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Array  21 Page 2110.27.2011
What's on
This week, may we suggest..
Blank Vinyl Project Launch: 8pm @ Lola's Bar
The BVP Launch Party is a fundraiser for student record label Blank
Vinyl Project. They'll be announcing their next featured artists. They'd like
it awfully if you joined them at Lola's and meet some of their next up-and-
coming musicians as well as the crew that will be running the place in the
background. (Full disclosure: this is partially Ben Chen's project and he
sells ads for us).
CVC Halloween Thrilla: 8:30 @
The CVC is doing a Halloween
thing. It's at a club downtown.
Tickets are $25 for non members,
guess if you don't want to have
a totally awesome night on campus (as detailed on pages 8-9)
maybe you could go to this?
29 sat
Football vs. Calgary: 2pm @
Thunderbird Stadium
The second place 'Birds take on
the first place Calgary Dinos. They
have to win this to get a home
playoff game. If they fail, they let
down the small town in Texas that
pins its hopes and dreams to their
CIS victory. Seriously, this is some
Friday Night Lights shit.
Ludovico Einaudi: 8pm at the
Chan Centre
Einaudi is an Italian composer
and pianist who absolutely tears it
up. I mean, look at this guy. Rock
star. Tickets start at $35.
Again, see page 8 and 9 for our
Halloween coverage. Seriously
it's the most fun you'll have on
campus since first week
For a full listing of campus halloween parties, see
pages 8-9
October 27,2011, Volume XCIII, Issue XV
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Spacciante: UBC's guide en America delSur
Kalyeena Makortoff
News Editor
Many teachers plan day-long field
trips to the local park or museum—
but imagine taking over 25 students on a six-week trip to South
America every year.
That's what Stephanie
Spacciante does, and she admits it
can be an all-encompassing job.
"You're their professor, you're
their nurse, you're their mom, and
sometimes they come to confession and they tell you everything,"
she said.
Spacciante is UBC's Summer
Study Abroad director for the department of French, Hispanic and
Italian studies' (FHIS) programs
in South America.
Throughout her early life,
Spacciante was exposed to French
and Portuguese, and grew up in
an Italian family, but her heart
strings were pulled bythe Spanish
language. Double majoring in
political science and Spanish,
Spacciante was swept off her feet
after a semester abroad in Mexico
in her undergrad and decided to
stay abroad after the program
finished. Her family was shocked
and worried, but she knew she had
done the right thing. Once she returned home to Washington State,
she began Spanish night courses
for adults at her community centre
and was an on-call translator for
the local courthouse.
She finally began teaching
at the post-secondary level for
abroad programs through South
Carolina's Clemson University,
and spent six months of everyyear
teaching students who chose to
study abroad in Chile. In 2005,
a placeof mind
Spacciante at the Quilotoa Volcano in Ecuador last summer.
after nine years at Clemson,
Spacciante came to UBC and began running FHIS's study abroad
program in countries like Ecuador,
Chile, Argentina and Cuba.
While Chile is her favourite
destination, her most unique
experiences came from visiting
communist Cuba in 2006. Students
weren't allowed to stay with host
families and the group had a chap-
erone for the entire trip. Despite
the lack of independent travel, they
were able to find their way to a
speech by Fidel Castro that ended
up lasting eight hours.
"We all had a front row seat...
right there right in front of Fidel
Castro, she said."
This year she'll be returning to
Chile for the fourth time in the
FHIS program.
When she's not abroad,
Spacciante is a Spanish lecturer
at UBC. She said that her life has
been enriched bythe experience,
but it's still a challengingtransi-
tion to make every year. And she
still gets culture shock.
"It is difficult; you have to leave
behind your family, your friends,
your activities. Your life here is
put on hold while you go to South
America," Spacciante said.
Spacciante has had students
marry locals, stay in the countries
they visited, and get caught in
natural disasters. "And many told
me they came back and they started
giving away their stuff because they
wanted to live with less," she said.
"They change their majors, they
make life-changing decisions and
they become global citizens." tH
REVISED DATES: Public Open House
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2-storey hall in Chancellor Place to be located slightly east of its current location. Staff
from St. Andrew's Hall, the design team and Campus + Community Planning will be
available to provide information and respond to inquiries about this project. The public
is also invited to attend the Development Permit Board Meeting for this project below.
Theology Mall
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Meeting \       Place
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East Mall
Public Open House
Wed. November 9, 2011
4:30 - 6:30 PM
St. Andrews Hall
The Centre, 6040 lona Dr.
