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November 7,2008 \ www.ubyssey.ca
living in the limelight since 1918 \ volume xc, number 20
UBC's official student newspaper is published Tuesdays and Fridays
Yes, he did!
Hundreds gathered in the Gallery Tuesday night to celebrate the election results and the end of the George
Bush era. Screams of joy could be heard whenever another state went into Obama's column. Sensing history
was about to be made, the crowd counted down the seconds leading up to 8 o'clock, when polls closed in
California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. It was then that CNN called the election for Obama, sending
students into delirium, hugs and chants of "Yes, we can!" hereward longley photo/the ubyssey
Prof recognized by Popular Science
Doctoral candidate one often lauded for leatherback research
by Sarah Chung
News Writer
Bringing the sexy back—leatherback that is. UBC doctoral
candidate in zoology Todd Jones
was named to Popular Science
magazine's prestigious "Brilliant Ten" list for his success in
keeping juvenile leatherback sea
turtles in captivity, providing vital comparative data for research
and conservation.
Jones was selected along with
other young scientists with "oft-
radical ideas" who created eerie
mind-reading devices, speedy
body healers, and futuristic
jellyfish-inspired sea vehicles.
Popular Science had spent six
months scrutinizing hundreds
of nominations received from
university department heads
and professional associations
across the US to finalize their top
ten list.
What makes Jones's study
unique is that it is the only one to
raise more than one leatherback
in captivity from hatchling to
"[Our research is the] first
to answer the basic biological
questions: what are their juvenile
behaviours? When will these
leatherbacks reach puberty? How
can these patterns affect their
number [in the sea]?" Jones said.
At first glance, these sea
marine reptiles seem no different than other endangered species. But these turtles aren't so
juvenile as their ancestors who
swam with the T-Rex and other
dinosaurs. More than 100 million years old, leatherbacks are
one of the largest species of sea
turtles in the world. And their
diet? Jellyfish.
ever recorded was a male at 918
kilograms. And they solely eatjel-
lyfish," Jones said. Three times a
day the leatherback pairs enjoy a
delicious "hand-fed" meal where
volunteers jiggle their laboratory-made jelly strips to attract the
hungry 65-pound creatures.
But Jones says that their
strict diet is only one of many obstacles that prevent them from
being captivated for study.
"Leatherbacks are ocean-
pelagic animals," said Jones,
"which means they live in deep
open sea oceans and they never
stop swimming day and night."
Leatherbacks are not hard-
shelled like most turtles, but
rather their back resembles
"skin, [that is] rubbery like a
dolphin," and past researchers
could not prevent the leather-
back from "bumping into the
tank walls...giving cuts and abrasions," he said.
To circumvent damage to the
delicate turtles' skin, Jones used
a soft rubber harness that kept
them from hurting themselves
during the crucial development
times. The result is the record-
breaking two healthy two-year-
old leatherback turtles swimming happily in captivity.
We at The Ubyssey are pleased to bringyou a supplement about
the British Columbia's Aboriginal Peoples.
The aboriginals in British Columbia prior to European
colonization represented an array of cultures that have been
described as more diverse than the entirety of the cultures in
Europe. Post-contact epidemics, destruction of and restricted
access to critical ecological resources, unfair land seizures,
bigoted policies and the disastrous residential school system
has challenged the community. But the cultures aren't dead,
nor static, nor indistinguishable from mainstream Canadian
culture. They remain vibrant, distinct, diverse, and, most importantly, as alive and dynamic as the people who belong to
them. Although aboriginal communities and individuals in BC
face challenges, we seek to identify not only these issues, but
how they are being met and overcome.
Although our university rests on Musqueam land, their
presence on campus is minimal—nearly invisible. To help
rectify this, we would like to put Aboriginal Peoples in the spotlight for this issue. Our focus rests heavily on the local aboriginal groups and people. The majority of our articles deal with
the interaction between aboriginals and UBC. We also take a
close look at local aboriginal Canadians, including artist Mike
Dangeli and two ofthe faculty members on campus. \a
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Supplement Coordinator
If you have an event, e-mail us at events@ubyssey.ca
Billy Bishop Goes to War * Billy
Bishop Goes to War asks a new
generation of theatre audiences to
follow Canadian WW I fighter pilot
Billy Bishop down in the trenches,
up to the skies and inside the
human spirit as he attempts to
reconcile the ecstasy of flying
with the horrors of war. • Nov. 3
-11 @ 7:30pm, Chan Centre for
the Perfoming Arts, Regular: $20,
Seniors: $14, Students: $10, Monday: Theatre at UBC Alumni $5,
Boxoffice: 604.822.2678 •
The Bible for Beginners * The
Bible for Beginners is an informal,
no pressure examination of one
of the most famous books in the
world. Meet over lunch (Mondays
12-1 pm in the SUB @ tables near
Starbucks) or coffee (Wednesdays
2-3pm @ Ike's Cafe in the Irving K.
Barber Center) to learn about this
strange book. • revnathanwright©
mac.com •
The Merchant of Venice • Another
one of the classics, Shakespeare's
masterpiece staged by Canadian
theatre veteran Antony Holland
• Nov. 6 -30, Studio 58 (Langara
College, 100 W. 49th). Info 604-
323-5652. •
Vancouver Poetry Slam • Poetry
slam competition with guest performers • Every Monday, 8pm,
Cafe Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). Admission $5/3, info
604-215-9230 www. vancouverpo-
etryhouse.com •
Stanley Park Halloween Ghost
Train • Mortal Coil Performance
Society presents a pirate-themed
adventure featuring actors, dancers, performers, puppeteers,
swordfighters, hat-making, paint-
ing, storytelling, and the Haunted
Children's Farmyard. • Oct. 10-
Nov. 21, Stanley Park Miniature
Railway (Stanley Park). Tix $9/5.50
(plus service charges and fees) at
www.ticketmaster.com. More info
at www.vancouverparks.ca/'•
CiTR SHiNDiG • UBC's own CiTR
Radio's battle of the bands. Hosted
every Tuesday at the Railway Club
• Ongoing every Tuesday until
December 9, Railway Club (579
Dunsmuir). More info at 604-681-
Free Movies! Cinema Politica @
UBC • Cinema Politica at UBC is
a free weekly series showcasing
movies that harness the power of
film to engage issues relating to
the environment, globalization,
gender and sexuality, indigenous
rights, global health, and student
power. • Every Tuesday, 7pm,
Norm Theatre, SUB More info at
www.cinemapolitica.org/ubc •
Indigenous Film Series * In
digenous film makers explore
Indigenous voices through film
This is a historical and contemporary look at the impacts of the
Canada/United States border on
ondigenous nations for whom
the border has severed ancient
ties to families, ceremonies, and
homelands. The political relevance
of the border has never been
greater as this video highlights
how heightened tensions over
border security in a post 9/11
world impacts the everyday lives
of indigenous peoples. - Q&A with
the filmmaker to follow screening
• Nov. 4 12:30-1:30 pm, First
Nations House of Learning, 1985
West Mall, Seminar Room •
November 7
UBC Film Society presents Flight
of the Red Balloon • A little boy
and his baby-sitter inhabit the
same imaginary world: through
their adventures they are followed
by a strange red balloon • Nov.
