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Array I don't wanna stop at all SINCE 1918 2/UBYSSEY.CA/E VENTS/2011.04.14
APRIL 14,2011
VOLUME XCII,  N°LI
EDITORIAL
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got summer editions coming
out starting on May 10, so stay
tuned if you're sticking around
campus this summer.
RESOURCE GROUPS • Are you
working on a progressive
project, but need funding? Do
you have an idea, but can't get
it off the ground? Apply to the
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Come in, pitch your idea to us
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Yoga Club—all skill levels are
welcome. Bring your own mat and
enjoy this invigorating session.
RSVP on the Facebook events
page. • Tuesdays, 12-lpm, UBC
Bookstore, $1.
POTTERY SALE AT SPROUTS• The
UBC Pottery Club is now selling
members' work at Sprouts and
has donated some pieces in
return for space. It brings a
new addition to the Sprouts
atmosphere and allows potters
space to showcase their
pieces. • Mon-Fri, 9:30am-
4pm, Sprouts, SUB basement.
GRAD SHOW2008: SFU VISUALART
GRADUATION EXHIBITION • The
School for the Contemporary
Arts and the Audain Gallery are
pleased to announce Grad Show
2008, the 2011 graduation
exhibition of undergraduate
visual arts students. The title of
this year's show contextualizes
a contemplation of the near
past and the very recent, as
the artists in this exhibition
face the future. The apparent
homage to 2008 suggests
an inadequate distance from
2011, yet at the same time
demands a criticality above
topicality. • Apr. 14-30, Tues-
Sat, 12-6pm, Audain Gallery,
SFU Woodward's, 149 West
Hastings St.
THURSDAY, APR. 14
CO. ERASGA/COMPLOT: EXPOSE • A
powerful new full-length duet
exploring sexuality, gender
and identity, EXpose brings
together two exceptional male
solo artists: Vancouver's own
Alvin Erasga Tolentino, artistic
director of Co. ERASGA,
whose sophisticated works
have toured around the world;
and Martin Inthamoussu,
a driving force in Uruguay's
contemporary dance scene.
These two charismatic
performers seek to expose the
complexity of the personal and
public territories within the gay
psyche, creating a spellbinding
theatrical and physical dialogue.
•Apr. 14-16, 8pm, Scotiabank
Dance Centre, $28, $20
students/seniors, buy tickets
at ticketstonight.ca.
SATURDAY, APR. 16
FILM  SCREENING: AAKIDEH •
Aakideh' is an Ojibwe word
meaning brave or brave-hearted.
Artist Carl Beam earned a
reputation for being fearless,
visionary and ultimately,
unforgettable. From his early
years growing up on Manitoulin
Island to his turbulent years
spent at a residential school,
this documentary explores
how these early experiences
not only impacted Beam's life
but also his art. Screening time:
65 minutes. • 7pm, Museum of
Anthropology, $14/$12 + HST.
WEDNESDAY, APR. 20
SOLOISTS AND BEAUTY QUEENS:
THE LOOK OF SOUND IN CONCERT
PERFORMANCE • Stephen
Varcoe is one of Britain's most
distinguished baritones and
professor at the Royal College
of Music in London. He will
be singing the central role of
Christus in Bach's "St Matthew
Passion" at the Chan Centre on
April 2. In this talk, Stephen will
speak about the importance of
visual presentation in musical
performance, using videos and
pictures as well as anecdotes
from his long career as a
performer. • 5-6pm, Coach
House, Green College, free.
THURSDAY, APR. 21
MUSIC IN THE MUSEUM: MELODIC
BIRDSONG • Heather Beaty is
a Masters student at UBC's
School of Music. She has
performed internationally as
well as with the Vancouver and
UBC Symphony Orchestras.
Accompanied by Scott Meek on
piano, Beaty has chosen musical
works to reflect springtime for
an evening of music under the
whale. • 7-9pm, doors open at
6pm, Beaty Biodiversity Centre.
Free admission, register at
biodiversity.ubc.ca/register.
DISCOVER DANCE! ARTS UMBRELLA
DANCE COMPANY* The energy and
skill of a new generation takes
the stage for this season's final
edition of the Discover Dance!
series, when the exceptional
young dancers of the Arts
Umbrella Dance Company
perform a varied and stimulating
program of contemporary
ballets. Arts Umbrella's dance
programs are internationally
recognized as training that
develops the whole dancer,
stressing technical strength,
while embracing the importance
of the intellectual and artistic
elements of the art form. •
12pm, Scotiabank Dance Centre,
677 Davie St, $10, $8 students.
Buy tickets at ticketstonight.ca.
SUNDAY, APR. 24
GET TO KNOW: OPEN ART STUDIO
• The Beaty Biodiversity
Museum is a proud partner in
Robert Bateman's Get to Know
program, which encourages
children and youth to become
more familiar with the wildlife
around them through the arts.
In this series of drop-in studios,
young adults and children with
supervision are encouraged to
draw from museum specimens
and fresh plants. Art produced
may be eligible to be entered into
the Get to Know 2011 contest
for the chance to win prizes.
The studios are free with regular
admission, and art supplies will
be available. • Apr. 24, May 1, 8
& 15, 1-4pm, Beaty Biodiversity
Centre. Cost included with
museum admission. Go to
beatymuseum.ubc.ca/eventsfor
more information.
THURSDAY, APR. 28
MEMORIAL—NATIONAL DAY OF
MOURNING • Every year, April 28
is recognized as the National
Day of Mourning, a day that all
workers remember those who
have died or been injured on the
job. The three Canadian Union of
Public Employees locals (CUPE)
at UBC are planning a memorial
event that will take place in
the Rose Garden. Everyone
is invited to attend. Speakers
include Barry O'Neil (CUPE
BC) and Pierre Ouillet (UBC). •
11:15am-12:15pm, Rose Garden,
meet at the flagpole at 11:15am.
SATURDAY, APR. 30
SCREENINGS AT MOA: FESTIVAL
OF ANTHROPOLOGY FILMS* MOA
and the UBC Ethnographic Film
Unit host the fifth International
Festival of Anthropology
Films. The film unit draws
upon the combined strengths
of anthropologists, filmmakers,
students and community
members to explore issues of
environmentally and socially
responsible resource use. •
3-5pm, Museum of Anthropology,
$14/$12+HST, wsrtanthfilm.anth.
ubc.ca for more details.
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windows into the soul of old
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May rails against debate exclusion at VAG rally
COLIN CHIA
Contributor
Excluding the Greens from the
leadership debate is damaging
to Canadian democracy, Elizabeth May declared at a rally on
the steps of the Vancouver Art
Gallery just 24 hours before the
English-language debate was set
to take place.
Attacking the broadcast consortium's decision to exclude her
from the televised debate, May
pointed out that young voters
were also hurt by the decision.
"The largest proportion ofthe
Canadian public who support the
Green Party are young, and this
decision will further disengage
young people from the political
process."
While May was able to fight her
way onto the televised debates
in the 2008 election, this election was a different matter. The
Green's inability to gain a single
seat in parliament was the justification behind her exclusion.
May says that protests votes
will come in the form of Green
votes in response.
"For this election to be about
real democracy, a lot of Canadians who usually don't vote are
going to have to get out and decide to send a message that democracy matters in this country, and they're going to send
that message by voting Green."
But May didn't disregard the
importance of voting, regardless of who was crossed off on
the ballot, calling on supporters to get everyone they could
to come out on voting day
"I'm not even saying vote
Green, just vote."
The lunchtime crowd of
about 200 was receptive to the
May is trying to channel outrage over her exclusion from the leaders debates. COLIN CHIA PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
message. "She was really well-
spoken. I was pleased with it, because I want to vote Green," said
attendee Natalie Topper, a resident in Vancouver's west end.
Others in attendance praised
the positive tone of May's message and shared frustration at
her exclusion from the televised
debates.
May said her platform has policies to benefit students as well,
by increasing federal-provincial
transfers of funds earmarked for
education, "so universities and
colleges don't have to increase
their tuition any more."
The Greens would also increase bursaries and scholarships and push for interest-free
student loans, she said.
Students would also benefit
from a national housing program to build more affordable
housing, said deputy leader
Adriane Carr.
The Greens would reintroduce
federal support for a summer
jobs program which would subsidize employers to hire more
students, Carr said, citing her
son's experience of working 20
hours a week on top of attending university.
She said that she wants students to be able to "earn enough
money in the summer to be able
to pay for your year and have
a life.
"We have to inspire youth that
there's something worth voting for. People are turned off
by the politics that exist, and
so are we."
Carr, who is running in Vancouver Centre, said of her own
riding that she would "win in a
landslide" if there was a large
turnout of voters under 40. Getting young voters to feel "their
own power and their ability to
make change is critical."
Elizabeth May thinks youth
engagement is important not
just for the Greens, but for the
sake of democracy as well.
"We want to get young people to understand that when
they don't vote because they
think that politicians are awful, they're actually rewarding
the most awful ofthe politicians,
who don't want them to vote." va
NEWS BRIEFS
AMS PASSES WAGE INCREASES,
EXCLUDES EXECUTIVES
In an emergency Council meeting held Monday, the AMS approved wage increases for all
employees on the "student government" side of their organization, excluding the executives.
