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Jay Kiew has been involved in the Walter Gage Toastmasters club since his first year at UBC.
Toast of the town
Sarah Bigam
At age 22, Jay Kiew set the
world record for being the
youngest person to win a Distinguished Toastmaster award.
Toastmasters is a
speech-making organization
with over 200,000 members
worldwide. Members practice
public speaking by writing
speeches and performing impromptu speeches on randomly
assigned topics. The other
members then give feedback
based on body language, organization, eye contact, articulation and preparation.
"You're always learning
what you're doing right, what
you're doing wrong, how you
can take it from a 9/10 to a
10/10. It's a very positive environment," Kiew explained.
Kiew joined the Walter Gage
Toastmasters, during his first
year at UBC in 2007. He had
done improv briefly in high
school, but after he had to drop
it in favour of his demanding
International Baccalaureate
courses, Kiew found he missed
getting in front of people and
making them laugh.
Later in his degree, Kiew became president of UBC Toast-
masters for two years. "It was
kind of my baby for a while,"
Kiew said.
During his time as president, he brought the club to
Distinguished President's Club
status. To do so, the club had
to fulfill both membership and
performance requirements.
"[The members of the club] all
pushed for it," Kiew said.
Kiew himself has guest-lectured for groups around UBC,
including the Faculty of Science, the English department
and more. He's also taught
others how to get over the
number one fear in the world:
public speaking. Even as a
veteran Toastmaster, Kiew admitted that it is a fear he still
falls prey to.
"There's those first two
minutes before [you speak]
when you know you have to
get up: there's butterflies,
that sinking in your stomach,
that heavy heart beating, you
Still, this doesn't faze him;
on the contrary, he loves it.
"After five years, it's taught
me that that's not going to go
away. It's uncomfortable, but
you transform it into amazing energy and charisma and
momentum onstage."
This attitude must have
worked for Kiew, who won his
Distinguished Toastmaster
award this past September.
To be eligible for the award,
Kiew had to prepare over 40
speeches, ranging from 7-45
minutes long, and take on
60 leadership roles, such as
organizing events and training
other Toastmasters.
Through his past five years
of Toastmasters, Kiew also
learned something about
himself: he wants to become
a professional speaker, either
for self-development or
business coaching. Currently
he is a marketing consultant
for the app Mingo; his position involves promoting the
app through presentations
and events.
Kiew will graduate from
UBC with a major in political
science and a minor in commerce in November. Then, in
January, he will begin a sales
consultant job at Southwestern
Consulting in the U.S. Kiew
said he plans to find a Toast-
masters club to stay involved
after his move.
"I love it," he said. "I love
doing it." tJ
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UBC economics professor Angela Redish gives a presentation at the town hall consultation on tution for the bachelor of international economics degree.
Students balk at price of new econ degree
Ming Wong
Senior News Writer
UBC wants to launch a new and
exclusive economics program, but
students are concerned about its
price tag.
The newly formed Vancouver
School of Economics (VSE) plans
to offer a new degree, a bachelor
of international economics, starting next year. UBC wants to set
tuition for the program at $10,000
per year for domestic students and
$29,000 for international students. The program will be a joint
venture with the Sauder School
of Business.
"The fees that we're charging
reflected the higher cost of the
program and also our objective
of being... not just the best —
we're already the best in Canada
— we want to be globally higher
ranked," said Angela Redish, professor of economics and one of the
two main architects behind the
new degree.
The school and its program was
Clerical worker union reaches
tentatative agreement with U BC
UBC has reached a tentative agreement with CUPE 2950, the union
that represents library and clerica
workers on campus.
CUPE 2950 had scheduled
a strike vote for Oct. 25, but that
meeting will now be used as a vote
to ratify the collective agreement.
CUPE 2950 admin assistant Leslie Hodson said the tentative agreement was a relief, though not exactly
what the union was hoping for.
"It's betterthan nothing, but
think thatafternineyearsofzeros,
we would have probably looked a bit
happier with a bit more. But I think
underthese conditions, it's the best
we're going to get," said Hodson.
The tentative agreement includes
a two per cent wage increase, backdated to April 1,2012, and another
two per cent wage increase on Apri
Hodson said it was likely
thattheunion would ratifythe
tentative agreement.
"Our members are really not
about going on strike and that they
would acceptthis," said Hodson.
The agreement was made within
the provincial mandates governing
union negotiations.
"We are definitely pleased to have
reached a tentative agreement with
those workers," said director of UBC
Public Affairs Lucie McNeill. "It may
not be what either side was absolutely hoping for... but you go for the art
of the possible." Xi
recently approved by the UBC
Senate, which handles academic
matters. The financial framework
for the new degree was set to be
approved by the Board of Governors in September, but was pulled
from the agenda so that students
could be consulted first.
VSE wants the program to
admit 40 domestic students and
40 international students each
year. By 2017, one full four-year
lot would pull in over $6 million
intuition. Of this, $5 million will
go toward running the program,
leaving $1 million to be paid back
to UBC.
Redish said the higher tuition
price tag will fund smaller class
sizes, salaries for Sauder's expensive faculty members and a new
careers centre to be modeled after
But Kiran Mahal, AMS VP Academic, expressed concerns about
where the money would be going.
"The program is not just covering
the costs," said Mahal. "What we
Program gives more
aboriginal students
a path to UBC
Veronika Bondarenko
A new program will give aboriginal students across the province an
alternative way of getting accepted
into UBC's Faculty of Arts.
The UBC-Langara Aboriginal
Transfer Program, which debuted
earlier this year, is meant to encourage First Nations, Metis and
Inuit students to pursue a university degree. The program will
provide participants with scholarship opportunities and guaranteed
admission into UBC's Faculty
of Arts.
"What we want to do is work
with Langara College, who is an
important partner for the university, and develop a program where
students could start out at college
and then transfer to UBC, basically
providing their life pathway," said
Graeme Joseph, coordinator of
strategic aboriginal initiatives at
UBC's First Nations Longhouse.
"We know, through research,
that many aboriginal students come
from lower socioeconomic places
in our society and many of them
are first-generation students," said
Joseph. "These types of barrier
resistance that they face could
discourage them from continuing
on to a university degree. This
program uses the college transfer
system and provides students with
a pathway to a UBC Arts degree."
have to consider is whether we're
okay with having a small subset
of students running an entire
But David Green, another
economics professor behind VSE,
argued in favour of the higher
fees. "This money is goingto be
used for doing exactly what the
university's mission is: it will be
used to hire faculty," said Green.
He said that the fees going into
the central budget will fund
things like libraries and computer
systems for UBC as a whole.
A town hall was held on Tuesday to consult with students about
the future of the program. Many
attendees were concerned about
the program's cost.
Valentina Ricca, VP External of
the International Students Association, said she sees the program as
too elite and fears this will make
applicants less diverse. "It's not
really attracting the best students,
it's attracting the students who
can afford it," she said.
Redish argued that the program
will have some seats for domestic students who can't afford the
tuition through UBC bursaries.
