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Residents of University
Endowment Lands seek
incorporation P3
^ After a decade in the
woods, UBC men's and
women's hockey are
ready to make some
noise in the CIS P6
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A group of students
want universities
ranked on ethical
Investments P3
Unlimited Dance Club
hosts b-boy dance
battle at UBC P5 »Page 2
What's on
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UBC REC Shopping Week @ UBC Student
Recreation Centre
UBC REC offers students the opportunity to sample its instructional fitness courses from Jan. 7-13. There are over 60 classes available. Reserve
your spot by 5 p.m. the day before the class you want to take. Free.
Karaoke: 9 p.m. @ the Gallery
This Tuesday night musical event
is a UBC classic. Come out and
sing along toyourfavourite tune.
Engineering Transfer Student Info Session: 5 p.m. @
LillooetRoom, IKBLC
Have questions about transferring into engineering answered
before the application deadline
on Jan. 31. Free.
Looper: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
@ the Norm Theatre
Films resume playing atthe Norm
this week with a sci-fi action movie set in 2074. $2.50 for members,
$5 for general public.
Unlimited Styles, from the
Streets to the Schools: 5 p.m.
@ UBC SUB Ballroom
Come out and show off at UBC's
first one-on-one all-styles dance
battle. Prizes and entertainment
abound, and spectators are
welcome. $8-$20.
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Michael Silbert has been the rabbi and executive director of UBC's Hillel House for four months.
Rabbi says hello to Hillel House
Michael Silbert, newly appointed rabbi and executive
director at Hillel House, had
a long journey before finding
himself at UBC.
From completing his
undergrad at the University of
Cape Town in South Africa to
attending graduate school at
Brandeis University in Boston,
Silbert is familiar with working in a university setting.
"It is a place and environment that I really thrive on
and really enjoy," said Silbert.
"Having worked at a Hillel
before [in Boston], I knew that
university environment —
Hillel environment — was the
kind of place I wanted to be
working in."
Prior to his arrival to the
West Coast, Silbert worked at
the Boston University Hillel
and recently obtained his
ordination as a rabbi from the
Rabbinical School of Hebrew
College in Massachusetts.
"I had an incredible experience, a very powerful and
meaningful experience myself,
as a Jewish student leader,"
he said.
"In a way, I guess I worked
very hard to never leave uni
versity campuses, and now I
have the luxury of being on
a university campus without
having to study or write exams
or hand in papers, so I'm really
loving that."
Silbert said that his first
four months as the executive
director at Hillel House have
not disappointed.
"It's just actually an incredibly special and unique opportunity to get to work with
students who are exploring so
many aspects of their identity
at this point, and to be able
to show that Jewish life is an
exciting and viable choice that
they can make at this point in
their life," said Silbert.
Although he was a university student for more than a
decade, Silbert acknowledged
the differences between
current and past generations
of students.
"It's a constant reminder
and reality check that you can't
just go on assuming that the
experience that other people
have is the same that I have,"
said Silbert. "What we were
doing for students two years
ago isn't necessarily what we
need to be doing for students
today. "
As far as Jewish students go,
Silbert said that Hillel House
welcomes all students, whether
they are religious or not.
"I know there are Jewish
students out there who just
don't relate religiously at all,"
he said. "You don't necessarily
need to relate to Israel to find a
place for yourself here."
In addition, Silbert said he
wants Hillel House to foster its
own sense of community.
"Maybe some students
have had experiences in the
Jewish community that have
made them feel pretty disenfranchised from that Jewish
community," said Silbert.
"This does not need to be that
As executive director,
Silbert said his main priority
at Hillel House is to provide a
place of comfort — for not only
any Jewish person, but also
any member of this campus.
"We share this campus
environment with other people
and heaven forbid that we become so self-involved that we
forget that," he said.
"We are continuing to work
hard at making connections,
not just with people that possibly have the same interests
and same backgrounds, but
with people who are different
than us, those that have other
life experiences." 31
2pm | SUB 24
University of
Saskatchewan to
get rid of over a
million books
A petition launched by a UBC sustainability grad wants Maclean's to rank universities based on how ethical their investment portfolios are.
UBC grad wants schools ranked on investment ethics
Veronika Bondarenko
Class size. Professors' research.
International reputation. These
are some of the usual categories
that are used to rank universities. But now a UBC grad wants
to add a new, controversial item
to this list: how ethical a school's
investments are.
Recent UBC graduate Kyuwon
Kim is one of the three students
behind a petition to push Maclean's
magazine to include an ethical
investment assessment in its annual
ranking of Canadian universities.
Together with Yasmin Parodi and
Elysia Petrone, Kim is asking the
magazine to rank universities based
on the environmental and labour
practices of the companies they
invest money in.
