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Scott Mescudi brings "the Cud
Life" to UBC, with guests Big
Sean and Logic. Hopefully he
won't snub the fans and not
play his major hits like a certain
other rapper.
Canadian Cancer Society
volunteers will be around UBC
to survey students on their
smoking attitudes, promote a
smoke-free campus and pick up
cigarette butts.
Coming up for a cover for
sensitive stories is difficult. For
this issue, we decided to take
an abstract approach and
haphazardly interspace the
text of the chant with photos.
We thought it an appropriate
representation of how the
story came together and of the
situation as a whole.
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If you've been to a Welcome Back BBQ or Block Party in the last six years, you might recognize Les Patterson.
Les Patterson is more than
just the beer guy
Ming Wong
Managing Editor, Print
It's about 6:30 p.m. — a sunny
evening after the freak thunderstorm the night before. Current
Swell just took the stage. There's
a steady stream of thirsty university students in line for beer, and
Les Patterson is in good spirits.
Patterson is the head honcho
of Georgia Strait Events Services,
a special events business offering mobile refrigeration, event
management and, of course, beer.
This is his sixth year working
with UBC. On campus, Patterson
is known as "the beer guy". He
and his team keep students boozy
and happy during the two major
annual AMS outdoor parties, the
Welcome Back BBQ and Block
"This is people celebrating
making it through one week
and the other is celebrating
making it through seven
months. This one is tamer,"
Patterson said.
What started out as a part-
time gig for the past 13 years
has now become a full-time
endeavour for Patterson. In the
last six months, he's left his job
as food and beverage manager
at Vancouver Community College to pursue his business.
When he's not catering to
the college scene, he's around
town providing beer, refrigeration and event equipment
at outdoor activities ranging
from Deer Lake concerts to
dragon boat festivals. His website advertises that his team
will "save you untold man-
hours (woman-hours) and sore
backs from schlepping kegs
Aside from changing the occasional keg, Patterson leaves
the actual serving to his team
of 30. "I try to be the back-of-
the-house guy," he said.
Patterson went to school
in Montreal, but now lives in
Vancouver with his wife and
his Bernese mountain dog.
He's no rookie in the food and
beverage industry. "Let's just
say [I've done this for] many
years," he said wryly.
Carefree college lushes don't
faze him. "It just amazes me — I
just love it. It's what keeps me
younger I think," he laughed. "It
keeps me entertained, for sure."
Work also doubles as a concert pass. By osmosis, he's seen
Mother Mother ("they're fabulous"), Morgan Page and more;
next up is the Lumineers at Deer
Lake Park. The music helps
him get crew members, and he
enjoys seeing the progression
of bands who move up from the
college circuit to do Live Nation
gigs. "I've seen several of these
bands that come here [after]
they've been on David Letter-
man and doing the Late Show
, and I [just think], how cool is
The job is what gets Patterson
to UBC, but it's the atmosphere
that makes him stay. "The hospitality's been great," he said. "I get
along great with everybody down
here. I have a great relationship
with the security team."
Patterson's friendly personality
doesn't hurt either. Many people,
including the owner of the Yag-
gers' bar chain, drop by to say hi
to Patterson, and Patterson greets
them back warmly, often with a
beer or two.
"It's just perfect. I get to be my
own boss and I don't have to deal
with the politics and bureaucracy
[of working under someone]. I
have a service that I provide.
They hire me, they pay me — it's
very simple." XI
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As UBC pledges investigation,
CUS distances itself from earlier
statements, apologizes
Commentary P11
Bucci: Concealment just as bad as ignorance
Ghoussoub: We need education,
not sensitivity training
Arno Rosenfeld
Features Editor
"An actual cheer at ubc," a Sauder
School of Business first-year wrote
on Twitter. "Y-O-U-N-G at UBC
we like em young Y is for yourrr
sister O is for ohh so tight U is for
under age N is for noo consent G is
for goo to jail."
Orientation leaders chosen by
the Commerce Undergraduate
Society (CUS) led students participating in Sauder FROSH, the
long-running three-day orientation organized by the CUS in the
above cheer.
The Ubyssey has learned this
cheer has gone on for years.
Those responsible for FROSH
interviewed by The Ubyssey, from
organizers and volunteers to CUS
leaders, knew about it and either
justified it or claimed they were
helpless to stop it.
Ubyssey they had been led — fell to
the individual FROSH volunteers.
"Whatever words come out
of the leaders' mouth we cannot
directly control," said Ong.
Woo said that CUS executives were unable to account for
volunteers' behaviour during the
CUS-organized orientation, and
added that he was aware the cheer
had been going on.
"While we can monitor the formal events that happen at FROSH,
we can't always see what happens
behind the doors, and therefore
it's up to the FROSH leaders to
provide a safe environment,"
Woo said.
Multiple sources confirmed
that the cheer is a long-standing
orientation staple — it may have
been around as long as 20 years,
according to FROSH volunteer
leader Jeffery Wang.
Sauder School of Business Dean Robert Helsley, left, and Commerce Undergraduate Society President Enzo Woo at the Imagine Day pep rally.
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Gillian Ong, CUS VP engagement
"It's not something we can
control, to be honest," FROSH
co-chair Jacqueline Chen told The
Ubyssey on Friday, Sept. 6. "I think
it's all passed down year after year
... from forever, I guess."
While the CUS board and
executives distanced themselves
from Chen's comments in an email
sent to Sauder students Saturday
night, CUS President Enzo Woo
and VP Engagement Gillian Ong
— who oversaw FROSH as part of
her portfolio — confirmed Chen's
assertions in phone interviews
on Friday.
Ong said those responsible for
the cheer — in which every Sauder
first-year we interviewed told The
Rather than prohibit the cheer,
CUS leadership told FROSH volunteers were told make sure it stayed
out of public view, according to
multiple sources.
Chelsea Maguddayao, a Sauder
first-year, said her FROSH group
was led in the cheer on buses
chartered by the CUS to take
"froshees," as the first-years are
known, from event to event.
"They specifically told us
right before we cheered and
everything that you can only
cheer it on the bus and you can't
go elsewhere and cheer it
Chen confirmed the importance of keeping the cheer
under wraps.
"We had problems a very
longtime ago with the cheers
being public in a sort of way
and the dean seeing," Chen
Chen said that in response,
groups were told to keep the
chant private.
"We let the groups know: if it
happens in the group, it has to stay
in the group," she said. "That's a
big thing for us."
Chen said there are serious
consequences for a FROSH leader
who is publicly exposed leading the chant. The punishments
range from getting blacklisted
from future FROSH events to
being dealt with by the CUS or the
school's dean.
No CUS leaders have
personally apologized
for the cheer occurring
during FROSH, and CUS
leadership emphasized
that no students have
formally complained.
Six Sauder students
interviewed by The Ubyssey
all seemed comfortable
with the cheer.