The school will operate under
the Faculty of Arts, similar to the
School of Music. There will be no
changes for Arts students currently pursuing a bachelor of arts in
economics, and the BA in economics degree will still be offered in
the future.
"There's no other economics
department, no other program
... in Canada, for sure, that does
this," said Green. "[It] helps them
through to get to a deeper level....
By the time these students are
done they will be working at a
level close to a MA level."
Redish said that UBC will take
what the students had said at the
town hall into consideration, but
she's not sure what the next step
will be. The intial plan is to have
the new degree ready for its first
cohort of students in September
2013. a
Graeme Joseph wants to break down barriers
Joseph said that he expects at
least 10 aboriginal students to make
the switch to UBC sometime this
year. The number is expected to
increase in the next few years.
"Only seven per cent of aboriginal people have a university
bachelor's degree or higher," said
Joseph. "A lot of people just don't
have experience with university."
Additional program requirements will ensure that students
complete one to two years of studies at Langara and maintain at least
a 2.25 GPA.
Throughout the program, students will meet one-on-one with
academic advisors for assistance
in areas such as course selection, academic achievement and
community support.
Larry Railton, Langara's
manager of services for aboriginal
students, believes that the academic
advising services will go a long way
to aboriginal post-secondary education.
towards helping students plan out
their post-secondary career.
"One-on-one academic advising
will help to keep the student focused, and with that, [increase] the
likeliness of being successful. We
expect that students will meet with
their academic advisor regularly,"
said Railton.
According to Joseph, the
program is a response to UBC's Aboriginal Strategic Plan, which was
first proposed by UBC President
Stephen Toope in December 2008.
The plan calls on UBC to partner
with other educational institutions
to provide aboriginal students
across Canada with educational
opportunities that are more aligned
with the values, needs and traditions of their communities.
If successful, the UBC-Langara
Aboriginal Transfer Program could
soon be expanded to some of UBC's
other faculties. Xi
CUPE 116
escalates job
action on campus
CUPE workers picketed the bookstore
and intermittently delayed buses.
Will McDonald
News Editor
Job action from CUPE 116, UBC's
support and service worker union,
has begun to escalate this week,
with Bookstore closures, bus delays
and multiple buildings picketed.
Starting on Tuesday, CUPE 116
employees shut down UBC's parking office by picketing the General
Services Administration Building
next to the bus loop. The union
continued picketing the building
all day.
CUPE 116 President Colleen
Garbe said the union picketed the
building because UBC's chief negotiator works there.
UBC Director of Public Affairs
Lucie McNeill said that during the
job action, management is taking
over parking enforcement.
"Our parking office has closed
for the day; however, parking is being enforced, so it would be wrong
for people to conclude that they can
park for free on campus, because
people will be ticketed and will be
towed if they need to be towed,"
said McNeill.
On Wednesday, the union also
picketed the UBC Bookstore, keeping it closed except for the hours
between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Garbe said the union chose the
Bookstore because the closure
would impact the university financially, and because Bookstore managing director Debbie Harvie is on
the UBC committee that bargains
with the union.
"You take away their ability to
make money, that puts pressure on
them. And we're not goingto make
any apologies for that. We want a
fair and respectful collective agreement," said Garbe.
On Wednesday, the union also
intermittently marched in front of
busses to slow them down. Food
service workers in the Totem Park
and Place Vanier cafeterias also
walked off the job for 10 minutes to
receive information from the union.
McNeil praised the union
for choosing actions that barely
affected students.
"The union is to be commended
when it says that it wants to keep
impact on students to a minimum,"
said McNeill.
On Tuesday, the union also
picketed Mary Bollert Hall, a building on Marine Drive. Garbe said the
union chose that building because
it houses the office of CUPE 2950,
another union local on campus.
CUPE 2950, which represents
library and clerical workers on
campus, had a bargaining session
with UBC the next day and reached
a tentative agreement.
McNeill recognizes that CUPE
has the right to strike, but said any
progress would have to be made at
the negotiating table.
"We're very eager to get back
to the bargaining table as soon as
CUPE 116 indicates that they're
willing to do that," said McNeill.
But Garbe says that, based on the
current situation, CUPE 116's job
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Due to an unspecified code of conduct violation, the UBC Kappa Sigma chapter can no longer operate as a fraternity.
Kappa Sigma chapter shut down
Will McDonald
News Editor
As of Oct. 8, the UBC chapter of
the Kappa Sigma fraternity is no
longer in operation.
The chapter's charter was revoked by the Kappa Sigma national
office on Monday for "code of
conduct violations."
"The chapter has been found
in violation of our code of conduct
and the charter of the chapter has
been withdrawn," said Kappa Sigma executive director Mic Wilson.
Wilson would not discuss the
details of the case.
The chapter has 30 days to
appeal the decision. During the
appeal period, they will not be able
to operate as a fraternity.
Wilson said that the fraternity
was previously operating under
sanctions from the international
office, but did not discuss the details of the sanctions.
UBC Interfraternity Council
(IFC) President Gene Polovy said
that Kappa Sigma's house in the
Fraternity Village is owned by the
fraternity's alumni association.
Any decisions about what would
happen to the many fraternity
members living in the house would
fall on them.
Wilson said that if the appeal
isn't successful, the international
office won't have any hand in
the situation for the house and
its occupants. "The house really
belongs to a local corporation, and
so they would have to determine
what happens with the property,"
he said.
Polovy said he just became
aware of the situation with Kappa
Sigma, and the specifics are between them and their international
office. He said the IFC would meet
in the next few weeks to determine
if Kappa Sigma will remain a member of the organization.
If Kappa Sigma's charter is not
reinstated, the chapter will no
longer be a member of the IFC.
According to Polovoy, the
current members of Kappa Sigma
would not be allowed to join a new
fraternity if their chapter remains
deconstituted. Any uninitiated
pledges, however, would be free to
join other fraternities.
He said it would be up to the
fraternity's international office to
determine if current Kappa Sigma
members would be considered
alumni of the fraternity.
Kappa Sigma has been at UBC
since 1941, and Wilson said that
the fraternity will likely maintain a
presence on campus either way.
"We've had a long history there,
and a very successful history there.
We're goingto have a chapter at
the University of British Columbia, so it just depends on what
comes out of the appeal process
as to whether or not the chapter
is reorganized now or whether it
would be recolonized at a point in
the future," said Wilson.
Wilson emphasized that the
decision is not yet final. "We're
trying to determine, again, what
is presented in the appeal process,
allowing the men to have their say,
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Faculty say new policy gives
UBC too much ownership
over research
Faculty members are concerned about a new Board of Governors policy that, they say.
will hand UBC intellectual property rights for books, lecture notes and academic papers.
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
UBC wants to update its policy
about who owns patents, papers
and books that come out of university research. But professors
think that UBC is being greedy,
and it might wind up losing faculty as a result.
The UBC Faculty Association
argues that under the new policy,
any work faculty members do
with UBC resources would automatically belong to the university.
The university plans to replace
its current policy about who gets
to own research-related patents
with a new, broader document.
