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A part of Rule Out Racism week, panelists will discuss the fine line that must be
walked between freedom to personal and academic expression and racism. A
light lunch will be served after the event. Free
10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. @ ROBSON SQUARE
Come and watch what will most likely be the last (and only) snowball fight of
the season, cheer on a team from the CVC and support a good cause at this
Japanese Snow Battle. Free; donations encouraged.
Even if you're not participating, you can observe others giving their all in one
of UBC's most hallowed traditions. Cheer on the first round of brave souls
who will be trying their best to climb a wall. Free
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Carole Jolly works within Campus and Community Planning to forge connections on campus.
Carole Jolly is building community spirit on campus
Serena Chao
When one thinks of university,
academics is most likely what
first comes to mind. On a campus
as large as UBC's, however, there
is a lot going on behind-the-
scenes to build and maintain a
sense of community.
"The UBC Campus and Community Planning unit has a commitment to building a complete,
thriving and vital community here
at UBC," said Carole Jolly, the director of community planning.
I don't think we can
measure success by
the number of people
who attended the
event but rather by
the lasting memories
and experiences that it
creates for those who
Carole Jolly
Director of UBC Community
Though not always in the
spotlight, accordingto Jolly, her
team is dedicated to "developing
a community where people can
live, work, learn and play all in one
spot." It's a fairly new unit, just
over a year old, and was created to
support the academic experience,
to build the campus community
and to look for ways to leverage the
campus' public outdoor spaces.
Jolly, originally from Ontario,
graduated with an honours degree
in geography from the University
of Guelph.
"l always had an affinity and affection for urban spatial issues and
land use planning but didn't quite
know how to define it," said Jolly.
She moved out to B.C. in 1999"
after a road trip across Canada
and eventually found herself in
Vancouver. Shortly thereafter, she
completed her master's degree
in urban planning here, which
led to working at UBC focussing on transportation and land
management initiatives. That
role evolved into transportation
planning and she has been in her
current position since this unit
was established.
The community development
unit aims to facilitate opportunities
to animate campus spaces. Celebrate UBC, one ofthe organization's most successful initiatives,
was a series of events varying from
collegial pop-up sporting events to
mini-concert series.
"I don't think we can measure
success by the number of people
who attended the event but rather
by the lasting memories and experiences that it creates for those
who attend," said Jolly.
The largest event that the team
has ever done, the Harvest Feast,
was initially developed to foster
connections between the campus
community and beyond. It was focused on strengthening opportunities around social sustainability
and was held as part of UBC Ripple
Effect, a broader sustainability
engagement campaign on campus.
Due to the dedicated partners —
especially the AMS and UBC Food
Services — the event was largely
successful because of, according
to Jolly, the "lasting impressionfs]
with many people and [the]
desire to explore opportunities
to continue the tradition moving
The team is currently finding
ways to leverage the upcoming
UBC Centennial celebration and
UBC's well-being initiative in addition to the delivery of community
programs. Jolly's team is focusing
on delivering community programs such as the Youth and Kids
Fit programs, the community grant
programs and building on the
partnerships with the academic
facilities on campus.
In addition to upcoming events
and programs, the community
development unit oversees the
U-Pass program, the SEEDS program, the sustainability engagement program, the sustainability
coordinator program, public space
bookings and filming permissions.
"[It] leads to enhancing vibrancy
on campus and making our space
available for our students to occupy
and to do cool things outside in our
public realm," Jolly said.
One ofthe most anticipated
public spaces at UBC is the new
SUB. When looking at ways to
bring vibrancy to this space, they
held an Ideas Fair. At this point,
the design decisions had already
been made but it was input on the
opportunities for programming in
those spaces that they were looking
for. Jolly encourages and invites
students to help them leverage our
public realm.
"We have a great team dedicated to all of these components
and all of them combined are
enhancing the UBC experience,
supporting the academic mission,
and creating extraordinary campus experiences." Xi
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Students propose policy on
sexual harassment to political
science department
Fire safety consultation
leaves April opening of
new SUB in limbo
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The policy proposes putting information about seuxal harassment on all political science syllabi
Veronika Bondarenko
News Editor
The Political Science Students
Association is pushing forth a
department-wide policy on sexual
harassment and gender sensitivity.
Sydney Snape, VP academic
of the PSSA, said that the policy
was born from what she, along
with several other executives and
political science students, saw as
an urgent need to address the lack
of conversation around sexual
assault and consent both at UBC
and in larger society.
"We recognized that this is
something that goes on everywhere, especially at any university," said Snape. "There's something that needed to be done as
an educational process and a tool,
so students have an easier time
accessing resources and understanding what consent means."
The PSSA's three objectives
in the policy include making
educational resources on sexual
assault available for professors
both in their offices and online,
implementing open and optional
workshops on — and possibly
adding a summary on — consent
and sexual harassment support
resources on the syllabi for all
political science courses. Suggestions in the proposal include
engaging with staff at the Sexual
Assault Support Centre and UBC
Access & Diversity to organize
workshops and asking professors
to spend some time going over
sexual assault during the first
class of the term.
"If you have that on every
syllabus and every student is
looking at that and in the first
class, you go over Turnltln, you
go over your assignments, you go
over what the professor thinks
about this and that, and in that
little summary in the first class
you have the professor saying,
'this is not tolerated, this is why
this is not tolerated. You have
resources available and I will not
tolerate this as a professor,'" said
Snape. "As soon as you have that
accountability, it uses that as a
way of prevention."
Accordingto Snape, the PSSA
hopes that UBC will implement
aspects of their proposal in
September. The PSSA is currently
in the process of meeting with
professors in the department to
discuss the specifics of putting it
into place.
"We wanted to create a policy
and an open environment so that
students and faculty could communicate a lot better about how to
get these resources," said Snape.
"So the second part of that is 'How
do we get students to get these
Katharina Coleman, political
science professor and chair of
the equity committee that will be
evaluating the policy, said that the
committee will look at the proposal, make recommendations on it
and then pass it on to the head of
the department.
"We have had a chance to review the proposal," said Coleman.
"The process then is that we
would provide comments on it to
the head ofthe department and
it would then go to a discussion
within the department, a department meeting."
Coleman also said that it is too
early to say when this meeting
will take place or whether any
part ofthe proposal is likely to
go through.
Still, Snape said that she hopes
that the PSSA can set an example
for similar policies for implementation in other departments and
faculties at UBC.
"Even though I'm in political
science, engineering and biological
sciences are dealing with the same
issues because it's the same type of
academic culture and it's the same
worries and concerns and gaps in
the system that every department
has, so it's not just specific to political science," said Snape. tJ
An unexpected sprinkler installation might delay the opening ofthe new SUB again.
Kosta Prodanovic
News Administrator
Fire safety concerns threaten the
April opening of new SUB.
After a fire, health and safety
consultation last Monday, the
AMS was informed that the new
SUB might need to have sprinklers installed in areas where
there currently are none. According to VP Admin Ava Nasiri,
there was a discrepancy between
the plans that had previously
been laid out for fire sprinklers
and the consultant's interpretation ofthe fire code during a recent walkthrough ofthe building.
