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Editors: Kalyeena Makortoff & Micki Cowan
02.09.2012 | 3
ORGANIZATIONS »
Golden Key honour society holds regional summit in Vancouver
Will McDonald
StaffWriter
When high academic achievers
receive the Golden Key membership invitation in the mail, many
are excited to be recognized for
their work. But others are unsure what exactly the society does
and why it costs $90 to join. Last
weekend, some students attended
the Society's Canadian Regional
Summit to find out.
UBC student Sophia Piche was
one of those students. "I think a lot of
people don't really know what they
do," said the third-year Engineering
student, who is also a Golden Key
member. "To be honest, this [summit] is the only thing I've actually
done with them."
Golden Key is an international
honours society with more than 400
chapters and 2 million members in 8
countries.
Students in the top 15 per cent
of their programs are sent a letter,
signed by UBC President Stephen
Toope, which encourages students
to pay the fee and join. Accordingto
an interview with The Ubyssey from
December 8,2011, Toope's involvement is minimal.
"I actually have no involvement,
I'm not a member ofthe society myself, and all I've done is sign a letter,"
he said.
Although Golden Key does offer
services such as networking and
scholarships, it is up to the students
to take advantage of them. According
to their 2009 annual report, they
generated $491,538 in revenue in
Canada that year. Of that money, the
society spent $298,186 on Canadian
students, with $41,226 dedicated to
member benefits.
Last week, around 130 delegates
attended the Vancouver summit to
learn more. The event was hosted by
the UBC and SFU chapters of Golden
Key. Public relations coordinator
Stephanie Snowden explained the
purpose ofthe summit.
"It gives regional chapters a
chance to come together and connect with each other, and also attend
lectures with industry executives,"
she said.
"It's this massive networking
thing, so you can connect with people from different programs."
Accordingto UBC attendee and
fourth-year cell biology and genetics student Deepak Bhangu, many
Golden Key members are unaware of
what the society offers.
"A lot of people don't use it at all.
When I got in, I was like, I've got to
figure out what this thing is and how
I can use it." tH
FOOD»
Food inspections keep UBC food safe
Micki Cowan
News Editor
Every day, thousands of students
eat at food outlets in the SUB, the
Village and across residences on
campus. What they may not realize
as they're digging in is how much
work goes into ensuring the food
they eat is safe.
Restaurants at UBC are inspected several times a year by the
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
(VCHA). The inspector will check
food and fridge temperatures, make
sure equipment is working properly
and that there are no health risks,
like rodents. These reports are then
published on the VCHA inspection
website for public viewing.
Angelo Kouris, the VCHA manager for health protection, explained
that routine checks can expose a variety of problems, but most of them
are not high-risk.
"I would say that 50 per cent of
your inspections show up non-critical inspections—things like some
structural repairs, things that are
not critical or goingto make the
public ill."
In the most recent inspections, a
number of establishments around
didn't pass the inspection without
infractions. Vera's Burger Shack,
for example, is on its fourth re-
inspection. But Kouris said this is
not uncommon. "There's always
repairs, cleaning type of situations,"
said Kouris.
If the infractions aren't fixed
bythe next inspection, they'll face
more frequent visits by the health
authorities.
When asked about the fourth
re-inspection, Vera's owner ofthe
past four months, Jagdish Kular, explained that the issue was a broken
sink.
News briefs
Queen's medal goes to UBC
alumnus
UBC alumnus Barney Ellis-Perry
was awarded the Queen Elizabeth
II Diamond Jubilee Medal on
February 6. According to The
Vancouver Sun. Ellis-Perry was
one of 60 Canadians awarded the
medal in celebration of the 60th
anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's
ascent to the throne.
Ellis-Perry who convocated in
1987 from UBC and now lives in
North Vancouver, was awarded the
medal for his social engagement
and community service, notably with
Volunteer Canada. Volunteer Canada
works to increase and support volunteerism through programs, projects
and national initiatives.
DAVID ELOP^HE
While minor infractions are common, there has not been a shutdown of an AMS food outlet in the past 21 years
However, he said he was confident the fourth inspection would
pass, "no problem."
Kouris said that closures only occur with serious infractions.
"It could be a number of things
[that] are wrong. It could be that
there are pest problems, combined
with poor food handling, combined
with poor sanitation, and therefore
the three infractions make it an
unacceptable risk, so therefore we
close the restaurant down."
In the SUB, many ofthe food
outlets are run by the AMS. Bill
Anderson, AMS assistant food and
beverage manager, said management performs daily checks and
all outlets have their FoodSafe
certification.
"Throughout the day we check
New UBC study analyzes
female "sexual dysfunction"
A study by nursing PhD student
Cindy Massaro looks to find out how
"sexual dysfunction" is affecting the
decisions and behaviours of women
in bed.
The study gauges the medical
industry's medicalization of female
sexuality, including the production of
sexual enhancement drugs.
"Unfortunately, many women have
accepted the mythology that they
should be able to experience an orgasm with vaginal penetration alone."
said Joy Johnson, a UBC nursing
professor. "This is simply not the case,
and the pharmaceutical industry will
inevitably take advantage of this misinformed state."
out temperatures...We do routine
checks to the hour, to the day, to the
week, to the month," he said.
