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Editors: Kalyeena Makortoff & Micki Cowan
09.22.20111 3
Toope touches on timely issues at third annual town hall
Jonny Wakefield
Print Editor
Three years into his overarching
strategic plan for the university,
President Stephen Toope appeared
before faculty and students at his annual town hall meeting to tout UBC's
accomplishments and promote
"Place and Promise."
In a conversation with Peter
Klein, the director ofthe School of
Journalism and former 60 Minutes
producer, Toope answered questions on topics ranging from the
affordability of on-campus housing to UBC's policies on animal
He identified housing as the university's biggest challenge.
He said that the university has
established a student housing
endowment fund to subsidize the
construction of new residences and
set the "eventual goal" of housing 50
per cent ofthe full time undergraduate population on campus. UBC currently houses 29 per cent.
Toope also spoke to the strained
relationship the university has with
TransLink, as a major transportation destination with no real municipal status or representation.
"There's no one at TransLink who
represents UBC, even though we're
the second largest transit destination in the Lower Mainland outside
ofthe downtown core," he said.
Toope said he was unhappy with
TransLink's consultation process
and that nothing short of a light rail
line would adequately serve UBC's
commuter population.
Klein also asked Toope to address recent changes to copyright
licensing. Duringthe summer,
Access Copyright (AC), a national
copyright licensing agency, announced that it would greatly
increase the costs for universities to
gain access to copyrighted materials.
UBC opted out of AC, claiming that
the cost was too high and that the
extra expenses would be passed onto
"We were frankly being held
hostage—I use that term intentionally—and we decided we had to
push back," he said. "I know that
it's very hard. We're trying to do
everything we can to find support
STOP UBC Animal Research, a
group which has waged an aggressive PR campaign against the
university's animal testing practices, held up banners protesting
the denial of a recent Freedom of
Information request by their organization. Toope maintained that a
balance needs to be struck.
"We're working hard to figure out
how to be more forthcoming around
basic information of most research,"
he explained. tH
Copyright laws cause confusion
Kalyeena Makortoff
News Editor
Professors and students are
struggling to figure out how to
stay within the legal bounds of
copyright since UBC opted out of
a licensing agreement with Access
Copyright (AC) back in August.
However, the university has said
that faculty should already have
been aware of limits set out in
Canada's Copyright Act.
"We're having to do this very
quickly," explained Allen Bell,
UBC's library digital initiatives director. "Everyone's coming back to
campus and they're learning about
something that they should have
known in the course of history but
they didn't.
"There's a big hill to climb in
terms of education."
Essentially, professors can no
longer rely on AC's license to cover
photocopied material they want to
use for classes, explained Bell.
But certain rules—about digital
copies, slides or online reference, for example—were already
"There was a misunderstanding between what the old license
allowed," Bell said. "And one of
my questions that came in was
about...what ifyou were scanning
and putting [material] on Web CT
Vista. This is always a problem
with the Copyright Act," Bell said.
Despite UBC's attempt to notify
faculty and staff of the changes,
professors say it's still not entirely
clear what materials are covered
bythe university's own personal
bank of copyright licenses and
what is up for grabs as open-access
"I'm simply not using some
News briefs
Bike share program being
researched at UBC
An early analysis of a UBC public
bike sharing program is in the
works, much like ones already seen
in Montreal. Ottawa and Toronto.
At the Board of Governors meeting on Tuesday. Carole Jolly. UBC's
director of Transportation Planning,
announced the possibility of using
funding from the previous U-Pass
subsidy money to bring 200 bikes
to campus, located at 20 different
docking stations.
UBC is also looking into the
potential for having the bikes and
docking stations compatible with
a Vancouver public bike system,
which is also being researched for
implementation for spring 2012.
UBC said that course packs have gone up two cents per page. But that's based on print shops' license prices-notthe university's
things," said Paul Kopas, a political science professor. "And I can't
second-guess the status ofthe copyright on any publication.
"One ofthe documents that I use
was a PDF document, a report that
is on the City of Vancouver's website. But in order to make it convenient for my students, I used to upload the PDF on my WebCT Vista,
and I can't do that anymore."
Instead, he's had to use web
links to stay within Canada's
Copyright Act.
Another political science
professor, Raul Pacheco-Vega,
decided to avoid the hassle and
simply stopped using some course
"I think I could've just called
UBC journalism project
documents global pain crisis
The UBC Graduate School of
Journalism, after a year-long investigation by UBC's International Reporting
Program (IRP). has launched a multimedia site, called The Pain Project.
The project documents one of
the greatest challenges of treating
chronic illnesses: severely constrained access to morphine.
Unlike many global health problems, pain treatment is not about
money or short supply; morphine
costs pennies per dose and is easy
to make. Instead, the IRP found that
bureaucratic hurdles and the globa
war on drugs are the main impediments to morphine access.
UBC Press and asked permission, but I just didn't want to go
through the hassle, so that's one
thing I just changed."
