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Piyush Sahay has been working with UBC Food Services since 2003.
Serving up success
Priyanka Hariharan
In his office at the Totem
Dining Hall, the jaunty Piyush
Sahay sits at his desk wearing
a pristine white chef hat, surrounded by various awards.
Sahay, an executive chef, has
worked at UBC Food Services
since 2003. Responsible for
the Totem and Vanier menus,
organizing catering services for
the UBC president's prestigious events and taking care of
retail, HR and staffing, the chef
always has a full plate.
"I basically take care of the
general administration of the
entire culinary aspect of Food
Services. It's a big department,
so there is a big emphasis
on teamwork. But being the
head, I am responsible for
anything good, and unfortunately, anything bad as well,"
he explained.
However, Sahay wasn't
always comfortable in the
In his college years studying physics in Mumbai, he had
trouble making a simple cup of
chai. As a joke, he and a friend
decided to take an entrance
exam for hotel school. The joke
stopped when Sahay found
his professional passion in the
culinary field.
"I love this job because every
day is different and exciting. I
have catered to people like the
Dalai Lama and the emperor
and empress of Japan. And they
don't eat that much, so it was
a creative challenge in its own
way to come up with a light,
well-plated, three-course meal."
But after catering stints for
esteemed world leaders, Sahay
now works to feed the students
of Totem and Vanier cafeterias.
At UBC, Sahay tries to showcase multicultural, authentic
food. "After we renovated
Totem, we wanted to go in a
different route. Because we
have students from every part
of the world, why not have
delicacies from every part of the
world? Food available in Vanier
and Totem [is] very different.
But we keep it that way so that
students have more variety."
He also organizes a monthly
nutritionist visit to the first-
year residences to educate students on the available options in
the dining room and help them
maintain a healthy diet.
Sahay's efforts are paying
off. In 2012, his braised bison
shortribs entree won the
Catered Arts Through Innovative Excellence (CATIE)
award for best main course
plate presentation.
"Not everything is worth
an entry. The campus really
restricts you in a way, because
no student will be in the market
for an upscale entree costing
$75. That's why we have waited
for the opportunity and found
the perfect time to enter.
"Hopefully this can translate
into work, too, because how
many times can the president eat the same thing at his
events?" he joked.
Sahay's culinary philosophy
started to take shape during
his time studying gastronomy
in France.
"Being Indian, I was always
used to making food spicy and
flavourful by adding abundant
herbs and seasonings. But that
stopped in France. When I was
squeezing lemon after lemon on
a fish, to make the taste more
savoury and to get rid of that
fishy smell, the head chef came
to me and said, 'Stop trying to
change the flavour. If a fish
should not taste and smell of
fish, then what should it taste
and smell of?'"
On top of managing and delegating, Sahay tries to embed
sustainability in his work;
UBC Food Services provides
eco-friendly containers, partners with two local fair-trade
coffee companies, sources locally from the UBC Farm and uses
Ocean Wise seafood.
Despite his passion towards
his job, Sahay said he prefers
not to stir any pots at home.
"Cooking at home is more
tedious. It's a profession, not a
hobby." Xi
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Presidents at UBC, SFU, UNBC, TRU and RRU have asked the province for millions.
Six B.C. schools seek more provincial funding
Money to pay for student spaces, grants, scholarships
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
In a bid to influence party platforms
for the upcoming provincial election, B.C.'s six largest research universities drew up a proposal asking
for millions of provincial dollars.
The Research Universities'
Council of B.C. is asking for $130
million over four years to create
more spaces for students, $51 million each year for new grants and
scholarships and "a commitment
to stable funding" for industry-ready research. The council is
made up of presidents from UBC,
Simon Fraser University, the University of Northern B.C., Thompson Rivers University and Royal
Roads University.
"It's aimed at our political leaders. We want to say to all parties
in our legislature that these are
the important points for us at the
universities," said George Iwama,
president of UNBC. "It's meant for
our MLAs, both in government and
across the floor."
Iwama continued, "Yes, there
is an election coming up, and
CU PE 2278 vote to reaffirm active
strike mandate
UBC's unionized teaching assistants (TAs) took a vote yesterday
on whether to start striking.
Based on a vote in March, the
TAs, represented by the CUPE
local 2278, still have the ability to
strike at any time. But because so
much of their membership changes each year, union organizers
opted to take a large-scale vote
from members before deciding on
anyjob action.
According to CUPE 2278
communications director Trish
Everett, about 10 per cent of
UBC's approximately 3,000 TAs
attended an emergency meeting
last Wednesday. Those who attended gave the go-ahead for the
union to hold a wide-scale vote
next week to determine whether
they will strike.
Everett said that she was still
unsure what the response will
be from union members in the
vote."lt's hard to predict because
I only know what TAs I've been
speaking with feel, and generally
the tone at the meeting today,"
Director of UBC Public Affairs
Lucie McNeill has said previously
that if the TAs do strike, UBC may
give students and staff another
window to opt out of crossing
picket lines.
The results of the vote were not
released by press time. Xi
everyone's gettingtheir stories and
priorities together, and we want to
make sure that they got a summary
of what we think."
The document cites a projection
showing that there could be 32,000
unfilled jobs in B.C. that require
applicants with post-secondary education by 2020. This information is
used to argue that B.C. needs 11,000
new spaces for students within the
next four years.
The document also calls for
$36 million in non-repayable
needs-based grants for under-
grads, a type of student aid that
hasn't existed since 2005, when
the B.C. Liberals cut a previous
The document doesn't give a
number for how much research
funding the presidents want, but
it mentions the almost $1 billion in
provincial money awarded to match
federal research grants to universities since 1998.
"Today we go, cap in hand, in a
case-by case manner, and the [provincial] government considers our
requests," said Iwama. "The com-
mitment... should be on an ongoing
and sustained basis."
The current B.C. minister of
advanced education, Liberal John
Yap, said there isn't enough money
available to give the university
presidents what they're asking for.
"All of these recommendations have
merit, but first, we need to balance
the budget," said Yap.
"Taxpayers already put $5 million every single day into readying
people for future careers. We need
to promote trades and technical
opportunities, and make sure we
have the right mix and quality of
Under the current B.C. Liberal
budget plan, funding for post-secondary education will undergo a one
per cent cut next year and another
1.5 per cent cut the year after.
The NDP hasn't released its full
election platform yet, but according
to deputy education critic Gwen
O'Mahony, the party plans to give
$100 million — nearly three times
the amount proposed by the universities' council — to a needs-based
student grant program.
Kyle Warwick, vice-president
external of the AMS, said that he
was pleased with the proposal from
the university presidents.
"We think there's a lot of great
things. The emphasis on... student
financial aid is really exciting."
Warwick said he thought parts of
the document would appeal to the
current B.C. Liberal government,
while other parts were more in
line with early information about
the NDP platform. "So I think it's
a very politically astute document
that's goingto have a fair degree of
traction from both major parties,"
he said.
However, Katie Mariocchi, chairperson of the Canadian Federation
of Students B.C. branch, doesn't
think the university presidents'
proposal goes far enough.
"There's some attempts to
address the issue of accessibility
and student debt," said Mariocchi.
"But the leader of the opposition is
proposing a grants program that's
three times that much.... It's modest
in terms of really addressing the
problem." Xi
B.C. schools struggle with unions
But some locals at UBC, UVic, TRU reach deals
Micki Cowan
CUP B.C. Bureau Chief
VANCOUVER (CUP) - Picketing
and strikes are still underway
for union locals at B.C. universities, but a few agreements have
been reached.
Labour action began last month
at UBC, Simon Fraser University,
Thompson Rivers University,
the University of Victoria, the
University of Northern B.C. and
Royal Roads University. Some
workers have been without an
agreement for two years.
At the University of Victoria,
the Professional Employees
Association union has reached a
tentative agreement that will see
a wage increase of two per cent,
retroactive to July 1, 2012, and
a further two per cent on July 1,
2013. The date for the membership to accept or reject that agreement has not been set, but will not
take place before Nov. 1.
CUPE 4879, which represents
support workers at Thompson
Rivers University, also reached a
tentative four-year agreement on
Oct. 23, with no wage increases
for the first two years and two
per cent increases in the final two
years of the agreement.
