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Volcano Monitoring Seminar: 4 p.m. @ Earth
Sciences Building,"Room 5104-06
Jeff Witterof the International Volcano Monitoring Fund delivers a talk outlining
volcano hazard mitigation and monitoring work in Guatemala. Free.
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David Wilson has coached the UBC wrestling team since 2006.
Wilson pins down
wrestling at UBC
Raul Arambula
UBC wrestling coach David
Wilson's first foray into sports
was playing goalie for his junior high school's hockey team
in Springhill, Nova Scotia. He
quickly earned the nickname
"Red Light," because whenever
the opposing team would score
a goal, a red light above the net
would blink on.
"Once you get a nickname
like Red Light, that's when you
know that hockey is not for
you," said Wilson.
Instead, Wilson moved on to
the school's wrestling team. In
the beginning, he said, he was
not really good at the sport. He
considered himself a "creative
and unorthodox wrestler. They
would show me a move, and I
would just make it my own."
It wasn't until high school
that he met good coaches who
introduced him to the art —
and technique — of wrestling.
"I started to love wrestling
... and technique," he said. "I
loved doing a move that no
body else was thinking."
He quickly excelled in
the sport, and after graduating from high school, he
was one of Atlantic Canada's
top young wrestlers. Wilson
was recruited by Concordia
University, where he joined
the Montreal Wrestling Club.
In the years that followed, he
wrestled under the tutelage of
renowned wrestling coach Dr.
Victor Zilberman and trained
alongside Olympic medalists.
Despite his love ofthe sport,
Wilson admitted the wrestling
world is brutal.
"Many quit after high school.
There's no money on this.
There's no dream to play professionally. You can dream to
go to the Olympics, which only
handfuls actually get to go."
In 2006, Wilson came to
UBC and volunteered to become a wrestling coach. He was
the one who single-handedly started the university's
wrestling program.
"I made it into a club. We
practiced and received support
from parents. We had a small
budget and we went from
In the years that followed,
Wilson has worked to establish
the club as an official UBC
varsity team. There have been
plenty of negotiations, but he
has seen no concrete results.
"They never saw wrestling
as part of a roster of sports," he
said. "We lobbied with them
about wrestling and we've been
doing that since I've been on
Under his guidance, the
Wrestling Club has become a
centre for student wrestlers
from countries around the
world, including Japan and
Argentina. Wilson even invites
his Olympic class friends to
teach his students some moves
and skills.
Wilson emphasized that
wrestling teaches far-reaching
skills. He motivates his pupils
daily to work hard and not
give up.
"If you excel on the mat, you
can excel off the mat." Xi
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"UBC requires [Student
Housing] to take out
internal loans for building
new residences from the
UBC endowment, and
charges profit seeking
levels of interest on
these internal loans of
approximately 5.75%. UBC
is lending to a part of itself
and requiring a highly
profitable return."
Interest-free loans for faculty, admin total $11.8 million
Arno Rosenfeld
UBC's practice of offering interest-free housing loans to recruit
select faculty is more widespread
than previously known, according
to information obtained through the
Freedom of Information Act.
The university currently has
outstanding personal loans totalling
$11.8 million offered to administrators and top-level faculty.
The Ubyssey has also learned
that the loans, administered by the
UBC Treasury and referred to as
"interest-free" by human resources,
do in fact have interest charged on
them. UBC Treasurer Peter Smailes
said that the faculty ofthe individual given the loan picks up the tab
for interest.
"We don't charge the individual,
but the actual faculty pays for it,"
Smailes said.
For example, inthe case of university librarian Ingrid Parent, the
UBC Library pays the interest on
Man missing from UBC
hospital found
Cory Krushell, a 21-year-old patient at UBC Hospital, was found
on Tuesday after he went missing
for three days.
Krushell disappeared after he
left the hospital for a walk last
Saturday night. He was found
Tuesday when a Coast Mountain
Bus Company driver recognized
him at the UBC bus loop around
8 a.m.
According to Sgt. Peter
Thiessen ofthe RCMP, it appears
Krushell went to Surrey and back,
but details of his trip are unknown.
"At this point we haven't been
able to determine where exactly
he went and why. He required
some medical attention first,"
Thiessen said.
UBC graduate may have violated
probation for Stanley Cup riot
UBC graduate Camille Cacnio
has been accused of violating the
terms of her probation for participating in the Vancouver Stanley
Cup riot.
