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What's on
Dine Out Vancouver
Can you say "om-nom-nom"? Make sure you go out and enjoy yourself
before Feb. 3 at any one of a number of restaurants in Vancouver. Participating restaurants are offering special menus priced between $18-28. If
you're not up for adventuring outside ofthe UBC bubble, the Point Grill is
one ofthe participating restaurants.
Zumba: 12-1 p.m. @ SUB 212
Ifyou are a post-doc, faculty
member or UBC staffer and
are interested in getting some
excercise in your day, UBC HR is
hosting a free Zumba class. This
latin-inspired jazz workout will
be the perfect way to ease into
the week.
Rhinoceros: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
@ TELUS Studio Theatre
Don't those posters around
campus look intriguing? This
absurdist French-Romanian
classic is playing until Feb. 9, so
make sure to see it soon. $10 for
Winning Wednesday: 11:30
a.m.-l:30 p.m. @ UBC Bookstore
If the name doesn't enticeyou, not
much else will. Ifyou want to play
some video games and possibly
win some sweet high-end stationery, swing by the Bookstore during
your lunch break on Wednesday
and have a go.
Women's hockey: UBC
Thunderbirds vs. Manitoba
Bisons: 7 p.m. @ Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Arena
What do you have to do that is
going to be this much fun? Watch
your fellow T-Birds pass the puck
before heading out on the town.
$2 for students, free for Blue Crew
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Emily Yakashiro has spent her time at UBC giving a voice to the often-voiceless.
Activism at UBC and after
A feminist, personal style blog-
ger, and recent UBC graduate,
Emily Yakashiro has spent years
tackling violence and gender
issues on campus.
Having recently graduated
from the religion and literature
arts program with a minor in
political science, Yakashiro
spent five years volunteering
and working at the Sexual
Assault Support Centre (SASC)
on campus.
"Many of my friends [and]
peers were experiencing some
form of assault — like through
dating and public scenarios,"
says Yakashiro, explaining what
first inspired her work, which
began during high school years.
What Emily noticed among
many of her high school peers,
she also saw when she arrived
at UBC.
"After getting into UBC, I
stayed at an all-girls dorm, Koo-
tenay, at Vanier, and it pushed
me further to be more active just
recognizing the similar dynamics in experience I was hearing
from the people there."
In her first two years, Emily
volunteered at SASC, as well
as seeking out opportunities
through the Equity Ambassadors program and the university's Wellness Centre. For her
next three years at UBC, Emily
worked as an outreach worker
at SASC and eventually became the program coordinator,
delivering workshops, training
volunteers, and co-creating the
peer program Anti-Violence
Allies on campus.
And now that Emily has
graduated, she has harnessed her interests to start a
new project.
Just over a month ago she
started The Closet Feminist, a
style blog focusing on the connections between fashion, style,
and feminism.
The Closet Feminist addresses a wide range of topics.
Recent posts include titles such
as "What we wear & why: party
outfits & racism" and "Inspired
by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee Le
Brun's 'Madame Mole-Raymond' (1786)."
Emily also ties her anti-violence activism to her blog. In a
post titled "Questioning quirky
part 3", there is a footnote
providing a link for visitors
to read further on the disproportionate degree of violence,
social barriers, and oppression
experienced by women living
with disabilities.
In thinking about the
website's future, Emily hopes
to expand her readership and
further develop her blog into a
profitable business.
"First of all, I want the blog
to appeal to more ages, especially for young readers like
girls in high school. There are
magazines and other publications nowadays that I wish I
had back when I was younger,"
Yakashiro said. "And I want
the opportunity to pay my
The Closet Feminist is currently seeking contributors to
volunteer their time to submit
articles, anecdotes, photos and
editorials to the website.
Emily seeks to pursue a
career in media, citing Oprah
as an inspiration, and plans to
eventually get an MA in religious studies. 31
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Bokor to focus on
transit as new VP
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Tanner Bokor cheers after findinq out he
won the unopposed race for VP External.
Colin Chia
Tanner Bokor will be the AMS's
face to the outside world after he
won an uncontested race for VP
External. He emphasized advocacy
for improved transit as the key part
of his campaign.
The fact that Bokor ran unopposed didn't mean he was a
shoo-in, however. He still needed
a majority of support from voters
to be elected. Bokor ultimately received the approval of 87.9 per cent
"I was a little anxious initially,
because uncontested races, you
don't know how they're going to go.
I had a good campaign, spoke with a
lot of students, presented myself as
best as I could," Bokor said.
He's been focusing on transit
for awhile, spending the past few
months running the Get On Board
transit-funding lobbying group as
well as working as AMS associate
vice-president external.
"What I ran on is transit, but we
have issues with post-secondary
funding, we have immigration, we
need to look at childcare.... The
engagement problem with the AMS
is something I'm tryingto address
out of my office."
Bokor said it would be a critical
year for the transit issue because of
an upcoming TransLink Mayor's
Council decision which could affect
the fate of a potential UBC SkyTrain
line and other long-term transit
decisions. But there are immediate
objectives for his one-year term,
he said.
"We need to look at speeding up
progress on the Broadway corridor, we need to look at immediate
solutions to alleviate the strain, and
I'll work with City of Vancouver and
TransLink to find those solutions."
The university has been doing its
part to promote the issue of transit
to campus, said Bokor, especially
through its own lobbying. However,
he argued, it could be doing much
more. "We'll have to see how we
work with them in the future to
push the issue."
Looking toward the provincial
election in May, Bokor expects to
push student issues while taking a
non-partisan stance, regardless of
the political stripes ofthe government in Victoria.
"One ofthe things we have to
remember is that we can't allow
ourselves to be taken advantage of.
We don't want to be seen as a safe
bet, that we will always support a
party on the basis of their history.
They're goingto have to earn votes,
they're goingto have to come to this
campus and they're goingto have to
talk to students."
Bokor's approach will primarily
be to lobby decision-makers and
move towards activism if that fails.
"But personally how I see advocacy
is primarily to get more people
interested in voting," he said. 31
Caroline Wong (right), overcome with happiness and surrounded by friends, upon learning she's been elected AMS President.
Caroline Wong elected AMS president
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
Caroline Wong has been elected
the 104th president of UBC's Alma
Mater Society.
Using the Condorcet system of
ranked voting, 5,973 voters ranked
Wong higher than second-place
candidate Jay Shah, more than the
4,308 voters who ranked Shah higher than Wong.
6,647 voters preferred Wong to
the third-place candidate Ekateryna
Baranovskaya, more than the 3,277
who preferred Baranovskaya over
"Words can't describe it. I feel
amazing right now," said Wong
breathlessly after the result was
announced in the Gallery Lounge.
Wong was surrounded by an ecstatic circle of friends, who brought
out a surprise cake, complete with
candles, and began to sing "Happy
Birthday" to congratulate her. (the
day she won the position was also
her 21st birthday.)
Wong ran a strong campaign and
many counted her experience this
year as AMS VP Administration as
Kiran Mahal
re-elected as
VP Academic &
University Affairs
Arno Rosenfeld
Features Editor
Kiran Mahal earned a second
term as VP Academic, defeating challengers Anne Kessler
and Montana Hunter, both
AMS councillors.
"I'm really glad to be starting
another term," Mahal said in an
interview after the election results were announced in the SUB
at the Gallery.
Mahal said she plans to
continue the projects she has
already been working on in
the office, including advocacy
for student families living in
the partially-rezoned Acadia
Park neighbourhood.
"I think the amount of work
that I'l be able to get done in the
second term will be phenomenal," said Mahal.
Kessler and Hunter both said
they weren't surprised to lose
after a campaign where they
both struggled to demonstrate
why either of them were better
alternatives to Mahal.
"It's kind of what I expected,"
Kessler said. "I think I would
have taken the university a bit
more head-on than Kiran has."
Following his loss, Hunter re-
an asset. Late inthe race, though,
her volunteers committed two
campaign infractions, and she had
to suspend her campaign completely
during the last two days of voting.
"My campaign could have been
better, of course. I made several
mistakes that I look back on; I wish
I hadn't done them. But overall, my
supporters were there for me and
that's what really mattered."
She said the campaign snags
caused her considerable stress, and
she's quite relieved the election
is over.
"It affected me mentally, of
course. Luckily, I'm attending a
mental health symposium tomorrow."
Second-place candidate Shah
failed to clinch the top spot, despite
a coveted endorsement from the
Inter-Fraternity Council and a
series of sharp jabs directed at Wong
during The Ubyssey's presidential
pub debate.
