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Array THE EVIDENCE IS CLEAR SINCE 1918
SEPTEMBER 17,2012 | VOLUMEXCIV| ISSUE V
)espite massive overcrowding at the current location, University -p0
Hill Secondary's new home may noi open until December *- 3
Out of the
archive
AMS puts permanent collection
paintings on show for the first time
in more than 30 years
UBC staffers
criticize gym
for 'slippery
contracts
Owner says he can't be blamed
if people don't read what they
sign
Ming Wong
Senior News Writer
Staff at the UBC Faculty of Medicine are frustrated with the way
they've been treated by the Gold's
Gym in the University Village.
They argue that the gym is
being "slippery" about how it
enforces its high-priced multi-
year membership contracts. But
the gym's owner is adamant that
everything Gold's does is within
the law.
Karminie De Silva, an office
assistant at the UBC Faculty of
Medicine, signed up for a gym
membership with Gold's Gym in
September 2011. She was under
the impression she was signing a
one-year membership contract.
Two weeks ago, when she
thought her one year was almost
up, De Silva went to Gold's to
cancel her membership. But an
employee told her that instead of
signing up for a 52-week program, she had instead signed up
for 52 bi-weekly payments — a
two-year membership.
"I just wantfed] to try out
for a year, then they said, 'This
[membership] is the one that you
should then go for,'" said De Silva.
"I should have read my contract
a little bit more, because it says
[it ends in] 2013." De Silva admits
she did not read the contract
carefully before she signed it.
But she argued that the structure of 52 bi-weekly payments
was confusing.
Victor Newman, owner of
this Gold's Gym and two others,
argued, "Out of our thousands of
members in here, there might be
one or two people [who] are not
happy. I cannot please 100 per
cent of the people in here. But we
have a government [approved]
contract in there that is legitimate
[and] approved by the B.C. Consumer Affairs Office."
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Marco Ciufolini says his introduction to chemistry was "like a revelation.'
treatment of breast cancer and HIV.
He now studies the use of toxic compounds in the
Chemist engages outside the lab
Marion Benkaiouche
Contributor
When Marco Ciufolini first
learned what he could do in a
chemistry lab, he was shocked.
It all started in Rome, Italy,
when eight-year-old Ciufolini
found a high school chemistry
textbook. "Reading this book
was like a revelation — no,
really, like a biblical revelation," said Ciufolini. "I can
take stuff and turn it into
something else through chemistry? Holy smokes! That's
what God does. So that was it.
At age eight, I was hooked.
"I pestered my parents until
they got me a chemistry set."
Ciufolini, now an organic
chemistry professor at UBC
and the Canada research chair
in synthetic organic chemistry,
recalled the first experiment
he ever did. "It was a recipe
to make ink.... I had no idea
why it worked at the time," he
confessed.
"[You] take any kind of cabbage [and] make a broth. It'll
be rich in tannins. Now you
take tetrasufides, the stuff you
buy for your soil at the garden
store. You mix it in and it oxidizes the tannin. After a while,
you get this pitch-black stuff.
"I mean, here you are,
putting water and cabbage
together. That's omnipotence,"
he joked.
His lab's current work —
making nitrogen compounds
with possible applications in
medicine — is a tad more complicated than cabbage-based
ink, but Ciufolini hasn't lost
his rapt interest in the subject.
He said that organic chemistry
excites him because there are
always unexpected discoveries.
As Ciufolini explained,
cutting-edge organic research
has recently demonstrated that
otherwise-toxic compounds can
be used in treatment of breast
cancer and HIV if they'e surrounded by a thin layer of lipids.
On top of his research work,
Ciufolini teaches a number of
organic chemistry courses for
undergrads. Student responses
on RateMyProfessor.com
characterize him as an engaging speaker who's tough but
fair. Some call his rapid-fire
lectures "HILARIOUS!" and
"Funny as hell." One student
quips that Ciufolini has the
ability to smell chemicals in
the air — ozone, specifically.
Ciufolini started his science
career in 1978, when he graduated with a bachelor of science
in chemistry from Spring Hill
College in Alabama. "We were
holed up on campus, very sheltered. But it was great," he said
of his years as an undergrad.
He continued on to a Ph.D. at
the University of Michigan and
then worked as a postdoctoral
fellow at Yale. He came to UBC
in 2004 after spending seven
years as organic chemistry
chair at the University of Lyon
in France.
Unlike many university
researchers who see teaching
as a secondary part of their
job, Ciufolini said his calling
is inside the classroom. "I just
teach," he said. "That's what
I'm here to do." Xi
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Boxes crowd the hall of the old University Hill Secondary School as students and staff await the move to the new building.
New campus high school delayed
VALERIE WYNSPHOTOfTHE UBYSSEY
Emma Windsor-Liscombe
Contributor
The high school on UBC campus,
University Hill, is overcrowded. The
school was set to move into a new,
larger building at the beginning of
this school year, but construction of
the building has stalled.
The new site, a retrofitted National Research Council building
beside Save-On-Foods in south
campus, may not open until December 2012.
"When the construction contract
started, they were projecting an
opening date in time for the start of
the 2012/13 school year," said Paul
Young, planning and design director with UBC Properties Trust. He
said that the construction hold-up
was caused by a delay in the supply
of structural steel.
But Kurt Heinrich, spokesperson
for the Vancouver School Board,
FIRST NATIONS »
UBC Law students now
required to study aboriginal
treaties and rights
gave other reasons: "We had trouble
with the weather and the challenges of renovating an existing
building from one use to a totally
different use."
The current school is operating at more than double capacity,
with more than 1,600 students
enrolled, accordingto data released
by the Vancouver School Board in
April 2012. This means that the
1,000-student capacity at the new
school, as given by Heinrich, may
not be large enough to hold all of the
students hoping to go there.
Prod Laquian, chair of the
University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) — which represents residents of the campus's
non-student neighbourhoods — said
that the UNA's main concern was
whether the new school would be
big enough to absorb the growing
number of high school students
living on campus. "There had been
a waiting list at the old school,"
said Laquian.
The wait to finish the new high
school isn't only affecting high
school students and their families.
The elementary school for families
on campus, also called University
Hill, is too small to meet demand.
Currently, many young children
living on campus bus to portables
at Queen Elizabeth Elementary in
West Point Grey.
"The old high school will be
knocked down once the NRC
building is completed to make room
for [more space for] the elementary
school," said Heinrich. "We've
been concerned about getting new
elementary school facilities opened
in the catchment area as soon as
possible so that elementary students
will no longer need to be bussed to
out-of-catchment facilities."
