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What's on
lEK.MAYI
Exam Jam: 10 a.m-4 p.m.
As the first term of the year comes to a close, exam season is upon us. For
first-years looking for a little extra help with some of those daunting tests,
Student Services has organized a campus-wide study group system.
Free snacks, peer-advising, and a mix of silent and group study areas are
available. Check out students.ubc.ca/exam-jam for more information.
FOOD»
Annual Donut Sale for United
Way: 10 a.m. @ SUB South
Lounge
Needaquicksnackwhileyou're
studying? UBC Campus Security
will be hosting an annual donut
fundraiserthat will curb your
study hunger.
SINGING »
Open Mic Night: 9 p.m. @ the
Gallery Lounge
Looking for an outlet to express
your desires to be one of the Glee
kids? Stop by Open Mic Night at
the Gallery to hearcampussing
its heart out. Plus, the Gallery has
nachos — what else could you
need?
First Day of Exams
You have diligently worked for
the past four months to get to this
point. While this may be a stressful time, don't forget: there is light
attheendofthetunnel! Breakout
that study playlist, find yourself a
study carrel in Koerner, and don't
forget to take a break now and
then. Also, the Pit is still open,
so no matter howyour exams
go, there is still somewhere to
celebrate and commiserate.
HEALTH »
Yoga and Relaxation Session: 1:30-2:30 p.m. @ International House
If the title alone doesn't entice
you to take a break from studying, we aren't sure what will. I.
House is offering free yoga to
help you unwind a little bit. So
dig outthatyoga matand RSVP
online at http://ow.ly/fKUa9
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OUR CAMPUS
ONE ON ONE WITH THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE UBC
=HOTO COURE^T MICHAEL ELDER
Michael Elder is the director of the UBC Engineering Godiva band.
Directing the engineers
Joan Tan
Contributor
Though engineers aren't
usually known for their extra-
curriculars, Michael Elder
manages to multitask. Besides
fulfilling the demands of being
a third-year engineering student, Elder also co-directs the
Engineering Godiva Band.
Comprised of a dozen
engineering students, Godiva
is the self-proclaimed "Engineering Spirit Band." The band
is perhaps best known for embarking on a three-hour march
around campus, singing and
playing Christmas tunes on the
last day of classes.
"We wanted to give people
something to be happy about, a
little bit of comic relief before
the exams," said Elder. "It's
fun for us, and we hope other
people have fun with it too.
"Especially since it was the
last day of classes, we really
wanted to give people the
light in the tunnel. It's right
before finals, and we wanted
to kind of say 'Hey, Christmas
is coming up right after finals,
remember that?'"
Elder also found it interest
ing that it was the engineers
who were the ones providing
this holiday spirit.
"We have that image and
reputation of being serious,"
he said. "It's reflected in UBC
campus memes; they post lots
of things like 'engineers don't
have any fun, we all just play
video games all day,'... so I
think this makes a huge statement, that we are more than
that, and we can have fun too."
Even before coming to UBC,
music had been a big part of
Elder's life. "Throughout high
school, I was in Army Cadets
and I was involved in a lot of
marching band type things.
So when I heard there was a
marching band here, I decided
to join."
When Elder joined in his
first year, the Godiva Band
was only in its second year of
existence. But within a span
of three years, he has seen
significant change.
"It was still fairly new and
not that established in terms
of what we were going to do
for the year," he said. "We
also didn't have that much of a
budget or a system. But it has
improved a lot.
"Now we have proper
rehearsal space,... and now
people actually know who we
are."
Elder has been involved in
organizing Godiva for the past
two years, and they now have
weekly practices.
"It's amazing to see it all
come together in the end,
seeing all these people have
fun and enjoy it. The band and
everyone has done amazing and we hope to continue
to spread the joy and fun
through music.
"I'm really happy because it
shows there are more people
like me that are also really
passionate about music and
want to be able to do something about that. So I'm glad to
know that there's a group like
the Godiva band as a place to
go for people like us."
And though he's a committed engineering student, the
band has allowed Elder pursue
what's important to him.
"Music is my biggest passion,... and I'm really glad that
I have that time each week to
build on my passion." Xi
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 3,
BEER»
KAI JACOBSON PHOJWHE UBYSSEY
Concerned students showed up in droves at last week's AMS Council meeting to voice their concerns about the New SUB brewery.
New SUB microbrewery in limbo
Veronika Bondarenko
StaffWriter
The opening of the new Student
Union Building is fast approaching, but the future of the student-run microbrewery set to go
inside it is still up in the air.
No budget for the proposed
brewery has been finalized yet,
and at last Wednesday's AMS
council meeting, a vote was
planned on whether or not to
scrap the project entirely. But just
a few hours before the meeting,
the AMS realized the pace of
new SUB construction gave them
a little more time, and they've
commissioned a new consultant's
report to help them decide whether or not to commit to building
the brewery.
At the meeting, AMS executives, permanent staff, alumni and
a vocal delegation from the BruBC
homebrewing club argued over
the financial aspects of bringing
a microbrewery to UBC campus.
NEWS BRIEFS
Man pleads guilty to secretly
recording nudity on campus
Jay Winship Forster, the man accused of secretly recording women
in a UBC change room, pled guilty
to one count of secretly observing
or recording nudity in a public
place at Richmond Provincial Court
last Tuesday.
His next court appearance is
scheduled for Jan. 31,2013. Both a
pre-sentence report and a psychiatric or psychological report will
be presented.
The crime of secretly observing
or recording nudity in a public place
can be either a summary offence
or an indidictable offence. If it is
charged as an indictable offence,
the maximum sentence is a prison
term of five years.
Sauder study finds customer
complaints hurt product ratings
A new study from the Sauder
School of Business found that it can
be risky to give customers a chance
to complain about a product.
The study found that consumers
given a chance to complain about a
faulty product gave the item a lower
rating than participants who weren't
given a chance to complain.
"When a person feels implicated
in a product'sfailure-think building Ikea furniture-they're more
likely to shift blame to the product
when complaining and increase ill
will toward it," said study co-author
and Sauder professor Darren Dahl
in a press release. Xi
There was spirited debate about
whether the potential monetary
and social gains from brewing
beer in the SUB outweighed the
risks of the project.
AMS Council decided to spend
$11,000 of the new SUB budget on
another consultant's report that
will attempt to predict whether or
not the brewery will make enough
money to pay back the hefty
building and equipment costs
required to get it started. According to AMS designer Michael
Kingsmill, who gave part of the
presentation about the brewery
at the meeting, $48,000 has been
spent on financial consultations
for the microbrewery to date.
A five-person committee will
review the new report and the
business case for the project, and
make a recommendation about
whether or not it should be built.
