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Buddhist and Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, is coming to UBC. In
addition to the main event on Thursday, there is a dialogue with the Dalai
Lama at the Chan Centre on Wednesday. Tickets from $110
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Adnan Sayani is now famous at UBC for his cheerful and hilarious banter.
Bus loop traffic controller Adnan
Sayani has become a UBC celebrity
Julie Gordon
Five weeks ago, a force of nature
arrived at UBC, taking the
bus loop by storm. He has the
uncanny ability to command
people and vehicles, all while
maintaining a positive atmosphere. His name is Adnan Sayani,
although many know him as the
"Crossing Guard" of UBC Overheard, "Gandalf the Neon", or,
simply, the "bus loop guy."
Adnan (or Addy, as he introduced himself) is not simply
a crossing guard, but a traffic
controller. He started in his
current position at the main UBC
bus loop just over a month ago,
and quickly became a favourite among commuters for his
continuous stream of jokes and
his constant smile. In the short
time that he has been at UBC,
he has achieved internet fame
throughout many Facebook pages
including UBC Overheard, UBC
Confessions and UBC Compliments, with most posts accumulating a barrage of compliments
from people proclaiming their
love for him.
It just raised my spirits.
I was like, I'm getting a
really good response, I
might as well have fun
with it.' And I figured,
I might as well spread
the message of safety
through jokes."
Adnan Sayani
Traffic controller and UBC celebrity
Sayani moved to Canada
three years ago, though he is
originally from Pakistan. He
completed his MBA last year at
New York Institute of Technology in downtown Vancouver,
and for now is just doing what
gets him by until he finds something a little more career-oriented.
For UBC students, gone are the
days of stepping off the bus and
trudging over to class, because —
for now — Sayani will be standing
there in his bright neon outfit,
wielding his stop sign and telling
you that "thou shall not pass". It
is enough to lighten the step and
prompt a smile out of anyone.
According to Sayani, it is the
student environment that allowed
him to get a little unorthodox
with his ways. It started on one
of his first days at UBC, when a
student came up to him and gave
him a coffee and a slice of banana
"It just raised my spirits. I was
like, 'I'm getting a really good
response, I might as well have fun
with it.' And I figured, I might as
well spread the message of safety
through jokes," he said.
I want to be a stand-up
comedian eventually
and I thought, 'what
better place to start
testing your material
than on the big crowds
that use the buses
The jokes started out initially
on the topic of f laggers, which
is the slang term for traffic controller. If his jokes work, he gets
a good response; if he doesn't, he
edits and plays around with them.
"I'm getting my inspiration
from most of you guys," Sayani
said. "Sometimes just a random
comment from a pedestrian, or a
t-shirt even, anything that gives
me inspiration and I just go for
it. I don't like to hold back in
that, 'cause I want to be a stand-
up comedian eventually, and I
thought, 'what better place to
start testing your material than
on the big crowds that use the
buses here?'"
When asked about his newfound fame throughout campus,
Sayani laughed. "Nowadays
people have started recognizing
me around the SUB during my
breaks. They'll point at me and
say, 'That guy's amazing,' and
I'm like, 'Thank you, I'm embarrassed. You can't tell because of
my skin colour, but I'm blushing.'"
As for his boundless positive
energy, Sayani says it is a reflection of what he sees overall from
the students. For the ones who
may seem less than happy, he has
his theory:
"No matter who you are, no matter what you believe, there's someone, somewhere, who's always
watching. It could be God, it could
be a conspiracy theory, it could be
just people around that you don't
notice, it could be someone far
away stalking you with a camera, it
could be anyone. It's gonna happen.
You know you're being watched, so
why not give them a show? That's
just my philosophy, and because of
that, because I was smiling, people
started smiling and it just went up
from there."
Luckily, so long as he has been
here, there have been no extreme
conflicts or collisions. Sayani
praised the students and the bus
drivers, together, for their efforts
in maintaining a safe environment.
"A lot of pedestrians actually
have started looking at the buses
now," Sayani said. "I've seen that
improvement in the last three to
four weeks that I've been working
here, and I'm very pleased with
the cyclists especially who have
started dismounting and walking
their bikes in the bus loop."
Overall, the main message
Sayani wants to spread to the
students is to be mindful of
their safety.
"I do care about my own safety,
and I think everyone should too. If
that happens, then you guys won't
need me here anymore, which is
good because that's why I'm here:
it's to make you guys self-sufficient enough to cross the crosswalk by yourselves."
With a chuckle, he added, "You
guys are in university, for goodness sake!" Xi // News
UBC journalism professor explores the changing face ofthe news industry
UBC journalism professor Alfred Hermida's recent book Tell Everyone: Why We Share and Why It Matters explores the effect of social media on news.
Veronika Bondarenko
News Editor
What role does social media play in
determining what news we come
across? How is our understanding
of what we read affected by what we
see flit across our Facebook feeds?
These are questions that
Alfred Hermida, founding editor
ofthe BBC News website and
UBC journalism professor, has
been asking himself for a number
of years now. In his recent book
Tell Everyone: Why We Share and
Why It Matters, Hermida explores how the news industry is
changing as people go from seeking out their daily news through
one or two sources to reading different articles that others share
with them on social media.
Hermida said that, by sharing
interesting news stories with our
friends on sites such as Facebook
and Twitter, we are going back
to the ways the news circulated
before the rise of newspapers and
broadcast media as an industry.
"In some ways, I think we're
going back to the future," said
Hermida. "We always told each
other the news. We've always got
together and said: 'What's new?
What have you been up to?'"
In the digital age, there is also
an increased opportunity for
people to direct others to articles
that they may deem interesting or important. According to
Hermida, the final say on what
people choose to read is now
being shared by both traditional
media outlets who decide what
stories to publish and everyday
people who choose what stories to share with their circle
of friends.
"The way we thought of journalism in the past is as a fortress
to be defended," said Hermida.
"We're moving to a space where
anybody can do an act of journalism and where anybody can take an
editorial decision in deciding 'this
is important' or 'this person has
something to say and is valuable.'"
With social media, articles that
may have previously been placed
in the back pages of a newspaper
and not read by a large number
of people can now be circulated
among those who have a particular interest in it.
"It's no longer just the decision of
what goes on the front page, what
makes the headlines," said Hermida.
"We can decide and say 'I think
this story is more important.'"
But while social media plays
a powerful role in its ability to
share different types of information, it can also limit us to
reading articles that are shared
by a select group of friends,
often with views that are already
similar to our own. As a result,
Hermida said that it is important
to have a wider circle of both
friends and acquaintances that
can expose you to stories you
might not have otherwise sought
out by yourself.
According to Hermida, it is
especially vital for journalists to
think of their work as a practice
to be shared and encourage their
readers to be critical news consumers who can then contribute
to news stories in their own right.
"There's always been a potential for misinformation, for errors," said Hermida. "Journalists
do the best they can in the time
they have available, given the
limitations, and journalists make
mistakes all the time."
It is thus up to both journalists and readers to evaluate the
articles that they come across on
social media and think critically
about not only the information
that is being shared, but also the
reasons why someone has chosen
to share it.
"Every time we do something
on social media, we're sending
out these signals to our social
circles. We're doing that for
certain reasons," said Hermida.
"If we understand these reasons,
then we can be smarter about
what we do on social media." Xi
UBC psychology professor studies cycles of poverty in Aboriginal communities in the prairies
Catherine Li
For the average Canadian youth,
getting a job during school or after
graduation is not too much of a challenge. Even though the job may be
menial in nature and pays minimum
wage, the ability to earn money is
often taken for granted.
For the average Aboriginal
youth, however, access to employment is a privilege given that
even access to necessities as basic
as food and shelter is limited. A
report released by the Canadian
Centre for Policy Alternatives
in 2013 reveals that 50 per cent
of First Nations children across
Canada live below the poverty
line. This condition is even worse
in Manitoba, where 62 per cent of
First Nations children are living
in poverty.
Now where do these marginalized youths turn for survival?
Alanaise Goodwill, counselling
psychology professor at UBC, said
that, unfortunately, one ofthe options is joining organized crime.
As part of her research into
the influence of gang life in the
Canadian prairie provinces with
a focus on Manitoba, Goodwill
interviewed ten Aboriginal men
who had been gang members in
their past.
UBC professor Alanaise Goodwill's research focuses on Aboriginal gang life in the prairies.
Goodwill found that many
of these youths viewed gang
membership as a way out of
Many of them left their
reserves to flee undesirable
conditions in their primary communities, for reasons including
chronic unemployment, violence
and even natural disasters. It
is also in the urban setting that
these Aboriginal youths are most
exposed to socio-economic differences and racism.
"When Aboriginal youths move
into the cities is when they are at risk
for joining gangs," said Goodwill.
According to Goodwill, the government's response to this problem,
which has mostly taken the form of
social service agencies, has not been
entirely effective.
"When it comes to gangs in
Aboriginal communities, the
government allocates its funding
inefficiently, with court expenses dominating the funding,"
said Goodwill.
Current programs that aim to
extract Aboriginal gang members from gang life have found
most success when focused on
individuals. Through her research,
Goodwill hopes to reach out to
various Aboriginal communities
and, in doing so, help shed light on a
neglected issue.
"There's no method that can
resolve this issue altogether," said
Goodwill. "The best approach is to
isolate individuals and surround
them with support services." Xi
Don't even think
of lying to a five-
year-old, says UBC
psychology prof
Young kids are not easy to trick.
Hudhaifah Zahid
Susan Birch, UBC psychology
professor, studies our perspective-taking ability — how we reason about what others think, know
or feel. Our ability to detect lies is
an example of such phenomena.
One ofthe questions that was
raised in Birch's research asked
when we begin to detect lies and
how that affects our learning.
According to Birch, children as
young as five are much better at
telling the truth from a lie than
we think they are.
"We found [the kids] use a
number of cues to figure out
who's a credible source to learn
from. They start realizing that
not everybody is equally knowledgeable," said Birch.
In one of her experiments,
Birch had kids watch a video in
which two women stated facts
about animals. One would lie
confidently while the other
would say the truth hesitantly.
The kids would then be asked as
to who they believed.
While we will often associate
truth with confidence and falsehood with hesitancy, the experiment flipped this common belief
around. Although four year-olds
believed statements at random,
five year-olds showed more consistent belief in the hesitant truth.