Cacnio was sentenced to two
years of probation for participating in a riot. Cacnio was caught
on camera taking men's clothing
from Black and Lee Formal Wear
on Jan. 15,2011.
Hersentence included 150
hours of community service and a
10 p.m. curfew.
Cacnio has a court date scheduled for Jan. 14. Xi
her $600,000 housing loan. Parent
is tied for the largest loan with
Sauder School of Business Dean
Robert Helsley, whose faculty is also
paying the interest on his loan.
UBC defends the practice
of offering the loans, currently
numbering 47, as common among
top universities and essential for
attracting quality professors and
administrators to Vancouver.
"Because ofthe cost of housing
in Vancouver, UBC would be unable
to recruit outstanding faculty
without some kind of housing
assistance," Vice-President Human
Resources Lisa Castle said in a
December interview.
Offering interest-free loans is not
a common practice in recruiting employees inthe private sector, accordingto Denise Baker, associate dean
ofthe Sauder School of Business and
an expert in recruitment.
"I am not aware of very many
companies who offer interest-free
loans," Baker said. "If it does hap-
pen, it is at the very high executive
level and would be negotiated and
not standard practice."
Other universities in Canada
vary in their approach to offering
loans to their faculty. Simon Fraser
University has a process for offering
subsidized loans to their faculty. But
DougThorpe-Doward, SFU's director of academic relations, did not
comment on whether SFU offered
any interest-free loans inthe model
of UBC's executive loan program.
Dawn Palmer, associate
vice-president of human resources
at Langara College, said she was
unaware of any such loans being offered to Langara faculty. However,
Palmer noted that in her previous
human resources job at Provincial
Health, the hospital she worked for
offered such loans to attract doctors
to Vancouver.
A spokesperson for the University of Toronto said in a written
statement, "Some of our divisions
may use [interest-free loans] as a re
cruitment tool." The spokesperson
added, "It is not a program run
centrally at the university."
AMS VP Academic and University Affairs Kiran Mahal said the
university needs to get creative to
make housing more affordable for
students, not just faculty and administrators. A great deal ofthe rent
students pay for housing on campus
is used to pay interest on money
loaned from the UBC Endowment
to UBC Housing. Mahal said that
the university could save students a
significant amount of money on rent
if the university cut the interest rate
for student housing.
"The same consideration needs
to be given to students.... We face
exactly the same constraints ofthe
Vancouver housing market... and
don't have as high earning potential
as these top-level administrators. So
it's time for the university to look at
student housing the same way," said
Mahal, a
—With files from Neal Yonson
Health-related programs to integrate
Ming Wong
Senior News Writer
Dietetics and dentistry may not
have much in common at first
glance — but that's about to change
at UBC.
The university is working to integrate a wide variety of health-related disciplines, from nutrition to
kinesiology to nursing to medicine.
"What we really want to do is
to have people in health professions work together, train together, do research together," said
Hugh Brock, associate provost of
academic innovation.
UBC's goal is to have a model
that reflects the global trend of
patient-focused health care. Instead of having patients be treated
by different health professionals
for separate diagnoses, the patient
would be treated in one spot by
a team. The buzzword is "interprofessional," and UBC wants
that idea to be prominent in its
health-related education, practice
and research.
The basic structure of all the
faculties will remain the same.
But the Schools of Nursing and
Kinesiology will be moved out of
the Faculties of Applied Sciences
and Education to undetermined
locations. Other changes include
a joint admissions office for the
health professions and streamlining services such as IT and
human resources.
"Medicine, dentistry, pharmacy
— we teach similar courses. We
do research in similar areas," said
Chuck Shuler, dean ofthe Faculty
of Dentistry. "The concept is how
can we get all these people who
are now separated by... faculty
type barrierfs], how can we get
them talking together and be
Shuler sees potential in
Dentistry collaborating with dietetics. "What you eat is probably
related to how [many] cavities you
have and things like that, and we
don't have a good link to them [at
the moment]."
At one point, UBC considered
a super-sized "Faculty of Health"
for all disciplines. But Brock said
that idea has been scrapped, with
the university focusing on integration instead. Ideas currently
being discussed include integrated
teaching on topics such as ethics,
collaborative research among
different disciplines, and clinical
placements with trainees.
"I think that students can hope
for a more coordinated approach
to training future health care
professionals," said Brock, putting
emphasis on going out to the field
in teams.