"It was just for fun, right? It was
only on the bus so I didn't think
of it as a big deal, to be honest,"
Maguddayao said. "It was just kind
of like, 'Let's have a good time, let's
go all out, it's frosh weekend.'"
Jeffery Wang, a second-year
Commerce student who
volunteered at FROSH,
said that while the cheer
did take place, it was not
about encouraging rape of
underage girls, but rather
encouraging bonding
between froshees.
"Of course, yeah, that's
done," Wang said of the
cheer. "I'm not saying that
If it happens in the group,
I it has to stay in the group.
underage rape is okay or it should
be encouraged, but [the cheer]
maybe gets people out of their
personal boundaries and bubbles,
you know?"
One first-year who heard the
cheer recalled some students being
bothered by it.
"A few of them made their
feelings known and then it wasn't
brought up," said first-year Commerce student Alex Dye.
Following the online publication of The Ubyssey's first article
on Friday, the CUS, Sauder and
UBC representatives all released statements outlining their
official positions.
While CUS leaders readily
admitted to the cheer taking place,
the initial response from Sauder
representatives on Friday denied
any knowledge of the matter.
"As far as I know, this issue
doesn't exist," Sauder spokesperson Andrew Riley said. "I've
never heard anything about this
Later on Friday, Assistant
Sauder dean Pam Lim released
a brief written statement saying
that while such a cheer would be
"completely inconsistent" with the
values of the school, Sauder had
"no knowledge of any inappropriate behaviour by our students."
The CUS issued a statement Friday night affirming that the safety
of first-years during FROSH was a
high priority for the society.
After the story broke on Friday,
Agatha Entote, who helped the
CUS with their social media account, told CKNW News that she
tweeted from the CUS account
to say that the student society
doesn't stand for misogyny.
According to the article, the CUS
then deleted her tweets and revoked her social media privileges.
"It just promotes the conception that yes, we indirectly
acknowledge that all of this has
happened and yes, we aren't doing
anything, at least on the granular
level, to prevent any of this in the
future," Entote told CKNW.
On Saturday, as national news
outlets picked up the story, a new
statement was issued promising a joint investigation into the
cheer by Sauder dean Robert
Helsley and UBC vp students
Louise Cowin.
(continued on page 12)
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Comeback kids
'Birds erase 27-point deficit, win in OT
CJ Pentland
Managing Editor, Web
A week after they showed potential
by nearly beating arguably the best
team in the Canada West conference, it looked as if the UBC football
team nulled any progress made
while facing arguably the worst
team in the conference on Saturday.
With the score 29-2 for the host
University of Alberta Golden Bears
late in the first half, the Thunderbirds were on pace for one of their
worst defeats in team history.
They had used two quarterbacks
— neither of whom could muster
much offence, combining to throw
three interceptions through the first
25 minutes — with their only points
coming on a safety. But instead of
rolling over and accepting defeat,
the 'Birds rallied and erased the
27-point deficit to take the game 39-
36 in overtime. While being down
that much isn't exactly something to
be touted, the fact they persevered
makes it two straight weeks where
UBC has shown promise in all
assets of their game.
With next to no room for error,
the defence and special teams came
up huge in the second half just to
give the offence a chance at a comeback. Allowing just seven yards of
passing in the third quarter and a
single touchdown in the second half
was impressive enough, but two key
stops near the end of the game were
the biggest performances from the
healthy defensive corps.
Down 36-31 with 1:55 left in the
game after scoring a touchdown on
a 100-yard drive, the 'Birds forced
a safety after a sack by Yianni
Cabylis pinned the Bears deep in
their own end. Now down by only
three, quarterback Carson Williams
orchestrated another long drive,
with the key play being a 50-yard
throw to Micha Theil with under 30
seconds left, putting 'Birds in field
goal territory. With no time left on
the clock, Quinn van Gylswyk tied
the game with a 30-yard field goal.
In overtime, both teams got to
start a possession on the 35-yard
line. Alberta got the first shot at
scoring, but a Chris Adams interception meant that UBC would get
the ball, needing only a single point
for the win. Van Gylswyk delivered
three when he connected from
23 yards out to give his team the
improbable victory.
Brandon Deschamps was the
offensive workhorse once again and
led his team on the ground. For the
second straight game, he set a career
high in rushing yards, totalling
212 yards on 28 carries and adding
two touchdowns.
As for special teams, they also
had two key plays to help the
offence. A mishandled punt led to a
UBC touchdown, and on the ensuing kickoff, the 'Birds pulled off an
onside kick that led to another quick
score. Van Gylswyk also executed a
successful fake punt as he scampered 44 yards for a first down in
the third quarter.
Williams overcame a shaky start
at quarterback to become a poised
passer at crunch time, a position he
had not been in before. He stepped
up with the game on the line,
which only bodes well for a young
pivot still learning the ropes. Overall, he went 22 for 32 for 258 yards
and a rushing touchdown.
Now 1-1, UBC will face another
stern test next Saturday when they
take on the Manitoba Bisons for
the homecoming game at Thunderbird Stadium. Manitoba was
ranked ninth in the last CIS poll,
but fell 36-34 to Saskatchewan on
Saturday and are now 1-1.
A win against Manitoba would
put UBC in a favourable position
to make playoffs in the eight-game
season, while a loss would be a
step backward. It's already been a
fun two games this year; with the
stadium expected to be packed,
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Quinn Van Gylswyk kicked a 23-yard field goal in overtime to complete a UBC rally against Alberta.
Steady start against defending CIS champs
No goals, but UBC women's soccer earn a point in 2013 season opener
Nick Adams
The UBC Thunderbirds women's
soccer team held the reigning CIS
champions, the Trinity Western
Spartans, to a nil-nil draw on Saturday night to kick off the 2013 season.
Both teams came out with equal
pressure, creating chances in both
ends, but the majority of play remained in the neutral third. As the
half progressed, UBC took the lions
share of chances, pouncing on four
opportunities but placing all above
and around the net.
Taryn Lim, who finished eighth
in last years Canada West scoring
race, started as the centre back of
UBC's 4-4-2 formation. She anchored a tight defence that kept the
Spartans to just one shot on goal in
the first 45 minutes. Coach Andrea
Neil said Lim is "blessed and cursed
with the fact that she can play multiple positions."
Although she played forward in
the past couple years under former
coach Mark Rogers, Lim has played
centre back previously in her career,
so it was a natural switch that Neil
said Lim "fully embraced." With one
solid game under her belt already, it
may be a position in which we can
expect to see more of her. Neil noted
that "on any given day, players [may]
play a different position."
While scoring chances in the
first half were few, they certainly
were not lacking in quality. Shayla
Chorney floated a free kick over the
heads of the defensive wall and into
the hands of Trinity keeper Rachel
Bedek in the 21st minute of play.
Shortly after, Nicole Sydor added to
the pressure with a close but ultimately fruitless attempt.
