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UBC's baseball and softball teams gear up for
another competitive year on the diamond P5
UBC Film Society recieves large donation
of Hindi movies on 35 mm film P8
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Totem Park residents complain over pipe sealant
particles in water from showers, taps P3 // Page 2
Put awaythatfrozen pizza and dine
out on Thursday. Have breakfast,
lunch ordinner at one of200 participating restaurants in the Lower
Mainland to support individuals living
with HIV/AIDS.
Take a break in your Friday
afternoon and stop by the Belkin
Gallery for a free concert put on
by the UBC Contemporary Players. The concert celebrates the
gallery's current exhibition, Esther
Cosplay in the SUB, you say?
Dress up and bring outyourfa-
vourite characters while enjoying
sweets, treats and conversation
from the Cosplay Cafe! Minimum
meal puchase of $5.
Remeber that time last year where some places
in Totem Park residence lacked hot water? Well,
the problems are back, with showers spewing
discolored water and students petitioning for
things to be fixed.
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Michelle Chiu shines light on
healthcare issues
Michelle Chiu exemplifies UBC's Tuum Est motto
("It is up to you") perfectly; never settling for the
conventional path, Chiu has volunteered, interned, studied and worked her way to a hugely
impressive resume.
Last year Chiu completed her commerce degree
at UBC and was a finalist for the Young Women of
Distinction 2012 award. Now, she's in an equally
competitive setting at UBC med school. Her journey
at UBC is best understood from her mentality in first
year: "When I entered university, I decided to just
jump in right away and explore as many opportunities as I could."
From the start of her commerce degree, Chiu
demonstrated leadership capabilities, and continues
to do so through a smorgasbord of extracurricular activities: she is a Junior Team Canada youth
ambassador, a member ofthe Sauder debate team, a
volunteer at the Canuck Place Children's Hospice and
has interned at two finance and accounting firms.
Chiu has also received the Premier and Wesbrook
scholarships, two ofthe most prestigious awards
given out by UBC. They are awarded to senior students who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills,
academic performance and community service.
Although her time as a commerce undergrad was
rewarding, medicine was Chiu's original passion.
When it came time for graduate school, trading
her Sauder business suit for hospital scrubs was a
natural choice.
"To be honest, during high school, I thought I
would be pursuing medicine," Chiu said. "When I
applied to UBC, my first choice was actually sciences.
However, I had heard from my more senior friends
about how great Sauder was, and I read some ofthe
course descriptions and thought, 'Hey, this is pretty
One of Chiu's goals is to improve the efficiency of
the Canadian health care system.
"I guess when we talk about improving health
care, we hear a lot about accessibility, efficiency and
quality. And each of them in themselves is a huge,
huge issue," she said.
"There are many different problems or challenges
within each one, and many different solutions. One
particular aspect that I am interested in is the use
and management of technology to improve efficiency,
accessibility and quality of health care.
"For example, electronic medical health records
— not just using them in hospital settings, but also in
primary care family practice offices."
Chiu explained that in Canada, only about 37 per
cent of family practices use an electronic medical record-keeping system, whereas in most ofthe
Commonwealth countries around 95 per cent of
family practices use technology to keep a much more
efficient record system.
"We are really lagging behind in terms of medical
health records use, and I think it's important because
it helps with the continuity of care, between specialists, and from primary to tertiary care," Chiu said.
"There's also tele-health — using Skype-like
services to reach people who are in, for example,
northern B.C. or rural, remote areas. I think that also
has a lot of potential in improving accessibility. And
even mobile apps, for both patients and physicians, I
think all of these technologies can be utilized better
to improve the health care system."
With these goals in mind, Chiu is currently involved in a research project on a mobile application
called the "phone oximeter."
"It's basically a device that's been developed by
B.C. Children's Hospital, their anesthesiology team,"
Chiu said. "And what it is, it's a sensor that connects
to a phone on one end and your patient's finger on the
other, and it measures important vital signs, such as
your heart rate, your oxygen saturation."
Chiu is excited to continue on her current path,
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Water contaminated with a non-toxic pipe sealant has been flowing out of faucets in Totem Park's Nootka house since December 2012.
Totem residents seek refund for water problems
Sarah Bigam
There's epoxy resin in the water
at Totem Park's Nootka House —
and some residents don't want to
drink it.
Since December 2012, Nootka
residents have been concerned
about the dark, purplish particles
they periodically found discolouring
their tap water. They've also experienced intermittent issues with
water pressure and lack of hot water
throughout the building.
UBC Student Housing and
Hospitality Services (SHHS)
officially contacted residents about
the problem by email on Feb. 1. Kyle
Lethbridge, residence life manager
for Totem Park North, told Nootka
residents that the particles are a
nontoxic pipe sealant. David Kiloh,
facilities and building services
director for SHHS, said the sealant
is called Curapoxy, an epoxy pipe
coating and sealant.
The sealant, when cured, is declared to be safe for use in drinking
water. However, safety regulations
recommend flushing the pipes for 15
minutes after application to remove
any potentially harmful chemicals,
accordingto health and safety
standards organization NSF. The
chemicals inthe sealant may cause
skin and eye irritation, accordingto
its manufacturer.
Siloh said the sealant was
applied to the pipes in the building
to temporarily repair leaks. He
said SHHS plans to replace the
building's pipes in the summer
because it would be too disruptive
to residents to replace them during
the school year. He said SHHS
regularly tests the water for safety.
Lethbridge held a meeting with
Nootka residents on March 4 to
discuss the issue. Around 18 of
the approximately 200 residents
attended, including the residence
coordinator ofthe building and
residence advisors from three of
the six floors.
Residents at the meeting expressed concerns about the safety
ofthe water.
Nootka resident McKenzie
Hannewyk recounted one experience where flecks appeared
midway through her shower and
she immediately got a rash on her
neck, chest, shoulders and back.
This occurred after the temporary
repairs had taken place in January.
"It was just really itchy, which
is like — to me, that's the same as
pain. I was in a lot of discomfort,"
she said. Although the rash went
away after an hour, Hannewyk
said she remains skeptical about
showering with the house's water.
Lethbridge said he sympathized
with her experience, but when
a similar situation occurred in
another residence in the past, no
residents had any adverse reactions
to the sediment in the water.
Students also brought up the
inconveniences of having to go
to other houses to shower or to
the cafeteria, which is closed for
11 hours ofthe day, to get water
to drink.
Some residents have asked to
receive compensation for the inconvenience ofthe water situation,
but they were told UBC wouldn't
give them any money. In 2012,
students in two other Totem Park
houses received $220 or $240 due
to an ongoing lack of hot water.
"As long as we respond to these
situations in a timely manner and
we put actions in place to correct
them, we're doing our part in that
side that we don't have to provide
compensation," said Lethbridge.
Nootka residents Tracey Gaydosh
and Ho Yi Kwan said they felt particularly frustrated with the process
and their confusion over who to
contact in order to fix this problem.
"Everyone just directs us back
to a different person. It seems like
there's no end," said Kwan.
Gaydosh and Kwan plan to start
a petition asking SHHS to compensate Nootka residents for the
ongoing water issues. They plan to
collect signatures on Thursday and
Friday of this week, and present
them to Janice Robinson, UBC director of residence life and administration, this Saturday.
—With files from Laura Rodgers.
—Editor's note: Sarah Bigam is a
resident of Nootka House. Xi
AMS supports microbrewery at
UBC Farm instead of new SUB
The AMS microbrewery won't be in
At Wednesday night's council meeting, the AMS approved a motion to
spend up to $1.1 million over the next
four years to build a microbrewery on
the UBC Farm.
