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Array FEBRUARY25,2013 | VOLUMEXCIV| ISSUEXLI
STILL FINDING ROCKSSINCE1918
ELISA LAM
FOUND DEAD
Missing UBC student
found dead inside a
hotel water tank in Los
Angeles P3
WOMEN'S
VOLLEYBALL
T-Birds continue dominant season, capture
fourth Canada West
title in five years P5
WATERPROOF
YOUR BAG
A step-by-step guide
to keeping your stuff
dry through the rainy
season and beyond P8
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The UBC president loves acting, hates Twitter and wants more money for UBC P7
One year after winning only one game all season, the
UBC women's hockey team is headed to nationals.
Inside the comeback story of the year P5
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Read more on page 2 *
Are you a US Expat or Dual Citizen?
FACULTY & STAFF WORKSHOP
IMMIGRATION, TAX & FINANCIAL PLANNING
1*1
This free workshop will provide detailed information and an open
Q&A session for faculty and staff on Canada/US tax reporting,
financial planning, and immigration concerns.
This workshop is intended for:
- Expatriate Americans Faculty and Staff
- Canadians that have returned from the US.
- Permanent or temporary relocations to the US.
Thursday, Mar 7th
5:30pm -8:30pm
Henry Angus
Room 243
RSVP or for topic details
please email:
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WHAT'S ON
MONDAY   25
WHY WOMEN SHOULD
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5P.M.-6:30P.M.@CIRS2260
Media action advocate Shari Graydon
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eye.RSVPtowinnie.kam@ubc.ca.
TUESDAY ' 26
CAN SPORT CONTRIBUTE
TO WORLD DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE?
8 P.M. ©GREEN COLLEGE
U of T scholar Bruce Kidd will outline and examine the background
ofsports and howthey contribute
to development and peace in
Canada and abroad.
WEDNESDAY' 27
DANCING, LIQUOR, FUNZIES
8:30 P.M.® THE PIT
You had a lovely 10 day break to
rest (or test) your liver and dance
moves, now is the time to show
off the results. Come to the first
Pit Night since reading break has
ended, and it will undoubtebly be
a nightyou will (not) remember.
REDESIGN
Did you notice our new front cover? Over the past three months, our
design team has been working to create a more accessible, interesting
publication that will be informative and interesting to all members ofthe
UBC community. Throughout the next week, you will also notice some
more subtle changes, including the changes on this page. Ifyou have
any suggestions for how we can make The Ubyssey a better product,
please contact Jeff Aschkinasi, managing editor, print at printeditor@
ubyssey.ca orstop by our office in SUB24.
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UBC Film professor Rachel Talalay has produced and directed films including Hairspray and the Nightmare on Elm Street series.
From Elm Street
to Main Mall
Arno Rosenfeld
Features Editor
Rachel Talalay is bringing her Hollywood experience to Hollywood North.
She produced the original Hairspray and
directed and produced the Nightmare on Elm
Street movies. Her television credits include
Cold Case, Without a Trace, Boston Legal and
Ally McBeal. And for the past four years, she's
been a professor in the film program at UBC.
Talalay said that when she was first interviewing for the job, it was as much about
seeing whether UBC wanted her as determining if she could bring something of value to
the university.
"I decided yes," Talalay explained. "I realized I had a lot to teach."
The adjustment from working exclusively
in the private sector to learning how to teach
hasn't been seamless, but Talalay said she's
received great support and is starting to get the
hang of things.
"If you talk for an hour, then you see people
texting," she said. "And you're like, okay, I know
that didn't work and you go home and rethink."
She said making her classes more dynamic is
important — not just to get people to pay attention, but also because the film industry is a very
hands-on business. Being able to teach the skills
needed to work in the industry in an academic
setting like UBC was part of what attracted
Talalay to the university.
"Many people ask, 'Can you teach film
production, and is this a trade rather than an
academic subject?'" she said. "The aim is to give
them both skills, but much more context."
As part of giving students more context, Talalay has organized a lecture series that brings
Hollywood professionals in to speak to her
classes when they visit Vancouver. The series
has seen a range of professionals with impressive credentials come through UBC, from the
cinemotagrpher of Anna Karenina to the assistant director ofthe Bourne Identity series.
"They don't come in and say, 'I shot Anna
Karenina on this film stock at this speed,'"
Talalay said. "They talk about the artistry of
filmmaking, and that's what I want the students
to learn."
And, according to Talalay, the series has been
a huge hit among her students.
"I had one [email from a student] just now
saying 'I will remember this for the rest of my
life,'" Talalay said. "How much more could you
ask for as a teacher?"
And while Talalay has had to cut back
somewhat on her outside work now that she is
teaching, on the whole she thinks she made the
right decision.
"I kick myself sometimes because I miss
some ofthe things I wish I was doing, but I
have to say that the trade-off for the student —
it's absolutely the right decision," Talalay said.
The hardest adjustment to working at a university has been the different speed at which
things operate compared to the film business.
"You're taught to be so practical and just
like, get it done," Talalay explained of her
previous work.
"[Now] you can say, 'Boy wouldn't it be great
if I had this, this and this,' and they're like, 'Uh-
huh, we can talk about that in a year or two.'"
Talalay understands the constraints of
working in UBC's small film department, but
the university bureaucracy is nonetheless a
rough adjustment from working on the set of a
television show where a one-minute delay could
cost $3,000.
But despite the occasional tedium of university life, Talalay said she's thrilled to be
working at UBC. The daughter of two university professors, Talalay has long appreciated
the value of education. As an undergrad at Yale,
she majored in mathematics and considered
a job at IBM before choosing to go into film.
She said that while she doesn't use advanced
mathematics in her daily work, problem-solving is ever present and she still thinks in
mathematical terms. But more than that, she
values the experience of learning the incredibly complex information needed to complete
her degree.
"Education is about learning how to think,
it's not [just] about the specifics of what you
learn," Talalay said.
And after producing seven hours of television
and teaching five classes over the past year,
Talalay isn't sure what her future holds. But for
the time being, she loves being a professor. Xi tNewsl
ELISALAM»
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UBC student found dead
hotel water tank
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21-year-old UBC student Elisa Lam, who was reported missing from her L.A. hotel weeks ago, was found to be dead last Tuesday. L.A. police are currently investigating the case.
Will McDonald
News Editor
Los Angeles police have found
the body of missing UBC student
Elisa Lam.
A worker found her body in a
water tank on the roof of L A.'s
Cecil Hotel while looking into a
complaint about low water pressure
last Tuesday, according to the L.A.
Times.
Lam, a 21-year-old UBC student,
was last seen Jan. 31 inthe Cecil
Hotel. She was reported missing
on Feb. 1. Her autopsy has been
completed, but investigators have
yet to determine how she died. The
L.A. coroner's office hasn't revealed
if there were signs of trauma on
Lam's body.
Police are waiting for the results
ADMISSIONS »
of a drug test to help determine
the cause of Lam's death. The
results won't be available for six to
eight weeks.
Surveillance footage from the
hotel on the day of Lam's disappearance showed her acting strangely in
the hotel's elevator. She pressed the
buttons for multiple floors, waved
her arms around and looked around
the hallway outside the elevator.
