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What's on
This week, may we suggest..
24 hours® The SUB
The SUB turns into a 24 hour establishment for the exam period. Your fees
are paying for it. so don't forget to make a 3am Blue Chip run.
First day of final exams
Make the most of the youthfu
mental capacity you currently
enjoy and study for this term's
final exams.
poetry:
Play Chthonics Reading
Series: 5-6:30pm @ Graham
House at Green College
Two Canadian poets. Cecily
Nicholson and Jim Johnstone, will
be reading selections from their
works. Seating is limited, so be
sure to arrive on time.
Astronomy Colloquia: 4pm @
Hennings318
This seminar will focus on the
commissioning ofthe Large
Millimetre-wave Telescope in
Mexico. Go watch the smart
people talk about smart things.
MOVIES »
Home Alone: 11:30pm @ the
Rio Theatre
No better way to get into the holiday spirit than watching vaguely
familiar childhood movies. This
classic features a ten-year-old
Macaulay Culkin and plenty of
blood.
Got an event you'd like to see on this page? Send your event
and your best pitch to printeditor@ubyssey.ca.
THEUBYSSEY
December 5,2011, Volume XCIII, Issue XXV
EDITORIAL
Coordinating Editor
Justin McElroy
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Managing Editor, Print
Jonny Wakefield
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& Micki Cowan
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GEOFF LISTER/THE UBYSSEY
Over 100 engineers turned out bright and early on December 2 for the annual Godiva Band march around campus.
Geers spread end of year cheer
Justin McElroy
Coordinating Editor
The Cheeze, that ramshackle
home ofthe engineers on campus,
isn't normally filled with over 100
students at 7:30 in the morning.
But then again, the final day
of classes in December happens
but once every 12 months, and
engineers, bless them, are unique
on campus in their determination
to spread Christmas cheer year
after year, singing their carols to
hundreds of amused and confused
students.
So there are engineers in the
Cheeze, listening to "Rockin'
Around the Christmas Tree,"
playing video games and getting into their costumes. The
Engineering Undergraduate
Society (EUS)'s mission statement
says that they exist to "support the
academic, professional, and social
needs of engineering students,"
and carolling definitely falls
into the latter category. But that
shouldn't diminish the work that
goes into it.
"We start everyyear in
September," says EUS VP
Communications Hans Seiderman
over the blaring of trumpets and
trombones, describing the organization it takes to pull off their annual feat during such a hectic time
of year. A four-hour route must be
planned, appropriate songs must
be chosen, gifts must be carefully
selected for a variety of campus
groups they'll serenade over the
course ofthe day.
And then there's the Godiva
Band itself, a group of about a
dozen students who dust off
their high school marching band
experience and play an incessant
number of songs made famous by
Burl Ives and Gene Autry 50 years
ago. For four straight hours.
After an hour of rehearsal, with
engineers making themselves sufficiently cheery for the carolling to
come, the trek begins.
And what a chaotic, meandering, wonderful trek it is. Engineers
invade building after building, and
while their arrival into a classroom is intended to be a surprise,
the sound of a large, booming
drum in the distance (one that has
a red "E" on it, no less) wises most
up to what will be coming through
their doors.
Now, the idea, in principle, is to
sing carols to students. But when
you have nearly 100 students
in a single line trying to sing in
unison and keep up with music
being played in some cases 30
metres ahead of them, the end
result is that of a loud, confused,
but enthusiastic round of "Frosty
the Snowman" which never gets
better.
Not that anyone minds. They're
just happy to see the show—especially when they receive a gift as
well. People in student services,
Plant Operations and the dean's
office received gifts, partly out
of holiday merriment, but also as
a way to give thanks for occasionally looking the other way at
their deeds. (For the record, The
Ubyssey officially received lumps
of coal.)
But to describe or judge the
carolling on any sort of artistic
metrics would miss the point. On
a campus that shows a conspicuous lack of Christmas celebrations, the point ofthe carolling is
its mere existence, the fact that
we have some sort of tradition
at this time of year. The look on
the faces of students is one of
both confusion and amusement.
For faculty and staff who see
the event every year, a welcome
smile comes over their faces, the
monotony of last-second exam
review being momentarily replaced by barely controlled vocal
anarchy.
"They're completely ridiculous," says one student development officer who stopped to watch
them in the Centre for Student
Involvement, "but I make sure to
watch every year.
"It's one ofthe best parts ofthe
holidays at UBC." 13
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Editors: Kalyeena Makortoff & Micki Cowan
12.05.20111 3
STUDENT UNION »
AMS votes down membership in federal lobby group CASA
Micki Cowan
News Editor
For the second time since they
helped found the organization in
1995, the AMS has decided to leave
the Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations (CASA).
While this has freed up nearly
$60,000 to spend on local and provincial lobbying campaigns, voting
down membership with CASA has
left the AMS without a federal lobbying strategy.
AMS President Jeremy McElroy
said he was disappointed with the
decision to leave: "I've tried to do
my best to demonstrate its value to
Council, but obviously we have different priorities and feel it's not the
best use of funds at this time.
"I don't agree with that and I do
think the AMS should continue to
advocate federally," he said.
The failed motion came forward
at the November 30 Council meeting, and asked whether the AMS
should become full members rather
than associate members of CASA.
Zach Dayler, national director of
CASA, said that it's not likely that
CASA's board will give the AMS the
option of being associate members
for another year.
"They've been an associate member now for three years. We have a
clause [that says] you evaluate the
organization for a year and then you
make your decision to become a full
member or not," said Dayler.
Michael Haack, chair ofthe
University and External Relations
Committee, presented a review of
CASA at the meeting. He said that
due to the high cost of membership,
CASA wasn't the right organization
for the AMS.
"It takes away what we are able to
lobby for provincially, municipally,
against the university or TransLink
in any sort of emergency campaign
that might come up," he said.
In their review, members ofthe
committee also took issue with
CASA's spending practices, which
they said were inefficient, its perceived ties to the Liberal party and a
lack of consultation.