The impact this might have on
the new SUB is uncertain. Nasiri
mentioned that the consultants
were still deciding whether the
sprinklers are necessary and that
the AMS doesn't know if they
have come to a conclusion yet.
"They are still sitting down
and interpreting that code, so we
are not 100 per cent sure what is
going on right now," said Nasiri.
The ambiguity is guaranteed
to be unnerving for anyone
hoping that the new SUB will
open soon. Up until now, the
AMS has been optimistic about a
tentative opening in early April.
Nasiri echoed this optimism
but was sincere about the possibility of a later opening.
"I don't want to say it's not
opening in April because it very
well could, and I don't want to
say it's opening in April because
it very well could not if [the consultants] come back and say that
they have decided to reinterpret
the fire code and then ask us to
install sprinklers in areas where
we will have to rip out the ceiling," said Nasiri.
Instead, Nasiri has been pushing what she calls a "zero-based
scheduling tactic," in which the
AMS will wait until the new SUB
gets occupancy before announcing an official opening date five
days from that point.
When pressed about releasing
an exact opening for the new
SUB Nasiri's response was honest
and calculated.
"If I had one, life would be
so great — at this point we're in
a place where we don't want to
invest in a date that is very, very
variable," she said. tJ
"Our only limitations are those
which we set up in our own minds,
or permit others to establish for us"
Elizabeth Arden: Self-Made Maven
In a time when women dare not wear make-up or run their own businesses, Elizabeth daringly
did both. She was not a trained chemist, yet she pioneered the concept of scientifically
formulating cosmetics. She was not a business graduate, yet she created a global empire.
Curiosity and drive were her teachers; the world, her classroom.
We think Elizabeth would have simply adored AU, giving people all over the world the chance
to make their mark, on their terms, in their time. Beautiful. NEWS    I   THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015
Hillel UBC s policy discourages
dialogue with BDS supporters
Hillel UBC discourages dialogue with anyone who supports the BDS campaign.
Olivia Law
News Producer
UBC's Hillel has declared that,
despite their open engagement
policy, they will no longer engage
in conversation with groups
endorsing 'yes' in the upcoming
BDS referendum.
Rabbi Philip Bregman, executive director of Hillel BC, said it's
important to be aware of the beginnings ofthe BDS movement.
"You have to go back to its
founders, one of them being
Omar Barghouti," said Bregman.
"Barghouti talks about a one
state solution, in which there
really is no room for dialogue."
Rabbi Bregman said that Hillel
is welcoming and open to any
group wishing to use their space
for discussion and dialogue.
However, he said that UBC's
branch of Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) is
closing themselves off to conversation between the two groups,
refusing to acknowledge or allow
any conversation.
"When I spoke to them first
on Imagine Day, I asked whether
the two groups would get together and talk," said Bregman. "The
individuals responded 'we have
a no dialogue policy with you
This is the main concern for
members of Hillel at UBC. Rabbi
Bregman is alarmed for reasons
beyond the elimination of dialogue with SPHR.
"It's really not about dialogue
at all, it's about elimination
ofthe state of Israel," he said.
"When BDS comes to a campus,
we see constantly the marginal-
ization of Jews, the targeting of
Jews, the toxicity that is brought
to the conversation, and in some
instances, violence."
SPHR member Hussain Khan
said that his group has no formal
policy on terms of engagement.
"We don't have a formal
policy on engagement, but we
have a policy on the terms of
the dialogue," he said. "We have
something called the anti-normalization policy."
According to Khan, this policy
is about acknowledging the
horror of what goes on in the
occupied territories.
"Because of that, when we do
have a dialogue with somebody
in an open event, there has to
be a kind of acknowledgement,"
Khan said on SPHR's policy.
"When groups want to deny
what's going on and so then
there's not really a point in having a dialogue. Dialogue by itself
is not necessarily a good or a bad
The divisions and debates
have created animosity within
Hillel groups all over North
America. Swathmore Hillel,
located 30 miles outside of Philadelphia declared themselves an
'open Hillel,' thereby disassociating themselves with Hillel
International's rules for association with the BDS campaign
against Israel.
UBC's Hillel branch has come
to this position through their
frustration with the opacity of
SPHR and their campaign.
"We've given them a list of
things they want to boycott in
Israel," said Bregman. "I don't
believe the BDS care about one
product being boycotted, I think
the BDS is about marginalising
and demonizing Israel, and by
extension Israelis and Jews on
campus. This is why we're in this
and why we're so concerned."
Khan said that the SPHR continues to be open to dialogue and
informing students.
"If you go from 'open dialogue' to 'shut down hate' I feel
it's a bit disingenuous," said
Khan. "We do engage in dialogue
naturally just by virtue of the
events we do to try and get the
student population involved and
Although there are views that
the SPHR have an anti-dialogue
campaign, Khan is keen to stress
that the initiatives put forward
by the group are largely based on
conversing with students.
"A lot of people have this
misconception that we are
anti-dialogue despite the fact
that our initiatives are based on
conversing with students," said
Khan. "That is not the case, it is
just being critical of what that
dialogue entails. Dialogue alone
is not enough, it should be supplemented with actual peaceful
ways to bring about a more just
However, every leader ofthe
three major Canadian political
parties has stated their opposition to BDS in Canada.
"They are not making it a
political issue," said Bregman.
"There are plenty that these
individuals do not agree on, and
it's interesting that each leader
has made statements on how opposed they are, because of what
it brings to a campus."
So although Hillel are at the
forefront of UBC's open engagement policies, they are also
ofthe belief that there is little
worth in trying to engage in
communication with SPHR and
similar groups. They have expressed concerns that the referendum is worded in ways which
make the potential outcomes
unclear, linking the statement to
a blank cheque.
"Dialogue is tough, it's really
tough, because you really have
to be able to listen to what the
other person is saying, even if it
goes against what you've been
taught or what you believe," said
Bregman on Hillel's policies.
"That's the challenge, but also
the beauty in that we get to hear
someone else's narrative." Xi
Alumni hope to make 3D
printing more accessible with
composter that turns used
plastic into material
The ProtoCycler turns used plastic into matenal for 3D printing.
Ben Wilson
It might seem crazy that the
plastic in the lid of your coffee cup
could be more valuable than aircraft grade titanium, but according
to UBC alumnus Dennon Ooster-
man, that's the nature of today's
3D printing industry.
Oosterman, Alex Kay and David
Joyce, two other UBC Engineering physics alumni, are the brains
behind the ProtoCycler, a machine
that turns scrap plastic from products such as pop bottles into usable
filament for 3D printing.
Oosterman said that those who
have used 3D printers before are
well aware ofthe high cost of
plastic filament. The ProtoCycler
emerged out of a desire to reduce
this financial barrier and make 3D
printing more accessible for people
outside engineering.
"For the first time ever, anyone
can make whatever they want
without having to worry about
the cost, the time or anything. It's
truly unlimited creative freedom,"
said Oosterman.
