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Dozens of clubs will have booths
set up in the SUB, displaying
everything they have to offer to
prospective members. Grab some
brochures and free food, or sign up
for mail lists.
Free.
FRIDAY' 19
UBC DEBATE SOCIETY
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featuring the topic of "is eco-
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be catered and is open to all.
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The Calendar is hosting a good of
fashioned hoedown at Koerner's
Pub. Bring your plaid, cowboy
boots, hat and jeans and your
best Wild West attitude (but no
six-shooters!)
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ONEONONE1
OPLE AND BUILDINGSTHAT MAKE UBC
Michael Kingsmill is one of the principal architects behind the new AMS Student Nest.
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AMS architect Michael Kingsmill
The man behind the new Student Union building
Reyhana Heatherington
Contributor
"The visual environment would
be rather dull if everything was
just a box."
Fortunately for AMS designer Michael Kingsmill, curves
are aplenty in his latest major
project: the futuristic and iconic
New SUB [officially the AMS
Student Nest].
This design has proven
challenging and the building
will undergo four months of
post construction after opening
in January, but few people are
better equipped than Kingsmill
to take on such a venture.
After graduating from UBC's
School of Architecture in 1983
and working for several architecture firms in Vancouver,
Kingsmill was commissioned
by the AMS to extend the SUB's
south side lower level.
"That went very well so they
asked me if I'd do another [project]," Kingsmill recalled. "So I
stayed on for that and then there
was another one, and 28 years
later I'm doing their new Student
Union Building."
The AMS design job is less
traditional than what most
architects do on a daily basis,
and this is just fine with
Kingsmill. He works on everything from leases to design and
mentoring work-learn students
in his office.
John Metras, the managing director of infrastructure
development at UBC, has known
Kingsmill for 15 years and
describes the designer as "a
gentleman" who doesn't back
down from pushing for the right
decisions.
And persistence is only
part of what makes Kingsmill
successful. Metras believes the
designer's longevity is connected
to his passion for working with
students.
"For Michael it's really
about creating a great place for
students," Metras said. "His
involvement in the new Student
Union Building has been instrumental in terms of contribution
to the design and ongoing construction. He's been invaluable."
Part ofthe reason Kingsmill
is fond of his job is the fresh
outlook on life that university
students tend to possess.
"I really enjoy working with
students," he said. "They've
got a good healthy perspective
which I enjoy to share in. I have
my own little acronym for the
AMS called Always Mention
Students.'"
One project that stands out for
Kingsmill was the Strategic Plan
2000. The three-year project
included moving The Ubyssey to
its current basement location as
part of a realignment of student
services.
"That one was a very rewarding [project] for me because it
deeply affected the organization
of the Society itself in making it
more effective in its delivery,"
Kingsmill said.
But before he was one of
the people deciding how the
university campus would serve
thousands of people, Kingsmill
was "one ofthe beavers" at his
first junior architect position.
"We would have drafting
tables and parallel rulers or
drafting machines, and we
would prepare drawings by
using pen and ink," the designer
recalled. "You'd essentially be
given a sketch by someone who
was more senior [who would] say
'Draw this up.'"
While Kingsmill is proud of
being part of the new SUB team,
he is adamant that no single
project has been most enjoyable.
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Unlike architects who move
among job sites, the results of his
work surrounds him day after
day.
"I have the opportunity to do
post-occupancy evaluations,"
he said. "Did it achieve what
we wanted it to achieve? Has it
held up in durability? Were the
materials good choices? So this
becomes my living lab."
Like many dedicated scientists who immerse themselves in
the consequences of their work,
the minutiae ofthe job used to
get to Kingsmill.
"Everything has a personal
signature to me," he said. "I
used to be quite defensive about
things. If people would leave
litter on a table or something, I'd
come quickly to pick it up. I had
almost obsessive behaviour with
respect to the renos."
Today, Kingsmill is less
bothered about such day-to-day
issues, and for this self-described "curious fellow," the
university workplace is ideal.
"I'm an avid reader and learn
a little more everyday. That's
one ofthe good things about this
environment: the openness and
exchange of ideas," Kingsmill
said. "I think this environment
suits me very well. And the scenery is nice too."
As Kingsmill and the team
feverishly prepare for the opening ofthe new SUB, there are
days where there can be as many
350 people on the site at a time.
The goal is to have a building
that makes a strong statement
and meets expectations. And
then it's onto the Arts Students
Centre.
"Each work stands on it's own
and the eye is the ultimate judge,"
Kingsmill said. "I think we've
been very successful in creating a
series of projects that have always
been well-received." tJ
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STUDENTS»
First Vantage
College
students begin
studies at UBC
EDITORS JOVANAVRANIC + VERONIKABONDARENKO
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Kelley Lin
Contributor
The first batch of international
students to get accepted into
UBC's Vantage College are starting their transition into UBC.
This year prompted the arrival
of 190 new students from different countries all over the world,
including China, Russia, Poland,
Hong Kong and Serbia, among
others. Unlike the usual collection of international students
entering UBC, this group will be
taking part in an 11-month customized academic curriculum.
"There's representation
from all over," said Joanne Fox,
academic director and senior instructor of Vantage College. "The
faculty who have been working
on this program for a year are all
very excited to finally be teaching classes with the students
here."
Applicants whose test scores
don't meet UBC's initial English
language requirement, but do
meet UBC's academic standards
and Vantage College's alternative
minimum language requirements
continue through the program's
application process.
The students who are admitted into Vantage College are
then offered the choice to study
either Arts or Science, with both
branches offering additional
academic support and English
reinforcement for students.
"These are students who normally wouldn't have gotten into
UBC," said Kamil Khan, second-
year commerce student and Vantage College residence advisor in
Place Vanier residence. "They're
making sure to use the most out
of this opportunity, and I see that
they're very hardworking, smart
and competitive."
The incoming batch of first
years includes 86 Arts and 104
Science students. According to
Fox, the students are settling into
the program well.
Fox also said that they are
planning to expand the program
to include students who are looking to go into the Applied Science
or Management faculties.
When asked about the goals
of this new college, Fox shares
the faculty's intended purpose
"to deliver a great first-year
experience for students so that
when they enter second year,
they thrive at UBC, [and perhaps]
come back as peer mentors or be
involved in next year's program."
While some factions ofthe
program are still in the experimental stage, there are also plans
for the construction of Orchard
Commons, a residence building
set aside specifically for the
program. These changes are expected to accommodate a growing number of Vantage students
in the near future. Xi
FROSH»
UBC expert weighs in on T-shirt controversy
Joshua Azizi
Contributor
Freshman orientation leaders
at Carleton University have
apologized for wearing tank
tops that read "Fuck Safe Space"
at an off-campus party earlier
this month.
News ofthe T-shirts spread
widely once a woman posted a
picture of two students wearing
the shirts on Twitter. The shirts
mock Carleton University's
long-running Safe Space policy,
which intends to create a campus
environment free of discrimination and harassment.
"While our intentions were not
to harm or disrespect anyone, the
T-shirts in question were without
a doubt inappropriate, inconsiderate, offensive and disgraceful,"
read an online apology from the
orientation team leaders. "Intent
is not an excuse for impact and
we take full responsibility for the
seriousness of our actions."
