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You can catch the Thunderbird Marching Band at most of the UBC sports games.
Max Bogard marches to
his own trombone
Matisse Emanuele
Max Bogard is the loudest man
in the room.
Quite a feat when he's competing with the cheering crowds
at a UBC men's basketball game
against UC Riverside, but this is
what Bogard likes best: cheering
and getting everyone else into it.
As the president of the Thunderbird Marching Band, he does a
pretty good job entertaining the
Founded in 2012, the
Thunderbird Marching Band
is small, with only 12 members
showing up to this particular
game, but it's clear that a lot of
personality and a lot of sound
can come out of the group. The
band plays through each break
and halftime, and Bogard is
the first to lead the crowd into
chants and songs to either cheer
on the home team or try to distract the opponent.
"The easiest thing is playing, having fun and cheering at
games," he says.
When a player from the opposing team, ironically from Bo-
gard's home state of California,
steps up to the free throw line,
Bogard sends the crowd into a
loop. He starts singing "I'm a
Little Teapot" at the top of his
lungs. The rest of the band and
the crowd quickly join in before
dissolving into laughter.
"I get my inspiration from other
marching bands, other things I've
seen at games," he says.
The third-year economics
major first got into marching
bands as a kid, when he would
go to the University of California, Irvine basketball games and
sit by the band.
He picked up the trombone
for a simple reason. "There's the
slidey thing; you can poke the
person in front of you," he said.
"It's awesome."
He was not dissuaded by the
lack of marching band culture
in Canada when he came to UBC
for school.
"In Canada, the marching
It's really
the team.
Max Bogard
Thunderbird Marching
Band President
bands are all cadets. I wanted
to show everyone what a real
marching band was like. It's not
just military tunes, [it's] rock
music," he says. "We're all about
fun atmosphere and welcoming
people to the event."
From the moment the game
started to well after people began
leaving, the marching band played
at every available moment, always
reading the crowd to see what was
causing the students, in particular
the engineers, to dance and what
was not.
The set list for the night's
game included the old standards
of sporting events, meant to
rouse the crowd and distract
the teams, but the highlight of
the night was their rendition of
"Thrift Shop" by Macklemore
and Ryan Lewis. Bogard and the
band arrange and generally "figure out how to play" everything
themselves. While most of the
members of the band read off
sheet music, Bogard was once
again in the front, louder than
the rest.
Though he is clearly the
frontman, all charisma and
theatricality, he is quick to
point out that it is not just him.
"It's really about the team," he
The Thunderbird Marching
Band is the only marching band
in Western Canada, and Bogard
wants to make it even bigger.
He's even considering taking
the band on the road with
the sports teams to represent
UBC at away games in Seattle
or Calgary.
As the crowd ebbs, feeling
a little disappointment in the
UBC loss but still giddy with
excitement, Bogard turns to his
team with a big grin on his face.
"Good job guys! Now let's go
home," he says.
If one had to guess, however,
Bogard is probably going home
to think about the next game,
the next chance to entertain the
crowd. XI
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Two CUS executives have resigned, CUS FROSH is cancelled and the Sauder building was graffitied on Monday.
Update: CUS execs resign, FROSH cancelled
Will McDonald
News Editor
Two Commerce Undergraduate
Society (CUS) executives have
resigned, and traditional FROSH
events will no longer be held at
the Sauder School of Business as
a result of the recent rape cheer
CUS President Enzo Woo
and VP Engagement Gillian Ong
announced their resignation in a
release posted the morning of Sept.
"As the leader of the CUS, I am
deeply remorseful at what has transpired," Woo said in the release. "It
would be naive to think that these
problems can be solved overnight,
but we have an opportunity moving
forward to institute a culture of
recovery and acceptance. I hope
that my resignation can serve as
the crucial first step in this process
UBC prof calls bull on
cow-tipping myth
At long last, a UBC zoology prof
has provided an answer to an
age-old question: canyoutip
a sleeping cow? Many people
would say yes, you can, but
according to Margo Lillie and
her student Tracey Boechler, it's
mathematically implausible.
Not only do cows not sleep
standing up, but they are simply
too heavy for a single person
to push over — especially if the
cow gets a chance to brace itself.
Accounting for the weight of a cow
and the average force a person can
produce, researchers estimated it
would take six people of average
strength to successfully tip a cow.
Canada ranks as the 6th happiest country in the world
According to a recent survey
co-authored by UBC professor
emeritus of economics John Helli-
well, Canada is the sixth happiest
country in the world. Factors that
contributed to Canada's high ranking include its "long life expectancies, high average income and
robust social ties."
The World Happiness Report
has been conducted in more than
150 countriessince2005 and asks
people to rank their happiness on
a scale from 1 to 10. On average,
people ranked their happiness at
5.1 in 2013, with Canada coming in
at 7.48. With 7.69 points, Denmark
holds the top spot, xi
and I can help heal the community
that has been an enormous positive
influence in my life."
Woo did not respond to requests
for comment by press time.
"I recognize that as a responsible
student leader I must step down to
allow the society to implement the
changes that it needs to create a
positive, inclusive environment for
all students," said Ong in the release.
The release also said the CUS
will no longer host its independent
FROSH event.
All CUS leaders will also be
required to take "anti-violence ally
training," run by the AMS Sexual
Assault Support Centre.
Robert Helsley, the dean of Sauder, released a statement in response
to the resignations.
"There is no doubt that this has
been a challenging time for these
students, and I understand that
their decision to resign their posts
Minischool closed,
Volunteer Connect
to be phased out
Sarah Bigam
News Editor
The AMS has acted on recommendations from its first comprehensive
services review since 1994.
At a meeting on Sept. 4, the
AMS passed a series of motions in
response to the review, which was
released on August 15. These included closing Minischool and Volunteer
Connect, putting a mandate for
regular reviews for services into the
AMS code of procedures, and forming a working group to look further
into the issue of unpaid internships.
Minischool, which offered classes
ranging from "Magic 101" to "West
Coast Swing," was discontinued as
an official student service, effective
immediately. It had dropped significantly in enrollment over the past
three years.
Council also authorized the
closure of Volunteer Connect, which
was formed in 1982 to help students
find volunteer positions in the community. The report noted that the
UBC Centre for Student Involvement and Careers offer a service
that is similar.
The motion directed the Executive Coordinator of Student Services
Matthew Duguay to work with UBC
to transition the service's offerings
to the university, with the program
fully phased out no later than May
2,2014. Duguay said that the AMS's
biannual volunteer fairs would also
could not have been an easy one,"
said Helsley in the release.
"Although they are stepping out
of their positions in student leadership, these students remain valued
members of the Sauder community.... Going forward, Sauder's faculty and staff will continue to work
with the Commerce Undergraduate
Society to create a positive, respectful environment that supports our
vibrant student community."
Helsley also hosted a press
conference on Monday, Sept. 9 addressing the chant that has received
national attention.
Helsley said Sauder would cease
to support FROSH, but that they
would still support "FROSH-like
He said that Sauder would launch
a "fact-finding team" to investigate
the chant. Every one of the Sauder
FROSH leaders has been asked to
meet with the dean.
At the conference, Helsley said
students involved in the chant could
be given punishments ranging from
verbal warnings to expulsion.