7-9 @ 7pm, Norm Theatre, $2
members, $4 non-members •
UBC Film Society presents
Sukiyaki Western Django * A
revolver-wielding stranger crosses
paths with two warring clans who
are both on the hunt for a hidden treasure in a remote western
town • Nov. 7-9 @ 9:30pm, Norm
Theatre, $2 members, $4 non
members •
The 5th annual Downtown East-
side Heart of the City Festival •
Over 400 artists at over 80 events
at 25 locations: music, theatre,
media arts, dance, poetry, forums,
workshops, visual arts, history
walks • Nov. 7-9, various locations
and times, www.heartofthecityfes-
tival.com •
UBC Guitar Ensemble * Fri, Nov
7, 2008 12-1 pm FREE. Music
Building, Recital Hall • concerts©
interchange.ubc.ca for more information •
Big Lebowski Beverage Garden *
Show up early! This event sells out
every year! Or become a member
and skip the long non-member
ine! Norm Theatre. The SUB. •
Nov. 7, Tix $3 members, $6 non-
members (members can't bring
non-members). 7-11pm •
Cuban Cultural Night • Vancouver
Communities in Solidarity with
Cuba (VCSC) "The Strength and
Spirit of Cuban Women" Monthly
Cuba Cultural-Film Night featuring
the Cuban Film "Lucia" • Nov. 7at
7:00pm, Mt Pleasant Neighbourhood House (800 E Broadway - 1
block East of Fraser St), More info
@www.vancubasolidarity.com •
Organic Drinks • Interested in
Environmental and Sustainability
issues. See it in Action! Come to
Mediterra this Friday Nov. 7 . One
of the most popular events will be
the tasting of fresh, organic drinks.
Learn about the compostable and
biodegradable food packaging. As
well as healthier Mediterranean
food option now available on
campus to students, faculty, and
staff. • Nov. 7, Free event, SUB
Lower Level. •
November 8
Men's Hockey vs. Saskatchewan
WITH YOU THERE!!! Don't forget
to get your season's pass—get
you into every home game for
every sport. For more information,
ncluding previews, recaps, and a
complete season schedule, head to
gothunderbirds.ca $50 adult/$20
youth/$10 student (Blue Crew) •
Nov. 8 @ 7:30 -10pm, Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre, Tickets:
$ 10 adult/$4 youth & senior/$2
UBC student. •
UBC Improv Special Presentation
- David Ives' s "All in the Timing"
• UBC Improv joins forces with the
Player's Club in a special presentation of David Ives's hilarious collection of one-act plays "All In The
Timing," directed by Erin York. •
Nov. 8 Scarfe 100, 7:30pm. Members $6, Students $8, Others $10,
More info at www.ubcimprov.
com •
November 11
UBC Community Remembrance
Day Ceremony • This event will
be an opportunity to honour and
remember all those who served
in times of war, military conflict
and peace. This year, we will commemorate two significant anniversaries, the 90th anniversary of the
end of the First World War and the
60th anniversary of the Universa
Declaration of Human Rights. The
ceremony will include music provided by the UBC School of Music,
short readings and remarks. UBC
Vice-President, External, Legal and
Community Relations, Stephen
Owen: AMS President, Michael
Duncan: and Dr John Blatherwick,
former Chief Medical Health Officer for the Vancouver Coastal
Health Authority, Honourary
Colonel with the Canadian Forces
Reserves will be among this year's
speakers. • Nov. 11 @ 10:45am
-11:35am, War Memorial Gym.
For more information, visit: www.
ceremonies, ubc. ca/ceremonies/me-
morial/remembrance.html. •
November 12
Flu: Student Health Service Influenza Vaccine Clinic • Wednesday,
Nov. 12, 2008: 9:00am-12:00pm,
UBC Hospital, School of Nursing Classroom, MF 496-2211
Wesbrook Mall. Free. More info
at http://www.students.ubc
ca/health/ •
Wednesday Noon Hours:
Heather Schmidt, piano • Heather
Schmidt, piano. Lunch with
Heather, Fanny and Clara Schmidt,
Mendelssohn and Schumann:
A recital of music by women
composers. • Wed, Nov. 12, 2008
12:00 PM-1.00 PM UBC Point
Grey Campus. $4 at the door (cash
only) •
UBC Film Society presents
Mamma Mia! • Abba provides
the soundtrack for the musica
that has taken the world by storm
• Nov. 12-16 @ 7:00, 9:15 pm,
Norm Theatre, $2 members, $4
non members •
November 14
UBC Film Society presents The
Dark Knight • Somebody get the
Batman a lozenge • Nov. 14-16 @
9:30pm, Norm Theatre, $2 members, $4 non members •
Contemporary Mongolia - Transitions, Development and Social
Transformations • In the year of
the 35th anniversary of diplomatic
relations between Canada and
Mongolia, this major international
conference will take stock of the
current social-scientific research
on contemporary Mongolia and
offer opportunities for an exchange
between academics, policy-makers
and business people with an interest
in Mongolia. • Nov. 14-17, Peter
Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.
For more details, see: www.iar.ubc
ca/programs/innerasia •
Women's Volleyball • The Birds
has been looking for a breakthrough this season and yet to
show their full potential for the
2008-09 campaign. Cheer on the
Thunderbirds against Regina! •
Nov. 14,15 War Memorial Gym
6pm. •
November 17
UBC World AIDS Week* Descrip
tion: World AIDS Awareness.
Selling of Red Ribbons and Little
Travelers to help fundraise and
promote AIDS awareness. • Nov.
17-21, SUB. ubcredcross@gmail.
com •
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VIP entry and a FREE drink
before 10pm.
For tickets, email
fundraising@ubcgoldenkey.org -
they won't be sold at the door!
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Thousands of people like Richard Watson face a constant struggle to find the few affordable housing units in Vancouver, goh iromoto photo/the ubyssey
Robertson and Ladner divided over
how to handle Vancouver's homeless
Affordable housing to be big issue for November 15 election
by Kerry Blackadar
News Writer
For an estimated 1800 people
living in Vancouver, home is the
church steps, the alleyways, the
park benches and the sidewalks
ofthe city. On October 22, 1000
people came to St. Andrews-Wesley Church, where Vancouver's
mayoral candidates Peter Ladner, a two-term city councillor,
and Gregor Robertson, former
MLA for Vancouver-Fairview,
debated over the issues of affordable housing, homelessness,
and mental health. Printed on
the evening's program was the
slogan: "Everyone Needs a Place
to Call Home."
Rick Matthews, the minister
at First United Church Mission
in the Downtown Eastside, moderated the debate. In his opening
remarks he told the story of a
young homeless man who was
discovered in the upstairs washroom of First United after cutting
both his wrists. "He was found
just in time by someone who saw
blood coming under the door,"
Matthews recalled.
In their own opening statements, Ladner, the NPA candidate, and Robertson, with Vision
Vancouver, made it clear that
they believe homelessness (and
the lack of affordable housing
in Vancouver) is "disgraceful."
Since 2005, the number of homeless people in Metro Vancouver
has increased by 22 per cent.