Oosterman also said that one
ofthe biggest challenges with
printing in the third dimension is
producing a consistent diameter
filament to print with. Without it,
the results can be messy.
"If you can believe this, it's even
more annoying to fix than a paper
jam," said Oosterman.
Accordingto Oosterman, his
team's ReDeTec team (short for
Renewable Design Technology)
was the first to try and automate
their device so that the ProtoCycler will produce consistent
printer filament without the need
for tinkering.
In the future, he imagines a
time when every high school will
have access to a 3D printer and
ProtoCycler, which will inspire
future generations to create in a
sustainable way.
"The whole maker movement
is really taking off. People want
to make their thing the way that
they want it and will take the time
and effort to learn that, which to
me is nothing short of fantastic,"
said Oosterman.
After their recent success
raising money for the recycler on
the crowdfunding site Indiegogo.
com, the ReDeTec team is currently finalizing the design for the
ProtoCycler, with a plan to start
shipping this fall. tB
AMS hopes to control smell coming from new composter by the end of week
The new composter recycles scraps of food, but packs a strong smell.
Sarah Pribadi
The AMS has been trying to
curb the smell coming from their
new composter over the last
few weeks.
After installing a sustainable
composter in the basement ofthe
SUB as part of their sustainability
initiative in November, the AMS
started using it to compost scraps
of food in January. But not long
after the installation, many ofthe
nearby clubs and businesses started
complaining about the smell coming
from the composting room.
"For me, It was a bit unpleasant.
I can smell it strongly from the
basement hallway at the SUB," said
Jordan MacKinnon, who works at
the UBC Bike Kitchen. "We started
noticing the smell since 3-4 months
ago and for now, the problem hasn't
been solved yet. The smell was not
interrupting for me here, but it just
seems so unacceptable since it's
been ongoing for months."
The composter is made of stainless steel, processes large loads
of food waste and delivers clean
compost out in the end.
Accordingto AMS Designer
Michael Kingsmill, the composter
was designed for use in the interior
of building. It is fully computerized,
so the technician from Montreal
is the one who checks the humid
ity level, adjusts the cycle and the
odourizer and ensures that the
drum is rotating continuously. The
composter also comes with two
odourizers — one on the vessel
itself and one in the surrounding
room. The vent from the vessel
carries exhaust from the composter
to the exterior.
Kingsmill also said that the smell
is due to a broken ventilation part
and difficulties getting it to work
smoothly during the installation
process. He expects the composter
to only start working properly in the
next few months, as it'll take some
time for the technician to make the
machine fully operational.
"It takes a number of things to
happen for the compositing operate
properly," said Kingsmill. "The
technician told us it was about four
to six months before the composter is going to settle down. We're
heading into the last period right
now since it was installed and
finalized around the beginning
of January. When the composter
operates properly, it'll be virtually
Still, MacKinnon hopes that the
composter will be fixed soon.
"I think what they should really
do to solve this ongoing problem
as quickly as possible, probably to
reroute the ventilation ofthe composter or change the location ofthe
machine," said MacKinnon.
Kingsmill said that a technician
will be coming in next week to temporarily control the smell until the
machine is made to be fully operational over the next few months.
"We will have it all fixed next
week, we have [the] Vertal main
technical advisor from Montreal,"
said Kingsmill. "Unfortunately he
had other business to do, soon he'll
be here and go in with the tools, get
some adjusting," said Kingsmill. Xi THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015    |    NEWS
Vote numbers released for 2015 AMS Elections
Aaron Bailey   Cheniel Antony-Hale
12.9 per cent of all eligible students voted in the 2015 AMS Elections.
Veronika Bondarenko
News Editor
The AMS has released the
voting numbers from last
week's elections.
A total of 6,155 students or
12.9 per cent of all eligible voters
cast ballots.
Aaron Bailey won the presidential race, defeating Cheneil
Antony-Hale 3,383 votes to 1,780
in their sorted majority. He also
beat joke candidate V 4,075 to
969 votes.
4,251 students voted in favour
of Jenna Omassi, who was running unopposed, taking over the
role of VP academic & univer-
sity affairs. Nine per cent voted
against Omassi and 24 per cent
abstained from voting in this race.
The race for VP finance saw
Mateusz Miadlikowski re-elected
with 2,669 votes for him as op
posed to 1,349 for his adversary
Will Pigott.
Ava Nasiri was re-elected
to VP administration, beating
James Jing 3,149 to 849, and
Remtulla 2,663 to 1,519 in their
sorted majorities.
Jude Crasta beat Janzen Lee
for the role of VP external, with
2.229 votes compared to Lee's
1,552. The largest total number
of voters, 37.2 per cent, abstained
from this executive race.
Veronica Knott led the race
for the Board of Governors with
3.230 votes while Julie Van de
Valk secured a spot with 2,340
votes. Tanner Bokor followed
closely with 2,177 votes, but was
not elected to the Board.
The Senate race was closely contested, but the students
with the highest numbers of
votes were Aaron Bailey (2,890),
Gurvir Sangha (2,655), Jenna
Omassi (2,537), Marjan Hatai
(2,424) and Eric Zhao (2,046).
The Student Legal Fund Society was a slated race. Cameron
Sharpe was the only member
ofthe Students for Responsible
Leadership slate to be elected
into the society with 1,199, or
8.9 per cent, of votes. The other
students, all members ofthe
Students for Accountability, were
Tanner Bokor (1,900 or 14.1 per
cent of votes), Ron Gorodetsky
(1,667 or 12.4 per cent of votes),
Jude Crasta (1,558 or 11.6 per
cent of votes), Kathleen Simpson
(1,533 or 11.4 per cent of votes)
and Carol Dou (1,188 or 8.8 per
cent of votes).
The full voting results and
race breakdowns can be found on
the AMS website. Xi
5 Days for the Homeless completes weeklong activism project
Mateo Ospina
Senior Staff Writer
A group of students camped out in
front ofthe 1KB Learning Centre from Sunday night to Friday
afternoon to raise awareness about
homelessness in Vancouver.
The group calls itself 5 Days for
the Homeless and is part of a national movement that aims to bring
awareness ofthe issues of homeless
people onto university campuses
across Canada. The UBC Chapter
is donating all funds raised during
the campaign to the Downtown
Eastside Women's Centre.
The students held cardboard
signs and asked for donations during
the campaign.
First-year Arts student Lindsay
Peliquin lives in the Downtown
Eastside and hopes that this campaign will get students thinking
about homelessness.
"I want to bring awareness
where there is no awareness,"
said Peliquin.
Participants believe that by making their position easily visible in the
open space of UBC they will be seen
by students who might otherwise
not know about the issue firsthand.
"Many students won't realize
it's an issue until there are other
students in front of them," said
Emily Sullivan, second-year
Sauder student.
Up to this point, the response has
been positive. The executive team
has had the opportunity to discuss
many of these issues.
"The fact that we're students
makes us relatable," said Emma
Thompson, a fourth-year Arts
student and co-director of 5 Days
UBC students sat out in front of 1KB to raise awareness about homelessness.
for the Homeless. "I think a lot of
students don't understand how easy
it is to end up homeless."
