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An in depth look at the UBC men's and women's
basketball rosters and their upcoming 2012-13 season Pft
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What's on
Post-Halloween haze: All day @ your house
Whetheryou went trick-or-treating, hit up the club or crashed that rager
in the frat village, Nov. 1 should be a day of rest. So skip your classes (or
don't) and have a DQ blizzard to cure your pains. There's only one more
month left until the term ends, so take this time to reboot before papers
eat away at that thing formerly known as your social life.
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There's no better time than the
final stretch of classes to get your
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operates throughout the year to
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Vancouver Comic Con: 11
a.m.-5 p.m. @ Heritage Hall
It may not be the one in San
Diego, but at least Vancouver
is trying. Comic Con will feature
appearances from shows such
as Futurama, Debris and Santa
Claws. Who knows what kind of
shenanigans will happen?$4.
5th Annual TEDxTerry Talks:
10a.m.-5p.m. @ LSC
From current political topics such
as the Enbridge pipeline to analysing the digital era, TEDxTerry
is sure to inspire and educate.
Featuring ten speakers, this is
one event that you won't want to
miss. More information available
at www.terry.ubc.ca.
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a.m.-4 p.m. @ the SUB
AMS Volunteer Connect will
be hosting a volunteer fair on
Monday and Tuesday. The event
features not-for-profit organizations from across Vancouver
that are looking for students to
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This year is Lynn Burton's 15th season working on props for UBC's theatre department.
Inside the prop shop
Karina Palmiteta
Copy Editor
Lynn Burton stands at her
workshop counter holding up
a thick hemp rope. By Nov. 15,
that rope will transform into a
dead rooster prop for the opening night of Theatre at UBC's
upcoming production, Dancing
"We have a dead rooster, but
it's unfortunately the wrong
colour.... We need a plumper
rooster, it's gotta be a white
rooster, it's gotta have its throat
ripped out, so there's goingto be
blood," Burton says.
Of all the people at the UBC
theatre department, Burton
knows best that there's more
than one way to skin a cat — or
build a rooster. She's the department's head of properties,
and her days are filled with
supervising students in the
theatre production and design
program, as well as maintaining, building and sourcing
the department's vast collection of props. Her workshop
in the Freddy Wood Theatre
is a wonderland of objects
ranging from commonplace
to fantastical.
This particular dead rooster is being built by one of her
production students.
"Because it's going to be held
up by its little [legs], we need
to have floppiness.... You carry
a piece of something through
the skeleton, the spine. The
neck has to be floppy, so old
hemp rope works quite nicely....
There's no pattern for building a
rooster, so [the student] is kind
of figuring it out as he goes."
Burton didn't always see props
in her future, and even theatre
was a stretch at one point.
"I'd always liked musicals
and I went to theatre, but I
didn't ever really consider it a
job," she says. "It wasn't really
part of what my family did."
But after graduating with
a bachelor's degree in French
from SFU, Burton found herself adrift, so she applied to
the newly created stagecraft
program at Douglas College.
Even then, a future in props
seemed unlikely.
"I always thought I was going
to do costumes. When I was in
school, that's where I lived: the
costume shop," she says.
But a design materials class
at Douglas College planted the
seed of what would become
a lifelong career. Burton says
she found it liberating to bring
objects to life from scratch.
"That was the [class] that really
brought in all sorts of extra
elements, like sculpting and
using different materials, like
styrofoam and rubber latex and
casting and mould-making and
This year is her 15th season at
Theatre at UBC, but her first as
head of props. The former head,
Janet Bickman — an "absolutely brilliant props builder"
— retired last year, and Burton
stepped into her shoes.
Burton also occasionally
builds props and costumes for
film productions. "I don't do
much film work — just every
once in a blue moon.... I've been
very fortunate in my career
that I've worked with absolutely lovely people,... but for my
own brain, so I don't fall into
the same habits all the time,
it's good to go out and work on
another show."
But Burton says her heart lies
in the unpredictability of live
theatre. "It's nice to go see what
filmies do, but I like theatre. I
like it the best." 31 tNewsl
Thunderbirds kicker fails steroid test sB0uSeoPento
students without
Andrew Bates
Managing Editor, Web
Former UBC football player Billy
Pavlopoulos has recieved a two-
year ban for testing positive for an
anabolic steroid.
Pavlopoulos, the Thunderbirds'
kicker from 2009-2011, failed an
out-of-competition test for the
anabolic steroid stanozolol on Jan.
9,2012, accordingto the Canadian
Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES).
He will be banned from
CCES-certified sport events until
January 2014, using up his final two
years of eligibility as a CIS player.
