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09.29.20111 3
UBC considers disciplining students for out-of-classroom behaviour
Natalie Corbo
UBC Vancouver may be following
the lead of its Okanagan counterpart
in changingthe way it treats students who break the rules.
UBC Okanagan (UBC-O) has
tried to make the boundaries clear
in a detailed non-academic misconduct policy, which was enacted in
fall 2009. Accordingto University
Counsel Hubert Lai, the Vancouver
campus is now considering a similar
policy revamp in the coming year.
Non-academic misconduct refers to
punishable activity that has nothingto
do with grades, classes or schoolwork
AMS President Jeremy McElroy
said UBC Vancouver's current
policy is vague. "That's one ofthe
problems with it, so theoretically
if a student is caught speeding on
campus...they could theoretically
face non-academic misconduct even
though for all intents and purposes
that's something that should be
handled by the judicial system."
The Vancouver campus's policy is
brief, barely totaling one page in the
Academic calendar. In comparison,
the UBC-0 policy outlines three
major components in seven pages,
including a code of conduct, the diversion process and the use of what
Lai called a "student-centric committee" for dealing with individual
However, the policy seeks to stay out
of matters that are not clearly within
the university's jurisdiction. "There
needs to be a connection between the
impugned activity and the interests of
the UBC community," said Lai.
For this reason, students or employees who participated in the game seven
Canucks riot in downtown Vancouver
this summer will not be dealt with by
the university. "There are better, more
appropriate mechanisms for dealing
with them," Lai said.
In order for an off-campus activity to
be considered under the policy, the students would have to be acting as representatives ofthe university, at some sort
of university-sanctioned activity.
"All of this was designed to try
to make the process much more
responsive to student interests," Lai
explained, "to articulate for students
what the standards ofthe community
are as far as behaviour is concerned."
UBC-O's policy also allows, in most
cases that are not deemed serious, for
students to help determine what the
consequences for their actions will be.
In a similar vein of student involvement, cases at that campus will now
go to a committee that is comprised
of students and a committee chair. 13
New student health plan falls short
Dominic Lai
Although the AMS is saving money
by switching insurance providers for
the AMS Health and Dental Plan,
some students were forced to pay
extra for prescriptions amidst confusion during the transition.
This past summer, the AMS/GSS
health insurance provider changed
from Calgary-based Sun Life
Insurance to the local Pacific Blue
Cross. The reasoningbehind the
change was that the new plan would
be cheaper, and more convenient for
students to file claims.
Accordingto the AMS/GSS health
plan website ihaveaplan.ca, the price
for the 2010-2011 plan was $223.45,
whereas the current plan costs
$214.37-adrop in price of $9.08
since last year.
However, during the transition, some students—at least 15-20
at the Shopper's Drug Mart on
campus, said pharmacist Nathan
Swartsman—were denied coverage
for prescription drugs that were previously covered, despite the AMS's
insistence that the plans are nearly
"The plan coverage under Pacific
Blue Cross remains virtually the
same as the plan under Sun Life,"
said Sophia Haque, Western Canada
program manager for studentcare.
net. "Pacific Blue Cross, like Sun
Life, has a 'generic substitution
clause,' in that if a student goes in
to get a brand name drug, it will be
reimbursed based on the cheapest
equivalent generic drug cost."
Although she has now been
informed that her coverage will
continue, PhD student Deirdre
Curie was denied coverage when she
tried to renew her prescription this
News briefs
Dean of Applied Science
The dean of Applied Science,
Tyseer Aboulnasr. will be resigning
in January 2011 after three years in
her position.
Aboulnasr will continue to wrap up
a few projects before her departure, while an interim dean will be
hired to ease the administrative
While no reason has been given
yet for her resignation. Aboulnasr
said in an email to the Faculty of
Applied Science that she is committed to ensuring as smooth a transition as possible.
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September. She requires non-generic
Type II diabetes medication.
"When I came to UBC in
September 2010 to start my doctoral program, Sun Life agreed to
cover my prescriptions, even though
they're not covered by Pharmacare,
as long as I provided a form asking
for an exception signed by my doctor," said Curie.
"But when I went in to fill my
prescriptions this fall, the pharmacy
assistant informed me that my drugs
were no longer covered because the
AMS decided to switch to Pacific
Blue Cross."
