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MONDAY ' 16
TUITION TOWN HALL
12:00-1:00P.M. ©NORMTHEATRE
U BC is hosting a town hall with Louise Cowin to discuss the proposed two per
cent increase to tuition for 2015/2016. Attend to learn more about the process
and voice your feedback. Free
TUESDAY '17
SUSTAINABILITY GALA
3:30 P.M. @ CENTRE FORINTERACTIVE RESEARCH ON SUSTAINABILITY
The AMS and SEEDS are hosting a series of presentations followed by a
reception in recognition of UBC sustainability projects. Come and see what
some of UBC's best and brightest have to offer. $5; buy tickets online.
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The AMS and 200 BPM are hosting an all-day St. Patty's celebration. Starting
with family-friendly face painting and photo booths in the a.m. and partying
in the evening, there's something for just about everyone. More-or-less free
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Peter Deltchev is the founder of one of the largest online My Little Pony communities in the world.
My Little Pony fandom launched Peter Deltchev's career
Leo Soh
Senior StaffWriter
As with every other television
show, My Little Pony has a dedicated fan base. Those outside
this particular show's intended
demographic are often referred
to by the terms 'brony' and
'pegasister'. Computer science
student Peter Deltchev is an
integral member of Canadian
brony fandom, and attributes
many of the successes in his
life to his involvement with the
community.
The brony community has
provided Deltchev with numerous opportunities to deploy his
talents.
"I like to think of myself as
one ofthe people who work
in the background to actually
facilitate the brony community
at large. I've founded a number of fan sites, and I help run
BronyCAN, which is Canada's
biggest My Little Pony convention. I'm not a huge famous
figure that everyone would
recognize, but without me,
the community wouldn't have
a huge forum that has almost
30,000 members, for example,"
Deltchev said.
[Many] misconceive the
brony community at
large as "man-children
... I certainly won't
deny that there are
people like that, but to
apply that stereotype
to all fans of this show
is really overblown."
Peter Deltchev
Computer science student and
founder of Poniverse, a massive
My Little Pony fan community
Furthermore, the impact that
My Little Pony has had on Deltchev's life extends far beyond
his involvement with the brony
community.
"[Many] misconceive the
brony community at large as
'man-children', people who
don't know what to do with
their lives, who find solace and
escape from a miserable reality
in ponies. I certainly won't deny
that there are people like that,
but to apply that stereotype to
all fans of this show is really
overblown."
Deltchev himself serves as a
counterexample to this stereotype.
Finding a career
through ponies was
certainly amazing;
this is hardly a secret
now — ponies got me a
career."
"For me, ponies were the
gateway to a really rewarding
career. And the people I work
with, other facilitators, these
are some ofthe most driven and
passionate people I know. Ponies is, to them, a way to express
themselves and do things that
matter to them," said Deltchev.
Deltchev is currently on a
co-op term, and his position at
Hootsuite and his success with
organizing BronyCAN support
his claim.
As the founder of Poniverse,
an "integrated super-community" of My Little Pony fan sites,
Deltchev has had the opportunity to attend BronyCON, the largest My Little Pony conference
in the world, held in the city of
Baltimore.
"Finding a career through
ponies was certainly amazing;
this is hardly a secret now, ponies got me a career."
Like most other community
organizers, however, Deltchev
has to work around the wishes
of thousands of individuals, and
faces no easy task.
"We just do it because we love
seeing people come together
and enjoy the community, and
we love being a part of it, too."
Through the years, Deltchev
has come up with a fresh way of
viewing the brony fandom.
"The community is so huge,
there are so many different
types of people in it, that it's
pretty much become a microcosm of humanity. You can find
just about any kind of person in
this community," Deltchev said.
"About the only thing that all
bronies have in common is that
we all enjoy this TV show."
Still, many are put off by the
idea of grown men idolizing
fictional ponies, and Deltchev is
aware of this.
"It is a misconception to say
that the brony community is all
about sexualizing ponies, but
there is a certain subset ofthe
brony community that's into that.
There's a name for that certain
subset that's been widely adopted, and that's 'cloppers.'"
We've put together
conventions that bring
together thousands of
people, we've raised
tens of thousands of
dollars for charity
and we've provided
springboards for
people to kickstart
their professional
careers."
It is fair to say that the brony
community is no different from
any other online community in
that a certain portion of members
fetishize whatever it is the community is built around.
Deltchev also understands that
some may just find it disturbing
that grown men enjoy a show
made for young girls.
"I'd think carefully about what
it is that you don't like about bronies, and think 'Is that really something that's unique to bronies or
could anyone have that "problem"
that you find with bronies?'"
Also, Deltchev believes that
bronies have only produced
positive outcomes for society as a
whole.
"We've put together conventions that bring together thousands of people, we've raised tens
of thousands of dollars for charity,
and we've provided springboards
for people to kickstart their professional careers," he said.
"The show and community
might not be for everyone, but I
think it's really important to at
least accept and tolerate the fact
that people are different and will
be into different things." Xi // News
EDITOR VERONIKA BONDARENKO
MONDA1
AMS ELECTIONS »
Aaron Bailey crowned president
Aaron Bailey will be The 106th president ofthe AMS.
Veronika Bondarenko
News Editor
Aaron Bailey has been elected
the 106th president ofthe Alma
Mater Society.
Beating out his competitors
Cheneil Antony-Hale and V, Bailey
listened to the announcement
of his win amid sounds of popping champagne and congratulatory chants from members of
his fraternity.
"I'm pretty excited," said Bailey.
"It's going to be a very, very good
year."
Bailey, who has been involved
with the AMS for over four years
now and ran against a candidate
with big plans for the society, said
that he was nervous about the
results until the last moments of
the election.
"My competitor ran an unbelievable campaign," said Bailey. "She
was very grassroots, very good at
being person-to-person. I was very
impressed by what she did. I was
nervous until the very end."
Bailey's next steps included going to the Alpha Delta Pi Diamond
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Ball fundraiser on Saturday and
meeting with current president
Tanner Bokor on Sunday to begin
learning the ropes ofthe new
position. By attending student-organized events, he hopes to put
his plans to make UBC and the
AMS more inviting to students into
action immediately.
"We have a new building opening and, legitimately, next year is
going to be the most important
year ofthe AMS in the last 100. If
we don't get people in that building, enjoying themselves, excited,
having fun times, we're going to
lose out on the first impression for
the next 65 and that's really what
it's about," said Bailey. "I'm not
going to stop fighting that until the
day they take me out of office."
Antony-Hale, who is a newcomer to the AMS and ran against Bailey with a platform that focused on
accessibility and social justice, said
that although she had expected
the results of this election, the experience of running was a positive
one overall.
"I feel really happy that I did
this because I got very close with
a lot of people," said Antony-Hale.
"I learned a lot about the AMS, I
learned a lot about myself and I
learned a lot about just the power
structure ofthe university and
about different policies and different issues on campus and about
the solutions to them too."
Antony-Hale also said that now
that the campaigning and debating
is over, she is relieved to be able to
catch up on her homework, which
she had not done for almost three
weeks.
She also said that she is unsure
whether she will continue with
student politics in the future, but
definitely values the learning
experience that running against a
popular candidate like Bailey has
given her.
"I didn't know that I could learn
things so quickly and debate that
well," said Antony-Hale. "I've
never debated before and the first
debate was a huge eye-opener, a
huge shock."
Joke candidate V, who has advocated for a complete dissolution
ofthe AMS and a Hunger Games
-esque battle between all the students, said that the entire electoral
system was flawed.
"That just validated the opinion
on the crooked elections system
and the fact that most cannot be
trusted to make the right choice
for everyone," said V.
V also said that he will not be
giving up on his dark vision for
the AMS and the university, but
for now he needs to make himself
scarce for the time being as the secret police is always on the lookout
for him.
"I am not going to reveal any
grand plans, but I'm just saying
that there is a building that is
opening up. The fact that I wasn't
elected does not mean that I will
stop doing things. You may not see
me for a while, but that doesn't
mean that I will be gone." 31
Mateusz Miadlikowski re-elected for
second term as VP finance
finish the new SUB," said Pigott.
"Mat will have a lot more time
to accomplish a lot more actual
projects."
