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Bowing out: Sullivan ends twelve years as UBC's Vice-President Students. Page 5 2/UBYSSEY.CA/E VENTS/2011.03.17
MARCH 17 2011
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The UBC Pottery Club is now
selling their work at Sprouts,
and have donated some pieces
to Sprouts in return for space.
It brings a new addition to the
Sprouts atmosphere and allows
potters space to showcase
their pieces. • Mon-Fri,
9:30am-4pm, Sprouts, SUB
WILD HONEY* Platonov has
a way with women and it's
both his blessing and his
curse in Michael Frayn's
adaptation of Anton Chekhov's
unfinished play produced by
Theatre at UBC. Wild Honey
swings between the polar
opposites of melodrama and
farce and shakes them into
an intoxicating cocktail. •
Mar. 17-26, 7:30pm, Freddy
Wood Theatre, $22 regular,
$15 senior, $10 student, $2
high school. Call (604) 822-
2678 or go to ubctheatre.
universitytickets.com to buy
Society will be showing Iron:
Legacy, starring Jeff Bridges,
Garrett Hedlund and Olivia
Wilde. The son of a virtual
world designer goes looking
for his father and ends up
inside the digital world that
his father designed. He meets
his father's creation turned bad
and a unique ally who was born
inside the digital domain of
The Grid. • Runs until Mar. 20,
9:30-ll:30pm, Norm Theatre,
SUB. $2.50 members, $5
Canadian Cultural Organization
(ACCO) presents: "THE BLOB:
No Two Are the Same." ACCO
invites you to a night of music,
art and food as we celebrate
with a range of creative talents,
ranging from rock bands,
acoustic singers, artists and
slam poetry. Ticket sales go to
the Japan Relief Effort. • 7-9pm,
Global Lounge, Marine Drive
Bldg 1. $5/person, $3 each for
groups of eight or more.
English Language Institute
(UBC-ELI) invites you to
International Night! There will
be an international food fair and
displays, cultural performances
and demonstrations and a great
party with music and dancing.
• 7pm-12am, SUB Ballroom, $3
(free for performers and food
booth participants), must show
ID to purchase alcohol.
Anchor Splash is just around
the corner to start Greek Week
in high fashion. Great things
to expect this year include:
a concession stand, silent
auction, 50/50 raffle, Most
Beautiful Eyes contest and
the synchronized swimming
routines. • 7:30-1 lpm, UBC
Aquatic Centre, races begin
at 8:30pm, admittance by
STORM THE WALL • Be part of
the biggest intramural event in
North America! Join the action
as UBC participants swim,
sprint, bike and climb over a
12-foot wall. This is a UBC
experience that is not to be
missed. Registration deadline
is March 21. • Mar. 27-Apr. 1,
Wam-4pm. $29-$96, min-
max registrants: 5-6. Go to rec.
ubc.ca for more information.
DINNER (3CC) •   3CC   is   an
annual UBC event that brings
together three faculties at UBC:
Science, Arts and Commerce.
It connects UBC students
with outstanding alumni and
facilitates relationship building
over a three course meal. The
dinner is an exciting and unique
opportunity for students to
not only grow and strengthen
their interest in their own
field, but also to broaden their
perspectives in other fields.
There will also be a very special
performance by UBCimprov!
3CC is created and organized
by students, for students. •
6-8:30pm, Sutton Place Hotel,
845 Burrard St, registration
details on Facebook group:
Three Course Connection or
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Partners in Health is a nonprofit healthcare organization
dedicated to providing a
preferential health option for
the poor. In collaboration with
Help Hear Haiti (UBC coalition)
and Haiti Solidarity BC, they are
presenting a report on post-
earthquake Haiti. This event is
sponsored by the Terry Project.
• 4:30-6:30pm, Room 200,
Hennings Bldg, free admission.
IN MARINE DRIVE • As part of
promoting Sustainable Move
Out Week, Marine Drive
Residence will be showing the
movie Ghana: Digital Dumping
Ground. This is important
to create a local link with
international sustainability and
the importance of recycling
responsibly. • 8:30-10:30pm,
Global Lounge, Marine Drive
Bldg 1.
UBCimprov will host IMPULSE,
an epic five-day improv
festival, this year presented
in partnership with The Instant
Shop. The nights will be filled
with unscripted magic featuring
performances from members
of UBCimprov, visiting groups
from across Canada as well as
some of the most respected
acts from the Vancouver
improv world. • Mar. 23-27,
6:45-9pm, Classroom Block,
Neville Scarfe Bldg. $5, $8
festival pass, free preview
on Mar. 23 at Place Vanier
CAREERS DAY • With the support
of UBC Sustainability, students
are organizing Greenspeak,
an event about careers in
sustainability. They will be
hosting speakers who have
integrated sustainability as a
crucial part of their business
vision and have also incorporated
it in their careers. • 4:30-6pm,
Room 261, Irving K Barber.
FIGHTER'The UBC Film Society
will be showing The Fighter,
starring Mark Wahlberg and
Christian Bale, who won the
Best Supporting Actor Oscar
for his role. The Fighter is a
drama about boxer "Irish"
Micky Ward's unlikely road to
the world light welterweight
title. His Rocky-like rise was
shepherded by his half-brother
Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer
who rebounded in life after
nearly being KO'd by drugs
and crime. • Runs until Mar.
27, 7-9pm, Norm Theatre,
SUB, $2.50 members, $5
The German Theatre Group
will stage the North American
premiere of Hedwig Dohm's
1879 comedy of manners, Die
Ritter vom goldenen Kalb (The
Knights of the Golden Calf).
This will be the group's third
public performance at UBC. •
Friday, Mar. 25, 7:30-10:30pm,
reception to follow. Sunday,
Mar. 27, ll:30am-2:30pm,
Thea Koerner Penthouse,
Graduate Student Centre.
E-mail lydiajanejones@gmail.
com for more information.
AND RITS • People from all
over the  UBC community,
particularly from Marine Drive
and Rits, are invited to come to
the Global Lounge for a games
night. There will be classic
North American games played
as well as international games
which participants are free to
bring! • 8:15-10:15pm, Global
Lounge, Marine Drive Bldg 1,
call (604) 928-1891 or email
kambolongaro@gmail.com for
more information.
LIPDUB UBC* LipDub is simple:
1000 students, faculty,
staff and Vancouverites
will sing, dance and show
off their special skills while
lip-synching the words of a
famous song! At this time we
want your help! Come and
show off your amazing talent
and be apart of UBC LipDub.
The commitment level is up to
you and the pay off will make
history. All proceeds will go
to charity. Be sure to sign up!
• All day, UBC campus, free.
Go to ubclipdub.com for more
UBC's first ever rap karaoke
drops on Tuesday, March 29
at UBC's Pit Pub. This is your
chance to slay all the classic
rhymes you've been rapping
to yourself in the shower and
show off your mad skills for
the adoring crowd. DJ Relly
Rels from the Crimes and
Treasons radio show is going to
be spinning the beats, keeping
the party going between
karaoke sets. Please note:
this is not an opportunity for
amateur rappers to demo their
work, and no freestyling! •
8pm-lam, Pit Pub, SUB. $5
at CiTR (SUB Room 233) or
The Outpost, $8 at the door.
To ensure that the DJ has
the instrumental you want to
rap over, performers need to
com with their request.