Some ofthe criticisms ofthe
campaign had to do with the apparent hypocrisy of UBC students
attempting to look homeless. The
sight of students laying on sheets
and sleeping bags in the rain was
contrasted with the MacBooks they
were working onto finish school
assignments and the breaks they
took to go to class.
However, Sullivan made it clear
that their fundraiser was not an
imitation of actual homelessness.
"We realize we can't replicate
the struggle ofthe homeless,"
said Sullivan.
Along with the funds collected, 5 Days for the Homeless
has also donated cupcakes and
spent time volunteering at the
Downtown Eastside Women's
Centre. But along with the funds
and awareness that they raised,
Thompson hopes that this campaign will inspire other students
to get involved with shelters
around town. Xi
UBC hosts town hall on annual
two per cent tuition increase
Moira Warburton
The university hosted a town
hall Monday as part of their
consultation process on the
annual two per cent domestic
tuition increase.
Present at the town hall were
five members ofthe administration, including Angela Redish,
vice provost and associate vice
president of enrolment, Ian
Burgess, comptroller and Louise
Cowin, vice president, students.
At its height, nine students
were in attendance, with VP
Academic Anne Kessler, EUS
President Veronica Knott and
student senator Aaron Bailey
representing the AMS.
The town hall began with
questions about what factors
were causing the tuition increases, whether the university was
lobbying the provincial government for increased grants and
whether the university was concerned that its status as a public
institution was in jeopardy, considering how much of its operating budget was comprised of
tuition fees and revenue sources.
Cowin said that one ofthe
university's concerns was the reduction in funds coming from the
provincial government. Although
they lobby the provincial government for increased funding, none
ofthe administration sounded
optimistic, with Burgess noting
that "the possibility of tuition
increases is not a 2015 phenom
enon. It's something we're going
to have to face in upcoming years
as well."
According to Redish, the
university is doing all that it can
to avoid making cuts in other
areas in order to balance out
tuition increases.
"We're doing all we possibly
can to minimize the growth of
administrative [costs] so we can
concentrate as much as we can
on delivering great education,"
said Redish.
When Bailey asked if the cuts
to provincial funding were a political choice or if there were no
other options for the government
to take, Redish replied that the
government had limited options.
"Are they making a choice?
Yes. Are their hands tied? Yes,"
answered Redish.
Burgess said that 7.5 per cent
ofthe two per cent increase
in tuition would be allocated
towards the pot of financial aid
and awards the university makes
available to students each year.
The one per cent cut in grants
provided by the provincial government is equal to $8 million,
he said, in comparison to the
$3-3.5 million which will be
gained through the two per cent
tuition increase.
The two per cent increase
has been an annual occurrence
for UBC since 2005, when the
government restricted yearly
increases for domestic tuition to
that level. Xi II Culture I
Sonic Boom celebrates emerging talent
The Sonic Boom Festival is taking place March 25-29.
Jenica Montgomery
Culture Editor
Often times classical music is
thought of as being stagnant and
unchanging — a picture of a time
past. However, Vancouver Pro
Musica's Sonic Boom Festival will
see newly composed contemporary classical music performed by
Vancouver musicians.
The festival is returning for its
28th year of new music, composed
and performed by local ensembles
and musicians. Ensemble-in-resi-
dence Turning Point Ensemble
will play 11 new compositions at
their concert on March 29 and
featured artist — the Piano and
Erhu Project (PEP) — will perform songs composed specifically
for their new sound on March 28.
"There will be lots of different
styles represented so [audiences]
would get an excellent cross section of emerging creative talent in
Vancouver," said Owen Underhill,
artistic director and conductor for
Turning Point Ensemble.
PEP comprises of pianist and
UBC professor Corey Hamm and
erhuist Nicole Ge Li. When the
duo originally formed the project,
they noticed a lack of progressive
musical styling for piano and erhu.
Since their formation, they have
reached out to 43 different composers and asked them to write
new and stylistically different
pieces for piano and erhu in hopes
of increasing the repertoire for
the combination.
"We deliberately set the path to
not just have one type of style, but
to have as many different styles
as we could to see what people
would come up with," said Hamm.
"And we've really been overjoyed
that the composers have been so
excited to write for this unusual
The Piano and Erhu Project
will play three new pieces composed specifically for the project
and one older piece, "Who Made
the Inch of Grass," written for the
duo by the Sonic Boom Festival's
composer-in-residence, Aaron
"It's a beautiful piece,"
said Hamm.
Similarly, the Turning Point
Ensemble intend to present
audiences with 11 new and
stylistically varying pieces in
their performance.
"What's fun is that there's a
mix of everything from young
composers — there's one composer who's not out of high school yet
— two composers who are in their
70s, not to date anyone necessarily, but it's from really young to
retired people even, and they've
all written in different styles,"
said Underhill.
"So it's quite a range from some
things are kind of cross over with
jazz, some are more avant garde
idiom some are in a more popular
idiom so the concert will represent 11 different pieces."
The Sonic Boom Festival will
be taking place on March 25-29
at Pyatt Hall and the Orpheum
Annex. Tickets are available
online. Xi
Block Party line up
Sincerely Hana and MGH! will be returning this year for another Block Party.
Jenica Montgomery
Culture Editor
On Monday, the AMS announced
the lineup for this year's Block
Party and it includes electro-funk giants Chromeo.
Block Party veterans Sincerely Hana and MGH! and Yukon
Blonde will be performing along
with this year's Last Band Standing winners Bowen and the Upra-
or. The night will finish off with
Canadian favourites Tokyo Police
Club and Chromeo. Chromeo will
be performing a DJ set.
This year's last day of classes event will be hosted in the
parking lot next to the Technology Enterprise Facility 3 (TEF
3) building and capacity will be
2,000 less than last year.
Early bird tickets sold out in
an hour and a half; however,
general tickets are for sale both
online and in the SUB. Xi
Like movies? We do too.
Join the force.
Erato Ensemble explore the myth of Orpheus
The Erato Ensemble is comprised of many UBC alumni and one Doctor of Musical Arts student.
Jolin Lu
The legendary Orpheus is a minstrel in Greek mythology who has
the ability to charm with his music
all living things, even the most
untamed creatures.
The Erato Ensemble is an art-
song chamber collective comprised
of UBC alumni Stefan Hinterstein-
inger, Christine Lin, Samantha Fu
and conductor Kevin Zakresky, as
well as current Doctor of Musical
Arts student Michael Park, Catherine Laub and William George.
In the ensemble's upcoming
performance, The Songs of Orpheus, they have set to unveil the
mysteries of Orpheus — his musical finesse, his romantic quest and
ultimately his death — by featuring
music from various time periods.
"I thought it would make an
interesting program to interpret
the history of Orphic music by
juxtaposing Renaissance and
contemporary music to form completely new works," said George,
the artistic director and tenor for
the Erato Ensemble.
The performance will begin
with works from Renaissance, early Baroque and Classical periods.
