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could be more fun that this?
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the puck before heading out on
the town. $2 for students, free for
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SLEEP»
Rest up, b*tchez.
It's been exactly a month since
you started actually going to
class.Justtakethedayand rest
up, cause it ain't even halfway
yet. We suggest taking in a movie, strolling the seawall or burying
yourself in a pile o' Netflix.
Rhinoceros: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
@ TELUS Studio Theatre
Seriously, this thing is ending
next week, and it is truly a
masterpiece. This absurdist
French-Romanian classic is
playing until Feb. 9, so make sure
to see it soon. $10 for students.
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Sam Rowan is the editor-in-chief of UBC's Journal of International Affairs.
Publishing, Paris and politics
Annie Ju
Contributor
Sam Rowan has led a colourful
life at UBC. Throughout his
undergraduate years, Rowan,
editor-in-chief of UBC's Journal of International Affairs, has
been deeply involved with campus life. But it wasn't always
that way. Rowan used to find
UBC too big and impersonal —
especially when he joined the
large international relations
program in his second year.
But soon after, Rowan began
to find his niche in the political
science department.
"I was happy to see there's
an honours political science
program, which is a smaller
cohort of 15 students or so,"
Rowan said.
He is now working on a
dissertation, which all honours political science students
must produce.
"I'm developing an abstract
for studying the stability of
international politics with the
presence of a rising power," he
explained.
As an international affairs
aficionado, Rowan said he is
intrigued by China's rise and
major shifts in world politics,
which led him to his thesis
choice. He cited the Economist,
Foreign Affairs, the New York
Times and the Globe and Mail as
some of his daily reads.
While Rowan likes his program, it wasn't the UBC courses
that sparked his interest in
international relations. As a
third-year he studied abroad
at Sciences Po in Paris for two
semesters.
"The opportunity to spend
a year in Paris studying, to put
aside everything for a year and
go away — it was something I
didn't want to pass up," he said.
Despite it being his first time
living on his own, Rowan said
he had a smooth transition
adapting to a new environment,
save for one incident. Near the
end of his exchange, Rowan
ventured to a public pool, only
to find himself stopped for
wearing the wrong bathing suit.
"It was the strangest experience of my entire life; the
lifeguards stopped me because
I wasn't wearing a bathing
cap and speedo," he said with
a chuckle. "You never catch
something like that in a guidebook."
After returning to UBC the
next year, Rowan joined the
editorial board ofthe Journal of International Affairs.
The journal is a 27-year-old,
student-run, faculty-reviewed publication put out by
the International Relations
Student Association.
"It really opened my eyes
to what good academic papers are like," he said, having
edited many ofthe essays
submitted to the journal by
fellow undergrads.
This year, as the editor-in-
chief, Rowan has been busy
managing the editorial process,
which involves five rounds of
detailed edits and reviews.
"The most challenging part
is making everyone's schedules
work, and it gets hard when
you have a Doodle poll with 18
people," Rowan said.
Despite the challenges,
Rowan said he is tryingto break
new ground: for the first time,
the journal will be featuring an
honours thesis.
"The idea behind JI A is to
publish the best undergraduate
work, and I thought there was
a missing component from the
previous years," he said.
Rowan's interests extend
beyond the journal. He was part
of a group that revived Cinema
Politica UBC, a series of film
screenings covering social and
political issues. "We show political documentaries on issues
that aren't very well covered in
the mainstream media, issues
that fall between the cracks,"
he explained.
Rowan isn't sure what lies in
his future, other than continuing to learn about international
affairs.
"I'm applying to a couple of
graduate programs in IR [international relations] and political
theory. We'll see what sticks,"
he said. "The plan is just to do
more schooling and take it from
there." Xi
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ORS WILL MCDONALD + LAURA RODGERS
EQUITY »
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UBC's female-identified faculty members are getting a 2% raise to account for a gender-based discrepancy in pay.
Female profs get a raise
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
Every female faculty member at
UBC is getting a raise.
UBC's female profs and
instructors have been getting
paid two per cent less than their
male counterparts, according to
research that has been going on
since 2007. Every female-identified tenure-track faculty member
is getting a two per cent bump in
their paycheques, retroactive to
July 2010, in an attempt to address
the gap.
Two studies out ofthe UBC
Equity office, one in 2007 and one
in 2009, indicated strongly that
women were being paid less than
male faculty members.
The university has an obligation
under human rights law not to
discriminate based on gender, so
the findings could not be ignored.
Two working groups, which were
formed in 2010, looked into addressing the problem.
They found that when rank,
job title and other possible factors
were controlled for, a gender-based
pay gap still existed that couldn't
be explained.
"Even after you factored in
women being at different ranks,
and men being at different ranks,
and the conclusion arrived at was
the two per cent difference across
the board really could only be
explained by gender," said Gur-
deep Parhar, UBC acting associate
vice-president equity.
He said that the solution needed
to be an across-the-board raise for
the entire university, because a very
large group was needed in order
to be sure, statistically, that the
gap wasn't due to any other factor
besides gender.
The university isn't sure how
much this will affect their budget,
but it's likely to be a hefty sum.
The solution was agreed upon by
the UBC administration, the university's equity office and the Faculty
Association. The raises will come
into effect at the end of February.
"This is a very complicated issue
to understand, so it took a while
to try to untangle why the pay gap
had unfolded," said Nancy Langton, president ofthe UBC Faculty
Association. "Both the university
and the Faculty Association worked
together collaboratively to identify
solutions and to reach agreement as
to the best way to create a settlement."
Currently, only 38 per cent of
tenure-track faculty identify as female. And the rank of full professor
— the highest rung on the academic
ladder — is 21 per cent female.
Although the study was able to
address the issue of women getting
paid less than men when they're
both at the same rank, it wasn't able
to quantitatively examine the possibility of discrimination in hiring
or promotion.
"Why aren't there more women
at the higher ranks? Obviously,
that's something that needs to be
looked at," said Parhar.
UBC also wants establish more
mentorship opportunities for female
faculty, and offer more training
to make sure fewer people engage in subtle, unintentional acts
of discrimination.
"UBC has actually ramped up
its effort significantly inthe last
few years, not only in gender, but
supporting equity and diversity in
general," said Rachel Kuske, UBC
senior advisor to the provost on
women faculty.
The UBC equity office is also
experiencing a shake-up due to the
departure of its long-time associate
vice-president, Tom Patch.
As far as other UBC employees,
from unions to management staff,
UBC says they've already worked to
account for gender discrimination
in their ranks. "Pay equity for these
staff groups was accomplished nearly a decade ago," said Lisa Castle,
UBC VP human resources. 31
NEWS BRIEFS
UBC plans "Teach-In" about
Idle No More movement
The university's First Nations
House of Learning is planning
an event to give background on
the Idle No More movement. The
event will "outline the aspects of
Bills 38 and 45 that are seen as
problematic, and discuss ways
that classroom dialogue about
this issue can be incorporated in
an informed and productive way,"
according to a UBC release.
Four aboriginal UBC faculty
members will speak at the event,
touching on topics like treaty
rights, racism and the role of
aboriginal women. The event will
take place from 1-3 p.m.
Partnership gives research opportunities for
materials science
UBC has entered into a partnership
with CANMET Materials, a fabrication laboratory in Hamilton run
by the federal government. The
university will get "learning and
research opportunities" out ofthe
deal, according to a government
press release.
"This agreement fosters the
innovation of advanced materials
that will advance clean energy,
support the transition to a low
carbon economy and contribute to economic development,"
said Helen Burt, UBC associate
vice-president research, in a
statement, xt
CRIME »
Campus theft
on the rise
Veronika Bondarenko
StaffWriter
A new wave of thefts is
sweeping campus.
A recent break-in at the materials
engineering undergrad clubroom
inthe Frank Forward building took
place on Jan. 13. The morning of
Jan. 14, faculty and staff came in
to find the back ripped off a large
wooden storage unit. They also
found that someone had attempted
to force open a row of lockers.