With regards to his plans for
next year, Pigott mentioned that he
would be graduating after completing his final class in November.
Though his presence was less
visible in posters or even a Face-
book event page, Miadlikowski
believes that his planning and
performance during the two
debates helped him beat Pigott in
the election.
"I would like to thank Will for
being so driven and having some
disagreements on a couple of
issues," said Miadlikowski.
The credit for his victory belongs
to the voters that kept him in office.
"I would like to thank all the
people that voted in the election and for putting faith in my
campaign and personhood,"
said Miadlikowski.
However, Pigott was disappointed with the voter turnout and said
that he hopes students will remain
critical ofthe election process in
general.
"Hopefully more people are
involved next year and we have a
more outgoing and exciting AMS to
get students going," said Pigott.
Miadlikowkski, however, is satisfied with the results ofthe race.
"I think I did well, I won," said
Miadlikowski. Xi
Mateusz Miadlikowski beat Will Pigott in this year's race for VP finance.
Mateo Ospina
Senior StaffWriter
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Mateusz Miadlikowski will be
returning for a second term as VP
finance.
"It was great," said Miadlikowski
about the environment ofthe night.
"I was really stressed, the adrenaline was pumping but I won."
Will Pigott, who lost to Miadlikowski in the race, still joined in the
celebrations, clapping for the victory
of his opponent.
"Going into this I wasn't expecting to win," said Pigott. "I just
wanted to put up a fight and ask
some questions, talking to Mat I
learned nothing is personal."
Pigott feels as though the debates helped bring up new topics
about the role of VP finance.
Despite his loss, Pigott feels confident in Miadlikowski's ability to
continue his position.
"I feel like Mat will do a good
job next year, I'm excited for the
new AMS, excited to see if they
Ava Nasiri re-elected as
VP administration
Ava Nasiri will serve a second year in office as VP admin.
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Jenica Montgomery
Culture Editor
Incumbent Ava Nasiri was
elected VP administration for a
second term.
Nasiri, who has been the VP
admin for the past year, has
focused mainly on the completion and move into the new SUB.
However, her second term in
office will focus mainly on students, she said.
"I think it's all about the students and it starts with the clubs,
and it starts with the constituencies," said Nasiri. "And being able
to look at the four year degree of
any average student that comes
through the doors and graduates
from UBC, and creating as many
opportunities as possible for
them to engage with something
at some point so that they feel
like they're part of something
bigger than just them and their
academic studies."
James Jing, third-year
biochemistry student, while
disappointed on the loss, acknowledged that the race was an
uphill battle from the beginning.
"It was a really hard thing to
get over. She had a lot of experience within the office so it's
really hard for us, who [don't]
have any experience in the AMS
to come out and stand out,"
said Jing.
Fourth-year Alex Remtulla
echoed the sentiment but recognized the dedicated work of his
volunteers, comprised mostly of
his friends.
"[I'm] a little upset, but I knew
going in against the incumbent it
would be a tough race, an uphill
battle. I think for me it was overwhelming how much my volunteers put in. I had a team of close
to 30 and it was phenomenal,"
said Remtulla. "Congrats to Ava."
Though disappointed they
were not elected, Remtulla and
Jing plan on looking for opportunities outside of campus.
Remtulla may pursue an internship with the BMO Marathon,
an organization he's worked
for previously.
Nasiri feels confident that her
win will afford her the opportunity to improve student life.
"I feel like the possibilities
are endless because the point at
which I am right now I understand the scope ofthe position
and I think that I can imagine all
ofthe possibilities," Nasiri said.
"As cheesy as that sounds." Xi NEWS    I    MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015
AMS ELECTIONS »
Jude Crasta beats out
Janzen Lee for VP external
Jude Crasta will take over as VP external in a few weeks.
Joshua Azizi
Senior StaffWriter
Jude Crasta was elected into the
VP external position tonight,
beating out opponent Janzen Lee.
"I'm definitely very happy
about it," said Crasta. "I really
appreciate the support from UBC
students, and it's definitely going
to be a great year ahead."
Crasta, who served as the associate VP external this year under
Bahareh Jokar, credits sticking
to his platform as a key factor in
his success.
"I was really confident in
what I was saying to people,"
said Crasta. "I knew that I could
accomplish that, and I definitely
feel that UBC students felt the
same as well."
On Friday, he looked forward
to a good night of partying with
friends and new members ofthe
executive team.
"I have a lot of invitations to
a lot of parties. I'm guessing I'm
going to have to make 10 to 15
minute appearances at each, and
we'll see how the night goes,"
said Crasta.
Lee, who is the current president ofthe Student Legal Fund
Society, is confident that Crasta
will perform well in his new role.
"I know that Jude is going to do
an amazing job," said Lee. "He's
going to continue doing amazing
things."
Lee credits his defeat to a lack
of endorsements and a series of
criticisms from election forums
that interpreted his platform as
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disrespectful towards the AMS.
However, he said that these criticisms hurt him and that they did
not represent his platform.
"I've been dubbed by some
ofthe election forums as an
'anti-AMS', 'anti-establishment'
person, and that's very much not
who I am. I believe strongly in
the work that the AMS is doing; I
would not have run for a position
otherwise."
Still, Crasta said that Lee ran a
good campaign.
"I would just like to congratulate him on the amazing campaign that he ran," said Crasta.
"I definitely think there were a
lot of interesting points that he
brought up that I'll definitely
take into consideration during
my term."
In the upcoming year, Lee
plans to focus on graduating and
remaining involved with the Student Legal Fund Society despite
not being re-elected.
Crasta will transition into the
office over April. When his term
begins, his first priorities will
be to work for a more equitable
U-Pass and get students involved
with the federal elections.
With the exception of a joke
candidate last year, this year's VP
external election marks the first
time in two years that the VP external election was contested.
"It's really great to see that a
lot of people are now taking the
external lobbying effort at the
AMS a lot more seriously," said
Crasta. tJ
Julie Van de
Valk, Veronica
Knott elected
to Board of
Governors
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Veronica Knott celebrates her victory.
Will McDonald
Coordinating Editor
Julie Van de Valk and Veronica
Knott beat out Tanner Bokor in
the three-person race for two
spots as student reps on the
Board of Governors.
"I definitely didn't know what
to expect, but I'm really glad
that students have spoken and
I look forward to working with
everyone who was elected," said
Van de Valk.
"I'm really happy with all the
candidates that participated in
the elections," said Knott.
"I'm really excited for the
upcoming year, I think it's going
to be great."
Both Knott and Van de Valk
said they would celebrate their
wins, then get to work at their
goals for the Board.
"Today is really about celebrating what we just acheived
and less thinking about the
future. Tomorrow, get back to me
and I'll give you an answer for
next year," said Knott.
Bokor declined comment after
the results were announced. 31
All new board
elected to Student
Legal Fund
Society
Bill Situ
StaffWriter
Cameron Sharpe, Carol Dou,
Kathleen Simpson, Jude Crasta,
Ron Gorodetsky and Tanner Bokor
have been elected to the Student
Legal Fund Society (SLFS).
With the exception of Cameron Sharpe from the Students
for Responsible Leadership slate,
all of those elected were from the
Students for Accountability slate.
Bahareh Jokar was the only member of her slate not to be elected
this year.
Gorodetsky said that he and
his fellow slate members are very
excited and grateful to have won.
Accordingto Gorodetsky, his team
feels ready to live up to their goal
of making a more transparent,
accountable and accessible SLFS,
which they have been campaigning about extensively.
"We really knew what we
wanted to accomplish, we put a lot
of thought and effort into our campaign promises, and I know all of us
are very invested in actually making
changes to the SLFS for once,"
said Gorodetsky.
Gorodetsky also said that since
the board members for the SLFS are
now official, the next step would be
to conduct an internal election to
determine the society's president.
Janzen Lee, who served as
president ofthe SLFS during the
past year and was not re-elected for
another term, said that he has faith
that those who have been elected
will do a good job at the society.
"The candidates that won are
amazing candidates and now
they are going to go on and make
the changes proposed for the
SLFS and they're going to make
beneficial changes for students, so
that's all that I really care about,"
said Lee.