2011   FESTIVAL •   The   UBC
Creative Writing and Theatre
departments present their
25th annual Brave New Play
Rites festival. Students from
both departments stage a risk-
taking and wildly inventive
festival of original one-act
plays. • Mar. 30-Apr. 3, 8pm,
matinee at 2pm on Apr. 3.
$10/$ 15, call (604) 822-2678
for ticket information, and go to
com for a list of plays and
• Vancouver's JC Dance Co
showcases the glamour and
skill of ballroom and Latin dance
for the March edition of The
Dance Centre's popular Discover
Dance! series. Directed by
former ballroom champions Joel
Marasigan and Clara Shih, the
company's performance team
will be joined by competitive
ballroom dance students in
a selection of classic dances
including the waltz, foxtrot,
quickstep, cha cha, samba,
rumba and jive. Throughout
the show, JC Dance Co will
explore three different forms
that ballroom and Latin have
taken in the past decade: social,
competitive and performance.
There will also be a question-
and-answer session with the
dancers. • 12pm, Scotiabank
Dance Centre, 677 Davie St,
$10/$8. 2011.03.17/UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/3
EDITOR ARSHY MANN»news@ubyssey.ca
UBC responds to devastation in Japan
After learning about the devastating effects of Japan's earthquake and tsunami last week,
student-led support groups
have formed and fundraisers
have been planned at UBC in
order to help with the country's
While 310 international students from Japan attend UBC's
Vancouver and Okanagan campuses and with 150 students
at the UBC English Language
Institute, there are 75 students
from UBC currently in Japan for
research, exchange or co-op. Given the number of students with
social links to Japan, the campus
was shaken by the news and UBC
students and administration are
coming together to lend a hand.
Two Japanese exchange students, Moe Hibayashi and To-
moka Arai, have started a support group to fundraise, distribute information injapanese and
English, and send messages to
Japan for those who come from
areas where communication is
still difficult.
"We are here for exchange
and we don't know how we can
help in Canada. It's different
from the way we can help in Japan," said Arai.
She said that many students
are struggling to sift through
the large amount of reports in
English. Her support group goes
through information and finds
reports injapanese or in simple English.
ikfit'tlta "
The UBC Japan Association fund-raising for earthquake relief in the SUB. GEOFF LISTER PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
The support group has come
up against a number of barriers.
"When first we tried [to fund-
raise] in front of the library,
someone told us that only groups
at UBC can do it," said Arai. "We
didn't know how to do it and
how to ask people, so we found
it hard to fundraise."
Since then, they have set up
support booths at Gage, Ritsu-
meikan and Fairview residences.
Additional support has been
provided by the International
Students Development Office,
which has been in contact with
students and provides information about UBC's Counselling
Services. Advisors there are on-
call for students in distress.
Further relief efforts come
from a booth organized by members of the Japan Association
(JA), and started by Kaveh Sarhangpour, the promotions executive. The booth is handing
out information pamphlets and
accepting donations in the Student Union Building, which will
go towards the Canadian Red
Cross's relief efforts.
"I created a Facebook event,
UBC Humanitarian Aid for Japan. Upon every refresh, the
number [of members] was doubling, tripling. It went from only
me, to being 3200 members,"
said Sarhangpour.
He said that a number of
other campus clubs have come
together as well, holding their
own events and fundraisers, including the Business Communications Club and International
Business Club.
He said that the JA alone
raised $1100 yesterday. They
hope to raise $10,000 by the end
of the week.
Sarhangpour said that the student response has been both surprising and inspiring.
"Usually you don't think of extremely large commuter schools
as having that much spirit and
being able to rally.
"What's neat is that in this
case, a lot ofthe students are directly getting involved or at least
raising awareness and talking
about it, which has helped the
issue a lot."
Kei Onishi, a fourth-year international student from Kanaga-
wa Prefecture injapan, has been
helping out at the JA's booth.
"It's great to see support. At the
same time from my perspective,
I'm really restless. I'm watching
the news all the time, I always
have it on in the background.
"I may not be watching but I'm
listening to it while I'm working
on assignments and whenever
I hear the earthquake alarm go
off, it really scares me," he said.
UBC students on exchange, doing research or on Co-op injapan have been contacted by the
Go Global Manager of Safety and
Learning Abroad, Tlell Elviss.
"As soon as we got news ofthe
earthquake, we were able to send
communications to all the students that we know are injapan
at this time," said Elviss.
"We've spent the last four or
five days confirming the safety
of all of those students... We were
quite surprised at how quickly
we were able to get in touch with
most students."
Arai urges students to help
out here in BC any way they
can. "I heard from people that
they think Japan is a very rich
people and we don't need donations from other countries, but
this earthquake is the biggest
one ever in Japan and we had
very serious damage from the
tsunami," she said.
"Japan is a rich country, but
we need help from other countries now." *y
Pit Pub to temporarily turn off the taps for violations
Pit night on March 30 will be
the emptiest Wednesday the bar
has seen in a long time.
The Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) has ordered the Pit Pub to be closed
from Tuesday, March 22 to Saturday, March 26 for violations
related to serving minors that
occurred in early January.
"We have been issued a notice...and the staff has already
been informed," said AMS President Jeremy McElroy.
The violations in question
occurred on January 11 when
the AMS had reinstated "Toonie
Tuesdays," a weekly $2 beer special at the Gallery Lounge and
the Pit Pub.
The AMS ended Toonie Tuesdays after the violations occured.
"Any abuse of alcohol and
any substance abuse is a concern to us and a whole variety
of agencies out here on campus.
I was concerned by the fact that
cheap beer is always a potential
for things to go sideways," said
Staff Sergeant Kevin Kenna at
the time of incident.
According to McElroy, the
LCLB informed the AMS about
the penalty a few weeks ago.
The AMS notified staff of the
closures on Monday.
"The AMS had a meeting today with the Licensing Board,
the RCMP and UBC about all of
this and how it's going to happen," said McElroy.
"The Liquor Board essentially asked how we were working
to make sure that this doesn't
happen again."
This closure comes almost exactly a year after Koerner's Pub,
owned and operated by the Graduate Student Society (GSS), had
its liquor license revoked by
the university after incidences of
serving minors and over-serving.
Because UBC technically
owns the liquor license for all
establishments on campus, the
university kept Koerner's closed
for 133 days until it was satisfied that the GSS could responsibly run the pub. The liquor
board had only suspended Koerner's for four days.
McElroy was confident that a
similar situation would not hap-
pen to the Pit.
"UBC knows that we run a tight
ship and that we do a really great
job, so there's sort of a series of
unfortunate circumstances—a
perfect storm—created on that
one particular day, so there's no
motivation from any one side to
see extended closure," he said.
During the suspension, the
Burger Bar and the Gallery
Lounge will remain open.
For one week, students will have to go elsewhere for their Wednesday
Alongside the temporary closure ofthe Pit, the AMS is dealing with the consequences of
new provincial legislation that
imposes severe fines on Special
Occasion Licence (SOL) holders who are caught violating
liquor laws.
An SOL is required for any onetime event that serves liquor. At
UBC, they are handled by the
"I think that the big change
is going to be on individuals
who are taking on SOLs potentially as part of a group of students," said UBC Treasurer Peter Smailes. "[But] the vast majority of SOLs on campus never
have any problems whatsoever."
He said that the university is currently focusing on
educating student groups about
the new legislation.
McElroy said that the AMS
had its first meeting with a liquor
licence specialist today in order
to figure out what the changes
will mean for the society.
"Our cursory understanding
right now is that there won't be...
any huge changes for groups on
campus, at least, right now,"
said McElroy.