"They made a judgment that
you can be overconfident, you
should trust the factually accurate person and start disregarding
claims made by someone who is
overly confident," said Birch.
The causes that lead to such
development in children are still
being researched, but there are
clues that point to social experience and developments in the
frontal lobe ofthe brain.
"What's nice about this research is it shows [the kids] are not
just passively absorbing any and all
information," said Birch. "They're
very actively making decisions."
In this experiment, the kids
knew someone had to be wrong
due to contradicting information
about their knowledge ofthe
world, for example, whales living
in the water instead of on land.
But in many other situations,
perspective is limited to just one
teacher in a classroom and it may
be more difficult for the child to
know the true from the untrue.
As such, Birch suggests for parents to aid their children in their
quest for knowledge.
"Encourage them to critically
assess why something may not be
true, why it is true, just to get them
thinking about it," said Birch.
So what do you do next time
you're thinking of tricking a five
year-old? Offer a guess, flag the
information, lead them to question 'why', but do not lie. tJ NEWS    I    MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014
Tiny caterpillars in campus trees are benign
UBC prof Judy Myers assures students that campus caterpillars are harmless.
Will Keats-Osborn
Autumn has arrived, which means
that the days are getting shorter,
the leaves are changing colours and
thousands of tiny caterpillars are
hanging from the trees on strands
of silk and swinging into students'
faces when least expected.
"I love to see people swatting
them as they walk down Main
Mall," said Judy Myers, an insect
ecologist in UBC's Department of
Myers explained that many ofthe
little caterpillars are larvae of a type
of moth called the oak leaf blotch
miner, or Bucculatrix zophopasta.
In the fall, thousands of these larvae
descend on strands of silk to the
ground, where they burrow into the
soil and nestle into silken cocoons.
Early in the spring, when temperatures begin to rise, they emerge
from the ground as moths.
According to Myers, many
varieties of moth follow a similar
life cycle, although they pupate at
different times of year. The larvae
of moths in the Geometridae family
are commonly known as inchworms
or cankerworms. In addition to
using silk threads as a way of getting
down to the soil where they pupate,
inchworms sometimes drop from
the branches as a way of escaping
predators, then climb back up the
thread when they feel it's safe.
At other times, they extend a few
metres of silk and wait for the wind
to transport them to a different part
ofthe tree.
According to Collin Varner,
the head arborist at UBC, caterpillars like these can sometimes
wreak havoc on the trees, if there
are enough of them."They're not
benign," said Varner. "Cherry trees,
the rose family, plum trees — they
get stripped by the cankerworms."
Varner noted that his team at
UBC does not use pesticides to
control the caterpillar populations.
UBC's policy is less draconian; they
simply cut back any damaged trees
and, if necessary, refrain from planting vulnerable trees until after the
threat has abated.
Nonetheless, cankerworm populations tend to be cyclical, and Varner believes that 2014 hasn't been a
bad year, at least from the trees' perspective. Under normal conditions,
the caterpillar's numbers are kept in
check by birds and wasps, and the
trees don't lose enough leaves to be
seriously harmed.
"On campus they haven't been
too much of a problem so far,"
said Varner.
Unlike trees, humans have little
to worry about in their encounters
with the caterpillars.
"They are annoying if the silk
is in your face, but they're very
benign," said Myers. "Just brush
them off." Xi
Group work: good, bad or potentially ugly?
Hudhaifah Zahid
While class group work can
be a great way to learn how to
interact with others, the tension
between its benefits and inherent flaws can also be the cause
of much frustration for students
who prefer to work solo.
When asked about their view
on group work, both students
and teachers tended to simultaneously acknowledge its benefits
while also recognizing instances
when working with others can
be problematic.
"I definitely think group work
can have downfalls if you have
a group that isn't as hardworking as you or isn't as into the
project," said Maya Koropat-
nisky, a Sociology student and
Teaching Assistant.
Still, Koropatnisky ultimately
believes that group work is beneficial for certain projects.
"It's good to work with other
students and meet other people
in your class," said Koropatinsky.
"It kind of forces you out of you
comfort zone a bit."
UBC history professor Daniel
Vickers also feels that group work
is vital for learning life skills that
will be valuable throughout one's
life in university.
"Learning takes place in groups
because most of life takes place in
groups," said Vickers.
At the same time, Vickers
attests to the importance of
students needing to know how to
work independently.
"All jobs involve a degree of ability to separate yourself from other
people and focus on a problem
and solve it," said Vickers. "It's an
important skill, and if there's anywhere you're going to learn it, this
is where you're going to learn it."
Namra Qarni, a second-year
Arts student, believes that
while the interactive approach
Group work can be difficult, but it is important says UBC history prof Daniel Vickers
of group projects outweighs its
flaws, groups can sink quickly
if members do not pull their
own weight.
"If your group is not engaging
in the work, then you really fall
behind", said Qarni.
UBC Biology Professor San-
tokh Singh also recognized that
many group projects can turn
awry. Singh suggests keeping
track ofthe individual contributions of each group member.
"Some groups would tell me
that one or two students would
end up doing more of that work
than others. And I think that's
something which is a problem,"
said Singh.
From his experiences in teaching, however, Singh believes that
group work leads to discussions
that allow students to better
understand the material taught in
class. According to Singh, knowing how to work in a group is also
a valuable tool that students will
need to know when seeking employment after graduation.
"When we talk to people who
are from the industry, they want
students who can work within
their group, who can learn quickly, and who can bring a kind of
expertise where they have shown
that they have worked in group
and they can do that in that work
environment," said Singh. Xi MONDAY OCTOBER 20,2014    I    NEWS    |    5
UBCs slacklining club planning slackline stunt on campus   UBCC350 seeks faculty support for divestment
Slackline UBC is hoping to set up a highline between the Walter H. Gage residence towers    ^^
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UBC student Adam Mertens is planning to be one of the slackers walking across the Gage highline
Jovana Vranic
News Editor
UBC's slacklining club is looking
to set up the first ever major
urban highline on a Canadian
university campus.
Adam Mertens, second-year
Land and Food Systems student, and prominent member of
Slackline UBC hopes to bring
slackline lovers together to participate in setting up and walking
across a line between two
17-storey towers ofthe Walter H.
Gage residence.
"These towers are pretty
boring usually and it would be
beautiful to see this line going
through them," said Mertens.
Last year, Mertens saw potential
in the drab grey towers of Gage, and,
along with other members of Slack-
line UBC, consulted the university's
Risk Management Services to negotiate any liability concerns UBC had
after the project was initially turned
down by Student Housing and Hospitality Services (SHHS).
Despite meeting all of Risk
Management's safety, liability
and insurance requirements, the
project hit a roadblock when it
was rejected once more by SHHS.
Both Risk Management
Services and SHHS declined to
comment on their involvement
and concerns with the project.
Mertens said UBC's anxiety
regarding the project is "justifiable," but blames it on a misunderstanding of the sport.
"[Slacklining] is very new, so
people just don't understand the
factors involved," said Mertens.
Mertens hopes the project will
help showcase the new sport in
a positive light, and encourage
the wider UBC community to try
it out.
"I think that it would be a great
thing for UBC to [use this project
to] promote our school as a place of
mind," said Mertens.
"[Slacklining] is super mindful. There's lots of concentration
Slackline UBC member and student Kett Panther shared his experience with the sport and club.
"I started slacklining about a
year ago and it's been super social.
Pretty much all of my friends now
at UBC I know because of slack-
lining," said Panther. "It's one
ofthe best study breaks you can
have too; it's social, it's athletic
and it takes so much of your focus
to get across the line that when
you go back to your studying,
you've already had enough stimulus for the day and you can just
focus on your books."
Regardless of last year's lack of
success, members ofthe club remain hopeful, and will continue
to push to see this project come
through in the future.
"I think we just need the
support ofthe right contact," said
Mertens. "Someone who won't
see [our proposal] and immediately say 'no.'"
According to Mertens, Slack-
line UBC has gathered international support for their urban
highline project.
Gibbon, a world-renowned
slackline manufacturer, planned
to lend a hand in setting up
the highline. Mertens said the
company was willing to send
professionals who set up the current world record holding urban
highline to rig the Gage line if
the proposal went through.
Slackline UBC is also receiving support from the Canadian
Slackline Association in Quebec,
and the organizers ofthe Polish
Urban Highline Festival, who
had been helping the group deal
with UBC Risk Management.
"[They've] been coaching me
on how to get around liability
issues," said Mertens.
Other tentative sponsors for
the project are Mountain Equipment Co-op and Red Bull.
Until the project is confirmed,
the club has been working to
organize more meetings at
downtown locations to build the
group's credibility and experience with urban slacklining
before pitching their idea to UBC
SHHS again. As for on-campus
slacklining, the club still meets
by the SUB on sunny days, and
encourages anyone with an
interest in the sport to come
join them.
-With files from Mateo Ospina. Xi
UBCC350 is hoping to get faculty on board with their divestment campaign.
David Nixon
Senior Staff Writer
After last year's vote showed 76.9
per cent of UBC students were in favour of divestment from fossil fuels,
UBCC350 is now looking to add
faculty support to the movement.
So far they've received over 75
faculty signatures on their open
letter in anticipation ofthe October
27 faculty meeting, where faculty
will decide whether or not to vote
on divestment. If they say yes, an
official faculty vote will happen in
late January 2015.
"It's extremely important because [faculty] is a core stakeholder
at the university," said George
Hoberg, a Faculty of Forestry Professor and the Faculty Coordinator
for UBCC350. "We've heard loud
and clear from students last year in
the referendum and it's important
for the faculty to jump in and make
the same kind of commitment."
In response to the student vote
in 2013, UBC's Board of Governors
approved a Responsible Investment Strategy on June 4,2013. In
it, they said that experts consulted
across the responsible investment
field did not recommend divestment, but to follow ESG (environmental, social and governance)
principles instead.
UBC would require support
from two groups at the university
to consider a new policy. Official
support from faculty will allow
UBCC350 to propose a new policy to
the university for its consideration.
According to Julie Van de Valk, the
Database Manager for UBCC350,
they're two weeks into their faculty
outreach, and they've gotten positive responses overall.
Lori Daniels, a Faculty of Forestry professor, is one ofthe new faculty supporters. She said that she's
seen evidence of climate change in
her own research on B.C.'s forests,
and she hopes that other faculty will
carefully consider the importance of
the movement.
"I'm thinking critically of my
own future and making individual
investment decisions that I hope
are aligned with this letter I have
signed," said Daniels.