As the society's current president, Lee's next steps involve
transitioning the new board of
the SLFS. He also said that he will
try to be involved in the SLFS as a
non-board member.
As Lee is entering his final year
of study, he does not plan to run
again next year. tJ
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Student falls 30 metres off cliff
edge, escapes injuries
A19 year-old UBC student fell
30 metres down a cliff near
Wreck Beach, but managed to
escape injuries.
The student, who was walking
in an unmarked area between the
Monument and Trail 7 paths on
the University Endowment Lands,
fell off the edge of a cliff on Saturday night. His name has not been
released by the police.
Accordingto an article by
Global, the student called 911 on
his cell phone at around 6:30 p.m.
and a search and rescue team had
come down at 10:30 pm. After
being checked over by the paramedics, the man was found not to
have suffered any serious injuries.
The trail area near Wreck Beach
has seen several falls in the last
year, with a man falling 100 metres
off a cliff edge in October 2014 and
a woman jumping 12 metres into a
ravine in order to escape the police
in June 2014.
Whistler Lodge sells for
$1.45 million
The AMS has sold the Whistler Lodge for just under
$1.45 million.
The Whistler Lodge was
first put on the market in October, after students voted in
favour of selling the Lodge in
January 2014.
According to VP Admin Ava
Nasiri, the selling price for the
Lodge was $1.5 million, but the
total that the AMS gained after
the fees associated with selling the
property added up to $1.45 million.
"We successfully sold the
Whistler Lodge last Monday,
March 2 and we now have around
$1.45 million going into endowment with the AMS," said Nasiri.
Nasiri also said the lodge was
bought by a couple who would like
to use the space for residential
purposes.
The AMS plans to use the money
gained from the sale to clear up
the debts that the society accrued
from managing the property and
potentially starting new services
such as a shuttle service from UBC
to Whistler.
"We are very excited to have 1.45
million dollars in an endowment,"
said Nasiri. tJ
Two incumbents, three newcomers elected as student reps to Senate
Marjan Hatai was one of five students elected to Senate this year.
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Kelley Lin
Senior StaffWriter
Eric Zhao, Marjan Hatai, Jenna
Omassi, Gurvir Sangha and
Aaron Bailey came out victorious
in the Senate race.
Overall, all newly elected
senators shared the same level of
excitement and appreciation.
"I feel very excited [and]
accomplished," said Hatai. "I'm
looking forward for the year to
come and I can't wait to make
some tangible changes. Thank
you so much for voting for me.
I'm so excited to actually make an
impact and follow through on my
goals and make a change at UBC
in the academic atmosphere."
Sangha is also excited to
try his hand at politics and
student government.
"It's very surreal," said Sangha.
"This is my first time in the AMS
level of politics. I think the one
common thing that every senator
has said is that Senate is very
slow-moving so the faster I can get
the training wheels off, the better.
I'm so excited to serve you next
year."
Omassi, who was also elected
VP academic, is excited to combine her experience in both roles
to make change.
"I'm feeling great," said
Omassi. "I'm very excited for the
year ahead. I think that VP academic and Senate are going to be
a great combination. It's going to
mean that Senate can be effective outside ofthe Senate doors.
There's not much happening
outside, so I'm excited to actually
start initiatives and carry them
on to tie into what's going on in
Senate."
Amongst the new student senators, Zhao was relatively more
relaxed about being elected to
another term in the Senate.
"I'm feeling great — relaxed,"
said Zhao. "It doesn't feel like
a huge change because it's the
same continuity, and for us, it's
kind of just a celebration, but
I've really enjoyed this election
period."
Bailey, who was elected AMS
president in the same night, also
secured his seat in the Senate for
a second term.
"Honestly, it was a good fight
by both sides ofthe campaign,"
said Bailey. "I'm very happy with
the efforts that we put forth and
they came through in the last
couple of minutes. It was close."
As Bailey will soon enter his
fifth year here at UBC, he offered
advice for upcoming students.
"In four years, if you're a first
year student listening to this now
— this could be you," said Bailey.
"Start working."
Bailey thanked the public and
promised to successfully fulfill
his new role as both senator and
AMS president.
"I'm going to make the AMS
something that people actually
care about," said Bailey. "There's
literally no reason we have
a building that's worth $135
million if people don't give a
shit about what we're doing next
year. Next year is going to be the
pivotal year for the AMS and for
the next 65 years, if you don't
make a good first impression the
first twelve months, it's going
to be our fault, and I'm going to
ensure that doesn't happen." Xi MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015    |    NEWS
TRANSIT »
As transit referendum nears, students and profs discuss drawbacks and benefits
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The mail-in transit referendum will take place over the next few months.
Sunny Oh
Contributor
Monday to Friday, Carolyne Tran
spends four hours on transit. A
second-year Applied Sciences
student at UBC, Tran wakes up
in Surrey, runs to catch her bus
to King George station, listens to
music on the SkyTrain to Vancouver, and then hops on the 99 B-line
bus. If she misses her first bus, she
has to wait another 30 minutes for
the next bus.
"Sometimes the bus comes a
couple minutes early. So even if
you come on time, if it comes two
minutes early, you miss class,"
said Tran.
Accordingto the Mayors'
Council, lost productivity is part of
the $1 billion cost to the regional
Vancouver economy due to inadequate transit services. It's one
of their main arguments for their
proposed $7.5 billion transportation plan, which includes the
expansion of light rail in Surrey
and Langley, a Millenium Line extension from VCC- Clark to Arbutus
street and improved bus service
that includes 11 new B-line routes.
On March 26, ballots will be mailed
out to Metro Vancouver residents
who will vote on one question: do
you support a 0.5 per cent increase
to the Provincial Sales Tax in
Metro Vancouver, dedicated to the
Mayors' Transportation and Transit
Plan, with independent audits and
public reporting.
While it's phrased as a simple
yes/no question, the referendum has
spawned a lot of debates.
One contentious topic is the use
of a plebiscite to decide on transportation projects. Although there have
been many transportation referen-
dums in the U.S., notably in Seattle
and San Francisco, referendums are
less common in Canada. This transportation and sales tax referendum
is the first of its kind in Canada, and
was part of Christy Clark's election
platform back in 2013.
Robin Lindsey, Sauder prof
and CN chair in Transportation
and International Logistics, said
that time will tell whether voters
will support the referendum.
"I am skeptical," said Lindsey.
"The referendum that's about to
start is so complicated. Given the
highly imperfect situation that
the Mayors' Council is facing,
they came up with a reasonable
solution."
Still, critics such as Jordan
Bateman from the Canadian
Taxpayers Federation have
argued that increasing the sales
tax will be particularly tough
on small businesses and might
not be managed efficiently
by TransLink.
But along with various labour,
business, environmental and
student groups across the province that form the Better Transit
and Transportation Coalition
(BTCC), both the AMS President Tanner Bokor and UBC's
President Arvind Gupta have
expressed support for the transit
referendum and urged students
to vote yes.
BTCC also points out that the
tax will affect people differently
based on their income, with most
students expected to pay only $30
- $50 peryear.
Despite her long transit times,
Tran is still undecided on how
she will vote in the referendum.
She said that while the taxes
will help students, the higher
sales tax might put a burden on
Lower Mainlanders.
"For students, it's probably
really beneficial, but for the rest
ofthe Lower Mainland it might
not be as helpful because people
are going to be taxed for it," said
Tran.
Despite BTTC's campaign in
favour ofthe referendum, it seems
that Metro Vancouver residents
are still not completely won over
by the plan. Recent polls indicate that 53 per cent of adults are
inclined to vote no, with voters
finding issues with TransLink,
the use ofthe sales tax, the referendum or the transit plan itself.
At the same time, Lindsey said
that the proposal was better than
nothing at all given Vancouver's
growing population.
"The sales tax may not be the
best way to fund that package,
[the transit plan] is wholly better
than nothing or the status quo,"
said Lindsey. tJ
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Olivia Law
Senior StaffWriter
Last week, the main concourse of
the SUB was the home and point
of information and awareness
for UBC Sexual Assault Support
Centre's (SASC) Clothesline
Project. Bold, sometimes shocking, and certainly moving, the
lines of decorated t-shirts serve to
be viewed by others as a testimony to the problem of violence
against women.