The controversy surrounding
the T-shirts occurred just over
a year after orientation leaders
from UBC's Sauder Frosh program came under heavy national
criticism for leading first-year
students in a cheer promoting
non-consensual sex.
"We really believe that all these
behaviours are connected," said
UBC acting director and advisor for access and diversity, C.J.
Rowe. "These behaviours are
rooted in a lot of systemic issues,
so it's no wonder that we see them
coming to light in these forms of
activities because they're happening in other places all the time in
our culture."
Michael Beuckert, VP Academic ofthe Carleton Grad
Students Association (GSA)
expressed his concern about the
nature ofthe T-shirts.
"The statement made by the
Frosh leaders was completely
unacceptable and really offensive," said Beuckert. "I think a lot
of people are really shocked. I'm
hearing only outrage."
Beuckert also questioned the
Carleton orientation leaders were seen wearing the T-shirts earlier this month.
validity ofthe apology.
"The apology itself is kind of
disappointing: it doesn't appear to
have been written by the students
themselves, and it is not signed by
any particular individuals," said
Beuckert. "It just says 'Your "Join
the Conspiracy" team leaders'.
There is no individual responsibility."
Some ofthe orientation leaders
claim the shirts were meant to
protest a "No-Swearing" policy
during orientation week. Still,
Carleton GSA President Christina Muelbeuger doesn't excuse
the behaviour.
"It still reflects the fact that
students think it's appropriate
to put that on a T-shirt", said
Muelbeuger. "That had so much
meaning beyond that policy, and
it delegitimized a policy that was
trying to make campus a safer
space."
Rowe also said that this type
of material is repeatedly used in
attempts to ease newcomers into
campus life.
"We find folks who, when
questioned about these activities,
say 'it's just a tradition, we told
them not to tell... no one was
harmed, and you're just overreacting," said Rowe. "To me this
really talks about this intention to
have fun and build group norms
without realizing the deeper social implications of their actions."
Rowe was recently involved
in the newly-implemented BRIC
(Building Respectful and Inclusive Communities) training for
various orientation programs
throughout UBC, including
The Spark, a reworked Sauder
orientation program.
"The BRIC training is intended to educate students on the
expectations and skills that are
required to meet their roles as
student leaders on campus," said
Rowe. "We're asking our student
leaders to really hold a very
specific role in building welcoming and inclusive communities."
When it comes to the recurring
nature of orientation leaders coming under fire for endorsing offensive material, Beuckert points at
their level of influence first.
"What they say and what they
do is more influential because
they're in a position of leadership," said Beuckert.
Despite the T-shirts, both
Beuckert and Muelbeuger still believe that Carleton makes a strong
effort to respect campus equality
and respectfulness.
"I think there are a lot of progressive spaces on campus and a
lot of progressive campaigns taking place that are really actively
working to make Carleton a safer
space," said Muelbeuger. "I don't
think one incident can speak for
all of Carleton students." Xi
UBC»
Pierre Ouillet no longer UBC VP Finance
and integrated budget system
and financial support model."
The Vancouver Provost's office
will be prioritizing their budget
in line with academic objectives,
and the finance office will restructure to focus on the writing
and oversight of UBC's budget,
according to Schmidt.
"With this new approach,
it was time to move on,"
said Schmidt.
According to Schmidt, the
university is working to streamline the way it sets its academic
priorities, budget and capital
planning, as well as how it
tracks performance.
Schmidt expressed that this
will help UBC "plan, allocate
resources and evaluate mission
more effectively."
UBC will start searching
for a replacement VP Finance
soon, said Schmidt. Until then,
there are no more changes to be
expected in the makeup of UBC's
executive team. tJ
Jovana Vranic
News Editor
Pierre Ouillet left his position as
UBC's Vice President Finance,
Resources and Operations on
September 5.
Ouillet has overseen the
management ofthe university's
$2 billion operating budget
since 2009.
UBC spokesperson Randy
Schmidt said UBC is making changes to its executive
structure to better focus on
academic priorities.
"The university community
is thankful for his many contributions to our academic mission
and we wish him well," said
Schmidt in an email.
Ouillet also worked on campus
infrastructure, spearheading
plans for student hospitality services, security, parking and the
UBC Bookstore.
According to Schmidt, Ouillet
"introduced a more transparent
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AMS PRIMER
The Alma Mater Society. You pay a reasonably-sized portion of your student fees
into it (and are thus automatically enlisted as a member ofthe society), but how
many of you actually know what their role is at UBC? At its most basic level, the
AMS is in charge of representing the interests ofthe approximately 50,000 students that are currently enrolled at UBC. This can mean anything from providing
services such as the Health and Dental Plan to throwing events like the year-end
Block Party to voting on policies that will affect the future of UBC for generations.
Want to know who's responsible for the food outlets in the SUB? Your U-Pass?
The new student union building? The fate ofthe Whistler Lodge? Lobbying the
provincial government on your behalf? All the AMS.
The society has five executives as well as elected student representatives from
various faculties and departments, all of whom make up a council. While AMS
Council has the final say on whether a specific motion will pass or not, individual
students are also welcome to speak at meetings.
The society's executives are in charge of everything from the new SUB to the
clubs and businesses within it to how your student money is spent. Read the profiles of each of these executives to get a better understanding of who they are, what
they do and how they spend your student fees. Don't like what they have to say?
Make sure to vote in next year's elections, or even launch your own campaign.
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President
Tanner Bokor
Jasmine Cheng
Contributor
AMS President Tanner Bokor is at
the helm of your student society.
As president, Bokor is the public
face ofthe AMS and is responsible for the overall direction of
the society.
"My role this year is finding
what's our long term vision, what
[we are] going to be looking like in
the next 100 years," said Bokor.
Bokor will be at the reins as the
AMS prepares to move into its new
home in the new SUB and also
deals with plans to sell the Whistler
Lodge and forge relationships with
new UBC president Arvind Gupta.
After last year's bylaw changes, this executive will preside
for 15 months — a bit longer than
traditional term.
"We have to recognize that this
is a bit more of a challenging year
than normal with the [new] SUB
coming online, but I'm hopeful I'm
going to leave by the end of my term
with a package that future councils
[and] executives and students will
be able to follow up on and hopefully implement," said Bokor.
Through their Performance
Accountability Incentive (PAI), the
AMS offers up to $5,000 in bonus
money to each executive. Bokor
forfeited his entire bonus money
last year out of discontent with
the process.
Bokor's PAI goals for his year as
president include recommending
bylaw changes to the AMS, developing a code of conduct for the
AMS, and increasing partnership
with the student society at the
Okanagan campus.
A fourth-year Arts student from
Connecticut, Bokor has been involved with the AMS since his first
year. He served as the VP External
last year, where he focused the
U-Pass contract and the Alliance of
B.C. Students.
Bokor also urges students to get
involved with the AMS Council or
committees, as well as the numerous AMS clubs.
"If you don't see something out
there that's for you, [we] really
encourage students to go out and
create new avenues to express their
passions and to get involved," said
Bokor. "This society is built and
driven by students and it goes back
to our founding in 1915."
