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Array Your only class is taught by your boss about your job SINCE 1918
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NICE
THINGS
"TOONIE TUESDAY"
CANCELLED AFTER
JUST TWO WEEKS.
READ WHY ON
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FEBRUARY 03,2011
VOLUME XCII,  N° XXXVII
EDITORIAL
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ALPHA OMICRON PI RECRUITMENT
EVENT* UBC's newest sorority,
Alpha Omicron Pi, is looking for
more members to join its colony
class! There are opportunities to
take on leadership roles, volunteer
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friendship, socialize within the
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THURSDAY, FEB. 3
OLD RED NEW RED • Ever wonder
what the greatest Engineering
prank of all time was? Some might
claim the Statue Stunt of 1963 to
be it! Stephen Whitelaw (AGIE
'65) and Art Stevenson (CHEM
'66) will retell the infamous story of the prank that duped the entire campus. You're all invited to
join the current Engineering student body to make this the largest ORNR ever. • 6:30-9:30pm,
Cecil Green Park House.
GLADIATOR* Bravely go where
many UBC students have gone
each year before. This is your
chance to take on your toughest competitors and compete in
your favourite American Gladiator challenges—as a team!
Whetheryou are navigating your
way through a colossal maze,
racing through the inflatable obstacle course or duking it out on
the joust, this event is filled with
non-stop action. • 4pm-12am,
SRC Gyms.
JULES MASSENET: CENDRILLON (CINDERELLA) • The UBC Opera Ensemble and the UBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing
Jules Massenet's Cendrillon,
based on Charles Perrault's 1698
version ofthe Cinderella tale. Performed in French with English
subtitles. • 7:30-10:30pm, Chan
Centre, $35 adults, $25 seniors,
$20 students, call (604) 822-
6725 or go to ticketmaster.ca
to reserve. Tickets also available at the door.
UBC FILM SOCIETY SCREENING:/WW£-
LIE* The UBC Film Society will
be showing Amelie, the beloved
French film by director Jean-
Pierre Jeunet. Amelie is a shy
waitress in a Montmartre cafe.
After returning a long-lost childhood treasure to a former occupant of her apartment and seeing the effect it has on him, she
decides to set out on a mission
to make others happy and in the
meantime pursues a quirky guy
who collects discarded photo
booth pictures. • Runs until Feb.
6, 7pm, Norm Theatre, $5 regular, $2.50 members.
FRIDAY, FEB. 4
COLD WAR CONFIDENTIAL • This
symposium expands on John
O'Brian's focus on photography
during the Cold War in Canada.
Symposium speakers will explore links between culture (art,
photography, literature), the environment and nuclear propaganda
and protest in the Cold War era. •
i0am-3pm, Belkin Art Gallery, go
tobelkinartgallery.com formore
information.
SATURDAY, FEB. 5
TAILGATER FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT* Can't get enough football between the college bowl
season and the Super Bowl?
Well, before you park your butt
on the couch for six hours to
watch the big game, come out
and make some of your own
history on the gridiron. Tailgater
Football is the perfect way to
get jacked up for the biggest
weekend in football! • 11am-
5pm, UBC Wright Field.
TUESDAY, FEB. 8
LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION •
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at
UBC, which includes a food sale
(Sri Lankan, Korean, Vietnamese
and assorted desserts), all the
tea you can drink, a live music
performance and a silent auction of framed artwork (cash or
cheque only). • 11:30am-2pm,
CK Choi Building Lounge.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 9
DOUBLE DOUBLE FOIL AND FUMBLE
• Double Double Foil and Fumble is a joint production between
UBC Theatre and Creative Writing faculties. It follows the story of five university-aged friends
as they get together to weave
some magic; only none of them
know what they're doing, half
of them don't believe in magic and some of them have ulterior motives. • Runs until Feb.
12, Dorothy Somerset Studios,
tickets by donation, proceeds
go to Pride UBC.
HMS PINAFORE • The Gilbert and
Sullivan Society of UBC returns
to the newly renovated UBC
Old Auditorium with HMS Pinafore, a lively and anachronistic staging of one of the best
known operettas in the English
language. Join the high-kicking
sailor crew and their gaggle of
giggling schoolgirls. • Feb. 9-11,
8pm, Feb. 12, 2pm, $15, $10 for
students, emailinfo@gsubc.com
for reservations.
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at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Daniel Grausam, Washington University
Finis Dunaway, Trent University
Martha Langford, Concordia University
John Langford, University of Victoria
Please RSVP for the Symposium by January 28
to rsvp.belkin@ubc.ca (lunch included).
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NEWS
EDITOR ARSHY MANN»news@ubyssey.ca
ASSISTANT EDITOR KALYEENA MAKORTOFF»kmakortoff@ubyssey.ca
SENIOR WRITER MICKI COWAN»mcowan@ubyssey.ca
Toonie Tuesday goes down the tubes
MICKI COWAN
mcowan@ubyssey.ca
After a two-week trial attempt
at bringing it back, the AMS has
sent Toonie Tuesdays packing
once again.
$2 pints of beer were being
sold on Tuesdays at the Gallery
Pub and Pit Pub during the trial, and endeavor that was pushed
through despite management
concerns. The AMS Executive decided to cancel the weekly promotion due to a low profit margins
and issues raised by the RCMP.
VP Finance Elin Tayyar said that
they are going to be applying for
new liquor licenses in the new
SUB, as well as a brew pub.
"Because of that, we want to be
on [the Liquor Control Board and
RCMP's] good side, and we didn't
want to have friction between us
because it'dbe much harder for us
to deal with those issues," he said.
"We thought it'd be safe to let
this go, cancel this and then focus
on the more important issues."