Ashley Bentley, SASC manager,
wants to give survivors and those
affected by sexual assault a voice
through creativity. "The idea is
that people can come in and paint
shirts, or any type of clothing,"
said Bentley. "It doesn't only have
to be folk who are survivors, but
anybody affected by violence,
whether it's a friend of a friend, a
family member or someone who
just really cares about this issue."
The Clothesline Project was
founded in 1990 by a group of
women in Massachusetts. Historically, it has been a vehicle for
female survivors of physical or
sexual assault to express their
emotions through decorating
a shirt. The displays, hung on
clotheslines, are intended to be
viewed by others as a testimony of
violence against women.
UBC's SASC, however, is a
community intended to sup
port people of all genders, and
thus, the Clothesline Project on
campus is not limited to women
only. "We're a centre that serves
all genders and we recognize that
anyone can be a perpetrator and
anyone can be a survivor," said
Bentley on the outreach ofthe
Clothesline Project. "We want to
give voices to all survivors."
For the past seven years, SASC
has hosted a Clothesline Project
in the SUB. In the past, the displays have been limited to closed
rooms due to potential trigger
warnings for members ofthe
community.
"We have so many people coming by all day, walking around and
reading the shirts, then coming
up and talking to staff members
or volunteers and just saying that
they're really glad these shirts
are being displayed," said Bentley.
Aware ofthe potential controversies surrounding the blatant
displays, Bentley is adamant that
the most important part ofthe
Clothesline project is to give the
survivors and those affected a
voice — something which cannot
happen behind closed doors.
Understandably, there has
been feedback on the triggering
nature ofthe sometimes-graphic
imagery. Signs have been placed
around the area to provide advance warning, and care has been
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taken to ensure that the displays
are arranged in a manner more
easily digestible.
"We recognize that not everybody is in a place where they want
to see that, and we're not trying
to silence anybody's experiences,"
said Bentley. "But for some of
the shirts that are perhaps more
triggering in a place we've placed
them closer to trigger warning
signs."
Taking a different tactic from
many other awareness groups,
the Clothesline Project does not
involve graphic imagery, just
personal words and accounts. The
physical depiction of a clothesline
— something ordinary and everyday — is used in juxtaposition
with a powerful subject matter.
Words are extremely powerful
tools, especially when used in
conjunction with tangible objects,
relatable to each and every passer-by.
While the t-shirts and symbolism can be disturbing and
upsetting, SASC staff members
and volunteers are positioned
around the displays to offer
debriefs and information to those
affected. The Clothesline Project
is intended to give individuals a
voice in this issue perpetrating
the media today, and to bear witness to the devastating impacts of
violence. 31
DANCE»
Two alumni spread joy
through ballroom dance
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Joel and Clara Marasigan joined UBC Dance club during their time at UBC.
Meritxell Parramon
Contributor
Joel Marasigan and Clara
Marasigan did not know that
ballroom dancing would change
their life when they joined UBC
Dance Club several years ago.
Neither Marasigan nor C.
Marasigan danced before joining
the club but they progressed to
become ballroom dance champions. After some years travelling
around the world, they returned
back to Vancouver in 2006 and
founded their studio on West
Broadway: The Dance Centre.
Their aim is to spread the spread
the dancing experience to as
many people as possible.
The Dance Centre offers
Discover Dance! a noon series
that showcases the diversity of
the British Columbian ballroom dance scene. The series
will be informative and lively
shows of ballroom dancing
that will contain performance,
questions to the artists and
audience participation.
"We want to involve more
people dancing ballroom," said
Marasigan. They both agreed
that the dancing discipline is not
acknowledged by Vancouverites.
TV shows such as Dancing With
the Stars spread the benefits of
dancing, but there is still a lot of
work to be done.
The duo's main goal is to bring
the experience to people. However, there is place for the most
competitive who wish to be challenged as well as space for those
who only want to be spectators.
Someone who wants to focus on
ballroom should be "a structured
and studious person because it
requires a lot of dedication," said
C. Marasigan.
With effort, tenacity, perseverance, discipline and passion for
their profession the duo converted themselves from amateur
dancers to world champions and
dance instructors. They were
not supposed to be dancers.
Marasigan majored in biochemistry and C. Marasigan majored
in physiology and occupational
therapy, both at UBC. But they
agreed that beyond their academic pursuits, university was a
school of life for them.
"When you have fun, the
experience becomes richer
and the goal becomes better,"
said Marasigan. Teaching and
dancing ballroom is their main
commitment nowadays. Both see
dancing as "passionately fun"
and intend to bring that love of
dance to a wider audience. Xi
CHOIR »
Alumnus to assist conducting famed oratorio Elijah
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The Vancouver Bach Choir will be accompanied by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Olivia Law
Senior StaffWriter
When one thinks of exciting
drama, shows such as Game of
Thrones, House of Cards and
Breaking Bad all come to mind.
But Elijah? You'd be hard pressed
to find a large number of students
excited about an oratorio telling
of an Old Testament tale. Yet,
to contemporary critics ofthe
work, Mendelssohn was focused
too much on creating a dramatic,
beautiful retelling ofthe well-
known story, and less on the true
religious sentiments ofthe Bible.
Kemuel Wong, UBC music
grad, is passionate about his work
as assistant conductor with the
Vancouver Bach Choir — Vancouver's largest mass choral union.
They will be showcasing Mendelssohn's two-part work alongside
the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in a powerful representation ofthe iconic 19th-century
English masterpiece.
To listeners unfamiliar with
Elijah, the oratorio will sound a lot
like an opera — yet is performed
without elaborate sets or costumes, the reason for this being
that in the 18th and 19th centuries, it was technically illegal for
biblical works to be performed in a
manner of entertainment.
Evidently creating problems
for composers such as Mendelssohn, the oratorio was born.
With all the drama and excitement of an opera or a musical, the
sacred texts are set to dramatic
music, and comprise of arias,
recitatives and choruses. Elijah
takes the audience through
vignettes ofthe prophet's life;
beginning with the overture
and chorus describing a massive
drought, set to befall everyone in
the land.
The first part of Elijah follows
the prophet during the period of
drought, with dramatic challenges between Elijah, sung by
baritone soloist Giles Tomkins,
and the chorus, who represent the
Baal prophets.
"This section has very fast
exchanges between Elijah and
the choir, ranging from silences
to represent the lack of responses
from God, and very fast passages
to represent the descending fire
from the heavens," said Wong, describing one ofthe most dramatic
and well-written passages from
the oratorio.
The Vancouver Bach Choir's
concert of Mendelsohn's work
has a timeless quality to it, with
themes of humanity's desperation
for natural resources across the
world.
"I think even from a dramatic
point of view a lot of pieces draw
on mythology," said Wong on the
historical topic of Elijah. "We all
love a good story, and especially
one that's filled with drama and
quick action."
Described in review as "a work
of art," Elijah is famous for the
dramatic imagery it produces.
Many artists have attempted to
recreate the picture of Elijah ascending into heaven in a chariot of
fire; the scene in the oratorio sung
with immense virtuosity.
"Back in Mendelssohn's day it
would have been revolutionary,"
said Wong. "It's so dramatic, the
way he writes the scores and the
motifs that Mendelssohn brings
back time and again throughout
the work."
Elijah is inspiring to all types of
listeners. To the casual audience
member, the oratorio will display
exciting drama, beautiful, lyrical
melodies and abounding Vancouver-based talents. Yet to the music
aficionado, Mendelssohn's motifs
reoccur in interesting ways.
"I feel Mendelssohn does a really
good job at that," said Wong. "Putting motifs together and revisiting
them, or even hiding them. It becomes really interesting when you're
aware, using the same melodic lines
for doom and gloom with triumphant choruses."
The drama, the action, the fantasy — it's all present in the repertoire ofthe talented Vancouver Bach
Choir. Combining two ofthe great
ensembles in classical music for a
performance is sure to be something
special, and the dramatic story of
Elijah is something not to be missed.
Elijah will be presented at the
Orpheum on March 28. Xi MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015    |    CULTURE
THEATRE»
THEATRE!)
