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Do you yearn for the days of grunge,
baggy pants and Britney Spears?
Beta Theta Pi is offering you a throwback to the days of yore with their
'back to the 90s'party.
Tickets are $10 and a post-secondary
ID is reguired for entry.
SATURDAY   •    4
9:30 P.M. @DKE HOUSE
Bring your best Gatsby gear
(and attitude) to DKE's Prohibi-
tion-themed party this Saturday.
Dress like you've come straight
out of Boardwalk Empire, and be
grateful that you'll have choices
beyond moonshine.
The event is 19+ and tickets are
$10. UBC ID reguired for entry.
SUNDAY      '      5
1:00 P.M. TO5:00 P.M. @ UBC
TheUBCTurkishStudentSociety is
hosting their welcome back event, at
which theywill be providing Turkish
cuisine such as Turkish coffee,
desserts (like Revlani), pastries and
Turkish Delight.
Tickets are $10 for non-member UBC
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Nick Geddes overcame Leukemia and has since returned to his passion — mountain biking.
Nick Geddes is a competitive mountain biker who has overcome cancer
Nuala Turner
Scanning the faces on campus,
it's easy to imagine everyone
has a story. But you would be
hard pressed to find a story
as inspiring as the one behind
Nick Geddes. A third-year
engineering student at UBC,
Geddes spends the summer
mountain biking professionally
and then in winter he trains
alongside his studies. He has
been riding his bike for as long
as he can remember. "It's basically my life," he said.
"I immediately burst
into tears," he said
diagnosed. "It was very,
very serious. You dont
mess around with that
Nick Geddes
Third-year Engineering student
and sponsored mountain biker.
Geddes's been around the
world on his mountain bike, but
the bike park in nearby Whistler, BC, where he lives, is still
his favourite spot.
When racing season arrives
in May, after months of training
and anticipation, at the back
of his mind is the first race of
the 2011 season, which was in
California. Geddes remembers
being sick on and off in the
weeks leading up to this race,
and received comments on
his unhealthy appearance. "I
was feeling pretty tired, and I
wasn't feeling great," he said.
After deciding to race, the
front tire on his bike slid out
and he crashed to the ground.
That's the last thing he remembers. An extremely high
heart rate hours after the crash
forced him to be taken to hospital in an ambulance. Later that
day, Geddes's father entered his
room with news from the doctor. The diagnosis was Acute
Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
of ambiguous lineage. The
words "You have leukemia" are
vivid in his memory. "I immediately burst into tears," he said of
this moment. "It was very, very
serious. You don't mess around
with that stuff."
Being in Grade 12 at the
time, many things immediately came to mind. He had to
wonder whether he would ever
be able to mountain bike again,
and whether he would be able
to keep his sponsorship with
Norco Bicycles. Not to mention
his family and friends, his UBC
application and graduating high
school. He was forced to consider the possibility that he may
not be alive within the year.
"It felt like the weight
of the world was just
sitting on my chest, and
I just couldn't breathe."
"It felt like the weight of
the world was just sitting on
my chest, and I just couldn't
breathe," Geddes said. And who
could blame him?
When the initial shock
cleared, it was time to start
treatment. After being moved
to BC Children's Hospital in
Vancouver, chemotherapy and
radiation began, following
three or four months of initial
treatment. During this time,
Geddes was isolated in an eight
foot by eight foot room. He
was allowed a week to go back
to high school and finish his
courses. UBC granted him a
deferral, giving him a year off
to recover. Following a successful bone marrow transplant in
August of 2011, he did exactly
"Live every day as it
comes, because your
plans can change in an
During his treatment, all he
wanted to do was mountain
bike. It gave him motivation
and a "light at the end of the
tunnel." Geddes's main goal
was getting healthy so he could
ride his bike again. He even had
a new spin bike brought into his
hospital room, reminding him
every day of his goal. Eventually, he was able to start riding
it. He described returning to
Whistler as a key to his recovery.
Through the support of his
family, friends and the entire
community in Whistler, who
organized endless fundraisers
and awareness campaigns, as
well as his own perseverance,
he has fully recovered and is
back where he belongs, riding
his bike. He said the biggest
thing that he learned, cliche
as it may be, is that you should
"live every day as it comes,
because your plans can change
in an instant."
A short film entitled "Elixir"
can be found on Vimeo, made by
Geddes and a friend, Leo Zucker-
man, which talks more about
Geddes and his story. 13 // News
United Way's '5 Days of Caring' campaign to hit campus next week
Serena Chao
This year, the United Way ofthe
Lower Mainland (UWLM) will
kick-start their campus initiatives with a weeklong campaign
called '5 Days of Caring'.
Taking place from October 6 to
10, '5 Days of Caring' will be holding several campus events to raise
money for United Way's mission
of eradicating poverty and helping
seniors and children in the Lower
Mainland. The events include a
pancake race on Monday, a spelling bee on Tuesday, an Applied
Science Turkey 2K Trot on Wednesday, an Education Barbecue
on Thursday and a Super Swag
Sweepstakes on Friday.
Aylin Tavakoli, UWLM campaign coordinator, said that the
campaign's early start date and
interesting and accessible events
will help the organization reach
beyond their traditional audience and extend to more groups
on campus.
"Our primary goal with the "5
Days of Caring" kick-off week is
to raise awareness," said Tavakoli. "It is also about building
a community on campus and
strengthening staff, faculty and
student connections."
As a way of encouraging more
people to participate in the
campaign, Marc Parlange, dean
of Applied Science, challenged all
other faculty deans to participate
in the Applied Science Turkey 2K
Trot on Thursday. Parlange also
pledged to donate $1 for every
registrant that exceeds the turnout from Applied Science.
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United Way's week-long campus campaign
Joan Denenfeld, UWLM co-
chair, said that the money raised
during the campaign will go towards the organization's different target communities throughout the Lower Mainland.
"Donations to the UWLM go
directly to our local communities
with a focus on the areas of child
poverty, bullying, and senior isolation," said Dennefeld. "United
Way utilizes research to develop
partnerships in the community
to ensure that every dollar goes
as far as possible."
event kicks off on Monday.
According to Denenfeld, UBC
has been collaborating with
UWLM in many different ways
since 1976. In particular, the university continues to partner with
the organization on research and
provides space for them to hold
forums on community engagement, social innovation and
public policy.
As such, the organizers of '5
Days of Caring' hope that the
campaign will not only draw out
the usual crowds for the events,
but also encourage more students
UBC's ISIS Research Centre to change name
Kelly Lin
Sauder's ISIS Research Centre will
no longer bear the same name as
the Middle Eastern terrorist group
known as the Islamic State of Iraq
and Syria.
The business faculty at the
research centre has recently announced their plans to change the
name on account ofthe negative
connotations that currently come
with the acronym.
According to Joanan Buczow-
ska, Director of Social Innovation
at the ISIS Research Centre, the
initial idea of using the name came
from Isis, the Egyptian goddess of
"We felt that it really represented some ofthe work that we
did in terms of creating a space
and being a think-tank focused on
social innovation and business,"
said Buczowska.
As of now, the Sauder ISIS website may turn some heads with headlines such as "ISIS plays a critical
role in the society," and "Training
tomorrow's leaders."
