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New U-Pass implemenation delayed until 2014, UBC |
students will have to pony up $6 for a card I
Insane Clown Posse-inspired hackers
deface UBC Food Services website
Held at a Main Street theatre-
turned-party venue, Digital Zoo
will be the last summer festival
party for everyone who stayed in
Vancouver over the break or was
smart enough to show up early.
The year officially starts on
Saturday, with plenty to do in
residence and out. Forfirst-years
it's a magical time of discovery; for
upper-year students coming back
from break, a mad scramble to
move in and see everyone you've
been missing.
UBC'sseason opener will bea
huge draw with families and first
years on campus for the home
game. Getyourfacepainton
and head down to the iconic
Thunderbird Stadium for this
year's showdown with the
Calgary Dinos. $2 for students
There is nothing worse than
discovering the 75-foot
extension cord you've dragged
across campus has the
wrong connections. Luckily
improvising is our strong point,
so we grabbed a shorter cable,
framed up the light from the
sidelines and let loose.
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Brett Frid keeps T-birds running smoothly
Reyhana Heatherington
Senior Lifestyle Writer
A football player is breathing
heavily after running off the field
in the midst of practice, helmet
in hand.
"I need a screw," he pants.
Brent Frid locates the correct
piece from his heavy-duty fanny
pack, screws it into the side of the
white helmet, and ten seconds
later, hands the helmet back.
"Thank you, sir," the player
says, and sprints back to the turf.
"Just like NASCAR," Frid says
with a smile.
The Thunderbirds football
team is one of many that Frid
works with at UBC. Throughout
the year, he manages the equipment for the soccer, rugby, baseball and hockey teams. Now entering his 10th year at the school,
Frid came to this position thanks
to a call from UBC Athletics
legend Buzz Moore. But before
the amiable equipment manager
was toiling away on the gridiron,
his focus was on other sports.
Like many Canadian kids, Frid
grew up dreaming of playing
professional hockey and spent
hours skating outside while living
in Prince George.
"We had the backyard rink
that we never came off of, only to
eat and go to school and to sleep,"
he said.
Frid got as far as a Junior A
tryout with the Abbotsford Flyers
at age 18 before switching to
rugby and following in the footsteps of his father, who played for
Team Canada.
While Frid played various
sports growing up, rugby is his
passion. After travelling with
the Meraloma Rugby Club for 10
years, he moved on to coaching,
which he continues today. The
social aspect of the game is what
he enjoys most.
"There's an old saying in
rugby: if you are a rugby player
and you go to any other country in the world where rugby
is played, you have 15 instant
friends," Frid said.
The element of community is
important to Frid, who stands
well over six feet tall. Despite
his imposing presence, he is soft-
spoken, and it is obvious that he
could talk rugby for hours.
"[Rugby has] such a social element to it, where you will go out
on the field for 80 minutes and
pound the snot out of each other,
and then you have a drink with
them afterwards. It's very rarely
where other sports will do that."
Frid is quick to share the
names of equipment managers
who have helped him along the
way, including Brian "Red" Hamilton of the Vancouver Canucks
and Ken "Kato" Kasuya, equipment manager for the BC Lions.
As a new equipment manager
a decade ago, Frid sought advice
from Kasuya, a 33-year veteran of
the Lions' staff.
"I cold-called him and said,
'This is who I am, I'm new on the
job, can I sit down and pick your
brain?' There's no way ever in
life I can repay him, ever. So if he
needs anything from me, I say,
'Where? I'll be there.'"
Frid has helped out at six Lions
training camps and tries to emu-
Bret Frid is the equipment manager for UBC football, among other sports.
late the CFL environment for the
Thunderbirds, from the way the
locker room is organized to the
long days - an average work day
for Frid is 12 to 15 hours, which
can include five hours of laundry.
From stories of the Russian
Olympic team overloading the
electrical circuit at Thunderbird
Arena in 2010, to the time he flew
to South Africa to play rugby
with only a name, phone number
and return air ticket, Frid's life
has been peppered with memorable sports moments.
Shawn Mclsaac, former kicker
for the Thunderbirds, was working on campus and stopped by
the team's last practice before the
2013 season home opener. He said
Frid stood out from the previous
equipment managers.
"I can remember the two guys
before Brent didn't really want to
be here a lot," Mclsaac recalled.
"Brent always put in the hours
that the other people didn't want
to. It was really appreciated, for
Frid believes that his work
is "all about the kids," and his
role varies from day to day as he
establishes relationships with the
"You're many things to many
people," he said. "You're a parental figure, you're a hero, you're a
villain, you're a sympathetic ear
to listen."
Sitting at a football practice
with Frid as he coordinates the
clock and attends to multiple
equipment issues, it is clear that
he is much more than simply "the
finger that pushes the button on
the washing machine."
While Frid finds it difficult to
describe exactly what he does,
since every day is different,
it's clear that he is vital to the
functioning of the team. He is
knowledgeable and amiable, two
qualities that make him an asset
to the athletics department of
a university.
"We're lucky to have him just
as a person, because he takes his
job very seriously," said Shawn
Olson, head football coach at
UBC. "It's hard to find people
that are passionate about doing
the little things."
Olson recognized that Frid
is an important part of the
machinery of the football program — made up of about 110
people, including 90 players and
15 coaches.
