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Human Rights Lecture @ Frederic Wood Theatre from 7 - 9 p.m.
PayamAkhavan, an international law professor at McGill, will be giving a talk
on the subject "beyond human rights — building a world on empathy."
Free, but registration required.
AMS Backyard BBQ @ North SUB Plaza from 3:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Join more than 3,000 of your fellow students in enjoying some local and exotic
music, imbibing in some reasonably priced beers and ringing in the new
school year at this year's replacement forthe Welcome Back BBQ.
Tickets from $12-20.19+ and two pieces of ID for beer garden entry.
UBC Rec Open House @ UBC Athletics buildings from
September 8-14.
This is your chance to try all of the rec classes that you've always been interested in, without fearof commitment. UBC Rec has made many of theirclasses
free forthis shopping week, so don't hesitate to try something out. Free
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leagan Abele with two of her favourite things.
Meagan Abele has biked across Canada and
walked on the bottom ofthe ocean
Austen Erhardt
Opinions & Blog Editor
For many of us, doing a
cross-Canada trip would be an
accomplishment worth bragging about. For others, dipping a
toe in Vancouver's frigid waters
is a near-bucket list item. UBC
alum Meagan Abele has taken
both of these achievements to
the next level.
Abele, who grew up in a small
town in Saskatchewan, came
to UBC after graduating from
high school, largely due to her
love of water. Though in B.C.,
Saskatchewan has a reputation
for being flat and little else,
Abele spent much of her youth
on a nearby lake that bottomed
out around 40 feet.
"I always liked swimming
down as deep as I could... they
sunk some toilets and stuff so
you had something to swim
around while you were down
there," Abele said. "From when
the ice melts to when it starts
to freeze, pretty much, I was in
the water."
Abele's love ofthe water grew
into an interest in scuba diving,
sparked by a family friend's
involvement in the sport. She
knew before leaving high school
that she wanted her career to
relate to diving in some way,
but for her, going to university
wasn't set in stone. Her parents
encouraged her to go, however,
and she found herself studying
science at UBC.
"I wasn't sure what I exactly
wanted to do with [school].
Then I got into Marine Bio and
met some other people doing
stuff and thought, 'this is really
Abele first became involved with UBC's diving club,
AquaSoc, soon after she arrived
on campus, and quickly attained
further diving certifications
and became more and more involved in the club. Before long,
she had earned her instructor's
certification and began teaching
others to dive as well. Although
she's done hundreds of dives
now and the water is a second
home, Abele admits that doing
her first dive with AquaSoc was
a nerve-wracking experience.
"I went out and was like, 'do
I remember everything?' and
tried to remember all this training that I did the year before,"
Abele said.
Abele has dived in dozens of
places both around B.C. and the
world, so choosing a favourite
spot is not an easy task. But she
conceded that the place that she
did her first ocean night dive,
Ansel Point in West Vancouver,
is still her favourite to dive spot
to frequent.
"It's a really quiet, residential
area, there's usually not a lot of
people diving out there.... It's
really nice and quiet. It's more
of an advanced dive, there's a
big wall, but it's really really
cool. You can get lots of octopus
and stuff in there."
Shortly after graduating from
UBC with a marine biology degree in 2014, Abele departed on
a cross-Canada bike tour with
her partner, Natalie Scadden.
Traveling from Victoria, B.C.
to Canada's easternmost point
in Cape Spear, Newfoundland,
the pair spent 100 days on the
road, riding five or six hours
per day. Though she struggled
to select a single highlight of
the trip, Abele made clear that
her time in Rodgers Pass in
the Selkirk Mountains was one
of her top sections of the trip.
While she was there, she and
Scadden planned to visit a cabin
at the Rodgers pass summit.
Despite assurances that the
path would be clear, the pair
were met with snow and limited visibility.
"We met a friend of a friend
of a roommate — someone we
didn't really know. She drove
up with us and brought all this
hiking gear in. We locked our
bike behind this little shed
and had to hike three or four
kilometres through the snow to
the shack."
Though Abele has graduated
from UBC, she's still working
at AquaSoc as an instructor for
another year.
Abele had some words of
advice for anyone wanting to
follow in her footsteps.
"Just do everything that you
have time for. It's easy to be
like, 'oh, I'm too busy to join a
club.' It's only four years. If you
have the time, just do it." tJ
9—°—Campus II Culture I
UBC and VIFF continue to share long history
UBC s film department and VIFF have a strong relationship,
frequently featuring the works of UBC faculty and students.
Gabby Plonka
The Vancouver International
Film Festival has become a cultural jumping-off point for UBC
Film students. Multiple undergraduate and alumni submissions
make the cut each year alongside
the work of past and present faculty members. Since the festival's
launch and Vancouver's advent as
a filmmaking hot spot, UBC has
formed a tight-knit community
of filmmakers.
"In spite of any ups and
downs," said UBC film professor
and actor Tom Scholte, "Vancouver remains in the top three
locations for the movie industry
in North America. It makes UBC
an extremely valuable place to be
studying and pursuing film."
The UBC Film community
attempts to shrink Vancouver's big-pond film industry
to a more manageable size by
providing support and industry
connections to students. The
Vancouver International Film
Festival — VIFF — which boasts
plenty of local flavour, student
and otherwise, has always been
a big starting point. In fact, VIFF
shows more Canadian films
than any other festival in the
world. For students looking to get
involved, this downsizing can be
both a blessing and a curse.