This move was prompted by
the Province's incremental raise
of minimum wage in BC, the first
of which will come into effect
this May.
Although councillors were
overwhelmingly in favour for
raising the wages of AMS employees, the issue of raising executive wages part-way through
their terms was far more
controversial.
Nick Frank, who headed the
"No" campaign against the recent
AMS referendum, said that while
he was not opposed to increasing executive pay, he believed it
should not come into effect until the next executive team took
over next February.
GSS councillor Allen Chen and
Businesses and Facilities Committee Chair (BAFCOM) Dylan
Callow created the proposal.
They argued that if the lowest
tier of wages went up, then all
higher tiers should also rise, ensuring that people with more responsibilities weren't being paid
less than their subordinates.
Chen made it clear that the
plan to raise executive compensation came from BAFCOM and
not the executives themselves.
During the debate, VP Finance
Elin Tayyar recommended that
the proposed changes to executive pay, the most controversial
part of the restructure, be cut
from the motion.
Council passed the staff increases unanimously, tl
Conservatives pitch economic focus and job creation for students
MICKI COWAN
mcowan@ubyssey.ca
The Conservative Party plans
to continue putting education
on the back burner in favour
of fostering economic growth
in their platform. However, if
you can make it through the increasingly expensive secondary
school system, they promise a
wealth of glorious jobs available to you.
Deborah Meredith, the Conservative candidate for Vancouver Quadra, which includes
UBC, said that they are focusing
on making the economy strong
to encourage job creation for
students finishing their secondary education.
"Many students now are coming on the job market and it's
not an easy one for students and
I think they recognize an economy in the doldrums is not what
they're looking for," she said.
"They're looking for prosperity
because that's going to be what
enhances their long-term security and futures."
The Conservatives also are
pitching out increased support for young entrepeneurs,
exemptions that allow part-time
Campus conservatives with the PM. COURTESY OF JASON RANSON/PMO
students to work without it affecting their loans and debt forgiveness for doctors and nurses
who work in rural areas.
Rather than focusing on student loans, Deanie Wong, president-elect of the UBC Campus Conservatives and third-
year political science student,
agreed that it is the economy
that students should be most
concerned with after the 2008
economic meltdown. "Being responsible in how we spend our
money and where should be
very key to students especially
with graduation for some students coming up in May."
She said that it was the Conservative focus on the economy that attracted her to the
party when she moved here
from Hong Kong. "I read their
platform manyyears back and
I thought that a lot of what I
cared about they cared about,
especially small business—
and immigration," she said.
"Nowadays their stance on the
economy is very strong and I
completely agree with them.
"[Students] want to be able
to get jobs in the future and I
think the Conservative Economic Plan has been able to ensure
that those jobs are available for
students."
ButDonald Fisher, head ofthe
department of educational studies, pointed out the link between
higher education and economic development as an inconsistency in the Conservative plan.
"We know the student debt
load is increasing, as evidence
has been really clear," he said.
"We need to make sure that
everyone has the best possible opportunity to enter into
the higher education system.
Therefore, we need the federal government to be proactive."
Despite education being a
provincial concern, Fisher said
that the federal government
works best when it intervenes
to equalize opportunity for students and benefits across the
government.
"The best way that the federal government can do that, with
regard to accessibility to students, is recognizing that as student fees have increased, that
students just need more help to
enter and then graduate from
a college or university."
The Conservatives plan to
continue leaving undergraduate studies and tuition largely
up to the provinces. "Tuition is
always a concern, but of course
tuition is generously subsidized
by the provincial government,"
said Meredith.
In response to the AMS referendum question where 81
per cent of students who voted supported the AMS lobbying for lower tuition, Meredith
said it didn't surprise her. "If
you're paying it, you'd always
like somebody else to be paying it."
She doubts the effectiveness
ofthe Liberal promise for $1000
per student, per year of study,
and said it would damage the
economy and affect the job market negatively. "You don't just
all of a sudden of a windfall of
money by raising corporate taxes. It just doesn't work that way.
"The thing that is most likely to benefit education, health
care, the environment and every aspect of our lives is prosperity, and that depends on a
very healthy economy," said
Meredith. 4/UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/2011.04.14
UNDIE RUN OVERTAKES CAMPUS
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I've never seen this
much flesh before."
"We are a very
attractive campus.
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ARSHY MANN
news@ubyssey.ca
On Monday evening, instead
of hitting the books, students
stripped down to their boxers,
briefs and bras. The second
annual UBC Undie Run, organized by the Ski and Board Club,
ripped through campus like a
scantily-clad hurricane.
Hundreds of students, wearing exactly what you would
imagine, braved the evening
chill and brazen stares as they
sprinted, jogged, scurried and
speed-walked in a loop around
UBC.
"I love this event and everyone should do this once in
their undergrad degree," said
Liz Piccolo, a UBC student, in
mid-stride.
Dano Morrison, who spends
too much of his time studying
viruses, said, "This is the highlight of my week."
"I've never seen this much
flesh before," he said as he
jogged off.
Beginning at midnight, the
trek first took the nearly-naked
scholars from the Knoll to the
Place Vanier Residence.
Early on, as the group
trounced down University Boulevard, a fewparticipants peeled
away from the pack, while latecomers struggled to catch up,
some stripping their clothes
mid-run.
The crowd was diverse in
their choice of undergarments.
Briefs, boxers, thongs, speedos,
g-strings, corsets, jockeys and
bras (of both the strapless, pushup and sport varieties) in an array of colours were unashamedly bared. Viking helmets and
fake beards were also notable
accessories.
After startling numerous
first- and second-year students
dozing before exams in Vanier's Commons Block, the unruly
mob shifted towards Irving K.
Barber Library for a more conscious crowd.
Entering through the south
doors, students rushed up the
stairs and occupied the third
floor of the library, which was
packed full of studious and fully-
clothed students—not that most
seemed to mind.
"It's awesome, man; that's all
I'm saying, it's awesome," said
Sherman Morasaneshan, whose
cram session was interrupted
by the horde. "This is best way
to relieve stress. And [nobody]
is now interested in studying
for exams."
Students occupied the main
staircase and began chanting
"U-B-C! U-B-C!" as stunned onlookers took photos and videos.
When a campus security
guard, while locking the front
doors of Irving K. Barber Library, was asked by The Ubyssey photo editor Geoff Lister if
he had any comments, he stated that, "I'm going to have you
criminally charged, because I
sawyou texting and I know what
you were doing.
"You were instructing them
on how to get into the building.
As far as I'm concerned, you are
criminally liable," he said, referring to the fact that the undie runners were first trying to
get in the front doors, which security had blocked.
Other security guards in the
building were less fazed by the
incident, and looked on with
amusement.
After about five minutes of
intense chanting and shouting,
the horde left the bewildered
students to their books, exiting
the building and running back
towards the Knoll.
"I think this is a great event
that shows UBC spirit and pride,"
said former AMS President Mike
Duncan, carrying a boombox
astride his exposed torso.
"We are...a very attractive
campus," he added.
Instead of stopping at the
Knoll, much of the crowd began streaming towards the outdoor pool, with hundreds clambering over the fence to jump in
the balmy water. Others either
watched from the other side of
the chain-link fence or began
peeling off from the group and
returning to their homes.
When asked what he thought
of the event, Julian Law
replied,while lounging beside
the fence, "It's college...that's
what Hollywood told me [college would be like] and I'm just
kind of happy that it's half-
ass true."
After students splashed about
in the water for around five minutes, sirens began to ring out.
Many immediately bolted from
the pool and climbed over the
fence. Others, claiming that it
was campus security trying to
scare them away, stayed in the
water.
One group found a ladder,
propped it up against the diving boards and began lunging
into the pool. After another two
minutes, the pool had cleared
completely. The RCMP arrived
on the scene and began talking
to students who had just exited
the pool.
They made no attempt to subdue the masses.
Back at the Knoll, Mickey Henry, one ofthe organizers ofthe
event, alongside a number of his
friends, was gathering bags of
clothes that were to be donated
to the Development Disabilities
Association.
"We stripped down for charity to give all the clothes away
to the DDA. And we're just killing it every year," he said. "No
biggie."
When asked if he thought this
was a campus tradition in the
making, Henry was cocksure.
"It's two years in a row and nobody's died so far," he said. "We're
just stoked to have so much fun
in the middle of exams when everybody's stress-balling."^ 2011.04.14/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/5
CULTURE
EDITORS BRYCE WARNES & JONNY WAKEFIELD »culture@ubyssey.ca
SENIOR WRITER GINNY MONACO »gmonaco@ubyssey.ca
ILLUSTRATOR INDIANA JOEL»ijoel@ubyssey.ca
One-liners on the 99 B-line
i LIFE
Wojtun doesn't plan to trade his PA for microphone any time soon. GEOFF LISTER PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
KALYEENA MAKORTOFF
kmakortoff@ubyssey.ca
"They call me 'Open Book Bill/
because I'll talk to anybody
about anything."
