UBC Publications

UBC Publications

UBC Publications

The Ubyssey Nov 8, 2012

Item Metadata


JSON: ubysseynews-1.0126867.json
JSON-LD: ubysseynews-1.0126867-ld.json
RDF/XML (Pretty): ubysseynews-1.0126867-rdf.xml
RDF/JSON: ubysseynews-1.0126867-rdf.json
Turtle: ubysseynews-1.0126867-turtle.txt
N-Triples: ubysseynews-1.0126867-rdf-ntriples.txt
Original Record: ubysseynews-1.0126867-source.json
Full Text

Full Text

Array It's morning in America, and also other places too SINCE 1918
What's on
Thrive 2012 Student Pancake Breakfast: 9 a.m.
@ the Global Lounge
JI3C student health organization Thrive is hosting a pancake breakfast
for students. Quit worrying about term papers for a morning and take the
opportunity to meet new friends, play a few board games and load up on
free flapjacks.
Salsa Dance Workshop: 5
p.m. @ Abdul Ladha Science
Student Centre
Want to wind down your stressful
week with a little bit of dancing?
UBC's Mental Health Awareness
Club is hosting a salsa class.
Learn how to salsa and meet new
people! Free.
Remembrance Day Ceremony: 10 a.m. @ Student Union
Building, Room 211
Pay your respects to those who
have served in times of conflict
and war.
Vancouver Flea Market Antique Show: 8:30 a.m. @ 703
Terminal Avenue
Do you collect antiques? Hunt
foryesteryear's treasures at the
Vancouver Flea Market. There
are 365 tables of new and used
items on sale, from knickknacks
to cellphones. $1 entry fee.
Writing Help Drop-In: 3 p.m.
@ Chapman Learning Commons
It's the long weekend, but are
you getting stuck on how to write
term papers? Need help in developing an outline orformatting
your paper for citations? Tutorials
are open until 7 p.m. Free.
Got an event you'd like to see on this page? Send your event
and your best pitch to printeditor@ubyssey.ca.
Video content
Make sure to check out our
refreshed Ubyssey Weekly Show,
airing now at ubyssey.ca/video/.
'JJthe ubyssey
Coordinating Editor
Jonny Wakefield
coordinating@u byssey.ca
Managing Editor, Print
Jeff Aschkinasi
orinteditor@u byssey.ca
Managing Editor,Web
Andrew Bates
webed itor@u byssey.ca
News Editors
Will McDonald*
Laura Rodgers
Senior News Writer
Ming Wong
Tiwong@u byssey.ca
Culture Editor
Anna Zona
Senior Culture Writer
Rhys Edwards
•edwards@u byssey.ca
Sports + Rec Editor
CJ Pentland
Senior LifestyleWriter
zrajan@ ubyssey.ca
Features Editor
Natalya Kautz
featu res@u byssey.ca
Video Editor
David Marino
Copy Editor
Karina Palmitesta
Art Director
Kai Jacobson
a rt@ ubyssey.ca
Graphics Assistant
Indiana Joel
joe l@ ubyssey.ca
Layout Artist
Colly n Chan
cchan@ ubyssey.ca
Riley Tomasek
webmaster@u byssey.ca
3ryce Warnes, Josh Curran,
Peter Wojnar, Anthony Poon,
veronika Bondarenko, Yara
Matt Meuse, Hogan Wong,
^ory Gattens, Brandon
Chow, Joseph Ssettuba. Tyler
McRobbie, Sarah Big am
TheUtysseyr:" ITiclalstudent newspaper of the University oi Brmsn Lolumbia.
t is published every Monday
andThursday by The Ubyssey
Publications Sociely. We are ar
autonomous, democratically
•un student organization, anc
all students are encouraged tc
Editorials are chosen anc
written by the Ubyssey staff.
They are the expressed opin-
on of the staff, and do not necessarily reflect the views ofThe
Jbyssey Publications Society
or the University of British Co-
umbia. All editorial content
appearing in The Ubyssey is
Business Manager
Fernie Pereira
Web Ad Sales
Ben Chen
Tom Tang
Editorial Office: SUB 24
Business Office: SUB 23
ADVERTISING 604.822.1654
nquiries 604.822.6681
Student Union Building
6138 SUB Boulevard
Vancouver, BCV6T1Z1
Online: ubyssey.ca
Twitter: @ubyssey
work contained he
ae reproduced without the
expressed, written permission ofThe Ubyssey Publications Society.
The Ubyssey is a founding
member of Canadian University Press (CUP) and adheres
to CUP's guiding principles.
Letters to the editor must
ae under300 words. Please
nclude your phone number,
student number and signature (not for publication) as
well as your year and faculty
with all submissions. ID wil
ae checked when submissions are dropped off at the
edi tonal office ofThe Ubyssey;
stherwise verification will be
done by phone. The Ubyssey
•eseives the right to edit sub-
lissions for length and clari-
'. All letters must be receivec
uy 12 noon the day before intended publication. Letters received after this point will be
aublished in the following issue unless there is an urgent
time restriction or other matter deemed relevant by the
Jbyssey staff.
Itis agreed by all persons
alacing display orclassifiedad-
ve rfj s i ng that i f fh e U byssey Pub-
ications Society fails topublish
an advertise men tor if an error
n the ad occurs the liability of
theUPS will not be greater tnar
the price paid for the ad. The
J PS shall notbe responsi ble for
slight changes or typographi-
calerrors that do not lessen the
value or the impact of the ad.
Cpl. Robert Ploughman was behind the RCMP's appearance in the last five Pride parades.
LGBT in the RCMP
Jonny Wakefield
Coordinating Editor
As one of the first openly gay
RCMP officers in Canada, Cpl.
Robert Ploughman takes his
status as a symbol with a dose of
good humour.
Since he came out in 2001
while at the RCMP academy,
Ploughman has been called the
first surviving out gay man on the
force. He organized the B.C. RCMP's entrance into the Vancouver
Pride parade, as well as a host of
other queer community-based
policing initiatives. Now, he tells
his story in an "It Gets Better"
video produced by the RCMP
Surrey detachment.
"And I've been the officer
in charge of Wreck Beach for
11 years," he adds with a laugh.
"This stuff writes itself, eh?"
Long before he was assigned
to the university RCMP detachment, Ploughman considered
joining the Catholic ministry. But
he realized that he was attracted
to men after visiting a gay bar in
St. John's.
"I said to myself, 'My god, I'm
gay, I'm done,'" he says in the
video. "I realized there was something in me I had to deal with that
I've never dealt with."
In 2002, as a recruit at the university detachment, Ploughman
met with queer leaders as part of a
required community profile. "You
pick a community and you learn
about it and make connections,
because we're all about community policing," said Ploughman.
Around the same time he met
with leaders, Ploughman was profiled in Xtra West, a LGBT news
publication. The piece declared
that early in his career, Ploughman was "already a legend."
While the tone of the piece was
almost reverential, there was an
underlying fear for Ploughman.
A colleague was quoted saying he
feared the RCMP would "pulverize and spit out" the gay recruit.
Obviously that hasn't happened. So is that a reflection on
Ploughman's strength as an individual, or has the force changed?
"I think it's the force," he says.
"There are many of us. It's almost
to the point where it's not an
He said the RCMP force is
starting to better reflect the
society it polices. "Most of the
members now are university-educated, a lot more of them come
from urban backgrounds."
He doesn't deny his role in
this shift, but he says he's just a
small part of it. When he started
at the university detachment, he
knew of two gay male officers
in the RCMP in the Lower
Mainland. He now knows of
25. And he's quick to point out
that there have been openly gay
women on the force dating back
to the 1970s.
"I've only got a bachelor's of
sociology.... I think you'd need a
master's of sociology [to explain]
that," he says.
When Ploughman started
pushing for the RCMP to join the
Pride parade, there were concerns
about participating in an event
with public nudity.
