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Camille Gregory
by Jonny Wakefield
On Sept. 13, Camille Gregory
received her bachelor of science
degree from UBC.
Like any graduation ceremony, family and friends had
gathered to see someone they cared about
complete an important milestone. They
snapped photos and took videos. In one of
the home videos of the ceremony, we see
a very excited Camille decked out in the
traditional black robes and mortarboard. We
also see three UBC administrators, wearing
their colourful academic regalia. The man in
the centre holds a single degree parchment.
Vitamin Cs "Graduation" can be heard on a
stereo somewhere offscreen.
At this point, the similarities between
Camille's convocation and other graduation
ceremonies start to break down.
What's on
Travelers and Magicians: 4 p.m. @
Global Lounge
Would you like to know more about the country of Bhutan? The International Student Association is hosting a movie night screening of the
highly popular and acclaimed film from Bhutan, Travelers and Magicians.
Tsering Shakya, a professor and researcher from the asian studies department, will be a guest speaker. Free.
Writing Help Drop-In: 3 p.m.
@ IKBLC Learning Commons
The last week of the term is finally
here, and essay deadlines are
close! Are you getting stuck on
how to write your paper? Need to
develop an outline orformatyour
paper for citations? Stop by for
some help. Free.
Women & Justice: 5:30 p.m. @
Liu Institute
Learn moreaboutsocialjustice
for women in Africa. The Africa
Canada Accountability Coalition
is hosting an event of cross-cultural exchange about women's
initiatives that fight for peace,
reconciliation and rights. Free.
Dancing at Lughnasa: 7:30
p.m. @ Frederic Wood Theatre
Want to see a great play? Theatre
at UBC presents Dancing at
Lughnasa, the semi-autobiographical story of playwright Brian
Friel's childhood. The play mixes
memory, generous humour and
bittersweet sadness. This week is
your last chance to see it! $10 for
Stress Less for Exam Success
Trivia Night: 4:30 p.m. @ Chapman Learning Commons
Need to blow off some steam
before final exams arrive? As part
of Exam Success Week, there will
be a trivia night with prizes and
food! Bring along yourfriends and
meet new ones with this group
event! Free.
Got an event you'd like to see on this page? Send your event
and your best pitch to printeditor@ubyssey.ca.
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Robert Taylor is the director of bands at UBC.
Conducting a university
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
Robert Taylor had always known
that he liked music. But it wasn't
until his third year of university that he decided to make it
his career.
"It was actually kind of a
fluke; I started out as a physics
major," said Taylor, director of
bands and assistant professor
of conducting and ensembles
at UBC.
"[But] I was spending more
and more time in the practice
room playing my trumpet, playing the piano [and] composing,
and I found a lot of joy in it.... I
recognized that I was more passionate about music at that stage
and maybe I had been afraid to
count on it as my career."
After opting to pursue an
education in music — culminating in his master's of music and
doctor of music degrees from
Northwestern University — Taylor found his passion in teaching, which has motivated him
throughout his entire life.
"For me, it was incredible
to finally make that choice to
do one thing really well, and
that's when I went to graduate
school to study conducting,"
said Taylor. "It was a hard
choice, but it definitely was the
right one."
As director of bands at UBC,
Taylor takes on a wealth of
projects. In addition to maintaining a busy schedule as a
guest conductor and clinician,
he conducts the Symphonic
Wind Ensemble and Concert
Winds, teaches instrumental
conducting and heads the
brass division.
Originally from the California
Bay Area, Taylor taught high
school for 10 years in Humbolt
County in northern California
before goingto graduate school
at Northwestern in Chicago.
But despite falling in love with
Chicago, he couldn't resist the
lure of the West Coast and ended
up in Vancouver.
"The cool thing about living
here is that there's a lot happening with the arts scene, but
there's also great access to the
outdoors and other things that
I really enjoy doing that give
me inspiration," he said. "That's
why I'm back here; I just love to
be outside and this is the perfect
With so much going on, Taylor uses the outdoors to help "recharge [his] batteries" and keep
himself motivated. Whether it's
backpacking, riding his bike or
kayaking, the fresh air keeps
him energized.
It also wouldn't be uncommon
to see Taylor out walking on
the Stanley Park seawall on the
morning of a concert, preparing
for the night's event.
"I walk around the seawall
and go through the entire
program in my head, just to be
able to do that in a really relaxed
state. It's just such great preparation for focusing on performance day."
While his music is heavily
influenced by the adventure and
beauty of the Pacific Northwest, Taylor still finds his real
motivation in the concert hall
while conducting in front of
his students.
"What gives me the most
energy and most inspiration is
working with students, and just
that feeling of being the one that
facilitates bringing an ensemble
together and seeing that light in
everybody's eye when it really
goes great."
Under Taylor's leadership,
UBC remains one of the top
music schools in Canada. His
students maintain an extensive
schedule that sees them play a
number of concerts throughout
the year.
This year's big event is a
10-day tour through Seattle,
Portland and San Francisco.
Two other main events include
a wind ensemble performance
with the principal flutist from
the Vancouver Symphony
Orchestra on Feb. 13, and a
March 28 concert with the
Concert Winds and Symphonic
Wind Ensemble, where they
will play major works from
David Maslanka.
It may seem like a big workload, but for Taylor, it's the
perfect job.
"It's a hard life being a music
teacher; it's a really demanding
career.... But when you see what
it does for students, it's great motivation and inspiration to keep
working so hard." Xi
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A game-changer
for climate
change education
At a Commerce Undergraduate Society board meeting last Thursday, the society passed a valid budget after a spate of financial issues starting in July.
Commerce Undergrad Society botches budget
Will McDonald
News Editor
The Commerce Undergraduate
Society (CUS) has been operating
without an official budget from
July up until today — and that isn't
the only financial problem they've
been facing.
The society's frosh co-chair,
Ryan Buhrig, said they made a
mistake in their budget that left off
the $32,000 needed to fund Sauder
students' participation in the
JDC West, a nationwide business
competition to be held at UBC
this year. But when Buhrig looked
deeper into the society's budget, he
discovered there weren't enough
members at the July 18 meeting
when the budget was passed to
meet the required quorum to make
the budget valid.
Buhrig brought his concerns
to the AMS. The student society
looked into the budget, determined
it was invalid and suspended the
CUS's funds on Nov. 22. They re-
approved the budget with quorum
at last night's board meeting and the
AMS will now reinstate their funds.
AMS VP Finance Tristan Miller
said the issue arose due to confusion
over who counted towards quorum.
CUS president Jacky Leung said
he believed quorum was met at the
summer meeting, but it was unclear
whether new first-year reps counted towards the total.
"From our perspective, everything was honoured. There was
some confusion whether we should
include [first-year reps] or not,"
said Leung.
However, Leung said the CUS
did the right thing to re-approve the
budget last night.
"If a student feels that we we
didn't follow the procedures, I think
it's necessary to respect that," said
"I think if a student is brave
enough to come forward, we need
to also be brave enough to come
forward and follow the rules."
Leung said that the rules about
quorum are a grey area, but there
aren't other major concerns with
the budget.
"There's always going to be disputes.... As far as I understand, this
is really the major dispute, whether
first-year representatives should be
counted or not," said Leung.
Buhrig looked into the budget after he became aware the CUS didn't
allocate the $32,000 needed to fund
the conference due to a problem
with a budget spreadsheet. By the
time the problem was discovered,
they only had $27,000 left to give
to the program, leaving UBC's 45
participants in JDC West to come
up with the remaining $5,000.
The CUS passed a motion at
Thursday night's board meeting
allocating $5,000 from another
fund to pay for the remainder of the
competition fees. Leung said the
money is coming from a separate
competition fund.
"Basically it was a broken
promise from the CUS and we felt
personally that it was very immoral
and unethical to raise the fees on
the competitors after they were
already promised something," said
Jasper Zimmermann, the society's
frosh co-chair.
Buhrig and Zimmermann said
they had an alternate plan in place
if the two motions didn't pass at
last night's board meeting. They
had acquired 99 of the required
100 signatures for two Sauder-wide
referendums: one to give the extra
money for JDC West and another to
impeach the CUS president. They
withheld their own signatures so
they could effect the motions at any
time. However, since the budget
issue has been resolved, they plan to
scrap the referendums.