In his free time, Bokor plays
several instruments — primarily
the saxophone, but also the flute,
clarinet, piano, drums and guitar.
"I like dabbling in different
projects, so I tend to try a lot of new
things that are outside my comfort
zone," Bokor said last year.
- With files from Will McDonald THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014    |    NEWS
Anne Kessler
VP Academic and University Affairs
Olivia Law
Contributor
VP Academic Anne Kessler is the
middle ground between students
and the university.
A fifth year human geography
student from Vancouver, Kessler
has has lived in rez, at home,
and in her own place off-campus
during her time at UBC. As such,
she feels that this breadth of experience allows her to represent
all divisions ofthe student body
something very important to her
in her work.
"In simplest terms, my role is
to be the main point of contact between the AMS and the
university on all sorts of issues,"
said Kessler. "I'm the main point
of contact for what seems like
everything — not just academic issues, but other university
issues: housing, land use, mental
health, student services."
Kessler has held this position
for over a year and has grown
with her role as VP Academic.
"It's always pretty busy,' said
Kessler. "I sit into a lot of meetings with the university about
everything, and advocate for
student interest that way, making
policy about what the university
is doing and how it will affect
us."
While creating policy is a
major part of Kessler's role, she
also takes on projects relating
to specific topics of student interest. Currently she has five goals
she aims to achieve before her
term in the AMS ends.
From surveys to housing,
classes to community, representation to orientation,
Kessler is managing it all.
There's also a certain amount
of power stemming from this
role. Through hiring an Aboriginal Student Representative,
Kessler hopes to extend and further develop relationships within
the entire UBC population.
"Typically there hasn't
been much direct involvement
between us, but I want to engage with what issues they are
finding, and learn how we can
support them," said Kessler.
Part of Kessler's job involves
figuring out what is the most
urgent and most important
issue at UBC. As such, Kessler is
also looking to reduce stress in
regards to mental health amongst
the university population.
"My office kind of lives in this
place where everything has to do
with it, so I have a strong team
around me, all working for the
same thing," said Kessler.
Aside from being passionate
about the student body, Kessler is
a keen camper, traveller and true
map aficionado. Kessler is also
accomplished in balancing her
studying, executive duties and
downtime, which is good news
for the AMS. a
Ava Nasiri
Mateo Ospina
Contributor
Ava Nasiri is the person behind the
new SUB this year.
Many students often see the
AMS as a governing body that
tells students what to do with
little regard to the students
themselves. As the current VP
Administration, Nasiri is actively
trying to defeat this idea with
plans that focus on inclusion.
Nasiri is a third-year Arts
student, majoring in Political
Science and International Relations. She also has a penchant for
afternoon tea and cookies.
As part of her role, Nasiri is in
charge of seeing through Shinerama, the AMS charity campaign
fundraising for cystic fibrosis.
VP Administration
Additionally, she is the executive in charge of issues surrounding the AMS Whistler Lodge
and AMS Art Gallery, as well as
supervising AMS businesses and
ensuring they comply with their
Ethical Purchasing Policy.
However, most students will
know her a lot better from her
work with the Student Administrative Commission (SAC), the
management team that oversees
AMS clubs.
"SAC can be seen as hoops you
have to jump through when really
it's just a support system," said
Nasiri. The SAC acts as the liason
between the AMS and its clubs,
and is in charge of all functions
held in the SUB.
Nasiri also has some new ideas
for bridging the gaps between
UBC communities. She's working
on establishing an 'inter-campus
cultural committee,' a meeting
point for presidents and coordinators of some of UBC's diverse
extracurriculars and student
clubs. According to Nasiri, her
goal for the new project is "to
bring everyone together and see
what everyone brings to the table
and go from there."
Nasiri's most prominent
project this year is the oversight
ofthe new SUB, for which she
acts as the student voice under a
committee of professionals. She
collaborates with the project's
management, contruction and
business groups to help deliver
the features students wish to see
in the new building.
Nasiri's aim with the AMS
Student Nest is to encourage involvement and input from all the
student communities of UBC.
"With opening the new SUB
one of my major goals is to have it
as open as possible," said Nasiri.
"We want to open the doors to
other student groups who are not
the AMS."
Nasiri also expressed an
intention to prioritize inclusivity
and co-operation between all
the student communities across
campus, so that all groups have a
say in society ventures.
"If we're not doing our job
representing the best that we
can, really we're nothing," said
Nasiri. Xi
Bahareh Jokar
VP External
Scott Jacobsen
Contributor
Bahareh Jokar is working to make
transportation easier and more
accessible to students.
As the current VP External,
Jokar's job includes dealing with
the political aspects and outreach
ofthe AMS.
When asked about her new
duties and responsibilities, Jokar
said the the majority of her work
will focus on thematic issues that
the AMS will continue to focus on
throughout the year.
"Those issues include addressing student needs on a provincial
level, public transportation, and
the U-Pass program," said Jokar.
Jokar also manages aspects of
government relations to post-secondary students. Some of these
services include childcare, education, immigration, financial aid
and transportation.
Other initiatives include the
OutreachAMS, Alliance of BC
Students and the Financial Aid/
Student Debt Advocacy.
But in what is perhaps her biggest project ofthe year, Jokar will
continue working towards making
the transition from the Upass to
the Compass Card.
"For me, specifically this term,
I am focusing on the upcoming
municipal election, the potential
public transit referendum," said
Jokar.
Jokar said that she will be
looking at the Broadway corridor
and the mayor's council proposal
to have a Broadway busline that
extends beyond Arbutus and out
to UBC.
According to Jokar, this will include "working with UBC administration and the City of Vancouver
to push to have the line extend out
to UBC."
During her term, Jokar hopes to
divide her time efficiently between
all these different commitments. A
few of these commitments include
chairing Get-On-Board BC, a coalition of stakeholders advocating for
greater funding for public transit,
and the Alliance of BC Students.
Through her participation in
many different initiatives, Jokar
hopes to address some ofthe overarching concerns of UBC students.
"I see large trends, which
seep into various issues that we
are trying to address like public
transportation, like student issue
reform around accessibility and
affordability," said Jokar.
At the same time, Jokar feels
that addressing these concerns
comes down to learning more
about the core issues of civic process and student engagement.
"If we put in more today, future
AMS members will be able to
reap the benefits of uniting and
engaging in the process to push
for student issues, and making our
communities a better place," said
Jokar. Xi
Mateusz Miadlikowski
VP Finance
Milica Palinic
Contributor
As an involved political science
and economics student and the
current VP Finance, Mateusz
Miadlikowski has a lot on his
plate this year.
As the society's principal
money man, Miadlikowski's most
important task involves putting together the budget for the
2014/2015 fiscal year.
The project requires communication across different
departments and the budget
committee before it is approved
by the AMS Council.
"It was a long process this year
but with the budget committee
we achieved — I would say — success," said Miadlikowski. "It was
presented pretty fairly well and it
was passed unanimously."
On top ofthe budget, Miadlikowski handles students and
student groups who are opting in
and out fees such as the UPass and
UBC's Health and Dental Plan.