On a dreary Vancouver day,
the sound of William Wojtun's
voice over a Translink PA can
be a surprise, especially when
you realize thatyou aren't necessarily being told to move so
the doors can close. Instead,
he is probably cracking a joke.
Or, if you are in the way,
he'll tell you to squish close
enough to count the change in
your neighbour's pocket without using your hands. That line
is one of his favourites.
The 48-year-old never intended to become a bus driver. But after the rental television business went bunk in the
'80s, he found himself behind
the wheel.
Wojtun grew up in Port Coquitlam and he still lives there
today. And while driving a bus
in Vancouver can be an unpred-
icatable job, Wojtun appreciates
the way it keeps him on his toes.
"Not a day goes by where
something doesn't surprise
me," he said. "Something fresh
comes up every day."
UBC students most likely
rode his bus at the beginning
of the semester, when he ran
the 99 route. But assignments
rotate every three months, and
Wojtun speculated that his next
route will be the 106.
"Everybody hates the 106,
but I find the people there are
a riot," he said.
Wojtun is one ofthe most conversational Translink drivers,
keeping up a steady patter over
the PA. He says he never regrets
staying with the job.
"It's either that or stand-up comedian. So, I think this one pays
better, or at least [it] is steadier.
And of course I have a captive
audience," he said. "It's not like
you guys can get out whenever
you want."
Wojtun's jokes range from the
wholesome to the satirical, and
he admitted to having a standard set of routines.
"I have some favourites that
I'll use over and over again,
which is why I'm glad we change
schedules from time to time, because I get a bit more mileage
out of my jokes that way," he said.
"However, most of what I say
comes off the top of my head."
Often, when people are taking
their time at the back, he's known
to say, "C'mon people, the longer you stand in the back doors,
the closer we're going to get to
breakfast."
He never lets his impatience
bubble over into nastiness,
though.
"I don't allow frustration on my
bus, so that's one of the things I
look after.
"One guy, in 20 years, got
mad...Had a little black cloud
over his head...He told me to
pipe down from the back. But
of course he only has his vocal
cords, I have a PA system. So I
can't pipe down, I've got way too
much caffeine and sugar in my
blood stream right now, I need
to vent," he laughed.
With all ofthe colourful creatures that crawl onto Translink
buses, he has some passengers
he loves, some less so. But he
doesn't let a customer's attitude
prevent him from interacting
with them.
"I've thrown zingers out there,
and I've had passengers throw
better zingers back. And then I'll
laugh my brains out," he said.
"So that's essentially it. I've
been silly all my life, and I don't
see any point in quitting." tl
Gaining a new Vantage point with the VOC
UBC s Varsity Outdoor Club explores Washington's dry interior
VOC
CHARLIE BEARD
Contributor
A couple of Fridays ago, several
cars loosely related to the VOC
drove down to Vantage, Washington to enjoy a weekend of
climbing on the steep columns
of the Columbia River flood basalts in the middle of a dusty desert. After raiding Trader Joe's, we
drove eastward across the Cascade Mountains toward Vantage.
We arrived at the campsite at
11:30pm. It was strange being
out in the wild without snow. We
scrambled up to the base of basalt columns looming above the
campsite to get a feel for the rock.
Soon other members ofthe club
arrived, and after throwing up
our tents we geared up for night
climbing. Itwas tricky to see footholds in the dark, but thankfully the routes were easy, and soon
we had a couple of top-ropes set
up so everyone could climb. At
2:05am—two climbs later—we
hit the tents, ready for action on
'Sunshine Wall' the following day.
Saturday was sunny and
windy. We woke at about 8am
and cruised down the path toward the main section of the
Frenchman's Coulee. We were
rewarded with a panoramic
view across the desert planes
with steep, columned walls of
multiple lava flows spanning
the landscape. Scrambling
through a tight crack lead us
to the base of Sunshine Wall,
where we climbed sport routes
up to 5.10b. The wind tore
around the top of pillars as we
balanced precariously, particularly on 'Sunshine Buttress', a
great 5.10a climb with a really
balance-critical top section. A
friend and I stayed on the walls
until the sun dipped toward the
windmill-strewn horizon, casting a warm glow over the silent,
dusty landscape. It had been a
great day and we' d climbed lots
of routes! Elated, we scrambled
the kilometre or so back to the
campsite.
In our absence, the other members of the club had driven to
Vantage to buy firewood. Many
climbers gathered around the
fire singing, staring at the dark,
starry new-moon sky and sharing stories of past climbs and
plans for summer adventures
deep into the night.
On Sunday we rose late and
prepared a hearty breakfast of
scrambled eggs and fresh grapefruit. We hiked in to Frenchman's Coulee, but this time headed northward toward Fat Man
Wall and Moonshine Wall. Myself and two others battleda 5.10c
route with a tricky, steeply overhanging start. Eventually we all
cracked the overhanging climb
before moving on to a couple of
easier 5.10a walls and packing
up to leave.
We pulled down camp, got in
the cars and stopped in Ellens-
burg for burgers, soup and steaks
before tackling the long drive
back to Vancouver. A few kilometres before the Canada-USA
border, we hit rain—a welcome-
home gesture from the Canadian weather gods, tl
PHOTO COURTESY CHARLIE BEARD/VOC 6/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/2011.04.14
TAKING STOCK OF
UBC STUDENT AID
TO JAPAN
Total Red Cross funds raised
by UBC students:-$12,666
How did UBC students do?
*
Campus group
Amount
AMS Food and Beverage
services
666.89
Japan Association
10,000+
UBC Red Cross disaster
relief fund
2000+
tBuisness comm club
713.32
tAnime Club
437.77
t-UBCUnicef
2000+
Total
-12,666.89
*Totals as of April 12. Estimates only. tPart of JA total
Total Red Cross funds raised by UBC students: -$12,666
Total Red Cross
Canada aid:
$17 million
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GINNY MONACO
culture@ubyssey.ca
In the wake of the earthquake
and tsunami that devastated Japan last month, students have
shown overwhelming support
for the nation and those affected by the disaster.
For almost a year and a half,
UBC Red Cross has been preparing for a disaster such as the one
that struck on March 11. "Up to
the Japan earthquake we had been
raising money for the Canadian
Red Cross' International Disaster Relief Fund, which is essentially an emergency disaster fund
in case a natural disaster strikes
like it did injapan," said co-president Daweiji. Through a Krispy
Kreme sale and classroom donation cans, the UBC Red Cross
raised over $2000.
AMS Food and Beverage outlets raised $666.89 through donation boxes set up at the Honour Roll and The Burger Bar. Donations will go directly to the Canadian Red Cross.
In addition, several student
organizations—including UBC
Red Cross, UBC Unicef, the Finance Club and the UBC Anime Club—have collected money through various events. A student at University Hill Secondary, Amy Aoyama, spearheaded an effort at her school and
raised about $1120. The money collected by these groups
will be donated through the
UBC Japan Association to the
Canadian Red Cross.
The Japan Association (JA)
has been by far the most active
campus group in raising relief
funds. All proceeds fromJA-host-
ed events this year will be given
to the Red Cross. The organization's
awareness booth in the SUB used
intense visuals to bring home the
absolute devastation ofthe disaster. The booth raised $7500 in donations over two weeks. "Itwas generosity in its purest form," said Fu-
mihiro Sato, head of the JA's promotions department. "We weren't trying to sell anything, we weren't
giving anything away. It was just
heart to heart talk with people
and people wanted to help." The
JA is still taking donations daily.
Early estimates put the Japan
Association's collaborative donation at over $10,000. Almost
all of the money raised by campus groups will be donated to the
Canadian Red Cross, who will
in turn hand that money over
to the Japanese branch of the
organization.
In total, the Canadian Red
Cross has raised almost $17
million nationally. According to
spokesperson Bas Brushe, that
money will be turned into "equipment, transportation, blankets,
food, diapers, plastic sheeting
and medication."
Brusche called the Japanese
relief efforts a "long-term operation" and compared the situation to that in Haiti, where
reconstruction efforts are still
ongoing in the aftermath of the
earthquake over ayear ago.
Once the rescue efforts turn
to long-term support, the Red
Cross will move to address issues like education, permanent
housing and personal financial
needs. Said Bruche, "Ifyou look
at the timeline of a disaster, the
first steps will always be search
and rescue, providing immediate medical aid."
"Thenyou start taking care of
people, making sure they have a
roof and food and then you look
if there are any further medical needs, psycho-social needs.
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considerably large need for that
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The stereotype is there: does a M A=BA?
AMY LAI, ARSHY MANN, KAORIINAOKA
AND CATHERINE LAI
Contributors
Just as April showers bring May flowers,
the stress and turmoil of final exams and
term papers in April give way to the excitement and anticipation of thousands of
graduating students every May.
Haifa century ago, the future after graduation was fairly simple. A degree meant
a job, and a good one at that.
But things have changed. In this century, higher education has come to be seen
as a necessity for a good job, as family and
government incentives encourage students
to pursue degrees that were once seen as
a luxury. And with the creation of over
25,000 undergraduate seats in the province over the past tenyears, the bachelor's
degree is becoming as common in BC as
rainy afternoons.