Now that they have decided to
leave, it will be up to next year's VP
External and VP Academic to decide
how to spend the freed-up funds.
While the AMS will no longer
be a member, the Graduate Student
Society (GSS) still is. GSS representative Bahador Moosavi said that he
hopes the AMS continues federal
lobbying despite leaving CASA.
"Lobbying federally has a lot of
benefits...Most ofthe research funding is basically controlled by the
federal government.
"I think it would be important for
a society like the AMS to be a part
of that." 13
RIOTS»
UBC students amongst charged rioters
Jonny Wakefield
Managing Editor, Print
At least two ofthe 25 people charged
in last June's hockey riots have been
confirmed as UBC students.
On Wednesday, Crown Counsel
handed down 61 charges against suspected rioters, amongthem Jensen
White and Alexander Peepre, who
attend UBC.
Peepre, a 20-year-old political
science student, is the only person
charged with assault in connection
with the riots. Cameron Brown, a
photographer who was at the riots,
claimed that Peepre struck him from
behind as he tried to put out a trash
can fire. Brown said he required
three stitches as a result, and nearly
$3000 worth of camera equipment
was destroyed.
"I tried to get some clear shots of
people that were causingthe damage
because I knew right away that that
would be the best way to identify
them afterwards and send them off
to the police," said Brown. "The only
way I know exactly what happened
is from the video tape that I saw.
Apparently [Peepre] sucker punched
me then ran away."
Peepre declined comment.
An assault conviction carries a
maximum sentence often years,
but BC Civil Liberties Association
executive director David Eby said it
is unlikely that the Crown will recommend it.
"For first offences and particularly for people who are in university, the sentences are not goingto
approach the maximum," said Eby.
"They're goingto be on the much
lower end, simply because having a
criminal record for someone with a
post-secondary education is going
to be a pretty major punishment,
that's very much goingto limit
News briefs
UBC research says babies
understand mistreatment
According to a new UBC study, babies
as young as eight months have a
sense of "good" and "bad."
Researchers at UBC. Temple
University and Yale University presented 4 scenarios to 100 babies
using animal hand puppets. Babies
were shown puppets either giving or
taking toys from "good" or "bad" puppets, then selected puppets that mistreated the bad characters compared
to those that treated them nicely.
"We find that, by eight months, babies have developed nuanced views
of reciprocity and can conduct these
complex social evaluations much earlier than previously thought." said lead
author ofthe report. Kiley Hamlin.
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DAVID ELOPATHE UBYSSEY
Two UBC students have been charged for allegedly participating in the riots that followed the Canucks' loss against Boston in June
their employment opportunities."
White is the only non-Canadian
to be charged. Hailing from Seattle,
White is studying Science at UBC
on a student visa and is being
charged with mischief and participating in a riot. Eby said the Crown
will almost certainly revoke White's
visa if he is convicted, in lieu of
sentencing.
"Usually the Crown will say, 'We
will suspend these [charges], but we
will also end your student visa, and
you've got to leave Canada immediately and not come back.'"
White could not be reached for
comment.
Another UBC student, Camille
Cacnio, publicly apologized for rioting last June, amid cries that the
UBC recieves $2.2 million
donation from BMO
UBC has received a $2.2 million
donation from the Bank of Montreal.
The money will be used to support
education and outreach for family
businesses as well as research and
education for family-run dairy farms.
The Business Families Centre at
UBC's Sauder School of Business will
receive $1.95 million of the donation
to establish a new Family Enterprise
Program. The program will further
innovation in areas that include succession planning, family dynamics
and governance.
Approximately $250,000 will be
used to develop new classroom
space at UBC's Dairy Education and
Research Centre in the Fraser Valley.
university take additional disciplinary actions against students who
were involved. But the university
said that it will leave the matter to
the courts.
"While the university believes all
persons involved should be called
upon to account for their behaviour, it does not believe the student
discipline system at the university
is the appropriate forum to do so,"
explained Randy Schmidt, associate director of UBC Public Affairs.
"The system of student discipline at
the university is meant to address
offences specifically committed
against members and property of
the university community."
The university also said that students who have their visas revoked
CIDA gives $2.8 million grant
towards UBC research
UBC researchers in partnership
with the Child and Family Research
Institute and BC Children's Hospita
have won a $2.8 million grant
from the Canadian International
Development Agency to improve the
rate of survival of Bangladeshi mothers, newborns and young children
through the prevention of sepsis.
Lead by clinical professor Charles
Larson, the grant will be used for
early detection screening for sepsis
in developing countries. "The majority of children who survive sepsis
suffer from compromised immune
systems, and are often subject to
repeat infections following discharge
from medical care." said Larson.
as a result of a criminal conviction
are outside of their jurisdiction.
Eby said the publicity around the
crimes and the trial has led many to
wrongly equate these charges with
convictions.
"A lot of people were very upset
about what happened, and understandably, but the people who have
been charged are still entitled to a
fair trial and although their names
have been released publicly because
they've been charged, employers
and schools and other should keep
in mind that these people have not
yet been convicted.
"Until they are, they should be
given the benefit ofthe doubt because they are presumed innocent in
our system." tH
Sauder alumn launches legal
bid site
Jeff Fung, a Sauder School of
Business alumnus from 2005. has
launched MyLawBid. an online
service that allows lawyers to bid on
legal work submitted by potentia
clients.
The service is designed to allow
individuals and small businesses
to look for legal representation.
Lawyers who register on the site can
bid on reguests.
MyLawBid was a finalist in the
Telus Business Elevator Pitch contest.
Fung told The Province that the
recognition is a great "vote of confidence." and said MyLawBid now has
the momentum it needs to become
a market success. 13
PROFESSORS »
Research no
longer required for
tenure at UBC
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NatalyaKautz
StaffWriter
Professors will soon be able to
secure tenure without having to balance both teaching and research.
Previously, the highest rank for
teaching-focused faculty was senior
instructor, equal to an associate professor position for research faculty.
