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Evening in Bhutan: 4 p.m. @ Global Lounge
Would younke to know more about the country of Bhutan? TheTnter-
national Students Association is hosting an event that will provide
information on the background, culture, art and history of Bhutan. There
will be guest speakers, music and photography exhibits. Bhutanese food
and drinks will also be provided. Free.
EUS Movember Auction: 6
p.m. @ the Gallery
Need some more bling in your
dorm? The Engineering Undergraduate Society is hosting an
auction! Items include a Nyan
Cat scarf and a fridge full of beer.
All proceeds will go to prostate
cancer research.
Writing Help Drop-In: 3 p.m.
@ 1KB Learning Commons
It's the end of the term, and essay
deadlines are approaching! Are
you getting stuck on how to write
your paper? Need help in developing an outline orformatting
your paper for citations? Stop by
and get feedback. Free.
Piano masterclass with
Stephen Hough: 3 p.m. @
Barnett Hall, Music Building
Unlock that inner musical genius
within yourself. The Vancouver
Recital Society is co-presenting
with the UBC School of Music
to bring you a masterclass by
Stephen Hough. Free.
VPS United Way Kickoff Paper Airplane Contest: 12:30
p.m. @ Brock Hall
Need to blow off some steam
before final exams arrive? United
Way is hosting a paper airplane
contest. Design your own paper
airplane and attempt to hit
targets from the second floor of
Brock Hall. Free.
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Charles Demers takes time from stand-up comedy and radio and TV co-hosting to teach in UBC's creative writing department.
Demers a stand-up prof
Anna Zoria
Culture Editor
Charles Demers has a lot in
common with his students. For
one, he fears 9 a.m. classes.
"The hardest part about
teaching would be if they ever
put my class before noon.... That
would be terrifying to me."
Demers, an adjunct new
media studies prof in the department of creative writing, is
probably most well-known as a
stand-up comic and co-host of
CBC radio show The Debaters
and TV show The City news List.
Switching from the role of
comedian to lecturer, Demers
still catches himself on the habits
that he's formed from stand-up.
"Normally, when I'm in a big
group of people, [the habit] is
to tell jokes," he said. "So if I'm
not getting a laugh every few
seconds, I feel like I'm bombing.
And as you can imagine, it's not
appropriate to be trying to get a
laugh every few seconds when
you're lecturing."
Demers is also a writer. His
2009 nonfiction book, Vancouver Special, has become a staple
on Vancouverite coffee tables
for its poignant, humourous and
meticulously researched profiles
of Vancouver neighbourhoods.
The success of the book proves
that Demers has a lot to offer to
his students — still, it's challenging to teach your students a
subject that they already know
so well.
"I know going in that they
know more than I do," he said.
"My job is to help them make
sense of the information that
they already have."
The subject of Demers's
course, Writing for New Media,
encompasses everything newer
than television, like podcasts,
blogs and web series.
And though Demers is very
engaged in social media (his
Twitter account alone has over
4,000 followers), the rapidly
changing landscape of technology can be somewhat intimidating.
"I'm not a super old guy, but
with this subject matter I can
feel old," said Demers, who is 32.
He brought up YouTube as an
example. "YouTube is something
that I sort of came across in my
20s,... whereas for [my students],
it's kind of something that's al
ways been there. It's part of their
fixed media landscape."
But Demers works around the
generational gap. For one, he's
not afraid of being wrong.
"You have to be willing to
admit it when you don't know
your stuff. That's the nice
thing of teaching in the age of
This kind of relaxed attitude
is refreshing to see in a professor, and Demers is the first
to admit that he doesn't see
himself as "all-knowing and
all-powerful." Rather, he sees
himself as a mediator, helping
students to analyze the writing
behind the media they experience every day.
The script of a video game,
for example, can often be just
as complex as the plot of a 19th
century novel. A 140-character
tweet can be powerful flash
fiction. The platforms for writing may be changing, but some
things, accordingto Demers,
will always stay the same.
"Things like story and character don't go away and will
never go away as long as people
are telling stories — however
they're doing it." Xi
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UBC is counting on new programs and expanded online offerings to shore up budget shortfall.
UBC facing down $2.5 million deficit
UBC looks to international students, online courses for money
Ming Wong
Senior News Writer
UBC is looking for new sources of
funding — mainly international
students — to fill gaps in its budget.
VP Finance Pierre Ouillet projects that UBC's budget will be going through two or three financially "tight" years, with a $2.5 million
deficit predicted for 2013-2014.
"Our revenue is all flat," said
Ouillet. "If we do nothing and continue with the current model, we
are looking at deficit for UBC as a
whole that increases every year."
Ouillet wants to be less reliant on provincial funding, which
accounts for 40 per cent of UBC's
operating budget but is not protected against inflation. In order
to do so, UBC has to either look
for alterative revenue streams or
cut expenses.
The university is counting on
the Bridge to UBC program as
one key piece to fill in the budget.
The program would be a separate
but affiliated college to prepare
international students for entrance
to UBC. It was created to diversify
funds and the student population, accordingto Angela Redish,
vice-provost for enrolment, who is
leading the project.
Before Bridge can take in tuition
from potentially 300 new students
in 2014, the program's expected
start date, it will require a $4
million investment for curriculum
development and faculty hires.