Many are now claiming that in order
for students to distinguish themselves in
the job market, they need to pursue education beyond a bachelor's. But with the
high costs of tuition and the loss of potential earnings from joining the job market
later than expected, others are questioning the logic.
That being said, is a master's degree the
new bachelor's?
WHERE WE'RE GONNA BE WHEN WE
TURN 25?
In the job market, the value ofyour degree
to potential employers is determined by
how many other people have the same
certificate. The competition for undergraduate students today has increased significantly in the last 20 years. In 1990, 3887
undergraduate degrees were conferred at
UBC. Lastyear, students received 5740 undergraduate degrees.
According to Jenny Phelps, associate
dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, this
increase directly affects students' chances of being able to work in their preferred
field following graduation.
"I think there are more people with the
bachelor's degrees now, and so it's becoming more important to have additional credentials to get more professional level jobs."
According to the National Association
of Colleges and Employers, people with a
masters in communications earn six per
cent more than their undergraduate counterparts; holders of master's degrees in the
social sciences earn 14 per cent more and
people with a master's in education earn 30
per cent more. However, NACE also found
that students in the social sciences are 3.9
per cent less likely to receive a job offer.
In addition, some graduate degrees are
more financially rewarding than others.
The Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers found in a 2007 survey that the highest premiums are paid out
to those with an MBA.
Howie Outerbridge, director of UBC Career Services, explained that MBA and engineering master's degrees "skew the data"
"Pursuing a graduate
degree really shouldn't
be the only option for
improving your chances
to find a rewarding
position."
HOWIE OUTERBRIDGE
DIRECTOR OF UBC CAREER SERVICES
in calculating average starting salaries,
and that other degrees may not provide
similar increases.
"Skills for Growth: British Columbia's Labour Market Strategy 2020," a report commissioned by WorkBC, reported that over
the next decade, 7 7 per cent of all jobs will
require some sort of post-secondary education. So is grad school worth it? Phelps emphasized that there are other things to consider besides potential salary expectations.
"There's always going to be worth in
terms of learning experience, the people
they meet and what they learn about themselves and about the world."
For his part, Outerbridge said that "pursuing a graduate degree really shouldn'tbe
the only option for improvingyour chances to find a rewarding position."
He stressed the importance of marketable, relevant work experience to employers, pointing out that students with master's degrees simply offer a more specialized skill set, as opposed to the transferable skills that undergrads build.
"Building your skills at the university
through part time volunteer work, through
opportunities to study, research, do service
learning opportunities abroad—things like
co-op, mentoring, being involved with a
club [are essential]. We really encourage
our students to be building these transferable skills so that when they do graduate they can say, 'You're looking for oral
communication skills? Well, I have them.'"
IF WE GET THE BIG JOBS, AND IF WE
MAKE THE BIG MONEY
Many students, including those pursuing
graduate education, are similarly wary
about a belief that master's degrees are
now a requirement for a successful career.
For Carmen Lam, a student who graduated in the class of 2007 from the Biology
department in UBC, attending grad school
in the United States was the next logical
step for her career.
Lam knew from a young age that she
wanted to become a professional in the
healthcare industry. Grad school was the
necessary choice since without a medical degree in optometry, she would not be
able to practice. She also commented that
her degree helps in limiting the choices
she has to make because now her field is
"more specialized."
CINDY CH00 PHOTO ILLUSTRATION/THE UBYSSEY
"As unfortunate as it
is, I think I do feel that
the master's is the new
bachelor's."
CARMEN LAM
GRADUATE
"As unfortunate as it is, I think I do feel
that the master's is the new bachelor's. In
a sense, because so many people in society now have some sort of degree past high
school, it makes that degree worth less," she
said. "Back when everyone got a job right
out of high school and only a small group
of people in society got a post secondary
degree, bachelor's meant much more. People view a bachelor's as the norm now."
Benson Kwong, a biochemistry major
who will be graduating this May, also wants
to work in medicine, but as a doctor. So far,
he's applied to a couple of medical schools
and is thinking about retaking the MCAT
to improve his score. He said it is essential to know whatyou want to do before you
pursue further education.
"X d say that it is important to remember
whatyou want to do and whyyou want to do
it," he said. "The most important question
is askingyourself whether or notyou have
genuine interest in working in the area.
"Do not stay focused on a single goal or
fall into the trap of listening to what everybody else does," he continued. "Ifyou
are considering a professional school, remember that everybody else is thinking
the same thing, and that you, yourself,
should discern why you want the career
aspirations you want."
Unlike Lam, Benson does not believe
that master's degrees are necessary, atleast
for now. He argued that bachelor's degrees
are "still fulfilling [their] role of weeding
out the unqualified" and that the master's
will not become the norm until much later. He also argued that the increasing pressure and competition is due to economic
changes in society.
"People want to make money but at the
same time want to spend the least to get
what they want. Unfortunately it is taking
a toll on our students by making education more of a necessity than as an option
to pursue one's dreams."
Jerry Weng, a 2010 graduate with a double major in economics and Asian languages & culture, is now atgrad school atWase-
da University in Tokyo studying international economics. He said that while pursuing higher education may be beneficial
for getting hired faster, he doesn't necessarily think it will provide higher paying
work or guarantee a successful life.
"I would not recommend new graduates
to enter graduate schools only if they just
want to obtain a higher degree, because
it will just be a waste of time. After entering graduate school, one will be focusing
on discussing numerous specialized topics and research."
What about the individuals who only
have a bachelor's? How do they feel about
higher education and the increasing need
to take the next step?
Michelle Cho, an English literature major who graduated in 2006 from an American university, knew she didn'thave to give
into peer pressure to attend grad school.
"For most people I know who went to
graduate schools, they couldn't find actual jobs after graduating college or university, so instead they went to grad school because they didn'thave other choices," she
said, adding "Some people do go to grad
school because it's beneficial to their careers, but for the others who didn't have
choices after graduating with a bachelor's
degree, that's just pathetic. They couldn't
find a job because they just gave up looking for one."
KEEP ON THINKING THINGS WILL NEVER
CHANGE
The question of the devaluation of an
undergraduate education is not necessarily a universal phenomenon. Jimmy
Li works for Antarctic Digital, a digital
marketing company. He pointed out that
injapan, many companies prefer to hire
"shinsotsu"—workers who are fresh out of
their undergraduate degrees, as opposed
to those that have a higher education.
According to "A Re-examination of the
Lifetime Employment System injapan:Job
Duration of Freshly-Graduated Workers," a
paper by Sen Eguchi, an economist at Ni-
igata Sangyo University in Kashiwazaki,
Japan, it is common practice for Japanese
workers to be employed by firms immediately after graduation and not change jobs
until they retire.
Li said that while injapan previous work
experience can be seen as a negative, in
Canada companies value a wide range of
experiences in order to demonstrate a person is qualified to do the job.
He also stressed the necessity of making connections in the job market, by networking, working a variety of jobs and doing internships.
CAN WE SURVIVE IT OUT THERE? CAN
WE MAKE IT SOMEHOW?
While it's clear that the value of a bachelor's degree has declined over time, it is
less certain that a master's is worth the
time or investment required, especially
for those unsure about what career path
they want to pursue.
"Ifyou feel that your level of education
doesn't allowyou to be who you want to be,
then go ahead and do more schooling, even
if it means taking more time," said Lam.
"But don't get into it just because your
parents wanted you to or because you feel
like you would be looked down on ifyou
didn't. Do what you think will make you
happy, because vou still have a lot of years
ahead of you." fl 8/UBYSSEY.CA/GRADUATION/2011.04.14
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UBC DEGREE—
WHAT'S THE VALUE?
DRAKE FENTON AND
CHRIS NORRIS-JONES
Contributors
UBC annually ranks as one of the
top universities in the country. Thus
you would assume that graduating
with a UBC degree would be a relatively prestigious accomplishment.
Yet once you are given that diploma
and forced to enter the "real world,"
how far will that prestigious degree
take you?
Daniel Honeyman works for
Modus International, an IT staffing agency. In laymen terms, that
means Modus acts as a recruitment
agency for companies looking to
hire IT personnel. Honeyman sees
a UBC degree as an asset, though
only to a certain extent.
"There definitely is an advantage
[in having a UBC degree]. To be honest, when I'm looking at resumes I
would rank UBC first, followed by
BCIT, and then SFU," he said an interview last week.
"It varies from job to job but generally speaking, it is always UBC first."
Honeyman only deals with IT
resumes but he feels that his sentiments regarding UBC are applicable to most fields that hire people who have the option of receiving the same degree at any of the
three institutions listed above. "To
start with, it's [usually] the hardest
school of the three to get into and
there are some programs that are
obviously better at SFU and BCIT .
But on the whole, it's UBC that ranks
above them."
For some fields though, it may
be more beneficial to receive your
education elsewhere. For example,
UBC has yet to even create a communications department—undergraduate or graduate. However,
when viewed in its entirety, the level of prestige associated with UBC
separates it from other institutions.
"Talking in general, UBC on a
resume stands out more. Usually
the name of UBC catches the eye
ofyour interviewer, and it makes
the interviewer delve deeper into
the conversation. Interviewers
may question you more ifyou have
a degree from somewhere else,"
he said.