And their diligence has been relatively successful; in Anderson's 21
years working for the AMS, he can't
recall a closure.
"I probably would say the one
concern was we had some hot water
issues...they came in and our hot
water tank wasn't up to snuff and
they just said this has to be taken
care of and if it's not taken care of,
we're goingto have to close you
down," said Anderson.
"We got on the phone right away
to [UBC Plant Operations] and
they had someone over here in 15
minutes."
The latest inspection reports
confirmed what Anderson said was
UBC researchers hone in on cell
internal guidance system
UBC researchers have discovered
the molecular pathway that enables
cells to find and flag fragments of
pathogens infecting a host. The discovery of the pathway in molecule
CD74. published in this week's edition of Nature Immunology could
help immunologists investigate treatments that offer better immune responses against cancers, viruses and
bacteria, and can lead to more efficient vaccines. "This could ultimately
lead to a blueprint for improving
the performance of a variety of vaccines, including those against HIV.
tuberculosis and malaria." said UBC
biologist Wilfred Jefferies. whose lab
conducted the study.
the hardest to maintain—the fridge
temperatures.
Although the inspection at the Pit
Pub Burger Bar passed, a small infraction was given when the freezer
measured at -10 degrees C instead of
-18 degrees C.
"Accordingto staff, it was just
stocked and, therefore, the door was
left open," the report on the VCHA
website said.
The inspection information is
currently only available on the
VCHA website, but Kouris said it's
not likely that establishments will
be required to post their inspection
reports in their restaurant anytime
soon, as is the case in cities such as
New York.
"If it's bad enough, it will be
closed," said Kouris. 13
National poll suggests more
family benefits wanted
A new national poll has shown that
most Canadians think it is a good
idea to reallocate budget increases
from medical care to benefits for
families.
Led by UBC Human Early Learning
Partnership professor Paul Kershaw,
the poll shows that 60 per cent of
Canadians agree or somewhat agree
that "compared to what is spent in
other areas. Canadian governments
do not do enough for families raising
young kids today."
"Despite having all the amenities of
modern life, two thirds of Canadians
resist the idea that today's families
have it easier than in the past." said
Kershaw. 13
HEALTH»
"Early Alert" joins
UBC mental health
initiatives
JOSH CURRAN/THE UBYSSEY
Maitrayee Dhaka
Contributor
UBC has launched an initiative to
better serve student mental health.
And while there are plans to roll out
a number of programs over the next
two years, the first phase of an Early
Alert System (EAS) is going live this
month.
"The Early Alert would not [be
a] substitute for good judgment,"
explained Kirk Beck, a psychologist
for UBC's Counselling Services.
"It is an infrastructure that
identifies concerns as early as possible and tries to direct [students] to
appropriate resources. It wouldn't
replace a consultation or a referral, especially for the high-risk
students."
The first phase ofthe EAS has
trained academic advisors and
staff in student services such as
GoGlobal, International Student
Advising and Career Services. They
give students referrals to anything
from counselling services to financial aid.
The larger mental health initiative will go further than a similar
program that already exists in UBC
residences.
"Universities are invested in the
priority of mental health and [well]
being. We want to not just focus on
the top tier but also on the bottom
foundation to ensure wellbeingfor
all students," said senior director of
student development and services,
Janet Teasdale.
A joint initiative between
Counselling Services and the student health centre will provide
depression screening.
"Invariably we find that depression is the most common representation on campus to our centre," said
Beck.
As phase training continues,
Teasedale said confidence is growing. "The response from faculty and
staff has been, T know what to do
now.' It's a bit of a relief."
In terms of privacy, Teasdale
stressed that student information
will never be relayed in an email but
be maintained in a data system for a
certain period of time. 13 4 I NeWS   02.09.2012
science »
Redfield: bringing biology to the net
Laura Rodgers
StaffWriter
A tiny bacterium, a massive media
frenzy and a UBC microbiologist
may have managed to drag the field
of biology into the age of Web 2.0.
Rosie Redfield normally does her
work on bacterial genetic uptake,
but for about the past year she's
been in the eye of a massive media
storm. The attention began two
years ago, when she began questioning what could constitute the
basic building blocks of life; this
could now mean a change in the
way biology research is done.
In late 2010, there were rumblings about a ground-breaking discovery in the field of astrobiology, a
field that hypothesizes about what
life could look like on other planets.
A team funded by NASA and led by
a young researcher named Felisa
Wolfe-Simon found a bacterium in
an arsenic-laden lake that, Wolfe-
Simon claimed, was using arsenic
in place of phosphorus in its DNA.
Redfield's initial response was
skepticism, which hardened into
disbelief as she began to read the
research paper as it was published in the journal Science. With
misgivings about the techniques
Wolfe-Simon and her team used,
Redfield took it upon herself to
criticize the research's claims.
"I wrote a blog post...I expected
maybe three or four people to read
it...It was quite a surprise when the
whole thing went viral and I found
Rosie Redfield is at the forefront of a new era of science transparency
this enormous groundswell of support coming from other scientists."
The backlash against the initial
paper was swift and large. "Pretty
much everyone with the expertise
to evaluate the work [saw] it as
deeply flawed," said Redfield.