Although the Sauder marketing team has yet to decide on a
new branding, hopes are that the
ISIS name will soon be replaced
with something less synonymous
to the violent extremist group
gaining even more rise in recent
world media.
"All the activity around the world
associated with ISIS has just started
to get amplified in the last couple
of weeks," said Buczkowska. "It no
longer represented all [our] values
and all the work that we do."
Sauder students involved with
the Centre for Sustainability and
Social Innovation will continue
their mission for a low carbon economy, social economy and economic
development with First Nations. Xi
to become involved with the organization throughout the year.
Courtney Lee, fourth year Arts
student and United Way campaign
associate, said that students interested in getting involved will have a
chance to signup during the events.
"Students are more than welcome to sign up for the different
events during the '5 Days of Caring'," said Lee. "There are a lot of
volunteer opportunities on event
days and within the committee.
We are always happy to have
more help and support." Xi
UBC Law student Braden Lauer
competing to be Canada's smartest person
UBC Law student Braden Lauer is competing in Canada's Smartest Person.
Scott Jacobsen
UBC Law student Braden Lauer is
vying for the title ofthe smartest
person in Canada.
Hosted by Jessi Cruickshank
and Jeff Douglas, Canada's
Smartest Person is a CBC show
that aims to get rid ofthe idea that
you need a high IQ to be smart and
has contestants compete against
each other in a series of musical,
physical, social, logical, visual and
linguistic intelligence categories.
These six categorizations
of intelligence derive from the
Multiple Intelligences Theory
of Professor Howard Gardner of
Harvard University's Graduate
School of Education.
Lauer, who went to University of Alberta for his commerce
degree and is now going into his
second year at UBC Law, applied
for Canada's Smartest Person on a
whim in the middle of a downturn
in studying for law examinations.
"I was in the middle of exams
last semester," said Lauer. "The
middle of first-year exams, which
are considered the hell, so to
speak, of Law school, is terrible. I
saw a commercial on TV and was
feeling down on myself."
As a result, Lauer decided to
apply to the show and see if he
would be selected.
"In a very sassy way, I filled out
an application," said Lauer. "From
there forward, I went through
a pretty long process until they
called me to be 1 of 32."
According to Lauer, the turning point of his audition came
from his big smile.
The show has a total of 32
participants, with four of them
going head-to-head each week.
At the end of nine weeks, there
will be a competition among the
finalists, with the winner being
announced on November 2.
While the show has been
filmed over two days in August,
contestants are not allowed to
comment on the results until the
final episode is released.
Still, Lauer is confident that
the show will prove to be both
interesting and surprising in the
weeks to come.
"Winning is in the cards for
me," said Lauer. Xi
UBC prof
the eating of
Karolina Kapusta
Bugs are tiny, creepy, crawly,
crunchy, slimy, delicious
and nutritious.
On September 26, Yasmin
Akhtar, a UBC professor and
researcher from the Faculty of
Land and Food Systems, held an
insect-tasting event where she
prepared different Canadian,
Mediterranean and Asian dishes.
According to Akhtar, the main
goals of her research are to increase awareness ofthe benefits
of eating insects and to show
people how to mildly incorporate
them into their lives.
"Food makes things very interesting," said Akhtar, "people love
to eat." This is why she chose
to centre her entomological research on eating.
"Bugs are a great substitute
for meat," said Akhtar. There are
thousands of edible insects that
have a nutritional advantage many
people are not aware of. According
to Akhtar, bugs are overall good
for people; they're low in calories
and fat, and high in protein, magnesium, calcium and vitamins.
Bugs are also very sustainable
because they produce far less
greenhouse gas emissions. "You
can rear them in the lab or you
can rear them at home," said
Akhtar, because they take limited
space, water, and food. It is cheaper to produce bugs than raise a
chicken or cow in your backyard.
Akhtar suggests eating them
by boiling and then baking them
while adding spices, salt, lemon,
herbs or chilli. Insects can get
very dehydrated during the cooking process so there is the option
of grinding them and turning
them into a powder. People can
mildly incorporate bugs into
their diet by sprinkling this "protein powder" into anything.
Currently, bug eating is uncommon in Vancouver, but one
can get a fix at Vij's Restaurant
where grasshoppers are served
on top of a pizza.
Akhtar predicts entomophagy
will rise in the future. She plans
to hold more tasting events and
to teach a course on the preparation and eating of insects.
"Insects are cool," she said.
"Bugs are here to stay, so it's
about time we get over our fears
and appreciate their benefits." Xi
by David Nixon
temporary residences
Verma didn't come to UBC this
year. He was accepted September
2012 and, despite being a first-year
international student, was forced
to fight for a temporary residence
spot — something students are still
doing today.
It started when he received
a late admission notice in mid
June and called to ask about the
residence guarantee. "In
the very beginning,
[UBC] said they
could not offer
me housing," said
Pulkit Verma spent his first UBC semester sharing a temporary residence in a floor
lounge with two other international students.
A walk through some Totem Park and Place Vanier residences will take you past
locked lounge doors with three name tags crammed onto the small covered window.
If you looked inside a Vanier lounge, you'd see three cots spaced out around concrete
pillars, separated by desks, cabinets, dressers, and littered with chairs and metal
bars on wheels that function as closets.
Many of those spaces have already been emptied, but others are full of students
awaiting word from UBC Housing.
Verma, "It was weird because I
expected that they would at least
try to accommodate international
Despite having no housing lined
up in Vancouver, Verma flew out
to participate in the
gram, which ran for the last two
weeks of August. "I was three or
four days into Jumpstart," he said,
"and I went into the housing office
in Marine Drive, talked to a few
people, and then they told me it
might be possible."
He accepted the offer of
a lounge space,
he didn't mind too much despite the lack of privacy. He got
along with his roommates, but
he never expected to stay there
until December.
"I wasn't happy about it, but I
couldn't help it," said Verma, emphasizing that "nothing, nothing,
nothing, [had been] communicated since the initial letter."
The letter he referred to had
little detail. It only mentioned
early-September as a date for
when permanent residences would open
up. In The
Ubyssey's interview with Andrew Parr, Managing Director of
Student Housing and Hospitality Services (SHHS), he said all
the temporary residences were
typically empty by late-October
or early November. This was
never communicated to any of
the five students that The Ubyssey
interviewed, and would mean
little to Verma, who was writing his final exams in December
when he finally got an offer for
permanent residence.
"The lack of communication
was certainly unprofessional," said
Verma, "if somebody is writing
emails to UBC Housing, they need
to respond within a fair
amount of time. It's
not fair if THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2,2014    |    NEWS    |    5
students are writing you and you
don't get back to them in four
weeks or five weeks."
Fast forward to 2014, and
another international student,
Laila Jamil, received an identical
email on August 28.
She accepted the lounge space
offer as a last resort. Jamil had
received a residence offer in
June, which was rescinded when
her third-party scholarship payment didn't go through in time.
Her experience in the lounge
was much worse than Verma's,
despite being short-lived.
