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Is the AMS putting an
unethical slant on their
argument in order to sway
student opinion and leave the
Canadian Alliance of Student
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FORMER LA TIMES REPORTER STARTS
ONE-YEAR TERM AT UBC JOURNALISM
SCHOOL
Eric Ulken, former managing news and
interactive technology editor for the Los Angeles Times, has joined the UBC Graduate
School ofjournalism for the 2009/2010
year.
He will arrive at UBC in January to teach
integrated journalism and international
reporting as part of the school's Canwest
visiting professor series.
UBC'S CANADIAN LITERATURE JOURNAL CELEBRATES 50 YEARS
UBC's Canadian Literature journal held its
50th anniversary gala last week at which
they had a public auction of donated
artwork byjoni Mitchell, Margaret Atwood
and Leonard Cohen.
Public talks by authors Steven Galloway
and Thomas King rounded off lectures at
the Museum of Anthropology. The gala ran
from September 30 to October 1.
Canadian Literature published its first issue in 1959 and has contained the work of
notable Canadian authors. It has published
over 200 issues to date.
UBC STUDENT WINS ARCHITECTURE
COMPETITION
Matthew Beall, a 32-year-old Master of
Architecture student at UBC, has won first
place in a design competition.
The competition, called Future Social,
was sponsored by UBC's School of Architecture and the provincial government. It
required competitors to design 55 units of
social housing in two lots in Vancouver's
Downtown East Side. They had to take into
account the space restrictions for each
unit—only 425 square feet—and construction costs.
Beall's design was described as making
"small units feel big" with floor-to-ceiling
windows as well as bathrooms and kitchens pushed to a single wall to maximize
space. He also included community health
offices, meeting rooms and a bicycle repair
shop in his design so residents could learn
various skills.
Beall's design was chosen out of 21
other entries and resulted in a $2000
prize.
FORMER UBC RUGBY PLAYER GETS
TEN YEARS FOR STRANGLING
PROSTITUTE
A former UBC rugby player faces an automatic minimum of tenyears in jail after
being convicted of second-degree murder
for strangling and killing a prostitute in
2007.
Andrew William Evans, a Calgary native, admitted killing Nicole Parisien after
hiring her for sex, drinking and using
drugs with her at the Roxy nightclub in
downtown Vancouver.
His drunk defence was rejected, despite
his alcoholism. The jury heard that Evans
began consuming alcohol at the age of 12
and spent 11 months in a treatment centre
five years later. His family believed he remained sober for seven years afterwards.
RECENT RAINSTORM CAUSES FLOODING AT UBC FACILITIES
Tuesday's rainstorm caused massive flooding at various buildings around campus.
TRIUMF, the university's physics
research facility, reported being up to
their knees in water. A pipe in the roof
clogged and burst at the UBC Hospital,
damaging walls while four operations were
underway.
Spokesman for Vancouver Coastal
Health Gavin Wilson told the Vancouver
Sun that the operations were completed
without incident but that the flood resulted
in the postponing of 2 9 surgical procedures and 34 radiology appointments, tl 2/UBYSSEY.CA/EVENTS/2009.10.0 5
OCTOBER 5, 2009
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tune, would he stand up and walk out on Paul Bucci?
Lend me your Justin McElroy and Tara Martellaro will
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sing out of key. Oh Keegan Bursaw gets by with a little
help from his friends, mmm, Kasha Chang gets high with
a little help from her friends, mmm, David Xiao is gonna
try with a little help from his friends. Does Dan Coghlan
need anybody? Ian Turner needs somebody to love.
Could Michael Thibault be anybody? Lauren Baiter wants
somebody to love. What does Austin Holm do when his
Caroline Pailliez is away (does it worry Samantha Jung
to be alone)? How does Davina Choy feel at the end
of the day (Is Kalyeena Makortoff sad because she's on
her own)? Do Sarah Chung and Liselle Law believe in
love at first sight? Charlize Gordon is certain it happens
all the time. What does Christine Wei see when she
turns out the Bryce Warnes? Brendan Albano or Kate
Barbaria can't tell you but they're sure it's a Trevor
Record. Oh, Steven Chua and Celestian Rince get by
with a little help from Jennifer Gibson, mmm, Christina
Kwon and Gavin Fisher get high with a little help from
Carson Pfahl and Katarina Grgic, and we all get by with
a little help from Trevor Melanson!
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ONGOING EVENTS
Tonel: Las partes que mas me
sudan cuando me pongo nervioso
• The Parts of Me that Sweat
the Most When I Get Nervous
The work evokes graphic humour
while dealing with marginal aspects
of sexuality and the physical nature
of human bodies. Connotations of a
day-to-day physicality come through in
the image of a sweating, nervous man,
whose placement leaves him open to
inspection and scrutiny. • Until October
12, BC Gas Conference Room (Rm
742) Walter C Koerner Library, Naomi
Sawada@ubc.ca, free.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 5
Philippine Typhoon Relief Initiative •
To gather donations in relief efforts for
Typhoon Ketsana and Parma victims
in the Philippines. • Where: Monday,
and Tuesday at SUB South Entrance;
Wed-Fnday atSUB North Entrance,
10am-3pm, October 5-9.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6
Interview Action • Feeling anxious
about interviews? Come to this session
to explore ideas on how to present your
unique skills, talents, and experience in a
way that will impress potential employers. • pm-3pm, ke Barber Leaning
Centre 155.
The Bible has erotic texts?!? •
Absolutely! Come learn more about
this little-known part of the Bible and
join in an enlivening discussion about
them. No prior experience or familiarity
with the Bible is necessary. • Ipm-
2pm, SUB 224, For more information,
contact Nathan Wright, 778 960 8975,
revnathanwright&maccom.
Contemporary Jazz Class • Jazz:
Think of it as a rebellion to the classical
ballet. Turn in instead of out. Modern
music and a whole lot of attitude. Jazz
dancers are pure entertainers from the
musical stages of Broadway to Las
Vegas showgirls. Bob Fosse made this
style of dance a hit with Chicago and
Cabaret All levels welcome! • 2:30pm
-3:30pm, SUB Party Room, Drop in $8,
ubcdancehcrizons.com.
Purple and Yellow Volunteer Work
Party • Volunteer work party to gain
access to the Purple & Yellow community bike share. Volunteers work on
repairing and painting purple and yellow
bikes. No experience is necessary,
mechanical training is provided. Pizza
also provided. No registration necessary
• 6pm-9pm, Bke Kitchen, ams.ubc.ca/
clubs/bikecoop
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 7
Wednesday Noon Hours: An Oboe
Player's Hit Parade • Roger Cole, oboe
& Linda Lee Thomas, piano. V\forks by:
Saint-Saens, Poulenc, Telemann, and
Schumann. • I2pm-pm, Recital Hall, UBC
Must Building, 6361 Memorial Road, $4
at the door (cash only), for more information concerts@interchange.ubc.ca or 604
822 5574
Meditation Group • An introductory
meditation group that utilizes an ancient
technique called centering prayer This
groLp is open to the entire UBC community and requires NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE. • 4pm-4:30pm, SUB 215 For
more information, contact Nathan Wright,
778 960 8975, mvnathanwright&mac.
AMS (Student Society) Council
Meeting • Make your voice heard on
campus! The AMS is the highest elected
decision-making body of the AMS. It is
the Student Council that determines the
direction of the Student Society. AMS
Executives and Constituents from all
facilities comprise Council. Snacks and
beverages provided • 6pm-9pm, Location Council Chambers on the second
floor of the SUB 206, amsubcca
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8
Hip Hop • Hip hop dance originated in
New York among young Hispanic and
African-American men during the late
60's as part of the hip hop culture of
rap, scratch music and graffiti art. The
dance is always changing but essentially
embraces the two styles of break dance
and body popping. Loose baggy clothes,
runners recommended no jeans/skirts
as they constrict. All levels welcome! •
4pm-5pm, SUB 214/216, ubcdancehon-
zons.com, $8
The Live Sessions: Jets Overhead •
Victoria-based rock band Jets Overhead
headlines the third and final performance
of The Live Sessions at the Chan Centre
—an intimate concert series featuring
three Thursday evening performances
with some of BC's hottest musical talent. • 5pm, Tebs Studfo Theatre, $15 at
Ticketmaster Students $D.
