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Hundreds of UBC staff picket and rally on
Oct. 4 — and it won't be the last job action
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What's on
Feast Day: 5-7 p.m. @ St. Mark's College
Got a sweet tooth? The UBC Catholic Students' Association is putting on
a dessert dinner in celebration of their patron's feast day. Drop by for a
round of their famous Vatican board game!
War of 1812 readings: 7:30 p.m.
@ the Chan Centre
To commemorate the 200th
anniversary oftheWarofl812, UBC
Theatre has launched a series of
rehearsed readings of Canadian
plays on the topic. This evening's
reading is followed by a talk by
history prof Michel Ducharme.
Snow Pants or No Pants
Ifyou haven't heard about the
awesomeness of the UBC Ski
& Board Club and their parties,
this bzzr garden will be sure to
remedy tine situation. Have fun,
get freaky and potentially lose
your pants.
UBC Poetry Slam: 8 p.m. @
Simply French Cafe
interested in battling with words?
UBC Poetry Slam is hosting a
coffeehouse event in which
UBC's sharpest wordsmiths go
head-to-head with only metaphors and similes for weapons.
$2 cover, free with membership.
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Apple Festival: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
@ UBC Farm
The annual apple festival features educational activities for
children and over 60 different
varieties of apples to sample.
Got an event you'd like to see on this page? Send your event
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This Week at The Norm
Wednesday 10-Sunday 14
Turn Me On, Dammit!: 7 p.m.
Magic Mike 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for students, $2.50 for FilmSoc members.
Learn more at UBCfilmsociety.com!
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Community Eats director Emily Lomax greets customers outside the Sprouts cafe in the SUB basement.
Tending to a growing Sprouts
Ginny Monaco
On any given Friday afternoon,
Emily Lomax can be found in the
SUB basement counting pennies.
Lomax, a fifth-year plant biology major, is the Sprouts Community Eats director, responsible
for the organization's popular
weekly cheap lunch. With an
eager team of volunteers, Lomax
cooks up a vegan by-donation
meal every Thursday night.
"We have so many volunteers,"
Lomax said. "Every Thursday
we have almost 20 people in the
kitchen. It's a big party."
Sprouts began when a small
group of students were looking to
eat more sustainably. "We started
as a bulk buying club, where
everyone was looking to make
food less expensive and have it
be good, healthy food," Lomax
said. Now the popular co-op
runs a bulk grocery store and a
bike-delivered produce program,
and sells coffee, soup and treats
out of its storefront in the SUB.
But the Community Eats lunch
every Friday may still be its most
popular program.
All of the produce and bread
used to create Community Eats
meals is donated to Sprouts.
The money they collect is used
to purchase staples, "like spices
and beans and rice and stuff that
doesn't get donated," Lomax
said. "Usually we get 50 cents a
person, when we figure out how
many people we've served."
A regular Community Eats
meal will include a soup or stew,
rice, salad, fruit, bread and
spreads. The food is almost completely vegan. "It's more sustainable," said Lomax. "It's inclusive.
Then everyone can share it."
When she found Sprouts in
her first year at UBC, Lomax immediately felt like she belonged.
"I walked in and thought, 'This is
the most amazing place I've ever
seen.' I didn't have any friends,
it's a big university. It felt like
coming home and it still does. I'm
here all the time."
Lomax became a vegetarian
while in high school. While
she said her mother is "really
environmentally active," Lomax
grew up in a "meat-and-pota-
toes" kind of family and it was
her cousin who inspired her
to make the switch. "[She] was
doing it and I thought it was
cool. I really admired my cousin.
When I stopped eating meat, I
realized I didn't miss it anymore
and then it became more ethical
and environmental.
"I'm not against eating animals at all if it's done ethically
and [it's] environmentally sustainable. If someone's catching
[animals] themselves, it's completely different."
Community Eats has grown in
recent years, and this presents a
new set of challenges for Sprouts.
"Right now we're limited by our
physical capacity to feed people.
We have so many volunteers.
Food is limited. We only have a
certain amount of food donated
every week. Something we need
to do is get other places on board
to potentially donate food. Even
today, we're giving out smaller
portions and turning people
away by the end of the day. It
would be nice to be able to feed
everybody," she said.
"I think Community Eats
is everything good. We're not
producing any kind of waste,
everything is donation, it's all
volunteer-run, all non-profit.
What is good in the world is happening with Community Eats. I
love it." Xi
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Legislative Assembly of B.C.
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B.C. plan stymies striking CUPE unions
Staff unions at UBC and other universities are worried that their jobs may be privatized by the B.C. government.
Andrew Bates
Managing Editor, Web
A provincial plan to combine
administrative services at B.C.
universities has cast a shadow over
labour negotiations at UBC.
The government hopes to save
money by consolidating services at
universities and colleges across B.C.
But service and support staff unions
currently striking at various B.C.
universities say that this amounts
to privatization and worry that
some of their members may lose
their jobs.
A $20 million cut is planned
for the B.C.'s government's entire
post-secondary budget next year,
and this plan is one of many ways
for them to save some cash.
The province is calling the
plan the "Post-Secondary Sector
Administrative Service Delivery
Transformation Project." They've
brought in consulting firm Deloitte
to look at universities' non-academic operations and deduce where
things can be run more cheaply. The
firm is considering whether everything from libraries to IT support
could be run centrally for all B.C.