"We didn't get in [in 2002],"
he says. "I guess the time wasn't
right. But we've been in the Pride
parade for the past five years.
This past year, I think we had 50
people [in the parade]. A lot of the
senior officers too. They heard
what a good time it was."
Ploughman said he's been
getting lots of calls from reporters following the release
of the "It Gets Better" video. If
someone's looking to talk to a
gay Mountie, he's still the go-to
guy. But that's another thing he
sees changing; though Ploughman realizes the significance of
the way he's lived his life, he is
now one of many RCMP officers
who have come out and told
their story.
"Locally, anyway, I'm one of
the first males to be really open
about it, and really reach out to
the gay community," he says.
"But we've come a long way in 11
years." 'tJ
O/x I /\     School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Bachelor of Environmental Design Information Night
Find out about UBC's Environmental Design program, get pointers on your
portfolio, and stay for the pizza.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
HRMacMillan Building
156-2357 Main Mall
University of British Columbia
Please email ends@sala.ubc.ca for more information and to rsvp.
The glass door to the Arts Undergraduate Society offices was shattered sometime over the weekend.
RCMP investigate AUS office break-and-enter
Main door shattered, but $1,500 in president's office untouched
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
While students were away from
the Arts Undergraduate Society
(AUS) offices over the weekend,
it appears that someone tried to
force their way inside and shattered a glass door in the process.
No valuables went missing,
and police are describing the
incident as an aborted break-
and-enter attempt in which
the would-be thief got scared.
The offices, which are inside
the Meekison Arts Student
Space in the Buchanan D block,
contained computers, cash and
personal belongings.
AUS President Harsev Oshan
said that another AUS officer
entered the building on Sunday
afternoon, only to find that the
Bike-riding boy hit by TransLink
bus on Wesbrook Mall
A young boy riding his bike was
hit by a TransLink bus Wednesday
evening. The boy sustained injuries,
but was responsive to paramedics
and has been taken to the hospital.
The accident occurred around 6
p.m. on Wesbrook Mall, just east of
University Boulevard.
UBC education student Tanya
Terbasket was standing beside the
scene of the accident. She described
the boy as roughly sixyears old, and
said he was riding a BMX bike and
accompanied by a friend.
"The bus hit this little boy on the
side, and he flew, I would say, three
or four feet," she said. "The bike flew
onto the curb, and he flew off of his
bike.... The bus hit him.
"[Paramedics] were worried
because he was not conscious at
first, and then he started crying
after. He's in an ambulance right
now, and hopefully he will be okay,"
said Terbasket.
Another UBC student, Claudia
Popa, said she was riding the #480
bus that hit the boy. "I just heard a
loud noise," said Popa, "and he hit
the kid, and the kid flew off his bike
and was unconscious for a while until
someone got him conscious."
TransLink spokesperson Drew
Snider has confirmed that the crash
occurred, but was not able to offer
any further information. Campus
RCMP and emergency services
have not yet been able to provide any
information on the boy's prognosis. Xi
glass main door to their office
space had been shattered.
"The door was pried open.
Nothing [was] missing at the
time. The RCMP were called
and they took over the file from
there," said Paul Wong, head of
Campus Security.
Oshan said marks around the
doorframe looked as if a crowbar was used to try to pry the
door open.
The door to Oshan's personal
office inside was not breached. He
said that roughly $1,500 in cash
was inside that office — profits from a beer garden held the
previous weekend.
He said that usually the money
from the society's events is
deposited immediately. The beer
garden in question, however, was
Bargaining stuck
on wage increases
for faculty
Sarah Bigam
Staff Writer
Bargaining over faculty salary
increases seems to have reached
an impasse.
UBC and the Faculty Association
met at the bargaining table on Oct.
25. The main issue of negotiation
— and the most contentious — was
the proposed salary increase for all
faculty members.
The Faculty Association
represents most levels of faculty,
including professors, program
directors, and some librarians and
assistant deans.
With the expiration of the government's net-zero mandate on Dec.
31,2011, the Faculty Association is
now able to negotiate wage increases. During the mandate, university
faculty throughout B.C. received no
salary increases from 2010-2012.
According to the Faculty Association's website, their key issue in
bargaining is an across-the-board
salary increase to reconcile the gap
between their salaries and those
received by faculty at other universities of the same level.
Faculty at the University of
Toronto are receiving a nine per
cent wage increase for 2010-2014,
accordingto a table compiled by
statistician Carl Schwartz at Simon
Fraser University. The UBC Faculty
Association has asked for an increase of 10 per cent from 2012-2014.
a joint event with the Engineering
Undergraduate Society, and Oshan was holding onto the money
until he could divide it with the
engineering students.
Oshan said he locked the office
when he left around 6 p.m. on
Saturday, and the apparent intrusion must have happened between
then and 4 p.m. on Sunday when
the scene was discovered.
He speculated that whoever
was trying to get inside the office
intended to pry open the lock, not
shatter the door, and when the
door broke, they ran off. He said
a lock to a second door into the
offices also looked like someone
had tried to tamper with it.
RCMP Cpl. Robert Ploughman
said the RCMP are investigating
the case. So far, he said, police
suspect that this was a failed
theft attempt by someone who got
"We [will] use every investigative technique that we can,
because even if nothing's taken,
the people who are doing this are
generally responsible for dozens,
[if] not hundreds, of break-and-
enters," he said. "So if we can
catch one person, we can prevent
many, manybreak-and-enters."
Wong said that there are no
security cameras in the area, and
he isn't sure whether there were
any security patrols near the
building over the weekend.
Oshan said the society is lucky
that nothing was stolen, and he's
going to look into getting cameras
or other security measures to protect the offices in the future. Xi
Nancy Langton is the president of the UBC Faculty Association.
UBC offered a wage increase
of 1.2 per cent across the board
between 2012 and 2014, with an
additional 0.3 per cent set aside for
retention of some professors.
Accordingto a UBC "bargaining
bulletin," this increase is in
addition to salary adjustments for
progress, merit and performance,
which can total up to another 2.5
per cent wage increase.
"We felt that this was indeed a
very good offer," said UBC spokesperson Lucie McNeill. "We are a
public institution that is publicly
funded, [and there's a] fairly tight
economy we're looking at.... That
kind of a wage increase, we feel, is
significantly out of step with other
wage increases in the province."
The association did not accept
UBC's offer, Faculty Association
President Nancy Langton said,
because "that would not have us
[in] any way competitive with the
University of Toronto salaries."
If the two sides cannot come
to an agreement, the issue will be
taken to arbitration on Feb. 4,2013.
"The fact that we are now going
to arbitration indicates the fact
that we are quite far apart.... This
is unfortunate, but it does happen,"
said McNeill.
A UBC bargaining bulletin
states that arbitration is expected
to be "a time-expensive and costly
Accordingto McNeill, UBC
is interested in avoiding it. "The
university is ready to return to the
bargaining table to see if there's
some progress we can make,"
she said.
Langton said the Faculty Association would prefer to return to
the bargaining table.
"You always want the two parties to negotiate with each other.
So there is time. We would go back
to the table if invited back to the
table," said Langton. Xi
CUPE 116 ratifies
tentative deal
Union members voted in favour of an
agreement on Nov. 6.
Will McDonald
News Editor
The union representing UBC service workers has ratified their tentative agreement with the university.
In a vote on Monday, CUPE
116 members voted 89 per cent in
favour of the agreement.
"Overall, I really believe it's
the best deal that we could have
brought home for our members," said CUPE 116 President
Colleen Garbe.
UBC spokesperson Lucie
McNeill said the results of the
vote shows the legitimacy of the
bargaining process. "That sounds
like a resounding endorsement of
the negotiated agreement," said
McNeill. "It's not that easy to reach
The deal still has to be ratified
by the UBC Board of Governors,
but McNeill said the agreement
shouldn't meet any resistance
there. "[UBC has] signed off on this
tentative agreement.... We wouldn't
have signed off on something
where there was still some problems," said McNeill.
