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UBC survives massive
|  cross-campus snowball fight
UBC has applied to serve alcohol at concerts more than five
years after losing the privilege
UBC's yoga club instructor says the biggest
mistake you can make is trying to hard
4:30 P.M. @ BROCK HALL RM2071
This is the second and last town
hall for students to voice their
concerns about the upcoming
2014/2015 tuition proposal. VP
Students Louise Cowin and VP
Finance Pierre Ouillet will be there
to take questions.
9:30 P.M. @ 2880 WESBROOK MALL
The Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity
is hosting a country-themed party
forallthosewho havea penchant
for plaid shirts, cowboy boots,
and square dancing. We advise
you to leave your lasso at home,
even if you want to pick someone
up. Call 778-628-8346 for tickets,
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faculty and students welcome.
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Check Facebook event for more
details. $10
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Cicely Blain coordinated the biography and photography exhibit Celebrating Women at UBC
Everday feminism at UBC
with Cicely Blain
Ming Wong
Managing Editor, Print
Many people frequent the Face-
book page UBC Compliments, but
not many actually get compliments
written about them. One was written about Cicely Blain.
"Oh yeah!" recounts Blain.
"That was a really great moment."
"I'm just passionate about
human connection and I really like
meeting new people."
Her passion has led her to a
variety of clubs on campus, one of
which is her role as the coordinator
for Celebrating Women at UBC, a
photography and biography project
that celebrates students, staff and
faculty on campus who identify
as women. It's aimed to coincide
with International Women's Day
on March 6, and was created along
with the other equity ambassadors Rachel Lee and Dahlia
Riley, and out of UBC's Access and
Diversity office.
The project is hosted on a blog,
but will transfer to print and be
presented in Irving Barber the Friday before International Women's
Blain said the goal ofthe project
was to target student apathy
at UBC.
"I'm kind of interested in
everyday feminism... a lot of
times people have this conversation about feminism but it's
very academic and elitist," said
Blain, which she believes excludes
those who want to get involved
with issues but don't know how.
She hopes people can look at the
women she's photographed and
profiled and maybe connect them
to figures they see.
She hopes to extend the
campaign past Women's Day by
interviewing more subjects and
maintaining Twitter presence after
March 6.
She identifies the equity ambassador program as a "mild" activist
group, focusing more on celebration than crushing the system.
But she still hopes the project will
draw attention to issues such as
unfair faculty wages between men
and women.
Her work in making campus
more inclusive extends to UBC
Intercultural Alliance, an aggregate of cultural clubs that aims
to break cultural cliquing and
increase cross-cultural understanding.
"If you go to a Caribbean-African students association event, it's
just Caribbean-African people,"
Blain mentions as an example.
But she understands why
people gravitate to people who
are like them, at least socially.
"Sometimes when you're far from
home you just want to have those
people who look like you and act
like you."
She manages art submissions for
the blog and has a couple of pieces
of her own paintings up. She says
her art pieces have a lot to do with
the pressures of assimilation she
felt growing up in London, U.K.
Her mother is half-Gambian and
her father is Jamaican.
Blain says she very much accepts
her British identity, but moving to
an international school in Holland
at age 16 started the cultural conversation for her, which extended
to UBC.
"I'm having all these cultural
conversations and before I wasn't
having any because I was trying so
hard to be British, and the Caribbean and African side of me was
being suppressed," she said. "So
that's what my artwork was about."
"It relates to work I do with
access and diversity. We want
people to be mindful of what they
say and the only way to do that is to
get to know people from different
In the second year of her modern European studies and Russian
degree, she hopes to do a teaching
degree, perhaps in California,
after graduation.
The compliment on Facebook
was posted a year and a half ago,
but the message is still on the wall.
"You don't notice how you're
impacting someone else and I
think if you just work hard...
people notice." XI
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Dispute over B.C.
Binning House
Next time Steve Aoki or Kid Cudi comes to Thunderbird Stadium, attendees might be able to enjoy a beer at the show.
Thunderbird applies to serve liquor at concerts
Veronika Bondarenko
Senior News Writer
Students may soon be able to
buy alcohol at Thunderbird
Arena concerts.
UBC recently applied for a
change to the current liquor license, which would allow alcohol
to be served at concerts in the
area. The current licensing policy
dates back to 2009 and only allows
alcohol to be served at sporting
While this policy was first
put in place out of a concern that
concerts would pose a higher risk
to community safety on campus,
recent evaluations have shown
that the risks would actually
prove to be minimal, according
to Kavie Toor, UBC Athletics
Future of Acadia Park residents
still unclear
Since September, there have been
a couple of meetings in regards to
the plans for Acadia Park, but the
university has yet to fully respond
to an AMS report on the area.
Former AMS VP Academic
Kiran Mahal prepared an extensive report on Acadia Park, but
newly-elected AMS VP Academic
Anne Kessler is now responsible
for bringing the issues to UBC.
In mid-December, Kessler met
with the university on Acadia Park.
The university provided an 11-
page response to the 180-page
AMS report.
According to Kessler, the university plans to spend $16 million
over the next four years to renovate Acadia Park units. Kessler
said the university has answered
some questions about their plans
for the area, but many details remain unclear. "We are hoping they
will be soon through our conversations with the new AVP."
The university has already approved plans to renovate Acadia
Park to have a higher density.
Cowin said that the new AVP of
Campus and Community Planning, Michael White, is planning
to tackle the issue of taking on
consultation with its constituency
groups including students. "This
is not about going backwards.
It's about resetting and going
forward." xi
associate director of facilities and
business development.
Toor is confident that the
additional planning and safety
controls that will accompany
the licensing change will not
pose any additional risks to the
UBC community.
"What I've learned from conversations with our stakeholders
as well as the RCMP and security
groups is that the events are very
well-run and managed in a safe
way, so the risks are minimal,"
said Toor.
In order to meet the community's safety standards, a Safety and
Operations committee, including
the RCMP, Fire Department, Campus Security, and the Department
of Athletics, will evaluate each
event that is to be held at Thunder-
Medical video
added to AMS
health plan
Veronika Bondarenko
Senior News Writer
An app that lets patients connect
with doctors through video conferencing is now available to all
UBC students through the AMS
health and dental plan.
Medeo, which launched in
late 2013, connects patients with
doctors within a time frame of 10
minutes to a couple of hours.
Ryan Wilson, Medeo's CEO, is
optimistic about the app's potential to help students.
"I remember what it's like to
be a student and I also remember
what it's like to live on campus,"
said Wilson. "From a convenience perspective, often getting
the care that you need is a challenge."
Wilson founded the company
with a software engineer and a
doctor when the three of them
realized how much time could be
saved if patients could ask doctors simple questions online.
"We were just like, 'Why can't
you Skype with your doctor?'"
Wilson said. "If there's a simple
prescription or if you just want to
renew your birth control medication or asthma inhaler, why do
you have to go and spend three
hours travelling [and] paying for
bird Arena for its potential risks
and benefits. High-impact events
would also need to be reviewed by
the Outdoor Booking committee,
which would include feedback
from the University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA).
Toor also pointed out that
events that are not deemed beneficial to the UBC community, from
either a cultural or community
point of view, would not be held at
Thunderbird Arena.
"The strategy is such that
there is always a noted beneficiary of the event and that they're
more community-oriented, so
certainly there are lots of events
that we wouldn't seek and there
are certain events that we would
just say no to when they do ask,"
said Toor.
In the past, UBC Athletics has
refused several MMA and DJ-based
events on that basis.
Richard Alexander, Chair ofthe
UNA, also believes that, when appropriately organized and managed,
the licensing change will not pose
any serious problems to the wider
UBC community.