Development Permit Board
Wed., November 23, 2011
5:00 PM
Tapestry - Classroom
3338 Wesbrook Mall
For directions: www.maps.ubc.ca
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Editors: Kalyeena Makortoff & Micki Cowan
10.27.20111 3
Premier Clark's plan on track with current UBC international initiatives
Dominic Lai
Staff Writer
Premier Christy Clark aims to increase international students in the
province by 50 per cent—but UBC's
current plans won't be affected.
Last month, Clark announced a
policy to boost provincial GDP and
create new jobs by increasingthe
number of international students
enrolled in BC by 47,000 students in
four years.
But accordingto Damara
Klaassen, associate director ofthe
UBC International Student Initiative
(ISI), the new plan will not change
the university's direction.
Klaassen stated that the ISI,
which is responsible for increasing international undergraduate
students, has been "active in [China
and India] but not just recently, and
certainly not just because of that
Accordingto the BC government,
each 10 per cent boost in international student enrollment creates an
additional $100 million in GDP, and
supports an additional 1800 new
jobs. The plan identifies China and
India as countries which the province will target aggressively.
"It definitely has been a focus for
awhile, along with other big funding regions like the United States.
Brazil is up and coming, but various
regions in Asia and Europe as well,"
said Klaassen.
UBC's target for international
undergraduates is to increase the
amount from 13 to 15 per cent of
total enrollment.
However, comments left on media
comment boards suggest there are
many concerns about whether domestic students will be impacted by
the provincial push.
This led UBC President Stephen
Toope to issue a letter in The
Vancouver Sun that addressed those
concerns. He wrote that no domestic students will be displaced or
negatively impacted bythe increase
in international students.
Shapoor Marfatia, an economist
at UBC, welcomed the news that
the university is already set to increase the number of international
students. "More students in Asia
are now looking at Canada as an
education and migration destination
after the recent developments in
Australia, the USA and the UK."
However, Marfatia remained
positive about the economic benefits
ofthe plan if it is implemented correctly. "If the plan works, we can
double the number of international
students in two to three years. From
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1 asks users to pay up
Will McDonald
Staff Writer
Those wishing to use the UBC
Aquatic Centre's outdoor pool this
winter are out of luck, unless they
belong to a student group that's willing to pay up.
On October 14, the outdoor
pool closed to the public, but the
Vancouver Pacific Swim Club
(VPSC) is keeping it open to student
groups during the school year, as
well as to the public during the
Accordingto the UBC Aquatic
Centre manager Lloyd Campbell,
UBC Athletics could no longer afford to run the outdoor pool due to
increased operating costs.
A remedy for the costs of heating
the outdoor pool was attempted in
October 2009, when the Aquatic
Centre installed a roof over the pool
at a cost of $200,000.
"It was getting expensive to
heat the outdoor pool...Long term,
[building the roof] will pay for itself," said Campbell in an interview
with The Ubyssey in September
Despite Campbell's thoughts at
the time, the outdoor pool cost is
still too high for the Aquatic Centre
to handle itself. The VPSC has since
taken financial responsibility for
the pool.
"The Athletics department was
really pleased to allow additional
usage via the seasonal outdoor pool
cover. However, due to the change
in metering and resultant increased
cost, it became untenable to run the
outdoor pool during the fall/winter
season," said Campbell.
"We are very pleased that one of
our partners [VPSC] has stepped up
to operate the facility so that user
News briefs
New ruling will let UBC stay
tight-lipped on Properties Trust
BC's privacy commissioner has
ruled that UBC is not obligated to
release information about UBC
Properties Trust. UBC Research
Enterprises and UBC Investment
Management Trust, overturning
a 2009 ruling which stated that
UBC exercised control over these
In his ruling, adjudicator Jay
Fedorak said. "The relationship between UBC and the three entities
does meet the common law test
for piercing the corporate veil."
The decision allows the three
groups to keep their records
The outdoor pool is only available to student groups-at a price
groups, including students' user
groups [like] UBC Water Polo, UBC
Masters and UBC Tri clubs, are able
to use the facility," said Campbell.
VPSC head coach Tyler Lewall
emphasized the importance of keeping the outdoor pool open for campus swim clubs and teams.
"The outdoor pool is the main
pool that we use for our members.
For us, it was either try to make this
work or shut our program down,"
said Lewall.
"VPSC is the one that's on the
hook for every penny that that pool
costs and then we sublet it out to the
other groups."
Whitecaps training centre
might be built at UBC
The Vancouver Sun reported that
the multi-million dollar Whitecaps
training centre will either be located on campus or near Burnaby
Lake. Whitecaps president Bob
Lenarduzzi refused to directly
comment, but said it was important for the Whitecaps to have
their own permanent training facility soon.
