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Just what are
they building
in there?
The AMS, and what you
need to know about UBC
politics on P4
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What's on
Art Attack! at UBC Imagine Day:
10 a.m-1 p.m. @ Freddy Wood Theatre
magine Day is certainly one of the most exciting days on campus.
However, if you're not in the mood for pep rallies or club fairs, make sure
to check out Art Attack! The cultural showcase features many of the art
departments on campus performing with song, personal expression and
even human art. Arts Dean Gage Averill is rumoured to be performing.
Kitsilano 101:9-11 a.m. @
Maclnnes Field
Have you heard of the magical
land that is Kitsilano? If not, make
sure to check out this Firstweek
event. Featuring outdooryoga,
bikes and sustainability, you can
become a Kits expert!
Welcome Back BBQ: 2-9 p.m. @
Maclnnes Field
AMS's Firstweek event featuring
Hey Ocean!, Morgan Page, Star-
fucker and more. The event is free
with a Firstweek wristband. Tickets
available at goodnights.ca and The
Electro Show featuring Sidney
Samson: 9 p.m. @ The Pit Pub
Whether it's your first time at the
Pit this year oryour first time ever,
there is no better way to get your
groove on than by jamming out
with Sidney Samson in the DJ
booth. Since this is the first Pit
night of theyear, expect a long
line to get in. Tickets available
at the door or in advance at The
Outpost. $15-25,19+ only event.
Shine Day: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. @
SUB Ballroom
Your student society, the AMS,
sponsors Shinerama, a nationa
program to help raise money
to support research for cystic
fibrosis. At 9:30 a.m., students
will hit the streets of Vancouver
to wash cars, shine shoes, dance
and sing to raise money.
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You show up with three cardboard boxes of shirts, a dogeared poster and a dry-erase
whiteboard. A pack of twin
extra-long sheets and a mini-
fridge (if you're lucky) and a
couple of overbearing parent-
folk who insist on accompanying you to your first caf dinner
(if you're unlucky).
Moving into residence is
a trial taste of sweet, sweet
freedom. Or maybe it'll just
be the start of a long, painful
year of sleeping next to some
heavy-snoring lummox you
have nothing in common with.
Either way, try to make the
most of it. til
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U-Pass price likely to increase after
negotiations with TransLink stall
Ivana Litaveez
Negotiations are underway for a
new U-Pass agreement that will
come into effect once the current
agreement expires on March 31,
"We're anticipating a price
increase," said Kera McArthur
on behalf of UBC Transportation
Planning. Although she could not
say by how much the fare will
rise from its current $30 price
point, she did confirm that the
new price will be released by
September 11.
When contacted on the
framework of the new contract,
TransLink's media advisor, Drew
Snider, said, "We have nothing to
report, [given] negotiations are
underway for the next agreement."
This new contract is being
developed as part of TransLink's
broader initiative to replace all
paper tickets with electronic
cards by the summer of 2013.
"Under the current program,
lost and stolen passes represent
a revenue risk to the transit
provider. We are anticipating that
the new technology will eliminate
this risk," said McArthur.
Until the switch to the electronic cards is finalized, different schools in Metro Vancouver will be transitioning on
varied schedules.
Under the current U-Pass
agreement, UBC students are
only able to receive one U-Pass replacement per semester. AMS VP
New trolley bus loop on campus
Since August 28, the trolley buses
(the #4,9,14 and N17) have run
on the south side of University
Boulevard. The move cost TransLink
Campus + Community Planning
Director Joe Stott said the former
trolley loop will eventually be turned
into retail and residential space,
similar to the Strangway building.
University releases independent
report on animal research
UBC released a 21-month-old report
on theiranimal research program.
The report was generally positive
but offered some criticism.
According to the report, the university "made excellent progress in
its animal care and use program."
Helen Burt, UBC's associate
vice-president research and
international, said the university
will likely release future reports in
animal research.
Koerner's may delay reopening
to January
The Graduate Student Society (GSS)
has shortlisted onethird-party
company as a candidate to run
Koerner's Pub, whittled down from
six who initially expressed interest.
And depending on how much of an
overhaul needs to be done on the
space, the pub might not re-open
until January. The company, HK
Commerce and Industry Suppliers
Ltd.,is run byoneUBCalumnusand
others who have experience in the
food and beverage industry, according to GSS President Conny Lin. Lin
said that the details of the company's proposal will be kept secret,
and the GSS committee in charge
of re-opening the pub will vote on
whether to accept the company's
bid in a meeting later in September, xi
The U-Pass , which currently costs students
External Kyle Warwick said that
he isn't sure yet if there will be
restrictions on pass replacement
in the new contract. Warwick
explained, "The [current] contract
only allows us to issue a certain
amount [of replacement passes.]"
One rule about the procedure
for U-Pass replacements introduced this fall will remain intact
throughout the new contract.
Students who need a replacement
U-Pass must submit a lost/stolen
U-Pass B.C. declaration report
to UBC Campus Security. UBC
hopes this system will help pre-
built by December
Arno Rosenfeld
Students could be shredding at
the new UBC skatepark as soon as
December 2012.
The final procedural step for
the park was completed on August
29, with an open house revealing
the finalized plans for Canada's
first on-campus skatepark.
Featuring a bowl, plaza elements
and access for BMX riders, the
skatepark will be located next to
the basketball courts on the corner of Thunderbird Boulevard and
Health Sciences Mall.
Transportation planner Adam
Cooper said that the University
Neighbourhoods Association
(UNA) started discussing construction of a skatepark in 2006.
"There were UNA residents saying, 'Hey, we're concerned about
landscapes in our residences
getting destroyed by skating,' and
there were other UNA residents
saying, 'Those are our kids ... and
there's nowhere else for them to
Once money was found for the
$490,000 skatepark, planning
for the jointly funded UBC-UNA
project began last fall. Open
houses in January and March and
online feedback from community members was used to shape
the final park design by New
Line Skateparks.
UBC has long been considered
a street skating mecca, and
Campus + Community Planning
said in a written statement to The
Ubyssey that while they encourage "active transportation" on
$30 a month, is likely to increase in cost in the
vent fraudulent use of the U-Pass.
"I am hopeful and confident
that students will continue to
strongly support this program,
so that they can continue to save
a considerable amount of money
each month," said Warwick, basing his conviction on the support
of an overwhelming 95 per cent of
voters in the March 2011 U-Pass
renewal referendum.
Kera McArthur stands by
Warwick's view, saying, "Transit
ridership to UBC has increased
by 208 per cent overall since 1997,
and much of that can be attribut-
new contract with TransLink.
edto the U-Pass."
Warwick said student transit
ridership has reached 74,800
daily trips, increasing by almost
12,000 since last year. He insisted
on the necessity to increase transportation capacity to UBC, saying
that he will promote this goal in
the current negotiations.
According to Warwick, there
is still a lot of work to be done
on contract negotiations, but
increased transit services are a
main priority.
Students will vote on the upcoming agreement this fall. Xi
The new skatepark will cater to skateboarders of all ages in the area around campus.
help to the camp, which currently
buses campers to parks.
The UBC park will feature
a three-foot stack of concrete
books, which Cooper said was
intended to tie the skatepark back
to the university in a playful way.
Burke said the combination of a
partial bowl in addition to plaza
elements for skaters to jump and
grind on will let more people safely skate at the same time, which
is a common stumbling block for
other skateparks.
Barring weather delays, a soft
opening is expected in December
2012, followed by a grand opening
in the spring.
Will Aimee, an Arts student
who also attended the open
house, said he was excited to
finally have a skatepark in a convenient location. "It's goingto be
hard not to skip classes to skate,"
he said, ta
campus, including skateboarding,
they hope the park will reduce
the property damage that "some
skateboarding activities can
But Addi Burke, a recent UBC
graduate who attended the open
house on August 29, said the
skatepark won't reduce skating
"Street skating is just going
to happen no matter how many
parks you build," Burke said, adding that most skaters see parks as
"training grounds" for the streets.
Fellow UBC graduate and
professional skateboarder Mike
Christie agreed, writing in an
email that while he supports the
new skatepark, "it's always going
to be cool to roll where you're not
supposed to."