Police are still unsure how Lam
got onto the hotel's roof inthe first
place. L.A. police Sgt. Rudy Lopez
told the Associated Press that the
door to the roof is kept locked and
only hotel employees have the key.
The door also has an alarm to alert
employees if someone is on the roof.
Lopez said the only other way to
gain access to the roof is by climbing the fire escape.
Police haven't determined how
long Lam's body was in the water
tank. Shortly after she was reported
missing, investigators checked
the roof ofthe hotel with police
dogs. They found no signs of her,
but did not look inside the hotel's
water tanks.
The Cecil Hotel, which offers
cheap rooms, is located close to the
low-income L.A. neighbourhood
known as Skid Row.
"That part of downtown Los
Angeles is not good," said LAPD
spokesperson Robert French shortly after Lam was reported missing.
"There is crime, there is squalor
there, among many things."
UBC spokesperson Randy
Schmidt confirmed that Lam took
courses at UBC last summer, but
she wasn't registered for any classes
this term. A profile of Lam's on
the website academia.edu says she
studied psychology.
Health officials have issued an
order not to drink the water in the
hotel, but tests haven't found any
disease-causing bacteria inthe
hotel's water supply. Residents of
the hotel drank water from the tank
containing Lam's body for weeks.
Health officials have asked the
hotel to drain its water supply and
flush out the pipes before another
round of testing to declare the
water safe to drink.
Los Angeles police have been
reluctant to release details about
Lam's death, as their investigation
is still ongoing. Xi
—With files from Andrew Bates
Mandatory minimum grades coming for some high school courses
Lawrence Neal Garcia
Contributor
Starting in 2014, UBC faculties
will be able to mandate minimum
grades in certain high school courses for those applying to UBC.
Andrew Arida, UBC associate registrar of undergraduate
admissions, said this measure is
aimed at the growing number of
applicants who load up on easier
electives to inflate their overall
admissions average. The policy
was approved by the UBC Senate
at their last meeting, and will come
into effect for the class starting
September 2014.
"Students will have to put an emphasis on bringing up their grades
in their weakest courses when
those courses are critical pre-requi-
sites, not just taking any course
to bring up their overall average,"
said Arida.
UBC's hope is that mandatory
minimum averages in specific
courses will allow each faculty
to better select students who will
be successful in their studies. For
example, if students' marks in English 12 give the best indication of
how well they'd do in completing a
UBC BA, the university thinks this
should take precedence in admissions decisions over marks in other,
less-relevant courses.
The threshold numbers will be
up to individual faculties to decide,
and they will be lower than the gen-
UBC faculties
are now able to set minimum admission averages for core high school courses
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eral admissions average cut-off.
UBC already has a policy to reject
any applicants from Canadian high
schools with averages below 70 per
cent. There's also a required grade
of 70 per cent in English 12 (or an
equivalent course) for all faculties,
and a requirement of 67 per cent in
Math 12 for science students.
"This is about saying that it's
competitive," said Arida. "It's an
additional criterion that can be used
to rank order applicants... because
again we have far more demand
than we have space for at UBC."
Students who don't meet the
mandatory minimum averages
could still be considered for
admission through UBC's recently-implemented broad-based
admissions process.
Kiran Mahal, Vice-President
Academic at UBC's AMS student society, hopes this move will help high
school students focus on improving
their grades in core courses.
"It's kind of shifting the way
students look at admission to UBC,"
said Mahal.
While both Arida and Mahal
see the policy as a way of setting
students up for success, second-year
Sauder student Andrew Lowe isn't
so sure.
"I don't know if average would
be the best metric, because I know
school isn't just about grades," Lowe
said. "It's definitely goingto prove
to be tough for some students."
Many other Canadian universities, including McGill and the
University of Toronto, have similar
policies.
The policy was passed by the
UBC Vancouver senate on Feb. 13,
and will be voted on by the UBC
Okanagan senate at the end ofthe
month. Xi
NEWS BRIEFS
Provincial budget
spaces out cuts to
post-secondary education
The B.C. Liberals have opted to
reduce planned cuts to operating
funds for universities and colleges. For now.
The provincial budget for
2013-14, announced on Feb.
19, includes a $5 million overall cut tothe nearly $2 billion
worth of operating grants given
to post-secondary institutions.
That's significantly less than
the$20 million planned cutthat
schools were bracing for.
Butthe Liberals still hope
to shave $50 million from the
advanced education operating
budget in the not-so-distant
future. While their original plan
was $20 million less in 2013-14
and $30 million less in 2014-15,
they've nowspaced the planned
cuts out: after the $5 million
coming off this year, there's a $20
million cut coming in 2014-15,
and a further $25 million cut in
2015-16.
But with a hotly-contested
provincial election coming this
May, none of these future numbers are set in stone. Although
many at universities hope more
cash will come their way if the
B.C. NDP are elected instead,
that party has not yet released a
platform describing their plans for
post-secondary funding.
To try and keep up with the
demand for more physicians in
B.C., the province will give $2.4
million for more spaces at UBC
medical school in 2013-14, and
this will increase to $4.8 million
the year after.
Arts students approve new
student centre
The Arts Undergraduate Society
has won a referendum to collect
student fees for a new building.
They just need to figure out where
to put it.
60 percent of voters in the
election running from Feb. 8 to 15
were in favour of paying $15 each
year to fund the construction of
a new, freestanding Arts student
centre. That fee will increase to
$25 from every Arts student in
2018, until the cost ofthe centre is
paid off. According to a preliminary design for the building, the
cost to build it is expected to be
just over $5 million.
The society hasn't yet figured
out where they're going to put the
building; two possible sites are
beside Buchanan E blockorin a
lot alongside Brock Hall.
The voting period also saw
new executives elected for the
Arts Undergraduate Society, and
indexed the society's regular $13
student fee to inflation.
Arts students elected Sebastian Silley, current AMS rep
and brother of sitting Board of
Governors member Mike Silley,
as their new student society
president. Silley won 56 per cent
of votes, ahead of Ekateryna
Baranovskaya, who received 32.6
percent of votes and who also ran
unsuccessfully for AMS president
thisyear. Joke candidate Zaphod
Beeblebrox (a characterfrom
Douglas Adams's The Hitchiker's
Guide to the Galaxy, as represented by Ubyssey writer Colin
Chia) got 11 percent of votes.
Altogether, 11 per cent of
Arts students —1,494 out of the
14,006 who were eligible — voted
in this election, xt EDITOR C.J. PENTLAND
MONDAY,
W Sports + Rec
BASKETBALL»
Coming up big when it counts
UBC men's basketball delivers inspired effort to move on to the final four
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
The outlook wasn't great for the
UBC men's basketball team.
After dropping their final two
regular season games, it took a
furious second-half push on Friday
night to defeat the University of
Alberta Golden Bears in game one
of their first-round playoff series.
And then on Saturday, the T-Birds
were outplayed for the majority of
the game, losing 81-68 to Alberta.
This made for a decisive game
three on Sunday night, a game that
could have possibly ended their
promising season.
