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Ultimate Frisbee on the Mall: 12-2 p.m. @ the
Library Garden (in front of Irving)
UBC Campus and Community Planning and UBC Rec are teaming up to host
a game of Ultimate Frisbee. Show up in front of Irving K. Barber library for two
hours of summer sport fun. Free.
Move-in Day for new students @
UBC Residences.
August 30 is the official move-in
day for new UBC students living
in residence. Thousands of new
students will be on campus,
friendships will be formed, ambulance callsforalcohol poisoning
will be made. Free
AMS Firstweek Flix @ Totem
& Vanier fields from 8:45-11:30
Bring a blanket and watch a
movie with your resmates only a
few steps from home. Free
Sigma Chi Toga Party @ Sigma
Chi Frat House
How many chances in life do
you get to wear nothing but a
bedsheet, stand in a hot building crowded with hundreds of
first-years and drink lots of beers?
Several times peryear, at UBC.
Probably the biggest and most
importanttoga party oftheyear.
Free (bringyour UBC ID)
Imagine Day @ UBC Campus
from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Classes are cancelled for this
day of tours, pep rallies, and
school spirit. Make the most of
the last day before school starts
by checking out some ofthe
hundreds of club booths, reconnecting with friends and getting
some free stuff. Free
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The question, "what is the next
step after I graduate?" is often
on the minds of students.
Darren Irwin is a UBC professor of evolutionary ecology
and statistics in the Department
of Zoology who was faced with
this very question after the
completion of his undergraduate
In his second year at Stanford, he wanted to become
involved in research. He soon
found himself studying population variation in butterflies.
Once he had completed
his honours degree, Irwin
found himself confused about
his future.
"Between my undergraduate
degree and graduate school, I
was really uncertain of what I
wanted to do. I was all over the
At this stage in his life, Irwin
drew on his passions.
"I loved the outdoors; I had
grown up visiting the Yosemite
National Park in California with
my parents at least twice a year
since I was five years old."
When considering his options, Irwin looked into wildlife
photography, outdoor tour guide
training, conservationism and
even medical school.
While taking time to think
about his career, he travelled to
Baja, California to climb mountains, worked for the nature
conservancy in Oklahoma as
well as for a biotechnology company in the heart of the Silicon
I had never actually
met the professor
with whom I would be
working because he
was on sabbatical in
India.... The summer
after I accepted the
position, I flew across
the world to Delhi,
where I took a bus ride
into the Himalayas
to study birds with a
professor that I was
meeting for the first
Darren Irwin
UBC professor of evolutionary
ecology and statistics
"Through these experiences,
I realized that I was frustrated
[about] being told what to do,"
Irwin said.
After "coming to [his] senses"
about his brief medical school
plan, Irwin found the perfect
application for his love ofthe
outdoors, passion for evolution and desire to seek out an
independent career. He applied
to several graduate schools	
and was particularly keen on
a position at the University of
California, San Diego. When he
was offered the job, Irwin was
put in a situation where he had
to take a leap of faith.
"I had never actually met the
professor with whom I would be
working because he was on sabbatical in India.... The summer
after I accepted the position, I
flew across the world to Delhi,
where I took a bus ride into the
Himalayas to study birds with a
professor that I was meeting for
the first time."
From this point onwards,
Irwin found himself living his
dream: travelling around Asia,
working in Sweden and eventually settling at UBC.
"We certainly have to work
hard as professors, but I am allowed to decide what I am going
to study ... and that is why I love
my job."
Irwin urges undecided students to be patient. "Don't look
at [professors] and assume that
we always had our acts together. Many of us have faced the
exact uncertainty that students
feel after their degrees and most
of our paths were not linear.
"Students have to accept that
uneasy feeling and continue to
actively put themselves in situations that test their passions.
Eventually, the time will come
where you just have to jump
into something wholeheartedly." ?»	
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This year's AMS First Week wrap-up event will be half the size of last year's.
AMS to replace Welcome Back BBQ with smaller event
Jovana Vranic
News Editor
The AMS is holding a new event to
welcome students back to school
this year — the Backyard BBQ.
Previous Welcome Back BBQs
were held on Maclnnes field, but
due to construction on the new
UBC Aquatic Centre, the AMS
had to find a new location for this
year's event.
"We knew that we were going
to have to change somehow," said
AMS Programming and Events
Manager Anna Hilliar. "But we
wanted to keep the barbecue
The AMS worked with UBC to
find an alternate location.
"UBC couldn't find us the
outdoor space, so they offered us
the [Thunderbird] arena," said
Hilliar. "But it would have been to
costly to run it [there]."
Hilliar said she wanted the
event to be held outdoors like
previous years.
"What I see the students experiencing is like they're stoked
it's a concert but [...] the Welcome
Back BBQ is reconvening and also
meeting all of these new people,"
said Hilliar. "I think it's important
to celebrate those things outside."
The final location has been confirmed as the wooded area between
the old SUB and Brock Hall.
"Obviously we wanted to have
a huge, massive party, but I think
this is a good substitute," said
Around 6,300 students attended
the Welcome Back BBQ in previous years, but the Backyard BBQ
will only accommodate 3,200.
"In short, it's going to be a concentrated version of what we usually do," said Hilliar. "We're going to
maintain that spirit, it's just going
to be half the size."
The AMS will release the
concert line-up in the next couple
of days. Tickets will be sold at $12
to $20. The event is scheduled for
Friday, Sept. 5 at 3 p.m. *3
Sauder FROSH sparks first year orientation changes
Lawrence Neal Garcia
There is no FROSH at Sauder
this year.
