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Array PARTY ON BROADWAY
AMS surprises students with a party bus ride to launch "Build
Broadway" campaign for mass transit along the corridor
THEY GOT SPIRIT
The University of Washington draws 65,000 to
their football games—what makes them tick?  I
STUDENTS PLEDGE FRATS P4 UBC GRAD PEDALS ACROSS CANADA P9 WHY WE CAN'T HAVE SPIRIT P10
TOOPE'S ECONOMIC ACTION PLAN P3 THE CELLAR CELEBRATES 13TH BIRTHDAY P5 VIFF PREVIEW P5 // Page 2
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After scaling Kilimanjaro, Mount Everest is on the horizon for Chris Dare.
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7 peaks, 7 continents:
Chris Dare's lofty goals
Hannah Blomgren
Contributor
Chris Dare was sitting in his cot in
Afghanistan and thinking about
life.
"I was thinking, 'What could I
do for myself that's really challenging and almost beyond me?'"
It's 2010 and he's been stationed in Afghanistan with the
Canadian Armed Forces for the
past 10 months. The current UBC
dentistry student just finished
climbing Mount Kilimanjaro,
the highest mountain in Africa,
with a best friend. He's always
been an active person, good in the
wilderness — he's been a survival instructor, an air cadet and a
boy scout.
He knew he wanted to do something big.
He decided to climb the Seven
Summits, the highest mountains
on each continent. Seizing his
chance, he cancelled his flight
to Thailand for his next vacation
period, and instead went to Russia
to climb Mount Elbrus, the highest
mountain in Europe.
Dare has now summited five
of the Seven Summits, including
the Carstensz Pyramid in Papua,
Indonesia this past August. During
these climbs, he's endured frostbite
("My fingertips actually took about
two weeks to come back"), altitude
sickness ("Past 3,000 metres, you
start to feel really tired"), deep
mud ("All the way up to like my
thigh"), and during the particularly challenging climb on Denali, a
36-hour ascent with two random
guys he found on the Internet and
with no sleep.
"When you're at high altitude
... and living in close quarters with
two other guys in a tiny tent with
a blizzard outside and you're tired,
things tend to go awry," Dare said.
"But for me, I've been in situations
like that with the military, so I've
been used to it."
But reaching the apex is an
unbelievable feeling.
"You get to that summit and
you're with these guys you've been
with for days and weeks and you
turn to each other and you just —
you high-five and you're hugging
each other. It's a really emotional
experience knowing that you
worked so hard to get to that summit and you finally made it," Dare
said. "It's a feeling that I just can't
shake."
He was recently awarded the
Medal of Merit Award by the
Chinatown New Century Lions
Club for his outstanding leadership
and service in the military, as well
as his mountaineering adventures
and school accomplishments.
Dare's advice for other students
who want to achieve their goals
is simple.
"Become an expert at making
time," he said. "Never give up. Because no matter how hard things
get, you can always get through it
as long as you put your mind to it
and make that time and push your
body. In the end, you're going to be
happier that you did that [rather
than] sitting at home watching
YouTube or getting that extra half-
hour of sleep."
Dare's next step is to climb Vinson Massif in Antarctica, which he
plans to complete by next December. And then the only challenge
left is Everest, which he plans to
summit in 2016 after finishing
dental school. That would make
for seven peaks in less than seven
years.
"We'll see what the next challenge is," said Dare. "Whatever
avenue I pick or adventure I want
I'm going to keep pushing myself
toward it and making myself
better." XI
5 DOWN, 2 TO GO
Kilimanjaro (5,895 m)-Africa
Elbrus (5,642 m) - Europe
Denali (6,168 m)-N.America
Aconcagua (6,962 m) -
S.America
completed Dec 2012
Carstensz Pyramid (4,8841
Oceania
Vinson (4,892 m)-Antarc
expected 2014
Everest (8,848 m)-Asia
expected 2016
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ORS WILL MCDONALD + SARAH BIGAM
TRANSIT »
Build Broadway launch a success despite delays
The AMS rented a party bus that took 100 people to UBC on Monday morning
Sarah Bigam
News Editor
From 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. on
Monday, one more bus joined the
normal flow of traffic along the
Broadway corridor. It wasn't a city
bus, though — it was a party bus.
In order to launch their Build
Broadway campaign, a movement
for both short- and long-term
improvements to transportation
along the Broadway corridor, the
AMS rented a party bus to give
students a surprise ride from the
Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain
station to UBC.
The campaign calls for an
underground rail-based public
transit line from Commercial
Drive to UBC in the long term, and
short-term improvements to the
corridor over the next three to five
years.
The bus was scheduled to run
from 8 to 10 a.m., which are peak
transit hours, but was delayed for
45 minutes because it was being
decorated.
NEWS BRIEFS
Whistler Lodge on thin ice after
AMS Council rejects motion
The Whistler Lodge could be on its
way to being sold.
At Wednesday night's AMS
Council meeting, Council voted
down a motion 21-12 to classify
the Whistler Lodge as a student
service.
AMS President Caroline
Wong spoke against the motion,
arguing there are better uses of
student money.
Council then voted unanimously
in favour of a motion to direct the
Business Administration and Governance Board (BAGB) to report to
Council by Oct. 23 with a decommissioning plan forthe Lodge.
BAGB released a report arguing
thatthe Whistler Lodge could not
be operated as a viable business.
VP Finance Joaquin Acevedo
released a plan on August 19 that
would allow the Lodge to stay
open if it was to be considered
a student service ratherthan a
business.
However, many councillors
questioned whetherthe Lodge
should be considered a student
service since it is only used by a
small number of students.
Councilors also questioned how
much money the AMS would have
to invest in renovations for the
Lodge if it was to remain open.
A decision to sell the Whistler
Lodge would have to be approved
by a student referendum, xi
AMS VP External Affairs Tanner
Bokor said that the bus, named the
1969 UBC Express, was so called
because that was the last year that
no students reported being passed
by a full bus — a "pass-up." In recent
weeks, the AMS has been getting
reports from students saying they
have been passed up to 10 times by
full buses.
Second-year students Brynne
Blanchflower and Celeste Cuthbert-
son said they have experienced a
lot of pass-ups living on Sasamat, as
buses tend to be more full the closer
they get to UBC. The two leave
home 45 minutes before class to allow for 30 minutes of being passed.
