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What's on
The Brains of Whales: 8 p.m. @ Green College
Ever wondered why the brains of whales and dolphins are so huge and
complex? Why do humans have large and complex brains while some
animals have brains the size of walnuts? Wonder no more: speaker Kieran
Fox will answer these questions by drawing from his research in paleontology, neuroscience and anthropology. Free.
Election results: 8 p.m. @ the
Gallery Lounge
Our neighbours to the south
are electing a new president on
Tuesday. Be part of the action by
watching the live election results
on the big screen. The best part?
Regardless of who wins, the
Gallery will keepserving crispy
UBC Meditation Community:
5:30 p.m. @ SUB Room 211
Ever been distracted while
studying for midterms or writing
your paper? The UBC Meditation
Community offers meditation
classes for people from all levels
of experience. Free.
Earthquake Preparedness: 7
p.m. @ St. James Community
Remember the earthquake that
shook the coast of B.C. last
week? Author Jerry Thompson
will be hosting a discussion on
how an organized community
can respond to such an event,
preserve property, save lives and
assist emergency responders.
UBC Symphony Orchestra: 8
p.m. @ the Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts
Don't want to spend Friday night
partying? Treat yourself to a
relaxing evening with the UBC
Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra will be performing six pieces
underthe direction of conductor
Jonathan Girard. Free.
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Wednesday 7-Sunday 11
Moonrise Kingdon: 6 p.m.
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Crazy for
Maitrayee Dhaka
David Danos has always been a
die-hard Harry Potter fan. Now a
second-year Arts student, Danos
heard about the UBC Quidditch
team even before he stepped
on campus.
When he first joined the team,
Danos tried his hand as a chaser,
which is an offensive position. But
after a number of failed attempts
at scoring goals, he found his
Quidditch calling in defensive
play; he became a beater, throwing
bludgers at chasers to prevent them
from scoring.
"It's a heck of a lot easier throwing a ball at somebody instead of
through a hoop," he said.
when Danos joined the team,
he had reservations about its level
of ability.
"I watched some videos of the
east coast American university
teams. UBC had a team... ish. We
were just a bunch of dorks who
were running around with brooms
between our legs," he joked.
But after a strong performance
against the UVic team, Danos's
hopes were lifted. Last summer,
after he heard about the Quidditch
Olympic Expo held in Oxford, England, Danos seized the opportunity
to take the sport to the next level.
"We didn't really have a team
for Canada. I started helping out
by getting in touch with people to
get a Canadian Quidditch alliance
together. They were strapped for
When Danos described his
international aspirations at a family
reunion, his family agreed to pitch
in for his trip to Oxford.
"I signed up at the last minute.
I can't thank them enough. It was
mind-blowing," he said.
Danos ended up playing as a
beater at the tournament. Though
the Canadian team hadn't even met
one another until the day before
the tournament, let alone practiced
together, the team won against
Australia and the U.K. in their first
two matches.
The team then faced France in
the semi-finals.
"We were very evenly matched
with the French team, and we got
along very well with them since
the entire Canadian team was
bilingual. We were the translators
between them and the referees,"
Danos said with a laugh.
"We were all singing the anthems and especially the U.K. and
French ones."
Canada won against France,
but had to play three more back-
to-back 45-minute games, where
a combination of injuries and
exhaustion got the better of them.
The team placed fourth, but Danos
was all smiles.
"After the day-long tournament,
we ended up meeting the lord mayor of Oxford. I played Quidditch
with the actor who portrayed the
young Lily Evans [Harry Potter's
mother] in the last Harry Potter
movie, a year after I met her at the
movie's premiere. It was pretty
And since the Olympic Expo,
Danos has set ambitious goals for
the UBC Quidditch team back
home. "We've being trying to
make it varsity... We're playing in
regionals and playing in a tournament next weekend in Bellingham.
Hopefully, we'll make it to [the]
Olympic Expo someday." Xi
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Public Open House
UBC Bookstore Expansion
You are invited to attend an open house on Wednesday, November 14 to view and comment on the
development proposal for the UBC Bookstore Expansion.
dnesday, November 14, 2012
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bookstore with new retail space, a larger
cafe and a new area for spaces that
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A UBC alumna has been charged with two counts of fraud for allegedly buying other people's U-Passes and seling them for a profit.
Transit police arrest alum for selling U-Passes
Former student accused of buying and reselling passes on Craigslist
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
A former UBC student has been
charged with fraud in connection
with allegedly buying U-Passes
issued to other people and reselling them on Craigslist, according
to Vancouver transit police.
The UBC alumna, 25-year-old
Betty Sze Yu Wong, has been
charged with two counts of fraud
and is set to appear in court in
Vancouver on Dec. 14.
According to Staff Sgt. Ken
Schinkel, transit police have been
monitoring online avenues where
people try to resell U-Passes for
some time.
"It's one of the many things that
we try to monitor, in regards to
revenue strategy for TransLink,"
said Schinkel.
"Be aware that if you're selling
a U-Pass, there's potential for
criminal consequences should you
be caught doing it."
Schinkel said the transit police
crime reduction unit has made a
number of arrests over the past
two years relating to various types
of transit pass fraud. "Over and
above the U-Passes, there's ministry passes, and there's monthly
passes, and there's people manufacturing fraudulent passes, so all
of that stuff gets looked at," he said.
UBC's acting director of transportation planning, Margaret
Eckenfelder, said there was a
suspicious spike in students asking
for replacement U-Passes at the
beginning of this summer, when
the one-month passes first came
into play.
Students taking one- or two-
month summer courses were only
issued passes in the months when
they had classes.
In response, UBC limited the
number of replacement passes
issued and told students they need
to fill out a Campus Security form
before replacing a lost pass. The
new measures proved successful,
accordingto Eckenfelder; passes
are now being replaced less often
than they were in the summer,
even though roughly twice as
many students are at UBC during
the fall.
Eckenfelder said UBC takes
U-Pass fraud very seriously, and
she's glad transit police do as well.
"If I were a student and I actually saw criminal charges being
laid against someone for something that I thought was not a big
deal, I would think twice about
doing it," she said.
She also warned students that
widespread U-Pass fraud could
have the potential to endanger the
U-Pass program.
"If it proved that a lot of passes
were being misused and abused,
[TransLink] might consider either
cancelling the program — unlikely
— or making the program a whole
lot more complicated to administer."
AMS VP External Kyle Warwick, who's currently involved in
negotiating an extension of the
U-Pass contract from the student
side, agreed that U-Pass fraud by
UBC students can hurt negotiations to keep the pass available.
"Because the amount of money
that's lost because of this activity,...
it's quite significant in terms of
potentially affecting the program
in a large way," he said.
But like Eckenfelder, Warwick
stressed that the overall level
of pass fraud at UBC is down
since this summer. He said he
hopes that further enforcement
from transit police will keep this
trend going.
Schinkel said that the investigation connected with Wong's arrest
continues, and further charges may
be pending for other individuals
involved. Xi
TA union heads back into
Security union gets a deal
Will McDonald
News Editor
The TA union is going back to
bargaining with UBC, but they say
strikes will continue until they get
a deal.
The first day of talks is scheduled
for Nov. 6. Vince Ready, the third-
party mediator who brokered a
deal between the CUPE 116 support
worker union and UBC over the
course of one weekend, will return
to mediate this discussion.