"He's the unspoken core of
the team, or the heart and soul of
what we do. He's the guy behind
the scenes that makes everything
churn and move," Olson said.
At the end of practice, the
team takes a knee for the practice
review and announcements.
When Olson finishes his speech,
he defers to his supporting staff
members, starting with the
equipment manager.
"Anything to add, Mr. Frid?"
he asks.
"Very, very good job on the
locker room last night," Frid
tells the 90 exhausted athletes.
"You've set the bar and it can only
go up."
As for his future, Frid doesn't
know what he will do, though it
will likely involve sports. Like
many in the university environment, Frid is an eternal student.
"Sport has been such a big part
of my life and I feel I get value
from it. I try to learn something
every day, if it's from the coach
or the players or people I come
across," he said.
"But who knows when the
finish line is? It could be tomorrow, it could be another 10 years
down the road." tJ // News
There is no date set yet for the transition from the U-Pass to the new Compass card.
No Compass card until at least 2014
New transit pass will cost students an additional $6
Will McDonald
News Editor
The transition from the U-Pass to
the Compass card could be more
difficult than expected.
The new Compass cards will
be delayed until at least 2014 and
the cards will cost students $6,
according to AMS VP External
Tanner Bokor.
"There's no way they could be
free cards. It's just basic economics," said Bokor. "If they were to
be provided at no cost, TransLink
would be at a loss on the program,
which is not exactly a situation that
they would like."
Bokor said the $6 is refundable if
students return their Compass card
and have no outstanding charges on
it. The monthly fee for the U-Pass
has already risen to $35 this semester after last year's referendum.
Unionized AMS staff reject
agreement with employer
The AMS' unionized staff have rejected a tentative agreement with
the student union.
17 of the AMS' permanent staff
are part of the union COPE 378.60
per cent of the union's members
voted against the tentative agreement with their employer.
"We honestly don't really know
what the next big step is right
now," said COPE 378 spokesperson Jarrah Hodge. "We don't
want to rush into any decision."
Hodge did not rule out the
possibility of a strike, but said
it was unlikely the union would
take anyjob action within the
next week.
She said the union would
return to the bargaining table
as long as the AMS is willing to
continue negotiations.
Hodge could not say what parts
of the collective agreement union
members objected to.
Class of 2017 first year under
broad based admissions
A new class of first-years is set to
arrive on campus.
The class of 2017 contains 7,927
students and is the first class admitted underthe new broad-based
admissions criteria.
2,082 students from the class
are from outside of Canada. 4,406
come from within B.C.?!
Bokor said students will
continue to use paper U-Passes
until at least the second term this
school year. The AMS is about to
begin a beta test of the new Compass cards, but no date has been
set for when all UBC students
will use the new pass.
Students will also see a few
other changes with the implementation of the Compass card.
The Ubyssey obtained a copy of
the new U-Pass contract through
a Freedom of Information
request. The contract contains
new anti-fraud measures, as well
as information on the collection
of personal data from the new
Compass cards.
The contract states that
TransLink or individual schools
themselves can suspend students
from the U-Pass program in the
Nighttime security
guard added after
fall from new SUB
Sarah Bigam
News Editor
A single nighttime security guard
has been added to the New SUB
construction site in response to
an incident two weeks ago when
a woman fell from the scaffolding while trespassing on the site
According to Robert Brown, vice
president of UBC Properties Trust,
they will also be putting in motion-activated lights in key areas of
the site to act as a further deterrent
to potential trespassers. UBCPT
manages the New SUB site and has
been the project manager of over 125
projects on campus at UBCV and
UBCO in the last 10 years. The incident caused no damage to the site.
Brown said that UBCPT had
planned to put a nighttime security
guard on the site at the beginning of
September, so the result is an extra
three weeks of security.
According to Brown, the cost of
this extra security will come out of a
general fund in the project's budget
set aside for things like site safety,
security, deliveries and garbage
"If you need a little more security
at a certain time, we have the ability
to make adjustments there," said
Brown. "It's not a significant cost."
During the day, site safety is the
responsibility of the site's construction manager. The construe -
case of "fraudulent or inappropriate use of a U-Pass."
However, Bokor said the AMS
does not want to get involved
with punishing students for
U-Pass fraud.
"Rest assured, at the moment
there are no mechanism in place
to punish students if there is
U-Pass fraud aside from what fare
enforcement would do, which is
fine the student for being in violation of the U-Pass agreement,"
said Bokor.
The contract does not explicitly state how much students will
have to pay to obtain the Compass
card itself, only that students will
have to "acquire an adult-class
Compass card from TransLink's
fare media distribution channels
available to the general public."
Students will also have to register
the card on a U-Pass BC website
every month to get the U-Pass
benefit applied to the card.
"What I can say is that there
is and was pretty active debate
during negotiations on that particular cost from all sides. There
were some concerns expressed
and there continue to be concerns
expressed by all parties about the
cost," said Bokor.
Bokor said the AMS is considering getting fare-dealer status so
they could sell Compass cards, but
they don't have the capacity for it
at the moment.
"We would have 50,000
students potentially asking us
for cards. We have no outlet to
distribute that," said Bokor.