Currently, the operating budget
for the Faculty of Medicine is
larger than all ofthe other health
professional departments combined. Shuler isn't too worried
that Dentistry and other smaller
departments will be compromised,
but he acknowledged that others
might feel differently.
"In an academic institution,
you're always protecting your
territory, like turf wars. So I think
there probably are some [faculties]
that are resisting, but at this point
... it's too early to say."
Cindy Pan, a second-year pharmacy student, likes the idea of seeing more interprofessional practices within the health disciplines,
but she said she's concerned that
those practices may be happening
too early for students who don't
have enough depth in their studies.
"One ofthe drawbacks of trying
to encourage this collaboration
so early on is that you don't know
enough about your own profession
and you don't know the boundaries
of your own profession," she said.
"I think that will be kind of
cool, to get to know people from
different faculties and stuff like
that, and to get a different outlook
on things," added first-year kinesiology student Claire Boothe.
Brock said the announcement of
the integration will be made later
this month. He is hopeful it will be
implemented by the summer.
"There's pretty good consensus
that health care ofthe future will
be very different from health care
of now, and UBC needs to move in
that direction." Xi
Forestry renames
department to
include word
The Faculty of Forestry rebrands for
greener image.
Will McDonald
News Editor
A department in the Faculty of
Forestry is giving itself a facelift.
On Jan. 1, the department of
forest science changed its name
to the department of forest
conservation science.
Department head John Richardson said the name change
reflects the department's focus
over the last few years. Only
three ofthe department's 20
faculty members have degrees
in forestry.
"Forest sciences itself
kind of has the implication of
thinking about growing trees
better to have more trees cut
down.... Very few of us are
actually doing things like that,"
said Richardson.
Conservation is usually
considered to fall under other
departments, such as biology,
ecology and botany. But Dean
of Forestry John Innes said the
faculty plans to work with other
disciplines rather than overlap.
Innes added that the name
change is related to the faculty's
image as a whole.
"The name change may increase the numbers of students
who are interested in [conservation], because they don't
necessarily find it when they are
searching for potential courses at
UBC," said Innes.
"That's something we have
been working on fairly carefully
over the last three or four years,
trying to ensure that people
understand what we actually do."
Innes said the changes
toward sustainability were
happening through the whole
faculty, but Richardson said
he didn't think the faculty as a
whole would change its name to
reference sustainability.
"The world of forestry is just
too big and it just didn't seem to
fit for the faculty. But it does fit
well for our department within
Forestry," said Richardson.
"I think there's just too much
momentum.... I think that's going to just stay the way it is."
Third-year kinesiology student
David Bai thought the new name
was a good idea.
"Everybody wants to be green
nowadays. Green has ceased to
be just a colour and more of an
adjective, so [it's] great for them,"
said Bai.
Innes said the faculty continues to work on its perception
in campus.
"I'm hoping that the image
we're conveying is one of stewardship of a finite resource. We
are tryingto ... get over that we
are concerned about sustainability and sustainable management
of resources and we'd like to
get over that we go well beyond
forest," said Innes. Xi Culture
Break the fourth wall at the AMS Art Gallery
Film-influenced performance art pieces will be interactive, thought-provoking
Rhys Edwards
Senior Culture Writer
The term "performance
art" is much maligned,
and little understood.
It often conjures up
confused, alienating
imagery: rambling provocateurs
reading poetry, smearing their
bodies with a variety of liquids
and injuring themselves while
solemn-faced audiences look on.
On Jan. 15, several visual arts
students hope to change this preconception. In a Celluloid Garden, a
special event held in the AMS Art
Gallery, will feature a series of live
performance art informed by the
medium of film. A live screening
of Stanley Kubrick's last film, Eyes
Wide Shut, will follow. The event is
open to the public.
"We left it deliberately open so
that it wouldn't be closed off or
esoteric to people who just wanted
to check out the gallery space,"
said Katherine Enns, a performer in the show and a fourth-year
BFA student.
"It's also kind of fun because no
one that I know of really knows
what performance art is. It's a really vague definition,... so it's kind of
fun to give people that ability of,
'Here, this is what performance art
is,' and expose them to that."
Accordingto Olivia Dreisinger,
a volunteer at the gallery and one
ofthe performers inthe show, In
a Celluloid Garden will expose
the public to performance art and
promote connections between
In a Celluloid Garden will exhibit at the AMS
various clubs and organizations
on campus.
"[We wanted to] foster an actual
community on campus," remarked
Dreisinger, who is a fourth-year
English honours student.