But with their season on the line,
UBC came out on fire and played
perhaps their best game ofthe
season and beat the Golden Bears
96-67. They got out to an immediate 14-0 lead, were up 45-18 at the
half and kept up the pressure in the
second to cruise to victory. They
now advance to the Canada West
final four that they're hosting next
weekend, meaning that the fans in
attendance had to return the blue
cowbells that they were given at the
start ofthe game.
The T-Birds played with an
intensity that was missing during
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It took two hard-fought efforts for UBC to knock off Alberta in the first round.
Saturday's loss. They forced Alberta
into tough shots, limiting them to
only 22 field goals on 30.9 per cent
shooting. They also out-rebounded
them 47-25, pouncing on loose balls
and keeping the Bears out ofthe
paint. Brylle Kamen, despite having
three teeth pulled in the past two
weeks and not being able to eat solid
food, led the way with 12 rebounds,
while second-year David Wagner
also grabbed 10.
"That was the type of defence
that we wanted to play last night.
Last night we got behind and we
burned a lot of energy playing
catch-up," said UBC head coach
Kevin Hanson after Sunday's win. "I
thought we came out and didn't give
them many looks. We made some
adjustments on ball screens which
had hurt us all week, and I thought
our guys adjusted very well.... The
effort and energy level was tremendous."
Another main reason for the
rebounding discrepancy was due
to UBC's stellar shooting. They
were able to score almost at will
inthe paint during the first half,
and got hot from three-point land
inthe second to finish with a 58.3
field goal percentage. In total, five
players ended up in double figures for points: Kamen, Wagner,
Doug Plumb, O'Brian Wallace and
GeoffPippus.
"To see us come out fired up like
that in the first quarter was really
exciting for us, because we haven't
had that real killer instinct for quite
some time now," said Hanson. "I'm
just proud ofthe energy we came
out with, and it set the energy for
the second half."
Last weekend saw UBC drop two
contests to the University of Victoria
and put them on the wrong foot
heading into the playoffs. It was a
wake up call for the 'Birds, who had
previously coasted to 12 straight victories, and reminded them that they
needed to really work for their wins.
"It was a big kick to the ego
and to the head," said Hanson,
referring to the Victoria losses.
"All of a sudden it put us in a tough
situation.... It could've gone south
in a big hurry. You lose that one
last night too, and [it affects] your
confidence."
"We had two options today: we
could've either cowered in fear at
what was in front of us, or just attack it and embrace the situation,"
said Plumb, who avoided this being
his last game as a T-Bird. "And I
feel that we attacked it head on.
I was really impressed by all of us."
Instead of going south, the
T-Birds still have a shot of heading
east to Ottawa for CIS nationals.
The 'Birds will host the Canada
West Final Four next weekend,
where a win in the semi-finals will
provide them with an automatic
berth at nationals. A loss would
not be an automatic end to the
season, as there is also an at-large
berth to the tournament that is
awarded nationally.
UBC will take on the University ofthe Fraser Valley on Friday
night, with tip-off at 7 p.m. at War
Memorial Gym. The Canada West
final is on Saturday. Xi
BASKETBALL»
Youthful T-Birds see season end early
Two close losses to Alberta bring the UBC women's basketball season to a close
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
A couple of close losses at home to
the University of Alberta Pandas
made for a premature end to the
UBC women's basketball season,
as a 66-62 defeat on Friday night
and a 67-64 loss in overtime on
Saturday made Alberta the winner
ofthe teams' first-round playoff series. It was revenge for the
Pandas, as it was the T-Birds who
ended their season in the first
round last year.
Both games were back-and-forth
affairs, with the two teams trading
leads throughout the contests. UBC
held numerous leads of over eight
points in each game, but weren't
able to extend the leads and allowed
Alberta to claw back into the games.
The end result was the Pandas being
up near the end, and the T-Birds
not being able to complete any late
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comeback attempts.
Friday's game was one marred by
poor free throw shooting. The 'Birds
shot a mere five of 14 from the charity stripe, a sore spot that became
all the more noticeable after the
four-point loss. On the other hand,
Alberta was 14-20 from the line and
was clutch down the stretch.
The Pandas were also deadly
from beyond the arc. They were six
of 11 from three-point land, and used
the barrage of threes to overcome
an eight-point UBC lead in the third
quarter.
"It was a game of runs — we'd go
up and then they'd catch up, we'd
go up again and then they'd catch
up — and then they went up a bit,"
said UBC head coach Deb Huband.
"There were just some key times
where we just didn't execute; we
couldn't communicate on the floor.
We took some possessions away
from ourselves which really hurt."
UBC saw strong performances
from their starters; Kris Young
lead the way with 19 points. Leigh
Stansfield added 13, while Victoria
Spangehl recorded a double-double
with 11 points and 13 boards.
However, the T-Birds' bench was
outscored 24-2.
Young and Stansfield were also
standout performers on Saturday night, but their stats weren't
enough to top the balanced scoring
effort from Alberta. Young had a
season-high 29 points in the loss,
while Stansfield added 14 and eight
rebounds during her last game as a
Thunderbird. Zana Williams was
also a spark off the bench, making
several key defensive plays and hitting a clutch three-pointer to send
the game to overtime and briefly
extend her team's season.
With only one fifth-year and
one fourth-year on the roster, the
T-Birds were a young team that had
been riding their youthful energy
into the playoffs. But on Saturday
Zana Williams had 11 points off the bench in Saturday's game.
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night, it was clear that they still
have a bit more to learn, and the
experience ofthe Alberta squad
was evident.
"I just thought that down the
stretch we got outplayed," said
Huband. "They've a veteran team,
and their veterans stepped up.... We
had a rebound, and if we got that
rebound at the end of regulation the
game was ours, but we didn't [get it].
We're a youngteam,... so I thought
our girls battled really hard and
they tried to step up, but I think just
down the stretch they were playing
better than we were and were deserving ofthe win."
The roster from last year's team
that came second in the country
looked much different this season,
as three starters had left the squad.
But of this year's young team, only
one player will be graduating, and
that means the returners will be
able to build off of this experience in
the future.
"Hopefully there will be a lot of
motivation to work in the off-season. I think when rookies come in
they have no idea what they're up
against, and we have a lot of rookies
and second-year kids," said Huband.
"We put a lot of demands on our
second-year kids, and it was a tremendous growth year for them and
the rookies. I hope that they find
that this feeling is something they
want to avoid in the future, and is
very motivating in the offseason.
"We've got a lot of work to do, and
after a little break, we want to get
down and get better." tJ MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2013    |    SPORTS + REC
VOLLEYBALL »
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UBC won their fourth Canada West title in the past five years on Saturday.
Dominant T-Birds are
the best in the West
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
"Dominant" is a word that has been
used quite often to describe the
UBC women's volleyball team during their 2012-2013 campaign. It's a
term that shouldn't really be tossed
around and assigned to just any
good team, but UBC is not just another good team. They're one that
has now won 22 straight games, and
at one point won 37 consecutive sets
during the regular season.
But during Saturday's Canada
West final against the Trinity Western University Spartans — the only
team who handed the 'Birds a loss
so far this season — UBC was up
against an opponent that provided
tough competition, the like of which
they hadn't seen since early November. And TWU showed no fear of
the Thunderbirds, offering another
stern test inthe gold medal match,
preventing the Thunderbirds from
dominating like they usually do.