Miller said the AMS considers
the new budget to be valid. Xi
RCMP, Campus Security respond
to fight at Buchanan Building
A fight between two students at
Buchanan last Friday prompted a
response from Campus Security and
the RCMP.
RCMP Cpl. Robert Ploughman
said two students were involved in a
fistfight atthe Buchanan building at
12:04 p.m. Campus Security broke
up the fight and the RCMP showed
up to investigate.
Ploughman said the students
knew each other and no charges are
being pressed. He said no one was
injured in the altercation.
UBC leads coalition to teach
sustainable mining techniques
UBC and SFU are forming a partnership to run a new institute to
make mining moresustainable.
The venture, financed by a $25
million grant from a federal agency,
is called the Canadian International
Institute for Extractive Industries
and Development. The aim is to
share Canadian expertise in mining and extraction throughoutthe
industry and around the world.
"The University of British
Columbia, leading the coalition,
will now establish and operate
a world-class institute that will
deliver knowledge on proven
regulation and oversight to help resource-rich developing countries
createjobs and economic growth,"
said Julian Fantino, minister of
international cooperation, in a
press release, xt
Musqueam band
to develop block of
land beside campus
Arno Rosenfeld
The patch of forest between Acadia
Park and University Boulevard
may soon become home to mid-rise
residential towers, as the Musqueam
Band moves forward on developing
the land.
The Musqueam Band wants to
build low and mid-rise residential
towers and a small hotel, as well as
some commercial storefronts. These
plans will be discussed at a public
consultation in early December.
Musqueam councillor Wade
Grant said the proposed construction has been in the works since
2008, when the province handed
over a tract of land, known as Block
F, as part of a settlement. Grant
said the primary goal for the land
is to provide a source of economic
development for the band.
"Musqueam, like many other
First Nations, wants to become
a little more self-sufficient and
move away from being dependent on third-party governments,"
said Grant.
Given that the angular tract of
land is currently zoned only for low-
rise residential housing, rezoning
will be required for the Musqueam's
plans to proceed.
"We anticipate significant community interest and the [University
Endowment Lands] will be working
with [the Musqueam], setting an
The Musqueam hope to put housing and a
expectation of a thorough and
transparent process," said Trisha
Kaplan of the University Endowment Lands, who oversees urban development in the area that includes
Block F.
Grant said the band hopes to
break ground on the project in 2014,
with construction taking place over
the next decade.
The Block F development will be
the biggest to date for the band, and
is projected to provide more revenue
than any of their other properties,
accordingto Grant.
The residential towers are
planned to be 10-12 stories high
with 1,000-12,000 units ranging
from housing for families to smaller
condos. There will also be 30,000
square feet of commercial space and
a hotel with 100-120 rooms.
Grant said the Musqueam were
communicating with the university
to ensure their plans did not clash
with UBC's goals.
hotel on a patch of land next to campus.
"As their neighbour and an
interested stakeholder, we ... would
be pleased to actively participate in
the process," said Pascal Spothelfer,
vice-president communications and
community partnership for UBC.
It is expected that the development will become the primary
source of self-generated revenue
for the Musqueam, Grant said. The
band currently leases an office
building in Burnaby and the old
Fraser Arms Hotel building in Vancouver, as well as allowing some
construction of private homes on
Musqueam reserve lands.
Grant said the Musqueam are
currently in negotiations to build
an arena for pleasure boats in
south Vancouver.
Along with Block F, the province
also turned over the land where
the University Golf Club is located,
but Grant said part of the agreement was that it must remain a golf
course until 2083. tJ
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The video game Future Delta will teach
players the impact their actions have on
the environment.
Elspeth Malcolm
UBC professor Stephen Sheppard
wants to educate youth on climate
change with an unconventional
method: a video game.
Sheppard is in the process of
creating Future Delta, a video
game that shows the impacts of
climate change on the city of Delta,
B.C. The game is based on the projection that if no actions are taken,
the city of Delta will be immersed
in water due to rising ocean levels.
The purpose of the game is to
reduce the city's C02 emissions
using renewable energy, local
farming, green infrastructure
and investments in public transit.
Players are faced with the challenges of increasing energy, food and
water demands Players are faced
with the challenges of increasing
energy, food and water demands as
the population of Delta grows.
"The game will play out through
the future — out to 2050, maybe
2100," said Sheppard.
The creators of Future Delta aim
to work with Delta schools and
students, with the hope that once
the game gets in the hands of kids,
it will pique the interest of their
parents as well.
UBC professor Aleksandra
Dulic is working on the design of the game. She said the
Delta setting increases the
game's effectiveness.
"There is a huge impact on
people who play the games and can
see their homes in the simulation.
A student who was testing the
prototype grew up in Delta, and
she recognized the neighbourhood. It had a tremendous impact
on her," said Dulic.
Dulic hopes the game will open
up discourse on climate change
options for the citizens of Delta.
"We need to make a change as a
larger community, the federal and
municipal government, individuals
and industries — we all need to
play our role and we need to do it
UBC student Kristine Liu,
corporate relations director of
the Commerce Undergraduate
Society's sustainability committee,
thinks the video game holds promise for climate change education.
"The term 'climate change'
is thrown around a lot, and the
effects are hard to grasp because
they happen over long periods of
time. The concept of a video game
based in B.C. can make it concrete
for youth, especially if they're seeing the effects that it could have
right in their backyards," said Liu.
Future Delta is still in its early
stages. Expansion ideas include a
social media component and an option where students could develop,
add and share their own ideas. In
about two years, the game is slated
to enter classrooms, where further
evaluation and student feedback
will improve its design. Xi NATIONAL    I    MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2012
More spots for international
students hoping to stay in Canada
The Government of Canada plans to increase the number of permanent residency spots available to international students.
Darryl Gallinger
The Lance (Unrversity of Windsor)
WINDSOR (CUP) - In 2013, there
will be even more federal spots
available for international students
who want to stay in Canada.
The Government of Canada has
announced the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) immigration
intake, which includes permanent
residency for international students
after they complete their studies, is
expected to quadruple from 2,500
in 2009 to 10,000 in 2013. The
number of immigrants accepted
through CEC, which requires at
least one year of professional work
experience after graduation, has
grown steadily each year since the
program's introduction in 2008.
"Our government's number one
priority remains economic and job
growth," said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister
Jason Kenney in a press release.
"Newcomers bringtheir skills and
talents, contribute to our economy
and help renew our workforce so
that Canada remains competitive on
the world stage."
Citizenship and Immigration
Canada intends to admit a total of
240,000 to 265,000 new permanent residents in total next year,
making it the seventh year running
that it has kept up these levels of
entry. According to the government
depatrment, this is the highest
sustained level of immigration in
Canadian history.
The CEC program will expand
its admission from 6,000 in 2011
to a record high of 10,000 permanent residents in 2013. Through
CEC, international students can
gain permanent residency after
graduating from a post-secondary institution and completing
at least one year of skilled work.
Temporary foreign workers are
eligible through the program
for admission after two years of
skilled work.
University of Windsor international student advisor Enrique
Chacon said immigration maintains Canada's population levels
and sustains the economy. The
CEC program allows Canada to
bring in highly desired skilled
workers and to hold on to the
international students it has
supported. Chacon added that
the CEC encourages "would-be
permanent residents" to spend at
least two years in Canada before
allowing them the opportunity to
become permanent residents.
"A few people will still give up
and return [home]," said Chacon.
"In general, less than a quarter
of international students stay as
permanent residents."
He explained that while CEC
appeals to international students, another path to permanent
residency, the Ontario provincial nominee program, is often
more attractive.
"You have all the provinces
competing against each other,"
Chacon said, adding that each
province attempts to offer a good
deal to international residents to
encourage them to immigrate to
their province. Chacon considers
Ontario's deal to be one of the best.
To be eligible for the Ontario
program, foreign workers and
international undergraduate
students require a permanent,
full-time job offer in a managerial, professional or skilled trade
occupation. Graduate students and
Ph.D. students are eligible as soon
as they finish their degrees.
Similarly in British Columbia,
recent international graduates
with an offer for a skilled job are
eligible to apply for permanent
residency in the B.C. provincial
nominee program, without completing any work experience.
There are also provincial
nominee categories for recent
master's or Ph.D. graduates in
scientific fields and a variety of
categories for skilled workers with
work experience.