Although the artists come from
different backgrounds and majors,
they share a common experience: they all took VISA 390, the
new performance art class inthe
departments of art history and
Art Gallery on Jan. 15.
visual arts. UBC is one ofthe only
institutions in Canada to offer
this course at an undergraduate
level. Now, In a Celluloid Garden
will provide an opportunity for
the artists to collaborate outside
ofthe classroom and engage with
the public.
Hailey McCloskey, a senior
anthropology student who will
also be performing in the show,
remembers her experiences with
the course fondly: "Learning about
performance art [as] a different
conceptual way of presenting
ideas opened the ways that you
can interact with an audience,
and create a ground that is kind of
obscure but also very accessible."
In a Celluloid Garden will be
the first performance-based show
at the AMS Art Gallery, which
often hosts exhibitions of student
work. Several ofthe performances
will feature audience interaction.
There are also sculptural and film-
based elements: during the show,
each artist will be arranged in tab-
leaux-vivants around the gallery
space. At certain points, the artists
will "come to life" to perform their
pieces, which make use of photography, film projection, digital
manipulation and even VHS.
"With film and performance
art, film is not experienced in real
time, whereas performance art is,"
noted Dreisinger. "So it's interesting to mesh the two and make it
live, without making it theatre."
Although the event will not
feature viscerally shocking performances, the organizers hope
that In a Celluloid Garden will be
a non-linear, thought-provoking
experience that leads to further
creative experiments in the future.
"I think of performance as
ritual," said McCloskey. "The roots
of performance are in ritual, and
in ritual you create a space that is
dreamlike. It's extra-sensory." Xi
In a Celluloid Garden will exhibit
at the AMS Art Gallery on Jan. IS.
Performances run from 6-7 p.m.,
film screening from 7-10 p.m. Entrance by donation.
Performances to PuSh you through the second semester
Jane Jun
For many, January is the most
depressing month ofthe year: the
glitz and glam ofthe holidays has
subsided, and the cold weather has
set in. But lucky for us Vancou-
verites, The PuSh International
Performing Arts Festival is here to
liven the city up for the ninth year
in a row.
We've combed the choices at
PuSh 2013 to bring you our top five
recommendations in entertainment, humour, drama, dance and
performance. Still not convinced
to shell out dough for the tickets?
PuSh is an acronym for "persist
until something happens" — and
if that isn't a poster on your dorm
room wall already, then it should
If the constant grey of Vancouver
rain is getting you down, then
perhaps witnessing layers of colour
unfold onstage for an hour will lift
your spirits.
In his performance show,
Haptic + Holistic Strata, Japanese
artist Hiroaki Umeda dazzles with
his use of strobe lighting, booming
music and a variety of dance forms
from ballet to street. Umeda, who
began dancing at the age of 20,
also has experience as a choreographer and a sound, image and
lighting designer. Using his vast
range of skills, he aims to bring
literally sensational experiences to
his audiences: think So You Think
You Can Dance on acid meets
performance art.
Feeling nostalgic about high school?
Ride the Cyclone might bring up
some memories, as it tells the story
of a high school chamber choir from
Uranium, Saskatchewan that falls
victim to a fatal rollercoaster accident. A fortune teller brings them
back from the dead for one final performance, in which each member
is given a chance to tell the world
about their dreams and ambitions.
A darkly humourous and musical
masterpiece, Ride the Cyclone covers
a multitude of genres, including
hip-hop, Broadway and cabaret.
If you're into Glee, musical drama
and coming-of-age stories, then this
show will be worth checking out.
Are you often tempted to skim a
few passages while reading? Then
perhaps you need to pay a visit to
the Human Library, where you are
guaranteed to find a book that you
literally can't put down.
The Human Library, organized
by UBC MFA grad Dave Deveau,
offers "human books" in a variety
of genres, from schizophrenic to
sex therapist. The concept is simple:
over the course of several days, the
Vancouver Public Library will host
30 human books, who will be available for "check out" by the general
public. When a visitor "checks out"
a human book, he or she will have
the opportunity to have a one-on-
one conversation with the person
behind the title. One thing's for
sure: the person you end up choosing is bound to be more interesting
than that macroeconomics textbook
on your shelf.