The media kept paying attention to scientific consensus as it
evolved, but Wolfe-Simon and her
colleagues didn't respond to any
of the criticisms publicly. NASA
spokesperson Dwayne Brown rebuffed CBC News, saying, "Wolfe-
Simon will not be responding to
individual criticisms, as the agency
doesn't feel it is appropriate to
debate the science using the media
and bloggers."
As more scientists continued
to criticize the original paper's
claims, Redfield decided to obtain
a sample ofthe bacterial strain and
test for herself whether it really
could incorporate arsenic into its
DNA. And, due to the ongoing public interest, she reported day-to-day
results ofthe experiments on her
blog, RRResearch.
"I took the project on partly
ALEXANDRA DOWNING/THE UBYSSEY
because of a sense of, well, somebody should do [the experiment],
and partly as a way to demonstrate
that you could do science in the
open," she said.
When her lab had enough results
to confidently write a paper stating that there was no detectable
arsenic in the bacterial DNA, they
submitted it to Science, but also to
arxiv.org, a free and public website
that also allows open commenting.
Physicists have long used arxiv.
org to post and discuss scientific
papers, but use ofthe site is almost
unheard of in the field of biology.
"Every single [high-energy physicist] puts their paper on the arxiv
before they put it in a journal," said
UBC physics researcher James
Charbonneau.
UBC microbiologist Steven
Hallam confirmed Redfield's claim.
"Normally, during the peer review
process, most [biology] journals ask
for an embargo, so you're not talk-
ingto the press...If you post it on an
open-access server, that breaks the
embargo."
The response on the website
was a surprise. "People actually
downloaded the manuscript and
read it and started posting comments, [providing] really good peer
review," said Redfield.
Did the whole debacle herald a
new era of science being discussed
as it happens, with the public, over
blogs and Twitter feeds?
Redfield is unsure. "There's a
potential for big change, [but] most
people are still thinking the same
way they've always thought," she
said.
Still, she encourages other researchers to similarly discuss their
work as it unfolds.
"On the average, [openness] is
beneficial...My goal is to let people
see that it's easy to do that, it's valuable, it's not dangerous.
"I want to do science out in the
open...to sort of nudge people to
say, 'Yes, I could do this differently'
To expand their sense of what's
possible." 13
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BASEBALL»
Big shoes to fill for UBC's baseball team
With the departure of three pitchers to MLB, T-Birds looking to fill the gaps
Players to
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Arshy Man
Managing Editor, Web
With fewer experienced arms in
their rotation, UBC's baseball team
is hoping to find a way other than
pitching to win games.
"That's the big question mark,"
said coach Terry McKaig when
asked how their pitching rotation
will hold up.
Last year, the T-Birds won
the National Association of
Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
West conference title, but got
knocked out ofthe second round
ofthe NAIA playoffs, finishingthe
season with a 31-17 record.
And many of those games were
won from the mound; the T-Birds
posted a 2.91 team earned run
average last year, the lowest of any
squad in the Cascade Collegiate
Conference.
But during the off-season, the
team lost three of their starting pitchers—Brandon Kaye, Eric
Brown and Sheldon Mcdonald—to
the MLB draft, while closer Shawn
Hetherington moved on to the
Calgary Vipers.
"To lose four seniors, and those
were our three starting guys, and
then Hetherington was an all-region closer the last couple of years,
I can't tell you that you just pick up
where you left off," said McKaig.
He maintained that although the
pitching staff is younger, they have a
strong recruiting class.
"These are good kids and good
arms. But they're not goingto have
COURTESY OF RICH LAM/UBC ATHLETICS
the experience that those four guys
did lastyear," he said.
"We have some guys on the
mound that can really win us some
big games—David Otterman, Danny
Britton-Foster, Miles Verweel—these
are returners that had good years all
lastyear."
Otterman said that he's looking
forward to having a larger presence
in the rotation.
"I'm definitely going to have to
carry a bigger role this year with
those guys gone, losingthose four
guys to professional baseball. So I'm
willingto take the brunt ofthe load
now as one ofthe returning starters."
A left-handed third-year from
Coquitlam, Otterman had a 3.00
ERA last year, with 35 strikeouts in
45 innings.
He said that he's heartened by
the fact that former teammates like
Kaye and Brown got drafted into the
majors.
"Everybody's goal here is to
move on and play at the next level
and they showed that that's possible," he said. "So it gives guys like
me hope."
McKaig said that although he's
confident in his pitching staff, he
expects offence to be the team's
strongest asset.
"I'm sure there'll be some days
where we're not treated to the great
pitching that we've had," he said.
"[But] our offence can take a big
step forward versus the last couple
of years and I think they can win us
some games."
And one ofthe players that will
be leading the offence is left-fielder
Blake Carruthers.
Carruthers led the T-Birds with
a .315 batting average and 38 RBIs
last season. He was also named an
NAIA Scholar-Athlete, awarded to
players that demonstrate excellence
on the field and in the classroom.
"[That was] a nice acknowledgement of being a student-athlete
[and] of being able to excel at both
parts," he said.
He pointed to the team's mix of
youth and experience as an asset
going forward. "Our guys are definitely up to the challenge," he said.
