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 Are you ready for the Fooball? SINCE 1918
FEBRUARY 07,2011
Follow us inside on page 5
Justin McElroy weighs in on UBC's NCAA decision and the future of UBC Athletics PAGE 7
Blair Bann puts in his 1000th dig against Regina to push the Thunderbirds to the playoffs PAGE 4 2/UBYSSEY.CA/E VENTS/2011.0 2.07
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UBC sweeps Regina out of War
Third time 'Birds crack 100 points
Nathan Yu, a step above the competition. DAVID ELOP/THE UBYSSEY
Within two minutes of Friday
night's tip-off, the UBC Thunderbirds had jumped out to a
9-0 lead over the Regina Cougars. Unfortunately for Regina,
the red-hot T-Birds, winners of
13 games in a row coming into
the weekend, never looked back.
UBC dominated the Cougars
both Friday and Saturday, out-
scoring Regina by 126 points
over the weekend, as Regina
could not seem to get past UBC's
defense. The T-Birds seemed
committed to locking down their
defensive end and not giving up
any easy buckets or rebound, a
great sign for a team that occasionally suffers from mental lapses.
UBC head coach Kevin Hansen had nothing but good
things to say after the weekend sweep, giving credit to the
T-Birds' "great defensive intensity which allowed us to make
scores in transitions [in which]
we set the tone early for the
rest of the game."
UBC hit triple digits for the
third straight game with Friday's 111-67 victory, clearly displaying the comfort level their
players have reached in Coach
Hansen's offence. Sixth man extraordinaire Nathan Yu led UBC
with 22 points on Friday night
as he continued his offensive
tear, but the story of the weekend was fifth-year senior Brent
Malish, who went off for 15 and
33 points during the weekend.
Malish was an absolute beast on
the boards Saturday night, pulling down 12 rebounds against
Regina's frontline. His 33 points
mark a personal season high
and helped take all the drama
out of Saturday night's affair.
"In the first half of the year,
I'm not sure we had an identity
but now our guys are starting to
understand and adapt to their
roles," Hansen declared, looking towards UBC's now-stifling
defence and fast-paced offence
which have become Thunderbird staples.
"We're moving in the right direction with playoffs only a few
weeks away," Hansen pointed
out, clearly quite pleased with
his team's recent performance.
Regina did experience one
bright spot during the weekend,
as talented senior Jeff Lukoms-
ki moved past Glen Nelson on
a three-pointer in the second
quarter of Friday night's action
to become Regina's all-time leading scorer. The positives ended
there for Regina, as with the
two losses the Cougars fell to
12-8 and now have little chance
of advancing any higher in the
standings before playoff time.
As for the T-Birds, who currently hold first place in the Canada
West, a mere four games stand
between them and the conference title, an accomplishment
that has been on their radar all
year long.
With only a few weeks remaining until the end ofthe regular
season, UBC now heads home
to Vancouver to face the 4-18
Thompson Rivers Wolfpack. The
Thunderbirds will surely use
these games to tune up for the
looming playoffs, as they continue along their path towards
their final goal, the national
championship. \3
Backup Hilary Talbot jumped in
The Thunderbird women's
hockey team suffered back-to-
back heartbreaker losses this
weekend in Saskatchewan.
After battling on Friday to
get to a 2-2 tie which lasted for
21 minutes, the Huskies simply tapped a cross-crease pass
into an open net. This came after Kaylee Chanakos beat a Husky through the five-hole at 8:01
and was equalled on the power play with 2:34 left in the first.
The Huskies pulled ahead upon
a deflection of Courtney Hill-
man's and shot once again on
the power play, to which Brown
transfer player and current T-Bird
Amanda Asay responded with
her fourth goal in three games.
Another tug-of-war was
fought on Saturday with second-
year consistent forward Kelsey
Kirkham pulling ahead first with
a hand from both Kirsten Mihalcheon and Asay. However, the
Huskies potted two quick goals
in reprisal to end the first period
a mark ahead.
No gain was made either
way in the second but Kirkham
scored once again with help from
Mihalcheon and Chanakos. Tamara Pickford scored her third
goal in three games to pull the
'Birds ahead, but Saskatchewan
responded four minutes later to
bring the game to 3-3 with seven
and a half minutes to go.