If you're taking Renaissance
studies or any course that requires
research of Shakespeare, then I,
Malvolio will provide a lightheart-
ed segue into your term. In this
hilarious re-make of Shakespeare's
Twelfth Night, celebrated U.K.
theatre artist Tim Crouch turns
the spotlight on Malvolio, a lowly
steward fooled into thinking that
his one-sided love for his mistress, Countess Olivia, is finally
being returned. By the end ofthe
play, your opinion of this typically ridiculed character might be
changed forever.
Watching the rain drip down the
windows of Koerner Library day
after day can get you down. Sad
Sack, By Night fully explores that
feeling. Organized by Vancouver
artist Vanessa Kwan, the show
features an artistic expression of
West Coast depression.
Guest entertainers include a
variety of Canadian talents, such
as former host of CBC radio show
Nightlines, David Wisdom; radical
psychoanalyst Andrew Feldmar;
and Canadian musical duo Hello,
Blue Roses. The performance
hopes to provide the audience
with a welcome escape from the
gloom and melancholy ofthe rainy
season. tJ
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/, Malvolio is a fiendish reimagining of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
The Canucks and the Thunderbirds take
to the ice for hockey practice.
T-Birds, Canucks together at last
Two teams practice side by side during NHL lockout
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
While the Vancouver Canucks
were locked out of their NHL
season, the players needed to do
something to stay in game shape.
Some went to Europe and others
back home, but a select few decided to stay in Vancouver — and
more specifically, at UBC, alongside the UBC Thunderbirds men's
hockey team.
The Canucks won't be on
campus much longer, as NHL
training camp starts up next week,
but their time here has been well
received by all. Not only have
the Thunderbirds received an
unprecedented wealth of knowledge — learning face-off tips from
Manny Malhotra and how to play
the point by Dan Hamhuis and
Kevin Bieksa can only be beneficial — but the 'Birds have also been
heralded for their positive impact
on the Canucks.
By allowing the Canucks to
practice with them, the T-Birds
were able to keep the pros in shape
for the upcoming season.
"It was great; we're really
thankful just to be part of a team
throughout this past couple of
months," said Canucks captain
Henrik Sedin. "It's been huge for
the couple of guys who've been
staying here. We're thankful; they
kept us sharp in practice and I
think it's going to help us."
Sedin also praised the high level
ofthe T-Birds'skill.
"I think [their skill level] would
surprise a lot of people," said Sedin
after a practice on Tuesday that
was led by UBC head coach Milan
Dragicevic. "A couple times you
relax a little bit and they deke you
and make you look foolish. They're
good players.
"They got a good chance here,
going to school and getting to
play hockey at the same time, and
they're strong."
Sedin added that the Canucks actually learned a thing or
two from their less experienced
counterparts on the ice.
"[We learned] just to have fun,"
said Sedin. "For us, just to be a
part ofthe team, they're having a
lot of fun and that's what you have
to do, no matter where you play.
Whether it's here or ifyou play for
the Canucks, you have to enjoy the
The Canucks' involvement on
campus even continued off the ice:
they spent an afternoon taking on
the CIS No. 1 ranked UBC women's
volleyball team in a scrimmage.
The lockout wasn't an ideal situation for anyone involved in hockey, but it's clear that both sides
here were able to make the most
of it. UBC won't be getting their
name etched on the Stanley Cup
if the Vancouver Canucks manage
to take it home in 2013, but they'll
know that they had a hand in helping them reach their goal. Xi
Now that NHL players will soon
hit the ice, campus businesses
are hoping to thaw out last term's
lacklustre bar profits.
The AMS's student-run businesses have lost close to $100,000
since last May, with the Pit Pub
in the SUB sustaining some ofthe
largest losses. AMS VP Finance
Tristan Miller points to the lack of
hockey games being shown on TV
as a factor.
"It has had an effect, and a
negative effect," he said.
Miller also acknowledged that
there are other reasons why sales
at SUB businesses went down;
for instance, he cited the massive
construction sprouting up around
the building.
As for what happens after the
puck drops again, Miller can't
be sure how much things will
bounce back, but he's optimistic.
"We would imagine that we'll see
some recovery on hockey nights,"
he said.
Mahony & Sons Public House
on University Boulevard also took
a hit last term, which they blame
squarely on the lack of NHL action
on their TVs. "Sales dropped a
percentage or two in the evenings
between September and January,
for sure," said Mike Mahony, the
pub's general manager.
"People [used to] line up to
come in and watch the game, have
a beer. The big hockey fans were
definitely not as present," he said.
