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Array SEPTEMBER 3,20151 VOLUME XCV| issue
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WHAT'S ON i    THIS WEEK, MAY^
TUESDAY    03
IMAGINE DAY: THE
MAIN EVENT
3:30P.M. ©MAIN MALL
No classes for most students!
Clubs and societies will be setting
up booths on Main Mall. Free
swag (mostly pens and stickers)
should be expected.
Free
OUR CAMPUS//
ONE ON ONE WITH THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE UBC
TUESDAY ' 03
THESCENE
10 A.M. @ NORMAN MACKENZIE FINE
ARTS PLAZA (BESIDE BELKIN GALLERY)
Learn about the performing,
creative and visual arts at UBC.
Interactive art stations will be set
up and outdoor performances will
be held by the UBC Opera and
School of Music.
Free
WEDNESDAY ' 04
FIRSTWEEK: OPEN AIR
PIT NIGHT
7P.M.@PITPUB
Every Wednesday is Pit Night.
For the first of the year, the party
spills over from the SUB basement to the upstairs patio. Bring
your student card and valid ID.
Free, 19+
ON
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Welcome back, UBC! Summer
seems like a rosy-coloured
blur. Although school starts off
slow in September, news never
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3EPTEMBER3.2013 | VOLUMEXCV| ISSUEI
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Kai Okazaki makes music with his guitar, his voice and a looping pedal, and also finds time for environmental activism.
SUSTAINING NOTES AND
THE ENVIRONMENT
Joey Levesque
Contributor
Okazaki is all about sustaining — both musically
and environmentally.
Okazaki, a fourth-year
Forestry student, balances his
time between his work as a
singer-songwriter and his work
as the student coordinator for
sustainability in residence at
CIRS. The Alberta native grew
up in Jasper, surrounded by
forest and mountains.
"Living in a national park
really gets people to understand how important ecological
integrity is in a community
like mine," Okazaki said. "My
program focuses on research
and management of natural resources that we use
and interact with in our
everyday lives.
"I have learned from my
parents, friends and community to really appreciate and value the natural
surroundings. Parks Canada,
our municipality and our
locals are all very... committed to long-term plans for
Jasper and that's why I chose
Forestry at UBC."
In residence, Okazaki is
involved with the Do It in
the Dark energy conservation initiative and UBC's ban
on plastic water bottles.
But he's been a musician
for far longer. When he was
eight, Okazaki enrolled himself in piano lessons, at 15
he picked up the guitar, and
today he sings and records
himself live. He manages
his ownYouTube channel
(KaiOkazakiProduction)
and Tumblr.
Recently he's started to
explore looping, a musical
technique where a chord
progression is repeated with
a guitar pedal to create an
infinite loop. The loop becomes the foundation for the
musician to layer melodies
on top. Drawing from his
experiences as a percussionist, Okazaki records himself
hitting the guitar like a drum
to set the rhythm, then he sings
chords note-by-note into the
looper.
For live performances,
Okazaki can improvise over the
loop with his guitar, playing
anything that pops into his
head. With his loops, he's able
to drape melodies over an almost infinite length of time and
accomplish things most solo
musicians can't.
"You can get some unreal
sounds out of it," Okazaki
said, "just doing one of those
bedroom jams with the amp
cranked as high as you can."
Citing Justin Nozuka, City
and Colour, Ed Sheeran and
Bastille as influences, Okazaki says he's starting to lean
toward including electronic
flavours in the vein of Alex
Clare and the now-ubiquitous
Ellie Goulding.
For many musicians, the
writing process can prove a
long and arduous road; for
Okazaki, it's a matter of refining material over time. Luckily,
with his loops, it seems he'll
have a lot of it.
"When I'm not so 'eco-war-
rior', I like to just have some
downtime and perform. I am
equally passionate about music
and conservation, and hope
they are inspiring people to do
things they love." XI
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WHISTLER »
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An AMS report has determined that the Whistler Lodge could be operated as a sustainable student service.
Whistler Lodge viable as a student service
Sarah Bigam
News Editor
The AMS has released a report
about the viability of continuing
to operate the whistler Lodge as
a service rather than a business.
Released on August 19, the
report completed by AMS VP
Finance Joaquin Acevedo determined that the Lodge could be
financially viable as a student
service and recommended its
becoming one.
As a business, the Lodge has
lost the AMS $220,000 from
2005-2013.
The report produced a financial model in which the Lodge
would run neutral after costs.