"With anything that involves
alcohol, there must be appropriate
controls in place and we are satisfied
that those controls will be in place,"
said Alexander. "The UNA had good
conversations with UBC Athletics
on how they are going to manage
the events, so that's a good example
of community working together."
UBC applied for the changes to
the liquor license earlier this year.
The changes can take up to eight
weeks for approval. XI
The AMS has added an app to its health and dental plan that lets you video chat a doctor.
parking when you could do it in
a couple of minutes? And Medeo
allows you to do that."
VP Finance Joaquin Acevedo
said the app, which cost nothing
to add to the AMS health and
dental plan, is an opportunity to
make students less reluctant to
seek help.
"We thought it was a good idea
to be able to provide students
with an additional avenue to
access medicine since we find
that a lot of students are either
too busy to be able to visit their
doctor or are simply stranded
in their dormitory or residence
hall," said Acevedo.
Wilson said the app could
prove to be especially helpful for
students who are struggling with
mental health, as being able to
speak to a doctor from the privacy
of home could help alleviate some
ofthe embarrassment that may
come with getting help for illnesses such as depression or anxiety.
As such, Wilson hopes that
Medeo will make at least a few
students more likely to seek the
medical help they need.
"There are really innovative
things happening in health care,"
said Wilson. "Medeo has been designed to put you in better control
of your health." XI
The B.C. Binning House is in West Van.
UBC has filed an appeal in the
ongoing dispute over the B.C.
Binning House.
The house, built by Bertram
Charles Binning in 1941 and
owned by the late Jessie Binning,
has been the subject of a dispute
between UBC and The Land Conservancy (TLC), a B.C. land trust.
TLC, who attained the house
in 2008, attempted to sell the
Binning house to investor Bruno
Wall for a reported $1.6 million.
Had the sale gone through, TLC
would have used the money to
repay its reported $7.5 million in
UBC contested the sale on
the basis that if the house was
not maintained as a heritage
site, then it should be sold. The
money, the university argues, belongs to UBC; particularly to the
scholarship fund Binning created
in honour of her late husband.
B.C. Supreme Court Justice
Fitzpatrick initially ruled that
the university had no stake in the
land sale, and that the TLC had
the rights to the property. However, the court put the sale ofthe
house on hold indefinitely.
"What we would like to see is
either the house gets preserved,
and is operated as a heritage
house in memory of Mr. Binning
... [or] if it is sold to be operated by somebody else, then that
money should not go to pay for
the debts ofthe conservancy,"
said UBC spokesperson Lucie
UBC has filed an appeal to
the decision on the basis that the
court mistakenly interpreted the
intentions ofthe late widow.
"The outcome for us is ... the
house remains and is operated as
a heritage house and open in the
memory of Mr. Binning. We are
happy with that. But if it's sold to
another entity, then it becomes
something else," said McNeill.
"We believe that the will of Mrs.
Binning should be honoured." 31 SECTION NAME    I   THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014
Legal action: UBC in the courts
This month, the BC Supreme Court and Court of Appeals have judged three cases involving UBC. The first one was further judgment in a 23-year case between UBC and a former employee. The second dismissed a student caught
plagiarizing who wanted to appeal her failing grade. The third put a hold on UBC's claim that one student's appeal of two decisions ruled against him was an abuse of process. —Sarah Bigam, News Editor
Three court judgments involving UBC have come down this month.
OA former UBC student's
request for judicial review
of a decision by UBC's
Senate Committee not to permit
her appeal after she was caught
plagiarizing a class assignment
was rejected by the B.C. Supreme
Court on Feb. 14.
Mihaela Albu was a student in
the Bachelor of Dental Science
program in the 2007-2008 school
year. In 2008, she submitted a paper
for her DHYG 404 course which
was determined to be plagiarized.
She admitted to it and was failed in
the assignment.
Albu appealed UBC's decision to
fail her to the Senate Committee.
Prior to being heard by the committee, Albu entered into a settlement
agreement. The agreement was
signed by both Albu and her lawyer.
One ofthe conditions of this
was for her to withdraw her appeal
to Senate, but she did not do so.
Another term ofthe settlement
agreement was that Albu would be
permitted to repeat the assignment
she had failed. However, she failed
the repeat assignment.
Albu then launched a claim
against UBC over the findings of
plagiarism, alleging breach of contract and negligence.
Albu claimed that the letter
agreement she entered into was
unenforceable, but judge John Trus-
cott found her case to be an abuse of
process and dismissed her request.
"It is my conclusion that she has
not come to court with clean hands,"
wrote Truscott.
Earlier this month, one
more decision was made in
a case between UBC and
a former employee that has now
spanned 23 years.
Jeannine Kapelus was dismissed from her position as an
administrative assistant at UBC's
Centre for Metallurgical Process
Engineering in 1991 after uncertainty regarding grant funding
for the Centre eliminated her
position. She sued the university
for insufficient notice and in
1994 was awarded $45,994.10. In
1993 UBC had offered to settle
and pay Kapelus $60,716.66, but
she did not accept this offer.
The issue of costs came up in
May 1995, but no decision could
be reached on this until 2002,
when Judge David Tysoe determined that Kapelus was entitled
to costs prior to UBC's settlement
offer, and UBC and co-defendants Technexus International
Corp and James Brimacombe
were entitled to the costs determined in their favour after the
settlement offer. Brimacombe
was director ofthe Centre.
"Virtually every step taken
was challenged by the plaintiff or
the defendant," commented judge
Alan Donaldson on a further
decision in 2004.
Donaldson and the Registrar
ofthe B.C. Court of Appeal determined after the 2004 decision
that Kapelus owed $105,147.41 to
the defendants collectively and
$57,937.46 to Brimacombe.
By 2012, Kapelus had yet to
pay any ofthe claim amounts.
After interest, Kapelus was
determined to owe $231,029.78 to
the defendants and $149,531.59
to UBC, as Technexus has now
dissolved as a corporation and
Brimacombe has died. The
remaining $81,498.19 is owed to
Brimacombe's estate.
In the most recent decision on
the case, Kapelus's appeal to the
2012 decision was dismissed.
Kapelus had planned to add
further evidence, including a
letter that UBC's lawyer submitted to the trial judge concerning additional case law. UBC's
lawyer said that this letter had
been requested by the trial judge,
but Kapelus claimed that it had
not been. For this, he requested
additional costs against Kapelus
"because of her personal attack
on his character." He submitted that Kapelus questioned his
ethics and suggested he misled
the Court.
On Feb. 2, Kapelus's appeal was dismissed and UBC
was awarded further claims
from Kapelus, both for regular
costs in the appeal and "special costs" for the fresh evidence application that defamed
UBC's representative.
O UBC's submission that a
former student's request
for judicial review of two
decisions ruled against him was
put on hold on Feb. 20.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies told former student Bahafor
Rafie Baharloo to withdraw from
his PhD program in Craniofacial Science on November 10,
2009, for "failing to produce an
acceptable doctoral dissertation
proposal within the time allowed
to achieve candidacy."
Baharloo claimed that he was
not able to complete the program
on time due to ongoing harassment by dentistry professor
Donald Brunette and mental
health issues that worsened due
to Brunette's treatment of him.
Baharloo appealed the Faculty's
decision to the Senate Committee
on December 2, 2009.
Before the Senate Committee's
hearing was concluded, Baharloo
filed a discrimination in employment and public service complaint
against UBC, Brunette and two
other faculty members with the
B.C. Human Rights Tribunal,
citing discrimination based on
race, place of origin and mental
Baharloo alleged that Brunette
intimidated him with physical
aggression and verbally abused
him a number of times, calling him
"stupid, crazy, and delusional."