"First half ofthe concert follows
the arc ofthe story in a way. It
introduces the character and goes
into the love story when Orpheus
goes to the Underworld to bring
Eurydice back," George said. The
ensemble, however, will add a
twist by introducing a modern
flute solo as an overture to the
earlier repertoire.
"We are planning to have
the flute played from above the
audience. There will be a catwalk
in the annex and the flautist
will be completely in the dark,"
said George.
The second half of the performance, featuring four world
premieres, will bring audiences
back to the modern age and
depict unheard stories about
Orpheus. "I paired composers
with poets to create something
completely new," said George.
One ofthe four premiering
pieces, Burnaby Mountain Song,
"deals with Eurydice because we
never hear about what happened
to her ... it examines something
that could happen to Eurydice
in modern days ... [The lyricist]
came up with an idea that Eurydice was protesting against the
pipeline in Burnaby Mountain
and she died there somehow.
Then Eurydice was being called
up by all the construction and
ecological danger. It was an
interesting concept to work with
musically," said George.
Another piece, What the
Hound, started off as a comic
opera "but ended up being a little
darker. It deals with Orpheus
going to the Underworld to bring
Eurydice back. She doesn't want
go because she has a racket in the
Underworld," said George.
The combination of classical
portrayal and contemporary
reinterpretation of Orpheus not
only reinvigorates tradition but
also offer a fresh perspective for
its modern-age audiences. 31 THURSDAY, MARCH 19,2015    |    CULTURE    |   7
Bugs on display at Beaty Biodiversity museum Bottom of the Queue:
Sharknado 2: The Second One
Ian Lane was a self-titled amateur photographer who took photos of bugs.
Momoko Harino
Everyone has something to contribute to this world — Ian Lane
started from his own back garden
by photographing insects.
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum's new exhibition, shutter-
bug, showcases Ian Lane's story
as a self-titled amateur photographer whose meticulously recorded photo collection of insects
has made a valuable contribution
to science. Running from March
11-September 16, the exhibition
features some ofthe most detailed
and beautiful images out of
Ian's 10,000 photographic slides
donated to the museum's Spencer
Entomological collection.
"The museum is about people
taking a look around them and
appreciating the beauty of biodiversity. This was a gentleman
that did exactly that," said Yukiko
Stranger-Galey, exhibits manager for the museum. "He wasn't
formally trained but he loved
the natural world, and he spent
so much of his time and energy
celebrating that. It's exactly what
Beaty wants to inspire others to
In one section is a series of time
lapse photographs of a moulting
dragonfly, a particular favourite
insect of Lane's. Another section
explores his greatest discovery as
a natural photographer in 1999,
when he made the first breeding
record of the petal tail dragon fly
on Cypress Bowl.
"It's truly a testament to his
patience and dedication that he
just got soaked with mud coming
up to his knees for two hours and
took the time lapse photo. Time
lapse is something that people
do but they usually just leave the
camera, or they do it at home.
It just shows his dedication and
passion," said Stranger-Galey.
Interactive tables are integrated into the exhibition to welcome
visitors to take part in hands-on
activities that include sketching a
dragon fly, playing a game of ladybird bingo and making origami
bugs. There is also a station to
dress up as a bug and take a selfie
to share on social media with
Over 100 people attended
the March 10 opening night of
shutterbug, and many of Lane's
family and friends, along with
museum staff, guests and community partners, were amazed
to see the scale of his work and
contributions to organizations
like Nature Vancouver.
Many ofthe featured insects
in shutterbug are from the lower
mainland, which inspires visitors
to take a closer look at the natural
life around them and rediscover
biodiversity in their everyday life
from a different lens.
The exhibition is part ofthe
Capture Photography Festival, an
annual photography festival that
features photographers in exhibitions all over Vancouver. Xi
Sharknado 2: The Second One knows it's a bad movie and it works.
Sam Fruitman
The Sharknado movies are like
potato chips. You know they're
probably not great for your health,
but you can't just have one of them.
After seeing the first Sharknado,
The Ubyssey simply couldn't resist
watching another.
The aptly titled Second One, produced once again by the boys at The
Asylum Production Company (the
Michael Jacksons of bad movies —
take that comparison how you will)
attempts to ramp up the action by
switching location to The Big Apple.
It doesn't get any bigger than that,
right? The film picks up where the
first left off: once again following
Fin and his on-again-off-again wife
April (now celebrated shark-slayers
after their success in LA.) as they
battle a seemingly unending supply
of sharks and tornadoes in the
streets of New York. Sound a little
too familiar? Fin puts it best when
he states, "It's happening again."
Hey, the first one worked; why not
use the same recipe?
Our biggest fear was just that —
we were worried that the film would
borrow a little too heavily from its
predecessor. Although it does in
certain aspects ofthe plot (Fin's idea
to once again blow the tornadoes
up with homemade bombs) we're
happy to report it wasn't overkill.
There were enough original elements to it that made it stand out
from the first film. Particularly of
note was the opening plane scene
featuring a cameo from non other
than Robert Hays (Airplane!), and
probably the most literal example
ofthe phrase "jumpingthe shark."
Okay, we're just going to say it.
We liked this film better than the
first one. No, you didn't read that
Sharknado 2: The Second One
feels more comfortable with itself.
Like the previous Sharknado, it
still doesn't give a damn about
taking itself seriously, but it feels
more cohesive. The jokes hit better, the action rarely lets up and a
Sharknado in New York just feels
right — not that we have anything
against New York if any city could
handle a Sharknado, NYC could.
There's also a slew of amusing
cameos, including Al Roker periodically chiming in with weather
updates to warn citizens ofthe
impending Sharknadoes. And
the CGI sharks themselves? Still
not up to James Cameron levels
of awesome, but definitely better
than the first go-around.
The bottom line: If you're a fan
ofthe first Sharknado, you're going to enjoy this one. If you aren't,
this one might just change your
mind. Xi
Alumnus composes original soundtrack for Colours ofEdziza
Colours ofEdziza follows a team through the Mount Edziza Provincial Park.
Adam Waitzer
Thomas Beckman, who studied
classical viola at UBC, recently
wrote and recorded the soundtrack for the film Colours of
The film premiered at the Vancouver International Mountain
Film Festival. The documentary
follows an eclectic team on their
expedition through northern
B.C.'s Mount Edziza Provincial
As his first film score, this
project marked an exciting departure from Beckman's previous
work. Although Beckman said his
decision to pursue music "was
clear from a pretty young age,"
he did not necessarily envision
himself producing film soundtracks.
"I had a band, Sons of Granville, and I suppose that was my
first official experience writing
music," said Beckman. Beckman
went on to busk on the streets of
Vancouver, both with his band
and on his own.
When approached by the
filmmakers and asked to write
a score, Beckman quickly set
to work on creating a composition that would accentuate and
encapsulate the ideas behind the
"Without going into too much
detail, the film is 40 minutes
about a bunch of people who
decided to traverse one ofthe
northern sections of B.C.," said
The expedition brought
together a team of Tahltan
natives, Canadians and others
from around the globe. As the
diverse group trekked through
the remote terrain, its members
worked towards mutual respect
and understanding. These no
tions of teamwork and empathy
run through the film and are
reflected in its soundtrack.
