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Jeff Li, right, talks to a club representative in a sea of clubs. Not a sea of blunt weapons, of course — that would be painful.
I Jeff Li is looking for a club to
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Membership fee. How knowledgeable the reps are. The presentation of their booths. All of
these things are factors that Jeff
Li, second-year Sauder student, is
looking for when searching for a
club to join during Clubs Days.
"[And] the ones with [large
enough] signs so I don't have
to strain to see what they are,"
adds Li.
The allure of free stuff maybe
appealing at first, but Li sees past
that, and knows the his membership fees will pay for that later on.
Although Li tends more toward exercise clubs and business
clubs, he always wants to "find
one club that is new." For him,
that is Pre-Law, but their booth is
nowhere to be found today.
In between looking at clubs,
friends come up to Li and ask
if he will be attending various
icebreakers. Li says he picks
and chooses.
"The thing I found out after first
year is you definitely sign up for
the mailing list before you commit
to the club," he said. He makes
sure the club is worth his time and
money first.
This year, he's considering
renewing his membership for the
Hong Kong Students Association,
Newman Club and Cooking Club,
among others.
The AMS boasts hundreds of
clubs, but with so many that are
variations of another, Li has had
to weed out the ones that aren't
compatible with him.
"Like-minded individuals do
congregate in the same place but
it's really on the person," he said.
And before you start making
those connections that come
from joining a club you like?
"You have to show up." XI
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Toope: we will address systemic issues
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"I am embarrassed."
Sauder School of Business Dean
Robert Helsley wore a dejected
look as he addressed the media at a
press conference Wednesday morning. "This has been deeply, deeply
troubling for me as the dean of the
The results of UBC's fact-finding team regarding the Sauder
rape cheer were announced at
the morning press conference.
UBC's report confirmed that the
cheer had a long history at Sauder
FROSH and had been deliberately
concealed by student leaders.
Due to the systemic and
long-running nature of the offensive cheer, UBC President Stephen
Toope said no formal disciplinary
action would be taken against
Commerce Undergraduate Society
(CUS) leaders. However, it was
announced that the group has
pledged $250,000 toward funding
a new professional position with
the university aimed at combating
sexual violence and misogyny.
"I am extremely sorry that our
first-year students at the Sauder
school were subjected to completely inappropriate FROSH activity,"
Toope said of the Y-O-U-N-G
cheer. "I am not sorry, however,
that this has come to light. I think
we are given an opportunity to
seize this moment to strike at the
casual indifference to sexual violence and intolerance."
Toope was joined by Helsley
and Louise Cowin, UBC's VP students, who oversaw the fact-finding mission. It was announced
that Cowin has been charged
with creating a task force that
will report at the start of the next
academic year on best practices to
improve campus culture regarding
sexual violence.
Helsley said three distinct
steps would be taken as a result
of the report: holding student
leaders personally accountable
UBCO gets new fitness centre
A new gym has opened at UBCO.
The Hangar Fitness and Wellness
Centre was donated by the Lapointe
family in honour of employees at
their company Kelowna Flightcraft.
It is designed to resemble an airport
hanger, and is built mostly from local
The 850-square-metre facility cost
$4.1 million to build. It has spaces
for cardio, strength training, yoga,
pilates, dancing, combat sports and
spin bikes.
"Kelowna has been very good to
me and my family, and after 43 years
of developing a corporation it's time
to give some part of it back," said
Barry Lapointe.
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It will include the creation of a
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From left: Sauder School of Business Dean Robert Helsley, UBC VP students Louise Cowin, UBC President Stephen Toope and UBC
spokeswoman Lucie McNeil at a press confernece Wednesday morning held the announce the results of UBC s fact-finding mission
into the Sauder rape cheer.
for allowing the cheer, working
to restore "community trust" and
changing Sauder culture to foster a
safe environment for all students.
In practice, this means CUS
leaders will participate in Sexual
Assault Support Centre training and do community service
relevant to the incident. The
community service — the details of
which still have to be finalized by
UBC, Sauder and the CUS - will
fall outside the realm of non-academic misconduct discipline.
Helsley said the Sauder administration will work closely
with the CUS to create future
orientation events.
Helsley had previously said
Sauder was pulling their logistical support for CUS FROSH and
the CUS announced last week
that they were canceling future
FROSH events.
In the student society's first
public comments in nearly a week,
From UBCO: Board
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UBC floats policy on sharing
course material
UBC has posted a draft policy to
determine how material made for
UBC courses ought to be shared.
The point of the initiative is to
make it clear to professors how
they can use or modify other
professors' course materials like
lesson plans, quizzes, instructional models or a course's syllabus.
Under the policy, professors
retain ownership of their course
materials, but UBC keeps the right
to use them and share them with
other instructors.
"There's an awful lot of people
who are keenly aware for the need
for us to provide our materials,"
UBC VP Academic David Farrar
said. "I think the policy is balanced [and] I'm hoping it will be
Farrar said the university wants
to move towards an open-access
CUS board member Sean Fleming
told The Ubyssey that administration support was essential for
CUS-organized orientation events.
"If we didn't have their approval and their support, it would be
a much different event," Fleming
said. "We do look forward to
working with them going forward
to figure out whatever event it's
going to be like in the future."
CUS leadership have already
committed $50,000 toward the
$250,000 contribution to Sauder
meant to pay for support services,
but that is the maximum amount
that the society's board can allocate annually for any single un-
budgeted project. Sauder students
will vote on whether to follow
through on the rest of the contribution in an October referendum,
Fleming said.
"[Students] will be able to
decide whether they think this is
a good use of their student fees,"
Fleming said.
Fleming was adamant that the
contribution was a good use of the
student fees the CUS collects from
its members.
"We felt that given what's
happened and given the obvious
issues with the Sauder culture, it
would be appropriate to financially support some changes to bring
this assistance to students within
Sauder," Fleming said. "That
fulfills our mandate to help Sauder
During the press conference,
Toope made it clear that the university viewed the offensive cheer
as a systemic problem and was
approaching it as such.
"We all believe the university has an obligation to address
the more pernicious systematic
aspects of the casual acceptance of
violence and sexualization seems
to pop up in society," Toope said.
UBC expects to break even with this year's I
environment. The policy recommended that professors use the
cIRcle database, which is public.
