m. and 12
p.m. can attest to the power of coffee. Vancouver has a long tradition
of coffee consumption, which is
one ofthe reasons why many local
consumers worry about buying fair
trade and organic coffee.
This makes it easy to forget
about another popular drink: tea.
Why don't more people wonder
where it comes from?
Lauren Searle is a UBC Land and
Food Systems alumna. She usually
drinks coffee, but every now and
then she'll have a cup of tea —
usually chai or Earl Grey.
"There's more hype around coffee, and people talk about fair trade
and organic or proceeds going to
farmers, I rarely hear or see that
advertised for tea... but tea shops
are popping up everywhere, so that
might be changing," said Searle.
In her opinion, the main issue
is that companies don't advertise
where their tea comes from.
But there is a logical explanation
to this. Paul Bain is a UBC alumni
and the co-founder of JusTea, a
Vancouver-based non-profit organization that aims to sell fair-trade
tea from Kenya.
"A lot of tea sold in tea bags is
usually a blend, so unlike coffee —
[which] is usually from one coffee
plantation — tea is often blended
from a couple different regions in
the world. It's rare to get unblended
tea," Bain said.
It helps to know where certain
types of tea come from. Most green
tea leaves come from China, and,
according to Bain, Kenya is the
largest exporter of black tea in
the world.
"Nintey-nine per cent ofthe tea
produced in Kenya is ground up for
tea bags, and then it's shipped in
bulk and blended with other teas
from around the world," Bain said.
"When it finally gets to the shelves,
it doesn't say that it's from Kenya.
It will say English Breakfast or
something like that."
When it comes to tea on campus,
there are two names that immediately come to mind: Starbucks
and Zhena's Tea, a company that
provides the tea for most cafeterias,
Although Vancouverites are concerned
about where their coffee comes from, the
same can't be said for its caffeine cousin.
including MOA and Buchanan.
Neither company is very clear
on where their tea comes from.
The Starbucks Tazo website
simply explains that their black
tea is purchased primarily from
Southeast Asia. Although they have
been working with the Ethical Tea
Partnership — a number of large
tea companies that work together
to monitor and assure their own
supply chains since 2005 — all of
their teas appear to be blends.
"We import our tea from a
variety of countries and their fair
trade farms," read a statement The
Ubyssey received from Zhena. "The
majority of our tea comes from Sri
Lanka and India."
Even though Bain thinks awareness has been growing, blends
aren't the only issue.
"It's hard to get tea from one
farmer because once the leaves
get plucked, they need to process
it within those first 24 hours," he
explained. "But coffee — once you
pluck the cherry, it's easier to process because it can last longer and
the farmer has more control."
The other issue is that there's
no demand for it, especially in
coffee-driven Vancouver. But some
people do care.
"I think tea enthusiasts do think
about it," said Bain. "They are aware
of where their tea comes from."
Beatriz Ramos is one of these
enthusiasts. Also a Land and Food
Systems graduate, she drinks at
least two cups of tea a day, usually
rooibos or rooibos chai.
"I take my tea very seriously, and
I buy my tea from a place called
Gathering Place," said Ramos. "It's
a fair trade company in B.C. I order
it directly from them.
"[Of my main concerns when
buying tea], one is for it to be fair
trade. Another is if it's organic
or not — I'm pretty sure tea can
carry a lot of pesticides — and the
Pesticides are a genuine concern.
Last year, Greenpeace collected
random samples of Lipton teabags,
focusing on green tea, jasmine
tea, Iron Buddha tea and black tea
from two supermarkets in Beijing.
The four samples were sent to
an accredited independent third
party laboratory that found 17
different kinds of pesticides on all
four samples.
"I think people don't really
think where their food is coming
from," Ramos said. "They don't
want to spend money and time,
but I have become more aware of
things. Now I care and I look up
the companies that I'm buying
products from."
With more people drinking tea
and thinking about these issues, it
seems only natural that companies
will have more interest in making
this information available — even
though attempting to source the
origins of specific teas on a massive
would be highly complex.
"Tea drinkers are starting to ask
those questions, and it's only going
to grow," said Bain. "That's how it
started with coffee: the consumer
started asking questions." %
Going medieval In mid-October, the UBC Library acquired a medieval manuscript dating from the 14th century. Entitled Compendium
Theologicae Veritatis ("the compendium of theological truth") the
educational textbook features parables on Christian doctrine as well as
excerpts from the work of Thomas Aquinas. It was acquired upon the
recommendation of Richard Pollard, a post-doctoral fellow in the department of history. It is now the oldest book in the library's collection, 'ffl
Italian flair, student fare
II Mercante, the newest restaurant to open at UBC, features an Italian gourmet menu prepared by a chef who worked at Michelin-star restaurants.
Upon sauntering through the
sleek glass door ofthe Ponderosa
Commons into a vast open space, I
am greeted by an aroma of Mediterranean food: a whiff of pizza,
pasta and pesto. The contemporary design ofthe space, a fusion
of cool concrete, planks of wood
and bold reds, certainly catches
the eye; there's a bright red Italian
Vespa and, as one would expect in
an Italian restaurant, an equally
bright red oven where chefs busily
prepare, cook and serve crisp
pizzas and pastas to their waiting
hungry habitues. Lively, bustling
and vibrant, a friendly gentleman
shouts out name after name for
students to collect their order.
Courteously lined-up one by one,
they emerge from the swarming
crowd only to disappear again, devouring many an Italian delicacy.
Il Mercante, UBC's newest
residence eatery, certainly satisfies the Italian stereotype with
its loud yet vibrant atmosphere,
but it is not just its ambiance
that I liked. Il Mercante offers
fine Italian food, and is anything
but another humdrum eatery
at UBC, as retail manager Jody
Ropas explained.
"Mercante means 'merchant'
in Italian," he said. "So, this is the
idea of a merchant kind of area
where people meet — a nice open
place with the concept that we get
fresh sustainable food. Everything
here is made from scratch. We
really wanted to have somewhere
unique with great food and a great
atmosphere in a new building."