"I was handling too many
things at one time prior to my
arrival here," said Jamil, "on top
of my visa, scholarship issues,
and arriving to UBC a week
after class starts, I felt that this
housing problem of mine was
The email Jamil received
from SHHS described the rooms
as "spacious, clean, and comfortable", which Jamil felt was
"definitely an exaggeration." Her
and her roommates had clashing
lifestyles and schedules. Other
students on the floor, lacking a
lounge, took to the halls outside
the room to talk to each other,
which added a lot of noise pollution at night.
The toughest part though, was
not knowing when she would
get out.
"They just said early September. I thought I was going to end
up there for the rest ofthe academic year ... They didn't really
promise anything."
midterms looming
Jamil has since received notice
from SHHS and was able to
move out ofthe lounge, but the
confusion she expressed was a
consistent theme among each
student The Ubyssey spoke to.
"I wasn't very happy about it,"
said Clea Harrison, a first year
domestic student who had been
placed in a Vanier lounge. "I had
the feeling that it would end up
being a hassle in the end, having
to move and meet all new people
again. You get connected to your
floor, but you'll have to move
Harrison's experience differs
in that her process was completely normal. She just got the
short end ofthe first-year
guarantee. That guarantee promises a place on campus, just not
where or how.
She has since moved out as
well, and it was every bit a hassle
as she had expected. She had to
request that her move-out day be
delayed twice. "I had two midterms the next week, so it was
not a good time to have to move
and unpack all my stuff."
Next door in Tec De Monterrey, The Ubyssey interviewed
one of three domestic students
staying in a floor lounge, while
another roommate slept nearby.
"I was pretty sure I specified
I was fine with either single or
shared," said Xiyu Wang, "so
when I showed up and checked
my residence it said just a
temporary room, I was really
Wang got along with her
roommates, so she got over her
initial intimidation at the prospect of sharing a lounge with two
other girls. But she was surprised to learn from The Ubyssey
that students in the temporary
Korea House residences had
already moved out.
"Besides the initial email
telling me it will be a temporary
room, there's been nothing,"
said Wang.
unprecedented levels
According to Parr, UBC has
been placing around 40 students
in floor lounges each year for at
least five years.
"It's not something we did this
year because of extra demand,"
said Parr, "[it's] something we
do because it helps as many students reside with us as possible.
It allows us for quick transition
early in the year."
The transition "early in the
year" is far from a guarantee,
however, especially in the case of
Verma and his two roommates.
For some reason, those international students seem to have
been given the short end of the
stick among students allocated
to temporary residences. Along
with paying $17,700 to $23,900
more tuition per year to attend
UBC rather than their domestic
counterparts, they were also
paying the normal rates for a
2-person shared residence the
whole time they were in
these tem
porary spaces. Many students
called this rate unfair during
their interviews.
The temporary spots at least
get students on campus, which
many are still thankful for
given the high competition for
beds. UBC's 2013 enrolment
report shows the international
student population has soared
from 7 per cent in 2000 to 19 per
cent in 2013, and a 2014 Senate
report estimated a further 9 per
cent climb over the next five
years, partially as a result of
the opening of Vantage College.
These students will be disproportionately driving demand for
on-campus housing given their
circumstances — but they won't
be the only ones pushing.
This year, increased overall
demand paired with growing
international student population
numbers led to approximately
750 upper year students being
bumped from Ritsumeiken and
Walter Gage. According to Parr,
it's the second year for this
type of displacement. It means
upper-years are increasingly
searching for housing off-campus
regardless of whether they apply
to the lottery, while the first
years in upper-year residences
experience less ofthe community-oriented environment typical
of first year buildings. Parr
noted that in recognition of this,
an effort is made to put older,
more mature first years in upper
year residences.
All this comes in the wake of
the highest volume demand for
on-campus housing. According to Parr, the sum ofthe 2014
year-round and winter term
wait-list for residences hit a peak
of 5,200 spots, up from 3,500
in 2010, with each student still
paying $100 to enter a lottery
with sinking odds. Parr said a
new housing demand study found
that 73 per cent of students now
want to live on campus next
year, while 60 per cent want to
spend their whole undergraduate
degree there.
There are approximately 10,000 beds on campus for
students. According to current
building plans, that should increase to approximately 12,600
beds by early 2017. Given the
149 per cent increase in demand
over the last four years, UBC is
fighting a steep uphill battle to
improve the situation.
requires work
UBC is experiencing record
high housing demand, so trying
to cram as many extra students
on campus may be forgiven.
According to Parr, they considered converting single rooms
to doubles, but decided against it
because "we feel it creates a less
healthy living environment for
students through overcrowding."
In comparison, he felt the temporary suites were better routes
to address demand gaps.
The core issue shared by students was an experience of poor
communication. When Jamil got
her permanent residence offer in
late September, she declined, and
took the off-campus option she
could have taken from the start.
If the process had been more
transparent, she may have opted
for temporary residences in the
first place, which would have
allowed another student to take
her spot.
"We appreciate students' flexibility because they're not fully
settled in the temporary unit,"
said Parr. "Once students move
into those temporary residences,
we've historically found they
actually quite like living there,
so it shouldn't be thought of as
a hardship necessarily for those
Temporary housing may end
up being a net positive experience for most, and a possibly
good experience as Parr indicates. But the reality of some
students' experiences shows
that UBC Housing's execution of
its temporary residences needs
work. Xi
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VIFF Reviews
Jalanan ("Streetside")
Sarah Pribadi
Directed by Indonesian-based Canadian
amateur filmmaker, Daniel
Ziv, Jalanan captures the
perception of social class
disparity in Jakarta, Indonesia through the eyes of
three street buskers. This
documentary follows the
daily life, struggles, destiny
and quest ofthe three street
buskers in the middle of
busy, crowded, metropolitan
Unlike regular documentary films, the plot was
incredibly inventive and
unpredictable us Jalanan
depicted daily life of street
buskers naturally, without
any dramatization involved.
Jalanan was mainly set in
the heart of Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, where
strong emphasis on social
class disparity was clearly
seen through the juxtaposition of rich and poor in some
scenes. The main highlight
of this film is the soundtrack,
Daniel Ziv decided to use the
song composed by the street
buskers as a story telling
device and as another layer
ofthe narrative.
Daniel Ziv had created
powerful main figures that
surprisingly amazed audience by putting the main
characters as heroes, not a
victim of poverty. The three
main figures in Jalanan
are Boni, a street busker
who lived below the sewage
tunnel, Titi, a female street
busker who encountered
several family problems and
Ho, another eccentric street
busker who always criticizes
Indonesia's current political
state through his songs. All
characters seemed innocently outspoken about their
lives. Daniel Ziv tried so
hard to find very colourful, humorous, strong,
charismatic character
due to his preference on
creating "character-driven
documentary" rather than
"issue-driven documentary".
Jalanan is a one-of-a-kind
documentary film that brings
you emotionally linked to the
characters and their lives as
street buskers. Xi
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Tara Bigdeli
In her chilling directorial
debut, US-based, Iranian
born writer-director Ana
Lily Amirpour provides us
with a beautiful dark twisted fantasy by combining two
contradicting yet enthralling concepts: savagery and
hopeless romance.