Triumph of Love plays with gender roles and stereotypes
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Andrea Gonzalez
Contributor
In a theatrical world often typified by strong male protagonists
and submissive, struggling female
ingenues, UBC Theatre is challenging traditional gender roles with its
modern musical adaptation of Pierre
de Marivaux's comic play Triumph
of Love.
The musical adaptation Triumph
of Love by James Magruder is based
on the 1973 Pierre de Marivaux
commedia dell'arte play Le Tri-
omphe de I'Amour and has become
renown in musical theatre for its
unique craft and forward thinking.
Directed by MFA directing student Barbara Tomasic, the musical
follows the fearless Princess Leoni-
de, played by Catherine Fergusson,
as she embarks in search for her love
and discovers something about herself in the process. When the princess falls in love with Agis, played
by Zac Wolfman, who is the rightful
heir to the kingdom usurped by
Leonide's family, the princess
dresses up like a man in order to win
his heart. However, complications
ensue when she deceives and seduces other characters to get closer to
Agis, all the while being unaware
that he has been training his whole
life to assassinate her.
"What was interesting to me
was that the show was not only
comedic but also had a sort of
authentic underbelly and one of
my goals as a director, especially in
theatre, is to find that authenticity,"
said Tomasic.
At its core, the musical focuses on the journey towards
self-discovery and finding out
what love truly means. According
to Fergusson, as the characters
interact and engage in relationships, from meeting new people,
making friends and hurting
people along the way, they come
WRITING »
to learn who they really are and to
accept themselves.
"Princess Leonide becomes all of
these other identities in order to become her whole self. So she dresses
as a man, and then she pretends to
be a different woman but in the end
all of these men and women that she
pretends to be become her whole
person," said Tomasic.
Significantly, these are experiences to which most of us can relate.
"We all have an idea of what love
is and we are constantly having to
re-evaluate that and adjust that in
our lives based on our experiences,"
said Wolfman.
"Triumph of Love has certainly
made me question my beliefs about
love. I think every character in this
play goes through a different journey in discovering what that means
to them. From it being a romantic
relationship, to knowing oneself or
an unconventional relationship or
accepting who they are within the
context," said Tomasic.
While generating a space for
introspection, Triumph of Love delivers more than a generous dosage
of wit and humour. From mistaken
identities to sexual jokes, recognizable stereotypes of hopeless romantics, and what Wolfman terms
a "Scooby-Doo feel" of loss and
disorder, the comedic musical does
not fall short of entertaining action.
In addition, the catchy music
that underscores the play, consisting of a combination of pop, jazz,
opera and burlesque is guaranteed
to keep you on your feet as the
characters saunter onto the stage
and exit to the rhythm of their own
musical themes.
"Prepare to leave, go home and
download the soundtrack and listen
to the songs over and over again,"
said Wolfman.
Although the hilarious plot and
energetic music promise to offer a
refreshing cocktail for a modern
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UBC Theatre presents one musical production in their season.
musical, the production's open
embrace of non-traditional gender
roles and intentional gender bending
is perhaps the most exciting aspect
of this production. While each
character brings their own flavor
to the musical, it is the ambitious
female characters, particularly Princess Leonide, who propel the play
forward. An intense and unrelenting
force of nature, the Princess constantly fluctuates from being male
or female, causing almost the entire
house to fall at her feet.
"There's something about a
reverse princess story that appeals
to me. As a feminist, I'm not a
huge lover ofthe Disney princess
world, so it was interesting to
come across a piece where the
princess is actually ambitious
and going for what she wanted
and having to address her faults.
It seemed like an enlightened
fairytale to me. And the women in
this play are really intelligent and
strong," said Tomasic.
Pulsing with political intrigue,
romance, murder and mistaken
identity, Fergusson likens the hilarious, tongue-in-cheek musical
to "Game of Thrones the musical."
"2015 is a good time to be showing Triumph of Love, especially at
UBC, because this kind of plot is
something that people nowadays
like. I've been posting on Facebook
that it is like Game of Thrones the
musical because we are fighting over a throne, and my uncle
killed his parents. So it has all of
those blood ties and fantasy stuff
that people are into these days,"
said Fergusson.
Triumph of Love will be performed March 19 - April 4 at the
Frederic Wood Theatre. Xi
Brave New Play Rites Festival moved off campus
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Brave New Play Rites festival is an opportunity for creative writing students to have their plays performed.
Keagan Perlette
Contributor
Celebrating its 29th year, the
creative writing program's annual
festival, Brave New Play Rites, is
back this week with 12 brand new
student-written shows.
This time around, the festival
features some off-campus expansion
into Vancouver's thriving theatre
scene, featuring directors and actors
from the city's theatre community.
Ramon Esquivel and Sasha
Singer-Wilson, who are acting as
both playwrights and associate
producers for the festival, have
been hard at work throughout the
fall and spring terms putting Brave
New Play Rites together along
with their peers.
"This year ... the festival is
moving off campus, it's been
on campus for the past and it's
happening on Granville Island at
Studio 1398," said Singer-Wilson.
"So we decided to kind of reach out
more into the theatre community
in Vancouver. So there's a big mix
in terms ofthe directors: some
are much more experienced, some
are really emerging, this might
be their first time and we were
interested in that in terms ofthe
festival... having a big mix."
Esquivel and Singer-Wilson
have opened up the doors to the
playwrights — from both the
undergraduate and graduate
creative writing programs — to
experience putting their plays on
stage with working members of
the theatre industry.
"The festival is like a stepping
stone professionally for people as
opposed to, if it's on campus, it
feels a little more just like in the
institution of UBC, which is great
too, but this is a nice opportunity
for people to have like a little bit
more of a step out of school," said
Singer-Wilson.
The process allows the
playwrights to grow creatively through this structure of
extra-curricular involvement.
Singer-Wilson and Esquivel
have both had the opportunity
to wear the many hats of theatre
production and that opportunity
has been available to all writers
participating in the festival: some
playwrights are directing other
plays, while all students have the
chance to sit in on rehearsals and
work closely with the actors and
directors bringing their work to
life.
"If anything I think it's made
me a more ambitious writer
because I've seen what we can
do with like no budget and the
creativity ofthe directors and
the courage of actors. That's sort
of made me [realize] whenever
I write I'm gonna find people to
collaborate not only to bring it
to life but to do it beyond what I
thought," said Esquivel.
With a dozen shows on the bill,
there's no shortage of ambition or
diversity. "There's a broad range
of shows," said Esquivel.
"There's, you know, physical comedy, there's dramas....
My play is kind of this magical
realism idea of two people who
meet on the bridge in the middle
ofthe night. And it's kind of
about... their entire relationship with each other, there's
also these sort of supernatural
elements to it too, but it's also
funny."
Singer-Wilson's play could not
be more different. "It's about a
12-year-old boy," she said. "It
takes place at a Speakers League,
which is like a public speaking
platform for young people, and
the past and present start to kind
of blur for Lenny, the character,
as he talks about his weekend
that he's just come away from
that's pretty dramatic."
After months of tireless rewrites, coordination and creativity, Esquivel and Singer-Wilson
are ready to see the fruits of
everyone's labour.
"The fact that these productions are moving forward — and
I think they're gonna be really
good — I think that in itself is an
accomplishment," said Esquivel.
The festival promises to be
an excellent display of UBC's
emerging playwriting voices and
a fantastic way for new directors
to help bring these new stories
to life with the help of industry
veterans. Brave New Play Rites
is a great opportunity to support
UBC's stars on the rise and to
check out the incredible work
students are doing in the creative
writing program. Xi // Opinions
LAST WORDS »
The AMS refuses to release vote counts until 48 hours after results are announced.
LAST WORDS//
REDACTED RESULTS
On Friday night, the AMS announced their election results
— sort of. While they released the
names of who won, they didn't
release the number of votes each
candidate received. We understand that the elections staff were
just following AMS code, which
says the numbers shouldn't be released until at least 48 hours after
the unofficial results "to allow
winning candidates to withdraw."
But code should change.
Voting is electronic, and all the
numbers are in. The vote numbers will be released regardless
of whether candidates choose to
withdraw. If the AMS is confident
enough in their voting numbers
to call an election, they should be
confident enough in the numbers to
release them immediately, whether
the results are "official" or not.