Il Mercante offers plates that
are as extensive as they are indulgent, with a menu that reinvents
itself according to the season. It
includes curious fusions of North
America meets Italy: poached egg
topped with fontina fondue sauce
served on an English muffin, the
latter of which I certainly did
not expect to find at an Italian
restaurant. But there are the obligatory favourite Italianisms, too:
tiramisu, lasagne Bolognese and
the popular pizza prosciutto.
"We make about 100 kilograms
of pizza dough every day and sell
about 260 to 300 pizzas a day
right now, and we're not even full
capacity yet," Ropas said.
Nonetheless, Ropas says
Mercante's chef, Duke Mocchi,
is "the superstar." Influenced
by his father's cooking from the
Ferrara region of Northern Italy,
the Michelin-starred Mocchi
was inspired to recreate the
Emilia-Romagna cuisine typical
ofthe region here at UBC. Moving
to Europe in his early 20s and
gradually advancing from a prep
cook to a chef de partie at high-
We make about 100
kilograms of pizza
dough every day and
sell about 260 to 300
pizzas a day right now
Jody Ropas
Retail manager of II Mercante
end restaurants throughout Italy,
Spain and England, Mocchi spoke
about his culinary adventures
"My parents always owned
restaurants but I never actually
physically worked in there — I
just came by to help out," he said.
"Once I moved to Europe, I stayed
I there for 6 years just working at
; high-end restaurants. And then
i when I came back here I went
I through a phase where I kind of
I wanted to get out of this line of
; work, but then I was drawn back
! when I found this. I guess this is
i where my experience will hope-
; fully kick in."
•      And it certainly has. For me, it
I was the pizza prosciutto, nostal-
; gically reminding me of my sum-
! mer holidays in Italy as a young
i child, that came out on top. I felt
; a frisson of excitement as I took
I the first bite of my perfectly crisp
; and rustic pizza: a flavoursome
I fusion of basil and tomato, topped
! with arugula and delicate slices
i of revered prosciutto ham. This is
; not a greasy takeout monstrosity,
I but an authentic, oven-baked and
; appetizing pizza.
!      As a lifelong glutton for pizza
! prosciutto, Il Mercante's modern
I twist on an old-school recipe left
i me well-fed and happy, and gave
I me the experience of enjoying
; Italian hospitality and culinary
! talent at our very own campus.
! Buon appetito! tl
7:45am-8:00pm I Monday-Friday CULTURE    |    MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013
The Ubyssey student self-help
guide to student self-help guides
In addition to the encyclopedia's worth of textbooks required for courses, many a first-year student has
found him or herself burdened with the weight of so-called self-help guides. More often than not the gift
of a doting relative, the authors of these books are decorated with all sorts of suffixes (PhD, EdD, LLD),
while their covers are decorated in similarly trite stock photos of graduation caps and pieces of burnt toast.
Whether they're actually useful, however, is something only students themselves can evaluate. With this
truism in mind, a review roundup of some of the most popular student lifestyle guides — both recent and
classic — is in order. We've also included a salt rating, to give you a sense ofthe amount of everyone's
favourite mineral with which you'll need to take advice from these texts. -Rhys Edwards, Culture Editor
From social life to        flHBA,
study skills—all you
need to fit right in
Michael S. Malonc, MA
Susan Gerald and J. Lee Peters
One of Amazon's most popular
books in the student self-help
genre is The Everything College
Survival Book by Susan Fitzgerald and J. Lee Peters, two American state university vice-presidents.
The book itself is colourfully
illustrated and not particularly
thick, presumably designed to
appeal to first-years with even
the shortest of attention spans.
However, its content fails to
truly distinguish the book from
the innumerable other college
prep books on the market today.
Instead of advice, the authors
prefer to examine the college
experience itself without offering much insight. As enjoyable
as it might be to read a detailed
description of a frat party, the
book offers surprisingly few tips
to its audience on how to acquit
oneself in such a social setting.
Most notable in Everything
College is the lack of first-person
anecdotes from real university
students, a must for any good
book about adjusting to college life; real life accounts are
eschewed in favour of inane
top-10 lists about spring break
destinations and the like. Its
sections relating to the academic
side of university are somewhat
more informative, but sound
a bit like the FAQ web page on
any university library site in the
world, and fail to offer the tips
for exam success that the book's
cover claims.
That said, The Everything
College Survival Guide shouldn't
be dismissed completely. If
nothing else, it does prove to its
readers that style alone cannot
trump substance.
-Linda Zhu
Soy Sauce
(Delicious invery
small doses).
BEER and-
Kyle Prevost and Justin Bouchard
Who knew that brewing your own
beer can save you over $300 a year?
According to a new financial
guide for Canadian students, if a
student who consumes 10 alcoholic
beverages per week switches to
home brew, this is the hefty sum
that would be left in their bank account at the end ofthe year. Though
this isn't the kind of information one
would expect to stumble across in
the financial section of a bookstore,
this thrifty idea is one of many that
can be found in the one-of-a-kind
financial guide More Money for Beer
and Textbooks.
With the recent hike in tuition
rates, continually rising housing fees
and the cost of having a social life,
it is becoming increasingly difficult
to navigate the financial challenges
that come with being a university
student. Having graduated university debt free, financial bloggers
Kyle Prevost and Justin Bouchard
wrote More Money for Beer and
Textbooks, cateringto the needs
of Canadian students pursuing
post-secondary education in today's
fast-paced economy.
Written from the personal
perspectives ofthe authors, with
a touch of sarcasm and humour,
this read is as entertaining as it is
practical. Everything students need
to know about applying for and
repaying student loans, avoiding
on-campus money traps, and getting
great summer jobs is easy to find in
the chapters ofthe book. With up to
date information and statistics, this
guide offers concrete solutions to
living well on a budget, while securing a healthy financial future.
While book sales are rising on
Amazon, the More Money for Beer
and Textbooks is also popular on
White Bread
(A starchy staple
of the student
What I Wish
I Knew When
I Was 20
A C'ash Course on Making
Your Place in the Wor!d
T I N A   S E EL] G
Tina Seelig
What is the key to success? In her
international bestseller, What
I Wish I Knew When I was 20,
Stanford professor Tina Seelig
offers her perspective on "making your place in the world." Seelig delivers a succinct and bold
message to her readers. She asks
them to challenge their assumptions, to be willing to fail and to
see different life opportunities
by embracing uncertainty instead of muddling through a life
of anxiety.