On October 13, 2011, the BCHRT
dismissed Baharloo's complaint
on the grounds that it had been
appropriately dealt with in the
Senate's proceeding.
Baharloo filed an application for
judicial review of both decisions on
December 9,2011. UBC claimed this
was an abuse of process.
BC Supreme Court judge
Catherine Bruce decided to wait to
determine the merits of Baharloo's
application for judicial review of
the BCHRT's decision to determine
whether the petition is an abuse of
"A finding that [Baharloo's] judicial review application concerning
the Senate Committee decision is
an abuse of process is tantamount
to a finding that the Human Rights
Tribunal properly concluded that
the petitioner's complaint was
barred," Bruce wrote. XI
Major donors, alumni to receive honorary UBC degrees
Sarah Bigam
News Editor
Two major UBC donors and two
UBC graduates made the list
of nine individuals who will be
receiving honorary degrees from
UBC this spring.
Honorary degree recipient Djavad Mowafaghian is the creator of
the Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation, which aims to better the lives
of children through health and
education. In 2011, Mowafaghian
donated $15 million to UBC's Faculty of Medicine, its largest gift to
date, for the construction ofthe
newly operational Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.
Mowafaghian said his decision
to support the project became
more meaningful after he had a
stroke last April.
"I am lucky that I have recovered," he said in 2011. "But
thousands more people per year
in Canada suffer strokes, with
many of them dying or never fully
recovering. It is my hope that this
facility will help lay the foundation for future discoveries in brain
health and make a difference in
the lives ofthe children of British
Columbia and beyond."
Mowafaghian's foundation
also donated $4 million in 2011 to
construction ofthe UBC Medical
Education Centre; the partnership between the province, UBC's
The newly opened Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health was funded by a $15 million donation from Mowafaghian.
Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver
Coastal Health and the Lions
Gate Hospital Foundation will be
housed at Lions Gate Hospital.
The Djavad Mowafaghian Atrium at the Beaty Biodiversity Centre, which houses the blue whale
skeleton, is also named after him,
due to a $3 million donation in
2010. That year, he donated an
additional $1 million to establish a
program for UBC's Human Early
Learning Partnership to research
children's health and education in
UBC faculties.
Michael Audain, who helped
found the B.C. Civil Liberties
Association and the Audain
Foundation for the Visual Arts
in British Columbia, will also
receive a degree. Audain is a $5
million donor to and namesake
ofthe new Audain Art Centre. In
2009, he also gave $2.5 million to
the Museum of Anthropology. In
2008, he gave $2 million to UBC
to educate curators. Audain made
his millions during his time as
CEO of Polygon Homes, a large
home-building company in Vancouver formed in the '80s.
The other candidates receiving
honorary degrees are Raymond
Lee, Marvin Storrow, Dempsey
Bob, James Clifford, Bonnie Klein,
Janet Rossant and Lisa Senner-
Lee is the founder of Lee & Man
Paper Manufacturing Ltd, a large
paper and pulp manufacturer
based in China. Lee holds a bachelor's degree in Applied Science
from UBC.
Storrow graduated from UBC
Law in 1962. He has worked in
both civil and criminal law, and is
recognized for his work in aboriginal law.
Bob is a First Nations master
carver and recipient ofthe Order
of Canada. He has seven pieces
on display in UBC's Museum of
Clifford is an American historian of anthropology. He served
as a member ofthe Museum of
Anthropology's advisory board
from 2010 to 2013.
Klein is a documentary filmmaker, author and activist for
women's and disabled persons'
Rossant is a scientist recognized for her work in understanding the role of genes in embryo
development. She is a professor
at the University of Toronto and
a senior scientist in the developmental and stem cell biology
program and chief of research at
the Hospital for Sick Children in
Lisa Sennerby-Forsse is a forestry scientist. She is vice-chancellor ofthe Swedish University
of Agricultural Sciences and holds
an honorary doctorate from UBC's
Faculty of Forestry. XI // Sports + Rec
Practising safely with the UBC Yoga Club
Reyhana Heatherington
Senior Lifestyle Writer
Have you tried yoga? Wait. This is
Vancouver. Of course you have.
What you might not have contemplated is what it takes to safely
enjoy a fulfilling practice.
Once a self-described "classic
stiff person," Michael Olivotto
began teaching yoga two years ago
and now benefits from the guidance of three mentors with different areas of expertise. But he didn't
come to the practice willfully.
"I was really afraid of it, actually," he said. "I think it's kind
of ironic that I teach for the yoga
club because when I was at UBC I
scoffed at yoga."
In fact, on his first solo journey
to a yoga studio, Olivotto walked
past the door five times before
mustering the courage to go inside.
"Especially for guys, [the] yoga
space is often quite intimidating.
We're so used to having, especially
in our workout environment, a
very male-dominated space," he
said. "When you walk into the
typical yoga studio ... it's quite
A lot of us, especially
at our age, need that
strong dynamic release
to shut our brain off
because we're so amped
Michael Olivotto
Instuctor, UBC Yoga Club
Once you're in the door, there
are other limitations. A recent
consumer report listed the hidden
dangers of hot yoga, including
infection from unsanitary conditions, heat stroke and muscle
damage from pushing past your
body's limit. Olivotto maintains
that the most common mistake in
any kind of yoga is trying too hard.
And what better way to explain the
Many Vancouverites do yoga for its physical and mental benefits, but the UBC Yoga Club warns yogis not to overstretch.
risks than a dating analogy?
"If you just met someone, and
you got their number and you both
like each other, but now you just
send them 24 texts in 24 hours, no
matter how much there was that
attraction, you're probably going to
scare them off," he warned. "And
it's the same thing with all the
things we do."
Young adults often choose
challenging power or hot classes
to feel as though the workout and
benefits are substantial.
"A lot of us, especially at our age,
need that strong dynamic release
to shut our brain off because we're
so amped up," Olivottto said.
It's not just New Age,
hippie-dippie, lovey-
dovey It's a deep,
powerful, insane
practice that is quite
physically demanding.
Michael Olivotto
Instuctor, UBC Yoga Club
Maggie Billingsley, a fourth-
year pharmacy student, started
as a volunteer with the UBC Yoga
Club before working her way to
vice-president and is now the
club's president. She began yoga
eight years ago and has been practising regularly for three years.
"Everyone has their own 'How
I Came to Yoga' story, it seems, but
mine was initially because I was
a really angry person, to be really
honest," Billingsley said.
After years managing stress as
a competitive high school athlete,
she attended a yoga class on a
whim and immediately noticed her
attitude shift.
"I just happened to go to a class
and the way that I felt after was
just so uplifted and happy and
clear," she said.
The UBC Yoga Club offers a
range of classes from relaxing yin
yoga, to energetic power yoga, to
workshops including acrobatic
aero yoga, which Billingsley calls
"pretty cray."
"When you get a whole bunch of
people that come together and they
align on one single thing, which is
yoga for us, you feel so supported
and so loved," she said.
The diversity of options, along
with a supportive class environment and low-cost membership,
keeps students coming back.
"Because our club offers yoga
at a very affordable price, a lot of
people can get introduced to that
[environment]... without knowing
a single person in the class," Billingsley says.
A former archaeologist and
UBC alum, Olivotto found his
years of schooling related to
archaic exploration of ancient
Middle Eastern cultures were a
surprising asset to his new career
choice. Both yogic thought and
archaeological philosophy rely on
similar principles.
"All you're doing is trying
to take an ancient culture and
make it understandable to us,"
Olivotto said.
Unlike other athletic activities, there is no clear end goal in
yoga. Instead, alongwith spiritual
growth and increased flexibility,
Olivotto says the main physical
goal is achieving balance.