This model increases the price
for the general public from $30
to $35, although it would be
preferred to increase occupancy
rather than price. Student pricing
would remain the same at $25
per night.
NEWS BRIEFS
UBC study finds poverty effects
ability to think
A new study has found that poverty
can impair mental function.
The study found that people in
poverty often put so much effort into
meeting their basic needs that they
have limited "mental bandwidth"
leftforthings like education or
decisionmaking.
"Previous accounts of poverty
have blamed the poorfortheir personal failings, or an environment that
is not conducive to success," said
UBC professorand lead authorof the
study Jiaying Zhao.
"We're arguing that being poor
can impaircognitive functioning,
which hinders individuals'ability to
make good decisions and can cause
further poverty."
UBC study finds new asteroid
Astronomers at UBC have discovered that there could be more
asteroids in space than was
previously thought.
The astronomers discovered the
first asteroid that shares an orbit with
the planet Uranus, and believe there
are more asteroids like it in space.
"Surprisingly, our model predicts
that at any given time three per cent
of scattered objects between Jupiter
and Neptuneshould beco-orbitals
of Uranus or Neptune," said Mike
Alexandersen, lead authorof the
study, xt
The model assumes current operational costs remain the same and
that there are no capital expenses.
If all recommendations are implemented and demand continues to
rise, the lodge would make around
$30,000 a year starting in 2014.
Recommended short-term code
and maintenance upgrades include
improvements to entry landscaping, parking lot stairs, bathrooms,
emergency exterior lighting, sauna
lighting, benches, exterior doors
and the entry deck, costing a total
of $86,397. A larger short-term
improvement scheme also included
a $125,000 charge for the creation of
five private rooms.
"The smaller things that have a
low estimated cost and relatively
high urgency we would accomplish
those within the operational budget
that we have right now as to not
make any further losses to the lodge
for this fiscal year," said Acevedo.
The cost of the renovations to
the Lodge were not included in the
FIRST NATIONS »
Classes suspended
for Reconciliation
Commission
Will McDonald
News Editor
UBC is suspending classes on
Sept. 18 in honour of events
surrounding the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission.
The Commission aims to collect
testimonies from survivors of
the residential school system and
spread that information to the
public. Commission events will be
held in Vancouver from Sept. 18-21.
Line Kesler, director of the First
Nations House of Learning and
senior adviser to the president of
UBC on aboriginal affairs, said
deciding to suspend classes is a big
step for UBC.
"To my knowledge, UBC is the
first university to do this in the
history of these kind of events,"
said Kesler. "It's a bold statement
by the university and we hope
something that will engage a lot of
people."
Kesler said most Canadians are
unaware of the history of residential schools, where aboriginal
students were often physically,
psychologically and sexually
abused, and isolated from their
families, culture, and language.
"The fact that most people don't
know this is certainly not their
fault, and it isn't surprising. But it
is something we need to address
and I believe it's something we
need to correct," said Kesler.
model since they would not be paid
for by the Whistler Lodge's revenue
if it is deemed a student service
instead of a business. As the scope
of the report excluded selling or
demolishing the lodge, Acevedo did
not comment on that possibility. The
decision was made earlier this year
to keep the Lodge open until at least
the end of this fiscal year, which
ends on April 30.
The report recommends that
funding for improvements come
from the Student Spaces Fund, to
which each student currently pays
$15.75 a year and which specifically lists "Whistler Cabin renovations and expansion" as one of its
mandates. The fund currently has a
balance of about $481,000.
"I would prioritize the Whistler Lodge over any of those other
projects to come out of this fund,"
Acevedo said. Council has yet to
determine their stance on this.
The report noted that $1.1 million
has been earmarked from this fund
for spending on a microbrewery
at the UBC Farm. This is also yet
to be approved by Council, but if
it is, it could impact the amount of
funds that go to Whistler.
Further recommendations from
the report include developing an
asset management plan to maintain the lodge in the long term,
improving marketing, improving
technology used for bookings,
restructuring booking staff to
save $20,000 in labour costs, and
reviewing the lodge rules and
regulations. These include rules
such as silence after 11 p.m. and a
liquor ban for the whole group if
any one member is underage.
The report also suggested
building partnerships both on-
and off-campus to support the
financial operation of the Lodge.
Potential on-campus partners included the Commerce and Engineering Undergraduate Societies,
and various clubs and residences.