The contract also gives
TransLink the ability to collect
data from Compass cards about
transit use, in accordance with
the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority
Act. Students will have to tap
their Compass card both when
they board and disembark, and
TransLink will collect that data.
The contract states that the
data collected will be "opaque" —
meaning it won't contain any personal information, just raw data.
TransLink plans to use the data
to measure how much certain
transit routes are used, and adjust
services accordingly.
"TransLink never sees any
student information at all. All
they see is a random kind of slew
of numbers and letters that don't
necessarily associate to an individual," said Bokor.
TransLink will use the information it collects to evaluate the
services it offers. Bokor said he
thought the data would work in
students' favour, since it would
show how much UBC students
use transit, as well as show the
need for certain bus routes.
"I think after a few months
students will get used to it. It
will be a very smooth ride there
forward," said Bokor.
The current U-Pass contract is
set to expire in April 2016. ?!
The new SUB construction site will have a ni
tion manager must comply with
WorkSafeBC regulations, which
includes safeguarding against falls
by putting in temporary guardrails
on upper floors.
"For someone to actually have
an accident, they have to go a bit
out of the way to get themselves
into trouble," said Brown.
UBCPT had determined that
until the incident there was no
need for nighttime security. During the past 125 projects, they have
had "no serious issues" after-hours
and that UBC does security
patrols around campus at night
— although this does not include
patrolling the physical construction site.
The site is also close to the head
office of UBC Security, and is next
door to the SUB, which is under
the jurisdiction of AMS Security. Though they are not actually
responsible for security inside the
site, UBCPT thought the proxim-
ghttime security guard from now on.
ity of other security guards would
act as a sufficient deterrent to break-
ins, especially since UBC Security is
present 24-7.
"It's not necessarily practical to
have full-time security on each and
every property for the full duration,
[since] there's actually been no [incidents]," said Brown.
A break-in can still occur even
when security is present, as in the
2008 Museum of Anthropology
thefts when 12 pieces of artwork
from Haida artist Bill Reid were
stolen from the museum.
"Obviously if someone's intent
on getting into the site or is doing
mischief or vandalism, to a certain
extent you can only do so much,"
said Brown.
"The AMS really wants to let
students — anyone — know that construction sites are really dangerous,"
said AMS President Caroline Wong.
"We don't encourage unauthorized
access to construction sites." ?!
UBC Food
Services website
hacked, turned
into Insane
Clown Posse page
A screenshot taken from the page on
Sunday night.
Will McDonald
News Editor
The UBC Food Services website
was defaced Sunday night by
hackers claiming to be part of
Anonymous, a "hackivist" group
best known for their high-profile attacks on government and
corporate websites.
Chris Yong, senior IT manager for Student Housing and
Hospitality, said the website
was altered around 9:30 p.m. on
Sunday, August 25. He became
aware of the intrusion around 11
p.m. that night. The website was
back to normal around 9 a.m.
on Monday.
The site was replaced with an
Insane Clown Posse-themed page,
displaying images from the band,
an embedded music video and the
phrase "I'm down wit the Clown
til I'm dead in the ground."
According to the hacked
page's text, UBC Food Services
was targeted for "never feeding Canadian Juggalos at UBC
College" — "Juggalo" being a
term that refers to fans of Insane
Clown Posse.
The page credited @Sha-
dowDXS, a Twitter account held
by Branndon Pike, for hacking
the page. Pike denied executing
the attack.
"I did not deface any site. Ask
someone else," he responded
when asked for comment on the
website's defacement. His handle
has been previously implicated
in attacks by Anonymous; Pike
claimed in an interview with
Fox News that he had expressed
that he wasn't a supporter of the
group's actions and this made
him a target.
Yong said the website became
vulnerable on Friday after a new
employee updated the site, but
forgot to re-implement some
security measures.
"We have a new tech and I
guess we put the procedure in
place to make sure that after he
makes changes he hardens the
site after. It's a training issue,"
said Yong.
Yong said the hacking was
likely done by a group in the
United States using a plugin that
scans websites looking for vulnerabilities.
Yong said that the information
page for UBC Food Services was
the only site of many on the same
server that was affected. He said
the hacker was not able to access
any personal information.
"Our student portal is severely
hardened," said Yong. "There's
no was they're getting into that
one." ?! II Culture
Modern life writ small
SAL A students create a miniature world of hotel design history at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Rhys Edwards
Culture Editor
This summer, the Vancouver Art
Gallery proposed something few
other contemporary art institutions will acknowledge: that design, just like painting, sculpture
and video, can be a form of art.
Not just any kind of design,
however. Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life is an exhaustive
survey of hotel design, as well as
the history, life, and culture of
hotels across the earth. Perhaps
the most outstanding part of the
exhibition's design component is
its Hotel Typologies gallery, located on the southernmost wing
of the VAG's second floor. Here,
visitors encounter inordinately
complex architectural models of
some of the most famous hotels
in history, from the splendour
of Frank Lloyd Wright's Tokyo
Imperial Hotel to the enormity
of Canadian architect Moshe
Safdie's Marina Bay Sands resort
in Singapore.
These aren't the typically dull
models that you'll find in the
offices of architectural firms, like
the one featuring the New SUB
design currently located near the
food court of the old SUB. Instead,
these models creatively reflect the
lives of the individuals and communities who made and lived in
and around them. In other words,
they're works of art.