But it also provides an exception for professors that don't want
to share their work: anyone who
makes course material without a
contribution from UBC beyond
regular salary, facilities or teaching assistant support may fill out a
form to prevent their material from
being shared.
While there are no current plans
to create a school-wide repository
for materials, $150,000 to $200,000
has been set aside to develop
technology that can help work with
existing systems like Connect and
databases currently managed by
faculties and departments.
The university is seeking comment on the draft policy before it is
adopted, starting from Sept. 17 to
the end of October.
Increase in international
students steadies first-quarter
financial results
Higher revenue from international
students balanced out a bite from
faculty and staff wage increases
"We're treating this as if it is not a
problem limited to Sauder and as
if we must address these concerns
from the perspective of the whole
The fact-finding report laid out
in blunt bullet points the investigators' findings: the cheer had
a long history at CUS FROSH, it
was intended to break students
out of their comfort zones, CUS
leaders were aware of it and while
not encouraging volunteers to lead
first-years in it, did not take action
to stop it.
"I think these things happen
in strange ways," Toope said
of how the cheer came to be
embedded in FROSH culture.
"Attempts are made to develop a
sense of camaraderie, however
It was revealed at the press
conference that the resignations
of both CUS President Enzo Woo
and CUS VP engagement Gillian Ong, announced last week,
were prompted by pressure
from Helsley.
"I did articulate to them what I
thought they could do to begin the
process of restoring their credibility in the community," Helsley said
of his suggestion that Woo and
Ong resign.
"It may very well be that people
feel that they are frustrated by
having to [resign], but I think
that's very much a part of what we
feel was necessary in addressing
the very, very serious allegations,"
Toope said.
In a moment of emotional
candour, Toope said he had been
heartened by the response of
students on campus following
the exposure of the cheer, adding
that the cheer did not represent
students' true character.
"In their hearts, I don't believe
this is what most of our students
think or believe," the president
said. tJ
A longer version of this article is
available online at ubyssey.ca.
in the university's first-quarter
financial results.
UBC ran a deficit of $62.1 million
in the first three months of its
financial year, slightly up from last
year's deficit of $61 million in the
same period.
Revenue and expenses both increased in the first quarter. Hurting
the university was a $6-million
increase in faculty and staff wages
due to new agreements in the last
year, but helping was a $3-million
increase in student fees due to higher international student enrolment
and a $14 million boost in return
from the performance of the university's investments. The endowment
had a rate of return of -2.2 per cent
this time last year, and -0.9 per cent
this year.
The university finished with a
surplus of $25 million last year, and
expects to break even this year.
In its quarterly forecast, released
alongside the financial results
at a Board of Governors meeting
Tuesday, it predicts an increase of
$91 million in tuition revenue and a
$35-million increase in federal and
provincial funding by the 2016-17
year. It also expects a $129-million
spike in salary expenses and a $37.7
million jump in operating costs by
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4 ex-Thunderbirds to be inducted into BC Hall of Fame
Class of 2013 includes swimming's Brent Hayden, basketball's Ken and Kathy Shields and rugby's Robert Hindson
Mehryar Maalem
This Thursday, the BC Sports Hall
of Fame is set to induct nine individuals and one team as part of its 2013
class. The list includes four UBC
alumni: Brent Hayden (swimming),
Ken and Kathy shields (basketball)
and Robert "Ro" Hindson (rugby).
Every year, the organization
receives around 100 nominations,
submitted by the public, and also
keep a running list of potential nominees of their own. The nominations
are distributed to an independent
selection committee consisting of 13
"Usually [the committee] members are of the [BC Sports Hall of
Fame] board of trustees, members of
the sports community and members
of B.C. media," said Jason Beck, curator of the BC Sports Hall of Fame.
"They review all the nominations
and meet in November of every year
and they have a discussion and a
vote, and by the end of the day we
have a class of inductees."
From Mission, B.C., Brent Hayden
is arguably one of the most iconic
swimmers in Canadian sports. A
sprint freestyle specialist, he was
a fixture on the Canadian national
team from 2002 to 2012. During
this time, he collected one gold,
three silver and one bronze medal
at the World Championships, along
with eight Commonwealth Games
medals, including a double gold
medal performance in Delhi in
2010. He retired from competitive
swimming following his Olympic
bronze medal performance in
the 100-metre freestyle in 2012.
But before all that, Hayden was
a UBC student, and he swam for
the Thunderbirds from 2001-2003
while training under national team
head coach Tom Johnson.
"The really interesting thing
about him is that he was just an
average kid growingup," said Beck.
"He wasn't a very focused kid. He
told me how he failed his swimming
lessons. [At] one of his first races he
was more interested in looking at
the fish paints at the bottom of the
pool than the race that was going on
around him, so he was a bit of a late
bloomer. I got a sense that he was a
tremendously hard worker."
Along with his work ethic,
Hayden also had unparalleled will
and determination.
"When he won his world championship, it was just days after his
grandfather had died, and he'd actually made a promise at the hospital that he was going to win a medal
at the world's," Beck said. "He told
me that when he hit the wall and
he was swimming for home he just
dug deep and there was nothing that
could stop him from hitting that
wall first.
"He said something like, 'No one
wanted to get to that finish line
more than me, and that little extra
bit of determination was enough to
win the race.'"
Hayden still holds the Canadian record in the 50-, 100- and
200-metre freestyle events. While
he no longer trains himself, he
continues to spend time at the UBC
Aquatic Centre, where he teaches
swim camps and private lessons
throughout the summer.
Ken and Kathy Shields are one of
the most dynamic coaching duos
in Canadian basketball. While
there are other couples in the BC
Sports Hall, Beck couldn't think of
another couple that has ever been
inducted in the same year. However, he made sure to note that the
two were chosen separately.
"Ken and Kathy were inducted
individually, and they were inducted
based on their individual merit,"
Beck said.
A graduate of the UBC School
of Kinesiology, Ken Shields played
varsity basketball for the Thunderbirds, and continued on to co-coach
the UBC women's basketball team
for the 1969-70 season. That team,
which had Kathy on its roster,
became one of the most successful
UBC basketball teams of all time.
Being the first of a series in the
"golden age" of women's basketball
at the university, the team managed
to become the number one team in
Western Canada and the nation's
Senior A champions. The most
remarkable aspect of their run was
their dominance, boasting a 32-6
season and beating Winnipeg by
29 points in the final game of the
Ken Shields moved onto coach
the men's basketball team at Lau-
rentian University and later went on
to UVic in 1978, where he coached
the men's team to seven straight
championships, a CIS record. He
was also honoured with four CI AU
(now CIS) Coach of the Year awards.
