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TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION
Events around Vancouver recognize the history of residential schools // Page 2
WHAT'S ON // THIS WEEK, MAY WE SU
MONDAY /16
DEMOCRACY WEEK
5P.M.- 7P.M. @ FREDDY WOOD THEATRE
Hosted by Elections Canada, this
workshop talks about democratic
engagement in the era of social
media. Come for the refreshments,
stay forthe discourse.
Free
TUESDAY i 17
LAST DAYTO DROP
CLASSES WITHOUT'W
11:59 P.M. ©SSCORBROCK HALL
Some people don't mind the
"W" marring their transcript but
it's best to check you don't have
excess courses. It's also the last
day to return your books to the
bookstore.
Free — unless you forget to drop
that class, then it's $$$
OUR CAMPUS//
ONE ON ONE WITH THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE UBC
WEDNESDAY ' 18
TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION
OPENING CEREMONY
9 A.M.@ COLISEUM, PNE
First Nations leaders and other
representatives will welcome
survivors of residential schools.
Events run all week long, including some on campus.
Free
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UBC fans filled the stands en masse/ The
fans kept on cheering, saw the score and
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alas. Photo by Geoff Lister.
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Ernest Mathijs got his PhD from the Open University of Brussels, and counts Videodrome as one of his favourite cult films.
Lawrence Neal Garcia
Contributor
Ernest Mathijs encountered a
strange man in a video store in
his home of Belgium.
It sounds like the start to a
cult film itself — conspicuous
beginnings, dated cultural
reference — but in reality, this
was where Mathijs first got into
cult films, films he describes as
celebrating "a rebellious attitude
towards the mainstream."
Flash forward to 2013 in British Columbia. About 70 students
mill about the doors of the Royal
Bank Cinema at the Chan Centre
for the Performing Arts. In a few
minutes, Mathijs will take them
through the doors and down the
rabbit hole that is cult cinema.
For Mathijs, a professor of film
studies who started his course on
cult cinema in 2008 — the first
of its kind in the world —
the rabbit hole is more than
just figurative.
"In most cult films, there's
an appearance of a strange
rabbit," said Mathijs as he
introduced the day's screenings: Rabbit's Moon and
Donnie Darko.
As bizarre as it may seem
to the uninitiated, it does provide insight into what exactly
a cult film is.
"It's there. It's flagrant. It's
in everybody's face ... and it
makes no sense. I think that,
in a very brief nutshell, is the
essence of cult cinema," said
Mathijs.
After first discovering the
films of David Cronenberg —
of which Videodrome stands
as his absolute favourite —
Mathijs slowly developed an
interest for unusual cinema,
from The Rocky Horror Picture Show to Eraserhead, all
the while pursuing a university degree in communication
studies. What they all had in
common was that they were
cult films.
Seven years ago, Mathijs
began instructing at UBC,
but this is his 20th year
of teaching.
To date, Mathijs has
written a number of popular
books on cult film, mostly in
reaction to what he perceived as a lack of accessible
criticism. "Although it's a very
lively subject..., there's hardly
any scholarship published on it,'
he said.
It's there. It's
flagrant. It's in
everybody's
face. It makes
no sense.
That is the
essence of cult
cinema.
Ernest Mathijs
Film studies professor
Like other professors, a
typical day for Mathijs involves
handling classes, screenings,
office hours and meetings. But
unlike others, his research involves watching movies, which
is not to say that the scale of his
research is by any means small.
Together with researchers from
around the world, Mathijs is
currently working on a project
to compare the reception of The
Hobbit in over 40 countries.
While there is scholarly dispute
on whether mainstream blockbusters such as The Hobbit qualify as cult films, it doesn't seem
to bother Mathijs.
"Right now we're in an area
where there's a little bit of
contention about that point, but
that makes it exciting," he said.
"Especially when you can share
it with students in class where
they feel that the subject is very
much alive. It's not like the last
word has been said on it yet."
And indeed, it hasn't. XI
University Endowment Lands (UEL)
Notice of Public Meeting
Thursday, September 26, 2013, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
University Marketplace, Suite 300, 5755 Dalhousie Road,
Vancouver, BC
The University Endowment Lands Administration is conducting a
public meeting regarding the application from Regent College to
rezone 5800 University Boulevard from "Institutional and Public Use
District" to "Institutional and Public Use District (A)". The new zone
would permit an increase in height from 4 storeys to 6 storeys, and
the addition of student and faculty housing. An amendment to the
Official Community Plan would be required to extend the designated
commercial "Village" to include Regent College. The rezoning
application is available in advance of the meeting at the UEL
Administration office and website for public review.
A speaker's registration list will be available at the public meeting. To
register early, please contact the UEL office. Comments are also being accepted in writing until 4:30 pm, Thursday, October 10, 2013 at:
University Endowment Lands Administration Building
5495 Chancellor Boulevard, Vancouver, BC V6T 1E2
Telephone: 604-660-1808, Email: uel@govbc.ca
Or visit www.universityendowmentlands.gov.bc.ca // News
TOWN HALL »
)RS WILL MCDONALD + SARAH BIGAM
MONDAY, SEPTEMI
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Thursday's town hall session was Toope's last — he'll be stepping down as UBC president at the end of the school year.
Toope talks rape cheer, transit and Twitter
Sarah Bigam
News Editor
On Thursday, Sept. 12, Stephen
Toope held his last town hall session
as president of UBC.
During the town hall, Toope
addressed such topics as his
resignation, a subway line to UBC,
construction and Twitter.
Toope began with a speech in
which he encouraged all attendees
to go to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He also addressed
the Sauder rape cheer, which he
called "absolutely appalling."
"I can say today unreservedly
that I am very sorry for what our
first-year Sauder students were
exposed to," he said.
Toope is the final decision-maker in the disciplinary process for
the students involved. He said that
when the university completes its
investigation into the matter, there
will be "prompt follow-up actions."
Toope concluded his speech
by highlighting some of the major
initiatives of the past year, including
NEWS BRIEFS
UBC grad arrested for
reckless driving
A UBC alum has been arrested
after a video surfaced of him
allegedly driving recklessly
around Manhattan.
Christopher Adam Tang was
charged with reckless driving,
among othertraffic offences. His
car, a 2006 BMW Z4, was also
seized, according to Global News.
Police arrested Tang after
he was identified from a video
posted on YouTube that appeared
to show him speeding around
Manhattan, completing a 42.5 km
loop in around 24 minutes.