Diane Katrusiak, parent of
a child who lives in Vancouver
proper and attends Queen Elizabeth Elementary, said that the
students coming from UBC campus
to Queen Elizabeth caused some
overcrowding. "VSB [the Vancouver
School Board] decided to start a
new elementary school for the UBC
population before an actual building
was created," said Katrusiak.
The population of UBC's campus
neighbourhoods has risen considerably in recent years. This resulted in
a formal letter from the Vancouver
School Board to UBC in 2010, expressing concern about the planned
increase in on-campus housing
and how this would affect elementary and high school facilities
on campus.
As it stands, Laquian and campus
parents in UNA neighbourhoods are
anxiously awaiting the completed
building. "We hope that this complete high school will be finished
and opened soon," Laquian said. Xi
Jordan Irwin
Contributor
UBC's Faculty of Law is
the first Canadian law
school to require a course
on aboriginal legal issues.
Beginning with the
class of 2015, all first-year
law students will receive
a more thorough background in aboriginal and
treaty rights.
The reconfigured LAW
100 course (Canadian
Constitutional Law) will
place greater weight on
Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution, which
deals with aboriginal
rights. The course's new
focus is intended to better
prepare students for aboriginal legal issues.
The new curriculum
was partly in response to
the National Federation of
Law Societies, which recently outlined "core competencies" (including aboriginal and treaty rights)
for graduates to fulfill in
order to practice in any
common law jurisdiction.
The change, however, was
also an opportunity to address a growing concern
among faculty.
"I don't think you can
practice law in British Columbia without
encountering [aboriginal
legal issues]," said Darlene
Johnston, a professor specializing in aboriginal and
treaty rights at UBC. Law
faculty realized that very
few students were actually graduating with any
grounding in the subject,
despite the prevalence of
aboriginal law in the field.
Amelia Boultbee, a
second-year law student
who took LAW 100 last
year, said there was a void
when it came to learning
about aboriginal rights.
"It's been very contentious. I was on the
academic issues committee last year when these
changes were being debated. I can tell you there
was a contingent of people
who felt very strongly
that it [aboriginal rights]
wasn't being covered
enough by some profs,"
said Boultbee.
The complexity of this
area of law, coupled with
a current lack of aboriginal lawyers, further
stressed the need for
foundational training.
Gordon Christie and Darlene Johnston both specialize in aboriginal legal issues.
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"We give them the
first steps," said Gordon Christie, director of
the First Nations legal
studies program at UBC.
"Because without those
first few steps, they can
easily go off in the wrong
direction."
Boultbee said that with
the limited amount of
time in law school, aboriginal rights can sometimes
get lost in the shuffle of
curriculum building.
"You can choose to
slice this however you
want, but it's just really
hard when you have so
many vast areas of law
[and] you only have three
years of law school,"
said Boultbee.
Students have also responded positively to the
curriculum change. "I'm
glad they're having it,"
said first-year law student
Clayton Gllant. "It's not
an onerous requirement
and it shows students the
different practice areas
they can pursue."
As for the future, there
are no immediate plans to
make additional courses
on aboriginal law mandatory. Rather, Johnston and
Christie are hopeful that
the new requirement will
increase interest in First
Nations legal studies. tJ
GSS»
Drinks are set
to stay cheap as
Koerner's Pub
pepares to reopen next year
GEOFF LISTER FILE PHOTOfTHE UBYSSEY
Koerner's Pub could reopen by January.
Matt Meuse
Contributor
There might be a new, cheap
watering hole on campus starting
this January.
The Graduate Student Society
(GSS) is hammering out a contract with a third-party operator
for Koerner's Pub. The pub could
be up and running by January
2013, and the GSS is committed to making sure drink prices
don't rise.
"We don't want the price to
be so high that students [can't]
afford it. That's also part of the
negotiations," said GSS President
Conny Lin.
The GSS is working out a
contract with HK Commerce and
Industry Suppliers Limited, but
the GSS task force working on
the project won't release much
information about the terms
until negotiations finish.
"It's going to have fantastic
food and it's still going to maintain the student atmosphere with
reasonably priced drinks," said
Joel Atwater, a GSS councillor
and member of the task force.
"[We'll] really have a campus
pub that people will really want
to go to. Right now the options
are drinking in a hole [at] the Pit,
or paying 20 bucks a pitcher at
Mahony's."
The GSS is confident that
having an outside party run the
pub will help avoid the problems
Koerner's has experienced in the
past.
"The GSS - and I believe any
student group — is not the best
suited for making day-to-day
decisions on the operation of a
pub," said Atwater.
In the past, the pub was
temporarily shut down by UBC
due to liquor licence infractions,
dealt with drawn-out negotia-
tons with unionized workers and
was eventually forced to close in
the spring of 2011 because it was
losing money.
The abrupt closure of the pub
in 2011 was a source of tension
between the GSS and CUPE
116, the union representing the
pub's staff, but the two parties
reached a new agreement in May
2012. The GSS will not be a key
player in staffing decisions going
forward; these decisions will
be made between the union and
the external operator, according
to Atwater.
Once the the contract is drawn
up, it will be brought before
GSS Council to be ratified.
But Atwater expects that the
council will be behind the task
force's recommendations.
"The process has been very
positive," said Atwater. "We're
excited to open early next year." NEWS    I    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012
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NEWS BRIEFS
UBC Dentistry partners
to build research centre
in Vietnam
Vietnam's National Hospital of
Odonto-Stomatology has pitched
in $8 million to partner with UBC's
Faculty of Dentistry and create the
UBC Dentistry-Vietnam Oral Health
Research Centre. The centre, in
Ho Chi (Vlinh City, will address oral
health problems including cavities, oral cancer and craniofacia
birth defects.
Over the past ten years, many
UBC dental students and residents
have performed rotations in Ho
Chi (Vlinh City. UBC hopes the
new facility will help Canadian and
Vietnamese dental researchers
continue to share knowledge.
"Through collaborative research,
we aim to advance oral-facial health
and scientific knowledge across
international boundaries," said
Charles Shuler, dean of the UBC
Faculty of Dentistry.
Change in fair-dealing law
lets UBC faculty freely copy
more material
Aftera decision from the Supreme
Court of Canada, professors and
instructors can provide more copyrighted works to students without
paying licensing fees.
The decision ruled that works
copied by a teacher for the sake
of academic instruction can fall
under the category of fair dealing,
and not be subject to copyright
restrictions. As a result, professors can now freely distribute
any work that a student would
also be allowed to photocopy for
personal use.