He is the chair ofthe Finance
Commission and the Health and
Dental Committee. Miadlikowski
also oversees the sustainability
office with the AMS, manages
numerous businesses and sits
on several other committees
including the Walter Gage Fund
Committee, which is administered
by UBC and the Business Administration Governance Board and the
Brewery Committee.
Miadlikowski's plans for the
year include four main goals. The
first goal is to conduct a fixed
assets assessment which was last
done back in 2010.
"It was going to be done every
single year so it hasn't been done
in a long time and is very tedious
and there's actually no process
in place so I'm trying to develop
a process to do this every year,"
said Miadlikowski.
The purpose ofthe fixed assets
assessment is to clearly document
what the AMS and every single
club and constituency has in
fixed assets.
Miadlikowksi's second goal is to
review all the transfers and funds
that they have in the AMS.
"There are quite a few of [the
funds] as well so that is a very, very
broad project," said Miadlikowksi.
"I actually didn't realize how big it
is until I actually got there."
Miadlikowski's third goal is to
continue the project of putting in
an automated payment and point
of sales systems for clubs. As it
currently stands, the system is
expected to be finalized by the end
of2015.
Along with his work in sustainability, Miadlikowski's final
goal includes financing all the
projects that are going on with the
new SUB.
"Of course the new SUB is
the priority, so we are trying to
finance all the projects that are
going on," said Miadlikowski.
"There's plenty of them. We are
working hard to make sure that it
will all be done on time." Xi JENICA MONTGOMERY
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II Culture
CLUBS»
Getting involved is easy if you know what clubs to join
Joining clubs is the best and easiest way to make lifelong friends at university
Connie McKimm
Contributor
"We are for fun," said UBC
A Cappella President Rachel
Levy-McLaughlin. UBC's A
Capella Club, which holds auditions this coming weekend, offers
students the chance to combine
musical ambition with plenty
of socializing.
A cappella is a type of music
that is made up of group vocals
unaccompanied by instrumental
sound. UBC's A Cappella Club
performs a variety of songs: classical rock, pop hits, holiday favourites and 60s and 70s classics
all make up the club's repertoire.
The club has four groups in
total, each with different levels
of commitment and varying
levels of ability. This means that
any UBC student can sing with
the club.
"We try and make a spot
for everyone who is interested," said Vice President Brian
Hayes. Some groups meet every
week for several hours, whereas
another meets once a fortnight.
This means that anyone can
get involved — even the busiest
UBC student.
Besides these regular practices,
the club performs concerts at the
end of each semester. Hayes, who
organizes external events, said
that the club is often invited to
gigs two or three times per month.
The club not only performs at
campus and alumni events, but
travels across Vancouver to showcase its talents. "A couple of years
ago we got invited to perform by
the Vancouver Whitecaps," said
Levy-McLaughlin. "We do a nice
mishmash of things all over the
area."
For the A Cappella Club, singing
and performing together is a great
way to meet people.
"Through practices we become
a lot closer because we build
chemistry through our songs,"
said Rader Lie, one ofthe club's
musical directors.
The club hosts events to help
cement these friendships formed
during practices. "On Saturday,
we had an Aca-mazing race where
everyone raced around UBC Campus. It was a really fun scavenger
hunt," said Levy-McLaughlin.
After most practices, the club will
get together to share a few beers or
even perform at an open-mic night.
The 'Exec-apella' is keen to welcome new members.
"If you like music, enjoy singing
and having fun, there's not a better
place to try it," said Levy-McLaughlin. No doubt the club's new
members will soon be singing the
same tune.
Interested students can sign
up for the club's auditions, which
will be held on the 19 and 20 of
September. There is also a workshop on September 18 which will
provide an insight into what the
club has to offer. Xi
A CAPPELLA
MACKENZIE WALKER/THE UBYSSEY
BLANK VINYL PROJECT
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Kate MacDonald
Contributor
Everyone loves music, and everyone should love the Blank Vinyl
Project, a student-run organization which last year was awarded
Club ofthe Year by the Alma
Mater Society.
The three-year-old club founded
in 2011 by Ben Chen, the Blank
Vinyl Project was originally conceived as a record label dedicated to
getting unknown student artists off
the ground.
"When Ben [Chen] started it, the
idea was finding the abundance of
talent and musicians on campus
that don't really get represented.
You go and see that amazing artist
at an open mic, but then they're
in their dorm room the rest ofthe
year. [The Blank Vinyl Project] capitalizes on that talent, and makes
musicians more represented across
campus so you could be going to
that guy's show," said last year's
president Dimitri Kanaris.
Over the years, however, the
club has evolved dramatically.
Kanaris said they shortly saw a
need for a greater emphasis on
community. Blank Vinyl Project's
current president and third-year
English major Rebekka Kristian-
sen said she now considers the
club to be something that's much
more focused on every musician
on campus.
"There's something for everyone," Kristiansen said. "You don't
even have to play an instrument. I
don't play, and I'm the president!
Students that are musicians, that
play music on a regular basis just
for fun, they'd obviously feel very
much at home in the club. But
honestly, if you just enjoy music, if
you enjoy putting on shows, going
to shows, or just anything within
the arts, we can accommodate
you."
So if you do play an instrument,
how can you take advantage of
what the Blank Vinyl Project has
to offer? "We have between four
and six events a week," Kristiansen said. "Open mics, jam sessions, music nights and concerts
on the weekends."
The Blank Vinyl Project
deals in the music community
off campus as well as on. In the
past, they've worked directly
with music producers who've
helped students create entire
EPs, for free. The competitive
types can take part in the upcoming inaugural Battle ofthe
Bands, something the executive
team is thrilled to finally be
putting together.
This term, the project everyone's excited about is Build-a-
Band, beginning next week. "It's
essentially just us giving musicians on campus the place and the
resources to put together their
own bands," said Kristiansen. The
idea is that solo musicians will
come to Blank Vinyl Project, and
the club will match them with
other musicians to create a natural, cohesive team.
"I want BVP to be like a
music-specific calendar on campus. I want our club to be a place
that people go to see what they
can get in terms live music on
campus for the rest ofthe month.
I just want BVP to be a club that
people recognize as providers of
live music as well as opportunities
for musicians just for jamming,"
said Kristiansen.
Three years ago, the Blank
Vinyl Project was founded with
a clear mission in mind. It was
simply a record label, but it has
grown from that, and will likely
continue to do so. Kristiansen,
just beginning her term as president, has a clear vision in mind. Xi
SiJiaWen
Contributor
The University Fashion Club isn't
merely a channel for shopping and
fashion design.
"That's what usually surprises
people," said Alyssa Rodrigues,
director of operations for the club.
Established only three years ago,
the club was founded with the intention of connecting UBC students
with industry professionals in Vancouver. Rather than being a hands-
on, artistic club, they build a bridge
between aspiring fashion devotees
and provide advice on being employed in the competitive field.
Their biggest and most popular
event ofthe year is Fashion Talks, a
one-day conference featuring four
to five ofthe top local professionals
from various departments ofthe
fashion industry. Fashion Talks is
comprised of two parts. The former
is focused on the guest speakers
and their career path. Each speaker
gives a brief presentation on the
topic of choice of that year.
