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Array  21 Page 2111.03.2011
What's on
This week, may we suggest..
Garage and Bake Sale: 10am—1pm @ Old
Administration Building
Check out the upcoming garage and bake sale! A variety of items will be
on sale such as food. toys, jewelry, clothing, collectibles, memorabilia. CDs,
barely-used household and kitchen items, electronic gadgets and appliances. Various door prizes are included, as well as delicious baked goods.
MUSIC »
Classical Coffee: 10am @ UBC
Bean Around the World, 6308
Thunderbird Blvd
A series of concerts performed
and coordinated by students
from the UBC School of Music
Come join and listen to soothing
music for free!
TEDX»
TEDx Terry Talks: 10am—5pm
@ Life Sciences Centre
UBC's most fascinating and engaging students will be sharing ideas
and discussing their visions. Topics
of speech will include HIV. obesity
media and zombies. There will be
slam poetry and sandwiches.
MISA Storms T-Birds Basketball: 6:30pm @ War Memorial
Gym
Chances are. the last time you
were in War Memorial was
Imagine Day. For some of us. that
was years ago. Come watch UBC's
basketball team in action! Meet the
Microbiology and Immunology SA
at the front of Wesbrook and walk
over there together. The varsity
sports people are just as nice and
will only charge $2 for admission.
Men's hockey vs. Calgary
Dinos: 7-9:30pm @ T-Bird
Winter Sports Centre
UBC just crushed Calgary on the
gridiron. Let's see the 'Birds destroy the Dinos on ice! Tickets are
$2 for students.
Got an event you'd like to see on this page? Send your event
and your best pitch to printeditor@ubyssey.ca.
THEUBYSSEY
November 3,2011, Volume XCIII, Issue XVII
EDITORIAL
Coordinating Editor
Justin McElroy
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Managing Editor, Print
Jonny Wakefield
orinteditor@ubys:eyca
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News Editors
Kalyeena Makortoff
& Micki Cowan
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Art Director
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Culture Editor   4
Ginny Monaco
culture@u bysseyca
Senior Culture Writers
Taylor Loren &
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Police in riot equipment charge against the crowd at Georgia and Homer in the CBC plaza.
On stage or off, Nilson performs
Ginny Monaco
Culture Editor
By her own admission, Ingrid
Nilson doesn't get a lot of sleep.
Seems she doesn't need to. "I liang
upside down for one hour a night,"
slie joked.
Nilson is a full time student,
actress, voice actor, yoga instructor and co-president ofthe UBC
Player's Club. You may remember
her from such roles as Patti on
APTN's Renegadepress.com, her
guest spot on Supernatural last
year or from 2009's What Goes
Up, which she starred in alongside
Hilary Duff and Molly Shannon.
Nilson's schedule is a fine balance. She teaches yoga mostly at
night, leaving days free for classes
and auditions. "I ask myself sometimes," she said, "Do I have the
capacity to do all of these things,
to balance a busy school schedule with being a professional and
teaching yoga?
"And yes. Yes, I can."
Originally from Regina, Nilson
came to Vancouver in 2006 to find
work as a dancer. "There's quite
an arts community [in Regina],"
Correction
she said, "[But] I came out here to
pursue more opportunity. Not to
go to school.
"It's funny because everything
that's come to me in my life, I've
sort of resisted a little bit..[Acting]
was somethingthat I fell into. I
came out here to dance and I got
an agent right away. I didn't necessarily think that I wanted to be the
star at the top ofthe Christmas
tree. I just sort of came to it."
Nilson is currently in her last semester of a BA Honours in theatre.
She plans to spend several months
in India after completing her degree, but will return to Vancouver
in time to produce the Player's
Club's spring production. Nilson
identifies with the openness ofthe
Player's Club. "I love that there's
theatre other than Theatre at UBC,
which is an audition-based acting
program and it's quite exclusive...
We want to give a lot of opportunity to people that wouldn't necessarily do theatre otherwise."
Though she said she'd like to do
more work in film, Nilson's first
love is theatre. She recently wrote
and starred in Yum/Yuck, her first
show for the Vancouver Fringe
Sudoku by Krazydad
Festival. "They say that the stage is
the workshop, the little petri dish
for actors," she said.
"In film, you don't get the
rehearsals. It's great to have the
background in theare to support
your acting. There's so much excitement when you're performing
live, but then there's the permanent, lasting quality of film. You
get so much more recognition.
"I'm sort of at the tip ofthe
iceberg for what I want to be doing." tH
On What Goes Up, the film she
did with Hilary Duff:
"It ended up being a B movie. I
don't know if I'd call it a flop."
On the horror movie she
turned down:
"I turned down a lead role in
a feature film. There's been two
roles that I turned down. One for
nudity when I was 15. And that
one. It was awful."
In the October 31. 2011 issue of The
Ubyssey. our front page headline
read "221.764." referring to the number of animals UBC did research on
in 2010.
In actuality. UBC only did research
on 211.764 animals, as was indicated in the actual article on Page 3.
However, we added 10.000 to the
front-page headline, and we sincerely
regret the error.
In addition, we put numbers over
the silhouettes of different animals
to indicate the amount of research
done on different categories of
animals-not the individual animals
themselves.
For example. UBC did not do research on 1.570 primates last year-
they conducted that many experiments on all large mammals.
Another example-UBC did not
conduct research on 2.653 parrots.
We don't know how many parrots
UBC performed research on.
The Ubyssey regrets any confusion this may have caused readers.
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Editors: Kalyeena Makortoff & Micki Cowan
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SECURITY »
Pit Pub increases use of private security company Live Host
Will McDonald
StaffWriter
The AMS has increased use of private security in the Pit Pub due to a
lack of certified student staff.
"Over the summer a number of
our door staff graduated or left, so
when the start ofthe school year
came around, we employed Live
Host [International] in a larger capacity than we typically had," said
AMS President Jeremy McElroy.
Although the AMS typically uses
Live Host International for large
events such as the Welcome Back
BBQ and Firstweek, now they are
employed at the Pit on Wednesday
and Friday nights, as well as for special events.
