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UBC'S OFFICIALSTUDENT NEWSPAPER | FEBRUARY4,2013 | VOLUMEXCIV| ISSUEXXXVIII
IDLE KNOW MORE
UBC keeps fire burning with campus demonstration, teach-in P3 »Page 2
What's on
IS WEEK, MAY WE SUGGEST.
E-Week kickoff: All day @ Kaiser building/the
Cheeze
Keep your eyes peeled for pranks! E-Week 2013 kicks off Monday and
runs through Friday. Monday's events include an early morning breakfast,
a noontime barbecue and engineering-themed contests throughout the
day. Visit ubcengineers.ca/eweek2013 for more information.
ffi^2
ACTIVISM »
Adbusters book launch: 7
p.m. @ the Norm Theatre
Want to shift some paradigms?
Adbusters is holding a launch its
new book, Meme Wars. The book
is a blistering critique of neo-classical economics. Swing by and
meet the dude who, you know,
started Occupy.
THEATRE»
Rhinoceros: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
@ TELUS Studio Theatre
"Christ! A rhinoceros!" There
are only a few days left to catch
this absurdist theatre classic.
Rhinoceros closes Feb. 9, so
make sure to see it soon. $10 for
students.
Suicide Awareness Day
Chances are you know someone
on campus who's struggling with
mental illness.Showsomesolidar-
ity by wearing orangeand learning
about resources today. More info
at thrive.ubc.ca.
VISUAL ARTS »
Invoking Venus-Feathers
and Fashion: All day @ Beaty
Biodiversity Museum
If you've ever gone to a night club
hoping to find love, you're not too
different from the rare pterid-
ophora alberti. At least, that's
the argument Catherine Stewart
makes in this new Beaty photo
exhibit on high fashion and bird
plumage. On through May 5.
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OUR CAMPUS
ONE ON ONE WITH THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE UBC
HOGAN WONG PHOJWHE UBYSSEY
Frank Roberts' parents were touched by both world wars, but still "liked history and made it fun," he said.
Still a student of history
Julia Browne
Contributor
Every history student at UBC
should thank Mrs. Frank Roberts. If it weren't for her, Professor Roberts would have never
left England for Canada.
"I met my Canadian wife
when we were both teaching
in London," he said. "I decided
to give Canada a shot — and I
liked it."
And good thing he did. Since
the beginning of his teaching
career at UBC in 1998, Roberts
has taught everything from
Arts One to European social
history, although his expertise
lies in 20th-century world
history. Nowadays, History 103
is the only course he teaches
during a three-hour-long block
every Tuesday evening.
Roberts's passion for what
he teaches is evident.
"You can get broad lessons
from history," he said. "If
you take Nazi Germany, for
instance, you can see that in
times of hardship, people support extreme leaders.... Looking at history, you can get an
idea of what produces such unfortunate social, political and
economical circumstances."
Roberts also said history
educates people about dangerous ideologies and makes them
stop and re-evaluate their
beliefs. But he also acknowledged that there is a fun side
to history, and his main reason
for teaching the subject is that
it is enjoyable.
"You have to have something
that fascinates you," he said.
Thinking back to his childhood in England, Roberts cited
his parents as the biggest influence in sparking his interest
in history.
"My mother was born in
1910, and as a little girl she
watched a zeppelin being
shot down over London. Her
parents woke her to take her
out to watch this huge airship
burning, slowly floating down,
and she realized how horrible
it was because all the crew
would be killed," Roberts said,
recounting a scene from World
War I.
"I wanted to know why
there was a German airship
bombing Britain," Roberts said.
It was not only his mother
who experienced war firsthand; his father fought during
World War II, and often told
a young Roberts about his
experiences in North Africa
during the war.
"My parents liked history, and they made it fun,"
Roberts said.
The emphasis on fun is
something Roberts embraces
in his teaching; he believes
it is better to hear history
jokes than look at dry facts
and figures. To hold students'
interest during his long lecture
block, Roberts turns to videos
and primary sources instead
of textbooks.
"I try to make the lecture
exciting rather than to lecture
at the students," he said. "The
best way is to throw away all
your notes and try to remember as much as possible, and to
be spontaneous and engage the
students in discussions."
His effort appears to be
paying off: Roberts's rating on
the popular Rate My Professor
website is a 4.8 out of 5.
"I didn't know that. How
wonderful," he said.
But there might be one small
area in which he is lacking.
"Apparently I don't get
anything on the hot rating," he
joked.
"That's the only thing I can't
understand; young people must
have bad eyesight." tJ tNewsl
EDITORS WILL MCDONALD + LAURA RODGERS
MONDA1
MAJTMEUSE PHOJWHE UBYSSEY
Students and community members march in UBC's second Idle No More demonstration on Jan. 31.
Idle No More returns to UBC in new forms
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
Chief Theresa Spence has ended
her hunger strike. Bill C-45, the
piece of legislation most vehemently opposed by aboriginal demonstrations across the country, has
passed into law. But the Idle No
More movement is far from dead,
and it's staying alive in new forms
at UBC.
A midday demonstration on Jan.
31 brought out about 50 determined protesters. They marched
across campus and then gathered
to hear speakers argue that, even
as the movement's initial goals pass
out of view, Idle No More remains
important: it keeps the many
disadvantages faced by aboriginal
people in Canada in the foreground. It was the second Idle No
More protest on campus; the first
occurred in early January.
And in the early afternoon
the next day, a crowd of over 350
students and community members
packed UBC's First Nations Long-
house to the rafters to hear a panel
of aboriginal academics speak
about the young protest movement
and the much older history of aboriginal discontent in Canada.
Glen Coulthard, a UBC assistant
professor of First Nations studies,
spoke at both the more vocal rally
and the quieter "Teach-In" event
the next day.