"The current policy ... is
almost 20 years old," said Randy
Schmidt, director of UBC Public
Affairs. "I think it was drafted in
1992. This was prior to the emergence of the Internet, so a lot has
changed since then. And a change
to the policy is overdue."
According to Schmidt, the
current policy is too focused on
patents and was expanded so that
UBC can be clear on who owns
other works put out by academics, like journal papers and
textbooks. "[The old policy] was
focused primarily on commercial
means, patenting," said Schmidt.
"So the new policy is meant to
better reflect a broader range of
knowledge that's created."
The Faculty Association sent
a letter to the university criticizing the new policy, saying
that it could mean UBC will
automatically own all papers,
books and class work put out by
UBC faculty.
"Many [faculty members] do
research projects, we write textbooks, we prepare class notes — a
variety of materials," said Nancy
Langton, head of the Faculty
Association. "The university position seems to be that they own
all of these materials under this
newly revised, proposed policy."
The association argues that
the new policy is more restrictive
than those at other universities
and may dissuade new faculty
from coming to UBC if it is
passed. "Typically at universities,
the faculty members own their
intellectual property, not the
university," said Langton. "I'm a
textbook writer. I write a major
textbook that is published widely
across Canada. The way this new
policy reads, all of my work that
goes into the textbook would
belong to the university."
Schmidt wasn't able to discuss
the faculty
own their
not the
Nancy Langton
UBC Faculty Association head
the specifics of the Faculty Association's criticisms, but he said
that UBC would consider them.
"I'm not a technical expert on the
ownership of intellectual property," said Schmidt. "We'll be
looking at the questions that the
Faculty Association has raised,
and we take them seriously as
part of the process of feedback."
UBC math professor Iza-
bella Laba is worried that if the
new policy passes, it will make
teaching classes more difficult.
Laba said that, as far as she can
interpret the policy, it might
mean that she can't post lecture
notes or sample problems on a
class webpage without obtaining
UBC's written permission. "If
this kind of a policy applied
to teaching materials, none of
that would be available to us,"
said Laba.
The proposed new policy also
says that if a faculty member and
UBC have a dispute over who
owns something, UBC will act as
a mediator. The Faculty Association doesn't like this proposition
either. "We feel there's a conflict
of interest in having the university being the sole arbiter in that,"
said Langton.
The new policy was set to go
before the UBC Board of Governors in December, but according to
the Board's planning and liaison
manager Reny Kahlon, it now
won't be debated until 2013. Xi Sports + Rec
UBC Olympians readjust to student life
After the experience of a lifetime, T-Bird swimmers deal with Olympic hangover
Zafira Rajan
Senior Lifestyle Writer
For three UBC swimmers, the
best part about the 2012 Summer
Olympics in London was being
able to live out their dreams on the
international stage. But what do
they do now that it's over?
Reflect, swim and maybe feel just
a little deflated.
Current UBC student-athletes
Savannah King, Heather McLean
and Tera Van Beilen all qualified
for the Olympics, and they unanimously agreed that their experience
cannot be put into words. Now,
they seem to be suffering from an
Olympics hangover.
King admitted that it's a bit of
a fall off the pedestal they were
perched on during the summer. "It's
a little bit weird. It's gone from being
treated like a god — everything
in the Olympic Village was free,
everything was at your fingertips —
and then getting back into real life
is kind of a slap in the face. But we
love being at school and we are all
enjoying our classes."
Their success hasn't come easy.
They have all been swimming for
as long as they can remember, and
training for the Olympics required
gruelling mental and physical
preparation. Each swimmer has
her own methods for coping with
the pressure.
Van Beilen said that her closeness
with her family during the Olympics
helped her performance. "I think
it's good to talk it out with them....
It was my first international meet at
the highest level, so I went in blindfolded. There are so many emotions
that are going through your head,
so much to overcome.... But I think
time off from swimming is really
what you need for your mental state.
There is so much pressure.... You
can't get away from it and you can't
get around it."
"The biggest pressure is the
pressure we put on ourselves," said
McLean. "I personally spend a lot of
time working with a sports psychologist on how to make sure that
From left to right: Savannah King, Heather McLean and Tera Van Beilen are three current UBC students who competed in the 2012 Olympics.
the pressure doesn't get too much
to handle and that you'll be able to
swim with the pressure on."
King, who had already competed
in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, kept
the stress levels down by thinking
of the London Olympics as just
another place.
"Going into an international
event, it's easy to think about how
important it is, how big it is to be
at the Olympics, and how very few
people get to do it," she said. "But at
the same time, I just think to myself
that it's just another swim meet and
I've done hundreds and hundreds
of them in the past.... So it's not anything new, it's just something much
bigger. You just have to get into your
routines and know that you have
done this before.
"It's funny, the difference between the beginning of this year and
the beginning of last year. This time
last year, we were in heavy training,
we worked so hard — and now we're
kind of just getting back to being
used to a regular schedule of regular
"It'll come soon," McLean added.
"There are things that need to be
"And there are places we need to
go, and times we need to swim!" Van
Beilen said, laughing.
The coaches may have worked
them hard, but the girls sung
high praises of the people who
have molded their endurance and
fitness levels.
"Our coaches are rocks in some
ways," said McLean. "We all live
away from our families, so my coach
has become my surrogate dad. He's
someone that I can talk to and he
pushes me hard — but he also knows
when I'm being pushed too hard
and just need some time to just relax
for a minute, or it's going to be ugly.
You need to have a good relationship
with your coach, or you're not going
to get very far."
"Our coaches are world-class,"
Van Beilen agreed. "They have had
so much success as athletes, and
so we really just have to put a lot of
trust in them and know that they
know what they're doing."
"Mine and Heather's coach have
to been to nine Olympics," King added. "So you need to trust that they
know what you need."
Aside from practices and
events, the three loved being able
to experience the Olympics as a
whole. After the first week of races,
they were able to spend the rest of
their time watching other events,
many of which they didn't even
know existed.
"I mean, who knew what the
modern pentathlon was about? Not
I!" said McLean.
Despite not medalling, all three
had moments that stood out for
them during their time in London.
"I got to do a swim-off, which
was pretty special, because not a
lot of people get to do a swim-off at
the Olympics," said Van Beilen. "It
really tested me and how I could
handle three tough swimming situations in one day, and actually doing
a relatively good time, three times....
I didn't break under the pressure.
Even though I didn't get to the final,
it was a fun time. And now, I'm the
'swim-off girl!'"
King said she felt overwhelming
relief when she achieved one of her
long-time goals. "It was just looking
at the clock after my second race
and realizing that I had done a best
time.... I've been on the national
team since I was 14, and it's taken
me since then to really perform well
at the international level."
For McLean, it was seeing her
sister succeed. "My sister was on the
team and she had a pretty fantastic
swim for the final for the 400-metre
freestyle. Just being able to be there
and watch that.... The photographer managed to capture me at that
moment too, so now we both have
photos of our highlights, which is
pretty special."