This decision comes as good
news to UBC, who opted to
eave the licensing firm Access
Copyright this summer in favour of
creating an in-house office to dea
with copyright issues. According
to UBC legal counsel Hubert Lai,
the expansion of fair dealing will
save UBC money and effort, xt
Golds Gym: '[It's] very simple: Pay up $299, and please go.'
Gold's Gym imposes a $299 cancellation fee on members who want to quit the gym before their contracts are up.
Continued from cover
De Silva wasn't the only person at
the Faculty of Medicine who had
an unhappy experience with Gold's
Gym. Patrick Gorry, interim financial officer at the dean of medicine's
office, joined Gold's Gym in April.
He was under the impression that he
had the right to cancel his membership after the required 10-day trial
period because the gym never gave
him a membership card. Gorry said
he was unhappy with the gym's
facilities, and he has been frustrated
by his interactions with Gold's since
he told them he wanted to cancel.
He said that he sent the gym two
registered letters asking to cancel
without an extra fee, as he claims
that never getting a membership
card violates a clause in his contract.
"I had a voicemail back that Gold's
would continue charging me whether I liked it or not," said Gorry in
an email.
"I have heard any number of
stories from colleagues about their
frustrating experiences with Gold's
Gym. It seems to be an unintended
part of the Welcome to UBC package:... being fleeced by Gold's Gym,"
he continued.
"Have they offered me a membership card? No.... Nor have they
offered me the cancellation fee....
All I got was the voicemail saying,
'Oh no, no, we have a contract [and]
we're going to keep charging it.'"
Newman argued that any member who wants to end their contract
with the gym early is free to pay a
$299 cancellation fee. "[They] signed
a contract, [it's] very simple: pay up
$299 and please go," said Newman.
Gorry argued that he shouldn't
have to pay the cancellation fee
because he had stopped going after
three visits back in April — and as he
said in one of his two letters, he had
already "paid handsomely."
De Silva said that she was never
told about any early cancellation
option when she tried to leave after a
year. "[The Gold's employee] did not
hear me out. She said, 'You cannot
cancel,'" said De Silva.
Newman said that the gym
is occasionally short on membership cards, but this shouldn't
keep anyone from coming in and
working out.
"If we don't have a card, just
mention your name.... The guy in the
front desk will just punch [you] in
and you can come," said Newman.
But De Silva, who didn't get a card
when she signed up either, was told
she had to bring her contract with
her to enter Gold's. When she forgot
to bring it, she was refused entry.
The gym's contracts put the onus
on clients to confirm, in writing, that
they want to cancel their membership. Otherwise, membership rolls
over and they are still charged.
Newman said the gym and its
employees no longer deal with
cancellations, since they outsourced
those responsibilities to a company
called ABC Financial on August 1 of
this year.
"What we should be involved in
is putfting] more time taking care of
our members, giving them the best
service, and they can improve their
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life," said Newman.
The gym, which has been open
since 2006, has previously been
under fire from a CTV investigation that showed personal trainers
lying about their credentials. In that
investigation, Newman said that the
trainers who claimed nonexistent
university degrees were pumping up
their qualifications without any instruction from Gold's management.
The UBC location does not currently have any closed complaints on
file with the Better Business Bureau,
but a Burnaby location also listed as
being owned by Newman, according
to the BBB, has had 73 complaints
within the past three years and
receives a grade of "F."
For now, De Silva is not sure if she
will pay the cancellation fee or bide
her time until next September. As
for Gorry, he is still holding out for
Gold's Gym to cancel his contract
without penalty.
"For everyone else, I just wish that
other people don't get entrapped
the way I feel I'm trapped by this
agreement," said Gorry. tJ
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UBC plays better, but still can't do enough to record a victory
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17,2012
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1. Regina 3-0-0
2. TWU 3-0-0
3. Victoria 2-0-1
4. Alberta 2-0-2
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SEASON OF PROMISE
byCJ.Pentland
Looking at the big picture of
Saturday's 39-34 loss to the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, it's hard to see where it all
went wrong for the UBC football
team. Overall, the Thunderbirds
put forth a solid effort for the
big crowd who showed up at
homecoming and played by far
their best all-around game of the
young season.
The effort was there, the
running game was extremely
effective, the passing game was
looking like its old self and the
defence came up with some big
plays that haven't been made all
year. You'd think that that would
be a recipe for success, yet that
was not the case. There was still a
little bit wrong.
UBC head coach Shawn Olson
knew exactly what went wrong,
and in the postgame scrum he had
to repeat what he's been saying
all year. "Too many mistakes,
still too many mistakes," he said.
"That's been the story, and a little
bit of it is guys trying to do a little
bit too much or not listening to
details. But that was a team that
fought today."
But there isn't a column in the
standings for effort and heart,
and there is one for losses. So
even though they may have made
progress, a third straight loss
means that the T-Birds remain at
the bottom of the Canada West
standings.
Now, the climb to the playoffs
gets even steeper. Saturday's
game could've turned around
UBC's season and given them
the momentum they need to
string some wins together and
remember what victory feels
like. Instead, they took another
step backwards.
The best case scenario now
is finishing the regular season with a 5-3 win-loss record,
which would probably give UBC
a playoff game on the road. But
five straight wins kind of seems
like a lot to ask for right now.
Calgary, ranked No. 2 in CIS,
comes to town next weekend,
and away games against Mani-
We still have a lot
of young guys or
first-time guys on
the field and in the
secondary
Shawn Olson
UBC football head coach,
in response to his team's
slow start
toba and Saskatchewan end the
season. Things need to be turned
around quick in order to salvage
the season.
But they've had to turn it
around since week one, and still
haven't been able to do it. It was
expected at the start of the year
that it would take a while for
the new defence to gel and the
offence to really get going, but
the fact that it still hasn't all
meshed by now raises serious
questions. Can you still call them
mistakes if the same things have
been happening for three straight
weeks? They might just be bigger
issues, and ones that strong
individual performances simply
can't overcome.
The 'Birds ran for 276 yards
on the ground, led by Brandon
Deschamps with 122 on 19 carries. Quarterback Billy Greene,
despite having a bad knee and
not knowing until Tuesday if he
would actually play, threw for 290
yards and rushed for 83. First-
year Daniel English emerged as a
receiving threat, as he was constantly able to get himself open
and tallied seven catches for 126
yards. The defence also forced a
fumble, picked off one pass and
recorded one sack. A win usually
accompanies stats like those, but
UBC just couldn't do those small
things that put away a game.