Coulthard argued that although
Idle No More started as a direct response to proposed legislation from
the Harper government, it has
since moved on to address larger,
deeper issues faced by aboriginal
people in Canada.
"That was a symptom of what
we now have in our sights, which is
the colonial relationships and the
ongoing access to our territories for
the purposes of development," said
Coulthard at the rally.
The Idle No More movement
began in December of last year, as a
series of decentralized aboriginal
rights protests. It gained steam
when Chief Spence ofthe Attawap-
iskat First Nation in northern
Ontario went on a liquid-only
diet in a push to meet with Prime
Minister Harper. The movement
then blossomed into a general push
for more awareness of aboriginal
issues, centring around opposition
to bills C-38 and C-45.
Opponents ofthe legislation
argued these new laws will pave
the way for outside developments
on First Nations lands and weaken
environmental protections.
But with the main rallying point
ofthe movement now evaporated,
protesters and scholars at UBC are
looking for new ways for the movement's thrust to stay relevant.
Academics at the Teach-in
pressed those in attendance to look
beyond what they saw as racist and
reductive portrayals of aboriginal
people. Gordon Christie, director
of UBC's First Nations legal studies
program, gave an overview ofthe
meaning of treaty law, and argued
that the current government alters
treaties at their own peril.
The merits of legal protests
versus civil disobedience were
discussed at length. The overall
climate was supportive of aboriginal movements and critical ofthe
federal government, but a variety
of perspectives were still aired.
"I thought maybe if we got about
40 or 50 people out, that would
be amazing turnout, so when I
walked in and saw the room was
full to the rafters, I was a little bit
concerned. I wasn't quite prepared
for that," said Shelly Johnson, a
UBC assistant professor of social
work and a member ofthe Kee-
seekoose First Nation, who was one
ofthe academics to speak at the
Teach-in event.
"It starts a dialogue. It starts
a conversation between people.
That's really all that we wanted
to do, is to create a place that was
safe, bring people together and
help them to see one another, start
a relationship, start a discussion." Xi
-With files from Will McDonald
NEWS BRIEFS
UBC's first free online course
brings in big turnout
UBC's first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) has over
130,000 participants.
The course on game theory is
being taught by UBC computer
science prof Kevin Leyton-Brown,
along with professors from Stanford
University. The class is being offered
for free through the Stanford-based
company Coursera.
"MOOCs are the next generation
ofthe textbook. This is the wave of
the future," said Leyton-Brown.
The course includes students
from over 180 countries. Only 40 of
the students are from B.C.
UBC will offer three more MOOCs
this May.
Daughters inherit father's view
on gender roles: UBC study
According to a new UBC study, fathers' attitudes towards housework
influence the career prospects of
theirdaughters.
The study, led by UBC psychologist Toni Schmader, found that
young women were likely to share
theirfathers'views on gender roles.
It found that fathers who share
housework equally are more likely to
raise daughters who pursue careers
outsidethehome.
"Daughters have more flexible
ideas of what their future options
[are] to the degree that their dads
have more egalitarian beliefs about
men and women," said Schmader.
The study did not show a similar
effect on male children. Xi
MONEY»
Financial need to be assesed when students apply to UBC
Ming Wong
Senior News Writer
UBC is overhauling its financial
assistance program, but it doesn't
guarantee any more money for
students.
Under the new program, all
domestic students who need financial help will make their financial
situation known to UBC when they
first apply to the university. UBC
will use the information to create
a "financial profile" to determine
how much money to give the student. The money may come in the
form of bursaries, scholarships or
possibly even Work Study jobs.
Students who already receive
financial assistance from UBC
will have to reapply under the new
system. Creating the software and
infrastructure for the program will
cost $4 million.
"The goal ofthe project is to ensure that the students who need the
funding to come to UBC will have
that funding," said Barbara Crocker, lead director ofthe project.
Accordingto Crocker, UBC gives
away approximately $10 million in
bursaries annually. Ofthe 4,500
students who apply, 3,400-4,000
students (75-89 per cent) receive
bursaries ranging from $100 to
$15,000.
Bursaries are currently given to
students who have an unmet need
above the student loan maximum.
The university had already expressed a desire to allow students
without loans to apply for bursaries, and this new plan will allow
them to act on that. "Anybody can
now apply.... That doesn't guarantee that you're going to get it just
because you applied," said Crocker.
Although the new system will
likely lead to more applications for
financial assistance, Crocker said
UBC is not increasing the total pool
of money available to students.
"We have to balance the total
need with the total amount we
have to spend. That's where this is,"
said Crocker. "We need to manage
and control the spending here."
AMS VP Acadmic and University Affairs Kiran Mahal said a lot
ofthe details ofthe program still
need to be worked out, but she
thinks it will be an improvement
on the current bursary program,
which requires students to exhaust
money from government loans
before they can apply.
"I think everyone deserves a
shot," said Mahal.
Scholarship applications will be
integrated into the financial profile, but they will still be awarded
based on merit.
The university has a policy that
says no qualified domestic student
should be turned away from
attending UBC due to costs. But
Crocker said the limited amount of
bursary money available will continue to prevent UBC from giving
students everything they ask for.
The financial profile will take
into account parental income, and
it will expect parents to pitch in for
their adult children's education.
Crocker recognized the difficulty
some students face when parents with means aren't willing to
contribute to their kids' education.
"The government can't solve it; we
can't solve it," said Crocker. "But
that's a discussion between the
student and parent." She added that
appeals can be made to disregard
the parental contribution requirement in situations like these.
Crocker also said that the
formula for figuring out how
much money a student needs
will hopefully take into account
the realistic costs of housing in
Vancouver, or in Kelowna for UBC
Okanagan students.