ELECTIONS RESULTS:
SOME SHOCKING, SOME
PREDICTABLE
The majority of our staff attended
the AMS Elections results party at
The Gallery on Friday, and we have
to say that we were a little surprised
by some ofthe outcomes.
Aaron Bailey winning the
presidential race didn't come as a
surprise to us. Cheneil Antony-Hale
ran a good campaign but simply
didn't have the AMS experience or
support-base to compete with Bailey. Bailey having the frat vote was a
major advantage for him, as well.
VP admin was, in our opinion,
one ofthe more closely contested
races. Alex Remtulla, in particular,
had a very active, grassroots campaign and, we believe, had a decent
chance of unseating Ava Nasiri.
Nasiri's experience, reputation and
advantage as the incumbent won
the day, however, allowing her to
continue in her role next year.
The result ofthe VP external race
wasn't a huge surprise to us. Jude
Crasta already has experience in the
VP external's office and presented
more realistic ideas, if somewhat
less ambitious, at the debates. Additionally, Janzen Lee's absence from
the Great Debate likely didn't help
his campaign.
Although Mateusz Miadlikowski had a distinct advantage as
incumbent, we still feel that the VP
finance race could have gone either
way. Will Pigott's campaign did
much to distinguish himself from
his opponent, and if it was what
UBC was looking for it would have
been enough to win him the election
— but apparently, it wasn't.
Probably the least shocking
outcome is VP academic: Jenna
Omassi ran uncontested and certainly wasn't a candidate that people
viewed as unsuitable. Omassi's
experience as AUS president helped
to both build her skill set and her
reputation around campus.
Board of Governors and Senate
had two ofthe bigger upsets ofthe
election. We believed Tanner Bokor
to be the frontrunner ofthe BoG
race: simply having the role of AMS
president under one's belt gives a
significant boost to a candidate's
reputation. That said, we assume
that it was Bokor's lack of campaigning compared to his competitors
that led to him losing the election.
Veronica Knott had the support
of a large and extremely engaged
student body (i.e. the engineers),
and Julie Van de Valk ran an active
campaign with an issue that a lot
of students care about (fossil fuel
divestment) as a cornerstone. We
feel that both Knott and Van de Valk
will do well on BoG, and we hope
that Bokor will remained involved
with campus politics.
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As for Senate, the election of
incumbents Aaron Bailey and Eric
Zhao was not surprising. Marjan
Hatai, Jenna Omassi and Gurvir
Sangha are all big names on campus, so they were all likely enough
to be elected. We were surprised,
however, that Viet Vu didn't win a
spot: we feel that he had a strong
showing at the debates, AMS
experience and an active campaign,
though perhaps people weren't able
to distinguish his serious campaign
from his joke campaign as V.
Last (and only kind of least),
the Student Legal Fund Society:
no surprise here, other than Jokar
not getting a spot. Students for
Accountability had a stronger
showing overall than Students for
Responsible Leadership (literally, in the sense that they actually
attended both ofthe debates). Students for Accountability promised
to actually make something out of
SLFS, an organization that is little-
known.
STAY AWAY FROM CLIFFS
Another month, another story of
a student falling off a cliff. While
the repetitiveness of this situation
(Google 'cliff and 'UBC to see
how often this has happened in the
past) can seem hard to believe, the
danger of losing your footing near
a cliff edge when it's dark — and if
you've had a few beers — is not.
With several students falling off
cliff or ravine edges at UBC within
the same year, we thought we'd
issue a public service announcement to stay away from cliffs.
Feel like having a night of running around and debauchery on
campus? Go to Wreck Beach, go to
the Rose Garden or even go to the
fountain at Martha Piper Plaza,
but stay away from the cliffs.
Seriously. Xi
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KASRA HASSANI
Letter
Something caught my eye as I was
strolling around our beautiful
campus: cigarette butts dispersed
all over the ground. Despite their
innocuous look, cigarette butts are a
reminder that some people willingly
inhaled carcinogenic chemicals into
their lungs and dispersed the rest to
the people around them.
Canada has one ofthe lowest
smoking rates in the world with
British Columbia in the lead. This
has in part a lot to do with tobacco
regulatory policies, such as messaging on cigarette packages, bans
on cigarette advertising and sale
to minors. Most important among
them and essential to health of
non-smokers is banning smoking in
public places. The City of Vancouver
has taken great strides in making
sure we breathe clean air in public
areas, indoors and out.
Not long ago, the idea of banning
smoking in public places seemed
ludicrous. A few years before that,
tobacco companies openly advocated health benefits for cigarettes!
Nowadays, we would simply laugh
at anyone trying to claim any
health benefits for smoking. But
for some reason, allowing smoking
on the campus of a university that
envisions creating an exceptional learning environment seems
acceptable.
Last reviewed in 2007, UBC's
Smoke-Free policy states that
UBC promotes a healthy and safe
university environment. This policy
rightfully prohibits sale of tobacco
products on campus and also smoking within eight meters of university buildings to promote health of
students, faculty, staff and visitors.
It's time to go one step further and
bring that health promotion message fully into action. It's time for
UBC to go completely smoke-free.
Many university and college
campuses around the world have
gone smoke-free. That means no
smoking anywhere on university
campus or property, no matter how
large the campus is. Many Canadian
universities have enacted such
policy as well. Dalhousie University
has been smoke-free since 2003.
The Okanagan campus is already
way ahead and restricts smoking to
only designated areas.
No one needs to be reminded
about the hazards of smoking.
Science has repeatedly shown that
there is no safe level of second-hand
smoke. Yet, tobacco remains the top
preventable killer of Canadians and
a leading cause of hospitalization
and re-hospitalization.
Going smoke-free is not just
about quitting smoking, although it
would go hand in hand with it. It's
rather about providing clean air for
students, faculty, staff and visitors
and disallowing an utterly unhealthy habit from being practiced
on campus.
History repeats itself. Each time
tougher bans and regulations on
tobacco are announced, tobacco
companies and smokers strongly
respond with arguments on restrictions of their legal activities or personal freedoms. But also every time
that a tobacco-regulating policy is
put into place, smoking rates drop
and lives are saved.
The odds are in our favour: a
poll conducted two years ago at
UBC suggests strong support for a
smoke-free campus. We know it will
eventually happen: going entirely
smoke-free is only a matter of time.
What are we waiting for? XI
DIVESTMENT »
What is BDS and why should you support it?
MARYAM BAKSH
Letter
The anti-BDS campaign is in full
swing pending the upcoming referendum in the end of March and, for
most, this is their first time hearing
about the international Boycott,
Divest and Sanctions Movement.
But what is BDS? And why has it
come to UBC?
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as many will know, has been
ongoing for over 60 years. The
continued establishment of illegal
settlements and the repeated wars
— including last summer's invasion
that left 1,483 civilians dead — is
making the dream of two states,
Palestine and Israel, more and
more remote. The international
community has failed to implement
the Geneva Convention to end
Israel's occupation, resettlement
and human rights abuses. It was
upon realizing this fact in 2007 that
Palestinians decided to take action.
BDS was born with one simple request: stop letting your money fund
these crimes! Specifically, BDS has
three major goals:
Stop funding the illegal occupation of Palestinian and Syrian land.
Stop funding abuse of human rights in Palestine. Under
the Fourth Geneva Convention,
refugees' rights are guaranteed —
including the right to return to their
homes.
Stop funding the construction of
a concrete wall around Palestine.
BDS is modelled closely on the
international movement that forced
South Africa to end its apartheid
policies. It calls for people to
boycott, divest or sanction any
company or institution that profits
or contributes to these violations of
international law. This grassroots
movement has garnered significant
support from national trade unions
around the world; religious organizations like the United Methodist
Church and universities across Europe and North America. Ben Gurion
University's professor Neve Gordon
said that there is no hope that the
Israeli government will act without
significant pressure from people
around the world. BDS is the world's
concerted answer.
The international community has
a legal obligation to abstain from
lending financial support and global
citizens have a moral obligation to
ensure that their money is not used
in illegal activity. UBC is no different, and students have the right to
ensure that their money is not used
to fund Israel's current policies.
Despite this, the UBC AMS has
decided to take the unusual stance
of supporting an "anything but yes"
vote, which is basically supporting a
'no' vote. The AMS chose to oppose
the call to committing to end using
tuition dollars to fund violations of
international law, and that is before
students even had cast their votes.