As of Sunday, the YouTube
video had over 769,00 views.
You have a sadistic side, too
Two UBC studies found that many
individuals take pleasure in the
suffering of others.
One of the studies measured
sadistic impulses based on the
amount of bugs participants
chose to kill in certain situations.
The other study measured participants^ willingness to cause
others to suffer.
"Some find it hard to reconcile
sadism with the concept of 'normal' psychological functioning,
but our findings show that sadistic
tendencies among otherwise
well-adjusted people must be acknowledged," said Erin Buckels,
the lead authorof the study, xi
flexible learning, alumni engagement and international partnerships
with China and India.
During his third annual interview segment with Peter Klein,
director of the UBC School of Journalism, Toope answered questions
ranging from transit and construction issues to his views on social
media.
Toope will still have two years
left on his contract when he resigns
in May. He cited family circumstances and a desire to focus on
international law as reasons for
leaving. He also said he felt the time
had come for him to move on.
"I have seen people stay too long
in jobs... and I made a promise to
myself never to be one of those
people," Toope said.
Klein pointed out that students
often receive mixed reports about
the university: first they hear
it's tight on money, then they see
millions of dollars put towards construction projects like the fountain
on University Boulevard.
FIRST NATIONS »
Truth and
Reconciliation:
what you 11 see
Sheliza Halani
Contributor
The City of Vancouver has named
the week of Sept. 16 to 22 "Reconciliation Week" in honour
of the aboriginal families that
were impacted by the residential
school system.
The Truth and Reconciliation
Commission (TRC) is a court-ordered commission created by the
Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement when former
residential school students took the
Canadian government and churches
that ran the schools to court. It was
the largest class-action settlement in
Canadian history.
The TRC aims to give survivors
a chance to share their experiences
with the Canadian public.
UBC is suspending classes on
Sept. 18, the day the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Vancouver
events begin, so that students will be
able to attend.
On the morning of Sept. 18th,
there will be a lighting of the sacred
fire and sunrise ceremony at the
Sacred Fire Site on PNE grounds. At
11 a.m., there will be a youth panel at
the Vancouver Pacific Coliseum who
will share their stories of damage
from the system, the post-traumatic
stress encountered and the difficulties faced when re-integrating into
their communities.
Toope explained this as the difference between the school's operating budget and its capital budget.
He said that construction projects,
which come out of the capital
budget, are often funded by donors
who have specific ideas about what
they want to see their money used
for, and so the money isn't transferable to things like classes.
Klein asked if Vantage College,
a school meant to enable students
who don't meet English language
requirements to transfer to UBC in
their second year, had a plan to address the similar needs of students
living in Canada.
Toope said that there is an idea
to create a Vantage College-type
program for aboriginal students,
although there are no set plans for
this yet.
Toope also expressed his support for Broadway corridor rapid
transit. He said that such a line
would benefit the entire economy
of the Lower Mainland, not just
the university.
As for funding the line, Toope
said that it should be paid for by
taxpayers and users, as other
public transit lines are, but said that
donating land for the transit station
or making a financial contribution
would be possibilities for the university to consider in future years.
The last interview question was
about his views on Twitter, which
Toope has said he "despises."
"In my view, what Twitter has
done is exacerbated a tendency in
our society to look for the immediate response, the quick fix, the
uncritical evaluation of material,"
Toope said. "I think it's anti-intellectual in many circumstances."
He also declared that was the last
thing he will ever say about Twitter.
When questions opened to the
public, Irene Tsepnopoulos-Elhaim-
er, UBC alum and executive director
of Women Against Violence Against
Women, pledged to work with
UBC in their efforts to bring about
systemic change regarding current
ideas about sexual violence.
Neal Yonson, formerly of UBC Insiders, asked about student housing
projects, which are funded through
high-interest loans from the housing
endowment fund. The loans are
paid back through profit made off
student residences.
"In terms of the pricing structures, it's obviously complicated,"
Toope said. "I would only say that
what we're trying to do... [is] to
find a balance between making
housing that is as affordable as possible for students, and ensuring that
there's money available for future
generations to continue to build
housing when it's necessary."
Another audience member
commented that "UBC has become
totally inaccessible" due to the high
cost of university.
Toope said that Canadians
should be careful not to draw facts
and figures about student debt from
the U.S., where university tuition is
much more expensive.
"Canadians had better get their
act together on data, because
otherwise we're going to make
policy decisions that are not
well-founded in real situations,"
Toope said. XI
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Classes will be suspended Sept. 18 for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
At 1 p.m. at the Coliseum, a
commissioner sharing panel will
hear testimony from survivors of
the residential schools. At 3 p.m.,
there will be speeches from several individuals, including UBC's
president Stephen Toope, followed
by a closing session. Each day has a
different theme; Thursday will be
an education day and Friday will
include women's perspectives.
Other events to be held throughout the week include a theatre
session at UBC's First Nations Long-
house, an art exhibit at UBC's Belkin
Gallery and a photography exhibit at
the Museum of Anthropology. There
will be a canoe brigade in Vanier
Park on Sept. 17 and a reconciliation
walk on Sept. 22, at which upwards
of 35,000 participants are expected.
"UBC has a significant aboriginal
population but also has a significant
relationship to aboriginal people
and their territories," said Justice
Murray Sinclair, a Truth and Reconciliation commissioner. "[Students
should] recognize that the issue of
reconciliation is not an aboriginal
issue, it is a Canadian issue as well."
Line Kesler, a senior adviser
to the UBC President on Aboriginal Affairs, said UBC is working
on getting funding to open up a
permanent center for the study of
residential schools.
"Many people experienced really
difficult circumstances in those
schools... but for most of their lives,
never talked about [it]... and when
they tried to talk about it, people
weren't receptive," Kesler said.
Kesler said that survivors are
indicating how important it is that
people are willing to listen to them.
"This understanding in a broader,
cultural sense is actually possible,"
he said. XI
EDUCATION »
UBC flexible
learning program
limbers up
ILLUSTRATION INDIANAJOELfTHE UBYSSEY
18 courses are adopting flexible learning.
Brandon Chow
Senior News Writer
Next January, 18 courses from seven
different faculties will adopt UBC's
new flexible learning program. This
is a model of teaching that aims to
incorporate technology use outside
the classroom to improve access to
course material and the pace of its
delivery.
UBC neuroanatomy professor
Claudia Krebs said that the design
of the class is up to the individual
instructor, as flexible learning
programs vary in structure and
resource use. The program will also
receive help from the Centre for
Teaching, Learning and Technology
for technical and feasibility support.