"We got guys like [Otterman] who
are coming back from a pretty good
sophomore year and looking for
guys a little bit younger to lead the
pack, and it's goingto be exciting."
The T-Birds season begins with
the Lewis-Clark State Tournament
in Idaho this weekend, which
will be followed by away games in
California next week. 13
SOFTBALL)
'Birds still building toward a breakout season
NicRoggeveen
Contributor
Practice five days a week, weight
training three days a week and no
one to play until now.
The UBC women's Softball team
expects all of their hard work to pay
dividends in the upcoming season.
"I definitely think that we'll
be dominant," said team captain
Jesslyn Hodge. Her coach, Phil
Thom, and teammates share her high
expectations.
"This year we have four good
pitchers so we expect to be very
COURTESY OF RICH LAM/UBC ATHLETICS
competitive," said Thom, but he
added that the T-Birds will have
their work cut out for them. "It's
tough this year, because we'll face
some very tough teams. We play 12 or
15 games against teams ranked in the
top 15 in the nation.
"We're goingto play Oregon Tech
twice this year, they're the defending
national champions. Later on, we'll
play San Marcos and they're the No.
2 ranked team in the nation."
Now that their biggest rival, SFU,
has moved on to the NCAA, the
Thunderbirds are the only Canadian
team left in the National Association
of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
In addition to the prospect of
facing a number of top-ranked opponents, the team also faces a gru-
ellingtravel schedule. Of their 44
games on the calendar, 36 of them
are on the road. Incredibly, this
will be an improvement over the
past two seasons, as the team has
only played one home game during
its varsity existence.
While the amount of travel is demanding, it creates incredible team
chemistry.
"We bus almost everywhere this
year, to Idaho, California, but honestly it's one ofthe best parts ofthe
season," said Hodge. "It makes the
team closer and I think it makes us
play better on the field as well."
"The road trips are awesome,"
said third-year pitcher Nicole
Day. "It's really what builds team
chemistry and character."
Team chemistry will be important as 7 new faces were added to
the 16 player roster. Thom, who
has been with the team since its
inception in 2009, expects a lot
from Hodge, Day and the rest of his
returning cast, and is also excited
by what his new recruits have to
offer. He hopes that the fresh faces
contribute to and complement a
team that has traditionally been
strong defensively.
"We've always had really good
defence. Hopefully our batting
comes through and our defence
will hold the other teams, and keep
us in it," said Thom.
Despite all the obstacles the team
faces, including still not having their
own field to play on, Thom has lofty
goals for his team, which has qualified for regionals in both of its two
years as a varsity sport.
"The goal for this season is to win
enough games to qualify for regionals. To get ranked in the top 25
would be a great goal for us too, and
show that the kids are improving,"
Thom said. "We hope that down
the road we can win a regional and
qualify for a national."
"Being in our third year, we definitely have increased expectations,
but you have to remember we're a
relatively new team," said Hodge.
"We had an over .500 record last
season, in our second season,
which was huge. Hopefully we can
build on that and get an even better
record this year. We'll be playing a
lot of top ten teams, which will be
a real test for us, but it'll be good
because when we're on our A game
we can give them a run for their
money."
"I think we're going to have a
really good season," said Day. "We
have a really strong program. We
work together really well. We train
really hard all year and everyone is
excited for the season."
The UBC Softball team will
face Simpson University today in
Reddit, California. 13
GEOFF LISTERTHE UBYSSEY
Danny Britton-Foster
Fourth-year
Right-handed pitcher
2010-2011 Stats
5.28 ERA
20 strikeouts
2 saves
.310 batting average
GEOFF LISTERTHE UBYSSEY
Jesslyn Hodge
Fourth-year
Shortstop
2010-2011 Stats
.295 batting average
27 RBIs
24 home runs
25 runs "I don't know what it's like to be picked on
for being gay. But I do know what it's like to grow
up feeling that sometimes you don't belong. It's
tough. And for a lot of kids, the sense of being alone or
apart -I know can just wear on you. And when you're
teased or bullied, it can seem like somehow you brought it
on yourself- for being different, or for not fitting in with
everybody else."—Barack Obama* "I want to add to the
chorus of voices rising up against the kind of hatred and
ridicule that led to the senseless and heartbreaking suicides of
Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Billy Lucas, Tyler Clementi and
Raymond Chase in just the past few month in this country. And
those are only the names that we've got to know. There are
countless other teens and young adults who are struggling to find a
sense of identity and belonging in a chaotic and often unforgiving
world. To you I say: it gets better. There is help to be found. There are
places to turn, there are people who will listen." -Zachary Qninto •
"I have a message for any gay and lesbian teens out there - and, I'm
being told, also bisexual and transgendered - really, anybody who's
being picked on. It sucks. I agree. When I was in 7th grade, I
ber being picked on all the time, and I got called queer a lot,
a weapon at
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away, turned around and said, 'Yeah, I am a queer. Kiss me,' and
the bully said, 'What are you talking about?' And he said, 1 am a
queer. You called me a queer, and I am a queer. Kiss me, I'll prove it,'
and the bully didn't know what to say; and he just turned around and
walked away quietly, and I was stunned. I couldn't believe the magic
that Pat had just worked. He had somehow figured out that if you don't
give power to the words that people throw at you to hurt you, they don't
hurt you anymore and you actually have power over those people. And
that's a lesson that I am grateful to him for, for my entire life...People get
nicer, too. "-Stephen Colbert • "It gets better. It really does, and you
may be thinking what does Tim Gunn understand about my
anguish and my despair about how I'm feeling, about my
particular time and place in the world, right now? Well, I'll
share with you, as a seventeen year old youth who was in quite
a bit of despair, I attempted to kill myself, and I'm very happy
today that, that attempt was unsuccessful. —Tim Gnnn
• "When a 13- or 14- or 15-year-old gay kid kills himself,
what he's saying is that he can't picture a future with
enough joy in it to compensate for pain he's in now
—Dan Savage • "I haven't lived your life. But when I
graduated from college, I was a schoolteacher, and I
watched what happens in hallways, on sidewalks,
bullies-a big joi
out in the
kids who pushed,
saw how much
pain some kids
could inflict on
other kids.