If there were 11 partners and each
booked the Lodge once a year, it
would make $20,000 per year for
the Lodge.
SFU and Kwantlen were also
suggested as external partners.
Both had expressed interest in
the six months leading up to the
report. The partnerships were
predicted to make $25,200 and
$10,690 respectively.
There will be a public consultation campaign to engage with
stakeholders of the Whistler
Lodge. The campaign aims to
gather feedback from students,
AMS constituencies, clubs
involved with the Lodge, and
external organizations that utilize
the Lodge.
The campaign will have both
an online and physical presence.
The information gathered will be
made publicly available and will be
included in the final recommendation to the AMS.
According to Vice-President
External Affairs Tanner Bokor, a
full list of consultation dates and
locations will be released on September 4 at 5pm.
The final decision on the Whistler Lodge is set to be made at the
Sept. 25 AMS Council meeting. XI
CONSTRUCTION »
New SUB could
be delayed until
2015
PHOTO CARTER BRUNDAGEfTHE UBYSSEY
Classes will be suspended Sept. 18 for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Kesler said the effects of residential schools still plague the
aboriginal community today.
"There's a lot of intergenera-
tional trauma," he said. "A generation that didn't go to the schools
suffered very similar forms of
abuse in the community as a
result of the patterns that were
established in the schools."
Kelser said one of the most
important parts of the Truth
and Reconciliation Commission
is acknowledging what happened in residential schools, and
giving the victims of the schools
a chance to come to terms with
what happened.
Kesler said it can often be
traumatizing for victims of
residential schools to recount
their experiences, but it is crucial
for Canadians to know about
their history.
"They don't want people to feel
guilty about it. They just want
people to understand that this
is our history as our country,"
Kesler said. "The recognition is
profound."
Kesler said suspending classes
should encourage more students
to attend events related to the
Commission, and increase awareness on campus.
"We really do think that
people going there makes a huge
immediate difference and that
it sets the stage for far more
well-informed and meaningful
discussions about all kinds of
issues that we're going to have
one way or another for the rest of
the century," said Kesler. XI
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Construction on the New SUB is delayed.
Will McDonald
News Editor
The New SUB could open as late
as January 2015.
The $103-million-dollar
building was slated to open in
September 2014, but construction delays and the possibility of
going over budget are holding up
the project.
The project is expected to
burn through its entire $3.1
million contingency fund by the
time it is completed. If the project requires more funding than
its contingency fund can provide,
the AMS will either have to find
more money to fund to project or
cut elements from the building.
"In our development agreement, it states pretty explicitly
that if the budget is set to go over
budget that we will cut from
scope in order to make up the
budget loss. That's [on] paper,
which is disappointing, but
we're looking at another route
right now," said AMS VP Admin
Derek Moore.
Moore said that if the funding issue is not resolved, the
proposed slides in the New SUB
could be one of the things that
get cut.
"Unfortunately, all our programming right now is tied to
the way which we resolve this
financial issue," said Moore.
"I'll tell you, I'm super stoked on
that slide and I'm pushing pretty
hard to make it happen. But it
does depend on how this issue is
resolved."
Moore added that the AMS
may be able to increase the
budget for the project by using
some creative accounting. He
said the AMS' contribution to the
project is based on the number
of students paying fees that go
towards the building. Moore said
that student enrolment numbers
are expected to exceed the number originally projected by UBC.
So, if UBC recalculates the AMS'
contribution to the project, they
could effectively increase the
budget for the New SUB.
"The way that we're looking at
it..., we would be increasing the
size of the AMS down payment
on the loan," said Moore. "We're
processing that right now. We'll
have a firm yes or no on that one
by the middle of September."
Moore said the construction
crews have run into unexpected pipes under the site, delayed
supplies and a few other minor
issues during the project. He said
that despite a few snags, everything is going well so far.
"The building is gorgeous," he
said. "Everything looks to spec.
There haven't been any crazy
flags."
Moore said the New SUB could
open anytime between Sept. 22,
2014 and Jan. 1,2015. a NEWS    I   TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
STUDENT SERVICES »
AMS reviews services for first time since 1994
Review recommends closing Minischool, new funding for Safewalk
Will McDonald
News Editor
The AMS is reconsidering how
it spends the money it collects
from students to provide services
such as Safewalk and tutoring to
its members.
AMS VP Academic Kiran Mahal
conducted an official review of all
services provided by the AMS —
the first one conducted since 1994.
