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10:00 P.M. @ 1611DRUMMOND DRIVE
The boys of Zeta Psi don't want to host the same ol' thing, so this Thanksgiving weekend they're throwing a rager, and just in time for the holidays.
8:00 P.M. -10:00 P.M. @ THE CHAN CENTRE
UBC's Orchestra is putting on a free performance of some beautiful classical music. Head over to the Chan Centre for a night of musical entertainment.
11:30 A.M. -1:30 P.M.. @ UBC BOOKSTORE
Drop by the university bookstore for prancakes, sushi and salad samples
and enjoy some free music while you do it.
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Though its reputation has fallen in recent years, Brock Hall was once the centre of student life on campus.
Brock Hall is a relic of UBC students
initiative and perseverance
Austen Erhardt
Opinions & Blog Editor
For many current students, Brock
Hall is known as the place where
you have to stand in line for 30
minutes to pay your tuition, or
maybe to meet up with an ESP or
a career advisor. For nearly three
decades, however, Brock Hall
was the centre for student life
on campus. It's where clubs met
and dances were held. It's where
campus organizations like the
AMS and The Ubyssey had their
offices before the opening ofthe
SUB. It's where people congregated and mourned when JFK was
assassinated in 1963.
Brock Hall was constructed in
the late 1930s and was officially
opened in January 1940, the year
of UBC's 25th anniversary and
just as the Second World War
was beginning in earnest. The
building, originally named Brock
Memorial Hall, was constructed
at a cost of $80,000, and was
named in honour of Reginald
Walter Brock — the former dean
of Applied Science — and his
wife, Mildred, who both died in
a plane crash in 1935. Though
the realized construction was
impressive for the time, as The
Ubyssey reported in 1940, "The
original ideas for the Brock
Memorial Building involved the
expenditure ofthe best part of
$150,000.00, and it was but a
short time before the leaders of
the Union Building Campaign
realized that such a scheme was
too ambitious to be considered."
At the opening ceremony of
the hall, then-UBC president
Leonard Klinck reflected on the
perseverance of UBC students in
the years leading up to the construction ofthe building and the
successful construction itself.
"This building is sufficient
proof that the spirit of adventure,
enterprise and creative initiative
is not lacking among the undergraduate body of this University,"
he said.
Though the building was
opened to much anticipation
and fanfare, many — including
the staff of The Ubyssey — were
underwhelmed by its level of
use in the following weeks and
months. In an editorial titled
"Lounges, Clubrooms Remain
Empty as Students Study", one
Ubyssey editor asserted that
people weren't making ample
use ofthe many time-wasting
(that is, social) venues in the new
student union building, preferring to study or socialize in study
spaces. He took particular issue
with those who seemed to prioritize socializing, but made use of
the wrong venue to do so.
"The people that should move
over right away are those scabs
ofthe library — the people that
enjoy long and often hilarious
conversations to the extreme
annoyance of all around," the
editor said.
Part of this lack of use may
have been attributable to the
building's rules which, though
rather stringent by today's
standards, were considered to be
straightforward and moderate at
the time. The regulations included the banning of outdoor clothing in lounges, no food except for
in the dining room, no smoking
except in rooms with ash trays
(which, given the building's fate
in 1954, was probably a good
idea), no moving furniture and
no writing except in rooms with
writing tables. Additionally, the
building was initially closed at
5:00 p.m. on weekdays and 12:00
p.m. on Saturdays — it took a
driven student movement to have
the Saturday hours extended past
The building operated
effectively as a student space
until 1954, when a fire gutted
the building. Believed to have
been started by a cigarette, the
catastrophic blaze destroyed
much ofthe building, including
the entirety ofthe top floor.
Some onlookers, more interested in finding a choice vantage
point than in trying to help save
the university's pride and its
contents, climbed on the roofs
of nearby buildings — only to
be trapped when someone took
away their ladders.
Brock Hall served as UBC's
student union building until
it was replaced by the current
SUB in 1967. It's since undergone major renovations and
additions, and was reopened as
UBC's Welcome Centre in 2005.
Though it's now viewed by many
as an archaic and, in many ways,
unpleasant building — whether
it's due to the confusing design,
outdated classrooms or frequently long lines — Brock Hall has
a rich history and is a notable
example of what the initiative of
UBC students can accomplish if
properly applied. tJ // News
The new rates will affect students with eight-month housing contracts starting in fall 2015.
Student housing costs to increase by 20 per cent
Will McDonald
Coordinating Editor
As of 2015, the majority of beds
in UBC Housing will cost 20 per
cent more.
Managing Director of Student
Housing and Hospitality Services Andrew Parr said the fee
increases will still leave housing
costs at or below market housing rates. According to Parr, the
increase in fees will help address
an increasing demand for housing
on campus.
After the increases, a single
room in Totem Park or Place
Vanier will cost $725-$778 per
month. The increase will only
apply to eight-month contracts,
not year-long housing.
Meal plan costs will also go
up by $285 per student to help
fund improvements to residence
dining halls.
"There's a significant need to enhance and grow our food services,"
said Parr.
AMS VP Academic and University Affairs Anne Kessler said
the AMS was informed ofthe cost
increases at a meeting yesterday.
While the student society doesn't
have a specific policy against
housing increases, Kessler cited
a 2012 AMS report and their
policy against tuition increases as
evidence the AMS would oppose
the changes.
"There's already an affordability
problem for everyone ... this is
just going to make it more so,"
said Kessler.
Kessler also questioned Housing's claim that residences rooms
are priced at or below market value.
She gave the example that Housing
uses the figure $860 as the market
rate for the Dunbar area.
"Students have a way of finding
themselves cheaper housing, that's
maybe not as new as Ponderosa, but
it's housing. And usually it's bigger,"
said Kessler.
Kessler also noted that the fee
increases, combined with proposed
tuition increases will disproportion-
ally affect international students.
"The university talks about
wanting to diversify its international student population and
this is not going to do that," said
Kessler. "This is kind of a double
whammy for international students," said Kessler.
According to Parr, Housing
has already decided that the fee
increases will take place, though
they will be consulting students
along with the VP Students office
on how to best use the money from
the fee increases in areas such as
student services.
"We really want to engage with
the student leadership around this
question, but where we already got
to as a part of that first conversation ... was around counselling and
health services," said VP Students
Louise Cowin.
Housing informed the Residence
Hall Association about the changes at a meeting Monday night.
RHA president Kaitlyn Melton
said the RHA is working to advocate on behalf of students during
the consultations.
"The exact details of this are still
in the process of being determined
but essentially at this point the RHA
is aimed at ensuring that people are
aware that this is happening as well
as having an opportunity to provide
feedback," said Melton.
Kessler said the AMS is working
on a strategy to respond to the housing cost increases, tl
10 per cent international tuition hike proposed
Will McDonald
Coordinating Editor
The university has proposed a 10
per cent increase intuition for all
incoming international students.
According to VP Students
Louise Cowin, the increase would
help boost UBC's reputation
and make the university more
attractive to international students, as well as improve students'
academic experiences.
"For domestic and international
students, the number one reason for
them coming to UBC [this year] was
reputation," said Cowin.
The proposed tuition hike would
not affect currently enrolled students, only international students in
the incoming class of 2015.
Angela Redish, who is at the helm
ofthe changes for international students, said schools such as McGill
and the University of Toronto are in
abetter position to attract students
due to their higher international
tuition. Previously, UBC has limited
international tuition increases to
three per cent per year.