Has the Irish-themed haunt
made up for what they lost in
hockey-night sales with crowds
coming to see other sports like
rugby and soccer? Not quite. "You
have fans in every sport, [but]
obviously in this city, in this country, hockey is by far number one,"
Mahony said.
As for the students who used
to come out to watch the games,
they're looking to make up for lost
time as well. Fred Kim, a third-
year UBC psychology student and
enthusiastic Canucks fan, is just
relieved that he'll get to watch
NHL hockey again.
"I'll be goingto a lot of bars, of
course," he said. Kim added that
he usually goes to Mahony's rather
than the Pit to watch games, but
it's usually his friends' choice and
not his own.
"I'm just glad that [the lockout] is over, as dirty as it was," he
said. tJ Opinions
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Anybody7 seriously? well thawks
So, the department of forest science is changing its name to the
department of forest conservation
This, on some level, is perfectly demonstrative ofthe current
identity crisis the entire forestry
industry is currently undergoing.
The department's quick move to
refocus and update their image
is a positive for students; too often, when job markets shift, the
universities fillingtheir ranks
lag behind in how they educate
But the change also demonstrates the identity crisis a lot
of UBC's — and other universities' — smaller departments are
undergoing. What goes on within
the Faculty of Forestry isn't so
different from what goes on in the
Faculty of Science, but the smaller
faculty hasn't always enjoyed an
equal reputation, fairly or not.
The same could be said ofthe
School of Kinesiology (another
quickly morphing school, which
was until recently human kinetics) and many others.
Sometimes, structural boundaries are important for less prominent disciplines that struggle to
assert their identities. Will the
change in name make the department formerly known as forest
science more sustainable, in terms
of money and acclaim? We'll soon
find out.
Despite being seemingly reasonable, peaceable folk, academics
are locked in a turf war.
The university system, with its
subdivided faculties and departments, tends to breed somewhat
myopic thinking. Researchers
study in their own little corners,
with next to no contact with
other ways of thinking. When the
boundaries of their little kingdoms are threatened, they get
That's a shame when it comes
to academic programs, which
benefit from sharing information
and incorporating new perspectives. But it's really bad news in
medical fields.
Anyone who's been to Imagine
Day knows about UBC's system
of medical feifdoms. There's the
School of Kinesiology, the Faculty
of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The
Faculty of Dentistry — each with
distinct entrance requirements,
courses and cultures.
The human body doesn't have
such rigid divisions, and it's become harder and harder for some
ofthe separate faculties to justify
their continued independence.
That's why it seems like a good
idea to move UBC's medical disciplines under one larger umbrella
medicine program.
It's unclear how much of this
move is based on facilitating interdisciplinary research and how
much is based on cost cutting.
Some admins in the smaller faculties are probably not too keen to
lose a bit of autonomy.
But hopefully the end result is
that bureaucracy is no longer put
before healthy bodies.
It's early January, so it's time
again to start up a yearly discussion in UBC politics: how can we
fix the Voter Funded Media project, which gives a pot of money to
independent blogs that cover the
AMS elections?
There used to be a wide variety
of blogs and print media that
sprung up to cover the elections
and bid for some of that money,
and for a while they were even
paid continuously, outside of campaign periods. But we're far past
those days.
Last year, long-time blogs UBC
Insiders and AMS Confidential
were the only serious entrants in
the contest. Two hundred dollars
also went to a personal blog that
posted just once before voting
closed, but mainly because no
blog can earn more than 40 per
cent ofthe prize winnings. The
situation, to put it mildly, could
be improved.
So how can we find independent people that are informed and
want to pour their time into covering the election — people who
don't work for The Ubyssey and
aren't in an AMS Council-related
conflict of interest?
Opening the contest to councillors is not a good option; the point
is to create independent views
so that students can become
informed. Councillor blogs can
often amount to content made and
read by the insular political class
that VFM is tryingto open up.
Having an elections coordinator spin their wheels trying to
pique the interest of a personal
blog from UBC Blog Squad is not
The program cannot depend
on interested, informed people
magically appearing; it must develop them.
These publications need to
be run like clubs and publications: teams that are engaged and
informed on what's happening
outside ofthe elections period
and are constantly bringing in
new people, so that when writers
graduate, their shoes are quickly
Continuous VFM funding
would help with that. And yes,
this is an annual request of ours.
But the larger problem is that the
VFM program is annually under-promoted and under-planned,
and the people who run it have
made no effort so far to create a
self-generating blog scene. If they
don't, how many more years can
the program run with the same
two and a half blogs?