"Not unlike we might do at
school, we took a step back and
tried to understand what the
architect or designer was trying to
get at with that particular building," said Warren Scheske, one of
the School of Architecture and
Landscape Architecture (SALA)
students who worked on the
Typologies project. "Maybe how it
reflected that particular era that it
was built in, or the broader social
issues that were in it, and then we
would try our best to represent
that through the models."
Frank Lloyd Wright's Imperial Hotel is just one of the many architectural models on display in the design segment of Grand Hotel.
Unlike many of their assignments at SALA, however, Grand
Hotel provided an opportunity for several of its students
to step outside of their usual
academic routine.
"Contrary to a lot of other projects of this type, we had artistic
control," said Aubrey Zacharias,
a fourth year MA architecture
student like Scheske.
"What that kind of meant was a
sort of abstraction," he said. "A lot
of architectural models fall into the
category of representational, so in
our discussion with the curators,
and it was a dialogue absolutely. We
were asked to refrain from being
representational as much as possible in order to eke out the concept
of the architect while imagining
that in a larger typological set, as a
series of hotels."
Such stylization is prominent in
some of the models. For example,
the model of the monumental
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New
York features minute photographic
slides of famous guests and visitors
placed into every one of its windows. A light inside illuminates
the slides, allowing visitors to get a
sense of the political and cultural
significance of the building.
Both Zacharias and Scheske, as
well as senior architecture student
Cameron Koroluk, work for Good-
weather Studios, an open design
consortium of UBC students led by
curatorial PhD candidate Michael
Lis. The group was approached by
senior VAG curator Bruce Gren-
ville for the project. The students
were expected to use their own
ingenuity to explore the theme
of the exhibition, while at the
same time delivering a refined,
consistent product.
"It's not uncommon for us to
analyze older projects, but to be
able to do it with so much care
and attention was definitely a new
thing for us," noted Scheske.
Despite the apparent formality
of the VAG commission, as well
as the technical rigour normally
associated with architectural
design, Zacharias asserted that
the actual working period was
relatively chaotic.
"Our process became very fluid
by the end. The first model took
six months to build, the second
model took three months to build,
the third model took a month to
build, and then the fourth through
twelfth models took two or three
weeks to build." Over the last few
days, Zacharias added, the team
had to pull in nine more students
to help get the work done, each one
working on less than four hours
of sleep. Everyone had to consult
with each other to ensure consistency, not always successfully.
"For most of the decisions, the
conceptual stories that we were
telling for the models, we decided
as a group. We had four chefs deciding the flavour of one soup, and
then one chef would carry on and
say 'Well damn you, I'm changing
cumin to curry.'"
Nevertheless, the success of the
project has impacted the trajectory
of Goodweather Studios immensely. Not only have the students made
significant contacts — they're
already working on another project
for the Museum of Vancouver —
they've also been granted a kind of
encouragement not often experienced by graduate students.
"Just to undertake a project of
that scope, in that timeframe, has
really inspired all of us to approach the last eight months of our
degree with a kind of confidence
and excitement that I don't think
we would have caught without
that opportunity," said Scheske.
But in spite of their achievements, the students remain humble about their work.
"You talk and you listen to guys
who have been doing it their whole
lives, and they're still just getting
there," mused Zacharias. "The
architect becomes famous at 75.
"We're young. We've got a long
way to go." ?!
Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern
Life is on show at the Vancouver
Art Gallery until Sept. IS.
Comics With a Cause takes a stand against sexual violence
Vigilante hero the Brander finds another unwilling victim among the pages of Comics With a Cause's crowdfunded initiative, BRANDED.
Erica Milley
It's not a bird or a plane — it's a
comic that confronts the trauma,
stigma and shame faced by victims
of sexual violence.
Inspired by the many untold
stories of sexual assault, Vancouver
writer Rodrigo Caballero and his
team at Comics With a Cause are
getting ready to release BRAND
ED, a free webcomic that aims to
raise awareness of violence against
women and its effects on individuals
and communities.
Caballero started Comics With a
Cause, a group of illustrators, writers, videographers and advocates,
after being inspired by an exhibit
at the Vancouver Public Library
during the National Day of Remembrance for Violence Against Women.
A lifelong fan of comics, he saw
them as a format with the power
to bring a realistic story of sexual
violence to a diverse audience.
"It is my belief that what we
see in the media regarding sexual
violence against women is a very
skewed and sensationalist version,"
Caballero said. "Our comic gives a
more accurate and sensitive take."
To help BRANDED get off the
ground, Comics With a Cause
received a grant from UBC's Sexual
Assault Initiative Fund, and began
production in the spring of 2013.
The SAIF grant, however, did not
cover the full cost of producing a
comic, which can be as much as $170
per page.
To cover expenses, Comics With
a Cause ran an Indiegogo fundraiser, which exchanged perks,
like a cameo in the final comic, for
donations. The campaign raised
over $2,800, but fell short of the estimated $15,000 necessary to produce
the comic in full.
Still, the group went ahead
with the project. Cabellero crafted the script with input from the
BC Women's Hospital and UBC's
Sexual Assault Support Centre and
partnered with Vancouver illustrator Reetta Linjama to create it.