A memorable event for all three
was the closing ceremony. King
especially loved revisiting her
childhood with the return of the
Spice Girls. "Walking in was really
cool.... It was cool to be there and say
you were there. The Spice Girls were
there, and all my dreams were all in
one place. Partying with my friends
at the Olympics with the Spice Girls
right there? Come on. Eight-year-old
me is just cheering right now!"
So what's next for the Olympic
trio? "We have to take it one day at
a time," McLean said. "It's overwhelming to think that we'll have to
do it all over again."
"There's always something every
year. This year it's world's [swimming championships] at Barcelona....
The Olympics are the light at the
end of the tunnel, but we can't be
too focused on it right now," King
said. "I'm just goingto focus on the
varsity season, to build back into it
and focus on [the CIS championships]. I think focusing on that is
helping me stay grounded, and it's
easier for me to focus on that than
another international event."
It's back to the grind of classes
and training, but the lingering
excitement of the Olympics will take
some time to wear off. "I think that
still I don't fully understand what
happened," said McLean. "It hasn't
really sunk in that, wow, I went
to the Olympics and this is what I
did. It might take years and months
that I'll be able to reflect on what
happened and being there.
"But we had a lot of fun. It was
amazingto be there with each other
and see it — and it is always an honour to represent Canada." Xi
Scalpers snap up large amount of ticket sales for charity hockey game
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
The much-hyped UBC Thunderbirds vs. Bieksa's Buddies hockey
game will certainly raise money
for charity — but scalpers may be
scooping up a generous share for
themselves, too.
With the NHL lockout already
cancellingthe first two weeks of the
NHL season, Vancouver hockey fans
have pounced at the opportunity to
go watch their favourite Vancouver
Canucks take the ice on Oct. 17.
However, this game has also provided an opportunity for ticket scalpers
in the area to make some significant
As of Wednesday afternoon,
there were 48 postings on Craigslist
advertising the sale of tickets for the
hockey game, with prices peaking at
$150 a ticket. Scalpers are taking in
a huge profit on the $20 tickets and
defeating the purpose of this event:
to raise money for charity.
Tickets for the event went on sale
on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m., and all
5,000 of them had sold out by 11 a.m.
Selling out the event is undoubtedly
a huge success, since the Canuck
Place Children's Hospice, Canucks
Autism Network and Canucks
Family Education Centre will all
be receiving substantial donations.
But the people who have bought the
tickets for resale will profit solely for
their own benefit. None of the Craigslist postings said that the money
made from their ticket sales would
be donated to charity.
"It's a situation that is obviously
disappointing," said Dan Elliott,
manager of media relations at UBC.
"This is a game where all the funds
are goingto charity, and somebody
tryingto personally benefit off
something like that is disappointing
to see.
"At this point and time, there is
nothing we can do about it. We'd
love to be able to completely prevent
it, but there's absolutely nothing you
can do. Until they outlaw scalping
[and] make it a crime,... nothing will
change, whether it's here at a charity
event or at a regular game for the
There was no ticket pre-sale for
UBC students, so there is no way to
know how many got tickets. The low
ticket price of $20 was created with
students in mind, but now many
faithful hockey fans are unable to
find reasonably priced tickets.
"I'm a student at the university
and struggling financially (like most
students), so I can't afford to pay
the price most people are offering
on Craigslist," read a listing on the
site, one of the few posted in hopes
of finding tickets as opposed to
selling them.
Several other people are not at all
pleased with the scalping.
"It's disgusting," wrote second-
year computer science student
Vineet Deo on Twitter. "If you're
gunna [sic] sell them, sell them
for the price you paid, or give the
remainder to charity... not your
"If it all went to Bieksa's charities,
no problem. But since some people
are doing it for their own charity
(nudge, nudge), [it's a] problem,"
tweeted user stuffpapers.
But this is a hockey game that
features some of the top Canucks
players in the midst of a lockout.
Even in a regular season, tickets
to see the Canucks play at Rogers
Arena typically go for around $100.
Several Twitter users made the point
that scalping was inevitable.
"Should have sold them for what
they're worth in the first place,"
tweeted Ubyssey staff photographer
Josh Curran, noting that people
from all around city would pounce
on this opportunity, whether they
were scalping the tickets or not.
"Supply vs. demand, it's that
simple," commented fourth-year
political science student Jake Jaffe
on Twitter.
Bieksa commented Tuesday that
if the lockout continued, he would
look into holding a second game,
accordingto Ben Kuzma of the
Province. But even if there's another
game, people will still have to shell
out substantial cash to attend.
"It is a great event that goes
towards an outstanding cause with
the three great charities, and that's
all we're really focused about at this
point in time," said Elliot. "We hope
these [scalpers] realize the situation
and what they're trying to do, but we
can't control it." Xi
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Since its Olympic expansion, Thunderbird Arena has been plagued with years
of liquor, drug and management woes. Will the arena ever realize its promise
as the primary concert venue on campus?
by In Hye Lee
With its 141,000-square-
foot interior,
capacity and convenient location, Thunderbird
Arena might seem like the perfect
venue for on-campus concerts.
But very few UBC students have
fond memories of late nights at the
arena; in fact, since its construction in 2008, the venue has been
riddled with disputes, restrictions
and mismanagement.
A holdover from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the arena has
since fallen through on its potential.
Since the Games, the UBC Athletics
department had been charged with
the arena's management. However,
Athletics hasn't shown that it's up
to the task, leaving hopeful students
caught in the middle. With so
much promise, what happened to
Thunderbird Arena?
Currently the arena holds a stadium event-driven liquor primary
licence, meaning that it is licensed
to serve alcohol at all events except
concerts. If Athletics wants to serve
liquor at concerts, it must apply for a
special occasion licence (SOL) — as
it did this past July for an upcoming Bassnectar concert on Oct. 27.
And with that application, Athletics opened up a four-year-old can
of worms.
"The arena has a number of
different functions within it," said
Kavie Toor, associate director of
facilities and business development
for UBC Athletics. "Concerts are a
part of it,... one of several components involved in the arena."
In the absence of a liquor licence,
the Liquor Control and Licensing
Branch (LCLB) requires venues
to submit applications for an SOL
when liquor is sold at a "public special event," which is defined on their
website as an event that's "open to
anyone who wishes to participate or
buy a ticket, either at the door or in
advance of the event."
An approved SOL is valid for that
event only, so if Athletics wants
to serve liquor at future concerts,
it must apply for an SOL for each
separate occasion.
For such a high-capacity on-cam-
pus facility like Thunderbird Arena,
this per-event licensing policy may
seem restrictive. The liquor licence
has been a heated topic in recent
memory, starting with the arena's
renovations for the 2010 Olympics.
Between 2006 and 2008, the
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre
was expanded for the Olympic and
Paralympic games into a complex of
three arenas: Thunderbird Arena,
Father Bauer Arena and Protrans
Arena. A $47.8 million project, the
centre went on to host 17 ice hockey
games and 20 sledge hockey games.
Before its expansion, the original
Father Bauer Arena held a liquor
licence designated for its "Thunder-
bar." Under this licence, liquor was
prohibited from being taken from
the bar area to the seats.
But as a result of the Olympic
expansion, this old licence was no
longer useful. It did not apply to
the new Thunderbird Arena, the
centre's largest rink.