"We just got talking about
how endowment funds are often
invested in unethical ways," said
Kim, who finished her degree in
natural resources conservation in
2012. "And then we just came up
UBC profs appointed to Order
of Canada
Pianist Jane Coop, a longtime faculty member of the UBC School of
Music, was appointed as a member
of the Order of Canada for her contributions as a musician, performer
and music educator.
Anthropologist Julie Cruikshank
was appointed as an officerfor her
work studying the oral histories of
Athapaskan and Tlingit elders in
Canada's north.
Clyde Hertzman was also appointed as an officerfor his research on
early childhood development.
medicine professor, was appointed
as an officerfor his work preventing
infectious diseases.
Riskier skiing may be caused by
genetics: UBC study
A UBC study shows there may be a
link between how many risks skiers
and snowboarders take on the
slopes and their genetic makeup.
Researchers surveyed skiers and
snowboarders in Whistler, Vancouver and Lake Louise about how risky
their downhill antics were, and then
took genetic samples. They found
a mutation in a genefora dopamine
receptor — dopamine is a brain
chemical involved in pleasure-seeking and feelings of reward —that
was more common in skiers and
snowboarders who make riskier
choices on the hill.
The study was published in the
Journal of Medicine and Science in
Sports. Xi
with using the Maclean's route of
leveraging them to make a change,
because a lot of people use the
Maclean's rankings to decide what
university they're goingto."
The petition, launched in December on change.org, already has
over 9,000 signatures, and the number is still growing. Kim hopes the
ranking system will make it easier
for students to see whether a university has ties to corporations that
they consider unethical, such as the
fossil fuel industry or companies
with questionable labour laws.
UBC is a big proponent of
on-campus sustainability initiatives, but Kim argues that for them
to be a truly "green" university, they
need to make sure their investment
portfolio is sustainable as well. "I
believe that because you go to universities and they are quick to boast
about how they're leading the way
in sustainability, and they are, it's
kind of hypocritical that they are
investing in unethical activities,"
said Kim.
Accordingto UBC treasurer
Peter Smailes, the university's $1
billion endowment fund is managed by the university's finance
department and UBC Investment
Management Trust, Inc. (IMANT),
a separate corporation owned
completely by UBC. IMANT has
come under scrutiny in recent years
because, as a separate corporation,
its files aren't subject to provincial
freedom-of-information law. And
for big-picture oversight of UBC's
investment strategy, the buck stops
with the UBC Board of Governors.
Accordingto Smailes, UBC does
not have a policy that bans the
university from investing in certain
companies. Instead, investments
from the endowment fund go
through a process that tries to ensure the best possible long-term return on investment for the university, all while striving to maintain a
standard of ethical investment.
Details on what exactly constitutes "ethical investment" are still
up for debate.
Recently, various private colleges
inthe United States have started
to scrutinize their endowment
investments more closely. Hampshire College, in Amherst, Massachusetts, does not ban investments
in specific sectors. But it does have
a policy that all investments must
be made in accordance with the
school's core values of sustainability and social responsibility.
The movement hasn't picked up
much steam in Canada, but Kim said
she believes it wouldn't be difficult
for Maclean's to include investments
in their university rankings.
"[There is] a lot of material and
it's really available, mainstream
research," said Kim. "The idea
would be that Maclean's could use
existing research that's out there to
rank the universities."
Kim said they have received a
response from Maclean's and talks
are ongoing, but would not discuss
the details of the conversations. A
response from the magazine was
not available by press time. 31
Get ready for a new city next door to UBC
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
If you're on UBC campus, the
closest city is Vancouver, right?
Well, that might not be true for
much longer.
The University Endowment
Lands — a patch of provincially run
land on Point Grey, dotted with
high-priced houses — might soon
become its own mini-city. The
approximately 4,000 people who
live on that land, which isn't part
of UBC or the City of Vancouver,
are frustrated they don't have any
elected civic representation.
The issue of who has control
over land west of Blanca is fairly
complicated. As it stands right now,
the part controlled by UBC — which
includes all the university-related
buildings, and "University Town"
neighbourhoods like Wesbrook
Place — isn't part of any other city
and has no local government. Any
decisions about what happens there
are made by the university. The
Endowment Lands, on the other
hand — which covers all those older
homes in the neighbourhoods east
of Wesbrook Mall — are run directly
by the provincial government, and
they don't have any local representation either.
The Community Advisory Council for the Endowment Lands, which
hardly has any power right now but
acts as the voice of people living
there, voted at a December meeting
to take the first steps to incorporate
the area as its own municipality.
"The Endowment Lands are
managed by outsiders. The problem
is there's nobody looking after the
people. There's nobody paying
attention to what the community
needs," said Council chair Ron
Pears. "The people in Victoria don't
care. It's not their job."
Accordingto Pears, this has been
a longtime coming. The Endowment Lands have tried to incorporate before, and in 1995 a vote was
held on the subject. Endowment
Lands residents were strongly in favour, but that vote also included the
then-new campus neighbourhood
of Hampton Place, which voted
against incorporation.