The microbrewery was originally
slated for the new SUB. but Elin Tayyar.
former AMS VP Finance and a member of the AMS committee in charge
of the brewery, said the Farm was a
more cost-effective location. Tayyar
also said the new SUB would have
provided less space for the brewery,
limiting production and storage
of beer.
The AMS hopes to make the
microbrewery part of the new UBC
Farm Centre, which is scheduled for
completion in 2017.
"I think doing it in the Farm just
makes way too much sense. Although
it's a little bit down the timelines, it is
building it for the future generations."
said Tayyar. "ThenewSUB would
have been a nice marketing tool...
[but] it makes a lot more sense to do it
on the farm."
The AMS still needs to negotiate
an agreement with the university
to be able to use the space on the
UBC Farm.
"There's been a lot of support form
the UBC executive since day one. so
I'm hoping that support still exists."
said Tayyar.
The AMS is looking for a third party
to help run the brewery, ts
Students petition
for aboriginal law
Faiza Mirza
The Lance (University of Windsor)
A petition is circulating at the
University of Windsor's law school
over the potential creation of an
aboriginal law program.
Caitlin L. Beresford, one of
the initiators ofthe petition and
a student ofthe law school, said
the school currently has only two
courses on aboriginal law.
Accordingto Beresford, frustration with a local program that
some ofthe students were involved
in was prompted them to initiate
this proposal.
"It originally started as a program to assist aboriginal people
within the community but, as we
continued discussing options between ourselves and our class and
what was goingto be cost effective,
we realized that a specialization
program at Windsor would actually
be more relevant," said Beresford.
Michelle Pilutti, assistant dean
in administration at Windsor Law
School, stressed the significance
of providing justice to all members
of society.
"Access to justice is an important theme at Windsor Law. It is
through this lens that we strive
to maintain student accessibility,
particularly from underrepresented
groups, and to provide support
structures to ensure success in our
academic programs," said Pilutti.
U ofW students are petitioning the university to create a law program focusing on
aboriginal issues.
"It is crucial that Canadian
universities, particularly law
schools, respond to the access to
justice needs of aboriginal people,"
she added.
According to Beresford, very
few Canadian universities offer
programs in aboriginal law and
most of them don't give students
the option of graduating with a
specialized degree.
"The program would allow for
those interested in aboriginal law
to gain theoretical and practical
knowledge and experience," said
Beresford. "The program similarly would allow us to serve a population in need of legal assistance,
by supporting aboriginal clients
through advocacy and research."
Beresford said the law school
is currently inthe preliminary
phase of curriculum development.
For now, the proposal entails
inclusion of mandatory indigenous legal traditions and aboriginal
law in society classes, as well as
participation in the aboriginal
Kawaskimhon moot and independent research project.
Pilutti is hopeful that by developing an area of specialization in
aboriginal law, the interest and
number of aboriginal applicants
will increase.
The petition for the program
is complete and the students are
being approached to sign it. Once
the petition is closed and the proposal is finalized, the request will
be submitted to the dean's office
for consideration.
"We have support from Legal
Aid Ontario, as well as other firms
that specialize in aboriginal law
and, hopefully, this will become
a reality for next semester," said
Grad student prez
inherits surplus,
Koerner's woes
Will McDonald
News Editor
Low engagement has plagued the
Graduate Student Society (GSS) for
years. When its newly elected president, genome science Ph.D. student
Chris Roach, takes office at the end
ofthe month, he wants to fix this.
Roach said his main goal as
president will be to increase student involvement, and he hopes to
change the GSS to appeal to more
He said he wants to get more
grad students, from more departments, running for elected
positions inthe GSS. Many departments have trouble finding students
willing to represent them, and
department reps are often forced
to leave the society's council before
their terms end because they skip
too many council meetings.
Roach ran for president unopposed. In this year's GSS
executive elections, fewer than five
per cent ofthe 9,353 eligible grad
students voted.
"That's kind of my number one
priority this year," said Roach. "I'm
disappointed with the elections
turnout, but that's something next
year, we're really goingto be striving to change that."
Roach said Koerner's Pub, a campus pub formerly run by the society
that closed in 2011, won't reopen
until September 2013 at the earliest.
The pub was shut down after losing
almost $200,000 from 2010 to 2011.
Roach said the GSS is still ironing out the details of a contract with
HK Commerce, the third-party
company who will run the pub. He
said he didn't know the details of
the contract, but said the society
would either earn a certain amount
of money from the pub or a percentage of profits, whichever is higher.
"It's essentially set up in a way
that there is no way for us to lose
money... like we did a few years
ago," said Roach.
Roach said he will inherit
a budget surplus as president,
but has yet to determine what
he will do with the extra few
thousand dollars.
One ofthe main roles ofthe
GSS is lobbying the government
for grad student funding. Unlike
the Alma Mater Society, UBC's
main student organization, the
GSS is still a member ofthe Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA), an organization
of student societies that lobbies
the federal government. Roach
said CASA is a useful organization as long as the GSS's interests
align with those of other CASA
Roach said he is waiting on a
report on CASA to come to the society's council before he makes any
conclusions about the value of being
a member ofthe organization.
Roach said he also plans to lobby
the provincial government for
increased research funding. He
plans to join forces with other B.C.
universities to push for more scholarships for graduate students.
The GSS is in the middle of
drafting new bylaws to replace the
outdated rules for the society. The
changes didn't pass at the society's
special general meeting at the end
of February, but Roach is hopeful
they will go through at the annual
general meeting scheduled for
March 28.
"The work they've done, in my
own opinion, it's fantastic work and
it will probably go through at the
AGM.... I hope it does," said Roach.
Roach officially takes office on
March 28. a NEWS    I   THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013
Advanced ed. minister Yap out
over 'ethnic votes' scandal
With little time before the provincial election,
junior minister Ralph Sultan takes over role
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
The B.C. Liberal minister of advanced education, John Yap, has
stepped aside from cabinet over
the fallout from a leaked internal
party memo.
Yap has been the minister
of advanced education since
September 2012, and has also
served as the minister of state
for multiculturalism since March
2012. His removal from cabinet
comes as a response to a Liberal
document that described the
use of government resources to
reach out to ethnic voters in the
lead-up to this spring's provincial election. The document
indicated that apologies for
historical wrongs upon certain
ethnic groups should be issued
in the run-up to the election
to achieve "quick wins" on the
campaign trail.
Ralph Sultan, MLA for West
Vancouver-Capilano and current
minister of state for seniors, has
been temporarily appointed to
take over the ministry of advanced education, as well as the
ministry of multiculturalism.
Although Yap was not the minister of state for multiculturalism
in January 2012, which is when
the memo is dated, he will step
aside from both of his cabinet
positions until the Liberals conclude an investigation into their
ethnic-votes strategy.
"When mistakes occur, and
they do, we must confront them
and take responsibility for them.
I've talked to [John Yap], and he
has agreed that he is going to step
aside from cabinet," said Premier
Christy Clark in the legislature
on Monday afternoon.
Sultan said he learned of
his two new appointments less
than two hours before Clark
announced them.
"I'm not really well-briefed on
specific activities inthe ministry right now. This is one ofthe
bigger ministries of government;
it's big, it's complicated, there's a
heck of a lot going on," said Sultan in a phone interview Tuesday
"I know about certain aspects
of it.... I'm an alumnus of UBC,
I passed the bill creating Quest
University.... I've been involved
very much in the life of Harvard as an alumnus and former
professor," Sultan continued. "So
I've been engaged in many, many
aspects ofthe post-secondary
world, but I... have not yet been
briefed on everything that's going
on in advanced education."
