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The sinking of Atlantis is directly attributable to the
actions of Austin Holm. He's the one who invited
Kasha Chang, Nav Sidhu, and Grace Qiao over for a
party. Things got out of hand, and before long, they'd
summoned the Elder Gods - among them, Cel Rince
and Lance Ziau. As fire fell from the sky and the sea
turned turned black, the Atlanteans called on their three
High Priests (Reegan Bursaw, Michael Thibault, and
Tyler Varnals) to help them. But no amount of augury
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McElroy flashed obsidian blades, and Kirsty Cameron's
woeful chanting filled the air. The sea lapped at the
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UBC REC Shopping Week • The
student recreation centre shopping week
allows students to try out any of the 30
UBC REC classes, including: yoga, dance,
pilates and martial arts • Unti Sunday
Sept 20, free.
Business Week • Clubs, conference
leaders and sponsor companies come
together for a mixture of fun, games,
giveaways and valuable involvement
opportunities for UBC students. A good
way to network and find out about the
many ways to get involved come and
find out more about your faculty, school
and community • T0am-2pm, every day
unti Friday, Sept 18, Main Mall diiectly in
front of the Henry Angus buttng unti
Friday, Sept 18.
Tatau: Samoan tattooing and Global
culture • An insightful and prcwxative
exhibit, featues ewer 40 photogaphs by
New Zealand artist Mark Adams • Flurs urtf
Vvednesday, Sept 30, Museum of Artthopd-
ogyfiee for stideris, staff and faoJty
Tonel: Las partes que mas me sudan
cuando me pongo nervioso • [The
parts of me that sweat the most when
I get nervous 1 a large dptych drawing
of a sweating male nude. The work
evokes gjaphic humour while dealing with
marginal aspects of sexuality and the
physical natire of human bodies, by artist
Antonio Eliojo Fernandez • Though Oct
12, with an artist tak on Tuesday Sept 29,
12:30pm-l30pm, Koerner Lbrary more
info at bekinubeca/cunent, fiee.
Shameless Hussy Productions
Presents: Frozen • Shameless Hussy
productions and Theatre at UBC present
a Vancouver theatrical Premiere Frozen
By Bryony Lavery directed by Renee
Lad. One evening ten-year-old Rhona
goes missing... • Sept 22, 23,29, $25/
senior, $20/student
Ramadan Taraweeh Prayer • Alsalamo
Alykom: MSA-UBC insha'a Allah will be
holding the Taraweeh Prayers every day
of Ramadan at LBC in Crane IJbrary at
Brock Hall Annex besides the Musallah
There will be a full khatmah (completion)
of quran insha'a Allah during Ramadan.
Come join us and make the most out
of Ramadan V\fesalamo. • 12am, Crane
Lbrary at Brock Hal Annex.
Basia Bulat with Guests • Toronto
Indie singer comes to UBC. • Doors
open at 7:30pm, St James Community
Squaie, all ages, tix $14.
Raven Spirit Dance • 12pm, Scotiabank
Dance Centie, 677 Davie St, tix $10,
$7 for students, Info: 604 606 6400,
Arts Co-op Info Session No.5 • Apply
to the UBC Arts Co-op Program! Moving
students from educated to employed •
4pm-5pm, Geography 200.
UBC Alumni Homecoming 2009 •
Thinking of breaking out that celebratory touchdown dance you've been
practicing in private? Still banging on
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game? Need a place to channel those
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Stadium, adults: $10, alumni: $5 (with
ACard*), children: $4 (six and under
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Up • The UBC Film Society presents
Up, a comedy-adventure by Pixar.
The film centres around a grumpy old
man named Carl Fredricksen and an
overeager Wilderness Explorer named
Russell who fly to South America in a
floating house suspended from helium
balloons. Rated G, 96 min • 7pm-9pm,
Norm Theatre, SUB.
Global Dance Connections • Alyson
Wishnousky and Jean-Sebastien
Lourdais/La Compagnie Defaut de
Fabrication. A partnership between
the Festival Transatlantique Montreal/
Quartiers Danses and The Dance
Centre. • 8pm, post-show Scotiabank
Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street,
Vancouver Tix $20/general, $16/
students, more info: 604 606 6400,
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Learn from experience as Dr Ossama
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Funds, co-founder of eight successful start-ups and venture capitalist
responsible for $1 billion funds—shares
his secrets of success. • 5pm-6pm,
Forest Sciences Centre, 1005, 2424
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The ethics of neuroscience in sport Biking for a cure
Legally amping up your athletic performance
From brain scans to beta-blockers,
neuro-technologies are proving controversial. Stanford-trained neurologist and ethicist Dr Judy Dies led a discussion on the role of neuroscience
in performance enhancement at UBC
Robson Square on September 17.
Dies lectured an audience of nine,
mosfly neuroscientists, about the
perils of using brain science in the
pursuit for athletic perfection.
"These issues aren't purely black
and white," said Dies, "but we need
to proceed with moughtfulness if we
are to take these technologies out of
the medical arena and into the sports
Her talk was the first in a series of
20 thought-provoking public lectures
entitled "Intellectual Muscle," hosted
by VANOC and UBC Continuing Studies, in collaboration with universities
across Canada and The Globe and
Mail. Future lectures will touch on issues of gender, ethics and sustainability as they relate to the 2010 Winter
"We're spending $30,000 to host
these talks from Canada's best and
brightest," said Don Black, director
of education programs for VANOC,
who is assisting with the podcasting
of 20 of the coming lectures. Dies'
was the first and will be posted to the
Globe online in October. "We're really
hoping to engage people in what the
Games mean for society, not only for
2010 but also with thought for the
future," said Black.
"The public needs a better understanding of the ethics behind these
issues," said Dies. "It's important that
neuroscience doesn't get pulled into
a place where it shouldn't be." As the
director of UBC's National Core for
Neuroethics—a think tank concerned
with tackling ethical issues at the
intersection of neuroscience and society—one of Dies' primary research
agendas is public knowledgeability
about brain research. The Olympics
have proven a good platform to advance this agenda when the nature
of human achievement is top of the
mind for many.
Since the early 90s, cognitive neuroscientists have been using brain-imaging technology such as functional
magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
to observe the human brain in action.