It's little things like not getting any pressure on first-year
JOSH CURRAWHE UBYSSEY
Saskatchewan quarterback Drew
Burko and allowing him to have
all the time in the world to find
receivers downfield and end up
completing 26 of 31 passes for
328 yards and four touchdowns.
Things like failing to adjust
to the actions of Huskies wide
receiver Kit Hillis, who continuously burned UBC's secondary
and ended up with 14 catches for
224 yards and three touchdowns.
And obvious things like dropped
passes and the fumble with less
than three minutes left in the
game that sealed the Thunderbirds' fate.
"We need to do a better job of
adjusting to what they're trying
to do, especially in game ... within
the schemes that we're playing,"
said Olson in regards to the defence. "But some of that's young
players; we still have a lot of
young guys or first-time guys on
the field and in the secondary."
How long can that be the
excuse, though? It was that youth
and inexperience that cost UBC a
victory and a chance of redeeming
their season on Saturday, and it's
the main reason why they are
without a win on the year. In a
regular season that's eight games
long, time can't be wasted on
gearing up new faces. Every game
is crucial, especially when every
team in the Canada West is elite.
It's turning into the same story.
The Thunderbirds play pretty
well for the most part and show
flashes of brilliance, but a few
mental lapses on offence and
shoddy defensive coverage leads
to a loss. They have more than
enough chances to seize victory,
but it always slips through their
fingers.
With Calgary coming here
next weekend, UBC will have
to be next to perfect to get into
the win column. And if they
can do it, maybe that will mean
that they've finally got their
game together.
"We're just trying to get a
win," said Olson.
The season started with high
hopes and visions of playoff
games. Now all they want is a
win. Xi
For a more detailed account of
the game, see our recap online at
ubyssey.ca. SPORTS + REC    I    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012
SOCCER»
Men's soccer proves they're one of the best
UBC knocks off the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, beats UVic 1-0
Rory Gattens
Contributor
When a defending national
champion is in town, there's
always an extra bit of incentive
to knock them off their perch.
Saturday night at Thunderbird
Stadium's David Sidoo Field,
the UBC men's soccer team did
just that.
The Thunderbirds knocked off
the CIS No. 1 ranked University
of Victoria Vikings by a score of
1-0 in a clash of CIS titans, solidifying their status as one of the
country's most elite teams.
UBC striker Gagandeep Dosanjh created problems for the
Vikes defence the entire night
with his pace and intelligent runs
across the backline. His first
chance of the game came in the
second minute, when he found a
pocket of space in midfield and
rushed towards the goal. Dos-
anjh's strike tested Vikes keeper
Elliot Mitrou, but the goalie
reacted brilliantly and tipped it
over the crossbar.
Both teams looked hesitant on
the field, almost more concerned
with not making a mistake than
searching for an opening goal.
This led to a fairly slow pace,
with not many scoring chances.
One finally came in the 22nd
minute; Dosanjh once again
threatened the Victoria goal
with a well-placed cross inside
the six-yard box to a streaking
Kent O'Connor, who narrowly
missed the ball with a sliding
The Thunderbirds continued their dominant play, defeating Victoria and moving to 4-0 on the season.
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effort. UVic rarely threatened
the Thunderbird goal aside from
a few set pieces in the first half,
but UBC goalkeeper Luke O'Shea
confidently collected each effort
with sure hands.
The game went scoreless into
halftime, which the Vikes had to
be pleased with, since they defended for most of the half while
UBC switched the ball effortlessly across the midfield. The match
seemed destined to be deadlocked at a tie unless an individual on either side decided to step
up — and that's what happened.
It was in the 68th minute
when UBC substitute Milad
Mehrabi collected the ball off of
a turnover in midfield and began
dribbling at the Vikes defence.
Neither of Victoria's centre-
backs challenged Mehrabi, so he
continued his run and hit the ball
with such force that it dipped in
the air. The dancing ball left the
goalkeeper confused, and he was
unable to react and stop it from
firing into the top corner of the
goal. It was a strike most players
can only dream of hitting, and it
was one which completely deflated the Victoria team.
UBC then smartly kept possession for the remainder of the
game, frustrating the Victoria
side. They were able to keep
things under control and preserve the one-goal victory.
Dosanjh said his team had
nothing but positives to take
away from the game.
"It was an excellent performance by the boys. Playing against
a tough, hard-working opponent
like Victoria is never easy, but
we battled the entire game to get
the result. The goal by Milad was
something very special, which
boosted our morale. He was
excellent coming off the bench
today and proved to be our match
winner. I think our character
really shone through today in the
win."
Goalkeeper Luke O'Shea
recorded his third shutout of
the season as the Thunderbirds capped off another
six-point weekend.
UBC defenders Steve Johnson and Will Hyde also shone
throughout the match, especially
Hyde's ability to get up and down
the left wing.
The Thunderbirds get some
much-needed rest next weekend;
their next game is on October 5,
when they take on Mount Royal
in Calgary and then Winnipeg
the following day. tJ
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FRINGE 2012 ROUND UP]
ANNAZORIA
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17,2012
VISUAL ART »
AMS art
collection on
display after 37
years
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Ingrid Nilson.a UBC theatre alumus seen here performing outside theSUB, rattles off her bucket list in the show Welcome to my Wake.
Profs, students, alumni dazzle at Fringe Fest
TWO BLONDES WITH A
PASSION DO DEATH IN
VENICE
Have you ever wished that one of
your professors would start singing
in the middle of an otherwise
dull lecture? Two Blondes with a
Passion Do Death in Venice indulges
that fantasy.
The cabaret-style production,
which is less about Venice and more
about the pains of unrequited love,
stars Stephen Heatley, a theatre
professor at UBC, accompanied by
his friend Richard Link on the keyboard. Decked out in full professor
garb (complete with a blue UBC
logo-patterned tie), Heatley belts out
stories of youthful romance while
poking fun at academia.
This curious intersection
between academic lecture and
straightforward musical cuts out a
lot of the pretentiousness that can
mar Fringe theatre; such transparency is refreshing. The performance
itself is intimate, honest, charming
and clever. Both Heatley and Link
can carry a tune; although the venue
is small-scale, their stage presence
could just as easily demand the
attention of a large audience.
Link's superb musical accompaniment complements Heatley's
delivery. Excepting a few pleasant
theatrical detours, however, students may find the gentle pacing and
overt similarity between each song
repetitive. The downtempo character of Two Blondes is better suited
for older audiences looking to wax
nostalgic about their youth.
—Rhys Edwards
PIRATES?
Pirates? is the first major production
of Quimera Collective, a consortium
of young performers whose ranks
include several UBC undergrads.