The end of this year will be the
first opportunity for appointments
to "professor of teaching" positions. UBC currently employs 99
instructors and 96 senior instructors, which is roughly 8 per cent of
its tenure track faculty. Geography
senior instructor Sally Hermansen
said many faculty members are
qualified for appointment.
"There are lots of senior instructors across the university who've
been in that rank for more than five
years who could apply.
"There are many of us that
wouldn't need another rank to keep
us going...but that said, I think this
new opportunity just gives you a
little bit more 'oomph' to really keep
up with engaging your classroom."
Anna Kindler, associate vice
president of academic affairs and
resources, explained that the new
professor position was introduced
to keep top candidates interested in
teaching at UBC.
"It [had been] difficult for us to
recruit the best people whom we
may recruit to tnese roles around
the world because ofthe career
track not really being complete and
perhaps as fulfilling as it could be."
Kindler explained that the professor of teaching position will "place
more emphasis not only on teaching
and excellence in teaching, but also
on educational leadership. But until
professor of teaching appointments
are made, it is unclear what the effects on students and faculty will be.
"This is a very new rank," said
Kindler, "and a new process is going
to take a bit of time before we can
reliably say that how it's working
and what exact benefits it is bringing to our community." 13 41 News I i2.o5.2oii
FUNDING »
Clubs fund pickup slow
Few student groups have applied for AMS funding
GEOFF LISTER/THE UBYSSEY
The UBC Brewing Club used the AMS's clubs benefit fund to expand eguipment purchasing
Andrew Bates
Senior Web Writer
Established in last spring's referendum, the clubs benefit fund isn't yet
being used to its full extent.
"I, as always, wish we got more applications," said Alannah Johnston,
vice-chair ofthe AMS Student
Administration Commission.
"Considering the number of clubs
we have and the amount of clubs
that I would think would need money for various projects, we don't get
that many," said Johnston. "We get
probably 3 every 2 weeks, and with
400 clubs, you'd think that we'd get
more than that."
AMS President Jeremy McElroy
said it's a matter of getting the word
out. "I think we're goingto make
a slightly bigger push next semester for it, as uptake hasn't been as
huge," he said. "That's been the case
for all of our new funds...word hasn't
necessarily gotten out as much yet."
The benefit fund, which allows
clubs to access AMS money for large
projects, existed before the March
2011 referendum and was then filled
with $5000 from the AMS budget.
"It did serve its purpose well for the
most part, but clubs didn't get in the
habit of relying on us for funding,"
McElroy said.
The old fund was limited at
$450 per individual request, but the
spring referendum added a $1.50
per-student levy that topped the
fund up to $60,000. This boosted
the threshold for requests to $1500
per club. The new code has been in
effect for three months.
"With a higher limit, that means
we're able to think more long term
and not just buy what we need," said
Kathy Yan Li, president ofthe UBC
Brewing Club. "Having a bigger
purchasing limit, we can actually
plan ahead and buy a whole bunch
of stuff so we don't have to make any
more purchases in the next couple
of years or so."
Johnston said that a lot of clubs
are still requesting the old amount.
"Maybe it hasn't been advertised
enough, but people are still applying for $300. People just apply for
what they need," she said. "We've
definitely seen a couple $1200 applications that we've now been able to
say yes to, but there's probably been
like four of them or something since
it started."
Other recent grants include
$1500 for a new studio at Photosoc,
$450 for a Diwali celebration held
by the UTSAV Indian Students'
Association, and $500 for new mirrors for UBC Dance Horizons.
Johnston said a new strategy will
be applied to increase applications.
"We're putting together orientations for the [club] executives in
April, and that will be a big thing
that we'll be talking about then.
'Hey guys, you can get money. Apply
for it, please!""5H
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS))
International PhD students fast-
tracked for permanent residency
ViniciusCid
StaffWriter
Ifyou're an international PhD student studying in Canada, the federal
government would like you to stick
around.
In an attempt to bring more expertise to the country, Canada will
be accepting up to 1000 international PhD students as permanent residents through the Federal Skilled
Workers program everyyear.
"We know that many PhD students choose to study in Canada
with hopes of staying here, so that's
an attractive offer for them," said
Jennifer Phelps, assistant dean of
student administration & strategic initiatives for the Faculty of
Graduate Studies.
"They're extremely talented and
innovative people who can contribute to Canadian society in positive
ways, so I can see why the Canadian
government has taken this approach," said Phelps.
"I think it's long overdue," wrote
Helene Frohard-Dourlent, a UBC
PhD student from France, in an
email to The Ubyssey. "It never made
sense to me that the government
wouldn't permit, let alone encourage, students that are being trained
in Canadian institutions to have access to a more stable status."
UBC has been quick to spread the
message through the International
House and the Faculty of Graduate
Studies, bringing in Citizenship and
Immigration Canada (CIC) officers
to talk about eligibility and the application process.
"We've had two information sessions regarding the new policy and
over 400 students showed up," said
Charles Shi, an international student
adviser at the International House.
Shi said the university is able to
help students with documents such
as work permits and temporary
visas, but the CIC will be called in
for application assistance if students
request it.
While Frohard-Dourlent wishes
the policy was passed earlier, she
will be looking into the process. "I
was already planning on applying
for permanent residency before I
heard about the new policy, so it
hasn't changed my plans," she said.
"If the policy had been in place earlier, it would have saved me a lot of
headache and anxiety regarding my
options for staying in Canada after
my degree."
However, there are concerns that
as PhD students become less likely
to return to their country of origin,
it may aggravate educated lab our
shortages abroad.
"We're aware ofthe issue, which
is why we work hard to create ties
with universities abroad, so that
we can all benefit from the international movement of students,"
said Phelps. "We also do our best
to ensure the students themselves
have opportunities to give back to
their home countries if they choose
to stay." 13
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12.05.20111 5
Leah Callahan is an Olympic wrestling hopeful and the subject of a new documentary
MOVIES»
Sports doc allows audience to
interact with athlete's journey
KayiWong
Contributor
When is a sports movie not a sports
movie?