And at UBC, members of CUPE
union local 2950, which represents clerical, library and hospital
staff, reached an agreement
this week, accordingto CUPE
bargaining co-chair Lois Rugg.
Members have agreed to no wage
increases from 2011-2012 and a
two per cent increase in both 2013
and 2014.
Strike action continued at UBC
over the weekend for CUPE local
116, representing security and
service workers. But as of Oct.
21, CUPE 116 reached a tentative
agreement with the university.
CUPE 116 has returned to work
and will likely vote on their tentative agreement this week.
Teaching assistants at UBC,
represented by CUPE local 2278,
have an active strike vote and are
currently in mediation. They are
holding an informal vote on Oct.
24 about potential job action.
No agreements have been
reached between the universities
and other union members. Members continue at varying levels of
strike action and negotiations.
Strikes are ramping up at SFU
to include the downtown campus. Approximately 70 employees
participated in strikes there on
Friday. Negotiations with unions
at SFU are on hold.
"SFU has refused to come to
the bargaining table and strike
action will heat up at their
various locations," said Rugg in
an email.
Strike action is also ongoing
in northern B.C. for CUPE local
3799, representing support and
teaching staff at UNBC. For that
group, though, Rugg said they
may be close to a deal.
Three other unions at UVic are
still negotiating with the university, including teaching assistant
union CUPE 4163, the support
staff of 917 and the office, technical and childcare staff of 951,
accordingto UVic media relations
manager Denise Helm.
"The locals are all at the table
still, but continue to do strike
action to put pressure on the
employer," said Rugg, on the negotiation status at UVic.
Helm said no further information is available there due to a
media blackout.
Talks are continuing between
Royal Roads University and CUPE
3886, which represents support
and teaching staff. According
to Paul Corns, associate vice
president of community relations
at RRU, there has been minimal
job action from the union at
that campus.
"Things are progressing and
the tone of the discussions is very
positive," said Corns.
RRU and CUPE 3886 return to
the bargaining table on Oct. 25. Xi
CUPE 116 deal
promises wage
hikes, job security
Will McDonald
News Editor
The tentative agreement between
UBC and CUPE 116, reached late
Sunday evening and ending the
union's multi-week strikes across
campus, includes wage increases,
expanded pension coverage and a
promise that UBC won't privatize
CUPE 116's jobs.
The tentative deal includes a two
per cent wage increase retroactive
to April 2012. Union members will
get an additional two per cent wage
increase in April 2013.
The deal also makes pensions
available to all union members who
work over 20 hours per week. Previously, only full-time staff could
get pensions.
"One of the most important
things to us was the job security
piece and the pension piece. More
than 400 of our members now have
access to a pension," said Garbe.
The CUPE 116 union local represents support and service workers
all over UBC campus, including
food service workers, custodians,
tradespeople and security guards.
They started striking on Oct. 4,
and garbage collectors, campus
mail workers and custodians were
pulled off the job in the period before the agreement was reached.
Director of UBC Public Affairs
Lucie McNeill said the additional
money came from finding inefficiencies in the university's budget
over the last few years.
"You sort of scrape a couple of
pennies here and a couple of dimes
there and it ends up in a pot, with
which you can either make investments that are of strategic importance to the university in terms of
equipment that we need... or on the
labour side. And in this case we're
able to attribute some of that to the
labour side," said McNeill.
The deal also includes an increase in medical and dental benefits, up from 1.85 per cent of their
total payroll to 2.15 per cent.
During their job action, CUPE
116 expressed concern about a proposal from the provincial Ministry
of Advanced Education that sought
to decrease university administration costs in B.C. by consolidating
services for schools across the
province. The union was worried
that the proposal would result in
privatization and job losses for
CUPE 116 workers.
The union said that they would
not sign an agreement while privatization of their jobs was a possibility. Garbe said that UBC has committed to job security for CUPE 116
members, both at the bargaining
table and in a letter from UBC VP
Finance Pierre Ouillet.
"The university is not going to
contract out or privatize our jobs.
The government is another whole
story. And if that happens with the
government, that's a fight we'll have
with the government," said Garbe.
Garbe said if the provincial government ever makes plans to contract out some of CUPE 116's work,
UBC has promised to consult CUPE
116 about the possibility and give
the union a chance to dispute it.
CUPE 2278, the union that
represents TAs on campus, is still in
mediation with UBC and has an active strike mandate. Garbe said that
CUPE 116 members would assist
the UBC TA union if they decide to
take job action.
"We're with them 100 per
cent, so we're goingto help them
do whatever they need to secure
a fair and reasonable collective
agreement for their members," said
Garbe. tJ Sports + Rec
Stretch, breathe, excel
Athletes can benefit from yoga in many ways
Yoga techniques can improve athletes' mental and physical performance.
Zafira Rajan
Senior Lifestyle Writer
Athletes at UBC may be surprised to hear what might be
missing from their exercise
regimen: yoga. UBC REC is
conducting a "Yoga for Athletes"
workshop on Nov. 3 to help
athletes improve their game and
discover what yoga has to offer.
Instructors Samantha Burke
and Clifton Chin are eager to
share their knowledge and put
together a rewarding workshop
that teaches athletes how to
incorporate yoga into their daily
fitness routine.
"Athletes may have tight
hamstrings, tight quadriceps or a
sore back, so we've tried to pick
postures that will address those
kinds of things for them," said
Burke. "We're going to help them
to stretch and bring more space
into those areas of their body,
which will eventually improve
their performance in their sport."
"We haven't chosen a lot of
complicated postures,... but we
do pinpoint postures that are
easy to do on your own and we
really dive deep into the details,"
added Chin. "People will leave
comfortably knowing they can
do this at home, and we'll send
them home with handouts of the
sequence and instructions. We're
always available and accessible
to them, even after the workshop
is over."
"We've both been working
out at UBC for quite some time,
and we thought it would be a
really great workshop to do for
the varsity teams and athletes in
general, for people that wanted
to improve their inner sport and
have more awareness in their
body," Burke said.
Chin has previously trained
the Canadian Olympic swimming team and was a competitive swimmer himself in the
past, which is precisely why
he understands the needs of a
competitive athlete.
"I know that sometimes
stretching just isn't enough,"
he said. "With yoga, we take
the whole body into account. It
strengthens what needs to be
strengthened and it repairs parts
of the body in order to bring
about healing in other areas.
"A lot of people favour balance.
As a swimmer, I always breathed
on the right, and always favoured
that side, so I overdeveloped
certain areas and left others
undeveloped. Yoga really allows
you to balance both sides physiologically. If you're stronger on
one side, that means the other is
weaker, and problems can arise
as a result of that."
Yoga doesn't just strengthen
muscles; Burke noted that it can
help with athletes' in-game focus
and concentration.
"The breath, first and foremost: being able to connect
to the breath and understand
how it works and helps to quiet
the mind is really key.... When
you're able to take that inwardly
and focus, you're really able to
concentrate on a lot of different
things in your life," she said.
"Aligning that idea of breath
and the physical body is the idea
of maximizing oxygen into the
body," Chin added. "So as we're
stretching, we're bringing a lot
of nutrients into those joints and
regions that may be sore or injured. It shortens recovery time,
and really brings about that idea
of healing and bodily awareness
that few people tend to have....
That really helps your game a
The workshop will also elaborate on yoga's origins and delve
into research about its benefits
in sport.
"We really want to provide
people with information about
whether this actually works and
what research has been on it,"
said Chin.
"It's not going to be a fluffy
workshop!" Burke said with
a laugh.
But participants shouldn't feel
daunted; the workshop is open to
all levels of athletes, from casual
gym-goers to varsity players, and
will focus on hatha yoga, a simpler, gentler style of practice.
"Because we only have a short
period of time to introduce
people to it, we don't want them
to feel intimidated," Burke said.
Finding inner peace, gaining
muscular balance and shortening
recovery time? It could be worth
your $28 for two hours on a Saturday afternoon. tJ
The Yoga for Athletes workshop
takes place Nov. 3 at the Student
Rec Centre. Registration closes
Oct. 26.
'illy Greene of the UBC football team is the UBC Thunderbirds Athletic Council athlete
of the week for the week ending
Oct. 21. Greene, a fifth-year
quarterback from Surrey, B.C.,
was a magician with the ball Saturday in Manitoba, both on the
air and on the ground. With the
T-Birds down by 26 at the half,
Greene threw four touchdowns
to briefly give the 'Birds the lead
in the fourth quarter, but they
ultimately fell short in the end.