"It's hard for us to compete and to
build that academic reputation that
the students are coming for when
we've kind of got one hand tied
behind our back," said Redish. "This
isn't about us comingup to, say, the
University of Toronto level. This is
about us trying to make up ground."
AMS VP Academic Anne
Kessler said the student society
The new rates are expected to go to the Board of Governors for approval this year.
was surprised by the proposed
tuition increases.
"We're opposed to it.... They did
not provide us really strong justification about what the money is
going to be used for," said Kessler.
Redish said the exact details of
how the extra fees would be used
are yet to be determined, though she
expected a fair amount would be
funnelled into individual faculties,
particularly for the purposes of
hiring new faculty members.
"The'll hire another bright star
... the reputation ofthe university
is very much based on the research
done by the faculty members,"
said Redish.
Kessler said the university has
yet to provide a breakdown of
how the increased tuition would
benefit students.
"For the moment our message for
the university is going to be give us a
line by line breakdown of what your
spending this money on and then
we might actually have a conversation with you," said Kessler. The
university has already brought up
the proposed increase to a number
of student groups, and plans to
hold broader consultations over the
next 30 days. Accordingto Redish,
the increase could go to the Board
of Governors for approval as early
as December.
Kessler questioned whether sufficient consultation could occur in the
30-day period.
"I'm not sure that two town halls
is going to provide enough actual
conversations about it," said Kessler.
"So, we're going to tell the university
they should do more, essentially."
The university will also review
all programs on a case-by-case basis
in 2016 to assess their tuition rates.
In addition to the potential increases, the university will be holding
consultations about how to improve
access for international students
through means such as scholarships.
"We really do intend to have a
structure... around this really being
a robust and iterative process, so
we really do mean consultation,"
said Cowin.
Kessler questioned the effects
the increases would have on
international students.
"We already know that one of
the biggest issue for international
students is somewhere in third
year realizing that they don't
really have enough money to be
able to finish fourth year, which
is kind of ridiculous... There's
not enough financial support for
international students. There's
not emergency funding like
there is for domestic students,"
said Kessler.
In the meantime, the AMS
plans to meet to develop a strategy to respond to the increases. Xi
New SUB delayed
until February 2015
The building was originally slated to open
in September 2014.
Veronika Bondarenko
News Editor
The opening ofthe new SUB has
been pushed back until at least
February 2015.
After first setting January 5 as
the opening date for the new SUB,
the AMS has announced that it will
need more time before the building
can be open to the students.
According to Ava Nasiri, VP Administration, a series of delays and
unforeseen complications with the
construction process are preventing
the new SUB from being opened
on time.
"When you're building the foundations of a house, it's very simple,"
said Nasiri. "When you're dealing
with glass hand railing on stairs and
finishing on polished concrete and
finishing on windows and the finer
details that really make the character ofthe building, that's where
ridiculously high levels of details
come in."
Nasiri said that construction is
behind with the overall completion
ofthe building instead of a particular part or feature.
"For the teams that are working
to materialize these designs and
these concepts, there is a lot of
process for them to follow," said
Nasiri. "But in making this drawing
a reality, they come across issues
and that is something that is all over
the building. It's not any one thing
we can point to. It's rather all ofthe
finishing and all ofthe complexity."
At this time, the AMS hopes to
set the opening date for February
23, which is the first day back from
Reading Week, but it is possible that
this date will need to be pushed
back even further into the future as
the construction process drags on.
Nasiri also said that while the
AMS and various building stakeholders have done their best to have
the new SUB open on time or even
confirm February 23 as the official
opening date, more time is still
needed to finalize an opening date
for new SUB.
"When your money is spent and
the schedule is done, all you have
left is the building," said Nasiri. "We
don't want to sacrifice the quality
ofthe building that students will
be using for years to come in terms
of cutting anything from programming and we also are very wary of
spending any extra money." Xi
The AMS has announced the sale
ofthe Whistler Lodge.
At the October 8 council meeting, AMS President Tanner Bokor
declared that a tentative deal on
the sale ofthe Whistler Lodge has
been reached. Details regarding
the sale have been revealed in an
in-camera session, but the AMS
is withholding the details from
the public for reasons regarding the confidentiality ofthe
sale contract.
The AMS will be releasing the
official information surrounding
the sale of Whistler Lodge in the
upcoming days. Xi NEWS    I   THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2014
UBC-based company develops new mining sensors
David Nixon
Andrew Bamber began his PhD
at UBC with the idea that mining
extraction needed more sustainable technology, and now he's
building it at the helm of Vancouver-based MineSense.
Bamber, 43, remembers the research in his PhD that led him to
his role today as Chief Executive
of his company, working to break
into the mining industry.
"I had a concept stuck on the
wall," said Bamber.
"Late at night, drinking painted turtle wine because that's all
I could afford, and looking for
the common thread in all those
pieces of post-it papers and finding it."
That was December 2007, but
it began before UBC, when he
was a Mining Developer and was
witnessing his own projects lose
money from a sub-optimal metal
recovery process.
"My original intent coming to
UBC for a one year Masters was
to understand that better and get
out there," said Bamber, "but a
Masters degree became a PhD and
a PhD became a technology, [then]
a company."
Now his company has their first
product. They've installed sensors
on mining shovels, scoops and belt
conveyers. This allows a company
to monitor the quality ofthe ore,
and to discard the unprofitable
rocks before more resources are
"Before we came along with
our vision for sensors and how
they should be built and deployed
in the industry," Bamber said, "it
wasn't even believed possible that
you could put digital electronics
and analog signal electronics and
sensors on shovels and have them
Despite impressive projections,
Bamber is fighting an uphill battle
to get his foot in the door.
The mining industry already
faces high risks from the geological,
market, political, and financing factors, and to give Bamber a try they
will have to take on more innovation
risk as well, which is a tough sell.
"When they look at a new tech,
whether it's ours or a new one, risk
averse companies facingthose first
order risks don't instinctively want
to add to that even with incremental technology risk, so that kind of
drives an inherent technological
conservatism in the industry."
Bamber thinks the timing is right
though. Mining companies used to
marginal energy costs are seeing
them rise exponentially, and he says
the days of billion dollar megapro-
jects are over. It's a comparable climate to the oil sands companies who
have had to invest heavily in technology innovation to stay profitable
as energy costs have accelerated.
If things go well, Bamber hopes
to commercialize the idea by 2015.
He's now working out of a 20,000
sq. ft office in South Vancouver, following an incubation at UBC and a
start-up phase working out of a garage. MineSense is still well connected to UBC through research funding
initiatives, and Bamber's partner,
Andrew Csinger, was a UBC entrepreneur in residence before the two
started working together.
According to Bamber, the faculty,
libraries and mining labs at UBC
were instrumental to helping him go
from student to entrepreneur.
"The philosophical research
that became the underpinnings of
the company wouldn't have been
possible without access to all that
material in [Irving]," said Bamber. Xi
UBC professor Patrick Condon
buildings are not the way to go
Vincent Veidt
If you ask at least one UBC professor, skyscrapers may not be the
answer to Vancouver's growing
housing problem.