UBCC350 is part ofthe worldwide 350 climate movement. Canada currently has 20 universities
with active divestment campaigns,
and North America has over 500
in total. The University of Glasgow
recently became the first European
university to commit to full divestment, and the Rockefeller Brothers
Fund just committed to divestment
on September 21,2014.
"That's a signal that even the
people early on who invented this
industry, that is now putting human
welfare at risk, are backing away
from fossil fuel commitments,"
said Hoberg.
UBC's endowment fund is over
$1 billion, with an estimated 10 per
cent invested in fossil fuels. If UBC's
faculty say yes to divestment in early
2015, UBCC350 will submit an official divestment proposal to UBC.
"Divest UBC is about taking
the money in UBC's endowment
out of fossil fuel investments, and
aligning our investments with our
values as a university," said Van de
Valk. "The campaign is a chance to
unite students, faculty and the UBC
community to take a clear stance on
climate change and join an impactful global movement." Xi
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and recyclables into
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The VOC gave the Tolkien Range its name in the 1970's. They built a cabin there, and have been going back ever since.
Koby Michaels
Staff Writer
This story doesn't start with an
alarm clock; it starts with a mad
rush from class. I switch out my
school bag for my 60L backpack,
my jeans for nylon hiking pants and
my Converse for waterproof hiking
boots. I run across campus and
jump the puddle in front of Walter
Gage as Roland's blue Jeep pulls
up to the curb. Four of us stuff our
bags into the trunk and squish into
the back seat. Introductions are
made and we excitedly discuss the
upcoming weekend. Apprehension
can be heard in everyone's voices
as the weather report calls for rain
all weekend. But for now, that's just
a report on our phones, and where
we are going, phones don't hold
much weight.
Roland tells us the stories of
every mountain, river and gully
we pass as we drive north. Our
car is heading up to Phelix Creek
and the Tolkien Range so we can
spend the Thanksgiving long
weekend hiking.
After hours of driving, we pull
off the road to fill up the car with
gas and our stomachs with McDonalds in Pemberton and then hit the
road again. It is nearly dark and it
begins to rain. The road narrows
the farther from civilization we go,
eventually squeezing into a single
lane, logging road. It's now pitch
black and rain is coming down
hard. We pull off the road and
scramble to set up two tents as fast
as we can, before the rain soaks
everything. Then we snuggle into
our sleeping bags and settle in for a
night of ninja camping — camping
somewhere where camping isn't
explicitly allowed or disallowed.
I wake up to an elbow hitting me.
Jonathan, whose sleeping bag was
next to mine, is pulling on layer
after layer. I grumble as I pull my
sleeping bag off and wiggle into all
of my clothes. Roland has a pot of
boiling water. I pour some over my
oatmeal and sit on a stump to eat
breakfast. I look around; I am surrounded by mountains and trees
that are just beginning to change
colour. I'm slightly disoriented as
we arrived in the dark and I had
no reference from the night before.
We take down the tents, repack
our bags and jump back in the car.
Then, under Roland's control, we
hurtle up the dirt logging road
to the trailhead. I am silently
thankful that the car is four-wheel
drive and we don't have to hike the
five kilometres to the trailhead. I
also hold my seat, scared to death
that one loose rock will slip under
the car's weight and we will hurtle
into the creek.
It is, of course, raining when
we reach the trail. So we throw
on our rain jackets and shoulder
our packs full of food for the next
three days, layers to keep warm
and a sleeping bag and mat. To
reach the trail, we need to cross
a stream. In an attempt to keep
our boots dry, we scuttle across
a log bridge slick with Pacific
Northwestern rain.
There is a little more to walk
along the logging road before we
enter a field. The brush towers over my head. The rain has
stopped but the plants are covered
and as I walk through the field,
I am showered with every step.
We clear the field and then the
switchbacks start. A muddy
path carves its way through
evergreens, turning nearly 180
degrees every few metres. Mud
wraps around my boots and pulls,
trying to steal my shoes. It is
slow going and we stop often to
shed layers, take a drink of water,
or replenish calories through a
handful of granola or a cereal bar.
After about two hours of
hiking, the switchbacks level and
the trees clear, but the visibility
doesn't improve. We are encompassed in fog so thick that it's
I can't see
anything. The
fog is covering
hard to see the person hiking
in front. But we trust the trail
and continue, eventually coming
to a simple metal bridge that
crosses a stream. I take it slowly,
the bridge is soaked in dew and
my boots barely find grip. I step
down on the other side ofthe
bridge and am surprised to find
myself on a beach, sand and all.
We have reached Long Lake. We
follow the beach around until
our little blue hut at the foot of
two mountains comes into sight.
Gratefully we toss our bags on
the ground, pull our wet socks
out of our shoes and crack open
'▼1 MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014    |    SPORTS
The ridge is five to ten metres wide, covered in
snow and short evergreens, and both sides drojD
straight down hundreds of metres.'
With only four people to warm
the hut, the cold quickly creeps
in and we head back out to warm
up. We start scrambling (hiking
with the use of your hands) up a
mountain behind the cabin, but
it soon becomes obvious that our
route won't get us very far, so we
head back to the hut just in time to
meet up with the second earful of
hikers to make it to the hut. Four
of us grab our helmets and decide
to scramble up a different peak,
one we think is called Cabin Hill.
It is far from a hill. We climb hard
for an hour and it pays off. As soon
as we summit, the clouds clear for
a few minutes and we are treated
to a view of Long Lake, the hut,
Mt. Gandalf and Mt. Aragorn (the
latter two named by the Varsity
Outdoors Club in the 1970s). The
plan for tomorrow is to hike Mt.
Gandalf and then walk across
the ridge to Mt. Aragorn before
returning to the cabin. While I'm
excited by the prospect, I can't
help but notice the snow covered
peak and vertical cliffs; it's going
to be a hard hike.
After soaking in the sun and the
view, our little expedition heads
back down to the cabin. The rest of
the crew has arrived and everyone busies themselves by pulling
out camping stoves and food for
dinner. I warm up some soup over
my burner and listen to people
take turns on the hut's old guitar.
Before long the day's hike sinks in
and everyone heads to bed. The
cabin has two floors, the second an
open space that allows the sixteen
of us to comfortably spread out.
Instead, we huddle together in the
corners to stay warm.
I pull off my jackets and slip
into my sleeping bag, drawing it
tight over my shoulders. Someone
gets up to blow out the candles
and smacks their head on the low
crossbeams. Everyone's chuckles
fade into silence, and before long
the room is full of gentle breathing
and loud snoring.
lk^ SUNDAY c^M
I reluctantly turn over in my sleeping bag and look out the tiny window. I can't see anything. The fog
is covering everything. But there is
little I can do about the weather, so
I climb down the ladder and warm
up some more oatmeal before
rushing to pack my bag for the
long day ahead. I pack minimally,
no need to carry extra weight up
the mountain. Some pepperoni,
cheese sticks and tortilla for lunch.
My raincoat, extra layers, gloves,
my helmet and a hat all get shoved
in the bag. As usual, I'm the last to
leave the hut and meet the others
out front.
The hike to Upper Lake is easy
and people tell bad Lord ofthe
Rings jokes. After an hour, we
reach the end ofthe lake, and on
top of a rock we see Roland, who
had disappeared ahead ofthe
group, dressed in a bright orange
rain jacket and toque.
He had been reborn as Roland
the Orange, and he warned of
the trails that lay ahead of us: "It
looks like a rock garden from hell."
I share a glance with the hiker
next to me, wondering how to
interpret the warning. Someone
asked Roland if he was going to
hike up Gandalf with us. "No, I
have to go eat my avocado in the
cabin." Fair enough. Everyone
else straps on their helmets and
marches forward.
The going is slow and the group
soon breaks up into a faster group
and a slower one. I stay with
the slower one and scramble up
several hundred metres of rock
with Tim, a fellow VOCer. The
terrain changes from rocky to wet
alpine brush and back. It begins
to rain. I constantly look up and
down, judging the distance we
have covered and still have left to
cover. It takes ages before I can
see that we've made any progress.
Eventually we reach the col (the
lowest point of a ridge between
two peaks). I pull on some extra
layers. Everyone is excited when
they see enough snow to start
It's snowing
so hard that
the group
has to stay
in shouting
distance of
each other. If
someone were
to go further,
it would be
incredibly hard
to find them
throwing snowballs at each other.
We are still only about halfway up,
the steepest parts yet to come.
Climbing the ridge up Mt.
Gandalf is surreal. The ridge is
five to ten metres wide, covered
in snow and short evergreens,
and both sides drop straight down
hundreds of metres. As Tim and I
carefully pick our way up, it begins
to snow. I huddle behind a rock,
shove some food into my mouth
and pull on my gloves and winter
coat. After a nerve-wracking hour
of climbing, we reach the end
ofthe ridge and are on the final
stretch. It's snowing so hard that
the group has to stay in shouting
distance of each other. If someone
were to go farther, it would be incredibly hard to find them again.
We meet up with the group
that went ahead and they tell us
they couldn't find a way to the
summit or to Mt. Aragorn. 20
more minutes of scrambling up
snowy rocks and across narrow
trails yields no new route, so we
decide to head back. But there
is a problem; our path has been
covered by fresh snow. Martin,
staying calm, pulls out his GPS
and we retrace our steps back to
the ridge. We hike down to the col
at a near run, trying to avoid being stuck in the worst ofthe snow.
At the bottom, everyone takes a
breather and stops for lunch. We
still have half the hike down to
go, but we've escaped from the
steepest and snowiest part of
Gandalf the White.
As we hike back down the snow
turns to sleet and finally rain. I
stumble back into the cabin, drop
my dripping bag on to the floor
and pull off my drenched boots
and socks. I'm convinced to go
swimming in the lake so I strip
off all my clothes and sprint into
the water. I've never moved faster
than after that dunk. I sprint back
into the cabin and dive into my
sleeping bag. I curse those who
convinced me to go swimming
but I know that it was worth it,
it's type II fun in its purest form
(the VOC defines type II fun as
"something you don't enjoy at the
time, but will in retrospect and
will probably do again"). I warm
up, eventually, and my food tastes
as if it had come fresh from the
kitchen of a five star restaurant,
even though the rice is crunchy
and the pasta is watery.
