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A survey of the most eye-catching
architecture on campus P6
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Snowed out exams, distressed animals and another potential strike — what happened
at UBC while you vegged out over the break P3
Zeta Psi is attempting to
re-colonize at UBC after
20 years P4
prepares to take down
rivals and win the league
in 2013 P5
The New Year's
resolutions you
know you're bound
to break P8 »Page 2
What's on
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Christmas tree recycling: 9:30 a.m. @ UBC
Botanical Garden
Looking to get rid of your Christmas tree? The UBC Botanical Garden will
be collecting Christmas trees for recycling till 4 p.m.. There will also be a
fundraiser supporting the Thunderbird Elementary School's food garden.
$5 donation
UBC men's hockey vs. Calgary Dinos: 7 p.m. @ Doug
Mitchell Thunderbird Arena
Cheer on theThunderbirds in this
week's hockey game! The men's
team will befacing off the Dinos
from the University of Calgary. $2
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Year's resolutions of joining
new clubs, so look no further
than UBCSIam! There will be
a poetry slam workshop held
every Saturday night. Check out
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more information.
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Jerry Wasserman is the head of UBC's theatre and film department.
Theatre pro turned prof
Maitrayee Dhaka
"It was the Wild West. It was
It's an uncommon description
of Vancouver, but for native New
Yorker Jerry Wasserman, the
West Coast held the promise
of adventure.
Now head of UBC's theatre
and film department, Wasserman first ventured to Vancouver
inthe early '70s for an assistant
professor position in UBC's
English department.
"I was very fortunate. When
I arrived, professional theatre
was just getting off the ground
in Vancouver. Not only did you
not need an agent, but no one
asked you for a resume, or where
you had trained. You just auditioned," recounted Wasserman.
"By the time Hollywood
came north to Vancouver in the
mid-1980s, I had quite a bit of
professional stage experience.
I had a New York accent, and I
was a middle-aged male character actor," said Wasserman.
"I was the perfect candidate. I
got a lot of work."
Inthe decades that followed,
Wasserman collected over 200
professional acting credits in
TV, theatre and film, including
Watchmen, Alive and I, Robot.
Though theatre is his livelihood, Wasserman recognizes
the challenges B.C. theatre
professionals encounter and his
fortune in having a well-paying
day job.
"There is a fantastic number of extraordinarily talented
people involved. The problem is that it is very difficult
to make a living in theatre,"
said Wasserman.
"The support for the arts in
B.C. is pathetic. It has been so
under every provincial government, and the lowest per-capita
in Canada. A lot of my friends
work full time in theatre, and it's
a struggle," he said.
Wasserman noted that it was
easier when he started off due to
lower cost of living.
"It was the '70s. Not only
was it cheaper to live, but the
attitude about lifestyle was
different; the word hadn't been
invented for everyday use. You
didn't care if your jeans had
holes. Poverty was attractive.
Now, we're in the opposite kind
of world."
Wasserman said he feels that
similar financial challenges
stalk other arts communities
in Canada.
"It is a matter of priorities.
The community has to decide
that the arts are a priority,
which is unfortunately not the
North American mindset."
Wasserman said he is
disappointed by recent funding
cuts in Vancouver, but he is confident that theatre will continue
to play a role in the city.
"If Vancouver is goingto be
a world-class city, it's got to
have world-class culture. Think
of New York, Paris, London or
Berlin; it's expensive even when
it is subsidized. People have to
be willing to pay for culture, or
they're going to get the culture
they deserve. The arts are as
essential to a civilized city and
a world-class province as highways and SkyTrains."
Though his acting career has
brought Wasserman face to face
with the likes of Sidney Poitier,
Will Smith and Johnny Depp, he
said his role as a professor is the
best job he could have.
"The people that you meet
on film sets aren't half as smart
as the people you meet on
university campuses. Acting is
more exciting at times, but also
more insecure. I've met a lot of
very interesting and creative
people on the way in acting,
but I've met at least as many
interesting, creative people
while teaching, and they're way
smarter," he said.
"This is a great place to feed
your brain. Acting is a great
place to feed your imagination. They complement one
another." H
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If you're like most of us, your
December was a month of
extremes: a couple weeks
of exam-induced terror, then
a couple more of Netflix-filled
somnambulance. Then that cold
splash of reality that comes with
classes on Jan. 2.
But somewhere between your
5:30 a.m. poli sci vigil and your
5:30 p.m. turkey coma, a good
spate of UBC-related news was
still happening. Here's an overview of the top stories that took
place over the break.
For 4,000 students, first semester exams won't end
until Sunday.
After a heavy snowfall in
Vancouver led UBC to cancel the
last day of the exam period, the
university rescheduled missed
exams for Jan. 6.
"One can only sympathize
with them. It's a heck of a way to
spend the holiday season," said
Lucie McNeill, UBC's director of
public affairs.
By noon on Dec. 19, the campus had collected 20 centimetres
of snow and UBC canceled
exams for the rest of the day.
Traffic conditions and falling
tree branches resulted in massive
transit delays and gaps. After
incidents where articulated
busses jackknifed around corners, 99 B-Lines stopped before
they reached campus, forcing
students to walk from Alma
Street and West 10th Avenue to
the university.
"We're seeing some spun-out
cars, some of our busses got stuck
on the ice," TransLink spokesperson Derek Zabel said at the
time. "It does make it challenging for bus drivers to navigate
around different obstacles that
are in the road when we do
have the conditions that we saw
Cancellations affected the 12
p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. exams.
Those who couldn't attend the
8:30 a.m. exams that day were
also able to reschedule.
The last time campus was
shut down for snow was Dec. 24,
2009, after exams had ended.
Lower Mainland student
unions and TransLink reached
a new U-Pass agreement early
last month.
The new deal, which coincides
with the expiration of the existing agreement, will see the cost
of the pass increase to $35 per
month in May 2013 and gradually increase to $38 per month by
May 2015.
The province will subsidize
the mandatory three-zone pass
through 2016.
The current paper passes
will be phased out by May 2013
and replaced with an unlimited
version of TransLink's new electronic Compass Card.
UBC students still have to approve the deal by a referendum,
which will be on the ballot in
this year's AMS elections. Voting
runs from Jan. 21-25.
Two former employees of the
B.C. Ministry of Health who
worked on a Alzheimer's research study are now suing the
ministry. They are reacting to
A bunch of important stories took place
over winter break. Here's a breakdown.
what the ministry says was a release of confidential medical data
from UBC and the University of
Victoria last September, which
prompted firings or suspensions
for seven employees.
The former manager of the
Ministry of Health, Ron Mattson,
has filed lawsuits for wrongful
dismissal without pay, breach of
contract and defamation. UBC
medical professor Malcolm
Maclure has filed a lawsuit for
wrongful termination and defamation.