Shot in black and white,
A Girl Walks Home Alone
at Night is set in a fictitious Iranian dystopian
hell-scape referred to as
'Bad City' — and the name
fits perfectly. Desolation
looms over the city while
corpses rot in the sewers
and misogynistic pimps like
Saeed (Dominic Rains) and
his lascivious prostitute Atti
(Mozhan Marno) use each
other as well as the other
sordid souls living there.
Parasitically sucking up the
remaining filth that daunts
Bad City is a chador-clad
Nosferuta known as the girl
(Sheila Vand). When this
mysterious vampire comes
across Arash (Arash Maran-
di), a human who ironically
dresses up as Dracula at a
Halloween party, the two
experience an inexplicable
connection. Both are outsiders in a cultural landscape that is primarily evil,
and both sense the desperation within the other. Despite Arash's oblivion to the
girl's malevolent vampire
tendencies and her general
disdain for the city's inhabitants, her supernatural
instincts become suspended
and the couple submit to
each other and together flee
from the city's depravity
and hopelessness.
An admirable feature of
A Girl Walks Home Alone
at Night is Amirpour's
personification of Iranian feminism. Creating a
character that embodies
the femme fatale aesthetic
but also dons a traditional
Iranian cloak, a chador,
Amirpour's character
mercilessly devours the
misogynistic, socially
conservative men who
expect women to be will
ingly submissive. A Girl
Walks Home Alone at Night
combines elements of film
noir and the restraint of
Iranian NewWave cinema
with somber depictions of
a bored youth culture. The
intensity ofthe storyline is
reaffirmed with gorgeously
high-contrast cinematography that highlights the
surrealism ofthe film's
desolate location. It is the
use of blurry lens flares
and long shots that make
it seem like every scene is
more beautiful than the
last. Complimenting the
atmosphere ofthe film
is the colourful array of
Middle-Eastern music that
seeps into every scene, ranging anywhere from funky
Iranian synthetic pop to
Arabic rock and underground Iranian new wave.
Ana Lily Amirpour's
A Girl Walks Home Alone
At Night's stimulating
intensity leaves you with
a cinematic high that you
can't shake without one or
two cold showers. Xi
The Tale of Princess Kaguya
Lawrence Neal Garcia
Staff Writer
The Tale of Princess
Kaguya, the latest (and last)
from director Isao Taka-
hata (Grave ofthe Fireflies,
My Neighbors the Yamadas
) is unlike any Studio Ghibli
film before it — a feat in and
of itself.
Based on the 10th century Japanese folktale "The
Tale ofthe Bamboo Cutter,"
the film takes an ancient
story — about a woodcutter
who finds a small princess
in a bamboo grove — and
imbues it with a thrilling
urgency. The canvas ofthe
film, which unfolds over
137 minutes, manages a
balance of intimacy and
scale, leaving room for
much-needed expansion in
a story with such mythic
qualities. Centring on the
eponymous princess, the
film finds Kaguya navigating a world that wants to
force her into a prescribed
role, and becomes a story
of identity and destiny
that, while never less than
entertaining, has a wistful,
melancholy undercurrent.
It also, despite its thousand-
year-old source material,
plays out as more progressive than many films today.
Eschewing modern
anime techniques for more
traditional Japanese art,
the film is drawn entirely in strokes of charcoal
and vibrant watercolour,
which gives it an aesthetic that perfectly meshes
with the folk-tale source.
In the film's best sequence
(and arguably one of the
greatest animation scenes
ever), Kaguya flees the
celebration of her name day,
and the image practically
disintegrates into a frenetic
blitz of motion and colour,
breathtaking and devastating at the same time.
It's a thrilling scene in
a film chock-full of them;
and while some elements
may veer into the bizarre
and extraneous, there is
never a dull or visually
un-spectacular moment.
Sure to delight Ghibli
fans and gain scores more,
The Tale of Princess Kaguya
is a film for which the term
visionary is truly deserving. Xi
Miguel Santa Maria
If you've never thought that
the likes of Steve Carell or
Channing Tatum can pull
off dark dramatic roles, this
is likely the film to change
your mind.
Directed by Bennet
Miller (Capote, Moneyball)
and based on true events
in the late 80s, Foxcatcher
tells the story of washed
out US Olympic wrestler
Mark Schultz (Tatum) in his
quest to regain glory — and
even purpose — through
eccentric billionaire and
newfound "mentor", John
du Pont (Carell).
Although it sounds
traditionally inspiring,
Foxcatcher is anything but
that. Instead, it is a much
darker affair, centred on
the insecurities, obsessions,
and fragility of Mark as he
tries to escape the shadow
of his older brother, David
Schultz, played by Mark
Ruffalo, and trying to find a
parental figure in du Pont.
Much can be similarly said
for du Pont, obsessed with
compensating for lacking
actual talent, and seeking
his mother's approval.
Sometimes, these themes
produce fun and amusing moments (du Pont in
particular says the darndest
things), but overall, it escalates in its disturbance factor
as it leads up to a tragic and
destructive end.
Tatum, although not a
is a complete opposite of his
typecast; coming off more
pitiful rather than the stud
we usually know him. Carell
is the real star though, with
a performance verging on
downright creepy and even
intimidating, enough to give
you chills in your seat.
The film has some faults:
du Pont's characterization
makes you wish more focus
was put on him as we only
get hints to his psyche compared to Mark's.
Overall though, Foxcatcher is not only dark drama
piece, but an effective character study. Xi
Two Days, One Night
Lawrence Neal Garcia
The Dardenne brothers make films that are
naturalistic, intimate in
scale and brimming with
empathy, often pitting
human suffering against
life-affirming acts of love
and kindness. Not unsurp-
isingly, Two Days, One
Night is no different.
The film follows Sandra
(Marion Cotillard) who,
over the course of a weekend, must try and save her
job after she is deemed redundant and her co-workers vote to receive their
1,000 bonuses instead of
keeping her on. Sandra tries
to persuade each of her sixteen co-workers to vote in
her favour before a second
ballot on the coming Mon
day. Having just recovered
from depression, Sandra
is in a situation both cruel
and ail-too recognizable;
and Cotillard plays her with
such subtlety and rawness
that you need only look into
her eyes to understand her
What could have easily
been formulaic is here both
raw and real, and while
the film suffers slightly
from the constraints ofthe
premise, it is consistently
absorbing and affecting — a
social-realist drama distilled down to its essence.
Despite its intimate
canvas, Two Days, One
Night embraces the spectrum of humanity through
its varied cast — cruelty,
messiness, kindness and all.
It may only take place over
two days and one night, but
it's a film for the ages —or
at least until the next Dardenne masterpiece. Xi
All photos courtesy VIFF THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2014    |    CULTURE
Filmmaker Sturla Gunnarsson shows no signs of stopping
Joshua Azizi
With 35 years of experience in
Canadian film culture and over 20
films accredited to his name, veteran award-winning filmmaker
and UBC graduate Sturla Gunnarsson has established a name
for himself as one of Canada's
most renowned directors.