Backup goalie Hilary Talbot,
who started, made a total of 25
saves that nightto hold the 'Birds in
there until 39 seconds to go, ending
the night 4-3 in favour of the dogs.
"I'm obviously disappointed
with the outcome," said UBC head
coach Nancy Wilson. "Our effort
was great tonight and I thought we
deserved a better fate."
The Regina Cougars managed
to dodge the unrelenting dive-
bombing of the Thunderbirds
this weekend, surviving back-to-
back comeback efforts.
Regina started strong with a
15-point lead in the first quarter.
UBC battled it down to 45-42 during the third quarter, driven in part
by Zara Huntley's 19pointand 12
rebound performance, only to lose
the battle 85-54 after 40 minutes.
"We generated some good
looks, but there was just no finish. Zara was our only bright light
but otherwise we struggled," said
UBC head coach Deb Huband.
For the second consecutive
night Regina jumped to a big first
half lead of 43-31 and the Birds'
retaliatory attack fell short. The
second half was 38-32 in favour
ofthe 'Birds, but the Cougars had
woken up earlier and were too far
ahead, resulting in a final score
of 75-69.
"We were really pleased with
how we bounced back after last
night. Unfortunately, we didn't
get the win, but I like what I saw
in terms of our heart and our willingness to battle all game long,"
said Huband.
With the weekend sweep, UBC
falls to 13-7, good enough for a sixth
place standing and a clinched playoff spot as they prepare for their final home game of the season. tl
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'Birds bound for playoffs
Men s volleyball sweeps Regina to clinch spot
Savannah King, a first-year student who competed in the 2008
Beijing Olympics, is athlete of the week for her performance
at the 2011 Canada West swimming Championships held last
week at UBC. King took gold in the 400m freestyle (4:11.51),
contributing to the UBC Women's nail-biting win overthe Calgary Dinos (1014-999) and earning her CanWest rookie of the
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The 'Birds (7-9) swept the Cougars this weekend in the War Memorial Gym. CHARLESTO PH0T0/THE UBYSSEY
The UBC men's volleyball Leam
is officially in Lhe Canada WesL
playoffs Lhanks Lo a pair of 3-1
vicLories over Lhe Regina Cougars Lhis weekend aL Lhe War
Memorial Gym.
The Thunderbirds (7-9) exe-
cuLed Lheir game plan againsL
Lhe Cougars (2-14) Lo perfection,
marked by Limely kills, smarL
blocking and effecLive passing.
IL's LhaL sLyle of play LhaLhas led
Lhem inLo Lhe playoffs and head
coach Richard Schick believes
it's Lhe key Lo Lheir success moving forwards.
"The discipline, Lhe smarLs
and Lhe work is whaL's goLLen
us Lo Lhis poinL," he said after
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Lhe game. "We're undersized
compared Lo a loL of Learns
in Lhe CIS, so for us Lo have
success we have Lo be disciplined, ouLwork and ouLsmarL
our opponenLs."
Demijan Savija led a balanced
UBC aLLack wiLh 12 kills on SaL-
urday, with Tanner Kozak bagging eleven of his own and Lurn-
ing his serve inLo a weapon wiLh
four aces LhaL nighL.
AfLer eliminaLing Regina
from conLenLion on Friday in
addiLion Lo clinching a playoff
spoL, SaLurday saw reigning CIS
Libero of Lhe Year Blair Bann seL
a new Canada WesL record for
digs, recording his 1000th career dig in Lhe process.
"He's been a pillar of sLrengLh
for us back Lhere," Schick said of
his prized back-courL specialisL.
"Game in and game ouLhe's our
mosL consisLenL player."
UBC also had big nighLs from
seLLer Ryan Zwarich and smarL
blocking from middle Yari
Kozel. The sevenLh-place Thunderbirds are going Lo need big
nighLs from everyone as Lhey begin preparing for a likely playoff
clash in Lhe firsL round againsL
a bigger conference powerhouses like AlberLa, Trinity WesLern
or Manitoba.
"IL's going Lo be Lime Lo sLep
up," Schick said. "IL's been a differ enL guy sLepping up every
nighL all season long; we're going Lo need everyone Lo sLep up
if we're going Lo play our game
and do some damage in Lhe playoffs. We have Lo play wiLh more
of a chip on our shoulder."