The Sticking Place is a documentary about 24-year-old Olympic-
hopeful, Leah Callahan, but it is
also a film that requires the audience be part ofthe story.
Instead of using a traditional
sports documentary style, directors
Josephine Anderson and Brittany
Baxter adopted an interactive
format, which allows the audience to view the film for free and
have control over how they watch
Callahan's story.
"Instead of just passively watching the film, the viewers can really
engage and explore her life and
what it is like to be an athlete,"
said Anderson, a graduate of UBC's
English literature program.
The directors might lose more
control with an interactive film as
compared to a traditional style, but
that also allows Callahan's voice to
be more dominant. "As compared
to the standard sports documentary, the interactive format gets up
close with the personal details of
Leah's life," said Anderson.
Callahan, who is based in
Calgary, is currently ranked as
the second-best female freestyle
wrestler in the country. She will be
heading to Winnipeg in two weeks
for the primary Olympic trials,
where she will attempt to qualify to
represent Canada in 2012.
As Baxter asserted, "We just want
the viewers to be interested and
involved. Josephine and I try to be
honest and open about the whole
experience and production process,
just as Leah is being real and honest
about herself in front ofthe camera.
"Leah sacrifices so much. She
goes into debts and she doesn't get
fame; she does it because she's passionate about it. Leah is a character
that brings people out. Ifyou go to
one of her matches, you will feel
the immense support and love she
gets from the audience. Everyone
loves her because she's such a genuine person."
The directors were inspired
after having seen one of Callahan's
wrestling matches in March and
are currently in the final stages of
fundraising. Bythe 2012 Olympics,
the project website should be
launched, and viewers can explore
Callahan's story through various formats, like her journals and
behind-the-scenes videos.
The website will also be a platform for viewers to share their
experience and struggles to achieve
their dreams. Baxter commented,
"Our film is about wrestling, but
we really feel that the goal will
resonate with athletes or non-athletes. It's really a story about living
a thoughtful life, about pursuing a
dream.
"Leah's journey is an Olympics
journey but in one way or another,
we're all on our own version of an
Olympics journey. Many of us are
pursuing something that we care
about and so many of us get to a
point where the dream is challenging and we have to persevere
through those challenges," said
Baxter.
"Our documentary really explores those challenges and the
uncertainty in changing one's
course or pushing through those
obstacles." 13
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A guide to this season's blockbusters
Will Johnson
Senior Culture Writer
It's that time of year again. December
is the month when studios release
their Oscar bait and feel-good family blockbusters. While the summer
movie season has devolved into franchise sequels and shitty remakes,
Christmas is when you can expect
top-notch movies vying for a top spot
at the box office.
Here's a list ofthe most anticipated movies coming out this
Christmas.
TheMuppets
Jason Segel is responsible for this
madcap circus of good ol' fashioned
fun. Did you see him perform with
puppets in Forgetting Sarah Marsall?
Now picture that stretched over two
hours.
The whole gang is back—Kermit,
Miss Piggy, Gonzo and Fozzie Bear,
to name a few. But you can also expect an entire sleigh-full of celebrity
cameos, including Jon Krasinksi, Jim
Parsons, Neil Patrick Harris, Rashida
Jones and Leslie Feist.
Ifyou're not watching it for the
talking puppets, tune in to hear
the songs penned by Flight ofthe
Conchords star Bret McKenzie.
TheGirlwiththeDragon Tattoo
Make a mental note ofthe name
Rooney Mara. You'll be hearing it a
lot in the coming months. The star
of David Fincher's film adaptation of
StiegLarrsen's Swedish crime trilogy is virtually unrecognizable as
Lisbeth Salander, a computer hacker
COURTESYOFSONY PICTURES
Daniel Craig takes on the role of Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
out to solve a murder.
Don't be surprised when she gets
nominated for an Oscar.
Fincher is hot off his critically-acclaimed Facebook movie, The Social
Network. He also teamed up again
with Trent Reznor, whose cover of
Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song"
plays over the trailer.
They're advertisingthis movie as
"the feel-bad movie of Christmas."
But I feel pretty good about it.
TheDescendants
Alexander Payne's last movie,
Sideways, was seven years ago. It
racked up five Academy Award
nominations and put its star, Paul
Giamatti, on the map as a leading
man.
This time, the director has teamed
up with George Clooney, who stars
as a father of two living in Hawaii.
The movie promises to be at turns
funny and touching. It's already
gathering steam as a f rontrunner in
the Oscar race, and should be a lot
of fun.
Shame
No one had heard of Michael
Fassbender a few years ago, but all of
a sudden he's everywhere.
After a breakout performance in
Inglourious Basterds, Fassbender
signed up for a variety of leading
roles (including Magneto in the most
recent X-Men sequel).
But Shame is the movie that's
winning him the most rave reviews. Under the direction of Steve
McQueen, Fassbender excels as a sex
addict lost in an urban wasteland.
This movie looks slick, dark and
really damn cool. Don't miss it. 13
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Sherlock
Holmes: Game of Shadows, Carnage,
Warhorse, Extremely Loud and
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THE VANCOUVER DEFENCES IN 1942
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Gun position
Searchlight emplacement
Military camp for gun battery
Observation post
Port War Signal Station
2 miles
COURTESY OF PETER MOOGK
A diagram of the fortifications around the Burrard Inlet
"The people who controlled the guns
would be sent the angles of fire and
the other data automatically from
the battery observation post."
The searchlight towers were built
so as to be parallel with high tide.
"Ifyou bounced the beam across
the surface ofthe water, anything
that was projecting out ofthe water
would become instantly visible, even
a periscope," says Moogk.
"The shortcoming ofthe defences
around Vancouver was the assumption that the principle attack would
come from surface vessels," says
Moogk. In fact, it was far more likely
an attack would come from submarines or airplanes. The Japanese had
even developed aircraft-carrying
submarines; the planes had folding
wings and tails and were transported in waterproof hangars. One of
these planes bombed Oregon during
the war.