"We are optimistic," said Trish
Everett, president of the TA union,
CUPE 2278.
"Vince Ready is a well-known
and well-respected mediator, and
he had great success getting a deal
for [CUPE] 116 and so we're hoping
we can do the same."
UBC is also eager to get back to
the table, accordingto university
spokesperson Lucie McNeill.
In the meantime, the TAs will
keep striking.
For three hours last Thursday
afternoon, the union picketed all
entrances to the H.R. Macmillan
Building, which houses the Faculty
of Land and Food Systems.
Everett said roughly 10 to 15 TAs
working inside the building walked
off the job, and estimated that 60 to
100 TAs from around campus took
part in the strike.
The TA union also picketed the
Irving K. Barber Learning Cen
tre for over two hours on Friday
morning. Everett said around 100
students opted not to cross the
picket line and waited outside
the building.
So far, students have been
supportive of the TAs, accordingto
Everett. "[Picket lines are] also an
educational experience.... This has
been a good learning opportunity
for [undergrads] and for us," said
McNeill said the strikes continue to have little impact on the
functioning of the university.
She said that if any students who
choose not to cross a picket line
need to make up class work, the
matter will be dealt with by their
respective faculties.
"Some [students] may get aggravated at the inconvenience," said
McNeill. "It's important to really
stay cool, calm and collected in the
midst of all this and to keep in mind
that this dispute will end."
Everett said that TAs will continue to escalate job action until
they reach an agreement with the
"Nothing is off the table at this
point. We need to continue exerting
pressure on the employer until we
secure a fair collective agreement
that's worth signing," said Everett.
"Depending on how things go Tuesday, we'll proceed accordingly. Xi
—With files from Laura Rodgers
Will McDonald
News Editor
The unionized security workers in
the SUB have reached their first
tentative deal with UBC's student
society, the AMS. The tentative
four-year deal includes wage increases and increased job security.
AMS security workers, represented by the COPE 378 union,
haven't had a collective agreement
since they voted to unionize in
If the agreement is ratified, security guards would see first-year
wage increases ranging from 8.7
to 22 per cent, accordingto COPE
378 chief negotiator Brad Bastien.
Bastien said the wage increase
would work out to anywhere from
$1 to $2.50 per hour more, depending on how many hours each
employee has worked in the past.
Guards would get another
two per cent wage increase for
the next two years and a 2.5 per
cent increase in the final year of
the agreement.
AMS VP Finance Tristan Miller
said that the money for the wage
increases came from scheduling
fewer security guards to watch
the building.
"We had some nights where we
had an empty building, but we had
five guards on, and that doesn't
make any sense," said Miller. "It
means, essentially, at the end of
the day, [we schedule] fewer shifts
in the evenings."
He said a number of AMS
security guards have graduated or
moved on to other jobs, so current
employees won't see a reduction
in hours.
Miller added that the new deal
for wages will still fit within the
AMS's security budget.
Bastien said the agreement
also gives the guards more job
security by ensuring that any
guard who isn't given shifts
during the summer slowdown has
the option of coming back to work
in September.
The AMS has been contracting out extra security guards for
large events, like the Halloween
Pit Night, from private security
company LiveHost.
The tentative deal would
make sure any LiveHost guards
contracted by the AMS only work
within event venues.
The deal also says that hours
will be assigned to security
guards based on seniority.
Bastien said the bargaining
committee is recommending that
the union take the deal.
"Nothing ever comes easy....
It was tough bargaining, but it
wasn't adversarial," said Bastien.
"We're pretty happy with the outcome. It's a very good agreement
for a first agreement."
The deal has to be ratified by
AMS Council before it can be
voted on by union membership.
Miller said the agreement should
pass easily at Council. Xi
Campus residents
speak out against
planned highrises
UNA chair Richard Alexander was elected
as part of a slate that promised residents
more of a voice on campus.
Arno Rosenfeld
Residents of private housing on
campus blasted what they consider unjust treatment by UBC at an
open meeting last week.
The University Neighbourhoods
Association, which represents
private residents on campus, held
a public meeting last Tuesday to
listen to residents' concerns. It
was an opportunity for the newly
elected Organization for U-Town
Residents (OUR) slate on the UNA
Board of Directors to hear member
feedback. The meeting was billed
to focus on housing development, density and public space
on campus.
Roughly 50 residents showed
up, and many had concerns about
the rapid pace of development in
campus neighbourhoods.
Brian Suderman, who lives in
Wesbrook Village, lamented the
area's lack of public space and
worried that a spate of high-rise
towers planned for the neighbourhood would further erode the
sense of community. He pointed to
the liquor store, recently built in
Wesbrook Village.
"[It] mocks the sense of community — it says we're goingto replace community [with] whatever
liquor does for you — the current
plan for the towers does the exact
same thing.... They're totally isolated from everything."
The room agreed with Suderman, strongly rebuking UBC's
plans for more high-rises in
Wesbrook. The planned development will increase the campus
population to 12,000, although in
2005, residents were told to expect
a total campus population of only
However, some in attendance
also had positive things to say
about living on campus. Hawthorn Place resident Mike Feeley
said he was glad his neighbourhood was such a great place for
raising children.
"The kind of social engagement
of kids in the neighbourhood... is
the envy of other parts of Vancouver," said Feeley.
The meeting came out of the
OUR slate's pledge to listen directly to residents and take their wishes into account. OUR slate member
Richard Alexander, who is now the
board's new chair, said he thought
the meeting was a success.
"[It was] insightful in terms of
the information it provided to the
board," Alexander said. He shied
away from those at the meeting
who seemed to suggest that UBC
was acting in bad faith when it
came to campus planning.
"[UBC ] are experienced planners and go through a process
which... meets various provincial
guidelines," Alexander said. "What
there is, is a gap in understanding
between [UBC] campus planning
and residents, so the UNA [will]
seek to bridge that gap." tJ NEWS    I    MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2012
education in
refugee camps
UBC to train teachers using online courses
Top: Secondary school teachers at the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya listen to a
presentation about UBC online courses. Middle: A teacher presents a physics lesson.
Bottom: Secondary school students attend classes in the Dadaab school.
Arno Rosenfeld
Staff Writer
Mustafa Ibrahim Ahmed came
to UBC from a refugee camp in
eastern Africa five years ago.
He and his family, fleeing from
war, walked hundreds of miles
from their home on the coast of
Somalia to a semi-arid patch of
desert across the Kenyan border:
the Dadaab refugee camp. Ahmed
was one of just eight students
selected for a scholarship to attend
university in Canada.
Now, UBC and a consortium of
Canadian and Kenyan universities
are looking to improve education
for refugee students who are unable to qualify for the few scholarships provided by World University Service Canada (WUSC).
The initiative will target teachers in the camps, first providing
teaching certification and then
offering a handful of degrees
cobbled together from online
courses provided by universities in
the consortium.
UBC's Faculty of Education is
working with Moi University in
Kenya to provide teacher education for secondary-level instructors, while York University in
Toronto with Kenyatta University
in Kenya will offer certification
for teachers at the primary level.
it's worth the wait
upgrading our public outdoor spaces
Through the 15-year UBC Public Realm Plan, we are making significant
investments in new and upgraded infrastructure to support the goals
in Place & Promise: The UBC Plan.