Tonight is special. Clemens
hauled up a box of wine and a
bottle of rum to make Feuerzan-
genbowle, (say that five times
fast) a German mulled wine made
by pouring rum onto a sugar
cone suspended above warm,
spiced wine. Occasionally, the
rum catches fire and everyone
is treated to a fireworks display.
The wine is finally finished and
everyone grabs a mug (or bowl,
for those who forgot their mugs)
and enjoys the warm alcohol.
tk^> MONDAY c^J
I'm woken by the hiss of air being
pushed out of deflating sleeping
mats. I make myself some — you
guessed it — oatmeal, enjoying the
warm sludge far less than I did on
the first day. Everyone packs their
bags, now significantly lighter and
wetter, and we head out. I hike
most ofthe way down in silence,
the closest hiker just out of my
sight. It gives me time to enjoy
the serenity ofthe backcountry. I
reach the stream and don't even
bother crossing the bridge. I just
trudge through the muddy creek;
I'm so soaked I don't even notice.
Everyone agrees to friend everyone else on Facebook and share
pictures. I climb into the jeep and
fade in and out of sleep as we drive
back towards Vancouver through
the heavy rain.
I'm not writing this to show
off or brag about what I accomplished. I'm writing this to tell
you that you can do it too. Some
people on the trip had never been
on a hike before, and yet they survived and enjoyed the experience.
Sure, it sucks having wet socks
and cold fingers and eating oatmeal for breakfast every morning,
but as soon as I had showered and
crawled under my duvet, I started
dreaming about heading back out
to the wilderness. Smartphones,
laptops and Facebook are great,
but it isn't what we humans were
built for. We were built to climb
mountains, drink fresh water
from mountain streams and
explore our beautiful planet. We
were built to adventure — so go
find one. Xi 8    I    SPORTS    I    MONDAY, OCTOBER 20,2014
On August 15, 2014, the UBC
Alpine Ski Team learned — for the
second time in less than a year
- that by September 2015, they
would no longer be a varsity team.
Their appeal had been denied,
and this time, there was no room
for recourse.
The decision came at the tail-
end of UBC's much-publicized
sports review process — an evaluation ofthe 29 existing Thunderbird teams — which started early
last year, but is just one part of a
larger athletics review that began
in 2011.
Beginning with a think tank
tasked with "re-imagining" sports
and recreation at UBC, headed
by VP Students Louise Cowin,
a new sport model concept was
developed, composed of six main
strands: varsity, competitive clubs,
clubs, community clubs, intramurals and drop-in participation.
The sports review, a key feature
ofthe new model, would re-classify teams into the first two strands.
With the stated aim of moving
"from supporting a broad number of varsity sports to a more
focused, tailored structure," the
review posed a threat to existing
teams. Even with a caveat stating
that there was no pre-determined
number of sports for each strand,
it seemed clear that some teams
would be cut; it was just a question
of which ones.
For the UBC Alpine Ski Team
(or the SkiBirds, as they are
also known), headed at the time
by Austin Taylor, a fourth year
bio-chemistry major and the
student-athlete coach, the review
was cause for concern. With final
exams in full swing, and the ski
competition season fast approaching, the review loomed large.
Using criteria developed by an
advisory team headed by managing director of athletics Ashley
Howard, Stage one assessed the
current varsity teams in five
weighted categories: competitive
success, competition and progression (35 per cent), support for
competitive success (15 per cent),
community support and tradition
(20 per cent), partnerships (10 per
cent) and fit with UBC's mission
(20 per cent).
According to Howard, the criteria were developed to provide a
framework for what a varsity team
should look like within the new
sport model.
"Previously we've been criticized or critiqued because teams
would want to earn varsity status
and we didn't have a framework to
use ... so it was really an exercise to
ensure we clarified the definition
of each part of the sport model,"
said Howard.
On January 21, 2014,12 days
after the deadline, the Sport Review Advisory Assessment Team
(SRAAT) — tasked with reviewing
the submissions — delivered
their decision: 16 ofthe original
29 teams had their varsity status
confirmed. The other thirteen,
with their standings on the line,
proceeded to Stage two.
The Alpine Ski Team was one
of them.
Despite its long history on the
Thunderbird roster dating back to
the 1930s, the Alpine Ski Team -
until now the only varsity-ranked
alpine ski team in Western Canada
— has always differed from the
traditional varsity model.
Due to an operating budget
of only about $36,000 a year —
9 December, 2013
The varsity review criteria is announced. Stage one ofthe sports
review begins.
21 January, 2014
Twelve days after the deadline,
the decision is delivered: 16 of
the original 29 teams had their
varsity status confirmed. The
other thirteen, including the
Alpine Ski Team, proceeded to
Stage two.
23 January
Head coach Austin Taylor
meets with some members of
the SRAAT, who conclude that
alpine skiing is "clustered in
the bottom range" of teams and
struggled across the criteria.
&*M MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014    |    SPORTS
$9,500 of which comes from the
athletics department, with an
additional $5,000 if the team
qualifies for nationals, and about
$12,000 of which goes to transportation alone (due to mandated
chartered buses for teams of a certain size) — the ski team is coached
by a student-athlete instead of a
full-time paid coach, though it
compensates with professional
coaching from the Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski Club, with whom the
team has a strong partnership.
In addition, unlike other
inter-university leagues which
require varsity status for competition, the United States Collegiate
Ski and Snowboard Association
(USCSA), the governing body for
collegiate skiing and snowboard-
ing in which the SkiBirds compete,
allows participation from both
varsity and club teams.
On January 23, to obtain feedback on the Stage one assessments,
Taylor met with some members of
the SRAAT, which had concluded
that alpine skiing was "clustered
in the bottom range" of teams and
struggled across the criteria.
For the ski team, Stage two was
more crucial than ever.
If Stage one allowed teams to
outline their performance in the
five criteria, Stage two offered
teams the chance to propose changes to better meet those criteria.
On February 4, the ski team
submitted their proposal; within
the month, a decision was rendered. For the ski team, it was not
a good one.
Ofthe 29 original teams, five
lost their varsity status: men's
and women's Alpine skiing, men's
and women's Nordic skiing and
women's softball.
In a general assessment statement (identical to that ofthe
Nordic ski team), the Alpine ski
team was described as achieving
"a good student-athlete experience
with excellent academic success"
but had areas of challenge including "the strength ofthe league, the
pathway for competitive athletes,
community support and partnerships."
Still reeling from the news and
left with increasingly few options,
the ski team met with Ashley
Howard to better understand
the decision.
"We thought after going through
Stages one and two and being
cut, after all that time as a varsity
team coming down to two lines,
we deserved a little bit more of an
explanation," said Gillian Bexton,
a member ofthe ski team alumni
committee. "So we had that meeting
and then decided that it was worth
filing the appeal."
On April 29 — just two weeks
after the softball team launched a
lawsuit against the university — the
Alpine ski team submitted their appeal, beginning a process that would
last over four months.
In a sixteen-page document,
and other supporting files, the ski
team made their case to Professor
Peter Burns, Dean Emeritus at the
law school, the designated appeal
review counsel.
The two main grounds of appeal
were that the criteria used to evaluate teams were not applied fairly,
and that the criteria were inherently
unfair and disregarded some fundamental differences between alpine
skiing and other sports.
For the ski team, many ofthe
assessments in the original review
— the limited competitiveness of
the league, the lack of progression
pathways (to national team, professional or international competition)
and the lack of wider community
involvement — misunderstood
or did not fully take into account
the unique nature ofthe sport
or the constraints that the team
functions under.
The assessment ofthe USCSA as
"not as competitive or formalized
as other competition structures"
in particular, was one the team felt
was misinformed.
"It's a very different approach
to university sport, because it
blends the varsity-club team.
But that's where the majority of
athletes that go into collegiate
ski racing [compete]; that's the
pathway, is our league," said
Millar, who noted that, apart
from the NCAA (in which UBC
decided, in 2011, to forgo competition), the USCSA is the major
inter-university league of competition for snow sports in North
America, with over 150 teams
in participation.
The team also pointed out that
given the nature of skiing, the
level of community involvement
is limited compared to various
team sports.
With regard to the original decision however, Howard pointed
out that the assessment criteria
offered enough areas for teams to
make a case for varsity status, no
matter what the sport.
4 February
The team submits their proposal and within a month learn
they didn't make the cut.
"There's no one thing that alone
determines whether a team should
be varsity. It's really that the reviewer takes all five headings collectively
that's important."
Howard also emphasized that the
original decision, unanimous within
the SRAAT, came down to where
the team fit best within the new
sport model.
"I understand why a team going
up or down the model, in terms of
priority and funding they get, is
perceived as a status issue. But really
our job as the assessment team
is to find out what's best for that
team and where they're at in their
development... and we felt that the
competitive club strand would serve
[the Alpine Ski Team] better."
On July 22, after some email exchanges, key representatives ofthe
ski team met with Burns to present
final comments.
"We met with him, we discussed
... the package we'd presented, tried
to highlight aspects that maybe
weren't recognized during the sport
review process," said Benjamin Millar, a third-year med student and a
former student-athlete coach ofthe
team. "Ultimately... his recommendation was that we remain [competitive] club and the VP Students,
Louise Cowin obviously took that
Given the legal formalization of
the appeal, Millar noted that an interest in sports was not necessary to
review the decision; but during the
meeting, there was also concern that
Burns had not been fully briefed on
the situation.
"He was unaware that the
softball team had sued the school
at that point. And one of his initial
questions was: 'Why were we the
only team to take action against
the fact that we're downgraded to
a [competitive] club?'... That was a
little disconcerting, that he hadn't
been fully briefed on the athletics
process and the lawsuit and all those
kinds of things."
In his assessment, Burns described the review process as "both
fair and impartial" and upheld
the original SRAAT decision. The
appeal process was over.
For at least the next five years,
the Alpine Ski Team would be a
competitive club.
29 April
Unsatisfied with the explanation from Howard, the team
submits their appeal.
By its own admission, the ski
team ostensibly functions much like
a competitive club would — but at
varsity-level competitiveness.
"The team has always been a
bit of a hybrid... competitively, it's
always functioned as a varsity team,
and management-wise it's always
functioned more like a club," said
Millar. "It's been student-run for
many years."
But while it isn't yet clear exactly
how different the ski team will be
within the new structure — indeed,
the team may continue to function
similarly — the loss of varsity status
could hurt their competitiveness.