He then coached the Canadian junior national team and later served as
the head coach of the senior men's
national team from 1990-1994. Ken
has also coached national teams in
countries such as Australia, Great
Britain, Japan and Georgia, and has
been to two Olympics.
Like her husband, Kathy Shields
also played varsity basketball at
UBC, and then went on to become
one of the best basketball coaches
in Canada. She coached U Vic's
women's basketball team to eight
Dr. Rogers Prize Colloquium:
Exploring the Mind-Body Continuum
Thursday, September 26,2013 at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
Dr. Jeffery Dusek
Penny George Institute for Health and Healing,
Allina Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dr. John Gannage
Markham Integrative Medicine, Toronto, Ontario
This free afternoon
colloquium will delve into
questions such as how do the
mind and body interact; what
is the role of nutrition; what is
the role of intent?
Dr. Judith Moskowitz
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Cameo appearance and book-signing by
Dr. Irving Kirsch, author of
The Emperor's New Drugs:
Exploding the Antidepressant Myth
Advance registration required:
register online at www.drrogersprize.org
Dr. Rogers Prize
for excellence in
Former UBC swimmer Brent Hayden won an Olympic bronze medal for Canada in 2012.
CIS titles and 14 Canada West titles.
She was also named Canada West
Coach of the Year eight times and
CIS Coach of the Year on three
Kathy went on to coach at the
international level, first as an assistant with the women's national team
from 1981-84, and then as the head
coach of the junior women's national team in 1986. She was named the
head coach of the women's national
team in 1993. She led that team to
a seventh-place finish at the FIBA
world championships.
Beck remarked that despite the
couple being known as iconic coaches, they were also excellent players.
"She jumped straight from UBC
to [playing on] the national team.
There were four or five girls on that
team that jumped straight to the national team, which was unheard of.
Ken didn't make the national team,
but he was on the radar."
Rounding out the list of UBC
alumni being inducted this year
is Robert "Ro" Hindson, one of
the best rugby players Canada has
ever produced.
Originally from Naramata, B.C.,
Hindson was Canada's most capped
player for many years, even though
Canada only played two or three
international test matches a year at
that time. Standing 6-foot-5, he was
a multi-skilled player whose speed,
size and agility were a constant
threat for his competition. He could
beat his opponents with power,
excellent ball skills and surprising
"[Hindson] was so well-rounded," said Beck. "He wasn't just a big
strong powerful player, he was also
quite fast. He played sevens, [which
is] usually for fast agile players, and
he was an excellent ball handler.
He even kicked penalties. That was
really rare for a guy his size."
Hindson was a strong force in
both the 15-a-side and 7-a-side versions of the game. After retiring in
1990, he had accumulated 31 international caps. He was selected twice
for international matches alongside
players from some of the strongest
rugby nations on the planet. He was
also the only Canadian selected to
the Southern Hemisphere Barbarian Tour of South Africa in 1987.
Additionally, Hindson was a
remarkable all-round athlete. After
finishing high school, he was offered a full-ride rowing scholarship
to the Pennsylvania State University, which he declined.
"He was very likely to go on to
a career as an Olympic rower. The
only reason he didn't stick with
the rowing was because he didn't
like downtown Philadelphia," said
Beck, a
The 2013 inductees will be officially
honoured on Thursday, Sept. 19 at
the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Jack Williams, a second-year on
the cross-country team, placed
second overall at the University
of Washington's Sundodger
Invitational last weekend. His
time of 24:46 was the fastest ever
by a UBC athlete on this course,
beating out Sane Carlos' record
set in 2006.
Ally Williamson had two
impressive performances in goal
forthe women'ssoccerteam in
their homecoming games. On
the Friday night, she allowed just
one goal in a 1-1 draw against
Fraser Valley. She then shutout
the Victoria Vikes, helping UBC to
a 1-0 victory, their first this season.
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School of Medicine FEATURES    I    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013
It isn't unusual for business schools
to have a particular reputation on a university campus. After all, its students
probably go to classes in a different building, are admitted under different standards
and end up following a different career
path than the rest of the university population. Their student bodies can thus appear
to be a distinct class of people, leaving them
susceptible to stereotyping.
The Sauder School of Business at UBC is
no exception.
While there's no definitive guide
to business school stereotypes,
bits and pieces of anecdotal
evidence can be pulled together in order to
understand the broad, negative picture of
commerce faculties.
In an academic dishonesty survey, a
higher share of North American MBA
students admitted to cheating than their
non-business peers (56 per cent versus
47 per cent). At the height of the 2008-09
economic crisis, articles by leading pundits asked if the high ratio of MBAs in the
corporate big leagues had something to do
with the collapse. Despite stagnating wages
for most professions, MBA median starting
salaries remain at a healthy $90,000.
The idea of business students putting
money over ethics or a fulfilling career is
deeply embedded in parts of our society.
As such, Sauder students are sometimes
typecast as greedy, self-centered, unethical
and obnoxious.
Ben Chen, VP marketing for the Commerce Undergraduate Society (CUS), is fully
aware of that perception.
"Other faculties assume we think of ourselves as higher than everyone else, that we
only care about ourselves and money, we're
obnoxious and we're not here to help out
others," Chen said.
Chen thinks Sauderites unintentionally
call attention to themselves by being an
active on-campus presence, participating in clubs and other activities, which
invariably means students from other
faculties will form opinions about the
Commerce students.
"Sauder students like making themselves
visible, which can be interpreted as being
obnoxious," Chen said. "We have a lot of
people who have that Sauder pride, for better or worse."
Having gotten to know
business students from other
universities, though, Chen said the stereotypes about commerce faculties aren't
limited to UBC.
"Every single business school has the
same stereotypes that we have."
Patrick Fie, aBeedie School of Business
student at Simon Fraser University, confirmed as much.
"I think that [people] have the perception
that the business students are snobby, stuck
up, self-righteous, and generally tend to
think that they are better than the other faculties," said Fie. "There's also the stereotype
that most students that are in business are
only in it for the money."
Jeff Kroeker, an accounting instructor
at Sauder, is familiar with the stereotypes
surrounding "greedy" Commerce students.