But despite everything the
Spartans threw at them, the T-Birds
handled it and prevailed. They took
down TWU in four sets, capturing
their fourth Canada West title in
the past five years and clinching the
number one seed at next weekend's CIS nationals in Sherbrooke,
Quebec.
The T-Birds were limited to a
.153 hitting percentage on Saturday
— well off their .285 average during
the regular season — and were
blocked 31 times by Spartan defenders. But like good teams do, they
found a way to win. It may not have
been pretty, but it still got them
another Canada West banner.
"I'm not too shocked that it was
a little up and down; it definitely
wasn't our cleanest play, and Trinity
may say the same, and I expected
there to be quite a few momentum
swings, and there were," said UBC
head coach Doug Reimer. "We can
take a lot out of that match because
it was a great atmosphere, a strong
team [and] an important match, and
we're getting pushed, which hadn't
happened that much."
Leading the way for the T-Birds,
as she has done all season, was
fifth-year outside hitter and Canada
West MVP Shanice Marcelle.
She led her team in both kills and
digs, keeping several plays alive
and hammering home momen
tum-shifting kills that put TWU
on their heels. Fittingly, it was an
MVP-calibre performance.
"We were off by just that little
bit in a few areas, and that's what
happens, but we had to make plays
and Shanice makes plays, almost
without exception at key times,"
said Reimer. "She can do it in so
many different ways, but defensively,... that's pretty critical."
Lisa Barclay didn't have her
most efficient offensive game of
the season, but the Canada West
first-team all-star still racked up
11 kills, three of which sparked the
UBC comeback at the end ofthe
first set. Second-team all-star Brina
Derksen-Bergen also had another
efficient game at the setter position,
splitting time with Kirsty Setter-
lund and totalling 26 assists to go
along with eight digs.
The adversity that UBC faced
on Saturday was something they
hadn't dealt with in quite some
time, but it will prove to be valuable
experience come nationals next
weekend. When the 'Birds got down
in the first set and struggled in the
second one, they did not collapse.
Instead, they stormed back with
an intensity that is a quality of
championship teams.
"It's that mental battle when
you're struggling in some areas, and
you're just fighting it a little bit; [you
see] how well you can hang in there
and rebound and not let it keep sliding," said Reimer. "And because we
haven't had a lot of those experiences, that's why [it's important].
"I think you take a deep breath,
come away and make ... recognitions — the learning experience
there out of that."
UBC will now build off of this
weekend and head to Sherbrooke,
Quebec on Thursday and attempt
to win their sixth straight national
championship. If victorious, they
will solidify their status as one of
the best dynasties in CIS sport history and complete one ofthe most
dominant seasons in recent memory
— that is, if they're not considered
the best dynasty already.
Nationals kick off on Feb. 28
and will run until March 2. While
there, this dominant UBC team will
most definitely be inthe mix for six
straight golds. Xi
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Dream season continues
UBC women's hockey is off to CIS nationals
Colin Chia
StaffWriter
This watershed season for UBC
Thunderbirds women's hockey isn't
over yet.
The T-Birds won their Canada
West semifinal in three games over
the University of Regina Cougars
this past weekend, capping it off
with a convincing 7-1 thrashing of
Regina inthe deciding game. This
means that UBC will play for the
Canada West championship next
weekend, and will also be heading
to the CIS national championship
in Toronto.
Both of these are firsts for UBC,
and all this comes a year after the
team won just one of its 24 regular
season games. Head coach Graham Thomas has transformed the
T-Birds during his first season in
charge, and it's dizzying to think of
just how far they have come since
last year.
For a while it looked like the
T-Birds had finally met their match
when they hit the road to face the
second-seeded Cougars, who had
won three ofthe four regular season
match-ups between the teams. And
on Friday, UBC lost for the first
time in nine games, dropping game
one 2-1 and putting their season on
the ropes.
After ending the first period
down by two goals, UBC got a goal
from Rebecca Unrau late inthe
second. But even after a late push,
they couldn't find the tying goal
in the third. Unrau was returning
to the ice after missing game
two against Manitoba when she
was injured during last week's
playoff series.
The T-Birds kept their season
alive on Saturday, however, as they
went on to win game two 3-2 in
triple overtime after giving up a
game-tying goal with 7:04 to go in
the third period. Tatiana Rafter
finally scored the winner at 15:41
inthe third overtime period, as she
was the first to find the rebound off
a shot by Unrau.
"The biggest thing at that point
— in that overtime and in many
overtimes — is they were playing
for each other.... No one was ready
to stop this run; they wanted to
continue, they were determined to
never say never and not quit. And
there's no way they were going to
beat us, and that's the attitude we
had," head coach Graham Thomas
said to CiTR Radio after game two.
"That was our team identity;
that's how we were playing and
that's how we need to play."
But anyone expecting the
decisive third game to be as just as
epic a nail-biter would have been
disappointed when the Thunderbirds blew out the Cougars 7-1. UBC
exploded out ofthe gate as Tatiana
Rafter scored just 24 seconds after
puck drop, and then Stephanie
Schaupmeyer, Nicole Saxvik and
Emily Grainger all tallied to give
UBC a 4-1 lead after a first period
that saw the Cougars change their
goalie twice and struggle to get
much going on offence.
Saturday had been a long night,
but the visitors still came out fired
up and put the sword to the dispirited Cougars on Sunday. Rafter got
a second goal inthe second period,
with Nikola Brown-John also
scoring before Genevieve Car-
penter-Boesch added a shorthanded
goal to complete the rout.
T-Birds goaltender Danielle
Dube, named the Canada West
female athlete ofthe week after her
performance inthe quarterfinal
series against Manitoba, was once
again a stand-out in this series, saving 73 ofthe 78 shots she faced over
the three-game series.
UBC will now play for the Canada West championship on the road
next weekend against the University
of Calgary. CIS nationals are at the
University of Toronto and will take
place from March 8 to 10. Xi
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before Tatiana Rafter scored
to give UBC the 3-2 victory in
game two
26 seconds for Rafter to
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Thunderbird swimmers own the pool
UBC women win national gold for second straight year, men finish in second
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
It wasn't quite a double gold, but
it was as close to it as possible for
UBC swimming.
At the CIS swimming nationals in
Calgary this past weekend, the UBC
women's swimming team led from
start to finish to emerge as the national champs, while the men's team
ended in a close second, falling 15
points short of first-place University
of Toronto and having to settle for a
silver medal.
The wins give women's swimming two banners on the year, as
they captured a Canada West championship earlier this month. While
the 'Birds were one ofthe favourites
heading into the meet, they showed
on the weekend that they were in
a class of their own. They won by a
substantial 143.5-point margin over
second-place Calgary, finishing with
691.5 points over the three days. It
was their 18th CIS championship,
the most of any UBC team.
"We had a pretty balanced attack
on the women's side; everybody on
the team recorded points, which is
pretty good for any team," said UBC
head coach Steve Price, who was
named CIS women's swim coach of
the year. "Typically we had people
coming from everywhere and scoring points, and no other team was
doing that."
Leading the onslaught was
Savannah King, who picked up two
individual gold medals and was
named CIS female swimmer ofthe
year for the second straight year.