On the morning of the press
conference, the words "fuck rape
culture" were spray-painted on the
Henry Angus Building, as well as in
Koerner Plaza. "Teaches rape" was
also painted on the plaque outside
the Henry Angus Building, to read
"Sauder School of Business teaches
Helsley said the graffiti was
troubling, but that it showed legitimate frustration and anger.
"People are expressingtheir
indignation over these events and I
share those views," he said
The graffiti was cleaned that
morning and RCMP are handling
the incident as a mischief case. XI
-With files from Sarah Bigam and
Arno Rosenfeld.
Minischool is now closed, and Volunteer Connect is closing after the services review.
be transferred to university control.
An amendment to the AMS code
of procedures, which would include
a requirement for yearly reports
from the services department
as well as regular reviews of the
services department itself, will be
drafted by the legislative procedures
committee, and brought to the first
AMS Council meeting in November.
The possibility of expanding
Speakeasy features, and of creating a scholarship database, an
used book exchange service, and
a new service to help students
find off-campus housing, will
be investigated.
"One in particular that we've
looked at is the off-campus housing office," said Duguay. "But the
way we are framing that service,
it would most likely be some
form of upgraded database and
customer service based on the
old Rentsline model."
This service would also work
with the student legal fund society
to assist students with tenancy disputes, and may have a component
to help students living on-campus.
A working group will be formed
to examine unpaid internships and
how they impact the current AMS
internship program.
"Certain organizations are starting [to look] at the issue of [whether]
unpaid internships [should] be legal,
considering that they do constitute
unpaid labour, and whether or not
it's fair to the rights of the individuals who enter into those internships," said Duguay.
For now, the AMS remains neutral. "Should a decision be made one
way or another, we'll operate under
the framework decided by that committee," said Duguay.
The group will give an internal
policy recommendation to Council
by January. XI
Board of
Governors delays
decision on old
SUB renovations
Will McDonald
News Editor
UBC has tentative plans for renovating the old SUB, but the Board
of Governors isn't convinced.
The project is estimated to
cost almost $60 million, with
almost $53 million of that money
coming from an internal loan
that is expected to be repaid with
revenue from Vantage College,
a new school for international
students who don't meet UBC's
English requirements.
The plans were discussed at
the Sept. 10 Board of Governors
standing committee meeting,
but after some debate, the Board
decided to delay the decision.
The project would include
squash courts, a fitness centre,
collegia, study space, the VP
students' office and food outlets.
It would also centralize student
services, particularly those for
international students.
Many Board members raised
concerns about funding the project with revenue from Vantage
College, especially since it hasn't
opened yet.
Other Board members
questioned whether the plans for
the old SUB were the best use of
money or space.
"For me, I draw the line.
This is 60 million I cannot
personally support when I see
the other priorities on campus
firsthand," said Board member
Nassif Ghoussoub.
Board member Maureen
Howe also questioned why UBC
should commit so much money to
the project.
"When we talk about upgrades
on campus, we've got to time
them in and find the money, but
here's $60 million," said Board
member Maureen Howe. "It's
cool. Absolutely it's cool. I'm just
not sure it's the right priority."
VP Students Louise Cowin
argued that the building was
necessary for students. It would
also be the new home for the
International House, which
provides services for international students. The current
International House was already
slated for a $10 million upgrade
because it is currently classified as a high seismic risk. That
money would be transferred to
the SUB renewal project.
"It's not just a bunch of stuff...
but really a strategy to integrate
the student experience in one
location," said Cowin.
UBC President Stephen Toope
spoke in support of the plans for
the old SUB.
"I have been convinced this is
the most logical and sensible use
for this building and I think it
would actually add tremendously
to student life at the university
and would update our student
services dramatically," Toope
said. "It is the academic mission,
it is not separate from the academic mission."
However, Toope recommended
delaying the decision to commit
money to the project.
"I would feel better if the
Board was excited about this project, rather than holding its nose
and saying, 'Well, we're not so
sure about this one,'" said Toope.
The issue will be brought
up again at the next Board of
Governors standing committee
meeting on Nov. 10. XI 4    I    NEWS    I   THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12,2013
Acadia Park review praises design, calls for better consultation
The Acadia Park Needs Assessment Report commended the design of the community and reprimanded the university for unsatisfactory consultation practices.
Sarah Bigam
News Editor
AMS VP Academic Kiran Mahal
has released a report containing
the results of the AMS's Acadia
Park Community Needs Assessment.
The assessment found that tenants were quite satisfied with the
design and social benefits of the
community, but that they were
unsatisfied with consultations regarding the Land Use Plan, which
designated part of the student
housing area to be converted into
market housing in 15-20 years.
In the report, tenants expressed their contentment with
the neighbourhood. There are
nearly 1,700 occupants in Acadia
Park, about 38 per cent of which
are children.
Starting last summer, the 459
residents of the Acadia Courts
townhouses were relocated to
smaller, more expensive housing in the Acadia Park area in
preparation for demolishing the
buildings. Currently, two-thirds
of the Courts have been demolished, with the remainder set to
be removed by December.
UBC's Land Use Plan designates the land where the Courts
once stood to be used for student
housing on the west side and
higher-density market housing on
the east, despite a petition signed
by over 200 residents in 2012
against this.
However, these changes won't
take place for a longtime. Managing director of Student Housing
and Hospitality Andrew Parr said
planning for the redevelopment
process might not take place for
another 15 or 20 years. In the
meantime, the land is being used
as storage.
The report, conducted from
January to July 2013, aimed to
"capture the views and needs
of residents" by defining what
attributes of the community contribute to its positive atmosphere
and how these could be retained
during the redevelopment process, when it does occur. It also
offered recommendations to
improve the consultation process
that left many residents dissatisfied.
"The recent changes that have
taken place regarding the Acadia
Park Student Family Housing
community have occurred rapidly
and left residents feeling confused
and dissatisfied," the report read.
"These sentiments are a direct
result of the poor processes currently employed by the university
in regard to decision making and
land use consultation."
Mahal said her office was
approached by confused residents
last year when decommissioning
of the Courts began.
"Campus and Community Planning was communicating that a
robust consultation took place.
Residents who had lived there
since before 2010 indicated that
no consultation had taken place,
they'd never heard of this at all,
and so [we] wanted to go back and
document what actually happened," Mahal said.
The report highlighted several
features of the community that
residents valued, such as the original pedestrian-oriented design
of the community, with plenty of
green spaces and common areas.
"Doing this report was a very
interesting experience because
we're basically telling the university what they've done right,"
said Mahal. "It's kind of awkward to make recommendations
to the university when we're
saying, you've done everything
right, but we don't understand
how you're going to actually
retain that in the change you've
made in land use."
Residents also praised the
social support systems created in
the community.
As many residents felt that
"there was little effort to engage
the community," the report gave
recommendations to improve
the consultations process. These
included creating a group that
will give residents' feedback to
the Board of Governors, revising
"leading" consultation questions
to be more open-ended and providing raw data from these consultation surveys to the public.
It also recommends that a
third party oversee the consulta-
The way in which
Acadia Park has
been designed
has been the
right thing, and I
would hope that
the university
would recognize
the right things
they've done
in developing
this community
and make sure
those aspects are
retained in the
Kiran Mahal
AMS VP Academic
tion process.