UBC students are part ofthe
upper echelons of Canadian aca-
demia, so standing for justice and
challenging illegal policies is not a
surprising move. UBC students will
be asked to decide for themselves on
this question of morality in a referendum from March 23-27. In the
words of Rabbi David Mivasair, students should vote 'yes' as BDS is "the
most powerful thing we in Canada
can do to help those in both Palestine and Israel" who are suffering
under the current policies. '3 MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015    |    SPORTS
BASKETBALL»
Thunderbirds finish strong, take CIS bronze
Kris Young and Harleen Sidhu lead women's team to national success
=HOTOCOURTESFMATHIEUBELANGER/LAVALUNIVERSIPF
Kris Young (6) scored a UBC-record 40 points Thursday night.
Jack Hauen
Sports and Rec Editor
Game one: Rams (W, 81-59)
It was the Kris Young show in
the first match. The Canada West
MVP scored a school-record 40
points to give her team a convincing win and a confident start to
the CIS Final 8 Tournament and
send the Ryerson Rams to the
consolation round against Saint
Mary's.
In the first half, Young knocked
down 26 ofthe first 39 points her
team scored, going 10 for 11 to
begin her explosive performance
with a bang. The rest of her team
had yet to fully follow suit, however, and the Thunderbirds headed
into the break with a 39-33 lead.
The third quarter began in similar fashion. Young knocked down
four three-pointers in succession
for 12 in the quarter. Her team rallied behind her and widened the
gap to 60-44 heading into the final
frame. That would be enough to
take it, but the T-Birds didn't stop
there, mounting a 21-point fourth
quarter to emerge victorious by 22.
Game two: Martlets (OL, 59-57)
A two-point overtime heart-
breaker at the hands ofthe
Martlets was all it took to kill
the dreams of a UBC national
championship.
It was a tight game the whole
way through between two top-
ranked teams both vying for
a chance at gold. McGill was
ahead 12-11 after the first, 27-26
after the second and 42-40 after
the third.
The Thunderbirds were ahead
by a score of 50-44 with 6:00
to go in the game, but it wasn't
enough to hold off McGill, who
went on a furious 9-0 run to put
themselves up by three. Adri-
enne Parkin's three-pointer tied
it back up at 1:56, but with both
teams playing incredible defence
in a desperate bid to hold on,
Young's drive to the basket in the
final seconds was foiled, and the
game went to OT.
There, the usually strong
Thunderbird offence wasn't able
to find its footing, and the Martlets would outscore them 6-4 to
take the game.
Game three: Huskies (W, 73-61)
The word disappointing doesn't
quite do justice to describe the
loss to McGill, but the Thunderbirds we'rent about to give up
and sulk — they knew their season wasn't over yet.
UBC has had the Huskies'
number this year, going 4-1
against them this season and
maintaining a lead for the entire
bronze medal game. It was the
last game for seniors Lauren Sea-
brook, Harleen Sidhu and Kris
Young, and what else would one
expect but for the dynamic duo
of Young and Sidhu to lead the
team in scoring and rebounding
(respectively).
Young scored eight ofthe final
18 points in the T-Birds' 18-4 run
to finish the game, true to form.
Sidhu finished with 16 points and
11 rebounds, true to form.
And after an 18-game unbeaten
streak that lasted from December to March, the Thunderbirds
rallied from a heartbreaking loss
to make the most of a season in
which they found so much success — true to form. Xi
Ups, downs and All-Stars: men's basketball season in review
Tommy Nixon (7) was integral to UBC's success this season.
=HOTO VICTOR HOGREFEfTHE UBYSSEY
Jacob Gershkovich
Senior StaffWriter
On March 6, the UBC men's team
suffered a devastating defeat against
the University of Saskatchewan
Huskies. The loss not only put UBC
out of contention for the Canada
West title, it rendered them ineligible for the CIS Final 8 Tournament.
Some weeks have passed, and
with the season now behind us, it's
time to look back on the year that
was. Below are some ofthe highlights from the 2014/15 campaign;
and I would feel unjust beginning
with anything other than:
Tommy Nixon's performance
That Tommy Nixon was not named
Canada West's Outstanding Player
ofthe Year is robbery, in my opinion.
It is difficult to imagine what UBC's
season may have looked like without
Nixon steering the ship. In his final
year of play, Nixon was the engineer
behind UBC's number one ranked
offence. He led the team in points
per game, free throws made, field
goal percentage, three point field
goal percentage, steals, rebounds
and minutes played. He was Canada
West's most prolific scorer, averaging 20.8 points per game, and was
recently recognized as one ofthe
top players in the nation after being
named a Canada West First Team
All-Star and a Second Team CIS
All-Canadian.
Awful start, valiant finish
After startingthe season 1-5,1, like
many others, began to question the
fabric of this team. More distressing
than their record was the fashion
in which they suffered each of their
first five losses: the team had no
fight; they looked timid; opponents
bullied them into humble submission. Ironically, the turnaround
came against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in late November. After sweeping the Huskies in
a two game series UBC caught fire,
winning 11 of their next 12 games
to finish the year 14-6 and take the
third seed in Canada West. The cool
confidence the 'Birds exuded as
they concluded their regular season
stood in stark contrast to the team's
early demeanour. By the season's
end, all of the ugly things that
initially belied this team's image had
dissipated.
The Calgary series
With both teams jostling for a
playoff position back in January,
the then 11-4 University of Calgary
Dinos travelled out west to take on
the 9-4 'Birds. The weekend had
everything from controversial player ejections to heroic last-second
buzzer beaters. It was, simply put,
some ofthe most exciting basketball
I've witnessed in recent years. After
suffering a heartbreaking defeat
in game one, UBC rallied to win
game two and split the series. Their
exemplary effort against one ofthe
most dangerous teams in Canada
West seemed to affirm UBC's sense
of purpose moving forward, and
looking back, it remains one ofthe
high points ofthe season.
Veterans
Vital to UBC's success was the play
of their seniors. Tommy Nixon,
Andrew McGuinness, Brylle
Kamen and Tonner Jackson will
all be hanging up their jerseys next
year; and they will all be missed.
While I've already said much about
Nixon, perhaps the unsung hero on
this team was Jackson. Jackson's
improvement on the offensive end
was noticeable as the season progressed. He worked his way into a
starting role and was relied upon to
contribute heavy minutes near the
season's end. Though they both had
their bouts with injury, McGuinness and Kamen were integral
pieces ofthe puzzle when healthy.
McGuinness found his niche as the
team's most capable sharpshooter
from outside, and the swift-footed
Kamen was a dangerous inside
scoring threat. Losing four senior
players will take its toll on any team
at this level, and it will be interesting to see how head coach Kevin
Hanson and company respond next
year.
Looking forward
With the end ofthe year comes
the loss of size in the post, veteran leadership and one ofthe best
players to come through UBC in
recent history. In spite of this, the
situation doesn't seem so bleak. Far
from it, actually. UBC has a potential all-star named Connor Morgan.
The 6'9 Victoria native will begin
his third year of play next October.
He averaged 13.9 points per game —
second on the team behind Nixon —
and that number is far below what
he is capable of. This is good news.
Look for Morgan to be the scoring
leader on next year's team.
Also due for a big season is Kedar
Wright. Wright was UBC's best
player in their Final Four loss to
the Saskatchewan Huskies, putting
up 23 points in 40 minutes of play.
Wright was often delegated the task
of guarding opposing teams' most
dangerous offensive ball handlers
this year. He gets in the face of his
defensive assignments and plays
with a little bit of an attitude, an
aspect of his game that I'm sure is
much appreciated by his teammates
and coaches. While next season will
only mark the young guard's third
year of play, I anticipate that he
will quickly harness the role ofthe
team's emotional leader.
Along with Morgan and Wright,
look for David Wagner, who will
be the sole fifth-year senior next
year, and Jordan Jensen-Whyte to
play big roles. A number of younger
players who rode the pine this season will be battling for significant
minutes on next year's roster: Stef-
anos Fasianos, Elijah Campbell-Ax-
son, Luka Zaharijevic and Daniel
Sutcliffe; and who knows what kind
of freshmen Hanson and his boys
are going to bring in?