"It's not just New Age, hippie-dippie, lovey-dovey," he says.
"It's a deep, powerful, insane
practice that is quite physically
Olivotto urges would-be yogis
or people looking for new physical
activities to search for the activity
they connect with most.
"Whatever way works for you
is what you need to find," he said.
"But you need to take the time
to actually understand what that
is, and not just run around like a
chicken with your head cut off." XI
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Advice straight from the guru:
Michael Olivotto defines the types of at-risk yogis
Beginners are often safer
in yoga since they can be
limited by fear of the unknown.
The intermediate zone is the
"danger zone." You knowwhat
you're doing but don't necessarily understand. Advanced
yogis have learned how to listen
to the signs in their bodies and
back off when needed.
athlete yogis
Successful high-level athletes
are often hyper-specialized,
and this strength can contribute to overconfidence in a yoga
studio. Internal competition
to push yourself or comparing
yourself to others in the class
can also lead to injuries.
injury yogis
Watch out for your lower back
— it's one of the most common places for injury. Like the
arches that give cathedrals
strength, a slight curve in our
spine is important to maintain.
Rememberto lengthen instead. SPORTS + REC    I    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY27, 2014
Bringing the Relay to life at UBC
3rd annual event benefits the Canadian Cancer Society; fundraising goal set for $60,000
Reyhana Heatherington
Senior Lifestyle Writer
"I'm a little girl on a big campus.
How can I do this?"
Zahra Khamisa was full of
questions when she came to UBC
from Mississauga and decided she
wanted to bring the Relay for Life
cancer fundraiser to the university
Now a fifth-year kinesiology
student, Khamisa started the UBC
Relay for Life in 2012 along with
co-chairs Salima Hirji and Sam-
antha Sasyniuk, who have since
graduated. In the first year, the relay exceeded the fundraising goal
by $17,000, and it has continued to
grow by thousands of dollars each
The third annual event will
bring together cancer survivors,
friends, family and supporters
for a relay complete with various
activities and a luminary ceremony where candles are lit to
remember those lost to cancer.
The overnight relay benefits
the Canadian Cancer Society
and teammates each commit to
raising at least $100. Last year,
events across Canada collectively
raised $46 million, and over the
past two years, the UBC event
raised more than $100,000. The
goal has been set for $60,000
this year.
Khamisa's experience bringing
the event to UBC and working
with cancer research has also
driven her career goals; she
currently interns at a clinic that
advocates for exercise for chronic
health conditions.
"It's sort of driven every decision in my life," she says. "Now
my real passion really lies with
cancer and exercise and health
promotion related to cancer, so it's
interesting how one thing can lead
to another."
Throughout the planning process, Khamisa had support from
groups including UBC REC and
the Kinesiology Undergraduate
Society to make the event a reality.
She credits powerful teamwork
with the event's continued success
and numerous leadership opportunities for students.
"Salima always told me that
you're the combination ofthe five
people you surround yourself most
with, so pick wisely," Khamisa
remembers. "I think it's about that
reciprocal relationship."
Lee Gangbar, an event committee member and fourth-year
kinesiology student, was an event
day volunteer at the inaugural
UBC Relay for Life. Although
that first relay was an inspiring
highlight for her, her increased
responsibility the next year became a source of fear as the big day
loomed nearer.
"We were nervous wrecks
leading up to the event," she remembers. "The awesome but also
unfortunate thing about doing an
event like this at a university is
students are so last-minute, which
is terrifying for us."
The stress release moment
last year came halfway through
the night when Gangbar and
fellow committee member Hayley
Schwarz learned the fundraising
total had surpassed $50,000.
"Hayley and I burst into tears
because we were like, 'Oh my God,
During the 12-hour Relay for Life, at least one member of each eight- to 15-person team must be on the track at all times.
like a week ago we thought this
was not going to come together at
all," Gangbar says.
Year after year, cancer experiences continue to be the unifying
factor as participants share their
stories and motivations for joining
the relay.
When her older brother was
diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's
lymphoma at age 16, Khamisa saw
first-hand how the Canadian Cancer Society helped her family as
her brother's life was transformed
before he eventually recovered
and landed his dream job as
a sportscaster.
"He played hockey, he played
soccer, he played everything, that
was his life. And then watching
him do no activity after that...
[there were] so many things I notice now that I didn't understand
then," she says.
Chris Howe, a fourth-year
varsity UBC volleyball player and
sociology student, is the captain of
his relay team for the second year
in a row. Howe's mother passed
away from pancreatic cancer in
2005 and he has been participating
in the event since 2006.
Howe named his team "T-Birds
for Life" last year to commemorate all of those affected by cancer,
but the name has another special
significance for varsity athletes at
UBC this year.
"I started to hear about all of
my friends that have been touched
by cancer so that [is one] aspect
of it, but also the sports targeting
review, that's also like "T-Birds 4
Life" regardless of what happens,"
Howe says.
While some people unfamiliar
with the event associate cancer fundraisers with feelings of
sadness, Howe views the relay as
primarily a celebratory event. For
him, the positive energy comes
from a variety of factors, including
the lighthearted team bonding
"The celebration and the walk
and all ofthe games and the activities that you do, they're almost
like, beyond stupid," he says. "I
think that gives it this really instantaneous positive atmosphere."
During the 12-hour relay, at
least one member of each eight- to
15-person team must be on the
track at all times. Howe prefers the
2 a.m. relay timeslot above all else.
"When the diehards come out
and there's people kind of walking
silently and you're just like, 'Hey,
what's up? What's you're story?
What's going on?' And you can
kind of be someone's friend,"
Howe says. "That's what I love
about every relay. It's probably my
favourite point, right there in the
middle ofthe night."
Gangbar remembers one of
those special moments happening
at the second annual UBC Relay
for Life. One unforgettable participant came to the event to support
his childhood best friend who was
dying of brain cancer. The student
went on to inspire other event participants with his unique way of
empathizing with his friend's pain.
"He literally ran the entire 12
hours with a weighted vest on,"
Gangbar says. "People were really
confused by him at first.... Then
at the end ofthe luminary, I saw
people who definitely did not
know him going up to him, and
hearing his story and supporting
As she mans the promotional
booths for the relay around UBC
with fellow committee members,
Gangbar says she often recognizes
people from their involvement in
the relay and can sometimes even
recall their fundraising totals.
"We feel like we know everyone
on campus," she says.
While more students are aware
ofthe event every year, it can still
be difficult to recruit participants
at a busy time ofthe academic
"Definitely the biggest challenge is convincing people who
have no idea about the event why
they should stay up all night, why
they should go around asking
family and friends for money,"
Gangbar says.
Once people show up however,
Khamisa, Gangbar and Howe all
agree that the magic ofthe event
takes over and the anticipation
is palpable.
"I'm excited to be there for
12 hours, do yoga, listen to great
music, participate in the ceremonies and remember why we do it,"
Khamisa says.
"Sometimes people think cancer's not a young person's disease,
so it's interesting to hear about it
from different people and to know
our personal connections to it and
to know at our age what we can do.
"I think that's pretty impactful." XI
The UBC Relay for Life takesplace
at the Life Sciences Institute March
7-8 at 7p.m.
The Relay For Life is held annually in hundreds of communities and schools across Canada, and for many participants, the luminary
ceremony is the most moving part of the event. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014    |   SPORTS + REC
1. Do you have any special pre-game or
playoff traditions?
2. What's your favourite recovery tool or
3. What was your favourite performance of
the Sochi Olympics?
4. If UBC were an Olympic team, who would
5. You have decided to become a farmer.
Where do you move, and what are you growing?