Ifyou attended SFU, an interviewer may question why you chose to
go there over UBC, explained Honeyman. If UBC is generally accepted
as the "best" university in BC then
it stands to reason that students
would aspire to receive the education that best serves their post-education careers. "It speaks for itself
on paper," Honeyman said.
Yet the prestige associated with
a UBC degree will only take you so
far and only give you a slight advantage in getting a job.
"Experience is your most important asset," Honeyman said. "It will
separate you from the field more
than a prestigious degree will."
Gaining experience that will be
beneficial to finding a job post-graduation is an onus that falls on the
student. If a student has the drive
and aptitude to succeed, then the
likelihood of their success will not
be determined by the prestige associated with their respective university choice.
According to the Brookings Institute, an American thinktank, this
same dilemma is one that is being
faced by prospective American university applicants. There is a consensus among the American population that graduating from an Ivy
League school such as Yale, Harvard
and Princeton will guarantee better jobs in the future.
The Brookings Institute suggests
that this is true, but only to an extent. Based on their research, students who were accepted into Ivy
League schools generally did have a
higher income after five years than
students from "less recognized"
schools. However, students who
were accepted to Ivy League institutions but chose to go to "less recognized" schools made equivalent
incomes after a five year period as
their Ivy League counterparts.
Both the Brookings Institute
and Honeyman came to
similar conclusions. A
degree is a degree, and
which institution you have
attended will only matter to
an extent. What you accom
plish outside ofyour studies
and the type of student you are
will end up being much more im
portant. Honeyman setup an exam
pie to reinforce this point.
"For instance if you have
two people, one with a degree from UBC and the other with the same degree
from SFU, what will dis
tinguish one candidate
over the other will be
their extracurricular
work," he said.
"If the person from SFU
has a couple years of experience in the field relevant to
the job that both candidates
are applying for then that person will have the upper hand...
That work experience will speak volumes for you."
Essentially your degree is whatyou
make of it. There is an advari-
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Contributors
Linkedln is a powerful professional networking site, where students can connect
with people from a wide range of fields,
apply for jobs, and scour companies like
never before. With all of its features, Linkedln is becoming an important tool at the
Sauder School of Business.
Sauder Career Coach Sheila Maria Chan
started a Linkedln training program this
year to help students snag opportunities
that might otherwise go unnoticed. Chan
was motivated to start the program after
speaking with job recruiters about what
they look for when they consider a new
hire. She found that many employers are
using Linkedln for the depth of information it provides about potential employees.
"With Linkedln," Chan explained, "employers can see, hear, read or listen to the
candidate. A [paper] resume is a cookie-
cutter; it doesn't give employers enough to
show real skill sets. Linkedln allows [users]
to develop a profile that [employers] cannot really imagine from a resume." Chan
believes that traditional resumes will eventually become redundant, as Linkedln and
programs like it continue to attract more
members from both sides of the employment market.
To help students use Linkedln to their
advantage, Chan's program teaches students to hone their online profiles with
some of Linkedln's powerful functions.
Applicants can use Linkedln as part of a
strategic offensive to find employment by
developing profiles that speak not only to
their relevant skills, but also to their personality and interests in ways a paper resume can't achieve. As a networking tool,
the site allows members to contact individuals across the business spectrum, from
peers, to hiring managers to CEOs. And
it's a growing spectrum: in April, the site
hit ten million users worldwide.
Unlike a cramped and sweaty networking session, Linkedln allows users to comfortably approach exactly who they'd like.
The site uses algorithms that determine
relevant points of connectivity between,
say, an aspiring advertisement guru with
a penchant for red wine and an agency
that specializes in cab sauv, merlot and
pinot noir. To help break the ice, the site
also offers warm introductions through
mutual contacts.
Once connected, members on Linkedln can wow hirers with resumes that allow them to stand out from the seething
mass of weary job-searchers. For example, a user might attach a portfolio of his
or her photography or artwork, or a link
to a blog showcasing one's writing skills.
Linkedln also provides ample space to add
recommendations from former employers
or volunteer organizations.
Linkedln is also every applicants' best
friend for conducting job research. With
thousands of organizations already active on the site, chances are you will find
at least some that match your interests.
And because it offers such robust data
input on users' profiles, Linkedln is able
to report detailed statistics about companies and their people, giving job-hunters information they might not be able to
find elsewhere. At UBC, students are already catching on.
Paul Davidescu, a fourth year Sauder student, has amassed over 500 contacts on
Linkedln. Davidescu's strategy involves using almost every feature the site offers. For
example, by attaching a personal blog that
details his projects and involvements, he
has received no less than ten recommendations, and he even embedded a video
profile to show his personality.
"You have so many options to do so many
things," he explained. "Just get creative with
it! You can really elaborate on things, without being limited to the one to two pages
like you would put in a paper resume."
He had some good advice for Linkedln
newbies. "The first logical thing to do is to
get all your materials on there and go from
there. It's an everyday thing,
it's not overnight." Davidescu also recommended Linkedln's "search email contacts"
feature, which invites contacts
from people you regularly email. By using
this tool, Davidescu's contact lists increased
by 150 in a few days.
But you don't have to be a business
student to extract the highest value from
Linkedln. Whether your forte in academia
ranges from research to graphic design,
Linkedln has an avenue for you. For example, Chan recounted the story of a current Sauder student, who used a past
school project to showcase her presentation prowess. When Chan conducted
a Google search of the student's name
she was directed to a Prezi project posted on Prezi.com which demonstrated the
student's ability. The unintentional placement had a great effect: Chan was immediately impressed with the quality of the
project and the student's skill set. She
recommended that students showcase
their presentations by embedding them
through Linkedln's Slideshare application.
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INTERVIEWS BY CINDY
CHOO AND CAITLIN
CROMWELL.
ILLUSTRATION BY
ALLISON MAH
FOUR YEARS
OUT OF UNI
Members ofthe 2007 graduation class
talk about where they are now
SHARON DOUCET & CAITLIN
CROMWELL
Contributors
Navigating life post-grad is not
as simple as it is in university
where authority figures are telling you what to do each step of
the way. The plethora of options
is intimidating and there is no
set path for how to get started
on your career. We spoke with
graduates from 2007, four years
after they graduated, to find out
what they did after they graduated and what they're up to now.
HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT
GRADUATION AT THE TIME?
Cory Norris-Jones, Bachelor's in
business administration: "Happy to be done but unsure of what
I was going to do with it."
Cariann Dunn, BA psychology: "Well, it felt good to be done.
I took five years for my undergrad
so, yeah I felt excited and kind of
relieved to be done."
Cameron Kennedy, BS cell biology and Genetics: "I felt pretty
ambivalent about graduation. I
was pretty sick of school after 19
years, but I wasn't thrilled about
the prospects of working full time
either."
Rachel May Friederichsen, BA
geography: "I was really excited
because I knew what I wanted to
do. I knew that I was going to go
overseas and that I was going to
live abroad and have that experience. "
DID YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WANTED TO DO AFTER GRADUATION?
Dunn: "I knew what I wanted to
do; it was just a matter of getting
there. So I looked for work in
sexual health. You know, I just
started applying and that was
my focus just getting into sexual health."
Norris-Jones: "No, I was focused
on saving money to travel then."
DO YOU WORK IN THE SAME FIELD
YOU GOT YOUR DEGREE IN?
Kennedy: "I do not work in the
same field as my degree. Cell Biology & Genetics. A fine degree,
but I got tired of labs and the upper level work (designing experiments of your own) didn't appeal to me as much as reading
about the years of work of others condensed into a report."
Norris-Jones: "Well, kind of,
I'm an operations assistant for
apex tents. They do tentrentals for
events and concerts, I just started a couple weeks ago."
Dunn: "I did until recently; I'm
back in school now. I just started nursing school in January. After I graduated it took about eight
months of working in a different
field, and then I worked in sexual health for three years."
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THIS
YEAR'S GRADUATING CLASS 2011?
Dunn: "Figure out what you're
passionate about and use that
to carve out your career. Get involved and put your fingers in a
lot of pots. Whether or not it's
an organization or volunteering, whatever you're passionate about get involved in a lot
of different ways. A lot of opportunities for me came from
the connections I've made over
the years."
Friederichsen: "Keep reading.
As much as you're probably tired
of reading, remember that you
spent so much money on this crazy education, but there is so much
to learn out there and that the
world, especially the financial
world is complex. We don't have
to rely on our parent's model of income, the nine-to-five. There are
so many more options out there
now, ifyou are creative enough
and astute enough to understand
market trends, there are so many
options out there."
DO YOU WISH YOU HAD DONE
ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY?
Kennedy: "I wish I had done
some things differently. Spread
my partying around a little more
equitably. I worked really hard
in the first year, less hard each
year, and my grades reflected
this. If I had partied more in the
first two years, maybe it would
have been out of my system and
I could have focussed and got better marks when it counted. I had
some friends follow this more traditional trajectory, and they had
an easier time getting into grad
school than I did."
Norris-Jones: "While I was in
school, I wish I had taken part
in more extra-curricular activities, I didn't take advantage of
the networking opportunities
that were available to me, which
would have made it easier probably finding a job."