Staged on the kids' tugboat near the
entrance to Granville Island, the
short performance follows a group
of friends as they embark on an
adventure set in their imagination.
Though their fantasy world seems
limitless, they must defend their
imagination from the evil machinations of everyday reality.
As one of this year's Fringe
Onsite productions, the performance is, conceptually, well suited
to the space. Pirates? toys with
the idea of imagination; while the
cast (as well as the children who
actually play on the tugboat every
day) use the tugboat as a vehicle
for their fantasies, the audience
itself becomes a participant in the
imaginative act just by watching the
performance unfold.
Making an audience suspend
their disbelief is difficult enough,
but making a static playground object come to life is a challenge of its
own. When only one or two actors
use the space, they sometimes struggle to manage this task; conversely,
the strongest moments of Pirates?
occur when the entire cast convincingly uses the tugboat to full effect,
navigating the waves of their world
with hilarity. During these brief
moments, the audience shares in the
dream of their fantasy.
—Rhys Edwards
WELCOME TO MY WAKE
Welcome to My Wake is not so
much a performance as it is an
experience. In a parking garage
opposite Emily Carr School of Art,
Ingrid Nilson enthusiastically
shares her bucket list: a list of tasks
to accomplish before death. Given
the morbid nature of the show's
subject and the frigid setting, one
might think that Welcome is a
sombre production. In fact, it is
the total opposite.
Through song, dance, incredible feats of physical prowess and
eloquently spoken word, Nilson,
a graduate of the UBC theatre
department and former president of the Player's Club, fills the
cavernous garage with joy. From
beginning to end, Welcome is
an absolute pleasure to behold.
Under the able direction of Chris
Robson, himself a student in
UBC's MFA directing program,
Nilson breathes exuberance into
everything she does, whether it's
reciting Shakespearean sonnets or
giving tips on bicycle safety.
Although Welcome is experimental in nature, it never felt like
a novelty. Audience participation
is not contrived, but a natural and
beautiful element in the show. In
all her eccentricity, Nilson never
acts; she inhabits the space as
naturally as a fish in water. The
results are authentically touching.
—Rhys Edwards
THE BIKE TRIP
Martin Dockery's performance may
not be what you expect. For a live
monologue act about LSD, there's
a serious lack of hippie outfits and
psychedelic light shows.
Instead, The Bike Trip is an autobiographical account that is potent
in its simplicity. Armed with nothing but a tall stool and his bottle of
water, Dockery storms the audience
with his unrelenting energy and
storytelling skills.
Through voice and gestures
alone, he sweeps you through
California, Switzerland and India,
all places where LSD helped shed
light on his relationships with
friends, lovers and strangers. Over
the course of 70 minutes, audiences
meet a six-year-old girl who claims
to possess psychic abilities, follow
Dockery on a moonlit bike ride
through the Indian countryside,
marvel at LSD's discovery by Dr.
Albert Hofmann, and shed some
tears over the loss of Dockery's best
friend.
The experiences are so honest
and personal as to transcend the
barriers of place and time. TheBike
Trip is wonderfully spontaneous,
very real and absolutely irresistible.
—Cynthia Chou
HOME FREE!
If it weren't for the incest, Home
Free! would be among the more
conventional offerings at the Fringe
Festival.
The one-act play stars Lawrence and Joanna, a young couple
struggling to prepare for their
future while raising their children.
The pair may strike audiences as a
charming couple at first. Their doting displays of affection reflect the
idealized, happy-go-lucky attitude
of sixties-era United States.
Mixed in with their reverie,
however, are childish exchanges
that reveal the sordid nature of their
relationship. For underneath their
couple dynamic, Lawrence and Joanna feel like quintessential siblings.
They argue, tease and annoy each
other; moments later, they forget
their quarrels and start playing
together. Under the direction of
UBC MFA graduate Brian Cochrane, the cast performs their roles
all too well.
Joanna, played by UBC acting
graduate Maryanne Renzetti, seems
the more mature of the two, yet her
calm demeanour is ruptured by brief
flashes of rage. Lawrence, played
by Langara graduate Jason Clift, is
foolish and naive, but must adopt
the father role in the family. The
duo are harmonized; their near-perfect timing and delivery evokes a
nauseating tension.
Home Free! succeeds because
these interactions between brother
and sister, or husband and wife, feel
disturbingly natural. The audience
laughs because it recognizes the silliness of the siblings' behaviour, but
underlying this laughter is a deep
sense of revulsion.
—Rhys Edwards
LOON
Specializing in classic make-believe,
The Wonderheads (the physical
theatre ensemble behind Loon)
have already taken a whimsically
Pixar-esque look at death with last
season's Grim and Fischer. What is
there to do but examine that other
human mystery, love?
In Loon, Kate Braidwood
portrays a lovable sadsack who
falls head over heels for the moon.
Without the benefit of dialogue
and behind a full-faced mask, she
manages to convey a stunning
array of emotions. Every hunch of
the shoulder and tilt of the head
speaks volumes.
Though adorable to the audience,
the slumping protagonist has little
luck in love — and it's no wonder.
Occupation? Janitor. Favourite person? Mom. Favourite colour? Plaid.
But the plaid exterior belies a
bustling inner life. In his imagination, the character moonlights as a
fantasy hero, fighting intergalactic
battles and romancing Ingrid Bergman a la Bogart. After nights and
nights of gazing at the moon, our
hero begins to pine for it. When he
tries to bring the glowing orb home
with him, the results are by turns
uproarious and heartbreaking.
Andrew Phoenix, the other half
ofThe Wonderheads duo, directed
this well-crafted yarn. His clever
soundscape and set completed the
magic, and, together with Braid-
wood's moonstruck bachelor, left
even the most cynical misty-eyed. Xi
—Catherine Guan
Prabhi Deol
Contributor
Some of the oldest paintings in
the Alma Mater Society (AMS)'s
art collection are on display for
the first time in over 30 years.
"From Brock Hall with Love is
the Alma Mater Society's most
recent show highlighting works
from roughly the collection's first
20 years," said AMS Art Gallery
commissioner Kathleen Hand-
field. "It was housed in Brock
Hall during 1948 to 1969 until its
move to the Student Union Building after its construction."
Concerning the AMS's decision to hold off on selling any
of the pieces from the permanent collection, Handfield said,
"We just wanted to open up the
discussion and see what other
possibilities we have for the art.
An elected group of us will be
meeting to discuss this."
