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Time for Tag: 11:45 a.m-1 p.m. @ the SRC
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PARTY»
AUS Presents Blackout: 9
p.m. @ SUB Ballroom
Let your hair down and celebrate
the end of the Arts Week 2013
with a party hosted by the Arts
Undergraduate Society. Expect
DJs, laser light shows, glow-
in-the-darkdecorand cheap
drinks. 19+, $10.
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Science Week: Jan 21-25 @
all over campus
On the heels of Arts Week,
Science Week 2013 kicks off
today. With fun events including
Jeopardy, Jello Wrestling and a
"hydrobstacle" course, there's
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Presidential Review: Caroline Wong
Sarah Bigam
StaffWriter
Caroline Wong, current AMS
VP Administration and one of
the presidential candidates in
the upcoming AMS election,
has been involved with student
organizations for a longtime.
But outside the halls of student
government, she harbours a bit
of a wild side.
A third-year arts student
planning to major in international relations, Wong has
held various elected positions
at UBC. In her first year, she
was a floor rep in her residence
and a first-year rep in the Arts
Undergraduate Society. She also
got involved with the AMS's
Student Life Committee as a
member-at-large, later chairing
the committee.
She later ran for the Arts
Undergraduate Society AMS
rep position, as well as AUS VP
External. She has also been involved with the University and
External Relations Committee,
as well as BAFCOM, the AMS's
Business and Facilities Committee. She is also a member
and risk managment officer of
sorority Alpha Gamma Delta.
"I've been in the system for
a while," Wong said, "and I've
really enjoyed my experience."
Wong is running on a
platform of improving student
well-being, decreasing costs
for students and more effectively organizing plans for the
new SUB.
In her spare time, there isn't
much Wong won't do: skydiving,
bungee jumping and REC league
sports are just a few of her past
activities. A lover of adventure,
she said swimming in a shark
cage tops her bucket list.
She also participates inthe
annual UBC REC event, Storm
the Wall, where she once won
the title of Storm the Wall
Ironwoman. This year, she's
going to try for Storm the
Wall Super Ironwoman. "But
this time, I'm going to train,"
Wong said.
"I've been anywhere and
everywhere, but I found my
home with student government."
Wong said the AMS has
allowed her to get involved
with campus issues in a way she
wasn't able to in her previous
positions. She said she has
gained a lot of team-building
and management skills as AUS
VP External, where she was able
to manage her own team.
"It's definitely been an evolution, starting from a first-year
rep in arts and now thinking
that I'm running for AMS president. It's a huge dream of mine
and I didn't think I'd be able to
get here," Wong said.
Given that she has been
involved in student government
since high school, it's surprising
that Wong insists she will never
become involved in politics
outside of school. She appreciates the way student government allows for relatively quick
changes and directly impacts
her community.
"Being able to think about
an idea, get the resources, get
the expertise, plan it out and
implement your ideas is pretty
phenomenal."
Wong is not sure what career
path she will take when she
graduates, but she does know
a few things she definitely
wants to do in the future. She is
currently learning Italian, and
wants to go on an exchange in
Italy before graduating.After
UBC, she plans to spend a few
years living and working in
Kenya, having fallen in love with
the country after visiting in her
last year of high school.
"I love [having] all kinds of
different experiences and gaining those crazy experiences in
life," she said. tJ
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AROUND THE WORLD »
)RS WILL MCDONALD + LAURA RODGERS
NORTH
KOREA
A UBC professor in charge of a controversial exchange program with North Korean academics thinks it's likely the program will keep going in future years.
Exchange with North Korea should continue: prof
Arno Rosenfeld
Features Editor
Following the departure of six
North Korean professors from an
exchange program at UBC this
past December, Kyung-Ae Park,
the professor in charge ofthe
program, is optimistic another
cohort will arrive in July.
The professors from the
secluded country first began
arriving at UBC in 2011 as part
ofthe Knowledge Partnership
Program, North Korea's only
academic exchange program in
North America. Similar exchange
programs have existed between
North Korea and Mexico, Australia and Switzerland.
"I think [the program] has been
quite successful and that's why
we've been able to continue the
program for two years," Park said.
But even given such success,
the future ofthe program is not
set in stone.
"There have been no roadblocks," Park said, "but until it's
finalized, we do not know if it
will continue or not."
Park said she hopes to know
whether or not the program will
continue by March.
The program allows six North
Korean professors to stay in
student residences and take
business and economics classes
at the university. They also meet
with business leaders in Vancouver and other Canadian cities
to gain an understanding of the
Canadian economy.
Given the sensitivity of
working with the North Korean
government, Park is often reluctant to speak with the media.
Much information about the
program, such as who funds it,
is unavailable.
The Knowledge Partnership
Program grew out of UBC's
longtime involvement with
North Korea. UBC has more
Korean specialists than any other
Canadian university, according
to professor Paul Evans, former
director ofthe Institute for Asian
Research at UBC, who has been
involved in the program. Some of
those specialists were involved
in "Track 2" talks between
Canada and North Korea in the
1990s, attempting to establish
diplomatic relations between the
two countries.
Some ofthe specialists who
participated in those negotiations
in the 1990s that didn't already
work for the university were later
brought onboard. One of those
specialists was Joseph Caron, a
former Canadian ambassador to
North Korea who briefly taught
at the Liu Institute for Global
Studies at UBC.
Canada established diplomatic
ties with North Korea in 2001, but
severed them in 2010 following
the North Korean bombing of a
South Korean warship.
The program has not entirely
eluded controversy, with some
questioning of whether UBC
should be hosting professors from
an authoritarian country like
North Korea.
But as Evans put it in an interview with The Ubyssey last April,
"It has been part ofthe ethos of
UBC for a generation that we can
play a special role with North
Korea." 31
NEWS BRIEFS
Petition against UBC animal
research goes viral
Thousands of online signatures
have been collected in a matter
of days for a petition asking UBC
to end all use of animals in the
two most invasive categories of
research. The petition, initiated by
activist group STOP UBC Animal
Research, launched on Jan. 13 and
has collected 3,450 signatures as of
press time on Jan. 16.
According to the online petition's
site, the signatures will be delivered
to UBC President Stephen Toope
once the goal of 7,000 is collected.
Organic cafe offshoot mounts
onlinefundraising campaign
Sprouts, the nonprofit organic cafe
run out ofthe SUB, is hoping to
raise $5,000 to to open up a new,
larger cafe in the Thea Koerner
Graduate House.