Tanya Tam, a third-year cognitive systems student, is in her first
semester at UBC. "It's been pretty
busy while I've been trying to get to
school every day," she said.
Katheryne Clark, a third-year
environmental engineering student,
said of the proposed Broadway corridor, "I think that might mess up
traffic quite a bit down here during
ECONOMICS »
Toope releases
new economic
plan for UBC
Arno Rosenfeld
Features Editor
UBC President Stephen Toope
unveiled a five-point plan for the
university to increase its role in
the provincial economy earlier
this month.
"B.C.'s innovation ecosystem is
being driven by a technology sector
with much potential," Toope said
in his annual address to the Vancouver Board of Trade on Sept. 11.
"But we lag behind in productivity
compared to the rest of Canada."
Toope's plan to address that
issue includes opening a corporate
relations office, increasing support
for entrepreneurship by students
and faculty, revamping the University-Industry Liaison Office and
opening a new agency for support
outside consulting by UBC faculty.
The goal of the plan is to make
innovation taking place at the university more accessible to industry,
government and NGOs, said UBC
VP Communication and Community Partnership Pascal Spothelfer.
"If we can create more businesses that benefit from our research...,
if we can empower government to
improve their policy-making or if
we can help NGOs to be more effective — these are all good things,"
Spothelfer said. "We are here for
the benefit of British Columbia and
British Columbians. This is just a
construction, but it would be quite
wonderful."
Bokor said that the party bus idea
was intentionally kept under wraps.
"We really [wanted] to have that
shock value on Monday morning,"
he said. The plan had been in the
works for three weeks, and the campaign itself for five months.
On the first trip, the bus picked
up 24 students at its first stop on
Commercial, and stopped at major
hubs along the way. By the time it
got to UBC, it held 40 people. The
second trip began with 19 people
and ended with 50.
Bokor said the event went well.
"I think the students we talked
to about the campaign were very
interested in it, very eager to learn
more," he said.
Rebecca Molnar, a third-year
student who intends to major in anthropology, was initially skeptical,
but warmed up to the bus idea as the
trip went on. "At first I didn't realize
what it was and so it was a little
scary, 'cause it's kind of sketch, but
way to add to the mix of things we
can contribute."
Spothelfer said the university is
contributing $150,000 to e@UBC,
a program encouraging entrepreneurship at the university. One
example of this effort has been
the new "Entrepreneurship 101"
classes taught at the Sauder School
of Business and open to students
of all faculties. He added that UBC
is working with student clubs and
faculty to help get startups off
the ground.
We are here for
the benefit of
British Columbia
and British
Columbians. This
is just a way to
add to the mix
of things we can
contribute.
Pascal Spothelfer
UBC VP communication
The other parts of the plan focus
on making university research
more accessible to industry — the
goal of the new corporate relations office and faculty consulting
agency — which is something the
University-Industry Liaison Office
has been doing for years, as the
conduit through which faculty
license their intellectual property
to private business.
Part of UBC's motivation to
build closer ties with industry
PHOTO CARTER BRUNDAGEffHE UBYSSEY
it was super fun," she said. "[There]
was great music [and I] got to meet
people within the five minutes coming to school."
Non-students heading to UBC
were able to get a free ride, too,
although non-students made up less
than five of the riders.
One of these was Trevor Leyen-
horst, an ASL English interpreter
who works at UBC. He had been
passed by one 99 bus when the party
bus pulled up. "I felt pretty excited
because I was waiting in a lineup
for the B-Line, and it was raining,
and a big happy-looking black bus
with tinted windows pulled up, and
everyone was screaming and yelling
and looking very excited so I wanted
to be part of it," he said.
Jesse Sedhu, the bus driver, has
been driving party buses for the past
year and limousines for 20.
"I'm a resident of Surrey, but I do
use transit now and then, only when
I have to. Otherwise I drive because
I do not, I cannot trust the transit
system," Sedhu said.
"We all know that commuting
on the Broadway corridor isn't just
a student issue. Only 35 per cent of
those who travel along [the] Broadway Corridor are students," Bokor
said. "We're saying to [them], you
know what, you need to get involved
with our campaign too, you're part
of this conversation."
Bokor said that the idea for the
bus came up during an informal discussion about the campaign launch.
"We've been trying to find things
that are a little bit more engaging
with students, a little more useful,
things that were out of the ordinary
as well," said Bokor. "This is one of
the more absurd ideas we've ever
had."
The bus, sponsored by Red Bull,
cost the AMS about $750, Bokor
said, which is what the AMS usually
spends on campaign launches. In
comparison, a press conference
costs the AMS about $1,000.
In April of this year, the BC Liberals promised in their platform to
hold a referendum allowing Lower
Mainland voters to approve any
new funding sources for transit. The
referendum will be held in 2014. No
specific referendum questions have
been set.
Bokor said that the campaign is
being driven with this referendum
in mind. Although the AMS has no
official stance on the referendum,
they want to raise awareness of it
and of transit issues.
On Friday, Sept. 20, the AMS
presented a series of recommendations to the provincial government
regarding the province's 2014-2015
budget. These included increasing
student aid allocations to reflect
living costs, instituting needs-based
grants, reducing student loan interest rates, restoring and indexing
core funding for post-secondary
institutions, improving public child-
care, and authorizing TransLink
to use all of the funding tools at its
disposal increase its budget, that it
might implement rapid transit on
the Broadway corridor in the long
term. XI
PHOTO COURTESYOFTHEOFFICE OFTHE PRESIDENT
Toope participates in a 2010 round table discussion on industry and higher education.
may lie in a desire to focus more
on research as public funding for
universities dries up, said Kenneth
Carlaw, an associate professor of
economics at UBCO.
"The provincial government is
putting the squeeze more and more
on more on education in all forms,
but particularly higher education,
and universities are scrambling to
come up with ideas to substitute
funding," he said.
As universities receive less
money from the government, they
look to capitalize on their research
through licensing patents and
other intellectual property, Carlaw
said. Partnering with industry is a
way to allow corporations to focus
on monetizing academic research
rather than forcing the university
to play that role.
"The university's role is basically
to do the basic research, to generate the fundamental ideas, and not
so much be a commercial player,"
Carlaw said.