The health ministry has responded to Mattson's claims in
court documents, saying that he
was fired for good reason. The
ministry alleged that Mattson
tried to get around regulations
limiting the release of medical
data to third parties, violating his
contract with the province.
Mattson said that he never
released confidential data.
The government has suspended data access and research
contracts worth $3 million
with the University of Victoria
and UBC while the issue is
under investigation.
The union representing child
care workers on campus now has
an active strike mandate.
The UBC child care bargaining
unit of the B.C. Government
and Service Employees' Union
(BCGEU) local 303 voted 94 per
cent in favour of job action last
month, after negotiations stalled
with the university.
The unit doesn't have any job
action planned, and its bargaining committee will meet this
week to discuss how to proceed.
The workers are asking for a
"pay correction" from UBC, a
minimum wage of $20.00 per
hour for its members. UBC child
care workers currently make between $11.81 and $21.19 per hour.
Union local chairperson
Andrea Duncan said the union
hopes to return to the bargaining
table with the university soon.
"We are very interested in
getting back to the table and
achieving a 'pay correction' that
reflects the value, qualifications
and responsibilities of early
childhood educators at UBC,"
wrote Duncan in an email.
"We got a very high strike
vote, which shows how com
mitted the bargaining unit is to
achieving professional recognition."
Last month, UBC spokesperson Lucie McNeill said the
university is also willing to return to the bargaining table.
There were 225,043 animals involved in UBC research in 2011, an
increase of 13,439 from the 211,604
involved in 2010.
This is the university's second
year releasing animal research
numbers. The increase in animals
|is mostly due to the expansion of a
breeding program for genetically
modified (transgenic) mice.
2011 also saw an increase in
the number of animals involved
in more serious or invasive
experiments. That year, 83,800
animals, up from 68,203 in 2010,
were involved in "Category
D" experiments, which cause
"moderate to severe distress or
discomfort," accordingto the
Canadian Council on Animal
Care (CCAC).
Also, in 2011, 59 animals
were involved in "Category E"
experiments (up from 31 in 2010),
which are defined by CCAC as
"procedures which cause severe
pain near, at or above the pain
tolerance threshold of unanes-
thetized conscious animals."
Various types of experiments,
including major surgeries or
situations that cause extreme
behavioural distress, fall under
Category E. A UBC release says
that all Category E experiments at the university were
surgical procedures performed
under anesthesia.
This disclosure, initially pushed for by anti-animal
research activists, continues to
make UBC one of the most open
universities in Canada about
their animal research practices.
STOP UBC Animal Research,
one of the groups who initially
asked the university to open up
the data, said they still want
more information made available.
"We have accomplished one
[goal, seeing as we have had more
Idisclosure from UBC. Of course
[it's not [all] the disclosure we
meed," said STOP spokesperson
'Ann Birthistle. She said she is
still hoping UBC will release a
species-by-species breakdown
of animals used in research, and
she also wants more information
about research protocols and the
animals' origins.
Birthistle said UBC's recent
openness with some of its data
has encouraged STOP to change
its direction somewhat. The
activist group has long been
fond of attention-getting public
demonstrations, but now they
plan to work in a more "behind
the scenes" manner, working
with other anti-animal research
advocates to lobby bodies like
the CCAC.
STOP'S longtime director,
Brian Vincent, recently left the
group due to health reasons. The
organization is now being run by
Laura-Leah Shaw, a former federal Green Party candidate who
is also a director of the Animal
Defence and Anti-Vivisection
Society of B.C.
Birthistle said STOP is
focusing on trying to push the
CCAC to enact a moratorium
on Category D and Category E
experiments. They're also looking into concerns about possible
animal research to take place in
the soon-to-be-completed Djavad
Mowafaghian Centre for Brain
Health on campus. 31 NEWS    I   THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2013
Zeta Psi comes back
Members of UBC's established fraternities welcomed new members in September.
Ming Wong
Senior News Writer
A previously shut down fraternity is making its return
to campus.
A colony has been formed to
work towards reviving the UBC
chapter of the Zeta Psi fraternity, which has been inactive for
20 years.
"UBC's always been a big
chapter for Zeta Psi, and it was
always a priority to get the
chapter restarted here again,"
said Tysen Potter, second-year
economics student and president
of the recently established Zeta
Psi colony on campus.
Potter said the colony functions as a branch of the fraternity, but the 22 members,
including Potter himself, are just
Zeta Psi pledges at this point.
They will need to be initiated
sometime this term by fraternity
elders. Then they officially become brothers, and the chapter
will fully restart.
The colony restarted in
October 2012. According to
Potter, the pledges have since
acquainted themselves with the
UBC Greek system, planning and
participating in events.
"So charities, parties, school
events — [we're] just trying to do
everything," said Potter.
The UBC chapter of Zeta Psi,
known as the Sigma Epsilon
chapter, was first established in
1926. But the chapter was shut
down in 1993 due to financial
issues involving renovations
and high rent at their fraternity house. Now, the colony
is starting over with a clean
slate. Potter said they will most
likely have a fraternity house off
campus next year, along with a
meeting room on campus.
They're a general-purpose fra
ternity open to men from all university faculties, but Potter said
Zeta Psi often attracts business
students. "We happen to have a
lot of business students in many
of our chapters around the globe,
and therefore, some campuses
have a more business-skewing
chapter than others. "
The colony is not currently
affiliated with the UBC Inter-
Fraternity Council, a group that
links UBC's main fraternities.
Although Zeta Psi International
is a member of the North American Interfraternity Conference
(as are all of UBC's current
InterFraternity Council members), the UBC chapter will still
need to submit a formal application to be part of the local
The complete application
procedure needs to be revised,
because there hasn't been a new
UBC fraternity applying for
membership in the last 20 years.
"We're definitely open to the
idea and we would like more
fraternities to come to campus,... [but] we have to assess
whether it's in our best interest
to welcome them," said Gene
Polovy, UBC InterFraternity
Council president.
Benefits of joining include being added to the council's social
calendar, holding social events
with sororities and gaining affiliation with the university.
Potter said the colony is
discussing with Zeta Psi elders
whether or not they want to be
affiliated with the council.
Potter said the next step for
the colony is to build their reputation around campus. "Right
now it's just continuing to build
the positive word of mouth about
us and continue to grow and
start to do more with the campus," he said. Xi
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iday, January 10,2013 4-6 PM
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element of UBC's commitment to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions by using a hot
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and electricity for the campus.
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Campus + Community Planning will be
available to provide information and respond
to inquiries about this project.
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visit: www.planning.ubc.ca
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campus+community planning
Concern over Musqueam
development prompts study
The University Neighbourhood Association approved $15,000 for a study of leasehold
property values at a meeting in the Old Barn Community Centre.
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
Some owners of leasehold properties on UBC campus are concerned
about their property values being
affected by a new development
planned for nearby Musqueam land,
and they've commissioned a study
to examine how they can maintain
their investment in Vancouver's
oft-volatile housing market.