The union representing service and support workers on UBC
campus, CUPE 116, is worried about
what could happen if the project
goes through. CUPE 116 President
Colleen Garbe said that it will result
in private companies taking over
jobs from the union's public-sector
workers, whose job descriptions
range from IT support, to janitorial
work, to Campus Security.
"We're not signing a collective
agreement with that threat overhead," said Garbe on Thursday.
"They have to take that away, just
like [the B.C. government] took...
the threat of privatization of the liquor distribution branch away," she
said, referencing how the provincial
government recently went back on
its plans to privatize liquor distributions when labour negotiations with
another public-sector union went
sour. "That has to go."
"[UBC] doesn't agree with it, but
at the end of the day, the university
told us they have no control, ultimately, if the government decides to
contract services at UBC," Garbe
said Thursday.
But UBC plans to keep their bargaining with CUPE 116 limited to
issues like wages and pensions, and
doesn't want to discuss this project
at the bargaining table.
"Our bargaining proposals and
the mandate we got from the government were completely independent of this particular review," said
UBC Director of Public Affairs
Lucie McNeill. UBC is participating
in discussions about the project, and
McNeill says that so far, she isn't
convinced that it will end with UBC
staff jobs being outsourced.
"We have not had indication that
this project would entail any kind of
privatization," McNeill said.
CUPE B.C., the group overseeing
collective bargaining for the many
CUPE unions across the province,
argues that centralized university services will wind up being
less efficient.
"If you're registering for a course,
as a student, and you have to phone
... or email somewhere that's not
your university and the person
who's actually dealing with your
registration doesn't work there, that
would end up being a problem in
the end," said Jordana Feist, staff
advisor for CUPE B.C.
A provincial steering committee
working on the project will release
a report about how to go forward
by mid-October. Any decisions they
make will be binding. Minister for
Advanced Education John Yap said
the public may not see the report
"before the committee completes
its work." Critics of the project are
concerned that university staff and
faculty will not get to have any input
before any changes take place.
In September, the Federation
of Post-Secondary Educators sent
a letter co-signed by the faculty
associations of 19 B.C. universities
asking the government to hold a
summit to discuss the issue. The
group is worried that the plan will
lead to layoffs.
"We want to talk to them about it,
because we don't really know much
in the way of details," said George
Davison, secretary-treasurer of
the Federation of Post-Secondary
Educators. "We're concerned about
what may happen to students and
support staff."
Davison continued, "If serious
decisions are goingto be made...
we'd hope that stakeholders would
be involved, including... support
staff unions, faculty... and students."
B.C.'s official opposition party
also has a dim view of the project.
"They're looking at [this] not from
the perspective of how can we
better serve students, but how can
we save money," said Michelle Mun-
gall, the NDP critic for advanced
Still, Yap contends that B.C. universities should be able to cut $20
million — which accounts for one
per cent of the total budget for the
sector — without hurting services
to students. "What we're talking
about, is a one per cent opportunity for finding ways to work more
efficiently," said Yap. Xi
New animal bio
program focuses
on research
Crown seeks more jail time for
UBC student in Stanley Cup Riot
The Crown is seeking a harsher
sentence for UBC student Alexander
Peepre, who helped flip a truck and
assaulted a photographerin the2011
Stanley Cup riot. The Crown filed
notice with the B.C. Court of Appeals
asking foran increased jail sentence,
but does not specifically ask for
Peepre to be in jail during the week
as well as on weekends. Peepre, a
21-year-old political science student,
was sentenced on Sept. 13 to 60
days of jail time to be served on
weekends. He was also sentenced
to 18 months of probation and 125
hours of community service. Peepre
is also required to pay $2,000 in
restitution to the owner of the truck
that he helped flip.
UBC to hold consultation on tuition for new economics degree
The Economics Student Association
is holding a tuition consultation
for the proposed new bachelor of
international economics degree.
The proposed tuition fees for the
new program are $10,000 peryear
for domestic students and $29,000
for international students. The
new degree has had its academic
requirements approved by the UBC
Senate, but its tuition hasn't yet been
approved by UBC orthe province. A
consultation session about the new
program, and the Vancouver School
of Economics, a new UBC entity
that is set to offer it, will take place
at 12:30 p.m. in Buchanan B215on
Tuesday, Oct. 9. Xi
Major Entrance
Scholarship now
open to all UBC
Ming Wong
Senior News Writer
Prospective UBC students no longer
have to fill out a separate application
for a Major Entrance Scholarship.
Under the broad-based admissions model implemented last year,
incoming undergraduates applying
for 2013-2014 admission by the
early deadline on December 10
will automatically be considered
for the Major Entrance Scholarship based on their broad-based
admissions profile.
"Seeingthatthe [broad-based
admissions] focused on exactly the
same criteria we were looking at
for Major Entrance Scholarship, it
was a natural blend," said Barbara
Crocker, lead director of the Student
Financial Support Project, which
deals with student awards.
Previously, high school counsellors nominated the top two per cent
of students for the scholarship and
students had to fill out an application package that included reference
letters and a 500-word essay demonstrating "character and ability as
an outstanding leader."
With the new system, students
respond to short essay questions in
the personal profile component of
their online admission application.