While Seelig's book succeeds
in delivering its overall theme by
using numerous case studies and
Seelig's personal anecdotes, the
jargon used throughout the book
is sometimes confusing to understand. Furthermore, the book
also tries hard in pushing Seelig's
entrepreneurial ideology onto its
readers. While it is important to
see the value of entrepreneur-
ship and to take certain values
from it, Seelig may have ignored
other types of vocations with
alternative perspectives.
Other than these two concerns, the book is still well worth
a read. On the surface, the book
may seem as though it is a typical
self-help book. However, What
I Wish I Knew provides ways
of thinking which can become
guiding principles in the reader's life, if they choose to adopt
them. Seelig has done a succinct
job in summarizing this growth
mindset in her book, which will
benefit students who would like
to further their education or who
are about to start their careers.
-Adrian She
Instant Noodles
though lethal).
A  PRACTICAL GUIDE to tolvamoit.
.-_ii-,i.-in  ..i-.iii-     i J
Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy
Originally published in 1997, the
"groundbreakingbook that gave
sluts a good name" may appear to
be a guide to polyamory, but you'll
be surprised. Many ofthe chapters,
some of which discuss past and
modern preconceptions about sex
and love, apply to anyone, regardless
of relationship status.
One ofthe main concepts of The
Ethical Slut centers on the idea of
abundance, or a never-ending supply of love, that everyone possesses.
Like most concepts in the book, this
one can be applied to sex or relationships — including friendships,
as well as the relationship you have
with yourself.
The authors also suggest the
following: "One remedy for the fear
of not being loved is to remember
how good it feels to love someone. If
you're feeling unloved and you want
to feel better, go love someone, and
see what happens."
Granted, this sounds much like
practically any self help book — the
difference being that this particular
book might be a little more embarrassing to read on public transit
— but keep in mind that the main
point ofthe book is to make the
reader feel comfortable with their
own sexuality and everything that
surrounds that.
Some chapters may feel inapplicable to the average twenty-something, like the one on balancing children with a polyamorous lifestyle,
but the majority ofthe chapters
apply to anyone regardless of their
age (provided you're old enough to
give consent), sexual preference,
sexual identity or gender.
Even if you're not into dating
more than one person at the same
time, this book is handy for anyone
who wants a healthier approach to
love, friendship and sex.
-Aurora Tejeida
(Fun at parties,
but easy to
gorge on).
f *
Powerful Lessons   Fo™
t^ i /-,-! by the Author^
in Personal Change . ,, ■'
"A wonderful book that could change your life."
-Tom Peters, bestselling author ofIn Search of Excellence
Stenhen R. Cnvev
Stephen R. Covey
Leadership is important to many
students. It is something that scholarships and jobs are centred on.
But that doesn't mean you should
read The Seven Habits of Highly
Effective People.
No, let me phrase that differently: only read this book if you
are a middle-class, heterosexual,
Christian American who is married
with children.
Stephen R. Covey's multi-million copy selling work on effective
leadership has become hugely
popular since its release in 1990.
However, the book assumes a frame
of reference that many students
cannot relate to.
Covey tries to teach the reader how to better interact with
their (heterosexual) spouse, and
their children. He encourages the
reader to write a personal mission
statement comparable to the United
States constitution, and presents a
sample version containing phrases
such as "the love of Christ is visible
through my actions."
How can a student even use this
book in a diverse community?
It is difficult, but the seven habits
that Covey tries to teach its readers
are still worth looking into. The
book explains how to make the
most of your social interactions.
Covey focuses on listening rather
than speaking, on the importance of
understanding and being emphatic.
At the same time, he explains how
important it is to live according to
your most important values, instead
of pretending.
Covey shows how people are
often blinded by the assumption
that others see the world in the
same way that they themselves do.
A very valid point — and an ironic
one, too. tl
-Kanta Dihal
(Pain infused with
the possibility of
growth). // Sports + Rec
UBC a playground for urban climbers
Builderers look for creative ways to scale campus structures by night
Left: gaps like these serve as handholds for experienced climbers. Right: climbers ascend this wall by manuevering from the overhang
to these strange building decorations.
Reyhana Heatherington
Senior Lifestyle Writer
What do you see when you look at
a building? A classroom? A place of
refuge on a violently rainy day? An
affront to nature, perhaps?
Urban climbers, or builderers,
see a playground teeming with
"The best buildings were
the ones with granite surfaces,
because it felt like rock," Bill
Thompson remembered.
Thompson, who used to
practice buildering at UBC in the
1970s, is the climbing "guru" and
a mainstay at the Birdcoop, where
he maintains the climbing cave.
Buildering, also known as ste-
gophily, is the practice of climbing
the exterior of buildings. This
activity, which derives its name
from the practice of bouldering,
or rock climbing without ropes,
has a long history at universities —
including UBC.
Geoffrey Winthrop-Young became the first person to document
his buildering escapades at Cambridge University in a 74-page book
when he published The Roof-Climber's Guide to Trinity in 1900. Similar
texts followed, including the highly
venerated 1937 book, The Night
Climbers of Cambridge.
These days, Thompson said the
student recreation centre climbing cave has made buildering less
relevant at UBC.
"There is no need for it now
with the indoor gym," he said.
New trends in architecture leave
fewer options for new buildering
routes today. "It's all glass now,"
lamented Henrik*, a veteran
builderer who acts as a guide for
climbing outings. "They don't make
buildings out of concrete anymore."
Whether climbers tackle
monolithic outdoor structures or
indoor routes comprised of brightly
coloured holds, there is plenty of
variety in the athletic feats they
achieve. Along with scaling to
towering heights, climbers also
traverse walls horizontally in ways
that seem simple — until you give
it a try.
On climbing excursions, first-
time builderers are cheered on and
given words of encouragement.
When a novice climber reaches the top of a route, the group
applauds. The sense of community
is apparent when climbers share
"beta" or insight into specific
climbing techniques.
This dangerous and illegal
activity does not come without
controversy, though, and the
excitement can add to the allure of
the climb. Henrik recalled being
reported to the police by residents
with markedly misplaced worries.
"They said, 'There's people
climbing the buildings and they're
stealing chesterfields!'" he said,
These "chesterfields" were
actually crash pads the climbers
often bring to ensure safe landings
in case of a misstep.