AfLer lasL season's disap-
poinLing 4-14 season, UBC seL
a goal of making Lhe playoffs
Lhis season. WiLh LhaL goal com-
pleLe, now it's a maLLer of fine-
Luning Lheir execuLion Lo become Lhe Leam no one wanLs
Lo face during Lhe conference
playoffs, a Leam Schick knows
Lhey can be.
"We need Lo bound over a couple of sLairs Lo geL where we wanL
Lo be, buL I Lhink we're a Leam
you don'L wanL Lo play in Lhe
playoffs," he said.
"The belief in whaL we're doing
is Lhere, and we'll be going ouL
Lhere wiLh noLhing Lo lose; I Lhink
we're a dangerous Leam." tl 2011.02.07UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/5
SENIOR WRITER GINNY MONACO »gmonaco@ubyssey.ca
MosL sLudenLs have probably passed Lhe
enLrance Lo Lhe Lunnels before. IL's locat-
ed in Lhe middle of campus, on a major
I had Lried a couple of Limes Lo geL inLo
Lhe sLeam Lunnels wiLh my friends and
failed. JusL when we felL we were making
progress, Campus Police or Lhe RCMP
would show up and we' d have Lo wiLhdraw.
Maybe iL was Lhe hoods and dark cloLhing
LhaL made us sLand ouL. Maybe iL was Lhe
crowbar. When we were almosL ready Lo
give up, we finally made iL, Lhanks Lo Lhe
help of sLrangers.
"Hey, you guys Lrying Lo geL in Lhe
"Yeah," I replied. "Is LhaL whaL you're
Lrying Lo do?"
Four guys joined our party. They'dbeen
Lrying Lo geL inLo Lhe Lunnels earlier LhaL
nighL, buL had come up againsL Lechni-
cal difficulties.
"We saw you guys sLanding around
looking aL Lhe ground, and we were like,
Are Lhey doing exacLly whaL we were doing half an hour ago?'" said one of Lhem
wiLh a laugh.
They led us Lo an enLrance LhaL Lhey
promised would work, even Lhough iL was
ouL in Lhe open and Lhe eighL of us cuL a
suspicious profile.
IL was a moonless SaLurday nighL, wiLh
only a few sLragglers from Lhe late 99 passing by. We worked quickly. The crowbar
was hardly necessary. A few sets of fingers were all that was needed.
As soon as we had it open, I shimmied
down the ladder. The strangers who had
helped us get in opted out of the adventure. As the last of my three companions
hopped off the ladder onto the metal grating below, the opening above scraped
We were standing on Lhe second level of
a sorL of juncLion room, wiLh Lunnels running in opposite direcLions. One of Lhem
was darker Lhan Lhe oLher. We decided Lo
explore LhaL one firsL.
The Lunnels serve as a means for mainLe-
nance workers Lo access Lhe pipes LhaL carry
sLeam from UBC's power planL Lo Lhe resL of
campus. The main Lunnels are round ce-
menL Lubes, a little over six feet in diameter, lined with hot metal pipes at eye level.
As our flashlights grazed the walls, they
revealed patches of graffiti. There were
lots of indecipherable tags and unsteady
outlines. A few pieces stood out. "Samuel," scrawled in red letters. "East Vandals 2000." "King Rat." One read" 10-6-
67 Class III." An artifact, perhaps, of explorers from the hippie era?
It's the knowledge that a select group
have gone before you that makes the
tunnels so alluring. Because a certain
amount of insider knowledge (many assume you need to be in engineering or a
frat to gain entrance) and risk are necessary to access UBC's steam tunnels, they
are—and always will be—exclusive. The
tunnels are out of bounds. You are actively prevented from getting into them, and
when you do, it has to be a covert operation. I get kicks from trespassing. Plenty of
people do. But the deeper pleasure comes
from trespassing on the same ground-
cement, really—generations of intrepid
UBC students have set foot upon.
Regardless of whether you care about
school history or spirit, the tunnels themselves are worth the effort it takes to enter them. UBC's steam tunnels are at once
mundane and totally alien. They serve
a practical purpose, but unless you're a
Plant Ops employee, it's hard to know
what to expect down there. Exploring the
full length ofthe tunnels means traversing metal platforms and ladders, shuffling down cramped, lightless passages
and ducking around searingly hot pipes
and valves. A complete tour ofthe tunnels
took us about an hour.