Greene rushed for 70 yards and
amassed a total of 428 passing
yards in the contest, which made
him UBC's all-time career leader
in passing yards and moved
him into fourth in the Canada
West for career passing yards.
Greene's efforts also earned him
the recognition of Canada West
offensive player of the week.
Friday, Oct 26
Women's volleyball
UBC vs Trinity Western
6 p.m. at War Memorial Gym
Men's volleyball
UBC vs Trinity Western
8 p.m. at War Memorial Gym
Men's hockey
UBC vs Saskatchewan
7 p.m. at Father David Bauer
Women's hockey
UBC at Saskatchewan
UBC at Saskatchewan
Saturday, Oct. 27
Women's soccer
(Canada West quarterfinal)
UBC vs Alberta
4:30 p.m. at Thunderbird
Men's soccer
UBC vs Trinity Western
7 p.m. at Thunderbird
Men's hockey
UBC vs Saskatchewan
7 p.m. at Father David
Men's basketball
Women's and men's
UBC at Trinity Western
Men's soccer
Prairie Division
1. UBC 11-0-1
2 Trinity Western 9 12
3. Victoria 5-5-2
4 Fraser Valley 3 5 4
5. UNBC 1-13-0
Men's hockey
1 Saskatchewan 5-1-0
2. UBC4-1-1
3 Calgary 4-2-
4 Regina 4-2-C
Alberta 3
Manitoba 3-3 0
7 Mount Royal 1-
8 Lethbridge 0-E
Women's hockey
Alberta 6 0 0
2. Calgary 5-0-1
3 Mount Royal 3-2-1
4. Regina 3-3-0
UBC 2 2 2
Manitoba 2-3-1
7. Lethbridge 2-3-1
8 Saskatchewan 1-4-1 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012    |    SPORTS + REC
UBC volleyball ready to rumble
Men's team hopes to harness young energy for a successful season
Bruce Chen
Following last season's tough loss
to the University of Alberta Golden
Bears in the Canada West quarterfinals — plus the graduation of seven
players — the CIS No. 9 ranked
men's volleyball team is in a unique
position heading into the 2012-2013
campaign. There is just one fifth-
year on the roster, and eight players
are in either their first or second
However, the young 'Birds will
have little time to experience growing pains. The Canada West conference is home to six other teams
ranked in the CIS top 10 — all ahead
of the 'Birds — so they must act
quickly to replace several longtime
Thunderbird cornerstones.
Despite this, the T-Birds retain
a solid core of young and up-and-
coming stars. Sophomore opposite
hitter Jarrid Ireland is one of the
most explosive young hitters in the
country; he averaged 2.63 kills per
set last season and was named to the
CIS All-Rookie team. Setter Milan
Nikic came in as a first-year last
season and started several games,
averaging 8.36 assists per set. And
with a rare combination of size and
technically sound arm swinging,
6-foot-10 sophomore Alex Russell is
prepared to take over the role as the
main man in the middle.
But it isn't just head coach Richard Schick who believes in those
three; the trio was part of the Canadian Junior National team this past
summer. They traveled to Colorado
to help Canada win a silver medal in
the 2012 NORCECA championships,
which featured teams from around
North America. Russell was named
the tournament's best blocker, averaging 0.89 stuffs per set.
The Thunderbirds weren't just
doing work for Canada in the gym
either. Outside hitter Ben Chow was
in Halifax this summer for the FIVB
World Beach Volleyball Championships. He's coming off a shoulder
injury that kept him out all last
season and forced him to redshirt,
but hopes will be high for Chow; he's
expected to bring a variety of crafty
shots to bolster the Thunderbird
The T-Birds have also brought
in four recruits to help mitigate the
loss of their senior players. Transferring from the Northern Alberta
Institute of Technology is setter
Austin Hinchey, who captained
their team for three seasons. With
incumbent starter Nikic only going
into his second year, Schick hopes
Hinchey can add some experience
to the position.
Knowing he needs more help in
the middle after the loss of three
big guys, Schick is hoping to fill the
void with 6-foot-8 Chris Howe from
Saltspring Island and 6-foot-7 Mac
McNicol from Calgary.
Howe spent his first two years
of eligibility as a starting member
of the UBC Okanagan Heat, where
he was an All-Rookie team member
in his first year. He'll be in familiar
territory with the 'Birds; he played
with standout starting libero, Ian
Perry, on the B.C. provincial team
and Canadian Junior National team.
Rounding out the recruits this
year is Quentin Schmidt, an outside
hitter who transferred from Red
Deer College. He led his team to the
league championships twice and
was named Second Team All-Star
in 2012. He'll help Chow lead the
high-powered offensive attack.
While the starting core for UBC
is forming nicely, there's still doubt
about who will break through to
take the reins in the outside hitter
spots. David Zeyha was excellent
last season, and he and Chow will
have a good shot to start. However,
they will also have competition from
Schmidt and Noah Derksen. Ireland
is a safe bet to start on the right, but
Zeyha is a multi-purpose hitter who
could slide over to the opposite side
if needed.
The 'Birds wrapped up the
preseason by finishing second in
the Thunderball tournament with a
3-1 record, improving to 6-3 overall.
They lost a nail-biter in the fifth
set of the final to Thompson Rivers
University, but showed the fight and
resolve it takes to gut out matches in
the Canada West. Nikic and Russell
were named tournament All-Stars.
With so many players leaving
and so much new blood, Schick is
hoping that the new players can
establish their own identity on
the court. The 'Birds will look to
play a scrappy style of volleyball,
anchored by their defensive play in
the backcourt and at the net. They
will lean heavily on Russell, Howe
and veteran middle Jeff Ross to
close up blocks and help Perry and
the rest on the backcourt.
They'll begin the regular season
slate with a tough home-and-home
series against the No. 1 ranked
Trinity Western Spartans on
Friday and Saturday, but facing
the two-time defending national
champions will be no better test
for the 'Birds, who have a lot to
prove this season. Friday's game
takes place at War Memorial Gym,
with the first serve at 8 p.m. Xi
The men's volleyball team is currently ranked ninth in Canada, but there are six other Canada West teams ranked ahead of them.
Women's volleyball shows no signs of slowing down
Strong competition stands in the way of the Thunderbirds making history
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
After winning five straight
national championships, one
could easily assume that the
UBC women's volleyball team
is simply too good for the other
teams in Canada. But none of
those titles came easily, and
2012-2013 will be no different;
the Thunderbirds will have their
work cut out for them if they
want to tie the CIS record of six
consecutive national titles.
The top three teams in Canada
come from the Canada West
conference — Trinity Western,
UBC and Alberta, in that order
— with two other western teams
rounding out the top 10. Alberta
topped UBC in the Canada West
final last season before the 'Birds
got their revenge in the CIS final,
and TWU just took over top spot
in the rankings after defeating
UBC in exhibition play this past
Sunday. In a sense, it could be
said that winning the Canada
West championship is equally as
impressive as taking home the
national trophy.
"There's no way you can book
your travel too early, because
there's going to be three Canada
West teams going [to nationals]
and there's going to be a couple
of other good Canada West teams
not even there," said UBC head
coach Doug Reimer.
The T-Birds will be thrown
into the line of fire right away to
start the season. A home-and-
home series against TWU opens
the regular season this weekend,
The second ranked women's volleyball team is set to defend their national title for the fifth straight year.
followed by a two-game series at
home against Alberta next weekend. After these two series, the
'Birds will know how they stack
up against Canada's best.
In an ideal world, Reimer said
he would prefer to face these top
squads further down the line.
"To be honest, I would prefer
that we would play them in the
second half of the season,... just
so that we could do a little bit
more with them in the preseason," said Reimer, who is entering his 16th season as coach at
UBC. "But it definitely snaps you
into league focus immediately."
Though the majority of the
team will return to defend their
title, several key members from
last year's squad will be missing.
However, Reimer cites a deep
roster as a trademark of T-Bird
teams, and this year will be
no different.
"Without question, a strength
of our team over the last few
years has been our depth and our
ability to fill in," said Reimer.
"So while we miss [the departing
players], I think there's a number
of players ready to really take
their opportunities and go for it."