"[The Vancouver International
Film Festival] is definitely a
small community," said Andrew
Cier, an executive member ofthe
UBC Film Society. Cier is a native
of Park City, Utah, home to the
Sundance Film Festival. "When
Sundance comes around, the
whole city shuts down. You don't
really get that here."
When you aren't a hard-hitting
filmmaker, the small community
vibe can definitely be a double-
edged sword. "As it stands, I
haven't seen a ton of [VIFF]
branching out," Cier said. "I
would definitely be open to more
student involvement."
However, VIFF's seemingly
small window of opportunity has
not been lost on a huge quantity
of UBC film students. Numerous
filmmakers submit work every
year and many have reaped the
rewards — film festival's contributors can be found all over
UBC's campus.
UBC Film contributions are
not limited to students — many
of UBC's faculty have also been
featured at VIFF throughout
the years.
Most recently, Scholte has
become a successful actor both
within and outside VIFF. Just
last year, Scholte starred in The
Dick Knost Show, a comedy that
he co-produced with fellow UBC
Film alumn Bruce Sweeney,
which was featured at the 2013
Vancouver Film Festival, as well
as the Toronto Film Festival, and
earned Scholte a nomination for
Best Actor in a Canadian Film, a
pretty good accomplishment for
any aspiring filmmaker.
After receiving his BA in Acting from UBC in the 90s, Scholte
has continued to work closely
within the UBC film community.
"There won't be a year where
VIFF is the biggest film festival in Vancouver and has a long history with UBC's film department.
UBC isn't represented [at the
VIFF]," Scholte said. "Even our
undergraduate students contribute films every year."
The relationship between
UBC and the Vancouver International Film Festival is one
that has survived many years.
For instance, Creative Writing
professor Sharon McGowan and
UBC Film Chair Peggy Thompson have collaborated in the past
on works such as Better than
Chocolate (1999) and The Lotus
Eaters (1993).
Delving even deeper into the
past of Vancouver filmmaking,
UBC graduate Larry Kent's 1963
film The Bitter Ash was com-
memoratively screened at VIFF
in 2001. Filmed crudely in black
and white with sound added in
post-production, The Bitter Ash
was a ground-breaking work in
West Coast film.
Scholte suggests that a lot of
UBC Film's success has to do
with the program's huge alumni
support. "We have an amazing
tri-mentorship program," he
said. "Our alumni association
works really hard to promote student work. There's an amazing
community for students here." X&
College Days, College Nights: a faded
retrospective lens to UBC's past
Olamide Olaniyan
One ofthe first thoughts you
get when you start watching the
2004 documentary College Days,
College Nights is that everything
looks hauntingly familiar.
The documentary, a full length
feature film, follows the lives
of sixteen young undergraduates and their journey through
the post secondary system. The
film has recently been uploaded to YouTube as a 3-part
television show.
With Imagine Day just behind
us, and students — both returning
and new — flooding onto campus
it's nice to see what UBC looked
like in the early 2000s, familiar —
yet vastly different. According to
Spencer Keys, one ofthe students
featured in the film, and a current UBC Law student, university
life hasn't really changed much.
The political scene definitely
has a different lay ofthe land. In
the first parts ofthe show, Keys
ran for several student positions in
the AMS as an independent candidate while holding a spot on the
student council. He later became
the 96th President ofthe Alma
Mater Society.
Though a lot has changed since
Keys' undergraduate years, he said
they same reasons still drive students to get involved on campus.
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College Days, College Nights debuted in 2004
"Candidates run because of a
sense of public service, a love of
UBC, positive experience with
the AMS or their undergraduate
society and their personal ambition," said Keys.
However, he said the main difference in the political scene is
the large influence ofthe Greek
"Candidates ofthe Greek system seem to be more prominent
now, probably because they are
one of the few ways to get that
broad exposure," said Keys.
The number of fun events on
campus has definitely decreased
since College Days, College Nights
was filmed. The AMS Backyard BBQ is only a shadow of its
former self, with its new capacity
at about half of what it was in
previous years. Several other
events have been discontinued
or dismantled over the years,
including Arts County Fair.
According to Keys, the demise of
beer gardens as of recent years
has made the most difference in
terms of student life.
"When there were three to
nine beer gardens every Friday,
you had a lot of opportunities
to meet a broad cross section of
people on campus," said Keys.
Though it's fascinating to see
the similarities and differences
within the show, the establishing
shots showcase the pure beauty
that UBC offered students ofthe
It's enlightening to see how
much changes in a decade. Ipads
didn't exist; the first smart-
phones were made in 2005 and
The Dalai Lama is coming by
UBC to give a teaching on
compassion in support ofthe
Tibetan Resettlement Project
in British Columbia. Having the
Dalai Lama give a speech at
UBC is an opportunity forstu-
dents to become empowered
and educated aboutTibetan
tribulations and the current
state of Tibetan refugees. For
those looking to achieve transcendental wisdom, attending the Dalai Lama's teaching
on October 23 2014 will be
the first step towards inner
A new exhibit opening at the
Morris and Helen Belkin Art
Gallery, Ai Weiwei New York
Photographs 1983-1993,
features the photographs of
prominent artist Ai Weiwei.
The photographs chronicle a difficult and transitory
time in the artist's life as
he was settling into a life in
New York after moving from
China. Narratives surface in
the photographs as the artist
interacted with new situations
such as poverty and political
demonstrations. Ai Weiwei is
a well-known artist who is also
an active advocate for human
rights and freedom of speech
in China. All are welcome to
the opening reception is on
September 4,2014 .'a
huge construction projects that
cause today's students grief didn't
exist. It feels like these people
lived and studied in an entirely
different era.