Fourth-year biology student
Jenny Ito, who has received a
bursary before, has doubts about a
system that is based on self-reporting financial information.
Crocker said UBC will take verification of reported information
very seriously.
"Will people necessarily tell the
truth? That's the risk everywhere,
but we will do a thorough verification process," she said. She added
that documents such as income tax
forms will be required to validate
students' finances.
Crocker hopes to sort out more
ofthe project's details by the May
and implement the project by
March 2015. a
PRIVACY »
Students criticize
gov't response to
loan data leak
Sean Brady
The Omega (TRU)
KAMLOOPS (CUP) - Those
affected by the student loan
privacy breach announced on Jan.
11 are organizing and demanding
government accountability.
"Student loan borrowers affected by the hrsdc privacy breach," a
Facebook group of 2,459 borrowers
(as of Feb 3), has organized with
more than 250 signing a letter
released on Monday, Jan. 28.
The letter expresses concerns
over Human Resources and Skills
Development Canada's (HRSDC) latest solution to the breach,
an offer of a free fraud alert flag
provided by credit bureau Equifax,
something HRSDC said normally
costs $5.
HRSDC communications director, Alyson Queen said the HRDSC
is currently looking at working
with other financial institutions.
On Jan. 23, two days before
HRSDC began offering fraud
alerts through Equifax, Canada's
other national credit bureau,
TransUnion, began charging $5 to
enable fraud alerts.
Both bureaus offer credit monitoring services starting at $14.95
per month.
UBC graduate Nick Hall, whose
information was leaked, said he
can't afford a credit monitoring
service. "Those affected should
not be out of pocket for the way the
government has mishandled their
information," said Hall.
Amanda Thoy started the Face-
book group on Jan. 12, hoping to
provide a forum for those affected
to voice concerns. The group grew
quickly and Thoy struggled to keep
up with membership demand.
Many borrowers are still
awaiting promised correspondence
from HRSDC containing information on credit protection services
offered and further information
about what to do next. When
one Facebook group member
asked the group if anyone had
received a letter, not one ofthe 70
respondents had.
"The letters are going out for
everyone for whom we have current contact information," Queen
said. "The department stopped
sending letters for a short period of
time, just so that any future letters
that were being sent would have information on the credit protection."
The department is missing
current contact information for one
third of those affected, according
to Queen.
Meanwhile, the federal government is facing four class-action
lawsuits. Bob Buckingham Law
in St. John's, NX. is among the
firms filing.
"The government has 30 days to
file a defence to my action and we
have 90 days to file the motion to
certify," Buckingham said. "I hope
to be quicker than that."
On Nov. 5,2012, an HRSDC
employee discovered that a hard
drive containing the personal information of 583,000 student loan
borrowers was missing. The public
was notified 67 days later.
"The information was compiled
for the purposes of a customer
satisfaction survey," Queen said.
"There are now going to be
disciplinary measures in place if
employees do not follow protocol,"
Queen said, but could not comment
on disciplinary measures over
this incident.
The hard drive is still deemed
missing, but Queen said there is no
reason to believe any fraudulent
activity has occurred. 4    I    FEATURES    I    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4,2013
DEGREES »
I THINK. THEREFORE I
Grad school: it's simultaneously
mocked as the new bachelor's
degree and lauded as the pathway
to real knowledge. But what's it
really like? Read on for an inside
look at the lives of grad students.
by Sharan Rai
Graduate school: everyone's heard of it, but
many people have next
to no idea what it actually involves.
Although undergrads enjoy
more personal and academic
freedom in university than in
high school, the academic structure remains more or less the
same: go to class, take notes, prepare for exams, and in general,
study what others have done.
In contrast, graduate school
offers students a new role: they
can explore a field that interests them, and for the first
time, they're given the chance
to deeply investigate their
own questions.
"As an undergraduate student, you're studying biology.
As a graduate student, you're
becoming a biologist," said
Jenny Phelps, assistant dean of
the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
"You start to take on more ofthe
identity ofthe field that you're
studying."
SELF-DIRECTION MEETS
STRUCTURE
UBC graduate students across
several disciplines all said one of
the biggest differences between
undergraduate courses and
graduate school is the need to
direct their own studies.
Phelps explained that there is
much less formal structure given
to graduate students.
"It's not like, 'Okay, this is
what you do to get a master's degree,'" said Phelps. "The student
is expected to take more initiative around shaping their area of
interest."
Rabia Khan is a second-year
master's student in UBC's School
of Population and Public Health.
She wanted her graduate studies
to incorporate her knowledge
from two undergraduate degrees
in life sciences and political science. Her research area is global
health with a focus on HIV testing and counselling.
Khan said that the level of
autonomy she felt with regards
to her studies was a significant
change. "There's nobody looking over you, saying, 'Hey! You
should get done in two years!' or
'Hey, take five years!'"
Despite graduate school being
centred on individual research
projects, theses and dissertations, students are still required
to complete a certain amount
of coursework. But, unlike
undergraduate courses, they are
intended to play a supportive role
for the research being conducted.
The requirements vary from
program to program, and more
courses may be taken if they are
within the scope ofthe student's
research project. Coursework is
also graded differently.
"There's less pressure because you're not being tested
on this information in the same
way. Either you're presenting it
or somebody else is," said Kyra
Janot, a second-year master's
student in the department
of botany.
Lilach Marom, a second-year
Ph.D. student, pointed out that
graduate school draws students
from all walks of life. "Students
in general tend to be a bit older.
Some of them have kids, and
many of them are coming back
from the field," she said.
"When people come
from their own lives
and their families, it's
harder to connect. If
you don't create some
sort of unity, then it's
kind of depressing. It's
just you and your computer."