The AMS had originally
planned to build a brew pub
in the new SUB, and only sell
TUITION »
the beer they made on-site. But
AMS president Matt Parson and
vice-president administration
Caroline Wong decided that, if a
brewing facility is to be built at
all, it might as well be a full brewery that can also produce beer to
sell elsewhere. They hope that
being able to sell kegs and bottles
will help the business turn more
of a profit.
But with start-up costs for construction and equipment reaching
close to $1 million, the microbrewery will have to sell a lot of
beer in order to even pay back the
capital costs.
Parson is hopeful that, despite
the possible risks, a microbrewery
at UBC can still become a reality.
"We are re-engaging... consultants to take a second look over the
business feasibility of including a
microbrewery in the new Student
Union Building," said Parson.
"We are just re-evaluating the
new conditions."
Still, Parson is confident that
the initial expense will pay off in
the end.
"They'll be looking at the
financial projections with our
new brewing capacity as well as
weighing those against the cost,"
said Parson. "There's a very exciting new potential for partnerships
with external groups now that
our capacity is quite a lot more
significant."
Former AMS vice-president
finance Elin Tayyar, who has
been one of the brewery's first
proponents back in 2011, believes
that some details still need to
be finalized before construction
can proceed.
"Financing is a big issue for
any business venture. The actual
management of the microbrewery
also needs to be finalized — this
depends on the partnership
plan. Last, and most important,
someone needs to spearhead this
project; that seems to be missing
at this point."
Dano Morrison, president of
BruBC, is willing to do whatever
it takes to bring the microbrewery
to campus. "We'd love to see it
happen. That's our number one
right now," said Morrison. "We'd
love to see quality beer being put
out by the brewery, possibly with
the help of students — either students helping run the process, [or]
maybe as part of some educational
program for those who are interested in the brewing industry."
Morrison hopes that by bringing students, the AMS and BruBC
together, the AMS can help
ensure that the microbrewery
project gets off the ground.
"We seem to have gotten a lot
of support so far and we're going
to keep working for it, keep trying
to make it good," said Morrison.
"If they think about going down
the road and trying to get [a
third party like] Molson in on the
project, we'll fight that tooth and
nail."
A final AMS Council vote on
the status of the microbrewery is
expected in January 2013. tJ
GOVERNANCE»
Engineers reach
deal on new
student space
UBC to reconsider high cost of new econ degree
Decision comes after objections from several student groups
Will McDonald
News Editor
UBC is goingto reconsider the
price of the proposed new Bachelor
of International Economics degree.
The decision comes after elected
representatives from the AMS
student society, the International
Students' Association and the
Economics Students' Association
gave a presentation at last Friday's
Board of Governors committee
meeting opposing the high cost of
the program.
The program has a proposed
tuition of $10,000 per year for
domestic students and $29,000 per
year for international students.
Student groups argued there
wasn't enough justification for the
price tag or consultation on the
cost of the program.
"This is not a program, and this
is not a tuition amount, that is
justified by the rationale provided," AMS VP Academic Kiran
Mahal said at the meeting, where
she made a presentation on the
AMS's behalf.
She and the AMS also submitted
a document to the Board prior to
the meeting meeting arguing that,
in the AMS's view, the program
could still make money even if the
tuition cost was lowered.
After the presentation, the
UBC Board of Governors voted to
pull a motion for approval of the
program's tuition costs from next
week's full Board meeting.
UBC President Stephen Toope
said the university has now committed to consider other options
for the new degree.
"I hope that we can find a way
forward," said Toope. "[We] will
commit to having immediate further consultations with students
and also commit to looking at the
numbers much more aggressively."
Board of Governors member
Maureen Howe said the administration needs to look at other ideas,
but time is of the essence.
"We would actually like to go
back and ask our administration to
sharpen their pencil and do a little
further work," said Howe. "They
must be as expeditious as possible.
We would really like to get this
school up and operational... by
September [2013]."
The university has already
begun to accept applications from
students who hope to start in the
program next September. Applications are still being accepted.
The university had originally
planned to approve the program's
tuition at the September Board
meeting, but it was pulled from the
agenda when the AMS objected
because there had been no student
consultation. The program's
directors talked with students
at a town hall meeting on Oct.
9, but the tuition numbers went
back onto the December Board
agenda unchanged.
Mahal has previously expressed
concerns that the town hall was
not really a consultation, but an
"information session." However,
she said she is hopeful that the university will take students' concerns
into account go
"[The university] seemed to
make a strong commitment that
they will look at making this
consultation more robust and more
inclusive and more open to hearing
suggestions ... we're hopeful that it
will be better than the last," Mahal
said later on Friday.
Mahal said that no further
consultations have been scheduled
yet, but they would involve elected
student reps from the AMS, the
Arts Undergraduate Society, the
Economics Students Association
and the International Students
Association, as well as representatives from the university.
Mahal said the university would
like to meet before the end of the
year, but it may be difficult to
coordinate students' schedules
during exams.
"We understand that the
university is on a short timeline ...
but at the same time we want to
make sure that we give it enough
consideration, that all the issues
are addressed." Xi
YARAVAN KESSEL PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
The Engineers are planning a new student
building to replace the Cheeze, their
current student centre.
Matt Meuse
StaffWriter
Now that they've ironed out a deal
with UBC about how the building
will be run, the Engineering Undergraduate Society is one step closer
to getting a new student space.
The agreement defines how
the engineers' new student space
will be controlled, and it will set
the precedent for other student
groups hoping to acquire new
student spaces.
The undergrad society went
through drawn-out negotiations
with UBC about who would have
final say over what happens in the
space. UBC wanted to give full
control to the Dean of Applied Science, but the students argued for a
balance of power between students,
engineering alumni and university
staff. Most of the building's budget
will come from student fees and
alumni donations.
EUS president Ian Campbell
said the agreement requires the engineers to present an annual event
plan for the building to the Dean
of Applied Science for approval.
Campbell wouldn't reveal the full
details of the deal until the AMS
signs off on it.
Overall, the undergrad society
is pleased with the agreement. "I
think it was very beneficial for student life as a whole that we engaged
on this," said Campbell. "I think
now [UBC has] a better idea of what
students want, and how student life
can be impacted by student space."
The length of the agreement's
term was a sticking point in negotiations, and though the EUS had
initially hoped for a longer term,
Campbell said the final 30-year
term length was mutually agreed to
be in both parties' best interests.
Campbell doesn't think needing
the dean's approval to host events
will make things any more difficult
than they already are, because
faculty approval is currently required for any student events with
a liquor license.
UBC VP Students Louise Cowin
said UBC was happy with the result
of the negotiations as well. Both
parties were conscious of how
the agreement would shape the
way other, yet-to-be-built student
spaces would be run as well.