Following last year's rape cheer
scandal, the Commerce Undergraduate Society (CUS) is no longer
running first year orientations,
which are now being facilitated by
the university, through the Sauder
Undergraduate Office.
The new initiative, now called
"The Spark," is headed by Shannon
Sterling, UBC's Associate Director for Student Engagement and
Development. Sterling worked with
a committee of Sauder students
faculty and staff members, as
well as some alumni, to plan the
upcoming event.
With the CUS executives no
longer directly participating in
the planning and implementation stages, "The Spark" presents
a near-complete reworking of
what was known previously as
Sauder FROSH.
According to Sterling, the new
program is mainly built around social and educational programming.
"I think that's a different place
than FROSH, where it was really
focused on a lot of fun and a lot of
community," said Sterling.
The two-day event will include
a networking lunch and booths for
clubs and organizations, as well as
a closing gala dinner.
"There's opportunities for all
different types of personalities to
shine, and for students to self-select into experiences that mean
something to them," said Sterling.
"We're kind of a hybrid model
between an orientation, where you
follow your group and you spend
time with the same group of people
... versus a conference where you
get to self-select into experiences
The Commerce Undergraduate Society is no longer in charge of first-year orientations.
that are interesting and that resonate with you."
But, as with FROSH in previous years, the event itself is still
largely student-led, with four student directors and seven student
coordinators involved in all stages
ofthe project, only now with
the direction ofthe university
through Sterling and the Sauder
Undergraduate Office.
Following last year's cheer
scandal, every member ofthe CUS
Executive Council, Board of Directors as well as orientation leaders went through various forms of
training, including Anti-violence
Ally Training with the Sexual Assault Support Centre and Active
Bystander training through UBC
Access and Diversity.
"We took the issues last year
very seriously and we've tried to
take all reasonable steps to ensure
orientation this year will be more
successful and appropriate for the
incoming students," said Sauder
dean Robert Helsley.
Helsley also emphasized the
educational approach to the issue
and pointed to the resulting changes across the university.
In addition to general guidelines on what first year orientation should accomplish, a new
training program from the Centre
for Student Involvement and
Careers, known as "Building Respectful and Inclusive Communities" or BRIC training, is being
mandated across the board. This
training consists of a 30-minute
online module and a three-hour
in-person training that applies not
only to student leaders involved
in "The Spark," but to all student
leaders in various programs from
Imagine Day to Jump Start to
each faculty's first year orientation.
"[First year orientation is] not
called FROSH anywhere else
now," said Sterling. "That's all
changed too."
while there are no restrictions
on who is able to get involved
with "The Spark," there are no
2013 Frosh leaders at the planning
committee level, although some
have applied and been offered
orientation leader positions.
Although the CUS is not
involved at the planning and
organization level, CUS president Niloufar Keshmiri acts as
a liaison between the CUS and
Sterling's committee and stressed
that the executive committee will
still have a presence during the
event aside from the other first
year programs and support that
they offer. XI
Wreck Beach
patrols more
friendly than
Scott Jacobsen
The RCMP has developed a
somewhat friendlier relationship
than many anticipated with the
frequenters of Wreck Beach.
Judy Williams, Chairperson ofthe
Wreck Beach Preservation Society,
wasn't pleased when she heard about
plans for a police tent on the beach,
which she says is the safest beach in
"I have spent the last 45 years
advocating for Wreck Beach as accepting, tolerant and loving," said Williams. "We did not need that kind of
negative publicity from an officer new
to the beach intent on cleaning it up."
Sgt. Drew Grainger ofthe UBC
RCMP said the police tent was put
in place mainly to have officers on
hand in case they were needed on
the beach.
"UBC is a small detachment," said
Grainger. "We only have two or three
members patrolling at any given time
ofthe day."
"The tent was essentially a thing of
shade for our officers," said Grainger.
"Our strategy down here was to enhance public safety, mitigate the need
for call service for some of our officers
up top."
According to Grainger, this was a
strategy to foster mutual understanding about what is responsible and
respectful behaviour.
Williams, however, compared the
frequent visitors of Wreck Beach to
a family that can get by without the
additional police presence.
"Like all families, we have our
squabbles, but when push comes to
shove, we are there for one another,"
said Williams.
Williams further described the
more relaxed stance ofthe police,
even joining in some ofthe beach
activities activities such as the Bare
Buns Run on Aug. 10.
"At some point, I would imagine
we will have a more tolerant attitude,"
said Williams.
Still, Grainger said that the RCMP
will continue to focus on preventing
the overconsumption of alcohol and
selling of illegal drugs on the beach.'3
news@ubysseY.ca NEWS    I   THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 2014
Student union evicts The Phoenix
The editors of the student paper at UBC-O are packing up their campus office
Dave Nixon
The Phoenix, UBCO's 25 year-
old campus newspaper, is being
removed from campus.
The move is part ofthe student
union's re-allocation of space in
the University Centre, which will
see Resource Centres merged
and new businesses added.
"It just comes down to the
utilization of space," said Rocky
Kim, president ofthe UBC-O student union (UBCSUO). "We have
to maximize opportunity with
what we have, and the problem
is The Phoenix being there is not
the best utilization of space as of
right now."
The student union is self-imposing a space audit; to prepare
for it, all the spaces used in the
UNC are being reviewed. Kim
said the paper has historically
been a financial drain, running
yearly deficits that eat up additional UBCSUO funds.