The University Neighbourhoods
Association (UNA), the campus
residents' association and quasi-municipal body, has given $15,000 to
former UNA director and lawyer
Jim Taylor to commission research
on maintaining the value of campus
leasehold properties.
Private residents on UBC campus don't own their condos and
townhouses outright, but lease the
land from the university on 99-year
terms. According to the UNA,
residents are generally happy with
the terms of their leases. But with
over 1,000 new leasehold properties
slated to be built on the Musqueam-
owned Block F, a 22-acre patch
of land between Acadia Park and
University Boulevard, some want to
examine whether the flood of new
properties will affect the housing
market at UBC.
The Musqueam Band is currently
holding a series of consultations
about its plans to develop the land,
which was returned to them by
the province in a 2008 reconciliation agreement. It's now land
the Musqueam hold privately, not
reserve land, and they want to start
building a residential development,
a hotel and commercial properties
by 2014.
"There's no question that the
success of a surrounding development will have an impact on the
success of our community in terms
of leasehold values," said Jim Taylor.
"UBC is doing a marvellous job, but
I do know this is something, at Block
F, they're looking at very carefully."
Taylor had previously expressed
stronger concerns about the Block
F development's effect on UBC
property values, arguing at the UNA
annual general meeting in September, "If we have a whole body
of lower-priced leases close to us,
inevitably that will bring down the
price of our leases."
The agenda from the Dec. 11 UNA
meeting when the $15,000 grant
was approved alludes to other nearby developments, saying, "There can
be a significant impact on the value
of the lease if leases in surrounding
areas are not as good."
Taylor said the money is going toward research comparing leasehold
property values with similar properties in Vancouver, and legal analysis
of the terms of UBC residents' leases. Taylor's law firm, Taylor Jordan
Chafetz, will perform the research.
He says none of the money will be
going to himself. Taylor plans to use
information from the research to
write a series of articles in The Campus Resident, a UNA-run newspaper.
UBC leasehold properties are
in a highly desirable location and
tend to have high values, even when
compared to property that can be
bought outright within Vancouver
But other leasehold properties,
such as those on Musqueam reserve
land off Southwest Marine Drive
near 41st Avenue, have shorter
terms than the 99-year agreements at UBC. In that case, Taylor
argued that volatility and confusion
over the cost of the leases caused
leasehold property values to dip
considerably below similar wholly
owned properties in Vancouver.
Musqueam councillor Wade
Grant said he encourages any
research that can yield information
about the community impact of the
Block F development. "We want to
work in partnership to the community, so we develop something they'd
be happy with, because we know
they'll be living next door to Block
F. So we want to make sure we go
above and beyond on any consultation we have with them."
He said the Musqueam will
examine the lease terms of UBC
residents, and they plan to offer
similar 99-year leases for Block F
leasehold properties.
Grant said the dispute over the
lease terms on Musqueam reserve
land bears no relation to what will
happen at Block F. "That lease was
negotiated over 40 years ago. That
was reserve land; this is very different. Those are terms that were negotiated before I was even born."
Despite the concerns expressed
by Taylor, UNA chair Richard Alexander, who motivated for the motion
at the UNA meeting, said that the
study wasn't commissioned due
to the possible impact of the new
"It's more for general information. I'm not sure that we viewed
it from the point of view of Block
F being a liability.... It wasn't so
much out of fear, but it was out of
the opportunity to better inform
Alexander said he is optimistic
that the Block F properties will
have good leasehold terms. "The
Musqueam Nation has been through
[leasehold difficulties] already, and
they've learned from it. So I don't
see a repetition in Block F of the
issues they had off Southwest Marine Drive."
The motion to commission the
$15,000 study was contentious at
the UNA meeting, with two UNA
board members, Charles Menzies
and Shaohong Wu, voting against
the motion. Menzies said there
should have been an open application for other researchers to take
on the project, rather than immediately awarding it to Taylor's firm.
Menzies charged that Taylor's
longstanding involvement with the
UNA could pose a conflict of interest. He also said the UNA might be
more worried about Block F than
they should be, saying, "It always
makes me worried when non-Aboriginal people get upset with
what Indians are doing." Xi Sports + Rec
Men's rugby aims for club playoffs
UBC faces strong competition in new schedule
Andrew Bates
Managing Editor, Web
For the first time in years, the
UBC men's rugby team will head
into the spring season with a set
league schedule.
The Thunderbirds usually play
only exhibition and rivalry games
in the spring, but this year they will
also continue the second half of a
second-division B.C. club league.
"We've got rugby basically
coming out of every pore of our
body," said UBC head coach Spence
McTavish. "We haven't lost a game
yet, neither has the second team
lost a game yet, and we're kind of
hoping that we're going to go to the
provincial playoffs."
UBC, which has a first, second
and third team, is currently sitting
in second place inthe Okanagan
Spring Brewery League One table
with 36 points. The first-place team
earns promotion to the B.C. premier league, but UBC will potentially look a lot different next year
due to many players graduating.
"Last year we graduated about
15 players, and we graduated all of
our big guys. Now we've got a small
team but we're fairly mobile," McTavish said. "We're probably going
to graduate another eight forwards
and another seven backs this year."
The team's goal will be to win
the league, but McTavish said a
potential move up will be based on
a year-end questionnaire completed by the players. "This happened
back in 2000," said McTavish. "Almost a whole team graduated and
they wanted us to play in the Premier League, and I just said, 'Well,
it doesn't make any sense. We'll just
get the shit kicked out of us.'
"I think they enjoy the rugby
they're playing right now, but we'll
find out."
McTavish said that UBC's promising year can continue if team
members avoid injuries. "There's
UBC currently sits in second place in the Okanagan Spring Brewerly Leage One table.
three or four good teams in this
first division league, and we're
going to have to be at the top of our
game," he said. "If we can maybe
stay a little bit healthier, that will
probably help us a little bit."
There maybe some player absences since league games stretch
into the exam period and the playoffs are scheduled for May; as well,
five to seven players are looking
to take part in Canadian under-20
national team tryouts in February
and March.
"There's an upside to that too,
because you get someone who's a
freshman or just a second-year an
opportunity," he said. "Sometimes
they shine like a star and sometimes they get a real dose of reality
on what they have to do."
The Thunderbirds will also get
visitors from other universities,
including Oregon State University on Feb. 2. The University of
Victoria will also visit in March for
the second half of the Wightman's
Boot series. They will also go to
the Canadian University Sevens
tournament in Langford, B.C. and
play the 92nd edition of the 'World
Cup,' a home and away series with
UC Berkeley.
Last year Cal took the tie 46-20.
McTavish said the match will
be exciting, and Berkeley's team
for the matches in February and
March is a relative unknown.