Evidently it has become a powerful
tool in analyzing athletic ability.
"We are definitely seeing an emergence of imaging technologies in
sport," said Dies, "primarily for diagnostic purposes, but more and more
it is being used to assess ability."
Canada's Olympic swim team has
been quick to take advantage of this
development. Hap Davis, the team's
psychologist, uses fMRI technology
to provide feedback on aquatic performance. An article published in the
June 2008 issue of Brain Imaging and
Behavior demonstrated that the swimmers who watched a video of their
own poor performance had increased
activity in emotional centres of the
brain associated with depression.
More significantly they correlated
this depressive state with decreased
activity in parts of the cerebral cortex
essential for planning movement.
This research, conducted in part by
neuroscientist Mario Liotti from SFU,
has influenced the swim team's strategy, Davis said in an interview with
Science magazine. "We pick up on [any
negativity] right away and intervene."
Such interventions include visualizing
swimming a better race as well as
jumping exercises, both of which have
been shown to have a positive effect on
improving mood and performance.
What concerns Dies, however, is
not the benefit of jumping jacks but
ways in which technologies traditionally used for medical intervention can
now be used to enhance performance.
What if selective-serotonin reuptake
inhibitors (SSRIs), often used to treat
depression and anxiety, could give a
sombre snowboarder an extra edge
by boosting her mood?
SSRIs are not on the World Anti-
Doping Agency (WADA) list of prohibited substances and in fact they are
recommended as an allowed alternative to MocLafinil, a substance used
to treat narcolepsy but also shown
to enhance alertness in healthy
Public speakers and musicians
often use anxiety-alleviating drugs
called beta-blockers (developed to
treat high blood pressure) to reduce
performance anxiety during a speech
or concert, but beta-blockers are prohibited from most Olympic events,
except hockey and figure skating. Dies
questions the safety of blockers on the
ice. Could a reduced fear response increase injury or amplify aggression?
Brain scans are capable of observing atypical patterns of activity
within an individual brain that may
be associated with the use of prohibited substances. Could brain imaging
be the next best drug-test? "There
is something much more personal
about picturing the brain than taking
a blood or urine sample," said Dies.
"Personally I would prefer the latter
if I had a choice."
Another consequence of using
a medical device for a non-medical
purpose is potentially discovering a
previously undetected abnormality.
What responsibility would a sports
psychologist have to reveal a brain
disease—such as a tumour—to an athlete, especially if it could jeopardize
his career? On the flip side, would a
scan make an athlete less inclined to
train if they believed that they had a
gold-medal brain?
And while the benefits to performance from brain scans may be
minute, obviously not all athletes
have access to these boons. As Dies
noted from a recent trip to Africa, the
entire country of Uganda only has
one fMRI machine. Many developing
countries competing in the Olympics
have a difficult time accessing even
essential medications, let alone
But the ethical implications of using drugs for performance enhancement pale in comparison to stimulating the brain using electrodes.
Burrowing electrical leads deep
into brain tissue using an intervention known as deep brain stimulation
has been shown to alleviate tremors
associated with Parkinson's as well in
treating chronic depression. A study
reported in the December 2004 issue
oi Neuron showed that stimulating the
motor cortex of primates "improved
muscle coordination and movement
"I think it's a real possibility that
DBS could have future implications
for athletic performance, not to
mention for society in general," said
Linda Lanyon, a computational neuroscientist with the Michael Smith
Foundation for Health Research. "Are
we all going to have to go around in
the future taking drugs and getting
implants just to keep up?" tl
"The public needs a better understanding ofthe ethics behind
these issues. It's important that neuroscience doesn't get pulled into
a place where it shouldn't be." _Dr Jud ^
Neurologist and Ethicist
Toope outlines Strategic Plan, deficit at Town Hall meeting
JONNY WAKEFIELD who participated in...[the] consulta-    increase the operating grant of the    particularly critical of the new plan.
Flanked by two shiny new "place
of mind" banners, UBC President
Stephen Toope addressed a packed
audience of students, faculty, media,
alumni, and community members
on the university's strategic plan,
financial situation and major initiatives at the first annual President's
Campus Town Hall meeting last
The meeting was the first out of
two public appearances that Toope
is making, the second being at UBC
Okanagan on September 23. The
president invited students, faculty,
staff and media to take part in the
community forum and ask questions.
The meeting served as an opportunity for Toope to formally outline the proposals in the new plan,
dubbed "Place and Promise." Place
and Promise is replacing Trek 2010,
the university's previous strategic
plan. The plan works off a series of
"values," the most emphasized of
these being the creation of an "exceptional learning environment."
"There were thousands of people
who participated in...[the] consulta
tion program," said Toope, on how
these values were determined. Values are linked to ten "commitments,"
like student learning, international
engagement, and sustainability.
Each of these commitments has a
specific set of actions which will be
taken in hopes that they will be fulfilled. Toope noted the "specificity" of
UBC's plan.
"Quite frankly if you look at most
strategic plans for most research
intensive universities around the
world, they're pretty generic," said
Toope. UBC's rebranded slogans, "a
place of mind" and "from here," are
supposed to stress UBC's uniqueness
and are part a new, five-year long domestic and international advertising
campaign launched this month.
With the question of the $25
million deficit looming overhead,
Toope made clear the importance of
"link[ing] the UBC plan to concrete
budgeting processes." He went on
to say that "UBC is remarkably well
placed [financially], given the external circumstances." He attributes
this to "visionary support from the
provincial government," noting an
increase the operating grant of the
four major research universities in
BC, even as the province reported a
deficit for the first time in a number
of years. He said losses in endowment land value, while reported to
be around $250 million, are unrealized losses. These losses could
be recouped, he said, through "a
foresighted policy to...sustainably develop our campus lands to increase
our endowment."
Toope said across the board cuts
are trying to be avoided, calling
them an "easy way out." Toope said
the money will first be sought in
"administrative efficiencies," adding
that "a judicious reorganization of
the management structure" in Plant
Operations has already yielded $2
million. Toope emphasized UBC's
relative economic stability.
"In Eastern Canada many of our
sister institutions are facing fundamental crises in their economic
sustainability," he said. "They have
the same problem General Motors
has, and they're not likely to get
baDed out."