"It's a key part of our moving forward." said Lenarduzzi in an interview. "As much as the whole player
side is obviously very important,
we need a proper training facility
Ideally, we'll know where we're going by the end of the year."
Accordingto Lewall, the VPSC
will have to do a lot of fundraising in
order to keep the outdoor pool running year-round.
"It will be a challenge. A lot of
fundraising will need to go on...
It keeps it open to the public for 5
montns ayear and keeps it open to
the 600 or 700 university students
and area residents that use the pool
all year in their various different
clubs," said Lewall.
"We're goingto give her our best
shot and hopefully it works out and
we can keep this going for the next
number of years," he said.
James Baylis, president ofthe
Beaty museum names
Ecuadorian spider after
popular Dr Seuss character
An Ecuadorian spider discovered
by a UBC researcher now bears the
name of a Dr Seuss character.
Wayne Maddison of UBC's Beaty
Biodiversity Museum discovered
the five millimetre-long adult male
jumping spider in 2010. The museum decided to celebrate its first
anniversary by running a contest to
name the spider.
The museum says it received
810 entries, and Tristan Long of
Waterloo. Ontario submitted the
wining name: "Lorax." after the titular creature in Dr Seuss's The Lorax.
UBC Water Polo Club, said his club
pays $90 an hour to use the outdoor
pool for five and a half hours a week,
and not much has changed since the
VPSC took over the outdoor pool.
"Everything's mostly the same.
The difference beingwe pay the
money to VPSC and we are issued
invoices monthly, rather than
"Everything's great actually. We
love the outdoor pool," said Baylis.
Accordingto Campbell, the
outdoor pool is traditionally closed
from September to May. It will reopen to the public for the summer
on May 15.13
Journalism students at UBC
win award
UBC journalism students Lisa Hale
and Calyn Shaw won two of the six
2011 Jack Webster Student Journalism
Awards, which recognize students
who have demonstrated dedication
to journalism. Each winner receives
$2000 towards their tuition.
Other winners were Emma
Crawford from Langara College,
Kimiya Shokoohi from Kwantlen
Polytechnic University. Carmen Weld
from the British Columbia Institute
of Technology and Jason Perry from
Thompson Rivers University.
The Jack Webster Foundation was
established in 1986 to encourage excellence in BC journalism. 13
cameras to be
installed in SUB
Spencer Toffoli
Security will be ramped up with
new video cameras in the SUB.
While the SUB already has
security cameras outside at main
entrances, after recent thefts in the
AMS executive offices, indoor security cameras will be making their
Two cameras will be placed near
the AMS executive offices and the
third would be in the Sexual Assault
Support Centre (SASC).
The cost of three new cameras,
recording equipment and installation is estimated at $4000-$5000.
Business and Finance
Commission chair Anne Kessler
said the thefts were mainly in
the Student Administration
Commission office, which is difficult to monitor because many different people have access to it.
The camera in the SASC waiting
area was requested by the staff, who
said there were times when they felt
vulnerable and unsafe.
AMS President Jeremy McElroy
feels that the cameras in the executive offices could keep employees
safe as well.
"[The] exec offices have dark
winding hallways, out of public
view...and so we want to make sure
that we are protecting the personal
safety of our employees."
The cameras would only be
monitored after reported incidents
in order to help identify suspects.
Both Kessler and McElroy emphasized that student privacy will
not be compromised.
"If anyone is worried about protection of privacy, we have a very
strict policy," said McElroy. "[The
cameras] operate in the background
and we use them as reference only."
Only three people in the AMS
executive would nave access to the
cameras. "If something occurs, we'll
be watching it; otherwise, it's not
for public viewing," said Kessler. 13 41 News I io.27.2oii
Speaker series to address animal research
Professors and legal advocates to discuss the use of animals in academia
R J Reid
Startingthis week, UBC will be
able to hear the academic arguments on animal research.
The speaker series, called
"Bringing the Collective Together:
Non-human Animals, Animals, and
Practice at the University," is meant
to open discussion around the
debated topic of animal research,
which has led to public protests at
Our first motivation
was the fact that there
was no forum at UBC for
Laura Janara
UBC professor
The series will consist of panel
discussions featuring professors
from UBC, UVic and Wildfred
Laurier University, as well as legal
advocates from Vancouver.
"Our first motivation was the
fact that there was no forum at
UBC for discussion; there was no
place, no context that people could
come together and really carefully
talk about this," said Laura Janara,
a political science professor at
UBC and the coordinator ofthe
A group of students have worked
with Janara to organize the series
after being inspired by one of
Laura Janara's political science seminar on political theory and non-human life helped inspire the speaker series
Janara's classes on political theory
and non-human life.