Tayyar said that plan was part
of his strategy to increase business in the SUB, and pushed it
through over management's concerns around rowdy behaviour,
However, at $2 per beer and
with the extra staff required, the
profits from liquor sales were not
as high as hoped. There was also
expectations that negotiations
with Caribou Beer would also
JOSH CURRAN PHOTO ILLUSTRATION/THE UBYSSEY
reduce expenses, which had yet
to come to fruition.
"We weren't actually making a
whole lot more money," said AMS
President Bijan Ahmadian."
As a result of the larger number of people coming in we had
to get a lot more staff to come in
and work at our bars and we did
not have the capacity to do that."
Then there were incidents
around the RCMP. After the first
Toonie Tuesday held on January
11, Ahmadian said there had been
some reports and inspections about
unacceptable incidents. "That could
put our good standing in jeopardy
with the [liquor control andlicens-
ing branch] and so we didn't want
that to happen either," he said.
Aside from general rowdiness,,
Sgt Kevin Kenna ofthe UBC RCMP
said that there were three incidences involving minors during
the event, and that they are waiting for the licensing branch to "do
what they have to do."
"Any abuse of alcohol and
any substance abuse is a concern to us and a whole variety of
agencies out here on campus,"
Kenna said. "I was concerned
by the fact that cheap beer is always potential for things to go
sideways."
The Gallery and Pit Pub will go
back to the original Tuesday deal
of $2.50 a pint and $9.50 apitcher,
though pitchers will not be sold
after 9pm. Ahmadian said they
are also looking at more having
more food deals, programming
deals, and karaoke events instead
of Toonie Tuesday.
Now that the weekly event has
been cancelled, it is unclear how
the licensing branch will react.
"Some people said we shouldn't
be so worried about the war on fun
but that's definitely an issue. It's
a reality and liquor control and
RCMP are just a lot more strict
these days, and they're not going to get any more lenient looking forward," said Tayyar. "We're
better off looking at other ways of
having fun." tl
—With files from Kalyeena
Makortoff
Creative writing class responds to Too Asian article
KAITB0LANGAR0
Contributor
When Macleans magazine published "Too Asian?" in November
2010, there were protests across
Canada. In response to the backlash they issued a formal apology
and changed the title ofthe article
to "The Enrollment Controversy."
This title is apparently more
appropriate for the article,
which was supposed to discuss
the growing Asian majority in
American colleges and how,
should the US decide to limit Asian students' enrolment,
these students would choose to
come to Canadian universities-
edging out local Canadian students in admissions.
UBC students had mixed reactions to this piece. Rebecca Gu, a
Commerce student and blogger,
was disappointed by the article'
stereotypes of people of Asian
descent.
"I thought we had moved beyond being characterized as personality-less robots," said Gu. "I
wasn't too impressed they brought
it up again. I was tired of it."
Others, such as Celestian
Rince, a Creative Writing major,
weren't offended by the article.
"I thought it was quite interesting and informative," said Rince.
"I hadn't known that US schools
have racist admissions. It was
also good that someone finally
discussed racial interaction at
Canadian universities without
glossing over the realities ofthe
situation."
One on-campus reaction to
the article came in the form of a
Youtube remake of the 1980s hit
"We Are the World." The video, entitled "UBC's Way Too Asian," is the
brainchild of Dr Ray Hsu's Asian Canadian writing class, who were led
by Tetsuro Shigematsu, a creative
writing MFA student.
"Dr Hsu was the only one to
take initiative with the article,"
said Shigematsu.
"The challenge was to do something as a group that would be a
lot of effort and coordination. I
suggested half-jokingly that we
could record a cover of the '80s
charity classic "We Are the World"
and people seemed to think it
was a good idea. We decided we
wouldn't wait. We would do it the
next morning."
While they didn't have official
permission to shoot on location
in places such as the Chan Centre, Shigematsu explained that
the group used guerrilla-style tactics to film the video, which now
has over 6800 hits on Youtube.
Hsu said that the results of the
challenge "went beyond the Macleans article."
"The issue of shelf life is interesting. On one hand, the pieces
are kind of like journalism [as
the videos feature] contemporary
events," he said.
"By producing works of art, that
is different, however. Art doesn't
necessarily engage with the news.
A work of art can transcend the
moment in which it was created
and has a longer shelf life. Most
interesting, [with] works of art
tied to present-day controversial
issues, we have something that
works on the border ofjournalism
and what we think of as artwork."
MFA student Tetsuro Shigematsu. GEOFF LISTER PH0T0/THE UBYSSEY
The video sensation plays on
traditional stereotypes of people of Asian descent and non-
Asians who are fans of different
facets of Asian culture. Characters pop on and off camera with
tag lines like "addicted to MSG"
and "loves dogs (deep fried)."
The video also features Asian,
European and mixed-race children. Shigematsu says featuring
the children in the video had a
deeper meaning.
"We are [showing kids] who are
different 'degrees' of Asian," said
Shigematsu.
"It's quite effective when you
see the kids, [because] it's not just
university students [who are] affected by racist media coverage
... [it] affects the next generation.
Do we want our kids to grow up
with a right wing magazine featuring this garbage?"
There were some class members who felt uncomfortable with
the project. "I initially felt that it
was a good idea, as the article was
definitely worthy of some sort of
response," says Rince. "However,
that soon turned to dismay when
I realized that the response would
simply be a denial ofthe truths in
the article. 'No, that's not true,' is
not a very reasoned or substantial response."
Shigematsu expressed the difficult choice which student activists often have to make: academics or activism.