Curie uses a more expensive
drug, since generic drugs such
as Glucatrol caused negative side
SFU students protest board's
loch-out of unionized
At approximately 1pm on Tuesday,
September 28, a group of eight
students entered and occupied the
office of the Simon Fraser Student
Society (SFSS) board of directors while campus and student
supporters stood outside in the
The action was meant to protest
SFSS's lock-out of its unionized workers, members of CUPE 3338-5.
The students said they would
occupy the office for 12 hours-1
hour for each week that SFSS services have been cut back due to
the lock-out.
effects including slurred speech and
But Haque said that the former
policy still applies. "If the doctor
were to specify 'no substitutions,'
the prescription can be reimbursed
for the brand name cost. This process has not changed due to the
switch from Sun Life to Pacific Blue
Yet considering Curie's issues, it
appears that the AMS has failed to
adequately explain the nuances of
the new plan.
"It's all really up in the air. What's
happening now is what we suspected would happen, which is there
would be an uproar from students,"
said Swartsman about the transition.
Students protest against
AMS exec pay raise
A petition initiative against the
recent $7500 AMS executive pay
raise has been started by a group
of concerned UBC students. The
petition is the second protest of the
pay raise, following the creation of a
Facebook event called "Referendum
to Cancel AMS Exec Pay Raise."
One of the students behind the
petition. Alex Chan, said their objective is to have 3000 students sign
the petition in the hopes of forcing
a referendum. "It is ridiculous to
implement a salary increase when
the AMS has claimed to have been
in a six digit deficit per year." said
Curie agreed. "I realize that the
change to Blue Cross may have
saved a few dollars for many students, but not being able to access
effective drugs for the serious medical conditions that some students
suffer from will have a strong,
negative impact on their quality of
life during their time at UBC."
Since Curie made her complaint,
she has received an email from the
Member Services Team saying that
Pacific Blue Cross will continue to
honour the drug exceptions that
were set up last year "until the
existing approved drug exception
Swartsman clarified. "Blue Cross
is willing to honour the special
coverage provided by Sun Life last
year, up to the expiry date of those
forms that were submitted to recieve the special coverage."
He explained the challenge
for Blue Cross to switch 40,000
students to their plan and review
coverage of special drugs.
"It is taking time, but from what
we know, students will have coverage for those drugs until that special coverage should have lapsed,"
said Swartsman.
AMS VP Finance Elin Tayyar
spoke about the research that was
done before the switch. "Months
and months of work went into it,
and we did the most thorough review of any community or university in the history of Canada," he
But accordingto Swartsman,
the work isn't over yet. "What we
do know is that the coverage we
have in place right now is goingto
require more work on everyone's
part." 13
—With files from Micki Cowan
Woman killed at SFU parkade
A young woman was killed in a
parkade at SFU's Surrey campus
early Wednesday morning. Shots
heard at the University Drive
parkade were reported to the police at around 1:20am. The young
woman was found on the third level
of the parkade on arrival of emergency services. She later died in the
The victim's name has not been
released, but unconfirmed media
reports are identifying her as an SFU
student. In a cbc.ca article. Sergeant
Peter Thiessen said. "Further investigation indicated that this was clearly
a homicide." There was no word
from the police regarding suspects
in the case. 13
UBC alumni get
business boost
ReFlex Wireless is developing wireless
medical monitors after applying to UBC's
e@UBC program.
Kevin Zeng
Alumni have been getting an extra
boost for their business projects.
Entrepreneurship@UBC (e@UBC)
is a program run through the Sauder
School of Business that helps startup companies founded by former
UBC students.
"We are trying to support companies in really particular ways, like
through our funds, incubator space
and start-up services," said e@UBC
program director Carol Leacy.
The program runs in cooperation with the BC Innovation Council
(BCIC) and UBC's University
Industrial Liaison Office (UILO),
which facilitates industry engagement with UBC researchers and
affiliated teaching hospitals.
"It uses all ofthe skills that the
people at UILO would normally
provide to spin-off companies and
really offers it to a broader range. It
is 40 hours of consulting services
of their time effectively donated to
companies," said Leacy.
The program provides a seed accelerator fund that is financed by
alumni donations and the BCIC, and
invests anywhere from $250,000
to $100,000 per company. E@UBC
also provides office space; four companies have already settled into the
office spaces, while four other businesses are using it for drop-in.