Accordingto Fiona Webster, administration manager of materials
engineering, this is the third time
that a similar kind of vandalism
has occurred in the Frank Forward
building. While Webster is not able
to pinpoint a specific amount of
money for the damage and property
loss incurred, she encouraged students not to leave their belongings
unsupervised for even very short
periods of time.
"Just don't leave your knapsack
unattended and think, oh, you'll be
right back," said Webster.
A similar act occurred on
the same night inthe mining
engineering clubroom.
An email warning students
to keep a close watch on all of
their belongings has been sent
to all mining and materials
engineering students.
The Birdcoop Fitness Centre at
the Student REC Centre has also
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Theft from an unattended backpack can happen anywhere, Campus Security warns.
experienced a recent surge in theft.
Over 20 backpacks, most of them
containing expensive electronics,
have disappeared from the cubbyholes by the entrance ofthe gym
over the course of two weeks.
While this sort of theft is a fairly
regular occurrence at the Student
REC Centre, the sheer number of
bags stolen over such a short period
of time has raised eyebrows. As
such, REC Centre facility and operations coordinator Andrea Barrios
encouraged students to take extra
precautions when leaving bags unattended in the busy workout area.
Acting operations manager
of UBC Campus Security Ali
Mojdehi has been looking into the
backpack thefts for several weeks
now. He said most of the thefts
happen when a thief comes across
unsecured belongings and seizes
the opportunity.
While Mojdehi confirmed
that both Campus Security and
the RCMP were already looking
into suspects, he was not able to
reveal any more information on
the subject.
Both Barrios and Mojdehi
advised against placing valuables in
the cubbyholes and encouraged students to opt for the lockers located
inside the change rooms or outside
the gym.
"It is important that they [the
students] protect their items as best
as possible because the thieves are
going after it. They try to find the
most insecure items," said Mojdehi.
"In most cases, they do not have to
work really hard, because, unfortunately, there are items that are
just left alone without any kind of
security." tJ
LABOUR»
Managerial staff
unhappy about
new deal with
university
Nick Gorgopa
Contributor
UBC's administrative and professional staff have a new collective
agreement, but they aren't happy
with all the details.
UBC's Association of Administrative and Professional Staff
(AAPS) ratfied a new two-year
contract with UBC on Jan. 4,
with 97 per cent of members
voting in favour. AAPS represents
over 3,400 UBC administrative
and professional staff members
on campus.
Michael Conlon, AAPS executive director, said the association
is relatively happy with the new
collective agreement.
The agreement allows for a two
per cent retroactive wage increase
effective July 1, 2012, as well as a
further two per cent wage increase
effective July 1, 2013. The changes
will be implemented on Jan. 31,
2013.
Despite being satisfied with the
wage increases, Conlon said the
association found bargaining with
the university frustrating.
Conlon said UBC had also made
a pre-existing commitment to
AAPS to match median wages for
comparable positions at competing
employers. But a recent proposal
from the university to bring pay
in line with the market didn't
satisfy AAPS.
Conlon said the university
insisted on negotiating both the
dispute over tying pay to industry averages and the two-year
contract renewal at the same time,
which AAPS was also unhappy
with.
"I think from our perspective,
is the collective agreement itself
something our members can live
with? Yes, but we as a bargaining
committee were not happy the
university tied the market survey
to the collective bargaining process," said Conlon.
He said the association was
pleased with the two across-the-
board two per cent increases, but
there is still lingering discontent
over how the market-based pay
evaluation went.
UBC spokesperson Lucie McNeill said the university wasn't
fully satisfied with the outcome
of bargaining either, but they
were pleased to have reached
an agreement.
"There are things that we didn't
achieve, but that's the nature of
negotiations. If one side comes out
celebrating and the other comes
out glum, then negotiations were
not very effective," said McNeill.
Aside from wage increases, the
new two-year agreement clarifies
the university's policies on sick
leave and devotes $5,000 to a
professional development fund for
AAPS members.
Conlon said the union was left
unsatisfied with the university's
stance on employee termination.
Accordingto Conlon, the new
agreement allows the university
to terminate employees based on
performance reviews.
"They have the right to fire
members for any reason so long as
it doesn't violate the human rights
code,... but outside of that, they can
fire for any reason whatsoever,"
said Conlon.
The collective agreement was
ratified by the UBC Board of
Governors on Jan. 18, 2013, and
had already been approved by the
Public Sector Employer's Council
and the University Public Sector
Employers' Association. Xi NEWS    I   THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2013
FRAUD»
Fake donations set back panic button for sex workers
UBC student-led project receives over $15,000 in fraudulent donations through online fundraising
Sarah Bigam
StaffWriter
A group of students is trying to
build a mobile panic button for sex
workers, but they've just suffered a
massive setback.
They raised over $16,000
through the rally.org website to
fund the project — or, rather, they
thought they did. They've just
found out over $15,000 of that was
from scam donations, and now
they only have barely over $1,000
to continue with their work.
Accordingto Nick Warshaw,
communications manager of rally,
org (a website that processes hundreds of millions of dollars in donations to causes), scam artists using
fake accounts crop up regularly,
but only contribute a vanishing-
ly small percentage ofthe site's
overall donations.
"We actually do have a fraud
department here, which looks
at [and] examines patterns and
questionable activity," said Warshaw. He said he couldn't figure
out what the motive of these fake
philanthropists were, but the site is
putting donations to the panic-button project under tighter scrutiny
from now on.
The students, who call their
group the Keep-Safe Initiative, will
continue with the project despite
having most of their raised funds
pulled out from under them.
One of them, UBC student Isabel
Chen, said she was worried that
they might not be able to raise
enough money to finish the project.
"We were kind of worried about
[whether] such huge donations
would deter people from donat-
KAI JACOBSON FILE PHOJWHE UBYSSEY
A group developing GPS-enabled mobile panic buttons for sex workers lost $15,000 when fraudulent online donations were discovered.
with local organizations, and also
addressing and responding to and
tryingto integrate people's feedback," said Chen.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the
website calculated total donations
at $1,068. A technical issue on rally,
org led to some genuine donations
being temporarily refunded, and
then re-collected.
Though they are still thousands
of dollars away from the funding
needed for their six-month pilot,
they were still able to order six test
devices for the upcoming focus
groups with the money they had.
"We started... definitely not
at ground zero; we had already
ing, because it appeared that we'd
already met our goal," said Chen.
They estimate the total cost ofthe
project, including pilot devices
and focus groups with street-
based sex workers, to be $8,140.
Any additional funds raised over
the goal will go to community
organizations for sex workers, like
the WISH drop-in centre in the
Downtown Eastside.
But despite this setback, Keep-
Safe still plans to move forward
with the project. "It was disappointing, understandably so, and
it's brought the team together and
instead of feeling like overnight
we could achieve anything, it's
just made us refocus," Chen said.
Since the donations hadn't been
processed yet, none ofthe money
has been spent or committed to
anything specific.
There's been a lot of media
coverage about the project, and
Chen said they had not been
expecting so much attention this
early on. And rather than the quick
surge in donations they thought
they had, they're stuck with exactly the sort of slow trickle they had
expected before they started.
"Donations have been much
slower,... but we've still been
receiving steady donations, and
we've just been continuing to meet
amassed tons of support," Chen
said.
She said encouragement has
been coming in from around the
world. Keep-Safe has been contacted by sex worker advocates in
Vancouver and the U.S. — and even
some from as far away as Ireland
and Africa — about potentially
using similar devices once the
project is up and running.
"We're offering other people
all our information and access to
suppliers, so they too, if they want
pursue it, can. But for now we're
just focusing on our pilot. Then
we can offer people much more
helpful advice."
Keep-Safe made sure the project
had involvement and buy-in from
street-based sex workers from the
beginning. They'll be consulting
heavily with WISH, and trying to
heed the recommendations in the
recent Missing Women Commission of Inquiry report.
The plan is for the buttons to
be GPS-enabled, but only transmit
their location when activated in a
crisis situation. Chen said the size
and shape ofthe button, and who
receives the location and crisis
message, still has to be worked out.