Bizarrely, the Japanese also sent
incendiary bombs by hydrogen
balloons launched from the home
islands. The balloons would ride the
stratospheric currents across the
Pacific Ocean and were timed to
descend overthe North American
coast. The intention was to start forest fires and create a general panic,
and although some did in fact hit BC,
hardly anyone knew about it—partly
because the Canadian government
kept it secret, but also because the
balloons weren't very effective.
A museum replaces the fort
When the war ended, Point Grey
Fort was slowly dismantled. The
guns were shipped off to European
NATO allies with a greater need to
defend waterways. At the end ofthe
40s, the fort was used by UBC for
overflow student housing, and students would sometimes hold parties
in the tunnels.
When the new Museum of
Anthropology was planned in the
70s, it was quickly apparent that the
gun emplacements were goingto
cause a problem.
Under the design by architect
Arthur Erickson, the No. 2 gun emplacement was goingto be right in
the middle ofthe new building.
Bill Reid's sculpture ofthe Haida
creation myth, Raven and the First
Men, was goingto be a centrepiece of
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the new museum.
"I suggested to Bill that he
plan his work for the gun mount
itself," writes Erickson in the book I
Objects and Expressions: Celebrating \
the Collections at the Museum of
Anthropology. "The gun turret, the
symbol of war, base for destruction, f
was to be vanquished by his haunting portrayal of Creation."
Meanwhile, Moogk took action to/
protect the other gun emplacements!
outside the museum.
"When they were startingto build
the new Museum of Anthropology,
went wandering out there. They had
started to clear the site, and I saw
these bunkers, concrete structures
and gun positions," says Moogk.
"And I talked to some people and
I said, 'Oh, this is interesting. It's
part ofthe history ofthe campus.'
But then I was up here one time and
I heard these explosions going on.
They were dynamiting as much as
they could. But because we're dealing with, in some cases, metre-thick
reinforced concrete, all of it couldn't
be gotten rid of."
Moogk wrote an opinion piece for
The Vancouver Sun calling for the
site to be saved, and now it is maintained by the 15th Field Artillery
Regiment Museum.
Today, along with the restored
gun emplacements beside the museum, the searchlight towers can
still be seen down below on Tower
Beach.
On the pathway down, the remains of a powerhouse for the fort
can also be found.
The searchlight towers have been
spraypainted in bright colours and
the entrances have been welded
over with sheet metal. "During the
summers the nudists were using
them as latrines," Moogk explains.
Seventy years after the Pearl
Harbour attacks created a real fear
that Vancouver might be attacked,
only a small part of what Erickson
dubbed our "dubious defence effort"
can still be seen. Yet it's a significant
part ofthe university's history that
few students know about today.
Thanks to the effort of Moogk,
the 15th Field Artillery Regiment
and the staff at the Museum of
Anthrolopogy who helped save the
site, that history is still accessible
to those who are looking for it.
Looking "back: how The Ubyssey
covered the "Japanese problem"
LiamScanlon
Contributor
How does a student newspaper respond to its country being engaged
:in a global war of unspeakable
destruction? How does it respond
. to Canadian citizens being shipped
off to internment camps due to
'the racist policy of its country's
government?
We can hope these questions never have to be asked again, but to get
a sense ofthe answers, we can look
back at The Ubyssey during WWII.
"Bred in chaos, breeder of chaos,"
wrote a columnist by the name of
Nemo on January 5,1940. "1939 presented civilized man with political
upheavals, betrayals, earthquakes,
threats of war, and actual war as he
lived through his turbulent 365 day
span."
The editorial board, led by
editor-in-chief John Garret and
including Pierre Berton as associate editor, was relieved to see the
end ofthe "tragic 30s" and the
Great Depression, but most of The
Ubyssey's editorials were devoted
to some aspect ofthe ever-present
war atmosphere. "Itwas one ofthe
brightest and cheeriest Christmases
and New Years this year that British
Columbia has ever seen," wrote Jack
Margeson in a 1942 New Years column. He then added that "everyone
was spending a great deal of money,
determined to have a good time because 'it might be the last.'"
As the 40s and the war moved
forward, more and more space in
The Ubyssey was devoted to the
war effort: articles on the War Aid
Council, on whether UBC's division will take part in Vancouver's
Military Parade and, of course, on
the draft. "Male students with an
average in the Christmas exams below 50 per cent," said one article on
January 8,1943, "discovered with a
start that they had lost their privilege of draft exemption."
In the years before the Pearl
Harbour attack, Japanese-
Canadians were treated by The
Ubyssey as a visible yet harmless
minority on campus. News articles
on the Japanese Students' Club, for
example, contained some condescension, but very little animosity. Accordingto historian Elaine
Bernard, who wrote an article for
BC Studies on UBC's treatment of
Japanese-Canadians in the war era,
"triere were more Japanese students
at UBC than any other Canadian
university..the Japanese were
able to enter the COTC [Canadian
Officer's Training Corps] on campus. This stands in marked contrast
to Japanese off campus who...were
never called to enlist."
Yet that dramatically changes
over the Christmas break of 1941,
when Pearl Harbour was attacked.
"The new war changes the whole
complexion of life at the university,"
said an editorial on January 12,1942.
"Before Christmas we were fortunate students, far removed from the
actual war zone, doing our bit to
raise money for charitable organizations while obtaining an education
under almost peacetime conditions.
Now we are...attendingthis institution at a time when enemy craft
might conceivably be hovering off
Point Grey."
The Ubyssey also addressed the
so-called "Japanese problem." The
first mention was on January 9,
when student Michiyoshi Symiya,
among others, was forced to give up
his COTC uniform. The news article
took pity on the Japanese students,
ending with a general quote from
Japanese students that stated, "We
want to take our place by the side of
our Canadian friends."
The editorial of that issue asked,
"What then, are we trying to do...
[except] making natural, enduring .
and hopeless enemies of them?"
Many didn't share those senti-  .
ments. Student Charles Woodward
wrote a letter to The Ubyssey to
register dissent. "I would ask you,
what would the Japanese of British
Columbia do if an army of fifty
thousand Japs landed on our coast?