Shah, who currently works as the
AMS executive coordinator of student services, bolted out ofthe Gallery as soon as Wong's victory was
announced. Soon after, he declined a
Ubyssey request for comment.
Despite coming in third place,
Baranovskaya was composed and
optimistic about her desire to stay
involved with AMS politics in other
She made subtle digs at Wong's
campaign infractions, saying, "I ran
a really good, honest campaign, so
I'm actually really happy with [the
results]. I followed all the rules I
could, I stuck with my message."
Baranovskaya, who heads the
AMS's University and External
Relations Committee, said she may
have been at a disadvantage due to
her reluctance to work her connections within the Greek system to
secure votes.
"The reason I ran was because
I want to help students, so I'm
not goingto stop [doing] that,"
said Baranovskaya.
Wong's successful campaign
centred on engaging more students
with the AMS and doing heavy work
on the soon-to-open new SUB. "I'm
so excited to serve the students at
UBC," Wong said. Xi
Kiran Mahal hugs AMS staff member Sean Cregten after finding out shes won a second
term as AMS VP Academic & University Affairs.
peated a theme of his campaign.
"I think that I'm definitely in general more personable
than Kiran is, but I think she's
an incredibly hard worker. She
made some wonderful accomplishments last year and is going
to continue to develop them in
a wonderful, wonderful way,"
Hunter said.
The campaign centred on
issues of student housing and
mental health. All the candidates
agreed housing costs should
be lower, though they differed
in their approaches to try and
change this. Mahal championed a
student housing affordability report that she had commissioned
during her term, and announced
plans to commission another report further examining the issue.
Kessler vowed to make aspects
of B.C.'s Residential Tenancy Act
apply to student housing at UBC
and Hunter wanted to end UBC's
internal loan program, wherein
they expect Student Housing and
Hospitality Services to pay interest on loans they receive from
the university.
When it came to student
mental health, Mahal pledged to
bring in experts from across Canada to assess UBC students' mental health, while Hunter planned
to hire a mental health commissioner for the AMS. Hunter's
claim that he didn't want to fund
far-flung experts, like Mahal did,
led to a tense moment in one of
the debates. Kessler said UBC
needed to address the underlying
causes of poor student mental
health, rather than just treat the
symptoms. Xi
U-Pass stays,
extra dollar for
Bike Co-op, bylaw
changes pass
C.J. Pentland
Sports Editor
Thanks to record high voter turnout among UBC students, all five
referendum questions on this year's
AMS elections ballot reached quorum and passed. In total, 22,405 students voted inthe 2013 elections.
Many voters only weighed in on
renewing the U-Pass, a measure
which passed resoundingly. 21,181
students voted to keep the program
— 96.4 per cent of those who voted
on the question.
The pass will now cost $35 a
month starting in May 2013, $36.75
starting in May 2014 and eventually
$38 a month starting in May 2015.
If this question didn't pass, UBC
students would no longer have been
eligible for the U-Pass program.
In total, 98.1 per cent of all voters
voted on this question, with only 1.9
per cent abstaining.
"It's a hugely successful program; students value saving money
[and] students value sustainability,"
said current VP External Kyle Warwick, who worked on negotiating
the new U-Pass contract. "It's clear
that we had smart messaging, hard
work [and] great volunteers, and we
owe a huge credit to the candidates;
all of them were pushing it really
hard. I'm thrilled."
15,592 students voted on a
question about a new $1 student fee
that will go toward the AMS Bike
Co-op. Of them, 60.5 per cent voted
yes, and the Bike Co-op will now
collect the fee starting in September 2013. The fee can also be refunded to students who request it.
"[The money] is goingto have a
phenomenal impact on our organization," said Peter Lambert, a member ofthe Bike Co-op's board of
directors. "It's goingto double our
budget... and allow us to provide
new and exciting opportunities."
The quorum at AMS general meetings was also lowered,
meaning only 500 students are
required to be in a room in order
to hold a meeting where they can
vote directly on changes to the
AMS. Seventy-five per cent of
voters needed to be in favour of this
question for it to pass, and it just
squeaked by with 75.4 per cent of
the vote. In total, 8,924 students
answered this question.
The referendum question about
moving AMS executive changeover
to the summer term, protecting the
AMS Endowment Fund and giving
voting AMS Council seats to theological schools also passed. 6,848
students voted on this question,
and 85.1 per cent of them voted yes.
Currently, new AMS executives
start their terms in February. But
starting in 2014, they will begin
their terms in May. AMS elections will also be moved to later in
the year.
Also, student groups at the
Vancouver School of Theology,
Regent College and St. Mark's
College will gain voting seats on
AMS Council.
This question also protects
the AMS Endowment Fund, so
the AMS can earn investment
income on their savings but future AMS execs can't dip into the
fund's principal.
And thanks to 86.2 per cent of
voters supporting the "houskeep-
ing" changes to AMS bylaws, many
ofthe society's rules have now been
tweaked to comply with provincial
law. Only 28.2 per cent of students
voted on this question, but 5,450 of
them voted yes, which was enough
to have it pass. tJ NEWS    I    MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2013
Acevedo to take
control of AMS
Ming Wong
Senior News Writer
Joaquin Acevedo is the next AMS
VP Finance.
Acevedo beat out Mateusz
Miadlikowski 4,274 votes to 3,046
votes. There were a record of 22,405
votes for this year's election, but 67.1
per cent of students abstained from
voting in this particular race.
"It's unbelievable. I honestly don't
even know what I'm going to do
now. I just really want to fulfill all
the promises I made to students,"
said Acevedo, a third-year cognitive
systems student.
Runner-up Miadlikowski thinks
he ran a good campaign. "I want to
thank all of my volunteers, thanks
to all of my managers who put effort
into the campaign.... I just appreciate all the help and support that I
Acevedo is sad to leave his current position as AMS international
and intercultural commissioner and
his work at Residence Life, but he's
sure others will pick up where he
leaves off. "Inthe month I have to
be able to transition out, I hope to
finish all ofthe projects that I have
been working on," said Acevedo.
He attributes much of his success
to his volunteers, roommates and
students who supported him.
"I just hope that I can represent
students as best I can and be able to
satisfy them and fulfill my position
as VP Finance." Xi
All six candidates
acclaimed for six
SLFS slots
Andrew Bates
Managing Editor, Web
The Student Legal Fund Society's (SLFS) long-dominant
slate, Students for Responsible
Leadership, has returned for
another year. But they've recruited
some new, less conservative reps
who may start to spend SLFS's
considerable warchest.
"Our hands are goingto
be less tied in terms of spending more money," said new rep
Roshak Momtahen.
The six candidates running for
SLFS's six slots were all acclaimed
inthe race. Incumbents Aaron
Sihota, J.J. MacLean and Jordan
Stewart are returning, alongside
new reps Momtahen, Dawei Ji and
Barnabas Caro. Caro picked up the
most votes with 4,001.
But there may be friction coming
within the SRL slate, as Sihota, who
was re-elected for his fifth SLFS
term, wants to continue guarding
the coffers as he has before.
"Students maybe trust us in
terms of what we've been doing in
the past," he said. "I think that they
just want us to build going forward
and continue what we've been
The society plans to continue
hosting Know Your Rights information sessions and other workshops. And some are seeking out
students who may have big legal
cases they can fund.
Ji said he wants the society to
keep its workshops going. "With
me, I want to just expand the Know
Your Rights," he said. "That's one
thing that we can do that helps a
lot of people, rather than just do
something for one student."
Momtahen said he wants to
fund a big-issue case focusing on
copyright or freedom-of-informa-
tion law. 31
Derek Moore gives a triumphant cheer after winning the four-way race for AMS VP Administration.
Moore put in charge of New SUB, clubs as VP Admin
Veronika Bondarenko
Derek Moore beat out Barnabas
Caro, Olivia Yung and Justin Fernandes for the role of VP Admin.
Altogether, 8,109 students voted
in the VP Admin race. Moore was
elated to hear he won.
"It's a touch unexpected, since
Barnabas ran such an amazing
campaign," said Moore. "I feel
really good about my campaign
too. I knew they [the campaigns]
were really tight."
When Moore's term begins, he
plans to jump right into the pos
ition and continue the work that
has been done in the development
ofthe new SUB. He also wants to
improve the AMS clubs policy.
"Well, right now I expect to
sleep, which is probably what
everyone says after a campaign
like that, and then start talking to
Caroline [Wong, the current VP
Admin], get the transition going,"
said Moore. "I'm looking forward
to building that team, carrying off
what's been done before me and
pitching the SUB."
Caro was disappointed about
not getting the position, but he
hopes to work with Moore on
club-related activities.