"It's absolutely important to
reiterate that we're by no means
tryingto play saviour.... The
project would never have gone off
the ground had we not had key
buy-in and key support from sex
workers," Chen said. "We want sex
workers to decide which device
they want, if they want a device
at all.... We won't go forward with
anything that isn't dictated by
them." Xi
EDUCATION »
Proposed Christian law school draws controversy
Law deans object to conduct policy governing sexual orientation
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
Should a Canadian law school
be able to turn students away
because they're gay?
Langley-based Christian university Trinity Western wants to
open up a law school. But deans
of existing law schools across
Canada want the school shut
down before it opens because of a
longstanding rule on the school's
books that threatens expulsion for
gay and lesbian students.
A document all Trinity Western
students sign, called a "Community Covenant," requires them
to be committed Christians. It
includes rules banning pornography and on-campus boozing. A
section titled "Healthy Sexuality"
requires that students adhere to "a
Biblical view of sexuality," meaning "sexual intimacy is reserved
for marriage between one man
and one woman."
Although TWU administrators have argued through various
media outlets that this section
has never been enforced, the
current rules would still allow the
university to discipline or expel a
student for being openly gay.
The Canadian Council of Law
Deans takes serious issue with
this rule. "In the view of the
Council of Canadian Law Deans,
it involves discrimination on
the basis of sexual orientation,"
said Bill Flanagan, president of
the council and dean of law at
Queen's University.
"So the long and short of it is
that gay and lesbian students at
TWU are subject to the threat of
expulsion.
"This is a matter of great concern to Canadian law schools. Discrimination on the basis of sexual
orientation is fundamentally at
odds with the core values of all
Canadian law schools," he said.
Flanagan said the council's
objection to this is primarily a
moral one, though a letter they
sent to Canada's Federation of
Law Societies questioned whether
this kind of rule about sexuality
could violate Canadian human
rights law.
TWU fired back, arguing that
a 2001 Supreme Court case (also
involving TWU) allows any religious school to exempt themselves
from human rights laws regarding
discrimination.
But Flanagan and the council
maintain that TWU's rules are
immoral, regardless of whether
they break the law.
"We're not taking a position
yet on the legality of TWU; we're
reserving the right to do so, of
course, but first and foremost
we want to make a stated principle of objection to the practice,"
Flanagan said.
He addressed statements from
TWU arguing the issue had been
overblown because the school
isn't actually in the practice
of disciplining gay and lesbian
students.
"If that is the case, if gay and
lesbian students are in fact welcome at TWU, I would encourage
... the university to reconsider its
Covenant, which, on its face, is
directly discriminatory.
"Is that the message that TWU
wants to send to its gay and lesbian students?"
Christian law schools are
common in the United States,
many of them dating back to an
era when, in general, there was
greater overlap and involvement
between the church and colleges
or universities. The proposed
TWU school would be the first of
its kind in Canada.
The proposed law school is
being spearheaded by Janet
Epp-Buckingham, a TWU professor, legal academic and conservative Christian activist.
She said most ofthe proposed
school's curriculum won't be explicitly Christian, but two courses
— one on the history of law and
one on the development ofthe
common law — will include Bible-
based components.
She hopes the school will be
welcoming to aspiring Christian
law students, some of whom can
feel out of place in secular university classrooms.
"There are Christian law students who have expressed to me
over the last 20 years they have
found that law professors tend to
be derogatory about faith perspective expressed inthe classroom,"
Epp-Buckingham said.
"There are not very many
Christian law professors, but
there are actually quite a lot of
Chrisian law students."
Neither side has yet received a
reply from the Federation of Law
Societies. Xi
MONEY»
AMS to fund student research
on post-secondary issues
Lawrence Neal Garcia
Contributor
The Alma Mater Society wants to
pay students to do the society's
homework.
AMS president Matt Parson
has hatched a plan to fund short
undergraduate research projects. He hopes this will yield
high-quality, unbiased data about
issues like university funding,
housing affordability and student
mental health.
At an AMS Council presentation to launch the plan, Parson argued there isn't enough
local, relevant research done on
post-secondary issues.
"I saw a real need within the
AMS to support a lot of our work
and advocacy through sound
research, and also it'd be preferable if that research would be
independent," said Parson.
Small research grants will be
available, likely in the $3,000-
5,000 range, for students to work
on issues related to post-secondary education and student life.
Parson said the AMS can use
the data to lobby and push for
positive change. The grants will
be open to all UBC students,
regardless of their faculty.
He also hopes that the grants
can provide more undergrad research opportunities, particularly for students in the humanities.
Project timelines and grant
values would be built into individual students' research proposals. Parson said there won't
be an official limit on the dollar
amount ofthe grants.
"We're not providing any
ceiling in expectation, in that if
we did, people would probably
just apply for the maximum,"
said Parson.
The grants are partially being
funded by the VP Students office
and the Faculty of Arts. Parson
said the money available might
already exceed six figures, but
Janet Teasdale, UBC's managing
director of student development
and services and part ofthe VP
Students office, said since the
project is just beginning, they
aren't yet sure how much funding
to give.
Students in the program must
have mentorship from a faculty
member or Ph.D. student. Parson
hopes to eventually create an
AMS network to swiftly pair up
students and mentors.
"[Students] will be required
to look out and find faculty and
research expertise so that the research is valid, reliable research,"
said Teasdale.
Parson said that since the
program is just getting off the
ground, he doesn't know how
many applications it will receive,
but hopes to offer around 10
grants this year.
He plans to start taking applications in early February, and
have them judged later in the
month. Grants will be assigned
by a board made of AMS executives, faculty and student representatives.
If everything goes as planned,
the first projects could start as
early as this summer. Xi Sports + Ree
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VNUARY31.201
BASKETBALL»
UBC's 'wolfpack' of rookies
They eat together, play video games together and spend nearly every minute
off the court together. And they're one ofthe main reasons why the
T-Birds have the best men's basketball team in the West.
Despite being key players on the team, Isaiah Solomon, Conor Morgan and Jordan Jensen-Whyte still have to shoulder the typical rookie duties imposed on them by the veterans.
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
Ask Conor Morgan, Isaiah
Solomon and Jordan Jensen-Whyte who would win in
a one-on-one tournament between
all three of them, and the results are
goingto be a little varied.
"I win," replied Jensen-Whyte before the question was
even finished.
"Conor Morgan wins," replied
Morgan, the 6-8 forward.
"Conor can't shoot right now,"
said Solomon, taking a jab at the
big man.
"I can't dribble right now,"
corrected Morgan quickly, drawing
laughs from the others. "So I'm
not even getting over half court.
I'll dribble it off my foot out of
bounds."
While the three rookies couldn't
decide on who would be the ultimate victor, their head coach Kevin
Hanson seemed to know what
would really happen if such an
event occurred.
"I think all three of them would
try and convince you that each of
them would win, but the funny
thing is that with their personalities, I don't think they would care
who actually won. They'd honestly
be happy for the guy that did win it.
And I don't know if they'd actually
get to the final because they'd lose
their focus partway through the
game, so I don't think it would ever
end."
That's how it is with the group of
guys known by nicknames such as
"The Three Amigos" or "The Wolfpack." This trio of rookies on the
UBC men's basketball team aren't
just one ofthe main reasons why
the Thunderbirds are currently in
first place in the Canada West; they
are also three ofthe most energetic
and easygoing players on the squad.
It's that combination that makes
them nearly inseparable, both on
and off the court.
Solomon, Jensen-Whyte and
Morgan came into the school year
without knowing anyone; they had
played against some ofthe other
Thunderbirds before, but weren't
familiar with anyone. Luckily, all
three rookies were going through
the exact same thing.
"We were kind of put in a situation where we didn't know much
ofthe guys when we came in, and
the three rookies kind of got the
title [of rookies], and we just hung
out together all the time," said Jensen-Whyte, a Calgary native.
"It's been awesome. I came in
from Calgary and knew these two
sort of before I got here, and I just
fit right into the group and it's been
awesome. It's been a great transition."
Now, the three banter back and
forth in person and on Twitter as if
they've known each other for years.
"We're just always joking
around. We're never serious," said
Solomon, a point guard from Richmond, B.C.
But their coach doesn't mind
this sense of humour, since it hasn't
affected their play on the court.