Yet the well-known filmmaker
still shows no signs of slowing
down. In fact, he is about to debut
one of his most ambitious films
yet: Monsoon, a documentary
following the path ofthe Indian
monsoon as it storms through the
To Gunnarsson, the project
was very personal. "I have a long,
romantic relationship with the
monsoon that goes back many
years," said Gunnarsson. "It's this
event that happens once a year
every year since the beginning of
time, and it brings a billion-plus
people the entirety of their freshwater supply for the year. So the
whole of society is built around
the monsoon. You know you need
it for farm, you need it for fishing,
you need it for life, you know, rain
is life."
Monsoon isn't the first time
Gunnarsson got to experience
India: his 1998 Mumbai-set drama
Such a Long Journey remains one
of his most prominent films, earning multiple Genie nominations
and a 92 per cent approval-rating
on Rotten Tomatoes.
With Monsoon, Gunnarsson
Monsoon is Sturla Gunnarsson's latest film which documents the path of the Indian monsoon.
got another chance to explore the
nation. "There's something about
the place that I find very vibrant
and alive," he said.
The film recently debuted at
the Toronto International Film
Festival, and it will see a theatrical release in February.
Gunnarsson got his start in
filmmaking in the 1970s while
doing his undergraduate degree
in English literature and political
science, but his interests were
focused on film and travelling
even then.
"I was making films when I became an undergraduate, and then I
went and I travelled for twoiyears,"
he recalled. "I was working all over
the world: I worked on a fish boat in
Iceland, I worked on the North Sea
Oil in Shetland - things like that."
However, the mid-70s recession left Gunnarsson without a
job when he returned to Vancouver.
"I thought it would be easy
to get some money and go back
travelling," he said. "But my good
fortune was that I couldn't get a
job, so I went to school and it was
the first year ofthe post-graduate film program at UBC."
His first film, A Day Much
Like the Others won awards at the
Canadian Student Film Festival
and the Rencontre Henri Langois
festival in Paris. "It surprised
me because it was a pretty
eccentric, experimental film,"
said Gunnarsson.
The success led to his next
film, After the Axe, a docudrama
about executive-employment
terminations which earned an
Academy Award nomination
for Best Documentary Feature.
Since then, Gunnarsson's work
has remained very eclectic: his
projects include a documentary
on the 1985 Air India bombing
(Air India 182), an adaption of
Beowulf (Beowulf 6t Grendel) and
a biographical film about David
Suzuki (Force of Nature).
Gunnarsson has also directed
for various TV shows such as
Motive, Twilight Zone and the
long-running Canadian com-
ing-of-age drama Degrassi: the
Next Generation.
For aspiring filmmakers, he
insists on following your passion.
"If you want to be a filmmaker,
you have to have something to
say, and you've got to chase that,"
he said. "You can't wait for permission from gatekeepers. You
have to go out there and do it."
Furthermore, he insists on
independence. "Number one: you
have to make films; and number
two: make films you believe in,
not films that you think somebody else is gonna believe in." Xi
Word Vancouver a literary haven for bibliophiles
Connie McKimm
Inspiring words. This was the focus
of Vancouver's Word Festival, a
free literary festival that took place
at the Vancouver Public Library
this weekend.
The festival celebrated its 20th
anniversary on September 28 with
many events highlighting British
Columbian literature and literacy.
The festival was established in 1995
by the Vancouver Book and Magazine Fair Society to bring together
different elements ofthe West
Canadian bibliophile community.
Word Festival began as a small event
but has since grown to become a
five-day literary extravaganza.
On Sunday, the festival's final day,
Vancouver Public Library and its
square swarmed with people keen
to experience the best ofthe city's
literary scene. The Main Stage hosted a range of acts, including music
from The Ukesters, the Van City
Soul Quartet and Fiddlin' Frenzy.
These bands all play an integral
part in Vancouver's blossoming
independent music scene.
Many of these musical acts
have been influenced and inspired by spoken word poetry.
Many poets performed at the
festival on Sunday, including
Jillian Christmas and Chelsea
D.E. Johnson. Johnson and
Christmas are an East Vancouver collaboration who perform
a fusion of poetry and vocal
music and they are one ofthe
most impressive and exciting
acts in Vancouver's poetry scene.
Sunday's crowd was treated to
songs including "One Day." Their
visceral performance revolved
around haunting harmonies and
punching rhymes.
Rhyme and rhythm featured
elsewhere at the Festival in 'Poetry
on the Bus.' Spectators sat on a
stationary Vancouver bus to watch
Word Vancouver invaded the Vancouver Public Library this past weekend and gave local bibliophiles more reasons to love literature.
established poets perform their
work. Audience members were
impressed by Vancouver poets
such as Elaine Woo, Jane Munro
and Henry Rappaport.
Besides poetry, the festival also
highlighted the work of prose writers. Historian Eve Lazarus spoke
about her new book Sensational Van
couver. The book narrates the city's
twentieth century history. Lazarus's
talk provided a fascinating insight
into prohibition Vancouver. Lazarus
was followed on the WordTalks'
stage by fellow writers Dianne
whelan, Jerry Kruz and others.
Individual writers were joined
at the festival by organizations
promoting West Canadian literature. Magazines, bookshops
and literary reviews congregated
in Library Square to sell their
wares. Patrons could purchase
the latest editions of The Douglas
College Review, The Capilano
Review and read the latest work
of Vancouver poets.
All in all, Word Festival succeeded in showcasing the best
and brightest of Vancouver's literary scene. Hundreds of people
enjoyed spoken word, book-binding workshops, music and dance
for free. Word Festival remains a
stalwart of Vancouver's cultural
community. Xi II Scene
Behind the buildings
The origins of some of UBC's most well-known structures
Walter H.
$14.5 Million
This stunning and super
residence was built in 1972
for $8 million. The
apartment portion ofthe
residence was added in
1984 for $6.5 million. It's
named after Walter Henry
Gage, a Canadian professor and sixth UBC
president, and was built to
honour his 50th year of
service to UBC. Gage
graduated from UBC with
a BA, then later taught on
campus before becoming
the president. He was
apparently so passionate
about developing financial
assistance programs for
students that he would
sometimes give students
financial assistance from
his own pocket.
Walter C.
$12 Million
Construction began in
January 1995, but the
library officially opened on
March 10,1997. It was
named in honour of Walter
Charles Koerner, a
Canadian businessman
and philanthropist, in
recognition of his support
of UBC and his lifelong
commitment to the
institution. He also
chipped in a substantial
amount of moola towards
the construction ofthe
library. The man himself
died on his birthday in
1995, aged 97.
$9,735 Million
It was constructed from
1939-40 in honour of
Reginald Walter Brock,
former Dean of Applied
Science. The funding was
primarily donations —
from the Brock family and
the community. The Brock
Hall Annex and the SSC
were added from 1956-57
and 1991-93 respectively.
In 1954, the building was
damaged by a fire, so the
AMS started a "Rebuild
the Brock" fund and the
building was restored
within six months at a cost
of $400,000.
$1,625 Million
Buchanan is named after
Daniel Buchanan, former
Dean of Arts and Sciences
before his passing in 1950.
It was built from 1956 to
1958, and renovations to
Blocks C and D took place
in 2007 at a cost of
$6,800,000 and $7,200,000
respectively. The name
also invites some pretty
cringe-worthy pronunciations.