"Our main concern was we've
set aside x number of dollars that
students agreed to through a
referendum to pay for media on
campus ... but what's happened
[is] The Phoenix has been running deficits, so not only are they
getting that money but they're
dipping into SU funds and we're
carrying that liability."
Kim said The Phoenix was approximately $16,000 over-budget
at the start ofthe 2014 summer.
A large portion consisted of
uncollected advertising revenue,
however, and by the end of July
the sum sat around $10,000.
Alex Eastman, who was recently hired by The Phoenix as
their first full-time non-student
staff member, was also the Managing Editor in 2013-2014. "We're
negotiating a way to deal with
that now in a way that doesn't
hamstring us financially," said
Eastman. He noted that they
were not alerted to these problems until mid-July, though Kim
said the discussions to remove
The Phoenix had been going on
for five months. Eastman admits
the paper had an onus to recognize these financial problems
earlier on as well, though. The
UBCSUO runs all of The Phoenix
's financials out of their accounting office since they are a part of
the union.
"We've been working directly with Bob [Drunkemolle],the
General Manager, and we're
having this consultation more as
a business than a student club or
association," said Eastman. Part
of the reasoning he was given
by the UBCSUO was that the SU
wanted to charge more rent for
the space, and if they charged
The Phoenix commercial prices
then the paper wouldn't have
been able to afford it. To put that
in perspective, The Phoenix had
been expected to pay $8,000 per
year for their office space each
year, while The UBCSUO will be
charging $70,000 to Koi Sushi
and a brand new Taco Del Mar
outlet, which will replace the old
Valley First office.
Other space re-allocations
include the Pride Centre and the
Women's Centre joining to share
the old Phoenix office, while
their old spaces will be used for
business storage and for Student Union Productions, a new
service that will offer Student
Associations a one-stop-shop for
everything needed to run events.
The student paper at UBC-O no longer has an
A full-service RBC will also be
added on next to the Taco-Del-
Mar. The Peer-Support-Network
is now an official UBCSUO
service, and it will also be run
alongside both Resource Centers
in the old Phoenix space.
Eastman will now run The
Phoenix out of his apartment in
Rutland, while trying to book
as much space on campus as
possible on an ongoing basis
for meetings.
Another complication for The
Phoenix is the media fee. The total
amount (over $40k) has always
gone to The Phoenix, but it is now
likely to be divided between them
and the promising radio club startup Heat Radio. The Phoenix ran a
referendum in 2014 in an attempt
to increase and separate The
Phoenix's fee from the media fee,
but it failed.
"To put it bluntly, not having
an office and having less money
... is a pretty big blow to our operations," said Eastman. "It will be
harder to recruit and maintain
contributors, and we won't have
an office for staff to go." Eastman
said event coverage will be more
difficult, since their photographers used to use the office as
a base. They would store their
equipment and they would return
to use the paper's software to do
post-production. Now that office
is a drive or a bus-ride away.
Eastman said the UBCSUO,
especially their General Manager
Bob Drunkemolle, is assisting in
locating a new space on campus,
though no details are available
at this time as to when or where
that may be. Kim said it relied
upon Eastman coming back in a
couple months with a stronger
business plan and budget, and
then they would then look at
new space options. Computers and server data were all
given to Eastman to use in the
relocated office.
The financial impact on The
Phoenix is significant. Their
budget is expected to drop 27 per
cent to $58,000 from $81,000.
They have cut seven paid staff
positions, combined other positions, and have switched some
office on campus.
pay models for more volunteer-focused or contractual-focused positions. The budget for
wages at The Phoenix is cut by
one-third in total. They have
gone from 16 issues to 14 issues,
and those will be maximum 24
pages with less colour. The volume of papers distributed each
issue will not change from 2,000.
"It's going to take everything I
have just to keep the trains running and our heads above water
while we try to sort all of this out,"
said Eastman, "It's great that we
have the support ofthe SU to stay
functional and operational."
Eastman is now doing his
full-time job at the paper for free,
and getting $300/month for the
space taken in his apartment to
contribute to his rent. He is also
working another 40 hours a week
elsewhere to be able to pay his own
expenses. His only direct income
from the paper is $150 per issue to
distribute the 2,000 copies around
university and town.
"Last year we took so many
steps forward with the paper ...
at our national conference we
were considered a rising star,"
said Eastman.
"That's the disheartening thing
about this, the development of our
staff and our paper will probably,
though I hope not, take a back seat
to 'how much money did we make
this issue'." tJ
Notice of Development Permit Application - DP 14023
Public Open House
UBC Life Building
You are invited to attend an Open House on Tuesday, September 02 to view and comment on
DP14023 for renovations to the UBC Life Building(former Student Union Building).
day,September02, 2014 11 AM - 5 PM
tha Piper Plaza, University Boulevard at Main Mall
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Plans will be displayed for renovations
to the UBC Life Building(former
Student Union Building). The Open
House will be held during the Imagine
Day event.
Representatives from the project team
and Campus + Community Planning will
be available to provide information and
respond to inquiries about this project.
For more information on this project,
please visit: www.planning.ubc.ca
For further information:
Please direct questions to Karen Russell,
Manager Development Services
karen.russell@ubc.ca   604-822-1586
This event is wheelchair accessible.
This notice contains important information which may affect you. Please ask someone to translate it for you.