A questions and comments section followed, none of which were
particularly critical of the new plan.
They included a question as to what
steps were being included in the
plan to foster diversity at UBC. Toope
responded that an "Equity plan" is
currently being produced to carry
out this commitment.
Perhaps the most pointed question came from a Neal Yonson, a
blogger for UBC Insiders, who addressed liquor policy on campus
and the disparity between provincial and university liquor laws and
policies and what the RCMP enforces. He said that lawfully acquired
liquor licences have been denied
or modified by the RCMP. Toope
responded by saying that this is not
a new issue, and one that he takes
seriously, adding that the administration is not trying to wage a "war
on fun."
"University is one of the times in
one's life when one should be having
a lot of fun," said Toope. "What we're
trying to do is find a mechanism that
can allow the RCMP to fulfill what
the believe their role to be, and they
do have a role, and at the same time
not become so intrusive thatyou can
keep kids from having fun." "u
While UBC students were taking
summer courses and working, English Literature alumni Jean-Marc
Dykes was biking across America to
raise money for lupus research.
Dykes began his journey on May
28 in Vancouver and 58 days later
ended up in Boston. He told The Ubyssey that the decision to ride came out
of a desire to find a cure for a close
friend, Debra Highberger, who was
diagnosed with lupus. Dykes worked
at and attended an art school in his
hometown of Marblehead, Boston,
called the Acorn Gallery, which was
run by Debra and Jack Highberger.
"About three summers ago I
came home and this lupus had just
sort of hit her like a ton of bricks.
In the course of 30 or 60 days she
eventually just could barely walk,"
said Dykes. "She couldn't walk
without help, she couldn't stand
without help, she couldn't sit down
without help and if she stayed in
one position for too long it became
extremely painful."
Dykes spent the summer helping Debra teach and run a summer
camp. She was admitted to a hospital and attended to by a team of doctors "to basically make life workable
for her."
"My sort of motivation was that,
'this is great, she is doing a lot better,' but this is not the best situation...and research is the way to do
that," he said.
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune
disease. Autoimmune means that
your body cannot teU the difference between foreign invaders,
such as viruses and bacteria, and
healthy tissue. Therefore, instead
of producing antibodies to fight
off foreign invaders your body
produces autoantibodies which
destroy healthy tissue. This leads to
pain, damage and inflammation in
the body.
To date, he has raised over
$ 10,000 for lupus research and will
donate the money on September 22
to the Brigham & Women's Hospital
Lupus Centre.
"I cycled like 1500 miles with a
53-year old Vietnam vet and he was
going to Wisconsin and man, he was
a Lit major too, lo and behold, and
that was an amazing experience. Sitting on the side of the road in Montana and just shooting the shit with
him and looking at the landscape...
talking phDosophy and books and
politics and religion," he recollected.
One of the most memorable parts
of Dykes' trip was how generous
and hospitable everyone was. "I'd
meet a stranger and ten minutes
later they'd be putting me up in this
awesome bedroom and feeding me
and they just met me," he said. "It
was incredible. I only read about
this in the great classics, apparently
it's still here."
Dykes is currenuy working as
a bartender and "laying low." He
doesn't have concrete plans for the
future but is thinking about going
trekking in Nepal. "You sit on a bike
for 58 days—youj>et a lot of time to
think," he said. 4/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/2009.09.21
Clubs Days takes place this week, from Sept. 23 to 25 from 10am-5pm Around 240 clubs have
tables this year, including newcomers such as UBC Awareness for World War II in Asia, the Unlimited
Popping and Breakdancing Crew, UBC Promoting Understanding of North Korean (PUNK), the Fashion
Association and Heart of the City Piano Club. For the first time, constituencies such as the Arts
Undergratuate Society will also be represented at their own tables.
Culture Editors: Kate Barbaria & Trevor Record
UBC Greeks make up about one
per cent of the UBC population,
but are highly visible and involved in many aspects of campus life. "Rush" is the process
of recruitment for membership
into a fraternity. This Monday,
Sept. 21, is Second Rush, a dry
open house at every frat. Choose
wisely—you might end up sitting
next to your new best friend.
Editor's Note: Nov Sidhu and
Grace Qiao are sorority members,
and this article is intended to be
read as an insider's scoop on the
fraternities to aid those already
interested in rushing.
Afcha Delta Phi
Having branded themselves
with bright blue and pink shirts
as UBC's "Fun Police," the Alpha
Delts take their officer duty
seriously and show up at varsity games fully ready to tackle
empty bleachers and dulled
cheers. Members of Alpha Delt
are distinguished by dedication
towards the accomplishment of
their goals, whether it be a weekly philanthropic soup kitchen
visit, Beer Hunter tournament
or a Centurion party.
Lastyear, the chapter won the
overall UBC Longboat Men's Division, the UBC Rec Hindmarch
Division sports trophy and
held an inaugural Car Smash,
where passersby paid to smash
old vehicles in order to relieve
po st-traumatic-test-syndrome.
Recent pledge projects include
the building of bookshelves for
the house's quiet study room.
Alpha Epsilon Pi
As the only distinctly Jewish
fraternity on campus, AEPi just
celebrated their tenth year at
UBC. AEPi International also
brags the highest overall GPA in
the fraternal world. Locally they
hold first place for their performance of 'You Won't Succeed
On Broadway If You Don't Have
Any Jews" at the Greeks' Song-
fest 2009. Sponsorships exist
for new brothers' membership,
and AEPi welcomes anyone who
exhibit or display an interest in
Jewish campus life. Rush events
are held in private homes, rather than a fraternity house.
Notable parties include: AEPi-
rates, held around Halloween;
and Komonawannalaya (sound
it out), a summer kick-off.
Beta Theta Pi
Having won first place in the
Hindmarch (Frat/Sorority)
Division of UBC REC three out
of the last four years, Beta has
shown a dedication to intramural sports. They are the
only fraternity to own the land
on which their house is built,
hence its location outside the
Greek Village. They are across
the street from the UBC Hospital, if ever you find yourself
needing medical attention
after one of their parties.
