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TUESDAY, APR. 20
BRIDES OF THE MOON* A group
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MOVENT PRESENTS: AROUND
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intensity. • Runs until May
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Vancouver's versatile vocalist
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EDITOR SAMANTHAJUNG»news@ubyssey.ca
ASSOCIATE SARAH CHUNG »schung@ubyssey.ca
Arts presidential race declared invalid
SAMANTHAJUNG
news@ubyssey.ca
A highlighted ballot, a burned
results sheet and a controversial Student Court ruling are
the latest developments in the
ongoing dispute regarding the
Arts Undergraduate Society
(AUS) presidential race, which
Student Court deemed invalid
on Friday afternoon.
"I find the rules under which
the AUS Elections Committee
conducted the election void. It
follows that the result...is also
void," reads the report written
by Alexander Cooke on behalf
of the Student Court, a group
of seven appointed students
who act as judges and typically function as an appeals
court for decisions made by
the the AMS and various election committees.
The Court decision resulted
in the resignation of AUS President-elect Brian Piatt. "I just
don't think it was appropriate
for me to stay in charge of the
AUS while the AUS made decisions on how to proceed," he
said. "Obviously there's a conflict of interest." Elysia Pyne,
the AUS VP Internal, has been
appointed the interim AUS
President.
On March 22, when the ballot results showed a tie between
presidential candidates Piatt
and Ryan Trasolini, Elections
Administrator Matthew Naylor
cast the deciding vote in favour
of Piatt. Announcement ofthe results had already been delayed
on Friday March 19, to the following Monday as the Elections
Committee was waiting on validation of student numbers from
the university.
On the same day the results
were announced, the hard copy
Brian Piatt on AUS elections results night. GERALD DEO FILE PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
of the online voting results was
found to be burned in places, obscuring the number of online
votes that Piatt incurred. Naylor did not explain the reason
why the paper was burned, and
told The Ubyssey that he went by
the results that were posted on
his laptop.
Trasolini appealed Naylor's
ruling, and a recount was completed by AMS Chief Returning
Officer Ricardo Bortolon.
One ballot, however, was the
subject of particular scrutiny.
According to the Student Court
ruling, the voter cast his or her
ballot using a "broad-tipped
highlighter."
"Piatt and [Trasolini] are listed one above the other on the left
side, and the voter's 'X' straddles the underscore adjacent to
Mr Piatt's name," reads the document, "which line effectively
divides the areas in which the
voter may indicate his or her
selection."
Trasolini alleged that "there
was some talk on the part of
those in the room during the
recount, before Mr Bortolon's
decision, of trying to measure
the X." Bortolon responded that
these considerations did not factor into his decision.
"This case arises from a dispute that might have been averted by the expedient purchase
of a two-dollar box of ballpoint
pens," reads the Court's report.
In addition, Student Court alleges that the AUS elections violated AMS guidelines. Naylor
disagrees. "I am confident that
[the elections were] run 100 per
cent according to the rules," he
said.
The decision still needs to be
accepted by AMS Council. Last
year, after spending thousands
of dollars on an external consultant to review the rules of
student court, Council decided
to change its bylaws to make
it harder for Council to overturn results of Student Court.
Bijan Ahmadian, AMS President, told The Ubyssey that he
expects Council to accept the
court's motion.
This case arises
from a dispute
that might have
been averted by the
expedient purchase
of a two-dollar box
of ballpoint pens.
STUDENT COURT'S RULING ON THE
AUS ELECTIONS
Naylor, who has continually argued against the interference of Student Court into
AMS issues over the years, disagrees. "The responsibility lies
with Council to defend the prerogatives of elected representatives and by extension, the
electorate, and make sure that
this type of fooling cannot be
tolerated from Student Court
because it disregards the very
court they are mandated to
uphold."
Trasolini says a by-election
is "a pretty simple thing to do,"
and Piatt is trying to stay as far
away from the issue as possible.
"I still feel hopeful that at the
end I'll still be president," Piatt
said, "but what's most important
is that this gets done right." tl
Underground causes upset once again
Editor criticized for article about 'tramp stamps'
SARAH CHUNG
schung@ubyssey.ca
The Arts Undergraduate Society's (AUS) official satire publication The Underground has
sparked controversy after producing an offensive article—for
the second time this year.
The article, published in The
Underground's March issue, is titled "Tramp Stamps Made Mandatory at UBC for Slut Identification, STI Prevention," and is
about an interview with a fictional spokesperson from the
Vancouver District: Health Experts on Rashes Procured Sexually (HERPS).
"People who are termed, scientifically 'big whores' will be
marked with 'tramp stamps.'
These lower-back, upper buttocks, decorations have long
been informal and self-induced
markings of modern-day harlots," reads the article.
Immediate opposition to the
article sprouted among various student groups, including
the Women's and Gender Studies Undergraduate Association
(WAG) who outlined their criticism in an e-mail to the Dean
of Arts and representatives of
the AUS.
This is not the
first time The
Underground
has faced such
accusations.
"The [Tramp Stamps'] article...perpetuates sexist, misogynist stereotypes about sexual
behaviour, women and maintains a culture of fear and hatred around Sexually Transmitted Infections and people who
have them," reads the letter.
This is not the first time The
Undergroundhas faced such accusations. In October, an article
that allegedly trivialized rape
provoked the creation of a Face-
book group called "Rape is not
a Joke" and motivated for UBC's
first Sexual Assault Awareness
(SAAM) month in February.
WAG's letter states that the
"Tramp Stamps" article has "belittled" the sexual health workshops during SAAM and calls
for more accountability from
the editor of The Underground,
Alicia McLean, who wrote the
most recent article.
"She has proven to us that she
is not capable of keeping her
promises," reads the letter. "The
editor of The Underground has
proven that she is not equipped
to run the paper."
McLean responded that censoring certain topics may be
more problematic than printing
them: "I've heard [the 'Tramp
Stamps' article being] called
'sex-negative,' but I think ifyou
take away the ability to joke
about sex, it fosters fear and
taboo about the subject: that's
how you create a sex-negative
environment."
"While I support the larger
goals of feminism, the insane
level of political correctness demanded by some groups can be
(and has been) described as suffocating. It promotes constant
scrutiny and disapproval of everything one sees, which leads
to thinly concealed censorship."
The consequences The Underground will incur, if any remains uncertain as both the
Dean of Arts and the AMS president were unable to comment
by press time.
McLean said that her term
as Underground editor is over.
"Those who think I am an unfit
representative of the Arts can
sleep easy at night," she said. "I
haven't technically been editor
for a couple of weeks." tl
NEWS BRIEFS
SELECTION OF NEW SUB
ARCHITECTS NARROWED TO
THREE
After a vote that brought over
2400 students to the polls,
the AMS has announced that
Bing Thom Architects, Busby
Perkins + Will and HBBH + BH
have moved on to the final
stage in the selection process
for an architectural firm to
design the new SUB.
These three firms will
now be asked to present
proposals to the AMS' New
SUB Committee outlining their
services, mission statement,
sustainability charter and
fees. A final selection will be
made during the summer,
with design work scheduled
to begin in September.
UOF A STUDENT FOUND DEAD
IN RESIDENCE
According to The Gateway, a
student was found dead in a
University of Alberta residence
on Tuesday, April 13.
Edmonton Fire Rescue
instituted a "shelter-in-place"
procedure, which calls for those
affected to seal themselves in
their residences in response
to an airborne hazardous
material after a medical call
declared the possible presence
of hydrogen sulfide and an
unconscious person in a
university apartment suite.