Krebs' brain and behaviour lab
will feature a "flipped classroom"
model, where her students watch
the lectures at home through pre-recorded videos, and then do their
homework and group case studies in
the classroom.
Krebs said that having modules
and content available online should
enable students to learn at their
own pace instead of listening to the
professor talk and then processing
it at home.
"When you come into the classroom, you can have a higher level
of conversation with the professor,
really taking it to the next level, applying the information and problem
solving with it," she said.
Angela Redding, chair of the
program's implementation team,
said that this flipped model creates a
"much more engaged discussion and
interactive session, by having the
students prepare before they come
to class."
In another example, students
taking Basic Chinese 1 will have
access to an app that allows them to
do homework assignments on their
phone, and then receive immediate
feedback.
One of the most influential pieces
of research supporting the program
was a 2011 UBC study, done through
the Carl Wieman Science Education
Initiative. The results showed that
when students used class time to
participate in interactive activities
after reviewing materials outside
of class, they scored nearly twice
as well in tests, and attendance
increased by 20 per cent.
Professors, faculty members and
students are able to submit proposals for courses to adopt flexible
learning as part of their structure.
Redding said that a letter of intent
must be sent to the faculty's respective dean, who will then work
with the flexible learning teams to
decide whether to allocate funds.
The cost of the program varies depending on the course and the type
of resources it uses.
"Overall, the goal is to use advances in digital technology to enhance
student learning opportunities,
access to UBC and to increase operational efficiency," Redding said. XI NEWS    I    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
COPYRIGHT »
Course pack costs down 33 per cent
Digital subscription licenses and changes in copyright rules have allowed for price cuts
Nikos Wright
Contributor
On average, course packs this
year will cost 33 per cent less
than last year.
In a broadcast email published
last Wednesday, UBC Vice-President Louise Cowin explained
that there were three major
developments responsible for
this change. The first of these developments was that, for the first
time ever, the UBC Bookstore
relied on digital subscription
licenses when compiling course
packs for this year.
The UBC library system currently has more than 950 digital
subscription licenses that enable
students and faculty to access
millions of copyrighted articles.
In the 2011-2012 fiscal year, UBC
spent $9 million on such licenses.
Aside from allowing students
access to these copyrighted
works through UBC Connect,
these license agreements also allowed the UBC Bookstore to copy
them into course packs without
the need to pay additional fees.
According to Debbie Harvie,
managing director of UBC Community Services, the Bookstore
worked closely with the library
this year to take advantage of
these extensive license agreements.
"[The] library has been buying
digital licenses for a number of
years, as many of the subscriptions have moved to digital products," she said. "The difference
this year is that the bookstore,
introducing our custom course
packs, has been able to take advantage of those licenses."
In previous years, the bookstore paid Access Copyright or
other vendors fees to copy some
copyrighted works that the
library already had access to,
which resulted in the bookstore
paying for copyrighted works
that it could have had for free
through the library's digital
licenses.
The termination of UBC's relationship with Access Copyright
was the third development that
contributed to the decrease in
course pack prices.
According to a 2010 broadcast
email sent by former vice provost
of academic resources Wes Pue,
UBC used to pay Access Copyright $650,000 a year. Students
paid $500,000 of that total
through the purchase of course
packs. These fees were characterized by Cowin as "onerous"
and, echoing Harvie, "duplicative."
Finally, the Supreme Court's
July 2012 ruling greatly expanded the fair dealing exception
for copyrighted works to include
works copied for educational
purposes, allowing instructors
to copy up to 10 per cent of the
content of copyrighted works
and distribute them to students
without requiring permission
from the copyright holder or
paying fees.
Although the Supreme Court's
decision extending the fair dealing exception of course materials
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took effect on July 2012, it was
only in July of this year that
course pack prices were reduced.
Now, instead of paying fees to
Access Copyright, the UBC Bookstore goes page by page through
the documents requested by each
instructor for a course pack.
Bookstore staff determine whether a document can be copied without charge through the library's
digital licenses, or whether it can
be copied for free by using the fair
dealing exception. If neither of
these options work, the bookstore
asks the copyright holder for
permission to copy the document.
Sometimes the copyright holders
allow the bookstore to copy them
for free, and sometimes they ask
for a fee.
On Sept. 13, Dorris Heffron,
chair of the Writers' Union
of Canada, sent an open letter to UBC president Stephen
Toope in protest of the fair
dealing exception.
"Guidelines claiming 10 per
cent of a book, entire short
stories, entire chapters, etc. as
fair dealing are not supported by
established law in Canada, nor
are they likely ever to be," her
letter read. "Canadian writers
and publishers, through our
common copyright collective, are
right now involved in legal action
aimed at confirming such extensive uses are unfair to the cultural creators on whom institutions
like yours depend for so much
quality educational content.
"The Writers' Union of Canada
considers such unauthorized and
uncompensated use of our members' work to be expropriation of
the property of some of Canada's
lowest paid professionals by
some of Canada's highest paid
professionals.... The overwhelming majority of those [of TWUC]
surveyed consider the arbitrary
definition of fair dealing on
which your school now relies to
The Writers'
Union of Canada
considers such
unauthorized and
uncompensated
use of our
members' work to
be expropriation
of the property of
some of Canada's
lowest paid
professionals by
some of Canada s
highest paid
professionals."
Dorris Heffron
Writers' Union of Canada
be grossly unfair."
Toope responded in an open
letter of his own later that day.
"Parliament and the Supreme
Court of Canada have established
a legal framework that recognizes the rights of both authors
and users. I assure you that
UBC respects these rights and is
committed to meeting its legal
obligations. Indeed, UBC pays in
the neighbourhood of $25 million
to publishers and authors every
year," his letter read.
"The correct application of
fair dealing allows students to
make fair use of materials and
recognizes that educators share a
The bookstore realized it could reprint some course pack material for which the library has already paid.
symbiotic purpose with students
who are engaging in research
or private study.... Of course,
where a transactional license
is required, UBC accepts that
reasonable licensing fees may be
charged."
Toope said that over the past
two years, certain publishers and
authors have chosen not to grant
any transactional clearances, so
their material was not used.
Most students have reacted
positively to the news.
"The lower the price on [course
packs] the better," said Phil Green,
a fifth-year Science student.
Marlene Liao, a fourth-year Anthropology student, noted that the
course pack she bought this year
was quite cheap at $6. She works
at the bookstore, and said that customer feedback has been positive,
and some people have noticed and
made mention of the price drops.