-Elizabeth
Warren*
schoolyard. I watched
who bullied. I
"[Thevideo] fails to understand the
basic concept" of the campaign, adding that
message only works if delivered by openly gay
people. "And there's a shortage [of queer people] on the
Conservative side. You can't do these [videos] if you're not
an out, gay person."—NDP MP Randall Garrison* "Let's
not pretend the gay community has no rifts. I think that the It
Gets Better Project at its core is a good idea. The gay promise
failed me. I went from being ostracized by my straight
classmates in high school to being ostracized by many white
gay men in an urban gay enclave. [It's important] to be aware
and critical of the very real probl ems and deficiencies the
current gay community has in its inability to make that gay
promise accessible to everyone who falls under the rainbow
banner." —Blogger Jason Tseng, Below the Belt • 'There is
actually no path to change in this vision. Promoting the
illusion that things just 'get better' enables privileged folks to
do nothing and just rely on the imaginary mechanics of the
American Dream to fix the world."—Blogger Rebecca
Novack, Qneerwatch • "For someone on the brink of suicide,
another person - whofor all appearances has very few
their life-^Bing you that every tnRgvl [get
Michael Veldman, The Tech,MIT* "Basically the YouTube project
suggests support for queer youth has to stay 'on message' and 'upbeat'.
D issent and diversity does not seem to be encouraged. This is borne out by the
vast numbers of videos being uploaded by white university-educated gay men
in comparison to those from women transgender people, and working-class
people, and people from diverse ethnic backgrounds." —Blogger, Qniet
Riot Girl • "No one actually knows if things are going to get better;
nobody can see the future. But it's important to believe that they will,
because it might be the only coping mechanism for dealing
with otherwise unbearable pain. If every day is terrible, and
worse than the day that came before it, the only thing to do
is to hold out for the "better" one. To act as if it's around
the corner, somewhere, eventually. However, if we
keep telling suicidal people that their situation will
"get better" without actually taking any steps to improve
it-if we don't provide support and medical care for
people with depression; if we don't help people who
are being abused to find a safe place; if we don't make
sure that the systematic, community-wide abuse of
GLBT youth is eliminated-then belief alone can wear
thin." —Sady Doyle, The Atlantic • "It promotes
metro-centric and anti-religious sentiment. By aligning
their bullying with the religiosity and 'small-town
mentality,' Dan and Terry tacitly
reinforce the belief
(especially rampant in
queer communities)
that the religious and
the rural are more
bigoted.—Blogger
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UBC alumni provide alternative to Davie St
Alexandra Downing
Contributor
Every club in downtown Vancouver seems to
have its share of uncomfortable newcomers.
One can often find them standing against
the wall, afraid to mingle yet secretly hoping
someone will pull them onto the dance floor.
But these struggles were nowhere to be
found at SPIT, a monthly queer event held at
the ANZA Club in East Vancouver. Though
the party is temporarily being hosted by the
W2 in Gastown, the sense of community was
apparent as regulars and newcomers alike
danced and mingled last Friday night.
SPIT emphasizes sex positivity, diversity
and self-expression. Partygoers can be seen
in anything from standard clubwear to extravagant costumes, dancing together as DJs
lean over their computers and psychedelic
projections flash overhead. Burlesque-style
performances and the notorious "make-out
room" also add to the excitement, the energetic atmosphere continuing into the wee
hours ofthe morning.
"There's an all-accepting vibe to the
nights. I highly doubt anyone ever leaves
feeling judged," said Jay Douglas, a regular
DJ for the parties.
Davie Street has come to
the point where it's not
fulfilling the role it's supposed to...SPIT straddles
the line between party
and community event
-Mike Kushnir, SPIT co-producer
SPIT originated three years ago as the
brainchild of Vancouver natives Michael
Kushnir and Quinn Peters, former UBC
students looking to create a queer party for
their East Van neighbourhood community.
"We were having beers in 2009 on
Commercial [Drive] and basically asking
ourselves, 'Where have all the hot guys
gone?'" said Kushnir. "[We] jokingly suggested that we should make a party for all of
them to come to."
The party was dubbed SPIT in the spirit
of gender neutrality and sex positivity. "It's
meant to be a little bit provocative," said
Peters. "We wanted somethingthat speaks
to the character ofthe party."