So in early 2009, Athletics
applied to the LCLB to modify its
liquor licence to include Thunderbird Arena and extend its hours of
service. Athletics hoped that the
arena would become the primary
concert venue on campus.
While the LCLB considered the
application, the arena was granted
a temporary change to its existing licence, which permitted beer
gardens during certain events.
However, this temporary change
was revoked after complaints about
beer garden use at one concert.
As the LCLB continued to deliberate over the arena's application,
UBC Athletics hosted two further
concerts: the Killers in April 2009
and the Offspring in June 2009.
And they didn't go well: rather than
showing Athletics' competence, the
concerts cast further doubt on the
department's ability to safely run a
concert venue.
After an SOL allowed Athletics
to host a beer garden at the Killers
concert on April 24, the campus
RCMP determined that the "centre's management... are struggling
with promoting and overseeing
their operations."
"There was such blatant abuse of
liquor service (operating two beer
gardens, poor security, over-service)
that all events were not allowed
to apply for a special occasion licence," wrote RCMP Staff Sergeant
Kevin Kenna in a June 2009 letter
presented at a public information
meeting held in July 2009.
Charged with regulating late-
night events on campus, Kenna had
frequent concerns about student
events at UBC. In the March 2011
issue of the University Neighbourhoods Association's newspaper, the
Campus Resident, Kenna described
his role as leading not a "war on fun
... [but] a war against lack of safety."
Kenna blamed Athletics for its
poor security measures, concluding
that Thunderbird Arena's management did not take security checks
seriously. He argued that concerts
held by Athletics require extra
RCMP policing in order to ensure
the safety of spectators.
As a result, the June 10 Offspring concert at Thunderbird
Arena was officially declared a dry
event. Nevertheless, Athletics had
even more difficulties supervising
the event.
"Both drugs and alcohol did
make their way into the event...
[with] many inebriated persons...
on the main floor or in the stands or
backstage," wrote Kenna.
"During [the Offspring concert], a male was 'head-butted' and
required an ambulance to take him
to the hospital. Before this event
even started, there was a lot of
'pre-drinking' outside the centre."
UBC's management review of
the Offspring concert argued that
Athletics management could not
have anticipated the liquor viola
tions. The review blames security
guards for incorrectly interpreting
the rules of liquor regulation, and
states that crew members had liquor
stored in their tour bus, which led to
unexpected liquor abuse.
The failures of Athletics management did not go unnoticed. After the
shortcomings of the Killers concert,
UBC's administration spoke up.
"It is clear that a recent event
at the arena did not meet safety
expectations.... A higher level
of preparedness and execution
is required; UBC accepts that,"
wrote Brian Sullivan, UBC's
former vice-president students, in
a letter marked July 2,2009 that
was also presented at the public
information meeting.
But Kenna and the RCMP remained unabashedly opposed to the
arena's liquor licence application.
At the time, Kenna also explicitly
questioned the Athletics department's motives: "It is my belief that
... profit is the main objective, rather
than ensuring that community
interests are taken into consideration," Kenna wrote.
"These proposals will... further
erode the quality of life for persons
residing in the area."
More than 8,000 permanent
residents live on UBC campus. To
represent their interests, they rely
on the University Neighbourhoods THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2012    |    FEATURE
With the exception of the occasional concert and Imagine Day, a full house at the $47.8 million Thunderbird Arena is just wishful thinking. That's owing in part to UBC Athletics' poor history of managing licensed events in the
space—but that looks like it's about to change.
Association (UNA), whose goals,
listed on their website, include "promoting the creation of a vibrant,
social, safe and diverse" community.
Kenna said he felt that the UBC "
community comprises students,
staff and campus residents. He
noted the Thunderbird Arena's
location on the corner of Thunderbird Boulevard and Wesbrook
Mall, which is in close proximity to
residential areas.
In the past, the UNA and RCMP
have often clashed with students
over nightlife on campus.
"When I came, things were ...
out of control," Kenna recalled
in the March 2011 issue of the
Campus Resident. "There was a lot
of animosity between students and
Indeed, the Campus Resident
article characterizes student events
as consisting of "binge drinking
by up to 20,000 students... [and]
drunken and unruly behaviour."
The article goes onto specifically
credit Kenna with "the decline in
this animosity [between students
and residents]."
Evidently, the UNA was less than
enthusiastic about the prospect of
more licensed venues on campus.
"There is cautious support from
the UNA Board of Directors," wrote
UNA Executive Director Jan Fialkowski in a letter dated July 2009,
responding to the Thunderbird
Arena application for a modified
liquor licence.
Fialkowski cited noise disturbances and a possible negative
impact for families with young
children. In the past, some UBC
residents had moved out because of
late-night disturbances.
In the fall of 2009, the LCLB
issued its decision on the expanded
licence. Despite the RCMP's opposition and the UNA's reservations,
the LCLB did grant UBC Athletics
the expanded liquor licence. However, it came with a price.
As it stood in 2009, the LCLB was
not confident about UBC Athletics'
safety and security procedures for
special events, especially regarding
alcohol and drug use. The expanded
licence was granted on the condition that Athletics did not use the
licence for concerts.
"It is very unusual for an establishment to have such serious and
repeated issues with liquor at events
over a very short time frame," wrote
Cheryl Caldwell, deputy general
manager of the LCLB, in a letter
dated Nov. 10,2009.
"Based on these considerations,
I am not prepared to allow liquor
service at concerts at this time."
The LCLB's ruling also prevented
Athletics from applying for an SOL
for a concert prior to May 2010,
although Caldwell acknowledged
the possibility for an Olympics/
Paralympics licence. The ruling
also required Athletics to seriously
It is very unusual for
an establishment to
have such serious and
repeated issues with
liquor at events over a
very short time frame."
Cheryl Caldwell
Deputy General Manager of the
Liquor Control and Licensing
Board, in a 2009 letter
modify their management tactics
for the future.
Though the LCLB's ruling halted
any plans for licensed concerts
until the following spring, Athletics
planned to licence later concerts.
In August 2010, Athletics sought
support from both the RCMP and
the UNA for 12 licensed DJ shows
at Thunderbird Arena. This was in
compliance with the LCLB ruling
that Athletics would cooperate
with the liquor inspector and
enforcement authorities when
planning events.
However, the RCMP refused to
support this plan.
The August 2010 issue of the
Campus Resident remarked that
"the RCMP in particular has chosen
to back away from any measure of
support for the new UBC liquor
licence application," adding that the
UNA chose to follow the RCMP's
Kenna once again stressed the
issue of safety. "What I am concerned about is the number of drug
users and gang members that would
be in attendance at these concerts,"
he said at an August 2010 meeting
with Athletics and the UNA.
According to the Campus Resident, the community was unhappy
with the "prospect of drug use,...
noise and disturbance, and gangsters drawn to UBC."
Although Athletics later reduced
the proposed number of shows
from 12 to eight, the UNA was
unswayed and Thunderbird Arena
remained dark.