"Will it make money? I believe
yes,... [but] it's not goingto be
fully up to speed for the first three
years," said Redish.
Although the Bridge program
is expected to bring in a potential
$23 million at its peak to balance a
$20.6 million deficit in 2017, both
Ouillet and Redish maintain that
UBC has other means to pad its
They cited extended use of the
university during the summer
months and new online learning
initiatives for non-UBC students as
possible ways to bring in revenue.
"It's a combination of strategies.
Bridge is just one element of the
financial model of the university,"
said Ouillet.
In terms of cuts, Ouillet said that
reduction of personnel has been
made already and will continue,
with administrative budgets
already reduced by $30 million and
undergoing a two per cent cut over
the next two to three years.
He said the most noticeable
difference that students could
potentially see would be adjustments to the faculty-student ratio,
but faculty-specific cuts would be
decided by deans.
"We're running a fairly effective
university right now and what we
need to do is try to figure out in
each of the departments where to
cut without impacting the student
experience," said Ouillet.
"UBC is definitely caught between a rock and a hard place," said
AMS President Matt Parson. "It's
nice to see that UBC is being a bit
forward-thinking in these alternate
programs and hopeful that they
turn out to be significant enough
to cover any shortfall that might be
projected in the future."
As concerned as Ouillet might
be about the "erosion of public
support," he thinks UBC can pull
through the budget crunch.
"I think UBC will overcome anything over time. I am very confident
about the capability of this place." 31
Legal pot in B.C. could bring in
millions, UBC study says
According to a study by UBC
researchers, B.C. could get millions
in tax revenue if marijuana were to
be legalized. The study, put out
by UBC and SFU researchers in
the International Journal of Drug
Policy, says B.C.'s pot trade is worth
between $443 and $564 million
each year.
The researchers aren't sure
exactly how much tax this market
could generate, but it would likely be
a substantial amount.
Now that ballot initiatives for legal
pot have passed in Washington
State and Colorado, activists pushing to adopt the practice in B.C. have
ramped up their efforts. In September, a group of B.C. municipal leaders voted to support a resolution in
favour of decriminalizing marijuana,
but so far both the provincial and
federal governments have not been
in favour of such a practice.
UBC gives three honorary degrees in fall grad ceremonies
Grad ceremonies for UBC's fall
cohort take place on Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday of this week.
Over 2,800 degrees are being
conferred to students over the three
days. Recipients of the honorary
degrees include Bramwell Tovey,
music director of the Vancouver
Symphony; Michael Wingfield, forest biotechnology researcher; and
Paul Martin, former prime minister
Day of Remembrance
successful despite
tension between
activist groups
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
Pride UBC says their annual
Transgender Day of Remembrance
event on Tuesday night was a success, despite a schism that caused
another Vancouver activist group
to pull out at the last minute.
For the first time this year, Pride
UBC, along with the UBC Sexual
Assault Support Centre, was going
to partner with the Vancouver
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Society to put on their yearly ceremony. But clashes over what would
happen at the event led Society
director Tami Starlight to sever the
partnership just days before and
put on a separate ceremony in the
Downtown Eastside's Carnegie
Community Centre instead.
"I came on board with the
intention that... we would
work together. And that went
sideways in a big hurry," said
Starlight, who is also co-president of the Downtown Eastside
Neighbourhood Council.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance is a yearly event to memorialize transgender people who
have been killed because of hatred,
prejudice andtransphobia. Many
ceremonies observing the event
include the reading out of names of
transgender people who were killed,
Over 100 people attended the UBC event, held Tuesday at the AMS Art Gallery.
but this practice was a major point
of contention in the split between
Starlight and Pride UBC.
Bobby-Joe Greenberg, co-chair
of Pride UBC and organizer of the
UBC event, felt that reading out
individual names at the event in
the SUB's AMS Art Gallery would
have been disrespectful.
"We didn't think that we should,
because there's a lot of power that
comes from naming people, and
in some senses there's a little bit
of appropriation," Greenberg said.
"We didn't feel that was our place
to take that on.
"That's not something Pride UBC
ever does, and it's something the
Vancouver Trans Day of Remembrance always does."
But Starlight argued that reading out individual names should be
an important part of the event. "To
give the voiceless people a voice,
it's very powerful when we do
that," she said.
Despite the friction between the
different groups, Greenberg was
very happy with the way things
turned out for the UBC ceremony.
Over 100 people attended the
event, according to Greenberg.
"Everything went extremely
wonderfully, better than I could
have ever imagined," Greenberg
said. "The people who came made
[it] really welcoming and a safe
space for people to share their stories of ones they have lost."
Starlight is hopeful that UBC
and Vancouver groups supporting
transgender issues can still
find ways to work together in
the future.
"There's stuff that needs to be
talked about, and hopefully the
community can grow from things
like this," she said. Xi
Sprouts seeks
to spread to
second location
Sprouts, currently in the basement of the
SUB plans to open a second location in
the GSS building.
Brandon Chow
Sprouts plans to branch out
by opening a second location
on campus.
On Jan. 14, Seedlings — an
offshoot of the student-run
local food cafe, Sprouts — will
be opening on the fourth floor
of the Graduate Student Society
(GSS) building.