"I had that luxury, not having
to decide between doing what's
right or homework. Ray Hsu took
that away. Itwas so simple and ingenious. We shouldn't be the only
ones on campus to be able to do
this. This is a defining issue on
campus in Canada. What if other students had the privilege? We
can change the discourse. Rogers
have their money; we have Youtube, Facebook and Twitter. It's not
about who has the most money,
but who is the wittiest and quickest. This issue won'tbe definedby
multimedia conglomerates." tl
YOUNG IMMIGRANTS
MORE LIKELY TO GRADUATE
UNIVERSITY
EMMAG0DMERE
CUP Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP) — New findings from Statistics Canada suggest young immigrants may be
better integrating into Canadian
society than normally thought.
When compared to their Canadian-born counterparts, immigrant kids are more likely to get
their hands on a university degree later on in life. According
to the January 25 study, which
used census data from as far
back as 1971 and as recent as
2006, immigrants who arrived
in Canada at age 12 or younger
were more likely to have graduated university by the age of 25
than their Canadian-born peers.
Miles Corak, a vice-dean of research at the University of Ottawa, explained that this children-
specific study is important, as
past research on new Canadians
has normally yielded more negative conclusions.
"A lot of public policy discussion [concerns] how immigrants
integrate into Canadian society,
and we've documented how
poorly they've done relative to
their Canadian counterparts,"
said Corak, who is also a professor of economics.
"What we're seeing, though,
here and in several other studies
that focus on the children, is that
when we want to think about integration and success, we should
be thinking in a little bit more of a
longer term," he continued. "And
what we're seeing again and again
is that the children of immigrants
are making a very positive contribution in society."
The degree gap proved to be
particularly significant for young
boys who arrived in Canada in
the 1980s—32 per cent of these
male childhood immigrants had a
degree by the time they were 25
to 34, compared to 20 per cent
of their Canadian-born counterparts. The study indicated the
pattern was similar among women, whose university-educated
population across both groups
also increased more quickly over
time, compared to their male
peers.
Children who immigrate at a
young age, Corak said, are able
to take advantage of certain
benefits.
"They get the best of both
worlds: they're getting the heritage and the support from their
parents, and yet they are sufficiently adaptable—and our
schooling system actually has
a lot to do with this as well."
Corak pointed out that while
this study provides some positive
news, it also provides an opportunity to take another look at how we
deal with immigration policy in Canada—and where we can improve.
"One of the things we learn
from studies like this is that immigration policy is also social policy, it's also family policy, it's also
education policy," he explained.
"There really is a need for broader co-ordination between the federal government and the provinces across this whole area—so if
one department or one ministry
is changing immigration rules, [it
is] going to have an impact for other governments and other departments years down the road." 4/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/2011.02.03
CULTURE
EDITORS BRYCE WARNES & JONNY WAKEFIELD »culture@ubysseyca
SENIOR WRITER GINNY MONACO »gmonaco@ubysseyca
ILLUSTRATOR INDIANA JOEL»ijoel@ubysseyca
Most Valuable Poet at Koerner s Open MIC
Rapper Evan Elman talks Boston, blunts and bullfrogs
i MUSIC
GINNY MONACO
gmonaco@ubyssey.ca
Evan Elman's friends call him
Biggie Smalls, though he's
about a foot shorter than his
namesake.
A fixture at Koerner's Open
Mic for almost three years, Elman has been representing
UBC's hip-hop community at
the considerably mellowed Monday night event.
"Koerner's was sick," Elman
said.
"Everyone was rowdy; everyone loved going there. Now it's
like a whole different crowd.
It's firstyear kids... and all they
want to hear is 'Wonderwall'
and 'Freebird.' I just make '99
Problems' sound a lot better
than Wonderwall."
Elman is usually the highlight of the night. Part of it is
novelty, watching this little guy
do verbal somersaults over these
huge beats. It's hard not to be
drawn in. Elman's freestyles
are quick and clever and his
performances are truly spectacular. Even when he's covering a song, you can't miss his
gleeful expression. The audience wants to enjoy it as much
as he does. "Nothing makes me
happier than being on a stage,"
Elman said.
A native of Boston, Elman discovered rap as a way to connect
with the people around him.
Having been kicked out of a private high school for selling pot,
Elman was enrolled in the public system, where he was suddenly a minority.
"It was urban. I remember
Evan Elman is continually stepping up his game. GEOFF LISTER PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
just trying to blend in there,"
he said.
It was in Boston that Elman
honed his skills as a rapper. "Every day after high school, I'd go
smoke a blunt with friends and
then we'd freestyle for hours," he
says. "That was our thing. Outside, so we wouldn't get caught
by our parents."
His success wasn't immediate. "I put out a little mixtape. I
just got torn to pieces. It was so
bad. I tried to charge people five
bucks or something and they'd
come back to me like 'Fuck this!
I don't want to pay for this!' Going in as a minnow, I feel like I
jumped out as a bullfrog."
Elman moved to Vancouver
three years ago, but Boston still
weighs heavily on his mind. "I'm
still staying true to my roots, but
I'm not the same person I was
when I was back there... I look
out the window at little birds and
snow-capped mountains. What
am I complaining about?" tl
UBC Operas Cendrillon a fresh take on a classic tale
i THEATRE
Note the absence of anthropomorphic mice. CHARLESTO PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
JENICA CHUAHIOCK
Contributor
Fairy tales like Cinderella are
meant to be retold. This week
the UBC Opera Ensemble, along
with the UBC Symphony Orchestra, performs Cendrillon by Jules
Massenet, a French opera retelling of Cinderella. Based on the
story by Charles Perrault, this
Cinderella story features the
magical elements that everyone
will love. But unlike the popular cartoon version, the opera
has more to tell about the poor
girl who becomes a princess
overnight to meet her prince
charming.