The campaign has raised $290
so far on the fundraising website
Indiegogo, and will fund a second
volunteer-run cafe called Seedlings.
The new cafe will serve more elaborate breakfast items and espresso
drinks, as well as the organic
soups and baked goods currently
available at Sprouts. They also hope
to fundraise an additional $1,000
through other sources.
The cafe is offering those who
donate various amounts free cups
of coffee or online shoutouts — and
for $50, they'll name a menu item
afteryou. Seedlings hopes to open
by March 2013. a
GOING MOBILE »
App contest aims
to improve your
campus experience
Anna Ou
Contributor
Winning $5,000? There's an app
for that.
UBC recently sponsored
Digital*U, an app brainstorming contest with a grand prize of
$5,000. It ran from October 2012 to
Jan. 15 and attracted more than 50
submissions from students, alumni
and faculty members.
The contest challenged applicants to come up with ideas for a
mobile app or service that enhances
the campus experience.
"We want to introduce a whole
mobile environment that would
give students a window to life at
UBC," said Phil Chatterton, director of digital media technologies
at UBC and one of the judges of
Digital*U.
"The whole idea is that teams
of students are getting together to
try and solve challenges. Not only
is there a problem-solving and
critical thinking aspect, but it's also
about getting them to engage more
in their environment and leave
a sort of lasting legacy at UBC,"
said Chatterton.
Submitted ideas this year include
a course planner that maps out a
student's degree path, a real-time
wayfinder that helps people find
buildings on campus, and a mobile
bulletin board that collects and
categorizes classifieds and event
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Contestants hope their proposed apps wil help out UBC students.
posters, among others.
Ben Cappellacci and ElinTayyar,
both UBC alumni and co-developers ofthe Degree Mapper app, want
to help relieve students' stress about
their path to graduation.
Their app would allow students
to see the requirements needed to
complete their degree and provide
steps to fulfill those requirements.
"Degree planning is an exercise
that all students will have to do,"
said Cappellacci.
Another entry, SmartBulletin,
from fourth-year computer science
student Chris Duranti, would allow
users to see event postings in their
general area on campus via GPS.
Duranti said that since most UBC
students are geographically defined
depending on their faculty, users
would post information under a
specific location — for example, Buchanan for Faculty of Arts students.
"There [are so many] things
happening that you really need to
filter out the ones that wouldn't be
relevant to you," he said.
David Vogt of UBC MAGIC
(Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre) Lab (and a judge of
Digital*U) said that not only does
the contest tap into the creative
energy of students on campus, it
also promotes entrepreneurship.
Vogt said students will retain
complete ownership of their ideas
after the contest, and his department will help connect the pitchers
with app-development incubators
or the Entrepreneurship@UBC
business accelerator program.
He said UBC plans to continue
the contest inthe future.
"We will definitely launch
forward with another version of
this," said Vogt. "We will try to pick
something that we think is really
important for the next season of
creativity on campus."
Winners ofthe Digital*U contest
will be announced on Feb. 10.31
MISCHIEF »
Window
shattered at
Museum of
Anthropology
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On Jan. 11, one of these windows was
broken by a group of teenage boys.
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
Late in the afternoon on Jan. 11,
a window was shattered in the
Great Hall ofthe Museum of
Anthropology.
Security notified the museum's
directors. RCMP came and gave
chase, but no one was caught.
But this wasn't an attempt to
break in and steal some ofthe
million-dollar artifacts inside the
museum; it was a simple case of
mischief gone wrong, Campus
Security says.
"Nothing was taken, nobody
got in," said Moya Watters, the
museum's associate director.
"There were some young men
outside. Because the pond was
frozen,... they were trying to skip
rocks on the pond, and one took a
bad bounce and came through the
window," said Watters.
"I don't think the rock was
maliciously thrown through the
window; it was an accident." The
Great Hall itself contains totem
poles and other carved First Nations works of art, some of which
are from the 19th century.
According to Paul Wong, acting
director of Campus Security, the
incident was caught on videotape.
The museum has become increasingly wary ofthe possibility of
thefts from its collection since a
2008 heist resulted in the loss of
two highly valued Bill Reid works
and rare Mexican jewellery.
They've since devoted some of
their grant money to beefing up
their security, increasing security
staff presence and upgrading
electronic systems to protect the
works housed there. The details
ofthe new security measures
were not made public.
But museum staff and Campus
Security agree that the group of
teenage boys who threw the two-
inch rock weren't trying to seize
anything other than some quick
thrills from playing around the
frozen pond outside the Hall.
"The damage was minor,"
Wong said. Only a single eight-
by-eight foot pane was broken,
which will soon be repaired by
the university. "The police were
called, but they'd gone already.
Security responded, but the kids
were gone already.
"It was dark, they weren't really identifiable, so I don't think
we'll find them," said Waters.
"They took off when they saw
what they'd done, which I would
have done too." tJ NEWS    I   THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2013
DEBATE RECAP»
Presidential candidates on equal footing
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
This year's AMS presidential race
is between three insiders.
The three candidates showed
up to Place Vanier residence on
Tuesday evening for their first
scheduled debate. All three were
professional, measured and
well-prepped as they spoke on
lofty issues about how the AMS
conducts itself.
Caroline Wong, the current
AMS VP Administration, opened
with her long list of experience
with the AMS, the Arts Undergraduate Society and her sorority,
Alpha Gamma Delta. She said her
current job, which mostly involves
managing the soon-to-be-completed new SUB project, has given
her important experience she can
use if she is elected.
Ekateryna Baranovskaya,
who currently chairs the AMS's
University and External Relations
Committee (known to those on
the inside as "UnECoRn"), has a
shorter CV than Wong's. But she's
just as long on — and enthusiastic
about — ideas to tweak the AMS
and make the society more relevant to students.
Jay Shah, the current executive
coordinator of student services,
also has his share of experience
within the society, but his current
role puts him further away from
the AMS's political side. He argues
that his job, in which he manages
groups such as AMS Tutoring
and Safewalk, puts him better in
touch with student needs, and
that his past role as AMS omsbud-
sperson has given him skills in
dispute resolution.
When asked what their first
priority would be to improve the
AMS, all three said the society
needs to work harder on how it
DEBATE RECAP»
Candidates Caroline Wong (left), Ekateryna Baranovskaya (middle) and Jay Shah (right) a
communicates and engages with
students.