The university utilized its
Emergency Notification System
for the first time in order to
evacuate students from an
adjacent street as well as a
nearby library.
However, when a Hazmat
crew arrived, they were unable
to find any signs of hydrogen
sulfide contamination either
inside or outside of the building.
The cause of death for the
student was not released to
the public. Police are currently
investigating.
UBC DESIGNING HANDHELD
DEVICE TO MAKE BETTER WINE
According to The Vancouver
Sun, researchers at UBC's
Wine Research Centre are
exploring new ways in which
to monitor the interaction
between wine grape genomes
and their environment in order
to help growers make better
wine. They hope this research
will lead to the development of
a practical hand-held device
that viticulturalists can utilize
to determine which growing
techniques produce the best
wines.
Researchers are hoping that
by being able to analyze the
genome of grapes and vines
at various points within the
winemaking process, they
can understand exactly the
effects that certain production
techniques, such as irrigation
or fertilization, have on the final
flavor of the wine.
The centre is receiving $3.4
million in funding from Genome
BC and Genome Canada for a
project aimed at mapping grape
and wine genomes.
—Arshy Mann 4/UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/2010.04.19
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UN-gate
Only a few weeks after AMS President Blake Frederick was almost censured by AMS Council, he, VP External Tim Chu and
former AMS executive Tristan
Markle filed a complaint to the
United Nations on behalf of the
AMS. AMS Council was not consulted on the issue.
What followed next was emergency meetings, calls for impeachment, a surge in on-campus blogs and a massive student
outcry that has not been seen in
a long time, as Frederick and
Chu had their feet held over the
fire for their actions. The event
marked the tragic end of a semester of division and personal attacks as the AMS fell apart.
Although the two executives
were not impeached due to legal
complications, this story gains
the top spot for the sheer amount
of student engagement and public outcry it incurred.
Perfect v-ball
season ends
with the gold
For the third year in a row, the
CIS Championships ended with
the UBC women's volleyball team
on top ofthe podium. The victory
caps off a remarkable 15 months
for UBC, which saw them win two
national championships and 40
consecutive games. Head coach
Doug Reimer took home the CIS
Coach of the Year award, while
Jen Hinze, Shanice Marcelle and
Liz Cordonier were appointed to
the seven-person tournament all-
star team.
Cordonier was also named
tournament MVP in addition to
taking home the Player of the
Year award. With their seventh
title, UBC ties Alberta and Winnipeg for most CIS titles in history,
and puts them halfway to the all-
time mark of six straight championships, held by both teams.
THE  BEST  AND  WORST
OF   THE  UBYSSEY
2 0 10
The Olympics,
Paralympics
and more
Who could forget the effect the
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games had all over
Vancouver and our campus? A
month of red and white and crazy street parties. A month of
madness in the newsroom but
ayear of planning and coverage
on our part.
The Games had their ups and
downs. Low points included
protests, student arrests and
the death of student Silas Rogers after a night in Whistler.
Highs included the coveted gold
medal in men's hockey for Canada, a gold medal win in ski
cross by former UBC student
Ashleigh Mclvor (we received
1000 hits to our website the day
she won) and incredible Canadian pride.
UBC was part of the international event, having hosted both
ice hockey and ice sledge hockey at Thunderbird Arena. Torchbearers from the Olympic and
Paralympic Torch Relay graced
UBC soil, drawing thousands of
students, staff and faculty.
Translink says
'No more bus
loop'
After years of vicious back
and forth between UBC and
the AMS about whether there
would be an underground bus
loop built below university boulevard, TransLink decided that
they couldn't afford to contribute their portion ofthe budget,
effectively halting the project.
Rather than allow their opponent to gracefully lose, then-
AMS President Blake Frederick
sent out a press release that
effectively said, "Na na na na
na na, we won," over which he
was nearly censured. Nearly.
As usual, instead of acting,
most of Council reprimanded Frederick verbally then decided that censuring was too
harsh. Then they tried to impeach him two months later.
Here are some of the
strangest search terms
people used to find us at
ubyssey.ca.
910TIMES: ubessey
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dropped from a great
height
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voted for himself
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become a chick magnet
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SUB Renew
finally moves
forward
Yes, kids, we are getting a new
SUB. After tense negotiations
between the university and the
AMS regarding the SUB Renew
Project, the terms ofthe agreement have been worked out. Students voted on their top three architectural firms, and the AMS
will choose the final firm this
summer.
Carl Wieman
summoned by
White House
For many scientists, winning
a Nobel Prize would be the
crowning achievement of a
career. For physicist and UBC
professor Carl Wieman, itwas
just the beginning.
On March 22, 2010, a press
release from the White House
announced that US President
Barack Obama had nominated Wieman for the position of
White House Associate Director
for Science, once again earning the physicist international recognition. Working for the
White House Office of Science
and Technology Policy, Wieman
will provide scientific analysis
and advice to the President,
affecting the federal government's major policies, plans
and programs.
UBC orders
Koerner's
to go dry
On March 26, UBC told the Graduate Student Society (GSS) to
halt liquor sales. On March 6,
an underage student got drunk,
climbed onto the roof overhang
above the patio, and fell, alerting
police to the illegal serving of
minors. Then, less than a week
later, on March 12, RCMP arrested students for public drunkenness due to overserving.
Koerner's had close brushes
with liquor regulations in 2008
and 2009. The events of 2010,
it would seem, were the straws
that broke the camel's back.
GSS President Arvind Saraswat tried to obtain the police
reports for the two evenings,
but was told he would have to
file a Freedom of Information
request to get them.
Wailing and gnashing of teeth
ensued among UBC's thirsty
masses. A Facebook group in support of Koerner's reached 1500
souls in the weeks following the
the shutdown. For the time being, though, the ban on liquor
sales continues—indefinitely.
Voter fraud
in the AMS
elections
Voter fraud rounded off a turbulent year of AMS politics.
The January elections resulted in almost no change to the
elections results, but incurred
over $43,000 in costs for the
investigation.
While none of the executive
positions were affected, $900
worth of prize money was distributed among affected student media groups in the Voter Funded Media contest, and
the tuition referendum question passed instead of the one
approving President Blake Frederick's impeachment. The Senate race was affected, with Alyssa Koehn gaining more votes
than Nader Beyzaei. The culprit
was never caught.
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Commerce tries
to impose fee on
students—again
The year was 2007. Bush was still
president. Lehman Brothers still
existed. And Commerce Dean Dan-
ielMuzyka, believing thathis faculty's reputation would suffer internationally without a building upgrade, persuaded Sauder students
to vote in favour of spending $500
extra ayear in student fees for renovations to Angus. The provincial
government, arguing that the fee
was an illegal tuition increase, shot
down the change, and as a result
all UBC students paid for building
upgrades to Angus.
Fast-forward to 2010—more upgrades were needed to be made to
the building, and funding was nonexistent. So, Muzyka again convinced students to pay for a $500
annual fee, only this time, he convinced the Commerce Undergraduate Society to make it a binding
referendum. While many students
outside ofthe faculty argued that
underhanded tactics were used
to convince Sauderites, the referendum passed with 63 per cent
of Commerce students voting in
favour.
Underground
chided for
article—twice
In October, The AUS newspaper,
The Underground, wrote a story
titled "So-called 'Campus Rapist'
simply exploring his sexuality"
and was met with angry letters
about its trivialization of rape.