He went on to say that the AMS
currently holds student groups
liable for any damage or cleaning caused by events and that
any fines will be dealt with the
same way.
"We are, of course, cautioning our clubs to always follow
the law, always follow the rules
and any sort of restrictions and
regulations that are imposed by
the university, ourselves or the
RCMP and Control Board."
At the time of the interview,
McElroy said that the AMS had
yet to contact groups planning
events for St Patrick's Day to ensure that they knew about the
new regulations, but would do
so as soon as possible.
"The RCMP are gearing up
for all of the added festivities
on campus, so they'll be keeping a close eye on everybody,"
said McElroy. "We're encouraging fun, but we're cautioning responsibility." tu 4/UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/2011.0 3.17
The Minister: Interview with Naomi Yamamoto
Advanced Education Minister in first interview on post-secondary education
On Tuesday, Naomi Yamamoto,
Liberal MLA for North Vancouver,
was sworn in as the Minister of
Advanced Education in Premier
Christy Clark's cabinet. The appointment makes her the government's point-person for both colleges and universities. The Ubyssey spoke with Yamamoto the day
after she assumed the position, in
her first official interview on post-
secondary education.
Ubyssey: Having just been
named to Cabinet and also becoming the first Japanese-Canadian minister, this must be
a pretty exciting but emotional
time for you.
Yamamoto: I am just really
thrilled to be in this new role.
I grew up in a family where post-
secondary education was mandatory; I didn't think I had a
choice. However, my enthusiasm is dampened with everything that is happening injapan
right now. I have mixed feelings.
U: How was your past experience
with Capilano College?
Y: It was a wonderful experience.
I am an alumnus of UBC, but my
experience on the board at Capilano College was exceptional
and I'm so proud of them and
their change in designation to
achieving status as a university.
U: The Ministry of Advanced Education was recently resurrected
by combining two former portfolios. What was the reason for
this change?
Y: It feels right to have one ministry to represent both colleges, universities and private
U: What are the goals or policies
that you will be working on in
Advanced Education?
Y: Generally, we need to make
sure we deliver the message to
young people, as well as people
in jobs where they see a short
horizon and where post-secondary education is very valuable.
Seventy-five per cent of jobs are
going to require post-secondary
education and we need to make
sure that message gets out.
U: Today, 700 students from
across the province gathered
to protest against rising student
debt and cuts to student financial aid. BC students have the
highest debt in Canada with the
average borrower graduating
with $27,000 of debt. What do
you think is the best way to reduce this debt load on students?
Y: We have to look at what that
investment is. Ifyou believe that
your education is an investment
inyour future, as I believe it is,
you need to look at the return.
Statistics show that someone
with a post-secondary education
degree will earn $650,000 more
over their career than someone
who doesn't get that degree, so
put that into perspective. The
debt burden, I know it's hard to
manage sometimes, but as long
as we're keeping it manageable
it's a good investment.
U: One of the issues that affect
most students in Vancouver is
the BC student loan program,
which is very outdated. For example, it allocates $650/month
for rent per student. At UBC, the
average rent for a student living
within a 20-minute commute to
campus is $1000. Is restructuring the BC student loan program
a top priority foryour ministry?
Y: Our student loan program is
quite robust, and there will be
anomalies because ofthe difference in accommodations across
the province. We need to attempt
to look at the broader issues, like
limiting tuition fee rates to two
per cent increases. Ifyou look
at tuition across Canada, we are
still seeing 50 per cent less in
U: BC has the highest interest
rate on student loans in Canada,
whereas other provinces have
zero interest or charge interest
at [a lower] cost. Is it viable for
BC to reduce the studentloan interest rate in the future?
Y: That is always something that
I can look at; I've heard the concerns of students. It's important
to remember that it is the taxpayer who pays the interest on that
student loan during the time the
student is in school. Right now
taxpayers pay for two-thirds of
a student's education. We need
to be careful to balance the investment of the student and the
amount of taxpayer contribution
as we look ahead at the value of
post-secondary education.
U: There's been a university funding freeze for the three years, in
addition to over 40 per cent cuts
in student financial assistance.
Is Advanced Education a part of
Premier Clark's strong focus on
Y: Post-secondary education is
definitely falling under the Fam-
ilies First policy. It all comes
down to jobs. For our economy
to really tick, we need the educated students to meet labour
market demands that will be
coming up. In terms of student
debt, students need to have a
job to go to after graduation. If
we get that right, then families
are stronger. \3
SJC rejects funding Darfur group on political grounds
The AMS Socialjustice Centre
(SJC) unanimously turned down
a funding application from Students Taking Action Now: Darfur
(STAND) last Friday. SJC members cited opposition to STAND'S
policy recommendations in Darfur in their decision. But STAND
members believe the group's
views have been misinterpreted—and misrepresented.
STAND UBC asked for $1000
to fund a conference at UBC in
September 2011, to train students in lobbying government
on socialjustice issues such as
the conflict in Darfur, according to STAND conference co-
chair Erin Kizell.
"To me, it seemed like the
fund was the perfect criteria
considering that the SJC fund is
collected AMS fees that are mandatory and accessible to all students for socialjustice causes.
That's why I applied," said Kizell.
However, at the meeting on
Friday, March 11, many SJC
members disagreed with the
UN's peacekeeping mission in
Darfur, which STAND supports.
"I have come to the conclusion
that at least insofar as the United Nations' military operations
are concerned, [they] are nothing more than western military
occupations of developing countries," said SJC member Greg
Williams at the Friday meeting.
The day before the meeting,
the SJC Facebook account sent
out messages about the upcoming meeting with STAND
which outlined the arguments
Friday's SJC meeting, where the decision was made. GEOFF LISTER PH0T0/THE UBYSSEY
against funding STAND'S conference, including opposition
to western intervention in the
Member of STAND National and past STAND UBC president Aneil Jaswal referred to the
message as "very hostile email,"
which "contained a lot of false
statements about STAND'S policy goals, saying that STAND
supports western imperialism."
The Facebook message outlined fears that STAND would
stack the meeting with its own
members in order to see the
funding approved.
"There have been some rumours floating around that
some people want to stack the
room in favor of STAND'S position and force the SJC to agree
to the funding request. We need
you to turn up to make sure that
this doesn't happen and that any
decision that we reach is a democratic one," read the Facebook
In response, STAND UBC sent
out their own email on March
"An email sent out by the SJC
stated that in STAND UBC's application for funding for an advocacy training conference, it
had supported a '9/11' response
to the situation in Darfur. In
fact, the application said '91T—a
completely different metaphor-
one which supports a serious
and diligent response to eruptions of violence. The email also
stated that STAND UBC encourages western intervention, with
the use of military if necessary.
This was not mentioned in our
application, nor is it a policy of
STAND Canada—military intervention has never been called
for by STAND."
At the meeting, three members of STAND attended and they
were not present for the voting,
in line with SJC practices.
This funding application
comes at the heels of the Boat
to Gaza debate earlier thisyear,
when SJC members fought the
Israel Awareness Club (IAC), and
AMS involvement, in a $700 donation to Students for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) UBC.
At the meetings regarding
the SPHR funding, the SJC accused IAC members of flooding the SJC meeting in order to
block the donation.
Greg Williams, who said he
wrote the messages, said that
STAND'S policies supported
western imperialism in the
Referencing the unanimous
vote against funding the conference, Williams maintained SJC's
right to refuse funding based
on what they felt STAND UBC
"While there have to be really exceptional circumstances for
us to fund everything for a given application, there also has
to be exceptional circumstances for us to turn down an application entirely," said Williams.