Sultan graduated from UBC
with an engineering degree
in 1956, and then went on to
earn an MBA, an MA and Ph.D.
in economics at Harvard. He
later worked as an associate
professor at Harvard, and has
been the chair of the business
school advisory committee at
Queen's University.
When asked what he thought
the top issues in the ministry
were, Sultan mentioned the
budget crunch and a recent move
to create "quality assurance"
branding for reputable, prov-
incially vetted post-secondary
The quality assurance initiative was publicized in a news
release sent out midday Monday — a release that still bore
Yap's name.
Post-secondary institutions
in B.C. are receiving an overall
$5 million cut in their operating
funding during next year, and the
Liberal Party's current spending
plan calls for $20 million and $25
million cuts in the two years after
that. Sultan said, "The budgets
are certainly constrained," but
noted that operating funds had
risen steadily under the Liberals
from 2001 until 2009.
"I'm not really in a position
to comment further on budget
matters, but I would certainly
want to dispel the idea that this
government is not treating the
advanced ed. sector very generously," said Sultan.
When Yap still held the position, he said a far-reaching plan
to centralize various services
across B.C. universities would
help schools make up for the cuts
to operating funds. Sultan said he
was unaware of any work going
on toward this plan. "I'm totally
in the dark on the centralization
of services, so you've got me
there," he said.
For whatever length of time
Sultan runs the ministry, advanced education will have to
share time with his other current
duties. "I have a few other
responsibilities, such as seniors,
such as the multicultural file....
They've loaded me up at the moment," he said. Xi
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Name that minister
Since the B.C. Liberals came into power in 2001, there have been seven
different ministers in charge of post-secondary education.
Minister of advanced education,
In 2002, lifted the tuition freeze that
was in effect since 1996 under the
previous NDP government.
Minister of advanced education,
Under Coell, five colleges across the
province were renamed as universities: Capilano University, Emily
Carr University of Art and Design,
Kwantlen Polytechnic University,
University of the Fraser Valley and
Vancouver Island University (nee
Minister of advanced education,
As the first advanced education minister under new Liberal leader Christy
Clark, Yamamoto pushed for more
international student enrolment.
Minister of advanced education,
2013-current (interim)
Also serving as the minister of state
for seniors, former Harvard profes-
sorSultan is taking over the ministry
Minister of advanced education,
Minister of regional, economic, and skills
development (colleges and institutes),
Minister of science and universities,
Sat in during brief, repeated periods
during a time when the Liberals were
frequently shuffling the responsibility for universities and colleges. In
2004-2005, weathered protests
from student groups over quickly
rising tuition.
Minister of advanced education and labour
market development,
Minister of regional, economic, and skills
development (colleges and institutes),
After professional program tuition
rose very quickly under previous
ministers, Stillwell introduced a
tuition cap.
Minister of advanced education,
2012-current (on leave)
Pushed for an increased focus on
trades and technical education.
Temporarily left his post over a scandal that touches on hisotherCabinet
position — he was also the minister
of state for multiculturalism. EDITOR C.J. PENTLAND
// Sports + Rec
UBC baseball brings
balanced attack
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
The UBC baseball team finds itself
in a tough situation every spring.
Thanks to the success of some of
its players, the team usually ends
up losing several key players to the
Major League Baseball draft, and
this proved to be the case once again
last June when top pitcher David
Otterman and infielder Keaton
Briscoe were drafted and signed by
the Milwaukee Brewers and Boston
Red Sox, respectively.
Add in graduating seniors and
injuries, and it means that the
Thunderbirds inevitably have large
holes that they need to replace on
the next year's roster.
But thanks to an influx of new
transfers, the 'Birds appear to be
in good shape for the 2013 season.
Head coach Terry McKaig was
pleased by how his team played during their 12 preseason contests: as
they finished 6-6 but dropped a few
close games that could've seen them
win at least eight games. And during
this past weekend's regular season
openers, UBC played well against a
tough Menlo College team to earn
two wins over four games.
Pitching will remain the focal
point this year. There is no real ace
at the moment, but there are a number of young arms that have shown
potential. Alex Graham has been
one ofthe most successful pitchers so far, throwing five scoreless
innings against Menlo on the weekend. Freshman Jeremy Newton also
had a strong preseason, giving up no
runs over 11 innings pitched. Matt
Thornton, Sean Callegari, Connor
Willis-White, Alex Webb and Miles
Verweel will also all see significant
innings this season.
Offence will be the strong point
for the 'Birds this year, as they sport
a well-balanced lineup with several
players competing for time at each
position. There is no real home-
run hitter among them, but rather
several hitters who blend speed and
power effectively.
The meat ofthe lineup will be
infielders Andrew Firth and Jeremy
Krai, who will typically bat third
and fourth, respectively. The top of
the order has seen changes, but it
can be expected that players such as
shortstop Tyson Popoff, outfielder
Sebastian Wong, infielder Kevin
Biro and catcher Greg Densem will
play the role of table setters.
However, the real threat ofthe
lineup, accordingto McKaig, is
that the entire lineup can produce
runs. Players like Jerod Bartnik,
Mike Hole, Turner Spears, Brody
Hawkins and Austin Fruson all may
hit near the bottom ofthe order,
but all are threats when they are at
the plate.
The T-Birds' speed will also
help them be a top defensive team.
The outfielders, led by KP Hlatky,
possess strong arms and quick feet;
McKaig considers Hlatky one of
the best fielders that has played for
UBC. Bartnik, Wong, Cam Firth
and Tyler Enns will also see playing
time at the outfield positions.
The infield has a number of players who can play several positions.
Krai is the starting first baseman
for now, thanks to his big bat, but
Hole and Fruson can also play the
position. Second base will feature
Biro, Spears and Vincent Ching,
while Popoff will be the mainstay at
shortstop. Andrew Firth will see the
majority of his time at third base.
The 'Birds will once again be
playing in the NAIA West conference, taking on teams from around
the western United States. Their
overall goal is to make the NAIA
World Series in Idaho at the end of
May, something they have
only accomplished once
in 2006. But first,
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Led by seven seniors, the UBC softball team looks poised to qualify for NAIA nationals in May.
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season in
2012, but
injuries and
an untimely
slump knocked
the T-Birds out
in that tournament, delivering a
premature end to a
promising season.
It's a 16-game regular season
for UBC, and playoffs will start
on May 1 at a location that is to
be determined. Games will be
played at Nat Bailey Stadium,
which is next to Queen Elizabeth
Park, unless weather forces the
team to play at the all-weather
turf field on campus. For their
next home series from March 15-
17, the Thunderbirds will take on
Concordia University in Oregon;
this series will provide a better
sense of what direction this team
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Sports + Rec Editor
In only their fourth year as a
team, the UBC softball team
faces some truly discouraging
obstacles: They don't have a
home field on campus
and they don't have
a conference to
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gotten out to a good
start in their season and
are poised to grab one of the five
spots at the NAIA regional tournament in May. They currently
sit with a 10-11 record after traveling all around the West Coast
and taking on some ofthe top
NAIA teams from the area.
"We're very optimistic. It
looks like we should qualify to
go to regionals," said UBC head
coach Phil Thom. "Our seven
seniors have really stepped up
and improved this year, and the
weight program that our varsity
team is putting on has really
helped out the team."