Burke, an instructor at UBC's
summer skateboarding camp,
said the skatepark would be a big
AMS plans
to keep art
Brandon Chow
The AMS is holding off on selling
valuable pieces from its permanent art collection.
AMS VP Finance Tristan
Miller, who heads the ad-hoc
committee in charge of the art
collection, said that while the
AMS now holds the power to go
through with the sales, the timing isn't right.
"The last referendum gave us
the ability to sell the pieces if we
wanted to, but as far as the pieces
go, they are going to remain
in our collection until the art
committee comes out with their
decision to sell them or not."
At the August 29 AMS Council
meeting, Council passed a motion instead allocating $20,000
to increase security on the
art collection.
Last year's cohort of AMS
executives pushed to sell three
pieces, pointing out that the
maintenance and storage costs of
the collection are roughly $9,000
per year.
Miller said the main reason for
halting the sale was that the AMS
hadn't done enough research yet.
"When you actually get down
to doing the research and finding
things out like the cost of sales,
when the right time to sell is, all of
that kind of thing, certain aspects
[become] eliminated," he said.
"It's more likely that we won't
sell them this year, due to a number of different factors."
Scott Watson, head of the UBC
art history department, said he
wasn't sure why the AMS backed
off on the decision to sell. Although he's a part of the committee the AMS set up to deal with
the art issue, he feels he's been
left out of the loop.
"They've never invited me to
a meeting, so I wouldn't know,"
said Watson.
The proceeds of the sales were
set to support other endeavours,
such as the AMS arts endowment
fund, but Miller says the AMS
will now develop a long-term art
funding strategy that allows for
the preservation of the permanent art collection.
"We really only have a collection right now," said Miller.
"So we're trying to develop the
gallery and its collection so we
can actually start to solicit donations."
Watson embraced the decision
to keep the pieces in the AMS collection. He said the art collection
has not only become a part of the
university's history, but is worth
a considerable amount of money.
Watson also said that, as some
pieces in the collection were
given as gifts to UBC's student
body, some have more meaning
than others.
"There's a legacy attached to
[it] in connection with the university," he said.
Meanwhile, the AMS is working to find new mechanisms to
cover the upkeep costs of the
collection. Miller said that there
are plans to raise money through
fundraisers at the art gallery, and
he's also talking about leasing
some of the paintings for a fee.
"[Leasing] can generate consistent revenue without losing
your assets," explained Miller.
"What we'd like to do...is
develop a longer, 3-5 year plan for
the art gallery to see where we
want to be in the new SUB and
how we'll get there," he said. Xi 4    I    NEWS    I   TUESDAY, SEPTEMBERS 2012
year for
Caroline Wong
Matt Parson
Matt Parson puts his
experience to work
When we contacted AMS President Matt Parson about doing an
interview on his first few months in
office, it wasn't clear what we'd talk
about. Since Parson made his move
into AMS politics in 2011, he's been
profiled in The Ubyssey five times.
We already know that the biology
major hails from Smithers, B.C. and
that he enjoys playing flag football.
We know that he's a member of
the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and
that he was Interfraternity Council
president in 2010, when RCMP officers were assaulted while tryingto
break up an out-of-control party.
And we know a bit about his
family life, about how he had to step
up and be a leader after his father
was diagnosed with Huntington's
How to keep the details of his
life story fresh? "Might have to just
make the whole thing up," he joked.
Fortunately, after six months at
the head of the $14-million student
society, Parson has plenty to talk
about. He's got a better sense of
what the AMS does well, what it
does poorly and how the student
experience at UBC can improve.
This is a transitional year for the
AMS. It's currently undergoing a restructure of its business side, whose
declining revenues are expected
to dip even lower due to construction-related disruption. The AMS
is also in the middle of contentious
negotiations over a collective agreement with COPE 378, the security
workers' union that formed last
year. And plans to transfer over the
new SUB are already underway.
The hole in the ground next
to the current SUB is an eyesore,
Parson admitted, but many in the
AMS hope that a new SUB will be
a cure-all for the student society.
The new space will have more
businesses and bookable spaces,
which Parson hopes will shore up
revenue. But the new SUB is no
silver bullet.
"An organization always has to
connect on a person-to-person basis,
not a building-to-person basis," he
said. "It's still goingto require us to
be able to communicate effectively
to students and give them a reason
to care about why the AMS exists."
Parson said he's seen a gradual
rolling back of alcohol-friendly
events on campus, a trend that's
often referred to as the War on Fun.
He said that while students might
have different priorities these days,
the university isn't doing enough to
facilitate on-campus social events.
"There's definitely frustration
from the university on the liquor
licensing processing side of things,
and it's something they're trying
to address — from my perspective,
not quickly enough," he said. "You
don't want barriers to be in place
to people to be able to put forward
social events to allow students to
come together and have a good
time. That's so critical for people
to have those opportunities outside of the classroom."
The student life aspect of the
job is where Parson wants to make
the biggest impact. He hopes that
this year will see the creation of
a speaker series in the Gallery
Lounge and an AMS-sponsored
T-Birds supporters group. He
hopes to give students a few more
things to rally around (not counting construction).
"There's a lack of attachment to
the school, a sense of community
amongst students. It's such a difficult thing for an institution to actively create, [and] I think the AMS
could be doing a lot more toward
creating that. But... that's one of
the major discrepancies between
UBC and other schools." H
—Jonny Wakefield
Wong takes charge over
construction of the new SUB
AMS VP Admin Caroline Wong
is not the person she was six
months ago.
"I remember walking into the
role thinking, I'm the youngest
executive, and feeling like I need
more experience under my belt,"
said Wong. "I've really learned a
lot and... I feel a little bit wiser
than I was when I first stepped
into the office."
As VP Admin, Wong is in charge
of AMS projects like the new
Student Union Building (SUB), the
AMS Art Gallery, the Shinerama
fundraiser and over 350 clubs.
"It's a huge learning curve when
you first start," she said. "I'm still
learning how to manage a team....
It's very, very exciting to try and
understand everyone's role."
Wong is the latest to be in
charge of the new SUB project
since preliminary consultations
began in 2007. With the building
now under construction, Wong's
role is to plan how the SUB will
function and make sure it meets
the AMS's sustainability goals.
Part of her job will be helping
students navigate the construction that will follow them
through most of their degree. "I
want students to still feel [the
new SUB] is something that will
be theirs in 2014, that they have
something to look forward to,"
said Wong. "Because I'm sure
with that, along with all the
other construction going on, it
can be quite a depressing scene."
As chair of the Student Administrative Commission (SAC),
Wong also is in charge of the
AMS club system, and has been
meeting with club presidents
over the summer.
"It's been really interesting to
hear their concerns, give them a
connection to what the AMS is,"
she said. "[We're] tryingto say,
'These are your resources, these
are your funding opportunities.'"
Wong is in her third year of an
Arts degree, but she hasn't yet
applied for upper-level standing
because her work for the AMS
was her top priority. "In the summer I did two classes, and I could
barely do that," she said. "I keep
so many hours that school sometimes becomes secondary.... [It's]
quite impulsive and right now, in
terms of my academic outlook.
I don't have a set plan. It's very
thrilling,... but at the same time
it's very scary."
Her main goal, at the end of
the year, is to have made a positive change. "If I can confidently
say that I helped this person, I
helped this group ... and in the
end the results were smiles,
that's all I ask for," she said. "If
I have a bunch of crying people,
angry people in the end, I'd think
I failed, but hopefully it doesn't
come to that point."
—Andrew Bates
VP Academic/University Affairs
Kiran Mahal
Kiran Mahal does her homework
on UBC's academic policies
Kiran Mahal, AMS VP Academic
& University Affairs, has a lot on
her plate.
Her office deals with everything
from whether high-rise apartments
are built on campus to when exam
schedules are released.
"Chances are, if you're wondering about something happening at the university, this office
will know about it in some way,"
said Mahal.
She's entering her fifth year
of a biochemistry major, and
last year, she ran the Science
Undergraduate Society.
"I tried to stay away from student government for the first few
years, then I got sucked in...and
it all just sort of went on from
there," said Mahal.