"Yeah, I'm disappointed," said
Caro. "It's something that I've
wanted to do for a longtime, but
I think that Derek is [as] equally
fitted to do it as me and I'm really
looking forward to hopefully
working with him in the coming
Yung, while also disappointed
about not winning the position,
believes Moore is a great fit for
the role.
"I hope that everything that
he wants to see inthe new SUB —
because he's been working so hard
on it — actually happens, and then
hopefully he will also focus on the
people going into the building, like
Barnabas did," said Yung. "I honestly couldn't be happier for him."
While candidate Justin Fernandes was unhappy about not
winning the race, he is not worried
about the future ofthe AMS with
Moore in the role of VP Admin.
"I mean, it was a really tight
race. A lot ofthe candidates were
all really qualified and they all
campaigned really hard," said
Fernandes. "I'm definitely sad, but
Derek's a great person; I've worked
with him before. So I'm sure the
AMS will do fine." Xi
Parson, Silley win BoG seats
Kessler, Mahal, Marshall,
Karimi, Edgecumbe nab five
student Senate spots
hcumbent Mike Silley and newly elected Matt Parson embrace after hearing results.
Brandon Chow
After two weeks of hard campaigning, incumbent Mike Silley
and current AMS President Matt
Parson successfully clinched the
two student seats on the UBC
Board of Governors.
The Board of Governors is the
highest decision-making body at
the university, and a total of 14,917
students voted in the race between
six accomplished candidates.
Parson was elected with the
most ballots ofthe bunch: 3,530
votes, or 23.7 per cent.
Current board student rep Mike
Silley received 2,860 votes, or 19.2
per cent.
Both Parson and Silley campaigned fiercely, and they were
proud and relieved once the
results were announced.
"It was a tough race, with
lots of qualified candidates that
would have done a great job," said
He said his first step in the
position would be to "reach out
to BoG reps that I know person
ally, to see if they have any advice
or recommendations on how to
best transition."
Parson said he plans to read
through plenty of old Board
of Governors documents and
minutes to make sure he hits the
ground running at his first meeting in May.
Despite his success, Mike
Silley declined to comment to The
The other candidates vying for
the two positions were Harsev
Oshan, Tristan Miller, Conny Lin
and Erin Rennie.
Oshan and Miller were present
as the results were announced,
while Lin and Rennie were
absent and could not be reached
for comment.
Miller expressed his disappointment in losing, but recognized that he "[ran] against a field
of very qualified candidates."
Oshan said that it was very important that the new student reps
worked on "engaging the student
body and [getting] the students
informed about what's going on at
the Board." tJ
Sarah Bigam
Out of 11 candidates, Anne
Kessler, Kiran Mahal, Natalie
Marshall, Philip Edgcumbe and
Nina Karimi have been elected as
UBC student senators.
Kessler placed highest with
2,945 votes.
Students were able to vote up
to five times, and 13.1 per cent
of people who voted included Kessler as one of their five
Mahal was a close second,
with 2,917 votes, or 13 per cent of
Marshall and Edgcumbe
received 2,713 and 2,815 votes respectively, although 12.1 per cent
of students who voted included
Marshall and 12.0 per cent of
students included Edgcumbe.
Lastly, Karimi received 2,623,
and was included by 11.7 per cent
of voters.
The UBC Senate is in charge
of UBC's big-picture academic
Mahal, who will now begin her
second term as a senator, said,
"I'm really happy with the results, it was a great race by all the
candidates, and I'm really excited
for what we do next year."
Edgcumbe will be serving his
third term on Senate.
"I know that there were six
very well-qualified students that
didn't get elected and I think that
that's goingto make a lot of us
who were elected work harder."
Many ofthe potential senators
acknowledged the quality ofthe
other candidates inthe race.
"I feel crazy," Karimi said. "I
don't even know what to think
right now. I have so many people
to thank for this, and the candidates who were running for Senate
were so amazing and so if I [had]
lost, I knew I was losing to the
"I'm quite happy," Kessler said.
"It was a good race. There were a
lot of really good people."
Marshall said, "I'm really
excited to work with all the other
senators this year and continue to
work on the elements of my platform. And the other senators who
are elected, I'm so excited to work
Jeff Abeysekera received 2,250
votes (10.0 per cent), Mona Maleki
received 2,221 (9.9 per cent), Elaine
Kuo got 1,924 (8.6 per cent), Yaniv
Pereyaslavsky had 1,804 (8.0 per
cent), Armin Rezaiean-Asel received 1,814 (8.1 per cent) and Austen Erhardt received 1,401 (6.2 per
cent). "I think the candidates that
got elected in are very well-qualified," said Abeysekera. "I think
they'll do a good job."
For Kuo, who also ran unsuccessfully for VP Admin last
year, this isn't the end.
"I think I tried really hard and
I really learned a lot this time
around. I feel like I was a lot more
confident in this race and I gave
it my all, which — I think that I
accomplished what I set out to do
and even though I didn't win, I'm
going to try again." tJ Sports + Rec
UBC volleyball goes sweeping
Young UBC-Okanagan no match for Vancouver counterparts
Bruce Chen
The UBC men's volleyball team
earned a straight set victory
over the UBC Okanagan Heat
on Friday night, and they were
able to continue their dominance into Saturday's match. The
'Birds took the first set 25-19 and
looked poised to roll to another
sweep over their little brother
from the Interior.
However, the Heat wouldn't
go away easily. After a string of
strong serving by their counterparts from Kelowna, the T-Birds
were faced with a quickly-dwindling lead in the middle of the
second set.
But the middle of that set was to
be the turning point in the match.
The great play of middles Chris
Howe and Alex Russell was able
to draw in the Heat blockers and
force them to respect the potency
ofthe T-Bird attack, which led
to the biggest play ofthe day.
Third-year outside hitter Quentin
Schmidt made the game look like it
was still a warm-up and absolutely destroyed a perfect set from
second-year setter Milan Nikic. He
faced no block or defense whatsoever from the Heat, who were
left helpless.
From then on, the course of the
match was set and UBC was able
to pull out another sweep. Even
when match point arrived and it
seemed that the Heat were putting
up a late charge, the same stellar
play kept coming from UBC. The
Thunderbirds were collecting easy
balls on first contact, and teeing
Jarrid Ireland led the T-Birds with 31 kills on the weekend.
off on the Heat defenders. Credit
has to be given to Heat libero
Jeremy Fosvelt for coming up with
a game-high 12 digs and keeping
the games close; anyone would
find it hard to play defence against
the likes of Jarrid Ireland and Ben
Chow when the sets are flowing
perfectly to them.
However, the most underrated
aspect of Saturday's win proved
to be the blocking. Howe and
Russell combined for a healthy
eight blocks despite many of
them coming on solo efforts
against the Heat middles. UBC
is quickly establishing their
game as a team that blocks well.
Combined with a strong serving
game, this historically is what
ensures stability and consistency
for a CIS team. The Heat, meanwhile, have just two wins on the
year and are left in a tough spot,
searching for an identity as they
try to expose their younger players to the tough level of CIS play.
As for the 'Birds, they are now
12-6 on the year and sit fourth in
the Canada West.
Having clinched a playoff
berth they will look to solidify their spot near the top of
the standings by taking on the
University of Brandon Bobcats in
Manitoba next weekend, before
coming home on Feb. 8 and 9 to
face the Mount Royal Cougars
and wrap up the 2012-13 regular
season. tJ
7 UBC's current ranking in
2.96 blocks per set
on average by UBC, the
second most in Canada
1.38 blocks per set on
average by middle Steve
Howe, the second most in
the Canada West
194 kills by Jarrid
Ireland this year, the
most on the team
678 assists this year
by setter Milan Nikic,
the third most in Canada
Sixteen straight wins for T-Birds
Lisa Barclay leads the 'Birds in kills per set this season with 3.4.
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
Heading into this past weekend's
games, the UBC women's volleyball
team was on what some might call
a roll.
They were in the midst of a
14-game win streak, and the last
seven of those wins were straight
set victories. In total, they had only
dropped five sets all season. "Dominant" may not be a strong enough
word to describe the Thunderbirds'
play so far this year.
But some tougher competition
was heading into town on Friday
and Saturday night, as the CIS no.
8-ranked UBC Okanagan Heat (11-7)
took on the T-Birds in a weekend
home series. If the 'Birds had become complacent thanks to all their
winning, they could have easily
been knocked off their high perch.
But true to form, it was another
weekend sweep for UBC (17-1).
They didn't drop a set the entire
weekend, and never gave up more
than 20 points in a frame. In other
news, grass is green and the sky in
Vancouver is grey.