Sprouts vice-president Nicole
Jahraus said that the second
location will follow in the same
eco-friendly footprints of Sprouts
by providing "local, sustainable
and organic food to students at
an affordable price."
GSS vice-president administration Victor Padilla said that
the society was concerned about
a lack of organic, affordable food
options in the northern part of
campus. As Jahraus commented,
the area by the GSS building is
something of a "food desert." To
remedy the situation, the GSS
approached Sprouts and offered
them free space in their building
to run the cafe.
Like Sprouts, Seedlings will
be non-profit and run entirely
by student volunteers. Elections
will be held next week to appoint
various positions, such as supplier and distributor coordinators
and operating manager.
Although servers at the new
cafe won't be paid, Jahraus said
that volunteer food service work
at Sprouts has helped many students secure paid employment in
the service industry.
Through volunteer support and program coordination, Sprouts is able to offer
low prices.
"Programs work in cooperation with each other, so maybe
for the workshops, for example,
there's a loss there,... which we'll
gain back through cafe sales,"
said Jahraus.
She also said that financial
restructuring has helped Sprouts
cover the costs of expansion.
Sprouts president Linda
Liu added that they have been
looking at a number of sources
for grants, including the innovative projects fund, sponsored
by the AMS, and Do Something,
a group which promotes local
community involvement.
Seedlings will offer a new
menu. Raw and vegan options
will be available for breakfast
and lunch, all part of the 100-
mile diet. New menu possibilities include raw food pad thai
and espresso drinks. Liu and
Jahraus said most of the ingredients will be purchased from the
UBC Farm.
The official grand opening
will take place on Jan. 18. tJ Sports + Rec
r 2012 NAIA
The UBC women's cross country team took home gold at the NAIA nationals last weekend in Vancouver, WA.
T-Birds women's cross country takes home top
spot at NAIA national championships
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
For the third straight week, a
UBC team has taken home gold
at nationals.
The UBC women's cross country
team finished in first place on Saturday at the 2012 NAIA Cross Country
National Championships in Vancouver, Washington, giving them their
first national title since joiningthe
NAIA in 2001. The men's team also
put forward a strong performance,
with the Thunderbirds finishing
sixth overall.
The combined success of the two
teams also gave UBC the title of
overall champions.
"The competition is so competitive, so close, that on a given day
everybody has to come through to
win," said UBC head coach Marek
Jedrzejek. "And this time, we did it."
The women's team was considered one of the favourites heading
into nationals, as they were ranked
near the top of the NAIA coaches'
poll for the majority of 2012. Two
weeks ago, the T-Birds came first at
the conference championships, giving them the No. 1 spot on the final
poll. As shown by their performance
at nationals, it was a spot that they
didn't plan on relinquishing.
UBC had four runners finish
in the top 20 on Saturday, led by
Maria Bernard, who finished the
five-kilometre race in fifth overall
with a time of 17:42. Jackie Regan
was right behind her in sixth place,
while Sarah Reimer finished 17th
and Amelie De Fenoyl came in 18th.
UBC's fifth-best time came from
Rhiannon Evans, who finished
with a time of 19:12. The 'Birds had
an overall time of 1:31:36, seven
seconds faster than runner-up
College of Idaho.
"The girls ran fantastic; they ran
a great race," said Jedrzejek. "[All]
the runners stepped up."
Seven racers from each school
competed, with the top five
times from each squad recorded.
UBC's sixth-place finisher, Micha
Gutmanis, didn't have her time
count towards the T-Birds' total,
but she still finished with a time of
19:16, which put her 56th out of 217
racers. Heather Slinn — not up to
her usual pace due to illness — was
still able to post a time of 19:24 to
finish 62nd.
As for the men's team, their total
time of 2:07:11 over the course of an
eight-kilometre race put them in
sixth place overall, just 27 seconds
behind first place St. Francis. Luc
Bruchet led the way for the T-Birds
with a time of 24:08, the third-best
individual time.
"[The men] were quite close,"
said Jedrzejek, who was named
NAIA women's cross country coach
of the year, making him the first
coach to win the award in both the
CIS and NAIA. "I didn't exclude
them; they had a shot as well."
All seven T-Bird runners
finished in the top 100, but only the
top five times counted. Following
Bruchet was Tim Huebsch, who
came 20th overall, along with Will
Cliff in 49th, Bilal Shamsi in 57th
and Jack Williams in 72nd. Rounding out the UBC squad were Matt
Galea and Tim Smith, who finished
in 88th and 98th, respectively.
There is clearly a winning tradition surrounding UBC athletics,
and the cross country teams are the
latest group to add to that prestige.
It's only November and the trophy
cases are already filled with banners and awards.
"We're so, so happy to keep
bringing national championships
[here]," said Jedrzejek. "Field hockey [won] two weeks ago, a week
ago soccer won and this weekend
we won, so we're quite happy and
pleased with all of that." tJ
Musqueam is contemplating an OCP Amendment and Amendment
to the Land Use, Building and Community Administration Bylaw
from the existing MF-l Zone which currently allows for the site to
be developed with residential uses up to a density of 1.45 fsr.
You are invited to drop in to an Open House to learn about Musqueam's future development plans
for Block F in the University Endowment Lands. Representatives of the Project Team will be available
to provide information on the development and to seek public input.