"The first year, we had 'How to
Get Hired in the Vancouver Fashion Industry,'" said Rodrigues. "It
was really valuable to our members
because each professional told their
success story and how they got into
the fashion industry."
The presentation is followed by
a lengthier Q&A period, in which
guests have the chance to ask the
panel questions to gain a greater
comprehension on their specialization, experience and know-how.
The second and final portion
of Fashion Talks is a networking
session, where members have
one-on-one interactions with
industry professionals. In the past,
members have been lucky enough
to collaborate with the marketing
manager at Herschel's, the manager
of Holt Renfrew, Beauty Editor at
Kenton Magazine, Model Manager
at Wilhelmina Models, and other
prominent Vancouver bloggers
and designers.
In addition to Fashion Talks, the
club also organizes smaller events,
including a do-it-yourself session in
the fall. "We provide all the materials — studs, leather patches, sewing
materials, buttons, all those types
of things — and anyone can just
bring whatever clothing they want
to DIY, and make it their own,"
said Rodrigues.
They also have a monthly
member feature on their Facebeook
page. "We'll choose the most active
member per month and do a photo
shoot with whatever style they
want. They design it."
Even with their growing popularity, the University Fashion Club
is looking for new recruits. "We
love having a diverse number of
people, anyone who's interested
in fashion, becoming friends with
those interested in fashion, and
wants opportunities to meet professionals on a one-on-one basis,"
said Rodrigues.
"It's a lot easier than going
out into the fashion industry
by yourself — we bring it to you
instead." tJ
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FASHION CLUB
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MACKENZIE WALKER/THE UBYSSEY THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014    |    CULTURE
ZOMBIES »
Interactive zombie theatre uses audience participation
Get your smartphone and your wits ready for this interactive zombie performance.
Olivia Law
Contributor
You receive a phone call with a
location and a time, 24 hours from
now. You're expected to be there,
armed with your smartphone and
your smartest wits. No, this isn't a
crazy scam or cult engagement —
this is theatre.
Andy Thompson — founder,
artistic director, creator, producer, actor and writer of The
Virtual Stage's production of On
Death's Door: Plague ofthe Zombie
Syndrome was a self-confessed
'science nerd' for most of his teenage life. It wasn't until completing
an Arts program at the age of 18
that he discovered the "theatre
way of life."
Hailing from the Fraser Valley
region, Thompson started his
career as a performer, starring
in Vancouver-based Hollywood
films, short movies and student
productions, after professional
theatre training at Studio 58.
Now, however, his work definitely reflects his science and
technology interests.
The main premise of Zombie Syndrome is a real-world,
smartphone-enabled quest to rid
Vancouver streets ofthe undead.
The current interest in zombie
culture inspired Thompson back
in 2012, when the first installment ofthe Zombie Syndrome
series began in the city. "Around
2000 I started this company, The
Virtual Stage, which was appropriated as a non-profit society,
and produced our first ever big
production, which did really
well," said Thompson. "It's been a
yoga? slack lines? storm the wall? how would
you use outdoor space around the sub?
Ideas Fair - October 2
UBC is in the process of redesigning the outdoor areas around and including
Maclnnes Field, the new pool, the existing SUB, Alumni Centre and the new SUB
See the schematic below for a view of the area under redesign.
We'd like to hear from students on how you would like to use these outdoor areas. Those who submit
their ideas in person or online will be entered into a Prize Draw. The outcomes from the Ideas Fair wil
inform the programming for this area
Date: Thursday, Oct 2, 2014    Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm    Place: Bookstore Plaza (Northside Patio)
Can't make it October 2? Visit
planning.ubc.ca by October 10
to submit your ideas
For additional information on the
project, contact Aviva Savelson,
Senior Manager, Consultation,
Campus + Community Planning
at aviva.savelson@ubc.ca or
604-822-9984.
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journey of 14 or so years with this
company being a vehicle in which
I really get to have a creative say
in what I do, which is the reason I
started the company."
Interactive theatre, while not
necessarily new, is still uncharted
territory for some theatre goers.
"I imagined a situation in the future, where I was with a company
that has mandate X, and I thought
'what kind of mandate could sustain my interest for a long time?'
Being the science-nerd techno-
geek that I am, I thought what
is better and longer lasting than
technology? That's how I came
up with the ideas of integrating
cinematic and live elements to the
show," said Thompson.
The idea of using your smartphone as part of a theatrical
experience is new to everyone — aren't we all used to the
announcement to turn off our
phones? Thompson, however, has
turned this around. "Computers
are getting smaller and smaller,
and more and more powerful,
and more affordable, so why not
use these tools in making theatre
all about the experience? I want
to investigate the application of
emerging technologies in theatre."
There are, of course, difficulties and limitations associated with this moving,
interactive theatre.
"With my actors, I was looking
for someone who can not only
handle the text, but can also
improvise," said Thompson.
"The audience is different every
performance, so the challenge of
writing such a piece is a whole
other topic. I needed actors who
can not only perform what is on
the page, but who can wing it, and
make the difference unintelligible."
Even in the script, there are
sections marked 'improv,' or different options depending on the
audience response. "There's this
whole element ofthe audience
being these geniuses, so we want
to have some fun around playing
with the audience."
The audience becomes a team
who is scored or graded, much
like a video game — a throwback
to Thompson's geeky past and
love of science and technology.
Initially, Thompson said he
did not have a target audience,
but as the shows and company
have progressed over the years,
inevitably Zombie Syndrome has
become a mecca for young, smart-
phone-savvy adults and teenagers — perfect for the engaged
UBC student.
"What really inspires me for
the company in general is that
I have the opportunity to really
get people inspired about theatre,
to perhaps push the boundary of
what it is, and challenge people's
preconceived notions about what
live theatre is or should be."
Zombie Syndrome provides and
opportunity for performance art
to become interactive, and this
will be a piece of performance art
like no one has seen before. 31
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campus+community planning
Culture Mulcher
Mr. Peanut Campaign for
BC Culture Days
Mayor 1974
Sept. 5 - Jan. 4
September 26,28,28 2014
This exhibit is presented
Culture Days are a part of a
at Koerner Library. For a
country wide prject to get
performance art project, artist
people more involved with arts
Vincent Trasov dressed as
and culture. Events range from
the famed Mr. Peanut, the
Ballet classes to the Candle
Planters product mascot, and
and Butter making. There are
walked around Vancouver
events across the city — and
and performed on stage in
country — for people to get
the 70s. This exhibit runs at
involved in and experience the
the same time as Vancouver's
world of arts and culture.
municipal elections and
consists of photographs and
other memerobilia from Mr.
Peanut's most notable public
project: when Mr. Peanut ran
for Mayor in 1974. // Opinions
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THE AMS IS PRETTY
IMPORTANT
You should care about what the
AMS is doing. The AMS is made
up mostly of elected students who
deal with millions of dollars of your
money. Your U-Pass, the new SUB,
Pit Nights - the AMS is behind all
of it.
Despite everything the AMS
handles, a lot of students don't
even know what AMS stands for,
never mind who the executives are
or what they do. Which is why we
took two pages to try and lay out
some ofthe basics for people.