Built in 1964, courtesy of a
generous donation by Mr
and Mrs Woodward, in
honour of Charles
Woodward (Mr Woodward's father). Charles
Woodward founded the
first pharmacy in BC, as
well as the Woodward's
department store chain. // Opinions
UBC needs to consider short-term solutions to the student housing shortage
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This year, UBC is working on the
consultation and construction
of four separate student housing
projects while current students
are forced to contend with a less-
than-ideal priority placement
system in campus housing.
Construction ofthe second
division ofthe Ponderosa Commons residence space began in
winter 2013, and is expected to
draw to a close by spring 2016.
Considering this is the only one
of UBC's four current student
housing projects already in the
building stage, it's safe to assume
it will be the first to open.
Ponderosa Phase 2 will free
up more beds for upper-year students who are now being bumped
out of other on-campus housing
by freshmen with guaranteed
residence spots.
Over 750 formerly upper-year
spots in residence were given to
domestic first years and newly
admitted first- and second-year
international students this year,
so long as they met some basic
criteria. That number is high
enough as it is, and it's only going
to grow in the years to come.
Building new residences like
Ponderosa will, of course, solve
much of UBC's housing issues in
the future. But as long as upper
years are being replaced in the
meantime, another solution
needs to be found — and it needs
to stem from the problematic
prioritization system currently
in place.
First years and new international second years are promised spaces in residences if they
meet basic eligibility for housing
based on their age and course
load, timeliness of their application, and whether they accept
UBC's offer of admission by June
1. Students from Vantage College,
Go Global, Korea University,
Tec de Monterrey and the UBC
Ritsumeikan exchange program
are given this same guarantee
for spaces.
I say "spaces" because rooms
can't truly be promised, according to UBC Student Housing and
Hospitality Services (SHHS).
According to SHHS's Managing Director, Andrew Parr, about
40 students have been placed
in temporary residence spaces
every year for the past five or so
years. In other words, at least
200 students have experienced
the unfortunate circumstances of
setting up shop in a floor lounge
while their move-in date to a real
room remains up in the air.
Why do they guarantee these
spaces in the first place? They
happen to answer that right on
their website: "because [they] believe living in residence is an important and meaningful way for
new undergraduates — domestic
and international — to begin the
university journey."
SHHS seem to be dead set on
providing new students with the
first-year experience they assume
all freshmen long for — that is,
starting with a small living space
in which you may or may not be
forced to coexist with other externally selected students.
Dorms overall aren't too
much of a luxury for most of
the students who are privileged
enough to be able to afford this
form of mediocre lodging. But
let's face it, SHHS caters to a
culture of rez life, which happens to be a primarily first- and
second-year thing, so why not
advertise its appeal in order to
accentuate the charm of on-campus housing? To understand why
exactly this is done, it takes a
step back to a view ofthe wider
UBC administration.
UBC places a huge emphasis on community building and
student engagement, which, for
freshmen, means socializing,
making friends, networking and
branching out to groups on campus they may not have known
about or considered had it not
been for their friends in rez.
Rez is its own little community, which is nice in theory, but
becomes problematic for those
who would rather strap on their
blinders and focus on academics.
Rez and rez life are not one and
the same thing. Their equity falls
somewhere on a spectrum between first-year and upper-year
housing. It's hard to imagine
a fourth-year student living in
Marine Drive running around
playing sock wars.
It's safe to assume that most
upper-year students are generally more concerned with the
convenience that comes along
with living on campus. It's a big
plus for both their academic and
social lives to be living right
in the thick ofthe community
they've chosen as their scholastic
abode. Now, will most of them be
torn up about not getting a space
in rez? Probably not. Will they be
greatly inconvenienced, though?
Most likely. Definitely more so
than the bulk ofthe favoured
domestic first years who are
more concerned with the social
aspects of living on campus.
To be fair, living in student
housing is a great means to
achieving a heightened sense
of autonomy if you're coming to
UBC straight from high school or
college. But there are other paths
to take that could grant the same
wisdom. And when UBC has a
case of residences overflowing to
accommodate students who have
been blindly promised housing,
maybe it's a better idea to explore
those other options.
Domestic first years should not
have housing priority in times
when earning a room is so tough.
If upper-year students, who
have already invested so much
of their time and money into the
institution, don't get any special
treatment, why is so much given
to new students who could easily
be living elsewhere?
Fostering new generations of
community-builders through rez
life is undoubtedly a great success for UBC. Rez life happens
to encourage some lovely values,
namely inclusivity, cooperation
and mutual respect. SHHS does
a great job of upholding positive
principles, but in dire times,
these should be more available
to those who really need it — the
international students — while
not shutting more academically-minded upper years out.
180 ofthe 750 displaced spots
are entirely justified. All ofthe
Vantage College students living
in rez this year have been placed
in Vanier beds until the Orchard
Commons residence is built and
adds 1,048 beds to SHHS's total
tally, hopefully by 2017.
Also anticipated for 2017 is
the opening ofthe Tall Wood
residence, as it's being referred to
now. The 16-18 storey building will
provide another 400 upper-year
beds to alleviate some ofthe swelling of first year and international
student population numbers.
So will the Site B project, yet
another 2017 goal. The building,
which will take up the space ofthe
parking lot beside the War Memorial Gym, will offer 125 rental
units, with an obvious appeal to
upper years.
Things are looking bright for
the future of on-campus housing.
We can expect a long-term solution to the housing shortage in the
form of an even greater influx of
construction on campus through
the next three years. But can we
expect a short-term solution, like
a temporary restructuring ofthe
residence priority system?
Maybe not. Xi
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Ask Natalie: On getting along with
roommates and dealing with classes
Advice Columnist
"Well, I hate my new roommate.
What now?"
It's a month in. You're just settling
in to a new lifestyle. Unless your
roommate is an actual crazy
person, it may just take some time
to get used to the change in your
personal schedule. Maybe they
are actually a terrible roommate.
Maybe they steal your food and
use your shampoo and maybe you
woke up once to them using your
eye lash curler. But have you talked
to them about any of this?
Remember: there are two
of you in your room and even
though you may have signed a
roommate agreement, you still
have to discuss things that you
have issues with. Tell them you
dislike the way they play their
music at midnight (or the fact
that they do). Tell them you
would prefer if you set a time
frame for when music is allowed
to be played without headphones.
How late can you leave the light
on? When is it really okay to have
friends over? It's been a month —
maybe it's time to have a serious
conversation about your living
You should keep in mind that
maybe your roommate doesn't
like things about you. Don't take
this conversation as a one-way
street. View this as a way to discuss how you both can make each
other's experience better.
Try conflict resolution techniques like writing down the top
five issues you have with each
other. Then exchange and read
over what your roommate has
said. Maybe they haven't noticed
what they were doing was bugging you. It is important to not
get confrontational. If you or
your roommate find yourselves
getting confrontational, it's important to take a step back. Raising tensions will only make your
living situation more stressful.
Keep in mind that if you try
hard but can't work this out, you
can always talk to your RA. You
can also apply for a room transfer, but they are not guaranteed
and you can only hope that your
new roommate will be more
compatible with you.