On a near breakaway attempt
by UBC in the 39th minute, the
Spartans' center back got tangled up
with the ball, ended up on top of it
and gave away a free kick opportunity. Trinity's Alicia Tesan, not liking
the call, made her objectives vocally
apparent to referee Candice Brown,
who immediately replied to her
concerns with a yellow card.
The free kick was blocked, but
off a rebounding play, Nicole Sydor
curled a hard shot to the far post,
through a crowded box and into the
diving arms of Bedek.
As the first half's extra time came
to a close, Trinity Western pushed
into their attacking third and swung
the ball from a deep corner run to
the far post, upon which Spartan
forward Krista Gommeringer was
waiting. Gommeringer hit the first-
time cross through the arms of UBC
keeper Alyssa Williamson and past
the swinging legs of a supporting
defender on the goal line. As the
crowd rose in anticipation, the ball
rolled along the goal line, bounced
off the post, and was frantically
grabbed by Williamson before
crossing the line, leaving the game
scoreless at the half.
"It was very close. It was a little
scary, but we got it out and we kept
going," said Williamson.
As both teams retook the field,
an immediate shift was apparent as
the Thunderbirds began to apply an
increased amount of pressure. As
a result, UBC gained a free kick at
the 30-yard line. Three Thunderbirds stepped up to the ball, and in a
double step over, third shooter play,
the ball was shot just over the bar.
There were some close calls in
the final five minutes of the game as
the Spartans finally came alive. The
Thunderbirds escaped a last-minute
defeat when a header by Spartan
defender Vanessa Kovacs came dangerously close to beating Williamson, but sailed over the crossbar.
Overall, Andrea Neil was pleased
with her team's performance
against a tough rival. Her coaching debut with the Thunderbirds
rewarded her with a point, but she
knows there's a lot more to come.
"As players get more rhythm
moving forward from this point in
the season, there's going to be more
opportunities." XI
Defender Jordan Kitagawa wore the captain's armband in the 2013 season opener. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013    |    SPORTS + REC
Bittersweet weekend for men's soccer
27-match undefeated streak snapped by UFV
Kelly Wunderlich
The football team overcame a
27-point deficit to win in overtime
on the road; the women's soccer
team went toe-to-toe with the reigning CIS champions to earn a point;
and yet the most surprising sports
story of the weekend for UBC came
from the ever-consistent men's
soccer team.
The 2012 CIS champions looked
ready to defend their title as they
dominated against Victoria, the 2011
champs, with a 4-1 road victory in
their season opener on Friday night.
Yet there would be no celebrating
on Sunday afternoon. Shockingly,
UBC had their 27-match undefeated
streak broken by the Fraser Valley
Cascades. UFV's Connor MacMillan
broke a scoring deadlock in the 87th
minute, stunning UBC in front of
their home crowd. It was the squad's
first loss since Nov. 6th, 2011.
"We looked tired and sluggish,
which is surprising since we had a
day off," said UBC head coach Mike
Mosher. "Credit to Fraser Valley.
They played well, worked hard and
seemed to want it more on the day."
With captain Will Hyde missing
from his post on defence and unrelenting determination from the
Cascades, UBC was under pressure
with little room for error. This call
was answered in part by rookie
goalkeeper Ante Boskovic, who was
making his Thunderbirds debut.
Aside from the one shot that beat
him, he had an excellent start to
the year and kept UBC in the game
on a day when their offence simply
wasn't producing.
"I thought [Boskovic] was
perhaps our best player," said
Mosher. "[He's a] young guy for
a serious game and I thought he
made several great saves."
Boskovic was first tested in the
third minute, merely warming
up for what would be the first of
eight saves during the match. The
remainder of the half featured
several breakouts by UFV and a
few impressive bouts of passing
by UBC, but neither team was
able to finish, leaving the match
scoreless at halftime.
The second half heated up, with
fouls called on both sides. The UBC
crowd tensed as a left-footed strike
from the UFV offence two minutes
into the half went off the crossbar
and almost into the net before being
scooped up by Boskovic. With 30
minutes left in the game, UBC put
together some controlled short
passes that nearly saw a goal, but
were again unable to capitalize.
The teams continued to fight for
possession until, seeking a chance
to enter the scoreboard, UBC sent
a rocket towards the keeper with
four minutes left. With the turnover,
UFV responded with the only goal
of the game, finishing in the midst of
a loaded 10 -yard box with just three
minutes left on the clock.
UBC will need to regroup this
week in preparation for a home-
and-away series against the Trinity Western Spartans. The Pacific
division showdown between
UBC, Victoria, Trinity Western
and Fraser Valley is heating
up just a week into the regular
season, and for good reason: the
winner will host Canada West
playoffs later this year. XI
UBC's Taryn Lim (8) converted to centre back to help anchor a defence that kept the reigning CIS champions scoreless on Saturday.
Rookie goalkeeper Ante Boskovic made eightsaves in a losing effort against UFV.
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I'flhirfflBK 6    I    NEWS    I    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9,2013
The AMS is your student society.
The Alma Mater Society collects student fees and decides how to use them. They run businesses and student services, deal with the U-Pass, provide health and dental insurance, and
are in charge of the old SUB and the New SUB. The AMS has five executives who lead the society, but the AMS Council, which consists of elected student representatives, makes the final
decisions. We've interviewed all five executives to give you a better idea of who they are, what
they do and what they're dealing with now. Profiles by Sarah Bigam and Will McDonald
President: Caroline Wong
Caroline Wong is at the helm
of an AMS going through a
lot of changes.
Wong, a fourth-year international relations student, served
as the VP administration last year
before being elected president.
Her student government experience began in her first year when
she got involved with the Arts
Undergraduate Society.
Wong credited Ekaterina
Dovjenko, AMS VP admin from
2010-2011, as one of the mentors
who helped her get into student
As president, Wong is the public
face of the society, as well as its
acting director.
This year, the AMS will have
to deal with unexpected bumps
in the construction of the New
SUB, make a final decision on the
Whistler Lodge and deal with
businesses losing money, among
other issues.
"I had a very clear vision of what
I wanted to do, and then things
happen," said Wong. "Things come
up, and so I'm trying to readjust my
goals and my plans and really making sure the New SUB has a clear
direction.... Everything [else] seems
kind of secondary."
The New SUB was scheduled to
open in September 2014, but could
AMS President Caroline Wong is the acting director and public face of the society.
open as late as January 2015. The
AMS recently voted in favour of
adding $3.5 million to the project's budget, but the UBC Board
of Governors still has to approve
the changes.
The AMS is also set to make a
decision on whether to sell or keep
the Whistler Lodge on Sept. 25, a
decision years in the making.
"I'm really glad that this executive [team] can push forward with a
long-term decision. I don't think it
can wait any longer and it's too bad
that we waited to the state that it is
gotten to to make this decision."
This is also the first full year
the AMS businesses, such as Pie R
Squared and the Pit Pub, are under
the direction of the Business and
Governance Board. The board,
composed of students and alumni,
directs the AMS on how to run
their businesses, which have lost
$128,000 this year as of August 21.