I'm Already Good—Why Do I Need
God? • That's a question many people
ask Our speaker, Dr Rikk V\fetts, is associate Professor of New Testament at
Regent College Dr V\fetts has worked
with IBM as well as being engaged in
projects in public schools that provide
crisis accommodation and various
rehabilitation programs for the urban
poor • 7pm-8pm, Woodward Biomedical
Building, Lecture Hal 6
FRIDAY OCTOBER 9
UBC Symphony Orchestra • Glinka
Russian and Ludmilla Overture, Tchia-
kovsky: Romeo and Jjliet, and Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10, Op. 93. • 8pm
The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts,
6265 Crescent Road, free.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15
UBC Photography Society Presents:
Lincoln Clarkes • Club meeting and
guest lecture: open to members and
public Complimentary food and drink •
6pm, Lilboet Room IKBLC. Info: photo-
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neyes.com.
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What is dystopian literature?
for GXdIfipiG: • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick
• A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
"A dystopia is the vision of a society in
which conditions of life are miserable and
characterized by poverty oppression,
war, violence, disease, pollution, nuclear
fallout and/or the abridgement of human
rights." (en.wikpedia.org/wiki/Dystopia)
Dr Gisele Baxter has said that her focus is on the phenomena and fears that
fuel these representations, which range
from skewed visions of the present, to
alternate histories to post-apocalyptic
landscapes
White Noise by Don DeLillo
1A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
1 Neuromancer by William Gibson
1 Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
1 We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
News
AMS struggles to get CASA facts right
SAMANTHA JUNG
news@ubyssey.ca
The AMS is reviewing their membership with the Canadian Alliance
of Student Associations (CASA)—a
national lobbying organization that
they are members of—and are sending e-mails to students with false
information in what appears to be
an effort to sway students against the
organization.
An e-mail was sent by AMS VP
External Tim Chu inviting councilors
and students to the meeting made
four claims as to why the AMS has
with CASA: that they refuse to discuss
tuition fees and funding levels for
post-secondary education, do not run
outreach campaigns and public campaigns to show public support for
issues, send out press releases that
congratulate and praise the Liberal
Party of Canada, and finally that they
spend more money on cell phones
than member relations.
Arati Sharma, CASA's national
director, told The Ubyssey that these
claims are incorrect.
"We do [conduct] public outreach
campaigns," she said. "Last year
[during] our federal election campaign we had a very successful commercial that played on Hockey Night
in Canada and before The Simpsons
on CBC."
In addition, CASA's current budget shows that $4000 is spent on cell
phone use per year and $25,450 on
member relations—although Chu
claims that these budgetary changes
were put in effect recently because
they were brought to CASA's attention by the AMS.
Also, CASA's website outlines
documents and press releases dating back to 2007 that criticize the
government about investment in
post-secondary education, and some
that praise political parties other
than the Liberals.
When asked about the claims in
the e-mail, Chu said, "I'm not going
to argue...about what he said or she
said...these are some of the concerns
that were raised in the prehistoric
discussions that have occurred in the
past." Chu added that the concerns in
the e-mail were ones brought up at
previous CASA conferences and Annual General Meetings. The AMS did
not provide documentation in support of their points before press time.
The External Policy Committee
(EXPC) of the AMS held a meeting
last Thursday to educate councilors
and students about their turbulent
relationship with CASA. The meeting outlined the AMS' longstanding
membership with the lobbying
organization, and it was apparent
that many negative points were circulated with few positive ones.
Natalie Swift, VP External of the
Forestry Undergraduate Society, said
at Thursday's meeting that it was
one thing to highlight what the AMS
doesn't like about CASA, but asked
what was done to facilitate change.
Matthew Naylor, Arts representative, responded, "I've never really felt
that CASA does anything bad, per se,
I just don't think they do much that
good."
AMS President Blake Frederick
and Chu said that their repeated
efforts to suggest reforms and new
policies for CASA went unheard at
recent conferences and that the organization is poorly organized. As well,
they feel that UBC is not properly
represented in CASA since the institution operates on a "one member,
one vote" principle regardless of a
member's size, and that smaller institutions vote in bloc.
The AMS has had its ups and
downs when it comes to the lobbying organization. In 2008, the AMS
dropped down to associate member
status in CASA, meaning a cut in
membership fees and loss of voting
power. They have stated multiple
times that they are capable of carrying out their own lobbying efforts.
The AMS has three options: stay at
associate member status, move back
up to full membership or leave the
organization all together. Chu isn't
sure what the outcome will be.
"That's why we're having these
meetings, to have this dialogue, to
make sure everybody knows the
historic relation that happened between AMS and CASA and then they
can make an informed decision," he
said, "It's not my decision, it's not
external policy committee's decision,
but it's council's decision. So I don't
know what will happen."
The EXPC is meeting with CASA
this Thursday to talk about their concerns. Sharma is hopeful that CASA
can clear up any confusion.
"CASA is founded on the principle
of autonomy of our members," she
said. "We do not get involved in
campus politics, but it's a good first
step that they've actually invited us
to speak to them and hopefully I can
clear up any misunderstandings or
miscommunication...and maybe explain to the [EXPC] that these allegations aren't really correct." tl
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CASA refuses "to discuss issues
like tuition fees and funding levels
for post-secondary education"
CASA is "not running outreach
campaigns and public campaigns
to show public support for issues"
CASA is "sending out press
releases that congratulate and
praise the Liberal Party of Canada"
CASA is "spending more
money on cell phones
than member relations"
CASA SAYS...
"We talk about funding levels
constantly"
"Last year [during] our federal
election campaign we had a
very successful commercial
that played on Hockey Night in
Canada...or\ CBC."
November 22, 2007 press
release: "Today in Ottawa, the
Conservative Government tabled
its third federal budget. Despite
being disappointed that the
federal government failed to
renew the Canada Millennium
Scholarship Foundation, students
are pleased that the government
has committed funds to support
student financial aid in Canada."
CASA's 2009/2010 Budget: Cell
phones, $4000; Member Relations, $25,450
Tim Chu outlines the AMS' relationship with CASA. gerald deo photo/the ubyssey
Hospice location changes due to negative feedback
KALYEENA MAKORTOFF
kmakortoff@ubyssey.ca
Plans to locate a hospice near
student residences—Vanier and
Marine Drive—have been scrapped
due to negative feedback from community and student consultation.
The consultative process, led by
Campus and Community Planning
(CCP), included an open-house for
the campus community as well as
correspondence and consultations
with administrative groups such
as the AMS Campus Planning and
Development Committee (CPDC),
UBC administration and Board of
Governors (BoG).
"While the community generally
supports the concept of a hospice,
we have received objections to the
location on Marine Drive, south of
the intersection with University Boulevard," explainedjoe Stott, Director
of Campus and Community Planning, "Consequently, the University
and the sponsors of the project, the
Order of St John and the Faculty of
Medicine, have decided to search
for a new location for the hospice
on the UBC Vancouver Point Grey
campus."
Bijan Ahmadian, one of the
elected student members of the
BoG and chair of the CPDC, said
the decision to change the hospice
location demonstrates how constructive engagement between
students and the university can
produce results.
"The location is now potentially
available for amenities that can
improve the student experience for
those living in that neighbourhood,"
said Ahmadian, adding that "the
change in location prevents creating
a dysfunctional interface between
students and hospice residents."
The "dysfunctional interface" many believed would
have been caused by noise created by resident traffic. This
would have been exacerbated by
plans to increase the number of
resident beds in Totem Park and
restaurant additions to the Marine
Drive Commons Block. This type of
noise, many students believed, may
not have been compatible with the
desired hospice atmosphere.
Stott explained that the evaluation of alternative sites will be considered by the President's Property
and Planning Advisory Committee
(PPPAC), and the choice of the site
will then be ratified by the UBC Executive and the BoG.