Ladner and Robertson have
distinct plans to tackle the problem. The differing approach between them became evident when
the possibility of another safe
injection site and the hiring of a
mental health advocate for the city
was raised during the debate.
Asked to respond with "yes"
or "no" answers, Robertson said
"yes" to the creation of another
safe injection site in Vancouver.
Ladner said "no," but clarified
that he could be convinced if
health authorities thought another was needed.
When asked if they would
support the hiring of a mental
health advocate "when the city
already faces a ten per cent tax
hike," Ladner said "no"; Robertson said "yes."
Helene Browne, executive
director ofthe Mental Health Action Research and Advocacy Association of Greater Vancouver,
has worked in the field of mental
health advocacy for over seven
years. Browne believes that
"whether Robertson is promising something that he can or
can't keep, either way, we need a
mental health advocate."
NPA Vancouver City Council
candidate, Michael Geller, thinks
that "while on the surface it might
seem reasonable to hire a mental
health advocate, as soon as one
does you are potentially creating
a whole new department."
"This is the responsibility of
the province," he said.
However, Geller, a strong
believer in community involvement, thinks there is opportunity to create a mayor's mental
health initiative, where community groups, non-profit organizations and others concerned
about mental illness could collaborate and effect change. "This
would not cost the city money,"
he said.
During the debate, Ladner
admitted that the "results [ofthe
city's current homeless plan]
aren't as obvious as we would
all like them to be," but said he
plans to stick with it.
A new plan likely means
spending more money, which
is something Ladner is keenly
aware of. "Our [city] taxpayers
cannot do everything," he said.
Robertson agrees that the
city's resources are limited but
thinks the city should provide
leadership and direction on the
issues of homelessness and affordable housing. "With some
dedication, creativity, we can
make space," Robertson said.
At the debate, Robertson
came under scrutiny from one of
the panelists and was asked how
he planned to pay for his homelessness action plan.
"We are in the process of
costing the plan but it won't cost
much," he responded. The day
after the debate, Robertson and
COPE Councillor David Cadman
announced a joint homelessness
strategy, which includes building more affordable housing and
re-establishing a residential tenancy office in Vancouver.
For Robertson, the issue of
homelessness needs to be dealt
with urgently, which, judging
from the debate, would take the
form of more shelter beds.
While Ladner likely agrees
with Robertson in theory, he
maintains that long, not short
term solutions are in the best interest of our city and ultimately,
our homeless. \a
Professor s research has focused on leatherback turtles
Jones's inspiration for marine biology started in his childhood years in sunny Florida
that began with diving in the
water and fishing. In college, his
undergrad advisor offered two
projects and Jones decided to
take on the more interesting one
on sea turtles.
Over a decade later, Jones is
excited to work closely with leatherback turtles, "[I see them] daily,
seven days a week, 52 weeks a
year" says Jones, "It didn't matter
if it was said birthday or Christmas, [I] had to be there for the
last two and half of years."
This attitude had earned him
the Dean Fisher Memorial Scholarship in marine biology in 2002
and now, got him in Popular Science's Seventh Annual Brilliant
Ten, focusing on ten outstanding
young scientists.
"It's a tremendous honour....
it's great to be recognized by fellow colleges for your research,"
he said. "But the most important
thing is that it brings awareness
to leatherbacks, to have the mainstream media know that these
turtles are on their way to extinction, that we have to do more to
save them."
When asked about his future,
Jones said, "[I wantto] continue to
do this....First finish my post-doctoral fellowship, then keep working on leatherback distribution
patterns. I see myself doing this
until I retire and even after—as a
hobby and for fun."
On a last note, Jones offered
advice: "If people are inspired
and they want to help, pay attention to what they are eating....
If it's seafood, check online to
see if they are having an endangered species." He adds, "Pollution does end up in the ocean
including plastics that can harm
the ocean environment....Being
aware of these everyday sustainable ways can help."
Without these conservation
studies, the last 5000 leather-
backs remaining may become
"extinct in our lifetime," he said.
Dean of science, Simon Peacock, agrees that conservation
studies are "critical" and believes
that "Todd Jones's project is a
wonderful example that UBC's research is helping make our world
a better place.
"Not only is his research advancing fundamental science, but
he is translating this knowledge
into practical ways that will benefit an endangered species." \a
If s OK
to be gay,
just not
in Dubai
College student
faces forces hormone treatment
if he fails to get
refugee status
by Michael Goodliffe
Perspectives Writer
My friend Abdullah likes to laugh.
He laughs about midterms that
go horribly wrong, weekend parties at his house where way too
many things get broken and he
laughs when he shouldn't—when
his life and freedom are being
Abdullah is gay and, while
he's a student here in Canada,
this is a statement still to be
celebrated. It won't be the case
when he returns home.
Abdullah, who is from Dubai,
came here to study four years
ago. After a year, he came out as
a gay man and revealed his sexual orientation to his Muslim parents. It didn't go well. His mother
flew here to try to convince him
that his homosexuality was an
illness that could be cured and
urged him to fly home for "treatment." If only he would return
to Dubai and submit to being
arrested for being a homosexual,
he could then receive his testosterone injections and attempt to
repair the harm he had brought
upon his family and community.
Gays in Dubai are sentenced to
government-ordered hormone
therapy, five years in jail and a
lashing. While foreigners sometimes escape this draconian
punishment, locals do not.
Following the harrowing interaction with his mother, Abdullah applied for political refugee
status based on the danger he
faces in Dubai. His hearing is set
for today. This hearing has no
procedure for appeal—it's a one-
shot deal. Either he gets accepted
as a citizen of Canada, where he
can resume his student life and
continue on with his goal of completing a post-secondary degree,
or Abdullah goes home to certain imprisonment, lashing and
forced hormone injections. He's
been denied legal aid for this
hearing and he's not laughing
right now. He's scared to death.
As Abdullah's friend, I am
writing in the hope that those
with the ability and inspiration
to assist him will read it. He is
presently attempting to adjourn
his hearing until he has secured
proper legal counsel. As Abdullah
relies on his family's financial
support, the likelihood that they
will pay for any legal bills arising
from this matter is nil. He needs
a pro bono lawyer. \a
If you know anyone who
might be able to offer assistance,
please email me at literaryguru©
gmail.com.  US
Supplement Coordinator: Trevor Record
November 7,2008 \ Page S
Artist Mike Dangeli paints some of his Aboriginal artwork lilian lieber photo/the ubyssey
Mike Dangeli: "Goothl Ts 'imlix"
by Lilian Lieber
Supplement Writer
"We are all living in contemporary times." This is not the
only reason why Mike Dangeli's
aboriginal artwork can endure
and thrive in our modern urban world; it is the motivation
he needs to create artwork he
rightly calls "traditionally contemporary." Mike Dangeli is an
Aboriginal artist belonging to the
Beaver/Eagle Clan. His works
include regalia, masks, drums,
totem poles and more.
When first walking into his
studio in the House of Culture to
meet the artist, who is fusing traditional aboriginal art with his
own, present-day inventive ideas,
I was left momentarily stunned.
Mike believes that aboriginal art
does not necessarily have to embody the static vacuum-like 19th
century style from the first European contact with the Northwest
Coast system.