The aim ofthe party was to offer an event
that catered to the East Van LGBTQ community while being affordable and close. "One
ofthe things we wanted was to provide quality entertainment but we also want to make
it affordable and accessible for everyone. We
actually have an economic non-discrimination policy, so no one gets turned away," said
Kushnir.
SPIT also offers volunteer and paid positions to those who want to become involved
with the parties, seeking to break down any
barriers attendees might face.
While the vast majority of LGBTQ events
have been held in the downtown community
surrounding Davie Street, the community
has become stagnant, accordingto Peters
and Kushnir. Gentrification in the area has
caused many LGBTQ youth to move to the
Eastside in an attempt to avoid skyrocketing
living expenses.
"It used to be the case that downtown was
very broad and it regenerated itself because
people were leaving and coming in," said
Kushnir. "Now it's gotten to the point where
it's gotten so expensive to get started there.
So ifyou're one ofthe people in the community who has been there a long time, you've
gotten really integrated into that scene, but
ifyou're not one of those people it's very
hard to break into that scene."
Exorbitant cover costs and gender-based
segregation in many Davie Street bars and
clubs have also left many LGBTQ youth
looking for different options.
"There are so many people who grow up
in [places like] Prince George and Fort Saint
John, and they end up moving to Vancouver
where they can be with other liberal people
so they can express themselves and be whoever they want to be," said Kushnir. "And
if they're queers they'll tend to gravitate
toward Davie Street, but Davie Street has
come to the point where it's not fulfilling the
role it's supposed to."
Friday night's turnout was the largest in
SPIT's history, and although the parties continue to grow, Peters said that he would like
to continue their collaboration with ANZA.
"We have offshoot parties, we do a series
of Pride parties, but SPIT is very special
because it has that kind of community. It
straddles the line between party and community event, and that's something we
worked really hard on creating." tH
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"The music that orchestras play...
it's all dead white guys," said Gregory
Cox.
Cox is a trombone teacher at
the UBC School of Music. He's
also a member ofthe Vancouver
Symphony Orchestra and has made
a career performing music by "dead
white guys."
The musician has recognized
a growing ignorance of concert
etiquette. "I think some of it is
television and computers. People
don't have the same attention span.
The idea of sitting quietly..being
introspective, tend not to be things
which are necessarily valued."
Adam Da Ros, a UBC student majoring in opera performance, echoed
that sentiment. While performing in
China with the UBC Opera ensemble
in 2009, Da Ros attended an opera
where an audience member was
speaking very loudly throughout the
performance. Da Ros was shocked
when the conductor stopped in the
middle of an aria to scream at the
man. "It was like this shouting match,
and we don't speak the language, so
we had no clue what happened."
A recent YouTube video of a
violist interrupted by a cell phone
has increased awareness ofthe
importance of concert etiquette.
And while the soloist concludes by
improvising on the Nokia ring tone,
not all performers will shrug off a
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disruption. A startling contrast is an
audio clip of Broadway singer Patti
Lupone stopping during the musical
Gypsy to shriek at audience members for taking photographs.
While performing a noon hour
recital several years ago at UBC, Cox
also experienced an interruption. "I
was literally two bars into the first
movement...when right in the front
row someone opened a Coke can."
Cox can laugh about the experience, but both Cox and Da Ros agree
that there are a few general rules people should be aware of when attending a live performance. "The music is
immediately accessible, but in terms
of clapping between movements or
curtain calls, that's where people get
confused," explained Da Ros.
1. Arrive early. Most venues request that audience members arrive
30 minutes prior to the beginning of
the performance.
2. Avoid jeans. "You don't have to
wear a coat and tie, but you should
dress nicely," said Cox.
3. Turn cell phones off and
stow them away. DO NOT put cell
phones on silent or vibrate. Often,
preset alarms will still go off.
4. Don't come when you're ill.
"You shouldn't come ifyou're
coughing and sneezing or ifyou're
having problems with your bowels," said Cox.
5. Wait to clap until the end of a
multi-movement work, as indicated by Roman numerals in the
program. Cox believes the silence
between movements is part ofthe
music itself. "It's very hard to start
the fourth movement...if you've just
It's very hard to start the
fourth movement...if
you've just had people
screaming and yelling.
I think it's hard for the
conductor to get back in
the groove.
Gregory Cox
Trombone teacher at UBC
had people screaming and yelling. I
think it's hard for the conductor to
get back in the groove."
6. Don't take pictures or make
a video. In addition to being both
rude and distracting for audience
members, it's actually illegal.
If you've set aside the time to
enjoy a performance, then take the
opportunity to unplug and be fully
involved in the performance. "Just
relax and enjoy the music," said Da
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WHY ENGINEERS DRINK
Seven classes
EUS president Dan Olson
Century of mocking by
Ubyssey
DAVID MARINO/THE UBYSSEY
The Last Word
Parting shots and snap judgments on today's issues
Some reluctantly nice words
for the engineers
It's E-Week, the time ofthe year
where the engineers of this campus
drink, dance, chant and create
stuff.
Wait, they do that every week.
The difference is that this week
is a public celebration of their
faculty and their history of being
a group that often makes UBC a
lively and interesting place to be.