Despite not being admitted to
the NAIA Cascade conference,
the T-Birds still have a chance to
qualify for regionals in Victoria,
Texas if they accumulate a good
enough win-loss record. So far,
UBC has already beat every team
in the conference except for one,
which bodes well for the remainder of their campaign.
Thom said his team possesses
more of a power lineup this season, with Alana Westerhof and
Cassandra Dypchey leading the
way with 13 home runs between
the two. It's a drastic improvement from last year, when the
entire team hit a combined total
of four home runs. This upgrade can be traced back to the
team's strength and conditioning
program. Despite playing in
cold weather for many of their
games, the entire team has been
able to put up big run totals in
several contests.
"We've hit 17 home runs and
have only eight against, and last
year was basically the other way
around," said Thom. "At this level,
it's really a power-hitting game....
Every team seems to have two
or three power hitters, but we've
been able to keep that home run
rate down this year, and we've
actually been able to out-hit the
other teams two to one."
The team's strong pitching has
also been a key factor for the favourable home run ratio. For the
first time in the past four years,
all four pitchers are healthy
and uninjured, and all four are
pitching significant innings and
performing at a high level. Westerhof, Nicole Day, Jamie Randall
and Leigh Delia Siega have all
seen significant innings on the
mound and will be expected to
keep sharing the workload.
Overall, the Thunderbirds are
returning 14 of their 16 players
from last year; seven of them
are seniors in their fourth year.
While their graduation will leave
holes next year, their experience should prove valuable, as
they have been around the team
since its formation. Lindsay
McElroy will be the team's
captain this year, and Brittany
Meyer and Molly Gosnell will be
her assistants.
The Thunderbirds are coming off two wins against Simon
Fraser University, making it the
first time ever that UBC softball
has defeated the Clan. Their next
games will be in Arizona for the
Tuscon Invitational Tournament,
and then they will be coming
back home to host 10 games from
March 25 to 29. Since the field
on UBC's south campus is still
not available, the games will be
played at North Delta Park by
North Delta Secondary School. Xi
Wash away school worries in B.C. hot springs
Justin Fleming
Senior Lifestyle Writer
The witch hazel is blooming, the
new turf is finally starting to smell
like soccer practice, and according
to Wiarton Willie, Canada's oldest
groundhog meteorologist, spring
has indeed sprung. If you're stricken with post-winter wanderlust,
there are a few hidey holes just outside the city ready to be explored.
Just two hours north of Whistler,
Skookumchuck and Sloquet hot
springs are the perfect places to wax
nostalgic about the waning winter
and plot summer plans while enjoying a steamy, mineral-infused soak.
En route, you'll pass through
Pemberton, a perfect place to
rejuvenate, fill up with gas and
grab firewood for the trip into
the wilderness. This is also where
the real adventure starts. From
Pemberton, head east to the sleepy
mountain town of Mt. Currie and
continue on Highway 99 on Lillooet
Lake Road, along the floodplain
and past ranches, rodeo rings and
homesteads. Drive with caution, as
fugitive horses are not uncommon.
The right turn onto Lillooet
River Road will steer you onto the
last and most demanding leg ofthe
journey. The views into Garibaldi
Park and of Rampart and In-
SHUCK-ch Mountain are inspiring
and Lillooet Lake's turquoise water
will scream for your attention,
but focus on the dirt road, which
narrows quickly and becomes
peppered with potholes. It's also
not uncommon to come across
logging trucks and boulders the
size of mini-fridges, so take note of
the pullouts on the side ofthe road.
However, if you're in the backseat, cross your fingers and enjoy
the scenery.
There are various rec sites
along the lake and river that make
great photo-ops and pit stops, as
well as polar swimming for the
not-so-faint of heart. Ifyou are into
paddling, the Lillooet River system
offers around 200 kilometres of
rapids of varying difficulty.
The Skookumchuck hot springs
and campground are waiting at
kilometre 48. The campsites are
laid out in a figure eight, and ifyou
snag one ofthe many campsites on
the Lillooet River itself, you can
fall asleep to the sound of rushing
water and wake up to the sun coming up over Fire Mountain.
The hot springs are at most
a two-minute walk from any of
the campsites. The main pool,
which is too hot to bathe in, feeds
a series of motley tubs of varying
size and shape that are connected
by boardwalks and river stones.
Though the odd-looking tubs lack
the natural charm of nearby Sloquet hot springs, the tin awnings
and A-framed shelters give them
a warm, rustic appeal. According
to First Nations legend, the water
from the hot springs has healing
properties for those who bathe in
and drink it.
For those who want a more
unrefined, natural experience,
drive another hour and a half up
the logging road to the Sloquet hot
springs. The Sloquet campground
consists of 15 or so sites with picnic
tables and fire rings. A short des
cent down a well-marked trail leads
to the springs, but you'll be able to
hear the crashing river and smell
the mildly sulphurous aroma before
you get there. When you finally
reach the bottom, you will find
yourself surrounded by massive
greenery and abrupt cliff faces
while you dip your toes in natural
rock pools of steaming water.
While the trip to Skookumchuk
and Sloquet hotsprings is not without its fair share of dirt roads and
white knuckles, a chance to get out
ofthe city and do some stargazing
from Mother Nature's Jacuzzi is
more than worth the effort. 31 FEATURE   I    THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013
International Women's Day will be
celebrated tomorrow, and I, for one,
can't wait. This day commemorates
the strength, vision, generosity and
progress of women everywhere; it is a
chance to celebrate the polyphony of
women's voices in society In today's
issue you'll find inspiring stones of
transcendental women in academia,
as well as our feature article on UBC's
admirable move toward pay equity for
female faculty In the coming week, keep
your eye out for different women from
a wide range of disciplines that we'll
be profiling in the Our Campus feature
on page two. In the meantime, enjoy
the supplement!
—Elba Gomez Navas
Guest editor
Following UBC's lead, other B.C. schools examine
pay-equity—Sarah Bigam reports
On Feb. 28, all tenured and
tenure-track faculty at UBC
and UBC Okanagan who
identified as female received a
two per-cent pay increase, as well
as a lump sum making the raise
increase retroactive to July 2010.
This was big news across universities in Canada, many of which
have been in negotiations for the
past few years in order to resolve
their own gender pay gaps.
At UBC, the salary increase was
determined after discussing the
results of two exhaustive studies
conducted by the UBC Equity Office in 2007 and 2009. The studies
determined that female faculty
were paid on average of $3,000 less
per year than their male counterparts.
This was the first time since the
1980s that pay inequity had been
looked into at UBC, accordingto
Rachel Kuske, senior advisor to the
provost on female faculty.
Other universities are also looking into conducting new studies in
the issue. Simon Fraser University
did a study in the 1990s and is now
trying to determine if a new one
should be commissioned, while
the Faculty Association at the
University of Victoria has already
conducted two independent studies that reflect similar results to
those at UBC.
Under the law, UBC cannot
discriminate based on gender. So
why has it taken over five years for
payments to be made?
"Things don't happen quickly
at the university, and often it's
because it requires a great deal
of thought," said Nancy Langton,
president ofthe Faculty Association at UBC.
After the results from the 2009
study, two joint committees were
formed to further investigate the
findings: the DATA Working Group
analyzed the data and the SMART
Working Group focused on finding
ways to prevent and rectify the
gender inequities. In January 2011,
they released their list of recommendations for providing long-
term solutions.
As a result of these reports, the
Gender Pay Equity Recommendation Committee was formed, again
with members from the Faculty
Association and the provost, to
recommend how to address the pay
gap. The committee provided its
recommendation in July 2012 to
Langton; David Farrar, the provost;
and Deborah Buszard, deputy
vice-chancellor and principal of
UBC Okanagan.