Inspiration comes to Mike
when "the mood will hit him."
For an example, he told me that
he once converted an aboriginal
story into a piece of art. The story told of two lovers who could
not be together in the world they
lived in. The Shaman turned the
girl into the moon, the boy into
the sun, and now they come
together only whenever there is
an eclipse. Inspired by the story,
Mike created a half sun, half
moon mask.
Mike picked up his people's
way of living early in his childhood. As a future chief, he not
only attended traditional feasts
and ceremonies, but was part of
them. His family members acted
as mentors throughout his life.
Through traditional dance and
song taught by his grandmother,
Mike learned his aboriginal
language. Creating his own regalia made him value the effort
required to design clothing. Every summer, Mike went fishing
with his grandpa, who would tell
him stories about his clan and
the beauty of being connected to
nature. His grandpa made him
repeat the stories, and it wasn't
until many years later Mike realized his grandpa was actually
teaching him.
But there was a time when
Mike turned away from his traditional life. At the age of 17 he
took off to join the army. It was
his way of rebelling; he didn't
feel ready for the responsibilities and commitments expected
of him. After eight years of duty,
he could not identify with the
army's perspectives and felt
disillusioned. Although he was
successful and held a position of
leadership, Mike decided it was
time to go home. Looking back,
Mike says it was the wisest decision he ever made, "It just felt
To get back to his roots, Mike
Dangeli began carving with his
uncle, a marvelous carver and
yet another influence paving his
way to becoming the incredible
multi-faceted artist he is today.
Ten years ago, after working on
a totem pole for the Friendship
Centre along with 500 children
and volunteers, he decided to
convert it into what it is now: the
House of Culture.
"My goal is to educate and
represent, and as well to promote
our people." Mike said, "And to
tell the world: we are not just objects in a museum, we are alive."
Through classes and workshops, he teaches urban First
Nations youth and adults about
North West coastal art. Although
he has been a part of the gallery
scene, Mike Dangeli is a 100 per
cent commission based artist.
He is fully dedicated to his Art
and Carving Studio, as well as
the dance group he leads with
his fiancee Mique'l Askresin to
represent the diversity of the
urban First Nations population
of Vancouver.
Mike believes there's room
for every artist, and everybody
has to start somewhere. However, he thinks it is disrespectful
when non-aboriginal artists appropriate aboriginal ideas and
styles for market production.
Copies are lifeless, with no connection to the spirituality that reflects the aboriginal community,
twined into cosmos and nature.
That is why he teaches his sons
how to produce art themselves,
to make them recognize the value of it. They've already become
young artists. \a
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Confused as to
what terminology
is appropriate to
use when referring
to the indigenous
people of Canada?
Take heart, you
aren't alone.
by Josephine Mitchell
Supplement Writer
When Columbus's ships
scuffed the shores ofthe Caribbean in 1492, he mistakenly
called the indigenous people
he encountered "Indians,"
assuming he had reached the
sub-continent of India. The
term stuck around. In Canada,
the term is present in most legal documentation, including
1876's Indian Act which determines who is an "Indian"
through use of a registration
system. This document established the legal differentiation
between Status and Non-Status Indian.
Status Indians are entitled
to certain rights and benefits
under law, to which Non-Status are not. In Canada's last
half century, "Indian" has
been deemed grossly inappropriate and has been largely
replaced by new terminology.
First Nations is one of the
most common terms used in
In the United States, the
term Native American is used
in a similar capacity, though
"Native" is increasingly
seen as outdated in Canada.
"Aboriginal" is a collective
title for the original peoples
of Canada and includes three
sub-groups: Indian (Status,
Non-Status and Treaty), Inuit,
and Metis (people of First Nation and European descent).
However, "Aboriginal" is
not used in some circles because of its close associations
with the word "abnormal."
"Indigenous" holds a similar
meaning, but often refers
to present pre-contact or
pre-invasion communities
worldwide. Try as legal and
social structures might, some
First Nations people prefer
to forego any such broad categorization and prefer to be
called by the specific name of
their clan.
Legislation still uses the
word "Indian," and neither
First Nation(s) nor any other
terminology has a legal definition. There is no doubt that the
use ofthe proper terminology
conveys respect, but it is important to consider that what
we chose to call ourselves. It
is highly personal and there
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MOA gets a facelift
Work done on museum will help promote cultures
by Karen Cheung &
Albertina Wong
Supplement Writers
The Museum of Anthropology
(MOA) recently took on a $55.5
million expansion project to increase its premises, technological
capabilities and enhance its research facilities and partnerships
with other internationally recognized museums. The two-part renewal project is called A Partnership of Peoples. Phase I consisted
of an additional research wing for
behind-the-scenes preparatory
work, storage, offices, and laboratory space, and was completed in
May. Still in progress, Phase II includes the renovation ofthe Great
Hall, theatre gallery, shop, lobby
and other spaces.
Jennifer Webb, communications manager of the Renewal
Project, is optimistic about the
possibilities this project presents. "The expansion will allow
us to be more accommodating
to delegations of First Nations
from all over the world, and allow them to have their space
with their collections. The new
temporary exhibit will be one of
the largest single exhibit spaces
in Vancouver so we'll be able to
take much larger exhibitions....
The idea is really to expand what
we've been doing all along."
Webb said MOA intends to
continue  to  "provide  informa
tion about and access to cultural
objects from around the world,
with emphasis on....the First
However, as a third year First
Nations Studies student pointed
out to us, "There's this idea that
First Nations culture is in the
past, but that's not the case." To
address this, MOA is introducing
the Reciprocal Research Network
(RRN), which will enhance visitors' and local researchers' "access to research collections in
North America and Europe" and
encourage collaborative research
between communities and institutions. MOA is collaborating
with the Musqueam, Sto:lo, and
U'mista nations. The Smithsonian Institution and the University of Oxford are among the
respected museums on the network. The RRN will allow visitors
and researchers to select a piece
at MOA and access audio files,
video clips and other relevant
information. MOA hopes this will
help visitors see that artifacts in
the MOA collection have continuing meaning to researchers and
communities worldwide.
MOA aims to be more accommodating to the First Nations
community and other indigenous groups whose art work are
either on display or in storage.
They are adding a community
research suite—a lounge area
to accommodate scholars and
visitors to whom pieces may be
long. It will include a room with
large surfaces to allow visitors to
get closer to artifacts for easier
study. A recording studio will
be built in the suite for visitors
to record memories, stories, or
information the museum may
not have about any of the pieces
in the collection.
Many members of the UBC
First Nations community are enthusiastic about the renovations.
"Personally, I think, MOA needed
to be expanded and in the long
run, it is a good thing....it leads
to the expansion of aboriginal
programs here at UBC," said William Lindsay, the coordinator of
the aboriginal student services.
MOA is hoping visitors gain
a greater understanding of the
world's cultures. While the Museum will re-open its doors March
3 of 2009, it won't be revealing
the new Multiversity Galleries
where the RRN is housed or the
new, larger temporary exhibit
gallery until 2010. By January
2010, MOA will have renovated
75 per cent of its existing space
and increased in size by 50 per
cent. MOA anticipates it will
pave the way for the 2010 Cultural Olympiad, celebrating its
ties to cultures and communities of the world.