We were cut off from all sounds above.
No distant rumble of traffic, no breeze.
White machine-made noise filled Lhe air,
muLing our voices and playing Lricks on Lhe
ear. The pipes in differenL parLs of Lhe
Lunnel variously popped, hissed and
grunLed as we passed Lhem. We Lurned
off our flashlighLs and Lhe darkness and
Lhe drone became a canvas on which we
painLed our anxieLies. We heard voices,
saw mainLenance workers and oLher Lrav-
elers. SomeLimes I LhoughL I could hear
Lhe piLLer paLLer of raL feeL and Lhe whisper of scaly fails. BuL aside from a few Liny
spiders, Lhe Lunnels were seemingly devoid of life.
BoLh Lunnels leading from Lhe juncLion
broughL us Lo dead ends. The firsL one we
took was shortest. As we progressed through
the darkness, the air grew heavy and warm.
I took off my jacket and sweater. Halfway to
the end, air cold as ghostrushed in from a side
tunnel. The climate went from greenhouse to
meat locker in the span of a few steps. One of
my friends, braver and nimbler thanl, crawled
down the smaller tunnel and determined that
it led up to an air vent near a faculty building.
PasL Lhe cold spoL, Lhe air goL hoL again,
unbearably so. By Lhe Lime we reached Lhe
lit end-junction, below a locked surface enLrance, I was sweaLing and having Lrouble
caLching my breaLh. Some Lowels, Dos Eq-
uis and a couple cigars would have made
iL a Lrip Lo Lhe sauna. This was a nighL of
sLudenLhijinks, Lhough, noL a spa Lrip. We
headed back Lhe way we had come, vowing Lo make a fuLure visiL wiLh provisions.
The Lunnel in Lhe opposite direcLion
was beLLer lit than the first, but about the
same length. At the end, it took a sharp
right. We picked our way through a forest
of flywheels and pressure gauges and entered a dark, rectangular passage, about
half the height of the main tunnels. The
floor and walls were dusty.
Bent almost double, we crept wordlessly
down its length. At one point, at Lhis part of
Lhe advenLure, wiLh my head scraping Lhe
ceiling and my friends' flashlighL beams
drawing away, I was disLincLly aware of
Lhe Lhousands of Lons of dirL and rock
pressing in aL all sides, of Lhe sLale air
and Lhe ominous hissing of Lhe pipes. If
someLhing wenL wrong, Lhere was only
one way ouL—back Lhe way we had come.
I wasn'L even sure if I had room Lo Lurn
all Lhe way around.
We soon Look a second Lurn, Lo Lhe left.
The Lunnel ended in an annex room aL a
rusLed gaLe wiLh a heavy padlock. Through
Lhe bars of Lhe gaLe we could see more passages. By our esLimaLes, we were close Lhe
basemenL of a major faculty building. "I
have Naylor's hat," was spray-painted on
the wall. Student politics had beat us here.
Standing straight, I could almost hear
my spine sighing with relief. Exploring
the steam tunnels is an activity for the
young, stupid and physically fit. I was glad
I'd had the chance to give it a go before
the onset of arthritis or wisdom.
As we turned to head back down the
passage whence we came, I looked forward to the sweet cool air that awaited us
above ground. But more than anything,
I looked forward to the beginning of the
week, when I would walk over these tunnels on the way to class and be able to
picture, in my head, what lay beneath
my feet, tl 6/UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/2011.02.07
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The government is now demanding Lhe CRTC reverse its recent decision to allow Bell Canada, one of the country's largest internet service providers,
to pass usage-based billing onto
both their wholesale and retail
This means independent service providers, who rent online
space from Bell, are essentially
forced to cap the services they offer. As well, any consumers who
use more than the data they're
allocated may have to reach deeper into their pockets and shell
out cash.
This is one ofthe
biggest online
petitions in
Canadian history.
It will soon be the
largest at this rate
we re growing
"The CRTC should be under
no illusion—the prime minister
and minisLer of indusLry will
reverse Lhis decision unless Lhe
CRTC does it itself," a senior governmenL official fold media on
February 2.