We recognize how improvements to the landscape enhance the educational experience,
health and environmental quality of campus life. The improved qualities of the campus landscape
— everything from courtyards, pathways and student displays, to street furniture and public art —
play a significant role in strengthening the university's identity and supporting campus life.
i would like to thank you for your continued
>port and patience during this period of
ense construction activity.
Visit www.planning.ubc.ca to learn more about the UBC Public Realm Plan.
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The Somali refugee students
in the Dadaab refugee camp
sit the same exams as Kenyan
students, but their preparation is
often inferior.
"To compete, they need
qualified teachers," said Samson
Nashon, a professor in the UBC
Faculty of Education.
"You have teachers who have
given their time and their energy....
All they lack is skills," said Emmy
Kipsoi, the head of Moi's School of
Education in Nairobi.
UBC will teach educational
theory, while Moi will focus on
technical instruction like physics
labs, according to Nashon. Each
university will offer 30 credits toward the 60-credit diploma, which
will initially be granted by Moi.
UBC began their relationship
with Moi four years ago. Two
years ago, UBC joined the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) program, based out
of the Centre for Refugee Studies
at York.
The program will send 400
students through the teacher
certification program, followed
by a two-year degree program
offering majors such as public
administration, public health and
education, though UBC is currently only committed to the teacher
certification aspect.
You have teachers
who have given
their time and
their energy.... All
they lack is skills.
Emmy Kipsoi
Head of Moi Univerity's
School of Education
"It really is an idea whose time
has come," said Wenona Giles,
co-leader of the program. "We
can't have huge numbers of people
not having access to higher education."
Giles hopes that improving education in the camp will give refugees choices other than returning
to Somalia, a country that is still
plagued by violence despite being
on the mend.
"It gives young people an option
that is not entering the militia, that
is not joining the pirates, that is
not having to become a prostitute
or a drug runner," said Giles.
While aid organizations CARE
Canada and Windle Trust Kenya
provide free K-12 education in the
camp, there is a lack of facilities
and resources.
"Ifyou go there, you find parents are sitting outside of schools
just to ensure they are running,"
said Nashon. "I've [seen] before
some who just cried. This is [all]
they want for their kids."
But up until now, even those
students who finish secondary
school and do well on their exams
are in a bind, unable to attend Kenyan universities because they are
not citizens of the country.
Five years ago, when UBC President Stephen Toope was also serving as president of WUSC, Windle
Trust Kenya approached WUSC to
solicit assistance from Canadian
universities to train teachers at
the camp.
Toope asked UBC's Faculty of
Education to help. "Since then, we
have been persistent in doing what
it takes to make it happen," said
Rita Irwin, associate dean in the
Faculty of Education.
Students in Dadaab admitted to
BHER's program will take courses
online and in person at a learning
centre that's being built adjacent to
the camp.
People know the
only way out of
the refugee camps
is education.
Mustafa Ibrahim Ahmed
WUSC scholarship student
In addition to improving the
lives of those receiving teaching
certification and degrees, BHER
hopes that creating hundreds of
well-qualified teachers will improve life in the entire camp.
Nashon said one of the courses
that the program hopes will pay
dividends beyond the classroom is
peace education.
"[That course] is aimed at
allowing these teachers to discuss
the concept of peace," he explained. "You would like teachers
who have been exposed to various
peace models. You wouldn't want
them to go [back to Somalia] and
contribute to the conflict, but
instead be peacemakers."
Aside from their tangible work,
UBC and BHER are seeking to
perfect a model that could be used
in long-term refugee situations
around the world.
"We want to demonstrate that
first of all it can be done," Giles
said of using technology to bring
higher education to refugees.
While BHER's plan for Dadaab is partially a pilot program,
Nashon said that it's unlikely UBC
will abandon their work in the
camp if funding is available after
the initial $6 million grant from
the Canadian International Development Agency runs out. The
grant is in the process of being
finalized now.
"If someone else is to [provide funding],... I don't think
UBC will say, 'Nope, we're out,'"
Nashon said.
Giles added that since the grant
pays for computers and the construction of the learning centre,
any subsequent funding would be
less costly.
Barriers remain for refugee
students in the camp, even with
the introduction of BHER.
"The schools are free, but the
challenges are too many," Ahmed
"Still, when I talk to my friends,
my classmates, my family, you see
that people have this resolution in
them: 'We're going to make it. It's
going to be okay.'
"People know the only way out
of the refugee camps is education." Xi Sports + Rec
Gold for women's field hockey
'Birds complete dominant season with second straight national championship
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
An undefeated season, 10 straight
Canada West titles and two straight
CIS national championships —
yeah, the UBC women's field hockey team is pretty good.
The Thunderbirds took down
the University of Toronto Varsity
Blues 3-0 on Sunday afternoon in
Toronto, winning CIS gold for the
second straight year and capping
off an undefeated season that saw
them go 12-0-1. Their only tie came
against the Blues in the round robin
stage of nationals.
UBC made sure that no such
thing would happen again in the
final. The T-Birds got on the board
just five minutes in on a tally from
second-year Sara McManus, and
they didn't look back from that
point on.
Toronto applied pressure near
the end of the first half, but UBC
held strong and kept their slim lead
heading into the break. The Blues
were awarded a number of corners
in the T-Bird end, but UBC was able
to defend each time with ease.
The second half saw UBC get
some much-needed insurance.
McManus added her second goal
of the game off a penalty stroke,
putting the Thunderbirds up by
two in the 48th minute. She then
completed the hat trick in the 60th
minute, eliminating any chance of a
Toronto comeback and raising the
score to 3-0, which was how the
game ended.
"I couldn't have had those
chances without the team setting
me up, so it was really a total team
effort," said McManus, who led
the Thunderbirds with five goals
during the tournament. "We knew
it was goingto be a battle against
Toronto and that we would have to
fight really hard."
It was an ideal end to a dominant season. Including the final, the
'Birds outscored their opponents
50-7 duringthe season. Goalie Bea
Francisco gave up only two goals in
the six games that she played, while
Alexandra Bland gave up only three
in three games.
Their offence was as just as
potent; the top five scorers in the
Canada West all came from UBC.
Hannah Haughn — CIS rookie of
The T-Birds outscored their opponents 50-7 this year en route to a CIS gold medal.
the year in 2012 and MVP of the
championships — along with Kath-
erine Gillis led the way with seven
goals each. T-Birds Cassandra Taylor, Natalie Sourisseau and Kathryn
Jameson round out the top five.
Gillis, Haughn, McManus
and Sourisseau were all named
CIS tournament all-stars at the
conclusion of the tournament.
Sourisseau was also named a first-
team All-Canadian, while Haughn
and Miranda Mann were named
second-team All-Canadians.
2012 marks the 14th time that
UBC has won the McCrae Cup as
champions of Canada. Overall,
this is head coach Hash Kanjee's
ninth CIS gold while at the helm of
the team.
"Absolutely satisfying," said
Kanjee. "I think the kids did an
amazing job listening to us and
taking in the information we were
giving them. They let the ball do
the work and used the width. They
kept their structure and we just dug
away. Defensively, we held tight,
even with Toronto looking very
strong themselves."
The 'Birds should come back in
equally good shape next season as
they look for three straight national
championships. There are no fifth-
years on the roster; the majority of
the team are third-years or younger. There is a winning tradition that
surrounds the UBC women's field
hockey team, and it doesn't seem
to be one that will disappear any
time soon.