The lockout is over! Hooray. It
means we're goingto have NHL
hockey back on our screens.
However, it also means that
non-professional teams will be
handing the spotlight back over
to those big league clubs that have
been out of action for the last few
The UBC Thunderbirds could
have used the extra attention.
They've got a 6,000-seat rink
that would be among the best
arenas in the B.C. Hockey League
if it housed a Junior A team.
Not only that, but most of their
players come from the Western
Hockey League. It's high-quality hockey. Yet, they consistently
draw only a hundred people or so
each game.
We've written before that
Athletics has difficulties overcoming student apathy when it
comes to attendance. At the beginning ofthe year, everyone was
talking about the opportunity to
draw fans orphaned by the lockout to UBC games.
It's clear that the opportunity
was missed. The Bieksa Buddies
game was wonderful and all of
the elbow-rubbing between the
locked-out NHL players and UBC
athletes this year did a lot to increase awareness ofthe program,
but the charity game was clearly
a spotlight for the professionals.
It didn't yield much by way of increased attendance at CIS league
UBC's hockey teams are better
than ever this year, and with beer
and a relaxed atmosphere, they
can be surprisingly entertaining.
But UBC has missed an opportunity to tell the campus that. 13
Being a cynical
student is a cop-out
by Kurtis Lockhart
We've all been in that awkward
situation in class: the professor
asks an extemporaneous question
of his students — a question that
is usually mind-numbingly easy —
and stares, waiting for an answer.
Waiting... Waiting...
As the silence deepens and
the professor's face becomes
more austere, the tension builds.
At first it's uncomfortable, then
painful, and then excruciating.
Ultimately, at its zenith, the
tension reaches a degree akin to
having the Cruciatus Curse performed on one's man bag. "WHY
I think a Jerry Seinfeld joke
nails it on the head:
"I read a thing that actually says
that speaking in front of a crowd
is considered the number one fear
ofthe average person. I found that
amazing: number two was death!
That means to the average person,
ifyou have to be at a funeral, you
would rather be in the casket than
doing the eulogy."
We fear a public display of our
ineptitude. Is what I'm going
to say smart or stupid? Right or
wrong? Insightful commentary or
bombastic and self-aggrandizing
pontification? I know that this
will all be decided by my audience
before I'm done speaking.
But of course, there's always that
one person who ultimately steps up
and ventures an answer to the professor's question — which I've now
long forgotten, sitting and stewing
in what seems to be an eternity of
internal angst. And this person is,
invariably, an idiot. "Why did they
even bother?" I scoff.
But this is what I don't understand. Given that I know that
public speaking gives the average human being some serious
voice-cracking, finger-quivering,
fight-or-f light-inducing fantods,
why is my first instinct (and that
of many others) cynicism and
dismissive contempt?
"This blowhard doesn't know
his ass from a hole in the ground,"
I might think. "Keep your insignificant thoughts to yourself."
Or I resort to the ad hominem:
"Nice mullet, goth. You look like
Rod Stewart procreated with a
raven. Perhaps you ought to think
twice before voluntarily offering
yourself to speak."
When I know, in reality, the
speaker who I have just reflexive-
ly - almost instinctually - ridiculed has probably thought more
than twice about whether they
should venture an answer.
Then it hits me why more
people don't offer an answer to
in-class questions. It's because of
douchebags like me.
This realization comes in a
sudden wave: the speaker is, in
fact, not an asshole, but rather a
person brave enough to face his
or her ultimate fear. And I am
not an incisive comedian full of
trenchant wit and snide remarks
that deserve laughter, but a pitiful
loser that deserves the contempt
that I showed the speaker.
This newfound respect surprises me at first, but after thinking about it, it becomes self-evident. After all, any action worthy
of admiration requires courage to
stand up and speak. To voice one's
opinion. To engage.
He showed balls. I showed
It's easy to be a cynic; it's easy
to sneer. However, that cynicism
is something convenient to hide
behind - a cop-out. It's infinitely
more difficult, on the other hand,
to stand for something. To risk
something. To put something on
the line. To be vulnerable.
My resolution, then, is to think
of this the next time I get the
impulse to sneer, and perhaps
turn my sardonic and penetrating
powers of observation on myself.
"If I'm so clever," I may ask,
"why didn't I answer?" Xi
Kurtis Lockhart is a new columnist
for The Ubyssey. In Remembrance of
Things Present, he rambles about the
daily occurrences of university life.