"I have no idea what Cal is going
to be like, [but] they're always
pretty good. I know they've lost a
few guys, but they seem to have a
rugby factory down there," he said.
"Every year is a new year for us
and for them; it's always exciting
playing against them."
It will be a big year for the UBC's
graduating players, led by captain
Alex Kam. "He just destroys guys
opposite him. His technique's so
good and he's so strong," McTavish
said. "He's a really good leader, he's
quiet, he leads by example, he's got
a cool head about him."
Accordingto McTavish, the
reality of graduating only sinks
in for senior players when they
reach certain milestones. "I
don't think it really kind of hits
them until when we go to play
Cal down there," he said. "There
might be four big games where
they say, 'It's my last game in my
Thunderbird career.'... They try to
take in as much as they possibly
can." XI
Thunderbird teams take home
two tournament titles
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
T-Birds cruise to three
victories in Alberta
The UBC women's basketball
team used the winter break to
gear up for the second half of the
season. They headed to Calgary
this past weekend and won the
Ranger Inspection Holiday Hoops
tournament, going undefeated
over their three games there. They
prevailed 77-51 over the University
of Lethbridge and 55-48 over the
University of Calgary, and capped
off the tournament by defeating
McMaster University 66-56 inthe
final game.
It was a strong team effort in
all three games, which bodes well
as the team heads into the second
half of the season. Every player
saw playing time over the weekend
and contributed in some form.
The standout performance came
from fifth-year Leigh Stansfield,
who had one of her best games as a
T-Bird against McMaster, pouring
in a career high 23 points to go
along with seven rebounds.
"Leigh had a dominating outing
and was efficient offensively and
effective defensively," said UBC
head coach Deb Huband. "Overall,
the team shows signs of growth
and improvement, and I'm excited
for the second part of the season."
It was a strong second half that
propelled the 'Birds to a Canada
West championship last season.
Currently tied for second inthe
Canada West Pacific division
thanks to their 7-3 record in league
play, the T-Birds continue the
regular season on Jan. 11 when
they head to Winnipeg to take on
the University of Manitoba.
They come back home the
following weekend to face the
University of Brandon and University of Regina on Jan. 18 and 19,
T-Bird volleyball continues
strong play en route to a gold
The UBC men's volleyball team continued their strong play by capturing
the McDonald's International men's
volleyball tournament at Thompson
Rivers University this past weekend.
The Thunderbirds went 2-1 during
the tournament en route to the gold,
winning over TRU and Pepper-
dine University, which is the No. 4
ranked team in NCAA Division 1
men's volleyball.
The 'Birds dropped their first
two sets against Pepperdine inthe
opener, but stormed back in the final
three to win in five sets. Fifth-year
David Zeyha led the way with 14
kills on 24 attacks; his play coming
off the bench was instrumental
in helping settle down the UBC
offensive attack and lead the team to
the comeback.
Pepperdine exacted some
revenge the following day, taking
down the T-Birds three sets to one,
but UBC was still able to make it to
the final to take on TRU. In the gold
medal game, UBC took down the
Wolfpack in four sets.
"I thought we played a little
better tonight than we did yesterday against Pepperdine," stated
UBC head coach Richard Schick.
"I thought we competed at a more
consistent effort tonight other than
the third set and I thought TRU put
a lot of pressure on our servers in
that third set."
The CIS No. 6 ranked T-Birds are
8-4 on the regular season and are
in fourth place in the Canada West.
After a first half of the season that
saw them play three of the top five
teams in Canada, the second half
will be a bit easier, which gives the
T-Birds a shot at hosting a home
playoff game.
UBC will carry their seven-game
regular season win streak into their
home series against the University
of Winnipeg on Jan. 11 and 12. XI
A frigid beginning to the new year
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
While the majority of students
probably spent Jan. 1 holed up
in bed, avoiding noise and direct
sunlight, the true warriors were
plunging into the Pacific Ocean for
the 93rd annual Polar Bear Swim
at English Bay. Over 2,200 hearty
souls showed up to the Vancouver
beach to ring in 2013 in style, with
many others showing up at similar
events in places such as White
Rock and Tsawwassen.
Why would anyone want to run
into seven degree Celsius water
on the first day of the year? Well,
from firsthand experience — this
year was my 21st time taking the
plunge — there are a number of
great reasons.
Rushing into that water diminishes
any headache or any other type of
pain, and getting out leaves you
feeling like a new person. It may
sound absurd, but frigid water
really does feel refreshing.
Liquid courage is often the way to
Over 2,200 brave souls went out to English Bay on Jan. 1 to take part in the 93rdannual Polar Bear Swim.
go, because when you're standing
on the beach waiting for the pack
of people to start moving into the
water, the nerves are there — no
matter how many times you've
done it.
My father has done the Polar Bear
Swim for 35 years now; he and his
friends dress up as Santa, Rudolph
and other reindeer and elves. I
always spot others who dress up
every year as well: the Vikings, the
Mexicans, the Gladiators ... However, the dude inthe pink speedo
with the bubble on his head wasn't
there this year.
Dunking under the water washes away any bad memories from
the previous year, and leaves you
rejuvenated and refreshed for the
There is always that one person
just standing in the water and holding a sign in hopes of garnering
media attention. (No one likes that
It takes a certain type of person
to voluntarily jump into freezing
water, and those people are usually
the sort who also go skydiving and
wear shorts in the winter.
El've never
anything so
brutally cold in my
entire life, but I'll
be back next year.
Ryan Hass
UBC student
There is a prize for the person who
can swim 100 metres out to the
buoy first. Sure, it might be a bit
different from the heated pool at
the community centre, but that's
no fun.
Enough said.
So, what's stopping you? You've
got 362 days to discover your
reason to attend for the next
instalment of this very Canadian
tradition — that should be enough
time, even for a university student. Just don't make your reason
The Centre for Interactive
Research on Sustainability, or CIRS, is new
to campus; its construction was completed in August
2011 and habitation began in
September 2011.
While glass and geometric patterns give CIRS a high-tech edge,
the building's design offers more
than looks; there are a number of
inventive energy-saving features.
Photovoltaic cells, integrated into
one side of the building, heat water
and generate electricity. A massive
trellis across the front of the building allows a "living wall" of vines
to grow; the plants create shade in
the summer and let in light after
the leaves fall inthe winter. Inside,
the building is primarily lit by daylight, which saves on energy. The
450-seat auditorium, for example,
is entirely day-lit.
John Robinson, one of the
authors of the project and
UBC's associate provost on sus
tainability, worked on making
the building a reality for over
10 years. Only in 2008, after
UBC became the sole owner
of the development, was CIRS
developed into 61,000
square feet of sustainability. According to
Robinson, CIRS is the
only building in the
world known to be
net-positive in both environmental and human
"Unlike most of the so-called
'green buildings,' we are not only
minimizing the damage done to
the environment, but are also
trying to maximize the building's
environmental integrity and
human well-being," he said.