This year's national gold was
simply the latest instalment for a
T-Bird team that lets no one stand in
its way. Winning was by no means
an easy task, but the Thunderbirds
definitely made it look that way.
Once again, UBC has Canada's
best women's field hockey team. Xi
Men's soccer off to nationals
T-Birds head to Laval as Canada West champs
Andrew Bates
Managing Editor, Web
UBC's dominance in the regular
season would've meant nothing
if they couldn't deliver when
it counted.
That was last year's lesson, as
the University of Alberta scored
just before extra time in the Canada West final to end the men's
soccer team's hopes of making
CIS nationals. It's a lesson that
UBC head coach Mike Mosher
has been trying to drill into his
players throughout their undefeated season, and it's a lesson
that they seem to have learned.
UBC's 2-1 extra time win over
the U of A Golden Bears on Sunday in the Canada West final is
more than revenge for last year's
heartbreaking loss; it also proves
that the Thunderbirds can take
out tough teams when it matters,
and it gives them an undefeated
record as they head to CIS nationals at Laval University.
UBC hadn't won a game
against Alberta since October
2009, with a string of four losses
and four ties. Two of those losses
knocked UBC out of the post-season, and the 2-2 draw between
the two teams at Foote Field in
Alberta this year answered little
about whether UBC could raise
its game.
In the first half of Sunday's
final, Alberta confirmed it was
a formidable opponent, but
the Thunderbirds contained
them and prevented the Bears
from mustering a single shot on
target. The game in the middle
of the pitch was tense, but once
UBC broke onto the wings, they
caused trouble for the Golden
Bears. In the game's first goal,
Reynold Steward found Milad
Mehrabi with a cross 13 minutes
in to give UBC a lead it would
hold for the first 45 minutes.
But the Bears burst through
the gates to start the second
half, tying up the UBC defence
when a shot from 20 yards out by
Canada West MVP Gagandeep Dosanjh scored the winning goal in UBC's 2-1 win.
Jermele Campbell found the back
of the net. UBC responded with
a flurry of chances — including a
point-blank shot from Gagandeep
Dosanjh and a snap header from
Steve Johnson — but didn't finish
any, and the game headed to
overtime tied 1-1.
However, Dosanjh finally
made one of his many chances
count once the game got to overtime. After losing the ball in the
six-yard box, he got it back and
slotted it home to give UBC the
2-1 lead at the 105th minute.
It was a lead UBC would keep.
Luke O'Shea was solid for the
remainder of the game, and came
up big to stop a blistering Zenon
Markevych shot from 20 yards.
With 25 attempts and 10 shots
on target, UBC would have had
no excuses had they been closed
out for a second consecutive year.
But they have talent and made
it count: as a result, they were
able to keep their undefeated
streak alive and finally get a win
against Alberta.
The 'Birds will head to the CIS
national tournament next week
as Canada West champions. On
Sunday, they proved once and for
all that they can pull out a knock
out win against worthy opponents, which can only bode well as
they head off to Laval. Xi
Men's volleyball drops tough test
Bruce Chen
After losing three sets to none to
the CIS No. 1 University of Alberta
Golden Bears on Friday, the UBC
men's volleyball squad didn't feel
that it would be right to throw up
another blank in front of the home
fans at War Memorial on Saturday.
The young 'Birds, led by outside
hitters David Zeyha and Ben Chow,
took it to the Bears in the second
game of the two-game series, but
ultimately couldn't come out on top.
It was a back-and-forth affair that
went all the way, with the Golden
Bears triumphing 25-18,23-25,24-
26,25-17 and 15-13 in five sets.
Zeyha had match-high 23 kills
on 40 attempts for UBC. Chow, on
the other hand, was 12 for 31, but
had some timely kills, including four
in the fifth set to keep the 'Birds
However, Alberta's best player of
the night, Tristan Aubry, followed
up with two blocks out of the middle, including a solo block on Chow
to seal a 15-13 win in the set. Aubry
finished with 14 kills, hitting an unconscionably good 70 per cent while
chipping in an ace and five blocks.
Yet there is still reason for
optimism for head coach Richard
Schick's squad. The disparity between the 3-0 shellacking from the
Bears on Friday to the barn-burner
of a 3-2 war on Saturday may mark
some consistency issues for the
young squad, but it's clear that the
'Birds can hang with the best of
them. They sit at 1-3 on the year, but
splitting the last weekend's series
with two-time defending CIS champion Trinity Western was nothing to
sneeze at.
Alberta is also ranked No. 1 for a
reason. They have few holes in their
starting lineup and boast two of the
best outside hitters in the nation in
Mitch Irvine and Jay Olmstead, who
scored a combined 34.5 points on
Statistically, the Golden Bears
were just a little bit better and a little
more clutch on the weekend. They
outblocked the 'Birds 13-11, were
better by six per cent on serves, had
a hitting efficiency of .310 compared
to .234 for UBC and outdug UBC
59-43. They also have a core that is
older and has played together for
several years, which creates the
familiarity and chemistry that it
takes to gut out fifth sets.
Yet the game on Saturday was
decided by a mere two points. The
weekend was supposed to play out
just like it did on Friday, but the
'Birds kept fighting. UBC may have
had three sophomores starting for
them on Saturday, but they showed
a fight that is typical of much more
experienced players.
The next couple of weekends
features series against Saskatchewan, Calgary and Regina. If UBC
can perform at the level they did on
Saturday, there is no reason to think
they can't get well above .500 by
Christmas. Xi
Friday, Nov. 2
Women's basketball
Men's basketball
Women's hockey
Mount Royal 1
UBC 2 (SO)
Saturday, Nov. 3
Women's basketball
Men's basketball
UBC 77
TWU 66
Women's hockey
Mount Royal 2 (SO)
Read recaps of women's
volleyball and women's
hockey at u byssey.ca 6    I    FEATURE    I    MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5,2012
Bicycle theft is a common but under-publicized part
of life at UBC. So what attracts thieves to campus,
and how can you stay safe?
By Priyanka Hariharan & Raul Arambula
At 11 a.m. on Oct. 11, Douglas
Ober's bike was stolen.
"At first, I was a little
confused, and began to second-
guess where I had parked it. Then
it set in, and I realized that the bike
was gone."
Ober, currently working on his
Ph.D. in Asian studies, had locked
up his bike outside of Koerner
Library. When Ober returned to
the rack where he had locked up his
bike, a student approached him.
The student had observed the
entire theft from the library, and
he gave Ober a description of the
thief. Shortly after, two other
students came out from the library,
telling Ober that they had just
witnessed the robbery as well;,
one had even filmed it on
a cellphone.
The video, now posted
on Youtube, shows the
ease with which his bike
was taken.
"The bike was locked
with a cable and a
U-Lock," said Ober. "It
took the thief no more
than a minute or so just to
cut or disable the lock."
Based on the video footage,
the thief was carrying a car jack
and cable cutters. "He walked
around, scoped out several different bikes,... put on a bicycle helmet,
removed his tools,... did the deed
and rode off."
Bike theft has become a concern
on campus. Many students have
their own stories about their bikes
getting stolen.
"There are a lot of bikes [on campus] and we do get one person a day
who's like, 'My bike got stolen,'"
said Tom Bancroft, who has been
working as a mechanic at the Bike
Kitchen since July.