Each year Beta holds a beer
garden called Beta Strongman,
where fraternity men in different weight categories show
their strength by carrying kegs
and holding up real swords to a
cheering crowd and a live band.
Beta   Theta   Pi   International
boasts more Rhodes scholars
than any other fraternity, eight
of which are from UBC's local
Kappa Sigma
As the largest frat on campus,
the Kappa Sigma's have an advantage in numbers. The KSig
experience is defined by its
philanthropy, sports and parties
(unlike all the other frats.) Last
year, Kappa Sigma raised record
amounts of money for Easter
Seals, entered every UBC REC
sport and held many successful
parties. Even when brothers
have graduated, they can come
back for events, such as Semper
Cup (an ice hockey competition
between actives and alums) and
the KSig Golf Tournament.
Delta Kappa Epslon
With a very active alumni base,
being a Deke extends beyond
your undergraduate years.
Events such as Normi Hager
and the Golf Tournament bring
alumni and actives together
to reminisce about the "good
ol' days." Throughout the year,
Deke's hold numerous parties, such as DKE Drinker, Six
Shooter Showdown and Go
Funk Yourself. Unlike the other
houses, Deke is set up in a quad-
style residence upstairs with two
main areas downstairs.
Phi Delta Theta
With the third-largest membership on campus and highest
number of chapters in Canada,
the UBC Phi Delts have brothers
who have recently held leadership positions in AMS Executive
and UBC Senate. The classy quality of the Phi Delt house decor is
the result of a $20,000 gift from
alumni, and it has a "Gentlemen's Club" feel.
Their philanthropic efforts
include a 24-hour Teeter-Totter-
A-Thon for various charities including the ALS Society of BC. A
Phi Delt brother currently holds
the championship title for Super
Ironman Storm the Wall.
Phi Gamma Delta
More affectionately known as
FIJI, they have historically won
the IntraFraternity Council
Philanthropy trophy repeatedly
for their committed service for
events like the Vancouver Sun
Run, Easter Seals 24-hour Relay
and Regatta and the RedBull
SoapBox Derby. Locally, they are
renowned (and often heckled)
for their antics at the Greeks'
annual Songfest In recent years,
they have released live chickens
and played an acoustic rendition
of Ben Folds' "Bitches Ain't Shit."
FIT! International offers a
guaranteed annual scholarship
of $500 to pledges who achieve
a 3.0 GPA that year; $1000
to active members. Fiji's are
uniquely and exceptionally
dedicated to secrecy about their
chapter and practices; and as far
as anyone else knows, it's for a
good reason.
Looking for a laid back
house that still participates
in Greek events? Psi Upsilon
prides itself on not being a
"typical   fraternity."   With   40
an insider's
& outsider's
look at the frats at UBC
members, Psi U is one of the
smaller fraternities on campus,
but still holds great spontaneous parties. They have a chef
that will make live-out brothers
lunch or dinner for $6—not a
bad deal.
Psi U will be celebrating Mo-
vember by growing mustaches
for charity, adding a twist where
you can wax one of their more
hairy members for donations.   |
Sigma Chi
Leadership and philanthropic
social events are what make
a Sigma Chi brother proud to
wear his letters. As leaders in
the Greek and campus community, Sigs hold executive
positions in campus clubs and
the IntraFraternity Council.
Build your leadership skills in
one of the many internal programs and conferences held by
Sigma Chi International. The
Sigs raised over $ 10,000 for BC
Children's Hospital doing Derby
Days. Derby Days is a collection
of events during the summer
ranging from car washes to their
annual Endless Summer bar
party. Come join the brothers
on October 2 for their signature
party, Booty Camp, tl
You've most likely heard about
them, maybe even seen their
recruiting booths outside the
Student Union Building. Alpha
Delta Phi. Kappa Sigma. Beta
Theta Epsilon Omega. If you're
not in a frat, chances are the
names of the fraternities are all
Greek to you (pun intended).
Ifyou're expecting something
like Animal House, you'll be sadly disappointed. Preconceived
notions about frat boys abound,
and are easily swallowed since
the average student has little real
knowledge or interaction with
the Greek system. With that in
mind, I went to the fraternities'
There is still
an initiation
process for
trial members,
but they claim
it isn't painful
or humiliating.
worried that
living in a
house with
dozens of guys
would result in
don't be.
First Rush event to check things
out for myself.
First Rush is the night
every fraternity opens up
their houses so that potential
rushees—those considering
joining a fraternity—can check
out the various frat houses in
the Greek Village, meet some
of the brothers (current members), and see whether they fit
in with the brotherhood.
The goal of this event is to
recruit new blood, so it's not
surprising that they put their
best foot forward. Upon entering, brothers engaged me in
conversation. It felt like they
were trying to see whether they
would want me as a member
and promote the virtues of the
fraternity in question. Had this
not been a recruiting event,
it seems unlikely they would
have put quite as much effort
into talking with me.
But while recruitment was
the main goal of the event,
most of the brothers were just
hanging out. They were talking, playing foosball, throwing
a football around outside,
etc. Men made up the majority, though a few women were
present as Rush hostesses.
Most of the houses in the
Greek Village are quite similar;
TVs, couches in a common area,
a concrete basement that usually has a bar. It seems to be an
unwritten rule that every fraternity must have a pool table, pong
table, or foosball—preferably two
or even all three.
About 20 to 30 people live
in each frat house. The living
styles vary; some rooms are
Totem-style doubles, some are
singles. Delta Kappa Epsilon has
Gage-style quad apartments. The
rent is comparable to residence
fees. But at some frats, that rent
includes an on-call personal chef
in the house from 9-5. The meals
are free for anyone who lives in
the house. Ifyou're worried that
living in a house with dozens of
guys would result in biohazard-
level conditions, don't be. Every
frat house I visited was relatively
clean, even the washrooms. It
wasn't just tidied up that night
either—I went to some frat parties in the summer and saw the
same level of cleanliness.
So, why join a frat? Basically you're buying into a
built-in group of friends. Most
fraternity members seem to
be from outside the Lower
Mainland; local students tend
to have an existing social
network and generally don't
feel the need to cultivate a
new one. The stereotype of
fraternities being a "white
boys club" is partially true, but
other ethnicities appeared to
be just as accepted.