"We were thinking a lot about
what that means for the fact that
we are on this campus with non-
human life," said Janara. "Who are
these non-humans who are on this
campus with us and what is going
on with them? How are they regulated? How are they governed? And
we didn't know."
Elisabeth Ormandy is a PhD
student in UBC's animal welfare
program in the Faculty of Land and
Food Systems. In March, she will
be speaking about how lab animals
are governed differently across
"I am a real advocate for more
openness in animal research,"
said Ormandy. "A public event like
this starts to ask people what they
want. Do people want more openness or is it just one group?"
"It begins to open up a dialogue,"
said Brian Vincent, director ofthe
protest group STOP UBC Animal
Research. "It provides a slight bit
of transparency by giving people
an opportunity to talk about these
issues openly.
"I'll give UBC a lot of credit that
they're permitting their faculty to
engage in a dialogue about animal
research. I think that's a first
Janara herself thinks that while
the university has not yet made an
effort to deeply reflect on animal
research, there has always been the
potential to do so.
"We believe in UBC. We believe
UBC could be a leader actually in
demonstrating alternative or new
ways to deliberate thoughtfully
about what is the right thing to
The first panel discussion will
takeplace on Thursday, October
27 at 4:30pm in the Green College
Coach House.
Five more panels run until
March 29, 2012 and the schedule
can be found at www.greencol-
lege.csl. Admission is free. 13
By the numbers
biSUb Number of
people who "like" STOP UBC
Animal Research's facebook
Number of
people who have signed an
online petition against UBC's
animal research at STOP'S
Number of months
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"The orders concerned a line of stuffed animals called GiantMicrobes."
What does the law
say about unfair
From Section 79 of the
Competition Act.
(a) one or more persons substantially or
completely control,
throughout Canada or
any area thereof, a class
or species of business,
(b) that person or those
persons have engaged
in or are engaging
in a practice of anticompetitive acts, and
(c) the practice has had,
is having or is likely to
have the effect of preventing or lessening
competition substantially in a market,
the Tribunal may make
an order prohibiting all
or any of those persons
from engaging in that
How does the
bookstore stack
up to the AMS
Approximate annual revenues
of the UBC Bookstore and the
AMS Outpost
$32 million
had been writing to Stortz.
"As soon as I saw it, I directly reached out
to Jeremy and we had a conversation about it,"
Harvie said. "But by that point, we had actually
addressed it and I apologized because I was horrified when I saw that. Because it's certainly not
something I was aware of at the time."
McElroy said that he and Harvie never spoke
personally about the problem. "I sent the emails
to Debbie, and she said, 'We'll look into it,' and
that was the last we heard."
Harvie said that to her knowledge, there was
no other occasion when the Bookstore has cut
off a vendor for selling to the Outpost.
"There had better not be, quite honestly. That
is not our policy, that's not somethingthat I
support nor is it somethingthat Jennie [Orpen],
our merchandise manager, supports. I think this
was just part of a very unfortunate exchange
between Melanie [Dodig] and this particular
But documents show that Jennie Orpen was
copied on the April 30, 2009 email from Dodig
to Stortz that canceled the order.
Nobody who has been involved in selling to
the Bookstore was aware of other examples of
a vendor's orders being canceled because they
supplied to the Outpost. However, multiple
sources who have dealt with Dodig made it
clear that a climate had been established where
any vendor who sold similar products to the
Outpost was in danger of losingtheir Bookstore
An email exchange given to The Ubyssey by
a different sales representative—again, given
only on the condition of anonymity—shows what
happened when a vendor who has an account
witn the Bookstore was asked about selling to
the Outpost.
"Has [Dodig] been given an exclusive on campus?" asked the sales representative. "Because
she is very adamant about this, apparently."
"Knowing [Dodig], it will not be a favourable
response," the vendor replied. "She is currently
a very good account that buys a lot...she is also a
very vocal person at the [trade] shows." The vendor declined the Outpost account because they
didn't want "to get her back up."
When told about this, Harvie said she wished
such vendors "would come talk to me, rather than
make insinuations about Melanie or anyone else
on staff."
One option for the AMS when these problems arose was to make a complaint to the
Canadian Competition Bureau.
Greg Scott, a senior communications adviser
with the Bureau, stressed that a full investigation
would have to be done before any conclusions
could be made about whether the Bookstore's
actions violated the Competition Act. But if
the AMS were to make a complaint, he said
they would likely try to invoke the Abuse of
Dominance Provisions.