Shah said communication is
the AMS's biggest weakness, and
argued the AMS should use "social media and personalization"
to talk to students more effectively and use the human capital
of UBC's nearly 50,000-strong
student body. He mentioned how
an advertising campaign to get
people into the SUB businesses
during heavy campus construction
will cost close to $100,000, and
wondered whether the AMS could
have persuaded students to do this
for a lot less.
Baranovskaya said the AMS
often appears "cliquey" to average
students, and it needs to work
on making involvement more
widely appealing. She suggested
that the best way to get students more engaged is to work
through the constituency organizations like the Arts Under
graduate Society and the Science
Undergraduate Society.
Wong, on the other hand, started off by mentioning the society's
sagging business side, and said
that even after the new SUB is
built, the AMS should rely less on
business profits to fund its bottom
line.
She also said that marketing
to students better will make the
AMS more relevant; to illustrate her point, she made use of
the acronym "CRM," which she
initially stumbled on. CRM stands
for customer relationship management, which Wong defined as the
AMS remembering students' online preferences, such as whether
they click on ads for the Pit Pub or
for a research event.
Both Wong and Baranovskaya
insisted the tasks given to AMS
vice-presidents need to be reshuffled. Baranovskaya said the VP
Academic and University Affairs
HOGAN WONG PHOJWHE UBYSSEY
performed well at the Vanier debate.
role, which currently deals with
everything from student housing
to mental health, is "too bloated."
She suggested that some of these
duties should be shifted over to
the VP Admin once his or her time
is freed up by the completion of
the new SUB.
Wong agreed, admitting frankly, "Ekat's right." Wong also said
she needs to work with the VP
Finance to make sure the AMS
budget doesn't continue to have
a deficit.
Shah disagreed with Wong
and Baranovskaya, arguing that
reshuffling the various VP jobs
won't solve the society's other
big issues. He instead wants
to re-examine how the AMS is
structured on the non-elected
staff side.
The debate wrapped up as
politely as it started, with nary a
barb thrown between the three of
them. Xi
Experience key for Board of Governors contenders
Brandon Chow
StaffWriter
Four out of six candidates for the
two Board of Governors student
seats showed up to the first debate ofthe election season.
It's a race full of heavy hitters,
with AMS President Matt Parson,
Graduate Student Society President Conny Lin, AMS VP Finance
Tristan Miller and BoG student
rep Mike Silley all at the Tuesday
debate in Place Vanier residence.
Not in attendance were Arts
Undergraduate Society President
Harsev Oshan and Erin Rennie,
who is returning to UBC and
student politics after a stint in a
B.C. Liberal MLA's office.
The candidates were first
asked what trait makes them
most qualified to be a Board student rep and what they offer that
other candidates cannot.
All the candidates were quick
to name their student government
experience. Silley talked about his
time as a Board student rep this
past year and as AMS VP Administration the year before that.
Lin said running the Graduate
Student Society puts her in touch
with graduate students' needs,
and her research in neuroscience
gives her unique insight into the
issue of student mental health.
Parson talked up his win in keeping non-student housing out ofthe
Gage South area, and Miller described his work on the UBC Sustainability steering committee.
Next, they were asked if the
Board of Governors is currently
HOGAN WONG PHOJWHE UBYSSEY
From the left: Candidates Conny Lin, Matt Parson, Tristan Miller and Mike Silley.
doing a good job serving students. It forced the candidates to
walk a difficult line: each tried
to argue how they could improve
on others' past performance, but
refrained from unreservedly criticizing the Board.
Miller commended the Board
for reducing tuition for UBC's
new bachelor of international economics degree, but chided them
for how much student activism
was needed before that decision
was made. Parson said he planned
to influence policy in closed-door
discussions before it's ready to be
voted on.
Lin said her plans are all about
finding people on the Board who
will listen to her. Silley, as the
race's only incumbent, spoke dir
ectly to his past Board experience.
He said he was initially wary of
the Board's motives, but warmed
up to the rest ofthe current members. "They definitely have won
me over," he said.
The third question asked which
two Board representatives were
most important to build relationships with.
Parson responded first, naming
faculty Board rep Nassif Ghoussoub and mentioning his work on
the university's Housing Action
Plan. Parson said he hoped to
work with Ghoussoub on developing a more robust plan to ease
student housing expenses. He
also said he would try to warm
up to whoever this year's newly
appointed representatives will be.
Lin said the other student
Board of Governors representatives were the most important
people to build relationships
with. Miller didn't answer with
anyone specific, but said he
planned to work with a variety of
people depending on the issues
at hand.
Finally, the candidates
answered their most technical
question ofthe night: if they sit
on the People and International
Communities Committee, as
student Board reps often do,
what would they work toward?
It's a wide-ranging committee that deals with everything
from "internationalizing" UBC
research to retaining staff, but
the candidates all had similar
answers: they would work on
student financial assistance.
Silley advocated for a "data-
based" approach to dealing with
student loans, but then passed on
explaining what he meant. Miller
said "provincial financial aid is
a disaster," so it is important to
come out with a strong student
voice on the issue. Lin opted to
pass on this question, and Parson
said there needs to be a more
coordinated effort between the
Board of Governors, the AMS and
the provincial government to fix
student financial assistance.
Even without Oshan and Rennie present, this debate showed
that the Board race is already
shaping up to be one ofthe most
interesting ofthe AMS elections
fray. Xi
DEBATE RECAP»
VP Finance
candidates focus
on businesses
HOGAN WONG PHOJWHE UBYSSEY
Mateusz Miadlikowski (left) and Joaquin
Acevedo (right) debate at Vanier.
Will McDonald
News Editor
VP Finance candidates Mateusz
Miadlikowski and Joaquin Acevedo both focused on business
revenue in last night's debate, but
from very different perspectives.
Miadlikowski has worked for
the AMS's Gallery Lounge and
the Pit Pub for a year and a half,
and ran his own business at one
point. But his lack of experience
in an executive role was apparent
during the debate. He stumbled
over a few questions and had to
ask for others to be repeated.
Both candidates had ideas
to bolster the AMS businesses,
which have lost almost $100,000
this year.
Miadlikowski said student employees should have more of a say
in how the money-losing AMS
businesses are run, rather than
relying on outside contractors.
Current AMS international
and intercultural commissioner Acevedo, however, focused
on the newly created Business
Administration and Governance
Board as the key to bailing out
the failing AMS businesses.
Both candidates touched on
the importance of developing a
sound budget.