"Compared to the Disney version, [this opera] is a lot more
dramatic," said Sylvia Szadovs-
ki, who plays Cendrillon. "[Cendrillon] really has a wide ranging personality. She's not just
going for the prince. She has a
lot more motivation."
"There's more depth to Cen-
drillon's character as well," said
Julia Kot, who plays one of the
stepsisters. "You see how gracious she is around her family,
yet also how passionate she is
to have her own life."
Cendrillon also features more
relationships and develops more
characters, like the prince. "In
the [cartoon] version, you barely see Prince Charming," said
Szadovski. "But in this opera
he actually exists as a character, and you get more of the relationship between Cendrillon
and the prince." The prince is
a 'pants role,' which means female performers will be playing the part.
Cendrillon's father emerges
as a sympathetic figure. "In this
[opera] version, Cendrillon's father is still alive," said Szadovski. "[He] is this character you feel
really sorry for. He gets bossed
around by the sisters and evil
stepmother constantly and he
doesn't really stand up for himself or Cendrillon."
The presence ofthe father in
Cendrillon creates a much deeper sense of family relationship,
especially between father and
daughter. "It's actually more
heartbreaking because the father is there," said Szadovski.
"He doesn't want to upset his
wife, so he doesn't stand up for
Cendrillon, even though he sees
how horrible they are to her."
Asides from romance and
drama, Cendrillon is also a lively comedy. The evil stepmother and stepsisters are mocked
throughout the opera. "Some
scenes are really funny," said
Kot. "The stepsisters and the
stepmother are hilarious [and]
totally ridiculous."
"I can't describe how fun it
is," said Kot. "There are just so
many different elements that
come up in it. We can have hilarious, mean characters and
then we can have a fairy and a
magic carriage."
It has all the wonders of fairies, elves and ballet dancers, but
at the heart of it all is the story of
love. "You definitely go through
a wide range of emotions in this
opera. Literally, you will laugh
and you will cry," said Kot. "Everything is just so magical." tl
Cendrillon shows at the Chan
Centre February 3-5 at 7:30pm
and February 6 at 2pm. 2010.11.22/UBYSSEY.CA/PRIDE/5
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It gets better?
Growth takes energy: making things better now
R.ANTHONY TURNER
Contributor
The pastyear has been somewhat dark
for the LGBTQ community, with anti-
gay bullying, youth suicides, gay-bashings, and a shift of political power toward those who oppose equality in the
USA. Fortunately, a few rainbows also
emerged. The campaign for equality
took a major step forward with the repeal of "Don't ask don't tell and people
from across the world joined together to oppose bullying. The most dominant theme of 2010 in the world of LG-
BTQB issues was probably the "It Gets
Better" campaign, with celebrities, citizens and politicos sharing messages
of hope for the future.
"It Gets Better" is an important message because youth need to have faith
that the future is bright. (Because it is!)
I commend and appreciate the support
and encouragement people have shown
by sharing that message. However, I do
believe we should consider exactly what
we mean when we say, "It gets better."
Do we mean to say, "Chin up, kids. We
knowyou are absolutely miserable right
now because your classmates, 'friends'
and maybe even family members bully you and make you feel inadequate as
human beings, but just survive the next
few years, and then you can escape this
hell and live a better life?" I certainly
hope not. Why should kids have to suffer through years of hatred only to exile
themselves to a more accepting community? I hope what we mean to say is,
"It gets better, and I am going to do my
part to make that happen as quickly as
possible."
For "it" to "get better," society at large
must grow to see people as people, regardless of their sexualities. Powerful groups
oppose equality, so this growth is going
to be slow if everyday people—you and
I—sit around waiting for it. Why do teenage boys eat like ravenous hogs? Because
growth takes energy. If we want things
to get better sooner rather than later, we
are going to have to put forth the energy
that growth requires. The more energy
we give, the more we can offset the considerable energy opposition groups put
forward and the more likely true equality will become a reality.
There are many ways in which we can
do our part. We can become active in
advocacy groups PrideUBC, join a letter
writing campaign, participate in like
rallies or even volunteer at a LGBTQ resource center. We can also do countless
things in the course of our everyday routines. For instance, we can challenge
others when they say, "That's gay," or,
"He's such a homo." We can avoid using that kind of language ourselves,
stand up for kids we hear being taunted and be honest about who we are to
those around us to the greatest extent
we feel comfortable. And, perhaps most
of all, we can avoid doing harm—people
scrutinize what we post on Facebook or
tweet or blog about, and to some people, one of us may be the face of the LGBTQ community.
"It gets better." Yes, but not on its own.
Everyday people—gay people, bisexual
people, transgendered people, lesbian
people and straight people alike—have to
make things get better. Change does not
come easily, but it will come if we fuel it
with our energy. ^J
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Welcome to the
Pride Supplement
GRAE BURNS
Guest Editor
When I chose the
topic of "Growth"
for this year's PrideUBC supplement,
I was excited to think
about the stories of
personal perseverance people could
write, interested to
read about people's
responses to advances made by and for the community locally, nationally, and internationally, and curious to see the artistic interpretations
of all ofthe above.
I created a Facebook event, sent out
e-mails and did my best to bring attention to the possibility of contributing to
the supplement...and then I waited. The
deadline for submissions approached
and passed. I received a total of four submissions. Fortunately, I had set the deadline for submissions in advance of when
they would actually be needed, and was
able to extend the deadline and eventually received enough material.
While I immensely appreciate the time
and effort the people who did contribute
put into their articles, interviews, poetry and more, I am left wondering...what
about everyone else? Where are the stories, the poems, the political commentaries, the comics, the interviews and the
general responses I was so looking forward to receiving and reading?