"It is not enough to just impose
sustainability on people," continued Robinson. "Through creating engagement processes in the
building, we are tryingto convert
its occupants into inhabitants.
"An occupant is just a passive
recipient of the building: he can
maybe open his window
or turn on the light, and
that is it. An inhabitant,
pn the other hand, has a
Sense of place and participation in the building's
Preliminary research
results show that just the
awareness of being in a sustainable building changes human
behaviour. Ongoing research is
conducted on the centre's performance to allow "tuning" of the
building, continuously improving
it over time. CIRS is the kind of
building that is always developing
and, quite literally, growing. And
through creating this showcase
of sustainable architecture, the
founders of CIRS hope to transform the whole UBC campus.
"Some of the principles developed in CIRS are now being
applied across the campus," said
Robinson. "Examples include
sustainability hubs, water treatment facilities and day-lighting.
The use of low-carbon-emission
construction materials, such as
wood, has also increased. UBC is
starting to realize that sustainability isn't just inside a building;
it's a neighbourhood phenomenon. I think that now the university pays much more attention to
integration of its projects with
surrounding natural systems." 31
—Veronika Khvorostukhina
Built to foster an interdisciplinary learning environment, the Irving K. Barber
Learning Centre has the
architecture to match: the building
blends stone and glass, old and new.
In 2003, a team of three architecture firms was chosen to design
a new learning centre at UBC. The
caveat: the historic Main Library,
one of the oldest buildings on
campus, had to be incorporated
into the design. The stone structure was built in 1925 and used to
stand alone. Now, it's still visible
from East Mall, embedded inthe
middle of the Irving K. Barber
Learning Centre.
Ron Beaton, who was a project
architect from the Downs Archam-
bault firm, recalled how the main
concept of the design was to allow
the Main Library to be the principal
feature of the building.
"One of the key things of the
design was that the height of the
[new] building should not dominate
the existing building," he said.
A major complication
arose when the engineers
discovered that the structure of the Main Library
was extremely poor. "We
basically had to take the
existing building 100 per
cent apart," Beaton said.
"We removed all the stone and
reinstalled it again."
Christopher Macdonald, a UBC
architecture professor, said that
the choice to maintain the Main
Library caused a few difficulties in
accessing the Learning Centre.
Inthe Gothic style of archi
tecture, the main entrance is
typically raised from the rest of
its surroundings.
"It was a normal thing to do ... in
classical and Gothic architecture,
whereas in our era, you want to
come in at the level of your
surroundings," he said.
"So a strange thing happens in the [front] where
you come in and immediately have to go upstairs to
go to where you want or try
and find the elevator."
Irving K. Barber, the building's patron, was very involved
throughout the process. Macdonald
said that typically, donations by
patrons are made at arm's length,
but Barber was an exception.
"Mr. Barber was unusually [more] involved than most
people who are benefactors to the
university," he said. "And he was
very clear that he wanted it to be
a centre of outreach even beyond
the campus."
About 23,600 square feet of glass
was used just for the north wing.
Gili Meerovitch, the project architect from the Pfeiffer Partners firm,
explained that this generous use
of glass allows the building to be
energy efficient. It also allows the
surrounding campus to be seen
from inside, which fosters a sense
of connection.
"By removing visible barriers,
the users would feel they are part
of the campus landscape,... that
they belong at the campus," said
Meerovitch. Xi
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"It is a remarkable building, and
Arthur's greatest work," said Jill
Baird, curator of education and
public programs at the museum.
"The entire site works with the
building. It's brilliant, coming
down from the staircase into
the narrow alley and then being
offered the view of the Great Hall
with the totem poles and the glass
walls to the outside. It's a brilliant
piece of architecture. It is also
sensitive to the history of architecture, to the history of this place
and the material it houses."
Sherry McKay, associate profes
sor at the UBC School of Architec
ture and Landscape Architecture,
pointed out how the building
transitions seamlessly into the
surrounding landscape, which
was designed by famous landscape
architect Cornelia Ober-
"Arthur had a kind
of sensibility that he
organized around certain
points," said McKay. "The
idea of the path, relating
the building to its surroundings, the cadence of the
register of the human body as it
moves through the spaces.... There
is a relationship with nature that
is so evident in the building. The
glass wall and the path, the space
on the interior and the spaces
around the building are all part of
the design."
The Museum of Anthropology opened in 1976, and two new
wings were added in 1990 and
2008. Though architects and
theorists have commented on
the post-modern qualities of the
museum's architecture,
McKay disagrees.
"I don't think Erickson
was post-modern. I think
he just designed that way.
He had a different education," she said.
"Arthur also travelled
internationally, to India and
to other places that left a really
strong impression on him, especially Japan. Those experiences
come out in his buildings, and he
wasn't so tied to a canon."
"The experiences and knowledge are translated through his
work," said Baird. "It isn't that he
used indigenous architecture in
the design of the buildings, but
it informed him, as did Shinto
shrines from Japan."
McKay noted the cultural value
that the museum brings to UBC.
"The social and cultural value
of the building is in what it holds.
It is a building in which the
architect was given the possibility of designing something
extraordinary. It doesn't appear
impinged upon by normative
rules. The university took a
chance. They let this unusual
building be built," she said.
"Anyone who comes to Vancouver comes to see the building.
Some people come to see the
building, and then the exhibits. We
need more buildings like that." 31
—Maitrayee Dhaka
Nestled in trees and
accessible only through
a forest path, the Asian
Centre has been the
home of the Asian Library and
the department of Asian studies
for the last 31 years.
Its most recognizable feature is
its low-hanging, pyramid-shaped
roof, crowned with a Japanese-
style pagoda chimney.
"The space itself is very
modern in the materials, in the
detailing and its general geometric shape," said Sherry McKay, associate professor of UBC's School
of Architecture and Landscape
Architecture. "But it also evokes
through this large roof, without
being specific, a kind of Eastern
"The roof comes down practically to the ground and you just
kind of slip under. And the way
that it is sited in the landscape,
that's very much a kind of Eastern philosophy of the land."
Even the steel girders that hold
up the roof fit with the Eastern theme. "It allows you to get
elegant profiles and also to
have a repetitive pattern,
which is also part of that
aesthetic," said McKay.
The forest path to
access the building keeps
the Asian Centre close to
its environment.
"It's even the colour of
the building, so it doesn't stand
out against the garden and when
you view it from the garden. It
looks like it belongs to it — the
kind of shared space that you
have in Japanese landscape,"
said McKay.
The Asian Centre's distinctive
roof wasn't built at UBC. The
late Dr. Shotaro Iida, who was an
assistant professor of religious
studies at UBC, attended the 1970
World Expo in Osaka, Japan.
There, the roof of the Sanyo
Pavilion building caught
his eye.