"It's good to have a board that
has more expertise than Council,"
said Wong.
Wong said one of her other main
goals for the year is to improve
the level of community and fun
activities on campus. She said she
plans to reach out to groups like
residence associations, UBC Calendar, the Greek system, clubs and
constituencies to make this happen.
Wong said in her limited free
time, she enjoys seeing her friends
and going to music shows, particularly those with electronic music.
She said her more personal goals
for the year include learning how to
surf and skiing at Whistler for the
first time.
Wong also extended an invitation to students to contact
her if they have any concerns
or are looking for ways to get
involved on campus. She said
she would be happy to meet with
them or point them towards the
appropriate people.
"That makes me the happiest,"
said Wong. XI
VP Finance: Joaquin Acevedo
Joaquin Acevedo has a not-
so-secret love of dancing.
"I can dance in my room,
I can dance anywhere, you know.
Pit on Wednesday night, that
works too."
Born in Guatemala, Acevedo
grew up in the United States and
came to UBC in 2010. As a first-
year, he got involved in residence
life in Totem Park and was the
first-year rep for the Science
Undergraduate Society (SUS).
He moved up over the years to
become president of the Totem
Park Residence Association
(TPRA) and the SUS director
of finance in his second year,
and national communications
coordinator for the TPRA in the
Now in his fourth year,
studying cognitive systems in
the Faculty of Science, Acevedo
is responsible for managing the
AMS's finances. He monitors the
spending of AMS staff, businesses and organizations. Acevedo
has prepared the annual budget
and several financial statements
already. He said he brought the
AMS from a projected $900,000
deficit to one of $380,000.
"Being able to get through the
budgeting process is something
I feel really proud of because of
the really tough situation that
I came into," he said. "I think
it puts the society in the best
position it could be, while continuing to offer students all the
services and being able to do all
the advocacy for them."
Acevedo also recently released
a report on the Whistler Lodge.
For the rest of his term as VP
finance, Acevedo will be making
sure the AMS stays on budget.
He is also working to create a
long-term financial plan.
"By the time I leave, I want to
be able to make sure that the society's in a better state financially," Acevedo said. "We could be
expecting a referendum this year
to shuffle around fees and make
those structures that support
finances better so that it's more
sustainable in the future."
On the political front, he has
mixed views. "Socially, I'm very
liberal. Fiscally, I'm extremely
Another part of Acevedo's job
description is to work with AMS
businesses and the SUB building
and facility managers to implement the AMS Lighter Footprint
Strategy, which aims to make
UBC more environmentally
friendly. The strategy is supposed to be updated every five years,
so Acevedo is getting started on
revising it.
"I don't think that we'll be
able to have the strategy re-developed and ready to launch by
the time I get out, but I do want
to get that process going and
really have that set in stone by
the time the next person comes
in," he said.
Acevedo has a history of
involvement on campus, but he
said that jumping headfirst into
so many commitments left his
academics falling behind.
"Now that I'm coming to the
end of my degree I'm going back
and thinking, well, I'm not in
a bad place right now, but if I
went back maybe I would have
been able to scale down a little
bit and not do as many things
or committed to less things so
that I would be able to keep up
academically as well and be in
an even better position for the
On the other hand, Acevedo
listed some of the ways getting
involved benefited him, too.
"UBC has really been a place
for me where I have been able
to grow an incredible amount.
The things it's taught me mostly
outside of the classroom are
unmatched by anything else and
I don't think I could have made
a better decision than to come
here." XI
Vice-President, Finance Joaquin Acevedo handles the AMS budget. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013    |    NEWS
VP Administration: Derek Moore
Vice-President, Administration Derek Moore
' y involvement probably got kick-started
. into action when I
won the Mr. Vanier competition
back in 2010. Hilarious."
From there, Derek Moore ran
for president of the Place Vanier
Residence Association (PVRA)
for 2010-2011. After four months
of travel in the summer of his
second year, Moore was an RA
for four months before getting
his first AMS position as the
New SUB community engagement coordinator. Currently,
he is chair of the New SUB
project committee.
As VP Admin, Moore is the
chair of the Student Administration Commission, which handles administration of over 350
AMS clubs, constituencies and
resource groups. It also regulates
bookings in the SUB and the
AMS Art Gallery.
Moore is also responsible for
managing the use, maintenance
and conditions of the old SUB,
as well as ensuring the New SUB
project remains on track.
In his involvement with the
New SUB, Moore is also pushing to get the New SUB LEED
(Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design) Platinum-certified, which would make
the New SUB the most sustain-
works with the New SUB, the old SUB, and AMS organizations.
able student union building
in Canada.
"That's coming to a bit of a
head with the budget considerations, but I'm keeping an eye on
that. That's a big goal of these
portfolios," he said.
Some of Moore's other projects
include moving orientation for
executives online and naming the
New SUB, which he hopes will
happen by the end of the month.
"[It] is a sick little program
that we're gonna be using to
build campus spirit and campus
culture once the building opens
by revealing some of our history
as a student union to the student
population," he said. "I'm pretty
excited about that piece."
Moore is also creating the
report that will transition the
position of VP Admin into
VP Students.
"Once the New SUB is created,
the job's going to change quite a
bit, and that migration is going to
reflect that change."
Moore is a philosophy student from Calgary and plans to
become an entrepreneur when
he graduates.
"I like working with teams.
I like to think that I'm a pretty
good leader, but one thing that
I lack is any kind of technical
skill," he said — aside from com
puter programming, which he
likes quite a bit.
Moore said his biggest accomplishment at UBC thus far is
working on the PVRA council.
One of their legacies that remain
today is an event on the Sunday
following opening day, initially
launched as "Wake and Cake."
"It was an amazing team. I
never expected us to become as
close as we did, but three years
going we've had council retreats."
Moore used to be a competitive springboard diver. He now
coaches both children and adults,
and he still gets up on the board
every now and then.
He also likes experiencing the
outdoors - in theory. "I like the
idea of outdoorsy-ness, I sure like
to do it when I do it, but it's hard
to make it happen."
Moore described UBC as
"good in surprising ways."
"Coming out of high school, I
was a good student — I was really
good at exams, not quite as good
at getting assignments done," he
"The academics were, are,
and will probably continue to
be pretty difficult for me, so it
became more about the network
and the community," said Moore
of his time at UBC. XI
VP External: Tanner Bokor
Vice-President, External Affairs Tanner Bokor
Tanner Bokor's job is to represent students at all levels of
government, as well as deal
with the U-Pass program.
Bokor said his main goals for the
year include reaching out to more
students, solidifying a new provincial lobbying group and seeing
through the transition from the
U-Pass to the Compass card.
"Transit is [the] number one
issue, seeing as it is one of the most
critical issues that all UBC students
face," said Bokor.