Many of her projects for the
year are research-heavy, such as a
recently completed student opinion
survey and a handful of reports
that she will be presenting to the
university for approval. Many of
her goals need buy-in from UBC's
top brass, so she hopes to convince
them by doing her homework.
Mahal said two projects she's
been working on, an online exam
database and mid-term teaching
evaluations, will likely be approved within her term in office.
Mahal is pushing the UBC
Senate to create a database of old
exams that students could access
online. She said it will likely be
approved before December.
She also wants UBC to release
its exam schedules earlier. Usually
schedules are posted close to the
end of the term, to the chagrin
of students hoping to book plane
tickets or make holiday plans.
Part of Mahal's job also includes
advocating for student housing. She said UBC needs to make
housing cheaper, rather than just
focusing on building more of it. She
will soon present a report to the university about how to make housing
more affordable for students.
Mahal also has the only student
seat on the University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) Board.
There is currently no elected civic
government at UBC, and the UNA
acts as a de facto town council for
the high-priced condo neighbourhoods on campus (but not for
student residences).
Mahal's office is also working
to change the way the university
addresses student mental health.
"I think that's one that will create
some work for the next [VP Academic]," she said.
Though she remains ambitious,
Mahal is tempered by the knowledge that many of her goals require
approval from UBC before they can
become a reality. "[Projects are] so
dependent on what this other group
[UBC] says and does that it's sometimes difficult to know what exactly
we can achieve in a year." tJ
-Will McDonald
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VP External
Kyle Warwick
Warwick champions transit
As AMS VP External, Kyle Warwick is busy lobbying the provincial and federal governments on
behalf of UBC students.
From the Arts Undergraduate
Society's VP External to his brief
stint as a federal Liberal candidate,
Warwick has an extensive history
in politics, student and otherwise. His VP External platform
had two main planks: reforming
student aid and improving transit
to campus.
As a student stressed about
the price of education himself, he
sees the recent loosening of the
provincial student loan repayment assistance program as a
"positive, small step" which may
help some students, but not all.
"I do strongly believe there's
still a lot of work that needs to be
done. We're going to keep pushing with various initiatives this
fall. We have a plan that we're
developing to make post-secondary education into a key elections issue," he said, alluding to
the looming provincial election
next May.
His office is also working
with the nascent Where's The
Funding group, a B.C.-wide
effort between various student
unions that lobbies for increased
post-secondary funding.
We have a plan that
we're developing to
make post-secondary
education into a key
election issue
Kyle Warwick
AMS Vice President External
Warwick is hoping to someday
get a rapid transit line built along
the Broadway corridor. To this
end, he's been working with local
businesses, designing information
handouts and developing a documentary about the difficulties of
commuting on transit.
"We've got pretty high density
along the Broadway corridor....
Moving away from single-occupancy [cars] is crucial from a
greenhouse gas perspective and
it's just way more economically
logical in the long run."
His office also deals with
the U-Pass program. With the
current U-Pass contract ending,
he's anticipating a small price
increase, but he still expects
the new agreement to pass in an
October referendum.
He'll continue to be busy
over the next six months of his
term, but he's looking forward to
continuing the work. "By making
the right policy, you can affect a
whole swath of people," he said.
"And policy-making is something
I really care a lot about." tJ
—Ming Wong TUESDAY, SEPTEMBERS 2012    |    NEWS
Tristan Miller plans to whip
AMS finances back into shape
Tristan Miller wants to clean up
the AMS's finances.
The sprawling $15-million
student society has long been
criticized from inside and out
for a byzantine structure and
bureaucratic inefficiency. But
Miller, the AMS's wiry and coldly
efficient VP Finance, has taken it
upon himself to clean house.
Now into its second year
with a higher student fee that's
indexed to inflation, the AMS
is no longer scrambling to make
ends meet when its yearly budget
is put together every summer.
But Miller is getting the society's
many departments to scramble
anyway. For the first time this
year, he adopted a zero-based
budgeting system, forcing them
to justify every expense rather
than just take last year's spending as a baseline.
"It's been very informal in the
past," said Miller. "We're becoming more efficient than we were
before, which is good."
There were lots of areas
where I just pulled my
hair and said 'why do
we do [finances] this
Tristan Miller
AMS Vice President Finance
One of his top concerns since
taking office in March has been
the AMS's lack of any kind of
long-term financial plan. He explained how the society currently relies on business profits to
fund services like AMS Tutoring
and Safewalk, and how fluctuating profits can put the service
budget in jeopardy. For example,
SUB businesses like the Pit Pub
and Blue Chip Cookies took in far
less money this summer than the
AMS expected, a situation Miller
attributes to the heavy construction going on around the SUB.
Once that construction is completed and the new SUB is built
by 2014, Miller expects business
profits to increase, but he's still
wary about the idea of relying
on business revenue in the first
place. "Businesses are ... not a
secure source of revenue," he
said. "Student fees are, and so are
He will be introducing a "restructure" of the fees students
pay to the AMS in the fall, which
will, in his view, free up money
for new AMS projects and allow
the society to invest more of its
takings. By no longer routing student fees into a litany of specific
accounts with restrictions on
how they are spent, he expects
funding for student projects to
become more nimble.
But relying on other sources
of money won't mean that Miller
is leaving the society's business
side behind. He's also been a key
figure in the society's move to
completely overhaul its internal structure, splitting out the
business (money-making) side
out with a separate board of
directors so that the elected AMS
Council can focus on the student
service (money-spending) side.
Altogether, Miller is confident
that his vision for tighter, more
efficient AMS finances is coming
together. "We're hoping to just
become a leaner, more efficient,
better customer service kind of
office," he said.?!
—Laura Rodgers
AMS/UBC glossary
The Alma Mater Society is UBC's
student society, with a $15 million
budget. They maintain student
services, clubs, resource groups and
businesses. Their job is to represent
the interests of students at UBC.
Theirservices rangefrom health and
dental insurance to throwing parties.
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The union representing the AMS
security staff, who patrol the SUB.
The union was formed in September
2011, wants higher wages, and is
still in bargaining with the AMS. Both
sides have said they're expecting
a full strike at the beginning ofthis
school year.
The Reorganization of Business
Operations COMmittee. This group
has just implemented its plan to
overhaul the AMS's internal structure.
They've put businesses (like the
Gallery Lounge and Pie R Squared)
under a new, separate board of directors, leaving AMS Council to dea
with student services.
War on Fun
UBC has been pushing to make
the campus more habitable for
wealthy, older condo-buyers, and
this has made things a lot less fun for
There's hardly anywhere to drink
on campus, outdoor events are
severely restricted, and it's hugely
difficult to get liquor licences for
outdoor events.
The highest authority on UBC's
academic side. They approve new
courses and majors, and make rules
about exams and teaching evaluations.
The Board of Governors is in charge
of everything at UBC aside from the
academic stuff. Since there's no municipal government on this campus,
this (mostly unelected) board has the
final say on things like noise bylaws
and what gets built where.
A$103-million project, this new hub
for student activities is being built by
the AMS and will open in 2014. It will
have a brewery inside it, too.
The University Neighbourhoods
Association is an elected group
that represents people living in the
neighbourhoods on campus (but
not students living in rez.) They don't
really get to act as a city council, but
they want to.
Place and Promise
UBC's current strategic plan, which
lays out the university's goals. It was
first put together in 2010 by UBC
President Stephen Toope. Some of
its main aims are increasing alumni
engagement (i.e. donations), attracting more international students and
making UBC more environmentally
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Men's soccer seeks redemption
An abrupt end to 2011 season leaves the T-Birds motivated for 2012
Andrew Bates
Managing Editor, Web
For the coach of the UBC men's
soccer team, it all comes down to
one bad day.
In the final minute of last year's
Canada West final, the Thunderbirds conceded a goal to the University of Alberta. In a season where
they went undefeated for long
stretches, losing that game meant
missing out on the Canadian Inter-
university Sport (CIS) nationals.
Accordingto coach Mike Mosher,
the team can't stomach the loss two
years in a row.
"It's goingto come down to performing on any given day," he said.
"You could win every single game
right up to playoffs, and you have
one bad day or one bad break, one
bad call, and there you go."