"Sometimes practice gets all
serious, but they certainly bring
some light humour to it and you
just have to laugh," said Hanson.
"The three don't miss a practice.
The three of them are side by side
during warmup, and just jokingly
we put a guy in between them just
to sort of separate the pack. But then
they're off just shooting on the side,
and there's the three of them."
On the court, though, you
wouldn't know that Jensen-Whyte,
Solomon and Morgan are so easygoing. They play with a determination and maturity well beyond their
years, and have been rewarded for
it with substantial playing time. All
three are averaging over 10 minutes
of floor time per game, and at times
they will all be out there at the
same time.
"There's times when we're playing three freshmen on the floor,...
so that really says something as
to where they are," said Hanson.
"It's just an added bonus when you
can get freshmen playing as many
minutes as they have. And they're
ending games. That just bodes
really well for the future."
There was a void at the point
guard position heading into this
season, and it's a hole that both
Solomon and Jensen-Whyte have
been able to fill nicely. The pair
have shared point guard duties
this year, making it the first time
that rookies have led the offence in
Hanson's UBC coaching career. It's
a risk that could backfire catas-
trophically, but the duo's play-making ability has enabled the T-Bird
offence to run smoothly this year.
Solomon is second on the team,
with 59 assists in 23 games, while
Jensen-Whyte isn't far behind
with 42.
Morgan hasn't been able to
receive the same amount of playing
time due to being behind fifth-
years Doug Plumb and O'Brian
Wallace on the depth chart. But he
is still showing promise during the
minutes he does receive; he has hit
18 three-pointers this year.
It's a unique
situation where
you have three
guys that are
super close
friends, and I'm
just thrilled that
they're in the
program.
Kevin Hanson
Head coach, UBC men's
basketball
"I'm gaining experience playing
behind Doug and O'Brian, who are
both fifth-year guys," said Morgan,
who hails from Victoria. "But I
still find a way to contribute, so it's
good."
Morgan cited the influence of
several NBA players, such as Kevin
Durant ofthe Oklahoma City Thunder team, which gives the Kobe
Bryant loving Solomon and Jensen-Whyte ample opportunity for
trash-talking. This good-natured
rivalry also extends over to video
games, which Jensen-Whyte said is
one ofthe main reasons why they
gel so well. While the two guards
always play as the Los Angeles
Lakers in JVJ3A 2K13, Morgan opts
to play as the New York Knicks.
"We don't play each other, we
just smash Conor," joked Solomon.
"I don't think I've lost a game
yet," replied Morgan. "I just win
every game; it's king ofthe court,
GEOFF LISTER PHOJWHE UBYSSEY
right?"
This lively competitiveness has
rubbed off on the Thunderbird
team; it's safe to say that it's helped
the 'Birds to their 14-2 record on
the year. Thanks to that record, the
T-Birds are now in prime position
to finish with the best record in the
Canada West and earn home court
advantage throughout the playoffs.
"We know that our fate is in our
hands now. We're clear-cut first
now, so all we have to do is keep
looking forward and keep getting
those wins," said Jensen-Whyte.
The guard's brother and mentor
is former T-Bird standout and CIS
MVP Josh Whyte, but Josh is also
a player who twice fell just short of
capturing a national championship,
which is something that his younger brother wants to avoid. He, along
with his teammates, wants five
titles by the time they are done.
It's a lofty goal, but considering
these three will be around for
another four years — and players
like David Wagner, Brylle Kamen
and Tommy Nixon will be at UBC
for a couple more as well — the goal
seems attainable.
"Those three guys are the future
of our program," said Hanson.
"They're just kids that have fallen
in love with basketball and the situation, and the situation has been
good to them. We've had success on
the court, and they've had success,
and it's just inspiring. It's fantastic
that we've had those guys in the
program."
It will be a fun few years of
basketball for Jensen-Whyte, Morgan and Solomon — and maybe by
the end, they'll know who really is
the one-on-one champ. Xi SPORTS + REC    I    THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2013
ZOMBIES »
Campus of the living dead
On Feb. 8, it will be up to students to save UBC from the zombie apocalypse
Chloe Williams
Contributor
By Feb. 8, UBC campus will be
the only remaining location with
human survivors in the world.
The globe's population will be
infected by a mutant virus that
will turn entire nations into
malignant, menacing hordes of
zombies. Society will collapse,
and the fate ofthe human race
will be in the hands of a small
number of UBC students, hunted
by the living dead.
This is the premise for UBC
REC's upcoming event, Humans
Versus Zombies, which puts
players in the heart ofthe zombie
apocalypse.
As its title suggests, the game
is a battle for survival between
humans and zombies. On that
Friday afternoon, each team
must complete challenges while
avoiding the traps set up to catch
people: the humans must avoid
zombie infection, while the
zombies must sidestep manmade
traps. The humans' goal is to
acquire the intel, resources and
materials needed to create a
vaccine that will stop the zombie
virus, whilst the zombies try to
thwart the humans' efforts for
survival.
At the start of the event,
competitors will not know which
team they are on until they are
"scanned" for the infection.
Healthy humans will be separated from the zombies, and each
side will be given costumes.
Then the team will be split into
squads, each with a distinct mission to various locations around
campus; these missions must be
completed in order for the team
to survive.
Games of similar styles have
gained popularity at university
campuses around the world,
but this UBC event is meant to
be a one-of-a-kind experience.
Gordon Newell, the tournaments
and races coordinator for UBC
REC, has developed and overseen
UBC will turn into a zombie-infested campus on Feb. 8, and the humans have to stay alert if they don't want
to get infected.
the event from the beginning;
he's taken a typically simple
tag-style game and turned it into
something much more complex.
As a former army officer, Newell
has created an elaborate tactical
game inspired by military training scenarios and pop culture
zombie takeovers.
"We've got a few really good
tricks up our sleeves," said
Newell, who advises participants
to expect "nothing less than fireworks" from this event. Although
the game has been carefully
planned, and will be led by the
UBC REC team and overseen by
referees, the outcome truly depends on the players. "There's an
element of ambiguity, and there's
the opportunity for a lot of
excitement and emotion within
that," explained Newell.
This event has been created
as part of UBC REC's mission to
encourage people to get involved
in recreation of any form.
"We're really keen to reach
out and get students involved
in recreation here at UBC, and
recreation can be everything
from going to a golf tournament
to doing Day ofthe Longboat to
something like this," said Newell.
"All you need to enjoy this game
is a pair of feet and a few hours
off on a Friday afternoon."
So far, students have responded to Humans Versus
Zombies with enthusiasm and
intrigue. Fifty participants have
registered already, and many
STEPHANIEXU PHOJWHE UBYSSEY
more are expected to join within
the final days of registration. Although the Versus series of REC
events will most likely become an
annual tradition, Humans Versus
Zombies may not be returning, so
those interested should seize this
opportunity to participate. Xi
Registration closes on Feb. 4 at 5
p.m. To register, visit the UBC REC
website at www.rec.ubc.ca/events/
versus/
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ATHLETES OF
THE WEEK
COLEMAN ALLEN
SAVANNAH KING
=HOTOCOURTESYOFPETEROSHKAI/UVIC
Coleman Allen, a second-year
Arts student from Spokane,
WA, was named the CIS
male athlete ofthe week thanks to
his dominant performance at last
week's Canada West swimming
championships in Victoria. His
performance also helped UBC
men's swimming to a second place
finish at the championships.
Allen picked up five gold medals, one silver and one bronze, as
he finished on the podium in all
seven races he swam. His golds
came in the 50m, 100m and 200m
butterflys; the 200m freestyle; and
the 4x100m freestyle relay. He
also set meet records in the 100m
butterfly, 200mbutterfly and
4x100m freestyle.
=HOTOCOURTESYOFARMANDOTURA
Savannah King, a third-year
kinesiology student from
Vernon, B.C., was named
the CIS female athlete ofthe
week after her record-setting
performance at the Canada
West swimming championships last weekend in Victoria.
In addition to picking up five
gold medals, King also helped
UBC women's swimming win
their fourth straight Canada
West championship.