Acevedo said the key to planning a budget is getting it done
early in the term and making
sure each line item is defensible.
He said his experience budgeting
for the Science Undergraduate
Society would be relevant to
the role.
"I do have a lot of experience,
having gone through that already. And I have no doubt of me
being able to do it once again in
the AMS," said Acevedo.
Miadlikowski said he lacks
experience budgeting for large
societies, but he understands
how the AMS businesses run on
the front lines.
"Honesty is one if my features.... I do have experience
with budgeting, but very small
[amounts] compared to the
AMS," said Miadlikowski. Xi
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RITUALS »
The ceremony behind engineering rings
Erin Hudson
CUP Quebec Bureau Chief
MONTREAL (CUP) -Engineers
trained in Canada tend to wear
their profession on their sleeve — or
more specifically, the pinky finger
of their working hand, in the form
of an iron ring.
"It's part of becoming an engineer. It's another step. Once you
have your ring, it's like the finale to
your undergrad degree," said Amir
Essaapi, a second-year Concordia
engineering student.
Though participation in the
"Calling of an Engineer" ritual is
voluntary, the longstanding Canadian tradition has become embedded in the training of engineers.
In 1922, seven former presidents
ofthe Engineering Institute of Canada approached Nobel Prize-winning author and poet Rudyard
Kipling to create a ritual that would
develop a professional consciousness and sense of responsibility
among new engineers.
The ritual is a closed ceremony,
attended only by candidates and
their mentors (engineers who
have already taken the oath and
received their iron ring). The details ofthe ritual are kept discrete
intentionally, accordingto Robert
Paknys, an engineering professor at
Concordia University.
"The objective is to produce a
simple but profound ceremony, not
secret but modestly discreet — in
total, something that agrees with
its serious intent," said Paknys,
reading aloud from the warden's handbook.
The ritual for Concordia's
fall 2012 grads was held in the
heart of downtown Montreal
in a chapel within the Grey
Nuns Motherhouse.
A chain is wound around all
the pews where the new grads sit,
waiting for the ritual to begin. Mentors, who will later bestow the iron
rings, sit on outer pews, and the
Behind the inobtrusive ring on Canadian engi
seven wardens presiding over the
ritual sit at a long table at the front
ofthe sanctuary.
A new altar featuring a hammer and anvil is at the head ofthe
church. The tools are used to tap
out a message in Morse code to
start the ritual.
"It's three letters: S-S-T. It stands
for 'steel, stone and time,' or 'soul,
spirit and time,'" Paknys explained.
Chained to the hammer is a
rivet from the Quebec Bridge, the
two-time provincial disaster that is
widely rumoured to have triggered
the iron ring tradition.
The ritual is broken into three
sections: the obligation, the charge
and the bestowing ofthe ring.
The obligation is read aloud
line by line, pausing for the grads
to repeat the oath they will follow
in their future work as professional engineers. As they repeat
the obligation, the grads hold the
chain threaded through the pews
with one hand. The chain symbolizes engineers' obligation to help
one another.
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neers' pinky fingers is a rich history.
"The oath is that we strive our
utmost to get it right," said Paknys.
All grads receive the text ofthe
obligation on a certificate and a
wallet-sized card.
Mentors form a line at the front
ofthe church and grads approach
them en masse to receive their
iron rings.
The iron ring serves as a physical
reminder ofthe oath the candidates
have just taken.
Though some grads invite their
professional mentors, the role is
often filled by family members or
friends practicing the profession.
Paknys explained that having a
mentor is not a requirement ofthe
ritual. "Anyone who's taken the
oath and gone through this ritual
can give the ring to any candidate,"
he said.
"I think the value is enormous....
There's something about having a
ring associated with this. There's
kind of a constant reminder that
you've done this, which you don't
get from other things like a university diploma," he said.
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Ties with recruiting firm cut after
Chinese students allege mistreatment
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practices after a scandal erupted over how Chinese nomestay students were treated.
Marilla Steuter-Martin
The Concordian (Concordia University)
MONTREAL (CUP) - Concordia
released a statement Jan. 11 concerning the university's decision
to restructure its Chinese student
recruitment policy, making it a
combination of in-house and third
party approaches.
Following claims from a
number of Chinese international
students of negative experiences with the Concordia China
Student Recruitment Partner
Program (CCSRPP) that came
up towards the end of 2012, the
administration has created a plan
to move forward.
Notably, the university will
be severing ties with Orchard
Consultants Ltd., a company contracted by Concordia to recruit
prospective students in China.
The company, which represents
the university overseas, has
drawn criticism as allegations of
mistreatment have continued to
emerge regarding the head of Orchard Consultants Ltd. and director ofthe CCSRPP, Peter Low.
Allegations that students had
been misled about their home-
stays, with as many as 13 people
living in one house, initially came
to light in an article published in
The Link on Sept. 25.
Concordia VP Services Roger
Cote told The Concordian that the
"university undertook a review
of interactions" in order to better
understand how to improve
its practices.
Cote explained that the university's contract with Orchard
would be extended until Feb.
28 so that all open files can be
completed and transferred to
Concordia.
Following that, Orchard will
no longer represent Concordia,
nor will it be recruiting any
new applicants.
Accordingto Cote, the focus of
the new plan will be to "engage
early and immediately with
students."
He explained that this change
came about as a result ofthe university administration's realization that they needed to be more
directly involved in the process.
"Over the past few months we
felt we had to work alongside students more closely," said Cote.
The so-called "blended
approach" will include both internal and external recruitment
strategies.
This combination of on-site
as well as virtual recruitment
efforts will mean an increase in
resources such as communication
materials and staff who will recruit on behalf ofthe university.
Cote explained that contact
with international students will
be made much earlier and that it
will be a priority to ensure they
have all the information necessary for their transition.
The university also plans to
use existing assets to bring recruitment closer to Concordia.
"We are goingto hire our own
students to help us," said Cote.
Part-time e-recruiter positions will be created in order
for current students to establish
contact with prospective ones
and create an "opportunity for
student-to-student interaction."
Once Orchard Consultants Ltd.
is out ofthe picture, the university intends to send out a request
for proposals from other agencies.
Before that, Cote explained, a
new set of requirements will be
created with the help of several
groups within the community.
"I have indicated to student leaders that I would
like their input," said Cote,
referring to representatives
from the Concordia Student
Union (CSU) and the Graduate
Student Association.