UBC President Stephen Toope
was asked to address the new
copyright guidelines at a town hall
meeting on Monday.
"As high as 70 per cent ofthe
material that we were paying
for when we were paying Access
Copyright, we were already paying
for by having online licenses. So
we were effectively being asked to
pay twice for the same material.
And AC has been absolutely unwilling to parse that out," Toope
Part ofthe reason that UBC
left AC was their proposed fee
UBC to look into U-Pass
denials due to financial hold
UBC has sent emails to students on
financial hold, informing them that
they will not be eligible to pick up
their U-Pass.
However, the university has said
they are working on finding a solution
to this problem.
The plan is to make the system
so that students are still eligible to get
the U-Pass regardless of their status
on outstanding tuition." said Carole
Jolly, director of UBC's Transportation
She said she was unable to give a
set date as to when a change would be
made, owing to the complexity of the
issue and the number of stakeholders
increases, which would ask the
university to cough up $2 million
instead ofthe previous price tag of
Staying with AC under their
new $2 million tariff would have
covered digital copies, but Bell said
that their coverage of digital copies
wasn't all that extensive.
"We're all working really hard
to make this work, but we know
it's a very difficult moment of
But with everyone's attention
turned towards Canada's copyright laws, Bell said, "There's an
opportunity to educate people and
support them on getting good information on what they can do." 13
The status of students currently
being denied U-Passes for October is
unknown at press time.
UBC-O goes keyless
By the end of this fiscal year. UBC-O
will become the first keyless campus
in Canada. The data for lab access
at the university is contained in each
person's card and can be used to
gain entrance in place of keys.
UBC Vancouver is transitioning to
a similar system and installing it in all
new buildings.
Garry Appleton. manager of security and parking at UBC-O's Campus
Security, said that though there were
a few issues. "Once the system is
running, it runs flawlessly" 13
Former CBC
reporter to direct
UBC Public Affairs
From her time as a broadcaster at
CBC Radio in Vancouver to her
work as a journalist in China and
her stint as an international development consultant, communicating has been one of Lucie McNeill's
greatest strengths. And when she
starts her new job as director of
Public Affairs at UBC next month,
keeping UBC "connected" internationally will be one of her main
"I do have a sense of what it's like
to be operating in a country other
than Canada as a journalist, what
the Chinese media are interested in,
what would make news in a place
like China, what drives the news
there," she said.
In 1993, she took a job with
Beijing Radioto support their
English broadcast department in
China. While there, she worked on
a variety of freelance projects for
C BC and worked on a 1995 broadcast for Sunday Morning from a
surveillance-heavy North Korea.
In 1998, McNeill moved back
to Vancouver and soon started
work as a development consultant, commuting back and forth
between Vancouver and Asia for
organizations like the Canadian
International Development Agency
and the World Bank.
Then, after about ten years of
airports and hotels, she felt the need
to become a little more grounded. "I
knew more about China than I knew
about my own backyard."
Veteran journalist Scott Macrae,
who had spent over ten years as
UBC's director of Public Affairs,
was retiring, and McNeill was approached bythe firm that was looking for Macrae's replacement.
She was fascinated by the school's
international ties and bythe idea
of being back in a full communications position that played to her
"Diversity, tolerance, engagement
and freedom of thought. I mean,
those are real liberal values that I
find really exciting." 13 Sports»
B Editor-Drake Fenton
09.22.20111 4
After two years of rehab, Borthistle is ready
Kelly Han
"Don't let anyone tell you to stop or
that you can't do something," Daniel
"Rudy" Ruettiger advised UBC football player Brent Borthistle, after he
suffered a potentially career-ending
knee injury in 2009.
In his second year, Borthistle was
the Thunderbirds' starting tight
end. In the final game ofthe season,
against the University of Manitoba,
a vicious tackle ruined Borthistle's
Dave Adolph, the football team's
head athletic trainer, rushed onto
the field to find Borthistle's knee
popped out from the side, dislocated
and disfigured.
"I put him on his back and put my
hand on his helmet to stabilize him,"
he said. "[Brent] knew it was a bad
situation. We made sure he didn't
look at his knee and put the oxygen
on him to control for shock."
Borthistle lay near the sideline for
45 minutes waiting for an ambulance to arrive. He was treated with
nitrous oxide for the pain as the
doctors snapped his knee back into
place. With a torn medial collateral
ligament (MCL), posterior cruciate
ligament (PCL) and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), Borthistle went
straight to surgery the next morning. He was hospitalized for the next
three days.
"For two weeks, I was in two
states at once—one half of my brain
connected to the pain and the other
half on painkillers and feeling nothing," Borthistle said. "I was in bed
for a week, and had a brace on for a
solid five or six months."
Borthistle's surgery involved reattaching his ACL and PCL to the
bone. The estimated recovery time
for his surgery was 12-14 months.
Shortly after the injury, Borthistle
received an unexpected phone call
from Ruettiger, the inspiration behind the motion picture Rudy.