Bokor said another one of the
key projects he's working on is the
Alliance of BC Students, a new
advocacy group consisting of nine
student unions in B.C. Bokor said
the group is just getting solidified,
but it will push for student loan reform, needs-based upfront grants,
transit funding for the entire
province and improvements to B.C.
"It's certainly a challenge to
develop a brand new organization
with a number of different student
unions with different opinions
and thoughts and ideologies but
it's very important for this union
to have a group that we can fall
back on to lobby provincially,"
said Bokor.
Bokor said the most important
thing his office does is represent
students off-campus.
represents students to government.
"It goes back to the core purpose of what this office is, which is
to be a voice for UBC students and
to be an advocate for students and
bridge gaps between the different
levels of government," said Bokor.
From Monroe, Conn., Bokor
said he doesn't subscribe to any
political ideologies in Canada, but
takes a common sense approach
and tries to represent the majority
view on campus.
"I don't believe that partisan
politics should ever be a part of
this office," said Bokor.
Bokor originally planned to go
to music school, but is currently a
second-year undeclared student in
the faculty of Arts.
Bokor has been a musician for 12
years. While the saxophone is his
primary instrument, he also plays
the flute, clarinet, piano, drums
and guitar. He DJs, too.
"I like dabbling in different
projects, so I tend to try a lot of
new things that are outside my
comfort zone," said Bokor.
Bokor also has a shelf full of
tea in his office. He said he's
a huge fan of tea and calls it
a "hobby [and] an addiction"
for him.
Bokor said he is a "big videogame nerd," especially for strategy games. He also likes to blog
and write short stories. XI
VP Academic: Mona Maleki
Newly-appointed interim Vice-President, Academic and University Affairs Mona Maleki.
Current VP Academic and
University Affairs Kiran
Mahal will officially step
down on Sept. 12. A by-election
will be held for her replacement
this fall, but until then, Mona
Maleki is the interim VP.
At an AMS Council meeting on
Sept. 4, Maleki was nominated
by Mahal to be her replacement
and beat out the other candidate,
Phaidra Ruck, for the position in a
council vote.
Maleki is in the fifth and last
year of her biology degree at UBC.
Originally from Iran, she moved
to Canada 11 years ago, and to
Vancouver seven years ago.
During her time at UBC,
Maleki has been heavily involved
with the Science Undergraduate
Society, of which she was the
president last year. This year, she
sits on the senate as a Science
As interim VP academic, Male-
ki's main job is to attend univer
sity and staff meetings, and hold
down the fort until her replacement is voted in.
"I felt like I had the experience
to make sure that I help out a
little bit and I've dealt with the
university before, so [I'll] ensure
that the office communicates with
the university and the projects
are maintained until the new VP
academic comes in," said Maleki.
The VP academic acts as a
liaison between students and
UBC administration. She also
advocates for student interests on
issues of education, housing and
Projects from the previous
VP academic included working
with Student Health Services to
improve UBC mental health services, advocating for a central UBC
exam database, and researching
Acadia Park student family housing to ensure residents' views are
acknowledged in the redevelopment process.
"I'm not planning on bringing
in any projects of my own because
right now it's just about maintaining and ensuring all the work
that has been done, until the new
VP academic's vision comes in,"
Maleki said.
"My advice for first-year
students would be to not let the
overwhelming experience of
UBC get to them and to try to
find themselves by getting involved, even if they're commuter
students," said Maleki, who has
been a commuter students for
four years.
Maleki is also involved with
the Sexual Assault Support
Centre, volunteers at the hospital
near her house and the Battered Women's Support Service
for four years, and works with
the Collegium program. In her
free time, she plays intramural
volleyball, and enjoys attending
"random conferences" put on by
UBC. a II Culture
A sonorous first week sendoff
Welcome Back BBQ a lively end to 30 years of music and memories at Maclnnes Field
8uinn Aebi
UBC awoke Friday morning to a
sea of fog blanketing the coast.
As forecasts had predicted
rain, everyone was gearing up for
what was expected to be another
mudfest on Maclnnes Field. The
echoes of sound tests could be
heard across campus as students
struggled to get through the last
day of a hectic first week.
As the final touches were
made, the gates were opened to
the very few that had decided to
show up towards the early end
of the day. Despite the lack of
crowd, My! Gay! Husband! began
his set and both sides of the
stage started to fill. Apart from a
few tight-knit groups of friends
scattered about, the scene was
odd: the bass was thumping, but
the venue looked as if it was still
being prepared.
When the Harpoonist and the
Axe Murderer took the stage,
hardly anyone knew what to expect. They got right into it, playing
high energy indie music that had
its way with the crowd. It was
the beginning to a great night —
students were talking, laughing
and meeting an assortment of
new friends.
Following the Harpoonist and
the Axe Murderer's set was Chali
2na, of the famed hip-hop group
Jurassic 5. The rapper kept it
old-school with his '90s hip-hop
stylings, to which the crowd responded positively. The easy flow
of his lyrics, as well as the veteran
look about him, made it obvious
that he has been performing for
many years.
Indie band Current Swell
brought a summer vibe to the
venue, and the crowd soaked it
right in. An energetic audience
combined with an enthusiastic
band — including a visibly intoxicated bassist — came together to
provide UBC with a raging set.
One band member noted that,
although he usually doesn't enjoy
playing on college campuses,
UBC was an exception, and he
appreciated the high energy of the
young Vancouverites.
Tensions were still high after
Current Swell finished off their
set, and the majority of the crowd
eagerly anticipated genre-pushing
house artist Felix Cartal. Starting
out fresh on his After Dark tour,
UBC was Felix Cartal's second
stop after the tour's premiere in
Victoria. Ready to bring the bass,
Cartal got right down to business
and started mixing up a storm.
Cartal focuses on pushing genre
boundaries and bringing something new to the electronic music
world; his performance featured
tracks in many different styles.
Night had finally arrived, and
the show's energy was amplified
by the bright flashing stage lights
and the confetti that seemed to
be constantly raining down. The
whole crowd was jumping in unison while Cartal continued to drop
banger after banger. As a former
UBC student, Cartal felt right at
home, and gave the crowd a proper
finish to the night.
The set ended abruptly when
Felix brought his last song down
to a simple, single drawn-out note.
Twisting knobs on his deck to
warp the sound, it slowly died out,
leaving the crowd wanting more.
Students unsure if they should
leave wandered slowly to the exits
like herded cattle. Still, the majority of the crowd were satisfied,
and the final Welcome Back BBQ
at Maclnnes Field came to an end,
successful, tl
Clockwise from top: Chali 2na warms up the crowd in the early evening; young revelers capture the eye of our photographers; Felix Cartal rounds out the night with some audiovisual ecstasy.  10    I    CULTURE    |    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9,2013
Nudity, schizophrenia and more nudity
Vancouver Fringe Festival supplies scandal, heartbreak, violence and laughter in equal measure
For decades, the Vancouver Fringe Festival has hosted theatre performances that challenge, provoke, terrify and delight audiences. Located on and around the shores of one of Vancouver's celebrated cultural hotbeds, Granville Island, the festival provides an unadulterated platform for artists to experiment with ideas, push genre boundaries, and receive exposure for works that wouldn't
find a home among more conventional settings. But with over 80 shows to choose from, finding your match can be a challenge. Fortunately, The U byssey has reviewed the following offerings and
found them worthy of your attention. But always remember: Fringe carefully.