Patrick Condon, Chair ofthe
Masters of Urban Design Program
at UBC and author of Seven Rules
for Sustainable Communities: Design Strategies for the Post-Carbon World thinks that Vancouver
has a lot to learn when it comes
to city planning. In particular,
Condon has looked at Vancouver's
spot-zoning policy and questioned
the effects that changing demographics will have on future
Residents of Vancouver know
how challenging it can be to find
housing. With BC Stats projecting
population growth in the Greater
Vancouver Area of nearly 800,000
by 2035, the metropolitan area
is faced with the challenge of
implementing urban planning
strategies that can accommodate
the demands of over three million
residents, as well as business and
leisure interests.
The City of Vancouver has
recently drawn community criticism over high-rise development
projects beyond the downtown
core. Condon, who is a vocal
proponent of low-rise neighbourhoods, recommends a "cheaper
and better structurally sound"
approach to city planning rather
than building typical skyscrapers
in a city that requires earthquake
resistant domiciles.
"Where you're going to build,
build four to five storeys," said
Condon, who also advocates an
increase in trees to maintain the
city's charms.
But aside from the aesthetic
concerns that come with cram-
says high-rise
in Vancouver
ming high-rise encroachments
into low-rise residential neighbourhoods, Condon has raised
the issue of home affordability
and the future of Vancouver's
population demographics as
something that we need to
consider when choosing to build
more skyscrapers. As such, Condon believes that allowing homeowners to subdivide their homes
into 'secondary suites' that, at
present, can only be rented.
According to Condon, home
ownership encourages community pride, which will then
serve to maintain the quality of
a neighbourhood.
"Young people can't afford to
buy a home," said Condon. "You
subdivide [an existing] house and
that lets young people, people
who can't usually afford property,
to have a stake in the neighbourhood."
Still, it looks like Condon's
advice may not be so easily
implemented. Municipal bylaws throughout the metropolitan area prohibit the sale of
'secondary suites', including
the basement and garage suites
so familiar to students in the
Lower Mainland. Even where
it is legally permissible to sell
'secondary suites', extensive
renovation requirements and a
formidable application process
limit the feasibility of such
an attempt.
Without drastic action to curb
the affordability and availability of
Vancouver housing, Condon fears
that Vancouver will become "a retirement city, a city without children," owing to the ageing population of current homeowners and
the immense intangibility of home
ownership at early stages of young
adults' lives. tJ
UBC finds SSC software bug that
exposed student banking information
Will McDonald
Coordinating Editor
UBC has fixed an almost two-
year-old bug in the Student Service
Centre website that allowed the
personal banking information of
some students to be exposed.
The bug arose after a software
update in November 2012, but UBC
only became aware ofthe bug in
early September 2014 after two
students notified them ofthe problem. According to UBC Registrar
Kate Ross, the two students were
able to see banking information of
other students after they paid their
tuition using Electronic Funds
Transfer (EFT).
Ross said the bug exposed the
branch number, transit number and
account number of some students
who used EFT to pay tuition.
"We believe it's a very small
risk and the risk of misuse ofthe
information is very low because it's
actually the information that's on
the bottom of a cheque," said Ross.
According to Ross, only one student was erroneously charged due
to the bug, and UBC has refunded
the student in full. She declined to
comment on the amount of money
the student was charged.
"We know know it's been tested
and double tested and that it's
secure. We don't anticipate any
further issues regarding this,"
said Ross.
The university has gotten in
touch with three students whose
information they know was compromised. Ross said the university believes between 40 and 60
students' financial information may
have been compromised, though
they may not have recognized it at
the time.
According to Ross, few students' personal information was
breached, as the bug required
a number of factors to occur
simultaneously to actually allow
a user to see another student's
banking information.
The university will also be
sending out an email to all students
who paid tuition with EFT since
November 2012.
"There's a lot of students who
are going to get a notification, that
in their case, maybe nothing happened. We're saying it's only one in
a thousand students who that happened to who utilized the Electronic Funds Transfer," said Ross.
Ross stressed that the issue was
a bug, not a hacking incident, and
that the Student Service Centre
website is secure. She also encouraged students to monitor their bank
accounts and transactions on a
regular basis.
"The risk is extremely low from
everything that we've been able
to ascertain. If it was me paying
tuition, I would pay my tuition this
way," said Ross. tJ
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Coyote Medicine/Medicine Coyote" reminds us to look at our own history
Alison Braid
"It's another trope to say poetry
saved my life, and yet it's a trope
because it's a reality for so many
people who grew up in a hard
way and so many of us do— I
mean, who doesn't?"
Sitting by the window at a
coffee shop on Main Street,
Alessandra Naccarato talks about
her life. Reading "constantly,
excessively," an ongoing idolization of Ursula Le Guin, and being
a troubled teen looking for disaster. Listening to her stories, it
becomes clear how she was able
to capture so perfectly the lively,
trickster spirit ofthe coyote in
her poem, "Coyote Medicine/
Medicine Coyote."
Naccarato is a Vancouver-based writer completing her
MFA in creative writing at UBC.
Her poem "Coyote Medicine/
Medicine Coyote" was a finalist
for the 2014 CBC Poetry Prize,
and was voted the favourite
among Canadians. In the piece,
haunting questions of ancestry,
bloodlines and our connection to
the land are woven around striking images of coyotes appearing
in backyards, winking from
decks of cards and halting traffic
on the tarmac in Toronto.
The poem is structured into
two separate poems — each
asking its own questions. The
"Coyote Medicine/Medicine
Coyote" was originally one piece,
Alessandra Naccarato is a in UBC's MFA program for creative writing.
however — through the creative
process of workshopping and
editing — the poem was broken
up into two cohesive poems.
"I felt like I could ask the
questions I wanted to ask in the
first half without asking what I
asked in the second ... without
locating myself in both a process
of re-appropriation and appropriation, that I'm not separate
and that they are really bound
up in this complicated thing,"
said Naccarato.
Just as the coyote of popular
myth calls out for changes to
be made to social conventions,
so does Naccarato's poem. It's a
work that she says is firmly Canadian, but "not nationalistic in its
approach." The poem negotiates
the tension between questions
and answers, speaking to the
"silences in our personal family
history and our national history"
that Naccarato believes need to
be voiced.
The first time Naccarato felt
transformed by poetry was when
she encountered Allen Ginsberg's
"Howl" in grade ten.
"I think it quite honestly saved
my life," said Naccarato.
The "raw, honest and electric"
voice of Howl enabled her to
write "with a whole new fire."
This fire can be seen in the voice
of "Coyote Medicine/Medicine
Coyote", which is fresh, frank
and unapologetic. The work
challenges the "conception of
[Canada] as a really polite nation
that is environmentally connected and committed," and complicates how we "name the land,
and relate to it."
The social issues that permeate
Naccarato's work are a direct result
of her lifestyle. Naccarato tries to
live in communities seeking alternative ways of living at least once a
year. This impacts her work as she
faces our current "disconnection
with land," and the sense of loss we
experience as a result. Naccarato
has more projects on her horizon.
"I think I write what I live ...
so yes right now usually everything I write about is really shot
through with an environmental
focus," said Naccarato.
Most recently, Naccarato has
been spending her time on the
Big Island of Hawaii, where she
volunteers in a community of two
hundred people, waking up each
morning in a tent in the forest.
On the island, she finds herself
tarot reading, writing, hiking,
and swimming in the ocean.
This reconnection with land also
speaks to the process of 'rewild-
ing', referring to nature reclaiming land.
Her thesis project is a memoir
that deals with this process, as
well as her time recovering from
illness and trying to "live and
work and be in relationships with
the environment."