The Underground issued a formal
apology, and escaped the threat
of being shut down. News ofthe
scandal spread quickly around
campus, showing us just how
much of an impact it had. The
question of where the line lies
between satire and offensive-
ness was hotly contested.
The issue resulted in numerous talks with the Dean of Arts
and the creation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Recently, The Underground has gotten
into trouble again for publishing an article stating that 'tramp
stamps' must be placed on girls
as a marker for STIs. vl
OUR
DUMB
YEAR
The stupid things
we've said in
headlines (thanks,
The Onion)
SEPTEMBER 8
MAKE FRIENDS,
JOIN A CLUB
And pleasurable your student
experience will be.
SEPTEMBER 10
HAPPINESS IS THE
BEST MAGIC POWER
First of all, this is clearly false. The
answer is flying. Second, do you
have any idea what the story is
about based on this?
SEPTEMBER 14
STICK YOUR HAND
UP MY ASS
No, thank you.
OCTOBER 15
CRITIC SPEAKS OUT
AGAINST HARASSMENT
You could replace "harassment"
with any word for a bland, universal
headline. Congratulations, us.
N0VEMBER12
STUDENT PARTICIPATION
CAN IMPROVE CAMPUS
HEALTH
In what? How? Campus health is a
sentient being?
N0VEMBER16
WE DON'T DRINK
THAT MUCH
False.
NOVEMBER 19
DVORAK COMPARES AMS
EXECUTIVE TO WAR CRIMINALS
This actually isn't a bad headline.
It's entirely accurate. It's just
hilarious to reprint.
DECEMBER 7
UBC STUDENTS INSPIRED BY
THEIR INTERACTIVE STUDIES
Which could mean "UBC students
inspired by raising their hands"
FEBRUARY 1
WHAT DO ABBOTSFORD,
UBC AND NORWAY HAVE
IN COMMON?
What do lists, disparate elements
and crappy headlines have in
common?
DECEMBER3
NOODLE SOUP AND YOU
MARCH 15
YOU AND THE ORDER OF
CANADA
In Ubyssey, headline writes you!
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AMS lobbies for change in the FOIPPA Act
ASHLEY WHILLANS
awhillans@ubyssey.ca
Everyyear the AMS tries to collect information from UBC organizations and companies such
as UBC Properties Trust and the
UBC Farm, and everyyear they
are forced to file Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to obtain this information. Thanks
to delays or denied requests, it
is not uncommon for the AMS
to pay large sums of money for
documents from the university or fail to receive them at all.
Frustrated with the amount
of time and money they have to
spend filing FOIs, the AMS has
recently submitted a report to
the Special Commission to review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy
Act (FOIPPA).
"The idea was that some of
the concerns we had with access
of information were shared by
numerous third-parties and we
thought that it would be good of
us to make a submission and see
if we could get some of these concerns rectified," explained Taha-
ra Bhate, the ex-chair of University Affairs and External Relations for the AMS, in regards to
filing the report.
As Bhate mentioned, the AMS
is not alone in their frustrations.
Submitted on March 31, the AMS
report entitled "Improving Access" was just one of over 30
filed by different organizations
across the province who also
want changes to be made to the
FOIPPA.
Passed in 1992 and implemented in 1993, the FOIPPA was
created to increase government
accountability by making copies
of government records available
to BC citizens in a timely and affordable manner.
Every six years the Act is subject to a public review in which
individuals or organizations are
able to propose changes. At this
time, a special committee comprised of MLAs compiles the requests, writes a report and submits it to the provincial government. The government is then
able to create amendements to
the Act at their discretion.
There are requests
pending for
FOIs filed over
three years ago.
According to the
AMS, not only are
these time delays
annoying, they
prevent the AMS
from completing
research.
THE AMS'S PROPOSED CHANGES
Some ofthe changes the AMS
would like to see include lower costs as well as a reduction
in the time it takes to receive
documents.
To put their requests into perspective, it is important to note
the scope ofthe AMS's FOI problems. Typically the AMS files 10
to 20 FOI requests a year, and
spends a considerable amount
of money in the process. In the
2009/2010 academic year, the
AMS spent $6724 trying to obtain files and reports through
FOI requests and in 2008 they
paid $246,000, nearly their entire policy budget, for FOI-relat-
ed appeals and judicial reviews.
In addition to cost, time is
also an issue for the AMS. While
FOI requests are supposed to
be decided within 30 calendar
days, AMS VP External Jeremy
McElroy who is currently in
charge of handling and submitting FOI requests for the AMS,
said there are requests pending
for FOIs filed over three years
ago.
According to the AMS, not
only are these time delays annoying, they prevent the AMS
from completing research.
"When our executive turns
over annually the FOI process
can be very frustrating," explained McElroy. "If I have anything I want to investigate now,
chances are it won't come in until my predecessor is in office."
ANSWERS? MAYBE NOT
Should the AMS be hopeful
that the provincial government
will listen to their requests? The
answer depends on who you ask.
Since 2004, when the last public consultation took place, 10 of
the 28 proposed amendments
were implemented by the provincial government, said Karyn
Butler, a researcher for the Legislative Assembly of BC. Butler
believes these amendments signalled positive change.
However, Darrell Evans, the
executive director ofthe BC Freedom of Information and Privacy
Association, doesn't necessarily
see these changes as a step forward. He instead feels that the
amendments made to the Act in
2004 had little to no benefit for
those who use it to try to gain
information.
"The committees have done a
good job, especially the last one
in 2004, but their recommendations really have not been adopted. For this whole [six-year] period not one amendment has been
made to the Act that has actually improved the process for requesters," he said.
Stanley Tromp, an investigative journalist who has done a
lot of FOI advocacy work, agreed
with Evans.
"All this work has led to not
a single positive FOI amendment being passed into law, and
I wonder if it ever will," he told
The Ubyssey.
In regards to whether the
AMS believes any significant
changes will be made because
of public consultations, they are
hesitant, yet optimistic.
"We are always hopeful, never confident [that our changes
will be made]," said McElroy.
"In the past we have been taken
quite seriously by government
bodies and they do care about
what we have to say. Whether or
not that translates to action, or
actually happens, I am not entirely sure."
The Special Commitee is mandated to release its report by May
31, 2010. tJ
DEFINING COSTS
A June 2009 request filed bythe
AMS for UBC records related to
development plans for the U BC
Farm cost the society $6022 for
2000+ pages.
WHAT IS THE FOIPPA?
The purposes of this Act are
to make public bodies more
accountable to the public and
to protect personal privacy by:
(a) giving the public a right of
access to records;
(b) giving individuals a right
of access to, and a right to
request correction of, personal
information about themselves;
(c) specifying limited exceptions
to the rights of access;
(d) preventing the unauthorized
collection, use or disclosure of
personal information by public
bodies;
(e) providing for an independent
review of decisions made under
this Act.
WHAT IS AN FOI?
Freedom of Information (FOI)
means that every BC citizen has
the right to access government
or insider information by filing a
Freedom of Information Request
(FOI).
Any BC citizen under the
FOIPPA has right of access to
most government records and
the right to appeal if your request
is denied.
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post-secondary campuses. It is called "It Takes a
University" and takes place May 21st- 22nd.
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WHAT'S HAPPENING ON CAMPUS
Go to your closet. Take out an assortment of clothes. Make them into a costume. Stand on
an empty stage, and act. Act, damnit! That's the philosophy behind Bear Bones Theatre,
a new troupe of UBC Theatre students devoted to theatre in the raw and on the cheap.