From that point on, it was
smooth sailing.
"We sat and had a conversation
and came to an agreement," said
Langton. "We maybe met for an
Kuske said that because the
issue had been under consideration
for years, faculties were able to
build the money for the expected
pay increases into their budget.
The lump sums and pay increases
have cost the university a total of
about $2 million this year.
While an across-the-board increase closes the average pay gap,
it may not correctly address salaries of specific faculties. Women in
some departments had their salaries corrected two or more years
ago, accordingto Gurdeep Parhar,
associate dean for equity and
professionalism. But those women
had to be given the new increase
as well as part ofthe deal.
"That's a bit of a challenge,
because that, in itself, creates
inequity," said Parhar.
Mary Chapman, an associate
professor of English who has been
working at UBC for 14 years, noted
another problem.
"There are many women who
have been professors at UBC for 25
or 30 years, and distributing the
pay equity for three years doesn't
necessarily resolve the financial
consequences of their historical experience," said Chapman. "I think
the pay situation right now looks
good and equitable, yes. I think
that problem has been solved.
"Do I think that discrimination,
like misogyny or racism or gender
discrimination, do I think that's
disappeared? No."
There were a couple of reasons
that an across-the-board increase
was chosen, instead of one determined by faculty or on an individual basis. The Gender Pay Equity
Recommendation Committee
looked at the methods of 17 other
Canadian and U.S. universities that
I believe that the
university has shown
uncommon fairness.
You'll find that view
echoed across campus.
UBC associate professor of English
had distributed or considered distributing salary awards to female
faculty based on pay inequity. Five
of these used below-the-line corrections. This was most successful at the University of Western
Ontario and the University of Wisconsin at Madison; however, both
of these universities found that
inequity re-emerged in follow-up
Parhar said that the pay gap was
not especially pronounced within
individual faculties, but came to
light when examining the university as a whole. He said that there
were concerns that an individual
case-by-case basis might result
in not enough faculty members
getting compensation, either
because they would not ask for it or
because it could be denied to them,
resulting in a drawn-out process.
"We were wanting this to be
something that was automatic and
quick," said Parhar. Given that the
process still took over five years,
this may have been a wise decision.
Overall, feedback on the pay
increase has been positive, according to Dina Al-Kassim, associate
professor inthe department
of English.
"I believe that the university
has shown uncommon fairness by
implementing an across-the-board
increase for women faculty. You'll
find that view echoed across campus," Al-Kassim said.
Female faculty at other institutions agreed with this view as well.
"UBC's initiative is definitely
a step in the right direction. It
was wonderful that the provost
expressed such great interest in
equity between male and female
faculty," said Professor Janni Ara-
gon, chair ofthe Women's Caucus
at the University of Victoria.
"The most positive thing I've
heard from women faculty members is that it's not about what
they've achieved for themselves,
it's that this correction will hopefully make it easier to recruit other
female faculty members in the
future," said Parhar.
There is more being done at UBC
to address equity than just the pay
increase. This is important not just
in ensuring that pay equity stays
consistent, but also in addressing
potential hiring or promotion
discrimination. Currently, women
only account for 38 per cent of
tenure-track faculty, and only 21
per cent of full professors (the
highest level of professor).
Additional measures are also
important when considering
what happened at the University
of Manitoba, the only university
so far to enact an across-the-
board salary increase. This was
recommended along with other THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013    |    FEATURE
Renowned UBC
scientist talks
gender bias in
UBC science professor Rosie Redfield said she often attends conferences dominated by men.
Rosie Redfield is one ofthe
most visible scientists on
campus — and not just
because of her ever-changing
hair colour (it's pink right
Redfield's endeavours reach
far beyond the peninsula of
Point Grey; her research has
created quite a stir in the
scientific community at large.
Nature Publishing Group, one
ofthe behemoths ofthe science
publishing world, ranked her as
one of 2011'stop 10 newsmakers
and dubbed her the "Critical
Enquirer" for her efforts to
replicate 2010 research by a
NASA-led research consortium.
Redfield runs a blog about
her research projects called
RRResearch. True to its tagline
— "Not your typical science
blog" — it allows Redfield to
connect with a larger community and map her progress for
the general public.
policy changes to prevent further
inequity; however, the additional
policies were never enacted and a
follow-up study found that nearly
the same degree of inequity has re-
emerged since the increase.
The SMART Working Group
recommended five major categories of action: ensuring there is no
gender bias in starting salaries;
reducing systemic barriers and
unconscious bias through equity
training for those groups involved
in hiring and promotion; increasing opportunities for mentoring,
especially for assistant and associate professors; initiating working
climate studies across faculties to
identify areas of possible inequity;
and monitoring through equity
audits to ensure accountability
and consistency.
"If they follow the guidelines,
I think that will take them a very
long way to ensuring that this
doesn't happen again," said Langton.
Kuske said that some of these
are already being implemented.
Hiring salaries will be tracked
with faculty relations and the
department, and benchmark examples of starting salaries in different
fields will be made publicly available. This is important because
UBC has no predetermined salary
grade for faculty positions; new
professors must bargain with a
hiring committee to determine
starting pay, but current salaries
have not been accessible as a starting point for negotiations.
Parhar also said that the work
environment will be examined
to ensure that no sexist remarks
or cultural discrimination is
taking place.
Potential promotion discrimination will be investigated as well.
"What we need to do is figure
Redfield is also participating
in a pilot program to teach a 10-
week course entitled "Useful
Genetics" through Coursera, a
massive open online course site
that UBC recently joined.
While she has achieved great
success in her career, Redfield
said that she had to overcome sexism to get where she
is today.
Discrimination "is everywhere, but it's not events — it's
a hundred little things every
day," she said.
"Twenty-five years ago in
grad school, trying to teach
myself genetics from textbooks, I came across a genetics
textbook where there were
pictures of women.... And until
that point I hadn't consciously
noticed that all the pictures of
people in the other textbooks
were all pictures of men."
Many ofthe obvious problems in the field have been
out what is not allowing them
to be promoted," said Parhar.
"Is it responsibilities — personal
responsibilities such as having
families and raising kids — or is it
something else, is there another
systemic bias we have to address?"
Equity training is already being
done in orientations with hiring
committees at all levels, from
assistant professor to dean, to try
to prevent unconscious discrimination. Parhar said that often when
there is a predominance of men
applying for a position, hiring
committees feel that they should
choose a male candidate. He believes that this should be addressed
in the future by ensuring that
hiring committees "have the time
and the energy [and] the skills to
be looking wider to get those really
strong female candidates into the
applicant pool."
Kuske said that pay inequity
was addressed for other areas of
university staff about 10 years ago,
and is not believed to have drifted
since then.
Non-tenure-track faculty
were not included inthe payout,
because, accordingto Langton,
a Faculty Association review of
salaries of librarians found no
evidence of pay inequity and a
study ofthe salaries of 12-month
lecturers was inconclusive. The
Status of Women Committee and
the Sessional Faculty Committee
are currently planning to look at
the salaries of sessional workers to
determine if there is gender-based
pay inequity there.
As evidenced by the 17 other universities who have also addressed
pay inequity, UBC is not alone in
tackling the issue. Langton said
rectified, Redfield said, but
"the unconscious biases are
there as they always were and
we're just now starting to notice them because we've gotten
rid ofthe explicit barriers."