Would they link arms with the
Canadians to repel the Invaders, or
would they stab us in the back?"
"I do not believe any ofyour previous writers have been fully aware of
the facts of one Japanese problem,"
wrote student J.F. Currie in another letter. "Unlike other minority
groups, the Japanese have never
separated themselves from their
own fascist factions." He concludes
by saying that only "mass education" ofthe Japanese-Canadians will
suffice.
Japanese Students' Club President
Hajime Kagetsu also wrote to The
Ubyssey, stating, "Our endeavour is
to fulfill our obligation and gratitude
to Canada...We realize that a decent
livelihood is possible only in a democracy. Where else would someone
find so much tolerance?"
The Mackenzie King government
announced the internment program
on February 24,1942, but it wasn't
even mentioned in a corresponding Ubyssey article. From that point
on, the articles concerning "the
Japanese problem" grew smaller
and smaller, until, by mid-1942, the
Japanese weren't mentioned at all.
One thing is clear from the war
years archives of The Ubyssey: real
debate over issues was present,
almost certainly to a greater extent
than any ofthe large city newspapers. It is through this honest debate
that the complex culture ofthe era
;omes alive. 13
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(VST), the design team and Campus + Community Planning will be available to provide
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RUGBY»
UBC rugby player banned for taking steroids
Andrew Bates
Senior Web Writer
The UBC rugby team says they
have moved on after one of their
players was banned for steroid use.
Jeff McKinnon, a flanker for
the UBC Thunderbirds, tested
positive for testosterone and
bolderone while playing for the
BC Bears in the Canadian Rugby
Championships in August.
He was issued a ban at the
beginning of November by the
International Rugby Board (IRB)
that will keep him out ofthe sport
for two years.
We all agree that doping is wrong. It has no
part in the game. But we
don't really know all of
[McKinnon's] story.
AlexKam
UBC rugby captain
"It's been business as usual," said
Spence McTavish, coach ofthe men's
rugby team. "I'm pretty surprised
how a lot ofthe guys have taken it.
They've been straightforward, and
just said, 'Hey, we just move on.'"
But McTavish said it was initially
a surprise.
"It took me by surprise and was
a bit of a shock," he said. "It's the
first time anyone on our team has
ever been tested positive, but some
students use illegal means to get
stronger, [and] it's not somethingthat
we simply condone."
McKinnon, a kinesiology student,
transferred to UBC from Capilano in
2010, where he was a human kinetics
student.
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Jeff McKinnon, left, playing against the University of California last year. McKinnon recently received a two year suspension for steroid use
He played for the Thunderbirds
for one year, and will likely graduate
before his suspension ends in 2013.
"It comes at a pretty strategic time
in his career," McTavish said. "He'd
already played for the men's provincial team, and maybe down the line
he might get some kind of a look at
a national team situation, but who
knows."
Accordingto McTavish, itwas the
first time at UBC that he met someone who was doping. "I'm pretty sure
he'd be the only guy that I know who
uses some drugs to enhance," he said.
"They're people in all sports that do
it. Maybe they're smarter than Jeff,
I don't know. Maybe they're luckier
than Jeff."
The Canadian Centre for Ethics
in Sport administered the test and
banned McKinnon, who competed
in wrestling and football in high
school, from any CCES sports for
two years. The IRB also adopted
the ban.
The IRB didn't disclose the specifics on McKinnon's violation and
McKinnon waived his right to a
hearing.
With the lack of available information, Alex Kam, UBC's rugby
team captain, didn't want to discuss
hypotheticals.
"We all agree that doping is
wrong. It has no part in the game,"
said Kam. "But we don't really know
all of Jeff's story."
Kam said the nature of selects
competition is something all the
players are aware of. "We're all
weil aware ofthe rules and stuff,
especially when you play for the provincial men's team," he said. "We're
all aware of what we can and cannot
take."
"I know that last year [McKinnon]
picked up a shoulder injury. It
was taking a longtime to heal,"
McTavish said.
"He may have maybe taken
something to maybe get that thing
fixed faster...Maybe he just wasn't
thinking.
"Some players have goals. They
want to achieve that goal, and they'll
go to any means to get to it. I know
Jeff, he's a wonderful young man;
he's bright, he's articulate, he's just a
super-nice kid. He made a mistake."
McTavish said he had spoken to
his squad about the issue. "I talked
to the players about his situation
and just informed them that that's
not the road you want to go down,"
he said.
"Ifyou get caught, you say
goodbye to any competition at the
university.
"We've got a lot of kids that are
coming up for the Canada U-19
team and that stuff," he said. "They
maybe more mentally coerced into
maybe trying stuff, but Jeff was a
little older. I think he knew perfectly
well what the scoop was if he tested
positive."
But accordingto McTavish, it's
not somethingthat has made for
much locker room talk.
"One of our guys made a mistake.
He made a mistake, he pays the
price. We just move on." 13
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The Last Word
Parting shots and snap judgments on today's issues
Giving tenure for teaching is a
welcome development
It's hard for a professor to be both
a world-class researcher and an
outstanding teacher. Which means
that, more often than not, universities have to prioritize between
teaching and research—and if
you're UBC, a large international
school that relies on federal grant
money, the choice is obvious.
So UBC's decision to offer a "professor of teaching" position is one
to be lauded, because it recognizes
that the university needs to do a
better job at creating incentives
for outstanding professors whose
main desire is to engage with their
students, not to see their names in
journals. We have one ofthe largest
populations of undergraduate students in the country; we need to do
everything we can to attract teachers who excel in the classroom.
It will be some time before we
see what actual effect this change
has, of course. But it's good to see
UBC recognizing that a teaching professor is just as valuable to
the needs of this university as any
other tenured faculty.
Juicing in university sport is all
risk, no reward
It's a good thing UBC rugby player
Jeff McKinnon got caught taking
anabolic steroids now, instead of a
couple years down the road.