During the months of
August and September,
a total of 8 3 bikes
were reported
stolen _^^ from
ous areas
around campus, according to
the RCMP. In comparison, 826 bikes were reported
stolen to the Vancouver Police
Department in 2011.
"This happened in a busy thoroughfare in broad daylight in front
of several people," said Ober. "It
is one thing to have your
bike stolen in the
middle of the
night; it's
altogether when it
is stolen in front of several people
that do nothing to prevent it."
A quick survey of students living
in rez reveals that bikes locked
up outside residence buildings
are often targeted, especially on
the weekends when bikes aren't
used as much. Student Housing
and Hospitality Services (SHHS),
which serves approximately 9,000
students, has received about 30
reports of bike theft since early
However, only a small
fraction of stolen bikes are
reported to the front desks
in rez, accordingto Janice
Robinson, director of residence
life at SHHS.
Bikes locked near Place Vanier
and Totem Park and in bike cages
at the Gage parkade are often the
target of bike thieves.
"The reality is that where
there are bikes, there is likely to
be thefts," said Robinson.
Such was the case for
Pat -«^^    McDonald,
a medical
student who left
for Victoria over the
weekend in mid-October.
Upon his return to UBC, McDonald found his bike missing from
the bike racks near Gage residence.
"I had two locks on it. I did
everything, and it still got stolen
because they wanted it. There is
nothing I could've done."
There is an abundance of bikes on
UBC campus; 97 per cent of bike
lockers on UBC campus are occupied. UBC's reputation as a cycling
hotspot only encourages thieves to
frequent campus.
Corporal Brenda Winpenny
from University RCMP describes
bike theft at UBC as a "crime of
"Thieves look for an easy opportunity to conduct their business
and UBC has a colossal number of
bikes on campus," she said.
Student cyclists are generally
stereotyped as careless and unattached to their bikes.
"There are a lot of bikes around
that are locked clumsily, and they
are owned by people who are not
around for more than one semester
or two," said Bancroft. "Generally,
the owners treat them with a lot
less care than if it was something
that got them to work every single
As such, UBC is a strong draw
for skilled thieves.
"They are professionals," said
Bancroft. "It's the kind of bike thief
that would have a vehicle and just
load up on all the easy ones that are
there to steal.
"They take them apart and then
reassemble them so that they won't
be identified, and [they are] sold
through whatever channels."
After losing his bike, Doug Ober
went online to find it. He spent
hours on Craigslist looking for a
post about his bike.
As a popular classifieds website,
Craigslist has many posts about
missing bikes. However, it's also
one of the most popular websites
for selling stolen bikes.
"Tons of stolen bikes are posted
on Craigslist. Ifyou carefully
decipher the posts, you can see that
[the seller] doesn't really know anything about the bike. So it's clear
that they don't belong to them,"
said Bancroft.
A Vancouver bylaw states that
all consignment businesses must
store their goods for 35 days before
they are put up for sale. Goods are
stored in a warehouse, where they
are inspected to determine whether they are stolen merchandise.
But to avoid dealing with issues
of theft altogether, most secondhand stores in Vancouver set stricter policies.
The UBC Bike Kitchen, for instance, will not accept bikes to sell;
they only take donations.
In the late 1980s, Barry Gilpin,
an entrepreneur, started up
the well-known consignment
store Cheapskates. Located on
Dunbar St., Cheapskates sold a
wide variety of sporting goods,
including bicycles.
"We wanted to distance ourselves from pawn shops and other
used good stores, so we designed
our own system," said Gilpin.
"[Cheapskates] would ask
people to leave their cheques with
Two students in Koerner Library used a cellphone to record the theft of Douglas Ober's bike outside. The 49 second video shows the speed and ease with which his bike was stolen. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2012    |    FEATURE
The bike was locked
with a cable and a
U-Lock... It took the
thief no more than
a minute or so just
to cut or disable the
Douglas Ober
The reality is that
where there are
bikes, there is
likely to be thefts.
Janice Robinson
Director of residence life
Maybe I was
ust ignorant,
jut having the
Dike lock... gave
me a false sense of
Pat McDonald
UBC medical student
We do get one
person a day who's
like, 'My bike got
Tom Bancroft
Bike Kitchen mechanic
their names, addresses, et cetera.
We did this because robbers
want cash.
"We could not report the items
for 35 days since we have no room
to store the bikes. There are no
warehouses in Dunbar."
As a result, Cheapskates was
forced to stop selling used bikes in
January 2007. Though the store
received support from the community, its appeals failed to sway
City Hall to amend the bylaw.
The bylaw limits the supply of
secondhand bikes available for
sale in Vancouver. Those seeking
a cheap bike are forced onto less
reputable avenues, like Craigslist.
After the theft, Doug Ober had
hopes of getting back his bike.
Though he had the rare distinction
of having footage of the crime, Ober
was told the chances of finding his
bike are low.
"I called RCMP [and] sent them
the cellphone footage, but after an
hour they sent me an email and
said it would be difficult to identify
the suspect.
"They told me that it was doubtful that they would find the bike."
On UBC campus, the chances of
recovering a stolen bike vary. Ober
had not recorded his serial number,
nor had he registered his bike,
which did not help his case.
"It really depends on what
measures of precaution you took
when you bought the bike. A picture
and serial number is a must," said
Paul Wong, acting director of UBC
Campus Security.
But many students are uninformed about the importance of
registering their bike and recording
its serial number. The Vancouver
Police Department recovers over
1,000 stolen bikes per year, but 700-
750 bikes are not claimed and cannot be tied to their former owners.
However, many students remain
either uninterested in or unconvinced by the registry.
"I never put too much faith in
them. I've had a couple of bikes
stolen and the cops never do anything about it. I wouldn't think it is
worth the effort," said Bancroft.
"The best thing you can do is
record your own serial number
and stuff like that so that if your
bike gets stolen you can identify it
as yours, if it is possible to recover.
But nobody is going to look for it
but you."
BikeRegistryCanada.com and
Bike Revolution are Canada's national bicycle databases.
The registry process involves
recording the bike's serial number
and the owner's personal details.
After the process, the owner
is presented with a certificate
of registration.
But with the current under-
use of the registry by students,
thieves are encouraged to target
campus and theft rates remain
high. The RCMP argues that if the
UBC community used the registry
system more, there would be an
overall decrease in bike theft.
But outside the registry, what
is being done on campus to fight
bike theft?
"If a thief is determined, then
they're determined. But the more
difficult you make it, it is likely
that thief is going to move on
to something that is less difficult," said Robinson.
Diverse measures are being
taken on campus by different
departments and faculties. In
residence buildings, Robinson
explained, UBC has put some
measures in place to help students
keep their possessions safe.
"We believe that more proactive education helps prevent
students falling victim to bike
thiefs. Anecdotally, more expensive bikes are targeted, and hence
the most secure place to keep your
bike is your room," she said.
Many beds in residence are
adjustable up to hip height, so
students can store their bikes
under the bed. In Totem Park's
hsm'bssm' and q'sbxsn houses, there is a special hook and a
protective coating on the wall so
that students have a specifically
designed space to hang
their bike.
"While they are not
theft-proof — nothing is to
a determined or professional thief — those additional
locked doors can be a deterrent," said Robinson.
But some students living
in residence feel not enough is
being done.