He previously wrote for The McGill
Daily as a culture columnist during
his undergrad years. Follow him on
Twitter @kurtislockhart.
Ending UBC animal research a
difficult but necessary process
In your Jan. 2 editorial, you stated
that Stop UBC Animal Research
"is regrouping as the Animal
Defence and Anti-Vivisection
Society of B.C." In fact, Stop UBC
Animal Research is and always
was a campaign ofthe 1927-found-
ed ADAV Society. The ADAV's
scientific argument against animal experimentation holds equal
weight to the obvious ethical argument, and your readers are encouraged to examine its ultimate
expression in a preface written by
Jane Goodall, Ph.D., to the book
Sacred Cows and Golden Geese by
Doctors Ray and Jean Greek.
While your editorial decrees that
"animal research at UBC isn't going
away any time soon," Dr. Goodall's
words will illustrate the urgency
of Stop UBC Animal Research's
mission and its outspoken goal.
Just as the ADAV worked with the
B.C. SPCA to end pound seizure in
this province, and pressured UBC
to end "dog labs" for third-year
medical students, we expect the entrenched scientific community (as
Dr. Suzuki termed it in his message
of support for us) to balk at the notion of change.
The massive increase in the
number of animals suffering
the highest levels of pain at the
hands of UBC researchers — at a
time when other jurisdictions are
scaling back animal research in
favour of human-based, relevant
approaches — show that, as you say,
we indeed have our work cut out
for us.
—Anne Birthistle
ADAV Society/Stop UBC Animal
Research campaign Scene
The Centre for Interactive Research
on Sustainability (CIRS) opened in the
fall of 2011. In 2012, it was dubbed the
most sustainable building in North
America. The $37 million brainchild of
professor and associate vice-provost of
sustainability Dr. John Robinson, CIRS is
called a "living laboratory." The building
is designed to produce more energy
than it consumes; it is net positive in
energy, water quality, operational carbon
and structural carbon. Faculty and
students use CIRS to advance sustainable
@StephenAtHome The
University of Arizona is
offering a Minor in Hip-Hop.
And if you go on to grad
school, you can get your
Doctorate in Pre.
@e_janrett Quote of the
night, "Students don't care
what the AMS is doing..."
@KathrynLatta Currently wandering through
what I take to be smooth ER in the cell shaped
building that is BioSci #UBC CAUSE I'M VANILLA
@overheardatubc Drunk boy to drunk girl: "Do
you have any hot chocolate?" "I AIN'T GOT NO
Call for Nominations
Killam Teaching Awards
Every year the Faculty of Science awards five Killam Teaching
Prizes to acknowledge excellence in undergraduate teaching
and to promote the importance of science education. Professors,
instructors or lecturers appointed in any ofthe Faculty's
departments are eligible. Students, alumni or faculty members are
welcomed to submit nominations in writing to:
Killam Teaching Awards Committee
Dean of Science Office
2178-2207 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T1Z4
Fax: 604-822-5558
Term 2 Deadline
Wednesday, January 23,2013
IUBC       a place of mind
Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa welcomes Cory Schneider back to Canada at Thunderbird Arena on Jan. 8.
What I Live Like Now
Giving up resolutions since 1918
Gonna work out and get a
bangin' bod. But you know,
I can do that later.
Wait — there'sa paperdue
next week? I can do that
the night before.
Meat? What's that?
Vegetables are healthy
Save the animals and the
First person to
enter The Ubyssey
office and debate
the validity ofthe
CUPE 116 strike
with Laura
Rodgers gets 100
free copies of the
paper. Great for
reading or making
paper airplanes!
Deadline is January 11th, 2013. Nomination
forms are available at SUB 23. This is not an
editorial position. Members ofThe Ubyssey's
Board of Directors are responsible for
overseeing the finances ofthe newspaper.
Responsibilities include attending a monthly
board meeting, tending to business as it arises,
and overseeing personal projects.
This Week at
The Norm
Wednesday 9-Sunday13
Looper 7 p.m.,
9:30 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for students, $2.50 forFilmSoc
Learn more at UBCfilmsociety.com
In 2074, a killer who
works for the mob of the
future recognizes one of
his targets as his future
self. Looper stars Joseph
Gordon-Levitt and Bruce
Willis as the younger
and older versions of the
protagonist. Also featuring
Emily Blunt and Paul Dano.
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