With the Bassnectar concert
approaching at the end of October
and the possibility of an SOL still
alive, the situation at Thunderbird
Arena seems deeply changed since
the summer of 2010. Athletics in
particular seems to be confident
about its management tactics for the
concert, as well as its relationship
with the RCMP and the UNA.
Back in 2009, the RCMP opposed
the application for a modified licence and the UNA showed concern
about the proposed amendments.
But in recent interviews conducted
after the announcement of the Bassnectar concert, both Fialkowski and
Staff Sergeant Kevin Jones, who replaced Kenna upon his retirement,
now insist that they enjoy a positive
relationship with UBC Athletics —
and always have.
In stark contrast to Kenna's
views, both parties stress they
trust Athletics to place community
interests first.
"Athletics has been doing their
due diligence, [and has] been in
consultation with the surrounding
residences," said Jones. "We've
always had a good relationship with
Athletics. I can't speak for when Staff
Sergeant Kevin Kenna was here."
The UNA tells a similar story.
Despite Fialkowski's "cautious support" in 2009, she now claims that
UNA residents have never suffered.
"From the UNA's perspective,
it never affected anybody in the
neighbourhoods," she said. "Wheth-
Athletics has been
doing their due
diligence, [and has]
been in consultation
with the surrounding
Kevin Jones
University RCMP Detachment
Staff Sergeant, on Athletics new
liquor practices
er or not there was a lack of security,
it appeared that all of this occurred
inside the arena and there was no
impact to people who lived around
the arena."
Still, security issues remain at the
forefront of planning, with Athletics
attempting to cover all its bases
with the RCMP and the UNA. As
part of the new strategy, Athletics
will now present any new plans for
upcoming events to UNA board
meetings for formal approval.
As for the imminent Bassnectar
concert, Kavie Toor, UBC Athletics' associate director of facilities and business development,
seems positive about the security
measures taken.
"Our real focus is on partnerships
and collaborations to make sure
that the event sits with the campus
community and they are run in a
safe manner," he said. "To date,
we've focused on a couple of events
with the RCMP. The operational
and security plan are in planning
The role of campus RCMP in
Athletics' planning stages has
grown considerably.
"Athletics will put together a plan
for the event, and they will send that
plan for us to review," Jones said.
"From that, we can look at how many
officers we need to cover the event."
Although RCMP officers will
likely be present at Bassnectar,
Jones emphasized that policing
of drugs and alcohol is still the
responsibility of UBC Athletics.
Following the department's
history of poor security and liquor
service abuse at concerts, Athletics
has hired a new security company
for the Bassnectar concert. This
company will be responsible for
security at the venue, with RCMP
officers only assisting if necessary.
"We'll be focusing on it as well,
but that's for their security company
[to deal with]," explained Jones.
"We've been assured by Athletics
that they've been targeting acts that
are appropriate for the venue," Fialkowski said. "We've had no negative
experiences with events that happened in the arena. The next one in
will be fine as well."
With the apparent optimism of
the RCMP and UNA behind them,
Athletics has a better chance than
ever of being granted an SOL. Still,
even with the support of these
campus groups, the success of
the event is still in the hands of
Athletics management.
On the surface, the situation
around Athletics appears to be quite
different than it was three years
ago. But ultimately, the success of
the upcoming round of concerts is
still up in the air, and the memories
of past problems at Thunderbird
Arena haven't been erased. Only
time will tell if Athletics has learned
its lesson. Xi Culture
Opera Ensemble offers raunch and whimsy
Rhys Edwards
Senior Culture Writer
UBC's prolific Opera Ensemble
will open their 2012-2013 season
with Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte.
One of Mozart's more popular
operas, Cosi is a whimsical tale
of love, sex and debauchery: two
young men are challenged by
an old philosopher to prove that
their fiancees will remain faithful
to them, even when their backs
are turned. The ensuing events
lend themselves to the opera's
title, which roughly translates to
"women are like that."
"But the thing is, depending on
the translation, men can be like
that too," said Russell Robson, the
tenor playing Ferrando, one of the
young men in question. "So we're
not trying to insult women, or
men for that matter. Maybe it's a
commentary on human nature."
This particular production of
Cosi is a unique project for several
members of the UBC Opera Ensemble, as it will be their second
time staging it this year. UBC
students, as well as a delegate
of students from the University
of Northern Florida under the
direction of UBC alum Kryzstof
Biernacki, performed Cosi for
audiences in the Czech Republic
in late July. The opportunity to
perform continuously has allowed
the ensemble members to delve
deeply into the subtleties of their
characters — which, for some of
them, also serve as their master's theses.
Performing abroad presented
several challenges to the ensemble. Aside from struggling with
the complexities of Mozart's
music and the limitations of a
three-week time frame, the ensemble also rehearsed amid smoking stagehands and had to learn
the basics of the Czech language.
Yet the excursion was invaluable,
especially for students looking to
launch a career in opera-loving
central Europe.
"The main benefit of it... is to
have a taste of what the professional life will be like," said Katie
Miller, an undergraduate student
playing the mezzo-soprano role of
Dorabella. "Because you will be
travelling, you will be on a plane,
you will be in a hotel, there will
be different circumstances you're
The 2012-2013 season brings one of Mozart's most popular operas to the UBC stage.
goingto have to deal with in
terms of preparing yourself for a
performance or role that won't be
in the safety of your house or your
country.... It's a good learning
The opportunity to stage an
opera at various locales in the
Czech Republic has been a unique
feature of UBC's School of Music
since 2001. The program allows
undergraduates, graduates and
alumni to work together to stage
a high-quality production outside
of the comforts of an academic
environment. It's this profes
sionalism that attracts students
like Emily Nelson, who performs
soprano as Fiordiligi.
"I had auditioned for a bunch
of different schools, and then I
came up here and I was just like,
'This is the program.' The fact
that we can have three mainstage
performances in a year - I mean,
that's the capacity for most professional programs. The fact that
we have our own costume shop
and we have a ticketing system,
it's set up like a professional opera
company — and that's something
unique, just in North America,
from what I have experienced
looking at different schools at
In light of the recent protests
against UBC's decision to move
the School of Music's library, the
international exploits of the opera
program are even more significant. It's clear that the "global
significance" to which UBC
constantly aspires is not only to be
found in its science and research
faculties, but in the oft-neglected
halls of its vibrant music programs. Xi
VIFF reviews
Helpless, adapted from Miyuki
Miyabe's crime novel Kasha,
follows a veterinarian (Lee
Seon-Gyun) who searches for his
fiancee (Kim Min-hee) after she
vanishes from a rest stop. Enlisting the help of a disgraced ex- cop,
Seon-Gyun's character begins
to discover dark and disturbing
truths about his fiancee.
Helpless is a brilliant example
of what poignant directing can
do. Director Byun Young-joo
fires up the already captivating
plot with rapid switches between
the present and past that allow
audience members to come to their
own conclusions. The film passes
up heart-pounding suspense
for a calmer, cerebral atmosphere, but the audience is always
kept guessing.