Aside from reduced facility and
gym access, crucial support from
the university, budgetary or otherwise, could also decrease. But the
biggest hit for the team will be recruitment, because no matter what
the final structure, competitive club
status also reads as 'not varsity'
"There's athletes that are coming
off national teams, provincial teams
and coming to UBC specifically
from across the country, specifically
because it's a varsity team. There's
prestige to that. And after all the
time and money put into a sport,
there's something to be said for varsity status," said Bexton. "I would
like to think [the team] continues as
it has, but it's not quite the same."
When the final decision was
delivered, the ski team certainly
felt the sting of disappointment; but
there was also the sense that they
had done everything they could.
"So our kind of theory was
that we're academically successful, we're athletically successful,
we're not a large expense from the
department. Really, what more is
it that we could have done to prove
that we are a team worth keeping?
Not to mention that we're the only
university team in Canada that
competes in a nationwide [league],"
said Millar.
For Kayla Johnston, this year's
student-athlete coach, the goal then
is to keep things running as they
always have, and compete at the
highest level possible.
22 July
After some email exchanges,
key representatives ofthe ski
team meet with Professor Burns
to present final comments.
"We want to keep recruiting.
We want to keep being a force to
be reckoned with. Because we race
through the States, and every year
or so, we go in and we're definitely ... top competitors. We're a
team to watch out for and I would
be really sad for that to change,"
said Johnston.
"There's a lot of things like that
that would make us seem a lot
more legitimate that we can't do.
But the way we've been running
has worked, I'd say really well.... I
don't know if there's anything that
we could necessarily do other than
... keep running everything very
While the sports review spelled
the end ofthe alpine skiing as a
varsity team, it was also the start of
a broader change for UBC athletics,
particularly within the new competitive club structure.
During the review process, AMS
sport clubs were also encouraged
to apply to the new structure, following the same procedures as the
existing varsity teams. On March
27,2014, nine teams were approved,
bringing the inaugural number of
competitive clubs to 14.
"There's a lot to offer in that
new strand, so I think it's good to
look at the review as a whole," said
Howard. "Yes, we have constraints
on our budget. There are limitations
to what we can do in order to ensure
our standards stay high and we
pursue excellence. What else does
a pathway need to have to cater to
a broader number of students? And
that's where that competitive club
strand comes through."
When the next USCSA competition season rolls around in early
2015, the Skibirds will have one final
run as a varsity team. Although it's
hard to say what the next five years
as a competitive club have in store
for the team — until the next sports
review in 2020 — it will likely find
them continuing to do what they do
best, skiing down snow-laden slopes
as fast as they possibly can. tJ
15 August
The team learns that, despite
their efforts, by September 2015,
they will no longer be a varsity
team. 10    I   SPORTS   I    MONDAY, OCTOBER 20,2014
Thunderbirds keep playoff hopes alive
Obscure Canadian football rule allows UBC to sneak by Regina 33-32
UBC will need some help from other teams to make the postseason, but in the Canada West, anything can happen.
C J Pentland
Senior Writer
Three downs. Wider field. Twelve
men on the field. Those are among
the rules that differentiate Canadian football from the American
version, but if you were to ask the
UBC Thunderbirds on Saturday
what their favourite rule is, they'd
probably say it's the rouge.
T-Birds kicker Quinn van
Gylswyk took full advantage of
the one-point score in Saturday's
game against the Regina Rams,
tallying three of them in the
game — including one to tie it at
32 and one with 1:59 left in the
fourth quarter. The latter proved
to be the difference in the 33-32
In an evenly-played game
between two teams fighting to
keep their playoff hopes alive,
the leg of van Gylswyk proved to
be the difference. In week two
he was UBC's player of game,
but that was due to the number
of times he had to punt. In week
six, he took the honour of making
the Rams pay on a number of
occasions, racking up 15 points
— three extra points, three field
goals and three rouges — also
averaging 49.2 yards per punt to
constantly pin the Rams deep in
their own end. His biggest punt
forced Regina to concede the
game-winning rouge after they
fielded it 10-yards deep in their
end zone.
Both teams went back and forth
all afternoon long, with neither
team leading by more than 10
points at a time. The game sat tied
at 17 come halftime, but a field goal
and Niko Jakobs' second touchdown catch ofthe game put the
'Birds up 10 in the third quarter
and in a position to put the game
out of reach. Yet Rams quarterback Cayman Shutter continued
to lead efficient drives, and after
two touchdowns sandwiched
around a van Gylswyk field goal,
Regina went up 32-21 at the start
ofthe fourth.
The two rouges from the
second-year kicker proved to be
the difference in UBC's win, but
that was enabled due to a strong
T-Bird defence in the fourth
quarter. After Shutter and running
back Atlee Simon had their way for
most ofthe third, UBC stepped up
to force three straight two-and-
outs to allow for field position that
led to rouges, and with Regina on
the edge of field goal range with
under a minute to play, defensive
back Chris Adams broke up a pass
on 3-and-9 to help seal the victory.
"We're glad we won," said a
relieved Adams after the game. "It's
one of those games where it comes
down to one ofthe last plays ofthe
game, and we made it — so a win's a
win right now."
For the most part, quarterback
Carson Williams led an efficient
offence, making sharp throws to
total 256 yards and three touchdowns on 62.5 per cent passing. Josh
Kronstrom was his favourite target,
hauling in seven passes for 80 yards,
while Jakobs and Marcus Davis
caught the touchdown receptions.
Running back Brandon Deschamps
also came out ofthe dressing room
at halftime a new player, posting 86
yards on the ground after rushing
for negative yardage in the first.
"Brandon hasn't had the season
statistically that he had last year,
but he's run every bit as hard, he's
every bit as tough — we just haven't
opened up as many creases," said
head coach Shawn Olson. "In the
second half we went to some of our
core runs, and that seemed to create
the creases that we needed. And
once you get Brandon going to the
second level, he's a very difficult
The win moves UBC to 2-4 on
the season and keeps their playoff
hopes alive with two weeks to go,
but they'll need a bit of help to get
in. They remain in fifth place with
two teams ahead of them at 3-3 —
Manitoba and Alberta. This could
be the first year since 2010 that a
team with three wins could sneak
in the postseason. That could be
UBC if they win one of their next
two games and Alberta loses their
next two, since UBC holds the
tiebreaker with them (Alberta sits at
three wins because their 71-3 loss to
Calgary turned into a 1-0 win after
Calgary was punished for using an
ineligible player — a punishment
that more hurts UBC than it does
first-place Calgary).
Trying to squeeze into the
playoffs is a far cry from where
expectations were at the start of
the season, but in the wild, wild
Canada West, simply having a
chance is all UBC needs in order
to turn their season around.
"We're hoping we can execute,"
said Olson about next week's
game against Calgary. "If we can
do that, the Canada West is a
crazy conference — anyone can
hang with anyone." Xi
Trash talk and memories: UBC's alumni swim meet
The Alumni Meet is an annual tradition of fond reminiscence and viscious competition.
Koby Michaels
Staff Writer
On Friday, the Thunderbird swimming team competed in its annual
Alumni Meet, a chance for the
current varsity team to mingle with
and compete against former T-Birds.
Some alumni are past Olympians,
others are professionals and parents
and some are even UBC professors.
The Thunderbirds have been
preparing rigorously, according
to coach Steve Price.
"They are in really, really hard
training.... We are preparing for
the Canada West Championships at the end of November."
However, "the alumni can come
in whatever shape they are in and
whatever conditions they want to
race in."
UBC political science professor
and ex-Thunderbird swimmer
Chris Erikson explained his highly
demanding training regimen. "I've
been really digging into it, lounging
mostly. Tapering for months, possibly years."
The meet runs a little differently than a regular meet. Five points
are awarded to the team who
takes first place in an event, three
to second place, and one point to
third place. However, the T-Birds
only score their highest place in
each race, meaning that if they
were to sweep, they would only
receive points for first place, the
rest ofthe points being award to
the alumni. The alumni are also
allowed to wear race suits while
the T-Birds have to wear their
practice suits, a further handicap, not that the strong veteran
teamed needed it.
Past events have been scarred
by allegations of cheating on the
part ofthe alumni team. False
starts, illegal swim suits and racing as a relay team in individual
events, to name a few.
"No comment," commented
Professor Erikson.
The alumni took an early lead
by winning the 4x50m freestyle
relay and taking points for third
place due to the handicap. The
alumni continued their dominance
with another first place in the
50m backstroke.
The alumni used their lead to
trash talk the Thunderbirds. They
should be "prepared to get their ass
handed to them," said Erikson.
"There is going to be a butt kicking tonight," said Liz Collins, an
alum who has remained involved
with the team.
The T-Birds were unwilling to
return the heat. Swimmer Alex
Loginov said, "No trash talk, those
are legends."
The competition heated up
as the meet progressed to the
individual 400m freestyle. Yuri
Kisil, a rookie sprinter who Price
said is one to watch, pulled out a
McDouble and stuffed it into his
mouth as he climbed into the pool.
The alumni team leadoff (wait, isn't
this an individual race?) climbed
the blocks and with the gun the
race began. The alumni team was
faster out ofthe start but Kisil
caught up by the end of the first lap.
However fresh muscles provided
each 50 metres by the alumni's
eight person team soon opened a
lead. Kisil's pitstop to finish his
burger allowed the alumni to lap
him and win the race handily.
The alumni continued to widen
their lead with a questionably early
start in the 50m freestyle to win
four more points. A team effort in
100m individual medley seemed to
cement their victory.
However, the T-Birds muscled
back and the meet stood at 62 to 58
in favor of the alumni with just the
4x50 freestyle relay remaining.
The alumni's wealth of experience allowed them to keep a level
head and pull out a first and third,
sealing their fourth consecutive
victory by a score of 74-64.
"This event is really about the
alumni," said Price.
Alumni swimmer Aaron Blair
has travelled from Calgary to the
past three alumni meets because he
"looks back at [swimming at UBC]
extremely positively. The skills
and the work ethic you build as a
student-athlete, I don't think there
is any program in the world that
compares to that." Xi MONDAY, OCTOBER 20,2014    I    SPORTS    I   11
UBC held a significant size advantage
over Western.
Jacob Gershkovich
UBC got their first taste of play
against CIS teams this weekend, as
the Western Mustangs and Windsor Lancers travelled to the War
Memorial Gym for some preseason
tournament action.