"I would say that any future
deal will look very close to the one
that we've achieved with Engineering," Cowin said. "It doesn't
make sense to me that one group
has one deal and another group has
another deal.
"I think it's a great outcome for
student social spaces at UBC."
Other undergrad groups on campus — from Arts, Commerce and
Kinesiology — have expressed interest in building their own student
centres, and they'll likely be looking
for similar agreements soon.
The Engineering students hope
for full Board of Governors approval of project specifics by next
spring. Xi NEWS    I    MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012
BOARD OF GOVERNORS »
Board committees do heavy lifting on equity, development
UBC's head honchos talk aboriginal enrolment, faculty structures and soccer fields at year-end meeting
Last Friday, UBC's board of
governors — the group in
charge of most important
decisions about the university —
held their last standing committee
meetings of the year.
They made recommendations
and gave progress reports on a number of initiatives, from employment
equity to construction projects.
Anything recommended at the committee stage will more than likely
be passed at next week's regular
Board meeting.
A presentation about sustainability showed that UBC met goals to
reduce on-campus water usage to 40
per cent below 2010 levels and keep
auto traffic at or below 1997 levels.
They failed, however, to meet goals
to reduce C02 emissions to 33 per
cent below 2007 levels, or to divert
55 per cent of solid waste away from
landfills.
According to John Robinson,
associate provost of sustainability,
by the time the steam-to-hot-water
heating system conversion is up and
running, this will cut greenhouse
gas emissions enough to make the
C02 goal achievable.
There was also a presentation
about changes to UBC's policy on
plagiarism and scholarly integrity,
which won't happen until next year.
The proposed changes are subtle,
but what's interesting is that UBC
has no choice in any of them; the
changes are decided entirely by
the Tri-Council federal research
granting agencies. If UBC doesn't
change their policy to be in line with
Tri-Council guidelines, they'll be
out a lot of research cash.
A few other highlights: the
Bookstore is still expanding its retail
space, and the Start an Evolution
alumni fundraising campaign has
made 65 per cent of the $1.5 billion
they're tryingto raise.
Here are a few brief recaps
about other important things the
Board discussed. They also talked
about the Bachelor of International
Economics program, which you can
read about on page 3. tJ
—Laura Rodgers
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THE 2011-2012 EQUITY
REPORT: ABORIGINAL
ENROLMENT DOWN,
EMPLOYEES WITH
DISABILITIES UP
The university's annual equity
report shows that some of its goals
for diversity aren't being met.
Although all of the data was
self-reported and there was a
low response rate, it does give a
snapshot of various demographics.
It provides a breakdown of the university's administration, professors,
staff and students. Categories include race, gender, and disabilities.
Despite UBC's numerous cam-
30URCE: 2011-2012 UBC EQUITYREPORT
paigns to increase the number of
aboriginal students on campus, the
percentage of students who identify
as aboriginal fell from 1.5 per cent
in 2011 to 1.1 per cent in 2012.
The report also found no
increase in aboriginals, visible
minorities or disabled persons in
the past year for the university's
senior administration. Although
the report found an increase in employees who self-report as disabled,
Associate VP Equity Tom Patch
said that most of those numbers
come from employees who have become disabled after they have been
hired, and not an increase in hiring
people with disabilities. tJ
-Will McDonald
ALL HEALTH-RELATED
PROGRAMS SET TO
AMALGAMATE
UBC is planning to move its vast
assortment of health-related
programs into one central department.
The university says it will
make things more efficient in a
number of ways, such as how the
university works with health authorities to arrange clinical work
placements for students. There's
a long list of programs set to go
into the new umbrella department: nursing, population and
public health, social work, dietet
BOARD GIVES GO-AHEAD
TO SHARED NATIONAL
SOCCER DEVELOPMENT
CENTRE
The Whitecaps will be building
a National Soccer Development
centre on campus, and they plan to
share it with UBC.
The university won't be paying
any of the cost of the $23.5 million
facility, which includes a field
htouse, two grass playing fields, a
turf field and a training centre.
Soccer
Development
Centre
BY THE
NUMBERS
ics, clinical psych, physiotherapy,
kinesiology, dentistry, audiology,
pharmacy, occupational therapy,
genetic counselling, midwifery
and, of course, medicine.
Currently, the Dean of Medicine, Gavin Stuart, also serves as
UBC's vice-provost of health.
The plan is to give the
vice-provost position to someone else who isn't a dean, and
have them head up all the
health-related departments.
At the committee meeting,
UBC provost David Farrar
argued that the department's
restructuring fit with the trend
toward more patient-focused
health care, where health professionals from various fields work
together more closely.
"Our students should really
be going out as teams to clinical
placements," he said.
Farrar talked about the concerns he heard from some of the
smaller departments involved in
the amalgamation, like Dentistry
and Pharmacy.
"They feel very threatened
when they're put next to Medicine," he said.
Plans for the restructure are
still being discussed, and UBC
expects to have final plans on
how to move forward by next
July. Xi
—Laura Rodgers
Cost: 23.5 million $9
million from Whitecaps
$14.5 million from the
province
Field house 15-20,000
square feet. About 8,000
square feet to be used by
UBC
Grass field use: 85%
Whitecaps, 15% UBC
Turf field use: 75%
Whitecaps, 25% UBC
UBC will get to use the grass
practice fields 15 per cent of the
:ime, and the artificial turf field
25 per cent of the time, with the
whitecaps using the rest. The university will also get approximately
8,000 square feet of the 15-20,000
square-foot field house.
The fields are set to be completed by August 2013, but the field
htouse won't be fully ready until
2015. The Property and Planning
Committee has recommended
seeking the approval of the Board
of Goverors in the early stages of
the project. tJ
-Will McDonald
Students dive into water filter market with new design
Sarah Bigam
StaffWriter
Two UBC engineering students
have designed a new filter that
they hope will ease access to
clean water.
UBC engineering alum Bradley
Pierik said the device, called
Tapp, is designed to be adaptable
to situations ranging from hiking
to the aftermath of a natural disaster. He and chemical engineering student Kevin Reilly created
Twothirds Water Inc. to sell the
new filter.
Pierik discovered his passion
for water treatment while doing
field work in Ethiopia during
his undergraduate degree at the
University of Toronto.
"It really bothers me that
something that's so easy to avoid
is causing suffering to so many
people in the world. And when I
think about what things can be
done just to make the world better - you start with the low-hanging fruit, right, here's something
that's causing half of the world's
hospitalizations and there's really
easy fixes, so let's work on that
one for now," Pierik said.
He came up with the idea for
Tapp while he was a graduate
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The Tapp filter, designed by UBC engineers Bradley Pierik and Kevin Reilly, filters 99 per cent of bacteria and dirt from water.
student at UBC. During his degree, he worked in Haiti, Senegal,
Uganda, the Philippines, the
Dominican Republic and Kenya.