Credit must also be given to the
cinematography and acting. The
film is laden with scenes that are
shot to mirror a character's state
of mind, such as a tilted-angle
shot that reflects a man's shifted
reality. Min-hee gives a stellar
performance, juxtaposing victim
with femme fatale. The film leaves
the viewer questioning how people
are victimized and how they fight
back. Despite a few over-acted
Tears, shoulder pads and David Bowie makeup: Laurence Anyways is Xavier Dolan's trangender love story.
scenes, Helpless is a unique,
must-see film.
—Jennifer Yao
In Frankenstein: A Modern Myth,
director Adam Low puts the time
less classic under the microscope
to examine its enduring appeal.
Offering a window into the life
of author Mary Shelley, the film
explores the events that led to
the creation of the first science
fiction novel.
A surprising wealth of information is covered in 48 minutes as
the documentary analyzes themes
central to the novel. The creation
myth, nature versus nurture and the
consequences of scientific advancement are just a few topics that are
explored. The documentary is also
generously interspersed with clips
from Danny Boyle's 2011 stage adaptation of Frankenstein.
Frankenstein: A Modern Myth
does not disappoint. Its compelling
narrative is skillfully interwoven
with film clips, cliched gory images
and a rock music soundtrack. Low's
documentary is sure to keep the
viewer engrossed.
Quebecois director and all-around
boy wonder Xavier Dolan gives us
Laurence Anyways, a film documenting the tumultuous relationship
between transgender woman-in-
progress Laurence and her on-again,
off-again girlfriend, Fred. Beginning
in the early '90s and ending right
before the start of the 21st century,
this film indulges heavily in artistic
flair, portraying characters' feelings
through constant close-up shots and
surrealist inserts.
Costume jewelry, shoulder pads
and eclectic outfits abound in this
film, but Dolan somehow manages
to not distract the viewer too much
from the raw performances of the
actors. Though the dialogue is occasionally too rapid-fire, the honesty of
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Brainwave takes learning outside the class
Jane Jun
Two years ago, three UBC students came up with a unique idea
to get involved on campus and
in local communities throughout Vancouver. After countless
hours of hard work, Brainwave
— a non-profit organization that
provides interactive field trips for
elementary and middle-school
students — was born.
The organization was started
several years ago when co-
founder Michael Grubner and
two of his friends, Davis Sam
and Jonathan Simkin, felt the
itch to make more of an impact at
their university. Grubner, who is
currently in his third year at UBC
and plans to major in sociology,
said that Brainwave was designed
to be "a community outreach
organization to involve kids with
interactive experiences that are
educational in their foundation."
The three young founders
quickly discovered that starting
such an ambitious project was
easier said than done. "We had no
idea how to design a curriculum,"
said Grubner with a laugh. "Many
nights [were spent] Googling icebreaker activities and games and
all that kind of stuff.... We were
really super green at this."
The ball got rolling when
Grubner contacted Kids Up Front
Vancouver, a charity that connects kids to arts, culture, sports
and recreational activities. According to him, partnering with
Kids Up Front was "a real serious
Three students took the initiative to bring interactive learning to elementary classrooms.
game-changer.... From that point
onwards, we could get kids from
Kids Up Front, which has
massive network connections to
programs such as Big Brothers
and Big Sisters, was able to help
sign up kids for the activities
organized by Brainwave.
Since the partnership, Brain
wave has flourished as an outreach program for children who
would otherwise not have the
opportunity for hands-on educational experiences with talented
Brainwave's connection to
UBC has played a large part in
the program's development. UBC
professors from various depart-
ments participate in the field
trips. Semkin added that the organization receives sponsorship
from UBC, the departments of
chemistry and zoology, and individual professors. The co-founders emphasized that Brainwave
could not have flourished without
the help of these sources.
Grubner, Sam and Simkin also
encourage other UBC students to
get involved with Brainwave. "We
currently have 19 volunteers,...
and we are always ready to expand," said Simkin. Volunteers
are a major component of Brainwave, as they help facilitate the
field trips and manage the kids.
Grubner also noted that he
aims to evolve the organization.
Simkin mentioned their interest
in expanding the program into
the arts.
"The general arrangement is
that we want to give hands-on
experience, but we don't want
to limit just to sciences," said
Simkin. "The only reason we've
had primarily science field trips
is because I'm in sciences.
"We'd love to get a drama field
trip. We'd love to get a music
field trip.... We want to get every
group. Hopefully, this also brings
in a diverse group of kids as well."
The creators of Brainwave
hope that their footprint in the
community will continue to grow.
"You see it in the kids that come
out. They really enjoy the experience," said Grubner. "They really
take it to heart. And for us, that
makes it all worth it." Xi
For more information
about Brainwave, visit
Fighting the fin
Councillor Jang pushes for
Vancouver shark fin ban
by Tyler McRobbie
At some point in life, we've all
begun a sentence with, "I don't
mean to sound racist, but..."
— often as a disclaimer before
bringing up a sensitive subject.
For City Councillor Kerry Jang,
who is also a professor of psychiatry at UBC, race is an especially
sensitive topic as he introduces
legislation banning an iconic
piece of Chinese culinary history
across much of Metro Vancouver.
The cities of Vancouver, Burnaby and Richmond are currently
in the midst of implementing
a ban on the use of shark fin,
an expensive Chinese delicacy
often used to flavour soups and
broths. Particularly common in
traditional Chinese weddings,
shark fin soup is served to honour one's guests. But considering
the deplorable way the fins are
often harvested, it's not hard to
see why there's a push against
the exotic ingredient. YouTube
is teeming with graphic videos
of the process, which show fins
being hacked off before the live
shark is thrown back into the
ocean to die.
Many in Vancouver find this
act to be nothing short of appalling. Yet the soup is available in
many Chinese restaurants across
the Lower Mainland, fuelled by
demand from affluent Chinese
immigrants who still enjoy
the dish. Jang warned that the
issue, as well as his intent, could
certainly be misinterpreted.
His work, very recently gaining
federal traction, walks a fine line
between honouring his constituents' Chinese heritage and
standing up for what he believes
to be right.
Jang was quick to state that
the ban should in no way be
considered ethnically motivated. "It's not really a cultural
thing. It's an ethical thing," he
said. After all, he added, this is
Vancouver — and Jang himself is
Jang conceded that the motion
would have garnered a different
reaction had it been proposed by
a Caucasian councillor. But the
move towards banning the product actually began under very
different circumstances in China.
Alongside fine wines and
other delicacies, shark fin soup
was known to be a bribe for
government officials; currently, it's being phased out in an
attempt to stunt corruption in
political circles.
As such, the banning of shark
fin soup is all part of a major
cultural shift that's paralleled here at home, albeit with
different motivations.
"The Chinese community is
going to have to face the fact
that, ifyou live in Canada, likely
there's goingto be some restrictions," said Jang. Xi
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UBC is really excited about
trying to sell you a new degree called the bachelor of
international economics.
So excited, in fact, that
they almost forgot to actually
consult with anyone before
ramming the program through.
An event put on by the Economics Student Association
earlier this week was billed as
a consultation, but amounted to
little more than senior admins
informing students that the degree is going to cost a lot more.