"[I was] disappointed for our
team, obviously, because it's
something that we don't want to be
associated with, but also disappointed for Billy," said UBC football head
coach Shawn Olson. "Nothing will
drive home the reality to people that
are in our program [more] than this
According to the ruling from the
Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of
Canada, Pavlopoulos took a supplement called 1MR while on winter
break in Ontario. Pavlopoulos said
he checked the supplement to make
sure the stimulant it contained was
allowed during the off-season.
Accordingto the CCES ruling,
after testing positive for steroids in
January, Pavlopoulos sent a sample
of the 1MR he took to a private
lab and learned that it contained
a steroid.
"I do a fair amount of research of
what supplements I would take, and
I researched 1MR," said Pavlopoulos, who described weight training as
a leisure activity. "I had done what I
thought was qualified with enough
research personally.... I thought I
could take this product."
Accordingto Theresa Hanson, UBC's associate director of
high-performance sport, it's the
responsibility of the athlete to ensure that they aren't taking a banned
substance. "Our big role in this is to
educate our student-athletes of the
dangers of performance-enhancing
3illy Pavlopoulos, the kicker and punter for the T-
3irds from 2009-2011, tested positive for an anabolic steroid on Jan. 9,2012
drugs in the hope that they'll make
informed and sound decisions," she
said. "In this situation, unfortunately, the athlete made a poor
Pavlopoulos had appealed the
ruling on the basis that he had researched the supplement. However,
the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre
of Canada ruled that because lMR's
label carries a warning of possible
banned substances and Pavlopoulos
did not contact the supplement's
manufacturer, he should not have
assumed it was safe.
Olson said someone who used
to work in the athletic supplement
industry gave a speech to the players
at the beginning of the 2010 season,
saying there is no way to be 100 per
cent certain a supplement is clean.
"Honestly, it's just impossible,"
Olson said. "[If] you're buying
protein powder and it has more than
two or three ingredients on it, then
chances are it's something you don't
want to take."
All players and coaches must
complete a mandatory CCES online
course on drug testing. The program
works with the Taylor Hooton
Foundation, a group that educates
student-athletes on steroid use.
However, Olson said the issue of
supplements, which are not required
to print a complete list of ingredients, remains a minefield.
"I don't think there is a failsafe,
foolproof way of making sure this
doesn't happen," he said. "The
standard is [that] anything you put
in your body is now your responsibility.
"We try to tell our guys that you
shouldn't be taking anything."
This is the 10th doping violation in Canadian Interuniversity
Sport (CIS) since a 2010 incident at
the University of Waterloo when
nine members of the football team
tested positive for or admitted to
steroid use.
The CIS has since brought in
mandatory requirements for player
education and increased testing.
"I'm pretty confident that the message is getting out there," said Tom
Huisman, CIS director of operations
and management. He noted that
there would always be an "irreducible minimum" of doping cases.
Pavlopoulos took the news hard.
"I was suspended immediately
from the team, which was very
rough for me," he said. "It felt like I
was on top of the world, I was one of
the top punters in the country, I was
doing well in my school, I was very
active in the school community, and
then just overnight I wasn't allowed
around anything that I was used to."
In the second semester of last
year, Pavlopoulos entered academic probation and was asked
to withdraw from UBC in July.
He's currently finishing his arts
degree at Humber College in
Ontario, and he continues to train
as a kicker in hopes of playing in a
non-CCES league.
His former coach Olson knows
these pitfalls well. In his last year
as a UBC football player in 2000,
he failed a drug test for ephedrine.
He tells the story to players as an
example of the danger.
"Sometimes you're just not
equipped to know exactly what
all the stuff on the ingredients
mean," he said. "And now you're
left holding the bag and [people are]
saying, 'Hey, you know what? You're
TA strikes hit Geography, Math Buildings
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
Teaching assistant strikes
have gone on for three days,
and now they're affecting
undergraduate classes.
Pickets outside the Geography
Building, and later the Math Building, put TAs in the path of undergraduate students looking to attend
afternoon classes on Wednesday.
Reaction to the strike has been
generally positive, and UBC hasn't
yet seen significant disruption for
students or faculty.
Accordingto picket captain
Glynnis Kirchmeier, roughly 60
TAs represented by the CUPE 2278
union local were at the picket at its
height. They started at the Geography Building at noon, and expanded to cover the Math Building
before 1 p.m. The strike concluded
at 2 p.m.
Students approaching the
picketed doors were engaged in
conversation by TAs, and most
seemed sympathetic to the union,
though many did opt to cross the
line and attend class.