As for the future, Naccarato
juggles a little bit of everything
as she pushes herself to create in
different genres, slipping from
creative nonfiction, to poetry, to
young adult fiction and beyond.
As a gift to herself after the
contest, Naccarato purchased an
old walnut secretary desk with
envelope slots she filled with amethysts, dragon figures, feathers,
antlers from Brian Brett and a
portrait of Frida Kahlo.
Picturing this enviable workspace, it's almost impossible to
imagine a place and a person
more capable of producing something magical. Xi
Do students really use nightlife applications?
Edmund Henry
In an expensive city like Vancouver university students' nightlife
experience can be hit or miss.
Vancouver's bars and clubs are
closed by 3 a.m. and getting downtown after 9 p.m. means suffering
through long lines — the opposite
to the nightlife in other countries
around the world.
"The downside really has to be
how early the nightclubs close.
Everywhere else in the world
people get into clubs past midnight and go home at 6 a.m. or 7
a.m.," said Leo Iizuka, a fourth
year Kinesiology major.
Even with Facebook, Twitter
and other popular social networking apps, UBC students
often find themselves dazed with
the plethora of events and social
gatherings occurring across UBC
and beyond. "There is so much
going on and such a variety of
choice that it almost feels overwhelming. I don't have time for
it all," said Griffin Hamilton a
fourth year Commerce major.
James Isaacs and Andrew
Lackie, founders of Hyve — a
social nightlife app, share this
"You have a lot of acquaintances that you might want to
meet and know better and you
always see them on Monday morning and you're like oh, I was at
the bar too!" said Isaacs, a fellow
UBC student and interdisciplinary studies major.
Hyve is a new nightlife app
aimed towards students that
allows its users to 'follow' events,
bars and clubs to get the details
on what's going on. The 'social' ofthe social nightlife app
comes with how users are able
to follow their friends as well as
other fellow UBC students to see
who they're following and what
events they're attending.
"We're trying to create a
community and have the events
and link them together with your
friends and experiences," said
Lackie. "I think that the nightlife
here is amazing but I think that
this is going to give people an
opportunity to find it," he added.
Both Isaacs and Lackie
agreed that a more streamlined,
app-based nightlife planning
is a trend that's catching on
and could be the new norm for
university students. However,
they stated that there isn't yet
a definitive nightlife app that
everyone is using.
There are a host of other
nightlife apps that are dedicated
to exploring Vancouver's nightlife, including other UBC-de-
veloped apps such as Night-
bound, which has the feature to
reserve guest lists and find deals
on various bars and clubs in your
Another UBC-developed
nightlife app is Tangoo, founded
by UBC graduate Paul Davidescu.
Originally developed as a nightlife planning service, Tangoo
now helps users plan events ranging between "business", "date
night" and "out with friends."
When asked about the competition, Isaacs and Lackie didn't
seem too worried. "To be honest
with you, I haven't seen many
good apps that involve nightlife
... we watched a lot of apps come
up and die instantly and I think
that a lot of them had to do with
drink specials with no social
side," said Lackie.
However, even with successful
nightlife apps like Nightbound
and Tangoo, university students
still find themselves relying on
Facebook to plan their night out.
"People are looking for it and
Students use Facebook and Twitter to find the best places to spend their Saturday nights, but would a nightlife app be a better fit?
nothing's taken off yet, so hopefully, it's us," said Isaacs.
With the numerous nightlife
apps for Vancouver out there,
some might find that it could be
just as overwhelming picking an
app as it is picking the right place
to go for the night.
"I've used Nightbound before
but I eventually went back to
using Facebook to see new events
around town," said Paula Casas
a recent UBC graduate. "I don't
know many people who use these
apps. If more people used them
and they were more engaging, I
probably would give it a second
shot," she said.
With the growing number of
social nightlife apps like Hyve
and Nightbound it seems that
there might be a new market of
social media nightlife apps, but
for now students aren't sold on
the concept. Only time will tell
whether a killer app will arrive
that will convince students to
finally abandon Facebook and
jump ship to social nightlife
apps. tJ CULTURE    I    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2014
Maps to the Stars
Lawrence Neal Garcia
Staff Writer
In Maps to the Stars, David Cronen-
berg turns his singular eye towards
Hollywood; what results is a satirical takedown that is disappointingly less than the sum of its parts.
The film features an impressive
cast: a fading actress (Julianne
Moore) obsessed with getting back
in the spotlight, a troubled asshole
of a teen star (Evan Bird), his career-managing stage-mom (Olivia
Williams) and his new age TV
psychologist self-help guru father
(John Cusack), a star-obsessed
young woman (Mia Wasikowska)
visiting from Florida and a struggling actor/screenwriter moonlighting as a limo driver (Robert
The film places this able cast in
the most venomous, toxic portrait that it could dream up (in a
script written by Bruce Wagner).
Unfortunately, what emerges is a
hackneyed, predictable anti-Hollywood takedown that is as shallow
as the plastic kingdom it derides,
Mr. Turner
presenting movie stars as narcissistic, pill-ridden and fame-hungry,
enabled by phoney, money-obsessed producers and vacuous,
greedy therapists. The film is satire
without substance, and despite its
venomous exterior, feels dull and
bloodless when it should be biting
and pointed.
There are moments when Maps
to the Stars shows the distinct mark
of its director: a scene of absurd
violence mixed with psychological
horror, and a less flashy, but no
less disturbing shot of a character
sobbing in a bathtub as the camera
slowly closes in, accompanied by an
eerie, percussive score.
Unfortunately, the film is so
riddled with cliche that these
moments aren't enough to salvage
it. The film doesn't just dip into
self-parody, it practically drowns itself in it. Cronenberg fans will find
an element or two to admire, but
the uninitiated will probably need
some direction; and despite its title,
the film hardly provides any. Xi
Lawrence Neal Garcia
Staff Writer
Biopics tend to be conventional affairs, layering on cliche after cliche,
forcing the subject's life into a prescribed story arc and failing to take
advantage the cinematic medium by
clinging to visual blandness. Mike
Leigh's Mr. Turner, which chronicles the life and work ofthe British
painter J.M.W. Turner (Timothy
Spall), doesn't quite transcend the
form, but still manages to be far
more than conventional, and creates
a portrait of Turner that is as impressionistic as his own paintings.
Resolutely formless for the most
part, the film is content to simply
observe Turner navigate the 19th
century milieu of his day, where his
persona is as out of his time as his
work is ahead of it. Spall plays Turner, already a polarizing figure in his
time, in a way that almost distances
him from the viewer, adding to the
outsider status ofthe manbehind
the work.
As befits a film that centres
on one ofthe most prominent
land and seascape painters, Mr.
Turner is filled with stunning
painterly interludes, suffused
with light, limned in shadow,
and accompanied by an eerily apt
leitmotif. These sublime recurring sequences, by conveying
the beauty and grandeur ofthe
scenery that inspired his work,
provide the most direct window
into Turner himself.