"Right now the number of students that we do have is just limited.
And while we are in the process
of reviewing our policies at the Pit
and Gallery, it is good to have that
experience there on nights when it's
particularly busy," said McElroy.
Accordingto AMS Food and
Beverage Manager Nancy Toogood,
the lack of student door staff is a
result of recent changes to security regulations in BC. According
to the BC Security Services Act, all
security staff must be certified with
a Basic Security Training (BST)
certificate. "Unfortunately, there's
just not currently enough of a labour
pool of certified door staff available
to us," said Toogood.
"We're predominately using
Live Host now with the hopes of
changing that in January as more
students become available to us that
have their BST."
Accordingto McElroy, Live Host
is more expensive than student staff,
but it pays for itself.
"It does cost more than our own
staff..but it is a manageable number
and on busy nights we are very easily
able to make that back in revenues.
It's not an arduous expense," said
McElroy.
Toogood said the AMS has a longstanding relationship with Live Host
and they work well with the current
student security staff.
"We've always had them in there
and our door staff works well with
them. They're very respectful to our
staff and to the students in general.
They recognize the nature of this organization as opposed to a night club
downtown. We're a kinder, gentler
place. They seem to really respond
well to the students," said Toogood.
McElroy said that the AMS is still in
the process of determining the future ofthe Pit and Gallery security.
"With a semester of experience
under our belts of having this hybrid
model with our staff and Live Host
staff, we'll have a better idea for next
semester of what we want security
to look like," said McElroy. 13
ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT »
UBC's fundraising push leaves students out
Tanner Bokor
StaffWriter
In late September, UBC began a
renewed alumni fundraising and
engagement initiative—an ambitious push to bring $1.5 billion into
the university endowment fund and
to double current alumni engagement by 2015. But the funds raised
through the campaign—entitled
Start an Evolution—won't focus
heavily on student financing.
Ofthe $1.5 billion, most will
be directed towards services and
infrastructure. Already, $750 million has been raised towards the
goal, but in 2010, only 10 per cent
ofthe overall fundraising efforts
went towards student endowment.
Accordingto Heather McCaw,
associate vice president ofthe
UBC Development Office, $20
million went towards future endowment, with $9 million going
towards bursaries and awards for
current students.
"In the past, endowment has
been more popular, and that tends
to be for the students ofthe future, but with the rates of return...
it's become less popular with donors," said McCaw.
The guiding document steering
the university's long-range goals
over the next ten years is based
in three different areas: student
learning, research excellence and
community engagement. To meet
these goals, the campaign is a
compartmentalized list of priority
projects brainstormed by each faculty, ranging from infrastructure
investments to increased services.
"It's not like there's just a big
giant pot and [you can] throw your
dollars into it. Everything is very
specific to initiatives happening
News briefs
Work begins on world-class
isotope research tunnel
The first of 300 BC workers have
begun the construction of a tunnel
and lab at UBC that will help solve
medical isotope shortages.
The $62.9 million project is underway at TRIUMF. Canada's nationa
laboratory for particle and nuclear
physics. TRIUMF is owned and operated by a consortium of 17 Canadian
universities and is located at UBC.
By 2015. the Advanced Rare
IsotopE Laboratory (ARIEL) is expected to demonstrate a new ways
of producing medical isotopes, which
are used to diagnose and treat cancer, heart disease. Parkinson's and
Alzheimer's.
UBC launched their alumni fundraising and engagement campaign at War Memorial Gym in late September
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around campus, and we want the
donors to be connected to those
different projects," said Elain
Evans, the director ofthe Alumni
Call Centre.
"We try to give some advice to
what donors would be inspired to
give to," said McCaw.
"Donors don't really like to fund
something that they believe the
government should be funding...
they want to fund things that
provide students another level of
excellence or opportunity with
their money."
While fundraising is a key aspect
ofthe initiative, both McCaw and
E-books now available through
UBC Bookstore
The UBC Bookstore has begun
selling over 250.000 digital books
online as a result of a new partnership between Campus E-Bookstore
and Google eBooks.
The format will allow purchasers
to access their digital books through
a single online repository.
The most general books will be
available as well as some course
materials.
The UBC Bookstore hopes this
platform will allow them to add
titles by faculty and local authors
in the future. The online store can
be found at shop.bookstoreubc.ca/
ebooks.html.
Evans stressed that it is multifacet-
ed. "There's dual goals: our dollar
goal, and also engaging our past
alumni and connecting them back
to their campus," said Evans.
The main means of contacting past students is through
the Alumni Call Centre, which
lastyear placed approximately
250,000 calls.
Working with the Start an
Evolution campaign, callers have
an individualized list of alumni
that they circulate through each
day, taking time to ask for donations and answer questions about
what UBC is currently doing.
Alumni donation leads to
Engineering Design Centre
The Wayne and William White
Engineering Design Centre opened
on November 2. with the goal of
boosting collaboration and hands-on
innovation among students from different engineering disciplines.
The $8.5 million building is the
first building on campus specifically
intended to connect students from
all UBC's engineering programs.
The facility was made possible
with a $2.5 million gift from UBC
alumni Wayne and William White.
"It gives us great pleasure to
provide a facility that we would have
greatly enjoyed and benefited from
as students." said William White.
The Start an Evolution campaign kicked off at a launch event
at War Memorial Gym in late
September.
Accordingto McCaw, the last
fundraising campaign started
about 20 years ago and increased
fundraising from $40 million a
year to $80 million ayear.
After a 20-year hiatus,
President Stephen Toope pushed
to start a new movement to increase donations towards the
university's infrastructure and
services, and to get students who
count UBC as their alma mater to
become more involved. 13
UBC researchers develop
Facebook "socialbots"
Four researchers from UBC have developed 102 "socialbots"—computer
programs that pretended to be rea
Facebook users by posting updates
to profiles and sending out friend
reguests.
Researchers ran the program for
eight weeks. They retrieved 46.500
email addresses and 14.500 home
addresses-information that would
be valuable to people looking to do
large-scale email spam and phishing
campaigns.