The Museum is free to all
students and members of the
First Nations community provided that they have proof of
identification. \a
The importance of lacrosse at UBC
UBC should respect aboriginal, national tradition
by Danielle VanEvery	
Supplement Writer
Lacrosse is Canada's national
summer sport. It is recognized
at national and international levels, and yet UBC does not have
a team. With the pending question of our possible involvement
with NCAA Divison II, lacrosse
would be a great addition to UBC
By providing facilities for our
national sport, more aboriginal
and Canadian students would
stay in the country for their educa
tion and enroll at the university.
Many of our aboriginal peoples
struggle to complete high school
and enter post-secondary institutions; if UBC became involved in
lacrosse, it would create a goal
to complete higher education
for many of those struggling
students, both female and male.
With an increase in Canadian
universities getting involved in
lacrosse, there would also be an
improvement at the provincial
and national levels of the sport.
Additionally, it would raise BC's
profile in the sport.
As an aboriginal woman, it
disappoints me that UBC does
not appreciate Canada's national
summer sport and the foremost
aboriginal game of this country.
Simon Fraser is able to facilitate
a Men's Field Lacrosse Recreation team under the United
States Intercollegiate Lacrosse
Association. We can do better,
become more involved with the
pending involvement with the
NCAA, and push for Men and
Women's Varsity Field Lacrosse
teams at UBC. "Our country, our
game." *2I NOVEMBER 7, 200 8
First Nations faculty at UBC
by Michelle Sz
Supplement Writer
Charles Menzies, an aboriginal
from Northern BC's Kitkatla
community (originally spelled
Gitxaala), is a professor at UBC's
anthropology department. His
research focuses on natural resources management, poverty
mitigation and First Nations political rights.
"The problem is that people
think aboriginal issues are in the
past, that its existence ended with
the fur trade," said Menzies.
The history of colonialism,
residential schools, abysmal
conditions and major sorting are
all factors that influence the traffic of First Nations students that
enter UBC. "Differential access
causes a filtering effect," Menzies
said. Not enough First Nations
students enter the undergraduate programs, and as such few
make it to the PhD level.
"The system looks neutral,
like it is based on merit, but inequitable structural bias exists,"
he said.
According to Menzies, the
original goal was "a thousand
by 2000," but the year 2000 has
come and gone and there are
currently only a few hundred
aboriginals in the diverse population of UBC. Furthermore, according to Menzies UBC is one
of the worst institutions when it
comes to the hiring of aboriginal
"We need people to stand
up and make changes; lots of
sacrifices have been made to
push this forward, to stand up to
internal academic prejudice. It
takes courage, and people have
fought long and hard to create
this community." He lists Joanne
Charles Menzies, anthropology professor, drew Thompson photo/the ubyssey
Archibald and Line Kesler among
many who have worked hard toward this goal.
How, then, to address the
problem of a lack of First Nations
representation on campus?
and make sure that every classroom is a welcoming classroom,"
Menzies said. He would like to
achieve good pedagogy, where
both students and instructors
are comfortable with taking risks
"We need to respect diversity    and potentially being wrong.
"We also need to realize
where we are, that we are on
Musqueam land," he said. The
Museum of Anthropology and
the linguistics department have
already taken proactive and respectful steps toward working
with First Nations, creating connections between UBC and nearby reserves.
Another possible solution
would be to bring in more local
faculty. According to Menzies,
his classroom ratio has reflected
a positive change; there are
about ten to twelve students
that are local to BC for every 60
students, which compares positively to previous years when he
has taught the course.
UBC's creative writing department's aboriginal author
Richard Van Camp has recently
won the gold award in the 2008
National Parenting Publications Awards with his Welcome
Song for Baby: A Lullaby for
Newborns. Every baby born in
BC this year will receive a copy
of this book.
"It was the ultimate compliment. They judge thousands of
titles. Itwas absolutely beautiful,
and I am very honoured," Van
Camp said.
Van Camp has been teaching
at UBC for seven years, with a
focus on aboriginal writing. The
program was started by the late
Shirley Sterling to provide a rich
learning environment for aboriginal students in undergraduate degrees.
Van Camp is involved with
the aboriginal advising counsel,
working with UBC president Stephen Toope to assist in welcoming more aboriginal students to
the university and to think of
better ways to support them and
their families.
The lack of First Nations
representation at UBC has maintained a constant problem.
"Too often in their careers
students do not have access to
aboriginal instructors or culturally relevant material which
would ultimately help them into
Masters' programs. Right now,
we are not getting the number of
aboriginal students we wanted,"
he said.
Van Camp states that the
ability to focus on aboriginality
exclusively encourages students
to use their culture, teachings
and language in their writing.
"Students are the best cheerleaders and advertising for our
work, and UBC has got something very special."
Often, Van Camp visits the
First Nations communities to
do readings, and the responses
he receives from them are very
"People are delighted to be
able to read about themselves,"
he said. "I write about people
alive and doing well, their challenges right now, how they walk
in two worlds. It's not about
200 years ago, but rather how a
great inheritance of culture, history, and stories affect aboriginal
people today."
On November 27, 2008, Van
Camp will be facilitating the UBC
Alumni Book Club's Canadian
literature meeting, where Drew
Taylor's native gothic novel,
The Night Wanderer, will be discussed. The event is open to all.
"Good storytelling inspires
great storytelling, and people
are just starving for stories," Van
Camp said. "My goal is to write
unforgettably gorgeous stories,
and in that end to really honour
aboriginals through writing." \a
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fun for aboriginal youth
Joint initiative is an opportunity for youth
to learn leadership skills, achieve greatness
by Inderpreet Dutt
Supplement Writer
The Cross-cultural Education
through Demonstration, Activity, and Recreation (CEDAR) day
camp provides a fun-filled environment for aboriginal youth
living in the Greater Vancouver
area from grades six to eight.
The camp is a two week program
at the end of July designed to
assist youth in developing math
and language skills, which will
be necessary for post-secondary
The CEDAR camp is a joint
initiative between the Faculties of
Science, Land and Food Systems,
Forestry, Arts, the UBC First Nations House of Learning, and the
"Let's Talk Science" association.
Workshops and activities range
from fun, like swimming at the
UBC Aquatic Centre, to skill and
leadership building exercises,
such as Math Mania. Youth that
participated in the 2008 CEDAR
camp were exposed to hands-on
activities, learning about topics
as diverse as plants and fungi, to
PowerPoint workshops.
A day at CEDAR camp began
when youth arrived at the First
Nations longhouse in the early
morning, either dropped off by
parents or by the bus from Brit-
tania Elementary. The morning
consisted of an activity to build
academic or leadership skills, followed by a lunch provided by the
camp. The afternoon consisted
of an entertaining activity before
youth left to go back home. Each
child is in a group with one to two
other children, supervised by a
Shona Ellis is one of the Aboriginal youth benefiting from CEDAR camp
volunteer leader. The experience
is a great opportunity for youth
to connect with one another, and
many laughs, jokes and smiles
are shared.