WHAT DOES BEING A UBC
GRAD MEAN TO YOU?
Kennedy: "Being a UBC grad
does mean something to me.
I was lucky enough to attend a
school with a great deal of international respect. Frankly, it
was chosen largely because of
geographical reasons, but my
lazy decision-making aside, it
worked out very well for me and
I'm pleased with my education."
Friederichsen: "It's a highly
competitive school, so I'm very
proud of the fact that I went to
UBC. Also, UBC is very connected to Vancouver for me, not being a native Vancouverite; I'm
from Edmonton originally, so
the education you get from living outside your home town is
if not more valuable, then certainly just as valuable, as the actual education you get inside the
classroom."
WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW?
Dunn: "I'm back in school now.
I just started nursing school in
January. I'm going to the after degree nursing program so
I'll come out with a Bachelor
of Science in nursing. I realized through working in sexual
health that getting my nursing
degree would provide me with
more opportunities for growth."
Friederichsen: "Right now I'm
just working at a restaurant, in a
bit of a transition period, but I'm
also working on a business plan
and I'm taking some acting courses at The Actor's Foundry."
Norris-Jones: "I'm an operations assistant for apex tents.
They do tent rentals for events
and concerts, I just started couple weeks ago."
Kennedy: "I am currently gearing up to attend law school this
Fall and teaching a class on LSAT
preparation." fT 10/UBYSSEY.CA/GRADUATION/2011.04.14
The five stages of
post-grad depression
BY CHRIS NORRIS-JONES AND SHARON DOUCET
ILLUSTRATIONS BY ALLISON MAH
Here you stand. It's been four years since you
first walked onto campus (or five or six), your
last essay's been handed in, your final exams
are all finished, and you've even walked across
an expensively-decorated stage to pick up an
even more expensively-decorated piece of paper. Congratulations!
...So why does it feel like you're mourning the death of fun? Its okay, everyone goes
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that university is supposed to be the most
fun of our entire lives, and even if that sentiment didn't prove to be exactly true, it's still
really painful to crawl out of the educational womb you've been gestating in for these
past few years.
But not to worry I We've got your back here
with this handy, scientifically-verified (not actually true) model for post-graduate depression!
#1: Denial
"Oh, I've got plenty of time before I graduate! It's still weeks
away! I'm barely twenty years
old, I can't already be finished
school!" This first stage is one
most start experiencing even
before officially graduating, often coinciding with when people
start asking that dreaded question: "So what are you going to
do after you graduate?" It's also
often in this stage that people
start giving hobbies or chores
around their house significance.
You can't be worrying about your
imminent expulsion into the real
world when your room's that
messy, and now's not the time
to be worrying about finding a
job after graduation, not when
the fridge needs cleaning, and
you need to go to the gym, and
it's been weeks since you've updated your blog!
#2: Anger
"How the hell could I already be
graduating? I should have done
a co-op, or some sort of international exchange! It's this stupid
school's fault they didn't let me
get as much as possible out of
my university experience!"
This stage is usually centered
around one's anger towards themselves, for potentially squandering
the "best years of their life" not
doing enough in university.
Those students who spent all
their time in the library will often
wish they had gone out more,
and experienced the "party" aspects of UBC.
Those who can't remember
a Wednesday night not spent
committing sins at the Pit will
wonder if there could've been
more to university, and be mad
at themselves for not taking the
time to find out.
#3 Bargaining
" Maybe I could delay my graduation for one year? Or even come
back and take my Master's? Alright, I'll take a little time off and
then come right back to school!"
At this stage you're willing to
make any deal in order to delay
the inevitability of the real world.
You'll be begging your parents
to help you pay for a graduate
degree, or even strongly consider the hellish future that is increasing your student loans. You'll go
to all your classes this time, you
promise. You'll study hard, you'll
finish your assignments on time,
just for the love of god please give
you one more year outside of the
workforce!
#4: Depression
" My life is over. I can't go drinking
on weekdays any more; I can't
wear sweat pants for a week and
call pizza breakfast with a straight
face. I need a suit, I need a tie, I
need a job. God, I need a drink."
You're staring into the full abyss
of a future without university life.
And what can you see ahead
of you? A desperate struggle to
find a job, any job, in an economic climate that could be called
"Mad Max-ian" on a positive
week. Even if, despite all odds,
you're successful, you have the
drudgery of an endless rat race
to look forward to; waking up early for a job that barely pays you
enough to live in a place that isn't
your parents' basement, while
it seems like all your amazing
university friends are going off
to travel the world or start their
own incredible career.
At least you've still got liquor,
though, right?  Right?
#5: Acceptance
"Wait, hold the phone here. I'm
in my early twenties, I've got a
degree from one of the best universities in Canada, and I've still
got my friends and family. The future can't be all that bad!" Finally, you've travelled the emotional
roller coaster that is graduation;
you've tried ignoring the situation, you've tried rebelling against
it, you've debated going back to
school, and in a fit of depression
you've even eaten two large pep-
peroni pizzas from that disgusting
pizzeria down the street.
You've woken up in fear, you've
woken up in cold sweats and
you've woken up wondering if
this constant feeling of terror
would ever go away. But today
you wake up feeling pretty good.
The sun (for once) is shining, the
birds are cheerily chirping and
you've got a coffee date with an
old friend from residence. Things
aren't all that bad and you know
in your heart that if you keep at
it and work hard things will all
work out.
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Does your
transcript matter?
CHRIS NORRIS-JONES &
DRAKE FENTON
Contributors
Transcripts: the document students worry about throughout
their academic life. All the hard
work put into getting that 'good
grade' is a main ingredient for the
creation ofthe stressed student.
What all students want to know
though, is if transcripts matter if
they're not going to grad school?
Some companies and university
grads think maybe not.
There are plenty of local companies which actively recruit university students. One company is
Sierra Wireless, a wireless communications equipment designer
and manufacturer, which offers
several student career programs.
Manu Varma, the company's
global manager of training and
development, said, "We don'thire
based on transcripts. We are a
school-friendly company, and
we look for people with a lot of
energy and who are able to work
in teams."
Some recent and past university graduates from different fields
of study have found companies
are generally indifferent when it
comes to transcripts. Jeremy Vincent, a 2005 University of Victoria co-op graduate in earth and
oceans sciences, now works in
the mining industry as a senior
resource geologist for a consulting firm.
"Instead of my grades, the
company I work for wanted to
focus more on my extra-curricular activities and work experiences. The company I work for now
wanted to see if I would fit into
the culture of the organization.
They promote having a healthy
lifestyle and people that lead active lifestyles. They wanted to
hire people that are like-minded," said Vincent.
Fiona Petigara, a 2006 SFU
graduate in kinesiology and current UBC medical school graduate, was also involved in her university's co-op program. She completed five co-op placements to
add to her resume. After graduating, she spent ayear in China.
"I don't find grades coming
[come] into play when looking for
a job. When I finished school and
looked for kinesiology jobs, no
one asked for transcripts," said
Petigara, who argued that her
life and work experiences helped
shaped her career options.
What if a student finishing university does not have much work
experience? Jonathan Steblin, a
soon-to-be graduate at UBC in political science, spent the past few
months going through the job
recruitment circuit, such as the
Department of Foreign Affairs
and International Trade Canada (DFAIT).
"Not every job asked for transcripts. Some do, but it depends
on the job. Every single internship I applied for asked for transcripts," he said. "Non-internship
positions had certain standards
that focused on specific degree
requirements, but not grades. I
would say, yes your marks count,
but overall they're gonna look at
your resume and years of experience. I think you need to rely on
more than just marks."
On the other hand, Jessica Lee,
a 2007 UBC graduate in English,
works abroad in Hong Kong teaching English Literature at an all
girls high school. She believes
that grades really depend on the
type of job.
"I didn'thave much experience.
So I do think transcripts can matter, but for a job like mine, my advantage was more so in my fluency in English," she said. "In terms
of the position I have now, the fact
that I did well in literature is also
probably why I have the classes
that I teach now," said Lee.
Julie Walchli, director of the
UBC Arts Co-op Program, agrees
that although some employers
may look at grades when hiring
students, transcripts are rarely
requested for post-graduate jobs.
"After graduation, employers
care aboutyour degree, whatyou
got it in, when and where. They're
not interested in marks," Walchli said.
"They want to know if the student has a degree that aligns with
the skill sets they're looking for
and what previous experience
you have."
It appears that unless students
have grad school in their future
plans or there isn't much on their
resume, transcripts don't play
much of a role in the job hunt process as much as experience does.
"Grades can count at times,"
said Vincent, "but as soon as you
get experience, grades don't come
into it anymore." fl 2011.04.14/UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/ll
Bijan: song and dance man
JUSTIN MCELROY
coordinating@ubyssey.ca
The Ubyssey is in no way, shape
or form Time Magazine. We do
not declare a "Person of the
Year." But if we were to do so,
there would only be one choice
for 2010-201 l:Bijan Ahmadian.
From disagreements over
land-use negotiations with UBC
in October to controversy over
withholding a donation for Gaza
in November; from organizing
UBC's Got Talent in January to
threatening a lawsuit against
the AMS in February, before being the co-public face of LipDub
in April. Simply put, Ahmadian
was at the centre ofthe biggest
and most controversial events
at UBC time and time again this
year. To the applause of his supporters and the irritation of his
critics—and he has a lot on both
sides.