CSU President Schubert La-
forest said he was happy to see
the university taking charge of
the situation, calling the move "a
step in the right direction."
He noted that his priority
would be finding a company
that will act in the best interests
of students.
"We really appreciate being
included in the making of request
requirements," said Laforest.
He went on to say that the idea
of hiring Concordia students to
facilitate peer-to-peer recruitment
was a positive change and that
"nothing really beats having another student who is dedicated to
you. It's a more personal touch."
The university's working
group, headed by Dean of Students Andrew Woodall, focused
specifically on the issue of
homestay and off-campus housing for international students.
The group presented a list of
recommendations to university
administration.
Cote confirmed that some of
the proposed changes on the list
were already being adopted to
ensure the most accessible and
clear information is put forth. 6    I    SPORTS + REC    I    THURSDAY, JANUARY 17,2013
Not all battles are
With the second half ofthe \
stakes are high for UBC Tr
championship berths and titles
and preparation is intensified, rr
more important. And as if they a
student-athletes need to stay on
does this create in the life of an;
by Rory
A 2011 survey of 1,600 students at
the University of Alberta showed
that 51 per cent of students had
felt that "things were hopeless"
over the past 12 months, while
seven per cent had "seriously
considered committing suicide."
In addition to this, a survey
conducted by the Anxiety Disorders Association of America has
showed an increase in students
seeking help for their disorders.
Studies show that the average age
of onset for mental health conditions like anxiety and depression
is from 18 to 24 years old, the
typical university age range in
North America.
Student-athletes find themselves at an increased risk for
these illnesses due to the combined pressure of their academic
workload and athletic pursuits,
and UBC is no exception. I discussed this with one of UBC's top
varsity athletes, who himself has
successfully managed both anxiety and depression. (For personal
reasons, the athlete preferred to
remain anonymous.)
"Being a university athlete
requires a high level of focus and
effort," he said. "You have to be
able to balance all aspects of your
life while at the same time competing at the highest level of sport
and academics in Canada. There's
pressure to perform well in both
school and your sport, while a
student-athlete in many cases has
little time for a social life. This
only adds to their stress."
Symptoms of depression include emotional withdrawal from
friends and favourite activities,
moodiness, changes in appetite
and weight, feelings of anxiety,
sadness or anger, unwarranted
guilt and shame and a decrease in
sex drive. These symptoms were
echoed by the athlete interviewed
by The Ubyssey.
"I have had many episodes of
clinical depression, as well as
extended periods of high levels
of anxiety that have impeded my
progress and success in my sporting, academic and social lives," he
said. "In these periods of depression and anxiety, it was expected
I strive to be my best despite
feeling terrible. A combination
of low-level energy, lack of focus,
loss of interest in all aspects of
my life and a feeling of self-doubt,
despair and hopelessness pushed
me to the edge, where I was not
sure if I was going to get out or
return the same."
Inthe world of university
athletics, student-athletes are expected to be both physically and
mentally tough. These societal
pressures make it difficult for
athletes to admit they need help.
Fear of social stigma is the key
reason many students do not seek
medical help. According to a 2006
study, only 23 per cent of students
are comfortable with a friend fought on the field
rarsity season underway, the
mnderbird athletes. National
are on the line, and training
Laking each day more and
weren't under enough pressure,
. top of their classes, too. What
athlete? Stress.
Gattens
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knowing they're getting help
for an emotional issue, making
embarrassment the number one
reason why a student won't seek
help. However, getting past this
fear of embarrassment and reaching out to friends and family can
help a student emerge from the
downward spiral of depression
and anxiety.
"I have used many techniques
to recover from illness. Hanging
out with teammates, friends and
family has been a great way to
improve my symptoms, even if it
was to just distract my mind from
what I'm dealing with. I currently
take antidepressant medication
to help cope with stress and avoid
the pitfalls of my illness. Exercise
and my sport has been a great way
to keep my emotional and physical health balanced."
In addition to his support
network of family and friends,
the interviewee stressed the
importance of counselling
and alternative techniques to
manage symptoms.
"Counselling has proven to be
a valuable tool in my recovery
and continues to be today. I've
also found that a healthy, natural
diet has proven to be great too.
The last tool I have used has been
meditation. Meditation is an unbelievable way to find emotional
and mental balance. It increases
my focus and ability to cope with
the stress."
Cheryl Washburn, director
of Counselling Services at UBC,
said that UBC does not have
specialized services designed
for student-athletes, but did say
that Counselling Services provides help to all students, free of
charge. The Counselling Services
office is open Monday through
Friday in Brock Hall. Students
can choose between individual
counselling and group counselling
programs to help manage stress,
anxiety, depression and more.
The university experience is intended to be challenging, but not
hopeless or threatening. A student-athlete or student may think
they are alone with their mental
health issues, but there are count
less others who struggle with the
same problems every day. It is
crucial to seek help immediately,
reach out to your support network
of family and friends, and use the
student services at UBC.
"My advice to those suffering,
or a future sufferer, is to always
keep in mind that things will be
OK," said the T-Bird. "Even if it
takes a few years to reach a sense
of normalcy, you will get there.
The human spirit is amazingly resilient. You may not think you can
get through what you are experiencing, but there is always a light
at the end ofthe tunnel, and when
your body and mind are pushed
to the limit, your spirit will show
how strong you can truly be." 31 Sports + Rec
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CIRCUS »
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Lydia Adeli
Contributor
New Year's resolutions often
include getting fit, and there are
many ways to achieve that goal.
Most people opt for the traditional, boring gym membership, but
why not join the circus instead?
Travis Johnson is a co-
founder ofthe Vancouver Circus
School, which offers circus
classes for people of all ages and
experience levels.
"Circus, from my perspective,
is the best personal training one
can do, because it's all dynamic
and most of it is going against
your own resistance," said
Johnson, who started a
competitive career in
trampoline at the age
of six. "Jumping on
the trampoline
for 10 minutes has
the
1 hour of aerial
silks exercises
burns up to
520 calories
same cardiovascular benefits as
running for 33, and it's fun."
I was really intrigued by the
idea of circus acts as a form of
exercise and decided to try a
class myself. Despite getting to
the gym half an hour before the
drop-in class started, I found
that it was already full. Luckily,
someone didn't show up and I
was able to claim their spot.
The class warmed up with
games like tag; I felt like I was
on a school playground, and
although it was fun, it did feel a
bit juvenile at times. However,
things quickly started to become
more professional and structured. After the warmup, we
split into two groups: aerial silks
and trampolining.