Spothelfer, however, said UBC's
chose to implement the plan for
purely internal reasons.
"It's not an external kind of
pressure that motivates us to do
it. It's something that we believe
we should do as a large, public
research intensive university,"
he said.
As for whether the university's
plan will be successful, Carlaw
says it falls into a category of broad
strategic plans that while helpful, are unlikely to cause drastic
economic change.
"Something very close to this
plan has been in the works in UBC
for probably decades," Carlaw said.
"If productivity jumps in the
next, say, year and a half, I don't
think people are going to be able
to trace productivity back to this
plan. XI NEWS    I   THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013
GREEK LIFE »
Bid day: fraternity edition
Of 355 men rushing UBC fraternities, 239 new members have been recruited
On Monday, Sept. 23, over 200 men entered a small room on the second floor of the SUB to see if they received a bid from the fraternities they were rushing. On Sunday night, each of UBC's 10 fraternity chapters decided who they would give bids to. 297 bid offers were laid on the table, but with only 239
people rushing, some would have to choose.
By Sarah Bigam. Photos by Will McDonald.
^There's a lot of
mentoring and
[fosterage] going on.
We all get little bros
and we help them
through the fraternity,
we get them tutors if
they need help — it's
just a great experience
all around.
Nick Chaisson, Phi Delta Theta
member
It's not just a college
commitment, it's how
they can help me and
how I can help them
after college, and my
network.
Alex Pflaun, Zeta Psi pledge
INTERNATIONAL
STUDENTS
What they think of f rats
"YOU KNOW LESS of what's
going to happen. Like, Canadian students or American
students know more about
fraternities, they know what
to expect.... We came in with
blindfolds, basically." -Alex
Pflaun, Zeta Psi pledge
"BEFORE I CAME HERE I
had a very negative view on
fraternities, which has pretty
much been turned around
since I got to know the guys...
I think that everyone should
give it a try, because it's fun.
It's a good university experience." -Chris Coodchild, Phi
Delta Theta pledge
For fraternities, the recruitment process works a little different
than in sororities. 355 men began the rushing process earlier this
September, 100 more than last year. Rushing starts with two open
(and dry) events where everyone who's interested in rushing a fraternity
can come, look at the houses and meet the active members.
"It's kind of like speed dating for guys," said Nick Chiasson, a three-
year member of Phi Delta Theta.
After that comes formal rush, which happens Sunday night. This is
an invite-only event, but rushees can attend formal rush for up to two
fraternities.
The morning after formal rush, the men come to see if they have
received a bid from one, both, or neither of the two. They can only accept
one bid, which narrows down the numbers.
Chiasson said his fraternity sent bids to 34 new members on Monday.
"We felt that many guys deserved bids so that's how many we extended, but we could have extended 10 if we wanted to," Chiasson said.
239 new members now begin the eight-week pledging process. During
pledging, members learn about the fraternity's history and go to social
exchanges with sororities. XI
Fraternities
BY THE
NUMBERS
bids extended
297
Ao\j bids accepted
^r bids dropped
10 chapters at UBC: Alpha
Delta Phi, Alpha Epsilon Pi,
Beta Theta Pi, Delta Kappa
Epsilon, Kappa Sigma, Phi
Delta Theta, Phi Gamma
Delta, Psi Upsilon, Sigma Chi
and Zeta Psi
Z.\J~jD new members
per chapter peryear
590
last year
total frat members
NEWCOMERS
Zeta Psi back on the scene
THIS YEAR, Zeta Psi sent
out their first round of bids
since 1993, when the fraternity was shut down due to
financial issues. It had 22
members before bid day,
and overlO rushees accepted bids on Monday.
"I'M EXCITED. I've always
liked to be a part of something that's new, and building
and watch it grow to become
something great.... In a few
years' time... hopefully I can
see it become a big, well-
known and respected fraternity." -Alex Pflaun, pledge
From top to bottom: Psi Upsilon; Phi Delta Theta; Psi Upsilon again; Sigma Chi; Phi Gamma
Delta. All fraternities welcomed their new pledges one by one outside the SUB on Monday. Unique
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LIFESTYLE »
RHYS EDWARDS
TYPES O BIKES
By Marlee Laval
Is the regret of not buying a bicycle this year starting to kick in? Sick of sore feet from walking to and from class? Fear not— wandering into a bike shop or sports store in search of a new ride can make
your head spin, but our rundown of some of the most widely available types of bikes should make purchasing a personal form of transit a smooth ride. And with the services of the UBC Bike Co-Op,
the ubiguity of lockups on campus and increasingly simple bus storage, you really don't have an excuse.
A road bike is designed to be as light as possible, making
it easier for the rider to carry their bike up to their room
or onto a bus's bike rack. The drop handlebars and skinny,
close tires create less resistance and allow you to ride
faster, ensuring that getting to the Forestry Building from
Buchanan in less than 10 minutes is completely possible.
Road bikes tend to cost a bit more than other basic bicycles
— a typical sports store will sell one for $500-$800 — and
it is not great for riding on bumpier surfaces, but this bike
is a great choice for those who are looking for speed.
MOUNTAIN
A mountain bike is sturdier and has a stronger frame than
a road bike. Its tires are wider and have higher durability for cushioning sudden jolts. Since it is designed to be
ridden on more rugged terrain, a mountain bike is great
for riding on campus grass in order to pass slow pedestrians. Entry-level mountain bikes typically sell for around
$200-$500, a fair amount less than a road bike. They do,
however, generally weigh more and cannot go as fast. But
if you are looking to ride on more than just a road, a mountain bike could be the way to go.
If choosing between a road or mountain bike is difficult, a
hybrid bike is the best of both worlds, combining the style
of a mountain bike with the light weight and thin wheels
of a road bike. It has the upright seat position and straight
handlebars of a mountain bike to make maneuvering easy,
but the bike itself is more unstable, and is not as fit for riding on more rugged terrain. Nonetheless, the hybrid bike
is still a popular choice, as it is able to handle most kinds of
riding and sells for about $400 at most sports stores.