Overall, watching the show is a
positive and enlightening experience. Viewers will get to see UBC
in a faded retrospective lens. As
if looking into a time capsule and
seeing the sensibilities of university students at that time, the
similarities between us and them,
and the differences that shape
our eras.1!! // News I
Housing struggles: navigating Vancouver's housing market
While thousands of students live in UBC's residences, many more have had to find places off-campus.
Mateo Ospina
The search to find housing at or near UBC has been an
ongoing struggle for many UBC students.
Thousands of students have filled up UBC's campus
residences over the weekend, but many more have had to
find places to live off-campus.
First-year Arts student Riki Beazley is happy to have
secured a spot in UBC residences this year.
"You get lonely sometimes," said Beazley. "I like it here
better surrounded by people that you are friends with."
For Beazley, the complexity of finding housing in Vancouver and potential problems with landlords were his
primary reasons for wanting to live in the UBC campus
residences this year.
But with UBC's limited residence space, finding a place
to live on campus is often not an option. As such, living
in areas like Point Grey and Kitsilano can be significantly more expensive, especially when factoring in rent
and utilities.
As such, many students move further away from cam
pus to bring down their housing costs.
First-year Arts student Dina Shouhdy will be commuting to campus from Burnaby for 70 minutes each day. As
such, she's worried about missing out on various social
events that make up a large part of student life.
"All the night activities and gatherings, it's so hard to
participate in them because it's difficult to get home at
night," said Shouhdy. "I have to leave early and miss out
on those activities and probably even miss out on meeting
new people and getting to know them."
But for Arts student Erica Dharmawan, there are also
benefits to living far away from campus.
"I get to learn how to use the bus system," said Dharmawan. "I get to learn how to cook too and I get to be
closer to the city since UBC is kind of isolated in that one
Andrew Parr, Managing Director of UBC Student
Housing and Hospitality Services, recommends students
begin the search for housing early and persevere to until
they find the place that best suits them.
"We know that some students do have some difficulty,
but hope that students aren't having trouble with that,"
said Parr. "Reach out to your resources, the resources we
provide. Take the time to shop around. Start early."
Parr also encouraged students to expand their options
by looking for apartments with a one-year lease. Along
with an added sense of security that comes with a longer
lease, it makes the renting process much easier.
"I think that opens up a huge inventory," said Parr. "It
would also give you the security of knowing you have this
place for one year and don't have to reenter the application process."
Currently, UBC Student Housing and Hospitality
Services offer residence to 10 per cent of those who apply.
First year students are offered a housing guarantee
while priority spaces are also given to newly-admitted
Aboriginal students, exchange students and students
with disabilities.
The AMS also offers resources such as the AMS
Rentsline available for students who need to find housing. Check out their website, chalked full of resources, at
www.amsrentline.com Xi
Construction setbacks delay opening of The Pit and The Perch in the new SUB
Further delays in the AMS Student Nest will not push building opening date back
Scott Jacobsen
Several setbacks in the construction of The
Pit and The Perch may cause the businesses to open later than expected.
"It is a little bit different for each ofthe
outlets," said Ava Nasiri, AMS VP admin.
"The reason The Perch is lagging behind
a bit is because we had some foundational
changes that occurred in February."
Nasiri said the construction workers
needed to raise the ground of the spaces to
become level, which caused the delays in
the building process. Both the Perch and
The Pit are expected to open within a few
weeks ofthe opening ofthe new SUB in
January 2015. The Perch will open sooner
as construction of The Pit must stop for a
week if the space is to be used for the opening ceremonies celebrations.
"As a student, it is unfortunate and
disappointing, obviously, that The Pit
and The Perch are delayed, but on large
student projects like the Student Nest...
it is something that can be foreseen," said
Jenna Omassi, a fourth-year international
relations and religious studies student and
Arts Undergraduate Society president.
Still, Omassi feels satisfied by the efforts
ofthe AMS to make sure the new SUB
opens on schedule.
"The fact that the AMS is planning for a
way to use the SUB for the first week back
will be important from a student perspective," said Omassi.
Nasiri considered the construction's
long-term benefits in addition to the short-
term costs.
"It was in the best interest of students
to make that decision now rather than four
years from now," said Nasiri.
According to Nasiri, the decision to open
these spaces later comes from balancing
the provision of a quality space for the
entire lifespan ofthe building.
"We are really well-aware and understand this is student money," said Nasiri.
As such, Nasiri notes the acute awareness of cautious, informed spending of
student money while balancing the need
for keeping student excitement about the
new space.
According to Nasiri, they have looked
into a conditional operating license for the
first week of second term for The Pit but
the exact details regarding the license are
still unclear.
The Perch and The Pit construction
delays will not affect the rest ofthe building, which is scheduled to open January 5.
We're all keeping our fingers crossed that
the date doesn't get pushed back. *3 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2014    |    NEWS
Upper-year residences make room for first years
Demand for student housing rises as UBC welcomes large first year class
Jovana Vranic
News Editor
UBC Student Housing and
Hospitality Services have placed
over 700 first-year students in a
residence typically reserved for
older students.
As a result ofthe opening of
UBC's Vantage College, changes
in international enrolment and
an overall growth in interest for
on-campus housing, residences
are seeing an increased number
of first-year students moving in.