Accordingto Garbe, the agreement could be approved by the
Board as early as this week.
"They'll probably have an
answer for us by the end of the
week.... They just have to go
through dotting the i's and crossing
the t's," said Garbe.
One of the most important parts
of the deal for Garbe is the university's promise not to privatize
CUPE 116 members' jobs.
"We're thrilled with the fact
that we've got absolute 100 per cent
commitment from the university
on job security," said Garbe.
The deal also expands pension
coverage to part-time employees.
"We've been trying to get this
[pension coverage] in the collective
agreement for many, many years
now," said Garbe.
Garbe said provincial mandates
complicated the negotiations.
"We're hoping next time that
we'll be able to bargain a collective agreement with our employer
without the interference of the
government so that we can be creative and come to a settlement with
our having to revert to job action,"
said Garbe.
McNeill said both the university
and the union members are satisfied with the deal.
"We're delighted.... A lot of hard
work has gone into reaching that
tentative agreement," said McNeill.
"To have it approved by the membership is certainly commendation
for that very earnest process."
CUPE 116 members have joined
the pickets of CUPE 2278, which
represents TAs on campus. Garbe
said CUPE 116 members would
continue to support the TAs.
"We're still there in support
with our brothers and sisters from
2278 and we'll continue supporting
them until they achieve what
they need in the way of a fair and
respective collective agreement,"
said Garbe. tJ NEWS    I   THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2012
TAs reach deal,
strikes set to
Econ students push opt
out of athletics fees
Say $21 fee for recreation is unnecessary
Will McDonald
News Editor
The TA union has reached a tentative agreement with UBC, but they
aren't telling anyone what it is yet.
The short strikes that dotted the
past week and a half have stopped,
but the union's members still need
to vote on the deal.
Micheal Stewart, spokesperson
for TA union CUPE 2278, said
they won't discuss any details
of the agreement yet, but the TA
bargaining committee is recommending they take the deal.
The TAs were asking for wage
increases, tuition waivers and
hiring preferences for third-year
master's and fifth-year Ph.D.
"Everything that we were negotiating was addressed in some way
in the deal," said Stewart.
The tentative agreement was
reached in one day of mediation,
under the direction of high-profile private mediator Vince Ready.
Stewart said Ready played a large
role in reaching the deal.
"I think the proof is in the
agreement. We've found an agreement that we were unable to come
to through other means." said
"Being able to come to an agreement with Vince Ready in just one
long, long day of negotiations is definitely a testament to his ability."
UBC spokesperson Lucie
McNeill said the agreement required hard work on both sides of
the table.
"There was some solid work at
the table to be able to reach that
agreement, although the parties
were somewhat far apart," said
McNeill. "We [would] only agree to
a deal that we believe in."
McNeill said the negotiations were limited by provincial
mandates that restrict wage
increases, as well as B.C.'s overall
economic environment.
Stewart said the union will vote
on the deal as soon as possible, but
there is no date set for the vote yet.
He couldn't predict how the membership would vote on the deal.
"That's difficult to say. The
membership is a diverse body, but
certainly the bargaining committee
and the executive will unanimously
recommend this deal to the membership," said Stewart.
"Hopefully the membership
will trust us enough to accept the
Stewart said the union's recent
job action played a role in how
quickly the agreement was
Both parties are glad that they
were able to come to a deal, he said.
"I think everyone — membership, executives and the employer
— are happy to put this behind us,"
said Stewart. tJ
Ming Wong
Senior News Writer
A group of students is accusing
the UBC athletics department of
double-dipping on fees, and they
want to give other students a way to
stop it.
Every year, students pay $197 in
athletics fees to UBC, and another
$21 in a fee that's handed to the university after going through the AMS
student society. Four economics
students have started a petition to
allow students to opt out of the $21
fee; they argue they shouldn't have
to pay twice.
An assignment for economics
class which urged students to "fix
something that [they] think should
be fixed" got the students — Will
Tanner, Kuzi Mutonga, Yash Khat-
wani and Andrew Jenkins — started
on the petition. Within a week and a
half, they amassed about half of the
1,000 signatures they need to get the
question onto a referendum ballot.
"When we do take this petition
and referendum to the AMS, there
might be some real potential to
save on this fee [and] shake up the
[athletics] department," said Jenkins. "It's been really encouraging
so far."
UBC Vice-President Students
Louise Cowin, who runs the athletics department, explained the $21
fee goes toward intramurals, rec
events like Storm the Wall and the
Birdcoop student gym. The other
fee of $197 pays for facility expenses, building projects and varsity
sports teams.
Cowin likened athletics fees to
property taxes, arguing that the
it's worth the wait
upgrading our public outdoor spaces
Through the 15-year UBC Public Realm Plan, we are making significant
investments in new and upgraded infrastructure to support the goals
in Place & Promise: The UBC Plan.
We recognize how improvements to the landscape enhance the educational experience,
health and environmental quality of campus life. The improved qualities of the campus landscape
— everything from courtyards, pathways and student displays, to street furniture and public art —
play a significant role in strengthening the university's identity and supporting campus life.
We would like to thank you for your continued
support and patience during this period of
intense construction activity.
Visit www.planning.ubc.ca to learn more about the UBC Public Realm Plan.
a place of mind
campus + community planning
The $21 AMS athletics fee goes toward recreational events like Day of the Longboat.
programs they fund serve the good
of all students.
Jenkins argues that the second
athletics fee collected by the AMS
is unnecessary because the UBC
athletics department ran a budget
surplus this year. But critics of the
petition contend that it's ignoring how much long-term debt the
department has from projects like
the Doug Mitchell Winter Sports
Centre, which was built for the
2010 Olympics.
Neal Yonson, former editor of
the UBC Insiders investigative
blog, said he estimates the athletics department is currently $8
million in the red. Yonson was
involved in a 2008 campaign that
lowered athletics user fees like
Storm the Wall entry costs and
Birdcoop memberships.
Yonson explained the extra $21
fee was added in 1996, in the wake of
a tuition freeze that hit the budgets
of peripheral departments like athletics hard. The freeze was eventually lifted, but the fee stuck around.
"It looks redundant, and it doesn't
make sense to have two separate
fees, but that's not to say it's a bad
fee," said Yonson. "Getting rid of
the athletics fee doesn't do much;
it might save a few bucks, but it
doesn't stop the university from
raising it again."
Tristan Miller, AMS vice-president finance, argued that if the
opt-out referendum passes, it may
be difficult for athletics to keep
running so many intramural and
rec programs.
"I'm generally against opt-out
provisions on fees," said Miller. "If
[athletics doesn't] have that consistency from year to year, it's very
difficult to deliver programming."
Once Jenkins and his classmates
have 1,000 signatures, they will be
able to put a referendum question on
the ballot for next year's undergrad
elections. If the referendum passes,
students would have the choice of
opting out of the fee.
Yonson argues the group is taking
the wrong approach to reforming
fees; he said he wishes they would
instead work with the athletics
department to examine the overall
budget and fee structure.
"It's easy to collect 1,000 signatures in a short deadline; it takes
a lot more time and effort to work
within the system, but the result
would probably be better in the
end," said Yonson. Xi
Is there a gaping
void in your life now
because you don t
have something to
obsessively analyze W
Then you're our kind of per
ite for News.
Laura Rodgers and Will McDonald | news@ubysseY.ca Sports + Rec
Learning the ropes at UBC
Ropes course in the north of campus offers team building twenty feet in the air
Zafira Rajan
Senior Lifestyle Writer
For many, the UBC ropes course
is a mysterious corner of campus
that seems like too much of a hassle to explore — but students may
not know what they're missing.
Instructor Dave Shepherd
elaborated on the concept of the
ropes course and what it has to
offer: "We try and put people
into a situation where they learn
concepts like trust, communication, acknowledgement of others
and taking difficult risks," he
explained. "We put them in a
situation where they can get the
physical experience of those concepts and take that back into their
everyday lives.