Ahmadian hopes to "explore
options for including students in a
collaborative way" in the search for
another appropriate location for the
hospice. vtT
■ ■SPOTLIGHT
Teaching
mainstream
classics at UBC
Dr Gisele Baxter and
dystopian fiction
MICHAEL THIBAULT PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
SARAH CHUNG
schung@ubyssey.ca
In one class, she teaches students
about fairy tales, Harry Potter
and John Newbery's 18th century
children books. In another, she
analyzes war novels, The Matrix
and Margaret Atwood's dystopian
novels.
Now in her 2 5th year teaching
English and her 11th year teaching
at UBC, Dr Gisele Baxter educates
students in courses such as children's literature and 20th century
dystopian fiction.
Despite cute pictures and simplicity of words, Baxter points out
children's literature as a "huge,
complicated and almost indefinable genre" that requires close
attention since the works are written by people that are significantly
more mature than their young
audience.
"Increasingly younger people
have more agency and opportunity
to declare their own preferences
and tastes, which adults don't always trust as much as they might,
or even should," she said.
For her darker genre, dystopian
fiction, Baxter said that her focus is
on the phenomena and fears that
fuel these representations, which
range from skewed visions of the
present to alternate histories to
post-apocalyptic landscapes.
Her typical teaching style is
generally relaxed: setting out the
agenda for the day, providing a
short preamble, and then opening
up the floor to general discussion.
Recently, she facilitated her senior
classes with group presentations.
Raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia,
Baxter received her BA in English
in Mount Saint Vincent University,
and recieved her MA and PhD at
Dalhousie University.
But Baxter didn't always dream
of being a teacher. She majored
in English with the intention of
becoming a journalist. She decided that journalism was "not
her path," then found a love for
teaching.
whether it's a children's book,
a war novel, a graphic novel, or
a film script, Baxter continues
to explore the various cultural
aspects that make these novels
appealing for many students. But
when asked which genre she likes
better—children's literature or
dystopian fiction—Baxter refers to
an analogy:
"It's like the old adage about
people's children: you love them
to the same degree but in different
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CAMPUS & COMMUNITY PLANNING
www.planning.ubc.ca
Public Open House
DP 09022: Earth Systems Science Building (ESSB)
You are invited to attend an open house to view and comment on the Development
Permit application DP 09022: Earth Systems Science Building (ESSB). The proposal is
to build a new five-storey 15,452 sq.m (166,325 sq.ft) building that includes teaching,
laboratory, and office spaces for the Department of Earth and Ocean Science (EOS),
the Department of Statistics, the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences (PIMS),
the Dean of Science, and the Pacific Museum ofthe Earth (PME). The construction
of this project requires the demolition of the South Staff Office Block and EOS East.
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2009 11:30 AM -1:30 PM
Location: Atrium - Fred Kasier Bldg, 2332 Main Mall
For directions visit: www.maps.ubc.ca. For more information on this project,
please visit the C&CP website: www.planning.ubc.ca
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others will have to wait
Part of Gage residences renovated
KALYEENA MAKORTOFF
kmakortoff@ubyssey.ca
Walter Gage residences underwent
renovations this summer, much to
the delight of new tenants in East
Tower—but renovations for North
and South Towers will have to wait
until summer 2010, or longer.
Common areas are now replete
with leather couches, wall-mounted
flat screen televisions, wooden floors
and a breakfast bar in place of the
dining table. Renovations this summer took just under three months,
according to Director of Facilities
and Building Services, David Kiloh,
who also gave various reasons for
the delay in renovation plans for the
remaining South and North Gage
Towers.
One reason is due to the fact that
Gage Towers serve as hotel guest
suites for the general public in
the summertime. Kiloh explained
that the choices that are made to
upgrade facilities take into account
the 12-month cycle. The cost of living in residence is year-round, even
if student demand is only for eight
months.
"We don't want to do something
that's good for students and terrible
for our summer business; [also], we
don't want to do something that's
great for our summer business and
terrible for students," he said.
New furniture was ordered from
Arold, a Quebec company, while televisions were sourced from media
services. Old furniture was donated
to the Salvation Army, and what was
not suitable for donation and resale
was separated for recycling and
landfill.
Gage Towers have gone through
a variety of renovations since being
built in 1972. These included a full
kitchen renovation in the 80's, a second shower installation four years
ago and new windows installations
more recently. Student demand for a
more "homey" feel in common areas
and furniture took priority over individual student rooms, leading to the
most recent changes in East Tower
quads.
"The second reason," Kiloh said,
"is that we wanted to make sure
that we had time to amend things.
If things had gone only mediocre in
terms of feedback in East Tower, we
could alter our plan before we embarked on the next phase."
As for the choice to renovate East
Tower over the others, it banked on
the overall shape of each tower's
quads, of which, East Tower was said
to have had the worst carpeting and
floor conditions.
North Tower is set to go through
with renovations during summer
2010, and South Tower during the
same time period, if all goes as intended. "We're undecided in South
Tower because the carpeting there
[and] the current flooring, is not in a
dire condition," he explained.
Students aren't too concerned
about the changes, despite not being
informed beforehand.
"These renovations are what
people have wanted," said Abhi Ra-
malglan, a fourth-year Commerce
student who has lived in Gage for
three years. "Before we were saying
the couch is crap and the TV is from
the 90's. Now you feel like you're living in 2009."
When asked whether renovations
would affect the student rental costs,
Kiloh suggested there would not be
direct correlation, which explained
the current rental costs being equal
for both renovated and un-renovated
suits in all towers.
"Maybe it's not 100 per cent fair,
but it's not something that I would
make a big deal about," said Laura
Rodgers, a third-year Biochemistry
student. "As far as I know, there
haven't been renovations in individual rooms."
"To be honest I am here because
of location and the convenience for
me to get to class. I spend little time
at my quad. Renovation is nice, but
doesn't really bother me."
No general announcements or advertisements were targeted towards
students regarding the renovations,
and no students knew whether they
would receive renovated quads upon
move-in.
"There's no official message that
East Tower has been renovated, but
it gets around. I'm pretty sure that
most people know," said Rodgers. tl 2009.1 0.0 5/UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/5
Bulking Up VOUr   UBC's cut-off for admissions climbs
UBC application
UBC looks at campus-wide
broad-based admissions
CHRISTINE WEI
Contributor
UBC is looking at changing its admissions requirements to focus on
more than just grades—which is
already in place in some faculties
on campus.
The change in admissions would
extend what is currently known as
"broad-based admissions" across
all faculties. Broad-based admissions include a student's extracurricular activities and an essay, in
addition to high school grades. The
system is already in place in faculties such as Commerce, Pharmacology and Medicine.
According to Dr David Fielding,
Pharmacy professor and chair of
the UBC Senate Admissions Committee, "all of this review is taking
place in the context of the principles for fair admissions at UBC.
So things that come forward now
are viewed in the context of those
principles."
Student Senator Geoff Costeloe
sees a few problems that campus-
wide application of this system
could have.
"The real issue is how to manage
it [with big faculties such as Science
and Arts]," he said. "If every applicant writes a paragraph, how do
you read through 8000 paragraphs?
Sauder has made that commitment.
I think Sauder realizes that having
students with high academic averages doesn't necessarily give you a
good student population."
"It's a real pro if we can do a supplemental application that works,"
he said, noting that the application
has to be worthwhile and the information has to be relevant for the
system to work.
He added that grade inflation
and outright lying on applications
are not inconceivable, and that
seems to be one weakness of the
broad-based system.
As for leveling the playing field
for students who don't have access
to extracurricular activities due to
financial or socioeconomic reasons—factors that aren't standardized—Fielding said that some argue
the broad-based system would do a
better job of addressing that.
"People who have been social-
economic disadvantaged probably
do not have the same opportunities
to perform academically and therefore if we base our admissions
solely on their academic record,
they may be disadvantaged or they
may not be high enough on the list
to meet the cutoff," Fielding said.
"By going to the broad-based
system we might be able to get at
some of the things that would identify those people so they could be
considered. Medicine, for example,
they have a separate admissions
[system] for Aboriginals."
Consultations have been held
in the UBC Senate since 2007. The
most recent consultation was last
month, where students from a wide
variety of backgrounds—some in
faculties that used broad-based
admissions, some who were not—
were asked to discuss pros and cons
of implementing such a system.