Since their launch last fall, the
program has assisted 42 start-up
In 2009, Francois Roux established a tourism information
website, 2vancouver.com. "The
UILO services is providing us with
$5000 worth of business services.
The funding will be used to help
us refine our business strategy and
reorganize the structure ofthe
company. The program is also in
the process of matching us with an
experienced mentor," he said.
"We also view it as a form of
recognition for what has been done
over the past two years." 13 4 I NeWS   09.292011
Life Sciences Centre: green, great and grand
Ana Komnenic
The Life Sciences Centre (LSC)
opened its doors more than seven
years ago, making it UBC's largest
and most expensive building. Ifyou
haven't ventured far enough down
East Mall to admire the Vancouver
rain through the massive skylight,
you might want to make the trek.
The building was awarded LEED
Gold Certification in 2006, making
it one ofthe only two lab buildings
in Canada to attain this high level
certification, accordingto the LSC
case study done by Bunting Coady
The study outlined how the
LSC uses 50 per cent less water
than other buildings ofthe same
size, in part through its waterless
urinals. The building's E-shaped
design maximizes sun penetration, and uses sensors that detect
daylight and occupancy to adjust
light fixtures accordingly. As a
result, the building saves almost
$180,000 in utility fees each year,
combating the $197 million in
construction costs, which made
it UBC's most expensive project
to date.
The building is 565,000 square
feet, "making it more than double
the size of any other building
on campus," accordingto John
Metras, managing director of
Infrastructure Development.
UBC's Green Building and
Engagement manager, Alison
Aloisio, said the LSC is not only
about "energy, water and waste
efficiency, but also about human
health, comfort and productivity."
Aloisio explained that the building's design provides large day-lit
social spaces and laboratories that
create a cheerful environment for
students and researchers.
The study also highlighted how
the LSC encourages people who
use the facilities to be green as
well; it contains 10 showers and
140 secured bicycle stalls.
In addition to sustainability and
human health, the LSC addresses
the urgent need for doctors in BC.
According to the LSC study, before the building helped to double
UBC's intake of first-year medical
students, BC was accepting fewer
first-year medical students per
capita than any other province.
But the centre didn't coinci-
dentally provide more seats for
students in medicine. "The LSC
was constructed to fulfill the
provincial government mandate to
double the size ofthe MD undergraduate program to 240 students
per year, in order to alleviate the
major shortage of both generalists
and specialists trained in British
Columbia," said Metras.
Kewan Aboulhosn, a recent
graduate of UBC's medical school,
said that in his classes at the LSC,
almost one third of first- and
second-year medical students are
able to learn via video-conferencing. With the use ofthe LSC's
The Life Sciences Centre is one of two labs in Canada that is LEED gold certified. It saves some $180,000 yearly in utility costs.
tele-learning facilities, medical
students in Prince George and
Victoria are able to graduate from
the UBC medical school without
having to physically attend UBC,
aside from in-person requirements
in the beginning of their first year.
For other students looking for
study spaces, long tables with outlets and skylights extend from one
end ofthe building, creating the
impression of being outside.
But don't plan on making the
LSC the location ofyour next late-
night cramming session, because
unless you're a medical student or
researcher, you'll be asked to leave
after 7:00pm. 13
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Prevent plagiarism or protect privacy?
UBC negotiates with online plagiarism-checking program, Turnitin
Susan Cheng
Students in the social sciences
should be familiar with the plagiarism-checking website, Turnitin.
But few may be aware that UBC
required a review of Turnitin's privacy policy earlier this year.
UBC has maintained a contract
with Turnitin, a California-based
online tool, since 2001. It's meant to
aid instructors in detecting copied
phrases and misquoted texts that
could constitute a breach in academic integrity.
Students can also use it to pick
out and correct originality errors in
their papers before submitting them
to their instructors.
"People are using this software
because it supports an academic
need...Our graduate students and
some researchers use it to protect
their intellectual property and assist
them with inadvertently committing plagiarism," Schroeder wrote
in an email.
But returning students may have
observed that the convenient link to
Turnitin through WebCT Vista has
been disconnected.
UBC discovered around mid-
March this year that Turnitin had
been saving student information
on American servers. This violates
BC's Freedom of Information and
Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA),
which states that personal information under university control must
only be stored in Canada.