"The idea was to see how well
they could communicate and
work together as a team, despite
coming from such different
backgrounds," said Beckman. "I
thought the music should have
a degree of tension as well as a
degree of interesting harmony ...
and also the sense of soldiering
on — there's a real sense of
trudging through very difficult
Beckman's composition took
further form as he saw pictures
ofthe Edziza region. As suggested by the film's title, the terrain is dramatically coloured due
to the region's heavy mineralization. According to Beckman, his
score attempted to "conjure up
the aspects of big massive spaces,
mountain ranges, beautiful distances."
Having had no previous experience in film scoring, however, Beckman struggled to create an end product that aligned
with the filmmaker's objectives.
"You have to really get inside
the director's head, be sure you
understand what it is they're trying
to create. It's a balance between following your own creative impulses
but within the constraints of their
artistic vision," said Beckman.
Beckman reflected warmly on
his years at UBC, the highlights of
which included his first recital and
his participation in the UBC musical
ambassador program. He credited
one professor in particular with
helping him build his confidence as
a musician.
"My professor, David Harding,
was a great teacher and he gave me
a large sense of hope. And in music,
it's not always very easy to have
hope," said Beckman.
Beckman is now working on his
second film score, and the Colours
ofEdziza soundtrack is soon to be
aired on Laurie Brown's CBC broadcast The Signal.
"As a musician, you should never
just think that all you can end up
doing is playing in an orchestra or
teaching. In actual fact, there are
many opportunities around that. I
would encourage UBC musicians
to think outside the box, to not be
too concerned with how people
see them, but rather be concerned
more with how they can get
themselves out there, meet people,
form unlikely collaborations,"
said Beckman.
Or, at the very least, "email bomb
a couple people."
Beckman's soundtrack for Colours
ofEdziza is available to stream and
purchase at thomastheviolist.com. Xi // Scene
Varsity Rowing's
Nick Adams
Design Editor
The men's and women's UBC
rowing teams held their third annual rowing marathon at Strong's
Market last Sunday in support
ofthe BC Cancer Foundation.
Both teams participated in the
12-hour event, constantly having
four athletes rowing throughout
the duration.
The event was created three
years ago in an effort to raise
funds for cancer research and
compete with their rowing rivals,
University of Western Ontario.
However, accordingto Aaron
Lattimer, athlete and the team's
business manager, the heart ofthe
event is more than just a rivalry.
"Our competition at this event is
not based on history or rivalry, but
to define that we as #ONETEAM
are competing against time to create and fight for a chance to help
save a life, one meter at a time,"
said Lattimer.
The team was able to gather
$1,200 to put towards cancer
research by rowing almost 700km
in total.
"The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner
satisfaction of knowing that we have
done our absolute best, from what
we have the ability to give: our time,
talents and efforts," said Lattimer. tJ
10 inche
of hair donated
667,149m is approximately
the distance from Wreck Beach
to the Student Union Building
and back.
times // Opinions
Student engagement in town halls is up 300 per cent over last year!
Following the protests over the
housing and tuition cost increases this year, we were sure
that students would show up in
droves to the tuition town hall
on Monday, and we definitely
weren't disappointed.
Through pure student passion
and activism, the roughly nine
students who showed up were just
able to outnumber the university
administrators at the event. That
pure dedication from the student
body to never stop challenging
the university definitely won't go
Sarcasm aside, yes, the town
hall was only for the annual two
per cent increase in domestic tuition. But we wish more students
would take advantage ofthe
opportunity to talk to some of
the university's top administrators about how much we pay for
tuition and why.
There aren't a lot of opportunities for students to get up close
and personal with those who
govern our school, so if people
really want their opinions to be
heard they should take advantage
of them when they appear.
If no one shows up, it's easy for
UBC to assume that nobody cares
— and maybe nobody does.
Shocking piece of breaking news
here: the April opening ofthe
new SUB might be delayed again.
You'd almost think we were
making these headlines up for
comedic relief, but this news is
far from what goes down in those
scripted reality shows.
While we're loathe to blame
Ava Nasiri entirely for delays that
have more to do with fire safety
and the construction team than
her personal leadership, she was
certainly asking for trouble when
she said that the new SUB would
open in April by any means necessary at last week's council.
This very surprising (or not)
turn of events brings up what we
were saying over the course of
the year: it's much, much better
to say 'Hey, the construction
team ran into some difficulties
and will need another month to
finish the new SUB' and face the
music than to promise an early
opening to appease people and
then have to go back on it again
and again. You'd think that the
AMS would have learned this by
We hate to sound like a broken
record, but we've moved past
the point of ridiculousness with
this. Going back on your word
time after time makes you look
worse than being honest from the
outset — even if it's being honest
about uncertainty.
The composter located in the
basement ofthe SUB finally got
a fan to help disperse the stench
that emanates from it — kind of.
Really, it still smells — just not
as bad.
As basement dwellers, we're
pretty pleased that now the only
strong aroma in the basement
will be the smell of sadness and
body odour radiating off all the
students cramming for their
exams. Though we'll be the first
to admit that our office has it's
own unique perfume, nothing
could be worse than the smell of
rotting garbage.
While we congratulate the
AMS for doing good by the environment, they clearly weren't
ready to handle the stinky consequences ofthe composter. Then
again, they mostly have their
offices on the top floor, where
distance and several walls separate them from the olfactory torture we've suffered for the past
few months. But we're optimists;
at least it's not as bad as it was
before. Also, given the potential
new SUB delays, our office may
still be in the basement by the
time this gets fixed. Xi
Chief Dr. Robert Joseph shares his thoughts on BDS
I understand that the UBC Club,
Solidarity for Palestinian Human
Rights (SPHR), has handed in a
petition asking students to support
an AMS Boycott, Divestment and
Sanction (BDS) of Israeli companies.
As the current ambassador for
Reconciliation Canada and as a
member ofthe National Assembly
of First Nations Elders Council, I believe that respect and
open dialogue is the true path to
peace and reconciliation. Fear
and intolerance is defeated only
when people come together to
share their stories and to explore
positive solutions to difficult
issues. Unfortunately, this move
can pre-empt communication and
meaningful interaction, and thus
foster animosity towards individuals of Israel and, by extension,
all people of Jewish descent.
My belief is that, rather
than bringing people together, boycotting, divesting and
sanctioning shuts down dialogue and forces people farther
apart. I believe that both Jews
and Palestinians have the right
to their own land, where they
can safely live side by side in
peace. And I believe that the
only way this can be achieved is
through reconciliation.
Hillel B.C., a Jewish non-profit
organization on campus, endorses dialogue and believes
that having conversations and
being able to listen respectfully
to each other's narratives is an
important stepping stone on the
path to peace. In fact, dialogue
and respect are some ofthe only
methods through which I believe
that we can heal our world.