While the term "night climber"
may conjure up ideas of rebellious miscreants, safeguards and
practical concerns often trump
adrenaline-fueled ascents.
Finding a freshly planted spiky
plant below one buildering route,
Henrik hesitated before attempting the climb.
"It would be bad to take it out,"
he said. "It wouldn't be so bad to
get a shovel and replant it a few
feet over."
Some students prefer the
exhilaration and achievement of
outdoor buildering to indoor bouldering, despite the risks.
"Climbing plastic is boring,"
Eric* said. He has been buildering
for several years and believes the
indoor gym serves as a practice
ground. "Most ofthe serious climbers in the climbing gym are just
there for training anyway," he said.
Whatever the motivation,
maneuvering indoor caves canbe a
grueling workout. Many climbers
forego traditional weightlifting
regimes, finding that climbing is
enough on its own.
Tim Smith is a fifth-year
kinesiology student and former
varsity cross-country runner who
recently made the leap to climbing at the Birdcoop. His friends,
more experienced night climbers,
enjoy the cerebral complexity
of buildering.
"[They say] it's like looking at a
puzzle and trying to figure it out,"
Smith said.
Climbing appeals to Smith
because he can develop strength in
different ways, and he has found
"the mentality translates" from his
years of competitive running. Like
many students across time zones
and generations, Smith said he has
found a "pure" and basic connection to climbing.
"It feels very fundamental,"
he said. "In here, it's me and the
wall." XI
*These names have been changed to
protect the identities of our sources.
Editor's Note: The Ubyssey does
not endorse buildering in any way.
Climbing on university structures
is extremely dangerous and is not
permitted. Any person found doing
so could face university discipline
or legal proceedings. The Ubyssey
accepts no responsibility for any injury or loss caused by such activity,
nor any effect caused by the reading
of an article about such activity.
Above: climbers shimmy up this corner of the General Services Administration Building.
Below: this low dyno requires climbers to jump from the underhang to the top.
Men's soccer headed to nationals
Nick Adams
The UBC Thunderbirds are
once again Canada West
champions. They defeated the
University of Saskatchewan
Huskies 6-1 this Sunday to reclaim their title in a match that
showed their true potential.
Stepping up his game and
solidifying the win for the
'Birds was Niall Cousens, who
scored four goals in the first
half ofthe match, setting a
conference record. Pit that
against the four goals he scored
all regular season and his
performance becomes even
more outstanding.
Before the game, the
coaches asked to see more
from Cousens, and he certainly
didn't disappoint. "Guess we
should have really pushed that
button a bit earlier," UBC head
coach Mike Mosher laughed
after the game.
"Good coaches can always
get more out of players," said
Cousens. "To be honest, I don't
know what it was today. The team
played fantastic, the service was
there, and the ball was going in."
Perhaps more important than his
four goals was his humbling attitude. Cousens credited his team for
their performance rather than highlighting his own creative abilities.
Right off the first whistle, the
'Birds were pushing. Canada West
MVP Reynold Stewart saw a chance
to put left midfielder Milad Mehrabi
through to the corner, but so did the
Huskies right defender. Stepping
up and deflecting the pass, the ball
went out for a corner.
The ball was swung in and,
although the chance off the corner
didn't result in a goal, the mental
pressure it created put the Huskies
on their heels. Minutes later, the
strong offensive mindset would pay
off forthe 'Birds.
UBC celebrates their 17th Canada West championship title after a 6-1 victory over the Saskatchewan Huskies.
Cousens, running across the
field to a bouncing ball, drew a
foul on the 30-yard line. Leaving the ball for Milad Mehrabi,
he ran into the box and, as
Mehrabi's driven shot bounced
off the keeper, Cousens opened
the floodgates by hammering the
rebound home, giving UBC their
first goal.
Not even 10 minutes later, Navid
Mashinchi took the ball into the
corner and, after undressing the
defender, chipped the ball onto the
head of Cousens who, at 6'4", easily
put away his second.
Down but not out, the Huskies
replied with a similar goal to UBC's
first. Luigi Bekwayo headed home a
rebound off a free kick that put his
trailing team back within reach of
the title.
The lead didn't last long, though.
In the 28th minute, Navid Mashinchi drove across the middle and
passed to Cousens who, on the top
ofthe box, flicked the ball right,
turned left around the defender,
nearly broke the poor kid's ankles,
and slotted his third (and nicest)
goal into the bottom left corner.
"I've been in some big games,
and with age and experience you
can handle them better, and you can
hopefully be calm on the field and
the guys can see that and feed off it,"
said Cousens. "I was happy with the
performance today, both in myself
and the team."
Two minutes later, he put the
final nail in the coffin. Tyler Mertens chipped a quick through ball
into the box and Cousens finished
his fourth and final goal with ease.
Off a corner, Cousens nearly
headed home another, but the
keeper swatted it away just in time.
Unfortunately for Saskatchewan,
he cleared it onto the foot of Milad
Mehrabi, who cranked it into the
back ofthe net to make it 6-1.
Second to Cousens' outstanding
game was Mitchell Popadynetz
who, after coming on late in the
second half, scored the final goal
for UBC.
Both teams fought hard until the
final whistle but at the end ofthe
day it was the 'Birds who chanted
"Ole, Ole, Ole" as they lifted the
Canada West champions trophy.
The Huskies may have a shot at
revenge as both teams fly out tomorrow for Frederictonto compete
in the CIS finals, seeding for which
will take place later this week. XI
Women's soccer
Trailing 1-0 deep into the second half of the Canada West
semifinal game, UBC women's soccer captain Taryn Lim
made a diving header that
sent the ball past University
of Alberta goalkeeper Kelti
Biggs to keep her team in
the game. Sadly, it wasn't
enough, as Alberta's Jessie
Candlish scored the lone
goal in overtime, sending the
Pandas on to the gold medal
game, and more importantly,
to CIS nationals next week in
UVic co
Men's hockey 'Birds storm back
Jack Hauen
Joe Antilla's hat trick lead the UBC
Thunderbirds men's hockey team
to a 7-4 victory over the University
of Lethbridge Pronghorns Saturday
night, ending their four game losing
streak and splitting the weekend
series with the 'Horns after Friday
night's double overtime loss.