Varad Raval, a student at the
University of Windsor who is
pursuing an MBA, intends to
apply for the Ontario provincial
nominee program. "I'll be applying
next September," he said, adding that it takes 10 to 12 months
to process an application for
permanent residency.
"I'm really liking it here in
Canada. I'm having some problems
with the cold, but I enjoy it here,"
said Raval, who's originally from
India. After acquiring some work
experience, he intends to start up
a business that facilitates recycling
and solid waste management.
Elections B.C.
thinks young
Emily Carr students design campaign
to get more 18- to 24-year-olds to vote
Laura Rodgers
B.C.Bureau Chief
VANCOUVER (CUP) - Very few
young people vote in B.C. provincial
elections. To try and change this,
Elections B.C. is getting creative.
A recently launched partnership between Elections B.C. and
Vancouver's Emily Carr University
of Art and Design has created a
new course called "Designing for
In it, up-and-coming creatives
get university credit for putting
together a campaign encouraging more 18- to 24-year-olds
to vote. Elections B.C. hopes
the resulting student-designed
campaigns will get more young
voters to the polls by the May 2013
provincial election.
"Youth are one of those groups
that are under-represented on the
provincial voters list, so we are
looking at ways to increase youth
voter registration," said Don Main,
Elections B.C. communications
manager. In the last provincial
election in 2009, only 27 per cent
of eligible B.C. voters age 18 to 24
voted, as compared to 54 per cent of
those 25 and up.
The course, which is running
from September to December of
this year, has students from various
design areas work in groups to
address B.C.'s chronic under-en-
gagement of young voters.
Because most of the students
themselves are between 18 and 24
years old, Elections B.C. is confident that they'll be able to reach
young voters on their own turf.
"It seemed like a logical step to
have youth preparing materials for
youth," said Main.
Emily Carr professor Chris
Hethrington, who is teaching the
course, thinks it's a valuable way
for students to learn through the
real-world experience of designing
a campaign for a client.
"It's more like a real-world
job situation," said Hethrington.
"There are challenges in the scope
of this kind of project that [students] haven't experienced before."
In the 19-student class within
Emily Carr's Faculty of Culture
and Community, student groups
designed everything from social
media strategies to environmental
art in an effort to get out the vote.
"We didn't know what we were
goingto deliver when we started,"
said Hethrington. He encouraged
students to brainstorm new and
creative ways to reach young
people and to take their own habits
into account.
Hethrington explained that,
as the students in the class did
research and discussed the ways
that they consume information,
they learned that certain types of
social media might be more useful
than others.
The class decided to focus on Facebook and Tumblr, but place less
emphasis on Twitter campaigning.
"Our brainstorming revealed
that, actually, Twitter wasn't as
commonly used as a vehicle for
communication in that target age
group," said Hethrington. "So
that's kind of surprising, but it was
As well as planning a social-media blitz, the class is also
floating ideas like setting up fake
voting booths in SkyTrain stations
and printing polling-station maps
to scatter on the floor of TransLink
buses. They're also working on
more traditional advertising avenues, like print ads and a website.
Students will deliver their final
advertising concepts to Elections
B.C. next month. If all goes well,
the students' concepts will be
used as part of a voter-engagement campaign in anticipation
of an update of B.C.'s voting rolls
next March.
Hethrington hopes that the
project will benefit not just the
students taking the course, but also
democratic engagement across the
"The students really brought
their own unique, innate knowledge of their own target audience.
That's one of the great benefits of
this project," he said.
Study probes cash incentives for organ donors
Connor Thorpe
Capilano Courier (Capilano University)
Would a financial incentive make
you more likely to donate an organ? A recent study conducted by
the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta and the University
of Calgary says yes, noting that
almost half of Canadians surveyed approve of the idea, despite
the fact that the sale of organs is
illegal in Canada.
The study, titled "Attitudes
Towards Strategies to Increase
Organ Donation: Views of the
General Public and Health Professionals," employed a web survey directed at the general public,
health professionals and those
affected by kidney disease.
"This study came about from
a discussion on how to increase
the pool of potential donors. In
other words, how to get more
people to step forward to donate,
living or deceased," said Lianne
Barnieh, a researcher for the
Liben Institute.
"To do this, we did a survey
and enlisted the help of a survey
firm for the general public, and
professional groups for those
working in the area of kidney
disease, and finally the Kidney
Foundation of Canada to reach
out to their members and supporters. We found that, on the
whole, people found financial incentives for donation acceptable."
Barnieh said that there are
over 3,000 people waiting for a
kidney transplant in Canada and
that 82 people died while waiting
for one in 2010. The study hopes
to encourage methods of increasing donation that will help speed
up the process of transplantation.
While the study itself did not
examine ethical topics relating
to financial incentives for organ
donors, they did include detailed
data about public acceptance of
various approaches to the subject.
"There were varying levels
of acceptability, depending on
the incentive, between the three
groups. Almost half the public
found cash payment to living
donors acceptable, whereas only
14 per cent of health professionals found this acceptable.
The most acceptable incentives
were reimbursement of funeral
expenses for deceased donors and
tax breaks for living donors," said
Barnieh. "All of these financial
incentives would be given out by
a government organization. We
did not, and would not, consider
a system where money [would] be
exchanged between individuals."
The reasoning behind the
projected increase of donations
associated with a cash incentive
is simple: people are often motivated by money.
"When looking at human
behaviour, there is no one thing
that motivates people," said
"Though some people give
from the 'goodness of their
heart,' others may need more to
motivate them to donate. We are
hoping that by offering financial
incentives, we appeal to this
other group of people."
Barnieh dismissed the
concern that low-income citizens may be exploited by the
financial incentives.
"Firstly, the assumption that
people with lower income are
only motivated by money for a
given act is a very narrow view,"
she said.
"Secondly, though $10,000
can be a large incentive, it is not
sufficient to completely change
someone's financial situation.
Still, the ethics behind the
study have come under fire,
though the ethical implications
behind offering financial incentives to organ donors was never a
focus on the study.
In an interview with CTV
News, Arthur Schafer, an ethicist
at the University of Manitoba's
Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics, said there are ethical problems in offering financial
compensation for organ donors.
"Frankly, I think it would be
bordering on obscene to offer
financial compensation to the
mother whose child has just
died," he said.
It's unclear what the next step
will be for both researchers and
policy makers involved in organ
donations. Barnieh said that the
study conducted by the Libin
Institute is a good start.
"Now that we know Canadians
find many financial incentives
acceptable, we can find a way to
move forward." Sports + Rec
Continuing winning ways
UBC celebrates success of women's volleyball
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
On a weekend that celebrated the
unparalleled success of women's
volleyball at UBC, it was fitting
that this year's Thunderbird
squad dominated the University of Regina Cougars at War
Memorial Gym.
UBC's nine national championship teams were honoured
this past weekend, with several
former players in attendance to
take part in pre-game events and
watch the games. The T-Birds
then took care of business on
the court, defeating the Cougars
three sets to one on Friday night
and in straight sets on Saturday.
"You don't really want to
come, when you're celebrating
championships, and stink the
joint up," said UBC head coach
Doug Reimer after Saturday's
win. "There are distractions
that go with doing these types of
things,... but all in all it was very
good to see.... It was great memories and quality team-building."
With the event this weekend,
it would've been easy for the
T-Birds to come out flat, and
after the first set on Friday night
it seemed like that might be
the case. The 'Birds noticeably
struggled in the first set, failing
to get much going and dropping
the first set 27-25. However,
they made sure nothing like that
would happen again, taking the
next set 25-11 and not dropping
another one over the rest of
the weekend.
The 'Birds, winners of five
straight national championships,
improved to 9-1 on the regular
season with the two victories.
Their play has also given them
the No. 2 ranking in the nation,
showing that the team's winning tradition is in no danger
u 4 f * m
This year's T-Bird team improved to 9-1 on the year with two wins over Regina.
of disappearing.
Regina did not provide the
stiffest competition for the
Thunderbirds, but UBC's ability
to put away those types of teams
is one of the reasons for their
constant success. The games
also allowed the 'Birds to use
their bench to spread out some
of the playing time, and those
who played delivered some
impressive performances.
Leading the way was second-
year Alissa Coulter, who tied
for the team lead in kills on
Saturday with 11 on a .500
hitting percentage.