"Part of me doesn't want LipDub to succeed, just because it
will make Bijan look good," said
one councillor to me, privately,
before the video was launched.
Such was the vitriol Ahmadian
attracted to himself throughout the year.
"I am the kind of guy, nobody
makes any mistakes about it, I
like to run a tight ship. With everything. And that was part of
the criticism about me," admitted Ahmadian.
He confesses that he is more
of a project manager than a
natural politician. "I've decided I probably don't want to do
that," he says, and having to
work with people with different aims caused a strain.
Bijan Ahmadian and Stephen Toope sing "Sweet Dreams" at UBC's Got Talent. CHARLES TO PH0T0/THE
UBYSSEY
"You come in with other elected executives, with slightly different platforms, and different
approaches in dealing with people. The code says they all report
to the president, but they're all
elected independently. So there's
a natural conflict that happens."
After his stormy term ended,
he immediately set to work on
LipDub, collaborating with Andrew Cohen to put together, as
he put it, "the best LipDub ever."
His experience and contacts on
campus proved invaluable to
the project. There were no politics involved. "It was so good,"
laughed Ahmadian.
"We would get together, we
would go along, report back,
have sushi, be in touch with
one another...the depoliticized
nature of it was extremely appealing, because everyone was
focused [on one thing]."
Between LipDub and UBC's
Got Talent, Ahmadian was a
major force behind two brand
new events that celebrated the
people of UBC, so you won't see
him being cynical about campus spirit.
"Our school has a specific
kind of spirit [from] American
schools. We have over 50 per
cent of students say they don't
speak English at home. So spirit for a group that can be majority immigrant takes a different
shape," he said.
"When you open the right
doors, the spirit comes out,
because it's there. If the spirit
wasn't there, we couldn't have
done what we did. You just
have to find a way of opening up."
"I think there are
lots of things I look
back and would do
differently. It has
been a learning
experience in many,
many different
things."
BIJAN AHMADIAN
FORMER AMS PRESIDENT
Next year, Ahmadian will
begin to focus more on finishing his degree and ending his
13-year tenure on campus. He
hopes to spearhead a second annual UBC's Got Talent, with the
hopes of holding it in Thunderbird Arena. But his time in the
headlines, by his own admission, is over.
"I think there are lots of
things I look back and would do
differently. It has been a learning experience in many many
different things...but you can't
turn back time."
"Going to keep those things
to yourself, though?" we asked.
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The Ubyssey
got together to
debate which
ten UBC stories
mattered most
from 2010 to
2011.
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Top ten stories of
2010-2011
After careful
deliberation
and heated
debate, these
were the stories
that made the
cut.
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BILL 20 & THE STUDENT HOUSING ENDOWMENT
Behind the scenes, land use policy affects a huge number of issues on campus.
In May of 2010, the provincial governmentpassed Bill 20,
which set the groundwork for
a new governance structure.
Under the bill, the oversight of
land use planning was transferred from Metro Vancouver to
the Ministry of Community and
Rural Development. Some have
claimed the ministry would
function essentially to rubber-
stamp any project the UBC Board
of Governors comes up with. As
such, the decision has been met
with a fair amount of criticism,
notably from Metro Vancouver,
which has often clashed with the
university over zoning issues.
"Situations where UBC acts
as proponent, developer and approver for development projects
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COURTESY OF UBC PUBLIC AFFAIRS
have been cause for concern for
some time," Lois Jackson, Metro
Vancouver board chair, said to
The Ubyssey in response to the
legislation. Others welcomed the
move as a step in favour of greater autonomy for the university.
In more recent land-use news,
UBC announced the creation of
the Student Housing Financing
Endowment this February. This
fund will channel money raised
from the sale of market housing on campus to an endowment meant to directly finance
the building of student housing at UBC. Student BoG representative Sean Heisler praised
the initiative, which he claims
will allow students to see funding from market housing directly affect the construction of student housing. Of course, that's
assuming the market housing
in Vancouver doesn't crash in
the near future, fl
UBC COMES UNDER SCRUTINY
FORANIMALTESTING
Less a single story, more a
sprawling Byronic epic, UBC researchers and animal rights activists waged a righteous flame-
war in the public realm this
year. At the centre ofthe ongoing
animal testing debate was STOP
UBC Animal Testing, a group
which is dedicated to stopping
all research on animals at UBC.
Some ofthe highlights of STOP's
campaign were attempting to
save a group of monkeys
and endan-
gered sea
turtles from
death.
There
were
also countless publicity stunts,
including silent protests, nude
protests and marches—not to
mention endless debating on
The Ubyssey's comment sections.
There has been a significant
amount of national coverage
of STOP's ongoing campaign,
which has been backed by dozens of animal rights groups, including PETA. UBC VP Research
John Hepburn denies any wrongdoing on the part of UBC, claiming that all animal research that
they have conducted has been legally sanctioned and has passed
ethics board approval.
STOP was created by Brian
Vincent, who quit his job and
vowed to campaign to put an
end to all animal research after
reading a 2008 feature
about animal testing at UBC in
The Ubyssey.
UBC STUDENTS WIN AN EMMY
Students and faculty from the
UBC Graduate School ofjournalism took home the 2010 Emmy
for Outstanding Investigative
Journalism for Ghana: Digital
Dumping Ground. The documentary aired on PBS and investigated the practice of shipping electronic waste to Africa and the
criminal data-mining industry
that this has created. It was created by ten UBC
Journalism stu-
dents, who
flew
Ghana and obtained a data drive
with classified military documents, under the direction of
assistant professor Peter Klein.
The Ubyssey is proud that one
ofthe contributors to the documentary, Dan Haves, also served
as The Ubyssey's multimedia editor in 2008. fl
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MIKE LIAMBAS'S SUSPENSION
Mike Liambas, a former Thunderbird forward, left UBC to play
in the East Coast Hockey League
(ECHL) amidst controversy last
month. His departure followed a
two-game suspension which occurred when Liambas punched
University of Alberta Pandas
Captain Eric Hunter in retaliation for an uncalled slash. The
suspension led to a national debate regarding sports injuries in
an academic setting, and whether more protection should be given to university players.
Liambas came to the 'Birds
with a rough reputation, having
already been banned from the
Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
for a hit to Ben Fanelli which
fractured his skull. Liambas is
playing in the ECHL for the Cincinnati Cyclones, fl
SLANDEROUS ELECTIONS
SCANDALS
The 2011 AMS elections came
to a dirty end, with a double-
whammy of slanderous slates
attacking one another in a campaign from which no one came
out looking clean. Like a velvet
political hack cast in iron, allegations arose that a supposedly spontaneous campaign in favour of candidates endorsed by
outgoing AMS President Bijan
Ahmadian was less than grassroots. Two students running
the campaign alleged that they
had been recruited by Ahmadian and provided with thousands of flyers and mint patties
to get students to vote for his
candidates of choice. They also
said that the website ithank.ca,
in which students thanked Ahmadian for his contributions
to the AMS and the university,
was similarly orchestrated by
the man himself. Ahmadian
had also made endorsements
on his personal web site, bijan.
ca, in which he criticized McEl-
roy's work ethic and the job he
did as VP External.
In response, an anonymous
counter-blog, ithinkUBC.ca,
was created by Jeremy McElroy, then running for AMS President, VP External candidate
Mitch Wright, and Wright's campaign manager Maria Cirstea, in
which McElroy and Wright were
endorsed for President and VP
External. After repeated denials,
they later admitted to creating
the site.
AMS Elections Admnistrator
Eric MacKinnon did not take
any punitive actions against
involved candidates, calling
the affair "a lot of whining." In
the aftermath, Ahmadian was
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WIRED AND WEIRD
Did you know that a lot of people ended up on our
web site because they were interested in grandpas having sex? It's true, and it's only one of the
weird things we've found out. Here are some of
our favourite statistics, trends and quirks of our
web site, ubyssey.ca, from 2010-2011.
WEIRD KEYWORD REFERRALS
Our favorite searches that led to ubyssey.ca, in no order.
1) Sexy Comics
2) "Equity gulag"
3) Pussy of the day
4) Ed Durgan antisemitic
5) Chinese immigrants don't
care about Canada
6) Stigma, mental illness, The
Ubyssey
7) "a useful single day's life of
intense effort is better than a
hundred years of idleness and
inactivity"
8) wrestling site: ubyssey.ca
9) My vagina
10) What happened to Justin
McElroy's face?
11) Lazy costume ideas
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HITS BY COUNTRY
Canada is first yet again. Woot.
1) Canada
2) United States
3) The United Kingdom
4) Ireland
5) Australia
6) India
7) Germany 2011.04.14/UBYSSEY.CA/FEATURES/13
Honourable Mention
For one reason or another,
these stories didn't quite make
our top ten. However, we
thought that they were still
important enough that they
warranted some mention.
THE "TOO ASIAN" CONTROVERSY
A controversial Maclean's article alleged, among other things, that white
students avoid UBC and select other
schools for having too many Asian students. This led to many class conversations, with everyone agreeing that racism is "A Bad Thing."