I started with the aerial silks.
I watched the instructor gracefully demonstrating positions
with long strips of silk hung from
the ceiling. When it was my turn
to try, I wobbled around before
finally getting into the right
position. The aerial silks require
a lot of upper body strength, and
I started to realize how this
could be a great workout.
Afterwards, I went to
the trampolines — my
favourite part. After
getting comfortable
on the springs, I
started to find trampolining more enjoyable and noticed my heart
pumping, which shows
that it really is a good
cardiovascular exercise.
The intro drop-in class
ended with some juggling
lessons, which was fun,
but I preferred the more
exercise-heavy activities.
However, I am considering going back to try
some ofthe other classes
offered there.
Circus school can go beyond
simple recreational exercise;
Johnson said that becoming a
professional in the field is easier
than one might think. All the
school's professional performers
are former students, and many
did not have prior experience
before starting classes. Age is no
barrier, either; the school's oldest
participant is 74 years old.
There are also opportunities
to go into coaching and choreography. Johnson said that his
Circus, from my
perspective, is
the best personal
training one can
do, because it's
all dynamic and
most of it is going
against your own
resistance.
Travis Johnson
Co-founder, Vancouver
Circus School
father and co-founder, Aaron,
was the head coach ofthe Cirque
du Soleil show in Vegas; some
of his Vancouver Circus School
students went on to become
choreographers and coaches of
major productions.
Regretfully, Aaron passed
away last month, but his son
continues his legacy at the
Vancouver Circus School. He
is currently in the process of
creating scholarships in his father's honour.
The Vancouver Circus School,
which has locations in North
Vancouver, New Westminster,
Abbotsford and Whistler, is offering a promotion for the month
of January, with all of their drop-
in classes priced at $10. Now is
the best time to try aerial silks,
trampolines, core conditioning or
whatever else tickles your fancy.
Just make sure to pre-register
online to save a spot for the drop-
in classes. Xi
Jumping on the trampoline
for 10 minutes has the same
cardiovascular benefits as
running for 33 minutes Culture
ANNAZORIA
RSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2013
COMMUNITY »
FOOD»
Feeling cut off from campus?
Construction, academic competitiveness and
lack of of social spaces... It's no surprise UBC
lacks school spirit
More meal
for your buck
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Joan Tan
Contributor
You're sitting in a hall of 100
students, twiddling your thumbs
and waiting for the lecture to
begin. The professor walks in,
introduces himself and asks the
class to do the same. All around
you, hearts sink and faces cringe
at the thought of this ordeal.
But what seems like a commonplace reaction could reflect
an underlying problem with our
campus. Sure, we can all be shy,
anti-social and reserved among
strangers. But what does this behaviour say about the community
at UBC?
"People are having difficulties
forming communities. They are
desperately seeking something
— some kind of shared experience — but are having enormous
difficulty finding it," said Steven
Taubeneck, a professor in the department of Central, Eastern and
Northern European studies.
Watching the school grow
from a population of 22,000 in
1992 to almost 50,000 today,
Taubeneck has noticed an alarming social trend in the student
community.
"Something is going on that
is blocking actual social interaction, limiting the ability for
students to form satisfying relationships," he said.
CLIQUES ON CAMPUS
May Anne Then, president ofthe
International Students Association, said that finding a niche
to fit into at UBC requires some
effort. "Communities do exist,
but it's just not obvious unless
you are actually a part of one,"
she said.
While the over 350 clubs
on campus make it easier for
students to become part of a
small clique, the overall campus
community still lacks a sense of
connection and cohesiveness.
"It can be difficult to form
relationships on such a big
campus," said Then. "It's such
a big community. Where do you
start?"
This sense of disconnection
crops up in even the most mundane situations. For example,
Taubeneck, who regularly rides
the 99 B-Line, cited the lack of
interaction on busses. "In most
cases, almost nobody is talking, and they all go to the same
school.... I've actually never seen
that before," he said.
"These are forms of reticence:
the way we look at people, talk
to people, behave around people.
There are so many guidelines
these days that limit our ability
to freely interact and communicate."
These self-imposed societal rules can often translate
into shyness, feelings of alienation and widespread anti-social behaviour.
"I think students here are
desperate for contact," said
Taubeneck. "It's clear they want
some kind of shared experience,
but things like not wanting to be
misinterpreted [and] following
the guidelines are getting in
the way.... They are uncertain
and choked about how to treat
another person."
ALL WORK AND NO PLAY
Academic pressure may also
play a large role in the sense of
disconnection at UBC. Students
are often so academically driven
that they end up sacrificing their
social life.
"There is a certain competitiveness to being a UBC student,"
said Quinn Gentles, a fourth-year
honours student in microbiology
and immunology. "I think a lot
of students feel the pressure to
perform. Part of that is good, but
it does create a sort of intense
environment where students
feel they don't have the freedom
to do as much community and social-based events because ofthe
pressures of studies."
Gentles noticed a difference
in atmosphere when he studied abroad at the University of
Glasglow. "In Glasgow there are
no midterms, and here at UBC, as
soon as that season comes along,
your life seems to shut down
because of studies."
AMS VP Admin Caroline
Wong is a big advocate for
student involvement outside of
academic pursuits.
"It not only enhances students'
experiences, but it can also
improve many different aspects,
such as grades," she said.
Wong said there could be more
of a push from the university to
engage students. "Sometimes
they do engage together, but I
think promoting this kind of
vibrant student life is so important."
LOOKING FOR A
FRIENDLY SPACE
It's hard not to notice that UBC
is involved in more construction
projects than ever before. Future
students will certainly benefit
from all these updated facilities;
for example, the current SUB,
built in 1968, will be replaced by
the new SUB in 2014. But all this
updating makes it hard to escape
construction on campus. Fences,
noisy machinery and blocked
paths can make it difficult for
students to congregate and interact with each other.
For instance, the Knoll outside
ofthe SUB was demolished to
make way for an underground
bus loop, but the grassy hill
used to be full of students
having lunch, studying or just
hanging out.
"Taking away the Knoll kind
of broke my heart, to say the
least," said Eleni Janin, a fourth-
year psychology major. "There
used to be movie screenings
shown there, and it was such a
great way to just casually meet
and be around people.... Places
like the Knoll are different
because it doesn't feel forced.
It's casual and easy-going, and
somehow, that comfortable setting influences and encourages
interaction. It breaks down those
walls."