The report offered a series of
recommendations to UBC for
what to do when they plan the
redevelopment of the area.
To improve resident representation in the process, the
report recommended that a
formal representative Council for
Acadia be created, that a resident
representative be included in redevelopment committees and that
a body be formed to represent the
needs of children.
The report recommended
increased community programming, as community events and
spaces were found to be "highly
valued" by residents.
The report emphasized the
importance of ground-oriented
design, as this gives children easy
access to the outdoors and parents
direct sight lines. It also recommended that natural forested
areas and community spaces be
retained and expanded.
"The way in which Acadia Park
has intentionally been designed
has been the right thing, and I
would hope that the university
would recognize the right things
they've done in developing this
community and make sure those
aspects are retained in the future," Mahal said.
The report recommends that
SHHS provide residents and the
AMS with an overview of maintenance plans for the remaining
student housing in Acadia Park to
reassure tenants their residence
isn't slated for decommissioning
or redevelopment, as some
residents felt that the condition of
the Courts was a result of "neglect
and intentional lack of maintenance."
It was recommended that
future housing remain affordable,
as 58 per cent of tenants reported
an annual income of less than
$30,000, that an assessment be
undertaken to examine the social
impacts of income and demographic differences caused by
market housing, and that UBC
reconsider the current land use
"We have yet to find a rationale in
why it was divided in the way that it
was divided," Mahal said.
Joe Stott, director of planning at
Campus and Community Planning,
said market housing is being put
in Acadia Park, where the Courts
needed to be torn down anyway,
since it was resolved in 2010 that it
could not be put on the UBC Farm.
"The Acadia Park area has a shelf
life ... and it makes more sense, when
we come to renew that area, to use
the land efficiently," Stott said.
"This [market housing] has been
a long-standing practice of the university, to increase the opportunity
of people who work and study at
UBC to live at UBC..., transforming
it from a commuter campus to a
place where the people who work
and study at UBC can live at UBC,"
Stott said.
Parr said that UBC will give their
response to the report in October. He said that UBC will make a
commitment to incorporating some
of the recommendations into the
future planning process.
According to Parr, UBC plans to
recreate the same sort of community.
"Our plan is to continue to
operate and create community and
maintain the facilities in an effective
way for residents in the next sort of
15 to 20 years, and then to participate actively in a planning process to
recreate that neighbourhood when
the time comes."
He said that in some cases, such
as community programming, the
recommendations are already being
carried out.
"There's very little in conflict
with the recommendations that
they're proposing and things that
we want to create to make a vibrant
community in that area down the
road," Parr said.
There are currently no plans for
another town hall consultation,
though Parr said that their response
at the end of October may result in
further consultation if that was a
desired outcome. XI // Sports + Rec
Women's field hockey ready to defend titles again
UBC enters 2013 seeking three-peat at CIS and 11th straight Canada West championship
Adrienne Hembree
With two exceptional seasons
behind them — culminating in
an undefeated season, 10 straight
Canada West titles and back-
to-back CIS gold medals — the
UBC women's field hockey team
enters the 2013-2014 season with a
powerhouse lineup and the inevitable pressure to have another
dominant winning season.
"We lost no one to graduation
last year," said head coach Hash
Kanjee, who is now in his 21st year
of coaching one of UBC's oldest
women's sports programs.
Historically, the team has
fostered a strong foundation of
excellence both on and off the
field. The team boasts seven
Academic All-Canadians, and
this year six women — Natalie
Sourisseau, Rachel Donohoe,
Hannah Haughn, Sara McManus,
Lauren Logush and Bea Francisco
— represented Team Canada at the
Junior World Cup in Germany in
July. They will be joined by three
teammates — Kate Gillis, Abigail
Raye and Shanlee Johnston — in
Argentina next week to play in a
World Cup qualifier.
Along with rugby and basketball, women's field hockey is one
of UBC's three founding women's
sports teams, and since their
inception, they have developed a
talent for attracting, well, talent.
Kanjee attributes UBC's long history of success to the university's
commitment to student athlete
support and to ensuring that education continues to come first.
"School is very, very much
first," said Kanjee. He is confident that his team will "commit
completely" and "understand what
it takes" to achieve success both on
the field and in the classroom.
Although UBC has attracted a
number of talented recruits due
to the strength of North Shore
programs and the Thunderbirds'
reputation, Kanjee is hesitant to
credit the strength of the team to
recruitment alone.
"The UBC program tries to provide the basic building blocks to
provide student athletes the best
environment to be the best they
can be," Kanjee said. He says the
program has been a cooperative
effort between the student athletes, coaches and the university.
"Working together, we figured
out that there is give and take," he
said. "We've created the environment."
There is more to Kanjee's team
than just raw talent on the field.
Kanjee points out that when
students transfer in from other
universities with several years of
player eligibility remaining, they
often choose not to play in order to
remain loyal to their old team. He
believes this is a mark of the draw
of UBC's strong educational focus
and exceptional students."We pick
good kids with good character."
Abigail Raye, a fourth-year
who has been a member of the
Canadian National Team since
2009, said that the team has been
working hard in the off- season to
keep fit. "Hash is pretty keen on
that," she said.
Raye also attributes her team's
past success to the tremendous
amount of support her teammates
provide for one another. For Raye
and other national team athletes,
this support has been particularly appreciated as they are often
absent for key games.
"It's really great to have the
support of the team," she said,
adding that they are "really good
about letting us come in and out"
of the season to represent Canada
all over the world.
"Obviously [player absences]
pose a challenge," said Kanjee. But
he is confident that the remaining athletes will step up to the
challenge. "We just demand more
of the players on those days. It's a
nice challenge to have."
Other factors have and will
continue to contribute to the
team's upcoming season. Raye
said that the team has prepared
during the off-season by continuing to improve their game. "We
play for a women's club league
during the spring," she says. The
Vancouver Women's Premier
League, according to Kanjee,
provides a strong, competitive
way for the team to stay sharp,
even when not in season.
Vancouver also boasts the
National Training Centre, and
nationals this year will be held at
the University of Victoria, with
whom UBC has a strong rivalry.
UBC's international-standard
fields, top-notch facilities and
temperate climate allows the
team to train outdoors for 10
months of the year, which is key
to the success of an outdoor sport
like field hockey.
Based on history and statistics,
the team looks invincible. Kanjee
is optimistic, but unwilling to cave
in to the pressure of high expectations and previous successes,
and he advises a healthy dose
of perspective.
"The game's not played on
paper," he pointed out. "If you
don't succeed, there's going to be
This weekend, the 'Birds will
kick off another high-energy
season with back-to-back games
against Calgary. At the same time,
they will host a high school field
hockey tournament. It will be a
hectic weekend for the players, but
Kanjee feels that events like this
are important to build the character and strength of the team.
Kanjee has every reason to
be proud of the 'Birds. His team
has worked hard, and they have
worked together to become one of
Canada's strongest women's field
hockey programs. XI
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Those with BAs: barista
is not an endgame
By Miriam Mortimer
I've heard this line so many
times that now I just nod — despite
it not being true.
"Oh, you like
English? So you
want to be a
Sometimes I don't say English,
though. Sometimes I say history.
Sometimes I say geography. (I've
never taken a geography class
in my life.) But the response is
generally the same. I don't, in fact,
want to teach. My real interest
lies in the field of political science,
but it doesn't help much to tell
people that.