IJ.H»WM
MrlHUdrl
A great bike for the commuter student with limited
storage space, the folding bike is cheap, convenient and
compact. This light bike is able to be folded in half, so
getting on the bus or SkyTrain after riding to the station
is a breeze. They are similar to hybrid bikes in terms of
features, but are often of lower quality compared to more
standard bikes. Folding bikes are essentially only good for
short, easy trips on smooth, flat terrain. Depending on the
brand and price range, they can also be difficult to fold
and lock. At a cost of about $200 or less, this bike could be
an example of getting what you pay for.
Is there a shortcut to class that involves stairs, rails, dirt,
or a combination of the three? A BMX bike would be a
good fit. Originally designed for off-road racing, these
bikes are typically very lightweight and have knobbly tires
that are suitable for gripping, making them more stable
than a thin-wheeled commuter. They usually cost about
$300. A BMX is also handy if you've ever had any interest
in the new skate park by the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird
Sports Centre — you can even learn a trick or two. However, if being a stunt double isn't your thing, a different
type of bicycle may be the one for you.
If you fall off a cruiser bike, you'll look great while doing
so. These durable vintage-style bikes have curvy frames
and long, round handlebars, and they're perfect for the
rider who cares less about function and more about flair.
Commonly costing between $200 to $300, cruiser bikes
come in a variety of colours, and are easy to personalize
and decorate. However, they are typically only meant for
slow and leisurely riding, often along beaches, so instead
of rushing to your chemistry lab, just sit on one of these
bikes and cruise. With a cruiser bike, you really will be
fashionably late. XI
LLUSTRATIONS KIANATHORLEYATHE UBYSSEY
FILM»
Professor plays tweeting twit at VIFF
PHOTO COURTESY VIFF
Tom Scholte stars as Dick Knost, a narcissistic sports-
caster with an etiquette problem.
Bailey Ramsay
Contributor
In 2013, it only takes 140 characters to
change someone's life.
The Dick Knost Show, the latest film from
UBC alum Bruce Sweeney, is a parable on
the power of social media. It tells the story
of the titular Dick Knost, a radio commentator with an infamous reputation for his
conceit, laziness and obnoxious attitude. In
this black comedy, Knost's career is drawn
into question after a series of compromising
tweets. When the public responds negatively, his radio station employers evaluate the
situation and see it as the window they have
been waiting for to try and replace him.
After graduating from UBC, Sweeney
joined forces with fellow alumni Tom
Scholte, who plays Knost, and Ricky Spivak,
an editor. Their latest creation is set to play
in the Vancouver International Film Festival
(VIFF).
"Dick is what I call a show business
animal in that he is hardwired to crave
the spotlight," said Scholte. When Knost's
career is under evaluation, he must try to
"transcend his addiction to the spotlight."
Scholte notes that, while being quite intelli
gent, Knost lazily coasts on the outrageous
comments he makes about sports to the
public, and carries the stigma of the guy you
love to hate.
"I think Dick was always kind of an
extrovert. And whenever he spoke his mind
in a humorous, biting, kind of way, people
responded," said Scholte, of the fictional
career of Knost.
In their senior year, Sweeney and Scholte
joined forces and began what was to become
an almost 20-year collaboration. "In the
final year of the acting program, you do one
course in screen acting and they used to put
the BFA actors and the MFA film directors in that class together," said Scholte.
"[Sweeney] was doing his MFA in film production and I was doing my BFA in acting."
While both Sweeney and Scholte's past
films have shown at VIFF, they have also
experienced tremendous success at the
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
The first film they collaborated on together, Live Bait, was presented at TIFF. To
their surprise, it was given the title of Best
Canadian Film Award at the festival in 1995.
The success jumpistarted their careers, and
they continued working together making
films until 2001, when their third production, entitled Last Wedding, opened the
entire festival. According to Scholte, "It was
the first film from Western Canada to ever
be the opening night gala at the Toronto
International Film Festivals..., which was a
huge honour."
As a successful actor, and now adjunct
professor in the UBC Department of Theatre and Film, Scholte was able to provide
some advice for today's theatre students.
"We have this phrase, 'you are enough,'
meaning you need to be the actor you
already have inside of you," Scholte said.
"It is not about trying to recreate yourself,
it is about freeing and liberating what is
already inside of you and allowing it to come
forward in a way that is honest.
"Acting is a practice," he continued. "It is
a practice the way yoga is a practice. No one
ever perfects yoga. There is always deeper to
go in. It is a lifelong practice and you never
perfect it." XI
The Dick Knost Show is showing at SFU
Woodwards on Sept. 29 at 9 p.m., Oct. 9atl
p.m., and at the Cinematheque on Oct. 11 at
9:15p.m. Tickets are available at viff.org. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013    |    CULTURE
LIVE MUSIC »
LECTURE SERIES »
Cellar Jazz Club plays
it cool on anniversary
Thirteen years of local history
Creative writing department to divine
the future with free public lecture series
Famous politicians, writers and activists to speak
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Despite economic doldrums, Cory Weeds has been running the Cellar Jazz Club for
years — and he plays a mean sax to boot.
Prabhi Deol
Contributor
For the Cellar Jazz Club, 13 is a
lucky number.
This upcoming weekend, the
Club will be celebrating its 13th
anniversary with a frenzy of musicians from across the continent.
Local and international acts will
mingle with famous musicians
such as the Harold Mabern Trio,
who are traveling a long distance
to play at the local venue. Mabern,
a Memphis-born, New York-based
jazz pianist, has worked alongside
a great deal of big names, ranging
from George Coleman to Miles
Davis to Wes Montgomery. To
say he is a living legend would be
an understatement.
The Cellar was established
in the summer of 2000 by Cory
Weeds, a Juno-nominated recording jazz musician. Since then, he
has worked tirelessly to make the
club one of the top Jazz venues in
Canada, if not the world.
This has not been an easy feat.
The Cellar has stayed open while
other popular venues, such as
Capone's Jazz club in Yaletown
and the Waldorf on East Hastings,
have closed or changed operating
models. Its continued success
demonstrates persistent adaption
to the tastes of the public, as well
as staying ahead of rising real
estate prices.
Weeds extols the virtues of
offering some form of discount —
despite increasing prices — as a
method to make jazz accessible to
the community.
"Everything is going up in cost:
real estate, tuition, taxes, all of
those things [have] an impact on
the expendable income of people,"
he said. "We're trying to offset
the prices the best we can, but
we can't give this stuff away for
free. For example, students don't
pay cover on Tuesdays for the B3
Beatdown events. Second sets for
any event are no cover."