The 14-game regular season
starts at Thunderbird Stadium
next weekend, with 7 p.m. matches
against the University of Calgary on
Friday and the University of Leth-
bridge on Saturday.
The team has cruised through a
five-game exhibition schedule with
five wins against the NCAA, CIS
and Canadian college opposition,
including a 3-0 shutout against
Oregon's Concordia University on
Saturday. Mosher said the focus is
now on the opening games. "We
need to prepare our team to win
games... and be as good as we can
be," Mosher said. "It's a process,
weekend by weekend, to play well
and build our confidence."
That process will be marshalled
by the team's three fifth-year players, all taking over captain's duties
from the departing Jason Gill.
Brandon Bonifacio, Marco Visintin
and Devin Gunenc will share the
armband, a move that originated
The UBC men's soccer team kicks off their season on Friday at home against Calgary
from the three-week camp during
the summer.
"We only made that decision in
the last couple of days," Mosher
said. "We've got three guys, and it's
not just because they're fifth-year
"Each of them offers [something]
a little bit different; each of them is a
... different personality off the field,
but they've all earned it."
Other returning players that
shone during camp include standout
defenders Paul Clerc and William
Hyde, as well as Navid Mashinchi
and Gagandeep Dosanjh up front in
Mosher looks for Dosanjh, who
comes off of a summer captaining
the Vancouver Whitecaps U-23 Premier Development League (PDL)
team, to raise his game from last
year's disappointing three goals in
14 regular season games.
"I think he has the capabilities of
being one of the best players in the
country," Mosher said. "I think he's
motivated by the fact that he didn't
have a particularly great season."
Mosher has also been impressed
by a number of rookie players
through preseason, including
Tyler Mertens, Brian Fong and
Milad Mehrabi. However, the most
interesting new recruit is transfer Reynold Stewart, a two-time
men's soccer player of the year in
the Canadian Collegiate Athletic
Association, which is a tier lower
than CIS.
Stewart, a midfielder, has
fourth-year eligibility and joins the
Thunderbirds from Douglas College. Alongside Dosanjh, he played
in all but one of the Whitecaps
PDL games this summer. "We're
expecting good things from Reynold," Mosher said. "[He's a] good
attacking player."
Also new for this season are
three additional teams in the Canada West conference. According to
Mosher, the University of Northern B.C., University of Winnipeg
and Mount Royal University are
mostly unknown to UBC. Mosher said the biggest side effect of
the new entries is the move to an
unbalanced schedule.
The teams will be split into two
divisions, Prairie and Pacific. UBC
will play twice against teams in
their own division, but will play
teams on the other side of the Rocky
Mountains only once. "Everybody
wishes that we would still be able
to play in a situation where you play
everyone home and away," Mosher
said. "But that's just not realistic,
given the time parameters and the
cost parameters in place."
Though the Thunderbirds were
dominant last year, they had trouble
overcoming final hurdles — much
like their 2010 season, when they
lost in the national final to York
Mosher said the biggest difference this year is a hungry and
focused core group. "Not to say that
we weren't last year, but the manner
in which we were defeated last year
has left a sort of bitter pill.
"We played about 50 games
last year and we lost four. These
guys are used to winning and
getting results.
"Hopefully, this year, when it
comes to getting those big games,
we are getting it right." tJ
Women's soccer
looks ahead
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
Coming off a preseason of playing
a variety of teams from around
the West Coast, the UBC women's
soccer team is looking to build off
a 2011 season that saw them finish
third in the Canada West.
The Thunderbirds went 4-2 in
the preseason. A 3-0 win against
Thompson Rivers University
kicked off the year, followed by a
1-0 win against UBC Okanagan
and 2-1 win against club team
Surrey United. Their fourth win
came against Langara College by a
score of 5-1.
Thompson Rivers, UBC-0 and
Langara all play in the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association, the second-tier body for
Canadian colleges.
The Thunderbirds aren't
heading into the regular season
with much momentum, though,
as they lost their final game 5-0
to the University of Victoria,
the only Canada West team they
played in preseason. Their other
defeat came at the hands of
Division II Central Washington
Aside from the drubbing by
Victoria, the T-Birds have proven
that their mantra will still be tight
defence. Last season saw UBC lead
the conference in goals allowed,
only allowing an impressive five
in 14 games. UBC also led Canada
West with 11 shutouts.
Yet the team still scored an
average of 2.14 goals per game,
meaning that offence is no slouch,
either. Janine Frazao led the way
by scoring 16 goals, five ahead
of the second-place finisher in
the conference.
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weekend on September 7 and 8
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Thunderbirds stumble in season opener
Coming into Saturday's season
opener at home against the University of Manitoba Bisons, the UBC
Thunderbirds had many reasons
to believe they were sitting pretty.
They were rewarded with a No. 7
ranking in Canadian Interuniversity
Sport (CIS), making them the second
highest ranked team in the Canada
West conference. They had won five
straight home games dating back to
last year. They also had the best player in the country: quarterback Billy
Greene, last year's Hec Creighton
trophy winner for CIS MVP.
To add to it all, they were facing
a team that wasn't ranked, had just
lost their starting quarterback and
was missing their star running back
to injury. It seemed like a lock for
UBC to start the season with a win.
But if the UBC football team
didn't know it already, they know
it now; the Canada West schedule
provides no guaranteed victories.
Manitoba took a 9-6 lead in the
first quarter and never relinquished
it, holding off a late UBC comeback
and winning by a final score of 31-24.
The effort put forth by UBC on
Saturday afternoon during their
home opener was by no means a
terrible showing. A running back
that had little experience heading
into the year was able to run freely,
helping amass a total of 291 yards
on the ground on only 28 carries.
Aside from a few weak series where
the Manitoba Bisons' running backs
ran wild, a new defensive corps
looked capable of holding their own
UBC had a hard time stopping the run on Saturday, as Manitoba racked up 270 yards on the ground in their 31-24 victory.
against a strong offensive team. And
in the fourth quarter, Greene was
performing in his trademark fashion,
completing 8 of 13 passes for 132
yards and two touchdowns.
But for all those high points,
there was a low one to cancel them
out. It was a game plagued by costly
mistakes, ones that put the game just
out of reach.
Despite all the positive gains
made by the running backs (most
notably Brandon Deschamps and
Lucas Spagnuolo, who combined
for 178 yards), the passing game
wasn't able to consistently keep up.
The Manitoba defence was clearly
focusing in on the pass, preventing
Greene from finding open men down
the field and limiting first-team
All-Canadian Jordan Grieve to only
one catch in the first half. Greene
was also sacked three times.
Even when the passing game
finally got going in the fourth
quarter, it was the defence's time to
falter. After a touchdown that got
the 'Birds to within six points with
seven minutes remaining, Manitoba
took advantage of an unnecessary
roughness penalty and proceeded to
score just over two minutes later to
restore the two-possession cushion.
And even when the D stepped up
to force a two-and-out after UBC
came back again with another touchdown to cut the lead to seven, the
special teams didn't come through.
Manitoba was forced to punt with
just under two minutes left, meaning
the 'Birds would get one last chance
to complete the comeback. But
the punt was fumbled by the punt
returner and the Bisons got the ball
back, sealing UBC's fate.
"We didn't do enough to win,"
said Olson to The Province after the
game. "The good thing is there are
still seven more games."
The fixes need to come quick, as
Manitoba provides a good forecast
of what lies ahead for UBC this year.
No team in the Canada West can be
taken lightly, as each team houses
enough firepower to compete; just
compare the preseason CIS poll and
Canada West coaches poll to see how
no one can agree on who is best in
the conference.
With each team loaded with so
much talent and with no favourite
heading into each game, the little
things will decide the winner. And
on Saturday, UBC didn't do the
little things.
But the glimpses of brilliance
show hope. The athleticism that the
defence showed was impressive, to
say the least; the number of huge hits
and Matt Walker's leaping interception exemplified that.
And as for offence, there's no
slowing down Greene and his
impressive receiving corps. They
will now have a week's worth of
footage from the other teams to use
for scouting, and will know what to
expect from other defences.