She touched the wall first in the
400m and 800m freestyle, picked
up a bronze medal inthe 200m
freestyle, and also won a gold in the
4x200m freestyle relay, along with
teammates Brittney Harley, Tera
Van Beilen and Heather MacLean.
Van Beilen had a strong weekend
herself, winning a gold medal inthe
200mbreaststroke, bronzes inthe
100m breaststroke and 50m breast-
stroke and a silver with teammates
MacLean, Erin Stamp and Grainne
Pierse inthe 4x100m medley relay.
Other medals on the weekend
went to MacLean, who also picked
up silvers inthe 100m and 200m
freestyle; Grainne Pierse, who came
second in the 50m backstroke; and
Harley, who won a bronze in the
100m freestyle. The 4x100m freestyle relay team of MacLean, Harley,
Rebecca Terejko and Fionnuala
Pierse also won a silver.
"We knew that we had a good
strong women's team, and if they
swam to their capabilities they could
dominate the championships," Price
said of his squad.
On the men's side, Coleman Allen
and Kelly Aspinall led the way to
the second-place finish. Allen, in his
first year with the T-Birds, picked
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UBC women's swimming captured the CIS i
up two individual gold medals on
day one and two silvers on day two,
and helped UBC win the 4x100m
medley relay and 4x100m freestyle
relay. He also set a CIS record in the
100m butterfly.
Aspinall, in his final national
championship, was dominant as
well, winning five gold medals and
one silver, setting two CIS records
inthe process. His performance was
one that earned him the title of CIS
male swimmer ofthe year.
Luke Peddie also swam well,
winning a silver medal in the 50m
freestyle. He was also a part ofthe
gold medal-winning freestyle relay
team that featured Aspinall, Allen
and Sergey Holson; and the medley
relay team that consisted ofthe
same four swimmers. Other medals
on the weekend went to Patrick
Cowan in the 400m individual
medley and Evan Broderick in the
200m breaststroke.
It may not have been a perform-
national championship for the second straight
ance that saw UBC defend their gold
medal from last year, but it was still
one that pushed a dominant Toronto
team to the brink and drew the
praise of their coach.
"It was a close win last year,
and we knew that Toronto would
have one of their key guys back,"
Price said. "They were number one
ranked all year, so to come within 15
points is pretty good."
With the CIS season now over,
T-Bird swimmers can now look
ahead to the 2013 Universiade
Games in Kazan, Russia. To have
a chance to make the Canadian
team, a swimmer must have won
a gold medal at the CIS championships, so King, Van Beilen, Aspinall
and Allen will all have a chance to
represent Canada inthe summer.
Tommy Gossland, who graduated
from UBC last year, will also have
a shot to qualify at the secondary
qualifiers in April.
As for next season, the outlook
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year.
remains bright. Only Grainne
Pierse leaves the women's side,
while Aspinall leaves the men's
team. They are substantial losses,
but another strong recruiting class
will be joining the 'Birds next
year, adding on to rosters that are
already full of emerging stars.
"On the women's side, we picked
up a few key women that will just
bolster our roster," said Price. "We
lose only one girl, and we pick up
three more, with one being a world-
class swimmer. So we're only going
to get stronger with the women
since we're a young team.
"On the men's side, we're losing
Kelly Aspinall, which will be a
big loss, but we had a really good
recruiting year.... The men's side
was a bit of a rebuild anyway,
and the fact that we've been this
competitive — last year winning
[nationals] and this year almost
winning it — [makes me] excited
for next year." Xi
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UBC's money problems and his aborted acting career
INTERVIEW BY JONNY WAKEFIELD
Seven years into his term, we're beginning to get a sense of
how UBC president Stephen Toope's willbe remembered.
Under Toope, UBC's ambitions have continued to grow as
traditional sources of funding have shrunk. He has had to
balance the university's desire to compete with the likes ofU ofT
and Stanford against a tumultuous global economy.
Now, with the provincial election on the horizon, the university is struggling to defend its value and get a larger slice of
post-secondary funding.
The Ubyssey sat down with Toope for our annual interview
to talk about the issues that have defined his time at UBC.
Should students or taxpayers be concerned about ending up on the hook for the current recent construction boom at UBC?
No, not at all. In fact, most of our buildings are not
underfunded. Most of them, by the time we're actually
building them, are about 95 per cent funded. So at the
end ofthe day, we're not in debt.
An AMS survey released last summer revealed
that most students disagreed with the statement
"campus is developing with student interests" in
mind. What do you say to students who feel inconvenienced by construction?
Well, I can only say that the buildings that we've built are
all either student residences or academic buildings. If students aren't the target, I don't know who is.
UBC was recently forced to make an about-face on tuition
for the new Bachelor of International Economics degree,
to be offered through the soon-to-be-created Vancouver
School of Economics. Are programs like the BIE creating
a two-tier education structure?
I'm not sure if it was an about-face. There was some student
concern about the tuition and then there was some discussion
between the university, student government, and the tuition
was lessened. But it still is different from the tuition that is
charged for regular programs.
I don't see these as two tiers, this is just a different program. But the fact that students will be eligible for the full
range of student financial assistance means that this will be, I
hope, a very exciting program that remains accessible.
UBC is also working on a program called Bridge, which
would allow students who fall short of UBC entrance
requirements to gain admittance through study in an
affiliated college. Given that a lot of students fail to meet
English requirements, is UBC worried that such a program might ghettoize international students?
I actually see it from exactly the opposite perspective. I think
it's actually designed to ensure that there's less lumpiness
in that intercultural existence, which I agree with you is extremely important at the university.
[Bridge] is focused entirely around two things. One is,
as you say, is language, and trying to help students who are
outstanding but whose language skills may not be quite up to
the mark.
The second piece is that, to date, a lot ofthe recruitment to
UBC has come from International Baccalaureate programs
and international schools. Ifyou want to talk about schools
that are more likely to have kids that have extra wealth,...
that's where you're going to find them. What we actually want
to do is find students who come from indigenous schools,
native language schools, who happen to be outstanding but
may not have had the same opportunities to be acculturated in
Western-style education.
Would UBC be going for these programs if it didn't
need money?
Yes. Absolutely. I think the BIE is just an exciting program.
The Bridge, I would say even more so. I know it's hard for
people to believe because we're always talking about university finances. But the real reason to do the Bridge is to have a
wider variety of students who can succeed coming from a
wider variety of countries.
The Research Universities Council of B.C. have
asked the provincial government for nearly
$200 million over the next four years. You've argued
that B.C. needs 11,000 new university spaces to meet de
mand over the next four years. Why should taxpayers give
more money to universities?
Every one ofthe last ten years, UBC has over-enrolled compared to what we're funded for.
It used to be possible to get into a university in BC with a 75
or a 78 per cent average a decade ago. That's almost impossible
now.
From a UBC perspective, we have roughly 1,300 graduate
students at UBC who attract no provincial funding. And we
think that's just not reasonable ifyou want to have successful
research-intensive universities.
On the research front, there was a wonderful study a
few years ago suggesting that UBC alone is responsible for
roughly $10 billion of economic activity in B.C. per year, and
a large part of that comes from the research activities of
the university.
Every one ofthe last ten years, UBC
has overenrolled. It used to be possible
to get into a university in BC with a 75
or a 78 per cent average. That's almost
impossible now.