During his travels, he gathered
feedback on the design of his
water filter. Consistently, he
found that simplicity was key.
"I started taking apart other
people's products and putting
things together the way I thought
they should work," Pierik said.
"That was a long, fun process as
an engineer who geeks out on this
stuff."
In its final design, Tapp can
be connected to containers full
of dirty water through tubing
or bottle threads. Water flows
through the Tapp and comes out
clean on the other end.
Inside the Tapp, the water is
filtered through a hollow fiber
microfiltration membrane. Essentially, it works like a playground
sand sifter; water flows through,
and particles are trapped by the
membrane.
Pierek said the process should
remove 99 per cent of bacteria,
parasites and dirt from the water.
Pierre Berube, an associate
professor with the faculty of
engineering at UBC who specializes in drinking water treatment,
had high praise for Pierek's new
device.
"It's always exciting to see
a student take the knowledge
developed, or that they learned
in our classes, and apply that to
develop an independent product,"
Berube said.
Berube also applauded the
design of the filter.
"The one aspect that I saw
that's different from a lot of
products out there is the ability
to clean the filter ... that's a very
innovative part of the design."
Twothirds Water Inc. is
currently holding a fundraising
campaign on Indiegogo to raise
startup funds. The money they
raise will also be used to increase
their profile to help them find
partners to distribute Tapp in
other countries.
Their stated goal is $20,000.
For every Tapp purchased, one
will be sent to someone in a
developin country.
Pierek expects the first shipment of his water filters to arrive
on March 31. tU Culture I
EDITOR ANNAZORIA
MORALS »
Finding your inner philosopher
Lecturer looks at the philosophical solutions to problems usually solved with pills
Rhys Edwards
Senior Culture Writer
There is a cruel irony in higher
education. Contrary to idealized
views of university, students may
find themselves becoming increasingly insular and less certain
of themselves over the course of
their studies. With our heads buried deep in textbooks, particularly
during the stressful exam season,
it's easy to forget your personal well being. The result of this
neglect, more often than not, is
depression and disillusionment.
Lou Marinoff, the founding
president of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association
and a former lecturer in UBC's department of Philosophy, believes
that our culture has lost touch
with the search for wisdom.
The professor emeritus and
author of the bestseller Plato, Not
Prozac! came to UBC on Nov. 30
to deliver a talk titled "The Inner
Philosopher: A Conversation on
Philosophy's Transformative
Powers."
"It's the ascendency of science
and technology, which has helped
to convince people that most of
our problems are somehow quantitative or reducible to biology, and
that we don't have to bother so
much about thinking, or indeed,
fathoming the qualitative aspects
of our being," said Marinoff.
"Not everything in the DSM
[Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
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Lou Marinoff argues that conditions like depression are best remedied through introspection and not chemicals.
of Psychological Disorders] has a
biological substrate."
Personal betterment through
philosophic practice is the subject
of Marinoff's latest work, The
Inner Philosopher, co-authored
with renowned Buddhist thinker
and leader Daisaku Ikeda. Rather
than pandering only to students
of philosophy or Buddhism, the
two scholars are determined to
show that anyone can use valuable
philosophical knowledge to improve their well-being.
Like the classical philosophical
works that inspired it, the text
takes the format of 16 dialogues
between Marinoff and Ikeda.
Their conversations, which began
as far back as 2003, cover subjects
such as technological alienation,
the distinction between life and
death, and the practice of virtue.
According to Ikeda and Marinoff,
many of the profound social problems that permeate Western societies, from depression and heart
disease to educational decline and
callous consumerism, are systemic
to the beliefs of the culture itself.
As such, they need to be addressed
through cultural means, rather
than only institutional means.
"If indeed we have a medical
problem then we do need to seek
a medical cure, but if indeed we
have a philosophical problem then
the same argument applies: we
need to apply for a philosophical
remedy and not a medical one. So
it's a question of finding appropriate solutions," explained Marinoff.
Intriguingly, each of The Inner
Philosopher's discussions feature
references to ancient philosophers
from both Western and Eastern
traditions. Despite the differences
in their metaphysical worldviews,
Marinoff believes that both can
contribute to the development
of wisdom.
"Within any school of philosophy, you'll find irreconcilable
beliefs ... any two philosophers you
can put in a room, will take not
more than five minutes to discover
irreconcilable metaphysical differences," reasoned Marinoff.
"The beauty of philosophical
practice is that we don't care what
people's philosophical orientations are. The theory is that
almost every philosophical school
has some way of being applied to
the betterment of people, so the
differences in this case become a
virtue, as opposed to something
divisive."
But are Socrates and Confucius
even relevant to today's analytically-oriented students?
"If postmodernism has succeeded, then it's made people
more confused than ever, by
virtue of having deconstructed
everything, including the moral
compass, which we as individuals need to have at times," said
Marinoff. "There's a return to
the ancient mission of philosophy
precisely because it has pragmatic
purchase in the everyday lives
of people.
"The wisdom of the ancients is
timeless and applicable today." 31
Wines that scream Froot Loops,
potato chips and exam failure
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These affordable wines are perfect for that late-night study session, whether it's going well or not — especially if it's not.
I recently spilled wine all over
my laptop's keyboard. The left
shift key refused to listen to
me, and getting past the royal
guards (the password screen) was
impossible.
If you've found yourself in a similar end-of-the-world situation, the
solution is simple: more wine.
Here are some wines to pair
with your last-minute projects,
final exam studying, or your sad
little college meals.
2011YALUMBA Y SERIES
VIOGNIER—$17.99 (BC
LIQUOR STORES)
Viognier is known for exuding
characteristics of spiced stone fruit,
floral notes and an oilier texture.
Comfort wine!
Although the winery describes
aromas of "honeysuckle, poached
quinces, and mandarin peel," I
swear that this stuff smells like
Froot Loops. That's right: a liquid
breakfast, for when desperate times
call for desperate measures.
Viognier can oftentimes smell
too much like the unnecessarily
overpowering perfume of that old
lady that you're crammed next to
on the 99, but this is a well-balanced, fruity, and dry, comfort
wine. Save Riesling for the crowd
that knows they're going to pass
their exams — this stuff is just for
you and me.
Also Try:
• Oxford Landing Estates Viognier
($12.99, Liberty Wine Merchants -
Commercial Drive)
• Cono Sur Viognier ($10.99, BC
Liquor Stores)
JAUMESERRA
CRISTALINO CAVA BRUT
—$17.99 (LIBERTY WINE
MERCHANTS)
I can hear you. Literally. I know
you're that one person in class who
struggles to get their noisy bag of
chips open.
Lucky for you, there's a wine that
you can pair with those Frito-Lays.