About: Block F Open House Meeting #1
When;Thursday, December 6, 2012
Where:   University Golf Club (5185 University Blvd.^)
Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Drop in)
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Zafira Rajan
Senior Lifestyle Writer
Awe-inspiring. Motivational. Resilient.
Those are only three of the many
words that describe Austin Hinchey.
As a new recruit to the UBC
Thunderbirds men's volleyball team
from Edmonton, Hinchey has been
admired for his skills as a setter and
his adaptation to the intense pace of
CIS volleyball. But he is also praised
for his ability to do it all with a
prosthetic leg.
Having being diagnosed with
Congenital Pseudarthosis, a rare
brittle bone disease affecting his
left fibula and tibia below the knee,
when 18 months old, Hinchey has
broken his leg seven times and
undergone 13 surgeries. When he
was 10 years old, it was decided that
his leg would be amputated below
the knee. After all that, he never
imagined that one day he would be
capable of playing volleyball for one
of Canada's top varsity teams.
"I made that decision to be able
to play sports. It wasn't intended to
be at a high level; it was just to play
sports in general and be recreation-
ally active," said Hinchey, currently
in his fourth year of eligibility. "But
I was lucky enough that I was able
to just keep going with it, play some
recreational sports and higher-level
high school sports, and now, play on
a professional varsity team."
Hinchey has been playing volleyball for four years. UBC men's
volleyball coach Richard Schick
emphasized that Hinchey made it
on the team solely because he is at a
high level of athleticism.
"In his recruiting trip, I mentioned to him that I didn't want to
notice that he was different; I just
wanted him to be a good setter,
and I wasn't going to recruit him
unless he was a good setter," said
Schick. "Not only is he a good setter,
but he's an amazing individual and
person. In his recruiting trip we
saw how much he liked the guys
and how they liked him, and it was
a no-brainer. It was a perfect fit for
him and a perfect fit for us."
But Hinchey's time here is not
without its difficulties. He has to
work twice as hard as the rest of the
team, and has to know his body well
enough to realize when it's being
pushed too hard. "My biggest challenge is the volume and intensity of
training that we have, but we have
some really good people who are
helping us out with physiotherapy,"
Hinchey said. "But personally, my
challenge is maintaining my physical health so I can train every day like
everybody else, because my body
takes a bit more of a beating than
theirs does.
"I've been doing it for four years
right now at this level, so now I
know my body well and what I need.
As long as I have the people to help
me, it makes it easy enough."
Schick admitted that Hinchey
still has work to do, but that goes for
any athlete who switches programs.
Still, he's impressed by what he's
seen so far.
"He's played some spot duty in
certain situations, and when you're
just thrown out there, it's a whole
different level," Schick said. "So it's
about getting his nerves calmed, and
getting him to get into a routine out
there so he's able to help us. He can
do the job we need him to do; he just
has to settle in and let himself play,
because he's played a lot of ball and
for the most part he knows what
he's doing."
"It's been really exciting for me
because I'm playing with people
who are at another level; they
understand the game better, and the
athletes [are] of another calibre,"
Hinchey said. "I'm really enjoying
learning from them and playing at
this level of athleticism. The team
has been successful; we're at where
we want to be right now.
"It's just bigger, faster and harder.... It's really exciting and fun to be
challenged again. After settling and
playing in college for three years,
you get used to it, so it's nice for me
to be pushing myself to learn new
stuff. It's now on me to catch up
to everybody else." Playing volleyball at UBC was always Hinchey's
ultimate goal. However, Hinchey's
plans don't stop here. He's currently
completing a finance degree, and he
hopes to get into coaching after he
completes his years of eligibility on
the team.
"I coached a club team last year,
and my high school coach has been
bugging me to get back there," said
Hinchey with a laugh. "There's definitely coaching in my future. I don't
know if I'll go any further or try
pursue volleyball past CIS.... Usually
the next step is going pro, but that's
kind of a long shot. We'll see how my
body holds up."
That's all a few years away — but
right now, life is pretty good for
Hinchey. He gets to play the sport he
loves and inspires everyone around
him while he's at it. "Growing up,
people have heard about me or knew
about me, but when I came out here,
people had to see for themselves
whether this guy could actually play,
what he's like and what his weaknesses are," Hinchey said. "I guess I
was convincing enough." Xi THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2012    |    SPORTS + REC
World-class tennis returns to UBC
Canada will take on Spain in Davis Cup action
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
Come February, the Doug
Mitchell Thunderbird Sports
Centre will once again be a hub
of activity.
Tennis Canada announced at
a press conference on Monday
that the UBC arena will host the
first-round tie between Canada
and Spain in the Davis Cup World
Group tennis action. The international team tournament will
kick off on Feb. 1 and run until
Feb. 3.
"To put it bluntly, we're jacked,"
said Kavie Toor, associate director
of facilities and business development for UBC Athletics and
Recreation. "We want to create a
nice, winning atmosphere on campus and with folks from the region,
as well as in the venue itself."
It will be the second straight
year that UBC will host Davis Cup
matches, as February 2012 saw the
same arena hold matches between
Canada and France. The young
Canadian team will once again be
in for a tough time as they take on
Spain, a team currently ranked
first in the Davis Cup rankings and
features two of the top five players
in the world: Rafael Nadal and
David Ferrer. Canada is ranked
12th, with their top player being
Milos Raonic, currently ranked
13th in the world.