The highlight of the CEDAR
camp program is the Family
BBQ on Community Day. On the
last day ofthe program, campers
bring their families and friends
for a community BBQ, games,
and presentations. This final day
brings together the important
people in a child's life, and a
whole community comes together to support these youth by
presenting them with an opportunity to achieve greatness.  \a
First Nation's resource and food
A brief history of First Nations nutrition
by Josephine Mitchell &
Danielle Van Every
Supplement Writers
The ties between First Nations
culture and surrounding resources, both in the ocean and on
land, are so strong that they can
define a First Nations spiritual
identity. The Musqueam, whose
traditional territory spans Vancouver and surrounding areas
including, most controversially,
the land on which UBC campus
sits, are named after the river
grass, m'qk'w'y (pronounced m-
uh-th-kwi). A story that has been
passed down from generation
to generation explains, "It was
noted that in some periods the
m'qk'w'y grass flourished, and in
some periods it could scarcely be
found. It was also noted that in
some periods our people would
flourish, and in some periods
the population would dwindle,
perhaps by plague or war. It
was in this way that we became
known as Musqueam."
Deep connections to the
natural environment, both for
spiritual identity and subsistence, were radically altered
when    Europeans    established
themselves on the West Coast
of North America at the end of
the 18th century. By the time a
century and a half had passed,
unregulated and poorly planned
resource extraction executed by
Europeans decimated the area.
European regulations barred
First Nations peoples from traditional methods of food gathering
by placing restricting quotas on
resources that First Nations had
always had access to, and racist
hiring policies made it difficult
for them to get hired in canneries, lumber outfits or fishing
Dwindling knowledge of
traditional resources and foods,
a damaged environment and political and psychological changes
placed many First Nations
families on welfare. With little
available money, most relied on
store food, the cheapest of which
were not very nutritious. As a
result, traditional foods began
to change. Fatty fried breads,
canned foods, and even dishes
like mac and cheese became
known as "traditional." This dependence on unhealthy foods has
led to increasing rates of heart
disease, obesity and diabetes.
On his blog, "Diabetes and
My Nation," hereditary chief
of the Kwagiulth nation Robert
Joseph writes, "Today we are facing a major challenge, which is
diabetes. It is killing us and depriving us from the good quality
of life that was provided to us by
the Creator. There is nowhere I
go without meeting people with
Besides maintaining a website which offers help to First
Nations families suffering from
diabetes, Joseph is also one of
many elder representatives of
UBC's Institute of Aboriginal
Health, a collaborative effort on
the part of UBC First Nations
House of Learning and UBC College of Health Disciplines. The
organization seeks to assist program and school developments
concerning First Nations health
issues. The Urban Aboriginal
Community Kitchen Garden
Project (UACKGP), which works
through the UBC Farm, is a program designed to reincorporate
traditional foods and traditional
means of cultivating and accessing them into the lives of
Vancouver's First Nations population. ^ Culture
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UBC BFA acting alumnus Ryan Beil as Billy Bishop in Billy Bishop Goes to War, now showing, courtesy of tim matheson
Billy Bishop Goes to War, and UBC
by Rian Harrison
Culture Writer
In 1943 George Orwell described
a growing feeling of hostility between many of the English and
the large numbers of American
soldiers arriving in London.
The hostility was largely due,
he thought, to the cartoon-like
image that their entertainment
media had given the Americans
ofthe English.
"The typical Englishman is
represented as a chinless ass
with a title, a monocle and a
habit of saying 'Haw, haw.'"
John MacLachlan Gray's Billy
Bishop Goes to War (playing until
November 11 at the Telus Studio
Theatre) loses much from this
kind of thing. Essentially, this
canonical piece of work is a play
about a Canadian, alone onstage,
raging at a personal magic-lantern-show of stock figures and
weighted odds.
The only character in the play
is the iconic Canadian WWI pilot
William A. Bishop, played by Ryan
Beil. Zachary Gray (also playing
Bishop) plays guitar, piano, and
does most ofthe singing.
In some sense, Bishop is not
alone on stage. He addresses the
audience and does impressions
of what others said to him (the
play's form is part flashback,
part monologue). Everyone else
though, is a caricature: England
is populated by humourless old
men and shrill old women, with
stern ideas about decorum and
Ryan Beil, playing Bishop and
company in the two player show,
does a very funny Sir Hugh Cecil,
who interviews Bishop for the
Royal Flying Corps with standard
"upper-class twit" questions:
"What about sports Bishop? Run,
jump, throw the ball? Play the
game, eh? What?"
The real Billy Bishop had
little difficulty playing the game,
and the play's flaw lies in its
uncomplicated sympathy with
its hero. There are little hints
sprinkled throughout the script
that the dice are loaded, that the
race goes to the insiders, and so
on, almost like the movie Rocky,
if Rocky had remained a debt
The idea seems to be that in a
world where the odds are stacked
so heavily against Canadians, the
only truly pragmatic, authentic,
Canadian thing to do is play the
game—give the audience what
you think it wants, possibly.
If this seems a departure
from the theme of young adults
dying for other people's bloody-
minded ideals, so does the play.
On one level, Billy Bishop is an
innocent, very nearly corrupted
by old Europe. On another,
things looks suspiciously about
art. "Colonials try harder," says
Gray in his introduction to the
script. Colonials understand
irony. Somewhere under the radar, this is also a play about art
made in bad faith. Billy Bishop
failed on Broadway, says the
intro, not because the play's
psychological inferiority was destroyed by a huge flashy set, but
because that kind of thing is all
that the Americans understand.
That's all they got a chance to
Dramatically, the play works.
We watch Bishop relive, half
knowingly, his conversion into a
murderer. He barely escapes the
nationalism and poisonous heroic ideal that kills so many of the
pilots. He enacts himself becoming something of a psychopath.
Here, Beil is very effective.
In the beginning of the play, he
has Bishop drifting, insensibly,
between garrulous yarn spinning and traumatic flashbacks.
The levity can feel too winning,
initially, but the actor comes into
his own as Bishop deteriorates,
and stomps around the stage like
one of the berserk infantrymen
below, pouring sweat and spraying out little puffs of spit with his
At the same time though, he
really is a hero. He lives up to the
heroism that he is too clever, too
fecund even, to fall for. The colonial "has a morbid enthusiasm
for life," says another incarnation
of Colonel Blimp. "You might call
it a life wish."
Bishop is a victim, is too
smart to be a victim, and is
someone who has victims. The
real pilot, whose autobiography
is seen with more irony and less
protective sympathy, might have
been material for a better play.
Kevin McAllister's minimal
set is well suited to Bishop's
psychodrama. It looks at once
vaguely military, and like no
place at all. Throughout the play,
a sculpture on the theatre's back
wall (at first it looks like a bunch
of metal spokes mounted on a
huge singed postcard) is altered
through lighting. When Bishop
finds his calling the metal pieces,
cast in a bluish light, resolve into
a biplane. At the mention of a
surgical team "just ready to rip,"
it looks, lit up in red, like a pair
of stained surgical instruments.