The 2014/15 campaign will
ultimately be remembered as one
that fell short of its potential. Such
is the world of sports — a single
loss can cast a dark shade over an
entire year's worth of work. The sole
consolation for the players, coaches
and fans who fall short of a championship lies in the uncertainty of
next season's outcome. So while the
wound from March's early playoff
exit has perhaps not yet fully closed,
it will soon be entirely forgotten. Xi
A petition has been submitted for a referendum question and voting will occur March 23rd to March 27th.
THE REFERENDUM QUESTION IS AS FOLLOWS: Do you support your student union (AMS) in boycotting products
and divesting from companies that support Israeli war crimes, illegal occupation and the oppression of Palestinians?
Campaign funding up to $1000 is available after listing all members in the committee, collecting
150+ signatures from active AMS members and creating a budget outlining proposed expenditures.
AMS
ELECTIONS 10    I   SPORTS   I    MONDAY, MARCH 16,2015
It is
quintessential
Pacific
est
Koby Michaels
Senior Staff Writ
There seems to be two interpretations ofthe meaning of
reading week. One, championed
by professors, is "a week for
reading." The other, championed by basically every student
ever, is "a week to take a break
from reading." Okay, so maybe
reading week isn't that ambiguous of a title, but I wasn't about
to spend a week cooped up in
Irving, studying for midterms.
So first thing Saturday morning
I grabbed my trusty backpack,
closed my dorm room door and
didn't look back.
Port Angeles
The plan was to take a ferry to
Vancouver Island and another to
Washington's Olympic Peninsula,
stay most ofthe week at Jackie's
house, and spend the last night of
our trip in Victoria before coming back to an apocalyptic week
of three midterms.
Our troop of four musketeers;
Cori, Jackie, Olivia and I met
at the bus loop. All of us, with
the exception of Jackie, were
recent transplants to the Pacific
Northwest and were eager to
see as many of the sights as
possible. Throughout the trip, I
took sadistic pleasure in sending
pictures ofthe beautiful weather
back home to Boston, which was
buried under metres of snow.
As any good trip should start;
it began with a mad rush to
catch the bus. We hopped on
after the bus had started moving. Tensions were high. But we
caught the ferry, and the iconic
double-decked bus on the island
with plenty of time to spare. We
grabbed lunch and soaked in
the sun, a reoccurring theme for
the week. I wanted to explore
Victoria but we were running
late; the group had another ferry
to catch.
Usually, getting from one place
to another is my least favourite
part of a trip (few methods of
transport have adequate legroom
for 6'4" tall people like me) but
ferry travel is the way to go. Unparalleled views, a White Spot on
board and free Titanicking (the
act of standing on the the bow of
the boat, arms outspread, singing
"My Heart Will Go On" at the top
of your lungs) come included on
every standard ferry. That is how
travel should be. We reached Port
Angeles, our home base for the
next week, as the sun set over the
Strait of Juan de Fuca.
On Monday, after exploring
the mom-and-pop quaintness
of Port Angeles, we set out for
our first big excursion. A short
drive, another ferry (yet more
beautiful than the last) which we
sprinted onto as the last passengers, and we were off to Seattle.
We spent the morning in Pike
Place, exploring the artisan foods
and crafts and avoiding being
clobbered by the giant fish being
tossed around. Live music could
be heard in the distance, with
vendors peddling everything
from handmade pottery, leather-bound journals to obsidian
blades. The long morning drove
us to find food, and soon I found
myself with a delicious Russian
pastry in my hand and we sat
down in the sun, overlooking
Seattle's harbour.
We explored a bit more ofthe
waterfront, enjoying the rare
Northwestern winter sun and
the peaceful ocean. I made my
mandatory stop in the local hat
store (yes, I'm that guy) before
we jumped on the ferry home.
We took the next day easy,
sleeping, lounging by the lake
and paddling a little. On Wednesday, we headed further west
to the Hoh Rainforest. Somehow,
we managed to avoid all the rain. MONDAY, MARCH 16,2015    |    SPORTS    |   11
£$**"
Hoh
Pacific Spirit Park, and Lynn Can
yon Park, while rainforests, have
Often, when I set off into the
nothing on the Hoh. Even though
woods or mountains, I go looking
the day is dry, the rain 430 centi
for adrenaline. It's not hard to
metres of rain a year can be felt
find; climbing a frozen water
all around. With every step, mud
fall, hiking a mountain in a
oozes from under my shoes, falling
snow storm or skinny dipping in
drops hitting leaves mixes with
below-freezing temperatures all
the excited songs of birds enjoying
get that sweet hormone coursing
the early spring.
through your veins. And while
We take our time hiking,
excitement and danger are a sig
walking mostly in silence. We take
nificant part ofthe reason I love
every detour. The best trail goes
the outdoors, it is not the basis of
up to a waterfall, overgrown with
our relationship.
fallen trees covered in moss. It is
I sit with my feet dangling over
quintessential Pacific Northwest.
the sandy cliff. Below is a river,
The hike is quiet, easy and
broken into several streams by
peaceful; zero adrenaline. But
rocky islands. The water is glow
nonetheless, it is an excellent day.
ing a vibrant blue-green. Through
After all, any adventure, is a good
the trees on the opposite bank, a
adventure.
lone, evergreen-covered moun
tain rises through the clouds.
Victoria
The point, to me at least, of
being outside in the wild is about
Our time in Port Angeles was up
the escape it provides. It may be
and we took yet another boat, back
cliche, though that makes it no
to Victoria. We dropped our bags
less true, that there is something
off at the AirBnB we were spend
special about the untouched
ing the night at and headed back
beauty of nature. No homework,
into the city. All the trees were
no deadlines, nothing but the trail
in bloom, the sun was shining yet
in front of you and the company
again (how did we get so lucky?)
you keep.
I'm somewhere in the depths
is filled with old architecture,
ofthe Hoh Rainforest in Olympic
unique shops and delicious coffee,
National Park, Washington, USA.
or so I'm told. As far as I can tell,
Hiking the Hoh River Trail on an
all coffee tastes like death.
uncharacteristically warm and
Our trip ended as the sun set on
dry day proves to be a highlight of
our last full day away from UBC.
the trip.
All that was left was some deli
First, we hike the short "Hall
cious cheesecake from Pagliacci's
of Mosses" loop. Everything, and
(worth the trip to Victoria by
I mean everything, is covered in
itself) and more buses and boats.
moss. The trail, branches, leaves
A week off from school, re
and even the moss is covered
gardless of its purpose, is a great
in moss. It hangs like intricate,
excuse to see our little corner of
woven rugs, filling the air with an
the planet. Rainforests, paddling,
earthy smell. The hall feels closed,
coffee, exploring cities, ferries and
and indoor. The moss blocks out
somehow, sun, is a week well spent
the sun; it feels like a natural
by any measurable means. Sure,
Cathedral.
my lack of reading caught up with
As we reach the main trail, the
me, but I certainly don't regret the
moss lessens and the trees open.
procrastination.
PHOTOS KOBY MICHAELS/THE UBYSSEY 12    I    GAMES    I    MONDAY, MARCH 16,2015
About an hour from UBC, St. Mark's Summit provides stunning views of Howe Sound.
PHOTO MAX GORDON/THE UBYSSEY
How many Queen's students does it take to change
alightbulb?
One. He holds the bulb up and waits for the world to revolve
around him.
How many U of T students does it take to change
alightbulb?
Two. One to change the lightbulb and one to crack under
the pressure.
How many Western students does it to change
alightbulb?
Five. One to change the lightbulb and four to find the perfect J.Crew outfit to wear for the occasion.
How many McMaster students does it take to change
alightbulb?
Two. One to change the bulb and the other to say loudly how
he did it as well as any Queen's student.
How many Guelph students does it take to change
alightbulb?
Seven. One to screw it in and six to figure out how to power
it on manure.
How many UVic students does it take to change
alightbulb?
None. Lava lamps don't burn out man!
How many University of Manitoba students does it take
to change a lightbulb?
One, if you can find any.
How many UBC students does it take to change
alightbulb?
None, because they're so sustainable.
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