"Usually that's for one of two
reasons: either we don't think
that they really need the money, or as in this case, because we
do not believe that funding it is
within our mandate."
While the discussion within
the SJC meeting took a turn towards questioning policies, Kizell feels that the focus on the
fact that the funding was meant
for the conference itself was lost.
"STAND is committed to fighting genocide, and our funding
application was denied on the basis that the SJC's political goals
did not align with STAND'S, so
that is very disheartening." tl
—With files from Arshy Mann 2011.03.17/UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/5
Saying goodbye to the man in the bow tie
Brian Sullivan's last day as VP Students will be Friday, March 18. He will remain at UBC after that as an advisor for Alumni Affairs. GEOFF LISTER AND GERALD DEO PHOTOS/THE UBYSSEY
It's 8pm on a Friday night. 1800
people are packed into War Memorial Gym for the Canada West
finals in men's basketball. Students and family chant "defence" and "U-B-C."
And behind the net, there sits
an older, impeccably dressed
gentleman, who joins in from
time to time. He points at the
players when they score. Raises his arms when Brent Malish
hits a three-pointer and is fully
immersed in the student experience, as he is on many nights,
be it a basketball game, campus
concert or talk from a visiting
He also wears a bow tie. That's
how most students, if they know
him, think of Brian Sullivan.
Those who have worked with
him are a little bit wiser.
"Ifyou walk around campus
you can find [Sullivan's] legacy just about everywhere," said
Martha Piper, UBC's president
from 1997 to 2006. "I think if
you were going across the country he would be identified as, if
not the leader, one of the very
few pioneers in the area of student development."
"He plays an incredibly important role on the team because
he thinks differently than other members of the executive,"
said current President Stephen
Toope. "And I've actually treasured that."
In his final week as VP Students, you can find dozens of
people happy to say nice things
about him. Much harder is to
find someone with something
bad to say. As the go-between to
students and the administration,
Sullivan has personified the role
ofthe cool vice-president, the administrator whose mix of charm
and integrity has made it difficult not to respect him.
This is not a eulogy; he's moving to an advisor position with
Alumni Affairs after Friday,
his last day in office. But for 12
years, to students, the face and
neckwear of UBC's administration was Sullivan. What he did in
public—explaining to both curious students and campus polit-
icos why UBC moved on student
issues the way they did—is large
enough. What he managed behind the scenes is daunting: a
budget of $200 million and staff
of close to 750, overseeing pretty much everything outside the
classroom dealing with the student experience. His portfolio includes UBC Housing, Food Services, Athletics, UBC Rec, Enrolment, Student Development and
the Centre for Student Involvement, formerly Alumni Affairs.
In many ways, though, the
quantity diminishes the impact
he has had. How do you account
for "Bow-Tie Appreciation Day," a
grassroots event and appreciation
wall on Facebook that, at the time
of this writing, had 366 members? Or a man in his sixties with
the nicknames "BowTie Bri" and
"B-Sull"? Or the Brian Sullivan
Appreciation Society, a UBC club
that actually existed last decade?
"It is a very powerful affirmation of the Tightness of some of
what we've collectively been trying to do," he slowly says, thinking it over himself, as we discuss his departure.
"I've always felt it was a pretty good fit between who I am as
a person, my skillset and UBC
as an organization, trying to
move the student experience to
a new level."
Sullivan came to UBC in 1999,
after 12 years at the University of Guelph as associate vice-
president, student affairs. UBC
is not Guelph—sprawling, decentralized, research-intensive,
commuter-based—but he had a
reputation for understanding
student development in a way
UBC did not.
Itwas a challenge Piper understood as well, when she launched
Trek 2000, UBC's "blueprint for
the millennium" in 1998, one
year into her term as President.
"It was very clear to me that
universities across the country
are struggling with students
and student issues," said Piper.
"I decided, and it was a bit unusual, that if we were going to
make students a significant issue, they needed to have a voice
at the table that reported directly to me."
The choice to have an executive position solely devoted to
the student experience was a
rare decision at the time, and
still is. But Piper knew from her
time as VP Research at the University of Alberta that it caused
a lack of focus on the people
for whom a university actually exists.
"I don't think the word 'students' came up very often at the
table," she said.
"At that level, you're dealing
with macro-issues, often financial, but strategic issues. Do you
build this building or not? Offer
this program or not? These are
fairly significant issues. Often
times there is crisis management. And rarely did we have
a discussion where someone
came to me saying, 'Well, you
shouldn't do that because students won't benefit from it.'"
But Sullivan was already
known for his work in student
development, and quickly became "the obvious choice," in
Piper's words, for a position and
challenge he relished.
"There was a student story
that was a bit negative about
the institution," he said. "I was
aware UBC was not a player on
the national scene in terms of
student services—the official expression about the student experience was negative."
To turn that perception
around, Sullivan quickly implemented a few philosophical
"During the first part of my
time, we had a couple of mantras we repeated over and over
again," he said. "One was make
the big small, and the second is
be where students are."
In both endeavours, Sullivan
strived to make the big and impersonal something students
could relate to.
"We would [come] alongside
students, saying we work for you,
tell us your story. What's working, what isn't working? Where
is what we're doing is just nutty,
and where is something obvious
that would be a huge win that
we're just not doing?" he said.
"I tried to be where students
are, I tried to make this big office
small to people—you could actually see this guy, ifyou called up
within three or four days you
could get some time with him,
ifyou saw him on campus you
can stop him and probably talk
for five minutes or so."
And while this was exemplified in pictures of Sullivan
drinking or dancing with students—and there are many—the
level to which he kept in touch
with students made him an executive that students of all stripes
could trust.
"He has a really good pulse on
campus," said 2010-2011 AMS
President Bijan Ahmadian. "One
of the things I watched him do
well was listen well. And every
time he talked to you, you genuinely felt he was listening, even
if he disagreed with you."
Half-advocate, half-arbiter,
Sullivan found himself "working at the intersection" of student interests and institutional advancement, walking the
line in a way that rarely saw
him get singed.
"He wasn't necessarily a
backroom dealing type of a
guy who would change things
for you, but he would open
the doors that needed to
be opened for you," said
Ben Cappellacci, the
2010-2011 VP Aca
demic and University Affairs, who
cited the sometimes
contentious land use plan
as an example where Sullivan's
leadership style shone through,
bringing Campus and Community Planning to the table with
the AMS as a neutral arbiter.
"The changes we saw in the
land-use plan were largely..due
to those conversations," he said.
"Brian is sensitive to the
politics around campus, and
is knowledgeable about the
reasons they're there," said
Alex Lougheed, VP Academic
and University Affairs in 2008-
2009. "He's able to communicate in such a way that touches on fundamental themes that
are occurring in the university."
For his part, Sullivan credits
the tuition consultations ofthe
early 00s as his "baptism by fire"
in forging an effective balance.
During the course of three years
where tuition doubled, students
protested, stormed the Old Administration building and generally had unpleasant things to
say about the change—but not of
Sullivan himself.
"Many times [over his term]
he surprised me by striking
the balance and the right line.
I still haven't found the formula he uses to do that," laughed
Ahmadian. "If I could, I would
have been a lot more popular."
One significant marker of Sullivan's influence is simply the fact
he is still here. After succeeding Piper as President, Toope
installed new executives in ev-
eryposition, many of which were
drastically reconfigured.