The broad-based system is only
a possibility at the moment, as neither the faculties of Science or Arts
have formally approached the UBC
Senate Admissions Committee
about its implementation. Costeloe
said that "the more discussion we
have on it the more likely it seems
it will happen." tl
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LISELLE LAW
Contributor
This year brought about the highest
admissions cut-offs for UBC in the
last five years, seeing increases in
the lowest possible entry GPA in every faculty, most notably Land and
Food Systems.
"This year, every [faculty] across
the board more or less went up.
That's what was unique," said
Associate Director of Enrolment
Andrew Arida. "The fact that GPAs
went up by a per cent or two wasn't
surprising."
Each faculty calculates its admissions requirements by placing
a cap on the number of students
they can take in. Based on supply
and demand, the cut-off grade is
set at the point where the number
of students who applied with that
grade or higher is equal to the number of seats available.
According to Arida, the increase
in admissions requirements this
I year was not completely unexpected. Last year, the UBC Senate passed a decision to make
the inclusion of provincial exam
grades optional for BC high school
students.
This year, when universities
calculated these students' admissions averages, they used the higher of the two—either their course
grades alone, or their course and
exam grades together in a 60-40
per cent ratio, depending on if
students attended a school operating under a linear or a semestered
curriculum.
Linear schools write their exams at the end of the school year,
whereas semestered schools write
exams at the end of each semester.
Applications to universities usually
happen in the spring, so students
under semestered curriculums
will be evaluated based on a combination of their course and exam
grades. At the same time, students
following linear curriculums will
be evaluated based on course
grades alone.
The Senate responded to this by
deciding to evaluate students solely
on course grades unless their provincial exam grades raised their
admissions average.
As well, beginning this year, provincial exam grades were optional
in determining admissions average to UBC. This means that drops
in grades due to these exams were
not a factor.
However, "it's no more competitive for students inside BC, but it
does have [an] impact on students
outside BC," said Associate Dean of
Engineering Bruce Dunwoody. He
explained that this is because the
admissions cut-off is controlled by
BC students. Arida added that international students are strongly encouraged to submit a supplemental
application when applying to UBC.
Another contribution to the increase in this year's cut-offs was the
increase in the number of students
who applied to UBC. "We got a lot of
applications this year," commented
Associate Dean of Arts Janet Giltrow.
"Itwas a healthy year."
On top of the new admissions
policy change, the faculty of Land
and Food Systems has introduced a
new degree program: the Bachelor
of Science in Applied Biology. The
program is designed to be much
more flexible than other Science
degrees and is also more research
intensive, which has caused higher
enrolment.
The faculty cut its enrolment
by 50 seats because of this new
program. These seats were transferred to the Faculty of Science,
and this caused a drastic jump of
five per cent in the admissions
requirements.
"Whenever you introduce some
new degree stream, there's some
challenges to getting courses going,
so we don't want to have so many
students that we can't possibly look
after," said Lynn Newman, Assistant Dean of Students of the Faculty
of Land and Food Systems.
Arida said that the admissions
requirements are complex because
the university is trying to be fair to
all students.
"It would be a lot more straightforward if we just said you know,
here's the rule and that's that,'"
he said, "but in the attempt to try
and be more fair, it gets more
complicated."
"I know people sometimes wonder it seems strange how we make
decisions about who gets in and
who doesn't. It can seem a little arbitrary, but there are a lot of calculations there behind the scenes." va
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What is the
Cultch?
Culture
Also known as Vancouver East Cultural
Centre, the Cultch is an East Vancouver
theatre that has been operating for 36
years. Located on Venables and Victoria,
it's housed in what was once the Grand-
view Methodist Church, built in 1909.
The building was torn down and rebuilt
in 2008 and now features a restored
theatre, culture lab and wine bar The
Cultch has some of Vancouver's most
comprehesive and cutting edge productions of 2009
A
Culture Editors: Kate Barbaria & Trevor Record
IVANCOUVER   INTERNATIONAL   FILM   FESTIVAL
Antichrist and others shine on opening weekend
The Vancouver International Film
Festival (VIFF) began on October 1
and continues to scree films at theatres around the city until the 16th.
We've conquered the opening weekend to bring you a fresh batch of the
best films thus far.
AFGHAN STAR
(88 min, Afghanistan/UK, dir. Havana
Marking)
Afghan Star documents the hopes
and struggles of the finalists of
a national singing competition.
This film examines the overwhelming popularity" of the show and its
potential to unite people across the
war-torn country.
Although it bears similarities
to American Idol, the competition
represents Afghanistan's transition
towards freedom of expression following the Taliban's ban on music
and television, which lasted from
1996 to 2001. Not everyone is supportive; the show comes under
criticism by Afghanistan's Islamic
government after one female contestant bares her head and dances on
stage.
Afghan Star's message is one of
hope, defiance of the Taliban and
a longing to move into the modern
age. It's a thoughtful and entertaining
documentary which gives a modern
face to the current struggles of the
Afghan people.
—Gavin Fisher
ANTICHRIST
(109 min, Denmark/Sweden/France/
Italy, dir. Lars von Trier)
Lars von Trier's controversial film
Antichrist is about a couple trying to
cope with the death of their child.
The husband, a therapist, believes
that his wife needs more than mere
hospitalization, and puts her through
exposure therapy at a secluded cabin
in a forest, which she is terrified of.
In the woods, the couple experience
a series of bizarre events that put
their sanity to the test.
Antichrist has generated a lot
of hype, which it definitely lives
up to—at least in terms of graphic
sexuality  and  violence.   Charlotte
Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg writhe in ecstasy atop a root system of disembodied limbs. Ladies, your therapist is not always your best friend, courtesy of viff
Gainsbourg's superb performance
as a distraught—and borderline
insane—mother is the film's strongest point. The cinematography is
also outstanding; even in relatively
tranquil scenes, the screen is submerged in perpetual disturbance.
Antichrist will appeal to the curious
and the brave; but avoid eating while
you watch this film.
—Christina Kwon
AT THE END OF DAYBREAK
(94 min, Malasia/Hong Kong/South
Korea, dir. Ho Yuhang)
At the End of Daybreak by Malaysian writer/director Ho Yuhang
delivers a fresh, modern stroll over
well-trodden territory. It follows
the relationship of a directionless
23-year-old and his underage girlfriend, which begins to spiral into
lies, deceit and crime after her parents find out about their illicit affair.
A striking sense of realism pulls you
into Ho's complex and dark world,
and the strong set of performances
keep you there until the final chilling
reveal.
The ride through Daybreak is a
slow one, though; no shortcuts are
taken on the way to the climax. The
road can also feel a little uneven
at times, leaving one wondering if the film needed one more
pass through the cutting room.
Still, At the End of Daybreak is an
engaging and stylish story of two
star-crossed lovers that anyone
wishing for a new spin on a classic
genre should seek out.
—Carson Pfahl
BEETLE QUEEN CONQUERS TOKYO
(91 min, Japan/USA, dir. Jessica Oreck)
First-time director Jessica Oreck has
done what sounds impossible on paper: make an engrossing film about
the Japanese beetle market.
Although the surreal shuffle
Beetle Queen can sometimes feel
tiresome and repetitious, Oreck
proves she is as adept at filmmaking as she is at her entomology day
job. The way Oreck weaves music,
imagery, lore and documentary
footage creates a hypnotic experience that is as bizarre as it is concise. Beetle Queen is also a gorgeous
film: cinematographer Sean Williams (Frownland), crafts a unique
visual style which calls to mind everything from Planet Earth to Blade
Runner.
When asked what her next project was at a Q & A after the film's
international debut at VIFF, Oreck
gleefully responded, "I'm working
on a film about the mushroom harvest in Eastern Europe." The VIFF
audience responded with a roaring
round of applause.
—Carson Pfahl
EXCITED
(85 min, BC, dir. Bruce Sweeney)
Excited follows a 38-year-old golf
coach Kevin, as he overcomes problems with his family and a new
girlfriend who might just be "the
one." It deals with some fairly well-
worn topics: failed attempts at love,
a dysfunctional family and—most
importantly—premature ejaculation. Yet director Bruce Sweeney's
take on these is so delectably crisp
that it makes one forget its dull first
impression.