"She found a way to get
some good kills, and that can
help so much in the offence,"
said Reimer. "Obviously teams
are goingto key in on Shanice
[Marcelle] and Lisa [Barclay], so
to have some balance in that in
the other attacking position puts
a lot of pressure on the other
team's blocking defence. So that
was good to see."
A few first-years also got in on
the action. Juliana Kaufmanis
saw her first action of the year on
Saturday, chipping in with a kill
and a block. Alana Hansen and
Danielle Brisebois also made contributions to the T-Bird victory.
"It's always good when you
can get them in, and sometimes
when we struggled, it didn't have
anything to do with the first-year
players coming in," said Reimer.
In total, eight players registered kills in Saturday's contest,
with Marcelle also recording
11 along with Coulter. Brina
Derksen-Bergen was constantly setting up the T-Bird attack,
totaling 35 assists.
UBC will conclude their busy
first half of the season on the
road next weekend when they
travel to Winnipeg to take on the
University of Manitoba. They
will then continue their quest for
six straight national championships when they come back home
in the new year to take on the
University of Winnipeg on Jan. 11
and 12. a
UBC men's volleyball
rolls over Regina
Bruce Chen
In an ultra-competitive conference
like the Canada West, teams need
to remain consistent and sharp no
matter the circumstances. The UBC
men's volleyball squad was up to
that challenge this past weekend,
looking stellar in a two-game sweep
of the University of Regina Cougars
at War Memorial Gym. They won
both games in straight sets.
It can be easy to let up when the
other team isn't putting up much of
a fight — Regina is 1-9 on the year
— but the Thunderbirds used this
weekend to refine their skills and
bring their best game.
In five of the six sets played on
the weekend, the Thunderbirds
were able to hold the Cougars to
less than 20 points, showing their
defensive prowess. In the game on
Saturday, the T-Birds' starting middle tandem of Chris Howe and Alex
Russell were able to combine for 10
blocks, while outside hitter Jarrid
Ireland contributed four and added
10 kills on 28 per cent hitting.
Saturday saw the Thunderbirds
hit for a healthy 30.2 per cent, as
opposed to Regina's paltry .010. Ben
Chow hit for a ridiculous 56 per
cent, and throughout the weekend
four different 'Birds got into double
figures in points.
After starting out the season 2-4
due to weekend dates with both the
CIS No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams,
the Thunderbirds have helped
themselves to two straight weekend sweeps over Calgary and Regina. Their side-out offence, which
is when a team receives the ball on
a serve and wins the point back,
has looked stellar of late; the 'Birds
were able to secure the ball back 80
per cent of the time against Regina.
Typically, teams that side-out well
tend to get the ball back and go on
huge runs of their own.
The 'Birds now have a 6-4
record, having played some of
their best volleyball over the past
two weekends. In order to make a
serious run at the Canada West and
CIS championships, the growth
and execution must continue and
stay consistent. The key will be
continuingto side-out at a good
rate and rack up blocks.
They'll especially need to keep
up the play next weekend, as they
visit the No. 4 ranked University
of Manitoba. A tough test like this
will show whether or not UBC can
join the conversation of top teams
in Canada. tJ
UBC consistently stymied Regina's offence on the weekend.
Women's hockey means business
Split with Alberta keeps UBC in fourth place
Basketball teams split, hockey drops two
and swimming sees success at Canada Cup
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
This past weekend, the UBC
women's hockey team once again
proved that they are one of the
top teams in the Canada West.
The Thunderbirds split their
weekend series with the CIS No.
4 ranked University of Alberta
Pandas at the Doug Mitchell
Thunderbird Sports Centre. They
prevailed 3-2 on Friday night,
while Saturday saw them fall just
short in a 2-1 decision.
The result moves UBC to 7-4-3
on the season, good for fourth
place in Canada West. This is all
coming after a 2011-2012 season
that saw the T-Birds win one
game in 24 contests.
In Friday's game, the Thunderbirds took a two-goal lead in the
second period and held on for a
one-goal victory despite a late
Alberta comeback. Rebecca Unrau led the way with two goals,
putting her in a tie for the conference lead in goals with eight.
Haley Voytechek added the other
marker for UBC, as she tied the
game up at one in the first period
with her first career CIS goal.
Samantha Langford stood tall
in net for the T-Birds, making 28
saves to record the victory. She
came up especially big late in the
game, stopping several Alberta
chances on a powerplay.
"I was really impressed with
the girls," said UBC head coach
Graham Thomas, who is in his
first year with the T-Birds. "It
was probably one of our best
team efforts to date."
The Pandas were able to exact
some revenge on Saturday night,
leap-frogging UBC in the standings to move to third place. This
time it was Alberta holding off
some late T-Bird pressure; UBC
had a flurry of chances late in the
game with their goalie pulled,
but couldn't do enough to overcome the two-goal deficit.
Tatiana Rafter potted one
home with 28 seconds left to cut
the Panda lead to 2-1, but the
clock ran out before UBC could
add the equalizer.
Despite the loss, Thomas still
saw a lot to like from his team.
"Tonight we had every excuse
to pack it in against a tough
team," said Thomas. "We have
to keep our heads held high. We
have to be proud about that effort, even if it wasn't the outcome
we wanted."
Danielle Dube played in net
for UBC on Saturday and took
the loss, despite making 26
saves. However, it was an overall
solid defensive weekend for the
T-Birds, as they held their own
against one of the country's top
teams and limited them to only
four goals over two games.
The T-Birds will close out
2012 on the road next weekend
in Regina when they take on the
University of Regina Cougars.
After heading to Calgary to open
up the new year, the team will
head back home on Jan. 11 to
take on Lethbridge in a weekend
series. Xi
Late loss costs men's basketball a
weekend sweep
The UBC men's basketball team
looked poised to cement their status
as the top team in the Canada West
this past weekend, but ultimately
couldn't grind out two wins over
lower-ranked opponents.
Friday night saw the Thunderbirds grind out a 84-81 win over
CIS No. 8 ranked Saskatchewan,
seemingly getting the No. 3 ranked
'Birds back on track. However, UBC
couldn't hold off No. 10 Alberta on
Saturday, falling to them 68-66.
UBC move s to 6 -2 on the ye ar and
will come home next weekend to
take on Calgary and Lethbridge.
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Men's hockey drops two to U of A
UBC men's hockey couldn't do
enough to topple Alberta this
weekend, dropping a pair of games
in Edmonton. Friday saw the 'Birds
lose a 2-0 contest, while Saturday
saw them fall 6-2.
Goalie Jordan White was pesterd
with shots all weekend and played,
making 35 saves on Friday and 29 on
Saturday, but the offence couldn't
provide much support. Only Cole
Wilson and Brad Hoban could crack
Alberta on the weekend.
The CIS No. 9 ranked 'Birds move
to 8-5-1 on the year and will return
home next weekend to take on the
University of Regina Cougars.
Big weekend for UBC swimming
UBC swimmers impressed this
past weekend at the Canada Cup in
Etobicoke, Ontario. Leading the way
was Kelly Aspinall, who won five
races over the two days and broke
two Thunderbird varsity records. He
was the overall winner for the men
with 25 aggregate points.
Other winners included Heather MacLean, who finished first
in the 200m and 100m freestyles,
and Savannah King, who won the
400m freestyle.
With the help of several T-Bird
podium finishes, the UBC Dolphins
club team took home the team
Canada Cup with a combined score
of 1,199. a FEATURE   I    MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2012
Camille Gregory
"She said
she had her
degree and
she knew she
was going to
get it. But she
really wanted
to ... hold it in
her hands."
This particular ceremony
was held in the palliative
care wing of Surrey Memorial Hospital. Camille
was dying. She had cancerous
tumours in her bones, her liver, her
brain. She was given morphone,
a painkiller many times stronger
than morphine. Her speech was
slurred and she was unable to walk.
Instead, her father Nick pushed her
in a wheelchair across what passed
for a stage. Camille was far from
all there, but from the look in her
eyes, it's clear she knew what was
going on.
One of the administrators from
UBC, James Ridge, read a few lines,
and Camille officially became a
graduate of UBC.
"In regards to the degree,
bachelor of science in chemistry, I
hereby admit you."
Four days later, Camille passed at
her family's home in North Delta.