"We try to talk to people to
let them know what's happening
here,... inform them about what it
means to be crossing a picket line
and to show the union support,"
said Michael Stewart, a CUPE 2278
Tara Stamnis, a second-year
geography student, decided not
to attend class when she saw the
striking TAs.
Picketers, some in costume, surrounded the
"I think the TAs work really
hard. I have some friends who
are TAs and I think they deserve
what they're asking for, which is
important, and I support them,"
said Stamnis.
During the strike, from noon
until 1 p.m., a relatively well-attended political science class
carried on inside the Geography
Building. The class was Political
Science 240, and the lecture topic
for the day was introductory Marxism and organized labour.
"I'm usually not one to cross
picket lines," said the professor
teaching the class, Chris Erickson.
"But in this case, given what we
were talking about in the lecture
today, I think it made sense to hold
the class."
Roughly four-fifths of the
usually full class showed up for the
lecture. "At the beginning of the
buildings Wednesday afternoon.
lecture, I let people know that if
they wanted to leave, they could.
And if they wanted to respect the
picket lines, they could. And I gave
my reasons for holding the class.
I also expressed to the class my
own support for what the TAs are
Stewart said he understood the
professor's reasoning for continuing to teach, given the situation.
UBC spokesperson Lucie McNeill said that overall, the university was glad that the picketing
TAs weren't disruptive or confrontational toward students. "It was
a very peaceful, respectful picket
line," she said.
"Theoretically there might be
some temporary inconvenience [for
undergrads], but the material of the
courses will be covered one way or
The TAs have been holding pick
ets since 3 p.m. on Monday, when
their strike notice came into effect.
They started with a one-hour strike
outside the Jack Bell Building,
which houses the School of Social
Work. On Tuesday, they held a
small strike outside Buchanan Tower, which, according to McNeill,
houses many Arts faculty offices
but no undergraduate classes.
The union is hoping for wage increases, though they recognize that
any deal needs to fall within the
B.C. bargaining mandates that limit
pay hikes.They're also asking for
some form of tuition waiver; most
of the union's members are grad
students who can only work as TAs
so long as they're enrolled in school.
They also want hiring preferences
for third-year master's students and
fifth-year Ph.D. students, many of
whom have less scholarship and
grant money to fall back on.
UBC says that tuition waivers
are out of the question, as they see
student tuition as something separate from the employer-employee
relationship being discussed at the
bargaining table.
Accordingto McNeill, the university has given the union the option of returning to mediation with
a new mediator, but they haven't
heard back from the union yet.
"You can expect more of this [job
action]," said CUPE 2278 President
Trish Everett. "Meanwhile we're
still trying to work things out at the
table, and we imagine we'll be back
in bargaining before too long." Xi
Ming Wong
Senior News Writer
UBC students may find it easier to
get bursaries in the next few years.
As part of their overall awards
audit, UBC wants to repeal the
policy that requires students applying for bursaries to have a student
loan from the government.
"The Board of Governors had
questions about whether our
bursary dollars were being given to
the students with most need. And
this process is ... looking at ways
to open up the pool of bursaries to
all students who can demonstrate
need, not just students who are on
student loans," said Kiran Mahal,
AMS vice-president academic and
university affairs.
Under the new model, incoming students have the option to
complete a financial profile — a
"budget sheet" similar to the government student loan application
— as part of their application for
admission. UBC will use that data
to create a financial package that
comprises scholarships, bursaries or other awards for the newly
admitted student.
"The key piece about it is we'll
do it at the point of admission when
you're offered admission so that
you know early enough to create
financial certainty going forward.... You would know what your
[financial] gap was," said Barbara
Crocker, lead director the Student
Financial Support Project.
Crocker said a benefit to no
longer being tied to the student
loan process is that UBC can
assess financial needs based on
realistic Vancouver and Okanagan
living costs.
Mahal thinks that transparency and equal opportunity in the
bursary process will build on Policy
72, which states that no domestic
student is turned away from UBC
because of financial reasons.
"UBC offers financial aid, but
not all students know about it, so
they are turned away just by looking at the price. But this [change]
will incorporate into the application process that you have an
opportunity to say what your need
is, financially, [to] the university,"
said Mahal.
As needs-based, non-repayable
financial aid from the university,
bursaries are currently given to
eligible domestic students who
demonstrate that they need more
money than student loans can
provide. Crocker said that under
the new system, students will still
need to bring some sort of financial
contribution to the table.
"You don't get a bursary unless
you have a need above the maximum student loan," said Crocker.
"The expectation is ... ifyou are
eligible for student loan, you'd
[apply and] bring that amount to
the table, and if you weren't eligible
you would have to find that amount
of funding somewhere else."