InLerneL consumers and online media advocaLes have been
creaLing a sLorm online since
Lhe January 25 announcement
including a massive peLiLion
signed by hundreds of Lhousands
of Canadians.
The news raised concern from
sLudenLs in particular, many of
whom do high-bandwidLh activ-
iLies online, like downloading
music, sLreaming video and using Skype Lo keep in Louch wiLh
loved ones back home.
Lindsey PinLo is Lhe communications manager for OpenMe-
dia.ca, the citizen engagement-
based accessible media advocacy group responsible for the online petition.
She said the CRTC regulations go against OpenMedia's
mandate, which is "to advance
and support a media communications sysLem in Canada
LhaL adheres Lo Lhe principles
of access, choice, diversify in-
novaLion and openness."
"IL basically prevenLs Lhe Inter-
neLfrombeing as affordable topeo-
ple as iL oughL Lo be," PinLo said.
"IL's Lhis kind of decision LhaL
makes Lhe InLerneL cosL more for
less and penalizes for over-usage, or whaL Lelecom companies
deem over-usage. This decision
is jusL going Lo exacerbaLe LhaL."
OpenMedia's online peLiLion
wenLlive onOcLober 1 of lastyear
while Lhe CRTC was in an appeal
period regarding Lhe decision.
Since Lhe decision was made official, signaLures have climbed
from jusL 40,000, Lo over 350,000
as of February 3.
Julian Williams, a second-
year law sLudenL aL UNB, is one
of many sLudenLs who signed Lhe
peLiLion. Williams has also senL
letters Lo his MP and MLA.
"I Lhink LhaL, essenLially Lhe
[CRTC] is giving inLo big service
providers and giving [Lhem] way
Loo much power," he said.
Williams also used Lhe recenL
InLerneL ouLage over citizen pro-
tests in EgypL as an example of
shifting Loo much online power
inLo jusL a few hands.
"In EgypL, Lheir InLerneL goL
shuL off by a couple of phone calls
going Lo five companies. They
shuL off Lhe InLerneL and Lhen
90 per cenL of Lhe populaLion no
longer had access."
PinLo said she is happy wiLh
Lhe progress being made so far
and is confidenL Canadians "will
win" Lhis one.
"We've done more wiLh less.
I'm Lerribfy opLimisLic abouL Lhis.
This is one of Lhe biggesL online
peLiLions in CanadianhisLory IL
will soon be Lhe largesL aL Lhe rate
we're growing," she said.
"We're going to win—we're going to get this."
When it comes to coffee beans,
it's better to be roasted.
That's the finding of a new
UBC study set to be printed in
Food Research International,
which finds that roasting coffee beans creates a wide variety of antioxidants, which help
protect cells from damage. The
study, written by professor David Kitts and Land and Food Systems Master's student Yazheng
Liu, shows that while antioxidants are burned off during the
roasting process, new ones are
However, according to the
study, one shouldn't go overboard.
It's medium, not dark roast, that
produces the most antioxidants.
UBC's E-Week wrapped up Saturday night with Lhe Engineers'
Ball held aL Lhe CroaLian Cultural Centre.
The annual event is the traditional end to engineering week,
which celebrates the spirit and
accomplishments of UBC engineers through a variety of
competitions, where points are
awarded to students representing different branches ofthe department. The winners were
the mining engineers, who narrowly defeated the geological
One of China's largest property developers is partnering up
with UBC.
Modern Green Development
Co., which has developed more
than 10 million square feet of
green buildings in China and
Australia, has made a $3.5 million donation to UBC's Centre
for Interactive Research on Sustainability, which will open
this fall with the hopes of being "the greenest building in
North America."
"Over the next 20 years, the
world's urban population is projected to increase by two billion people, so it is crucial that
we dramatically improve the
sustainability of the buildings
we work and live in," said UBC
President Stephen Toope in a
press release. "This partnership
helps place UBC and Modern
Green at the forefront of these
efforts, accelerating the development of sustainable urban infrastructure and green building
Johannes Rebane has been
elected President of the Commerce Undergraduate Society
(CUS). Rebane, who was AMS
VP Academic and University
Affairs in 2009-2010, defeated
four other candidates to lead
the CUS, which has the largest budget of any undergraduate society at UBC, receiving
just over a million dollars in
revenue lastyear.