McKinnon was a good rugby
player with the potential of one day
representing our country at the
national level. But despite being
a decent player, McKinnon never
would have made a living playing
rugby. The market isn't there and
he simply wasn't good enough; very
few Canadians are.
Yet if he had been caught while
playing with the maple leaf on his
chest, he would have disgraced not
just himself, but our entire nation.
McKinnon's situation represents a reality for most Canadian
university athletes. Unless you're
Jeff Francis (a baseball star with
the Kansas City Royals who played
for the T-Birds while completing a
physics degree), there is no big pay
day or a professional contract at the
end ofyour university career.
Sure, you might have the opportunity to play at an international
level or become an Olympian, but
you'll be playing for pride and honour, not money.
Though there is no justification for taking steroids, you can
understand the reasoning behind a
young man juicing up if he thinks
it will lead to a multi-million dollar
contract. At least ifyou're taking
steroids to land a big paycheque,
you can hide from your shame in
the comfort of a mansion.
But if the best you can athletically achieve is representingyour
country, there is no possible excuse
for cheating. The dishonour it
places on our country's reputation
is irreparable.
The clubs benefit fund should
have as few strings as possible
In last spring's AMS fee referendum, many different independent
funds were created—among them
an external lobby fund, a student
legal fund and a clubs benefit fund.
There is a danger to doing this: it
can tie the hands ofthe AMS to use
the money effectively. Some funds
may sit badly underused without
any ability to transfer that money
to budget line items that could really use it.
Currently the clubs benefit fund
is not being used to its full potential. For now, that's understandable;
it's a brand new fund, and it always
takes time for students to learn
about these things. But the AMS
shouldn't focus just on advertising
the fund, they should also make
the funding really easy for clubs to
obtain. In the first few years of the
fund's existence, the goal should
be to have as many clubs use the
money as possible.
Over time, the criteria for the
fund can be narrowed or expanded
as necessary; the nice thing about
having a relatively vague title is
that it gives you flexibility. But for
now, the AMS should be sure not to
handcuff itself. Whatever benefits a
club, let them have it.
Some holiday advice from the
experts at The Ubyssey
Well, it's our last real issue ofthe
first term (don't worry—we still
have a satire issue to come later this
week). It's been a fun few months,
but we can surely all agree that
it's time for a break from exams,
esssays and writing about student
politics.
Before we go, we thought it
would be nice to leave you with
some advice for the holiday season.
You don't need to think critically
about any of these, just accept them
at face value.
Eggnog and rum goes down easy
and comes up twice as easy.
Sixty per cent of heart attacks
occur after eating a large meal, but
gorge yourself anyway.
If any of your term two courses
have the syllabus online, get a
headstart on readingthe...nah.
Keep your expectations low for
New Year's celebrations.
If you see an elf on your walk
home, it's not real, because elves
don't actually exist. You did too
many drugs. Go home and get some
sleep.
Don't go to the Roxy on
Christmas Eve. It's not as much fun
as you'd think.
Tofurky is never a good idea. 13
Another AMS debate,
another non-scandal
Editor's
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Unfortunately for us all, it appears
an annual tradition is goingto be
broken at UBC this year. I'm talking,
of course, about having a gigantic
scandal with our student union that
makes national headlines and forces
AMS Council to move to a theatre to
accommodate all the angry students
in attendance.
Last year it was a proposed donation to a boat that was going to run
the Israeli naval blockade around
Gaza. The year before, it was a formal complaint to the United Nations
over the province's tuition fees.
But wnat do we have this year?
The executive pay raise was a bit of
a scandal, but for that to really blow
up we would have needed a forced
referendum. As it turned out, some
consultations were held and everyone worked it out in a fairly reasonable manner. Booooring.
The only other whisper of a
scandal so far has been the battle
over whether to join the Canadian
Alliance of Student Associations
(CASA), a national student lobby
organization. We have been associate
members for the past few years, but
stepping up to become fully participating members would have required
a $60,000 annual commitment from
the AMS. This was voted down fairly
decisively at the last AMS meeting.
The issue had the whiff of controversy due to the rather personal
and ugly acrimony that developed
between President Jeremy McElroy
and VP External Katherine Tyson.
McElroy very badly wants the AMS
to join CASA as a full member; Tyson
is implacably against that. Their
disagreement has been on display in
nasty ways multiple times this year,
including a few personal digs at the
last meeting.
Meanwhile, various councillors
said they were "greatly offended" by
statements during the CASA debate,
using that painfully grandiose tone
that makes so many people loathe
student politics (as a former student
politician, I'm allowed to say these
things.) But there were no calls
for impeachment, nobody threatened any lawsuits and nobody even
stormed out ofthe room. Booooring.
The Graduate Student Society
(GSS) has been very insistent on
having the AMS join CASA, but
graduate students need not worry
much about this. The GSS already
belongs to CASA as full members;
such are the benefits of freedom
that come from being an independent society.
So in the absence of anyjuicy
scandals, I suppose we'll just have to
analyze the substance ofthe debate
itself. Sigh.
Is it worth $60,000 a year to join
CASA?
In the short term, almost certainly
not. CASA's flaws are well-known to
anyone who has followed the debate.
Yet that's not really the metric we
should judge this by; organizations
can change, and if we decide that the
cause is a worthy one, we can help
lead that change. Furthermore, a
national student organization that
doesn't go through periods of rank
incompetence is never going to exist.
The only other option, the Canadian
Federation of Students, is involved in
so many lawsuits with its own members that I've lost count.
What is important is the larger
question of whether it's in our interest to belong to a national student
lobby organization. I'm not the first
person to make this point, but I'd say
yes on one condition: that we have
our provincial lobbying affairs in
order.
It's not that the federal level
doesn't matter; it clearly does, especially on research grant issues.
What I am saying is that, a year after
McElroy himself championed the
idea of a provincial lobbying organization, our achievements in that area
are nil. Figure out how to do that
first, then let's talk about how much
money to spend nationally.