"These paintings haven't been
displayed since approximately
1975," said Diana Zapata, one
of the volunteers at the AMS
Art Gallery. "It's good to have
them out to show the students
what famous works we have, and
hopefully generate interest." The
AMS aspires to attract students
from all faculties to the AMS
Art Gallery, and possibly inspire
them to sign up for future events.
One of the gallery's upcoming
workshops is on canvas painting
— an activity that's for everyone,
from novices to artistes.
The exhibit comprises nine
works, ranging from landscapes
to human portraits. All of them
are by famous Canadian artists,
a fact which the AMS hopes
will foster a sense of identity
and pride in UBC students. For
example, one of the pieces by Joe
Plaskett shows the Fraser River
as seen from the historic Sapper-
ton neighbourhood, located in
New Westminster.
"These two pieces create a
nice dialogue," said Handfield,
comparing Northern Image (1952)
by Lawren Harris to Untitled
(2003) by Lawrence Paul Yuxwe-
luptun, the only aboriginal artist
in the AMS's permanent collection. "The Group of Seven purged
their paintings of any sort of
politics or changes to the natural
landscape through human contact like industrialization. They
wanted to show Canada's terrain
in its purest form. Lawrence
Paul's work, on the other hand,
is heavily influenced by people,
politics and industry."
The SUB Art Gallery is the
perfect location to display a small
number of complex works of
art; it allows students to consider each piece without feeling
crunched for time. Xi 8    I    CULTURE    I    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17,2012
FILM»
Film grads light up the big screen at T.O. film
Astrid Tentorio
Contributor
At the ripe age of 37 years, the
Toronto International Film Festival
(TIFF) proved that it can still pick
up the best of international and Canadian film talent — including some
UBC alumni.
Throughout the first two weeks
of September, the festival showcased
289 feature films and 83 shorts,
as well as lectures, discussions,
workshops and presentations by
filmmakers from all over the world.
Calum Macleod and Lauren
Grant, two UBC graduates whose
films made it into the lineup, had
a lot of positive things to say about
being involved in TIFF.
"Getting into TIFF has given me
a boost of confidence and energy to
pursue my ultimate goal of becoming a feature film director," said
Macleod.
For Grant, it was all about"[...]
meeting people, discussing projects and learning about funding
opportunities in all of the different
countries."
Aside from presenting her two
feature films, Frost and Picture Day,
Grant, who graduated from the UBC
film production program in 2004,
was also a participant of the Producers Lab and the inaugural TIFF
Studio Program.
She is also the head of her own
company, Clique Pictures, which
focuses on feature films and documentaries. The company's short
film, Savage, was a breakout project
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for the young producer, leading to
a Genie Award for Best Live Action
Short Drama. In addition, Grant is
currently involved in a number of
feature films, documentaries and
short film projects such as Public
Service, Get Happy, The Millennials,
Last Day and 24 Hours.
Grant's film Frost is a sci-fi
adventure flick about an arctic
hunter who wants to prove herself
to her father and ends up discovering a new world. Picture Day, on
the other hand, is a coming-of-age
comedy that "features a smart-ass
girl who would rather hang out
in limbo between the two worlds
[adolescence and adulthood],"
said Grant.
The UBC film production program allowed Grant to learn the
basic elements of creating film, but
also to grow and expand in the field
of cinema.
"[The program] taught me how
to make films and it also introduced
me to a lot of talented filmmakers
that I continue to work with today,"
she said.
For Macleod, the program was a
similarly inspiring experience. "It
was during my years at UBC that
I was able to take all the disparate
ideas I had about filmmaking and
turn them into a set of skills that
I would put to use in the years to
come."
After graduating, Macleod went
on to create, write and host his own
TV show, Road Hockey Rumble.
Since then, he's won a number of
awards, including the 2005 National
Screen Institute Drama Prize, and
has produced shorts for the Comedy
Network and Movieola.
At TIFF, Macleod presented
Asian Gangs, a film that he described as a Daily Show-esque com-
edic documentary. The plot involves
a 10-year-old boy, who, after getting
involved in a schoolyard fight, is
warned by the principal that he is
destined to join an Asian gang.
Macleod and his co-director
Lewis Bennet said that they submitted the film and completely forgot
about it; they were both surprised
and excited when they got a call
back from TIFF.
Despite his recent good fortune,
Macleod seemed to have little faith
that his cinematic pursuits would
ever put bread on the table. His
advice to UBC's film production
undergrads? "Marry a pharmacist.
That's worked out pretty well for
me!"
Grant had a more pragmatic
outlook: she attributed her successes to "a mixture of hard work and
luck" and stressed the importance
of making good connections in the
industry.
"The best advice I received
heading into TIFF was make two
good connections instead of being
worried about meeting 100 people.
It doesn't take much, but a few
solid meetings, conversations or
introductions are better than being
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STUDENT RADIO »
Ryerson student radio station loses FM bid
Jeff Lagerquist
The Eyeopener (Ryerson University)
TORONTO (CUP) - The licence
for Toronto radio frequency 88.1
FM was granted to indie music
station Rock 95, accordingto a
decision released September 11 by
the Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission
(CRTC).
The decision to approve Rock 95
followed a public hearing from May
7-16,2012. It also denies applications for the licence from 21 other
applicants, including the community radio project born from previous
frequency owners CKLN, Radio
Ryerson Inc.
"Of course, when you have any
sort of competition [over radio],
you're going to have a winner and
you're goingto have a lot of losers,"
said Kolter Bouchard, a radio-television arts student who helped to
spearhead the movement.
"It's unfortunate for the other 21
applicants... and it's unfortunate
that New Ryerson Radio was unable
to get the 88.1 frequency."
Scott Hutton, a spokesperson for
the CRTC, said that the decision
was finalized after much consideration. "Rock 95 made its way to the
top of the list, you know, primarily
by looking at the factors that we had
set out to look at," he said.
"[They] included a new voice to
the market, what's the impact, is
there room for that type of radio sta
tion, and primarily, in all the cases,
the quality of the application."
While the denial of the application takes away the possibility
of a student-run FM frequency at
Ryerson, Jackie Harrison, a former
CKLN manager that was brought
onto manage the application, said,
"Volunteers are keen to keep doing
local talent initiatives, even without
an FM frequency."
Bouchard said that while no
decisions have been reached on the
future of the organization, there
will be no shortage of opportunities
for radio enthusiasts to get involved
in activities like the department's
radio program, Spirit Live, and the
school's television program, RUTV.
Volunteers are
keen to keep
doing local talent
initiatives, even
without an FM
frequency.
Jackie Harrison
Former CKLN Manager
Ryerson President Sheldon Levy
also felt the decision did not spell
the end of New Ryerson Radio.