Though the film mainly deals with
subjects that could be overly sentimentalized, Excited is an emotional
film that manages to avoid carrying
extra baggage. Those who usually
hate drippy romantic films will enjoy Excited's fresh storytelling for
similar subjects. Shot in Vancouver,
it features everyday moments with
sweet simplicity.
—Christina Kwon
TIBET IN SONG
(82 min, USA/Tibet, dir. Ngawang
Choephel)
We've heard it shouted by everyone
from the Beastie Boys to Bjork, but
the protest cry "Free Tibet!" has never resonated as powerfully as it does
in the film Tibet in Song, which documents the journey of the Tibetan-
born musician Ngawang Choephel
as he returns to his homeland in
search of local folk music.
Tibet in Song has an intimate tone,
focusing on rural Tibetan communities and their musical way of life.
The plight of the Tibetans quickly becomes real. Choephel's point is made
loud and clear without ever feeling
forced, mostly due to the riveting
interviews he conducts with a variety
of subjects, which take the viewer on
an emotional roller coaster.
Tibet in Song may be the finest
documentaries VIFF offers this year,
and should be sought out by anyone
with even a remote interest in Tibet,
human rights or the spirit of music.
Spontaneous applause erupted from
the audience when the credits rolled,
for good reason—this is a film that
shows what kind of power the medium holds, vl
—Carson Pfahl
Talent is timeless
Ali Milner's Live Sessions act
Walking into the Telus Studio Theatre
in the Chan Centre can be a magical
thing. The lights are dimmed and the
setting is intimate—a perfect place
for the jazz-pop artist Ali Milner to
show us what she's made of.
As the spotlight goes on, she sits
alone at the piano and immediately
begins serenading the audience with
her soulful voice and impressive piano
work. The crowd seems to be put in
a trance. Taking advantage of the effect, the rest of her band creeps on
stage and begins to power into the
groove-heavy reggae inspired song, "I
Wanna Be Loved By You," and keeps
the momentum going for the rest of
the show.
Milner takes the audience on an
impressive journey through boogie-
woogie, soulful ballads with orchestral
arrangements, rock 'n' roll, R&B, show
tunes, old school—she does it all.
Fans of Ray Charles, Sam Cooke,
Liza Minelli and other classic artists
would be pleased to hear her as she
integrates many elements of these
artists into her own sound. Much of
the audience was drawn from a 30-
plus crowd, but those of you who
want to take a break from your iPod
indie rock playlists will be well rewarded, because talent is timeless.
—Steven Chua
MICHAEL THIBAULT PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY 2009.10.05/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/7
Curator-ln-Res Aaron Joyce stares stoically in the face of performative spaces and audience engagement, courtesy ofthe cultch
Cultch curator's
second show a flop
Unpolished performers play in an oppressive venue
CELESTIAN RINCE
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The Cultch (officially the Vancouver East Cultural Centre) has
been an East Van institution for
decades. Just off Commercial
Drive, it offers programming in
theatre, dance and music. They
have recently started the Curator-
In-Residence Program, in which
young artists organize three shows
over three months in the Cultch's
theatre. Aaron Joyce is the first
such curator, and last Sunday saw
the second show of his residency,
which included a CD release party
for his band, The Microscopic.
Through observation and talking to people, I got the impression
that audience members were
mostly friends of the performers.
The venue for the show was quite
small, having a capacity of about
70, but it wasn't sold out. It had
rows of raised seats overlooking
the floor. Such smaller venues
can offer an intimate, personal
atmosphere, but they can also feel
starved of energy.
The first group to perform was
Velour Bunker, a tribute band to
Nico and the Velvet Underground.
Upon entering, they immediately
sat down. As Velour Bunker began,
all other sounds ceased.
The audience got the impression that we weren't supposed
to clap, cheer, or make any noise
during performances—this was
later confirmed byjoyce. For some
performances, like many plays,
this is not a problem—the audience remains captivated by what
they are watching. For Joyce's
show, however, this restriction
contributed to an absence of energy felt throughout the night.
Velour Bunker did have its
merits. Singer Leah Abramson
had an ethereal, haunting voice.
She used a device to create live
recordings of her own voice, playing them back for an echo effect.
However, even this was marred by
Abramson's constant glancing at
her sheet music.
The guitarist and cellist were
worse. Fumbling around with
equipment, they seemed like they
didn't know what they were doing.
The lackluster performance made
for a boring set, which was disappointing as Abramson showed potential. I was told this was Velour
Bunker's first public gig, and it
definitely showed.
I thought the energy couldn't
drop any lower, but the next group,
No Hitting, proved me wrong.
They're billed as a contemporary
improvised dance and music
collective. Unlike other types of
dance, No Hitting's contemporary
style wasn't very pleasing to watch.
Mildly entertaining at first, it
quickly became boring; their performance was about 20 minutes
too long. At one point they played
a screech pitched like a dentist's
drill, evoking involuntary wincing
and skin-crawling.
I thought that perhaps I was
missing something, for instance
a narrative that I did not comprehend. But when I inquired to the
dancers if this was the case, they
told me that their performance-
held no deeper meaning.
The Microscopic, an instrumental trio of two guitarists and a tabla
(an Indian percussion instrument)
player, was the best act of the night—
but only by comparison. Joyce and
his band had a 45-minute jam session. There were no vocals, and they
played almost without pause, so it
was difficult to distinguish where
songs started or ended.
If I passed them playing on the
street, I would stop and listen. But
they couldn't hold their own for
45-minute set. There were some
points of truly compelling music,
but these were isolated instants.
Later, when speaking with Joyce,
he told me that their CD had been
produced in 2006 and was only now
being released. When I asked why,
he replied that he didn't have an appropriate answer for that question-
but if their performance was any
indication, it wasn't worth the wait.
The Curator-In-Residence program is billed as "showcasing the
best of what Vancouver has to offer." Instead, it seems to feature
young, inexperienced and obscure
talent. Most will want to catch
these artists when they can offer
a more polished performance in
venues more appropriate to their
performance styles, vfl
The King of stories
Politics and storytelling meet at
Thomas King s talk at the MoA
JENNIFER GIBSON
Contributor
If you're looking for an evening
of storytelling from a folkloric
Cherokee, don't come to a Thomas
King talk. The literature professor
at the University of Guelph, notable author and previous writer/
broadcaster for CBC's Dead Dog
Cafe certainly doesn't play into
stereotypes.
King spoke at the Celebration
of Canadian Literature's 50th anniversary at the Museum of Anthropology on Thursday, October 1.
Line Kelser, director of First Nations studies at UBC, opened the
evening, acknowledging that "We
are standing on land that has been
inhabited for 10,000 years...we
are on the traditional and unceded
land of the Musqueam people."
King's talk began on a similar
note, retelling his short story A
Short History of Indians in Canada,
a Kafkaesque comedy ofthe extinction of First Nations.
After a couple of dark laughs,
King started to tell a fractured autobiography composed of six short
stories, some of his personal favorites, chosen because "[they] are
precious and they are powerful."
If you had ever read King's work
before, the tone of the evening
came as no surprise, mimicking
his comic, personal, charming,
and abrupt narrative style. Though
his stories seemed scattered, they
were consistent with his work in
breaking down Native stereotypes
through storytelling and literature.
King laughed at his own attraction to canoes despite his Greek
and Cherokee background—neither of which traditionally canoed.
"I don't even think the Greeks
have a word for canoe," he mused.
"Indians as a general category
and canoes as a general category
do have an affinity for each other,"
he ironically attested. This affinity, however, didn't stop his canoe
from going belly up, or his son's
diaper from getting so full of water
"it must have weighed more than
he did."
Keeping on the same theme,
King told stories of his teenage-
hood where he would drive "off
into the evening, cruising around,
looking cool" in his mother's pink
Plymouth Fury while keeping her
under the impression that he was
bowling with his little brother on
Friday and Saturday nights. Leave
it to King to create any image
but your formulaic or romantic
Cherokee.