Jason Chang, a third-year
Arts student who has applied for
the bursary program numerous
times, finds the current government-based deadlines "annoying
... because ifyou apply for student
loans too late then you can't get the
bursary immediately."
The project is still in its initial
stages and is planned to be fully
realized within the next three
years. Crocker said the Student Financial Support Project will make
recommendations to the university
executives in the new year.
"This is all on paper [still]; it's a
vision," said Crocker. Xi SPORTS + REC    I   THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1,2012
Men's b-ball
by new-look
Lose six top-quality players and
suddenly become the favourite in
the Canada West? It may not make
much sense, but that's just how good this
year's UBC men's basketball team is.
There are only four returners from
last year's T-Bird squad, and seven new
players. Three of them are true first-
years, while the other four are transfers.
Yet despite all the new faces, the country believes that UBC men's basketball
is the team to beat in the Canada West.
After a strong preseason that saw them
go 6-1, the 'Birds were awarded the No.
2 ranking in the CIS preseason poll, an
honour that will put a target on their
backs and have the rest of the Canada
West gunning for them.
"Nobody knew what to expect at the
beginning of the preseason, and I think
people saw a very talented group, so it's
great to have this ranking," said forward
Brylle Kamen, who transferred to UBC
from San Jose State University. "But
once again, it doesn't mean anything,
because you're going to play again and
everybody's going to want to beat you....
It's goingto be a lot of work at practice
now that we have this ranking, but it'll be
good for us."
With so many new faces, the pre-sea-
son easily could have been full of sloppy
play as the new team got used to working
together. However, the group came out
and played as if they had been a team
for years.
"The last few years we've had 14,15,
16 guys, and it was difficult to get team
cohesion," said UBC head coach Kevin
Hanson, who is entering his 12th year at
the helm of the team. "Team cohesion
can carry a long way, and I think that's
one of the things we have this year. This
team has really gelled together on the
floor and also off the floor, and partly I
think that's due to the smaller numbers."
The smaller roster also means that
every player is expected to contribute,
but Hanson doesn't see that as a problem;
the Thunderbirds have tremendous
depth, and eight players have started
games already during the preseason.
"I think we're two deep at every
position at least, and when you have that
kind of depth in these positions, I think
it bodes very well for what you can do,"
said Hanson. "I think anybody on our
team is capable of starting."
Doug Plumb and Tommy Nixon were
fixtures in the starting lineup last season,
and will be expected to shoulder a good
deal of the load again this year. Nixonis
a third-year who combines an ability to
shoot from the outside and play in the
paint, while Plumb is one of three fifth-
years on the squad who will be counted
on for leadership.
"Coming into the year, I didn't really
knowwhatto expect,... so it's kind of like
learnpng] as you go," said Plumb. "But I
feel that ifyou just come to play every day
and do the right things, then people are
going to respect you a lot more."
Second-years David Wagner and Geoff
Pippus round out the rest of the returning players. Wagner is a 6-foot-9 post
who is expected to be a big presence in
the paint, while Pippus poses a shooting
threat, especially from beyond the arc.
As for the trio of first-years, all three
are expected to make an impact on the
court. Isaiah Soloman from Vancouver
College and Jordan Jensen-Whyte from
Calgary will both see time in the point
guard position during the year; both possess great court vision and solid defensive skills. And Conor Morgan is a 6-foot-
8 post player from Victoria who will help
out down low, but can also extend the
defence with his shooting game.
"Conor, Isaiah and Jordan have played
big minutes for us already, more so than
any other freshman class that we've
had," said Hanson. "Their own confidence is growing, and they've played
very well."
Fifth-year O'Brian Wallace is expected to fill the void left by last year's
stand-out point guard, Nathan Yu. Brylle
Kamen will attempt to replace Kamar
Burke and Balraj Bains at the post position, but he also adds a shooting game to
go along with his post presence.
Michael Steele, from Capilano University, and 6-foot-ll Jared Casey, from
Seattle University, round out the roster
and will also see plenty of action.
Last year was a disappointing one
for the T-Birds; they fell to Alberta in
the Canada West quarterfinals, which
marked the first time since 2004-05
that they didn't qualify for nationals. But
this close-knit squad has the potential to
return the men's basketball team to its
former glory.
"I'm very rejuvenated [in] the last
couple months here, coaching this
group of guys," said Hanson. "It was
good for me to get a group in here that
I really like, and I have a lot of respect
for these guys."