Redfield described the two
primary steps that would
help to rectify sexism in the
field: convincing people that
they may hold subconscious
biases and then correcting
those biases.
She praised UBC's efforts to
increase awareness of intrinsic bias in processes such as
hiring committees.
"I am proud of UBC for
taking the steps that could be
taken, but I don't see an easy
solution in general for where
women are doing things in a
context that is largely viewed
as male."
At research conferences,
seminars and even in classes,
Redfield said that men ask most
ofthe questions. "It sends a
powerfully discouraging message to women in the audience
that only men ask questions,
put forward ideas and engage
inthe scientific conversation."
At research conferences,
this is exacerbated by the fact
that the male-to-female ratio is
heavily skewed.
"It's very discouraging to
go to a conference and see one
woman out of 30 speakers."
Redfield said she believes
communication and discourse
are key to ameliorating this
"If we can get people thinking about [bias], in any kind of
academic endeavour, having intrinsic discouragement towards
girls or women," Redfield said,
"we can help them overcome
that unfair disadvantage." tJ
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that the Faculty Association has
been approached by the University of Victoria and University of
Northern British Columbia, who
are both in the process of looking
at pay equity.
Richard Pickard, an English
professor and Faculty Association
member at the University of Victoria, wrote in a blog post, "We're
all very pleased for UBC's female
faculty, but 'Why not us?' has been
a common refrain."
A general meeting ofthe UVic
Faculty Association on Feb. 14
included some discussion of gender
pay inequity. "UBC won't be the
only B.C. university taking steps
(eventually) to address the wage
gap between male and female
members of its faculty association,"
wrote Pickard.
Glen Chapman, president of
the Faculty Association at Simon
Fraser University, said his university has started discussions on an
equity pay increase. However, as
some adjustments were already
made in the late 90s, this one will
focus not just on gender, but equity
in general, including ethnic groups.
"Definitely the two clear issues
are that women are attracted in
larger numbers to those faculties
where they are being under-represented. And the second thing is
to make certain that they start on
equal footing," Chapman said. As
salary raises are often based on
per cent, it is important to ensure
equity at the moment of hiring, to
prevent perpetuating inequity over
the years.
However, Chapman said that
in recent years, more women have
been hired and typically have
started at higher salaries than
women who were hired years ago;
this will have to be considered
as well.
We're all very pleased
for UBC s female
faculty, but 'Why
not us?' has been a
common refrain
Richard Pickard
University of Victoria English
professor, advocating for pay
equity at UVic
He added that women tend to
suffer from discrimination, both
conscious or unintended, when
they take such action as maternity
At the moment, SFU has not put
together a committee to investigate
inequity, although they are considering creating one.
Another issue Chapman
discussed was that pensions are
often not taken into account for
wage increases. SFU has a defined
contribution pension plan, where a
certain percentage of one's salary
is contributed to one's pension per
year. Thus, the longer there has
been pay inequity, the larger the
inequity in the pension as well.
"So if we're talking 20 years,
we could be talking quite a bit of
money," Chapman said.
Time has yet to tell if the pay
equity measures taken at UBC and
other universities will stick, but
what can be concluded is that it's a
good step forward.
"I think the important thing to
recognize here is that pay inequity
exists for women in various places
in society and the university is a
microcosm of that," said Parhar.
"Is the correction absolutely perfect? No. But not doing something
was more of a problem, and more
unjust." tJ
—With files from Elba Gomez
after UBC
Kayi Wong
While most university students are
still figuring out their future career paths, Veronica Strong-Boag
knew at age six that she wanted to
be a historian.
After completing her Ph.D. in
her mid-20s, Strong-Boag became
a professor, founded the Centre
for Women's and Gender Studies
at UBC and won the John Macdonald Prize for the best book in
Canadian history with The New
Day Recalled: The Lives of Women
in Canada between Wars. Last
summer, she was awarded the
J.B. Tyrell Historical Medal for
outstanding work in the history
of Canada. Strong-Boag might be
retiring this summer, but not without a project on hand: WomenSuf-
"I am conscious that the web is
the place to be in terms of having
larger discussions about democracy and justice," she said. "The
website is part of a larger effort
to ensure people understand the
issue we deal with globally and
For the last two years, Strong-
Boag and her team of graduate
research assistants have been
working on the website.
"With our research, we try to
make clear connections between
women suffrage and the larger
pro-democratic politics, and also
between what's happening in Canada and what's happening in the
world," said Strong-Boag.
In addition to a timeline describing the evolution of suffragist
movements dating back to the 19th
century, the website is periodically updated with posts written by
Strong-Boag and her team. Topics
have included the representation
of women and women's issues in
Canada's western provinces, the
politics of rape, the Idle No More
movement and International
Women's Day.
"I think history has lots to tell
us about reflection. Not necessarily the right place to go, but we are
reminded ofthe need to interrogate our own motives," she said.
"Most people don't think historically because we're living in the
moment. But IWD [International
Women's Day] forces everyone
to think about what happened in
1930, or 1908, why has it got better
or why... some things remain the
same. IWD is shaped by larger politics in which women have a role
to play in the creation of a larger
democracy. Women as a group did
not have suffrage in Quebec prov-
incially until 1940. The demand for
IWD is to recognize that women
have been struggling for emancipation for 200 years."
Though she is distressed by the
persistence of gendered violence
globally, Strong-Boag is hopeful.
"In my generation, I don't think
I... heard ofthe term 'feminist'
until I was in my 20s. People of
this generation have a vocabulary
to work with. They can work with
projects in a more articulate way
than we ever could." tJ II Culture
Reeling in the treasure
UBC Film Society inherits western Canada's largest Bollywood film collection
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Don't remember the last
time someone gave you
a movie collection? Well,
neither did the UBC Film
Society, until they recently received
a unique and unexpected donation: the largest 35mm Bollywood
film collection in western Canada.
Many ofthe films have yet to be
catalogued, but the collection is not
without its blockbusters, such as D-
hooml, Kaminey, Heroes and Apne.
The films were donated by
Mirko Mladenovic on behalf ofthe
Otis Cinema Classics Collection,
a non-profit collection founded in
2001 by film historian Dimitrios
Otis. Otis Cinema Classics' mandate is to locate caches of film in
the community that are in danger
of being disposed of due to cinema
closure — a very real threat, considering the past year alone has marked
the closures of Vancouver's Ridge
Cinema, Denman Cinemas and
Granville 7 Cinema.
Both Mladenovic and Otis are
longtime fans of Bollywood and
spent much of their time watching
films at the Raja Cinema (now the
Collingwood Cinema) near King-
sway and Joyce Street.
"Growing up in Vancouver, I was
always exposed to Indian films,"
said Mladenovic.
Upon hearing the news ofthe
Raja Theatre's closure, Mladenovic
contacted the new owner, only
to find out that two thirds ofthe
films had already been thrown out.
Mladenovic and Otis were able to
save the remainder ofthe films,
but with over 1,000 films already
filling up their storage units, they
needed to find a new home for the
rescued reels. Enter UBC's Norm
Theatre: a non-profit movie theatre
that's home to one ofthe only 35mm
projectors still used for screenings
inthe city.
For Mladenovic, the Norm was
a clear winner. For operations
manager Alex Westhelle and the
others at the UBC Film Society, the
donation was a dream come true.
The collection could be just what
the struggling Norm Theatre needs
to rekindle its dwindling attendance.
"It used to be that films sold
themselves," said Westhelle. "New
digital technologies, film piracy,
Netf lix — people just don't go out to
see movies like they used to."