The emotions and relationships
on display in NET are remarkably
poignant, especially for the university-student demographic. The
dynamic cast, which includes Ca-
pilano University grads Erika and
Nathan Babins, is funny, touching,
and most importantly, brings to
life the struggles faced by today's
Don't watch this play for an
intricate plot or flashy effects
— the entire piece takes place
during a family reunion, and fancy
lighting and sound are far from
abundant. Instead, the strength
of NET comes from the remarkable amount of emotion the cast
carries across the stage in the brief
40-minute runtime.
Isabelle, Ashley and Sam, close
friends since childhood, attempt
to revive their friendship at a
reunion after parting ways for
school and work. Audience members with siblings will relate as
What does it mean to be broken?
Physically intense and visually
stunning, Impulse Theatre's
Shattered embodies the experience of psychological fragmentation through music, movement
and dialogue.
In this one-man production,
artistic director Andrew Barrett plays all four characters,
or "pieces," that inhabit the
protagonist's disturbed mind.
Each "piece" is distinguished
from the others by its own
voice, style of movement and
personal motivations, such that
their interactions with each
other often end in disagreement
and tension.
A thick white fog drifts on
and off stage throughout the
production, distorting the
audience's view of the stage
and creating an experience of
disorientation. The audience
watches as the protagonist sifts
through piles of white dust in
Depending on how you look at
it, this show's disclaimer, which
states that it "may be startling for
the easily startled," could be an
understatement. Basically, if seeing someone hammer a nail into
his nose makes you uncomfortable, you may need to avert your
eyes for a few acts.
In this performance, Ar-
nie, played by seasoned Fringe
artist Brian Anderson, dabbles
in illusionism, mind reading,
Tesla coils and the occult. Be
prepared for plenty of audience
participation and mind-blowing
tricks while Arnie goes through
the story of Samuel Mackenzie, a
B.C.-born magician who suffers a
tragic end.
Ouija boards, nail beds, spirit
cabinets and a Rubik's cube
all make an appearance. Arnie
also goes through the history of
stage magic with the help of his
assistant Trixie, who happens to
be a great singer, and keyboard
Is there anything more mortifying
than performing a solo 75 minute
unscripted performance for a room
full of strangers? In The Human
Body Project, Tasha Diamant proves
that there is: doing the whole thing
completely naked.
Walking onto stage wearing
nothing more than a pendant
and a pair of glasses, Diamant is
surprisingly casual. She tells the
audience about her day job, her kids,
Ashley and her brother Jon (who
happens to be dating Sam, and
who also happens to have eyes for
Isabelle) fight and gingerly make
up again. Twenty-somethings can
also relate to the awkwardness
of making conversation with a
long-time acquaintance from the
same hometown.
Poignancy aside, solid acting and good directing abound
in NET, as can be seen in the
innovative placement of classically-styled monologues in a modern
Straight from Brooklyn, Summer
Shapiro's one-woman show is a
mess — but in a good way.
Possibly the only show at the
Fringe to have the words "gunshots"
and "funny" in its schedule description, In the Boudoir is a physical
comedy act with a lot of heart and,
yes, maybe a gun or two. After all,
the love life of a young female clown
is no laughing matter, except for the
audience who watches it.
an exhausting attempt to find
clarity; yet, much like the man's
own confusion, the dust cannot
be removed, only displaced. The
protagonist's confusion is further intensified by interweaving
dialogue with dance components that alternate throughout
the production.
Although the play's content
is intensely complex, it sharply
contrasts with the simplicity
of the setting itself. With its
limited prop use, stark lighting
and basic backdrop, Shattered
Starring Jackie Blackmore, Iva
Kapsikova, Sidika Larbes, Lauren
Martin and Megan Phillips,
Strapless is a Vancouver based
sketch comedy show. These five
talented women, who also wrote
the sketches, portray old men,
schoolgirls, Karate Kid-obsessed
dudes and every kind of woman
you'll ever meet.
The show might seem very
female-centric, but it can make
anyone laugh, regardless of
player Matt. Very funny and
entertaining, this show will have
you laughing during its fast-paced
acts, but be warned — there may
be some blood. Make sure you
don't miss this show by director and UBC Theatre alumnus
Allen Morrison.
-Aurora Tejeida
Remaining shows are at Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St., on
Sept. 11 at 5:10p.m., Sept. 14 at 5:45
p.m. and Sept. 15 at 4:20 p.m. XI
her hometown - about whatever
the audience asks about, in fact. If
it weren't for the obvious lack of
clothing, it would almost feel like
talking to a stranger on the bus ride
home. Instead, the experience is
both powerful and empowering,
pushing participants to question
their own physical, psychological
and social positions.
Despite social and political
undertones, however, Diamant
emphasizes that the impetus for the
piece was personal, not political, in
nature. In an attempt to cope with a
context. The production as a
whole could use a little more zing,
but NET is an enjoyable reminder
of the value of relationships — no
matter how occasionally frustrating—the joy of witty banter,
and the complexities of love and
-Jenny Tan
Remaining shows are at Studio
1398,1398 Cartwright St., on Sept.
10 at 9:30p.m., Sept. 13 at 10:25
p.m. and Sept. 15 at 6:50 p.m.
Apparently, as a child, Shapiro
said she never wanted to grow
up; it looks like she's fulfilled this
dream on stage. The show is appropriate for all ages, and there is no
nudity and very little sexual content, which can feel a bit unusual
for Fringe.
Throughout the show, Shapiro
hilariously stumbles on and off of
the stage in a white dress. Be careful
— if you're male, you're in danger of
being dragged on as well, but it's all
in good fun.
simultaneously evokes the
overwhelming confusion and
personal alienation that characterize this character's "shattered" condition.
-Alice Fleerackers
Remaining shows are at the
FirehallArts Centre, 280 East
Cordova St., on Sept. 9 at 9:30
p.m., Sept. 13 at 5p.m., Sept. 14 at
6 p.m. and Sept. 15 at 9:30 p.m.
gender. The musical and choreographed numbers are definitely
their forte, and the opening
sketch, "Strapless Riverdance," is
very funny.
Unfortunately, it also sets a
very high standard for the rest of
the show, which can be a bit hit
or miss. The funny numbers will
have you laughing and clapping,
while the dull ones may be slightly
cringe-inducing. Don't worry,
though — there are only one or
two items that fall into the dull
category, and the show is still
painful past, the performance artist
started challenging her own vulnerability eight years ago, and has
continued to push those boundaries
to this day.