Marianne Schroeder, senior
manager of Teaching and Learning
Technologies at UBC, explained
that in 2006, Turnitin agreed to
A student anonomously hands in a paper. Turnitin has its servers located in the US, which has led to conflicts with Canadian privacy laws
move their servers to Canada in
order to renew their contract with
UBC. The recent discovery in
March was a complete surprise.
Schroeder said UBC took immediate action.
The Vista connection was disabled and UBC entered negotiations
with Turnitin.
UBC first requested that Turnitin
stop backing up data to the US, in order to comply with FIPPA. However,
the request was rejected. The second
option was to design a connection
between UBC's Vista and Turnitin's
website, so that information identifying a student would be removed
before a paper was submitted to
Turnitin. Again, Turnitin was un-
willingto invest in the option.
While Turnitin is still being used
by the university, the Vista connection remains disabled. New
accounts and passwords must be
created by visiting Turnitin's website, as opposed to the simpler access through Vista.
As an extra precaution, students
are instructed to register under a
pseudonym and remove any personal information from their papers. In
order for UBC to be compliant with
FIPPA and protect students' privacy,
this stipulation was necessary.
"It is discouragingthat
Turnitin has taken this approach,
particularly given our long history
with them," Schroeder said in her
email, after confirming that negotiations are ongoing, with no easy solution in sight.
UBC's current contract with
Turnitin expires in 2013, and it is
unclear what the future will hold in
terms of contract renewal or finding
an alternative software. "We are
currently considering our options,"
Schroeder stated. tH
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We're not sure what this promotional image from the Vancouver International Improv Fest means, but we assume minds will be blown
Improvf est keeps audiences guessing
Rheanna Buur sma
"I think that as time goes by, theatre
is becoming less of a shared cultural
experience," said Kaitlin Fontana.
Fontana, the media and sponsorship director of the Vancouver
International Improv Festival,
admitted that, "Sometimes [people]
are intimidated bythe experience of
live theatre.
"They think that they need to
know something. That they need to
go into it already appreciating the
experience they are goingto have. I
feel like improv bridges that gap."
September 26 is the first day of
the 12th annual International Improv
Festival in Vancouver.
The festival started as an extension of Instant Theatre, an improv
theatre company in Vancouver. It
since has developed into an event
that welcomes improv teams from
across North America. This year,
some ofthe performers hail from
Halifax, New York, Regina, Boston,
Atlanta and Toronto.
Fontana describes improv as
"creating live theatre with what's at
Improv actors create totally unscripted scenes by working together
as a unit, which is what makes the
performance so interesting. "You're
seeing a completely unique instance
of theatre that will never be seen
again," Fontana said.
Improvfest runs until October 1,
with all performances taking place
at Performance Works Theatre on
Picnicface stick to
their roots
Alexandra Downing
As the pianist began playing a
Broadway tune, Brian Eldon
Macquarrie sprinted from the back
ofthe stage and leapt onto an imaginary bicycle. Smiling from ear to ear
and peddling gleefully, he proceeded
to belt out a few bars of impromptu
Macquarrie is a member of
Picnicface, the headlining comedy troupe at this year's Vancouver
International Improv Festival. It has
been little more than five years since
Picnicface was charming crowds as
a fledgling sketch comedy troupe
performing in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Despite its years, Picnicface boasts
a tremendous amount of comedic
success after blowing up on Youtube.
Though the name ofthe troupe
may not ring any immediate bells,
many will remember their video
"Powerthirst," a spoof of energy
drink commercials, or "Halifax," an
homage to the group's hometown.
Members of Picnicface seem eager
to shake these dated associations.
They have since written a book, produced a film titled Rollertown, and a
new self-titled show that premiered
last Wednesday on the Comedy
Network. The group admits that television is new territory for them.
"We're still learningwhat it's like
to be on camera even though we did a
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bunch of online stuff," said Picnicface
member Evany Rosen. "When you're
shooting an internet short you're
running around with your friends,
lighting and micing it yourself," Kyle
Dooley added. "There's no budget
and no time constraint."
Despite the success of their online videos, Macquirrie, Rosen and
Dooley agreed that they feel more
comfortable performing live than in
front of a camera. "On stage you can
charm people and laugh at yourself,"
said Dooley. "On camera you can't
do that."