"The ropes course is ultimately
a vehicle for experiential learning. When you make a mistake,
you learn very quickly not to do it
again. It's the fastest, most effective way to learn," Shepherd said.
Rather than focusing on
individuals, the course is meant
for large groups trying to work
together and face challenges as a
team. While this doesn't sound too
far off from Day of the Longboat,
the course hasn't had much luck
in attracting UBC students —
maybe because the minimum team
requirement is a whopping 20
people. Still, Shepherd said that
the course is used by many student
clubs and sports teams, along with
The UBC ropes course offers a wide range of aerial challenges that encourage team-building.
secondary school students and
corporate workers.
"We have specific learning
outcomes for every activity for
the team to translate back into
real life. For instance, if we have
a hockey team come in, we'll have
lessons for them to put back onto
the ice," he said.
Atypical day at the ropes course
involves a four-hour program with
exercises on the ground and in the
air. "They do one and a half hours
of group challenges exchanged
on the ground, where they work
together as a team and do different
activities to encourage thinking
outside the box and thinking
about paradigm shifts, that sort of
thing," said Shepherd.
"They start to realize that
everyone in the group has some
strengths and some weaknesses, and it's that recognition that
makes the group strong. If they
want to, then they can go do a high
activity or two, and the rest of the
group will be supporting their
safety ropes while they're climbing, so there's lots of trust and
communication needed for that."
The course boasts 13 high
elements and hundreds of low
activities. "You can go anywhere
from one foot to 50 feet up in
the air," Shepherd said. "The
whole premise around the ropes
course is challenge by choice.
We want people to step outside
their own comfort zone and push
themselves, because it's human
nature to take the path of the
least resistance.
"Whether it's just speaking in
front of a group of people or being
20 feet in the air, we encourage
people to push their boundaries....
Everyone is different, and we
encourage people to respect
everybody's choice to where their
comfort zone is. As long as they're
pushing themselves a little bit,
that's all we want."
The course gives groups a
chance to do more than just hang
out or bond with each other.
"A lot of people say that something like go-karting is team
building, but that's actually just
team bonding," Shepherd said.
"It's very different from team
building, and there's nothing
wrong with it, but there are no
learning components. It's just
having a good time with a bunch
of co-workers."
Shepherd remarked that the
course is surprisingly popular
in the fall and winter months.
"Even though the majority of our
clientele comes in the summer
months,... we've got bookings up
to November at this stage, and
we have even done it in the snow
before. It's a lot of fun." Xi
k_7ara McManus from
women's field hockey is the
UBC Thunderbirds Athletic
Council athlete of the week for
the week ending Nov. 4. McManus, a second year kinesiology student from Delta, B.C.,
scored all three T-Bird goals in
the CIS championship game to
lead them to a 3-0 win and cap
off UBC's undefeated season
with a gold medal.
McManus, a defender, led
the Thunderbirds with five
goals during the championship
tournament, and also came
up big on defence by making
an incredible diving check to
stop an opponent on a breakaway. McManus's impressive
tournament earned her a spot
on the CIS championship
tournament all-star team,
and her achievements this
season have also earned her a
spot on the Canada women's
field hockey team. The TAC
wishes her best of luck in her
upcoming tournament.
Pinning the competition
UBC wrestling has strong showing at SFU
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
Last weekend, the UBC wrestling
team took on some of the top
wrestling teams in Canada and
the U.S. The team participated in
the SFU and Hargobind International Tournament at Simon
Fraser University.
Despite being the only club
team in the tournament, they
managed to bring home a gold and
silver medal on Friday.
Four students from UBC competed under head coach David
Wilson. Elliott To took home a
gold medal in the 65-kilogram
weight class, and Lucas Steidber-
ger won silver in the 72-kilogram
division. Avi Yan and Matthew Law were the two other
UBC competitors.
"It was a successful tournament," said Yan, who previously
wrestled at McGill. "It was our
first of the year."
UBC's status as a club team
means that they can't compete
in CIS regionals or nationals, but
the team makes the best of the
situation by competing close to
home. Later this month, they will
travel to Washington to take on
teams from south of the border.
The team trains for competitions three times a week; they
hold mat practices in the tennis
courts on campus and work out
in the varsity weight room. They
weren't able to train on campus
last year, so the change of scenery is pleasant for the athletes.
"Last year, we were practicing at Vancouver Technical
High School, so it was difficult
for some athletes to make it out
there in the evening. It's more
UBC took home a gold and silver medal on Friday at the SFU invitational tournament.
convenient having it on campus,"
said Yan.
About 15 to 20 people come
out to each practice, with a select
few competing at tournaments.
The team hopes to receive varsity
status in the future to attract
more quality wrestlers to UBC.
"At the moment, I wouldn't say
that UBC is drawing athletes because of their wrestling program,"
said Yan. "People want to go to
UBC because they have a strong
academic record, so if we can have
a strong wrestling program, then I
think it'll be very attractive.
"UBC will get student-athletes
as opposed to SFU or American
For now, the wrestling club's
mat practices are open to all
UBC students, and athletes
that are not UBC students may
attend with permission from
the coaches.
"We could compete with the
[teams at SFU]," Yan said. "But if
we had varsity status we would
be able to compete in the CIS
nationals and regionals.
"That would be very good for
our team." tJ Sports + Rec
Smooth sailing for UBC students
UBC sailors finish fourth overall at national championships in Montreal
Daniel Millerd & Alex Dodd
The UBC collegiate sailing team is
having a busy month after sending
teams to compete in Eugene, Oregon
for the annual OUTLAW regatta
and Montreal for the Canadian
Intercollegiate Sailing Association
(CICSA) Fleet Racing National
Sailors Jeanne Currie, Landon
Gardner, Kristi VanGunst and
Daniel Millerd represented UBC in
Montreal fortwo days of 420-class
sailing at the Royal St. Lawrence
Yacht Club. UBC placed fourth overall, narrowly missing the podium by
a one-point margin. Skipper Landon
Gardner and crew Jeanne Currie
finished first overall in the A fleet.
Saturday's conditions were light
and variable in Montreal. UBC
came slow off the line and rounded
low in the fleet. However, the team
powered back to a fourth place
finish in that race, using the left side
of the course after figuring out that
it offered an expressway for the first
competitor to get there.
The A fleet, Gardner and Currie,
finished the day in positions of 4,2,
1,4,2,2. VanGunst and Millerd, who
were attending their first nationals,
got off to an impressive start considering their limited experience; in B
fleet they finished in positions of 6,
Sunday's races were held
under similar conditions. The
team was up for boat three, well-
known as an under-performer,
and did not fare as well, posting
5 and 7 in A fleet and 7 and 5 in
B fleet. The final race had the
group rotating to a different boat,
where the results were 1 and 2 by
A and B, respectively.
Seven other universities from
across the country sent members of
their sailing teams to compete in the
event. An off-water highlight for all
of the teams was networking with
like-minded sailors from across
the country and the world. "It was
a great experience for us to sail in
Montreal and meet people from
across Canada," said Ben Lesage, a
French international student studying at HEC Montreal.
This was the first year UBC
has sent a cohort to Montreal for
nationals, and the experience was
an overwhelmingly positive one. By
placing one point shy of a bronze
medal finish, UBC proved that it is
a team that belongs on the national
stage, and they are now ranked
fourth nationally by the collegiate
sailing governing body in Canada.
The Montreal regatta's success is
due to the hard work of the people at
CICSA who organized the Montreal
event for the second straight year.
CICSA is an organization dedicated
to the advancement of collegiate
sailing in Canada; it has been oper
ating for three seasons and works
with 14 universities across Canada.
UBC's Landon Gardner is chair
of the CICSA Board of Directors and
believes the organization to be of
paramount importance to competitive university-level sailing in
Canada. "It is not just important for
the development of collegiate sailing
to have a governing body, but it is
important for the sport of sailing in
Canada to develop collegiate sailing
in Canada," he said.