In the meantime, can somebody
in the AMS please do somethingto
get themselves impeached before the
next election? The newspaper staff
would really appreciate it. 13
End "Occupy Cafes"
Letters
I miss the time I used to have a hot
coffee with friends in the cafes at
UBC. I have been tryingto sit down
in the few surviving UBC coffee
shops, but it is mission impossible.
The movement "Occupy Cafes" is
taking over all possible seats.
The protesters bring their laptops,
headphones, some printed paper and,
most importantly, a marker, almost
always a green one. This is the image
the protesters want to pass to the
public: "we don't need libraries, we
just need more cafes."
The protesters occasionally use
the laptop either when they find a
word in the paper they don't understand or, most likely, when they
connect with a friend in Facebook
to say: "Don't you know I am busy
studying?...but what are you goingto
do tonight?"
A Starbucks cashier was devastated bythe protesters ofthe sub-movement "Occupy Starbucks." The poor
lady disclosed: "The occupiers stay
here for more than four hours and I
cannot kick them out." The lack of
sales may even threaten her job. "The
occupiers keep sipping one small cup
of coffee all daylong," she added.
I have tried to ask one ofthe occupiers for a chair and my answer was:
"No... I am waiting for more people
to come later." For the time I stood
up there, nobody showed up.
Out of curiosity I visited one ofthe
several campus libraries. Nobody.
Silence. Peace. Actually, some people
sleeping on the desks, as usual for
the libraries in an era that thinks if
the information is not in Google, it
doesn't exist.
I guess I will write a letter to the
President of UBC askingtobringto
the libraries coffee, some background music, lots of people passing
by and of course, lots of green markers. I hope we can see the movement
"Occupy Libraries" proliferate. Then,
who knows, maybe I can enjoy a coffee in those old fashion cafes.
-Marcello M. Veiga, P. Eng, PhD
Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining
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HUMOUR »
The end of the 25 Queries of Student D
The 25 Queries
ofStudentD
Bryce
Warnes
The 25 Queries of Student D is an
attempt to answer 25pressing questions posted anonymously by a com-
menter on The Ubyssey's website.
For the introduction to this column,
and to read the original comment,
visit ubyssey.ca/opinion/wakefield-
a-new-look-a-new-paper-a-new-
way-of-thinking321/.
The end days are upon us. This
is the last 25 Queries of Student
D column that will appear in The
Ubyssey. Check this space next year
for a less-beaten dead horse. And
have a merry Christmas.
2. Where the free giveaway is
Right here. The Ubyssey is holding
a contest called "Can You Take a
Slap?" It works like this: You come
down to the office on a Wednesday
or a Sunday after 3pm. I open-hand
(or "bitch") slap you in the chops.
If your eyes tear up or your lips
tremble, you have to leave the office
and never return. Ifyou take it like a
pro, I'll answer any question you ask
in the next column.
BONUS ROUND: Maintain eye
contact the whole time and we can
grab a few drinks and maybe make
out a little.
3. Shoppers vs Saveon vs
Safeway flyer price comparison
The first is a drug store, the other
two are supermarkets. The only
product overlap that I can think of
between the three is personal lubricant. In which case, you're wasting
your time. Hit up the oil disposal
container behind McDonald's for
all the free fuck-grease you could
ask for.
4. Where hot girls are
Ew. Girls are gross.
7. Where to explore on campus,
like an article about the
underground tunnel dated
back in the 1999
Somebody hasn't been paying attention. I wrote an article for the The
Ubyssey last year that was all about
the steam tunnels. Look it up in the
archives. It is so beautiful, you will
cry blood.
Rumour has it that the frats know
all ofthe entrances to the tunnels.
Join a fraternity to find out.
DISCLAIMER: The hazing process
involves being used as a human toilet by three dozen dudes whose dads
didn't pay enough attention to them.
9. How to by-pass exiting
service/system, like everyone
opt out the AMS fking fees
The AMS fking fees are brutal. Most
students aren't even interested in
fking. This is the worst exiting system by far.
I suggest you attend Council
and make your concerns known.
When it's your turn to announce
GEOFF LISTER/THE UBYSSEY
It was years before Toope spoke on the death of fellow S. Troope bandmate Stefan
your name and affiliation, say your
real name, and for your affiliation,
scream, "I'M SICK OF THESE
FKING FEES." Then start to cry,
and flip over the sandwich table.
Exit the room.
This is how democracy works.
10. Where to find free textbooks
Just steal them. The UBC Bookstore
makes all their money from selling
Sauder-themed items to dead-eyed
commerce kids with gaping, unfill-
able holes in their souls who can
only find satisfaction by stockpiling meaningless trinkets and status
symbols. Ifyou get a five-finger
discount on $700 worth of medical
textbooks, you're really not hurting
anyone.
(Except for good red-blooded
Canadians who are sick of "doctors" telling them that smoking
cigarettes, drinking hard liquor in
Costco-size quantities and fucking strangers without wearing a
condom is "bad" for them. To hell
with doctors! Switch programs
immediately.)
IL On campus job posting
The Ubyssey is looking for a f luffer.
You'll only be on the clock during
photoshoots, but the money isn't bad
and the benefits are invaluable.
12. Commentary on how UBC
sucks (I dont want to read
anything that says UBC is good)
Boy, I sure hate paying thousands
of dollars every year to attend this
university! If only I had a choice in
the matter.
13. what is S. Troope doing?
"S Troope" was Stephen Toope's
mid-90s unthreateningly multi-ethnic pre-teen pop group that broke
up after one of its members, Stefan,
bit the dust doing speedballs in a
Baltimore Denny's.
Toope moved to Athens, GA and
spent three months writing and
playing with Jeff Mangum before
going to Norway and getting involved in some TRVE CVLT shit.
He released an ambient black
metal double LP under the name
FROST MOON GUTSFUCK, then
things got too heavy too fast.
Rumours surfaced that Toope was
involved in the arson of several historic churches, and he left Norway
shortly thereafter, never to return.
To my knowledge, Toope has not
worn corpsepaint since. 13
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