Athleticism and firepower will
only go so far. If the Thunderbirds
can't get their players running on all
cylinders, it might be a long season —
and not because they're going deep
into the playoffs. XI 8    |    FEATURE    |    TUESDAY, SEPTEMBERS 2012
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In an effort to engage its
student body, UBC has turned
away from grades as the sole
benchmark for undergraduate
by Natalya Kautz
This September, UBC
welcomes an undergraduate class like none
before. What sets this
group apart isn't where they come
from or even their high school
grades. For the first time at UBC,
all incoming undergraduates were
asked to prove themselves outside
of the classroom.
Starting with the 2012 applicants, UBC introduced the new
broad-based admissions process. In addition to high school
grades, applicants were required
to submit supplemental material
describing experiences outside of
their academics.
By assigning value to the extracurricular lives of students, UBC
hopes to elicit more "engagement"
from the student body.
"Hopefully, in the long run, we
get students who are more likely
to be engaged on campus," said
Andrew Arida, UBC's director of
undergraduate admissions. Arida
oversaw the university's switch to
broad-based admissions.
"What we're doing is attracting
and enrolling students who are
more likely to not just do those
activities, but take away something
meaningful from those activities
and then use that to contribute to
their community," he said.
At least one student felt the new
process benefited their application. First-year Arts student and
Seattle native Nirel Marofsky was
a member of her high school's
debate and swim team.
"My GPA was not extraordinary,
my SAT score, I think, was pretty
solid, but I really do think it was
what I chose to do with my time
outside of school that was a factor
in admitting me to this school,"
she said.
"A student with an average of 83
per cent in previous years wouldn't
have even been considered," said
Arida. "This year, they would have
been considered, but they would
need a strong personal profile to
offset the fact that their grades
were on the lower end."
Each faculty sets a minimum
grade required for consideration,
ranging from 70 per cent for
Forestry to 86 per cent for Science.
Though still academically rigorous, these minimums fall far below
the 88, 89 or even low 90s average
previously required for admission.
In her short time at UBC,
Marofsky has become involved
in the First-Year Blog Squad.
Compared to other university
applications, she called the short
personal responses required by
UBC "unique."
"I think they got a more comprehensive understanding of who I
am as an individual," she said.
Arida explained that high numbers of applicants, competition
and grade inflation pushed the
university to look for alternative
ways of measuring an applicant's preparedness.
"There really isn't a difference
between an 88 per cent student
and 87 per cent student, so instead
of making the difference of whether or not the student gets in on one
percentage point, let's make it on
things that they do outside of the
classroom," he said.
A series of short essay questions, ranging from 50 to 200
words each, allow students to
demonstrate their community
leadership, sports involvement,
artistic experiences and volunteer
or work experience. These essays
are then marked by at least two
trained readers.
Applicants can also submit a list TUESDAY, SEPTEMBERS 2012    |    FEATURE
of their activities and accomplishments. However, Arida pointed
out that that admissions is not
simply looking for a laundry list
of activities.
"Anybody can volunteer, anyone
can put in the time to volunteer,
but the question is, what are you
getting out of it?"
Arida was quick to stress that
grades are still the first cut-off
point for admissions. He said that
he felt broad-based admissions
won't revolutionize applicants'
"This isn't a substitution for
grades. Grades still play an incredibly important role in the admissions process. If your grades are
not strong, you'd need to have an
unbelievably good personal profile
to mitigate weak grades."
With these changes to the admissions process, UBC joins a growing
trend in higher learning.
"The idea of holistic [admissions] has been around for quite
a while in modern admissions.
Private schools in many ways utilize holistic admissions policies in
their own ways, but in much smaller numbers," said Blake Vawter,
associate director of admissions
at Oregon State University (OSU),
where broad-based admissions
have been in place since 2004.
I don't want to put
down nerds, but lots of
employers would say,
'People may get a 98 per
cent average, but they
can't communicate and
they just don't do very
well in business.'
Brian Bemmels
Senior associate dean of academic
programs at Sauder
Vawter explained that as a large
public institution, OSU was a pioneer for introducing comprehensive
admission policies.
In the early 2000s, OSU conducted research to identify factors
that contribute to student success.
"We found that high school GPA
and test scores only accounted for
not even half... of what contributed to a student's success [in
university]," said Vawter.
The factors that made up the
other half were dubbed "non-cognitive variables." Through
research, the university developed
a series of supplemental questions
to specifically target non-cognitive
variables like leadership, talent,
overcoming adversity, community
service and goal-setting.
Vawter felt the insight gained
from the targeted short questions is more substantial than
general essays.
"We've had instances where
they revealed that they committed
a felony, or that they were a victim
of a crime or of abuse. We've had
students be very candid about
their own adversity and discrimination that they've faced, I think
moreso than in a traditional
essay," he said.
Marofsky, who also applied to
several U.S. universities, backed
up the research.
"The people who read my
[UBC] application got to know
me better as a person than
those who reviewed my application for other schools, where
they really just looked at GPA,
SATs and one standard essay."
OSU currently experiences
an above-average retention rate
and enrolls a higher percentage
of minority groups among its
undergraduate students, which
Vawter attributed to the success
of broad-based admissions.
"It's an emerging thing
among public undergraduate
So how will broad-based admissions affect UBC's future?
A good case study can be
found at UBC's Sauder School of
Business. Often seen as a school
within a school, the institution
has used broad-based admissions since 2004.
"Being a professional school,
we have to pay a lot of attention
to the employers of our graduates," said Brian Bemmels,
the senior associate dean of
academic programs at Sauder.
He recalled the motivation for
changing the school's admissions system.
"I don't want to put down
nerds, but lot of employers
would say, 'People may get a 98
per cent average, but they can't
communicate and they just
don't do very well in business.'
They felt that without broad-
based admissions, we had too
many of those people coming into
the program."
In response to the negative
feedback, Sauder looked for an
alternative admissions process.
Drawing on the research at OSU,
the business school introduced
their supplementary application
for the class of 2004.
At that time, the concept
of holistic admissions elicited
mixed reactions at UBC.
"Some other people around
campus thought it was a bad
idea, like, 'Why would you want
to admit on anything other than
grades?'" said Bemmels.
Thanks to the direct employer feedback, Sauder was able to
engineer the short application
essays to target business values
that alumni lacked. The average entrance grade required for
admission decreased from 92 per
cent to 88 per cent.
"We noticed a difference in the
students, that they were much
more engaged in the classroom,
they're much more willing
and adept at getting involved
in team projects," said Bemmels. Participation in Sauder's
student government, the Commerce Undergraduate Society,
is now at an all-time high, with
roughly a quarter of business
students involved.
Bemmels also observed
academic changes following
the introduction of broad-based
admissions. Averages in quantitative courses, like accounting or
statistics, decreased, while grades
in courses like marketing or organizational behaviour went up.
"People who were perhaps
not so strong quantitatively were
getting in because they had a good
broad-based score. And the people
who had good broad-based scores
were doing well in non-quantitative courses," said Bemmels.
By 2009, when the first class
admitted under broad-based
admissions was seeking employment, Bemmels felt at least some
results were tangible.
"We heard back from some
recruiters. Some said they didn't
notice a huge difference, but
some said they did, that they
thought that bunch was better."
Despite initial misgivings, recent
years have seen several other
UBC faculties following Sauder's example.
The idea is not that
... you come from a
background where
you've got the
opportunity to do a
lot of different things.
I can think of an
applicant that I read
who did a great job
reflecting on what
they've learned from
a part-time job at the
Andrew Arida
UBC's director of undergraduate
For the past several years, the
faculties of Arts, Science, Applied
Science and Forestry have given
applicants the option of filling
out personal profile questions
if they felt their grades were
close to the cut-off. In 2011, the
School of Kinesiology introduced
broad-based admissions for all
applicants. That year, 25 per cent
of UBC undergraduates were
admitted using some type of
broad-based application.
But unlike Sauder's experiences, the mean admissions
average did not change after
the introduction of broad-based
admissions to all undergraduates.
In January, Globe and
Mail writer Gary Mason
questioned whether
demographics or ethnic
populatons could be
controlled through
broad-based admissions
— a prospect that UBC
administration firmly
Perhaps surprisingly, the average
remained stable at 89 per cent
between 2011 and 2012.