Many of those who go into Sauder are thinking about numbers, and specifically, how to
make them bigger.
"A common stereotype of business
students is that they're just focused on the
bottom line and what the income statement
says," said Kroeker. "In Sauder, you do find a
lot of new students who are quite interested
in profitability, but aren't so sure as to how it
relates to the bigger picture."
Ellerly Lee, who graduated from the
Science faculty last year, said there's an association with money and business students,
and it's not positive.
"There's a perception that Sauder and
its students are rich, since they have a new
building and has lots of expensive labs," said
Lee. "I think it's true, but not to the extent
people believe.
"When people say they have lots of
money, it's in a sarcastic or jealous tone."
The recent scandal that saw Sauder making national headlines due to an offensive
cheer at the CUS-organized orientation for
first-years has not helped with the stereotypes, either.
"I've heard some harsh words from
non-Sauder students regarding what
happened," Lee said. "It had to do with the
perception that business students look out
for themselves and try to pass on responsibility instead of owning up."
But it isn't just perceived attitude from
students and faculty that create stereotypes.
According to Neil Guppy, a UBC sociology
professor, there are other forces setting
Sauder — and business schools in general —
up for criticism: isolation.
"Increasingly, business schools are being
more isolated, an island on a campus, and
don't want to be tied down by the rules that
other faculties have to go through," Gunny
said. "They are becoming autonomous bodies within campuses."
The result, Guppy says, is that Sauderites
simply don't hang out with non-business
students. With lower rates of cross-faculty interaction, its easier for the campus
as a whole to make generalizations about
Commerce students.
"Business students and faculty don't
mingle with the rest of the campus as they
used to," Guppy said. "From my experience,
I would always have a handful of Commerce
students in my classes. Now, they are hard to
come by."
Differences might also be reinforced by
the political profile of those who join business schools versus those who go elsewhere.
"I'd say most students who join the Arts
faculty tend to lean towards a left-wing
world view, while those in the business faculty tend to be closer to the center," Guppy
said. "The Arts faculty is more closely associated with the traditional liberal education
while business schools are becoming more
[like] professional training institutions."
Arts students aren't quite asked to do the
same thing as business students, either.
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to find ways to improve productivity and
innovate the workplace, as opposed to making
thorough dissertations regarding history and
world issues as in the liberal arts," Guppy said.
"A different culture is being cultivated,
and so stereotypes strengthen."
There are clearly driving forces behind
the negative stereotypes weighing
down the reputation of Sauder and its
students. But do these generalizations tell
the full story?
Fie, the SFU student, admits that while
often the stereotyping goes overboard, it is,
to a certain extent, unavoidable.
"On the greed point, I totally
have to agree," he confessed. "I
have had countless classes where
students have not shown great
interest at all in business, regardless of concentration."
Chen said that Sauder
often in-your-face
attitude can cause
resentment, but
that such an
attitude is not necessarily a bad thing.
"There's a strong emphasis in building school
pride, which as I mentioned can make some
of us come off as
obnoxious," Chen
said, qualifying
that state-
ment by saying that the resources Sauder
puts into student engagement is indicative
of the desire every faculty has to build closer
bonds with its students.
Kroeker believes the Commerce faculty is
becoming increasingly aware of issues outside of resume-padding and profit optimization. He pointed to Sauder's charity-focused
programs that involve students, such as the
Commerce Community Program (CCP) and
the Arc Initiative, as examples.
The CCP hosts events like 5 Days for the
Homeless, which raises awareness about
homelessness in Vancouver, and the Upcyc-
ling Clothing Drive.
The Arc Initiative sends undergraduates
from Sauder to countries like Ethiopia and
South Africa to teach small business owners
tools the students have learned in Canada.
Kroeker noted that the program is competitive and applications to participate have
steadily increased within Sauder, despite the
fact that students must pay for their overseas
trip and accommodations themselves.
"Every year we get more and more applicants, even though it's not good for [students'] own bottom line," Kroeker said.
The program also gets much-needed
expertise from Sauder alumni.
"They aren't resume-building
- they're doing it because they
believe by sharing business tools
with people there can be economic betterment around the world,"
Kroeker said. "That's a strong
testament to what makes a
Sauder student."
Kroeker also noted that not
all Sauder graduates go off
into the cold, ruthless world
of corporate business. Tom
Dobrzanski, one half of the
Vancouver-based band The
Zolas, holds a bachelor
of commerce degree
from Sauder.
"Tom was a
finance student,
did some
ing, but he was primarily a musician,"
Kroeker said. "Aided by his business
skills, he opened and currently manages
a recording and production studio [Vertical Studios/Monarch Studios], which
I think has helped him stay on top of a
fluid music industry."
Kroeker also mentioned another
student, Janice Cheam, who started a
company called Energy Aware that lets
people gauge how much power their
appliances consume — another project
not geared around getting rich.
"[Sauder students] are using their
skills and mindset to apply themselves to all
kinds of different areas."
Lee knows many Sauder students and
alumni, and he doesn't think the stereotype
of greed and selfishness holds up.
"People tend to think they're egoistic
and rude, but I don't think it's true," he said.
"Most people I've met are really nice."
Guppy is well aware that isolation and
self-propagation isn't a concern exclusive to
business schools, and that it hurts any faculty
subjected to it.
"Those in faculties like engineering
also tend to have fundamental classes that
are taught in the perspective of their own
faculty, and they see being taught from a
different view as a bad thing because it
means they don't get their accreditation,
or students wouldn't learn as much job-related content, and so on," he said.
"But they may end up working outside
their industry, or living in other parts of
the world, or even become politicians, so
it would be nice for them to know from
other perspectives."
It's also a significant problem within
his own faculty, sociology, where classes
are more subjective in nature.
"You have many willing to make eloquent speeches about poverty, but few to
argue against taxing individuals who've
earned their salary," Guppy said. "I think
that kind of diversity would enhance
earning, not only in sociology but in all
other faculties, including professiona
On balance, Chen does not really think
stereotypes are much of a problem
for Sauder.
"I don't think anyone actually hates Sauder, except if the one person he knows from
Sauder is an obnoxious jerk," Chen said with
a chuckle.
After all, other faculties have to deal with
their own stereotypes as well — though their
intensity varies, said Chen, who transferred
into Sauder from Science.
"I don't think I had to deal with stereotypes while at Science, other than being
asked if I wanted to be a doctor," Chen said.