Except VP Students. "You never want to have a group of people
all of whom go, "Yes, yes, that's
the right approach,'" said Toope,
explaining why he valued Sullivan's role. "What Brian tends to
do, always thinking of students
first, is challenge assumptions
some might bring to the table-
he asks hard questions."
And though a report by consultants suggested benefits if
UBC downgraded the Students
portfolio from a vice-president
to a vice-provost, Toope categorically discounted any change to
the position even before the report was finished.
"You can't let the whole question of student life and learning experience seem as it's
just one of a whole bunch
of things universities do.
I really think having
a VP  Students
means that the student experience and student life are at the
centre of what the the university does. So I wouldn't want to
change it," he said.
In his final days, Sullivan
feels regret not for the missed
opportunities of the past, but
the small pleasures he will lose.
"The graduation coming up, I
won't be there as a VP. I assumed
there'dbe another Imagine Pep
Rally—you get pretty hooked to
the periodicity of an academic
term...So it's hard not having
some of that."
And so a search is currently underway for his replacement. Whomever replaces him
will have large tasks to grapple with—implementing "Place
and Promise," the plan that has
succeeded Trek 2000 and Trek
2010 as UBC's blueprint; building on the gains to student housing; finding solutions to the difficulties caused by long commutes. Odds are that person
won't have a bow tie—among
other qualities.
"There's a ton of great talent
out there," said Lougheed, "but
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Jogging 101: going on the run, one step at a time
"In general, runners should approach
running.. in baby steps" Christine Blanch-
ette of UBC REC explained.
"Rushing into a program or into running, you would probably injure yourself
or you would perhaps suffer from burnout. A safe and easy approach to running
is the best."
Jogging is one of the most commonly pursued exercises because it is so accessible. It is also one of the most beneficial exercises, as it has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease,
strengthen bones and improve mental fitness.
Whitney Aharon is an employee at The
Running Room in Wesbrook Village and
a regular jogger. She said that the best
reason to run is that, "jogging makes you
feel energized all the time." She added
that such benefits are noticeable almost
For a new jogger, the amount of time
that should be spent running is perhaps the most daunting aspect. The
irregular jogger would most likely entail attempting to jog for 10-20 minutes straight off the bat before succumbing to exhaustion. Aharon suggested a jogging program for first-timers: walk five minutes for every one-
minute run in a routine that gradually develops with every added week.
Excellent routes for jogging and running include seaside routes such as the
Stanley Park Seawall, the Coal Harbour
Seawall, Kitsilano Beach and Spanish
Beautiful sunrises not guaranteed during winter months in Vancouver. JOSH CURRAN PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
Banks or along roads through the University Endowment Lands, namely along
Chancellor Boulevard or University
"One of my favourites is running
from the Rec Centre...down to Chancellor Boulevard and then making my
way down to NW Marine drive, straight
down to the beach," Blanchette said,
adding that it's a good route for joggers looking for varying terrain. "It is
a great run."
Ifyou're interested in jogging but reluctant to undertake such an endeavour
by yourself, a great way to get into jogging is through group motivation. Whitney suggests that beginner joggers should
consider participating in group jogging
programs. Both The Running Room and
UBC REC offer free group runs several
times a week, for all skill levels, va
Welcome to the
Outdoors Supplement
The days are growing longer, the
weather is getting
warmer and everything is making a
rebound from the
cold of winter. In
this transitional
season of spring,
the great outdoors
calls your name,
prompting you to
head on out into
this great country. Sports, exercise and
just getting back in tune with Mother Nature are what those upcoming hot summer days are all about.
In response to that call, the Outdoors
Supplement was crafted—to guide readers in ways they can get outside and get
active. This issue covers exercise options
such as boot camps, jogging, windsurfing and mountain biking. It also has a
story about letting your inner techie outside with geocaching and a profile of a
club that lets students join expeditions
into the wilderness.
It is impossible to fully list all the different activities one can do outside, so
the goal of this supplement is to open
your mind to the different types of activities that work for you. As residents of
Vancouver, we live with nature right on
our doorsteps. With such beautiful natural surroundings, it would seem foolish
to turn your back on that and shut yourself in all summer. I hope that this issue will inspire people to take a look at
what they can do outside, gain new experiences and perhaps new friendships, va
Mountain biking: get into gear
Mountain biking is a highly technical
sport that entails plummeting down a
mountain at top speeds. You fly over moss-
covered logs and exposed roots, dodging
trees, rocks and even deer as you make
your way down the side of a coastal BC
BC is known as the 'mecca of mountain
biking' and Vancouver is close to some
of the best trails available worldwide.
Ben Porteous, an avid mountain biker for eightyears, recommended novice
bikers improve their techniques on the
gentle trails of Mount Fromme, Pacific
Spirit Park or Burnaby Mountain.
BC is known as the
'mecca of mountain
biking' and Vancouver is
close to some ofthe best
trails available worldwide.
"These trails are relatively flat and
stunt free," said Ben, "and it is a good
place to learn single track, technical
mountain biking." However, be prepared to "earnyour turns," because the
only way up the mountain is by hiking
with your bike in hand.
It sounds risky, but mountain biking
can be enjoyed by people of all ages and
skill levels, and it is possible to pursue this sport without ending up in a
hospital bed. Beginner bikers need a
helmet, a pair of gloves and a sturdy,
all-mountain bike.
"Helmets are meant to be comfortable, light-weight and well-ventilated,"
said Andrew Fullerton from West Point
Cycles, "and the fit should be secure
enough to allow for a protective barrier for your brain."
When purchasing gloves, look for
a waterproof, padded, windproof and
full-fingered pair that costs at least
$60. Fullerton also recommended buying a bike with suspension shocks, disc
brakes, a light frame and wide tires that
will be able to absorb the shock of downhill biking without being too heavy for
the cross-country trails. These bikes
range from $400 to $5500. Mountain
biking is a great way to get in shape,
but remember to be aware ofyour skill
level and make sure to stick to trails
that match your abilities, tl 2011.03.17/UBYSSEY.CA/OUTDOORS/7
Geocaching: gotta cache em all
GPS technology allows for a high-tech treasure hunt
I found myself in the pouring rain, glaring at the phone-turned-compass in my
hand, circling the same tree again and
again, wondering what got me there. Ah
yes, the hunt for hidden treasure.
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-
hunting activity that has been around
since 2000 and has grown in popularity with the rise of GPS technology. It's a
game of locating caches—ranging from
small magnets to large boxes—that are
hidden by others in the geocaching
Caches are found worldwide and their
existence and locations are posted online,
the most popular geocaching web community beinggeocacftmg.com. Cache coordinates are published alongside a clue,
allowing others to find its location using
GPS technology There's even a posting
for a cache on the International Space
Station, purportedly put there by video
game developer and space tourist Richard Garriott during his 2008 trip.
"While today only about 500 people
have made this journey, and I am sure I
am not the only geocacher among them,"
reads his post ongeocaching.com, "many
more will be reaching space soon, and I
am hopeful to see many visitors in time."
Many caches are hidden so that the
geocacher is brought to unique places,
places with great views or easy-to-miss
scenery. Some have sentimental value for
their poster; others are just for fun. The
traditional cache includes a container
and a log book, which contains the names
and dates of those who've found it. Geocachers are free to leave a small trinket
or note to be picked up by the next geocacher who stumbles upon it. Geocachers
are then encouraged to log in their find
and experiences on the website.