Lisa Barclay and Shanice Mar-
celle are two returning outside
hitters who both played with the
Canadian national team this past
summer; the two are expected to
play a bigger role this year with
the departure of the seniors.
Marcelle was named a first-team
All-Canadian last year, and both
were named tournament All-
Stars at CIS nationals.
Brina Derksen-Bergen was
also named a tournament All-
Star and a second-team All-Canadian. She will be the number
one setter again this year for the
'Birds, with the help of Kirsty
A player who didn't have as big
of an impact last year but hopes
to thrive in her expanded role is
third-year Rosie Schlagintweit.
Last year's CIS player of the year,
Kyla Richey, was ahead of her on
the depth chart last season, but
Richey's departure has opened
the door for Schlagintweit to step
in on offence.
UBC will retain their potent
offence from last year, which saw
them lead the Canada West in
hitting percentage, kills and assists, but their defensive game is
equally as impressive. The 'Birds
also led the conference in blocks
and opponent hitting percentage. Reimer said he sees defence
once again being a key part of his
team's game.
"Potentially a strength of our
team is our passing," he said.
"Nights where we're handling the
ball well in the backcourt, we will
have a lot of good offence."
Briana Liau Kent will play the
libero position for UBC along
with Danielle Richards, who
will fill in and also be a back-row
There is no shortage of talent
on this year's roster, and they
will need contributions from all
sides to make it to nationals, let
alone win their sixth straight gold
medal. It would be yet another
unprecedented feat, one that will
help cement the team's status as
an athletic dynasty at UBC, especially considering the teams that
they will have to overcome.
It'll be yet another tough campaign for UBC, but it's clear that
they aren't intimidated. In 2012-
2013, the T-Birds will be right
there in the mix for six. Xi FEATURE    I    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012
UBC's libraries turn
the page
As shelves of books make way for online databases, the role of the university library
is changing. But with an uncertain future, what are libraries doing to adapt?
By Andrew Bates
The word "library" does not
refer to the same institution
it did 10 years ago.
Since 2002, libraries at UBC
have changed dramatically, from
what they buy, to how they use
their space, to what users read and
where they read it.
UBC has continuously overhauled its library system in recent
years without knowing what it
might look like a decade from now,
and even without knowing where
the money for the changes will
come from.
"When I was a student... at least
50 per cent of my day was spent in
the chemistry library on the floor
amongst the stacks, working," said
David Farrar, UBC vice-president
academic and provost. "The world
has changed in remarkable ways."
Farrar knows the libraries are
still very popular, but they're now
used very differently. "Wander
around this place and you'll see
students everywhere," he said,
noting the 2012 renovations to
Koerner Library that included a
new study lounge. "You won't see
very many people in the stacks.
And that's the reality of the libraries we're in now."
Given that 60 per cent of UBC's
library collection hasn't been
picked up off the shelf in eight
years, taking away book stacks
and adding study spaces will be
one of the few clear trends. "The
rest is ... more or less negotiable.
That's what makes it interesting and challenging," said Mark
Vessey, chair of the Senate library
committee. "Given that nobody
quite knows what the ideal form
for a university library would be
in 2020, what do we move first?
What are our priorities?"
The university will have to
change how it handles electronic
resources, work out copyrights for
journal services and digitize its
archives. It also needs to re-think
how space is used and figure out
how to effectively store its ink-
and-paper archives. But in order
to make any of this happen, libraries are forced to grapple for scarce
university resources amid all of
UBC's different departments.
"You can spin this whichever
way you like," Vessey said. "We're
all really relishing having such an
interesting logistical, intellectual,
organizational challenge — or
we're really struggling to deal
with a massive set of variables in a
time of very restricted resources."
In just 10 years, the ratio of
electronic to print usage has been
completely reversed.
"Our [book] circulation
numbers have decreased very
dramatically,... but our electronic
usage data is just off the charts,"
said Jo Anne Ramirez, associate
university librarian in charge of
In the 2002-2003 school year,
the library only spent 21 per
cent of its purchasing budget on
electronic material. This year, that
figure is 72 per cent.
"Over the next five to 10 years,
I'm sure it'll go up to 90 per cent,"
said university librarian Ingrid
Parent. "That means that students
and faculty have immediate access
to information from wherever
they are. They don't even need to
physically come to a library."
The science and engineering
faculties were quickest to adopt
online materials, while the humanities have made the switch
more slowly. As scholarly journals
go digital, they've had the biggest
impact on how academics do their
work. Researchers are no longer
forced to comb through volume
after volume of abstracts to find
one specific article; now it's as
easy as typing in a search query
and clicking a mouse.
But there's a trade-off for all
that convenience.
Much of the online material offered is under licence, meaning the
library doesn't own the material as
it would in print. "[Publishers] have
a profound impact on what we have
access to... in ways that didn't exist
when I was a student. You bought
the book, you put it on the shelf, it
was there, you owned it," Farrar
said. "[Now] we're buying access
to their information. If they take it
away from us, it's gone."
UBC wants to make sure it
has long-term usage rights to 75
per cent of its digital collection.
According to Ramirez, "It's a
struggle. To buy the content, to
have perpetual access rights, costs
extra," she said. "The library's in a
really awkward situation, because
we want to provide and be a broker
of information.
"But we're not the people that
produce it [and] we're not necessarily the consumer; we're just a
middle man."
Aside from providing access to
external material, the library also
tries to add a unique voice to the
conversation. To this end, they've
started to make UBC's special collections accessible on the Internet.
"What will distinguish libraries in the future is not what we
electronically licence, but what
we have in our collections that
we make available to the world,"
said Allan Bell, director for digital
initiatives at UBC Library.
The university's digitization
strategy involves finding items
crucial to research and learning
at UBC that are owned by the
library. "A lot of what we have are
unique treasures," Bell said. "This
is literally the only place where
you can find these collections."
So far, documents that UBC
has digitized include early B.C.
newspapers and correspondence
of an oral history of the early
Chinese-Canadian community.
"We're tryingto shine light into
the dark corners of the library
and bring those things to light,"
Bell said.
UBC also maintains a digital repository of research output called
cIRcle, which contains everything
from speeches to every thesis
since the university's inception.
With all of UBC's unique
electronic materials, preserving
data is as important as protecting
physical materials. "More and
more, things are born digital,"
Bell said. "[For] much of our stuff,
the intellectual content cannot be
encapsulated in a piece of paper,
put in an acid-free envelope and
then put on a shelf."
Storing the data isn't just a
matter of backups. UBC must
ensure files are authentic and
protected, and consider whether they can be distributed to
other universities so that they
aren't in danger of being lost
to future earthquakes in the
Lower Mainland.
"It's something that the entire
world is looking at now, because
so much is at risk of being lost,"
Bell said. "We need to start moving to make sure that these things
will not be lost to the future."
But as more material goes digital,
keeping old but rarely used books
and documents becomes a challenge as well.
"One of our objectives, really,
is to maintain that collection,"
said Parent. "The problem is that
you can't maintain it in book
stacks that are right in the core
of campus. Because if they're
not being used, they're taking
up space and that space could be
used for better purposes."
One of the main innovations
that moved the libraries away
from stacks was the "library
robot," the Automatic Storage
and Retrieval System (ASRS).
Installed when the old Main
Library was renovated into the
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
in 2005, ASRS automated book
retrieval and concentrated collections into a smaller space. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012    |    FEATURE
1) Students study together in the Chapman Learning Commons in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.
2) The Automated Storage and Retrieval System allows books to be stored in a smaller space.
3) In 2012,72 per cent of the library's purchasing budget was spent on electronic material.
4) In the past eight years, 60 per cent of UBC's library collection has not been taken off the shelf.
5) Increasingly, libraries are transforming into study spaces rather than physical repositories.
The next step might be
moving rarely used books off
campus altogether.
The B.C. Integrated Research
Library is a proposed $10 million
storage facility in South Campus
that is currently winding through
approval from the UBC Board
of Governors. If the project is
approved, construction is planned
to end in 2014. Rarely used books
could be stored in the building and
digitized on request. The facility
would operate jointly with other
schools in the region, preserving
"last copies" of books and documents without requiring all universities to store individual copies.
"We took a look at all of our
collections, and the University of
Alberta and us have the largest
amount," said Ramirez. "We
realized we all are keeping a lot of
the same stuff.... There's a need to
keep it for the future, but maybe
we don't need to keep 22 copies
of it."