A paper with the findings will be
presented at the Annual Computer
Security Applications Conference in
December. 13
AMS POLICY »
AMS reviews ban
on big corporate
contract
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Tsering Dorje
Contributor
The AMS is in the process of
revisiting their Cold Beverage
Exclusivity Policy, which bars the
student union from entering into
agreements with drink giants like
Coca Cola that give companies a
monopoly over products sold on
campus.
The policy was created after
a controversial decade-long deal
with Coca Cola ended in 2007, and
it comes up for review every three
years.
"Back then it was a big deal
because the university, which is
a public institution, [was] signing
confidential contracts with private
companies and not disclosing the
information," said AMS President
Jeremy McElroy.
UBC and the AMS's agreement
with Coca Cola began in the mid-
90s. While it brought $8.4 million
to the university, Coca Cola was
given a beverage monopoly at the
university.
McElroy said that much has
changed since then, and while it's
likely that the AMS will maintain
the policy, getting rid of it could
benefit the student union.
"We are in a different financial
situation [compared] to six years
ago...we do not want to rule out on
the opportunity of generating more
revenues."
A cold beverage agreement could
mean deals with energy drink or
beer companies, not just soft drinks,
McElroy explained.
"If we sign the agreement, it will
bringthe cost ofthe goods down
and that allows the AMS to make
more money for student services."
However, the moral arguments
are expected to trump the economic factors, McElroy said. "If we keep
the policy, it maintains the stand-
very traditional amongst student
unions—against unnecessary alignment with big businesses."
The AMS Business and Facilities
Committee is currently reviewing
the policy, and is expected to come
to a decision on it in the following
months. <H 41 Features 11.03.2011
UBC is both owner and
developer of
campus land
There is no oversight by Metro
Vancouver
Thousands of people live in
market housing here with no
city council
Does UBC have a democratic
deficit?
The Ubyssey presents a supplement on governance at UBC
Edited by Micki Cowan and Brian Piatt
VANCOUVER
No local democracy beyond this point
Electoral Area
A: as confusing
as it sounds
Mike Dickson
StaffWriter
While the rest of Vancouver will
vote for the mayoral and councillor
positions on November 19, citizens of Electoral Area A will elect
their representative to the Metro
Vancouver Board of Directors.
UBC is a unique case in terms
of governance. The only official
elected by all residents on a municipal level is the director of Electoral
Area A on the Vancouver Metro
Board. Five candidates are vying for
a three-year term as director in the
2011 election. Incumbent director
Maria Harris explained the art of
being a good middleman, as the director, is rooted in playing the hand
you're dealt.
"We only have one voice of 37 [on
the Metro Board], so it's important
that voice be a reasonable one,"
Harris said, who is running for
re-election.
"The extent to which a director
can achieve results depends on the
director's ability to influence the
process, and that influence comes
from having a reasonable voice to
convince others ofthe merit of their
views."
The Metro Vancouver board
consists of 37 members representing 22 municipalities from Langley
to West Vancouver, one treaty First
Nation and Electoral Area A. As
the only official directly representing UBC in the regional political sphere, the director for Area
A faces several campus-specific
challenges, as well as community-
specific ones.
Accordingto the Metro
Vancouver website, the elected official for Electoral Area A has a number of responsibilities in their portfolio, including sewage and water
systems, emergency planning and
response services, liquor licence review and general administration.
While land use planning is
Candidates on the issues
Scott Andrews
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Graduated UBC
in 2006 with a
major in English,
was president of
the fraternity Alpha
Delta Phi.
Colin Desjarlais
Originally from
Winnipeg, a
50-year-old UBC
Law alumni who
graduated in 1995.
Alexandria Mitchell
Second-year
student in political
science, lives on
campus, and has
sat on the BC Rura
Network Board.
Mischa Makortoff
Administrative assistant with Classroom
Services at UBC and
campus resident for
a year and a half.
Maria Harris
Current director of
Electoral Area A,
resident of the university endowment
lands, mother of
three UBC students.
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Why should
people vote for
you?
SA: I bringthe right mix of professional experience and confidence. I will
ensure that land use planning permits
more affordable housing on campus
and the region prioritizes rapid transit
alongthe Broadway corridor.
CD: I have years of experience as a
community person. I love to engage
people, I love to listen and advocate
for people.
MH: I think I'm the one who has
the experience to get us there. I just
hope that I can have another round
of this because the learning curve is
very steep.
MM: I'm a consensus builder, and
I'm all about gettingthe job done.
I'm not goingto be put off if people
are trying to play politics and be
obstructive; I'm all about working
together with different groups to
complete the task at hand.
AM: I think it's important to add
a new voice to a lot of these issues
that are happening right now, to
have someone that will not only
listen but share what's going on and
make sure that there is a greater
level of awareness.
technically part ofthe portfolio,
UBC has answered directly to the
province for all land use planning
since 2010.
The vast majority ofthe electoral
area's over 11,000 constituents
reside here at UBC and on the
University Endowment Lands.
But Electoral Area A also encompasses several unincorporated
communities, like Barnston Island,
Pitt Meadows and the Bowyer and
Passage Islands in Howe Sound.
With constituents as varied in
their interests as they are geographically scattered, the balancing
act, accordingto Metro Vancouver
Media Relations Manager Bill
Morrell, can be a delicate one.
"Barnston Island is almost entirely rural farming community,
while the north end of Pitt Lake is
wilderness for all intents and purposes," says Morrell.
"Given most ofthe voters for
the area live at UBC, advancing
and balancing the needs of a very
diverse group of constituents is an
interesting challenge for the director of Electoral Area A."
Q:
What do you
hope to
accomplish as
director?
SA: I am hopingto bring student interests and stronger democracy representation to the area. I would like to be
a voice for regional issues and I'd like
[the] priority at the regional level.
CD: I'm a mass transit/light-rail/subway advocate. I'm hopingthat comes
into fruition in the near future just to
get rid ofthe cars with minimal impact
on businesses on the West Side and the
UEL, minimal impact on UEL itself.
MH: I would continue to work on
regional food strategy and the local
foods. I would continue to work on the
implementation of plans and look at
the possibility of financial incentives
as we go forward.