The AMS collects over $7 from
each student to pay for the services
it provides.
"We want to make sure that
what we're offering is serving the
needs of students right now and
that student money is going in the
right places," said Mahal.
The review recommended closing AMS Minischool, which offers
non-academic courses in subjects
ranging from wine tasting to cardio
striptease.
Mahal said the Minischool costs
the AMS about $17,000 a year and
has become less relevant since
more AMS clubs have begun to
offer better services for less money.
"If you look at the results of our
survey, it's one of the last places
that students look to actually engage in these activities,"
said Mahal.
The review also recommends
closing Volunteer Connect, a
service that is supposed to help
students find opportunities to volunteer, as well as help them write
VP Academic Kiran Mahal led the review of the services that students pay over $7 for each year.
FILE PHOTO HOGAN WONGffHE UBYSSEY
resumes and cover letters. The review found that UBC already offers
the same services on a larger scale.
Matthew Duguay, executive coordinator of student services, said
the Volunteer Connect program
would likely be phased out over the
course of a year as more of its services become UBC's responsibility.
The review also recommended
some major changes to Safewalk.
Mahal said the service is important
because it contributes to a feeling of
safety on campus, but it is costing
the AMS too much money as is. She
added that the overhead cost for
each walk works out to about $240.
Duguay said Safewalk is the
AMS's most expensive service, but
since it is available to everyone at
UBC, not just students, UBC should
help cover the cost of the program.
"The society [is] funding it on its
own; it's not a fair balance at this
time," said Duguay.
Mahal plans to meet with the
university to discuss joint funding of
the Safewalk program.
The review also raises questions
about the tutoring services the AMS
provides. Mahal questioned whether tutoring should be the responsibility of UBC, since they have more
money and resources to provide it.
"We could spend the entire
services fee on tutoring and it still
wouldn't be enough," said Mahal.
The report also recommended
reconsidering the AMS' internship
service. The program involves
unpaid internships, but the student
society doesn't have an official position for or against unpaid internships — most of which violate B.C.
labour laws.
"It's been awkward at times
when we've had executives speak
out against unpaid internships
when we also run a service
that has unpaid internships,"
said Mahal.
Another thing the review suggested was that the AMS look into
providing some new services for
students. Both Mahal and Duguay
are in favour of implementing a
service that would help students
find off-campus housing, as well
as teach them about their rights
as a tenant.
"This is a very difficult city
to find housing in... and there
is no support being provided,"
said Duguay.
One final recommendation
includes implementing an online
component to Speakeasy, a peer
crisis support centre.
None of the recommendations
of the report are binding to the
AMS. Mahal said motions related
to the report will be presented at
the next council meeting.
Mahal urged to AMS to take
action with the information from
the review. She also said the AMS
needs to improve the way they
measure student use and satisfaction with services.
"I think we need to start measuring the impact of our dollars
and make sure our dollars are
going in the places where they
impact students the most," she
said, ta
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FOOTBALL»
UBC football pushes Calgary to the brink
Late game errors mar Thunderbirds' attempt at upsetting the five-time defending conference champs
C J Pentland
Managing Editor, Web
When a head coach is talking
about his or her team before their
season starts, it's pretty obvious
that they're going to talk about
how their team has had a strong
offseason, and how they're fired
up for the regular season. It's not
like they're going to say that they
had terrible practices and that
they honestly have no shot of winning during the year.
So when UBC football head
coach Shawn Olson stated a few
weeks ago that his team put
together one of the best training camps during his four-year
tenure at the helm of the T-Birds,
it could be easy to brush it aside
as a coach pumping his team's
tires. After all, last season he
talked about how his team was
"hungry" after coming so close to
being Canada West champions in
2011, and were ready to prove they
were a legitimate contender. They
ended up going 2-6 and missed the
playoffs altogether.
The same could be said about
the Thunderbirds' defence. Each
year it is said that the defence
will step it up to back the offence
that typically shines, but it's never
shown the consistency needed for
a championship-calibre squad.
The pattern repeated this year, as
Olson mentioned how this year's
defensive corps were the best he's
coached at UBC.
On Sunday, the T-Birds proved
that Olson wasn't just speaking in
cliches. UBC held fast against the
CIS No. 3-ranked University of
Calgary Dinos for 57 minutes on
Saturday afternoon at Thunderbird
Stadium, pushing the five-time
reigning conference champs to the
brink before they fell apart late and
lost 41-31. It was a performance not
exactly expected from a team who
was picked to finished second last
in the Canada West by the coaches — and especially from one who
had been destroyed by the Dinos in
their last two meetings.