In Eugene, the team also competed at OUTLAW, an intercollegiate
sailing event hosted by the University of Oregon and the Eugene
Yacht Club.
Also in attendance were the University of Victoria and other teams
from the U.S. A total of 14 races were
run on Saturday invariable conditions ranging from 5-15 knots. UBC
sailors Neil Roberts and Muieen
Cader represented the team by sailing in Gold Fleet's A division, while
Alex Dodd and Clara Reid sailed in
the B division.
The team set out the weekend
with the goal of consistently starting
each race in a good position relative
to other boats and with a clean lane
to accelerate. Each duo achieved
this goal.
Racing was postponed and later
cancelled Sunday due to thick fog
and lack of wind.
Despite finishing near the
top of the fleet in some races
and commanding a strong
presence in the middle of the
fleet, UBC finished the regatta
ranked 11th out of 12 teams as a
result of a registration-related
scoring penalty.
The UBC team will also be
sending members to compete in
FROSH SOPH, hosted by the University of Western Washington
next weekend.
Anyone interested in contacting the UBC collegiate sailing
team can do so through their Facebook page; the team is currently
pursuing new members. The team
practices out of the UBC Sailing
Club, which is based out of the
Jericho Sailing Centre. Xi
Daniel Millerd and Alex Dodd are
members of the UBC collegiate sailing
team. Culture
A thwarted
Weakerthans frontman John
K. Samson looks forward to
hitting the books as UBC's
new writer-in-residence
Anna Zoria
Culture Editor
Canadian singer-songwriter
John K. Samson is the
humblest rock star you
could ever meet.
And the prospect of meeting him
isn't that far-fetched, now that the
Weakerthans frontman is UBC's
writer-in-residence for 2012-2013.
Dressed in a plaid vest and blue
toque, Samson resembled a misplaced Wes Anderson character as
he casually tuned his ukulele in the
hallway of Buchanan E. He seemed
just as pleasantly surprised by his
new gig as the students who will
now have a chance to workshop
with him.
It's worth trying
to express
yourself and
trying to connect
to the tapestry of
expression that
goes on in the
"I'm not sure how it happened," he admitted, almost
Though Samson may be bashful,
there's no real question why he
landed the position. Following his
late-'90s split from one of Canada's most legitimate punk bands,
Propagandhi, Samson went onto
start Arbeiter Ring Publishing, a
publishing collective that focuses
on radical and anarchist literature.
Shortly thereafter, he founded
the Weakerthans, one of the most
well-recognized indie rock bands
in Canada.
Four Weakerthans albums and
one solo album later, Samson's
introspective songwriting has
defined him as one of this nation's
predominant living poets. His
lyrics often create visual narratives
that stick with his listeners long after the last chord; whether it's "the
stain in the carpet" or "the pain
in your chest," he rarely misses a
Still, Samson's more eager to
learn from others than he is to dole
out advice.
People sometimes
have mixed
feelings about
[creative writing
progams], but I
think the idea of
something is a
really powerful
"I'll probably get more out of it
than the students will," he joked.
This kind of statement is typical
of Samson's down-to-earth nature
and nose-to-the-grindstone work
ethic. The songwriter is known for
carefully crafting each lyric and
going above and beyond in doing
research for his songs.
"Research is a big part of my
work," he said. "That's something
I'm really interested in too,... in
university life, in that sense. I've
always thought of myself as a bit of a
thwarted academic.
"It really excites me — getting
into the archives and the libraries
and discovering things you didn't
know before."
His last record and first solo
effort, Provincial, features a song
that he says is "is the most university-based song for sure." "When
I Write My Master's Thesis" is all
about the anxiety of staring at a
blank page and not knowing how to
start — an anxiety that students are
all too familiar with.
While it's been over a decade
since Samson himself last sat in a
lecture hall, he said creative writing
courses were some of his favourites.
"I like creative writing programs.
I think they're valuable. People
sometimes have mixed feelings
about them, but I think the idea of
workshopping something is a really
powerful thing."
Together with his wife and
writing partner Christine Fellows,
Samson will meet with students at
UBC to write and workshop over the
course of the next six months.
Samson emphasized that all
students, regardless of faculty or
program, are free to meet with him
and get feedback.
"There's this whole infrastructure and network for it here,
and I think that's fantastic. The
students should take advantage of
Samson is already integrating
himself in UBC's campus culture.
On Nov. 8, he'll be hosting an
interactive reading with students
from the creative writing program,
and on Nov. 9, he will perform a solo
concert at the Chan Centre.
Though no concrete plans are set
for either a Weakerthans album or
solo album, Samson said that being
at UBC will fuel his creative juices.
"I like the idea of writing in a
surrounding where people are doing
things, where there's labour and
work being done. And this feels like
such a place:... kind of catacombs of
people labouring away on so many
different things. It's excitingto me."
As for that creative writing
advice to students that he was so
reluctant to give?
"Treat it like labour, like real
work, 'cause that's what it is. I sometimes forget that.... Sometimes you
get a gift, you get a moment, an inspiration from somewhere, and you
don't know where it comes from.
But for the most part, it's just really
hard work. And it's worth it.
"It's worth trying to express
yourself and trying to connect to the
tapestry of expression that goes on
in the world." Xi
New Kits
restaurant mixes
rustic charm with
chic eats
by Tyler McRobbie
John K. Samson will be workshopping pieces with creative writing students at UBC.
Brangelina. Chavril. And now,
The term "farm-to-table" has
been combined in one of Vancouver's newest restaurants, Fable.
Pegged as "fun and non-pretentious," this Kitsilano hot spot was
started by Top Chef Canada finalist
Trevor Bird earlier this summer.
Entrees average $20 per plate,
so the prices lie slightly out of
a student budget. But keep this
restaurant in mind for when your
parents come to visit or when you
want to impress a date.
Like its name, the eatery's
culinary philosophy is succinct
and to the point; here, gimmicks
and frills have been relinquished
in favour of solid food and sincere
service. At Fable, you wouldn't
look out of place in jeans and a
But don't let the unassuming
ambiance fool you; all that exposed brick and reclaimed wood
belie the dedication with which
the menu is crafted. Chef Bird and
manager Ron MacGillivray's vision
leaves no detail missed, including
the denim-clad kitchen staff.
With such a food-forward
mentality, there is little room for
error in the execution of each
dish. I started by sampling three
appetizers: beet salad, spaghetti
and meatballs, and chickpea
The beet salad stood out solely
for its innovative use of raw
quinoa; it added great texture
and was a clever repurposing of a
trendy ingredient.
The spaghetti and meatballs,
inspired by Chef Bird's turn on the
second season of Top Chef Canada,
featured a perfectly cooked duck
meatball over tagliatelle. The
savoury parmesan foam contrasted nicely with the sweet duck.
Lastly, the chickpea fritters
were fried to perfection and
doused in a curry mayo.
Entrees included a f latiron
steak with black pepper jam and
broccolini, and arctic char with
celeriac puree and sunchokes.
The steak was cooked nicely, but
the real star of the dish was the
perfectly balanced and peppery
The winning entree, however, was the arctic char. Cooked
immaculately and paired with the
smoothest celeriac puree, the dish
was finished by the salty snap of
fried sunchokes. Just keep your
eyes peeled for pork fat, if that's
not your thing.
The service throughout the
meal was knowledgeable and
friendly. At least four different
people bid us farewell during the
20-odd steps towards the exit.
Fable should look forward to a
bright future. The portion sizes
were surprisingly fair, as were the
prices, considering the quality of
the food. The drinks menu was
innovative, and the wine list had a
good mix of both B.C. and import
wines. And the close proximity to
UBC is ideal for students.