"There is nothing really to
prevent bike theft. No surveillance, no cameras.... [The bike
racks] are situated off to the side
and not visible in the entrance
where there is 24-hour
front desk
said McDonald, a residence of
Gage towers.
Bancroft said he believes that
the key is to simply make your
bike a difficult target and not
worth the thieves' time. "Don't
give the impression that your bike
is abandoned or neglected.... Ifyou
are not coming back for it, then
it's going to be too easy. When I
lock up my bike, I want to make it
tougher for them to steal it.
"Every lock is breachable with
power tools."
Campus Security takes an extra
step by educating students about
bike theft.
"We have tags that we place on
bikes around campus to increase
knowledge of security and prevention of crime. We also hang
up posters around campus to initiate and encourage purchase of
more durable locks and [encourage] students to record the serial
number. But there's only so much
you can do," said Wong.
Wong added that at least
some of these measures have
been successful.
"At the end of last semester,
we did see more bikes with
hardened steel locks than previously," he said.
But still, many UBC students continue to feel in
the dark about bike theft on
"There are no signs that tell
you about the high theft rate,"
said McDonald.
"Maybe I was just ignorant,
but having the bike lock and then
having the bike rack gave me a
false sense of security."
The problem of theft remains
difficult to tackle. Though many
policies are in place, lasting
changes seem far off.
"This happened in the middle
of the day and no one did anything to stop it. Everyone is a
bystander," said Ober.
"I am not planning to buy a
bike again. I guess I have to walk
now." 'tJ
6 trends to fall for
Between tests, papers and
presentations, many of us tend
to reach for a comfy, oversized hoodie and sweatpants
combo instead of a more presentable outfit. Who has time
to follow this season's trends
when you're dealing with
back-to-back term papers?
That's where we come in.
Here are six current fall fashion
trends that won't take much
time, but will make you look
like you put in some extra
effort. No more excuses!
l. Printed pants
From leopard print to flowers to
houndstooth, printed pants are
everywhere this season. Give
them a try if you're up for the risk.
Pair them with a more casual,
solid-colour tee and you'll feel like
you've completely renovated your
2. The Canadian tuxedo
For those of you who don't already
know, the Canadian tuxedo is a
classic jean-on-jean combo that
has the mysterious ability to
simultaneously repel and attract
the opposite sex. Do it right, and
you're giving off that sexy asshole
lumberjack vibe. Do it wrong, and
you end up looking like last season's hipster. Just remember: if it's
good enough for Ryan Gosling, it's
good enough for you.
3. Lace-up combat boots
Last season's ankle combat boot
got a bit edgier with a mid-calf,
lace-up version. With the days
getting colder and the puddles getting bigger, these tough babies will
keep your feet warm and toasty
throughout the day. And forget
about overpriced Hunters; combat
boots will deal with Vancouver's
non-stop rain showers just as well.
4. Herschel backpacks
The backpacks from this Vancouver-based company are all over
campus right now, and it's no
wonder: they're practical, timeless
and well-made. If you're struggling
to carry all of your books to class
or looking for a weekend getaway
backpack, don't hesitate to check
these out. Prices range from $39.99
to $149.99.
5. Grandpa cardigans
No, this isn't literally the moth-ridden cardigan that your grandpa
used to wear every day — but it is
one of the comfiest trends on this
list. Big, chunky cardigans work
great over a clean button-down
shirt for guys or over a dress for
girls. Whether you prefer them
in one colour or with a pattern
is totally up to you; bonus points
ifyou can score a sweater with
kitschy, seasonal graphics.
6. Collar necklaces
One of the newest trends in jewellery, the collar necklace is a big,
fancy statement piece. Wear it with
a plain top that doesn't already have
a collar. For a night out, give this
trend a try by pairing it with a little
black dress. tJ
Novel about
UBC students
to come out this
The God of My Art is Lane's debut novel.
Arno Rosenfeld
With an ex-prostitute mother, a
bible-thumping stepfather and
a tangled love life, Helene is one
UBC student who's got her fair
share of problems.
Then again, she's not actually
real. Helene is the protagonist in
Sarah Lane's forthcoming book,
The God of My Art, which is set to
be published this month.
Set in Vancouver and following
the main character's interactions
with a handful of fellow UBC
students, the novel is a mix of
beautiful prose and tired cliches,
intriguing existential notions and
slightly banal storylines.
The book is broken into multiple
sections; the first deals with
Helene's summer fling with a
ponytailed, Nietzsche-quoting
mountain climber, and the second
section details the aftermath of
his departure.
"I would say that it explores the
question of to what extent we are
free to choose our lives," Lane said
about her book in an email. "It is
also about redemption through
self-knowledge, despite the limitations of that knowledge."
Helene's life at UBC is interspersed with phone calls from
her mother and flashbacks to her
troubled childhood. These scenes
lean towards the melodramatic,
which is a problem throughout the
book in general. Nowhere is this
more evident than in the extended
discussion of the terrorist attacks
of Sept. 11,2001.
In all fairness, Lane said in her
email that she had been working on
the book since 2001, which makes
her use of 9/11 as a vehicle for
reflections on mortality seem more
reasonable. Nonetheless, after 11
years and countless literary treatments, the insertion of 9/11 into
the plot seems tired. Even less welcome are the distracting, extended
political opinions offered up by
Helene's friends on the injustice of
the United States' invasion of Afghanistan and the problems with
the military-industrial complex.
But putting aside the melodrama
and plot detours, The God of My
Art is, at its heart, a charming read.
There is something about it that
envelops the reader, sitting them
right next to the tortured Helene.
The setting of Vancouver, and
especially the scenes in Point Grey,
will make the book a fun read
for UBC students. While Lane
occasionally seems to expect a
local audience, ticking off various intersections throughout the
course of the book, she's at her best
with descriptions of local hangouts
like Wreck Beach.
With exams approaching, this
book makes for a pleasant study
break. But be warned: Lane's
prose has a tendency to gently lure
you into reading the book in one
sitting. Xi MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2012    |    CULTURE
Come for the beer, stay for the music
SHiNDiG! returns for another year of debauchery, fun and sonic competition
Rebekkah Ho
Timeless and just a little bit rowdy:
that's SHiNDiG!
Hosted by UBC campus radio
station CiTR, this four-month-long
battle of the bands allows young
musicians to get public exposure.
"It's a way for our station to
showcase some local bands,... tell
people there's good music, [and] at
the same time make it interesting
by making it a competition-type
of contest," said Ben Lai, who is
hosting SHiNDiG! for the 11th year
It's kind of a good
excuse to get
drunk and shout
at people on a
Tuesday night.
Sarah Cordingley
CiTR music department
The competition has been part
of the Vancouver music scene
since the mid-'80s. This year, it's
being held at the Railway Club
every Tuesday from September to
December. The competition is a
creative outlet for both amateurs
and potential rockstars.
"It really encourages people to
play music, even if it's not a band
that they've been working on for
Twenty-seven bands are competing for the top three spots at SHiNDiG! over the course of four months.
years," said Sarah Cordingley,
music department manager at CiTR
and one of the many SHiNDiG!
judges. "It's a fun, funny thing that
no one should take too seriously,...
because it's very interactive and
very entertaining regardless of
what kind of music you're into.
"It's kind of a good excuse to
get drunk and shout at people on a
Tuesday night."