BRANDED follows four characters whose lives are changed by the
Brander, a vigilante targeting perpetrators of sexual violence. Theresa, a
victim of sexual assault; Tory, a student activist; Dez, a struggling street
poet; and Detective Perry, a police
investigator, are all confronted with
the Brander's actions and the meaning behind them.
Unlike many popular comics depicting a hero who takes the law into
their own hands, the vigilante in
BRANDED takes a more peripheral
role. The Brander is featured sparsely in the comic itself, and his identity
is as mysterious to the audience as it
is to the main characters. The heart
of BRANDED is instead the victims
and other community members who
are affected by sexual violence.
Even the comic's title reflects the
shifted focus. According to Caballero, 'branded' refers not only to the
title character, but also to the way
that survivors of sexual violence are
labeled and stigmatized. The idea
that victims, and not perpetrators,
are to blame for sexual violence
is a myth that the Sexual Assault
Support Centre and the creators of
BRANDED work to dispel.
Caballero emphasizes that the
aim of the story is not to glorify
or promote violence as a response
to sexual assault, but to provoke
"Controversy often sparks
discussion and using comics and
storytelling is a dramatic way
of raising awareness of violence
against women," he said. "Yes,
there is some violence in BRANDED, but never without depicting its
consequences." ?!
The first episode o/BRANDED
will be released in late September. To
learn more, visit brandedthecomic. // Sports + Rec
UBC football looks to weather the storm
Team will be faced with tough circumstances right away in home opener against Calgary on Saturday
Bryan Rideoutand Vivie Bojilovwill be two key members of UBC's defence in 2013.
C J Pentland
Managing Editor, Web
"All-weather," reads the blue
lettering across the front of UBC
football team's shirts. They're
about to take part in their final
practice of the first week of training camp, their eighth practice in
the past four days. Today, it's blue
skies and mid-20-degree temperatures, but this Saturday, conditions will become much tougher
— and not just weather-wise.
The team motto doesn't just
mean that the Thunderbirds must
play in whatever weather conditions they're faced with — and
with them visiting Manitoba and
Calgary in October, who knows
what they'll have to deal with in
that regard. It means that they
must overcome whatever adversity
they face on and off the field.
Last year, the team failed to do
that, battling injuries all season
long and finishing 2-6 just one
year after they made the Canada
West final.
This year, they'll be faced with
some tough circumstances right
away to see whether or not they
are contenders. The defending
five-time Canada West champions, the Calgary Dinos, will visit
Thunderbird Stadium on August
31, providing arguably the toughest on-field conditions that the
T-Birds will face all season.
"I think every game for us
is [big]; our motto for us is we
show up every single week," said
UBC head coach Shawn Olson,
who heads into his fourth year at
the helm. "Obviously when you
come out of the gates playing the
five-time defending Canada West
champion and one of the top teams
in the country, that will be a good
measuring stick."
In addition to showing where
the team is at, the game will also
show which players are ready to
compete. There are a number of
battles for starting roles that have
caused several players to make
huge strides during the off-season.
This includes quarterbacks Carson
Williams and Greg Bowcott, who
are attempting to fill the large
shoes left by former CIS MVP
Billy Greene.
While both players hail from
Abbotsford, B.C., they enter this
season by different routes. Williams is a fourth-year veteran who
has stuck it out for three years
as a backup, learning the ins and
outs of the UBC offence, while
Bowcott is a transfer who previously spent time at Simon Fraser
University, and with the Langley
Rams of the Canadian Junior
Football League. Right now, there
is no clear-cut starter to lead the
T-Bird offence.
"You have a guy who's been here
for four years and has had a very,
very good off-season, and he's very
in tune with what we're doing
offensively," said Olson in regards
to Williams. "He's very on top of
everything, often correcting bad
formations and getting the team in
the proper plays, which is a huge
part of playing quarterback.
"And then you have Greg," Olson continued. "[It's] his first time
to our team, [but] he's got playing
experience..., so he has a tendency
when we get into competitive
situations to be able to find ways to
make plays. He definitely doesn't
have as good a grasp of what we're
trying to do when the plays get
very long and extended... [but]
he's a natural leader, guys gravitate towards him, he's got a huge
physical presence and he's got a
very, very high ceiling."
However, for the first time in
three seasons, the quarterback
position won't be the main starting point for the offence. Olson
wants to run more of a 50-50
split between the passing and
rushing offence, so he admits
that third-year running back
Brandon Deschamps will be the
"bell cow" on the ground this
year. The power runner took the
Canada West by storm last year
to lead the conference in rushing
with 785 yards on the ground,
and will be relied on heavily to
power the 'Birds.
Aside from the loss of number
one receiver Jordan Grieve, the
wide receiving corps will look
much the same, and Olson expects a few players to step up like
Deschamps did last year. Patrick
Bull had 272 receiving yards and
four touchdowns last year and is
expected to be a key this season,
while newcomers Alex Morrison
and Niko Jakobs have impressed
during training camp. Morrison
Running back Brandon Deschamps had a breakout season in 2012, the Thunderbirds
will be looking for a repeat performance this year.
is a 6-foot-4 threat who ran his
40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds,
while Jakobs has "caught everything in sight and just seems to
always find himself open" during
the summer.