Arida attributed this to the
recent expansion of high school
courses that can be applied to
B.C. students' averages. He suggested that the inclusion of low
er-threshold high school courses
might be raising students' grades.
The introduction of the
personal profile application
brings a new level of subjectivity to the admissions process,
as academic performance gives
way to qualities of engagement
and leadership.
"We have to get comfortable with the fact that there is
some subjectivity; it's no longer
an empirical, black-and-white
process. Grades are great: 87,
you're in, 86, you're out. It's very
black-and-white, it's very clear
to communicate, it's very clear to
understand," noted Arida.
This new degree of subjective
control over admissions has some
people raising questions.
In January, Globe and Mail
writer Gary Mason questioned
whether demographics or ethnic
populations could be controlled
through broad-based admissions
— a prospect that UBC administration firmly denied.
But even without deliberate
manipulation, the new application may favour certain sections
of society. When applicants come
from low-income families, equal
access to extracurricular activities
is not assured.
Marofsky felt the subjectivity
has its benefits.
"It makes students feel like not
just a number. I'm not just being
represented by the empirics, like
my GPA and test scores. They're
evaluating me like a real person
more than the school that just
looks at numbers."
However, she agreed representation was not equal. "Some
people look better on paper."
Arida argued the admission
process leaves room for all applicants to succeed.
"The idea is not that... you
come from a background where
you've got the opportunity to do
a lot different things. I can think
of an applicant that I read who
did a great job reflecting on what
they've learned from a part-time
job at the mall."
By any measure, judging the
effectiveness of the new system
will be difficult. Almost a decade
after its introduction at Sauder,
Bemmels felt there was still room
for improvement in the school
admissions policies.
"Even now, the main feedback
we get from employers is that
they want people with better
communication skills.... So it's
not that we have the perfect
model," he said.
Arida agreed that there are
some limitations.
"We're a large institution. You
can modify the incoming class
to some extent, but I don't think
you can completely re-engineer
it the way you could if we only
took in 200 students every year,"
he said.
But with plans to introduce
broad-based admissions to UBC
Okanagan for 2013, Arida felt
tracking the quantitative effects
of the process was important.
"We certainly want to know
what the change was. Did we
alter 20 per cent of the class, 40
per cent of the class?"
Though surveying the class of
2016 about their undergrad experience in four years may shed
some light, judging the effects of
broad-based admissions can be as
subjective as the process itself.
Arida said he thought that
substantial changes would not be
felt for some time.
"The true test is goingto be in
two or three years' time, when
we see what this incoming class
has done," he said.
"I don't think we're going to
see radical changes in one year.
It's about changing the overall
campus population." Xi Culture
Shelving the UBC Bookstore
Discover the hidden gems of Vancouver s alternative bookstore
Arno Rosenfeld
When faced with the task of buying
books for their freshly picked courses, most students will head to the
over-crowded, below-ground cave
known as the UBC Bookstore.
True to its purpose, the Bookstore can seem like the only game
in town, especially when you're
looking to fork over hundreds of
dollars for obscure textbooks. But
when you're not searching for
the $655 Biostatistical Genetics
& Genetic Epidemiology or the
$570 Advanced Semiconductor St
Organic Nano-Techniques, many
independent bookstores in Vancouver offer lighter reading at more
reasonable prices.
These community bookstores
don't sell Thunderbird apparel or
U-Passes, but they do have charm,
personality and a wider selection of
truly readable books that you won't
want to re-sell next September.
Brigid's Books
2932 West Broadway
Tucked under a bright green
awning on West Broadway,
Brigid's is the quintessential
neighbourhood used bookstore,
from the shelves of Nancy Drew in
the back to the artsy greeting cards
up front. Although it's smaller than
some other bookstores on this list,
Brigid's is an excellent place to
browse books along Broadway.
Banyen Books & Sound is one of the many bookstores in Vancouver that provides a unique collection and soothing ambiance.
Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Avenue
Located on the corner of West
4th and Dunbar, Banyen Books &
Sound sports a large, well-curated
selection of books on everything
from conspiracy theories to juicing
diets and Buddhism. The spacious
store, which also sells First Nations
drums, CDs, crystals, meditation
supplies and Gandhi bumper stickers, is a great resource for topics
under the "spirituality" umbrella.
Some titles (The Rogue Rabbi) and
entire sections ("conscious evolution
and planetary culture") veer toward
the eccentric, but well-established
writers, both popular and academic, also find a home on Banyen's
Pulpfiction Books
2422 Main Street
Down Broadway from Brigid's is
one of Pulpfiction's three Vancouver
locations. True to its name,
Pulpfiction boasts shelves lined
with paperback mysteries and thrillers, along with a bit of literature and
non-fiction. The Broadway location
may have a smaller selection than
the flagship store on Main Street,
but it's very accessible (the #99 bus
stop is right in front) and well worth
checking out for an affordable book
or three.
Book Warehouse
632 West Broadway
A longtime favourite of Vancouver
book lovers, this store sells books at
unreal bargain prices. The four locations were poised to disappear from
the city last year until a last-minute
purchase of the West Broadway
store by Black Bond Books. With
neatly organized literature that
spans fictions classics coffee table
books and more, chances are you'll
find something you like.
MacLeod's Books
455 West Pender Street
For those willing to trek downtown,
MacLeod's is a used book mecca,
referred to in a MacLean's headline
last year as "the last great bookshop." When you enter the store,
you're greeted by stacks and stacks
piled on rows and rows of books.
Many of the stacks limit potential
readers to just the top few titles,
lest the whole heap tumble and
start a game of literary dominoes.
But despite (or perhaps due to) the
organized chaos, MacLeod's is the
perfect place to spend hours browsing titles from fiction to non-fiction,
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Software bridges music and technology
UBC prof updates NoteAbility Pro for iPad
Chloe Williams
Dr. Keith Hamel's office is dotted with computer screens. In
the corner stands a piano, black
and reflective. As the creator of
the NoteAbility Pro music notation software, a program for
Macintosh computers that allows
users to create scores as well
as interactive computer music,
the UBC professor represents
the bridge between music and
The interactive software
synchronizes and mixes live
performances with electronic
effects. As an example, Hamel
turns to one of his cluttered
screens and clicks a button. Out
come the fluttering sounds of a
simulated piano, overlaid with
electronic echoes. He explains
that during a live performance,
the player's sound is picked up by
a microphone and coordinated
with the score; essentially, the
score follows the live performance. Orchestrated, computer-generated effects are then
triggered in turn. "At different
times, different kinds of processing and electronic effects will
happen," says Hamel.
Hamel has been working
on this software for nearly 30
years, since the first Macintosh
computers came out. He wanted
to create an easier, electronic
alternative to writing music
notation by hand that would
still allow for the creation of
Dr. Hamel has been fine-tuning the NoteAbility Pro software for nearly 30 years.
diverse and complex scores. All
the while, he has been updating
the software to newer operating
systems and adding new facilities
based on user requests. "The program grows as it goes through a
collective consciousness, really,"
says Hamel. "As people need
new things, I just add them." In
recent years, he has included
Chinese music and dulcimer
notation components.
Hamel is now working on
turning the software into an iPad
application. According to Hamel,
the iPad version would be useful,
as iPads are portable, high-reso
lution and easy to fit onto a music
stand. However, the program is
complex, which makes it difficult
to turn into a user-friendly app.
"There's a lot of issues with
the whole positioning of the
piece of software that we have to
figure out. iPad applications are
generally simple, pared-down
applications.... People don't really
want to get an iPad app and then
spend a day reading a manual on
how to run it."
Hamel hopes to work through
these problems and have the app
ready by December 2012. Xi
Sleep-deprived students in for a
rude awakening
Ludmila Andrea
Eight hours of sleep per night is a
rare phenomenon for most students,
but getting that shut-eye can do
wonders — not only for your health,
but for your academic performance, too. After all, stellar marks
are not easy to achieve when you're
constantly short-changed in the
rest department. Thankfully, a good
night's sleep is not as elusive as it
may seem. Here are some tips to get
you snoozin' right this school year!