There are other incentives to joining fraternities
than making friends. A lot of
fraternity alumni are established professionals, creating
networking opportunities. If
you enjoy sports, the frats are
competitive in intramurals.
They do perform philanthropic
activities, though not as much
as you might think based on
their pitches.
Joining a frat isn't a casual
commitment, like joining a
club. It's a pretty serious undertaking. The financial commitment is significant; you pay
between $400-700 in dues
per year even if you don't live
in the house. Of course, that's
assuming you get accepted.
Not everyone will fit in with
the fraternity they rush. Those
who don't fit in, depending on
the reason, will either get told
to leave in no uncertain terms,
or be made to feel unwelcome.
And if you do get accepted,
you had better truly enjoy the
frat lifestyle. You're expected
to hang out with these guys
quite a bit—they call each other
"brothers" for a reason. The
frat lifestyle—partying, hanging
out with your bros—will get old
quickly if sipping wine and reading is more your pace.
The legendary stories
of hazing appear to be a
non-issue. While a problem
The financial
commitment is
significant; you
pay between
$400-700 in
dues per year
even if you
don't live in
the house.
in American colleges, hazing is illegal in Canada
and (allegedly) it's harshly
enforced. There is still an
initiation process for trial
members, but they claim it
isn't painful or humiliating.
One brother said he was
required to manually carve
a paddle out of a block of
wood, then illustrating the
paddle with the frat logo and
If you want to check the
frats out, there's a second
and final open house event
on Monday, September 21,
from 6pm-10pm. In the
weeks following there's a
formal rush with alumni
attending, as well as other
big parties, but those are
For various reasons, the
Greek system at UBC isn't
as prominent or influential
as in many American institutions, but it's still worth
looking into if you fit in with
them. Fraternities definitely
aren't for everyone. But for
some, they're the difference
between a rewarding, fun
university experience and a
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Sprouts reopens
Diner and co-op opens doors again
Ask any student on campus and you
will find that food is one of biggest
things to take into account when writing a budget for the school year. Ask
the same students whether they are
willing to spend money on healthier,
organic food over your run-of-the-mill
fast food, and the answer will probably be either a flat "no" or "It's way
too expensive to fit into my budget."
Enter Sprouts. Since 2004, the
club/cafe/grocery store has become
a fixture in campus culture, serving
thousands of students each year. This
year, President Caitlin Dorward and
Vice-President Heather Russell, both
fourth-year students in the faculty of
Land and Food Systems, have been
given the responsibility of running
the non-profit, volunteer-driven club.
Situated in the basement of the
SUB, Sprouts prides itself on providing high quality, organic products to
the university populace. Nearly all
of its products are seasonal and 100
per cent local, coming from BC and
Washington. Most of the eggs are
supplied by the UBC Farm, the rest
supplied by a farmer in Abbotsford.
Anything that cannot be obtained
locally like coffee, chocolate and tea
are guaranteed to be fair trade. In
fact, the coffee comes from an organization in Guatemala and imported
by volunteers in Vancouver, to be
sold at Sprouts for only 75 cents a
cup, making it the most inexpensive
free-trade coffee on campus.
Sprouts is an organization completely dependent on volunteers,
and with 17 board members and
approximately 70 volunteers, this
year's team is the largest in history.
With the construction of the new
SUB, Sprouts will be guaranteed a
much larger space than its current location, and with help from the Alma
Mater Society (AMS), Sprouts will be
made more accessible.
The strong relationship between
the AMS and Sprouts has paid
dividends for the latter, mainly in the
form of financial backing. In 2007,
Sprouts was $40,000 in debt with
very little volunteer involvement.
Today Sprouts is fully volunteer-run
and financially sustainable, partly
thanks to the money and advice
provided by the student union. "We
wouldn't be where we are without
the AMS," admitted Russell.
Sprouts provides environmentally responsible projects such as the
Sprouts Box, a grocery delivery service that provides subscribers with a
variety of organic produce, delivered
by the AMS Bike Co-op. It also provides Agora, another volunteer-run
cafe in the basement of the Land and
Food systems building, with groceries at wholesale costs.
Sprouts also hosts "Community
Eats," a pay-what-you-can lunch every second Friday from 11:30am to
2:30pm. Customers are expected to
bring their own containers, and the
food served is made from ingredients that were rejected because of
cosmetic imperfections, but were
otherwise perfectly valid.
The idea of using re-useable containers is just one of the many ways
Sprouts promotes environmental
conscious living. On average, Sprouts
serves 150 to 250 people at Community Eats. With proceeds from these
projects, Sprouts is able to fund free
monthly workshops as well as keep
prices down for customers. Sprouts
has also established the Bulk Buying
Club, whereby customers can order
directly from their distributors for
wholesale prices.
Sprouts is not just a food store, but
an example of environmental consciousness for all students to follow.
"At the moment, we've sort of hit the
limit as to how much soup and bread
we can serve to the students, so what
we are focused on is to get academic
involvement from all faculties," said
"It's important to have that kind
of involvement," added Russell, "because if the deans can get engaged, it
brings continuity to the structure of
Sprouts, and it would make Sprouts
much more accessible." vl
Don't forget to come by Sprouts (located
in the SUB basement, room 66) for this
school year's first Community Eats on
Friday, September 25, from 11:30am to
2:30pm Donations are appreciated and
bringyour own containers and utensils!
Sprouts is an organization completely
dependant on volunteers, and with 17 board
members and approximately 70 volunteers,
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ocean, where I wanna be
Searching for Atlantis and scuba certification
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For six days I floated, sank and emptied my scuba mask of water with the
UBC Aqua Society in search of my
PADI Open Water Diver certification.
I didn't know I was going to be in the
UBC Aqua Society's Open Water Dive
class until the day before it started.
Brendan Andresen, who works at the
society's scuba shop, handed me a
textbook, told me the next certification course started the following
day, and that I had two chapters of
Class started late, much to our
instructor Firat Ataman's dismay
But we pushed through our homework and took an onslaught of quizzes, from emergency procedures
to calculating nitrogen levels. After
striking what seemed like a gratuitous amount of fear into our hearts,
Ataman showed us how to put together our scuba equipment, and we
headed to the Aquatic Centre for our
first underwater breathing experience. Sitting at the bottom ofthe pool
feels strange. You can see everyone
else swimming above you—I felt like
a voyeur.