It won't be the offence that will
be tested most, though. Last year,
the Thunderbirds racked up the
second most yards of total offence
in the conference with Greene
playing on knees that needed
surgery, but their defence gave
up the second most. Much of it
was due to injuries, which meant
that the defensive side of the ball
was basically a revolving door
of new players. When inevitable
injuries happen this year, Olson
believes that his team has enough
depth to weather the storm this
time around.
"I think our front seven is going
to be pretty good. I think everything in the Canada West has a
tendency to start with the run, so
if we can stop the run we'll be in
good shape," said Olson, noting
that linebackers Vivie Bojilov and
Riley Jones will be key forces. "I
think the overall talent on defence
has been greatly improved, and I
think there's a much better understanding of their responsibilities
than in the past years."
Overall, this season's team
has more depth than they've had
in years. In a short yet grueling
season, that may turn out to be the
difference. There still are question marks — it seems that every
year begins with the belief that
the defence will be better, and the
two quarterbacks have thrown a
combined six passes for UBC — but
there appears to be a new sense of
optimism surrounding this team
during training camp. If they can
all come together, they can take on
whatever conditions they're faced
with, and perhaps create a perfect
storm of their own. ?! SPORTS    I    THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2013
Whistler makes student pass all-ages
Students over 30 are now eligible for the $1,070 discount
Full-time students in the 30-and-over age category will now be able to enjoy Whistler Blackcomb season passes at the discounted student rate.
Natalie Scadden
Sports + Rec Editor
Whistler Blackcomb announced
Tuesday that they have removed
the age restrictions on their highly
coveted student passes.
Previously, the student pricing
was available only to students
aged 17-29, excluding the several
thousand UBC Vancouver students
over 30 years of age. While you
still need to be a full-time student
at a pre-approved B.C. or Washington university or college, those in
the 30-and-over age category will
no longer have to swallow the full
$1,589 price tag for an adult season
pass, and are now eligible for the
$519 student rate (both early-bird
Both Whistler Blackcomb
and the UBC Ski and Board Club
have acknowledged receiving
complaints about the age restric
tions in the past, especially from
graduate students.
"We've heard the complaints ...
and our answer to that has always
been that it's Whistler and they
make up their own rules," said Ski
and Board president Peter Wojnar.
"In the past years, a lot of
older students have been getting
fake IDs so that they can get the
Whistler student pass," he added.
"It'll be cool that they won't have
to do that."
Whistler Blackcomb regional
sales account executive Sarah
Haffey said that management is
"excited that it's more of a transparent, clear program open to all
full-time students." She cautioned,
however, that distance education
classes and paid co-op programs
and internships still don't count
towards the full-time course load
needed for eligibility.
Wojnar suggested that even
though Ski and Board is a predominantly undergraduate club
and the majority of its members
won't be affected directly, it opens
up opportunity for older students,
and that could in turn benefit the
younger crowd as well.
He thinks the move is "all
positive," and points to things like
social events and a ride share page
as ways that Ski and Board helps
bring together people "who just
want to make new friends to ski
Also new in Whistler Blackcomb this winter will be the
addition of two high-speed chair
lifts. The Crystal Ridge quad chair
has been added to Blackcomb
Mountain, while the Harmony
Express lift on Whistler Mountain
has been upgraded to a six-person
chair. ?!
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Disabled athletes custom bike stolen from UBC residence
Brandon Chow
Senior News Writer
As The Ubyssey reported last year,
UBC is notorious for bike theft.
But what makes Annika Van der
Meer's case unique is her bike's
customized pedals, which had
been specially fitted to accommodate her paralyzed right leg.
The bike was stolen from her
residency's parking lot on Dal-
housie Road about a week ago. A
medical student on exchange from
the Netherlands, Van der Meer has
been in Vancouver for the last six
weeks, interning at the BC Cancer
Foundation. A competitive skier
and cyclist, she's been cycling with
the Lululemon Kitsilano Cycling
Club during her stay.
Van der Meer says she was first
put on skis at 15 months, or when
her father first noticed that she
was stable on her feet. Throughout her childhood, she competed
in skiing at the national level,
until tearing her ACL at the age
of 19.
Two years after having a minor
surgery, a surgeon convinced her
that she would need a more major
operation. "It took way longer
than expected because of a lot of
complications due to scar tissue
and stuff like that in the knee,"
she said.
That's when she first started
to suffer from ischemia, a disease
that restricts blood supply to
tissue. Despite being medically
advised that she would never be
able to walk again, Van der Meer
went on to compete as a national
paracyclist. To do so, she needed
physiotherapy, a leg brace and a
customized bicycle.
"The bike was [initially] a regular bike, ordered from a place in
Germany," she explained. But once
her mechanic ordered the blue
Red Bull Pro SL bike, he took it to
another place where a number of
modifications were made. Van der
Meer said the bike cost her about
$2,500 including the customization job, which added a stationary
pedal that allowed her to rest her
paralyzed leg.
Van der Meer hopes the culprit
will realize the unique nature of
the bike and be decent enough to
return it. Anyone with information
surrounding the location of the
bike can contact UBC RCMP at
(604) 224-1322.
Annika van der Meer was told she would never walk again, but went on to race as a national paracyclist
The Ubyssey hacks UBC Food Services.
This Saturday is the UBC football
team's first home game. You should
go to it. And you should go to all the
other home games after it.
Student tickets only cost $2.