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Creating culture on campus
As the school year approaches, now is the time to get out
and see all things arts and culture that UBC has to offer.
Vancouver's art and culture scene is expansive and continuously changing. It comes as no surprise then that UBC also has a vibrant art and
culture community. Not only are students afforded a chance to attend art gallery showings or watch a cult classic film on campus, but there
are also many opportunities for students to have their own works showcased. We've listed some ofthe highlights below.
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Outside of the Morris and Helen Belkin
Art Gallery.
UBC has two art galleries:
The Morris and Helen Belkin
Art Gallery, and the AMS Art
Gallery. These two galleries
have featured UBC student art
installations and pieces, as well
as shows by well known artists.
Both Koerner Library and Irving K. Barber Library also house
their own art installations.
UBC's art community is
thriving and always pushes the
boundaries of contemporary art.
If you're looking for new and
experimental art that challenges norms, UBC is a good place
to start.
An orchestra playing inside of the Chan
UBC's Theatre and Opera
program puts on grand performances throughout the year. They
recently released their 2014/2015
lineup which includes Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Euripides' TheBacchae2.1, and Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. The
merging of UBC's department of
theatre and film and the School
of Music's Opera program allows
opportunities to enjoy live opera
and theatre events.
If you're looking to enjoy more
live theatre and opera, as well as
support your peers, make sure to
check out this year's season.
The Norm theatre is the best place on
campus to watch a good movie.
UBC has been used as a set in
many films and TV. shows such
as Supernatural and the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie,
but the university also has a film
production community of its
From UBC's Film department
to the Videomatica collection
housed in Koerner Library, UBC
has everything most cinephiles
could ask for.
And for when you simply need
a good movie on campus, the
Norm, located in the SUB, is a
prime place to catch a flick after
an afternoon of studying.
Notice of Development Permit Application - DP 14025
Public Open House
UBC Baseball Training Faciltiy
You are invited to attend an Open House on Wednesday, September 03 to view and comment
on the proposed new Baseball Training Facility located within the Thunderbird Park Precinct.
nesday,September03, 2014 4:30 - 6 PM
mons Room, MBA House, 3385 Wesbrook Mall
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Plans will be displayed for the
proposed new Baseball Training
Facility located within the Thunderbird Park Precinct.
Representatives from the project team
and Campus + Community Planning
will be available to provide information
and respond to inquiries about this
For more information on this project,
please visit: www.planning.ubc.ca
For further information:
Please direct questions to Karen Russell
Manager Development Services
karen.russell@ubc.ca   604-822-1586
This event is wheelchair accessible.
This notice contains important information which may affect you. Please ask someone to translate it for you.
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Relaxing with some coffee on campus.
UBC has much more to offer
than just art, theatre and film.
UBC also has a growing music
scene and campus radio station
CiTR covers all things music
across Vancouver and Canada.
There is also nothing better
than drinking a cup of coffee
and reading a good book or
writing your screenplay and
UBC has more than enough
places around campus to do
just that. The Great Dane, The
Boulevard and the army of
Starbucks are all available on
campus to satisfy your coffee
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This year's Queer Arts festival came to a close earlier
this month. This event, held
annually, is an opportunity
for LGBTQ art to be exhibited
across Vancouver. This year's
theme ReGeneration celebrated queer history. They
encouraged audiences and
viewers to challenge themselves and to be open to new
ways of being and thinking.
Though this year's Queer
Arts festival has already
ended, LGBTQ art and performance is still prevalent in
Vancouver's art, theatre and
film communities.
Imagine Day's main event
and Clubs Days are around
the corner and nothing
is more exciting than the
promise of joining new clubs
and meeting new people.
UBC has over300 clubs
for students to chose from,
including the UBC Brewing
club, Anime club and Sci-Fi
and Fantasy club. Clubs are
an opportunity for students
to participate in something
other than academics, to
branch out into new hobbies and to explore new
and uncharted experiences. Clubs Days are held the
third week of September, so
keep an eye out for new club
Scammerhead is one of the films competing in this year's Montreal World Film
UBC alumni
premier film at
Montreal World
Film Festival
Jenica Montgomery
Culture Editor
New low budget feature length
film Scammerhead will be one
of the Canadian entries to the
Montreal World Film Festival.
Scammerhead, written and
directed by Dan Zukovic, is a
dark comedy that follows con
artist Silas Breece as he travels
the world to gain capital from
eclectic investors for a series
of projects.
Described as a Global Film
Noir, Scammerhead seeks to
entice audiences with its dark
comic elements and expansive
repertoire of locations. The
film features Alex Rocco, who
is most known for his role as
Moe Greene in The Godfather.
"The film ... is a little nod
to cinephiles," said Jeremy
Dyson, one of Scammer-
head's producers.
Scammerhead was produced
by a handful of people, including Dyson, a UBC alum.
Dyson studied geography
but was an active member in
UBC's Film Society. Dyson and
Zukovic have worked together
on projects including the film
Dark Arc.
The film took seven years
to produce and has a small
cast and crew in comparison
to other feature length films.
This, however, did not deter
the production ofthe film. In
fact, the seven years of production were important to the
overall feel and pacing ofthe
"In a lot of ways it gave
Dan [Zukovic] a ton of time to
continuously refine his script,"
said Dyson.
"[Shooting] over seven years
and sometimes you get opportunities for casting that just
weren't available when you
started," said Dyson.
Rather than setting aside a
couple of months to complete a
full production, the Scammerhead crew shot over weekends
and long weekends.