Still, some students barely noticed a difference.
Ruth de la Giroday, a third-year
Sociology student "had no idea"
that there was a change in prices
this year.
While noting that she may have
not noticed the price reductions
because she had not purchased
many course packs in the past,
fourth-year student Gabriel Lhot-
ka described the price of the $60
course pack she purchased this
semester as "still pretty high for a
bunch of photocopies."
Nevertheless, she said, "It's
good that [the prices] are going
down." XI
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EDITOR  NATALIESCADDEN
EXPLORATION »
Discover campus with UBC REC's Quest
Revamped version of the Chase now an urban scavenger hunt specific to UBC
Angela Tien
Contributor
The UBC campus offers an extensive list of clubs, activities and
events which, for those looking to
get involved, can be overwhelming to say the least. Adding to
this hectic schedule of non-stop
action, UBC REC has introduced
the Quest, the university's very
own urban adventure race.
Kristen Larsen, UBC REC
Event Coordinator, described the
Quest as being "centered around
UBC's hidden secrets." A mysterious scavenger hunt of immense
proportions, this event aims to be
a fun way to discover campus.
While the Quest may seem
like a new event at UBC, it's no
newcomer to campus life. It's
basically a revamped version of
the Chase, a former event run
by UBC REC in partnership
with CityChase, where students
explored Vancouver discovering
clues and locations.
After three successful years of
running the Chase, there were
rumours concerning a lawsuit between the two partners. However,
according to Larsen, both parties
simply "decided to go [their] separate ways."
Since the split, not only has
the event been renamed, but after
three years of running around all
over Vancouver, it is now specific
to the UBC campus. Regarding
the change in location, Larsen ex
plained that UBC has a lot to offer
and that the organizers felt the
event wasn't reaching the desired
demographic — namely first-year
students.
"We try to get students to become aware of their community,"
said Larsen. It's all about meeting
new people, forming new bonds
and taking pride in UBC's culture.
Larsen added that even those who
are not in first year have plenty to
gain from the experience.
"Because it's a lot of hidden
things that people don't necessary
know about, it's open to second-,
third-, fourth- [and] fifth-years,
as well as graduate students. It's
meant to spark their interests on
some kinds of things at UBC that
maybe they don't know about,"
Larsen said. "UBC has a lot of
unique things about it."
The Quest is
centered around
UBC's hidden
secrets.
Kirsten Larsen
UBC REC Event
Coordinator
Larsen noted that this year's
event will integrate social media
for the first time, and that the
Quest involves a balance between
physical and intellectual challenges. "You won't know how
to make your way around the
campus, [so] there's the physical
and mental. [It's] got kind of a
combination of everything."
To win the game, one must
complete the set challenges the
fastest. With technology use fair
game and rules sparse, everything
is out in the open. "It's meant to
be that way," Larsen said. "Have
fun and figure out what it's about.
"They'll go into the location and
do something, as a team of two,
and in some locations that they'll
have to maybe post something on
Twitter, or maybe take a photo or
things like that," Larsen said, "so
there's kind of the two perspectives and they get to do both of
those things throughout the day."
Larsen declined to reveal any
other details on what activities
the Quest will contain, so throw
yourself into the game and watch
it unfold like a thriller. Play with
your inner Robert Langdon in
UBC's very own Da Vinci Code
and get yourself out there. Who
knows what kind of interesting
things you'll find searching for
clues at some undisclosed location
on campus? And perhaps you'll
end up the proud owner of the as-
of-yet unconfirmed grand prize. XI
The Quest takes place on Sept. 20
from2 p.m. to 5p.m. Registration
can be completed online through
the UBC REC website or in person
at the Student Rec Centre. Teams
are limited to two people per group.
The deadline to register is Sept. 18
at 5 p.m.
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Participants warm up prior to the Chase, which has been rebranded as the Quest.
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FOOTBALL»
Homecoming football collap
C J Pentland
Managing Editor, Web
With the end of the game nigh,
the cheerleaders standing in front
of the field wanted to provide
the sellout crowd with some
energy, despite the Thunderbirds
being 28 seconds from defeat.
One strong-looking gentleman
attempted to lift up a girl, a move
he had performed all game, but his
arms collapsed, and he couldn't
fully raise her without buckling
under the pressure.
It was as if he was trying to
imitate the team on the field.
After a slow first half — one
that saw UBC score their only
points on two safeties — the
Thunderbirds came out swinging
against the Manitoba Bisons in
the third quarter to erase a 12-4
deficit. They did nearly nothing
wrong in the frame; the 'Birds
forced two fumbles and picked
off one pass while on defence,
and Greg Bowcott stepped up as
quarterback, leading a passing
attack that helped make the score
32-15 with 7:42 left in the game.
It was everything coming
together not just for the team, but
also for UBC Athletics. Thanks to
the department's "homecoming"
mission, Thunderbird Stadium
was packed, with 3,615 boisterous
fans in attendance, coating the
stands with royal blue shirts and
presumably depriving the Point
Grey area of all its blue and yellow body paint. After a first half
that saw the biggest cheers come
from cheerleaders doing flips,
there were few moments of silence as UBC took over the game.
It was exactly the performance
that was needed — the fans paid
witness to the calibre of football
that the Canada West offers,
which in theory increases the
odds of them returning to future
contests — and one that should
have sealed a victory. But as UBC
found out, no lead is safe — and
this time, they were on the wrong
end of a dramatic comeback.
After increasing their lead to
17 and limiting the conference's
top offensive team to a single
touchdown that came on their
first drive of the game, all the
positives made by the T-Birds
in the second half came to a
screeching halt. With quarterback Jordan Yantz regaining his
form and the country's leading
rusher Anthony Coombs hitting
his stride, the Bisons ran all over
UBC for the remainder of the
contest, stymieing the T-Bird offence and erasing the deficit with
24 unanswered points of their
own to win 36-32.
The offence was no better. With
UBC needing to record only a few
first downs to run out the clock
enough to prevent the comeback,
Bowcott lost the ability to break
down the defence, and with running back Brandon Deschamps
unable to get it going on the
ground, Manitoba made it look
easy erasing what seemed to be an
insurmountable deficit.
While it is still early in the year,
UBC now sits at 1-2 after three
games, instead of 2-1 with a convincing victory over a top team.
While there are positives to take
away from the contest, it's hard
to come to terms with the fact
that such a surefire victory was in
their grasp.