Compared to the rest ofthe game,
the first period was fairly uneventful, and left the score tied 1-1 after
20 minutes. UBC opened the scoring
with a goal at 4:29 as Scott MacDonald put in the rebound off a point
shot from Kevin Smith.
Lethbridge's Mike Forsyth
responded at 11:15 with a high
one-timer just after the puck was
dropped. This seemed to give Lethbridge some momentum, but even
a UBC interference penalty at 15:35
couldn't give them what they needed to take the lead in the first frame.
The period ended with the shots
favouring the Pronghorns 13-11.
The second period began with a
Lethbridge powerplay, which was
handily killed off by the T-Birds.
The game started to break open
in this frame, beginning with a
UBC tip that sailed just high over
the shoulder of Lethbridge goalie
Damien Ketlo, with chances in
tight coming soon after. Ketlo held
his ground, however, and the game
remained 1-1.
The fast pace continued after a
careening puck sailed across Hewitt's crease, rebounding into a UBC
rush to Lethbridge's end and some
sustained pressure from the 'Birds.
The 'Horns took their first lead
at 13:53, when Ryon Moser snapped
one in from the bottom ofthe faceoff
circle. UBC immediately came
storming back to tie it at two 28
seconds later with Antilla's first of
the night — a wicked shot he carried
into the slot that beat Ketlo up high.
The game broke clean open at
this point, and started to get a bit
chippy. At 15:13, Pronghorn Mason
Conway took his second minor
ofthe game, this time a charging
call deep in the Thunderbird zone.
UBC's Ben Schmidt steamrolled a
Lethbridge player just as the call
was being made, drawing some
cheers from the crowd.
Lethbridge responded to take
a 3-2 lead at 15:50 as Cass Mappin
tapped in a hard pass from David
McMullen just to the side of Hewitt's crease. Only 12 seconds later,
however, the T-Birds tied it at three
on the powerplay as Brad Hoban
pounced on a juicy rebound sitting
right in the crease and ripped one
top shelf, beating Ketlo cleanly.
In the third period, Antilla began
to work his magic. A minute in, he
jumped up on a two-on-one and
came ever so close to his second of
the night, but a flash of Ketlo's leather denied him. The crowd was still
buzzing as Antilla capitalized on his
momentum by going down on one
knee, Brett Hull-style, to rip home a
one-timer in the slot, making it 4-3
'Birds 1:36 into the frame.
UBC didn't let up for a moment
as they continued to pressure the
Pronghorns' zone. A wide-open
Lethbridge net with the puck dribbling just wide, Brendon Wall's
dangles ending in a razor-thin
miss, captain Schmidt's Ber-
tuzzi-esque one-handed drive to
the net, MacDonald's ringer off the
post after shaking three Pronghorns in the slot — the scoring
opportunities were the pinnacle
of quantity and quality, but none
found the back ofthe net.
Matt Hewitt was not to be
outshone, however, as he made the
best save ofthe game, and perhaps
the season, to keep the game from
becomingtied. On his back, down
and out, he reached behind his back
to steal from Mappin what should
have been a sure goal. Lethbridge
celebrated and the crowd sighed, but
the referee behind the net waved his
arms "no goal". After some confusion, everyone realized that Hewitt
belongs in Cirque de Soleil, and
Mappin should sue for robbery.
The highlight reel save ignited
the 'Birds further, as Luke Lockhart
waltzed into the slot and got the
game-winner by snapping a mean
shot over Damien Ketlo's shoulder
to put the 'Birds up 5-3.
Joe Antilla (27) had a hat trick to lead UBC to a 7-4 victory on Saturday.
After a huge glove save by
Hewitt, UBC's Nate Fleming took a
high-sticking penalty, putting UBC
shorthanded with 4:12 to go in the
game. Joe Antilla didn't seem to
notice, though, as he blazed down
the right wing and sent a wicked
snapshot between Ketlo's legs with
3:04 remaining to give his team a
6-3 lead.
Some chippy play ensued in
the Thunderbird zone, as some
frustration came to the surface. At
18:20, UBC's Nate Fleming took a
retaliatory cross-checking penalty,
which led to Lethbridge's fourth
goal ofthe game at 19:04 from
David McMullen, after a scramble
in the slot.
The T-Birds got it back in the
final seconds with Luke Lock-
hart's second ofthe game - an
empty-netter to make the final
score 7-4. XI
Field Hockey
Last week, UBC was unable
to capture their 11th straight
Canada West title when they
lost 2-0 to the University of
Victoria Vikes. However, they
had no trouble winning their
fhree round robin games at
CIS nationals, hosted by the
Vikes, and wound up with a
rematch in the gold medal
game. With goals by Canada
West MVP Rachel Donohoe,
Hannah Haughn and Sara
McManus, UBC took a 4-1
victory to claim their 15th CIS
national championship title,
third straight. UBC midfielder
Abigail Raye was named tournament MVP. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013    |    SPORTS + REC
Football T-Birds left out in the cold
Close loss to the undefeated University of Calgary Dinos ends promising season
CJ Pentland
Managing Editor, Web
Heading to the playoffs for the
first time in two years, the UBC
Thunderbirds had the odds stacked
against them.
Not only were the University
of Calgary Dinos — a team coming off an 8 - 0 regular season and
looking for their sixth straight
conference title — standing in their
path, but so was a heavy snowfall
that never let up throughout the
contest. Yes, UBC's motto this year
was "All Weather," but it's kind
of hard to prepare for blizzard
conditions when your team is based
in Vancouver.
The game didn't start too badly
for the 'Birds. A two-and-out on
Calgary's first drive gave UBC the
ball right away, and they promptly
went 56 yards on five plays to take a
7-0 lead. Another stop saw the ball
back in the T-Birds' possession, and
they took advantage with a Quinn
Van Gylswyk field goal to push the
lead to 10.
The momentum kept snowballing
as Calgary quarterback Andrew
Buckley threw an errant pass right
into the hands of UBC's Jordan Bosa
for the interception. On the ensuing
play, Carson Williams found Josh
Kronstrom in the end zone for a 35-
yard touchdown, and all of a sudden
it was a 17-0 lead for the blue and
gold just over 10 minutes into the
game. It was a dream start.