Sometimes, no matter how
hard you try you get dealt a sucky
hand in life. Either you deal with
it, or you live with your anger for
seven more months. Ultimately,
it's up to you.
"I thought I knew what I wanted
then I started my classes. I hate
them all."
Chill. Take a step back.
First thing's first, do you actually hate what you're planning on
doing or do you just hate CHEM
123? (Hint, I haven't meet anyone
who really liked O-Chem) The job
you thought you wanted is going to
be different than the classes you're
taking, that doesn't mean you will
hate that job. Sit down and decide
seriously if the career you wanted
is still what you want.
If it is, tough luck. You're going
to have to push through the boring
first year courses so you can take
the slightly more interesting upper
year courses (CHEM 213 maybe
an exception). If you can keep your
eye on the prize you'll get it. To
keep your sanity I suggest looking
into a minor in something you
don't hate.
If it's not, well, it's time to make
a new plan. Sit down and think
honestly. What are you good at?
What career can you make from
that? Can you see yourself doing
that career for the next couple decades of your life?
If these questions are giving you
a headache already, intro classes
are your friends. They may be
basic and they may be boring, but
they can give you an idea of what is
out there.
You may have a passion for
something you didn't think of. I
can't tell you what that is, you'll
have to do the course work. Try to
figure it out quickly, though. For
the price you're paying for each
class, you're going to want to put
every credit towards your degree.
After you've rearranged your
academic life (we pretty much all
do it at least once), figure out your
next steps. Depending on your
faculty and the requirements to
get in your (new) intended major,
deadlines must be made and pre-
reqs must be filled.
One last piece of advice: any
class you don't put any effort into
is going to be boring. It's just one
of those things! Xi
Need some advice? Write to Natalie
at asknatalie@ubyssey.ca and have
your questions answered in an
upcoming issue.
Letter: Ebola protest was
just a farce
While I enjoy comedy as much
as anyone else, one must pick
subjects carefully.
Ebola is far too serious and
threatening to use as the context
for a farce. If your spokesperson
has to immediately clarify that
the intent was not to trivialize
something then clearly you have
trivialized it. Better to attempt to
advance one's case by stating —
in clear terms with provable facts
— the alleged deficiencies ofthe
Canadian response.
There is no doubt that Canada
needs to lend its world class medical expertise to the dire situation. Merely making a game of it
greatly detracts from the intent
ofthe message. Xi
James Carson is an undergraduate Anthropology student. // Sports + Rec
One guy one wheel: Scott Ballon unicycles UBC
Ballon wants you to join him on his one-wheeled journey.
Lawrence Neal Garcia
Staff Writer
Dressed in red pants and a regular
hoodie, Scott Ballon, now in his
second year of Arts, looks like a
regular student — that is, until
your eyes are inevitably drawn to
the bright blue unicycle he holds in
his right hand. He may only have
half a bike, but he's prepared to go
all the way.
After growing up in Toronto,
Ballon came to UBC for a change
of pace, trading snowy east coast
weather for more temperate B.C.
rain and sun. The year before the
move, his brother ient him his old,
well-worn unicycle.
Having mostly just biked in
high school, he was ready to try
something a bit different.
"This was the first sort of 'out
there' kind of thing that I started
doing, but I'm glad I did it," he
said. "It's been a lot of fun so far.
I'm sure it will continue to be a
lot of fun as I get better."
For many, riding a unicycle is
a curiosity; for Ballon, it's a main
mode of transportation, and he
rarely goes anywhere by other
means. While most people speak
of class distances in minutes
walked or biked, he refers to
them in minutes unicycled.
One ofthe best parts of his day
involves going from class to class,
weaving through campus traffic
on his unicycle, which invariably
gets him some weird looks.
"Sometimes, I'll be going down
Main Mall and I'll pass by people
who are having a conversation
and they'll just stop talking," he
said. "It's good because I like
showing people something that
they don't necessarily experience
Playing the trumpet with the
Thunderbird Marching Band and
doing Storm the Wall, both while
on a unicycle, certainly count. It
may makes things more difficult,
but that challenge is precisely
what he loves about it. "Uni-
cycling is just so unique," said
Ballon. "It makes things more
difficult, which makes things
more fun if you end up actually
achieving that."
Having mastered the basics of
riding around, Ballon is currently
teaching himself more technical
skills like idling and hopping,
and hopes to do more trail cycling through Pacific Spirit Park
or the North Shore. But beyond
that, he wants to get more people
interested in unicycling and
eventually start a club. He went
so far as to post in the UBC Class
of 2017 Facebook group looking
for recruits.
It may be a one-wheel sport,
but for Ballon, it's also one built
around community. He recalled
a club back in Toronto where he
played unicycle basketball with
his brother and some other enthusiasts: "It was just a community thing. The guy who started it
started because he wanted to get
family members closer together...
it really [had] sort of a community feel, which was nice."
He hopes to build a similar
community here at UBC.
Having met veterans interested in joining and students
just wanting to try it out, Ballon
looks forward to what the year
will bring. And though it may
seem like a niche sort of activity, he sees it as something that
everyone should try out — at
least once.
"It's really all just about practice ... anyone can do it," he said.
"You just got to get out there and
try it. If you're not falling, you're
not learning."
So the next time you're looking
to do something a little "out
there," just look for the guy zipping down Main Mall on a bright
blue unicycle.
If you're interested in joining
Scott's unicycling group, get in
touch with him at scottballon@
gmail.com or look him up on Facebook. Xi
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1. What first-year stereotype do you
I'm really eagerto meet
new people from different
cultures and backgrounds
and hopefully make some
new friends.
I would say I embody
the typical student
athlete stereotype...
definitely still trying to
figure out time management skills.
Just a student that plays
football a lot everyday. A
typical student-athlete.
I embodythestereotype
of first-year forgetful
I embody the dorm dweller
stereotype. The only place
people can usually find me is
chilling in my dorm... playing
an intense game of D&D with
2. Which team tradition has surprised you the
most so far?
Just how the team is like a
family. Everybody is so nice
and everyone is treated like
a brother.
haven't come across any
odd team traditions yet.
Can't wearany red t-shirts
for practice, because of a
conference rival.
The team tradition that has
surprised me most so far is
the game day mandatory
nstagram video.
None ofthe team traditions
really phased me but when
came to the team I brought
my mankini... I am thinking
there might be a new tradition coming soon!
3. Where do you see your sports career taking
limitations on how far lean
gosol usually say as far
as it takes me.
1 would love to see myself
playing at an elite level even
after university but if not 1
hope to learn valuable life
I've put in a lot of work for
my sport so my goal is to
play professionally in the
1 see my sports career
taking me through five
crazy years on an amazing team.
If 1 were to guess 1 would
say a small village just off
the Himalayan mountains
in Tibet. There 1 would
own a small farm raising
cattle and goats with my
supermodel wife.
4. Which T-Bird, past or present, do you look up
to most?
MyAAU coach and mentor
Pasha Bains. Since I was
a kid I've looked up to him
and wanted to be like him.
look up to past T-Bird
and my current coach
Andrea Neil the most...
have learned so much
fromand willcontinueto
Josh Kronstrom. He is my
veteran forthis season.