MM: I want to improve some ofthe
community services and ensure that
our parks are safe and protected, [and]
also look into some affordable housing
options [I want to] ensure that we have
consistent enforcement ofthe bylaws.
AM: I want to make sure that people
living here know that they have a
representative and know that they can
have a voice at Metro Vancouver. Aside
from that, I have a variety of things
within the platform relevant to UBC.
Another difficulty for the director is representing a relatively small
constituency on a large board. "The
board operates fundamentally on a
system of consensus," Morrell said.
Harris mentioned one example.
"Some of my constituents and I
went to a board meeting asking
for a municipal centre," she said.
"We didn't get it, but we managed
to get changes in wording to the
transit component ofthe regional
growth strategy affecting things
like transit ridership growth and
mode-shifting (getting people out
of cars).
Aside from it being difficult to
get representation, voter turn-out
has historically been low, with
less than 800 votes cast last year.
If that's not enough, there's
a lack of interest and confusion
about Electoral Area A even from
people you wouldn't expect.
The Ubyssey asked several political science professors with expertise in municipal issues about
Electoral Area A, and none of
them felt comfortable commenting. 13
Q:
What are the
biggest issues
facing UBC?
SA: Development and land use policy.
Ifyou're goingto have expansion right
in the heart of campus, you want it to
be accessible, affordable housing that
generates external benefits.
CD: I'm concerned about the development, that we don't get too crazy with
it. I don't want to see the the interests
ofthe university compromised for big
business or the almighty real estate
dollar.
MH: I think transit is probably one of
the big issues. I think what we've got
out here at UBC is a transit-oriented
community. [Environment] is abigone
for me; how to grow as a livable region,
zero-waste, drinkingtap water instead
of bottled water.
MM: I think we definitely need more
buses and increased bus service.
Affordable housing and accountable
governance as well.
AM: In 2014, the RCMP contract for
the area expires, sol want to advocate
for making sure we continue to have
proper police service. [I also want to]
institute a really strong community
policing model that goes beyond block
watch for the area.
THE INCUMBENT »
What does
it take to rep
Electoral Area A?
Scott MacDonald
StaffWriter
During her three year term as director of Electoral Area A, Maria Harris
worked on a number of projects,
with a focus on transit for UBC.
Harris considers getting Electoral
Area A in a position to deal with transit to be her strongest accomplishment during her three years in office.
"The key thing, I think the most
important thing I did in the whole
three years, is I got representation
for this electoral area on the mayor's
council for TransLink," she said.
As the largest transit destination
aside from downtown, transit is a
key issue for UBC. Harris has decided she wants to continue her work
on transit for another three years,
and is running for re-election.
While Harris has not been working towards another key issue for
Electoral Area A—its governance
structure—she said she's been accomplishing things for the area in
different ways.
"A lot of [my] accomplishments
may seem small, but that's moving a
big group with many interests at least
in the right direction," said Harris.
If re-elected, she'll continue
to build relationships with other
members ofthe Metro Board,
which Harris said she has been able
to do successfully thus far. tH
How do you plan
to address the
current governance structure,
if at all?
SA: I believe switchingthat from an
electoral area to a municipality would
be somethingthat I would be acting
on as soon as elected. You would have
more direct representation.
CD: The fact that we are governed
by the rule of law and a constitution in this country and have an
unincorporated entity that doesn't
have local representation in government, it's time to have representative
government.
MH: I think it's a system that the
local residents need to either want
to change or not change. As the
population grows they'll understand
[the] challenges even more and then
changes will begin to happen.
MM: We have quite a lot of people
not to be in a municipality, so I
think it is important to improve the
governance model so there is more
accountability.
AM: Each ofthe stakeholders needs
someone that is advocating for them
and standing up for them as much
as possible. I think it is extremely
important as we go forward to advocate for a more democratic mode. 13  » ii.o3.2on I Culture 17
FASHION »
Vancouver Fashion Week gets its strut on
VFW has yet to walk the walk. Will this year be any different?
Taylor Loren
Senior Culture Writer
Hotel basements, runways marked
by duct tape and the RCMP shutting
down a fashion show while models
are still walking. It's not a bad Paris
Hilton movie, just the unfortunate
history of fashion weeks in the third
worst-dressed city—Vancouver.
Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW)
opened it's tenth anniversary ofthe
Spring/Summer season yesterday
at Masik Studios in False Creek. It
runs until Sunday night, with over
50 local and international designers
showcasing their work. But ifyou're
looking for a glamourous, star studded affair, you won't find it here.
VFW deems itself "a global platform for designers, buyers, media
representatives and sponsors," but
is positioned too late in the year for
fashion buyers, who usually complete the spring season in October.
Industry professionals usually scoff
at VFW, which has traditionally
been ridiculed as a venture designed
to profit purely from havingthe established title of Fashion Week.
Jamal Abdourahman created
Vancouver Fashion Week in 2001,
and ran the underground production with a staff composed entirely
of volunteers. Ten years later, unpaid
interns are still running the show,
and some are fighting back.
A cohort of anonymous interns
formed the blog Vancouver Fashion
Weak "to stop the producer of VFW
from exploiting students and recent
graduates for their well meaning
free labour, as well as exploiting
emerging and established designers
with sub par production," according
to one post.
"We have created this site because
we support local and international
designers and their efforts in creating real art, and do not want them to
be cheated by the producer of VFW,"
the post entitled "Scam Alert" continued. The blog contains hundreds
of comments, mainly from anonymous sources, depicting general
disorganization and poor working
conditions. Abdourahman could not
be reached for comment.
"We are a big enough city and
globally recognized enough that
doing a high school quality runway
show in the basement of a crappy
hotel on Robson Street is not good
enough. It is embarrassing," said
Paul Melo, a Vancouver photographer, in an interview with the
Vancouver Sun.
Especially when compared to
Toronto Fashion Week and other
larger events, VFW lacks money.