Stephen Toope
UBC President
What would a change in government look like for
the university?
That's very hard to predict. The official opposition has promised certain things that I think are very positive — promises
around support for students through grants — that's a good
thing. Truthfully, I think it's hard to predict what either party
will do because they haven't said much.
It's a period of some economic downturn, so the preoccupation is with jobs. And sometimes I think politicians think
about that issue in too narrow a fashion. They're not connecting the jobs piece to the broader question of investment in
education that's required. I don't blame B.C.'s politicians specifically, this goes on in most of the Western world. Education
and universities tend not to be major topics during elections.
Have broad-based admissions been a success in pulling down the high secondary school grade averages for
admitted students?
Not a big enough success. We've got some programs where
even with broad based admission, the entrances averages are
so high as to be in my view worrisome, because I'm not sure
how real the distinction is between 89 and 91 or 91 and 93.
We turned up an article from a 1977 edition ofthe Harvard Crimson, a review of a production of Henrik Ibsen's
Hedda Gabler. In it, the performance of Stephen Toope is
... panned.
Panned, exactly! That is me, absolutely. A very unfair critic,
though.
I actually, despite the review, considered theatre as a career
for quite a few years. I started theatre in high school and
continued through university. Had wonderful opportunities
to work with really major directors from New York, from
London, on various productions, some of which I think were
pretty hard to watch. I was in a production of War and Peace,
which for the actors I think was one ofthe funnest plays I can
imagine doing. But I suspect it was pretty difficult to watch. I
don't have an opportunity to act any more, except in the role of
president, where I get to act a fair amount.
Would you ever consider getting on Twitter?
No. I despise Twitter, truthfully. I think it's one ofthe worst
things that's been created in my lifetime. I dislike everything
about it. I think that the notion that you can say anything that
matters in the limited number of characters you're given, and
that you have to do it immediately, and everyone will respond
immediately with no reflection, I think it's the worst of our
society, so no. tJ
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Mini homes to enter Vancouver rent market
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NOMAD Housing makes a movable unit that could be the future of affordable housing.
Joan Tan
Contributor
As students, we're no strangers to
living in small spaces. But what if
you could trade in your cramped
basement suite for a fully-equipped
mini-home?
With a new development company, NOMAD Housing, entering
Vancouver's real estate market,
this reality could be closer than we
think. Their goal is to introduce
fully mobile, 100 square-foot, two-
story homes fully equipped with a
living room, bedroom, bathroom
and kitchen.
The project emerged in response
to the need for more affordable
housing.
"I think rental [in Vancouver]
has always been strong and very
competitive and highly priced," said
Ian Kent, architect and developer
at NOMAD Housing. "There isn't
a lot available and there is a ton of
people with a huge demand for more
affordable housing but not a lot of
supply."
Though Kent acknowledges
that the idea of tiny living units is
not exactly new, he believes that
NOMAD will be putting a fresh spin
on the concept.
"Ifyou look [at] the market for
tiny houses, there's probably 50
different designs out there by different architects around the world.
But none of them are as small, or
completely mobile in a way that you
can put it into a box and assemble
it. None of them have a bathroom,
kitchen, living room, stairs.... [Ours]
serves its purpose as a completely
livable unit," he said.
The design is built around the
idea of minimalist living—living
small, and living for less. "My idea
is to strip the finishes,... to keep
the costs down to the point where
it's accessible to a huge amount of
people," said Kent.
Aside from being a fully-
equipped livable space, the NOMAD
home will also function as a mobile
and flexible unit, allowing owners
the freedom to take it apart, move it
around and modify it to fit to their
specific needs. NOMAD houses
allow for flexibility and potential
to expand, able to cater to different
people — whether they are students
living independently, or families
looking to live together.
"Since NOMAD houses allow
more than one structure to connect,
owners could potentially have, for
example, a two-bedroom house with
two bathrooms, a dining area [and
more]" Kent said.
Keeping in touch with Vancouver's demand for green design,
Kent is also concerned with making
NOMAD homes environmentally
friendly. "You can make this product
as green as you want," he said. "It
can be self-sufficient, ifyou choose.
Solar panels and composting toilets
can be implemented into it to have a
self-sustained living space."
When asked about his vision for
NOMAD Housing, Kent expressed
keen interest in supporting and
catering to the growing demand of
affordable housing not only here in
Vancouver, but eventually around
the world and in developing countries. "It would be rewarding for me
to see this concept in other places
that need affordable housing as
well," he said. tJ
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Waterproof Your bag
How to avoid soggy textbooks in 7 easy steps
Christine Thian
Contributor
Vancouver is one ofthe
wettest cities in Canada,
and this makes it a
potentially inconvenient
place to live. If it's not raining,
a cold mist hangs over the city,
drenching all who are unprepared. UBC students are not
excluded from its unrelenting
moistness, and many find their
bags soaking wet after a day of
trekking around campus.
Ifyou are one of those students, don't rush out to buy a
new bag just yet; read on to find
some tips on how to waterproof
your bag using wax. This method
works best with canvas bags,
but can also be used for thin
broad cloth or denim. Canvas — a
tough, woven fabric — already
has a degree of water resistance,
but waxing it makes it more
waterproof and durable. Waxed
canvas is also breathable, versatile, and less environmentally
destructive — perfect for those
wanting to go green. The following instructions will not only
give your bag a sexy new look,
but save you tons of money as
well. You'll never have to worry
about soggy notes again.
1) MATERIALS NEEDED
A BAG
A DOUBLE BOILER
(BEST IF NOT FOR KITCHEN USE —
TWO ALUMINUM POTS WILL DO)
1-2 WAX BARS
(PARAFFIN, BEESWAX OR A
MIXTURE OF BOTH; FINDTHEM IN
THE CANNING SECTION OF YOUR
LOCAL GROCERY STORE)
A SPONGE ROLLER
OR A BRISTLE BRUSH
A DROP CLOTH
(TO PREVENT STAINS)
A PILLOWCASE
ANNAZORIAILLUSTRATIOWHE UBYSSEY
2) INSTRUCTIONS
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o
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Fill the bottom portion ofthe
double boilerwith water and put
it on the stove on high heat.
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Once the wax starts to melt, dip
your brush into it and paint the
surfaces ofthe bag you want to
waterproof. Pay extra attention
to the seams, and the bottom, as
it takes the brunt ofthe wear.
After the drying
time is done, pull out your bag
and let it cool down (it'll harden
due to the wax between the
fibers).
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As the water boils, drop one or
two bars of wax (depending on
the size ofthe bag) in the top
portion ofthe double boiler.
Allow the wax to cool and
harden, then place the bag into
a pillowcase. Tie the end of the
pillowcase into a knot.
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Spread the drop cloth out beneath the bag.
Put it into the dryer on high heat
for 30-45 minutes. This allows
the wax to melt evenly into the
fabric. (Note that this could
leave a residue in your dryer;
if you wish to avoid that, use a
heat gun or a hairdryer.)
AFTERTHOUGHTS
Voila! You now have a super-pro,
waxed-waterproof bag. Pat yourself
on the back for saving the environment and your money at the same
time. Now work the fabric to soften
it a bit, apply another coat of wax, or
decorate it to your liking. Whatever
you do, rest assured that your bag
will never be drenched again.