According to UBC Housing's
managing director Andrew Parr,
this number will only increase in
the years to come.
UBC guarantees housing for
first- and second-year international students, as well as
domestic students applying directly from high school. Because
of this, hundreds of upper-year
students have been forced to find
accommodation elsewhere.
Last school year, the UBC
Senate passed a policy to reflect
current practices of admitting a
greater number of international
students than the former policy
cap allowed.
The population of international students on campus is
expected to rise by nine per cent
over the next five years, according to the Senate's report.
This is partially due to the
opening of UBC's international
Vantage College.
This year, 180 Vantage college
students are residing in the Place
Vanier residence.
"Next year we're expecting about
300 students," said Parr. "In the
following year, those students will
all be moved to the new [Orchard
Commons residence] where we're
building an additional 1,048 beds."
550 beds in UBC's Walter Gage Residence
Orchard Commons will be the
home of UBC's Vantage College,
established as a transition program for international students
coming to UBC. The building will
include academic, administration
and residential spaces. It is targeted to open for the 2016-2017
school year, according to UBC
Board documents.
The Orchard Commons building will be located across the
street from Ritsumeiken House,
where all 200 beds are now given
have been assigned to first-year students.
to first years.
Along with Ritsumeiken's 200
beds, about 550 beds in the Gage
residence are now being taken up
by first-year students.
"It's unfortunate that the
number of first-year students
wanting housing is displacing,
to a certain extent, upper-year
students who would normally be
in those beds," said Parr.
Aside from Orchard Commons, UBC is also expanding
its Ponderosa residence on
University Boulevard to include
another building to house more
upper-year students, according
to Parr. The building will be open
in the spring term of 2016.
Parr also noted that UBC
continues to plan the construction of future residences. UBC is
working on a plan to house more
students, both in their first year
and beyond.
According to plans for the new
UBC Aquatic Centre, Wesbrook
Mall holds promise as a hotspot
for new construction. The east
side ofthe REC Centre and new
Aquatic Centre, as well as the
parking lot area on the south side
ofthe War Memorial Gym may
potentially be home to student
housing and retail buildings.
As first-year students continue
to fill campus residences over
the next few years, UBC's upper-years will have to keep their
eyes out for low cost, nearby
off-campus alternatives as they
now have no other option. XI
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Imagine Day starts
school celebrations
with a splash
Polar opposite of his predecessor, Gupta
happily accepts the ice bucket challenge
Veronika Bondarenko
News Editor
Despite Tuesday's pouring rain,
UBC started off the new school
year with a day of orientations and
a pep rally.
The incoming class of 6,084
first-year students packed the
stands at the Doug Mitchell
Thunderbird Sports Centre for
UBC's 18th Imagine Day.
Line Kesler, director ofthe
First Nations House of Learning,
started off the presentations by
acknowledging UBC's presence
on the traditional, ancestral
and unceded territory of the
Musqueam people.
After UBC choir members
sung the national anthem, AMS
President Tanner Bokor gave a
speech that encouraged students
to pursue new passions and explore opportunities outside their
comfort zones.
"UBC is a place that embraces
diversity, drives us to be more than
a number and empowers us to
imagine and create new opportunities and outlets for our passions,"
said Bokor. "It gives us opportunities to strive to be better."
Next, VP Students Louise
Cowin gave a speech about the
potential ofthe incoming class of
first years.
"Today we meet our future
alumni," said Cowin. "Today we
meet our new batch of bright and
curious students."
Cowin continued her speech
with some stats on the class of
2018. The youngest student is 14
years old while the oldest is 65.
The most common names are
Emily and Michael, while the
mean admission average is 88.4
per cent.
"We are a community filled
with people exploring, discovering and pursuing," said Cowin.
"This is a place where you begin
your quest to contribute to a
greater purpose and, tell me, how
great is that?"
After several popular performances by beatboxers, slam poets
and Imagine Day emcee Miss
D., UBC President Arvind Gupta
finished the speeches by talking
about beginning university in
the 1970s and congratulating
students on making the choice to
attend UBC.
"We have pretty much the
toughest admission standards
of any university in Canada and
that means that most of you
could have gone to anywhere you
wanted," said Gupta. "You could
have chosen any university that
you wanted, but you wanted to
be here."
Gupta also gave words of advice to students who, upon first
entering university, are encouraged to go after every opportunity that comes their way.
"I'm going to suggest something very different," said Gupta.
"I want you all to search for
your passion. Whatever you
signed up to study, whatever
you think you want to do right
now, look around you and try to
think about what you're passionate about. What gives your life
meaning? Because passionate
people change the world."
In an unexpected finish to the
pep rally that seemed incredibly
appropriate for the stereotyp-
ically rainy day in Vancouver,
Gupta and Bokor took part in an
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to the
raging applause ofthe crowd.
"I think it's really great for
people to find causes they believe
in and support them and do it in
a fun way," said Gupta. "I think
you should all look for causes you
believe in."'a THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4,2014    |    SCENE    |   7 // Opinions
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A struggling medium: in defense of student journalism
The Phoenix, UBC-O's official
student newspaper, turned over
the keys to its office in August after being evicted by the school's
student union.
According to David Nixon, former editor-in-chief ofthe paper,
The Phoenix has been operating
at a deficit for several years. The
UBC-O student union evicted the
newspaper in order to free up the
space for a business that will generate income — though the space
has since been allocated to the
UBC-O Peer Support Network,
Women's Resource Centre and
Pride Centre.