"Oh! So you want
to work for the
While intriguing, the UN is, to
best of my knowledge, not the primary employer of poli sci majors.
But when it comes to studying
in the Arts faculty, people seem
to be under the impression that
you'll either be forced to teach,
shoehorned into a narrow line of
work — analyst at a think tank?
novelist? Egyptologist? — or
labour under a heavy burden of
debt at Starbucks.
Arts students get more than a
little ribbing over our faculty's salary-to-tuition ratio post-graduation, which is often admittedly less
desirable than that of other faculties. Given the assumption that we
won't be able to enjoy sprawling
estates and swimming pools in
our future residences, and that we
won't be able to fill said pools with
Robert Borden-adorned polymer
notes, many folks ask whether a
Bachelor of Arts is worth much of
anything at all.
But occasional condescension aside, I've realized that far
from defending their degree's
value, many Arts students don't
understand themselves what
the utility of an Arts degree is in
today's world.
It's hard to escape one reality of
university: it's incredibly expensive. Some UBC students can
expect to graduate with upwards
of $30,000 in debt, and much more
for international students, so it's
easy to see why there's an expectation that graduates should rush
out and secure jobs to repay their
loans as quickly as possible.
These expectations can weigh
heavily on students, especially
those who aren't on a path to being
doctors or corporate consultants.
Arts students generally understand that the experiences and
knowledge we gain during our
time in university is altruistic in
the most basic sense, because it
fosters a more educated citizenry, and because our education
provides a window in a wide range
of humanity — far more than, say,
studying engineering would do.
But despite our confidence that
we're doing something good, we
often fall into one of two problematic mindsets regarding our
post-grad opportunities.
The first is that our BA will
provide a conventional path to
a decent career. The second is
that an Arts degree will weigh
us down, ensuring that the
only house we will ever own
will be made of Lego.
Currently, a BA is an
undergraduate degree that
exists to give you options, not
to set you up for a particular vocation or trade.
The advantage to
this is that the skills
and knowledge you gain
from your education will,
as a result, be much more
transferable. The reason
we study liberal arts at all
is because we gain a better
perspective of the individual and collective human
experience through it.
"Liberal arts education helps
to produce individuals who
are masterful communicators,
keen analysts, sophisticated
researchers and innovative
thinkers," said Gage Averill, dean
of the Arts faculty at UBC.
This view of the liberal arts
extends beyond the Arts dean's
office, where it's only reasonable
to expect to find spirited defenses
of the faculty.
Darren Dahl, senior associate
dean of Commerce, echoed Aver-
ill's sentiments.
"It's about leveraging the
process of the education," he said.
"It's about what you went through
to get your degree, not the degree
Notably, everyone I spoke to
for this article sees society as the
primary beneficiary of liberal
arts-trained students. Who knew
that an informed, aware citizenship would be conducive to a
high-functioning society?
Another common refrain
was that students of all faculties
should carry with them into the
world the knowledge they've obtained during their studies. Dean
of Applied Sciences Marc Parlange
emphasized the importance
of possessing such knowledge,
particularly for those in positions of power.
"Today's graduates will
likely hold several different
jobs over the course of
their careers. What will
help you the most, in any job
in any sector, is the ability to be
creative and persistent," he said.
Of course, if you are in Arts,
one would hope that you're in
it because you love what you're
studying, and your studies should
inspire dedication. But while
your passion may not lead you to
the most obvious job, it will open
unexpected doors.
Averill shared an interesting
example of a student who grew
up reading National Geographic
and fell in love with maps. He
said it was unlikely that if that
student went into geography, he
or she would become a mapmaker.
While conceivable, there just
aren't that many jobs out there
for cartographers.
"But," Averill explained, "their
interest in geographic information might lead them to a career
involving the application of global
information systems or to work on
demographics for Stats Canada,
or as an entrepreneur in a global
business, perhaps combined with
a business degree and utilizing
their knowledge of a foreign
language learned while at
[university]. This is closer to
the kind of student we are
seeing emerge from our
programs: self-motivated, creative in career
choices and ready for
a challenge."
many of these
career paths require
additional training.
A degree in Arts is for-
mational in these kinds
of arrangements, rather
than specific training for a
particular vocation or trade.
With that in mind, it's no
secret that those who attempt
to enter the workforce immediately upon finishing their BA do
often struggle to find meaningful
work. This doesn't lessen the
value of a BA, but it does mean
that connections and the work
you do during your time as an
undergrad matter.
Daniel Maki is a recent UBC
alum who majored in political
science and now works for a
media agency. During his time at
university, he did volunteer work
with non-profits, eventually rising to be on the board of a health
organization. That coupled with
internships set him up to succeed
with his Arts degree post-graduation.
"Ultimately, that extracurricular work, and the networking
I was doing throughout it, was
what led to me finding work,"
said Maki. But many of his
friends haven't been as lucky.
"I have many friends and
classmates who graduated and
spent months or even years before
they were able to find a job."
That difficulty in finding work
might be why many of the
people I talked with stressed
the complimentary aspects of an
Arts degree.
As useful as an Arts student's
skills are, they fair significantly
better outside of university when
paired with technical certificates
and second-entry professional
programs. This doesn't make an
Arts degree less valuable, though
— just different from what many
people expect of it.
Neil Shapiro, the associate
creative director at DDB, one of
Canada's most awarded creative
agencies, was one such Arts
major who decided to further
his education after completing
his undergrad.
Having previously considered
aw school, an MBA and, yes,
work at UN, Shapiro ultimately chose to do a postgraduate
program at Humber College
in copywriting.
"I think an Arts degree in
and of itself doesn't lead to
many jobs," Shapiro said. "This
was something I was painfully
aware of upon graduation, what
it does do is open up doors for
postgraduate education that can
lead to rewarding careers. I had
a number of career paths open
that wouldn't have been possible
without having completed a BA
What's important to remember
is that university does not entitle
you to a job in the sense that you
— or your parents — might think.
Most people in Arts don't get jobs
directly related to their degrees
because the way our complex,
shifting job market is structured
means in-depth knowledge of
medieval England is just not
a highly sought skill. But that
doesn't mean such a degree has
no practical use. Arts is about
having improved decision-making skills, an expanse of unique
knowledge and, for most, a
myriad of possibilities for further
postgraduate education.
I don't think it's desperately
important that Arts students
defend what we study, because
it should be evident that an Arts
degree does hold weight in the
real world. It's just that people
think Arts should only act as a
quick vocational trainer when
that simply is not feasible. For
all the Arts students out there:
remember that it's still the beginning of the school year.
Continue to cultivate your
interests, get involved, participate in a co-op program, try an
internship or a tri-mentoring information session. Don't like what
you're offered? Then search elsewhere. But don't look for something exciting expecting to find a
conventional path forward. XI
This is article is the first in a series
about different faculties at UBC. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013    |   SPORTS + REC
UBC wrestlers can dream again
Wrestling's reinstatement to the 2020 Olympic programme breathes new life into UBC club
Mehryar Maalem
On Sunday, the International
Olympic Committee (IOC)
announced that wrestling, one
of the Games' most traditional sports, has been reinstated
to the programme of the 2020
Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The
decision has sparked new life and
hope into wrestling programs
across Canada.