Their defence showed the potential that Olson talked about right
from the get-go, as they prevented
the dominant Calgary offence from
implementing their run game and
keeping them out of the red zone for
Brandon Deschamps clocked 175 rushing yards on Saturday and scored two touchdowns for UBC.
PHOTO GEOFF LISTERfTHE UBYSSEY
the entire first quarter. It allowed
UBC to hang around during the first
half, as they went into the break
down 10-7.
Alex Morrison then received
the opening kickoff of the second
half and returned it 102 yards for
a touchdown, giving UBC the lead
and paving the way for a hectic final
30 minutes. Calgary stormed back
to two straight touchdowns as the
T-Birds saw their offence stall, and
they turned to new quarterback
Greg Bowcott in hopes of a spark.
Carson Williams started the game
looking hesitant at times, but Bowcott came in and prevented his team
from accepting defeat.
The Thunderbirds stood united in a hard-fought effort against the defending Canada West Champions.
EH SARHANGPOURfTHE UBYSSEY
A touchdown and a field goal
tied the game up at 24 in the
fourth quarter, and it looked like
UBC would take the lead after
they forced a Calgary punt. But
David Scott mishandled the punt
and the Dinos regained possession,
and they quickly took advantage.
In a game where UBC did so much
right, they still couldn't avoid
mistakes, and this one proved to
be the biggest.
However, instead of rolling over
and accepting defeat, UBC showed
resiliency. Bowcott and Deschamps
promptly led their team down the
field for a touchdown of their own,
making 31-31 with under five minutes to go. This was a situation that
few thought the team would be in,
except the team themselves. And
if it wasn't for an unsportsmanlike
penalty that led to a field goal and
an interception on their drive when
down 34-31, the game could've
easily gone UBC's way.
As one of the top teams in the
country, Calgary provided arguably the sternest test of the year
for UBC, and Olson knew before
the season that how his team performed against them would show
where his team stood. And overall,
the game showed that UBC is back
in the mix as a contender in the
Canada West conference.
The reason to feel optimistic is
that the team did nearly everything that Olson raved about during the offseason. The lineback-
ing corps he praised were solid
throughout the game, frequently
getting pressure on Calgary
quarterbacks Eric Dzwilewski and
Andrew Buckley and effectively
stopping the run until the end of
the game when they were clearly
worn down after being on the field
for so long. Now, the key thing for
them is to stay healthy, because injuries plagued the defensive corps
last year and led to opponents
running wild on UBC.
Deschamps was also labeled as
the "bell cow," in that he would
shoulder the majority of the offensive load, which is exactly what he
did on Saturday. He went on to live
up to and perhaps exceed expectations, as he was the main force
behind every UBC drive.
Despite Calgary knowing that
Deschamps would be handed
the ball on almost every first
down, the third-year still managed to average eight yards per
carry, which included a 59-yard
touchdown run. He also mentioned before the contest that he
worked on his receiving during the
offseason, and that was evident
when he caught a screen pass and
ran 19 yards for a score, but not
before using a stiff-arm to throw a
defender out of his path.
The slow starts from two
inexperienced quarterbacks and
a few mental mistakes could be
expected in the opening game,
but overall it was evident that the
T-Birds made great strides this
offseason. Olson isn't just another
cliche coach who sets unrealistic
goals for his squad — he knows that
they can shine, which will make for
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LAST WORDS
PARTING SHOTS AND SNAP.
LACKLUSTER LINEUP
FOR WELCOME BACK
AMS LATE TO THE
REVIEW GAME
The lineup for the 30th annual
AMS Welcome Back BBQ is, shall
we say, a bit underwhelming.
None of the bands are acts
people would flock to see if they
weren't featured at an AMS flagship event. We've got one-fifth
of an alt hip-hop group (Jurassic
5), an AMS DJ staple (My! Gay!
Husaband!) and local DJ Felix
Cartal, who is okay, but hardly revolutionary. After having
K'naan — the one-hit wonder
who refused to play his one hit —
for Block Party, you'd think they
would follow it up with more
recognizable names.
Of course, Welcome Back is
really about the day drinking
— the simultaneous puking and
walking to get more beer and
the irresponsible merriment that
occurs only during the first two
weeks of school, when assignments and midterms are so far
away they don't matter.