The ceremony at Surrey Memorial is haunting in its beauty. But it
doesn't fully represent Camille as
she really was.
"She just wanted to keep going
right until the end. It was kind of a
declaration," said Nick of Camille's
attitude after she was first diagnosed. "She would always say she
didn't want a lot of people to know
that she had cancer. She said she
didn't want a pity party."
"You didn't give us time to feel
sad for you," wrote one friend
on her Facebook page. Indeed,
Camille rarely slowed down. She
had been active her entire life,
hyper-involved in her schoolwork
and extracurriculars. That started
in Grade 8, when she began playing
club volleyball.
"We didn't really know much
about it at the time until we heard
that they had won the B.C.'s and
that she had been a provincial
all-star," said Nick. After that, she
went on to play at her high school,
Seaquam Secondary.
"[Camille] would slam a volleyball straight down into the ground
with a fierce look on her face,"
recalled Jessica Barclay, a former
teammate. "Then she would look at
us with an ear-to-ear grin."
Despite her athletic prowess,
Camille didn't join any particular
clique. "She was fairly independent," said Nick. "She had a wide
range of friends. She didn't just
have athletic friends; she didn't just
have smart friends."
While she was in high school,
Camille spent a summer modeling
in Japan. For Camille, modeling
wasn't just a hobby; she made
serious money off of it. She modeled
for a Chinese Sony campaign that
saw her likeness on billboards, in
print and on TV.
Modeling was something that
her grandmother had always
suggested. "Her grandmother had
always said, 'Oh, Camille's so pretty,
she should be a model,'" said Nick.
"And we just kind of ignored it
because, oh yeah, fine, whatever."
One of her aunts finally took it
upon herself to make some phone
calls. She set up several appointments with agencies in Vancouver.
Counter-clockwise from top: Camille at a cafe in Germany, where she did a co-op placement with Bayer; in the huddle with her high-
school volleyball team; at the 2012 summer Olympics with her boyfriend Neil; one of Camille's modelling head shots; enjoying beer
after a race.
Camille finally settled on Richard's, a Gastown-based firm that
represents models to international
"Funnily enough, though she
was a model, she never really had a
serious boyfriend until right at the
end of high school," said Nick.
In her senior year, Camille met
Neil Aggarwal. They hit it off
immediately, but their relationship
faced its first big challenge when
Camille went to Japan.
"I was worried it would be too
difficult to continue a long-distance
relationship, but we made it work,"
Neil said at Camille's memorial service. "She must have known I needed some assurance of our love and
decided to write and send letters
to me every day for the duration of
her trip."
"He still has them," said Nick.
"This big stack of letters."
Camille ultimately decided to
attend the University of Victoria,
in part because she wanted the
independence of attending school
outside of the Lower Mainland.
After her first year, many in the MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2012    |    FEATURE
university realized Camille's academic potential. She started getting
recruitment calls from various
departments. Ultimately, though,
.she settled on chemistry.
Then one day, Camille noticed a
I mole on her arm.
"She had come over to the mainland
to get checked out. Had the biopsy
done. When we got the results, then
we knew what it was," said Nick.
Camille had developed
"Everyone was horrified,
shocked; to be facing that kind of an
illness at a young age is not something people expect," said Nick.
"She was never a sun worshipper.
She was never out there, laying on
the beach for hours on end."
Camille was forced to return
home to the mainland for treatment. But the thought of dropping
out of school to undergo surgery
and chemotherapy never crossed
her mind. Plus, there was still the
hope that the cancer might go into
Camille enrolled in the chemistry department at UBC, where she
worked under Dr. Mark Maclach-
lan. For her fourth-year project, Camille worked on synthesizing new
materials. She created mesoporous
organosilicas, which Maclachlan
described as "new glass materials
that are iridescent because they
are structurally similar to beetle
shells." Camille was a top-notch
student and a positive influence on
the lab.
He said UBC.wanted
to come out to the
hospital to present the
degree in person to
Camille. So that's what
they did.
Nick Gregory
"Everywhere she went, she exuded this positive energy. When she
went into a room, everybody was
happy. She was always happy and
really optimistic," said Maclachlan.
No one in the lab had any reason
to suspect that Camille was ill. According to Nick, it wasn't something
she told casual acquaintances.
"If she was just wearing a
short-sleeve shirt, you'd see some
of the big scars that she had from
surgeries where they removed some
of the tissue surrounding the mole,"
he said. "If it came up, it was very
matter of fact. 'Oh, what's that on
your arm?' 'Oh, that's where I had
some surgery.' She wouldn't go into
her shell or anything."
In December 2011, things took
a turn. Six months after Camille's
initial diagnosis and a series of
surgeries, it looked as though the
cancer had been contained. But it
had come back.
Everywhere she
went, she exuded this
positive energy When
she went into a room,
everybody was happy
Mark Maclachlan
Chemistry professor
It was the first time Maclachlan
learned that one of his best students
was sick.
"She came and talked to me and
told me that she had cancer. She'd
just found out it'd come back and
she needed to get some treatment
for it."
Camille had to drop a few
classes in order to keep up with
her treatment. But she didn't drop
much else. In 2012 alone, Camille
went on trips to Mexico, Paris and
London. She took that last trip with
Neil between chemo sessions. They
were there in time for the Olympics;
Camille's last Facebook profile
picture is of her and Neil holding up
a Canadian flag next to a London
2012 logo. Though her arms seem a
little thin, Camille looks healthy.
Camille was vital up until the
last few weeks of her life. She
was on campus as recently as
July, finishing up her last few
degree requirements.
"I had literally seen her a month
and a half before at the Copper-
tank with a group of her chemistry
friends from UBC," said Jessica.
The two hadn't really kept in touch
since high school, so she knew
nothing of Camille's illness. "She
was smiling yet again and expressing how proud she was of her
friend, who had just completed his
Camille would have graduated at
the most recent convocation. But in
early September, her health began
to deteriorate rapidly.
She was hospitalized on Sept. 7.
Nick, who works in the AMS store
room, was busy with the Welcome
Back Barbecue when he got the call.
He remembers his wife telling him
it wasn't worth coming in, because
Camille was so heavily sedated.
When Camille was able to interact with people again, he went to
see her.
"I said, 'Is there anything you
really want that I can do for you?'
"And she said she had her degree
and knew she was going to get it.
But that she really wanted to get it
and to hold it in her hands."
Nick made a call to Camille's
academic advisor.
"Later that day, he called me to
say that he literally had the degree
in his hands, that he'd be able to
make that happen. He said UBC
and their department wanted to
come out to the hospital to present
the degree in person to Camille. So
that's what they did."
James Ridge, who is the registrar
and oversees graduation ceremonies, ended up getting a call from the
Faculty of Science. "From the first
phone call to the actual ceremony
was around 48 hours," he said.
Ridge said he attends every
graduation ceremony he can on
both UBC campuses. But none have
been quite like the one that day at
Surrey Memorial Hospital.
"It's certainly a grad ceremony
I'll never forget," said Ridge.
Almost 500 people attended
Camille's memorial service at St.
Cuthbert Anglican in North Delta.
Nick said he expected about half
that number.
Camille and her family had
talked about what she wanted
at such a ceremony, but Camille
never got too specific about her
last requests.
"There was nothing specific that
she said she wanted. The selections were ones that I made or the
minister made or my wife made,"
said Nick.
"She was more concerned with
living than dying."
But Camille realized, on some
level, that her story was inspiring.
At one point during her illness, the
Faculty of Science contacted her
family about including a piece on
Camille in their newsletter. That
note was released earlier this week,
to coincide with the fall graduation,
when Camille would have walked
across the stage with her classmates.
Camille wanted people to hear
her story. Despite her desire not to
be known as the girl with cancer,
she realized that her story might
help people.
"If it can give someone some
sort of comfort or determination to
continue," said Nick, "then it was
fine with her." Xi
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brainy talk
Renowned Canadian
author questions the
uncertainty of our
future in a speech on
the zombie apocalypse
Atwood spoke at the Chan Centre on Nov. 22.
By Catherine Guan
Margaret Atwood, she of the sibylline prose and
caustic tongue, took the stage at the Chan
Centre on the evening of Nov. 22 to speak on
the topic of "Writing the Future," a meditation on the
zombie apocalypse.