The film is less concerned with
events and milestones than it is
with the abstract tension between
the near-spiritual beauty of Turner's work and his misanthropic
persona. Consequently, the slips
into conventional biopic territory
towards the latter half are all the
more disappointing. But those
are minor gripes in what is a
consistently enthralling, breathtaking, if also slightly alienating
piece of cinema; and if anything,
it's certainly a visual feast. tJ
Lawrence Neal Garcia
Staff Writer
From the title alone, Leviathan —
which takes its name from a passage
in the Book of Job — is a film fraught
with mythic qualities. Once the
film begins, with an overture (by
composer Philip Glass) and shots
of dark waves breaking along the
Russian seaside, the atmosphere is
nothing short of astounding. What
emerges is a drama of epic ambition
that presents both a Kafkaesque
portrait of corruption and bureaucracy in contemporary Russia and
a modern reworking ofthe biblical
story of Job.
The film centres on Nikolai
(Alexei Serebriakov), a car mechanic and the Job stand-in, who is
forced to confront Vadim (Roman
Madianov), the corrupt mayor
who wants to seize his house and
property. Nikolai enlists the help of
Dmitri (Vladimir Vdovitchenkov),
a successful lawyer and friend, to
fight the claim on his home, which
threatens the stability of his entire
family: his teenage son Romka (Ser
gey Pokhodaev) and his second wife
Lilya (Elena Lyadova).
Running at an expansive 140
minutes, the film is consistently
compelling, although it suffers
from some inorganic plotting-mo-
ments that drop in and out without
foreshadowing or resolution that
undermines its impressive canvas.
That said, there is still much to
admire in its cinematic construction; a particular scene where Lilya
gazes out at the waves breaking on
the cliff-side, conveys tragedy of
near-Greek proportions within just
a few meaningful cuts.
Leviathan might not live up to its
own ambition and deep mythologiz-
ing — admittedly a high bar — but it
remains an enthralling look into the
Russia of today, made all the more
interesting given that recent anti-swearing laws have prevented the
film from being shown in its native
country and that, despite its caustic
portrayal ofthe governing elite, the
film has been selected as Russia's
submission for the foreign language
film Oscar. Xi
Julie Gordon
From Canadian director Jacob
Tierney, Preggoland parodies
the special treatment bestowed
upon pregnant women in society.
Through it's parody ofthe, sometimes unwanted, coddling women
endure, the film itself is both
hilarious and eye-opening.
The film follows 35-year old
Ruth (Sonja Bennett), a burnout
and an alcoholic, as she begins to
be ousted by both her friends, now
married with kids, and her family
for her unwillingness to assume
the set path to motherhood. In a
moment of miscommunication,
Ruth lies about being pregnant. In
doing so she finds herself committed to an impossible project of
keeping up appearances for nine
months, at the risk of losing the
rejuvenated attention she is receiving from her friends and with the
added danger of causing stress to
her father (James Caan) who had
recently suffered a heart attack.
Over the course of Ruth's act
— amongst the narrow evasions
of discovery that have the audience crying with laughter — the
touching dashes of friendship and
romance and a myriad of innuendoes and black humour, we also
see the blatant change in how
Ruth is treated by her community
simply due to her pregnant status.
Although Preggoland is indeed a
comedy, it paints a picture ofthe
push and pull a woman must endure between her old life and her
new life as a mother.
Alongside the film's lightheart-
ed wit, catchy music including
tunes from Cece Peniston and
UBC's own Kaylan Mackinnon
completes what is a thoroughly
enjoyable piece of art.
Preggoland is set to be released
officially in mid/late March. Xi
Clouds of Sils Maria
Lawrence Neal Garcia
Staff Writer
Like the titular locale of Sils Maria
where the film was shot, Olivier
Assayas' latest offers an elevated,
natural beauty; and despite its
hyper-intellectual nature — with
the densely layered interplay of
text, subtext, and meta-text — it
never feels any more heavy-handed
than its titular clouds.
The film follows Maria Enders
(Juliette Binoche), a middle-aged
actress who is asked to star in a revival of Maloja Snake — the production that first made her famous — a
(fictional) play that centres on the
destructive relationship between
a young girl (Sigrid) and an older
woman (Helena) that eventually
drives the latter to suicide. However, she is asked not to reprise
Sigrid, the role that launched her
career, but to play the supporting
role of Helena opposite a talented
but tempestuous young ingenue,
Jo-Ann Ellis (Chloe Grace Moretz),
setting up a relationship fraught
with parallels and double-meaning.
The primary relationship ofthe
film, however, is the one between
Enders and her personal assistant
Valentine (Kristen Stewart), which
evolves and seduces as the film progresses, taking on a heady dynamic
that has playful echoes of Ingmar
Bergman's Persona.
Assayas ensures that the rich
interplay between the three female
leads, bolstered by stunning performances all around — Stewart especially, is intricately layered, making use not just ofthe inter-textual
elements ofthe characters and the
characters they play, but also the
respective actresses' real-life persona. Ostensibly rote line-readings
and throwaway bits of dialogue
take on multiple levels of meaning,
layering reflections on identity, art,
fame and celebrity throughout.
Here tending towards the
theatrical rather than the purely
cinematic, Assayas employs various
techniques that would seem more
at home on a stage: fade-to-black
transitions, a discrete three-part
structure and a limited cast of
characters; yet the film also manages sublime cinematic sequences,
literally above the clouds, along the
Swiss Alps.
If there is one major fault in
the film, it's that the relentless
intertextuality leaves little room
for more organic expansion; but
with its dense construction, there
is still more than enough beneath
the clouds for viewers to immerse
themselves in. Xi
Advanced Style
Carly Sotas
In a youth-obsessed culture saturated with young fashion models
and anti-aging products, Advanced
Style — the documentary — defies narrow standards of aging
and beauty.
After moving to New York City
in 2008, photographer Ari Seth
Cohen was immediately captivated the stylish older women who
seemed to use "the broad avenues
as their runway." As a way of celebrating their vibrant presence, he
created the Advanced Style blog,
which has since inspired a new
movement in fashion.
In the Advanced Style documentary, director Lina Plioplyte, captures the spirits of seven women
aged 60 to 90, each of whom
possesses a unique, creative flare.
Whether they choose to express
themselves through bold textures
and patterns, bright pink hair
or elegant accessories, all ofthe
women share a similar zest for life.
Their playful outlook is reflected
not only by their attitude towards
style, but more importantly,
through their lifestyle. By running
their own businesses, modelling
for high-profile fashion campaigns
and teaching the arts, the women
of Advanced Style prove that you
can be creative and vital at any
age. "I feel the same way as I did
when I was 18, only I have fewer
cares," proclaims 69-year old Deborah Rapoport, who practices yoga
4-5 times per week.
While the film has been
categorized as a fashion documentary, it takes a deeper look at
the important, yet often ignored
perspectives ofthe aging population. The film leaves the audience
inspired to be bold, embrace who
they are at each phase of their life,
and to remember "there is no time
limit to anything." Xi // Opinions
Contesting views on housing and tuition changes
Blame the government, not
UBC, for cost increases
UBC fee increases not in
students best interest
Austen Erhardt
Opinions & Blog Editor
For many people, the initial
reaction to the announcement of
increased fees was likely frustration, if not outright anger. A10
per cent rise in tuition for international students and a 20 per cent
rent increase is not something that
should be treated lightly — and it
won't be. UBC will undoubtedly
be receiving a lot of criticism over
the coming weeks and months.
The thing is, they don't entirely
deserve it.
UBC's government funding has
been decreasing for several years
now — not only relatively, on account of inflation, but also in real
numbers. The current provincial
government has made it a goal of
their administration to regularly
cut post-secondary spending (this
year, by $17 million) in order to
achieve and maintain a balanced
budget. Though the provincial
government advocates for these
cuts being sustained through reducing administrative costs, there
is only so much that can be cut in
that department.