This year's team knows that they're
good, and the rest of the country knows
it as well. But it will be up to them during
the regular season to prove that the respect they've earned is well-deserved. 31
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A year after coming one win from
capturing gold at CIS nationals,
the UBC women's basketball
team will have a whole new look in
2012-13. The Thunderbirds have lost
three of their starters from last season, and will bring in five rookies to
go along with only one fifth-year and
one fourth-year on this year's roster.
Despite their team's youth, last
year's Canada West champions aren't
planning on using this season to
rebuild. Head coach Deb Huband is
counting on a strong supporting cast
to step up this year to fill the void left
by the graduation of standout forwards Zara Huntley and Alex Vieweg
and point guard Kristen Hughes.
"Anytime you graduate your fifth-
years, it's a bit of a learning curve,"
said Huband, who is in her 18th season as head coach of the T-Birds. "You
think that it's an adjustment for your
rookies coming in, but it's also an
adjustment for people who reaped the
benefit of their leadership and their
performance, and now the responsibility lies with different people.
"But it's not like any one person; I
think we just need everybody to step
up a little bit more from last year to
this year."
Two of the main players who will
carry a heavier load this season are
forward Leigh Stansfield and guard
Kris Young. As the lone fifth-year on
the team, Stansfield will anchor the
post position. Third-year Young was
named a second-team Canada West
all-star last season.
"Leigh is really eager and ready to
take on even more in her fifth year,"
said Huband. "She's had a real great
start to the season and been our most
consistent player up to this point.
"Kris, as an all-star, I think benefited from being around an older cast
where she could be a talented young
player who didn't carry responsibility. But now she carries some of that
responsibility, even though she's only
in her third year."
The younger players on the team
are also expected to play well beyond
their years.
"We need some of our rookies to be
able to get on the floor and contribute
for us," said Huband. "Some of them
have had good minutes for us, some of
them have been held back a bit with
silly little injuries and so forth, but
we expect some of our first-years to
make a big impact over the course of
the year."
Maggie Sundberg from Connecticut brings a high basketball IQ and
great experience from playing against
tough U.S. competition. Cherub Lum,
Jaime Hills and Andrea Stujic are
joining the T-Birds from Vancouver,
while Susan Thompson hails from
Calgary and will be a help in the
Fourth-year Victoria Spangehl
will play a forward position that
looks much different from last year.
Second-year Adrienne Parkin may
also start some games at the power
forward position.
"I think we still have a balance
inside and outside," said Huband in
regards to their guard and post game
on offence. "I think we obviously have
youth in the post, with both Leigh
[Stansfield] and Tori [Spangehl], but
we have good potential there."
Stephanie Bell is a second-year
who will also help out at the forward
spot. As for the guard position, there
will be plenty of depth; along with
rookies Lum and Hills, Cassandra
Knievel, Alyssa Binns, Erika Vieweg
and Zana Williams will all provide
threats from the outside and help run
the Thunderbird offence.
The T-Birds, ranked 10th in the
nation in the CIS preseason poll, will
once again need to have a strong all-
around game on offence if they want
to compete. Regina will be looking for
revenge after UBC ended their undefeated season in the Canada West
semi-final last year, and Fraser Valley
is a top up-and-coming squad that has
a large group of players returning.
Add in traditional rivals Victoria
and Trinity Western, and it's clear
that this season will be anything but
a Cakewalk.
Winning that national gold is the
big prize for UBC, and coming so
close last year will hopefully give
them the added motivation to go all
the way this season.
"We were very proud to earn our
way to the national championship
final,... and I still feel like we accomplished a lot last year.... Every year we
step on the floor, we want to do the
best that we can," said Huband. "We
want to make every game and practice matter, and hope to be in the mix
come the end of the season.
"We just take it one day, one step at
a time and keep our focus on getting
better." tJ
team brings
young energy
to the court
by C.J. Pentland
3rd YEAR
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and corsets
Players Club gears
up for a "visceral,
emotional" period piece
Rhys Edwards
Senior Culture Writer
History runs deep in the UBC
Players Club. Founded in 1915,
it isn't just the oldest club on
campus; it's also the oldest theatre
company in the province. Currently, its members are getting ready
to step back into history with their
largest-ever mainstage production, Our Country's Good.
Based on true events, Our
Country's Good is set shortly
after the first British colonization of Australia in the 1780s.
The production follows a group
of deported convicts and their
adjutants as they attempt to stage
a play for the purpose of building
morale. Amid the worst conditions
imaginable, the criminals unite
with their captors in a tale about
the tenacity of the human spirit.