Put everything left to right,
drink Dr. Pepper with
Bardaro, and lots of other
OCD things.
Ride the bike after
Sid Seixeiro's rant on ice
guy knows everyone in
Kitsilano. Plus that hair!
I'd starve to death if this
is how I had to make my
living, but I'd move back
grow lentils or durum or
something like that.
Paint my nails, give my stick
to the geno whisperer prior
to on ice warm up, bum
drops, chesters, thrusts,
scorezo, bring the Payne.
Foam roller. #they-
seemerollin' #they-
Cheering and believing
in the women's Team
Canada hockeyteam
untilthe bitter end!
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fortheircontinued support ofathletics.
MovetoNicklas Back-
strom's backyard and
grow some Swedish
Total Ones, because apparently! breakenough
Flex in mirror. Tell myself, 'I'm the man.' Do
a few butt squeezes for
good measure and I'm
on my way.
Getting massaged by our
massage guy, Nate. His
hands are so tender and
warm. He rubs all my pain
and sorrows away. I don't
even have to tip him!
The Canadian team as a
whole. They performed
at the highest level possible. It was really inspiring
as an Olympic hopeful for
the Rio games.
Probably Rey from the
Vanier cafeteria. He
would work it.
I'd move to Idaho and
could make my own yam
fries. I love yam fries.
Always sit in the same
spot forvideo, always
lastchairon the bench,
neversit during timeouts
—just to name a few.
ce and getting treatment from our awesome
The men's moguls.
struggle with the first run
and then eventually take
home the gold was really
Mariah [Bruinsmaj.She
always puts the team
first and just brings
so much love to every
practice and game.
Most people would
assume I would move back
to Manitoba and grow
sometypeofgrain I guess
because that's what my
family did, butit'swaytoo
cold back there.
I treat every game the same
way however areas of focus
may change week to week.
After my pre-game meal I do
visualization which usually
transforms into a nap.
My favourite recoverytool
comes in a trio. After most
games and practices,
always ice and massage the
areas that hurt and then have
a delicious dose of protein.
The Canadian women's
hockey team winning gold.
Being down two goals late
in thegame.itwould be
Perseverance takes heart.
A young Mike Steele!
He's the epitome of a
student-athlete. He does
hisjob, nothing more and
nothing less. And he's
consistent-1 like that.
I would move to Miami,
Florida where I would raise
chicken and grow corn.
All ball in the McGuinness family
Mehryar Maalem
Basketball is a family affair for
the McGuinnesses.
Active throughout their childhood, Thunderbird Andrew McGuinness and his older sister Erica
found inspiration through their
father's coaching to pursue basketball as their main sport after high
school. Shaun McGuinness, a former
T-Bird football player who is currently an assistant coach for UBC's
women's basketball team, passed
on his passion for sports to Andrew,
who transferred to UBC last year,
and Erica, a former T-Bird standout.
It all started in the West Vancouver Secondary School gym where
Shaun was coach ofthe women's
high school varsity team. As youngsters, Erica and Andrew would
find themselves on the court after
practices and in between quarters
at games trying to get shots up and
even mimic what they had seen
from the older players. Erica was
even the team's ball girl.
"In Grade 1, watching the high
school-aged girls play basketball
was pretty inspiring and piqued my
interest," said Erica. "I was always
going out at halftime and trying to
get the ball to reach the rim."
The athletic family tradition did
not stop at basketball. Both Erica
and Andrew were brilliant multi-
sport athletes as well. Andrew
played baseball at a very competitive
level with the provincial team and
Erica played four sports during her
senior year of high school.
"They were all multi-sport
athletes until they got to an age
where they chose basketball as
something they wanted to pursue in
post-secondary, and they were kind
of concentrated on that," Shaun said
of his kids.
Ultimately, both Erica and
Andrew found basketball to be
their sport of choice to pursue at
university. Erica played for the
T-Birds throughout all five years
of varsity eligibility.
"My mom and dad are both
UBC alums ... so growing up [we]
would come out to UBC and watch
games," said Erica. "I think it just
seemed like a really good fit for me
and I had a lot of positive feelings
for the school."
Andrew also got an early
start, enrolling in a rec league
in second grade. "My dad was
coaching basketball when I was
really young. I was always around
basketball and got going pretty
early," he said.
After spending three years playing for the University of Calgary
Dinos, Andrew transferred to UBC
in 2012. He averaged 9.5 points per
game this season after red-shirting with the team last year.
"I wanted to go to a place that
has a strong tradition of basketball and good academics as well.
And it got to a point in Calgary
where I decided I needed a change
and UBC was just the best fit,"
Andrew said.
For Erica, her father's expertise in the offensive aspects of
basketball not only helped her
become a varsity athlete at UBC,
but also to become one ofthe best
shooting stars the CIS has seen.
The father-daughter coach-player duo stacked up two national
championships for the T-Birds,
and Erica remains UBC's all-time
leading scorer with 2,523 points in
her Thunderbird career. She's won
just about every individual honour
a UBC athlete can attain, holds six
school records and upon graduation went on to play basketball
professionally in Europe.
"My dad coached me a lot in
high school too," said Erica. "So I
grew up with my dad being a coach
and I was used to playing for him.
It was not a big transition having
him on the bench at UBC. "
It's not a coincidence, then,
seeing Andrew lighting it up from
behind the three-point arc during
the T-Birds games this year. He's
hit as many as seven triples in a
single game, just one shy ofthe
school record. With Shaun working on shooting and ball-handling
skills with both players at a very
young age, you can see the absence
of bad habits from Andrew during
T-Birds games.
"He's a really good shooting
coach," said Andrew. "My dad definitely had a huge impact on both
me and my sister."
Despite their busy schedules
and the strains of everyday life,
the McGuinness family still
finds ways to stay true to their
all-round active
lifestyle. During
the summer, you
will find the three
playing golf, tennis,
or just outdoors
shooting hoops wit'
one another.
"We have a
basketball hoop in   I
our backyard, so we I
still do more fun      I
shooting games like l
horse or something," said Erica.
"Especially in
the summer we like '
to golf and throw      Andrew McGuinness (left) transferred to UBC this year, joining
the football around, his father, Shaun, who is an assistant coach with the UBC
play some tennis," ' women's basketball team.
Andrew added. "We
like to get out and just enjoy the
outside and compete with each
With 25 years of successful
coaching in Shaun, a record
breaking all-star of a player in
Erica and the current skilled
sharpshooter ofthe T-Birds in
Andrew, growing up in the
McGuinness household was
indeed a basketball life. XI
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Polyglot partners practice
patois in UBC Tandem program
Language exchange project proves effective
Marie Shuman, the coordinator of Tandem, emphasized that it provides a welcoming environment for language learning while offering vocabulary you won't get in a classroom.
Ruby Chen
As a world-class university home
to undergrads from 151 countries,
UBC students don't need to go on
exchange or take higher-level language courses to achieve fluency
in a foreign language.
The UBC Tandem Language
Exchange Program is a free,
student-run initiative that pairs
up students who wish to learn
each others' languages, and offers
weekly facilitated sessions that
run for 10 to 11 weeks. Since the
start of the program in 2011, the
number of Tandem applicants has
grown from 100 to 840 this year.
Yaron Cohen, the program coordinator, cites autonomy as one of
the factors for Tandem's success.
"The option to choose what you
want to learn with your partner,
and how fast you want to move
forward, unlike class lessons,"
Cohen said. "Our program is much
more flexible and people like it."
The peer teaching format also
allows Tandem participants to
practice in real time and benefit
from mutual mistake correction.
"Having a tandem partner is great
because you can make mistakes
without fear of being judged, and
they will give you in-conversation
feedback, all while learning up-
to-date vocabulary," said Marie
Shuman, a Tandem facilitator
and participant.