"Engineers, though, they seem to handle
their beer very well. They're tanks. I really
respect them for that."
Lee said stereotypes serve little utility and
end up harming the university as a whole,
whether you're in a maligned faculty or not.
"Each faculty has its own specialty and
degree of difficulty, but together, all faculties
help UBC run successfully and offer the best
education it can get and prepare the students
in their respective fields," Lee said. "Stereotypes just make problems like the FROSH
[rape cheer controversy] worse."
Koerker sees Sauder as helping move
its students into a more positive, socially
conscious mindset.
"If you were to compare the Sauder student
from now to 20 [years] ago, I think it's very
different," Koerker said. "It's more hardwired
in their DNA that the 'bottom line' is not just
money. It's also the ethical, social and environmental impact a business has in the world,
and, and they matter more than profits." V
Editor's note: this article was commissioned as part of a series of features on academic issues
at UBC. Part of this series includes articles about various faculties (Sept. 12, "Is your Arts
degree worth it?").
The writer had picked up the story and begun research well before The Ubyssey reported on
the Sauder rape cheer (Sept. 6). He continued to conduct interviews following that event, but the
article was conceived of prior to the controversy surrounding the cheer.
While the rape cheer story may make the content of this article more timely, readers should
understand that the rape cheer was not the impetus for the publication of this article.
-Arno Rosenfeld, Features Editor
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The Caucasian Chalk Circle opens Theatre at UBC's fall season
UBC Theatre's version of the play will feature some challenging on-stage costume changes.
Alice Fleerackers
"We want to be choreographed chaos."
So says Stephen Heatley, director
of the UBC Department of Theatre's
first production of the season, Bertolt
Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
Originally written for a Broadway
audience, the play combines elements
of song, fable, mime and monologue to
create a unique and, as Heatley hopes,
pleasantly chaotic experience.
Costume designer Laura Fukumoto
agrees. "There's a lot of logistics in play
right now," she said. "It's kind of a gong
show, but it's getting worked out."
Indeed, The Caucasian Chalk Circle
promises to be a performance like no
other. For the UBC production of the
famous play, about a peasant woman
who adopts a child, each actor plays
multiple roles, often crossing gender
boundaries. To complicate things
further, each of these multiple costume
changes is performed on stage, often
mid-scene, in full view of the audience.
"Everyone is on stage the entire
time," said theatre student Sarah
Canero, one of the leading actresses
in the production. "[The playj's about
three hours [long], and... until the
intermission, everyone is on stage at
every moment."
Though this might be an exhausting
experience as an actor (and potentially
as an audience member), this "choreographed chaos," the cast believes, is
also what makes the play so engaging.
Unlike more conventional productions,
"the story's being told in front of [the
audience's] eyes," Canero said. "It's not
a secret.... This is our story being told
to you right here and now."
These unconventional techniques
have all been implemented in accordance with Brecht's "epic theatre,"
a dramatic style developed by the
German playwright during the mid-
20th century. Rather than allowing his
audience to passively accept the action
on stage, Brecht wanted them to be
active and critical participants in his
plays — to acknowledge, to question
and to engage with the stories.
"He wasn't interested in verisimilitude," Heatley explained. Instead,
Brecht's goal was to create a "theatre
in which the audience participates
imaginatively with what's going on,
[where viewers] can't help but be
engaged." Following this idea, The
Caucasian Chalk Circle will evoke
what Heatley called a "campfire kind
of feeling". Audience members will be
seated on all sides of the stage, drawing
them right into the action. With this
intimate campfire-like setup, he said,
the audience becomes part of the play.
Canero agrees. "Everyone is integral
to this story," she said. "[The audience]
is included in the show."
Simultaneously dramatic, hilarious
and provocative, The Caucasian Chalk
Circle promises to intrigue, amuse
and above all, surprise its audience
members. The play raises questions
about social justice and transition; it
interweaves themes of love, ownership,
and adventure with an original musical
score composed by Richard Link.
Many of the actors will play musical
instruments for the first time in years,
and as Fukumoto said, "everybody
sings at some point." Trombones and
trumpets, trial and sacrifice, decapitation and transformation; as Canero
puts it, The Caucasian Chalk Circle will
be like "nothing UBC has ever seen
before." XI
The Caucasian Chalk Circle runs from
Sept. 19 to Oct. S at the Telus Studio
in the Chan Centre for the Performing
Celebrating the world of weird festivals
Alexandra Meisner
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's — a giant
papier mache sardine?
More precisely, it's a giant sardine in
a coffin, parading around the streets of
Benidorm, Spain, before dramatically
exploding into a shower of fireworks.
An exploding sardine is one of the
many sights described by UBC alumna
Cat Mills, who graduated with a BFA
in film production in 2007, in her
self-produced web series Wicked and
Weird Around the World.
Since graduation, Mills has been
a self-employed festival junkie who,
after working in film sales with production company Summit Entertainment in 2008, made the bold decision
to step out of corporate life and into
documentary bliss.
Having always been interested in
subcultures, Mills set out on a global
pursuit to find festivities to help launch
the new web series. From the sound
of breaking bones at Ashbourne's Toe
Wrestling World Championships to
the smell of victory at the World Water
Bombing Championships, Mills has
been there and done that.
According to Mills, the Blackaw-
ton International Festival of Worm
Charming has "maybe been the weirdest" festival she ever attended. The festival was conceived in 1983, when the
bladder relief of a drunken Englishman
outside a pub resulted in worms rising
to the surface of the moist soil; now, individuals compete to raise up as many
of the slinky creatures as possible.
Squeamishness aside, Mills' future
travel and festival attendance plans are
committed to the unusual. Right now,
she's keen to attend the Air Sex World
Championships — think air guitar, but
with sex.
This American competition allows
individuals or partners to pick a theme
song, and then act out a choreographed
sex scene. The finals are held in Texas
in December (at the same time as UBC
finals, unfortunately).
Whether she's in Sydney cheering on
the Crab Race or taking in the brilliant
colours of the Maltese Carnival, Mills
said the most rewarding experience in
pursuing her passion has been meeting
people along the way. While editing
her videos, Mills can't stop "smiling
at the memories of the events of how
friendly and cheeky everyone was."
Mills' web series consists of two- to
ten-minute documentary episodes of
festivals. The short clips shine light on
what goes down at the unique festivals,
how to get there, and what a once-in-a-
lifetime experience will cost you.