The result? Both humbling and
inspiring, The Human Body Project
urges us to recognize the power of a
single human body.
- Alice Fleerackers
Remaining shows are at Studio 1398,
1398 Cartwright St., on Sept. 9 at 5
p.m., Sept. 11 at 7:45 p.m., Sept. 14 at
9:50 p. m. and Sept. 15 at 4:50 p. m.
Shapiro doesn't offer a lot of
information about herself during
the show. She hardly speaks at all,
and the only reason we know she's a
clown is because the program says
so. Don't expect big shoes and a
clown nose; instead, expect a lot of
lipstick and spaghetti stains.
-Aurora Tejeida
Remaining shows are at Performance
Works, 1218 Cartwright St., on Sept.
11 at 9:45 p.m., Sept. 13 at 10:35 p.m.
and Sunday Sept. 15. at 7:40 p.m.
worth watching just for sketches
like "Annie at the Laundromat".
Ultimately, this show is about
letting it all hang loose. Just like
going strapless, it can be awesome
at times and a disaster at others,
but overall, very liberating. Satur
day's show was sold out, so make
sure to get tickets in advance.
-Aurora Tejeida
Remaining shows are at Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St., on
Sept. 11 at 7:45p.m., Sept. 12 at 5:00
p.m. and Sept. 14 at 12:15p.m. II Opinions
For most students at UBC, the CUS frosh cheer
debacle has been a weekend exercise in placing
palm to forehead. So here's what's left.
Stop passing the buck. According to everyone,
this was someone else's fault. Incidents like these
chants happen because people, as a group and as
individuals, do nothing to discourage or eradicate
behaviour and language that creates cheers like
these. Things change in one of two ways: it is discovered by the media or someone comes forward
to the media, there are newspaper articles and
everyone is sad; or a leader — or leadership team —
steps up and says, "No, we are not going to chant
about rape this year."
One or two individuals can be the difference,
but it takes a concerted effort and a strong will
to affect lasting change. The CUS is now looking
down the barrel of a gun because it lacked that
effort or will. Moving forward, the organization
is going to have to find the chutzpah to deal with
this issue. So Sauder, here's your chance to step
up. Make it better.
-The Ubyssey editorial board
Since the FROSH cheer story broke on Friday, UBC has been in the news for all the wrong reasons.
Blame society,
not our sources
The dual sins of the CUS
i ^
Sarah Bigam
rno Rosenfeld
The article we published Friday
evening, breaking the story of an
offensive chant at Sauder FROSH
that made light of rape, has received a lot of attention.
Much of the reaction has been
outrage at the fact this cheer was
going on, but there is one piece
of criticism about the article that
we'd like to address: that it was unfair to put UBC students "on blast"
by publishing their quotes and
confirmations of the cheer.
To answer this criticism, we'd
like to offer some transparency
and explain why we published the
quotes we did.
An article like the one we published has to be properly sourced
to ensure accuracy and to stand
up to questioning. To attain this
sourcing, we reached out to students who participated in Sauder
FROSH through multiple channels
— primarily by making contact on
social media and following up with
phone calls.
We told the students we wanted to talk to them about their
experience at Sauder FROSH and
proceeded to ask them whether
they heard the Y-O-U-N-G cheer
during FROSH, where they heard
it, who led it and how they felt
about it. We made it clear that we
would be publishing an article, and
that their names would be used in
the article.
The important point we'd like
to make is that the students whose
quotes we published were not
exceptional. Every Sauder student
we interviewed confirmed the
cheer's existence. This includes
not only the students quoted in the
article, but a room full of Sauder students studying in the CUS
lounge and others whose quotes
didn't make it into print. In fact,
the reason we quoted as many
students as we did was to show
readers that you couldn't "blame"
anyone for exposing the cheer.
The CUS leaders we spoke with
are naturally held to a higher standard due to their role in the student society. That said, this cheer
has been going on for many years
during Sauder FROSH under vari
ous organizers and CUS executive
teams, and their comments should
be understood in that context.
The blame for the cheer should
not fall at the feet of Jacqueline
Chen, the FROSH co-chair who is
quoted extensively in our article.
She agreed to be interviewed
about her planning of FROSH,
and unlike university employees
or even elected student officials,
Chen had no media training. Her
honest explanations are simply
reflective of a larger attitude
within the CUS — and elsewhere
in society — that has legitimized
glib songs about rape for many,
many years.
EThe students
whose quotes we
published were
not exceptional.
We hope readers will understand our coverage of the Y-O-
U-N-G cheer as highlighting
something bigger than the words
of the handful of individuals we
spoke to in order to source our
initial article. XI
-Sarah Bigam, News Editor
Arno Rosenfeld, Features Editor
It needs to be stated publicly
and in unequivocal terms: each
individual member of the Commerce Undergraduate Society has
done wrong.
You should be ashamed of yourselves. Not just a little bit ashamed,
but big, Old Testament, wrath-of-
God Ashamed at what you've done.
You have publicly condoned the
promotion of rape. Nothing less.
Over the weekend, it became
clear that the same offensive chant
that engulfed Saint Mary's University in Halifax last week and
caused a student society president
to step down is not only just as
prevalent here at UBC, but that it's
been known about and implicitly
endorsed by the CUS.
The chant is a rape joke. This is
incredibly offensive in and of itself,
but that's not the sin for which I
am calling out the CUS. It doesn't
particularly matter whether someone was offended. Offence is not
the metric by which we measure
right and wrong. What matters
is the passive promotion of rape
culture on campus in which you
have engaged.
In an almost inexplicably
twisted leap of logic, the CUS has
known about the use and promotion of this chant within their
ranks for some time, and yet has
decided to excuse it rather than
eliminate it.
"We had problems a very long
time ago with the cheers being
public in a sort of way and the
dean seeing," Jacqueline Chen, the
FROSH co-chair, told this newspaper. "We let the groups know:
if it happens in the group, it has to
stay in the group,"
This is almost unbelievable. In
that statement lies an ignorance
so grand it is nearly indescribable.
It's tough to decide what's worse:
dismissing a rape joke as harmless
fun, or knowing full well that it's
wrong to make rape jokes and
attempting to hide it. The first is a
crime of ignorance and the second
a crime of concealment.
To be clear, the CUS knew that
the chant was occurring, and
knew that they didn't want people
to know about it. But rather than
putting a stop to it, they decided to
run a suppression campaign. What
they should have done is immediately dismissed any CUS leaders
who initiated the chant and made
an immediate public apology in
which they explained that promoting rape on campus is wrong.
Telling a rape joke is not only in
poor taste, but tangibly harmful.
Take the case of the RCMP's recent
revelations of endemic sexual assault within their ranks. This is not
a problem that other institutions
are particularly prone to. The only
reasonable explanation for supposedly morally-upstanding men of the
law to regularly commit sexual assault is that they either found that
it was easy to do, or easy to hide.