For $20, you can get a Blue Crew
Pass, which provides access
to any UBC home game in any
sport. And a T-shirt. You'd be
lucky to even set foot in a football
stadium in the U.S. for twice
that price.
If the price hasn't sold you yet,
maybe alcohol will. The game
has a beer garden. What's better
than football and beer?
Alcohol not your thing? How
about watching high-calibre
athletes play a sport they are
great at?
Not into sports? Go anyway,
hang out with your friends, and
cheer or boo as appropriate.
If you're uncertain, a guttural
cry of the word "SPORTS" is
always acceptable.
UBC has been plagued with a
lack of school spirit for too long.
Show up to the football games
and do your part to help UBC
athletics gain the popularity
they deserve.
The stupidity of the hacking of
UBC Food Services' website is
hard to overstate.
First, the fact that UBC IT
would leave a website's security in the hands of someone so
inexperienced as to leave the
site wide open to hackers is
worrying. Second, the fact that
a hacker would be so lacking in
cleverness as to think the coolest
possible hack would be to decorate a Canadian university's food
services page with the Insane
Clown Posse is incredibly lame.
On the university's end, it's
scary to think what could have
happened if an inexperienced
tech was in charge of something
with students' personal information on it. And while UBC IT
assured students that their information is much better protected,
it makes us wonder what less
visible mistakes inexperienced
employees are making with
UBC's online network.
On the hacker's end, we presume he or she was a "Juggalo,"
part of the cult-like following
ICP has amassed — or maybe just
finds them amusing. It was reported that the hacker most likely found the Food Services site by
using an app that scans websites
all over the world for vulnerabilities, and presumably he or she
just plugged in the ICP theme.
Could the hacker not have gotten
creative, with at least a reference
to Canada or Canadian food? The
Ubyssey expected better.
UBC and the AMS strive to be
transparent in many of their ventures. They post endless consultations with stakeholders across the
university. But they have been less
than transparent when it comes
to U-Pass negotiations. We had
to use the Access to Information
Act to get a copy of the contract
that every student has ostensibly
signed by passing the U-Pass referendum last winter, and despite
that, details of how the Compass
program will actually work for
students are still murky.
Worse still, TransLink is being
less than forthcoming on how
they will use the new contract to
crack down on fraud, a constant
complaint from the agency. And
while AMS VP External Tanner Bokor says that the AMS
will not be enforcing U-Pass
fraud, he's been mum on what
TransLink will do with students
caught trading their pass away.
TransLink, the AMS and the university need to come up with the
information students are entitled
to know about the program,
before they put those systems
in place.
Whistler Blackcomb has removed
age restrictions on their student
season pass, previously only
available to those 17-29 — opening
it to all full-time students at select
B.C. and Washington state universities. This is a good decision.
Arguably, the over-$l,000
discount offered to students is
meant to be an acknowledgment
that students may not have the
funds that adults have to spend
on recreation like skiing. There's
no reason why a 30-year-old
student should be expected to
have any more disposable income
than a 29-year-old student.
The Ubyssey applauds Whistler
Blackcomb for opening the pass
to all ages.?!
Student hiring
policies need a
reality check
I'm beginning to seriously question whether the AMS and UBC
are actually interested in helping
students find jobs.
Finding jobs on campus is
tough these days. Apparently,
even applying for a minimum
wage, entry-level job requires a
cover letter — if you're looking
for employment through AMS,
that is. Are they really expecting
us to write cover letters about
our passion for food scooping
(the Moon) or pizza slicing (Pie R
Fortunately, I do have some
relevant experience from working at the Totem cafeteria (which
pays $10.75 and does not require
a cover letter). I guess I can
probably write a paragraph about
the amazing personal growth I
experienced while serving food
at the Asian station; very inspiring and meaningful work, let me
tell you.
EI guess I can
probably write a
paragraph about
the amazing
personal growth I
experienced while
serving food at
the Asian station.
I actually received a job offer
from the Honour Roll not long
ago, but because I wasn't in
Vancouver at the time, I couldn't
make it to the interview and had
to reschedule. Just one day later,
I get a reply letting me know that
someone else was hired instead.
Clearly, applicants are being
hired on a first-come-first-serve
basis — how would they have
known that I wasn't the better
candidate? They couldn't even
wait two days to interview me
first to see if I might be more
suitable? What's the point of
setting an application deadline,
then? I wonder if they even consider the quality of the applications
that they receive, since availability
for an interview appears to be the
primary factor for hiring.
There's also Work Learn, with
over 1,500 on-campus positions
to choose from this fall. However, it won't take long for you to
start wondering whether there
really are 1,500 positions up
for grabs, as the following job
descriptions demonstrate.
"This position is open to only
international undergraduate
This one I can understand.
It's certainly more difficult for
international students to find
jobs, and they do pay much
higher school fees than domestic
students. It makes sense that the
university is giving them priority
for some jobs. But it still reduces
the number of jobs available to
most UBC students.
"We strongly encourage
qualified international
undergraduate students to
apply to this position."
This one's a bit more ambiguous.
It is unclear from the wording
whether domestic students
really have a shot at all. For
jobs like this, is there a quota
for the number of domestic
students that can be hired? Are
domestic students an acceptable
backup who will only be hired if
there aren't enough "qualified"
international students to fill the
positions? Will a less qualified
international student be given
preference over a more qualified
domestic student? Some
clarification or transparency in
the hiring process would be nice.