But then the Dinos remembered
that they were one of the best teams
in the country, pinched the 'Birds
and woke them from their bliss. A
17-point deficit for the Dinos and
their offence was next to nothing
for them to overcome — especially
considering they were playing a
team that blew a 17-point lead with
under eight minutes to play earlier
in the year. UBC knew the blowback
would come, and it did.
However, the Thunderbirds did
a good job of limiting the damage.
Despite not scoring for the rest of
the half, they held the Dinos to just
one touchdown, forcing Calgary
to settle for three field goals and a
forced safety and seeing them down
by just one at halftime, 18-17.
In the third, it appeared that
UBC found their momentum again.
Brandon Deschamps needed just
two plays to rush 55 yards to the
house to give his team the lead back,
but that was the last time the 'Birds
would hold the advantage. The
defence once again did their part by
limiting the Calgary offence, as UBC
carried a 24-21 lead into the final 15
minutes of play. But when another
one of the top running backs in the
nation, Mercer Timmis, kept running into defenders slipping in the
snow, they got worn down quickly.
It didn't help that the UBC offence
was giving their defensive corps
only a couple minutes of rest due to
short possessions.
Timmis erased the small deficit
at the start ofthe fourth quarter,
leaping over the goal line to give
Calgary the lead. UBC's Van Gylswyk kicked a field goal to trim the
margin, but Timmis scored again
to make it an eight-point game.
Howver, the game was still in reach,
especially when the Dinos conceded
a single to make it a seven-point
game. All UBC needed was a stop on
Calgary's next drive.
With their season on the line,
they got that stop. After the Calgary
punt, this gave the 'Birds just under
three minutes and about 90 yards to
tie it up and extend their season.
They couldn't even get 10.
Having to cover that much
ground in that short amount of time,
UBC simply couldn't rely just on
Deschamps, meaning that Williams would have to step up. I said
last week that the running game
and defence would do their part in
helping take down Calgary in the
playoffs, and they did, as Deschamps
ran for 186 yards on 22 carries and
the defence never caved. I also said
that the quarterbacking corps, be it
Williams or Greg Bowcott behind
centre, would have to step up.
Overall, Williams played a strong
game, completing 13 of 22 passes
for 256 yards while throwing a
touchdown and no interceptions.
But in the end, he didn't get the help
he needed. With second-and-three,
the 'Birds opted to throw it, going
the direction of Patrick Bull, who
had six catches for 134 yards on the
afternoon. But the throw bounced
off his numbers, falling to the frozen
turf below him. Then, onthird-and-
three, they handed it off to Deschamps, who stormed into the pile
in front of him.
He got close first down marker,
but the spot wasn't favourable and
he was just short ofthe line, and the
ball went back to Calgary. (I must
briefly mention the refs, who missed
Rashaun Simonise stepping out of
bounds on a punt return before he
gained 30 more yards, and called a
catch on another throw that clearly
hit the turf. Not to say that they
changed the outcome ofthe game,
but they were noteworthy events).
The Dinos then capped off the game
with another touchdown, making
the final score 42-28 and sending
them to the Hardy Cup final.
The unofficial motto for this
year's T-Birds team could be "the
UBC football finished with an overall record of 4-5 in 2013.
game was a lot closer than the score
indicated." Despite the 14-point
margin, this game truly went down
to the wire, as did their opening
game against Calgary and their
losses this year to Manitoba and
Saskatchewan. The average person
may look at UBC's results this year
and see a final record on 4-5 and
think they didn't play well, but that
definitely isn't the case. This team
played well beyond expectations,
and showed they could compete
with the big boys. They just didn't
have that killer instinct.
The team now heads into an offseason that might even be their last.
With UBC undergoing their sport
targeting review process that will
most likely remove some teams from
varsity status, the future of football
beyond 2014 remains up in the air.
How that affects next year's team is
yet to be determined, but this year,
it perhaps even motivated them to
show that they are a team worth the
school's time and attention.
It would be easy to end an article
like this by saying that while UBC
didn't get it done this year, the
strides this season bode well for the
future. Deschamps solidified his
status as one ofthe best running
backs in the country, the defence
played better than they have in
years, the quarterback and receiving corps gelled quickly and Van
Gylswyk led the country in punting
as a first year. But when there's no
definite future, that can't really be
said. Right now, UBC football just
has to wait and see, but hopefully
for them, these gains aren't cut short
after just one year. XI
Rowing squads 2nd
overall at nationals
Colin Chia
Senior Quebec Correspondent
MONTREAL - UBC Thunderbird rowers fought through rough
water and tough competition at the
Canadian University Rowing Championships in Montreal this weekend
to finish second overall in both the
men's and women's competitions.
With all 12 T-Bird crews advancing to the A finals from the
time trials — a first for the rowing
program — UBC were set up in a
tight battle for the overall title at
the Olympic Basin, built for the 1976
Summer Olympics.
UBC won gold in the women's
open pairs, men's fours and the
women's eights. T-Birds also took
second place in the men's eights, and
another silver went to Max Lattimer
in the men's lightweight singles.
In both genders, Canadian
university rowing is a highly competitive field where rowers need
to reach an international standard
to win, and competitors often
include Olympians.
"The top four schools were
basically trading wins all daylong,"
said women's head coach Craig
Pond. "On the women's side, the
calibre ofthe competition is at an
all-time high.
"Our goal was to win, so we're
feeling a bit disappointed, but
[we're] happy we won the eights,"
said Pond, calling UBC's victory
in that event a "huge accomplishment".
The aftermath of a windstorm
sweeping through Montreal made
for challenging conditions, especially in the morning. The day started
with UBC's Alex Janzen tipping his
boat over in rough water and failing
to finish the men's singles.
"It was a bit of a heartbreaker,
really. They battled very hard, and
faced with some different circumstances, they might have been able
to win the day," said men's head
coach Mike Pearce, who praised
the University of Western Ontario
team that took home the men's and
women's overall championships.
One key point in the regatta came
when Western pipped UBC for first
place in the men's eights by a narrow
four-second margin.