Ifyou have some other fabric you
want to wax, throw it into the dryer
with your waxed bag. It'll catch
some ofthe melt-off residue and
produce another waxed fabric. Xi MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2013    |    CULTURE
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Down to The Wire
Student-directed seminar takes an academic look at critically-acclaimed series
Kit Sauder
Contributor
This semester, on the
third floor of Buchanan D, the gritty streets
of Baltimore are being
brought to the attention of a small
but committed cohort of students
who are fans ofthe TV show The
Wire.
"Power, People, and Politics in
the HBO Television Series The
Wire" is a student-directed seminar (SDS) course organized by
English literature major Sharon
Doucet, who leads discussions and
facilitates student-generated presentations. Each member ofthe
seminar presents two discussion
topics — one on the material ofthe
series, another on the large body
of scholarly work that the series
has generated.
For the uninitiated, The Wire
is David Simon's too-close-to-
life drama produced by HBO, a
five-season titan that ranks with
The Shield and The Sopranos as
one ofthe many unforgettable
crime-and-punishment dramas
ofthe first decade ofthe 21st
century. The series focuses not on
a character, or even a particular
ensemble, but the city of Baltimore. It is the story of institutions
— the way they grind, sieve, and
eventually corrupt and destroy
even the best within them.
Student-directed seminar
courses count for three credits,
and any student can pitch an idea
to the SDS advisory committee.
Doucet's inspiration came when
one of her peers encouraged her to
lead an SDS in her final semester.
After thinking about what topics
interest her, she realized she had
the perfect match in The Wire,
having studied under one of its
most noted scholars, Tiffany Potter — author of The Wire: Urban
Decay and American Television.
The open and collegial atmosphere ofthe seminar is one of
its major selling points, with
the small class size allowing for
a deep investigation from the
interdisciplinary viewpoints of
the members ofthe class. After
the two discussions, the seminar
breaks into a freewheeling discussion ofthe overarching issues that
the series confronts.
The course is broken into
three segments. The first covers
sex, gender and race; the second
addresses issues of economics and
politics; and the third wraps up
with a look at the urban geography of The Wire, and the layers
of physical, technological and
social structures and the ways
in which they create real and
artificial boundaries.
It wasn't easy for anyone to pick
one theme that they thought was
most important. Brendan Clyde, a
senior majoring in psychology, felt
the most important themes were
education, politics and community infrastructure, but that it made
the most sense in an American
context. "[I couldn't] really relate
personally," he said. "I think
Canada is a much different place,
a much different environment."
None ofthe members ofthe
seminar had lived in the United
States or spent much time there
other than on vacation except for
Doucet, who grew up in California. "I think it's hard for us to
relate, in our bubble in Vancouver," she said.
Doucet felt that the criminal
element of society and the effects
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A new Student Directed Seminar allows UBC students to investigate the sociological side of David Simon's The Wire.
of poverty once it has become
endemic are something that are
very hard to combat, and very
hard to escape for many people,
especially minorities. "Should
people be allowed to be brought
back to society, are crimes in the
past goingto haunt you forever?"
she said.
But at the same time, The
Wire's nuances can be applied
to real life. "I saw a lot of that,"
Doucet said. "There's a lot of gang
culture, pit bull fighting, while at
the same time a lot ofthe people
involved in dog rescue programs
are also black young men."
The SDS program at UBC
lends itself to an interdisciplinary approach, and offers
an escape from the usual fare.
Apparently, the sentiments
aren't uncommon.
"There's a bit of a disconnect
between courses that students
are interested in and what's on
offer," said Toby Sirzyk, a student
enrolled in the course.
The offer of intimacy,
wide-ranging conversations, and
the genuine interest of not only
the director, but also Potter —
who is the faculty sponsor and
will be marking papers — means
that this SDS will be one ofthe
more unique courses on offer at
UBC this semester.
Any time an institution as large
as this is willing to open the doors
to truly interdisciplinary viewpoints on an issue, let students
take more responsibility for their
education and do it under the umbrella of one of the best television
series ofthe past decade, we all
have something to learn and to
gain from it. Xi
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LAST WORDS
PARTING SHOTS AND SNAP JUDGMENTS ON TODAY'S ISSUES
Finding an answer to
the soul-killing Question
LLUSTRATIONINDIANAJOEL/THE UBYSSEY
A Director of Viral Communications position, made possible through increased provincial funding, would ensure that UBC is
ahead of the curve on the next Lip Dub, Harlem Shake and beyond!
lucky enough to be enjoying home
cooked meals or resort buffets
— was compounded by the fact
that the Magda's and Hubbard's
convenience stores were closed.
It is at times like this we are
reminded ofthe unfairness ofthe
university mandating that their
various branches, Food Services
included, turn a profit. One would
hope the primary objective ofthe
Totem and Vanier cafeterias would
be to serve students good food, not
to make money. Instead the need
for profit drove Food Services to
prevent students from cruising
in for an 8:30 p.m. dinner, or a
late-night stop at the convenience
stores for some Oreos, potato
chips, Pop Tarts, chocolate and
soda after a stop in forest.
When the university community abandons its most vulnerable
members — in this case, students
without anywhere to go over
reading week — it makes us at The
Ubyssey question whether UBC
values cash money over students
hungry.
CUTS TO EDUCATION ARE
INCONVENIENT, AND
NOT JUST IN ELECTION
YEARS
"We have to stop thinking of
education as just K-12," read the
provincial government's budget
speech, implyingthe government
needs to focus on post-secondary
education. It's true. But by looking
at the newest budget, it's clear that
they haven't actually done that yet.
For the last year, the provincial
government's biggest initiative
to address underfunding in B.C.
colleges and universities has been
to cut their budgets by $50 million
over two years. But only "administrative" cuts in areas where more
efficiencies can be found. How to
actually achieve those cuts has
been left up to the institutions,
which is a pain for schools like
UBC, who have already squeezed
out all the efficiency-saving
they've got.
So, last week the government
announced that it was going to
push $20 million of that back
two years, so they'd only cut $5
million this year. Which is good,
because they had no plan on how
to make those cuts and there's an
election in May, and who wants to
make messy program cuts before
an election?
That's it. The government's
policy change for this year is not
doing a thing it said it was going
to do a year ago. For the last two
years, post-secondary education
has existed in a status-quo vacuum
where nothing changes because
nobody knows what they're
supposed to be doing. Given this
budget, that's basically the plan
for 2013.
WEEK NIGHT T-BIRDS
GAMES COULD BRING
OUT MORE STUDENTS
UBC was recently forced to make
some scheduling changes in order
to accommodate all the playoff
games that needed to take place at
War Memorial Gym. As a result,
some teams played games on a
Thursday night, a change from the
typical weekend games that are
played in the Canada West conference. And in terms of attendance,
the weeknight game was a success.
When the men's volleyball team
played Manitoba on Thursday Feb.
14 in their first-round playoff series, the crowd wasn't exactly large,
but almost 400 people still showed
up. That's just under the average
attendance for a volleyball game,
but considering that this was
also Valentine's Day, that number
is respectable.