Their first production, a particularly grisly rendition of Titus Andronicus, opens April 22
and runs through April 24. Check out our video interview with the cast at
ubyssey. ca/culture
Sending in the Clowns
Cirque du Soleil seeks talent in Vancouver
Sixty UBC students tried out last week to become the next great acrobat or clown. PHOTO COURTESY OF CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
OUVIA FELLOWS
Contributor
The circus is coming to town!
Cirque du Soleil, the Montreal-based circus and performing arts troupe, held its regional auditions at UBC last week
at the Dorothy Somerset Studio. On April 16 and 17, following a talk by Marc-Andre Roy,
Cirque's auditions coordinator, UBC theatre students put
on their best clown routines
in an attempt to land a place
in the highly selective troupe.
It was Cirque's casting partner Annette Devick that suggested UBC's Dorothy Somerset Studio as the site of the auditions. Roy thought the studio was a good idea not only
because of its size and qualities, but because they were
offered an opportunity to use
the studio for a pre-audition
conference.
"It became a really good idea
when we proposed to [hold] a
conference before these auditions," said Devick. "The Theatre Department offered us
the opportunity in that same
studio."
Cirque du Soleil, self-described as a "dramatic mix
of circus art and street entertainment," was founded in
1984 and is currently based
in Montreal. When it began,
Cirque du Soleil was composed of a group of twenty
street performers. Two decades after that, it employs
more than 4000 people from
over 40 countries, 1000 of
them artists. Its shows—combining international circus
styles, professional artists and
live, continuous music—have
entertained close to 90 million spectators in more than
200 cities.
Will UBC students be part
ofthe Cirque's award-winning
batch of performers? Roy says
that 60 candidates are being
invited to the audition. Those
60 candidates will be auditioning for two days and might be
looking at an entire day of performing, depending on how
far up the ladder they are able
to climb.
The artists participating in
the general audition are not auditioning for any show in particular. After a candidate is
accepted, he or she becomes a
potential artist for the Cirque,
and will be eligible to be presented to the director for a new
creation or to the artistic director for replacement of another artist. But even though
these are general auditions, the
scouts are still looking for specific performer profiles.
Roy says Cirque du Soleil's
audition process is quite similar regardless of the city in
which it occurs. Vancouver was
chosen this time because the
audition team saw the possibility of "finding great actors
with great physical abilities" in
the city. In 2009, auditions for
acting and clowns were held in
Toronto, New York City, Chicago, St Petersburg, Paris, Berlin
and London. This year Cirque
will be touring down the West
Coast through Vancouver, San
Francisco and Los Angeles.
At press time, Cirque had yet
to determine if a UBC student
will be selected as the troupe's
next performer. Fingers crossed
that Roy is right about finding
hot new talent at UBC. vl
CD REVIEWS
PHIUP STOREY
pstorey@ubysseyca
Exam break is upon us, and not
a moment too soon. The Ubyssey
presents a retrospective of albums
I omitted in the 2009/2010 school
year.
Bombay Bicycle Club I Had The
Blues But I Shook Them Loose
Despite the fact that I characterize
myself as a misanthropic, hate-
filled music nerd, sometimes an
album gets through to the very
centre of my being and stays
there. BBC did just thatwith/ilad
The Blues etc. They put out some of
the catchiest indie rock songs of
recent memory. Jack Steadman's
vocals and lyrics have a pathos
that most indie rock bands could
never match. Plus, they have a
wicked drummer.
MGMT Congratulations
The only thing funnier than this
album is the media posturing that
has occurred since its release.
First the duo went on record with
Spinner Magazine to apologize for
howweird they thought their own
music was. This was quickly followed up with an interview with
The New York Times on how artsy their new album was supposed
to be. The truly hipster thing to
do would be to praise it as ironically awful, but ironically awful
is still awful.
Laura Veirs July Flame
Laura Veirs is, in my opinion, a female Bon Iver. Veirs has a melancholy cadence, and songs like "I
Can See Your Tracks" really show
the power of her voice.
Ramona Falls Inuit
This is one ofthe few albums that
I've listened to constantly through-
outtheyear. Ifyou know ofthe band
Menomena, then Ramona Falls
really isn't all that different. They
share the same lead singer and the
same style, but good God is it a great
style. Almost every song tells a story, complete with build and climax
that actually matches the music.
"Salt Sack" is tragic, epic and brilliant all at once. It also has an embarrassingly large play count on
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EVERYTHING
IS GOING TO BE OKAY
The world exploded, then it all got better
BRYCE WARNES
bwarnes@ubyssey.ca
I stepped out of the SUB on
the day of the AMS Block Party
and the first thing I saw was a
girl crying and vomiting into
the bushes. This seemed like
a good start. Evidently everyone who was celebrating that
day started at about 8am. I've
never really believed that the
students at UBC have much
school spirit, but my doubts
were wiped away like pukey
chin-spit when I saw belligerently drunk first-year students
falling into the shrubbery before noon. Dedication like that
brings a tear.
Mclnnes Field was caged off
and once I passed inside itwas
like being in a cattle pen. Most
of the cattle were lined up so
they could show their IDs to security people and cross into the
"mature" side of the cage and
buy beer. The lines snaked into
the distance, and as I joined
their ranks, clouds began to
obscure the sun.
The line didn't move and
day got darker. The idea of
waiting longer to drink became less appealing. I'd had
a few beers, maybe a joint or
two, and some mushrooms in
the hours leading up to the
Block Party. My stomach was
agitated and I felt cold. The
psilocybin kicked in as the
first raindrops began to fall.
A small group was beginning
to bob and shuffle around the
stage, and an opening band
called Hey Ocean! began to
play. I joined them, and started to shift back and forth to
the music. Looking down, I noticed the grass was twisting
and growing at super speed.
The trees around the stage
writhed in the fog, and I realized my body was completely wet.
At this point I was struck
with an immense pity for every human alive, and their unending desires for the transient pleasures ofthe material world. My shoes were filling with mud, and I decided
that, if I were in fact dead,
this would be Limbo. Everything was grey and the people around me were wraiths.
The shuffle around the
stage became more intense.
I gave up and let myself be
bumped along to the music.
Hey Ocean! was playing, and
the lead singer —a cherub
from a Renaissance painting, halo and all—implored
us to dance. She pointed
over the crowd, and as heads
turned to look, a patch of sky
lit up gold. People started
to move. Everyone seemed
drunk but I felt more sober
than usual. The band on
stage told us to dance harder to clear the clouds. This
seemed infallibly logical,
and the crowd agreed.
As the song ended, a hard
beam of sunlight hit the stage
and I felt a spark of something
like hope for the human race.
A guy elbowed me in the head
and I forgave him with Bohi-
sattva-like compassion. The
rain had stopped and another dance had started. Fingers
of photons stretched through
the crowd and I felt warmth
on my shoulders. We surged
and shouted praise for the
sun. Heads began to steam
as the clouds retreated and
the temperature increased.
Someone tried to crowd surf
and fell in the mud. Everyone laughed.
By the time Hey Ocean!
finished playing, the world
had been redeemed and cosmic order reestablished. I
got tired of the music and
left after the Barenaked Ladies played a few songs. The
beer lines were gone. I had
a VIP badge for the Party
because I was supposed to
write for the paper. It made
me look like a dick so I'd given it to my friend before the
show started. He came back
drunk and told me the pass
got him free beer. I didn't
know the magical pass warranted free beer. I found my
way to the VIP section and
smoked and drank and listened to "One Week."