"This position is expected
to be filled by a previously
identified student candidate
and is included here to inform
you of its existence at the
Thanks, UBC. I have neither
connections nor a job, but at
least now, after scrolling through
pages and pages of Work Learn
listings, I know of the existence of all the sweet jobs that
are unavailable.
I think I'm better off finding a
job on Craigslist.?! II Scene
Stripping bare the body image at Wreck Beach Day
Aurora Tejeida
Senior Culture Writer
The stairway leading down to
Wreck Beach has 473 steps, and
although it might look like another
trail from Marine Drive, those
steps are all that lie between you
and Canada's first and largest
clothing-optional beach.
This particular Sunday morning, the last one in August, Judy
Williams is already at the top of
the stairs at 9 a.m.
Williams chairs the Wreck
Beach Preservation Society, and
today is their third try at organizing this year's annual Wreck Beach
Day. The weather hasn't been great
the last two times the event was
organized, so she's hoping for a
nice sunny day.
"It's weather dependent; if you
don't have the weather you don't
have the crowd," said Williams.
The activities for the day
include a sandcastle event, the
photographing of this year's postcard and the BAM.
"The body acceptance machine
[BAM] is a multi-colour tent,"
Williams explained. "You crawl
in with your clothes on, come out
naked and you get a gift certificate
for the beach vendors. In other
words, they'll give you a discount
on whatever it is you want to buy
that day, as long as you are still
This year's event is being held in
honour of Amanda Todd, a Grade
10 student from Port Coquitlam,
B.C., who committed suicide last
October. Todd had been the victim
of online bullying.
Wreck regulars often go by aliases at the beach. Santosh is one of the many colourful vendors you might meet.
"Our postcard this year is going
to read 'no bullying!' made with
human bodies. That's why we need
sunshine, because nobody is going
to come out on a cloudy day and
nobody is going to lie down on the
sand to form these letters if it's
really cold," said Williams.
The photo is going to be a tricky
one for the photographer. A previous postcard had the word 'love,'
but that's just four letters — not
the 10, plus an exclamation point,
required for this year's.
On the bright side, they might
have enough people to pull it off.
This year's portrait photo, another
annual event different to the postcard, had 475 nude people in it.
They've had 600 in previous years,
but Williams says turnout might
have been smaller because they
shot it on the same weekend as the
Vancouver Folk Music Festival.
Even though there are portraits
and postcards, it's important to
note that cameras can be dangerous at Wreck beach. In less than
an hour, at least two people were
discouraged from taking photos
— a measure that is more than
understandable when it comes to
nudity. On any given day at Wreck
beach you're bound to see plenty
of nudity, including children, so
being careful with where you point
a camera is expected. Better yet,
don't bring a camera at all.
Preventing photos has gotten
trickier since people started using
smart phones, according to Dave
Murdoch. Murdoch is a retired
high school teacher, and he's been
coming to Wreck Beach for 30
years. He says he has been here
every month of the past year, but
his favorite time is between fall
and spring — less people.
He still remembers when he
came down to this beach 50 years
ago to party with his grad class. To
this day, it's not uncommon to see
people drinking on the beach, even
though it's illegal.
Murdoch knows everyone at
the beach, which is not surprising
after 30 years. A big part of Wreck
Beach is community.
This includes newcomers like
Erich, who started working as
a vendor this past July. "People
here are fantastic," he said while
setting up his stand.
For Erich, who also works as a
female-to-male drag queen by the
name Leada Stray, life has always
been about body image politics.
That doesn't happen here — seeing
other people embrace their bodies
inspires him to embrace his.
"Here I have the freedom to
take my shirt off," he said. "This is
my haven."
This is exactly what events
like today's Wreck Beach Day are
meant for.
"If you're not going to accept
your body, then you're not going to
accept other people," said Williams, tl
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11- Leg
15- Ancient Greek colony
16-Bass, e.g.
17-Brand name for a
copying machine
18-Used up
19-Bandleader Brown
20-Fencing blades
22-Autocratic Russian rulers
24-Electric appliance
28-Warm and cozy
29- Shoot from the root of a plant
30- Homerun king Hank
32-Sock me!
33-Oklahoma city
39- all-time high
40- -mo
41- Revenuers, forshort
42-Take a break
43-Sneaks a look
45-Pro follower
48-Less fatty
54-Little laugh
55- Grows in Brooklyn
57- Get a move on
58-Actress Taylor
60-       Ark
65-One million
66- Adlai's running mate
67-Mother of Perseus
68-Dancer Charisse
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2-Flamenco cry
4-HBO alternative
7-Thick cord
8-Supermodel Sastre
9-Fall from grace
10- Body art
11-Festive occasions
12-On one's toes
21-Confined, with "up"
23-Golf hazard
24-Wild rose
25-Starbucks order
26-Kett and James
28-Lilt syllable
30-Narrow street
31- Dilbert intern
36-Appliance brand
43-Seed vessel
44-Plumlike fruit
47- Swerved
50- Moral precept of conduct
51- Having some prominent
52-In the lead
53-Salad green
59-Legal ending
61-Feedbag bit
62-Year abroad
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