The idea of a jazz club in the
21st century may seem anachron
istic, with larger venues such as
the Orpheum or the Centre for
the Performing Arts offering jazz
shows through Ticketmaster —
where a disproportionate sum
of ticket fees go towards big
corporations — but the jazz community of Vancouver would beg to
differ. Campbell Ryga, an award
winning alto-saxophonist based
in Vancouver, Toronto, and New
York, stressed the importance of
the Cellar.
"The Cellar is in existence because of Cory Weeds," said Ryga,
who has 40 years of experience
in the industry. "He has gone into
the business of owning a jazz
club in the most honest way: as a
jazz musician and a performing
artist. The Cellar has been able
to survive because of him and his
honesty, though it's been tough
on him as a father, husband and
recording artist."
What makes the Cellar different
from other jazz venues in B.C. is
its insistence on booking international acts, primarily from the
Big Apple itself — a big undertaking considering the price of flights
and accommodation. Nonetheless,
Weeds understands that Americans are not the only people who
make up our musical community.
"The media always gets really
excited for the acts we bring in
from New York, but it's the local
artists that make the Vancouver
Jazz scene," he said.
Ryga also noted the familial
bonds that comprise the local
jazz scene.
"We as musicians will always
be prepared to do what we canto
keep the Cellar alive," said Ryga.
"We have big band nights, where
there can be up to 17 musicians
all together.
"It's great. We as a musical
community are glad to have a
jazz club." XI
The Cellar Jazz Club is located at
3611 West Broadway — three stops
from UBC via the 99 B-Line, next to
the Wolf and Hound Restaurant.
Joan Tan
Contributor
This semester, UBC will host a
showcase of nationally recognized
authors and thinkers in a challenging new lecture series.
Historian and novelist Ronald
Wright will soon be gracing the
halls of Cecil Green Park House as
the first speaker in the series, entitled "Utopia/Dystopia: Creating
the Worlds That We Want."
The lecture series is a collaboration between the creative writing
department and Green College. As
a whole, it concerns and highlights
the forces that are shaping our
world today.
Deborah Campbell, the organizer of the series, explained that
the lectures are aimed at emerging
writers, in the hope that they will
"start a conversation about the
world they are entering." The series
is presented in conjunction with the
creative writing department's 50
year anniversary, as well as Green
College's 20 year anniversary.
Seeking to bring together
"acclaimed non-fiction authors
who have grappled with the forces
shaping our future," the lineup of
speakers includes Elizabeth May,
Andrew Nikiforuk, Ron Deibert,
J.B. MacKinnon and Ann Jones.
They will speak about topics such
as contemporary democracy, war,
environmental issues, cyber-sur-
veillance and resource politics.
Campbell, an author herself and
lecturer in the Creative Writing
Department and Graduate School
of Journalism, hopes that the
series will "engage the public and
university community in the world
we are creating."
This Thursday, Ronald Wright
will be introduced by creative
writing chair Steven Galloway. In
an email, Wright briefly mentioned that his lecture will address
the idea of "the progress trap,"
which he defines as "the adoption
of a technology or way of life that
brings benefits in the short term,
but leads to disaster when it reaches a certain scale."
Wright focused extensively
on this notion in his highly acclaimed book, A Short History of
Progress, recently adapted into a
documentary by Martin Scorsese. Wright will also be speaking in relation to the theme of the
lecture series. He links the theme
to one of the books he has written, A Scientific Romance, a novel
set in a dystopia that preceded A
Short History.
As nearly nine years have
passed since the publication of
A Short History, Wright has had
time to reflect on his sentiments
surrounding his ideas and where
they stand today. Although he believes that awareness surrounding
humanity's impact on the environment has heightened, we've still
got a long way to go.
"The problems of pollution,
runaway consumption and
ruthless adherence to outworn
notions of 'progress' have on the
whole got worse, especially here
in Canada," he said.
"This nation used to be an
environmental hero in the eyes of
the world," Wright continued. "But
now, with the Harper government's shredding of environmental
laws, its attacks [on] science and
all who question the headlong rush
to make Canada a petro-state, and
PHOTO COURTESY DEBORAH CAMPBELL
Deborah Campbell, an esteemed journalist and author, has convened the series'
speakers.
its refusal to co-operate with the
worldwide effort to curb carbon
emissions, this country has become a villain."
In light of his indictment,
Wright asserted that the next
generation will need to address the
problems of the progress trap.
"It is the role of the young to
question the follies, injustices,
and outworn thinking of their
elders, to inform themselves and
bring fresh eyes and energy to
the problems they will inherit,"
he said. "The young can't do it
alone, but they can command a
moral authority, for the rest of the
century will be theirs." XI
Ronald Wright will be lecturing at
the Cecil Green Park House, 6251
Cecil Green Park Road, on Sept. 26
at 5 p.m. Entrance is free. // Sports + Rec
EDITOR  NATALIESCADDEN
FOOTBALL»
Husky
Nation
Catherine Guan
StaffWriter
It was a Saturday afternoon in
Seattle, the 21st of September.
Loyalists 60,000 strong witnessed
their Huskies methodically dismantle the upstart Idaho State Bengal Tigers 56-0 at the University of
Washington.
Husky Stadium shuddered on
every third down as fans stomped
to rally the defense. Devotees claim
to bleed purple without a trace of
irony. Alumni came from far afield
to attend.
"The Huskies used to be a really
great team from the early'90s to
the early 2000s, so we have a pretty
big football dynasty," said Thuc Nhi
Nguyen, sports editor for The Daily,
the University of Washington's
student newspaper. "People love
their football here. When it comes
to Saturday afternoon or even
Saturday morning, they go all out.
They tailgate early and often."
Husky Stadium is also one of
only two arenas in the U.S. that is
situated on water, and has a dock
for boats to come "sailgating."
The fervour would be easily explainable if it were in the American
South, where they are plumb crazy
and the Almighty gets invoked on
a regular basis before kickoffs. But
this isn't Tuscaloosa or Lafayette-
ville. This is a mere 220 kilometres
from Vancouver, a brisk three-hour
drive from the UBC Point Grey
campus. And yet the Thunderbirds
have never seen anything close to
such a display in their stands.