A two-time Olympian, King
was unbeatable on the weekend,
as she won a gold in each event
that she swam: the 200m, 400m
and 800m freestyles; 200m backstroke; and the 4x200m freestyle
relay. The 2012 CIS female swimmer of the year also set or was a
part of four meet records. 31 Culture
ANNAZORIA
FARM»
No growing
pains for UBC
Farm
Fresh crops grown all year
round in South Campus
WHAT AM I EATING?
by Tyler McRobbie
It's the middle of winter and I'm
hungry. I go to my fridge. It's
empty. I go to the grocery store
and see the produce aisle looking
a little worse for wear. Many of
the usual fruits and vegetables
are missing altogether. In lieu of
spinach and bananas are little
green signs informing me that
due to unforeseen weather conditions abroad, supplies of some
fresh foods have not been able to
meet the demand. Outside, it's
drizzling and grey. The weather,
it appears, is sandbagging me at
every turn.
Given our dependence upon
the bounty ofthe agricultural industry, should any of us
really be surprised to see this
wavering supply in the dead of
our Canadian winter? Farms
in Canada, and especially B.C.,
are perfectly robust during the
summer and early fall, but that
only represents a fraction of
the total year. For the remainder, while consumers are busy
buying food from an increasingly
volatile global food market, what
exactly are our farmers doing to
stay competitive?
At the UBC Farm, it would
appear that they're doing a
lot. As a research and teaching
centre, winters at UBC Farm are
all about "report writing, grant
writing, reflection, preparation
and organization," according
to Mel Sylvestre, field research
assistant at UBC Farm. This, of
course, is on top of regular farm
tasks such as equipment maintenance, cleaning and reviewing
yields from the previous year.
Kale, shown here growing in a UBC Farm greenhouse, is one of a few vegetables available
It might not be putting food in
my fridge, but such planning
and organization is crucial to a
successful fall harvest, as well as
the growth ofthe farm. And no,
Sylvestre suggests, not all farms
are as diligent with their paperwork as UBC's.
"Most don't write reports the
way that we do," she commented
in an email.
But then, the average Canadian farm is considerably larger
and has fewer workers than
UBC's. And certainly no field
research assistants.
With so many months of
downtime, how does the average farmer budget for ongoing
life expenses?
"Some farmers do manage to
live off their main fall harvest
income through the winter and
some others have to find winter
jobs," Sylvestre explained.
At UBC, workers are paid
throughout the year through
grants and various other
funding sources.
One of these sources includes
a marginal amount of produce
sales. Eureka! Things do grow in
KAIJACOBSON PHOJWHE UBYSSEY
year round.
the winter, it appears. The UBC
Farm grows varieties of kale and
chard in greenhouses while the
perennial crops lie dormant.
But man cannot survive on a
fridge full of leafy greens alone.
Luckily, modern technologies
practically deliver food from
around the globe to our front
doors. And with only a few short
months to go, it won't be long
before B.C. farmers are back in
action themselves. Until then,
the folks at the UBC Farm are
waiting out this crappy weather,
just like the rest of us. tJ
PuShFEST »
Seeing the world with no eyes
Do You See What I Mean? deprives the senses and enriches the mind
Andrew Bates
Managing Editor, Web
When someone blindfolds you
before taking you on a tour, what
are they trying to show you?
First conceived of by French
art collective Project in Situ,
Do You See What I Mean? is a
performance art project that
runs until Feb. 3 as part of the
PuSh International Performing
Arts Festival. Participants are
blindfolded and introduced to
a guide, who takes them on a
two-and-a-half hour tour of
downtown Vancouver.
At the end ofthe exhibit,
participants are asked to make
a choice: take off their blindfold
and meet their guide, or leave it
on. While I was interested in the
overall experience (which varies
from guide to guide), it's this
particular choice that drew me to
put on the blindfold and see what
I could see.
My immediate expectation
was that I was going to find out
what it's like to be blind. Partly,
it's true; I learned a lot more
about my other senses, and how
to make everyday things work
without sight.
When being led, I was asked to
hold the guide's elbow. I couldn't
just tug on their sleeve; I had to
actually wrap my fingers around
the inside ofthe elbow. That way,
the guide could use their elbow
to steer me past obstacles.
Of course, two and a half hours
alone isn't the same as actually
being blind, and the performance
never veers into gimmicky disability tourism; instead, it treats
the issue sensitively and subtly.
JUANSUEZ/COURTESY PUSH FESTIVAL
Do You See What I Mean? shows Vancouver like it's never been "seen" before.
The main feature ofthe experience was my dependency on
other people. My immediate impulse when I started wearing the
blindfold was to self-guide based
on guesswork; this was clumsy. I
had to trust my guide, and I was
soon totally reliant on her.
Some parts ofthe tour, like
when a couple hosted us in their
home and told us about a vacation to Costa Rica, were entirely
about social interaction and what
other people can mean to you.
Later, when the guide and I took
an elevator, I found that I had
to say hello to everyone around
me, either because they might
feel ignored or because I might
ignore them. How often have
you cordially spoken to people in
an elevator?
One part ofthe tour was
entirely non-verbal, an exercise
where I and another temporary guide moved while holding
elbows: faster, slower, running,
stopping, crouching. I didn't
realize it until I was forced to
focus on it, but the ability to communicate with another person
just through physical presence
is amazing.
The final theme of Do You See
What I Mean? is choice. Every
significant part ofthe tour pressured me to make decisions, ask
questions, analyze the answers
and find my own meaning in
what I was shown.
Although, as my guide reminded me, there were no wrong
answers, I was entirely responsible for asking the question in
the first place. For example, the
couple who had been to Costa
Rica mentioned that they were
very passionate about recent
developments in Parkinson's
research. Why was this? I didn't
move past small talk to the big
stuff before I had to leave, and I
regretted it.
On a number of occasions,
there wasn't even communication of an expectation. During
the movement exercise, my guide
stood still until I realized that
I had to move. At one point, she
began repeating the same movement over and over until I realized I had to respond differently.
I was expected to notice when
to act, and the performers were
patient enough to wait for me.
Essentially, the guides led
me to things, but it was my duty
to perceive what was happening around me. Even though
the experience of being guided
suggests surrender, I was forced
to exercise my agency and —
remember, this is a devised art
piece — assume my own role in
the story that had been written
around me.
And the story ended with that
choice: whether or not to remove
my blindfold and meet my guide.
I had been anticipating this from
the start, and it didn't make the
choice any easier. Would a conversation be easy, or laboured?
Would I have to cut it short for
time and go back to work?
It was tantalizing to consider
letting someone I trust out into
the world without knowing who
they are — but it wasn't release, it
was like something tearing.
My guide had told me earlier
that she was in a theatre show
that weekend, and I told her I
would go to it and we could possibly meet then, if she wanted. It
felt like a cop-out. I didn't take
my blindfold off. She left. It was
really hard.
I tried to go to the show, but
the person just before me in line
bought the last ticket.
I left her a note, thanking her
for the experience but not including any contact information.
Did I make the right choice
in not taking off my blindfold?
There are no wrong answers, she
had told me earlier. The choice
was only mine to make.
And I guess that was what I
was supposed to see. Xi 8    I    CULTURE    I    THURSDAY, JANUARY 31,2013
IMPROV »
Winning like they just don't care
UBC Improv takes its wisecracks to College Improv Tournament finals
Maitrayee Dhaka
Contributor
UBC Improv is going places.
Chicago, to be specific. The
newly crowned champions ofthe
northwest College Improv Tournament in Seattle beat nine other
schools, including previous champions The Dead Parrots Society.
They are the only team representing Canada at the national
College Improv Tournament in the
Windy City this March. The team
had previously scored a wildcard
entry to the Chicago tournament
last year after coming in second
at the Northwest tournament
in 2012.
"We're on cloud nine right
now," said Ghazal Azarbad and
Noah Goldenberg, co-presidents of
UBC Improv.
"Improv is never really a competition," said Goldenberg. "It
never really should be a competition and it's often dressed up
as competition, such as Theatre
Sports. There is no real way to
judge it. It is totally subjective,
and based on what people like to
see and the individuality of every
person's upbringing. Some people
are into jokes and gags, others are
more into scene work. They have a
lot of judges."