Lilach Marom
Ph.D. student, on the social life of
grad students
"Too much structure won't
work; we're grownups. We need
to juggle family life and work,"
Marom explained.
Marom is currently working
toward her Ph.D. in the Faculty
of Education, with a research
focus in internationally educated teachers. Before beginning
her graduate program at UBC,
Marom completed a master's
degree in Jewish history while in
Israel, where she also taught.
Marom's Ph.D. program requires her to take three specific
courses during her pre-candi-
dacy, the preparatory period
before she can begin her research. Her courses cover a range
of educational theories, different
methodologies and practical
applications.
"[Classes were] like, how do
you write your research proposal? How do you write your lit
reviews? How do you go through
the ethics process?" said Marom.
The classes all work toward
the main goal of the program: the
graduate thesis or dissertation,
which must consist of original
research. "After [the required
courses], you need to take your
comprehensive exams and make
your own committee of three
people," said Marom. "You write
your research proposal and go
through ethics. Then you start
researching. So the first two
years are pre-candidacy."
THE JUGGLING ACT
While the self-directed nature of
graduate school is what allows
students to delve deep into their
field, it can also cause issues with
time management and isolation.
"[Graduate school] is a lot
more self-directed. You have to
be better with your time," said
Janot. She said time management became her biggest challenge when she started in her
graduate program.
"When nobody is telling you
otherwise, it's very easy to get
distracted by the fun parts of
your project while ignoring the
boring but equally necessary
stuff like paperwork, literature
reviews and grant applications.
There are still important deadlines, but it's easier to forget
about them when less people are
breathing down your neck to
meet them," she said.
"Your schedule is so varied
because it's on your own time
and finding that element that
links you together is a lot more
difficult," Khan said.
"I'm married. A lot of my
friend are not and a lot of my
friends are," she continued.
"Then you have the ones who are
having kids."
"When people come from their
own lives and their families, it's
harder to connect," said Marom.
"Ifyou don't create some sort
of unity, then it's kind of depressing. It's just you and your
computer."
Marom used her Ph.D. program's required courses as a way
to meet fellow students. "I'm glad
I took those courses," she said.
"You're not as isolated. You get to
meet some students.
"I'm an engaged person. I
decided I'm going to do TAing
and that I'm going to be a representative on the student council.
I felt like, okay, maybe I'm going
to have less time, but I'm going to
have more interactions."
HOME SWEET HOME
UBC offers several on-campus
housing options for graduate students. Gage, Marine
Drive, Thunderbird and Acadia
Park all cater specifically to
older students.
In particular, Acadia Park offers housing to graduate students
with children.
It's very easy to get distracted by the fun parts
of your project while
ignoring the boring
but equally necessary
stuff like paperwork,
literature reviews and
grant applications.... It's
easier to forget about
deadlines when less
people are breathing
down your neck.
KyraJanot
Master's student in botany, on the
self-directed grad student schedule
Marom described UBC's
Acadia Park residence as unique.
"It's like a village in the middle
of campus where kids are out and
about, playing all over the place.
It's a super secure environment,
very diverse. It's a great place to
live in," she said.
Marom also spoke highly of
the university's daycare services,
though the service is so popular
that waitlists are long. "You have
to sign up way, way in advance,"
she said.
UBC is also home to two
residential graduate colleges — St. John's College and
Green College — though they
are not a part of UBC Housing & Conferences. Both are
internationally recognized.
Founded by Cecil and Ida
Green and inspired by the collegiate system of many British
universities, Green College is
home to around 80 graduate
students. These students dine
together five nights a week and
can attend talks given by the college's own residents, UBC professors and visiting scholars. Green
College presents itself as a centre
for interdisciplinary study and
allows students to learn about a
variety of subjects outside their
own field of study.
MONEY ON THE MIND
Getting into a graduate program
is one thing; paying for it is its
own challenge.
"You need to balance the need
to earn money with the academic
demand," said Marom.
The most familiar avenue
to fund graduate education is
NDIANAJOEL ILLUSTRATION/THE UBYSSEY
working as a teaching assistant.
Marom has TAed two courses
so far and had mostly positive
things to say about the experience.
"It's another way to become
familiar with Canadian culture
and to meet Canadian students.
It's also a way to have more interactions," Marom said.
Janot also recalled having a
positive experience during her
first semester as a TA. "It's a
really interesting experience to
learn how other people learn,"
she said.
But there are some downfalls
to this quintessential graduate
student job.
"You're supposed to work 12
hours a week, but it's obvious
that people are working more
because it takes more time," said
Marom. "You're doing a lot. And
also, in our case, it's not just that
we're marking or sitting with
the prof. We really, really get
to teach.
"As a TA, you're being paid
very, very poorly and you work a
lot," she added.
This has been an ongoing issue
at UBC; last fall, the TAs engaged
in job action to protest poor
wages and lack of job security.
Not all grad students become
TAs; many students find different ways to fund their education.
"There's a lot of variance in
the way [in] which you fund your
studies. You have people who are
doing this full-time. You have
people who are working and doing this part-time. It's just a very
different dynamic," noted Khan.
"If you're not funded, then you
need to work," Marom said. "And
if you're working, then it's more
obligations. It's like this cycle
that's hard to break."
UBC is home to thousands of
graduate students, but the majority of students are undergrads
who may not realize how different things are on the next rung
of higher education. Understanding what it means to be a grad
student gives undergrads better
insight into the people who make
up this campus — the people who
might be TAing your next class,
studying next to you in the SUB
or living near you in residence.
"Graduate school is really
exciting and really interesting,"
said Phelps.