As a result, counsellors are taken
out of the equation, students submit
All students are now automatically considered for UBC's big-ticket scholarship.
only one application, UBC can look
at all the information at once and
the pool of applicants will increase.
To ensure students do not pad
their profile with false information,
students are required to put down
references; UBC then contacts the
references of shortlisted candidates.
"Before, the references were all
on paper.... I don't remember ever
going back and actually talking to a
counsellor," said Crocker.
AMS VP Academic and University Affairs Kiran Mahal said
UBC hasn't made any fundamental
changes to the Major Entrance
Scholarship, which awards students
who show outstanding leadership
achievement and promise.
"They're not changing the criteria for it either; they're just changing
the way they administer applications," said Mahal.
Over the last seven years, UBC
has averaged 1,000 Major Entrance
Scholarship applications per year.
Crocker predicts that over 3,500
students will be considered under
the new system. The adjudication
process will require groups of
readers to rank the applicants before
coming up with a shortlist.
Lisa Collins, associate registrar of
UBC, said that process changes are
not related to the cancellation of the
President's Entrance Scholarship,
which used to automatically offer
scholarships based on students'
admission averages.
Crocker said UBC found that a
well-written personal profile gave
the same information as the old
scholarship application package.
The amount of scholarship money
is still the same, ranging from onetime awards of $5,000 to renewable
multi-year awards of $40,000.
Annually UBC awards $400,000
of Major Entrance Scholarships,
including 25 renewable winners and
15 to 20 one-time winners.
The key to successfully securing a
Major Entrance Scholarship?
"The usual winners are people
who really can show on paper or in
the personal profile their passion
and it really does jump off the page,"
said Collins. tJ
Arno Rosenfeld
UBC's applied biology program has
created a new, research-intensive
honours track in animal biology to
manage the crush of students who
have joined the program since its
inception three years ago.
From 39 students in its first year,
the applied biology program now
has grown to over 300. The program, which is within the Faculty
of Land and Food Systems, originally covered working with both animals and plants and kept its focus
on agricultural applications. But
students who wanted to study animals in a more research-intensive
way, like those who plan to apply to
veterinary school, wanted a more
focused curriculum.
"I transferred out of the agro-
ecology program," fourth-year
applied biology student Emma
Strazhnik wrote in an email. "Having an animal-based program really
opened up the scope of classes I
could take and allowed me to find
a community of animal lovers like
myself, which were hard to come by
in agroecology." Strazhnik plans to
attend veterinary school after her
Professor Daniel Weary, associate dean in the Faculty of Land and
and Food Systems, said the creation
of the honours track would allow
students interested in animals to
work closely with professors. The
program plans to accommodate
about 20 students.
Accordingto Weary, the
growth of the animal stream in
the applied biology program was
surprisingly quick.
A little over a decade ago, UBC's
former Faculty of Agricultural
Sciences became the Faculty of
Land and Food Systems. Students
in the rejigged faculty were split
into two programs: food, nutrition
and health, and agroecology. Then,
three years ago, the applied biology
program was created; students
could either focus mostly on animals or plant and soil biology.
But some students felt that the
program still focused too heavily
on sustainable agriculture. Accordingto Weary, students who were
more interested in working with
animals became frustrated.
Weary said the department
prides itself on making graduate-level research accessible to
undergraduate students. As the
stream grew, there were not
enough faculty members to give all
the students individual assistance
with research.
"Research seems like such a big,
scary world from the outside," said
Strazhnik. "But having the professors and the TA advise us based on
our individual experiences ... was
an amazing head start."
Weary hopes the students who
are interested in research will
self-select and put themselves in
the honours track so that research-focused undergrads can
continue to have experiences like
Strazhnik's.tJ NEWS    I   TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2012
Campus unions march, picket SUB and hold rally
'This is the first day of our escalating job action": CUPE 116
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
Many support and service workers
of CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) Local 116 picketed
and rallied as part of a day of job
action at UBC.
Over 500 CUPE workers from
UBC, as well as supporters from
other union locals, formed a
march that snaked its way around
campus at noon on Oct. 4, ending
in a rally in the SUB north plaza.
A picket line was also set up in
front of various SUB entrances.
The workers are planning more
job action in the coming weeks.
"This is the first day of our
escalating job action. We need to
wake up, first of all, we need to
make some noise, because I don't
think they can hear us over in
Victoria," said CUPE 116 President
Colleen Garbe to a crowd of union
workers outside the SUB.
Since any offers from UBC are
bound by mandates set by the
provincial government, various
CUPE unions at universities
across the province are planning
concerted job action to put pressure on the province.
"Yes, we're UBC employees and
UBC is our employer, but the the
government has been hamstringing them and tying their hands,"
said Garbe.
CUPE 116 represents Campus
Security, food services, tradespeople, custodians and other support and service staff throughout
UBC. Garbe said that today would
be a one-day strike including
CUPE 116 members marched around campus wearing signs and carrying flags.
many of their employees and they
will be back at work by tomorrow,
but she added that job action will
continue to escalate as long as
CUPE and UBC have not reached
a collective agreement.
"At 11:34 we shut down the food
services in the SUB so our members could come out," said Garbe,
describing the job action in a later
interview. "We went over to Plant
Operations and we took out all the
trades, the clerical, the utilities,
the mail room. We also took down
our Campus Security to the essential service levels."