When a grisly song about extracting plane parts from a dead airman's body provides the context,
the bloody instruments appear to
be holding a bolt, or something
mechanical. At other times, the
same metal pieces look like a
huge eye, which somehow seems
appropriate. \a
The fashionable Lykke Li sings for scenesters. jorge amigo photo/the ubyssey
Lykke Li good, scenesters bad
by Crystal Tai realized that she was playing her
recordings as background vocals. Also, there wasn't much of
a departure stylistically from the
way that she sang on her record.
In terms of fashion, Li had it
down. She wore a burgundy shift
dress, with burgundy-coloured
tights and a pair of Doc Martens-
style laceups.
The live version of "Let It
Fall" was minimalist, clashy
and sounded bare as it utilized
only keyboard and drums. When
"Little Bit" came on, the crowd
was exuberant. Live, it sounded
like Interpol was covering the
song, with a heavy focus on bass
guitar and keyboard dissonance.
Vocally, Li finally deviated from
her usual flat tone, and gave us a
really nice jazzy rendition of the
Overall, I don't have a lot
of complaints. Lykke Li's lack
of improvisation definitely put
a damper on her live performance, but it was probably the
crowd that annoyed me most. As
the aforementioned peacoats filtered into the dingy room, one of
them forbade me from stepping
any closer to the stage—"This
spot is reserved for my friend."
Even after his friend arrived, he
insisted that the space was his.
And here I thought we were all
united in our common love for
Lykke Li's music. The greedy
scenesters killed off whatever
nice sentiments I had left. \a
Lykke Li played on Tuesday, October 28 at Richards on
Culture Writer
I got lost on my way to the venue
where Lykke Li would be playing.
I've been to Richards on Richards
at least half a dozen times, but I
got lost nonetheless, pacing my
way up and down the ten or so
blocks until I felt a cold wind of
blase—the smell of vintage clothing and cigarettes wafted my
way. I looked ahead and beheld
a trail of peacoats, opaque tights,
flat booties, skinny jeans, sloppy
scarves and American Apparel. I
was close.
Soon enough, I was standing
inside Richards on Richards's
gaudy interior, tapping my foot
impatiently, waiting for the show
to begin.
The Friendly Fires played
first. They started off looking and
sounding like any other Michael
Cera-fronted white guy band
from NYC—until I realized they
had British accents. Musically,
the vocals reminded me of Bono
(whom I've never appreciated),
the guitar was dissonant and the
drummer threw in some happy
African rhythm. Altogether, it
was unexpectedly uplifting and
untrendy. It made me smile.
Lykke Li came onstage after
the usual—and abhorrent—40
minute wait. She and her all-male
band started off with "Dance
Dance Dance," a sweet-sounding
Li sounded exactly like she
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November 7,2008 \ Page 10
Our view
UBC: Yes, we can!
So, what were you doing Tuesday? Chances are, you joined the cry of
"Yes, we can!" There was only standing room at the Gallery by the time
Obama gave his victory speech. People celebrated in their living rooms
across campus, across the city, heck, across the world, glad to be rid of
one of the most deceitful and destructive regimes our generation has
seen, and even gladder that it is to be succeeded by a regime built on
the principle of hope and inclusiveness—something most of us can't
even remember. The last rallying cry our generation can remember was
"Here we are now, entertain us!"
So the question on everyone's lips should be, "What now?"
What now, UBC? Do we sink back into the funk ofthe last eightyears
and feel forgotten and powerless? Do we forget that only two years ago
this would have seemed impossible? And looking at our own campus,
do we forget our own achievements in the pastyear and let things be, let
things slide away and take care of themselves?
No, we don't. As Canadians, Obama's victory only has an indirect
effect on us, but his two year campaign is testament to the power of
bottom-up, grassroots movements. Here at UBC, we can take something
from it. Let's remember what students have done in the lastyear:
First and foremost, there has been a revitalization of campus culture
and an increase of interest in campus politics.
The Trek Park protest got in people's faces, got people to sign the petition, and most importantly, focused attention on students dictating what
is to be done with student space. Though it stands in disarray now, think
of it not as a failed protest, but a monument of past achievements.
SDS, it's time foryou to reorganize and strike again! Where is KnollAid
3.0? Stop worrying about the fire. Students, where is your outrage over
your fellow students being arrested for taking part in a protest? Screw
the mindless, meaningless deliberation over the legality ofthe situation.
The point is, they took a stand.
The RBF got themselves positioned as a viable and functional group.
They organized a wildly successful flash garden that anyone would have
been proud to be a part of. Where's the next one, RBF? Why can't we see
you any more? Students, where is your belief in drinking? Where is your
support for those who wish to facilitate it?
The AMS is building us a new SUB, thanks to the attention put on the
knoll and the controversial former plans for University Boulevard. We
seem to have control over our main space now—but now should come
the time where people are clamouring to give input into what our new
SUB will look like. Where be the clamour?
Speaking ofthe Knoll, where did you go? You never call anymore. Let
it be known that The Ubyssey officially misses the Knoll Weekly.
Beyond that, the important moments of last year shed light on the
issues of today. Students, we are in the process of losing our farm. Do
you want that? Of those 15,000 signatures in support of saving the farm,
we're willing to bet that most of them weren't students.
We are under the control of an arbitrary governing system. The university runs the campus with little or no accountability to any sort of
democratic process. Are you willing to quietly let a faceless administration determine your futures?
Tuition is rising, housing is limited, accountability is lacking, forest
and farm are set for development. We need to take the momentum of
the lastyear and seize what we want. Obama did it. So can we. \a
No you can't, California
On Tuesday, America elected its first black president. 'Yes we can" put a
black man in the White House, said the nation—well, at least the 53 per
cent who voted in his favour.
On Tuesday, America also said "No we can't." Proposition 8 was
passed in California, which amended its constitution to add the phrase
"Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in
California." Essentially, it's a same-sex marriage ban, just months after
the state Supreme Court made California follow Massachusetts in recognizing the inherent right to marriage that homosexuals should have.
Despite calls by Governor Schwarzenegger and others to reject Proposition 8, Californians decided to strip their fellow citizens of a right so
many were overjoyed to have been granted. For four months, gays and
lesbians in California were treated as equals in the fullest sense of the
word. Today, those rights have been stripped away. And so it was, that
on the same night where Obama told of his nation's triumph over discrimination, that the mountaintop had been reached, and that America
was truly ready to judge a person based on the content of his character,
Californians showed they couldn't accept a gay married couple.
And why? Well, said 52 per cent of the state, because it's not traditional. Well, gee golly, that's neat! On the other hand, the rights of tens
of thousands were stripped. A worthy trade-off? If you believe that Rob
and Gary raising a child together will bring about the destruction ofthe
American family, then yes. If you're a rational human who listens to
your brain first and your preacher second, not so much.
We're also wondering what's so special about being traditional.
Certainly, the same argument could be made, and was made, to keep
interracial marriage banned. Hell, let's add slavery and witch burning to
the list: good old-fashioned American traditions.
Discrimination itself appears to be an American tradition too, and
what better a foundation for marriage than discrimination? After all,
marriage is all about love, union, friends, family, god, guns—and stickin'
it to those homosexuals!