It seems deceptively easy, and this is
why I found myself, ten minutes later,
still circling a tree, cursing my inability to find things. I questioned the accuracy of the GPS on my phone, at a loss
as to what this cache looks like, except
for the vague clue accompanying the
Geocaching has expanded to include
several cache types. There is the "multi-
cache" that involves multiple locations
Geocaching is a game of hide-and-seek using GPS-enabled devices. SPENCER PICKLES PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
and hints leading to a final location,
where the physical container is kept.
"The Travel Bug," a trackable tag that is
given a goal—travelling around the world,
as an example—can be passed from one
cache to the next. Its location and movements are logged in a diary online.
The geocaching community is committed to leaving the environment, whether urban or rural, undisturbed. A "Cache
In Trash Out" (CITO) initiative encourages geocache adventurers to clean up during their treks.
"Bring a trash bag along with you on your
walks in the woods and pick up the occasional piece of trash you see on the trail," the
CITO page ongeocaching.com reads. "Even
this small act can make a huge difference."
The more extreme versions of geocaching can require climbing equipment or
scuba gear. A word of warning, though:
normal caches can be hidden in fairly
populated areas, open to curious muggle eyes, so sometimes stealth, or lack
of shame, is required.
There are actually several geocaches
hidden at UBC, some hidden in the forested areas and others nestled near the
busiest buildings on campus. As I trekked
through UBC hunting for these caches, I
took note of things that I never even realized existed, like the artwork poised
at the entranceway of my most frequented building, or the posters detailing the
history of UBC Varsity sports.
Geocaches are found all over Vancouver, and many of them are popular and
easy to find. Good locations to have a
geocaching adventure are hiking trails:
Lynn Valley has a few along its leisurely
hike, as does Stanley Park. Just don't forget to look at the scenery along the way!
Finally, I spotted the elusive cache and
sweet victory was mine. The remainder
ofthe day proved more successful until
I was cache-blocked by students milling
about right on top of my nextgeocache
destination. Until next time, vl
The UBC Sailing club offers windsurfing lessons. ROB FOUGERE PHOTO/THE UBC SAILING CLUB
"You grab a board and sail, hook them
up and within five minutes you're ready.
In light winds it's smooth, quiet and
peaceful. In stronger winds, you're the
fastest thing on the water.
"Either way, it's a rush like none
That's the simple philosophy of the
sport of windsurfing as described by
UBC student Nicholas Himmelman.
Himmelman is currently a windsurfing fleet captain with the Sailing Club.
He started the sport at age 13 on a
lake near his family's summer house
in Nova Scotia.
"We had some big old windsurfers
and I started playing around with them
as soon as I was strong enough to pull
up the massive sails," he said.
"There wasn't much wind on our
lake, so I plateaued quite early. I was
basically a really good light-wind
Moving to Vancouver and joining the
Sailing Club, according to Himmelman,
sparked improvement and led him to the
advanced level he surfs at today. Like
other sports with steep learning curves—
from snowboarding to mountain biking
to kiteboarding—practice makes perfect.
Many outdoor sports tease beginners
with images of flips and tricks seen in
sports magazines. Himmelman suggests taking lessons to get started in
"I would advise someone to take
a few lessons at the beginning, then
spend lots of time practicing the basics," said Himmelman.
"A few hours of lessons at the beginning can help a lot as it will break
bad habits."
In Vancouver, the UBC Sailing Club
and Windsure offer lessons at the Jericho Sailing Centre. UBC's club teaches both beginner (eight hour) and intermediate (six hour) windsurfing lessons to members for $65 and $55
Membership to the club costs an additional $190 but includes unlimited access to "the watercraft you are qualified to sail." The next session of lessons begins on April 28.
Windsure offers what is called "The
Six-Pack," which is three hours of instruction with six students for $80 and
a two-hour group session for $52.
Six-packs are held on weekdays from
6-8pm and weekends from 10am-12pm
and include all gear needed (wetsuit,
board, sail, etc). A six-hour session is
For more information on lessons visit
the UBC Sailing Club at ubcsailing.org
or Windsure afwindsure.com. 8/UBYSSEY.CA/OUTDOORS/2011.03.17
Getting your kicks at boot camp
When I arrived at the Bird-
coop's noon boot camp, I wasn't
expecting anything too extreme. The instructor, UBC Kinesiology and Health Science
alum Amir Mirbagheri, joked
he would "go easy on me." But
looking around the class I saw
students of a variety of weight
levels, most of whom were female. In the manner of a chauvinistic villain setting himself
up for defeat, I decided that I
wasn't in for anything too difficult—if the rest of those people could do it.
An hour later, I was drenched
in sweat and was barely able
to hold myself up. The class,
which involved pairing up students and sending them in a
circuit of core and cardio exercises, seemed unbearable only
20 minutes in—leaving me to
stare at the wall clock as it mercilessly ticked away at a sluggish trickle. Even days after the
class, my legs were constantly
aching. It was as intense and
challenging of a workout as
its military drill-referencing
name might imply.
Leigh Striegler, owner and operator ofthe Survivor Bootcamp
franchise in Kerrisdale, compared boot camp fitness programs
to hiring a personal trainer.
"I think the difference [between boot camps and individual exercise regimens] is that
there's someone pushing you,"
said Striegler. "It's like having
a one-on-one with a personal
trainer, but in a group setting."
This intensity, in addition to
the rise of television shows such
as the Vancouver-based The Last
10 Pounds Bootcamp, is what has
made the classes so popular.
Based on military recruit training, boot camp fitness progams focus on group exercise. COURTESY OF MICHAEL J MACLEOD/FLICKR
Survivor claims to be the largest boot camp company in Canada, as well as the first to come
to the lower mainland. Striegler
began working with the company five years ago, after trying it
out and becoming "addicted" to
the workout. In the seven years
since Survivor was created, dozens of other similar programs
have popped up in the area.
Laurajeary Birdcoop Fitness
Centre manager, said that the
group setting ofthe course also
increases its popularity.
"Many people also find if they
have a commitment to a date
and time to exercise they tend
to work out more," said Jeary,
"A group setting also encourages people to support and challenge each other to improve."
Striegler said that she personally phones students whom
she believes to be considering
skipping out on classes for an
extra bit of encouragement.
From my experience, I noticed
that students are usually too
busy trying to keep up with
the instructor to support one
another. However I did get a
push when feeling too exhausted to do real push-ups. I noticed my partner was doing
wall push-ups instead and followed suit. In reponse she said,
"I'm a girl!" with a somewhat
disgusted look on her face. My
initial chauvinism had already
been exhausted by an out-of-
shape body too tired to care,
so this 'encouragement' was
wasted on me.
Of course, not everyone
gets "addicted." I personally
was left with the impression
that although I could imagine
using boot camp as a way to
get into shape quickly, I would
probably not continue going to
a boot camp fitness course for
long if I enrolled. Joy Butler,
a UBC curriculum and pedagogy professor whose specialties include human movement and physical education,
said that those who don't enjoy this type of course should
find something else.
"Find things thatyou enjoy doing, because if you don't enjoy
it you're not going to stick to it,"
said Butler. "Boot camp...I mean,
I think it's nice for people who
are into it...but just the name of
it kind of turns my stomach."
However, Butler said that the
social support offered at boot
camps is a key component to
keeping up with exercise. She
is currently participating in
the Faculty of Education's annual Walkabout Nine Week Fitness Challenge, a team charity
event which encourages group
exercise at a pace of the participants' choosing.