Leaving the Block Party, I
passed a field full of broken
plastic cups lit up by the sunset like lilies of the valley.
People were making out and
falling down and it smelled
like spring, tl
OH, THE DEPRAVITY
Into the dark heart ofthe 2010 Block Party
KAI GREEN
kgreen@ubyssey.ca
Campus, late morning. The
walk past Mclnnes Field is
longer than usual, the layers
of protective fencing bloating its radius, making it into
something pseudo-industrial,
psuedo-professional ... keeping out the bad students. Or
keeping out the good students,
letting in the rest? A containment unit, an ecto-container:
pull the cord and the ghosts of
bad mistakes past and future
go whirling into the field with
the beer tents and the burger
grill and the rows upon rows
of gleaming blue port-a-johns...
Somehow in the post-class
maelstrom ofthe SUB I find the
news office and grab the necessities: tape recorder. Wallet.
Aviators. Emergency gin. Two
big gulps of the second and a
hit off someone's beer and I'm
back out into the real world,
swinging down the hallways.
Phone rings; we're all drinking in a secret office location!
Get down here now! I hustle
through the doors and someone puts a litre of orange juice
in my hand; someone else hands
me a beer. The little guy has
my tape recorder and someone
has handed me a third thing, a
coke thing, and somewhere far
away "Settlers of Catan" is being played. Well.
Oh God, it's not even 3pm and
I've been picked up bodily six
times.
Another office, another table
of questionable legality. Someone storms in to yell about the
cops and storms back out. I
think there's a protest being
organized; we're all going to
sweet demeanour; we've infiltrated this area not to be closer to the stage but to wreak
havoc among the ranks of the
supposed elite, the lucky sons
of bitches with their stick-on
VIP and their all-access to the
washed-up ... picture our masses, sweating, unwashed, yearning to be free—or intoxicated—
storming the beer kegs, com-
postable cups outstretched...
...wreak havoc among the ranks ofthe
supposed elite, the lucky sons of bitches
with their stick-on VIP and their all-access
to the washed-up...
smoke in front of the fascist
fuckers. But first, finishing this
drink. Someone claps a hat on
my head, troops are gathered
and we commence the march
up and out and into the parking
lot, singing the songs ofthe revolution. The songs of the revolution seem to be largely from
the early 90s.
A little hassle at the registration table; the hipsters are
unhappy about our numbers.
Damn right they should be; the
armies ofthe revolution are innumerable! ... and we're cranky
bastards, don't be fooled by our
Hey Ocean! tells the crowd
they have a song for people born
in the 90s, and the mass of them,
the heaving screaming drunken bloody mass of them go nuts,
throwing themselves on the goddamn barricades like suicidal blues onto a beach, exploding where they once lay quietly ... and Deee-Lite grooves us
all in the heart, even the couple humping against the side
of the toilets.
Later. Four or five of us lined
up along the fence, watching a
girl down on all fours, puking
into the grass—that's how you
can tell which ones have really
had enough, they can't make it to
the more socially acceptable regurgitation areas, like the toilets
or the area around the toilets.
Security milling around, waiting for her to finish up before
they ask her to leave. Someone
takes a picture, and she coughs
out a little more, then heads back
into the fray with her friends.
Hippies move in to dance in the
same area, and the Barenaked
Ladies take the stage. Eight guitars, no stage presence ... and
the aggressively Canadian stage
banter is making my head hurt.
But the crowd is still loving it-
some of them have even crossed
the divide from the piss-up booze-
soaked side ofthe field to the area
where the bands are playing—and
they're jamming themselves up
towards the band again, faces
upstretched towards the residual odor of fame ... mouths and
nostrils splayed open to catch it
... some great horrible wonderful schmear of beer and drugs
and sun and bodies across the
field. Tomorrow there'll be great
trampled swaths in the grass,
and piles of beer cups... crunching beneath our feet as we stumble out into a decidedly lowering
evening, mumbling song lyrics
into the back of our carriers. It's
all been done before, tl
A SOBER AND
REASONED
ANALYSIS
PHILIP STOREY
pstorey@ubyssey.ca
Reviewing Block Party is sort
of a strange thing to do. For
example, I don't usually make
a habit of going over to a party
at my friend Stanley's house
and then critiquing his gua-
camole and chip bowl (which
sucks, by the way). For what
it's worth, then, here is a review of the music event that
is Block Party.
First up was Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, a name with
far too many syllables to be
catchy or easy to say. Anyway,
I've never really liked MBF because his whole ridiculously-huge-band shtick always
seemed like a gimmick to me.
However, I am happy to report
that I was fairly impressed
with his performance, probably due to the fact that there
was only a small group of musicians onstage. His conversation between songs was awkwardly funny but that is the
sort of thing that he does and
it does show a certain level of
stage presence and showmanship. I'm not crazy about the
peppiness of most of his tunes
but they did seem to suit the
last day of class.
This was
the weakest
performance
ofthe day, yet
by the time
BNL took the
stage, everyone
was too drunk
to notice.
Next, Hey Ocean! took the
stage. I've honestly never
listened to anything by Hey
Ocean! before but they too certainly seemed up for the challenge of playing while everyone drank themselves blind. I
wasn't crazy about their effort
to pad out their set list with
covers of Green Day and The
Cardigans, but again, everyone else seemed to enjoy it.
Nothing in their show really
convinced me to start caring
about them but nothing really turned me off either.
Finally, Barenaked Ladies arrived onstage. This was, I felt,
the weakest performance ofthe
day, yet by the time BNL took the
stage, everyone was too drunk
to notice. BNL supposedly used
to shine with their humourous
performance between songs.
At Block Party, this humour revolved solely around telling people to drink more water and
some inane mention of the krak-
en. It seemed forced. Obviously
it's difficult to judge BNL properly without their chief singer/
songwriter. Time will tell if this
proves to be a killing blow to
them or not, but it wasn't quite
the experience I had hoped. Old
favourites "One Week" and "If
I Had $1,000,000" were played
well and certainly resounded
with our collective memories
of being ten. tl Help shape rapid transit
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Celebrating the best on campus for 2009/2010
JUSTIN MCELROY
sports@ubyssey.ca
Another season in the books, another year of
winners and losers in campus sports. And while
UBC Athletics held their annual awards dinner last week, there's no reason we can't replicate that here, minus the banquet, trophies
and pomp. Our esteemed panel of judges:
• Justin McElroy: Ubyssey Sports Editor.
• Gerald Deo: Ubyssey Photo Editor
• Keegan Bursaw: Head Ubyssey sports
photographer
• Ian Turner: Ubj/ssej/sportswriter
• Wilson Wong: Longtime CiTR Sports reporter
• Jason Wang: CiTR Sports reporter
And now, the categories. In honour of the
Olympics, we'll be going gold-silver-bronze here.
TOP FEMALE ATHLETE
Gold: Liz Cordonier, Volleyball
Silver: Jaclyn Dunnett, Soccer
Bronze: Martha McCabe, Swimming
Martha McCabe dominated the women's swimming circut all year, and Jaclyn Dunnett finished her UBC career with another outstanding season in goal, giving up just 11 goals in
18 games. But Cordonier had a CIS MVP award,
and was captain of an undefeated championship
team—about as perfect a season as you can get.