In recent years, the Norm has
become primarily a second-run the
atre, playing it safe by showing successful Hollywood blockbusters that
are not currently playing elsewhere.
"In general, we don't really show
as many foreign films as we'd like to
here," said Westhelle.
Recently, Westhelle's spirits
were buoyed by the success ofthe
Norm's recent screening of Ai
Weiwei: Never Sorry, a documentary
about a renowned Chinese artist
and activist. It was one ofthe most
well-attended screenings this year,
and drew a large audience of art
history students and students of
Chinese descent.
The Film Society hopes to use the
donated Bollywood films to attract a
new Indo-Canadian audience.
"I think that these films will
do especially well with the large
Indo-Canadian community here,
because these films already have
a reputation of doing really well
in India and inthe community,"
said Westhelle.
The standard format for Hollywood cinema was 35mm from the
early 1930s until just several years
ago, when digital cinema gained
popularity. Unlike 35mm, digital
cinema does not have to be processed. Also, rather than making
thousands of copies of film from
a master copy and sending them
around the world, digital cinema
can be copied and sent with the click
of a mouse.
But the pictorial quality of 35mm
is still superior to digital quality,
explained Ernest Mathijs, associate
professor of film studies at UBC.
The hues and tints of reds and golds
on 35mm film are among the best
colour renditions of any technology.
Some famed Hollywood directors,
such as Christopher Nolan, still
prefer 35mm over digital film for
this reason.
"35mm gives a different experience — some would say a fundamentally different experience — ofthe
film," said Mathijs.
For Mathijs, the future of 35mm
lies inthe margins of mainstream
cinema; most likely, he predicts, it
will be reserved for prestige projects
by famous directors.
"35mm is like the classical oil
painting for visual arts," said Mathijs. "It's a model standard that has
been around for a long time and is
associated with glorious art."
At the UBC Film Society, the donation of 35mm films is far from unwelcome. This traditional medium
may be just what the Norm needs to
reel in fresh audiences. Xi
35mm versus digital
How do these two film mediums stack up?
Wide range of colour:
Tints of reds and golds on
35mm film are among the
best colour renditions of
any technology.
Traditional: 35mm has been
the dominant filmmaking
medium for over 100 years.
Visually distinct: 35mm
clarity is still superiorto
Cheap: Digital filming has an
essentially limitless storage
capacity, while shooting in
35mm requires the purchase
expensive film reels.
Modern: The majority of today's theatres are switching
to digital projection.
Easily shared: Digital
footage does not have to be
processed; it can be copied
and sent electronically. THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013    |    CULTURE
Student produces blockbuster
Luke Caroll on Escape From Planet Earth, indie filmmaking and dreaming big
Reyhana Heatherington
Most grad students stress
about paper deadlines
and cram sessions. Luke
Carroll, a UBC master's student
in film production, faces notably
higher stakes.
He is the producer of Escape
From Planet Earth, the recently
released animated film boasting
the voices of stars such as Jessica
Alba, William Shatner and Ricky
Shouldering the responsibility for a $40 million film is a
daunting task, but for Carroll, it's
well-earned. He is a veteran ofthe
industry; his first foray into film
production was in London over 20
years ago, while he was a student at
Durham University.
Do the thing that
scares you a little.
Because then it will
be probably the most
Luke Caroll
Producer of Escape From Planet
"I spent the university holidays
working in the industry as just
a production assistant, a lackey.
And that was my first taste of that
world," he said.
After graduating, he became a
production coordinator on MTV's
The Real World: London before
moving to Vancouver and studying
at Vancouver Film School. After
wards, he made several short films,
and eventually got the chance to
produce an animated film for the
company now called Rainmaker
Compared to most other animated films, which typically cost
over $100 million to make, Carroll
and his 150-person crew were
working with a relatively small
budget for Escape From Planet
Earth. His thesis film for UBC, on
the other hand, was made with
$2,000 and a three-person crew at
a Gastown studio.
After spending three years
answering to studio executives,
Carroll said he thrived on the
autonomy of independently filming
his thesis.
"It's very freeing when you don't
have to answer to anybody else.
When you just get to do what you
feel is right, it's just a very liberating experience."
His thesis film is a 20-minute
short, centred on a young boy's
struggle to define love for a class
assignment, while dealing with a
turbulent home life. Carroll is set
to graduate in May, seven years
after entering the film production
graduate program at UBC.
Sharon McGowan, UBC professor and film producer, said in
an email that Carroll's strengths
were apparent back in 1990, when
she received a letter from him
asking for advice on pursuing film
in Vancouver.
"As an independent producer, I
had been getting lots of these kinds
of letters and didn't get back to all
of them, but there was something
about Luke's that made me reply,"
Luke Caroll has gone from production assistant to UBC student to film producer during his time in the industry
she said.
McGowan later learned her
reply was the only one Carroll received from the many notes he sent
out, and it influenced his decision
to move to Vancouver. She said it
speaks to his determination and
eventual success.
"He plans a longtime in
advance, doesn't need a lot of en
couragement to pursue his goals —
one letter out of so many requests
was enough. [He] is immensely
personable, highly intelligent and
of course, talented."
Today Carroll is enjoying time
with his family, finalizing his
thesis film and working on a project for toy company Mattel from
his home on Hornby Island.
He has sound advice for students
struggling with the task of putting
together a successful project.
"There's that saying, you know:
'Scare yourself at least once a day.'
And I think the thesis is a good
example of that. Do the thing that
scares you a little. Because then it
will be probably the most interesting." Xi
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wwvv.stopubcanimalresearch.org II Opinions
10:34 a.m., the day after Pit Night, and the last thing in the world Max Chen needed was a cold shower.
Like many new politicians,
incoming Graduate Student
Society (GSS) president Chris
Roach says he's eager to hear
what students think about the
direction ofthe society.
Okay, we're students. Undergrads, granted, but we can tell
you what we want: Koerner's.
Unequivocally. Without a doubt.
No quarter asked or given.
For those of you who don't
remember, the GSS used to run
a swell little bar in the north
of campus. It had a great patio,
shuffleboard, cheap beer and
an open mic night that packed
the house. Koerner's was the
GSS's raison d'etre, and things
were good.
And then, The Koerner's Saga.
An 18-year-old student got
too drunk and fell off a balcony
in 2010. Koerner's staff had been
playing fast and loose with ID
checks, so UBC seized the GSS's
liquor licence. Koerner's tried
to carry on with no booze and,
well, that didn't work. Then
the GSS and bar's unionized
workers got into a spat over a
new collective agreement, and
it seemed like Koerner's was
This past year, however,
things have started to look up.
The GSS and the union have settled, and a hunt for a new third-
party manager for the bar bore
fruit. Still, that contract with
the management company is
floating in the ether somewhere,
and there's talk of renovating
the space. We're no closer to
having a date for reopening.
So, Mr. Roach, please open
the bar. We can talk about all
the other things the GSS does,
but Koerner's has been the organization's heart and soul.
So that's it. That's all you
need to do. Bring back the bar.
The prospect of a new SUB
brewery was dreamed into
existence by some AMS executives who cared very, very
deeply about it.
They saw it as more than just
a (potentially) money-making
venture for the AMS. It was
a stab against the prevailing
no-fun-campus attitude that
restricted parties and beer
gardens and severely limited
the number of campus bars. It
was a way to involve students in
Vancouver's burgeoning craft
beer culture. It was the spiritual heir ofthe (David Suzuki-
championed) pub-in movement
that got the Pit built in the
first place. It was something a
student group had never done
before, and that was reason
enough to make it worth doing.