Without high profile sponsors or
support from the city, expensive
ticket prices (starting at $75 for a day
pass) are inevitable. With interns
and models training one another,
it's not possible to attract any
well-known designers or industry
professionals at VFW, which would
SOURTESYOF LACHLAN MCADAK
In the past, Vancouver Fashion Week has not lived up to expectations. Employees allege that they have been overworked and poorly treated
be a crucial step to improving their
credibility.
VFW isn't the only fashion
show that's been problematic
for Vancouver's image. British
Columbia Fashion Week was
founded in 2004 and found some
success, until it was shut down by
the RCMP mid-runway show in
2009 due to allegations of credit
card fraud.
Vancouver Men's Fashion Week
(vMFW) opened its first season
last month. vMFW was held in a
crowded club, with a runway roped
off by duct tape, and the "week"
consisted of one evening of shows by
amateur models and designers.
However, there is a glimmer of
hope for Vancouver's disintegrating
fashion image. Opening it's third
season last month, Eco Fashion
Week is a celebration of sustainable
design that has grown to be the
heart of Vancouver fashion events.
Vancouver isn't the most fashionable city in the world, but it is one of
the greenest and the three day event,
which focuses on featuring environmentally friendly fashion, is more
couture than granola. It grew from
the small but committed group of
independent designers in Vancouver
who are using local, organic and
recycled materials. tH
Will Vancouver Fashion Week be able
to live up to their name this year?
Follow The Ubyssey's coverage of
VFW as we offer up different perspectives for each night online at ubyssey.
ca/culture.
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TURNING IDEAS INTO ACTION
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the persons nominated as candidates at the election for whom votes will be received are as follows:
Electoral Area A Director - One (1) to be elected
ANDREWS     Scott
DESJARLAIS  Colin
HARRIS        Maria
MAKORTOFF Mischa
MITCHELL     Alexandria
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Electoral Area A
Electoral Area A
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(known as Metro Vancouver) not within the boundaries of a City, District, Island,
town, or Village municipality, or any land, foreshore, or land covered by water that
may be hereafter incorporated within the boundaries of a municipality. (University
Endowment Lands, University of British Columbia lands, Bowyer Island, Grebe
Islets, Passage Island, Barnston Island, and those areas of Howe Sound, Indian Arm
and West Pitt Lake in the regional district not within a municipal corporation.)
Voting opportunities for those qualified electors who reside or own property in
Electoral Area A are as follows:
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• Student Union Building, Main Concourse, 6138 Student Union Building
Boulevard, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
• Gleneagles Community Centre, 6262 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, BC
• Katzie First Nation Community Hall, Barnston Island, BC
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November 12,2011 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the
following locations:
Wednesday, November 9,2011
• Dunbar Community Centre, 4747 Dunbar Street, Vancouver, BC
• West Vancouver Municipal Hall, 750 -17th Street, West Vancouver, BC
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• Student Union Building, Main Concourse, 6138 Student Union Building
Boulevard, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
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At the voting place you will complete an application for registration as an elector
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• you are or will be 18 years of age or older on general voting day, November 19,
2011;and
• you are a Canadian citizen; and
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Electoral Area A for which this election is being held for at least 30 days
immediately before registration day,
OR
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of real property in Electoral Area A, that you have been a registered owner of
real property in Electoral Area A for at least 30 days before registration day; in
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Vancouver
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consent form from the majority ofthe other registered owners including yourself.
Forms are available from the Election Office at Metro Vancouver or from its website
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A person may only register as a non-resident property elector in relation to one
parcel of real property in Electoral Area A. Only those individuals who own
property may register as non-resident property electors; corporations do not have
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South, Pitt Lake North, Pitt Lake South, Widgeon Creek, and Carraholly Point
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Wednesday, November 9,2011. Make your request as soon as possible so that you
have enough time to return the mail ballot package.
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Area A, such as UBC, and are otherwise qualified to vote, then you can choose to
vote in the Electoral Area A election or vote in your usual area of residence,
but not both.
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You may also be eligible to vote in the School Trustee election in your school
district. The School Trustee election is administered by the local municipality, and
in some cases it is located in the same voting place as the election of Electoral Area
A Director. For more information about School Trustee elections, contact your
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Janine Frazao seized the Canada West
record for goals scored (16), and the team
collectively broke their own 2008 records in
the conference for fewest goals allowed (5)
and most shutouts (11). They placed second
to a Trinity Western side that won every
game—except the ones they played against
the Thunderbirds.
But according to head coach Mark Rogers,
the challenge is now to channel that output
into a new format: single elimination.
"The whole mentality changes now,"
Rogers said. "It's about making sure we're
ruthless in our preparation, making sure
that we're completely focused on that one
performance to start with."
The University of Alberta Pandas are the
T-Birds' first round opponents, with Trinity
Western and Victoria in the other semifinal. They defeated UBC 2-0 in September-
handingthem their only defeat of the year—
but the Pandas fell by tne same margin
when they visited Thunderbird Park on
October 21.
Rogers said the change in tactics in that
game worked, dulling their vicious counterattack and strength in possession. "One of
Alberta's big strengths is that they pass the
ball very well," he said.
"[What] we wanted to do was get a little bit
more first-defender pressure on the ball [and]
try to force them into poor decisions."
Rogers is pleased about not having to
travel far to play. The tournament is hosted
at Trinity Western in Langley, preventing a
longer trip over the Rocky Mountains.
Overall, the strength Rogers sees in the
side is the tight-knit group of players that
combine defence with attack to create pressure and hold the other team up the pitch.
"In an 11-a-side game, it's the sum of all
parts. We defend from front to back," he
said. "You don't keep 11 clean sheets unless
you're a unit, you're all on the same page and
frankly, you're all in it together." 13
—Andrew Bates
_L he UBC Thunderbirds men's soccer team
have brought the same approach—full of
heavy pressure and offensive threat—to every team they played against in the regular
season.
Now, they bring it to the Canada West
semifinal.
"A lot ofthe hard work has been done,"
said head coach Mike Mosher. "It's just a
little bit of fine-tuning through the week to
get us ready."
The team, which was ranked first in the
nation for a wonderful stretch, was undefeated at Thanksgiving, and looked certain
to top the table and host the tournament.