Don't mix business with pleasure
Accordingto the Division of Sleep
Medicine at Harvard Medical
School, engaging in stressful activities in bed (such as cramming for
exams) can make it more difficult to
fall asleep. Stress, whether psychological or physical, can cause your
body to secrete Cortisol, which
increases alertness. Also, your mind
might begin to associate your bed
with negative thoughts and feelings.
So make sure to keep your bed
stress-free by writing those essays
far away.
Boring bedtimes aren't so bad
As monotonous as it sounds, going
to sleep and waking up around the
same time every day will help you
get to sleep faster. This may seem
impossible, since weekend partying leads to much later nights than
weekdays, but Dr. Jonathan Fleming
from UBC Hospital's Sleep Disor
ders Program suggests that the best
way to "strengthen a brittle sleep
system is to ensure a regular bedtime and a regular rising time, seven
days a week." So do your best to pick
a time and stick with it.
Computer curfew
It's important to make sure you
don't watch TV or stare at your computer screen too soon before your
intended bedtime. Some experts
recommend adopting an "electronic
curfew," ideally one hour before bed.
Light exposure too close to bedtime
can negatively affect your body's
sleep rhythms and prevent it from
releasing melatonin. If a one-hour
curfew seems unrealistic, try dimming your screen. There are also applications available for laptops, such
as Flux, that automatically reduce
the blue light from your screen once
the sun sets.
Beware of naptime
When you're sleep-deprived, a nice,
long nap might seem like the perfect
remedy. But accordingto Fleming,
they're not the best idea. "Napping
should generally be avoided. If for
safety reasons a nap is required,
then it should be limited to 20
minutes and be timed." Napping for
longer than half an hour can actually cause an overall loss of wakefulness, productivity and learning
ability. So if you find yourself in
desperate need of a nap, do yourself
a favour and make sure it's a quick
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• GALA Global Beats Dance Party @ The Pit Pub (19+)
• Wesbrook Shuttle (Save-on & more)
• Wesbrook Shuttle (Save-on & more)
• Ikea Bus Trip
• Open Air Movie Night @ Totem &Vanier
• Improv Comedy @ Gage
• Imagine Day
Find the AMS Firstweek booth at Main Event carnival!
• Live @ Lunch: SUB North Plaza
feat. E.S.L
• Firstweek Classic Comedy Show @ the Norm Theatre
• Open Air Movie Night @ Marine Drive
• Midnight Movie @ The Norm
• Kitsilano 101: FREE outdoor Yoga & more
• Live @ Lunch: SUB North Plaza
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• Improv Comedy @ Totem
• Legendary Indoor/Outdoor Pool Party (All Ages)
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UBC's hope for the class
of 2016? Don't be boring
This will be my finest work!
only I could tear up Mom Moll
one more time...
Welcome to the class of 2016!
This generation of students is
pretty unique, both in who you are
and what you'll experience.
For one, you're the first UBC
cohort chosen entirely through
broad-based admissions. Which, at
best, means that you're more interesting, have a wider range of skills
and are better equipped to tear
up this campus and make it your
own. At worst, it means that you're
part of a massive and potentially
futile social experiment designed
to combat the force of grade
inflation by any means necessary.
If anything, you can look upon one
another and be confident that you
aren't here just because of your
skill at relentless grade-grinding,
but because you possess whatever
sort of secret sauce UBC decided
was important this year.
You'll get to contend with a horribly ugly, torn-up maze of a campus for far longer than any sane
person would tolerate. Someday in
the distant future, all of this construction might finally finish and
all that is currently torn up might
look perfect and pristine. But by
then UBC will probably have decided to tear down and rebuild the
other half of its buildings anyway,
so don't expect any reprieve. Let's
hope one of those broad-based
skills you were admitted with was
You'll also get to witness, and
possibly influence, both a provincial and federal election before
you graduate. The fast-imploding
B.C. Liberal Party will make next
spring's provincial election fascinating, and there are likely to be
some serious changes in post-secondary education policy. And the
next federal election, scheduled for
2015, will be taking place against
a party landscape vastly different
from any this country's seen in a
long while.
Hope you're up to the challenge!
Good luck.
Students learning early on that
construction is not for them
To have nice things, you have to
build them first. We get it.
But this is getting a little ridiculous. The Knoll is now a giant pit
that will one day become the new
SUB. With Imagine Day three days
away, the university's signature
glamour corridor, Main Mall, is
still covered in fences, as is University Boulevard, in an attempt
to make it look nicer. It takes 30
minutes to cross the campus. The
Aquatic Centre, Maclnnes Field,
and interior of the Irving K. Barber
Learning Centre will be under
construction within 12 months.
This, of course, is not surprising
to anyone who's set foot on campus. But it represents a fundamental failure on the part of UBC to
provide useful infrastructure for
the students currently attending
the university.
For these students, travel
time across campus has doubled,
accessibility for disabled students
is a nightmare, and the library
will be under construction during
exams. It's not like there is a future
time when these projects will end
and there will be no construction;
it will keep going, forever, and
there's no sign UBC thinks there
is a limit to the disruption that can
exist at any given time.
The vistas that everyone,
especially first-year students,
were sold in the brochures simply
don't exist any more. And UBC has
done nothing meaningful to deal
with that.
AMS art on display is a good
first step
Last January, the AMS sought
permission from students to sell
several valuable paintings from
its permanent art collection. Most
were surprised to hear that the
AMS has a vault filled with paintings, and decided that, hey, maybe
they could use the money. The
referendum passed, but the AMS
has since decided to hold onto the
The AMS reasoned that they
didn't have the facilities to store
such paintings; some are from
artists like John Paul Lemieux and
the Group of Seven, and some have
sold at auction for more than $1
million. But now these reluctant
art patrons are doing what you're
theoretically supposed to do with
paintings: hang them on a wall
where people can look at them.
The paintings will be on display
from September 4 from 6-9 p.m. in
the AMS Art Gallery.
As the AMS predicted, holding
onto the art is going to cost them.
Council just approved $20,000
towards new security measures
for the paintings. But that kind of
expenditure is small compared
to the value of the paintings. And
it's probably better to make this
investment now, before the paintings are again forgotten in the
vault, than to attempt another cash
grab. Sure, the money would have
gone towards an art endowment,
but it's worth wondering whether
this money would end up in just
another underused slush fund.
A gallery show is a good place
to start. Once students are aware
of the quality of the paintings in
the student union's possession, the
AMS will probably be glad they
didn't put such an asset on the
auction block.
UBC Bookstore is only
interested in one thing
We're not the biggest fans of the
UBC Bookstore. Our guess is that
you're not a fan either if you just
had to forgo food/booze/clothes
in favour of buying expensive
Hell, it's hard to find anyone
who can really get behind UBC's
retail store. Last year, we wrote
an investigative piece detailing
how UBC Bookstore buyers were
in the habit of cutting off suppliers who also sold to the Outpost,
the AMS's comparatively tiny
retail outlet. Relations there have
yet to thaw. Faculty think they're
overly commercialized, and torpedoed an attempt last summer
to rechristenthe store as UBC
So why is a university bookstore so hell-bent on profit, even
at the expense of student groups
and public relations? Well,
that's all the university wants
from them.
As an ancilliary body of the
university, the Bookstore — like
UBC Parking, Athletics and
Housing — is required to pay
profits back to the university.
This must happen, even if it
forces the department into a
budget deficit.
People have long questioned
the profit-driven motivation
of UBC's ancillary bodies. For
example, why did UBC Parking recently ding a fraternity
using one of its parking lots for a
charity ball hockey tournament
(a whopping $714, which was
later deferred after bad press)?
Because it prevented them from
making money! And why in 2009
did UBC Athletics proceed with a
series of poorly planned concerts
at Thunderbird Arena that have
prevented them from getting a liquor licence since? Same reason.
As former RCMP Staff Sergeant
Kevin Kenna said in response to
a Killers show that got totally out
of hand, "Profit is the main objective rather than ensuring that
community interests are taken
into consideration and looked
after now and in the future."