"I don't think [UBC-O] got off
to the best start in set one, and I
was pleased with how we just kept
pushing," said UBC head coach
Doug Reimer. "They play good
defence and they scrapped hard,
and it required us to stay patient. I'd
agree that for us to be 3-0, 3-0 this
weekend, and for today to keep it
under 20 points, is solid."
UBC's offensive attack up the
middle proved to be effective all
weekend, with Mariah Bruinsma
and Jessica von Schilling both
playing well in Saturday's victory.
They combined for 10 kills and three
blocks on Saturday, a performance
which helped complement the typical strong performance from outside hitters Lisa Barclay and Shanice
Marcelle. Barclay and Marcelle have
the third- and fourth-most kills in
the Canada West, respectively.
"That's a good sign for us to
have that balance, and I thought
that most people hit the ball
pretty well," said Reimer. Despite
UBC-0 recording some impressive
digs, the T-Birds still managed to
record a .280 hitting percentage on
Saturday night.
Overall, UBC has by far the best
hitting percentage inthe Canada
West; their .282 percentage dwarfs
the .228 percentage of Calgary, who
has the second best. They are also
tops in several other key offensive
categories, including assists, kills
and service aces. They also boast
the second-best opponent hitting
percentage, as they have limited the
opposition to a .093 clip.
It can be easy for a team playing
at such a level to get complacent
and take those victories for granted,
but that doesn't appear to be the
case for this squad. Even though
they haven't had to face adversity in
the form of a loss as of late, Reimer
said that his team stays focused on
the task at hand and makes sure
they are always the first team to 25
points in every set.
"What's more important is that
we had sets this weekend where
we had to make sure that we fought
through some things [and] had to
recover from mistakes and come
back, and not feel that it was auto
matic," he said. "This group is not
overconfident; they're training well,
they're staying focused. I'm sure
[adversity] will come, so we have to
be prepared for that."
With only four more games left in
the regular season, UBC is in prime
position to lock down a first round
bye in the playoffs and the right to
host the Canada West final four in
late February. Next weekend sees
them travel to Manitoba to take
on Brandon University, and they
will close out the regular season
on Feb. 8 and 9 at home against
Mount Royal. If they can continue
their strong play and finish the year
with a 20-game win streak, then
the 'Birds will most definitely be in
the mix for a sixth straight national
championship. Xi
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average by setter Brina
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No such thing as road woes
Weekend split proves that UBC's best play continues to come away from home
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
A week after they took three of a
possible four points on the road
from CIS no. 5-ranked Saskatchewan, it seemed as if the UBC
men's hockey team was poised
to make a late season run before
they headed into the playoffs.
But despite taking on the seventh-place Mount Royal Cougars
at home this past weekend, the
'Birds weren't able to keep the
ball rolling, as they only managed a split against the team
from Calgary.
Friday night saw the Thunderbirds get out to an early 2-0
lead on goals from Jessi Hilton
and Michael Wilgosh, but three
unanswered goals from Mount
Royal gave them the lead in
the second period. Cole Wilson
responded to tie the game up at
three, but a Cougars goal with
37 seconds left in the second put
Mount Royal up for good. UBC
outshot Mount Royal 43-14 in the
contest, but Cougars goalie Dalyn
Flette repeatedly came up big to
stymie the T-Birds and prevent
them from coming back.
The 'Birds were able to exact
some revenge on Saturday afternoon, as they came back from a
1-0 deficit to take down the Cou
gars 2-1. Jordan White made 22
saves for the win, his ninth ofthe
year, while Wilson and first-year
Brad Hoban added powerplay
markers. It was Wilson's 14th
goal ofthe season, which has him
tied for the most in the Canada
West. And with his goal, Hoban
is now tied with Max Grassi
for the team lead in points with
23 and is the conference's top
rookie scorer.
It was a solid bounce-back
win for a team that currently sits
in fifth place in the conference,
but the performance wasn't one
that would suffice come playoff
time. UBC head coach Milan
Dragcevic, however, remains
confident that his team can put
this weekend behind them and
finish the season with efforts like
the one they put forward against
Saskatchewan, and there's one
key reason for it.
"We're a road team; we're
7-3-2 on the road," said Dragcevic after Saturday's game. So
despite UBC travelling to take
on second-place Manitoba next
weekend — a team that the 'Birds
have already beaten twice this
season — the coach believes his
team will come out strong over
the final four games.
"I like the way some of our
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lines are playing, I liked the
way [White] played today," he
said, acknowledging that Mount
Royal's goalie stole the game for
them on Friday night. "Today
was a better defensive effort by
our guys."
It appears that home-ice
advantage doesn't really apply to
the Thunderbirds. So far this season, their most dominant games
have been on the road, and it has
been reflected by the fact that
they are 7-3-2 away from home.
They currently hold the best road
record in the Canada West, and
one ofthe best away records in
all of Canada.
As it sits now, the T-Birds
would be traveling for their first
round playoff series. While it
would appear to be a blessing in
disguise, Dragcevic stressed that
his team will continue to push to
finish in the top four in the conference and therefore earn the
right to host a playoff game.
"We want to finish fourth,
that's the whole [thing]. We want
to finish third; we want to finish
as high as we can."
With four games to go — two
against second place Manitoba
and two against first place Alberta — the 'Birds are only one
point back from fourth-place
Calgary, four back from third-
place Saskatchewan and five
behind Manitoba. However, they
are also only two points up on
sixth-place Regina, meaning that
their position in the conference
is anything but solidified.
It has been a mantra in the
Canada West all year: nothing is
a guarantee. With the exception
First-year defenceman Neil Manning has 17 points this year.
of last-place Lethbridge, each
team has been able to beat any
other on any given day, and the
standings have been changing
every weekend. UBC has beaten
every team in the conference so
far this year except Alberta, but
the T-Birds will have two more
games against the first-place
Golden Bears.
The T-Birds can play well on
the road, have shown that they
can compete with the conference's top teams and have
balanced scoring on most nights.
With those assets, the T-Birds
may prove to be a pretty dangerous team come playoff time. Xi
T-Birds are Canada West champs
UBC women's swimming finishes first for
fourth straight year, men finish in second
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
For the fourth straight year, UBC
has won the Felstad Memorial
Trophy as the top women's team
at the Canada West Swimming
Championships in Victoria. The
men's team also picked up a silver
medal at the event, finishing 56.5
points behind the University
of Calgary.
The T-Birds swimmers also
took home two individual honours. Savannah King was named
female swimmer ofthe meet
thanks to the five gold medals that
she won on the weekend, while
Coleman Allen also won five of his
own and was named male swimmer ofthe meet. King's medals
came in the 200m freestyle, 400m
freestyle, 800m freestyle, 200m
backstroke and 4x200m freestyle
relay, while Allen's came in the
50m butterfly, 100m butterfly,
200m butterfly, 200m freestyle
and 4x100m freestyle relay. The
duo also set some Canada West
records: King's came inthe 200m,
400m and 800m freestyles, and
Allen's was in the 100m and 200m
"I am pleased with how our
teams battled, both the women
and the men," said UBC Thunderbirds head coach Steve Price.
"We have a young men's team,
and [I] was really impressed with
Coleman Allen stepping up and
Savannah King's performance, but
we still have a lot of work before
CIS nationals."
Several other T-Birds managed
to swim their way to the top of the
podium. Sunday saw UBC's 400m
medley relay team set a CIS record
as the team of Erin Stamp, Tera
Van Beilen, Grainne Pierse, and
Heather MacLean finished with a
winning time of 4:03.19.
As for individual medals, Van
Beilen was victorious in the 200m
breaststroke, MacLean won the
100m freestyle and Stamp touched
the wall first in the 100m backstroke. On the men's side, Kelly
Aspinall took home gold in the
100m freestyle.
In total, 11 Thunderbirds were
named to the Canada West all-star
team: King, MacLean, Pierse,
Stamp, Van Beilen, Allen, Aspinall,
Brittney Harley, Patrick Cowan,
Sergey Holson and Luke Peddie.
Laura Thompson, who is president ofthe Thunderbird Athletic
Council, also took home the Student Athlete/Community Service
Award, while Price won Canada
West Female Coach ofthe Year.