Iida asked the director
of the Sanyo Corporation to donate the roof
structure of the pavilion as a gift to UBC. In
1981, the Asian Centre was
officially opened.
Eleanor Yuen, head librarian of
the Asian Library, said she feels
that the building is a window
into a variety of Asian cultures,
despite its Japanese origins.
"I do take pride inthe environment and the beautiful design,
the architecture of this building,
which people of different ethnicities, especially of Asia, can relate
to," she said.
Yuen said that the architecture
of the Asian Centre has become
iconic in its own right. "People
recognize it just as much as they
recognize the Nitobe Garden."
McKay noted the building's
uniqueness on campus.
"My experience of Japan,
Korea and China is there is often
a lot of large spaces, and we have
a lot of small spaces on campus,
so to have one large space is
nice," said McKay. "It's a calmer
building that's much more related
to its immediate surroundings
and not to the grand plan of the
Main Mall or West Mall." 31
—Lauren Dixon Culture
Five resolutions you won't keep
The start of the new year brings high hopes — and unreasonable expectations
Rhys Edwards
Senior Culture Writer
Anew year and a new
semester represent a
fresh start for you, the
intrepid university
student. You spent
your first few months of the
school year wallowing in self-indulgence. After all, why should
you spend the best moments of
your life withering in some musty
academic hall, when you could
be in the euphoria of an alcohol-induced stupor?
But you realize, now, that it's
time to get serious. The first semester seemed like a merry jaunt,
interrupted only by the plight
of finals; the second semester,
however, will be your last chance
this year to maintain a passing
grade. Failure here could mean
a repeat over summer — a most
terrible fate.
And so, you make New Year's
resolutions. Will they hold up?
Probably not. Survey the following list to learn why.
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The resolution: You see those
other students around campus: the ones with Tupperware
packed full of healthy snacks and
vittles, serene smiles adorning
their acne-free faces. As you
chow down on a burger outside
the Pit, you resent them for their
superior dietary standards. So
you've resolved to join them in
their culinary splendour.
Why you'll fail: Your delicate
cucumber, hummus and watercress sandwich gets squashed in
its plastic bag when it is mercilessly shoved into your backpack.
Then, a surprise assignment
forces you to stay on campus late;
desperate for a source of nourishment, you dash into the nearest
cafeteria and spend $8 on coffee
and delicious, calorie-packed
baked goods.
The resolution: Last year, you
barely scraped by with a passing
grade in a course you thought you
could breeze through. You know
that things are only goingto get
harder, so you affirm to yourself
that from now on, you'll manage
your time with virtuosity. You're
even going to read the optional
texts! Professors will marvel at
your acuity.
Why you'll fail: After half an
hour immersed in your notes,
you take a five-minute break —
the recommended routine for
rigorous study. You'll get up for
a snack, and, on the way to the
kitchen, notice that your entire
apartment needs to be cleaned
... right now. Or, being the insightful researcher that you are,
you'll look up an ambiguous term
on Wikipedia. An hour later,
you'll realize you're reading the
plot summary of Fifty Shades
The resolution: with a pang of
regret, you realize that you didn't
attend a single meeting for any of
the ten clubs you signed up for on
Clubs Days. You're missing out on
valuable opportunities to socialize, make new connections and
develop extracurricular skills.
You check your planner and make
a date for the next event.
Why you'll fail: After a day of
schoolwork and several hours
of labour at your part-time
job, you're exhausted — and
you haven't even started your
assignments yet. The prospect
of going out for another round of
sustained concentration suddenly
seems less attractive. You'll just
have to miss the meeting this
week, but you promise yourself to
go to the next one. Besides, Face-
book is like a giant club anyway,
right? All of
your friends are
already there.
The resolution: That
Freshman 15 is quickly
turning into a Sophomore 20.
There's no excuse to not be
fit, particularly since access to
both the Birdcoop and the REC
centre is relatively inexpensive.
What's more, you've learnt that
regular exercise is a central
component of the healthy mind
you need for studying. So you buy
the most flattering sweatpants
you can afford and sign up for a
gym membership.
Why you'll fail: Amidst a sea
of sweaty bodies and impossibly
toned torsos, you realize that
exercise is already incorporated
into your everyday routine. After
all, lugging a bag full of heavy
textbooks across campus is no
less strenuous, and requires much
less investment and embarrassment on your part. Your weight
is probably a result of systemic
stress caused by over-studying;
you just need to relax more.
The resolution: with memories
of December's horrific all-nighters and nauseous hangovers
burned deep into your skull,
you've come to understand that
sleeping isn't an optional pastime.
You need at least seven hours to
get by, so from now on, you'll be
asleep no later than 11 p.m.
Why you'll fail: No one does
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Furtado still wowed
by hometown crowd
Island native kicks off tour with January
dates in Victoria, Vancouver
Furtado, who grew up in a Portuguese family in Victoria, says she still gets nervous about playing for a home crowd.
Tia Low
The Martlet (University of Victoria)
VICTORIA (CUP) - Victoria native Nelly Furtado has come full
circle in her life and musical career, a fact reflected in her latest
album, The Spirit Indestructible.
The tour for The Spirit
Indestructible kicks off in Victoria on Jan. 8. This is Furtado's
first English album since 2006's
Loose, which received the most
global success of her discography.
Since then, she has also come out
with a Spanish album, Mi Plan,
and a best-of album.
But after a 12-year career,
Furtado still gets nervous before playing a show, especially
in Victoria.
"You really feel the pressure
when your family is there. Not
in a bad way, but you really want
to deliver and put your best foot
forward," she says.
Furtado, who has lived in
Toronto since starting her career,
launches a 23-city tour across
Canada on Jan. 8 at the Save-
On-Foods Memorial Centre in
Victoria. Furtado plays at the
Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver the next night on Jan. 9.
"Victoria has done so much for
me, and I'm so grateful for the
support over the years," she says.
"[The city's] got great vibes. It's a
fun way to launch a tour in your
As a child of Portuguese immigrants, growing up in a multicultural community in Victoria
exposed Furtado to world music,
which continues to be her main
influence today.
"There were a lot of other
first-generation Canadians who
had a lot to teach me. I was
always quite musical and was always adapting and learning new
styles of music from my friends,"
says Furtado.
"Victoria's a really unique
place. First of all, probably
because of its British, colonial
roots, which obviously makes
an impact on the city. Also, the
strong Coast Salish influence
and the web of multiculturalism
within that."
Furtado, who married in 2008
and has a seven-year-old daughter, felt overworked after her
Loose tour and took a break. The
high-energy sounds ofThe Spirit
Indestructible are a reflection of
some big life changes that took
place during that hiatus, including her travels to Africa and her
work as an ambassador for Free
the Children, an international
youth charity.