The chattering of the nearly full auditorium fell into a
reverent hush once Atwood stepped on stage. The reverence is well-deserved, for she is probably the closest thing
Canada has to literary royalty.
Atwood began the evening with a charming anecdote
about her days teaching grammar to engineers at UBC.
"At 8:30 in the morning," she added, with a
sidelong look.
Her appearance was part of The Terry Project's Global
Speakers Series, which was open to all students. Limited
spots were reserved for the public.
Staunch fans stood in line cradling well-loved copies of Atwood's work, ready for the book signing that
followed her speech. Oryx and Crake had many devotees.
There was also a smattering of The Handmaid's Tale and
The Blind Assassin, Booker Award finalist and winner,
Having written over 35 volumes of acclaimed poetry,
fiction and non-fiction, Atwood has come a long way
since her first novel, The Edible Woman.
The proto-feminist book was composed while Atwood
was teaching at UBC, and accordingto the author herself,
was "written in UBC exam booklets — just the right
length for a chapter."
Atwood then eased into her subject, reflecting on how
predictions for the future have become more ominous
than the bright visions of the 1930s.
"We no longer imagine the future as a stroll in the
park," she said. "More like being bogged in a swamp. And
then there is the zombie apocalypse: another item situated in the future.
"I became interested in zombies, because quite frankly,
I initially failed to grasp their charm," she continued.
"But others seem to have grasped it, so an investigation
was in order. What was I missing?"
Atwood has been releasing in instalments The Happy
Zombie Sunrise Home, a serialized novel written in
collaboration with Naomi Alderman. Its unexpected
popularity prompted her to consider the meaning of our
current fascination with zombies. Atwood noted Alderman's observation that compared to vampires, who are
popular in times of prosperity, zombies come into favour
in more austere periods.
"Zombies exist in the eternal now, because they lack memory and foresight.... They are strangely carefree, like in the old
song, 'The Zombie Jamboree.'"
Atwood gave the speech with her characteristically wry delivery. While she frequently drew appreciative chuckles, there
was always a sense of aloof, feline amusement that distanced
her from her audience.
During the question and answer period, Atwood demonstrated the wicked humour she is known for with a
series of sharp one-liners. She was also swift to dispatch
any misinterpretation or oversimplification of her work
with regal authority.
The message Atwood concluded with was one of hope.
Commenting on the trend in questions she receives during Q&A sessions, Atwood said, "Lately, they have been
asking a lot, 'Is there hope?'
"There is always hope and it is also catching. Maybe
that is the true meaning of zombies: they are ourselves,
but without the hope." tJ
grungY, good
Two fourth-
year students
introduce a
fashion line with
a charitable twist
Zafira Rajan
Senior Lifestyle Writer
What do leather bodycon dresses and
UNICEF have in common?
A new, edgy fashion line is being designed by two fourth-year UBC students,
Brianna MacNeil and Malissa Bautista,
who will donate about 10 per cent of their
profit to UNICEF to prevent human trafficking. The pair has taken the semester
off to dedicate time to their company,
Wabi Collections.
"There's no sense in us keeping all
the profits,... and so I thought of human
trafficking, because I find it so striking
and interesting that there's not a lot being
done about it, even though it's such a huge
problem," MacNeil said.
They soon realized that there wasn't
a specific outlet to donate to human
trafficking, so they had to think outside
the box. If there wasn't an organization
designed to stop trafficking, they could at
least contribute to its prevention. That's
where UNICEF came in.
"Birth registration is probably one of
the best preventative ways to stop human
trafficking. If a child doesn't have birth
registration, their family can't report
them missing, because they won't legally
be listed," MacNeil pointed out. "They
can't access healthcare and education,
or any social services, for that matter.
If they don't have proof what country
they're from or what their age is, they can
be placed into child labour or the army,
because they can't prove that they are
too young.
"UNICEF is really happy that they have
a brand to represent them for younger
The collection is aimed at women aged
17-28, and brings to mind the funky styles
of Nasty Gal and Unif, but with the quality
kicked up a notch.
"It's kind of girly and grungy, a young
and contemporary brand for women who
are playful and fun. The clothes are really
top quality, with some being 100 per cent
silk and satin. It's for someone who wants
to be unique and edgy," MacNeil said.
The current collection features
high-quality denim shorts, skirts, dresses,
studded georgette shirts and leather jackets. In the future, MacNeil and Bautista
plan to expand the collection to include
up-cycled high-end vintage clothes
as well.
"Malissa used to design clothes for
Barbie dolls, and she's been making her
own clothes for a long time, but I never
really thought I'd be designing clothes,"
MacNeil said with a laugh. "When I was
younger I always wanted to be a fashion
designer,... but I never thought it would
actually happen."
Currently, the company is seeking out
crowd funding in collaboration with In-
diegogo, an online platform where people
can pledge money to the development of
start-up initiatives. Donors will receive
Wabi items and the company will donate
birth registrations to UNICEF. The campaign runs until Dec. 14, by which point
they hope to have contributed towards
2,500 birth registration certificates.
"This takes up a lot of time. We probably work 12-16 hours a day on this.... I'm
not really sure how we're going to juggle
this with our degrees," said MacNeil. "We
can finish it at any time, and we're not in
any rush."
MacNeil and Bautista have received
warm responses to their collection here
and in California. They hope to collaborate with big retailers like Nasty Gal
and Urban Outfitters next year, and
eventually break into other markets.
"The ultimate goal is to hopefully
have some stores here and internationally. We think it's really West
Coast style, so places like San Francisco, L.A., California would love it.
We'd also love to have stores in New
York, Miami and Toronto — maybe
even Asia," said MacNeil.
"People are really excited and
really shocked when we tell them
about UNICEF," MacNeil said.
"Like TOMS, we want to be a
company that will always be
able to sustainably donate." Xi
Brianna MacNeil and Malissa Bautista plan on expanding their collection with vintage pieces. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2012    |    CULTURE
VanDolls put pasties on Picasso
Burlesque group dresses up as famous artists and paintings
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Rhys Edwards
Senior Culture Writer
Last Saturday evening, Bob
Ross, Van Gogh and Leonardo
Da Vinci dressed in revealing
clothing, performed risque dance
numbers and posed onstage for
eager audiences.
The artists were part of the
lineup for the VanDolls Burlesque Troupe's show, Paint and
Pasties: An Evening of Art and
Burlesque. They were joined
by the likes of Jackson Pollock,
Banksy and Roy Lichtenstein,
among others. A member of the
VanDolls played each famous visual artist, and several performers
even joined together in group
numbers to re-enact scenes depicted in famous paintings, from
CM. Coolidge's "Dogs Playing
Poker" to Da Vinci's "The Last
It's a really good
mix, burlesque
and art, because
they go hand and
VanDolls performer
Although the event proved
titillating, the VanDolls weren't
simply out to satirize art. The
theme of famous paintings
coincides with the VanDolls'
efforts to engage Vancouver's
visual art community. Along
with the performances, Paint
and Pasties featured an exhibit
with works from several local
The VanDolls stepped out to play in an art-inspired show on Nov. 24.
artists, and attendees could also
buy painting supplies during the
show itself.
"It's a really good mix, burlesque and art, because they
go hand and hand," explained
Rufflesilkskin, a member of the
VanDolls troupe who requested
that her real name be withheld.
"We also have lots of connections with artists in the city.
Lots of burlesque performers,
they're also crafters. They'll
make things; we all make our
own costumes or we do our own
makeup.... There's lots of tattoo
artists, hair stylists. It all falls
together, really.
"Burlesque is already a part of
the artist's community," she added. "I would say we're performance artists."
With their holistic approach
to entertainment, the VanDolls
hope to open up the burlesque
scene for people who might not
otherwise be interested. For
instance, in February and March
the troupe ran two video game-
themed burlesque nights that
sold out weeks in advance.
"We had a lot of people who
had never seen a burlesque show,
but when they heard it was going
to be video games,... people
were like, 'I would really like to
see what happens when Mario
decides to take her clothes off,'"
said VanDoll Sweet Sashay, who
re-enacted a Toulouse Lautrec
painting at Saturday's show.
Although the VanDolls only
formed in 2010, they've created a
distinct identity within Vancouver's burgeoning burlesque scene.