Davis Cup tournament direc-
Tennis Canada announced Monday that UBC will host Davis Cup tennis in February. From
Left to right: Kavie Toor, Minister Bill Bennet, Martin Laurendeau and Gavin Ziv.
tor Gavin Ziv stated that the support of the B.C. government and
the top-notch venue made UBC
an ideal spot to once again host
Canada's biggest tennis event.
The seating of the arena will be
expanded by nearly 1,400 seats to
hold a total of 6,400 people, and
a hard-court tennis surface will
be installed since it will provide
the Canadian team with the best
chance of success.
"We feel very good about coming to play in Vancouver," said
Miele Canadian Davis Cup team
captain Martin Laurendeau.
"This is a great tennis town; this
facility is fantastic. All of our
team is very comfortable coming
back here."
Not only will this be a big
event for tennis in Canada and
the city of Vancouver, but it is
also hoped that the occasion will
attract interest around UBC.
"This event is right in the
wheelhouse of our values and our
ability to promote high perform
ance," said Toor. "It will be a
great event that will bring a lot of
vibrancy and excitement to the
campus, but also ... promote sport
and recreation."
Despite the excitement surrounding the event, students
shouldn't expect to suffer any
setbacks with transportation and
everyday events. The majority of
the matches will be held over the
weekend, though on the Friday
afternoon, games start at 2 p.m.
However, UBC plans to take all
the necessary actions to make sure
that the university's day-to-day
operations run smoothly.
Toor said he believes that the
Davis Cup and the hype around it
will only be beneficial for everyone
in the area.
"I think the students, faculty,
staff and the [University Neighbourhoods Association] are going
to be all excited about attending
this event, and all the excitement
that it brings with it," said Toor.
There are five days of practice
before the events start. Friday will
see two singles matches, Saturday
will be the doubles match and
there will be two more singles
matches on Sunday. After the
tournament concludes on the Sunday, all the temporary seats in the
venue will be taken down.
Tickets will go on sale to the
public starting Dec. 3 through
Ticketmaster. Prices for the
tickets will vary. Xi
VJagandeep Dosanjh of men's soccer is the UBC Thunderbirds Athletic Council co-athlete of the week for
the week ending Nov. 18. Dosanjh,
a third-year student from Abbots-
ford, found the back of the onion
bag four times during the recent
CIS championship tournament. Not
only did the T-Birds win CIS gold,
but Dosanjh was also voted the CIS
championship MVP thanks to his
stellar play. Dosanjh's performance
this season also earned him the title
of Canada West player of the year.
Lannah Haughn of women's
field hockey is the UBC Thunderbirds Athletic Council co-athlete of
the week for the week ending Nov.
18. Haughn, a first-year kinesiology
student from North Vancouver,
was named MVP of the CIS championships after she helped the
Thunderbirds capture their second
straight national championship.
Haughn then went on to play for
the Canadian women's national
team in the first round of the field
hockey world league in Trinidad &
Tobago, and was named tournament MVP.
Don't Forget to Submit Your
Health & Dental Claims from Last Year
Important notice for students who were enrolled in the AMS/GSS Health & Dental Plan in 2011-2012
DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING CLAIMS FROM LAST YEAR (for students covered in 2011-2012)
All health and/or dental claims incurred on or before August 31, 2012 (for the 201 1-2012 policy year) must be
received by the insurance company (Sun Life) by November 29, 2012.
In order to ensure that your claims are transferred by the deadline, they must be dropped  off at the
Health & Dental Plan Office (SUB Lower Level, Room 61) no later than Thursday, November 22,2012.
If you're mailing claims directly to the insurance company, please leave adequate time for delivery. The address for
Sun Life is recorded on the back of all claim forms.
Claims received after the deadline will not be reimbursed.
Claim forms are available at www.ihaveaplan.ca or call the Member Services Centre at 1 877 795-4421 from
9 am to 5 pm on weekdays.
Have a smart phone
with a QR code
reader? Scan the box
to be directed your
Plan's website.
ihaveaplan.ca Culture
with 5
under $15
by Tyler McRobbie
Tis the season to be jolly? Maybe for some,
but with final exams bearing down here at UBC, it can sometimes be hard
to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Today's column is all about bringing
you a brief respite from the doom and gloom that is mid-November. And
what better mechanism to cope with it all than a glass of fine (but still
affordable) wine?
With the grape harvest in full swing in the Okanagan and around the wine
world, it's a perfect time to acquaint yourself with some great, budget-friendly vinos. Luckily, I've done most of the legwork for you, de-mystifying the
world of wine in a quick, back-to-basics look at the best wines for under $15.
With Christmas parties and
holiday festivities coming up, no
wine anthology would be complete
without something sparkling. For
under $15, this bottle of bubbly
is citrusy with a crisp finish —
perfect for celebrating. Just don't
refer to it as champagne! Pretend
you know what you're talking
about by remembering this:
champagne only comes from the
Champagne region of France.
Located adjacent to the esteemed
Mission Hill Winery, Prospect
enjoys all the benefits of a supreme
terroir without the hefty price
tag. This riesling, with its hints of
grapefruit, lychee and peach, is on
the sweet side. It pairs well with
Asian dumplings, stir-fry and dim
sum. As with most white wines, it
has a lower alcohol content at 12.5
per cent.