Pears said that the Hampton
Place residents likely opposed
incorporation because they were
afraid their municipal taxes would
go toward infrastructure improvements in the much-older Endowment Lands areas. But this time,
Endowment Lands residents plan to
leave UBC land out of the hoped-for
new city.
"The people living on the land
leased from UBC have a very messy
situation. They'll probably have to
live with whatever they've got,"
said Pears.
The council has only just started
taking the first steps toward incorporation; they need to survey all
residents and conduct a feasibility
study before the plan can become a
reality. Accordingto Pears, it could
take up to two years for all of this to
happen. Once they have everything
in place, they'll need permission
from the provincial government to
The province's Ministry of
Community, Sport and Cultural
Development, which would be in
charge of approving the change,
hasn't taken any position on the
issue yet.
Pears expects residents to
support the change, and he doesn't
anticipate any hurdles from the
province. "If we make a good pitch
for it, and the citizenry really do
want it, there's no reason for them
to stand in the way," he said.
When asked about the possible
option of joining the City of Vancouver instead, Pears said the option is
off the table. "They [aren't] looking
to absorb us," he said.
What happens to the University
Endowment Lands will probably
have some effect on UBC, not to
mention the thousands of people
who still live on university-controlled land without any civic
representation. However, what that
effect will be remains to be seen.
Richard Alexander, chair of the
University Neighbourhoods Association, which represents the residential housing on UBC land, said
that so far, the association has no
position on the Endowment Lands
plan. "It's all a bit premature for us,"
Alexander said. "We'll just wait and
see how things turn out." 31
The U of S is reorganizing their libraries in
favour of digital collections.
Anna-Lilja Dawson
The Shear (U of Saskatchewan)
SASKATOON (CUP) - More than
one million hard-copybooks are
set to be removed from University
of Saskatchewan libraries in the
coming years.
The move, which will wipe the
shelves at four of the seven campus
libraries, is the third phase in the
library's long-term plan to become
efficient in the digital age.
The removal of the 1.1 million
books will begin with the Veterinary Medicine Library in September
2013, followed by the Engineering
Library in 2014. Both the Law
Library and the Education and
Music Library will be gutted at an
undetermined later date.
The remaining books will create
a three-branch collection in the
main Murray Library, the Leslie and
Irene Dube Health Sciences Library,
which will open in the spring of
2013, and the soon-to-be renamed
Natural Sciences Library.
Accordingto the official planning
document, the number of books
that students have been taking out
has dropped 42 per cent inthe past
decade. The university acquired 1.6
million books from 2008 and years
previous; of those books, 1.1 million
have been deemed suitable for disposal or storage.
Books that are moved into the
high-density storage facility will be
available for students to read upon
request in a provided location.
Ken Ladd, associate dean of the
U of S Library and co-author of the
planning document, told the Star
Phoenix that most universities are
shifting towards a more digital
book collection. The goal for most
facilities, he said, is to decrease book
space by at least 20 to 30 per cent.
Despite the strategic move
away from the printed copy, Vicki
Williamson, dean of the U of S
Library, told the Star Phoenix that
visits to the Murray Library skyrocketed since the renovations three
years ago.
This space will be used to create a
classroom, a reading room, graduate
student commons and additional
space for special collections and
archives, as well as a digitization
centre where resources can be made
easily available beyond the U of
S community.
Ladd told On Campus News that
the third and current phase of the
plan will help define the university's
library by allotting new space for
archives and special collections.
"With the way electronic resources are going, libraries are becoming
more similar to each other except
for their archives and special collections. These, as well as service and
facilities, are what make libraries
unique from each other."
The planning document describes the amount of books that
will be removed as equivalent to 32
kilometres of bookshelves. NEWS    I    MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013
Idle No More supporters organize protest on campus
Arno Rosenfeld
Her shoulders draped with a red
blanket adorned with traditional
symbols, Shelly Johnson took
the mic in front of the UBC First
Nations Longhouse Thursday
afternoon and began verbally assailing Bill C-45, a sweeping new
proposed law from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government.
"We can all do something
about this colonial and unilateral,
paternalistic legislation being
pushed through in the name of
Canada," said Johnson, an assistant professor in the UBC School
of Social Work and a Saulteaux
person from the Keeseekoose
First Nation in Saskatchewan.
The gathering of roughly 200 Idle
No More supporters cheered.
Idle No More is a viral, decentralized protest movement founded weeks ago by Canadian aboriginal activists. It sparked around a
hunger strike by Theresa Spence,
chief of the Attawapiskat First
Nation in northern Ontario, who
has now gone three weeks on a
liquid diet in hopes of meeting
with Harper to discuss treaty
rights. The movement grew
across Canada to a series of increasingly vehement demonstrations opposing C-45, a law which
changes how aboriginal reserve
land in Canada can be sold.