Kareem Ba, a fourth-year defensive end for the Thunderbirds,
highlighted the cultural difference.
"Football in the United States is
ingrained in their culture," he said.
"People go to games because they
want to feel like they are a part of
the community and a part of the
family."
As for here? "It is almost something that needs to be imposed on
students," Ba said. "[UBC] is an
academic institution and it's one of
the best in the world, and people
are here for different reasons other
than just to have a good time."
He is prosaic about the poor
showings at many of the Thunderbird games. "On Friday night or
Saturday afternoon, people may
want to go out or study or do other
things, and it's their choice."
Where this divergence in American and Canadian college football
began is not so clear. Indeed, many
trace the genesis of North American football to a shared historical
moment between the two countries, an 1874 intercollegiate game
between Harvard and McGill
University. What is clear is that the
United States has embraced this
bastardization of soccer and rugby
with a fanaticism that Canada simply can't match.
The Husky pre-game ritual
begins the evening before each
match. A rally is led around the
campus by the marching band and
a fire-dancer. The band and the
cheer squad travel with the team
on away games, all expenses paid
after their first year. Players arrive
on buses accompanied by police
escort.
The victory celebrations are
likewise outsized. "After the game,
the team will go to the student section and sing our fight song, which
is 'Bow Down to Washington,'"
Nguyen explained. "For certain
games that are really important,
when we win, we will rush the
fields. We did that last year when
we beat Stanford."
So why are UBC fans being upstaged by their UDub counterparts?
Part of the answer is evidently the level of play. Only select
Thunderbirds have gone on to
professional careers, whereas an
NCAA Division 1 program like the
University of Washington regularly
grooms nascent powerhouses for
the National Football League; there
are no fewer than 17 former Huskies currently playing in the NFL.
For his university career, Ba was
faced with the choice of a number
of Canadian programs and the
one offered by the University of
Washington. "My major deciding
factor was the quality of education.
Football honestly was secondary
to me coming out of high school,"
he said.
It's been argued that feeder
programs for professional sports
belong in the minor leagues rather
than at universities, while impressive, seeing these full-fledged
commercial enterprises housed
in academic institutions can be
somewhat jarring.
With ticket sales and cable deals
generating revenue at an almost
obscene level, the Huskies football
program is financially independent. For Saturday's game, the home
team paid Idaho State $450,000 to
make an appearance. A magnificent new stadium was completed
earlier this year with a budget of
$250 million and a total cost of
$280 million.
"It was all constructed via private funds," Nguyen said. "It didn't
take any money from tuition or any
of the public funds that go from the
state to the school."
While recognizing that the level
of play may never reach Div 1-level
intensity, a spectator sport tradition
on UBC campus is one worth
building. Football, with its raw
athleticism, is a visually dynamic
spectacle that can be very powerful when it unifies fans. You don't
need to be able to parse statistics on
rushing yards to join in the collective bating of breath on a long field
goal, or to feel a wild surge of hope
on a Hail Mary pass.
It will not be easy. A loyal following like the Husky Nation has
its roots in cherished memories
and bitter regrets that a slick PR
campaign can't manufacture. The
passionate Oregon-Washington
rivalry developed over the course of
a century, taking on a meaning that
outsiders can't easily grasp.
Over time, fans will need to
discover for themselves the game's
balance of brutality and grace. The
Thunderbirds will need to build
their own narratives of redemption
and glory.
In the Canadian system, varsity
players don't typically expect to be
rewarded with a lucrative professional career. They still choose
to subject themselves to grueling
training and take incredible risks
with their bodies at each game. It
adds a strangely noble quality to
their pursuit.
The reason, according to Ba?
"It's simple: we do it for the love
ofthegame."?!
Photos by Geoff Lister.
Clockwise from top: the University of Washington cheerleading squad pumps up the crowd at Husky Stadium; members of the Dawg
Pack show their school spirit; a fire-dancer accompanies the marching band during a pre-game pep rally; the leader of the UW marching band; a typical pre-game tailgate, complete with a big screen TV for watching other football games; Washington wide receiver
Kevin Smith flies over Idaho State's Tanner Davis for a nine-yard gain. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013    |    SPORTS + REC
CYCLING »
Kareem Fakhfakh's "Tour de Canada"
UBC grad and research assistant cycled 8,000 km from St. John's to Vancouver this summer
Tonia Ramogida
Contributor
Sleep is an important thing to get
— especially when you're biking
100 kilometres per day across
the country, as UBC grad and
research assistant Kareem Fakh-
fakh did this past summer.
Fakhfakh cycled over 8,000
kilometres from St. John's,
N.L. to Vancouver, B.C., taking
additional detours south of the
border into New York state along
the way. He camped, couch-
surfed and networked with other
cyclists to successfully complete
this trip of a lifetime.
There were times when Fakhfakh wondered what exactly it
was he'd gotten himself into. "I
didn't know whether I could actually do it. I saved enough money
so that I could buy a plane ticket
home if I really needed to," he
admitted. "But I have this thing —
if I tell somebody that I'm going
to do something, I have to do it. I
just tried to take it day by day."
The seed was planted one
afternoon during a casual ride
down to Point Roberts. On the
way to pick up some cheap American beer, Fakhfakh and a friend
discussed the idea of a transnational cycling trip. Clearly, the
idea stuck.
A little while later, while
surfing the web, Fakhfakh ser-
endipitously came across one of
those random but ultimately life-
changing articles. It explained an
algorithm that researchers used
to predict how far in advance
flight tickets should be booked
in order to take advantage of the
lowest possible rates. The predicted time was three months. At
that time, he was three and a half
months away from his earliest
possible date of departure.
Fakhfakh began to actively
check out flight tickets, and
happily watched as the prices
dropped lower and lower each
day. Then, one day near the
three-month mark, he came
across a flight from Vancouver to St. John's, on sale for an
astonishing $400. He refreshed
the page. The price went up.
$400.30. He immediately booked
a ticket.
"Had to buy it," Fakhfakh said.
"I was flat-ass broke and still
had to get the bike, [so] now I
had a ticket [but] no time to train
because I was working full-time
here at the lab. I had to wrap up
some research that was going on,
had to move out of my place, all
before leaving."