Wong, who is heavily involved
in the planning and construction ofthe new SUB, envisions a
stronger campus community in
the future. "We want [the SUB]
to be a central hub of activity. So
many things are being planned
that will cater to that: a rooftop
garden, climbing wall, community kitchen, along with more
services and facilities to accommodate all different types of
students, whatever their needs or
interests may be."
The new SUB certainly sounds
like it will help fill the void of
social spaces on campus, but it's
clear that current students are at
a disadvantage.
For Janin, campus architecture has a big influence on social
interaction. "If we're not given
the space to interact and connect with people, and especially
if those spaces are not pleasant
and welcoming environments,
students would probably just
be heading home straight after
classes, and sometimes I feel like
we're already headed down that
path," she said. "Which is maybe
why there isn't a greater sense
of community here at UBC: our
environment isn't giving us that
push or encouragement to get
together." Xi
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WHAT AM I EATING?
by Tyler McRobbie
We've been hearing a lot lately about
the erosion of culture here in the
"no-fun city," from the much-maligned plight ofthe Waldorf Hotel
to the ongoing struggle for new art
gallery space downtown. This year,
standing as a beacon of resilience for
our cultural community, is Canada's
largest and tastiest food festival:
Dine Out Vancouver.
This year marks the 10th anniversary for Dine Out Vancouver, a
celebration of food and drink that
has grown to include more than
240 restaurants across the Lower
Mainland.
With everything from street food
to fine dining all priced under $40,
it's a great opportunity for students
to flex their palettes at restaurants
that might be unaffordable the rest
ofthe year.
I recommend checking out Black
+ Blue, a downtown steakhouse
where you'd be lucky to piece
together an entree for under $40. A
$38 ticket to Black + Blue gets you
a three-course dinner; truffle leek
soup, striploin roast and pan-fried
salmon are all on the menu, among
other things.
Another delicious option is
Wildebeest in Gastown; adorned
with salvaged this and reclaimed
that, Wildebeest is diligent in pro-
curingthe finest of all of its self-described "meat-centric" menu items.
Highlights of this three-course
tasting include the smoked salmon
roulade, albacore tempura and
wildebeest cheesecake. Their bar
also features Vancouver Magazine's
bartender ofthe year — just sayin'.
If these recommendations don't
whet your appetite, don't fret. Sonu
Purhar, media relations specialist
for Dine Out Vancouver, has a few
student-friendly recommendations.
Ms. Purhar suggests Bitter, Ceili's
Irish Pub, the Charles Bar, Nosh
and Rogue. This list is situated a
bit closer to UBC, and offers more
affordable menu prices than what
you might find downtown.
Dine Out Vancouver features a
slate of other events beyond just
three-course menus. Running Jan.
23-27 is Street Food City II, where
you can find over a dozen food carts
parked around the Vancouver Art
Gallery, all offering unique and delicious creations at discounted prices.
The food festival has also teamed
up with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival to give us Act
I, Eat 1, a performance-based dinner
series that pairs a three-course
dinner with a live show. Think of
it as dinner theatre for the modern
generation.
From its humble beginnings in
2003, when the festival comprised
less than 60 restaurants, Dine Out
has grown to stand for the best in
Vancouver cuisine. And of course,
I've barely even scratched the tip of
the iceberg when it comes to events
to attend and restaurants to visit. So
check it out for yourself!
The 2013 Dine Out Vancouver
Festival runs from Jan. 18 to Feb. 3.
Three-course menus are priced at $18,
$28 or $38. Visit dineoutvancouver.
com for more details. Xi Opinions
LAST WORDS
ARTS WEEK»
FARTING SHOTS AND SNAP JUDGMENTS ON TODAY'S ISSUES
Arts programs need to
control their own destiny
Do AMS hacks really want more people running in the elections? Well, yes and no.
STUDENTS DESERVE
A CHOICE IN VP
EXTERNAL RACE
Why is there no competition for
AMS VP External?
Executive positions, though
work-intensive, are prestigious.
The VP External position —
basically, the AMS's lobbying
arm — is arguably the most
interesting of all the VP slots.
But this year, like the year before, only one person has run for
the position.
There could be a few explanations. The AMS's external
presence has been somewhat
non-controversial this year,
which doesn't exactly set the
heart on fire in terms of new
recruits. Most ofthe work has
been centred on Get On Board,
a campaign to increase transit
service in the Lower Mainlaind
— and Get On Board involved
mainly paid staff, like Associate
Vice-President External Tanner
Bokor, the only candidate running in the VP External race.
(Plus, there have probably
been some back-room chats
between hopefuls before the
elections about what positions
people should run for. Given that
reality, isn't there something
dastardly/appropriate about the
candidate for AMS's lobbying
position consistently running
unopposed?)
Regardless, it's very important for there to be competition
for this position, because there's
a huge potential to make change
for students at the provincial
level. There's an election coming
up, and this VP will get a chance
to feel out the new government.
A lot of money is being spent on
Get On Board. If the plans ofthe
VP External are what students
want, that's fine; but they need
to be given a choice.
WHY WE BEG PEOPLE TO
VOTE — AND WHY MOST
OF THEM DON'T
Every election season, almost
every single newspaper runs
some sort of high-minded editorial reminding people to vote.
You'll forgive us for doing the
same.
Don't get us wrong. There
are lots of reasons to vote in
the AMS elections. For one, the
impact a level of government has
on your life is inversely related
to how much you care about it.
So more people vote in federal or
national elections than municipal elections, even though who's
on city council affects their
day-to-day life more than who
controls the House of Commons.
As tempting as it
is to think of AMS
politicians as kids
playing in a sandbox,
there are "real" jobs
that can affect your
experience on this
campus.
RE: Why you should vote in the
AMS elections
As tempting as it is to think of
AMS politicians as kids playing
in a sandbox, these positions are
real jobs that can have an impact
on your experience on this
campus (see: new SUB, tuition
increases, Credit/D/Fail, the
U-Pass, UN tuition complaints,
etc.). So when voting opens
next week, don't disengage. You
might not like the results.
THE CAMPUS LEFT HAS
LEFT THE BUILDING
The Student Legal Fund Society
is far from the sexiest race in
this year's AMS elections season, but what's happening with
their board of directors tellingly
mirrors the campus's larger
political culture.