"It hurts a little bit," said UBC
head coach Shawn Olson after
the game. "We all felt we had it,
we just didn't do enough when it
mattered to close the game out."
"Our offence stalled a little bit....
We got a little bit away from the
running game," Olson said, in reference to the 100 yards they gained
on the ground — a far cry from
the 610 gained over the first two
games. "I think defensively we had
a bit of a letdown in the last four
minutes, which you don't want to
have, and I think on special teams
we missed a lot of tackles, especially in the second half."
The loss also put a damper on
what proved to be a fantastic event
put on by UBC. With homecoming
never really being a tradition on
campus in recent years, the athletics
department pulled out all the stops
in getting fans out to the game.
Aided by varsity athletes leading a
trek from Martha Piper Plaza that
attracted over 200 students, the fans
weren't deterred by the cloudy skies,
and showed a level of school spirit
that rarely makes an appearance at
UBC sports games.
While they may not come back
in such large quantities, it's a safe
assumption that fans will return
to watch future UBC contests. One
girl walking to her seat ecstatically
told her friends about how she was
attending her first football game,
and all things considered, this
was not a bad first game to watch.
Others filled the field outside
Thunderbird Stadium over an hour
before kickoff for the so-called
"tailgate party," despite featuring
neither tailgates nor beer.
Whether the football team
can bounce back is another story.
They've looked like the best team in
the conference at times this year, but
at others like the worst. For over 40
minutes, their defence stifled one
of the top teams in the country, and
Bowcott displayed an aerial threat
that nicely complemented Deschamps' prowess on the ground. But
for seven minutes and 42 seconds,
they couldn't record a first down or
a single stop on defence. With five
games left in the regular season,
it's now just a matter of which UBC
team decides to showup if they
want to make the playoffs. XI
What happened to the tailgate party?!
Thanks to endless promotions
all overcampus, over3,600 fans
came out to the football game on
Saturday afternoon, with considerable numbers also turning
up forthe soccer games and the
outdoor movie.
Many also showed up forthe
"tailgate party," a staple at football
games. And while it was good to
see that people showed up, the attendees must now have a skewed
view of what a tailgate party is.
First of all, there were very few,
if any, tailgates there. A tailgate
is defined as "a hinged flap at
the back of a truck," and there
weren't exactly an abundance of
pickup trucks. There were some
SUVs — maybe it was a four-door
hatchback party?
When we think of tailgate parties, we think of sitting in the back
of a truck with the scent of barbecue in the air and coolers filled with
drinks. We understand the goal
is to create a fun atmosphere for
all, but given the option between
eating burgers off a Foreman grill
or building a giant Jenga tower,
university students will probably
choose the food, xi
Despite being up 17 points, UBC saw the win slip away from them as Manitoba went on a 24-point run late in the game.
Above: Greg Bowcott threw two touchdown passes ai
Below: Over 3,600 fans cheered on the Thunderbirds
Left: Josh Kronstrom receives a touchdown pass for U
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SOCCER»
Women's soccer 1-0-2 in Andrea Neil era
Own goal costs team a win against UFV, but they benefit from one against UVic
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forthe Homecoming game.
BC.
Nick Adams
Contributor
A sunny Friday evening saw UBC's
men's and women's varsity soccer
teams in a doubleheader against the
Trinity Western Spartans and the
Fraser Valley Cascades, respectively.
After less than ideal results the
preceding week, both teams were
looking to improve their games.
The women settled for another
draw, this time 1-1, while the men
rebounded from a 1-0 upset with a
dominating 5-1 victory.
The women kicked off first,
and with an early rush by UFV,
the Thunderbirds were set on
their heels. A near fumble by
keeper Alyssa Williamson in the
second minute almost lead to an
early UFV lead, but she was able
to power through and cleared
the ball well past the sidelines,
knocking down the rushing
UFV forward.
Breaking through two defenders in the 23rd minute, Nicole
Sydor chipped the ball across the
net and into a six-yard box void
of any of her teammates. With
the ensuing pressure from the
clearance, Sydor got her head on
another cross but placed it slightly
high and wide.
Then, with a show of Messi-
like footwork, Janine Frazao
walked the ball through the box
and selflessly passed to Sydor,
who bobbled her first touch into
the hands of the UFV keeper.
On an ensuing rush, Christina
Donnelly shanked a shot from the
30-yard line past the net. Coming
into the last five minutes of the
half, UBC kept up the pressure,
leading a rush downfield to the
corner. It ended fruitlessly, however, as Sydor failed to convert
the attempt yet again.
After UBC's continual stream
of attempts and failures, UFV's
Tristan Corneil blasted a shot that
deflected off the head of Donnelly,
and went over the reaching hands
of Williamson into the net. In a
commendable collective team
determination, the Thunderbirds
immediately removed the ball
from the net and worked towards
digging themselves out of the hole
they had just created.
The talks in the locker rooms
must have varied greatly, because
after the half, both teams came out
with clearly different strategies:
UFV was to continue their pressure
and UBC was to shut it down. As
great players know, defence wins
championships, and with a stellar
display of defense in the second
half, first-year starter Aman Sher-
gill showed her understanding of
what it takes to be a great player.
"They were really pressing us
but I think we came together as a
team. It's nice to have Taryn [Lim]
at the back. She's such a strong
foundation and she's so supportive," said Shergill after the game.
As the second half began,
Shergill and Lim spent the first 15
minutes leading UBC in slowing
any momentum UFV could build.
As UFV pressured on, Donnelly
redeemed herself, clearing the ball
off the goal line in an incredible
display of athleticism.
UFV continued to pound shots
at Williamson, who had an amazing save in the 66th minute as she
swatted away a top corner shot
by UFV's Danika Snook. "It really
hurt," Williamson said after the
game. "But it was worth it."
Looking frustrated, UBC began
to play hard and committed some
questionable fouls. With foul after
foul against, the push finally broke
through with nine minutes left in
the game. Midfielder Madison Guy
put a brilliant header in the net off
a cross from Janine Frazao, UBC's
first regular season goal.
That would be the end of the
scoring, however, as both sides
pushed fruitlessly into the final minutes, leaving the game at a 1-1 draw.
UBC head coach Andrea Neil
had some criticisms following
the game. "The team must stick
together under all circumstances," she said. "It wasn't a
collective 25 players last game
and it certainly wasn't today."