Ruettiger's involvement in
Borthistle's grandfather's company
Tight end Brent Borthistle blew out his knee in 2009. After almost two years of rehab, he's set to return to the field
led to the conversation between one
athlete who faced significant obstacles and one who was about to.
"[Rudy] gave me a motivating
speech about perseverance," said
Borthistle. "Having the opportunity
to speak with the man behind one
of my favourite movies helped me
maintain a positive attitude from the
Following the injury, Borthistle
withdrew from his classes to focus
on rehabilitating his knee. While
physiotherapy became almost second nature to him, it was the mental
recovery process that proved most
challenging—from irregular sleeping
schedules and loneliness, to the
repeated and discouraging news
that he would never be able to play
football again.
During this time period,
Borthistle masked his real issues
with excessive social outings. This
new attitude led to unsupportive
reactions from his parents regarding
his return to UBC for the 2010-11
Instead of returningto school,
Borthistle worked 80 hours a week
doing construction in Fort St. John.
The experience taught him the value
of a hard day's work. Duringthis period of exile, Borthistle reflected on
the decisions and mistakes he made
at UBC.
"Having real hard life talks
with the older guys made me even
more determined than before,"
said Borthistle. "In January [2011]
I went home to Salmon Arm and
finished the 18 credits (at Okanagan
College) that I needed to get back
into UBC and to play football
While completing his credits,
Borthistle attended the team's
2011 spring camp. It only took a
day and a half before he tweaked
his knee. He said the pain "felt like
a gun pointed to his knee." In an
emotional conversation with his father, Borthistle discussed the difficulty of recovering from his injury.
"I decided right then that I would
be okay with not being able to play
again, but that didn't mean I was
goingto quit," Borthistle said.
Throughout the summer
Borthistle continued to religiously
rehab and strengthen his knee.
When training camp began in
August, he was able to attend with
his knee closer to full strength than
ever before.
"Not once did I see him get down
or get emotional; he was always in
great spirits," Adolph said. "When I
look at my schedule and I see Brent
on it, I can't wait to get there. His
determination is contagious."
At the end of camp, Borthistle
was on the field for more than 15
plays in an alumni exhibition game.
"Right now [Brent] is kind of a
hybrid player, playing a little bit
of offensive line at a tackle position, as well as playing some tight
end," said head coach Shawn Olson.
"His hands are still there, and are
very good. He is still a big physical
presence so now it's just a matter of
getting the confidence in his knee
Olson expects Borthistle's recovery to continue at a steady pace.
"Bythe end ofthe year, it is realistic for him to get on the field for
some home games," Olson said. "It's
tough to predict, but if he continues
to progress like he has in the last
couple of weeks, I can see him getting in the mix."
Now almost two years since
Borthistle's gruesome injury, he has
returned to the field with a fresh
perspective: there's more to life
than football.
"Through my injury I realized
the importance of academics outside of football," he said.
"When I was away, my family
constantly encouraged me; itwas
very crucial and I'm thankful for
the knowledge I walked out of this
experience with." 13
Spin city: indoor cycling is making a comeback
Catherine Guan
Staff Writer
The revival of 80s relics Duran
Duran, Pac-Man and Care Bears
were met with cries of both joy
and dismay. The latest to make a
comeback from the Whitesnake
decade is the exercise craze, indoor cycling, colloquially known
as spinning
"It improves your cardio system, helps tone your body and
leaves you feeling great and reenergized," said Laura Jeary, the
manager ofthe BirdCoop at UBC
Rec, which offers indoor cycling
Spinning was invented by South
African cyclist Jonathan "Jonny
G" Goldberg in 1987 as an alternative to outdoor cycling. Spinning
reached mass appeal in the mid-
908, but in order to compete with
the aerobics-crazed 90s, many
spin classes began to incorporate
elaborate choreography to accompany the cycling. From mini
push-ups against the handle bars
to ridingwith no hands, spinning
was as much circus act as it was
legitimate form of exercise.
In the new millennium,
spinning has experienced a
Indoor cycyling is a cardio workout that can burn as many as 600 calories in 45 minutes
renaissance. The activity has been
resurrected from the ashes—and
the absurdity—of the 90s to an
exercise that is now both popular
and beneficial for the body.
Mike Porter is the founder
of Cadence Studio on South
Granville, which is the first, and
only, spin exclusive studio in
Vancouver. Porter described what
a participant of one of his classes
"Although it is low impact, you
can get a very intense workout
with minimal stress on your
joints," he said. "In a 45 minute
spin class, it is not uncommon to
burn upwards of 600 calories."
Nowadays, spinning is reminiscent of its origins—focusing more
on recreating authentic cycling
experiences. On stationary bikes,
individuals add resistance to simulate hills or wind gusts. To the
beat of top 40 singles, classes will
pump their legs through climbs,
runs, jumps and sprints.