Though the competition is light-
hearted and often boozy, SHiNDiG!
has had some very notable past
contestants. Local indie darlings
the Oh Wells, Japandroids, They
Shoot Horses, Don't They? and You
Say Party! We Say Die! have all
participated in the Tuesday night
sonic battle.
But the chance of local fame
isn't the only thing that attracts up-
and-coming bands to this contest.
SHiNDiG! gets its credibility from
its free-for-all environment.
"We don't give the judges any
specific guidelines, like 20 points
or this style. We don't base it on
audience," Lai said.
"I really like character," admitted Cordingley. "I probably
am one of those fickle judges that
are looking for something a little
bit different and something new,
something exciting or something
weird. I'm not that fond of virtuosic
guitar-playing in a standard rock
setting. I kind of find a lot of rock
music a little bit boring."
Alex Smith, a SHiNDiG! judge
and member of the band Village,
agreed: "You'll generally do better
at SHiNDiG! when your band is
a bit different.... If you're playing
something kind of generic, it's not
goingto be interesting to someone
who goes and sees bands all the
time. Originality is probably the big
SHADOWS, the alternative indie
rock band from Surrey that won the
first night this year, seems to have
fulfilled the judges' criteria — or
lack thereof.
"The first night was tons of fun.
It was a really good vibe from Ben
and the rest of the judges. It seemed
like they were a lot of close locals
that knew about the scene, so it
wasn't like a biased contest," said
Dianne Ocampo, lead guitarist of
the group.
Even though they are one of the
youngest bands in the competition, SHADOWS's style is far from
happy-go-lucky. Ocampo describes
their sound as "heavier and darker,"
like "Radiohead meets the Artie Monkeys and the Yeah Yeah
Many more promising bands are
set to play throughout November
and December.
"Get out of the house on a
Tuesday night and see some good
bands," Smith said. "See some
terrible bands. Tell a joke for beer —
free beer. Yell at Ben Lai.... It's a lot
of fun." a
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—   1^.V- Opinions
End of UBC Insiders a blow
to campus journalism
B.C. lost 11,000 jobs last month. Time for
some UBC make-work projects!
B.C. LOST 11,000 JOBS IN
So you know how governments
are about "jobs" these days? The
B.C. Liberals are one of the many
political parties that have hung
their hats on job creation, come
hell or high water. So last week's
Statistics Canada announcement
that B.C. has lost 11,000 jobs in
the past month looked really
bad. So bad, in fact, that the only
thing Jobs Minister Pat Bell
could think to do was dispute
the numbers. Bell announced
last week that his ministry was
goingto "look into" Stats Can's
numbers, because, you know,
maybe someone forgot to carry a
one somewhere.
What does this mean for you?
Well, as we mentioned, the Libs
have been doing a full court press
on getting people back to work.
Part of that press is coming from
the Ministry of Advanced Education, which has been focusing
almost exclusively on the "skills
and training" aspect of post-secondary. Are these numbers a
direct result of these policies?
Hard to say. We're not Stats Can.
But then again, neither is the B.C.
UBC is offering online courses
to teachers in Kenyan refugee
camps. Education is often cited
as the key to getting out of the
camps; most children there lack
basic academic skills and their
teachers often have little to no
formal training. And UBC is
taking a concrete step to address
this complicated issue from the
ground up.
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) like Coursera are
getting a lot of attention as the
future of education. They provide
free online courses to anyone
with an Internet connection.
MOOCs have been hailed as an
almost utopic solution to access
to education, but this is an example where MOOCs alone aren't
goingto cut it. MOOCs are meant
for a more general audience and
assume students already have
basic academic skills.
By contrast, the courses
offered in the refugee camps
will focus on teachers rather
than students.
UBC is taking a step in the
right direction by educating
teachers. Students in refugee
camps have very specific needs
that can't be addressed by general online courses. And given the
limited infrastructure, face-to-
face classroom learning seems
like the best option.
There's a palpable sense of
outrage from the University
Neighbourhoods Association, the
group that represents residents
of market housing on campus.
And last Tuesday, that outrage
came to a head.
Boy, were they angry — mostly about UBC's community
planning process. One resident
said that she "cried every day"
because a high-rise condo tower
was going to be built near her
low-rise condo building.
To be fair, when it comes
to development, UBC usually just play-acts through the
"consultation process" before
going ahead and building
exactly what they want. Students' wishes aren't respected,
and neither are non-student
campus residents.
But the put-upon victim act
we're seeing from UNA members needs to stop. These are
people who can afford some of
the priciest real estate in what's
already one of the most expensive cities in Canada.
They moved to a pleasant,
low-crime, well-maintained
little ivory-tower enclave — and
then started complaining about
students holding beer gardens
on Fridays or children playing
too loudly on playgrounds (no,
The real target of UNA outrage should be UBC's sham of a
consultation process whenever
they're trying to build stuff or
change what can be built where.
It really does marginalize both
residents and students.
The UNA's general anti-student attitude seriously hurts
their cause.
If they can rise above petty
squabbles about liquor licences
and set aside their seething
resentment over past conflicts,
they'll find a real ally in their
quest to hold UBC accountable.
But we don't expect this to happen any time soon.
In a shocking turn of events,
TransLink has decided to deal
with fraud by, you know, actually
dealing with fraud.
In the past, the transit authority hasn't always seemed
reasonable about fraud. Their estimates for the amount of money
they lost to U-Pass fraud seemed
arbitrary, and over the last two
years, they've made changes in
the name of fraud prevention
that made the U-Pass much less
pleasant to use. You used to get
a full-term pass in the mail, and
now you have to pick up a new
one every month. And ifyou lose
it, you must file a police report
and pay $35 to replace it.
All of those changes seemed
annoying, because while
TransLink talked so tough
about fraud on the student side,
they weren't doing anything to
prevent it on the fraudster side.
Passes are still for sale on Face-
book and Craigslist all the time.
So if they're making an
example of someone, it's good
that it's a scalper. God knows
TransLink needs the money. It's
nice to see them implement a
fraud protection measure that
actually works. Xi
by Jonny Wakefield
I still have the recording of the
first interview I ever did. It starts
with the sound of awkward shuffling, and I can be heard muttering, "Is this recording?" into the
mouthpiece. There's a clatter as I
set the device down on the table,
then my hesitant opening question:
"So, uh, how did you start looking
into this SOL thing?
I was talking to a student
named Neal Yonson about an
investigation he had been doing
into Special Occasion Licences —
the piece of paper you need to hold
licensed liquor events in B.C. As
soon as I (mercifully) spit out that
first question, Neal launched into
liquor policy. Neal was the editor
of a blog called UBC Insiders. He
had looked into SOLs at UBC,
and turned up something fishy.
The university detachment of the
RCMP, which approves all SOLs
on campus, had been fudging the
rules — giving an illegal number
of licences to UBC departments
while denying applications submitted by student groups for seemingly no reason. Neal thought that
was unfair, and had the numbers
to prove it.
That was four years ago. So why
bring this up now? Because after
years of late nights of data entry,
lengthy exposes and hundreds of
hours of UBC meetings, Neal is
hanging up his hat.
Neal announced he was done
with UBC Insiders last week. He's
going cold turkey and it isn't easy.