But they crumpled slightly after losing
away to Victoria on October 16, collecting
only 6 from a possible 15 points to round out
the year.
"We would have liked to have been at
home, but we're not, and so we can't worry
about that," Mosher said. "We didn't get
as many wins as we would have liked, too
many ties, but at the end ofthe day, since we
started in the middle of August, we've lost
one game, so that's certainly a positive to
draw upon."
The playoff will be hosted in Victoria,
where the national championship will also
be decided. UVic qualified for nationals as
hosts, so if they win or tie, UBC could automatically qualify by winning its first round
game.
That means defeating Trinity Western
University. UBC's matches against the
Langley school this year have been cagey affairs, with a 1-1 away draw where the T-Birds
took advantage of an own goal and a close 1-0
win at Varsity Field. "They're a tough, gritty,
well-organized team. They're very strong defensively," Mosher said, pointing to a strong
striker and a strong keeper.
"We've certainly got our hands full with
this team. That said, we see that we're a
tough team to beat."
The Thunderbirds have strong offensive
power and a relentless drive to maintain possession and pressure when they are focused.
They enter this tournament looking to
repeat last year's performance, which saw
them win every game in the postseason except for the CIS final.
"We've got a pretty battle-savvy group," he
said. "We knew before we started practicing in the middle of August...we had to make
it happen this weekend regardless of who or
where we were playing." tH
—Andrew Bates
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t should be no surprise that the UBC
women's field hockey team will travel to Calgary this weekend to play for
the McCrae Cup in the CIS national
championship.
Following their 9th consecutive Canada
West title last weekend, the Thunderbirds
(8-2-2) are heading to their 14th straight nationals. They've won a CIS record 12 titles,
including five in the last 10 years.
Despite all this, the 'Birds are not the
tournament favourites. The University of
Toronto Varsity Blues (11-1) have that honour. Last year they defeated UBC 2-1 in the
final.
"I don't think at the beginning of the year
we think that it is a given [playing for the
title] but we do the work and that gives us a
chance," said UBC head coach Hash Kanjee.
"Whatever happens, happens."
UBC's title aspirations will be bolstered bythe return of three players
from national duty at the Pan Am Games:
Natalie Sourisseau, Abigail Raye and Sara
McManus. Joiningthese three will be
the 2009 CIS tournament MVP Robyn
Pendleton. Pendleton led the 'Birds in scoring this season with six goals.
If UBC wants to win their 13th McCrae
Cup, Kanjee said they will have to rely on
more than just one or two of their stars.
"The message I give the team is that when
anybody is on the field, they need to contribute, and they need to contribute to the
best of their ability," he said.
"We have some talented players...but this
is a team sport and ifyou have a team that
defers to one or two players, that is a recipe
for disaster."
Along with Toronto, UBC will face the
University of Guelph (11-1), the University
of Calgary (5-3-4) and the University of
Alberta (4-6-2). The tournament will begin
on Thursday and teams will square off
against eacn other in a round robin format.
The top two teams will play for the championship on Sunday.
While Calgary and Alberta are familiar
foes, Toronto and Guelph will pose unique
challenges for the 'Birds. Toronto enters the
tournament on a wave of momentum after
smashing the University of Western 7-1 in
the Ontario University Association (OUA)
semifinal. Toronto then dominated Guelph
6-0 in the conference final.
For their part, Guelph managed to upset
Toronto 2-1 in the regular season final and
are led by prolific forward Brittany Seidler.
Seidler was the OUA player ofthe year and
scored a ridiculous 26 goals in 12 games.
Yet Kanjee isn't too concerned about the
competition. He said his focus exclusively
rests on his own team.
"I only think about my team. We have
some good players struggling with a few
injuries, but really it's how we get them set
up and pointed in the right direction," he
said. "That will determine how we do in the
tournament."
The 'Birds begin the tournament
Thursday at 9:30am Mountain Time against
Toronto. 13
—Drake Fenton
_L he UBC Thunderbirds football team is
making a return to the playoffs for the first
time since 2006 and are hostingtheir first
home playoff game in 12 years.
After a 6-2 regular season campaign
the 'Birds clinched second place in the
Canada West. On Saturday they will face the
University of Saskatchewan Huskies (5-3) in
the Canada West semifinal.
"Being back in the playoffs is a huge thing
and playing against Saskatchewan, probably
our biggest rival over the course ofthe last 20
years, is a cool component of that," said UBC
head coach Shawn Olson. "Obviously this will
be a very difficult task for us coming up on
Saturday."
UBC made it to the playoffs from 2004
to 2006, only to be thwarted each year by
Saskatchewan. However all of those games
were on the road.
Saskatchewan defeated UBC 36-33 earlier in the season. The game wasn't as close
the scoreboard suggests, as UBC scored a
touchdown in the final seconds. The Huskies
scorched the 'Birds defence for 578 total
yards, including 311 yards rushing.
"For us it is the same old, same old: tackle
well and execute and you will be fine," Olson
said about his defence. "It always comes down
to fundamentals...and in the end the stats
on the scoreboard are the ones that matter
the most. If we can limit teams to under 20
points then we have a pretty decent chance of
winning."
Since the game against Saskatchewan,
UBC's defence has made great strides.
They contained the Canada West's leading rusher Adrian Charles when they played
Regina, limiting him to 86 yards in a 23-16
victory.
Last week against the University of Calgary
they only allowed 23 points, including none in
the second half. Calgary led the Canada West
with 39 points per game. UBC accomplished
this witliout defenders Vivie Bojilov, Kareem
Ba and Justin Carpenter. Olson expects all
of them to be healthy for the Canada West
semifinal.
This Saturday, Olson said that playing
sound, fundamental defence and being aware
of trick plays on special teams will be essential to the T-Birds' success.
On offence UBC will have to contend with
a defence that plays a "bend but don't break"
style of play.
"They play a lot of cover three and a lot
of soft zones. You have to be efficient, they
aren't goingto give you a lot of plays for big
yards in chunks and we have been a big chunk
offence this year," said Olson.