"There are a number of very specific criteria
that would need to be established before we could
consider looking at something under the Abuse of
Dominance Provisions," Scott explained.
It would need to be shown that a company
"substantially or completely controls a market or
specific area of business." That company must
then be shown to be engaging in anti-competitive
behaviour. The practice has to have, or be likely
to have, "the effect of preventing or lessening
competition substantially in a market."
Determining whether the Bookstore has dominance in the market would depend on many factors, including the number of stores that sell the
same product in the surrounding area.
But there is no doubt that the Bookstore wields
wvastly larger buying power than the Outpost.
Although the AMS does not reveal financial
information about its individual businesses,
McElroy said that yearly revenues for the Outpost
are around $250,000. In the 2009-10 school
year, the Bookstore reported revenue of over $32
If the Bookstore is found to have violated the
Abuse of Dominance Provisions, the possible
repercussions range from simply ending the practice to fines and reparation payments.
Ultimately, Scott said, it would come down to
whether it was seriously affecting student choice.
"If the products are widely available on campus
or anywhere off campus, in the city, then that's
not really limiting student choice."
Scott added one more question that they
would look at: "What's the effect on price?
What's goingto drive the price up dramatically,
because it's only available in one place?"
If Harvie's understanding of the situation is
correct, then the emails from Dodig do not
show a systemic practice by Bookstore buyers, but instead one case that had gotten out of
There are still GiantMicrobes being sold in
the UBC Bookstore, even though Stortz is the
only distributor licenced to supply them in
Canada. The Bookstore is being supplied by an
American distributor that Harvie said they've
had a "long relationship with," and gives them a
good deal.
Until this month, there was a sign in the
Outpost noting that GiantMicrobes were $2
cheaper at the Outpost than "elsewhere on campus." At the Bookstore, one can see that the price
tag for GiantMicrobes used to be $11.95, but has
now been stickered over at $9.95—the same price
as the Outpost.
Linda Stortz, the co-owner of Stortz &
Associates Inc., said that having a buyer try to
tell her who she is not allowed to sell to "happens
more than you might think." Stortz herself has a
student union background, and said that it was
a "matter of principle" to refuse the Bookstore's
request to stop selling to the Outpost.
Buyers have no specific authority to tell
vendors what to do, but depending on the size
of their account, they do have a lot of power.
"As far as we're concerned, we've got to look at
where we're goingto make the most money,"
said a sales representative. "It's not discrimination against tlie AMS or anything else, but it is a
fine line we walk between the suppliers and the
Harvie noted that the game can be played
both ways; she can cite cases of vendors trying
to play buyers off of each other to get a higher
price for their products. "Many of these vendors
are not honest, and many reps are working on
commission and they'll do whatever they can do
to get a sale."
Yet Harvie is very clear that the Bookstore
management does not allow its buyers to intimidate vendors into not selling to the student
union. "The Outpost is a student venture and
we're not out to in any way damage the way that
they can do their business.
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Outpost » io.27.2on I Culture 19
Gender bending on
All-Hallows Eve
Haunting events that are more
about scares than the sauce
Scott MacDonald
Staff Writer
Halloween has always been associated with
terrifying creatures, spooky apparitions and
general evil. But among university students,
Halloween is also associated with heightened sexualization.
Costumes such as (sexy) nurse, (sexy)
schoolgirl and (sexy) French maid all
springto mind when one thinks of
"A lot [of my friends] are doing things like
cats or sexy 'insert word here,'" said third-
year student Annalise Zwack.
"People take advantage of [Halloween] by
breakingthe social norms, cross-dressing
or dressing in a provocative way, which any
other day they would feel less comfortable
doing," she added. It has become generally
accepted that costumes for this occasion
must either be funny, risque or some combination thereof.
Philosophy professor Scott Anderson said
that October 31 is a day when people are
simply experimenting with the boundaries of sexuality and gender in an entirely
normal way.
"Halloween gives some people a chance
to exhibit sexual personae that they would
be afraid to be associated with the rest ofthe
year," he said. Social conventions are flipped
on their heads and people take the opportunity to step out of tneir comfort zones and
try new things they've been curious about.
In today's world, Halloween carries heavy
connotations of drunkenness, property destruction and scantily clad women.
While this is true in some cases, Halloween
is mainly a time of discovery rather than debauchery and is often misunderstood.
"One can 'disown' one's dress and one's
behaviour, and their implications, when
everyone knows you are supposed to be
making a joke or acting out of character,"
said Anderson.