I am too much of an optimist to let myself think that they just don't exist. Rather, I would like to think that our stories of
growth as individuals and a community
exist in our everyday actions, too busy to
be committed to paper. And I continue to
look forward to "reading" about them, tl
The Pride Supplement was assembled
by Pride UBC, the AMS Resource group for
sexual and gender diversity.
POEM
THE SEX LIFE OF ADOLESCENT CATERPILLARS
STEVE LOCKE
Contributer
I am with you and the Playboys lying
Splayed across your virgin white sheets,
Lingering within your gaze and still breath
In anticipation of approaching footsteps
and anger in violation
Of daddy's private possessions, not to
mention
the order of the house.
Sons, not daughters are supposed to find
the porn and
Daddies know what boys do with pictures of naked ladies,
Which means it's time to have the talk.
But you are an only child,
And daddy isn't ready for this kind of talk.
Your sex is a heathen orgy of pages.
You move a limb, rub against a glossy
breast, see her lips graze your bare skin.
The electricity arcs across the stiffened
hairs on your arm,
Dives into your flesh and bolts for your
pelvis.
I am with you when lighting strikes
And you are floating face up in a body
of water.
I am with you when Jesse Salter comes
over for dinner,
In the sweaty ball of warmth between
her palm and yours
When she squeezes your hand under
the table
And your mother asks you to pass the
potatoes.
I am with you when Jesse asks to see
the magazines,
Because that's whatyou promised,
And that's why she came,
Curious to know which of the women
you would choose
for yourself, ifyou could.
But you've already had them.
So you tell her that the one you want
leaves you letters
Written in pink highlighter.
She bums you cigarettes at lunch break
and sprays you
With her perfume to cover the smell of
smoke,
And you imagine that you've been up
against her yielding body,
And the friction of your persistent movements is enough
To shed some of her skin onto yours.
Like a mother bird, you lunge for her
mouth,
Offering a feast for her to pluck off your
tongue.
I am with you when she forces you off
and wipes her lips,
Confessing she didn't mean it,
Suddenly abashed before the leering
nudes,
And you, abashed before her,
The both of you in front of your mortified father.
I am with you as your body buckles under
his words trampling on your self-esteem
Like a herd of startled wildebeest.
I am with you when Jesse Salter averts
her eyes at your presence.
I am with you when you try a boy on for
size to please daddy.
I am with you in the cocoon, the tiny
Vessel that dangles off a desolate twig
Somewhere in the wilderness of your
being.
I am your wings, folded and twitching.
I am gravity in your belly.
I am your wandering mind.
I am with you in the counselor's office,
Buying a costume at the dress shop,
in the mirror, under the paint and gloss,
in the back of Mark Warner's parent's
car, unclasping your bra,
in the smoke, where you are listless and
numb.
I am with you in the girls' room
Where Jesse Salter asked you to meet
her,
Where she offers you a magazine with
an earmarked page.
You turn to it, to a note written in pink
highlighter that says:
I'd choose her because she looks like
you.
I leave you to be kissed, tasting cherries,
yielding to her lips like winter yields
to spring,
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Understanding asexuality
An interview with Asexuality Visibility and Education Network founder David Jay
RYAN CLAYTON
Contributor
David Jay, founder of the Asexuality Visibility and Education Network,
spoke with me about asexuality in an
interview over Skype in 2010.
He talked about the definition of
asexuality as, generally, a person who
does not experience sexual attraction.
He pointed to the difficulty of defining
a sexual orientation and how murky
and challenging it is to put criteria
into a label. He explained that, like
any label, asexuality can apply to a
person or not—it would be up to that
person to decide if the label applied.
Drawing comparisons to homosexuality, he pointed out that
while many people who
identify as asexual do
so for their whole
life, some people will use
the label
for    a
time
and then feel that it no longer reflects
their best understanding of themselves and change it.
One of many misconceptions about
asexuality highlighted by Jay is that it
is a choice. While some people choose
to live their lives without having sex,
someone who is asexual does not feel a
drive to be sexual. An asexual person
could have sex and identify as asexual, as suggested by researchers, just
as a homosexual man could have sex
with a woman and still identify as
gay. Jay stressed that a person's identity is not defined by their actions,
but by their thoughts and beliefs. Jay
also mentioned that there is no specific way to be asexual. Like any other
group of people, there are many different people from different walks of
life who, although they share a consistent experience of feeling left out
of a society so focused on sex, could
be any type or personality.
There are also multiple facets to an
asexual orientation. A website called
AVENWiki, open to any member to edit,
helps keep track of various expressions
used to help persons who feel the asexual label fits their identity. Among the
many available labels are identifiers
such as sex-positive, anti-sexual, het-
ero-romantic, bi-romantic, homo-romantic, aromantic and more.
These identities speak towards positive or negative feelings about sex
and orientations towards intimate relationships. For example, if a person
labelled themselves as 'aromantic,'
that would identify to others that they
are not interested in forming romantic relationships, whereas someone
identifying as hetero-romantic would
only be interested in forming romantic, but not sexual, relationships with
While some people
choose to live their lives
without having sex,
someone who is asexual
does not feel a drive to
be sexual.
someone ofthe opposite sex.
In order to facilitate a deeper understanding of an asexual relationship,
Jay described the desire of an asexual
person to have a powerful connection
with another person without using sex
to achieve it. He stated that a person
may develop a deep relationship with
another person and achieve deeper
intimacy through common interests
they share together and the time they
spend together.
Jay said this may also involve a deeper connection with a larger community
and connection to many different people throughout his own community.
He also joked that, when in a relationship with a sexual person, it should be
handled with "tact, grace and style." In
his view, sex could be a compromise to
bring intimacy to the sexual partner,
if the asexual person was willing, but
could also be an "uncomfortable form
of cuddling" to an asexual person.