"Wrestling's reinstatement
means young male and female
wrestlers all over Canada can dream
again," said David Wilson, head
coach of the UBC Wrestling Club.
Wrestling's biggest stage is the
Olympics. Unlike other sports such
as basketball, hockey and baseball,
there are no proper professional
leagues for wrestlers. There is very
little money involved. The athletes
truly compete and train for the love
of the sport and the dream of one
day having the opportunity to compete in the Olympics. The decision
not only encourages current athletes
but will also directly contribute to
the emergence of more young wrestlers in future generations.
"[The Olympics are] a wrestler's
fuel. When you start wrestling,
every hard practice, every tough
match, every grueling tournament
is you picturing yourself on the mat
in the Olympic finals," said Wilson.
"No massive endorsements, no
celebrity. It's just that dream."
Inspired by the "Save Wrestling"
campaign, the UBC Wrestling Club
held the Vancouver International
Wrestling Festival at Robson Square
in August. Athletes from Oregon,
Idaho, Washington and the Lower
Mainland participated in the event
to voice their support to bring
wrestling back to the Olympics.
The movement has sparked immense interest in UBC students who
want to pursue wrestling, with 80
students signing up for more information on Imagine Day, an all-time
best for the club.
"I'm getting calls from the media
to do stories when the phone rarely
rang [before], and past wrestling
alumni are reconnecting with us,"
Wilson said.
Almost as old as the Olympics
itself, wrestling was initially cut
from the 2020 Games earlier this
year. The IOC made its decision
based on the direction to "streamline" the Olympics. Wrestling was
ranked among the lowest sports
in popularity, TV audience, hits on
the Internet and press coverage.
Being one of the main sports in the
ancient Olympiad in 708 BC, one of
the main events in the first modern
Olympics in 1896 and appearing in
every Olympic Games since 1904, it
was not surprising that the decision
caused international outcry and
prompted countries such as United
States, Russia and Iran to fight for
the sport's Olympic life.
Wrestling finally won back its
spot by getting 49 votes in the first
round of the secret balloting by the
IOC committee, with baseball and
The UBC Wrestling Club hopes to make its case for varsity status this year.
Softball coming in second with 24
votes. To accommodate the IOC's
concerns, changes were made to the
competition to energize wrestling
matches for wider viewership and
increased accessibility. Several new
rules were implemented, such as
penalizing passive wrestlers while
rewarding more aggressive ones,
and two new weight classes were
added for women.
Wrestling was established as a
varsity sport program at UBC in
1959. The program boasted one of
the top teams in the country and
managed to train a multitude of CIS
champions, including Taras Hyrb,
one of UBC's three wrestling Olympians and a three-time CIS champion, and Kyle Raymond, a two-time
CIS champion. Despite its success,
the program was shut down in 1986,
but students continued to train. In
2001, a "new" UBC Wrestling Club
was created.
Wilson took over coaching duties
for the club in 2006, despite little
funding and a handful of members.
While the club has not been
returned to varsity status, it does
have athletes competing in various
competitions across Canada. It has
also created arguably the best youth
wrestling summer camp in Canada
with Olympic champion Daniel Igali
and world champion Gia Sissaouri
as coaches.
The Wrestling Club has been
lobbying to reclaim its varsity status
at UBC. With a growing interest and
the momentum of the "Save Wrestling" campaign, the club plans to
really push its case for varsity status
this year.
"I'm looking forward to continuing building our UBC wrestling
program back to one of the best in
the country," concluded Wilson. XI
Homecoming 2013 to create a new athletic tradition?
UBC Athletics attempts to revamp homecoming with more sports and new events
Natalie Scadden
Sports + Rec Editor
Every fall, high schools and universities across North America
take part in often-longstanding
homecoming traditions, usually
centred around a football game.
This year, UBC Athletics is turning its homecoming into a two-day,
three-sport endeavour, showcasing
both the men's and women's soccer
squads as well as the football team.
With the addition of two non-sport
events as well, homecoming is
going big this year.
Leon Denenfeld, marketing
and promotions coordinator at
UBC Athletics, said that while
homecoming "really has an
alumni flavour to it," the department hopes to "start new
traditions and welcome first-year
students to campus."
Following the soccer double-
header on Friday night, an
outdoor movie will be shown
at Thunderbird Stadium. "[It's
something] we've wanted to try
at Thunderbird Stadium for a
while," said Denenfeld.
The choice of movie was put to
a vote, and the winner was Ferris
Bueller's Day Off. Recognizing
the success of the Fresh Air
Cinema series at Stanley Park,
Denenfeld added that showing
outdoor movies at campus sporting venues is something Athletics
is looking at doing in the summer, and homecoming will be
used as atrial run.
Not only does an outdoor movie
offer fun that isn't centred around
alcohol, but it also helps put
Thunderbird Stadium on the map.
"It is an old facility, but it's really
beautiful. It's a really unique stadium to be in," said Denenfeld.
The other new event that has
been added to homecoming weekend this year was dubbed the Great
Thunderbird Trek, an homage to
the Great Trek from the days of
UBC's founding.
At 11 a.m. on Saturday, all available varsity athletes will be rallying at Martha Piper Plaza, the new
fountain on Main Mall. Accompanied by the Thunderbird Marching
Band, they'll walk over to Place
Vanier and Totem Park to pick
up residents and lead them to the
tailgate party before the football
game. There will be face-painting
and poster-making, and Athletics
plans to "shoot a cool video."
While Denenfeld noted that
"the more a team wins, the more
people care," winning doesn't seem
to be the Thunderbirds' problem.
UBC has more CIS national titles
than any other university, and
most teams are perennial playoff
contenders if not favourites.
Last year, a group of Sauder
undergraduates from the sports-
crazed United States didn't understand why UBC had such little fan
support at many games, so they did
a survey as part of a class research
project. "They were like, 'We don't
get it, what's the catch here? Why
aren't people coming to games?'"
said Denenfeld.
Plenty of excuses have been
offered in the past: not enough
rivalry games, too many blowouts, a tight budget, other things
happening on campus, having
to battle for sports fans with the
Canucks, the Whitecaps, the
Lions — the list goes on.
Surprisingly, the results
showed that people simply didn't
know about it.
"There's so much noise, so
many messages being delivered to
students. It's like, how do you filter through that?" said Denenfeld.
He added that Athletics faced
the difficult question of how to
differentiate themselves.
That's when the department
realized it needed to work on
promoting the Thunderbird image
better. Rather than coming across
as an exclusive community, varsity
athletes are aiming to engage with
campus and make more of a connection with their fellow students.
"We need to put a face to a name,"
said Denenfeld.
"We told the athletes: the most
effective tool to get people to
come to your games is you mvitmg
them," he said. "Once [people] get
there, our athletes, our coaches,
and all the stuff we do — we think
that's going to sell itself."
Laura Thompson, president of
the Thunderbird Athlete Council,
said that most of the athletes are
excited about the Great Thunder Trek because it's going to be
"such an in-your-face, let's-get-
hyped thing." She estimates at
least 150 athletes will be there
for the rally. "I don't see why we
can't [get that many]. We have
650 varsity athletes."
Thompson hopes that the revamped homecoming weekend will
be the start of a trend this year.