While the AMS does a lot of good
stuff, sometimes they get things
wrong. If you don't even know what
your student society is up to, it's
hard to hold them accountable.
Too many students criticize the
lack of student life on campus, the
food in the SUB, or the way the
AMS spends their money, but never
do anything to actually improve
any of those things. The AMS is
made up of students just like you.
So vote in the AMS elections, show
up to speak at council meetings,
run for office — do something to
make life on campus better.
MAJOR LEAGUE BUBBLE
SOCCER
Whether you call it football or soccer there should always, always be a
bubble in front of it.
No matter from which angle
you approach it — profit, athletics,
or entertainment — bubble soccer
is blowing up. From a marketing
standpoint, soccer is the one ofthe
cheapest sports in the world to play.
The introduction of plastic bubbles
at varying costs allows for the market to roll away with higher profit
margins.
Through the lens of athletics,
bubbles provide the solution to the
perennial complaint of diving. Run
ning full speed into another player
with the intention of bouncing them
farther than little Timmy did in the
bouncy castle at Jimmy's fifth birthday introduces the tipping point
component that the sport needed.
It's a no-brainer that every fan
would prefer to see Lionel Messi do
a bicycle kick with a bubble suit on
than without.
It's time to bring bubble soccer
into the mainstream.
STUDENT LEADERS NEED
TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY
Sauder rape chants, Carleton
T-shirts and Greek system hazing
— what do these three things have
in common?
Maybe it's just us, but it seems
like there's a real trend with students given the responsibility of
holding positions of mentorship who
seem to love abusing their power
and making everyone feel uncomfortable - students and administration alike. Really, nothing good ever
comes from their antics.
When you're given the task
of welcoming new students, you
shouldn't take the opportunity to
execute your own sort of soapbox
activism, no matter what your views
are. Just imagine AMS President
Tanner Bokor constantly preaching
about the characters he ships in his
favourite anime. We're sure he'd
have the council Chair banging his
gavel like a madman.
Just the same, student leaders
should make their lesser-ranked
peers feel welcome, safe and included. That should go without saying.
We're just glad that UBC does its
best to encourage the construction
of a safe and inclusive academic and
community environment.
UBC EXECUTIVE
RESTRUCTURING?
As soon as we heard about the (now
former) VP Finance, Resources and
LLU^RATION JULIAN YU /THE UBYSSEY
Operations leaving his position at
UBC, we realized that new UBC
president Arvind Gupta may be
wanting to switch things up.
Like Stephen Toope before
him, Gupta is getting right on
restructuring UBC's executive and
administrative operations. In his
installation address, Gupta clearly
expressed his wishes to refocus just
about everything at UBC, such as
putting research on a pedestal high
enough to brush the clouds.
Ouillet's position is being reinvented to streamline the new major
prioritization of academic objectives with the more simplified VP
Finance role.
It seems strange that Ouillet
didn't stick around for the part.
Were there disagreements between
Ouillet and Gupta? We don't know,
but we sure wish we did.
Right now, we're just going to
sit back and wait to see what else is
going to change now that Gupta has
taken the helm.
SPARE SOME TIME FOR
TERRYFOX
For some of us, the Terry Fox Run
is something that evokes memories
of long-gone elementary school
years, and hours spent watching documentaries and running
around school fields. For others,
who didn't grow up in Canada,
Terry Fox may be a name that was
first heard only after arriving at
UBC.
Fox was voted the #2 "Greatest Canadian" in a massive CBC
project conducted in 2004, and
with good reason — he ran across
Canada with one good leg, brought
awareness to a disease that was
still, in some ways, taboo to
discuss in public, and succeeded
in raising millions of dollars for
cancer research.
Even if you don't go for a run,
spare a thought or a dollar for
Terry Fox. He earned it. Xi
The AMS does not have
a "feminism quota"
AVA NASIRI
Letter
As the VP Administration for
the AMS, one of my responsibilities is to manage the Student
Administrative Commission
(SAC) which oversees all AMS
clubs. With that in mind I'm
responding to an opinion piece
written by Alex Mierke-Zatwar-
nicki entitled "Enough with the
feminism quotas."
The op-ed claim that the AMS
twice voted not to constitute a
feminist club because we are
against "promoting women's
empowerment and organizing at
UBC" could not be further from
the truth.
There are no
quotas; groups
are approved
based on application and
not political
or social leanings, and the
same process
is applied to
all groups that
present.
A club is approved when they
have unique programming, a
strong budget and planning for
long-term sustainability. These
measures are in place to ensure
that new student clubs have the
planning they need in order to
succeed. There are no quotas;
groups are approved based on
application and not political or
social leanings, and the same
process is applied to all groups
that present.
The UBC Feminism Club
under the leadership of Cheneil
Hale was never rejected from
becoming an AMS club this year.
Instead, the AMS "referred the
club to talk to SASC" following
their first presentation, in order
to avoid overlap in programming
and allow for successful collaboration in the future between the
two groups. As the club was not
rejected, they were welcome to
come back and present again as
soon as they pleased.
The ability to present again
was somehow misunderstood.
On Hale's behalf, Mierke-Zat-
warnicki tweeted at the AMS her
frustration. Once the Communications Manager understood the
situation, she connected Hale
with the SAC and Hale was again
informed she could re-present.
Hale presented on September
10 and was told she would learn
the decision of SAC within a
week. SAC held an emergency
meeting on September 12 to
vote on three clubs (Hale's,
and two others presenting for a
second time); two of which were
approved. As promised, Hale
received an email congratulating
her on the club being constituted
on September 15.
The timing of
this email and
the approval of
the club may
have appeared
to be a direct
result ofthe
opinion piece,
tweets, or a petition the feminism club put
together. It was
not; SAC has no
political bias.
The timing of this email and
the approval ofthe club may have
appeared to be a direct result of
the opinion piece, tweets, or a
petition the feminism club put
together. It was not; SAC has no
political bias. The club received
status because of their strong,
unique programming, a well-developed budget, and response to
SAC feedback, which is standard
practice that SAC applies equally
to all.
The AMS is all about empowering students to pursue their
passions and contribute to the
university community. While we
do not agree with the way this
situation was handled, we are
pleased to have the UBC Feminism Club as part ofthe AMS and
look forward to the contributions they will make to campus
culture.
If you are interested in having
a say in the formation of new
clubs or joining SAC, please get
in touch with me at or stop by the
SAC office. Xi
Ava Nasiri is the AMS Vice-President, Administration, and is a
third-year international relations
and political science student.
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It has a somewhat derogatory connotation.
"The AMS hacks tried to shut down our party because we
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EDITOR JACKHAUEN
rEMBER18,2C
CYCLING »
Off the Chain: cycling across Canada
Former Ubyssey Sports and Recreation Editor Natalie Scadden (left) cycled across Canada this summer.
Natalie Scadden
Staff Writer
My girlfriend and I cycled 7,510
kilometres across the country
this summer.
Yeah, I know, we're crazy —
just about everyone we met said
that. "What for?" was always
the next question. Many were
surprised when we didn't name
a charity and start rattling off all
the good work they do. Some even
seemed upset — why is it that
people assume any endurance
feat must be associated with a
charitable cause?