Rebane's campaign focused
on breathing new life into CUS
culture and using his experience and leadership at UBC to
ensure a more functional organization. 1100 students cast
votes in the election (which included races for AMS Representative and CUS Senator, among
others), resulting in a turnout of
38.6 per cent within the faculty.
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If you read a recent issue of The Campus Resident, the University Neighbourhoods Assocations
monthly paper (and what engaged student doesn't
regularly pore over The Resident?), you may have
noticed that it has a certain, ahem, tenor.
Most of the content for this issue focused on
the Land Use Public Hearing that was held on November 30. And according to The Resident, just
about everyone who attended the hearing was completely behind UBC's proposals (except for those
dastardly folks from Point Grey and Dunbar!).
This is, of course, far from the truth. But let's
not get caught up in old arguments about land
use. Instead, what this demonstrates is that the
UNA has a very specific viewpoint that is not
representative of all of those who live on campus. That's their prerogative, of course—the status quo works for them, UBC treats them with respect, so why change? However, for all of its notions that it's a municipal government-in-waiting, the UNA is a very limited organization that
only represents those residents who live in five
UBC neighbourhoods. That they get a separate
unique organization which gets independence,
a pile of money and a large platform to advocate
for their residents is curious when you consider
who is excluded.
And indeed, the biggest group excluded is those
students who live in residence, which UBC considers "academic land." This would come as a bit of
a surprise to students who considered academic
spaces on campus to be confined to classrooms
and not their bedrooms. So why aren't students
living in residences considered part of the UNA?
Many would argue that students should not be
in the UNA because their interests are already
represented by the AMS. And for the time, that's
true. However, the debate over what municipal
governance at UBC will look like is starting now
and the UNA needs to consider what sort of organization it wishes to be.
If the UNA wishes to be the local government
of UBC, which its rhetoric certainly suggests,
then it should represent all of those who live on
land owned by UBC, including those in the residences and in other neighbourhoods. The AMS
already has a seat on the UNA board, but this relationship will inevitably be one subject to scrutiny as the governance debate heats up. Further,
the AMS represents students in general, not students who live in the UBC residences. How the incoming executive chooses to deal with this thorny
issue will be an interesting test of how forcefully they will advocate for students on land-use issues in the upcoming year.
At a recent showing ofthe Broadway musical Avenue Q, certain members of our editorial staff
ience wearing what might be described as "casual wear"—or more accurately, "grubbies": ripped
and torn jeans; sweatpants sagging in unflattering regions; Uggs. Curmudgeons and old maids
that we are, we would further describe this attire as "singularly disrespectful."
At the risk of our mailboxes being inundated
with letters proclaiming your right to wear that
Old Faithful Band Camp Sweatshirt wherever the
hell you want, let us clarify. The theatre is for everyone and Avenue Q is by no means high opera.
It would be ridiculous to expect anyone to wear
coat and tails to a three-hour show about filthy-
minded puppets (except that one guy who brought
his own puppet). But the fact remains that dress
communicates, among other things, the respect
you may or may not have for Lhe performers you've
shelled ouL fifty bones Lo see. And respecL is in-
dicaLed, in Lhis case, by wearing cloLhes aL leasL
as good as Lhose you'd puL on for class.
Judging by anecdoLal evidence on TwiLLer and
Facebook, Lhe vasL majority of sLudenL aLLendees
enjoyed Lhe living piss ouL of Avenue Q. You had
glowing Lhings Lo say abouL its performers and
musical numbers. We can only hope thaL you
communicaLed Lhis glee and respecL when you
aLLended Lhe performance as well.
Now, where's our prune juice and our back issues of Reader's Digest? tl
4 Sotu-noM -to -rtfr student tmrit*$c$\si$ cu campus.
Fourth times the charm
Amazingly, Lhis is Lhe fourLh sLraighL
year I've wriLLen a column in February abouL UBC's choice on wheLher Lo
join NCAA Division II for aLhleLics, or
sLay in Canada. Which Lells you Lwo
Lhings: one, UBC has dragged Lhis decision ouL longer Lhan Lhe consummation of a romance in a bad sitcom, and
two, I need to graduate.