"It's those opportunities to
jump out and shoot a couple of
scenes here a couple of scenes
there," said Dyson.
For them, this lengthy production cycle meant not being
confined or restricted by their
production cycle and limited
locations. They were able to
film in over 34 locations across
the globe, from Tokyo to Berlin
to Los Angeles. They were able
to take advantage ofthe location for specific events, such
as shooting in front of a casino
that is being torn down.
Though, it's a sad reality
that "some years you miss an
opportunity for a certain shot,"
said Dyson. *a // Sports + Rec
Intramurals are
perfect for casual and
elite athletes alike
The Day of the Longboat is a UBC tradition.
Leo Soh
With events and tournaments
throughout the year and a league
for nearly every sport, there's
something for everyone in UBC
Rec's intramural program.
Although the cost for joining
an intramural team is not covered
in student fees, it is a fraction
of joining an equivalent league
off-campus, and, after dividing
the team registration fee, rarely
comes to more than $15 per person. You can also join the program
as a "free agent" to join up with
a group of other free agents, or
land yourself on an existing team.
You can also join the program as
a "free agent" to join up with a
group of other free agents, or land
yourself on an existing team.
There are 10 leagues in total,
divided into tiers based on competitiveness. Some ofthe most
popular leagues are Handley Cup
Soccer, Bodin Ball Hockey, Nitobe
Basketball and the Ultimate
League. Games take place once
a week at facilities including the
Rec Centre, UBC Thunderbird
Playing Fields and the Osborne
Centre, depending on the sport.
The rules are also specific to
each league. For example, there
are an unlimited number of
substitutions allowed in Handley
Cup Soccer.
"The Rec intramurals was a
great place to learn and grow,"
said Olamide Olaniyan, who
played elite tier Handley Cup
Soccer last year. "I got to meet
several people from upper years
as we had a common love which
was soccer. In the end, we didn't
win too many matches. However, when we did win, the joy
was unbounded. I would recommend the Elite rec, especially
for people who want to stay very
skilled and fit."
One-day events and tournaments include the UBC Badminton Open, the self-proclaimed
"most competitive tournament in
the Lower Mainland;" Howl at the
Moon Volleyball, a four-on-four
coed tournament that plays on
through the night; and UBC's very
own iconic Storm the Wall, a race
composed of swimming, biking
and running, reaching a climax
at a towering wall that requires
teamwork and sweat to get over.
Upcoming events include the
Fall Softball Classic on September
12, which pits teams against each
other in friendly competition at
the UBC Thunderbird Playing
Fields, and the Fall Tennis Open,
which offers both competitive
and recreational play at the UBC
Tennis Centre. The Day ofthe
Longboat will be held on September 27 and 28 at Jericho Beach.
Registration is open until
mid-September for all leagues,
and some ofthe best events ofthe
year are coming up soon, so make
sure to signup quickly if you're
looking to get involved. tJ
Places to be: Skaha
Climbing in British Columbia's interior
Ailsa Naismith
To climb at Skaha, you should go
for a long weekend. The area has so
many activities that to visit for one
night would be like going to see the
Canucks play and leaving after the
first period.
Several weeks ago, my sister Iona
and I planned to visit the Rockies.
We would need a layover, and Skaha
it was! We had no choice but to
enjoy B.C.'s interior in a single day.
On the agenda was climbing, exploring caves and finally, a dip in Skaha
Lake that should clear the day's
sweat and mud from our brows.
We had arrived at our campsite
late the night before. Somehow
we rose at 7 a.m.; either a result of
self-discipline, or the 37 degree sun
roasting our tent. We were feeling
sufficiently unselfconscious to
attempt some morning yoga on the
dock. Nirvana was not achieved,
however, due to our impatience for
the day ahead.
Roaring past the wineries, we
said a quick "FYTP" to the scowling
locals who didn't like the look of
our scruffy outfits and clunky gear.
The road to the parking lot wound
steeply, and finished with a stunning view — a taste ofthe climbs to
come. Although we were early to
the bluffs, there were several other
dust-blasted Jeeps letting us know
that we had found our soul brothers.
We began our day under a
mini-typhoon, surely the only summer day in Skaha that wasn't under
perfect, cloudless sky. The journey
into the cliffs began by trudging up
to the "Fortress," a tower of rock
topped by a sickly pine standing as
a twisted sentinel. We were fuelled
by oodles of Saskatoon berries,
hastily and furtively stripped from
the trees in fear of ursine competition — although the berry bounty
was a sign that the bears were still
snoozing, or perhaps taking a dip in
the lake.
The first stop was Lower Red
Tail wall, which was almost entirely
deserted. No one who has ever been
to Skaha on a busy bluebird weekend would have believed us. The
combination of excellent rock, fun
routes and the famed Canadian politeness means that climbers of Red
Tail form orderly queues for their
favourites. My sister and I soon had
the strange but pleasant experience
of exhausting the lot and having to
move elsewhere for more climbs.
Where to go when you can go
anywhere uninterrupted? The Go
Anywhere wall, of course. This
is a contender for most enjoyable
wall in the Bluffs: the Great White
cliffs loom behind and the waters
of Skaha Lake glitter below, not
to mention a nearby outhouse on
top ofthe cliff — known to the
Brits as "the loo with a view."
The grand panorama is not quite
matched by the routes on the wall,
which, though numerous, are all
short, fiddly and classic Skaha.