Other CUPE unions representing staff at the University of
Victoria, Simon Fraser University,
Thompson Rivers University and
the University of Northern British
Columbia have also given notice of
their plans to begin job action as
of today.
Representatives from other
CUPE locals participated in the
march, and Barry O'Neill, president of all CUPE unions in B.C.,
also spoke at the rally.
"What the locals are asking for
is a cost of living allowance which
doesn't seem very outrageous to
me," said O'Neill.
The union has no future bargaining dates set up with UBC.
CUPE 116 workers are asking for
increased job security, cost-of-living allowances and pensions for
all of their members.
COPE 378, the union repre-
senting AMS Security staff, also
put up a one-day picket line outside the SUB in support of CUPE.
AMS security workers have been
negotiating a collective agreement
with the AMS since September
2011. COPE representatives said
that bargaining with the AMS is
winding down, and the two parties' offers are now within a dollar
of each other. Their main reason
for picketing was to support
CUPE 116.
The provincial government has
recently considered privatizing
service jobs across B.C. public universities, accordingto Garbe. She
said that the CUPE unions across
B.C. will not cease their job action
until the province promises that
no privatization will happen.
So far, the job action hasn't had
a huge effect on UBC's day-today operations, accordingto UBC
Director of Public Affairs Lucie
"We have to say that service
disruptions have been kept to a
minimum and we're grateful for
that," said McNeill. "Our students
and our faculty and staff who are
not involved in this particular dispute appreciate the fact that they
can go about their business."
If picket lines are set up around
classes in the future, students
will need to notify UBC if they
choose not to cross them as a
matter of personal conscience. So
far the university sent out a single
broadcast email today about the
job action on campus, but many
students still aren't fully aware of
the situation.
Sauder student Krystal Ramirez said she wasn't aware any
job action was going on until she
saw the picket lines outside the
SUB. "I haven't checked my email,
so probably it's there, but I don't
know," she said.
When a CUPE picket captain
informed her of the job action
underway, she opted to turn back
and not cross the picket line. But
she said she may not make the
same choice in the future.
"I would definitely go into my
classroom. I won't miss a class just
because of this, you know? Education is important. This is important for some people, but for me,
education is more important." Xi
this is your ams
Eat. Shop. Study. The Old SUB is still open!
since 1968!
UBC Library & the AMS Food Bank presents
October 22 - November 4
$2.00 will be waived for every
non-perishable food item
(up to a max of $30)
a place of mind
Batfk Sports + Rec
Bieksa and co. chip in for charity
Locked-out Canucks will take on UBC men's hockey
Manny Malhotra and Cory Schneider are two of the players that will betaking the ice alongside Kevin Bieksa to take on the UBC men's hockey team on October 17.
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
Fret not, NHL fans: you can still
watch some of your favourite
hockey players take to the ice
this month.
Vancouver Canucks defence-
man Kevin Bieksa has assembled
a group of teammates and other
"celebrities" to take on the UBC
Thunderbirds men's hockey team
on Oct. 17 at Thunderbird Arena.
In addition to giving hockey fans
their fix of high quality hockey
during the lockout, the event is
being used to raise money for
"It was something I thought
about in the summer if the
lockout did go through," said
Bieksa after a midday skate at
Thunderbird Arena. "And if we
were locked out for an extended
period of time, I knew we'd have
some time on our hands, and
raising money for charity for me
was a primary objective of this
time off.
"With the help of some good
people and some good friends,
so far we've put together most
of the details, and I'm looking
forward to Saturday for ticket
Along with Bieksa, a good
number of top Canucks players
will be attendance. As of now,
there are nine confirmed attendees, including Daniel and Hen-
rik Sedin, Chris Higgins, Dan
Hamhuis, Manny Malhotra, Max
Lapierre and Cory Schneider.
"When I brought this up to
them,... I just threw this out there
to see if they were interested in
it, and there wasn't one ounce
of resistance; everybody was on
board 100 per cent," said Bieksa.
"They said they'd do whatever I
asked of them and that they'd be
there for sure. If anything, I have
too many guys right now that
want to play."
The team is also leaving a few
spots open for a few other guys
who are waiting to be confirmed.
However, the spots won't necessarily be filled by Canucks or
even NHL players.
"There's been some interest
from other guys from around
the league that have contacted
me," said the defenceman. "It's
not just the Canucks; it's guys
that are skating out here [during
practice],... guys that are good
friends of mine that are goingto
play, but there's also guys from
other teams, some siblings, some
brother-in-laws; it's not just going to be NHL-calibre players."
A few of the guest stars will
include Bieksa's brother, and
his father Al will be reffing
the contest.
Despite the disparity in talent
level, Bieksa's Buddies, as the
team is called, won't be taking
their T-Bird opponents lightly.
"These guys can't be underestimated," said Bieksa. "We've
practiced with them, we've been
training in the gym with them
for the last couple weeks, so we
know what they're all about. We
know they work hard and have
played junior hockey for the most
part, so they're good players.
We're going to try and not get
embarrassed out there and we're
going to play hard."
As expected, the Thunderbirds
are also pumped up to play in
this game.
"The boys are all excited," said
third-year T-Bird defenceman
Mike McGurk. "We heard about
it a couple of weeks ago ... so it's
been on the boys' mind since, and
now that it's official, everyone is
ready to play."