Thursday's event, organized
by Johnson, was the movement's
first on UBC campus. It featured
speakers including Joyce Murray, MP for Vancouver-Quadra
and candidate for leader of the
Liberal Party of Canada, as well
as Grand Chief Stewart Phillip,
president of the Union of B.C.
Indian Chiefs.
Those assembled, spanning
in age from toddlers hopping in
puddles to bundled-up seniors,
were low-key and solemn. Quiet,
scattered applause was punctuated by occasional drumbeats.
The speakers had angry and
determined messages, but spoke
with a sombre tone. During a lull
waiting for Grand Chief Phillip to
arrive, a dance circle began, one
lively moment that drew in most
of the crowd.
The speakers criticized the
Harper government, and praised
the movement for highlighting
issues that have long plagued
aboriginal peoples and Canada as
a whole.
Murray, who first announced
her support for Idle No More
weeks ago, said Bill C-45 demonstrates larger problems with the
current government. "It has been
a very difficult time, to see the
downward spiral of democracy,
the closedness, but also the lack
of consultation and especially the
lack of consultation with aboriginal peoples," she said.
Petitions opposing the law
were circulated though the
crowd, and organizers hope
Murray will take those signatures
to Ottawa.
Proponents of the bill say
it will help aboriginal groups
pursue economic development
projects on their land. But the
Idle No More organizers say the
bill violates existing treaties.
Specifically, many are worried
that by allowing the minister for
Indian affairs to sell reserve land
without a band's consent, the government is hoping to open more
land to oil drilling.
Tom Flanagan, a political science professor at the University
of Calgary and former Harper
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adviser who supports the bill,
said aboriginal groups oppose it
simply because they believe the
federal government lacks authority to change how aboriginal land
is managed.
The only way the
public is going to
really understand
the depth of
poverty and the
tragic dimensions
of that poverty
is when you hear
from the people
themselves who
are most affected
by the poverty"
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
President, Union of B.C.
Indian Chiefs
But Idle No More's goals go
beyond opposing C-45. Similar
to the Occupy movement, it is a
grassroots initiative: it has no
one leader, and it aims to tackle a
broad range of issues.
In an interview after the rally,
Grand Chief Phillip said the
movement has brought out a side
of aboriginal issues the media had
previously failed to focus on.
"The only way the public is
going to really understand the
depth of poverty, and the tragic
dimensions of that poverty, is
when you hear from the people
themselves who are most affected
by the poverty," Phillip said.
"The Idle No More movement
goes beyond the indigenous community.... [Harper's government]
has shown utter contempt for
the parliamentary process and I
believe Canadians are beginning
to wake up to this."
Shawn Schaubel, a UBC social
work student who collected
signatures in opposition of C-45,
thought the demonstration
achieved an important goal: raising more awareness on campus
for aboriginal issues.
"I don't think a lot of people on
campus either know about Idle
No More, or what we're learning
is that people think it's only about
aboriginal issues," said Schaubel.
"The average person, they just
don't know what it's about." Xi
Numerous speakers, including Grand Chief Steward Philip, took the stage.
Demonstrators formed a drum circle during the rally.
Over 200 people attended the Thursday event, held outside the the First Nations Long-
house on campus. Culture
The Unlimited Styles dance-off is on Jan. 11.
Rebekah Ho
On Jan. 11, the Unlimited Dance
Club will start the new year
fresh by presenting Unlimited
Styles, UBC's first one-on-one
dance battle.
Accordingto Graham Lee, one
of the club's event coordinators, a
group of Korean B-boys (or break-
dancers) founded the Unlimited
Dance Club because they were
looking for a greater community
of dancers at UBC. The slogan for
the event, "From the STREETS
to the SCHOOLS," reflects their
desire for a place on campus
where dancers can meet, connect
and learn.
"[We want] to let people know
what Unlimited Dance Club is all
about: to bring people who are
interested in dance, but just never
knew how to get there. We really
want to build a community here in
terms of hip hop," said Lee. "This
is a place you can chill, learn new
techniques and introduce yourself
to the scene in Vancouver."
Naheel Jawaid, one of
Unlimited's executive members,
added, "We wanted there to be
that kind of hub where people
could practice and be supportive
of each other."
Unlimited has three goals for
this year: offering dance classes,
organizing social events, and
finally, creating one huge dance
battle that is not only supported
by UBC, but by other schools such
as SFU and Douglas College. To
encourage new dancers who may
be hesitant to put themselves in
front of judges and a crowd, several spots have been reserved specifically for post-secondary students.
"We want to involve a lot of
new people in UBC or in post-secondary," said Lee. "The whole
point of this is to share and show
people this is what we're about.
It's not a chance to get out there
and get smoked.... It's more of a
chance to observe and share the
hip hop style."
The high-energy dance
battle calls for a very
participatory audience.