Cava, like champagne, is made in
the traditional method, which can
give it a yeasty quality.
For all you biochemistry geeks
out there: this happens because
the yeast undergoes autolysis. The
yeastiness pairs with your potato chips; the bubbles go with the
crunchy texture, and the bright
acidity wipes your palette clean
of all that fat. Sparkling wines are
quite versatile, so experiment.
Grilled cheese! Fries! Chips! Pizza!
FRIED THINGS!
Also Try:
• Segura Viudas Brut Reserva
($15.99, BC Liquor Stores)
• Opera Prima Brut ($14.99, Liberty
Wine Merchants — Point Grey)
2010 PACIFIC BREEZE LATE
HARVEST RIESLING —
$14.99 (LIBERTY WINE
MERCHANTS)
Let's say you fail. Let's say you end
up crumbling into the fetal position
and rock yourself to sleep with a
mickey of Smirnoff clutched in your
hand instead of what should've
been Gateman's textbook.
Well, hey! You'd look just like a
late harvest Riesling grape that's
been left on the vine to dry up and
get concentrated. That came out
wrong, but you get the point —
you're still a star.
Also Try:
• Errazuriz Late Harvest Sau-
vignon Blanc ($15.99, BC Liquor
Stores)
• 2006 Chateau Loupiac-Gaudiet
($21.99, Liberty Wine Merchants -
Commercial Drive). 31
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Rhys Edwards
Senior Culture Writer
At first glance, public washrooms are not places of great
beauty.
Deslite the valiant efforts of the custodial services,
many of UBC's older bathrooms remain a gauntlet for
the senses: even the antiseptic taint of freshly cleaned
commodes can turn a pleasant study break into an ordeal
to remember.
But amid the squalor of UBC's lavatories lies a vital
creative force: stalls across campus are home to a variety of
bathroom graffiti.
It's true that the hardboard walls of lavatory stalls
are unlikely to arouse the close scrutiny of the average
student, for several reasons. Aside from the unpleasant
atmosphere of the washroom itself, which compels us to
leave it as soon as possible, as well as the fact that we may
be occupied with more pressing concerns, most bathroom
graffiti is predominantly crude in nature. A torrent of
vulgar language, though amusing, does not lend itself to
artistic posterity.
However, not every toilet scrawling is repulsive; opening
the door to a stall may reveal hitherto unknown treasures.
Many displays exhibit a considerable degree of ingenuity. Rather than being stymied by the difficult working
environment, bathroom graffiti artists take advantage of
the unique characteristics of the wall - such as its size and
texture - to produce works of variety.
There is also something inherently democratic about
bathroom graffiti. Therf are no special skills or materials
required to make it. It is made by everyone, and it is for
everyone; whether you're a first-year student or aa esteemed faculty member, the writing on the wall is indifferent. It's open to interaction and modification from future
; attendees, while the same cannot be said for most other
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Perhaps most fascinating is what bathroom graffiti
reveals about us. Although most markings are irreverent,
many others feature combinations of imagery, personal
narrative, and poetry that are stark or even poignant.
UBC's washrooms are a veritable cornucopia of art,
aphorisms and axioms. The following images represent
only a sample of works from around campus. Xi
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BASKETBALL»
UBC big men contribute to big wins
Strong performances in the paint lead 'Birds to two wins before winter break
UBC's offence was firing on all cylinders on the weekend, scoring 82 points on Friday night and 96 points on Saturday night.
Joseph Ssettuba
StaffWriter
The Thunderbirds looked to their
big men to score early and often
this past weekend, and it led to
some huge nights for forwards
Brylle Kamen and David Wagner.
Friday night saw the 'Birds
easily handle the University of
Calgary Dinos 82-63, and Saturday featured them knocking
off the University of Lethbridge
Pronghorns 96-84. Kamen paced
the Thunderbirds with a monster
effort on both ends of the floor
against the 'Horns, finishing with
26 points, 21 rebounds and two
steals, while Wagner rounded out
the dominating pair of performances down low by notching 28
points of his own to go along with
six rebounds, a block and a steal.
Fifth-year guard Doug Plumb
set the tone for the rest of the
offence on Saturday, finishing
with nine assists, 16 points and
six rebounds. The game plan was
to feed guys down low with the
ball. It certainly worked out, but
success did not come as easily as it
might have seemed.
The first half was a fairly even
affair between the two teams,
as they both traded buckets and
stops. The Thunderbirds' excellent effort on the boards all game
limited the Pronghorns with
their second chance efforts, but
Lethbridge was able to hang in
the game with their three point
shooting. The 'Birds took a slim
41-38 lead into halftime thanks
to Wagner, who had 12 points by
the break, and Kamen, who had 11
points and 11 rebounds.
UBC started to pull away in the
third quarter, but the Pronghorns
would not quit. They rallied from
two huge T-Birds runs of 14-0 and
11-0, and in the fourth, they managed to cut what was a 22 point
deficit down to nine with about
three minutes left in the game.
However, a technical foul by the
Pronghorns effectively killed
their chances of a comeback, and
the Thunderbirds were able to
finish the job en route to the 12
point victory.
Kamen was the main force all
over the court, winning numerous
offensive and defensive rebounds,
fighting for prime position in the
paint and even starting several
fast breaks, showing what he
could do in all facets of the game.
His infectious energy helped set
the level that the Thunderbirds
wanted to play at.
The third-year transfer admitted he had not been in top form
due to a hamstring injury earlier
in the season which led to below-
par performances for his standards, especially at the free-throw
line. On Saturday he managed to
break out of his struggles, going 14
for 17 at the free-throw line.
"It's a matter of my legs," Kamen said after Saturday's game.
"Just coming from injuries, it's
always hard to get your rhythm
back, but I've always been a decent free throw shooter. Tonight
was more what I should be able to
do. It's still 70 per cent of what I
can do."
If 70 per cent of Kamen equals
over 20 points and 20 rebounds,
the prospect of what he can do
with some extended rest over
the winter break should have
Thunderbirds fans itching with
excitement for the new year.
The CIS No. 4 ranked Thunderbirds will definitely face tougher
competition during the rest of the
year, but for head coach Kevin
Hanson a win was still a win,
especially Saturday's game, his
200th career regular season victory. He becomes only the third
Canada West coach to reach that
B-BALL STATS   mk
37 rebounds grabbed by
Brylle Kamen between the
two games
21 rebounds by Kamen
in Saturday's game — two
short of the UBC record for
most in a game
49 points scored by David
Wagner betweenthe two
games
9 players who scored points
on the weekend
25 steals by UBC on the
weekend —11 more than the
opposition
200 career regular season
wins for head coach Kevin
Hanson
ol career regular season
losses for Hanson
milestone. Kamen almost set another record with his magnificent
effort on the glass, but was just
two rebounds shy of the record of
23 in a game set by Aaron Point in
1987. Rebounding was only half
the battle on the court, but the renewed emphasis in the paint had
Hanson pleased after the game.