"It's hard work and it's more
focused work than being an
undergraduate student, but you
can get your teeth into things in
a different way." tJ Sports + Rec
)R C.J. PENTLAND
DAVIS CUP »
CHRIS BORCHERT PHOJWHE UBYSSEY
Thanks in part to the crowd's energy, Team Canada is heading on to the next round ofthe Davis Cup. They will face Italy in April.
Canada converges at UBC
Thunderbird Arena turned into a sea of red and white to cheer Canada to victory
Andrew Bates
Managing Editor, Web
As Canada's star player Milos
Raonic stepped up to the baseline
to take his serve on Friday afternoon, the cheers started to die
down. But as everything quieted
to a hush, I heard a howl of "RAONIC!" from Section 117 of UBC's
Thunderbird Arena.
"Please," said the stadium
announcer, exasperated. He said it
many more times before the end of
the Davis Cup international tennis
tie, which Canada won over Spain
with a straight sets win by Raonic
on Sunday. It was Canada's third
win ofthe weekend, which gave
them the edge in the best-of-five
series.
A dedicated core of tennis supporters tried to make the atmosphere for this weekend-long team
tournament qualifier a bit more
like the raucous atmosphere of
tennis matches in Europe.
I was introduced to this crowd
without expecting it; I bought my
ticket through my membership
with the Southsiders, a supporter
group ofthe Vancouver White-
caps soccer team. The Southsiders
came into possession of several
blocks of tickets to the Davis Cup
matches — a lucky occurrence,
since tickets sold out rapidly on the
open market.
Or maybe not just luck: I learned
the blocks of tickets came from Petr
Pospisil, brother to Vasek Pospisil, a
Canadian Davis Cup team member
ranked 120th inthe world. Accordingto the Southsiders member I
bought my ticket from, Petr Pospisil
attended the 2012 women's soccer
Olympic qualifiers in Vancouver and
wanted to draft the rowdy soccer
fans into his red-and-white army of
long-time tennis supporters.
At 11 a.m. on Friday, Pospisil's
group of tennis fans sat clustered
around a table in the Gallery
Lounge, painting their faces. The
uniform varied: rugby shirts, hockey
jerseys, red shirts, white blazers, a
Canadian flag wrapped and knotted
into a tube top. One fan even sported
a Manchester United kit. All of them
wore identical red Canada scarves,
bought by Pospisil in bulk for both
the tennis fans and the Southsiders.
More than one ofthe crew
identified themselves as friends of
Pospisil's. The group had, at least
in part, been following the games
for two years, starting at the Odium
Brown VanOpen in North Vancouver. "My brother was playing there,"
Pospisil said. "I got these guys....
We basically all dressed in red and
turned it into a soccer match. I
thought we were going to get kicked
out, but they liked it."
We marched over from the SUB
on Friday and Saturday morning,
singing from a chant sheet of Southsiders songs rewritten for tennis by
Dan Nadir, an organizer of a local
tennis league and Whitecaps season-ticket holder. One man had a set
of five plastic trumpets, all joined
together and painted with Canada
flags; he played the opening bars
to the old Hockey Night in Canada
theme. Pospisil was dressed in Canada flag pants and a flag T-shirt,
half his face painted white and a
maple leaf on one cheek. He had
supplied the group with small flags
and several 25-five-foot banners to
wave during the anthems.
Once inthe stadium, those of us
that were Southsiders split from
Pospisil and his crew. We had a
great view ofthe group bouncing
along and rewriting songs on
the fly to fit the short breaks in
tennis play.
As I sang, I thought about how,
in soccer, pressure from front offices and quieter ticket holders can
make rowdy soccer fans feel like
outsiders in their own game. It was
interesting to see the form adopted
by real outsiders.
But Pospisil reminded me that
cheering and chanting is not really
that foreign to tennis, and that the
organizers were warm to the crew's
antics. "Security doesn't like us,
but the organizers are pretty happy
about it, because all over the world
the Davis Cup is a complete gong
show; everyone is always crazy and
North America is a little quieter,"
he said. "The Davis Cup is not about
that. A lot of people are happy to
have the opportunity to cheer and
hit drums and they don't want to be
the only ones inthe stadium doing
it, so we kind of provide everyone a
chance to do it."
Inthe arena, the crowd seemed
to be mostly Canadians who were
aware of top-level tennis but not
engaged fans.
"I think we're proud about
anything if we're successful in
something," said Mark Richard, a
spectator in his late 20s who described himself as a fan ofthe ATP
Tour games. "Ifyou see that Raonic
is doing well, if we have someone
we can get behind, I think we will
pull for it."
Scott Malo, a UBC geology student and member ofthe Thunderbirds golf team, said that part of
the appeal was just to see top-level
tennis live. "I've always been a
tennis fan, and they came to UBC,
so here I am," he said.
Another fan, a Land and Food
Systems student named Emily
Hunn, said the Davis Cup galvanized Canadian fans. "This tournament makes it possible to ... root
for a country rather than a singles
player individually," she said.
The tournament has gone well
for Canada, to say the least. Canada's win against Spain can only be
categorized as an upset, anchored
by 165th-ranked Frank Dancevic's
victory over Marcel Granollers,
a Spanish player ranked over 130
spots above him. The average fan's
idea of Canada's chances was not
great. But one ofthe favourite
chants of Pospisil's crew is a call-
and-response number, shouting out
each word ofthe phrase, "I believe
that we will win."
I saw Pospisil and Nadir approach the stadium for Sunday's
games. Pospisil's voice was hoarse
and his facepaint was worn down
to just the memory of a maple leaf,
but he had a smile on his face.
I asked him how he felt about
the tournament. "Frank [Dancevic]
the Tank was amazing, man. Pretty
much lights out. Just closed his
eyes, swinging away," he said, shaking his head in wonder. "He would
have beat anybody. It was awesome.