"My favourite is
'Thunderstruck' by AC/DC. It
has the best beat for a hill climb
and is always greeted with an
initial smile by participants," said
Porter. "They know it's time to
work hard when 'Thunderstruck'
comes on."
Accordingto Jeary, one ofthe
reasons spinning has had a resurgence in popularity is because of
the spin instructors.
"The instructors play a big
role in keeping people coming
back." Seated atop a lead bike, the
instructor amps up the energy
by calling commands into their
headset, like, "Climb out ofthe
saddle, big hill coming!"
"You also draw energy from
other participants," remarked
Porter. Jeary agreed, "There is
great class camaraderie."
Drowning in sweat while pedaling furiously to nowhere can be a
bonding experience.
While detractors say that not all
the leg muscles are exerted equally, Porter pointed out, "It would be
very hard to find any other form of
cardio where you can accomplish
this much in 45 minutes."
Individuals can take spin
classes at the BirdCoop, such as
Hot Wheels Express and Hot
Wheels Sprint, by either dropping
in or registering for a one month
or one term pass. While Cadence
is a slightly pricier alternative
for students, Porter said that his
spinning-only studio offers "a
large variety of classes [and] a
great sound system."
With the prodigious outpouring of sweat during spin classes,
towels and a water bottle are a
must. As for workout wear, Porter
recommended, "Crops or slimmer
tights work best for women and
shorts are most popular for men."
For anyone who is interested,
Jeary encouraged, "Come out and
try a class, go at your own pace.
It is a great way to improve fitness levels, increase your energy,
relieve some stress, make new
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09.22.20111 8
Elle-Maija Tailfeathers stands up for the Bloodlands
Shannon O'Rourke
Elle-Maija Tailfeathers believes in
the power of standing up for an important cause.
Tailfeathers is a recent graduate who created Bloodland, a short
experimental film, in her last semester at UBC. The film explores
the issue of hydraulic fracturing in
Kainai, Southern Alberta. Bloodland
will be shown at the Vancouver
International Film Festival along
with future premieres at festivals in
the Northwest Territory, Toronto,
Oklahoma and northern Norway.
The film examines how the global
demand for gas and oil causes large
corporations to exploit the lands of
First Nations peoples, putting their
health at risk through hydraulic
fracturing. The extraction process
pumps huge amounts of water,
chemicals (which are usually toxic),
and sand under very high pressure
into a well. This causes the shale
and sandstone to fracture, which
then allows the natural gas to flow
into the well. While companies
do attempt to recover the harmful residue, usually 20-40 per
cent ofthe fluids are left behind.
Unfortunately, just a small amount
of these toxic fluids has the potential to contaminate an entire aquifer.
Polluted groundwater means
health risks such as cancer, asthma
and a number of neurological disorders. It has been reported that contamination levels are high enough
that people living in affected areas
are actually able to light their tap
water on fire.
When asked about her intentions
for the film, Tailfeathers' response
was simple. "Film is a very powerful medium for social justice issues.
It's something I know how to do, so
I figured I may as well make a film
Elle-Maija Tailfeathers was arrested for protesting the Murphy Oil plan to drill fraking wells on the Blood Reserve
about such an important topic."
Her mother, brother and grandparents live on the Kainai Reserve
(also known as the Blood Reserve),
where Murphy Oil and Bowood
Energy plan to drill a minimum
of 16 wells. "It's my home," said
Tailfeathers. "It's where my family lives. I can't bear the thought of
what might happen if the fracking
goes ahead."
On September 9, Tailfeathers
demonstrated her commitment to
stopping the degradation of Kainai.
Along with a handful of other members ofthe Blood Tribe, she participated in a peaceful protest in an attempt to delay the start of hydraulic
fracturing on the Blood Reserve.
Tailfeathers stood post at one of
the roads that led to the Murphy
Oil wells, in order to prevent trucks
from entering the well site with hazardous chemicals.
By 9pm, law enforcement officers
arrived and arrested Tailfeathers
and two other women who refused
to leave the site. They were charged
with intimidation under Section 423
(1) (G) ofthe criminal code and were
held overnight in prison. Although
Murphy Oil is now able to continue
with the well sites, the arrest has
helped to put a spotlight on the
Tailfeathers has received international support following her arrest.
She believes it is her role as a First
Nations woman to protect and act as
a steward ofthe Kainai land. "The
land is all we have," she explains.
"Our language comes from the land,
our culture, our identity. Without
the land, who are we? What are
we?" 13
If you go
Bloodlands plays at Empire
Granville 7 Theatre on October 6
and 11. To learn more about this
cause, visit www.protectblood-
New book celebrates 20 years of Mint Records
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Senior Culture Writer
In the late 1980s, Randy Iwata and
Bill Baker were a pair of UBC students working at their university
radio station. They liked to party,
they liked good music and they had
no idea they were about to create one
ofthe most successful and enduring
record labels in Vancouver's independent music scene.