"I think the difference came
when we lost to the Fraser Valley
here when we jacked up 30 threes
and we didn't get any presence
inside. That loss really helped us
refocus. It made me analyze and
say we need to do a better job
playing inside-outside basketball,"
said Hanson after the win.
The Canada West regular season resumes in the new year when
the 'Birds go on the road to take
on the University of Manitoba on
Friday, Jan. 11. The next home
game for UBC will see them take
on Brandon University on Friday,
Jan. 18. a
RECAPS»
Bird droppings: Victorious volleyball, basketball business
Men's volleyball extends win
streak to seven
The UBC men's volleyball team
had a tough test on the road
against Manitoba this past weekend, but the T-Birds rose to the
occasion and defeated the Bisons
in five sets on Friday night and
four sets on Saturday.
Friday night was a come-from-
behind effort for the 'Birds.
Trailing two sets to one and 20-18
in the fourth set, UBC pulled
together to come back in that set
and carried that momentum into
the final frame, prevailing 20-18 in
the fifth set.
Saturday saw UBC get out to a
early two-set lead, and they were
able to close it out in the fourth. It
was yet another tight game, as the
second set saw UBC winning 34-32
and the third one saw the Bisons
prevail 26-24. After the one-set
slide, UBC closed it out in the
fourth with a 25-21 win.
Jarrid Ireland was dominant on
offence all weekend, racking up 36
kills over the two games. In total,
UBC's 62 kills on Saturday was the
most by a Canada West team this
season in a four-set match. Libero
Ian Perry paced the defensive effort, totaling 16 digs in each game.
UBC is now 8-4 on the year and
is in fourth in the Canada West.
Dual wins send women's basketball into the break victorious
After handing the Calgary Dinos
their first loss of the year on Friday, the T-Birds completed their
two-win weekend after knocking
off the Lethbridge Pronghorns on
Saturday night.
Strong shooting and tough
rebounding was the difference on
Friday, as the 'Birds shot 48 per
cent en route to a 70-58 victory
over the Dinos. Leigh Stansfield
led the way with 21 points and 10
rebounds, while Kris Young added
18 points and nine boards.
Saturday saw the T-Birds lead
all the way, as they comfortably
beat the Pronghorns 74-57. Young
once again led the way with 22
points, with Maggie Sundberg
pouring in 12 and Adrienne Parking
scoring nine points and grabbing
10 rebounds.
With the two wins, UBC is now
7-3 and is tied for third in the Canada West Pacific division.
Another UBC volleyball sweep
It was yet another victory for UBC
women's volleyball as the T-Birds
took down Manitoba in straight
sets on both Friday and Saturday
night. The wins extend their streak
to 10 games.
It was a steady attack all weekend for UBC, with setter Brina Der-
ksen-Bergen keeping the offence
flowing. Lisa Barclay, Shanice Marcelle, Rose Schlagintweit and Alissa
Coulter all had strong weekends
offensively, helping Derksen-Ber-
gen average over 13 assists per set.
Now 11-1, UBC heads into the
break in first place in the Canada
West and will most likely be ranked
first in the next CIS rankings. They
resume play on Jan. 11 at home
against the University of Winnipeg.
Women's hockey falls twice
The T-Birds couldn't get much going
on the weekend, as the women's
hockey team dropped two games
on the road to the Regina Cougars.
Friday night saw them fall 3-1, and
Saturday was a 5-1 defeat.
Injuries got the best of the
'Birds, as their short-handed lineup couldn't keep up with Regina.
They could only muster two goals,
and had trouble stopping the Cougar offence. Nikola Brown-John
and Kaitlin Imai scored the goals
for UBC.
Now with a 7-6-3 record, UBC
sits in fourth place in the Canada
West. They will kick off the second
half of their season on the road in
the new year when they take on
Calgary on Jan. 4 and 5.31 MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012    |    SPORTS + REC
HOCKEY»
Consistency is key for T-Birds
Men's hockey has shown potential, but needs work to be one of country's elite
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
To say it's been an up-and-down
first half of the season for the
UBC men's hockey team is a bit of
an understatement.
They've been in the CIS top 10
twice now, but have dropped right
back out after immediately losing
two straight games. They've had
moments where they looked like
one of the country's top squads,
and others where they've struggled
simply to score goals.
This past weekend followed the
same trend. After a convincing 3-0
victory on Friday night over the
University of Regina Cougars, the
visitors outplayed the 'Birds on
Saturday and UBC fell 3-0 to split
their last weekend series before the
winter break.
Friday night saw UBC off to an
early lead, using shutdown defence
to keep Regina off the board. The
T-Bird line of Max Grassi, Brad Hoban and Michael Wilgosh paced the
offence and combined for two goals,
including one just over two minutes
into the game. Net minder Steven
Stanford made 23 saves for his first
shutout of the season. Overall, it was
a performance that showcased how
well the 'Birds can play.
"I thought we had pretty good
puck possession all game, our
powerplay scored a nice goal and
I thought our [penalty kill] did
a good job, especially in the first
period," said UBC head coach Milan
Dragcevic after Friday's game.
"System-wise, we were very good
[at] getting pucks deep and creating
turnovers in the neutral zone."
But Saturday saw the tides turn.
The 'Birds came out flat, giving up
two goals in the opening period.
Michael Wilgosh opened the scoring on Friday night in UBC's 3-0 win over Regina.
They were never able to get much
going on offence. It was a step backward for a team that was looking to
head into the winter break in sole
possession of third place in the Canada West. With the weekend split,
they now sit in fourth place in the
conference, with a 9-6-1 record.
It is true that the T-Birds are on
pace for their best regular season
under Dragcevic, who is in his tenth
year behind the bench. However,
the team has loftier goals than just
a successful regular season. They
want to go to CIS nationals in Saskatoon, and they know what they need
to do to get there.
"We've got to be a little better
than that if we're playing against
Alberta and Saskatchewan," said
Dragcevic on Friday in reference
to two of the top three teams in
Canada. "We have to be a lot sharper
than that."
Dragcevic stresses that his team
plays to a championship identity.
That's the identity we saw on Friday
— creating neutral-zone turnovers,
enforcing a strong forecheck, having
a strong breakout from their own
end, maximizing their scoring
chances.
But when they start taking penalties in the offensive zone and not
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getting enough shots on net, we see
games like the one on Saturday. Elite
teams can't have blips against teams
like Regina, who have a roughly
equal win-loss ratio, and especially
not against teams near the top of
the standings.