While the troupe is open about the
struggles they face moving into different realms of comedy, one thing is
certain: Picnicface isn't afraid to try
new things.
Picnicface's performance is on
Saturday, October 1 at 9:30pm at
Performance Works on Granville
Island. 13
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Sports 19
Still only for the young at heart
Despite huge turnout, GranFondo has yet to attract younger demographic
Drake Fenton
Sports Editor
Earlier this month, Vancouver
played host to North America's
largest cycling event: the RBC
GranFondo Whistler.
The GranFondo event is quickly
becoming one ofthe premier fitness
events in Vancouver. In its inaugural
year in 2010, there were 4000 registered cyclists, and this year 7000
"I think it is one of those events
that's goingto grow and grow,"
said CEO and co-founder Neil
"I think it certainly, if it hasn't
already, captured the status of
the Vancouver Sun Run and the
Vancouver Marathon. If it hasn't,
it certainly will shortly..It's one
of those events that has really
captured the imagination of a lot
Starting from downtown
Vancouver, competitors raced 120
kilometres along the Sea to Sky
Highway to Whistler. From beginning to end, riders were given exclusive access to a full traffic lane, even
on the Lions Gate Bridge.
"I think one ofthe best parts was
the Lions Gate Bridge," said Andrea
Bundon, a human kinetics PhD candidate at UBC. "Obviously it's right
off the start, but everyone was just
like, 'This is so cool, this is so cool.'
To bike down the actual lane and
Cyclists racing across the Lions Gate Bridge during the 2011 RBC GranFondo
not be on the sidewalk on the bridge
was cool.
"So many times you drive up to
Whistler and you don't really get
to see the scenery because you are
focused on the road, so itwas nice
to do it at a bit of a slower pace and I
felt really comfortable."
GranFondos and cycling races in
general are easier than marathons
and have been popular in Europe
for a longtime. McKinnon said that
North Americans have begun to
realize that cycling races aren't just
for the likes of Lance Armstrong.
"I think the explosion of popularity is different than running because
our average demographic age for
the event is 47 years old, and kind of
anecdotally what we are hearing is
that people's bodies just can't support the adrenaline sports or the
pounding sports," said McKinnon.
Though the RBC GranFondo
exponentially grew in popularity this year, it failed to attract
new participants from the student
"Of our 7000 participants, we
had 15 people registered under the
age of 20. The numbers from 20-25
were not very high either. To put it
into perspective, we had 34 people
over the age of 70 riding," said
The lack of student representation at the event may stem from the
race's intimidation factor. Bundon—
who is on the UBC rowing team and
finished in the top ten per cent of
racers with a time of four hours and
seven minutes—said she was a bit
timid before the race.
"I was pretty nervous in the days
leading up to it. I had never done a
cycling race before with 7000 riders.
It seemed a little insane," she said.
Riding 120 kilometres to a destination 675 metres above sea level
is no easy feat, but both McKinnon
and Bundon agreed it's a realistic training goal for the average
"What we do is we create an opportunity for pretty much anybody to participate in something
they wouldn't normally do," said
"I think it is human nature for
people to want to have something
on their calendar they can work
"It's definitely something you
have to train for," added Bundon.
"But I think it's a goal that is well
within reach for many people. If
you put in the miles and build it up
slowly you will probably be able to
finish the race."
McKinnon and his team of 21
full-time staff have begun preparations for the 2012 RBC GranFondo,
and registration for the event has
already opened. He's hopeful that
in the next few years, the student
demographic will become more involved with cycling.
"I think the [potential] for
growth in the sport is absolutely
spectacular because you have
this traditionally active group in
[youths] that have not even entered
the sport yet, and I think that will
occur over time." 13
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The Last Word
Parting shots and snap judgments on today's issues
Let the Canadians lead the
The Vancouver International Film
Festival opens today with director Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I
Live In. Billed as a "Hitchcockian
thriller," the film received mostly
positive reviews when it debuted at
Cannes earlier this year. Antonio
Banderas stars as a plastic surgeon
who becomes obsessed with creating a skin treatment that would
have saved his deceased wife. The
movie itself looks promising, but its
selection for the festival's opening
was a misstep on behalf ofthe VIFF
Skin is an entirely foreign production. Yes, we know none ofthe
Canadian films have Zorro in them,
but with over 80 Canadian films in
its lineup, VIFF should have chosen
a production that better represents
our national cinematic tradition.