Now their story has been immortalized in Fresh at Twenty: The Oral
History of Mint Records. The creative
force behind such acts as the New
Pornographers, Neko Case and the
Pack AD finally has a chance to tell
their story, in their own words.
The pair are humble about how
far they've come.
"We haven't had a very excit-
ing20 years, I think it's safe to say,"
Iwata said in the first interview of
the book.
"Like, it's not the Motley Crue
book, you know?" he added.
But their rabid fan base, includ-
ingFresh's author Kaitlin Fontana,
begs to differ. The nearly 400-page
book details every step (and misstep)
Iwata and Baker took along the way,
and illustrates what a unique and
revolutionary musical force they
have become.
Starting with a punk riot at
Expo '86, Fresh tracks the pair
through their university years, and
introduces us to the larger-than-
life characters that helped shape
the local music scene. One of those
characters is Nardwuar the Human
Serviette, who wrote the foreward to
the book and still has a regular radio
show at CiTR.
"Mint Records never really should
have stood a chance. Both Satanists
and art legends alike would have
found the notion to base an indie
record company out of Vancouver
frankly stupid," Nardwuar wrote.
"But Mint Records is still in the
game after 20 years and 160
In their first ad for the label,
which appeared in Discorder magazine, Mint advertised themselves
this way: "We love trash. We're the
unhappy folks at Mint Records.
Anything dirty or dingy or dusty.
Vancouver's newest label. Anything
ragged or rotten or rusty. We're accepting demos. Yes we love trash."
But for the fans that have made
Mint the musical powerhouse it is,
their music is anything but trash.
Whether you've followed Mint since
the early days or you've never heard
of them before, Fresh at Twenty is
a fast-paced look at a golden age of
Canadian popular music that still
thrives today.
If that's not enough to sell it, the
book also comes with a free playlist
sampling of Mint's artists.
Party on. 13
Arts briefs
Arcade Fire win Polaris Prize
The 2011 Polaris Prize was awarded
to Arcade Fire on Monday night in
Toronto. The Montreal-based band-
who already won a Grammy, a Juno
and a BRIT award this year for their
album The Suburbs-was predicted
to take home the $30,000 award
for "best full-length Canadian album based solely on artistic merit
regardless of genre, sales or record
When presented the award.
Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist
Richard Reed Parry joked. "Since the
beginning of our career, we've tried
to get paid in an oversized novelty
chegue. but no one did it-'til now.
Thanks Polaris."
Over 200 music journalists,
broadcasters and critics selected
a longlist of 40 albums, which was
then narrowed down to 10 nominees. The winner was chosen by an
11-member grand jury
All shortlisted artists-including
The Weekend. Colin Stetson. Austra
and Destroyer-received a $2000
Pick of the Fringe announced
Grim and Fischer, This Is Cancer,
The Progressive Polygamists, Big
Shot, Little Orange Man and Peter
'ri Chris have been selected as
the winners of the 2011 Pick of the
Fringe patrons were encouraged
to pick their favourite productions
throughout the festival, which ran
from September 8-18. A panel
of judges chose the six productions from the top ten audience
For information and times for any
of the Pick of the Fringe performances, check out vancouverfrlnge
Olio Festival begins
September 22
The Olio Festival, a celebration of
art and music in Vancouver, is set to
kick off today
The festival, now running for 3
years, runs until Sunday and features 70 bands. 32 comic acts. 9
visual arts, a skateboarding competition and a 30-team film festival.
Key events include a "Classic
Comedy Roast" of Vancouver
mayor Gregor Robertson at the 560
Club on Thursday night, organized
by ShltHarperDld.com masterminds
The Party Roasters include the
head of the city's outdoor workers union, city councillor Andrea
Reimer. and Calgary mayor Naheed
Saturday night will feature a masterclass In filmmaking with Tommy
Wiseau. director of The Room, one
of the greatest terrible movies of the
21st century Wiseau will also host
two screenings of The Room and
a Q&A.
Other artists include Cave
Singers. Malajube. Dinosaur Jr
alumnus J. Mascis. and street artist
Shepard Fairey, who designed the
Obama Hope poster. Events will
take place in various venues around
Vancouver. More information is
available ai20ii.oliofestival.com. 13 o9.22.2oii | Culture 19
A fabulous history lesson
Myriam Lacroix
Prepare yourself for a spicy history
lesson from high-heeled temptresses who are likely to break out in
dance at any second.
Tucked and Plucked: Vancouver's
Drag History Live On Stage is due
to open at the PAL Vancouver
Studio Theatre this weekend. The
event will include talk show-style
interviews with some ofthe city's
most delicious drag stars, mouthwatering performances and a few
interactive games (which may or
may not get messy)—not to mention an eyeful of yummy from the
evening's hosts, Peach Cobblah and
Isolde N. Barron.