Yet.
The AMS has a huge budget and
runs various businesses and programs from students. And yet it
had apparently failed to conduct a
comprehensive review of its own
operations for 19 years.
It finally did, coming up with
various sensible recommendations like closing programs
nobody uses and asking UBC for
more money.
But without a regular review
of its services, how was the AMS
determining what to continue
funding and what new programs
to start or end? Further, in a few
years once the AMS has started
some new programs and passed a
few annual budgets, this current
service review will be obsolete.
How will it move forward then?
The AMS review should
have recommended more AMS
reviews. A review every five
years would provide a very useful
picture of how the AMS is doing
at regular intervals, but even
HEY, GET OUT OF HERE!
every 10 years beats the current
19 year standard.
Welcome to UBC! Please leave.
By which we mean, get off
campus occasionally. If you're a
new, bright-eyed freshman, or
even a cantankerous old senior, it's easy to get comfortable
with Point Grey living, and you
may be tempted to spend the
entirety of your academic life
on campus. After all, you have
everything you need here: your
classes, your dorm-mates and a
mini-fridge stocked with all the
refined carbohydrates you could
ever want.
But as our neighborhoods
supplement illustrates,
Vancouver is a big city, filled
with interesting people to meet
and things to do, and vice versa.
Don't get too comfortable —
you'll miss out.
WHY EVEN PRETEND?
Just the other day, we at The
Ubyssey were discussing how
every UBC construction project
falls behind schedule.
"Not the New SUB," one editor
pointed out.
Ah, yes — while UBC Properties Trust might set unreachable
goals for competition of their
projects, our trusty AMS was on
top of it. Yay, student pride!
Alas, it was not to be. The AMS
announced the building would
be finished later than expected
and the construction would cost
more than the budget allowed.
We can't blame the AMS
too much for this, because we
already know almost every building project on campus takes long-
er than originally announced.
That begs the simple question of
why those behind the projects
don't just set more reasonable
goals. If a building is completed
early, everyone's happy.
Assuming they're aspirational
goals, why not leave the unrealistic finish date in place but add
a caveat? In the case of the New
SUB, that could look like: "Opens
September 2014, plus or minus
four months."
Problem solved!
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Fear and
loathing at the
Canadian border
NDIANAJOELffHE UBYSSEY
"Do you have proof of funds?"
"Uh, no, I guess I forgot that."
I look up from my passport
and letter of acceptance at the
border guard towering above me.
I'm returning to Canada after
my first year at UBC, wearing a
beat-up T-Birds sweatshirt, trying make it to Vancouver in time
to help with The Ubyssey's first
few issues of the year. Alas, this
human embodiment of Immigration Canada clearly does not
want to let me study in the Great
White North.
"How do I know you can pay
for school?"
Let's see: I was here last year;
I drove here in a car full of pretty
nice things; I have a decent-paying job at the student newspaper.
The number of Americans leaving
San Francisco to live as homeless
university students taxing Canada's social welfare system can't
be that high.
But, the guard tells me, without a piece of paper saying that,
as of August 31, 2013, one of my
parents or I have enough cash on
hand to support me in Canada for
— a month? A year? My next three
years of study? The border guard
declined to specify — I won't be
given a study permit.
Also, the behemoth of a guard,
her bulletproof vest bulging at
the sides, wants to inform me
that as a 19-year-old, I'm an
adult in Canada, and I need to
take responsibility for my own
actions. What actions? Who
knows, but when someone with
a gun and the power to deny you
entry to the country where you
live, work and go to school gives
you life advice, you nod and tell
them in an oh-so-agreeable voice,
"Oh yeah, totally. This is all my
fault."
The guard tells me that she
could have let me in, but she
believes that since I had gotten
a study permit before, I should
have known better, and she wanted me to "remember this in the
future."
Fine. All things considered,
I'm lucky to be studying at a
wonderful university and I'm
fortunate to have the funds to
support myself in Canada. I
can spend another few hours
driving back to the border with
additional paperwork and hope
the new agent I speak with is
more benevolent. And if by some
unfortunate confluence of events
I get permanently barred from
attending school in Canada, the
worst fate that will befall me is
getting "stranded" in America.
God forbid I am forced to stay in
the Land of the Free. (Sorry, Canada. Socialized medicine is great
and all, but you are still officially
ruled by a monarch.)
EMy rejection at
the border got me
thinking about the
roots of the Arab
Spring.