The "old boy's club" style of joking
about rape and promoting sexual
aggression normalizes this behaviour, allowing sexual predators to
be overlooked or even supported
in their behaviour. It also creates
predators out of non-predatory men
by way of socialization.
When you make rape jokes,
you create a rape culture. When
you downplay the devastation of
non-consensual sex, you create a
rape culture. Often, these sorts of
acts are dismissed as inevitable
aspects of having fun. They're
dismissed as unavoidable ingredients to the way that men interact.
They're dismissed as essential
elements of the old boys' club.
The old boys' club hurts people.
The women assaulted in the
RCMP can tell you that.
The CUS has to be clear that
this is not something that we allow
at UB C. And the entirety of the
CUS executive, every CUS leader
that initiated this chant and every
student that participated or stayed
silent during the chant should feel
deep, soul-destroying shame at
what they've done.
Paul Bucci is a former Ubyssey
editor and is currently studying
computer science at UBC.
The Liberal Arts can help
insensitive Sauderites
You can blame Robin Thicke's
"Blurred Lines," the media machine that bemoans the jail time
given to rapists, or the oft-discussed "hookup culture" that
journalists have a field day with.
But at the end of the day, we can
only ask: what could be lacking in
our educational systems that led
these students, male and female,
to proudly shout such words to a
group they are charged with "welcoming" to UBC?
The most disturbing part of the
Sauder rape cheer story is perhaps
not the content of the disgusting
chant itself, or the possibility
that this is considered a "tradition" by the CUS. Rather, it is the
indifference shown by the student
leaders exposed as being aware of
the cheer who did not hint at an
apology, but rather seemed mildly
annoyed that first-year students
had broken the code of silence by
confirming the existence of the
chant on social media.
What was missing during years
of study in a top-tier educational
institution that failed to make
these volunteers and organizers
understand the gravity of trivializing rape? The students who led
these crimes are not rapists, or even
conscious rape enablers. They are,
however, complicit in minimizing
the impact of one of the grossest
violations of personal security:
rape. (And underage rape at that.)
Sexual assault exists at UBC
in a very real way. In a survey
conducted by The Ubyssey in 2010,
nearly 60 per cent of students
reported feeling unsafe on campus
at night — and 7.5 per cent of those
said they do not feel safe at all. The
same study reported that 36 per
cent of respondents had heard of at
least one incident of sexual assault
on campus during their time
at UBC.
Students at the Sauder School of
Business are studying to become the
business leaders of tomorrow, leaders who will hopefully manage HR
departments and maintain business
ethics as diligently as they monitor
the cash flows of their company.
Study after study minimizes the
importance of a liberal arts education. But perhaps these students,
rather than undergoing "sensitivity"
training (rape is bad, people — you
don't need a weekend clinic to teach
you that) should consider taking a
sociology or women's studies course.
Maybe that will help them understand why promoting rape culture
to a bus full of undergraduates, and
encouraging these students to keep
it a secret, is as abhorrent as it is
Michelle Ghoussoub is a fourth-year
political science student at UBC. 12    I    NEWS    I    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5,2013
CUS knew of
cheer's existence,
told FROSH
leaders to keep it
'in the group'
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At least two UBC students tweeted about the cheer.
(continued from page 3)
On Saturday night, the CUS
issued an apology for the cheer
in an unsigned email sent by the
board and executive members to
Sauder students.
"The CUS unequivocally
condemns any behaviour that
promotes, endorses or in any way
makes light of issues of sexual
assault and misconduct," read
the statement.
The email added that Chen and
her co-chair Jonathan Li have
resigned from their positions
as FROSH co-chairs, though it
appears that their responsibilities ended with conclusion of the
orientation last weekend.
The email also said an apology
would be issued to the wider
UBC community on Sunday and
announced that the CUS will
be working with the AMS, the
Sexual Assault Support Centre
and the university to "develop
a comprehensive plan to ensure
the serious implications of these
actions are understood and that
they are never again repeated."
Anisa Mottahed, manager of the
Sexual Assault Service Centre on
campus, said FROSH should seek
other ways to engage first-years.
"I don't understand why sex-
ualized violence should be pulled
into frosh chants," she said. "We're
really surprised that it's happening, and saddened."
An online petition calling for
the university to "seek out the CUS
students who led the offensive
chants and discipline them under
the Student Code of Conduct," had
gathered over 400 signatures by
Sunday afternoon.
On Saturday, UBC assistant
professor Robert Tarzwell posted
online a reply he received from
David Farrar, UBC provost and
VP academic, in response to an
open letter Tarzwell had written
to Farrar and posted on Facebook
expressing concerns about the
rape cheer.
"The president and I share
your concerns about this reported
incident," Farrar wrote. "The university regards serious allegations
of inappropriate behaviour during
orientation activities with grave
On Sunday, CUS President
Enzo Woo and AMS President
Caroline Wong released a joint
statement apologizing to the UBC
community and pledging to stop
similar cheers from happening in
the future.
CUPE 2278, the union local
representing Teaching Assistants
at the university, issued a statement calling on the university
to issue a formal apology "for its
failure to address rape culture...
and allow a chant such as this to
be perpetuated year after year."
It also called for future FROSH
coordinators to be provided with
"anti-oppression" training.
Chen said the selection
process for FROSH leaders was
rigorous, and they went through
training similar to that of Imagine Day volunteers, including
equity training.
In an interview with The
Ubyssey, Chen wondered why
Sauder faculty or deans had failed
to intervene earlier.
"I'm sure by this point they
know things like this happen,"
Chen said. "They do know about
things like cheers and them sometimes being derogatory."
UBC professor Scott Anderson, an
expert in sexual harassment and
assault, said the cheer did more
damage than those leading it probably realized. He said for those
who have experienced sexual
assault or been raped, the cheer
trivialized their suffering.
"It reinforces their stigmatiza-
tion and seems to make them into
the problem," Anderson said. "It
makes it seem as though someone
who complains that they have
been subjected to what the chant
suggests is herself not part of
the fun, making a big deal out of
nothing, and trying to spoil other
people's fun."
He added that issues of priv
ilege also factor into who leads
these chants, and why others feel
compelled to sing along.
"Those who are in position to
lead such chants are usually men
[and] are usually in favoured positions in society, and so there's a reason to want to bond with them and
to show that you get the joke and
that you are willing to curry favour
by being transgressive and willing
to hurt other people's feelings."
Anderson said that there
are two groups of people who
commit sexual assault. The first
group understands that what
they're doing is wrong, and are
purely predatory. In contrast,
the second group doesn't fully
understand the damage they do
by breaching consent.
Anderson said for that second
group, cheers like the Y-O-U-N-G
cheer reinforce the idea that society doesn't take consent or sexual
assault and rape seriously.
"We have to hope that education
and knowledge are an antidote to
this," Anderson said. XI
-With files from Sarah Bigam
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