Last year, we marked the occasion by insulting them, in the grand
style of Ubyssey editorials of decades past, brandingthem "hairy-
palmed troglodytes with less social
intuition than graphing calculators" who "should spend this week
reflecting on what a sad shade of
its former self their faculty has become and plan an act of havoc that
will regain them a fraction of their
departed glory."
They did not enjoy this editorial,
to put it mildly.
Now we're not going to start up a
debate from last year again, but we
will point out that engineers were
once the Big Men on Campus, and
had a unsurpassed reputation for
caring about UBC. They often did
it in very sexist and boorish ways,
but they wanted to engage with
campus.
Recently the engineers became
more focused on their own community, to the exclusion ofthe rest of
campus. This was one ofthe things
we were lamenting in our disparaging 2011 editorial.
This year's group of Engineering
Undergraduate Society executives
has made their desire to spread
their particular brand of engineering cheer across campus a priority.
They want UBC—and not just other
engineers—to know of their ingenuity. We are happy to see this.
They are, they are, they are the
engineers—and we hope that they
continue to make UBC a more interesting place to be than it would
otherwise.
But still, as of this writing, it's
been three years and counting
since you hung a Beetle from something. Time's a-wastin'.
Golden Key's dubious
endorsement
Last weekend, the UBC and SFU
chapters ofthe Golden Key Honour
Society held a regional summit
in Vancouver. For many ofthe
society's members, this was the
first Golden Key event they had
attended—ever.
While some students at the
conference had a vague idea what
they were doingthere (networking, or something like that), others
admitted they didn't know what
itwas, even after paying the $90
membership.
This makes it somewhat sketchy
that the society is endorsed by
the president of our university,
who said he has little involvement
aside from signing the letter. Since
students at UBC receive personal
messages from Toope very rarely,
he should consider the impact of
his endorsement on students paying the fee and joining an organization they'll probably have little to
do with.
An invitation to join a society?
Not so special. But an invitation
signed by your university president? That becomes infinitely more
attractive.
High school students do need
to know that it gets better
In our Pride supplement this year,
we have an article about why many
people involved in the LGBTQ
community are skeptical ofthe
It Gets Better campaign, arguing that it encourages a level of
complacency.
We don't necessarily disagree
with that, but we also think it's
important to point out that it makes
a big d ifference who the aud ience
is. University students will be much
more able to assert themselves and
draw on the resources available to
them on campus.
Some high school students are
also able to do this, but it's understandably much more difficult
for them—even if it's just because
they're young and inexperienced.
For that reason, then, the It Gets
Better campaign provides high
school students with a message that
university students can sometimes
forget needs to be said: high school
is not going to be the rest of your
life. Once you get out, there are all
kinds of opportunities and community resources that you didn't have
access to before.
In fact, this message is somethingthat many other high school
students need to hear as well.
Do some research before
stuffing your face
The Ubyssey office is a cesspool of
bacteria, various fungi and likely
a few unique pathogens undiscovered by science. Which is why
if The Ubyssey decided to start a
restaurant, students would be well-
advised to check out its inspection
records online, which we would
most certainly fail.
However, what students may
not realize is that many ofthe food
vendors on campus also have some
pretty disgusting things going on.
Given our general segregation from
the rest ofthe city, most students
don't have many choices about
where they want to eat during the
day. This makes it particularly
important to get a sense of which
restaurants are serving you safely
prepared food.
Some cities, such as Toronto,
have food inspection records clearly displayed in every restaurant so
that customers know what they're
getting into. But until Vancouver
adopts something similar, students
should go online and find out exactly what they're putting in their
mouths. 13
School boards and
anti-homophobia
Perspectives
» Trevor Ritchie
To be queer in Vancouver is to be
relatively lucky; we respect each
other and we are fortunate enough
to live in a city with a large queer
community and the amenities
needed to help ensure the health
and safety ofthe members ofthe
community. I firmly believe that
Vancouverites on the whole are
accepting ofthe queer community,
that no matter how one identifies
and presents themselves in public,
we have the opportunity to be respected and accepted.
But these are rights that we
have earned over time, and they're
rights that we need to continue
protecting. The right that matters
most to me is our right to receive
an education free from discrimination and hostility.
The Vancouver School Board
(VSB) was a pioneer in this regard.
They were one ofthe first school
districts in British Columbia to
create a comprehensive LGBTQ
policy, including explicit protection for LGBTQ students in the
district code of conduct, in the
exact same way that the board also
protects religious expression and
racial diversity.
For students who are already
dealing with the everyday problems of being a high school student, being attacked for an integral
part of who you are is unnecessary
and cruel.
This past year was an election
year in Vancouver. Two Nonpartisan Association candidates
for the VSB, Ken Denike and
Sophia Woo, came under attack
from progressive groups and other
school board members after video
surfaced of them misrepresenting the policy. They promised to
oppose any attempt to bring in a
policy with special LGBTQ protections—despite the fact that such
a policy had been in place since
2004.
Denike and Woo were still elected as trustees on the VSB.
The 2011 election showed us
that even now, protections and
rights that the queer community
thought safe are coming under attack from those who do not believe
these protections are needed or
valid in our society.