"The best thing about these
events is that it's not like you
just sit and watch something. It's
interactive," said Jawaid.
"When you see someone throw
down in the jam, it gets the crowd
pumped up and going,... and the
dancer who's dancing feels the
energy from the crowd and starts
excelling from it," said Lee. "It
really involves everyone in the
room. The energy comes from
But the Unlimited Dance Club
hopes to do more than just put on
a show.
"I think you have to go to one
of these battles just to see. There's
something about it that's so positive.... It's infectious," said Jawaid.
"It's more than just dance. It's a
learning experience. It's something that helps you grow as a
person.... Don't just watch it. Just
dive in and pursue it."
Lee added, "When you go to an
event like this,... it's not dancing
just for show. Their whole heart
is into it, and it's something
they've developed from hours of
continuous practice. The chance
to witness something like that is
really inspiring because you can
see everything they have on the
dance floor. That's who they are
as a person. It's what makes them
up." Xi
UBC grad's short film stands tall at TIFF
Bahar Noorizadehs film "Lingo" centres on the cultural and linguistic barriers encountered
Andrew Bates
Managing Editor Web
The stress and sleep deprivation of a final project is not
something people associate
with the glamour of the Toronto
International Film Festival (TIFF).
But for recent UBC graduate
Bahar Noorizadeh, the effort invested in her UBC film production
final project has landed her film
"Lingo" inthe top 10 Canadian
short films of 2012.
"Every step was super shocking
and surprising to me," Noorizadeh
said. "It was part of a student pro
ject and I couldn't see the scope for
my film,... that it [has gone] so far."
"Lingo" is a film about an
Afghan immigrant who has a misunderstanding in a police interrogation when her son is suspected
of arson. According to Noorizadeh,
the film was based on research
she did for an unrelated story
on immigration.
"Before I started that project,
I was working on an immigration-related topic, and I was going
to work on some kind of immigrant
film," she said. "After a while I
came upon this real life story about
by immigrant families.
an Afghan woman in the U.S., that
the same situation happened to
her. It kind of started changing my
idea to this one."
The way that language and culture affect the immigrant experience is common in many countries,
said Noorizadeh, who was born
in Iran. "I felt like it's kind of universal, immigration and language.
[It's] something that happens in
every immigrant society and Canada is probably the biggest one. It's
probably bigger than the U.S."
"Lingo" was one of UBC's
submissions to the TIFF Student
Showcase, an August event where
the top 10 student films from across
the country are shown at TIFF.
"The thing is that the programmers that curate that event, they're
the same programmers that pick
the short films at TIFF," Noorizadeh said. "So after a while, my
film got into the short section of
TIFF in September."
After a year of writing the
script, the film took about four
months to produce. "We had more
pre-production than shooting days.
The structure of the program requires only three days of shooting
for each film, so I had to prepare
for my film for about three months
before starting the project," she
said, adding that the post-production process of editing and
sound design took three weeks.
Film production students Alex
Lasheras, Edi Leung and Leen Issa
also worked on the project.
Noorizadeh is currently work-
shopping her next project and
applying to master's programs. But
inthe meantime, she's enjoying the
spotlight at TIFF.
"I was always shocked by all
the news that came along. I think
TIFF is amazing for what it gave
me.... I'm kind of spoiled and
pampered," she said. "There's a
cocktail party, and then there's
a directors' lunch the day after,
so that's the kind of pampering I
[saw] on this trip.
"I'm super excited; I can't even
explain.... I had the experience
of screening my film at TIFF['s
Student Showcase], so I'm not as
scared as before." 31
writing grad to
publish book on
sexual assault
Arno Rosenfield
When Jen Roth went
hunting for a comprehensive book on sexual
assault several years ago, she was
disappointed to come up empty-handed at local libraries and
bookstores. So she set out to write
one herself.
Roth, a UBC creative writing
graduate, said that while she has
friends who have experienced
violent sexual assault, what really
drove her to write the book was the
lamentable state of society's views
on sexual assault.
"Almost everyone I talked to
thought it was somehow inherent
in human nature, or that... it's just
something you need to accept instead of reject," Roth explained.
The book, which is still being
written, will explore society's
treatment of sexual assault through
various paradigms. For instance, in
the book, Roth examines the idea
that women tend to make up sexual
assaults for attention.
Roth also explores the idea of
a "rape script": the "script" that
people, including police officers
and others in positions of authority,
expect sexual assault to conform
to. Generally, such a prototypical
situation involves an innocent and
vulnerable woman being physically
attacked by a bad man. When reported rapes or sexual assaults stray
from this script, people are often
turned away.
"A lot of sexual assault that is
reported doesn't go along with the
lines of what a police officer believes
sexual assault really is," Roth said.
While her research has not
focused on UBC specifically, Roth
said that university campuses are
hotspots for sexual assault — and
great places to educate young people
about such issues.