Though some, including the
UBC-O student union, do not
appear to consider the Phoenix's
loss of their 250 sq. foot office to
be detrimental to the paper's potential performance or viability,
the newspaper has already struggled financially over the past
few years — and the loss of their
office space may be the nail in
the coffin. Rocky Kim, UBC-O's
student union president, argued
that "the term 'eviction' is very
harsh and implies we're kicking
[The Phoenix] out and that's it.
No, that's definitely not the case.
I've made every recommendation and concession to make sure
they're still viable." Except for
giving them an office.
It's now a common
sentiment among
journalists ana
observers alike
that newspapers
are dying. Equally
common is the
question, "does it
Although this transpired in
the Okanagan, and there is no
clear, direct connection to The
Ubyssey or UBC Vancouver, it is
a microcosm ofthe general trend
of events in student journalism —
and journalism in general.
For hundreds of years, since
shortly after the creation of
the printing press, newspapers
have been a dominant medium
through which people remained
informed of current events.
Even 20 years ago, newspapers
were one ofthe leading forms of
media. Over the past couple of
decades, however, online journalism — professional and amateur — and television have seriously encroached on what was
formerly territory firmly held by
print media. It's now a common
sentiment among journalists and
observers alike that newspapers
are dying. Equally common is the
question, "does it matter?"
The Ubyssey was founded in
1918 and has run (almost) continuously for 96 years. The paper
has been the host — and in some
cases, the runway, for the careers — of many notable alumni,
including Prime Minister John
Turner and dozens of journalists
and authors, from Pierre Berton
— who reportedly enrolled at
UBC primarily to write for The
Ubyssey — and Allan Fothering-
ham (who was kidnapped by
members ofthe Engineering
Undergraduate Society for his
critical columns, and who subsequently kidnapped and imprisoned the then-EUS president for
three days), to poet Earle Birney
and photographer Jeff Wall.
As one might expect of any
organization with a near-100
year history, The Ubyssey has a
colourful past. One of our more
notable achievements is having
been called "the vilest rag you
can imagine and ... the best argument for censorship that could be
produced." The paper eventually
moved from its first office with
the UBC Publications Board, to
the basement of Brock Hall and
reaching its (so-far) pinnacle in
the third floor ofthe SUB, before
being relegated to our current
basement office in 2001 (see the
AMS-Ubyssey conflict of'94,
in which The Ubyssey was shut
down and later resurrected by a
student referendum).
We've done some good. From
advocating for the right of
Japanese-Canadian students to
continue their studies during the
Second World War to breaking
the stories ofthe Sauder FROSH
cheers and UBC sexual assaults
in 2013. But we've also done some
bad, such as coming out against
co-education in 1929, and publishing a tasteless image of a UBC
student mock-crucified on a totem pole at Easter in 1959 (which
resulted in the firing of the entire
editorial staff). We've made some
striking (if optimistic) observations, such as proclaiming the
end of World War I to herald a
"a new era of peace," and some
slightly embarrassing ones, like
when we called The Beatles' first
appearance on the Ed Sullivan
show "the biggest disappointment since mother told us there
was no Santa Claus." Ultimately,
we're human. The Ubyssey is and
always has been run by students,
for most of whom the experience at the paper is their first
foray into journalism. We make
mistakes and poor decisions, and
we're all, in some ways, learning
as we go. But we work here because we want to make the paper
as good as it can be.
The Ubyssey is, first and foremost, a student service. Whether
it's breaking news stories or
offering a place for students to
learn how to be journalists, The
Ubyssey exists courtesy of and
for the benefit of UBC students.
We're funded by a fee of $6.21
per student, per school year and
each year plenty of students opt
out of this fee. Even as I write
this piece in our office, we've had
several people walk in asking
to opt out of the fee. And that is
absolutely their right.
The editors and some staff
writers at the paper are paid,
but most — along with dozens
of other unpaid staff — spend
hours doing volunteer work each
week. All of our editors could
make more money working at a
fast food job than we do at the
paper. For some of us, it is a job —
but it's also a place to learn and
have fun.
Student newspapers are more
Prime Minister John Turner looking back at his time at The Ubyssey with our archives in 1988.
than just an outlet for campus
news reporting. They're places
for people to make their opinions
heard. They're places for people
to learn how to be journalists in a
relaxed environment, and a place
to meet others who have similar
interests. Perhaps most importantly for some ofthe people who
work here, it's a way to gain
experience in a relevant field.
Vaughn Palmer, a political
pundit for the Vancouver Sun, is
one of The Ubyssey's most well-
known contemporary alumni. He
wrote for The Ubyssey in the '70s
and, though he didn't focus much
on academics (like many Ubyssey
editors over the years), his involvement propelled his career
in journalism.
"I got my start in journalism at The Ubyssey, spent more
time in the newsroom than the
classroom - as evidenced by the
number of incompletes in my
transcript," Palmer said.
Alan Fotheringham, another
Ubyssey alum who is a prominent
Canadian journalist, famous for
his columns in Maclean's and the
Globe and Mail, also discussed
his dedication to journalism over
academics in his memoir.
I got my start in
journalism at The
Ubyssey, spent
more time in the
newsroom than
the classroom -
as evidenced by
the number of
incompletes in my
Vaughn Palmer
Former Ubyssey editor and
columnist at the Vancouver Sun.
"I was one ofthe few Ubyssey
editors to actually graduate," he
The Ubyssey gets criticized
a lot. Many student papers do.