"They will pose a bit of a challenge for us
offensively and we will have to take what they
give us, maximize yards after catches and be
able to run the ball with some effectiveness."
Kickoff is at 2pm Saturday at Thunderbird
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Given their lucrative tuition fees, it's little wonder international students have more payment options
The Last Word
Parting shots and snap judgments on today's issues
Domestic students should have
the option to pay by credit card
Unlike domestic students, international students can still use credit
cards to pay their tuition. This
came as a suprise even to us at The
Ubyssey.
For domestic students, not having access to paying tuition by credit card—as is the option at many
other universities—means that
struggling students have to find a
way to pay their tuition in a single
lump sum at the beginning of term.
For those that are suffering financially, this is a real worry.
We understand why UBC cancelled the credit card payment
option, as it was costing them $3
million in fees everyyear. We also
understand that the credit card fee
for international students is covered in the internationl tuition rate.
What we don't understand is why
domestic students aren't allowed to
cover the cost of their transaction
fee if they choose to do so. Surely
UBC could make that possible.
A mushy middle ground does
not mean transparency
Over the last year, UBC had been
stubborn in releasing information about its animal testing—but
they had at least been consistent
and principled. They claimed that
it wasn't their responsibility to
change laws on animal research,
but rather the responsibility of the
Canadian Council on Animal Care.
For UBC to release information voluntarily while all other Canadian
universities sat silently would damage UBC's competitive advantage.
After a year, UBC has changed its
tune. They've released some information, and said that they want to
be a leader in Canada on the topic.
But while we applaud the university for responding to concerns,
beingtransparent and taking a lead
in Canada doesn't mean releasing a
few statistics with little context. It
means releasing as much information as possible without putting
researchers at risk. It means explaining the process—in detail—by
which most research happens. It
means being a champion in Canada
for overhauling our animal research laws so that they are more
transparent and humane.
In its change of opinion, UBC
has taken a mushy middle ground
that doesn't actually satisfy STOP
or other defenders of animal rights,
and will make the university's
future decisions on animal testing open to further scrutiny. That
they changed their tack is commendable; whether UBC is willing
to really commit to transparency
remains to be seen.
STOP is providing an activism
model for Occupy
Despite the released animal research statistics being mostly
useless, it still represents a small
victory for UBC STOP Animal
Research.
We've made this point before,
but STOP has been one ofthe few
examples of organized activism
on our campus in recent years. In
fact, STOP has been so effective at
getting their message across that
the Occupy Vancouver participants
may want to spend a bit of time
learning from them.
There have been stories of Arab
Spring organizers giving advice to
tlie Occupy camps, but STOP may
in fact provide a better model. The
methods required for influencing
squalid dictatorships are not the
same as those needed for influencing democratic governments. STOP
provides a model for how to keep
your cause in the media spotlight
and get the attention of political
leaders.
At Stephen Toope's recent town
hall, the room was filled with STOP
members who, one by one, held
up signs during the proceedings.
They didn't interrupt Toope or stop
others from speaking; they just reminded everyone that they weren't
going away until they got some answers. Shortly after, UBC released
statistics on research. At any UBC
event with senior administration
members present, you can expect
STOP to be there, asking questions.
That's how to effectively represent
your cause.
Private security for the Pit
benefits students
As you may have noticed ifyou go
to the Pit regularly—which means
most of you probably haven't noticed—the AMS now has a private
security firm, Live Host, doing
security on Wednesday and Friday
nights. This is due to a lack of student security guards who meet the
training requirements.
One ofthe benefits of having
a large and experienced security
company manage the doors on
busy bar nights is that it gives the
police and the liquor board less
reason to clamp down on our bar
nights. AMS bars get far more attention from these organizations
than most bars in Vancouver, and it
means they are under a microscope
anytime the room is full of students
having fun.
Depending on how much it ends
up costing the AMS (we'll know
that number soon) this may prove
to be worth the cost even if there
are enough student security guards
to do the job. With the closing of
Koerner's, we have precious few
places left on campus to have a beer
with friends; whatever it takes to
keep the RCMP at bay is generally a
good thing in our books.
UBCs democratic deficit needs
some proposed solutions
By now, anyone who pays even a
small amount of attention to issues
on campus should be aware ofthe
democratic deficit at UBC: thousands of people live here, including
around 7500 non-university residents, but there is no elected council
with the power to make land use
decisions.
Those who consistently bring this
problem up—and we include ourselves in that category—need to start
putting more effort into proposing
concrete solutions for how the situation could change. It's very difficult
to think of a governance model that
both UBC and the residents would
be happy with, but we have to try. If
not, there's no real pressure on the
university to move toward a more
democratic system. 13
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Editor's
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In case you hadn't noticed, UBC is
in the middle of "Celebrate Learning
Week." This week, not to be confused with Thrive Week, Celebrate
Research Week, International Week,
Business Week or any other themed
week on campus, celebrates—you
guessed it—learning.
That we have to celebrate "learning" with a special week is indicative
of how so much is now done by rote,
automatically, as part ofthe tasks
needed to acquire a degree and eventually a job. The financial pressures
are incredibly high on both university administrators and students alike,
so it's not surprising that more and
more of university life is structured
around specific purposes. Hence, we
get a Celebrate Learning Week.
At the end ofthe day, large universities have evolved so much in the
last century that little of our learning
is for learning's sake, for the pure
pleasure of exploring our world and
opening our eyes.
Which is why the events of this
week, all of which implicitly celebrate this idea, are pretty cool. And
while there are dozens of free events
around campus that everyone can
enjoy, there are two inexpensive ones
that UBC is justifiably hyping.
One is a lecture by David Suzuki in
the Chan Centre on Thursday. While
the UBC professor emeritus has been
delivering a variation ofthe "can the
planet be saved?" talk for upwards
of two decades, he's a Canadian icon
speaking at his home university.
On Saturday, the highlight is the
annual TEDxTerry talks. It's an
independently organized TED event,
it takes place in the Life Science
Institute for most ofthe day, and it's
something I'm terrified for. They've
foolishly allowed me to give a talk
about media and communities on
behalf of The Ubyssey— which means
that I have to dust off my atrophied
public speaking skills, wear something presentable and try to speak for
16 minutes straight without slouching my shoulders.