It's not like we didn't have
plenty of other good reasons to
be out there biking roughly 100
kilometres a day.
First off, far too often we Canadians don't get to travel much
in our own country. Cycling is a
fantastic way to explore places
because you get to see everything
in slow motion. You can hear
and smell what's going on, notice
the little things you otherwise
wouldn't in a car or plane. You
feel the road curve beneath you
and you sweat and grind your
way up its hills. Locals all want to
chat with you, so you learn about
where you are and the people who
live there too. And while you're
at it you can eat all the food you
want, healthy or not — you've
earned it.
I should mention that shedding
a few pounds was never one of
our reasons. We both returned
to Vancouver at almost exactly
the same weight as we left, albeit
a bit leaner. I'm fine with that. I
mean, we made a pact to eat pou-
tine every day while in Quebec
(and succeeded), and beer was a
frequent source of carbohydrates,
so I can't exactly complain. While
most Canadians spent their summer fuming over rising gas prices
(we saw it as high as $1.60 a litre),
our engines were running on
kilometres per cookie (about 42.3,
if I had to guess).
Now, that's not to say that
spending your whole summer
cycling doesn't take its toll on
your bank account. The cost
of equipment, campsites and
around 4,000 calories a day (each)
worth of food adds up, plus we
took a total of eight ferries and
flew home from the east coast.
The bikes had to be boxed up
and shipped back as well, which
actually gave us a bit of separation
anxiety at first. Even though we
stayed with our (friends') friends
and family whenever possible,
and even some very kind strangers — the website www.warm-
showers.org is a fantastic network
of/for touring cyclists — it was
still an expensive trip.
For us, it was absolutely
worth it.
Why? For the adventure. For
the challenge. For the adrenaline.
For the sense of freedom. For the
outdoors. For fun. For exercise.
For first-hand perspective and
peace of mind. For bragging
rights. For awkward tanlines.
For the friends and family we got
to visit. For the new friends we
made. For us. For Canada.
For being able to check one
item off the bucket list, and for
the many more it has inspired. Xi
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bounces onto
campus
Jack Hauen
Sports + Rec Editor
You've seen the GIFs.
The internet is littered with
slow motion videos and all-caps
comments each proclaiming in
their own way how much fun you
can have playing bubble soccer.
Recently, two UBC brothers —
Michael and Kelvin Wong — have
capitalized on the sport's online
popularity by starting their own
company dedicated to renting
out the bubble suits and supplying soccer balls, goals, refs and
even professional photographers.
They see iBubble Soccer dominating birthday parties in the
near future.
"That's why we started this
company," said Michael Wong.
"There's big potential in the
city of Vancouver — it's really
popular in Europe, some parts
ofthe States and Asia, and right
now there's no one in Vancouver
playing it."
On Sunday, the company held
free tryouts on a corner of Varsity Field. Six players at a time
marched onto the field and faced
off in games of what could loosely
be called "soccer," but what could
more accurately be described
as "repeated blindside tackles
with little to no regard for any
semblance of rules." I was one of
these bubble-wrapped warriors.
The first thing you need to
know about bubble soccer is that
those suits are actually pretty
heavy. You're not going to be
sprinting around at full speed
for very long without falling to
your knees like an uncoordinated
Michelin Man. The second thing
you need to know about bubble
soccer is that getting tackled is by
far the best part. For extra points
(and mad air) jump just as you're
about to get hit.
It's also incredibly hard to see
out ofthe suits, as the plastic
distorts your vision into something Dali might paint if he were
a soccer mom. You can't really
look down to see the ball, because
as soon as you do — though this
depends heavily on the bloodlust
ofthe opposing team — you'll be
flattened in a second, making a
game of actual soccer rather difficult. But that's never been the
point. For its few flaws, if you can
call them that, bubble soccer is
incredibly fun and will strengthen bonds of friendship through
cushioned blows.
The Wong brothers are just
waiting for their new business
to fully gain traction, but in the
meantime they're having fun
watching students pummel each
other dressed like tiny blimps. Xi
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Places to be: Sentinel Pass
Adventure in the Rockies just across the B.C. border
Ailsa Naismith
Contributor
"Bears?" squeaked Iona.
"Yup!" said Natalie, our Australian assistant. She seemed
cheerful. "In fact, they're all over
the place here. The best we had
was one that came into the bakery
a couple of months ago and ate
all the cakes. When he realised
he'd been spotted, he got scared
and ran out again. Think he was
embarrassed!"
We eagerly purchased the can
of bear mace that she held out
to us.
The news of bear threats
would turn out to be the first in
a long line of surprises that day:
we would be buffeted by wind
and rain, chased by a storm of
mosquitoes and meet a number
of interesting people that would
make our newest adventure all
the more exciting.
Our day had started like any
other day: with homemade bur-
ritos by the side of Lake Louise.
My sister, Iona, was keen to try
out her new stove, and we couldn't
pass up the chance to eat in front
Coastal Mountain black bears
look like teddies. She also told us
ofthe rules for high-threat areas:
we would have to team up with
others to make a foursome. We re-J
traced our steps towards Moraine I
Lake, with a view to picking up
some hikers.
The path steepened, and we
started up a series of switchbacks.
Would we actually be able to
catch up with anyone to befriend
them? Suddenly, we were accosted
by a rabble. Twenty octogenarians
welcomed us into their fold, and
decided that we could be honorary members of their Golden Oldies Hiking Club. We were thrilled!
Ahead on the path, a pair with
bells on their backs made a noisy
trail. However, at the very least
they seemed like good fun. We
learned that they were called
Ingrid and Sandra, and the bells
were to ward off the bears (who
were clearly too shy to talk).
On our way, Ingrid and Sandra
regaled us with stories. It turned
out they were aid workers on
a break to visit home, and the
pines of Paradise Valley were
rs of bear threats would
turn out to be the first in a
long line of surprises.
ofthe best view in the world. We
had no idea what route to climb
this morning, and eating seemed
like an agreeable form of procrastination while we decided. The
incongruity struck us: here we
were at 7:00 a.m. and 10 degrees,
munching on a mound of beans,
rice and cheese while cheeky
early-bird tourists passed by the
lake trail and provided a constant
stream of banter: "Got any spares?
... When do you open for business?
... Need some extra fuel to get you
over the mountains?"
As we ate, the day stretched
ahead of us. We decided to tackle
Sentinel Pass beside Moraine
Lake. Although we would miss
the lovely friends we'd made here
so far, Iona and I began to suspect
for some reason that there was
an ulterior motive behind their
friendliness. We wound our way
down the hill towards the town
of Lake Louise, the view stretching out in front of us like a cat in
the sun.
What we hadn't bargained on
— hadn't even really thought of —
was the incredible threat of bears
in the region. Natalie assured
us that these grizzlies made the
quickly replaced with tales of
riotous adventures in Lagos, and
descriptions ofthe cornfields
of Saskatchewan, from where
Sandra hailed.
We were keen to impress these
two intrepid hikers, and the perfect opportunity appeared over
the hill, surrounded by springy
meadows of wildf lowers. A lake.