Tucked and Plucked was put
together by Dave Deveau and
Cameron Mackenzie (the alter-
egos of Cobblah and Barron,
respectively), who are also the
founders of Vancouver's Zee Zee
Theatre. Mackenzie, who is directing the show, also put together
Apocalypstick, Vancouver's longest-
running drag show, which takes
place every Sunday night at the
In an interview, Mackenzie explained that for him, drag performance is an art form—and a very
underrated one. He is fascinated by
the artistry that goes into painting
your face, creating outfits, interacting with the audience and creating
Drag performance runs deeper
than fun and games. "What I am
working with is the illusion of gender. What I'm working with is the
fact that I don't really believe that
gender is part of our actual makeup,
I believe it's a learned behaviour,"
he said. "I think that that kind of
awareness of how silly being a man
is, or being a woman is—I think that
kind of fluidity within the understanding of the spectrum of gender
is somethingthatalotof drag
queens play with."
Tucked and Plucked deals with
how the drag scene historically
contributed to social change, especially in Vancouver. When asked
about the types of changes that he
would like to see, Mackenzie said
that he hoped the drag scene would
help people "get over the issues with
gender and sexuality. I ultimately
want people to be able to have fun
and enjoy life."
For Mackenzie, being able to
enact gender—to put it on and take it
off as he pleases—means that gender
is fluid; knowing that is an important part of being happy and healthy
as individuals and as a community.
PS: Beware of pop quizzes. tH
If you go.
Tucked and Plucked: Vancouver's
Drag History Live On Stage runs
September 23 and 24 at the PAL
Vancouver Studio Theatre. For
more information and to purchase tickets, visit palvancouver.
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Parting shots and snap judgments on today's issues
A town hall in name only
The president ofthe university,
Stephen Toope, held his third
annual "town hall" meeting on
Monday. While we were more than
happy to hear from one ofthe less
accessible personalities on campus,
we'd like to point out that calling the
event a "town hall" is ridiculously
We expect a town hall to be an
opportunity to give members of a
community the chance to ask hard
and pressing questions to institutional or government heads.
That Toope is appointed and not
elected is a whole other issue. What
was infuriating was that community
members asked about four questions
before the meeting was called to a
halt at exactly lpm.
Fine, you're a busy man, Toope.
But don't give us false hope of
democratic debate and openness if
you open the floor for ten minutes
before rushing off. This is the one
chance a year we get to engage with
you publicly, and ifyou really want
to create the spirit of a town hall, or
at least want to put a good face on
the executive of UBC, you'd spend
more time listening and discussing.
Cut the speeches about how great
the university is, and leave the introductions by student senators and
the administration behind. We don't
need formalities. A real town hall is
supposed to be our time.
Personal advisor program
will be a boon for students
At the town hall, Toope said that
Enrollment Services is working on a
plan that would see every incoming
student paired up with an advisor
that would track them throughout
their time at UBC. And to that we
say: praise the lord. Also, we say:
about damn time. In addition: boo
You get the point. This is a
fantastic idea, and one ofthe best
things the university could do to
cut through the layers of bureaucracy that cause students to have
a less than satisfactory experience
with the actual institution of UBC.
Our university will always be big. It
doesn't have to be imposing, though,
and a personal advisor would go a
long way towards curingthat.
Pot calling the kettle
We couldn't help noticing a rich bit
of irony during Toope's town hall.
When he was asked about Translink
and the UBC SkyTrain line, Toope
expressed frustration with the fact
that UBC is the second-largest transit destination in Metro Vancouver,
but has no representation on
Translink's board. "It's a structural governance problem," Toope
Sorry—is UBC accusing someone else of a structural governance
problem? Last time we checked,
UBC has thousands of non-campus
residents living here and has no
democratic governance whatsoever.
Instead of a normal municipality
with elected councils, UBC skips by
Metro Vancouver completely and reports straight to the province in an
arrangement that still hasn't been
fully fleshed out.
In other words, maybe the reason
why UBC isn't given fair representation as a municipality is because at
every opportunity, UBC goes the extra mile to make it clear to everyone
that it doesn't want to be treated like
a regular municipality. Before the
administration goes around accusing others of structural governance
problems, it might want to take a
look in the mirror.
STOP is annoying because
they're well-organized
Seemingly no major UBC event is
complete these days without a few
people decrying the university's
animal research policies. So itwas
again when STOP UBC Animal
Research commandeered a portion
of Toope's town hall, getting a few
noses out of joint.
We get it, they're annoying. But
unless you agree with them, so are
most protest movements. They're
supposed to getyour attention one
way or another, and in this, STOP
has succeeded.
Besides, they only seem really an-
noyingbecause most ofthe rabble-
rousers that traditionally populated
this campus are gone.
Clubs need to up the ante
As detailed in our Clubs Days articles, UBC has a great history of
outrageous clubs. So this begs the
question: where's the outrageous-
ness today?