"In classrooms, you don't often
have the chance to put your hand
up and say, 'Can you explain the
meaning of this Dutch joke I heard
on TV?'"
Indeed, one ofthe keys to learn
a new language is to speak it. "Be
open to making mistakes. The
more you speak, the better your
speaking will get," said Carla Hudson Kam, the Canada Research
Chair in language acquisition and
linguistic associate professor at
UBC. "If you're too worried about
saying something the wrong way,
you miss out on lots of valuable
So does it mean that the
Tandem approach is better for
language acquisition than the
traditional approach? The answer
is classic: it depends.
"Some people think that
Tandem is a good way to learn a
language from scratch. However,
Tandem is a program that is meant
for people who already have some
background in a certain language
who would like to gain more day to
day experience through working
with someone who speaks this
language as [their] mother tongue,
or has a high proficiency in it,"
said Cohen.
Kam offered more insight into
second language acquisition for
adults. Unlike children, who are
more capable of automatic learning, adults are better at explicit
learning — we get off the ground
faster in a structured format. "So
studying a language in a classroom
is a good thing. But don't just do
that," Kam said. "For adults, doing
both classroom-style learning and
immersion opportunities are important for successful acquisition."
She also urged students to get
linguistic inputs from a variety of
contexts. "Try and get exposure
to casual speech, formal speech,
different accents and the like."
For many participants, improving proficiency in a foreign
language is only one aspect ofthe
whole Tandem experience.
"My partner and I learned a lot
about each other and our cultural
backgrounds based on the things
we decided to do together," said
Shuman, "[and] I didn't just improve in the language I was learning, I also learned a lot about the
way that I speak. It turns out I say
'though' an obscene amount — a
word whose meaning is extremely
difficult to explain."
As the popularity ofthe Tandem program continues to grow,
Cohen and his team is working on
new ways to expand the program.
"Since many people ask to improve
their French or Spanish and there
aren't enough speakers of those
languages on campus, we are developing online Tandem programs
with universities inside and outside Canada." UBC Tandem currently partners with the National
Autonomous University of Mexico
to coordinate the Spanish-English
online sessions.
Kam offered some final tips for
effective language acquisition:
"Immerse yourself as much as you
can. If you are learning a language that is not the one generally
spoken by the community, then
get on the web and find TV shows,
movies, etc. Find ways to get exposure to hearing people speak the
language." tl
UBC students find their inner
thespian at Festival Dionysia
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Actors from the UBC Players Club rehearse on stage at the Dorothy Somerset Studio.
Tom Spano
This week, the fraternity and
sorority system isn't the only thing
going Greek at UBC.
Over the span of five days, the
Dorothy Somerset Studio will host
the Festival Dionysia theatre festival. Featuring six plays presented
by the UBC Players Club, the oldest club on campus, all of them are
performed and written by former
and present UBC students. This
year's schedule offers a smorgasbord of genres; viewers can expect
anything from cannibals and
psycho-thrillers to a one act play
about squids on Valentine's Day,
entitled Cephalopod Love Story.
"This is the third year that
we're doing the festival, it [was]
started three years ago by a BFA
student who just had the idea of
doing a tradition similar to what
was done in ancient Greece. So
we just wanted to put that on the
stage and we've been doing it ever
since," said Jason Dio, the artistic
director ofthe festival and a
second year physiology major.
"Since October we have been
getting applications from directors
and writers of shows and choosing
them since then," added Dio. "But
we've been rehearsing and actually
doing stuff for about four or five
Four ofthe plays will be making their theatrical debut later
this week.
The actors were given four
weeks to rehearse. "The hardest
part was just making sure that
everything is running on schedule,
because our timing is definitely
crucial in theatre," Dio said.
The Greek-inspired gem of
local culture is uniquely operated
by UBC students of all years and
majors. Its open auditions allow
for a spectrum of actors and stage
personnel outside ofthe usual
BFA acting program. The festival
gives students the opportunity to
experience a theatrical personnel
position they might otherwise not
have occupied.
Since Joylyn Secunda is a student
in UBC's BFA acting program,
she was encouraged to take on an
alternative position within Festival
Dionysia. She will be making her
directorial debut with a meta-theatrical play titled Exit Stage Left.
Like many others, Joylyn acquired several new insights into the
production process.
"This is my first time directing
so it was challenging... I learned a
lot throughout the whole process.
I guess each new thing was a new
thing to face," she said. "So for
auditions, that was the first time
that I had to decide who I wanted in
my cast."
Rather than causing a manic
power struggle, the student-run
dynamic promotes co-operation
and teamwork.
"It was just kind of interesting,"
said third year Political Science
major Erica Dolman. "Instead of
having an adult figure we all kind of
worked together." tJ
Festival Dionysia runs from Feb. 26
to March 2 at the Dorothy Somerset
Studio, located near the Ponderosa
Commons. Tickets can be purchased
through the UBC Players website or
at the door.
MFA students go loco for local Crazy8s movie festival
Aurora Tejeida
Senior Culture Writer
UBC students are heading to the big
screen — on a small budget.
Every year six teams are chosen
to compete in an eight-day filmmaking challenge known as the
Crazy8s. The teams, which get
$1,000 plus filming equipment, have
three days of shooting followed by
five days of post-production before
handing in their short films.
This year, three teams in the
challenge have direct ties to UBC.
One director is a former student of
UBC's Film Production Program,
another is a current student ofthe
same program and a third film's
writer and director are both MFA
film students.
In an interview with The Ubyssey,
Ryan Atimoyoo, who is in his second
year of a joint MFA in screenwriting
and film production at UBC, spoke
about his experience directing Sacrifice, one ofthe six participating
"The shooting was brutal, I mean
it was fun, it was good, but we had
a lot of things that went wrong,"
said Atimoyoo.
Three days is an incredibly short
time to shoot, and at the time The
Ubyssey spoke to Atimoyoo, his
team had just started post-production; they also had the misfortune of
having three generators break down
during the shoot.
"We had to go back into Vancouver, we were in Richmond, and buy
another generator. It was ridiculous," he added.
The trouble started before they
even had their first shot, so they
were already three hours behind on
their first day. And that wasn't the
only problem.
"Because we're working with
child actors at night time, our
schedule was really tight. We were
always in danger of not getting all
of our shots in time, not to mention
the wind and rain was really bad on
Sunday," said Atimoyoo.
Sacrifice is one of the short films currently
being developed for the festival.
Somehow the team managed to
get all of their shots, even though
many of their scenes were outdoors.
"We were soaked to the bone," said
Atimoyoo. "I threw away my shoes
To participate in the Crazy8s
challenge, filmmakers are required
to submit a five-minute video
explaining their idea. Out ofthe
100 people who submit an idea each
year, 40 are chosen to pitch their
stories in person, then 12 of those
get to workshop their scripts with
professionals before moving onto
the six finalists.
Ryan Bright, a UBC student who
is doing a MFA in creative writing,
wrote Sacrifice — the short film
Atimoyoo is directing. Atimoyoo
described the film as a mix between
horror and a psychological thriller,
similar to David Fincher's Seven.
"Peter Bishop is this crazy
serial killer who believes that if
he sacrifices enough people it will
save his dying daughter. When it
doesn't seem to work, Mary [Peter's
daughter] starts taking matters
into her own hands," explained
the filmmaker.
Now that filming is done, his
team is focusing on post-production,
which he said requires much more
time and work than shooting. At
this point he only has a couple of
days left to edit and work out all the
visual effects of his film before he
can hand it in.
"You can't make a mistake
because you only get three days
of shooting. It was an ambitious
script and we had lots of prep
time, but it's just never enough,"
he added.