Occasionally he made a humorous aside. During a story about
a run-in with some Boy Scouts
camping, he changed topics to
briefly explain that the Boy Scouts'
energy merit badge requires that
scouts explain how certain devices
use energy and how their energy
conversion work. He listed off various electrical devices, finally getting to the last device a sweat lodge.
"Stories are all we are," said
King famously. However, there
was a time when he doubted this,
and "began to worry that perhaps
stories are not as powerful as [he]
had supposed."
He attributed this to the reason
he chose to run as the NDP candidate in 2007 and 2008, where
he lost brutally ("even the Greens
creamed me," he confessed).
"My mistake was not in running," he alleged, "it was in believing that politics could change the
world."
"Within our stories,
within our words is
the power to destroy worlds just
as effectively as we
currently do with
bullets and bombs,
but without the
annoying noise or
carnage.... That is
where I hope literature is headed."
—Thomas King
"Former Prime Minister Kim
Campbell said that elections were
not a time to discuss important
issues. She was lambasted for that
statement...but she was right,"
King admitted, testifying to the
change of issues in focus during
election time.
Following his brief political
encounter, King returned to literature. "I don't know that words or
stories will change the world but
I get up every morning with the
belief that they are the only thing
that can. Literature is us, stories
are us," he now maintains.
With that, King closed by looking forward. "Within our stories,
within our words is the power to
destroy worlds just as effectively
as we currently do with bullets
and bombs, but without the annoying noise or stinking carnage....
That is where I hope literature is
headed." tl
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THUNDERBIRDS
WEEKEND
RECAP
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
MEN'S SOCCER:
LOSS, 1-2
WOMEN'S FIELD HOCKEY:
WIN, 2-0
WOMEN'S SOCCER:
WIN, 5-0
WOMEN'S RUGBY:
LOSS, 0-50
FOOTBALL:
LOSS, 50-26
WOMEN'S RUGBY:
WIN, 46-0
WOMEN'S SOCCER:
DRAW, 1-1
WOMEN'S FIELD HOCKEY:
LOSS, 0-1
Sports
UBC devastated by Dinos
Calgary dominates
UBC defence on the
ground and in the air
LAUREN BALTER
Contributor
Another home game, another loss.
The UBC Thunderbirds fell 50-26
to the Calgary Dinos on Saturday,
losing their sixth straight game
at home, as the T-Birds were unable to defend against the Dinos'
dynamic rush offence and were
equally unsuccessful in amassing
a ground attack of their own.
The Dinos, leading the conference at 4-1 and ranked No. 3 in
the country, out-rushed the T-Birds
378-39, boosting their conference-
leading rushing yards per game
average to 293.6. Matt Walter
ran for 188 yards on 26 carries,
and dual-threat quarterback Erik
Glavic made the most out of his
rushing opportunities, gaining 96
yards on only four carries.
The Dinos are also by far the
best in the conference at defending against the running game,
holding their opponents to an
average of 85 yards rushing per
game. UBC star running back Dave
Boyd gained only 38 yards on the
ground in ten carries.
"We game-planned; they did
what we thought they would do,"
said UBC Head Coach Ted Goveia.
"We needed to establish the run
early, and we weren't able to do
that, so we had to throw, and I
thought we threw the ball pretty
well."
Quarterback Billy Greene threw
for a season-high 311 yards, completing 26 of 41 passes, including a perfect seven for seven in
the first quarter. UBC's air attack
looked brilliant at times; on the
drive that led to their final touchdown in the fourth quarter, they
went 108 yards on ten plays, with
four of those completions going to
Jordan Grieve, who had a season-
high nine receptions for 127
yards.
But the T-Birds looked almost
helpless on other drives, going
two-and-out on eight seperate
drives. And any chance of pulling off a monumental upset was
erased in the third quarter, when
the Dinos score 17 points on their
first three possessions to take a
37-7 lead.
"You battle inconsistency when
you're young at certain positions,
and that showed," commented
Goveia. "We want to get more of
the bunches [of offence] and less
of the lulls, and that's what we've
got to work towards."
While the T-Birds fell to 1-4 on
the season and slipped even farther out of the playoff picture with
the loss, both Goveia and Greene
asserted that the next three games
are still meaningful in developing
the young players that will form the
core of the team for years to come.
"Right now, we have a lot of
young guys—myself included, I'm
a second-year," said Greene. "A
game like this is huge for me. I
came out, I didn't quit, and threw
for some yards. Everybody played
hard. We'll be in a position to win,
we just have to keep going, putting
in the work, and it'll pay dividends
next year, the year after, and the
year after that."
UBC heads out east this weekend for a match against the 3-1
Saskatchewan Huskies, where
UBC will again be underdogs. Despite this, Greene is still looking
towards the playoffs: "If we went
out three wins in a row, you know,
it's not in our hands, some other
stuff has to happen, but if we win
three games we put ourselves in a
position." til
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TOP: UBC receiver Spencer Betts had one touchdown in a losing cause for the Thunderbirds. above: UBC running back Dave Boyd, held to a season low of 38 yards, is
tackled in mid-stride by a hungry Dino. keegan bursaw photos/the ubyssey
BIRD   DROPPINGS
FULL ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS
ON THEIR WAY TO CANADA?
Canadian Interuniversity Sports
(CIS) is considering measures that
would allow schools to offer full-ride
scholarships to athletes for the first
time in the Canadian association's
history, in response to SFU leaving
them for the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA).
"When the NCAA changed its constitution to allow Canadian schools
in, that was a key catalyst for the CIS
to look at making some changes,"
Clint Hamilton, the director of athletics and recreation at the University of Victoria and president of the
CIS told The Times Colonist.
In theory, the proposed system
would allow universities to offer full
scholarships to a limited number of
players, while using the remainder
of their budget for partial scholarships that cover tuition only.
WOMEN'S HELD HOCKEY TEAM
SUFFERS FIRST LOSS OF THE YEAR
The UBC Thunderbirds lost their
game on Sunday to the Alberta
Pandas 1-0, breaking their perfect
record. The only goal of the game
was scored by Jackie Trautman on a
short corner at the end of the first
half.
The loss came after UBC's 3-2 victory against Alberta the day before, a
match that saw Cayla McLean score
two goals for UBC, with Elise Milos-
evich adding the game winner.
"It took us a little bit to get used
to the field turf but we really took
control once we evened the score,"
said UBC Head Coach Hash Kanjee
after Saturday's win, "I was very
happy with the way we played today and I thought the result wasn't
necessarily indicative of how
much we controlled the run of the
game."
UBC is now 5-1 for the season,
and faces the Calgary Dinos next
weekend.
ANOTHER SOCCER LOSS TO
TRINITY
It was the men's turn to lose to Trinity Western University at soccer on
Saturday. The No. 1 Spartans held
off a second half rally to defeat the
UBC Thunderbirds 2-1.
Nathan Pogue, who leads the
Canada West conference with five
goals on the year, scored in the 20th
and 42nd minute for Trinity to give
the team a 2-0 lead, before UBC's
Miguel Michelena scored a header
to make the game 2-1 at halftime.
The two teams are off for the
remainder of the week, with both at
home next weekend when they host
the UVic and the University of the
Fraser Valley.
UBC ATHLETICS "THINK PINK"
FOR MONTH OF OCTOBER
Dozens of strong virile men could
be seen wearing hot pink ankle tape
Saturday afternoon, as UBC athletes
kicked off their "Think Pink" initiative at the Thunderbirds football
game this weekend.
Once a week for the duration of
October, a varsity game will be designated the "Think Pink" game ofthe
week, where T-Bird players will be
wearing Pink in various places in a
fundraising effort for breast cancer.
'Think Pink" shirts are available for
$20, with net proceeds from their
sales being donated to the Canadian
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Men's rugby bests Capilano in tough match
First win of the year for
the Thunderbirds in the
BC Spray League
IAN TURNER
Contributor
With just seconds left in the game,
UBC Head Coach Spence McTavish
was as colourful as ever, bending
down a hundred yards away from
the play as his team tried to score,
barking at his players as he had
done all game long.