"Fraternities and sororities
are great places to start sex ed. in
general, and talk about consent,"
Roth said. "If that's not something
that's going on, there's a lot that can
go wrong,... especially in first- and
second-years, being in such a sexually charged environment."
Roth will be writing from a
first-person perspective, drawing on
interviews and research in the field.
She plans to self-publish the book
with pay-what-you-can pricing, and
give free copies to schools, community centres and libraries.
Roth is using the fundraising
website gofundme.com to raise
money for the book; she is currently
about a third of the way toward her
$15,000 goal. However, Roth noted
that the more money she is able to
raise, the more thorough the book
can be.
Devoting so much time to writing
and researching such a dark topic
has been a battle, Roth said, but she's
starting to feel more hopeful.
"It was depressing before I started writing the book," she explained.
"I thought I would be destroyed by
it, but instead I've been feeling less
depressed." tJ Sports + Rec
Building a strong hockey future
UBC hockey has struggled over the past decade, but things are looking up
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
The words "UBC Thunderbirds"
typically strike fear into opposing
schools across Canada, and for
good reason. With three national
championships already this year,
and the most championships of
any Canadian school in history,
UBC has a storied history of
athletic success.
However, over the past 10 years
or so, there have been a couple of
exceptions. Both the men's and
women's hockey teams at UBC
have not excelled over the past
decade; only in 2006-07 did the
men's team finish with more wins
than losses. This is not the performance that's expected of a team
donning the T-Bird blue and gold.
But the 2012-13 season has been
a different story. Both teams are
currently on pace to have their
best regular season in the past 10
years, and both would qualify for
the playoffs if the season ended today. In fact, the women's team tied
a team record for wins in a season
on Saturday; their victory over
the University of Calgary Dinos
was their eighth win on the year
and moved them to 8-7-3, good for
fourth in the Canada West.
What made that eighth win
all the more impressive, though,
was that it came against the No.
2 ranked team in the CIS. The
Dinos, a team that features Canadian hockey icon Hayley Wick-
The men's team has been ranked in the CIS top 10 twice this season.
enheiser, sit atop the Canada West
standings, but the 'Birds showed
this weekend that they can compete. Friday night saw UBC down
by just one with nine minutes left
before a Calgary empty netter
made the final score 4-2. But the
Thunderbirds got their revenge
the following night: led by a strong
defensive effort, UBC got out to
an early 2-0 lead and held on for a
2-1 victory.
"I said yesterday I thought we
deserved a better fate," said UBC
head coach Graham Thomas to
UBC Athletics after Saturday's
game. "And we played really well
today. We played really well as a
team and played a pretty solid,
complete game."
Thomas is in his first year at the
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stint as assistant coach at Syracuse
University. Under his direction,
the 'Birds are playing at a level that
has never been seen before. A record just above .500 isn't grounds
for naming a team national champions, but considering the T-Birds
finished 1-21-2 last season, this
turnaround is quite impressive.
Danielle Dube, a former Team
Canada netminder, backstopped
UBC to the victory on Saturday
afternoon, stopping 27 of the 28
shots she faced and acting as the
anchor of a strong team defensive
effort. The 'Birds forced the conference's top offence to go 0-for-8
on the power play, and stayed
composed late in the game with
Calgary pressing. Nikola Brown-
John and Nicole Saxvik added the
offence and scored the goals.
The team's record may signify
that they're stuck in the middle of
the pack, but this victory shows
that UBC has potential to be a top
team. Even when they do lose a
game, they still compete and make
the other team earn it.
"I was really proud of the girls;
they battled hard but also played
really smart. We're very pumped.
We needed that win. It's big in the
standings and for the confidence,"
said Thomas.
The men's team has a similar
record, but despite their success
during the first half of the season,
they couldn't earn a big victory
like the women. They earned
only one of a possible four points
against Calgary on the weekend,
falling 6-2 on Friday night and 2-1
in overtime on Saturday, but UBC
head coach Milan Dragicevic saw
promise after Saturday's close loss.
"I thought we rebounded
pretty hard today; I thought we
played with a lot of passion," said
Dragicevic after the second game.
"I thought our [penalty kill] was
good today. I thought [goalie
Steven] Stanford was good today.
I thought the game could've gone
either way.... We had enough chances to win."
With a 9-7-2 record on the year,
the T-Birds have proven that they
are a good team. But now they
must prove that they are an elite
team. And in the ultra-competitive
Canada West — with six of the
eight teams above .500 — they need
to be elite to make it to nationals.
Dragicevic said he believes his
team is capable of success as long as
they stick to what they do best: enforcing a strong forecheck, creating
neutral zone turnovers and getting
pucks on net.
"We have to get back to our
identity. I thought we lost our way
on Friday night — we were a team
without any direction — and today I
felt we played with a purpose. And
that's what we've got to do; we've
got to get back to just doing simple
things and doing them hard.... To
me, that's the biggest thing."