"They had a stronger, heavier
crew that really helped them with
the headwind in the eights," said
Pearce. "The worst conditions for
a light crew versus a heavy crew is
a strong headwind, and that's what
we had today."
All of UBC's crews demonstrated
that they were competitive over
the regatta and in the time trials,
however, and Pearce considers this
a sign that the program has a good
base of athletic talent going forward.
"We'll be back next year with
even more intention to win a
banner." XI
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The Take Back the Night rally at UBC quickly became a parody of everything wrong with the left, and failed as campus advocacy.
A sorry excuse for campus activism
The Ubyssey, for those of you who
don't know, is pretty right-wing by
Canadian student newspaper standards. Now, mind you, Canadian
student newspapers (including The
Ubyssey in its earlier days) have a
proud history of leftism veering
toward Marxism.
The point is, while we're hardly
conservative (we have a poster of
Mao Zedong in our office), we're a
cynical bunch, and we often cast
a disparaging eye toward those on
our left.
But despite this cynicism, I really
want, and I think the newspaper
staff really wants, something good
to come from the recent spate of
feminist activism on campus. First
came the Sauder rape cheer, then
the sexual assaults, and helping cover both for The Ubyssey, I've been
reminded ofthe still-precarious
position of women in society. Institutionalized misogyny, illustrated
by naked photo competitions and
sexist cheers at Sauder FROSH, and
unchecked violence, made plain by
the recent attacks on campus, both
still plague society.
Thankfully, gender equality in
the West has made great strides
over the past several decades. But
on the whole, there is still a long
way we can go as a society, and as
students at a top institute of higher
education, we can contribute to
that happening.
Unfortunately, those putting
themselves forward as the face
of feminist activism at UBC are
doing a God-awful job when it
comes to increasing equality — and
they're seemingly proud of this
shameful fact.
The first problem is that the
recent sexual assaults and the
resulting media attention shined on
our campus has been co-opted by a
slew of groups looking to promote
an often militant leftist agenda. It
seems these groups, or individual
activists, view the series of violent
sexual attacks on students at UBC
as the perfect excuse to raise their
litany of complaints about society:
the RCMP, Campus Security, our
university, remnants of colonialism, the Museum of Anthropology,
fraternities and white people are all
to blame for rape culture.
Perhaps those targets do deserve
some blame. As a white American
male, am I complicit in some pretty
terrible things that white people,
Americans and men have done over
the past several hundred years, ot
over the past several days? Hours?
Undoubtedly I am.
But here's what the activists
decrying the RCMP and colonialism
are missing: these assaults aren't
about rape culture or colonialism,
nor are the RCMP or the university
doing anything wrong.
The RCMP aren't victim-blaming
by telling students not to walk alone.
They are offering sound advice
about how to stay safe at night.
Scott Anderson, a UBC philosophy professor who has spoken out
forcefully against the causes of rape
culture, explained the disconnect between the recent assaults
and larger issues of consent and
rape culture.
"Most men have very little sympathy for the guy who hides in the
bushes and jumps out," Anderson
told the Canadian University Press.
"But they have a lot of sympathy
for other men who take it too far
or resort to non-consensual means
against women who are drunk or
The research on rapists who
knowingly and intentionally attack
women suggests they are driven by
anger and a desire for power, not a
misunderstanding over the meaning
of consent. Putting out a message
of "no means no" will not deter the
man or men lurking in the bushes of
Point Grey.
Historically, Take Back the Night
rallies have been held to protest
unsafe conditions in cities around
the world, where many women are
being attacked by many men and the
police are refusing to take action. In
contrast, the UBC rally was essentially held in opposition to one man
whose abhorrent crimes have generated a massive law enforcement and
university response.
That makes the march, and those
behind it, hard to take seriously — especially when they bring
up off-topic issues like transgender inequality and the theft of
aboriginal artifacts.
Just what are these activists out
to achieve?
Rape culture and victim-blaming are serious issues. Misogyny
generally is a serious issue.
The hangover of colonialism
is a serious issue. Racism is a
serious issue.
But none of those issues are to
blame for the recent attacks, and
none ofthe activists behind Take
Back the Night drew any convincing
parallels between the attacks and
their complaints about Canadian
These activists are turning
the assaults of students in our
community into an opportunity to
air opinions that would otherwise
have no place in the discourse
at hand. They are so off-base
when it comes to this issue that
it makes it easy to write off their
message altogether.
When men are told they are to
blame for the recent attacks because
they don't lecture their male friends
on the importance of consent, or
that their opinions on how to fight
rape culture are moot because of
their gender, they are likely to tune
out the entire message. And there's
been no shortage of women who
have said they are loath to lend their
support to UBC's Take Back the
Night and related activism because
they don't want to be branded as
radicals — a legitimate fear, unfortunately.
As UBC president Stephen Toope
said at a recent press conference, the
attacks on campus are a chance for
our community to come together.
It would not have been hard to
organize a march across campus
where students could show that
nighttime safety on campus should
be a university priority, and that
the community stands together in
the face of a genuinely scary series
of attacks.
But instead, desperate for an indicator that rape culture was rearing
its ugly head at their university, a
handful of activists, joined by various Vancouver community groups
with similar agendas, insisted on
holding a poorly organized march
which did nothing to solve any of
the problems they claim to be fighting, and actually divided our community at a time when we should be
banding together.
The organizers of Take Back the
Night, Women Against Violence
Against Women and others can
be proud that they held to their
ideological lines in putting on the
march and attempting to enforce
absurd parameters over what
language can be used and whose
voices can be heard in the debate
over how to respond to the assaults.
But they should be ashamed at
everything else.
Here's to hoping courageous and
pragmatic advocates for women's
rights emerge at UBC and start agitating effectively for change. XI
Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who was allegedly caught on video smokng from a crack pipe,
isn't the only Canadian leader in trouble. The Ubyssey has obtained exclusive footage,
seen above, of UBC president Stephen J. Toope indulging in his secret honey addiction
with an area bear.
If you didn't spend your Halloween night absolutely hammered
and running on a sugar high, you
might have noticed that protesters from the Take Back the Night
walk graffitied the infamous
engineering cairn with the phrase
"fuck rape culture," conveniently
over a new Happy Halloween
Or perhaps you noticed the
AMS' zombie mob entitled the
"Walking Debt," (lol) a Hallow-
een-themed protest over tuition
If that wasn't enough, you may
have even noticed the Acadia Park
trick-or-treat event, using their
last trick-or-treat to protest the
residence's impending closure.