Despite the amount of top-
notch talent on the ice and the
fact that the NHL players will be
itching to play an actual game,
Bieksa wants to make sure that
the game is ultimately about
the fans.
"We're hoping to bring the
intensity down a little bit and
make it a little bit more fun and
entertaining," he said.
He also has faith that
this game will fill up
Thunderbird Arena.
"I think we can [sell it out].
That's the goal," Bieksa said.
"Obviously the primary objective is to raise money for three
charities that are important to
me, but it's also to give the fans a
little bit of entertainment, something they're missing right now.
And it's at a good price."
Tickets go on sale on Saturday,
Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. through Ticket-
master. All tickets cost $20, and
the proceeds from the game will
be donated to the Canuck Place
Children's Hospice, Canucks
Autism Network and Canucks
Family Education Centre.
Doors open for the game at
6 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the Doug
Mitchell Thunderbird Sports
Centre; the puck drops at 7 p.m. Xi
Men's basketball comes back to beat Bishops
Joseph Ssettuba
The UBC men's basketball team
overcame a rough first half to beat
the Bishop's University Gaiters 87-75
during exhibition play at War Memorial Gym on Friday night. Doug
Plumb and O'Brien Wallace led the
way, finishing with a combined 43
points in the victory.
Plumb, a fifth-year guard, scored
12 of his 21 points in the first half
and kept the Thunderbirds in the
game while the rest of the team
struggled. Wallace finished things
off with 20 points in the second half;
at one point, he scored four straight
three-point shots.
Things weren't all rosy for the
home side, though, as they committed 17 turnovers and generally
looked out of sorts on offence. In
a team with only four returning
players, they often struggled to find
a sense of continuity. The lack of
cohesion certainly showed on the
court, as several possessions turned
into missed opportunities and a
halftime deficit of 40-36 for the
"We did an awful job of offensive
rebounding," said UBC head coach
Kevin Hanson, in reference to his
team's troubled efforts in the first
half. "At halftime they had 13 offensive boards and we had 17 turnovers,
so that's what we talked about at
The 'Birds never quit, and their
relentless play started to pay off
in the third quarter. As the crowd
came alive, the Thunderbirds began
to rally, and with 5:47 left in the
third, they finally tied the score. A
12-0 run, some heroics from Wallace
and forced turnovers which led to
fast breaks keyed the Thunderbirds'
run and their first lead since opening the game 2-0.
"It's almost like the higher the
difficulty the shot is, the higher
percentage it has of going in," coach
Hanson said of his leading scorer,
Wallace. "You're going, 'No, no, no
... yes!' on a lot of his shots, but he's
capable of getting those runs going
and obviously that was big for us
when he hit those threes."
With the crowd rallying around
their team, the Thunderbirds took a
63-57 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Gaiters did not go down
easy, though, as Jeremy Leonard-Smith finished with 20 points
and 11 rebounds, keeping his team
hanging around until the end.
However, when he fouled out in
the waning minutes of the game,
victory was all but assured for
the Thunderbirds.
Freshman Isaiah Solomon led
the attack from the point guards,
helping to overcome the early spotty play and close out the Gaiters. He
finished with a team high six steals
to go along with countless deflections, which led to a series of fast
breaks and easy points, especially
for the racehorse Plumb.
Next up for the Thunderbirds is
the Wilfred Laurier Tournament
in Ontario next weekend. After its
conclusion, the team has two more
weeks of exhibition games before
the commencement of the regular
season on Nov. 2.?!
Women's hockey
dominates Regina
in season opener
Donald Wang
A dominant performance by
the UBC women's hockey team
against the Regina Cougars
led to a 4-0 victory on Friday
evening at the Doug Mitchell
Thunderbird Sports Centre in
their season opener. The win was
a refreshing change and hopefully a sign of things to come for a
team that is looking to build off a
sub-par 2011-2012 campaign.
The first period was a shaky
start for the T-Birds; they got
outshot 8-3 by Regina, who attacked with quick puck movement and kept the play mostly
in the UBC zone. Passing errors,
offsides and icing calls kept the
T-Birds from making plays in
the attacking zone, but Regina
failed to convert in the first
period despite being the more
dominant team.
UBC came out strong in
the second, and Nicole Saxvik
opened the scoring by getting
one past Regina goalie Jennifer
Schmidt. The Thunderbirds
continued to attack aggressively
and actively kept the puck in the
Regina zone. This also led to UBC
being awarded a penalty shot late
in the second, but Rebecca Unrau
failed to score. Shots were 13-4 in
the second period.
In the third period, the
Thunderbirds took advantage
of a boarding penalty by Paige
Wheeler when Rebecca Unrau
knocked one home on a rebound,
assisted by Cailey Hay and Emily
Grainger. Tatiana Rafter scored
late in the third period to boost
the lead to 3-0, and after a late
timeout by Regina and a decision
to pull the goalie, Unrau scored
her second goal of the game into
an empty net.
Penalties were a major problem
for the T-Birds, but the team managed to kill off all Regina power-
plays, including a minute-long
five-on-three in the third period.
Goalie Danielle Dube made several impressive saves and was a major factor in keeping the Cougars
off the board during their entire
game. In total she made 30 saves
for the shutout.
Coach Graham Thomas, a former assistant coach at Syracuse,
made his Thunderbird debut on
Friday night and was impressed
with how his team performed.