But the average student cares about
the NCAA issue exactly as much as
they care about athletics at UBC generally—which is to say, none, and it's a
shame. Where we decide to go, whether to stay with the CIS or move on to
bigger and better things will determine more than who we play on Friday nights. It'll say a lot about UBC,
where we fit in Canada and what our
values are.
For starters, there's the ideological
issue: should UBC give full-ride scholarships to people whose greatest skill
is being able to put a ball/puck into
a hoop/net? Right now, they, and every other university not named SFU
can't. Athletic scholarships can only
cover tuition and mandatory fees, and
you have to maintain at least a 70 per
cent average throughoutyour degree.
UBC Athletics has long argued that
they need larger scholarships to get
the best Canadian student-athletes
to UBC and while a move to Division
II wouldn't get them the next Steve
Nash, it could keep a couple dozen
extra athletes here each year. Is the
moral trade-off worth it?
Next, there's the question of what
exactly we would get from the NCAA.
UBC wants to make sure people get
fanciful visions of the Rose Bowl,
packed stadiums and giant TV deals
out of their heads, because while Division II would allow UBC to play in
the elite leagues in one sport—which
would be hockey—for everything else,
we would play against the Dixie State
College and Central Washington Universities ofthe world. The competition
would be greater, but it would do little
to change the dynamic between students and their sports teams.
Finally, there's the fact that going
to the NCAA requires us to leave the
CIS, an increasingly loveless marriage
UBC has been in for decades. Like any
organization that has to accommodate the needs and wishes of such a
diverse group of members, it moves
at a pace a snail would find slow. UBC
is fairly certain at this point that the
things they want—scholarship flexibility and tiered conferencing for
better competition—won't be happening anytime soon. The T-Birds will
be stuck playing inferior teams from
Thompson Rivers and Fraser Valley a
few times each year for some time to
come, and if we stay in the CIS, we'll
have to accept that.
However you stand, one thing is for
sure—UBC wants you to make a decision for them in this upcoming round
of consultations. They've been sitting
on this issue for upwards of two years,
trying to find solutions, but the truth is
they don't really know where the campus community stands. In 2009, with
a muddled report and a lack of clarity, 52 per cent of survey respondents
were against a move to Lhe NCAA. They
don'L care wheLher goes up or down
Lhis Lime, only LhaL iL does so a loL. So
when iL comes Lo wheLher UBC joins
Lhe NCAA or noL, your voice maLLers
a little more than usual, tl
As Ryan Clayton writes, the repeal of
"Don't ask, don't tell" (DADT) is a historic moment for American GLBTQ
people. It was hateful, demeaning
and damaging to demand that gay
and lesbian service members conceal
their sexual identities. With the end
of DADT, the contributions of openly gay people to American wars may
challenge negative stereotypes, such
as the supposedly effeminate nature
of gay men. Perhaps the service and
sacrifices of gay people on behalf of
their country, which can now be recognized more explicitly, will improve
the status of the GLBTQ population
throughout American society.
Nevertheless, if the repeal of DADT
is a victory for the gay community, it
is a complicated one. I find it difficult
to unconditionally celebrate a reform
that gives gay people a more prominent status in one of the most repressive, violent and dehumanizing institutions in the world. To create effective
combat units, the American armed
forces strive to destroy the individuality of their service members and to
suppress their empathy for fellow human beings, such as the Afghans and
Iraqis whom they are asked to kill. It
is an organization that tortures prisoners, often through sexual humiliation, threats and violence. It is an organization that counts among its members an alarming number of victims
and perpetrators of rape, and it does
a shamefully poor job of prosecuting
rapists and caring for survivors of sexual assault. And, most significantly,
it is an institution that visits untold
misery upon foreign populations in
the name of American freedom.
As Ryan Clayton points out, human rights struggles take a variety
of forms. I urge North American LGBTQ activists to view their struggle
not just as an attempt to gain equal
status with heterosexuals, but also as
part of a larger fight against dehuman-
izaLion and violence. In Lhis broader
conLexL of human righLs, Lhe repeal
of DADT does noL seem Lo be such a
clear cause for celebraLion. By recognizing Lhe links beLween Lhe sLrug-
gles of NorLh American LGBTQ communities and those of other vulnerable groups both within and beyond
Lhe 'developed world,' we can ensure
LhaL furLher growLh comes from Lhis
conflicLed, ambiguous achievemenL.
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