He is one ofthe hardest,
most dedicated workers
The T-Bird I most look
uptooisBrina Derk-
sen-Bergen who also
played forthe women's
volleyball team and
graduated in 2013.
I would havetosaythe
T-Bird that I lookup to
the most would have to
be dirty dog Mitch.
5. What are three things someone could learn
about you just by looking at your dorm room?
I like to keep clean and
organized, you'll find FIFA
somewhere there... and
some personal motivations and goals on the
My favourite colouris
purple, I'm very organized
and I have a pretty big collection of stuffed animals.
I am Jamaican, I play
football and I like shoes.
Organization is not something I have mastered, I like
cacti and I appreciate a
good pun.
The three things in my
room that you can learn
something about me
from are Nutella, whip
cream and some imagination. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2,2014    I    SPORTS    I   11
Men's volleyball poised for success this year
Making the playoffs isn't up for debate, says head coach
Last year was a disappointment, but the 'Birds are on the track to success this season.
Olamide Olaniyan
Staff Writer
After their bitter loss to the
Brandon University Bobcats in the
Canada West quarterfinals last
year, the UBC Thunderbirds men's
volleyball team is back stronger
than ever.
"We've been saying that it is
time," said head coach Richard
Schick. "It is time not only for this
program [to] make the national
championship, but to win the national championship."
Despite having a difficult season
start and a tough league to compete
in, the Thunderbirds managed to
finish second in the regular Canada
West season, with a conference
record of 15-7. The team then
proceeded to the playoff quarterfinals where they were knocked out
by the Bobcats and finished with
an overall record of 21-11. Schick
couldn't think of any real problems
throughout the season.
"There were just some setbacks
in personnel and a lot of injuries.
We had, in our minds, a decent
year," said Schick, who is entering
his 12th year as the Thunderbirds
head coach. "We lost Jarrid Ireland
for the entire season. He is coming
off a broken ankle and he didn't
play last year at all, which left a
void in our offence."
The Thunderbirds are hardly
satisfied with their performance
last season and look forward to
stepping up their game this time
around. Their preseason games saw
a 2-0 record, with a 3-0 win against
Thompson Rivers University, and
a 3-2 Win against the Heat at UBC
Okanagan. It has been a learning experience for the 'Birds, the younger
players as well as the veterans.
"We haven't really concentrated
on getting a lot of games for exhibition, it's more or less been working
on what were trying to accomplish,
and working on our systems rather
than playing a lot of different
teams," said Schick.
Although a substantial amount
of players graduated, the team's
lineup still looks as solid as ever.
Setter Milan Nikic and defender
Ian Perry will return as captains
this year — both players had the
most assists and two ofthe most
digs for the Thunderbirds last
year. Offensive hitters Ben Chow
and Quentin Schmidt, who ended
last season with .312 and .215
hitting percentages respectively,
will continue to be key offensive
The middles, such as fourth
year Alex Russell and fifth year
Chris Howe, are to keep the
team's strong defence up. Both
had the most total blocks for the
entire of last season, 0.94 and
0.91 blocks per set, respectively.
Their hitting percentage was also
remarkable, with Russell hitting .429 and Howe hitting .328.
Players like second year Irvan
Brar and third year Mac McNicol
might also step up this year.
"I think we have one ofthe
most balanced teams in the
league," said Schick. "We have
the stars but we pride ourselves
on being a team with a lot of
But even as the T-Birds have
grown since the abrupt halt of
their journey, the Canada West
conference remains one ofthe
toughest and most competitive in
the whole of Canada. The last 19
of 21 CIS national champions have
come from Canada West. Top
contenders this year include defending national champions University of Alberta Golden Bears
and the Trinity Western Spartans
who also made it to the national
championships. This ultra competitive league is definitely not a
league to be taken lightly.
"It's not like some conferences
where you don't have to play your
best to win. For us, we're going
to have to play our best each
and every night for us to have a
chance," said Schick, who has
led the Thunderbirds to the post
season 10 times out ofthe past
11 years.
However, Schick is completely
confident in his team's ability to
do well this season. In fact, he is
certain that his team will make it
to the playoffs this year.
"It's an expectation, that
doesn't even have to be brought
up. We are going to be in the
playoffs, and we are going to be
competing this year not only for
Canada West, but for the national
The Thunderbirds' homecoming
game will see the them host the
Mount Royal University Cougars at
the War Memorial Gym on Friday,
October 17, at 8:00p.m. Xi
Help gobble up poverty: run in the Turkey Trot
Slade (left) and Parlange (right) hope at least one jive turkey can beat them this year.
Joey Whittemore
Last year, on a cool October day,
David Slade, a fifth-year materials
engineering student and former
track team athlete, and the Dean
ofthe Faculty of Applied Science, Marc Parlange, took their
marks at the start ofthe first UBC
two-kilometre Turkey Trot, a
small race designed to raise funds
for the United Way charity.
After a successful inaugural
event, the Faculty of Applied
Science is hosting the second
annual Turkey Trot on Wednesday, October 8. "I want this
event to become a fixture,"
said Slade, who is now on the
organizing committee for the
upcoming year.
Slade was one ofthe principal
contributors to last year's event
and the defending champion.
Having been signed up, unbeknownst to him, at a party by
a friend only two weeks before
the event, Slade scrambled into
He talked to professors, family
and friends and raised just under
$500. Last year, Parlange put
out a challenge and matched the
donation of anyone who beat him
in the race.
This year, Parlange has also
challenged the deans of all the
other UBC faculties. If any
other faculty can bring out more
participants than the Faculty of
Applied Science, Parlange will
donate one dollar for every additional person.
"UBC has some very friendly
competition between faculties,"
said Parlange. He hopes to capitalize on this and bring all the
faculties out together in order to
raise money for a good cause.
Parlange believes that "the
Faculty of Applied Science can
be like glue," in making the
university a more integrated
place. This is one of his commitments as dean and comes at
a time when the university is
introducing more cross-faculty
educational programs.
The United Way Lower Mainland is UBC's designated charity.
It is a community-oriented
charity that provides support for
families in need, children who
are bullied and isolated seniors.
Last year, in recognition
of his fundraising efforts,
Slade was nominated for an
award by United Way and
won the Thunderbird Athletes
Council Award.
"Fundraising is really a give
and take," said Slade. He and
Veronica Knott, the current
Engineering Undergraduate
Society President, are planning
to give more back. For this year's
Turkey Trot there are prizes for
the top male and female athletes,
and best costume. There are also
plans for a DJ and a barbecue.
Knott has been campaigning
hard to the engineering students
and the other faculty undergraduate societies. She says she's
"starting to feel the excitement."
There are many themes to this
event, including competition,
promoting an active lifestyle
and charity. Parlange hopes that
people can draw on any of them to
come and participate.
"Participation is the most
important thing... you just have to
show up," he said.
The suggested donation is
two dollars. The race will begin
at 12:30 p.m. at the Engineering
Cairn on Main Mall, but you can
register before the event begins,
from 12-12:30.
Slade says that anyone can come
to walk or run the two kilometres
up Main Mall to the flagpoles and
back. He is hoping that "someone
can beat [him] this year." Xi 25.
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