"The biggest challenge for this
team is the mental block,... and
[to] get in the habit of attention
to detail and what it takes to win,
and what it takes to play successful....We need the confidence and
we need to believe in ourselves
and in each other. It is a process
and it's starting to happen."
Dube, a former member for
Team Canada, was perfect
throughout the game and helped
backstop the team to the victory.
Thomas described Dube as a
"calming presence" that brings
experience, leadership and character to the team.
"This team came from where
they came from last season; they
have so much potential. I don't
think they know it yet," said
Dube echoed the same
thoughts. "[The team] has [the potential], and they just need to get
it in their heads that they have it."
Things are definitely looking
up for women's hockey at UBC,
and based on their performance
on Friday night, there is potential for a much more successful
season in 2012-2013. Xi Culture
Pedal-pushers unite
Bike art exhibit at Liu Institute
champions sustainability
_        .....        ,. ... .....     , .. HOGAN WONG PHOTWHE UBYSSEY
Small bike, big power. gLivmg exhibit shows alternate ways to generate energy.
Rebekah Ho
UBC's Liu Institute for Global
Issues has debuted a new art
exhibit that is equal parts environmental and interactive. The
exhibit, titled gLiving, opened on
Oct. 3 and features human-powered bike generators created by
gBikes, a team of UBC alumni
and students. Their goal? To
challenge the conventional method of generating energy.
"Here's a bunch of guys ... who
spend a lot of their free time
building artwork that combines
physical activity of pedaling and
biking with the production of
electricity," said Solen Roth, one
of two coordinators for the exhibit. "They're bringing attention
to the idea of how much physical
energy from humans it takes to
create the kinds of electricity in
our lives without thinking about
Six co-creators make up the
gBikes team: Curtis Perrin,
Bryant DeRoy, Spencer Treffry,
Grant Harris, Michael Sitwell
and Sam Carter. gBikes is part of
a large educational charity organization called Energy Awareness Through Art, or EatArt.
"EatArt does an annual fundraiser every year ... [powering]
a Vancouver art gallery.... They
have these generator bikes, and
teams of riders collect pledges
to generate power for about an
hour at a time," co-creator Perrin
explained. "They did that for a
couple of years ... and wanted to
get a group to take ownership of
The gLiving exhibit consists of
a recliner chair with pedals that
powers a television with over 100
LED lights. It fits in perfectly at
the Liu Institute, whose three
themes, accordingto Roth, are
"sustainability, security and
social justice."
"It's an interactive piece that
demonstrates the potential
energy you have within your
own body. You can see it tangibly
produced with what we have inside the TV, in terms of physical
effort," said gBikes team member
DeRoy. "It puts everything into
perspective and, hopefully, that
can make a positive impact on
people in realizing energy is not
really free, even though it's easy
to come by."
"If you want this form of entertainment to work, you have to
pedal,... so it's kind of superposing this sedentary space to this
physical activity," added Roth.
The gBikes team agreed that
the skills they learned at UBC set
the stage for this project.
"Four of six of us are from
UBC," said Perrin. "I went to
school for engineering here, so it
taught me a lot of the things that
would help in making stuff like
"I started off in UBC in fine
arts, and I transferred to natural
resource conservation," said
DeRoy. "[I have] interest in both
arts and science and energy
awareness.... This is a good way
to get that all out in one place."
One of the bigger projects the
team is developing is a four-person, four-wheeled "BikeCar"
named the Black Ghost, which
they brought to the opening night
of the exhibit.
"Originally we had our four
generator bikes, but we always
had to throw them in a vehicle to
take them places, which sort of
breaks our mandate," said Treffry. "The idea is to create a little
trailer to tow behind the BikeCar,
so everything is clean and we can
take it all around the city on our
own energy."
For DeRoy, the BikeCar represents something much bigger
than just a project in sustainability. "I had all these ideas about
art and energy since I started
working, and the BikeCar was
the first time that I saw an idea
or something we had thought of
as friends come to life. Something that I thought was intangible was possible and doable."
The gLiving exhibition is open
from Oct. 3 to Nov. S at the Lobby
Gallery in the Liu Institute for
Global Justice. Xi
Doc premieres on Occupy anniversary
Journalism students Rafferty Baker and Matthew J. Van Deventer are the creators behind the Occupy Vancouver documentary.
Joan Tan
Oct. 15 marks the one-year
anniversary of Occupy Vancouver, the movement that gathered
approximately 6,000 activists in
front of the Vancouver Art Gallery
to protest issues of social, political
and economic imbalance. Among
the diverse group of activists and
protesters were two BCIT journalism students, Rafferty Baker and
Matthew J. Van Deventer, who set
out to document the movement
through film.
The result of their hard labour?
The Occupation, a documentary
that showcases the entire 39-day
event, from the first rally to the
pitching of tents. Baker and Van
Deventer offer a candid look at
what it was like to be part of this
historic social movement.
Accordingto Baker, who graduated from UBC in 2006 with a
history and philosophy degree, the
film sprang from his keen interest
in history and documentation as
a whole. "As a history major,...
I believe in the importance of
documenting momentous events,"
he said.
The two young filmmakers
were most interested in how
activists held the physical space,
and the resulting impact on the
public sphere. "The physical
encampment, logistics and reality
of sustaining a tent city in the core
of Vancouver,... that provided a
remarkable story of Occupy Vancouver," said Baker.