TOP MALE ATHLETE
Gold: Josh Whyte, Basketball
Silver: Blair Bann, Volleyball
Bronze: Cory Renfrew, Golf
Honourable Mention: Graham Smith, Soccer
Smith got serious consideration for another
solid year anchoring the defense of UBC's acclaimed men's soccer team. Renfrew dominated in the NAIA for a second straight year,
and Blair Bann was the star on a disappointing volleyball team, bringing home his second
straight Libero of the Year award. But Whyte
(17.4 points, 4.0) was named MVP of men's basketball for the entire CIS—a heady feat when
you consider how many quality university basketball teams there are.
BEST TEAM
Gold: Women's Volleyball
Silver: Women's Field Hockey
Bronze: Men's Basketball
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this
one out. The men's basketball team finished
second in the country, and the women's field
hockey and volleyball teams finished first. But
the women's volleyball team went 2 5-0 on the
season, won every award they could, and ended the year with their third straight national
championship. Any questions?
MOST DISAPPOINTING TEAM
Gold: Men's Volleyball
Silver: Men's Football
Bronze: Men's Hockey
Both the hockey and football teams were expected to struggle during the year, as young
teams that hadn't cracked .500 in a few seasons. But the volleyball team went from 10-8
in 2008/2009 to 4-4 this year.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Gold: Abigail Raye, Field Hockey
Silver: Janine Frazao, Women's Soccer
Bronze: Luc Bruchet, Cross-Country
A cross-country runner, Bruchet had the second
best showing by a Canadian at the World Junior
Cross Country Championships last month, capping
off an impressive season. Janine Frazao gets on
the list by scoring four goals in a game not once,
but twice in the same weekend, no less. Raye gets
the nod for stepping in to become a key player on
a championship team for UBC in her first year.
MOST UNDERRATED ATHLETE
Gold: Radha Jain, Women's Rugby
Silver: Jessica Von Schilling, Women's Volleyball
Bronze: Kamar Burke, Men's Basketball
Burke burst out of nowhere for the T-Birds this
year, leading the team in rebounds. On a team
full of stars, Von Schilling managed to get in the
starting lineup injusther second year at UBC. But
Radha Jain was a pillar of strength for the women's rugby team all year long, and had three tries
in their final victory ofthe season, a 27-0 win over
the Western Mustangs in the CIS Championships.
BIGGEST UPSET
Gold: Men's Basketball upset by Saskatchewan in
Canada West semifinal.
Silver: Women's hockey shocks Alberta 2-0, their
first ever loss to UBC in women's hockey.
Bronze: After struggling all year, the men's volleyball team defeat Calgary in five sets. Calgary goes
on to win CIS championship.
WEIRDEST MOMENT
1) After scoring a basket, Lia St Pierre of the women's basketball team leaves the court in the middle of a live defensive possession in order to cope
with an 'emergency digestive malfunction' at a
trash bin behind her bench.
2) With UBC's football team well out of the playoff race, both Manitoba and SFU are discovered to
have used ineligible players during the year, giving
UBC retroactive wins. However, even after being
bumped from one to three wins, the T-Birds are
unable to make the playoffs, costing Ted Goveia
his job as head coach.
3) Thunderbird Arena comes alive for the Games.
It was more than a little weird seeing a UBC facility full of screaming fans, as it was for the duration of the Olympics and Paralympics. People
flocked to the stadium, cheered their lungs out,
and then walked down Wesbrook Mall, exchanging high-fives with strangers. And while there's
little chance of that happening with UBC teams,
we can dream, right?
COACH OF THE YEAR
Gold: Doug Reimer, Women's Volleyball
Silver: Hash Kanjee, Field Hockey
Bronze: Kevin Hanson, Men's Basketball
Honourable Mention: Dick Mosher
Kanjee, in his 16th year, took a young UBC team
to yet another national championship. Hanson
and Reimer were both named CIS coaches of the
year, but Reimer gets the edge due to his team
finishing first and Hanson's team finishing second. But a special nod must be given to Mosher,
who stepped down after 24 years and 9 national
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The Drug Testing Debate
Is the CIS doing enough to deter varsity athletes from doping?
HENRY LEBARD& ASHLEY
WHILLANS
awhillans@ubyssey.ca
In the 21st century, you can't
mention sports without bringing up performance-enhancing
drugs. They serve as an ever-
present threat to the integrity
and credibility of sports around
the world.
Canadian universities are no
exception. Lastyear, four varsity
athletes in Canadian Interuni-
versity Sport (CIS) tested positive
for banned substances: three
for marijuana use and one for
steroids.
Normally a side ofthe CIS that
gets little attention, last week the
issue exploded with the arrest
of Nathan Zettler, a University
of Waterloo football player who
was not only using, but also trafficking, performance-enhancing
anabolic steroids.
According to UBC Human
Kinetics Assistant professor
James Rupert, an anti-doping
expert, the problem of performance enhancers in university sports isn't about to go away
anytime soon.
ANTHONY GOERTZ GRAPHIC/THE UBYSSEY
"The problem is that it escalates. If I take a little bit I go a
little bit faster, then you take a
little more...eventually one of us
is going to start taking a dangerous level and take unnecessary
risks," he said.
As drugs become easier to obtain, harder to detect, and competition increases, a question
presents itself to the university athletic system and its varsity players: Just how effective is
drug testing? Is the Canadian
Interuniversity Sport (CIS), the
largest multi-sport organization
in Canada, doing enough to pre-
ventyoung athletes from diving
into the dangerous and tempting world of doping?
THE CCES'S DOPING CONTROL
PROGRAM
To keep athletes in check
when it comes to drug use, the
CIS collaborates with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport
(CCES) to create and maintain a
doping control program. It aims
to ensure athletes comply with
the rules of the Canadian Anti-
Doping program.
Tom Huisman, Director of
CIS operations, said the CCES
are crucial for the legitimacy of
their efforts. "You need to work
through them ifyou want to have
a doping program that is recognized and respected," he argued.
Yet the question still remains of how respected the CIS
drug testing program is. Huisman said that on average 300
to 450 student athletes are tested per year. In the 2008/2009
academic year, only 2.69 per
cent of varsity athletes were
tested.
"The number needs to balance
the resources that are available
[from the CCES] and the objectives ofthe program itself," said
Huisman. "With that number, it
comes to about 1 in 20 to 1 in
25 student athletes...the odds
are that one athlete can be tested from each team."
Although one member from
every team can be tested, in reality drug tests are administered
in certain sports than others. In
2009, 108 tests were administered in football. Swimming,
soccer, rugby and other sports
had ten tests or less administered to players nationwide.
With the cost of each test estimated at $500, Huisman said
it is necessary for the CIS to
test certain sports more than
others based on their history of drug use. "You want to
put your resources in an area
where you might have issues,"
he said.
Despite the financial necessity of selective drug testing,
these uneven procedures have
caused apathy in players from
less frequently tested sports.
Chloe O'Neill, a member of
the UBC rowing team, said, "I've
never been tested. I don't know
of anyone on the rowing team
that's been tested."
"If you win gold at Nationals, you don't get tested. I doubt
I would ever get tested. Ever!"
INTELLIGENT TESTING
The drug testing policies in
place in the CIS not only focus
on specific sports, but also focus on specific athletes.
The CIS' drug control program states that all CIS athletes
are eligible to be tested both in-
competition and out of competition, through either random or
targeted testing.
One of the criteria that increases a player's chances of being tested is the position they
play. Certain positions are more
likely to be tested because ofthe
higher benefit that drugs have
to these players.