"Increasingly, libraries will be
known by their individual collections," said Farrar. "No library
holds all the works of the world."
UBC is still ironing out the
details, but the deal with other
universities is expected to last for
five years before the schools come
back to the table to renegotiate.
The big worry for university users
is whether it will make material
less accessible. "The fact is, none
of us really knows what that
facility is going to be like yet and
what using it would feel like,"
Vessey said. "There is certainly,
on one hand, some anxiety on
the part of people whose work
involves consistently consulting
real books,... who are worried that
the books they used to be able to
get down from the shelves or get
fetched by the robot might become
less accessible.
"What they want to know, and
what we can't tell them yet, is what
the rules of accessibility will be."
Ultimately, it would be a
cost-saving measure for the university. "The cost of housing and
maintaining an item in the open
stacks on the core of campus is
fairly expensive," said Ramirez. "If
you put it in a storage facility,... it's
so much cheaper. It's like a fifth of
the cost."
The shrinking stacks signal a true
change: libraries are starting to
look very different. "I graduated
from UBC many years ago, and I
remember the old Main Library
here, before it became what it is
now," Parent said. "My goodness, it
was dark and it was just stacks and
a few desks and that was it."
Increasingly, storage space is
being converted into study space.
"This is where students — and
faculty, too — come for the learning
environment, to work together, to
do projects together," said Parent,
pointing to the conversion of the
third floor of Koerner Library to a
study lounge.
"Every seat is taken, ifyou
walk through. I think libraries
have evolved into that community
engagement, joint learning facility,
and less so for checking out physical books."
Libraries aren't being replaced,
they're being transformed. "A few
years ago, people thought that
we'd stop talking about the idea
of libraries. That the library was
identified with the book, [and]
was obsolete," Vessey said.
"So the [Irving K. Barber]
Learning Centre comes along, and
presumably that's the first step to
abolishing the language of libraries. Instead, what's happened is
that the word library has taken on
all these new kinds of life."
In the midst of changes and new
responsibilities, one thing hasn't
changed much: a lack of funding.
Library budgets have been
stagnant several years. There
are a few exceptions, like capital
construction projects and moving
copyright checks in-house, but
there isn't much money left over.
Farrar attributes this to the lack
of salary growth during the
provincial government's net-zero
bargaining mandate for public
workers, the strategy of downsizing the number of librarians when
existing ones quit or retired, and
the improvement of purchasing
power for the Canadian dollar.
"It's struggling a little bit
to keep its budget balanced,
and we're working on that,"
Farrar said.
The library operates like a
faculty in terms of management,
with Parent equal in stature to a
dean. But unlike faculties, central
departments don't get a share of
tuition and don't have as much
control over their own budgets,
according to Vessey.
"As the needs of the university
with respect to the university
have continued to increase, the
library has had more difficulty
balancing the books," said Vessey.
"It is not easy; it's a finite
amount that we have to live with,"
said Parent. "In terms of fund-
raising, that is difficult, too, for
the library. Because we don't have
alumni, like a faculty does. You
don't graduate from the library."
The situation has hit a flashpoint. UBC has drawn ire in its
attempts to reassign several of
the university's branch libraries,
which serve individual faculties.
The highest-profile decision was
to move the Music Library from
the music building into the Irving
K. Barber Learning Centre.
"Changes are always disruptive; it's often resisted and
protested," Vessey said. "There's
probably never going to be a really
good way to close facilities that
people are used to having on their
But this "slight jolt," according
to Vessey, has drawn people's
attention. "At best, it has sensitized a lot of people a little bit
more to the scope and the magnitude of the challenges that the
library's actually dealing with."
Libraries' natural service ethic
makes it easy for them to take new
tasks and harder for them to complain, accordingto Vessey. "So as
the university turns to the library
for expert help with copyright
clearance issues or turns to the
library to find new kinds of re
sources for the community or new
kinds of study space for students,
the library says, 'We can do that.'
"That's what libraries in
universities do. They cover what
needs to be done," Vessey continued. "It's really difficult for a
library to turn to its university
community and say, 'Guys, um,
we're in trouble.' Or, 'Guys, you
need to help.'"
Although everything under the
hood is rapidly changing, it's clear
that libraries still have a major
role to play. "It's reassuring that
we still have the library, even
though the library is not very like
what we used to have, and it's
going to be less and less like it as
the years go by," said Vessey.
Parent said that time changes
not just technology, but what's
important in research and scholarship. "The library at a university
is really the place that maintains
that archive, and I think that's
essential, because the Googles and
the Microsofts of the world are
not going to think about long-term
As things rapidly change, the
library has no option but to juggle
living up to its own standards as
an archive and evolving as a modern, responsive service.
"It's another version of this
living laboratory that the university's meant to be," Vessey said.
"It's a place where we're working
all this stuff out on the fly. And
now a few more people realize
that." Xi Culture I
The weird and wonderful Waldorf
How a 65-year-old hotel reopened, rebooted and became one
of Vancouver's coolest creative venues
Rhys Edwards
Senior Culture Writer
Nestled between a car
dealership, vacant
gravel lots and a
series of drab warehouses, the gaudy
facade of the Waldorf Hotel looks
lost. To the west of the Waldorf
lies the colour and grit of the
Downtown Eastside, and to the
southeast, the bohemia-chic of
Commercial Drive. By contrast,
the north Strathcona industrial
area is desolate, with endless
flocks of crows swarming over the
area amid oppressive grey skies.
It's hardly an auspicious location
for a hotel.
Yet since its reopening in 2010,
the Waldorf has proven to be
one of Vancouver's most lively
cultural locales. To call it a hotel
is misleading; aside from guest
bedrooms, the Waldorf is home
to two restaurants, a hair salon,
a basement lounge, a liquor store,
a music studio, an art gallery, a
souvenir shop and an iconic tiki
bar. Despite its unusual location,
the hotel's eclectic programming
draws in visitors every day of
the week.
At the end of October, the hotel
will run its famous Halloween-
land parties, alongside a series of
events celebrating the two-year
anniversary of its 2010 reopening. Thousands of people will be
attending, and most tickets have
already sold out. How is it that
this eccentric institution at the
periphery of Vancouver has come
to attract so many people?
The man behind the Waldorf's
construction in 1947 was Bob
Mills, a Vancouver businessman.
One of the hotel's most striking features is its Art Moderne
architecture; it's one of the only
examples of such in the city. Most
buildings from that period have
long since been destroyed, but the
Waldorf remains because it's so
far away from the downtown core.
According to the Waldorf's
brand and design director, Daniel
Fazio, the location of the hotel is
actually central to its success.
"It's a double-edged sword.
It's in a strange location, which
is a challenge, but if it wasn't in
a strange location, it wouldn't be
there," said Fazio.
Mills initially ran the Waldorf
as a motor hotel. It had one of
the biggest beer halls in the city,
which appealed to the local population of working class labourers.
However, in the '50s, Mills went to
visit Hawaii, where he became enamoured with Polynesian culture.
He brought back a set of black
velvet paintings with the dream
that they would someday form the
centrepiece of a hip new tiki bar.
Warding off his wife's misgivings, Mills commissioned
professional architects to design
the bar from the ground up. It
opened in 1953 to great acclaim,
leading to a city-wide affinity for
"It's got that feeling;
it's almost got a bit of
a creepiness to it.... It
definitely feels pretty
David Lynch in here.
Ronan Boyle
Visual Artist
tiki-style vendors. The beer hall
still remained open, leading to a
pluralistic approach to leisure and
entertainment that characterizes
the Waldorf to this day.
"At the time, you still had the
beer hall going, so you had these
cultures working together within
the hotel," said Fazio. "Upstairs,
you had a more working class,
beer-drinking culture in the beer
hall, and then the tiki bar was
more of a nightlife, middle class
kind of culture."
Due to the economic impoverishment of East Vancouver from
the '70s onwards, Mills sold the
hotel to different proprietors, who
sealed off the tiki bar and only
opened it for private bookings.
But in 2010, the hotel came
under new management. Rather
than completely rebuilding, the
new owners incorporated the
architecture and its associated
history into the contemporary
Waldorf brand.
"The hotel is very David Lynch,"
said Ronan Boyle, a Vancou
ver-based visual artist who has
worked extensively with the Waldorf, designing sets and stages for
many of its events.