Yeah, there are some interesting
clubs at UBC—the Varsity Outdoors
Club, Ski and Board, the CVC,
etc.—but there aren't enough people
throwing massive parties, disrupting the peace and getting yelled at
on a regular basis. We used to be
able to rely on the engineers to create a ruckus, but as we pointed out
last year (rudely but accurately), the
days of amazing engineering pranks
seem to be over.
Why aren't there more groups
raising hell on campus? TheUndie
Run, organized bythe Ski and Board
Club, only comes once ayear—and
frankly, we need more excuses to
get drunk and strip off our clothes.
Or, you know, whatever the situation requires.
Vancouver deserved its
worst-dressed city ranking,
and it's your fault
MSN Travel recently awarded
Vancouver the distinction of being
third on its list of worst-dressed
cities in North America. And they
were absolutely right. In Vancouver,
yogawear—their main argument for
our ranking—has made the unfortunate transition from gym attire to
acceptable everyday sartorial choice.
This is not okay. We're better
than sweatpants at the grocery
store—no matter what certain
coordinating editors of this paper
might say (editor's note: and will
say, proudly).
For Christ's sake, NEW JERSEY,
the birthplace ofthe spray-tan,
ranked better than us. This needs to
be fixed, now. 13
Town versus gown
Ifyou ever have the opportunity
to visit Oxford, England, you will
most likely be told about the fierce
rivalry that has plagued it since its
establishment. The rivalry between
the town (those who reside in the
town of Oxford itself) and the gown
(scholars at the university) has been
so fierce that there is even a massacre in its history.
In 1355, the tension between the
two groups culminated with the
gown's dissatisfaction with the food
and drink served to them at a town
pub. After the scholars threw the
food on the ground and walked out,
the townspeople chased the scholars down and murdered dozens of
them in a two-day battle.
While it's safe to say that
the University Neighbourhood
Association (UNA, and our "town")
won't be massacring any UBC
students or faculty members
(our "gown") over a bar fight at
Mahony's, the Oxford case does
show just how serious rivalries
between community residents and
university denizens can be.
The fact that the UNA isn't a
murderous mob doesn't mean the
university should take the conflicts that exist between these two
groups any less seriously. The spectacle of residents in the Promontory
Tower petitioning against the St
John's Hospice is only the most
recent example of how the town affects our university's autonomy. If
we want to build a useful facility on
campus for research, we should be
able to. After all, that's what we are
all here for.
And unlike Oxford, which was a
university that was built inside of an
established town, UBC came first.
So while the university is pushing
the idea of a true university town
and seeking to integrate non-campus members into the community,
an air of caution should still be
maintained. For many residents,
the university often represents unwanted change.
History proves that there is reason to express caution. The tension
between campus residents and the
university isn't goingto go away;
650 years later there are still plenty
of complaints between the town
and gown in Oxford. If we build
market housing in the centre of
campus, the university will still be
dealing with the headaches centuries later. 13
Parsing the signals in
Toope's answers
And so itwas, that on Monday,
September 19, in the year of our lord
2011, Mayor Stephen Toope graced
the citizens of UBC at the Roy
Barnett Recital Hall, and told the
citizens of UBC how his city is moving ahead to meet the challenges of
the new decade.
I kid, of course. Toope doesn't
enjoy being called a mayor, just as
UBC as a whole doesn't like being
called a city.
Then again, most updates by
university presidents don't involve
discussions on affordable housing,
land use consultations, inter-cultural engagement and how far away
a store with a litre of milk is. The
challenges UBC faces and the demands from its community are far
different than any other university
in the country, which makes for a
lively discussion regarding the future of this campus—but one that is
perhaps unsuited to our oligarchical
governing structure.
But back to Toope. Five years
into his mandate, with a group of
vice-presidents that he himself
hired, he's clearly into the portion
of his tenure where he can focus
on implementing his vision for this
university with a small number of
inherited distractions. After years
of government cutbacks and deficits, the budget has been balanced.
On the general tenants of "Place
and Promise," his strategic plan/
magnum opus, everyone is fully on
board. Dissent is minimal. Obama
could only be so lucky.
After Toope gave his state ofthe
union address, Peter Klein, acting
head ofthe Journalism School and
former 60 Minutes producer, grilled
him—to the extent you could expect
from someone interviewing their
boss. And he elicited some interesting, almost apologetic responses.
Now, when you've got the full
confidence ofthe board and a firm
grasp ofthe big picture, you can afford to give an inch and show some
contrition. But still.
So on animal testing, we got an
admittance that UBC, for all of its
defensiveness overthe past year,
hasn't communicated the truth well
enough. Toope even raised the prospect of outlining exactly how many
animals the university tests on.
On the last-second decision to
leave Access Copyright, Toope
pleaded with faculty to give the
university time to find an efficient
alternative, describing the previous arrangement as a hostage-like
situation. Those are relatively minor
things and Toope addressed them
calmly and honestly.
But on Gage South, which the
university contends is a minor land
use decision, the president got about
as animated and angry as he tends
to get in public. He denied that
there were any plans as of yet to
plant market housing on the land.