CCES more frequently tests
individuals who have a history
of failed drug tests or who have
gained a considerable amount of
weight within a relatively short
period of time. They also take
tips from other coaches and players in attempts to catch players
doping. These not-so-random
drug tests have a mixed reaction with athletes.
Justin Belzile, a member of
the UBC football team in 2009,
said that he definitely noticed
the difference between athletes
who were tested and those who
were not.
"I can't really say anything,
because I have no idea, I only
have assumptions. But I can
tell you that I made those assumptions by knowing who
got tested—people who obviously look like they [took] steroids," he said.
Women's volleyball team star
Liz Cordonier, who was recently
named CIS MVP in her sport for
the 2009/2010 season, has been
tested by the CCES three times.
During one incident she
was approached by two testers
while sunbathing at her home
in Winnipeg. She was also tested after nationals alongside her
teammate.
When asked if she felt being
tested so frequently was fair
practice, she replied, "Yeah,
what's the point of testing if
you're just wasting everybody's
time?"
EDUCATION
In addition to tests, the CIS
also attempts to control the use
of doping through education. In
2008 an online education program on doping was created.
This program consists of an online test that is now mandatory
for every athlete to complete to
play at the CIS level and teaches players of their rights and
responsibilities.
While players have to print
out a certificate after taking the
test and send it to their athletic department, Huisman admitted that the CIS doesn't actually
look at these records.
"CIS does not require schools
to provide proof that their student-athletes have been administered the educational program," he explained.
However, Huisman didn't seem
too worried. "I believe, and am confident, that the schools are pretty
diligent to make sure that their
athletes are well-educated on it."
O'Neill, who was never required to complete an anti-doping education program, said,
"Our coach doesn't talk to us
about it....There was some kind
of meeting for it, but I don't think
any of us went to it."
Although the CIS contends
that their drug-testing program
is effective, the limited size and
scope ofthe CIS and CCES drug-
testing program has often been
criticized.
Now with the recent discovery of performance enhancing
drug trafficking at Waterloo University, the question remains-
is the CIS truly doing enough to
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Of course we do not want any discrimation or harassment
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EDITORIAL
THE OBLIGATORY YEAR-END EDITORIAL
Much to the chagrin of regular students and navel-gazing hacks,
this is The Ubyssey's last issue for this semester. We'll resume printing near the end of August, but until then you'll have to rely on our
web updates ifyou want the latest about Stephen Toope's surprisingly crummy car, which concert on campus was underwhelming
and what Bijan Ahmadian had for breakfast.
The past year at UBC was eventful, to say the least. You can read
our top stories from the lastyear on page 4, ifyou're into that sort
of thing. More generally, this was a year of old eras ending and
new ones beginning.
Tuition increased again this year, and the upward trend shows no
signs of stopping in the near future. However, compared to schools
in other provinces and in the US, these increases were modest, especially considering the university's deficit and loss of hundreds
of millions of its endowment during the recession.
We haven't exactly dodged the bullet, but it looks like we're a lot
better off than many students. What is more alarming is that the
new Sauder building will be financed by a hefty student fee, setting a precedent for the university to finance ongoing upgrades via
backdoor charges.
Speaking of Sauder, in the student political sphere the campus
left-wing fell apart and campus conservatives seized power. The
largest number of students in recent history voted in a group of
AMS politicians made largely of fraternity members and Commerce
students, replacing the old group that had begun their careers after slates were banned.
This new group has already begun alienating a wide variety of
students on some key issues such as tuition and social services.
At the risk of sounding like ambulance-chasing vultures, we're
excited to see what sort of reaction this will solicit. However, until someone steps out from the wreckage that Tim Chu and Blake
Frederick created for progressive students on campus, they'll be
left voiceless.
The Olympics finally came and, frankly, had less of an impact on
campus than we were anticipating. One ofthe most massive events
to occur in the city didn't mean too much more for UBC than a sports
facility upgrade, some inconvenient traffic along Wesbrook Mall and
a major dip in sales for campus food services. Whether you were
looking to soak in the atmosphere or to protest it, you really had to
go downtown to see the splash made by the Games.
As we said before, The Ubyssey will be publishing stories on our
web site for the remainder ofthe summer until we begin printing
again. After that, without making any promises, we can say that we
have shifted a lot of our resources towards continuing to improve
the quality and quantity of our online and multimedia content.
After you pass through the two excruciating weeks of exams that
are coming up, we'd like to encourage you all to make the most of
your time off. You've spent all year busting your back over school,
and now is the time to reward yourself. Take road trips with friends,
go to parties, get involved in a tragically doomed romance, or whatever else you can do to really get the most out of life.
Believe it or not, after university is over you'll be confronted
with a terrifying "real world" in which spontaneous border-hopping missions for Jack and the Box and cheap beer suddenly become a lot more rare.
For those of you that have to continue school or work during the
summer... well, looks like you're already living partially outside of
that stupendous fantasy land we call higher education. Sorry about
that, welcome to the club.
Thanks for reading, and if you're graduating, good luck out there.
If not, we'll see you in September, vl
TOO SEXY
KASHA CHANG
& AUSTIN HOLM
toosexy@ubyssey.ca
DEAR TOO SEXY,
I am a guy who doesn't really get into flings often. When I
have sex, I usually do it with a
partner, and not generally right
away. I've never been anti-fling,
generally, but it just doesn't happen. Except last weekend, when
it happened.
I slept with a girl I only really knew by sight. Afterwards, I
felt like it was only meant to be
a fling and treated it like it. I felt
like we both knew what we were
in for. But every once in a while
I'll think about it, you know?
Browse her Facebook profile and
wonder if she's expecting me to
add her, or what will happen the
next time we run into each other at a party. The worst is that although I feel that way, I'm still
not sure I would date her if the
opportunity arose. Am I just bad
at flings, or is this a normal adjustment period?
Yours truly,
—Ambiguous In Retrospect
HEY AIR,
One of the worst things in the
world of sex and relationships
is not knowing where you stand.
Flings are notorious for their
insecurity, conflict and amorphous definition, so clarity is
really important.
Decide what you want, ask
yourself if you're ready for a relationship, and if you are find
out more about this girl to determine if you'd want a relationship with her. Don't lead her on
ifyou're not sure, because that's
how people get hurt. Make sure
you're not browsing her profile
out of boredom, loneliness or
horniness rather than actual interest. You might be surprised
at how much boredom can feel
like romantic interest.
Having said all that, one ofthe
other big problems with sex and
relationships is our drive to define the hell out them. We compartmentalize people and our
relationships with them so we
don't have to deal with the uncertainty they bring. Some we
label "friend," others "relationship material," still more "random impersonal sex fling" and
so on. But sometimes, doing that
can keep us from seeing the possibilities you might have with
a person, and finding aspects
ofyour relationship with them
that are new, unexpected and
interesting.
You say you "felt like it was
only meant to be a fling," but
you also tell us you barely knew
the first thing about this woman.
How do you know you wouldn't
be interested in her ifyou got
to know her better? You're the
one who gets to define whatyour
relationships are meant to be.
They're not predetermined by
some sort of mystic contextual
force. Relationships with people
evolve as we get to know them,
and sometimes that evolution
goes places we didn't foresee
when we met them.
Ifyou're not in a good place for
a relationship right now, that's
one thing. If you put the question to her and she isn't into it,
that's another. But not making a
move or at least finding outmore
out of fear of uncharted territory, or that things wouldn't work
out, is just silly.