"Becoming an ambassador
for them really reignited a sense
of hope," she says. "The Spirit
Indestructible is about a lot of
the people I met with really
indestructible spirits, and that
we can overcome anything."
The new album is also reminiscent of her first two albums,
Whoa! Nelly and Folklore. This
may be particularly interesting for long-time fans who
got a shock from the Tim-
baland-produced Loose, which
featured more mainstream and
club-ready tunes.
"In my travels, I kind of found
myself again. I travelled full
circle to a place in my heart, a
place of innocence and purity,
which existed on my first album
as well."
One of Furtado's favourite
songs on the album is "Bucket
List," which is about putting
love above everything on your
bucket list.
"If you put love at the bottom
of the list, then maybe it's not
worth doing all the other things.
I think I've found that. I've really
found true balance in life that
I think is probably reflected in
that song," she says.
Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins,
who has worked with Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga and Destiny's
Child, produced most of the
songs on The Spirit Indestructible.
"He and I have this real inner-
child-like connection. That made
it extremely fun and exciting to
be in his studio," says Furtado.
Furtado says a new songwrit-
ing process also makes the album
strong lyrically.
"It was my first time writing
in English again for a couple
years. When I wrote my Spanish album, I had to think about
theme and metaphor and song
mechanics. When it was time to
write The Spirit Indestructible, it
kind of forced me to think about
song structure again in a new
The singer shows no signs of
slowing down and has plans to
keep diversifying her musical
Early in 2013, she is releasing
a Portuguese song with Andrea
Bocelli called "Corcovado,"
produced by fellow Victorian
David Foster.
"I'm like a musical explorer;
I always want to learn more. It's
relentless, the thirst I have for
music. It's kind of unquenchable.
I think I'm going to spend my life
quenching those thirsts. Like a
true explorer, you never want to
visit the same place twice."
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IUBC       a place of mind
January 10-11
Annex C,
2021 West Mall Opinions
Welcome to 2013! If you're a
UBC student, chances are that
thus far, the new year has been a
perfect storm of bleh.
For one, you're probably reading this on Jan. 3. That means
if you went out of town for the
holidays, you had to travel, completely haggard, the day after
New Year's Eve.
And if you're especially unlucky, you still have finals held
over from last term. More than
4,000 students were told on Dec.
19 that their finals were cancelled due to weather conditions.
But as UBC students, we're
well equipped to deal with minor
inconveniences. It may be a
tough way to come out of several
weeks of sleeping in and Netflix,
but we're always optimistic
about a new term. Students are
rested, no longer downtrodden
by finals season, and ready to do
that whole "getting involved"
So here's to a fresh start.
Last month, UBC released
information on the animals it
used in research in 2011. This
is the second year in a row that
UBC has proactively disclosed
information about its animal
research, and this time around
there was considerably less
fanfare. Last year, UBC became
the first university in Canada to
make such a disclosure.
This has been a mixed blessing for animal research opponents. Groups like STOP UBC
Animal Research can, on the one
hand, claim that their efforts
resulted in more openness and
discussion about the use of
animals in research. STOP has
consistently been on the minds
of senior administrators.
But on the other hand, UBC's
openness has taken the wind
out of STOP'S sails. It no longer
seems like UBC is being shady
and holding back information
that is in the public interest.
Everything is above board, and
UBC even admits that it can
probably do more to reduce
animal suffering. But the university still maintains that the
alternatives proposed by STOP,
like computer modeling and cell
cultures, don't work. Animal
research at UBC isn't going away
anytime soon.
STOP now faces an identity
crisis. They're also undergoing
some major changes. Longtime
director Brian Vincent has
stepped down due to health reasons, and the group is reorganizing as the Animal Defense and
Anti-Vivisection Society of B.C.
It's not entirely clear where the
group goes from here.
STOP has some ammunition,
though. The numbers released
this year revealed that UBC
subjected more animals to severe
and moderate distress in 2011
than in 2010. While UBC is being
proactive about the animals it
uses, it's not making any fundamental changes to how research
is conducted.
At this point, STOP needs to
look at its long game. It may be
years before they see another
victory. And while they've
secured one-off funding from
companies like Lush Cosmetics, that money might dry up if
things slow down significantly
or if there's a rough transition in
It's premature to say that
STOP is down for the count. But
a year after their biggest victory,
it's clear that the coming years
are going to be lean.
Like most UBC students, we
love complaining about construction. These days, it's one
of the most obvious issues
that brings students together.
For a full term, we've braved
one of the most over-the-top
construction periods in UBC's
history. We've hopped puddles
and squeezed between fences,
dodged construction equipment
and had classes drowned out
by jackhammers.
One of the biggest projects has
been the Public Realm initiative, a multimillion dollar effort
by UBC to improve the drab
laneways and paths that connect
the interior of campus. Did you
notice that new fountain? That's
one of the centrepieces of Public
At first, we criticized the project, as we are wont to do. Wasting all that money on aesthetics,
while belts are being tightened
across campus? Creating a massive inconvenience for students?
Poor show, UBC.
Well, now that the fences are
coming down, it's actually kind
of nice. The new pathways along
Main Mall and around 1KB are a
vast improvement. Puddles will
hopefully be less of a problem.
And doesn't that fountain kind
of feel nice and academic? Is this
what it's like to have nice things?
As the Musqueam prepare a
development that could change
the look of the population of the
University Endowment Lands,
some familiar faces are doing
some hand-wringing.
The University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) has
commissioned a study to see if
the Musqueam development will
impact the value of residents'
99-year leases. They insist they
don't see the Block F project as
a liability — though they gave
$15,000 to a former UNA director's law firm to investigate the
financial impacts of the development on existing properties.
The association loves to stop
things from happening on campus, but it's crazy to think that
opposing this massive development could go well for them. Any
paranoia about the Musqueam
development carries an odd note,
given the explosion of development on south campus.
After all, it's not like the
UNA was here first. Xi
Hoping for progess on
post-secondary in 2013
by Gordon Katie
This past year was not a good one
for post-secondary education.
As the economy floundered,
pundits from left and right began
to question the value of earning
a post-secondary degree. With
university budget woes, substantial government cuts, ballooning
tuition, unprecedented student debt
and popular unrest from California
to Quebec, it's hard not to wonder
if higher education is a bubble set
to burst.
Moreover, the idealized view
of the university as a meritocratic
locus of critical thinking may have
finally come to its demise in 2012.
There is substantial new evidence
to suggest that most students
show little to no improvement in
analytical capacity after several
years of post-secondary education.
Additionally, conservative writers
assailed university admissions
for being "corrupt," while other
researchers demonstrated the
widening achievement gap between
rich and poor students. At the same
time, financial stress has led to
an increasing number of students
doubting that universities are still
stepladders for economic mobility.
These challenges, exacerbated
by the increasingly competitive
nature of universities, have led to a
mental health crisis that has driven
an alarming percentage of students
into severe depression.
