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Array We wrote a book and redesigned a paper and moved into a house, guys SINCE 1918
September 6,20111 vol XCIII iss I
After two crashes, over
half of September's U-Passes
have been distributed P4 21 Page 2109.06.2011
What's on
This week, may we suggest..
Imagine Day: All day over the entire campus
UBC likes to get that whole "school spirit" business out of the way ASAP.
That's why they created Imagine Day. which, as they will be reminding
you til their faces turn blue, is "The Largest Student Orientation in North
America." Get ready to yell faculty chants you will never hear again and attend a really weird pep rally where Stephen Toope says some stuff about
how great we are. You pretty much have to go to this.
Indoor/Outdoor Pool Party:
9-12 pm @ Aquatic Centre
In which people go swimming in
an Olympic sized pool after more
than a few libations. This is ridiculously fun. Cost is five bucks without the Firstweek wristband.
Welcome Back BBQ: 2-8pm @
Maclnnes Field
Dance your face off at the AMS's
free annual back-to-school concert. This year's DJ-heavy lineup
includes Porter Robinson. Kid
Sister and Heroes.
Buchanan Courtyard reopening celebrations: 121:30pm
Arts students! At long last,
the shackles of injustice have
crumbled away! No longer must
we trudge around a labyrinth of
blue fencing to get anywhere in D
Block. Nor shall we have to have
our philosophical inguiry stymied
by sounds of construction. The
courtyard is complete and ready
for the first wave of students.
The Arkells: 8-12am @ the SUB
The Ontario-based rockers will play their
"Springsteenesgue" tunes on the top
floor ofthe SUB with local band Yukon
Blonde. $20 gets you in.
Got an event you'd like to see on this page? Send your event
and your best pitch to printeditor@ubyssey.ca.
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Sometimes Dan Minster (seen abov e) finds it easier to keep watch under water.
Making sure you don't drown
Ginny Monaco
Culture Editor
When talking to Dan Minster,
head lifeguard at the UBC Aquatic
Centre one gets the impression that
lifeguarding isn't so much a job you
do, but a part of who you are.
"It's hard to turn off the lifeguard switch," he laughed. "It's a
mental state.
"I know people who will be at
a mall and start telling kids, 'No
running on deck!' before they stop
and realize, 'Oh. You're not on
deck. You're in a mall."
Minster began working at the
UBCAC in 2004. He left competitive swimming at 17 and in
the summer after high school
graduation he completed a laundry list of courses—CPR, National
Life Guard Service, Water Safety
Instructor—to set up his training.
But Minster's days are a little
drier now after being promoted to
head lifeguard two years ago. "It's
different to be in a management
role. I'm more of a suit...The UBC
Aquatic Centre is a handful."
Incidents at the AC are few and
far between and they often come
One on one with
the people who
make UBC
with a re-evaluation of policy and
"Way before my time, there was
a death at UBC," said Minster.
"There's probably been a death
at most facilities, but the major
point is, how do we deal with it?
What changes do we put in place
to make sure it doesn't happen
In Minster's early years, a coworker found a woman convulsing in the sauna, having succumbed to heat stroke. Though
the patron later recovered, the
event prompted a new rule that
requires all lifeguards to check
secondary locations after rotating
off deck.
"The chances of you hurting
yourself [at the Aquatic Center]
are minimal [and] the chances of
killingyourself even less," said
"But I'm here to make sure those
chances are almost at zero." tH
Head lifeguard at the Aquatic
Area of study
Why a boring day at the pool is
a good thing:
"It's kind of boring. The moment
I'm around, things don't happen.
Maybe I just get lucky."
Craziest after-hours stunt:
"I've actually caught people scuba diving [in the outdoor pool]."
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bicycle shelter to be located in the Chemistry courtyard.
The project design team and Campus + Community Planning staff will be available to
provide information and respond to inquiries about this project and other newly installed
bicycle storage facilities on campus.
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Location: Mezzanine, Abdul Ladha Centre, 2055 East Mall
For directions visit: www.maps.ubc.ca. For more information on
this project, please visit the C&CP website: www.planning.ubc.ca
Please direct questions to Karen Russell, Manager Development Services email: karen.russell@ubc.ca
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on September 1 2th at 5 p.m. in Buch D323.
Elections will be held for all available positions.
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or send us an email at prideubc@gmail.com
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The Last Word
Parting shots and snap judgments on today's issues
How the Barenaked Ladies
killed rock & roll at UBC
Block Party 2010 may have put
the AMS in substantial deficit, but
another long-term legacy ofthe
Barenaked Ladies-fronted event
is becoming clear: big concerts on
this campus are dying.