Now, all of these are great
causes, and everyone certainly
has the right to have their voice
heard. But it's really too bad that
so many groups have taken what's
supposed to be a fun, lighthearted
day and turned it into a stage for
political rallies.
So please, UBC, can we not
have one day where we dress up,
eat too much candy and pretend
to be people who can let politics
go just this once?
Many media outlets are going
to report that Sauder School of
Business students are the scum
ofthe earth for voting against
a $200,000 referendum to fund
sexual assault counselling and
education. To be fair, it looks
bad. And it looks particularly bad
for Sauder dean Robert Helsley,
the one who made the funding
commitment publicly.
The pledge was Helsley's all
along, and it turns out that students don't like to be bullied into
decisions by the administration.
The terms ofthe agreement were
loose and students did not know
exactly how this money would
be spent.
If you want student cooperation, make sure you have real
support behind an initiative, instead of making empty promises
to a room full of cameras. Spending decisions should be more than
just a PR stunt.
Students have been experiencing
problems with Connect since the
beginning ofthe year. UBC IT
doesn't know why this is, except
that it might have to do with some
problems at the vendor.
While a lot of students seem to
be dealing with this by just using
Connect as little as possible, some
classes require students to use
connect to complete quizzes and
hand in assignments. The whole
point ofthe platform is to make
things easier for professors and
students, not harder.
UBC needs to figure out what
is wrong with Connect and fix it.
In the meantime, we're wondering why they phased out Vista for
a program that's essentially the
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OTTAWA - "Have you heard
UBC's football program is ending?
Are you furious about it? You
should be!"
If you pay attention to the
sports pages of Vancouver's
newspapers, this is the kind of
thing you've been reading lately.
The Province's Tony Gallagher and
The Vancouver Sun's Iain Macln-
tyre have been writing columns
filled with anonymous rumours
and suggestions that a nefarious
scheme is under way to terminate
UBC's football and hockey programs under the guise of a varsity
sports review. The funding, they
tell us, will be redirected to more
inclusive "health and wellness"
A remarkable response came on
Thursday, when UBC's president, in a broadcast email, and
VP Students Louise Cowin, in a
Sun op-ed, fired back at the two
columnists and called them liars.
They weren't quite that direct, of
course — Stephen Toope referred
to "misinformation that is being
circulated," while Louise Cowin
described "loud voices raising
completely false fears." But given
the usual jargon-laden safety of
UBC's executive communications,
they may as well have said: "You
want to take this outside? Let's
Now, I have no inside information on whether UBC will have
football five years from now. What
I do know a bit about is media
culture, and I have a pretty good
idea of what set off UBC's top
brass. Having once been an editor
at this very paper, it puts me in the
unfamiliar position of defending
university officials against a
feisty press.
Nobody questions whether
Gallagher and Maclntyre have
good connections to UBC's
sports alumni community. Heck,
Gallagher has been writing about
Vancouver sports for nearly half a
century. But good sources don't always make for accurate reporting
— especially when those sources
are kept secret.
Gallagher first wrote about this
subject on Oct. 18. Though he had
nobody saying this on the record,
he assured us the sports "rumoured to be on the hit list include
football and hockey." A week later,
Gallagher walked back his claim
and told us hockey was safe — but
football was in even more danger!
When columnists do this sort of
thing, waffling back and forth and
asking us to trust them without
knowing who's whispering in their
ear, it's impossible to know what's
But there's a second problem,
and I suspect it's the reason you
can detect real anger in the statements from Toope and Cowin.
The tone ofthe columns has been
this: now that Cowin and UBC's
athletics director Ashley Howard
are in charge, we've got a couple of
Frisbee-playing women who only
care about womanly things like
"wellness," and are incapable of
appreciating the virtues of competition and excellence in sport.
If you think I'm exaggerating in
the slightest, I encourage you to go
read the columns.
A charitable interpretation here
is that Gallagher and Maclntyre
are simply passing on the contempt
their sources have toward Cowin
and Howard, who have both clearly ruffled some feathers among
alumni. There are, however, many
uncharitable interpretations.
The columns were sprinkled
with a handful of other anonymous rumours, including that
wealthy developers will build
condos where the football stadium
is, and that the expensive new
aquatic centre was built to squeeze
out sports the university doesn't
want. So the mushy feminists are
in league with the millionaire real
estate moguls? It's easy to lose
track here.
One can see why Toope and
Cowin felt they had to issue mass
media corrections of "misinformation." It's not about cost-cutting or
wellness, they said. They want to
channel the same resources into
fewer areas and achieve a better
rate of excellence. That's it.
That Gallagher and Maclntyre
completely missed the point of
the review is pretty embarrassing.
But they weren't interested in
understanding the deeper context
behind UBC's athletics review;
they were interested in making
snarky, mean-spirited attacks on
the two women against whom
their sources have axes to grind,
and riling up a base of university
jocks who are infuriated that
football and hockey weren't given
protection in the review.
Football and hockey could be
candidates for retraction, or they
might not be. It could be other
sports. It could be no sports. We
don't know yet. That's the whole
point of a review.
Here's why all this matters:
there are big issues that need
examining in this area. UBC has
always had trouble marketing
its varsity sports, for one. Many
students pay a hefty $200 athletics fee they see little return on,
for another.
Then there's the ever-increasing
pressure UBC puts on its so-called
"ancillary operations" to generate
revenue, which includes departments like athletics, the bookstore
and parking. That's because the
province provides ever-decreasing
funding to universities, telling
them to "cut the fat" to make up
for it. It's why the shiny athletics
facilities are heavily promoted
to deeper-pocketed non-student
groups, and why the bookstore is a
sprawling, aggressive retail outlet,
among other examples.
If the biggest voices in Vancouver's sports press took up some of
these problems in well-informed
columns, then that would add real
value to the debate over UBC's
varsity sports program. Instead,
they've turned the debate into an
old-boys network spreading gossip
and rumours. What a shame. XI
Brian Piatt is a former Ubyssey
features editor, and is now a journalism graduate student at Carleton
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