While the VSB is a leader, it is
also mostly alone. Ofthe 60 school
districts in British Columbia, only
15 have any sort of policy meant to
address homophobic or transpho-
bic bullying. We should not accept
the idea that your level of protection from queer bullying and
discrimination depends on which
city or district you happen to live
in. More work needs to be done to
ensure that everyone, regardless of
who they are or how they present
themselves or how they identify,
has the ability to grow and be nurtured by our education system.
The VSB policy was created because a few people saw a need that
was not being addressed. A similar policy in Burnaby was created
by a small group of people who
did not accept doing nothing as an
answer to intolerance.
These are district-wide policies that specify a zero-tolerance
atmosphere for homophobic and
transphobic terms in the school
system, and also encourage staff to
integrate queer themes where appropriate to the curriculum.
Statistics have shown that members ofthe queer community are
more likely to be bullied and more
likely to attempt suicide. Many
UBC students were not born in
Vancouver, and some still live in
other cities. Look to see what your
district has as their policy, and
fight to create one if there is not
one already in place. The only way
we're goingto stop hearing about
queer youth suicides is if we work
to prevent the causes.
Change can come, and it does
not have to wait. Each of us alone
can start action to help make life
a little bit safer for students who
truly are in need. 13
Letters on the "E"
cairn and Gage South
Our cairn is fair game, but spare
the environment
Walking down East Mall the other
day, I was disgusted to see the
Engineering cairn (the big E) area
covered in paint.
It wasn't the paint on the E, but
rather the whitish-purple paint
splattered on the road and flowing
into the storm drain nearby that
disappointed me.
Us engineers always get a good
laugh seeing the paint and dildos
that decorate our cairn, but if it
means polluting the water system,
I would ask that next time, those
responsible simply revert to poking
fun at our social awkwardness and
assignment-plagued weekends.
—Christian Hajen,
Civil Engineering 3
April is not the next Gage
South consultation
Re: "BoGpostpones Gage South
consultation report," February 6
There is one correction to your
story on the Gage South report.
The next steps outlined in the
Board of Governors report include
a second round of consultation in
March.
This round of consultation is in
addition to the public hearing.
See the C+CP website for a timeline: planning.ubc.ca/vancouver_
home/consultations/gage south-/
public ^consultation.php.
—Kera McArthur,
Director, Communications and
Public Engagement
Campus and Community Planning Scene»
Pictures and words on your university experience
02.09.2012 | 11
HUMOUR »
What to consider in broad-based admissions
New admissions system must take into account firmness of handshake, "chillness"
Warnes
World
Bryce
Warnes
UBC is extending its broad-based
admissions policy beyond Arts and
Commerce to every faculty at the
university. This is great because
UBC will start accepting people who
aren't just good at school but good at
LIFE. I may be biased, though. The
only reason I was even admitted to
Arts (despite my dismal average) was
because of my nine-year stint as a
competitive ice sculptor, after which
I donated all my winnings to villages
in Africa, where there is barely any
ice at all except for blood diamonds.
Can we take this to its logical
conclusion, though? It is excellent
that UBC will soon be filled with
students who play classical stringed
instruments and spend their weekends hand-spooning gruel into the
mouths of disadvantaged community members. But if we're stretching our scope beyond academics, we
might as well go all out and really try
for the best.
"Shoot for the moon, and even if
you land in the gutter, you will be
looking at the stars." —Oscar Wilde.
Here are some categories that I
think need to be included on UBC
applications.
•Chillness. How chill is the applicant? Does s/he know how to
"hang"? Are they decent at Mario
Kart? Ifyou go over to their place,
will they make nachos? Dry na-
chos, or cheesed? Is guacamole a
possibility?
•Handshake. It doesn't matter
ifyou're the most distinguished
astro-mathemetician (or whatever) in the world. If your paw goes
cold-fish when you are introduced
to international dignitaries, you
might as well just burn that space
math degree. Ideally, applicants'
handshakes would be evaluated by
firmness, pump-action, eye contact
and dampitude.
•Haircut. If the applicant is unable
to select a skilled stylist/barber and
coordinate with them to obtain a
cut that is both contemporary/edgy
and complementary in regards to
their head shape and facial structure, then do they really deserve
to be goingto university? Would
the world not be better off if the
applicant moved back in with their
parents, got a low-ranking position at A&W (i.e. assistant lettuce
NDIANAJOE^HE UBYSSEY
While extra-curriculars are important, a well-rounded UBC student must be able to make a mean plate of nachos and endure horrible pain
shredder) and discarded all dreams
of upward social mobility? Points
deducted for visible roots.
•Justin Bieber irony level. Does the
applicant like the Biebs ironically,
post-ironically, or post-post-ironically? Proto-ironical Biebs love = ver-
boten. Is the applicant "like totally
over" Justin Bieber? No, they're not.
That is a lie.
•Pain tolerance. Testing apparatus: car battery, alligator clips, stop
watch, loud radio.
•Raps. Applicant must rap along
to Biz Markie's 1989 laugh-hop hit
"Just a Friend." Points added or
deducted for cadence, vocal timbre
and comedic grimacing. Final grade
determined by whether applicant
really meant it.
Are these demands reasonable? You bet. Let's make UBC
the best school in the world! GO
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