The rock and roll dinosaurs
behind "If I Had A Million Dollars"
brought turnout at the event to
a new low of 2900 and put the
society $103,000 in the hole. In
summer of 2010, the AMS budget
committee determined that the
event—which had once featured
big-name acts like The Roots-
needed to be pared down. And so
last year, we saw smaller hip-hop
and electronic acts like Rye Rye
and Switch take the stage for Block
And people showed up. The
concert didn't exactly break even,
but it was successful enough that
the money-strapped society didn't
cut the cord. The sunny weather
certainly helped, but the DJ format—which cost far less than the
$115,000 spent on talent for the
2010 show—seemed to be a solution. This year's Welcome Back
BBQ, headlined by Chicago rapper
Kid Sister and 19-year-old house/
dubstep artist Porter Robinson,
shows us what the AMS has
learned since 2010: that people
would rather dance with their fellow students than crowd surf over
Passing the buck on student
housing prices
For all ofthe excitement we had for
more student housing on campus,
jaw-drops followed the unveiling of
rental prices at the soon-to-be-built
Ponderosa Housing Hub.
UBC's Student Housing and
Hospitality Services (SHHS) has
said they are trying to maintain
financial sustainability and that
$750-900 a month for a student
is at par or slightly below market
prices. So the SHHS is providing
the same level of service for students as condo developers in Point
Grey. Fantastic!
Brian Heathcote, SHHS chief
financial officer, said we should be
cognizant ofthe fact that at the end
ofthe day, all UBC housing is filled
for September. But filled rooms do
not translate to consent or support
of these prices. People pay because
they have to—students have loans,
or parents that are able to scrounge
the cash to foot the bill.
The response from Managing
Director Andrew Parr on behalf of
SHHS was that the province should
increase the housing allowance on
student loans from $573. Passing
the buck like this is easy, but won't
gain the respect or support of students struggling under post-secondary debt.
Campus planning behind
closed doors
One thing you might notice in these
pages is that we focus on development a fair bit. That's because this
campus is building all the time.
And while university is the developer, owner and regulator ofthe
land, they often put student concerns low on their list of priorities.
We feel this is a problem.
Which brings us to Campus
and Community Planning (CCP).
They're the group that oversees
the planning stages of development, and currently they're deciding what to do with "Gage South,"
the area around the bus loop and
Maclnnis Field. It's vital that it
remain student-centred. However,
CCP has decided to make their
meetings completely private before they put it forward to public
We understand that private discussions are essential in the planning process—but that's what going
"in camera" is for.
Given that CCP has perhaps the
worst reputation on campus for
actually listening to what students
think, shutting the public out of all
planning meetings seems like poor
optics at best—and blatant disregard for student interest at worst.
A cancelled Shrum Bowl is a
loss for everyone
The Shrum Bowl won't be played
this year due to scheduling conflicts. The Shrum Bowl, a Vancouver
showdown between the UBC and
SFU football teams, is usually the
marquee sporting event ofthe year
and certainly the marquee event
ofthe fall. It is the only game that
gets a wide range of students out
to Thunderbird Stadium. Plain and
simple, people get fired up about the
Shrum Bowl. Players love playing
the game, alumni love coming to see
it, first-years love getting obnoxiously drunk in the stands and the
atmosphere is electric. It's a shame
that it's been cancelled.
Now there is one less reason-
leaving us with very few indeed—for
students to get excited about campus sports at UBC.
Deported WWII students
deserve a degree
The Vancouver Sun reported last
week that UBC is deciding how
to best remember the infamous
exodus of Japanese-Canadians
from Vancouver during the Second
World War. The forced deportation
of tens of thousands of Japanese-
Canadians to internment camps in
the interior, based only on xenophobic fear, was one ofthe darkest
points of our province's history. The
75th anniversary of that decision
takes place next year, and sadly,
UBC has ruled out giving honou-
rary degrees to those who were
attending our university before being kicked out. We know that there
are always a myriad of cultural,
feasibility, and long-term considerations to be made when addressing
historical wrongs, but honourary
degrees seem like the least UBC can
do to recognize the occasion. 13
In an article titled "Copyright
now responsibility of UBC—AC
dropped" in the August 16 issue of
The Ubyssey, it was stated that Dr
Mira Sundara Rajan was the Canada
Research Chair in Intellectual
Property Law. Dr Rajan no longer
holds the chair. The Ubyssey regrets
the error.
In a perspective titled "Solving
conflict through film" in the
August 16th issue of The Ubyssey, a
quote was incorrectly attributed to
Shoni Aronovich. The statement,
"Filmmaking is a stress-filled,
caffeine-injected enterprise," was
actually the opinion ofthe author.