Baker and Van Deventer were
both present for all 39 days of Occupy, although they did not camp
alongside protesters and activists.
"This was part of the idea of not
getting too involved in activity....
We wanted to remain as passive
observers and draw the line somewhere," said Baker.
"Activism and politics should
and can happen on the streets.... In
my opinion, street politics are as
important as parliament and electoral politics, it's just a different
format, but it means that anyone
can get involved and engaged."
But Marina Classen, a second-
year Arts student at UBC who was
present at some of the Occupy
protests, said that there's not
enough awareness of the movement among students.
"Awareness on the issue is
largely disconnected from the
youth body," said Classen. "... The
movement relates to and affects all
of us,... and the issues are highly
applicable to us now."
Even a year after the fact, the
Occupy Vancouver movement is
still fresh in the mind of the public.
"These issues are still important,
and they don't just disappear....
These issues have not yet been
resolved," said Baker.
Baker and Van Deventer hope
that The Occupation will help to
preserve the Occupy movement in
history and continue to inform the
public about the ongoing debate.
The Occupation premieres on
Oct. IS at the Rio Theatre. For
tickets and further information
about the documentary, visit www.
theoccupationdocumentary.com. Xi
Regent College has applied for an OCP amendment and amendment to the Land Use. Building and
Community Administration Bylaw to allow for the development of an 62 feet (18.9m), 6 storey addition
to the existing building allowing for
A total site FSR of 1.45
75.360 s.f |7000 m2) of new floor area.
101 underground parking stalls. 8. bicycle storage.
Below grade classrooms and auditorium;
10.480.s.f |?74m2) grade level retail
68 non market. Regent College Student rental housing units.
You are invited to attend a Public Open House.
Date:        Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Time: 3:00 • 8:00 PM
Location:   Regent College Atrium
5800 University Boulevard
Representatives of the College and the architects wil be available to provide information and
respond to inquiries.
Please direct questions to Brad McTavish at bmctavish@clivegrout.com.
.-^SSSStHS. i2"JM£8MWf; * WtSAWHi*. Opinions
Federal funding for
research is intact
What the service workers
strike means for UBC
We're goingto assume that the picket line around the
SUB last Thursday
took the vast majority of UBC
students by complete surprise.
Further, we think it's a safe bet
that you're probably trying to
figure out what you think about
the idea — and the reality — of
a strike on campus. While most
of campus responded somewhat
apathetically, it seems likely this
job action will escalate to the
point where people will have to
care. But to make up your mind,
you'll need to know the full
story. We're goingto start from
the beginning here, with the
events that led to a considerable
chunk of UBC's service staff
walking off the job.
Let's start with the union.
The Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) Local 116
represents, among others, UBC
Food Services, campus security,
parking, plumbers and IT employees. They have been without
a collective agreement (the
document that outlines wages,
salaries and benefits) since 2010.
CUPE 116 says their demands
are fairly modest. They want a
cost-of-living increase to make
sure their wages keep up with
rising prices. They want to
make sure all of their members
receive some kind of pension.
And they want job security in
the face of a government plan to
privatize and centralize certain
university activities like human
resources, procurement and
UBC is required to manage
its own finances. When it comes
to collective bargaining, they
receive instructions from the
province about what they can
and cannot offer. This is called
a bargaining mandate. Since the
start of this round of bargaining,
UBC has been operating under
"net zero." In the net zero system, any wage increase in new
contracts has to be accompanied
by an equivalent reduction in
As you can imagine, public-sector workers hated net
zero. So in response, B.C.
brought in a new mandate:
"cooperative gains." Under this
system, any increase to benefits
or salaries have to be accompanied by cuts to another part of the
institution — or, in admin speak,
through "finding administrative
Everyone following this so
far? Basically, UBC has been
forced to operate under two systems that were bound to piss off
unionized workers. They're not
getting any more money from
the government.
The unions and UBC agree
that this is something that
needs to change. Despite surrounding Brock Hall all day and
blasting '80s hair metal, most
picketers understand that their
main quarrel isn't with UBC. At
the rally, most of the speakers'
anger was directed at Victoria.
They understand that UBC's
hands are tied.
Universities in B.C. will
receive a funding reduction of
one per cent for 2013-2014, and
a 1.5 per cent cut is planned for
2014-2015. Factor in inflation,
and that ends up being a fairly
sizeable squeeze.
So both sides want more
money from the government.
Every university in B.C. has
said as much. This is, without a
doubt, a looming election issue.
But where do things go from
here? Well, CUPE has promised
that this will be an escalating
strike: the longer they go without a collective agreement that
they find suitable, the more severe the disruption to services.
We can only speculate on
what UBC's offer is at this point,
and there's a lot we don't know.
But there are a couple of ways
this could pan out.
The university and CUPE 116
could reach an agreement under
cooperative gains. The two sides
would meet in the middle, UBC
would submit a savings plan
to the government and things
would return to normal. But
something would have to give,
since both sides seem quite far
apart in their offers. There's
no set date for the two sides to
restart mediation.
Or the government could
legislate the union back to
work, though this is extremely
unlikely. The Labour Relations
Board has set levels of essential services at UBC to ensure
that the university is able to
function. Such a move would be
incredibly divisive. If this goes
on long enough, expect the NDP
to promise to increase funding
to post-secondary education.