This was the 24th Canada West
championship for UBC women's
swimming, tying them with
UBC women's field hockey for
the most Canada West titles in
school history. Both the men's and
women's teams will be advancing
to CIS nationals in Calgary, where
they will attempt to defend their
national titles from last year. The
championships begin on Feb. 21. Xi
Gold medals:
Coleman Allen: 50m, 100m
and 200m butterfly; 200m
Savannah King: 200m,
400m and 800m freestyle;
200m backstroke
Tera Van Beilen: 200m
Erin Stamp: 100m backstroke
Heather MacLean: 100m
Kelly Aspinall: 100 m freestyle
Women's 400m medley relay MONDAY, JANUARY 28,2013    |    FEATURE    |   7
Both of these employees do similar work for UBC Athletics & Recreation,
but only one is protected by a union. What gives?
Student employees at the Aquatic Center (bottom) are part of CUPE 116. But aside from the T-Bird Arena icemakers (also CUPE 116 members), unionization is unique within UBC Athletics & Recreation facilities. Employees at the
Student Recreation Center (top), for example, are not members of unions. Some student employees have complained that because of the lack of unionization, job expectations are pay vary widely across UBC Athletics facilities.
Alexandra Smith
UBC Athletics and Recreation is one
ofthe largest employers of students
on campus, providing jobs for over
800 of them. This is unsurprising given that
Athletics controls nearly all the sports facilities on campus, from running tracks and
playing fields to arenas and stadiums.
Jobs at Athletics range from instructors to cashiers to intramural referees, and
students are employed across the facilities.
There are also a number of permanent
employees, including a sizable management
staff that oversees the department's diverse
set of facilities.
But within each facility the structure
and terms of employment vary greatly,
resulting in a wide range of experiences
for student employees. This is due in part
to the diversity of positions students hold,
but it is also an outcome ofthe history of
the organization.
UBC Athletics has periodically acquired
facilities with pre-existing management
structures, absorbing those structures
instead of imposing uniform policies across
the board. The Aquatic Centre, for ex
ample, joined Athletics in 2006 and brought
along its unionized staff — unique among
the department's facilities. Most student
employees are not unionized, meaning job
expectations, pay scales and management
styles lack consistency across the various
facilities, according to interviews with
current and former employees.
"Often the specifics with any facility
are so specialized that it's really the broad
strokes that are required facility wide for
student employees, and then individually
each facility has their own operational
practices," explained Kavie Toor, associate
director, facilities and business development for UBC Athletics.
But Toor added that Athletics and
Recreation has a standardized approach
when it came to employee agreements
and training.
As for the unionized employees, they're
members of one ofthe largest unions on
campus: CUPE 116. There are currently
over 130 CUPE 116 staff employed at the
Aquatic Centre, who are part of a bargaining group separate from the other
service staff members of CUPE 116 at UBC
who participated in job action in the fall. A
quirk in the system has resulted in the only
other unionized UBC Athletics employees
being the icemakers, also members of CUPE
One place where student employees find
some consistency within UBC Athletics is
in the Work Study & Work Learn program. Given that the university contributes
to the salary of students employed under
the program, Toor said UBC Athletics tries
to standardize the 256 positions that form
part of it.
"We basically try to line up similar
functions and jobs across all ofthe facilities
and put them in the same job category,"
Toor said.
For students not employed through Work
Study & Work Learn, there is more variation in pay schedules and responsibilities.
A former employee ofthe Tennis Centre,
JoAnna Rickard, complained about conditions there.
"[I] did the work of like three people and
got paid the same amount as anybody else,"
said Rickard.
When Rickard requested a raise, she said
one was given, but after a two-month delay.
Even after getting the raise, the former
employee noted, at $15 an hour she was still
making less than her unionized colleagues
at the Aquatic Centre.
Kyle Cupido, manager ofthe Tennis Centre, said he tries to make job expectations
clear to all employees before they are hired.
"We would generally try to speak to
that in the interviews and just let them
know that things might come up that they
would do different things here and there,"
Cupido said.
He also added that despite the lack of a
union at the Centre, the management took
pride in good communication with the staff.
"Usually we have a very open door
policy," Cupido said. "The staff know that
they can come to myself if they ever have
any issues."
Mike Tan, Associate Director of UBC
Rec, echoed Cupido's sentiments. "We try
to encourage an open dialogue with respect
to concerns that may come up," Tan said of
management-staff relations.
But for Rickard, the former employee at
the Tennis Centre, pledges of open communication didn't satisfy her. "All of us,
including the coaches, are confused why
we're not in a union," she said. tJ Culture
Last March, several Occupy activists protested against ECON 101 courses outside ofthe Sauder building.
When the ivory tower falls
Adbusters Magazine takes on economics departments with new book
Rhys Edwards
Senior Culture Writer
Ifyou learned that your courses were
teaching you misinformation, would you still
take them?
A new textbook proposes that one major
educational field is being disingenuous to
its students. Accordingto Meme Wars: The
Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics
, a new textbook published by the Vancouver-based Adbusters Media Foundation,
economics departments the world over are
teaching fundamentally flawed theories to
their undergraduate students.
"The neoliberal economic paradigm is a
social construction," said Bill Rees, a world-renowned ecologist and UBC professor emeritus
featured in Meme Wars. "[It's] a set of beliefs,
values and assumptions based on Newtonian
analytic mechanics to a very large extent, or at
least on ideas derived from it.
"For a hundred years, it's worked, on a very
limited level. It's been successful in creating
enormous wealth, and moved us forward in
various ways, but it's now achieved such a
scale that it's coming up against the biophysical reality that it ignores. In other words, we've
reached the point where the model is failing
the test of reality."
In line with this criticism, Meme Wars
takes aim at several principles of neoclassical
economic theory which, it claims, have caused
wealth disparity, ecological devastation, and
social injustice. In particular, it argues that
certain concepts — such as the causal relationship between wealth and growth, the belief
that human beings behave in instrumentally
rational, predictable ways, and that wealth
can be measured in terms of gross domestic
product — are largely theoretical, and have
no place in real-world economic policy. Yet
these same concepts, accordingto the text, are
treated as irrefutable truths by most economic
departments and institutions across the world
— including UBC.
"For a while at UBC... the department
could not prevent [economics students] taking
my course in ecological economics," said
Rees. "But at one point I was told by one ofthe
students, if they did take it, they couldn't get
credit toward their degree. Because it wasn't
like 'real' economics. That's not uncommon,
that kind of absolute disgust over the notion of
an ecological economics."
Kalle Lasn, editor-in-chief at Adbusters,
wrote the introduction to each chapter in
Meme Wars and formatted its design. He
intends the book to serve as an alternative to
the popular educational textbooks traditionally used in undergraduate economics courses.
Specifically, he is critical ofthe work of Grigor
Mankiw, whose Principles of Economics is
used in several ECON 101 classes at UBC.
"I'm hoping that many professors around
the world will still perhaps give people
Mankiw's Principles of Economics as the main
textbook," said Lasn, "but to have [ Meme
Wars] as a sort of supplementary textbook,
something that says,... 'Is it really true that
there's a possibility of a fundamental shift
inthe theoretical foundations of economics
science? Is it possible that this is actually
happening?' It will be a nice curveball into the
system that could then get the ball rolling, and
it could be the beginning of something."
Lasn, as well as senior Adbusters editor
Darren Fleet, will be visitingthe Norm
Theatre on Feb. 5 for a book launch and public
talk. Accordingto Lasn, the impetus for publishing the book came from his observation of
activists during the global Occupy movement,
which he helped spearhead with Adbusters
in 2011.
"Occupy said to me, well, maybe the professors and those people don't get it, but the
young people ofthe world, they get it, they
understand that the future doesn't compute,
and that there's something fundamentally
wrong with our economic system."
Faculty members of UBC's Vancouver
School of Economics, however, disagree
with the premises of Lasn's book on several accounts. They assert, for instance, that
economists in the School do not work only
with mathematically abstract paradigms.
"Our department is actually very diverse,
and it includes scholars who are involved
in very applied, policy-oriented work," said
Caroline Douglas, a lecturer on the economics
of poverty and inequality.
"Our department would not have come
to be regarded [as the best] in Canada, and
in the top twenty in the world, by remaining
stuck to some particular, narrow, theoretical
framework. It has actually been innovative
and engaged, and its recognition comes about
because it is active, changing, and wanting to
solve problems rather than protect a view."
Patrick Francois, a specialist on development economics and political economy, similarly notes that economics departments must
continually innovate, or risk obsolescence.
"Any place that's stuck to dogma, that's
stuck to particular conclusions in the face of
methodology showing them... conclusions
pointingthe other way, would become a
very bad place overnight and lose all its good
people," he said.
"There's huge incentives to be able to
demonstrate that an existing model performs
poorly and that I've got one that does better.
There's huge incentives, that's how it works,
so that kind of idea of 'lock-in' doesn't really
work that way."