Sometimes it's for the perceived
poor quality of our writing or
reporting, or the fact that we
publish controversial opinions
pieces. It's The Ubyssey's policy
to publish letters student write,
as long as they meet length
requirements and aren't libelous.
It's not a perfect policy — it can
result in some opinions being
overrepresented — but it gives
everyone a chance to speak their
mind, which is a cornerstone of
any student newspaper.
Is it better to have some random
There's still an
innate value in
having a heft of
people together...
building up that
kinetic energy in
one place and tnat
place being close
to, if not right on,
the area that you're
directly reporting
on that you cant
replace in any way".
Justin McElroy
Former multi-term Ubyssey editor
and writer and web producer at
Global News.
guy blogging from home a few
times a week? Maybe. I'm the blog
editor for The Ubyssey and I can
tell you that nine times out of 10, a
short, snappy blog post performs
better than a long, researched,
stolid article. In such an instantaneous world, where so much information is at your fingertips, this is
understandable. But there's something to be said for an institution
— a team — that works around the
clock to create content. Particularly if that institution works at the
same place they report on. Justin
McElroy, a former multi-term
Ubyssey editor and currently a
writer and web producer at Global
News, agrees.
"There's still an innate value in
having a heft of people together
... building up that kinetic energy
in one place and that place being
close to, if not right on, the area
that you're directly reporting on
that you can't replace in any way,"
he said.
Though for some people at The
Ubyssey, journalism has been their
dream job for years, others hadn't
even seriously considered it as a
career path. McElroy fit into the
latter group.
"It's one of those things like
being an astronaut or professional golfer ... yeah, that'd be cool,
but people don't actually do that,
right? They have boring jobs!" he
For others, like second-year
Ubyssey volunteer Olivia Law,
student newspapers serve as just
another step on the career path
they've had laid out since they
were kids, and a chance to gain
experience. "[The Ubyssey] said,
'you don't ever have to have written anything before. We'll start
you off with something that's 200
words long that maybe no one
will read, but it'll get published,
and you'll have something that
was published," she said.
One ofthe greatest assets of a
student paper is that it is intrinsically local. The Ubyssey, as
with all student papers, has its
focus directed toward campus
and issues that affect students.
Though other publications do address student issues from time to
time, it is with student journalism
— by students and for students
— that a portrait of a school can
be painted and made complete.
Whether it's Our Campus profiles
revealing the life stories of some
of UBC's favourite profs, news
articles breaking stories about
administration scandals or reporting research achievements, or
sports commentary on the major
win by one of our teams, the
coverage of student issues by student newspapers is unequaled by
other, non-student publications.
"Student newspapers have
been vibrant for decades and
decades and decades in Canada
and North America, because
they have their pulse on where
students are, and are constantly
reporting for them the way they
expect," McElroy said.
If student journalism is going
to survive, it will have to adapt
to the changing times. But it also
requires the support of its audience and benefactors, and the
realization ofthe public that it
is, ultimately and in many ways,
a student service — to both its
audience and authors. Xt EDITOR JACKHAUEN
// Sports + Rec
Women's soccer looks to build this season
New recruits are in the spotlight after last year's heartbreak
Olamide Olaniyan
With nine fresh faces joining the women's soccer team
this year, the squad's future is
relatively uncertain.
The preseason saw matches
with the University of Alberta,
Western Washington and Langara
College. The 2014-15 season
started off on the right foot as
the women took the first game
against defending Canada West
champions U of A at home 1-0.
Taylor Shannik tallied the lone
score at 63:57, knocking in a free
kick from 20 yards out.
The T-Birds then dropped
their next match against Western
Washington University by the
same score on August 22 after
allowing an early goal.
The final preseason game saw
the women defeat Langara at
Varsity Field last week, again one-
nil, after rookie midfielder Reetu
Johal put in the lone tally in the
75th minute.
According to head coach Andrea
Neil, this season will be mostly
about growth for the 'Birds, she's
focused on building the team up
and getting the squad full of new
players ready to be contenders in
Canada West.
"The 2014 Canada West season
is more about establishing a program, laying a foundation," said
Neil, the former assistant coach of
the Canadian National Team. "We
The women's soccer squad is relying on a batch of new players to step up their game.
already have a defensive record
in the past — we want to shift
and focus a little more on our
This season will be Neil's
second season as head coach. She
joined the club in 2013, bringing a
wealth of experience to the helm
and leading the Thunderbirds to
a third place finish in the regular
season before losing to Alberta
in Canada West's opening playoff
round, then falling to Victoria in
penalty kicks in the bronze medal
game. Neil is a UBC graduate and
ex-Thunderbird — she lead the
team to a CI AU championship
in 1994 and won the Marilyn
Pomfret in 1993 as the university's top female athlete. She has
also competed for Canada in four
World Cups.
Neil is one ofthe most decorated soccer players to come from
Canada, and has been inducted
into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame,
the BC Sports Hall of Fame, the
Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame,
and the Canadian Sports Hall of
Fame, and was recently honoured
by the Vancouver Whitecaps as
she became the second player
to be inducted into their Ring of
Honour, mainly due to her years
as captain ofthe team.
She'll need all of that experience to lead the Thunderbirds to
become contenders in the CIS.
The 2014-2015 team is largely
composed of rookies, placing
heavy weights on the shoulders of
incoming recruits.