UBC must take the lead on
establishing meaningful dialogue workshops that encourage
our future leaders to have hard
conversations and listen to each
other's stories. In fact, as Canadians it is our responsibility to
ensure that UBC, Vancouver and
British Columbia are not only
safe for all of our fellow brothers
and sisters, but to also act as role
models to the world.
Join me in my efforts to
establish strong meaningful
relationships that will help make
our world a better place. The
epicentre for the Palestinian-Jewish conflict will only grow to
be imported or exported in an
endless circle that will do no good
for anyone if we fail to develop
deeper understanding and, therefore, new relationships.
Please give peace and reconciliation a chance. We stand ready
to assist in whatever way that we
With deep respect,
Chief Dr. Robert Joseph.
Robert Joseph is Ambassador for
Reconciliation Canada and a member of the National Assembly of
First Nations Elders Council. 13
My opinion on BDS:
everyone should
have an opinion
Audrey Abergel argues that not taking a stance on BDS is acting through inaction.
Have an adamant stance on BDS?
Yes? Okay. Then this is not for
you, but you're welcome to keep
reading. Have no official stance
on BDS? Okay. Then I beg you
with every ounce of my being to
keep reading.
My name is Audrey Abergel.
I'm from Valencia, California and
a first generation American from
a Moroccan-Jewish household.
As a Californian, I was raised
to be calm and progressive. As
a Moroccan Jew, I was raised to
be earnest and traditional. This
collection of characteristics has
made my beliefs both far left and
far right, with an overall tendency to lie right in the middle in
terms of every thought, interaction and relationship I have.
This view gave me confidence
as I moved to Vancouver three
years ago and began my degree
in political science. During my
studies I have learned that life
is nothing but a 'median'. I'm
sure you all can relate as you've
heard once, or a million times,
that everything in life is about a
certain level of balance.
Now that we have mutual
understanding, let me take this a
step further. If life is nothing but
a median, then I guess we may
also say that life is nothing but a
grey spot. There is no such thing
as 'black and white' when everything is on the verge of having
double meanings, multiple consequences and variable conditions.
As progressive students, we are
taught that believing in anything
contrary is not only characteristic of a simpleton, but that it
is plain ignorant. However, I'm
here to tell you that I reject that.
Here is why.
For the past two months, I
have been on the quieter end of
the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement, asking
the student body to vote no
on the upcoming referendum
boycotting Israeli products. My
decision to be on the quieter end
has been an interesting one as I
am the current president ofthe
Jewish Students Association
(JSA) at UBC.
One would think that as a
leader of a Jewish Organization
on campus, my involvement
would be as fervent as would
be required. This decision was
based off of the idea that I did
not want to alienate any member
of the JSA who did not agree
with my stance or Hillel B.C.'s
on BDS.
For me, the JSA has always
been first and foremost a cultural
club, not a political one. Neutrality was my goal and I intended
to keep it that way. As a child of
the median and as a student of
'everything is grey', I truly believed that what I was doing was
right. But as the recent weeks
have passed and as I became
more knowledgable on the referendum, I realized that my stance
was ultimately not positive for
myself, nor the whole movement.
Like many other students,
I fully understand that the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict is
complicated to say the least
and that if you do not have an
abundant knowledge about the
conflict, you are mostly left feeling confused. This confusion has
most likely led many of you to
take the typical 'neutral' stance
as you can easily admit that both
sides have actions to answer to.
Yet you do not want to offend any
one group as you do not believe
that you have enough confidence
or knowledge to do so.
I'm here to tell you that your
neutral stance is action by inaction. By not voting yes or no,
you are making a decision. You
are actively choosing to ignore
the fact that a referendum which
seeks to ignore the notion that
both countries have a basic right
to exist, ineffectively pursue
peace through one-sided condemnation and ultimately further polarize Arab-Israeli and,
by extension, Jewish relations is
taking place on your university
Voting NO is allegiant to your
neutral agenda. Voting NO means
that you believe in having conversations with people who love
or hate Israel and/or Palestine.
Voting NO means that you believe in a peaceful resolution and
recognition for Palestinian and
Israeli Human Rights and Liberties. Voting NO means that you
understand the irony that being
conditional, a median, a grey spot
can also be in accordance with
what is black and what is white.
For these reasons, I have
decided to take a stance and vote
no to boycotting Israeli products
and I hope for the sake of being
bold and having conviction that
what you're doing is ethically
right, you will too.
Audrey Abergel is a third-year
political science student and
president ofthe Jewish Students
Association. Xi 10    I   SPORTS   I    THURSDAY, MARCH 19,2015
The Young/Sidhu show: women's basketball season in review
Fifth-year Kris Young (6) made her last season as a Thunderbird count, scoring a school-record 40 points in a single game and taking home CIS MVP honors.
Mason Mcintosh
"Our goal this year is to win our conference and to earn the right to host
Canada West Final Four, be Canada
West Champions and make our way
to nationals," said head coach Deb
Huband at the beginning of this
season. Huband's dream came true
when the girls won the Canada West
Championship in heroic fashion over
the University of Saskatchewan.
Thanks to an incredible 18-game
winning streak, the Thunderbirds
made their fans proud by earning
bronze at the CIS championships in
Quebec City. Now it's time to look
back on the season and see who
stepped up for this UBC squad.
The run
This 2014-2015 Thunderbird team
was a talented bunch that attained
an overall record of 30-5 and 17-3 in
the crowded Canada West conference. UBC hit the ground running
from tip- off in their first exhibition
game against the University of
Guelph, winning in overtime 75-69.
The 'Birds didn't stop there; they
continued to win seven in a row,
which included gold at the Ryerson
Darcel Wright Memorial Classic in
After a stint of trading wins and
losses with inter-conference foes,
the Thunderbirds were able to close
the season and continue into the CIS
Final 8 with 18 consecutive wins
until their heartbreaking defeat
against McGill University, which
saw the 'Birds lose in a nail-biter
that ended with the Redmen winning 57-59 in overtime.
The duo: Young and Sidhu
Kris Young's impressive play didn't
go unnoticed this season. Her dominance earned her scoring leader at
the CIS Final 8, CIS Tournament
All-Star, second in all-time UBC
scoring and the all-time UBC record
for most points in a single game (40).
Huband utilized her star as much
as she could; she knew if anyone
could handle it, it was the fifth-year
All-Canadian. Young averaged
more than 30 minutes per game in
33 games played this season. Her
efficiency on offence and hard work
on defence set her up for an extra
ordinary stat sheet: she averaged
17.3 points per game (26.3 during the
CIS Final 8), 6.6 rebounds per game
and 2.9 assists per game.
"Overall we had a season that
none of us will ever forget and I am
extremely devastated that this season and my UBC career are over,"
said Young. "It has been an amazing
season and I am so proud of all my
team has accomplished this year."
Young's successful season could
not have happened without her
partner in crime, Harlene Sidhu. The once-NCAA Division 1
player had a strong final season as a
Thunderbird; she showed resilience
and skill to a team that looked up to
her success and her ability to be a
leader on and off the court.