Unlike New World wines, French
wines don't generally declare the
grape varietal on the label. Most
are blends of various grapes from
a certain region. This, on top of
the prices and reputation, can
make French wines intimidating
for the novice buyer. This Langue-
doc comes from a single varietal,
piquepol, and is known for its
mineral and citrus notes, which
pair nicely with all things seafood.
Serve chilled.
(DOC) ($13.49)
Denominazione di Origine
Controllata (DOC) refers to the
governing body for Italy's wine
industry, and is somewhat of a
guarantee of quality. It works in
a similar fashion to B.C.'s Vintner
Quality Alliance (VQA) system,
which can help differentiate the
good from bad. Chianti refers to
a blend of grapes grown in the
Chianti region of Italy. With hints
of red cherry and spice, this wine
goes well with red meat and, of
course, Italian feasts.
2010, CHILE ($13.99)
I invented this category solely
to mention a growing trend in
vinification: organic wines. Cono
Sur offers a wide range of organic,
carbon-neutral wines that don't
sacrifice flavour and don't cost
a fortune. This cabernet blend is
bold, with hints of cherry, cassis
and black pepper. tJ
Five essential rules of library etiquette
Danielle Piper
You're sitting in the library, trying
to silently concentrate on the
pages in front of you.
But by Murphy's Law, you
picked the wrong day.
Every few minutes you're distracted by the slurp of your neighbour's extra-large iced coffee, the
vibrations of a cellphone or the
laughter of a "study group" at the
table next to you.
Although you are thoroughly
irritated, you continue your work,
reminding yourself that prison
orange is not a good colour on you.
It's the final countdown to exam
season; shouldn't the rules of the
library be well-known by now?
1. Area differentiation
No, we're not talking about math.
As simple as it may seem, we're
talking about knowing the difference between silent study areas
and group study areas.
Avoid inviting your loud buddy
to study in the Koerner basement
ifyou know that all he's going
to do is talk. You're bound to get
some well-deserved stink-eye.
Similarly, if you're looking for a
silent place to cram, lounges and
designated group study sections
are not your best bet. Chances are,
those who have group presentations will be using those spots to
put the finishing touches on their
assignments. Don't try to quiet
them down, either; in this case, it's
five against one, and your chances
of coming out alive are slim.
2. Do not put a ring on it
For the love of Toope, put your
phone on silent. We're talking
about "silent silent" — not vibrate.
There's nothing more annoying
than hearing someone's phone
Don't be that person everyone hates this exam season.
vibrate on a hard surface, over ...
and over ... and over.
If you're on the receiving end
of this situation, try not to morph
into Wile E. Coyote and take an
Acme sledgehammer to the device. Just slowly turn to the person next to you and, with a pleasant smile, casually mention that
you went as Freddy Krueger for
Halloween and you're still channeling his psychopathic rage.
3. Wrap it up
Every student gets the munch-
ies during study sessions, but
no one wants to listen to you
unwrapping your granola bar for
15 minutes or crunching on that
Bosc pear.
Try to bring silence-friendly
foods, such as chocolate or trail
Ifyou must eat anything with
packaging, treat it like a Band-Aid
and just rip it off in one go. It's
less noisy, and there is always at
least one UBC student that did
not drink their morning cup of
coffee. You do not want to piss that
kid off.
4. You are not butter;
stop spreading yourself
It's OK to want your own space
in the library. But spreading your
books and stationery across the
table like you own it is on par
with taking up two seats on a
crowded bus. Keep only what you
need in front of you; everything
else stays in the backpack.
Next time you feel compelled
to spread out, just remember that
someone out there is circling
1KB for the fifth time in a row,
searching for just a small corner of
a desk. Make their day and move
5. Headphones on low
With a fresh crop of study playlists
popping up on 8tracks and Stereo-
mood, it may be tempting to blast
some old-school tunes to get in
the zone.
But unless you're using
high-quality headphones, keep the
volume on low. We love "Gangnam
Style" as much as the next person,
but catching a riff of that melody
while studying for a statistics
Dancing at Lughnasa continues a period
theme for Theatre at UBC.
Dancing at
Lughnasa a
Irish drama
Jeremy Brian Avery
After a strong start with The
Duchess and The Sorrows of
Young Werther, the Theatre at
UBC season is revealing a pleasing diversity with Dancing at
Lughnasa, an Irish memory play
directed by John Cooper.
Set in rural County Donegal,
Ireland, the entirety of the play
takes place on the homestead of
the Mundy family. Michael —
the now-grown child of one of
the Mundy sisters — recalls one
particular summer when the five
unmarried sisters were paid a visit
by their recently returned missionary brother. The family flounders
under the strain of emotional discord and financial difficulties; the
encroaching Industrial Revolution
only exacerbates the situation.
The play opened as somewhat of
a portrait, with the cast standing
in a frozen tableau, lit in purples
and yellows. Only Michael, played
by Alen Dominguez, moved about
in spotlight, revealing his memories of that summer. His gentle
pathos set the tone of the play:
poignant, playful (and typically
Irish) sadness. Dominguez was
perfectly cast as Michael, embodying both the man grown up from
his experiences and the boy inside
who can never escape them.