In a sense, this production
within a production reflects the
diversity of the UBC Players Club
itself, for although the members
of the club aren't criminals and
soldiers, they do come from many
different backgrounds. Some
are senior BFA majors, some are
freshmen and some of them aren't
even students.
"Of necessity, the [UBC] theatre
department has only so [many] resources, so they can only use primarily full-time theatre students,"
said director Chris Robson, a
senior student in the UBC MFA
directing program. "The UBC
Players Club offers an alternative
to people who aren't full-time
theatre students."
One such person is Kiah Cato,
a first-year Arts student who
discovered the Players Club on
Imagine Day. Two weeks later, she
was already in rehearsals. Joining
the Players Club has allowed Cato
to get a taste of what it's like to be
in a professional theatrical production without fully committing
to an academic program.
"I'm getting knowledge about
different opportunities for me to
act, as well as to see other shows,
by being involved in [the Players
Club], and it's been key in these
past few months for me," said
Cato. "Otherwise I'd just be stuck
with homework and not with theatre, which is what I love."
Set in a penal colony in Australia, Our Country's Good, examines the humanizing qualities of theatre.
By contrast, stage manager
Jayda Novak, a fifth-year BFA production major, has gained valuable
extracurricular experience with
the production. "With such a big
cast, a tight budget and a small
amount of rehearsal time, it's been
a huge challenge, but we've managed to scramble through, and it's
come out on the other side looking
very good.... It's going to be an experience I'm going to remember.
"We've been able to pull
off magic with what we had,"
said Novak.
As well as their mainstage productions, the club also conducts
play readings, workshops, contests
and a variety of other events, all
run by and for students. Although
the productions are on a smaller
scale than their Theatre at UBC
brethren, the cast and crew are no
less committed to their art.
"We are doing our absolute best
to make sure it is as professional
a production as we can possibly
manage," said Robson. "And also
given the fact that we have a very
low budget,... it's still goingto look
like a professional production
to people who would be used to
seeing shows in any of the major
theatre companies."
Aside from directing Our
Country's Good, Robson has also
worked with the performers as a
dialect coach to ensure that they
capture the diverse accents of 19th
century Britain and Australia.
"We're definitely trying our
best to keep it very accurate," said
The cast will also perform in
authentic period costumes, which
have helped them to fully embrace
their roles.
"It's actually helping me to stay
in character a bit more!" said Cato,
who will don a corset for her role
as convict Mary Brenham.
Although the show is based
on a particular moment in
history, Robson emphasizes
that the humanity of the play
transcends time.
"I think that in a university,
people are studying things like
sociology or history, et cetera, and
so these are all things that people
may have read about.... But when
you actually see these things
happening on a stage in front of
you, it affects people [in a way]
that's not merely intellectual; it's a
much more visceral and emotional
experience." Xi
Our Country's Good runs from
Oct. 31 to Nov. 4. Book tickets by
emailing tickets@ubcplayersclub.
Expect the unexpected from Kyprios
Local hip-hop artist is set to open for rap-rock band Down with Webster at the Pit Pub
Matisse Emanuele
Sweat, dancing and fun.
Accordingto the artist himself,
this is what audiences can expect
from a Kyprios show. On Nov. 2,
the Vancouver-based MC will be
opening for Down with Webster at
UBC's Pit Pub.
Kyprios is well-known in Vancouver for his hit "How the West
Was One," an ode to the Vancouver Canucks that he played live in
Rogers Stadium at the Stanley Cup
finals. He is also known for winning
the Peak Performance Project, a
$100,000 prize through the Peak
radio station.
But after touring across North
America as a member of Canadian
hip-hop collective Sweatshop
Union, he is now embarking on a
solo career.
The artist has broken away from
the traditional rap formula; he is
collaborating with a live band to create his music. "Making music with
a band is completely different. I've
gotten towards making songs from
the ground up," he said.
"There is a lot more body in more
traditional songwriting," he added.
"[I] still rap, but because of the band,
it's really inspirational and a great
Kyprios started writing rap
A way with words: Kyprios draws inspiration for his rap lyrics from personal experiences.
music and learning to freestyle at
age 15. But it wasn't until a couple
of years later that he decided music
was what he wanted to pursue as a
"[I] studied theatre and went to
university for two and a half years,"
he said. "I was always attracted to
the arts. Music, theatre,... everything was trying to go towards what
I was really passionate about."
Paying attention to what's
popular on the radio isn't a big
part of the creative process for
the emerging artist. Instead, he
draws from his personal struggles
and achievements.
"These mistakes [I have made]
have shaped who I am and these
personal experiences definitely are
what I like to write about," he said.