Through a combination of cuts,
staid improvements, inflationary
increases in tuition and increasing
the number of international students, UBC has kept their central
budget balanced for five years in
a row. But there are only so many
cuts that can be made without
seriously damaging UBC's health
and reputation, and without endangering its population. In their
2014-2015 budget, UBC explained
that they have been putting off
important campus maintenance
for the sake of budget savings,
among other things, increasing
the risk of damage to buildings
and injury to students should an
earthquake occur.
With cuts off the table, that
leaves finding more money as the
only alternative. For this, UBC
has only two obvious options: the
government and students. And as
much as they may want to, UBC
can't simply order the government
to pony up more money — but they
can order students.
UBC's international student
tuition is considerably lower
than tuition in many comparable
post-secondary institutions. When
faced with the decision to either
lower the quality ofthe university
or to charge some students more
in order to maintain their quality
of education, UBC's choice seems
The fact that it is international
students who are bearing the
brunt of this will elicit many negative reactions, though one must
keep in mind that international
tuition is higher than domestic
all around Canada and the world
for a reason. It all comes down to
one simple fact: domestic students pay taxes; that is, they pay
taxes to Canada and B.C., which
go toward funding and subsidizing post-secondary education.
Resultantly, lest they benefit
disproportionately from domestic
students' tax money, international
students pay for the whole cost of
their education.
There is no question that higher
tuition will exclude some would-
be UBC international students
from attending. But UBC has
expressed intent to offer additional financial aid for these students,
in an attempt to minimize the
number of people who can't attend
UBC solely for monetary reasons.
As for residence: Vancouver is
one ofthe most beautiful — and
most expensive — places in
the world. The idea that rents
are high should not come as a
surprise. But many of UBC's
residences are in disrepair and
overcrowded. Students are stuck
living in floor lounges for months
on end with little to no information provided as to when they can
expect something better. UBC
has no legal obligation to address
these issues, as they essentially
make their own laws — they are
not subject to British Columbia's
Residential Tenancy Act. In their
own residence contract, UBC
states that" ... the University may
unilaterally change or delete any
provision of this Contract or add
provisions to this Contract."
If UBC were to apply their increased revenues to improving
residences, I would wholeheartedly support their decision.
But if this money is going to be
siphoned off into other causes,
they deserve criticism.
What it ultimately comes
down to is this: if you're going to
get angry over the fee increases,
don't direct all of it at UBC. All
UBC is doing is trying to make
it through a difficult situation.
How they're going about it is not
entirely immune to criticism and
critique, but it's clear that they
have to do something to make it
through. Direct your anger at the
government, which believes that
cuts to advanced education are
a platform point. Write letters;
vote in the next election; start petitions and spark protests. Don't
place all the blame on UBC simply because they've been forced
to be the bearer of bad news.
A longer version of this article,
with sources, will be published
online. Xi
Geoff Lister
UBC seems hell-bent on becoming
a bastion ofthe economic elite,
and yesterday's revelation that
the university plans on increasing
international tuition by 10 per cent
and some housing contracts by 20
per cent next year is an ominous
sign that President Gupta's tenure
is going to be markedly different
than his predecessor.
Tuition increases aren't new
to any student at UBC. But they
have been modest, matching
inflation. While it doesn't accomplish the noble goal of providing
free post-secondary education
outlined in empty promises to
the United Nations, it doesn't
change the situation.
But major changes to basic
costs makes our university more
inaccessible. While international
tuition is by no means cheap, and
as a taxpayer-funded institution
UBC has no obligation to subsidize foreigners' tuition, it's pretty
clear that this is nothing short
of a cash grab to fill UBC's ever
increasing funding gaps. The cost
of educating international students is not suddenly increasing
by 10 per cent in 2015, and those
students are unlikely to see a 10
per cent increase in services.
One of UBC's main contentions
is that they have become a discount option compared to schools
such as the University of Toronto
and McGill. Therefore, UBC is
justified in its increases. But,
this is the same one-upmanship
that has increased police and fire
department salaries to six-figure
salaries and bankrupted cities
across North America. Simply
comparing UBC to campuses
that face different situations is a
farcical argument, that of a child
demanding what his peers have.
UBC's real problem is the
funding it is supposed to receive
from government is dwindling.
The B.C. Liberals have cut funding for post-secondary education
by nearly 20 per cent since 2001.
Meanwhile, research dollars
from the federal government
have become harder to come by
while federal transfers for education have taken a roller coaster
ride over the past 20 years, —}
New SUB delays frustrating, but not unexpected
News Editor
Disappointed, but entirely
unsurprised. Or at least, that is
what I would say if you asked
me how I feel about the recent
announcement that the opening
ofthe new SUB has been delayed
yet again.
It's not like The Ubyssey didn't
see this coming. The opening
date has already been moved
from the beginning of this term
to January 2015 back in 2013. In
September, we found out that
The Pit and The Perch would
only open a few weeks into Term
2. (while that should have been
the first indication it wouldn't be
smooth sailing afterwards, we
still retained a sliver of hope that
maybe the new SUB would open
on time after all.) And now, the
opening date has been tentatively set for February 23, with
no guarantee that construction
will not drag on for even longer
than that.
I mean, seriously?
As a fifth-year student who
started UBC in the fall of 2010,
I have invested exactly $300 in
SUB Renewal fees for a building
that, in the very best case scenario, I will get to use for just a little
under two months. As someone
who currently spends six days
out ofthe seven days ofthe week
in the old SUB for work, I am also
not pleased about not getting to
move out of our dingy basement
office anytime soon. The fact
that it looks as though the AMS
suspected that the delays were
necessary for a while but held off
on announcing it only adds insult
to injury.
While it is not unusual for any
big construction process to drag
behind schedule, the problems
that are causing the delays are
also not things that the AMS
couldn't have realized weeks
or even months ago. When I
questioned VP Admin Ava Nasiri
about the specific difficulties
that were causing the delays,
she said that it wasn't any one
thing that they could point to and
that the hold-up was due to the
overall complexity of bringing
the project to a close once and for
all. We knew that building the
new SUB was going to be complex back in 2010. That said, we
still had certain expectations for
when the building would open
based on what the AMS itself
told us.
Yes, bringing us a really cool
student building takes time. Yes,
it is also infinitely more complicated than building a two-bedroom house, but UBC also had
almost five years to do it. Doing
their best to bring us the best
possible result and use student
money responsibly isn't something that should deserve pats
on the back or serve as an excuse
for why construction is taking so
long — it should come as a given
when dealing with a building
that is ultimately being funded
by students.
I realize that I'm being a bit
harsh. Nasiri and UBC Properties
Trust and the architectural and
construction teams have been
working (and continue to work)
very hard to bring us this awesome
buildingthat students will be using
for years to come. The fact that the
construction is dragging on for
longer than expected goes back
to several years of poor planning
and cannot be placed solely on the
shoulders of any one person. At the
same time, I am also tired of not
being able to hold anyone accountable because construction takes
time and the new SUB is complex
and, hey, these things happen.