Douglas stressed that while it is true that
neoclassical principles inform teaching in the
school, they are not treated as totally unassailable by professors. Rather, they provide a
theoretical background which economists can
use to create data assessment models. If these
models don't work, they have to be changed.
"That's what good economists do, is actually test their theories, and take into account
those exceptions to the rule, where actually
they are not just exceptions to the rule, they're
the way things really are," he said. "They start
out with this basic model, then you bring in
more and more of reality."
Francois and Douglas are also critical of
Meme Wars' claim that neoclassical economic
models are politically motivated. They argue
that models and ideologies are actually distinct from each other.
"Neoclassical economics is a methodology. It's not a set of dogma," said Francois.
"It's a way of doing things, it's a way of doing
social science ... there is a set of rules that
we follow, and that the reason we do that is
those rules check that you can't just push a
political agenda.
"It's kind of ironic that we get the criticism
for our political agenda when I think we're
kind of doing more than anyone to try to make
sure that we're not infusing too much of our
own politics into our conclusions."
Douglas, meanwhile, suggests that economic data becomes political only when it is
manipulated for ideological purposes. "My
understanding of neoclassical theory and
methodology would enable it to be used for
policies and arguments that would lead to
both injustice and justice," she said.
"[Lasn] is correct to observe that certain
policies are legitimized with recourse to
economic arguments that come from that
neoclassical [background]. But... this is about
who is actually making the decisions as to
what kinds of evidence they want to bring to
their arguments."
Nevertheless, Lasn himself insists that politics are endemic to the entire economic field,
from the educational to the institutional level.
"Economics have huge political consequences," he said. "Professors had better get
used to that, and realize that there is a huge,
powerful political component to what they
teach, and that the students they send out into
the world to implement political strategies...
affect all seven billion of us in the most visceral way."
For Lasn, "the creative destruction of neoclassical economics," in which university students would play a vital role, isn't a pipe dream
— it's the only way to avoid a future catastrophe on a global scale. Though he understands
that it won't be easy, he believes that, soon
enough, we won't have much choice.
"I have a feeling that we can have another
1968, and this time it's going to work, because
the stakes are way higher," he said. "My own
gut feeling is that I can't think of any other
scenario for veeringthis human experiment of
ours on planet Earth back on the rails, I can't
think of any other viable scenario except that
young people revolt."
Only time will be able to show whether Lasn's predictions prove correct. Inthe
meantime, Douglas recommends that students
always treat their education critically.
"It's always good for students to have a
critical approach to their education, at whatever level they're at, whether it's introductory
or further on down into their degrees and
graduate degree, and then when they get
out into the world they should always have a
critical approach," she said. "And that is what
I tell my students: I want them to be critical
of whatever it is I'm doing, but at the same
time, I want them to understand what it is
I'm presenting.
"So wherever they see that there may be
room for debate, then that is what I recommend. As long as they are informed." 31
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'Addicted to Profit' MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2013    |    CULTURE
Classiness without the cost
Five art galleries that won't break the bank
Laura Dixon
The Vancouver Art Gallery, housed in
one ofthe most prominent buildings in
the downtown core, is a no-brainer when
it comes to exploring local art culture.
However, after the $12.50 student admission, lunch at the Gallery Cafe and an
extended stop at the Gallery Store, the
student budget can take a beating. Though
the VAG is the best-known art space in
the city, there are plenty of other local
galleries that will provide you with a more
rounded experience ofthe city's art scene.
Here's a list of five ofthe most intriguing
(and free) galleries within Vancouver.
Positive Negative Gallery was recently given the title of one of Vancouver's
"Best New Indie Galleries" by the Georgia Straight. If that's not enough to spark
your interest, the gallery is currently
home to Stuffed and Hung until Feb. 2.
This exhibition is a collection of Kuh Del
Rosario's newest work, consisting of found
objects and everyday materials that constitute compelling and organic structures
through mistake and correction. This
artist-run gallery has also hosted in
formative exhibitions, such as FIN, which
showcased the harvesting of sharks off
the coast of Canada through the medium
of photography.
The Satellite Gallery is not far from
home, so to speak. Two of UBC's cultural
spaces — the Morris and Helen Belkin Art
Gallery and the Museum of Anthropology
— share Satellite with the Presentation
House Gallery. Aside from its ties to UBC,
Satellite Gallery boasts a variety of mixed-
media exhibitions. Its most recent exhibit
showcases Vancouver's local art and music
scene between 1978 and 1980 through images and video projections shot by the late
Lenore Herb. Its next exhibition, News,
promises a rare glimpse into the history of
photojournalism through the lens ofthe
Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers.
This contemporary art gallery exhibits
street-, graffiti- and tattoo-inspired fine
art. Ayden is currently showing The Primacy of Consciousness, featuring Vancouver-based artist Steffan Quong as well as
a cohort of supporting artists, until Feb. 3.
Ayden Gallery's programming is eclectic,
with three upcoming shows highlighting
diverse players in Vancouver's street-culture art world. The gallery's opening
receptions are also not to be missed —
these licensed events boast free admission and live music, with artists always
in attendance.
Just last year, Equinox Gallery transitioned from a small location on Granville
St. to a massive exhibition space in an
old industrial building closer to the east
side. This extra room has given Equinox
the ability to show much larger exhibits,
which are consistently fresh and equally
captivating. Currently, Equinox is showing From Nature, which illuminates the
artist as the crossroad between self and
the natural world. The exhibition includes
work from world-famous artists such as
Vija Celmins and Gordon Smith.
Smash Modern Art's 2013 season begins
Feb. 1 with Kellie Talbot's solo show
American Landscape. Her hyper-realistic
paintings reflect the gallery's commitment
to compelling yet entertaining artwork
that appeals both to popular taste and
informed collectors. However, Smash is
not afraid to push the envelope and verge
away from traditional fine art; in addition
to interesting exhibitions, Smash also
designs custom neon signs, adding to its
unique vibe. tJ
Stampede on stage: Rhinoceros review
Kaavya Lakshmanan
Upon first glance, the stage at the
Telus Studio Theatre looked deceptively simple: only two tables
and four chairs are placed across
from each other, leaving plenty of
open space.
However, the set design in
Theatre at UBC's Rhinoceros
proved anything but simple.
From trapdoors on the floor
that double as bedroom doors
to the balconies that roar with
the marching of savage beasts,
the production cleverly uses its
setting to explore the spread of
Nazi Fascism in a small town
in France. Written by Romanian-French playwright Eugene
Ionesco and directed by MFA directing candidate Chelsea Haberlin, Rhinoceros is an insightful
and witty analysis of the ideas
of will, responsibility, logic and
absurdity in a bourgeois setting.
The narrative centers on the
characters of Berenger (Matt
Reznek), Jean (Joel Garner) and
Daisy (Georgia Beaty). From the
opening scene, Jean presumes
himself to be the stark opposite
of Berenger — a cultured and
rational man who puts logic and
reasoning above everything else,
contrasting with the latter's
drunkenness and apathetic
attitude towards life. Berenger
UBC theatre students let out their wild side in Eugene lonesco's Rhinoceros.
shows little interest in anything
other than his love interest,
Daisy, and is chastised by Jean
for his indolence.
However, Jean's critique of
Berenger is interrupted by a
series of loud noises and grunting, whereupon he discovers
that a monstrous creature — half
human, half rhinoceros — is
charging across town. Soon, the
town is engulfed by a contagious
rhino epidemic, and Berenger
changes from a slovenly, disinterested man into one of the few
who is able to resist it. Towards
the end ofthe play, however, his
resistance is questioned, as he remains the only human in a town
full of rhinos.
An allegory for the idea of
conformity, the rhino epidemic
shows that even the most rational
people can be made to conform to
a practice they might otherwise
find abhorrent.
Garner does a fantastic job
portraying Jean's arrogance and
ego. His projection and comic
timing, coupled with his engagement with the stage and props
around him, make for an enjoyable
performance. His transformation
into a rhinoceros is one ofthe
highlights ofthe show. Reznek's
performance as Berenger, vari
ously apathetic and determined,
is similarly strong, and skillfully
conveys Berenger's true colours
inthe face ofthe epidemic. Beaty
stands out in her portrayal of
Daisy; her high-pitched voice
and intonation of words have an
Audrey Hepburn-esque sound to
them, evoking a 1940s bourgeois
woman. All three have excellent
stage presence, and aren't afraid to
f luidly interact with the set. One
ofthe most delightful aspects of
Rhinoceros is that it features a true
ensemble; from the main characters to the townsfolk, every single
person on stage brings something
to the play. Other cast members
that stand out include the Logician
(Xander Williams), Botard (Kenton Klassen), and Dudard (Alen
Other noteworthy aspects ofthe
production include the costume
design, the lighting, and deft use of
the theatre's acoustics. The yellows,
blues and soft purples worn by the
women ofthe cast, as well as the
sharp pinstripe coats and blazers of
the men, balance between theatricality and historical accuracy. The
careful manipulation of light also
adds to the play's poignancy. 31
Rhinoceros will be playing at the
Telus Studio Theatre until Feb. 9.