With nine members, they're one
of the largest troupes in the area,
and each performer has a different body type and background.
The size and diversity of the
group has allowed them to create
shows that are both innovative
and thematically consistent.
"For us, you have that one cohesive show, but you're going to
get a bag full of tricks within that
show," said Rufflesilkskin.
"You're goingto get some very
neo-burlesque acts, some comedy," Sweet Sashay said. "One of
our girls really likes to push the
envelope with stuff. And then
you also have some girls who like
to do the more classic striptease
and the kind of sultry stuff.
"I do think, especially for
female audience members, it's
partly that variety that's so
This reflects the changing
demographics in burlesque
entertainment; once considered
a sleazy distraction staged by
women for men, burlesque artists
now identify with many sexual-
ities and perform for audiences
of different genders.
"I think that there's starting to
be that realization that there are
a lot of other options to express
your sexuality, to express yourself and to engage with other
people," Sashay observed. "Burlesque ties into that quite nicely
and so has become more popular
Breaking out the fiddle
Folk singer Tim Chaisson to perform at Pit Pub
Reyhana Heatherington
Tim Chaisson is the definition of an
artist. He plays the acoustic guitar,
mandolin, fiddle, piano, drums
and bass. The Prince Edward
Island-bred singer-songwriter had
been part of his family's Celtic ensembles since his elementary school
days, and he always knew music
would be a part of his life.
"I kind of always had an inkling
that I would be a musician.... I
actually took my last semester off
school to go on a tour, and I haven't
stopped touring since then."
His latest tour brings him, along
with Ontario rock band Poor Young
Things, to UBC's Pit Pub on Nov. 29.
Chaisson's fifth and most recent
solo album, The Other Side, is
tenderly written and full of soothing instrumentals. The album's
first single — "Beat This Heart,"
featuring Serena Ryder — has been
climbing up the CBC Radio 2 Top
20 chart. The song is composed
of poignant lyrics and beautiful
harmonies that will leave you humming for hours.
One of Chaisson's latest accolades comes courtesy of campuses
across the country. The Canadian
Organization of Campus Activities
honoured him as 2012's best emerging artist, as voted by students and
staff of Canadian universities.
University campuses are familiar territory for Chaisson; while
studying psychology and history
at the University of Prince Edward
Island, he always made time to seek
out gigs.
"Whenever I used to book myself, I would go call the campus bar
and see if they needed any music at
any time, and I'd just go and play.
And then, you know, you kind of
party with your friends and play a
couple songs."
Chaisson's fanbase has grown
steadily since his days playing in
P.E.I. He actively responds to fans
using social media, and has over
3,500 followers on Twitter. This
was apparent at a recently packed
show at a legendary Toronto venue,
the Horseshoe Tavern.
"Coming from P.E.I. — and we
still live in P.E.I. — people kind of
put Toronto musically on a pedestal,
in a way, and rightfully so, because
it's kind of a hub of where a lot of
musicians go.... So it was like one of
those moments when you get up on
stage and you're like, 'Oh my god,
wow,' and you see the hard work
paying off."
In his shows, Chaisson forgoes a
flashy performance style in favour
of song-driven sets with strong
vocals and heartfelt acoustic guitar.
Traditional East Coast instruments,
including the fiddle, banjo and
mandolin, are also featured in his
"It's kind of a little bit more folky
and stripped down," he said.
Chaisson is quick to deflect
the spotlight onto those around
him, including his cousin, Koady
Chaisson, who contributes vocals,
bass and banjo to the show. Despite
long hours spent in a van on the
road, Chaisson has no complaints
about touring Canada with his close
"I love the guys that I'm with....
Whenever you're with good people,
you know, you're with your friends,
it's just like you're on a road trip and
you're playing music every night."
Chaisson said he is always
striving for improvement, and the
biggest payoff comes onstage with
the support of the audience.
"My ultimate goal would be just
to be able to be keep doing what I'm
doing and make a modest living at
it. I never had a desire to be rich and
famous or anything like that — just
to be successful and to be able to
keep travelling and keep playing
music and hope that people keep
coming out to shows."
Juno Award-winner Joel
Plaskett, who has shared the stage
numerous times with Chaisson, has
high praise for the up-and-coming
artist. Plaskett said in an email that
he foresees a solid music career for
his fellow Maritime musician.
"Every time I see Tim, his
performances get stronger and his
catalogue gets deeper. He seems
super-dedicated and he'll be in this
game for a longtime."
Plaskett's advice for Chaisson
when he plays at UBC?
"Don't be afraid to break out the
That shouldn't be a problem. Xi
Tim Chaisson will play a show at the Pit Pub on Nov. 29.
Are stats distracting
us from what matters?
If you look out the right-hand
window of an eastbound #99
B-Line, you'll see a patch of forest between Acadia Road and St.
Anselm's Anglican Church.
That piece of land is called
Block F. It's owned by the
Musqueam, who recently announced a plan to undertake a
major redevelopment of the area,
while we're still years away
from any ground breaking, the
Musqueam have indicated that
they would like to put between
10-12,000 housing units on the
lot, as well as commercial space.
They'd also like to fit in a hotel.
Any development of that size
is goingto have transformative
effects on a community. UBC's
current overnight population
is around 9,000. This proposal
would almost double that. Area
residents are worried, in part because services in Point Grey are
already strained. Transit is over
capacity, and University Hill Secondary's new campus by Save-On
Foods is already full. Competition for childcare spots in the
area is fierce. There's one liquor
store and one grocery store within the university bounds. The
pursuit of residential development on Point Grey has sacrificed some of the basic things
that make a community work.
This will be one of the largest
new developments in the University Endowment Lands for some
time. Hopefully the consultations
promised by the Musqueam will
give residents and other levels of
government a chance to take a
look into how Point Grey has developed over the past few years.
They may find that nobody's
really been at the wheel.
Last year, we complained ad
nauseum about a poorly run AMS
election campaign. There was
almost no advertisement for the
positions prior to the election.
Debates were announced days
in advance, giving people almost
no time to decide whether
to attend. Several positions
went uncontested.
We argued that many of these
problems stemmed from the fact
that the elections administrator
was hired far too late into the
process. The administrator is
supposed to make sure the voting
system runs smoothly, that they
have volunteers and that students know about the elections.
Well, the AMS seems to have
gotten the message. This time
around, they hired the elections
administrator in the summer.
And while the original administrator ended up leaving before
the January election season,
their replacement was brought
on much earlier in the fall than
last year.
There are other changes, too:
last Friday, the AMS held an information session for prospective
candidates. This is far more than
the AMS had done at this point
last year. While none of these
candidacies really come as any
surprise, it's still a crowded field
that should offer students some
real choice.
But it's not enough.
Institutions like the AMS need
to show that they're investing
time and energy into their elections. When they seem thrown
together, when debates are one
guy in the SUB conversation pit
taking questions, students think
the AMS itself doesn't really care
if anyone comes in and makes
real change. At the low points,
AMS elections seem like mere
At other schools, student
elections get a lot more support.
The University of Alberta, for
example, cancels one block of
classes a year so students can
attend an all-candidates forum.
While interest has waned in recent years, the forum used to be
a big deal. And it still draws more
attendees than the best-attended
AMS debate. Plus, it shows that
the school cares. We don't get a
whole lot of that from UBC.
...get a celebrity to moderate
one of the debates. Sure, it's a
cheap ploy. But getting a well-
known moderator to ask actual,
hard-hitting questions would
really make the process that
much more engaging. While they
might not know the ins and outs
of AMS politics (what role do you
think the legislative procedure
committee ought to have in relation to your portfolio? ... snore),
they would ask questions that
open up the process to students
who couldn't care less about
UBC's internal loan structure
(seriously, though, it's terrible).
Easy mode: Get a former politico
who's fallen from grace/retired/
washed up. Like, seriously, what
is Michael Ignatieff doing these
days? Apparently Paul Martin
just hangs around collecting hon-
ourary degrees. And Jim Leher
is almost certainly looking for a
new gig.
Medium mode: Somebody from
the CBC. Jian Gomeshi, Gloria
Macarenko, Stephen Quinn.
Hard Mode: Drake.
The release of public-sector salaries is a chance to view how an
institution weighs its priorities
and fully understand how money
plays into the power dynamics at
places like a university. That is,
unless you're a troll with column
inches at the Vancouver Province,
in which case you argue for the
abolishment of public universities because, you know, people
are paid money?