I think we deserve better than
that. Xi
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mostly trending downwards. It's
hard to blame all of this decision
on UBC's new executive — the
province has been slowly strangling students and universities in
some form since the 1990s. But
they have options. The university
paid 2,542 of its employees more
than $100,000 per year in 2012-
2013, up from 1,847 in 2008 - a
number that inflation doesn't
fully account for. And while
student services have increased,
so has the number of employees
on campus. UBC's staff to faculty
ratio is on the rise, and that
increases costs.
However, UBC's 20 per cent
increase for its eight-month
housing contracts is an inexcusable "fuck you" to students. It's
a bold move to attempt to push
students into year-round housing
contracts, while the department
racks up profits and payments
back to the university. In 2012,
UBC housing remitted more than
$4 million back to the school's
coffers as a dividend. But it also
pays the university 5.75 per cent
on its mortgages. To put that in
perspective, banks are closing
mortgages at less than three per
cent for home buyers with good
credit. Its commitment to use
funds from the sale of private
housing to build student residences was nothing short of false
— instead, UBC lends itself that
money above market rates.
And with all of its protestations that, even after a 20 per
cent increase, it will still leave
housing costs at or below market
housing rates, UBC's housing
department doesn't seem to
understand their market. Preliminary results from a student
survey puts off-campus prices
well below $700 for those living
with roommates. Either their
market research is delusional, or
carefully selected to backup their
argument. In a presentation, they
made comparisons to McGill and
the University of Toronto to back
up their argument, schools which
they acknowledged in a 2010
presentation had the most expensive residences in Canada. Other
schools, like, all ofthe other
major schools in Canada, were
comparatively priced, or cheaper.
Never mind that each new
residence seems to be grander
than the next, with more private
rooms and extra amenities. UBC
just isn't building fast enough.
And there are other alternatives. Hit with a crunch in the
1960s, UBC built residences
dense. A 1957 headline in The
Ubyssey read "Housing shortage acute, 2,900 Waifs," in a
year during which a burgeoning campus saw 8,400 students
enrol. Place Vanier was built in
response, followed by Totem
Park, Acadia Park for families
and Gage Towers in the 1960's
and early 1970's.
These increases in tuition and
housing costs aren't a mandatory response to UBC's financial situation. The university
is under new leadership, and
students need to stand up and
make their voices heard now, or
this won't be the only assault on
UBC's accessibility.
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Essex Prescott is living the dream
UBC skier won Shane McConkey award while heliskiing in New Zealand
Prescott is fulfill I ing his personal goals while having the time of his life.
Torsten Raupacht
Anytime skiing is mentioned
around UBC skier Essex Prescott,
his passion for it becomes clear.
"It's something that I've done
forever," he said. "I've never liked
something as much and for as long
of a period as skiing. I'm never
over it." After competing at the
World Heli Challenge in New Zealand and winning the Shane McConkey award during the compe
tition, it's fair to say Prescott's love
for skiing is at an all time high.
The World Heli Challenge is
a competition between skiers
and boarders ofthe highest level,
with the helicopter-accessed
mountains of New Zealand as
their playground. Comprised of
teams ofthe athletes and their
cameramen, each team had from
September 7 to 15 to make the best
video possible, with $10,000 as the
top prize. This year, the contest
changed its entry format to an on-
line video contest, voted on by the
public. This change in format presented Prescott and his teammates
Dylan Siggers and Leo Zuckerman,
with a unique opportunity.
Drawing from the massive UBC
Ski and Board Club community, Prescott and his team won
admission to the challenge in New
Zealand. Prescott was sure not to
understate the contribution the
UBC community gave to the voting
process. "The Ski and Board Club
has something like 4,000 members
on the Facebook group," he said.
"That was a huge factor, there's no
The UBC community of skiers
and boarders is unquestionably
massive, thanks in part to large
numbers of international students,
like Prescott, who come to UBC
specifically for the mountains.
"The house I live in, all of us are
skiers, and we're all international
students," Prescott said. "I definitely came for Whistler and then
realized how sweet UBC is."
Even after having skied some
ofthe world's top mountains in
New Zealand, Prescott still holds a
certain place in his heart for B.C.'s
most famous mountain. "That's
what's awesome, you can travel as
much as you want, but whenever
there's snow here, it's the best
place in the world to be."
Even though Prescott and his
team didn't come away with a first
place finish in New Zealand, they
certainly had quite the adventure
along the way. As Prescott put
it, "it was just crazy for a week
straight. New Zealand is such an
amazing place." The conditions
however, were less than ideal. It
hadn't snowed in 30 days, resulting in some sketchy moments,
to say the least.
"I just remember being in the
air and seeing the ground and
thinking 'please be alright.' I just
hit the snow and my skis didn't
even sink in. I took a pretty good
bail," Prescott said. "We had
some falls, there's no question
about it." Clearly, self-preservation is pushed back deep in his
mind. "Once I'm on top of some
thing, I kind of just shut my brain
off and go."
It was this positive, never-say-
die attitude that earned Prescott
the prestigious Shane McConkey
award during the competition. The
award is given in the name ofthe
late free-skiing pioneer who died
at age 39 during a stunt. McConkey was known not only for his
skiing prowess, but also for how
he displayed his passion through
a trademark fun-loving and goofy
attitude. Prescott received the
award as the competitor who best
displayed the qualities that McConkey embodied, which made the
award special to Prescott — McConkey was a skier that he grew
up watching and admiring.
"It's definitely an honour," he
said. "It was so inspiring to see
someone giving it that hard and
having such a good attitude about
everything. He was the best, and
probably had the most fun too."
The award also gives Prescott
a week of professionally filmed
heli-skiing in Alaska. "It's like
a dream come true. I just didn't
think I'd have the opportunity to
do it this early." It's clear that he
doesn't plan on waking up from
this dream anytime soon. "You
just want to get to the next step
because it's going to be that much
more fun. Wherever that takes
me, I'm stoked. I just want to
keep skiing as much as possible
and keep pushing myself."
Anytime he runs into a familiar face, he calls out his trademark phrase, "How ya livin'?"
For Prescott, the answer is clear.
He's living his dream. Xi
Varsity Outdoor Club makes use of world's best playground
Hiking, scrambling, climbing and skiing just a few ofthe club's favourite activities
Koby Michaels
British Columbia has over 600
mountains, 500 rivers and a vast
unexplored wilderness. The Varsity Outdoor Club doesn't claim
to have been everywhere, but
they are certainly trying.
Established in 1917, the Varsity
Outdoor Club, often referred to
as the VOC, is one of UBC's oldest
and most well-established clubs.
Clemens Adolphs, the VOC president, said that the club's overarching theme is "self-propelled
outdoor activities: hiking, scrambling, (hiking with the occasional
use of your hands), climbing and
backcountry skiing."
Every weekend, members
pack up their backpacks, boats
and climbing ropes and head
into British Columbia's vast and
beautiful wilderness. Trips range
from day hikes on the North
Shore, to multi-day mountaineering trips, to a weekend of climbing excursion in Squamish.
In addition to these trips, all
organized by club members, the
VOC also runs several larger trips
and annual events. Every fall, the
club heads to Squamish for Rock
Party, a weekend of rock climbing
instruction, camping and partying — DJ and all.
"We have two rock climbing instructional events during
the year. We teach four levels
from absolute beginner to sport
climbing. After you have finished
all the courses, you are self-sufficient to climb anywhere in
Squamish," said Adolphs, having
just returned the previous weekend from Rock Party.
But the club doesn't stop there.
Members also have access to a
library, guidebooks and maps,
free gear rentals (on the completion of a work hike) and all ofthe
VOC's publications.