Just be warned: according to Mills,
festival hopping is addictive. She said
that after attending the festivals, the
"weird" aspect of the events now
From pole jumping to crab walking, Cat Mills
has seen everything.
almost seems expected, and that she's
"gotten really used to it, actually."
Rather than dedicating her life
to the pursuit of happiness, Mills is
in pursuit of weirdness. She's been
enriched by her experiences, but she's
also been grossed out by critters and
covered head to toe with La Tomatina.
And according to her, that's half the
Welcome to Procrastination Station,
a new, semi-regular column featuring
thoughtful dispatches on all the media,
pop-cultural and technological phenomena that conspire to prevent you from
studying. For our inaugural article, we
poach one of this year's biggest entertainment releases.
Grand Theft Auto V\s big. Really,
really big.
Not just in terms of the size of the game
world, but in the context of just about
every barometer one might care to think
of. Earlier this month, The Scotsman —a
newspaper based in Edinburgh, where
GTA developers Rockstar Games are
based — revealed that the game's budget
was approximately $250 million. That's
higher than any movie ever released, with
the exception of Pirates of the Caribbean:
At World's End — and it's expected to
achieve over $1.6 billion in sales in a
single year. That's billion with a "b."
For some context, consider that the
UBC Board of Governors approved a
paltry budget of $167 million for the newly
built Ponderosa Commons — where
many a student will undoubtedly retire
to their room to play the game — and
they expect to recoup that in, oh, about
25 years.
It's also big on controversy. In August,
an eight-year-old boy in Slaughter, La.
shot his 87-year-old babysitter moments
after playing GTA IV, flaring up the interminable debate about the relationship
between video games and violence. This
came before the announcement that the
voice talent of the newest iteration in the
series includes real-life gang members,
stoking the ire of conservative publicists.
And for good measure, liberal voices have
joined in as well, with a variety of Twitter
users and bloggers lambasting Rockstar
for not including a female protagonist
(which, they believe, is incumbent to
Rockstar's dominant position in the
Most of the discussion about GTA
— this article included —tends to focus
on these issues. But such discussion
is somewhat non-reflexive, because it
reinforces a feedback loop that has a life
far beyond the game itself — and it's this
feedback loop to which we can attribute
the success of GTA. Much like appeal
of a cult movie, the qualities that attract
people to the series lie only partly in its
gameplay. Sustained sensationalism,
as well as some careful marketing on
Rockstar's part, has produced a cultural juggernaut paralleled by few other
commercial endeavours.
And that's what the most remarkable
thing about the series is: GTA is one of
relatively few trademarked properties
today that has managed to transcend the
discursive boundaries of its own medium.
It's not because the game is especially
innovative, or that it is exceptionally
successful in a world where real-life mass
murders in the U.S. are becoming absurdly frequent, but because it's become the
universal degree-zero in conversations
about video games. The phrase "grand
theft auto" no longer connotes a specific
crime, but an endless array of articles
and anecdotes.
Like the blimp players can pilot if they
pre-ordered GTA Vearly, the discourse
surrounding the game is horribly inflated
— much to the benefit of Rockstar's
-Rhys Edwards,
Culture Editor
Join the conversation — comment on this
article and more, at ubyssey.ca.
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Hungry Nomad serves mobile menu
Stationary food truck offers seasonal fare at the heart of campus
Although a mobile kitchen, the Hungry Nomad was designed specifically for UBC students.
Jessica-Christin Hametner
For many students, affordable,
tasty food venues at UBC that offer
variety and quick service can be
challenging to chance upon.
Most of us have paid countless
visits to Blue Chip, or the many
cafes and restaurants dotted
around campus, hoping to discover something new and exciting. But just as we thought UBC
had no more to offer, students
have been taken by surprise
with the Hungry Nomad: Canada's first stationed on-campus
food truck.
The Hungry Nomad was the
brainchild of UBC Food Services,
but menu planning is the responsibility of John Butt, the manager of
the truck. Butt doesn't just support
the university financially via the
profits of the truck — he has a personal culinary vision inspired by
the West Coast and the popularity
of the food truck movement, which
he and Food Services hope to
recreate at UBC.
"The food truck movement is
growing in popularity and is one of
the biggest inspirations right now
for food and the industry, so we
thought we had a great opportunity to provide something for
students they couldn't get," Butt
said. "It is still [too] early to say
how successful the truck is among
students, [but] so far, we're calling
it a very good success."
With students in mind, it is
hardly surprising that the truck
has proven to be a success at UBC.
The menu ranges from Mediterranean Greek salad to pulled pork,
fish and the highly popular hot
pork and beef brisket sandwiches, all ranging between $5-8 — a
budget that would certainly suit
most students. However, Butt and
his team are aiming to deliver food
that isn't just accessible, but delicious and f lavoursome — with the
changing seasons in mind, too.
"We're just going to move our
flavours around — it's based on a
sandwich culture. As we go into
winter we will be changing our
menu around a little bit more,
bringing on some vegetarian or
comfort foods — for example,
chili," Butt said.
Students who come from
religious backgrounds, or follow
stricter dietary requirements due
to health reasons, may be pleased
to know that there are choices for
them too.
"Some of the foods that we
offer are catered for a variety of
students who may come from
religious backgrounds, but we are
also looking to offer gluten free
options in the future. Nonetheless,
regardless of what we do we will
always be using local ingredients
and sustainable products as much
as possible — that's one of our
biggest emphasis," Butt said.
Although the menu remains
fixed in order to serve food to
as many people as quickly as
possible, Butt hinted at possible
truck expansions at UBC, with the
caveat that menus would go in "an
entirely different direction."
While the Hungry Nomad may
not offer exotic dishes from afar
just yet, it does offer simple and
honest-to-goodness food at reasonable prices and portion sizes.
And if Butt had a favourite sandwich to recommend for students, it
would be the brisket.
"It's a darn good brisket, which
is done well and for the price of it,
it's probably one of the best deals
in the city," he said.
While I would like to see more
variety for gluten-intolerant or
vegan students on offer in the
future, I loved the Greek salad.
I was pleasantly surprised at its
delightful and rather authentic
flavour, abundant in ripe tomatoes and creamy feta, topped off
with a dash of olive oil. Salad is
not what I'd normally opt for on a
cool autumn day — nonetheless,
the Hungry Nomad's Greek salad
was mild, lavish and gloriously
summery, perfect for lifting one's
mood on a dreary day.