But I'm just one of nine speakers at
the event. Others, all UBC students
(and one alumnus) have amazing
stories to tell. Stories about alternative medicine, and the power of
choir. Of HIV, and living with bipolar
disorder.
Every one of us is standing in front
of our peers and sharing stories that
we believe powerfully in. We gather,
we share, we leave enriched. It's the
sort of communication method that
used to be much more common—and
today, the idea of a storyteller is an
odd, antiquated concept.
Yet the internet, which has fragmented audiences in so many ways,
is responsible for the growth ofthe
public talk. An idea presented to a
group would once end with those
who watched it in the moment. Now
it can be shared, forever and with
whomever. A talk, whether it's part
of TED or not, isn't the end of a discussion, but the beginning.
So come to the talks on Saturday
if you want to learn, among other
things, how amazed I am that a
video we made of UBC engineers
blowing stuff up can have, at this
writing, 150,000 views. But ifyou
don't come to this event, try and
attend another this week. Learn
for the sake of learning. Even if it's
wrapped up in a gimmicky week,
let's celebrate the core reason why
universities exist. tH
Your role in housing
Perspectives
» Matt Parson
We all know the Vancouver housing
market is outrageous. The lack of
affordable housing is particularly
salient for students, for whom education is becoming increasingly more
expensive, but also for the university
itself, which is finding it harder to
compete for top faculty with universities in less expensive cities.
But UBC is in a unique position to
address the issue of affordable housing for students, faculty and staff
given its enormous land endowment
and propensity for development—and
students need to play a role in this.
In June 2011, the Board of
Governors approved the guiding principles for developingthe
Housing Action Plan (HAP) to
address the housing issue at UBC.
President Toope identified affordable
housing as "the biggest challenge
that UBC faces going forward in
terms of recruitment and retention
both of students and faculty."
The HAP has most notably
aligned the campus housing plan
with the academic mission ofthe
university. The goal is to provide
a comprehensive framework for
affordable and desirable housing
choices for students, faculty and
staff. This is why students need to
pay attention.
The university has set an aggressive growth strategy to increase the
number of student beds on campus by 2600 by 2015. The days of
thousands of students on waitlists
will hopefully soon be gone soon.
However, the question of what kind
of housing, and at what price, has
yet to be answered.
It is not uncommon for universities to view student housing as a
necessary service to provide rather
than a convenience for those who
can afford it. Consideringthe unfortunate housing market that UBC
is surrounded by, it is even more
crucial for there to be some form of
housing assistance to make UBC a
more accessible university for all.
Thus far, the conversation surrounding the HAP has been dominated bythe idea of homeowner-
ship for faculty and staff, without
much consideration of affordability for students. UBC has made
an outstanding commitment to
building the Brock and Ponderosa
Commons, but these units will be
far outside ofthe budgets of most
students on campus. This is why the
AMS is hosting a housing forum on
November 18. Ifyou also feel that
the discussion on how student beds
should be offered is one that isn't
finished, please come out and make
your voices heard. tH
-Matt Parson is the AMS VP
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Sleep deprivation and your noggin
Feeling groggy after a week of sugar and booze? Here's how to fix your sleep cycle
Happy
Healthy
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My circadian rhythms are in a serious post-Halloween funk. It might
have been the partying in a sequin
dress or insisting that dressing up
for four days in a row was absolutely necessary. Or recovering
from the greatest sugar rush ofthe
decade.
Sleep deprivation is a common
affliction when we must mesh our
academic endeavours with the casual inevitability of fun.
Dr Jonathan Fleming ofthe
UBC Sleep Clinic (yes, we have
one!) assured me that there's no
way to speed up recovery. "The
only treatment of sleep loss is
sleep."
Yep. There's no escaping the
standard eight hours-ish required
for our bodies to properly recover.
In fact, accordingto Fleming, sleep
deprivation in excess of 16 hours of
wakefulness "has been associated
with the impairments of a blood
alcohol concentration of 0.05,
which is sufficient for a roadside
suspension." And when we become
sleepier, we lose the ability to recognize it.
In fact, sleep deprivation can
lead to hallucinations and "impairments in psychological and cognitive functioning."
Fleming stressed the importance
of wakingup and goingto sleep at
roughly the same time every day.
The principle behind this is to give
your body a rhythm, so it can expect
how to best recover from your daily
activities. If stress, one ofthe most
common causes of insomnia, has
you up and running, it is best "if the
sleeper keeps to a regular schedule
Sleep loss is cumulative.
It will continue to affect
your mood and
behaviours as long as
your body hasn't had
the rest it requires.
and does not engage in compensatory sleeping, [like] long naps during
the day time or lying in for long
periods in the morning." So, ifyou
are compelled to avoid snoozing in
the IK Barber Learning Centre: stay
conscious! You'll sleep longer later!
Also, "students over the age of
30 may start to experience specific
sleep disorders, such as restless
legs syndrome and periodic limb
movement disorder, that cause
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JOSHCURRANATHEUBY
There's no cure-all if you screw up your sleep cycle. You simply have to get your eight hours every night
insomnia"—which leaves me concerned about all the UBC PhD candidates out there, wiring together
brilliant thoughts and shakingtheir
legs uncontrollably.
Accordingto our expert, two
weeks with insomnia is long enough
to consider getting professional
help, especially if it has started
causing "daytime impairment"
like uncontrollable twitching or
running into doors.
Sleep loss is cumulative. It affects your mood and will continue
to affect your mood and behaviour
as long as your body hasn't had the
full length of rest it requires.
The UBC Sleep Clinic offers help
with different conditions. They use
psychological and physical interventions as well as medication accordingto your diagnosis. Fleming
recommends vistingthe National
Sleep Foundation website for more
information on sleep.
As a side note, I would suggest
checking out valerian and melatonin, which are natural supplements
to help induce sleep and are readily available at most pharmacies.
Cuddle up and have a good night
sleep, everyone! It'll make you
saner. tH
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