It was fed by glacial waters from
nearby Mount Temple — surely
ice swimming was the next step
in our day. Once we got up to our
knees and snapped a few chilly
pictures, Iona and I soon changed
our minds and dashed out again.
The Sentinel Pass trail leads
you up onto a saddle with two
viewpoints: to the west, pines,
lake and meadows for Julie
Andrews to sing in; to the east,
endless crags and fearsome glaciers. Capricious Mount Temple
stood between them, with its
rugged face and ice quiff standing
to attention. Once we were on the
saddle, we couldn't be distracted
by the wild squirrels that made
their home there. We slid down
the sloping scree on the other
side: a surprise difference from
the springy meadows ofthe west.
"This is ridiculous!" Sandra
huffed, as we saw a family of four
merr^y skip along the path ahead
of us.
But it became more so whe:
we entered the last leg ofthe
climb. Though we hadn't seen a
whiff of bear, the mosquitoes we
then found were large enough to
carry us between them, 10 apiece.
Hiking and scrambling, running
through the solid surf, we eventually made it through the mosquito
fields and out onto the rocky trail.
Our way cleared as we discovered
another surprise: the glassy green
of a small glacier lake. We'd left
Paradise Valley far behind us, but
this was a little pool of heaven
that
we eagerly
dipped our feet
into. The cold didn't
feel so bad after nine hours
of hiking.
More surprises were in store.
Just as we thought the end was
in sight, we were distracted by
a rustling in the bushes. Was
our time near its end? Instead, a
snuffle and a wheeze were heard.
On the path in front of us, a frizz
of yellow spines ambled along at
a glacial pace. It was a porcupine!
We heard they were naturally
shy, but he must have been a little
deaf as it was only well after
our shrieks and delighted cries
sounded that he waddled back
into the bushes.
Finally, we were out. Ten hours
of adventure had coated us in a
varnish of sweat, mosquito-repellent, sunscreen and excitement.
We needed to cool off and drove
our dusty car towards the border
with British Columbia; we were
heading for Emerald Lake, a
perfect way to round off the day.
We changed into our swimming
costumes; the beautiful scenery
— hanging baskets on a wooden
bridge, lake and green pines — at
odd with the dash of pure fear I
felt. We had a lovely pair of tourists encourage us as we teetered
on the bridge. The wife shouted:
"Go on, go on! I'm ready in
three ... two ... one!"
Whoomph! The water was
PHOTO COURTESf IONANAISMIITE
Top down: Panoramic of Sentinal Pass, view of Temple, scaling viewpoints, meadows.
freezing, an explosion of bubbles
lashed my eyes and water the colour of antifreeze surrounded us.
After doggie paddling to the side
ofthe lake, we emerged, triumphant, to a smattering of applause. A
couple congratulated us in broad
Liverpudlian accents. The sounds
were out of place over there — it
was as if we had passed the Rockies test and been rewarded by a
taste of home. tJ THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18,2014    I    SPORTS    I   11
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UBC Nordic skiiers taking changes in stride
Team has lost their varsity status, but not their passion
The UBC Nordic skiing club is dealing with the fallout from last year's sports review by moving forward as a team.
Natalie Morris
Contributor
In the wake of last year's sports review, some of UBC's varsity teams
are making the transition into
their new competitive club status.
As one of UBC's lesser-known varsity clubs, the Nordic skiers have
felt this divide before.
Robert Ragotte, a fourth-year
student and coach ofthe team,
doesn't think their loss of varsity
status will change the team's
dynamics too much. One drawback
is the loss ofthe varsity gym, but
Ragotte isn't phased — the team
will use the BirdCoop like the rest
ofUBC.
"We've always operated in
the form of a competitive club,"
Ragotte said. "We've always had
people in excess ofthe team who
would be part ofthe club portion,
so I don't think it will be a big
change for us."
The club side of Nordic skiing
operates alongside the competitive
team of 10. According to Ragotte,
generally only experienced skiers
join, but the club welcomes those
new to the sport. Being student-run allows for a more flexible
schedule, without a hard cut-off
date for new members. Ragotte
pointed out that, as a competitive
team, they don't provide training
for beginners, but "if they want a
ride up [the mountain] to learn,
then they're always welcome."
Kirsten Bock, a third-year UBC
Nordic skiing veteran, noted that
while the team will no longer be
able to use the varsity gym, they
can still hold events like team runs
without it. According to Bock, the
group operates more "like a little
family" than a competitive club.
"We have the club as well as the
team, so we do a lot of our training
together, and we have alumni
come out and join us sometimes,"
she said.
Bock also hoped the team could
get outside sponsorship for the
season. Last season the team was
unable to go to nationals, something they had never missed since
the club began.
"Last year was the only year
we didn't [go], because they were
held in Newfoundland, so it was
$3,000 per athlete. It was just not
feasible in our budget," said Ragotte, though he maintained they
will definitely be sending people
this year.
The Ski Nationals, which are
being held in Thunder Bay this
season, host the Canadian College
and University National Championship (CCUNC), as well as the
Canadian Ski and Para-Nordic Na-
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tional Championships. Laval and
Lakehead Universities currently
hold the men's and women's titles,
respectively.
Before nationals, the team also
participates in a number of races at
Cypress and Whistler throughout
the winter. These races range from
1.5 kilometre sprints to 10 and
30 kilometre races. This sets the
varsity team up nicely for nationals where about five races are held,
including a mass start and two
interval start races.
"I love skiing, it's one of my
favourite sports," Bock said. "It's
a great way I can integrate sports
and university together." ffl
CANADA»
Terry Fox Run brings students together against cancer
Koby Michaels
Contributor
Terry Fox ran 5,373 kilometres
across Canada after being diagnosed with metastatic osteosarcoma and having his leg amputated above the knee. On Sunday,
somewhere between 150 and 200
students and Vancouverites took
part in UBC's first ever Terry Fox
Run and ran a combined 750 kilometers to carry on Fox's legacy.
Runners lined up in front ofthe
fountain in Martha Piper Plaza,
the toes of their sneakers smudging the chalk starting line. Everyone counted down from three, and
we were off, pre-run jitters and
aches forgotten. The race followed
chalk arrows pointing down Main
Mall toward the mountains before
veering onto the construction-riddled sidewalks of West Mall. Then
came the hill on Agronomy road. It
might not seem like a big hill, but
after running the length of Main
Mall twice, an ant hill feels like
Everest. The arrows curled back
onto the Mall, and suddenly the
fountain and finish were within eyesight. My trainers finally
crossed the chalk finish line but I
could not stop for the water that
lined the table under the enticing
shade ofthe tent. One lap down,
2.5 kilometres to go.
Then it started again. The view
ofthe mountains, the dodging
offences and potholes, the hike
up Mt. Agronomy, and the final
stretch back down the Mall
towards the chalk that marked
the end.
As a Canadian who has never
lived in Canada, I had no idea who
Terry Fox was when I signed up,
but after running a measly 0.0009
per cent ofthe Marathon of Hope,
I hold him in a deep sense of awe.
And for the first time since moving
back to Canada, I feel Canadian.
Thirty-four years after his marathon, people still run for Fox and
continue the fight against cancer. Xi 12    I    GAMES    I    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18,2014
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