The large recruiting class
includes: defenders Madison
Matulionis, Alisa Murtland, Nadia
Langenberg and Emma Kallner;
forwards Amrit Berar and Emma
Leese; and midfielders Reetu
Johal, Alix Varchol, Elizabeth
Swoboda and Stephanie Pospiech.
According to Neil, the greatest
strength ofthe women's soccer
team is their openness to learn
and grow.
"It's important not to judge
them by how far they can go. It
is important to judge by how far
they have come. And they have
been remarkable," said Neil.
The team's home opener will be on
Saturday, September 13 on Varsity
Field against the University of
Northern B.C. -a
Come sail away with UBC Sailing
Club offers recreational, competitive sailing, other watersports
Jack Hauen
Sports and Rec Editor
The sailing club isn't just for
sailing. The club owns an array
of watercraft, from paddleboards
to windsurfers to Flying Juniors,
which some members use to race
competitively. The variety of
choices reflects the club's inclusive
"Previous sailing experience
is awesome," said instructor Neil
Roberts. "But we're also perfectly
happy to train people as crew, then
move them into skippering roles as
they're comfortable."
If you're unfamiliar with sailing
terminology, crew refers to the
people in the boat mainly responsible for shifting their weight
around in order to balance the boat
that the skipper is responsible for
steering. I know this because I attended the club's recruiting event
at Jericho Beach — aptly named
Try Sailing — which got students
out on the water and encouraged
them to join up. I can sea the
During the event, the new
recruits were given a hands-on
landlocked rundown of some basic
safety and steering mechanisms of
the ship, then it was into the ocean
to experience the open water with
two strangers who quickly became
friends. Funny how that works
when you're depending on one
another to stay dry.
We went through a quick and
easy figure eight loop a few times,
practicing tacking, balancing,
tightening the jib and any other
ocean-related jargon you can think
From left to right: Stephanie Stearman, Zoe Lin, Alicia Chan, Neil Roberts, and Ekaterina Gerasimenko.
of, then the instructors roped us
to their motorboats and toured us
around Jericho's waters. Though
it was a relaxed evening with little
to no stress, the level of instructor
contact seemed indicative ofthe
care they feel for their club and
the recruits who join them - good
news, since they also run a lesson
program aimed to turn even the
greenest landlubber into a sea
dog capable of braving the great
blue unknown.
"It's probably Canada's cheapest
lesson program in terms ofthe cost
per hour of instruction. You get
fully professional instruction —
these aren't volunteers coming out
and teaching you what they think
they know, these are professional,
trained instructors who really
know their stuff," said Roberts.
Roberts described the sailing
club as a "group of groups"; the
competitive race team is focused
on competing in regattas across
B.C., Washington and Oregon,
while the rest ofthe club divides
its time between lessons and
recreational boating activities
(windsurfing, kayaking, and stand
up paddleboarding, to name a few).
The race team holds practices
three times per week, and it pays
off. Last season they placed first
and second at CICSA (Canadian
Intercollegiate Sailing Association) Nationals in match racing,
and second in fleet racing, as well
as taking home second place at the
Women's NWICSA (Northwest
Intercollegiate Sailing Association) Qualifier, and gaining competitive club status at UBC.
Stephanie Stearman, the
vice-president ofthe sailing team,
cites instant feedback from other
members as reason the skills of
those involved in the club will
always improve.
"Some people have placed at
international events, and some are
just beginners, so there'll always
be something to learn from your
peers. By the end ofthe season we
pick up on everyone's knowledge."
The non-competitive side holds
just-for-fun events and lessons
throughout the year, but mainly
during warmer weather.
"In the summer, they do trips all
around the Gulf Islands. There's
also a more casual racing scene
going on in the summer, as well
as some competitive stuff in the
catamarans," said Roberts. "Then,
in the winter, the recreational club
slows down a bit. They run lessons
through the fall, switch over once
everyone goes skiing in December
or January, then we rev it up again
in April."
Though the views of experienced club members might be a
bit biased, they're all more than
happy to list off reasons to join the
club and get a taste of Vancouver's
open water.
"I think sailing's unique because it's part athleticism, but it's
very social," said Stearman. "This
is competition, but in a fun way.
I learn something every time I'm
on the water. I'll be 90 years old
and still sailing, and still learning
something. There are different
factors each time, so it really is a
thinking person's sport. You're
always on your toes."
"It never gets boring, said club
treasurer Ekaterina Gerasimenko.
"You're always outside and the
scenery's always different, the
people are always different.... It's
just great to be on the water in the
fresh air. You can see the sunrise,
the sunset, it's really romantic."
And if you're wondering
whether the Sailing Club knows
how to party, you should know
that the motorboat cage at Jericho
also contained a healthy amount
of empty kegs from the previous
get-together. The old stereotype of
a sailor with a bottle of rum apparently still holds water, according
to Gerasimenko.
"Well back in the day, sailors
drank it all the time. It's just in our
blood." tJ THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4,2014    I    SPORTS    I   11
Men's soccer sets sights on a three-peat
Expectations are high after dominant recent years
Soren Elsay
If repeating as champions really is
the hardest thing to do in sports,
then the UBC Thunderbirds are
about to undertake an even tougher task.
The 'Birds followed up their
undefeated season in 2012 with
another dominant display, this
time only losing a single game
enroute to a second consecutive
CIS Championship. Along the way
UBC collected a 15th Canada West
banner thanks to a 6-1 demolition
of Saskatchewan in the final, and
continued on to defeat Laval 3-1 to
claim the CIS National Title. The
challenge now for the Thunderbirds
is to do something that has not
been seen in over 20 years. In order
to find the last team to win three
straight titles, you have to look back
to the great UBC teams from 1989
-1992 which won an unparalleled
four consecutive CIS banners.