With tensions—and social convention-
surrounding gender and sexuality becoming
less strict in recent years, people are embracing the greater opportunity to step outside
their comfort zones in terms of appearance. It's a change that Anderson lieartily
"People are in need of outlets to let go of
being upstanding citizens all the time," he
said. 'JH
Sebastian Yoh Chern
As a kid, Halloween meant dressing up
in outrageous or frightening costumes
and getting free candy from strangers. But as each year passes, Halloween
becomes less about trick-or-treating and
more about blatant displays of sexuality and alcohol abuse. However, for those
who aren't too keen on drunken fetishized
club nights, there are many events around
Vancouver that celebrate the simplicity of
Fright Night at the PNE, open from
October 14-31, is the most popular
Halloween event in Vancouver. There are
five haunted houses, ranging from the classic mansion to the unsettling clown house.
Ifyou prefer thrills to androgynous circus
freaks, 11 PNE rides are included with admission. There are also nightly fire shows
by the Kinshira Performance Group. Ticket
prices are around $30.
There's also the infamous Dunbar
Haunted House. What began as one man
in a mask attempting to scare five trick-or-
treaters has become a terrific celebration of
fear that takes 7 months and 100 volunteers to prepare, assemble and operate.
Due to its overwhelming rise in popularity,
the Haunted House has moved to a 6000
square foot warehouse in Shaughnessy. The
entrance fee is $10 for general admission
and $5 for children, with the exception of
weekdays, which are $5 for all ages. All
proceeds go to charity. Last year's display managed to raise $67,000. This year's
theme, 'Barbaric British Columbia,' combines "elements and characters from traditional horror genres with iconic aspects of
BC culture and industry."
For those that crave a more involved
Halloween event, there's the Parade of
Lost Souls Festival. Produced by Public
Dreams and the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret,
it's a two-week festival of workshops that
culminates with the Secret Souls Walk.
The workshops cover everything from
the choreography of Michael Jackson's
"Thriller" to puppet making. Although it's
too late to participate in the workshops,
you can still romp through a transformed
East Vancouver at The Secret Souls Walk,
which takes place on October 29 from
5pm-9pm. The exact route is yet to be
So get out there, get scared and rekindle
your Halloween spirit! 13
For more information on these events,
www.publicdreams.org/2011/ Opinion »
B Editor- Rrian Piatt
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The Last Word
Parting shots and snap judgments on Halloween issues
As you enjoy your chocolate
bars, think of the children
This most holy of holidays reminds
us of so much. Candy. Chocolate.
Raisins. Pumpkins. And, of course,
child labour.
You heard us. Last week, Forbes
magazine published an article entitled "Is Your Halloween Candy the
Product of Child Labor?" According
to a report from the International
Institute of Tropical Agriculture,
284,000 young Africans are illegally
working on cocoa farms, which are
responsible for the millions of tiny
chocolate bars which will be consumed next week.
Sorry to be a buzzkill, but that's
the truth. What you do with that
information is up to you.
In the 1990s, there were plenty of
campaigns against Nike and other
Fortune 500 companies that exploited workers in Third World countries. Free the Children was started
by 13-year-old Craig Kielburger as
part ofthe global revolt against the
conditions millions of children were
forced to live in.
And then, like most protest movements against big corporations, a
few corporations caved, victory was
declared and the vast majority of
people went back to blissfully not
caring where the cheap thing that
they bought was made.
The best way to address this
problem can be debated, but just
remember: the status quo stays the
status quo for a reason.
Trick or treat!
Come on, bartenders
Halloween clearly falls under the
category of "party holiday." That is,
the fundamental point ofthe event
for the majority of us is to celebrate
for celebration's sake.
These events usually involve
drinking, especially ifyou are of a
certain age. And, over the years, the
need to drink on festive occasions
has manifested itself with a variety
of themed beverages: champagne
on New Year's Eve, eggnog during Christmas, green beer on St
Patrick's Day and so on.
But what is there for Halloween?
Our point exactly. A cursory glance
at the liquor store last year found
few options, save for Caramilk
cream coolers. And while we agree
with the fine folks at Cadbury that
chocolate and liquor should be combined, pre-packaged cream coolers
are not the answer.
We can only hope some enterprising young student will come up
with the candy concoction that will
treat our stomachs and livers for
many Halloweens to come.
Get over your self-awareness,
at least for one day
We know how you feel. You spent
a lot of time on your costume,
and you want to show it off. But
you're in university now...wouldn't
it be too immature to wear your
"Where's Waldo" costume to class
on Monday?
The answer is no. While there
may be a few stick-in-the-mud
types who will stare awkwardly,
mostpeople enjoy checking out the
various costumes that people wear
to class. It's one ofthe few days of
the year where you can get away
with playing dress-up at school and
looking completely ridiculous. Take
advantage of it!