He would have beat Federer."
They never doubted it for one
second. Xi
DAVIS CUP BY THE
RESULTS       NUMBERS
Friday, Feb. l
Milos Raonic (CAN) def.
Albert Ramos (ESP)
6-7(5)6-4 6-4 6-4
Frank Dancevic (CAN) def.
Marcel Granollers (ESP)
6-16-2 6-2
S atur day, Feb. 2
Marcel Granollers and Marc
Lopez (ESP) def.
Daniel Nester and Vasek
Pospisil (CAN)
4-6 6-4 6-7(4) 6-3 6-2
%nday,Feb.3
Milos Raonic (CAN) def.
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
6-3 6-4 6-2
Frank Dancevic (CAN) vs.
Albert Ramos (ESP)
7-5 6-4 SPORTS + REC    I    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2013
HOCKEY»
There's a first for everything
For the first time in team history, UBC women's hockey will host a playoff game
Colin Chia
StaffWriter
Knowing they'll be back for a historic home playoff series is something
new for the graduating seniors on
the UBC women's hockey team, but
it's something that they'll have to
get used to. The T-Birds will be back
at UBC in a couple weeks to play
postseason matches, but UBC still
used Saturday night to honour their
fifth-year players before the puck
dropped on the last home game of
the regular season.
Friday night's 4-1 win against
the University of Manitoba Bisons
ensured that UBC will host a home
playoff series for the first time in
their program's history, but the
'Birds had to deal with a harder fight
on Saturday to emerge with a shootout win. With the score tied 2-2
after three periods, and overtime
failingto produce a winner, Tatiana
Rafter and Kaitlin Imai scored
during the skills competition to give
UBC a 2-1 win in the shootout and a
3-2 win overall.
"First of all, I think credit has to
go to Manitoba; that was a playoff
game right there. They did not stop
coming at us all night long," said
UBC head coach Graham Thomas.
Thomas praised his team's determination to hold on after conceding
equalizing goals twice in the game.
"We didn't collapse; we bounced
BASKETBALL»
4        -XJ
Samantha Langford made 24 saves on Saturday night and was named the game's first star.
back and we just kept coming at
them, never giving up. Those are
one of those character wins."
UBC got the first goal of Saturday's game with 16:32 remaining
inthe first period as Stephanie
Schaupmeyer hustled into the offensive zone to retrieve a long clearance. She then earned an assist on
the play: she fed Rafter, who shot the
puck past Manitoba goalie Leiette
Klassen to make it 1-0. The Bisons
hit back against the run of play
before the end ofthe frame, though,
when Kayleigh Wiens wristed the
puck high past T-Bird goalie Samantha Langford's glove to level the
score at 1-1 with 2:59 remaining.
The T-Birds retook the lead,
making it 2-1 on the power play early
inthe second period, with Sarah
Casorso firing a slap shot from
the left point that trickled in off
Klassen's pad. The T-Birds pinned
the Bisons in the offensive zone for
long stretches inthe second period,
UBC basketball propelled by
fifth-year leadership
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
Being a leader on a university
basketball team can be a tough gig.
In addition to setting an example
at all times — on the court, in the
locker room and in the classroom —
the individual has to provide motivation and guidance for their teammates. And when that team mostly
consists of young players, the job
becomes even more difficult.
However, it's a role that Leigh
Stansfield, Doug Plumb and
O'Brian Wallace have been able to
fill nicely this year on UBC's men's
and women's basketball teams. All
three have not only provided veteran experience for their respective
squads, but they have also led the
way with strong play on the court.
It has been evident all year, but
even more so this past weekend,
when all three were honoured for
their time at UBC.
Stansfield is the lone fifth-year
on the women's team this year, but
has embraced the role of leader.
Stansfield has been a key reason
why the youngteam is 14-4 and
second place in the Canada West
Pacific division.
"There's a lot of leading by
example, but also a lot of leading
verbally, and I think it takes a while
to get comfortable with that.... I
think there's been a tremendous
growth in Leigh over the past
couple years in her ability to do
that," said Deb Huband, head coach
ofthe women's team.
Stansfield performed up to her
usual standards this past weekend
during UBC's sweep ofthe Mount
Royal University Cougars. The
forward racked up 14 points and
five rebounds during the Thunderbirds' 70-56 win over Mount Royal
on Friday night, and then added 17
points and six rebounds in Saturday
evening's 79-40 triumph. It wasn't
far off her season averages of 14.6
points per game and 5.4 rebounds
per game. She's also 11th in the
conference in scoring and sixth in
field goal percentage, thanks to her
.541 mark.
Stansfield is also an adept
student. The geography major has
been named an Academic All- Canadian during her first four years
at UBC, and she plans to go into
environmental law.
The two fifth-years on the men's
team have been equally impressive
this year. Neither played a full five
years at UBC: Wallace transferred
before this season from Brandon
University, while Plumb transferred three years ago from the
University ofthe Fraser Valley. But
their play so far this season is a key
reason why UBC is 16-2 and first
place in the Canada West.
"In order to be good, your fifth-
year seniors have to be good for
you, and I think they've been really
focused [over] that last little bit,"
said UBC head coach Kevin Hanson. "We brought in O'Brian with
one year of eligibility left, which is
something you don't normally do,
but we knew we needed a starter,
and he's come in and I've been impressed [by] what he's done for us
with the leadership and confidence.
"They're playing their best
basketball.... They want it bad, and
that can take you a long way."
The two guards weren't scoring at their usual rates this past
weekend during the two wins over
Mount Royal, but their influence
on their teammates was evident.
Plumb and Wallace — who average
16.0 and 11.2 points per game,
respectively — led a balanced
scoring effort, as six T-Birds scored
in double figures in each contest.