"Against Alberta we never played
to our identity at all," he said. "[On
Friday] you saw that we controlled
the puck down low, we moved the
puck east-west on the cycle, and
those are little things that we have
to do because that's the type of team
we are."
The pieces are all there for the
T-Birds, and after playing every
team in the conference twice they
know exactly what they need to
do in order to be successful. In the
second half of the season, it will
basically be a matter of putting all
those pieces together and making
them fit on a consistent basis.
T-BIRDS AT THE BREAK
Without a true top line, the T-Birds
are relying on scoring from all four
forward lines. Max Grassi leads the
team with 15 points, with first-
year Brad Hoban right behind him
with 14. Nate Fleming and Wyatt
Hamilton have also been consistent
two-way forces — Fleming has 13
points to go along with a +11 plus/
minus rating, while Hamilton has
11 points and a +9. Cole Wilson and
Scott Wasden are tied for the team
lead in goals with eight apiece.
On defence, first-year Neil Manning has emerged as a top player,
racking up 13 assists so far. The
rookie oozes potential, playing with
the poise of a player well beyond his
years. Ben Schmidt also has a +5 and
Kevin Smith has a +4 and 7 points.
In net, Jordan White has been
getting most of the workload, but
Stanford started both games this
weekend. White currently sits
third in the Canada West with a
.917 save percentage and six wins.
Stanford has three wins to go along
with a .898 save percentage and
one shutout.
After playing a couple of exhibition games over the winter break,
the Thunderbirds will continue
their regular season at home in the
new year when they take on Calgary
in a two-game series. The games
will be on Jan. 4 and 5, with the
puck drop on both nights at 7 p.m. Xi
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FARTING SHOTS AND SNAP JUDGMENTS ON TODAY'S ISSUES
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NDIANAJOEULLUSTRATION/THE UBYSSEY
Desperate to sell their surplus homebrew, the AMS turns to the Godiva band in the hope they'll make their revelry bi-weekly.
CONCERTED STUDENT
SUPPORT NECESSARY
TO SAVE BREWERY
The AMS still plans to have
some sort of brewery in the new
SUB, but beyond that, they've
got a lot to figure out.
It turns out that although
there were plans for a brew
pub, the AMS never officially
allocated money for it.
Now they have decided
switch to a microbrewery, so
they can also sell thier beer outside the SUB. This comes with
its own problems.
The microbrewery could
cost almost double what they
had planned, but the AMS is
counting on increased beer
sales to pick up the slack. They
are basing their calculations on
dramatically increased draft
sales in the new SUB, which is a
risky business, especially when
you take a look at how much
AMS bars are already losing.
Counting on profits to fund the
microbrewery could come back
to bite them.
Although there isn't clear
direction for the brewery, it
is one of the few things that
makes students care enough to
show up to a Council meeting.
A few dozen showed up to the
standing room only meeting — a
first for this year.
But a few students who think
a brewery is a cool idea isn't
enough to make it happen. The
executives who were driving
the original project are gone,
and no one seems willing to
step up and take ownership
of what could be a financial
disaster.
So for the time being, support
isn't coming from the top. In
the end, students will have to
show they care by buying the
AMS's beer — and a lot of it.
EVEN UBC IS HAVING
AHARDTIME
JUSTIFYING THE BIE
After much ballyhoo, the Board
of Governors have agreed to
hold back on approving the
super-high tuition for the
new Bachelor of International
Economics degree.
For the second time.
Yep, by this point it's hard
to believe that anything UBC's
doing here is in good faith. They
initially tried to ram through
the tuition prices without
consulting anyone. Then, when
the AMS balked, the university
set up a couple of "consultation
sessions" — but ignored the
near-universal, well-articulated criticisms from everyone
The microbrewery
could cost almost
double what they
had planned, but the
AMS is counting on
increased beer sales
to pick up the slack.
Which is a risky
business, especially
when you look at how
much AMS bars are
already losing.
re: The AMS brewery
they talked to and just put
the same numbers back up for
approval again.
Because the truth is, they
never cared about what students thought about anything.
Making money is the new
degree's whole raison d'etre,
and if they lose the high margins, there's very little motivation left to see the program
to completion.
It's abundantly clear they
can't justify the tuition cost
based on what students are
getting — the numbers are what
they are because UBC hopes to
make as many extra bucks as
they can get away with.
If the Board of Governors has
any shame left, they'll let the
BIE die.
ROGUE STUDENT GROUP
SHOULDN'T SPOIL
THE PARTY FOR ALL
GRADUATE STUDENTS
At this year's conference of the
Canadian Association of Graduate Studies (CAGS), a national
group that lobbies Ottawa on
issues affecting graduate programs, the membership voted
to do something that seems
counterintuitive.
They stood by their 2011
decision to drop a student seat
from their board of directors.
Not having a student representative on an association
that makes decisions affecting
students doesn't seem to make
much sense.
But by the board's reasoning,
the student movement in Canada has lost its privileges for
misbehaving.
Mainly comprised of deans
and faculty, the organization
had a student seat that rotated
every year between the national
student group Canadian Federation of Students and a Quebec
counterpart.
But the CFS has drawn
controversy in recent years, and
CAGS dropped the seat over
concerns that the group doesn't
represent all students any more.
It's hard to say that assessment isn't correct. The CFS
is busy suing students that
want to leave the organization,
Quebec is doing its own thing
and the Canadian Alliance of
Students Associations, a separate group that UBC graduate
students are members of, never
had influence in CAGS in the
first place. Things are a mess.
But there are still major
issues for students in graduate
studies that need addressing:
funding, copyright, years required to finish the degree.
Graduate student associations can still join CAGS on
their own. Groups like the GSS
should work harder from within
the organization on building a
voice so they don't have to rely
on the fractious student lobbying scene.
Graduate studies programs
are a two way street between
the administrators and the
students, and cutting them out
is not the way to make sure
students' interests are represented. tJ
The failures of final
exams
L
KATICHISMS
by Gordon Katie
Exam season transforms many
UBC students into unkempt, over-
stressed, anxiety-ridden basket
cases. All-night campers cram for
the grade, garbage cans in 1KB
overflow with pizza boxes and Red
Bull, while the solitary ones turn
dorm rooms into study caves, making the outdoors a distant memory.
For a few weeks, the collective
physical and emotional well-being of our campus is dangerously
compromised.
Sadly, much of this effort
doesn't even translate into scholastic success. A casual survey of
the basic research on learning,
reading, and writing will reveal an
upsetting truth: most students are
simply doing everything wrong.
Over the years, students —
myself included — have developed
habits of passive learning, cramming, remembering isolated facts,
taking detailed class notes, and
multitasking. However, many of
these strategies are ineffectual, if
not counterproductive.