One ofthe most notable distinctions when watching the Mustangs
and Thunderbirds in their Friday
matchup was UBC's significant
size advantage. The Thunderbirds
systematically took advantage of
an undersized Western team as
they pounded the ball inside on
offence and shut down the visiting
Mustangs on defence. They held
Western to a dismal 36.1 per cent
shooting from the field. After jumping out to an early 18-9 lead in the
first quarter, UBC had no problem
closing this one out.
The one kink in UBC's game was
the amount of unforced turnovers
they surrendered early.
"I thought we came out a little bit
tight today," said head coach Kevin
Hanson. "We had some really bad
turnovers.... We went into a little bit
of an offensive lull. We didn't share
the ball like we have been the last
few weeks... so hopefully the jitters
are out."
Connor Morgan, UBC's second
year player out of Victoria, cooled
off after his 33 point effort last game
against the Balloholics. Somehow,
though, Morgan finished the game
with 17 points and eight rebounds.
If Morgan can have an off game and
still put up numbers like that...
UBC's post players predictably
benefited from Western's inability
to account for their size. David
Wagner posted 12 points for the
Thunderbirds, Brylle Kamen lead
the team with 19 and UBC strolled
to a relatively easy 87-70 victory to
kick ofthe tournament.
The Thunderbirds faced a much
more formidable opponent in the
Windsor Lancers on Saturday.
"I had a chance to see them, and
I'm very impressed," said Hanson.
"They've got a couple of real good
athletes that can attack the rim. We
have to be able to defend the three
point ball."
Windsor took the lead early and
refused to relinquish control. UBC
competed and remained within
reach ofthe Lancers. Though the
Thunderbirds within three points,
Windsor handed UBC their first loss
in October, 90-87.
A split weekend against two solid
CIS teams is a good start for the
Thunderbirds. And now they can
look forward to continuing their
preseason action in Waterloo. Xi
Thunderbirds sweep struggling Pronghorns
They didn't play their best game, but the 'Birds found a way to win.
Jack Hauen
Sports and Rec Editor
These were must-win games for
the Thunderbirds, so it's a good
thing they did.
After a convincing 5-1 win on
Friday against the winless University of Lethbridge Pronghorns,
UBC hammered in seven goals
on Saturday evening and chased
starting goalie Dylan Tait to complete the weekend sweep.
Saturday's game began with a
lackluster pace. The high-scoring first line of Adam Rossignol,
Nate Fleming and Cole Wilson
took advantage of this fact early,
though, and combined for an early
Rossignol marker at 1:50.
"It's awesome being in that
offensive role here and playing with
Fleming and Wilson," said Rossignol. "They're two older guys who
know what they're doing on the ice."
UBC began the second period
on the powerplay thanks to a tripping call on Pronghorn David Mc-
Mullen in the dying seconds ofthe
first. The 'Birds struggled to find
a lane and Lethbridge was looking
as if they would execute a textbook
kill until the final 20 seconds.
Brad Hoban took a pass from
Cole Wilson to regroup in their
own end for one final rush — he
gained the blue line, but instead
of curling on the side boards and
throwing it back to the point, he
opted for a power move straight to
the front ofthe net and roofed it to
double up the UBC lead.
But the Thunderbirds weren't
done there. Feeding off the energy
provided by the powerplay goal,
Dillon Wagner potted an unassisted five-hole goal off the wingto
lift the lead to three. Continuing
their special teams dominance on
both sides ofthe advantage, Nate
Fleming potted a shorthanded goal
— another soft one off the wing
that would spell the end ofthe
night for the Lethbridge goaltend-
er. 4-0 'Birds.
Before the end ofthe middle
frame, Brandon Clowes would respond for the Horns to spoil Matt
Hewitt's shutout bid. They'd strike
again just 26 seconds into the third
period, reminding UBC not to get
complacent, even against the worst
team in the league.
"Lethbridge has a couple skilled
guys there and they feed off of
hard work," said Wagner, who had
two goals on the night. "Anytime
you take your foot off the gas
they'll come at you."
Head coach Tyler Kuntz agreed
that the effort level was not where
it needed to be. "I didn't think we
were winning enough races to
pucks, I don't think our head speed
was there. We weren't making
quick enough decisions. We got
back on our heels a bit," he said.
The home team took some time
to regroup after the second Lethbridge goal ofthe night, and six
minutes later, Luke Lockhart put
the 'Birds back up by three on the
powerplay with a great effort at the
side ofthe net to whack it in over
top of relief goalie DamienKetlo.
It wasn't long, though, before
the Pronghorns threatened to
come back again. At 12:38 ofthe
final frame, Brett Henke put in
his team's third ofthe night to
cut the Thunderbird lead down
to an uncomfortable two goals.
OutscoringUBC 3-1 during
the past 25 or so minutes, the
Horns ran with their momentum and a few close calls were
had in the Thunderbird end.
Hewitt stood tall, however, and
closed the door.
UBC would add two more at
the end ofthe period within 28
seconds of each other. Wagner
first banged in his second of
the night at 17:54 on the man
advantage, meaning the T-Birds
converted on all three of their
powerplays (and one ofthe
"It's nice to get a couple bounces," said Wagner. "Things just
kind of lined up."
Jessi Hilton followed up at
18:22, just to make sure that
there would be no coming
back for the visiting squad.
Rossignol knows that,
though they came away with
two wins, his team's performance wasn't their best.
"These are games we have
to win — you can't take your
foot off the gas. You have to
play every time like they're
the top team in the country."
Kuntz wasn't pleased with
the way his team played,
but he also knows that with
wins hard to come by in
the Canada West division,
there's really only one thing
that matters.
"We got four points." 1
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'fiKiES // Opinions
Ask Natalie: On how to cope with
tuition and housing fee increases
UBC's slacklining club is hoping
to set up a highline between two
towers ofthe Gage residence,
and we're hoping their project
goes through.
For obvious reasons, the stunt
would be awesome. But does
anyone really care?
Just picture it — hundreds of
people gathered at the foot ofthe
Gage towers anxiously waiting
for plucky slackers to tiptoe
their way across a line stretching
between two 17-storey buildings.
That is, if hundreds of people
would show up.
The severe lack of school spirit
on campus could make this potentially wicked stunt a total flop,
but maybe things could swing the
other way. Maybe — just maybe
— it might spark some sort of
internal pep to suddenly explode
all across UBC. But that's not
exactly high on the university
administration's list of priorities.
The whole project has been
at a standstill since last year
because, of course, UBC is apprehensive about letting students
dangle between buildings. They'd
rather just say "no" to the whole
proposal than open up the can of
liability worms.
We're on the fence — or slack-
line, if you will — with this one.
Although the stunt would be
awesome publicity for the slack-
lining community, we think UBC
is also definitely right to want
to avoid the risk of some major
negative publicity.
The UBC Bitcoin Club wants the
university to transition into accepting Bitcoin, the most popular
"cryptocurrency," for various on
campus transactions — ranging
from buying books or pizza, to
paying tuition. We agree with
the founders' claim that Bitcoin
is "the future of money" — to an
extent. While carrying around
coins and paper (well, plastic
now) does seem a little archaic,
we're not so sure that Bitcoin is
the best option to replace good
ol' fashioned cash with.
Bitcoin does have relatively
wide adoption already, and is
definitely the most well-known
ofthe cloud currencies — but it's
also incredibly volatile and, in
many ways, more of an investment than a currency, and a risky
one at that. From September 3,
the deadline for 2014-15 first
term tuition, to October 18, the
exchange rate of Bitcoin to USD
went from $475 to $385 - a nearly 20 per cent drop. It could certainly swing both ways, though
— as demonstrated by Bitcoin's
all-time high of over $1,100. Volatility like that could wreak havoc
on budgets and leave institutions
like the Bookstore, the AMS or
UBC facing serious shortfalls.
If Bitcoin were to stabilize,
then it would be a viable (and
pretty cool) payment option for
UBC to adopt. But until then,
we're going to be sticking with
our Canadian monopoly money —
and we hope that UBC will too.
UBCC350 is trying to get UBC
faculty on board with the divestment movement. While taking
a stance in favour of divestment
from fossil fuels isn't exactly controversial these days, the faculty
association will be holding a vote
later this month to decide if they
want to take an official position
in favour of divestment. If so,
they will vote again in January
on an official policy. While this
may seem overly cautious, it is
a (somewhat surprising) step
in the right direction for the
faculty association.
The group represents over
3,200 members, and they collectively can have a lot of influence
on the university. Despite their
numbers, we haven't seen them
take any collective political stances in recent memory.
Campus activism has been
lacking in recent years, and
students aren't the only culprits.
The faculty association remains
a large group of people with the
capability to greatly influence
not only students in the classroom, but the university as a
whole. We hope the faculty won't
let that opportunity go to waste.
Ah, group work in university.
Profs often urge us to engage in it
for projects and class discussions
as a way of building valuable
social skills and bouncing ideas
off of classmates. And while we
all know that group work can be
good in theory, it is when you
actually meet your group members and start working together
that a series of four-letter words
immediately come to mind.
Between finding meeting
times in a hefty schedule, evenly
divvying up the work, and making
sure that every group member
does what they said they'd do, it is
much more convenient (and, when
it comes to grades, safer) to just
work alone.
That said, it's important to
acknowledge that some form of
group work is a reality for many
careers, and it's a good skill to
It could just be our control
freak tendencies talking here, but
if you asked us to pick between
trusting a bunch of people that
we don't know to pass our class
and working alone, we would
most enthusiastically pick the
latter. tJ
"I'm already poor enough. How
am I supposed to live with the
housing and tuition hikes?"
Hello students. Welcome to UBC,
where for at least the next four
years you will face not only midterms, professors and frat parties,
but also the never-ending struggle
for money. Generally, in university,
you fall into two groups when it
comes to finances: either you're
rich or you're really not.
Generally I don't care, but what
can you do?
I'm not going to get into the fee
increases — my little advice column
isn't really the place — but being a
struggling poor college student is
something I can definitely relate to.
Living on campus has and always
will be more expensive than not.
Whatever UBC says, you are paying
above market rates in a city where
the market rates are already pretty
high. Living at home with parents
is the cheapest, but for those of us
without this option, living off-campus will save a little ofthe precious
money we crave.
Roommates will help split costs
and can seriously make this whole
"living on your own" thing an easier
pill to swallow. Living farther from
campus will also make renting a
place cheaper, if you can deal with
riding the bus every day. Keep that
in mind for next year.