Unfortunately, it gets veiy cold
sitting at the bottom of the pool, so if
they offer you a wet suit, take it.
On our second day, we worked
on "buoyancy." Establishing neutral
buoyancy has little to do with your
ability to swim. Before you grasp buoyancy, you will have to grasp humility;
something as simple as breathing in
or out deeply can make you float or
sink more. We would drag along the
bottom of the pool, being negatively
buoyant as to not float to the surface.
On the fourth day, I decided to go
There are more colourful starfish than you
can count. Fish surround you, blending into
the ocean floor, magically appearing and
shooting off into the distance.
through with a dry suit course. What
is a dry suit, you ask? You know those
infomercials where they take asparagus, put it in a plastic bag, and then
a machine sucks all the air out of the
package? Well, in a dry suit, you're
the asparagus. But you're warm
I wasn't very good at adding air,
and the increase in pressure at the
bottom of the pool left bruises along
my arms and legs. But after an evening of training in the UBC Aquatic
Centre I was ready to take it to the
At 9am on Saturday morning, we
packed up our gear and drove to
Whyte Cliff, a popular dive site just
outside of Horseshoe Bay.
Diving is like being a child again;
your sense of wonder is renewed.
The underwater world is something
you've never properly encountered
before, although it's existed side-by-
side with our drier reality. There are
more colourful starfish than you can
count, some of them about half a meter in diametre. Fish surround you,
blending into the ocean floor, magically appearing and shooting off into
the distance as you come too close.
When we surfaced, Andresen,
like a kid in a candy shop, told us in
a rapid and excited tone, "That's the
best visibility I've ever seen here!"
After the first dive, we had to
change tanks, which meant getting
out of the water. Because of the
ocean's   salinity,   you   are   more
buoyant than in the only moderately
salty Aquatic Centre, so you have
to put on more weights. Geared
up, we were each 50-60 pounds
heavier. The feeling of going from
weightlessness to being that much
heavier is confusing. I stumbled out
ofthe ocean and across the beach like
a drunken sailor.
Sadly, we reached our last day of
certification on Sunday. We finished
up our Open Water skills, including
taking our masks off underwater,
putting them back on and emptying
out the water. One girl lost her fin,
and as it floated to the surface, air
moved to her foot, it became positively buoyant and she began heading to
the surface, feet-first. It must have
been strange for those above to see
two feet sticking out ofthe water (one
fin-less), flailing about. Andresen
eventually got her upright and she
was fine, so suppression of laughter
wasn't necessary as we made our
way back to shore.
Though the visibility was nothing
like the day before, we managed
to find the octopus that had taken
up residence in a rock nearby. As
we were making our way back to
our buoy, two seals swam by. I was
drenched, cold and completely in
love with my new sport, vl
The UBC Aqua Society, Canada's
oldest dive club, is located in the basement of the Student Union Building.
They hold introductory and advanced
dive courses mulitple times per month,
and their schedule can be found at
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Two out of three ain't bad
Men win both their games, but women lose to TWU
Interim Sports Editor: Justin McElroy
It was another up and down weekend for Thunderbirds soccer, as the
men bounced back from a tough
opening weekend by winning two
straight 1-0 games at home, while
the women were unable to win their
home opener against the defending
national champion Trinity Western
Spartans, losing 1-3.
On Friday evening the men's
team had their home opener against
the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, where last year's Canada West
rookie of the year Devin Gunenc
scored a goal in the /^minute, propelling the team to the 1-0 victory.
"Three points is three points so
we'll take the win. Overall though,
we have another gear and we need
to be better at capitalizing on our
chances," said UBC Head Coach Mike
In the opening match on Saturday,
the UBC women squared off against
the Spartans, the No. 1 ranked team
in the country. With Thunderbird
Park glowing in the afternoon sunshine, the action on the field waited
for the second half.
Finally, after a scoreless first 45
minutes, the T-Birds struck seven
minutes into the second session, as
Janine Frazao latched onto the ball
just wide of the penalty area and slid
a pass across to an unmarked Ra-
chael Sawer, who deposited the ball
low into the left side of the net.
However, the lead was quickly
erased in the 65th minute. Trinity
substitute Alicia Tesan headed home
a cross, finishing a two-on-one that
came after a turnover.
Once the Spartans tied the score,
they continued to apply pressure and
notched two further goals in the 76th
and 86th minutes.
After the game, UBC's lone scorer
Rachael Sawer said she felt her team
played a solid game until Trinity
Western scored. "We worked hard
until we scored. But once they tied
it up, something changed," she said.
"We're on a good path. We just
have to work on a few things."
In the nightcap, the UBC men hosted the University of Calgary Dinos, and
though Thunderbird Park had turned
chilly, the men were not kind enough
to offer their visitors a reprieve.
The T-Birds scored the only goal
of the game in the sixth minute after
forward Gregory Smith headed home
a passing cross from Tyson Keam,
and thereafter UBC stifled any Calgary
response, keeping the pressure on
the Dinos through the game, limiting
them to only two shots on net.
Head Coach Mike Mosher was
pleased with his team's effort, especially in the first half. "We were
unlucky not to be one or two more
up," said Mosher. Combined with
Friday's 1-0 win over the Pronghorns, the UBC men finished up the
weekend with two wins and even at
2-2 for the year.
"That was the goal," said Mosher.
"[We] needed the six points both in
the standings and for our own confidence. This goes a long way to erasing the mishaps of last weekend." tl
Game Notes: Next weekend, the
women travel to Trinity Western for
a rematch, while the men travel to
UVic on Saturday and the University
of Fraser Valley on Sunday..Heading into the weekend, the men were
ranked 13th in the nation, while the
women were ranked 8th..Two weeks
into the season, Sawer leads all rookies in the Canada West conference
with three goals.
TWU keeper Kristen Funk kept UBC at bay in a 3-1 win. keegan bursaw photo/the ubyssey
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to issues of discrimination and harassment on campus and
to increase awareness ofthe need to create and maintain
safe spaces for all members of our campus community.