"All you've got to do is start
with something right? More will
come out after." XI
The iconic Thunderbird Stadium will play host to several homecoming this weekend, including a screening of Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
End of the voyage
Experimental film showcase to conclude inspiring art exhibit at MOA
Prabhi Deol
"Intense and sometimes beautiful
experiences of travel, being stuck
in place, fantasies of other places,
dislocation and disorientation."
This is how Laura Marks
describes Experiments in Arab
Cinema: The Travelling Program,
an upcoming film showcase at
the Museum of Anthropology
(MOA). The event, happening this
Sunday, Sept. 15, will conclude
several months of programming
for the museum's major contemporary art exhibit, Safar/Voyage.
The program will consist of seven
short films, ranging from three
to 27 minutes long, created by
artists from Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt
and more.
Marks, a Dena Wosk University
professor with the School for the
Contemporary Arts at SFU, is cur-
ating The Travelling Program.
She says the featured films
work towards deconstructing the
Western world's perception of the
Middle East.
"Hassan Khan's computer
animation deconstructs notions
of stable identity," she said. "Rami
Abdul Jabbar's beautiful Japano-
phile film deconstructs Orientalism by proposing an Egyptian
Orientalism. Ziad Antar's Tokyo
Tonight deconstructs an idea that
rural Syrians out in the boonies
are innocent of the wide world.
The list goes on."
The films closely parallel the
artwork of Safar/Voyage in theme,
so visitors would be best advised
to ensure seeing both during their
visit. Marks chose films "that complemented the exhibition's theme
of travel," and worked together
effectively to evoke a sense of
movement — whether it be forced
due to political circumstances and
Left to right: Iraqi director Rheim Alkadhi's Subtitles for Stolen Pictures is featured in The TravellinqProgram; Maha Maamoun's Night
Visitor uses recovered footage from the Egyptian revolution; Lebanese director Ziad Antar's film Tokyo Tonight also features.
concern for one's personal safety,
or nomadic.
The films are all experimental
in nature, with moods varying
from playful to haunting. For
example, Rheim Alkadhi's eight-
minute film Subtitles for Stolen Pictures tells the story of an unknown
civilian through news photos,
whose own narration via subtitles
persists despite her own death
halfway through the film. Ammar
Bouras' Un Aller Simple ("oneway trip") is a five-minute film of
various voices overlapping during
phone calls, with constant static,
beeping and the repetition of the
French greeting "alio?," suggesting
the recipient of the phone calls is
It is important to note that
many of the artists of Safar/Voyage and The Travelling Program
do not live full time in their
countries of origin; they often
travel between homes in Europe,
North America and the Middle
East. For instance, Taysir Batniji's
art installation Hannoun explores
the struggle of "setting up shop,"
only to have to close down once
again and move. As the artist's
workshop in Gaza has been made
inaccessible several times due to
political tensions, he is forced to
continue work at his second home
in Paris.
Jill Baird, co-curator of Safar/
Voyage and curator of education
and public programs at MOA,
said Safar/Voyage "has been very
well-received. "These artists
and their work was new to me
three years ago, when we began
planning the exhibition," she said.
"Now it feels like the works are
friends and teachers.
"I am happy that the exhibition
is closing with contemporary Arab
cinema," she added. "It will be
another opportunity for us to learn
through the eyes of the artist filmmakers and communities."
Experiments in Arab Cinema: The
Travelling Program takes place on
Sunday, Sept. 15 at MOA. It is free
with admission, which is already
free if you are a UBC student or
faculty member. XI
Student film captures drama of eco-crisis
Despite the scale of the global ecological crisis, BerangereMaTa Natasha Parizeau
maintains a positive outlook.
Boluwaji Akhigbe Ogunyemi
"Your generation holds in its
hand the fate of the human civilization."
These words, spoken by recent
UBC honorary doctor of laws recipient and international environmental activist Tzepora Berman
at her convocation ceremony,
have motivated UBC graduate
student Berangere Mai'a Natasha
Parizeau to launch an ambitious
film project.
Recently, Parizeau had the
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
to meet and interview one of
the world's most well-known
intellectuals, Noam Chomsky,
about the Keystone XL Pipeline
project and the broader consequences of human activity on
environmental change.
The controversial Keystone project is a proposed 1,900-kilometre
pipeline that would transport
bitumen from northern Alberta
to the Midwest and Gulf Coast of
the United States. "The development of the Keystone pipeline
system has already caused a lot
of problems and will just cause
more," said Parizeau, comparing
the increased greenhouse gas
emissions released from oil sands
extraction to more conventional
oil production.
In late April of this year,
Parizeau traveled to MIT in
Cambridge, Mass. to interview
Chomsky. Now, she is combining her talent and training as a
filmmaker with her passion for
environmentalism to create a short
film on the planetary ecological
crisis. The film Tree Spirit, by
Velvet Root Productions, will
feature Parizeau's interview with
Chomsky, and she will serve as the
director, editor and videographer
for the project.
The goal of the proposed
25-minute documentary is to
present expertly-sourced facts
about the reality of climate change
and its effects in an exciting and
creative manner. According to
Parizeau, the film will allow
audiences to digest the weight of
this information in an engaging
fashion; in this way, she hopes, the
film will motivate people to make
environmental responsibility more
of a priority on the agenda of local,
provincial and national governments.
"We don't need to let go of [the]
many individual advantages that
we have, but on a governmental
level we need change," Parizeau
said. This demand for change, of
course, has been echoed by numerous experts in fields related to
environmental science, demography and economics.
Originally from Montreal,
Parizeau is currently a master's
student in Asian Pacific Policy
studies at UBC, a freelance political writer and an emerging filmmaker. Fluent in English, French
and Mandarin, she completed a
master's in film production at the
prestigious California College of
the Arts in 2006.
Parizeau has launched a public
fundraising campaign for Tree
Spirit. The production will include
hand-drawn and digital animation
in addition to live action sequences, along with professional sound
editing and original music by elec-
tronica hip-hop group Everymen.
The projected budget for the film,
$27,000, will be spent on the cost
of the animation, website construction, directing, videography
and editing, as well as the original
soundtrack and sound mixing.
"I just really feel that I am following my heart," Parizeau said. XI
Farmade heralds
summer harvest
The UBC Farm hosts work and leisure in
equal measure.
Charlie Harris
On Friday, Sept. 13, for the 11th
year in a row, the UBC Farm will
be opening its gates and stocking
up on supplies for Farmade, a free
event that combines sustainability
and environmental issues with
craft beer and food — creating one
of UBC's most environmentally-
and conscience-friendly back-
to-school events.
Boasting an incredible range
of locally-grown produce, vegan,
veggie and low-impact beef
burgers, as well as the notorious
"mega-brownies," Farmade's
worth going to just to eat right. It
also features a beverage garden
with a local brewery, for those
who feel like drinking right, too.
Free musical entertainment will
be provided by several of Vancouver's own homegrown bands such
as Viper Central, Shout White
Dragon, the Lina Dancers and
increasingly-renowned bluegrass
group Washboard Union, who
were recently featured in four
back-to-back shows at Canadian
Music Week 2013.
A few years ago, the 24-hectare
plot of land that comprises the
UBC Farm was under threat of
development by the university,
sparking a battle to save it for
future generations of students.