Take This Waltz, directed by Sarah
Polley and starring Seth Rogen and
Michelle Williams, is Canadian and
features recognizable names.
Local relevance is especially
important for a smaller festival like
Unionization a long time
The decision by AMS Security
to unionize shouldn't be any sort
of shock. In fact, it's surprising
how long it's taken for a group of
workers in the AMS to become
A push was made by some councillors in 2008 to address the lack
of unionization, but that went nowhere. Now, however, the pressure
is coming from the workers themselves. And you have to think other
groups will follow suit.
While we have some sympathy
for the increased financial plight
the AMS will go through because of
this, it's tempered bythe fact that
most other jobs on campus offer
union protection or better pay. AMS
employees unionizing shouldn't be
a surprise to anyone.
Three student exec pay
increases mark a trend
On September 7, the Simon Fraser
Student Society (SFSS) passed a motion that doubled the hours of all of
their paid council members. Doubled
hours means doubled pay. This motion came into effect immediately,
and will last until the end ofthe
lock-out ofthe SFSS administration
The increased hours prompted
CUPE Local 338, which represents the locked out workers, to
file a labour complaint against the
SFSS. This almost certainly breaks
an agreement signed in July, but
we'd also like to point out that the
student societies at SFU, UBC and
Kwantlen have now all given their
executives immediate pay increases, overturning the established
procedure of only bringing in such
increases at election turnovers.
This trend represents a serious
breach of a financial control that
keeps student societies in check:
councils cannot vote to give themselves pay raises. We should all let
our student representatives know
that it must not continue.
Romanian rugby clobbering
was a little distracting
By all accounts, the Pit Pub was
"happenin" last Friday night.
People were dancing, drinks were
flowing and the bar staff were kind
enough to allow a couple more
songs after closing time. Itwas nice
to see a crowd on a non-Wednesday
night for a change. But we have one
request for the next time the bar
decides to host a DJ night: please,
turn off the TVs.
As amusing as it was to see the
English rugby team absolutely clobber Romania, the numerous flat
screen TVs around the pub were an
eyesore. People who want to watch
sports don't go to DJ nights. That's
what quasi-pubs like Dentry's are
for. But more importantly, people
looking to dance don't want to see
a bunch of beefy Brits lifting each
other into the air by their shorts.
It's a buzz kill, and it's far too
easy to glaze over while watching
SportsCentre and forget that, hey,
people are having tons of fun.
So turn off the TVs and turn up
the beats. It's an easy way to get
people on the dance floor.
A temporary stadium is going
to be a hard act to follow
Last weekend was the Vancouver
Whitecaps' last match at Empire
Field. The way this temporary setup
seized the imaginations of supporters is surprising, given that it came
in at a time of stadium limbo—the
beloved but awful Swangard left
behind, the proposed waterfront
stadium in Gastown fading into a
fever dream, and BC Place unusable
as construction dragged far over
But what could have been a tin
shack was embraced by fans. The
Southsiders supporters marched
down East Hastings singing and
waving flags, and the setting was
intimate while having amenities
like actual seats on all sides. And
given the state ofthe last-place
Whitecaps season, it's safe to say
that this debut year's memories
will come from Empire Field rather
than BC Place.
Which leads us to next week's
match—the first one at the newly-
renovated downtown stadium. Will
the experience resemble a world-
class soccer stadium scaled down
to a reasonable, intimate size, or
a cavernous tomb whose size will
suck all the atmosphere out of
fans struggling to fill it? Will the
Whitecaps feel like a welcomed
tenant now that they're in a top-
level stadium, or the unloved stepchild ofthe BC Lions? Those answers won't really come until next
year, after the shine has worn off.
A midseason coaching change-
up has not prevented a disappointing performance. Let's hope the
Whitecaps don't supply fans with a
disappointing stadium.
Save a little of that glitz for us
Yesterday UBC launched, with
much glitz and glamour, a campaign to double alumni engagement and raise $1.5 billion dollars.
On Tuesday night, there were even
valets managing the parking lot
outside the hulking War Memorial
Gym, which was transformed from
a giant barn into an awesomely
decorated giant barn.