This means that they are a bugger to stand on, and a hair-raiser
to take your feet off. We enjoyed
ourselves immensely.
Next on the list: the cave to the
north. Exploring it had been an ambition of mine for several months.
A single page in our guidebook
testified to the good times to be had:
equivalent to slotting yourself into
a dark, whiffy granite cupboard
for 45 minutes. Choice phrases included, "a little tricky" and "a tight
Skaha Bluffs offers beautiful and challenging climbs in the heart of B.C.'s interior.
squeeze." Would we come to resent
these innocuous warnings?
Well, of course we would, but
not immediately. The path in was
spectacular, taking in the view and
supplying us with more Saskatoon
berries and tiny, tart raspberries.
Near the entrance, a discarded and
patriotic red-and-white mitten
waved us on our way. My thirst for
adventure was fuelled by the wonderful feeling of being in the dark,
exploring an avenue that not many
had before.
Iona led us into the entrance, a
narrow slot canyon. With the late
afternoon sunlight filtering in, and
only the sound of our feet clanking
on the rocks, I was a million miles
away from campus.
We could have been anywhere at
all in the world.
Within five minutes we had
climbed out ofthe slot, overtaken a
series of boulders and entered the
first main chasm, hauling ourselves
down a 10-foot rope. This was
when I found out that it is possible
to swagger when no one else is
looking. My smugness was shortlived, however, when we hit the
first real hard part. The guidebook
mentioned edging along beside an
eight-metre drop, then finding a
horizontal crack through which
you'd "post" yourself. There is little
more amusing than seeing your
sister, legs flailing, stuck by her bum
through a stone mailbox. There
is little less amusing than getting
stuck yourself, heaving yourself
through, and landing face-first into
the cavern beyond that is both furry
with dust and redolent with the
fumes of recent rat droppings.
Yet still adventure called us
onwards, and, in this case, downwards. We mastered the over-and-
under fun ofthe Photocopier. We
shuffled past shelves and wedged
ourselves below chockstones.
We scuffed the empty beer cans
of some previous revellers — and
knocked one into our next target, an
eight-metre well. We couldn't see
to the bottom, and we couldn't find
our handholds. At this point we
decided to call it a day. We weren't
prepared, and having to turn back
from the most enticing part, the
yawning gap, really hurt.
Once out ofthe cave, we were
stunned by the time: 6 p.m. Our
return to the parking lot was
delightful. It was a picturesque
meadow standing in vivid contrast
with the dingy cave: a tawny owl
crouched stoic in a pine, waiting
for us to pass under, then swooped
silently for some unseen prey.
A slight rustle in the bushes to
our lefts: a young buck appeared,
smooth and golden and proud. He
showed no fear as we passed by,
but stood and watched with liquid
dark eyes.
My prose may have been a
little purple there; I was certainly
overheated at that point in the
evening, so we took some time to
ourselves before the next journey
called. Skaha town beckoned,
and jumping in the lake proved a
refreshing end to our adventure. H THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 2014    |    SPORTS
Thunderbirds underdogs no more
The UBC football team looks to leave their signature on the Vanier Cup in 2015
Staff writer
The UBC Thunderbirds know
there are plenty of eyes on them
heading into the 2014 Canada
West football campaign. Last season they were expected to finish
fifth in the six-team conference,
but instead turned heads, grinding
out a 4-4 regular season record
and nearly knocking off undefeated Calgary in the first round
ofthe playoffs. But this year, they
won't benefit from the element
of surprise.
Fresh off a secured varsity
status that provides them increased support and resources,
this year's squad not only returns
19 of 24 starters, but also brings in
one ofthe top recruiting classes
in recent memory. That's why the
'Birds have made this year's motto
"Leave Your Signature" with the
hopes of making their mark as one
ofthe top teams in Canada.
"Every day, every single person
in the world, whether we like it or
not, is being judged and watched
and evaluated, and opinions are
being made," said head coach
Shawn Olson. "We want to make
sure that the signature we leave
[is] the legacy that we want people
to remember us by, and that comes
down to individuals buying into
that concept — that if you want to
be known as lazy, late and disrespectful ... that's what people are
going to know you as.
"If you want to be diligent,
hard-working, intelligent and
thoughtful, and all those other
things that we stand for, then you
have to put some thought into how
you deal with situations and apply
those character traits to each
aspect of your life. And as a team
we feel that if we do a lot of those
things, we'll leave a very positive
signature on the 2014 season."
Olson enters his fifth season
at the helm ofthe T-Birds and
believes that this is one ofthe most
talented UBC rosters in around a
decade. Along with defensive coordinator Jerry Friesen, recruiting
coordinator Paul Orazietti and the
rest ofthe coaching staff, Olson is
now reaping the benefits from several years of top-notch recruiting,
especially with only a handful of
The Thunderbirds took the CIS by surprise last season, but expectations are high this time.
this year's starters in their fifth
and final year.
One such recruit donning
the blue and gold this season
is running back Terrell Davis,
the 2011 BC AAA High School
Football Player ofthe Year who
comes to UBC after spending time
with NCAA Division 1 Arizona
State. He joins a backfield already
occupied by one ofthe top rushers
in Canada, Brandon Deschamps,
a fourth-year who averaged 143.9
yards per game on the ground last
year behind an offensive line that
featured Second Team All-Canadian Alec Pennell.