"Run it in yourself—Jesus," he
yelled out. The UBC players on the
sideline all smirked with raised
eyebrows. Thirty seconds later,
the referee blew the whistle: UBC
had just defeated Capilano's U-23
team 11-1, after losing their home
opener last weekend in the BC
Spray League.
The Thunderbirds dominated
the first half of the contest at Kla-
hanie Park in West Vancouver. An
early Capilano penalty allowed
UBC to kick for points, though they
failed to convert. Soon afterwards,
a player on the Capilano team qua-
si-spear tackled a Thunderbird and
for the next ten minutes Capilano
played a man down. But again, UBC
could not convert.
Eventually, the Thunderbirds'
unrelenting offence broke through,
as Taylor Dalzeil scored two quick
tries to put UBC up 12-0, a lead
they would hold into the first half.
In the second half however,
the team could not maintain the
same momentum, as they failed
to score a try. Late in the second
half, Capilano made a number of
sideline runs to the end zone, but
they struggled to make it onto the
scoreboard as well.
"We played pretty well, but in the
second half, we lost momentum,"
said Clayton Hunter-James, the
tighthead prop.
While Capilano scored one try,
it came at a price—the Capilano
player who assisted on the try was
pounded by T-Bird fullback Matt
Kopman as he dished off the ball,
and was attended to by three physiotherapists while the game was
delayed for minutes.
The first half, too, lacked momentum at times. In a somewhat
comical scene, a physiotherapist
scurried around the field early in
the first half tending to one injured
player after the other—in rugby,
the game does not stop if a player
is injured. The physiotherapist was
noticeably less active in the second,
perhaps owing to both sides' tired
legs inducing less collisions.
McTavish admitted this was the
fastest flowing game UBC played
this year, and as such, his athletes
were exhausted in the second half.
However, he glossed over that in
the post-game interview.
"It was a good win for [UBC].
I'm happy for them. I'm happy for
myself," he said, a beer clenched
firmly in hand. ViJ
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Scenes from Saturday's game against
Capilano. photos courtesy of Pamela
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TOO SEXY
Dear Too Sexy,
I HAVE A SLIGHTLY SHAMEFUL
confession: I want to sleep with a
hipster chick. Maybe it's the flannel or the slightly anorexic bodies,
I don't know. But I'm fine with all
that. I realized that I had a bigger
problem on my hands. You see,
back when my hipster infatuation
began I went to a hipster bar and
discovered that the male/female
ratio was 3:1. I think this carries
over to the general hipster population and has dire consequences
for their personalities. Competition for scarce resources makes
the dudes super douchey. And
then the chicks get their egos artificially boosted by all the attention
and become super bitchy.
This creates my problem: I can't
fucking stand hipsters. Every time
I see one I get this urge to beat it
unconscious with my Irony Stick,
force it into normal clothing, and
hose it down with Axe. And the
worst thing is they travel in packs,
so even if I could tolerate one
chick long enough to convince her
to sleep with me there's no way I
could handle a flock of throbbing,
pretentious, ironic dicks. I was
tempted to post a Craigslist ad,
but I realized that the authentic
hipster will not self-identify as
such, so I would just end up with
a hipster-poser, which is not good
at all. I could also get a chick to
role-play as a hipster, but that's no
good either. Seriously. I am at my
wit's end. Help?
—Sad & Hipsterless
This is quite the tricky dilemma
you've got on your hands, but never fear, we think we can help. First
of all, although you may feel it's
an occasion for shame, if you can
stand to think about it we'd really
encourage you to examine what
draws you to women of the hipster persuasion. Is it the off-kilter
haircuts or odd modes of dress? Or
maybe the constant self-analysis
or the too-obscure-for-you musical
tastes? Or perhaps you're just a
skinny-jeans kind of guy/girl?
If you can isolate the factors that
make hipsterkind attractive to you,
it may be possible to find and sexually pursue persons on the fringes
of hipster society—ones who have
the qualities that turn you on, but
none of the ones you despise. You
could satisfy your hunger for a
hipster based on criteria that suits
your needs, without the annoyance. After all, hipster authenticity
is in the eye of the beholder, and
if she's got the characteristics that
light your fire, does it really matter
whether or not she's bona fide?
Besides, it's nice to like the people
you're sleeping with. Ifyou're into
that sort of thing.
If nothing less than a card-
carrying, irony-drenched, hollow-
souled, elitist slip of a hipster will
do, we recommend you invest
in a solid ball gag, a good set of
earplugs, or a vinyl record player
with speakers powerful enough to
drown out any human noise. Possibly all three.
As for the hunt itself: although
it's true that hipster men tend to
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outnumber their female counterparts, this fact can work immensely in your favour. Recall the moral
of Paula Abdul's magnum opus
"Opposites Attract." Assuming
you're not a hipster yourself (although, as you said, part of being a
hipster is not being self-aware) you
should offer a welcome break from
the hordes of whiney men in tight
pants with bad beards that besiege
your pretentious princess. Let your
unique, original personality shine
through. Hipsters love that kind of
crap.
Dealing with her hipster entourage may be problematic at first,
but maintain a positive frame,
don't take any crap from men who
steal clothes from their younger
sisters, and remember: you decide
what's cool. If they try to judge your
taste in music, don't get sucked
into a competition over who loves
Bat for Lashes (but only their first
album) more. That gives power to
the hipster credo and makes you
just another poorly-dressed puppy
dog for hipster chicks to friend-
zone. Maintain your independence
from the subculture and don't compromise your own personality or
taste to please her, and you'll stand
out as a tower of self-confidence in
a sea of conformity and self-doubt.
There's nothing sexier than that.
Anyway, that's it for this week.
We're off to read Questionable
Content, listen to Radiohead, and
complain about hipsters. Send your
sexy letters to toosexy@ubyssey.ca
and we'll get back to you as soon as
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THE TRUTH ABOUT H1N1
Zombageddon is coming...are you ready?
DAN COGHLAN
contributor
Lately, the public has been bombarded with a cascade of information and misinformation regarding the nature and implications
of the swine flu. Melodrama has
replaced real journalism as the
media enthusiastically publishes
every lurid detail likely to sell
newspapers and boost ratings.
Their shameless embellishing
threatens to put the general population into a state of frenzy. Meanwhile, they're completely avoiding
the heart of the matter.
The time has come for frank,
sensible discussion. There is only
one matter worth addressing with
regards to the swine flu at this
point, and hysterics will only cloud
the issue and hinder reasonable
dialogue. It's time to talk about the
elephant in the room and ask the
question that no one has yet been
willing to tackle: will contracting
H1N1 turn me into a zombie?
The answer is blunt: yes, it will.
Mainstream medicine may deny it,
but any expert in necromancy will
tell you that with any major viral
outbreak comes the potential for
massive death and the subsequent
reanimation of dead tissue in the
infected. Isolated cases are often
containable, but under conditions where a pandemic is likely,
as with the HINT, a complete
and utter collapse of global social
systems and infrastructure is an
inevitability.
According to a 2009 study
conducted at Carleton University,
any undead outbreak in the near
future would mostly likely "lead
to the collapse of civilization, unless it is dealt with quickly." While
reports will likely be sketchy and
incoherent at first, people should
be on the look out for the first
signs of an undead uprising within
the next few months, and be making all necessary preparations
immediately.
As I write this, I myself am only
taking a break from the extensive
work I've undertaken to be ready.
Digging a huge bunker in my yard
was a massive operation, but its
shelves are stocked with enough
food to last to the end of 2010.1 am
ready to outlast the onslaught. I'm
all set to take refuge. THEN WHO'S
LAUGHING?  Not my neighbours
anymore. They'll surely be consumed first, lounging around in that
hot tub they were installing while
I was putting my time and money
toward more useful projects.
My friends, the apocalypse is
knocking on our door. The media
has not even begun to scratch the
surface of what H1N1 is capable
of. This is not the time to insist
I go back on my medication. No
folks. It's the time for action. So
grab your shotgun and stock up
on hand sanitizer because Zombageddon is coming. Will you be a
survivor? vl
It's time to talk about
the elephant in the
room and ask the
question that no one
has yet been willing
to tackle: will contracting H1N1 turn
me into a zombie?