But the payback is worth the effort. The six films will be presented
at a gala event on March 1 that will
be attended by important members
of Vancouver's film industry.
"The gala is full of respected
sponsors and mentors and industry professionals who come to see
our work. That means a lot for
further opportunities," he added.
Tickets for the screening gala
March 1 at The Centre, as well the
after party at Science World, are
available to the general public.
"This is a great opportunity
for emerging filmmakers," said
Atimoyoo. "I would highly encourage [students] to get involved, even
if it's just to help out on a show or
donate some time. Get involved in
some way." tJ THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014    |    CULTURE
Favourite flicks and movie masterpieces at UBC library
Famous Videomatica collection now available for free rental to students
Jenica Montgomery
Invite some friends, make some
popcorn, and head to the library.
Koerner Library is now in possession of one ofthe largest and most
well-known film collections in
The Videomatica collection
has over 30, 000 titles, ranging
from Lord ofthe Rings to Vintage
1920s erotica. The collection was
originally housed and curated by
Videomatica, a Kitsilano staple,
until it closed its doors for the last
time in 2011. In late January, the
UBC Library acquired Video-
matica's collection of DVDs, VHS
tapes, and Blu-rays; SFU received
the collection's documentaries.
Ernest Mathijs is a professor of
Film Studies at UBC, and a local
cinema expert. "If you were a
cinephile and you lived in another
part ofthe world and for whatever
reason you visited Vancouver, you
knew you had to go to the Videomatica store," said Mathijs.
With Videomatica's closure, it
was imperative that the collection
remain as complete as possible.
Mathijs, who was a part ofthe
discussions for the transfer ofthe
collection, said: "I thought that
was a particularly good idea, so
we sat down with the owners and
some other stakeholders; people
from SFU, Vancity Theatre, and
the Cinematech, basically a sort
of gathering ofthe tribes ofthe
cinephiles in and around Vancouver and we figured out if there was
anything we could do to keep the
collection intact."
Acquiring almost all 30,000
films was one way in which the
university was able to preserve not
only the films themselves, but also
the history they represent. When
Videomatica closed its doors, it
signalled the end of an era. Video
stores played an integral part in
film history, as well as the community in which they thrived.
"[Video stores] add something
to a community which has been
taken away by the rise ofthe
internet and the digital age," said
Angela Walsh, an MFA student in
Film Studies.
It's no surprise that the downfall of video stores came with the
rise ofthe internet and pirated
media. Finding a movie on the
internet is an easy task if you know
where to look, and services like
iTunes and Netflix cater to the
need for the instant streaming of
content. Users no longer have to
leave their house to go to a video
store or spend the time looking
for a movie on the shelves, and for
some, this particular ritual adds to
the experience.
"I always find a certain joy in
being able to go to a video store
and pick out a DVD and take it
home," Walsh noted. "There's a
certain ritual and performance
in going and looking through the
shelves and looking at titles, talking to clerks and getting recommendations from them. And it sets
you up for a more formal viewing
experience where you'll have to
play it off your TV or on your DVD
player, so you have to concentrate
on it."
The Videomatica collection is
a representation of this history.
It also represents the Kitsilano
neighbourhood in which it began,
as well as a particular instance in
film history.
"What I find particularly important is how opinion has changed
on video stores," said Mathijs.
"When they came into being, and
Videomatica was one ofthe first
in the early 1980s, they were seen
as sort ofthe best of film, because
these were the cheap places that
were going to replace all the repertory theatres, and all the proper
movie theatres, and movie palaces;
Access to the collection comes at the expense of the video rental industry, which has declined as a result of the internet.
the video stores were sort ofthe
evil guy, if you want."
"And in the last couple of decades that has changed completely,
because now video stores are under
threat because of online availability of most of film, because of
YouTube, because ofthe internet,
because of downloadable cinema,
and the ongoing digitization."
Molly Lewis, another MFA Film
Studies student, believes the library
is the best home for the collection.
"They're going to take good care of
the DVDs. And certain stuff does
get lost... It's a way to make sure that
films that might be forgotten still
have a home... Netflix doesn't have
Koerner will continue to showcase the irreplaceable nature ofthe
collection through its availability
to anyone with a Library card and
through film events such as the Cinema Salon, held on the last Thursday
of every month.
Trish Rosseel, the head of
Koerner Library staff, noted
"We're hoping to continue featuring media more prominently in our
programming in Koerner just because it's such a great collection." XI
To access the Videomatica collection, UBC students must visit the
Videomatica collection website
and make a selection. They can
then pick up the title from the
Alternate herstory
Famous women highlighted in latest
exhibition at Regent College
Olivia Law
A Vancouver artist envisions
that one day, the portrait room in
the Victoria Parliament building will be full of paintings of
pioneering women.
Beginning on Thursday Feb. 27,
Women of Substance will open at
Regent College, featuring paintings by Vancouver artist Sharalee
Regehr. Although only a selected
number of her works will appear at
the exhibition in honour of International Women's Day, Regehr has
worked for years, exploring and researching women in history whom
she feels are unacknowledged. The
exhibition honours women who
have made major contributions to
society and history.
"The purpose ofthe exhibition
is to highlight women in a different
way - women we are more unfamiliar with," Regehr said. When
asked about her inspiration for one
particular painting, she immediately thinks ofthe Enigma women.
"These are the women who decoded
the Nazi carrier pigeon messages,"
she said. "They contributed a huge
amount to the war but are pretty
much unrecognized for it."
After questions from students asking why so few women
scientists, artists and musicians
are featured in their textbooks,
Regehr made the decision to find
out for herself. "I wanted to know
why there is such a limited history
of women," she said.
One other figure featured in
the exhibition is Emily Roebling
- the engineer who completed the
supervision for the iconic Brooklyn Bridge in New York, now considered one ofthe seven wonders
ofthe industrial world.
"After her father-in-law, the
designer ofthe bridge, died and
her husband contracted caisson
disease, Emily taught herself and
supervised the building ofthe
bridge, thus solving the engineering problems for the remaining
fourteen years of construction,"
Regehr said.
Overlooked or unknown to
most, Emily Roebling is represented in the Women of Substance exhibition in the hope that
individuals will be able to both
appreciate the art and attain
knowledge simultaneously.
Regehr describes her work as
a "modern take on an icon" - the
images are closely related to
Sharalee Regehr's artwork celebrates the contributions of women to world history.
medieval works, embodying an
individual's story but making
it universal.
"There are no faces depicted
in the images, because if I put
a face on a body it becomes her
individual story, but without a
face, the story can be anyone's,"
Regehr said.
The exhibition is intended
to inspire people to share their
own stories. The juxtaposition of
medieval imagery with modern
ideas ensures viewers ofthe exhibition can interpret the images
in their own way.
Regehr hopes that the exhibition will inspire women of all
ages. "I want women to share
their stories, or to go out and
create new ones." XI
The exhibition runs from Feb. 27
to March 27 at the Regent College
Lookout Gallery. International
Women's Day is on March 8.
Make a drunken fool of
Koerner's Pub is once again
hosting open mic nights on
Mondays. The first one begins
on March 3; sign up is from 7-8
p.m. on a first come first serve
basis. Performances run from 8
p.m. to 10 p.m.
That 70s House
In light of efforts to decrease
social isolation, a group of
Vancouverites have turned their
home in East Vancouver into a
portal to the 1970s. Entitled "Our
Generation: Open House and
Living Shrine to the 70s," visitors
to the 70s House can listen to
old rock LPs, drink coffee and
socialize with the residents of
the building and other visitors
without the interference of digital distraction. There's no TV, and
anyone who wants to use a cellphone device must go outside.