On the first day of the trip,
Fakhfakh cycled 40 kilometres
into St. John's on his bike: a
fully-loaded, heavy-duty, oversized, '90s-era aluminum Klein
Quantum Pro with Ksyrium Elite
wheels. Upon his arrival in the
city, he'd planned to hit the pubs,
down some rum, kiss the cod,
and get "screeched in" like a real
Newfoundlander. But that 40 km
hit him like a brick.
"I was done. I was in bed by
eight," Fakhfakh laughed. "The
first few days, the fitness really
got to me. I was exhausted at the
end of each day."
Fakhfakh had a rude awakening in small-town Saskatchewan,
where he slept in a war memorial
gazebo. "I didn't see the train
tracks, even though they were
only about five metres away. I
went to sleep there, thinking to
myself, 'Oh, this is great, this is
nice, no trains are coming by.'
At 5 a.m. sharp, a train comes
by, just blowing its horn. It
shook the teeth right out of my
head. You can't go back to sleep
after something like that. Your
adrenaline is going. And for the
whole day afterwards, you're just
slogging it."
Brandon "Banger" Deschamps went to work this past
weekend as the UBC football
team took on the Regina Rams
in Regina. Carrying the ball 35
timesfor6.6yards per attempt
and completing 230 rushing
yards, Deschamps was a force
to be reckoned with forthe entire game. In the fourth quarter,
the Prince George native scored
two touchdowns, incuding the
game-winner. With the victory,
UBC is now 2-2 at the halfway
markoftheregularseason.
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Kareem Fakhfakh poses with his fully-loaded touring bike at the Winnipeg Folk Music Festival.
The prairies had other unexpected and interesting experiences too, such as the Winnipeg
Folk Music Festival. Fakhfakh
stumbled upon the festival and
used extra yellow cloth from his
tool case to create a counterfeit
wristband. He then bluffed his
way into a uniquely vibrant cultural experience. He described
it as being "like Shambhala but
with more tradition," including
the establishment of various
tent-city neighbourhoods. One
was called "Bel-Air," distinguishing itself with a massive effigy of
Will Smith, circa 1994.
Fakhfakh had spent the
previous year applying for jobs
and Master's programs, but was
getting frustrated and down
when nothing came of it. He admitted that one of his motives for
departing on a journey across the
country was actually an effort to
get himself back on track.
"I was working a lot, and getting into a rhythm where you work
and party and drink. I was starting
to get into drugs, staying out all
night, going on benders, seeing
how hard I could party," he said. "I
was starting to feel like I was slip
ping into something else. I didn't
feel in control of my career."
"Getting the trip going was
like pushing against a wall. This
was the big thing that I'd been
wanting to do for the [previous]
year. I wanted to get back to
exploring and adventuring and
not being stuck in work — life
— I don't even know what you
call it."
Fakhfakh completed his
undergraduate degree in chemical engineering at UBC in 2012.
Currently, he's working at UBC's
Michael Smith Laboratories as a
researcher in the field of cancer
diagnostics. The trip has affected
the way he's looking at and planning for the future.
"Doing this trip made me
appreciate time on my own," he
said. "Time spent actually living.
And I don't mean making money
to get to the next stage; I mean
time spent really enjoying myself.
The happiest time I've ever had
was when I was on my bike.
"I knew I was going to enjoy
riding. But coming back, I have a
better idea of what I want to do
now: see the world, explore, challenge myself. I want to try more
challenging things."
Fakhfakh credits the trip with
helping him gain more confidence and clarity of mind, as
well as showing him the value of
talking to people.
"I met a guy in Nipigon,
Ontario, and he was always a
day ahead of me. He'd call me at
the end of the day and he'd tell
me what was going on, how the
roads were," Fakhfakh recalled.
"Talking to him was tremendously useful. Those kinds of connections are huge when it comes
to starting projects and careers.
They can tell you where to go
[and] who to talk to so you don't
waste your time and can get the
most out of it."
In the end, Fakhfakh found
that after crossing the country
one pedal-stroke after another,
Canada is, at its heart, a collection of communities that all
happen to have a few things
in common.
"The only thing that connects
everything together is the road." XI
Check out Fakhfakh's travel blogfor
photos and more at bikefakhfakh.
wordpress.com.
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HOPING AMS IS
SUCCESSFUL IN LATEST
CAMPAIGN
The AMS has launched another
campaign to support transit in
Vancouver. In contrast to its
last campaign, Get OnBoard,
this one directly targets developing rapid transit down the
Broadway corridor.
That's probably for the best.
Get OnBoard didn't make a
strong argument for transit expansion to UBC specifically. And
with the number of 49, 25 and 99
pass-ups every day, more funding
can't come soon enough.
Some have looked at past campaigns as failures, and see this
one as being similarly doomed
to fail. What those critics are
missing is the timescale. Major
infrastructure decisions don't
happen overnight, and without
continuous pressure from all
sides, those decisions don't happen at all. While campaigns may
rise and fall, what really matters
is that groups are voicing their
opinion consistently.
GOOD GREEK NEWS
The Ubyssey has written two
articles about sororities and
fraternities in the last two issues,
possibly equalling the total
number of stories we wrote about
Greek Life all of last year.
Most of our coverage of the
Greek system comes up when
a fraternity or sorority does
something wrong, like when
Kappa Sigma got shut down. But
we thought it was a good idea
to show the better side of the
Greek system by covering their
bids days.
Although it's easy to stereotype members of the Greek
system, there is no doubt that a
lot of people benefit from it. Fraternities and sororities provide
a sense of community to a lot of
students who are away from their
family and friends for the first
time. They do a lot of charity
work, and they can also have a lot
of fun.
SPEAKING OF WHICH...
The Ubyssey staff went on a
trip to Seattle recently to watch
a University of Washington
football game. The night before
the Saturday game, the student
neighbourhood near campus
was alive with the sounds of
a marching band, as a big pep
rally-cum-street party broke out
to celebrate the game. The police
shut down the street to allow the
musicians free rein of the blocks
near their campus.
UBC, we were dismayed to
realize, will never see such a show
of school spirit. Why? Because the
university decided to sell fancy
houses to rich people who don't
like noise.
New posters around south campus declare that "everyone can
live at UBC." False. People who
can't stand young people having
fun should not live on a college
campus. Why can't we have more
beer gardens, or late night parties
romping through campus? Largely
because of the University Neighbourhood Association, the group
representing private residents
on campus.