There is still a lot of time left
for both teams; they each have 10
games left before the end of the
regular season. Both should qualify
for the postseason based on their
current paces, but it will be a tough
test as to whether they can go deep.
Right now, it seems that the women
have the best shot: they have
proven that they can knock off the
conference's best, while the men
are 0-4 against the top two teams
in the Canada West.
Even if these seasons don't end
with trophies, the future is bright
for both squads. There is only one
fifth-year on the men's side, and
there are eight freshman on the
roster, all of whom have made
contributions this year. Most
notably, Neil Manning has emerged
as a top offensive defenceman, and
Brad Hoban, Joe Antilla and Scott
MacDonald have been consistent
offensive sources all year.
The women will also be
graduating only three players, and
although there will be key losses
— fifth-year Kaitlin Imai is second
on the team in scoring — there are
already three recruits coming in
for next year and eight first-years
returning. And after the group
gets more time playing together
under Thomas, there's no reason to
expect this season to be just a flash
in the pan.
And best of all, the teams'
success might attract more high-
end recruits to UBC. With UBC
offering both a good education
and a chance to play for a top
hockey team, there's a high chance
that more players will want to
become Thunderbirds.
Their seasons might not end in
a Canada West championship, but
champions aren't built in one year.
The 2012-13 season has proven to
be the first crucial step towards
greatness for both the men's and
women's teams; after a decade of
treading water, the future of hockey at UBC is bright. 31 Opinions
It's bad news when university donations come with strings attached
In past months, several eastern
Canadian universities have
found themselves in hot water
for signing deals that allow
donors to influence curriculum
and academic management.
The episodes at Waterloo, Wilfred Laurier and Carleton have
set off a new debate on academic freedom and the role of
private money in universities.
Which, of course, universities need. Like, really badly.
UBC kicked off a campaign in
September 2011 to raise $1.5
billion from private donors. In
the face of declining government contributions, universities have had to get creative.
But donors expect to see their
money used in ways they approve of — and that should only
go so far.
Should donors be able to
dictate things like class content
and professor hiring? We don't
think so.
It's easy to be cynical about
academic freedom, the credo
that professors must be allowed
to espouse whatever views they
want without fear of reprisal. Many now see tenure, the
most basic pillar of academic
freedom, as completely unaccountable. More often than
not, tenure protects profs who
are borderline incompetent,
rather than those who teach
controversial views.
But that doesn't mean donors
should be able to drop some
coin and dictate the terms of
education. Ifyou give money
to a university, it's because you
believe in its mission, not because you want to tinker with
how it's run. Some worry this
will lead to a freeze on big donations. Fine. Those folks are
giving for the wrong reasons.
The University Endowment
Lands (UEL), the patch of land
close to campus, is considering
incorporating as a city.
They haven't made any chan
ges yet, but they have commissioned a survey on the feasibility of incorporating. The
UEL is taking a concrete step
toward a new governance system, something that we haven't
seen for a long time on campus.
At UBC, many of the services
regularly overseen by an elected city council, like land use
planning, are the purview of
UBC's Board of Governors.
UBC hasn't made any
progress (or even attempts) at
governance reform. Maybe the
UEL's action will encourage
the university to rethink its
current governance model.
However, the UEL is in a
different situation than the
university. The UEL deals directly with Victoria. They don't
have to deal with the Board of
Governors. But this move sets
a precedent for UBC to make
some of its own reforms.
Welcome to UBC in 2013, the
hotbed of student rest.
Idle No More is swiftly
becoming one of Canada's most
important protest movements
in recent memory. Frustration
over how the country handles
aboriginal issues has been
heating up for some time, and it
only took a couple key disturbances for the whole thing to
boil over.
The movement seemed to
be perfectly in line with UBC's
fair-weather left: a big-tent event
that's vaguely pro-aboriginal
and vaguely anti-Harper sounds
like something designed to lure
out whatever progressive types
the university still has. And yet,
they didn't come.
Thursday's on-campus protest was mostly composed of
older people, parents with kids,
and activists from the wider
Vancouver community, rather
than students coming together
to support the movement. There
was a palpable sense of outrage
from speakers, but they didn't
galvanize the crowd.
Today, even if a popular
protest movement is plunked
pre-packaged right in the middle
of thousands of students on
their lunch breaks, hardly any
of them bother to show up. It's a
real shame.
This particular Last Word
begins with a confession: yes,
even though some of us are
arguably too old for it, The
Ubyssey has attempted to go
to Pit Night as a staff a couple
of times.
And we say "attempted" not
because we were stymied by the
long lines or the oft-surly bouncers. It's because, both times, the
place was cleared out by a fire
alarm soon after we entered.
Seriously, repeat fire-alarm
puller, what gives? Why do
you think this is funny? Great.