"Unfortunately Noah got very
sick, and we lost a member," said
Azarbad. "We performed twice
the same night. We came second
in the first round, and won the
judges' unanimous support for
first place in the finals. The second
set was a simple story of forbidden love and arranged marriage.
The audience had heard the story
before, a million times, but it won
them over."
For UBC Improv, the imaginary sky is the limit.
"It's this thing that's happening
in Pacific Northwest improv, this
tone of sentimentality and seriousness," said Goldenberg. "Improv
is a comedic form and there are a
lot of jokes, but it's not supposed to
be comedy necessarily. During our
set, there were hilarious moments,
but also chuckles and moments
when the audience was genuinely
engaged and invested in the story.
The host came out and said, 'How
dare you make me feel feelings?
Because feelings are what I felt.'
"They give us notes after both
sets, and the notes after the first
one were on how to improve. The
notes that we read on the way
home were all compliments. It
was not humbling in the least,"
Goldenberg added.
Every competition demands a
strategy, and UBC Improv's was
multifaceted.
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"We talk about our goal for the
set right before we are about to go
on," said Azarbad. "We individually succeeded at our goals. We read
the judges' critique. If [we] had
not done that, we would not have
won."
"It really builds up our reputation as a group," Goldenberg
added. "We are attracting students
who want to come to UBC to
learn improv; UBC is the go-to
place, at least in B.C., if you want
to learn how to do improv. There
are students in our club who have
auditioned from other schools."
The club, which functions
on "exceedingly limited" support from the university, has
gained popularity on campus in
recent years.
"We had 130 people try out,
which is ridiculous, and they were
so good that we had to add a team,
so we now have three regularly
performing teams," said Azarbad.
"We have such devoted fans. We
have regulars. Two years ago, we'd
be lucky to fill four rows at Scarfe
100, and now we have the room
packed. We can go up there knowing that we have the support of an
entire audience.
"In improv, ifyou don't have
community, you have competition.
We do well because we're all on
the same team."
The teams are preparing for
three consecutive weekly shows
and a nationwide improv festival,
Impulse, that hosts professional
and student teams from Vancouver, Canada and the U.S. Azarbad
and Goldenberg aren't losing much
sleep over Chicago at the moment.
"We beat what we did last year,
and there is nothing to worry
about anymore," said Goldenberg.
"We've already done what we set
out to do, and at this point, it's all
gravy." tJ
UBC Improv has three shows coming up, including a fundraiser for
their Chicago trip, on Feb. 1, 8 and
IS in Neville Scarfe 100 at 7p.m.
Tickets $3 or free for members.
FILM»
Film student captures the drama of real life
Alina Anghel
Contributor
Cari Green is no novice to film
production. With 25 years in
the film industry under her
belt, she's worked on a diverse
range of projects addressing
socially and politically charged
topics ranging from corporate
power to women in the military.
After six years of teaching at the
Vancouver Film School, she has
decided to pursue her master's
of film production at UBC. Most
recently, she worked as the associate producer on When I Walk,
a candid account of filmmaker
Jason DaSilva's struggles with
multiple sclerosis. The documentary was recently released to
critical acclaim at the world-renowned Sundance Film Festival,
which Green attended along
with DaSilva.
"He's such an inspiration. He
is an inspiration in the way he's
championed life," attested Green.
"It doesn't mean he hasn't had
his sad moments along the way.
The film looks at all of that. It's
not that it just tries to be hopeful
or modest; it really faces the
illness straight on."
As a producer, Green helps
kickstart, finance and market
projects. She chooses to work
specifically with documentaries
COURTED CARI GREEK
Cari Green has produced several groundbreaking documentaries, and she's not slowing
down.
and real-world stories, which,
for Green, are a means for social
change. She's perhaps most well-
known for co-producing the
award-winning 2003 documentary The Corporation. Nearly a
decade after its release, and after
the upsurge in corporate social
responsibility and the global
financial melt-down, Green still
feels that the film is relevant. "I
wish that it could say that it has
stopped the advance of corporate
influx into government and every
aspect of our life, health and education. But I think that's not the
case, [and] now we have a film
that we can reference in terms of
what we think is wrong."
The first film Green worked on
was Songololo: Voices of Change,
which documented how artists
were battling against apartheid
in South Africa. During the making ofthe film, no one in South
Africa imagined that the apartheid would end in their lifetime,
but the documentary's release
coincided with the release of
Nelson Mandela, and the film
was subsequently nominated for
a Genie award.
"Timing is everything, right?"
she said.
Green's commitment to the
documentary medium is partly
informed by her opinion ofthe
current state of journalism; she
believes that documentaries can
communicate vital information
that the mainstream media
otherwise avoids.
"Newspapers are taking a dive,
trying to compete for the market,
and are becoming very light,"
said Green. "Some ofthe critical
journalists are still out there, but
not all. That's why documentaries have become so important.
We didn't see that coming, in
a way; we didn't see that there
would be a gap."
For her master's thesis, Green
is putting on the director's gloves
with Citizen Jane, a dramatic
feature partially inspired by
the real life work of Michelle
Douglas, the woman who single-handedly reversed the policy
against lesbian and gay people
serving in the Canadian military.
"It's looking at how individuals can create change that affects large segments of our population, and moves us forward in
society as well," said Green.
Much like Douglas, Green's
own career reflects the potential
of a single person.
"I believe in the group, because I do think it does take a
village and it does take a movement," affirmed Green. "But
sometimes, it's individuals that
step forward and are able to
make that change happen." Xi THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2013    |    NATIONAL
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION »
McGill moves to bar public document requests
School says student journalists' spate of requests are retaliation after tuition protests
Matthew Guite
The Concordian (Concordia University)
MONTREAL (CUP) - McGill
University has filed a motion that
would grant it the ability to deny
access to information (ATI) requests
from the McGill Daily, the Link, the
website McGillliLeaked and anyone
associated with them. This comes
in response to what the university
describes as a "complex system of
repetitious and abusive requests"
for information.
Accordingto the Canadian
Access to Information Act, publicly
funded, government-run institutions like universities are required
to release certain documents to the
public when officially requested.
The McGill Daily reported on
Jan. 19 that the university filed the
motion to the Commission d'acces
a l'information, the provincial body
which oversees access to information requests, claiming that the ATI
requests were set up "as a retaliation measure against McGill inthe
aftermath ofthe 2011-2012 student
protests."
The motion, which names 14
respondents, seeks the authority to
disregard current requests as well as
any future requests made by the respondents or any person who can be
linked to them, essentially barring
the individuals named from ever
submitting ATI requests to McGill.
McGill wants to ban a number of studentjour
It also seeks the right to deny
future requests on a variety of
subjects, such as military research
and mining investments. Future
requests could also be denied if they
were found to be "overly broad,"
"frivolous" or if they target "trivial
documents and information."
McGill's motion claims that
the respondents set up a "complex
system" via repeated ATI requests,
which the university describes
as repetitious and abusive. It also
argues that responding to the
requests would represent "serious
rnalists from filing Access To Information requests
impediments to [the university's]
activities."
McGill student Christopher
Bangs, the founder ofthe website
McGilliLeaked and one ofthe respondents involved inthe case, told
the Concordian that he was not only
worried about the motion itself, but
also the motivation behind it.
"We've had a lot of complaints,
not just from McGill students but
from a lot of members ofthe McGill
community, about how ATI requests
are handled," he said. "We've all
had trouble with it, but the fact that
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for public documents.
they're going to take this extreme
step at this point makes us wonder
about their commitment to ensuring
both an open dialogue and access to
information."
Bangs also contested the suggestion that the 14 respondents were
operating in collaboration while
filing their requests.
"There were 14 of us in this
motion, and the 14 of us did not
coordinate our motions," Bangs said.
"We did not submit them together,
we did not have some sort of secret
plan to bring down the university
through access to information
requests, so the fact that they were
all submitted at the same time does
not give McGill University the right
to deny not only those requests, but
also all future requests we might
make."