The UBC women returned to
Thunderbird Stadium on Saturday night to face the Victoria
Vikes, who entered the game
ranked fourth nationally. It was
almost as if they received good
karma from Friday night, as this
time around they were the ones
who benefitted from an own
goal. A miscommunicated pass
from a Vikes defender rolled past
her goalkeeper and wound up in
the back of the net in the 64th
minute. It stood as the only goal
of a very even match, and thus the
Thunderbirds celebrated their
first win of the young season. XI
Men's soccer dominates over Trinity
Reigning champs get back on track with 5-1,6-1 victories over archrivals
Nick Adams
Contributor
Rounding out the other half of Friday evening's doubleheader was the
UBC men's team playing against
the Trinity Western Spartans.
Having just come off their first
loss in over a year, UBC was out
for redemption.
"The whole team was pretty
down after our performance last
week and we did really well this
week [in practice]," said head coach
Mike Mosher.
As the game opened, Navid
Mashinchi made an early run to
place a low cross to midfielder Greg
Smith. Smith took a one-time shot
and put it slightly wide off the far
post. The rest of the team followed
Mashinchi's lead, keeping good
pressure and possession in the first
10 minutes.
An acrobatic run by Sean
Einarsson broke through the
Trinity defense in the 15th minute
and, in a display of selflessness,
Einarsson deked the keeper
and passed off to Niall Cousens,
who easily finished the shot into
the empty net for his third goal
this year.
As an onslaught of UBC attempts
began to take shape, Cousens broke
through the Trinity defense, went
one on one with the keeper, and
put the shot off his right hand. It
deflected onto the feet of Reynold Stewart who, much to his
own dismay, shot it high over the
empty net.
At the end of the half, UBC sat
a goal up, but they clearly were
not content.
And then the barrage began.
Mashinchi opened the half
with a couple of excellent chances. Then, in the 58th minute, a
scramble in front of the Trinity
net finally led to the next UBC
goal, pounded in low and hard by
Reynold Stewart from a pass by
Milad Mehrabi.
A blown offside call in the 60th
minute robbed Cousens of a beautiful run and sure breakaway goal. It
was seemingly made up for in the
next attacking play as the referee
made a questionable penalty shot
call in the Spartans' box, but no
Thunderbirds were complaining.
Mashinchi stepped up and easily
converted the penalty kick.
The rest of the game was full of
relentless toying by UBC, showing
shades of their former selves. In
the 65th minute, Paul Clerc scored
on an expert header off a corner
by Harry Lakhan. Thunderbird
fans have come to expect this from
Clerc, who doesn't even remember the last time he scored using
his feet.
Milad Mehrabi put the Spartans
to their death with a fifth and final
goal with less than 10 minutes
remaining. However, Mitchell
Urzinger denied UBC the clean
sheet and slotted one past Ante
Boskovic with about 10 seconds
left. Boskovic had five previous
saves throughout an otherwise
solid game.
The result, although impressive,
was not necessarily surprising.
In all, UBC put 17 shots passed
the Trinity defense and kept their
opponents to only five.
"We worked hard in training.
We looked at things we needed to
fix and case-in-point we came out
a pretty committed bunch today. It
was a terrific bounce-back game,"
said Mosher.
The rematch with Trinity on
Saturday night in Langley went
much the same way, this time
ending in a 6-1 victory for UBC.
Shots were again 17-5 in UBC's
favour, with goals from Paul
Clerc, Reynold Stewar, Sean
Einarsson, Milad Mehrabi and
Harry Lakhan. XI
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Niall Cousens scored the game-winner for UBC on Friday night against Trinity Western.
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BOOK-LEARNIN'»
cum OR  RHYS EDWARDS
MONDAY, SEPTEMI
Always proseworthy, never prosaic
Creative writing department celebrates 50 years of instruction, inspiration and insight
Lauren Dixon
Contributor
UBC's creative writing department
is celebrating the big five-oh, but it
isn't over the hill quite yet.
The department is continuing
to move upward, especially with
a new minor program set to begin
this academic year. Creative writing at UBC shares its birthday with
classics like Kurt Vonnegut's The
Cat's Cradle and Sylvia Plath's The
Bell Jar — but unlike these novels,
the department's story is still being
written.
Earle Birney, a political activist, writer and teacher, began the
first writing workshop in Canada
at UBC. The creative writing department was established in 1963.
From these humble beginnings, the
department has expanded, establishing a number of programs such
as the optional residency MFA and
minor programs, and embracing
new technologies for learning.
"In the past 50 years, no other
educational institution has contributed as much to the landscape
of Canadian literature as we
have," said Nancy Lee, novelist
and chair of the creative writing
minor program.
The department has housed
many talented Canadian writers.
Alumni such as Hart Hanson —
creator, executive producer and
writer of the TV series Bones — and
Lee Henderson, who has published
two award-winning novels with
Penguin Canada, are continuing to
gain attention at the international
level.
"The 50th anniversary is an
opportunity for us to look back over
50 years of incredible accomplishments, but also a chance to look
forward towards so many great
things that are happening here at
the department," said Lee.
The anniversary is structured
with a number of events to acknowledge the talent that has been
housed in the program, but it's also
about inspiring the community to
embrace the power of storytelling.
Lee is excited about the festivities,
and emphasized that gathering
the entire UBC community to
celebrate with the department
is paramount.
"We're a department that is very
connected with the literary community, so we are not a little academic program that's separate from
the real world application — we're
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actually connected to the community and part of the community
which is really important to us."
One of these events is a huge
accomplishment in itself. UBC
Creative Writing and the Vancouver Writer's Fest will host the 2013
Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist
announcement. It's the first time
the event has ever been held on
the West Coast. In 2001, Timothy
Taylor, who teaches fiction and
non-fiction at UBC, was nominated
for the prestigious award for his
novel Stanley Park.
After seeing the impact of the
Giller on his own writing career,
Taylor recognized its significance
in the professional writing sphere.
The relationship between UBC,
the Vancouver Writer's Fest and
the Giller shows that over the last
50 years, the department has built
up local and national ties. "We are
plugged into projects that are living
in the real world," said Taylor.
This year is also about seeing
storytelling in a number of different contexts and applications.
Taylor is looking forward to the
comingyears because of the way
that creative writing as a discipline
has become more accessible to
students across all faculties.
"I am of the opinion that there is
an increasing hunger out there for
narrative. People want to understand how to tell stories and how
narrative works ... but increasingly
people in other fields are interested
in what it is that is in a story that is
so powerful."