While it's nice that the university is making a big show of raising
money and engaging alumni, those
are things the university should be
excited about at all times, regardless of any campaign. We've been
told that they've raised around
$750 million from alumni in the
past two years, so this campaign
isn't that unusual.
While this announcement is primarily about getting past students
to donate so future students can
benefit, there's still the matter of
the students, here right now, who
pay thousands of dollars to attend
UBC. It would be nice if a little of
that pomp and circumstance was
sometimes expended on programs
that will help us today. 13
Access Copyright responds to Toope
Kalyeena Makortoff does a very good job of presenting the concerns of faculty
and staff who are still confused about UBC's opting out of a licensing agreement with Access Copyright (AC). Unfortunately there seems to be a misunderstanding on the part of UBC President Stephen Toope.
Toope makes the following comment: "As high as 70 per cent ofthe material that we were paying for when we were paying Access Copyright, we were
already paying for by having online licenses. So we were effectively being
asked to pay twice for the same material. And AC has been absolutely unwilling to parse that out."
Access Copyright does not, and never has, charged for works that are
already paid for or authorized under direct online licences. The challenge in
identifyingthese works lies with the universities, who should not report usage
to Access Copyright of material already licensed directly by the library. We
are not privy to the terms ofthe library licenses and so are in no position to
"parse out" already licensed uses. Access Copyright only charges for what is
reported to us by UBC as havingbeen copied under our licence.
The tariff process at the Copyright Board will identify works for which
there is no other licensing arrangement or other exception under the Act. The
Board will listen to all sides ofthe debate, consider evidence presented by both
parties and take into account content that is already licensed (such as through
university library subscriptions) and copyingthat is authorized under the
Copyright Act (such as through fair dealing) before setting a reasonable rate.
It is surprisingthat President Toope believes UBC is being held "hostage"
by Access Copyright. Access Copyright offered to negotiate a licence and has
always been willing to sit down at the negotiating table. We have negotiated
three previous licences with Canadian universities and the Association of
Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). Eighteen months prior to the
expiry ofthe last license in December 2010, we reached out to the AUCC and
they did not participate in negotiations in any meaningful way, to the degree
that the Copyright Board pointed this out when it said, "...in any event it takes
two to tango. In this case the Institutions have refused to even walk to the
dance floor."
My door is open. How about yours?
—Maureen Cavan
Executive director of Access Copyright
SASC understaff ing a "slap in the  ice"
I am disappointed and disgusted at the AMS's lack of action to get the
Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) up and running. The lack of action by
the AMS is a slap in the face and tells students that to them, having sexual
assault support services is NOT important.
I have yet to come across a university in Canada that does not have a SASC
or an equivalent service. I have spent over $40,000 to attend this university
and a significant amount of my money has gone to the AMS. Furthermore, I
donated my time to volunteer to the AMS.
I would like to see that money used to support the SASC and provide this
crucial service to students at the most vulnerable time—especially for first-
year students. I have been involved with a peer mentoring service at UBC
for many years and we refer students to SASC because it is an amazing resource. However, given these unfortunate circumstances they will be forced
to refer elsewhere.
The AMS must take immediate action to get this vital service up and running. Show the students of UBC that you care about their health and well
—Anisha MacDonald
UBC alumnus
Recreational drugs no joking matter
I enjoyed reading "The Book" that The Ubyssey made at the beginning ofthe
school year, as I found it quite entertaining in providing rudimentary information to those who are not familiar with UBC.
However, regardingthe article on recreational druguse (p. 39-40), I think
the authors should deliver the information with more seriousness. The way
the article was written gives me (and likely many other readers) the impression that the majority of students are indifferent, or even condoning, to drug
use. (Putting the articles in the "Fun" section certainly did not help either.)
Illicit druguse does nothing but destroy lives, causes emotional and
physical suffering, and helps to fund criminal gangs and terrorists. If it was
written with the purpose of helping students make new "friends," then the
author© are seriously out of touch with reality, because taking drugs with
others reinforces drug consumption, eventually leading to addiction.
For those who are curious, MDMA (or "ecstasy"), psilocybin (from
certain mushrooms) and marijuana are classified as "Schedule I" drugs in
the US, along with other known drugs like heroin and LSD, thus they have
neither any accepted medical usage nor any accepted safety for use under
medical supervision. Most importantly, they have the highest potential
for abuse of all controlled substances. Therefore, students, as tomorrow's
leaders of society, should bear the social responsibility of discouraging and
eliminating recreational drug use in any way they can, no matter how small
the effort seems.