The UNA is usually the culprit
responsible for stopping parties on
campus, loud sporting events on
campus, concerts on campus and
fun on campus. Due to the undue
power of the UNA, UWs school
spirit will forever beat UBC's.
For shame.
COOL BIKE OR NOT, BE
COOL
Be it a fixie, road bike, hybrid,
mountain bike, unicycle or tricycle, if the rider is an asshole,
they're still going to be in our way.
Regardless of the bike you ride,
please, please do not ride down
the pedestrian pathways between
classes. There's simply not enough
room. Even the latest Urban Outfitters fixie isn't going to save you
from being "that guy" when you're
in everyone's way.
PROPS TO THE CELLAR
If students want to go out for a night
of music in Vancouver, it's pretty
easy to do. Hop on a bus, get off
at Granville Street and pay $40 to
stand and drink in a room full of
sweaty yuppies while listening to
something that vaguely resembles
the offspring of a washing machine
and an internal combustion engine.
If students want to go out for a
night of music in Vancouver and
they want a little class to go with
it — well, that's harder. Most of the
cooler small-scale venues are located in East Van, while larger events
further west are more intermittent.
And as our writer points out, venues
that cater to less popular musical genres are under increasingly
stressful financial pressure.
That's why the infamous Cellar
Jazz Club, turning 13 this year,
deserves your attention. In and of
itself, such longevity is a feat, but
the fact that the club has managed
to do this while both prioritizing
local talent and offering discounts to
students is miraculous. 31
Time for action on
transit funding
GEOFF LISTERffHE UBYSSEY
i.C. Premier Christy Clark has said transit is important, but she's letting down the
younger generation by refusing to fund transit to UBC.
will actually mean for transit
funding. Given the lack of clarity
from the provincial government,
I do not believe these questions
have answers.
At the groundbreaking for a
new RapidBus service in Kelowna
last week, Premier Christy Clark
said, "As communities grow,
[transit] services must grow with
them." At the same event, MP Dan
Albas (Okanagan-Coquihalla)
said, "The government of Canada
is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and easing
congestion by funding transit
improvements that will help get
commuters out of their cars and
onto public transit."
Both the premier and the
honourable member are completely right, and government
should be taking a leading
role, encouraging like-minded
thinking across the region when
deliberating on the future of
public transit — especially on the
Broadway corridor.
In its current state, TransLink
is the hot potato for the B.C.
government, where the province is in a position to set the
mandate and direction for the
quasi-crown corporation, while
avoiding the associated political
risk. Often, the challenge when
advocating to the public for
improvements to transit in Metro
Vancouver is dissociating the
stigma of the big bad TransLink
with the real need for solutions.
Given that TransLink's debt
reached an all-time high of $2.5
billion last year, there is no doubt
that there needs to be substantial
reform within TransLink, but internal reform alone will not solve
the root issue. That can only
come from new funding mechanisms supported by government.
Regardless of which combination of mechanisms are
decided upon, they must meet
three essential criteria: financial
sustainability, fairness across
demographic boundaries and
affordability for families and single income earners. There must
also be an understanding that
all of us have a stake in finding
a solution, and all of us must be
part of that solution.
I call, then, on all those who
take that daily trek on public
transit to use their voices, and
take advantage of the opportunities in front of them to be heard.
Unless we do, we can only expect
the status quo: cold, wet, rainy
mornings passed up on the side
of the street while the debate
spins madly on. XI
Tanner Bokor is the AMS
vice-president of external affairs.
Every morning, over 73,000
transit users walk to their
nearest transit stop, hop
aboard and begin their daily trek
to UBC's Point Grey campus.
However, only 35 per cent of
those taking public transit along
the Broadway corridor to UBC
are actually students. Riding
alongside are faculty members,
staff members, business people,
hospital workers, teachers,
school kids and more.
Anyone taking transit to and
from UBC understands the
need for greater transit service
and new infrastructure. As the
busiest bus corridor in North
America, Broadway sees 100,000
riders per day and growing, and
the corridor is at a saturation
point, with over 500,000 riders
passed up per year. The current
solution being put forward by
the provincial government is to
put the decision of whether to
approve new funding mechanisms for public transit before a
regional referendum in over a
year, when what is needed is an
immediate commitment of funding to manage the ever-increasing ridership demand and reduce
the number of pass-ups per day.
Funding solutions have been
put forward by the Mayor's
Council. These include congestion tolling, a regional carbon
tax, an adjustment in the fuel
tax, as well as a 0.5 per cent
regional sales tax, as in the
recent Leap Ahead proposal. In
2012, in response to the need for
a solution to the funding question, the AMS, along with over a
dozen other community groups,
businesses, and student organizations, launched Get OnBoard
BC, with a clear goal in mind:
press the provincial government
to make a commitment for new
funding solutions to help fund
and build our transit network.
So where are we today? We
have an increasing number of
riders passed up each day, crowded buses and a system unable to
meet the demands of a growing
region. TransLink does not have
the necessary funding mechanisms to handle growing demand,
and the earliest it may see one
is in late 2014 at a referendum.
Furthermore, little information
has been released on how this
referendum will work, what
questions will be posed to voters
and what the results of the vote (University of Washington) V^    ^ IHVVUO      VO Dl       |Uv M      W ^^^*
Stadium name:
Husky Stadium
Mascot: Harry the
husky
Live mascot: Dubs
the Alaskan Malamute
1920
$24-$551
Dawg Pack: $99
STADIUM BUILT IN
TICKET PRICES
STUDENT PACKAGE
1967
$2-$10
$20 for Blue Crew
MascotThunder
Live mascot: the
pigeon that flies over
the stadium every
once in a while
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SEATING CAPACITY
3,500 in standard seating,
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$2.55 million for head coach
COACH'S SALARY
$90,072 for head coach
(Shawn Olson)
(Steve S
arkislan)
$280 million in
renovations in 2012
Fun fact:
one of two college football
stadiums with boat access
NCAA
PAC-12
17 former Huskies currently in the NFL
BUILDING COSTS
WHAT LEAGUE
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PRO PLAYERS
$1,236,188 initial
building cost in 1967
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3 former Birds currently in the CFL
over 100 decibels
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ROWD NOISE
smattering of applause
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