Left daydreaming about my
very own culinary voyage to
Greece, I sat devouring my salad,
thinking that perhaps this is
exactly what the Hungry Nomad's
food philosophy is: encouraging
one to travel from place to place,
discovering new worlds and
savoury foods. XI
Find the truck at the northwest
corner of East Mall and University
Boulevard from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30
p.m., Monday through Friday.
SEPTEMBER 26      OCTOBER 11, 2013     I   0 ROGERS
350   FILMS   •   70  COUNTRIES   •   9  SCREENS
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The Dirties (Canada, 84 min.)
In   Matt   Johnson's   conceptually
daring debut, a high school movie
geek's power fantasies about exacting
revenge on his tormentors spill over
into reality and spiral out of control.
"The most empathetic and human
portrait of bullying, and its deadly
consequences, ever put on film."—
Huffington Post. Winner, Best Narrative Feature, Slamdance 2013.
Mon. Sep 30,9:15 pm, Rio
Wed. Oct 2,4:00 pm, Cinematheque
Blind Detective (Hong Kong, 129 min.)
Hong  Kong superstars Andy Lau
and Sammi Cheng team up with
Johnnie To for this wild, sparklingly
madcap genre-bender: a romantic/
He's a blind amateur investigator;
she's a feisty young cop. To at his
most dazzlingly playful, with beguiling performances by HK's best.
Sat. Oct 5,4:20 pm, Intl Village 10
Tue. Oct 8,9:15 pm, Centre for Arts
We Are the Nobles (Mexico, 108 min.)
Mexico's all-time box office champ,
Gary "Gaz" Alazraki's hilarious satire
takes as it subject the spoiled
children of Mexico's rich and then
mercilessly lampoons their outrageous sense of entitlement. When
Father (supposedly) loses all his
money, twenty-something siblings
Barbie, Javi and Cha must do the
unthinkable—get jobs.
Sun. Sep 29,9:00 pm, Centre for Arts
Thu. Oct 3,4:00 pm, Rio
The Armstrong Lie (USA, 122 min.)
Heroes rarely fall from grace with the
velocity of Lance Armstrong. Aiming to capture the cancer survivor's
bid for an eighth Tour de France
title, Alex Gibney (Oscar winner for
Taxi to the Dark Side) found himself
documenting one of sports' most
infamous doping scandals. Gibney's
access and characteristic rigour
culminate in a compelling investigation
of the ethics of winning.
Tue. Oct 1,3:30 pm, Centre for Arts
Thu. Oct 3, 6:30 pm, Playhouse
The Kill Team (USA, 79 min.)
If you were a young soldier in
Afghanistan and thought the line
between the "fog of war" and "killing for sport" was being crossed,
would you blow the whistle? Adam
Winfield did, and then found himself
a target of one of the largest war
crimes investigations in US history.
Dan Krauss directed this riveting,
must-see expose of what armed
foreign intervention can lead to.
Winner, Best Documentary,
Tribeca 2013.
Wed. Oct 2,8:45 pm, Intl Village 9
Sat. Oct 5,11:00 am, SFU-GCA
Tue. Oct 8,12:15 pm, Cinematheque
Measuring the World (Germany, 123 min.)
Daniel Kehlmann's irreverent, globetrotting "fictitious double-biography"
of early 19th-century mathematician
Carl Friedrich Gauss and his
contemporary, explorer Alexander
von Humboldt, is brought to the
big screen in glorious 3D by Detlev
Buck. Epic in scope and occasionally
very funny, this is the Age of Discovery
as you've never seen it before. Special
3D Presentation.
Tue. Oct 1,3:30 pm, Centre forArts
Thu. Oct 3, 6:30 pm, Playhouse
Antisocial (Canada, 106 min.)
Something sinister just went viral, coursing through social networks and
sparking an apocalyptic outbreak. As five university students try to make
sense of the chaos, Cody Calahan's thriller offers an "intelligent and nicely
claustrophobic spin on the killer virus/zombie film... Impressively designed
and staged... [it] keeps on developing its structure and concept..."—Screen
Wed. Oct 9,4:45 pm, Cinematheque
Fri. Oct 11,11:30 pm, Rio ^THEUBYSSEY.ca
Code Black (USA, 81 min.)
A doctor at LA County Hospital,
first-time filmmaker Ryan McGarry
provides the ultimate insider's look
at the realities of the ER and the
adrenaline-charged residents who
work there. Fast-paced and provocative, McGarry's accomplished
work will disturb and enlighten by
turns. Winner, Best Documentary,
Los Angeles 2013.
Thu. Oct 3,11:10 am, Intl VillagelO
Sat. Oct 5, 7:00 pm, SFU-GCA
IN-PERS0N from September 14
Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour
Street, at Davie (Noon - 7 pm) II Opinions
The Sauder rape cheer press conference was held at the start of a day on which UBC had cancelled classes for TRC events.
As one of a series of measures
taken to address the Sauder
rape cheer, Sauder dean Robert
Helsley announced today that
the Commerce Undergraduate
Society (CUS) would be making a voluntary contribution of
$250,000 to the Sauder School
of Business.
This is intended to fund the
hire of a person who will provide
student counselling regarding issues of sexual violence. A
worthy mission, but UBC already
runs a well-staffed counselling
services program. So does the
AMS-funded Sexual Assault
Support Centre.
On one hand, more help for
students isn't a bad thing. And
maybe this will provide a cathartic setting for first-year students
disturbed by this year's chant to
get some help.
On the other hand, it's not like
that's something students weren't
able to do with the services already available. UBC isn't filling a
void by hiring a new counsellor.
From all indications, this "contribution" is really a fine Sauder
students are paying as restitution
for their actions.
That the school wants to
punish the CUS for the cheer
is obvious. Look no further
than UBC President Stephen
Toope's Freudian slip during
Wednesday's press conference
announcing the results of a
fact-finding report.
Speaking about what the university thought would be appropriate for the CUS, Toope said "some
retribution — uh, some remediation" would be necessary.
Given the seriousness of this
issue and the enormous attention
it has received, it's obvious that
some amends must be made. But
this "contribution" comes out
of the student fees of all Sauder
students, regardless of whether
they were involved in the cheer or
are outraged by it. Is it really fair
to ask those who weren't involved
to pay?