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EDITORIAL
AMS spends frivolously
Councilors continue to suck at
spending students' money
The AMS, by its own admission, doesn't have a lot of spare money hanging
around. With a looming structural deficit, one would think that they would
be coming up with more frugal ways to spend students' funds. One would
think that their spending would be cautionary, and that they would be on
the lookout for new sources of funding. Which is why their last Council
meeting was all the more puzzling.
It was there that our wizened student leaders debated for three hours
whether to rent out 100 per cent ofthe Whistler Lodge to the general
public during the Olympics in order to make up to nearly an additional
$ 70,000 for the AMS. That's a lot of money, and reports from VP Finance
Tom Dvorak indicate that even more money could be made if the AMS
were to advertise that they have a sweet chalet open during the Olympics.
They rejected the idea, and there's certainly merit for keeping a student
building open for students during the Olympics, and putting that as the
highest priority.
But the AMS has been all over the place on this issue. In 2007 they
rejected the idea of selling beds to the general public. In June 2009 they
decided to sell half of the beds, and keep half for students. In August 2009
they decided to look into selling all the beds. In September 2009 they've
decided to just sell half of them again. Consistent thinking isn't exactly a
virtue of this group.
Then there's the fact that Council voted in favour of approving $81,000
to renovate the SUB basement to add more offices for clubs and to move its
photocopiers a few feet. Which sounds laudable, until you realize that these
offices will become obsolete in five years when the new SUB is built, and
that the renovations will increase the number of spaces for clubs from 70
out of 350 clubs to 7 7. A whopping two per cent. All for $81,000. Why was
the money spent? Well, there was money for renovations in the budget,
so they spent it. Apparently, Council has never heard of the amazing cost-
cutting measure known as "not spendingyour entire budget just because
you can," but this just in: it can sometimes be a useful tool to save money.
Another way to save money? Not going on cross-country flights. However, VP Academic Johannes Rebane apparently felt the need to go to Massachusetts to check out Harvard University's first-year seminar programs.
Unfortunately, $3000 to create an Equity and Diversity Assistant position-
allegedly something that the AMS really really cares about—simply can't be
funded. The Ubyssey watched one of the girls who came to Council with the
request leave frustrated and in tears Wednesday night, and who can blame
her?
The AMS provides many good services and generally does good for
students, no doubt about that. For example, $68,000 allocated for clubs in
its Clubs Benefit Fund, which is replenished each year. This is for funding
special projects, travel grants, furnishings and equipment up to $450 for
clubs. That's great. Let's see more initiatives like this, rather than having
$ 140,000 spent annually on Safewalk, when virtually every other university that provides a similar service does so with volunteers.
So, AMS, some helpful advice: Don't propose to alleviate an injury
(structural deficits) by having a referendum to increase student fees (with a
band-aid). Don't spend thousands to stay in a fancy hotel in Victoria when
cheaper accommodation will do. Don't spend all the money you have in a
budget simply because there's money in a budget to spend. If you need to
spend that money, our money, then spend it on initiatives that will impact
students immediately We're students in a recession. Act like it. vl 12/UBYSSEY.CA/IDEAS/2009.10.05
SPOTLIGHT
While reading this feature, you should be listening to "Alter the Gold Rush" by Neil Young jS
Saving humanity or fooling ourselves?
Lifestyle activism a farce—turning off lights won t effect real change
DAVID XIAO
Contributor
A crowd of protesters stand in the
way of several employees peddling
their way to work on bikes. The employees are of Lawrence Livermore
Labs, one of America's foremost
nuclear weapons development
and research institutions. Richard
Schumann, one of many protesters
decrying the development of nuclear
weapons, notes the extreme irony
that the image presents. "Did they really think that riding a bicycle would
save the world, even though they
were building weapons that could
destroy it?"
"I would say this is an instance of
individual activism clashing rather
dramatically with collective action,"
Schumann says.
MONEY TALKS
Paul Wapner, the director of the
Global Environmental Politics program at American University, says
that people need to look at the bigger
picture. "When people have fewer
children or reduce their consumption, they save money. What they
then do with this money is crucial to
the consequences of their actions. If
they place it in conventional financial mechanisms, such as banks or
stocks, they merely shift the locale of
environmental harm through those
mechanisms, through the global
capitalist economy."
Anthony Freynolds, a second-year
Engineering student at UBC, believes
that lifestyle activism "fosters the
progressive change needed for society's advancement on a personal
level. It does this in a way that no
state decrees or company policies
can."
But Aaron Schutz, a professor at
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,
isn't convinced that this is the case.
He jokes about throwing cans away,
leaving lights on and not caring about
these "trivialities." He complains that
"middle-class 'political activity,' like
recycling, making eco-friendly con-
sinner choices or creating compost
piles in the backyard, rarely contributes in any effective or coherent way
to positive social change."
According to Schutz, private individual acts, however well-meant,
have little or no impact on the actions
of others. He credits this to a matter
of identity, noting that studies found
that 60s activists were often raised
by parents who were activists or who
encouraged them to think of social
engagement as a central aspect of
their lives. Schutz feels that modern
lifestyle activism also largely seems
to be a matter of identity.
"There is little evidence that a righteous lifestyle will lead many others
to pick it up unless it was made part
of their social identity," he says.
WHATS THE PROBLEM?
However, is there anything explicitly
wrong with lifestyle activism? Schutz
believes there is. "Lifestyle activism
assumes thatyou have the resources
in order to make lifestyle choices.
You need money to be able to buy
a Prius instead of a beater car. You
need money to eat organic every day.
You need leisure time to maintain
a compost pile that you don't really
need."
Schutz maintains that "if you work
two jobs to keep food on the table and
a roof over your head, you just don't
have time for this." He calls lifestyle
activism an "expression of privilege."
Individuals who follow these
lifestyles seem to be, according to
Schultz, self-righteous and irrational.
"Lifestyle activism is largely a product of vanity. Others can see your
glossy solar panel or wind turbine.
You can brag about your compost
pile and educate others about how
to create one. Every time you drive
your Prius around town, others can
see how virtuous you are."
Schutz mocks the self-congratulatory stance of lifestyle activists, who
seem to think that "people who eat
cheap unethically produced food and
drive polluting cars are less virtuous
than lifestyle activists. They are ignorant and apathetic. They don't care
enough. They don't really understand
that they are responsible for the degradation of humanity and the earth."
BAND-AID SOLUTIONS
French sociologist Marcel Mauss
once said that "if we told ourselves
the truth about what we are doing,
if we actually acknowledged that
most of our 'activism' is about us,
and not really about trying to make a
significant difference in the world or
for people who really suffer, then it
wouldn't have its self-serving identity
purpose anymore."
Peter Edwards, a member of an
anarchist bookstore collective and a
student at McGill, agrees with Mauss.
"Lifestyle   activism   self-propagates
the lie that it is activism instead of
a form of [selfish] individual investment on the same level as buying
a nice pair of jeans or having an
espresso."
Freynolds says that "capitalism
incorporates everything into itself."
His friend, Alex Cooper Moore, a
UVic student, laughs and agrees. "It's
like Pac-Man in that respect," he says.
"The 'green-washing' trend is a perfect example. The idea that you can
help the world by buying the right
brand of coffee or the right dish soap
feeds right into what many people
already want to believe....
"I started engaging in collective
activism a few years ago because I
realized that much of the activism I
was doing, like writing advocacy letters to ministers, was not effective
and was really only about me feeling
like I was doing something," he adds.
ANTHONY GOERTZ GRAPHIC/THE UBYSSEY
Schutz apologizes for his extreme
stance, explaining that people need
to be shaken into consciousness. The
convenient lie needs to be "rattled
out of their systems....
"If you want to make serious
social change, and are a first-world
citizen of a middle-class type, you will
almost inevitably need to get out of
your comfort zone," Schutz says. "We
will need to face up to the fact that,
ultimately, it's about the public commons, collective action. We've got to
look at the system as a whole."
"Eveiything is in relation at a
much larger scale. We've got to stop
thinking band-aids," Freynolds says.
"It doesn't do any good to call
them stupid or dishonest, though.
It should be more about redirecting the energy that they are already
spending towards effective social
change." tl
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