Though the prices might be
tough on the average student's
wallet, Fable's casual ambiance
and excellent food definitely make
it worth a visit for that special
night out. tJ 8    I    CULTURE    I    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8,2012
Introducing campus rockers Man Chat
Zafira Rajan
Senior Lifestyle Writer
"We like drinking, girls and
while that may sound like
the opening lines of a rap song,
it's actually the raison d'etre of
a UBC student band called Man
Chat. While none of their lyrics
reference those three topics (yet),
singer and keyboardist Keillor
McLeod said that the name Man
Chat stems from "when guys talk
about stuff and they're just talking
about girls and money and drinking.... It's not really gossip, it's just
the idea of it. It's very much who
We've had no beer
bottles thrown at
us yet, so clearly,
they love us.
Keillor McLeod
Man Chat singer and
Man Chat, whose five members have known each other since
high school, recently got picked
up by UBC recording company
Blank Vinyl. They've been actively
performing and writing songs for
the past year, all the while juggling
essays, midterms and jobs.
"It started as a three-piece band
at the beginning of 2010," vocalist
and guitarist Mikhail Din said. "It
was folky style, no bass, no drums,
just acoustic, real sound.... But we
soon decided that we really wanted a full band sound."
That's when the rest of the band
members came in. "We've been a
B?) '""^^B
Guys just wanna have fun: Man Chat doesn't sing about girls and money and drinking, but they certainly like to talk about it.
full band since last September, and
that's when we played our first
show together," guitarist Torben
Robertson said.
The individual music tastes
of the musicians are strikingly
diverse, ranging from hardcore
rap to dubstep to indie. "Our music
tastes outside of the band do not
translate at all to our music,"
drummer Brendan Conner said.
"Me and Mikhail kind of get in
trouble for liking indie music, because these other guys are really
hardcore; they don't like to admit
to their soft side," McLeod joked.
"But it all comes together, which
is where our music comes from."
Even though they've only been
playing for a year, every Man
Chat song is different, making
it difficult to classify the band
under a particular "sound."
"It's sort of like every new
piece of the band makes it flow
into the next step. It's not us
ever sitting down and saying,
'Oh, we want this sound,' or,
'Oh, we want to come out like
this in front of our audience.' It
just changes into the next step,"
Din said.
So far, the band has been lucky
in terms of opportunities for gigs;
instead of seeking out shows,
they've often been invited to play
by fan request. So far, they've
played at the opening of UBC's
Buchanan courtyard, the Ignite!
Festival and the Rio Theatre, just
to name a few.
"We've played for free, we
played for battle of the bands. We
actually came first in one and
second in another," McLeod said.
"We like those, but it becomes
tough after a while, because you
don't get paid to play and you're
being judged to play. It's not as fun
as just playing for the love of it."
Din explained that they've been
taking some time off from performing to work on new material.
"We've had this year and a half
of playing the same set,... but we
have a couple of new songs in the
works that are our finest, so we
want to continue working on new
stuff. Before we play a new show,
we want to have a solid amount of
new songs for the crowd."
"New music is 100 per cent
of our focus right now," bassist
Matiya Shunamon agreed.
It's not easy to juggle a music
career with a degree, but the band
members were quick to point out
that music is more of a refuge
than work.
"Music, for any of us, is never
a chore," Conner said. "It's where
we go to relax. It's never hard to
find time to do music. It's tough to
find time to do everything else."
"As far as motivation goes, it's
hard to kind of get there, but it's
like ... flossing out your teeth," McLeod said. "Getting out your floss
is a pain in the butt, but actually
doing it is not that bad. The motivation comes from nowhere; we just
get there automatically."
The band is confident that their
new material will be well-received,
and they're hoping to play at more
festivals later in the year. But so
far, they've been riding the wave:
their audience is growing and they
feel good. As McLeod quipped,
"We've had no beer bottles thrown
at us yet, so clearly, they love us." Xi THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2012    |    NATIONAL
Q & A with Steven Point, B.C.'s former lieutenant-governor
UBC grad and former Skowkale chief reflects on his time as the ceremonial head of the province
Joe Johnson
The Cascade (UFV)
Honourable Steven Point, as of
Nov. 1, has completed his five-year
term as lieutenant-governor of B.C.
This tops off a remarkable career
that began at the age of 23 as a
Skowkale First Nation chief, and
then saw him become grand chief
of the Sto:lo Tribal Council. He's
also worked in law on First Nations
issues and served as a provincial
court judge, as well as worked as a
professor at the University of the
Fraser Valley for a short time. Two
days before the end of his term,
Point gave an exit interview on
his career.
How did your time as a
[Skowkale] chief, if at all,
shape what you brought to the
lieutenant-governor's position?
Every lieutenant-governor is
different; they bring different
skills and different backgrounds
to the office. Of course, I'm First
Nations. I've been able to make a
canoe, for example, to give to the
province of British Columbia. I was
able to build a canoe and give it to
the navy, as I was a navy captain.
We helped build a totem pole with
Chief Tony Hunt, the Hosaqami
pole, and we put that up here. And
I carved the storyboard for the
Government House on the salmon
story, how the salmon got in the
Fraser [River]. My time has been
certainly informed here by my
history and relationship as a First
Nations person.
Your term ends in two days.
What are some stories that
you'll take away?
Well, I helped to establish a literacy
campaign that brings books to isolated communities in the northern
parts, coastal parts, of B.C.
And we're now bringing libraries
out to many of these communities
with the help of a company called
Britco — a member of the Rotary
clubs — who are assisting in bringing books out to isolated commun-
Before he was lieutenant-governor, Pointstudied law at UBC and served as a provincial cou
ities. It's one of the great stories
of my tenure here, is the literacy
campaign. I've received thousands
of stories from elementary schools,
from hundreds of schools in B.C., in
my Right to Read program.
And then there's the whole
cadet, the sponsoring of the
aboriginal cadet core, in Duncan,
and I wrote a song called "British
Columbia" which I'm givingto B.C.
in a couple of days. Oh, there's a lot
of great stories. The canoe stories,
the canoe journeys — it's been a
great time for us here. Five years
has gone by very quickly.
Is it typically five years for
each lieutenant-governor or
do some lieutenant-governors
have longer terms?
The constitutionality limit, the
minimum limit, is five years. So
you get appointed for a period of
five years. Then it's in the hands of
government to find another person.
Sometimes they take a few years
longer. I know some lieutenant-governors have been here for six, seven
years rather than just the five. But
the normal period is five years.
How did you go from practicing
law to lieutenant-governor?
I was a judge, actually, in the provincial court, sitting in Abbotsford.
I was approached by the federal
[and] provincial government
back in 2005 to become the chief
commissioner of the treaty process
as appointed by the federal and
provincial government and all the
chiefs in B.C.
I don't know what the process is,
actually, for selecting the lieutenant-governor. It was just something
that somebody might have submitted my name, I don't know, but all I
know is I got a call from the prime
minister's office asking if I would
It's such an overlooked and,
I think, maybe not a very well-
known position. What was the
day-to-day life like?
As the head of government here
in British Columbia, the lieutenant-governor will meet [with], for
rt judge.
example, foreign dignitaries that
come in to take up office here in
Vancouver. Many of the ambassadors have their offices in Ottawa
and they have members that reside
in different major cities, in Canada.
Before that, as a courtesy to
British Columbia, they present
themselves to the lieutenant-governor, and the lieutenant-governor
will meet with them and they will
exchange gifts, have a photograph
taken. It's kind of an international
protocol process and if the ambassador comes in from Ottawa,
the ambassador will also come to
Government House and meet the
In fact, on the first day the
new lieutenant-governor takes
office, I think they're meeting
with representatives from Uganda. So that's part of the official
role; to be the person who greets
international representatives.
Of course, you're signing documents from the cabinet,... most of
the legislation, for example, boards
for the universities, all of the
commissioners, the police boards,
they're all appointed through the
lieutenant-governor's office. All of
the judges are appointed through
the lieutenant-governor's office.
You're doing an awful lot of work
with the government. And then of
course the lieutenant-governor is
a patron of over 120 different organizations in British Columbia, so
the lieutenant-governor's expected
to attend most of their functions
throughout the year.
So any given day you could be
signing documents for government,
you could be meeting foreign dignitaries [or] you could be attending
different patronage functions.