Striegler said that while some
students only sign up for a short
period to get in shape for bathing-suit season or an event, she
does have many students who
remain in the course for the
entire year, or at least half the
year. She also said that fitness
programs like hers are not going away any time soon.
"It was fitness-forecast [by
various fitness magazines] that
boot camp will be the fitness
trend of 2011, and it appears
that is true," said Striegler.
"What I thought might be a
trendy fitness fad is actually
holding its own." tl
VOC offers both fun ancTfun type two," the kind you hate until later
Spring is here and British Columbia's glorious backyard is
beckoning, specifically its less-
than-safe mountains and far-
flung backcountry trails. UBC's
Varsity Outdoors Club can take
you to these wonderful places,
with the added bonus of promising thatyou won't die!
Phil Tomlinson, a fourth-year
PhD student in materials engineering and the current club
president, welcomed me into the
VOC club room in the SUB basement to tell me a little bit more
about how the VOC works. As I
maneuvered around six people
who appeared to be tinkering
with a set of skiis, Tomlinson
smiled and said, "Just sit anywhere. It's always mostly chaos in here."
Those with previous skills
and experience join the club to
find others to go on trips with,
but don't be intimidated—according to Tomlinson, "the vast
majority of people who join the
club have no idea how to do anything." The club works on the
premise that more experienced
members ofthe group will organize excursions which less experienced members can sign
up for. The number of spots on
the trip is usually dependent on
the number of rides available.
Once newbies have rented the
required gear from the club for
free (which includes anything
from tents and backpacks to ice-
axes and skis) they set off early
Saturday morning for a weekend of safe instruction in the
ways of rock climbing, skiing
or mountaineering.
Tomlinson joined the club
as an experienced skiier looking to access backcountry powder. After getting "completely
destroyed" on his first couple
of trips, he discovered that he
was addicted to the outdoors
and now plans outings for beginners, teaching them the skills he
learned three years ago.
"The biggest thing that the
club has to offer is showing people where their limits are and
how to really push those limits," he said.
Just about anyone can join
the VOC. Membership is $35
for students and $52.50 for
staff, alumni and associate
members. Tomlinson emphasized that beginners should
be aware of the term 'beginner-friendly' used to describe
most trips that the VOC organizes. "Beginner-friendly does
not mean easy," he cautioned.
First-timers should have a good
attitude and a willingness to
get very, very tired. Then they
will experience what the club
calls "fun type two."
As opposed to fun type one,
which would be the average person's definition of fun attached
to a given activity, Tomlinson explained that fun type two would
be considered not fun by many.
"You're probably really miserable at the time," he said. "At
the time you're telling yourself
maybe you're a city person, maybe you shouldn't be doing trips
like this, and it's not until you
get back to the parking lot that
you realize you just pushed your
limits. You just discovered new
capabilities thatyou have."
For Tomlinson, helping others stretch their capabilites is
"easily the best thing about being in the club."
The VOC is a place where outdoor adventure enthusiasts can
come together and share the
skills they know and the activities they enjoy. Roland Burton
exemplifies the life-long love
of the outdoors that the club is
able to inspire. As a member
since the 1960s, Burton built
the Burton Hut in his backyard
in the 1970s before it was taken by helicopter to its position
at the foot of BC's Sphinx Glacier. It's one of four backcountry huts operated by the VOC.
Today, Burton remains an active alumni member.
"At the time you're
telling yourself...
maybe you
shouldn't be doing
trips like this, and
it's not until you get
back to the parking
lot that you realize
you just pushed
your limits."
UBC's Varsity Outdoors Club
has been taking students outdoors and pushing them to their
limits since 1917, making it one
ofthe oldest clubs at UBC. At almost 800 members, it is also one
of the largest and oldest skiing
and mountaineering clubs in
Canada, tl
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Platonov s complaint
Wild Honey at the Freddy Wood
There's something about Platonov. He's as sweet as honey and
the ladies just can't get enough
of him.
This week, UBC Theatre presents Anton Chekhov's play Wild
Honey, which was translated
and adapted by Michael Frayn
in 1984. The play itself is an
intoxicating mix of seduction,
comedy, farce and all things
"What Chekhov is so famous
for is marrying tragedy and
comedy together," said Brian
Cochrane, director oi Wild Honey. "Even though his plays are
extremely realistic, they almost
feel absurd. Because one moment you'll be in something hilarious, and the next moment
is the saddest minute of somebody's life."
Set in southern Russia, Wild
Honey brings together a variety of characters to enjoy some
summer fun.
"Platonov is a very promising
young man," said Cochrane. "He
hasn't realized his potential, but
women still find him irresistible. So now he can't help himself, [and] he seduces women all
summer long."
There is Anna Petrovna, the
dignified widow of a general; the
young and beautiful Sofya Yego-
rovna, who is married to Anna
Petrovna's stepson; Platonov's
wife, the loyal Sasha; and the unfortunate Marya Grekova.
"They've all gathered for a
party at the beginning of the
summer, and they've all just
been bored stiff," said Cochrane.
"[They're] all excited for Platonov
to come, because he ribs people and he gives them a hard
"For the women, he has his wit
and this intelligence that makes
him stand out from all the other men, who are either boorish
or boring. He always says the
right thing, so he's good at keeping the women after him. Now
his problem is that [the women] believe everything he says."
Despite the hilarity and melodrama, Wild Honey is easy to relate to: its rules of attraction ring
true to real life.
"It's a lot like real life," said
Christine Quintana, who plays
Marya Grekova. "With women,
they want the one they can't
have. [Platonov] is the one they
can't have, so he's the one they
all try the hardest to go after."
"There's something really human about that in a way," said
Cochrane. "There's something
safe about flirting with people,
but then maybe they take it the
wrong way, giving someone false
hope—and then
the  repercussions that come
from that."
What's more,
with summer   '
on its way, Wild
Honey is an example of what
could  happen
when people get
too carried away.
"It's one of those
nights that everyone has [in]
the summer,"
said Quintana.
"Where everyone has a few
drinks   and
gets ideas in
their heads.
start    to
loosen up,
then these
are said.
[Things] that
may be hiding
under the surface
for a long time, and
once they're said, then
words becomes action and action becomes crisis." tl
Wild Honey is showing at the
Frederic Wood Theatre, March
17-26 at 7:30pm.
Not sure what to do for St Patrick's Day? Here are a few ways to get
all the green beer and "Home for a Rest" out of your system.
The AUS has humbly called their outdoor beer garden "the BIGGEST
and BEST St Patrick's Day party UBC has ever seen." The final two
bands from AMS Combat Rock will be playing alongside Rich Hope
and His Evil Doers. Tickets are $5 and they're giving two free beers
to people who arrive before 6:30 pm—so it's more than worth the
cost of admission.
For those choosing to forego the fiddles and faux-lrish pride, the Dis-
corder-hosted DisClover takes over the Biltmore. Billed as a "St Patrick's Day hip hop party," the lineup features Rico Uno and Girlfight,
among others. Cover charge is $5 before 10pm.
This Point Grey favourite is everything you would expect of an Irish bar
ifyou had never actually been to an Irish bar. They have everything from
random Guinness paraphernalia to vaguely Irish-sounding menu items
like the Helen of Dublin burger. St Patrick's Day festivities include a
drum and pipe band and Irish step dancers. There's no cover charge.