Now that they pulled the
approval off the Board of
Governors docket at the last
minute and actually asked students what they think, it isn't
surprising that more than a
few are balking at the price tag.
UBC wants to charge twice as
much as a regular BA for this
fancy new degree, and their
justification for the price tag
is a little shaky. They say the
extra money is to hire expensive top-tier professors to teach
smaller classes, and they also
want to run a careers centre to
help these students get jobs.
Making up a new alphabet-soup designation (go
ahead, Google "BIE programs")
is canny, because it means UBC
can get around the cap on tuition and name its own price. A
two-tier system may be unfair
to the lowly BA economics students, who won't get the small
classes and superstar profs, but
at least the BIE students will
be getting what they pay for,
right? Well, not really.
UBC wants a tuition price
that doesn't just pay for BIE
classes and amenities; it would
also pump over a million dollars back into UBC's central
budget. That's over a million
dollars from a school that will
have 320 students in it, at most.
We all know UBC's hurting
for money, but trying to re
package and resell a high-end,
souped-up BA to pay the bills is
desperate and a little sleazy.
THERE ARE 100,000
No one is surprised when
scalpers sell Canucks tickets.
And no one is surprised when
scalpers sell those tickets
above face value. But when the
tickets are for a charity event
on a university campus, it's a
whole other story.
UBC sold 5,000 tickets
for the Bieksa's Buddies vs.
Thunderbirds game, and
although the tickets were $20
each, almost none of them went
to students.
UBC could have easily charged $100 per ticket,
especially since the proceeds
are going to charity. However,
the price remained low so that
students could get tickets.
But students didn't get the
tickets. Scalpers did. And they
sold them for upwards of $150
on Craigslist.
Scalpers are professionals of
taking advantage of the system.
Their practices are shady at
best when it comes to regular
sporting events. But making
money off tickets that are supposed to be sold for charity is
a new low. Instead of the extra
$130 per ticket going to charity,
it is lining scalpers' pockets.
UBC said there was nothing
they could do to prevent ticket
scalping. Well, UBC, there was
something you could have done
to prevent scalping and ensure
students got a share of the
tickets. And it wouldn't have
been hard.
There should have been a
separate window of opportunity for students to buy tickets
in person, rather than leaving
them to the mercy of Ticket-
master, a venue scalpers know
exactly how to take advantage
of. If UBC set aside a portion
of tickets for students, there
would be less scalping, more
students at the game, and a
legitimate reason for the low
ticket prices.
It's the standard operating procedure whenever any fraternity
finds itself in a sticky situation:
clam up and say you're dealing
with the problem internally.
And that's absolutely their
prerogative. They're not public
entities, and we're not entitled
to information about their
inner workings.
But when the public hears a
fraternity has been disbanded
or otherwise, they fill in the
blanks with the most heinous
details imaginable.
And the public have a lot of
grist for their twisted imaginings. Like the 2010 flare-up at
the University of Alberta, when
it was revealed that pledges
were required to eat their own
vomit and spend time confined
in wooden boxes. The response
from the fraternity's international?
We're dealing with it internally.
The response from the
university community? These
actions, in other jurisdictions,
would be considered war
crimes. That DKE chapter
was ultimately banned from
Even if the events at Kappa
Sigma were relatively minor,
people's minds will go to the
extremes. The point is, we have
no way of knowing.
Not all fraternities should
be tarred with the same brush.
Most of them are well-managed organizations that strictly
decry the kind of hazing and
binge drinking that lands the
scuzzier chapters in trouble.
But the fact is that openness
is not a significant part of their
culture. It ought to be. Xi
Right to strike more
important than your
damn sandwich
by Andrew Bates
It's a struggle few students expect
to face: trying to cross campus and
being confronted by a picket line.
But that's been happening around
campus a lot lately, attracting
students' attention to a long-running labour negotiation that's
still unresolved.
Students tend to react in two
ways: complete surprise — as with
one student who tweeted last
week about a worker walking away
from his half-made sandwich — or
defiance at the thought of being
forcibly involved in a dispute.
But it's important to see a
picket line in the context of the
whole dispute. It's a two-party
problem, rather than a disruption
inflicted on bystanders by one
side. The responsibility to provide
university services, after all, is
not the employee's, but UBC's, to
whom you pay tuition. You are not
entitled to a cook and a techie and
a security guard, but it's right to
expect UBC to provide food, IT
and security services.
Failure to do so is a sign that
the house is not in order. Students
should push for the two sides
to make a deal, and we should
criticize either side for being unreasonable and delaying a solution.
But that's a two-way street that
both sides often decide to deliberately hide from the public.
Until then, we're stuck with the
picket lines. They are a fundamental part of the right to strike;
they attract attention to a labour
dispute and deter replacement
employees from entering the
workplace and diluting the power
of job action.
Power is, of course, what the
dispute is really about. Unions help
employees influence the terms of
their jobs. While employers have
many ways to get employees to do
what they want, unions really only
have one: refusing to work. This
is why the dispute has to spill into
the public realm; it's the only way
unions can get your attention and
take action in a way that has consequences for the employer.
The deeper context can be
tough to grasp when you're
feeling inconvenienced, like if a
cashier walks out just as you're
about to order food. But this is
not just about physical disruption.
That's why it seems a bit
disingenous for UBC to direct
students to find an alternate
entrance to picketed buildings.
Compelling students to evade
picket lines makes it feel like a
physical dispute between students and workers, rather than
a workplace dispute between
employees and employer.
At the core, students who
respect a union's right to strike
should not cross a picket line. I
believe that right is more important than avoiding inconvenience.
Crossing, blatantly or not, is an
attack on the whole concept of
organized labour and betrays an
ignorance of how much this process affects students.
Students account for a large
portion of the money flowing to
the university, and UBC pushes to
spend as little money as possible to
run this place. Unions are tryingto
keep that cost-cutting push from
causing undesirable work conditions.
At some point, they're goingto
have to find the balance. But until
they work their differences out,
we need to respect that process,
and that includes work stoppages
— even if it means we don't get our
morning coffee. Xi
Why we will cross picket
Dear Editor,
In response to Maddie Gorman's
letter stating her refusal to cross
CUPE 116's picket lines ("Why
I won't cross picket lines," Oct.
5), we now offer an alternative
explanation of why we will cross
Picket lines are an unwelcome
consequence of employee-employer disputes that should be
limited to the negotiating table.
As such, the disputes should
not spill over into the public realm because of an active
and vocal fraction of union
members. Denying services to
students, who are not a party in
this conflict, does very little to
endear their cause to the silent
majority on campus who are
annoyed and inconvenienced by
such disturbances.
Most importantly, UBC students are here for an education.
We should not abuse the immense commitments, financial or
otherwise, that we, our parents
and taxpayers have invested in
higher education for the sake of
making statements.
We will not be looking out
for "alternative entrances" to
picketed buildings. We will
be crossing the lines, and we
encourage fellow students to respect their professors and put the
pursuit of knowledge first.
Rafael Fuentes and Jason Salim
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