SAUDER REPAYS FEES
Lastyear, Commerce students voted to
increase their fees by $500 annually
for renovations to Angus that the faculty said they couldn't afford. It turns
out they had millions in reserve, and
the Board of Governors voted to force
the school to pay two million dollars
towards the project.
MOA EXHIBIT PULLED
The MOA had been working with painter Pamela Masik for months on an exhibit of portraits of 69 missing and murdered women from the DTES. Several
Aboriginal groups protested that the
show lacked context. Instead of working with these groups to reach a consensus, MOA pulled the exhibit, leaving
the institution with a national controversy and lots of egg on its face.
MINIMUM WAGE INCREASED
"Six bucks sucks," was an oft-heard chant
for the last ten years, as BC had a $6
training wage and $8 minimum wage-
both the lowest in the country. That was
changed by Christy Clark last month,
making for lots of happy students.
UBC GOALIE GETS NHL CONTRACT
On the morning of January 20, T-Bird
starting goaltender Jordan White was
just another UBC student. In the evening, he was the backup goaltender for
the San Jose Sharks on a one-day emergency contract.
LIPDUB!
Like a phoenix rising from the
ashes, UBC displayed an enormous outpouring of school spirit
in the creation of a LipDub video. The short was directed by
UBC BFA Acting student Andrew
Cohen, who shared the title of
co-producer with former AMS
President Bijan Ahmadian. Almost 1000 students participated
in the UBC LipDub, which was
set to Pink's "Raise Your Glass"
and Marianas Trench's "Celebrity Status."
Although it's unclear what the
video is about, other than being
excited and making already-dated references to Old Spice and
Charlie Sheen, as of writing this
the UBC LipDub has had over
500,000 views on Youtube. Brian Sullivan, UBC VP Students,
called the UBC LipDub "fearless." UBC's school spirit, freshly
arisen from the grave, was unavailable for comment, va
Oh my gosh what fun. KOMAIL NAQVI PH0T0/THE UBYSSEY
THE UBC LINE CAMPAIGN
The UBC line, a long-held dream
of much of UBC's bedraggled
commuter population, was put
on the back-burner in 2010. Last
October, Metro Vancouver announced that rapid transit to
UBC was downgraded to the bottom of their priority list. In response, the AMS and the university partnered to organize
an awareness and lobbying campaign in favour of the creation
of a rapid transit line to UBC.
Because of the campaign, a
rapid line to UBC is no longer
the absolute lowest transit priority for Metro Vancouver, but
the creation of a line is still not
set. A UBC line has long been opposed by residents ofthe University Endowment Lands.
No, not any time soon. GERALD DEO GRAPHIC/THE UBYSSEY
GAZAPAL00ZA
In November, the Students
for Palestinian Human Rights
(SPHR) asked the Socialjustice Centre, one ofthe AMS resource groups, for $700. They
wanted this money to send to
a flotilla which was going to
be sent to Gaza in defiance of
an Israeli blockade. The
AMS, following complaints from the Israel Awareness
Club (IAC), froze
the transfer of
funds.   And
the proverbial
fecal matter, soon after, hit the
proverbial fan.
The hubbub was over two
things: the AMS's decision to
suspend the account of a semi-
autonomous group, and the SJC's
decision to use student funding
to finance projects that some
people didn't like. Some made
hyperbolic claims that the AMS
was functioning like a police
state, while others brought up
the looming specter of terrorism (yes, seriously). In the end,
the AMS Council voted to unfreeze the account and approve
the $700 transfer. tJ
The Pit turned off taps temporarily. GEOFF LISTER PH0T0/THE UBYSSEY
BAR WOES
The "war on fun," a decade-long
battle which has seen UBC students gradually lose their ability to hold social events with
drinks, escalated in the past
year with the temporary closing of two on-campus bars. Last
April, Koerner's Pub was forced
to temporarily shut down when
its liquor license was suspended
due to overserving and serving
to minors. What was supposed
to be a temporary liquor license
suspension extended far longer
than expected when the Graduate Students Society, which runs
the bar, was unable or unwilling to provide a business plan to
the university, which holds the
liquor license. The bar eventually reopened months later with
higher prices, menu upgrades
and a focus on to-table service.
In 2011, the AMS temporarily shut down The Pit for similar charges. The infractions resulted in the AMS ending their
recently-renewed "Toonie Tuesdays" promotion, tl
AMS FEE INCREASE PASSES
It was a classic fall-and-return-
to-glory story. Your student society, the AMS, was in a tight spot,
suffering from a structural deficit caused by a combination of
inflation-related cost increases,
lagging business profits and the
burden of a number of formerly-
volunteer positions which had
been added to the payroll in
2008. A fee increase was
needed, and it was needed yesteryear.
After one aborted attempt, the
AMS  held  a
referendum
which included a
tion to support a fee increase
for several organizations (including The Ubyssey) and AMS
services. However, the AMS
was slow to start their campaign to support the increase,
and a strong "No" campaign
threatened to doom the society's finances for years to come.
In the end, the fee increases
passed by 52 per cent, leading
some onlookers to declare that
the fee had passed by a *exple-
tive deleted* hair.
Also passed in the referendum: the U-Pass renewal, a bylaw housekeeping question and
a question requiring the AMS to
oppose tuition increases. A substantive bylaw question which
failed to reach quorum did not
pass, til
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MOST VIEWED STORIES ON THE WEB
From muppets to engineer-baiting, these stories got the most hits.
1) Unruly Mob.
2) AMS freezes $700 donation
to gaza flotilla.
3) (Video) Hundreds strip down
for second annual undie run.
4) UBC Goalie Jordan White
signed to one-day NHL contract.
5) Ahmadian recruits elections
team.
6) (Perspective) Katie: Women's issues are universal issues.
7) (Blog) The Life of Brian:
Muppets.
8) AMS allows Gaza flotilla
donation.
9) Final essays for sale.
10) (Editorial) Concerning the
engineers. 14/UBYSSEY.CA/G AMES/2011.04.14
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EDITORIAL
SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER!
If UBC is a reality TV show, then this last week
was clearly scripted by a producer to make the
season finale as zany as possible.
How else do you plausibly explain it? A LipDub watched by over half a million people already? A year-end party that brought thousands
to Maclnnes field and kept thousands around,
all over a glorious sunset? A midnight underwear run, culminating in hundreds of people
jumping a fence to have a ten-minute outdoor
pool party?
Again, all in one week. These things happen
mostly in movies. Sometimes they happen on
American campuses, but rarely in Canada and
rarer still at UBC itself.
But, all that did happen. A student body,
so often inward-gazing and academically focused, looked outwards spontaneously. We lip
synched, partied, stripped and chanted U-B-C,
again and again.
And that's forced us to change our script a
little bit. This being our last issue of the school
year, we feel obliged to ruminate on 'What It
All Meant,' as we do everyyear.
Sometimes our year-end editorials are witty (poetry has been used in the past) and sometimes they are profane (one was entitled "Fuck
It"), but they serve, to us at least, as a reminder of how this campus changes.
We'll freely admit that the last couple of years
have left us wanting. There was a time long ago
when thousands signed petitions against market housing, when flash beer gardens arose
out of nowhere, when students threw concerts
on The Knoll and were subsequently arrested.
You know, 2008.
There are a good many organizations dedicated to enhancing the student experience—
campuswide ones like the AMS and UBC itself,
and smaller niche-focused groups: your undergraduate societies, fraternities and UBC ancillary operations.
This past year, the niche groups mostly focused on their niches (to the betterment of those
within their niche) and our large institutions
continued to spin their wheels. UBC committed to the addition of thousands of new student
housing units, yet kept moving towards a governance structure which puts students at the back
ofthe line for representation, all while student
engagement surveys continued to put us near
the bottom for undergraduate teaching experiences. Meanwhile, our never-dull student union
had its second straightyear of internal conflict,
which culminated in an election that exposed
both our current and past president as liars.
But that's mostly critiquing acronyms and
logos. And the wonderful thing about this past
week is that people didn't wait around for those
things to come along to do stuff for them. They
went out and did it themselves. It was a reminder that UBC is fuelled not by its organizations
and institutions, but by the students who study,
work, live and play here.
When faced with a lack of campus community, we can be petty and complain, as we sometimes do. Or we can focus on our own project
that benefits a select group of students. If people can take the time to come together during
the most stressful of academic months, then
what's stopping any of us the rest of the year?
Well, summer for one. It's time for most to
enjoy it and get as far away from here as possible. For those around for the four months where
umbrellas are unnecessary, we hope you enjoy
the firstyear of full-summer Ubyssey editions,
beginning on May 10 and continuing every two
weeks thereafter.
And to everyone else departing—enjoy the sun.
Embrace the vacation time you have. Do something foolish. Break someone's heart. Boost up
your savings. Blow away your savings. And when
you come back to campus in September, think
about the madcap year-end finale UBC just had.
It was a heck of a cliffhanger. We can't wait
for next season, fl
The Ubyssey returns May 12. Stay tuned!
tlTHEUBYSSEYca
THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD
Have a good summer.
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