The Ubyssey regrets the error.
Why the AMS needs
your righteous anger
Brian Piatt
Hello, new students. Welcome to
You now belong to a student
union, the Alma Mater Society
(AMS). The AMS takes a fairly small
amount of money from you in the
form of a student fee, but when all
these fees are added together, it
makes up a budget of millions of dollars. So you should pay attention to
whatyour student union is doing.
And you should get angry when
your student union does silly and/
or stupid things. Don't get angry
just for the sake of it; I've been an
AMS councillor, and I know for
certain that most councillors are
very hard-working, honest and intelligent people. But when the AMS
does something silly, they're often
gambling that not enough people are
paying attention for it to matter. You
should get angry about these things
because ultimately, that's what
keeps your student union in line.
Last spring, the AMS held a referendum asking for more ofyour
money. Students were told, accurately, that revenue was not matching expenses and that the AMS
would have to start cutting services
if fees weren't raised. The referendum passed by a razor-thin margin
of 2.2 percent.
This is why it is absolutely bonkers that the AMS has now decided
to give their executives a mid-term
pay raise. It undermines their
own established procedure of only
raising executive salaries when
the election turnover takes place
at the Annual General Meeting,
and though the AMS did not lie to
students during the referendum by
claiming it was all about services
(and I was one ofthe people loudly
making that claim), it sure looks like
they lied now.
Furthermore, it is almost certain
that the process used to immediately hike salaries broke very important
rules about code suspensions and
budget committee approval requirements. I've laid this out in a more
detailed (but slightly more boring)
way on The Ubyssey's website.
Now, by any objective measure,
the executives of the AMS do deserve a pay raise. And the call for
the raise did not come from the
executives themselves (although the
president has taken every inadvisable opportunity to tell us why his
salary should be raised.) But why
did the AMS have to break its own
rules about raising salaries of executives? Why couldn't it wait until the
turnover? What the hell is the big
rush? These executives knew what
they were going to be paid when
they ran for election.
The answer is that the AMS has
decided they don't care what it looks
like to students when they rush
in an early executive pay hike—or
at least don't care enough. This is
where you come in. Students have
to care, or things like this will keep
So, new student, I hope you take
this advice. Getting involved in student politics doesn't have to mean
running in an election or joining a
committee. Getting involved can
simply mean paying attention to
whatyour student union is doing,
and raising a righteous fury when
they do something wrong.
What I wish I knew in first year
» By Hans Seidemann
So you're a fresh-faced first-year,
thinking to yourself, "Gee whiz!
The world is my oyster!" Or maybe
you're petrified of life and planning
to spend the next four years huddled
in your dorm room. In any case, welcome to post-secondary life: it's a big
confusing mess of highs and lows
and somewhere in there, ifyou're
lucky, you'll figure it all out.
You might ask why I'm talking to
you right now. Well kids, I've been
around for a while. We're talking four years in Arts, two years
in Commerce and three years in
Applied Science—not to mention a
three-year working break. In that
time, I've made my share of mistakes and even had a few successes.
I'm thinking you could benefit from
learning a little about both.
First of all, odds are you have no
idea what you're actually here for.
You might think you do, but trust
me, you probably don't. You're now
part of a school of 48,000 students, with hundreds of clubs and
thousands of classes. I'm willing to
bet you never considered "farmer"
as a career option when you were
doing surveys with your guidance
counsellor, but there's a farm on
campus that you can help out at. You
probably haven't considered starting
your own micro-brewery, but you
probably never had a brewing club
back at high school. So check it all
out: frats, sororities, clubs, student
government, all of it. You might just
find the thing you're actually here
Secondly, there's no right way to
getyour degree. In fact, you don't
even need to get it at all. Ifyou're not
enjoyingthe classes you're taking,
stop taking them! Try courses from
another department that catch your
eye. Ifyou don't find what you're
looking for, then consider taking
time off or enrolling in trade school.
You can do very well for yourself in
the trades, sales and any number of
other careers without ever getting
that piece of paper. Getting a degree
just for the sake of it is an expensive
way to spend several years being
Lastly, PARTY! University is as
much about the people you meet
and the experiences you have as it is
about classes, clubs and all the rest.
You don't have to go drinking at every event on the UBC social calendar
(half should do just fine), but definitely look for ways to get out, meet
people and get up to shenanigans.
Try things that scare you! Get into
trouble! These are the stories that
you'll tell your kids someday. Unless
they're really good, in which case,
you'll hope they never find out. tH
Hans Seidemann is the VP
Communications and Administration
ofthe Engineering Undergraduate
Society. »
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