A student-run brewery
needs more than
barley, hops and
water to run. It needs
students who are
passionate about the
RE: the apparent death ofthe
SUB brewery
But the AMS executive
team changes every year. And
this year's executives weren't
interested in championing an
ambitious — or maybe foolhardy
— project designed to give UBC
students cheaper beer.
The argument over whether
to build or scrap the brewery
project was reduced to a question of profit versus loss. Once
the intangible coolness ofthe
venture was out ofthe equation,
the argument to continue got a
lot weaker.
The AMS was going to decide
on keeping or killing the project
in December, but then they postponed the decision to January.
And then they kept postponing
it. Now they've hatched a plan
to move the project to the UBC
Farm instead, far away from
the SUB.
By moving the project, the
committee charged with the
brewery's future decided against
a new SUB brewery without
weathering the full squall of an
AMS Council debate about it.
So by delaying, they've
decided against a new SUB
brewery without actually having
to decide. Which is really too
bad, because there are still a lot
of students who are passionate about the project, and they
wanted to have an impassioned
debate about it.
Sure, the farm grows some
lovely hops. But a student-run
brewery needs more than barley,
hops and water to run. It needs
a fourth ingredient: students
who are care about the project.
And if nobody in charge cares,
the only thing they'll wind up
brewing is discontent.
We've complained a lot about
high turnover in the Ministry of
Advanced Education. The office
has been a revolving door, with
five separate MLAs on the file
since 2009.
Now, the minister in charge
has been forced to step aside
due to fallout from the recent
"ethnic votes" scandal. John
Yap, who is also minister of state
for multiculturalism, announced
Monday that he would take
responsibility for the leaked
"quick wins" memo and step
So now, the minister formerly in charge of seniors' issues
is stepping in to bring the
post-secondary file into this
spring's election. Oh, the irony.
When we spoke with Ralph
Sultan on Tuesday, it was clear
that he was probably still in the
process of moving offices.
We don't begrudge Sultan
the position. We understand the
situation the government is in,
and what its attitude has been
towards pouring more money
into post-secondary education.
We just wonder what it would
be like to have somebody in Victoria with, you know, an actual
plan for universities. Given the
fact that universities are in a
state of flux — scrambling for
cash, competing internationally,
fighting with trade schools for
money — we think we deserve at
least that much. Xi
To the B.C. Liberals: let's
get this over with
by Andrew Bates
Can the B.C. Liberal Party really
salvage anything out ofthe next
10 weeks?
The party is currently reeling from the leak of an ethnic
outreach plan. The controversial
memo identified apologizing for
historical atrocities as "quick
wins" at the ballot box, and was
probably crafted by taxpayer-funded government staffers instead of political party employees.
On Tuesday, the fact that the 2013
budget passed was hailed as a sign
of a united caucus only because
there wasn't open revolt and the
government didn't fall.
The 2013 election has been
looming over the Liberals ever
since the beginning of Premier
Christy Clark's term, but it's now
smothering the party. To save
themselves, they have to drop the
writ and call a snap election.
There can be no positive
results from waiting any longer.
Any positive news like funding
announcements or policy changes
will be criticized — correctly — as
stealth campaigning and more
"quick wins."
If there are any long-term
decisions made, expect to see
more people trot out this quote,
unearthed last week by Vancouver
Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer,
from then-opposition Liberal
leader Gordon Campbell inthe
dying days ofthe NDP government before the 2001 election:
"Let me be clear: This government has no mandate to govern.
This government is illegitimate in
the eyes ofthe public today. They
have no moral right to govern.
This government has no mandate
to pass legislation, no mandate to
make appointments, no mandate
to pass a budget."
There can only be more
scandal, more discord and more
speculation. This memo was kicking around for a full year before
it was unearthed. The remaining
10 weeks are research time for
the opposition parties to come up
with more of those headlines.
There are democratic wins to
be had, as well; calling an election
before the end of April would
mean the first provincial election
in over 20 years to be held when
university students are on campus. Although it would contravene the fixed election law passed
in 2001, that law was always just a
crutch for a reeling government to
use in exactly this situation. But
why would you choose to limp on
for an extra two months?
If they drop the writ and
announce some platform goals,
the B.C. Liberals have a chance to
take over the news cycle. Something, at least, has to be done if
they don't want to spend the next
10 weeks being pummelled in
public every single day. Xi
When tenants have no
by Laura Rodgers
A bunch of students in Totem
Park's Nootka House are pretty
unhappy, because there are
specks of epoxy sealant getting into their drinking water.
UBC Housing says the sealant
is perfectly safe, but this hasn't
satisfied residents.
Many of them don't feel comfortable drinking the epoxy-rid-
dled water, and they want
financial compensation from
UBC Housing to make up for the
hassle of getting water elsewhere.
And it'll be up to the university,
completely, whether or not they
get anything.
Why? Because students living
in UBC residences have approximately zero legal protections
as tenants. Since 2003, university
housing has been exempt from
any provincial laws governing
landlord-tenant relationships.
This means UBC is able to
enforce all sorts of restrictions
on students that other landlords
can't. They can restrict your
guests. They can enter your residence without giving you notice.
And if they want to kick you out,
you have a lot less recourse than a
regular tenant would.
What about maintenance,
amenities and water quality?
UBC's only commitments to
residents are laid out in the
university-penned residence
contracts that residents sign
each year. Most of that contract
deals with rules students have to
follow if they live in residence,
and it only gives scant mention
to any obligations UBC has as
a landlord.
So these students might
get some sort of apology from
the university, but that'll only
happen if UBC damn well feels
like it. Their request for money?
We're not holding our breath.
Like most other universities
across Canada and the U.S., UBC
has long shed its in loco parentis behaviour and now treats
students as adults across all departments — except one. Letting
universities hold all the cards on
housing agreements takes some
fundamental rights away from
students, pure and simple. Xi II Scene
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33     1                   ■ 34
3G     1       H37
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46     1                   ■ 1/
49     1
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1-Noah's eldest
5-Mediterranean juniper
9-Rich soil
13-Fabled loser
14-Brother of Moses
15-Village People hit
18-Darn it!
23-Mother-in-law of Ruth
24-Rider's command
31-IV units
34-Final Four org.
38-In spite of
43-Gumbo pod
44-Road curve
47-Alpo alternative
50-Decaf brand
The Graduate Student Society's famed (and failed) pub
that was a favourite pastime of many an editor at this
publication. The Graduate Student Society has been
working to reopen the pub since early this year.
Write for The Ubyssey and have your words be seen by thousands.
Stop by our office in the basement ofthe SUB (Room 24).
63-At first view
65-Bread spread
66-With respect to
67-Price paid
68-Long time
69-Depilatory brand
70- Canadian gas brand
1-Author Alexander
2-Can't stand
3- Some Art Deco works
5-Engine part
6-Betel palm
7-"Tiny Bubbles" singer
9-Harp relative
10-Actor Epps
11- Broadway beginning
12-Not fern.
14-Year abroad
17-Need a scratch
21- Rest atop
23- Tortilla topped with cheese
25- Thunder Bay's prov.
28-End in (draw)
29-Coffee servers
31- "Power Lunch" network
32-Soft drink
36-Skylit lobbies
39- Itsy-bitsy
40-Bridge declaration
41-Battery size
46- Large brown snake
48-Tick off
49- Comfort in misfortune
52-Cutting instrument
54-Folded food
55-Not quite right
57-Greek portico
58-Tent stick
59-Hydrox rival
60-High time
61-Swiss river
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