Eating out, while always delightful, can take a huge chunk of your
spending money. It's okay to pick up
a pizza, but did you know you can
make your own pizza instead? Turn
down the trip to Sushi Magic and
whip up a meal yourself. You can
gain those elusive life skills while
saving money. And most wouldn't
argue that a date night out is better
than a romantic night in.
For now, there are a few options
that you can do to balance the bank.
Co-op offers you a chance to get
paid while gaining relevant job
experience in your field — Engineering, Arts, Forestry, Science, you
name it. Honestly, you should check
it out. Getting job experience can set
your resume apart from the pile of
And, of course, there are jobs. On
campus jobs can be a good choice if
you can handle it. Many have a limit
on how many hours you can work a
week and are a lot more willing to
work around your schedule.
My money-making secrets,
however, are the paid studies. They
are lovely. They are my favourite.
An hour of your time will leave
you with $10 and you can help a
grad student prove their thesis.
They are usually fun and generally
interesting. They are also a one-off,
no commitment way to make some
spending money.
Need advice? Write to Natalie at
asknatalie@ubyssey.ca and have
your questions answered in a future
issue. Xi
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UUV*I Learning Week II Culture
Cultures combine in a
puppetry festival at the
Museum of Anthropology
The MOA will be hosting the Ouxi Taiwanese Puppetry Festival this November.
Rachel Levy-McLaughlin
The UBC Museum of Anthropology is testing new waters,
letting their audience eat with
artists, watch puppet plays, make
puppets and see what is produced when two cultures collide
during the Ouxi Taiwanese
Puppetry Festival.
Ouxi is part of Spotlight Taiwan, MOA's four-year celebration of Taiwanese culture and
performing and visual arts which
began in May. With deep roots in
Taiwanese culture, puppeteer-
ing is an important component
of this celebration. Ouxi marks
the first of two puppetry festivals where performance is the
core component.
The festival kicks off with day
school shows from November
4-6, where classes watch shorter
versions of the plays put on by
the puppet troups. Then students
get the VIP treatment: behind-
the-scenes looks at the production, time to meet the puppeteers
and create their own puppets.
MOA has brought in two
different puppetry troupes for
Ouxi: Taiyuan, a company of
glove puppeteers, and Chin Fei
Feng marionette theatre troupe.
If you do not speak Taiwanese or
Mandarin, fret not. There will be
translators for the plays.
MOA is doing more than performances and school shows for
this Festival. "There are a couple
of experiments in this project,"
said Jill Baird, curator of Education and Public Programs at the
Museum of Anthropology. "Friday
night is one of them." On Friday
November 7, the public has the
opportunity to share a meal with
the puppeteers in Ouxi, something MOA has never done before.
"One ofthe traditions of
travelling puppeteers is they get
together before a performance
and share a meal," said Baird.
"So the Friday is not about performance, it's about meeting the
artists and being able to talk to
This new activity for MOA is
not the only one in the festival.
"Sunday is our second experiment," said Baird. "We've asked
two [B.C.-based Haida] artists to
join with the Taiwanese puppeteers, spend some time during
the day with them and dream
something up together and then
perform it at 3 p.m."
"It's a work-in-progress, an
experiment and a cross-cultural exchange all mashed up,"
said Baird
Baird has asked Haida
storyteller Roberta Kennedy
and Haida visual artist Gwaai
Edenshaw to work with the
Taiwanese puppeteers. "I like to
meet artists from different places
and see what common ground
we share," said Gwaai Edenshaw.
"When there's a chance to look
at how a people's cultural form is
expressed, that's a great opportunity."
It's not every day Vancouver-
ites get to see Taiwanese puppeteers, let alone see collaboration
between them and Canadian
Indigenous artists. "[Our work
with] First Nations and Indigenous communities is kind of at the
heart and soul of what MOA is,"
said Baird. "But we also work
around the world. We're a place
of world arts and culture."
Ouxi Taiwanese Puppetry Festival will be held at the Museum of
Anthropology from Nov. 4-9. Visit
moa.ubc.cafor more information. Xi
For Your Safety Please Hold on was
inspired by an all too normal bus sign
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For Your Safety Please Hold on is a poetry collection about the distance between people
Lawrence Neal Garcia
"So I'm sitting on a bus in Vancouver, and I see the 'For your safety
please hold on' sign, and I think
that it would be great to be able to
attach 'to each other' to the end
of it."
That's how it begins: that spark,
that flash of inspiration, an idea for
a poem. For Kayla Czaga, a Vancouver-based poet currently completing her MFA in creative writing at
UBC, that's how it always begins—
or at least, that's how the best ones
For Your Safety Please Hold On, a
compilation of almost forty poems,
is Czaga's first book; and the title
poem is certainly one ofthe best.
It's about the distances between
people, the love that binds them,
the spaces that keep them apart,
and the paradoxical absurdity of
it all, themes that burst forth from
the banality of a bus ride. There's
a vitality in the poem that extends
throughout the compilation, for
which it provides the binding crux.
"I was really fascinated in
people. And it just seemed like I
was trying to hold on to them in
my poems," said Czaga. "Once I
wrote that poem ["For Your Safety"], the collection just clicked into
place for me on what it was about."
Although Czaga had always
written — stories of her cat that
she wrote as a kid growing up
in Kitimat, poems and personal
non-fiction years later — she had
never really thought of writing as
a career possibility until eleventh
grade, when she was inspired by
her English teacher.
"It's such a cliche," said Czaga
of her start in writing, which had
everything from the classic high-
school mentor to the Sylvia Plath
It may be cliche, but her poems
certainly aren't. From "That
Great-Burgundy Upholstered
Beacon of Dependability", a love
poem which mixes family history
and romantic longing, to "Wildest
Dreams", a melancholy musing
on hope and deep despair, Czaga
demonstrates a voice that is unmistakably her own.
Czaga pursued a degree in
creative writing and English
at the University of Victoria.
After earning her undergraduate
degree in 2011, she took what she
thought to be the next logical
step: an MFA program in creative
writing, an environment that
she found to be nothing short
of inspiring.
Throughout her academic
career, Czaga hasn't had much
problem getting her work out and
has been published in places such
as "The Walrus", "Best Canadian
Poetry 2013", "Room Magazine",
"Event" and "The Antigonish
Review". With For Your Safety,
which is largely composed of
poems from her master's thesis,
her publisher approached her.
Things seemed to fall into
place for Czaga, something that
seems true ofthe compilation
itself, which is not to say that it
didn't also take years of accumulated work. Czaga recalls
taping up the poems onto her
apartment walls, and slowly,
over time, moving them together
until they settled into a natural,
thematic order.
Now that her first book has
been published, Czaga is both
excited and unsure of what her
future holds, except that she
wants to keep writing.
"I did my BFA right after high
school and now I did my MFA,
and now I can do anything," said
Czaga. "It's kind of terrifying,
But no matter what may lie in
store for Czaga, one can't help
but imagine the familiar red
letters — a warning, a reminder,
an inspiration: For your safety
please hold on. Xi
Zombies, dresses, Ubu Roi, oh my!
From Zombies to period dresses, the UBC Theatre and Film department has it all.
Jessica Roberts-Farina
Forgo the cross-town trek to
Value Village for your Halloween costume needs this year.
Instead, stroll over (or stampede
your classmates) to Freddy Wood
Theatre for UBC Theatre &
Film's priced-to-clear Halloween
Costume Sale on Wednesday,
October 22.
Production students will be
hauling racks upon racks of
costumes from the shop to the
Freddy Wood Theatre lobby for
the sale to reduce their inventory
and raise funds for the costume
shop's upgrades. All items are $10
and under, from vintage bling and
furs to corseted Shakespearean
For the DIY-oriented, many a
hemline of a gorgeous dress or
snappy pants awaits just a few
minutes of a needle and thread to
regale in their former stage glory.
The truly strange and unusual
costumes will abound, including
those from last year's production
ofthe riotous Ubu Roi, such as a
ghost getup that evokes the sense
of a loutish royal glutton on the
"A lot of things we're selling,
like the Mere Ubu costume, are
one-time use because they're so
show-specific. The money we raise
we're going to use to build things,
like our own stock of corsets, that
we can use over and over again,"
said Alix Miller, organizer ofthe
sale and a BFA student in Theatre
Design & Production.
The Mere and Pere Ubu costumes — in all their naked, ghoulish glory — will be up for separate
silent auction at the sale, with bids
starting at 12 p.m. and ending at
4 p.m.
The sale's proceeds will go
towards updating everything
from the costume shop's shelving
to improving its lighting, as well
as building their own sustainable
costume stock. Relying on their
own stock will save the headaches
of renting or building them from
scratch out ofthe show's budget.
"It's going to be nice to pull
from our own stock," said Miller.
The UBC Theatre a Film's
Halloween Costume Sale is on
Wednesday, October 22 from 12 to
4 at Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354
Crescent Road. Cash, debit, Visa
and MasterCard accepted. Xi 14    |    CULTURE    |    MONDAY, OCTOBER 20,2014
The Country Club may be coming to a TV
Contributor ; I ■ 4(^
Some of you might know Lara
Deglan from her amazingly
funny interviews with various
UBC athletic teams alongside
Naomi Vogt, such as "UBC
Football Men." She's now back
with an all-new hilarious comedy
TV show.
Based on their common interest in golf and the entertainment
industry, Deglan, along with
her friends Brock Pennie and
Caileigh Anderson, are writing,
directing and acting in their
new comedy television series
The Country Club. They are
participating in the nationwide
CBC ComedyCoup competition
to win $500,000 for production financing and to have their
pilot marketed and broadcast on
prime time CBC. Currently, The
Country Club has made it to the
Top 110 out of 285 teams. They
are one ofthe few teams inBC
to make it this far, and the only
Langley-based team.
Even though Deglan, Pennie
and Anderson are up against
tough competitors, they are in it
to win it.
"One guy has like 500,000 followers," said Pennie. "And a lot of
guys with 10,15 years experience
... and then there's us. But do not
say we are underdogs, 'cause
we're not playing that card. We
refuse to play that card. We're
just as good as the others."
The Country Club is a comedy TV show that is a part of the CBC ComedyCoup competition.
With Deglan's acting experience, Pennie's experience in the
film industry and Anderson's
degree in marketing, they col
laborated and learned from each
other's skill sets.
The Country Club is a low
budget production.
"It's been pretty much all no
budget. I want to say maybe less
than 150 bucks, maybe 200,"
said Pennie.