The board for the society,
which maintains a fund dedicated
to helping students in legal battles,
has long been dominated by a slate
that has conservatively guarded
their coffers. Last year, an upstart
band of left-leaning activists
formed a new slate in opposition,
pledgingto spend more ofthe
nearly $50,000 taken in each year
on court cases, grade challenges
and other initiatives.
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The activist slate lost dramatically. Just one of their six
candidates, the semi-prominent (as campus activists go)
Greg Williams, won their only
seat, squeezing in with fewer
votes than all but one ofthe
old-guard candidates.
And before the year was
out, Williams had to leave the
board, resigning to attend grad
school at Yale. According to the
board's internal procedures, the
remaining members were able
to choose who filled the vacant
slot, and the long-dominant slate
rode the year out without any
dissenting voices.
This year, the activists seem
to have thrown in the towel.
Almost. The conservative slate
is the only one running, with
no challengers. But they've
recruited a new student to join
their banner: Roshak Momta-
hen, whose unequivocal support
ofthe Quebec student protests
and opposition of oil pipelines
has put him squarely to the left
ofthe slate's usual sympathies.
When asked why he chose to
run with the more conservative
slate, Momtahen was candid.
He said some campus progressives had tried to get another
left-leaning slate together, but
the attempt failed.
"I thought, if I can't beat
'em, why not join them?"
he said. Well, at least he's
being pragmatic.
HEY, WHY NO JOKE
CANDIDATES?
So last year, a glitter-covered "Party Rock" ran for VP
Administration. Before that, a
keg ran for president to protest
UBC's archaic liquor bylaws. A
host of other inanimate objects
have been nominated (but never
won): pylons, fire hydrants, sock
puppets ... The list goes on.
At their worst, joke candidates may be silly, inconsequential inside jokes. But at their
best, they're fantastic works
of satire that make people look
twice and draw attention to hypocrisy and inflated egos.
Too bad we don't have any
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Arts programs have assumed that people intuitively understand their value. They don't
— and that's hurt arts education across the board.
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EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK
by Jonny Wakefield
Wither the arts degree, right?
It's Arts Week at UBC, so it's as
good a time as any to discuss every
arts student's favourite question:
just what are you going to do with
aBA?
Every arts student has a few prepared responses to that question.
If it's a family member asking, they
shrug and say something about
master's programs or internships.
If it's a friend in, say, business
school, they generally make some
sort of jab about being better
rounded than your average Sauder
drone. And if it's a pundit going
off on the public funding their
discipline, they tend to get lofty
and idealistic about how an arts
education produces people who can
really think.
When they're trying to justify
their existence, liberal arts programs tend to adopt the last line of
reasoning. A liberal arts education
creates informed, critical citizens: a
net positive for society.
This is something we've accepted
as true since Oxford and Cambridge
started educating the English
gentry inthe ars liberalis (guess
which faculty I'm in) centuries ago.
The "Oxbridge" model has always
been what we assume universities
ideally ought to be (well, minus the
whole exclusively white and male
bit). They should focus on rigorous
teaching, centred around ideas of
citizenship. And they should be, to
an extent, sheltered from the dominant political, economic and social
forces ofthe day.
Sounds pretty important, right?
But then you realize this line has
been trotted out, more or less
unchanged, for centuries. It needs a
serious rethink.
Sure, liberal arts programs
have rolled with the times. Liberal
arts schools don't have quite the
same niche in Canada as they do
in Europe and the U.S. As Tom
Pocklington points out in his book
No Place to Learn: Why Universities Aren't Working, the Oxbridge
curriculum in Canada has been
grafted onto massive land-grant
universities that barely resemble
those ivory towers. In exchange for
public funding, universities are expected to produce useful scientific
research. Research is the kind of
thing that can be measured. Measuring the value of engaged citizens?
That's a little more difficult.
In Canada especially, the arts
and social sciences have always
been competing with "hard
sciences" for students, money
and public prestige. And because
arts believers tend to stick to the
centuries-old argument, they're
woefully stuck in a narrative that
they have no control over.
In their book Campus Con
fidential, Ken Coates and Bill
Morrison note the gleeful way
Reform Party MPs attacked federal
funding for social sciences. To use
their example, it's easier to mock
federal funding for research on
"Wartime Shakespeare in a Global
Context" than to debate whether
the "fundamental interactions of
small molecules" is a useful line of
inquiry. To put it simply, politicians
are afraid they'll look stupid if they
attack a scientist. Social scientists,
however, tend to be more aloof
about their research.
Since conservatives tend to
attack the liberal arts, some have
argued that defunding these
programs is part of a master plan
to dumb down the population (and
dumb people vote conservative,
right?). It's a silly argument. The
simple fact is that arts lost the
relevance contest on university
campuses a longtime ago, and its
defenders still parrot the same
old lines. Meanwhile, engineering
departments have convinced political leaders that they're the key to
national innovation. And business
departments have completely
altered the level of service students
expect from a university education.
That's all happened in roughly the
last half century.
Arts faculties need to take
control of their destinies. Faculties
shouldn't de-emphasize the value
ofthe education, but they should
be more upfront about what an arts
education can and cannot do.
It's not a surefire path to a career
(some people still need to hear
this), but it's a flexible program
that allows students to involve
themselves in other things. That's
a luxury students in more rigorous
programs don't get.
Arts faculties should look at
re-instituting more prerequisites to
ensure that the quality of arts grads
isn't so scattershot. And they need
to realize that for all the lofty rhetoric, they're still a service. Students
expect a return on investment (as
callous as that sounds to the arts
student in me). So double the number of co-ops. Add more skill-based
components. Do something other
than justify the degree based solely
on nebulous criteria developed
centuries ago.
The arts approach can't be blamed
entirely for the precarious position
of most BA-holders, and I don't want
to make the situation sound overly
grim. Like I've said often in this
space, no one truly understands what
they want from public universities,
and governments (especially in B.C.)
are notorious for moving the goalposts and then blaming universities.
But at this point, for a bunch of
self-described critical thinkers, arts
believers sound a lot like robots when
they justify their programs and their
research. At this point, you've got to
wonder if anyone still believes what
they're saying. Xi Scene
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YOUR UBC WORD OF THE WEEK
PENALTY
BOX
While candidates make their way through the
campaigning week, AMS elections staff keep a
close eye on each nominated individual to ensure
they don't break any election policies. The penalty
box is how the voting constituents (yes, you) are
able to see who mucked up. Infractions are listed
in detail on the AMS elections website at www.
ams.ubc.ca/governance/ams-elections/.
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