Lee also sees the past 50 years
as a time of growth, leading up
to a more accessible centre for
creativity today. "I love teaching
the 200-level courses and seeing
the students who had no idea they
would be able to take creative writing at university and they are in
class writing — that's my absolute
favourite part."
On March 15,2014, celebrations
of the anniversary will culminate
in a formal gala at the Renaissance
Vancouver Harbourside for current
students, faculty, alumni and
friends of the program. The faculty
will also be hosting free events
including writing workshops — one
of which will be taught by Nancy Lee — and the Green College
Reading Series, with guests such as
politician Elizabeth May. XI
A full list of events can be found at
creativewritingubc.ca. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16,2013    |    CULTURE    |    9
Extracting art from the Earth
Ten Thousand Suns a challenging artistic survey of resource politics
COURTESY DAVID BROSHAAND DIANE NORD-STEWART
"With Cold Tongues, "by David Broshaand Diane Nord-Stewart, is one of a variety of artworks in Ten Thousand Suns that examine issues surrounding indigeneity, cultural identity, politics and resource extraction.
Aurora Tejeida
Senior Culture Writer
In red letters on a white background, Rebecca Belmore's installation at Satellite Gallery reads:
"Somewhere between a town a
mine and a reserve is a line."
Is there really a line, though?
Ten Thousand Suns, a new
exhibit at Satellite, explores this
question through sculpture, audio,
video and performance. The exhibition is a collaboration between
artists from B.C., the Northwest
Territories, Nunavut, Ontario,
Argentina, Iran and Mexico.
"Working with these artists
represents an intersection [between them] and contemporary
issues," said Jeremy Jaud, the
exhibition's curator and UBC
critical and curatorial studies
MA candidate.
The 10 artists in the exhibit,
which Jaud began preparing
around a year and a half ago, have
either worked with him in the past
or have a personal relationship
with him, making it easier to put
the collection together despite the
broadness of the subject.
The setting for the exhibition
is only fitting when one considers
that coal makes up 40 per cent of
the goods that are moved through
the port of Vancouver. Resource
extraction and our relationship
with the land is an issue that affects us all in different ways.
Dealing with the issue of resource extraction allows for very
different approaches from the
artists involved. In a piece called
"Fukushima," Erin Siddall explores the subject through a video
project about radiation, asking
one simple question: what is life
like for the people that stayed in
the 30-kilometre evacuation zone
surrounding the nuclear plant?
Resource extraction can be
loud, dirty and violent. Carlos
Colin's piece, "Cananea," refers to
the infamous workers' strike in an
American-owned copper mine in
Mexico in the early 1900s. The installation only shows the demands
of the workers — and a group of
copper bullet shells, illustrating
the response they received from
the government.
The exhibition also encourages viewers to reflect on local
and global policy with respect
to resource-based development
projects. Tanya Tagaq, an artist
from Ikaluktuutiak in Nunavut, is
renowned for her throat singing; a
new work entitled "Fracture," an
unreleased track from an upcoming album that she's currently
mixing in Quebec, is included in
the show.
Jaud, who described Tagaq's
work as "intense," said: "I've
known her for 20 years. [She] and
I picked the piece after she let
me listen to her unmixed album,
which is kind of unheard of. We
selected that piece to appeal to this
issue."
In addition to the artwork, the
show also features a library. Ten
Thousand Suns is meant to provoke
the spectator to engage with the
subject at hand; with this goal in
mind, the library is an important
element of the exhibition. Located
right outside the exhibition at the
entrance of the gallery, it offers a
way for spectators to connect with
the artists' work at a deeper level.
"[The library component is]
a first step in trying to research
more about these different ideas
artists are referencing, so really I'm putting the onus on the
spectator to both engage with
these works on a gallery level and
to see how those discourses link
to broader issues that are specific
to Vancouver, British Columbia, to
Canada and globally," said Jaud.
People leaving the exhibition
are encouraged to see some of the
material in the extra space, where
they'll be able to find supplementary materials, including critical
texts provided by the artists
involved in the exhibition and a
video.
"I'm hoping that it will
encourage further investigation and what I mean by that is
investigation into those different
histories and practices that have
some specific relationship to
Vancouver and the institutions
and organizations and corpor
ations that operate from here,"
said Jaud.
Whether or not this exhibition
will be mounted somewhere else
remains to be seen. Although there
are several elements site-specific
to both Vancouver and Satellite,
such as an installation about First
Nations art, the themes of Ten
Thousand Suns resonate across the
Earth. XI
Ten Thousand Suns is located at
the Satellite Gallery (560 Seymour
St., second floor). The exhibition
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EDITOR ARNO ROSENFELD
-LUSTRATION RICHARD KIM/THE UBYSSEY
LAST WORDS//
AT 50, CREATIVE
WRITING HAS STAYED
RELEVANT
UBC's creative writing department, the oldest of its kind in
Canada, hits 50 this year. As our
story in this issue illustrates,
the department has avoided the
pitfalls of a midlife crisis; instead,
community outreach and a strong
faculty have ensured that creative
writing is still a vibrant part of
the university.
This is significant for a number
of reasons, particularly in light of
our last issue, where we examined the age-old question: is your
Arts degree worth it? Our writer
argued that Arts students graduate
with skills applicable to a variety
of different disciplines, but that
people who wholly specialize in
one discipline shouldn't expect to
find a career in that area.
Given the connotations of
frivolity that attach to creative
writing, then, it's all the more
incredible that the department
has maintained a reputation in
Canada as a consistent producer
of outstanding authors and artists.
Despite economic doldrums, the
department has sponsored a major
literary award, and unlike certain
other Fine Arts departments, the
creative writing department has
galvanized a mutually supportive
creative community that transcends the edges of campus.
An optimistic, nurturing
attitude towards art-making in
academia is rare these days. For
this reason, we salute the creative
writing department.
UBC DODGING STUDENT
HOUSING QUESTIONS AT
TOWN HALL
While UBC President Stephen
Toope took far more questions
at this year's town hall than last
year, he dodged one of the most
important ones.
The question was why UBC
charges high interest rates on
internal loans — loans from
the university to UBC Student
Housing and Hospitality Services
(SHHS), specifically — for student
residences, but gives many deans
and faculty members interest-free
mortgages for their housing.
Toope cited the need for recruiting high-quality faculty and
getting around salary caps. But he
failed to address why UBC has to
charge the high interest rates it
does on student housing.
According to a study from the
AMS, SHHS paid $18 million in interest on housing internal loans in
2011-2012. Ten per cent of student
rent went to repay those loans,
while 23 per cent went to repaying
the interest on those loans.