The issue of privatization is
the biggest concern. We know
very little about what exactly
the government is proposing
here (and, quite frankly, neither
does the minister in charge). But
if there are plans to centralize
essential university services,
that changes the game entirely.
And it's something over which
UBC has almost no control.
But maybe it's worth looking at the last major strike on
In 2003, the teaching assistants' union, CUPE Local 2278,
held a strike that brought the
university to its knees. People
were concerned about the entire
academic year being lost. UBC
President Martha Piper intervened, and sent a letter to the
Ministry of Advanced Education. The TAs were eventually
legislated back to work.
So though the pickets last
Thursday were a surprise to
many in the UBC community, this isn't spontaneous job
It's been in the making for
years, has involved hundreds of
hours of meetings and has no
clear resolution. It will soon affect every person on this campus.
In short, UBC's labour strife isn't
something you're goingto be able
to ignore for much longer. Xi
Re: "Federal funding cuts
hurting UBC research
programs" (Sept. 24,2012)
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
(NSERC) strives to ensure that
Canada's best researchers and top
students have the resources to
succeed and contribute to positioning Canada as a strong research and
innovation player at the global level.
While investments overall in science
and technology funding have never
been greater, we have had to reassign resources in some programs.
In 2012-13, the overall budget for
the Major Resource Support (MRS)
program is $31 million. The breakdown of this budget is as follows:
• $14 million from Industry Canada
and the National Research Council
for the Canadian Light Source (CLS)
• $5.3 million from NSERC for
Thematic Institutes, such as the
Pacific Institute for Mathematical
Sciences and Banff International
Research Station, that in the
future will be funded through
disciplinary envelopes
• $6 million from NSERC for
ongoing support to CLS and
TRIUMF's Centre for Molecular
and Materials Sciences
•$3.7 million reduction to
the program
This leaves an envelope of just over
$1.8 million for experimental facilities, an insufficient amount to run a
national competition.
NSERC understands the importance of maintaining access to
research facilities and will be consulting with stakeholders, such as
the Canada Foundation for Innovation, to identify ways to address the
funding of facilities in the future.
As we envisioned possible budget
reductions over the last year, we
were mindful of the view expressed
by the research community that
preserving foundational support
for the Discovery Grants Program
and for scholarships and fellowships programs should be our
highest priority.
With a budget of $350 million,
the Discovery Grants Program
accounts for over one third of
NSERC's overall budget of just over
$1 billion. In fact, the budget for this
program has increased steadily over
the years, with researchers funded
through the program representing a
broad base of research capability.
More than half of NSERC's
overall budget is used to support
students and fellows, directly or
indirectly. In fact, in 2011-12 NSERC
supported almost 30,000 trainees through its scholarship and
fellowship programs.
NSERC's support for students
and post-doctoral fellows through
its suite of programs supporting
training in research has been maintained. The balance between individual awards and the Collaborative
Research and Training Experience
(CREATE) program is evolving as
the CREATE program ramps up.
This program and other NSERC
grants programs have been
instrumental in funding postdoctoral fellows at a significant rate.
In addition to providing support to
scholars at the postdoctoral level,
CREATE provides an enhanced
training environment through the
encouragement of interdisciplinary
collaboration as well as opportunities for fellows to develop their
professional skills. Both of these
elements have been highlighted by
stakeholders as essential abilities
required of successful researchers in
the scientific community, within or
outside academia.
Finally, CREATE offers unique
opportunities for students to work
with colleagues at an international
level. For example, in collaboration
with Germany, NSERC established
a unique lab-to-lab program that
promotes exchanges between the
countries to provide trainees with
experience collaborating on research on an international stage.
In 2009, NSERC formally
launched the CREATE program
within NSERC's overall budget for
students and fellows. A minimum
of 80 per cent of each CREATE
grant held by a research team must
support students and fellows. The
University of British Columbia
has demonstrated the success
of this program by holding 10 of
these grants.
We encourage the research community to contact us at connect®
nserc-crsng.gc.cato share feedback
on important programs and initiatives. I also invite anyone from the
community to contact me and my
colleagues directly at 613-995-5833
for further information.
Isabelle Blain
Vice-President, Research Grants
and Scholarships
Why I'm refusing to cross
picket lines
Please find below a copy of the
letter I sent to Anna-Marie Fen-
ger, the assistant dean of Arts. I
would like to extend its address
to members of the administration
who are actually responsible for
the university's strike response
policies, as an open letter.
I am writing to declare that I
will not be crossing any picket
lines during the CUPE 116 strike.
I appreciate the university acknowledging that students have a
right to exercise their consciences, but the caveat that we are
expected to seek out "alternative
entrances" to picketed buildings
strikes me as undermining the
rights of the workers on strike in a
particularly snaky way. I find the
suggestion that I should prioritize
sneaking past a picket line over
my stated solidarity with CUPE
116 quite odious. Picket lines are
meaningful not just as physical boundaries, but as symbolic
spaces that delineate conflicting
ideologies. The absence of a picket
line in front of Buchanan does
not indicate that that space is no
longer a politically charged site.
The university performs a gross
injustice in reducing matters
of principle and justice to the
superficial mechanics of access
and entry.
Maddie Gorman


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