These problems are not new, but
they became obvious to everyone in
2012. Though there is no consensus
on how to fix this situation, there is
a consensus that a radical solution is
necessary. 2013 is a critical juncture
for the future of post-secondary
education, and students should
make their voices heard to ensure
this future is one they hope to see.
As the Globe and Mail documents, several Canadian universities are undergoing reviews of
university budgets accordingto a
formula that relies on quantitative
measures to determine the value of
university programs, threatening
severe cost-cutting to the humanities.
At the same time, a chorus of
voices have appeared to advocate
for increased privatization, includ
ing calls for lifting the tuition cap
and installing a two-tiered system
of education akin to the U.S. system.
These proposals would have elite
institutions receive priority funding, while the rest of the schools
would emphasize online learning and customization through
boutique offerings and expensive
"degree badges." As I argued in a
previous column, this is a thinly
veiled argument for segregating
universities across class lines.
In September 2013, UBC is conducting their own experiment in a
two-tiered system of education with
the Vancouver School of Economics.
This boutique program was slated
to have a $10,000 per year tuition,
until student outrage forced the
university to bring down the price
tag. Nevertheless, the $7,670 cost
remains substantially higher than
the average UBC bachelor of arts,
demonstrating one direction universities could take in order to solve
their budgetary concerns.
In student politics, 2013 will be
a year in which the AMS needs to
decide whether or not it will turn
their research of student issues into
advocacy for student interests. In
2012, we won an enormous battle
to keep market housing out of the
heart of campus.
The AMS will have to do more
for our health than reform the
mental health crisis with exam
databases and early alert systems;
the AMS must play a major role
in articulating their vision for a
university that is a fundamentally
healthy place to attend.
If there was a 2012 buzzword,
it was MOOCs, or Massive Open
Online Courses. MOOCs promise
to democratize higher education
by opening it up to everyone.
However, as UBC rolls out its first
MOOC, we should be careful not to
let this technology become merely
a cynical cost-cutting measure
that hollows out the university
In the year to come, our leaders will begin to draw up their
blueprints to fix higher education.
If we are not careful, this "fix"
might not be the one we were
looking for. Now more than ever,
our voices could have a tremendous impact on the future of higher education, so let's not squander
the moment. Xi
The JHM student
journalism awards
Each January, The Ubyssey
sends delegates to the
Canadian University Press
national conference. There are
keynote speakers, workshops
with professional journalists
and probably too much drinking.
It's a great time, and we always
come back with fresh ideas and
renewed hope that maybe one
day we'll land jobs in this wacky
industry. One can dream, right?
One of the highlights of
this conference is the John H.
Macdonald student journalism
awards. They're kind of like the
Oscars of Canadian student journalism (okay, maybe they're more
like the Polaris Prize, but they're
still special). We submit our work
and a panel of professional journalists/photographers/designers
review the submissions and come
up with a shortlist.
This year, Ubyssey staffers were
nominated for seven awards, more
than any other student paper in
western Canada. It's a tremendous honour. Here are this year's
• News writing: "A pioneering
program for education in refugee
camps" by Arno Rosenfeld
• Humour writing: "A university president responds to the
World University Rankings" by
Jonny Wakefield
• Humour writing: "Broad-based
admissions should measure dullness, quality of handshake" by
Bryce Warnes
• Sports writing: "Should fighting
be allowed in CIS hockey?" by
• Photography: "Tommy Gossland
jumps" by Geoff Lister
• Features writing: "Travers Roy
Wimble: 1928-2012" by Justin
McElroy and Laura Rodgers
• Illustration/graphic design:
"Showdown in the city: Can
Anton or Robertson build a
student-friendly Vancouver?" by
Indiana Joel tJ Scene
VNUARY3, 2013 | 11
Tunnels and timidity
by Dr. Bryce Warnes
Where can I find information on
the locations of UBC steam tunnel
entrances that still work? Can you
tell me how to access them? After
all, you've been there before and
this is on The Ubyssey list of things
to do before graduation.
NB:I'm not eligible to become
either an engineer or a frat member, and all the friends I've asked
don't know.
Many thanks,
Keen Explorer
Hey Keen Explorer,
If the steam tunnels are still
accessible (and not SNAFUed by
campus construction), it's only
because people don't blab the
entrances to everyone they know.
The more keeners who get caught
sneaking in there, the more likely
parts of the tunnel will be shut
off. Rumour has it that back in
the day you could get from one
side of campus to the other via the
Distance from UBC vs. Time you give yourself to get to class
tunnels. Now, not so much.
Still thirsty for adventure?
Do some exploring of your own.
Poke around manhole covers
and exhaust vents outside. Note
which ones produce steam in
cold weather. Try to get access to
basements and sub-basements in
campus buildings. Draw up a map.
Give your friends code names. Buy
It's not as complicated as you
think. You may find something
awesome, and the reward will be
that much sweeter ifyou can do it
without help from fratboys, engineers or schlubs like me.
lama shy woman falling for an
extroverted guy from class. He
is such a catch. Why is he single?
Well, that's not my question. He
lent me his textbook and I now have
his number. He makes me nervous
but I know that if we got to know
each other, after a while I would
be "myself^' and that we could get
along real well. If I ask him out and
(God forbid) he says yes, what do I
do about the first outing where I'm
nervous as hell? "Hey bro, you're
going to have to wait til I warm up
to you even though I'm the one who
asked you out"? The problem with
being shy is that it takes time to
break out.
Validate my self-worth
or something.
P.S. I should add that I've never
dated, nor do I drink.
Dear Validate My Self-Worth,
It's easy to overvalue being
smooth and suave when you are
not. Some people, even outgoing
ones, have a thing for introverts.
He may find your nervousness as endearing as you find
it embarrassing.
Opposites don't always attract.
But if this guy is interested in
you — that is, if he agrees to your
offer of a date — then it could be an
instance of the old adage proving
true. So don't pressure yourself to
"break out" and spill your guts on
the first date.
Ifyou want a relationship with
this guy, getting past barriers
(both your own and his) will be
part of the process. Once you get to
know him, Extroverted Guy may
not be as confident as he seems. 31
Editor's note: Bryce is not a doctor.
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The Student Leadership
Conference is the largest
student-run conference
at UBC. It is sponsored
by the Centre for Student
Involvement S Careers.
Almost all presenters are
students or recent UBC
alumni. Workshops include
topics such as "Fake It 'Til
You Become It," a workshop
on body language, as well
as "Be Sex Positive," which
informs students about
sexual health resources on
Deadline is January 11th, 2013. Nomination
forms are available at SUB 23. This is not an
editorial position. Members ofThe Ubyssey's
Board of Directors are responsible for
overseeing the finances of the newspaper.
Responsibilities include attending a monthly
board meeting, tending to business as it arises,
and overseeing personal projects.
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