Julie Fortier, associate director
for McGill's media relations office,
explained that the motion is based
on current law, which allows ATI
recipients the right to not answer
a request if it breaks certain rules.
Fortier added that the ATIs in question fall into these categories.
"There are provisions within the
law on access to information that
allow an organization to make the
request to the commission to not
reply to certain requests when these
are abusive by their nature, when
they're systematic or repetitive, or
when they could seriously disrupt
normal activities, and we thought
that this was the case," said Fortier.
Fortier also said that prior to this
motion, the ATIs in question were
not rejected, and that future requests would be denied if they were
considered to be ofthe same nature
as those inthe motion.
The Concordian contacted Concordia spokesperson Chris Mota
for comment on the nature, depth
and number of ATI requests that
Concordia receives, but Mota said
that the school could not comment
on the matter.
CRIME »
Langara student
killed in sword attack
PHOTO COURTESY FACEBOOK
A memorial was set up to honour 19-year-old murder victim Manraj Akalirai.
Angela Holubowich
The Voice (Langara College)
VANCOUVER (CUP) - A Langara
criminology student is dead in Vancouver's first homicide of 2013.
Nineteen-year-old Manraj
Akalirai died on his way to hospital
after he was allegedly swarmed by a
group of men.
Police have arrested five in
connection with the murder, after
four ofthe men arrived at hospital
with injuries.
On Jan. 25, The Province reported
that police are questioning a sixth
man in connection to the murder.
Multiple weapons were used,
includingbats and clubs, when the
men allegedly attacked the victim in
his vehicle.
The attackers allegedly smashed
out the back window ofthe vehicle
and dragged Akalirai onto the
street. Akalirai's fatal wounds were
allegedly caused by a sword.
A statement issued by a spokesperson of Langara College said,
"Langara extends its deepest
sympathies to the family and friends
of Manraj Akalirai. As this is still an
ongoing police investigation, we will
not be making further comment at
this time."
The family of Akalirai issued a
statement to CBC News:
"Our family is devastated by
the tragic events involving our son
and brother, Manraj. We are still
in shock and coping with our loss.
Manraj was a well-mannered, humble and respectful individual. At this
time, our family would like privacy
as we grieve the loss of our beloved
son and brother."
Mourners gathered on Facebook
to express grievances.
"I'll never meet someone as
Loyal, Genuine and Trustworthy
as you. You didn't go down without
a fight bro, you're a warrior, you're
a solider, but most of all you're a
Hero and that's how we all knew
and will remember you as," wrote
Jordan Rolfe.
Police believe there may be
connections to the drugtrade or
gang activity, although the family of
Akalirai denies these claims.
MONEY»
Ottawa student loses fee refund appeal
U of O fifth-year sued student union over mandatory fees
Adam Feibel
The Fulcrum (University of Ottawa)
OTTAWA (CUP) - A student who
sued the Student Federation of
the University of Ottawa (SFUO)
to have his incidental fees reimbursed because of a disagreement
with its operations had his case
dismissed in court.
Fifth-year chemistry student
Edward Inch filed suit against
the SFUO in the amount of
$92.60, the portion of his tuition
for the winter 2012 term that
went toward the student federation and its extended and
individually levied services.
Inch decided to take the
SFUO to small claims court in
October after repeated requests
to be removed from the federation's email list went ignored
and he attempted to resign from
membership ofthe SFUO. Inch
said the SFUO is a "political
organization" that takes stances
he does not agree with and felt
the federation exercised negligence in dealing with the matter
of his removal from the email
list and subsequent attempt
at resignation.
Members ofthe SFUO include
all full-time and part-time undergraduate students at the University of Ottawa. Inch felt his resignation from the federation would
warrant the reimbursement of
incidental fees."My resignation
was accepted, so I feel that the
fees and bylaws should not apply
to me," Inch said in court.
However, Ontario Small
Claims Court Deputy Judge
Lyon Gilbert determined that
then-president Amalia Savva did
not have the proper authority to
accept a resignation, accordingto
SFUO bylaws, and Gilbert ruled
Fifth-year chemistry student Edward Inch lost
against the reimbursement at the
conclusion of the six-hour trial.
"As a student, Mr. Inch is
bound to the terms and conditions of enrolment," said Gilbert.
The SFUO's constitution does
not formally state whether or not
its fees may be reimbursed.
Inch's argument, which
namely cited the Government of
Ontario's Corporations Act and
Consumer Protection Act, was
that the services provided by the
SFUO were unsolicited and that
this would exempt him from the
mandatory fees.
However, by paying his tuition
and fees and by accepting the
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his legal battle over student fees.
terms and conditions required
to register courses, Inch entered
into a standard form contract
with the university and, by extension, the SFUO.
The federation reserves the
ability to set its own membership bylaws, one of which is
that resignations are in fact
not permitted.
"It's contract 101. He accepted
the terms," said the defendant's
lawyer Jean-Francois Lalonde.
After the verdict, Inch made
out a cheque for $50 to the
Children's Miracle Network in
exchange for the SFUO opting
not to seek costs from the case. Opinions
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"SUGAR BABIES"
REPRESENTS THE
WORST OF UNIVERSITY
NEWS COVERAGE
Most media outlets have a
pretty limited playbook when it
comes to covering universities.
College coverage tends to
focus on one ofthe following
subject areas: sex, student debt,
depression, booze, hazing,
feel-good scientific research,
university rankings, etc. The
general public, reared on films
like Animal House and American Pie, don't have an appetite
for much else.
This past week, we had a
groan-inducing trifecta. It came
inthe form of seekingarrange-
ments.com, a website that hooks
prospective "sugar babies" up
with wealthy benefactors who
provide thousands of dollars a
month in exchange for youthful "companionship." Turns
out, more and more Canadian
students are selling themselves,
because — you guessed it —
they're in debt. The website
recently released a list of students at Canadian universities
using the service. UBC ranked
12th in the nation, with 60 alleged "sugar babies" on campus
(alleged, as many ofthe profile
pictures on the site are stock
images).
The media love lists, and they
love sexy, broke young people.
So for outlets like CTV and the
Globe and Mail, the story was a
no-brainer. For a day or two, the
story was one ofthe Globe's top
shared articles.
This kind of coverage shows
an incredibly shallow understanding of this generation in
particular and universities in
general. It's an understanding
rooted in 1980s sex comedies, rather than the reality of
Canadian universities today. On
the heels of a Maclean's cover
story that declared ours a lost
generation, this sleaze was salt
in an undeserved wound.
BRIDGING UBC'S
GENDER EQUITY GAP
It's good that UBC has moved
to address pay equity for its
female faculty members.
Equity problems in the
university's faculty ranks have
been a nasty issue underneath
the surface ever since a 1995
report on gender discrimination
inthe political science department. Two years after a study
showed an average $3,000 pay
gap between equivalent male
and female profs at UBC, it's
good to finally see movement on
this issue.
There are remaining issues,
though. The equation used
to settle on a two per cent
pay increase adjusts for rank
and advancement, which is a
good compromise but a keen
reminder that female faculty
make up only 38 per cent of
UBC's tenure track. Only 21
per cent of full professors
are women.
So steps are being taken to
make things a little less of a
boy's club, but there's still a
ways to go.
A POT OF MONEY FOR
POST-SECONDARY
RESEARCH? HOPE THIS
WORKS...
So the AMS wants to pay
students to do research on
post-secondary issues. It's a
pretty great idea. Rather than
going up against powerful
N DIANA JO EULLUSTRATION/THE UBYSSEY
groups like UBC or the provincial government with pleas
and platitudes, they can arm
themselves with actual research numbers about issues
like housing, tuition and transit.
The student society gets to
do better advocacy, students get
to do fancy-looking research
they can put on their resumes,
everybody wins. Well, sort of.
We're really hoping this plan
works, but the way it's being
rolled out so far leaves something to be desired. The pot of
money the AMS has for the project mostly comes from UBC,
and it comes with strings.
There's a cap on how much
money can go to one student, so
we're talking about six-month
part-time projects done by
undergrads, not deep, intensive
work from grads with more
experience in their fields. And
UBC gets a significant presence
on the committee that evaluates
research proposals, meaning
there's the possibility they
could deep-six proposals that
plan to look at the university
with a critical eye.