Unknown to many, the VOC
values publishing and sharing
stories of their trips. Every trip
is followed by a report written
by someone who took part in it.
These reports include conditions
on the trip, photos, and a narrative ofthe adventure. Every
week, the VOCene is published.
This is a weekly newsletter than
shares trip reports, informs members about upcoming trips and
showcases articles on the VOC
wiki page.
Once a year the VOC Journal
is published and printed. This
journal contains accounts of all
ofthe trips, photographs, poems,
artwork and other hidden content. "The end-of-year journal
is ... a great showcase of what
we, as a club, have done, what
members have done and what
the club enabled them to do,"
Adolphs explains.
But the VOC doesn't just enjoy
nature, they help maintain it
through trail and hut maintenance projects. "The biggest project in the last four years is the
Harrison Hut, access to which got
VOC members (from left to right) Carly Peterson, Gabe Frame, Dakotah Fozzard and Luka Culibrk take in the sunrise on Mount Baker.
destroyed by a landslide ... many
volunteer hours went into finding
a new trail, flagging the route,
clearing debris and chainsawing
trees that had fallen. A couple
weeks ago, a few of our members
flew in a steel bridge that they
had designed and welded in their
free time."
With so much going on, new
and experienced adventurers alike
may feel overwhelmed and timid
about joining the club. "People
who haven't been in the outdoors
see trip reports and get scared by
them. People make the trip reports
sound more badass than the trips
actually are ... look for beginner
friendly trips. See if a trip sounds
interesting, if you are unsure if the
trip is for you or not, ask the trip
organizer about it," said Adolphs.
If you go to UBC, you live in a
place of incredible beauty. Take
advantage — have an adventure
with the Varsity Outdoor Club,
and make some friends (and
s'mores) along the way.
Even if you've never stepped
outside in your life, the VOC
will give you the tools you need
to brave the world's best playground. tJ THURSDAY OCTOBER 9,2014    I    SPORTS    I   11
Places to Be: kayaking Indian Arm
Paddle north from Deep Cove for a serene adventure
The Varsity Outdoor Club often takes its members on weekend expiditions around B.C.
Koby Michaels
There is only one good reason to
wake up before sunrise on a Saturday: to go kayaking.
I drag myself out of bed as the
alarm drills its way into my sleep
and get a rush of adrenaline when
I see the time; I'm being picked up
in 20 minutes. I scramble together
the rest of my poorly packed gear,
throwing things into open trash
bags and, for the thousandth time,
I check that my flashlight works. I
grab my bags and head to meet the
others at the street corner across
from my residence. We all throw
our gear into the back and head
towards Deep Cove.
As we turn the last corner
towards the put-in sight, the trees
open up and the North Shore
Mountains peak out from their
early morning cloud cover. We
park and throw our gear onto
the curb. Our fifteen kayaks are
lined up in two neat rows on the
grass like pick-up sticks before
a game. Everyone wrestles the
"water-proof" hatches open and
begins stuffing trash bags full of
food, tents, dry (for now) clothes
and sleeping bags. When we are
all sufficiently frustrated, and the
hatches full and sealed, we gather
around Cora, our trip leader, for
an overview. We are starting our
adventure at Deep Cove, an inlet
on the east side of North Vancouver. From here, we will paddle
eighteen kilometres north, up
Indian Arm, a stretch of ocean
nestled between mountains, to our
campsite at Granite Falls. Cora
introduces those of us on the trip
with rescue experience and goes
over basic safety. Then, we haul
the now leaden kayaks to the water
and set off.
Homework, midterms, and
anxieties are forgotten as we get
into the rhythm of paddling. The
group sticks close together at
first, motor boats speed by and
much ofthe group is new to sea
kayaking. I paddle from tandem
kayak to tandem kayak, giving tips
on paddle strokes and technique.
Most people think kayaking is
all about the arms, but a stroke's
power should come from your core
muscle as you twist your upper
body, leading with the shoulders.
Believe it or not, you shouldn't use
your arms at all, they tire much too
quickly. With two days of paddling
ahead, everyone needs to conserve
The wind is at our backs and
we paddle with the tide, so in no
time we stop at a rocky beach
with a sign that says Camp Jubilee
on it. We haul the kayaks out of
the water and greedily grab our
lunches. Everyone is silent as we
chow down on sandwiches, enjoy
the now motorboat-free view of
the ocean and mountains and
enjoy as sensation returns to our
cramped legs.
As we pull our boats back into
the water and snap our skirts back
over the cockpits, a sea plane roars
overhead. Normally, it would break
the serenity of being in the wild,
but somehow it fits. It flies low
and weaves its way through the
narrow valley. It, too, is a creature
ofthe water, its pontoons obvious
as it passes over our flotilla of
brightly coloured boats.
We spent the second half of our
day spotting seals and paddling
up the east side of Indian Arm.
The final stretch of paddling
takes us along Croker Island. Its
rocky cliffs rise steeply and level
off into a dense forest of evergreens. I slowly maneuver my boat
alongside, paddling quietly as I
approach a pod of seals basking in
the last ofthe day's sun.
Our campsite lies above a rocky
beach, the immense Granite Falls
thunders behind us. We pull our
now less-than-dry gear out of our
less-than-waterproof hatches and
set up camp. Our little tent city
pops up in minutes. A few of us
venture back out in our kayaks,
heading further up Indian Arm
into an estuary. Seals surround our
boats and the water is now fresh.
Eventually, the current and
dying light push us back to camp.
Everyone pulls out their stoves and
we feast, passing around chips, salsa, brownies and s'mores. The last
light fades behind the mountains
and the stars appear, one by one. It
is a magnificent display, much of
the light pollution blocked by the
mountains that hug our campsite.
One by one, we head into our tents,
crawl into our sleeping bags, and
collapse into sleep.
I'm woken by the thundering
waterfall the next morning. As
usual, it is a mad rush to eat your
instant oatmeal, take apart your
tents and stuff the gear back into
the kayaks. Everyone takes much
less care to keep the gear dry as
everything is already soaked. The
rush pays off as we get on the
water on time. We paddle towards
the far side of Croker Island. We
scout some cliffs, discussing the
possibility of coming back sometime to rock climb to the top and
dive into the water. Eventually
the conversation dies down and
we paddle in silence, enjoying the
quiet splashing and meditation that
comes with kayaking. We stop at
the same beach for lunch and some
ofthe group crosses the channel
to check out an abandoned power
station. Then we push off for the
last time, paddling back towards
Vancouver and real life. We round
the last corner and the mountains
are replaced with buildings, seals
by motorboats. The shore is now
covered in vacation homes and cars
can be heard in the distance. For
the first time all weekend, thoughts
of homework, classes, midterms
and responsibilities creep back into
our minds.
We aren't quite ready to be
adults in the real world once more.
Someone starts a water fight and
in seconds everyone is making and
breaking allegiances, using paddles
and bilge pumps to soak each other
in sea water. But we can't avoid the
inevitable forever. Eventually we
beach and have to unpack, throwing our now drenched gear back
into truck beds and roof racks.
Kayaking and camping allow for
much needed relaxation, recovery,
and reflection before the all-nighters and cram sessions start. Get
outside and enjoy beautiful British
Columbia, it will help much more
than spending the weekend worrying about the piles of work that are
about to bury you. With midterms
closing in, a weekend away from
UBC is what every student and
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