Sidhu kicked off the season
by tearing apart the University
of Guelph for 34 points and 16
rebounds in 31 minutes; she finished
with an average of 14.5 points per
game, 6.8 rebounds per game and
with an impressive .807 free throw
The Huskies rivalry
It seemed like Huskies vs.
Thunderbirds was the defining
matchup for any game that had
fans on the edge of their seats
this season. The rivalry began
in the pre-season at the Ryerson
Darcel Wright Memorial Classic;
the game started evenly and was
hard-fought on both sides, but
the 'Birds were too much for the
University of Saskatchewan.
The rivalry continued at the
War Memorial Gym on November 28, which saw the T-Birds
win 60-50 — Sidhu finished the
game with 16 points, Young with
15 and Adrienne Parkin with 12.
However, on that Saturday night
the University of Saskatchewan
proved to the 'Birds that they
meant business. The Huskies
won by 13, highlighted by Dalyce
Emmerson's 18-point effort; the
game ended 75-63.
But all of this was child's play
compared to the Canada West
final hosted at UBC. This gold
medal game was one for the history books. War Memorial Gym
was swaying with echoing chants
as the girls showed true perseverance in the fourth quarter
after the game had gone back and
forth from tip-off. The final minutes saw both teams exchanging
crucial threes when they needed
them the most, but it was none
other than the superstar herself,
Kris Young, who sealed the deal
with a tough layup with less than
five seconds on the game clock;
needless to say, Thunderbird fans
went wild, making a night that no
one on the court, or in the stands,
would ever forget.
A strong future
As much as the seniors lit up
the score board this season,
the T-Birds would not have had
such a successful campaign if it
weren't for the rest of this hardworking Thunderbird lineup.
Kara Spotton had a breakout
year and was an offensive force
to be reckoned with. Her game
of the season came against the
University of Alberta, which
saw her rack up 21 points and six
boards, leading to a UBC victory.
Spotton ended the season averaging 8.3 points and 3.7 rebounds
per game.
Cassandra Knievel also had an
unbelievable year. Knievel was
in charge of being the coach's
voice on the court at the shooting
guard position; she was also a
hard-working pest on defence,
averaging a steal per game.
Knievel finished the season averaging 7.3 points and 2.6 assists
per game.
Without their seniors, this
Thunderbird squad will be
adjusting to a new-looking team
next year, but don't be surprised
to see this group excel with
fresh legs that have waited long
enough for their time to shine. Xi THURSDAY, MARCH 19,2015    I    SPORTS    I   11
Free (and almost free) fitness classes in Vancouver
Trendy fitness classes are usually outside the budget of a broke student.
Olivia Law
News Producer
Everyone wants to look and
feel their best — particularly
in a city as outdoorsy and
sports-focused as Vancouver.
But in such a city, fitness
trends fluctuate with the
seasons, and thus can be as
pricey as a month of rent. I
have taken it upon myself to
search out some ofthe best
deals and offers around for
fitness classes — and am here
to report back my findings.
l. RIDE Cycle Club
Spin classes are one ofthe
most effective cardiovascular workouts, and studios
are abundant all around
Vancouver. RIDE Cycle Club
stands out through effective
branding, a top location and
a unique party atmosphere
in each class — all of which
ends up as a hefty $720 for
three months. Not exactly
the most accessible price
for a student such as myself.
But there's good news: they
offer your first class for free,
which you can use for a 30-,
45- or 60-minute class. The
spin room is dark with party
lights, candles and loud,
pumping music. If it weren't
for the rows of spin bikes,
you feel almost as though
you're hitting the clubs.
Classes fill up quickly,
so you are advised to book
ahead online. There are
several classes every day,
and you get complimentary
(clean) shoes, towels and
small beauty and skincare
products post-workout.
Certainly nicer than what
you might get after a night
of clubbing.
2. Lululemon #werunkits
For the runners amongst
us, it can be difficult to
motivate yourself to head
out on a gloomy morning,
or after a long day of
classes. Having a group of
like-minded individuals
to encourage and motivate
you can definitely make all
the difference, and leads
to a regular, enjoyable
running habit. Lululemon
stores all over the country have free events from
yoga to guided runs, and
the store on fourth Ave is
host to the twice-weekly
run club, on Thursdays at
6 p.m. and Saturdays at 8
a.m. A mix of speed work,
longer runs and always
a scenic view and good
company, the group had
a range of speeds, which
meant nobody got left behind. The club meet at the
store on West fourth just
before each run, and runners share nutrition guides,
running tips and funny
stories. There are sometimes post-run brunches or
beers, which is definitely a
well-deserved reward.
3. Semper viva y°ga
If you've got a friend with a
membership to any one of
their four local studios, you
can attend a free class with
Semperviva. Specializing in
vinyasa power, hatha, yin
and the (initially unknown
to me) kundalini yoga styles,
newcomers to the studio are
entitled to a free taster class
with no commitment. The
studio hands out free tea to
patrons, and mats and other
equipment are all provided.
Being a passionate power-
yogi, I ventured to try the
Kundalini style. Entering the
class with no expectations
or preconceptions, the class
started with some 'standard'
practices, until the class
stood up and danced, sang
and ran around the room
to loud, exultant music. Initially self-conscious, by the
end ofthe class I was just as
into it as everyone else, and
emerged feeling refreshed
and completely positive
about the rest ofthe day.
4. MEC race series
5. Bar re fitness
After your twice-weekly
running sessions with the
Lululemon run club, you'll
definitely want to sign up
for a race, right? Right. Until
you look up the registration
fees, compare it to the price
of a large pizza and slump
back down into the couch.
But wait — good news.
The Mountain Equipment
Company (with a base at
UBC) have a series of races
between $0 and $30, ranging
from the attainable 5k to
the more challenging half
marathon. Registration is
available on the day ofthe
event as well as online, and
take place all over the Greater Vancouver area. These
races give you a chance to
run in new places, to see new
scenery you might otherwise
have missed out on and the
insane sense of achievement
with each new personal record (and if it's your first race,
you automatically gained a
best time).
Keeping up with the latest
fitness trends is definitely
something at the forefront
of many individual's minds.
Barre fitness first sparked
a trend after the Black
Swan phenomenon, and
now can be credited for the
long, lean limbs of Charlize
Theron, Katie Holmes and
Kelly Ripa. Barre Fitness
in Yaletown offers a two
week unlimited trial for
new members, and with
around eight classes each
day, there's no excuse for
not being able to fit in a
workout. The staff at Barre
Yaletown are testimony to
the powers of this workout,
and although it won't quite
kill you, it will definitely
make you stronger. Post
workout, my inner thighs
were new levels of painful
(but in a good way) and it
was definitely one ofthe
most fun ways to work literally every major muscle
group. tJ
Fitness junkie? Write for us.
The sports and rec section isn't just about sports. Write about fitness, hiking, skiing, the
outdoors and whatever else your little heart desires. Sports@ubyssey.ca 12    I    GAMES    I    THURSDAY, MARCH 19,2015
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