"It's got that feeling; it's almost
got a bit of a creepiness to it....
It definitely feels pretty David
Lynch in here."
Boyle is responsible for the direction of one of this year's biggest
Halloween attractions: a classic
horror cinema-themed maze in
the hotel's parking lot. It's a complex affair, featuring props, actors
and hovering film projections, all
coordinated by several departments of talented artists. While
the maze will undoubtedly terrify
visitors, Boyle noted that it's also
an opportunity for local creatives
to experiment.
"It's an opportunity for them
to do something that isn't under
[a] budget or under the direction
of a major studio. They can have
more room to play and create,"
said Boyle.
"I'd like to think that what
we've been producing,... there's
something a little more to it than
it being just kind of like an attraction people are used to."
There's more than meets
the eye in the Waldorf brand,
too. Underneath the kitschy,
cream-and-bamboo decor is
anunironic awareness of the
history of tiki culture itself,
which comes from American
ex-servicemen who yearned to
recreate the debauchery of their
island-hopping exploits.
"It kind of gives this darkness
to it that you don't really get
on the surface if you just think
it's like kitsch," said Fazio. "It's
also an interesting movement,
because if you think about pre-60s
America [and] tiki culture, there's
a sexuality in a lot of the imagery.
Exotic Polynesian women, tiki
girls — that was not in mainstream culture."
The key to the Waldorf brand's
success is that it distinguishes itself from the mainstream without
alienating potential customers
by trying to appeal to only one
specific subculture. According
to Fazio, the breadth of different spaces within the hotel has
enabled the Waldorf to embrace
a "democratic" approach in its
"We wanted to create an environment where everybody felt
comfortable, that was welcoming
to every community in the city,
because we can accommodate
Marc Godfrey, an artist-in-resi-
dence at the Waldorf, epitomizes
the inclusivity of the venue. He
runs a monthly "goth night" at the
hotel called the Shadow Line.
"It's the only place we can do
this, because it's the only place in
Vancouver that's so artistically
friendly that they will actually
put up with our huge amounts
of retarded ideas.... I don't think
it would work anywhere else,
essentially because the Waldorf
was taken over by artists, the only
people crazy enough to allow this
to happen."
On Thursday night, Godfrey
will be playing with his band, the
Vampire Bats, in the Shadow Line
Halloween special. The event
will also include a DJ set and a
burlesque-meets-horror "gore-
lesque" show. Although Shadow
Line draws a large crowd, Godfrey
worries that the success of the
venue may eventually backfire on
the Waldorf.
"Right now, it's a very in-
the-know, hip kind of thing: not
hipster, actually hip. The minute
you get douchebags invading your
scene, then it's over.... Maybe by
next year it will all be ruined."
Ronan Boyle shares a similar
view: "For people that are interested, it's something you might
want to come down and experience. It's hard to say how long a
business like this will last."
It's possible, however, that
the Waldorf represents a new
model of cultural development. In
keeping a liberal attitude towards
its creative programming and
maintaining an amenable public
persona, the Waldorf may avoid
self-gentrification. Having seen
the positive community development surrounding the hotel, Fazio
is hopeful for the future.
"I'm optimistic about it," he
said. "I think it could be cool
for the area to have that kind of
energy, and hopefully the people
that move in are great, and hopefully we've inspired the developments and they're excited to be
around us.... I think it could be a
good thing." Xi
Left: The Mills family, original owners of the Waldorf Hotel. Right: Three happy Smurfs at last year's Halloween party at the Waldorf. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012    |    CULTURE
Put pumpkins on your
plate, not your porch
by Tyler McRobbie
In the wave of post-Halloween
stupor, fuelled by excessive
drinking and candy-induced
sugar highs, many jack-o-lan-
terns end their lives smashed
across the neighbour's sidewalk.
With the holiday just around
the corner and pumpkin season in full swing, it's high time
someone shared a bit of advice
on what to do with these often
mistreated gourds.
It's a shame that so many
pumpkins end up rotting in
landfills, considering how many
nutrients are hiding in them.
Why not try eating them instead?
The process is easier than you
think, and pumpkin flesh can be
used in a wide variety of dishes,
both sweet and savoury.
While your jack-o-lantern
won't be fit for food after sitting
out all night, you'll be saving at
least one pumpkin from its tragic
fate by picking up a fresh one
from your local grocery store.
The store will be itching to get
rid of them, and you might even
score a discounted deal ifyou go
When selecting your pumpkin,
look for one around four pounds,
with a heavy, dense feel to it.
Begin by cutting it right down
the middle as you would a melon.
Clean the gunk out of the halves
and give them a quick rinse. The
seeds can be toasted for a tasty
snack, but the stringy stuff has
no real use.
There are different cooking
options, but the best method is
baking. It preserves the pumpkin's nutrients, and the natural
sugars will caramelize and yield
a better flavour. Preheat your
oven to 350 degrees, place your
pumpkin halves in a large baking
dish and cover with Vi inch of
water. Bake for 45 minutes to an
hour, or until fork-tender.
When fully cooked, pulp from
pumpkin is easy to scoop out,
leaving behind the tough skin.
Puree the pulp until smooth in
a blender or food processor, and
run it through a sieve ifyou want
it to be really silky.
At this point, the puree is perfectly suited for any number of
seasonal dishes. You can add the
puree to scones, soups, muffins
or even your latte — and it freezes well, in case you're sick of all
things pumpkin. Xi
Still at a loss for what to
do with your pumpkin?
Checkout Tyler's full
video with more pumpkin
recipes at ubyssey.ca
Cream of pumpkin soup is perfect for those cold, rainy days
in the city, and a nice change of
pace from the usual pumpkin
pie recipes everyone else is
plugging. Give it a try and reap
the delicious benefits.
1 cup onions, diced
Vi cup carrots, diced
2 tbsp. butter
4 cups chicken or vegetable
2 cups pumpkin puree
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. pepper
Vi tsp. ground ginger
1 cup heavy cream
In a large pot, saute onions
and carrots in butter until
tender. Add two cups of stock
and simmer for 15 minutes.
Transfer to a blender and
puree until smooth. Return the
onion and carrot puree to the
pot and add two more cups of
stock, plus the pumpkin puree,
salt, cumin, pepper and ginger.
Simmer for 10 minutes, then
add heavy cream.
Pumpkins can be used to make all sorts of delicious seasonal treats.
5 costumes to resist this Halloween
Matt Meuse
Staff Writer
Halloween is days away, and that
means it's crunch time for choosing a costume. But just because
you're pressed for time doesn't
mean you have to be pressed for
creativity; after all, you don't
want to show up at a party just to
be greeted by three friends wearing the same costume as you.
With that in mind, The Ubyssey
has prepared this handy list of
costumes sure to be done to death
this year, so you can cross them
off your list right now.
We've all seen the YouTube
video for the runaway K-pop hit
"Gangnam Style." We've heard it
on the radio, at the bar and from
the overdriven speakers of every
Imagine Day booth, table or tent.
PSY, the man behind the worldwide sensation, is guaranteed to
show up at your Halloween event
of choice this year, and you'll be
lucky to escape without being
forced to watch the "Gangnam
Style" dance at least once.
Sexy PSY. Predictable to the
point of tautology.
2.Honey Boo Boo
As a connoisseur of only the finest
in reality television, you are no
doubt familiar with this fall's
hottest new program, TLC's Here
Comes Honey Boo Boo. You are
thrilled and entertained by the
antics and attitude of the sassy
Southern seven-year-old and
her family, and having closely
followed her rise to stardom from
her debut on Toddlers in Tiaras,
you know she has what it takes to
win. You are only vaguely aware
that TLC stands for The Learning Channel, and this causes
you almost no cognitive dissonance at all. Be all this as it may,
please don't be Honey Boo Boo
for Halloween.
Sexy Honey Boo Boo: Problematic on many, many levels.
3.50 Shades of Grey
This erotic novel has taken the
world by storm since its release in
June 2011. It's a kinky love story
that was, accordingto lore, adapted from Twilight fan fiction. Full
of steamy sex scenes and some
seriously purple prose, it's hard
to say whether it's more famous
as a guilty pleasure or a catch-all
punchline. Either way, avoid SO
Shades-bused costumes this year;
all the good puns have been done
already, and you'll just have to
keep explaining yourself if you
dress up as any of the characters.