For one, cramming — particularly if it means sleep deprivation
— simply does not work. There are
limits to the amount of attention
we can devote to a subject, and the
longer we study without interruption, the less we get out of each
additional hour.
Moreover, as a study in Contemporary Educational Psychology
reveals, time spent studying is not
a very good indicator of success.
The most important factor is the
amount of high-quality, focused
practice. To this end, group work,
music and disruptive environments like coffee shops tend to do
more harm than good.
There is similar evidence to
suggest the same of offices, where
common distractions make it
impossible to get things done. The
argument is that work, particularly creative work, is only accomplished during long periods of
uninterrupted focus.
Efficient learning is done
through deep-level processing,
which means active engagement.
Taking detailed stenographer-like
class notes is passive. Rather, you
should engage with your lectures
by using notes to group ideas
together, jot down questions and
reactions to the material, and
summarize concepts in your own
words.
Similarly, UBC's Carl Weiman,
who pioneered the study of interactive teaching methods, demonstrated that technologies like
iClickers improve student learning
by fostering active engagement in
the lecture hall.
Creating a long list of study
notes or a towering stack of cue
cards, another popular study
method, is also said to be passive
and ineffective. Memorizing
isolated facts does little to help you
understand the complex relationship between those facts, or prepare you for the task of utilizing
those many facts in an exam essay.
Rather, rephrasing the material
in your own words, and creating
things like mind maps is far more
effective.
More dangerously, passive
learning styles threaten not only
your efficiency, but your critical
capacity. As Josipa Roksa and
Richard Arum demonstrate, 45
per cent of college students (U.S.
figures) are shown to have "no statistically significant gains in critical thinking, analytical reasoning,
and writing skills."
Universities should bear much
of the blame. George Kuh — a
leading scholar of student development, and founder of the National
Survey of Student Engagement
(NSSE) — identified a "disengagement compact" between students
and faculty. Professors, obsessed
with their own research, aren't
much bothered by teaching, and
most students don't seem to mind.
But the recent discoveries in
cognitive psychology and the
advancements in pedagogy should
be seen as opportunities for
reform. The midterm/paper/final
class model is clearly failing, and
it should make room for classes
that emphasize active engagement, and professors who truly
value teaching.
The efficiencies gained from
active learning would not only aid
our mental health, but it would
nurture our critical capacity. Xi
Why we protested at the
Hillel House
LETTERS
I'm writing in response to the
Nov. 28 letter, "Israel protesters'
ire is misdirected." The writer
seems to think that we were protesting outside the Hillel House
on Nov. 22 because it's a Jewish
community centre, and as such,
the protest would be offensive to
all Jewish students. Far from it. I
was one of those protesters and I
am also a Jewish student at UBC.
We were protesting because
the Hillel House was hosting
a speaking event for Eliaz Luf,
Israel's deputy ambassador, immediately after Israel's bombing
of the Gaza Strip, where over
150 Palestinians were killed.
This is only the most recent of
a long line of Israeli atrocities
against the people of Gaza,
which include Operation Cast
Lead in 2008 which killed well
over 1,000 Palestinians, and the
blockade on Gaza which to this
day causes massive unemployment and food insecurity, and
leaves Palestinians without
the necessary means to rebuild
homes destroyed by Israeli
bombs. Israel's atrocities in the
Gaza Strip are part of its ongoing
history of violently dispossessing
the Palestinians.
We see another example right
now with Israel ramping up
construction of illegal settlements in the West Bank and
East Jerusalem.
By repeatedly and erroneously
claiming that Israel is an integral
part of Jewish culture and identity, it's the Hillel House that has
forced the link between Judaism
and Israel.
Contrary to the letter writer's
assumptions, based on my ethnicity, I am not offended that we
protested Eliaz Luf's visit to the
Hillel House. I am offended that
the Hillel House hosts war criminals and publishes brochures
that wrongly equate supporting
Israeli apartheid with being
accepting of Jews.
—Arielle Friedman *3IENCE
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UBC engineers spread holiday cheer by caroling on the last day of class.
2012: UBC'S WEB SCENE
Some of our favourite university-related web ephemera from the past year
UBC MEMES
February 2012 — Memes had been popping up all over the
Web for some time, and this Facebook page fed our hunger
for them. The page encouraged users to create classic memes
with a UBC twist, like Futurama's Fry musing about an econ
exam.
@overheardatUBC
£
| Overheard at UBC*
jardatubc
"Welcome to Vancouver, where your bus leaks
when it's raining." #ubc (via @igitot)
September 2010 — The account has been around
for over two years, but the anonymous Twitter account
@overheardatubc has seen strong resurgence in
recent months. Followers can contribute "those funny,
weird and occasionally disturbing things you hear
people saying around campus," and there's also a
Facebook group set up fo the same purpose.
#WHATWESHOULDCALLUBC
UAT THE SKYTRAIN STATION
WHEN THE TRANSIT POLICE
ARE CHECKING FARES..UPASS
HOLDERS"
September 2012 — #whatweshouldcallubc is an anonymous
Tumblr blog in the now-classic the #whatweshouldcallme
series. The author promises to "tell the truth, the whole
truth, and nothing but the truth, with a dash of sarcasm and
awkwardness" through photos and animated GIFs describing
quinessential UBC experiences.
UBC Compliments
To all my fellow UBC students
worried about finals/grad school/
finding a job/getting somewhere in
life, etc:
You're braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem, and smarter
than you think.
November 2012 — This Facebook page
is an "anonymous forum for spreading
your love" for all things and people at UBC.
It's based off of a similar experiment from
Queen's University.
HACKEDEX
YOUR UBC WORD OF THE WEEK
SOL
A Special Occasion License (SOL) is
required to host beer gardens or other
miscellaneous boozing parties around
campus. Because UBCity is not really
a city, all one-time liquor licenses
for events must be approved by the
university and the campus RCMP
detachment. Ifyou host an event with
an SOL, you'll have to hire security and
make sure you don't serve any minors.
MMI n
Master of Management of Innovation
The Master of Management of Innovation is an accelerated 12 month
(8 months course based & a l, month experiential term in industry)
professional management degree. Leading researchers in direct contact
with students through a very small & selective class provide a focused
learning experience in economic analysis, technology management,
strategy, finance, accounting, marketing & policy.
@overheardatubc Exchange
student on the bus: "Do
you know what Costco is? I
went for the first time this
weekend. It was soooo scary."
#UBC (@AR_FrancysI)
@FutureistLadyi Keep
calm and take an Adderrall.
@totalsorormove Maybe I should've been taking
notes instead of Facebook creeping this entire
semester. #finals #TSM
MMI IS AN EXCELLENT COMPLEMENT TO
YOUR SCIENCE OR ENGINEERING DEGREE.
www.utm.utoronto.ca/mmi
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