For information on times and ticket
prices, visit theatre.ubc.ca/rhin-
oceros Opinions
The Ubyssey launches an anthropological study on
students who voted 'no' on the U-Pass...
"We've tracked the mysterious 3.6 per cent of students who voted 'no' on the U-Pass to their lair, a large concrete edifice filled
with vehicles that look like miniature B-Lines..."
Every year The Ubyssey endorses
candidates inthe AMS elections,
much as newspapers everywhere
endorse candidates running for
races in their communities. But
this year many ofthe candidates
running for AMS positions who
weren't endorsed by The Ubyssey
took to social media to blast this
newspaper for being "mean" and
showing bias.
Such accusations demonstrate a lack of understanding of
what newspaper endorsements
are, but given that fewer and
fewer young people actually
read newspapers, we thought it
prudent to explain our rationale
for publishing endorsements and
the process behind issuing them.
In general news coverage, our
reporters and editors do their best
to present all sides ofthe issues
we cover in an even-handed manner. These stories that we work to
make as objective as possible take
up over 90 per cent of a standard
issue of The Ubyssey. But on one
page, we devote a few inches to
publishing our opinions on the
issues our reporters are covering.
We do this in keeping with our
mission as a campus institution
that seeks to inform and engage
members ofthe community.
We cover a lot of issues, and in
our Last Words section we seek
to explain why you should care
about the issues and, as people
who have spent a long time following them, our opinion on what
ought to be done.
Often it is possible to weigh
the pros and cons of a given issue,
and such reasoned equivocating
keeps accusations of horrible
"bias" or "meanness" at bay. But
in some cases, like AMS elections,
it is more of a zero-sum equation.
Only one person can be elected to
most positions, and as a group of
people who spend hours on end
covering your student society and
the candidates who want to run
it, we feel offering our two cents
provides a valuable service to
the campus.
For those of you wondering,
here is how we come up with our
We assemble the reporters and
editors who have spent the past
week or two covering the AMS
elections campaigns, including
attending debates, interviewing
candidates and reviewing their
platforms, and the past few
months or years covering the
AMS as a whole, in one room. We
then go through each position
and debate the merits of each
candidate. What are the big issues
they'll need to handle if elected?
What ideas have they put forth
for dealing with them? Have they
been successful in their current
positions, and would those skills
transfer over to the position their
running for?
Once we settle on the best
candidate for a given position, we
go over our qualifications for the
endorsement and make sure to
include positives for candidates
we aren't endorsing. Our agenda is not to pick favorites in the
election, but rather to ensure our
university runs well, and in the
case ofthe AMS, that people are
elected who will do good jobs
furthering good ideas.
The AMS elections are extremely low-information. Not knowing — or caring to know — much
about the names on the ballot,
many voters take shortcuts and
use highly questionable criteria in making their decisions:
whether the candidate's in a frat,
if they have a good Anglo-Saxon
name, if they seemed chill at
that house party and also have
this awesome video, or if they
were endorsed by The Ubyssey.
With the U-Pass driving
a record turnout, we could
have seen the student politics
applecart being completely upset
by a huge number of normally
disinterested voters. By and
large, however, they scrolled
right through the ballot making
a beeline for the juicy U-Pass
question. The abstention rate in
AMS executive races (with the
exception of president) meant
that turnout there only marginally improved, although four
times as many students voted
compared to last year.
So UBC students are as disengaged from the AMS as ever, but
this election does show that they
aren't somehow incapable of being motivated and mobilized. Talk
of student disengagement tends to
assume the AMS's problem is in
getting messages through, but it
seems it's the messages them
selves that are uninspiring. We've
just seen that UBC students do
pay attention and will care if it's
something that matters and is of
practical importance to them. It's
up to the newly elected student
leaders to show that they're as
relevant as the U-Pass.
A few days ago, we decided to dig
through our archives to see what
kind of things the AMS of yesteryear was concerned with. The parallels in this piece from September
1970 were particularly juicy. See
any thing familiar?
Unfortunately, when it comes
to being relevant, AMS people
can't figure out why they ain't.
Thus they come up with
dazzling solutions to their problems like knocking down the
walls ofthe executive offices
and putting glass partitions in
their place.
The idea is to get the hierarchy closer to the students.
What these timeless thinkers fail to grasp is that a really
first-rate student government
could operate from a one-room
shack on the edge of campus
and be "relevant."
In this way, AMS representatives turn to structural changes
in the hope that these will clear
up the problems.
Not only do they think about
revamping the walls of SUB
to turn it into a glass palace of
communication, but every year
they engage in great debates
about the AMS constitution.
Every year, they make a
few changes in this sterling
document in the hope that one
day, one year, they'll arrive at
The Perfect Constitution, and
the relevance question will be
solved for all time.
This year will be no exception. President Tony Hodge
hopes to call a general meeting
in October to approve more
constitutional revisions. If
these are passed, the result will
be a student council operating
on "a modified commission
The new proposals are based
on analysis of a study conducted
last year among students by the
AMS. It cost several thousand
dollars. The results had better
be good, a
Rebuilding the mental
health safety net
by Joshua Beharry
On Jan. 17,2010,1 stood atop the
Oak Street Bridge and waited for a
break inthe headlights of passing
cars. I had been diagnosed with
depression four months earlier
and was unable to experience joy,
happiness or evenhalfway-decent-
ness with any regularity. For several
months, thoughts of suicide followed me as I waited for SkyTrains
and walked along busy streets. I had
gone to emergency at Vancouver
General Hospital (VGH) a couple
weeks earlier to see if I should be
admitted, but after being assessed,
I was sent home. Eventually, I decided on a way to end my life. When
a break in the headlights came, I
turned and leapt over the railing.
For years, I lay in bed at night
regretting missed opportunities.
I wished the courses I was taking
would lead somewhere. I wished I
had made more friends. I wished
I had asked all the girls I ever
liked out. Four months before the
attempt I became more severely
depressed and began to wish I was
dead. I felt heavy, gross and tired. I
lay on my couch, tried to eat small
servings of yogurt and cereal, and
trailed around the block with my
parents for exercise.
Anyone who has lost a close
relative or friend, or seen the end to
a once-loving relationship, knows
the pain that sadness can induce.
I didn't need these reasons to feel
terrible. I couldn't figure out a way
to get better, and as the weeks and
months piled on, I was no longer
able to bear it.
Before I jumped, I had texted my
brother. Fortunately his phone was
within reach and he saw the message right away. Hitting the water
was the most physically painful
experience I've ever felt.
When I woke up floating in the
water, I was shocked to be alive. I
felt doomed and pathetic. I did not
want to be awake to feel myself
drown. As adrenaline flooded my
system, I looked for a place to swim
and saw a platform under the bridge.
Once I had taken a few strokes I was
determined to survive and I dragged
myself out ofthe water. I cried out
for help and it wasn't long before I
heard sirens answering my calls. An
emergency crew came on boat and
picked me up.
I spent the night in the intensive
care unit at VGH and woke up to
find myself barely able to move, with
a tube draining fluid from my chest.
I had six broken ribs, five hairline
fractures in my vertebrae, one punctured lung and I'm not sure how
many mild contusions in my brain.
No spinal cord injuries.
In the hospital, I felt sadness, anger and hate but also love, happiness
and amazement to simply be alive.
Distorted and fleeting as these positive emotions were, the ability to
still be able to feel them convinced
me recovery was possible.
Today, I continually work on
ways to manage my illness. I've
talked about my mental health with
my family, visited my doctor, started
taking anti-depressants and sleep
medication, and improved my diet.
I was assessed by the VGH
Outpatient Clinic, read depression
workbooks, attended counselling
sessions, talked about my mental
health with my friends, started
physiotherapy for back injuries,
developed stretching and exercise
routines, saw a psychiatrist weekly
on a long-term basis and read about
others with mental health issues.
I've also helped to create the
Kaleidoscope (a peer-led support
group at UBC) and co-founded the
UBC Mental Health Network. I've
given over a dozen public speeches
about my experiences with mental
health to students, staff and faculty at Douglas Collage, Kwantlen,
UBC and Vancouver Community
College. I've completed my degree,
began part-time work, hiked up
the Grouse Grind and provided
feedback as a patient voice for
outpatient services.