More details can be found on
For web-exclusive culture
articles and an array of other delights, visit ubyssey.
ca/culture. II Opinions
Just like hot yoga, but cooler!
America has lots of problems, and
Taco Bell's new breakfast menu
can't fix them all. In addition
to obesity, racism, stupidity,
morbidity and misplaced aggression, the 46 states making up the
union (for these purposes we're
excluding Montana, Hawaii,
Costa Rica, New Jersey and New
Mexico) also suffer from a bevy of
frivolous lawsuits.
Such lawsuits drive up the
price of healthcare and keep
the young people from going
hang-gliding under dangerous
conditions or like, skateboarding
in front of parliament. It turns out
UBC has no short share of these
lawsuits itself.
One in particular, the Kapelus
case, has drawn on for 23 years
as UBC and Kapelus have argued
over who pays what fees. Kapelus
originally sued the university
and won $50,000, but after losing
numerous subsequent appeals she
ended up owing them $150,000
in legal fees, plus extra as-yet-un
determined costs for her most
recent appeal. That really sucks.
Yoga may seem like one of
three things: a trendy West
Coast cliche that all the RHOV
are doing, a lazy way to get some
exercise into your schedule, or an
excuse to wear Lululemon stretch
pants. As our article shows, those
who get into yoga for the wrong
reasons can end up hurting themselves. As the Globe reports, the
heat in hot yoga merely delays the
pain response.
Like how dark roast coffee does
not equate to a higher dosage of
caffeine, just because it hurts and
you're sweating lots, doesn't mean
hot yoga is the healthiest for you.
UBC has applied to allow
liquor to be served at concerts at
Thunderbird stadium.
This would be great, obviously.
They already serve booze at sports
games, so not doing so for music
seems a little silly. Even the UNA,
who are famous for being annoyed
at the loudness and drunkenness
of UBC students, is onboard,
which is a good sign.
Hopefully Metro Vancouver
gets back to the university soon
with a big yes. More money for the
university and more fun for us.
Wins all around.
Ontario recently brought in
legislation mandating that fast-
food restaurants must display the
calorie values of all meals next to
their price. Although an argument could be made that fast-food
frequenters blatantly disregard
the calorie value of their meals to
begin with, we feel this is a step in
the right direction. The AMS could
easily incorporate similar rules
in the soon to be completed SUB,
whether in their own business, or
fast-food chains so we could all
know how terrible those shitty,
shitty subs are for you. XI
Here's a double bicycle. They are awesome! You know
what else is awesome? Sausages! Backyard in a hurry,
my master and my work with tenants Ubyssey down
dirty dog paws! It is a wonderful place, but they pee in
the backyard of a two-wheeled cart, too. Skeptics, say,
"But Wawa, can you not pee in a normal-sized bike?"
I do not have a strong ability to reason, so I cannot
answer. I know I want to pee, but it was by bicycle along
the backyard Chief Justice Pentland.'Cause I'm in the
area in exchange for vehicle combination, sausage or
some other type of Chinese food (no jokes please) will
be open to the exchange.
Wawa: you make it sound like us downstairs tenants pee
outside on the tandem bike. Let's make it clear: you are the
only one who does that (although I've never actually seen it
happen). It's a real bike, even if tandem bikes really aren't all
that they're hyped up to be.
Sure, if you're living in Saskatchewan then riding a
tandem can be scenic bliss. But when it comes to hills, you
might as well be trying to ride a tricycle.
The only reason that our office tandem is in your yard is
because it's way too damn hard to ride a tandem bike from
Oakridge to UBC. So Wawa, stick to the bushes, and no selling the bike for sausages; but yes, sausages are definitely
way more awesome. %
How to stay sober and
have kinky sex
Don't be a cheating scumbag.
Editor's note: Wawa is the dog ofthe landlord of two editors in The U byssey office.
Dear Konrad,
Recently I've chosen to abstain
from alcohol but have found it
difficult to tell people. How do I
decline alcohol at a party when
everyone else is drinking without
sounding uptight or judgmental?
Non-alcoholic anonymous
According to Statistics Canada,
71 per cent of Canadians aged
15-29 drink alcohol. Conversely,
29 per cent don't. For that reason,
before serving alcohol to someone for the first time, it is good to
ask, "Do you drink?" Whether or
not someone asks you that question, you have two options. If you
don't think you will be around
alcohol with the same person
again any time soon, you can
make up an excuse. Blame it on
those antibiotics you're taking,
or say you have something to do
later that will require you to be
sober. Once you tell your story,
quickly change the subject. The
second option is to be honest.
Just say "No thanks", or "Thank
you but I don't drink." If anyone
starts pressuring you, stay firm
without making concessions
or giving further explanations.
Giving into pressure will not
win their respect, standing your
ground will.
Dear Konrad,
I'm into some weird stuff in bed
and I'm not sure how long I have
to wait with each new sexual partner to let them know what I want.
Is there a good rule of thumb?
Sincerely, Kinky kuestioner
In any social situation, you
shouldn't reveal everything
about yourself right away. Knowing when to share sensitive information with people depends less
on time and a lot on the context.
As you have (thankfully) spared
us ofthe details, I will assume
that this activity is reasonably
safe, but something you wouldn't
want the world to know about.
For this reason, you must first
wait until you have established
trust with the person. By then
you should have an idea of what
they would be comfortable with.
Even if they refuse, at least it will
stay between the two of you.
Dear Konrad,
I cheated on my longtime boyfriend when I was home for winter
break and he doesn't know. I'm
pretty sure there's no way he
would ever find out and I don't
want to hurt his feelings or damage our relationship. Do I have to
tell him?
Sincerely, Unfaithful unsure
Like a long uphill climb, keeping
a secret gets harder with time.
You are right in assuming that
the revelation would damage
your relationship. According to
a survey by the Associated Press
and Cosmopolitan Magazine,
cheating is the second most common cause of break ups. Assuming it was your first time cheating, you should examine why you
did it. If you feel like you were
manipulated or acted on impulse,
learn to control your behaviour
in the future. On the other hand,
if you feel there is something
wrong with the relationship, talk
about those issues with your boyfriend. The decision to tell him
or not is a personal one. If you do
choose to admit to cheating, do
it in private, truthfully answer
any questions, and do not place
any blame on him during the
conversation. Most importantly,
avoid getting into this situation
again. XI
Konrad Philip is an etiquette writer
and creator of Not Awkward Any-
more.com, a popular manners
website for youth. He believes that
following proper etiquette makes
one feel confident and comfortable,
not conceited. Follow Konrad on
Twitter @notawkanymore. II Scene
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UBC made use ofthe February powder, and TheCalendar.ca hosted a good old-fashioned school-yard snowball fight down Main Mall. Between the Chemistry Building and Henry Angus Building, a battle of snow
waged on but it was all in good fun. Organizer Rob Morton was pleased with the turnout. "People were
well-behaved, soft snowballs, all smiles, good time. No one got aggressive. It was exactly how it should be."
You just got to give
everybody a reason to
come. You can't expect
them to manufacture it.
- Kevin Hamersley
I do [think UBC has spirit]. I think it has a lot but
sometimes it just goes
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Fri Mar 7 3:30-4:30pm    Korean Traditional Music in Film
A talk by Dr. Hee-sun Kim in partnership with the UBC School of Music
and the Centre for Korean Research. Royal Bank Cinema, Chan Centre.
Fri Mar 7  5:00-7:00pm   King and the Clown (2005) Film Screening
South Korea's 2006 Academy Award submission, this historical drama portrays
a Joseon dynasty king and a court clown. Royal Bank Cinema, Chan Centre.
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