The other thing that's happened
is that I was made an honorary
captain for the navy because the
queen is the head of the military
in Canada. So the navy, the air
force, the army and all of the cadet
programs, they all invite you to all
of their events. They have annual
dinners, annual reviews, and so I
act as reviewing officer for most
of the military events that happen
in B.C.
I could go on and on and on. I
attend probably up to 350 events a
year on behalf of the queen.
Where do you go from here?
Well, I go back to Chilliwack — I
live in Chilliwack — and hopefully
go back to work as a judge. We'll see
what happens, but that's what I'm
hoping to do.
Are you going to miss the
position of lieutenant-
Well, it's been a wonderful time.
Of course, it's so busy, you know?
On the one hand, you're living in
a great house and you have great
staff and whatnot. But on the other
hand, it's nice to go home. There's
no place like home, your own
bed and your own kind of world.
Here in this office you belong to
the office and your entire life is
wrapped up in what you're doing
here. For five years, you're pretty
much in harness. So I'm goingto be
glad to go home.
Where is the Quebec student movement now?
Erin Hudson
CUP Quebec Bureau Chief
MONTREAL (CUP) - This time
last year, buzz around the first
full-fledged day of action planned
by the Quebec student movement
was reaching a fever pitch.
The 30,000-strongprotest on
Nov. 10, 2011 was the first step
in what would become North
America's largest student protest
in decades. The resulting seven-
month-long student strike buckled
the Quebec government's resolve
and put a stop to a proposed
tuition increase.
Though they emerged from the
strike victorious, Quebec students,
once united in their struggle
against the government, now stand
divided and no longer hold the
same sway they did in the spring.
"We dictated the political agenda for the last seven months prior
to the [Quebec provincial] election," said Jeremie Bedard-Wien,
an executive of Quebec student
group CLASSE, during an event
held at McGill in late September.
"The election was the first time
that we, students, lost control."
After the Quebec provincial
election this summer, the incoming Parti Quebecois (PQ)
government froze tuition for the
2012-2013 year, rolling back the
Liberals' tuition hike while maintaining their $39 million increase
to student aid.
During the strike, a coalition
called CLASSE formed between
the more radical student association ASSE and the moderate
groups FEUQ and FECQ. FEUQ
represents Quebec university
students, and FECQ represents
students at lower-level Quebec
colleges known as cegeps.
After the PQ came to power,
CLASSE disbanded. Members of
ASSE now work independently,
while FEUQ and FECQ continue to
work together.
"The unity [between all of us]
was to achieve the fight to have
a tuition fee freeze and, since we
won, now we're going back to
fighting for our ideas," said Mar-
tine Desjardins, FEUQ president.
ASSE advocates for free education and the removal of tuition
fees, while FEUQ and FECQ
push for accessible education
and don't think tuition should be
abolished entirely.
FEUQ and FECQ try to maintain a close and collaborative
relationship with the government
to make progress on issues. Desjardins is often in communication
with Pierre Duchesne, the province's newly appointed minister in
charge of post-secondary.
But directives from Duchesne's
ministry have been slow and concrete details on initiatives are hard
to come by.
Two of Quebec's biggest schools,
McGill University and Concordia
University, received directives officially cancelling the Liberals' tuition
hike on Nov. 2, nearly two months
after the PQ announced their government would cancel the increases.
While FEUQ and FECQ try to
work with the government, ASSE is
calling for its members to continue
protests and grassroots efforts.
ASSE has organized recent
demonstrations such as a Nov. 1
solidarity march for former CLASSE
spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Du-
bois after he was found guilty of
contempt of court, and a Montreal
demonstration for a global day of
action against the corporatization
of education.
The day of action demonstration
on Oct 18 resulted in three arrests
and theinjury of one demonstrator.
ASSE is planning a week of action
starting Nov. 14, to coincide with
demonstrations planned by more
radically minded student groups
around the globe. Department associations at five Quebec universities
so far have adopted strike mandates
for the week. Opinions
The initiative that's tryingto
add an opt-out provision to
student athletics fees (page 4) is
certainly a fun idea.
A petition and referendum
campaign is a lot of work, so
the jury's out on whether that
will ever come to fruition. (It's
also a project for an economics class, so we'll see how far
the student actually feels like
pushing it after the class ends.)
But it's a good reminder to the
university, as it continues its
"re-imagining" of the athletics
department, of just how weak
the ties are between the student
body and athletics.
It's well-known that games
are poorly attended, and one
of the recommendations in an
external review was that the
department do more to connect
to the students that pay $218 a
year for athletics.
From the minutes of the
expert panel assigned to this
"re-imagining," it seems like
the focus is on more high-minded goals, like becoming the
healthiest campus in the world.
They're really just spitballing
at this stage: they met with
Campus and Community
Planning to come up with zany
and whimsical installations to
encourage physical movement,
like a giant ping-pong table
(which some people ought to
remind them is typically called
a tennis court).
But there are serious problems with the current system
that need to be fixed. The
initiative doesn't target UBC's
$197 per year fee, but the $21
AMS fee, instituted in the
1990s, when tuition was frozen.
But as athletics is currently
looking at offloading responsibility for the "second tier" of athletics-related clubs to the AMS,
that fee could still be necessary.
Students trying to wade into
the athletics decision-making
process will find that things
are not entirely stable there
right now. But the project
serves as a reminder to the
department: students pay a lot
of money, and they're not sure
Conservatives in office? Oil
pipelines? Mandatory minimum sentences for drugs?
If this keeps up, I'm moving
to the US.
what they're getting out of it.
Plan accordingly.
As the pile-up of labour negotiations begins to sort itself
out, one of the last groups still
looking for a deal doesn't like
what it's being offered (page
3). It won't, however, be able to
strike to get what it wants.
The Faculty Association is a
weird beast. It's kind of a union,
and it bargains like a union,
but it's not a union and doesn't
have the same pull. As the
"bargaining agent" for UBC's
professors, it agreed not to
strike when it finalized its first
deal in 1974.
Consequently, it's been
moderate ever since. It is not
a member of the Federation of
Post-Secondary Educators, the
B.C. umbrella organization for
faculty unions, and as such,
isn't included in their advocacy.
The association is being
offered a wage increase, but
they don't like the fact that it
measures up poorly against
what people are being paid
at the University of Toronto.
However, there's little they can
do about it.
They'll probably end up
going to binding arbitration,
where an agreement will be
imposed on faculty. They will
try to get what they can. But if
they feel like it falls short, they
may find themselves looking
at CUPE's strike-forged deals
and wondering what they could
have gotten.
The Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS) offices were broken
into over the weekend (page 3).
Nothing was stolen, but they
had $1,500 in their office at
the time, which is just part of a
string of bad decisions.
AUS President Harsev Oshan
said they usually don't keep
money in the office, but this
was a special situation. They
hosted a joint beer garden with
the Engineering Undergraduate
Society and were holding onto
the money until they could figure
out how to divide it.
But the beer garden was on
Oct. 26. Two weeks is more than
enough time to complete the
tough task of calling up the EUS
and saying, "Hey, we've got a lot
of money. Come and take some
of it." But they didn't, and they
nearly lost everything.
Apparently there aren't security cameras or alarms in the
AUS offices. The break-in wasn't
discovered until AUS officers
returned from the weekend.
The AUS doesn't exactly have
a good history of dealing with
money. In September 2010, the
AMS froze their accounts because they hadn't made a budget
for the year.
They got lucky on this one.
Given their security and financial policies, this could have
turned out a lot worse.
B.C.'s medical system is facing a
number of challenges. There are
shortages of specialists like anesthesiologists, and there are very
few doctors who want to serve
rural and northern communities.
This is a problem. We need to
make sure specialist pay is competitive enough in B.C. that we
won't have tons of professionals
leaving for other provinces once
they finish their degrees.
We need to have actual incentives that encourage medical professionals to practice in remote
areas, rather than just getting
them to do part of their degree
in a small town and hoping for
the best.