Plus, sitting next to Link from
Zelda in your morning economics
class is a great way to beat the mundane Monday blues.
The fun police strike again, to
nobody's suprise
One ofthe great Halloween traditions on campus is doing a "beer
garden crawl" around the various parties thrown by student
groups. One ofthe most fun stops
is the mechanical bull at the AgSci
bash. Another is the Halloween
Ball put on by the Engineering
Undergraduate Society (EUS).
But this year, the Halloween Ball
is being held in the Pit, as opposed
to a big outdoor party as they've
had before. It will probably still be
a great time, but we can't help but
be disappointed.
Why has the EUS moved the
event indoors to a bar? Because
the RCMP refused to give them
a liquor licence to hold it on their
own, saying that the liquor licence
quota is already full for that evening. What that really means is
that the police feel they don't have
enough officers to handle all the
events on campus.
We've said it before, and we'll
say it again: the students on this
campus would be much better
served by a properly staffed city
or provincial police force, rather
than the chronically under-staffed
RCMP detachment we have now.
More cops means more parties—
and more fun for us all.
Philanthropy should be a
prominent Halloween tradition
Remember those awesome little
boxes you used to carry around as
a kid while trick-or-treating? Well,
okay, maybe the boxes themselves
were pretty dorky-looking, but
the millions of dollars they sent
to UNICEF were pretty damn
But this tradition of giving to
charity on Halloween seems to
be much less common now, and
at the very least, hasn't caught on
with Halloween parties in the way
it could have. It would be great if
student organizations who throw
parties on campus built in a strong
philanthropic element, whether
it's a portion of liquor sales, a door
prize or something else completely.
Considering what we've just told
you about child labour and its connection to all those delicious little
chocolate bars, this is one way that
we could give back.
Pillow cases are clearly the way
to go
When collecting your goodies on
Halloween, there are many options to consider for carrying them
around. We recommend a pillow
case—and, if possible, a double pillow case for added strength.
Pillowcases are environmentally
friendly, inexpensive, durable and
soft on the hands. They also come in
many fine colours and patterns.
So when you're looking for that
perfect carrying receptacle for
your candy needs this Halloween,
go with the one that won't let you
down. Pillow cases! 13
We shouldn't pay twice
for UBC's research
» Gordana Panic and
UBC's A Place of Mind campaign
reminds us that we should be proud
of our faculty, who perform groundbreaking research and publish in the
world's most prestigious journals
from here.
Now, you might think that we
would want to disseminate the quality science that we publish/rom here
to everywhere. Unfortunately, this
hasn't been the case at UBC and
many other universities.
Canadian Institutes of Health
Research (CIHR) and the Social
Sciences and Humanities Research
Council (SSHRC)-both publicly-
funded agencies—provide grants to
researchers who then publish their
findings. Here's the catch: the traditional publishing model involves relinquishing copyright. Researchers'
work is disseminated in journals that
subsequently charge for access to
those articles.
As a society, we are paying for science, and then we're payingto read
about it.
And make no mistake: access to
science is expensive. At UBC, we're
lucky enough to have access to many
ofthe articles needed for learning
and research. University libraries
spend millions on journal subscriptions; we pay $9 million per year for
access to 65,000 journals.
Costs are passed on to students
through tuition fees, and when
libraries can't keep up with exorbitant journal prices, they simply can't
Outside of universities, access
becomes even more scarce: journalists, policy-makers, physicians and
people in developing countries have
difficulty accessingthe scientific
articles because they cost about $30
As a result, many people have
adopted what they hope will
become a new norm: Open Access
Open Access (OA) articles are online, free of charge, and free of most
copyright and licensing restrictions.
OA articles are edited and peer-reviewed the same way as traditional
journal articles. OA aims to take the
burden ofthe cost off the reader so
that scholarly works can be more
widely disseminated.
OA research can be published
in more than 7000 OA journals, or
in a non-OA journal ofyour choice
with a request to retain the right to
deposit that article in an "open access repository." About 90 per cent of
non-OA journals now support some
form of self-archiving in these online
OA is slowly catching on.
Funding agencies such as CIHR
and SSHRC require that published
research funded by them be made
openly accessible to the public
within 6-12 months of acceptance.
Many universities such as Stanford,
MIT, and the University of Ottawa
have adopted OA policies for their
researchers as well.
At UBC, the AMS and Graduate
Student Society have signed statements in support of UBC adopting an
OA policy. As students, our next step
is to convince the university to adopt
a campus-wide OA mandate.
With October 24-30 being
International Open Access Week, we
hope we've made the case for why it's
so important.