This explains the raw power of
his lyrics. One of his more famous
songs, "Hate," tackles the subject
of racism with daring, in-your-face
lyrics: "I am racism/And I don't
discriminate /1 hate you all equally
/1 hate hatred for hating me because I am hate manifest." The song
won him a poetry slam in New York
City, and it's a perfect example of
how he can take away the music and
impress an audience with just the
power of his words.
Kyprios is set to release a new EP
in November, which, like his shows,
will feature a live band instead of a
DJ. The MC was quick to add that
this new direction is what listeners
can expect from his solo career in
the future.
As for what UBC can expect from
his Friday night show at the Pit?
Probably something that they've
never heard before.
"It's goingto be really high
energy," he said. "It's up-tempo; we
play funk, hip-hop. We play a lot
of my music that morphs from one
song to another."
The Pit will be a rather intimate
venue for both Kyprios and the main
act, Down with Webster; both have
drawn in very large crowds before.
But Kyprios said that whether
he's playing a large or small venue,
it's all about the audience.
"You can be in a big venue with
people just standing there like
wallflowers or you can be in a dark,
sweaty little box, hardly bigger than
your practice room, and the audience can go crazy and get into it." Xi
Tickets are available at the Outpost
and northerntickets.com. The show is
at 9 p.m. on Nov. 2. Opinions
The longer the picket,
the shorter the strike
fUvistones  Vi-Wur
"Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to become a high-performance athlete while avoiding these common household
performance enhancers. If caught, UBC will disavow any knowledge of your existence."
Former Thunderbirds football
kicker Billy Pavlopoulos has
been banned from CIS sports
for two years for testing positive
for stanozolol, found in a workout supplement he reportedly
took during the offseason.
It's disturbing that a steroid
illegal in most sports leagues
supposedly can be found in a
legal supplement. It's even more
disturbing that the ingredient may not be clearly labeled
on the package. The workout
supplement industry is highly unregulated. It is almost
impossible to know what is
really in these supplements with
ingredient lists longer than a
football field.
This is why the CIS recommends players not take any
workout supplements. Their an-
ti-doping rules put the responsibility on athletes to make sure
they don't consume any banned
In a league where players
can be suspended for using the
wrong type of cold medicine,
athletes should know better
than to take workout cocktails.
Still, it's hard not to feel that
Pavlopoulos tried to do his due
diligence. He didn't do weight
training during the season, and
felt he had a lot of catching up
to do in the offseason. The same
feelings have resulted in more
athletes taking illegal drugs
than anyone will ever admit.
It seems like Pavlopoulos
never intentionally took banned
substances, and props to him on
that. He felt like he had fallen
behind, and tried to catch up by
playing within what he thought
were the rules.
Pavlopoulos had no intention of breaking the rules, but
he did. With the current CIS
policies, products from a highly
unregulated industry are not a
gamble worth taking.
UBC's plan to tweak its bursaries is a good step to shore up
B.C.'s problematic student loans.
Currently, the university
offers bursaries to students in
need in Vancouver, a crazy-expensive city. But those bursaries have relied on the student
already having a loan, which
passes over students with
full-time jobs, cars or other
assets that push them over the
in-need mark. UBC's plan would
make those students eligible
for bursaries.
A Ubyssey
Freedom of
request unearthed a
letter sent by Piper to
the province asking
the government to put
TAs oack to work.
Re: the 2003 TA strike
But despite this and programs like Canada Student
Grants, there's still a massive
problem with student debt upon
graduation and students in need
are still not getting covered.
In the end, people are having
real trouble affording school.
All those problems demand a
substantial rethink from the
While the current TA dispute
is over a four-year contract,
people need to realize that this
strife goes back years.
The last time TAs went on
strike, in 2003, it was over the
same issues. Wages had been
depressed by rising tuition,
which had been uncapped by
the BC Liberals. The TAs struck
for weeks, but were eventually
legislated back to work.
Through all this, UBC President Martha Piper was hardly
a bystander. After the strike
ended, a Ubyssey Freedom of
Information request unearthed
a letter sent by Piper to the
province requesting some action
to prevent the school year from
being "lost."
Essentially, the UBC president asked the government to
put TAs back to work.
It's fairly easy to trace the
TAs' current troubles back
to that era. This is an issue
that was shoved underground
and has never gotten a proper
airing. We can only hope it gets
one this time around, and that
the UBC administration doesn't
ask for any more favours.
Watching social media in the
lead-up to Hurricane Sandy
has been a profoundly weird
On the one hand, you have a
bunch of idiots trying to score
points and RTs by making little
quips about the storm ("Looks
like my trip to New York is
goingto be delayed. It's been
reclaimed by the Atlantic!")