The Alma Mater Society is
zero for two on its latest Whistler
Lodge consultations.
On Tuesday night, the AMS was
supposed to hold a livestream and
Twitter town hall to consult students about the Lodge. It lasted all
of about 20 minutes before it shut
down due to technical difficulties.
While it was going, six people
watched and no one provided any
feedback or asked any questions.
At least three of its viewers were
from The Ubyssey.
The week before, the AMS was
supposed to host a town hall at the
Norm Theatre, but it was cancelled
without notice.
The AMS has another online
town hall planned for Thursday and an in-person town hall
scheduled for Friday. Council was
supposed to make a decision on the
Lodge a few meetings ago, but it
was put off until Sept. 25 to allow
for more consultation. So far, we
haven't seen any of it.
Dear 99 commuters: You need to
learn that if you're willing to pass
up getting on the first bus that
comes in order to wait for a bus
where you can get a seat — you
need to stand aside.
On numerous occasions, we've
seen 99s leave with only about six
or seven people in the available
standing room because people
refuse to get on a bus with no seats
left. Meanwhile, the rest of us in
the back of the line who would
gladly take a standing space are
left thinking the bus is full. It's
selfish, and it needs to stop.
Don't get us started on people
who take the bus from the bus loop
to Allison Road.
While the Hungry Nomad appears
to be a step in the right direction
in terms of varying the types of
food available on campus, students
be warned: the shiny new food
truck is really run by UBC Food
Services. Your Greek salad from
the truck will most likely be the
same salad as the one at Ike's.
We applaud their marketing
schtick: the truck looks EatSt-
worthy and the menu is decent.
But keep in mind that this isn't an
independent business's livelihood,
this is UBC Food Services looking
to capitalize on a trend.
The feature about the Sauder School
of Business in this issue should show
that despite the faculty's negative
publicity surrounding the rape
cheer controversy, we should avoid
making rash generalizations about
all Commerce students at UBC.
While it's easy to rag on Sauder
for various reasons — the article
mentions many of the genuine problems with business schools — that's
not a productive way to build our
campus community. While Sauder
may be isolated from the rest of
campus, other faculties ostracizing
them only conflates this problem.
We should all make an effort to
branch out and form inter-faculty
friendships, which will not only help
breakdown stereotypes, but will expose us to cool people doing things
different than ourselves at UBC. 31
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anymore. This could be a result of
time playing its part, or it could be
that UBC as a community is becoming more welcoming to its younger
campus as it begins to accumulate
accomplishments befitting the
name it bears.
Looking forward requires us to
look back to the original reasons
why UBC even chose to take over
the Okanagan University College
at all. Basically, UBC wanted to
expand its brand, particularly
across B.C.
From its modest beginnings as
a rebranded university college, a
necessary phase of growth had
to occur. In 2011-12, the campus
hit the government-funded target
for the first time, with 6,616 full
timed enrolled students. Looking
forward, growth no longer needs to
be the primary strategic direction
for UBC Okanagan, so the question
now is: what next?
What I find concerning about
UBCO's next strategic planning
phase is that the governance of it is
unclear. Through the maturation
stages, UBCO will ideally begin
to identify its areas of competitive
advantage and leverage them to
the greatest extent possible. This
has occurred thus far with areas
of excellence naturally emerging,
like criminological, psychology and
engineering analysis of repurposed
building materials. What remains
unclear is how UBC Okanagan's
successes will be strategically
aligned with the overarching institutions interests as the oversight of
the campus increasingly becomes
more autonomous.
UBCO possesses many advantages, but the one that UBC as an
institution I hope begins to utilize
is the fact that it is younger and
smaller, and therefore a more agile
university. Our interior campus
could be a testing ground for more
innovative programs. We have
already begun to reap the benefits
of this type of arrangement as
we reached out to the Okanagan
to learn how they implemented
their collegia system long before
we did. The best step forward for
UBC — both the institution and
the two campuses individually — is
to better understand how the two
campuses should interface with
each other; essentially, how can
they strategically plan to ensure
the whole is greater than the sum
of the parts. XI
Welcome to the first Drawing
Board column. In an effort to
better inform students on what
exactly UBC's Board of Governors
is, does and is deliberating on, I've
chosen to write a few reflections
after every board meeting to be
published in The Ubyssey. These
opinions are my own and are not
the official views of the Board,
but hopefully some students will
find these posts interesting and
informative, and choose to take
a more active stance within their
own university as a result.
Firstly, what does the board do?
Legally speaking, the University
Act sets out the responsibility
of the Board of Governors for
the management, administration and control of the property,
revenue, business and affairs of
the university.
A good rule of thumb is if a
decision has large financial implications, it is under the purview of
the board.
On Sept. 17, the Board of Governors met in Kelowna on the UBC
Okanagan campus. Beyond just
providing the backdrop for our
meeting, the Okanagan was also a
major area of discussion for the day.
It was my first time visiting
UBC's second campus, and I was
astonished by what had been
accomplished in just eight years.
Since 2005, UBCO has seen incredible amounts of growth. Student
numbers have jumped from 3,500
to 8,300, student beds are up from
300 to 1,700, and the amount of
university floor space has tripled
from 500,000 square feet to 1.5
million square feet.
This year also saw two landmark
achievements, as the university
hit its provincial enrollment
targets and had the number of
alumni surpass the number of
enrolled students.
It seems like not long ago, the
students of UBC Vancouver lamented the addition of a new campus
under the UBC banner for fear of
"less qualified" students somehow
delegitimizing the value of their
Although these apprehensions
have not been entirely dispelled —
evidenced through the relationship
between Sauder and the Faculty of
Management — UBC Vancouver
students largely don't care as much
Matt Parson is one of three student
representative on the UBC Board of
Governors. II Scene
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Engineers Without Borders
large organization
Amnesty International
Poker Club
Film Society
Food Society
Pottery Club
Gilbert and Sullivan Society
Ski and Board Club
refined tastes
Wine-Tasting Club
For a full list of clubs, see
Campus Conservatives
Green Party Club
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Muslim Student Association
Pakistan Students Association
German Club
Dance Club
Players Club
International Business Club
Pre-Medical Society
Pre-Law Society
Faculty Specific Co-op
Table Tennis Club
Golf Club
Dragon Boat
Tennis Club
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