"It raises the stakes," he said.
"Now we have to have the world's
best internet radio station."
Radio Ryerson made a bid for
continued use of the frequency to
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New Ryerson Radio lost its bid for the 88.1 frequency, which means student broadcasts will be restricted to internet radio,
the CRTC last fall after an October
referendum on campus voted overwhelmingly in favour of adding
an annual student fee of $10.35
that would go towards the radio
station. Rock 95 hopes to bring a
voice and exposure to Canadian
artists who are not signed to a
major label.
"The Rock 95 did propose to play
40 per cent Canadian content and
I think that was a key to their proposal," said Hutton. "Sixty per cent
would be emerging artists. So, those
are folks who are walking around
with demo tapes."
Levy, a key supporter of New
Ryerson Radio from the beginning,
said his support would not be limited anytime soon.
"I'm hugely confident in our
students," Levy said.
"If they come asking for help, I
will be behind [them] 100 per cent.'
—With files from Ian Vandaelle
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PARTINGS SHOTS AND SNAP JUDGEMENTS ON TODAY'S ISSUES
Graduate Student Society
right to hand over Koerner's
management to third party
The process for reviving Koerner's Pub is heading in the right
direction, as long as students are
kept at the forefront.
Handing off the beloved campus pub to a third party is clearly
the only way to save it from
mismanagement by the Graduate Student Society (GSS). The
pub, which has been shuttered
for a year and a half, was barely
compliant with liquor laws under
GSS management.
When it comes to Koerner's,
the GSS is caught between only
having so many resources to
engage in so many issues and
having such a time-consuming
flagship service. The fact that
staffing issues will now be out of
the GSS's hands sounds positive
to us.
It's important, however, to
ensure that whoever takes over
keeps the bar student-focused.
That student focus is why Koerner's is remembered so fondly, and
why the 2010 rejig with raised
prices didn't work. It's always
tough to deal with the high
expectations of bringing back
an establishment like Koerner's, with its rosy memories and
rocky past.
Have we figured out what's
going on with course packs
yet?
The Supreme Court of Canada's
decision last July to expand the
"fair dealing" provision of the
Copyright Act to cover teaching
is vindication for UBC.
UBC has been in limbo since
it opted out of a deal with Access
Copyright (AC), a copyright
licensing agency. In 2011, it was
announced that fees for the service would be subject to a $1.35
million annual increase. The
university reasoned that they
already owned the vast majority
of the copyrights covered in the
AC deal, and that students would
essentially be paying twice to
access the same material. So
UBC told AC where to put it.
Since then, it's been unclear
whether the photocopying of
copyrighted material is fair game
for teachers. The decision on fair
dealing clears this up, and allows
teachers to create copies for the
purposes of "a student's research
and private study."
UBC's clash with AC was a
high-minded gamble that seems
to have paid off. The Supreme
Court decision clears up any
confusion around the creation of
course packs.
But despite the university's
claims that everything is just
peachy, anyone who has either
taken or taught a class post-AC
has an outlook that's a little
less rosy. For the most part,
professors seem to be aware
that UBC is undergoing huge
changes in how it deals with
copyright. But for all UBC's
investment and mass emails,
most professors don't fully
understand how it affects them.
We've all had profs tell us that
they're no longer using certain
texts because they're unsure
about its copyright. Others send
students to a page of links, and
say that if students want a paper
copy, they have to take care of
it themselves.
The impact of copyright changes has been felt most acutely by
faculty and students, who UBC
was supposed to be protecting
from big, bad Access Copyright.
This Supreme Court decision,
and UBC's subsequent full court
press on the issue, should clear
things up.
The problem with having
a magnet school in the
University Endowment
Lands
Delays in the construction of the
University Hill Secondary School
have got us wondering why the
Vancouver School Board didn't
take action sooner to account for
the mass influx of residents of
U-Town.
According to a strategic
report published by the Vancouver School Board, the UBC
community is one of few areas
in the city that is actually
experiencing a growth of elementary-school-aged children,
while the same demographic is
declining in the vast majority
N DIANA JO EULLUSTRATION/THE UBYSSEY
of Vancouver.
As the highest-ranking public
secondary school in the district,
U-Hill (currently located in an
overcrowded building on Acadia
Road) draws students from all
across the Lower Mainland. Its
University Transition Program,
which offers gifted students an
accelerated curriculum and early
admission to UBC, is envied
across the province. While the
UBC Official Community Plan,
adopted in 1997, outlined a plan
for an influx of young residents,
it did not formally begin the process of expanding and renovating
old schools until 2008. It seems
as though the Vancouver School
Board is struggling to adjust to
the fact that new families moving into most parts of Vancouver
don't have school-aged children,
while areas such as UBC are
experiencing the opposite and
begging for better programs.
All parties are eagerly
awaiting the completion of the
new building. But ensuring that
future children at UBC will have
adequate access to schooling still
appears to be years away from
fruition.
Makes sense for UBC to lead
the way on treaty law
All Canadian law schools require
a cursory treatment of Aboriginal law as part of their curricula,
but UBC has gone above and
beyond by requiring students to
take an entire course dedicated
to the subject. Not only does
this give students a more solid
background in the issues, it's an
important symbolic acknowledgement that the issues exist
at all.
Of course, UBC has always
been a little more tuned in to
these issues than some of its
other post-secondary peers in
Canada, since it's located on
Musqueam land and all. But if
knowledge is power and students
are the future, then educating future lawyers in the complexities
of treaty law is an important step
toward avoiding another Oka. As
any elephant who has spent time
in a living room will tell you, pretending a problem doesn't exist is
a terrible way to solve it. Xi
Oil and gas money mucks
up UBC's green sheen
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KATICHISMS
by Gordon Katie
If you had to think of a place that
represents UBC's commitment to
sustainability, you might think of
the Centre for Interactive Research
on Sustainability (CIRS), lauded
as "the greenest building in North
America." You probably wouldn't
think of the Guinness Tower, in
the heart of Vancouver's financial
district. Unlike CIRS, it has no sophisticated energy monitors, innovative rainwater collection systems,
or "living walls." Rather, this tower
is home to dozens of nondescript
corporate offices.
One of those offices houses UBC
Investment Management Trust Inc.,
or IM ANT, a wholly owned corporate subsidiary of UBC. IMANT
is responsible for managing UBC's
enormous investment portfolio,
including the staff pension plan and
the endowment fund. It is in this
office that UBC made a Faust-
ian bargain with the oil and gas
industry, investing $4.6 million of
our endowment into Baytex Energy,
Ensign Energy, Talisman Energy
and the Encana Corporation.