Relationships—all relationships, even purely sexual ones-
involve an element of risk, in
which you have to put yourself
out there to make anything happen at all. Sometimes, "it was
only meant to be a fling" is actually code for "I'm not sure if
she's interested and I'm too insecure to give up my plausible
deniability."
The fact thatyou're still thinking about this girl tells us that
you're at least somewhat interested. True flings don't generally have a normal adjustment
period.
So proceed with the appropriate amount of caution and have
some fun. If nothing comes of it,
you haven't lost much. The opportunity to find the answers
here is worth a little trouble in
our Too Sexy opinon.
Anyways, that's it for this
week, and semester. Send your
letters, blah blah blah, and we'll
get to them many months from
now.
And one last thing: having
read last week's "Sorta Sexy,"
this writer feels obligated to answer the question of why our reply wasn't simply "don't let your
cat watch." The simple answer
to this is that it's fun to write
about perverted cats and their
naive owners. These are the letters that make this column fun
to write, tl
PERSPECTIVE
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
NEED LEADERS AT UBC
ADEEB TAWSEEF
Contributor
It's no lie that international
students here at UBC face various unique problems. Many
complain about the university's lack of proper support for
international students, or how
they have experienced many
hurdles with their study permit application and other legal
issues. Others complain about
the infamous Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test, which
many argue to be biased and
unfair towards non-native English speakers. I have met many
international students who can
fluently speak English, yet struggled to pass that test.
A large portion of the international student body is disappointed and frustrated by the
ever-increasing tuition here at
UBC, which hits us far harder
than domestic students. Some
say that they may not be able
to continue their studies due
to the rising costs. But out of
all complaints or disappointments I hear from the vibrant
and diverse international student body, one stands out: Why
isn't anyone doing anything
about our problems? Why don't
we see more solutions to our
problems than promises?
The university has tried to listen to the problems of international students, and does want
solutions to the problems we
face—good news for us. In the
past it has often been difficult
for the university to properly liaison with the international student body for various reasons.
International House and other interested bodies have tried
to work with the International
Student Association (ISA). The
ISA is perhaps the closest international students have to a
body that represents us in the
university community—and it's
not enough.
It is high time for us international students to unite and
fight for ourselves. We can't complain and hope for the university
to just take care of us. We can't
wait for the AMS to create "dialogue" or "work" with us. Only
international students understand the struggles of other international students. Unlessyou
are in the shoes of an international student you have few reasons to fight for them.
I believe the greatest problem for international students
at UBC is the lack of proper leaders who represent us. There has
been much talk to unite and
work as a group to address the
issues of international students.
There are various student associations that are designed to
represent students' home countries or ethic groups, but there
has been little or no united representation for international
students.
Naysayers may claim that
there isn't anyone who can represent all of us, or that we, the
international students, are too
lazy to stand up for ourselves. I
beg to differ. We have leaders-
it's only matter of identifying
them and letting them know
they have support.
We need leaders who can be
our voice and fight for long-
term solutions. Now is the
time where we should start to
change things. I am confident
that if international students
start taking up roles and portraying themselves as a united group there will be positive
change. This university has
been good, in recent memory,
at listening to students when
they unite in numbers and are
clear about what they want.
But none of this will happen
if leaders do not start being
leaders, tl 2010.04.19/UBYSSEY.C A/IDE AS/1 5
Res Advisor s comments land him in hot water
Place Vanier RA Alex Van Drunen said he was told to send parties to Totem
JENNYTSUNDU
Contributor
Place Vanier Residence Advisor
(RA) Alex Van Drunen has come
under criticism from his supervisors for comments he made in
an interview with The Ubyssey.
In the February 8 article, "Totem vs Vanier," Van Drunen revealed to The Ubyssey that a Vanier staff manager had told advisors to send rowdy parties to
Totem Park Residence.
Van Drunen was called in to
meet with his Residence Life
Manager and the Assistant Director of Residence Life, Kate
Ferguson, who informed him
that he had breached a clause in
his employment contract regarding communication with the
media. A file documenting the
violation is now in his record.
Only a day after the article was published, angry com-
menters who claimed to be Totem Park RAs posted remarks
such as, "Alex is an idiot" and
"Alex better not get re-hired if
he plans on returning" on The
Ubyssey's website.
Van Drunen said he was taken
aback. "I was surprised at how
quickly [the comments] came
up, and the nature of them," he
said. "I honestly thought that
if there were going to be complaints, they would have been
from people who work above
me in Vanier, but most of the
complaints came from Totem."
"Based on the quotes that I
said, it sounded more or less like
I was badmouthing Totem RAs,
and saying that they weren't doing their jobs, which wasn't what
RA Alex Van Drunen maintains Totem is rowdier than Place Vanier. ANTHONY GOERTZ GRAPHIC/THE UBYSSEY
I was trying to get across at all,"
he said. "If anything, my intention was to criticize how puritanical Vanier RAs are. I like
the way Totem RAs do business."
After the meeting, Van
Drunen was informed he had
breached his contract by speaking to a media outlet without receiving permission from Residence Life administration.
While he recalled that this part
of his contract was explained
to him during his training, he
claimed that it had slipped his
mind at the time of his interview with The Ubyssey.
"Ii we are to represent Residence Life, then we are to ask
permission beforehand," he
said, "but if we are just being
interviewed as individuals then
that's okay. It wasn't like I set
out with the intention of screwing the system; it just honestly
didn't come to me."
Van Drunen said that his
comments to The Ubyssey are
not representative of Residence
Life's stance for this article.
One of Van Drunen's residents, first-year Arts student
Ryan Thompson, defended his
RA and said he feels that Residence Life's policies are hypocritical. "It sounds like it violates free speech...it's probably not a great idea, considering UBC sees itself as a liberal
university."
When asked whether he will
be allowed to re-apply to his RA
position nextyear, Van Drunen
said he doesn't know. "I had no
intention of coming back, so I
never asked [about it]."
Van Drunen maintains thathis
comments in the original article
are true, but also praised the administration on the professionalism of its response.
"[They] presented it to me in a
very serious, professional manner, buteverybody was really good
about it," he said. "I think I got
more respect from the administration...and for the administration
because ofthe whole thing." tl
—With files from Larisa Karr and
Arshy Mann
LETTERS
TO THE EDITOR, In her March 25
letter, Justine Spencer is correct to
argue that "Abortion is simply not
genocide." However, she fails to recognize that there is an analogy between genocide—the selective killing of certain people-groups—and
the widespread practice of using
abortion to prevent the existence
of females or people with mental
disabilities. According to the 2009
CIA World Factbook, six countries
including China and India have
a male:female sex ratio of above
1.10, which is caused by sex-selective abortion and infanticide. As for
mental disabilities, in the 1990s fetuses with Down's Syndrome were
being aborted atrates ranging from
86 per cent in Boston to 92 per cent
in the U.K. and up to lOOpercentin
continental Europe, which suggests
that in the near future people with
Down's will be almost extinct. Perhaps worst of all is that this targeted reduction of women and the disabled is primarily the result of individual choices, not government-
run eugenics programs. Therefore,
as upsetting as it will be, we need to
openly discuss these issues.
—Michael Buttrey
DEAR SIR, What's going on with our
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Huel of Ottawa University out to kill
democracy under the guise of offering security for campus speakers!
Huel's forcefully exposed gigantic
affair re: public speaker Ann Coulter proved to the world that Canada is NOT a DEMOCRACY. Canada
is a warfare state. Government out
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Houel's usurping power tactic was
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