Sexy SO Shades of Grey. You
think you're so clever, don't you?
4. Bane
The Dark Knight turned heads
in the summer of 2008, due in
no small part to the late Heath
Ledger's captivatingly psychotic
take on the Joker. That year, no
Halloween party was complete
without at least three greasy-
haired doofuses in purple suits,
each of whom felt the constant
need to ask why everyone was
so serious. In the wake of this
summer's sequel, The Dark Knight
Rises, you can count on a veritable
army of Banes a la Tom Hardy
making the rounds. Be prepared;
they've all been practicing their
Darth Connery voice.
Sexy Bane: Okay, this could
actually be pretty funny.
5. Binder Full of Women
With the American presidential
election only weeks away, expect
topical costumes to be popular.
You may have heard about an
amusing gaffe made by Republican candidate Mitt Romney during
a televised debate, wherein he admitted that, when taking office as
the governor of Massachusetts, he
required binders full of women's
resumes to fill cabinet positions.
While the phrase "binders full of
women" is indeed comedy gold,
the context behind it is actually
cause for serious concern. The
temptation to get political with
your costume may be strong, but
don't do it. Halloween is a time
for fun, not a time for getting
punched in the eye by everyone
you've alienated.
Sexy Binder Full of Women: Only
ifyou can, without the help of
Wikipedia, name bell hooks'
three most notable works. Xi Opinions
^TooFE   OR
University presidents would like r
lions of new dollars from the province. Also, it's Halloween, so here's Stephen Toope as a wizard?
After weeks of strikes, CUPE 116
finally has a deal. And it's basically the best deal they could've
hoped for. They're getting the
biggest raise they could have expected given the government's
restrictions, and more importantly, UBC has promised not to
contract out any of their jobs.
That's huge. When the
strikes started, it looked like the
government planned to "make
universities more efficient" by
(probably) contracting out tons
of jobs. And there was nothing
UBC could do about it.
But UBC hates being told
what to do by Victoria just as
much as the union does. So,
united in their hatred, the
university told the province that
if the Liberals try to push this
plan through, UBC will have the
union's back.
With public-sector unions
and universities at each others'
throats across the province,
it's heartening to see that this
shared frustration with the government wound up leaving both
parties satisfied.
Last week, the presidents of
B.C.'s major research universities — UBC, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria,
University of Northern B.C.,
Royal Roads University and
Thompson Rivers University
— went to the government and
told them they would like more
They've gone on a bit of a
media blitz recently, promoting what they're calling the
Opportunity Agenda for B.C. In
a nutshell, they want to:
• Create 11,000 new funded domestic spaces over the next four
years, divided roughly equally
between undergrad, grad and
trades programs, aimed at creat
ing jobs in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics
(STEM) fields. This would make
it possible for "every qualified
student in B.C. [to] attend a
university, college or institute
regardless of financial circumstances."
• Establish 24,000 needs-based
grants for undergraduates,
worth up to $1,500 apiece.
• Create 1,000 $15,000 scholarships for students enrolled
in a graduate program at a B.C.
The university presidents
justified the new spending in
a number of ways. Students
are choosing not to stay in B.C.
once they finish their studies.
There's a looming skills gap: the
oft-cited situation of people with
no jobs and jobs with no people.
And post-secondary is one of the
There are certain
things that will always
De bad ideas. They
do not stop being
bad ideas around
only sectors to be defunded in
the last provincial budget.
So where does this big ol'
election year wish list fit on the
political spectrum?
It seems to be leaning pretty
heavily towards the NDP.
They've promised $100 million in non-repayable student
grants, more than double what
the university presidents have
asked for.
The Liberals, meanwhile, are
standing by their position that
the government already pays
enough into post-secondary education and more money needs to
go towards skills training.
Of course, university presidents would never go out on
a limb and endorse a political
party. They're more subtle than
that. But if one of them, say,
wears an orange tie in the near
future, feel free to read into that
as much as you'd like.
There are certain things that
will always be bad ideas. They
do not stop being bad ideas
around Halloween. As a public
service, here is a brief list of
things to avoid this weekend:
fat suits, any sort of sexualized
children's character (we're
looking at you, Sexy Big Bird/
Chewbacca/Pikachu), genitalia,
and racial stereotypes (doubly
offensive ifyou add the word
"sexy" in front of them).
We've all experienced this in
some way or another, and it
seems to be an inextricable part
of academic life. You may bond
with rez friends, classmates
or club members, but once you
no longer have any reason to
associate — you move out, the
class ends, you graduate — you
don't keep in touch, and any
random encounters are filled
with awkward silences and
empty promises.
This sort of experience seems
particularly common at UBC,
especially during midterms. The
campus is huge, for one thing;
you'll almost never "just bump
into" your friends unless you
coordinate beforehand.
For those living off-campus,
school is the only time many
people are ever in the same
geographical area, particularly
since UBC is surrounded by forests and rich people instead of a
clearly defined "student ghetto"
like other universities.
It's disheartening to see
relationships fall apart for
no reason other than lack of
proximity. So next time you
have that awkward encounter,
embrace it.
Actually, text them and get
that coffee or go for drinks or
whatever you normally promise
to do. You'll feel good about it. Xi
Why we declined an ad
from the Salvation Army
To Whom it May Concern:
After considerable staff discussion
and a vote by the editorial board,
The Ubyssey has opted to decline
to run an advertisement from the
Salvation Army, slated for the Oct.
25 print edition.
The editorial board had grave
concerns about both the content
and source of the advertisement,
and thus cannot, in good conscience, accept it for publication.
In a unanimous vote, the editorial board decided that we are uncomfortable running an ad from an
organization such as the Salvation
Army. In the past 10 years, branches of the Salvation Army have petitioned all levels of government for
policies that deny equal rights to
LGBTQ people. In 2004, the Salvation Army threatened to leave
New York City entirely because of
an ordinance that required groups
with contracts from the city to
"offer benefits to gay employees'
partners," according to the New
York Times. Their current position
statement on homosexuality "calls
for chastity outside of heterosexual marriage." While the Canadian
branch has been less vocal on this
front, we believe the organization
as a whole ultimately dehumanizes
a group of people on the basis of
their sexuality.
Like many other student newspapers in Canada, The Ubyssey has
a longstanding ad boycott policy
that allows the editorial board
to refuse ads that are "overtly
sexist, racist or homophobic." As
an editorial board, we can decline
advertisements not only because
of offending ad copy or artwork,
but because we disagree with the
source of the ad.
The Ubyssey also maintains
a policy against running advertisements from either side of the
abortion debate. In our experience,
ads that are either "pro-choice" or
"pro-life" do little to advance civil
debate on the issue. The following paragraph, which appears in
the advertisement in the shape
of a hypodermic needle, is a clear
violation of that policy:
"Before you know it, I'm a
24-year-old prostitute tryingto
support a crack habit. Then it happened. I found out I was having a
baby. I wanted an abortion but I
got thrown in jail before I could
do it. That gave me time to think.
When I got out, I knew what I had
to do. So I started a support program to help me find what I'd been
missing most. My self-esteem.
Today I'm three years clean and
have a beautiful baby girl. That's
the war on drugs Salvation Army
helped me win."
We understand that the
Salvation Army provides vital
social services like soup kitchens, shelters and thrift shops in
many communities. But it also
endorses and actively lobbies for
social policies that shame people
for who they are. It is on these
grounds that we must decline
this advertisement.
The Ubyssey editorial board
Plenty of journals for
creative undergrads
featuring some very brilliant
poets, writers, scholars, photographers, artists, a musician and
a filmmaker. With a board of 11
editors this year and our collaboration with the UBC English
Students' Association to finance
our upcoming print editions, I
can safely say that we are entirely
student-powered and strongly
I agree that UBC needs more
creative venues for students and
it's fantastic to see the emergence
of new publications like Gold
Literary Maga-
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creative venues for Jj^rf6
students and it s credit is due.
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emergence of new ^*eurena°cted
publications like Gold cepts creative iit-
Literary Magazine, erary work from
However, I do want to students taking
The Garden Statuary,
UBC's undergraduate
journal of English,
welcomes Gold Literary
Magazine to UBC ("New student mag to print this January,"
Oct. 18) and wishes to correct
the statement that "before Gold
Literary Magazine the student
community lacked a literary
magazine that was made by students, for students." By mishap
or misquote, the
article fails to
represent journals like The Garden Statuary and
Ignite, the undergraduate journal
of women's and
gender studies.