During Friday's 96-71 win, Plumb
scored 14 points and Wallace
chipped in 11, while Saturday's
95-68 victory had Plumb pour in 13
and Wallace contribute nine.
The two guards came into this
year expecting to be a voice for the
younger T-Bird players, but it was
an unfamiliar role at first. There
were four fifth-years on last year's
UBC team, meaning Plumb didn't
have to play as vocal a role, and this
is Wallace's first and only year as a
Thunderbird. However, both said
they have enjoyed shouldering the
responsibility that's expected of
veteran players.
"It's always a work in progress;
there's no book of how to be a
leader," said Plumb, who leads the
team in points per game, three-
point percentage, total assists and
total steals. "[It's] just, try to come
every day and do the right things....
If you're telling guys to do things
and you're not doing it yourself, it's
hard."
"Everybody respects you and
looks up to you, so you just have
to work hard every day and prove
that you're a leader," said Wallace. He added that this year's
T-Bird team is the best team he's
played on in terms of both skills
and chemistry.
It's a bittersweet time right now
for all three veteran players, as
they know that their time in blue
and gold is coming to a close. But
thanks to their efforts on and off
the court, both T-Bird teams are
headed for at least a couple playoff
games — and possibly the goal of
playing in the CIS championships
this March. It's by no means an
easy place to reach, but leading
their teams to great things is just
what these fifth-year players do. 31
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but they couldn't turn their puck
possession into shots on goal. In
the third, the Bisons managed to tie
the game with a power play goal by
captain Amy Lee with 16:09 left in
the game.
Despite the two pucks that got
past her, UBC's Langford made 24
saves, including a game-saving one
on Meagan Vestby with 2:27 left in
overtime. Langford was named first
star thanks to her stellar performance.
The graduating T-Bird fifth-
years appear to be passing the
torch into good hands, as rookie
forward Schaupmeyer was one of
the hardest-working players on
the ice and played some important
penalty kill minutes.
"She just doesn't have an off
switch; she just goes and goes and
battle and battles," said Thomas.
This weekend's games were
shunted into the smaller rink in
the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird
Sports Centre due to Davis Cup
play, but it didn't affect the liveliness ofthe crowd in attendance.
"It was extremely emotional, especially [on] our seniors' weekend. It
was crazy," said UBC team captain
Kaylee Chanakos.
Chanakos can look forward to
leading the T-Birds out for a historic playoff game in two weeks.
"We're the team to beat right
now, I think. We're on a roll and
everyone's confident, but you
[have] got to stay modest too, at
the same time," she said.
The race for second place in
the Canada West is tight, with
UBC (15-7-4) one point behind
second-place Regina and one
point ahead of fourth-place
Alberta. They will face Alberta in
a crucial two-game series on the
road next weekend to close out
the regular season. Xi
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MONDAY
INTERNET»
The million-view masters
UBC has its fair share of YouTube celebs. So what makes a video go viral?
Justin Fleming
Senior Lifestyle Writer
We love viral videos. Many an
hour has been lost to the likes of
Nyan Cat, Techno Viking and Tay
Zonday. But what exactly makes
a viral video? It depends who
you ask.
Accordingto some web celebrities, several years ago a video had
gone viral if it reached a million
views. By today's standards, some
consider a video viral if it reaches
upwards of a million views in less
than seven days. Unfortunately
— or maybe fortunately — there's
no rulebook. Broadly speaking, a
video goes viral when it is widely
viewed and shared within a
pretty short time span. However,
a video's viral status does not rest
solely on viewership, but also on
the discussion it generates on and
offline, how well it stands the
test of time and even the spinoffs
it produces.
A study conducted by researchers at the University of South
Australia found that videos that
generate "high arousal emotions,"
such as inspiration, astonishment,
disgust, hilarity and anger, are
more likely to be shared. Further,
they found that videos that trigger
positive high arousal emotions will
trump videos with negative high
arousal emotions.
UBC alum Andrew Cohen is director and co-producer ofthe UBC
Lipdub video, which has pulled in
nearly two million views on YouTube since it was first uploaded in
2011. Cohen and his team worked
STEPHANIE XU/THE UBYSSEY
Viral videos often spawn thousands of copycats, but the origins of their popularity are
mysterious.
hard to cultivate pre-release hype:
they networked extensively and
organized a free concert, as well as
a launch party in Robson Square.
But Cohen attributes the video's
success to its emotional impact.
"The energy ofthe people
involved was so overwhelmingly
positive, it made people want to
share it," said Cohen.
Chris Cannon, a former adjunct
professor in creative writing at
UBC, sees strong content and
strong distribution methods as
two paths to the mysterious road
of viral success. Cannon wrote and
directed Meet the Canada Party, a
campaign video for a faux political
party in last year's U.S. elections.
The video went viral shortly after
being uploaded last January. Cannon, who has worked as a journalist, is familiar with the importance
of maintaining a human connection with viewers.
"I know how it works, and it can
be very short-lived," said Cannon.
"We were very good at keeping in
touch with followers and friends."
Cannon, as well as fellow
Canada Party co-founder Brian
Calvert, would let fans know about
their newly released videos and
send thank you notes to frequent
sharers. They appointed fans
as Canada Party ambassadors
and recruited street teams for
offline promotion.
Inthe age of high-speed information sharing, viral videos have
become a ticket to quick success.
Whether this elevates the creators
to instant celebrity status or instant notoriety, exposes injustice,
mobilizes others for a common
cause or wins scholarships (as
with the creators ofthe recently
uploaded "Golden eagle snatches
kid" phenomenon), viral videos
are a powerful tool and a potential
vehicle for social change.