For head coach Mike Mosher,
who enters his 19th season at the
helm, this season is like any other.
"We have won 13 championships,
and 12 over the last 30 years ... so
that is the standard. [Winning the
championship] is the expectation
regardless of what happened the
previous year," he said.
If any team is to step out ofthe
shadow of its forefathers, this may
be the team. The 2014 squad sees
many key pieces returning, including its three leading goal scorers
and three starting defenders.
"If I look at this group versus
last year, I think the starting 11
is as good as what we had last
year and I think what we've got
in terms of depth is better," said
Mosher. "Right now I think we
have actually got a better team
than we did last year."
Offensively, the 'Birds were a
juggernaut last season, averaging
almost three and a half goals
per game, and most ofthe usual
suspects are back. Milad Mihrabi
returns after leading the team
with 15 goals in 20 games, as
well as Navid Mashinchi, whom
Mosher calls "one ofthe best
players in the entire country."
Naill Cousens, the 6'4" striker,
returns as well, after a successful
first season for the Thunderbirds
which saw him register 11 goals
Winning the CIS championship this year would be nothing out of the ordinary for the Thunderbirds.
and earn CIS Tournament MVP.
Joining the trio is a handful of
intriguing additions: the diminutive Boris Si returns home after
spending the last two years playing professionally in China, and
Jules Chopin, who has moved
across town from SFU, providing
Mosher with even more attacking options.
This plethora of weapons
gives Mosher flexibility when
it comes to attacking the opposition. "We can hurt teams in so
many different ways. We've got
different players that can do it,
from different positions, [and] set
pieces." While he acknowledges
that certain players are the focal
point, Mosher values a "level of
unpredictability in terms of how
we attack."
At the other end of the field, the
Thunderbirds are well equipped
to be as stifling as they were last
year, a year in which the team
surrendered a measly 12 goals all
season. Anchoring the back four is
fifth-year senior Paul Clerc.
This year's captain will fill a big
part ofthe void left behind from
last year's graduated captains
Will Hyde and Greg Smith,
something Mosher knows he is fully
prepared to handle:
"[Clerc] has done it all on the
field, he does it in the classroom, he
won the Governor General's Award
[given to the country's top academic
athlete]... there is an easy leader
right there," said Mosher.
Joining Clerc on the back line are
three returning starters from last
season. Bryan Fong enjoyed a breakout year last season and will be back
to man the other centre back spot.
Two year starter Tyler Mertens and
newcomer Chris Serban round out
an experienced back four.
In goal, Mosher has the luxury of having all four keepers
returning from last year. Last
season saw all of them — Luke
O'Shea, Richard Meister, Ante
Beskovic and Chris Beck — get
significant playing time, and
Mosher excepts much the same
for this year.
"I think we'll see a bit of the
same [as last year] where different
guys get different opportunities
to play. We are fortunate to have a
wealth of good goalkeepers."
The Thunderbirds begin their
season September 5 in Victoria
against the University of Victoria
Vikes. The first home game ofthe
season is slated for Saturday, September 13 against the University
of Northern B.C. X&
Frosted Tips: exercises to improve your skating
Cole Wilson had 22 points in 28 games in the 2013/2014 season.
Jason Yee
Tip 1: Off-Ic eExercises
Doing fundamental lifts like
squats, deadlifts and lunges will
go a long way to helping your
skating stride by strengthening
you and teaching you muscular
endurance in a knee and hip
flexed position. This allows you
to get more knee bend while
skating, and knee bend leads
to a longer stride with better
push angles.
My favourite exercise is a
called a "single leg squat to
target." To do this, stand facing
away from a bench or chair on
one leg. Sit your hips back, while
balancing on one leg, until your
bum touches the seat. Sit completely down on the seat. Then
squeeze your bum and stand back
up. Repeat 5-6 reps per side for
2-3 sets. You shouldn't wobble or
wiggle during the rep. Your joints
should remain stacked (knees in
line with toes), and your spine
should remain neutral and straight
throughout the movement. Your
knee also shouldn't travel forward
over your toes — it should remain
stationary while your hips sit back.
Tip 2: Get your bum down and
bend your knees
If you're already strong off the
ice, the next step is to get a deeper
knee bend. Do this by sitting your
bum back as if sitting in a chair.
The lower your knee bend, the
more favourable your push angle
is to developing speed. Skaters
without much knee bend push
straight down (vertically) into the
ice, while skaters with more knee
bend have more horizontal and
lateral push. By pushing laterally
and horizontally, skaters push in
a much more energy efficient direction. Think of how low Sidney
Crosby skates — bend your knees
and sit your bum back to become
more efficient and faster.
Tip 3: Keep your skate blade on
the ice
Sometimes skaters try to skate faster by taking faster steps. This can
be a mistake if the skater also takes
a shorter step. A tip that I often give
players is to keep their blade on the
ice and feel them pushing into it as
long as possible. In order to do this,
ensure that your push starts under
your body, and that you finish with
your toe on the ice. Feeling the
push through this complete range
of motion is your goal. Think of
Ryan Kesler — he always has a long
stride that starts under his body
and powerfully pushes through his
toe, putting all the power from his
legs into the ice. XI // Scene
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