In what should be the least vomit-filled campus event, Mahony's is hosting a Vancouver City Limits showcase. Live music starts at 4:30pm with
a bill that includes Tipsy Gryphon, The Shinolas and Karen Larson. tl
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For several months, AMS representatives have
been anxiously saying, "If this fee referendum
doesn't pass, the AMS as we know it will cease to
exist." There was intense anxiety over our dire
budgetary straights across the political spectrum. Determined to avoid deep cuts, our executives consumed themselves with the task of
convincing students to vote in favour of a student fee increase.
In another corner ofthe student union building, a few students became increasingly frustrated with the AMS's refusal to support lower
tuition fees. They were constantly derided for
having the 'radical' and 'unrealistic' position,
while the 'responsible' and 'realistic' insisted
that paying more—two times more than just
years before—was only reasonable. The dismissive AMS executives would suggest that the political climate was not right for a student union
to fight for affordable tuition, that it would be
better to acquiesce to annual tuition increases rather than be so abrasive. It seemed their
opinions could not be changed no matter how
many pleas were offered, well-reasoned arguments were made and sweeping studies were
published. However, these few wondered what
ordinary students felt. One day and almost 1200
signatures later, a tuition referendum was written: "Do you think that the AMS should lobby
for lower tuition for domestic and international students?"
Back in the fee referendum camp, a large
team would assemble to execute a sophisticated marketing strategy. They would press t-
shirts, hang banners, film impressive videos,
create elaborate websites, canvass students, put
stickers on coffee cups, hang posters and beg
their friends to change their profile pictures.
The campus press, both CiTR and The Ubyssey,
would support them emphatically. This paper
wrote an editorial entitled "Let's make this happen," and ran support for the fee referendum on
their front page. When all was said and done,
dozens of people would spend countless hours
and tens of thousands to promote the student
fee referendum.
At the tuition referendum camp, they decided
they might make a Facebook event. Unfortunately, they didn't have a snazzy poster, multi-faceted marketing strategy or much press coverage.
All they had was the inquisitiveness to wonder
how students felt about rising tuition.
On results day, both referenda passed; students
accepted the AMS fee increase, and they supported lobbying for lower domestic and international
tuition. The former, despite the intense propaganda campaign, only won by a slim margin of 52-48
per cent, while the latter won 87-13 per cent.
If only a few hundred more had voted no, the
AMS might have had to face the apocalyptic scenarios some imagined. On the other hand, students reaffirmed their overwhelming and unequivocal support for lower tuition. It could not be
more clear; the radicals on tuition are not "knollies" or members ofthe Socialjustice Centre, but
members of AMS Council. If they continue their
policy of disregarding the views of nearly nine
out of ten students, I suspect they might not be so
lucky next time they need us to bail them out. tl
Do you have more to say
about violent masculinity?
Forward all comments to
letters@ubysseyca! Don't
forget to use spell check
before you hit that "send"
button! vl
Celestian Rince asserted, in his Monday letter, that the well-documented pay
gap between men and women can be
explained by "women choos[ing] lower
paying professions." This claim is,aside
from being a sweeping generalization,
distressingly regressive. To suggest
that choice of profession explains the
pay gap is to misunderstand the concept entirely. In reality, women who
work the same hours in the same job
as men make, on average, 80 cents for
every dollar men earn. Furthermore,
Celestian's observation that there are
more female teachers than engineers
or garbage collectors should provoke
a critical, historical evaluation rather
than a simple reduction to questions
of 'choice.'
His analysis ignores the historic reality that teaching and secretarial positions were for a very long time the
only position legally available to women working in offices—and though the
laws on the books have been changed,
the societal norms that birthed them
clearly have not. How welcome are women made to feel in the engineering field,
or in our Engineering department, for
example? Moreover, one should consider why particular jobs are less valued by society and therefore lower-paying. For example, because child-rearing has traditionally been put to women as unpaid labour, contemporary society justifies low wages for primary
school teachers using the same patri-
archical logic.
Your cursory lip service to the "worthiness" of the cause of women's liberation could not be any less sincere
and your tone of contempt is apparent
throughout the piece. The only thing
worse is your apparent pride in your
oppressive behaviour, and the support
you have received both in The Ubyssey online comment thread and your
"Men's Rights" Redditpage.
All in all, I suppose I am, in a way,
happy for your response, as your attitudes and arguments could not illustrate more clearly Katie's point—that
men like myself need to do their part
in supporting the struggle for women's
autonomy by standing up and saying
something when other men perpetuate
such regressive misogynistic views.
—Rory Breasail
In Monday's paper Celestian ("Cel")
took issue with Katie's (alleged) claim
that as some men commit violence
against women, all men are equally
responsible for these acts. Cel seriously misunderstands. True, rape is,
by and large, committed by a minority of "violent men" (between 4 and
6 per cent of men commit the vast
majority of sexual assaults). However,
women have been telling men for decades, in no uncertain terms, to stop
beating and raping them, and other
men (Cel's "good decent people," who
presumably understand that violence
is wrong) need to join women in this
struggle. Katie understands that until
us men step up and tell our peers that
we will not accept violence, violence
against women will continue.
Largely missing Katie's point, Cel
asserts that "DV [domestic violence]
is about equal by gender." He cites
"literally dozens" of studies which
'prove' this equality. What Cel fails
to mention is that these studies generally define 'violence' as anything
from name calling and locking the
other out of the house, to stabbing,
rape and murder. As most of us could
probably guess, men perpetrate the
vast majority ofthe physical and damaging violence. These same studies
show that the vast majority of women who are physically violent in relationships (such as when they kill
their husbands) are reacting to longstanding verbal and physical abuse
at the hands of their partner.
DV must not be taken out of the larger context of the marginalization of
women. Katie is addressing the culture perpetuating and condoning violence against women. If we try to address each form of violence separately, and if we only address the overt
acts of violence (without addressing
our cultural devaluation of women
or the construction of violent masculinity), we miss the big picture. A society that defines masculinity by dominance and control also normalizes and
validates gender-based and sexualized
violence. All men can work to end violence by challenging this conception
of masculinity.
—Isaac Rosenberg
Scott Wilson requested that I provide
examples of violent masculinity in popular culture. I figured the list I provided—which included pornography and
the UFC—was so obvious that it would
suffice. If one fails to recognize that violent masculinity is idealized, they've
probably never watched professional
wrestling, gangster movies, football,
coach's corner, Jason Statham movies,
rap videos, Jersey Shore, or just about
anything with Clint Eastwood, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Steven Seagal or Chuck Norris. This
list is practically stream of consciousness: I could go on all day. I recognize
that these are merely forms of entertainment, but they are popular forms
of entertainment. We must ask ourselves why so many people take pleasure from such portrayals of manhood.
—Gordon Katie
While observing Katicgate unfold from
a distance, I was surprised to see so
many column inches forfeited to nonsense in your letters section. I'm not
sure whatyour policy is, but it appears
that The Ubyssey must publish all letters received, no matter how silly.
If that is the case, I wish to offer the
UBC community a Marxist riddle:
Q: What is the difference between
one and 360 degrees?
—Ethan Kyle Feldman
Arts McGill
Brian Piatt would like to clarify that, despite the editorializing headline put on
his letter in the last issue of The Ubyssey, he is not sorry for anything he's
ever written in this paper. He retracts
nothing, apologizes to nobody and continues to kick ass and take names.
-Brian Piatt UBYSSEY.CA/OURCAMPUS/2011.03.17
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