Over beers in his Dunbar basement suite, he describes a recent
conversation with his girlfriend,
who works as a law librarian. At
work, she had to search for a legal
decision in the Canadian Legal
Information Institute database
(CanLII). "My mind automatically
goes to, 'Huh, I haven't done a
UBC CanLII search in a while;
maybe I should go do that.' I had to
check myself and say no, no, you're
not going to do that. You're done. It
doesn't matter."
A brief history of the blog shows
that this isn't the case; Insiders
did matter. It's been around since
2007, when it was the plaything of
a student Board of Governors representative and an AMS councillor.
It was a frequent entrant in the
AMS's voter-funded media (VFM)
competition, a now mostly defunct
program that allowed students to
vote on blogs that cover the AMS.
The blogs deemed most useful/
silly got a little bit of money from
the fund. Insiders was consistently
the best of the bunch, producing
original content and commentary
on UBC politics. Neal, who's been
at UBC since 2006 as a Ph.D. student, took up a position at Insiders
when there was an opening, and
he's been the driving force behind
the blog ever since.
Along with a few other contributors, Neal took the blog in a
new direction. Instead of insider baseball stuff from student
representatives, there was a new
investigative focus. Of course,
there was also the occasional post
designed simply to piss off UBC
administrators — like when Neal
helpfully pointed out that UBC did
not actually own the copyright to
its own motto. Instead of owning
the rights to Tuum Est, they had
bought Cuum Est, which translates roughly to "It's Cuum's."
UBC quietly acquired Tuum Est
shortly thereafter.
Some think Yonson ultimately
cost the university far more than
just a copyright fee. Sean Cregten,
a longtime AMS hack, worked
with Yonson during the fight to
stop the university from building
market housing on Gage South, the
field by the bus loop. Cregten imagines UBC's reluctant decision to
build subsidized student housing
on the same plot probably cost the
university close to $40 million.
At The Ubyssey, we've enjoyed
a kind of symbiotic relationship
with Insiders. From time to time,
Neal would bring us stories he
thought we'd be able to cover
more effectively. A brief scan of
headlines in the Insiders archive
shows that a lot of what Neal and
co. wrote wasn't for general consumption. (Let's be honest: "UBC
Maximizing Housing Density by
Minimizing Legal Compliance"
doesn't exactly sound like a crackling yarn.)
"I don't know who reads it
anymore," says Neal. "When me
and [former editor Alex Lougheed]
started, we knew lots of people who
read it. And it was more about who
reads it instead of how many people
read it. We need to make sure admin
are reading it, and obviously they
did. If 2,000 students read it and do
nothing because they're students,
versus 200 people from admin and
other places, it's goingto make more
of an impact."
And in that regard, Neal sometimes kicked The Ubyssey's ass,
breaking stories we knew nothing
about. He rarely hung around our
office. We were competition, and
that made both of us — and the student body — better off.
Which is part of what makes
this an especially sad case. There's
little left in the way of media on
campus. Every undergraduate
society used to have a newspaper
that did actual reporting on their
own little corners of campus. Now
it doesn't make much sense for
them to produce a monthly print
product with little visibility. VFM
blogs used to be at least of interest
to people in the campus politics
sphere. Now, saying that VFM is
a useless slush fund for friends of
the AMS is a generous assessment.
The Ubyssey isn't going anywhere,
but it's sure going to be lonely.
We want — hell, need — other
people out there to put us through
our paces.
But back to Neal. It's good he's
moving on. Everyone has to at some
point. But still, there's the lingering
question: why? Why did he attend
the hundreds and hundreds of hours
of UNA, BoG and AMS meetings?
Why did he stay up through the
night entering data? Why did he
put off his degree for years for little
money or acclaim?
"I love to find scoops, new
information," he says. "Finding
something that's like 'Oh my god,
this is so juicy. This will start a
conversation.' It was a soap box
to say things, to [criticize] things,
to make change.
"I just had something to say." Xi
Don't worry, Gordon Katie's regular Monday column is
online at ubyssey.ca/opinions/. Scene
Going down, getting
paid and letting go
Dr. Bryce tackles questions on flings,
flirtationships and future careers
with Dr. Bryce Warnes
Dr. Bryce,
Please answer in both text form
and in .gifform. I have a flirt-
thing with someone but I'm not
sure if he wants to continue on.
I don't want to seem desperate
and don't want to be too forward. Sometimes I just want to
get drunk so I can blow him, but
I don't want to come off as too
blowjobby. What should I do?
Mittens Rombey
Dear Mittens,
Your blowie instincts are correct.
BJs are like a USB connection to the id of anyone with a
schlong and can be used as a tool
of manipulation. Don't waste
that leverage early on. Save the
tongue depressor routine for
later in your relationship with
this guy, whether he becomes a
BF or a FWB.
Ifyou feed him enough liquor,
you should find out pretty quick
whether he wants to take your
flirtationship to the next level.
Knock back a few as well and
you've got an excuse for seeming
too "forward."
It's not healthy to build your
sex life around alcohol, but some
times a little lubrication is necessary. Remember how complicated
it was getting laid in high school?
Reflect on how becoming 19+
changed the situation.
Can't get over my summer fling.
Haven't seen or spoken to him
since. What do I do?
Dear Anonymous,
Maintaining contact is his prerogative as well as yours. If he's
failed in that regard, then he isn't
interested in you. You are not an
important part of his life. Move
on. There are plenty of dicks in
the world. Don't get stuck on
this one.
Dear Dr. Bryce,
I'm graduating soon, and majoring in English lit. Other than
time travel, how can I remedy this
terrible professional situation?
Dr. No-Lob
PS: How can I become a doctor*
like you?
Dear Dr. No-Job,
In "The Uses and Abuses of University," (The Walrus, Oct. 2012)
Ken Coates and Bill Morrison
remark that "those with non-specialized degrees, bachelor's in
the arts and sciences ... face prolonged underemployment," and
that "one of the most common
strategies for coping with the
poor returns from a degree is to
go back to college for practical,
career-oriented training."
Ifyou have student loans
or a line of credit available to
you, use it to complete a one- or
two-year skills-based diploma/
certificate program. Otherwise, try begging your parents
for funding. Research a projected income for your career of
choice, and use that to back up
your panhandling.
Now that you've got all
that critical theorizing and
essay-writing out of your
system, it's time to focus
on financial stability. Your
best chance is through
post-post-secondary education.
*Ordination in the Universal
Life Church allows you to choose
your title. tJ
Don't know what you should
do? Dr.* Bryce does! Ask online
at ubyssey.ca/advice/ and have
your personal problems solved
in the paper. All submissions are
entirely anonymous.
*Editor's note: Bryce is not
a doctor.
Voter Funded Media, or VFM, is
a contest held during the AMS
elections in the spring. Individuals
and groups may participate by
covering the elections. Students
who vote in the AMS elections will
also be asked to vote for who should
receive the funds.
What I'm Drinking Now: Game Edition
Drinking Game for this Week
Take a shot of tequila for
the all-nighter you're going
to pull.
Vodka pong. 'Nuffsaid.
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and debate Helvetica's importance to
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"The poet laureate of Canadian rock."
Don't miss this rare, intimate performance
featuring The Weakerthans' singer-songwriter
playing his songs in the form they were originally
written in -just him and his guitar, and speaking
about his process and development as a writer.
Tickets: $15 / $10 (students) / Ticketmaster.ca / 1 855 985 ARTS (2787)
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