Several times since my attempt,
I have felt hopeless and beaten, but
part of managing and recovering
from a mental illness is learning to
be strong when I am weakest. It's
allowing myself to sometimes feel
like shit while remembering that
these emotions, though exceedingly painful, will pass. In the days
and weeks before I tried to kill myself, I believed I was past recovery.
I am lucky to know I was wrong. Xi
For more information on mental
health support at UBC, visit
Equity Office revamp needs
independent perspective
In December 2012, UBC called for
"input and advice from the UBC
community on what organizational
changes are needed to build inclusion into the structure ofthe university so inclusion at all levels and in
all forms becomes the norm."
One ofthe two co-chairs ofthe
consultation, Ms. Nitya Iyer, who
is a practicing lawyer and a former
faculty inthe UBC Faculty of Law,
had been involved in at least two
UBC equity complaint investigations. Former Associate Vice-President Equity, Tom Patch, who retired
at the end of December 2012, had
hired Ms. Iyer as an external investigator for these cases, both of which
she dismissed.
Patch and Iyer were former
colleagues at the B.C. Human Rights
Tribunal. By all appearances, this
posed conflict of interest for the investigations. Now, asking Ms. Iyer to
co-chair a university-wide consultation on organizational structures
that she has been involved in also
raises issues of impartiality and
vested interest.
She is asked, among other
things, to review the UBC Equity
Office for which she worked as an
investigator. Further, former and/
or current equity complainants may
be unwilling to come forward inthe
consultation due to the fact that the
person who headed and dismissed
their investigation is now co-chairing that process.
Similarly, Dr. Gurdeep Prahar,
who is the current acting head of
the UBC Equity Office, was asked
by Tom Patch to be a member of an
investigative panel in at least one
equity complaint proceeding.
For the consultation process to
be credible and seen as independent and fair, a new co-chair who
has never worked with/for UBC
equity organizations is preferable.
Otherwise, it risks being seen
as compromised.
Jennifer Chan
Associate Professor
Faculty of Education Scene
The mystery of the disappearing pubic hair
by Elizabeth Hames
It was death by Brazilian.
After exerting its dominance
over human genitalia for millennia, pubic lice weren't killed by
insecticides or chemical balms —
they were killed by our own vanity. Bloomberg announced earlier
this month that in reaching for the
wax en masse, we had effectively
eliminated the bloodsuckers' natural habitat. With nowhere to live,
they rarely show their microscopic
faces in health clinics these days,
doctors say.
It's not the first time genital
grooming has worked to fend off
pubic lice. In the Middle Ages,
affluent men and women depilated
their sexy parts to do just that. The
only difference is, this time, we did
it by accident.
Today, the approximately 80
per cent of college students who
remove some or all of their pubic
hair rarely do so for hygienic
reasons. The number one reason
women trim, wax or shave is
because they want to look good in
a bathing suit, reports a 2010 study
conducted by UBC researchers
Lenore Riddell, et. al.
Accordingto the Bloomberg report, "ever-shrinkingbikinis" are
indeed to blame for the Brazilian,
the wax treatment that removes
all but a thin strip of pubic hair. As
legend has it, a beauty salon run
by seven Brazilian sisters was the
first to turn New Yorkers on to the
hot wax technique. The "Brazilian" later gained international
attention after it was referenced in
an episode of Sex and the City.
Although they may like to
view themselves as trendsetters,
"Why whack through the bush if you can get there on a slightly smoother path?" asks UBC Sociology professor Becki Ross.
all those Brazilian-loving New
Yorkers were preceded by their
neighbours to the west: Los Angeles porn stars. A full bush was common in 1980s Playboy, and exotic
dancers reportedly performed
wearing pubic wigs called merkins
to comply with laws banning
full nudity. But it is rare to find
even so much as the Brazilian's
signature "landing strip" in today's
Internet porn.
It's a phenomenon that has led
some researchers to theorize that
women who remove their pubic
hair are striving for a "porn aesthetic." In her 2009 article "Pubic
Hair and Sexuality: A Review,"
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Scottish researcher Sara Ramsay
suggests that the link between
complete pubic hair removal and
pornography "has led to a perception that bare genitals are more
Becki Ross, UBC sociology
professor, said the popularization
of pubic hair maintenance can
be compared to genital piercing,
labiaplasty (surgically altering the
vaginal lips) and vajazzling (beje-
welingthe vulva or pubic area).
"Behind it is this ideology of
self-improvement," Ross said.
Although such body modification treatments have often
been criticized as promoting
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10—Not fern.
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16—Official records
17—Slow, toSalieri
18—Single entity
19—Pi followers
20—... saw Elba
25—Wears away
29—Go into
32—Free of frost
33—Shad delicacy
36—Not so much
37—Gift ofthe Magi
38— Poses
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objectification and misogyny,
Ross suggests pubic hair removal can be sexually liberating for
many women.
Today's bare vulvas represent
a "symbolic shift" in how society perceives this body part, she
said. Whereas it was once seen
as a source of a fishy smell best
douched with Lysol (true story),
it is today seen as a site of beauty
and honour.
"If somebody can work their vagina to make it appear beautiful to
them and they feel beautiful about
it, aren't beautiful things then
goingto accrue?" she said.
Moreover, many women say
a hairless vulva is a recipe for
more and/or better orgasms,
particularly during oral sex and
heavy petting.
"This is about trying to get in
touch with one's own sexual possibilities," said Ross. "Why whack
through the bush, if you will, if you
can get there on a slightly smoother path?"
Although much of literature
and discussion around pubic hair
removal is female-focused, men
do partake in genital grooming. A
2008 study by Australian researcher Yolanda Martins et. al.
found that more than 82 per cent
of homosexual men and 66 per
cent of heterosexual men remove
their pubic hair at least once in
their lives.
Ross said men are likely removing their pubic hair for the same
reasons as women: to feel sexually
empowered or more attractive, or
simply to have better sex. But certainly not to remove public lice. Xi
• Brazilian (sometimes' Boy-
zilian" in men): removal of all but
a thin strip of hair extending up
from the vagina/penis
• Hollywood: complete pubic
hair removal, including hair
extending back to the butt
• Sunga or Bollywood: com-
e testicles and
plete pubic hair removal, i
ing follicles on the testicle
butt region
• Bikini: pubic hair remo\
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* academic essay • poetry • fiction. • stage/screenplay •
creative nonfiction. • visual art* photography • film * music
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47—Third day of the week
24— Comparative suffix
27—       firma
54—Flexible tube
28—Green land
55—Like      not
29—Overhead trains
56—Villainous character in Shake
30—Word used to precede a
speare's Othello
woman's maiden name
31—Recipe abbr.
58—Wine sediment
32—Changes color
59—Sports figure
33—       Grande
60—Battery pole
34—Giant Mel
61—Scottish Gaelic
35—Legal ending
37— Dark pigmentation
40—Mustachioed artist
41—Adam's madam
42— Few and far between
1—Actor's parts
43—Not in
2— Diciembre follower
44—       Selassie
3—"John Brown's Body" poet
45—Aquatic mammal
4—Gives a right to
46—Siouan speakers
5—Dove sound
47—Govt, security
6—To redden
7—Ages and ages
9—Establish firmly
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10—Burrowing rodent
53—Old-fashioned exclamation of
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Instead of letters, each block contains a digit between 1 and 9. The same digit
will never repeat within a "word" (a blank column or row). Ifyou add the digits
in a word, the sum will be the number shown in the clue. Clues are shown on
the left side of "across" words, and on the top side of "down" words.
by Eugene Ionesco
Translated by Martin Crimp
Directed by Chelsea Haberlin
January 24 to February 9
TELUS Studio Theatre
Preview, Wednesday, Jan. 23
Tickets: $22 | $15 | Sio
Box Office: 604.822.2678
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Musqueam is contemplating an OCP Amendment and Amendment
to the Land Use, Building and Community Administration Bylaw
from the existing MF-1 Zone which currently allows for the site to
be developed with residential uses up to a density of 1.45 fsr.
You are invited to drop in to a second Open House to learn about Musqueam's future development
plans for Block F in the University Endowment Lands. Representatives of the Project Team will be
available to provide information on the development and to seek public input.
About: Block F Open House Meeting #2
When: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Where: University Golf Club (5185 University Blvd. ^J
Time: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Drop in)
Please direct questions to Gordon Easton, Project Manager at Colliers International:
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