After reading our list of UBC's
top 100 highest-paid employees,
the Province's Jon Ferry wrote
a fiery column citing us and
arguing that university funding
should be cut altogether because
people get paid a lot of money,
and that makes him mad.
Specifically, he's angry
because he thinks UBC doesn't
produce miners or electricians
or "working" professions, but
instead "eco-fawning" sociology and English literature
majors who send him too many
angry emails.
In doing so, Ferry shows
that he failed to read the list,
which shows that medicine and
business deans, professors and
lecturers (who we assume are
not the target of his ire) make up
the overwhelming majority of
the university's highest earners.
Plus, as UBC VP Finance Pierre
Ouillet argued in an open letter
to the Province, Ferry completely ignored that the university
also does a lot of research and
contributes money to the local
economy. (Don't even ask if he
mentioned UBC's world ranking.
Of course he did.)
Normally, we wouldn't engage such generic, libertarian,
public-sector bashing. But, you
know, we've got column inches
to fill, a
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by Gordon Katie
Never before have we been so
obsessed with statistics.
The Obama campaign used
advanced statistical modelling
to guide their every decision,
prompting Wired to label this "the
wrath of math" and the "nerdiest
election ever." Other coverage
was similar; the New York Times'
Nate Silver, a baseball statistician turned political forecaster,
was perhaps the most-read and
most-discussed pundit of the
Academics are not too far
behind in their geekdom and
wonkery. It's difficult to read an
international relations or political
science paper without encountering probability theory, regression analysis or some such form of
quantitative analysis.
At the same time, activists are
trading in their ideological principles for data-driven political framing, engagement pyramids and
social mobilization theories. For
instance, slogans like "Defend Our
Coast" are the product of months
of sophisticated polling to discover
which words resonate most with
British Columbians.
Perhaps we should welcome
this move towards quantifying our
reality. Surely facts and figures
are to be preferred over prejudice, ideology and superstition?
If we are not grounded on solid
evidence, we have little hope of
implementing and evaluating
government policy, engaging in
effective advocacy or winning
election campaigns.
However, we should remember
that statistics are as often used to
obfuscate as they are to illuminate.
After all, one of the best-selling
books on statistics happens to be
How to Lie With Statistics, which
outlines the many ways that statistics can deceive us, both intentionally and unintentionally.
You should be particularly
worried about institutional and
government statistics like unemployment figures, crime rates,
university rankings or test scores.
Similarly, the television series
The Wire is famous for dramatizing this phenomena in police
departments. Based on real-world
reporting, The Wire demonstrates
how crimes were re-classified
to pad statistical categories that
would make Baltimore seem safer
than it really is.
Less insidious but equally
pernicious is the "teaching to the
test" phenomenon. After No Child
Left Behind, teachers were found
to be spending inordinate amounts
of class time preparing students
for exams, rather than teaching
important material or nurturing
invaluable and unquantifiable
things like critical thinking
and creativity.
Teaching to the test is a little bit
different than statistical deception. Rather, teaching to the test
is a case of a statistic perverting
institutional incentives, creating a
myopia that threatens broader and
more important goals.
University rankings are notorious for this. Have you ever
wondered why UBC continuously
climbs world university rankings,
while many of your courses leave
much to be desired? The formula
used to rank universities favours
quantifiable things like research
grants and citations, not the more
abstract matters that affect you
each day.
I am not suggesting that we
throw statistics out entirely, but
we should not be as confident in
them as we are on the baseball
diamond or football field. In those
arenas of life, there is a clear,
quantifiable goal: you want to win,
and you do that by scoring the
most points.
However, politics and education
is not quite like that. There may
be something resembling points in
the horse race that is an election,
or the report card you get at the
end of term, but this is a very small
part of a broader picture.
That broader picture is our
foundational moral principles,
where consensus is made only
through discussing our values.
Feminists, civil rights campaigners and queer rights activists
didn't so profoundly change
our society by out-savvying
the mainstream with advanced
statistical analyses; they did it by
articulating their idealistic vision
for the world.
Complicated statistics can be
a tool, but we shouldn't forget to
have a simple discussion about
exactly what we are striving
towards. tJ
Animal research debate not
based on emotion
The Ubyssey's article on animal
experimentation seriously misrepresents recent debate at UBC
about the use of animals ("The
question of animal testing," Nov.
19). Quoted by The Ubyssey, UBC's
associate vice-president research
reduces the debate to being "very
personal and emotional." In fact,
last year at UBC, Green College
hosted a scholarly speaker series on
the university's use of animals. It
featured academics from law, animal welfare, philosophy, political
science, applied ethics, et cetera.
Substantial, unresolved, scholarly questions were posed about
how institutions in Canada approve and regulate the use of animal lives for university research,
how there is limited systematic
review of this use, how breeding
and subsequent use is under-re
ported to our democratic society,
how the law does not protect
research animals, permitting impositions of harm at the university that are otherwise criminally
illegal, et cetera. Further, the
Canadian system was unfavourably compared to that of other
liberal democratic countries. In
addition, The Ubyssey claims that
"UBC's approach to its animal
research has been proactive."
No. UBC's 2011-12 release of very
limited and previously inaccessible information about its use of
animals was a reaction to scholarly and other public criticism
of its lack of transparency in a
democratic society.
Darren Chang
Viara Gioreva
Laura Janara
Elisabeth Ormandy
Green College Scene
Or just to learn a thing or two about learning
72% of students think cramming is the most
effective way of studying. That's just not true.
People are only good at remembering the
beginning and ends of lists and often forget
everything in the middle. This is essentially
what you're doing when you're cramming.
Sleeping habits affects overall average by 9%
2.84 GPA
People who work their best at night time
get approximately 41 fewer minutes of sleep
every night than those who work better in the
morning or day. These types of workers are
also more likely to pull all-nighters and sleep
irregularly, which causes stress and can affect
both short and long-term memory creation.
Studies have shown that students who get
less sleep can have averages up to 9% lower.
3.18 GPA
The goal of studying is memory
retention. Reviewing your notes
within a day of making them can
boost memory by 60%
E + *
Face it. You're going to be on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, What Should We Call
UBC, Netflix, et cetera. Dedicate smaller intervals to studying and give yourself
breaks. 30-50 minutes with 10-minute breaks are recommended.
Coffee: Yes you may have it, but having too
much will be like shooting yourself in the foot.
Fruit: Gives a glucose boost to your brain,
keeping you alert and concentrated.
Omega-3s: Fish has lots of this and it's good
for you to eat normal food. It also reduces
memory loss.
Study in a variety of ways to maximize your experience with the core material.
It is better to put sleep between your studying so your brain can file away
information. Give yourself breaks. Eat healthily to stay alert. Ifyou must cram,
this method is said to be most effective, though some call it a myth:
Student Directed Seminars (SDS) are a way
for innovative students to create their own
class curriculums and teach a seminar for
a small group of senior-level under grad
students. Seminar topics range from
"ADHD: Attention Detours on a Highway
Drive" to "Marx and Das Kapital." Unless
you plan on becoming an academic, this is
literally your only chance to say you have
taught at one of the top 40 universities in
the world.
Public Open House
Proposed Changes to Campus Shuttle Routes - November 26
UBC is working with TransLink to identify improvements to the existing
community shuttle service on campus. The proposed changes include an
expansion of the coverage of the C20 shuttle, and a redistribution of the
C22 service hours to the C20, as the C22 is currently underutilized.
The existing C20 shuttle route currently operates in a one-way loop, serving the university community
from Marine Drive to the UBC bus loop. The C22 route presently serves the university community from
Hampton Place to the UBC bus loop.
Innday, November 26, 2012 4:00-7:00pm
nderbird Arena, Main Concourse
6066 Thunderbird Boulevard, Main entrance on Wesbrook Mall
The public is invited to come learn about the proposed changes and
offer feedback. Transportation planners from UBC and TransLink will
be on hand to answer questions.
Participate online between November 23 and
December2 at www.planning.ubc.ca
For more information on the consultation process, contact:
Campus and Community Planning at melissa.pulido-gagnon@ubc.ca
or Translink at kate.grossman@translink.ca
This notice contains important information which may affect you. Please ask someone to translate it for you.
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