Why do we discuss this? Jay advised
bringing up asexuality in order to develop understanding and awareness
in the worldwide community. People
who may feel like they do not fit into
the sexual world would then know of
an alternative so they could decide if
it does apply to them. He also said that
talking about asexuality, especially to
a larger group of sexual persons, could
provide an opportunity to talk about
why sex matters in the world and have
a deeper understanding of sex in society. Jay feels that "asexuality can actually be a useful tactic for sex-positive
sex education, because it gets people
in a place where they're comfortable
talking about their own sexuality." tl
"Sexuality is not who you sleep with, it's who you are"
RAYMOND GOERKE
Contributor
Oh, tomboys, you know not the effect you have on me. I usually refer to myself as mostly straight, not wanting to close any doors unnecessarily, and I have a thing for short-haired women in ballcaps who know what
they like and don't take shit from nobody. I used to say I could tell if a girl was queer just by whether or not
I was attracted to her. This persuasion has lead me to several unavoidable rejections by lesbians, but also to wonderful relationships with bisexual and queer women.
The intention of this article is to express my immense respect for the queer people of the world
who engage in long term relationships with people ofthe opposite sex. You see, I'm a very argumentative person; I like to be controversial.
If I were queer I would make sure everyone
knew. I would enjoy the comfort of the label,
ofthe organized and identifiable "different-
ness." If it were the case that I was queer and
in an opposite-sex relationship I would be
worried that people would think I wasn't
genuine, or claim that the times I spent
dating men were just experimental and I
had gone back to being straight.
Yet the women I've been with have
never been fazed by this. And despite
the occasional encounter with prejudices from both without and within
the queer community, they have never been ashamed to call themselves
queer with me on their arm. To do so
requires a level of maturity and self-
confidence that I only hope I would
have in such a situation.
This is a point that I believe is important to internalize in any open
and accepting society as we move
forward. In the words of author
and feminist Jennifer Baum-
gardner, "Sexuality is not
who you sleep with, it's who
you are. It doesn't change
according to who is standing next to you." tl
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RYAN CLAYTON
Contributor
This is a historic moment. I don't think
we can comprehend what this will be
like twenty or thirty years down the
road. However, I realized that this entire situation reminded me of my days
of high school social studies. I was
brought back to the good old days of sitting in a computer lab, listening to my
grizzled teacher talk about days long
gone when women couldn't vote, blacks
couldn't serve in the military and Chinese people were charged a head tax
to immigrate to Canada.
Human rights have taken many different forms and have been a part of
the lives of millions of people. People
of every sex, gender identity, religion,
ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation,
race and culture have been affected
by the struggle for human rights. Our
history is peppered with battles both
legal and military: the crusades, the
Holocaust, the suffragist movement,
the civil rights movement and the gay
rights movement.
I don't think we can
comprehend what
this will be like 20
or 30 years down the
road.
One day we will have children, or
nephews, or friends' kids who will want
us to explain "Don't ask, don't tell."
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back in high school social studies: How
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We will have to explain that there
was a time when people actually believed that LGBT people were somehow
inferior because of their sexual orientation and for that reason were not allowed to marry, serve in the military
or donate blood or organs (the later is
still true in Canada). We will have to
explain that there were places in the
world where being gay actually meant
being put to death, or having to apply
to another country as a refugee to survive. We will tell stories of the battle
for equal rights for gay and lesbian people that will seem as incredible to the
youth of tomorrow as the civil rights
movement does to the youth of today.
Hopefully their
children will laugh at
them, as we sometimes
laugh at our racist or
sexist relatives, and
label them "stuck in
their old ways."
I can only imagine the situation of
those who will one day have to admit
to their children and grandchildren
that they fought against equal rights
for LGBT people. Hopefully their children will laugh at them, as we sometimes laugh at our racist or sexist relatives, and label them "stuck in their
old ways." Hopefully these children will
also recognize that there were thousands of progressive people who fought
for human rights, and that not all members of our generation are backwards.
But no matter how close we come to
our goals, we cannot forget that this
is an ever-growing fight.
Gays were allowed
to serve openly in ancient
jv times—in fact,
it was encouraged. To classical-era Greeks,
gay men were
thought to be
the best soldiers because
their     passion   would
give them the
strength to defend their fellows on the battlefield. Then
there was an
upheaval  of
changing
values and
cultures.
Theocracies and restrictive monarchies
arose, causing a shift towards a culture based on procreation and population growth, which led to the
persecution of gays and lesbians as immoral (along with a
whole slew of other 'immoral'
people, such as women who
practiced medicine).
One day we will
have children,
or nephews, or
friends' kids
who will want
us to explain
Don't ask,
don't tell. How
could people have
been so bigoted?
Ignorant? Cruel?
So when we one day explain
to youth about the closed-mind-
edness- of the culture we were
raised in, do not forget to remind them that they must also
be vigilant, for there have always been shifts in values,
culture and power, and it
will be the youth of tomorrow who will stand on
the front lines of both
defence and offence.
Because of the importance of this, because of the gravity of human rights,
even if they don't
ask, we'll still have
to tell.
But no  ■
matter how
close we come
to our goals,
we cannot forget
that this is an evergrowing fight.
In the meantime, congratulations
to the US House of Representatives, Senate and President for
getting it right, tl
The bill repealing Don't ask,
don't tell in the US was signed
into law on December 22, 2010.
This is an excerpt from Ryan
Clayton's blog, found on ryan-
clayton.ca.
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POETRY & LIT
HONESTY
AN OPEN LETTER TO DEAR ABBY        TEENAGE TRANGST POEM
KIRA
Contributor
JADE MCGREGOR
Contributor
THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS AND THE BOY WHO CANNOT
BE.
To be honest is not a mistake,
It is a way for the heart to awake.