Also, the AMS thinks they
can just put money on the table,
and students will bring forward
great, useful proposals for
interesting projects without any
outside help. It'd be really nice
if they get so many good applications that it's hard to choose
what to fund. But realistically,
untrained undergrads, many of
whom are more concerned with
beefing up their resumes than
post-secondary lobbying, may
not have ideas that are all that
great.
We're speculating, of course.
Maybe this thing will take off.
Maybe there are a ton of eager
students waiting to do policy
research. Here's hoping. Xi
A little student
press solidarity
NDIANAJOEL ILLUSTRATIONfTHE UBYSSEY
Student journos hard at work in the UWO Gazette office.
We sometimes forget how
good we have it at The
Ubyssey. The paper
won independence from the AMS
in 1995, and has a sustainable
financial model. Neither internal student politics nor financial considerations dictate our
coverage.
Other papers aren't so lucky.
The Western Gazette, for
example, recently had its office
space cut in half after publishing
articles critical ofthe student
union. Since the student union
owns the paper, the editorial
staff are at the mercy of a bunch
of mealy-mouthed student politicians.
And the McGill Daily, one of
the oldest student papers in Canada, is facing a mandatory five-
year levy referendum. The paper
needs a majority "yes" vote to
continue receiving funding from
students. Student are voting over
the next few days whether to
keep this vital campus watchdog
alive. A "no" vote would doom
the publication.
Both are unique institutions
in the world of Canadian student
journalism. The Gazette is the
last student publication with a
daily print edition, and the Daily
is the only student paper to publish in both of Canada's official
languages. Both have a strong
history of holding power to account and fighting for students.
We wish them the best of luck.
INDEPENDENT MEDIA
ESSENTIAL TO CAMPUS
The Cord Editorial Board
The Cord (Wilfrid Laurier University)
WATERLOO (CUP) - University
of Western Ontario's (UWO) student newspaper, the Gazette, has
been put in a critical spotlight
ever since its ongoing struggle
with UWO's Student Council.
The fundamental problem is
that the Gazette is at the mercy
ofthe university and its student
council. Some ofthe ongoing
issues are rooted in this close
connection between the two
bodies, in which the Gazette is
unable to accurately report on
the council or the university's
governance.
When the paper rated the student government a B- in April of
2012, for example, piles of papers
started mysteriously disappearing from the racks.
Things boiled over when
representatives from the student
council called for cutting the
paper's budget as well as sitting
in on editorial board meetings.
This came just before the student
council downsized the Gazette's
office space, which has been the
paper's home for 40 years.
While the student council
argued the space was needed to
expand a multi-faith resource
centre, their real intentions are
difficult to decipher.
But what is clear is the vital
need for a university to have a
student-run and owned newspaper that exists independently
from the institution and its
governing bodies.
The basic function of a student
newspaper is to act as a watchdog
for the thousands of students
who are impacted by the university and its decision-making
processes and outcomes.
It is important to recognize
the fundamental need to have
an organization that protects
the interests of students before
the need to protect the university's reputation.
AN ENDORSEMENT
OF THE DAILY
PUBLICATIONS SOCIETY
The Canadian University Press
(CUP) - The Daily Publications
Society (DPS) holds a unique
position in the Canadian student
press landscape. Not only is the
McGill Daily one of only three
campus papers that continues to
publish more than once a week,
but the French-language paper
Le Delit makes the DPS unique
from any other student journalism organization in the country.
Together, the Daily and Le
Delit were nominated for 12 John
H. MacDonald Awards this year,
the highest honour in Canadian
student journalism.
Taken together, the Daily
and Le Delit were nominated
for more awards than any other
publication society in the country. And this was only the most
recent in a string of extremely
successful showings.
And over the past year, these
two papers provided coverage
ofthe student strike that was
informative, nuanced and conducted with the vigour that only
young, hungry student journals
can provide.
A measure of their success is
the level that McGill has taken to
fight against them, through legal
means and intimidation. And
yet, these two papers and the students behind them stand strong.
To cut the levy of Le Delit
and the Daily would not just
be a crushing blow to the
press at McGill; it would deprive all of Canada of one its
most unique and accomplished
journalistic institutions. Scene
ADVICE »
Dr. B talks SUB sex, ghostly ex
1
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
by Dr.* Bryce Warnes
Hey Dr. Bryce,
Despite having completely cut all
ties with her, I'm having trouble
forgetting my ex. I've reconnected
with a couple of old friends, and
they've been worlds of help, but on
some nights, I stay up, and I still
see her ghost. Oh Bryce, I'm still
not sure what I stand for. "What
do you stand for?" you might say.
What do I stand for? Most nights,
I don't know anymore.
—Envious
Envious,
I'll interpret the "ghost" line as a
figure of speech. Hopefully your
ex is still alive, and hopefully you
aren't literally hallucinating her
spectral form.
Here's my advice: Ifyou have a
dick, get it wet. Old loves can be
fucked away. The real question is,
"What do you (one night) stand
for?" If you're not willing to pursue emotionally empty hookups
with women whose charms only
become apparent after three or
four drinks, pick up a new hobby.
Model airplanes are cool. So
is Jesus.
Getting over relationships you
actually care about isn't easy. Try
to find distractions from your
emotional agony and accept that
it will one day heal. To paraphrase Nietzche the Barbarian,
"What does not kill you makes
you stronger."
Ideally, anyway.
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CUS
The Commerce Undergraduate Society is the
undergrad constituency representing Sauder students.
Widely known as the wealthiest constituency in the
AMS, the CUS provides conference funding and free
coffee (among other things) to its members. It is also
partly responsible for funding the Business Career
Centre. The CUS elections run this week, so if you're a
Sauderite, go on VISTA and vote.
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Dear Dr. Bryce,
I have a fantasy about having sex
inside the SUB. Any suggestions
on how my partner and I can make
this come to fruition?
—Dom
Some nights, I stay up,
and I still see her ghost.
Oh Bryce, I'm still not
sure what I stand for.
Envious
Dear Dom,
Comfort-wise, the best option I
can think of is to join some sort
of club or association with space
in the SUB, and work your way
into a position where they let you
have the keys.
Suggestions: BrUBC isn't in their
office often, and you won't have to
BYOB. And I know that prominent
members ofthe AMS have made
good use, in the past, ofthe Council
Room's giant round desk thing.
The Ubyssey has couches, but
scabies might be an issue.
The second-best option — actually, the worst — is a bathroom
stall. Just keep in mind that
someone might start pooping/
barfing (depending on time
of day/night) in the stall next
to you. Don't let it throw off
your rhythm.
Dear Readers (A Message from
Dr. Bryce),
Thank you for all your perplexing, disgusting and sometimes
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THE UBYSSEY CAPTION CONTEST!
deeply moving requests for
advice. I have enjoyed these past
months of advice-writing very
much; sometimes, too much. As
always, keep them coming. I live
to serve.
If any of you has any tips that
will help the reader above with
their SUB sex fantasy — favourite hook-up spots/times, secret
entrances or stories of your own
SUB debauchery — send them
my way. There is potential for a
special theme column here.
Before long, the new SUB will
be complete. Let's do our best to
send out the old one with a bang. Xi
Don't know what you should do?
Dr.* Bryce does! Ask online at
ubyssey.ca/advice/ and have your
personal problems solved in the
paper. All submissions are entirely
anonymous. *Bryce is not a doctor.
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Welcome to Capped!, The Ubyssey's new caption contest. We'll periodically run
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entries will run in the paper, and the clever captioneer will receive a free book or CD.
Fill in the conversation bubbles above and send your responses to art@ubysseyca. Bon
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This week, a bunch of super mean spambots attacked the accounts of an altruistic UBC research project
(see page 3). For some reason, the cyber attack made it look like the project had raised thousands of dollars more than it actually had. What was spambot's heinous motive?
"If the opinion is right, they are deprived ofthe
opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong,
they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer
perception and livelier impression of truth, produced
by its collision with error." is Mill
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