How about a tuition break
for med students who agree to
a stint practicing in an under-
served town after they graduate? It could work.
Our province's situation
with doctors shows how
intimately post-secondary
education is tied to our economy and the services that
British Columbians need. If
you neglect one, you also hurt
the other — and that's true in
other fields too. Xi
Unhappy liberals at heart
of UBC's U.S. recruitment
As we all know, UBC President Stephen Toope has a
formidable intellect. Not
only does he run a university, he also manages to keep an
eye to international politics. And
as we know from our last successful hack of the president@ubc.
ca email account, he's a man who
likes to have contingency plans in
Through computer magic, The
Ubyssey has obtained two memos
intended for the upper echelon of
the UBC admin. One was prepared
in the event of a Romney win;
the other was sent out following
the Obama victory. Both concern
UBC's efforts to recruit international students from south of
the border. Read on:
Re: Four more tough years for UBC
As you all know, I have mixed
feelings about the Obama White
House. On the one hand, I appreciate what his story means to the
United States and the world at
But on the other hand, the
Obama administration is killing
UBC's bottom line. For decades,
we've relied on a steady stream
of tuition from the recruitment
of indignant, liberal American
18-year-olds. Now with two
states with legal pot, and gay
marriage gaining more and more
traction, I'm beginning to worry
about UBC's — even Canada's —
competitive advantage.
Canada holds a special place in
the hearts of the American liberals. Sure, we've had a onservative
government in place for the past
seven years and our economy is
still largely based on savaging
the earth. But the American
liberal doesn't know that. They
see that we have health care and
we don't want to talk too much
about abortion and that's enough
for them. Indeed, most of their
favourite public radio contributors are Canadian. For the past
few decades, our brand has been
up there with Tom's of Maine
and the North Face in the minds
of left-leaning Americans.
But now two of our biggest
recruiting centres, Washington
and Colorado, have legal pot. I
mean, seriously, would you pay
extra to study in B.C. to have to
buy dime bags from some dude
on second Haida? Plus they get
you way too high. Now some old
NDPers are pushing for a similar
referendum in B.C., and given the
province's record with controlled
substances ... I mean, can you imagine them not screwing that up?
I think back, enviously, to
2004. Martha Piper had it so easy
back then. All you had to do was
mention "Canada" at a recruiting session in an American high
school and the kids would flock
— kids with their parents' Sub-
arus, the stereos forever set to
NPR. They rocked against Bush
right into our pockets, the modern-day equivalent of all those
old hippie draft dodgers over
on Vancouver Island. For them,
taking an expensive arts degree
in Canada was tantamount to
revolution. Buck Fush indeed,
but he did great things for UBC's
bottom line.
We need to either rebuild B.C.
in the minds of American liberals
or rework our strategy entirely.
Can we give the Fraser Institute
a call? The University of Budding
Conservatives has a nice ring to
Re: It's morning in America, again
I know you've all been working
very hard these past few days.
There's been a great deal of
American interest in UBC ever
since Romney took control of
the White House. I just want to
remind everyone in the admissions and recruiting departments
that it's okay to play to the fears
of liberal students and their parents. If they say they're worried
about the direction the country's
headed, simply agree with them.
Say that yes, Romney is indeed
turning the United States into
a neoliberal hellhole, one with
no unions and where everyone
wears top hats and tries their
hardest to tilt the playing field.
Come to Canada. We have a
public broadcaster. Xi
Letters! The
like old-timg
web commek
Love what you see? Hate what you see? We want to
hear from you. Send your letters to the editor to
coordinating@ubysseyca. Scene
* '
^H         a^r^  ^<
■ x
Students gathered at the Gallery Lounge Tuesday night to watch the U.S. presidential election unfold. Obama's win was a cause for celebration for the decidedly liberal crowd.
@Kingbry7 Do Canadians tweet this much when
they elect their mooseking?
@white_stellar Didn't wanna vote in the Canadian
election, where I could, instead I wanna vote in the
one that I can't. #canadianproblems #Obama20i2
@yeariuiigfoiriiiore I'm nervous about the American
election, I can't imagine how Americans feel
@NeilOphonic No matter the results of the election
tonight, I think the true winners are us. Tuesday
Nights were a bad TV night anyway
@iamelectro BC has an election in May. I bet you
Americans are on the edges of your seats for that
@hummingbird604 Given that I follow mostly
Canadian folks, I predict Obama will win in Canada.
m  .Has .      challenged
W depression vourwsayo*| jfe?
If you are...
[ ] a college man who experiences depression
[ ] an international male college student who
experiences depression
... we would like to hear from you.
ifflv tdli  pdf llvlUillc I  1   Llilo 4lUUy ■
* If you are over the age of 19, reside in the greater Vancouver area, and meet
one of the criteria above, then you are eligible for this study.
What is expected of study participants?
* You will be asked to read an article about men's depression, and thereafter,
relay your impressions of the findings based on your personal experiences
with depression.
* Your participation in the study will include a video interview to be used on
our website
* Yon will receive an honorarium upon completion.	
For further information,
please contact:
Christina Han
Project Director, UBC Men's
Health Research
Tel: 604.822.2581
Christ ina,Han@ubc,ca
.-ML. C    Depression 12    I    GAMES    I    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8,2012
21     1       ■ __
■ _.
■ 30
■ 35
i 'J
■ 40
■ 42
■ IS
■    9
■ 53
■ 54
1-Flying start?
5-Orchestra string
10-Riga resident
14-Gator's cousin
15-Long Island town
16-Gumbo ingredient
17-Apple product
18- One who sells religious books
22- Fleur-de-	
23-City on the Ruhr
26- -Magnon man
27-Illicit drug
30-Casual shoes
34-Citrus fruit
35-Hammer head
36-Used car locale
37-Aromatic herb
38- Brand name for a copying
40- A shivering fit, often a precursor
to malaria
42-Farm structure
43-Treat salt
50-Old Finnish money
53- May excused?
61- Must've been something _
62- Believe
63-Buy alternative
66-Aquatic mammal
67- Born Free lion
1-Not base
2-Humorist Bombeck
6-Tristan's love
7-Stan's pa
9-Mil. address
11- Just manages, with "out"
13-Mountain lake
19-Aired again
26- Get along peacefully
27-Punctuation mark
28-Rigel's constellation
29- Division of a long poem
30- Composer Delibes
31- "Pomp and Circumstance"
33-War horse
40- Capital of South Australia
42-Glossy fabric
44- Presidential battleground state
46- Capital of the Philippines
47- Discomfort
49- German submarine
50-Fizzling sound
52-Russian no
53-Yeah, right!
55-Actor Julia
56-Greek letters
57-BoxerOscar Hoya
59- Day-__
ju- mric.
:e. inrjie
First person to enter The Ubyssey office and discuss
the greatness of Point Roberts, Washington with Kai
Jacobson gets 100 free copies of the paper. Great for
reading or wrapping holiday gifts!
FriNov9 2012 I 7:30 pm
Telus Studio Theatre (Chan Centre at UBC]
"The poet laureate of Canadian rock."
Don't miss this rare, intimate performance
featuring The Weakerthans' singer-songwriter
playing his songs in the form they were originally
written in -just him and his guitar, and speaking
about his process and development as a writer.
Tickets: $15 / $10 (students) / Ticketmaster.ca / 1 855 985 ARTS (2787)
In person at the Chan Centre Ticket Office / chancentre.com
a place of mind


Citation Scheme:


Citations by CSL (citeproc-js)

Usage Statistics



Customize your widget with the following options, then copy and paste the code below into the HTML of your page to embed this item in your website.
                            <div id="ubcOpenCollectionsWidgetDisplay">
                            <script id="ubcOpenCollectionsWidget"
                            async >
IIIF logo Our image viewer uses the IIIF 2.0 standard. To load this item in other compatible viewers, use this url:


Related Items