Nonetheless, I do wholeheartedly appreciate the effort made by the
author© to provide the phone numbers and websites for those who may
need help or simply wish to learn more about drugs. The Ubyssey can definitely do more to help by, for example, providing "positive" advice, such as
tips to resist peer pressure.
-Paul C.K. Ng Scene»
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Keeping yourself safe from STIs        \ ftXikl*^*
There's no such thing as risk-free sex
Six hours into the eight hour
drive from Toronto to Montreal,
in full-on rave recovery mode, the
conversation turns from meditation to hook-ups and promptly,
my friend starts telling me about
his STIs. Given that I had met
him 48 hours prior, I wasn't really
expecting to learn about his genitals being ravaged by crabs and
chlamydia, but it dawned on me:
sexually transmitted infections
happen to everyone and, for the
most part, they are curable.
Nice, horny and monogamous
people get them; infections are
opportunistic, not discriminatory. This should make you sigh
in gentle relief if you've ever
found yourself drunkenly gyrating in a youth hostel and realizing
suddenly that you're bareback
humping and you don't even know
the other person's last name. Or
if you've been in a monogamous
relationship for years and you
suddenly have a first outbreak of
I spoke to Dr Alana Geist,
an obstetrician and gynecologist—and, full disclosure, my
aunt—from Saskatoon, and she
suggested getting tested as soon
as you have any unprotected sex.
However, there is a period directly following the event when you
may test negative even though you
have an STI, so be sure to return
to the clinic again a few weeks
later to double check.
Sexuality clinics are able to
detect gonorrhea and chlamydia
from a urine sample, even if
you're asymptomatic; blood tests
can detect HIV and syphilis.
Nice, horny and
monogamous people
get STIs; infections
are opportunistic, not
All four of these diseases land
in the reportable STIs category,
meaning that if you do have them,
the Public Health Agency of
Canada will confidentially contact your past lovers to disclose
the information, without revealing your name.
When HIV and syphilis are
involved, they will try to find the
people even if all you remember
from them is their first name,
where they play billiards and
their dragon tattoo.
Social stigma is usually the
mental hindrance to discussing
STIs. Feelings of shame, or being
"dirty" or tainted are fairly common, especially with infections
like herpes, which are lifers in
your body.
Thankfully, not everyone has
outbreaks. It is, however, very difficult to avoid transmitting herpes unless you wear a full body latex suit or saran wrap your junk,
since it is transmitted through
skin to skin contact and asymptomatic shedding is common. If
you get tested with your partner
and both of you show antibodies
to herpes, then rage on, because
you're both positive and can't infect each other.
Also, "serial monogamy does
not protect you from STIs," said
Dr Geist. Since infections can remain dormant for years and then
erupt, it's best not to go psycho on
your partner if they test positive.
In happier news, condoms are
still considered the most effective against bacterial disease and
Hepatitis B. They also reduce
HPV infection, though they are
not 100 per cent effective. There's
no such thing as risk-free sex.
The internet can be a scary
place to get information on STIs.
DO NOT look at Google images.
You don't need bulbous red warts
glaring at you from the screen. Dr
Geist suggested sexualityandu.ca
as an OB/GYN-approved website
for information on STIs. I'd suggest Violet Blue's tinynibbles.com
ifyou want a chart on the risks of
many different sexual practices.
The point is, STIs happen. Lose
the shame, buck up, be an adult
and deal with it. tH
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We're seeking applications for the volunteer position of
Student Member on the Development Permit Board, which
has the responsibility to review and approve non-institutional
development proposals on UBC's Vancouver campus.
If selected, you will be expected to serve on the Development Permit Board for a minimum of
one calendar year, starting November 2011. This is a Board of Governors appointment.
Candidates should be knowledgeable about contemporary practices in sustainability
and land use planning as well as support the development of UTown@UBC, UBC's
on-campus residential community.
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awards five Killam Teaching Prizes to
acknowledge excellence in undergradu
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of science education. Professors, instructors or
lecturers appointed in any of the Faculty's departments are eligible. Students, alumni or faculty members are welcomed to submit nominations in writing to
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Dean of Science Office
Biological Sciences Building
1505-6270 University Boulevard
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