"The Internet is a distribution
model," said Cannon. "There's an
old adage among journalists: freedom ofthe press belongs to those
who have one — and now everyone
has one."
Viral videos engage and inspire
people from all over the world. For
instance, a recently popular video
of UBC student Ben Parker and
two of his friends performing random acts of kindness was inspired
by a similar video made by a young
man in Islamabad, Pakistan.
At times, Cohen said, he felt
that the diversity ofthe comments made on his Lipdub
video reflected an international
social experiment.
"We call the Internet a universal sharing platform, but sometimes we don't realize just how
universal it really is," he said.
For these reasons, many entrepreneurs have started to look
for patterns that can guarantee
viral success.
"I've heard companies advertise
'looking for a viral video,'" said
Cannon. "[But] you can't predict a
virus; it's an afterthought. When
people say, T want to make viral
videos,' what they're really saying
is: 'I'm goingto make videos and
hope to God they go viral.'"
While there are certainly ways
to prolong the popularity of a
video or even give it a measurable increase in viewership, the
very nature of a viral video is
unpredictable. Neither Cannon
nor Cohen, for instance, set out
to make a viral video; Cannon
only wanted to add to political
discourse, and Cohen wanted to
inspire a sense of community. So
there is no way to tell whether you
and your partner's pixellated nose
rub filmed in the SUB last Monday
will be seen by 10 million people
in two weeks, or if it will wander
the desert of YouTube forever,
only to be stumbled upon by a
lost browser.
Ray Hsu, a lecturer in the
department of creative writing
and an expert in popular culture,
said he believes that as soon as
someone starts tailoring a video
to reach massive viewership, it
becomes counterproductive to
achieving viral status.
"I think that the idea of
reaching a wider audience is
itself a problem. As soon as you
start mass producing, people will
stop feeling as though it speaks
to them alone," said Hsu. "You
share it because you wonder if
others are interested. It's the line
between subculture and mass
culture." Xi
SEX»
Inside the U of T's infamous sex party
Kristine Wilson
The Ryersonian
TORONTO (CUP) - Everyone
is naked.
As the DJ spins music on the
first floor of Oasis Aqua Lounge in
downtown Toronto, a few men in
their 20s sprint from the pool to
the hot tub without bathing suits.
One floor above them, two women
— also naked — are perched on a
sex swing. Across from them, a
man — again, naked — is tethered to the wall in chains and
leather binds.
These were just a few scenes
from Jan. 21's "epic student sex
adventure," an event organized by
the University of Toronto Sexual
Education Centre (SEC). The party
invited university students from
across the Greater Toronto Area
to visit Oasis, a water-themed sex
club a few steps north of Ryer-
son's campus.
The sex party was one ofthe
first of its kind at a Canadian,
university. Rather than talk about
sex, the event encouraged students
to push personal boundaries and
explore their sexuality in a safe
environment. That step — frolm
theory to practice — sparked a
media firestorm. The story drew
hundreds of comments on the
Toronto Star's website and was
shared more than 21,000 times
on Facebook — making it the fifth
most viewed story in thestar.
corn's history.
But would anyone show up to
the sex party, or was the hype all
talk? I went to find out.
Owner Jana Matthews and coordinator Dillon
On Monday night, a sea of about
200 students formed a line outside
Oasis. Protesters walked up and
down the line, yelling things like
"God loves you!" They were Christian protesters from York University's United Through Worship
student group.
"I think it says something about
where our society is going morally," said Natalie Smith, a member
ofthe group. "This is encouraging
them to devalue themselves,
whether it's STDs or unwanted
pregnancy."
But SEC said they made sure
to keep the event as safe and
Tower run the Oasis Aqua Lounge, a sex club
sex-positive as possible; condoms
and packets of lube were piled in
bowls across the club. The event
had a laid-back vibe; students
could grab a drink at one ofthe
many well-stocked bars and a DJ
in the corner blasted beats from
a turntable.
On the third floor ofthe club,
Ryerson student Kay Poli lounges
as couples have sex around him.
Pornography is playing on TVs
on the walls. For him, the event is
nothing new. "I've been here before," Poli said. "What I like about
this sex club is that it's open to all
genders, all orientations."
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that caters to Toronto's student populace.
Poli is one member of a new
generation of students who
frequent Toronto sex clubs. In
fact, Oasis has hosted dozens of
student-friendly events before.
According to Jana Matthews,
the club's co-owner, university
students are a regular presence
at Oasis. "We did the same event
with [SEC] last year and ... everyone that was here loved it," Matthews said as she puffed ultra-thin
cigarettes in her office.
"It was them that convinced us
to have a student night. So many
people were interested we started
to do it every Monday and we have
for the past eight months."
At Steamworks, a gay bathhouse
on Church Street near Wellesley
Avenue, students are invited to
realize their sexual desires.
"You can't go in there, it's men
only!" shouted an onlooker as I
tried to enter the bathhouse. I
decided not to listen and pushed
through the door. "You're going to
see a lot of things you don't want
to see!" he yelled after me.
I entered a dark corridor lit only
by yellow lights. A heavy-set man
with a large beard passed by me.
"You know this is a male-only
spa right? You can't be in here." I
smiled and kept walking towards the front desk, where a
well-kept man stood behind a
glass-enclosed desk.
The receptionist, Teymour
Nadjafi, explained that students
often visit Steamworks. "About
one in five of our clientele is a
student; they are in here almost
every day," he explained. "I think
students would still come even if
we didn't offer any student discounts. I think they find it good
for self-discovery."
Steamworks offers a free 90-
day trial membership to students,
plus $5 off locker rentals. Student
hours run from Monday to Friday
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; all that's
required is a valid student card.
Despite the media hype, it's
clear sex clubs and bathhouses
are nothing new to university
students. Toronto's sex club
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