Described by Olson as a
"hard-charging, slashing-style
power runner," the man known
as "Banger" will once again be
expected to lead UBC's potent
ground attack, but will be complemented by Davis who, despite
weighing in at 230 pounds, has
nimble feet and sticky fingers. Top
high school recruits AJ Blackwell
and Marcus Davis — BC Player
ofthe Year in 2012 and 2013 -
will also feature prominently on
the ground.
"I think it's good — always
have a change up, always have
a couple guys that can play the
spot," said Deschamps. "I don't
know how the reps will turn out,
but we're planning on running
a pretty good offence this year
where we get a lot of reps in.
There's going to be enough reps
to go around, and everybody will
get a chance."
The quarterback situation
remained a bit of a question mark
throughout last season, with
both Carson Williams and Greg
Bowcott battling it out to fill the
shoes left by former CIS MVP
Billy Greene. This year, Olson
has made up his mind that Williams will be under centre come
opening day, though Bowcott and
first-year Trevor Casey also have
the full confidence of Olson. He'll
be throwing to a deep receiving
corps led by the likes of David
Scott, David Mann and Alex
Morrison, who set the Canada
West record for most kickoff return yards last season as a rookie.
"[Williams] has been very consistent, he's been insatiable both
on the field and off the field, he's
really positioned himself within
the team as the guy that people
view as the leader, and he knows
the offence so well," said Olson.
"He knows it sometimes better
than I know it."
Yet despite all the firepower
on offence, the defence might be
even better. Last year showed
how tough the T-Bird D can be
when they stay healthy, as they
allowed the fewest average yards
per game in the conference and
had the second-most sacks with
Donovan Dale was named the
Canada West's Outstanding Lineman after recording five sacks
and 7.5 tackles for a loss, while
Jordan Bosa and Yianni Cabylis
ranked in the top seven for most
tackles. Defensive end Kareem
Ba also returns for his fifth year
after posting five sacks, seven
tackles for a loss and three forced
fumbles last year.
Rounding out the roster on
special teams is arguably the
best punter in the nation, Quinn
van Gylswyk, who led the CIS in
punting average with a 43.1 mark
and also executed many brilliant
fake punts on third down; on
field goals, the second-year went
16 for 22. As for returns, Morrison led the Canada West in punt
returns with 424 yards.
Every training camp brings
about it a new optimism — the
sun is shining, fall classes have
yet to arrive — but this season
appears to have an added pinch.
Both Olson and Williams used
the word "exciting" when talking
about the season, but the way the
90 or so players toughed it out on
Tuesday during the first of their
three sessions ofthe day, you
could tell that they wouldn't quit
until they've risen to the top.
"I'm excited to see what this
group can do, because there's
some really good young men
— citizenship-wise, leadership-wise — it's a really good
group that way," said Olson. "And
you combine that with a lot of
talent... so I'm excited to see how
it all comes together."
The T-Birds' homecoming
game is Saturday, September 13. H
UBC geography student Mila Mezei goes north
Lawrence Neal Garcia
This summer, UBC student Mila
Mezei went further north than she
had ever been in her life.
Mezei, a third year environment and sustainability
geography major, was part of a
two-week Arctic expedition to
the Torngat Mountains National Park, a national reserve that
comprises almost 10,000 square
kilometres ofthe Northern Labrador Mountains.
The 2014 Arctic Expedition,
run through Students on Ice
(SOI) — a non-profit organization that leads yearly expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic — left from Kuujjuaq, in
the Nunavik region of Northern
Quebec, went along the coast of
Labrador to the national park in
Saglek Bay, across to Greenland's
western coast, and finished
in Kangerlussuaq.
The trip centred on the
Torngat Mountains National
Park, which is home to stu-
Mezei sailed to Greenland this summer to research the Arctic.
dents, researchers and tourists
throughout the summer months.
Mezei's time there allowed her
to do everything from enjoy a
barbecue of fresh Arctic char and
bannock to hiking up mountains and past fjords to helping
geologists and oceanographers
conduct their research.
"But the main point [ofthe
expedition]," said Mezei, "was to
learn as much about the Arctic
region as possible, and then come
back and share what we learned
and encourage people to get up
there at some point."
With about 140 people on
the expedition, about 40 of
which were educators — scientists, historians, musicians,
and even singer-songwriters — the trip was indeed an
educational experience.
"We would do workshops on
the ship and on land every single
day," said Mezei. "Then at night
we'd have a couple of lectures
or presentations. So we [were]
always learning different things
about the Arctic."
Mezei came across the
opportunity when applying to
be a Youth Ambassador at Parks
Canada, which currently has a
three-year agreement with SOI
to sponsor 13 student participants for the yearly expeditions.
With her interest in geography,
environmental issues and the
Polar Regions, Mezei found the
opportunity a perfect fit.
"There's kind of a disparity
between what people think is
[in the Polar Regions], which
is essentially nothing ... when
there's really so much out there,"
said Mezei, who highlighted the
rich biodiversity and various
Inuit communities ofthe region.
"Canada has so much land in the
Arctic but not many people really
know anything about it."
As part of her work with
Parks Canada, informing over
600 people every day at places
like the Vancouver Aquarium,
Science World and the Richmond
Maritime Festival has been her
job ever since.
Another part of her work includes some shoreline cleanup.
"[Canada is] not just coast to
coast," said Mezei. "We're coast
to coast to coast. We have the
Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic."
In the future, aside from
working in the Canadian
national and provincial park
systems, Mezei hopes to be
able to work with the nascent
marine protected area system,
and her experience of going to
the Arctic has only increased
this interest.