Drunken. Prank. Force fire
trucks to drive over and leave
all those girls who show up
to the Pit thinking it's a club
shivering outside in their tank
tops and miniskirts. We only
have one real bar that's open
past midnight, and then one
idiot has to go and ruin it for
everyone. HILARIOUS. Also,
we hate you.
Used to be that after 3 p.m., the
Delly would serve a large soup
for $2.50. But those glory days
have come to an end.
This term, the Delly decided to raise the cost of soup by
25 cents. That may not seem
like a lot — because it isn't —
but we wanted something to
complain about.
We are frequent patrons of
the Delly, but only when things
are on sale. You can find most
of us in line there every Friday
afternoon. And you used to be
able to find us in line on weekdays for cheap soup. But that
soup isn't as cheap anymore.
So we won't be buying as much
of it.
Don't get us wrong. The soup
at the Delly is good (except
for that weird seafood one).
We just waste too much of our
money on beer to tolerate the
increased cost of soup. Xi
Will a petition get UBC
out of oil and gas? Not
Though oil and gas divestment movements are gearing up across the continent, UBC is
still inextricably fled to resource extraction.
economy is no longer just about
timber and gas, and that's true —
but the province is still very much
dependent on natural resources.
Look what happened with the last
provincial budget. Natural gas revenues were lower than projected,
so everything was cut. That's not
to say UBC's divestment of around
$4 million would cause the B.C. resource sector to tank. It's just the
environment in which it exists.
Then you look at who makes
the decisions at UBC. Over the
years, UBC has developed close
relationships with resource
companies like Canfor Pulp and
Paper (several Canfor execs sit
on the Board of Governors) and
BC Gas. So the logic of resource
extraction informs UBC's highest
level of decision making.
Then there's the education
itself. Have you ever been to a UBC
career fair? UBC students want
jobs in these industries.
Those are big structural impediments, not the kind of thing
a petition could affect. What
could a petition accomplish? You
could petition the university
to say something in its mission
statement about how sustainability is really good. But they've
already done that. And the
university can always argue its
sustainability initiatives do more
good than harm. Is the coexistence of the Centre for Interactive
Research on Sustainability and
gas investment a massive case of
hypocrisy? Maybe so, but probably not enough of one to produce
any level of real outrage.
So what would get UBC's
attention? Individuals or families
who have endowments could take
their money elsewhere. A public
discussion about UBC's investments could lead fewer people
to donate to the university's $1.5
billion fundraising effort. UBC
pension holders could ask UBC's
investment managers to review
its oil and gas holdings. Or UBC
could acquire shares in Enbridge
and really piss people off.
But the fact is, students aren't
the main stakeholders on this
issue. They're one of many,
including the province, pension
holders, donors, UBC executives
— the list goes on. The schools
that have actually divested are
considerably smaller and more
liberal than UBC. The presidents
of those universities actually
cited the student petitions in
their decision to divest.
But UBC — and really any Canadian university, for that matter
— is a different world.
At the end of the day, UBC divesting from oil and gas would be
nothing short of miraculous. 31
by Jonny Wakefield
Would you have attended a different university ifyou had known,
say, that UBC maintains a $5 million partnership with mining giant
Goldcorp? Or if the university's
promotional materials included a
mention of its multimillion-dollar
investments in oil and gas?
A few recent grads, among them
a UBC alumna, wish they had been
a little more aware of their university's environmental records.
They've started a petition to get
Maclean's magazine to include a
section on ethical investment in its
annual university rankings.
Asking Maclean's, of all places,
to suddenly declare the oil patch
"unethical" is like asking Mitt
Romney to speak ill of offshore
tax havens. Maclean's is business-friendly, oftentimes to a fault
(a sample perspective piece on
the topic: you should not refer to
Alberta's fossil fuel deposits as the
"tar sands," because the industry-approved term is "oil sands").
The magazine heard about the
petition, panicked a little and said
something along the lines of, "No
thanks, but maybe we'll write an
The university rankings strategy is misguided. But it's part
of a larger call for universities
to divest from oil and gas that's
received fairly deep support.
Over 70 per cent of Harvard
students voting in a referendum
agreed that the university should
get out of fossil fuels, though
the university has already shot
down the demand as impractical.
Students at smaller U.S. colleges
in the U.S. have had more luck.
Unity and Hampshire Colleges
have already moved their money
Coverage of the movement
barely mentions large public
universities, as though the idea of
such institutions ditching stocks
with good return on investment is
unthinkable. So is there any way
students can impact UBC's investment decisions?
Let's take a look at the hurdles.
The fact is, UBC is the largest
research university in B.C.,
which, as you probably know,
has made quite a bit of money removing things from the ground.
The provincial coffers (on which
UBC is a substantial drain), are
filled with rents from publicly
owned oil, gas and timber. Money
from these natural resources
funds infrastructure, schools
and hospitals.
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