To be true to one's own heart,
Allows one to heal, part by part.
Love is given to whomever it is true,
And true it should be, despite what others would do.
Love lies inside, and inside it is clear,
We are who we are, and we are right here.
To be honest is not a mistake,
It is a way for the heart to awake.
To be true to one's own heart,
Allows one to heal, part by part.
Male or female is not a choice outside,
Gendered chains by which we must abide,
Yet within the answer is clear,
We are what we are, and we are right here.
To be honest is not a mistake,
It is a way for the heart to awake.
To be true to one's own heart,
Allows one to heal, part by part.
Despite the twists life loves to throw,
Look inside and one will know which way to go.
Life holds many a beginning and end,
And even plights we all must defend.
To be honest is not a mistake,
It is a way for the heart to awake.
To be true to one's own heart,
Allows one to heal, part by part.
Dear Abby,
I live in a network of friends and family that are nearly
all straight, and lately I have been experiencing extreme
pressure. After much consideration I have mustered the
courage to finally admit my problem and seek your help.
I am the token gay. I am supposed to have a sixth
sense, to know who is gay and who is not. I am supposed to be the expert, look into my rainbow crystal
ball and have all the answers. I feel like I constantly let
everyone down!
I fear my gaydar may be indefinitely broken. Is there
any way that it can be reinstalled? Am I the only one
out here? Please, Abby, help me in my journey to become a normal homosexual!
Overwhelmed,
J.
DALLAS BENNETT
Contributor
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Bulging, twisting, breaking up straight lines.
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a screaming pain that cannot be subdued.
It drips, smears, stains.
Tainted.
Confusion sets in.
Mass hysteria?
Cells divide and concur,
an uncontrollable growth.
The heart longs to love,
but is trapped within a cage of bones
and mounds of flesh.
An unfamiliar home.
The mirror reflects lies,
which cannot be proven incorrect.
Untrained eyes,
cannot view the falsehood,
of this perceived womanhood.
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and I've grown sick of telling the truth
only to be told it's a lie.
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UBC swimmers soak up acclaim
Thunderbirds take home double gold at conference championships
NOAH BURSHTEIN
Contributor
Historically, there have always
been two teams, on both the
men's and women's sides, that
nobody wants to face. The UBC
Thunderbirds and Calgary Dinos have collectively dominated the sport of university
swimming, capturing 32 Canada West Swim Championships
since 1994. While other competitive programs such as the
University of Alberta and UVic
were present to compete, this
weekend's championships were
all about which of the two powerhouse programs could take
home first place.
And thankfully for the home
crowd at the Aquatic Centre, UBC
prevailed.
The Thunderbird men led
throughout the weekend, and
closed the door on Calgary on
Sunday night, winning three
events while placing highly in
many others. UBC's men ended up beating Calgary (and the
many other schools who placed
lower) 926.5 to 703.5, a distinct
margin for a team battling a
Dino squad that was coming
off a national championship
victory.
After the victory, UBC head
coach Chad Webb proudly said
that "The guys got better and
better through the week," adding
"a lot of them are in some hard
training and they fought tooth
and nail all weekend."
The journey towards the
championship didn't go as
smoothly for the Thunderbird
women, who headed into the final day of competition behind
the Dinos in the overall points
standings.
The UBC women, winners of
last year's title, used their experience to their advantage, managing to overtake Calgary after
the 200m Individual Medley.
"They battled right until the
last event. They showed a lot of
heart and determination like
we have all season and that just
stems from the hard work they
put in every day at the pool,"
Webb said about his women's
back-to-back title effort. In the
end, that effort was enough to
edge out Calgary, and gave UBC
a solid 1114-999 win.
While less important to all
the teams involved, there were
several individual records set
during the weekend, including six gold medals won by the
Thunderbirds.
Several conference record
times were shattered by UBC,
with an especially impressive
performance by sophomore Sha-
neese Nowlan, who destroyed
the rest ofthe field in the 200m
UBC's swim team is proving hard to beat.
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Now it's time for both teams
to compete at a national level,
something Coach Webb is convinced they can do.
"They were tired coming into
the meet, but they did a great job
rallying. They were solid in every
event and it's this kind of team
that will be able to compete for a
national title" he said.
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These Thunderbird swimmers hope he's right, and will
certainly set out to prove him
so at the CIS national championships in Calgary February
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CONCERNING THE ENGINEERS, REDUX
There were more than a couple of thin-skinned
engineers who were unable to see what we were
trying to say in our editorial last issue. Halfway
through a mostly uneventful E-Week, we're going
to try again—in a more direct and perhaps less inflammatory manner.
There once was a day when engineers were outrageous characters on campus, alternatively thrilling and enraging students. They kidnapped Ubyssey editors, had an annual Lady Godiva march
where a naked woman would travel through
campus on a horse, published a sexist magazine
called The Red Rag and had pranks, traditions
and chants that all students on campus knew,
whether they wanted to or not.
But this changed. Engineers once had a reputation for sexism and boorishness. At the same
time, they also had a reputation for causing havoc and being the most engaging faculty on campus. And while the EUS has done an admirable
job of scrubbing the former from their reputation, they've also become, in many ways, just
another faculty on campus, no longer punching
above their weight when it comes to engaging
with the rest of us. And we prefer students that
engage with all of UBC.
As a university and community, we are stronger when groups come together to put on events
and create clubs that reach out to all students.
Mardi Gras and Cold Fusion. Welcome Back
BBQ and Storm the Wall. The Night of a Thousand Stars, CVC Talent Shows and yes, UBC's
Got Talent. Events like these are what make
this campus a truly dynamic place, reminding
us we are, more than a degree factory, a collection of some ofthe most creative people in
Canada and a place that lives up to the ideals
of our mottos.