Baytex Energy (UBC's investment: $1,127,731) operates primarily in the Peace River Oil Sands
and around the border between
Alberta and Saskatchewan. Ensign Energy (UBC's investment:
$1,332,492) is Canada's second-largest drilling contractor, with over
300 rigs, mostly in the oil sands
and around southern Saskatchewan. Talisman Energy (UBC's
investment: $1,043,566) specializes in shale gas extraction through
the controversial drilling practice
known as hydraulic fracking.
The Encana Corporation (UBC's
investment: $1,108,242), which
also practices fracking — and
was shown in the documentary
film Gasland to have contaminated drinking water — is one of
North America's largest natural
gas producers.
These are relatively minor
segments of a diverse $938 million
endowment portfolio, and even
smaller segments of the enormous
market capitalization of these firms.
Nevertheless, this $4.6 million
investment threatens the integrity
of UBC and its students. To preach
environmental sustainability while
at the same time investing in some
of the most environmentally destructive corporations on the planet
is blatant hypocrisy.
After months of record-setting
temperatures, unprecedented Arctic
melting and overwhelming ocean
acidification, it is becoming clear
that climate change is intensifying far faster than scientists have
expected. Bottle-saving water
fountains are great, but they are not
nearly enough; it is now the time for
drastic action. UBC should divest
itself completely from the oil and gas
sector, and it should then write ethical and environmental investment
policy into IMANT's Statement of
Investment Policies and Procedures.
Divestment campaigns led
by universities and other large
institutional investors were instrumental in toppling the South
African apartheid regime, and
they could be as effective here.
With UBC's firm commitment to
sustainability, it makes sense for
us to play a leading role and be the
first university to divest. It would
send a strong message to the world
that institutions of higher learning
will not be complicit in the destruction of the planet. What good
is it to mould future leaders if our
investments ensure that there will
be no future to lead? Xi
Iranian students stranded
after embassy closure
PERSPECTIVES
by Kiyan Abhari
Can you imagine being an
international student and having
a budget that fluctuates wildly based on foreign exchange
markets? Can you imagine being
an international student whose
military service exemption needs
to be renewed every year? What if
you want to visit your old grandmother, who will not be allowed
into Canada, but you have no passport to be able to visit her either?
On September 7,2012, Canada
severed any and all diplomatic
relations with Iran. It is not the
UBC Persian Club's place to argue
whether or not this was a good or
valid course of action; we are not
well versed in politics. But more
importantly, on a human level, it
does not matter whether or not this
unprecedented action was justified.
The issue we're primarily concerned
with is how Iranian-Canadian
students, who depended on services
of the Canadian embassy in Iran, are
now left without a viable alternative.
The Iranian government allowed
international students to buy
Canadian dollars in Iran, at the advertised rate by Iranian banks, at a
third of the market price, contingent
on proving that they had their enrolment confirmed by the Canadian
embassy. The average international
student now has to live on a third
of their original income because
they cannot have their enrolment
confirmed by the authorities.
Undoubtedly some had planned for
increases in the price of the Canadian dollar, but no one predicted a
300 per cent increase. People who
have worked hard all of their lives
in order to attend university in Iran,
saved money while studying and
were accepted into universities such
as UBC based on their merits are
now at risk of having to leave their
studies unfinished. These are the
very same people who do their best
to stay in Canada once they receive
their Ph.D.s and master's: assets that
we have not had to pay a cent for.
It is not just the international
students either. Those of us who
were born here or have lived here
long enough to be Canadian are
in trouble too. Men over 18 are
now essentially unable to enter
Iran without risking jail or forced
"mandatory military service." We
are denied the ability to attend
weddings, funerals or simple
family gatherings to see people we
have not seen for years. According
to Citizenship and Immigration
Canada, having dual citizenship
is an assigned right. If the Iranian
embassy is closed and there is no
other way to obtain or renew a
passport, how are the students
expected to exercise that right?
We understand the realities of
the situation. We just want to make
sure that authorities are aware of
the costs, and how this action hurts
the student population.
Aayan Abhari is a member of the
UBC Persian Club. Scene
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WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
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Hi Dr. Bryce,
I'm in my fourth year and still technically a virgin. Technically meaning
I've seen around 10 escorts during
my time at UBC. Just wondering if
you could give some tips or advice on
girls from UBC since I'm graduating
soon and it would suck if I graduated
without getting laid.
Thanks,
Kind of Like a Virgin
Dear KOLAV,
If your main goal is to have intercourse with a female, and you can
afford the services of sex workers, I
recommend you keep paying for it.
If you want something extra,
then I can see why you'd like to hit it
off with a lady at the local watering
hole. "Extra," in this case — since
you make no reference to romantic
sunsets or the diminutive pitter-patter of descendants — is the surge in
self-esteem that comes from another
human finding you so attractive
that they want to dance the sloppy
tarantella with you.
I can't offer you a recipe for seduction, aside from pointing out that
your current goal-oriented pursuit
of the opposite sex stinks. Desperation has a distinct, off-putting scent,
which could be partly to blame for
why you aren't having any luck.
Everyone has a different sexual
trajectory. Some dudes don't have
sex until they're way into their
twenties. Some have sex when
they're super young (and, depending
on the dynamics of the relationship,
this can cause considerable mental/
emotional anguish).
Unless you're using your penis
to hurt other people/animals, its
activities do not reflect on your
value as a human being. If you need
a boost in self-esteem, challenge
yourself mentally and physically
in ways that don't revolve around
bedding females.
Get better at something you
already kind of do well. Set goals
for fitness or good grades and meet
them. Put yourself in unfamiliar
social situations and survive them.
Quit a shitty habit. If paying for sex
is making you feel bad — nothing in
your letter indicates that it does, but
just in case — then stop.
If you can learn to feel like an
awesome guy without relying on the
opinions/genitals of others, it will
have two positive effects.
First, you'll exercise muscles such
as willpower, resolve and self-control, which will make you a happier
person. You'll be more capable of
getting what you want, and even
when you don't, it won't seem like
such a big deal.
Second, you will become more
attractive. Being a confident, decent
person is pretty hot. I'm not saying
that quitting smoking or learning salsa dancing will make you
irresistable, but it's a step in the
right direction.
Getting laid before graduating
is an arbitrary goal. You're not a
Judd Apatow character, KOLAV.
Don't make boner anxiety the central plot point of your life. Focus
on becoming more complete and
happy; focus on growing up. The
rest will follow. Xi
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Bryce? Email advice@ubyssey.ca.
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