"There is a lot up there, and
we are connected to it." tJ // Scene
Intra-UBC squabbles butcher
the Welcome Back BBQ
New backyard BBQ will have lower capacity,
less-than-ideal location
Austen Erhardt
Opinions & Blog Editor
If you've taken a look at the AMS
First Week website, or are a regular reader of The Ubyssey, you've
seen that the AMS Welcome Back
BBQ - now the 'Backyard BBQ'
— has been butchered; and we've
been left with the offal.
Citing the lack of an appropriate
venue, the Backyard BBQ will be
a shadow of its former self — half
the size of last year's Welcome
Back BBQ. Instead of nearly
6,500 students, attendance will
be limited to 3,200 and the event
will be held on the northwest side
ofthe SUB (between the SUB and
Brock Hall), though the quality
and quantity ofthe performers
and refreshments will be similar
to last year.
The AMS hosts two ofthe biggest events ofthe year for students.
The Welcome Back BBQ gives new
students an idea of what the school
can be like, and gives returning
students a chance to reunite with
old friends.
In some ways, we shouldn't be
complaining. The AMS isn't required to host any sort of welcome
back event, and even a smaller barbecue is better than nothing. But
for years, the Welcome Back BBQ
has been the hotspot for reunions
and one ofthe few major instances
of school spirit that UBC is host
to over the course ofthe school
year. And thanks to the AMS
Council's perseverance, it's still
going to happen — just cut in half.
Credit should be given where
credit is due. The AMS is holding
this event at an even bigger cost
than last year (a budget of $36,000
vs $20,000). It seems as though
they want to maintain the same
standard of entertainment as
previous years — just on a smaller
scale. On the other hand, the AMS
did cite cost as a concerning factor
in holding the Welcome Back BBQ,
during their Council meeting
on July 30. The AMS is in the
midst of building a roughly $100
million building and frequently
faces budget strains. Spending
$16,000 more for the benefit of
half as many students as last year
is questionable, though the AMS
is certainly stuck between a rock
and a hard place: to spend more
money but still host a major event,
or to save money and disappoint
thousands of students.
The AMS is often criticized for
the disconnect between itself and
the students of UBC. Every year
at election time, student candidates propose ways to improve the
relationship and communication
between students and their Alma
Mater Society. The downsizing
ofthe BBQ and other decisions
like it serve only to reinforce this
perception, even if it is not entirely
deserved. The Welcome Back BBQ
has been one ofthe biggest events
of the year since it was first held in
the 1980s; and on a campus that is
already, in many ways, subdued,
the cutback will leave a hole in
UBC's struggling school spirit.
The official reasoning for not
hosting a full-size BBQ is the
lack of an appropriate venue.
Maclnnes Field isn't available
due to the ongoing construction,
and Matthews Field — one ofthe
most obvious alternatives — is not
considered suitable by UBC due
to the damage that the crowds
would cause to the field.
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The fault, however, doesn't
lie entirely — or even primarily - with the AMS. Between
the lobbying by the University
Neighbourhood Association for
non-student resident rights to
peace and quiet, and university
administrative policies, the
atmosphere ofthe UBC campus
is not particularly conducive to
major, student-oriented events
(that is, parties). UBC has a massive campus compared to the vast
majority of other post-secondary
institutions. It seems ridiculous
that it's so insurmountable a task
to find a space to accommodate
6,500 students for an evening.
If all goes according to plan,
the AMS will regain access to a
field for events like the Welcome
Back BBQ and Block Party sometime in the next few years, after
the construction in the region has
been completed.
But this event functions as a
microcosm ofthe bigger issues
that our university and its students face when it comes to developing and maintaining school
spirit. Why is it that a university
the size of UBC (both in terms
of physical space and number of
students) has only one potential
venue for a large barbecue with
live music?
If the UBC community is going
to come together, show spirit and
have fun more than a couple days
per year, all ofthe major players - the AMS , UBC, the UNA
and students — will have to work
together to reach a compromise
that will satisfy everyone. One
that will hopefully let UBC reach
its full potential as a vibrant and
growing campus. H
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5-Driving hazard
10-St. crossers
15-We please
16-Thin stratum
17-Mediterranean port
18-Free of frost
19-Able was ...
20- Hungarian sheep dog
22- Zit
24-Nothing, in Nice
25- Silage storage tower
26-Not malignant
29- Shelves collectively
33-Thin soup
34-Actor Keach
35-Actor Fernando
36-Architectural pier
38-Get wind of
40- N Atlantic archipelago
41- African language group
45-Cornerstone abbr.
46- Firewood measure
47- Few and far between
57-It's a thought
58- Horse of mixed color
60- Oscar winner Patricia
62- Fearsome
63-Ultimatum word:
1- Captain __
2- Farm prefix
3- Composer Khachaturian
4-Spanish Miss
5-Get down
6-Rest atop
7- Chieftain, usually in Africa
8-And so on
10-"I, Robot" author
11-Prez's backup
12- Grey, tea type
13-Hook's helper
21-Upon us
23-In a bad way
27- Bert's buddy
28-Short letters
30-"Goodnight" girl
31- -foot oil
32- Convoluted fold ofthe brain
34- Cut into small pieces
40-Own (up)
41- Exposed
46-Provide food
47-Franklin D.'s mother
49-Med school subj.
50-Bright star
51- Pulitzer-winning biographer
52- Mariners can sail on seven of
53- Ad word
56-Brit's raincoat
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