UBC justifies high rent by
saying there is a waiting list for
housing, but that doesn't mean it is
affordable for the average student.
UBC needs to reform its internal
loan policies.
PAYOFF FROM LEGAL
WRANGLING A WIN FOR
STUDENTS
UBC announced last week that
course pack prices have declined
33 per cent due to the university's
decision to change the way it pays
for the expensive licences needed
to produce the course packs. Due
to the university's creative legal
work, along with a favourable
supreme court decision, the school
essentially decided it didn't have to
pay for a lot of the material it had
been. Without needing to license
that material, the university has
passed the savings onto students.
Much of UBC's financial wrangling doesn't really help students.
It's good to see something that
does offer unequivocal savings
to students.
TOOPE SSOCKS
REFERENCE HUMAN
RIGHTS
Stephen J. Toope, our university's fearless leader, is not
generally known for his fashion
sense. But perhaps in light of his
near departure from his position
as president — this is Toope's last
year — he has decided to pull out
all the stops — or at least one of
the stops.
Toope let his freak flag fly at
his Town Hall meeting last week.
In addition to sandwich platters
that would make Subway blush,
our president put David Naylor
and even his other administrators to shame with a snazzy pair
of polka-dotted socks.
A human rights lawyer by
trade, Toope no doubt understands the significance of
wearing such ornate socks in the
course of the human quest for
equality. In a landmark case in
the United Kingdom — Canada's
occasionally overbearing mother
across the pond — the court held
that it was discriminatory for
a private club to allow women,
but not men, to wear short socks
while golfing on their property.
Toope, by proudly flaunting
his own long pair of socks for
the world to see is, in effect,
announcing to his university that
we shan't be judged by the style
of our foot garments, but rather
by the content of our partially-staged question-and-answer
sessions. XI
Note to readers:
changes to online
commenting
In the wake of our Sauder rape
cheer coverage, many, many people
have shared their thoughts on
our website. We believe hosting
readers' opinions on our site is a
great way for people to engage with
stories they find interesting, and
that was certainly true in this case.
That being said, some
commenters were not
whole-heartedly sharing their
own opinion, but were instead
out to piss as many people off
as possible. We have a name for
these people — these people are
called trolls.
In the future, we will be
banning people who are clearly
trying to lead the conversation
astray. We are more inclined to
give you the benefit of the doubt
if you comment using an account
tied to your Facebook account, or
verify your identity in a different
manner.
This is an addition to our current commenting policy, which
already bans hate speech and
personal attacks. XI
-Geoff Lister,
Coordinating Editor
=HOTO COURTESYTHE MCGILL DAILY
'Religious symbols
debate goes beyond
Quebec, Canada
MONTREAL (NUW) - In
Quebec, the big story these days
is the newly-proposed Charte de
la la'icite, or "secular charter of
values." The charter would forbid
the wearing or display of "religious symbols" in public buildings,
including any government office,
hospital or school. This is allegedly
done in the name of the separation
of church and state, though no one
has adequately explained how what
one wears affects whether or not
he or she will support religiously
motivated laws, or try to pass off
religious doctrine as education.
In fact, the only thing this
charter seems certain to do is make
life more difficult for people whose
religion and culture require certain
forms of dress - most prominently
Muslims, Jews, and Sikhs, and
notably not the majority of Christians. As a result, this law does
not unify people under a common
umbrella of secularism, but in fact
targets many religious people of
colour and Jewish people for harassment, disciplinary sanctions, or
difficult choices between employment, culture and faith.
It can be tempting to see laws
like this as a Quebecois problem,
to point to Law 101 and the new
charter as unique issues with the
Parti Quebecois and leave it at that.
The national media has treated
this as a provincial issue — one
that might display a fundamental
incompatibility of the Quebecois mindset with the Canadian
Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
But nationalism based on fear,
hate and exclusion is not unique
to Quebec. Some have called the
charter "Putinesque" in reference
to queer and transphobic laws in
Russia, highlighted by the coming
winter Olympics in Sochi. Indeed,
the laws against so-called "homosexual propaganda" have gotten
attention recently, but Russia's
intolerance began with viciously
anti-immigrant policies reaching
back decades.
Across Europe, nationalist movements based on xenophobia and a
myth of racial purity are gaining
strength. Earlier this summer, the
English Defence League organized large demonstrations across
England on an anti-Muslim agenda,
with an exclusionary ideal of Eng-
lishness. Even more frightening is
the rise of the fascist Golden Dawn
party in Greece, which now holds
seats in Parliament, controls large
elements of the police force, and is
known to support armed attacks on
immigrants as well as queer people,
Roma, and other social "deviants."
It is not simply the presence and
power of extremists that should
worry us, but the ease with which
these attitudes make their way into
the mainstream.
Closer to home, a recent poll by
Forum Research found that 42 per
cent of Canadians agree with the
proposed charter. Policy in Ottawa
already reflects this attitude, with
increasingly harsh bills attacking
the rights of refugee claimants. The
structure of Canadian immigration
is shifting from one in which most
immigrants had a chance at citizenship to one where immigrants are
left in precarious, temporary situations with hardly any rights.
Nationalism
based on fear,
hate and
exclusion is
not unique
to Quebec.
This is a global trend. In times
of economic crisis, people's frustration and anger can easily be
turned on convenient scapegoats
rather than the true destroyers
of our economy in high-powered,
white collar positions. Identification based on whiteness and
"nativeness" (co-opted from the
actual native people of this land)
has long been used to link white
workers' interests to those of the
elite, rather than to those of their
fellow workers of colour. But we
know where this path can lead:
not to economic success, but to
the cruelties of the gulag and
concentration camp. Hannah
Arendt, the political theorist who
spent much of her career trying to
understand the origins of totalitarianism, points to the lack of
critical thinking and debate as
part of the route to accepting and
perpetrating atrocities.
We must resist attempts to define "normal" or "worthy of rights"
by skin colour, religion, gender,
sexual orientation or anything else.
We must find ways to assert our
differences without allowing them
to mark some as subhuman. And
where those attitudes are found —
in our legislatures, our classrooms,
our homes and our streets — we
must resist them, cutting them
out like a cancer before they grow
and metastasize.
Mona Luxion is a PhD student in the
School of Urban Planning at McGill
University. II Scene
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44-Start the pot
45- The Matrix hero
46- Representative
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48- Etta of old comics
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58-Give it !
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