To be fair, UBC has to get
creative about where it gets its
money, and the Bookstore has
been shaking in its boots in the
face of declining revenue across
the board (hence the proliferation of items that aren't books,
like those lovely "My kid and my
money go to UBC" shirts). But
the actions of UBC ancillaries are
consistently a source of ill will
within the university community. Students who just ran their
credit cards at the Bookstore are
learning this lesson early on. Xi
by Jonny Wakefield
Let's assume, for the sake of
argument, that UBC is a boring
school that produces boring
This isn't to put a damper on
your Imagine Day spirits, and
I'd probably be laughed at if I
said as much to anyone in the
over 8,000-strong class of 2016.
But talk to any recent grads, and
they'll probably tell you that
outside of September, the campus
is more or less socially dead. The
kind of excitement that's supposed to make university some of
the best years in your life seems
conspicuously absent.
What happened? During the
first few weeks on campus, UBC
administrators, profs and student
leaders extol the virtues of "getting involved." But come midterm
season, it's almost impossible to
miss the university-wide change
in priority: grades. After all,
they're what we've been told
matters from even before we
were admitted.
But earlier this year, UBC took
a big step towards changing that.
The class of 2016, as we've
mentioned numerous times
throughout this issue, is the
first to be admitted under a
broad-based system. Instead of
being judged solely on grades,
prospective students were given
the chance to expand on their
life stories in a series of short
essay questions. How much these
mini-essays matter varies by
faculty, but the message is clear:
UBC wants students to take off
the blinders.
The university's high admission average has been a bit of a
lightning rod. Despite its claims
that it's admitting the best
students in the world, employers
regularly complain that university graduates, across the board,
lack basic literacy and numeracy
skills. And when a columnist in
Canada's newspaper of record describes your student population
as "uni-dimensional" and "dominated by brainiacs void of any
curiosity about all that university
life can be," you know you've got
a problem.
Make no mistake: as changes go at UBC, this is huge.
UBC President Stephen Toope
dedicated his space in the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) agenda to
talk about the shift, and how this
will make UBC an even better
top-40 sustainable Place of Mind
So to the class of 2016: know
that the university actually expects quite a bit from you. They
expect you to inject life into class
discussions, to be active in the
community, to take on leadership roles. And if that makes the
university look more appealing in
the rankings, well, that's a happy
side effect for the administration.
So welcome to UBC, folks.
Let's try to liven this place up a
bit, shall we? tJ
A university needs
academic risk-takers
by Gordon Katie
I have one piece of advice for incoming students: take risks. I don't
mean this as the sort of platitude
you hear from high school advisors,
career councillors or motivational
speakers. I mean it in a very real
sense: put yourself in a place where
you are academically, politically and
personally vulnerable.
In the classroom, you might
think to take the easy way out. Why
challenge authority — that's difficult
— when you could just relegate
yourself to the role of stenographer,
regurgitating the professor's opinion back at them? This will surely
trouble you if you have any intellectual integrity, but the temptation
is oh-so-strong when you see your
uninspired peers, as critical as Care
Bears, receiving high grades for the
most insipid work.
It's easier, isn't it? You're forced
to be pragmatic: you have scholarships, graduate programs and
reference letters in mind. You are
here to achieve your career goals,
not exhaust yourself by swimming
up the stream of established opinion. Nevertheless, you have these
nagging thoughts: "This doesn't
seem right to me, I should say
But you are afraid. You are afraid
of offending, afraid of annoying,
and, most of all, afraid of being
wrong, afraid of being ashamed. So
you underline the passages deemed
"important," rephrase them, hand in
your work, and the grading begins.
Later, the teaching assistant, over
beer with other teaching assistants, says things like, "From day
one he was sucking up to me, that
shill. He gave me the most morally
underdeveloped trash. Read this!
These kids are stupid, man. Future
leaders? We're in trouble."
The professor (more aptly titled
"researcher," because they long
since stopped caring about teaching, around the same time students
stopped caring about learning)
looks over the paper and is utterly
bored, as it's nearly identical to the
other hundred. "Good enough,"
they think, "I'll just add six or seven
words to make it seem like I read
it all; 'interesting,' 'expand,' 'this
needs work,' 'good,' A-.'"
There is another option, though.
A few years ago, a dear friend of
mine was in a class he characterized "a semester-long fight
between the professor and I." He
criticized the entire course for
being politically motivated and
wrong-headed. But in the end,
this dissenter not only received
top marks, but the utmost respect
from the professor. The following
semester, the professor confided
to him that he was bored with his
new class because nobody would
ever challenge him. The professor
invited my friend to speak to the
new class.
And so he did. At the front of
the room, my friend criticized the
course material and urged the class
to do the same. The professor invited this, adding that only through
critically engaging with the material
do we learn, enjoy our studies and
move knowledge forward.
Today, the pragmatic path may
seem like the path to success. But
tomorrow, having stunted your
critical and creative capacities,
you become just another boring
middle-management cog: dispensable, exploitable, expendable and
forgotten. The real risk is not the
risk of being wrong, but the risk of
being worthless. Xi Scene
Welcome to university, kiddo
Your source for serious advice on life, academics and everything in between
with Dr. BryceWarnes
Being a university student can
be super hard! Your professors always want you to read
stuff, you probably don't have much
money, getting people to have sex
with you is really complicated, and
in a few years, you will enter the
job market, where you will struggle
every day to afford the consumer
goods and status symbols you need
to feel good about who you are.
I'm here to make university
easier for you. You can ask me any
question anonymously, and I will
answer it here in this column.
What makes me qualified to
tell you how to live your life? For
starters, people often come to me
with questions such as "How do I
know this boy likes me?" and "Can
you hold onto this package until the
investigation is over?"
Also, I'm like 40 years old and
still doing my bachelor's degree.
Not only has giving advice to
everyone I meet slowed down
my academic process, but each
passing year has added another
layer of wisdom-varnish to my
already-wise soul.
Finally, I am an ordained doctor
of the Universal Life Church*. And
you should always do what your
doctor tells you.
We'll get things rolling this week
Dr. Bryce is semi-qualified to provide you with valuable life advice.
with a couple of questions from
new students at UBC.
I'm a new student at UBC this year
and am looking for some personal
advice. I know that it is important
to meet people, but I worry I'll have
trouble doing this. I'm very quiet
and often find it difficult to initiate
conversations. Can you give me
some advice on how to make friends
on campus?
-New Kid
Dear New Kid,
I guarantee that every first-year
student you meet feels almost as
awkward and desperate for friendship as you do. You can make lots of
new acquaintances during frosh activities. If you're socially awkward
by default, stick to a formula.
"Hey, what's up. I'm New Kid."
After they tell you their name, be
like, "Rad, where are you from,
name?" Then, "What's it like where
you're from, name?" Keep asking
basic, non-intrusive questions. Pretend you care about the answers.
Whether they know it or not,
most people's ideal conversation
is a monologue. Indulge them.
Before long, you'll be recognized
as a stand-up dude/lady and
winning conversationalist.
I was a huge stoner in high school,
but I always managed to get by with
good grades. Everybody says university is a lot more work, though.
How can I do well in all my classes
but maintain my lifestyle?
-Still Blazing
Dear Still Blazing,
With a modicum of self-discipline, you can make it through your
entire undergrad while smoking
weed every day. People do it. It's
not impossible.
Now for the old "can vs. should"
debate. You'll meet plenty of students at UBC who smoke casually -
at parties or concerts, for instance.
But it's a certain set who maintain
a nightly status quo of blaze-and-
wntch-Adventure-Time, and once
you've fallen in with that clique,
you may have trouble getting out.
This is university. You're supposed to experiment. Quit smoking
for a while and go to some stupid
beer gardens and faculty parties.
If you're underage, guzzle some
hardbar in your neighbour's dorm
and go do something nasty to
the Engineering Cairn. You have
my permission.
Or stay entirely sober, and try
out the company of people who get
their highs in other ways.
Put down the pipe for a while.
You'll save cash. You'll have an
easier time getting outside of your
social comfort zone. And it will decrease your tolerance, so that when
you smoke again, it will be way, way
better. VL
Don't know what you should do? Dr.
Bryce does! Email advice@ubyssey.
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