But you've also got a direct
line into the terrified thoughts
of someone in NYC as they wait
for the power to go out and their
laptop battery to die.
And for every organization
tweeting about recovery efforts
and evacuation instructions,
there's another person re-
posting that stupid Day After
Tomorrow photo.
It's a good reminder of how
crisis brings out the best and
worst in people, and that social
media can amplify stupidity just
as much as humility. tJ
by Charles Menzies
Right now, teaching assistants at
UBC are gearing up for a strike.
They have been patient in their
negotiations to a fault. But now
they've served strike notice and
the picket signs are being made
ready. Expect picket lines outside
your classroom soon.
Teaching assistants are a key
part of a great education. In a gigantic lecture hall, it's more likely
the TA, not the prof, that a student
gets to meet on a regular basis.
The TAs lead discussion groups,
hold office hours and meet with
students. I know: I've been a TA
and I teach a course with four TAs.
The TAs who have worked with
me over the years have all been
dedicated, hardworking teachers
and scholars. They do this without
very much pay and oftentimes do
more than they are expected to.
The TA union is concerned that
their action will have an impact
on students, staff and faculty. I am
sure it will. But every important
social justice win has required
some small amount of sacrifice.
The TAs' struggle is really a
struggle over the type of education
system we have and want. Do we
want a system that only those with
the money to pay can attend? Or do
we want an education system that
is available to those who have the
capacity and desire to learn?
Most graduate students are
only able to afford their graduate
studies because they get a chance
to have a teaching assistant-
ship. It doesn't pay much, but it
makes the difference and opens
the doors to a lot of people who
wouldn't otherwise be able to
take a post-graduate degree. My
own graduate study was funded in large part by being able
to work as a teaching assistant
and a research assistant during
my two post-graduate degrees.
Without that kind of funding, I
wouldn't have been able to continue my studies. That's the case
with many of the teaching assistants here at UBC as well. When
it comes down to it, TAs aren't
really asking for much — just the
chance to have a fair contract
that values the hard work that
they do.
We can quietly sit by and hope
that nothing happens, or we can
actively support the teaching
assistants in their struggle for a
just settlement. Of course, UBC
admins will remind us that we
have a responsibility to do our
normal jobs even if there is a
strike. The tone of these reminders
may even, at times, come across
as vaguely threatening. Don't
be cowed. There is strength in
I, like many other faculty, will
be honouring the TAs' picket
lines and making sure that no
student, no colleague, no TA will
be discriminated against because
they have the courage to stand up
for social justice. Remember: the
longer the picket line, the shorter
the strike.
— Charles Menzies is an associate
professor in the department of
Salvation Army
responds to ad decision
My name is Graham Moore and I am
the public relations and development
secretary for the Salvation Army in
Canada and Bermuda. I am writing
in response to your recent editorial,
"Why we declined to run an advertisement from the Salvation Army: an
open letter," in order to clear up some
discrepancies and paint a clearer
picture of the work that the Salvation
Army has done in Canada for the last
130 years.
First, the Salvation Army in Canada has a long history of serving those
in need without discrimination. All
of our social and community services
are equally available, based only on
need and accordingto the capability
of the Army to serve. We uphold
the dignity of all people and believe
that all are equal in the eyes of God,
regardless of sexual orientation. We
firmly oppose the vilification and
mistreatment of gays and lesbians.
Secondly, the Salvation Army is a
Christian organization, founded on
Christian values and biblical standards. However, this has no negative
effect on our extensive social work,
which is supported by public donations. We are the largest non-governmental direct provider of social
services in this country, serving more
than 1.8 million people each year. In
fact, it is our faith that motivates us to
help anybody in need, regardless of
who they are.
While we understand that it is
ultimately up to you and your editorial
board to choose which advertisements to run in your newspaper, I
hope that you may reconsider knowing a little more background about the
Salvation Army and the work that we
do. I do hope that this helps to answer
your questions and address your
Graham Moore
Public Relations and
Development Secretary
Headquarters for Canada
and Bermuda Scene
The UBC women's volleyball team unveils the banner signifying their fifth straight CIS national championship on Friday night at War Memorial Gym.
ESP, or Enrolment Service
Professional, is the title for a bunch
of people UBC hired to be your
human computer. They can help
you with tuition, fees, finances,
registration, planning, transcripts,
referrals to other services, et cetera.
In other words, they are your
human SSC, and ifyou are in first
through third year, chances are you
are lucky enough to already have
one! Take advantage now and meet
[Insert First Name] ESP. They're
super friendly — and hey, you pay
for them anyway.
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