As Michael's memories became
action, the Mundy sisters brought
the stage to life. Their affection
and lively engagement gave an
early warmth to the story.
Tracy Schut's Kate Mundy came across as somewhat
two-dimensional, but Courtney
Shields's strong turn as sister
Maggie Mundy was a humourous
counter-balance to the increasingly unhappy Mundy clan. Of
particular note was Georgia
Beaty's deep commitment to
character as Agnes Mundy; even
when she was at the periphery
of the action, Beaty was in every
way the dogged Irish woman,
capturing the essence of County Donegal in every inflection
and mannerism.
The rustic country cottage set,
designed by Carolyn Rapanos, was
completely convincing. It was ably
and warmly lit by the design of
Won Kyoon Han, whose judicious
use of colour allowed the stage to
come to life.
Aptly capturing the economic
and social realities of rural 1930s
Ireland, Dancing at Lughnasa is a
cold tale with a warm voice. Xi
—Dancing at Lughnasa plays
until Dec. 1 at the Freddy Wood
Theatre. Opinions
Gateman projects push
bad public policy
Sprouts gets in on the unpaid internship trend with its new cafe.
Sprouts has a good mission: supplying students with
affordable, healthy food. We
hope their attempts to open
a second location don't lead
them astray.
Sprouts has once again decided
to serve their spiced organic lentils with a side of hubris; they're
trying to open up a second
location over in the Graduate
Students Society building (See
page 3).
Sprouts is a lovely place. It's
a cozy little hangout in the SUB
basement, serving cheap food
that doesn't make you feel like
deep-fried crap. But they've
tried to get ambitious before,
and it didn't work out well.
Many years ago, Sprouts
started as a bulk-buying food
co-op. They first only needed
space for a few giant vats of
peanut butter and such, but as
popularity grew, they tried to
open up a whole organic grocery
store on campus.
They started as a fully volunteer-run group, but they flirted
with paying for some shifts during the grocery store days. This
made volunteers performing
the same duties very resentful,
and the whole operation fell
apart. They went through a
turbulent period with massive
Sprouts flirted
with paying for
some shifts. This
made volunteers
performing the same
duties resentful, and
the whole operation
fell apart.
debt and later had to close for an
entire semester.
So far, their current incarnation as an all-volunteer organic
coffee shop is working out
pretty well. But the proposed
second location raises questions.
Asking volunteers to put out
carafes of coffee and tea is one
thing; getting them to do full-on
service work at a bustling latte-
and-tofu-scramble joint is quite
another. The executives say this
isn't a problem, because volunteers can use their unpaid work
to break into paid service-industry gigs elsewhere. (Wait,
aren't coffee-shop jobs where
you work when you don't have
enough experience to break in
anywhere else?)
Yes, it's an old and tired joke,
and one you are probably
particularly sick of if you're
a regular Last Words reader.
The unincorporated municipality that is UBC has no clear
governance structure. Decisions usually made by cities,
like planning and policing, are
either outsourced so they're
beyond local control or given to
UBC. No one at UBC is elected,
so they're kind of an oligarchy
that has maximum flexibility
over planning this growing
community out on Point Grey.
The University Neighbourhoods
Association wants to be a city
council, except when it doesn't.
The only thing that's certain is
that everything belongs to UBC.
But sometimes, the jokes
write themselves.
Speaking at a Tennis Canada
press conference on Monday,
Bill Bennett — minister of
community, sport and cultural
development in B.C. — mentioned nothing about how he
is more or less the head of a
municipal government at UBC.
One wonders whether he is even
aware of this fact. Past ministers have all seemed surprised
when they learn of the UBC
governance hell-hole. It's a
catch-all ministry, and very
few people outside of UBC give
the issue any thought. So not
even the provincial government
has any idea who's in charge or
how UBC's Kafka-esque power
structure works. Not even the
minister in whom power ostensibly lies is sure.
The punchline? We're not
really sure either.
UBC is counting on money that
isn't guaranteed to fill some
gaping holes in its budget (see
page 3).
Promoted as a means to
multiculturalism and exchange,
the Bridge to UBC program
will create a spin-off, UBC-run
prep college for international
students who didn't make the
admissions cut. But now fiscal
realities have set in. UBC needs
money and international students can provide it. That's the
naked truth. UBC can say all
they want about diversity, but
there seem to be some disingenuous motives funding their
supposed multiculturalism.
The university is also relying
on online courses to fill the gaps
in their spotty budget. While
the idea of online courses is in
vogue right now, this seems like
a stop-gap measure. There are
too many question marks on
this one.
Regardless of the questionable nature of the funding UBC
is seeking, it seems like a risky
business. If the money doesn't
come in, students will see a reduction in faculty. UBC is banking on money it doesn't have.
And if the plan fails, students
will end up paying for it.
Here's one from the "this can't
be real" file: SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary is placing new
restrictions on student's day
drinking. Yes, in Calgary, day
drinking at universities is
apparently a serious problem.
A new slate of rules has been
brought in that regulates how
many drinks a student can order
from a campus bar before 3 p.m.
Students can be served no more
than two alcoholic beverages,
and that's only with an order
of food. Daytime shots are
now sacrosanct.