That, more than anything else, is what we love
about UBC, and it's those times when this campus becomes truly awesome.
But then there's Arts County Fair and 4000
people at a T-Birds game. The Radical Beer Faction and Students for a Democratic Society. Friday beer gardens. All things that have slowly died
off on this campus just in the last few years, and
it would be incredibly sad if engineers let them
go by the wayside.
EUS President Amanda Li commented on our
editorial by writing, in part, the following:
"Coming onto E-Week, we're hosting 28 events,
of which only two are beer heavy. With last year's
numbers, we're expecting 100-800 students at each
event. Our opening ceremonies, just a few hours
ago, hosted 150+ engineers on a Sunday night!
Two of our design teams have just come back from
international competitions and placed extremely
well. We just sent a delegation of 40 engineers to
the Western Engineering Competition and placed
first place in debate for the fourth time in a row. I
guess this type of news is boring to students compared to the supposed lack of rivalry between engineers and The Ubyssey?"
She's right, of course; those are all cool things.
Should writers pick them up, we'll probably cover them—as we've done for other stories about
engineers this year. But the unavoidable truth
of Amanda's response is that they're all events
and competitions done by engineers, for engineers. It's a few hundred students from one
particular group celebrating their spirit and
accomplishments. Which is what tends to
happen—engineers attend their competitions,
Commerce students put on their conferences, each group on campus does things solely for their members and UBC becomes a little less rich for it.
Our completely over the top insults (lepers')
were meant as a ribbing, a roast, a good-natured
provocation. Ifyou are truly offended by our hyperbole, we do regret that.
But the challenge is still there. Use your smarts
and pranks to bring more colour to campus. We're
not asking you to put a naked lady on a horse or
crucify an AMS President like you once did. We
can't turn back the clock, because those are bad
ideas. But that doesn't mean we have to erase that
chapter of history entirely, \TJ
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Katie: AMS doesn't understand why apathy exists
GORDON KATIC
Columnist
For the average student, the AMS remains virtually invisible. Nothing
could better demonstrate that fact
than the dismal 11 per cent voter
participation in the recent elections.
Despite this abject failure, neither
the councillors nor the campus media seem particularly worried. We've
heard passionate disapproval of the
many dirty tactics used in this election (this paper went so far as to call
for the elections to be annulled), but
there has been little willingness to
discuss the cause ofthe low turnout.
Quite simply, people aren't voting
because there is little reason to believe that AMS representatives are
at all concerned with the issues facing ordinary students. The condescending campaign material is full
of vague platitudes, with scant evidence that candidates have thought
through the issues at all.
Ifyou care to venture into Council
chambers, you'll realize that the elected representatives are only worse,
concerned more with self-aggrandizement and vindictive political squabbles than anything. The noxious self-
serving politician is exemplified by
our current president, who only recently threatened to sue Council lest
they censure him. This heinous legal intimidation is indeed worthy of
the utmost scorn, but Bijan Ahmadian should not give us the impression
that it is but one man who is responsible for the troubles ofthe AMS. A recent case will serve to demonstrate
this problem to be a systemic one.
In a Council discussion regarding
the enormous $140,000 budget crisis, Council imagined new "brand
strategies" and PR campaigns to fix
the image ofthe AMS, so as to pass a
coming fee referendum and improve
business revenue.
In discussing strategies to promote
struggling AMS businesses, a Commerce student who made a presentation said the surest way to increase
business revenue would be to correct the unfavourable perception of
the AMS as a whole. Councillors and
executives urged each other to better
manage their interactions with campus media, and to prevent leaks of
classified Council material.
This lengthy discussion was rather illuminating, because it immediately became clear to me that Council doesn't think of us as students, but
as consumers who have lost faith in a
brand. There was no mention of the
many ways in which the AMS is radically failing students, like crippling
cuts to key services such as Safewalk
(the entire budget for student services has been reduced by a whopping
23 per cent since lastyear).
Nor was there mention of last year's
damning report on equity, diversity and discrimination in the AMS,
which revealed "systemic discrimination" and "an unwillingness to engage in reform."
Nor was there mention of the fact
that the AMS refuses to lobby for reduced tuition fees, despite the student body passing a referendum stating unequivocally that they'd like it
to be AMS policy.
In discussing the AMS brand strategy, but ignoring the very issues students care about, Council seems determined to deceive us into believing
we have a real student union. Like the
many candidates with their vacuous
platforms, our representatives don't
seem particularly concerned with
how the AMS is radically failing students. That's why only 11 per cent of
us bothered to vote. tJ
Gordon Katie's column will appear
every Thursday in The Ubyssey.
LETTER
RE: "CONCERNING THE ENGINEERS"
It's clear this article was just a
shameless attempt to try to coax
the engineers into doing something
entertaining and ifyou take it from
that perspective, I'm able to chuckle at it.
But times have changed. Engineering students want something different and so their society has changed
to accommodate it. They do not exist
for your entertainment.
Not only have engineering student
needs changed with the passing of
time but so has law enforcement. Decades ago, when females started to
join the ranks of males in the engineering program, male students
would go around on the first day of
classes and shorten their female counterparts' dresses with shears by force.
Do you really think this kind of thing
would be acceptable now? Students
caught now participating in a multitude ofthe pranks that engineers used
to perform "back in the day" would
be promptly expelled and face charges of harassment or assault.
Any abductions of The Ubyssey staff
now would be staged. Ifyou think jeering them into a performance is going to
get you anywhere, then you've sadly underestimated them. Respect will getyou
more entertainment, not attempts at
ripping them apart by their insecurities.
— Bowinn Ma
EUS President, 2009-2010
Agree? Disagree? feedback@ubyssey.ca
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