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'Birds bullied by Bisons
Running back Dave Boyd gets stopped by a herd of Bisons deep in the Thunderbirds' own zone as UBC was crushed 36-10 bythe University of Manitoba Bisons
on Saturday. Though the T-Birds were tied at 10 at the end of the first half, Manitoba managed to break away in the third quarter, scoring three touchdowns in an
eight-minute span to take control. The running game, normally a strength of UBC, was desultory as UBC could only muster 60 yards on the ground, compared to
320 yards for Manitoba. Quarterback Billy Greene struggled as well, completing only 12 of 28 passes for 99 yards. The loss moves UBC to 1-2 on the season, in a
four-way tie for fourth place in the Canada West standings, photo courtesy of maria bowler/the manitoban
The Canada West University Athletics Association announced last week
that SFU would be put on probationary status for the remainder of
the school year. The decision was
made in response to SFU becoming
a member of the NCAA Division II
starting in the 2011-12 season. The
decision means SFU will not be able
to vote in conference matters; but
does not effect Simon Fraser's ability to compete during this season.
A decision regarding membership
in the Canada West conference next
year has been deferred until later
this year.
Last week, recently graduated
Thunderbird Leanne Evans was
named to the women's national
basketball team. Evans, a post
player, was named the 2009 CIS
defensive player of the year in
March, following a season where
she finished second in the Canada
West conference in rebounds with
10.0 per game and first in blocked
shots with 2.8 per game.
The UBC Thunderbirds began their
2009 regular season with a 3-0
over the Calgary Dinos at Wright
Field Saturday afternoon. Though
the outcome was never in doubt,
coach Hash Kanjee was disappointed that UBC couldn't build upon
their training camp in Argentina
last month.
"We were actually pretty disappointing," Kanjee said. "We just
spent three weeks in Argentina
where we were playing really fast,
aggressive and skilled games, but
I have no idea what happened in
this one. We turned the ball over
way too much and when we had
chances we didn't make anything
of them." tl
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Ooks spook T-Birds
UBC splits two-game weekend series
Saturday night against the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
(NAIT) Ooks, the UBC Men's hockey
team outshot their opponents 37-29.
They had an early two-goal lead. And
they still lost.
"I said that we have to be a lot better tomorrow. I thought we did not
execute. I thought we came out hard
in the first period, but we have to be
a lot better in many areas to be successful [in our next game]...I didn't
think we drove to the net to the best
of our ability," said Head Coach Milan Dragicevic following a 5-3 loss to
UBC held the lead for most of the
game played at Thunderbird Arena,
keyed by two goals from Jeff Lynch,
but a late NAIT goal tied the game at
three going into the final period.
The T-Birds' fortunes then turned
from bad to worse midway through
the third period when UBC's Max
Gordichuk's stick broke on the blue-
line as he sought to pound the puck
into the net, allowing the Ooks to get
a two-on-one break, taking a lead that
they would not relinquish.
"I'm not very happy with [the
game]," said defenseman Brendan
Sonne after the game. "We had a
lot of chances, but we just never
buried. And we made some simple
mistakes on our D that we just can't
make. We're a pretty tight group.
Things that needed to be said, we
In Sunday afternoon's game, however, UBC rebounded with a 7-2 victory, dominating the play throughout
and outshooting the Ooks 39-21. The
star of the game was undoubtedly
forward Scott Wasden, who joined
UBC this year after spending four
seasons in the WHL, most recently
as captain of the Kamloops Blazers.
Wasden scored three goals on the
night for the Thunderbirds, and was
named the game's first star. Francois Thuot played solidly in net for
UBC, stopping 19 of 21 shots for the
With the Canada West regular
season beginning on October 9,
Dragicevic realizes that practices
alone won't transform the T-Birds
into a team that can contend with the
top schools in the conference.
"The focus of the pre-season was
conditioning and making sure everyone understands our system. You
can do that in practice as much as
you want, but it also takes games—a
lot of game time." tl
Athletics expect
Birdcoop bump
After an article in our September 17 issue on birdcoop memberships dropping to $25 per semester—in which UBC Athletics declined to provide specific
information on the change—Athletics CFO Alnoor Aziz told The Ubyssey that
the department is expecting to sell 1500 more birdcoop memberships than in
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Ian Turner tags along with UBC
rowers. Get the inside scoop.
Ideas Editor: Trevor Melanson
Lovely readership,
What a week! It seems like half
of campus is talking about the last
column, which stirred a hornets
nest of controversy with a letter
about sexual harassment in a
first-year economics class. Both
professors and students alike have
added their voices to the discussion. If you have an opinion on
column, or a question you'd like
answered, feel free to write us at
toosexy ©ubyssey.ca. Your anonymity is guaranteed. In any case,
whether you'd like to write in, or
you're content just reading, we
give you this week's letter:
and honest slut, I find myself explaining my promiscuity in feminist, humanist and sometimes
hedonist terms when probed. As
might be expected in our (still...
sigh) sex-negative society, most
people listen with goggle-eyed
wonder and leave going "That
makes sense! I wanna piece of
that!" A minority politely and
open-mindedly decides that it's
not their cup of tea, but not up
to them to place restrictions on
someone else's legal and consensual sexual choices.
The ones I need help with are
the ones who judge and slander me
and my slutty little friends purely
on the basis of how many people
hop into our pants, rather than
the integrity of said encounters.
It makes me really mad on behalf
of all of slutkind, and I was hoping
you might be able to provide me
with some biting yet educational
rejoinders to make them see the
sexy, sexy light. Please advise?
—Hussy's Acidic Rhetoric Lacks
Original Touch
Hi HARLOT, thanks for your
letter. The anti-slut is a tricky
beast, often saying one thing
and meaning another and, as
card-carrying skanks ourselves,
we sympathize with your plight.
We think it is commendable
that, as a self-declared slut, you
actually try to engage in reasoned
discussion with these detractors of
debauchery. Anti-slut sentiments
are usually reactionary in nature
and can be difficult to challenge
while still keeping things civil.
With that in mind, let's examine
and debunk some of the anti-slut's
most oft-quoted reasons.