The university's reasoning
is that too many students were
showing up drunk to classes
that involved operating heavy
machinery — which seems like
it would be a problem. And
based on some cursory reading
of the student paper there, day
drinking is de rigeur. But the
university's response couldn't
have been clumsier. The patronizing tone of university administrators is unlikely to elicit
obedience from a rowdy student
population. More likely, it will
send them to the bar across the
street from the university. Xi
by Tristan Miller
Recently, this paper highlighted the
class project of a number of economics students who are interested in
eliminating the $21 AMS athletics
and intramurals fee as part of an
economics course. The students
were dispatched by their professor,
Robert Gateman, to "fix something
that they think should be fixed."
This assignment is ostensibly designed to engage students in public
policy here at UBC. I would like to
commend Professor Gateman for
his efforts in attempting to engage
more students in their civic life. In
this regard, we are of one mind. The
AMS and UBC are strengthened by
student engagement in the issues
that matter: academics, athletics,
urban planning, transit and the
delivery of student services.
However, I have some concerns
about these projects. Were these
projects confined to the classroom,
I would have less concern. However, these are not merely academic exercises, as the students are
expected to actually enact change,
as I understand it. These projects
have a real and tangible effect on life
here at UBC. The potential damage
done by some of the projects is great
and lasting. Long after the grades
have been forgotten, the financial
implications will linger.
Of key concern is the way in
which these various policy proposals have been developed. I fear,
given the relatively short timeline
for their assignment, not enough
research has been done to perform a
comprehensive policy analysis. Very
few of these students have consulted
the AMS archives and requested
information on the background of
our fees or the circumstances that
led to these fees being levied. Nor
do I believe there has been proper
consideration of the facts and outcomes of their projects. In understanding why and how policies came
into being, we can better assess the
effectiveness of the policy today.
Context matters.
And in the absence of this context, problems can be mis-identified
and mis-defined. From speaking
with many of the students who have
visited me to ask about the process
of removing fees (no one asked
why these fees are in place), I feel
as though many of the projects are
missing their targets. The athletics fee for instance, as this paper
showed us, when placed in context,
is not itself "double dipping" or
"double taxation" as some have
suggested. The primary focus of the
AMS fee is to pay for intramurals
and the Rec Centre, whereas the
UBC Athletics fee is to pay for
traditional athletics department
functions, like training and running
UBC teams. The fees are allocated
for different reasons.
The real question is: should the
fees be rolled into one single fee
to make collection and distribution of the fee more efficient?
Or should the AMS run its own
intramurals and gym rather than
transfer money to UBC? However,
on these questions as well, there
are many factors and trade-offs to
be considered. For instance, the
AMS transfers the fee to UBC to
provide services because UBC has
an economy of scale and facilities
that the AMS could never match.
Further, there is value in the AMS
colleting a separate fee to fund
athletics, as this ensures that an
external body has some oversight
in how the money is being spent by
UBC, and that it is being spent on
what students care about.
If the petition goes forward
and is placed on the ballot in the
spring, it has the potential to
remove nearly one million dollars
in funding directed towards
students. If this referenda passes,
this is money that students may
never see again. Be careful what
you ask for, as you just might
get it.
Tristan Miller
AMS Vice-President, Finance
Giving a shit about waste
by Raul Pacheco-Vega
Up until this past summer, I taught
courses at UBC on public policy,
environmental policy, global
environmental politics and Latin
American government. I remember
clearly that the thing that struck me
the most from the very first day I
started teaching at UBC, in the fall
of 2006, was how widespread the
belief in Canada's water abundance
was. And how little people thought
about toilets and waste water. Yes,
toilets. I believe I know what you're
thinking: "Eeew, gross!" Why anyone would be interested in toilets,
and why should you, UBC students,
staff and faculty, be interested in
what happens after we flush our
toilets? Why should we avoid the
culture of flushing?
Well, to this day, 2.5 billion people
do not have access to improved
sanitation. According to the Joint
Monitoring Program of the United
Nations, over one billion people
practice open defecation. Sanitation
coverage in Sub-Saharan Africa and
South East Asia is dismal, where 70
per cent and 59 per cent respectively
do not have access to improved sanitation. Everybody is now up in arms
with climate change, and they forget
about basic environmental policy
problems we still have yet to solve,
global sanitation and waste water
governance being one of them.
We have had some of our own
challenges here in Canada. As
recently as 2000, more than 5,000
people became sick from E. coli
in Walkerton, Ontario. While
not directly related to sewage and
toilets, Walkerton has an element of
mismanagement of water and sanitation. And of course, who could forget the highly politicized bickering
in our capital city, Victoria, because
of widespread opposition to building
a sewage treatment plant. Did you
know that our beautiful capital city
discharges its raw sewage to the
ocean without any treatment?
To this day, I'm still puzzled
by the fascination that social
science scholars have with water
access and distribution, and how
forgetful they are when it comes
to waste water treatment and
sewage infrastructure.
Nov. 19 was World Toilet Day, a
day where we remind ourselves of
how many people do not have access
to improved sanitation. There are
a number of wonderful campaigns
that you can join (including Toilet
Twinning, the Toilet Hackers and
defeatDD) to help improve sanitation worldwide for people who need
it. Think about it. Give a shit.
Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega, a former
UBC prof, is a specialist on the politics
of sanitation and waste water. Scene
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