But in all seriousness, how did this happen in liberal, trend-setting
California of all places? How did this happen in 2008?
There are theories, but there aren't excuses.
In his speech, Obama wondered what sort of world his grandchildren wouldgrow up in. He said that there was still a lot to be done. He
was right. Vtl
How are YOU Mr. Obama...
How ARE you Mr. Obama...
What's happening, B-Rock!
Ah, #!@? he's not going to
take me seriously anyway!!!
by Dan Haves
Keep fucking hipsters
As far Vancouver hipsters
go, the "fuck hipsters" writer
was pretty accurate. Let me just
shed some light on what these
confused wannabe hipsters
think the term actually means.
The self-proclaimed hipsters in
our city actually defy the idea of
being a hipster in the first place,
because true hipsters don't need
to claim they are; they simply exude such an identity. If you read
quintessential hipster mags like
Vice, you don't see them praising
the androgynous American Apparel douchebags like the ones
here that cover themselves in
the ubiquitous V-Necks that are
about as cool as a damp cardboard box.
While real hipsters seek
to  avoid  any actual  trend  by
throwing random clothing
genres together, and accessorize
themselves in unique ways that
punctuate individuality, these
so-called hipsters here dress in a
lame-ass uniform. For girls, black
tights, a skirt (probably denim)
that's pulled up to the navel, and
a striped sweater with probably
a white tank top/t-shirt over top,
and a boring hairstyle, possibly
accessorized by a headbandyou'd
insult your six year-old sister for
wearing. With guys, super metrosexual with hairstyles that look
like they took all day to create.
Metrosexuality wasn't the foundation of hipster, yet it certainly
has become so now. Go to one
of the clubs in Vancouver that
carries a hipster reputation (Pub
340, the Sweatshop), and you'll
be reminded of those schools
of indiscernible fish that swim
together in the thousands on the
nature channel or a gay bar with
a curious amount of women.
Unfortunately, while the original hipsters rocked originality,
wearing flair of their own choice
and becoming connoisseurs of
indie rock and subculture, this
appealing idea of being "hipster"
has spawned some ugly new
mash-up of supposed originality and has become a matter of
pathetic self-entitlement. While
I agree that genuine hipsters
dress great, they are so few
and far between that this other
culture has adopted the name
of it with greater prominence,
to whom you should refer to as
faux hipsters, and your ability to
recognize them makes you more
hipster than they ever will be.
—Dan Berube
English 3
What do you think about the AMS cutting first day classes in favour of orientation:
Zack Grimmer
Arts 4
"What would
really be important is that the
orientations be
appealing to the
student population. If they
were, I don't
think there'd be
a problem with
people skipping."
Annya Pintak
Arts 2
"As long as
you make the
more appealing to university
students. I think
that would
make students
less inclined to
skip the first
Stephanie Shardlow
Fine Arts 3
"I wouldn't
cancel classes
because...I think
that students
coming here as
a part of Imagine need to see
other students...
and not just an
empty campus."
Victor Lamb
Arts 1
Charlotte Watson
Arts 3
"It would be a
good idea to get
rid ofthe first
day..you learn
things at the
orientation that
you wouldn't
have learned
otherwise.  It's
better to learn
about them earlier than later."
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November 7,2008 \ Page 12
UBC Rugby successfully
clobbers Vancouver Ravens
Athletes of the Week
by Ian Turner
Sports Staff
UBC Rugby this year sits comfortably in third place in the Spray
League. Last week they beat first-
place Capilano. They recently lost
a closely fought game to second-
place Meraloma.
The cohesive group as grown
in physical strength and skill
over the years. Many of the key
players—the Jones trio and Sam
Penhall—played together out at
Rockridge High School, West Vancouver. Now many of them and
others have played on Canada's
U19 and U21 national teams and
are looking to capture the league's
title that has eluded them over
their UBC years.
The game was back and forth
initially with lots of kicks and good
runs. UBC's John Hill scored the
first try ofthe game. UBC led here
7-3. Near the end ofthe first-half
Jem Arnold was taken off after
getting injured and replaced by
"stud first-year" Shawn Ferguson.
Ferguson had played in the previous game at 1pm and scored
three tries. Yet, he quickly caught
the ball subsequently kicking and
leading a 40-yard drive up the
field. The approximately 150-
pound Ferguson was described
by fellow teammates as having
"good vision" as a fullback. They
were also impressed by him successfully completing "the pretty
bigjump into varsity men's." UBC
led at the end ofthe first 10-3.
The Ravens, after scoring a try
early in the second, missed a difficult kick that left them trailing
The Ravens knocked the ball
on and emerging national-calibre
player, Harry Jones, quickly twice
kicked the ball up field with a diving Ferguson flying into the end
zone to touch the ball down, earning him his fourth try.
The second half had some
old friendships "rekindled."
Pleasantries, one could say, were
exchanged with an old UBC alumnus playing for the Ravens. As a
result of that brief encounter, the
Ravens played a man short.
Minutes later a few more
"hugs" were exchanged. A few
spectators got involved. Most of
the players on both sides were
either throwing punches or trying
to seperate others. Well, that took
a while.
Afterward, the game was
played relatively cleanly, though
one flagrant late hit was dished to
an exposed UBC's Will Philippson,
who had just kicked the ball. The
Ravens played the final minutes
two men short. UBC won the
game 15-8.
Looking  ahead  head  coach
Spencer McTavish appeared relaxed after a successful season.
"Sam Penhall did a good job captaining the team today." Though
he was disappointed in his
squad's performance saying: "We
won the game today but we did
not play very well. I didn't get the
work rate and energy I thought I
would get out of them." He noted
they were short a few key players.
He hopes injured co-captain Ben
Jones, two centres—Jim Anthony
and Jim Arnold—and Nick Daniels will be ready to play in two
weeks time when the playoffs
start noting that "thosejjuys will
help us considerably."
We won the game
today but we did
not play very
well. I didn't get
the work rate and
energy I thought
I would get.
Spencer McTavish,
Head Coach
by Claudia Richard
Thunderbird Athletic Council
Elise, a sophomore from Duncan,
BC, had an outstanding weekend
in Victoria at the CIS Field Hockey
top: kellan higgins photo/the ubyssey
bottom: shun endo photo/the ubyssey
National Championship tournament. Just one week after breaking
her hand, Elise was on the pitch for
the Birds who battled with injuries
and had no subs for the tournament. Elise led the tournament
with four goals—two were in the
key bronze medal match against
the Guelph Gryphons to bring the
Birds their sixth medal in the past
seven years at the National Championship Tournament. UBC lost a
few key veterans this season, and
the team will look to players like
Elise with skill and grit to lead the
next generation of Women's Field
Hockey at UBC. ^
UBC hosted the Canadian University Rowing Championships this
past weekend in Fort Langley,
and the women's side finished an
impressive third overall. The UBC
Women's Pair team, Melissa and
Jacqueline, won a convincing victory almost seven seconds ahead of
the next contenders, Brock and Victoria. It was a big win for the small
team and especially for Melissa,
who came second in the event last
year. Melissa and Jacqueline's accomplishments don't stop inside
the boat, as both athletes also
achieved Academic All-Canadian
status this season. U
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