He also promised that three options
for the future of Gage South would
be presented to the public later this
This was interesting, because it
was the first time any mention of
"three options" had been raised
by someone at UBC. Itwas also an
entirely different response than
those given by UBC Public Affairs,
Campus and Community Planning,
members ofthe Board of Governors
or the VP Finance in the past
Altogether, it gives the impression
of an administration that is changing the playbook after public criticism. It gives the impression that
a president, after a year of staying
hands-off on this issue, is goingto
use his sizable capital to find a solution to Gage South—and soon. 13 Scene»
Pictures and words on your university experience
09.22.20111 11
Query the fifth: how to get laid
The 25 Queries
The 25 Queries of Student D is an
attempt to answer 25 pressing questions posted anonymously by a com-
menter on The Ubyssey's website.
For the introduction to this column,
and to read the original comment,
I'm really glad Student D asked this
question, because I am an expert on
the subject of getting laid. You can
read The Game, or pay a guy on the
internet for an e-book on neuro-lin-
guistic programming and personal
hygiene, but neither of these will give
you the information you really need.
Only I can do that.
The secret to getting laid is this:
you are repulsive. Male or female,
queer or hetero, you are a flesh sack
filled with vile secretions and gases.
The parts of our bodies that squeeze
out feces and urine overlap and jostle
up alongside the sites ofthe glorified
squelching noises our culture refers
to as "sex."
Even the all-too-brief experience
of orgasm consists of a cessation of
thought or emotion: a small respite
from indignities ofthe mortal coil
and a tiny foretaste of what, from a
materialistic perspective, is the best
afterlife we can hope for.
Nothing I write here will turn you
off your sordid meatspace desires.
Logic has never been a match for the
fight-flight-feed-fuck instincts ofthe
ancient reptile brain.
But, at the very least, try reading
the above paragraph a few times before you head to a club or leave for a
first date. Realizing the futility of sex
and human endeavours as a whole
will wash away some ofthe stench of
desperation that turns away potential partners.
Once you recognize that you are
an obscene cluster of cells doomed to
collapse and crumble into nothingness, potbellies and cottage cheese
thighs will be less likely to dampen
your sex drive. So try this: lower your
There's a good chance you're not
as attractive—in body or spirit—as
you think you are. It's called the
Dunning-Kruger effect; the worse
you are at something, the more likely
you are to drastically overestimate
your abilities (think American Idol
And if that "something" is finding
someone to copulate with, you can
increase your chances of success by
settingyour sights lower. For a more
precise, personalized rating of your
worth as a human being, complete
the short survey below.
1. When you first meet an attractive member ofthe desired sex,
a. Make a clever and disarming comment that displays your confidence
and wit while leaving open the possibility of deeper, hidden vulnerabilities that you will only share with the
"right person."
b. Maintain brief eye contact, then
look downwards while unconsciously wipingyour sweaty palms on the
front ofyour pants and movingyour
lips in silent self-reprobation.
c. Voice a crude, cynical observation
about the other person's mannerisms or appearance, which is supposed to "challenge" and entertain
them, but instead taps into deep-
seated insecurities and makes them
afraid to speak with you.
d. Say something racist.
2. When "in da club," your dancing style is best described as:
a. Aggressive thrusting.
b. An effortless, rhythmic movement that makes use of all your best
physical attributes yet coyly suggests
that you don't take the act of dancing
c. Standing against the wall a la
middle school sock hop and hoping
someone will ask you to dance.
d. Loudly complaining to nobody in
particular for several hours about
the venue's music and clientele while
becoming progressively drunker
and finally vomiting into a woman's
purse while crying.
3. You've met someone who you
suspect may be "the one." You
invite them over to your place for
dinner, and:
a. Serve pierogies covered in melted
cheese and bacon with jello shots for
b. Immediately try to fuck them.
Also, you didn't cook anything.
c. Present a three-course meal using
"grandma's recipes," confidently
adding "final touches" (all of which
involve expert chopping or saute-
ing skills) while the other person
watches appreciatively and sips
carefully-paired local wines. Dining
music choice: Gypsy Kings.
d. Order pizza, and when it arrives
try to argue down the price with the
delivery person because it's "cold."
4. When making eye contact
across a crowded room, your facial expression of choice is
a. Seductive.
b. Charles Manson hypno-eyes.
c. Duckface.
d. Sheer animal terror.
5. A desirable mate from class
asks to borrow your notes. You:
a. Not only provide well-ordered and
tidy notes, but briefly summarize the
contents ofthe lecture, providing a
unique and interesting angle that at
once entertains and fascinates the
other individual while your locked
eyes light up with passion for the
subject and for each other.
b. Give them a piece of paper with
your phone number on it. Just your
number. Nothing else.
c. Suggest they come over to your
place for a study session, noting that
"studying when you're wasted is
fucking sick" and that you have some
"really pure E."
d ?
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