Farmade became a rallying point
for the farm's supporters. The
immediate threat has passed, but
Lisa Allyn, the Administrative and
Events Coordinator for the Farm,
says that the significance of the
event has not changed.
"It's definitely still about the
same vibe, the same celebration
of sustainability and of our farm,"
she said.
"As ever, we're really excited to
bring the community out here to
enjoy good food and good people
and to celebrate harvest, and to
connect different organizations
and movements that support
sustainable farming. Once again,
AMS has provided a great deal of
support, and we really appreciate
It's not just food, music and
beer, although to some that may
seem like enough. This year,
Farmade will also feature free
tours, family-friendly children's
areas, square dancing and henna
tattooing. Attendees will also have
the opportunity to learn more
about sustainability and the possibilities of low-impact farming, and
to the aboriginal farm to discover more about the traditional
medicinal uses of plants through
the ages.
The UBC Farm is on the edge of
the Wesbrook Village and is easily
accessible by the 41 bus, which
goes almost to the front gate. For
cyclists, a bike valet service will
be in operation. The event starts at
3 p.m. and all are welcome. Head
down to the farm for what will
probably be one of the last glimpses of summer. XI THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013    |    CULTURE
Vancouver Fringe Festival reviews
(part deux)
Fringe Fest ends on Sept. 15 —you still have a few more days to experience it in all its eccentricity, whimsy and scandal. Our seasoned writers have sojourned once again to the grime-kissed gravel
of Granville Island to deliver unto you the second installment of our expert verdicts.
"At the last trumpet the dead will be
raised imperishable, and we will be
changed." — Corinthians 15:52
Meet Sara Liane Foster, a trombonist playing a concert that will
be interrupted, several times, by
the Apocalypse.
The first thing you will learn
upon meeting Sara is that there are
many versions of how the world
could end, her favourite being the
one described by Norse mythology.
Funny and very well-researched,
this show will have you pondering
the role of the Valkyries while humming some Wagner.
Be prepared for many classical
and contemporary musical pieces
(adapted for trombone, of course)
that will illustrate our last moments
on Earth. Is being a horseman of the
Apocalypse a job reserved for those
that left their end-of-the-world job
applications for the last minute?
These are things you may never
have thought about.
When Alejandro, completely silent,
hugs the family photo album he
brought from Venezuela, he presses it
so hard against his chest that you can
feel how much he misses his people.
And that's when you start to realize
how it feels to be an immigrant
EXIT tells the story of Alejandro, a Venezuelan immigrant
who arrives in Canada looking
for a new beginning. As expected, he's happy and excited
about the possibilities his new
residence presents. But those
feelings quickly interweave with
melancholy and sadness when
he remembers the traumatic episodes that forced him to leave his
home country.
EXIT works best when Isaac Luy,
the professional clown who plays
Alejandro, takes the time to build
an emotional connection with the
audience — which happens around
15 minutes into the hour-long play.
That's when he allows the viewers to
This is not an artsy clown performance, nor is it clown noir.
This is your traditional big-nose,
aright-shoes clown performance
meets every romantic comedy
that has ever existed.
In this Edmonton-based show,
Rocket and Sheshells are two
next-door neighbours that dream
about finding love. You can guess
where this is going after watching the first five minutes of the
show — it just might take a bit
longer than you would expect.
The first 10 minutes of the
show are pretty dull, but it definitely picks up. It helps that the
chemistry between the actors is
very good; unfortunately, many
early scenes have them separated. Played by Adam Keefe and
Christine Lesiak, the physical
aspects of the show are definitely
the best parts.
As the play progresses, they
begin to interact a lot more,
creating many memorable and
Maybe it will be a black hole generated by the Large Hadron Collider
in Europe, maybe it will be an old-
style biblical end of times judgment
day; as long as Sara continues to play
the trombone, no one really cares.
Make sure you watch this show
before it's too late — just in case the
world ends.
-Aurora Tejeida
Remaining shows are atFalse Creek
Gym, 1318 Cartwright St., on Sept. 12
at 8:20 p.m., Sept. 14 at 4:50 p.m. and
Sept. 15 at 3-35 p.m.
Written and performed by poet
Steve Larkin, NONCE (Not On
Normal Courtyard Exercise) is
based on the real-life experiences
of an artist teaching prisoners in
an English prison. This dark and
funny slam poetry piece is well-reviewed for a reason — Larkin will
charm you to the edge of your seat
with his masterfully-crafted lines
and flawless storytelling.
journey with him through his emotions; to explore with him not only the
happiness of being able to start over
far from a place where he never felt
safe, but also the frustration of being
forced to leave behind everything he
held dear.
- Carlos Tello
Remaining shows are atFalse Creek
Gym, 1318 Cartwright St., on Sept.
10 at 8:25 p.m., Sept. 12 at 6:45 p.m.,
Sept. 14 at 1:30 p.m. and Sept. 15 at
7:25 p.m.
Written and performed, without
subtlety, by Deanna Fleysher, Butt
Kapinski is a raunchy, lighthearted
and comedic mystery improv piece
that gives its audience as much as
they give the play. Fleysher's total
lack of self-consciousness is catching, and she'll have you participating in the murder mystery before
you realize what's happening.
Fleysher's wacky use of language, lights and audience-made
creative scenes — most notably at
a carnival, and later on making
ingenious use of flashlights.
If you're looking for a light romantic comedy, look no further.
You might not get an intellectual
or overly creative experience,
but you'll definitely have a good
-Aurora Tejeida
Remaining shows are at Performance
Works, 1218 Cartwright St. on Sept.
14 at 9:15p.m. and Sept. 15 at 5:55
Larkin asks you to dig into your
own imagination using only his
hands, a cellphone and stage lights
to create each scene. The black
and white set and costume design
frame Larkin's red cheeks and
sparkling green eyes.
Visually simple, emotionally
complex, rhythmically engaging
and humorously dark, NONCE
will have you questioning your
ideas about prison, rape culture,
gender, sexuality, romance and
poetry as a powerful medium. Pay
close attention, and enjoy your
reaction to his slyly developed
social commentary.
A word of warning: NONCE
deals with provocative themes of
sex and violence, which may make
some viewers uncomfortable.
-Lisa Anderson
Remaining shows are at Waterfront
Theatre, 1412 Cartwright St., on
Sept. 12 at 6:30p.m., Sept. 14 at 5:50
p.m. andSept. 15at2:45p.m.
sound effects will pull you in.
"She can totally adapt to any
audience," said audience member
and fellow Fringe actor Adam
Keele. "The show is inspiring
and will influence the future
shows I do, for sure."
Hilarious and daring, Butt
Kapinski challenges its audience
to do more. It urges you to forget
what you knew about being a
passive audience member and to
jump up and sing, talk and move.
This play is not for everyone
— it's for the 18-plus audience
member looking to participate in
some off-the-cuff magic.
"I love the spontaneity in a
community when a new group
of people come together," said
Fleysher. "It's unsafe, but never
-Lisa Anderson
Remaining shows are at False
Creek Gym, 1318 Cartwright St.,
on Sept. 13 at 5p.m., Sept. 14 at
6:45p.m. and Sept. 15 at 12p.m.
Two words: "What the —"
Tucked behind Cat's Social
House, you'll find the inexpensive
outdoor hidden gem This Is Not a
Porno. Directed by former UBC
instructor Andrea Rabinovitch, it's
absolutely ridiculous in the best
of ways.