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They were able to use Brock's
equipment from his other job at
VanReel Films, and they film at
Newlands Golf & Country Club in
Langley, getting an authentic location for the scenes. According
to Lara, there are also five UBC
BFA alumni working with The
Country Club, including Naomi
Vogt, who plays Deglan's arch
nemesis in later episodes.
The Country Club is about
more than golf.
"It's like The Office type of
thing [or] Parks and Recreation,
where every character is important," said Deglan. It is a mock-
umentary that focuses on the
dynamic relationships between
three young managers who love
their jobs and are recently promoted at the Deep Woods Golf &
Country Club, located in the fictional town of Stanston, BC. The
show follows the main characters
Emmett, the Clubhouse Manager;
Julie, the Wedding and Events
Coordinator and Rachael, the
new Assistant Clubhouse Manager. We see how each of them
adjust to their new roles and fight
their corporatized rivals, the
Eagle Crest Golf Resort & Spa.
Anderson, who has worked in
the golf industry since she was
13, says, "[It's] stuff I see happen
everyday. It's just something
[that] happens at a country club."
To support Deglan and her
crew, find them on comedy coup,
cbc.ca Xi
New club wants UBC to embrace Bitcoins
Chloe Lai
What if you could show up in San
Francisco with nothing but your
smartphone, scan the unique QR
code of your digital wallet into a
Bitcoin ATM and walk away with
American cash?
That's what Willson Cross did
this summer.
"It's the future of money," said
the president and founder of UBC's
new Bitcoin Club. This echoes
the sentiments of Bill Gates, who
has called the cryptocurrency "a
technological tour de force."
What is Bitcoin? Cross described it as "a virtual currency
that is mined... on high powered
"It's like online banking," said
Cross, pulling out his smartphone
to display a digital Bitcoin wallet.
Apparently, whether or not a
person understands precisely how
Bitcoin is created, using it is actually incredibly straightforward. Like
being able to drive a car without
knowing what a chassis is.
There is a space at the top of
the phone screen where the user's
Bitcoin balance is shown, and
when they want to pay for an item
at a Bitcoin-friendly location, they
simply scan the QR code displayed
on the merchant's 'Point Of Sale'
system to transfer the appropriate
amount of currency. Cross's first
Bitcoin purchase was an Earl Grey
tea at Blenz.
It seems so simple, so why isn't
Bitcoin more mainstream?
As with many things, it comes
down to public image. First, there's
the fluctuating value ofthe digital
currency, which is "impressive" to
investors like Cross, but worrying
to the general public.
Its mysterious origins, thanks
to an anonymous creator known
only by the pseudonym Satoshi
The UBC Bitcoin Club, at the time of the interview had 15 members, but that number is steadily growing.
Nakamoto, also inspire distrust in
For many people the first time
they had ever heard of Bitcoin
was when the cryptocurrency
was slammed for its central role
in the operation ofthe drug and
weapons trafficking website Silk
Road, whose takedown was widely
publicized. It wasn't the best
first impression.
That's why, Cross said, the UBC
Bitcoin Club's first order of business is to promote "Bitcoin literacy
for the UBC student body," in order
to move away from the "social
stigma." There are several Fortune
500 companies that are already
establishing partnerships with
Bitcoin, with familiar names like
PayPal and Expedia "adding value
to the ecosystem."
As for prospective members,
don't let the techno-talk scare
you off. More than anything, the
Bitcoin Club is about community.
"We want everybody on board,"
said Cross. "The biggest thing is
emotional investment. All we ask
for ... is passion and input."
The response has been overwhelming. Within 24 hours of
having launched their website,
the club had received 124 e-mails
from interested UBC students
and alumni, as well as the global
Bitcoin community.
In fact, at the time ofthe
interview with Cross, the Bitcoin
Club was officially welcomed into
partnership with two multinational associations, the College Crypto
Network and the Global Bitcoin
Cross and his team intend to help UBC evolve into
a Bitcoin-friendly institution.
Though their initial focus is on
student engagement and education, they are also working toward
encouraging merchant adoption,
particularly at the UBC Bookstore
and the SUB. Ultimately, Cross
hopes to one day be able to pay his
tuition in Bitcoin.
The club also has plans for a
mentorship program, connecting
club members to Bitcoin industry
leaders, and is in the process of
setting itself up as a small-business
These may seem like lofty goals,
but Cross sees them as a logical extension of UBC's vision. "If UBC's
looking for innovation, they're going to find it in Bitcoin," said Cross.
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Delicious fall recipes to get you in the autumn mood
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Spaghtti squash is a great gluten free pasta substitute.
Natalie Morris
Staff Writer
An easy and delicious alternative to
spaghetti that embodies autumn.
1 spaghetti squash (or any other
squash, as they can be cooked the
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons brown sugar
Salt and pepper
1. Cut a squash in half, from top
to bottom, as evenly as possible.
Remove the guts ofthe squash
(like you would remove the seeds
in a pumpkin).
2. Place both halves cut side down
in a deep dish. Add about an inch
of water and cover with tin foil.
Bake for 30 minutes at 375°F.
3. Remove tin foil and flip over the
halves. Cut a little into the halves
at various places and add butter
and brown sugar. Bake again, cut
side up, for another 15 minutes.
4. Remove from oven and pull out
squash with a fork (if the squash
does not pull out easily, bake for
another 5 minutes).
5. Season with salt and pepper to
taste and stir squash. Serve as you
would spaghetti or squash. tJ
Delicious Pumpkin Buns for fall
Delicious, delicious pumpkin buns.
Natalie Morris
Staff Writer
A little work is worth it with this
amazing fall favourite
1 tablespoon instant or quick
dissolve yeast
1 tablespoon warm water
1 cup very hot milk
Vi cups butter
11/2 teaspoon salt
V2 cup sugar
1 V2 cups pumpkin (from a can
or just cooked pumpkin)
5 cups flour
1. Dissolve yeast in warm water
and set aside. Combine butter and
hot milk (the milk should melt
the butter). Add salt, sugar and
pumpkin and mix. Let sit until it's
lukewarm and add the yeast.
2. Add about three cups of flour.
Keep adding flour until the dough
is soft and not sticky.
3. Turn dough onto floured
surface and knead until smooth.
Cover with a tea towel for about 15
minutes. Knead again and place in
a large greased bowl to rise. Cover
with the tea towel and lightly
cover with plastic wrap (not to
confine the dough, only to keep it
from drying out). Place in warmer
place (your oven preheated to the
lowest temperature then turned
off or with the light on) for about
an hour or until the dough has
doubled in size.
4. Knead the dough one last time
and divide into pieces for buns
(remember to cut them to half the
size you want them to finish as.
Place buns on a cookie sheet lined
with parchment paper, cover with
the tea towel and let rise for 20
to 30 minutes or until double in
size once again (check frequently
because they wih collapse if they
are left too long) .
5. Bake at 350°F until golden
brown, about 20 to 25 minutes. Xi
UBC alumna in Edward Albee's Three Tall Women
Alex Lenz
Life is hard and full of unavoidable
existential questions about who
we are as individuals. Edward
Albee's play Three Tall Women
explores these unavoidable truths:
aging, changing and everything in
between. UBC graduate Meaghan
Chenosky plays the character of a
nameless lawyer who must tackle
these existential life questions.
"There's something that I love
about seeing a bunch of women
kick ass. It doesn't happen often
in theatre," said Chenosky.
Kicking ass is something Chenosky has seemed to master. The
27-year-old UBC graduate has
come a long way since obtaining
her Bachelor of Fine Arts three
years ago. In her upcoming role
as a lawyer in Albee's Pulitzer
Prize winning play, Chenosky
tackles the challenge of portraying a nameless character
that is suddenly exposed to the
realities of growing old. In this
coming-of-age script, three
women of different generations
come together to learn about the
rich experiences ofthe oldest
woman's life while she is on
her deathbed.
"Aging, regret, hope and who
you are and who you want to be,
those are things that everybody
walks around with in their belly
all the time. And when you see it
on stage and you see it personified,
it can be really resonant. It's either
catharsis or it brings up questions.
It makes you feel kind of small in
a good way. It makes you feel like
getting old is part of being young,"
said Chenosky.
The rigorous artistic style of
Albee leaves no room for error in
the portrayal of his famous script.
The dialogue is frank, shameless
and calculated to a tee. No extra
bells and whistles are added to
Gold Theatre's production of Three
Tall Women. Rather, the script is
conveyed in a truly honest and
understated fashion. "Albee's a
very clever playwright. Everything is conscious. Everything is
While Chenosky herself is
young, she exemplifies strength
and perseverance in her acting
career. Prior to her part in Three
Tall Women, Chenosky took on
the role of Dottie in Killer Joe, a
performance which earned her
the Jessie Richardson Award.
"Having that piece of glass, it
Gingersnaps are a delicious fall cookie staple
Natalie Morris
Staff Writer
A super easy and partner approved
cookie that tastes of fall.
2 cups sifted flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
V2 teaspoon salt
% cup butter or hard margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg, unbeaten
Vi cup (or less) molasses
Optional: V2 teaspoon cloves
1. Add first five ingredients
together and set aside.
2. Cream butter and add sugar
slowly, then add egg and molasses.
3. Add dry ingredients to mixture
and blend well.
4. Form into small balls and roll
in sugar. Place cookie balls two
inches apart on ungreased cookie
sheet (they will spread).
5. Bake at 350°F for 12 to 15 minutes. Xi
hasn't guaranteed me anything.
But all of a sudden I can get my
foot in the door where I couldn't
before," said Chenosky.
Native to London, Ontario,
Chenosky had the added challenge of finding acting work as an
outsider when she first arrived
in Vancouver six years ago. "You
have to hustle. You have to work
hard. I think it's hard for people
to take a risk on people sometimes. It's a business ... it takes so
much to earn an audience. You
have to be prepared to work twice
as hard. And as a young woman,
you have to work even harder."
As a UBC graduate, Chenosky
can empathize with the struggles
that many fine arts students face
when they graduate. "You hear
'no' a lot when you're first out of
school. If you can hear 'no' and
that's something that doesn't
make you doubt yourself, and it
makes you feel like you just need
to prove to them how awesome
you are, then it helps."
You can catch Chenosky's
performance in Gold Theatre's
Three Tall Women every day from
October 23 to November 9 at PAL
Studio Theatre. Xi
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