As students, we stand to gain a
lot from OA. Our professors need to
have access to cutting-edge research
for our education to be up to date,
especially in upper undergraduate and graduate-level courses.
For students who publish, studies
show that OA results in increased
viewership and citations.
We are a Place of Mind, but we're
not an ivory tower. Let us continue
to do groundbreaking research/rom
here, but let's remember that it's
rather useless if it's not being read
about out there. 13
The joy of pumpkins
My apartment is filled with pumpkins pretty much all year. I have
pumpkin candles, pumpkin pictures,
pumpkin salt and pepper shakers,
pumpkin everything. Admittedly, it's
a little excessive. Some people
collect stamps or baseball cards. I
collect pumpkins.
One day I was at a pumpkin patch
in Kelowna with my friend Kelsey.
We were both new to the city and
lived in a dormbuildingwitrt people
we really didn't understand. We
missed our families a lot, which was
probably why we ended up sardined
between screaming children on a
hayride around a farm.
We bought a $12 pumpkin and
cooked it in the oven in our building's
common room. We baked a couple of
pies and whenever someone passed
by, they sighed and inevitably said
something like, "It smells like home
in here."
That's why I like pumpkins so
The simplest way to say it is that
they make me happy. There's something comforting and familiar about
them. They remind me a bit of my
dad—all round and fat and orange.
Pumpkins remind me of autumn on
the East Coast and carvingjack-o-
lanterns and all kinds of other things
that make me feel warm and fuzzy
on the inside.
Pumpkins were the only thing I
could get to grow in my vegetable
garden when I was a kid. They're
highly underrated foodstuffs and
most parts ofthe plant are edible.
Beyond pumpkin pie, the pulp can
be used for soups and curries or
mixed with butter and garlic and
eaten like mashed potatoes. The
flowers and leaves can be battered
and fried. And the closest thing we
have to an official Halloween drink
is pumpkin ale.
I've never been one for the fall-on-
your-face-drunk kind of Halloween
parties. In my mind, that defeats the
purpose ofthe day. It's the one day a
year we're practically mandated to
feel like kids. And how did you celebrate Halloween as a kid? Probably
by carvingajack-o-lantern and eat-
ingso much candy you didn't sleep
for a week. 13 Scene»
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The science of living in the moment
Struggling with term papers? Don't worry: that's just your brain growing
Wading through my literature
degree, especially in the late
November season, I'd often knock
my teeth against creativity. I would
bark and froth at Mary Tighe and
sweep my ego under a rug of apathy. As with any discipline (and it
did take me a few years to figure
this out), practice actually does
make a difference.
As you reinforce skill patterns,
the nervous pathways form new
synapses and help your dendrites
(the extensions ofyour nerve cells)
grow longer and thicker. Repeated
patterns of movement or thought
(think throwing 100 Frisbees or
using the same equation 20 times)
increases the diameter ofthe dendrites, which means they can interconnect with more neurons and
participate in multiple networks,
as well as allow nervous impulses
to travel faster.
Behaviourally, this could indicate an increase in the overlap of
your neurons in certain areas of
skill, like understanding sets of
movement. It could also signify an
increased ability to connect ideas
across wide spectrums, because
practicing the ability to integrate
information assists in making
those flashes of insight occur more
readily. This type of cognitive
exercise is often the point of being
in university: to think and produce
Connected to the idea that practice assists in cerebral brilliance
is the idea of mindfulness, which
has been defined as "monitoring
of moment-by-moment cognition,
emotion, perception and sensation
without fixation on thoughts of
past and future."
If you can find a way through
kinesthetic exploration or meditation—whatever fits your profile-
to develop your ability to live in
the present moment, you will tap
into allostasis, or the persistent
reaction to external or internal
Through constant awareness
and adaptation to new situations
there is a constant integration of
information, which can further
encourage your creativity. From an
evolutionary perspective, mindfulness is a brilliant "systemic
With practice, patterns will emerge that allow
variability," or perpetual adaptation to your environment. I'm
pretty sure successfully attacking
a herd of caribou or slaying a mam
moth requires a lot of attention to
the present moment.
In sum, practice makes patterns, patterns create insight,
your brain to regonize the present moment
recognizing the present moment
offers a constant influx of information, which helps with adapting
to your environment (i.e. writing
papers) and creating new ideas.
The ability to constantly adapt
correlates with the practice of absorbing information in a conscious
and adapt accordingly
way, which helps you develop connections between broad spectrums
of ideas and concepts. And all of
this will assist you in blooming
into a student genius, grasping
at tendrils of cerebral brilliance
and weaving them into original
thoughts. 13
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