The best thing about the crowd,
though, was that it was largely
composed of other varsity athletes.
Since all games are always on
Friday and Saturday nights, they
never get chances to see their
fellow T-Birds play, and therefore
don't a chance to branch out into
other sports that are played during
their season. While there, the majority ofthe athletes all sat in the
same section, taking advantage of
the rare occurrence to be together.
The game on a weeknight may
also provide a better chance to get
more students out to games. Most
students don't live on campus and
want to get off of it as soon as possible come the weekend, so there's
little incentive to stay and watch
games. If the T-Birds play on a
weeknight, though, students might
be more inclined to stay and study
at school for a bit before heading to
watch a game.
Also, it can provide nice
change of pace for the players. It
can get monotonous playing at
the same time on the same day
every weekend.
The Canada West is different
from the other CIS conferences
in that their schools are so spread
out, but Trinity Western, Fraser
Valley and Victoria are still only a
day-trip away. They could easily
make it out for a Wednesday night
game. The Manitoba and Saskatchewan schools do it, so why
can't B.C. follow suit?
RIGHTEOUS FIRST-
YEAR INDIGNATION
OVER READING BREAK
MAGDAS CLOSURE
Students unlucky enough to be
left in residence over Reading
Break were once again reminded
that UBC Food Services can be
quite cruel indeed. With shortened hours, students had to grab
their food before 7 p.m. or risk
going hungry. This inequity — in
comparison to other students
ARE YOU NOT
ENTERTAINED?
It would seem UBC president
Stephen Toope is a case study in
perseverance. As mentioned in our
annual interview with the man,
Toope acted in several dramatic productions during his time at Harvard.
And by and large, his performances
were lambasted in the Harvard
Crimson.
This may be more a reflection of
a college newspaper's snarkthan
Toope's acting ability. We can't help
but wonder if the editorial staff at
the Crimson had it out for Toope.
In any case, the reviews were
brutal. A sample:
4/10/1979: Toope has the energy
to play Arnolphe, but little ofthe
control and pacing. He succumbs
to the temptation — so strong in
Moliere's plays — to overact. He
rants too much, usually beginning his long monologues too
vehemently and maintaining the
same tone throughout. Toope has
a face that rivals Jerry Lewis's
for its malleability. He abuses this
asset, however, and often seems to
be forcing his face into a random
series of contortions. Xi
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REMEMBRANCE OF
THINGS PRESENT
by Kurtis Lockhart
We've all been in that nauseatingly
predictable situation: you're in a
new place with new people, and
the first question every one of these
strangers asks you — after your
name — is some variation of, "So,
what do you do?" or, for us students,
"What do you want to do?"
Both questions are, of course,
referring to that fundamental building block of capitalism: the job.
I have a theory that every time
you're asked this question — I call it
The Question — and don't know the
answer to it, a part of your soul dies.
I have never known my own answer
to The Question.
Obviously, I have a staged
answer. You could almost call it
rehearsed: a standard response to
this soul-killing question that is
itself a little soul-killing. It's an answer you tell your grandmother or
family friends when they're over for
dinner, an answer that doesn't raise
any eyebrows and makes everyone
happy: "I'm thinking of going into
law, Grandma," or something ofthe
sort. But this staged answer is not
the truth. In reality, you have no
fucking clue.
I'm at that point in my life where
I need to start figuring out my true
answer to The Question. And let
me tell you — as ifyou need to be
told — this process is unimaginably
difficult.
I've consulted career websites,
taken aptitude tests, read self-help
books, talked to various professionals in various fields, and read
biographies and autobiographies of
successful people; I've even spent
four years studying at a university
to try and figure out my answer to
The Question. All to no avail.
I think the reason these methods
have failed to provide an answer is
because they all involved looking
outside of myself — expecting some
external source to show the way, or
point me in the right direction.
Because many of us are going
through some ofthe most uncertain
years of our lives, we are highly
susceptible to the influence of these
external sources. Sources we can
point to when we make our ultimate
decision and say, "See, look, this
decision was supported by another
person. I didn't make it blindly." We
hedge against excruciating uncertainty by seeking the comforting
support of these external sources.
This too often results in us students
deferring one ofthe most important decisions we'll ever make to
someone or something other than
ourselves.
Now, I am going to propose an
alternative that sounds trite — so
trite that you may vomit. But you
need to promise to keep reading
after you've finished vomiting. Alright, here goes: instead of looking
to external sources to answer The
Question, try listening to that most
ignored source: your inner voice.
Sure, it's banal. But as David Foster
Wallace said, "Inthe day-to-day
trenches of adult existence, banal
platitudes can have life-or-death
importance."
And what could be more important than how you choose to spend
the limited time you have? And
once you realize your time is limited
— that you will, inevitably, expire —
why, oh why, would you spend this
fleeting moment in which you're
alive settling for a job that you don't
particularly like doing?
And yet the tragic fact ofthe
matter is that the vast majority of
us will settle for just such a job. Not
because we've tried to attain a job
we actually love and have failed, but
because we never even attempted to
pursue our true passion in the first
place. This is a truly heart-wrenching, viscera-crushing, despair-inducing human fact. This is capital-S
Sad.
I'll leave you with one of the
most important things I've ever
read — an excerpt from Steve
Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement speech — and perhaps it
will help you to find your answer
to the question as much as it
has me. (That is to say, perhaps
it will give you a framework
through which to come up with
your answer. I myself have come
nowhere close to having pinned
down my own answer, but,
through Mr. Jobs' wisdom, I've
finally discovered the values that
I want to underlie it. And that's
not nothing.)
"Rememberingyou are goingto
die is the best way I know to avoid
the trap of thinkingyou have something to lose." Xi
Sex issue heteronormative
LETTERS
My name is Tim Philpott and I'm
the president of UBC's Society for
Family Stability Foundation. We
at the Foundation are strongly
opposed to any public reference
to humans as sexual beings. Your
"sex" issue crossed all known lines
of morality; such lustful debauchery has no place in our Christian
Nation. We at the Foundation
demand a retraction ofthe entire
issue. Are you aware that an
almost entirely naked man and
woman are depicted on the front
page of this issue! Appalling. This
highly sexual imagery implies that
sexual experiences are condoned
for reasons other then procreation!
Those exclamation marks underscore my complete displeasure
with your filthy newspaper. To top
it all off, one ofthe disembodied
hands touching the mostly naked
man is wearing a crucifix. This is
utter blasphemy, and we demand a
public apology from the editors of
The Ubyssey.
Sincerly,
Tim Philpott
President
UBC Society for Family
Stability Foundation
PS: Just kidding! No one is goingto
burn your newspaper. Well, no one
from the SFSF, at least. I clearly have
too much time on my hands. It's
reading week and all of my fellow
grad students are off skiing or doing
something fun. Anyway, what I really took issue with was that your sex
issue was super heteronormative.
Come on, Ubyssey! Put some (mostly) naked homo couples embracing
each other on the front. There is
more out there then just hetero sex!
Normalizing homo sex via imagery
on the front page of The Ubyssey is
a really really good way of helping
the countless men and women who
are stuck in the closet in their early
20s come out and embrace who they
are. There is nothing worse then
being stuck in the closet during your
prime. I'll be looking next year.
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