The characters appear out of
nowhere, and keep you on your
feet. Surprising you at every
turn, they walk you (or roll — it's
wheelchair friendly) from set to
set around Granville Island.
Take a cookie, don the mask and
cape they provide, and if they ask
you to break something, it's OK —
you can break it. The actors work
wonders with a somewhat fluid
script, and welcome the audience
to let go and be a kid again. This is
a must-see in audience-participatory theatre.
-Lisa Anderson
Remaining shows are at the Picnic
Pavilion on Granville Island, from
Sept. 9 to 15 at 8:30p.m. XI II Opinions
Kid Cudi and UBC
Bookstore boo, Stephen J.
Toope and Athletics woo
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So Kid Cudi came to play at UBC.
Unlike the hoards of devoted
fans who waited outside Dough
Mitchell Arena to buy tickets, your
trusty campus newspaper generally doesn't get so worked up about
shows like this.
But we weren't even granted
a measly media pass, let alone an
interview with the Kid. And we
don't deal well with rejection.
Yes, Scott, we know you're a
star and all, but couldn't you spare
a few minutes to speak with the
college newspaper?
Kid Cudi is an international
rap star who doesn't need anymore exposure (see: those hoards
of eager fans buying tickets).
We're a campus newspaper
focused on all things UBC — and
generally not much more. The
balance of power is not equal
to begin with; Scott could have
thrown us a bone.
Stars who think they're above
our culture section, take note: this
issue's editorial comic shows what
happens when you turn down our
interview request.
Well, maybe not. But in all
seriousness, we heard your
show sucked.
E Today, we gesticulate with Toope
— albeit in writing
— in calling for
the governors to
finalize a plan for
the old SUB.
It's not everyday we find ourselves
on the same side as UBC's peerless
leader Stephen John Toope. But in
the case of the Board of Governor's
postponement of deciding just
what to do with the current SUB
once the New SUB is completed,
we certainly are.
A red-faced Toope gesticulated passionately as he was
forced to support the postponement at risk of getting the
current proposal shot down by
discontent governors.
Today, we gesticulate with him
— albeit in writing — in calling for
the governors to finalize a plan
for the old SUB. Work needs to get
underway, things need to happen,
and neither us nor our university president are going to stand
for lollygagging.
The governors standing in the
way of progress have two main
complaints. The first is that
most of the money for old SUB
renovations is coming from Vantage College before enrollment
numbers are known. Vantage
College is the new school at
UBC meant primarily to milk
international students with poor
English language skills for all
they're worth, so we're confident
UBC will work hard to fill its
ranks with eager students with
deep pockets.
Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi declined to be
interviewed by The Ubyssey.
The second complaint is that
the university has other needs
and the old SUB shouldn't be a
priority. That's somewhat true, but
of course by that very explanation
you could deny funding to any
renovation work on campus —
there's always more to be done.
Onward to progress, comrades.
Not unlike an insouciant teenager,
the UBC Bookstore seems to be
having an identity crisis. It doesn't
know what it wants to do, or what
it's meant to be, so as a result, it's
spent several months trying to find
itself — and, just like said teenager,
everyone else who actually has
to deal with these "rebranding"
efforts finds them irritating, pretentious and needlessly expensive.
To further demonstrate its
youthful precociousness, the
Bookstore has also elected to
arrange course texts in a fashionably retro manner. Students could
once find everything they needed
for a course on the same shelf, but
books are now arranged in alphabetical order, meaning extra leg-
work for confused first-years. And
of course, for reasons unknown to
merely mortal minds, pretty much
everything else in the store is in a
different place than it used to be.
Bookstore, we say to you: needless "innovations" are not innovations at all.
Homecoming is a grand football
tradition, and it's great to see
UBC Athletics going all-out with
the concept to try and get fans
out to the game on Saturday. The
fact that they are combining it
with two soccer games and a
movie make it even better; if you
don't want to drink beer and yell
at opponents, you can still enjoy a
nice evening with a classic flick.
(Solid choice on Ferris Bueller's
Day Off, too).
But this can't just be a one-time
thing. If Athletics really wants to
raise their profile on campus, they
need to put in effort every week.
Be it athletes going to classes or
booths set up in the SUB — or perhaps even letting students know
that there is consistent coverage
of their teams in their student
newspaper — a steady personal
presence will help their cause. A
few posters around campus aren't
going to cut it. XI
Kid Cudi turned down our request for an interview, and then his show was awful. Coincidence? (Watch our Welcome Back BBQ video!)
Watch what you say,
online and off
f*rT       HOW TO BE
By Konrad Philip
You only have one chance to make
a first impression, and in September, that's what many of us
are doing.
Whether at an orientation
event, in a classroom or at a social
event, first encounters are especially important and should be
carefully approached. In addition
to a strong handshake, one should
have strong intuition. As funny
as you think your jokes are, or as
valid as you feel your opinions
are, no assumptions should be
made about another person's
beliefs, comfort level, or past experiences. Take time to know the
person before saying something
you might regret.
Words must be chosen with
caution during a first encounter. One should stick to positive
topics. Ask questions about likes
and dislikes, and stay away from
controversial topics. If you insist
on pushing the envelope with
racy jokes or strong opinions, at
least find out about the person's
background beforehand to find
out what kind of humour they
will not tolerate. Failing to do
so could hurt not only your new
acquaintance, but you as well.
Aside from learning about your
audience, you need to be confident that they can be trusted,
especially when technology is
involved. While you think your
funny text is reaching one person,
the joke may soon be on you when
that message is forwarded or
posted on the Internet for all to
see. As far as posting edgy content
online, remember this rule: if you
wouldn't want it on the front page
of The Ubyssey, don't do it.
So what to do if someone offends you with a joke? It's best to
speak up. Most jokes are told with
the intention of lightening the
mood. If the joke teller is failing
to do so, don't be afraid to let him
or her know. In some cases this
might be difficult. If you don't feel
comfortable saying anything, do
not smile or laugh — ultimately,
distance yourself from the person.
All of us will inevitably make a
comment that will upset someone.
There is no use trying to save face
and shift blame. Restore trust
by owning up to what you said
and apologizing, no matter how
trivial you think it is. What is
funny to you may be very hurtful
to someone else; it is your job to
judge how the person will react
before you show off your sense
of humour.
As far as posting
edgy content
online, remember
this rule: if you
wouldn't want it
on the front page
of The Ubyssey,
don't do it.
While one may be tempted to
talk a lot when meeting a new
acquaintance, research shows
that what we say makes for only
7% of a first impression. As long
as you don't say anything rude or
offensive, and instead focus on
non-verbal cues like eye contact,
facial expression and tone of
voice, you will be on your way to
making a new friend.
As university is a place of
learning, it is also a place of
awkward encounters and lapses
in judgment. Don't let this scare
you: your mistakes should not
and will not be held against you
indefinitely. Conversely, don't let
the actions of a few shape your
opinion on an entire group or
faculty. XI
What's your worst awkward
moment? Send your etiquette
questions to etiquette@ubyssey.
ca — they may be answered in Kon-
rad's next column. For more tips on
first impressions and other areas of
etiquette, visit his website,
NotAwkwardAnymore.com. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12,2013    I    GAMES    I   11
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