Both are student-run publications which offer
undergraduates a give credit where credit
creative literary
While I can't
speak for Ignite, I would like
to note that one of the central
purposes of The Garden Statuary
is to showcase diverse genres
and mediums of creative student
As much as we prize our
academic submissions, the large
majority of our publication is
in fact creative: poetry, fiction,
creative nonfiction, stage/screenplay, photography, visual art, film
and music.
We received over 150 submissions to each of our past two
issues and had the privilege of
creative writing
is due.     As well, there
has been a rich
precedent of
literary journals in the past: Arc
in the '80s, Roots in the '90s and
Uprooted in 2005 and 2006.
There is a diverse and
evolving array of publications
available to UBC students and
it will be exciting to see the
kinds of innovative and plural
approaches that will emerge — if
not already.
Laura Ritland
Editor-in-Chief of The Garden
Statuary tPage ill
UBC investigates
athlete involvement in
lewd Twitter account
Purportedly run by members of the men's
hockey team, 'Dime Watch' solicited nonconsensual photos of women on campus
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
A website and Twitter feed
devoted to non-consenual photos
of and lewd comments about
women on UBC campus has
resulted in a backlash that may
have consequences for some UBC
varsity athletes.
UBC is looking into whether
they will discipline a number of
student-athletes for their alleged
involvement in the "UBC Dime
Watch" website and Twitter feed.
The UBC Athletics department
became aware of the site and
account late Tuesday night, when
UBC Insiders editor Neal Yonson
tweeted an image showing that
the domain name thedimewatch.
com was registered to varsity
hockey player Ben Schmidt. The
website appeared to be linked to
the Twitter account @UBCDime-
Watch, which was started in early
2012. The account encouraged
people to post pictures of women
without their consent. A "dime" is
a slang word that references the
practice of rating a woman's level
of attractiveness on a scale of 1-10.
Schmidt claims he made the site
for a friend.
"I registered the domain and
created the basic website layout for
a friend. Didn't expect publicity
for it," Schmidt said in a tweet.
I definitely got a very,
very negative response
from members of the
UBC varsity hockey
team,... very gendered
Ekateryna Baranovskaya
AMS councillor
"There was some concern
expressed to us.... [People] complained about the sexist nature of
that language, and had concerns
that... some of the posts, they
felt, were getting pretty close to
harassment," said UBC Director of
Public Affairs Lucie McNeill.
"Or some of the posts were
also a little bit scary in terms of
inviting harassment. So the whole
tenor of the conversation took a
turn that UBC Athletics certainly
felt was not something that would
be considered conduct becoming
of a student-athlete."
When the details of Schmidt's
link to thedimewatch.com were
made public, UBC student Ekateryna Baranovskaya retweeted
them and condemned Schmidt's
involvement with the site. The @
UBCDimeWatch Twitter handle
and other UBC varsity athletes,
tweeting under their own names
and retweeting one another,
mocked Baranovskaya and called
her derogatory names.
"I definitely got a very, very
negative response from members
of the UBC varsity hockey team,"
said Baranovskaya. "It definitely
highlighted the things I did not
like about the @ubcdimewatch
Twitter account, which were very
gendered insults.
"I noticed that there were quite
a few more targeted at me rather
than Neal [Yonson, who originally
reported Schmidt's involvement].
I would say most likely it was for
that reason."
Ifyou wouldn't want
your grandma to read
it, DON'T post/tweet it.
From the University of California's
social media policy for athletes
A number of athletes who were
deemed to have some connection
with the incident were called into
an emergency meeting with UBC
Athletics at noon on Wednesday.
They were encouraged to make
sure that the website and the @
UBCDimeWatch Twitter account
were deleted, said McNeill.
So far, UBC has not confirmed
the identity of who was responsible for the Twitter feed, although
they believe it may have originated
within the men's varsity hockey
team. McNeill said it is not UBC's
place to uncover the identity of
the people behind the anonymous
UBC Athletics is still investigating the incident and has not yet
determined if any discipline will
happen. "We will be looking into
this, and UBC Athletics will decide
whether or not action is needed,"
said McNeill. "Depending on the
results,... there may be consequences."
UBC has a code of conduct
all athletes are required to sign
that prohibits harassment or any
actions that are "insulting, intimidating, hurtful, malicious, degrading or otherwise offensive."
"They are held to a higher
standard of behaviour; they have
to have conduct becoming of a
student-athlete, because they
represent the university," said
The code doesn't set out any
specific punishments for when
its rules are broken. Disciplinary
action is at the discretion of the
UBC Athletics department.
"People who were involved
in that Twitter conversation,
whose own Twitter handles
were [retweeted] on that Twitter
feed, they themselves deny that
it was anything more than casual
involvement — because they were
drawn into it, because of the mention of the men's hockey team,"
said McNeill.
"So this has to be looked into a
little more seriously... before we
can start determining if indeed
there is something that needs to
be done, or actions to be taken
[against] individual student-athletes."
"I think there should be a
relatively serious response," said
Baranovskaya. "If this is something that many members of the
varsity hockey team are in support
of, then this is something more
systematic than they would like."
She said that she hopes UBC will
create some form of education for
student-athletes to try to prevent
similar incidents in the future.
UBC does not currently
have a social media policy for
student-athletes, but they are
developing one in response to
this incident.
"To be fair, those students
[tweeting] did not have guidelines
in front of them," said McNeill.
She mentioned that orientation
sessions for athletes at the beginning of the year did contain a brief
presentation about social media.
"Clearly the people who participated in those conversations on
social media think that it's all fun
and games, and maybe they don't
think of the ramifications of what
it is they say," said McNeill.
"This is a challenge that's facing
not only UBC, but all schools that
have intercollegiate sport right
Other universities with more
prominent varsity athletics programs take varied approaches to
policing their athletes on social
To be fair, those
students [tweeting] did
not have guidelines in
front of them.
Lucie McNeill
UBC Public Affairs
Accordingto Carter Henderson,
an assistant athletic director at the
University of Washington, student
athletes at that school sign a general code of conduct, but no policy
specific to social media.
That's handled on a program-by-program basis, meaning
it is under the purview of head
coaches. To his knowledge, no
incidents had occurred under this
Within the University of California system, student-athletes
sign a social media policy that
gives general advice and begins
with, "Ifyou wouldn't want your
grandma to read it, DON'T post/
tweet it."
At UBC, McNeill said it was a
challenge for staff to keep tabs
on students' social media use. "It
goes to show that there is a bit of a
generational divide between faculty, staff leadership, who tend to
be over 35, and students, who are
often younger than 25," she said.
These incidents come at a time
when UBC Athletics is still in its
first year of participating in "Be
More than a Bystander," a campaign aimed at raising awareness
about domestic violence through
the endorsement of prominent athletes. The program is also promoted by the B.C. Lions CFL team. Xi
—With files from Lonny Wakefield
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14—Crude cartel
4— Charged with a crime
15—Tire (out)
5—Move apart
16— Greek goddess of strife
6—Soul mate?
17—DEA agent
7—PIN requester
18—Stallone role
8—Country singer McEntire
9—Whimsical humour
10—Beef or lamb
22—Oakland's county
11—Bay window
24— Cabinet department
26—Stay out of sight
27—Like much spam
21—Rise to one's feet
30—       Kick Out of You
23—Small island
32— "Surprise Symphony" com
25— Primitive form of wheat
33—Areyou       out?
28—American space
29—Some whiskeys
42—Sounds of hesitation
33—As to
43—Corned beef concoction
35—Belonging to us
36—Asian cuisine
46—Gold standard
37—Ferrara family
48—Basketry material
40—Death notice
50—Outback resident
41—Move stealthily
51—Small-gauge wire
44—Evergreen oak
56—Mountain of the Gods
49—Equinox mo.
62—Russian airline,          flot
63—Surrounded by
52— Prince Valiant's wife
65—Russian range
53—"Don Juan" poet
66—Greek portico
55—Radii neighbors
67—V-shaped fortification
57—Hook's helper
68—Italian bread?
69—Liquid container
61—Gen. Robert
64—Takes too much
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