This objection is patently contradicted by the obvious self-respect
and independence of so many
self-declared sluts. Frankly, it's astounding that it still gets parroted
as fact by slut haters at every available opportunity. The faulty idea
that promiscuity is self-destructive
is a reflection of the slut hater's
own normative worldview. These
people simply cannot understand
that, for a proud slut, engaging
in free and open sexuality that
celebrates pride in and love for
their own body is the deepest affirmation of self-respect. Although
some people certainly do use sex
as a way of reaffirming their self-
worth, remind the anti-slut that
they are not inside your head and
have no right to tell you your own
motives. If you love loving for lov-
ing's sake, that's your own affair(s)
and none of their business.
This "reason" for anti-slut sentiment attempts to couch prejudice
in pragmatic terms. It's also a
convenient stereotype designed
to reassure non-sluts that they are
protected from disease because
"only sluts get STIs." Serial monogamy actually has one of the worst
track records for disease prevention, simply because many people
assume that sex in the context of
a traditional relationship is somehow magically safe when, in fact,
it still carries the danger of getting traditional STIs. As a result,
monogamous couples may fail to
use protection or have open, honest discussions surrounding each
partner's risk history. Abstract
concepts such as monogamy are a
poor substitute for latex, so please,
use real protection. If you are sexually active at all, these measures
are absolutely mandatory regardless of your sexual habits.
Unfortunately, cheating happens.
If it has happened to you, we feel
your pain, but both sluts and non-
sluts can be implicated as the third
wheel and, all too often, the slut
hater will ignore their partner's
own lack of morality and attempt
to cast the blame on slutty shoulders. We believe that honesty and
mutual respect are key to relationships, and that includes a responsibility to abide by a partner's
wishes as far as exclusivity is concerned. This calls for ethical partnership, but also ethical slutitude,
so next time you make a deposit
at the skank bank, make sure you
only cash cheques that have been
properly signed over to you.
On a deeper level, slut haters feel
threatened by and resent sluts
because sluts find happiness in
behaviour that challenges sex-
negative social attitudes. That's
the conformist's disdain for the
nonconformist, folks, and it's the
oldest story in the book.
As far as biting yet educational
rejoinders are concerned, HARLOT, we're afraid you'll have to
go unsatisfied. Although one liners can be hilarious, they rarely
succeed in changing minds and
hearts. Honest and intelligent discussion about why you choose to
live your life the way you do is the
best antidote to the prudish poison
of the anti-slut. If someone hears
you out, listens to logic, and still
doesn't think you have the right
to sleep with whomever you damn
well please, they're no longer having a discussion about sex, they're
just playa hatin'.
For all the slut haters in the audience, remember: sex and judgmental bitchiness go ill together,
and it's likely that your anti-slut
'tude hinders your success in the
barroom and the bedroom as well.
Although monogamy can offer
just as many rewards as free love,
prejudice offers very little aside
from alienation. We realize we
can't change your mind, but we
hope you will, vl
Got something to say?
Want to be heard?
Use this space to speak out
Write us a letter at feedback@ubyssey.ca
and see your rant in print.
It looks like you're trying to
find teacher evaluations.
Would you like to:
^ Find even just one of your goddamn professors on this goddamn
) Understand why UBC spammed
your inbox so religiously about professor evaluations if this was to be
the end result.
> Give up and go to
ratemyprofessor.ca instead.
J^^ \
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What does Canada want?
Tyranny of the majority or
impotence of the minority?
Former BC Premier Bill Vander Zalm slammed the provincial Liberal
government yesterday in front of an audience of over 1000 people. The
rally took place in Downtown Vancouver and the topic was, yup, you
guessed it, the recently announced and much-reviled Harmonized Sales
Tax (HST).
There is no doubt about it: British Columbians don't want HST. A Global
TV poll found that 8 5 per cent of BC residents oppose its implementation.
Campbell knows this, of course, but it seems the oft-muted utilitarian
in him sees HST's implementation as ultimately favourable—even in the
face of our staunch disapproval. Not that it's ever stopped him before.
There are reasons to disagree with Mr Campbell. With increased taxes,
consumers will be less inclined to spend, which would have an ironically
damaging effect on the economy. Furthermore, economy aside, many of
us, especially those of us on the bottom rungs of society, will be faced
with an even pricier existence than our current one, which we already
can't afford.
Campbell, however, argues that because HST will help businesses save
money, it will produce more jobs and allow businesses to charge less
for their products. Since businesses will save money, and because we all
know how benevolent businesses are, we can certainly expect to share in
their savings.
To be fair, the HST will mean a three per cent tax reduction on liquor,
which is difficult for us to complain about. But in spite of our selfish
impulses, even if the trees along Main Mall start blooming with multitudes of our multicoloured money, Campbell will still have been in the
wrong. Why? Because there's something awfully tyrannical about pushing forward a tax that 85 per cent of your citizens strongly oppose. It's a
shame that our system has allowed for this to happen. But that's majority
government in Canada for you.
Which brings us to federal politics. While there is plenty of complaining about the despotic decisions of our provincial government, which will
sit safely in power for the next four years, we also seem to be criticizing
our federal system for toppling too easily.
A recent Globe and Mail article suggested that our nation might be
broken because there exists the possibility of heading into a fourth election in six years. It's no longer clear that this will be the case, but the fact
remains: it's a government that can go under all too easily. Elections are
threatened nearly every month and, as far as Canadians can tell, there
really isn't an important issue that warrants us returning to the polls
again, and again, and again. Minority governments can work in theory,
but right now, it 'aint.
But you know what? The federal government sure as hell couldn't
implement anything that had 85 per cent of its citizens' disapproval.
And yet, Canadians have good reason to want a majority. The past
six years have been uneventful to say the least. Nothing is getting done.
We've had a string of stubborn, dysfunctional minority governments that
seem to think it's their God-given right to run this country in a manner that would suggest they had more than 30-something per cent of the
popular vote. We go from mini-scandal to mini-scandal, without any big
issues being discussed, without any sense that the country is moving forward. And that's the fault of all parties.
Nonetheless, annoyed as we might be, we shouldn't forget the pitfalls
of majority governments. The grass isn't always greener, as they say. In
BC, which sits somewhere on the other side of that fence, we'll be paying
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