Still, driving to my new apartment in Vancouver as a "visitor,"
knowing that some armed
bureaucrat just decided that I not
be given the permit I need to take
classes (and, strictly speaking,
work for this newspaper, writing
this article — shh!), made me feel
— well, frankly, it made me feel
humiliated.
It made me angry at a Canadian government that empowers its border agents with such
pompous arrogance. It made me
angry at an immigration system
that favors thousands of dollars
in the bank over the ability to
succeed academically (i.e. the
three international students in
line in front of me, who couldn't
communicate in English, but who
were issued study permits after
producing financial documentation). But mostly, it made me
angry at the woman who had
decided that she felt like making
my life difficult that day.
And, recognizing the potential
absurdity of this next statement, I
got to thinking about what's been
going on in the Middle East over
the last few years.
The Arab Spring was the
result of popular revolt against
authoritarian regimes. When
we imagine torture chambers,
arbitrary arrest and despotic
rulers crushing the tiniest sign
of dissent, it's not to hard to see
why millions were willing to rise
up in opposition to their governments. II Scene
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But the reality is that, generally, there are just too many citizens
in any given country to individually, brutally oppress more than
a handful of them. Instead, if you
look at the roots of much of the
public discontent in countries
that have risen up in protest, the
peoples' resentment comes from a
much simpler source.
Mohamed Bouazizi is the man
who sparked the Arab Spring by
setting himself on fire to protest
mistreatment by the Tunisian
government. Had Bouazizi been
sent to jail for criticizing the
government? Hardly. Was he fed
up with the lack of democratic
elections in Tunisia? Nope. Was
he tired of the repression of political Islam in his native country?
He wasn't.
On a meta level, those injustices impinge on the most
fundamental human rights. But
they're too abstract to mobilize
the masses. (Recall how the Occupy Movement, with its message
about the fundamental problems
with Western capitalism, failed
to really take hold in wider
society.)
The masses, with their political apathy and basic needs, are
primarily motivated to protest by
detrimental government actions
that affect them directly. For
example, the American protests
against the Vietnam War weren't
really about wanting peace — they
were about not wanting to be
drafted. Without a draft to send
troops to Afghanistan and Iraq,
the streets were essentially quiet
even as thousands of Americans
and tens of thousands of Afghan and Iraqi citizens died in
the fighting.
Bouazizi sold produce from a
cart, and what set him over the
edge was simple mistreatment
by Tunisian police. They would
demand a "permit" — that is, a
bribe — from him, confiscate
his produce and knock over his
cart. While hardly extreme, that
routine humiliation and arbitrary
cruelty is exactly what set so
many Arab Spring protesters over
the edge.
In Syria, Bashar al-Assad
certainly imprisoned and killed
plenty of dissidents. But even
those not involved in politics,
those who just want to make
a better life for their families, had to deal with routine
discrimination as the Assad
government favoured members of his own Alawite sect
for cushy government jobs and
unemployment benefits.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict includes spates of intense
fighting with bombs falling
and shots being fired. But more
typically, it's the series of checkpoints and rigid permit system
that breeds Palestinian resentment toward Israel.
A video has been making the
rounds of Israeli soldiers in the
West Bank dancing at a party
thrown by some civilian members
of Hamas, the political militant
group dedicated to Israel's de
struction. At first I thought the
incongruous image of Israelis in
combat gear partying with their
Palestinian enemy was kind of
sweet. But as I read more about
the incident, it became clear that
these soldiers were most likely
not invited to the party. When
soldiers with assault rifles ask to
come dance in your club, you don't
say no. It's hardly as egregious
as assaulting innocent civilians
or raiding houses in the dead
of night, but that usurpation of
human autonomy — in this case,
choosing who you want to party
with — is just as powerful a generator of hatred in the long run.
I can totally deal with being
mildly hassled by Immigration
Canada. But the thought of dealing with demands of permits and
having to answer probing questions on a daily basis, knowing
that the cards are stacked against
me from the start, is quite frightening. That revolutions were
launched over such injustices
became much easier to imagine
when I felt my gut sinking as the
agent informed me that no, she
would not approve me to study in
Canada — and I had that rotten
feeling even while acknowledging that, on the whole, I have an
incredibly blessed life.
Take that fortune away, and the
toll such feelings take on the psyche becomes much harder to bear,
and sows in any given population
a deep resentment against the
powers that be.
Viva la revolution! XI
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